Gattuso relieved after his team finally won

first_imgAC Milan were waiting for a long time for another win and they finally managed to get it as they beat Bologna 2-1 on Sunday – and Gennaro Gattuso was relieved that his side finally picked up three points.It has been a tough period of the season for the Rossoneri and it is obvious that Gennaro Gattuso was very happy to finally see his side winning a game which will help them in their fight for top spots.The former midfielder spoke about his side’s effort as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Today we did everything to win the match. It was not easy for the week we lived, because of the tensions within the walls of Milanello. We put our game faces on and took responsibility. We did not win for 40 days: we keep this victory but we have to think about why we can not close the matches.”“When you win suddenly become a magician of football, blond with blue eyes. Then you stop and become ugly like Gargamella. I know this world well.”last_img read more

Premier calling for better positioning and visibility of Police officers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:commissioner of Police, james smith, police officers, premier rufus ewing, visibility Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jun 2015 – Police officers’ welfare came up when the Premier and the Commissioner of Police met earlier in the week.“But when you have more bodies on the streets and visible, then you would be able to relegate those persons who are more specially skilled into the proper areas where they ought to be.”It seems Government is ready to not only work with the Force to ensure there is better distribution of skills sets, but they are prepared to finance some changes. “We’ll be looking at and addressing to see how and to what extent we can support, give financial support to that initiative and also in the area to have better working conditions.”More hours on the streets will improve police visibility and police viability says Hon Rufus Ewing. “We need to get more police officers from behind the desks and on the streets in the communities.”There may have to be consideration given to delegating people outside of the Police Force to get tip information since the prevailing view of the public is that Police are not confidential about tipsters. The Premier believes these may be isolated instances but Hon Ewing explained that he has recommended to Commissioner James Smith that he surround himself with advisers and to employ the know-how of retired officers who can help to change the current climate on information sharing.last_img read more

KPBSD Looks At Video Live Streaming For Board Meetings

first_imgThe video stream will be available to view from a link on the district’s website. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will start live streaming their monthly school board meetings starting in February. Information Services Director Eric Soderquist spoke at a work session on December 4: “The logical next step is to replace that audio-only stream with the Polycom stream, which would be both audio and, introducing, the video component.” The district uses the Polycom system in the Borough Assembly Chambers, which allows for video streaming.center_img The district currently streams the audio during meetings, and hopes to have the video component up for their meeting on February 5. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-KPBSD-to-use-video-chat.mp3VmJennifer-on-KPBSD-to-use-video-chat.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Final Votes Expected Today On New Crime Bill

first_imgThe bill now returns to the House for a concurrence vote before being sent to Governor Walker. House Bill 312 was introduced in response to reports from Alaska hospitals of an increase in workplace violence over the past year. As the legislation moved toward final passage, the bill was amended to provide additional tools to law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. Senator Mia Costello’s (R-Anchorage) amendment to HB 312 reinstates judges’ pre-SB91 discretion to impose monetary bail, ends “catch and release” of criminal offenders Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna): “The important thing to me is that today we took down the sign that says ‘welcome to Alaska’ for people with criminal records from somewhere else.”  Sen. Costello’s measure also altered the state’s new pretrial risk assessment tool statutes to eliminate mandatory release on a defendant’s own recognizance across the board.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House is expected to cast final votes on House Bill 312, a sweeping crime bill that will alter the state’s current pretrial system. In February, HB 312 passed the Alaska House of Representatives by a vote of 31-1, and yesterday, the bill passed the Alaska Senate by a vote of 19-0. Another item in the bill allows judges to consider out-of-state criminal records at bail hearings, which was not included under the current pretrial system.last_img read more

Northstar Travel Media Makes a Data Play with Your Travel Insider Acquisition

first_imgB-to-b travel media and event company Northstar Travel Media has made a move into the consumer travel market with the acquisition of Your Travel Insider, a news and information provider for  travel enthusiasts.YTI publishes about three newsletters which, says the company, reach more than 1 million subscribers—and it’s that subscriber database that was a particular attraction for Northstar.Terms of the deal were not released, but Northstar Travel Media CEO and chairman Tom Kemp says that while there was a small outlay of cash up front, the company plans significant investment over the next three years, and there will be performance-based payouts during that timeframe, including this year. Roy Weiss, who founded Your Travel Insider in 2003, will become group publisher and report to Bob Sullivan, executive vice president of Northstar Travel Media.Northstar already targets the business travel industry with a variety of magazine and information brands and a group of 35 events and the deal provides the company with an instant footprint in the consumer travel market.”More and more the travel industry is going through a number of different channels [to target consumers], online and offline, and we were missing an important channel,” says Kemp. “We’re one of the few b-to-b media companies that has a natural segue into b-to-c.”Suppliers are using traditional sales channels through travel agencies and big corporate buyers, but are increasingly looking for more direct-to-consumer channels and that’s where YTI can help Northstar, says Kemp. “The thing we really like [about the deal] is Your Travel Insider owns a large database of consumers. We have access to about 40 million records and from that they’ve been able to pull behavioral appends for about 2 million and they have about 1 million active subscribers,” he says.In other words, that information provides Northstar with both a database marketing and direct-to-consumer sales opportunity. “Having that database gives you an advantage over having to build one from scratch and go direct to the consumer,” adds Kemp. “This was a big data play.”Going forward, Kemp says that there will be a significant investment in the YTI platform, with more product spin-offs and new developer, editorial and audience development staff to be hired. The plan is to double the one million active subscribers within six months. See Also: Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks GroupThis is the first acquisition Northstar has made since it was acquired by the Wicks Group last July and Kemp says there are more to come. “We expect this to be the first of other direct-to-consumer acquisitions that we do,” he says. “We also have a number of deals in the pipeline in b-to-b travel as well.  We expect to do several deals over the next couple of years.” More on this topic Northstar Travel Media Expands into Asia With Acquisition Northstar Travel Media Takes Majority Stake in Inntopia Wasserstein Partners Acquires Northstar Travel Group Northstar Travel Media Buys PhoCus Wright Inc. NorthStar Travel Media Launches Event in China Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks GroupJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Shared Research Space in Dayton Promotes Tech Transfer From Air Force Lab

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A newly created collaborative workspace in downtown Dayton, Ohio, is opening up new avenues for the civilian research community and commercial sector to interact with scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, driving innovation and technology commercialization in the pursuit of new applications by the Air Force and regional economic growth. The initiative’s partners — AFRL, which is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB; the Wright Brothers Institute, a nonprofit partner of the Lab whose primary aim is to promote technology transfer; and the Dayton region’s economic development community — established Project 444 within the city’s nascent innovation district to leverage the region’s research assets and take advantage of non-traditional partners.A case study about Project 444 will be featured as one of six “Innovators” at Installation Innovation 2018 in San Diego from Feb. 12-14. For more information about the Forum and to register, visit the IIF website.last_img read more

Midterm Elections New Faces New Focus following Democratic House Takeover

first_imgA shift in control of the House from the GOP to the Democrats following Tuesday midterm elections will have repercussions next year for congressional oversight, the defense budget and spending priorities. With the changeover, Washington Rep. Adam Smith (D) is expected to move from ranking member to chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and bring tougher scrutiny to topline spending for DOD and military personnel and planning issues, reports Defense News. Smith has said the $716 billion lawmakers allocated for national security in fiscal 2019 is too high. “The Trump White House, by and large, has let the Pentagon have a lot of free rein,” Smith said. “I think that’s inappropriate, and I think there is a real role for Congress to step in where the White House has stepped back to make sure our military is not engaged in ways” contrary to American values or interests. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Manchester Arena Concert Reopening To Feature Noel Gallagher

first_img Twitter Find out who else is scheduled to play the September We Are Manchester benefit concertPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2017 – 4:23 pm GRAMMY.comNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be leading the Sept. 9 We Are Manchester benefit concert to officially reopen Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. His anthem “Don’t Look Back In Anger” — among his best work with Oasis — testifies to the power of his songwriting, which also earned him a Best Rock Song nomination for “Wonderwall” at the 39th GRAMMY Awards.”Don’t Look Back …” became the anthem for Manchester when it erupted spontaneously from the audience at a memorial following the May 22 concert tragedy. The song was also covered by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit concert on June 4.Blossoms and the Courteeners will be joining Gallagher on Sept. 9, along with Rick Astley, Best New Artist nominee at the 31st GRAMMY Awards and omnipresent viral meme. Poet Tony Walsh, especially remembered for reading one of his poems at a vigil the day after the tragedy, will also appear. More artists are scheduled to be announced.The Manchester Memorial Fund will receive profits from the benefit, with an eye toward building a permanent memorial to honor the 22 Manchester concert fatalities.”We welcome the reopening of the arena, a major venue which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, as a powerful symbol of [Manchester’s] defiant and resilient spirit,” said Manchester City Councilor Sue Murphy.We Love Manchester Emergency Fund Distributes Support To Families Of Manchester Arena VictimsRead more Email News Manchester Arena Concert Reopening To Feature Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Is Reopening Manchester Arena manchester-arena-concert-reopening-feature-noel-gallagher Facebook last_img read more

Amazon launches free adsupported music service for Alexa devices

first_img Smart Home Mentioned Above Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Walmart 0 Google Home $69 Crutchfield See It $79 Post a commentcenter_img See It The service is geared toward customers who own Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo Dot, but aren’t Prime members or subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon on Thursday launched a new music service for its Alexa devices that’s free to use but includes ads.The service, available starting today in the US, will provide access to top Amazon Music playlists and thousands of stations. It’s specifically geared for customers who own Alexa-enabled devices but aren’t Prime members or subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited.Amazon’s Prime membership service, which costs $119 annually, includes access to a library of more than 2 million songs and thousands of stations and playlists. Amazon Music Unlimited, which starts at $7.99 a month, offers over 50 million songs.With music being one of the primary uses for smart speakers, like the Alexa-powered Echo devices, it makes sense for Amazon to offer more ways to give Echo owners access to songs. After starting folks off on the limited library available for free, Amazon could convince some of them to transition over to a paid service, such as Prime or Music Unlimited.Alexa already works with a variety of other free and paid music services, including Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.To use the new service, non-Prime customers can cue up a station based on a song, artist, era or genre, saying commands like, “Alexa, play ’80s music” or “Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture.”Google on Thursday launched a similar service for its Google Home smart speakers, letting users access an ad-supported free tier of YouTube Music. Share your voice Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $99 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Tags See it Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Googlelast_img read more

Razer Respawn mental performance drink mix wants to up your game

first_img Post a comment Gaming Culture Wellness See All More from E3 • Most of the ingredients are the various B vitamins found in energy drinks and antioxidants.  But while Respawn is sugar free — it uses the artificial sweetener Sucralose — it has maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate that allows the powder to stay all powdery. That’s why it has 20 calories. But maltodextrin breaks down into… sugar. And it has a higher glycemic index than… sugar. So you may still get the spike and crash, and you definitely need to factor it in if you’re diabetic or on a keto diet. It really depends upon how much maltodextrin is in it. Share your voice The best new gaming laptops, ranked Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 6:35 41 Photos reading • Razer Respawn ‘mental performance’ drink mix wants to up your game Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Tags E3 2019 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Get weird with Razer’s new energy drinks How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET E3 2019 Sadly, the Respawn Shaker Cup does not support Chroma. Razer Razer launched an April Fool’s campaign in 2010 for a gamer-focused drink, Project Venom V2. It turns out that seemed like such a good idea to some people that the company turned it into a real product in time for t his year”s E3, Razer Respawn (not to be confused with Jedi: Fallen Order developer Respawn Entertainment). But don’t call it an “energy drink” — it’s a “mental performance drink mix” that “contains premium ingredients that help support increased focus, reaction time, and mental stamina.”Respawn comes in single-serving powder packets that you mix with 16-20 ounces of water. A box with 20 packets of an individual flavor runs $25 (at Razer and Amazon); flavors are green apple, tropical pineapple, pomegranate watermelon and blue raspberry. You can also spring for the $30 custom shaker, which does not support Chroma, but that would be awesome. According to Razer, a serving has 20 calories and 95mg of caffeine. The full ingredient list is:Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Green Tea Extract, Sucralose, L-theanin, Choline Bitartrate, Caffeine, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Ground Ginger, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup solids, Niacinamide, D-calcium Pantothenate, Silicon Dioxide, Blue No. 1, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin.Razer distinguishes Respawn from energy drinks, saying “they tend to have excessive caffeine and sugar, giving you an initial burst but eventually leading to jitters or a physical crash.”   0 As for caffeine, one serving of sugar-free Red Bull has 80mg; Respawn’s 95mg of caffeine for a single serving is higher, but because the serving size is bigger (16-20 oz vs. 8.5 oz for Red Bull), math makes the amount smaller if you look at it by volume instead of serving size. The equivalent amount of Red Bull has 150mg or so. (In either case, they’re both less than the approximately 330mg in my morning coffee.)Razer does caution not to drink more than three servings per day. Now playing: Watch this: Razerlast_img read more

Why is Playboy making Bluetooth headphones

first_imgPlayboy Audio Playboy has a recent history of wacky ideas, and its latest oddball announcement is the company’s first Bluetooth headphones: the Playboy Audio Icon 1. You know, because the magazine interviewed Miles Davis or something.The $149 headphones promise better comfort in a lightweight design and feature the iconic bunny logo over each earcup, as well as the word Playboy on the headband.Playboy Audio says the Icon 1 has an “ultrapremium distortion-free sound combined with our powerful rich bass offers a superior, industry leading, high-fidelity listening experience”.The Icon 1 also offers “better hands-free calling” (ick) using the company’s “advanced microphone technology” and the ability to listen for up to 22 hours per charge.The magazine’s racy history is never far away, especially when it comes to fan extras like the promised and suggestively-named “Pleasures Playlist.”The Icon 1s aren’t even the weirdest thing to happen under the Playboy banner in the past few years. In 2015, after 62 years of naked centerfolds, Playboy magazine went non-nude, and yet the decision only lasted for 18 months. In March 2018, six months after founder Hugh Hefner’s death, the brand announced it was developing an online cryptocurrency wallet for paying for… the articles; yeah, that’s it.  Comments See at Turo Read the AirPods review Tags Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Bluetooth Headsets Headphones,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sprint $299 at Amazon See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Cheapskate Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Post a comment Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice 0 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $60 at Best Buy Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazonlast_img read more

Stepmother sent to jail for girls rape murder

first_imgStepmother sent to jail in girl rape, murder caseA Patuakhali special court on Friday sent a victim’s stepmother to jail for her alleged involvement in the killing and ‘rape’ of school-girl, Eva, at Sirajpur village in Kalapara upazila in the city on Tuesday night.Kolapara upazila senior judicial magistrate Moniruzzaman passed the order after Salma Begum was produced before it with a seven-day remand prayer.On Tuesday night, a gang of miscreants stormed into the victim’s house around 7:00pm and reportedly raped and murdered Eva, 11, a class-VI student of Mohipur High School and daughter of carpenter Ismail Gharami of the village.Eva was taken to Mohipur 20-bed Hospital where physicians declared her dead and her body bore several injury marks.Later on Wednesday night, police detained the victim’s stepmother for interrogation.Victim’s father Ismail filed a case against three unnamed people with Mohipur police station over the tragic incident on Thursday.Police arrested Md Kawsar, 38, for his alleged involvement with the incident on the same day.last_img read more

Leave or we will kill you all

first_imgSmoke is seen on Myanmar’s side of border as Rohingya refugees collect their belongings on a shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: ReutersThousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-racked northwest Myanmar are pleading with authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food.“We’re terrified,” Maung Maung, a Rohingya official at Ah Nauk Pyin village, told Reuters by telephone. “We’ll starve soon and they’re threatening to burn down our houses.”Another Rohingya contacted by Reuters, who asked not to be named, said ethnic Rakhine Buddhists came to the same village and shouted, “Leave, or we will kill you all.”Fragile relations between Ah Nauk Pyin and its Rakhine neighbours were shattered on 25 Aug, when deadly attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State prompted a ferocious response from Myanmar’s security forces.At least 430,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to evade what the United Nations has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.About a million Rohingya lived in Rakhine state until the recent violence. Most face draconian travel restrictions and are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Tin Maung Swe, secretary of the Rakhine state government, told Reuters he was working closely with the Rathedaung authorities, and had received no information about the Rohingya villagers’ plea for safe passage.“There is nothing to be concerned about,” he said when asked about local tensions. “Southern Rathedaung is completely safe.”National police spokesman Myo Thu Soe said he also had no information about the Rohingya villages but that he would look into the matter.Asked to comment, a spokeswoman for the US State Department’s East Asia Bureau made no reference to the situation in the villages, but said the United States was calling “urgently” for Myanmar’s security forces “to act in accordance with the rule of law and to stop the violence and displacement suffered by individuals from all communities.”“Tens of thousands of people reportedly lack adequate food, water, and shelter in northern Rakhine state,” spokeswoman Katina Adams said. “The government should act immediately to assist them.”Adams said Patrick Murphy, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, would reiterate grave US concern about the situation in Rakhine when he meets senior officials in Myanmar this week.Britain is to host a ministerial meeting on Monday on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the situation in Rakhine.NO BOATSAh Nauk Pyin sits on a mangrove-fringed peninsula in Rathedaung, one of three townships in northern Rakhine state. The villagers say they have no boats.Until three weeks ago, there were 21 Muslim villages in Rathedaung, along with three camps for Muslims displaced by previous bouts of religious violence. Sixteen of those villages and all three camps have since been emptied and in many cases burnt, forcing an estimated 28,000 Rohingya to flee.Rathedaung’s five surviving Rohingya villages and their 8,000 or so inhabitants are encircled by Rakhine Buddhists and acutely vulnerable, say human rights monitors.The situation is particularly dire in Ah Nauk Pyin and nearby Naung Pin Gyi, where any escape route to Bangladesh is long, arduous, and sometimes blocked by hostile Rakhine neighbours.Maung Maung, the Rohingya official, said the villagers were resigned to leaving but the authorities had not responded to their requests for security. At night, he said, villagers had heard distant gunfire.“It’s better they go somewhere else,” said Thein Aung, a Rathedaung official, who dismissed Rohingya allegations that Rakhines were threatening them.Only two of the 25 Aug attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) took place in Rathedaung. But the township was already a tinderbox of religious tension, with ARSA citing the mistreatment of Rohingya there as one justification for its offensive.In late July, Rakhine residents of a large, mixed village in northern Rathedaung corralled hundreds of Rohingya inside their neighbourhood, blocking access to food and water.A similar pattern is repeating itself in southern Rathedaung, with local Rakhine citing possible ARSA infiltration as a reason for ejecting the last remaining Rohingya.‘ANOTHER PLACE’Maung Maung said he had called the police at least 30 times to report threats against his village.On 13 Sept, he said, he got a call from a Rakhine villager he knew. “Leave tomorrow or we’ll come and burn down all your houses,” said the man, according to a recording Maung Maung gave to Reuters.When Maung Maung protested that they had no means to escape, the man replied: “That’s not our problem.”On 31 Aug, the police convened a roadside meeting between two villages, attended by seven Rohingya from Ah Nauk Pyin and 14 Rakhine officials from the surrounding villages.Instead of addressing the Rohingya complaints, said Maung Maung and two other Rohingya who attended the meeting, the Rakhine officials delivered an ultimatum.“They said they didn’t want any Muslims in the region and we should leave immediately,” said the Rohingya resident of Ah Nauk Pyin who requested anonymity.The Rohingya agreed, said Maung Maung, but only if the authorities provided security.He showed Reuters a letter that the village elders had sent to the Rathedaung authorities on 7 Sept, asking to be moved to “another place”. They had yet to receive a response, he said.VIOLENT HISTORYRelations between the two communities deteriorated in 2012, when religious unrest in Rakhine state killed nearly 200 people and made 140,000 homeless, most of them Rohingya. Scores of houses in Ah Nauk Pyin were torched.Since then, said villagers, Rohingya have been too scared to leave the village or till their land, surviving mainly on monthly deliveries from the World Food Programme (WFP). The recent violence halted those deliveries.The WFP pulled out most staff and suspended operations in the region after 25 Aug.Residents in the area’s two Rohingya villages said they could no longer venture out to fish or buy food from Rakhine traders, and were running low on food and medicines.Maung Maung said the local police told the Rohingya to stay in their villages and not to worry because “nothing would happen,” he said.But the nearest police station had only half a dozen or so officers, he said, and could not do much if Ah Nauk Pyin was attacked.A few minutes’ walk away, at the Rakhine village of Shwe Long Tin, residents were also on edge, said its leader, Khin Tun Aye.They had also heard gunfire at night, he said, and were guarding the village around the clock with machetes and slingshots in case the Rohingya attacked with ARSA’s help.“We’re also terrified,” he said.He said he told his fellow Rakhine to stay calm, but the situation remained so tense that he feared for the safety of his Rohingya neighbours.“If there is violence, all of them will be killed,” he said.last_img read more

Houston Harris County To Get Billions In HUD Grants To Help Hurricane

first_imgCongress approved the U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding last year, but it’s just now being released to Harvey-hit areas in the form of CDBGs. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has come under criticism for what some saw as unnecessary delays in distributing Harvey relief funds. Earlier this year, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicly criticized Bush for what he called a lack of cooperation and inclusiveness. The General Land Office said HUD didn’t provide guidance on how this money could be used until February. Now, the GLO said after a March meeting with federal HUD officials and representatives from Houston and Harris County, an action plan is in place to distribute the $5 billion.“The impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to disrupt the lives of so many Texans,” Bush said. “As we continue the long-term recovery process, the GLO’s Community Development and Revitalization team continues to work with local officials in all 49 affected counties to expedite the release of disaster recovery funds. Through the utilization of innovative recovery programs, we are positioning Texas for a more comprehensive recovery that will truly help rebuild.”The meeting resulted in Harris County and Houston getting grants of $1.115 billion each. The rest of the money will be distributed to other counties affected by Harvey.The bulk of the funds will go to homeowners who need assistance with rebuilding. Other grants include money for home buyouts, affordable rental housing, infrastructure repairs, and economic revitalization.Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that Texas will receive another allocation from HUD of an additional $5.03 billion for disaster relief.NEW: MORE money is coming to Texas to help rebuild from #HurricaneHarvey. This $4.7 billion is on top of the $5 billion Texas just received. This will help rebuild homes & build infrastructure to reduce future floods. #txlege #TexasStrong #RebuildTexas https://t.co/o4nJtobQAW— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 10, 2018 .@txglo Cmr. @georgepbush announces publication of State Action Plan for $5B in #HurricaneHarvey housing infrastructure and economic recovery funding for public comment. For more info visit https://t.co/Dr8iCTNtnB pic.twitter.com/7WrochuvAg— TXGeneralLandOffice (@txglo) April 10, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Houston Workers Are Not Worried About Artificial Intelligence Taking Their Jobs

first_imgFlorian MartinAleek Datta is the managing director of strategy energy at AccentureAutomation and artificial intelligence – AI – are often accused of replacing jobs. X 00:00 /03:20 Listen Sharecenter_img But is that really the case?If you ask Houston workers, a majority is not worried.That’s according to a survey by Accenture.Aleek Datta, managing director with the tech and consulting firm’s strategy branch, says 62 percent of workers in Houston believe the impact of intelligent technologies over the next three years will be positive.Only 4 percent think it will be negative.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img

YouTube Updates CopyrightReporting System to Make It Easier for Creators to Manage

first_imgIn recent months, YouTube creators say they’ve been swamped with a flood of manual claims from copyright owners — sometimes for just a second or two of a song. Now the video platform has responded, revising its policies to require more specific info from copyright holders about any alleged infringement and rolling out new tools to help creators respond to such claims.Effective as of July 9, YouTube requires copyright owners to provide timestamps for all new manual Content ID claims. That’s designed to let creators know exactly which part of their video is being claimed. The new policy applies to manually submitted copyright-infringement claims under YouTube’s Content ID system, as opposed to videos that are automatically flagged by content-matching algorithms.YouTube said in a blog post that it’s going to be vigilant about policing false claims: “We’ll be evaluating the accuracy of these timestamps. Copyright owners who repeatedly fail to provide accurate data will have their access to manual claiming revoked.” Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related YouTube also introduced new editing tools to remove manually claimed content in videos, which will automatically release the claim. Those are “Mute Song,” which will let a creator simply mute the audio in the time-stamped segment that is being claimed for infringement, and “Replace Song,” which lets creators swap out the music with one of the free-to-use songs from the YouTube Audio Library.Another feature YouTube is still working on is an improved Trim feature, which will add an option built into YouTube Studio’s Copyright Info page that will let creators snip out claimed content with just one click.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki had said in a blog to creators in April that the video platform was working on making it easier for YouTubers to deal with manual copyright claims. “Today is an important first step: we’re giving creators more info about manual claims and more tools to resolve them,” she wrote in a tweet Tuesday.Video creators on YouTube who receive a copyright claim have three courses of action: They can do nothing (in which case the video in question is suspended); they can dispute the claim; or they can opt to share ad revenue generated from the disputed material with the music publisher or other copyright owner making the claim.YouTube made the changes to the copyright reporting system two days before the 10th annual VidCon US creator and fan convention kicks off in Anaheim, Calif. Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, is set to deliver a keynote touting the platform’s initiatives to support creators on July 11. Popular on Variety YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watchlast_img read more

New Koomeys Law of power efficiency parallels Mooree Law

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected This is not the first time Koomey’s name has been in the news, just last month he was the lead author of a paper that showed that electricity consumed by data centers in the U.S. and around the world grew at a slower pace (from 2005 to 2010) than had been predicted by a 2007 U.S. EPA report. This time around, Koomey, in collaboration, with Intel and Microsoft has been studying how much electricity is used relative to processing power, by computers in a historical context. Way back in 1956, for example, ENIAC, one of the first true computers, used approximately 150 kilowatts of electricity to perform just a few hundred calculations per second. Using historical data, the team created a graph comparing the amount of computing power of the average computer (from supercomputers to laptops) with the amount of electricity it needed and found that over time, energy efficiency improvements from the 1950’s till now, have moved in virtual lockstep with increases in the amount of processing power: energy efficiency, they found effectively doubled every 1.57 year. Because of this, they predict that the trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.This is important as computing platforms have become more mobile and end users increasingly tend to place more value in power efficiency (because it means longer battery life) than in how fast their Smartphone or tablet is able to produce results. Thus, it’s possible that Koomey’s Law will become the rallying cry on into the future, much as Moore’s Law has been in the past. Though hopefully, new engineers won’t start to fudge on Moore’s Law to get these results, as that could lead to small devices that last for weeks on batteries alone, but are sluggish. (PhysOrg.com) — For most of the computer age, the central theme in computer hardware architecture has been: create more computational power using the same amount of chip space. Intel founder Gordon Moore even came up with a “law” based on what he’d seen up to that point to predict how things would go in the future; that computing power would double every year and a half. Now Jonathan Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford has led a study that shows that the electrical energy efficiency of computers has been following roughly the same path. He and his colleagues from Microsoft and Intel have published the results of their study in EEE Annals of the History of Computing that shows that the energy efficiency of computers has doubled nearly every eighteen months (now called appropriately enough, Koomey’s Law) going all the way back to the very first computers built in the 1950’s. Transistor counts for integrated circuits plotted against their dates of introduction. The curve shows Moore’s law – the doubling of transistor counts every two years. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further More information: Implications of Historical Trends in the Electrical Efficiency of Computing, July-September 2011 (vol. 33 no. 3)pp. 46-54. doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2010.28AbstractThe electrical efficiency of computation has doubled roughly every year and a half for more than six decades, a pace of change comparable to that for computer performance and electrical efficiency in the microprocessor era. These efficiency improvements enabled the creation of laptops, smart phones, wireless sensors, and other mobile computing devices, with many more such innovations yet to come. The Web Extra appendix outlines the data and methods used in this study.via Technology Review Citation: New ‘Koomey’s Law’ of power efficiency parallels Moore’e Law (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-koomeys-law-power-efficiency-parallels.html 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

Agatha Christies Poirot Acorn TV the US streamin

first_imgAgatha Christie’s PoirotAcorn TV, the US streaming service programmed with UK-centric content, has launched on Apple devices.An Acorn app is now available in Apple’s online store, allowing iPad and iPhone owners to watch Acorn’s shows on their devices.Acorn, which launched in 2011, offers customers a free month-long trial and costs US$4.99 (€3.72) a month thereafter, or US$49.99 a year.It has streaming rights to a raft of British drama series including Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders.Acorn is part of RLJ Entertainment, the US distributor and content company that majority owns Agatha Christie Limited.last_img

The dollar index opened at 8004 in Tokyo on their

first_imgThe dollar index opened at 80.04 in Tokyo on their Friday morning…and spent most of the day above the 80.00 mark, with the high tick of 80.25 coming about 11:40 a.m. BST in London.  From there, the index rolled over a bit…and hit its nadir [79.94] about 10:15 a.m. in New York.  It recovered back above the 80.00 mark during the East Coast lunch hour…and then slid slowly back below it to close at 79.997.The precious metals began to rally strongly shortly after the dollar index hit its high…but the rallies in all four were so powerful, that the “da boyz” had to step in long before the dollar index hit its low tick…but it’s worth noting that the high ticks for both gold and silver came at the dollar index nadir at 10:15 a.m. in New York.The gold stocks opened mixed…and only began to head south shortly after 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.  The low for the stocks came just minutes before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close…and then they rallied a bit from there until the equity markets closed at 4:00 p.m.  The HUI finished down 0.85%.The silver stocks finished mixed as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.62%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 115 gold and 12 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories this coming Tuesday.  The Issuers and Stoppers Report showed that it was ‘all the usual suspects’…and the link to that activity is here.That should pretty much do it for the October delivery month, although there may be a handful of contracts in each metal left to deliver before November first notice day on Wednesday.There was a small 19,385 troy ounces of gold withdrawn from GLD yesterday…and it looked like it could have been a fee payment of some kind.  There were no reported changes in SLV.The U.S. Mint had no sales report.Over at the Comex-approved depositories, they reported receiving 253,457 troy ounces of silver on Thursday…and shipped 801,417 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.Well, yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report was another surprise.  Yes, there was the expected improvement in the Commercial net short position in gold…but not as much as I was hoping.  In silver, there was a tiny improvement…but that was all.  Both Ted and I were amazed…and we were both scratching our heads.In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by only a tiny 1,595 contracts.  The Commercial net short position is still a whopping 277.5 million ounces…and the ‘Big 4’ short holders are short 246.1 million ounces of that amount…and 44.5% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 8.6 percentage points.  So the ‘Big 8’ are short 53.1% of the entire futures market in silver on a net basis…and these percentages are minimum numbers.I would also guess that JPMorgan Chase, along with one non-U.S. bank…the Bank of Nova Scotia?…are short almost 40% of the entire Comex silver market [on a net basis] between the two of them.In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by a pretty decent 14,718 contracts, or 1.47 million ounces.  This net short position is now down to 23.27 million ounces…still light years away from its low several months back…and the ‘Big 8’ are short 20.97 million ounces of that amount.The ‘Big 4’ traders, on a net basis, are short 35.4% of the entire Comex gold market…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 13.9 percentage points.  The ‘Big 8’ in total are short 49.3% of the Comex futures market on a net basis…and these are minimum percentages.The ‘Big 8’ traders are short 20.97 million ounces of the 23.27 million ounce Commercial net short position…or 90.1%.  In silver, the ‘Big 8’ traders are short 293.9 million ounces of the 277.5 million ounce Commercial net short…or 105.9%.Here are the links to the historical COT Report charts so you can get an idea of how things have changed over the weeks, months and years.  Gold is here…and silver is here.Here’s the current “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” chart for all the physical commodities traded on the Comex.  This is for the week that was…and nothing has changed, as the short positions held by the ‘4 or less’ traders are still egregious.  It’s my guess that JPMorgan Chase, the Bank of Nova Scotia[?], HSBC USA and Citigroup make up the entire red bar on the silver chart.  I’ll have more on the COT Report in ‘The Wrap’.(Click on image to enlarge)From the Too-Cute-For-Words file folder this week comes this photo of an ocelot kitten having a power nap.  I thank my daughter Kathleen for sharing it with us.Since it’s Saturday, all the stories that I’ve been saving all week are posted below…and I hope you have the time to at least read the parts I’ve cut and paste from each one.If, as I contend, the prime driver of the silver (and gold) price on the rally was technical fund buying, it follows that an approximate same amount of technical fund selling would cause prices to decline in similar proportion. That’s where my “alarming and dangerous” market structure concerns come from. Compounding the matter is that the commercials have perfected their collusive trading techniques for more than 30 years in trading against the technical funds. All the commercials have learned to let the technical funds liquidating long positions to come to the commercials. The commercials, who will be happy to buy every contract offered for sale by the technical funds, will not reach up in price to buy those contracts, but will let the technical funds come to them. It really is a mafia-style operation; the commercials will rig prices through key technical points and only put in below market bids to the selling that the commercials instigated. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…24 October 2012Today’s ‘blast from the past’ features a world famous American music duo that hit their stride on the music scene in the early to mid 1960s…and this particular song linked here, has to be my favourites.  It was a smash hit in 1966…the year I graduated from high school.  While I’m at it, here’s another big hit of theirs.I’ve featured several child prodigies in this section…and here’s another.  This 10-year old girl plays the drums like a seasoned pro.  I was amazed…and I’m sure you’ll be impressed as well.  I thank Roy Stephens for sliding this video clip into my in-box on Monday…and the link is here.As I mentioned in my comments at the top of this column, all four precious metals blasted off to the upside…but got hammered flat about half way through the 30-basis point decline in the dollar index.  Nothing free market about that.The COT report both this week and last, were head scratchers…as it’s obvious that this liquidation cycle is quite a bit different than anything either Ted or I have seen before.  Despite the price drops in both gold and silver…and the penetration of the 50-day moving averages to the downside on both metals…there has been little volume and no real serious technical fund liquidation to this point.I can only guess as to why that’s the case.  The only thing I could come up with is that the long holders in the Non-Commercial category appear to be hanging tough…and meeting all margin calls…especially in silver, where there has only been the smallest of indications of tech fund long liquidation, despite the three dollar decline in the silver price.  Is that liquidation coming later, or are these tech fund longs privy to information that we mere mortals don’t have?  Beats me…but we’ll find out in the fullness of time.However, as I mentioned a couple of times already this week, the share prices…especially in silver…are bucking this sell-off in the metals…and that, along with the strange COT action, might be another sign that something is going on behind the scenes that we don’t know anything about.My quest to find out if the Bank of Nova Scotia/Scotia Mocatta are the new “non-U.S. bank” that has just showed up in October’s Bank Participation Report, ran into a ‘non-answer’ from someone at Scotiabank HQ in Toronto on Monday.  Here’s my original e-mail to the CEO which I posted in my Tuesday column…22 October 2012 Scotiabank 44 King Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 1H1Attention: Mr. Rick Waugh, CEODear Mr. Waugh,I’m a keen observer of the financial scene, both here in Canada and abroad…but my main area of expertise is in the precious metal markets.  I write a daily blog on this subject for Casey Research out of Stowe, Vermont…and here is the link to my webpage.Part of my reading material includes two reports that are issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission…the CFTC.  The most notable of those are the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and the monthly Bank Participation Report.If you click on the Bank Participation Report link, you’ll note that the CFTC has included a comment about its October figures that took quite a few people who follow this report, completely by surprise…including me.The comment states… “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report. For more information on the methodology used for the Bank Participation Report, see Explanatory Notes” [Emphasis is mine. – Ed]Looking through the list of market-making members of the LBMA…my first thought was that the bank most likely to fit that description would be The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.  So I called Andy Montano at your head office about a week ago.  We had a pleasant chat…and he said that he knew nothing about it.  I asked him who might know…and he had no suggestion.So I thought I would write directly to you, sir.All I need to know is if the “non-U.S. bank” that the CFTC is referring to in its comments above…and on its Bank Participation Report home page…is The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will suffice.Thank you for your attention in this matter…and I remain,Yours truly,Edward Steer, EditorEd Steer’s Gold & Silver DailyOn Tuesday I received this reply…and as you can tell right away, the ‘non-answer’ avoided my question entirely…Dear Mr. Steer, Thank you for your email of October 22nd addressed to Rick Waugh, President & CEO of Scotiabank. I have been asked to review your inquiry and provide a response to you on behalf of the Scotiabank Group. We have determined from our review, the Scotiabank Group is not involved in the research or publication of the Commitment of Traders Report and as a result we are unable to comment on the data provided in the report. We respectfully recommend you consider making direct contact with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC) as we understand they are the source of the report and would be better positioned to respond to you with answers to any inquiries you may have about the report. Once again, thank you for writing, giving us an opportunity to review and respond to your inquiry. Sincerely, Dave Shearim Senior Manager – Office of the President Scotiabank – Executive Offices e-mail: mail.president@scotiabank.com Telephone: (416) 933-1700 or (877) 700-0043 Fax: (416) 933-1777 or (877) 700-0045Of course I had to reply…and here it is…Hello Dave,This reply I received from you is a ‘non answer’…and avoids the question entirely.Nowhere in my original e-mail did I remotely suggest that Scotiabank Group was involved in the production of any data from the CFTC reports mentioned.The Form 40 referred to by the CFTC, would have to have been filled out by a very senior member of the Scotiabank Group…either within the bank itself, or within the Scotia Mocatta division.Here are the pertinent contents of my previous e-mail to Mr. Waugh once again…“Part of my reading material includes two reports that are issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission…the CFTC.  The most notable of those are the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and the monthly Bank Participation Report.“If you click on the Bank Participation Report link, you’ll note that the CFTC has included a comment about its October figures that took quite a few people who follow this report, completely by surprise…including me.“The comment states… “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report. For more information on the methodology used for the Bank Participation Report, see Explanatory Notes” [Emphasis is mine. – Ed]“Looking through the list of market-making members of the LBMA…my first thought was that the bank most likely to fit that description would be The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.  So I called Andy Montano at your head office about a week ago.  We had a pleasant chat…and he said that he knew nothing about it.  I asked him who might know…and he had no suggestion.“So I thought I would write directly to you, sir.“All I need to know is if the “non-U.S. bank” that the CFTC is referring to in its comments above…and on its Bank Participation Report home page…is The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.“A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will suffice.So, Dave, I’ll ask the question one more time, which is it…yes, or no?Sincerely,EdI haven’t heard a thing since…and will be sending another e-mail on Tuesday if I hear nothing from Mr. Shearim on Monday.  But I already have the feeling that I hit the jackpot on the first try…as if they weren’t ‘the one’ they would have denied it immediately…and this b.s. non-answer I got pretty much confirms that they are.  I’ll keep you posted.The rest of 2013 could be very interesting in the precious metals.  With the October delivery month going off the board early next week, we’re left with November, which is not a big delivery month in either silver or gold.  But December is.  It’s the biggest delivery month of the year in both metals…and open interest is massive.It remains to be seen whether prices go down from here…or up.  As I’ve said on many occasions, I can make a strong case for either scenario…although I’d definitely prefer ‘up’…as I know you would as well.  But the best any of us can do is blow the froth off a cold one…and hope that we’ve done everything we can to prepare for whatever scenario turns up.  However, nothing has changed with me, as I’m still “all in”.Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you on Tuesday. Sponsor Advertisement The long holders in the Non-Commercial category appear to be hanging tough…and meeting all margin calls.The gold price traded a few dollars higher up until 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and then got sold down for the next four hours.  From there it traded more or less sideways through the London open.Then around 1:00 p.m. BST…about twenty minutes before the Comex open…a rally of some substance developed.  That got hammered flat an hour later…about 9:01 a.m. in New York…and from that point, the gold price slowly declined right into the 1:30 p.m. Eastern Comex close, before trading quietly into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.  The New York high tick…$1,720.40 spot…came at 10:15 a.m.Gold finished the trading day in New York at $1,711.10 spot…up 80 cents from Thursday.  Volume wasn’t overly heavy at 139,000 contracts.Silver’s price path was virtually identical to gold’s.  The only notable difference was that JPMorgan Chase et al showed up at 9:30 a.m. in New York…whereas gold got hit a half hour sooner.  Silver’s high tick was also at 10:15 a.m. Eastern…and after that the silver price pattern followed gold’s price path pattern, right to the tick.Silver closed at $32.02 spot…up 2 whole cents.  Volume was only 36,500 contracts.It should be obvious to anyone with more than a room temperature I.Q. in degrees Fahrenheit that both metals would have finished the Friday trading session materially higher if a willing not-for-profit seller hadn’t shown up.  And it wasn’t just gold and silver the got hammered flat, the charts for platinum and palladium show that these two white metals got hit even harder…especially platinum.center_img Bayfield Ventures Corp. (TSX.V: BYV) is exploring for gold and silver in the Rainy River District of NW Ontario. The Company’s 100% owned “Burns” Block property adjoins the immediate east of Rainy River Resources’ (TSX.V: RR) world-class gold deposit which includes an indicated resource of 5.72 million ounces of gold, averaging 1.18 g/t, in addition to an inferred resource of 2.25 million ounces of gold, averaging 0.79 g/t. Drilling to date on Bayfield’s Burns Block demonstrates that the ODM17gold zone extends from Rainy River Resources’ ground onto the Burns Block. Bayfield is currently carrying out 100,000 metres of diamond drilling on its Rainy River properties. Drill results thus far have been very encouraging. Notable drill results include 60.05 grams per tonne gold and 362.96 grams per tonne silver over 11.2 metres within 26.70 grams per tonne gold and 170.69 grams per tonne silver over 25.5 metres, as well as 35.93 grams per tonne gold and 359.65 grams per tonne silver over 10.0 metres. Bayfield also holds a 100% interest in two other properties in the Rainy River District. Claim blocks “B” and “C” are well located to the immediate east and west (respectively) of Rainy River Resources’ #433 and ODM17 gold zones. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.last_img read more