McKinleyville >> Fortuna’s Hailey Dolcini earned her fourth Humboldt-Del Norte League Softball MVP award and Eureka’s Ethan Fischel, St. Bernard’s Garrison Finck and Ferndale’s Taylor Watkins also picked up MVP honors as the H-DN All-League baseball and softball awards were announced on Friday.Dolcini capped off another stellar season with her fourth Big 5 MVP award after leading Fortuna to its fourth straight H-DN title and victory in the county championship tournament.The UC Riverside-bound …
Tags:#Broadcasting#Fourth Industrial Revolution#IBC#IoT Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Alexa turns on the lights, the coffeemaker starts when we get out of bed, and the early news headlines automatically come on when we walk through the living room – welcome to the new morning routine in the fourth industrial revolution.As the era of the fourth industrial revolution also awakens, it’s rapidly redefining our society and industries. And while the previous revolutions were mainly about how humans changed the world and connected with each other, the fourth industrial revolution is focused on how machines are evolving and interacting with each other. It’s a revolution in large part being powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), and it’s still in its early stages.IoT is Big Business In the business world, IoT strategies are being implemented across a whole host of industries, including IBC’s area of expertise in media, technology and entertainment, given its ability to interconnect media across devices, services, connected cars and smart cities. It’s transforming costs, improving customer experiences, generating operational efficiencies and jump starting entirely new business models.Big business is pushing its substantial resources behind groundbreaking IoT initiatives, all of which are speeding up the pace of the fourth industrial revolution. Cisco forecasts over 50 billion devices will connect to the IoT by the year 2020, redefining the way broadcast companies work and provide content to consumers.That’s among one of the many reasons why Cisco is integrating IoT as part of its key strategic growth plans and product offerings. Its Jasper Control Centre for NB-IoT (narrow band-IoT) is now the first commercially available global platform. Cisco is working to build a portfolio of solutions to help companies, including broadcasters, get the most out of their IoT data.NB-IoT is expected to drive growth of IoT on a massive scale. Gartner’s 2017 Emerging Technology Analysis: NB-IoT forecast predicts there will be more than three billion NB-IoT connected devices by 2023. With it will come a dramatic reduction in the power and cost of connectivity, to the point that even the simplest things will deliver IoT services. This is where the growth is, the fuel behind the fourth industrial revolution. Everything has the power to be connected and it’s becoming increasingly cost-effective to do so.Cisco isn’t the only global corporation leading the way. Swedish multinational networking and telecoms giant Ericsson launched its IoT Accelerator Marketplace in February, capitalizing on the demand for collaboration within the digital ecosystem community. According to the most recent Ericsson Mobility Report, the massive impact of IoT is already starting to be felt, promising new capabilities and use cases, which are set to impact consumer services and industries embarking on digital transformations.Broadcast is Leading the WayAt IBC2018 in September this year, business leaders and broadcasters will come together to discuss and better understand the overarching trends happening at the intersections of the two increasingly intertwined worlds of IoT and 5G. The dawn of the fourth industrial revolution will no doubt be a topic that will dominate the conversation, in the form of IoT and 5G developments. Overall, 5G and IoT could offer revenue potentials between $204-619bn by 2026, according to Ericsson. Like Cisco, Ericsson and others, broadcasters are also seeing the endless possibilities of IoT, where there is value beyond just operational cost savings.One such area of growth and revenue potential is video. Kris Hardiman, Ericsson’s head of portfolio marketing for Europe and Latin America, has noted that when it comes to the IoT and 5G market verticals, enhanced video has potential for $96bn in new revenues, which would be a boom for both mobile operators and broadcasters.That’s why major broadcasters, like the BBC, are making future bets on IoT. Currently, BBC’s R&D department is experimenting with methods in which network connected digital objects can provide intuitive access for audiences to view, discover, control and share content.One such recent offering from BBC’s R&D department is the Playlist Button, a media discovery app. As part of its work on connected devices/IoT, the button allows listeners to add music they love from BBC Radio straight to Playlister, using Bluetooth and WiFi.The Broadcast and Consumer Benefits of IoTThe monetization opportunities IoT offers broadcasters are many, but the most obvious is the various forms of data they will have access to, such as demographic, location, behavioral and user preferences, coming from a wide range of devices and systems. Broadcasters will be able to put together detailed consumer profiles and use them to deliver real-time, personalized content across multiple screens and devices.On the user end, IoT is poised to dramatically change the viewer experience. For example, users at home will never miss a thing, as a connected TV will soon be able to automatically pause when it detects an incoming phone call, when a doorbell rings, or when users are out of the room.Multi-sensory experiences in broadcast is also poised to take off, as sensor-activated devices could have the ability to alter the environment of the room depending on the content being consumed. Take for example a vibrating chair, or audio and lighting adjustments to set the mood and atmosphere.A smart television could be used to manage any smart device in any part of the home, such as an oven or lights in certain rooms. Additionally, IoT deployed at sports venues will be able to generate data, which could then be delivered via the smart TV based on user preferences.For IoT to reach its true potential in the fourth industrial revolution, collaboration within the broadcast industry will be critically important. Companies like Cisco, Ericsson and others are making smart investments to help foster this spirit of connecting and working together.Now it’s up to broadcasters to continue the momentum, seeking out new and innovative ways to integrate IoT as part of their business models. If broadcasters are successful in these efforts then we can expect the progress of the fourth industrial revolution to speed up, and in the process, a path mapped out moving forward for the entire media and entertainment industry. Related Posts Jaisica LapsiwalaHead of Content at IBC Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Jaisica Lapsiwala is Head of Content at IBC. Her role is to drive the Event Content function of the business forward, developing the core conference and its connected live products whilst aligning these to IBC’s overall content strategy. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
Van Duc was again the provider, pulling the ball back for Duc Huy who slipped as he met the ball with his left foot but saw his effort from 25 metres fly past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.Malaysia cut the deficit in the 36th minute when Syamer Kutty Abba’s free kick from the left found Shahrul, who headed powerfully past Van Lam.The home side then got back on level terms on the hour when they were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box and Safawi curled a magnificent shot into the far corner of the net.The home side had a final chance to win the game in stoppage time with a free-kick by substitute Syafiq that went through the Vietnamese wall but was punched clear by an alert Van Lam.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam made a fine save in stoppage time to deny Syafiq Ahmad and keep the score level ahead of the second leg in Hanoi this Saturday.Malaysia exerted much of the early pressure in front of a capacity crowd of more than 87,000 but Vietnam took the lead after 22 minutes following a swift counter-attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefDoan Van Hau lofted the ball into space on the right for Phan Van Duc whose cross towards Duc Huy was cut off by Nazirul Naim but fell nicely for Huy Hung to tuck the ball into the net.The home side hardly had time to recover before Vietnam scored again three minutes later. Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Cong Phuong controls the ball duirng the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)Malaysia came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.Goals by Nguyen Huy Hung and Pham Duc Huy midway through the first half put the visitors in charge but Shahrul Saad halved the deficit before Safawi Rasid converted a stunning free-kick on the hour mark to restore parity for the home side.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue
This past Sunday night, Louisville took down Northern Iowa to reach its fourth straight Sweet 16. Senior Wayne Blackshear also became the first Cardinals player in school history to play for four straight squads that reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Tuesday morning, the school attempted to celebrate the accomplishment by posting the statistic to its Facebook page. Unfortunately, they screwed up and named Blackshear as the only player in NCAA Division One history to accomplish the feat. That isn’t even close to true, as dozens of players in college basketball history to have reached the Sweet 16 four straight times.Kentucky fans, predictably, are having a field day, claiming that the school is perpetuating a “lie.”…. “And the lie detector test determined….THAT was a lie!” @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/D1uwIpmGoJ— Jeremy Kemble (@IAM4UKWILDCATS) March 24, 2015UL Athletics sends out a blatant lie today http://t.co/ZTni2u97L9— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 24, 2015University of Louisville claims Wayne Blackshear is the first to appear in four Sweet 16 games. Kentucky has had seven players do that.— UK Cat Facts (@UK_CatFacts) March 24, 2015Regardless, Blackshear’s feat is quite impressive. Can we get a Kentucky vs. Louisville national championship game please?
ANN ARBOR, MI – DECEMBER 30: Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fans are still pretty pumped about the hiring of former Wolverines quarterback Jim Harbaugh as head coach. One has chosen a rather interesting way to convey that excitement. A Twitter user who goes by the name of Mark the Nomad has gotten a tattoo that pays homage to Harbaugh’s 1994 appearance on the television show Saved By The Bell. No, really.Mark claims that he’s received the most negative feedback from Columbus, Ohio. That doesn’t surprise anyone.I have a very important announcement to make.— Mark (@MarktheNomad) April 4, 2015I want all of you to stop what you’re doing and look.— Mark (@MarktheNomad) April 4, 2015So, this just happened: #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/jqlqyDoFsM— Mark (@MarktheNomad) April 4, 2015A huge thanks to those who donated to the tattoo fund on GoFundMe. I certainly didn’t think it’d pick up traction the way it did.— Mark (@MarktheNomad) April 4, 2015I had the best tattoo artist, IMHO, on the planet. If you’re in the Sarasota area, hell if you’re in Florida, go see Caitlin at Trap Ink.— Mark (@MarktheNomad) April 4, 2015You may be shocked to learn that most of the negative feedback I’ve received is via Columbus, Ohio.— Mark (@MarktheNomad) April 4, 2015If we’re being honest, it’s actually some high-quality ink. That being said, he’s probably going to get tired of explaining it to everyone he ever meets.
The Canadian PressNELSON HOUSE, Man. — A northern Manitoba community is grieving after three young boys were struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver who fled the scene Saturday night.A 13-year-old and two 11-year-olds were on Provincial Road 620, two kilometres north of Nelson House when they were hit by a vehicle with five people in it around 10:30 p.m., RCMP said.Investigators said two of the children were walking and one was riding a bike on the road at the time.The children died at the scene and when officers arrived, they found the vehicle empty.“There was no driver or occupants at the time, as they had fled the scene. Within a short period of time, the four occupants returned back to the scene and provided information back to police about who the driver was, as he had fled on foot,” said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Paul Menaigre. “I guess they went after him, but he took off.”Information spread quickly through the community and by midnight, the driver walked into the Nelson House RCMP detachment and turned himself over to two officers, who were on their way to continue looking for him.The alleged driver, who is a 27-year-old member of the Nelson House community, was arrested without incident and remains in police custody.“He’ll be facing numerous charges, including fleeing the scene of an accident and numerous impaired driving-related charges,” Menaigre said.“We’ve conducted tests and determined he was impaired by alcohol.”Menaigre expected charges would be laid by Monday.He said in situations like this, the community is likely to feel shock, anger and grief.“Alcohol is involved, it could have easily been prevented. So there could be anger in the community, because we’re at the stage of not understanding ‘why’ _ that’s the anger part _ and then eventually there’s the grieving process. We want to get as much information as we can figured out quickly, so they can begin that process,” he said.Grand Chief Sheila North of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a political advocacy organization, said several staff members from Nelson House are grieving.“Everyone knows each other and it’s a growing, prospering community,” North said of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, which is based in Nelson House.“They’re very heartbroken and shocked. I talked to the [Nisichawayasihk] Chief Marcel Moody as well. He says the whole community is deeply saddened and in complete shock that the boys have succumbed to this kind of tragedy. His own grandsons are friends with those kids so it’s very close to home for the chief,” she said.North said the leadership is very progressive and in tune with the community’s needs, but it can only do the best it can without more funding for infrastructure projects like street lighting.Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, sent condolences to members of the community on Sunday.“My heart goes out to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the families of three young boys tragically killed last night while out for a bike ride. Extending love and support to all who knew them,” Bellegarde wrote on Twitter.Others also tweeted their support for the community.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister posted his thoughts: “Our hearts go out to the families of three young boys who left us far too soon. To the entire community of Nelson House and NCN, we mourn this heartbreaking loss with you.”The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs tweeted condolences on behalf of Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and assembly members.Nelson House is about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 80 kilometres west of Thompson, Man. It is made up of four reserves, according to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation’s website.The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation has around 4,600 members.
March 19, 2019 1,502 Views With the Spring home selling season approaching, when might be the best month to sell a home? According to a report from realtor.comreport from realtor.com, i 2019, April may be the best time to sell a home. Specifically, Realtor.com states that between March 31 and April 6, sellers will be in the perfect “sweet spot” to have their home sold.”June is often considered the peak of home buying season, but our analysis found the first week of April is best for sellers looking to maximize list price, and also reduce the risk of price cuts and competition from other sellers,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com. “Given the time it takes from listing to close, putting a home on the market in early April positions sellers to attract buyers seeking to close and move before the beginning of school year.”According to the report, the first week of April sees the most home viewings, 14 percent more on average, and five percent less competition. Homes are likely to sell 6 days, or nearly 9 percent, faster on average.Additionally, sellers may find that they are able to sell their homes for more during this time: homes on the market between March 31 and April 6 typically sell for six percent higher than they would at the beginning of the year. However, as Hale said, June is typically the peak of homebuying season, and the average June listing is normally seven percent more expensive than average. What make the first week of April special is that buyers are less likely to back out for other homes, forcing a price reduction on a seller’s home. Homes sold in June are one percent more likely to take a price cut, while homes sold in April are one percent less likely to cut their price back.April sales may also be boosted by the lower mortgage rates, which have been slipping since November 2018. According to realtor.com, mortgage rates are now 4.5 percent or lower compared to November 2018’s 5.0 percent. Buyers may take advantage of these lower rates before they climb back up again. Homesellers: Now Is the Time Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage Rates rates Realtor.com sales Spring 2019-03-19 Seth Welborn
Michigan residents who rely on stair lifts to help them get around their home will have more affordable access after the state House today approved a package of bills to reduce regulations on installation of the devices.Rep. Pscholka’s House Bill 4163 and Rep. Nesbitt’s House Bill 4162 clarify that residential stair lifts are not subject to the same regulatory standards as elevator installations. Currently, Michigan law regulates residential stair lifts in the same way that it oversees commercial elevators. This misclassification means that state inspectors and commercially-certified contractors are required to install simple stair lifts, which is more expensive for the homeowner. The legislation approved today requires the installer be a licensed elevator contractor or certified by the manufacturer of the residential lift.“These bills are about keeping our seniors, disabled veterans, and mobility-impaired individuals in their homes,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Making stair lifts accessible to a larger demographic will improve the lives of many Michigan residents, which is why I came to Lansing.”Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said: “The current law requiring stair lifts to be installed by commercial contractors is outdated and a roadblock to Michigan’s competitiveness. I’m happy to see this common-sense reform move forward and will continue looking for ways to reduce regulatory burdens that save money for hard-working taxpayers.”Both bills now head to the Senate for further legislative action. Categories: News 11Mar House approves Pscholka/Nesbitt bills to make in-home stair lifts more accessible, affordable
US-based streaming giant Netflix has updated its Thai service to better cater for local subscribers.In a move similar to others in Turkey and Poland, Netflix said its Thai service now offers “a fully localised user interface”.This includes Thai subtitling and dubbing on “thousands of hours” of series and films.This comes after Netflix secured a carriage deal with Thai telecoms group and mobile provider AIS earlier this year.Netflix will also offer its Thai subscribers more 4K and HDR content, though there was no mention of local acquisitions or original programming.“We are delighted to offer a more local Netflix experience in Thailand where members can enjoy a variety of TV shows and movies – everything from globally popular Netflix original series to anime, kids content to Korean drama,” said Jessica Lee, VP of communications in Asia for Netflix.“Thailand knows great entertainment and now it’s even easier to watch the world’s favourite shows on Netflix anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device and at the same time as the rest of the world.”In further Netflix news, the SVOD service has revealed its latest Adam Sandler movie, which will star the comedy actor and stand-up Chris Rock.The Week of is a comedy that will follow the week before Sandler’s daughter marries Rock’s son.Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions is attached and Robert Smigel will direct. A 2018 premiere date has been set.Netflix has a multi-film distribution agreement with Sandler (Happy Gilmore), and is lining up two stand-up specials with Rock.Meanwhile, China’s Baidu has confirmed it will carry Netflix via its SVOD service iQiyi.
Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. Drilling has been underway on this road accessible project since mid January. To date over 36,000 feet have been drilled since January on the project, of which 30,000 feet have been aimed at resource expansion. Drilling remains ongoing. An updated NI 43-101 is expected to be completed in Q3. Additional drilling is also underway on Vinasale. Vinasale currently hosts recently updated NI 43-101 resource calculation of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisement All we can hope for is that we’ve covered all the bases in our own personal efforts to protect ourselves from what lies ahead.Gold got sold off about ten bucks during the morning trading session in the Far East. But the bottom was in by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and the gold price crawled higher from there until the jobs numbers were released at 8:30 a.m. in New York. The rest, as they say, is history.Gold blasted thirty dollars higher in about fifteen minutes…and this had all the hallmarks of a short-covering rally. Once that was done, the gold price worked its way higher from there until it ran out of gas…or into a not-for-profit seller…about ten minutes before London closed for the weekend. From there it more or less traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern close.Gold finished the Friday trading session at $1,735.50 spot up $34.20 spot. Volume was an absolutely gargantuan 230,000 contracts.The silver chart looks the same as the gold chart, so I’ll spare you the play-by-play on that. Silver’s low tick [under $32.00 spot] came during the Hong Kong lunch hour…and the high tick [$33.80 spot] came shortly before the Comex close in New York.Silver closed up 98 cents at $33.69 spot…but had an intraday move of 5.5%. Volume was way up there at 57,000 contracts.The dollar index opened at 81.12…and began to slide lower starting at the open of London trading. The real decline began at 8:30 a.m. in New York…and by 10:40 a.m. most of the decline was in…and the dollar more or less traded sideways into the close. The dollar index finished the Friday trading session at 80.17…down 96 basis points, or 1.23%.Gold and silver prices were almost the inverse of the move in the dollar index…but to say that there was an exact relationship between the two is a bit of a stretch.The gold stocks gapped higher at the open…moved a bit higher from there…and only sold off a hair into the close. The HUI finished up 2.77%.Despite the big move in silver yesterday, the stocks didn’t do as well as one would expect…and a few actually finished down on the day here in Canada, with Silver Standard Resources being the most prominent…although a few junior producers put in a first-class showing. But, overall, I was underwhelmed. I felt the same with Thursday’s silver stock price action as well. But, having said all that, Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.99%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 23 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday. Nothing to see here.For the second day in a row, there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV. One can only imagine just how much metal is owed to both these ETFs…especially SLV. I’m sure that the authorized participants were forced to short the shares again both Thursday and yesterday.In an e-mail from Nick Laird in the wee hours of this morning, he informed me that Sprott did an offering on their Physical Gold Trust…and added 172,270 troy ounces of gold to it yesterday…along with another 89,848 troy ounces of silver to PSLV. I have more on Sprott’s gold offering in the ‘Critical Reads’ section further down.The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 4,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 304,000 silver eagles. For the first four business days of September, the mint has sold 10,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 679,000 silver eagles. The silver/gold ratio based on these sales is just a bit under 57 to 1.It was a rather quiet day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. They reported receiving 600,848 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a smallish 30,599 ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to that activity is here.Here’s a rather interesting chart that Nick Laird sent me early this morning…and the chart title says it all. The ‘click to enlarge’ feature comes in handy here.(Click on image to enlarge)For the second week in a row, the Commitment of Traders Report was not happy reading. The Commercial net short position increased by another 6,346 contracts, or 31.7 million ounces. Ted Butler said that JPMorgan went short an additional 4,000 contracts…and the raptors sold another 1,000 long positions…and the rest of the increase was spread related. The Commercial net short position now stands at 224.6 million ounces.The ‘big 4’ shorts in the Commercial category are short 210.9 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ big shorts add another 40.6 million ounces. In total, the ‘Big 8’ are short 251.5 million ounces of silver.On a net basis, the ‘big 4’ are short 43.0% of the entire Comex futures market…and the ‘5 through 8’ add another 8.3 percentage points to that total. Adding it up, eight traders are short 51.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.Ted said that JPMorgan’s short position is now 26,000 contracts [130 million ounces] at a minimum…and that represents 26.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver. Ted was incensed…and you should be as well, dear reader. One trader holding such a position is outrageous beyond belief. The CFTC and CME should be doing the perp walk for this…along with Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan.In gold, the Commercial net short position increased another chunky 15,762 contracts, or 1.56 million ounces. Ted Butler said that all of the increase was the ‘Big 4’ traders going short against all comers. The Commercial net short position now sits at 21.94 million ounces.The ‘big 4’ traders are short 11.51 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.29 million ounces. The ‘big 8’ are short 16.8 million ounces of gold, or 76.6% of the Commercial net short position.On a net basis, once you subtract the market-neutral spread trades out of the Non-Commercial category, the ‘big 4’ are short 27.7% of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ are short an additional 12.7 percentage points. Straight addition shows that the ‘Big 8’ are short 40.4% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.Without doubt, the situation has deteriorated significantly once you consider the price action during the Friday trading session in both silver and gold.Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Short Contracts“. Over two thirds of the red bar in silver is JPMorgan’s short position. At 26,000 Comex futures contracts…130 million ounces…that’s about 65 days of world silver production. The tiny difference between the red and green bar in silver, is the short position of the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders. It’s easy to see that the bulk of the short position in silver is held by only four traders…and almost all of that is held by JPMorgan.(Click on image to enlarge)It should come as no surprise, that the September Bank Participation Report, which is derived from the same data set as yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report, was pretty ugly as well. During the prior month, the 4 U.S. banks that hold Comex futures contracts in the silver market, increased their short position by 8,295 Comex futures contracts…and I’m guessing that most of that amount would have been JPMorgan.The BPR states that these four U.S. banks are now net short 28,760 Comex silver contracts…29.3% of the entire Comex futures market. Don’t forget that Ted figures that JPMorgan is short 26,000 Comex silver contracts on its own, so that doesn’t leave too many short positions left to be divided up between the other three U.S. banks in this category, now does it?Reader E.W.F…who sends me a complete set of COT charts based on the Disaggregated Commitment of Traders Report made the following comment…”The U.S. bank net short position in silver hasn’t been this large since 11/2/2010, the day before QE2 was announced.”The 13 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex futures positions in the silver market were net long 828 Comex futures contracts in silver in the August report, but in the September report, they now are net short 2,801 contracts…a swing of 3,629 contracts in one month, but only 215 Comex contracts per bank on average, which is a rounding error in the grand scheme of things…especially when JPM is short 26,000 Comex silver contracts on its own.So, in one month, the world’s banks have increased their short position in the Comex silver futures market by 11,924 contracts…or 59.6 million ounces of silver. But it’s still a “Made in the U.S.A. by JPMorgan” silver price management scheme from top to bottom.In gold the situation is just about as egregious. The 4 U.S. banks that hold Comex futures contracts are now net short 84,583 contracts, or 8.46 million ounces…an increase of 26,894 contracts [2.69 million ounces] from the August Bank Participation Report.The 20 non-U.S. banks are short 53,434 Comex contracts in gold…5.34 million ounces, an increase of 12,861 contracts [1.29 million ounces] since the August BPR.On a net basis, the 4 U.S. banks are short 20.3% of the entire Comex futures market…and the 20 non-U.S. banks are short 12.8%…making the grand total 33.1% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.The short positions in gold are much more spread out between all the world’s banks…but in silver, it’s all U.S.A…and virtually all JPMorgan.Reader Scott Pluschau has posted commentary over at his Internet site headlined “Bull Pennant” forms as the “Triangle” target gets nailed in Gold…and the link is here.With some ruthless editing on my part, I managed to keep the number of stories down to a reasonable level, so I hope you have the time to at least skim them all over what’s left of the weekend.I have a couple of musical selections for you today. I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘child prodigy’ a few times in your life. Gifted children can be a blessing…and a curse. Having spent eleven years on the board of directors of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, I’ve met quite a few of various ages…and abilities.But this four year old piano prodigy is something else. His playing skills are only limited by the fact that his hands are too small to play any chord larger than three or four notes…and full octaves are still a long way off in this child’s life…but the gift this little boy has should be obvious to anyone…and he’s already a little showman to boot!I ran the video past reader George Miladin, who is a world-class pianist in his own right…and he, like me, was totally blown away. I thank Roy Stephens for sending me this video last night…and it’s certainly worth your time. It runs for 3:53 minutes…and the link is here.Today’s ‘blast from the past’ is a 1970’s classic by a group that I’m sure just about everyone on Planet Earth has heard at one time or another in their lives. The story behind the group’s name is amazing…and the link to one of their many hits from that era, is here. While I’m at it, here’s another.Well, there weren’t too many shades of grey yesterday, as it was up, up, up and away for gold and silver on the jobs report. But, on the flip-side of all that fun, was the fact that except for some early short covering, JPMorgan et al were the not-for-profit sellers again and, without doubt the Commitment of Traders Report will be even uglier when it comes out next Friday.Of course, there’s still that possibility they could be over run this time around…and there’s a very long list of people that would love to see that happen. My name is near the top.There’s not a person out there, including this writer, that really knows how this will all unfold in the short term…but one way or another, sooner or later, this will all end up like the London Gold Pool of the 1960s…and that’s very badly if your a bullion bank massively short the gold and silver markets. And there’s a very special place reserved in hell for the big silver shorts.But they certainly won’t give up without a fight…and there’s nothing meaner than a cornered ‘junk-yard dog’…and I’m sure that Jamie Dimon and the CME Group will leave no stone unturned in their frantic efforts to avoid a melt-down of their respective companies…and a melt-up in the precious metal prices.The problems with the mining industry in South Africa have not gone away…and will probably get much worse before they get any better. This is just another straw piled on the camel’s back as far as the bullion banks are concerned…along with imminent and ongoing debasement of world currencies as the various central banks try to fix an international solvency problem via the printing press.As everyone with two synapse to rub together already knows…you can’t borrow your way out of debt, or spend your way to prosperity…but this is precisely what they are attempting to do.Here’s a graph the Nick Laird sent me yesterday. You may recall the very recent stories about India trying to curb its citizens’ never-ending demand for gold. Well, if you look at the chart of their currency vs. the yellow metal, it’s obvious why they prefer it over their central bank’s crappy paper…and it won’t be too much longer before all the world’s currencies have a chart that looks similar.(Click on image to enlarge)As I’ve said a couple of times already this week…all we can hope for is that we’ve covered all the bases in our own personal efforts to protect ourselves from what lies ahead. I’m still ‘all in’…with fingers crossed.I’m off to bed. See you on Tuesday.