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9 months agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” last_img read more

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Beckham backs North America World Cup bid

first_imgDavid Beckham has backed North America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and is adamant that it would be  “very special”FIFA have received a joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 tournament with Morocco being the other.The final decision will be taken next week and Beckham, who used to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS, believes that the football’s big increase in popularity in America over recent years justifies why it should host the World Cup.“A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“And if the US, Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special.“I know the passion that runs through all three of those countries – I played in LA for six years and when we travelled to Canada, I have seen that passion.“And don’t get me started on Mexico! There are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup (1994) and it was incredible.“Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game.“The infrastructure will be there and, more importantly, the excitement and the passion will be there.“I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep.“I have seen how much the game has grown in the last 10 years, people are really getting behind the game“If it does happen I know, as a fan, I will be going to that World Cup.”last_img read more

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Arjen Robben remaining calm at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is refusing to panic after their surprising home draw with Ajax in the Champions League on TuesdayThe Bundesliga champions took an early lead at the Allianz Arena through Mats Hummels before Noussair Mazraoui put Ajax back on level terms 22 minutes later to settle the score at 1-1.It means that Bayern have gone three games without a win, but Robben is opting to remain calm and insists only a victory is needed to get them back on track,“There is always something coming from outside. We have to be realistic and to analyse our situation properly,” Robben told reporters.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Obviously, we are not used to it and it is not our goal. But as I said, it’s not possible that within a week, everything turns bad.“But that’s football, you need a victory to get back on track.”Bayern captain Manuel Neuer also believes that things will quickly turn around for Bayern, who will next host Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in the Bundesliga.Niko Kovac’s side are second in Group E behind Ajax on goal difference with four points in the Champions League.last_img read more

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New State Marijuana Tax Rate Effective January 1

first_imgThe current tax is $50 per ounce for bud or flower, and $15 per ounce for other plant parts. These taxes are paid wholesale, when plants are sold from grower to retailer or manufacturer. Leif Abel, owner of Greatland Ganja in Kasilof: “So in essence we are paying the tax before the money has been made on the product, because the actual money comes from when the retailers sells that product to the end consumer. So, we’ve got a tax structure where the tax has to be paid on the product far before the end consumer ever pays for it, by the cultivation company who created it.”  At their meeting on Wednesday, they confirmed the new tax rate of immature, malformed or seedy marijuana bud at $25 per ounce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Revenue and the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office confirmed a new marijuana tax rate effective on January 1, 2019. In August, the state collected $1.54 million in marijuana taxes from 111 growers, according to data from Kelly Mazzei, excise group supervisor with the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division.last_img read more

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Marketers Concerned About Transparency of Programmatic

first_img Around 300 agency and client-side marketers responded to the survey commissioned by Advertiser Perceptions on behalf of TMBI, revealing industry-wide skepticism in two categories: audience targeting, and site credibility. “Big brands are going to want to do business with brands that offer a well lit, transparent environment,” says Rich Sutton, chief revenue officer of TMBI. It is good news for magazine brands, whose greatest asset in a crowded advertising space is their cultural credibility. Most magazines have track records of consistant and reliable content. If marketers are insecure about the “safety” of their brands, what better place for their dollars than in the hands of a legacy publisher? Sutton stresses that this survey does not mean that programmatic is going away. TMBI itself takes in revenues from programmatic buys, and he says that marketers love the high ROI of low cost purchases.  There is a crisis of confidence among CMOs and marketers when it comes to transparency in programmatic, the latest white paper released by Trusted Media Brands claims. Prev1 of 6NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browsecenter_img Flip through to see the survey results for yourself. In short, the concern is this: marketers don’t feel that they have enough information about or control over where their programmatic ads land. In a world of fake news websites and social media accountibility, advertising on a website with offensive material can lead to a negative conversation about your brand in the greater media eco system. Marketers, the survey shows, feel that programmatic sellers are too opaque when it comes to controlling for such errors. Seventy-three percent of respondents agreed that the ability to buy ads programmatically is important. However, 81 percent of respondent agreed that “given recent news concerning credibility of digital sources, it’s even more important to advertise on the right site.” Prev1 of 6NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browselast_img read more

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Air Force Local Leaders Seek Compromise over Proposed Textile Plant outside March

first_imgOfficials from March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and local authorities are hoping to avoid a potential conflict over a proposed textile plant that would be located in the airfield’s Accident Potential Zone 1.The project still is in the preliminary stages, but the commander of the air reserve base has said the $31 million, 185,000-square foot manufacturing plant could jeopardize the installation’s mission, reports the Press-Enterprise.At a meeting of the March Joint Powers Authority last week, Brig. Gen. Russell Muncy said locating a plant in the base’s accident potential zones would raise concerns about the safety of its flight operations.“The desire is to minimize density along these corridors,” Muncy said. “Ideally, if an airplane were to come out of the sky, you want it to hit nothing.”Ultimately, the plant could make the base vulnerable to realignment or closure, the commander said. “Encroachment is the quickest way to render any military installation ineffective,” he said.Danielle Wheeler, executive director of the joint powers authority, indicated the conflict could be resolved.“There’s been lots of discussions about [this] project today,” Wheeler said, referring to her office and officials from March and the neighboring city of Perris. “We’re making great headway.”Muncy similarly was optimistic a mutually beneficial solution to the issue could be found.“We’re looking at ways, ‘How can we get to a win-win for the community and still protect the base’s operational capability?’” he said. “I think we’ll get there on this. When you’ve got good communication you can work through anything.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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How Musicians Can Creatively Use Artificial Intelligence In Music

first_img https://twitter.com/withAlysia/status/1050853653823803395 Facebook How Musicians Can Creatively Use Artificial Intelligence In Music Our CEO Dr. Maya Ackerman on @siliconvalleysuccesses . The episode will air on KMTV 15. #withalysia #startup #ceo #interview #music pic.twitter.com/aRnOZbEiG3— ALYSIA (@withAlysia) October 12, 2018 Computer-assisted music isn’t new, but being able to train AIs on different playlists of examples opens up new dimensions for human creativityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 4:16 pm Artificial intelligence adds new calculations to the craft behind creating original music. Dr. Ackerman’s Alysia team’s software is the latest attention-getting AI to jump into the challenge.The “computational creativity” programmed by Alysia results from training their AIs on pop songs. The company explains they view “a computer as more than just a tool, but instead as a potential co-creative partner.”Machine-enabled music creation has a storied history all its own, with landmarks such as 1990’s MIDI software Band-in-a-Box alternatively attracting ridicule and gaining respect for fleshing out fresh ideas. As electronic music producers demonstrate, an artist’s musicianship is ultimately what generates and selects between original elements created by computer, but computational creativity adds a new wrinkle based on the musical training that is input into artificial assistants. From Artificial Intelligence To Song Creation how-musicians-can-creatively-use-artificial-intelligence-musiccenter_img Describing a three-song “Invisible Tides” playlist created with Alysia, Digital Music News revisited more of algorithmic music’s past to conclude, “maybe it’s time to embrace our robot friends.” In varying degrees, this is an embrace that has already happened, for example song recommendations on music services, analysis of what makes a hit, and many varied experiments with AI. Of course it’s what people do with their musical equipment that makes all the difference.Dr. Ackerman is part of a growing community of computer science innovators hoping to increase the range of ways anyone can boost their own ideas thanks to computerized music creation. As easy as it is to put down the derivative work of computer programs expected to generate originality, the tech is still young. But it is already possible to train different AI programs so that an artist could potentially bounce their pop/soul ideas against one AI and their rock-ballad fragments against another.At a minimum, creatives interacting playfully with machines that pop out “original” music can amp up their own search for what’s new using their minds and their fingers. For instance: What do you think about this, Alysia? How about if I change this word here and the melody goes up? What different major seventh chords could work with the fill after the bridge?This human dialog between our bodies and our instruments is bringing new things to mind. AI original music is already diverting. As with implementing most tech with music, in the right hands, it might be epic.IBM’s Watson To Bring Artificial Intelligence To The 2018 GRAMMYsRead more News Twitter Email last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for July 14 OUI Arrest Warrant Arrest Truck vs Pole

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, July 14, 2018:Police received report of people ringing the door bell of a Flynn Way home and running off. Police unable to locate perpetrator. (12:42am)A white 2011 Chevy Silverado struck a pole on Glen Road. No injuries noted. No vehicle towed. Verizon and RMLD notified. (1:51am)James Bernard Kelly (26, Somerville) was arrested for OUI Liquor.  Vehicle blew out a tire on Main Street after striking a curb and pulled in next to Charlie’s Auto Body. (9:36am)A caller reported a group of about 20 people were arguing and fighting on Brentwood Avenue. Police responded. There was a verbal argument between sisters. Jillian A. Francis (31, Gloucester) was arrested on a warrant. (8:27pm)Police received report of a loud party on Towpath Drive. Homeowners were advised of the complaint and they turned the music down. (11:19pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 7: OUI Arrest; Warrant Arrest; Dude, Where’s My Car?In “Police Log”last_img read more

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Apple support phishing scams are getting really good

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Chris Monroe/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Mobile Security TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Sprint Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See at Turo $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon • The Cheapskate $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 5 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free.center_img What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the AirPods review 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Read the Rylo camera preview reading • ‘Apple support’ phishing scams are getting really good Turo Angela Lang/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice You know those voice mails you get claiming to be from “Windows support”? It looks like scammers are upping their game with convincing phishing calls claiming to be from Apple, security expert Brian Krebs said in a report Thursday.  The scam starts an automated call showing Apple’s logo, address and legitimate Apple phone number that warns the user to return the call because of a data breach, according to the security website. The message then gives a 1-866 number to call back. That number is “a known phishing source,” the security analyst said. Screenshot of the spoofed Apple support number.  screenshot by CNET “The exploit is unique because it allows callers to masquerade as other callers essentially by polluting search results with junk information that makes one number look like the contact number for a real company,” Krebs wrote on his blog. “The number … to call is a known phishing source. Remember: If anyone calls you claiming that your computer is broken they are most probably lying.”Apple didn’t immediately provide a comment on the report. On its website, the company offers advice on how to deal with different scams, including phone calls. “If you get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Apple, hang up and contact us directly,” the company says.We’ll repeat what we’ve said before. The IRS will never call you for money. Microsoft and Apple customer support won’t call you about a widespread data breach. AT&T and Verizon won’t tell you to re-enter your ID and account info to restart your account. If you aren’t sure, go to the company’s website and call the number listed there — not the one the voice mail told you to call. First published Jan. 4, 3:39 p.m. PT.Update, 4:52 p.m.: Adds info from Apple’s website. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple Comments $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

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JLR car sales fall in April due to poor show by Land

first_imgJaguar F-Pace SUV launched in Mumbai on Oct 20, 2016.IANSJaguar Land Rover (JLR) opened financial year 2016-17 on a lukewarm note, with volume sales falling 2.3 percent for April. The company sold 40,385 cars during the month, the decline being steep for Land Rover, of 15.8 percent. The numbers triggered a fall in Tata Motors share prices on Friday, leading to the BSE Sensex trading about 200 points lower at around 12.45 pm.Land Rover sales dropped to 28,075 while Jaguar sales rose 54 percent to 12,310 units, year-on-year, Tata Motors said in a regulatory filing on Friday.”A small decrease in sales was seen due to two factors. In the UK, customers purchased vehicles before the increase in vehicle tax on 1st April. In addition, the run-out of the previous Discovery model accounted for a year-on-year decrease in Land Rover sales,” Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said.”Sales will increase from this month as the all-new Discovery model continues to go on sale across the world, particularly in China and North America, two of Jaguar Land Rover’s biggest markets,” he added.From a geographical viewpoint, sales grew 32.5 percent in North America and 10.1 percent in China but fell 34.6 percent in the UK. Tata Motors shares were down 3.37 percent to Rs 422 while the Sensex was trading at 29,904.Other Sensex losers were ONGC, Tata Steel and Mahindra & Mahindra. Customers look at a Range Rover Evoque car outside a dealership in Beijing, China, February 17, 2012.Reuters filelast_img read more

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25 injured in policeBCL clash in Chandpur

first_imgAt least 25 people were injured during a tripartite clash involving police, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and local Juba League men in Chandpur on Friday, reports UNB.According to police and locals, a team of law enforcers intercepted three motorcycles of local BCL activists, including former BCL’s district unit president Zahidul Islam Roman, in Kalibari area of the town in the afternoon for checking documents.The clash ensued following an altercation over the interception. At one stage, a policeman allegedly assaulted a BCL man and seized the three motorcycles.Learning about the seizure, the supporters of Roman and some local Juba League leaders and activists rushed in and tried to block the road.As policemen chased them to disperse the gathering, the BCL and Juba League leaders and activists threw brick chips at policemen.At one stage, policemen charged baton on them and fired 20 rounds of bullets in the blank to bring the situation under control.At least 20-25 people, including policemen, BCL activists and pedestrians, were injured in the clash.Of the injured, 18 people were given first aid at Chandpur General Hospital.last_img read more

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Houston City Council To Vote On 400 Million FEMA Housing Program

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:06 Davis LandTexas Organizing Project Director Feldon Bonner speaks outside City Hall.The Houston City Council is set to vote on Wednesday on accepting a $400 million contract with the Texas General Land Office (GLO), establishing a temporary housing program. With the money coming from FEMA through the state, the program is meant to help people with home repairs, apartment rentals, or by getting in into FEMA trailers.Davis Land /Houston Public MediaTwo Houston activists lead a song in front of City Hall. “All I want for Christmas is housing,” they sing.Activists from Texas Organizing Project (TOP) and Houston residents gathered outside City Hall to express support for the contract. They say many residents of low-income housing are often forced to stay in their flooded apartments, leading to problems with mold and creating a major health risk.“We understand that there is a process but we believe that because of the immediacy and the health issues that are involved that it should expedite things considerably,” said Texas Organizing Project Director Feldon Bonner.Many affected by Harvey are still in hotels and motels throughout the state. Questions over a precise timeline for public housing assistance have been used to criticize governmental response to the storm.“It concerns me that so much of this is being delayed. It’s been over 90 days since this hurricane,” said City Council member Michael Kubosh, who attended the rally. “We’ve got to do better than what we’re doing. People are hurting.”Kubosh said the contract is likely to be approved even though he and other council members would like to see more money put forward from the federal government.last_img read more

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Study shows solar powered sea slugs can survive long term in the

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. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Germany and the Netherlands has found that at least two species of sea slug thought to be able to endure long periods of starvation by gleaning energy from the sun has found that the slugs can live for long periods of time without food and with or without sunlight. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes experiments they conducted with the slugs and then outline their findings. The two types of sea slugs (Plakobranchus ocellatus and Elysia timida) survive by eating algae, but prior research has shown that the creature can survive very long periods of starvation. Because the slugs do not digest—at least right away—a specialized subunit of cells known as an organelle, that in the algae is responsible for photosynthesis, scientists have believed that the slugs were somehow gaining energy from the sun using the cells from the algae.To test this theory, the researchers subjected several of the sea slugs to long periods of starvation under three different conditions. One group of the slugs was kept in the dark without food—another group was kept in a sunlit enclosure but was also not given any food. A third group was given a chemical that inhibits photosynthesis and was then kept in a lighted enclosure, but was not given any food either. After 55 days the researchers pulled the slugs from their enclosures and studied them to learn if there were any differences among them. Surprisingly, the researchers could not find any. All the members of all three groups survived and all lost approximately the same amount of weight. A subsequent test showed just how durable the slugs really are—the researchers put six of them in a dark enclosure and didn’t feed them for 88 days—all of the slugs survived and even appeared healthy.The results of the study disprove the idea that the slugs somehow derive energy from the photosynthesizing cells they keep alive for long periods in their bodies. The researchers suggest that the slugs may instead be allowing the cells to remain alive for long periods of time, simply to eat them slowly as time passes. This means that the cells are apparently kept alive by the sun while in the slugs body—sort of an internal farming system, allowing the slugs to survive long starvation periods, which because they move so slowly, appears a necessary adaption to ensure survival. Explore further Exemplary images of P. ocellatus specimens. Image (i) shows a slug kept in the light and which was regularly fed, hence best representing natural conditions. Image (ii) shows a slug after 55 days of starvation in the dark. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2493 More information: Plastid-bearing sea slugs fix CO2 in the light but do not require photosynthesis to survive, Published 20 November 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2493AbstractSeveral sacoglossan sea slugs (Plakobranchoidea) feed upon plastids of large unicellular algae. Four species—called long-term retention (LtR) species—are known to sequester ingested plastids within specialized cells of the digestive gland. There, the stolen plastids (kleptoplasts) remain photosynthetically active for several months, during which time LtR species can survive without additional food uptake. Kleptoplast longevity has long been puzzling, because the slugs do not sequester algal nuclei that could support photosystem maintenance. It is widely assumed that the slugs survive starvation by means of kleptoplast photosynthesis, yet direct evidence to support that view is lacking. We show that two LtR plakobranchids, Elysia timida and Plakobranchus ocellatus, incorporate 14CO2 into acid-stable products 60- and 64-fold more rapidly in the light than in the dark, respectively. Despite this light-dependent CO2 fixation ability, light is, surprisingly, not essential for the slugs to survive starvation. LtR animals survived several months of starvation (i) in complete darkness and (ii) in the light in the presence of the photosynthesis inhibitor monolinuron, all while not losing weight faster than the control animals. Contrary to current views, sacoglossan kleptoplasts seem to be slowly digested food reserves, not a source of solar power.center_img © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Study shows ‘solar powered’ sea slugs can survive long term in the dark (2013, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-solar-powered-sea-slugs-survive.html Researchers discover sea slugs that stab each other in the head after copulation (w/ Video)last_img read more

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Chase your dream

first_imgDelhi is going to witness an education fair with eleven leading Russian government medical and engineering universities participating in it. The fair will further move to other metro cities of India – Kolkata (8 May) and Chennai (10-11 May) at Russian Centre for Science and Culture. The fair is aimed at informing students about the availability of the options available in Russia’s top Universities and Academies. It will serve as a one stop solution for all education queries and opportunities available in Russia at undergraduate and post graduate level. The students and their parents can interact directly with faculty and international representatives of the universities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Russian institutions of higher learning from different cities in Russia are targeting Indian high school graduates in this fair. These include the Tver State Medical Academy, Moscow Higher School of Economics, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Kazan Federal University, Southern Federal University, Kuban State Technological University and many more.When: 7 MayWhere: Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Mandi Houselast_img read more

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Two countries one Independence Day celebration

first_imgAs India and South Korea celebrate their Independence Day on the same date, both the countries came together for the celebrations at Siri Fort Auditorium. Nehru Bal Sangh (NBS) conducted the 5th edition of their entertaining extravaganza, Jashn-E-Azadi event where the artists from South Korea and India displayed their rich and diverse cultures. The programme showcased dance performances, audio-visual elements and musical renditions which narrated the story of Independence Day in an utterly creative way. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStudents from various schools and eminent personalities from different fields including Vinay Pathak – Indian film actor, Lee Haekwang, and Acting Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Kim Kum Pyoung, and Director at Korean Cultural Centre India, Shiela Dixit, Former CM of Delhi and Patron of Jashn-E-Azadi, Ashok Sahota, National President, Nehru Bal Sangh witnessed the performances.Lee Haekwang, Acting Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, said, “India is very big country, with so many ethnic groups and languages. This event gave me a chance to renew my historical knowledge. I hope this event helps in strengthening India – Korea relations”Ashok Sahota, President of Nehru Bal Sangh, said that “Indian freedom history is full of sacrifices. We should celebrate this day with zeal, enthusiasm and pride. Since it is a big day for all of us, we decided to have a joint celebration with South Korea this year” On the occasion, Kim Kum Pyoung sent his message: “Jashn-e-Azadi is an effort to spread the values of love, patriotism, and national unity.”The initiative was to rejuvenate the feelings of liberty and Independence among the youngsters. Also it was intended to encourage people to celebrate the Independence Day with much more enthusiasm, zeal, energy and pride, and not consider the festival as a mere holiday or vacation.last_img read more

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Florida still bringing in record numbers despite Zika hurricanes

first_imgFlorida still bringing in record numbers despite Zika, hurricanes Posted by Share Tags: Florida Monday, November 21, 2016 center_img JACKSONVILLE — Tourists continue to visit Florida in record numbers during a year that saw two hurricanes hit the state and federal officials warn away pregnant women from Miami due to the Zika virus.Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday that 85 million tourists visited the state during the first nine months of 2016.State officials say that’s the highest nine-month total ever and a 5.5 per cent increase over last year.Scott in a statement said the record numbers show how well Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, is doing its job. Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran has questioned continued funding of the organization.The governor noted that record numbers of tourists visited the state despite the Zika outbreak, hurricanes and the tragic attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead. The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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March 21 2016On March 16 2016 the Arcosanti comm

first_imgMarch 21, 2016On March 16. 2016 the Arcosanti community lost our good friend and colleague Ed Werman.Ed first came to Arcosanti in 1988 and managed the Visitors Center for a few years.[photo: Ed with Nadia Begin, courtesy of Nadia Begin]He was the manager of the Arcosanti Ceramics Studio for many years and as a manager he very much inspired people to reach the height of their potential.We will miss his calm, serene manner and sparkling, quiet sense of humor. He had such a positive outlook on life.There will be a memorial celebration pot-luck at the Ceramics Apse and the Begin-Tollas residence, starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 23. 2016. [text by Nadia Begin and Valkiry]last_img read more

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In This Issue Draghis comments boost the euro

first_imgIn This Issue. * Draghi’s comments boost the euro… * Chuck’s thoughts from Vancouver… * US data surprises on the upside, or does it??? * Aussie set for further appreciation… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A bit of verbal intervention seems to do the trick… Good day. And good Friday morning to everyone. This has been a long week for me, as I seemed to be playing catch up for most of the past few days after taking last week off. Sometimes I wonder if taking a week off is really worth it, as I tend to increase my pace the days leading up to vacation and then it takes several days after you get back to finally get caught back up. I think the Europeans have something with their one month vacations! The markets took a bit of a vacation from the European debt crisis this week as the euro looks like it is going to end the week with over a 1% gain. In fact, the Swiss franc, Euro, and Danish Krone are going to end the week as the best performing currencies vs. the US$, posting a 1.17% gain. I wrote about Mario Draghi’s comments yesterday morning, when he said the ECB stands ready to ‘do what it takes’ to support the common currency. We got an initial ‘bounce’ after his comments yesterday morning, and typically we would see these knee jerk reactions reverse as the trading day wears on. But Draghi’s words really carried some weight with currency traders yesterday, and the euro rally held even after his thoughts had been fully digested by the markets. Chuck sent me a note late last night with his thoughts on yesterday’s euro rally, so here is Chuck: I watched the euro rally yesterday, that was fueled by the comments by European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi yesterday… You know, as much as I would like to believe the dollar rally is over, I also know in my heart of hearts that this is what we call in the financial world as a dead cat bounce… For all you cat lovers out there, no cats were harmed, it’s just a saying! I doubt seriously that the euro has the legs to run with the rally that began yesterday on the Draghi comments… The psychological gloom and doom hanging over the euro now is pretty heavy… and opposed to the Hollies… He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother… it will continue to weigh on the euro… But at the same time, don’t get caught up in the dollar index hype either… the dollar index, which we’ve explained many times in the past is so heavily weighted with the euro as one of the components of the index… It does not contain the Aussie dollar, New Zealand dollar, the Chinese renminbi, etc. So, to get caught up in the dollar index hype, is like turning down the wrong street… it’s not going to get you where you want to go! I can tell you that here in Vancouver, most of the analysts that have gotten up to talk about world economies, etc. believe that the dollar is set for a steep downward move, once we get past this bear market rally by the green/peach back… So… that’s all from here… wheels are up on my plane Friday morning, as I head to my summer vacation… I won’t be filing any reports next week, and hopefully, I don’t even turn my laptop on… that’s my challenge for next week! The euro rally was helped by US data released yesterday which showed the US economy is doing a bit better than expected. Durable goods orders increased 1.6% during the month of June (economists had predicted a .% increase). And the weekly jobs numbers also came in better than expected, with 27,000 less first time claims last week than economists had expected. But digging into the numbers shows things may not be as rosy as initially indicated. The durable goods orders increase were largely due to a surge in aircraft orders. The ex-transportation number showed business actually placed 1.1% fewer orders for long lasting manufacturing goods in June. And digging a bit deeper into the report uncovered even more worrying data. Orders for so-called core capital goods, which are a very good indication of business investment plans, dropped 1.4% during June, the third decline in four months. And the weekly jobs number stayed above 350k for another week, coming in at 353,000. We have not seen initial jobless claims below 350k since March of 2008. And the pending home sales number which was the last piece of data released yesterday showed the housing market is almost having as tough a time recovering as the labor market. Pending home sales showed a 1.4% decrease during June after a 5.4% increase the month before. Today the US will release its first of three estimates for second quarter growth. GDP is expected to have increased 1.4% during the second quarter, a slight decrease from the first quarter growth of 1.9%. But the disappointing durable goods numbers could indicate even the 1.4% estimate is optimistic. The weaker Euro has helped manufacturers in Germany, but perhaps at the cost of manufacturing here in the US. Europe has been winning the global race for weaker currencies during the first half of the year, and the manufacturing and export numbers will suffer here in the US because of the stronger dollar. Another report due out today here in the US is predicted to show consumer sentiment fell to the lowest level this year. The U of Michigan Confidence report will be released later this morning and is expected to have fallen to 72 in July from a level of 73.2 last month. Bernanke and the Fed stand ready to take action if the US economy shows any more signs of weakness. The FOMC will announce its rate decision on August 1st, but there isn’t much they can do as far as moving the rates lower. The markets are instead going to focus on what ‘other’ tools the Fed decides to use; QE III? TWIST III? Or will it be some new idea dreamed up to try and get things moving in the right direction? With this being an election year, I can guarantee the administration is going to be putting pressure on the members of the FOMC to try and do something to stimulate the US economy. The problem is that there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of fuel left for the Fed to use to juice this anemic economic recovery here in the US. Interest rates remain at historic lows, and funds are flowing freely through the credit markets. Unfortunately there are a lot of similarities to where the US economy is sitting and where Japan is. Both of our economies seem to be mired in the muck of slow growth, weak investor confidence, and relatively strong currencies. Europe has taken much of the spotlight off of the US and Japan, but there are still real questions concerning the future of these two global powerhouses. The commodity currencies had another good day yesterday as global investors seemed to be more confident on the recovery prospects. Currency traders have been moving funds out of the safe haven parking spot of US treasuries and back into higher yielding currencies of South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. The New Zealand dollar built on yesterday’s good performance and pushed back above 80 cents. The South African rand gained for a third day and is set for its first weekly advance. The Australian dollar remained higher than $1.04 for a second day in a row after rebounding from a low of $.9582 set back at the beginning of June. The technical charts indicate the Aussie dollar may not be done climbing. The head of fixed income strategy at UBS said the Aussie dollar may climb to $1.0558 in the coming days. Apparently the ‘stochastic oscillator’ which is a momentum indicator shows the Aussie dollar is set for further appreciation (I have absolutely no idea what a stochastic oscillator is, but I will take his word that it is a good thing!). Another story I came across this morning said China’s currency had advanced to a one week high on Draghi’s verbal defense of the euro. The Renminbi also got a boost from stimulus measures enacted by local Chinese governments. The Chinese renminbi has been falling in value since the end of April, but recent trading indicates this downward trend may be reaching a bottom. Something I find even more interesting than the direction of the Chinese currency is that it is actually moving in both directions and that it seems to be reacting to global events. Just five years ago the currency was totally controlled by the Chinese government, and any movement was the result of Chinese officials moving the ‘peg’. Now the renminbi is actually starting to react to global macro-economic events, which is a very positive change! Then There Was This… Ty Keough sent the desk a note yesterday pointing out the fact that Chuck Butler got a mention in the 5 Minute Forecast yesterday. The ‘Five’ as it is known on the desk, is a favorite read of many of us here as it condenses much of what happened during the trading day into a smartly written summary. Here is what the 5 had to say about our fearless leader: “What appears to be evident may not be imminent,” cautions EverBank World Markets president Chuck Butler. That is, just because something is bound to happen doesn’t mean it’ll happen right away. Mr. Butler noticed the U.S. government racking up debt at a precipitous rate starting in 2001. But it didn’t show up in the form of a falling dollar index until the following year. Now? The debts have become far larger, and even more unsustainable. But with fear abounding over Europe, it’s not showing up in a weakening dollar. Not now. But it will. That gives you time to carry out the most important diversification Chuck believes you need in your portfolio — currency diversification. Make sure you’re exposed to currencies other than the U.S. dollar, while there’s still time. EverBank offers a host of innovative products to that end. You can read the entire 5 Min. Forecast by going here.To recap: Draghi’s comments continued to keep the value of the euro higher, but Chuck warns us that this rally may not be a trend reversal. US data released yesterday looked good on the outside, but wasn’t so positive after we dug a bit deeper into the numbers. Today we will get the GDP estimate for the 2nd quarter, and the markets are expecting a slowdown here in the US. If we do slowdown, the pressure will be increased on Bernanke and his team to do something about it at their meeting next week. Commodity currencies are posting their first positive week in a while, and the Chinese renminbi is beginning to look like it will reverse its recent slide. Currencies today 7/27/12. American Style: A$ $1.0436, kiwi .8051, C$ .9923, euro 1.2302, sterling 1.5740, Swiss $1.0249, European Style: rand 8.2290, krone 6.0530, SEK 6.8862, forint 230.24, zloty 3.3617, koruna 20.564, RUB 32.235, yen 78.09, sing 1.2509, HKD 7.7571, INR 55.3463, China 6.3807, pesos 13.3913, BRL 2.0213, Dollar Index 82.793, Oil $89.67, 10-year 1.46%, Silver $27.77, Gold. $1,627.50, and Platinum $1,418.75. That’s it for today. I want to wish my Lucy good luck as she heads into the doctor for an operation today. Lucy is my 10 year old yellow lab and is having a couple of ‘growths’ removed. I know many of you readers are probably wondering why I would be writing a good luck wish to a dog, but my wife reads the Pfennig, and I’m sure she will pass along my good luck wishes to Lucy. My kids will tell you our two dogs, Lucy and Murphy get more attention than the rest of the family! Lucy is really a sweet girl, and I do hope she pulls through without any complications. We got a break from the 100 plus temps yesterday but didn’t get any of the rain they promised. I hear the triple digits will be back today, so the relief was short lived. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and thanks for reading the Pfennig!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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first_img Sponsor Advertisement The silver price action was a bit choppier, but the general chart pattern was the same.  The silver price made it back above the $21 spot price mark, but wasn’t allowed to close there. The low and high were recorded as $20.805 and $21.17 in the September contract, which is the new front month. Silver finished the Monday trading day at $20.96 spot, up a whole 9 cents from Friday’s close.  Net volume was very chunky at 44,500 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 2 of the July delivery month in silver showed that 7 gold and 565 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  The two largest short/issuers were BNP Prime Brokerage, a name I don’t see too often, with 195 contracts—and Canada’s Scotiabank with 143 contracts.  The two largest long/stoppers were JPMorgan with 274 in its client account for a change—and Barclays with 255 in its client account as well.  There was quite an assortment of short/issuers on the list, so yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick peek. Well, there was finally a deposit into GLD—and it was a pretty decent amount as well—182,882 troy ounces.  And as of 6:52 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  But when I was editing this column at 2:32 a.m. this morning, I saw that another huge chunk of silver had been withdrawn from SLV.  This time it was 2,064,313 troy ounces.  Since the rally began in silver in early June—10.2 million ounces has been withdrawn from SLV—and it’s still owed north of 8 million ounces.  That’s about nine days of world silver production.  And since they haven’t been depositing any metal since these rallies began, it’s obvious that the authorized participants are shorting the shares in lieu of depositing the metal. The U.S. Mint had a sales report to end the month.  They sold 3,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and another 320,000 silver eagles. Unless they add some more sales today, which is highly doubtful, the June month ended with 48,500 troy ounces of gold eagles sold—16,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—700 platinum eagles—and 2,692,000 silver eagles. June was the lowest sales month for silver eagles this year by far—and that’s because Ted Butler’s big buyer backed away from the table at the end of May.  That was the same time as the mint’s silver eagle allocation program ended as well. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, there was 31,992 troy ounces of gold reported received—and it all went into HSBC USA.  No gold was reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. There wasn’t much in/out activity in silver, either, as only 58,313 troy ounces were received—and 20,153 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here. Since it’s my Tuesday column, I have the usual boat load of stories, as I have three days worth of news for you—and I hope you like some of them. The curious case of silver not being deposited into the big silver ETF, SLV, on the recent high volume price rally and, instead, being withdrawn has continued this [past] week. Where my back of the envelope calculations suggested close to 7 million oz of metal should be coming into the trust, instead a like quantity has departed. This is in the same league as the continuous COMEX silver warehouse turnover, namely, as an indication of physical tightness in the wholesale silver market and just as ignored by most metals commentators. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 28 June 2014 I must admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect on the last trading day of the month—and the quarter.  I was expecting the worst as the month drew to a close, but that scenario never materialized.  As a matter of fact the HUI gained over 3 percent during the last three trading days of June. But that still doesn’t change my short-term view of the gold and silver markets—and as you examine their respective 6-month charts below, you’ll note that the RSI indicators are still at nosebleed levels—and yesterday’s price action didn’t do anything to improve that. Platinum and palladium both chopped around above unchanged for most of the day.  Both made rally attempts in New York trading that got capped—and they both finished off their respective highs, with platinum up 9 bucks—and palladium up 2 bucks.  Here are the charts. The dollar index close late on Friday afternoon at 80.03—and barely moved until the London open, which was the high tick at 80.07.   From there it developed a slight negative bias until it hit 79.95 around 10 a.m. in New York.  At that point the index slid down to 79.78 by shorty after 11 a.m. EDT—and traded flat from there.  The index closed on Monday at 79.78—down 26 basis points. The silver equities followed an almost identical path—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 1.89%.center_img The RSI indicators are still at nosebleed levels The gold price traded as flat as the proverbial pancake until 2 p.m. Hong Kong time—and then it got sold down five bucks to its low of the day about five minutes before the Comex open.  From there it rallied right past the Comex close—and just before 2 p.m. EDT, it popped another six bucks or so before trading more or less sideways until the 5:15 p.m. EDT close of electronic trading. The low and high tick were recorded by the CME Group as $1,311.00 and $1,330.40 in the August contract. Gold finished the Monday trading session at $1,326.90 spot, up $11.80 from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of July, was 134,000 contracts, with about 5,000 contracts of that amount trading in the September and December delivery months, so they could have been roll-overs out of August. The gold stocks gapped down a percent at the open of trading on Monday, but began to rally after the London p.m. gold fix was in—and then traded flat from 3 p.m. EDT until the close.  The HUI finished the day up 1.65%.  I was more than happy to see the stocks close the day, the month—and the quarter—in decidedly positive territory. Of course things can remain overbought for serious lengths of time, just like they can be oversold for the same amount of time.  But I’m still convinced, based on the past 15 years of price history, that an engineered price decline will put an end to this situation at some point.  But there’s always that black swan out there someplace. So we wait. And as I write this paragraph at 2:24 a.m. EDT, the London open is still 35 minutes away.  The gold price is comatose, except for the vertical price spike at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and that got dealt with in the usual manner within 30 minutes or so.  Gold volume is way up there already, so it took a fair amount of Comex paper to hammer that price spike flat.  Silver is back above $21—but only by the skin of its teeth—and volume is already very decent there as well.  Platinum and palladium are doing precisely nothing—and the dollar index is up 6 basis points. Today at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this week’s Commitment of Traders Report—and since Friday is Independence Day in the U.S.A., the report won’t be issued until the following Monday.  But I can tell you right now that it won’t make for fun reading. And as I send this out the door at 4:35 a.m. EDT, I note that gold has gone from being flat, to down a couple of bucks and, in actual fact, none of the other three precious metals are doing much, either, now that London has been open a bit over 90 minutes.  Volumes are still a lot heavier than I’d like to see, but have quieted down quite a bit in the last 30 minutes or so.  Gold volume is north of 30,000 contracts—and silver’ volume is just over 10,000 contracts.  These are big numbers for this time of day.  The dollar index is up a small handful of basis points. That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project.last_img read more

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