Much Turns Up the Heat this Month with New Series TASKMASTER and

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Also on June 19, class is back in session as DRUNK HISTORY returns with six new episodes. Airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT, Season 5B of the Emmy®-winning series delivers a fresh batch of enlightening historical stories told by boozed-up comedians. Guest stars featured this season include Jack McBrayer (THE MIDDLE), Rachel Bloom (ROBOT CHICKEN), Tony Hale (VEEP), Vanessa Hudgens (Grease Live!), Jack Black (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and more. From the classroom to the showroom, the ad men of Motor City keep their creativity flowing as DETROITERS returns June 21 with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Airing Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT after its two-episode premiere, the series stars real-life best friends and Detroit natives Sam Richardson (VEEP) and Tim Robinson (SNL) as small-time ad men in the Motor City. Whatever they do, they do it together, and no matter what, Tim and Sam’s love for each other and their city never wavers. In the second season, Tim and Sam work with bigger clients, including the Michigan Science Center; Sam pursues new romantic interests; Tim’s brother starts working at Cramblin Duvet and has a disruptive effect on the office; and the guys produce an ad with their hero, legendary Detroit news anchor, Mort Crim. Guest stars featured this season include Tim Meadows (Mean Girls), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), and more. AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS NINJA returns for Season 3 beginning June 27. Airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, the biggest names from AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR compete on teams in an epic race to become the ultimate champions. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, this season sees the teams take on newly designed obstacles testing speed, human agility, and teamwork skills.DRUNK HISTORY – Tuesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT – “World War II” – *Season 5B Premiere*A group of artists known as the ghost army trick German troops, a resistance movement grows within Japanese internment camps, and Adolf Hitler’s nephew fights for the U.S. Guest stars are Randall Park (VEEP), Lyric Lewis (MADTV), Jack McBrayer (THE MIDDLE), and Aaron Takahashi (COMEDY BANG! BANG!).TASKMASTER – Tuesday, June 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30 p.m. PT – “Physics” – *Series Premiere*Taskmaster Reggie Watts challenges contestants to play basketball without using their hands, finagle their way into a onesie, and record themselves doing something that will look impressive when played backward.DETROITERS – Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT – “April in the D” – *Season 2 Premiere* Cramblin Duvet hits a hot streak, and Sam and Tim help Sheila (Pat Vern Harris) find a lawyer after she gets a DUI.DETROITERS – Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT – “Jefferson Porger” – *New Episode* Tension builds between Sam and Tim after Sam appears in one of their commercials, and Sheila’s relationship with Lea (Lailani Ledesma) becomes strained after she makes an off-color joke.AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS. NINJA – Wednesday, June 27 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT – *Season 3 Premiere*The new season kicks off with the qualifying rounds. This episode features AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR superstars Meagan Martin and Flip Rodriguez.Social Media links Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:  Much on Twitter Detroiters on Twitter Drunk History on Twitter Ninja Warrior on Twitter Taskmaster on TwitterAbout MuchMuch is the hub for everything that’s relevant and trend worthy, delivering a diverse stable of irreverent and topical programming as well as exclusive live events. From the IHEARTRADIO MMVAs to its industry-leading online and social media platforms, including Much.com, Twitter (more than 1 million followers), Facebook (more than 1.2 million likes), Instagram (almost 70,000 followers), and the multi-channel network Much Studios (more than 7 million combined subscribers), Much continues to deliver unique and entertaining content to its audience. Much is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. – New series TASKMASTER starring Reggie Watts and Alex Horne, and returning series DRUNK HISTORY, begins June 19 –– DETROITERS returns with two, back-to-back episodes June 21 –– AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS NINJA premieres June 27 –– Previous episodes of DRUNK HISTORY and DETROITERS now streaming on CraveTV –TORONTO – Game shows, comedy, and plenty of beer are on the menu as new series TASKMASTER and returning favourites DRUNK HISTORY, DETROITERS, and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS NINJA touch down this month on Much.All-new gameshow TASKMASTER, an adaptation of the popular U.K. format, premieres June 19. Airing Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT, the eight-episode, 30-minute series sees musician and comedian Reggie Watts (THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN) and co-host and series creator Alex Horne set a series of off-the-wall tasks for a group of celebrity players to complete. Contestants include Freddie Highmore (THE GOOD DOCTOR), Kate Berlant (SEARCH PARTY), DJ and producer Dillon Francis, and stand-up comics Lisa Lampanelli and Ron Funches (Trolls). Watts and Horne award points based on how players performed, with the winner taking home a prized possession that they or their competitors have offered up.last_img read more

Ohio State football more than all right with JT Barrett at quarterback

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its senior Heisman-candidate quarterback, it can typically expect to see a big drop off in its offensive strength.If you ask Ohio State redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett, though, he’ll tell you that won’t necessarily be the case as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett takes the place of the injured Braxton Miller.“I think with the way they (Barrett and redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been playing right now, I don’t think we’ll skip a beat,” Vannett said Monday after practice. “I think we’ll be just fine.”While Barrett has yet to take a snap outside of practice for the Scarlet and Gray, he and Jones have been practicing with the first-team offense since the spring. Miller initially injured his shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl to end last season, paving the way for Barrett and Jones to get the only significant reps at quarterback in spring practice.Miller was limited again this fall because his shoulder was sore after an offseason surgery. And then he tore his throwing shoulder labrum in practice Aug. 18.Vannett said practice time will help the offense continue on the same beat going forward, even though the team initially expected Miller to make a full recovery from the first injury.“We did a really (good) job with our quarterbacks, 0having J.T. and Cardale getting reps in the spring as well with (Miller) out,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a last minute thing where we’re just jumping in and kind of rushing stuff.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said there will be changes to the offense, but agreed that Barrett, as well as Jones if he plays any reps, will be ready to go because of the amount of practice time they’ve had since the season ended.“They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason, that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through,” Spencer said.While many wrote off OSU as a contender in the National Championship race after Miller went down, Spencer said he’s seen enough in practice to have plenty of confidence heading into the season.“Personally, I think what we’ve been seeing out at practice — and a lot of the other seniors can back me up — is … we’ll be way more than all right this year,” he said. “That’s for sure.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believes Barrett and Jones have been up to the challenge since Miller was injured, and the changes at the position will be helped along by a plethora of talented receivers.“J.T. and Cardale responded very well (after Miller’s injury),” Meyer said at a Monday press conference. “The biggest issue I see, or the positive we have right now, is we have a good one and two group of receivers that are just rotating out.”Meyer said there will be six different receivers rotating through the lineup, with the plan being to give Barrett the freshest and most rested targets possible throughout OSU’s season opener.Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoEven though Meyer announced Barrett as the No. 2 quarterback before Miller went down with his injury, he said there isn’t a big gap between his and Jones’ talent. The third-year OSU coach confirmed, though, that Barrett is the starter heading into the season.Meyer also said it would be possible for Jones to come in for Barrett if the latter doesn’t perform up to expectations in the first weeks of the season.Regardless of his performance on the field, Spencer said the team has confidence in Barrett as a leader, which is a role he has taken on since Miller’s injury.“You could kind of tell from the beginning of camp that (Barrett) was trying to work on his maturity and his leadership as a young player,” Spencer said. “But after Braxton went down in practice, I think he kind of realized pretty quickly, ‘All right, well, time to take a leadership role.’”Spencer said as soon as the team realized Miller would be out, Barrett stepped up to the challenge of filling those shoes.“In the huddle from then on, when (Barrett) was in practice and doing stuff like that he was just making sure that he was keeping people going,” Spencer said. “If we were having a rough day, he was making sure that we’d stay up, that we’d stay motivated.”Meyer said one of the first things he noticed about Barrett was his competitive spirit. He said Barrett isn’t any louder as a leader than Miller, but added the’s “very confident.”Spencer said Miller and Barrett have different leadership qualities, but said both are good at what they do. He added Barrett is a strong motivator and he’s excited to see what happens going forward.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Lopetegui will rotate Real Madrid goalkeepers

first_imgReal Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has said that Thibaut Courtois is not certain to be an automatic starter, hinting that his goalkeepers would be rotated.Last season’s number one keeper Keylor Navas was in goal for the 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.79% – Thibaut Courtois posted the second lowest save percentage in #UCL last season (after Sergio Rico, 58%), saving 62,5% of the shots he faced (min eight games). Premiere pic.twitter.com/lNVN6q1pV5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 9, 2018Thibaut Courtois travelled with the squad to Tallinn but was left out of the squad entirely.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lopetegui is prepared to keep Belgian keeper waiting as he considers his options in goal. Sportskeeda reports.“There isn’t a magic formula. We need to manage it week by week,” Lopetegui said.“We will see as we go who is best for the team at any given time. We have two magnificent goalkeepers, and others as well.”“But of course these are two international-level keepers and we will try to manage it well and make decisions for the team.”“Of course there is huge competition for the team but I see it as something positive in that position. It’s good for the team to have competition.”last_img read more

Madrid approach former Chelsea manager

first_imgFormer Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been approached by representatives of Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez over his willingness to become the club’s manager.The Italian gaffer is Perez’s first choice to replace current head coach Julen Lopetegui should he get removed from his role as manager at the Bernabeu.Lopetegui who left his role as head coach of the Spanish national team to become manager of Madrid already finds himself under pressure after winning just six of his 13 games in charge of the club.Representatives of the Madrid president have made contact with Conte, who has been away from football since he was sacked by Chelsea in July.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Sky Sports are reporting that the former Juventus manager rejected the chance to join Real Madrid last summer in order to take a break from football following his departure from Stamford Bridge.However, Conte is understood to be ready to return to management if Los Blancos want him.Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has confirmed Lopetegui will still be in charge for Sunday’s El Clasico game against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Lothar Matthaus predicts the outcome of the Bundesliga

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus has boldly predicted how the Bundesliga table for the 2018/19 season will turn out come the end of the seasonTo the surprise of many, Bayern Munich’s hopes of a seventh league title in a row are under serious threat from runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund.BVB’s perfect combination of youth and experience has proven to be, perhaps, the catalyst behind their title charge with youngsters Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Jacob Bruun Larsen all starring. while the likes of Marco Reus and Axel Witsel have also been receiving plaudits for their respective efforts.Currently, Lucien Favre’s men lead Bayern by six points from their opening 18 games with only one defeat.Now Matthaus has laid out his final predictions for this season’s Bundesliga table to Sport Bild with Dortmund narrowly clinching the league title from Bayern by a single point.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The German World Cup winner, who won the Bundesliga seven times at Bayern, predicted last week that his old club will struggle to break Dortmund’s hold of top spot.“I still believe Dortmund will decide the title race in their own favour. But if anyone can catch up with them, then, of course, it’s Bayern,” said Matthaus.RB Leipzig will finish third with Borussia Monchengladbach, who were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the campaign, completing the top-four.But Hannover 96 and FC Nürnberg will be relegated with Fortuna Dusseldorf finishing in the relegation play-off spot, which will see them face whoever finishes third in the Bundesliga 2 in a two-legged play-off tie for a place in next season’s top-tier division.Matthaus’ final 2018/19 Bundesliga table after all 34 gamesBorussia Dortmund – 79 pointsBayern Munich – 78 pointsRB Leipzig – 65 pointsBorussia Monchengladbach – 63 pointsTSG Hoffenheim – 56 pointsEintracht Frankfurt – 55 pointsBayer Leverkusen – 54 pointsVfL Wolfsburg – 46 pointsWerder Bremen – 44 pointsHertha BSC – 43 pointsSchalke 04 – 40 pointsMainz 05 – 35 pointsSC Freiburg – 35 pointsVfB Stuttgart – 33 pointsFC Augsburg – 31 pointsFortuna Düsseldorf – 30 pointsHannover 96 – 26 pointsFC Nurnberg – 22 pointslast_img read more

Speculations floats around Michael Misicks return

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSpeculations and questions have been floating around as it regards when the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Missick will be returning to the islands. Well one report is saying it would not be anytime soon as the former Premier has until next week to challenge the extradition decision. Another source has informed Magnetic Media that nothing has been heard as yet as it regards Misick’s return. Misick was denied asylum in Brazil last week when the courts ordered an extradition. News Break will continue to keep you informed with the latest developments on this story. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Milo Media Publishers Walk Out Plan to Launch Competing Company

first_imgIt also was not clear what portion of Milo’s overall workforce this loss represents. Although Milo reported a 37 percent revenue spike last year, the company was forced to reduce its staff in recent weeks. At the time, Domke declined to comment on specific layoffs. Eleven staffers remain listed on the company’s phone directory.From Defector to CompetitorMilo Media—which serves the construction, industrial, power, lifting and utility markets—was launched in 2005 when Domke left Cygnus as publisher of OEM Off-Highway magazine. He hired away a number of former Cygnus staffers, including Wolfgang Neuwirth and Greg Gerber, who served as publisher and editor of Cygnus’ RV Trade Digest.Domke wasn’t the only ex-Cygnus employee to launch a competing product. Last May, Paul Bowers, who was laid off as group vice president in July 2007 as part of a restructuring, launched Airport Improvement magazine. A few weeks earlier, former group publisher Greg Napert and three of his colleagues left Cygnus’ Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine to launch Director of Maintenance magazine, which targets aircraft maintenance business leaders. Not long after, Cygnus filed a lawsuit against Napert and his company, Impact Business Media, alleging that Napert and his colleagues broke confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements and disclosed Cygnus “trade secrets” by taking list information. The case is ongoing. A b-to-b publisher that was launched when its founder defected from another trade publisher is now facing a similar situation. Six staffers from Milo Media, including several publishers, resigned Friday with plans to launch a competing magazine publishing business.The employees who resigned include Bob Stange, director of custom publishing; Chris McClimon, publisher of Construction Supply magazine; Construction Supply editorial director Tom Hammel; Rich Vurva, editor and publisher of Progressive Distributor; business manager Linda Scott-McCabe; and production assistant Deb Pierce. Also making the jump is Patty O’Mera, who served as a sales consultant at Milo’s Progressive Distributor.Today, Stange, McClimon, Vurva, Scott-McCabe and Hammel announced the launch of Direct Business Media. The group—all of whom have ownership stakes in the new company—expects to launch a pair of bi-monthly magazines—Contractor Supply and Industrial Supply—by the middle of the year. Industrial Supply will carry a 30,000 circulation while Contractor Supply will have 18,000. The new magazines will compete with a number of Milo titles, as well as RBI’s Industrial Distribution and Cygnus Business Media’s Construction Distribution.Circumstances surrounding their departures were not immediately clear. When reached by FOLIO:, Stange and Scott-McCabe declined to comment. Milo Media president Mike Domke did not immediately return requests for comment.last_img read more

Federal Biologists to Manage Kuskokwim Kings

first_imgFederal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes. Earlier this year, a handful of tribal governments asked the federal subsistence board to implement federal management. The Federal Subsistence Board deferred last month, but at a Friday meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leaders announced a plan for federal management.Federal staff plan to limit the chinook fishery to federal qualified users from 32 Kuskokwim villages and manage the fishery day-to-day within the boundaries of the Yukon Delta refuge. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Biologist Brian McCaffery, the in-season manager last year, points to guidance from federal law and the weakened state of king salmon.2015 is predicted to be a below-average king salmon run. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)“In a time of conservation needs, in resource shortage, if anyone gets a shot at the resources within the conservation unit, it has to be first the federally qualified subsistence users. By implementing the federal special action, we set that sidebar as the bounds for which any harvest can occur,” said McCaffery.Only residents of the 32 villages would be able to fish for king salmon under federal management. The reason dual management exists is because state and federal law don’t match. While both have subsistence priorities, federal law includes a rural preference the state doesn’t have.Federal staff managed the king salmon run last summer on federal lands after the Federal Subsistence Board took action on a request from the village of Napaskiak. Five tribal governments asked this year for federal management. The fishery has been in decline for years, and with another poor run expected, Yukon Delta Refuge Manager Neil LaLonde says king salmon fishing may not even be a possibility.“We expect little to no harvestable surplus,” said LaLonde.The state estimates the run at 96 to 163-thousand kings, well below the average run of 240-thousand fish. The drainage wide escapement goal range is 65 to 120 thousand kings. LaLonde says his team is still working out management details.“The season framework itself will likely look very similar to what it was last year in 2014. It wouldn’t be things that would be drastically different. We want to improve on things we did last year and be more effective in different ways,” said LaLonde.One area to improve is the early season set net fishing. Managers expect to close the river in mid-May to big salmon gear and allow fishing for white fish with four-inch set nets for a period each week, instead of 24/7 fishing like 2014, in which thousands of king salmon were caught.If there are enough kings for some harvest, LaLonde says it’s too early to say how the harvest would occur. They could implement a limited community permit system or, as the state has proposed, allow a very short king salmon fishing period, with limits on net length, to keep the number of salmon harvested to a minimum.At a meeting Friday of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, fishermen from the length of the river tried to make sense of what this year’s version of dual management means. Working Group Chair Bev Hoffman emphasized that however it pans out, the goal should be the same for managers and subsistence fishermen.“We’re going into another year of chinook conservation,” said Hoffman. “Any opportunity, 4” or 6” is not to target chinook for the drying rack.”Members asked for consistency between federal and state regulations, which could change at Aniak. The state retains management outside of the boundaries of the refuge and the federal action only concerns king salmon. The state has new management options this year that should make it easier to match federal rules, like requiring set nets to be within 100 feet of shore and limited driftnet lengths. State and federal staff emphasized that they plan to work closely this summer and include the working group. The next Working Group meeting is not yet scheduled.last_img read more

Tesla shares recover to close with 436 gain on Nasdaq company upbeat

first_imgA Tesla car charges at a charging station in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017.Reuters fileShares of electric car-maker Tesla closed 4.36 percent higher at $308.35 on Friday, two days after the company declared its first quarter (Q1) results. The share price had dropped 5 percent on Thursday after the company announced its financial performance on Wednesday.Revenues hit a record $2.7 billion on the back of sale of 25,051 vehicles, though the loss per share shot up to $1.33, far higher than 81 cents estimated by analysts. Cash on hand was $4 billion. The company said that it is on course that its six-month (January-June) sales would be in the range of 47,000 to 50,000 units. Tesla is on schedule to launch its Model 3 in July. “We have made a solid start to what should be an exciting 2017. Vehicle production in Q1 increased by 64% compared to a yearago, which enabled us to set new quarterly records of 25,051 deliveries and $2.7 billion in GAAP revenue. Model 3 activities related to vehicle development, manufacturing equipment installation and supplier readiness remain on plan to start production in July.”Over the past several months, we have been deploying our internally-developed software into the vehicle fleet, to providea dditional safety and convenience features for vehicles with the newest generation of Autopilot hardware. Finally, we have started expanding the number of stores displaying our comprehensive product portfolio of energy generation and storage products forhome use,” Tesla said in a letter to shareholders.On the launch of its much-awaited product Model 3, the letter said, “Preparations at our production facilities are on track to support the ramp of Model 3 production to 5,000 vehiclesper week at some point in 2017, and to 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018.”Based on the Friday closing price, the market capitalisation of Tesla was $50.62 billion. In comparison, Ford’s market capitalisation was $44.35 billion.Tesla designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, in addition to installing, operating solar and energy storage products, says its profile on Nasdaq.Elon Musk, who co-founded Tesla, is the chairman, product architect and CEO of the company. Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks about new Autopilot features during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California October 14, 2015.Reuters filelast_img read more

Teesta floods 10 villages

nilphamariTen villages in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari district were inundated as the Teesta river swelled following onrush of waters from the upstream, leaving over 10,000 people marooned.Local water development board office sources said the river was flowing 9cm above the danger level, reports UNB.The gushing water of the river submerged villages, including Kharibari, Paglachar, Jharshingha, Latibari, Charkharibari, Khalishachapni,Kharkhalichapani, Bagherchar, Charbagherchar and Satnai, under three unions of the upazila, said Nilphamari-1 MP Aftab Uddin Sarker.He said the victims took shelter on the dam along the Teesta river.

Hes Been A Texas Supreme Court Justice For A Month Now Jimmy

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott swears in Jimmy Blacklock to replace Don Willett on the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017. Blacklock previously served as the governor’s general counsel.Jimmy Blacklock is new to this — so new that the card outside his Texas Supreme Court office still has the old occupant’s name on it; so new to the court that even his extensive collection of law books has yet to completely fill the wood shelves of his sunny office on the Capitol grounds; so new that the velcro hanging strips stuck on his walls do not yet bear decorations.   Blacklock, 37, has experience with the law — he boasts stints in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the state attorney general’s office and as general counsel to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. But 2018 marks the first year he’ll sit on the bench. And it will also be his first time running a campaign — at least since his successful bid to lead the Yale Law Republicans (an uncontested race, as he recalls).Abbott appointed Blacklock to the state Supreme Court last month to fill a seat vacated by former Justice Don Willett, who left the state court to join the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Willett’s term expires at the end of this year, thrusting Blacklock immediately into a partisan campaign to keep the new post.In that race, he’ll have to walk a familiar but ill-defined line, one his predecessors have become accustomed to treading. On the bench, he’ll be expected to serve as an impartial arbiter of justice — but on the side, he’ll have to wage a partisan campaign to keep his seat in an increasingly polarized state.Abbott gave him considerable room for error by selecting — and expressing his strong support for — Blacklock just before the filing deadline for the 2018 elections. That helped keep the field clear of Republican primary challengers, including one who had initially announced plans to run upon Willett’s confirmation. But Blacklock’s long-term future still requires a delicate balance that all judges in Texas must strike: Lean your weight too far on one side of that line and you risk your prized impartiality, or at least the appearance of it; fall off toward the other and you could fall out of favor with the Republican base.While working for Abbott, Blacklock fought on behalf of Texas leadership on many of the state’s most divisive partisan issues, including abortion, same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Now, he says he’s ready to transition from advocate to arbiter.“Most everybody who comes to the bench having been a lawyer has worked on all kinds of issues and advocated for all kinds of clients,” Blacklock said in an interview last week. “When you take that hat off and put on the judicial robe, you swear a solemn oath to the Constitution, to perform that role fairly and impartially — to look only to the laws and the Constitution.”But Blacklock has already put toes on either side of that line. On his website, he touts his “conservative record” advocating for the “right to life,” the Second Amendment and religious liberty. He also pledges to “never exceed the limited role assigned to the judiciary” — to take each case on its merits “accurately and impartially.”In the last several days, Blacklock’s website has undergone numerous changes, including the removal of phrases like “lifelong conservative Republican” and “Republican from a young age,” as well as references to his work as a Republican precinct chairman and election judge. A page titled “Jimmy’s Conservative Record” — a link that used to appear on his website’s home page — is no longer prominently featured, though the page remains live.Blacklock said Monday that he and his staff “just needed to simplify and streamline the website.” And while Abbott is helping him politically, Blacklock’s old boss isn’t helping him project impartiality. Last month, Blacklock joined Abbott at the annual “Texas Rally For Life,” where the newly-minted justice’s presence was unusual, although not unheard of. More striking were the governor’s remarks about his appointee.Abbott had already praised Blacklock as something of a known quantity. In November, he said,  “I wanted to make sure that the person I appointed was going to make decisions that I know how they are going to decide.” But before a crowd of several thousand in Austin, the governor added specificity to that praise.“I don’t have to guess or wonder how Justice Blacklock is going to decide cases because of his proven record of fighting for pro-life causes,” Abbott said.That was a disturbing statement for some lawyers, legal ethicists and judges — especially given Abbott’s past as a Texas Supreme Court justice himself. The Texas Supreme Court rarely hears abortion-related cases. Even still, any indication that a judge has pre-decided an outcome could cross a bright legal line.“The governor should know better. The governor is essentially saying: ‘Let me tell you, this guy will always rule in a certain way,’” said James Alfini, the former dean of South Texas College of Law Houston and the co-author of Judicial Conduct and Ethics, a guide for judges. “And that’s wrong. Just plain wrong. He’s basically destroyed any image of impartiality on that issue that he might have.”In his undecorated office last week, Blacklock walked those statements back on behalf of his mentor.“What I take the governor to mean — what I know he means — is that, because I worked for him for many years, he is confident that I mean what I say when I talk about my judicial philosophy,” Blacklock said. “I will be the kind of judge who looks only to the text of the Constitution and the text of the laws, and does not go beyond that to impose my own personal views on these cases.”Blacklock’s difficult position is nothing new. Partisan judicial elections in Texas have long drawn criticism, with some of the harshest words coming from former and sitting justices themselves. Texas is one of just seven states that elects Supreme Court justices in partisan races.In recent years, there have been several legal and legislative challenges to the current system. Just this week, a case went to trial in federal court over the issue, questioning whether the statewide system of judicial elections dilutes the voting power of Texas Latinos.Nathan Hecht, the state Supreme Court’s current chief, criticized partisan elections in his 2017 State of the Judiciary speech, saying “judicial independence is the casualty” of an increasingly harsh political climate. And Willett, Blacklock’s predecessor, was one of the most vocal critics.“Our imperfect system requires judicial candidates to put on their game face, get over their delicate sensibilities, and run unabashedly the way Texas law defines them: as politicians,” Willett told the San Antonio Express-News in 2012. He added that “how you run should never impact how you rule.”But even Willett ran explicitly partisan campaigns himself. In a 2012 campaign ad, Willett touted his reputation as the state’s “most conservative justice,” and “the judicial remedy to Obamacare.” He also said he “fought the liberals” who wanted to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.Blacklock wouldn’t weigh in on the system of partisan elections — when asked, he chewed on his words carefully and highlighted the need to balance judicial independence with accountability to voters.“This is the system we have in our Constitution,” he said.Whatever he thinks of that method, it will shape his work off the court — and he’ll be expected to keep it from affecting his work on the court. “The main challenge is balancing the important work of the court with the demands of the campaign,” Blacklock said. “I swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution by applying the law to these cases to the best of my ability. That has to be my primary focus at all times — even though I’m running for office.”“It doesn’t leave time for hanging things on the walls,” he said with a laugh.last_img read more

Acting up

first_imgComing as one of the biggest treats for the theater lover,  Sparsh Natya Rang presents their theatre festival Hriday Manch – a celebration of colour, warmth, laughter and emotions, where four plays will be staged by various groups in Shri Ram Centre. Kicking off the festival comes Bechara Bhagwaan on 8 August at 7 pm. Written by  Late. Purshottum Laxman Deshpandey, music and direction by Ajit Chowdhury, performed by Sparsh Natya Rang, adaptation by Sudhir Kulkarni. A self-explanatory play, Bechara Bhagwaan is about the typical Indian society and its funny way of expressing their devotion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’9 August showcases the Urgent Meeting, written by Jaywardhan, directed by J.P.Singh and performed by Rangbhoomi. Urgent Meeting is a satirical piece reflecting upon the ills prevailing in the world of art and culture depicting the interlude of push and pull of internal politics, leg-pulling and nepotism in a very lively way. Mote Ram ka Satyagraha will be staged on 10 August. Written by Munshi Premchand the play has been directed by Arvind Gaur. The adaption has been done by the  Late. Habib Tanvirand Safdar Hashmi and will be performed by the Asmita Theatre group.  The play is a comic-satire with all the elements of a musical. On the surface, the play appears to be a simple story about a Brahmin from Banaras. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix11 August will witness the last play Koi Baat Chale. Directed by Ramji Bali and performed by Theater Wala the story of the play, Koi Baat Chale, revolves around the protagonist, Kanhiya Lal Bansi Prasad. He is a 35 years old school drama teacher and yet unmarried. A romantic comedy, the play shows Bansi seeking help of a marriage bureau to help him find a suitable life partner.In the meantime, Bansi meets the beautiful Supriya. On his search for his soul mate, while going to the marriage bureau, he sees Supriya enter the same bureau. When the owner of the bureau, PyaareLal asks Bansi about his preferences, Bansi mentions the enchanting features of the magnificent Supriya he had earlier met. PyaareLal introduces many girls with a mole on their cheeks to Bansi, except Supriya.last_img read more

Calcutta Walks strikes the right chord with foreign domestic tourists alike

first_imgKolkata: At a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has chalked out elaborate plans to boost tourism of Bengal and Kolkata, a move taken by Calcutta Walks has become immensely popular among foreign and domestic tourists.Calcutta Walks organised by Iftekhar Ahsan over a decade ago has become quite popular among the tourists. The walks are conducted everyday by Ahsan and his associates. The groups are taken to visit north and south Kolkata. In north Kolkata, the walks start from Sovabazar- Sutanutui metro station then Bagbazar and ends at Sovabazar Rajbari. Belonging to the well known Bose family of North Kolkata, Dr Pasupati Bose and his brother Nandalal, Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe famous painter and artist, it was in this house Swami Vivekanada was treated over breakfast after his return from the West in January, 1897. Sri Ramakrishna had visited the house to see the oil paintings of gods and goddesses. It was a custom to keep the photograph or oil painting of Queen Victoria in the houses of rich people in those days but no photograph of Queen was there in the house. The house played an important role during the movement to protest against the proposal to partition Bengal by Lord Curzon in 1905. The building is in shambles now. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe group members are taken down the lanes and by lanes of north Kolkata. There are such narrow lanes in north Kolkata where just one person can pass. The groups are taken to the bank of river Hooghly in Baghbazar. It was here in North Kolkata that Job Charnock, a representative of the east India Company started trade.In south Kolkata, the walk is organised in areas surrounding Park Street. “There is great enthusiasm among the tourists. The history of Kolkata is not only about buildings, mansions and monuments. It is something beyond the monuments. Every street has a history and every locality has a story to tale.”It may be mentioned that the state tourism department is planning to introduce religions tourism where people will be taken to different religious places in north Kolkata and finally to Dakshineshwar temple and Belur Math as these places are in high demand.last_img read more

Flash mob to promote VA2 charity sale

first_imgFlash mob helps bring in many performers together for an impromptu synchronised dance, which is always successful in gathering attention. This method will be used by The Angel’s Network to promote the upcoming Vintage Affaire 2 charity sale which will be held on April 16-17.  Over 100 people will be participating in the flash mob which will be held on Friday at 6:30 pm. Presently the group has enrolled over 100 donors of all ages and from all walks for life to participate in the flash mob.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participants who will appear as unassuming shoppers at the mall, will “spontaneously” break out in a high energy choreographed Bollywood dance routine in courtyard of the mall, donning pink “Angels Network” baseball caps, to surprise and delight the mall passersby. Participants have voluntarily donated Rs 500 and Rs 1000 to be a part of this flash mob. 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to two causes: The Earth Saviours Foundation and Dukh Bhanjan. Select Citywalk and Crush Fitness India have partnered with the The Angels Network to make this happen.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event is set for April 8 followed by a 15-minute Pop dance party with Crush Fitness India to generate excitement and spread awareness about the Vintage Affaire 2 Charity Sale.  Some of the designers who have leant their support so far: Shantanu & Nikhil, Gauri & Nainika, Siddharth Tytler, Shivan & Narresh, Raw Mango, Namrata Joshipura, Akaash Agarwal, Jyoti Jain Chibber, Ruh, Elisha W, Rabani & Rakha and UK based RI2K London.last_img read more

How AI Is Addressing the Fraud in Advertising Heres What You Need

first_img Given the online advertising boom in today’s digital age, businesses need to learn to allocate their marketing dollars wisely. Unfortunately, there’s a big challenge to meeting that goal: Advertising fraud and lackluster results are rife in the digital ad space.Related: Telltale Signs You Have an Ad Fraud ProblemAs a business owner, digital manager and entrepreneur, you’ve likely already experienced these issues, via paid Instagram ads that failed to achieve their intended results, or paid services like Google Adwords that had no conversions. To avoid such outcomes, you need to make sure your ads stand out and that you’re spending your dollars on actual results — not bot traffic.To clarify my Instagram example: Let’s say that you paid Instagram to promote your post, and, all of a sudden, you start gaining a bunch of followers who, according to their account information, live in India and have only about five pictures each on their individual profiles.I’m no ad-fraud detective, but judging from the looks of that kind of new traffic, you’d be wise to question these followers’ validity. While Instagram gains a benefit by earning your ad money, you need clicks from people likely to buy your product — not “followers” from some faraway land with profiles that appear fake.Those people won’t benefit you as a business owner. This is why you need to make sure you’re on top of your ads, because they’re big money these days: Nearly $170 billion was spent on digital advertising in 2015, according to the statistic portal Statista. By 2021, Statistic has predicted, this figure can will rise to more than $330 billion.The problem is, digital advertising is a constantly changing game. And organizations are struggling to respond effectively. To adapt to the many changes happening, many companies are planning to increase their investments in advertising technology. They’ll be focusing on solutions that are more result-driven and customer-centric. Here’s what you need to know:What artificial intelligence can do.Part of the newest wave of advertising tech utilizes artificial intelligence (AI). Advertisers are focusing their efforts on AI to provide potential customers with a personalized experience tailored to their wants and needs. AI can help advertisers avoid pushing irrelevant messaging and instead use consumer data to create customized campaigns that are relevant and engaging.Related: You Should Be Protecting Your Business from Phony LeadsThat’s all very well. But, as Jon Gillham, founder and CEO of Adbank, recently told Crypto Analyst, “Over 50 percent of online traffic are bots.”An unknown percentage of digital advertising dollars are wasted on fraudulent traffic and sites,” continued Gillham , whose online advertising platform has developed patent-pending blockchain technology for fraud detection.Specifically, more and more advertising companies are inflating their results with ad clicks from computer-based bots, instead of real potential consumers. These companies use bot traffic to exaggerate their data and inflate prices for customers. Similarly, many websites use those bots and inflate their traffic figures to entice potential advertisers to place ads with them.That’s the website situation. Mobile advertising fraud, meanwhile, has also become commonplace, so much so that many companies expect a certain level of it, according to a new report by Forrester Consulting. Forrester surveyed 250 marketers whose companies spend at least $1 million a month on digital advertising. And, the result, Forrester reported, was that 69 percent of the marketers said that at least 20 percent of their budgets was being eaten up by fraud on the mobile web.In other words, 20 percent of their budgets was being wasted on fake traffic. Despite this problematic landscape, 70 percent of the marketers in the survey said they were actually increasing their budgets for mobile advertising over the next 12 months. That’s a problem because, as 43 percent of the marketers said, the amount of fraud they had been subjected to had increased over the previous 12 months.At the same time, only 19 percent as of the date of the survey had implemented systematic fraud prevention programs, and that figure was expected to increase in 2018.So, the overriding question was whether these prevention programs would be enough: Fully 92 percent of the marketers reported that combating mobile fraud would be a high or critical priority of their companies for the next 12 months, in 2018. The problem is, ad fraud is only worsening. Forrester wasn’t alone in its doom-and-gloom forecast. A recent report from the digital market research firm Juniper, predicted that advertisers would lose an estimated $19 billion to fraudulent activities in 2018. The Juniper report, Future Digital Advertising — AI, Ad Fraud & Ad Blocking, 2017-2022, said that that $19 billion worked out to $51 million per day and  could  be expected to rise, reaching $44 billion by 2022.The report also specified that advertising fraud would increase due to the lack of transparency between advertisers and publishers. The big problem, Juniper said, is that publishers aren’t providing campaign result reports, due to the fact that they don’t possess the right tools for these reports. Without more transparency, Juniper warned, successfully tackling fraud will be difficult to accomplish.Still, there are solutions.Despite the gloomy nature of its report, Juniper did identify some solutions to ad fraud — like AI. By using AI to analyze data generated from advertising activities, Juniper said, advertisers could minimize financial losses. Of course, that in turn would demand innovation and the development of new strategies to fight fraudsters, simply because they’ll just adapt their methods and find different ways to imitate genuine advertising activity. This activity, typically carried out by bots, includes simulated clicks, mouse movements and the creation of fake social network accounts that engage (via likes and comments.).Juniper’s research indicated that platforms utilizing AI to target specific markets would account for 74 percent of total online and mobile advertising expenditures by 2022. With AI-powered technology and innovations now focusing in on advertising fraud, some studies predict that that fraud may become less rampant in coming years. According to a report on ZDNet from the security company White Ops, companies lost $6.5 billion due to ad fraud in 2017. That’s a decrease of 10 percent from the estimated $7.2 billion fraud took from companies in 2016.These results are probably due to the increased awareness about deceptive advertising practices and the efforts companies are taking to address them, using AI and other technological advancements. With increased information, companies will know where and how their advertising dollars are being spent and be more likely to attain the results they want.Related: 4 Ways Advertising Agencies Can Protect Themselves From Click FraudThen, hopefully, your company will gain new Instagram followers from Milwaukee, versus Mumbai.  6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 13, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Obama to request 1 billion from Congress to help Central America

first_imgRelated posts:Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans New immigration program seeks to reunite Central American families in US ‘Writing was on the wall’ for child immigrant crisis, says new study WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1 billion next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbors, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.“On Monday, President Obama will request from Congress $1 billion to help Central America’s leaders make the difficult reforms and investments required to address the region’s interlocking security, governance and economic challenges,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.“The economies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain bogged down as the rest of the Americas surge forward,” he wrote in an opinion article published by The New York Times. “Inadequate education, institutional corruption, rampant crime and a lack of investment are holding these countries back.”With many economic migrants to the United States coming from the region legally and illegally, the U.S. has a vested interest in improving stability — which has been hit by poverty, rampant gang warfare and drug trafficking.The proposal is part of Obama’s 2016 budget plan — to be unveiled fully next week — which would first have to be approved by a hostile Republican-controlled Congress. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Im happy he got paid but sad to see him go Los

first_imgI’m happy he got paid but sad to see him go. “Los Dirty” is one of my favorite Cardinals of all time but, having said that, I would not have gambled to the degree the Browns did. Karlos is going to be 33 next season. At some point in time, age and mileage matter. In the end: Karlos did what he needed to do and the Cardinals did what they needed to do. Welcome to free agency in the Year of Our Lord 2014.Godspeed, Los Dirty. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cleveland Browns reached agreement with former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby. Dansby agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal that includes $14 million guaranteed, according to sources. That last number is what made his departure a fait accompli. The Cardinals could not justify paying him that kind of money when they have other contracts looming.But Karlos is going to be hard to replace. He is an excellent tackler, plays well in space, has excellent ball skills, is a leader and, most of all, a great guy. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

French broadcaster TF1 has launched Teleshopping

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 has launched Teleshopping, a TV-based shopping application that runs through an HbbTV interface.European interactive services specialist Wiztivi deployed the app, claiming it is the first t-commerce application in Europe.Viewers can use the app to buy goods directly from their TV, paying using an integrated payment solution and their TV’s remote control.“For more than 20 years, Teleshopping has been offering the very best of innovations to its customers. The launch of its TV-Commerce application, one of the first in Europe, is the demonstration of the modernity of our service and of our ability to adapt to our market’s evolutions,” said Jerome Dillard, managing director of Teleshopping.last_img

The key for cable is to embrace the web without s

first_img“The key for cable is to embrace the web without sacrificing its traditional pay-TV model. This won’t be achieved by simply saying that cable is better and that it already offers enough choice and a better quality of service.”Cable is better at some things than others. With over-the-top video already being piped into TV sets, operators are now mulling over how to adapt.Apple TV, Vudu, Roku, Netflix, Slingcatcher and newer contenders like Yahoo’s TV Widgets and Zillion TV are already offering web-to-TV services. The trend is a follow-on from PC-centric services including hulu.com.  Users want the choice and functionality of the internet to be available on their TV screens.These new distribution kids on the block were out in force at the recent MIP TV market in Cannes. Yahoo’s stand demonstrated its TV Widget software, which is projected to be in tens of millions of TV sets and other devices including Blu-ray players by 2010.Yahoo’s vice president of connected content Patrick Barry says that the internet portal’s vision is to treat TVs as a “canvas where interactivity can survive from the social to the informational to the frivolous”.  The kind of content Yahoo is talking about includes Flickr,  Twitter and Facebook applications. These are easy to dismiss as “advanced teletext services”, but it’s clear is that this is just the beginning of Yahoo’s ambition. The big question is will any of these over-the-top services to the TV achieve critical mass? Will they be compelling enough to convince customers that they don’t need a cable TV service? It is inevitable that one of these over-the-top contenders will eventually get it right. Think of a well-designed OTT service combined with a digital-terrestrial TV tuner offering a suite of free linear TV channels on top of on-demand and interactive web services direct from a host of providers. Pay-TV could be facing a powerful alternative.The key for cable is to embrace the web without sacrificing its traditional pay-TV model. This won’t be achieved by simply saying that cable is better and that it already offers enough choice and a better quality of service.What to do about net-delivered content has been occupying some pretty big cable TV brains lately. Speaking at the recent Cable Congress in Berlin, Mike Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global, the largest cable TV operator outside of the US, identified web TV and cable’s onscreen user interfaces as the two areas where the industry needs to do more and think harder. Martin Kull, chief technology officer at Sweden’s Com Hem was more explicit. “We have to look at ways to combine broadcast services with over-the-top providers,” he said. “This is a very complex arena [because] if we set out to combine everything we will never be finished. So we need to find a pragmatic way forward, before the consumer electronics industry does it.”Meanwhile Danish cable operator YouSee  has started offering TV channels and VOD over broadband to PCs as a retention and added-value tool for its current cable TV subscribers, providing them with a multi-room offer for PCs. But iYouSee also offers the broadband-to-PC service to people outside its cable footprint, thereby extending its reach.Since its launch in May of last year the YouSee web TV service has attracted 10% of the company’s broadband subscribers (for no extra monthly charge) and an unspecified number of ex-network broadband TV subscribers who pay ?14 a month for a service that includes 17 linear channels plus access to a 450-title VOD store where users pay per title. “We are very satisfied with the concept,” says Anders Blauenfelt, vice-president of product development. “We market it as an addition to the existing cable subscription or as a way to reach people in the 50% of the country where we don’t have our network. We don’t believe that PC distribution can eliminate the demand for a primary TV subscription. I know there are a lot of services right now where you can take over the top content to the TV but I don’t think right now that there is a mass market for that.” He believes that customers will be loyal to a cable-delivered service for catch-up TV and VOD: “We see the lean-back TV service as a closed environment where we can make sure that convenience and quality of service is assured.”Much as this may be true in the short term, people are not going to tolerate a closed system that blocks them from the things they want to see and hear. The music industry learned that lesson only too well. Cable has an opportunity to figure out how to respond to OTT services and perhaps work with them to provide a better experience. Balan Nair, chief technology officer of Liberty Global, told Cable Congress that “whether we like it or not, the internet is coming to the TV.” He wants the industry to come up with its own devices and services that do the same or face being bypassed. And he reminded the audience of the experience of TiVo. The PVR started life as a standalone box that consumers loved. Now of course it is a key feature of most cable set-top boxes and a key retention tool.Getting the relationship with OTT right is particularly pressing as the economic downturn begins to bite. While TV and telecoms services may be resilient in the face of the economic downturn, no one is immune.Kate Bulkley is a broadcaster and writer specialising in media and telecommunications. tellkatenow@aol.com.last_img read more

Today is the final day for the big traders to be o

first_imgToday is the final day for the big traders to be out of the May futures contract in silver. The gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading—and was back to Friday’s close in New York by the London open on Monday morning.  It popped for a couple of bucks at that point before trading virtually rule flat into the noon London silver fix.  Then it rose another couple of bucks before inching higher into the London p.m. gold fix.  The price blasted higher, but it was obvious that JPMorgan et al were at battle stations, as volume exploded—and the price wasn’t allowed to get far.  The rally finally petered out around 12:45 p.m. EDT.  From there it inched lower for the remainder of the New York trading session, both COMEX and electronic. The low and high ticks were recorded as $1,177.60 and $1,206.70 in the June contract. Gold finished the Monday session in New York at $1,201.70 spot, up $21.30 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was monstrous at 185,000 contracts, as “da boyz” threw everything but the kitchen sink at the rally once the price broke above its 50-day moving average. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 403 gold and 72 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday.  In gold, the largest short/issuer was JPMorgan out of its client account with 372 contracts.  HSBC USA was in very distant second with 31 contracts.  Not surprisingly, the tallest hog at the trough as a long/stopper was JPMorgan out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 211 contracts—and Canada’s Scotiabank was on the receiving end of 186 contracts. In silver, all 72 contracts were issued by JPMorgan out of its client account—and Canada’s Scotiabank stopped 70 of them.  The CME Group stopped one contract, so it could deliver five contracts into it’s 1,000 troy ounce mini-silver contract.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Monday trading session showed that the remaining gold open interest for April fell by 26 contracts, down to 415 contracts.  With 403 contracts already posted for delivery tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if the 12 contracts remaining will get delivered on Thursday, or will they simply disappear.  In silver, the April open interest jumped by 50 contracts to 72 contracts and, obviously, they are all out for delivery tomorrow. I can hardly wait to see who the big short/issuers and long/stoppers are in the May delivery month—and we’ll find some of that out on Thursday evening, as it’s First Notice Day. There was a big gold withdrawal from GLD by an authorized participant on Monday.  This time it was 105,527 troy ounces.  And as of 8:50 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  But when I checked the iShares.com Internet site about 3:45 a.m. EDT, I saw that an authorized participant had added 1,434,162 troy ounces.  Based on the price action, it’s a reasonable assumption that this was used to cover an existing short position, just like the 1 million ounce add to SLV on Friday. There was a small amount of gold sold at the U.S. Mint on Monday—4,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. The in/out activity in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday are barely worth mentioning, as 700 troy ounces were shipped in—and 132 troy ounces were shipped out.  Nothing to see here. There was decent in/out activity in silver, as 259,426 troy ounces were shipped in—and 259,426 ounces were shipped out the door.  None of it involved JPMorgan.  The link to that activity is here. For a change, there wasn’t any in/out activity at all in the gold kilobar warehouses in Hong Kong on Friday. Despite my best efforts, I have a large number of stories today—and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you. Not one ounce of the 59 million equivalent ounces sold by the speculators in the managed money category this [past reporting] week was remotely connected to legitimate hedging; yet the sale was the indisputable sole price influence. That silver prices only declined by around 30 cents in the reporting week proves that the commercial buyers were more interested in buying the 59 million ounces from the managed money traders than they were in driving prices even lower. What this proves is that silver prices are being set on the COMEX with no regard to the actual world of silver production or consumption. The managed money long side is down to less than 42,500 contracts and is undoubtedly less than that since the cut-off and near the 40,000 contract non-technical fund core long position I have long postulated. Unless I’m off by a country mile (always possible), significant additional managed money long liquidation is not likely. The short position of the technical funds, at 32,283 contracts in the current report is already larger than the peak in January and higher, admittedly, than I thought it would be at this point. And it must be higher still since the cutoff. Simply put, the rocket fuel tanks appear to have been topped off in silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 25 April 2015 There was no precious metal news to speak of on Monday—and the fact that prices blew up at the London p.m. gold fix [just like they melted down on Friday at that time] should be proof positive that this was all paper trading on the COMEX/GLOBEX between the brain-dead technical funds in the Managed Money category on one side—and the Commercial traders on the other. I was surprised that silver’s net volume was as low as it was, but I’m sure that  a certain portion of it was used to put out the fire in silver—and that was very noticeable in gold, with a huge blow-out in volume when gold broke above its 50-day moving average.  Silver just broke above its by only a few pennies. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals courtesy of stockcharts.com. Silver traded quietly either side of $15.80 spot all through Far East and London trading, but starting shortly after 9 a.m. EDT things changed.  The first bump up in price took it up to $16 spot—and then it had two more quick rallies, one at the gold fix—and the other at 10:45 EDT just before London closed.  The high tick of the day came a minute before the London close—and the price didn’t do much after that. The low and high ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $15.68 and $16.445 in the May contract. Silver finished the Monday session at $16.40 spot, up 64.5 cents cents from Friday’s close.  Net volume was well in excess of 100,000 contracts, but it all netted out to only 28,000 contracts, so it didn’t appear that there was much interference in the silver rallies—and had all the hallmarks of short covering. Platinum chopped around unchanged until it hit its spike low shortly before 11 a.m. in Zurich.  Then it rallied a bit into the London p.m. gold fix—and away it went to the upside as well.  The high came at 1 p.m. EDT in New York—and from there it got sold off a bit into the close.  Platinum finished the day at $1,146 spot, up 23 dollars from Friday. The dollar index closed late on Friday afternoon in New York at 96.90—and rallied unsteadily in Far East and morning trading in London, hitting its 97.27 high tick shortly before the COMEX open in New York.  From there it got sold down to its 96.48 low tick about 12:45 p.m. EDT.  The index rallied back to 96.80 by 2 p.m.—and then chopped sideways in a tight range into the close.  The index finished the day at 96.86—down only 4 basis points from Friday. Once again the price activity in the currencies—and in the precious metal market—weren’t even close to being related. 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.com I was out with my camera again on Sunday.  It’s spring, but this far north in continental North America, it arrives slowly.  A lot of the waterfowl and a few other species of birds have returned from the south, but the rest are weeks away from showing up. The first photo is of a jackrabbit—and it’s not quite in focus as the auto focus couldn’t keep up with him.  They’re very common around here—and this one looks a little shaggy, as it’s in the final throes of losing its inner and outer winter coat.  This is not your cute little bunny, this is a big animal—and there are only a few dogs it can’t outrun. The silver equities turned in a better performance—and their highs came about the same time as gold’s, but they didn’t sell off as much after that, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 4.18 percent.center_img Here’s your typical drake mallard in its breeding plumage.  I was using a 1.4x teleconverter with my 400mm telephoto lens when I took this shot, so the image quality is not quite what it could be.  The photo below it is of a drake mallard as well, as it flew overhead.  It’s a view very few get to see for any length of time—but at 1/3,200 of a second, the wing action gets stopped cold—and you can view the wing pattern at your leisure. The gold stocks gapped up a bit at the open—and barely reacted to the big jump in price at the London p.m. fix.  However they did continue to rally steadily from there, hitting their zenith minutes before 1 p.m. EDT, which was gold’s high tick on the day.  From there they slid lower for the remainder of the Monday trading session, giving back over half their gains, as the HUI only closed up 1.90 percent.  I was underwhelmed. Here’s the 5-minute tick gold chart courtesy of Brad Robertson.  All the volume that mattered on Monday came between the London pm. gold fix and the COMEX close, which was 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. EDT—08:00 till 11:30 on this chart, which is scaled for Denver time.  Add two hours for EDT—and don’t forget the ‘click to enlarge’ feature. Palladium rallied as well, but on a slightly different time schedule from the other three precious metals.  The low came about the same time as platinum, but the high came shortly after it’s rally at the London p.m. gold fix.  From there, like platinum, it got sold down into the the close of electronic trading.  Palladium only finished up 8 bucks on the day. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is fifteen minutes away.  All four precious metals got sold down a bit during the first couple of hours of Far East trading on their Tuesday morning—and have all traded pretty much ruler flat since then.  Gold is hanging onto the $1,200 spot mark by its proverbial fingernails at the moment. Gold volume is a bit over 16,500 contracts, with virtually all of it in the current front month, which is June, so it’s all of the HFT variety.  Silver volume is very decent, but once you remove the roll-overs, net volume is barely moving the needle at 1,500 contracts.  It’s like yesterday’s price action never happened. The dollar index has been chopping sideways as well—and is currently down 8 basis points. Today is the final day for the big traders to be out of the May futures contract in silver, so I expect Tuesday’s volume to be pretty chunky as well, with a tiny net volume.  Of course that may all go out the window if we have another price surprise in COMEX trading this morning, but I don’t ever remember big price moments on this particular day of the trading month—but after yesterday, I guess one shouldn’t rule it out entirely.  But if I had to bet money, it would be on the former scenario. Today, at the close of COMEX trading, is also the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and it will be interesting to see if all of the reporting week’s price/volume action makes it into that report, particularly Monday’s action.  We’ll see. And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals are still down a hair from Monday’s close—and with the exception of palladium, all are trading absolutely flat.  Gold’s net volume is way up there at 27,000 contracts, with 99 percent of that in current front month. As expected, there’s still heavy roll-over volume in silver, but net volume is still extremely light at barely over 2,100 contracts—and the dollar index is virtually unchanged from two and half hours ago, down 5 basis points. I haven’t the foggiest notion as to how the precious metals will trade for the remainder of the Tuesday session, but I will be surprised if we do see a lot of price action either today or tomorrow, as the May silver contract goes off the board. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more