LS elections choice between Modi and chaos Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Calling the upcoming Lok Sabha elections a choice between chaos and Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said what the Opposition had promised to be a “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) was turning out to be an alliance of several conflicting “gathbandhans” with multiple leaders, each trying to outwit the other. Jaitley said that going by past precedents, such an alliance could only lead to chaos. “The choice is clear — it is either Modi or chaos,” he said in a Facebook post. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Finance Minister said while several issues occupied the agenda space in an election, the issue of foremost relevance in 2019 was that of leadership where the Bharatiya Janata Party with “absolute clarity” was a clear winner against a “self-destructive coalition of rivals” in which the leadership issue was an “absolute puzzle”. “Within the NDA there are no leadership issues. There is absolute clarity. Narendra Modi leads the NDA and will be the Prime Minister in the event of a victory. His leadership is nationally accepted, his ratings are very high. His track record speaks for itself,” Jaitley said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed On the other hand, he said, was Congress President Rahul Gandhi “who is an inadequate leader” and has been “tried, tested and failed”. “His lack of understanding of issues is frightening. He aspires to be the leader of this chaotic pack,” Jaitley said. He said Mamata Bannerjee was positioning herself as the “sutradhar” (architect) of this grand alliance but “won’t concede a single seat either to the Congress or the Left in West Bengal but will want them to be her pillion riders if she drives the vehicle.” Taking about the other opposition parties, Jaitley said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) would contest against the Congress but eventually join hands, and so would the Trinamool and the Congress-Left alliance in West Bengal. “However, in Kerala the Congress and the Left will contest against each other. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) tried to form the government together with the support of the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir. “Today they are rivals in an election and on the dangerous agenda of either ‘autonomy’ or ‘pre-1953 status’, but could join hands with the ‘gathbandhan’. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) are not with the ‘gathbandhan’,” he said. Jaitley said the BSP was wiped out in the last Lok Sabha elections and Mayawati had now changed her strategy and wanted a strong BSP and a weak Congress. “She holds her cards close to her chest. She will open them only after the results are declared…Leaders with flexible ideologies think that they are acceptable to all. The opposition alliance is unclear — it is absolutely fragile,” he said. Jaitley added that none of the opposition parties were capable of winning any significant number of seats and the alliance won’t have a stable nucleus. “What was promised to be ‘mahagathbandhan’ is turning out to be a ‘gathbandhan’ of several conflicting alliances. It is a self-destructive ‘coalition of rivals’,” he said. “The contest is against a leader in whose hands the country is secure and developing. He is trusted. Against him, there isn’t any projected leader. There are multiple leaders, each trying to outwit the other. They can only promise a temporary government if we go by the past precedents. One can be certain of chaos. The choice is clear, it is either Modi or chaos,” Jaitley said.last_img read more

How Sports Can Be Part Of The Solution On Domestic Violence And

It’s been 13 months since Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino, and six months since video of the attack went viral. The incident — and the NFL’s mishandling of it — dominated sports headlines for weeks. But while the Rice case brought new attention to domestic violence and sexual assault involving athletes, those problems didn’t begin with Rice, and they haven’t ended there. A database maintained by USA Today lists at least 94 incidents in which NFL players have been arrested for domestic violence or sexual assault. That list doesn’t include former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, who is widely expected to be selected first in the NFL draft later this spring, despite accusations that he raped a fellow student. (Winston was never charged with a crime; a New York Times story last year found evidence that the investigation was “flawed.”) And the problem goes far beyond professional football: Athletes at all levels in virtually every sport have faced similar accusations.On Friday, SXsports — the sports-focused offshoot of the long-running South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas — hosted an hourlong discussion on sexual assault and domestic violence in sports. The panel, which I moderated and helped to organize, featured three people with different perspectives on the issue:Katie Hnida, a former placekicker for the University of New Mexico, in 2003 became the first woman to score in a Division I-A men’s college football game. She later went public with her story of being harassed and raped by teammates at the University of Colorado, where she first played.Jane Randel is the co-founder of No More, a coalition aiming to raise awareness and engage bystanders in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. No More has partnered with the NFL, and Randel is currently serving as a consultant to the league in its anti-violence efforts.Don McPherson was an all-American quarterback at the University of Syracuse, where he led the Orange to an undefeated record in 1987. He later played in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Since retiring from football, he has dedicated his life to social justice causes, particularly ending violence against women.At the start of our discussion, I noted that the cases involving Rice, Winston and others are only anecdotes. Even the USA Today database only gives raw numbers of incidents involving NFL players — it doesn’t tell us anything about whether violence against women is a bigger problem in the league or in sports than it is in society at large. (My colleague Benjamin Morris tried to fill that void back in July when he found that NFL players are arrested on domestic violence charges at a far higher rate than would be expected based on their age and income.)Numerous studies have tried to perform a more rigorous analysis, and many have found evidence of a link between athletics and violence. But it’s hard to find definitive proof: Domestic and sexual violence are notoriously underreported, and data on perpetrators is even more sparse than information on victims. That forces most researchers to conduct research using surveys, often with sample sizes too small to allow them to draw strong conclusions about the causes of violence.In the absence of better data, I asked McPherson whether he thought there was a connection between sports culture and violence against women. He said yes — but that sports also has an opportunity to help reduce violence by confronting narrow definitions of masculinity.Hnida said locker rooms don’t have to be hostile environments for women. At the University of New Mexico, she said, there was a culture of respect that started at the top. At the University of Colorado, by contrast, she said she “felt like I was more of an object, that I was not actually a person.”The title of our panel was “Can Sports Help End a Culture of Violence?” I asked Randel what she thought the answer was — could sports not just address its own problems but also help have an impact in society at large? She said yes, explaining that sports offers an enormous platform from which to reach men and boys.But McPherson said we won’t make much progress fighting violence against women — either in sports or beyond it — until we start talking honestly about who the perpetrators are: men. The numbers back that up. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 99 percent of rapes and nearly 95 percent of sexual assaults against women are committed by men. Men also commit the vast majority of stalking offenses against women.After the Ray Rice incident, the NFL partnered with No More, which produced a much-discussed PSA that ran during the Super Bowl. The success of that ad — it’s been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube — shows the reach of the NFL and other sports leagues. But I asked Randel how she could be sure No More was making a difference and not just providing public relations cover for the NFL.Hnida closed the panel with a message to the leagues, the media and sports fans: “Keep talking.” read more

Ohio State baseball handles BethuneCookman in 3game sweep

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team swept the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats over the course of the weekend, extending the Buckeyes’ season-high winning streak to seven games. The Scarlet and Gray (19-7-1) were powered by strong pitching from junior lefty Tanner Tully in the series-opening 6-2 win, a career day from senior shortstop Craig Nennig during Saturday’s 11-2 victory, and an overpowering 15 hits for a 13-5 win on Sunday.OSU has been red hot, winning 12 of its last 13 games dating back to the 8-7 win over UNLV in Las Vegas on March 15. OSU coach Greg Beals said he really likes what he’s seen from his team over that stretch of play. “The key today was getting a win and finishing out the home stretch in a very good fashion,” Beals said. “A good ball club needs to take care of business at home, and now we need to go on the road and keep the win streak alive.”Game 1 Tully set the tone early for the Buckeyes, overpowering the Wildcats throughout his career-high 8.0 innings of work on a blustery day in Columbus. The Buckeye offense broke through in the fifth inning with three runs to provide Tully with all the run support he needed to earn his fourth win of the season. Tully (4-1) struck out three, walked one and only allowed two runs in his seventh appearance of the year, lowering his ERA to 2.53.Beals said Tully’s performance was big for OSU because it allowed the bullpen to remain fresh for the rest of the series after being used heavily in the two midweek games against the Ohio Bobcats and Toledo Rockets. The Buckeyes were led offensively by junior catcher Jalen Washington and junior center fielder Troy Montgomery. Washington went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored and Montgomery went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, two stolen bases and a run scored in the game.Game 2 The weather played a huge role in the second game of the series, seeing sunshine, rain, snow and heavy winds that eclipsed 30 miles an hour. But Nennig wouldn’t let the bad weather hold the Buckeyes back as the Wrightstown, Wisconsin, native had a career day at the plate. Nennig went 3-for-4, including a three-run home run in the second inning to get the party started for the Buckeyes. His six RBIs accounted for more than half of OSU’s runs in the 11-2 victory. He fell a double short of hitting for the cycle. Senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger picked up his first win of the season after his 2.2 innings of scoreless work. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer, who started the game for OSU, earned a no-decision for the fourth time this year after leaving the game in the fifth inning after pulling his hamstring, Beals said. With the weather being the way it was, Beals said the coaches “just didn’t want to push it at all.”“Hopefully it’s not too bad and (Niemeyer) is able to take his start next weekend,” he said. Game 3OSU continued to pour it on in the final game of the series, pounding Bethune-Cookman for 15 hits en route to the 13-5 victory.  Senior pitcher John Havird (2-1) picked up the win for OSU after allowing two runs on four hits and a walk during his 5.0 innings of work. OSU’s offense across the board had a stellar day. Eight of the nine starters recorded a hit. But redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic and senior second baseman L Grant Davis perhaps had the best outings for the Scarlet and Gray. Bosiokovic went 3-for-4, including his Big Ten-leading ninth home run of the season. Davis went 2-for-5 with a career-high 4 RBIs, three of which came on a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. Even though OSU put up 30 runs over the weekend, Davis said the Buckeyes still haven’t reached their true potential.“We haven’t really been clicking as a lineup, as a whole,” Davis said. “There’s been certain parts that have been picking each other up throughout each game. I think that if we can figure it out, in terms of getting everyone clicking and everyone putting good swings on the ball, it’s very, very scary what this team is capable of.”OSU is next scheduled to head to Kent, Ohio, on Tuesday for a matchup with Kent State. It begins a four-game road swing that ends with three games over the weekend against the Maryland Terrapins from Friday through Sunday. Edward Sutelan contributed to this story. read more

Sports information directors The people behind the scenes of Ohio State sports

Although they will never make a single play on the field or the court, sports information directors (SIDs) make the headlines for almost every game. A SID provides information to media and fans, which can include working on media guides, updating a team’s Twitter feed and updating live statistics during games, said SID and assistant director of athletics communications at OSU Brett Rybak. “You’re kind of the intermediary between the media and the team,” said Rybak. “We’ll set up interviews and release information to various media outlets after games.” Rybak, in his third year with OSU, worked in the sports information department while he was an undergraduate at Otterbein University. During his senior year at Otterbein, Rybak was a student intern in the OSU athletics communications. In 2012, Rybak worked as the SID for OSU women’s soccer, baseball, women’s gymnastics, rifle and pistol teams as well as helped with men’s basketball and football. For those who work in media, like former Lantern editor-in-chief Zack Meisel, a SID is the middle-man between student-athletes and the media. “It’s a unique role and a critical one in sports,” said Meisel, who currently works for MLB.com. “There’s always going to be that separation between players and reporters. The SIDs are the ones who will set everything up, make sure the media has what it needs and at the same time makes sure that the players have the privacy and security they need because you can’t just go directly to a player for something.” Meisel said OSU’s system, which has many directors covering multiple sports, works well. “If you’re going to be a reporter and cover Ohio State, it obviously helps to get to know the SIDs a little bit,” Meisel said. “When I started out, I introduced myself to as many as I could, just to avoid potential snags.” Another former Buckeye sportswriter said he had mostly positive experiences with SIDs, but journalists must be wary of the information they give. “You just have to be careful as a journalist not to fall into a trap of where you’re taking everything they feed you,” said Grant Freking, a sportswriter for the Greenfield Daily Reporter in Greenfield, Ind. “They’re not going to give you the story; they’re going to give you what you ask for. You can’t just rely on them or expect them to go above and beyond for you. You accept what they give you and have to ask for something else in return so you can get that extra layer.” Rybak said he tries to maintain a good working relationship with not only the media, but the teams as well. “I think it’s a professional relationship of mutual respect,” Rybak said of the coaches and athletes. “They know what I have to do and I know what they have to do. For them, the most important thing is playing the game and stuff like that. So you take that into account, but I have to get my job done as well.” Since the SIDs work closely with sports teams each season, the players and coaches form relationships with them and have their own opinions of the SIDs. “Well, (Rybak) means a lot to me,” said OSU baseball coach Greg Beals. “He helps coordinate all these (media-related) activities and stuff that goes on. I’m a baseball guy. I’d prefer to be out there on the field in uniform instead of in front of cameras. He helps coordinate that.” Beals said Rybak also collects information and statistics the team finds useful. “The other thing is that I’m a numbers guy,” Beals said. “So he makes sure we get the stats and I have all the information I need to crunch my special numbers and do some things for our players. I like to motivate them with different numbers than just batting average and that stuff.” Both journalists and coaches agreed that SIDs play important roles for their respective jobs during games. Rybak said it’s tough work, but that it can be rewarding. “Fifteen-hour days aren’t out of the question, that’s for sure,” Rybak said. “It’s definitely not easy, but it has its rewards as well. I’d be paying attention to sports anyways, so why not make a career out of it? I get to pay attention to sports every day. On top of that, you get to get stories out of the student-athletes. I’d say that’s the most rewarding part of it.” read more

Official Real Sociedad sign Theo Hernandez on loan from Madrid

first_imgReal Sociedad have confirmed the signing of Theo Hernandez on a season-long loan deal from Real MadridThe Spanish left-back has fallen completely out of the favour at Los Blancos following Julen Loptegui’s appointment as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement and sought a move away this summer in order to ensure that he will be able to rediscover his best form with regular football.Hernandez had only joined Real last year from city rivals Atletico Madrid after impressing them during his loan stint with Alaves.The 20-year-old has now passed his medical examination at the Basque city, which took place earlier this morning, with Sociedad confirming the news that he will be with them until June 2019.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.“Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad have agreed to the transfer of Theo Hernandez for the next season, until June 30, 2019,” read a statement.An official presentation will take place later in the forthcoming week.Hernandez made just 23 appearances in all competitions for Real last season.last_img read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more

25 year old male arrested and charged for Robbery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives if the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have formally Charged and Cautioned a 25 year old male with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm in connection with a report Thursday 11th May 2017 in Kew Town Providenciales.Around 8:31pm that day, officers responded to the Shanda Bar after receiving reports of a Robbery and that the culprit was subdued by someone outside of the bar. Upon arrival, the victim was located and told officers that the 25 year old male approached him with a scarf over his face and demanded money. After he told the man he has no money and walk off, the culprit pulled what appears to be a gun and followed him into the bar. HE ordered the victim out of the bar and while back on the outside, he was tackled to the ground and held down until police arrival. In his possession was a Black and Pink BB Gun.He was arrested and taken to the station. He will be taken to court sometime later this week.Press Release: RTCIPF#KewTownrobbery#25yearoldmalecharged Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#25yearoldmalecharged, #KewTownrobberylast_img read more

Alaskas Mt Redoubt Volcano Ranked As Very High Threat By Government

first_imgThe U.S. Geological Survey is updating its volcano threat assessments for the first time since 2005. The danger list is topped by Hawaii’s Kilauea, which has been erupting this year. The others in the top five are Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington, Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano and California’s Mount Shasta. The agency says a dozen volcanoes have jumped in threat level since 2005. Twenty others dropped in threat level. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享WASHINGTON (AP) – Government scientists are classifying 18 U.S. volcanoes as a “very high threat” because of what’s been happening inside them and how close they are to people.center_img Among those where the threat score is higher are Alaska’s Redoubt, Mount Okmok, Akutan Island and Mount Spurr. Threat scores also rose for Oregon’s Newberry Volcano and Wyoming’s Yellowstone.last_img read more

HGTV Magazine Boosting Rate Base Twice in 2013

first_imgFood Network magazine, the first joint venture between Hearst and Scripps, has seen similar success. That title has gone through seven rate base increases, now at 1.45 million from a launch rate base of 400,000. That title also launched with two test issues and quickly scaled to 900,000 after those tests.The jump for HGTV is a good sign for the brand, at least in terms of its survivability alongside the rest of Hearst’s magazines. “Magazines with 300,000 units of circulation aren’t optimal for us—we’re really looking for 700,000 at the low end and 4 million at the high end, we need a passionate audience of scale,” said John Loughlin, executive vice president and general manager for Hearst Magazines, in an article for Audience Development magazine examining the relationship between magazine brands and their TV show counterparts. HGTV Magazine, published by Hearst in a partnership with Scripps Networks’ HGTV, is following in the footsteps of its big sister title, Food Network, by dramatically increasing its rate base in the next year. The magazine will jump to 700,000 with the January/February 2013 issue, then 800,000 in July. In all, HGTV will have increased its rate base 78 percent.The increase comes only 8 months after a test issue of the magazine first appeared on newsstands last October with a rate base of 450,000. “With the strength of the HGTV brand behind us, we have created a new kind of magazine, home/lifestyle, that is resonating deeply with readers and is building incredible momentum in the marketplace,” says HGTV chief revenue officer/publisher Dan Fuchs in a statement.In the fourth quarter of 2011, the magazine tested two issues, then debuted with the first official issue in June/July. Three more issues are planned for 2012. The first test issue blew through its distribution and Hearst did another press run of 135,000 more copies.last_img read more

LT expects defence orders worth Rs 50000 crore in 3 years

first_imgEngineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro is expecting to bag defence contracts worth Rs. 21,000 crore for the financial year 2016-17. The company also hopes the order amount to grow to Rs. 50,000 crore by 2019.The company, which also has businesses in the finance and information technology sectors, is expecting orders in four areas of defence: guns and armoured vehicles, submarines, communications and ships, Mint reports.”We are chasing a market of over Rs. 80,000 crore, and we are hopeful that we will secure at least Rs. 50,000 crore worth of orders,” Jayant Patil, senior VP and head of Defence and Aerospace, said in an interview to CNBC-TV18.In terms of revenue inflows for the company, Patil said: “This year we expect some sizeable orders, at least crossing $3 billion, we should be booking in the year that begins April 1. So, the next financial year, we see at least close to Rs. 20,000-21,000 crore coming in. That should actually get us sizeable revenues.”Patil also said the BJP government had cleared defence orders worth Rs. 2.4 lakh crore in the last two years.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hiked the country’s defence budget to Rs. 2.58 lakh crore for the 2016-17 fiscal. The defence budget represented a total of 17.2 percent of the total central government’s expenditure.India has become the world’s fourth-largest spender on defence, following a 13.1 percent increase in its 2016-17 defence budget, according to a report by IHS Inc, a leading global source of information and insight. India has climbed from the sixth position last year.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Did You Know

first_img Did you know…?A student-athlete must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for practice, financial aid, and competition. If a student-athlete drops a class and becomes less than full-time, he or she is immediately ineligible for practice and competition. When adding a course to become full-time, the student is eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head and submitted to the registrar. See Bylaw 14.2 below for more information. Print Friendly Version 14.2.2 Requirement for Competition. To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, which shall not be less than 12 semester or quarter hours. (Revised: 6/1/07)14.2.2.1 Exceptions. The following exceptions to the minimum 12-semester or 12-quarter-hour enrollment requirement are permitted:14.2.2.1.1 Competition Prior to Initial Enrollment. A student-athlete may compete during the official vacation period immediately preceding initial enrollment, provided the student has been accepted by the institution for enrollment in a regular, full-time program of studies at the time of the individual’s initial participation; is no longer enrolled in the previous educational institution; and is eligible under all institutional and NCAA requirements. (See Bylaw 16.8.2.1.)14.2.2.1.2 Eligibility Between Terms. To be eligible for competition that takes place between terms (including competition between a student-athlete’s final term as an undergraduate student and first term as a graduate or post baccalaureate student), the student-athlete shall: (Revised: 1/11/89, 3/27/18)    (a) Have been registered for the required minimum full-time load (see Bylaw 14.2.2) at the conclusion of the term immediately preceding the date of competition, if the     student is continuing enrollment; or    (b) Be accepted for enrollment as a regular full-time student for the regular term immediately following if the student is either continuing enrollment or beginning enrollment     (see Bylaw 14.4.3.4).14.2.2.1.3 Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete may compete while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements. Thereafter, the student shall forfeit eligibility in all sports, unless the student completes all degree requirements during that semester or quarter and is eligible to receive the baccalaureate diploma on the institution’s next degree-granting date. (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/16/93, 1/10/95, 2/1/05, 11/1/07 effective 8/1/08, 1/14/12, 8/21/12, 3/27/18)14.2.2.1.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible to compete while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for regular-season competition that occurs after the term and any postseason event that begins within 60 days following the term. A student-athlete who attends a quarter-system institution and who graduates at the end of the winter quarter may compete in any postseason event (and preceding regular-season competition) that occurs during the same academic year following the completion of the winter quarter. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, Revised: 3/27/18) Story Links 14.2 Full-Time Enrollment.14.2.1 Requirement for Practice. To be eligible to participate in organized practice sessions, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree as defined by the regulations of the certifying institution. (See Bylaw 12.8.2.5.) [D] (Revised: 1/10/92, 10/28/99,3/27/18)14.2.1.2 Drop/Add Course. A student-athlete no longer shall be considered enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (after dropping a course that places the student below full-time status) when the dropped course becomes official in accordance with procedures determined by the institution for all students. A student who is adding a course to reach full-time status shall become eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head (or designated representative) and submitted to the registrar. (Adopted: 1/10/92)14.2.1.3 Exception—Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete with athletics eligibility remaining may participate in organized practice sessions while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements, as determined by the faculty of the institution. (Revised: 3/27/18)14.2.1.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible for practice while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for practice during the remainder of the institution’s season, including postseason events. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 3/27/18)14.2.1.6 Exception—Practice During First Week of Class. A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)last_img read more

Facebook Resets Access to 90 Million Accounts Following Security Breach

first_imgFacebook clarified during a second call with media Friday afternoon that the breach also potentially gave hackers access to third-party apps and websites that use Facebook’s login, including the company’s own Messenger and Instagram apps. Users who find themselves unable to log into third-party apps with their Facebook accounts may have to disconnect those apps from their account, and then reconnect them to regain access.Facebook said that it was working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to help investigate the breach.“We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based,” Facebook’s VP of product management Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post. “We’re working hard to better understand these details — and we will update this post when we have more information, or if the facts change. In addition, if we find more affected accounts, we will immediately reset their access tokens.”At the center of the hack was a Facebook feature that allows users to view their own Facebook page the way other users with different access levels — friends, family, or unknown users — would see it. This “view as” feature could apparently be exploited to also steal access tokens to take over third-party accounts.“We’re temporarily turning off the ‘View As’ feature while we conduct a thorough security review,” Rosen wrote Friday. Users who have been affected by the breach will have to log back into their Facebook account, and the company said that it would post a note atop of their newsfeed explaining the situation.Rosen explained during Friday’s call that the company inadvertently introduced three bugs when it updated changes to its video uploader in July of 2017. However, the company didn’t discover that these bugs could be used to hack its system until this week. It informed law enforcement about it on Wednesday, and disabled the vulnerability late Thursday.The company decided to disable access tokens for another 40 million users as a precautionary measure because it found that the profiles of those users were browsed with the “view as” feature enabled. However, this could have also been a legitimate use of the feature. Facebook does not yet know whether the hack was initiated by nation-state actors, but Rosen said Friday that the 50 million users targeted were seemingly a broad slice of Facebook’s users. The company did notify European authorities about the breach, something that it is required to do under Europe’s new privacy laws if European users were affected.“The reality is, we face constant attacks,” Zuckerberg said during Friday’s call. He added that he was happy that this particular breach was uncovered, but that the company had to step up its security efforts going forward. “We need to prevent this from happening in the first place.”Update: 2:42pm: This post was updated with additional information on the data breach.POPULAR ON VARIETY: ×’Sorry For Your Loss’ – TIFF 2018Volume 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 Up’It: Chapter Two’ Cast Feeling Pressure For Box Office Success?01:44 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/facebook-security-breach-1202961260/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0006:0106:01More Videos01:44’It: Chapter Two’ Cast Feeling Pressure For Box Office Success?02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201900:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title01:08Naughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title00:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ FinaleClosecenter_img Facebook has reset the access to 90 million user accounts after finding a security breach, forcing the affected users to log back into their accounts, the company announced Friday. The breach allowed hackers to access other people’s accounts, and directly affected 50 million of those accounts.“We patched the issue last night,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a press call Friday. “We do not yet know whether any private information was accessed.” The company said that it doesn’t yet know whether the breach was used by anyone to access any personal information, including private messages, from those 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. It did confirm that hackers were able to access profile information, including age, gender, and place of residence, but that they didn’t have access to any credit card information.last_img read more

Platforming and Tower Defense Aegis Defenders is Just Two Things

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Among its other successes following its debut last year, the Nintendo Switch established itself as a great home for independent games. Picking up the torch from the failed PlayStation Vita, the Switch’s power and form factor allow you to play intriguing indie games on the go while also not sacrificing a home console experience with the more modest titles.In 2018 that trend continues with prominent Switch indies like Celeste and Dandara. Although they may be on other platforms as well, the console/handheld hybrid just adds that extra boost. And now, also getting that boost is Aegis Defenders, a new game that’s half co-op platformer and half tower defense, just two video game things.We don’t mean to sound reductive, though. The developers at GUTS Department didn’t successfully crowdfund Aegis Defenders four years ago just because it merges two staple gaming genres. They sold the game on the promising gameplay potential that pairing could provide, as well as the setting that gameplay takes place in.AdChoices广告Inspired by 16-bit fantasy classics, Aegis Defenders has players teaming up to stop an evil empire with ancient technological weapons. It’s all rendered in gorgeous and fluid pixel art, including cameos from other throwback indie stars like Shovel Knight. Each players chooses from among four unique characters, who have illustrated portraits along with in-game sprites.The co-operative element comes from managing the fact that each character has their own special skills. The devs compare the 2D platforming segments to Metroidvanias, a genre dependent on exploring dangerous new territory full of hostile monsters using strange items. So you’ll have to rely on each other to survive and salvage. Or swap between the characters yourself at anytime. Meanwhile, the other half of the game is 18 levels of tower defense action where you strategically fight off waves of invaders daring to set foot in your home base.Splitting your time between exploring and defending sounds like a nice way keep things varied, almost like splitting your time between hunting monsters and cooking them. Plus anything is better with great art and great friends. But don’t take our word for it. Aegis Defenders launches February 8 for $20 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.Note: Aegis Defenders is published by Humble Bundle, part of the same company as Geek.com.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Grey hair linked to higher heart disease risk in men

first_imgMen with more grey hair – irrespective of age – may be at increased risk of heart disease, warns a new study.”Our findings suggest that, irrespective of chronological age, hair greying indicates biological age and could be a warning sign of increased cardiovascular risk,” said Irini Samuel, a cardiologist at Cairo University, Egypt. Atherosclerosis, build-up of fatty material inside the arteries, and hair greying share similar mechanisms such as impaired DNA repair, oxidative stress, inflammation, hormonal changes and senescence of functional cells. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Atherosclerosis and hair greying occur through similar biological pathways and the incidence of both increases with age,” Samuel added. This study – presented at EuroPrevent 2017, annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), being held at Malaga, Spain from April 6-8 – involved 545 adult men.The researchers assessed the prevalence of grey hair in patients with coronary artery disease – usually caused by atherosclerosis – and whether it was an independent risk marker of disease. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe amount of grey hair was graded using the hair whitening score – one referring to pure black hair, two to black more than white, three to black equals white, four to white more than black, and five to pure white. Data was collected on traditional cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, diabetes, smoking, dyslipidaemia and family history of coronary artery disease.The researchers found that a high hair whitening score (grade three or more) was associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease independent of chronological age and established cardiovascular risk factors. Patients with coronary artery disease had a statistically significant higher hair whitening score and higher coronary artery calcification than those without coronary artery disease.”A larger study including men and women is required to confirm the association between hair greying and cardiovascular disease in patients without other known cardiovascular risk factors,” Samuel said.”Further research is needed, in coordination with dermatologists, to learn more about the causative genetic and possible avoidable environmental factors that determine hair whitening,” she add.last_img read more

Speed Up Your Site With AJAX

first_imgMarch 1, 2007 This story appears in the March 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Melissa Campanelli is a marketing and technology writer in New York City. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Want to increase the interactivity, speed and usability of your web pages? AJAX could be the answer. Short for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, AJAX is a web development technique for creating interactive web applications. In general, it makes web pages feel more responsive by exchanging small amounts of data with a server behind the scenes so an entire web page does not have to be reloaded each time the user makes a change.The benefits are obvious to Fairytale Brownies in Chandler, Arizona, which recently implemented AJAX to speed up the checkout process on its site. Founded in 1992 by childhood friends Eileen Joy Spitalny and David Kravetz, both 40, Fairytale Brownies is the nation’s leading purveyor of mail-order gourmet brownies, with 2007 sales projections of $8.9 million. When the company recently redesigned its website to make its brownies look more appealing, it used AJAX to speed up the gift list checkout section.”This gift list shows our customers who received gifts from them before,” explains Spitalny. “It’s a very popular feature, but we wanted to make it as quick and easy to use as possible.”Before AJAX, any change to addresses, ship dates, quantities or gift messages meant waiting for entire web pages to reload. But AJAX loads pages only once; changes need only small data updates. This translates into a smoother process that benefits not only customers, but also employees, who spend less time on the phone with customers.Fairytale employed an outside consultant to implement AJAX. Spitalny suggests finding a programmer who is familiar with JavaScripting and XML. She also suggests a visit to http://ajax.asp.net, a Microsoft site that provides free tutorials and starter kits to help programmers understand the technology.Before implementing an AJAX redesign, consider the following tips from David Fry, founder, president and CEO of Fry Inc., an e-commerce design, development and managed services provider in Ann Arbor, Michigan.1. Perform a usability test. Determine your goal in using AJAX and then select a small audience to try it on. If they like it, expand its use.2. Make sure AJAX doesn’t affect your search rankings. AJAX can distort search rankings because web crawlers have to parse the information differently. To get around it, you’ll have to work with someone experienced with the issue.3. AJAX performs differently with different browsers. Internet Explorer 7 is AJAX-friendly, but if you code your site to be compatible with IE7, it might not be compatible with IE6. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Emirates CEO says US laptop ban still puzzles him

first_img DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The chairman and CEO of Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he “can’t dig into somebody’s mind” to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries.However, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he believes U.S. President Donald Trump is a businessman who “wouldn’t want to affect American business” in his decisions.Sheikh Ahmed’s careful phrasing mirrored that of his rival, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker, the day before at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai.The exhibition last year featured a stand by the luxury hotel chain bearing the new American president’s name, but this year the company apparently decided not to take part.Sheikh Ahmed didn’t mince words, however, when describing what he thought after watching the video of a United Express passenger being forced off a flight. Those videos showed a bloody passenger being dragged off a flight in Chicago on April 9 by airport police after he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“Those people who dealt with it, they should be more professional,” he told journalists. “That is something that should not be acceptable.”Sheikh Ahmed also acknowledged the challenges facing the global aviation industry, saying Emirates was considering so-called premium economy seats, planned on launching a new first-class “product” this year and was looking at other measures. He even hinted that Emirates might work in closer partnership with budget carrier FlyDubai, another Dubai government-backed airline.“If I’m looking at it from the Dubai ownership of two airlines, I have Emirates, we have FlyDubai,” he said. “We can do something there.”He declined to elaborate. Emirates CEO says U.S. laptop ban still puzzles him By: Jon GambrellSource: The Associated Press Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Tags: America, Donald Trump, Emirates Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

RIUs top family resort in Punta Cana debuts brand new look

first_imgTags: Punta Cana, RIU Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group PUNTA CANA — RIU Hotels & Resorts’ most family-friendly hotel in Punta Cana has reopened following a major overhaul to its rooms, restaurants, pools and services.ClubHotel Riu Bambu, inaugurated in 1999, was previously refurbished in 2004 and again in 2010, but only performed a complete overhaul earlier this year. The five-star, all-inclusive hotel now boasts new furniture and décor in all rooms, plus refurbished bathrooms, two new pools (in addition to three existing pools) with two new swim-up bars, and a new gymnasium next to the beach. The Riu4U club for young guests is another new item resulting from the refurbishment.Culinary options have also seen some changes. The hotel has seven restaurants including the new Spanish restaurant Olé and the gourmet eatery Kulinarium. Guests will continue to have the main restaurant available to them with international cuisine, as well as the Asian Hibachi, the Italian San Angelo, the Palm Beach steakhouse and the Mexican Mama Juana.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckRIU Hotels currently has six hotels in Punta Cana: The Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa and ClubHotel Riu Bambu, which are located in the RIU complex. Clients also have free access to the Splash Water World water park, while the Riu Republica, the first adults-only hotel in the Riu Classic range, is located a mere two kilometres away. Riu Republica will showcase major changes at the end of this year, including 400 new rooms, four new restaurants, five bars and a new water park. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, July 19, 2017 RIU’s top family resort in Punta Cana debuts brand new look Sharelast_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away There are certain traits coaches look for in a quarterback that seem to be universally agreed upon. John Skelton and Kevin Kolb have exhibited these traits from time to time, but owning the attribute is what matters. A Q can get away without having some of these characteristics but there seems to be one quality he cannot do without.Size is important but a Q can do without. Most NFL scouts want their Q’s to be 6’4″ or 6’5″ and 240-plus pounds. Quarterbacks take many beatings throughout the course of an NFL season, some more than others. Collateral damage and mitigating that damage to a Q’s body is found in his frame and DNA. Although there have been many bigger quarterbacks that have had injury problems, most NFL scouts agree that body mass helps to absorb some of the impact. There will always be exceptions to this rule, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are the most notable exceptions, but there’s a reason why the vast majority of Q’s in the league have big bodies. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Reading coverage correctly and the ability to transfer what you see into a good decision is more esoteric than any other quarterback quality save for one. Reading coverage deals with the tangible of using the eyes in pre-snap reads to anticipate what an opposing defense might do and what coverage they might jump into. Taking the ball on the snap and watching where they go after the snap deals with the Q’s ability to think quickly and make sound decisions based on what he sees. This characteristic of quarterbacking is very complex and extremely important for all the greats…and all the others. But it’s not the most important attribute a Q can have in my opinion.Kevin Kolb has had more experience at reading coverage but the gap between he and Skelton seems to be closing.The most important attribute/quality/trait/characteristic I think a quarterback can have is pocket presence. Many of us call it poise or having poise in the pocket. It’s the ability to manage the rush, using mobility in a confined area, keeping your eyes down field, knowing when to pull it down, buying fractions of a second, feeling pressure, having a sixth sense, and the ability to escape the rush, get out of the pocket, extend the play and make something happen when all seems lost. If that happens, disregard the above. Comments   Share   Accuracy is important when evaluating a Q but it’s not a deal-breaker. Brett Favre was never the most accurate quarterback but he certainly experienced a ton of success in his storied career. Being accurate helps a quarterback’s stats but doesn’t ensure he is going to be good. The NFL is replete with accurate passers that never made it in the league.Kevin Kolb seems to be more accurate than Big Red Skelton, but this won’t be the fulcrum that tips the scales one way or the other.Command of the offense is something that seems to be more of a luxury for most quarterbacks in the league and is critical to success but it is not the most important quality of a Q. Cam Newton did not have what most coordinators would call a “command” of the Carolina offense last year but knew enough to make plays and good decisions while letting his supreme athleticism and talent take over. The intelligence of many Q’s fluctuate and their understanding and complete grasp of the offense is different from team-to-team.Both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have struggled with command of the Cards’ offense, getting in and out of the huddle and calling plays correctly. They are not alone in this regard and there are others that struggle with this attribute but it’s not what I believe to be the most important prerequisite. Although John Skelton has a prototypical frame for playing quarterback in the NFL and Kevin Kolb is on the slighter side, this quality is not fundamental to playing the position well.It’s not arm strength. Yes, most quarterbacks in today’s NFL must have the arm strength to throw the deep in, the deep out, the seam route and the go but there have been some notable quarterbacks that have had fine NFL careers that lacked prototypical arm-strength. Chad Pennington had a successful career and yet struggled to throw the ball in the air over 40 yards.This is not Kevin Kolb or John Skelton’s problem.Having a quick release is something that most NFL coordinators and head coaches feel is a prerequisite to playing the quarterback position well but it’s not the most important attribute a Q should have. With today’s fire-zone schemes and complex coverages, passing windows in the league have become smaller and close faster. This is why Tim Tebow (along with accuracy) has struggled to be a successful passer. He just can’t get the ball out soon enough to get most balls into a quickly closing window.Although Kolb gets it up and out quicker than Skelton, a quick release or lack thereof is not the difference between the Cards’ quarterbacks. This attribute seems fundamental to playing the position well. Michael Vick had excellent years as a scrambling QB but didn’t achieve status at the position until he proved he could throw from the pocket. All the greats shared the common denominator of profound poise in the pocket: Johnny Unitas, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. It’s not that they always stayed or stay in the pocket, it’s not that they were/are mobile, it’s not that they all had/have great ability to throw on the run either. But they all had/have great poise or pocket presence. The success they experienced came/comes from the pocket.It seems to me if a Q is hyper-sensitive to the rush, pulling down balls, feeling too much of the rush without keeping his eyes down the field, it doesn’t matter how big he is, how strong his arm is, how quick of a release he has, how precise his passes are, how well he reads coverage, the decisions he makes or the command he has of the offense. None of it matters if he doesn’t have poise in the pocket.Although a Q can use his arm strength, quick release and accuracy when out of the pocket, running quarterbacks that don’t show poise in the pocket and can’t seem to make throws from the pocket are chewed up and spit out — unless your name is Cam Newton. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation And most quarterbacks are not runners, they’re passers. How can a Q use his strong arm or quick release if he is looking to pull the ball down and run? How can a Q use his accuracy if he can’t stay in the pocket, where the vast majority of his success should come from? How can he read coverage well and make good decisions if he’s constantly feeling the pressure and pulling the ball down? And having command of the offense is all well and good but if one cannot execute that offense because he lacks pocket presence in a league that requires you throw the ball efficiently, how can that command be applied?Having poise or pocket presence seems to be THE prerequisite to playing the position consistently well over time. If a Q doesn’t have this innate, fundamental quality, how much of the other attributes that NFL decision makers value in a quarterback can he use?And this is why I think John Skelton is going to win the quarterback competition. He shows great poise in the pocket. Maybe he could learn to develop and improve upon all the other qualities one looks for in a Q?Or maybe Kevin Kolb will show profound pocket presence and play great against the Raiders. Top Stories last_img read more

Google is teaming up with TV manufacturer Vizio to

first_imgGoogle is teaming up with TV manufacturer Vizio to make casting capability from a mobile device available on Vizio TVs without the need to open up an app on the device, according to a report by Variety.According to the paper, Vizio is to launch a range of TVs with casting capabilities.Google has already added casting support to Android-based TVs, with a range of models from the likes of Sony and others unveiled at CES. However the Vizio models will enable casting without the use of any on-screen apps, according to Variety.Google merged the management of its popular Chromecast streaming media dongle with Android TV last autumn under Mario Querioz.last_img

I still get the impression that there are forces b

first_imgI still get the impression that there are forces beneath the surface that spell big changes ahead.The gold price traded in a tight range throughout the Friday trading session everywhere on Planet Earth.  It appeared that every time gold tried to break above the $1,740 spot price mark, it got sold off…with the sell off at that London p.m. fix being the most obvious.The high tick of the day at the afternoon gold fix was $1,740.50 spot.  From there, gold got sold off…and closed for a small loss…down $1.10 on the day at $1,738.80 spot.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 117,000 contracts.Silver traded sideways up until 10:00 a.m. in London…and then got sold down to its low of the day [around 32.05 spot] shortly after 1:00 p.m. GMT…about fifteen minutes before the Comex open.The subsequent rally got hit hard the moment that the London p.m. gold fix was in at 3:00 p.m. GMT…10:00 a.m. in New York…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close.  The high tick at the fix was $32.89 spot.Silver finished the Friday session at $32.63 spot…up 32 cents on the day.  Net volume was pretty decent at 37,500 contracts…as I’m sure that JPMorgan et al were going short against all comers in that 2-hour early morning rally in New York, because it didn’t look like a short-covering rally to me.The dollar index opened at 80.81…and then traded lower…with the low tick [about 80.63] coming around 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From there it rallied until precisely 8:00 a.m. in New York, before trading mostly sideways for the remainder of the day.  The index closed just above the 81.00 mark at 81.05…up 24 basis points on the day.The dollar index and the gold price were in sync right up until 8:00 a.m. in New York…and then broke down entirely.Despite the fact that gold’s high tick came at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, there was absolutely no sign of it in the share price action…as they were under selling pressure right from the 9:30 a.m. open of the equity markets in New York.  The HUI finished virtually on its low of the day…down 1.60%.Even though the silver price closed well into positive territory again, it didn’t help the shares too much…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.09%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 4 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.Over at GLD, an authorized participant withdrew 29,068 troy ounces of gold.  But SLV went in the other direction.  For the second day in a row, an authorized participant added a big chunk of silver.  This time it was 1,452,249 troy ounces.  On Wednesday it was 1,549,091 troy ounces of silver that was added, so a hair over 3 million ounces was added in those two day alone…and since last Friday [Nov. 2]…SLV has taken in almost 4.3 million ounces in total.  I’m sure Ted Butler will have something to say about this in his weekend commentary to his paying subscribers later today.Well, the good folks over at shortsqueeze.com finally updated their website with the latest short positions for SLV and GLD…but it was in the wee hours of this morning that it finally happened.  The short position in SLV declined by 9.24 percent…from 14,621,500 shares/ounces, down to 13,270,700 shares/ounces held short.  That’s still a lot of silver that’s owed to SLV…but don’t forget that 4.3 million ounces have been deposited in SLV since the beginning of the month, so this new short position number is probably wildly out of date by now.The GLD ETF went in the other direction, as the short position increased by 10.22 percent…from 16.99 million shares, to 18.73 million shares…or 1.87 million ounces in total.  That’s 58.16 tonnes of gold that should be on deposit at GLD, but isn’t.It was another big sales day at the U.S. Mint.  They reported selling 6,000 ounces of gold eagles…2,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 350,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 37,500 ounces of gold eagles…5,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,548,000 silver eagles.  Based on these sales, the silver/gold sales ratio is a bit over 36 to 1.  And as I keep saying…I do hope you’re getting your share, dear reader.The Comex-approved depositories showed that 935,196 troy ounces of silver were received by them on Thursday…and 554,126 troy ounces were shipped the door on the same day.  Of the amount received, JPMorgan Chase took in 785,407 troy ounces, bringing their depository total up to 25,030,654 troy ounces.  The link to that activity is here.Well, the Commitment of Traders Report showed improvements in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver…but certainly not as much as Ted Butler and I were expecting.In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by 4,054 contracts, or about 20.3 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position in silver is now down to 248.4 million ounces.The ‘Big 4’ traders are short 240.3 million ounces…virtually the entire amount of the Commercial net short position of 248.4 million ounces….and are also short a hair north of 45% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis.  The positions of the other 37 Commercial traders [the raptors] on the short side of the Comex silver market, are immaterial.Ted figures that JPMorgan Chase is still short a bit over 155 million ounces of silver on it’s own…and didn’t improve their position much during the reporting week, despite the big sell off on Friday, November 2nd.  Ted said that the raptors…some of the other 37 small traders [other than the ‘Big 4’] in the Commercial category…bought between 3,000-3,500 long contracts on that sell off.In gold, the Commercial net short position improved by 15,022 contracts, or 1.50 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position is now down to 20.77 million ounces of gold.The ‘Big 4’ short holders are short 13.10 million ounces of gold…and 31.9% of the Comex futures market in gold on a net basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.41 million ounces of gold.  So the ‘Big 8’ are short 18.51 million ounces of gold, or 45.0% of the entire Comex futures market in gold on a net basis…the same as silver.  The short positions of the other 39 other traders in the Commercial short category are immaterial.As you can see, the tail is wagging the dog in both silver and gold.Here are the ‘Big 4’ and ‘Big 8’ short positions show in “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions“…Nick Laird’s most excellent graph that lays bare the price management scheme in all four precious metals for the world to see.  The silver short position is particularly egregious…as it always has been.(Click on image to enlarge)The Bank Participation Report for November also showed improvements in the short positions of both the U.S. and non-U.S. banks from the prior month.In silver, 4 U.S. banks are net short 35,252 Comex silver contracts.  Ted figures that JPMorgan holds a bit over 31,000 contracts of that amount all by itself…and I’m guessing that virtually all of the rest are unequally divided up between HSBC USA, Citigroup…and one other U.S. bank…in that order.The 15 non-U.S. banks are net short 14,286 Comex silver contracts…and I’d bet that between 70 and 80 percent of that amount is held by Scotia Mocatta…with the balance split up between the other 14 non-U.S. bank…whose individual positions would be immaterial.From the October report to the November report in silver, the 4 U.S. banks reduced their net short positions by only 2,532 Comex contracts.  The 15 non-U.S. banks reduced their collective net short positions by 2,826 Comex contracts.In gold, 5 U.S. banks are net short 98,101 Comex gold contracts, or 9.81 million ounces…a decline from 10.62 million ounces held short in October.The 21 non-U.S. banks are net short 59,436 Comex gold contracts, or 5.94 million ounces…a decline from  7.86 million ounces held short in October.As I mentioned in the Commitment of Traders report [from which the data for November’s Bank Participation Report is extracted]…the big 4 in silver…and big 8 in gold…are short 45% of each of their respective markets on a net basis.On a gross basis [before all market-neutral spread trades are subtracted] the Bank Participation Report shows that…15 banks are short 23.6% of the entire Comex palladium market…17 banks are net short 35.7% of the Comex platinum market…19 banks are net short 39.5% of the Comex silver market…and 24 banks are net short 38.4% of the entire Comex gold market.Once the spread trades from each market are subtracted from the total open interest…then the short positions, on a percentage basis, shoot sky high…another 5.5 percentage points in silver…and 6.6 percentage points in gold.  I’m sure platinum and palladium would be similar.This is precisely what Nick Laird’s graph above shows in all four precious metals…except its shown in days of world production to cover those short positions…but the ratios remain the same no matter in what unit of measure the graph is computed.I thank reader ‘David in California’ for providing this Reuters chart that requires no further explanation on my part.(Click on image to enlarge)This next chart is courtesy of reader Anthony D. Cattani…and it doesn’t require any further embellishment from me, either.(Click on image to enlarge)Since this is my Saturday column, here are all the stories that were still sitting in my in-box up until midnight last night.  I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you.Liberals seem to assume that if you don’t believe in their particular political solutions, then you don’t really care about the people that they claim to want to help. – Thomas SowellI have a couple of musical selections for you today…one a pop classic from the early 1970s…and the other one was a ‘classic’ from Billboard’s Top 10 in 1834.The tune from 1972 that was a big hit…and the only hit for British singer Daniel Boone…a.k.a. Peter Charles Green…and I remember playing it on radio station CHAR when I was in Alert, North West Territories.  If you can remember the words, feel free to sing along, because I’m sure you’ll remember the tune…and the link is here.Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840) encouraged Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) to write Harold en Italie. The two first met after a concert of Berlioz’s works conducted by Narcisse Girard on 22 December 1833, three years after the premiere of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Paganini had acquired a superb viola, a Stradivarius — “But I have no suitable music. Would you like to write a solo for viola? You are the only one I can trust for this task.”Berlioz began “by writing a solo for viola, but one which involved the orchestra in such a way as not to reduce the effectiveness of the orchestral contribution.” When Paganini saw the sketch of the allegro movement, with all the rests in the viola part, he told Berlioz it would not do, and that he expected to be playing continuously. They then parted, with Paganini disappointed.Harold in Italy was premiered on 23 November 1834 with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Chrétien Urhan playing the viola part, Narcisse Girard conducting.Paganini did not hear the work he had commissioned until 16 December 1838; then he was so overwhelmed by it that, following the performance, he dragged Berlioz onto the stage and there knelt and kissed his hand before a wildly cheering audience and applauding musicians. A few days later he sent Berlioz a letter of congratulations, enclosing a bank draft for 20,000 francs.The viola is a strange instrument…and some string players, notably violinists, look on it with thinly disguised contempt.  One first violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra told me the most famous of viola jokes…and it goes something like this… Q: What’s the difference between a viola and an onion? A: Nobody cries when you chop up a viola… But, having said that, this 4-moment symphony is a jewel…and it took me many listenings before I began to appreciate the work for what it is…and it would be certainly included in any ‘desert island’ collection I was putting together.This video recording is from 1976…and features the Orchestre National de France.  Donald McInnes is the soloist…and Leonard Bernstein conducts.  It’s posted over at the youtube.com Internet site…and the link is here.I wouldn’t read too much into yesterday’s price action, although it was obvious that JPMorgan Chase et al were standing by at the London p.m. gold fix to make sure that none of the four precious metals got out of hand to the upside once the ‘fix’ was in.Although I’m happy that we’re enjoying a bit of a rally since the big smack-down on November 2nd…I’m still not prepared to break out the party favours just yet.  The Commercial net short positions in both silver and gold in the Commitment of Traders Report, although better, are nowhere near a wildly bullish buy point…so I’m still on the look out for “in your ear”.But, having said all that, I still get the impression that there are forces beneath the surface that spell big changes ahead.  It’s just the timeline that I’m not certain about.  One thing that I would be happy to bet some money on is that by May 1, 2013 the price of both silver and gold will be substantially higher than they are at the moment…as JPMorgan Chase et al can’t keep this up forever.  How fast we get there and how high we go, will very much depend on whether the bullion banks are still in control of the price as these expected rallies get underway.Will they be short covering rallies…or will the powers-that-be just stand aside for a little while and let the prices rise in sort a controlled retreat fashion…which is the process they’ve been using since 1999.  I don’t know the answer to that…and only time will tell.But I’m still ‘all in’.See you on Tuesday. 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