Giroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.The Manchester Evening News says Pogba has still not returned to the club’s Carrington training complex, having spent over a week in Dubai during the international break for some warm weather training.Pogba, 26, has missed four of United’s last six games with an ankle injury and flew to Dubai with a protective boot on, and United sources are pessimistic about the possibility of him recovering for the Liverpool game on Sunday.United are hopeful Anthony Martial will be fit to start for the first time since he suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on August 24.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Rookie Blue alum Lyriq Bent has been cast as male leads opposite DeWanda Wise in Spike Lee’s 10-episode Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 indie film.The series centers on Darling (Wise), a Brooklyn-based a sexually liberated, free spirited painter/mixed media artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers, played by Bent, Cleo Anthony and Anthony Ramos. Login/Register With: Advertisement
Paris- Morocco’s minister of foreign affair and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, saw on Sunday positive prospects to reach an agreement on various aspects in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The official who took part in a meeting of the Arab League’s follow-up committee of the Arab peace initiative, held in Paris in the presence of US Secretary of state John Kerry, Mezouar told MAP “convergences of viewpoints between various parties are starting to appear”, stressing that the Arab side requested during the meeting explanations on some points.He added that John Kerry has brought “concrete answers”, noting that there one or two items that need to be deepened. Mezouar was upbeat that a final solution will be reached in the coming weeks, stressing that “the Arab side has supported the US peace initiative and commended efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “.
Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorAfter his name surfaced Tuesday afternoon connecting him to a rape allegation, former Ohio State cornerback and potential NFL first-round pick Gareon Conley will not attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia that starts Thursday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.Source: #OhioSt CB Gareon Conley has decided not to be in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017Conley, considered a top 15 pick by several NFL draft analysts, was planning on being one of the 22 athletes in the green room at the NFL draft on Thursday, but will now watch from home as he waits for his name to be called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Conley has not been charged in connection to the rape allegation.
Tottenham Hotspur’s forward Heung-Min Son revealed who his football role model is, it’s a Manchester United legend who recently hung up his boots.Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is having a blast as a Premier League player, he recently revealed that he has a role model who played at Manchester United for a long time.There are not too many South Korean players who triumph in European football, but Park Ji-Sung is arguably amongst the most successful ones and the player who inspired younger generations from his country where Son came from.The Spurs player talks about Park as a national hero, and dreams of someday winning as many trophies as the former Red Devil did throughout his illustrious career.“He is a legend for me and was one of the guys who influenced us all in a way because he played for also a big team and was a key part of their success,” Son told The Mirror.“Anytime he played in the Champions League he played very well and represented our country in the best possible way.”“I am still in contact with him and he remains my role model because of the kind of human being he is. It is very hard to find a fault in him and if I need to ask something he is always a phone call away.”“I can never underestimate the role he played in putting our country out there with his performance.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Son also revealed what a joy it is for him to be a Premier League player: “For me it’s still a dream to play in the Premier League.”“The journey is an unbelievable one. Playing in England and playing for Tottenham I don’t think I could have asked for more at this stage.”“I am enjoying playing in here every second, every hour, every day. Look back home in South Korea most of the kids wants to play here.”“Maybe some players had it easy but for me it’s a dream and I treat every game as living the dream I had some years ago,” said the Tottenham Hotspur’s forward. On this day in 2005, Park Ji-Sung was unveiled as a United player following his £4m move from PSV.205 games ⚽27 goals 🎯13 trophies 🏆The big-game performer 👌 pic.twitter.com/z7DZAukLhE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) July 8, 2018
German defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough District is on a two-hour delay start for Monday, December 3, due to weather conditions throughout the Peninsula. A two hour delay means that buses run two hours later than normal, school begins two hours later than normal, and staff arrives at school two hours later than normal. If weather and road conditions warrant a full closure, an announcement will be made by 7:00am, according to KPBSD. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. Parents and guardians, if you decide, based on conditions near you to keep your child at home, kindly call your school to let them know. Absences will be excused.
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Marjorie Kamys Cotera/ The Texas TribuneTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a news conference on Jan. 12, 2017.Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been fighting securities fraud charges for most of his first term, collected $84,000 in gifts last year to help pay for his legal defense, he says in a newly released financial disclosure statement.That means he has now gotten a total of over $630,000 for his legal defense from people he has described over the past three years as family friends or others who are not covered by state bribery laws. The $84,000 that Paxton received in 2017 is much less than he received for his legal defense in the two previous years: nearly $218,000 in 2016 and over $329,000 in 2015.State bribery laws say that elected officials cannot accept gifts from parties subject to their authority. But Paxton has justified the contributions to his legal defense by claiming an exemption that allows him to take gifts from people with whom he as a relationship that is “independent” of his “official status.”The $84,000 that Paxton got in 2017 for his legal defense came from 10 sources, including two couples that gave $25,000 each. One couple was Shawn Clayton, the president and CEO of Dallas landscape company Superscapes, and his wife, Erin. The other $25,000 givers were Steven and Carrie Parsons, a Dallas husband and wife who have previously contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Paxton’s legal defense.Eight of the donors to Paxton’s legal defense in 2017 are identified as a “former client/family friend” on the disclosure statement. The two others are listed as a “Legacy Christian friend,” a reference to the Frisco school where Paxton’s wife, Angela Paxton, has worked.Since the summer of 2015, Paxton has been under indictment on criminal charges in state court alleging he misled investors in a company from before his time as attorney general. In 2016, he beat a similar, civil case brought by federal prosecutors.Paxton has pleaded not guilty in the long-running criminal case. Currently, it is effectively on pause as prosecutors await a state appeals court ruling in a separate case on whether they can get paid to continue working.Monday was the deadline for 2018 candidates to file their personal financial statements for 2017 with the Texas Ethics Commission. As part of the gifts that the attorney general disclosed, he also said he and his wife received tickets to the Grammy Awards from Raphael Hernandez of Washington. Share
The District of Columbia’s attorney general Karl Racine and the council member representing Ward 8, Trayon White, teamed up recently to talk about fighting violence in the ward.On July 19, Racine and White convened a town hall, “Violence Prevention and Interruption” at THE ARC in Southeast to talk to Ward 8 residents on the best ways to address public safety.Karl Racine is the attorney general of the District of Columbia is assembling a plan to further reduce crime in the city. (Courtesy photo)“We have some issues in our community,” White said to the crowd of 250. “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.”The panelists for the event included Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor for Public Safety and Justice; Andrae Brown, a violence interruption expert; Patrol Chief Robert Countee of the D.C. Police Department and Ivan Cloyd, an anti-violence activist in the District.Racine said he convened the meeting because he felt that violence was too prevalent in people’s lives.“Recently, a grandmother in Ward 8 told one of my staffers ‘I care for my 8-year-old grandson, and every time he hears gunshots outside our apartment he screams, ‘Grandma, hit the ground,” the attorney general said. “This story is heartbreaking and, sadly, not unique.”The latest police department statistics available for the Seventh Police District, which covers the overwhelmingly majority of Ward 8, show that there has been a 31 percent reduction in violent crime that is categorized as robbery, assaults, sexual assaults and homicides. Police statistics also show that there has been a 47 percent reduction in robberies specifically, a major offense that takes place in Ward 8.However, statistics reveal that there has been an 18 percent increase in property crimes. Nevertheless, Countee was upbeat about crime trends.“Crime is at an all-time 10-year low and it is headed in the right direction,” he said.Donahue said that a change in mindset has taken place among the District’s public safety sector, citing the passage of the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act of 2015 that was authored by D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The act focuses on a non-traditional mode of fighting crime.“The NEAR Act tries to solve violence with a public health approach,” Donahue said, noting that many criminals have mental and, in some cases, physical ailments that contribute to their lawlessness. He said that the Act has enabled the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to look at creative ways to engage offenders and victims.“We are working on ways where there will be social workers at emergency rooms to counsel patients if they are there as a result of a criminal act and a legal advocate at the hospital to advise people, whether they are criminals or victims, of their rights,” Donahue said.The general consensus among the panelists is that the community must play a more active role in fighting crime.Brown has done anti-violence work in Los Angeles and notes America’s second largest city has made significant headway in reducing crime.“The Los Angeles government had a full comprehensive strategy where all agencies of the government worked to reduce gang violence,” Brown said. “There was an effort to get more members of the community engaged in the work of the police. In addition, we worked to get the police to change the way it sees the community.”Countee agreed with White that anti-violence non-profits should get more city and private sector funds and he supported a contention of Brown’s.“People should call-in to the police when there is trouble,” he said.Cloyd said many young people want to do the right thing but face so many problems that they can’t deal with.“When I was young man in the early 1990s, I became disaffected with education,” he said.“For example, if you don’t have the reading skills that are required of your grade level you become frustrated and decide to tune out school. If you don’t have reading skills, you can’t reason and you become educationally disengaged.”Racine said he has a plan to confront violence that consists of identifying people who are at high risk of getting involved in violence and connect them with services that can help; mediate disputes and prevention retaliation; and help change norms around violence and organize community responses when violence does occur.However, the event lacked the woman’s perspective, according to Barbara Morgan, a former president of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, who questioned why there were no female panelists.“It was very informative,” Morgan told the AFRO. “I asked about the females because there are a lot of issues that females have to deal with. It takes two [male and female] to be a part of the solution.”
(PhysOrg.com) — You have spent the night out on the town and had a few drinks with friends. At the end of the evening, you figure you have only had a few drinks. You should be fine to drive right? While this is something that is heard in many bars throughout the country, there is now a new app designed to help you determine if you are indeed sober enough to be driving. The new iPhone app, known as BreathalEyes, uses the iPhone camera to record and measure a person’s Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). This HGN is the involuntary eye movement that can occur when a person is impaired by alcohol and is one of the many different field sobriety tests that are conducted by police officers. New mobile app, ShoeBox, helps scan old photos Explore further 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Potential drunk drivers now have an app for that (2012, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-potential-drunk-drivers-app.html By having a person look into the iPhone camera, the app is able to measure this movement in a 10 second test and then lets drivers know if they are under the influence.While this app is legally marketed for entertainments purposes only, it has been tested alongside a standard breathalyzer. The results show that the new app has an effective range of 0.02 – 0.18 percent and a (+/-) 0.02 percent accuracy of blood alcohol content, or BAC, levels.The disadvantage of this app is you cannot administer it to yourself. You will have to have a friend with a steady hand hold the camera. The test must also be conducted in good lighting so that leaves most bars or clubs out.Currently this app is only available for the iPhone 4 or later but the company has plans to have an Android app available within the year for the low cost of only $0.99.
According to sources, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed Directorate of Vigilance, the administrative department of ACB, to take further action on a complaint of embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh against Meena lodged by a retired inspector of Delhi police on Thursday.In the
Google yesterday announced a new external advisory board to help monitor the company’s use of artificial intelligence for ways in which it may violate ethical principles it laid out last summer. The group was announced by Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, and it includes experts on a wide-ranging series of subjects, including mathematics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, and even foreign policy. Following is the complete list of the advisory council appointed by Google: Alessandro Acquisti, a leading behavioral economist and privacy researcher. Bubacarr Bah, an expert in applied and computational mathematics De Kai, a leading researcher in natural language processing, music technology and machine learning Dyan Gibbens, an expert in industrial engineering and CEO of Trumbull Joanna Bryson, an expert in psychology and AI, and a longtime leader in AI ethics Kay Coles James, a public policy expert with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels of government Luciano Floridi, a leading philosopher and expert in digital ethics William Joseph Burns, a foreign policy expert and diplomat The group will be called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, and it appears Google wants it to be seen as an independent watchdog keeping an eye on how it deploys AI in the real world. It wants to focus on facial recognition technology and mitigation of built-in bias in machine learning training methods. “This group will consider some of Google’s most complex challenges that arise under our AI Principles … providing diverse perspectives to inform our work,” Walker writes. Behind the selection of the council As for the members, the names may not be easily recognizable to those outside academia. However, the credentials of the board appear to be of the highest caliber, with resumes that include multiple presidential administration positions and stations at top-notch universities spanning University of Oxford, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and UC Berkeley. Having said that, the selection of the Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James and CEO of Trumbull Dyan Gibbens received harsh criticism on Twitter. It has been noted that James, through her involvement with the conservative think tank, has espoused anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on her public Twitter profile: One of the members, Joanna Bryson also expressed astonishing comments on Twitter for being selected as a part of the council. Joanna states, she has no idea of what she is getting into but she will certainly do her best. Google’s history of controversies Last year, Google found itself embroiled in controversy over its participation in a US Department of Defense drone program called Project Maven. Following immense internal backlash and external criticism for putting employees to work on AI projects that may involve the taking of human life, Google decided to end its involvement in Maven following the expiration of its contract. It also put together a new set of guidelines, what CEO Sundar Pichai dubbed Google’s AI Principles, that would prohibit the company from working on any product or technology that might violate “internationally accepted norms” or “widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.” “We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful questions about its use,” Pichai wrote at the time. “How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come. As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right.” Google effectively wants its AI research to be “socially beneficial,” and that often means not taking government contracts or working in territories or markets with notable human rights violations. Regardless, Google found itself in yet another similar controversy related to its plans to launch a search product in China, one that may involve deploying some form of artificial intelligence in a country currently trying to use that very same technology to surveil and track its citizens. Google’s pledge differs from the stances of Amazon and Microsoft, both of which have said they will continue to work the US government. Microsoft has secured a $480 million contract to provide HoloLens headsets to the Pentagon, while Amazon continues to sell its Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies. Google also formed a “responsible innovation team” internally that Walker says has reviewed hundreds of different launches to-date, some of which have aligned with its principles while others haven’t. For example, that team helped Google make the decision not to sell facial recognition technology until there’s been more ethical and policy debate on the issue. Why critics are skeptical of this move? Rashida Richardson, director of policy research at AI Now Institute, expressed skepticism about the ambiguity of Google and other companies’ AI principles at the MIT Technology Review Conference held in San Francisco on Tuesday. For example, Google’s document leans heavily on the word “appropriate.” “Who is defining what appropriate means?” she asked. Walker said that Google’s new council is meant to foster more defined discussion. He added that the company had over 300 people looking at machine learning fairness issues. “We’re doing our best to put our money where our mouth is,” Kent said. Google has previously had embarrassing technology screw-ups driven by bias in its machine learning systems, like when its photos algorithm labeled black people as gorillas. It would not be wrong to say that today’s announcement — which perhaps not coincidentally comes a day after Amazon said it would earmark $10 million with the National Science Foundation for AI fairness research, and after Microsoft executive Harry Shum said the company would add an ethics review focusing on AI issues to its standard product audit checklist — appears to be an attempt by Google to fend off broader, continued criticism of private sector AI pursuits. Thoughtful decisions require careful and nuanced consideration of how the AI principles … should apply, how to make tradeoffs when principles come into conflict, and how to mitigate risks for a given circumstance,” says Walker in an earlier blog post. Read Next Google and Facebook working hard to clean image after the media backlash from the Christchurch terrorist attack Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019 Google to be the founding member of CDF (Continuous Delivery Foundation)
More than a third of video subscribers across five key markets now claim that ultra HD content is important in their choice of both paid-for and free video services, according to IHS Markit.The research, which surveyed viewers in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and Brazil, found that respondents between the ages of 17 and 44 were most interested in UHD content, with men aged 25 to 34 the keenest on the technology.“The preference for high-resolution video is in line with the growing, albeit small, number of UHD titles available and the rising penetration of 4K-capable TV sets,” according to the report.“IHS Markit research reveals that more than four in 10 TV sets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2018 were 4K capable.”IHS estimates that more than one-third of active internet-connected TV sets are currently 4K enabled, with that number tipped to grow as 4K TVs now comprise more than half of all TV shipments in China, North America and Western Europe.Consumers who said that UHD content played a role in their choice of video services were also more likely than others to own connectable video devices – particularly games consoles and over-the-top streaming devices, like Apple TV, Chromecast, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
British Heart FoundationCharity ball held in memory of GAA player Kevin King raises £23k for heart charityEglingtonFearghal McKinneyhead of BHF NIKevin ‘Kingsy’ King Since his death, his family have become involved in raising funds for the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) to help research into heart conditions.Among the events organised was the King of Hearts Ball, which was held in May 4 – two days before what have been Kevin’s 25rd birthday.Ireland rugby star Stephen Ferris, Kerry GAA legend Tomás Ó Sé, Olympic medal winning boxer Paddy Barnes and boxer Tyrone McCullough were among those to attend the event at Titanic Belfast.The proceeds from the ball brings the King family’s total fundraising since Kevin’s death to more than £80,000.Kevin’s brother, Martin King, said: “We are truly overwhelmed by the support we have had from the community since Kevin’s death.“To think we have raised £80,000 to fund BHF research that will save the lives of other young people is amazing.“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and been so generous with their time and money.“It was a fantastic evening.”Fearghal McKinney, head of BHF NI, said: “Without the support of brave families like the Kings we wouldn’t be able to fund finding a cure for heart disease.“The gala ball was a huge success.“It was a pleasure to see our local communities come out in force to raise money and celebrate Kevin’s life.“The King family and friends and his wider community have shown such generosity of spirit and we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done to fund lifesaving heart research.”Charity ball held in memory of GAA player Kevin King raises £23k for heart charity was last modified: June 30th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Kevin ‘Kingsy’ King suffered from a heart condition called myocardial fibrosisA CHARITY gala held in memory of a young Co Derry GAA player who died suddenly has raised £23,000 for life-saving heart research.The family of Kevin ‘Kingsy’ King from Eglington, who died from a heart condition in November 2016, said they hoped the money will help “save the lives of other young people”. ShareTweet A promising Gaelic footballer, he played for St Mary’s GAC, Slaughtmanus as well as Tamnaherin Celtic FC. The 22-year-old had been in goals in an indoor game with friends in Campsie when he collapsed and died in November 2016.Following his death, his parents John and Margaret, and brother Martin, learned he had arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – an inherited heart condition that damages the muscle of the heart and leads to sudden death.It is estimated at least one young person, aged under 35, dies every month from an undiagnosed heart condition here.
As Ted also pointed out, ‘da boyz’ are still in control of the metal markets…and show no signs of backing off at the moment.The gold price didn’t do much of anything through all of Far East, European and North American trading on Tuesday. But then about one minute before 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, the bid disappeared, sell stops were hit…and that, as they say, was that.By the time the low was in [$1,637.90 spot] an hour later, the gold price was down very close to forty bucks from Monday’s close. Gold gained back about nine bucks of its loses going into the close of electronic trading in New York…and finished at $1,645.80 spot…down $31.20 on the day. For such a big price move, net volume wasn’t overly heavy…around 143,000 contracts.The silver price on Tuesday was far more volatile…and far more interesting. The price hardly moved from the $33 spot price level all night long…but at 9:00 a.m. in London, about 20 cents got carved off the price.The next rally of any substance began around 1:00 p.m. in London…about twenty minutes before the Comex open at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time. It was obvious from that point onward that the silver price really wanted to sail…but as you can tell from the saw-tooth price pattern during the Comex trading session, even the smallest price advance was running into ‘resistance’…especially the vertical price spike that occurred just minutes before the Comex close. Then JPMorgan et al showed up at 2:00 p.m…and that was it for the day.The high tick…$33.42 spot…came at 1:25 p.m. Eastern time. Sixty-five minutes later the low price tick was in at $32.40 spot. The silver price gained back 28 cents from that low, closing the New York electronic trading session at $32.68 spot…down only 31 cents on the day. Net volume was in the neighbourhood of 37,000 contracts.The dollar index trading just under the 79.00 mark right up until a few minutes before 2:00 p.m. in New York. The index went vertical…and by the time the high of he day was in precisely sixty minutes later, the dollar index had gained just under 70 basis points. The index gave up a bit of those gains going into the New York close, but not a lot. When all was said and done, the dollar index was up a hair over 50 basis points yesterday, which is hardly a big move in the grand scheme of things.Yesterday was another example of ‘ramp the dollar/kill the precious metals’…as the both events began simultaneously…which is impossible in the real world. What happened yesterday was a mini version of the drive-by shooting on February 29th.The gold stocks opened lower yesterday…and the share price action pretty much reflected the move in the gold price that began about one or two minutes before 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. At one point the HUI was down over four percent…but managed to reduce those loses going into the close. The HUI finished down 3.34%.The silver stocks got it in the neck as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.15%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 313 gold and one lonely silver contract were posted for delivery on Thursday. In gold, the biggest short/issuers were the Bank of Nova Scotia and Goldman Sachs with 172 and 98 contracts respectively. The biggest long/stopper by far was JPMorgan with 165 contracts in its client accounts and 136 in its in-house trading account. The Issuers and Stoppers Report is linked here.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…and there was a minor withdrawal from SLV…only 135,735 troy ounces, which I would guess was a fee payment of some type.The U.S. Mint had a rather smallish sales report. They sold 2,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, along with 125,000 silver eagles.After a busy Friday, there wasn’t much activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday. They didn’t receive any silver…and shipped a smallish 109,320 troy ounces out the door.I have fewer stories for you today, which I’m quite happy about.Well, I can’t add too much to what Jim Sinclair had to say yesterday. If you honestly believe that what was in the minutes of that meeting had anything remotely to do with the hit on the metals yesterday, then I have a bridge that I can sell you.With gold, silver, platinum and copper all shows signs of a break-out to the upside, JPMorgan et al showed up in force to crush these rallies in their tracks. This was especially easy to see in silver.As I said at the top of this column, every rally attempt in silver during the New York trading session got hit before it could go anywhere. And the big smack came at 2:00 p.m…which was half an hour after the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. Coincidence? I think not. As you know, they pull this stunt all the time.In my daily conversation with Ted Butler yesterday, he was wondering out loud just how much technical fund long liquidation there was associated with that engineered price decline…as we were pretty much all cleaned out to the downside as it was…and the volumes in both gold and silver were not particularly high. If they’d cleaned out a lot of leveraged longs, the volume would have been significantly higher than it was.And as Ted also pointed out, ‘da boyz’ are still in control of the metal markets…and show no signs of backing off at the moment. To quote a couple of sentences of what Ted had to say in this column yesterday…”Can the commercials still collusively rig prices lower? Of course, they can, but that will only make the set up better…Just make no mistake, this paper trading on the COMEX is the sole determinant of short term price movement. This is price setting, pure and simple. This is also about as far removed from the price discovery function of futures markets intended under commodity law as can be imagined.”When charges were brought against the Royal Bank of Canada on Monday, CFTC Enforcement Director David Meister had this to say…”Today’s action should make clear that the CFTC will not hesitate to bring charges against even the most sophisticated market participants who unlawfully exploit the futures markets for their own gain.”Should one laugh…or should one cry?As reader R.A. Lee, who sent me the above quote yesterday, said…”It gave me such a warm and fuzzy feeling, that I could barely contain myself.”That’s one way of putting it.In overnight trading it was easy to see that the high frequency traders were out and about early. Around 10:30 a.m. Hong Kong time, there was the smallest of spikes in the dollar index…and that resulted in a three dollar sell-off in gold…and almost 50 cents in silver. After that, gold and silver prices were comatose until the open of London trading…and then down went the prices again.Volumes in both metals [as of 5:19 a.m. Eastern time] is significantly higher than this time yesterday. The dollar index is up a magnificent 22 basis points from Tuesday’s New York close…and half of that was from that small spike in early Hong Kong trading.As I hit the ‘send’ button, gold is down a hair over fifteen bucks from yesterday’s close in New York…and silver is down almost 70 cents, and is now just below the $32 spot price mark.Yep, as Ted Butler said…”this paper trading on the COMEX/GLOBEX is the sole determinant of short term price movement. 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The palladium chart was somewhat similar to the price action in silver, with all the major price inflection points coming at the same times. Palladium was closed at $801 spot, down 4 bucks from Monday. The gold stocks, which gapped down about 3 percent at the open, began to rally at the 10 a.m. EST London p.m. gold fix. But once the highs of the day were in for all four precious metals at 11 a.m. EST an hour later, the gold stocks topped out—and from there they got sold back down to their 9:55 a.m. low tick, but rallied a bit in the close from there. The HUI finished the Tuesday session down 3.21%. Platinum had a very similar pattern to gold—and most of the day’s losses were in by the London p.m. gold fix, which was 10 a.m. in New York. Platinum was closed down $22 on the day. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 87.98—and the rally that had begun at the London p.m. gold fix on that day, continued unabated until its 88.67 high tick, which came around 2:40 p.m. EST on Tuesday. From there it gave up a few basis points into the close. The index finished the trading day at 88.63—up 65 basis points. Considering the rally in the dollar index, gold and silver prices held up pretty well. Here’s the 3-day dollar index chart, so you can see the 10 a.m. EST low tick at the London p.m. gold fix on Monday morning in New York—and how the rally off that low has progressed over the last couple of days. As I’ve said on many occasions, I’ve always felt like that there were times when the precious metals shares were being actively managed. Yesterday was one of those days. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 4 of the December delivery month showed that 8 gold and 110 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday. In silver, the two largest short/issuers were Jefferies with 76 contracts—and JPMorgan with 31 contracts out of its client account. The only long/stopper of note was HSBC USA with 89 contracts. Jefferies was a distant second with 11 contracts. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday session showed that December open interest in gold fell by 1,359 contracts—and now sits at 2,250 contracts—minus the deliveries mentioned in the previous paragraph. Silver’s December open interest declined by 190 contracts, leaving 736 contracts still open—minus the 110 posted for delivery tomorrow. An authorized participant added 76,869 troy ounces of gold to GLD on Tuesday—and there was a huge withdrawal from SLV, as an a.p. took out 2,730,965 troy ounces. I’m sure that Ted Butler will have something to say about the activity in SLV during the last two trading days when he posts his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers this afternoon. The good folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the activity in their gold and silver ETFs for the week ending on Friday, November 28—and this is what they had to report. Their gold ETF dropped 8,741 troy ounces; but their silver ETF actually took in some metal—17,324 troy ounces to be exact. Not a lot, to be sure, but better than the alternative. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report. They didn’t sell any gold yesterday, but they did sell another 139,500 silver eagles. Retail bullion sales continue to be as slow as molasses in January, so it’s a lead-pipe cinch that almost all the silver eagles sold are being purchase by ‘Mr. Big’. There wasn’t must in/out activity in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday, as only 100 kilobars were reported received—and 1 lonely kilobar was shipped out. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 600,072 troy ounces received—and 615,470 troy ounces were shipped out. The link to that action is here. I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and I hope there’s the odd one that you’ll find interesting. It remains to be seen if [Friday’s] high volume sell-off in shares of SLV, the big silver ETF, will result in any liquidation of metal holdings, or if the sell-off was used by short sellers to buy back previously shorted shares. Along with the relative disparity of Silver Eagle sales compared to sales of Gold Eagles, the disparity between the metal holdings in the big gold ETF, GLD, and the holdings in SLV continue to amaze. The holdings in GLD slid to another new low not seen since late 2008, while the holdings in SLV remain close to the all-time highs and nearly 150 million oz above the levels of late 2008. Some might suggest that relative sales of Silver Eagles and holdings in SLV are so much stronger than their gold counterparts because silver is so much cheaper than gold and that’s hard to argue with; but I would add a slightly different twist. It seems to me that these relative measures of comparison has more to do with the deliberate effort of JPMorgan to manipulate silver prices lower on the COMEX for the express intent of acquiring as much physical silver as possible through any means available. The alternative explanation, I suppose, is that the physical silver fell magically into JPMorgan’s lap. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 November 2014 Well, there was absolutely no follow-through to Monday’s giant rally in London and New York on Tuesday—and it was as I feared, another one-day wonder—a painted key reversal to the upside that ‘failed’ once again. But, in all fairness, I suppose that I should give this rally more time to materialize, but with half of Wednesday’s trading session already done, with zero price movement in any of the precious metals, its hard to get get enthusiastic about a rally continuation at this point. It should be noted that gold was closed back below its 50-day moving average—and the other three precious metals were stopped cold at their respective 50 and 200-day moving averages as well. Here are their 6-month charts. The silver price action had a lot more shape to it, but followed a very similar path to gold. From its Far East high, which came shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, the silver price bottomed out shortly before 1 p.m. in New York. From there it rallied [with some resistance] until 11 a.m. EST, which corresponded with the 4 p.m. GMT close of trading in London. After that it traded more or less sideways until the 5:15 p.m. EST close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported as $16.07 and $16.535 in the March contract. Silver finished the Tuesday session in New York at $16.465 spot, up a half a cent from Monday’s close. Net volume was up there at 66,000 contracts. The silver equities started off the trading day with the same price pattern as the gold stocks. The high tick [in positive territory] also came minutes after 11 a.m. EST—and it was all down hill from there—and after 2 p.m. EST, the index traded sideways. The silver equities came close to finishing on their low ticks—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down a chunky 4.51%—giving up well over half of their Monday gains, even though the metal itself closed in positive territory, if only by a hair. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about 25 minutes away. Precious metal prices, as I said already, are doing precisely nothing—and all, except for silver of course, are up a bit from their closing prices in New York yesterday afternoon. Gold and silver volumes—21,000 and 6,700 contracts respectively—are very light, at least compared to what we’ve seen since Friday at this time of day, but their still a little chunkier than I’d like to see. The dollar index hasn’t done much of anything so far in the Wednesday trading session, but is up 7 basis points during the last hour or so. With so little price action in any of the precious metals yesterday, we’ll get an excellent read on what happened last Friday, and on Monday of this week, when the new Commitment of Traders Report hits the street at 3:30 p.m. EST this coming Friday—and I’ll be very interested in what this report shows, especially in the Managed Money category. And as I said in this space yesterday, we also get the December Bank Participation Report—and the data in that will be extremely helpful as well. And as I send this out the door at 5:30 a.m. EST, I see that all four precious metals rallied by tiny amounts starting just before the London open. None were allowed above their respective 50-day moving averages—and palladium was turn back at its 200-day moving average once again. Net gold volume is approaching 39,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 10,500 contracts. The dollar index is now up 18 basis points, so considering the fact that dollar index is up a bit over 100 basis points since the Monday p.m. gold fix in London, the precious metals aren’t doing all that badly. I’ll be more than interested in the price action when I check the charts later this morning. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see here tomorrow. A painted key reversal to the upside that ‘failed’ once again After getting sold down five bucks or so in the first hour of trading in New York on Monday evening, the price did nothing until the early afternoon in Far East trading. The tiny rally that developed at that point didn’t last long—and minutes after 9 a.m. GMT in London, the gold price was back under the $1,200 per ounce price mark. That’s where it stayed for the most of the remainder of the Tuesday trading session. The high tick was the Monday close in New York—and the CME Group recorded that as $1,212.60 in the February contract. The low was reported as $1,191.40. 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