10 months agoWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup win

first_imgWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chance

first_imgParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderbolt

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderboltby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum has scored a thunderbolt in the Netherlands 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday.
The long-range strike was the Liverpool midfielder’ second goal of the game.The first came from a header from six yards out.Great goal. Georginio Wijnaldum blasts one into the top corner for Netherlands vs Belarus. His second of the game. pic.twitter.com/UAipkAHBI3— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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FS1’s Tim Brando: Notre Dame Will Eventually Join ACC Football, Is Key To Conference Launching Network

first_imgA Notre Dame cheerleader holding pompoms with the Notre Dame flag in the background.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH) 52-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This week, there has been a lot of noise made about the future of a possible ACC Network, which has been long discussed as a possibility for the league with ESPN. In a column on Campus Rush, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel called the network “imminent.” FOX Sports 1’s Tim Brando, who also calls ACC basketball games for Raycom Sports, doesn’t quite believe that we’ll see an ACC Network all that soon, but he does think it is coming, and the lynchpin to a launch is Notre Dame joining as a full conference member. That, he believes, will happen.Brando previously discussed Notre Dame’s role in the eventuality of the ACC Network on Twitter, and cleared things up a bit on “The Audible” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel. Notre Dame/ACC talk starts around the 18-minute mark.On the ACC Network:“I do believe it’s going to happen, and I believe it’s going to happen when Notre Dame understands that it’s in their financial best interest to be in a conference, because they cannot command the same dollar from NBC or any other network by simply having seven home games televised. If you look at the revenues generated by both the Big Ten, the SEC, and the ACC without a network, as a conference member full time, they would, not only right now but certainly in the future, do much better than they are doing with their current arrangement. And I think that’s where we sit.”Brando says that if Notre Dame joins a conference in the next 10 years, the ACC is the only option:“No, Notre Dame cannot have a wandering eye. They not only signed a grant of rights with the ACC, but they signed an additional contract, which mandates that if they do become a conference member in football, there is no other place they can do that other than the Atlantic Coast Conference. And that’s through the year 2025. So (ACC commissioner) John Swofford and his people did a remarkable job when they brought Notre Dame in, to secure that when the Irish blue bloods decided ‘you know what, maybe it’s time to join a conference,’ they need to do that.”Perhaps most surprisingly, he predicts that this will unfold in the next three years.“I really believe that as we move forward, it’s a little early to be thinking about starting a linear network now, given the economics… It may not be the time in a year or two years, but in three years I believe you’ll be looking right down the pipe at an ACC Network, and I think the reason will be Notre Dame elected to become a full-time member.”The ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, although with the Big 12’s issues, and the recent success of Clemson and Florida State, as well as a slew of strong hires this year, the league appears to be on solid ground. If it does, in fact, bring Notre Dame into the fold as a full member, it would be a massive coup for Swofford and company.[FOX Sports]last_img read more

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Canadian banks raise fixed mortgage rates variable rates could soon follow

first_imgSeveral Canadian banks have increased their fixed-rate mortgage rates amid rising yields on the bond market and a strengthening economy, changes economists said could have repercussions for the housing market.As of Friday, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and CIBC said they had raised rates between 10- and 15-basis-points. The banks tend to move in lockstep when it comes to raising rates.RBC’s posted five-year fixed mortgage rate moved to 5.14 per cent on Thursday, up from 4.99 per cent. The bank’s special offer rate for a five-year fixed mortgage with a 25-year amortization moved to 3.54 per cent from 3.39 per cent.RBC (TSX:RY) said the changes reflect the activity of competitors, costs for funds on the wholesale markets, as well as other costs and market considerations.TD (TSX:TD) raised its five-year fixed rate to 5.14 per cent, the first time it has been above five per cent since February 2014.CIBC raised fixed mortgage rates by between 10 and 15 basis points, effective Friday “in response to market conditions.” Its five-year fixed rate rose by 10 basis points to 4.99 per cent, while the one and two-year fixed rates moved 15 basis points to 3.29 per cent and 3.24 per cent, respectively.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said it is reviewing its rates and will likely soon make changes. Bank of Montreal (TSX: BMO) did not immediately respond, while National Bank (TSX:NA) said it had not yet determined its plans.If enough banks raise their rates by the same amount it will raise the benchmark rate for stress tests, said Gregory Klump, chief economist of the Canadian Real Estate Association.“That would definitely have a marginal impact on how much mortgage people can qualify.”The changes appear to most immediately affect those whose mortgages are uninsured because they had a down payment of 20 per cent or higher.The stress test for homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance requires them to prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.Those with insured mortgages must qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate, which was posted at 4.99 per cent and was last updated Wednesday.Klump said the test and higher mortgage rates would have a dampening effect on markets with more expensive homes.“The impact at margin would be greater in higher priced and active cities like Toronto and Vancouver than it would say in Moncton,” he said in an interview.Yields on the bond market, where the big banks raise money, have been on the rise since late last year as the economic outlook has improved.Many economists are predicting that the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate target next week to 1.25 per cent from one per cent, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.Increases in the prime rates push up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other loans such as home equity lines of credit that are tied to the benchmark rate.TD economist Dina Ignjatovic said Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz’s statement that rate decisions will be based on data suggests higher interest rates are coming.“In addition to the stellar jobs report released last Friday, this week’s housing starts data showed that builders broke ground on a solid 217,000 new homes in December,” she wrote in a report, adding that business sentiment was positive in the fourth quarter.“Healthy hiring and investment intentions indicate underlying strength in the economy and less need for emergency level interest rates.”However, Ignjatovic said that additional rate increases won’t necessarily come quickly in 2018 because of high household debt levels, uncertainty over new mortgage measures and risks associated with NAFTA renegotiations.“We expect a gradual pace of tightening over the next two years, of about 25 bps every six months.”Avery Shenfeld of CIBC also expects a 25 basis-point increase on Wednesday despite the U.S. president’s threats of ending NAFTA.“It’s not going to be scared off yet by some Donald Trump bluster,” he wrote Friday.Still, Shenfeld said a breakdown in NAFTA negotiations could prompt Poloz to go slow on further rate increases.last_img read more

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East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive effective June

first_imgWith this approval, the City is now moving forward to complete the road renaming and addressing changes as required.In April, the City sent letters by registered mail to all property owners notifying them of this change as it will have an effect on their current address.If you are a property owner and did not receive a letter, you can contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 250-787-8150. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Starting tomorrow, June 26, the road known as the East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive.According to the City, since there has been steady residential growth and development close to the road, it no longer functions as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and away from urban development.Although the majority of the road is now within City boundaries, the City received approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to proceed with the road renaming on that portion of the road.last_img read more

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Bradley Roby Ohio State see the sun roll to 60

Call it a prophecy. Call it luck. Heck, call it divine intervention. Call it whatever you want, but Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby had a dream. And during Saturday’s 63-38 win under the lights in Ohio Stadium against Nebraska, it came true. “I had a dream earlier this week I was gonna get a pick-six. I was telling everybody, this is my game, I’ma get a pick-six,” said Roby, who predicted Wednesday that he would have his first interception of the season against the Cornhuskers. Strange? Perhaps. But soothsaying might run in the family. “My dad texted me this morning and was like, ‘I had a dream you had a pick-six today,’” Roby said wide-eyed with conviction of his vision from the night before. “I’m like, dang, I’ma get it, I had the same dream.” Stuff like that, he said, just happens. “It’s just crazy. I just wanted to make as many plays as I can for my team,” Roby said. That mental disposition certainly seemed to be on display during a game that saw the Horseshoe turn into an “inferno” – even in nippy 52-degree weather. And, at least for a little while, it might have looked like the Buckeyes needed the cornerback to make every play he possibly could. After the Buckeyes’ offense clumsily opened college football’s primetime nightcap with back-to-back, three-and-out drives, Roby seized the game’s momentum – and score – when OSU might’ve needed it the most. The grating noise of a raucous Ohio Stadium in its only night tilt this year had softened. The roar of a record 106,102 people was eerily quiet just six minutes into the contest. First-quarter struggles, however, haven’t been a novel predicament for the Buckeyes this season. In first-year coach Urban Meyer’s inaugural game in Columbus, OSU was outgained 173 to 48 in total yards against a perceived inferior opponent in Miami (Ohio) in the first quarter. Three weeks later, against similar competition, Alabama-Birmingham jumped on the Buckeyes early in the first quarter with a 99 to 42 total yards advantage. While not outgained in the first quarter of its two other home games before Saturday, OSU struggled to stick a dagger in Central Florida and California before escaping with uninspiring victories in both contests. Buckeyes fans had seen this movie before. You know, the one where their team stumbles its bloodied-self past the finish line – the kind of win that leaves more questions than answers. And that was against teams the Buckeyes were supposed to beat. What would happen to them against a Nebraska team of arguably equal talent? After the Cornhuskers’ defense had stifled sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and Meyer’s offense early, Saturday’s seemed to have the looks of another episode of more of the same. Admittedly, Meyer called the first quarter a “train wreck.” “It was a dark day there for that first quarter,” he said. Then came the fruition of Roby’s dream. Pinned on his own 31-yard line on 3rd-and-10, Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez saw a chance to mount a drive with junior receiver Quincy Enunwa open near the Buckeyes’ sideline. Unfortunately for Martinez and the Cornhuskers, Roby saw it too – first, apparently, in his sleep and then during the game. “I saw it on film when they lined up in a certain formation, they run certain routes on certain like downs and distance,” he said. “I saw it and I kinda thought about it pre-snap. So, when I saw him run the route I just jumped it.” As quickly as he ripped the ball from its original trajectory, Roby had taken the ball 41 yards into the stadium’s north end zone for the game’s first score. The inferno of a stadium that Meyer had wanted, in part thanks to Roby, seemed to be back. “That was one of the great evenings in Columbus, in Ohio State,” Meyer said. “But I really appreciate that. I never want to let that go without telling the fans that. That was tremendous,” Meyer said. “That was, from the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure everybody knows that.” The Horseshoe arguably rocked with the same drowning noise that it had during former OSU coach Jim Tressel’s years and Roby was making interceptions in his sleep – sort of. But perhaps most of all, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Suwanee, Ga., native had made good of his earlier talk of picking off Martinez. Roby, though, wasn’t finished yet. While his first interception of the season had put the Buckeyes up early, Nebraska had found a way to gash the OSU defense to a 17-14 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Faced with a similar situation on his own 20-yard line, Martinez and Nebraska took to the air again on third down against a Buckeyes defense that was hurrying the junior to get the ball out of his hands as soon as possible. And, like before, Roby was there to intercept Martinez – this time for an 8-yard return that set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Miller to sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman. Up 21 to 17, OSU subsequently outscored the Cornhuskers, 42-21, en route to its second consecutive Big Ten win and sixth overall victory. Perhaps most impressive Saturday was the 63 points the Buckeyes’ offense amassed against a defense giving up an average of just 20.6 points a game. Six of those points, though, belonged to Roby. “It’s a team thing,” Roby said with a wide smile. “I mean, Ohio State had 63 points. That’s all that matters to me.” Helping put his offense into position to succeed is something he said he’s more than happy to do. “Like I said, I try to do as much as I can in any way that I can to help my team. I want us to win every game so, I felt like, I play good and I make plays then we’re gonna win,” Roby said. While Roby’s interceptions were the first for him this year, Miller said the cornerback is used to making plays. “Man, he does it all the time in practice. But finally he brung it to the field and big plays like that, you gotta score after that,” he said. “So he brings a lot of excitement to the offense.” It might be the kind of excitement that has Roby using his newfound calling as an oracle to predict an undefeated season for the Buckeyes. “We’re trying to go 12-0. Win every single game,” he said. “We’re trying to get that AP No. 1, and go and win a national championship. That’s our goal.” Roby said the climb for such a feat is just like Meyer described as “pushing a ball up a hill.” “You’re pushing the ball up the hill, you’re pushing the ball up the hill. At first you can’t really see much. It’s cloudy, you can’t really see. But you break through it and you see the sun,” Roby said, “and you’re almost there, almost there, keep pushing, keep pushing. I feel like … that was a component tonight. “We saw it, we saw the sun. And we just kept pushing and now we’re going downhill. There’s nothing stopping us.” read more

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Ohio States Eli Apple making a turnaround as a redshirtfreshman

Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium. read more

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Lisbon boss wonders if Messi will be as good as Ronaldo

first_imgSporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has joined in praising Cristiano Ronaldo for his spectacular goal against Juventus in the Champions League and wonders if a 33 year-old Lionel Messi could achieve similar featsSpeaking before their first leg against Aletico Madrid in the Europa League, the Sporting coach heaped praise on his compatriot and believes that the goal that Ronaldo scored against Juventus was something that no even Messi could achieve.“With all due respect for the player, Messi is Messi. There are two aliens and one is in Madrid I will say that Cristiano’s goal to Juventus is from an extraterrestrial. We are talking about a 33-year-old player. What impressed me most was not the technical gesture, but the ability to jump that has to do with physical condition. ” said Jesus, according to Mundo Deportivo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Portuguese coach believes that there is not another player in the world that can match Ronaldo’s level at 33 years of age and questioned if Messi could potentially prove him wrong.“I doubt there are other players that age who have physical ability. Not everyone can do that. I know how Christian trains. It is a demonstration of the form that it has, of the great professional that it is. It is at a very high level. The question is: when Messi is 33 years old will he have that level that Cristiano now has? ”Sporting lost 2-0 to Atletico in the first leg of their quarter-final clash at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano with two defensive errors proving to be very costly for Jesus’ side.last_img read more

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Sporting Lisbon lodge complaint to FIFA against Patricio Wolves

first_imgSporting Lisbon have issued a formal complaint to FIFA over the handling of goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s free transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, reports the BBCThe Portugal international was one of the nine players that terminated their contract with Sporting at the end of last season following an attack on staff and the players themselves by the club supporters at their training ground just days before they were due to play in the Taça de Portugal cup final.Patricio has since joined the newly-promoted Premier League side Wolves on a free transfer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Sporting are now demanding £48m in compensation for the loss of their goalkeeper.The Primeira Liga side’s formal complaint has been received by the FIFA with agent Jorge Mendes, who has recently brokered the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, also included.Patricio had spent his entire 18-year playing career at Sporting, before moving to Wolves, and made a total of 467 appearances for the first team.last_img read more

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Tedesco The only thing missing for Schalke was a goal

first_imgSchalke 04 boss Domenico Tedesco was pleased with their dominant performance at Galatasaray in the Champions League, but rued their missed chances in a 0-0 drawThe Royal Blues got off to a slow start at Istanbul but gradually emerged as the more dangerous side as the game progressed.After the break, Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was forced to make several saves from Schalke.The visitors had actually got the ball into the back of the net, only for Breel Embolo’s effort to be ruled out for offside.“I always try to remain positive – which is why I can recognise my team’s good performance and I am not focusing on not getting the win. We knew before the game that there would be a tremendous atmosphere here,” Tedesco told the club website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Players are always going to take a few minutes to adapt to this. Once we did that, we got into the game well. We were dominant tonight, it was fun to watch. The only thing missing tonight was a goal.“We had plenty of chances to score as well – we need to carry on working on this. If we can combine this kind of performance with some better finishing, we will start getting positive results again.“Ultimately we are satisfied with the point, even though we deserved the win. The group is still wide open after three games; anyone can beat anyone in my opinion.”Schalke are second in Group D with five points, while Galatasaray sit in third place on four points.last_img read more

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Ancelotti tips PSG for Champions League success

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”last_img read more

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Brace up Indias telecom pricing war will further intensify says JP Morgan

first_imgIf you thought Reliance Jio’s disruptive entry into the Indian telecom industry was rightly met with a befitting response by India’s largest telecom operator Airtel and others, then probably you have not yet heard the last word on the pricing war in India’s telecom space, according to a report by investment bank JP Morgan.Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Others: Who’s offering best free data, voice call deals in IndiaThe pricing game could go longer given the financial strength of Reliance Industries to back Jio, JP Morgan noted, as reported by IANS.In an analysis, the US bank highlights that Jio’s 4G offering is gaining traction and the latest player in India’s telecom segment will see its subscriber base double by the end of 2016-17 fiscal.”The company’s (Jio’s) free scheme launched in September 2016 has been extended to March 2017. Jio has gathered around 52 million subscribers as of December end and the expectation is to hit 100 million subscribers by March 2017, after which the company would start billing commercially,” it said. However, it noted, given that most incumbent telcos are comfortably based on financial metrics, any aggressive pricing strategy would likely be matched and hence the market-share gains for Jio would be limited. Given the way incumbent players have cut tariff plans, it remains to be seen how Jio reacts from April when commercial operations are launched and whether there is a tweak in the currently announced pricing plans or whether Jio sticks with the announced plan.”Over the last few months, Jio’s free offering has gathered subscribers, and more importantly, impacted data consumption on existing telcos’ networks. There has been a pricing reaction from the incumbents for their existing telecom offering especially on data,” JP Morgan said in its latest report.The report also warned of concerns on whether the tariff plans – which are currently being offered free – would be adjusted lower when the actual commercial operations are launched in April 2017. It advised that Jio should seek to maximise average revenue per user rather than pricing on per-GB data offer.last_img read more

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Texas Among Numerous Redistricting Challenges Pending In Courts

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging partisan gerrymandering in the drawing of a Maryland congressional district. Eight years after the 2010 Census provided the basis for legislative redistricting, several other cases alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering in various states also are still working their way through the court system.In Pennsylvania, a recent court ruling reshaped congressional districts for this year’s elections. But many of the other cases could have a greater impact in the years to come. That’s because they could set precedents that states must follow during the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census.Here’s a look at some key redistricting cases ruled upon recently or still pending in courts:WISCONSINPartisan breakdown: State Assembly — 63 Republicans, 35 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal court in November 2016 struck down Wisconsin’s state Assembly districts enacted in 2011 by the Republican-led Legislature and Republican governor as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in violation of Democratic voters’ rights to representation. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in October 2017 and has yet to rule in the case. It could set a precedent for whether and how courts can determine if partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.___MARYLANDPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Democrats, one Republican.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in 2013 by Republican voters alleges that the Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature unconstitutionally gerrymandered the 6th Congressional District in 2011 to dilute the voting power of Republicans. The district had been held by a 20-year Republican incumbent. It’s since been held by a Democrat. The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments Wednesday challenging a federal court’s refusal last August to bar continued use of the redistricting plan. The lower court put the case on hold pending guidance from the Supreme Court.___TEXASPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 25 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State Senate — 20 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 94 Republicans, 56 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: U.S. and state House maps enacted in 2011 by the Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were tossed out in 2012 by a federal court, which produced new interim maps. Those maps were permanently adopted by the Legislature and governor in 2013. But last year, the federal court ruled that some districts were racially gerrymandered to weaken the electoral power of growing minority populations. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked lower court orders to redraw two congressional districts and nine state House districts for the 2018 elections and is scheduled to hear arguments April 24 on an appeal of the lower court rulings.___PENNSYLVANIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 12 Republicans, six Democrats if Democrat Conor Lamb’s lead holds up in a March 13 special election to replace resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the U.S. House districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans. The Democratic-led court in February imposed new district boundaries that analysts said could boost Democrats’ electoral prospects. The U.S. Supreme Court and a lower federal court both declined March 19 to halt or overturn the use of the new districts in this year’s elections.___NORTH CAROLINAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 10 Republicans, three Democrats. State Senate — 35 Republicans, 15 Democrats. State House — 75 Republicans, 45 Democrats.The claims: Racial and partisan gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court in January temporarily blocked a lower court’s order for state lawmakers to again redraw North Carolina’s congressional districts, pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling. That ruling held that the Republican-led legislature engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering when it redrew districts in 2016. Lawmakers were redrawing districts because a different federal judicial panel had stuck down the Legislature’s 2011 redistricting plan as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Separately, the U.S. Supreme Court in February temporarily blocked portions of the lower court’s decision redrawing state legislative districts. That was pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling that the Republican-led legislature’s 2017 redistricting plan violated the state constitution and contained racial biases left over from the maps it originally approved in 2011.___VIRGINIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Republicans, four Democrats. State Senate — 21 Republicans, 19 Democrats. State House — 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court last year ordered a lower court to reconsider previously rejected claims that a Republican-led Legislature and governor unconstitutionally diluted black voting strength in the state. The claim was that Republicans did so by packing a high percentage of black voters into 11 state House districts under a 2011 redistricting plan. That case is still pending. A separate case pending before the state Supreme Court alleges that 11 state House and Senate districts are not compact enough. In yet another case, a federal court in 2016 redrew congressional districts after ruling that black voters had been illegally packed into a particular district to diminish their voting strength elsewhere.___GEORGIAPartisan breakdown: State House — 116 Republicans, 64 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed last April alleges that two state House districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by the Republican-led Legislature in 2015 to increase the percentage of white voters and decrease the percentage of black voters. Both Republican incumbents were re-elected over black Democratic challengers in 2016. Pre-trial motions to grant a preliminary injunction against continued use of the districts are under consideration.___MICHIGANPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — nine Republicans, four Democrats, one vacancy. State Senate — 27 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 63 Republicans, 46 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in December by Democratic voters alleges the U.S. House and state legislative districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and Republican-led Legislature are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to dilute the voting power of Democrats. Republicans have controlled the state legislative and congressional delegations since then. Pre-trial motions to dismiss the lawsuit are under consideration.___ALABAMAPartisan breakdown: State Senate — 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, one independent, one vacancy. State House — 70 Republicans, 32 Democrats, three vacancies.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: Most state House and Senate candidates will be running for office under new districts this year. That’s the result of a lawsuit alleging that maps approved in 2012 by the Republican-controlled Legislature packed too many black voters into certain districts. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 ordered the maps to be reconsidered by a lower court, which struck down a dozen districts last year. The Legislature then redrew 25 of the 35 Senate seats and 70 of the 105 House seats, reducing racial polarization in most districts. The court dismissed a challenge to the new maps last October.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday June 25

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uReports on breaking news nationally and locally. Two historic Supreme Court victories for President Obama and many argue the American people, on subsidies for The Affordable Care Act and The Fair Housing Act. Also, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today he would support the effort to build the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs, but would kill the Red Line light rail project for Baltimore. We’ll have a panel of experts and journalists for analysis of these breaking stories. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

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Infant killed by her father at South Port

first_imgKolkata: A three and a half month old girl was allegedly killed by her own father at Coal Berth Road in South Port area. The accused, identified as Md Raju, has been arrested.According to sources, Raju was married to a woman six years ago. After a few years his wife gave birth to a girl child and died due to some illness three years later. Following his wife’s death, Raju married another woman identified as Afsari Begum. After marrying her, he reportedly said that he wants her to give birth to a boy, as he did not want another girl child. The issue led to altercations on several occasions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApproximately three and a half months ago, Begum gave birth to a girl child, after which Raju got angry and started torturing her. Raju even told her that he hated their newborn girl. Sensing danger, Begum used to keep the baby girl with her always. On Wednesday morning, Raju started beating Begum over the same issue and all of a sudden, he picked up the baby from her bed and threw her on the same place where she was sleeping. Despite Begum trying to protect her baby, Raju pushed her aside and kept on throwing the three and a half month old baby. He even broke all her limbs and left the baby on the bed. Hearing her scream, Raju’s mother Anwara Begum ran to her and saw the baby. Immediately, both Anwara and Afsari rushed the baby to SSKM Hospital, where the girl was declared brought dead. In the evening, Afsari lodged a complaint at South Port police station against Raju. Later, police went to his house and arrested him.last_img read more

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iCAN module uses faster RCNN for detecting HumanObject Interaction

first_imgResearchers from Virginia Tech, Chen Gao, Yuliang Zou, and Jia-Bin Huang, recently published a paper on ‘iCAN: Instance-Centric Attention Network for Human-Object Interaction Detection.’ In it, they propose an ‘instance-centric attention module’ (iCAN) for human-object interaction detection. This module uses an incredibly fast regional convolutional neural network (R-CNN), which, in turn, is much more effective in identifying and understanding the human-object interaction. In order to understand the situation in a scene or an image, computers need to recognize how humans interact with surrounding objects. This can be done using human-object interaction, localizes a person and an object, and then well as identifies the relationship – or interaction – between them. The core idea of this research is that an image of a person or an object contains informational cues on the most relevant parts of an image for an algorithm to attend to – this means making predictions should be easier. To exploit this cue, researchers propose an instance-centric attention module that learns to dynamically highlight regions in an image conditioned on the appearance of each instance. Thus, this network allows to selectively aggregate features relevant for recognizing human-object interactions. The researchers validated the efficacy of the proposed network using the COCO and HICO-DET datasets and showed that this approach compares favorably with the state-of-the-art. iCAN module Highlights of the iCAN paper include: The researchers have introduced an instance-centric attention module that allows the network to dynamically highlight informative regions for improving HOI detection. They have also established a new state-of-the-art performance on two large-scale HOI benchmark datasets. They conducted a detailed ablation study and error analysis to identify the relative contributions of the individual components and quantify different types of errors. They also released the source code and pre-trained models to facilitate future research. Advantages of the iCAN module Unlike hand-designed contextual features based on pose, the entire image, or secondary regions, iCAN’s attention map is automatically learned and jointly trained with the rest of the networks for improving the performance. On comparing with attention modules designed for image-level classification, the instance-centric attention map provides greater flexibility as it allows attending to different regions in an image depending on different object instances. To know about iCAN in detail head on to the research paper. Read Next Build intelligent interfaces with CoreML using a CNN [Tutorial] CapsNet: Are Capsule networks the antidote for CNNs kryptonite? A new Stanford artificial intelligence camera uses a hybrid optical-electronic CNN for rapid decision makinglast_img read more

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Microsoft MWC Mobile World Congress Day 1 HoloLens 2 Azurepowered Kinect camera

first_imgThe ongoing Mobile World Conference 2019 at Barcelona, has an interesting line-up of announcements, keynote speakers, summits, seminars and more. It is the largest mobile event in the world, that brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than two thousand leading companies. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ which comprises of the combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things ( IoT), artificial intelligence ( AI) and big data. Microsoft unveiled a host of new products along the same theme on the first day of the conference. Let’s have a look at some of them. #1 Microsoft HoloLens 2 AR announced! Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens 2 AR device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). This $3,500 AR device is aimed for businesses, and not for the average person, yet. It is designed primarily for situations where field workers might need to work hands-free, such as manufacturing workers, industrial designers and those in the military, etc. This device is definitely an upgrade from Microsoft’s very first HoloLens that recognized basic tap and click gestures. The new headset recognizes 21 points of articulation per hand and accounts for improved and realistic hand motions. The device is less bulky and its eye tracking can measure eye movement and use it to interact with virtual objects. It is built to be a cloud- and edge-connected device. The HoloLens 2 field of view more than doubles the area covered by HoloLens 1. Microsoft said it has plans to announce a  follow-up to HoloLens 2 in the next year or two. According to Microsoft, this device will be even more comfortable and easier to use, and that it’ll do more than the HoloLens 2. HoloLens 2 is available on preorder and will be shipping later this year. The device has already found itself in the midst of a controversy after the US Army invested $480 million in more than 100,000 headsets. The contract has stirred dissent amongst Microsoft workers. #2 Azure-powered Kinect camera for enterprise The Azure-powered Kinect camera is an “Intelligent edge device that doesn’t just see and hear but understands the people, the environment, the objects, and their actions,” according to Azure VP, Julia White. This AI-powered smart enterprise camera leverages Microsoft’s 3D imaging technology and can possibly serve as a companion hardware piece for HoloLens in the enterprise. The system has a 1-megapixel depth camera, a 12-megapixel camera and a seven-microphone array on board to help it work  with “a range of compute types, and leverage Microsoft’s Azure solutions to collect that data.” The system, priced at $399, is available for pre-order. #3 Azure Spatial Anchors Azure Spatial Anchors are launched as a part of the Azure mixed reality services. These services will help developers and business’ build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications. According to the Azure blog, these mixed reality apps can map, designate and recall precise points of interest which are accessible across HoloLens, iOS, and Android devices. Developers can integrate their solutions with IoT services and artificial intelligence, and protect their sensitive data using security from Azure. Users can easily infuse artificial intelligence ( AI) and integrate IoT services to visualize data from IoT sensors as holograms. The Spatial Anchors will allow users to map their space and connect points of interest “to create wayfinding experiences, and place shareable, location-based holograms without any need for environmental setup or QR codes”. Users will also be able to manage identity, storage, security, and analytics with pre-built cloud integrations to accelerate their mixed reality projects. #4 Unreal Engine 4 Support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 During the  Mobile World Congress (MWC), Epic Games Founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney announced that support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be coming to Unreal Engine 4 in May 2019. Unreal Engine will fully support HoloLens 2 with streaming and native platform integration. Sweeney says that “AR is the platform of the future for work and entertainment, and Epic will continue to champion all efforts to advance open platforms for the hardware and software that will power our daily lives.” Unreal Engine 4 support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will allow for “photorealistic” 3D in AR apps. Head over to Microsoft’s official blog for an in-depth insight on all the products released. Read Next Unreal Engine 4.22 update: support added for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) Microsoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’ Microsoft joins the OpenChain Project to help define standards for open source software compliancelast_img read more

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Collette clients save on airinclusive trips to Europe for 2019

first_imgTags: Collette, Europe, Sales Posted by TORONTO — Collette has launched a three-month long sale offering $300 off air-inclusive Europe bookings when flying on Delta, KLM, Air France or Alitalia from any Canadian gateway.The deal kicked off Oct. 1 and runs until Dec. 31, 2018 and applies to air-inclusive bookings with a Sky Team partner, and includes a variety of European tours for travel in 2019.“A trip to Europe is a vacation of a lifetime, and these savings can really make a difference,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Collette’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are thrilled to partner with Sky Team on this offer.”Agents must call for reservations with this promotion, at 1-800-468-5955. The promo code is EUROPE300.Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date. Collette also wants agents to know that the deal is not valid during blackout periods including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it’s not combinable with any other offers, excluding member benefits, or group bookings. Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 2, 2018 center_img Collette clients save on air-inclusive trips to Europe for 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Sponsor Advertisement Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped down about a percent and change at the open—and barely moved for the rest of the day, as the HUI finished down 1.59%. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Wednesday showed that zero gold and 14 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories.  JPM issued 11 contracts—and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia stopped all 14 contracts.  The link to that activity is here. There was another reported withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time it was 48,216 troy ounces.  And as of 9:45 p.m. EST, there were no reported changes in SLV. Once again there is nothing to report from the U.S. Mint as far as sales are concerned.  But the story posted at this link regarding 2014 U.S. silver eagles sales is worth your while. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, there was some decent gold movement for a change.  Only 3 kilobars were reported received by Brink’s, Inc., but 53,086 troy ounces were reported withdrawn—and 52,539 troy ounces of that came out of JPMorgan’s warehouse.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 601,047 troy ounces received by Brink’s, Inc.—and nothing was reported shipped out.  The link to that action is here. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column—and I hope you find some on the list that strike your fancy. Every ambitious would-be empire clarions it abroad that she is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and freedom, and is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie, and it is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe it! … If America ever does seek Empire, and most nations do, then planned reforms in our domestic life will be abandoned, States Rights will be abolished — in order to impose a centralized government upon us for the purpose of internal repudiation of freedom, and adventures abroad. The American Dream will then die — on battlefields all over the world — and a nation conceived in liberty will destroy liberty for Americans and impose tyranny on subject nations. – George S. Boutwell Another day—and another engineered price decline—with this one starting a little earlier than the one on Monday.  The results were the same—as more technical funds and small traders went short or sold long positions, with JPMorgan et al gobbling up all the long positions offered.  It’s the same old, same old—at least for the moment. Here’s what silver analyst Ted Butler had to say about the current price action in his mid-week column to his paying subscribers yesterday—and he says it so much better than I ever could: A few words on the rotten price action this week. It appears to me that we’re enduring a typical COMEX rig job to the downside designed to induce those technical funds who bought contracts in Monday’s COT report to sell once again. That can only be achieved on sharp sell-offs. I’d lay the blame squarely on the crooks at JPMorgan because the bank did sell both gold and silver in the latest COT. More seem to be noticing the blatancy of the deliberate sell-offs, but the real question is why more don’t see the manipulation, particularly after it’s explained to them. I think with today’s price take-down, a sufficient number of technical fund contracts were sold to bring those funds which bought in the latest COT, back onto the sell side. Of course that’s only a guess on my part. What’s not a guess is just how crooked are JPMorgan and the CME Group, owner of the COMEX. While we have retreated from penetrating the key moving averages to the upside, that just delays the process—and what JPMorgan does when the moving averages in gold and silver are penetrated, remains the key issue. It certainly doesn’t feel that way today, but we are still structured for an upside surprise. There wasn’t a creature stirring in the precious metal markets in the Far East on their Thursday.  Volumes were fumes and vapours—and down more than 50% from where they were yesterday at the London open.  Virtually all of the volume was in the current front months for both metals, so my guess is that most of the volume that did exist, was of the HFT variety.  The dollar index, which traded slightly above the 81 mark yesterday, is now a hair below that. And as I fire this off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EST, there still isn’t a thing going on in any of the precious metals.  Volumes are still very light—and the dollar index isn’t doing much either. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what today’s trading action will be like once we get past the London silver fix at noon GMT—and the Comex open—however it’s easy to use the price patterns from the first three trading days of the week as a template for what might happen today.  We’ll find out in the fullness of time—and not too much time, either. See you tomorrow—and if you live west of the International Date Line, I hope you enjoy your weekend. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com. Not surprisingly, it was silver that was under the most price pressure—and that was the case right from the New York open on Tuesday evening.  The rally after the noon London silver fix got dealt with in the usual manner—and at the same time as “da boyz” took down the gold price for the first time, which was just minutes after 1 p.m. GMT—and about 15 minutes before the Comex open.  That was pretty much it for silver for the remainder of the day. The high and low price prints were reported as $19.865 and $19.31 in the March contract. Silver closed in New York at $19.52 spot on Wednesday, which was down 32.5 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Volume was a very healthy 48,000 contracts. There are some decent sized out-of-the-money bets for 2015 and 2016 in silver as well.  Here’s the link. On Wednesday, platinum got sold down a bit into early London trading—and then recovered in price as the trading day unfolded.  Palladium didn’t do much.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed in New York on Tuesday afternoon at 80.87.  Once it opened for trading in the Far East on their Thursday, the index finally broke through the 81.00 mark, but in rather unconvincing fashion.  However it did manage to close above that mark at 81.08—which was up 21 basis points from Tuesday’s close. The silver stocks finished down as well, but not as bad as the gold equities.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver 7 Index closed down 0.92%. It’s the same old, same old—at least for the moment. Gold didn’t do much anywhere on Planet Earth yesterday, but it was obvious that the HFT boyz were out and about—with the first occurrence shortly after 1 p.m. GMT in London—and the second in the thinly-traded New York Access Market shortly after 2 p.m. EST.  The latter sell-off took the gold price to its low tick of the day. The high and low, such as they were, were reported by the CME Group as $1,231.80 and $1,217.70 in the February contract. The gold price closed at $1,225.90 spot, which was down $5.90 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the February contract, was only about 116,000 contracts. What was interesting in yesterday’s volume figures were the big futures positions placed way out in 2015 and 2016—and the link to yesterday’s CME’s settlements page is here.  Note not only the contracts placed yesterday, but also what the prior day’s open interest was in those particular months [and others] that far down the road.  These are big out-of-the-money bets by somebody with very deep pockets that may be armed with future price information that is unknown to us mere mortals.last_img read more

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