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Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) goes up for a catch against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOn Monday following Ohio State’s 34-27 win in Bloomington, Indiana, OSU coach Urban Meyer addressed the media to discuss thoughts about the Indiana game and where his team stands heading into its Week 6 matchup against Maryland.Here are three topics that were covered by the coach.InjuriesDuring the second half against Indiana, redshirt wide receiver Corey Smith was carted off the field with a leg injury suffered when a pile of players rolled up on him.It was alluded to after the game that the Akron native was out for the year. On Monday, Meyer confirmed it.“My heart bleeds for that guy, and so do the rest of our team,” Meyer said.Smith had 20 catches for 255 yards in 2014 and this year had five grabs for 62 yards. He also played a key role on the coverage side of special teams due to his downfield speed.Meyer said Smith suffered a “similar injury to Noah Brown,” who was lost for the season with a broken leg during practice before OSU’s first game.However, Meyer said it is a possibility that Smith’s time in college might not be up as a medical redshirt is a possibility to bring him back for a sixth year.“From what I understand there’s a chance we can get one more year back,” Meyer said. “We’re going to see what happens.”Meyer also said that sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel, who did not have any touches in Saturday’s game, was limited in practice all week with back spasms but is doing better, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell should return to action against Maryland after missing two games with a leg injury.Areas of focusWhile OSU topped the Hoosiers to stay undefeated and top-ranked in the nation, Meyer said there are two ongoing areas of concern that plague the team: red-zone offense and turnovers.Meyer called them “two areas of strength in the past” that “are not strengths right now.”The Buckeyes had three turnovers against Indiana — two fumbles lost by redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall and an interception by redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones.The Buckeyes have committed 13 turnovers so far this year: seven interceptions and six lost fumbles. Their minus-four turnover margin is 101st in the country.OSU’s red-zone scoring rate of 75 percent ranks 108th in the nation. In 16 trips to the red zone, the Buckeyes have scored six touchdowns, hit six field goals and have come up empty four times. None of the six touchdowns were of the passing variety.Meyer said a discussion has happened about using a two-quarterback system with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett stepping in for Jones inside the 20-yard line, but no decision has been made.Assessing BraxtonRedshirt senior Braxton Miller did not factor in much on Saturday’s box score, but Meyer felt happy enough with the H-back’s performance to designate him a “champion” from the game.Miller had one run for 14 yards, and caught the first pass of the game for a large loss of nine yards. He was also flagged for a chop block that took away a touchdown.“He deserves touches,” Meyer said. “He’s an electric player with the ball in his hand. We just have not got him loose the last couple of games.”Meyer praised Miller’s perimeter blocking against Indiana, and pointed out that while Miller graded out as a champion on Saturday, he did not in the opener at Virginia Tech despite producing 140 yards of offense and two touchdowns.
With temperatures soaring in the capital, its important to choose clothes that don’t get you rashes, itching or other skin infections. From opting for anti fit clothes to keeping your style quotient up with sheer fabrics can help you in beating the summer heat in style.Here are some tips on keeping the summer cool and relaxing with your wardrobe selection.Stick to loose fitting clothes like capes and skirts, so that there is room for your skin to breathe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStyle yourself in the colour of summer. Shun the sun with eggshell whites and offwhites, wear pleated culottes and pair with a loose fit- asymmetrical cape, pull your hair back in an elegant bun and make sure you use water proof makeup to avoid sweat-smudges!The heat wave has taken over the city and to be comfortable and stylish at the same time opt for natural breathable and light weight fabrics like cottons, avoid wearing silks and bulky fabrics. Cottons and natural fibres like Khadi should be your go to fabrics. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTry wearing outfits that will not cling to your body. Go for anti fit long but structured blouse with palazzo pants as its an ideal outfit for the day and will keep your style quotient up and ensure you beat the heat.Summer is the perfect time to show off some skin, so don’t be afraid to show some skin, make sure you have your sunscreen on and wear super fun outfits like off shoulder dresses, crop cape tops, sheer shirts, short hemmed skirts and shorts.
(Click on image to enlarge) That’s it for the day…and the week…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase [in its in-house/proprietary trading account] will be the stoppers on the lion’s share of them. Gold spiked a bit in Far East trading on their Friday morning, with the interim high of the day coming shortly after 11:00 a.m. in Hong Kong. From there it declined until the London a.m. gold fix, which occurred at 10:30 a.m. BST…5:30 a.m. EDT. The subsequent rally made it to the London p.m. fix before a willing seller put in an appearance. The high tick was at that point was quoted by Kitco at…$1,299.20 spot…and the gold price then got sold down a bit from there. Then shortly before 1:00 p.m. EDT, gold began to quietly rally once again, but never seriously challenged the $1,300 spot price mark again. Gold closed on Friday in New York at $1,296.70…up $13.70 on the day. Net volume was a very quiet 88,000 contracts…give or take. Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was nothing special, as only 6 gold and 15 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday. Most of the activity in silver involved JPMorgan Chase, but the numbers aren’t worth mentioning. But if you wish to look, the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Another day…and another withdrawal from GLD. This time it was 86,957 troy ounces. And as of 10:17 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. But for the month to date, the mint has sold 32,500 troy ounces of gold eagles…13,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes… and 2,531,500 silver eagles. Based on these numbers the silver/gold sales ratio is 55 to 1. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they didn’t report receiving any silver, but they did ship 666,037 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here. In gold, these same depositories didn’t report taking in any on Thursday, but they did ship out a rather large 90,311 troy ounces…all of it out of the JPMorgan Chase depository. The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report lived up to its advance billing, as there was deterioration in both gold and silver. In silver, the Commercial net short position increased by a rather large 22.1 million ounces…and currently sits at 56.6 million ounces. Ted Butler said the number isn’t quite as bad as it sounds once you look under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report. In gold, the Commercial net short position only increased by 556,600 troy ounces. However, Ted says that ‘under the hood’ the numbers were much worse than that, as the Non-Commercial/Technical funds actually covered about 1.7 million ounces of their short position. I’m not wasting a lot of time on this week’s report because of the price smash in both gold and silver that occurred on Wednesday…and a lot of the deterioration mentioned in the previous two paragraphs has since reversed itself. As I said in yesterday’s column…the COT Report, when it came out on Friday afternoon, would be “yesterday’s news”…and that’s basically what it is. Since the 20th of the month fell on a weekend this month, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with their June data…and they did not increase their gold reserves in that month. The media was quick to pounce on that fact…and here’s a Reuters piece about it. Czech reader Matúš Pošvanc told me about a conference being held in the Hotel Falkensteiner, Bratislava on 26 September 2013. The conference is headlined “Future of Money 2.0” with keynote speaker James Rickards. Apparently there’s a 30 percent saving if you register before 26 August 2013. If you’re interested, you can find out more about it here. I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday…and I hope you can find time in what’s left of your weekend to read the ones that interest you the most. Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ seems very apropos at this juncture in history. It’s the theme song from a movie that needs no introduction. Matt Munro does the honours…and the link is here. The classical blast from the past is J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D major, BWV1050…with the incomparable Karl Richter conducting from the harpsichord. Otto Büchner is the violin soloist…and Paul Meisen plays the flute. It is instructive to note that JPMorgan was able to flip from being the biggest COMEX gold short to being the biggest long, but was not able to flip to being net long in COMEX silver; although buying the equivalent of 120 million silver ounces on a 35% decline in price was a monumental, if manipulative, feat for the ages. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…17 July 2013 Even with the light volume we experience yesterday, it was apparent that JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders were still out and about…in both Far East trading and again at the London p.m. gold fix. The precious metals certainly want to rally, but they’re not being allowed…at least not for the moment…and one has to wonder how long it will be before JPMorgan et al decide that they’re prepared to stand aside. That day is coming, it’s just a matter of when that will happen. I’m more than intrigued by that Reuters story about the Fed having second thoughts about the big banks trading commodities for their account…and even more intrigued by the fact that the story came out after the markets had closed yesterday. As I stated earlier, JPMorgan Chase is part of the Federal Reserve system…and there’s no way that this change of heart would have occurred without their full knowledge and consent. I await developments on this with great interest. The other thing I noticed was the fact that although gold and silver prices did very little during the week that was…and silver was actually down quite a bit…their respective shares put in a very decent performance, as the HUI was up almost 7 percent over that period. Does it mean anything? Beats me, but it appeared that someone with deep pockets was taking a position. We’ll find out soon enough I would think. The end of the July delivery month for silver is fast approaching and, according to the CME’s preliminary volume figures for yesterday, there are 271 July Comex silver contracts still open. If all of them stand for delivery, it’s a good bet that JPMorgan Chase [in its in-house/proprietary trading account] will be the stoppers on the lion’s share of them. I report on this every day…and I’ll be watching this situation carefully. Before closing, here’s Nick Laird’s Total PMs Pool chart for the week that was. After months of declines, the chart shows that the total precious metals held in trust has actually increased lately. It would be my guess that most of that would be silver going into SLV.
— Justin’s note: Regular readers know that whenever a big idea comes across my desk, I pass it along. And today’s essay is no exception. It comes from our good friend Jeff Brown.Jeff has an inside track on the biggest technology investing trends – and it shows. His track record includes successfully spotting the best-performing S&P 500 stock of both 2016 and 2018. In other words, when Jeff writes… it’s profitable to pay attention.Right now, Jeff says artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest money-making opportunities.Read on to see why 2019 will be a breakout year for AI… and the best way to start profiting now.By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech Investor“I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’”This was the first sentence of a 1950 paper called Computing Machinery and Intelligence, written by Alan Turing.Turing is a name you might recognize. Born in London in 1912, he was a mathematician, cryptanalyst (one who studies cryptographic security systems), and early computer scientist – among other things. He was a prominent figure during World War II, as he developed a method to crack the cryptographic codes used by the Germans.The story of Turing and the importance of his work were brought to life in the 1983 novel Alan Turing: The Enigma, as well as the 2014 film The Imitation Game.Yet, in the years to come, I believe that Turing will be most remembered as the father of artificial intelligence.One of the key concepts introduced in Turing’s paper is the Turing test. Simply, this test determines whether a “machine” – or as we’d call it today, an AI – is indistinguishable from a human.In the Turing test, a human interrogates two subjects – one a human and the other an AI – to determine which is human. The conversations taking place in a Turing test are limited to text, just like a conversation in a chat window or text message. This is done so the AI isn’t required to render human-like speech.So for an AI to pass the Turing test, it doesn’t need to be sentient – it just needs to appear to be.To date, the Turing test has not yet been passed by any AI. And while this isn’t a near-future event, I’m certain it’ll happen in less than eight years. My prediction is before the end of 2026.And that’s not a baseless prediction, either. Machine learning (ML) and AI software is improving month after month. 2019 will be a pivotal year for semiconductors optimized for running AI, which will only accelerate development. And as more and more companies adopt and implement AI, there will be exponential growth in application-specific improvement.Put simply, the more we use the technology, the smarter and more useful it gets. 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All of the tasks that consume so much of our time – making an appointment, disputing a health insurance claim, finding a receipt, replying to an e-mail, ordering groceries, looking up a schedule – will all be at our fingertips with the help of a personalized digital assistant: an AI.And while no AI has yet passed the Turing test, the technology is getting impressively good at performing specific tasks. Companies are compiling large data sets of information and using it to train AIs for their assigned tasks.I know that this concept might be hard to grasp. So I have a small favor to ask…Please check out this link to see a short presentation by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Or if you’re reading a printout of this issue, please use a computer or smartphone to look up “Google’s AI Assistant Can Now Make Real Phone Calls.”)I have to warn you, though… What you’ll hear might startle you.The AI makes two phone calls: One to schedule a haircut appointment, and the other to make a reservation at a restaurant. It’s so lifelike, the humans receiving the calls had no idea they were talking to an AI.This caused quite a stir in Silicon Valley. Many believed that an AI should be required to introduce itself as such before continuing a conversation, so as to not “deceive” the human on the other end of the line.There’s no other way to say it… It’s impressive. It’s so good that it’s not a stretch to imagine widespread use of this technology.And if you’re wondering how much AI technology is being used (or not), please consider this…Anyone that’s used a search engine… spoken to an Amazon Echo speaker… called into a call center… or driven a Tesla… has used AI without even realizing it. It’s that pervasive.AI is being used right now for self-driving cars, image recognition, speech recognition, facial recognition, high-frequency trading, network optimization, cybersecurity, and on and on.To say this is a high-growth market is an understatement. In 2017, the market for AI software was a mere $2.75 billion. Yet the forecast for 2025 is an astounding $78 billion. That’s 28 times larger in just eight years.The market for AI chipsets (semiconductors) is equally impressive. At just $1.6 billion in 2017, the forecasts are for $66 billion by 2025. 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Rather, I like to see small companies helping usher in entirely new technologies and new approaches to solving existing problems – and in some cases, companies that provide life-saving innovations.It’s these companies that will deliver outsized returns to investors in 2019 and beyond.The AI trend is just now picking up steam. Wall Street hasn’t yet grasped how important it will be. By reading this, you’re already ahead of the curve.To profit from this trend, look for the companies I described above: those bringing pioneering innovations to market.One specific place to look is the semiconductor sector. These computer chips power AI, and they’re getting more advanced by the day. Most well-run semiconductor companies will get a big boon from the AI revolution.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorP.S. As I mentioned, AI is not only transforming the way we solve problems and handle tasks – it could even contribute to life-saving innovations. And smart investors stand to make a fortune.In fact, I’m releasing a video that gives you the full scoop on the biggest investment story of 2019. Now, I don’t mince words… But if you think you have a thick enough skin to handle it, you can watch a sneak preview of my presentation right here.Reader MailbagHow do you feel about the progression of AI? Will you position yourself to profit from this trend?Let us know at [email protected]