Junior College Offensive Lineman Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgThe offensive line recruiting class was an area of concern for the Cowboys when national signing day rolled around. Despite holding the commitments of three high school recruits rated as four-stars at one point, there were no four-year players who signed earlier last week. And only one junior college prospect, Arlington Hambright, who signed.That changed earlier this week. NEO A&M offensive guard Larry Joubert, Jr., has pledged to OSU he announced on twitter.“I believe stuff happens in life for a reason,” he said. “I know this is one of those reasons. Haters, doubters and nonbelievers, I want to silence all of them. I’m committed to sign with Oklahoma State University. Better opportunities for me and also better place to better myself as a person because this is my decision and nobody else. I’m getting better every year as a football player so I’m ready for the challenge. Coach Gundy is giving me the opportunity and I’m thankful.”According to 247sports, Joubert is a 6-foot-4, 265 pound prospect who will likely play offensive guard for the Cowboys. He was previously committed – and signed – with New Mexico. However he did not meet academic requirements which forced him to open up his recruitment.On signing day, Gundy said one scholarship was still available. And given OSU’s situation along the offensive line, I wouldn’t be surprised if that final spot goes to another offensive lineman — perhaps later in the coming weeks.Because of when Joubert committed, it is believed that the number of scholarships available is still at one. So don’t be surprised to see OSU still aggressively pursuing prospects from the junior college ranks, or even sniffing out a potential graduate transfer. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Pro Football Focus: Mason Rudolph One of Nation’s Top Returning Players in 2017

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. College football analyst Steve Palazzolo recently listed Oklahoma State qaurterback Mason Rudolph as one of the nation’s top returning players, putting him at No. 4 on his list for ProFootballFocus.Top returning players in the Big 12Oklahoma QB Baker MayfieldOKState QB Mason RudolphTexas OT Connor Williams? https://t.co/SVIMAndHcY pic.twitter.com/opJilEOCb4— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 8, 2017 Here’s what Palazzolo had to say about OSU’s rising senior signal-caller:A three-year starter at Oklahoma State, Rudolph returns after ranking eighth overall in 2015 at 86.1 and second in 2016 at 92.3. Rudolph has gotten the ball down the field as well as any quarterback in the nation the last three years, ranking fourth in deep yards in 2015 and second in 2016. He’ll battle Mayfield for the top spot at quarterback in the Big 12 and in the nation, while making Oklahoma State a contender for both a conference and national title.Rudolph is one of four Big 12 players on the list, with Texas lineman Connor Williams and Oklahoma Ogbonnia Okoronkwo pegged as No. 10 and No. 19, respectively. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is listed at No. 1.last_img read more

Atletico boss Simeone lauds Sevilla

first_imgSevilla ‘Sevilla win overshadowed by Man Utd exit’ – Simeone praises La Liga rivals’ magnificent achievement Jamie Smith 00:46 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wissam Ben Yedder Ashley Young Sevilla Man Utd 13032018 Getty Sevilla Manchester United Manchester United v Sevilla UEFA Champions League Atlético Madrid v Lokomotiv Moskva Lokomotiv Moskva UEFA Europa League Atlético Madrid Sevilla have not been given enough credit for knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford, says Diego Simeone. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Sevilla’s stunning Champions League win at Old Trafford has been overshadowed by Manchester United crashing out of the tournament.Vincenzo Montella’s decision to send on Wissam Ben Yedder proved a masterstroke as the striker scored twice in six minutes to set up a 2-1 aggregate win, Romelu Lukaku’s reply proving only a consolation.Much of the post-match reaction has been dominated by analysis of United’s limp performance, with the achievement of Sevilla – Europa League champions three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 – somewhat overlooked. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Simeone does not think it is fair for Sevilla’s triumph to be judged in the context of Jose Mourinho’s United side suffering a surprise Champions League exit in the round of 16.”It is concerning that the general consensus is that this was anything other than a magnificent achievement with a great deal of weight and importance,” Simeone said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Lokomotiv Moscow.”Sevilla played with huge levels of motivation, discipline and enthusiasm and their approach put them in good stead and made this look like a straightforward achievement.”Atletico hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg of their last-16 clash with Lokomotiv but Simeone is not taking a place in the quarter-finals for granted.”For me, everything I play is important,” he said. “We use these games as a way of continuing to grow, as we have been doing for six years.”Don’t forget what made us strong, because I remember the old days in the Europa League when we had no sponsor on the shirt. Now, we cannot forget that if we want to keep growing.”We aren’t thinking about what can happen later, only about overcoming the tie tomorrow. The objective is always our work day to day.”You will fill that periodically with opinions and debates, but what concerns us is to progress past each stage. The reality is tomorrow’s game and it is the only one that counts.”last_img read more

Oklahoma State to Wear Helmet Decals for 2019 Season to Honor T. Boone Pickens

first_imgIt’s unclear what the special decal will look like or where it will be located on the helmet, but in 2016 to honor those who died in the tragic homecoming parade and in the plane crashes, the Cowboys donned 18 football stickers on the back of the lids — one for each victim.Closer look at those helmet stickers 👀 pic.twitter.com/YwlsUGpMri— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 29, 2016 The Oklahoma State football team will for the rest of the season don special helmet decals as a tribute to the late T. Boone Pickens, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday.Pickens, who donated $652 million to Oklahoma State, with much of it going to the football program, passed away Wednesday at his home in Dallas, Texas.Oklahoma State will honor T. Boone Pickens with a helmet decal the remainder of the season. Pickens, 91, died today. He will be buried at Karsten Creek Golf Club, Oklahoma State’s home golf club— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 11, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook: Jelani Woods on Offensive Involvement, and OL Reshuffles

first_imgSTILLWATER — This season of Cowboy football has brought plenty of talking points.From Chuba Hubbard’s rampant pace, a young but promising gunslinger, an experienced offensive line and an inexperienced defensive line, things certainly aren’t boring.Members of the Oklahoma State football team met with the media after practice Tuesday before the Cowboys bout with Kansas State this weekend. Here are a few of the topics that were discussed.Woods Not Concerned with Lack of Targets to this PointJelani Woods has been a fan-favorite since his move from quarterback to tight end, but he hasn’t appeared much on the stat sheet in his redshirt sophomore season.Until Saturday, when Woods made his first two catches of the season. Woods’ two snags were good for 22 yards against Texas. Although Woods is just getting in on the passing game this season, he has been impressive in his progression as a blocker.On Tuesday, Woods said it was fun to get involved in the passing game, but it isn’t all that he’s after.“I was pretty happy about it, but it really didn’t mean too much to me,” Woods said. “I got a lot of opportunities, just different teams play different coverages. So, of course I’m not going to get it always, so I’m not really upset about that or anything.”Woods was also involved in the controversial fake field-goal attempt. It didn’t work, but Woods touched on the topic a bit Thursday.“I was pretty excited on the inside because I was like, ‘It’s time to make a play,’” Woods said. “I was pretty excited. I’ve watched multiple times just to see what I could do better the make that play work.”Tuihalamaka Making StridesSamuela Tuihalamaka is leading OSU’s interior defensive linemen in tackles four games in, and most of those have come in the past two weeks.A redshirt freshman from Riverside, California, Tuihalamaka had only two tackles entering the Tulsa game, but he’s had 10 total tackles in the past two games. His 12 tackles this season rank ninth on the team and is second among all defensive linemen. However, Brock Martin is the only other D-lineman ahead of Tuihalamaka, and Martin sometimes lines up as a linebacker.“I kinda got a grip of it,” Tuihalamaka said. “I had guidance from the older guys like Cam Murray, Brendon Evers, Brock, Michael Scott, all them guys that played and a couple other guys back then like Enoch (Smith), Darrion (Daniels), all them guys. They kinda showed me the ropes a little bit.”Marcus Keyes Talks Offensive Line ShuffleDylan Galloway left the Texas game with an injury, and it forced some reshuffling for the Cowboys up front.Teven Jenkins filled Galloway’s spot at left tackle. Bryce Bray moved from right guard to right tackle. Then Ry Schneider came in and filled Bray’s open guard spot. Galloway’s status heading into Saturday is unknown.“Dylan, he’s doing his treatment; he’s going to try to come back as fast as possible,” Marcus Keyes said. “We’re going to do better as an offensive line to get everybody rolling.”The Texas game wasn’t an outstanding performance for OSU’s O-line. Star running back Chuba Hubbard couldn’t find many of the lanes he has found in recent weeks, as on 37 attempts, Hubbard averaged only 3.3 yards per carry.“We just need to finish our blocks more,” Keyes said. “That’s all we need to do. We just need to come off and finish, don’t let people cross our face. That’s all.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Tim Thomas Joins the MHTF as Senior Advisor

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 18, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tim began his career at The Population Council in New York where he was the Special Assistant to the President, charged with cultivating and maintaining institutional relationships with government overseas development assistance agencies, as well as foundations, NGOs, multilateral institutions and UN agencies. In 2001, Tim joined the London-based communications agency InterScience as a senior consultant where he worked with a range of clients on their sexual and reproductive health programs. In 2005, Tim was appointed Executive Director of the Staying Alive Foundation at MTV Networks International based in New York. As a global grant-making and advocacy organization, the Foundation encouraged and enabled young people who are involved in HIV and AIDS awareness, education and prevention campaigns especially in developing countries.When MTV changed its philanthropic directions in late 2007, he returned to private consulting and has been working for a range of clients in the public health field. Tim has played a key role in the start up of the MHTF over the last several months and we’re delighted that he has agreed to become a member of the MHTF team!Share this:last_img read more

Asensio will discuss Liverpool links after World Cup

first_imgTransfers Asensio not discussing Liverpool links until after World Cup Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 23:05 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MarcoAsensio - cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Spain v Russia Russia Spain Real Madrid World Cup Premier League Primera División David de Gea The 22-year-old has six years left on his Real Madrid contract, but would not dismiss the recent reports linking him to a summer switch to Anfield Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio plans to sort out his club future after Spain’s World Cup campaign, amid reported interest from Liverpool.Asensio started the 2017-18 season strongly, scoring in both legs of the Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona, but struggled to retain a place in Zinedine Zidane’s star-studded side.The 22-year-old signed a six-year contract, which reportedly includes a €700 million (£616m/$816m) buyout clause, at the Santiago Bernabeu last September, but has been linked with a close-season switch to Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Asensio came off the bench in Spain’s World Cup win over Iran and the 2-2 draw against Morocco on Monday – a result that sent them through to the last 16 as Group B winners – and says the national team is his sole focus for the time being.Asked about Liverpool’s interest, Asensio said: “That’s something in the news but I’m very focused in the World Cup.”When it ends, we can talk about that kind of thing. I’m very focused here in Russia, on the national team and performing well here.”David de Gea has come under intense scrutiny after an error gave Cristiano Ronaldo his second goal in their opening draw, and has gone on to concede five goals from six shots on targets.However, Asensio is confident the Manchester United goalkeeper will prove why he is widely considered to be one of the best in his position.”I see him calm. He couldn’t do much more on the goals [against Morocco],” he said. “The national team keeper is a very demanding role, but he is more than prepared.”He is willing and he is calm and I’m sure we’ll see the sort of performances he has previously shown for the remainder of this World Cup.”Spain’s campaign was thrown into turmoil when they sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening match, the coach having agreed to join Madrid less than 24 hours beforehand.Fernando Hierro was installed as his replacement for the competition, and Asensio thinks the adversity has brought greater cohesion to the squad.”We went through a weird situation that nobody expected and that could have affected us a bit. But we talked it through, we had to remain united, a World Cup is only every four years and is very important for us,” added Asensio.”Every game is a new challenge, it is very difficult to beat any team and that is what we are seeing.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery confirms axing Ozil; pushed about selling German in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery confirms axing Ozil; pushed about selling German in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits he dropped Mesut Ozil for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham.Ozil failed to make the matchday squad for last night’s 2-0 reverse.Emery explained: “It’s a tactical decision because I thought that the players that were with us today were the best choices for this match.”Asked if Ozil was at the Emirates for the game, Emery continued: “Yes.”We are thinking of every player. We have 24 or 25 players and when they are playing one game and not in another, it’s the decision. Today it was tactical.”Emery was then pushed about whether Ozil could be sold next month.”My focus now is analysing this match and also Saturday against Burnley is very important. We are going to assess every player, how they are tomorrow in training and for a difficult match against Burnley on Saturday.”I am thinking about the match on Saturday, and not thinking about another situation.” last_img read more

9 months agoJuventus coach Allegri: Ronaldo needs to win something here

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Allegri: Ronaldo needs to win something hereby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to win the Supercoppa.Allegri was asked if CR7 brought a stronger winning mentality to Juve.“He’d have to win something first to prove that. Cristiano is accustomed to winning, he has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and many more trophies. Ronaldo is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.“However, let’s not forget that Juve have played two Champions League Finals in the last four years and they were against what at the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament, you need good luck too.“The Scudetto is one of our objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.” last_img read more

9 months agoSevilla chief Caparros explains ending talks for Chelsea striker Morata

first_imgSevilla chief Caparros explains ending talks for Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sports chief Joaquin Caparros admits their move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is off.Caparros has confirmed the terms involved for the former Real Madrid centre-forward are just too rich for them.After signing Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona, Caparros said: “We got in touch with Morata and Chelsea, but it all ended up there. “To speak of figures, it was enough to understand that the operation was impossible for us.”Morata is now the subject of talks with Atletico Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Gemma Atkinson And Lucy Pinder Lend Their Support To Fading Giants

first_imgThe plight of Africa’s elephants has attracted the support of actresses Gemma Atkinson and Lucy Pinder to a new campaign being run by UK charity the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.Gemma Atkinson lends her support for Fading GiantsEstablished by wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd CBE, art is a cornerstone of the charity’s fundraising to protect endangered wildlife and the ‘Fading Giant’ campaign is no exception.Beautiful artwork from Italian artist Stefano Zagaglia adorns a capsule clothing collection of t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts that give all profit from sales to support the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and park protection programmes in Uganda and Zambia.Lucy Pinder lends her support for Fading GiantsRecognising the plight of Africa’s elephants with an estimated 35,000 killed each year for their ivory, Gemma and Lucy, who also support the charity’s TigerTime campaign, were delighted to help.The campaign runs until December 3 with all items dispatched in time for Christmas. To buy your ‘Fading Giant’ clothing, click here.For more information about the elephant projects the campaign supports, click here.last_img read more

Junior forward JaeSean Tate maturing and progressing through shoulder rehab

The sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a new look this year. Three transfers out the door, four new freshmen and the return of assistant coach Chris Jent to the staff just outline the transition in which the team finds itself.However, there is hope for OSU in 2016-17, which went 21-14 last season with an exit in the second round of the NIT. The team returns its six leading scorers from last season, including its leader on the court and in the locker room, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery in late February.Just minutes before OSU’s tip against then-No. 6 Michigan State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23, the team announced that then-sophomore Tate would miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Tate, the team’s co-captain with senior Marc Loving, had to sit idle and watch his team miss out on the NCAA tournament. Tate said it was a humbling moment.“It made us realize we weren’t as good as we thought we were,” he said. “Being injured, you definitely have to be patient. (You) can’t rush into things.”A month and a half ago, Tate began shooting once again in his rehabilitation process. However, roughly four weeks ago, Tate had another surgery on his right ankle.It was an arthroscopic surgery done to remove a loose body, said team athletic trainer Vince O’Brien, who worked Tate out in front of the media on Thursday. Loose bodies form when free-floating cartilage becomes detached from the ankle joint causing pain. Tate said that he felt the discomfort all season, and it was the reason he sat out the team’s exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 8.“It wasn’t like I needed (the surgery) but it was just annoying,” Tate said. “So I got with the coaches and the trainer, and I’m not allowed to go full contact until August, so I may as well knock both of them out in the summer. I think it was good to do it now.”He is still wearing a boot for another week because of his ankle surgery, but said that his shoulder is much stronger than it was at the start of rehab.After a disappointing season in 2015-16, the development of the Buckeyes in the offseason will be crucial if the team should return to prominence in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament. Tate said he believes he can play at an even higher level now with no nagging injuries.“With the new coaching staff coming in and how much we are keying in on player development, I think I’m just going to come back healthy and able to worry about getting better as a player and a team leader,” he said. “We’re putting the emphasis on my outside game.”Tate’s injury could not have come at a worst time for OSU. Facing three straight games versus top-10 opponents on the brink of elimination from the bubble of the NCAA tournament, Tate said that he has a newfound approach toward being a leader. He began to pay attention to the finer aspects of the game and tell players when they came to the bench what they can improve on. “I might be vocal, but I have to understand that everybody doesn’t think or process information that same way. We have a lot of different characters on the team,” said the 6-foot-4 junior. “Some people may need to be yelled at and some people may need to be talked to on the side privately. I just got to figure out how I can reach more of my teammates and lead by example.”The 2015-16 season was only the second time in Matta’s 12 seasons at OSU that he made the NIT and not the NCAA tournament. That stat hasn’t added pressure to Tate, but rather motivation to get back to that stage this year. On top of all of that, it’s Loving’s final season with the Scarlet and Gray, and Tate understands it’s been awhile since OSU had won anything of significance.“I don’t want to be remembered at Ohio State for one of the worst teams. This is my legacy that I’m trying to build, and being a captain of this team two years in a row, it reflects me,” Tate said. “I’m trying to work hard and make sure I can at least leave here with some type of ring or type of title.”Tate and the Buckeyes open the season on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland, versus Navy. read more

Frank de Boer criticise Gabigol

first_imgFormer Inter Coach Frank de Boer has condemned striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, saying that he has a poor ethical mindset to work and only about “thinking himself a superstar.”Gabigol was signed at the age of 20 from Santos but couldn’t impress. He scored just one goal without any Serie A starts. He has now been loaned out to Benfica where he had barely improved, before being returned to Santos on loan with an option to buy.“Gabigol thought he was still in Brazil and would walk rather than run,” De Boer told ESPN via Football Italia.“He wanted to receive the ball without running into space, he didn’t understand that he had to train hard. It’s no coincidence that with me he practically never played for Inter.De Boer does not believe in equal pay in sports George Patchias – August 13, 2019 Frank De Boer has said that equal pay for men and women in football is ridiculous.According to ESPN, The Atlanta United manager quite simply…“He has to look at himself in the mirror, prove every day that he can be the best or at the very least a good player, not thinking himself a superstar.“After all, he only won the Olympics with Brazil and that’s it… He has to prove to himself, his teammates and the Coach that he’s a good player.“The potential is there to be a fantastic player, as he has a great left foot, but European football is not the same as in Brazil. I hope he can learn that soon, otherwise it’ll be a loss for Brazilian football too.”last_img read more

Rafa set to ring the changes for Rovers clash

first_imgNewcastle United boss Rafa Benítez is set to rotate his squad for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackburn Rovers.The Magpies will host Championship side at St. James’ Park with the host set to bounce back from Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.And Benítez has hinted he will give some members of his squad the chance to secure regular football when they face Tony Mowbray’s charges.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For us, we have to approach the game trying to win with the best team possible that we can use, using at the same time players who have not been involved,” he told the club’s website.“They have to show something, they have to work hard, and I want to keep the good atmosphere in the dressing room.“That means that players who don’t have a chance in the Premier League, some of them will have a chance now, and they have to be ready to prove that they can play. If we go through, they can play more games, so I think it’s just the right approach at the moment.”last_img read more

Avalanche Reduction On The Seward Highway Friday

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be conducting Avalanche Hazard Reduction on the Seward Highway from MP 83 to MP 100. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 10am to 3pm, on Friday. Expect lane closures, road blocks, road closures, stopped traffic, short delays, and be prepared to stop, maintenance equipment on the roadway.last_img

Baul singer gang raped

first_imgA baul singer has allegedly been gang raped after being invited to a musical show in Ashulia, on the outskirts of capital.Being informed by locals, police rescued the woman, hailing from Narayanganj, from a house at Ashulia on Thursday.When the victim was taken to Ashulia police station she filed a case. Later police arrested two people – Abdur Razzak, 40 and Ataur Rahman, 42- from Aukpara area.Officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station Abdul Awal said a female singer with whom the victim got acquainted about a month ago invited her to the musical show on Wednesday night.When the victim reached the house as per the instruction of the female singer, eight-ten people confined her to a room and raped her overnight, the OC said.The victim was sent to One Stop Crisis Centre at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Heres Where The Texas Legislature Is On Abbotts Special Session Issues

first_imgSTILL PENDINGCaps on state government spendingUnder the Texas Constitution, state spending cannot grow faster than the state’s economy. Ahead of each legislative session, state leaders set a growth rate for state spending based on the estimated rate of growth in Texans’ personal income over the next two years. Abbott has asked lawmakers to require future legislatures to limit how much state spending can grow to the estimated combined growth in population and inflation, a figure that is often lower than the one lawmakers currently use.Related bills: HB 41, HB 127, SB 9 STILL PENDINGLimits on local tree regulationsDozens of cities and towns across Texas have ordinances protecting trees on private property; in many cases, property owners either have to pay a fee or replant trees if they cut down larger trees on their land. These measures would make those local ordinances illegal, though current versions of the bills focus specifically on ordinances that prevent residential property owners from cutting down trees as they please. Cities can still regulate what commercial property owners do with their trees.Related bills: HB 70, SB 14 STILL PENDINGSchool finance reformAt first, Abbott said he would task legislators with creating a commission to study the school finance system. But in July, he added immediate school funding reform to the session’s agenda amid complaints from Democrats and moderate Republicans in the House that the state’s beleaguered system for funding public schools deserved more concrete action. The governor also tasked legislators with helping small, rural districts struggling after the expiration of a $400 million state aid program.Related bills: HB 191, SB 16 STILL PENDINGSunset legislationDuring this year’s regular session, lawmakers failed to pass so-called sunset legislation needed to prevent some state agencies from closing. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held key sunset legislation hostage in a successful effort to force a special session on other issues. In announcing the special session, Abbott said he would only add an additional 19 issues to the agenda after the Senate passed sunset legislation. On the third day of the special session, the Senate did just that and Abbott significantly expanded the session’s agenda.Related bills: HB 1, HB 2, SB 20, SB 60 STILL PENDINGProperty taxesThere’s a constitutional prohibition on the state levying a property tax, but that’s a major source of revenue that keeps cities, counties and special purpose districts operating. Amid Texans’ complaints about rising property tax bills – often driven by rising property values – Abbott called on the Legislature to tackle measures aimed at reining in increases in local property taxes. Local government officials argue the bills would hamstring their ability to deliver services their residents expect.Related bills: HB 3, HB 4, SB 1 STILL PENDINGPreventing local rule changes on already acquired propertiesThis bill would prohibit cities and towns from enforcing any local regulation on a property that was not in place when that property was purchased. Critics have expressed concern that the measure could have far-reaching consequences on environmental, health and other local ordinances in place in communities across the state.Related bills: HB 188, SB 12 STILL PENDINGMail-in ballot fraudAmid an investigation of mail-in ballot irregularities affecting city council races in Dallas, Texas lawmakers this year put a newfound focus on mail-in ballot fraud, a documented vulnerability in elections. During the 2017 regular session, Abbott signed into law a bill that overhauls absentee balloting at nursing homes, in an attempt to shore up that process. During the special session, Lawmakers are considering bills to increase criminal penalties for those found to have committed mail-in ballot fraud.Related bills: HB 184, SB 5 STILL PENDINGSpeeding local government permittingLawmakers want to make it easier for developers to get approval for projects in cities. Abbott wants state law changed so that permits would be approved automatically if cities don’t respond to them fast enough. Lawmakers are also looking at outlawing construction permitting rules currently in place in Austin that expedite permitting for projects that include certain worker protections such as offering worker’s compensation insurance.Related bills: HB 164, SB 13 STILL PENDINGTexting-while-drivingTexas will be under a statewide texting-while-driving ban starting Sept. 1. But Abbott has complained that this measure leaves in place a “patchwork quilt” of driving safety regulations that differ across cities and counties. He has called on lawmakers to effectively preempt local ordinances in more than 40 Texas cities that are stricter than the statewide ban.Related bills: HB 171, SB 15 STILL PENDINGMaternal mortalityIn 2013, lawmakers created The Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity to examine why so many Texas mothers die within a year after their pregnancies end. A study last year in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that Texas’ maternal mortality rates had nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. While public health experts and legislators have not been able to pinpoint reasons for the spike in deaths and pregnancy complications, there’s bipartisan support behind extending the task force until 2023 to continue its work.Related bills: HB 9, SB 17 STILL PENDINGTaxpayer funding for abortionState and federal law already prohibit using tax dollars to pay for abortions, but Abbott wants the Legislature to broaden that ban to block local and state government agencies from entering into any financial contracts — including lease agreements — with clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers, even if those clinics don’t perform abortions.Related bills: HB 14, HB 163, SB 4 STILL PENDINGAbortion insuranceLawmakers are considering measures that would require women to pay additional premiums if they want their health plans to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies.Related bills: HB 214, SB 8 Share STILL PENDINGTeacher pay and retirement benefitsAbbott asked the Legislature to put more money into the Teacher Retirement System amid concerns that retired teachers would no longer be able to afford their medication amid rising health insurance premiums and health care costs. He also wants school districts to rearrange their budgets to increase teacher salaries by an average of $1,000, a measure educators vehemently oppose and have criticized as an “unfunded mandate.”Related bills: HB 198, SB 19, SB 97, SJR 1 STILL PENDINGBathrooms, showers, locker and changing roomsAmong the most contentious issues during the regular session, proposals to bar transgender men, women and children from restrooms that do not match their biological sex are back under consideration in legislative overtime. Efforts to pass such restrictions fizzled out in May as part of an ongoing fight that’s pitted Republicans against business and Republicans against Republicans. Lawmakers are now considering proposals that would affect bathrooms overseen by both school districts and local governments like cities and counties.Related bills: HB 46, HB 50, SB 3, SB 91 STILL PENDINGAbortion reportingThe Senate has passed two bills that would require physicians and facilities to report more details about abortions — and fine those who do not comply. Under one measure, in procedures where complications occur, physicians would be required, within 72 hours, to submit reports to the state health commission that include detailed information like the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, state and county of residence, the date of her last menstrual cycle, the number of previous abortions and the number of previous live births. Another measure would also require reporting on whether minors seeking abortions did so because of a medical emergency and whether they obtained parental consent or a judicial bypass.Related bills: HB 13, HB 195, HB 215, SB 10, SB 73 STILL PENDINGCaps on local government spendingAbbott asked lawmakers to cap how much additional money local governments could spend each year without an election, drawing immediate criticism from city and county officials. They say such a limit would make it difficult to develop long-term financial plans and fund maintenance and services that residents want from their local governments.Related bills: HB 206, SB 18 STILL PENDINGSchool choice for kids with disabilitiesDuring the regular session, the Senate passed a measure to subsidize private school tuition using state funding. But school-choice proposals have long faced significant opposition in the House, particularly from Democrats and rural Republicans. Abbott has narrowed the issue for the special session by calling for “private school choice” specifically for students with disabilities.Related bills: HB 253, SB 2 STILL PENDINGDo-not-resuscitate protectionsThe governor has asked lawmakers to ensure that patients or their legal guardians have consented to a do-not-resuscitate orders before doctor can issue them. Proponents say it codifies practices already in place at many hospitals, while some opponents say that it could needlessly complicate the process of issuing a do-not-resuscitate order.Related bills: HB 12, HB 43, SB 11, SB 80 STILL PENDINGMunicipal annexationA bill that would have allowed homeowners targeted by a city for annexation to vote on the proposal died during the regular session when state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, launched a filibuster against it, claiming it offered inadequate protections to military bases from encroaching development. Now that Abbott has included annexation reform on the special session agenda, lawmakers are looking to resurrect the issue.Related bills: HB 6, SB 6 STILL PENDINGUnion dues deductionState lawmakers are considering for the second time this year a measure that would end the practice of collecting membership dues automatically from the paychecks of certain public employees who are in labor unions or other associations. The proposal would apply to public school teachers, corrections officers and other government employees, but would exempt firefighters, police officers, emergency first responders and charitable organizations — a carve-out that’s received a lot of pushback, even from some of the law enforcement groups that would benefit from the exemption.Related bills: HB 156, SB 7last_img read more

All UFC PayPerView Events Moving to ESPN Exclusively in US Through 2025

first_imgThe UFC — in a major jump to digital away from traditional pay TV — inked an expanded pact with ESPN under which all of the mixed martial arts promoter’s pay-per-view events will be available exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. for the next seven years.Under the agreement, the ESPN+ subscription streaming service will be the only way for MMA fans in America to purchase and watch the UFC’s 12 annual PPV tentpole events through 2025. The deal kicks off with UFC 236 on April 13, featuring a lightweight title fight between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. UFC will continue to sell its PPV events to commercial establishments (like bars and restaurants) but individual fans will need to be ESPN+ paying customers to buy the pay-per-views going forward.UFC, majority owned by Endeavor, originally struck a $1.5 billion, five-year deal last year with the Disney-owned sports programmer, which nabbed the TV rights from Fox Sports. Under the expanded agreement, ESPN’s overall multiplatform rights have also been extended through 2025. ESPN is punching up its relationship with UFC less than three months after going live with the MMA outfit’s content at the start of 2019. Popular on Variety ×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 ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN app on major mobile and connected-TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Apple iOS, Android, Roku, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Samsung Smart TVs.The UFC is just one pillar of the programming on ESPN+, which starting this year will also add MMA fights from the upstart Professional Fighters League. The over-the-top service additionally features hundreds of MLB and NHL games, Top Rank boxing, international soccer, college sports events, Grand Slam tennis, rugby and cricket, and the full library of ESPN’s “30 for 30” films.UFC produces more than 40 live events annually across the globe and has TV deals serving over 160 countries and territories,  with programming available to 1.1 billion television households worldwide. UFC Fight Pass digital subscription service, aimed at hardcore fans, provides content above and beyond what’s available via ESPN and ESPN+, including exclusive live events, original content, and thousands of fights available on-demand.Pictured above: Tyron Woodley (l.) and Kamaru Usman in their welterweight title fight at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.center_img “The extremely successful launch of the UFC on ESPN+ emphatically demonstrated the collective power and scale of ESPN and DTCI [Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International division], and we couldn’t be more excited to continue to drive passionate fans to these new pay-per-view experiences,” Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN president and co-chair of Disney Media Networks, said in announcing the new agreement.ESPN execs argue that ESPN+ is now an absolute must-have for any fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts. “The addition of this content gives ESPN+ subscribers access to the biggest events from UFC,” said Russell Wolff, executive VP and GM of ESPN+. “This is a place where UFC fans will be well served.”Previously, UFC PPV events have been available through U.S. cable, satellite and telco TV operators including Comcast and DirecTV, as well as via UFC.TV and Amazon Prime Video. Now ESPN+ is the only game in town for UFC’s pay-per-view.Lawrence Epstein, UFC chief operating officer, said an attractive piece of the PPV deal was that ESPN will be sharing “more robust” data about who’s buying pay-per-view events. “It’s really unlike anything we’ve had with legacy distributors like Comcast and DirecTV,” he said. “The amount of data we were getting on buys from the cable industry was pretty much zero.”UFC PPV events sold through ESPN+ will include all bouts on the main event fight cards and will be streamed in both English and Spanish. Preliminary bouts for all UFC PPV events will continue to air nationally on ESPN (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) under the original 2018 agreement. In addition, early preliminary bouts will be available to all ESPN+ subscribers, as well as on UFC Fight Pass.With the newly expanded ESPN deal, UFC’s digital properties (UFC.TV, UFC.com and the UFC app) will continue to serve as a consumer entry point for PPV events but will redirect users to espnplus.com/ppv to purchase and watch the events. Fans must purchase the PPV events on the web, and then can stream it via the web or on the ESPN app. Pay-per-view access to UFC 236, to be held at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, will go on sale April 8 on ESPN+. UFC president Dana White, asked in an interview why the exclusive PPV arrangement with ESPN+ was the right move, countered, “Why is it not the right move? Cord-cutting is real. It’s scary the amount of subs dropping every year. Why wouldn’t I want to be aligned with the biggest, baddest sports company in the world?”White added, “The timing couldn’t be better for us. Now it’s a one-stop shop at ESPN.” Endeavor president Mark Shapiro said the expanded deal “validates the power and fanbase of the sport,” noting UFC has garnered twice as many viewers on ESPN in 2019 versus the same time period last year on Fox Sports 1.Financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. UFC generated well over $700 million for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018, per estimates from credit-rating agency Moody’s, with a big chunk of that coming from PPV buys.Clearly, both parties expect the exclusive ESPN+ PPV distribution will result in a bigger haul — even as ESPN cuts pricing on UFC pay-per-view events.Existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC PPV events for $59.99 each. That’s compared with UFC’s previous pricing of $64.99 per PPV. In addition, ESPN is rolling out a new bundled option, offering new ESPN+ subscribers 12 months of the service with one UFC PPV event for $79.99 ($30 over the baseline annual plan). And ESPN says it may explore other pricing and packaging options in the months ahead.The base ESPN+ subscription package will remain $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, which already offers 20 UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night events and hundreds of hours of other UFC programming, in addition to thousands of other sporting events and original shows.Disney was eager to pin down the exclusive ESPN+ PPV deal, which was officially clinched on Monday, because it sees the MMA content as a major driver for ESPN+ subscriptions: When the UFC debuted on the streaming service on Jan. 19, ESPN+ signed up 568,000 new subscribers in two days. Last month, Disney said ESPN+ had topped 2 million subscribers, less than a year after its April 2018 launch.last_img read more

Small things matter

first_imgThis one’s for the photography enthusiasts. Time Out , a photo art exhibition by four prominent artists trying to portray the myriad facets of life and the real essence of small things in life . The Exhibition is  an inspiration to take some ‘Time Out’ for leisure to wash out heart and souls.  These masterpieces are showcasing an array of moments soaked in the beauty of life , enriched with divinity.  The muse of  Time Out was to capture the allure of  candid expressions by presenting them in a frame. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has the works of Ravi Dhingra, Moushumee K Jha, Shoba Jolly and Ahmed Firoz. Moushumee Jha is an accomplished photo artist whose sensitive frames capturing people, culture, street life have been appreciatedby photographers, designers and creative professionals all overthe world. Starting her artistic journey as an actress (TV, cinema, stage), Moushumee developed a keen sense of light and shade, frame angles and story-telling with minimalist subjects. She brings these experiences as well as her deeply artistic and rich cultural training to her photography. Moushumee has executed commissioned projects in Tourism, architectural and real estate projects, products, interiors, theme based personal portfolios. Her Work has been published in various magazines, News Papers, Corporate Brochures, and Documentation Journals. She has been in the panel of judges in various photography competitions and initiatives in Delhi. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMoushumee has authored 3 photo books – Ananya. Her journey through life in 2010, which was well appreciated by the viewers/readers. A coffee Table Book Celebrating Assam At SurajKund- a Visual Narration, for Assam Tourism in 2012, and Golf Tourism in Assam- a Tea Table Conversation, For ATDC in 2014.Ravi DhingraRavi pursued photography as a hobby till he joined Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi in 1998 to learn the finer nuances of the craft. With his photographs he tries to bring out the emotions attached with every subject- the state of happiness, feelings of being sad, neglect and plight. He wants the viewer to get involved with the photographs and feel the emotions. A chance assignment with a publication led to switching over from the hobby into a full fledged job. Since then he has been involved in Lifestyle photography which includes Interiors, Food, People and Product. He has been associated with leading publications, advertisement agencies and corporate clients and his work has been widely published in various books,magazines, brochures and on Web. Currently based in New Delhi, Ravi is also a visiting faculty for photography at various Institutes including National Institute of Fashion Technology since the year 2003. He is also a Co-Founder of a photography based organisation called Camera Unlimited Foundation. The organisation is involved in spreading knowledge and information related to photography through Workshops, Photo Walks and Tours. He has also curated a number of Photography exhibitions under the same banner involving upcoming and established photographer Shoba Jolly, a passionate photographer and avid traveller, loves practicing the art of seeing through her roving camera lenses.  Her vivid and endearing images  tell stories about people and places in far away lands. Originally a commerce student from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, Shoba ran a plastic manufacturing industry for 22 years. Yearning to give vent to her creative side Shoba now concentrates on travel, landscape and fine art photography. She also shares her travel memoirs by writing articles accompanied by alluring photographs for various travel publication.When- March 27 to April 5Where- Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6 Sri Fort Institutional Area Time- 11am to 7pmlast_img read more

Heres the New York Spot Silver Bid chart…comple

first_img Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart…complete with the NASA space launches that the silver price was about to become in a couple of spots in early Comex trading if “da boyz” hadn’t shown up. The dollar index closed on Wednesday at 81.65…and then didn’t do much until shortly before 8:00 a.m. in New York where it spiked down to its 81.56 low of the day.  Then away it went to the upside…which may or may not have been on the back of the interest rate news out of Europe…and the index peaked out at 82.33 shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT.  It backed off a hair from there before trading virtually ruler flat into the close…finishing the day at 82.20…up 55 basis points from Wednesday’s close. It was obvious to me that the dollar index was allowed to trade ‘normally’ on whatever news drove it…and the associated rallies in the precious metals were capped as they attempted to respond in a like manner. The silver shares also finished in the red…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.45%. Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart…and you can see from the saw-tooth pattern that there was a not-for-profit seller at every turn during the Comex session. I have a lot of stories for your reading pleasure…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you once again. The most notable feature of the recent dive in the “price” of gold on the global futures markets is that the lower the “paper price” went, the higher the demand grew for the physical metal. This is the most dangerous event to have hit the overseers of the financial system since the credit freeze of 2008. And there is no “cure” for this one because physical gold cannot be created out of thin air. – Bill Buckler, The Privateer…28 April 2013 It was another day where all four precious metals made rally attempts…and all four rallies were turned back.  After yesterday’s small rise in the gold price, it’s now back knocking on the door of its 20-day moving average. I have no idea what will happen from here…but I do know what should happen…and whether it does or not is entirely in the hands of JPMorgan Chase et al. As silver analyst Ted Butler said in this space yesterday…”This current set up seems to have my entire wish-list in place. A super-bullish COT structure, following an epic sell-off…amid indications that physical silver conditions, both retail and wholesale, are as tight as a drum…and public sentiment on gold and silver in the gutter. I wish the crooks at JPMorgan were less short, but it’s not a perfect world. As it stands, this is the best silver set up I think I’ve seen.” And as Bill Buckler said in his quote above, this world-wide demand for precious metals on the engineered price decline in mid-April was…”the most dangerous event to have hit the overseers of the financial system since the credit freeze of 2008.” As I said several days ago, I would think we’ll find out pretty quick how the powers-that-be are going to react to this shocking [at least to them] turn of events which, in their sociopathic arrogance, they misjudged badly.  One has to wonder if their answer to that will turn out just as badly. If they’re looking for advice, I’ve already given it on many occasions in this column over the years…but here it is again.  They need to print shockingly high prices for both metals that will cut off all physical demand and turn the world into net sellers of precious metals, instead of bargain hunters. Either that, or it’s death by a thousand cuts.  It’s their call. All four precious metals made rally attempts in the Friday morning hours of Far East trading…and haven’t done much since.  London has been open about an hour as I type this paragraph…and except for minor hiccups, the prices haven’t moved much their either.  Volumes are about ‘normal’ for this time of day…and the dollar index is down 11 basis points. Nothing much has changed as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time…gold is up about nine bucks, silver is up two bits…and the dollar index is now down 20 basis points.  Volumes are only slightly higher than they were ninety minutes ago…and mostly of the high-frequency trading variety. With today being Friday, nothing will surprise me when I switch my computer on later this morning…and I’ll be looking forward to today’s Commitment of Traders Report with some interest. I hope you have a good weekend…or enjoy what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Silver’s price action was pretty similar to gold’s…with silver’s high tick coming at the same moment as gold’s as well.  And, like Wednesday, silver got sold off far more aggressively after its New York high was in. Silver’s low on Thursday was around $23.40 spot in Far East trading….and the 9:15 a.m. high tick was $24.33 spot.  With the market being as illiquid as it is, it was obvious that there were no legitimate sellers prepared to go short against the longs that were coming into the market…a ‘no ask’ market…so JPMorgan et al had to step in as short sellers of last resort, as the silver price was about to go vertical. Silver closed at $27.83 spot…down 50 cents from its high tick.  Net volume was pretty chunky at around 44,000 contracts. I have no idea what will happen from here…but I do know what should happen… Gold got sold down about ten bucks [down to around $1,449 spot] in early Far East trading on their Thursday…and didn’t get back to unchanged until minutes before the Comex open in New York…and it got there on the back of a rally that began shortly after the noon London silver fix. That rally attempt ran into resistance almost immediately…and the high of the day [$1,475.20 spot] came around 9:15 a.m. Eastern time…and then every subsequent rally attempt got sold off before it could get anywhere.  After the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close, the gold price traded sideways for the rest of the Thursday session in New York. Gold closed at $1,467.40 spot…up $9.30 on the day.  Net volume wasn’t terribly high…around 142,000 contracts.center_img (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 48 gold and 241 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories.  It was virtually all JPM and Scotiabank in gold…but in silver the two big short/issuers were Credit Suisse and ABN Amro, with 132 and 88 contracts respectively.  JPMorgan and Canada’s Scotia bank were the biggest long/stoppers with 120 and 76 contracts respectively.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. GLD continues to cough up gold.  This time an authorized participant removed 193,410 troy ounces.  It’s obvious that these continuing withdrawals are not linked to the current gold price action…and as I’ve stated before on this issue, one has to wonder what is really going on behind the scenes and who is ending up with all this gold.  And as of 10:33 p.m. Eastern time, there were no reported changes in SLV.  But when I checked the website again at 3:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time as I was editing today’s missive, I noted that they had finally updated it…and an authorized participant had withdrawn 678,877 troy ounces. The U.S. Mint did not have a sales report yesterday. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they didn’t report receiving any silver, but shipped 358,244 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Wednesday, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 128,099 troy ounces of gold…and shipped 29,994 troy ounces out the door as well.  The link to that activity is here. Here’s a chart of the amount of margin debt on the NYSE…and I thank Casey Research’s own John Grandits for bringing it to my attention…and now to yours. The gold stocks opened in positive territory, but immediately got sold off, with the low of the day coming shortly after 10:00 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally peaked out at 1:00 p.m…and then got slowly sold down into negative territory.  The HUI closed down 0.24%. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s your one “too cute” photo for the day… Sponsor Advertisement Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.comlast_img read more