Ofcom has announced new measures that will require internet service providers (ISPs) to be “more realistic” about broadband speeds and meet minimum speed guarantees within a month.The UK broadcast regulator said that from March 1, 2019, ISPs must provide more realistic peak-time speed information upfront, reflecting the fact that broadband is typically not as fast when more people are online.ISPs will also have 30 calendar days to improve internet speeds if they fall below a minimum guaranteed level before letting customers exit their contract without penalty.Currently broadband customers can exit their contract if speeds fall below the guaranteed level and their provider is unable fix them, but as it stands providers have an unlimited amount of time to resolve the problem before letting users leave.“Broadband customers must know what they’re signing up to,” said Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s consumer group director. “These protections will close the gap between the broadband speeds people are sold, and what they actually receive.“To give people extra confidence, we are making it easier to walk away – without penalty – if companies fail to deliver.”The new measures mark a strengthening of Ofcom’s codes of practise on better broadband speed information. ISPs will have a maximum of 12 months to make the changes before the new requirements come into force on for services purchased from March next year.
One in ten US broadband homes tunes into eSports, while 62% spend at least one hour per week playing video games, according to Parks Associates.According to the research firm’s ‘Digital Natives: The Rise of eSports’ report, YouTube and Twitch are the two most popular sites used to watch eSports and are watched by 61% and 45% of viewers respectively, with more than half of eSports viewers claiming to use more than one platform.Computers were the most popular device category used to watch eSports. Some 67% of viewers said they use computers to watch eSports, followed by 45% who use TVs and 34% who use smartphones.The research also found that 41% of eSports viewers would be likely or very likely to pay for a subscription to watch eSports events and content, while 39% of eSports viewers are likely or very likely to pay to watch eSports on a per-game or per-event basis.eSports viewers spend more than twice as much money per month on non-pay TV video entertainment content than non-viewers, with a monthly average spend of US$47.23 compared to US$22.97, according to the report.“eSports is a young, dynamic, and fast-growing industry. While viewership of many traditional sports is waning, eSports is well positioned to capture the attention of a generation that grew up playing video games,” said Parks Associates research analyst, Hunter Sappington.“eSports is currently a niche market, but it has the ability to engage often hard-to-reach demographics. For distributors, including pay TV providers, OTT services, and social media platforms, eSports represents an opportunity to complement existing content and grow the viewing audience.”
Telemundo president, Luis Silberwasser, is to depart the company after four years with the US Hispanic broadcaster.Luis SilberwasserSilberwasser will stay with the company through to October 1 to help with the transition.During his tenure at Telemundo, Silberwasser helped change the programming strategy and the positioning of the network. He bet on new genres and formats, and focused on meeting the evolving tastes and demands of the new Hispanic consumer.By drawing on his deep understanding of the US Hispanic audience as well as his experience with international markets, Silberwasser was a key contributor in redefining Hispanic media for the network.Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group, said: “Luis helped propel our rise as the definitive media and entertainment brand for today’s Hispanic consumer. He has made an indelible mark on our company at a time of great transformation. On behalf of everyone at Telemundo, I want to thank him for his dedication, partnership and invaluable contributions.”NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has also elevated four key executives in its leadership team.Beau Ferrari will become EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. He oversees the operations, financial performance and corporate strategy for the company. He will closely partner with all content divisions and NBCUniversal teams across the portfolio.Mónica Gil is now EVP and chief marketing officer. She will become CMO and will serve as the key executive driving the company’s reputation, brand and corporate marketing. She will also oversee communications, corporate affairs and the human resources functions.Meanwhile, Peter Blacker will become executive VP of revenue strategy and innovation.In this newly created role, Blacker will work across linear and digital platforms to amplify the company’s monetisation efforts throughout all revenue streams. He will closely collaborate with NBCUniversal teams and will also oversee the company’s digital and emerging business group.Lastly, Ronald Day is now executive VP of entertainment at Telemundo Networks. Day will be responsible for programming, talent and promotions of primetime, daytime and specials for Telemundo and Universo Networks.This leadership team will report to Conde and will be based at the new Telemundo Center in Miami, which opened in March 2018.Conde said: “These industry veterans will continue to power Telemundo’s spectacular rise during this momentous time for Hispanic media, as Latinos reshape the way Americans think, act and buy.”
Laurent PaillassotOrange has estimated that it has captured 30% of Vodafone España customers who moved to other providers following the latter’s decision to forego key Spanish football rights, leaving the way open for Telefónica and Orange to target customers interested in premium sports.Speaking to analysts after the telecom giant reported solid Q3 results, deputy CEO Laurent Paillassot said that Orange had taken about 30% of the Vodafone customers that moved to alternative providers in the six weeks from mid-August to September.Paillassot said that Orange had adopted an aggressive promotional strategy in the highly competitive Spanish market, which had an impact on the bottom line. However, he said that Orange was now competing on a more equal basis with Telefónica for high-end customers, with a football offering and a service that surpassed Vodafone’s, and that he did not expect aggressive discounting to be necessary going forwards.Orange added around 46,000 customers in Spain in the quarter, compared with a loss of 3,000 in the second quarter.Analysts at Jefferies noted that Orange management believed Vodafone lost around one third of its football-watching TV base in the quarter and said there was “some concern” that Vodafone could now respond by aggressively targeting low-end customers.Paillassot meanwhile also said that TV was helping Orange in France, where it recently launched a new high-end set-top box.
TV is undergoing a change unlike anything it has experienced before. Even the introduction of digital TV didn’t upset the business like this. Will DVB play a pivotal role in this new era, like it did in the transition from analogue to digital? We’ll see.When digital broadcast TV was first touted, a small number of large companies had the resources to do the research and development for a whole value chain. Sound familiar? DVB’s role was to take this burgeoning industry and help standardise it so that it could become the global success it is today. Can DVB do it again for the OTT space?But the TV industry is vastly more complex now. The stakeholders vying for eyeballs on TV sets are many and varied, and so are the platforms and channels that compete for our attention.Enter the DVB-I initiative. Wouldn’t it be great to automatically get a list of internet services – appropriately filtered according to your region and other relevant factors, e.g. regulatory requirements – on your TV set? This happens with an aerial connection; wouldn’t it be great if it worked for a broadband connection as well? This is what the initial phase of DVB-I targets.By coupling this type of functionality with the classic DVB broadcast technologies and HbbTV, vendors and content providers have a complete set of solutions covering pure broadcast, hybrid, and broadband delivery scenarios. But hasn’t this all been done already?Well, yes, up to a point. Vertically integrated operators like Netflix already offer this for their own services. Indeed, some DTT platforms like Freeview Play in the UK offer a seamless online user experience through an EPG that gathers data from all of the DTT services in their market. Extending these types of functionalities to the general case is what DVB-I is trying to achieve. But it will be a challenge: each market has different regulations and different classifications of content.Broadcasters will tell you that there is a disconnect between their distribution spend and their development spend when comparing broadcast channels and online services. The former has the vast majority of viewers, but it significantly lags the latter in terms of development spend. DVB-I promises to harmonise the online distribution models, thereby driving synergies and reducing the spend. This is a challenge laid down by many industry observers.To achieve these ambitious goals, we need to take a fresh look at the way collaborative development works. Often slated as a traditional standards development organisation, DVB actually has quite a bit of liberty in shaping the way it works. Because it’s really a “pre-competitive collaborative industry association,” DVB can adapt itself to add maximum value for the industry it serves. DVB-I moves DVB away from the classical physical layer; this drives a modification of the approach to a more agile model, with greater emphasis on aiding the interoperability of the solutions it produces in the marketplace. Product life cycles are shorter, and there is more software development than hardware design.All of these changes don’t mean that DVB is neglecting its classical broadcast solutions — quite the contrary. Modern broadcasters have a combination of broadcast and online offerings delivered to many types of devices across different networks. DVB aims to provide cutting-edge solutions across these different networks.At least that’s the plan.DVB World 2019 takes place in Dublin on 11-13 March. Digital TV Europe readers can obtain a 40% discount by using the following promo code when registering: DVBW19DTVE www.dvbworld.orgPeter MacAvock is head of distribution, platforms & services at the European Broadcasting Union; he also chairs the DVB Project.
Among the Strabane highlights will be an Open Mic Night at the Alley Theatre, with traditional Irish music, song and dance at a number of venues including Plumbridge Parochial Hall, the Smuggler’s Inn, Dixie’s Bar and Farmer’s Home.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, says Culture Night is a great way of bringing culture to the wider community and making venues such as museums, galleries and theatres accessible to people from all walks of life.“It’s about getting people out and about and experiencing what’s on their doorstep and appreciating the local amenities as well as showcasing local talent. Our city and district is renowned for its unique culture and heritage and Culture Night gives us the perfect forum to showcase that talent and encourage the wider community to be part of it and join in the celebrations,” she said.For those of you wanting to plan your evening’s entertainment on Culture Night, Friday 18 September, a full programme is available at www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com/culturenight or at www.culturenight.ieEXPLORE LOCAL CULTURAL DELIGHTS AT CULTURE NIGHT was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: CULTURE vultures in Derry and Strabane are in for a real treat this September, when local cultural venues pull out all the stops to make Culture Night on Friday, September 18th a real cultural experience for everyone.For one night only, venues from across Derry and Strabane will throw open their doors and invite the public to come in and explore their local arts, heritage and culture and for free!!Derry and Strabane will come alive to the sights and sounds of live music, theatre, dance and animation as cultural venues and performers deliver an evening of entertainment for all the family.A wide range of indoor and outdoor interactive events that showcase the city and district’s diverse cultural talents and unique historical significance have been programmed as part of this year’s events schedule, to include art workshops and exhibitions, cultural traditions, museum visits, dance, film, literature, circus skills and more. EXPLORE LOCAL CULTURAL DELIGHTS AT CULTURE NIGHTMAYOR ELISHA MCCALLION The highlights include a free family friendly street party being organized as part of the 2015 CultureTech festival with the Booka Brass band and other artists performing live in Derry’s Guildhall Square from 6.30-8.30pm, the widely acclaimed Amnesty International Dreams of Freedom Exhibition will be available to view at the Pilot’s Row Centre in Rossville Street, while artist Katie Blue will showcase her latest junk sculptures to include an eclectic assortment of recycled kids toys and everyday household objects at the Yellow Yard, Palace Street (beside the Society Street carpark).The Little Acorns Bookstore will host a unique Creative Typewriting Challenge while the Abbazappa Record Store will host the Connoisseurs of the Dreadful exhibition, and all lovers of anything retro are encouraged to come along to the Trunk at Yellow Yard and take an original selfie using an instamatic Polaroid camera for inclusion in the Vogues Gallery.The Craft Village in Shipquay Street will house an exciting new wall art project Diverse City, while a shared reading programme called Reading Rooms will be located at Guildhall Square.City venues such as the Wee Nun’s School at Aras Colmcille, the Museum of Free Derry, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Tower Museum, Harbour House, Echo Echo Dance Studios, the Bishop Street Studios and 39 Steps Gallery will also be open on the night. ShareTweet
ELISHA MCCALLIONGuildhallMAYOR TAKES TIME OUT FOR VINTAGE TEA DANCEMICHELE SHIRLOWTOURISM NI “During my time as Mayor I really wanted to meet local people from all generations and the tea dances have provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time with some of the older members of the community.“I’ve really enjoyed all the craic chatting to the regular tea dancers and finding out more about the issues that affect them, and I will take this with me when I go back to working with my constituents.“Their energy and sense of fun has been an inspiration and I’m delighted that the events have been so popular throughout the year.“It’s great that the event has been included as part of the year of Food Programme as it really enhanced the day’s events and added an authentic vintage feel with a fantastic spread of teatime treats for our dancers,” she added. Mayor Elisha McCallionTHEY say everything stops for tea – but it was all go at the Guildhall today as the Mayor’s Vintage Tea Dance got into full swing.It was the last in a series of popular events hosted by the Mayor throughout her term in office, and the dances have been packed each month with some of the best swingers and movers in town.Adding to the sense of occasion this month the event was supported by Food NI as part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink programme, and there was a wide array of teatime delicacies for the dancers to enjoy.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said she was delighted to see such a fantastic turn out for the finale event. Speaking on behalf of Tourism NI, Michele Shirlow said they were delighted to support the event. “Throughout the Year of Food programme we are delighted to support local community events that promote engagement with the community and the promotion of local produce.”Karen Grace, of Two’s Company who sponsored the event, said she was delighted to give her support to the Vintage Tea Dance. “The tea dance is a fantastic event for the city that really gets older persons out and about to enjoy themselves. We are delighted to be part of it.”MAYOR TAKES TIME OUT FOR VINTAGE TEA DANCE was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet
However, she said an officer struck her on the upper part of her chest with “what I would describe as a karate chop”, causing her to fall back over a rocking chair, breaking two ribs.The woman provided a photograph of her injuries and reported that she had gone to hospital and been given painkillers.A Police Ombudsman investigator identified the officers who had been at the house. They all denied that they or any of their colleagues had struck the woman.One said the woman had been slurring her speech and unsteady on her feet during the incident. A Police Ombudsman investigation has cleared a police officer of causing a woman to break two ribs by “karate chopping” her over a rocking chair.Police had been called to a reported domestic incident at the woman’s house in Co. Derry in May last year.She told a Police Ombudsman investigator that she went to assist her son who had became upset after being advised he was to be arrested. He said he had been dealing with the woman’s son when he heard a crash from another room, after which the woman entered the room and tried to intervene in her son’s arrest.Officers heard a crash from the other room before woman tried to intervene in her son’s arrest.As he was leaving the room he saw a chair lying on the ground and he believed the noise he had heard had been the chair hitting the ground.He added that the woman had been extremely abusive and had twice refused medical assistance.Another officer said that the woman had at one stage thrown herself on a bed.The investigator also considered a recording of a telephone call made to the Police Ombudsman’s Office during the incident, which was recorded on an answering machine. The call picked up background voices, but provided no evidence in support of the woman’s allegations.In addition, a report from the local hospital showed that the woman had reported an injury but had not stayed for treatment.Several months later, the woman made an additional allegation that police had “created” a charge of obstruction against her after learning that she had made a complaint to the Police Ombudsman’s Office.However, enquiries showed that the woman had been cautioned for obstruction on the night of the incident.A file was sent to the Public Prosecution Service, which directed that none of the officers should be prosecuted.The Police Ombudsman investigator also concluded that there were no grounds for any disciplinary action.OMBUDSMAN PROBE REJECTS CLAIM PSNI OFFICER’S ‘KARATE CHOP’ CAUSED CO DERRY WOMAN TO BREAK RIBS was last modified: March 1st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: OMBUDSMAN PROBE REJECTS CLAIM PSNI OFFICER’S ‘KARATE CHOP’ CAUSED CO DERRY WOMAN TO BREAK RIBSPOLICE OMBUDSMANPPS ShareTweet
SportsSports News Concord Travels to UVa-Wise Saturday By Matt DigbySep 13, 2018, 00:10 am 334 0 Athens, WV (WOAY) – Hear from Concord head coach Paul Price ahead of the Mountain Lions’ trip to UVa-Wise Saturday.Despite the impending weather concerns from Hurricane Florence, the university will close on Thursday, but Price is optimistic that Saturday’s game will go ahead as scheduled.He anticipates this meeting will be similar to past games against the Highland Cavaliers, which were defense-oriented; Concord won last year 7-0 with the only score coming on an interception being returned for a touchdown.The Mountain Lions are 1-1 and looking to rebound after last Thursday’s loss to Charleston, while UVa-Wise is 0-2 on the season, having only scored an average of 9.5 points per game. Home Sports News Sports Concord Travels to UVa-Wise Saturday Google+ Previous PostHigh School Football: Richwood @ Midland Trail Next PostMarshall-South Carolina Game Cancelled Linkedin Tumblr Pinterest Twitter Mail Facebook Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More
Home Sports News Marshall Marshall Advances to CIT Semifinals Twitter Google+ Next PostBaseball/Softball Scoreboard – March 26 Mail MarshallSportsSports News Marshall Advances to CIT Semifinals By Matt DigbyMar 27, 2019, 00:44 am 601 0 Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Tumblr Pinterest Linkedin Previous PostLewis Nissan Athlete of the Week – Zane Wolfe Facebook Huntington, WV (video courtesy WSAZ) – Check out highlights from Marshall’s 83-66 win over Presbyterian in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament!C.J. Burks led all scorers with 20 points, one of four Herd players to reach double figures, including Greenbrier East grad Rondale Watson (12 points). Jon Elmore recorded 16 points, setting the Conference USA all-time record for three-pointers made.Marshall will host one of the semifinal matchups next Tuesday, April 2 in Huntington.
Before heading out the door, I thought I thought I’d remind you that the CD/MP3 recordings of the Casey Research 2013 Summit are now available. Up until yesterday they were $295 for the complete audio set, but as of today, they’re $395, despite what the advertisement says. It costs absolutely nothing to check it out, which I certainly encourage you to do, .and the link to all the pertinent details are here. That’s all I have for today, and for the week. If you’re looking for some clue as to how the precious metal market will perform next week, you’re talking to the wrong guy. I don’t know, and neither does anyone else, as we’re all making this up as we go along. And as I said before, the only people that know for sure are Jamie Dimon and Blythe Masters, along with a handful of others, and they aren’t about to tell us. See you on Tuesday. The trading pattern for both platinum and palladium were also similar, and price action in these two metals was even more subdued. Here are the charts. Silver also rallied going into the London open, but the moment it broke above the $22 spot price mark, down it went. This happened several times during the Friday session, twice in London trading and a couple of times in New York. All attempts ran into a willing seller. According to the CME, the high and low for the December contract were $22.05 and $21.74. Silver closed at $21.955 spot, up 6.5 cents on the day. Volume, net of October and November, was a very light 25,500 contracts. The chart for the silver stocks looks about the same as the gold chart, but once the low was in just minutes after 1 p.m. EDT, they struggled back into positive territory, and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a tiny 0.20%. The gold stocks rallied into positive territory within 15 minutes of the opening of the equity markets in New York yesterday morning. But by 11 a.m. EDT, they were back in negative territory, and that’s where they stayed for the remainder of the day. The HUI closed down 0.66%. The dollar index closed on Thursday in New York at 79.69 and then sagged about 15 basis points by around 11:30 a.m. BST in London. After that it recovered a handful of basis points and closed in New York on Friday at 79.62, down seven whole basis points. I don’t have an overly large number of stories for a Saturday column, and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of your weekend to read the ones that interest you the most. It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt Today’s pop “blast from the past” dates from 1964. You’ll know the group and the song right from the get go, as it was one of their biggest hits. I was 16 years young when this topped the charts, and the link is here. And the “B” side of that 45 rpm record was turned into a giant hit by the English band, The Tremeloes in 1967. The link to that one is here. Today’s classical “blast from the past” dates back to 1893 when Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. It’s his most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178; and popularly known as the New World Symphony. Neil Armstrong took a recording of it to the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, in 1969. This performance from 1992 is by the world famous Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of the equally world famous Herbert von Karajan. The link is here. Despite how quiet it was in the precious metal market yesterday, it was more than obvious that JPMorgan et al were out and about at the London open. As I’ve commented on many times when these short sellers of last resort put in an appearance; one has to wonder how high their respective prices would rise if allowed to trade freely. Some day we’ll find out. But the question remaining, is when? In the meantime, China is gobbling up gold from a number of sources that we can see, and it’s a good bet that they’re getting more gold from sources that aren’t visible to the general public. Many writers have commented on that, including a couple in today’s column. One has to wonder just how much gold will be enough for them, along with other countries that are grazing the golden grass at JPMorgan-sponsored sale prices. And even though the psychology of the market is the gloomiest I can remember, one should not lose sight of the fact that all four precious metals are selling for many multiples less than their free-market prices. For that reason alone, it’s still worth your while to sock away as much physical metal as you can afford, as the day will come when all of them, except for silver, will be out of reach of all but the super rich which, hopefully when the day comes, will include a few of us. Until that time arrives, all we can do is wait it out, and as for me, I’m still “all in”. Here’s Nick Laird’s famous Total PMs Pool chart updated to include Friday’s data. As you can see at a glance, despite the fact that prices have one in the toilet recently, the total number of ounces held by all visible depositories is basically unchanged, and the chart pattern continues [rather unsteadily at times, to be sure] from “lower left to upper right” as the now thoroughly discredited Dennis Gartman is wont to say from time to time. As I mentioned in yesterday’s column, despite the fact that government was now back to “work,” there would be no Commitment of Traders Report or Bank Participation Report on Friday, and they were true to their word. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent my way early this morning. It shows that equity markets have risen to a new high, eclipsing the previous top in 2008. As Doug Noland mentioned in today’s lead story, this giant equity/credit bubble is now in its terminal phase and will, sooner or later, run into a pin of some sort. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 47 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia was the only short/issuer, and JPMorgan Chase was on the receiving end of all of them. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. For a change, there were no withdrawals from GLD yesterday, and as of 9:37 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. The U.S. Mint had another tiny sales report. They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. Month to date the mint has sold 25,000 troy ounces of gold eagles; 12,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes; along with 1,687,000 silver eagles. Based on these sales, the silver/gold ratio checks in at 45 to 1. It was huge day in gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. They reported receiving 203,114 troy ounces, and shipped 88,831 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here, and it’s worth a peek. It was another big day for silver as well, as these same depositories reported that although they didn’t receive any silver, they did ship out a chunky 1,063,218 troy ounces to parts unknown. The link to that action is here. I know that Ted Butler will certainly have something to say about these warehouse movements in his weekly commentary later today. True to form since the 20th of the month fell on a weekend, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with their September data. I was somewhat surprised, and mildly disappointed, that they didn’t add any gold to their reserves during the latest reporting month. Their reserves still sit at 32.6 million ounces. Here’s Nick Laird’s chart updated with that information, or lack thereof. Sponsor Advertisement All we can do is wait it out, and as for me, I’m still “all in” Except for the rally going into the London open, which was dealt with in the usual manner by the not-for-profit sellers, it was a very quiet trading day everywhere on Planet Earth on Friday. According to the CME’s website, the high and lows ticks for gold in the December contract were $1,328.90 and $1,311.20. The high tick was at the London open, and the low came at 12:45 p.m. EDT in New York. Gold closed at $1,317.40 spot, which was down $2.70 from Thursday’s close. Volume, net of October and November, was only 112,000 contracts.
Nick: Okay Doug, so looking around, what markets look cheap to you today? Doug: I saw recently that many stocks in Greece are selling at around four times earnings. But I don’t know what the quality of their earnings are. Of course, the dividend yield on Greek stocks isn’t very high, and dividends are, I think, the best real indicator of how much free cash flow there actually is in a company. Nick: One market that has struck me as cheap—with a decent dividend yield—and that’s accessible is Russia. What are your thoughts on Russia? Doug: I think that things might get better there. That they’re doing this big natural gas deal with China is a plus. The fact that the Russians have apparently been continuing to buy a lot of gold is a plus. As far as Ukraine is concerned—with the proviso that I don’t believe in the sanctity of any nation-state, and so I don’t cheer for any of them—you’ve got to be on Putin’s side of that situation from an ethical and a practical point of view. So I’m not terribly afraid of Russia. I don’t think there’s going to be a war of any type with Russia, and because the market there is now so cheap, it could be very interesting. In any event, the colors of the world map have been running since the first map was drawn. And Ukraine isn’t even a coherent country to start with—it’s an ethnic intertidal zone. It’s certainly no place where the US government should stick its nose, which is only making things worse. One thing I’ve learned in years of wandering around the world, trying to figure out how things actually work, is that few things are either as good or as bad as you might have been led to believe, whether it’s an idyllic paradise or a war zone. Nick: What’s interesting about Putin’s Russia is that it’s one of the few countries in the entire world that’s actually capable of resisting bullying by the US. We’ve seen this with Russia’s granting of asylum to Edward Snowden, among other things. Russia is also one of the very few countries that the US would hesitate to bomb. And I think that makes it an exceptional place. My first visit to Russia was in 2006. Doug: Mine was in 1977. By the next time, in 1996, the country had changed radically. In 1977, the only places open to foreigners were Moscow and Leningrad, which were, I assure you, as grim as anything Orwell ever imagined. By 1996—just five years after the collapse of the USSR—those cities had been transformed. They were almost indistinguishable from any Western European metropolis. Even the old factories along the river have been converted into fashionable lofts. But outside of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which attracted all the money and talent, Russia in 1996 was still a depressing Third World country. But today it’s well past the stage when the main imports were stolen cars and the main exports were prostitutes. I really should have gone there to live in the early ‘90s. That’s when the streets were paved with opportunity, but I believe recent events have again set the table for making serious money in Russia. Nick: That brings to mind the Russian oligarchs, who built their mountains of money through crisis investing. By buying when Russia was in chaos, they were able to pick up some of the crown jewels of the Russian economy for just a few pennies on the dollar. Doug: It’s an instructive example. The post-Soviet government gave everyone vouchers that could be traded for shares in the state-owned businesses that were being privatized at the time. The average person had no idea what his vouchers meant or what they were worth. The few who did—today’s oligarchs—profited enormously from that confusion and from the fear that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. They bought up the vouchers and paid just a tiny percentage of their value. The good thing about Russia being as screwed up and volatile as it appears is that there will be opportunities to do nearly the same thing with publicly traded shares. Nick: As it is now, no matter what happens in the West, Russia has some big positives working in its favor—like the gas deal with China you mentioned earlier, and also Putin’s Eurasian Union. So despite the overwhelmingly negative sentiment about Russia in the mainstream media and the cheap valuations, it doesn’t seem like Russia is going out of business. Does that make it a good crisis investment market, in your opinion? Doug: The examples of extreme opportunity I like to bring up are from the mid-1980s, when stock markets in Belgium, Hong Kong, and Spain were all selling at two to three times earnings, half of book value, and with dividend yields on the order of 12-15%. That shows how cheap things can actually get. Today, markets around the world are overpriced because interest rates are so low. At this point, I think Russia is a place you ought to be watching from the long side a lot more than, say, the US. Nick: Another market that might have seemed interesting from a crisis perspective is Thailand, with its recent military coup. However, coups aren’t exactly rare. This is Thailand’s twelfth since 1932; the previous one came in 2006. Thai stocks essentially shrugged off this year’s rotation of power. Doug: You’re right. During the Asian crisis of 1997, Thai stocks collapsed, and dividend yields jumped above 10%, in some cases close to 20%. So I guess there’s a lot of money out there that runs scared, but this year’s coup didn’t seem to unsettle anybody. Nick: In your view, are dividend yields a better gauge of value than other measures? Doug: I think you’ve got to look at dividends, because reported earnings can be fictional, and book values can be subject to accounting tricks. But dividends are actual cash in your pocket. They are real. So I’d have to say that if there were one really quick indicator of value, dividends are at the top of the list. It’s incredible what you can get in dividends alone when a market is at a bottom—something a lot of people have forgotten. Nick: I totally agree. Thanks for sharing your informed perspective. Doug: My pleasure. You’ve just read an excerpt from Crisis Speculator, International Man’s new publication dedicating to identifying crisis-born investment opportunities.
Tuscaloosa’s Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 5K returns for its fifth year Aug. 18.The annual 5K and fun run, held at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa, benefits the Thomas Plott Foundation in its quest to fund research for cystic fibrosis.The race begins at 8 a.m., and registrants can pick up their packets Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Expeditions in the Tuscaloosa Galleria, 1657 McFarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa.To register or to learn more, visit plottfoundation.org.
Several teams gathered at the University Mall to participate in the fifth annual Pullin’ for The Arc to benefit the Arc of Tuscaloosa.Teams of ten competed to see who can pull a 44,000 pound Tuscaloosa fire truck for 50 feet only using a rope. The money raised will be used to keep up the vehicles used by the Arc of Tuscaloosa, a organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.“the arc has about 15 to 20 vans, large buses, or vans that you might see, so this would cover 3 or so of the match money so that we can out that together with federal money to buy new vans.”The Arc of Tuscaloosa typically raises around $20,000-25,000 ever year.
On Monday, the attorney for Sideline Bar & Grill’s owners filed an appeal against the city of Tuscaloosa after the city voted to revoke their business license on April 16.Bryan Winter, the attorney representing Sideline Bar & Grill, said he feels the bar should not have been shut down. And, they’re not going down without a fight.Safety issues led the Tuscaloosa City Council to vote to revoke Sideline’s business license. Back on March 7, two people were shot at the business. The owner of the business said safety measures are in place.Winter said they have also increased the number of security guards and parking attendants to keep people from roaming the parking lot during bar hours.“Basically, we’re seeking to overturn the city council’s decision and it’s something that the clients wanted to do,” Winter said. “They felt very strongly about it, they worked very hard, as you know, to put in all the improvements and invested significant funds to make Sideline meet the requirements of the city council.”According to the complaint filed against the city of Tuscaloosa, on the afternoon of Friday, April 12, 2019, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson and District 7 city councilwoman Sonya McKinstry toured the inside and outside of the bar to review the investments and improvements made by the business’s owners. Anderson testified during the hearing, saying he was able to see the improvements the bar had made.“Councilor McKinstry was asking for the city council to table it for 60 days,” Winter said. “We would have been happy with 30 just to show that those improvements would make a difference. Unfortunately, we don’t fault any of the city council. They make a decision, but we believe that that decision was not based upon the appropriate facts or law.”Glenda Webb, the city’s attorney, said they have received a courtesy copy of the complaint but they have not been officially served and they do not speak on pending litigation. Reporting by WVUA 23 Reoprter Jabaree PrewittSEE THE TIMELINE:City Council Revokes Sideline Bar’s Business License in a 4-3 Vote: April 17, 2019Public Hearing Set for Sideline Bar and Grill: April 1, 2019Sideline Bar and Grill: Public Hearing Set for Next Tuesday: March 27, 2019Sideline Bar and Grill Could Lose Business License: March 21, 2019
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended predecessor Michel Platini’s favored tradition of presenting captains with trophies in the VIP section.UEFA says Ceferin decided “trophy presentations on the pitch will now be standard practice across all UEFA club and national team competitions.”Ceferin says “officials should come down from the stands to the players — to their arena — and pay tribute to them.”It will start next week in Stockholm when Ceferin hands the Europa League trophy to Ajax or Manchester United.After Platini was elected UEFA president in 2007, he stopped the practice of teams collecting their trophy on the field in a shower of confetti.UEFA says on-field presentations give fans a better view inside the stadium and clearer pictures to TV audiences.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Things to know for MondayYour daily round up for Monday, November 13:7:00PM NEWNC Monthly Meeting at the Nazzaro Center. The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council will hold it’s monthly meeting at 30 N. Bennet Street. Agenda topics include property renovation proposals, business relocation requests and a community chat with Alex Goldfeld from the North End Historical Society, view the full agenda here.Notable News:North End archaeological dig turns up artifacts from early 1600sAn Archaeological dig around the Paul Revere House has turned up some of the oldest European-produced artifacts ever found in Boston, and maybe even the United States. The artifacts found include a ceramic from 1650 crafted in the Pisa area of what’s now northern Italy, Curbed Boston has the full story.City Winery, Where You Can See Musicians While Sitting And Sipping Wine, Is Finally Set To Open In BostonCity Winery is said to become a key music club on the Boston circuit, establishing itself as a musical mecca for mostly veteran artists who wish to play more intimate, upscale venues. The club is slated to open Wednesday, November 15, with Lloyd Cole at 1 Canal Street, WBUR has the full story.*Advertisement* Former Boxing World Welterweight Champion, Tony Demarco: Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Tuesday, November 14:6:30PM FOCCP Meeting at Mariner’s House. Join the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park for a meeting at 11 North Square, click here for more information.Wednesday, November 15:6:00PM Wine, Chocolate, & Fashion Pairings: A Workshop in Class and Taste. Join Linda Greene and Michele Gabrielson of the Old North Historic Site for a decadent ladies’ night out in the north end tasting wine and chocolate and discussing fashion pairings, click here to reserve your ticket for $42.6:00PM Author Talk “Dining Out in Boston: Culinary History” at Mariner’s House. Join the North End Historical Society and James C. O’Connell at 11 North Square as he speaks about his new book, “Dining Out in Boston: A Culinary History” – paying special attention to the North End sections of his book, see additional details here.6:00PM Book Club at North End Library. Join the North End Branch Library at 25 Parmenter St. as they discuss November’s book, Sherman Alexie’s 2008 “Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian”, view additional details here.From the Community: Joi Salon and Spa Escape Unveils Rebrand After 16 Years Joi Salon and Spa Escape, a well-known Boston salon, announced they are rebranding to Joi Salon, becoming a full-service hair salon located in the heart of the North End, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Currently Currently
The day opened darkly. A grey mysterious sky overcast with rain threatened. I found myself standing in the Granary Burying Ground solitude with the Boston metropolis rumbling in the periphery. While so employed in the somber countenance of the Burying Ground, in poured members of Paul Revere Memorial Association, carrying a cheerful harmony forward with them.*Advertisement* Boston locals and curious bystanders alike corralled into the elm tree enclosed Granary Burying Ground in Downtown Boston on May 10th to commemorate Massachusetts hero and industrialist Paul Revere, 200 years after his death on May 10, 1818.Born in the North End and renowned for his midnight ride to signal to the American militia of the approaching British forces, Paul Revere served as a prominent industry man. As a successful silversmith, supplying the likes of the Massachusetts State House dome and the USS Constitution war ship with brass, Paul Revere was a pillar of the community. 1 of 9 Photos by Ariel Amaya Revolutionary war reenactors, clad in the 18th century continental army garments, drummed and fluted in their customary way up to the much plodded gravesite of Paul Revere, leading other members of the association—including Paul Revere’s fourth great-grandson, Paul Revere III—USS constitution colorguards, and the grand master of masons in Massachusetts, Paul Fulton Gleason.Opening the ceremonial wreath laying, Nina Zannieri, executive director of the Paul Revere House Association, shared her personal story of how she felt she should undertake her position as the director of the Paul Revere House.“When I was first hired into the position … I felt like I should check in with Paul … [T]he only place for me to do that was the Granary. So, I came to the Granary, and I don’t know what I expected,” Nina said. “And I said, ‘well, Paul, here I am’, and nothing bad happened so I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to go back and start working,” she joked.At this point, the day started rallying. The sun gleamed through the lofty European elms, bringing a levity not unfamiliar with the animated Boston spectators. Such sights and scenes as this makes one wonder if Paul Revere himself was appearing before us.After a thoughtful and insightful obituary by Paul Revere House Research Director, Patrick Leehey, from which we learned of Paul Revere’s benevolence and outstanding civil service, I managed to get a hold of Nina Zannieri, inquiring on what this commemoration, or Paul Revere in general, can teach the modern audience.“Well, Paul Revere was a layman. He was not rich by any means and was not formally educated, but through his labor and determination, managed to leave a lasting legacy. He was not only the trusted messenger of the revolution, but a serviceman… and a good one.”And with those words bells rang 83 times at noon, once for each year of Revere’s life, across the city including his own Old North Church in Boston’s North End.
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By FFWPU Albania: On February 14th 2016, FFWPU, CARP and FPU in Pristina organized a very special project: “Pure Love Promotion”. The activity was divides in three parts. The first part was delivering of leaflets, where was an explanation about the activity and about our movement. The second part consisted of marching with posters in our hands in the central square of Pristina, and the third part was the main educational and entertainment activity at the “Youth Palace” in Pristina.In total we delivered 500 leaflets to students and to people in the streets and their reaction was positive. During marching activity, we were around 35 young members gathered. We were holding posters about True Love and the importance of Family Values. Many people were attracted and they congratulating us. One Muslim believer bought some flowers and he gave it to some members. It was a wonderful feeling to receive so much encouragement for people in the streets while we were chanting all together about the Pure Love protection. Then, at the main activity at the “Youth Palace”, we presented a short video, and gave a short lecture “Family, the School of Love” and then we organized some games and sang some songs. Even though there were not so many participants as we expected, the pleasure we felt by this activity was amazing.We really hope that Heavenly Parent and True Parents could accepted this present that we wanted to give to them. We learned many things, which we think are important to keep in mind next time we do such activities.In the same time like in Pristina, our Tirana center organized at main park of Tirana the activity: “Absolute Love”. As True Father expressed in His autobiography: “Being virgin before marriage and being loyal during marriage are the most two important things”, this were also our main proclamation of our activity.We were approaching young people with the idea to proclaim the sexual purity and by explaining them that the exclusivity of sexual relationship should be only of the partner in marriage. The one who agreed with this idea, we asked them to sign in a poster that we had prepared. And for the ones who were already married we gave them a “Love Certificate” after they pledge eternal loyalty to one – another.We gave to people some leaflets about “Absolute Love Alliance” and with the poem: “Crown of Glory”. Through this kind of activity it was easy to approach to couples and speak to them about Family Values and receive their contact in order that we can invite them at the Blessing Ceremony.Six days after this activity, in Tirana center, we had a workshop with young members with the goal to explain them about the Matching and Blessing procedure. We had 15 participants, 9 from them received this kind of workshop for the first time.We explained about the importance of changing the blood lineage, the meaning and the importance of completing the Holy Blessing and a short history about the Blessing and about the procedures we follow this days. One brother, Gabor Vasmatics, shared his experience about his matching and blessing.In the reflection time, members expressed joy by receiving this information, and they want to receive even more. So they asked to organize this kind of workshops more often. We hope that Heavenly Parents and True Parents can feel joy and hope, through this activities.