Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) and redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) celebrate during OSU’s 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn college football, anything is possible.The phrase “any given Saturday,” while cliché, rang true last week as a handful of ranked teams fell to lower-ranked or unranked opponents.With that being said, the No. 15 Ohio State football team is sitting in an interesting position.If the bricks fall in the right way, the Buckeyes could have a long-shot chance at making it in to the first ever College Football Playoff, something OSU coach Urban Meyer said he addressed with his team.“We do that every year this time of year and I just show the rankings and I show the teams … they are going to hear it and I don’t want them to hear much about it at all after our conversation,” Meyer said Wednesday. “When you look at it, everything is wide open. College football, this is a pretty open year.”OSU junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said no matter where the Buckeyes rank nationally, the mindset remains the same.“I think guys know (where we stand). Stuff got pretty crazy last weekend, but I think our attitude — we just try to go out and get better every week and we can only control what we can control,” Boren said. “We are going to go out, try and win every game, win a Big Ten championship and then after that we will see how things stack up and hopefully it will work out for us.”Meyer added that even though he held a team meeting regarding the issue, he does not want it blown out of proportion.“I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. We talk about it briefly, and we move on. I don’t think these kids care,” Meyer said. “I am hoping that they just want to get better and the thing we are most concerned about is we had momentum and it’s been taken away so we have to keep that momentum somehow.”That momentum the Buckeyes carried was because of back-to-back games in which the offense produced more than 1,200 yards combined — including 710 against Cincinnati, eight yards short of a school record.Boren said Wednesday that the offensive surge is because of the experience that the Buckeyes gain with each week.“I think we have grown a lot the past few weeks. We started off a little bit slow, but we started to get a little bit of momentum and we have definitely grown the past few weeks and we are still nowhere near where we need to be,” he said. “We just have to keep growing.”Meyer said he is concerned about continuing to grow throughout the course of the team’s second bye week in a month.“The first one I think came at the right time. You could see we played pretty well afterwards. This one, I don’t know,” Meyer said. “All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you. I am not used to the two (bye weeks) in the first six, seven weeks in the season. I always do research and this has never happened to us before. I don’t want to be paranoid, but I am.”OSU senior defensive lineman Steve Miller didn’t seem as worried as Meyer, as he said Wednesday that while the timing of the bye week has been awkward for him, it provides opportunities for other players.“I say it’s been strange, because it’s real early. And we really aren’t that really banged up yet, so it really isn’t that bad to be taking a break,” Miller said. “It’s been more laid-back for this break. Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return from their bye week Oct. 18 to host Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
While his season is over, Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is still raking in awards.The Big Ten Freshman of the Year was named a 2014-15 Associated Press first team All-American on Monday, becoming the 12th OSU men’s basketball player to garner that honor.Russell is also the fifth OSU player to be named an AP All-American under current coach Thad Matta, and the first since Jared Sullinger in 2012.Russell joins Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant and Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein on the prestigious list.The Louisville, Ky., native led the Buckeyes in scoring with 19.3 points per game this season, but scored just nine in OSU’s season-ending loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.His 675 total points this season were an OSU freshman record.Russell is projected in many NBA mock drafts to be a top-five pick, but has not yet announced whether he will return to Columbus for a sophomore season or declare for the draft.The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 26.
Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security, conference Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour, 26 Mar 2015 – The Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Conference 2015 was convened at the Melia Nassau Beach this week. This is the third year for the security conference which was cohosted by The Ministry of National Security and The Royal Bahama Defence Force. Conference organizer, Mr. Alexander Stephenson, stated that “CABSEC 15 seeks to promote regional cooperation and the exchange of information in order to combat transnational organized crime and to enhance security throughout the Caribbean Basin”. The Minister of National Security, Hon Dr. Bernard Nottage, addressed the conference on Wednesday morning where he appraised panelists and delegates of the government-backed Sandy Bottom project, a major financial investment and capital development project, designed to ensure that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is well equipped to provide effective maritime dominance for the security of Bahamas territorial waters. Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Tellis Bethel, also addressed the conference where he spoke on the modernization and decentralization process currently underway at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Captain Bethel stated that important keys to regional security include transformational leadership, government support and regional partnerships. Other notable attendees included: Ambassador Secretary of Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States, His Excellency Adam Blackwell, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union, Her Excellency Paola Amadei, High Commissioner of Canada to the Bahamas, His Excellency Robert Ready, Commodore Hans Lodder, Commander Netherland Force in the Caribbean/Director Dutch Caribbean. Countries and territories represented at this year’s CABSEC meeting were: Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, and Dominican Republic. Delegates from: Barbados, Curacao, Germany and Mexico were also in attendance. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
Kolkata: The North Dinajpur district administration has started the process of holding mini collectorates in every Gram Panchayat to ensure that every single villager gets benefits of the people friendly schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government.”The aim behind this mini collectorate is to reach every single doorstep. We have already held such a camp at Chainagar Gram Panchayat area under Hemtabad Block, in coordination with the block level officials of the Panchayat. We will hold similar programmes in all the 98 Gram Panchayats to provide on the spot services for enrollment in government schemes,” a senior official of the district administration said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the people inhabiting the villages of North Dinajpur have to travel a long distance to the district headquarter at Karnajora for availing various government facilities. They have to face a lot of hassle for the journey and at the same time, have to incur a reasonable travelling expense. “This will save their time and expenses. Most of the people living in the remote areas hail from poor financial backgrounds and travel expense is a huge burden for them,” the official added. The Panchayat level camps will have officials from Land & Land Reforms, Food & Supplies, Backward Classes Welfare, Self Help, Social Welfare, Transport and various other departments. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds administrative meetings at every district from time to time, to ensure that the people of the state derive the benefits of the government schemes. Inspired by Banerjee, the district magistrate of North Dinajpur Arvind Kumar Mina will now be taking his district officials to the remote areas so that people get facilities right at their doorstep. “We will listen to the problems of the people and try to solve them right at the spot,” a senior district official said.
Despite the fact that the silver price spent all of the New York trading session in the plus column, that state of affairs didn’t extent into the silver equities, as they followed a path almost identical to their golden brethren—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.28%. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about ten minutes away. Gold and silver are down a bit—six bucks in gold and a dime in silver—and both platinum and palladium are up a dollar or so. Net gold volume is around 18,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 4,600 contracts. Both these volume figures are considerably lighter than they were this time yesterday. The dollar index is rallying at the moment—and is currently up 23 basis points as of this writing—and just under the 93.00 mark once again. Of course the big news in the precious metal market yesterday was the third counterintuitive withdrawal from the SLV ETF within the last week. As I mentioned at the top of this column—6.75 million ounces were withdrawn yesterday—and that’s on top of the 4.55 million ounces that were taken out on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. And as I also mentioned, just under 32 million troy ounces has been withdrawn from SLV since December 1, 2014—and not a peep out of anyone except Ted Butler about this. Why this story isn’t big news on every precious metal website on Planet Earth is beyond my comprehension, as the gold pundits bisect and dissect every squiggle in GLD, the gold ETF—but pass on SLV. What is it with these people??? Here’s Nick’s 1-year chart of the SLV ETF showing the counterintuitive withdrawals beginning on December 1, 2014. The third counterintuitive withdrawal from the SLV ETF within the last week The gold price rallied in early Far East trading on their Wednesday morning before getting capped in heavy volume around 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time. It got sold down about six bucks from there, but once the noon London silver fix was in, the price rallied anew as the dollar index began to roll over in earnest. Then someone hit the “sell precious metals/buy the U.S. dollar” button at the 9:30 a.m. EST open of the equity markets in New York—and shortly before 10:30 a.m. the gold price was at its low tick of the day—and back below the $1,300 spot level, which had it had breached to the upside in afternoon trading in the Far East earlier on their Wednesday. It recovered about ten bucks of that sell-off by 2:30 p.m.—and quietly sold down a bit during the remainder of the electronic trading session. The high and low tick were reported by the CME Group as $1,307.00 and $1,284.60 in the February contract. Gold closed yesterday in New York at $1,292.90 spot, down $1.30 from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was way up there once again at around 177,000 contracts. Then the other question that begs an answer is why all the counterintuitive deposits in SLV between mid-July and the end of September last year as the price of silver fell steadily? Questions that are searching for answers that the main stream precious metal “analysts” won’t touch. Why? And as I send this off to Stowe, Vermont at 4:55 a.m. EST, I see that gold is still down about the same as it was just before the London open, silver is only down a nickel, platinum is up 4 bucks—and palladium has been sold down below yesterday’s closing price in New York. Gold’s net volume is around 25,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 6,500 contracts, so not much has happened in the last couple of hours of London trading. But the dollar index has rolled over—and is now down 3 basis points. It was up 23 basis points two hours ago. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Here’s the 10-minute gold chart from Brad Robertson. Note the usual high volume in New York during early trading on the COMEX. The chart ends around 11 a.m. EST. But not to be overlooked is the volume in Far East trading on their Wednesday. This is what stopped the gold rally dead in its tracks before the London open. Silver’s rally was stopped in a similar fashion. Midnight [12 p.m. MDT on this chart] represents 3 p.m. Hong Kong time—and an hour before the London open. Almost all the Far East volume was done by then. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 54 gold and 34 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday. In gold, the only short/issuer was JPMorgan out of its client account—and Canada’s Scotiabank and Credit Suisse stopped 41 and 12 contracts respectively. In silver, Jefferies was the short/issuer on 28 contracts—and Scotiabank stopped 32 contracts. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest in January increased by 25 contracts—and now stands at 115 contracts—minus the 54 contracts mentioned above. Silver’s January o.i. is now down to 37 contracts—and 34 of those were posted for delivery on Friday as per the previous paragraph. Surprisingly enough, there was a withdrawal from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant took out 57,622 troy ounces. But when it comes to the SLV action, words fail me. I must admit that when I checked the iShares.com website early yesterday evening, I wasn’t sure what to expect, although unchanged or a small deposit wouldn’t have surprised me. But what I found was one of the biggest one-day withdrawals in my memory, as an authorized participant took out a stunning 6,749,403 troy ounces. What the #$%& is going on??? Since January 1, 2015—11.3 million ounces of silver have been withdrawn from SLV—and from the beginning of December, just under 32 million troy ounces of silver have been taken out—about 1,000 tonnes of the stuff. Let me quote, in part, what I had to say about this state of affairs in yesterday’s column— Ignoring the price shenanigans in silver from November 28 to the end of December 2014—silver has rallied over $2.50 from the beginning of the 2015 calendar year—and not one ounce has been deposited. Only withdrawals. So it’s obvious that authorized participants, particularly JPMorgan, have been shorting the shares of SLV in lieu of depositing real metal, as the metal to deposit obviously doesn’t exist. The confounding thing about all this, is that only Ted Butler is talking about it. The other so-called silver analysts out there—and they’re all “so-called”—treat this issue like they would the Ebola virus. They won’t come near it. As I said last week, dear reader, you have to ask yourself why this is the case? This, and the manic in/out movements in COMEX warehouse silver stocks—and the record high silver eagles and silver maple leaf sales in the face of punk retail sales—are the silver stories of the decade, if not this very young 21st century. Why, why, why is nobody else talking about this!!! This whole thing screams of what some might call a fraud or a scam—and on a biblical scale! The good folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the changes in their gold and silver ETFs for the period ending Friday, January 16—and this is what they had to report. For the first time in at least two years, both their gold and silver ETFs showed increases from the prior week. Their gold ETF added 7,961 troy ounces—and their silver ETF added a chunky 378,623 troy ounces. There was only a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint, as they only reported selling 2,500 troy ounces of gold eagles. There were no in/out movements in gold worthy of the name at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday. Once again it was a big day in silver, as 717,077 troy ounces were received—and 148,096 troy ounces were shipped out the door for parts unknown. The link to the silver activity is here. Another day—and once again there was no December update to the website of The Central Bank of the Russia Federation. I’ll report on this situation every day going forward until it occurs. I have a very decent number of stories for you today—and once again I’ll let you perform the final edit. There appear to be two distinct forces to the budding gold and silver price rally this year – futures positioning on the COMEX and Western physical metal buying, principally in the ETFs (exchange traded funds). Futures buying by speculators on the COMEX actually began before year end, at the price lows of early November and in some ways is now quite advanced. Most likely in the COT report to be released on Friday, speculators will have bought more than 100,000 net COMEX gold contracts (10 million oz) and 40,000 COMEX silver contracts (200 million oz) through the close yesterday since November. Of course, traders identified as commercials (but who are really also speculators) sold an equivalent number of the paper contracts since early November, since there must be a seller for every buyer—and vice versa. Based upon the raw quantities of the equivalent metal involved, it is fairly straightforward to conclude that COMEX futures positioning was the prime factor behind the price rally to date. The flip side to speculative buying/commercial selling on the COMEX is that when the speculators are done buying, the commercials then look to induce those speculators to sell—and the risk of a sell-off grows high. I call this manipulation because COMEX futures positioning causes prices to first rise and then fall with little regard to what’s occurring in the actual world of gold and silver; but some are content to call it just the way markets work (or ignore it completely). Regardless of what you call it, the risk of a sell-off grows as speculators continue to buy COMEX futures and commercials sell. In fact, the only reason for why a sell-off might occur is if the commercials are successful in rigging a sell-off to induce speculative selling. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 21 January 2015 I’m not sure how you wish to interpret the precious metal and dollar index antics that occurred around the open of the U.S. equity markets yesterday, but it didn’t look like anything that resembled free-market forces to me—but that’s just my opinion. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals as of the close of trading yesterday—and it’s too soon to tell whether we’ve seen the tops of the current rallies or not. As I’ve said on several occasions in the last week or so, that decision is entirely up to JPMorgan et al. But, having said that, it would be my guess that they won’t have an easy time of it in the face of what else is going on in the world these days. Platinum got sold down the moment that trading began in New York on Tuesday evening—and then chopped higher, hitting its high tick shortly before 10 a.m. in Zurich. The price held in there until 9:30 a.m. EST as well—and after the sell-off, the price traded sideways into the close of electronic trading. Platinum finished the day at $1,269 spot, down 9 bucks from Tuesday’s close. The silver chart for the Wednesday trading session was a virtual carbon copy of the gold chart—and it was obvious that the silver price was headed for the moon and the stars before that not-for-profit seller put in an appearance at 9:30 a.m. in New York. The high tick in silver came at the same time as gold’s, but silver’s low tick occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Hong Kong time. The low and high were reported by the CME Group as $17.915 and $18.505 in the March contract. Silver finished the Wednesday session in New York at $18.11 spot, up 13.5 cents from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was very chunky at 54,000 contracts. The dollar index closed around 93.04 late on Tuesday afternoon in New York—and began to head south the moment that trading began in the Far East on their Wednesday morning, with the 92.25 low tick coming at 9:45 a.m. EST in New York. Ten minutes prior to that, a buyer of last resort had shown up to catch the falling dollar knife—and also kill the rally in the precious metals. The dollar index topped out at 93.05 just minutes after 12 o’clock noon EST—and started drifting lower once the COMEX trading session ended, finishing the day at 92.71—down 33 basis points. I certainly would like to know what happened inside the U.S. dollar index between 9:20 and 9:45 a.m. EST—as the volatility was off the charts for a bit. The gold stocks started in the plus column, but couldn’t hold on because of the seller of last resort in the metal itself. The shares hit their low at gold’s low—and then rallied quietly, but unsteadily for the remainder of the Wednesday session, as the HUI closed down 0.92%. Palladium rallied five dollars or so in morning trading in the Far East—and then hung in there until Zurich opened at 4 p.m. Hong Kong time, which as 10 a.m. Europe time. 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— E.B. is the editor of Strategic Investor. He’s also one of our in-house experts on gold. And he’s bullish on the commodity today… Here’s where he sees the gold price heading in 2019…We’ve seen three very big moves in the price of gold in the 21st century. That’s one roughly every six years.We’re about due for the next one and it’s likely to be the biggest yet.In fact, I think gold could eventually go back to $1,900 – and beyond.But we’re not calling for that in 2019. This year, I believe the price of gold will hit $1,500 an ounce. It will be one of the best-performing markets in a very volatile year for equities.Keep in mind, $1,500 is 17% higher than the current gold price… $1,900 is 27% higher.A move like this would be massively bullish for gold stocks. After all, these stocks are leveraged to the price of gold. Gold stocks can run a mile when the price of gold moves an inch.Of course, this begs the question… why would gold likely head much higher?Well, there are many reasons. For one, gold is a safe-haven asset. It tends to do well when other assets, namely stocks, do poorly. But there’s another indicator that’s signaling more trouble ahead…Below is a chart of the S&P 500 going back to 1992. The three red lines represent the uptrends of the last three major bull markets. Notice what happened the last two times that the S&P 500 pierced a multi-year uptrend. The market crashed. The first time, the S&P 500 plunged 49% from 2000 to 2002. The second time, the S&P 500 fell 57% between 2007 and 2009. As you can see above – it recently broke an uptrend that’s been in place since early 2009. As stocks fall, more people should flock to gold. This, in turn, will bode well for gold stocks.But there’s also another reason you should consider speculating on gold stocks. Gold stocks are downright cheap right now… Recommended Link Please click here to see what’s going on Specifically, they’re cheap relative to U.S. stocks. You can see what I mean below. This chart shows the Gold Bugs Index (HUI) – an index that tracks gold stocks – relative to the S&P 500. The lower this ratio, the cheaper gold stocks are relative to large U.S. stocks. You can see that this key ratio is as low as it was in early 2001… just as gold was beginning a huge bull market. — The Plot Against Trump’s AmericaI believe a very serious threat to the Trump administration is on the way, and some Americans are going to get caught in the middle of this mess. I fear that you could be one of them. Millions of people could stand to lose a lot of money… especially if you own stocks, bonds, annuities, or life insurance. Understand, I’m not a prepper. I’m not a “doom and gloomer.” After studying mathematics and philosophy at one of the most exclusive schools in America, I was employee No. 2 at a tech startup during the ’90s internet boom. I went on to become a part of one of the most successful internet media companies in America. But today, I need to share a message with every American I can. Because I’ve caught wind of a big move against Trump. One that’s going to cause massive problems in our financial system. One that could change your life in irreversible ways. Gold stocks include explorers, producers, refiners (or simply miners), and streaming companies, otherwise known as royalty companies.These companies are leveraged to the price of gold. This means it doesn’t take a big move in gold for them to take off.And that’s what we’re seeing today… Regular readers know why I think this.Right now, there are several key indicators flashing danger in the banking sector and credit markets. If you’re new to the Dispatch, make sure to catch up here and here. Gold stocks are rallying… See for yourself. The chart below shows the performance of the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX). This fund invests in a basket of gold mining stocks.You can see GDX has rallied 20% since its low last September… courtesy of an 8% jump in the price of gold. For comparison, the S&P 500 fell 11% over the same period. Practically every major asset ended last year in the red.Large U.S. stocks… small U.S. stocks… foreign stocks… corporate bonds… You name it.Investors would have been much better off holding cash or “cash substitutes,” as I showed you in yesterday’s Dispatch.And there’s a good chance cash outperforms major indices like the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.But you’re probably not going to move all of your wealth into cash. And you shouldn’t. That would be just as reckless as being all-in on stocks. And U.S. stocks are likely headed much lower… If you’re over 50 and know how to use text, YOU HAVE TO SEE THISThere’s no time to waste. Only 250 people will get a chance to take advantage of this brand new money-making opportunity today. 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And take profits when they come.Regards,Justin SpittlerCartagena, ColombiaJanuary 10, 2019Reader MailbagOne reader tells us how he invests in gold – in a similar way to Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker…I own several numismatic U.S. gold coins. I own buffalos, gold eagles, etc. I only buy from the mint because I think the online dealers cull what they buy. They market PGCS grades and what doesn’t have PGCS value gets sold to customers. I might not get a “70” from the mint, but I feel my purchase hasn’t been sorted and I may get a “70.” I only buy proof coins if available.– JoeAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us at [email protected]’s the Big Night…Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, E.B. Tucker will go on record with his next big prediction during a free investment summit. In short, he believes we’re looking at the growth of a new market from essentially $0 to potentially $400 billion in a matter of years. 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