2008 Canberra Carnivale

first_imgThe ACT Touch Association would like to invite you and your team to participate in the Canberra Carnivale being held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of November 2008 at the Deakin Touch fields in Canberra.This event will be quite different to the usual Touch Football Knock-out. The emphasis will be on the social teams and having several activities over the weekend that will make this tournament different to other knockouts.They will have a dash for cash, 2 on 1 defence comps for cash, a referees’ dash for cash, jumping castle for the kids, kids novelty events and a big function on the Saturday night. Of course there’ll be prize money as well for the winners in each division!While there’ll be the usual elite competition open to all teams, the emphasis will be on the social teams and creating a carnival atmosphere, with everybody having fun.If you’d like to find out more about our Canberra Carnivale and any teams in your competitions would like to nominate, please visit our website at http://www.acttouch.com.au  and click on Canberra Carnivale 2008.Please come and join us for what is shaping to be a great Carnival. We look forward to having you and your team involved in the Canberra Carnivale. You won’t regret it!Related Filescanberra_carnivale_poster_2008-pdflast_img read more

Report Uber IPO could put company value at 120 billion

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Uber may put forth an initial public offering early next year that values the ride-hailing business at as much as $120 billion, according to a media report.The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday that Uber Technologies Inc. received valuation proposals from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. There is no guarantee Uber will fetch that valuation, or go public soon.If it does, and at that price, the company would be worth more than Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined.There are hurdles for Uber, past and present. In addition to a series of scandals including workplace sexual harassment, theft of intellectual property and the ouster of its co-founder, the company is facing increasing competition.The Journal also reported Tuesday that Uber’s smaller, but chief rival, Lyft, had picked underwriters for a public offering expected in early 2019. JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the offering, along with Credit Suisse Group AG and Jefferies Group LLC, the Journal reported. Lyft was valued at $15.1 billion earlier this year.last_img read more

VW wants to storm car market with massmarket electric model

first_imgFRANKFURT — Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs.Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference Friday that the company’s plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen “a worldwide supplier of sustainable mobility.”Poetsch says the company is in talks with Ford about possible co-operation in making light commercial vehicles.Volkswagen is converting three of its German plants from internal combustion to battery car production as it pivots away from diesel vehicles in the wake of its emissions scandal. It says it will increase the number of electric models from six now to more than 50 by 2025.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for suspect after 7Eleven robbery

first_imgWhen the clerk didn’t give the cash, the man then displayed a can of bear spray and discharged it at the clerk.The man then took cash from the register and ran from the store. He possibly got into a pickup truck and was last seen travelling south on 8th St.The Dawson Creek RCMP are requesting any persons that may have any information on this incident to call their office at 250-784-3700. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for a suspect after bear spray was used during a robbery at the 7-Eleven on 8th street.On Thursday, April 19, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at 7-Eleven in the community.The Dawson Creek RCMP were notified that an unknown male, wearing a grey hoodie and blue face mask, entered the 7-Eleven convenience store and demanded cash from the clerk.last_img read more

Kashmiri shawl seller attacked miscreants flee with Rs 2 lakh

first_imgKolkata: A Kashmiri shawl trader who has been doing business in Kolkata for more than eight years was slashed with a knife by some miscreants who decamped after snatching nearly Rs 2 lakh from him. The incident took place near Park Circus railway station on Friday evening. The trader, identified as Shafur Ahmed Shah has sustained several cut injuries with the miscreants inflicting several slashes with the knife. Shah has lodged a complaint with the Ballygunge GRP alleging that four miscreants were involved in the attack. According to his complaint, the miscreants escaped after snatching cash worth Rs 1.95 lakh that he was carrying with him. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources in the Ballygunge GRP informed that the trader was carrying the cash to hand it over to a businessman from whom he had taken a loan. “I had just crossed the rail tracks and was walking by its side under the bridge when I was surrounded by four persons. They asked me whether I am a Kashmiri and when I answered in the positive, they attacked me with a knife. I suffered several cut injuries and when I fell down, they snatched the money I was carrying and fled,” Shah said. He managed to call up one of his friends who lives nearby. The latter came to the spot and rushed Shah, who was badly bleeding, to the National Medical College and Hospital where he was treated and discharged. Police informed that Shah is a resident of Santoshpur in South Kolkata.last_img read more

JNU student commits suicide in campus depression suspected

first_imgNew Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide on Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university.The investigating agency said that the deceased was undergoing some treatment as per preliminary enquiry. They are also probing weather the student was under depression. According to police, they were alerted about the incident on Friday at about 12 pm. A PCR call was received in Vasant Kunj (North) police station regarding the suicide note of a JNU student which was received by a professor. The investigating team reached at the spot which was School of Language. After contacting the caller who was the office in charge of Mahi Mandvi hostel. “He said that he received a message from warden regarding Rishi Joshua Thomas, student of MA 2nd year English language JNU, residing at JNU’s Mahi Mandvi Hostel. In the note, it was written that he is committing suicide,” an investigator said. Police further added that during investigation it was revealed that in the basement of library one room was locked from inside. “On knocking no one responded. From the window Rishi Joshua was seen hanging from the ceiling fan, the door was forcibly opened and the body was taken down by cutting the cable,” added city police press statement. The statement further reads that at the spot a doctor from JNU declared him dead. Later for collecting clues and to further probe the crime, team visited the spot. The body has been shifted to Safdarjung Hospital. “Relatives informed one cousin brother Mathew Varghese also reached JNU. One suicide note mailed to Prof of English language. As per preliminary enquiry, no foul play is suspected. Further investigation is in progress,” police said. The JNU in the press statement said that they express its deep condolences at the untimely demise of an MA student in one of the academic buildings of the university. Police were informed forthwith and the case is being investigated. His body has been sent to the Safdarjung Hospital and his parents have been informed about this unfortunate incident. Police are also probing if it was due to a relationship gone wrong or because of some other reason.last_img read more

With a Ring Comes Bell

The story of Vonn Bell’s recruitment ended with the five-star safety putting on a Scarlet and Gray hat and telling a nationally televised audience he will be attending The Ohio State University. Bell, a Rossville, Ga., native, held a press conference broadcast by ESPN in the Ridgeland High School gymnasium on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. With his family beside him and a sea of classmates in front of him, Bell announced he was picking the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama and Tennessee, among other schools. Bell’s justification for choosing OSU was fairly straightforward. “I just felt more comfortable with coach (Urban) Meyer because I had spent more time with him and his staff,” Bell said. OSU’s journey to get the 6-foot, 190-pound safety to feel that way was arduous in its task, but simple in its nature. The Buckeyes’ lead recruiter on Bell – co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers – just outworked his competition. “I’ve seen some really good efforts,” Meyer said. “Everett Withers from start to finish, his effort on Vonn Bell, as good as I’ve ever seen.” The tale of Bell’s courting begins a little more than a year ago. Coming off a junior season in which he recorded 180 tackles and five interceptions, Bell was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. His first scholarship offer came from the University of Georgia in early January 2012. After that, the offers started pouring in: Alabama (the reigning national champion). Tennessee (the hometown favorite). Florida. Notre Dame. Think of an elite college football team, and Bell likely had a scholarship offer from them, OSU included. “Literally he would get four to five (offers) a day,” Ridgeland football coach Mark Mariakis said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. The Buckeyes, though, didn’t become a serious contender until the hard-hitting safety visited Columbus over his junior year spring break, Mariakis said. Bell spent a day with Meyer, touring the OSU football facilities and getting to know the Buckeyes’ program. The visit to Columbus was part of a double-digit school tour by Bell and his family. When the group returned home to Georgia after the trek, OSU’s appeal was clear. “When he came back, (Bell and his family) realized that Ohio State was going to be in the forefront of the hunt,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers took over. The 49-year-old was like an “octopus” in his pursuit of the top-50 prospect, Meyer said. “The recruiting process is about relationships. You are going to try to find out as much as you can – whether it be good or bad about a young man – you want to try to find it all out,” Withers said. If there was a relationship to be made, Withers was there. OSU’s co-defensive coordinator, naturally, started with Bell himself. The pair “hit it off right off the bat,” Mariakis said. “They’re so like-minded,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers moved on to Bell’s family and coach. Withers talked to Bell’s mother, a teacher at Ridgeland, about what OSU could offer in terms of education. Withers connected with Bell’s father, a director of a few Boys & Girls Clubs in Northwest Tennessee, by discussing how to work with kids. “I got to know the entire family, grandma, the whole deal,” Withers said. “Spending the time with them was really good.” Withers might have burned the majority of his recruiting hours with Mariakis, who chuckled when asked how often he interacted with the Buckeye coach. “Me and him talked numerous times every week,” Mariakis said. “That’s not a stretch, either. It was literally all the time. “He’d call ‘How’s Vonn? How’s he playing? How’d the game go Friday?’ He took a real interest in him. If he could be here, what all the rules allowed him to do, he was here.” Mariakis has been coaching for 28 years. He has had dozens of athletes go on to play high-level college football. He’s been through the recruiting process more times than he can count. In his nearly three-decade long career as a high school football coach, the way Withers went about recruiting Bell is as good as Mariakis can remember. “He took every opportunity he had to build a relationship with Vonn and his family, and with me. He never missed a phone call. If I called him, he’d either answer the phone or call me right back. In visit time, he came and visited,” Mariakis said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recruiter do as good a job coach Withers did.” The respect goes both ways. “I would have to say in my 25 years of doing this, in this business, coach Mariakis and his staff at Ridgeland High School were probably by far the best group of people I’ve ever been around,” Withers said. The days spent with Bell and those closest to him paid off for Withers in more ways than one. Yes, OSU got the recruit, but also, Withers is now familiar with some of the best aspects of Chattanooga, Tenn., a place less than six miles from Rossville. “I have a new place in Chattanooga, Tenn., to get my haircut. I know where the best barbecue places are in Chattanooga, Tenn. I got around a lot of people,” Withers said. Withers made the strongest impression during the recruitment, but Meyer made his presence felt, too. When Ridgeland took on Sandy Creek High School in the Georgia Class AAAA State Championship Game Dec. 15, Meyer was in attendance. He sat next to Bell’s mother in the Georgia Dome stands during the game, and visited with Bell in the locker room after his team suffered a 45-10 loss. “That was really impressive to me, to stay there and just be in the mix of our community and Vonn’s family meant a lot,” Mariakis said. The story of Bell’s recruitment hits its climax the night and morning before Bell announced his decision. Withers said he thought he would be made aware of what school Bell was going to sign with at about 8 p.m. Feb. 5. That didn’t happen. Withers did receive an encouraging phone call from Bell’s father that evening, though. “(His) dad told me at the end of the night, he said, ‘Coach, live on your body of work because you’ve done all you can do. Sleep well,’” Withers said. Withers made a phone call of his own, too, with Mariakis on the receiving end. “I had talked to coach Mariakis … I said, ‘Coach, if it’s going to be a good phone call, make sure coach Meyer gets it.’ I said, ‘If it’s going to be a bad phone call, just call me,’” Withers said. The next morning, Meyer, Withers and the rest of the OSU staff were in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, anxiously waiting for what the equivalent of college football’s Christmas would entail for the Buckeyes’ program. At one point, shortly after the sun had risen, Meyer said he couldn’t contain his nerves, or be around his assistants, any longer. He separated himself from the rest of his staff and went into a private room to work out on a stationary bike. “I couldn’t take it anymore. Everett Withers was driving me nuts. I had to get away from him,” Meyer said. At about 9:50 a.m., 10 minutes before Bell was set to make his announcement on ESPN, Withers made his way toward Meyer. He heard a phone ring and Meyer answer. It was Bell. “You know I’m in, right?” Bell told Meyer on the phone. Meyer’s response was simple. “No, I didn’t know you were in. Congratulations,” Meyer said. Withers’ yearlong stretch full of time and effort had paid off. Bell, one of the crown jewels of OSU’s 2013 recruiting class that ranks in the top-three nationally, should help the Buckeyes’ defense right away. Bell’s decision to sign with OSU could also be a sign of more good stories to come for the Scarlet and Gray. Going into the land of sweet tea and tangy barbecue and prying a recruit away from the strong clasps of the Southeastern Conference – winners of the last seven national championships – is no easy task in college football. OSU did that with Bell in out-recruiting Alabama and Tennessee, Bell’s other favorites. The Buckeyes might be one of the few programs north of the Mason-Dixon line that can keep on doing it, too. “I think it goes back to the relationships that Ohio State staff is building,” Mariakis said. “When you get that combination of good football and the relationships with those kids, you’ve got something special.” read more

Mens lacrosse Ohio State defeats Loyola Maryland to advance to quarterfinals of

Ohio State players celebrate a goal in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is moving on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament after taking down Loyola Maryland 7-4 in Ohio Stadium on Sunday.The Buckeyes (14-4) failed to score at least nine goals for the first time since April 2, but freshman midfielder Tre Leclaire’s three goals were enough to lift OSU past the Greyhounds (10-6). Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey made 12 saves on 16 shots on goal.Down the stretch, Loyola put the pressure on a Buckeye defense that allowed double-digit goals in both Big Ten tournament games last weekend. However, Carey and the rest of the defense held their own in the final 15 minutes despite being outshot 9-2.“Just really proud we’ve proven that we can win in different ways,” said OSU coach Nick Myers. “I think today is an example where we say, ‘OK, today is not our day offensively.’ Kind of a message to those guys down the stretch was let us win this game defensively. Get down there, be strong with the ball.”It took nearly seven minutes for either team to get on the scoreboard. Unsurprisingly, Leclaire — the team’s leading scorer and Big Ten Freshman of the Year — was the first to strike with 8:09 remaining on the clock. It was his 42nd of the year.Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterLater, sophomore midfielder Logan Maccani made a move toward the goal from behind the net and found junior attackman Colin Chell in the middle of the defense for a one-timer to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead before the end of the first.In the second quarter, Loyola put immense pressure on the Buckeye attackman, leading to 11 turnovers from the Scarlet and Gray, and the Greyhounds cranked up the offense as well.They had eight shots on goal in the second quarter compared to three in the first, but only found the back of the net twice as Carey made six saves in the quarter.After trimming the deficit to 3-2, the Greyhounds had an opportunity to tie the game before the half, but Carey made a point-blank save to preserve the lead.“It definitely helps to get a few (big saves) early,” Carey said. “But the defense in front of me played really well and we gave up the shots we wanted to early.A slow-paced first half turned into an intense battle that showcased the teams best players in the third quarter as both sides showed a sense of urgency out of the break.Senior attackman Eric Fannell tallied his 29th goal of the year in the first three minutes of the quarter before Patriot League Player of the Year, and national player of the year finalist, Pat Spencer finally put one past Carey from 6 yards out for this 28th of the season.Leading by a mere goal on two difference occasions, Leclaire seized the opportunities he was given and gave OSU a two-goal cushion at 5-3 and 6-4, which was a margin that was more comfortable that it appeared on the jumbotron in the south end zone.“There were certainly some moments where we felt like we needed to just hunker down and get the next goal,” Myers said. “When we got that two goal lead, I thought that was big.”Senior attack Brendan Fannell takes a shot on the goal against Loyola Maryland during the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOSU’s best player through the entire season proved his worth in his first NCAA tournament game with a hat trick following a nine-goal performance in two games last weekend in the conference tournament.“(Getting the hat trick) was a surreal moment,” Leclaire said. “It was a fun game to play in. A lot of credit to our defense for that, backing us up.”With 12 seconds left, sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski scored his first of the game and removed any doubt of who would advance to play Duke in the quarterfinals next Saturday.The Buckeyes’ offense has carried them to this point, but confidence is riding high with the squad after a convincing showing on defense. Spencer had six shots toward the net, but only one went past Carey. Junior defenseman Ben Randall, who primarily defended Spencer, was a key cog in the wall around the OSU net.“Defensively, I wanted to take away his vision and force him to go to the cage, which I think we did a good job of,” Randall said.After allowing 23 goals in two games last weekend in the conference tournament, the Buckeyes defense took the steps it needed for a deep run in the NCAA tournament.“I think the guys, coming out of the Big Ten tournament, they were a bit disappointed defensively,” Myers said. “This week it was back to basics on that end of the field and I just felt like we just had a really good week of practice. And felt like today was a result of that hard work we put in this week.” read more

Carlos claimed that Alli plays like a Brazilian

first_imgThe World Cup in Russia is about to begin and Roberto Carlos is confident that Dele Alli will be one of the biggest stars of England – who are one of the favourites, while Brazil being the biggest ones.The former Brazil full-back claimed that his country will be the biggest favourites of the tournament but everyone will have to count with England as well – especial because of Dele Alli who is playing like he was born in Brazil.The former Real Madrid player spoke about Alli’s qualities as he said that he will the key to success for the Albion, according to Sky Sports:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: 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.“England are one of the favourites after Brazil. But I really like Dele Alli – he’s a lot like a Brazilian player.”“I saw him at the Real Madrid against Spurs game and he was really impressive. He’s tall and has real ability – a very good player.”“He has the swagger that Brazilians have.”last_img read more

Alaska Legislature To Meet On Confirmations Next Week

first_imgCraig Fleener, who works in the administration’s Washington, D.C., office, has held that role, but Walker spokesman Austin Baird says Walker opted for the commissioner of a major department to hold it instead. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet in joint session Tuesday to consider Gov. Bill Walker’s nominees for Cabinet positions and appointments to boards and commissions. Anti-abortion activists are opposing Walker’s nomination of Kenni Linden to the Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives over her past work with Planned Parenthood. Walker has nominated Sheldon Fisher as Revenue commissioner; Leslie Ridle as Administration commissioner, and Mike Navarre as Commerce commissioner. He also has chosen health commissioner Valerie Davidson to become lieutenant governor should that post become vacant. State law calls for a governor to make such an appointment.last_img read more

OBITUARY Beverly Gaudreau Silva 89

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries” BRIDGEWATER, MA — Beverly Silva (Gaudreau), 89, of Bridgewater died July 17, 2019 in the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Beverly was born in Medford daughter of the late Addie E. (Beard) and Louis N. Gaudreau. She was raised and educated during her younger years in Wilmington, MA. She moved to Bridgewater with her parents where she completed her education and graduated from the Bridgewater Academy. During her life Beverly was devoted to her family enjoying her friends and boating. Beverly loved her animal companions and was an avid supporter of the SPCA. Beverly developed a strong adoration for Angels as time passed and loved Christmas. In recent years she enjoyed time spent with her friends at local senior centers where she was greatly comforted by the love and relationships with which she was blessed.Wife of the late Edmund J. Silva. Mother of Louis Silva and his wife Janice of Raynham and Kevin Silva and his wife Rosemary of Bridgewater.Grandmother of Amy L.Gould of Carver, Adam B. and his wife Danielle of Bridgewater, Jonathan E. of Raynham, Ashley M. and Kyle B. Silva of Bridgewater, Great grandmother of Ryan and Sarah Gould and Braeden and Ella Silva. Beverly is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Visiting hours will begin at 11:00am Friday July 26th in the Prophett-Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St., Bridgewater and conclude with a Funeral Home Service at 12:30pm.Burial will follow in Scotland Cemetery, Bridgewater.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Prophett-Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home.)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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

IAF AN32 aircraft goes missing with 13 onboard plane took off from

first_imgIAF AN 32twitterAn Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft AN-32 goes missing after taking off from Jorhat, Assam at 12.25 pm on Monday, June 3.The IAF transport aircraft delayed for more than 2 hours in Mechuka airstrip known as the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh with 8 crew members and 5 passengers on board.According to the reports, the aircraft last contacted ground sources at 1 pm after taking off from Jorhat airbase at 12:25 pm, reports ANI.The IAF has launched a search operation and has employed all available resources to locate the missing aircraft.last_img read more

Rangpur road crash kills 2

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least two people were killed and 10 others injured in a collision between a bus and truck in Damdama area of Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur on Sunday morning.Identities of the deceased were not known immediately.Police said the accident took place when a Thakurgaon-bound bus of HimelParibahan from Dhaka collided head on with a Bogra-bound truck from Rangpur in the area around 6:45am, leaving two people dead on the spot and injuring the 10 others.The injured were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Analysis A Good Day To Be A Texas Incumbent

first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneTexas Flag and signs across street from Waxahachie parks and recreation voting place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — primary voting day in Texas.Incumbents of almost every stripe did well in Tuesday’s elections for state office.Only seven of them lost, and only two more were forced into runoffs.A great line from Republican political consultant Wayne Hamilton nicely summed up this election: “So much money, so little change.”The fallen include:State Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls has literally watched his district grow away from his home base and into the northern clutches of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and whose opponent, state Rep. Pat Fallon of Prosper, was endorsed by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.State Rep. Wayne Faircloth of Galveston was one of three Republicans on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s hit list — and the only one to fall on Tuesday. He was in trouble anyway, running against wealthy Chambers County candidate Mayes Middleton. They ended close to a draw in Faircloth’s home county, but Middleton won big in his.State Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas is one of two Hispanic Republicans in the Texas House and a regular target of arch-conservatives in his primary elections and of Democrats in his general elections. He lost the primary to Lisa Luby Ryan, who now has to best that significant second obstacle in November.State Rep. Diana Arévalo, D-San Antonio, fell victim to a time-worn electoral hazard: a predecessor who wants the seat back. She won office when Trey Martinez Fischer gave it up for an unsuccessful Senate bid. The key word there was “unsuccessful.” He saw his old perch as the best way back to Austin, and he won it by 115 votes out of 9,369 cast.Tomas Uresti’s first bid for re-election to the Texas House was undone, in part, by an unrelenting barrage of awful headlines featuring his last name. His brother, state Sen. Carlos Uresti, was convicted — right in the middle of early voting — on 11 federal felony charges including counts of money laundering and fraud. The trial was lurid, the headlines gruesome, and the House Uresti’s loss on Tuesday probably preordained.Roberto Alonzo of Dallas, a 10-term state representative, was convincingly defeated by Jessica Gonzalez, a young attorney in this strongly Democratic district.State Rep. Dawnna Dukes of Austin received a meager 10.16 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary that served as a referendum on the incumbent. That’s not a good thing, even for a legislator who had become a fixture on the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee and had been re-elected every two years since 1995. She suffered medical setbacks after a traffic accident, was charged with violating ethics laws that embarrassed prosecutors later said were based on bad evidence. And she said, at one point, that she wouldn’t run this time, a move that prompted several candidates to jump into her race. She came back, but they didn’t leave. Two of them —Chito Vela and Sheryl Cole — will be in a May runoff. Dukes will be at home.Two more state representatives, Democrats René Oliveira of Brownsville and Scott Cosper of Killeen, were pushed into runoffs in May. Oliveira will face Alex Dominguez. Cosper’s remaining opponent is Brad Buckley. Runoff elections are not the preferred forum of incumbents, but they’re still alive.Various factions declared victory after the votes were counted; that’s what factions do. But the results were evidence of good defense more than good offense. Most of the incumbents under fire in this year’s primaries survived to the next round. Scads of money were spent, including a fair amount against incumbents.People targeted by education candidates — Patrick, state Sen. Joan Huffman, state Rep. Mike Lang, to name three — came out fine. Some of the biggest targets of conservative activists — state Reps. Sarah Davis, Lyle Larson, Charlie Geren, Dan Flynn, Hugh Shine, J.D. Sheffield, Giovanni Capriglione and several more — lived to tell their electoral war stories.Sometimes money mattered. Sometimes it made no difference at all. Kathaleen Wall spent millions and missed the CD-2 runoff by 145 votes. Jim Hogan spent almost nothing but a filing fee and finished ahead of Trey Blocker, a lobbyist who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to beat Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Miller finished first.The marquee race — the one that got most of the attention to this point, and probably the one that will be in the spotlight going forward — produced an unexpected result. Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough combined to get 38.2 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.That’s the race dominated by the presence of U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, who is trying to do for Texas Democrats what John Tower did for Texas Republicans all the way back in 1961 — and to avoid the fate of the party’s last would-be savior, Wendy Davis, who ran for governor in 2014. Tower, a Republican, rocked the political world by winning the special election to replace Lyndon Johnson in the U.S. Senate.O’Rourke’s first foray into statewide politics was strongish — 60+ percent is a solid win. But it wasn’t a powerful showing, especially against unknown opponents. Davis got just 38.9 percent of the vote in the 2014 general election against Abbott. Republicans were quick to try to make a parallel narrative of O’Rourke’s first step.That brings us to turnout. Democrats improved their turnout, from a terrible, awful number — only 560,033 people showed up for the party’s 2014 primary — to a lousy one this year: 1, 036,942. That’s an 85.2 percent increase, but it’s not enough to scare anybody.Republican turnout topped 1.5 million, up 13.5 percent from 1.35 million four years ago. They improved less, but they started bigger. And they’re still outrunning the other big party by a 3-to-2 margin in turnout. Sharelast_img read more

MarvelUniverse Live Supports Local Youth

first_imgMarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C.MarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C. to show the youth support, a local performer in the show said Sept. 3. “We wanted to help support the kids with something positive,” said Kirk Jenkins, a native of Faulkner, Va., who is thrilled when the audience screams for his character – Wolverine.The event at the Boys and Girls Club allowed performers to get active in the community and celebrate the arrival of MarvelUniverse LIVE! in the D.C. area. The show will have performances at the Patriot Center from Sept. 12 – 21.After a long, hard day in the books, over 50 kids unwound with an after-school super hero workout, Sept. 4, at the Richard England Clubhouse, Boys and Girls Club in Northeast, D.C. “We thought it would be fun to come out and do obstacle courses with the kids and have them be super heroes for the day,” said Jennifer Rubin, tour manager for MarvelUniverse LIVE!Young participants learned special stunts from the show, and after receiving a sticker with an image of a superhero to embody, they performed a series of challenges. Their strength was tested at the Thor’s Hammer striker; their fear of heights overcome at the Spider-Man climbing wall, and their speed pushed to the max at the Hulk-sized endurance challenge.MarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C. Photos courtesy of Feld EntertainmentParticipants also practiced life. “Self-control is the first step to being a superhero,” Moe Alagrangy, who plays Spiderman in the show, told the kids. Leading by example and espousing an indomitable spirit, are also key, Alagrangy continued.Marvel Universe LIVE! is an original story bringing together more than 25 Marvel characters on an epic quest. Superhero favorites including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine battle against arch enemies including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, and Electro for world domination.last_img read more

GeneticallyAltered Mosquitoes May Be Key to Eradicating Malaria Study Shows

first_imgNovember 23, 2015 3 min read Malaria continues to devastate: More than 40 percent of the global population lives in areas where there is the risk of contracting the disease, which killed an estimated half a million people in 2013.Spread via infected mosquito, the disease has proven impossible to eliminate with existing strategies.But researchers at the University of California — including Anthony James, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry — have developed a possibly groundbreaking new tool in the fight to eradicate the disease. A paper published today in the scientific journal PNAS details their attempt at introducing malaria-blocking genes into the DNA of disease-transmitting mosquitoes.Related: New Product Makes You Invisible to Mosquitoes and May Save LivesWhile James has been working for nearly two decades on ways to alter mosquito populations, this latest attempt is different. Notably, it uses CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”), the recently discovered gene-editing technique that is cheaper, faster, more flexible and in many ways more precise than alternative methods. And crucially, it is able to alter both dominant and recessive marker genes — to huge results.In James’s previous work, which has focused on injecting mosquitoes with synthetic DNA to combat the spread of dengue fever, the modification was only passed down to its offspring 50 percent of the time because it was carried by only one of a pair of chromosomes. But in the PNAS study, when malaria-blocking genes were inserted into a population of Anapheles mosquitoes using CRISPR, the modification could be copied to the partner chromosome and thus passed down in every generation. As a result, inheritance rates rose to 99.5 percent.Related: This Mosquito-Repelling Wristband Might Just Save Your Summer”This opens up the real promise that this technique can be adapted for eliminating malaria,” James said in a statement. “This is a significant first step. We know the gene works. The mosquitoes we created are not the final brand, but we know this technology allows us to efficiently create large populations.”In a homogenous mosquito population, the gene mutation would spread throughout the entire population in 10 generations (or around three months), says Valentino Gantz, one of the study’s authors. If it sounds remarkably fast, it is. While methods for altering mosquito DNA in an attempt to control disease have been around for years, none have shown to be as efficient or effective, says Gantz.”CRISPR technology is just a different way to do the same thing other people have done before. But in this case, it appears to work much better.”Related: How the World’s First Bitcoin Charity Is Harnessing the Cryptocurrency to Change Lives (VIDEO) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

BC dishes out travel inspiration with anniversary celebrations Google Trekker

first_img Posted by Tags: British Columbia, Vancouver Thursday, May 18, 2017 B.C. dishes out travel inspiration with anniversary celebrations & Google Trekker << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — It’s been a banner year in tourism for the province of British Columbia, thanks in large part to two main factors: increased international visitation and Canada’s sesquicentennial.While in Toronto on a media tour, representatives from B.C. tourism boards told Travelweek that visitation has spiked following Canada’s decision to lift the visa requirement for Mexican travellers as of Dec. 1, 2016. Add to that an increase in airlift (Aeromexico going double daily starting June 1) and a renewed interest in domestic travel for Canada’s 150th anniversary, and you get an uptick in inbound markets across the board, including Mexico (up 33% in 2016 over 2015), China (+18%) and the United States (+10.9%).On the domestic travel front, Saschie Maclean, Communications Specialist, North America for Tourism Vancouver, said that year-to-date numbers are slightly down (-0.3%), though traffic is expected to pick up during peak summer months. She hopes that the upcoming fall opening of the brand new Parq Vancouver complex – featuring the first JW Marriott in Western Canada – along with the recent opening of Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver will help fuel interest.JW Marriott parq Vancouver. Credit: JW Marriott.“These two new luxury properties should help with occupancy,” she said. “As luxury hotels, they’ll give Vancouver a nice mix of properties for visitors to choose from.”Vancouver is gearing up for a busy summer season, focusing largely on its Canada Day celebration that’s being billed as the biggest one outside of Ottawa. Party revellers can expect a parade of food trucks, bands, fireworks, a two-day family festival and weekly celebrations taking place at Canada Place.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”As for year-round festivities, Central City Brewers + Distillers has announced a country-wide collaboration with breweries from all 12 provinces, while Edible Canada, the nation’s largest culinary tourism company, will lead a week-long ‘Over the Top’ adventure across the country from June 16-23. Also, Timber Restaurant’s Long Table Canadian Supper featuring make-em-yourself s’mores and gift bags is proving to be a hit among groups of 15 or more, as is The Loden’s virtual reality package, which includes tickets to FlyOver Canada, a virtual flight ride across Canada.The festivities continue in Whistler, located 90 minutes by car from Vancouver and a mere 30 minutes by floatplane. Several hotels are offering commemorative packages, including Pan Pacific Whistler; ‘The Thrill Seeker’ package includes three nights’ accommodation for two and a Via Ferrata Climb tour, Ziptrek Sasquatch tour, and whitewater rafting, while ‘The Cultural Explorer’ also includes three nights’ accommodation for two and entrance to the Audain Art Museum and Squamish Lil’wat Culture Centre, Peak 2 Peak Sightseeing and a Valley of Dreams walking tour.Pan Pacific Whistler. Credit: Pan Pacific Whistler.The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also getting in on the fun with a new signature Canada 150 cocktail and ‘Wild Canada 150’ package, while the Four Seasons Resort Whistler has a Canada 150 Hunt Gather Fish Menu that features wine pairings with indigenous dishes.Meanwhile in Victoria, Canada 150 celebrations will culminate with the 11-day harbor side festival taking place from June 21-July 1. Every day at Ship Point there’ll be live performances, with special guests playing on the Legislature Lawn on June 30 and Canada Day, plus fireworks, live music, arts and culture and local food truck offerings. Also a source of Canadian pride is Royal BC Museum’s newest exhibit, ‘Terry Fox: Running to the Heart o f Canada’ (now through Oct. 1), which explores the impact Fox had on modern Canadian life.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFor those who need more incentive to visit B.C. this year, Sabrina Robson, Media Relations Specialist for Destination British Columbia, said there’s an interactive new way to map out their trip even before they book. Google Trekker, a new joint project by Destination BC and Google Canada, involved a team of explorers who spent 12 weeks mapping 200 treks through B.C. last summer, the biggest trekking mapping project by Google in Canada. Equipped with 40-pound Google Street View Trekker backpacks, they hiked a total of 1,000 kilometres to capture 360-degree images of trails and natural landscapes that are now available at bcexplorer.com/journeys. To complement Google’s footage, Destination BC also compiled interviews and photography that highlight B.C. from a local perspective.“We are keen to encourage residents to explore our own backyard this year,” said Robson. “With Canada 150 increasing interest and Canada Parks’ free Discovery Passes (B.C. has seven national parks), there’s no better time to visit B.C.”For more information on travel to British Columbia, go to destinationBC.ca. Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Will Holden (69) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ and New Orleans Saints’ practice squads before his return to the Valley.Related LinksWill 2018 go down as one of the worst seasons in Cardinals history?Andre Smith back with Bengals after release from CardinalsJones, a second-year player, appeared in the first game of his NFL career Sunday. But following the Cardinals’ 45-10 loss to the Chargers, Jones was cut from the team.The Cardinals were able to snag him for their practice squad, however, after he cleared waivers. 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals announced that they re-signed offensive lineman Will Holden to the 53-man roster and cornerback Chris Jones to the practice squad on Thursday.In addition to the re-signings of Holden and Jones, offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Prior to being sidelined, Vujnovich started two games and played five for the Cardinals in 2018.With Vujnovich unable to play and other offensive linemen — Justin Pugh, A.Q. Shipley and John Wetzel — also done for the year, re-signing Holden was imperative. Holden started five games for the Cardinals as a rookie in 2017 but was released before the 2018 season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Nine million broadband customers will be using DOC

first_imgNine million broadband customers will be using DOCSIS 3.1 equipment by 2017, according to ABI Research.ABI Research said that the advanced cable broadband technology had achieved good traction in Europe, with operators in the US also showing interest. According to the research group, the nine million DOCSIS 3.1 customers in 2017 will represent just over 1% of total fixed broadband subscriptions worldwide.Demand for gigabit services will be spurred by growing demand for broadband content and services including higher-resolution video and higher quality of service.“Technology vendors like Sagemcom, Technicolor and Teleste Corporation already have commercial DOCSIS 3.1 solutions available in the market, which has seen strong response in the Western European region. The DOCSIS 3.1-ready products and solutions are able to achieve 1.2GHz bandwidth, and some, like those from Teleste, started shipping in 2014. Meanwhile, operators in the United States are showing interest, with cable players like Comcast, Cox and Midcontinent to launch their DOCSIS 3.1 networks in 2016 and 2017,” said Michael Inouye, principal analyst at ABI Research.“European operators like Altice, TDC and Telenet likewise made inroads into preparing their networks for the launch of DOCSIS 3.1 in 2016. Ultimately, in instances in which corporations and homes already installed cable, it is more economical to upgrade cable services than make the switch to fiber, which gives DOCSIS 3.1 a definite advantage in the market space. Thinking ahead, enhanced deployments of ultra-broadband networks could pave the way for cable operators to migrate to a pure IPTV over DOCSIS network, abandoning legacy broadcast QAM technology. However, no major operator is publically investigating that approach,” said Sam Rosen, managing director and vice-president at ABI Research.last_img read more

After getting the living crap pounded out of it on

first_img After getting the living crap pounded out of it on Wednesday, palladium was sold down for a loss on the day once the price was capped on the SNB news.  Palladium was closed down another $10—and is now down an even $50 from Tuesday’s close.  Nothing free market about this. The platinum price had a similar trading pattern to gold, as it closed up $34 on the day. Silver was under some selling pressure during most of the Far East and early going in London on their Thursday, but rallied back above $17 spot on the SNB news.  The price of this precious metal also got capped at the same time as gold—and JPMorgan et al almost closed it down on the day—and back below $17 the ounce—before it rallied in the last few hours of electronic trading in New York. The low and high ticks were recorded as $16.71 and $17.24 in the March contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.955 spot, up only 11.5 cents.  Net volume was way up there as well, at 54,500 contracts.  Ted said that it was more than obvious that JPMorgan capped the silver price, as it’s still their “problem child”—and want as little excitement as possible in this metal for the moment. Another made-to-order day for an upwards revaluation in the gold price The gold price did precisely nothing until shortly before 10 a.m. GMT in London, with the price reacting to the upside the moment the news broke about the Swiss National Bank dropping its euro peg.  But around 11:15 a.m. GMT the powers-that-be stepped in as short sellers of last resort.  The gold price continued to chop higher from there, but it was obvious that ‘da boyz’ weren’t going to allow the price to run away to the upside, even though it broke above—and closed above—it’s 200-day moving average.  The high tick came shortly after London closed—and the traders in New York made sure that the price didn’t do much for the rest of the day. The low and high tick were reported by the CME Group as $1,226.10 and $1,267.20 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York on Thursday at $1,262.60 spot, up $33.50 on the day.  Volume, net of what few roll-overs there were, was monstrous at 255,000 contracts. The dollar index closed around the 92.10 mark late on Wednesday afternoon in New York—and then had a wild and crazy time of it on the announcement from the Swiss National Bank—with an intraday move of about 120 basis points.  When the dust settled, the index finished the day at 92.09—up 19 basis points. The gold stocks gapped up a bit more than 4 percent at the open—and climbed to their highs by very early afternoon in New York, but gave up a hair of those gains starting shortly after the COMEX close.  The HUI finished up 7.32 percent. 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. While on the subject of SLV, Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List,” updated his website with the data from the last two weeks of business over at the iShares.com Internet site.  Here’s his report on the activity that occurred for the reporting week ending January 7. “Analysis of the 07 January 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  149,187.7 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 371.5 oz.“ “There was a 957,538.0 oz withdrawal on Tuesday that is not yet reflected on the bar list.“ And here’s his report from yesterday for the week ending on Wednesday, January 14. “Analysis of the 14 January 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  2,873,136.0 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), 1,436,690.0 oz were added, and no bars had serial number changes.“ “The bars removed were from: Handy Harman (0.9M oz), Britannia (0.5M oz), Noranda (0.5M oz), and 23 others.  The bars added were from: Britannia (1.0M oz) and 9 others.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 192.5 oz.  The bars removed were all bars that had been in SLV for many years.“ “There was a 1,627,651.4 oz withdrawal on Wednesday night that is not yet reflected on the bar list.“ Also while I was away, the people that run the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated the short positions in both GLD and SLV for the the last half of December. They showed that SLV’s short position increased by 6.7 percent during that time, from 16.51 million shares/troy ounces, to 17.62 million shares/troy ounces.  That’s 524 metric tonnes of the stuff.  According to Ted Butler, the number of SLV shares held short with no metal backing them, was a hair over 5 percent of the total shares outstanding. The short position in GLD went in the other direction, as it fell by 9.35 percent from 1.541 million troy ounces, all the way down to 1.397 million troy ounces, or 43 tonnes. And before leaving GLD and SLV—there were a couple of reports from the good folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank while I was away.  These two reports cover the period from December 23 up to and including Friday, January 9.  Both reports showed declines in their gold and silver ETFs.  During that period their gold ETF declined by 41,812 troy ounces—and their silver ETF dropped by 243,665 troy ounces. Since January 5, the U.S. Mint has reported some pretty impressive sales numbers in both gold and silver.  As of the close of business yesterday, they had sold 70,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—29,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 3,701,500 silver eagles. That works out to 3 metric tonnes of gold sold by the mint in the first ten business days of January.  They didn’t even sell 2 metric tonnes in all of November and December combined last year.  Both Ted and I are still wondering what’s going on, because based on retail coin sales so far this year, business is still extremely soft, so the question remains as to who is buying all these coins, as it ain’t John Q. Public. Over at the COMEX-approved depositories, there was no in/out activity at all in gold on Wednesday but, as always, it was another busy day in silver, as 498,115 troy ounces reported received—and 512,555 troy ounces were shipped out.  The deposit was all at Canada’s Scotiabank—and the two withdrawals were from CNT and Scotiabank.  The link to that action is here. There was another big withdrawal from the Shanghai Bullion Exchange for the week ending on Friday, December 9.  This time the report showed that 61.126 tonnes were taken out—and here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent chart that shows that. Here are three more charts from Nick.  He sent them around yesterday evening—and I thought they were worth sharing.  They are the price of gold in Russian roubles, Belarus roubles and the Swiss franc at the close of trading yesterday. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and a rather chunky 120 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  The short/issuer was Jefferies on all 120 contracts—and the only long/stopper worth mentioning was Canada’s Scotiabank with 117 contacts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. January is not a traditional delivery month for either gold or silver but, having said that, there have already been 354 silver contracts posted for delivery year to date. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that there are only 87 gold contracts currently open in January, unchanged from Wednesday’s report.  Silver’s January open interest now sits at 200 contracts, up 74 contracts from Wednesday—less the 120 contracts mentioned in the previous paragraph that will be delivered tomorrow. I wasn’t writing down any deposits and withdrawals from either GLD or SLV while I was on vacation, so the numbers below represent the aggregate of what happened since the start of 2015, as there were no reported changes in either ETF for the first reporting day of January that I did have a column. Since the beginning of the year, the GLD ETF declined, on a net basis, by 45,789 troy ounces.  During that time period—and not including yesterday’s price gain—the gold price had increased by about 20 bucks. During the same period, the amount of silver in SLV declined by a whopping 4.55 million troy ounces, of which 1,627,651 ounces were withdrawn by an authorized participant on Wednesday, along with another 1,340,393 ounces yesterday.  Since the first of the year, the silver price has rallied about $1.10—not including yesterday’s price move. Ted Butler is still looking for an alternative explanation from anyone as to why physical silver is being removed from SLV in the face of a rising silver price.  His theory—that a big buyer, or buyers, are removing silver in order to prevent them from having to disclose the fact to the SEC that they hold more than a 5 percent of the outstanding shares of that ETF—remains unchallenged.  And, with the exception of myself, the rest of the so-called precious metal analysts won’t touch this issue with the proverbial 10-foot cattle prod.  You have to ask yourself, dear reader, why this is the case. Here are the long-term charts for both GLD and SLV.  The ounces held are in black—and the prices are in blue. The silver equities also gapped up about 4 percent, but their high tick was in shortly after 11 a.m. EST, which was shortly after London closed.  From that point they chopped quietly lower, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index only closed up 2.80%. I’ve hacked and slashed a goodly bit, but I’m more than happy to leave the final edit in your capable hands—but that said, there are still a goodly number of must read stories for you today. I’d peg JPMorgan’s concentrated and manipulative short position in COMEX silver to be 14,000 contracts at a minimum; but perhaps I am being too conservative, as a fair reading of the U.S. bank category of the companion Bank Participation Report [BPR] would allow for this crooked bank to be holding as many as 5,000 additional short contracts. In any event, even 14,000 contracts would represent a substantial increase from its silver short position in the December BPR of 7,000 contracts – at least a doubling and perhaps more. If one were looking for incontrovertible proof that the price of silver has been and is manipulated in price by JPMorgan’s excessive short selling (and for the purpose of illegally picking up physical silver on the cheap), then look no further. One U.S. bank accounted for almost all of the new short selling both in the Bank Participation Report and in the concentrated net short position of the four largest shorts since December 2. The new concentrated short selling by JPMorgan took place in a flat-to-down price environment—and at prices averaging no more than $16.25—and a price well below the average primary mining cost of production and $3 less than the average price of silver in the third quarter (in turn the lowest quarterly price in years). How can this new short selling be considered legitimate and not purely intended to be manipulative to the price of silver? Almost unbelievably, this new concentrated short selling by JPMorgan was described by me in advance as being the key element as to what the price of silver would, or wouldn’t do. On this there can be no argument. In the event JPMorgan sold short, the price of silver would struggle; if it didn’t, silver would soar. Nothing else has really mattered up to this point – not any other market factor, like actual mining and consumption or how much China or India buys. Clearly, I can’t control what this crooked bank does or doesn’t do; but there should be no question that silver’s rotten price performance is directly related to JPMorgan’s actions. That’s what makes this bank crooked and explains everything pricewise concerning silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 10 January 2015 Yesterday was another made-to-order day for an upwards revaluation in the gold price, as it became obvious to all and sundry that the wheels were starting to fly off the world’s financial and monetary system for real, taking the world’s economies with it.  But, for the moment, “da boyz” were having none of it. At the root of it all is a global fiat currency system that’s now totally out of control—complete with a garden of price management schemes that encompasses almost all asset classes, that now requires constant tending. As I’ve been saying for at least the last ten years; if the powers-that-be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash and burn—and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to explode to the outer edges of the known universe, the world’s economic, financial and monetary system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days. I’m still of that opinion—and the “end of all things” draws ever closer. As I write this paragraph, the London open is about 40 minutes away.  All four precious metals are up a hair, but prices have been generally flat in Far East trading on their Friday.  However net gold volume is already north of 26,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is over 4,400 contracts.  This is huge volume for such small price movements—and well over 95 percent of it is in the current front months, which means the HFT boyz and their algorithms are hard at work keeping prices as flat as they are.  The dollar index isn’t doing much, either—and is up 6 basis points as of this writing. I’m somewhat surprised that we haven’t seen more roll-over activity out of the February contract in gold, as options and futures expiry is only about ten days away—and gold open interest in the February contract is still way up there at 192,777 contracts, with 14,281 contracts of that being added yesterday as traders went long—as JPMorgan et al took the other side of the trade.  All that volume, except those standing for delivery, has to disappear before First Notice Day. Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of trading on Tuesday, January 13—and I expect it will show more deterioration in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver.  It’s what’s going on under the hood that matters of course, but that doesn’t alter the fact that the headline numbers in the legacy COT Report are already ugly—and much uglier still after yesterday’s price action. It remains to be seen whether things will end up the same way as all other rallies have in the past, but prices can also run for a good bit as well if the powers-that-be decide that it is in their best interests.  They could also get over run by events, but that has never happened, at least up to this point—and after three years of heavy sledding, even the lunatic fringe has ceased talking about that particular outcome. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 4:45 a.m. EST, I note that the gold price is down a few bucks; but silver, which had rallied above the $17 price mark in early Far East trading, has now been sold down below that price once again—and is back to unchanged.  Platinum is down five bucks—but palladium is up seven dollars at the moment. Gold’s net volume is around 37,000 contracts, with a decent increase in roll-over activity—and silver’s net volume is around 6,800 contracts.  The dollar index is up 10 basis points. So there’s been no follow-through whatsoever from yesterday’s big news, almost like it never happened at all—and “da boyz” are determined to keep it that way.  That’s why we’ve seen such huge volumes both yesterday—and early this morning.  All price excitement has to be capped—and it will be interesting to see how the precious metal markets are allowed to react once trading begins on the COMEX this morning. I’m off to Vancouver later today for the Cambridge Resource Conference where GATA chairman Bill Murphy and I are guest speakers, so I must admit in advance that Saturday’s column—along with the one on Tuesday—will be as brief as I can make them.  It’s also one of the reasons that today’s column is as long as it is, as I wanted to bring you as up-to-date as I could and clear out my in-box, which had been getting rather full of “stuff” that had to be posted. And before heading off to bed, I’d like to mention a new book that Casey Research’s Terry Coxon has just had published.  It’s entitled “Keep What You Earn“.  If you’re tired of feeling like you’re working to support the government—and want your money and your assets to be safe from people looking for any reason to sue—and if you need to figure out how to keep a bigger chunk of your paycheck—you should check out Terry’s new book, as it’s got easy-to-implement methods to achieve all this and more.  You can find out all the details by clicking here. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Koos Jansen had a story on this headlined “Chinese Lunar Year Gold Buying at Full Steam: 61 Tonnes Withdrawn From SGE Vaults in One Week“—and it’s linked here. Here are two more charts for your viewing pleasure.  Nick sent me these the day before I left on vacation.  These are the monthly intraday moving averages for both gold and silver for December.  If you average the same two minute tick for each trading day of the month, the chart patterns for silver and gold appear as shown below.  Unless your job depends on you not seeing it, it’s obvious that the selling pressure in both gold and silver starts minutes after trading begins on the COMEX—and ends shortly before the close of electronic trading in New York—so ‘da boyz’ are still there.last_img read more