The 2016 Award winners celebrating in CannesDigital TV Europe and TBI have unveiled the shortlist for the third annual Content Innovation Awards, with entries from a wide range of top-tier operators, content companies and technology providers competing for the honours across 20 awards categories this year.New categories this year include Best New Venture, The YouTube Award, The Social Engagement Award, the Next Gen Advertising Award, The UX Award, the Consumer Premises Equipment Innovation of the Year, TV Service Innovation of the Year and Virtual Reality Sports Experience.This year’s event will also include two Awards in recognition of individual achievement: the Lifetime Achievement Award and International Content Leader of the Year.Following the success of the first two editions of the Content Innovation Awards in Cannes, this year’s event, which Digital TV Europe is hosting in partnership with our sister title, TBI, promises to be bigger and better than ever, once again celebrating the most impressive innovations in TV content creation, distribution and technology over the past year.The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday October 15, once again at the Carlton Hotel’s Grand Salon in Cannes.To view the full shortlist for the 2017 awards, click here.
BBC First content is set to debut in Thailand after BBC Studios stuck a programming-block deal with Thai public broadcaster MCOT.McMafiaThe BBC First block will include British drama series like McMafia, Press and Luther and will launch in February 2019 on MCOT’s 24-hour entertainment channel, Channel 9.“British drama is working remarkably well with audiences, with outstanding talent producing some of the very best television in the world,” said Myleeta Aga, senior vice-president and general manager of South and South-East Asia, BBC Studios.“We are excited to be working with MCOT to bring premium British drama to Thai audiences, backed by the BBC First brand.”In Asia, BBC First is also available as an SVOD channel in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong and as a block in Japan. It can be accessed via BBC Player online and as an app in Singapore and Malaysia.
Multi-service use of pay TV and OTT offerings is becoming the norm, with the average North American household using 2.75 services, up 26% since 2017, according to TiVo.The company’s latest Video Trends Report found that Netflix was the service most frequently selected as ‘essential’ to how consumers receive entertainment, with 52.7% of respondents choosing it. This was followed by free YouTube videos at 45.9% and then cable TV at 39.5%.A greater proportion of people, at 41.1%, chose cable TV as supplementary rather than essential. This split wasn’t seen by Netflix, which was considered a supplemental service by only 30% of respondents.“As service clustering increases, it’s important to note that a sizable portion of respondents are still ‘cord-only’ users, though this group tends to be older,” according to the report.The research found that 30.7% of respondents were not using any major monthly OTT/SVOD services and said that this partially aligns with the 21.5% who only have linear pay TV.“Overall, consumers are using a variety of services, and with the exception of several ever-popular categories (pay TV and Netflix, for example), they’re not flocking to any particular content providers or services. Instead, they’re demanding more content from more sources than ever before.”The research was based on a survey of 4,458 people aged 18 and over in the US and Canada that was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2018.To access the full report, click here.
Vodafone Deutschland has struck a cable wholesale agreement with Telefónica Deutschland in a move designed ensure that the EC gives approval to cable giant Liberty Global’s sale of its Germany business to the operator.Vodafone has submitted a remedy package comprising the cable wholesale agreement and a commitment to ensure sufficient capacity is available for OTT TV distribution to the EC to secure approval of the deal with Liberty.The operator said that in combination, the wholesale agreement and OTT commitment would enhance broadband competition in Germany to the benefit of consumers and broadcasters.The EC now intends to undertake market testing of the remedy package, which is expected to conclude during this month.The cable wholesale agreement will allow Telefónica to offer high-speed broadband services to consumers on Vodafone and Unitymedia’s cable network in Germany, and is subject to the completion of Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and RomaniaTelefónica will be able to market broadband services over the combined Vodafone and Unitymedia cable network in Germany, which covers 23.7 million households.The deal has been signed on a long-term basis, with Telefónica committed to achieving an unstated minimum level of customers over the term of the contract.Vodafone said that it expected the Commission to adopt its decision on the Liberty transaction by July with completion occurring later that month.“Our deal with Liberty Global is transformational in many ways. It is a significant step towards a Gigabit society, which will enable consumers and businesses to access the world of content & digital services at high speeds. It also creates a converged national challenger in four important European countries, bringing innovation & greater choice. We are very pleased to announce today our cable wholesale access agreement with Telefónica Deutschland, enabling them to bring faster broadband speeds to their customers and further enhancing infrastructure competition across Germany,” said Vodafone CEO Nick Read.The European Commission has set a July 9 deadline for deciding on whether to give a green light to Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s cable business in Germany and central Europe after the parties submitted their commitments yesterday. The Commission previously had set a deadline of June 18 to come to a decision.
The European Union’s key institutions – the Commission, Council and Parliament – this week finally agreed new copyright rules in the face of intense opposition and lobbying from internet giants.The agreed deal between the institutions – the outcome of the so-called trilogue process that underpins EU rule-making that had already been subject to delay in December – includes the controversial Article 13 that will put the onus on the likes of YouTube to remove copyright infringing material without being asked, something that online platforms have long resisted.For the measure’s supporters, Article 13 reinforces the position of content rightsholders and enables them to be properly remunerated. But for some of its opponents, who have tended to rail against it in near-apocalyptic terms, it means the effective end of the internet as we know it.Much of the attention of European lawmakers has focused on tackling the so-called ‘value gap’ between broadcasters and the online world whereby online platforms have been seen as free riders that benefit from the work of others to drive traffic across their own platforms but fail to provide adequate remuneration in return.The ‘value gap’ solution has been criticised on the grounds that it will require platforms to scan every piece of content that is uploaded to their sites, while the technology companies themselves have been concerned that they will become liable for any copyrighted material found on their sites.For others, however, only these types of rules will ensure that rightsholders are properly recompensed for their efforts. The perception that YouTube is a free rider that makes advertising revenues from others’ works and provides little if any of this money to those rightsholders is now well established among important players in the European media landscape.Broadcasters and rightsholders have been running out of patience with YouTube’s commercial approach even towards content that is placed on the site legitimately. France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte recently said that the pubcaster was “going to stop putting complete programmes on YouTube” after describing the revenues gained from distributing content on the platform as little more than “a tip”. Ernotte uncompromising stance won approval from fellow French broadcasters TF1 and M6.A consortium of French broadcasters and rights organisations also took issue with YouTube’s attempts to harness the support of its army of content creators to pressure European lawmakers to backtrack on the copyright rules, arguing in forceful terms that the Google video-sharing site’s campaign was ““based on the manipulation of users, influencers and the young” and was “unacceptable”.In fact the end result agreed by the European institutions involves something of a fudge regarding the responsibility of Google and its peers to prevent unauthorised content appearing on their sites. Platforms will have to make “best efforts” to obtain an authorisation for use of copyrighted material, or to make sure that unauthorised use of content isn’t made available if a rights holder has provided information about their IP.Forcing the online platforms to seek authorisation, and to take measures to “ensure the unavailability of unauthorised content” to avoid liability, is an attempt to address the ‘value gap’. The platforms will also have to “act expeditiously to remove any unauthorised content following a notice received and make also their best efforts to prevent future uploads.”The EU has made an exception for online services providers that have been in existent in the EU for less than three years, with turnover of less than €10 million and fewer than five million monthly users – criteria that observers may find somewhat arbitrary.These smaller platforms only need to prove that they have made their best efforts to obtain an authorisation and that they have acted expeditiously to remove the unauthorised works notified by right holders from their platform.However, even the stronger requirements made of the bigger platforms falls short of the mandatory use of filters to prevent the uploading of unauthorised material in the first place that online platforms and their supporters feared.One problem with the new rules is not that they will destroy the internet or break the power of big tech players – a development that many would no doubt welcome – but that they remain too open to interpretation, leaving too much scope for legal battles over the finer points of implementation as they come into force. EU directives have to be transposed into national law by member states, leaving room for interpretation, as opposed to regulations, which have to be enforced in all member states simultaneously, leaving further room for interpretation and variation across the EU.The controversy over Article 13 is likely to continue to rage. While supporters of the directive argue that the opposition to it is disingenuous, the big tech companies are unlikely to give up the battle. Meanwhile, internet advocates and content creators are also continuing to lobby and petition against the new rules. These rules also still need to be confirmed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU before they come into force.
Games publisher Riot Games has launched a premium OTT streaming service for its popular League of Legends esports tournament called Pro View. The platform is divided between the the North American League of Legends League Championship Series (LCS) and League European Championship (LEC). Regional access runs at €14.99, with access to both tournaments costing €19.99. Riot says that all revenue made from Pro View will be shared with the competing teams.Viewers will still be able to watch the tournaments for free across various streaming platforms, albeit with the technological advancements that League of Legends Pro View offers.One key feature is the ability to simulcast up to four synchronised streams in order to follow individual players during matches. Pro View also grants access to a timeline of key moments in matches.In a statement, the company said: “Our goal is to create a holistic viewing experience that’s optimised for League of Legends esports while still allowing fans to watch on the streaming platform of their choice.”
Encouraging the public to attend the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock says it promises to be another fantastic event for families. “Let’s hope the weather improves and we can enjoy a spectacle of ground tricks, aerial jumps and bike spins and twists for everyone to enjoy.”The event is a part of a fun filled week of activities organised by Council in association with Sustrans ro promote cycling and encourage the public to get out there and get active.More information on the activities can be found at www.derrystrabane.com/bigbikefestBIG BIKE FEST FINALE IN STRABANE was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet THE North West Big Bike Festival fun continues this weekend with a jaw-dropping finale display in Strabane this Saturday afternoon from 12 noon to 5pm with the 3SIXTY stunt team who will perform a unique display of all kinds of ground tricks, aerial jumps, twists & spins all at high speed.This is an interactive event that will bring to close a-week-long schedule of bike related activities held across the Council area aimed at encouraging people to get active on their bikes.The Saturday finale event in Castle Street, Strabane, encourages crowd participation and promises to be quite a spectacle and will be extremely entertaining for families in particularIn addition to the showcase events, bikers inspired by the talent on display will have an opportunity to try out some of the new tricks as part of interactive workshops. 3SIXTYBIG BIKE FEST FINALE IN STRABANECastle Streetstrabane
ShareTweet Julie said that if nothing is done then people will think they have a free run to go out and commit further crimes on our roads.“If nothing is done pretty soon people out there are going to think “we can go out and do what we like in a car.” They are not respecting the roads, not respecting road safety,” she said.Martin Patton said his family just cannot get over how slack the sentences are when someone has lost a life.He said that sentences must be tougher if people using our roads are to be safeguarded.“I would like to see the sentences changed. Everything is too lenient in this country.“There is too many court cases with the same outcome and even cases that don’t get as far as the courtroom.“It’s just so slack,” he pleaded.The couple said that with good behaviour and his guilty plea, their son’s killer will only serve 12 months of his 18 month jail sentence.Lynch was also banned from driving for six years.But driving bans mean nothing to Lynch – at the time he killed Shane Patton he was also a banned driver.FAMILY OF SHANE PATTON CALL FOR TOUGHER JAIL TERMS AS HIS KILLER DRIVER WILL BE OUT IN JUST 12 MONTHS was last modified: February 14th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: He crashed into Shane while traveling at 104 mph before later fleeing to the North before his court case.When he was extradited back to Donegal, he pleaded guilty to careless driving causing Shane’s death and received just 18 months in jail.Last night Mr and Mrs Patton revealed how they were only told the night before the recent circuit court case in Letterkenny how the DPP had recommended a charge of careless driving instead of dangerous driving.Mrs Patton said they were told how witnesses were not available and also how Lynch may have been found not guilty if he went before a jury. The late Shane Patton with his heartbroken mum Julie.THE still heartbroken parents of tragic Shane Patton have demanded tougher jail sentences for people who get behind the wheel and kill others.Julie and Martin Patton, from Drumkeen, appeared on RTE television show Claire Byrne Live to tell of their heartache at the loss of their 18 year old son.Shane died in 2012 when Derry thug Eamonn Lynch – who has almost 500 criminal convictions – got behind the wheel after drinking and while he was banned from driving. FAMILY OF SHANE PATTON CALL FOR TOUGHER JAIL TERMS AS HIS KILLER DRIVER WILL BE OUT IN JUST 12 MONTHSJULIE PATTONMARTIN PATTON
Google+ Mail Linkedin Pinterest Twitter Update: (5/14 10:00 p.m.)Raleigh County dispatchers have confirmed William Lee Baker is back in custody. Raleigh County deputies located Baker in the Prosperity area, without incident.Baker was located walking along Prosperity Road. When approached by authorities he gave a fake name at first then admitted to his true identity, according to officials.Baker will now be sent to the Mount Olive Correctional Facility in Fayette County.No word on if he will be facing additional charges.——RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A male inmate has escaped from the Beckley Correctional Center at approximately 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14.According to the WV Divison of Corrections and Rehabilitation, William Lee Baker, 41, a work release subject escaped.Baker was serving a 1-10 year sentence for the following charges stemming from Harrison, Lewis and Marion Counties.Fraud with Access DeviceBreaking and EnteringGrand LarcenyBurglary by B&EOperating or Attempting to Operate Clandestine Drug LaboratoriesDaytime Burglary without breakingBaker is a white male, 5’7 weighing 138 pounds he has hazel eyes and brown hair. He was Last seen wearing an orange toboggan, gray sweater, khaki pants. He is now reportedly wearing all white.If seen, contact 911 immediately.At this time officials have no specific area where he may be traveling.Once more information becomes available we’ll update this story. Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News UPDATE: Escaped Inmate Found Tumblr CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal News UPDATE: Escaped Inmate Found By Terell BaileyMay 14, 2019, 18:18 pm 598 0 Facebook Previous PostBluefield Hospital Celebrates Hospital Week Next PostBluefield Fire Department Awarded State Farm Grant Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon
It’s almost too quiet…and I wouldn’t want to be short this market at the moment.As you could tell from yesterday’s price action, it was a ‘nothing’ sort of day from start to finish. However, under the hood, volume was monstrous, as we are down to last few days of roll-overs out of the April delivery month in gold. Gross volume was 317,000…a hair more than Monday…but the net volume was tiny…only around 14,000 contractsHowever, gold did spend most of the trading session back under the $1,600 spot price mark…and closed a hair under it as well. The gold price finished on Tuesday at $1,599.50 spot…down $5.90 from Monday’s close. Nothing much to see here.It was pretty much the same story in silver, as it traded in a very tight range as well…and I wouldn’t read a thing into Tuesday’s price action. Silver closed at $29.76 spot, down 9 cents from Monday. Gross volume was light at only 26,000 contracts.The dollar index traded flat all day. It closed on Monday at 82.89…and closed on Tuesday at 82.88.The gold stocks opened down…and hit their low of the day minutes after 11:00 a.m. Eastern time…then spent the remainder of the day regaining a portion of those loses. The HUI finished down 0.83%.It was pretty much the same for the silver stocks…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.69%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 5 gold and a very chunky 184 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday. In silver, there were only two short/issuers…Jefferies, and JPMorgan Chase in its client account, with 116 and 68 contracts respectively. There were eight various long/stoppers, but the lion’s share will be received by Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 116 contracts…and JPMorgan Chase with 38 in its in-house [proprietary] trading account. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here…and it’s worth a peek.For the second day in a row there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.One thing I forgot to mention yesterday, was this. I said on Saturday that it appeared that SLV may have double counted one big addition of silver into their depositories because the Friday deposit of 1,691,162 troy ounces was within 20 troy ounces of the deposit made on Thursday. As it turns out, they were actually two separate receipts, as no correction was made to SLV on either Monday, or yesterday.It was a big day over at the U.S. Mint, as they reported selling 10,500 ounces of gold eagles…and a whopping 918,500 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they reported receiving 599,621 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 482,113 troy ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to that activity is here. Despite my best efforts, I have a fair number of stories again today…and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you.Yesterday was a big zero in the grand scheme of things…and we only have a couple of more days for those holding April futures contracts in both gold and silver to get out before First Notice Day on Friday, so I’m expecting volume to be heavy for the next two days. But as far as price action is concerned, it’s anyone’s guess.Yesterday was also the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and yesterday’s price action will have no effect on that report except for total open interest in both metals.Just eye-balling the reporting week that will be included in that COT report, I’d guess there won’t be too many changes in silver…and maybe a slight reduction in the Commercial net short position in gold. But both Ted and I were surprised at the big improvement in silver in last week’s report, so I’m not going to stick my neck out too far on Friday’s numbers.It’s as quiet as the proverbial church mouse in Far East trading at the moment…1:17 a.m. Eastern time…and gold volumes are even less than they were this time yesterday…so, once again, there is no high-frequency trading going on…and the roll-overs out of the April contract continues. There is a lot of trading going on in the new front month for gold, which is June. The volume for silver is shockingly low, only about half of what it was this time last night. Both metals are down a hair…and the dollar index is up about the same amount. Based on the volume, I wouldn’t read a thing into this price action. It’s almost too quiet…and I wouldn’t want to be short this market at the moment.Then, at precisely 2:00 a.m. Eastern time…3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in Hong Kong….a not-for-profit high-frequency trader showed up in the silver market…and only the silver market…and this is the Kitco chart I captured at that moment…Thirty minutes later, the Kitco chart looked ,like this…Then at the London open thirty minutes after that…8:00 a.m. GMT….3:00 a.m. Eastern time, the Kitco silver chart looked like this…Could this massive bear raid by JPMorgan et al be the last swing for the fences? I don’t know…nor do I know how the rest of the trading day in silver will turn out. But one thing is for sure…and that this is as far away from a free market event as you can get. Of course neither the CFTC or the CME Group will do anything…and neither will their silent co-conspirators, the silver mining companies that we own shares in.Since today is Wednesday, silver analyst Ted Butler will certainly have something to say about today’s silver price action in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers…and I will steal what I can for tomorrow’s column.But this is what he had to say in the last paragraph of his “The Good…the Bad…and the Ugly” essay posted in the public domain on Monday…”I can’t rule out further silver price stabs to the downside before a dramatic and final resolution to the upside because both stem from the same cause – the manipulation. What I can say is that while those stabs at new price lows may occur, it is mandatory that silver prices will explode at some unknown point. Considering how far along we are in the silver manipulation in terms of time…and considering the emerging signs of physical tightness and developing shortage…I think it’s best to concentrate on the certainty of the coming price explosion and not the uncertainty of near term pricing.”I await the noon silver fix in London with great interest…and the Comex open in New York as well.See you tomorrow.
And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about ten minutes away. The gold price certainly didn’t do much in Far East trading on their Thursday—and just about the same can be said of the other three precious metals as well. Silver is up 8 cents—and palladium is up 2 bucks. Net gold volume is a hair over 14,000 contracts at the moment, which is fairly decent for this time of day—and about ten percent of the gross volume is roll-overs out of the June contract. Silver’s net volume is a handful of contracts under the 3,000 mark. The dollar index, which has been chopping sideways in a pretty tight range over the last twenty-four hours, is flat at the moment. Nothing to see here, either. Tomorrow we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday—and as I expected, Ted didn’t want to be nailed down as to what the report might say, either. Here’s a paragraph on this issue from his mid-week column yesterday—“I’m not even sure what the COT report will show on Friday. Before Tuesday’s price smash, I would have assumed an extreme increase in the total commercial net short position, along the lines of what I mentioned on Saturday (40,000+ in gold and 10,000 to 20,000 contracts in silver), although surprises were possible. [But] after Tuesday, I would have assumed some moderation in those expected increases, but that’s the problem with sharp up and down moves within the reporting week, namely, it scrambles objective analysis.“ And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I see that the dollar index made it as high as 95.65 around 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, thirty minutes before the London open—and has been heading lower ever since. At the moment it’s down 50 basis points from Wednesday’s close in New York. However, this is not being reflected in the gold price, as it’s trading basically unchanged at the moment. Net volume is just under 22,000 contracts, which isn’t overly heavy. Silver is up a dime—and volume is just over 4,400 contracts, which is also on the lighter side. Platinum and palladium are up a couple of bucks each. I must admit that I have no clue as to what may be in store for the precious metals for the remainder of the Thursday trading session, but as is usually the case, any price action of significance will occur once the COMEX opens at 8:20 a.m. EDT in New York. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The silver equities traded more or less in the same pattern—and the sell-off at the 10:30 a.m. EDT is obvious on the chart below, as is the up/down pattern after the Fed minutes were released. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.63 percent. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart from yesterday—and you can see for yourself how precise the timing was of the smack-down in the smallish silver rally at 10:30 a.m. yesterday. The pop in price at the release of the Fed minutes was taken away as well. The gold stocks opened up a bit—and chopped sideways until minutes before the Fed minutes were released at 2 p.m. EDT. They powered higher from there, but willing sellers showed up about 2:30 p.m. as the gold price sagged a few dollars—and by the time the equity markets closed in New York yesterday, most of those gains had vanished, as the HUI closed up only 0.13 percent. The dollar index closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York around 95.30—and although it made it as high at about 95.80 in late afternoon trading in Hong Kong on their Wednesday afternoon, it fell back to around the 95.50 mark after the London open—and chopped sideways for the rest of the Wednesday session, closing at 95.59—up only 9 basis points on the day. I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you once more. Where do I get off accusing the COMEX and CME of running a crooked shop whether you call it market making or a bookie operation? For nearly 30 years I’ve argued that COMEX silver has facilitated the silver manipulation in violation of the terms of commodity and interstate commerce law; but let me do so today in terms of what constitutes a crooked bookie. If there’s one thing in which no one would disagree, a bookie would be considered unquestionably crooked if he took measures to ensure the outcome of a sporting event, such as paying players in a college basketball game to deliberately shave points in a game or otherwise perform badly enough to affect the outcome. In essence, that’s exactly what the COMEX has encouraged in silver. How so? First, if a bookie never lost when he took a big line on any sports event that should raise suspicions of rigged games. After all, there is no way a freely contested event could always fall within the odds to the bookie’s favor. Let me stop here and agree that it’s not the COMEX or the CME taking the bets that never lose, but certain favored members, like JPMorgan and other large institutions. The CME provides the infrastructure that enables the real bookies to take the bets of speculators (technical funds) in silver, gold, copper and other commodities. The CME gets kickbacks from everyone who places bets on the COMEX, but sees to it that the most favored member bookies always win. Data from the federal commodities regulator, in the form of the weekly Commitments of Traders Report (COT) confirm that the biggest bookies, like JPMorgan, have never, to my knowledge, incurred any losses in taking the other side to what the technical funds have ever bet. Some smaller bookies or commercial traders have suffered a rare setback or two over the years, but the biggest silver bookies, like JPMorgan? Never have they lost. That’s the sure sign that the COMEX silver game is fixed – when the biggest bookies never lose. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 20 May 2015 Except for the dip in all four precious metals in the two hours leading up to the London open, all was quiet yesterday in the precious metal market. Even the tiniest hint that prices might rally was met by a willing seller, probably of the HFT variety. And the FOMC minutes release at 2 p.m. EDT had no impact on p.m. prices. For a change, all was quiet on the currency front as well. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals as of the close of trading on Wednesday. There’s not much to see—and I’m just sitting here waiting for the other shoe to drop, as I don’t believe that this engineered price decline that started on Tuesday is close to being over—although I’d love to be spectacularly wrong about that. I’m just sitting here waiting for the other shoe to drop After the the two hour sell-off going into the London open, the gold priced inched higher until shortly after the p.m. gold fix was in at 10 a.m. EDT in New York. After that it chopped quietly sideways into the close. Once again the high and low ticks aren’t worth my effort to look up. Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,209.80 spot, up $1.80 from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was on the lighter side at 101,000 contracts, with almost a third of that coming before the London open. It was more or less the same price action in silver, but the obvious sell-off of the quiet rally that occurred at 10:30 a.m. EDT really stands out—and from there it got sold back to unchanged by 3:30 p.m. It traded flat into the close of electronic trading. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $17.28 and $16.935 in the July contract. Silver closed yesterday at $17.075 spot, up a half a cent. Net volume was 29,500 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that no gold or silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest in May fell by 15 contracts, leaving 124 still open. Silver o.i. dropped by 8 contracts, which still leaves 289 left. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday. This time it was 99,510 troy ounces. Since May 1 there has been 765,356 troy ounces of gold removed from GLD—and not a single troy ounce deposited. And as of 9:52 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. The folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the changes in both their gold and silver ETFs for the week ending Friday, May 15—and this is what they had to report. Their gold ETF added 4,234 troy ounces—and their silver ETF increased by 49,672 troy ounces. For the second day in a row there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. There wasn’t a lot of activity in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Tuesday. They only received 4,600 troy ounces—and shipped 99 ounces out the door. It was much busier in silver as 783,763 troy ounces were reported received, but only 6,250 troy ounces were shipped out. All the ‘in’ activity was at the CNT Depository and Canada’s Scotiabank. The link to that action is here. It was another frantic day at the gold kilobar depositories in Hong Kong on their Tuesday. They received 9,158 kilobars—and shipped out 10,588 kilobars. These are huge amounts of gold, dear reader—and the link to that activity in troy ounces is here. Since yesterday was the 20th of the month, the folks over at The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their Internet site with April’s data. It showed that they added 300,000 troy ounces of gold to their reserves, which now stands at 40.1 million troy ounces. Here’s Nick’s most excellent chart showing the change. Platinum also got sold down a bit going into the London open, but recovered within an hour or so before chopping sideways for the remainder of the Wednesday session. Platinum finished the day at $1,154 spot, up 5 bucks from Tuesday. Ditto for palladium, but the subsequent rally off its pre-London open low tick got dealt with at the COMEX open. It’s low came at noon EDT—and it managed to close up only a dollar from Tuesday at $775 spot. Avrupa and Antofagasta intersect copper-rich VMS in Pyrite Belt, Portugal • First Greenfields discovery of massive sulfide mineralization in 20 years in the Iberian Pyrite Belt • 10.85 meters of massive and semi-massive/stockwork sulfide mineralization grading 1.81% Cu, 2.57% Pb, 4.38% Zn, 0.13% Sn, and 75.27 ppm Ag • Including 7.95 meters @ 2.21% Cu, 3.05% Pb, 4.82% Zn, 0.15% Sn, 89.8 ppm Ag • Followed by 2.90 meters @ 0.71% Cu, 1.27% Pb, 3.17% Zn, 0.092% Sn, 35.4 ppm Ag • Avrupa and Antofagasta sign an amended Joint Venture Agreement Please visit our website to learn more about the company and current exploration program. These water birds are horned grebes—and are very common around this part of Canada in the summer time. Both sexes are magnificent in their respective breeding plumages—and to tell you the truth, I don’t know which is which, but I guess it’s only important that they know the differences. Its “horns” are yellowish patches of feathers behind its eyes that it can raise and lower at will.
— And that’s just a small sampling of what’s going on right now, “hidden in plain view.” The writing is on the wall, my friends. The blockchain is rapidly becoming a reality. Soon, the mainstream media and public at large will be hip to it. But by then, the upside will be gone… So the timing is urgent. That’s why I’m going to hold your feet to the fire. And that’s why I’ll continue to pound away until you realize this opportunity… Just like I did with my clients back in 2003 until they saw the light about Apple. If you’d like to play this trend, I recommend you buy a small amount of bitcoin. Many of the blockchain technologies arising today are based on Bitcoin’s technology. But Bitcoin isn’t the only blockchain I’m currently bullish on. There’s another one that’s poised to become the “next Bitcoin.” It runs on a new blockchain—a “blockchain for everything”—created by a former Bitcoin programmer. And major tech titans IBM, Samsung, and Microsoft have just bought in (Microsoft “greenlighted” millions of developers to work on it). You can claim your free copy of my “next bitcoin” report here… And we’ll even show you how to collect some “next bitcoin” for free. Let the Game Come to You! WARNING: The Stock Market Could Soon Collapse One of America’s best-known crisis experts predicts the U.S. financial system will collapse. He’s sharing a unique way to prepare now – including what to buy, what to avoid, and how the coming crisis could make you 500%. Click here. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) announced just this month that it would start replacing its databases with bitcoin-based blockchain technology. (DTCC handles $11.7 trillion in credit swaps alone.) Global accounting firm KPMG has launched blockchain services for banks and other financial institutions. My “Obsession” With Cryptocurrencies For several months, I’ve been on the soapbox preaching the virtues of cryptocurrencies. I’ve been so bullish on them that I’ve even received letters from subscribers calling me “obsessive.” And that’s fine. I understand why it may seem that way to you. But consider this… I had to drag my retail clients kicking and screaming into Apple back in 2003. If I wasn’t so “obsessive” then, they would have missed out on the iPod 49:1 money train. So there’s a reason for my bullishness. I don’t want you to miss today’s opportunity before it slips away. And time is running out… The Backbone of This New Industry The game-changing technology I’m referring to is called the blockchain. The blockchain is the backbone of the cryptocurrency industry. It tracks the transactions of digital money like a traditional ledger tracks bank transactions. Here’s why the blockchain will be so revolutionary… Today, it’s the transaction system for the burgeoning digital currency industry… But soon, you’ll be able to conduct all kinds of other transactions on the blockchain—from trading stocks to buying real estate. And you’ll be able to do it in a fraction of the time and cost that it takes to do them today. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about… In September, I told my readers about the first international trade deal ever conducted over the blockchain. The trade was facilitated by Barclays Bank. It involved the purchase of $100,000 in butter and cheese. What’s so amazing about this rather mundane trade? Normally, trades like this take an average of 10 days to complete. They require hundreds—sometimes thousands—of documents to be signed. But Barclays completed the trade using the blockchain in a mind-blowing four hours. The finance trade industry conducts $2 trillion in transactions each year. It’s more than 400 years old. And the blockchain completely changed the game in four hours. Think of all the savings (and reduced paperwork) this new technology will create for the industry. That’s what a disruptive technology looks like. But not everybody recognizes it yet. Just like they didn’t recognize how disruptive the iPod would be. Flying Completely Under the Radar The mainstream media hasn’t picked up on the blockchain yet. And few in the public even know what it is. (Ask your family and friends if they’ve ever heard of it; the answer is likely “no.”) So now is the perfect time to get in: when the technology is about to take off… but right before the herd comes storming in. If you wait too much longer… you’ll be too late. For the Skeptical Among You… Not convinced this technology is set to explode? Well, there’s more… Events are unfolding quickly. In addition to the Barclays trade in September: Editor’s note: Today, we have a special essay from Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari on the next revolutionary technology that’s flying under the radar right now. As Teeka explains, this is going to be a true game changer—and now is the time to get in. Read on to learn how… They thought I was nuts… It was 2003. I was moving from my retail money-management business to managing an exclusive hedge fund. My parting gift to my retail clients was Apple (AAPL). But not everybody was on board. When I told them about Apple, they thought I was crazy… Many of my clients were skeptical. I understood why. At that time, Apple was trading at the same price it had been in 1982. The stock price had done nothing in 21 years. But I knew Apple had a new technology in the pipeline… It was the iPod. Up until then, you could only use the iPod on an Apple Mac. In 2002, Apple announced that it was finally rolling out a PC version. This was a huge shift… All of a sudden, the hottest music player in the world would be available to the biggest pool of technology buyers in the world. This was a no-brainer investment. Why didn’t everyone jump on it? The reason is simple: Apple was deeply misunderstood. People saw the iPod as a niche product. I saw the iPod as the next generation’s Walkman. (The Walkman was a personal cassette player made by Sony. It dominated the 1980s.) The clients who believed in me had the chance to make a small mint. Over the next decade, a $10,000 investment would have ballooned to nearly a half-million dollars. The iPod was once a disruptive technology. It almost single-handedly killed off the compact disc (CD). It was one of those rare opportunities to make a fortune on a truly groundbreaking idea. My friends, I don’t recount this story to brag… I want to show you why it’s so important to get into a revolutionary idea as early as possible. The results can be life-changing… Attention Seniors: MUST-SEE Obscure Social Security Contract Thanks to a contract just like this one, you could receive four deposits of as much as $6,880 in 2017… No matter your age or income level… Without having to pay extra taxes… And without affecting your Social Security checks. If you act before April 21, you could be the next one to receive these deposits from the private sector. You just need to put your name on the list of recipients. Click here to see how. Big T Editor, The Palm Beach Letter – Recommended Links The Sydney Stock Exchange has declared its intention to move to blockchain settlement.
Police say a gunman opened fire at a Birmingham, Alabama, hospital, wounding two men before turning the gun on himself.Capt. H.R. Watson of Birmingham Fire and Rescue told news reporters that two victims were shot and wounded Wednesday night, and the shooter then shot himself. He said one victim was in critical condition with multiple wounds.He said authorities unsure of the shooter’s relation to the victims and whether the victims worked at the hospital. He added that police “still have a lot to find out.”UAB Highlands is a campus of UAB Hospital, which is part of the medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force is trying to make it easier for citizens to get rid of old prescription medications.Task force agents set up red dropoff boxes around Tuscaloosa where people can dispose of old pills.The pills don’t have to be disposed of in their original bottles, but they cannot be loose. Medical supplies, equipment, syringes, glass container and liquids are not accepted.“The drug take-back initiative will continue but this a convenience for the citizens so that they can drop off medications and prescription drugs at any time of the year instead of holding them for the two days they do the drug take back,” Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson said.Drop off boxes are located at the Tuscaloosa Police Department’s headquarters and at the east and west precincts as well as the Northport Police headquarters and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. A box will be installed at UAPD within the next two weeks.
MADRID (AP) — The trial of former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, who faces charges of money laundering related to the sale of television rights for Brazil matches, begins on Monday.Also a former Nike executive in Brazil, Rosell presided over Barcelona from 2010-14 and has been accused of misappropriating money coming from the sale of TV rights for exhibition matches featuring the Brazil national team as well as from a sponsorship contract between Nike and Brazil. He is also charged with forming part of a criminal organization.Rosell, who has denied any wrongdoing, has been in custody since his arrest more than a year and a half ago.Spanish prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison sentence for Rosell, plus a fine of nearly 60 million euros ($68 million).Rosell’s wife and four other individuals also have been charged in the case.Prosecutors say Rosell helped launder nearly 20 million euros ($22 million) related to commissions for more than 20 Brazil matches during the time embattled Brazilian soccer federation president Ricardo Teixeira was in charge.The trial will take place in Madrid and is expected to last 10 days.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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A few years ago, historian Douglas Selvage discovered the blueprint for a fake news campaign. It was a 1985 cable from the Stasi, the former East German police, outlining how the Soviet Union and its allies were working to promote the idea that AIDS was an American biological weapon. “We are carrying a complex of active measures, in connection with the appearance in recent years, of a new, dangerous disease in the United States: Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.”It was a smoking gun, proving what intelligence agencies on both sides of the Cold War already knew — that the Soviets had played a key role in spreading false rumors about the AIDS epidemic.Fake news isn’t a 21st century creation of the digital age. It has a long track record. Selvage says the Soviets used dezinformatsiya during the Cold War to harden people’s existing beliefs and fears, to sow divisions among Americans. It’s eerily similar to the 2016 campaign season when Russian entities are said to have inserted fake stories and profiles on Facebook. In recent months, Silicon Valley has stepped up its fight against disinformation. Tuesday, Twitter and Facebook said they had taken down hundreds of fake accounts linked to Iran. Facebook also purged some accounts originating in Russia. And just a few weeks ago, Facebook deleted 32 pages and profiles it deemed false.Back in the 1980s, the rumor that AIDS was human-made was based partially on a report written in 1986 by Russian-born biophysicist Jakob Segal. “It was very successful,” explains Selvage. “The local press picked up on it. And then also British newspapers picked up on it. It started to spread around the world.” Even U.S. newspapers picked up the story. Papers read specifically by African-American and gay communities, both of which were being devastated by the epidemic. “AIDS/Gay Genocide” read a headline in the Gay Community News, based in Boston, which quotes Segal extensively.”Link AIDS To CIA Warfare” read another article, from the New York Amsterdam News, a paper read by African-Americans. The article begins by introducing a “prominent physician” who “has charged that the spread of AIDS epidemic in some part of Africa is due largely to bacteriological and chemical experiments conducted over the years in these areas by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.””A cycle of misinformation” is how Selvage describes it. Conspiracy theorists in America would cite KGB sources, and vice versa.But it’s not entirely fair to dismiss those beliefs as conspiracy theories. The history of racial discrimination and medical malpractice toward American minorities made these rumors spread like wildfire.”There’s a history, a legacy of mistrust, that makes explanations like these all the more credible, all the more likely, and all the more believable,” says Robert Fullilove, a professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University. He describes the onset of the epidemic as a time of confusion and fear among the general population and even medical professionals. “People were trying their best to make sense of a condition that came out of nowhere and seemed to attack marginalized people. Gay men. Blacks and Latino men and women.”When AIDS showed up in the early ’80s, it was less than 10 years after the infamous Tuskegee experiments, in which black men with syphilis went untreated so scientists could study how the disease ravaged their bodies. Why not assume this was yet another blow to the community?Fullilove points to something else at play in the spread of rumors: the Reagan administration’s lack of response to the epidemic. President Ronald Reagan did not address the situation until several years after it had begun.Russia finally acknowledged, in 1992, a KGB disinformation campaign about AIDS. But Fullilove says he still hears the rumors: ” ‘So, Doc. Where do you think this came from?’ If I heard that once, I must’ve heard it a thousand times. And that’s not an exaggeration.”The tactic of weaponizing existing American racial tensions seems to work. And maybe that’s because there’s just a lot to work with. During a recent Facebook purge, one of the most popular pages to get suspended was called “Black Elevation.” It protested racial injustice and police brutality. That’s the thing: The page might have been fake. But many of the incidents it spoke of were very real. And so were the feelings about them. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Last year, 50,000 women worldwide were killed by intimate partners or family members — a figure that translates to 1.3 per every 100,000 women, according to a global study on gender-related killing of women and girls released this month by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Break the data down by continent, and the highest rate is in Africa at 3.1 victims per 100,000 females, with rates in descending order of 1.6 in the Americas, 1.3 in Oceania, 0.9 in Asia and 0.7 in Europe.And that is only part of the story revealed in the report. These numbers represent the majority, at 58 percent, of an annual total of 87,000 global female homicides. That leaves 42 percent, or 27,000 murders, perpetrated by people outside the family, often for reasons rooted in cultural traditions or beliefs.For insight into the report and its findings, we spoke to Angela Me, chief of UNODC’s research and trend analysis branch.The conversation has been edited for space and clarity.How did you gather the information? We asked countries to provide us with homicide data. For about the past ten years we have been working to identify and specify the crime and homicide numbers around the world. Countries can count how many of the homicides were done by partners and by other family members [and so were able to] look at the relationship between perpetrators and victims.Did the statistics surprise you? This shows the magnitude of the problem of intimate partner and family violence worldwide. This happens everywhere, regardless of region. And it keeps happening: We had made a similar estimate a few years ago, of 48,000 female victims, very close to what this study found.Many of these killings occurred not all of a sudden but after a continuing pattern of violence. It is a well-established fact in research.The cultural and family context normalizes male violence against women. Even when women seek protection, the community or criminal justice system cannot always provide it. Are only men doing the killing? The killings of women by intimate partners or former partners are by men. We didn’t find any [statistics] about lesbian partner killing.Other types, such as honor killings [murder resulting from the belief that a female family member’s behavior has brought shame or dishonor upon the family] were carried out mostly by men but also sometimes by women.Are there particular risks for girls and women at different ages? We cannot say which ages are most at risk. We see it across all ages.Sometimes the victims are younger, such as the brides targeted in dowry killings. These occur around the time of the wedding or first years of the marriage. The groom’s family threaten, harass or abuse the wife to get a larger dowry. There are many reports of kitchen “accidents” in which she ends up being burned to death. Dowry disputes can continue for years. The report notes that in India penal provisions may apply in any unnatural death of a woman within seven years of marriage.In India last year, about 7,000 women were killed for dowry-related disputes.When deaths result from accusations of witchcraft and sorcery, the victims are often older women.Sorcery and witchcraft? Cases have been reported in rural pockets of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Island where beliefs in myths and spells remain and can be exploited. Older women or widows who primarily depend on male family members are often targeted.The “witch” is accused of bringing bad luck or having caused something bad that happened in a community or to a specific person.When men kill their intimate partners, do they ever express regret? We have examples of interviews [from available homicide data] of men in prison for killing their female partner saying, it’s not my fault, she fell on the knife. Or, I didn’t realize how strong I was when I strangled her.Has there been any progress in lowering the incidence of gender-based murders? The attitudes and causes are heavily rooted in culture and tradition, and they do not change quickly.But countries are trying. Eighteen Latin American countries have established the criminal offense of femicide, the killing of a female because of her gender. This is a clear signal that this is not acceptable.In addition, many countries have adopted laws, such as restraining orders, to help protect women from intimate partner violence. They are also providing training for police and prosecutors to heighten their awareness of these issues.There are also more educational programs. For instance, the Bahamas introduced an early intervention school program to reduce domestic violence. The Healthy Teen Relationship Campaign works with students from primary school on up to create awareness of what’s acceptable in a relationship and what’s not in terms of forced sex, verbal and emotional abuse, and physical violence.What else can help? You need to involve men and boys in the education and have them champion the idea of rejecting violence against women. And you have to have a way to coordinate the different services available to help women at risk. So that if a woman asks for protection [from a violent partner], the criminal justice system can provide a restraining order, while social services provides a different place for her to live, and the health department can provide counseling and psychological support.And then you have the children who have been left motherless and vulnerable [after their mother has been killed]. They need to be protected, feel supported, and taken care of.These are all problems we need to alert the world to.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:48 pmMilwaukee developer Joshua Jeffers has bought two buildings on the corner of South Sixth Street and West National Avenue in the city’s Walker’s Point neighborhood and has redevelopment plans for the site.An affiliate of J. Jeffers & Co. purchased both the three-story, nearly 6,400-square-foot building at 600-608 W. National Ave. and the two-story, roughly 14,400-square-foot building at 610-616 W. National Ave. for $750,000, according to state records. The company announced the transaction on Monday in a LinkedIn post, noting one of the buildings would be leased back to the property’s former owner and long-time anchor, The Council for the Spanish Speaking. The company also teased at a later unveiling of redevelopment plans for the site. “Exciting new project coming up on Milwaukee’s near south side!” Jeffers said on his LinkedIn page. He could not be reached for comment. Toni Rivera-Joachin, president and chief executive officer of The Council for the Spanish Speaking, also could not be reached.The National Avenue property falls in an Opportunity Zone. The Opportunity Zone program was established as part of the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and aims to spur private investment in distressed areas throughout the U.S. Jeffers’ LinkedIn post alludes to using this program as part of redevelopment efforts.Other projects Jeffers has in the works include the Broadway Connection, an 11-story office and retail building at the corner of North Broadway and East Clybourn Street. In December, law firm Husch Blackwell announced it would be moving its Milwaukee office to the new building and occupy the top three floors. Modified development plans, which increases the size of the building from nine to 11 floors, were approved on Monday by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission. Jeffers told the commission he expects to break ground on that project in April.Jeffers also recently renovated the Mitchell Building and redeveloped the Mackie Building, both of which are on the same downtown Milwaukee block as the planned Broadway Connection building. The Mackie Building houses the Grain Exchange event venue and the new Mackie Flats apartments. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
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