AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 21-27. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.24 million.2. “America’s Got Talent Champions,” NBC, 9.71 million.3. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 9.42 million.4. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 8.43 million.5. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.33 million.6. “This is Us,” NBC, 8.23 million.7. “The Conners,” ABC, 7.74 million.8. “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC, 7.47 million.9. “FBI,” CBS, 7.4 million.10. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 7.23 million.11. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 7.15 million.12. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 6.99 million.13. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.75 million.14. “Bull,” CBS, 6.71 million.15. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 6.7 million.16. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), ABC, 6.56 million.17. “Fam,” CBS, 6.35 million.18. “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 6.28 million.19. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 6.16 million.20. “The Bachelor,” ABC, 5.98 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press Nielsen’s top programs for Jan. 21-27 by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2019 1:12 pm PDT
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LAS VEGAS — Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Charles Rivkin says Netflix’s addition to the group makes the entertainment industry stronger.Rivkin’s remarks are a stark contrast to how the streaming giant is usually referenced at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theatre owners and distributors, who generally see the streaming service as a threat to their business model.The MPAA chairman and CEO kicked off CinemaCon Tuesday morning in Las Vegas with his annual state of the industry remarks.Rivkin also touted the record 2018 box office year. The North American box office reached $11.9 billion and the global box office hit $41 billion last year.That growth was helped by an increase in younger and more diverse audiences.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 10:39 am PDT MPAA chief says Netflix addition makes organization stronger Advertisements for upcoming films including writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” right, decorate a hallway of Caesars Palace on the first day of CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), Monday, April 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
April 26, 2002 The theme of theevent was T.R.A.U.C.T.I.O.N.. Ania Gorka organized this auction toraise money for a much needed new tractor for the gardens. Dr. Sparks aka Michael Bittman filled therole of autioneer to perfection. He set a fast pace with amazingresults. Ania, standing next to him, is introducing each item with veryfunny comments. [Photo: T & text: SA] The donated items tobe autioned off were on display during dinner. There was a selection ofartwork as well as a variety of services like massages, reiki,breakfast to be served in bed, meals to be cooked, poems and songs tobe composed. And there was a donated guitar, a stereo and 2 televisionsets. [Photos & text: SA] Dr. Sparks and Aniakept everyones attention and inspired furious competion. For instance,the song to be composed by our as yet unofficial band was requested tobe an ‘Organic Farmers Gangsta Rap” that raised $260. [Photo: T & text:SA] The smiling facesare only a small indication of the general hilarity throughout theevent. >>from left to right>>Tyler Stewart, Adam Nordfors, BretSchneider, Nick Bortel and Alexandra Sheffield. [Photo: T & text: SA] The auction went oninto the late evening hours. Ania and Sparks raised $3040 with anadditional pledge from a visitor for $500. Another $1500 are needed forthe purchase of the tractor and further donations are very welcome.[Photo: T & text: SA]
December 4, 2003WINTER GARDEN: Paulownia trees shed their large leaves during winter and let sun shine into the garden. The agriculture crew is preparing beds for kale and carrots. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi] One of the tasks of Agriculture department is to manage the land use around the camp. Dried plants and weeds are used to cover the side of riverbed to prevent erosion. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi]
October 21, 2006 Alumnus Jeff Stein reports on the award ceremony: Here’s how it was earlier this week at the National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum in New York City: it was crowded, noisy, warm, and every man in the place was dressed in BLACK. First, of course, as with any great awards ceremony, there were DRINKS! And hors doeuvres. In a big tent, blocking 91st Street, in front of the Cooper-Hewitt, folks began to arrive, New Yorkers mostly, a little reticent to approach Soleri who was looking very smart in his formal-wear. Except for official photographers who would lead him away from time to time for portraits. A good interview is in this month’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Journal, multiple copies of which were available to party-goers. There were around 500 of those. There was President Roger Mandle of Brown University, chair of the National Design Awards this year. And architect Richard Meier. And Rev. Howard Moody; he is with us, as is Dino DeConcini. And there’s my neighbor Martha Schwartz, landscape architect from Cambridge. And Diane von Furstenberg. Photo: Alumnus Doug Lee’s daughter Sonya, all grown up, congratulates the award-winner. [Photo & text: Jeff Stein] No one was reticent about approaching Jim Labioda. “Pardon me,” said a tall woman. “Are you Governor Pataki?” “No, Ma’am,” said Labioda, resplendent in a tuxedo that we believe had once been worn by economist John Kenneth Galbraith. “That man right there?” he said, pointing to Roger Tomalty, “I’m his assistant.” By 7:30PM the drinks tent was full of celebrants; no one could move or breathe, a hint that it was time to traipse through the museum lobby and into the dinner tent set-up to cover the garden courtyard of the Museum. 55 tables of 9, black tablecloths, black stemware, bright red goody-bags, six giant video screens, and slinkys, that springy child’s toy, as decoration everywhere. Paolo was in the middle of the room at a table of award recipients, seated next to architect Thom Mayne’s wife, who was in a backless and low-cut gown, accepting an award on behalf of her husband who was in Paris instead of here. Food began to arrive at the tables, and wine; and speeches and video began to flow from the dias. In no time it was dessert and the award presentations. Spike Lee presented an award, mentioning that the Mets were up 1 to 0, bottom of the third. And Robert Downey Jr. said something cheerful about a young award recipient. Awards and their presentors move light and fast. Photo: Alumnus Jim Labioda and Arcosanti planning intern Mario Nuzzolese. [Photo & text: Jeff Stein] Then Milton Glaser presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Paolo. Glaser actually knows Soleri, understands the work, admires it all. This shows. The crowd, which till now was not thinking about much, slows down, quiets. And Paolo has a few things to say to this crowd, too. About architecture, about religion as dramaturgy, about our responsibility to the future. Paolo’s closeup is live on all the big video screens, his voice miked throughout the giant tent. And then someone hands him the award, a kind of extruded star a foot long made of some mystery material, and its over. Everyone toasts the winners with champaigne, some folks gather up slinkys (I think we’ll be seeing a few of these at Arcosanti), and now, with the ice broken at last, people do come up to Paolo to talk. More desserts and socializing and drinks (witnessing awards is thirsty work!) in the Museum which has thoughtfully opened its bookstore to the crowd. And night settles on the city. Thursday morning, the sun rises over the Atlantic to shine on Paolo Soleri, winner of the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. Photo: Daniela Soleri, daughter of Paolo Soleri, and Roger Tomalty, sans tie, emitting good cheer. [Photo & text: Jeff Stein]
December 10, 2007 We continue the report from 12/7/07 about interior finishing work of Unit 10 in the East Crescent. Construction intern Cameron Wilson cuts and installs moisture proof drywall and touches up the ceiling in the back hallway that leads to the small studio apartment. [Photo & text: sa] Alumnus Angus Gluck, wizard of fine plastering, stopped in for a day to finish the surface of the ceiling with weather proof coating. [Photo & text: sa] The apartment faces north and east and is a small self-contained studio with kitchen and bathroom. See 9/26/07 for plan of the apartment and location of the back hallway. The back entrance to the apartment is hidden on Angus’ left side. The door in view at the back of the hallway is a back entrance to what is now a recreation room [see report 9/3/2006] and library [report 12/4/2006]. [Photo & text: sa]
September 17, 2008 The music of Different Skies is exciting, accessible, imaginative, and fun for listeners of all ages and musical interests, from classical and jazz to modern ambient and meditation/healing music. Technology meets imagination to create an evening of amazing entertainment. Learn more about the artists at this year’s festival, and for a schedule of some of the jams and performances from this years workshop visit Stillstream.com. [Photo: sa & text: Cosanti Foundation, sa]
We are already looking forward to the next time they can come back and play again.To listen to some of the music they performed or to see where they are going next visit their website at www.almadmusic.com. The San Francisco Bay Area quartet performed an brief acoustic set in the Arcosanti Vaults and brightened up an otherwise quiet afternoon. June 15, 2011Alma Desnuda stopped by in the afternoon on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Residents gathered to unwind and listen to the soothing music after a long day in the foundry, cafe, construction, and many other departments on site.
The performance was scheduled to be in the Colly Soleri amphitheater, the weather was not cooperative. Right at the end of dinner, perfect timing, it started raining and everyone moved into the Crafts III cafe.There followed a terrific line-up of pieces from Giacomo Puchini, Arigo Boito, Alessandro Scarlatti and Guiseppe Verdi.The team of Dr. Lynne Haeseler and Jayne Casselman delivered an astonishing event, with an unscheduled backdrop of a dark stormy sky, rain, thunder and lightning supplied by Mother Nature, accompanied by a dynamite pianist and a ‘tour de force’ soprano, what a voice!! Powerful, passionate and absolutely gorgeous. EVENTS – ITALIAN NIGHT 2012And with us tonight – you’ll really like this – are soprano Jayne Casselman and pianist Lynne Haeseler.Mention the pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler to people in Phoenix who know anything about music, and the response is “Wow”. I’m not making this up. I have talked to dozens of Phoenicians about this over the past couple months and they all have said “Wow. Lynne is coming to Arcosanti. Wow!”Haeseler is originally from New York, and she has recordings in the world. She has a created a fantastic solo career in our region, she works with Ballet Arizona, ASU’s Dance Department, Orpheus Male Chorus; she founded a concert Series at the West Valley Art Museum, she teaches at Glendale, and at ASU, and she is with us tonight. Wow.And. Soprano Jayne Casselman, born in Iowa, educated at the University of Kansas, began her career with the Kansas City Lyric Opera. She moved to Germany and now has 60 roles in her operatic repertoire, which she has sung worldwide. She won the Distinguished Artist Award in Philadelphia, was named Singer of the Year in Budapest; she only recently opened her own theatre Kulturhof Huthmacher in Dierbach, Germany, and she is with us tonight, at Arcosanti Arizona. Jayne is part of the Arcosanti family: her son Jonas has been with our construction workshop this entire summer.”[photo: Jayne Casselman] [photo: Paolo Soleri with Ruth and John Waddell] July 28, 2012EVENTS – ITALIAN NIGHT 2012Introduction to the evenings performance by Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein.Italian Night 2012“Welcome to the Colly Soleri Music Center, and to our annual Italian Night at Arcosanti. I’m Jeff Stein president of Cosanti Foundation. You know: the 2 Italian words, COSA and ANTI, meaning Before Things: Architecture before anything else; form before performance, like right here in this residential neighborhood where people live exactly on the edge of the extra-ordinary.You might imagine that every night is Italian night here, in honor of our founder, architect Paolo Soleri. And if you haven’t yet bought at least one of the three books he has published just this year, at age 93, you must come back and do so. EVENTS – ITALIAN NIGHT 2012We are in the presence of real greatness here in the high desert tonight; There’s Paolo; the artists and chefs of Arcosanti who made tonight’s dinner; and look here: in the audience tonight are Judd Herberger and his wife Billie Jo Herberger. The Herberger family, in addition to their many other accomplishments, invented the Herberger Theatre Center in Phoenix. They also made possible the terrific film, shown on PBS just this past week, about the life and work of our neighbor, sculptor John Waddell. John is here tonight, with his wife, the artist Ruth Waddell.”
President Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday’s meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres was “very constructive” and that he was fully satisfied.He was speaking following a 40-minute tete-a-tete with at the UN’s New York headquarters. The president is in New York for an investment conference.“We did not in any way engage in apportioning blame, but we entered the substance of important issues that remain outstanding [in the Cyprus problem talks] and a solution must be found so that questions or demands raised are answered, if there is to be hope for a settlement of the Cyprus problem,” Anastasiades told reporters after the meeting.Almost two years of promising talks between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci faltered last month, when the Turkish Cypriots strongly protested a House of Representatives decision to introduce a brief annual commemoration of the 1950 referendum for Enosis (or union with Greece).As a result, Akinci refused to hold any more talks until the decision is revoked.“In addition to issues relating to the talks, I had the opportunity to repeat our appeal for the United Nations to expedite releasing any available information on the fate of missing persons,” Anastasiades said, referring to people missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion.“In May, the Committee on Missing Persons will visit New York, in order to make further headway on this issue.”Asked what Guterres might do to restart the talks, Anastasiades referred to a “shared expectation that the dialogue could restart soon, but also mutual agreement that the period until the [April 16] constitutional referendum in Turkey is probably not right for those on whom progress depends to make the necessary decisions”.On the highly contentious Turkish demand that, as part of a solution to the Cyprus problem, Turkish citizens should enjoy equal treatment to Greeks – coded as ‘the four-freedoms demand’, in reference to Greeks’ status as EU citizens – Anastasiades said “the view that a way must be found to address the concerns of Greek Cypriots, as well as the Europeans, was clear”.The president denied having identified any difference in attitudes on the four freedoms demand between Guterres and his special adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, but said it would be irrelevant anyway.“I don’t think there is any difference in attitudes,” he said.“But, in any case, I want to clarify something. This is not a matter for any special adviser, or even the EU. If there is a risk to the Greeks of Cyprus from a demand that could alter the demographics on the island, no third party can impose acceptance or compromise,” he said. “Therefore, there is no need to ask what any third party thinks. In the end, the decision is for the Greeks of Cyprus to make, in a referendum.”In a news briefing, Guterres’ deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said that the UN secretary-general “noted that serious efforts are currently underway to overcome the impasse in the near future”.“He expressed the hope that the talks will resume as soon as possible, and that, once they do, both sides will expedite their deliberations, building on the progress they have achieved in the past 22 months, in order to move the process forward in a decisive matter towards a conclusion of a comprehensive settlement,” Haq said.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverSmart: Homeowners With A Mortgage In California Take Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
So far, there are no reports of Cypriots or British Cypriots having been caught up in the terror attacks in London, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.The High Commissioner of Cyprus to the UK is available to provide all possible assistance to nationals, it said in a statement.“The foreign ministry is closely monitoring the situation and is in communication, through the High Commissioner with the UK authorities.It appealed to Directed Cypriot citizens who are in London, or who plan to travel to the UK in the coming period to monitor the situation through the media.High Commissioner Euripides Evriviades tweeted: “No info of Cypriots affected in dastardly #LondonTerrorAttack. Urging all #Cyprus citizens to contact loved ones to confirm that they are OK”Contact details for consular assistance in the UKHigh Commission in LondonAddress:13 St Jame’s Square,SW1Y 4LB LondonWorking Hours:9:00 to 16:30, Monday – FridayLandline: +44 2073214100-10Mobile phone (outside working hours): +447470367047, +447435010941Fax: +442073214164Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgIn case of emergency and/or consular emergency, Cypriot citizens may also contact the duty officer at the foreign ministry in Nicosia outside of working hours at:Tel. +35799660129Email: email@example.comForeign ministry Crisis Management centreTel. +35722801000, +35797775998E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A negative review of the tax department by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Global Forum for transparency and exchange of information, which aims to tackle tax evasion and tax avoidance, has excluded Cyprus from the convention of mutual administrative assistance in tax matters, it was reported on Wednesday.According to local daily Phileleftheros, until Cyprus is assessed as being fully compliant with the Global Forum’s recommendations, the 49 countries it has already signed mutual information-sharing agreements with are not obliged to respond to its requests for information on tax-residents of Cyprus.Although Cyprus ratified the automatic information-exchange agreement into law in 2014, a peer-review assessment earned Cyprus an overall ‘largely compliant’ rating, attaching recommendations in areas of improvements.The aim of the agreement is for tax authorities in each jurisdiction to have the full picture of every “reportable” individual or company’s assets in other jurisdictions.In light of the negative development, the finance ministry asked deputies on the House finance committee to approve an €80,000 expenditure for a risk-assessment study, in compliance with the Global Forum’s recommendations.The study, it was reported, will identify risks with regard to record-keeping at the Tax Department.Along with the funding request, the ministry shared a letter by tax tsar Yiannis Tsangaris explaining the need for the study.“In order to recall the [Global Forum’s] reservations, our side is expected to submit a plan of action based on its recommendations,” Tsangaris said.“In addition to directly impacting the overall image of the tax department and Cyprus, a positive review would also weigh on the decision of other signatories to the convention of mutual administrative assistance, whether to share information with Cyprus or not.”The risk-assessment study is one of several scheduled actions, Tsangaris added, and warned that tenders to conduct it must be invited as soon as possible.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The 4,500 tons of used tyres stockpiled at the Latouros quarry near Dali, outside Nicosia, will be transferred to a secure site at the Vassiliko Cement factory, Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou said on Tuesday after a meeting chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades.“Anastasiades responded to the urgent need to transfer the tyres and convened a meeting with all the relevant departments. It was decided that the tyres would be taken to a safe area of Vassiliko and the required funding was approved,” Panayiotou said.Even though there was a fire at Vasiliko earlier this month caused by bruning tyres, Panayiotou said the “area is safe and there is a licenced area and in the future things will be handled correctly”.The tyres at the site have been collected from tyre merchants around Nicosia.Managing director of Latouros Quarries Antonis Antoniou Latouros said on Monday that if the tyres caught fire where they are they would cause severe air pollution, as the smoke would cover a range of tens of kilometres.“In case of fire, as happened on July 3 at Vassiliko cement factory where piles of used tyres were wrapped in flames, the outcome would be devastating,” he said.Director of the department of environment Costas Hadjipanayiotou said that the company responsible for collecting and processing the tyres is breaking the law, as it ignored decrees issued on February 29, 2016, and refused to remove the tyres.“I am in touch with the legal services so that they can authorise our department to undertake the management of the tyres. But the state must be legally secure to make this move,” he said.Owner of the company responsible for collecting the tyres Giorgos Pavlides claimed that there are financial interests preventing their disposal, resulting in large quantities accumulating, adding that the department of the environment is not providing any solutions.“For three years, we were stockpiling tyres at the quarry. We sent a letter to the environmental department and asked Hadjipanayiotou to find a solution for the disposal of the tyres, but we did not receive any response. They also refused to take shredded tyres out of the quarry,” he said.Meanwhile, MPs agreed last Wednesday that a single system needs to be in place for the collection and management of rubber to avoid incidents like the large fire earlier in the month near the Vasiliko cement factory which was caused by large piles of old tyres being stored next to a flammable substance.The issue was discussed at the House environment committee, where MPs heard that if the fire had not been contained it would have caused a huge disaster in the area as the factory is located in the same area as the VTTV oil depot and an electricity authority (EAC) substation.Disy MP Giorgos Karoulas, who registered the issue for discussion, said that it is important that a single system is introduced for the collection and management of old tyres, to ensure the safety and health of members of the public.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades departs Thursday for Athens to attend the EU-Arab Summit, taking place on November 9 and 10, in the Greek capital.According to an announcement, the president will meet at 8.30am local time with Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, at the presidential palace. He will meet, at 11.30am, with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Megaros Maximos.The EU-Arab Summit will cover geopolitical developments in the EU and the Arab world, as well as cooperation on energy, transport, maritime and education matters and investments.Anastasiades will address the summit on EU relations with the Arab world and the role of Cyprus as a bridge for cooperation.The first summit took place in Athens last November.Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides will accompany the resident, who returns to Cyprus on Thursday evening.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Trade union Peo called on the government on Wednesday to toughen its response to illegal employment following a report stating that Cyprus is among those European countries where labour exploitation has emerged as the predominant form of human trafficking.According to the latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (Greta), in Cyprus the proportion of identified victims of labour exploitation grew from one third of the total of identified trafficking victims in 2013, to two thirds in 2015.The main findings of the report state that trafficking for labour exploitation is on the rise across Europe. In several countries, it has overtaken sexual exploitation as the main form of human trafficking, and official figures underestimate the true scale of the problem, Greta said, adding that there had been few successful prosecutions and convictions.Based on Greta’s country-by-country monitoring work, the report says that labour exploitation has emerged as the predominant form of trafficking in several European countries including Belgium, Cyprus, Georgia, Portugal, Serbia and the United Kingdom.According to the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights, there are some 30,000 migrant women in Cyprus employed as domestic workers. Until recently, domestic workers were obliged to work for a certain time with the same employer, but a ministerial decision simplified the procedures for changing employers and removed the minimum time requirement.“The commissioner has received many complaints about severe exploitation of domestic workers, but complaints lodged by domestic workers tend to be treated as a disagreement between employer and employee,” the Greta report said.It added that from 2011 to 2014, 11 cases of suspected human trafficking among domestic workers were investigated by the Cypriot police, leading to 17 persons being identified as victims of trafficking.In Austria and Cyprus, labour inspectors have the right to inspect private households, but rarely do so in practice,” it said.It added that in Cyprus, there were three cases of private companies investigated for labour exploitation from 2011 to 2013, including a number of Indian nationals and one Sri Lankan who were identified as victims of human trafficking by the police.In Cyprus, it said, joint inspection units have been established in order to inspect enterprises for employees that are not registered with the Social Insurance Fund, coordinated by the Department of Labour RelationsPeo said in an announcement that trafficking of workers “is one of the worst forms of labour exploitation”.Measures are needed, the union said, to oblige employers to apply collective labour agreements but also to guarantee minimum decent working conditions for those not covered by such agreements.“Systematic and rigorous checks are required of private employment offices as well as in places where workers from third countries live and work, particularly in the farming and animal husbandry sector,” the union said.The state, it said, needed to build more effective mechanisms to support and protect victims of trafficking for labour exploitation so that victims can report abuses.The union said that it would raise these issues during ongoing consultations with the labour ministry on matters of employment of third-country nationals and require measures “to curb this inhumane practice”.On Tuesday, seven foreign nationals and the 37-year-old man who employed them were arrested during a raid on an establishment in Protaras.Their employer was remanded for eight days for hiring the men to carry out renovation work on a Protaras hotel.Famagusta district court also remanded four of the employees for four days. The three are Egyptians aged 24, 34 and 39 and one is from Syria, aged 37.Three had entered the country illegally and one had overstayed their visa.The remaining three employees were released after it was found they live in Cyprus legally.According to new legislation that has been in force since last September, employers are fined €500 for each illegal employee, going six months back, bringing the total possible fine per illegal worker to €3,500. You May LikeeHarmonySeniors: Take a Chance And Find That Special SomeoneeHarmonyUndoIcePopWhich Of The World’s Wackiest Hotels Appeals To You The Most?IcePopUndoHealthXoXo7 Heart Unfriendly Foods You Are Eating Without Realizing! Stop Eating These!HealthXoXoUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
An increase in withdrawals at the Co-op compelled the Central Bank of Cyprus to say that Thursday’s comments made by one of its officials on the disastrous consequences for depositors of a failure to implement the Hellenic – Co-op deal were intended to highlight the worst-case scenario rather than present the probable scenario.“The comments about the remote, theoretical probability of the liquidation of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank were made to stress the most extreme negative consequences if the transfer of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank to Hellenic Bank is not completed, a solution which under the circumstances constitutes the only alternative,” a central bank spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Friday.On Friday, customers were queuing inside and outside Co-op branches leading to an increase in withdrawals, sources familiar with the matter said. In the first three months of the year, the Co-ops saw €2 billion in cash withdrawals amid concerns over the bank’s capital adequacy.The Co-op, the second largest lender on the island, has a ‘very important market share in deposits’ facilitating ‘critical functions’ for the economy, the central bank spokesperson said.The Cyprus Coperative Bank declined to comment.“Therefore, interest and economic and financial stability necessitate that there is no impact on insured depositors. Therefore, even in the case of considering the probability of resolution, public interest will lead to the complete protection of insured deposits without raising the issue of liquidating the bank if the deal on the sale of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s operations is not completed,”On Thursday, Yiangos Demetriou, head of the central bank’s supervision department warned members of the parliament’s watchdog committee of the ‘disastrous’ effects the non-implementation of the agreement signed by Hellenic Bank with the Cyprus Cooperative Bank on Monday would have. Demetriou had also said that the European Central Bank and the Single Resolution Mechanism, were preparing for a scenario under which the deal was not implemented.The deal, which provides for the transfer of the Co-op’s operations to Hellenic, including €9.7bn in deposits, would spare the Co-op from being liquidated, Demetriou said.His warnings came as some parties left open whether they would approve a bill that would allow the government to extend guarantees to Hellenic Bank to shield it from a probable under performance of assets it agreed to acquire. The implementation of the deal also requires the approval of a bundle of amendments in legislation to help banks reduce their non-performing loans, which the European Commission set as condition for allowing taxpayers’ money to facilitate the deal.The Central Bank of Cyprus spokesperson added that deposits up to €100,000 per individual or legal entity per financial institution remain guaranteed in accordance with a European directive transposed into national law.In 2013, depositors at Cyprus Popular Bank lost all their uninsured deposits after the bank ran out of capital while those at Bank of Cyprus recapitalised it with almost half of their savings in excess of €100,000.You May LikeNewsDSchool Finds Student’s Purse And Prom Invite From 1954 And Return Them To Its OwnerNewsDUndoCar NovelsThis Deaf Dog Is A Hero To ChildrenCar NovelsUndoBusinessBuzzo7 Reasons an MBA Is a Waste of Time and MoneyBusinessBuzzoUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Police arrested a 23-year-old Nicosia resident on Monday on suspicions of attempted arson on the home of a 65-year-old man.At around 12.40pm, the target’s neighbours found a trail of flammable material leading up to the wooden front door, which had been set alight and was threatening the entranceway.They acted quickly to put out the fire before it damaged the entrance.From investigations and witness statements, the evidence pointed to the 23-year-old man, who was arrested.You May LikeOrganixMag.com25 Healthiest Spices on EarthOrganixMag.comUndoMedicare | Search AdsPricing on Medicare Supplement Plans Might Change Your Mind About Getting CoverageMedicare | Search AdsUndoLCR HealthTop Doctor Warns Against Abdominal “Deep” Fat (And How To Get Rid Of It)LCR HealthUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Cyprus’ economy shrank a revised 0.3 per cent in the third quarter of the year, data showed on Tuesday, suggesting the grip of a three-year recession was easing.Year-on-year, the island’s economy contracted by 1.8 per cent in the third quarter.Both quarterly and yearly data showed the economy shrinking less severely than flash estimates issued by the statistics department on November 14.Cyprus has been recording shrinking gross domestic product(GDP) since the third quarter of 2011, and Tuesday’s data showed the shallowest recession since the first quarter of 2012.The European Union and International Monetary Fund gave Cyprus a 10 billion euro bailout in early 2013 after a banking crisis.Authorities expect the economy to contract around 2.8 per cent for the whole year, and to return to growth of about 0.5 per cent next year.The statistics department said trade and tourism, accounting and legal services showed growth, while manufacturing and construction output continued to shrink. (Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Three people were injured and hospitalised after a fight between tourists and farmers in the Paphos district on Sunday.The incident occurred around 4.30pm when 20 people travelling in 10 off-road vehicles in a rural area were approached by a 54-year-old farmer and his 23-year-old employee.The farmer allegedly shouted at the people who had parked their vehicles, complaining that they were causing damage.He is also said to have hit one of them on the hand with a stick.The man and his employee reportedly threw stones at the vehicles, damaging two of them.The farmer then allegedly drove his car into one of the vehicles, injuring the driver’s pelvis and leg.The 23-year-old is accused of throwing a stone at one of the drivers, hitting his head.The injured man, in an attempted to get away, collided with a parked tractor and his vehicle overturned.Both the driver and his passenger were taken to Paphos general hospital where they were treated for various injuries.The 74-year-old father of the farmer who was at the scene was also taken to hospital as a precaution. He sustained bruises to his chest which he said were from being hit by members of the group.Police arrested the farmer and his employee.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The cabinet approved on Wednesday an island-wide scheme for the microchipping of dogs.The scheme, that provides for 25,000 microchips free of charge, aims at reducing the numbers of stray dogs and dog thefts, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said after a cabinet meeting.Kadis said the microchipping will take place with the assistance of the veterinary services and with the cooperation of bodies such as the Cyprus Hunters’ Federation, animal welfare organisations and district animal welfare committees.“It is an important measure in our efforts for animal protection and welfare,” the minister said.Among other measures the ministry has been taking to help tackle the great numbers of stray animals was a cat neutering and spaying programme and measures to raise awareness about animal welfare and to improve living conditions of animals.The ministry last month announced the release of three more video clips on animal welfare that aim to raise awareness about microchipping dogs, adopting shelter dogs, and neutering and spaying cats. You May LikeIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Whiteford News 02Feb Rep. Whiteford seeks feedback from locals State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced that she will hold local office hours throughout Allegan County.“I want to hear feedback directly from the people I represent,” said Rep. Whiteford. “I’m able to represent our local communities best when I know what issues matter the most to our residents.”Rep. Whiteford will be available on Monday, Feb. 27 at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Fillmore Township Hall, 4219 52nd St. in Holland 11 a.m. to noon at Salem Township Hall, 3003 142nd in Burnips 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Hopkins District Library, 118 E Main St. in HopkinsNo appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would still like an opportunity to speak with Rep. Whiteford, may call her office at (517) 373-0836 or email MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov.###
Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township is inviting Ottawa County residents to attend his upcoming office hours events, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17 and Monday, March 6.“I am committed to making our voices heard in Lansing,” Lilly said. “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and updates about our state government.”The office hour events are as follows:Friday, Feb. 17:9- 10 a.m. – Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Spring Lake District Library, 123 E Exchange St., Spring LakeMonday, March 6:2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Park Township Offices, 52 – 152nd Avenue, HollandRep. Lilly’s office hours, which are subject to change, are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by contacting Rep. Lilly’s Lansing office.###### Categories: Lilly News,News 13Feb Rep. Lilly announces office hours in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Holland
25Jan Rep. Tedder leads Michigan House in approving tax relief for seniors, families Categories: News,Tedder News State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston today led the Michigan House in approving legislation to give seniors and families well-deserved relief on their state income taxes.Tedder’s bill would provide a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older. The credit would be $200 for joint filers. Other legislation in the package ensures all Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The proposal approved today gives additional tax relief by gradually increasing the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.“Our economy is in good shape. Our state budget is in good shape,” Tedder said. “Now is the perfect time to deliver real tax relief to Michigan seniors and families. They carried the state’s financial burden during tough times, but those tough times are over – and Michiganders, particularly our seniors on fixed incomes, deserve to keep more of their own money.”Tedder is chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, which approved the legislation earlier this week before it advanced to the House floor. Tedder played a crucial role in securing support for the legislation.An essential addition this week was a provision ensuring funding for Michigan’s public schools won’t be negatively affected by the legislation.“As I often say, money looks better in a taxpayer’s pocket than in the government’s pocket,” Tedder said. “This legislation keeps more of our money where it belongs – at home with Michigan families.”House Bills 5420-22 now advance to the Senate for further consideration.###
State Rep. Brandt Iden this week secured final legislative approval for $500,000 to support the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University – an initiative allowing more foster care youth to attend college.The program provides scholarships for students with foster care backgrounds to attend WMU. The $500,000 in state aid would cover costs for an additional 50 students. This is the first time the program has received state support, Iden said.“It’s a great program for individuals who have gone through the foster care system, and this funding will create an opportunity for even more kids to participate,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “The Seita Scholars initiative opens doors to a better future for kids from across the state. I’ve personally met some of these students and they’re phenomenal. I’m a big believer in the program and am proud to advocate for all the good it does.”Iden employed a Seita Scholars alum in his legislative office during his first term in the Michigan House.“Unfortunately, national statistics show not many kids from the foster care system get college degrees. Programs like Seita Scholars will turn that around,” Iden said. “It changes lives for the better, one kid at a time.”The budget bills are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. 13Jun Rep. Iden secures funding to create opportunities for students with foster care backgrounds at WMU Categories: Iden News,News
Share2TweetShareEmail2 SharesBy Erik Drost (Flickr: Quicken Loans Arena) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 14, 2016; Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio sued the city of Cleveland over its rules and regulations for protests and marches for the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC). The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, claims that the restrictions violate freedom of speech and that the city has not followed its initial policy of granting permits for protests and marches on a first-come-first-served basis. The ACLU’s main goals with this lawsuit are to reduce the restrictions, increase the hours per day for protests and marches, and allow greater access for marches and protests in areas that will be more visible to the main event space, the Quicken Loans arena. In addition, the ACLU is seeking immediate action on permit applications for the three groups that have applied for permits. Not knowing if the permit is approved or denied is prohibiting each group from being able to organize its supporters to have the greatest impact. A hearing is scheduled for today, June 23rd, to address these issues.In the meantime, the city of Cleveland responded on Monday, stating that its rules for marches and protests are in line with those used by other cities that hosted conventions in the past. Further, to change the rules now could negatively impact public safety. Changing the parade route could create traffic issues for citizens who still must report to work that week, and would disrupt the plans for shuttling delegates and media to and from the Convention. The city also stated that it has approved 51 permits for protests and marches, including for Citizens for Trump one of the organizations named in the ACLU’s filing. Other organizations that have had their permits approved include the League of Women Voters, the Cleveland Immigration Network, Revolution Books bookstore, and the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.However, the statement also confirmed that the city had denied a permit for Organize Ohio, a statewide organization that supports community organizing to bring about change on issues like housing, poverty, and the state budget. Organize Ohio had planned a march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the race riots in the Hough neighborhood, which began on July 18th—the same day that the RNC opens. Representatives from Organize Ohio plan to appeal the decision and claim that they will march regardless.—Kelley MalcolmShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares
Russian broadcaster CTC Media is launching its online video social networking service Videomore on Android phones.The move means that CTC content will now be available across all smartphones including iPhones and Android phones.Anna Maria Trenev, head of new media, CTC Media, said: “This makes the audience of CTC more mobile. We are not going to stop there, we will delight audiences with convenient channels on all digital platforms.”
Cable operator UPC Slovakia has added five new channels to its line-up. The Liberty Global-owned operator has added Nova Sport, Nova Sport HD, Eurosport 2 HD, TLC and regional channel Západoslovenská TV to its line-up.The addition of the sports channels on June 1 will take UPC Slovakia’s sports offering to 13 channels, including three in HD. Female-focused TLC will replace Discovery Travel & Living, while Západoslovenská TV, airing news and magazine programmes from the western part of Slovakia, will join the basic digital package.
The advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake of the revolution, seeing a recovery. Egypt has also been the source of a number of new channels with pan-regional appeal.The Middle East TV market has long been seen as a free-to-air market and the growing popularity of new pan-regional services over the last year reinforced that impression. However, questions have long been raised about whether the advertising market is capable of supporting so many free channels. According to Sami Raffoul of the Pan-Arab Research Council (PARC), advertising growth over the past year has been led by a handful of markets including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, with Saudi Arabia likely to record growth of 11% this year. The Saudi economy has fuelled growth in pan-Arab media including TV services from MBC, Rotana, LBC and the Abu Dhabi Media Company. “Saudi Arabia is the largest of all the markets around with limited – by its own account – media capabilities,” said Raffoul.Seizing on remarks made by deputy information minister Riyadh K Najm at the recent Saudi Broadcasting Forum, Raffoul says that official Saudi recognition of the underdevelopment of the country’s media could herald a significant change in rules governing private investment in the country. The minister said that Saudi media was currently unable to compete with international players and there was a need to create an attractive environment for investors.Raffoul said that a number of the many broadcasters to have emerged from post-revolutionary Egypt in particular have developed multichannel bouquets that have won a wide audience elsewhere in the region.These channels have also attracted a significant slice of the pan-Arab advertising market, he said. PARC’s breakdown of the region’s advertising market distinguishes between ‘national’ and ‘pan-Arab’ media that crosses national boundaries. “Egyptian channels have snowballed in terms of advertising spend and have become a major force,” says Raffoul.Consultant Ali Ajouz, managing partner at SAWA Media, said that the free-to-air market has seen significant changes over the past year, with countries that have gone through political transformations – notably Egypt – producing popular new channels including CBC, Al-Nahar and Al-Hayat, with more to come. New Libyan channels have also emerged, while, said Ajouz, a couple of Gulf-based projects have been cancelled despite significant upfront investments. “The limited TV budgets continue to put pressure on the bulk of FTA channels,” said Ajouz. “In addition, other advertising opportunities in the digital domain have started to attract advertising budgets. TV networks will now need to look into additional revenue streams whether horizontally, across other platforms, or vertically, through sponsorships and digital product placement.”Raffoul meanwhile said he expects 2012 pan-Arab ad spend to be up about 25% on 2011, although this could hide deep discounting by broadcasters in free media zones. Egypt, which lost ground in 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution and amidst continued political uncertainty, has bounced back with 18-20% growth this year. Other countries in the region have fared less well, with the effects of the conflict in Syria spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.
All-in-1 triple-play bundle subscribers now represent over half of Dutch cable operator Ziggo’s base after a successful fourth quarter, according to the company’s year-end results.Ziggo’s All-in-1 bundle customer base increased by 24,000 in the quarter, taking penetration to 50.3% of its customer base.Ziggo’s internet customer base grew by 21,000 in the quarter, or 1.2%.Ziggo posted revenues of EUR383.2 million for the quarter, up 1.4%. Adjusted EBITDA was up 2.7% to EUR218.2 million. The company’s digital pay TV revenues and ARPU increased despite a decline in subscriber numbers. Ziggo lost 27,000 digital TV customers in the quarter. Telephony revenues meanwhile declined by 9% year-on-year.“Following our assessment of the increasingly competitive environment since Q2 2012, and considering the continuation of this trend in Q4, we have decided to step up our marketing and sales initiatives in 2013. In addition, we will speed up our product development initiatives by pulling forward some investments in product innovation that were originally planned to be made after 2013,” said CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen.
Cablevision has accused Viacom of threatening to impose penalties in the region of US$1 billion-plus (€800 million) for licensing its core, rather than its entire suite, of channels. In legal documents, made public yesterday, the US cable operator said that Viacom “strong-armed Cablevision into carrying suite networks” by threatening to impose a “near US$X billion penalty” – though the precise figure is redacted.Cablevision filed the case against Viacom in the US last month, claiming that the channel owner forces it to air less popular networks in order to carry the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.Viacom has defended its channel bundling practises and in a statement issued yesterday said: “This suit is nothing more than a hypocritical attempt by Cablevision to void a long term carriage deal they agreed to only two months ago.”
Euronews has teamed up with Nokia and Microsoft to launch a new app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.The apps are free and are available from the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store respectively.The apps provide news features on international, economic, cultural and scientific topics as well as VOD magazines.Both apps are accessible worldwide and offer a choice of 11 languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.Over the coming months, both apps will offer more programmes and features including live streams, news quiz, bookmarks for favourite news stories and a search engine.Euronews will also add two further languages – Arabic and Persian.“This collaboration with major players in the market is a great opportunity for Euronews to expand on mobile platforms.” said Arnaud Verlhac, director, worldwide distribution at Euronews.“The Windows Phone 8 app is already a huge success with 55,000 downloads in less than two months. These Euronews apps are part of the company’s strategy to be the first international news hub, by reinforcing our multiscreen leading position. This digital move is led by Walid Chamak, head of digital partnerships at Euronews, and it is showing considerable success.”
YouTube has started to support 360-degree video uploads, allowing viewers to control the angle and point-of-view of supported video clips.The new feature will let users that are watching videos on the YouTube app change the angle of the video by moving around their phone of tablet.The same functionality is available via desktop on the YouTube site, or on embedded videos in the chrome browser, with users able to change angle by clicking and dragging on the video.YouTube said that it is working to add the functionality to the iPhone, iPad and other devices soon.“To make it easy for you to create and upload 360-degree videos to YouTube, we’ve been working with companies across the industry,” the firm said, in a blog post announcing the update.“Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and RICOH THETA are 360-degree video cameras compatible with YouTube that are available today or are coming soon.”YouTube currently supports 360 degree videos with 24, 25 or 30 frames per second, with support for higher frame rates due to follow soon.To upload a video in this format, YouTube users must include specific metadata needed for 360 playback. They can do this by using a 360 Video Metadata app YouTube has released for Mac or Windows or by running a Python script on the video file.The rollout comes after YouTube began trialling a similar feature last month that allowed viewers to view videos from multiple camera angles.The test video featuring this functionality let viewers click different thumbnails during playback to switch to multiple camera views – but did not allow for full 360-degree control over the camera angle.In other YouTube news, Variety reported last week that YouTube is “exploring the prospect” of launching its own SVoD service, based on its YouTube Music Key service that launched in beta last year. YouTube has not publicly discussed the move, which could see it take on the likes of Netflix.
The BBC’s commercial arm will officially end the BBC Global iPlayer on-demand platform within the next six weeks.A BBC Worldwide statement said the subscription service was “closing permanently” in the month between May 26 and June 26.“Any subscription will be honoured in full and auto-renewals will be switched off automatically after your final subscription term during this period,” the statement noted.“You will be able to watch your downloads until the day your subscription lapses. This date can be found on your Subscriptions tab on the iTunes store.”This comes after the UK pubcaster’s commercial unit announced its intention to end the international version of the BBC iPlayer back in October 2013. Since then it has been operational in some territories such as Australia.As Digital TV Europe reported in December, the BBC is planning to introduce electronic sell-through platform BBC Store in the UK this year, with BBCWW currently assessing whether to adapt a subscription or transactional model for the global version.The British iPlayer is unaffected by the changes.
Anupam RastogiLiberty Global-backed data analytics firm, Guavus, has hired Google’s former head of reporting platform and solutions for corporate engineering, Anupam Rastogi.Rastogi becomes Guavus’ new chief technology officer and joins the company along with former Symphony Teleca executive, Sergey Sukov, who has been appointed vice president engineering and delivery.“Anupam and Sergey are important additions to the Guavus executive team as the company gears up for the next phase of growth into new markets, new products and new geographies,” said Guavus CEO, Anukool Lakhina.Earlier this month, Liberty Global made a strategic investment in Guavus, a provider of real-time big data analytics applications, designed for planning, operations and marketing. Announcing the deal, Liberty said that Guavus’ products allow cable operators to gain a “holistic, cohesive view of network state and business context in real-time.”
Mobile messaging service Snapchat has closed down its Snap Channel content offering, which it launched earlier this year as part of the new Snapchat Discover platform.According to a Deadline report, Snapchat is permanently closing the channel, having removed the content from it a couple of weeks ago ahead of a planned relaunch.The report claims Snapchat has now reconsidered its original content options, turning its back on the channel, which was set up to be home to short-form, musical and experimental content.Deadline claims that most members of the 15-strong Snapchat Channel team are now likely leave the firm, including former Fox Broadcasting exec Marcus Wiley, who joined Snapchat to be head of development/original content role back in May.“Given that we are winding down the Snap Channel, it’s natural that Marcus would want to explore other opportunities,” Snapchat said in a statement to Deadline.Back in January, Snapchat partnered with a host of major TV broadcasters and publishers to launch Snapchat Discover.A day later, the messaging service launched its first exclusive original series, SnapperHero, which came from digital production company Astronauts Wanted and MSN Fullscreen, in conjunction with US telco AT&T, and featured YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes.Discover lets Snapchat users explore stories from different professional editorial teams, with partners signed up to the service including National Geographic, Vice Media, Yahoo News, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN and Scripps.
US studios Lionsgate Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have taken equity stakes in ad-supported VOD service Tubi TV.The agreement means both studios will now supply movies to the adRise-owned service, which is currently only available in the US but soon hits Canada through a recent deal with Blue Ant Media.Feature films confirmed include Midnight Cowboy, Crash, Rain Man, The Hurt Locker, Pink Panther, Fargo and American Psycho.They will join Tubi TV’s 40,000-strong library of films and television shows, which have been acquired from more than 200 distributors.Cota Capital is also becoming an investor, and Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow is joining Tubi TV’s board of directors.Tubi TV’s other investors include Foundation Capital, Bobby Yazdani, Mark Amin, and Noosheen and Zod Nazem.For Lionsgate, the move is its latest venture into the VOD space, coming after it last year agreed to launch an own-brand SVOD player, Lionsgate Entertainment World, with China’s Alibaba.“This agreement reflects our ongoing commitment to license our content across an expanding array of ad-supported digital platforms and serve next generation audiences around the world,” said Lionsgate president, worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer.MGM for the most part to this point has settled for selling its content to VOD platforms, recently licensing rights to the entire James Bond movie library to China’s Tencent.“MGM’s investment and license agreements enable the studio to expand into OTT services, allowing consumers to find MGM films and series on multiple platforms,” said John Bryan, the studio’s president, domestic television distribution.Following announcement of the new equity parters, Tubi TV’s CEO, Farhad Massoudi, vowed the platform would “always be free”, adding: “Tubi TV’s mission is to make premium content accessible to everyone, everywhere, without having to pay more.”The company released statistics claiming viewership numbers had increased 400% in the past year.
Rona FairheadThe BBC’s plans for its future are “mostly welcomed” by the public, though questions remain about the funding, accessibility and impact new services, according to the BBC Trust.Reporting the findings of a public consultation on the BBC’s proposals for an “open BBC for the internet age”, the BBC’s governing body said that the majority of respondents were supportive of the BBC’s plans with strong support for the curated digital educational platform, the Ideas Service, and for a dedicated online children’s platform iPlay.Plans to close a loophole that allows viewers to access the BBC’s online catch-up service, the iPlayer, without paying the licence fee were also strongly supported.However, concern was expressed about whether the financial impact of introducing new initiatives might mean losing existing BBC services and programming.There was also “moderate concern” that digital services can be inaccessible to older generations, less affluent people, and those living in rural areas.“Some older people say they would not use digital services, but as long as existing channels remain intact they do not mind; others wish the BBC would place less emphasis on online services and fear that creeping digitalisation means they will be excluded from BBC services in the future,” according to the report.Elsewhere, concerns were voiced about the risk of creating separate services at the expense of the BBC’s pan-UK services – though respondents recognised that the BBC needs to cater for specific needs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and in the English regions.Greater personalisation also got a “mixed reaction” with some respondents saying they would value a bespoke service while others expressed concerns that tailoring services would diminish the shared experience of audiences.“Over 50,000 people have responded to our two consultations and they have been clear that their future BBC must deliver the services and programmes they value, while continuing to innovate and do more to reflect the whole UK population,” said BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead.“These findings will inform our discussions with Government and ensure the views of Licence Fee payers are heard in the Charter debate.”A BBC spokesperson said: “We are committed to providing services for all audiences, regardless of their situation. Whilst digital services provide unique creative opportunities and new ways to access content, we believe it’s possible to find a balance that ensures all audiences can benefit. For example, when BBC Three becomes a digital service its longform content will still be available on BBC One and Two. We also have a major role in helping all audiences make the transition to new technology as we did with digital TV, and we expect this to continue in the future.”
Altice and French unit SFR are to merge their advertising arms this week. Altice CEO Michel Combes and SFR Media and NextRadioTV chief Alan Weill unveiled the plan at a press dinner in Paris at the end of last week.Sophie Vatelot, deputy director in charge of Altice Media Publicité will take on responsibility for the activities of SFR Régie, reporting to Pierre-Henry Médan, director of SFR Group’s subsidiaries.Later in the year the pair will form a single board to manage advertising across both Altice and SFR.Combes and Weill also said that they planned to develop targeted advertising services for IPTV boxes later this year in the expectation that legislation would be put in place after this summer’s general election to permit this.The BFM Paris channel will be the first to offer targeted advertising on a trial basis this summer using SFR’s TV boxes.
Global youth media company Vice will launch its 24-hour television network, Viceland, in Israel later this month.The channel will be carried by Partner Communications’ newly created TV platform, Partner TV. Viceland programming will be made accessible as part of its next-gen OTT service.At launch, Viceland Israel programming will include: docuseries Jungletown (created by Sundance-Award Winning director Ondi Timoner); skateboard scavenger show, King of The Road (in collaboration with Thrasher) and marijuana infused culinary series Bong Apetit (with Abdullah Saeed).Viceland co-presidents Guy Slattery and Derek Freda are overseeing the development of the channel internationally, from show creation, to production, to brand identity.“Boasting a dynamic and rapidly evolving TV market, Israel is considered a key part of Viceland’s international expansion,” said James Rosenstock, president of Viceland international and chief corporate development officer at Vice Media.“With a shared digital vision and bold approach to accessible, multi-platform outputs, we’re excited for what’s to come with Partner Communications”.
Binge viewing is more common in the US than in Europe but is rapidly becoming “standard practice” in both markets, according to Ampere Analysis.The research firm found the proportion of internet users who ‘strongly agree’ they frequently watch several episodes of the same TV show back-to-back is 22% in the US and 15% in Europe.Overall, 63% of people polled in the US agreed they frequently binge, compared to 51% in Europe.“Binge viewing is now standard practice for most US viewers, and European consumers are rapidly following suit,” said Richard Broughton, director at Ampere Analysis.In terms of viewing habits by device, Ampere found that in the first quarter of 2018 some 26% of US internet users watched video on their smartphone daily, compared to 19% in Europe. However, in both markets this proportion was down over a six-month period.US internet users were also found to be more likely to watch online video on a smart TV than their European counterparts, with 39% doing so on a daily basis compared to 26% in Europe.In the US some 17% of internet users watch video on tablets daily, compared to 10% in Europe, while 21% of US web users watch video on computers daily, versus 20% in Europe, according to Ampere’s stats.The data is based on survey of 21,000 respondents carried out across 10 markets in the first quarter of this year.
UKTV content will be available on West Midland Railways’ trains from this week following a deal between the UK multi-channel broadcaster and onboard infotainment company GoMedia.More than 300 episodes of UKTV content from the Dave, Really and Yesterday channels will be available on the trains via the broadcaster’s on-demand service, UKTV Play.The line-up includes programmes like Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, Yianni: Supercar Customiser, Into the Fire and Football’s 47 Best Worst Songs.“We’re excited to partner with GoMedia because it gives even more people access to our brilliant programmes,” said Hugo Allen, UKTV’s head of commercial for UKTV Play and VOD.“With the likes of Jon Richardson and Dara O’Briain now available on rail services, we hope it helps make these journeys more entertaining and enjoyable for passengers.”GoMedia managing director, Roger Matthews, said: “Partnering with UKTV will bring the best of British comedy and entertainment direct to passengers’ devices, making the daily commute a more enjoyable part of their day.“Focusing on episodic TV will appeal to a wider range of passengers and enable them to dive in and out on their commute or watch several episodes on a longer journey.”UKTV said that by September its programming will be available to watch on c2c Rail, TransPennine Express and Greater Anglia trains.GoMedia’s portfolio of content partners also includes HBO, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and Sky News.
Vietnam-based Yeah1 Group has acquired US multichannel network ScaleLab, which represents 1,750 YouTube stars including big-name creators like Jake Paul, MrBeast and Erika Costell.The deal will see Yeah1 pay ScaleLab’s shareholders up to US$20 million for 100% of the company, which claims 400 million YouTube subscribers across its channel portfolio and three billion views per month.ScaleLab’s network of YouTube influencers is focused heavily on the US, Latin America and EMEA, while Yeah1 has a wide footprint throughout Asia. Yeah1 said it will now focus on promoting ScaleLab’s talent throughout Asia, as well as connecting top Asian talent with the English-speaking world.ScaleLab will continue to operate out of its Hollywood offices and the deal will expand the total number of YouTube subscribers under the Yeah1 umbrella to 610 million, taking combined monthly views to 6.9 billion.“The transaction with ScaleLab is one of our key milestones to further reach a global market,” said Tri Dao Phuc, CEO of Yeah1 Group.“For the next three years, our strategy is to acquire premium social media brands, optimise our existing channels to boost viewership and performance, create new global content, invest in appropriate content for global distribution, license premium content for select regions, and work closely with brands to develop integrated campaigns.”ScaleLab founder and CEO, David Brenner, said: “Yeah1 is an exciting, diversified media company with tremendous reach throughout Asia, and bold plans to expand globally. We’re thrilled to partner with Yeah1’s forward-thinking team and to play a key role in the company’s international growth.”Yeah1 Group was founded in 2006 and claims to be Vietnam’s largest multi-channel media company, operating TV channels, movie studios, YouTube networks and a digital publishing division.The company says it is expanding “aggressively” throughout Southeast Asia and beyond and last year it acquired Thailand-based multi-channel network, SPRINGme, as well as France-based content creator, Something Big. In June 2018, Yeah1 Group became the first media company to be listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.ScaleLab has localised divisions in Latin America, Russia, the UK, and the Middle East, and provides services to YouTube creators in 10-plus languages.
Altice Europe has seen a strong recovery in subscriber numbers in France and growth in Portugal, but its revenues for 2018 dipped.Altice France/SFR attracted 1.3 million customers in the course of the year, more than the number of customers lost over the three years since Altice’s acquisition of SFR.The French unit saw churn reduce 30% in the fourth Quarter, driven by what Altice said were consistent improvements in customer service and network quality.Altice France added 83,000 subscribers in total in Q4, against a loss of 45,000 customers in Q4 2017. Some 41% of fixed customers are now on the operator’s fibre network.Altice France’s mobile base grew by 187,000, up from additions of 76,000 for the same period in the prior year, thanks in part to the availability of Champions League football coverage on the group’s mobile network as well as network improvement.Altice Portugal meanwhile saw 167,000 subscribers added in the course of the year, three times the level of 2017.Altice Portugal added 8,000 fixed customers in Q4, up from 6,000 in the same period for the prior year.Altice Europe’s financial performance was less impressive than its operational metrics however. The group saw revenue decline 1.8% at constant currency or 2.9% on a reported basis to €14.6 billion, while adjusted EBITDA was down 5.9% at constant currency and 8.9% on a reported basis to €5.6 billionFounder Patrick Drahi said that the group had seen “a tangible inflection in Portugal and France, paving the way for growth in 2019, underpinned by our strategy in infrastructure and content”.
French alternative mobile telecom company Coriolis Telecom has struck an agreement with transmission and infrastructure outfit TDF to commercialise its multi-play fixed and mobile offerings on TDF’s fibre networks.Coriolis Telecom’s services will be available on TDF’s network s in the Val d’Oise from this month, followed by its networks in Yvelines, the Val de Loire and Maine-et-Loire.Coriolis offers fixed-line services with or without TV. The company’s fibre offering with TV included starts at €35.99. An offering that includes Canal+’s services is available for €45.89, with premium add-on Canal+ packages available for between €5 – for Cine Series – and €25 – for Les Chaines Sport.TDF said that the agreement confirmed its role as a neutral and open operator of fibre networks in the country’s less densely populated areas. Five French departments have turned to TDF for the deployment and commercialisation of fibre networks in less densely populated zones since 2017, with the company’s networks now connecting 700,000 homes and businesses.
Sinn Fein councillor Colly KellySINN Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has hit out at those behind weekend trouble on the Lecky Road flyover in Derry.“I received a number of complaints from motorists caught up in this nonsense on the Lecky Road Flyover.“Around 7 pm on Sunday night a small group of young people threw a couple of wooden pallets on the roadway at the narrow section at the bottom of the Flyover and set them on fire.“This meant any traffic travelling down Flyover had to do a u turn and go back up the hill again. “Motorists and local residents are sick sore and tired of this carry-on.“People are out enjoying the good weather and it is sad a very small minority are intent on wrecking and breaking.COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS WEEKEND TROUBLE ON LECKY ROAD FLYOVER was last modified: May 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet councillor Colly KellyCOUNCILLOR CONDEMNS WEEKEND TROUBLE ON LECKY ROAD FLYOVERDerrySinn Fein
DERGFEST IS KING OF THE CASTLE!MICKEY MODELLETHE LOGUESTOWNHOUSE BAR The opening night (Friday 28th June), for the young and the young at heart, features Internationally acclaimed DJ and producer Micky Modelle with his Clubland Tour.Belfast born Micky Modelle, who has collaborated with artists such as Jessie J, Flo-rida, Jlo, Rebekah Ferguson and Atomic Kitten shot to success since his song ‘Dancing in the Dark’ reached the number one slot across Europe.British electronic music group Ultra-Beat, famed for their dance anthem ‘Pretty Green Eyes’ will be guest artists at this fun, high octane concert. Special D will play support.One of Ireland’s favourite country singing sensations Derek Ryan will take to the stage as headliner on the Saturday evening (29th July) with home grown rising star Cliona Hagan from Omagh playing support and Limerick’s rising country star, Eddie Carey and his band will also make their DergFest debut. ShareTweet The finale night sees another local act headline. Folk Rock band The Logues are a firm favourite at DergFest and from their humble beginnings playing in the Townhouse Bar in Castlederg, which hosted the official launch earlier this week, this band is certainly on the cusp of becoming Ireland’s next big thing.The Logues will return to their home-town of Castle Derg on their last leg of their extensive UK and European tour. Sligo’s alternative country and roots band, Rackhouse Pilfer, also fresh from their European tour, will play support to this ‘must see’ rock night, alongside local favourite, The Davy K Project.Tickets for DergFest are available on-line.Check out www.dergfest.co.ukFriday tickets – £15Saturday tickets – £20Sunday ticket – £15Bus Services – 02881670460.DERGFEST IS KING OF THE CASTLE! was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE sleepy village of Castlederg will be transformed into a festival fit for a king as preparations are in full swing to welcome thousands of people to the fourth annual DergFest.Last year’s festival attracted over 10,000 people from all over Ireland and this year’s lineup promises to be the biggest and best one yet.DergFest will take centre stage by the historic Castle ruins in the heart of the town and runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July.The festival certainly offers something for everyone from dance music, to country stars, culminating with Irish favourite rock bands on the finale night.
THE Guildhall underwent a dazzling makeover on Saturday as it was transformed from civic hub to catwalk spectacular as Fashion Fest made its fabulous return.The sell-out event was the fifth outing for the festival which has become the biggest showcase of fashion design in the North West, drawing a wide range of emerging and established names in the industry.The show was presented by Derry Girls favourite Dylan Llewellyn, otherwise fondly known as ‘the wee English fella’ who was lured to receive a warm Derry welcome. ShareTweet Fashion Fest puts on another dazzling designer display at sold out showRebecca jewelleryTHE GUILDHALLThe Style Academy Speaking after the event, Business Engagement Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Danielle McNally, said it had been a fantastic showcase of local talent.“I am delighted that Fashion Fest has been such a sell-out success. The dynamic range of local collections on display is a testament to the talent here in the North West and our growing profile as a fashion hub.“To have designers of the calibre of Kate Halfpenny showing their work is a great draw, and real inspiration for our up and coming designers. “I want to pay tribute to Tracey Hall and all the team at Style Academy for their flair and creativity in bringing together such a stunning show. “It’s a great platform for our local design talent, and we will continue to work to support and grow the fashion industry here in the city.”The audience enjoyed an evening of live music, song and fabulous fashion from a whole host of emerging and established designers, including Bridie Mullan, Paul Stafford, Edel O’Kane and Luke Barber.#Among the models who lit up the catwalk at the event was last year’s Face of Fashion Fest winner Oonagh Canning and with this year’s winner Lauren Burton, presenting the Mayors charity prize she will now embark on a year-long contract with Style Academy Model Agency.Performances on the night included music by Irish Singer/Songwriter Emma Wallace and Derry’s award winning DJ, Louise DaCosta.You can find out more about Fashion Fest at www.derrystrabane.com/fashionfest Follow us on Instagram @FashionFestDerryFashion Fest puts on another dazzling designer display at sold out show was last modified: October 15th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Members of the Derry Girl cast joined fashion fans in the audience, for an evening of glamour and catwalk fashion. The theme for this year was a nod to the hit Derry Girls series and the stage and choreography was set by Style Academy’s Tracey Hall.Leading the exciting array of designers who showcased their work on the night was stylist to the stars Kate Halfpenny, who showed pieces from her bridal collection as well as her stunning Black Edit Collection. Also attending the event was Rebecca Testi, the marketing executive of Italian international brand, Rebecca, one of the biggest internationally renowned jewellery brands.
In This Issue… * Gold’s price drop, manipulated? * Jumping on the GATA bandwagon… * RBA leaves rates & easing bias unchanged * Only yen ekes out a gain VS dollar! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! An Insider Comes Clean… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday… What a long day on the desk yesterday… Whew! I’m glad I got through that without leaving a mark! And I came back! I laugh, because in the early days of EverBank, what I now call a long day, would have been a short day! I remember buying breakfast sandwiches for the desk, lunch and then pizza for dinner, as we worked on building the foundation that’s now EverBank World Markets… It’s now a strong foundation… Gold has a strong foundation too… and even after suffering through the shenanigans of last week, the shiny metal is off by 1.3% overnight, so the shenanigans haven’t stopped, and those of us that use pull-backs in the price of Gold as an opportunity to buy at cheaper prices, have to scratch our heads and wonder if the shenanigans are over or will there be more? Long time readers know that I truly believe there are price manipulators in Gold & Silver… well, last week there was some interesting information being put out there for us to go through, regarding “an insider” that came clean and admitted what was going on… WOW! Of course, you can’t believe everything you read, right? Well, I believe that when the information is in a market letter, like Dennis Gartman’s, then you stop, and think that it’s must be true… OK… first of all let me set this up for you… Dennis Gartman has long been a naysayer regarding the GATA people and people like me that say there is price manipulation going on in Gold. Well… my friends over at the 5-Minute Forecast, had this to say yesterday… “This was no free market,” says a well-placed insider about why gold plummeted nearly $100 on Wednesday. The insider is unknown to us, but our longtime friend Dennis Gartman calls him “a very long-standing friend and client” in his newsletter. The mysterious Mr. X is trusted enough that Gartman is re-examining his oft-stated vehement dismissal of the GATA positions that the metals markets are manipulated. “As I have very intimate details of [Wednesday],” says this individual, “I think it was, indeed, official selling. At the London fixing, an order came in to sell 3 million ounces of gold and it was explicitly ordered to be done in just a few minutes. No investor or speculator would 1) handle it this way and 2) do it at the fixing only.” “This [has] happened this way three times in the last year, [Wednesday] being the fourth time.” Concludes Gartman: “The market’s plunge… may have been the result of a very real effort to ‘manipulate’ the market lower… perhaps on orders of a central bank hoping to break the market… to buy gold more cheaply after the surge of selling, or perhaps on the order of a government wishing to drive gold down for the ‘optics’ of weaker gold prices.” Chuck again… Hmmm… so where’s the CFTC? Why aren’t they calling around trying to find the mysterious Mr. X, to talk to him? And the selling continues… I shake my head in disgust, utter disgust, folks… and you should too, for this smells like, walks like, talks like and quacks like someone didn’t like the fact that the dollar was getting hammered by Gold (& Silver), and they needed to do something about it! I’m sorry that all I’ve talked about so far this morning is Gold, but this is a BIG Story folks… as Ed Sullivan used to say, A Really Big Show! I have more to talk about with Gold, regarding Warren Buffett’s annual letter, which leaves you scratching your head, and wondering if he really feels the way he talks about in his letter, why, then, doesn’t he own Gold? But in the interest of moving along, I’ll talk about that in more depth tomorrow… Yesterday’s data here in the U.S. was interesting, in that the data prints were on opposite sides of the fence… First, the ISM non-Manufacturing Index really pushed higher than expected, which is a good thing if you believe that to have a healthy everlasting economy, you don’t need manufacturing jobs, and that the U.S. economy can survive being a Service only economy… I think you know where I stand on that… The other piece of data that printed was January Factory Orders which fell 1%… Oh, that’s right, we are now service only… Well… now onto the currencies… with Gold getting hammered and all this dollar buying going on, you have to know that dollar buying in one asset class begets dollar buying in other asset classes… and that’s what’s going on in the currencies. Every currency on the board, is down VS the dollar this morning, except Japanese yen, which has eked out a very small gain VS the dollar. It’s a nasty morning for the currencies and metals… So, one has to stop and ask the question, Why is all this dollar buying going on? Beats me… Stocks have dropped for the third consecutive day, and U.S. Treasuries remain with a 1.97% yield on the 10-year… So, where’s the money going? Sure, it’s tax time, and dollars are needed to pay taxes… but, I doubt that it’s of the magnitude of what we’re talking about here, not yet anyway… The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met last night, and did move interest rates, but kept their foot in the door that houses rate cuts. By keeping their easing bias, the Aussie dollar (A$) was hung out on a line… Hmmm… rate cuts didn’t keep the A$ from pushing higher before, so why are the markets scared of them now? Uncertainty is the answer folks… When the markets are uncertain about anything, they scramble to buy U.S. dollars, and ride out the uncertainty… I used to call Gold the Uncertainty Hedge, and it still is in my opinion, but it sure is getting that chinks in that title… This dollar buying all began yesterday when the markets found out that China had lowered their target for GDP to 7.5% from 8%… After reading what I had said about this yesterday, my friend over at the Sovereign Society, Jeff Opdyke, sent me his two-cents, and I liked them so much, here’s Jeff! “Investors get freaked out that China’s economy is slowing that that is somehow bad news and surprising. Alas, it is exactly what China told the world to expect last year when the country released its 12th Five Year Plan, the roadmap to social, cultural and economic growth that China draws up every, well, five years. China has a pretty good history of explicitly outlining — and generally achieving — the goals it sets out in these roadmaps. And in the 12th Five Year Plan, China specifically said it will gear down its economy to a more-sustainable growth rate of about 7.5% for the period. So people who freak out and scream the sky is falling because China’s growth is slowing need to spend more time understanding China and reading about China before they react to news from China. Great fortunes will be made by those who recognize what China is doing … and great fortunes will be lost by those who react to every perception of what they “think” China is doing. Those who react without knowledge of the underlying context are destined to get creamed.” Thanks Jeff… I’ve known Jeff, first through email and then in person for about 10 years now. He used to write for the Wall Street Journal, and he did a feature story on me and the Pfennig about 2 years ago in the Journal… Jeff is the king of overseas travel, and knows foreign companies and countries like the back of his hand… You can find him at the Sovereign Society website… OK… I’ve got a real doozy of a story for you in the Then There Was This section of the letter today… But before we go there, I wanted to highlight a story I read that plays well with my call in December that we would begin to see temporary stabilization in the Eurozone… The story was in the International Financial Review (IFR), and highlights the fact that European banks’ funding costs are plummeting as bond buyers have regained their appetite for bonds issued by European banks, and even weak banks… More stabilization… Then There Was This… From Bloomberg this morning… “Greek Government officials have disclosed information on a secret 2001 loan from Goldman Sachs, disguised as a derivative, that Greece used to conceal its ballooning sovereign debt from the European Union. Revealing the details for the first time of a contract that helped Greece mask its growing sovereign debt to meet European Union requirements, officials said they didn’t understand what it was buying and was ill-equipped to judge the risks or costs. “ Chuck again… There is so much more to this story, but before I give you the link to go to read the rest of the story, I want to say that in private, it has been my opinion all along that Greece got snookered, and I had a good feeling by whom… OK… here’s the link to the story, which I think you should read. To recap… Dollar buying is the rage, as all currencies, stocks, metals are being sold… but where’s the money going? Gold’s price drop last week may have been manipulated according to an insider. Jeff Opdyke gives us his views on the China news this week, and the RBA left rates unchanged, but kept their easing bias, which has deep-sixed the A$… Currencies today 3/6/12… American Style: A$ $1.0590, kiwi .8150, C$ $1.0010, euro 1.3135, sterling 1.5775, Swiss $1.0895, … European Style: rand 7.6270, krone 5.66, SEK 6.7705, forint 223.65, zloty 3.1615, koruna 18.9550, RUB 29.57, yen 81.10, sing 1.2630, HKD 7.7625, INR 50.35, China 6.3080, pesos 12.92, BRL 1.7395, Dollar Index 79.71, Oil $106.05, 10-year 1.97%, Silver $33.29, and Gold… $1,687.50 That’s it for today… The first spring training game for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday, and now a month-full of games will take place for them in Florida, leading up to the Opening Day game in Miami’s new ballpark. I don’t let spring training outcomes get to me, as the starters play very little until the last week of spring training. The 17-minute version of Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond is playing on the I-Pod while I finish this up… Nothing like 17 minutes of Pink Floyd in the morning! HA! And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and thank you for reading the Pfennig, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
Broadmoore Gardens, East Third AvenueChristopher Ryans, 30, is charged with second-degree assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling.Tuscaloosa Police responded to Broadmoore Gardens apartments May 25 around 3:30 a.m.When police arrived, they found a 33-year-old man who’d been shot in the calf. The victim told police he’d had an argument with 30-year-old Christopher Ryans outside his apartment, but went inside and closed his door. Right after the door closed, the victim said he heard a gunshot and was hit in the leg.Ryans has been charged with second-degree assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $45,000 bond. Nearly half a dozen shootings happened in Tuscaloosa County over the weekend, leaving one person in critical condition and several others injured. Here’s a roundup:Jemison Avenue, May 25Latoya Shardae Ward, 31, was charged with attempted murder May 25, 2019.Tuscaloosa Police responded to the 2200 block of Jemison Avenue May 25 around 2 p.m. on a shots-fired call.When they arrived, police found a 31-year-old woman who said that when she arrived at her boyfriend’s house she got into a fight with another 31-year-old woman who was already there.The victim said that woman, now identified as Latoya Shardae Ward, was armed with a knife so the victim pepper-sprayed her. That’s when Ward went to a vehicle, grabbed a pistol and fired at the victim several times. The victim was not hot.Ward has been charged with attempted murder and was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $50,000 bond. DCH Regional Medical Center reportThe Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to DCH Regional Medical Center around 6 p.m. May 26 after a 32-year-old man came to the emergency room in a private vehicle after he’d been shot in the chest.Police said the victim told deputies he was around Fifth Street Northeast in Holt when a black Honda containing several men drove by. The victim said one of those men called his name while another stepped out of the car and shot him.Deputies and investigators said they couldn’t locate the scene of the crime. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, deputies said. MORE INFORMATION2 Shootings in West Tuscaloosa Leave 2 Injured: May 27, 2019 Creekwood ApartmentsTuscaloosa Police responded to Creekwood Apartments at around 1:30 a.m. May 26.When officers arrived they found a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman who’d each been shot several times. Both victims were taken to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment, but the woman has since been taken to UAB Hospital and is suffering serious injuries. The man was released from DCH, but has not been able to provide investigators with any new information.Both victims were sitting inside a vehicle parked in front of an apartment building when an unknown suspect began firing into the vehicle. Police said the only description they have of this suspect is that he is a black man who was dressed in all black.Investigators are still processing the scene and attempting to locate witnesses and find a motive for the shooting. More than 15 shots were fired into the vehicle.Hay CourtWhile officers were at Creekwood Apartments on the above shooting, they heard more gunfire in the area.Soon after a 20-year-old woman told police she was inside her Hay Court apartment when it was shot into by an unknown person.Police said they don’t yet know if the Hay Court and Creekwood shootings are related.
Heavy-footed motorists have a higher chance of seeing blue lights in their rear view mirrors with Operation Southern Shield in place.Operation Southern Shield is a week-long initiative put on by law enforcement officers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee on interstates and other major highways to target drivers who drive dangerously over the speed limit.Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) troopers like Reginal King believe this crackdown is eye opening for those medal to the metal motorists.“I think that Operation Southern Shield does help,” King said. “It reminds the motoring public that they should slow down and obey the speed limit. In 2018, over 340 people lost their lives on Alabama highways where speed played a contributing factor.”According to ALEA’s website, state and local officers in Alabama issued more than 14,000 citations during this past year’s Southern Shield and 36% of the citations were issued for speeding. Operation Southern Shield begins July 15 and will last through July 21.
Over in Bibb County, another farmers market was held in the main street of downtown this weekend.Since the West Blocton’s grocery store closed two years ago, the city had to come up with an idea to provide fresh produce and other items to its residents. So, the farmer’s market idea was born.Today, though, wasn’t an ordinary farmer’s market – this one had a sweet twist.“Let’s do something fun,” Kathy McCulley, West Blocton’s farmers market manager, said. “Everybody is big on history, so let’s look back and see what would have been. So, we ended up with this cake baking contest and we thought, OK, we might have five cakes. We have 22 cakes today.”And a beehive of a dessert took the cake: it won first place.There were many different types of cakes set for the judges to eat, and WVUA 23’s very own Khadijah Torbert was one of the judges for the West Blocton cake-off.For those who missed today’s event, no worries. Every second and fourth Saturday, West Blocton holds its farmers market with an interesting twist each time.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Julius Thomas started screaming after he caught a dart of a pass from Peyton Manning while streaking into the end zone. “It’s so easy!” the Denver Broncos tight end shouted.Well, it was far from the blowout many predicted, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos were in control most of the way in beating the New York Jets 31-17 on Oct. 12.“I like to have fun out there,” Thomas said. “I was just really excited.”And, for good reason. Manning connected with him twice and Demaryius Thomas once, leaving the Broncos’ quarterback two shy of Brett Favre’s career mark for passing TDs. Manning has 506 career touchdown passes, and could tie or break Favre’s record Oct. 19 at home against San Francisco.“I don’t know if any of them are big for me, especially in the middle of the season,” Manning said of the importance of the record. “We’re playing a tough schedule, got the 49ers at home and they’ve been one of the dominant teams of the past couple years. That’s all I am thinking about.”Manning was 22 of 33 for 237 yards — a far cry from last week’s performance against Arizona, when he passed for a career-high 479 yards with four TDs.But he displayed his methodical best at times in his return to MetLife Stadium, where he and the Broncos (4-1) were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl last February.“It’s just ridiculous how good he is,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.The Jets (1-5) had a chance to tie when they got the ball deep in their own territory with less than a minute left. But after a sack put the ball at the 1, Geno Smith was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22 yards for a sealing touchdown that sent New York to its fifth straight loss.“The game plan was great,” Smith said. “We should’ve done a better job.”The struggling Smith, looking to keep his starting job, was 23 of 43 for 190 yards and touchdown passes to Jace Amaro and Eric Decker, with the one interception. Decker finished with six receptions for 54 yards, while Amaro had 10 catches for 68 yards for the Jets, who play at New England on Oct. 16.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
More than 115 Americans are dying every day from an opioid overdose. But a study out Monday finds that just three in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 17,568 patients who overdosed on opioids between 2012 and 2014 in Massachusetts. It looked at survival rates over time and whether or not patients received medicines that treat addiction. Of the patients who did receive medication, 17 percent took buprenorphine, known by the brand name Suboxone, for roughly four months. They had a 40 percent lower death rate after one year, as compared to those who did not take any medication. The results for the 11 percent of patients who took methadone were even stronger: They cut their death rate by 60 percent.Buprenorphine and methadone both reduce the urge to get high on powerful street drugs which can lead to another overdose. A small percentage, 6 percent, of patients were on the opioid blocker, naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol), but often for just one month. Researchers were not able to determine how many patients were taking the generic, pill form, daily as compared to a monthly injection of Vivitrol. Patients who took naltrexone were no more likely to be alive after a year than those who were not offered or did not take a medication.”The stunning finding here is that we have effective treatments for people who survive an overdose but only three in 10 are getting those medications,” says Dr. Marc Larochelle, the study’s lead author.For some perspective, Larochelle mentions the routine recommendation that patients who’ve had another life threatening event, a heart attack, take aspirin. “The mortality reduction we see with these drugs is similar to giving someone who suffers a heart attack aspirin — it’s one of the most effective treatments we have in medicine,” says Larochelle, who’s a primary care physician and researcher at the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. But he points to a big difference: 98 percent of people in this country get aspirin for a heart attack. The gap in care is similar to findings from a 2015 study from the U.K., but this is the first to follow U.S. patients seen in a hospital or by EMTs, says Dr. Nora Volkow, who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “A great part of the tragedy of this opioid crisis is that, unlike in previous such crises American has seen, we now possess effective treatment strategies that could address it and save lives,” Volkow wrote in an accompanying editorial. “Yet tens of thousands of people die each year because they have not received these treatments.”Some things have changed since the 2012-2014 period of this study. A growing number of physicians are getting the waiver required to prescribe buprenorphine and the number of patients they can manage has increased from 100 to 275. That includes emergency room physicians who until recently have not offered buprenorphine to overdose patients. A bill that has wide support in the Massachusetts legislature would require that all acute care hospitals offer the medication in the ER and offer follow-up care. In some places, hospitals are opening walk-in clinics and in Boston, there’s a mobile van that take buprenorphine prescribing to the streets.To understand why so few patients get methadone or buprenorphine, one need only cross the street from Boston Medical Center where Larochelle works. There are clinics that offer both drugs, and there’s a needle exchange, focused on harm reduction for drug users who are still in active addiction. In the early morning hours, some men and women were lining up for their daily dose of methadone, while others were starting their day with a shot of heroin or fentanyl. Scott, a 38-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, says he’s overdosed three or four times, but wasn’t offered Suboxone, a brand name for buprenorphine, until after his third overdose.”The problem is, a lot of these doctors don’t want to prescribe anything like that after the person has an overdose because they feel like they’ll abuse the medicine,” Scott says. (We’re only using first names for people may still be buying illegal drugs.)Scott says he has abused Suboxone. It and methadone are both opioid-based medications. Taken as directed they block cravings for something stronger without making the patient high. But with Suboxone, some people take extra doses to get high, or layer it with alcohol or other medications, Scott says. Few doctors are trained to or have experience managing such complex addictions. Scott says he can “understand why their reluctant to prescribe stuff” like Suboxone.Scott switched from Suboxone to methadone within the last year. Unlike Suboxone, which patients can get from a primary care doctor, during routine medical care, methadone is tightly controlled, typically only available at designated clinics.Scott says he prefers methadone because he doesn’t take anything out of the clinic that he could abuse.Sometimes it’s the patient who is reluctant to start medication-assisted treatment.”There’s a perception that people aren’t ‘clean’ unless they’re abstinent from all substances and that plays into keeping people away from medication treatment, which is the most effective treatment,” says Aubri, who used to be dependent on heroin and has overdosed in the past. She is on methadone and says it works for her.But Aubri says the way methadone is delivered is demeaning. “It feels like a jail,” Aubri says. “There’s literal bars across the gates that don’t open ’til a certain time. There’s security guards. no one wants to be there. The only reason people go is because they need it.”Many communities continue to reject applications to open methadone clinics. Patients in rural areas often drive more than an hour each way to get their daily dose. The obstacles to care contribute to a feeling among many opioid addiction patients that doctors and hospitals just don’t want to help.”They treat us like crap,” says Deana, as she hugs her husband Phill. “We’re not like this because we’re bad people, you know.”Deana and Phill have many stories about feeling mistreated in hospitals. But Phill is having the opposite experience now, taking Suboxone, through a clinic at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. “They give you the counseling, the therapy, it’s like a family,” says Phill. “They make you feel welcomed and loved and give you that sense of hope that I can have a drug free life. I don’t have to use.”Even at just 3 in 10 patients, Massachusetts was likely offering more opioid medication treatment than many states as of 2014. That’s because 97 percent of the state’s residents have health insurances, the highest rates in the country. In many parts of the U.S., it’s difficult to find someone who will prescribe a patient methadone or buprenorphine.”We just still have overwhelming stigma for patients with the disease of addiction,” says Sarah Melton, a professor of pharmacy practice at East Tennessee State University.Larochelle worries that patients, as seen in this study, are still not staying on treatment for more than a few months.”We need to reevaluate how we’re providing the care and make sure we can keep people there when they’re there,” Larochelle says. Dr. Volkow is alarmed by one other finding: 34 percent of patients receive at least one prescription for an opioid and 26 percent were prescribed a benzodiazepine during the 12 months after their overdose.”This indicates that guidelines cautioning against prescribing opioids and their co-use with benzodiazepines are not being followed,” Volkow writes.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.
When you picture the drug ketamine, you might think of that stoner you knew in high school or a bunch of people popping pills in neon-lit clubs.But do you ever picture a dentist’s office? Ketamine is often used as an anesthetic for procedures on people’s teeth.And it’s a multi-tasker. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Spravato, a drug based on ketamine, called esketamine, to treat depression via a nasal spray.Here’s more about the FDA’s designation from The Verge:The drug must be administered as a nasal spray, patients must be taking another antidepressant at the same time, and it can only be given to patients who have (unsuccessfully) tried two antidepressants before. Most notably, people won’t able to pick up Spravato at the local Rite Aid. Spravato will only be available in certified clinics.Ketamine may not work for every patient, but for some, it may come as an enormous relief.About 12 to 20 percent of adults with depression don’t respond to other types of treatment or medication. That population is called “treatment resistant.”And some of the more commonly prescribed drugs, like Prozac or Trazodone, don’t have the efficacy we might hope for; studies show only around 37 percent of those who use these medications experience full remission.Journalist Alice Levitt is one of those treatment-resistant patients. And she finally tried ketamine. Here’s part of what she wrote for Vox about her experience:Each infusion lasted 45 minutes. After my first one, I had a nurse play the cast album of my favorite musical as the drip began. Instead of running wild, my mind became immersed in the music, albeit in a deeply dreamlike state. Each time, it took about 15 to 20 minutes after the effects of the treatment wore off for me to be able to open my eyes and start walking. Afterward, I was exhausted. The half-hour Uber ride home felt like hours as I longed for the warm embrace of a nap.Immediately after each treatment, I felt down. But by the time I woke up the next day, I was in less psychic pain and had more purpose. I would start the day on my long-neglected spin bike, feeling motivation that I’d lacked for months. Lunches with friends no longer felt like they existed just to show them I was still alive and making an effort to get out of the house. I was beginning to connect with the world outside my head again. I noticed myself smiling more. According to Shah, feeling the effects of ketamine within 24 hours of treatment is typical. “It is the most rapid-acting treatment for depression,” he said.After the final infusion, I had the initiative to start writing again. The following week quickly filled up with activities, both work and fun. I was living for the first time in months. It’s been three months since my last treatment, and I’ve even started to feel excited about my future. Shah says I am unlikely to need another dose — I was in the roughly 70 percent who achieve remission after one series of ketamine infusions.And while the research still doesn’t conclusively show that esketamine or ketamine causes depression to go away, the FDA said it approved Spravado because patients needed a new alternative.How do we treat an illness that affects millions of Americans? And why does it seem to be so challenging to find things that help?Produced by Gabrielle Healy. Text by Gabrielle Healy.If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357)GUESTSDr. Gary Sachs, Associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical SchoolDr. Demitri Papolos, Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Montefiore Medical CenterAlice Levitt, Writer covering medicine, travel and food, @aliceeatsFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.
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Joe BartolottaLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pmJoe Bartolotta was a self-proclaimed “big deal.”The Milwaukee restaurant industry icon and Bartolotta Restaurant Group LLC co-founder, who died on April 22 at the age of 60, was loved by many for his carefree sense of humor, larger-than-life personality and a way of making everyone he interacted with feel important – and for those who knew him well enough, the occasional witty reminder that he was a “big deal.”Testaments to those lovable characteristics were shared during a memorial service that packed The Riverside Theater. For two hours, approximately 2,000 family members, friends, employees, patrons and community leaders, most wearing colorful attire, gathered to laugh, cry and celebrate the life and legacy of Bartolotta and the big deal that he truly was to Milwaukee. “Bartolotta restaurants have always been about a dozen or so buildings,” said John Wise, The Bartolotta Restaurants’ director of operations, during his eulogy. “It’s always been about the people inside them – the staff, vendors, and the guests together. Within these buildings, though, there are wonderful restaurants. We worked on Joe’s vision: the best food and beverage, the best service, the best locations and environment. He created living, breathing entities where magical things can happen.”Over the course of 25 years, Joe and his brother, Paul, grew their business presence from one restaurant to 16 restaurants and catering facilities in the Milwaukee area, building a reputation as one of the premier restaurant groups in the Midwest. Their achievements have earned them national recognition, as well, with a nomination by the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Restaurateur three years in a row – 2017, 2018 and 2019.Joe and Paul opened their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, in 1993 in their hometown, Wauwatosa. The authentic Italian restaurant has received numerous awards and accolades, both locally and nationally, and last year celebrated its 25th anniversary.Following the success of Ristorante Bartolotta, Joe led the business to open some of the area’s top dining destinations: Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro in 1995 on Milwaukee’s East Side, Mr. B’s Steakhouse in 1999 in Brookfield, Pizzeria Piccola in 2003 in Wauwatosa, Bacchus in 2004 in downtown Milwaukee and Northpoint Custard at Bradford Beach in 2009.In 2004, the company launched another successful venture, Bartolotta Catering & Events. The division is the exclusive caterer for Discovery World on Milwaukee’s lakefront, The Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee, and the Italian Community Center in the Historic Third Ward.In 2010, Bartolotta partnered with iconic Milwaukee entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Cudahy to open Harbor House at the former Pieces of Eight site on the lakefront.During the following years, Bartolotta opened The Rumpus Room in downtown Milwaukee, Joey Gerard’s – A Bartolotta Supper Club in Greendale and Mequon, Miss Beverly’s Deluxe Barbeque in Greendale, and Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee.“Personally, there are so many rewarding things about working in this industry, but there are so many things that take your energy,” said Omar Shaikh, co-owner and president of SURG Restaurant Group LLC.A memorial service for Joe Bartolotta was held at The Riverside Theater.A friend and peer of Bartolotta’s, Shaikh would often call him to ask for advice or talk through various concerns they had about business or the industry.“We were always bouncing things off each other,” he said. “He was a great resource.”Bartolotta’s 16 restaurants and catering facilities, which make up an empire of more than 1,000 employees, are perhaps the most obvious displays of his tremendous impact on the Milwaukee community.But in addition to playing a key role with The Bartolotta Restaurants’ philanthropic arm, Care-a-lotta, he sat on the boards of many other local organizations, including the MATC Advisory Board for Culinary Arts and VISIT Milwaukee. In 2014, Bartolotta was elected to the board of directors for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.He actively supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and organ donation awareness. He and his wife, Jennifer, together supported Schools That Can, Meta House, Milwaukee Public Schools’ ProStart Program, and the Wisconsin Humane Society.And what’s more, Bartolotta proudly helped champion Milwaukee’s bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.During Bartolotta’s funeral, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett shared a story about a site visit with Democratic Party officials.“Joe was asked to talk about restaurants and about the city and I was standing behind him, and as he was talking, I was thinking ‘I wish we were videotaping this’ because he sold this city in an amazing way,” Barrett said.It rained that day, Barrett said, and while the group later enjoyed a two-hour dinner at Lake Park Bistro, Bartolotta handed out steak dinners to the dozens of police officers who were serving as escorts as they were waiting outside.“I’ve seen him do this over and over and over again where he’s kind to people and I think that is a legacy more than anything,” Barrett said.“Everyone who met Joe felt like they were important to him,” said Paul Bartolotta during his eulogy. “I’ll let you in on a secret – you were. Everybody was important to Joe.”He told attendees they are all “FOJs,” an abbreviation (and company inside joke) for “friend of Joe’s.”During his speech, Paul recognized Jamie Shiparski, Joe’s brother-in-law who donated a kidney so Joe could undergo a living-donor kidney transplant in 2013.Shiparski later gave his own eulogy, saying he’s never defined himself as Joe’s kidney donor because, “Joe would have done the same thing for me, as he would have done for so many people if he had that opportunity.”The transplant added a few years to his life, but Bartolotta had also suffered from other health issues, including Type 1 diabetes since he was a child. Jennifer Bartolotta, Joe’s wife and director of Care-a-lotta, elaborated on the day-to-day health challenges Joe kept private, or what she called “the daily grind that he never showed you.”“He sustained the blows of three heart attacks, had seven stents placed in his heart and six years ago, my beloved brother donated a kidney to Joe,” she said.Toward the end of his life, she said, he was taking 38 pills daily and “the neuropathy in his feet had become debilitating.”Jennifer continued her speech with words of assurance and certainty about the future of the company.“If you’re wondering about your jobs, please don’t. If you’re wondering about our leadership team, please don’t. If you’re wondering about the quality of our food deteriorating, please don’t. If you’re wondering if we can deliver on his promise to passionately serve you, please don’t. If you’re wondering if we’ll continue our heartfelt service to the community, please don’t. We can and will survive this journey of ambiguity because we will walk in his footsteps,” she said.And Milwaukee’s restaurant community is expected to do the same.“We all – the Bartolottas, their group, the community – lost a leader, but it’s our job to step up and carry the torch and move the city forward like Joe was doing,” Shaikh said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
NEAA Sports Coordinator John Romano and Dhiren Thakkar, owner of Black Dog Real Estate Group, LLCFor the second year in a row, Dhiren Thakkar of The Black Dog Real Estate Group, LLC. has made a donation to sponsor North End Athletic Association’s Fall Youth Soccer Program North End Athletic Association’s Fall Youth Soccer Program. The sponsorship helps pay for the cost of shirts and socks for all the players in the league. Not only does Dhiren Thakkar sponsor our program, but he is one of the coaches of the 10 to 13 year program and helps with overall coordination of the league.“We are extremely grateful to The Black Dog Real Estate Group, LLC for their continued sponsorship and also to Dhiren Thakkar for his direct involvement with the children in our program,” said John Romano, program coordinator for the NEAA. The program has approximately 125 children, boys and girls ages 4 to 13 years.The older group plays on Friday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and the other age groups play on Saturday mornings. All games and practices are at Puopolo Park on Commercial Street.*Advertisement*
Senator Joe Boncore visits with seniors at the Thanksgiving luncheon. 1 of 5 ABCD North End / West End Service Center Thanksgiving Luncheon The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon last week. The turnout was impressive, with nearly 70 seniors from both the North End and West End neighborhoods enjoying a traditional repast of turkey, sides, and pie. NE/WE NSC Advisory Board Chair Andres Molina helped with serving the hungry crowd. Also in attendance were NE/WE NSC Advisory Board Members Victor Brogna, as usual on trumpet, and Gisella di Paola of Eagle Bank. Mark Bernier, a former volunteer computer instructor, assisted with meal serving and preparation.State Senator Joe Boncore visited with his legislative aide to wish his constituents a happy Thanksgiving, and to donate some much-needed gift cards for the purchase of turkeys. City Councilor Elect Lydia Edwards dropped in to say hello as well – the center congratulates her on her appointment and looks forward to working with her! Senator Sal Di Domenico, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal La Mattina, and City Councilor Josh Zakim could not attend personally due to scheduling conflicts, but all chipped in with a compassionate donation of turkeys, gift cards, and monetary donations for the seniors, families, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners that the North End/West End NSC serves.Lastly, the center gratefully acknowledges Greg and Caryn Antonelli of GTA Landscaping; Steven Colarusso of Antonio’s Cucina Italiana in the West End; Al and Maryann Giorgio of La Famiglia Giorgio’s; and Mary Guarino and the team at Church on the Hill for turkey donations. Regina Cleri for the fourth year in a row organized a food drive to stock the center’s food pantry shelves, as did the Law Offices of DLA Piper and Strada 234. Thanks to all mentioned and many more, no one who came to the center’s doors went without for Thanksgiving! All served had a hearty meal at the luncheon with turkeys and food to take home to enjoy in the following days.*Advertisement* This year the NE/WE NSC saw an increase in the need for turkeys and food donations to provide holiday meals and holiday baskets for seniors. They remain especially thankful to elected officials, businesses, and donors for their support. Simply put, with the outpouring of love, support, and kindness from their communities, the NE/WE NSC provided nourishment for the body and soul to all who knocked on their doors for a Thanksgiving feast or other assistance. Without you, none of this would have been possible. The NE/WE NSC extends its deepest thanks to you. Happy Holidays to all!
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its effort to rehabilitate Bohol province after it suffered massive damage from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.Jica chief representative Takahiro Sasaki, through the DSWD, turned over 150 tents and 485 blue tarpaulin sheets to the Bohol provincial government for distribution to affected families.ADVERTISEMENT MORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtMORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurt LATEST STORIES Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BPI nets P13.74B in H1 SMC bags Bulacan airport project PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal The tents made of cotton canvass has a total floor area of 16 sq.m. and galvanized steel posts. It has two apertures, front and back and a window on each side of the wall. Each tent is waterproof and rustproof.The tarpaulin sheets measure 50 meters by four meters and is made of woven high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fiber.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealThe relief goods are part of the 38 million Japanese yen worth of relief items donated by Sasaki to Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.“I am deeply touched by the support extended by the government of Japan through Jica in these difficult times,” said Gov. Edgar Chatto during the turnover ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City. Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew
What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four top-level executives at Twitter after tech media blogs reported layoffs and firings at the company, on Sunday. He also clarified the reports of firings in his post calling them “inaccurate press rumorsâ€:Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I’m addressing this now: I’m sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton, and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company.Â [Related: Twitter Experiences Hours-Long Service Disruption]The four are Alex Roetter, senior vice president of engineering; Skip Schipper, vice president of human resources; head of media Katie Jacobs Stanton; and head of product Kevin Weil.Jason Toff, who heads up Twitter’ s video app product Vine, also announced on Sunday that he was leaving Twitter to work with Google on its virtual reality products, according to the New York Times.Despite success as a globally disruptive social media app and means of communication, Twitter has been steeped in controversy and financial troubles. Most recently, many criticized the hiring of white male Jeffrey Siminoff, as the head of diversity and inclusion.The criticism was especially pointed since the revelation that African American employees made up just 1.5% of Twitter employees as of 2015, although according to the Pew Research Center, blacks make up the largest percentage of Twitter’s userbase and are most active on the platform.In November last year, former black Twitter engineer, Leslie Miley posted a Medium blog expressing his frustration working at Twitter with its lack of diversity.Twitter shares fell in the wake of the news of the management departures, reports MarketWatch. Investors have historically struggled to see value in the platform, although it is used by millions. In the past month, Twitter shares fell 22% however, some Wall Street analysts say that new management will introduce fresh blood into the company and that advertising partnerships should help the company monetize.Yet, investors remain wary. From MarketWatch:The stock’s valuation is becoming “more interesting,â€ said Citi Research analysts, but the uncertainty with executive departures, as well as employee turnover and ongoing business challenges, caused the researchers to reiterate a neutral rating. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/management-shake-up-at-twitter-top-execs-out/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/management-shake-up-at-twitter-top-execs-out/
The digital divide may have narrowed a bit last week when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took the stage for an interview at the National Society of Black Engineer’s 42nd Annual Convention in Boston.[Related: Apple: We Did Not Expect to Be at Odds With Our Government]Dorsey was interviewed by Laura W. Powers the co-founder of CODE2040 in front of scores of black engineering students and professionals. The interview was also live streamed for the Internet audience.During the interview, Dorsey said that he was committed to making Twitter a more diverse and inclusive company in which to work.“The only way we are going to be creative is to have perspective from all over,â€ said Dorsey.He also spoke of the need for empathy. “The best way to have empathy for someone is to have them represented… Empathy is not just about listening; it’s about understanding and having action behind that understanding,â€ he said.Dorsey also said that Twitter would begin rolling out unconscious bias training to all its employees and interns.The NSBE invited Twitter users to submit questions during the interview by using the hashtag #NSBEAskJack.Questions from the Twitterverse ranged from those curious as to how Twitter started the use of hashtags to more pointed questions about diversity and race relations.“If you take #BlackLivesMatter seriously then [sic] BW saying they’re experiencing daily violence/harassment #onhere should = change,â€ tweeted @karaincontrast to #NSBEAskJack.Other quotes from Dorsey that particularly resonated with the Twitter audience based on retweets were:“Passion can’t be taught–all the skills can be taught.â€“We are looking for people with passion and purpose.â€“The spirit of entrepreneurship is to do whatever it takes to make it work.â€“Build for who you are and what you want to see in the world.â€“Technology gives you the choice to stay small and still have global impact.â€Twitter was one of the Silicon Valley companies under fire last year for a lack of diversity in its workforce. In 2014, blacks accounted for 2% of its workforce, and Hispanics, 6%.In December of last year, the company stoked further derision when it announced that it had hired Jeffrey Siminoff, a white male, as its new vice president of diversity and inclusion.Anecdotally, however, it seemed as though the reaction by the audience to Dorsey’s attendance at the NSBE event was favorable.“After listening to @jack speak at #NSBE42’s @NSBEAskJack session today, my passion for #Twitter has been refueled,â€ tweeted @dr_zumba. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/twitter-ceo-takes-questions-and-criticism-at-black-engineers-event/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/twitter-ceo-takes-questions-and-criticism-at-black-engineers-event/
Gloves Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Standard BJJ Gi Good Night Tee Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier enters to fight Josh Barnett (not pictured) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Latest From MMA Warehouse Lockdown duffle bag ProMax 440 BJJ GI Standard Ranked Rashguard Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Latest From Our Partners Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Apparel Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Accessories Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Lights. Out. MMAmania.com More From Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Sale More: Hang tight, big fella, it’s almost over.Daniel Cormier, who won the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament this past May 19, 2012, when he handily defeated Josh Barnett in the finals in San Jose, California, now knows the date of his final fight with the promotion.He’ll lace up the gloves for Strikeforce one last time on Sept. 29 at a venue and location still to be announced.The big question, of course, is who exactly his opponent will be. The options are extremely limited, at least as far as viable contenders go. The issue the powers that be will have is finding a heavyweight of decent value that won’t be considered a glorified can for Cormier to crush before skipping off to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).The trouble with that is “DC” is currently the fourth ranked heavyweight in the world according to the SB Nation consensus rankings. Only UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, number one contender Cain Velasquez, and the next man in line for that title, Alistair Overeem, are ranked higher.That means dipping lower and if the UFC is unwilling to send a member of its roster over, that only leaves Josh Barnett (ranked 7), who Cormier just beat, Fedor Emelianenko (ranked 15), who is retired, Cole Konrad (ranked 17), who fights for Bellator, and Sergei Kharitonov (ranked 20), who doesn’t really deserve to be anywhere near a match-up against Cormier.What makes the most sense from a sport perspective is Fabricio Werdum heading back to Strikeforce for a truly meaningful match-up that will create yet another top contender to the UFC heavyweight title. However, that would mean Dana White giving up one of his guys to benefit Showtime and who knows if that’s something that would ever happen.This all adds up to a potentially horrifying match-up between Cormier and someone entirely too undeserving of getting a shot at him. But who will the mystery man be?Let’s get your best guesses in the comments section. Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam
1/17/2017, 4:52 p.m. What You Can Buy for Just Over $300,000 on the North Shore From a cottage in Gloucester to a condo in Salem. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 000 By Madeline Bilis· Photo courtesy of Keller Williams RealtyHomebuyers with a budget of $300,000 might be able to score a pint-sized condo in the city. Venture outside of Boston, though, and there are roomy residences to be found.On the North Shore, the same budget can buy anything from a single family in Danvers to a spacious unit in Salem. This week, there are gems to be found in Gloucester, Beverly, and beyond.Here, find five homes on the North Shore asking between $310,000 and $339,000.Photo courtesy of Keller Williams Realty1. 70 School Street Unit B, SalemPrice: $324,900Size: 2,095 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Photo courtesy of Keller Williams Realty2. 10 Franklin Street, DanversPrice: $339,000Size: 1,553 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 1.5Photo courtesy of Holly C & Co. Fine Homes3. 307 Concord Street, GloucesterPrice: $310,000Size: 786 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Photo courtesy of Holly C & Co. Fine Homes4. 388 Essex Avenue, GloucesterPrice: $329,000Size: 1,404 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage5. 27 Herrick Street #1, BeverlyPrice: $329,900Size: 1,731 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2 full, 2 partial Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print
Print Harpswell, Maine. Photo by Kyle Clauss on Flickr/Creative CommonsThey don’t call it Vacationland for nothing.Maine was ranked the most fun state in New England and 11th most fun nationwide, according to a new report by personal finance social network WalletHub. Maine had the second-most restaurants per capita, and the fifth-most golf courses and country clubs per capita.Vermont came in a close second at 14th, followed by New Hampshire at 19th and Rhode Island, 24th. Though it boasted the most fitness centers per capita, Massachusetts only ranked 26th nationwide, and the second-least fun behind dull ol’ Connecticut.To compile their rankings, WalletHub compares all 50 states using 22 metrics across two categories: entertainment and recreation (restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, movie theaters, skiing facilities, and beach access) and nightlife (average price of beer and wine, music festivals per capita, performing arts theaters per capita).Perhaps buoyed by Las Vegas and its two, shiny new professional sports franchises, Nevada was named the most fun state in America. Mississippi, on the other hand, was ranked the least fun.You can read WalletHub’s full report here. 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 5/2/2017, 10:44 a.m. Maine Ranked Most Fun State in New England Massachusetts lags behind at the back of the pack. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Kyle Scott Clauss·
Print News A Springfield Cop Mocked Victims of the Charlottesville Car Attack on Facebook “Love this,” officer Conrad Lariviere wrote. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 8/14/2017, 9:48 a.m. By Spencer Buell· 000 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo via APPeople around the world were horrified when news broke that, amid this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, a man drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounding at least 19. The attack, which by all indications was committed by a Nazi-sympathizer, was widely condemned.Except, not by Springfield Police officer Conrad Lariviere, who appeared to laugh at the victims of the attack on social media.“Hahahaha love this,” Lariviere wrote in a since-deleted Facebook comment below a post about the incident by conservative writer Ben Shapiro, which was obtained and published by the site MassLive, “maybe people shouldn’t block roads.”When another commenter criticized him and asked, “How many times has a car plowed into you?” he replied, “Actually [redacted] I’ve been hit by ashitbag [sic] with warrants but who cares right you ignorant brat live in a fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal With the real danger.”Lariviere, who spoke with MassLive, has walked back his comments. “Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing,” he said in an interview. “I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.”Springfield Police confirmed their force includes a police officer by that name and are now investigating.Lariviere also wrote, apparently responding to someone who referred to the driver as a “Nazi,” a comment asking “how do you know he was a nazi scumbag? Stop being part of the problem.”It would later be reported that the alleged driver of the car, 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. attended the rally along with the white supremacist group Vanguard America and was seen carrying a shield bearing its insignia.