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first_imgVarious organisations in Assam welcomed the Supreme Court’s order extending the deadline for publishing the final NRC to August 31 and turning down the request of the Centre and Assam government to conduct 20% sample re-verification of listed names in the districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in the other districts on Tuesday.In a joint statement, the Assam State Jamiat and All-Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) said that the SC foiled a conspiracy of the BJP to delay the publication of the NRC.“People have undergone a lot of misery in proving their citizenship by being forced to visit NRC service centres in faraway places. Re-verification would have made these people suffer again,” AAMSU president Rezaul Karim Sarkar said. “The extension is appreciated since people in flood-affected areas could not go to the NRC centres to settle claims and verify documents. Besides, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela had said he would publish the final list in two phases if time was not extended. It is good that with a month’s time, the final NRC will be published at one go,” State Jamiat president Maulana Mustaq Anfar said.Dipanka Kumar Nath, president of All-Assam Students’ Union, said they trusted the Supreme Court, which has been monitoring the NRC exercise, to take steps for ensuring an error-free NRC. We respect the apex court’s decision and believe it will help keep genuine citizens in and illegal migrants out.” He said the Centre and State’s plea for re-verification was redundant as more than 20% reverification had been done during the past few months.The Assam Public Works, an NGO that had filed a petition seeking 100% re-verification said what mattered was the satisfaction of the court about the NRC groundwork.“The NRC State Coordinator satisfied the court that they have already done 28% reverification of the applicants during the process of claims and objections and that the name of not a single immigrant has been included in the draft. The court is happy that no Bangladeshi figures in the NRC,” the NGO’s president Aabhijeet Sarma said.last_img read more


first_img“I have great respect for Sai Baba phenomenon minus the tricks. He has done lot of development work, which is praiseworthy.”P.C. Sorcar Jr, Magician”Seventy to 85 per cent polling shows that people want to decide their fate themselves and are capable of doing so.”Manmohan singh, Prime Minister on Kashmir panchayat,”I have great respect for Sai Baba phenomenon minus the tricks. He has done lot of development work, which is praiseworthy.”P.C. Sorcar Jr, Magician”Seventy to 85 per cent polling shows that people want to decide their fate themselves and are capable of doing so.”Manmohan singh, Prime Minister on Kashmir panchayat pollsUnion Sports Minister, Ajay Maken”The person who is in jail or who has been charge-sheeted, it would not be in the national interest that he should represent the country anymore.” Ajay Maken, Union Sports Minister on Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi’s future as IOA chief.”I love Australians. They are very outdoorsy. They make me laugh-their accents amuse me.”Elizabeth Hurley, on why she was attracted to Australian cricketer Shane Warne.last_img read more


first_imgPuel praises Leicester players after Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel was full of praise for his players after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Manchester City.City overcame Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out in the fifth round clash at the King Power Stadium after the sides had been tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes. “Of course, it’s a disappointment,” Puel told LCFC TV at the full-time whistle. “It’s the second time after last season against the same opponent. We lost with the lottery of penalties and it’s harsh.“We have a good feeling like the one before in the League Cup, but I think it’s disappointing because we played a complete game with a good structure, good organisation and good performance in the first half.”The details to allow us to make a better counter-attack… it was a shame to concede this goal without conceding a chance. After, we came back in the second half with more confidence. We corrected some details at half-time and we played well in the second half. “We deserved to come back in the game. We were close to this team. We came back and perhaps we could have won at the end if we were a little more clinical in some situations, but I praise our game.“Of course, I’m disappointed for my players because they gave their best. They worked hard on the pitch and showed togetherness. I think we had quality.“Sometimes, we played under pressure in the first half, but we had good organisation and in the second half we played with more quality, with more confidence. Step by step, we’re improving our play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgJuventus in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Tuttosport says Eriksen is being courted by Juventus, who are eyeing up the midfielder on a free transfer next summer. Eriksen, who arrived at Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, was keen to leave the club in the summer, but a preferred move to Spain never materialised. But despite scoring in the North London derby against Arsenal on September 1, the Dane is yet to hit top form this season as speculation continues to swirl on his future and Juventus are now interested.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be dissatisfied with Eriksen’s current situation, and unhappy that a player keen for a fresh challenge in the summer was not offloaded. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgOne of the Alternative Concepts is for a two-lane option, while the other two concepts feature a variant of three-lane traffic.The only difference between the two three-lane concepts is one features more greenery while the other features less.The concepts that had been eliminated was sticking with the current conditions and reducing parts of 100 Street to one lane.According to Barrs, City Council will now have a look at the three Alternative Concepts on Thursday morning before moving to the next step of choosing the Preferred Concepts.“We’ll be presenting those to Council, hopefully getting their feedback and hopefully their direction as to which one they really want us to pursue to the end of the project.”A public session to view the Preferred Concepts will be taking place on Thursday, June 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John held another public session of the 100 Street Design Charrette on Wednesday at the North Peace Cultural Centre.This was the second day of the Design Charrette which looked at Alternative Concepts for the project.MODUS Planning Professional Planner, Rob Barrs, says following from what they heard from Tuesday’s Open House, the Project Team narrowed down from five concepts to just three. For more information, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Curbing insurgency in the Northeast has been his biggest achievement as home minister, according to Rajnath Singh who says Naxal violence in the country is also on the wane. The Union home minister asserts that BJP will come back to power with a thumping majority as people want the good governance of the Narendra Modi dispensation to continue. “The way Modiji has led the country at national and international levels in the last five years, there is not an iota of doubt about our win with three-fourths majority in these polls,” he claims. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Singh says as home minister, he worked, among other things, towards curbing insurgency in the Northeast and Naxalism in parts of the country. “Insurgency in Northeast is almost finished,” he told PTI in an interview. On Naxalism, he says, “We are now in the most favourable position since 1971, when more security personnel used to get killed than Naxals. Now the trend has reversed… Our security forces have been giving a befitting reply and eliminating Naxals.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Earlier Naxals operated in 126 districts, but now their activities are limited to just six-seven districts, he says. “We are quite sure that in coming days, we will root them out. The elimination of insurgency in the Northeast has been my biggest achievement as home minister…even beyond my expectations,” the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh says. He also says that as home minister, he made maximum number of visits to Jammu and Kashmir and tried to find a long-term solution to the region’s problems, though it could not yield the desired results. “Now, time has come to review articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution (providing special status and rights to the state and its citizens) and assess what Jammu and Kashmir got and what it lost due to these two provisions,” he says. “My ministry also revoked the registration of 20,000 organisations which used to get money from overseas, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and were involved in activities which were not in the interest of our country,” he says. Singh, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow, says he does not believe that Modi’s persona is overshadowing the work of other lawmakers and ministers. “Whatever ministers or MPs do, they do it after getting the team leader’s consent, it is but natural. All policy decisions are taken under the chairmanship of the prime minister. So, saying that the work of other ministers or MPs is overshadowed is not right,” he says. “People are smart enough and politically aware. They have their own parameters to gauge public representatives’ records and performances,” he adds. To a query why the BJP’s campaign has no mention of demonetisation and GST, Singh, who headed the party’s manifesto committee, says they are no longer poll issues. “Their (positive and expected) results have started surfacing. GST has been simplified several times and we have made it abundantly clear that whenever there is a need, we will come up with more simplifications so that the business class does not suffer,” he says. Asked why the BJP has ‘imported’ candidates from outside the party, like Bhojpuri film actors Nirahua and Ravi Kishan, Bollywood star Sunny Deol and Pragya Thakur, he says it shows the party’s “inclusive and pluralistic” character. “Let me clarify that the BJP’s core cadre is quite strong and we have no dearth of candidates. But there are some people in every society who have a large fan following and have some intrinsic political acumen. “When we get these people in our party, they become an integral part of the BJP family and by this way, our party becomes more inclusive and pluralistic,” he reasons. Asked about the BJP fielded only a few Muslim candidates, he says though he was not in a position to tell the exact number, but the party has given tickets to members from the community. “We are very careful about our core principal – ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. Unfortunately, the opposition parties are unsuccessfully trying to create a fear factor. But we have built a sense of confidence and I am quite sure that we will get their (Muslims) bigger support this time than what we got in the previous Lok Sabha election,” he claims. Singh says North Indians living in Maharashtra always supported the BJP ever since this party came to existence. He also dubs the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance as an “unbreakable bond”. “The coming together of two parties with same nationalist ideology is very rare. But this is possible only here in Maharashtra. Though we had some differences, but they have been resolved. The BJP-Shiv Sena have an unbreakable bond and we have proved it,” he adds.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal witnessed high-handedness of BJP candidates, particularly from Bharati Ghosh and Dilip Ghosh. While the former IPS officer, who is the BJP candidate from Ghatal, was found barging into booths illegally with her body guards, Dilip Ghosh, who is contesting from the Midnapore seat, was found using instigating language just beside a polling booth at Rampuria Primary School at Egra.The Commission had to restrict the movement of Bharati Ghosh and seized the vehicle in which she was moving, after it was found that she did not have the necessary permission to use the car. Ghosh, who faced agitation from Trinamool Congress supporters and some common people at several booths, lost her cool and one of her security guards resorted to firing at a booth near Dogachia in Ghatal, in which one Bakhtiar Khan sustained bullet injuries. The Election Commission has initiated FIRs against Ghosh and her associates for videographing and firing in booth, while an FIR was also lodged against Dilip Ghosh, who is also the state president of the saffron party, for a clash with TMC supporters in front of a booth where he allegedly used instigating language. Voting in the sixth phase that covered four districts of Jangalmahal, namely Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Jhargram, was peaceful apart from some sporadic incidents of trouble. The average voting percentage was 79.93 percent till 5 pm, which was a clear indication that people braved the sultry weather conditions and exercised their franchise. The Central Forces opened fire at five places and 26 people were injured in clashes related to elections. The police arrested 16 persons across the parliamentary constituencies that went to vote in specific cases, for incidents of violence that could have marred the peaceful voting process.last_img read more


Kyrie Irving responded twice to the negative backlash he received for his celebratory yacht party last Friday which seemingly hosted only white women. Twitter initially reacted furiously to the pro baller’s turn-up, which was held after he won the NBA Finals with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavilers last week.Once video surfaced of the bash at Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, social media users made their feelings known.But y’all dumb and just wanna perpetuate an angry black girl stereotype ?— Puddon (@Itsprincesssyd_) June 24, 2016Irving responded cryptically to the criticism June 25. In a photo posted on Instagram, he focused on the two women who were “all different shades.” The caption was complete with the hashtag #tryadifferentstory.https://www.instagram.com/p/BHEEUnpA0zx/But the backlash continued and the star was led to address it head on in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon.“I was raised by the Black women in my family,” Irving wrote. “And for me to be connected to some nonsense like a ‘No Black girls allowed’ party is embarrassing and an inaccurate portrayal of who and what I represent as [a] man.”“I would like to apologize to anyone if they were offended initially without knowing any of what actually happened, but that story has no truth to it and I wanted to clear the air on all of this B.S,” he wrote suggesting there were Black women present. “And for those who know me, I’m sorry you all had to answer questions about a story as ridiculous as something like this.”The statement drew mixed reactions.Julianna Lobosky, a white woman, blamed the negative online response on pulling the race card.Cedreca Zabardast Strickland-Peacock was pleased that no Black women were at the party, alluding to lewd activities that occur at such events.But Tea Porter felt whether or not the party was white women only others acting like such a gathering would be okay was problematic.Dellyian Oteng Kobby had a colorblind view of  the situation. read more


first_img “It’s really about bringing the print magazine up to speed with what our website has become,” editor Clayton Purdom, who helped fund Kill Screen’s original Kickstarter campaign before joining the team, tells Folio:. “Some of the biggest changes will be to the overall look and feel of the magazine,” says Purdom. “To that end, we’ve brought on a brilliant photographer, David McDowell.” Apart from the design changes, which will be spearheaded by art director Justin Kielbasa, the revamped Kill Screen magazine will feature more in-depth reporting and long editorial features, and will be upgraded to a regular quartlery schedule, allowing it to cover more timely stories. Launched on November 3 with a goal of $68,000, the Kickstarter campaign was a rapid success, raising $77,471 in just over a month through 1,399 backers. Armed with an influx of capital, Kill Screen is set to relaunch its print component by midsummer. Part of bringing the print magazine up to speed with the website also means refining its editorial focus, emphasizing the independent creators and developers that are changing the face of the industry, says Purdom, featuring work by the writers with whom Kill Screen’s online audience has come to familiarize itself. This is a reflection of the changing nature of an industry once dominated by corporate giants. Six years later, Warren’s passion project has grown into a vibrant online community and news site with an accompanying—yet irregularly published—print magazine that more resembles a coffee-table collectible than it does the latest issue of Nintendo Power (shuttered in 2012). Former Wall Street Journal arts and entertainment reporter Jamin Warren first conceived Kill Screen back in 2009, when he set out to change the way video games were covered in the media, noting the ever-increasing intersections between gaming and art. Warren turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to help get the project off the ground and, with the help of 160 individual backers, raised $5,949.center_img In addition to funding on Kickstarter, Kill Screen is supported by subscription and single-copy sales, as well as advertising. The revamped magazine will be printed by Minnesota-based Shafco. The magazine is upgrading in size, to 8.5” x 11”. The new, larger format will allow McDowell’s photography to become a centerpiece of the product, surrounded by more white space and less cumbersome columns of text, according to Purdom. “We want to show the world why games matter,” reads the masthead of Kill Screen, the digital and print magazine that takes a decidedly artistic and cultural approach to covering the world of video games. “We’re the first video game magazine to put a human being on the cover,” Purdom adds. “We are interested in covering the people involved in creating games, not just the games themselves.” Seizing the opportunity, Warren returned to Kickstarter for an even more ambitious round of funding, aimed at making the magazine “bigger, bolder, and better looking than ever before.last_img read more


first_imgThe Senate confirmed Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to be the next commandant of the service, Marine Times reported.With the confirmation, Berger was also awarded his fourth star to the rank of general.Berger, currently commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, will become the 37th commandant when he replaces Gen. Robert Neller ends his term July 11.Berger will assume leadership of the Marine Corps as it evolves to a more technically advanced force from focusing on counterinsurgency warfare since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from Tulane University, a Masters degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.S. in Military Studies, according to a Marine Corps press release.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick Mahoney ADC AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 24, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.At Wilmington Public Schools: The WHS Underclass Awards takes place at 6:30pm in the WHS Gym. … The Boutwell Family Spring Fling takes place at 6:15pm.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: Flower Arranging Workshop at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Luncheon at 12pm. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.Go Wildcats!: 5 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 3, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 15, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Quadrotors, robotic vehicles resembling tiny helicopters, have been demonstrated by a group of scientists in the US. The quadrotors were shown carrying out impressive maneuvers and lifting payloads both singly and in groups working together. Self-assembling vehicles take flight (w/ Video) The unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) were developed by computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) laboratory. Each tiny vehicle has a claw-like grip it can use to pick up an object weighing around 0.5 kg, but the vehicles can work in groups to pick up heavier payloads.The Quadrotors are highly maneuverable, and can flip multiple times and fly through windows or between other quadrotors, with only a few centimeters’ clearance on each side. When fitted with Velcro under the vehicle and on a surface, the quadrotors can perch on inclined, vertical or even inverted surfaces. A quadrotor (also called a quadrocopter) is a vehicle lifted and flown by means of four rotors. The quadrotor is maneuvered by adjusting the relative speed of each of the four rotors. Unlike standard helicopters, the blades on quadrotors are fixed pitch. © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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.center_img Explore further The GRASP laboratory is not the only group working on miniature UAVs for lifting payloads. As PhysOrg reported in June, a group in Switzerland has demonstrated a “distributed flight array” of robotic vehicles working together to lift objects. The Swiss group’s robotic vehicles work as a multiple vehicle flight platform and only fly erratically as single units, whereas the Pennsylvania group’s vehicles function well individually. Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload. A gripping mechanism attached to each quadrotor permits grasping of the payload. Work done at GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Citation: GRASP lab demonstrates quadrotors (w/ Video) (2010, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-grasp-lab-quadrotors-video.htmllast_img read more


first_img Bees use colour-coding to collect pollen and nectar More information: Bees use the taste of pollen to determine which flowers to visit, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2016.0356AbstractPollen plays a dual role as both a gametophyte and nutritional reward for pollinators. Although pollen chemistry varies across plant species, its functional significance in pollination has remained obscure, in part because little is known about how floral visitors assess it. Bees rely on pollen for protein, but whether foragers evaluate its chemistry is unclear, as it is primarily consumed by larvae.We asked whether the chemical composition of pollen influences bumblebees’ foraging behaviour. Using putatively sweet and bitter pollen blends, we found that chemical composition influenced two aspects of bee behaviour relevant to plant fitness: the amount of pollen collected and the likelihood of subsequently visiting a visually similar flower. These findings offer a new perspective on the nutritional ecology of plant–pollinator interactions, as they show that pollen’s taste may mediate its collection and transfer. Everyone knows that bees visit flowers to collect nectar, which they bring back to their hive; less well known is that the pollen from the flowers that sticks to parts of their bodies (which is carried from flower to flower allowing for pollination) is also used by the bees as a food resource. Also, prior research has shown that flower color helps bees figure out which flower to visit, but now it appears they also rely on the taste of pollen in making their choice.The experiments conducted by the researchers involved filming the activities of six colonies of Bombus impatiens (the common eastern bumblebee) as they flitted from artificial flower to artificial flower, each fitted with an artificial anther and loaded with one of three different types of pollen: neutral cellulose, sweet sucrose or bitter quinine. The idea was to learn more about the preferences of the bees regarding taste—aroma was ruled out as a factor in choosing pollens by offering only pollens that were odorless.The researchers ran multiple trials, each approximately five minutes in duration, with bees that had been tagged to allow for tracking individual activities. As they filmed the bees, the researchers also recorded their body temperatures using thermal imaging. The team found that the bees spent approximately three times as much of their time collecting from the sucrose-covered anthers as they did from those covered in quinine, and 50 percent less time on those covered in cellulose. Still, the bees were persistent, and wound up collecting all the pollen that was available, though they tended to make return trips to flowers with sucrose as their first choice. Interestingly, it was the return trips during which the differences were noted, suggesting that the bees did not taste the pollen till they were in flight, or in some cases in the hive. Credit: Lilla Frerichs/public domain (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of Nevada has found evidence that suggests bees have different taste preferences when it comes to pollen. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Felicity Muth, Jacob Francis and Anne Leonard describe experiments they carried out with several bee colonies and what they learned by doing so. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: Bees found to use pollens’ taste to determine which flowers to visit (2016, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-bees-pollens.html 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.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The training of the second batch of Jalosathis has completed on Wednesday, at the Police Training College in Barrackpore.They will be deployed at the jetties to avoid any untoward incident. The state Transport department has improved the infrastructure of the jetties, following a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).It may be recalled that around 91 Jalosathis had received training in the first batch and they have already been deployed at different jetties. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe state Transport department took up the project to improve the infrastructure of jetties, to avoid incidents like the one at Telenipara, that claimed lives when a temporary jetty had collapsed and at the same time, to deploy Jalosathis at all the jetties. The main task of the Jalosathis will be to ensure that the SOP is followed at the jetties and it includes keeping a tab to check overloading of vessels and to ensure safety of passengers. At the same time, they also have to ensure that all passengers put on safety jackets and proper illumination of the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBesides taking up the project of improving infrastructure of jetties, the state government had introduced the Jalodhara scheme to replace the semi-mechanised vessels with properly designed modern ones.The state Transport department will be engaging a total of 626 Jalosathis and they will be undergoing training in phases. Sources said that Jalosathis will be deployed at different jetties in Hooghly, North 24-Parganas, Howrah, South 24-Parganas and 11 jetties of the West Bengal Transport Corporation.last_img read more


first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice caught more than 40 drivers speeding on a busy South Cheshire road earlier today (Saturday February 23). Officers caught the a total of 43 motorists speeding on Crewe Road in Haslington in the space of 90 minutes. A Cheshire Police spokesman said:  “43 vehicles were caught speeding in an hour and a half today on Haslington Crewe Road. “Children were trying to safely play outside to enjoy the sun. Don’t let your carelessness put them at risk. “They will be dealt with by the CTO.” A total of 54 vehicles were caught speeding on the road in the first five days of January 2019. Read MoreFirefighters attend sheltered housing after air freshener sets off alarm   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page .    And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more


first_imgRodolphe BuetFrance-based StudioCanal has appointed the head of its German division, Rodolphe Buet, as its deputy CEO.Buet has been CEO of StudioCanal Germany since 2012. He is now moving up and will be replaced by his deputy, Kalle Friz, who moves up from COO.Both changes take affect on March 1, with Buet reporting into StudioCanal CEO Olivier Courson and Friz reporting into Buet.Buet will now oversee all international distribution and marketing of films, TV series and catalogue titles, and will also oversee StudioCanal Germany, StudioCanal Australia/New Zealand and StudioCanal China.He has been with StudioCanal since 2005, first as commercial director before moving up, eventually to run the German business.Friz, meanwhile, is a former Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Germany executive. He joined StudioCanal Germany in 2009 as executive VP, theatrical distribution, and has been COO since 2014.StudioCanal owns a majority stake in German-based producer-distribution company Tandem Communications among other assets. It also bought UK-based prodco Red Production Company, a move DTVE sister title TBI reported first in October 2013.last_img read more


first_img Another important change is the new procedure the IRS is said to be developing when considering the cases of delinquent or “out-of-compliance” dual-nationals and non-US residents. Those who fall into these categories might qualify for a greatly reduced penalty structure, or in some cases, no penalty at all. The terms of participation, the applicable penalty regime, and many other nuances of the program that carry potentially catastrophic financial and criminal consequences are beyond the scope of this service. Anyone who is unsure if they are in compliance with the reporting requirements for foreign held assets should consult a qualified tax attorney for further information and guidance on how to proceed. The trick to sleeping well at night and not fretting over headlines about the aggressive hunt for tax cheats by the IRS is to always stay compliant. If you are reading this you are most likely a freedom-seeking individual that is alarmed at the ongoing erosion of personal financial privacy in the US. And I totally understand and agree with these sentiments. In fact, these concerns were part of what motivated me to move to Europe several years ago. But regardless of how offensive these reporting requirements might be, we must comply … or else. And the “or else” part can be very unpleasant. Yet, do not let the intrusions of tax authorities (and the mounting stack of paperwork that must be dealt with) deter you from looking overseas for investment opportunities or for a primary or secondary residence, because that is precisely the intent of the IRS and Treasury Dept. Instilling fear of making a mistake, or some other insignificant oversight, and facing an interrogation by the IRS is definitely one of the primary goals of the authorities. Every dollar that is sent abroad has the potential to deprive some branch of government of tax revenue, or hinder economic growth because the money is spent into a foreign economy. As International Men and Women, it is our duty to stay in front of tax reporting regulations and remain legitimate. We must continue to hold some of our assets outside the US, and seek investment prospects wherever they may be. Internationalizing one’s life and wealth is no longer an option. Nor is it quaint cocktail party chatter with which to impress guests. It is an essential part of every investor’s wealth protection plan. Don’t put it off until it’s too late. Get started today. [To interact with other international men and women all around the world, consider joining the International Man Network. It’s completely free to join, plus you’ll have access to a private forum of thousands of like-minded individuals who are sharing their “boots on the ground” tactics and experience on how to internationalize one’s life and wealth. Sign up here.] By Kevin Brekke, International Man Here we go again. With the benevolent goal of morphing their unofficial motto from “We Care” to “We Care … Honest,” on January 9 the IRS announced the third incarnation of its indulgences-for-cash program, er, Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). You can read the announcement here. Regular readers of International Man will be familiar with this initiative. In fact, the first two offerings of the program in 2009 and 2011 were titled “Initiatives” rather than “Programs.” Sounds like this might be the third step along a 12-step program to cleanse all the tax-infidels from within the US tax system. Quoting IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman, “As we’ve said all along, people need to come in and get right with us before we find you.” The new program borrows heavily from the terms offered under the earlier initiatives. For instance, a tax payer who wishes to enter the 2012 program must file original and amended tax returns for the years 2004 through 2011, and pay all back taxes owed plus accuracy and delinquency penalties. However, there are several differences included in the 2012 version worth noting. The general penalty rate has been increased from 25% to 27.5% of the highest single-year aggregate value of unreported foreign bank accounts and other offshore assets over the eight-year period covered by the program. And the program is open-ended, with no closing date yet stipulated.last_img read more


first_imgTosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011. Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide.The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.”Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. 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Sponsor Advertisement Scanning the precious metals battlefield, I’d guess that we’re getting very close to, or are already at, another record low Commercial net short position.The gold price struggled to stay above the $1,600 mark through most of Far East and London trading during their Thursday.  But a rally began shortly before 1:00 p.m. in London…8:00 a.m. in New York…and by the time the high tick of the day was in about forty-five minutes later, gold had reached $1,616.60 spot.But that’s as high as it was allowed to get before it got sold down hard…and that, as they say, was that.From there, gold got sold progressively lower until around 12:30 p.m. Eastern time…which appeared to be its low of the day at $1,582.60…and then gained back a handful of dollars going in the close of the New York trading session.Gold closed at $1,588.30 spot…down $11.80 on the day…and volume was pretty high at around 171,000 contracts, which was about the same as Wednesday’s volume.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart so you can view the trading action in New York in greater detail.Silver’s price path was virtually the same as gold’s, with little action in overnight trading…the rally beginning just before 8:00 a.m. Eastern time…the hard sell-off that took silver from it’s high tick of $27.94 spot down to about $27.30 in less than ten minutes flat.From that point, silver ‘drifted’ lower, with it’s low tick of $26.85 coming around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, if the Kitco data is accurate.  From that low, the silver price recovered around two bits, closing at $27.13 spot…down 31 cents on the day.  Net volume was pretty heavy at around 44,000 contracts.And here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart that shows the New York market on its own.All four precious metals got hit hard yesterday, with palladium getting it the worst of all…down 2.41%.The dollar index opened around the 83.10 mark in early Far East trading yesterday…and by 7:30 a.m. Eastern time had dropped about 20 basis points.  Then in an hour the index fell out of bed all the way down to its low of the day which was 82.39 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.  From there, in thirty minutes flat, the dollar blasted higher by 90 basis points…and got as high as 83.48 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, which was gold’s low tick of the day.From that point, the dollar index sold off a bit…and closed the Thursday trading session at 83.32…up about 22 basis points on the day.I am more than aware that Mr. Draghi opened his mouth in Europe about that time…and all hell broke loose the moment everyone realized that instead of decisive action, it was just more promises of action…so I suppose it’s the required thing to say that the precious metals got hit for that reason.  However, being the suspicious fellow that I am, it’s my opinion that there was probably more going below the surface than met the eye…and I’ll have more on that in ‘The Wrap’.Not surprisingly, the gold shares gapped down at the open…but quickly rallied into positive territory…and stayed there until about half an hour before the close of the equity markets.  Then they got sold off…and the HUI, which had been up more than one percent on several occasions…closed down 0.74%…just above the 400 mark.  There was no corresponding sell-off in the Dow at that time.The junior producers in silver didn’t have a particularly good day yesterday…but the more senior producers that make up Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index had a better time of it overall…and that index closed up a tiny 0.20%…but it’s better than the alternative.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for ‘Day 4’ of the August delivery month, showed that 799 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday from the Comex-approved depositories.  [This gold just changes owners within the depositories, it doesn’t go anywhere except maybe on different racks…and if they don’t change racks, they just put a ‘sticky note’ on it/them to say who the bar[s] belongs to.]In gold, the only short/issuer of note was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 787 contracts to be delivered…and the two largest long/stoppers were HSBC USA and Deutsche Bank…waiting to receive 425 and 242 contracts respectively.  There were about a dozen different issuers and stoppers in yesterday’s report…and the link to that action is here.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but over at SLV an authorized participant deposited a chunky 1,615,395 troy ounces.Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank, they finally updated their gold and silver ETFs as of the close of business on July 31st.  Since July 23rd, they reported adding 72,914 troy ounces of gold…and 450,047 troy ounces of silver.While on the subject of big piles of silver stored in a safe place, Sprott’s Physical Silver Trust has added another 1.11 million ounces of silver to their stash since their big 5.23 million ounce addition that Nick Laird reported on July 11th.  That’s 6.34 million ounces, with at least another 1 million ounces to go.The U.S. Mint had its first sales report for the month of August.  They sold 3,000 ounces of gold eagles…2,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 180,000 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 861,404 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,148,947 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.I have another rather large pile of stories for your reading ‘pleasure’ today…and the final edit is up to you as it always is.The most surprising thing about Thursday’s precious metal/dollar index price action was that despite the 90 basis point rise in a 30-minute time period yesterday morning…and about 110 basis points in four hours…the precious metals didn’t get the living snot kicked out of them even more than they did…although the palladium price action would certainly qualify.These big dollar rallies are custom made for JPMorgan et al to really pound what few long contract holders in the Comex futures market that are still left…and I’m more than curious as to why their efforts were so half-hearted yesterday.And, for the second day running, the precious metal shares held up strongly almost to the end of trading before getting sold off.  Was it the ‘powers that be’ buying shares to cap the next rally in the precious metals…or was it buyers with insider information that know that a major rally in the precious metal shares is imminent?  We will, as they say, find out in the fullness of time.Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held as of the 1:30 p.m. Eastern close of Comex trading on Tuesday.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s column, the big engineered price decline didn’t start until after the cut-off, so we won’t really know what happened in the last half of this week until we get next Friday’s COT report.  So, whatever today’s COT report shows, it will already be “yesterday’s news” as Ted Butler is wont to say.Scanning the precious metals battlefield, I’d guess that we’re getting very close to, or are already at, another record low Commercial net short position in all four precious metals.  As I said yesterday, there may be more room to the downside, because the high-frequency traders can engineer just about anything they want, but even they have their limits at these price levels…and the law of diminishing returns is in full force at the moment.In overnight trading, there wasn’t a lot of price activity in the Far East in the early going…but a smallish rally in gold began as the dollar began to slide shortly after 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time. Volumes in both metals are fumes and vapours once again…and most of that is probably of the high-frequency trading variety.  The dollar index is down about 21 basis points, gold is up about six bucks…and silver is up a dime…as hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. Eastern time.Despite all the long faces in the precious metals world these days, I just can’t shake the feeling that a major upside surprise is in the cards sometime during the next thirty days or so, as the COT report is just screamingly bullish…and that the PM prices are being held in check until that moment arrives.  We’ll see.Since today is Friday, I’m prepared for any eventuality when Comex trading begins.  Will we get one last opportunity to buy the precious metals at give-away prices, or is the bottom already in?Stay tuned.Before signing off for the day…I’d like to point out that today is your last change to register for the upcoming “Casey’s Fall Summit – Navigating the Politicized Economy”….and still get a registration discount.  It’s being held over three days…September 7-9th at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.  It’s being co-sponsored by my good friend Eric Sprott…and it will be well worth attending…and like every other Casey Research summit, it will sell out quickly.  You can find out more by clicking here.Enjoy your weekend…and I’ll see you on Saturday…or Sunday…depending where you live on 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first_imgDespite my best efforts, I have almost the same number of stories today that I had in my Tuesday missive, so I hope you can find the time to read all the articles that interest you.A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. – 2nd Amendment…Constitution of the United States of America…December 17, 1791As I said further up in this column, I would classify the gold and silver price action yesterday as a bear raid by JPMorgan et al…hidden, in part, by the rally in the dollar index…such as it was.The only good thing about yesterday’s price action was the fact that it should appear in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Of course, when it suits them, “da boyz” have been tardy about reporting Comex trading volume in the past, so it remains to be seen if they pull that stunt again…and I’d put nothing past these guys.Just eye-balling the price action over the five reporting days that will show up in Friday’s COT report, I would guess that we’ll see improvements in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver…but nothing in platinum, as it has been trading flat…and palladium is on a tear…up about fifty bucks during the reporting period.Just looking at the last five trading days on the 6-month charts, it should be obvious that the price pressure has only appeared in silver and gold…and not platinum and palladium.  Here are all four charts…complete with 20 and 50-day moving averages.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)All four precious metals came under some price pressure during the Far East trading session on their Wednesday…and the high-frequency traders went back to work in gold and silver about the same times as they did on Tuesday…shortly before the London open.  As I write this paragraph, the London market has been open about thirty minutes…and gold is down about eleven dollars…and silver, JPM’s real problem child, is down a bit over 40 cents.  Trading volumes are quite high…but as I said, it’s all HFT.  This is not true supply and demand setting prices at this point…and to top it off, there’s virtually no liquidity, as little real-world trading is being done.  It’s the machines with their algos.And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:15 p.m. EDT, both gold and silver are still under considerable selling pressure.  Platinum and palladium are lower as well, but just barely.  Gold is down about fifteen bucks…and silver is down 45 cents…about 2 percent.  Gold volume is north of 48,000 contracts…and silver’s volume is over 14,000 contracts.  The dollar index, which spiked up about 25 basis points in afternoon trading in Hong Kong, is now up only 16 basis points as of 10:15 a.m. BST in London.This ‘bear market’ we’re going through is JPMorgan et al‘s last attempts to cover as many short positions as they can before prices head higher…much higher.  But as Ted Butler mentioned in yesterday’s column, JPMorgan Chase was short 18,000 Comex silver contracts before the mid-April price smash…and was still short about that amount as of last Friday’s COT Report, so one has to wonder what they’re up to at the moment.  If they couldn’t cover any or all of it back then, it’s doubtful they can pull it off now.  We’ll see.Needless to say, nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned once we get past the noon silver fix in London, which is 7:00 a.m. EDT…and after that, the 8:20 a.m. Comex open awaits.Marin Katusa, CR‘s chief energy investment strategist, interviews the world’s top energy experts including former U.S. Energy Secretary – Spencer Abraham, Canada’s former Minister of Natural Resources – Herb Dhaliwal, and the Chairmen Emeritus of the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority – Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, and co-founder and CEO of Uranium Energy Corp – Amir Adnani about how important nuclear power will be for our global energy future.Marin and Chairman of Sprott US Holdings, Rick Rule believe that due to increasing costs to bring uranium to market, increased demand, and the end of the Megatons to Megawatts agreement with Russia at the end of the year, uranium prices have nowhere to go but up.  And early investors can position themselves now for very large gains in the near future.This free video will air on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.Following the webinar, all attendees will get a free copy of the new Global Resource Intelligence report on Uranium.  It’s a $29 value, roughly 39 pages, and will be e-mailed on May 21st.See you tomorrow. I would classify the gold and silver price action yesterday as a bear raid by JPMorgan et alGold’s rally in early Far East trading lasted until 10:00 a.m. Tokyo time on their Tuesday…at the exact moment that the dollar index began its big rally.From that point, the gold price traded sideways until around 2:30 p.m. in Hong Kong…about thirty minutes before the London open…and then the serious sell-off began.  The low tick of the day [$1,420.30 spot] came at 9:00 a.m. in New York, right on the button.  The subsequent rally lasted until the London p.m. gold fix, or just moments after…and that, as they say, was that.Gold closed at $1,425.80 spot…down an even five bucks on the day.  Net volume was decent at around 141,000 contracts.It was mostly the same story in silver, although it appeared that the silver price got a bit of a shove starting just before 11:00 a.m. BST in London, as it didn’t appear to want to go down on its own.  Then it got smacked for another 40 cents the moment that Comex trading began in New York…and the low price tick [$23.05 spot] came a few minutes after 8:30 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally appeared to run into the same set of not-for-profit sellers as gold did at, or shortly after, the London p.m. gold fix around 10:00 a.m. in New York.  From there it got sold down until about 12:30 p.m. EDT…and traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Silver finished the Tuesday trading day at $23.41 spot…down 24 cents from Monday’s close.  Gross volume, not surprisingly, was fairly decent…around 44,500 contracts.It was a slightly different story in both platinum and palladium…and here are the charts. Sponsor Advertisement For the Tuesday trading session, gold finished down 0.35%…silver closed down 1.01%…platinum closed up 1.42%…and palladium was up 1.68%.The dollar index, which closed on Monday at 83.22…began to head south the moment that trading began in the Far East on their Tuesday morning…but someone was there to catch a falling knife as the index fell below 83.00 at 10:00 a.m. in Tokyo…and until 10:30 a.m. in London it traded pretty close to the 83.00 mark.Then away it went to the upside…and was at 83.36 about an hour later.  From there it chopped sideways until 11:00 a.m. in New York.  The rally began anew at that point…and topped out at 83.67 around 3:45 p.m. Eastern time, before selling off a hair into the close.  The dollar index closed at 83.605…up about 38 basis points…with the vast majority of that gain coming between 11:00 a.m. and the 3:45 p.m. EDT high tick.It would take a very vivid imagination to fit the price action of any of the four precious metals into the price action of the dollar index after the low tick was in, in early Far East trading yesterday.  As a matter of fact, it doesn’t fit at all…and in my opinion was just another bear raid on the precious metals hidden behind the skirts of a manufactured rally in the dollar index.Here’s the 3-day chart so you can see the entire Tuesday trading day starting at 6:00 p.m. EDT in New York on their Monday night.The gold stocks rallied until “da boyz” showed up at, or just after, the London p.m gold fix at 10:00 a.m. in New York.  The stocks got sold down from there, reaching their nadir at 2:15 p.m. EDT…and then rallied a hair into the close.  The HUI finished down another 1.18%.The silver stocks finished mostly down on the day, but the big cap silver stocks that make up Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed basically flat…down a smallish 0.43%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 7 gold and 21 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV for the second day in a row.Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the week ending on Monday, May 13th…they reported that 112,879 troy ounces of gold were withdrawn from their gold ETF.  And, for the fourth week in a row, they reported an increase in their silver ETF holdings.  This time it was 209,816 troy ounces.The U.S. Mint finally came out with a sales report…and I can tell from the numbers, that they have not been reporting their sales in anything close to a ‘timely manner’…as there are some big changes.  They sold 16,000 ounces of gold eagles…5,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 833,500 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they reported receiving 214,163 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 101,801 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold, they didn’t report receiving any on Monday…and shipped out 54,808 troy ounces…all of it from the JPMorgan Chase depository.  The link to that activity is here.Here’s your daily “cute quota”… Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented prospect generator focused on aggressive exploration for valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe with a growing pipeline of prospects in Portugal, Kosovo and Germany.Company highlights:Alvalade Project JV with Antofagasta Minerals SA– Copper and Zinc on 1000 km2 project area in the Portuguese Pyrite Belt– 2012 exploration budget of US$ 2.5 million, all provided by Antofagasta, including 6000 meters of core drillingGold exploration in the Erzgebirge Mining District, Germany– 307 km2 exploration license in 1000+ year producing region of tin, tungsten, silver, base metals, and uranium– Increasingly favorable permitting and mining regulations, long mining culture, widespread known gold panning locationsCovas Tungsten JV with Blackheath Resources Inc.– 922,900 mt @ 0.78% WO3 (non NI 43-101 compliant) historic resource– Potential to increase the tungsten resource– New gold target on the projectStrong management including Paul Kuhn, CEO, previously involved with several discoveries around the world, and Mark T. 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first_img The silver price chart looked similar to the gold price chart, except for the fact that the rally in silver that began shortly after the 11 a.m EST London close, was far more substantial than the rally in gold that took place at the same time. The high for silver came at the same time as the high for gold—at 12:15 p.m. in New York.  After that, silver got sold back down below the $20 spot price mark again, giving up over half of its gains by the close.. The low and high tick in silver was $19.445 and $20.29 in the March contract. Silver closed at $19.965 spot, up 28.5 cents from Friday’s close.  Net volume was very decent at 39,500 contracts. I’m not too sure what to read into yesterday’s price action The gold price didn’t do a lot for most of the trading day in the Far East on their Monday, but shortly after 3 p.m. Hong Kong time, the price began to sag a bit, hitting its low of the day shortly before 10 a.m. in London. From there it rallied until noon GMT, and the chopped sideways until at, or just after, the London p.m. gold fix.  The rally that began at that point made it to its high of the day around 12:15 p.m. in New York.  The rally got capped at that point—and from there sold off quietly into the 4 p.m. close of the equity markets before trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. EST electronic close. The low and high ticks were recorded by the CME as $1,227.20 and $1,251.70 in the February contract. Gold closed the Monday session at $1,240.70 spot, obviously well of its high.  Net volume was 126,000 contracts.  If yesterday’s rally was short covering, my guess is that it ran into resistance from the usual suspects. Platinum was under some selling pressure on Monday, and it’s low came at the London p.m. gold fix as well.  The price recovered a bit into the close, but still finished down on the day by a few dollars.  Palladium didn’t do much, but spiked down to its low an hour before platinum and then recovered to finish unchanged.  Here are the charts. The gold stocks pretty much mirrored the price action in the metal itself—and the HUI finished up 0.89%. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 526 gold and 15 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, the only short/issuer worth mentioning was Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 491 contracts—and it nearly goes without saying that the only long/stopper of note was JPMorgan Chase with 509 contracts in it’s in-house [proprietary] trading account. In silver, the 15 contracts were stopped by JPMorgan and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia.  The 10 contracts that JPM is taking delivery of, were in its in-house [proprietary] trading account as usual. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. GLD took another big hit yesterday as an authorized participant withdrew 279,724 troy ounces—and as of 7:46 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Even though yesterday was Monday, a day when the U.S. Mint usually has a sales report, nothing was reported sold on their website. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, it was a fairly busy day for gold, as 96,286 troy ounces were reported received—but only 1,993 troy ounces were shipped out.  And, for the fourth day in a row, JPMorgan Chase took precisely two metric tonnes of kilobars into its eligible account—2,000 one kilogram gold bars.  The link to that activity is here. It was busy in silver as well, as 600,148 troy ounces were reported shipped in, and 205,649 troy ounces were shipped out.  The big receipt went into Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that action is here. Since it’s Tuesday, I have a fair number of stories for you today—and I’ll leave the final edit up to you. As was the case in August, JPMorgan appears to be starting to move much of the gold it has taken delivery of into its own Comex-approved warehouse, which is logical as why pay someone else for storage when you have your own facility. With more than 2,000 contracts still open in the December delivery month, unless JPMorgan starts selling those contracts, the bank looks set to take even more for delivery. I have to laugh (thru the tears) that while the regulators pass the much-ballyhooed Volcker Rule, which seeks to ban speculative proprietary trading by banks and take deep bows for their action, JPMorgan appears to be mashing a cream pie in the regulators’ face with their proprietary trading in Comex gold and silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 14 December 2013 I’m not too sure what to read into yesterday’s price action in both gold and silver.  It appeared to be short covering, but if that’s what it was, then the rallies caused by this action by the mega-short technical funds was met head on by JPMorgan et al.  But whatever did happen will appear in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. While I’m on that subject—-today, at the 1:30 p.m. EST close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for that report—so I’ll be very interested in seeing how the price action unfolds as the trading progresses in New York later this  morning. Other than that, the only other news worthy of mentioning is this week’s FOMC meeting, which starts today.  One never knows how the precious metals will “react”—or be allowed to react—but we’ll find out as the next two days progress. In Far East trading on their Tuesday, not much happened until shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, when all four precious metals rallied noticeably.  That state of affairs wasn’t allowed to last very long, as within an hour of the London open, all four were back below their respective Monday closing prices in New York.  Volumes, which had been reasonably light earlier, are now back to average for this time of day, so it’s obvious that “da boyz” had to throw a lot of paper at those budding rallies to make them go away. And after bouncing off the 80.00 mark at the 8 a.m. GMT London open, the dollar index has rallied back to almost unchanged as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EST. That’s it for today—and I’m off to bed. See you here tomorrow. I had a Christmas/social function to attend last night, so that’s why the Kitco charts posted above aren’t updated as of midnight EST. The dollar index closed late Friday afternoon in New York at 80.18—and began to head lower almost as soon as trading began at 6 p.m. EST in New York on Sunday evening.  The low tick of 79.94 came shortly before 12:30 p.m. GMT in London, but it appeared that there was someone there to catch a falling knife—and the dollar rallied almost back to unchanged by the close, finishing the Monday trading session at 80.11—down seven basis points.  Here’s the two-day chart that includes the Sunday night open in New York. The price action in the silver equities was somewhat similar, but the shares topped out just before the silver price hit its high.  From there they chopped a bit lower into the close.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 1.18%. Sponsor Advertisement Skyharbour Resources Ltd. 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