Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has joined the European Media Alliance created by ProSiebenSat.1 and others in 2014 to enhance common synergies, create investment opportunities, and facilitate transfer of knowledge.Christoph MainuschAmong the major achievements of the alliance was the creation of the European Broadcaster Exchange, the JV between ProSiebenSat.1, TF1 and Mediaset to provide a common platform for the programmatic sale of advertising inventory on a pan-European baiss.CME’s channels reach 50 million people across the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.Christof Wahl, Member of the Executive Board, Digital, & COO ProSiebenSat.1 Group: “The European Media Alliance is expanding its success story together with CME as a new member. The alliance will reach a geographic area comprising about 550 million inhabitants in total. The Media Alliance enables their members to tap into a pan-European market, earn additional revenue potential, and cooperate on innovative business models particularly in the digital segment.”Christoph Mainusch, co-CEO of CME said: “This alliance is a great match for us, bringing together our leading brands with other leading broadcasters across Europe. We look forward to developing our partnerships with members as this will provide better access and reach for growth-stage advertisers anywhere on the continent, accelerate the introduction of better digital technologies and increase the amount of high quality content available to entertain audiences.”
Belgian utility Nethys, the owner of Wallonia region cable operator Voo, has said that the company is not for sale after reports that mobile operator Orange wanted to buy it.Nethys’ administrative council said that it had taken note of Orange’s expression of interest in Voo, along with that of Telenet, but that it “unanimously expressed its position that Voo is not for sale” following a meeting on March 30.Orange Belgium CEO Michaël Trabbia had previously written to Nethys chief executive Stéphane Moreau to convey its interest in Voo, arguing that a combination of the two groups would create a “major player” in the south of the country and contribute to the digital development of the region.Liberty Global-backed Flemish region cable operator Telenet has developed a close partnership with Voo in mobile. In February, Telenet agreed to provide mobile network access to Voo as part of a five-year MVNO deal.Orange offers its own low-cost fixed broadband and TV service in Belgium. Last year the operator welcomed proposals by Belgian regulators to apply new rules for wholesale pricing to the country’s cable networks, including that of Voo, depending on how much fixed-line competition there was in various parts of the country. Orange said at the time that under existing rules it was unable to bundle its broadband and TV service with fixed telephony on an economically sustainable basis.
Red Bee Media has showcased its work in live sign language translation for broadcast TV this week to coincide with UK Council of Deafness Annual Conference.The company claims it is combining technical innovation and translators to deliver a sign language service for live news and event broadcasts, providing a solution it has developed over a period of eight years.Red Bee said the set-up will allow deaf translators to work on live programs for the first time, with sign language translation traditionally being provided by hearing interpreters.“Speed and accuracy have been our focus in perfecting this setup,” said says Matt Simpson, Red Bee Media’s head of portfolio for its access services division.“By combining our systems in an innovative way, we have been able to utilise the skills of our captioning and translation staff together with the speed and reliability of our platforms – enabling our deaf translation team to provide a service that was previously only possible via a hearing interpreter.”Red Bee Media’s signing general manager, Lesley McGilp, added: “As the only national provider of live British sign language services in the UK, we are proud to be able to offer this unique setup where Deaf translators can provide translations for live broadcasts.”
IneoQuest Technologies director of marketing Kirk George talks to DTVE about quality assurance for OTT and multiscreen services.To what extent can the quality of OTT and multiscreen video services equal that of broadcast TV or IPTV? Is the ambition of operators to deliver OTT/multiscreen services with a Quality of Service that matches regular TV realistic?Delivering adaptive streaming video services with a quality of experience matching that of broadcast TV or IPTV has many challenges, but, with today’s advanced solutions for OTT/multiscreen video analytics and service assurance, it is not an unattainable goal. Today, there is much confidence for OTT and multiscreen video services that improved compression and CDN technologies will deliver picture quality and reliability equal to that of broadcast TV.What practical tools are at service providers’ disposal to meet these new expectations? Video providers have several solutions available to them today that provide visibility into the multiscreen and OTT delivery network. IneoQuest has the only end-to-end video analytics and service assurance solution for multiscreen and OTT, which follows the same service assurance methodologies of those available for traditional broadcast TV, providing monitoring of Quality of Service (QoS) & Quality of Experience (QoE) throughout the network from the source to the connected device.To what extent can service level agreements (SLAs) between service providers and content owners be maintained when content is delivered over third party CDNs and what controls do service providers have when delivering over multiple networks?The key to maintaining SLAs between service providers and content owners is visibility into the unmanaged network. As there are SLAs between content owners and service providers to preserve the integrity of the content, there are also SLAs between the service providers and third party CDNs to preserve the delivery of the content. IneoQuest offers a few solutions for service providers and content owners to ensure CDNs are meeting their agreements. One such solution is a cloud-based monitoring service that ensures content available at particular locations are receiving the video services at the expected quality levels. Additionally, with iVMS ASM, a video management system, and IQDialogue ASM, probing technology that monitors post-caching servers of the adaptive video network, an aggregated view of services being delivered across third party CDNs is provided. IneoQuest also offers a software client analytics library that can be compiled into the video app, so that QoS & QoE can be measured within the device. With these solutions, video providers can monitor that CDNs are complying with the agreement.What impact does adaptive bit-rate streaming have on quality and how can this be best managed in the case of premium services?Adaptive streaming video quality is at the mercy of the network bandwidth. As the bandwidth availability decreases, video quality is also decreased to a lower bit-rate to ensure the viewer receives a constant stream of video. Adaptive streaming video can be best managed by monitoring the network bandwidth and the video quality, and understanding the subscriber viewing behavior. Only by understanding the quality of the delivered services, the network bandwidth, and the subscriber’s viewing behavior, can quality of experience be managed effectively.What information on consumer habits can be usefully be derived from investment in quality of service monitoring and how can this be used by service providers to maximize the value of their services?Understanding consumer viewing habits is crucial to maximizing the value of services in a managed or unmanaged network. Behavioral data, such as what services are most popular, how long watched, on what device, what location, what CDN delivering service, along with operational data (QoS and QoE metrics, outages, MTTR), will provide insights to properly manage the viewer experience. For example, if a group of subscribers leave a program after 30 seconds, service providers need to know why this has occurred. If a provider is just gathering behavioral data, this can tell the number of subscribers that stopped watching, what devices, location, etc., but not why the subscribers left. If a provider gathers just operational data, then it only tells the provider that there was an issue, but cannot help in showing the scope of the issue. With both operational and behavioral data, a provider can understand that the group of subscribers stopped watching because there was an issue in the delivery of service, the scope of the issue, and then pinpoint the problem.What areas are you currently focusing on in terms of product development and innovation?At this time, IneoQuest is focusing on the virtualization of our probing technologies for adaptive streaming networks to support Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) efforts. We are also working on integrating IQDialogue ASM into mobile edge devices like the Intel smart cell. With our solutions virtualized and expanding into mobile networks, CDNs and mobile operators can better understand and guarantee their services.Visit www.ineoquest.com
ShareTweet To celebrate the relaunch film goers can enjoy a one off special offer with all screenings only £1.Welcoming the announcement, Cllr Cooper said it was “great to see a substantial investment” in a business on the Lower Strand Road and the creation of 15 news jobs.He added: “In the current world economic climate every new job brought to this city is valued.” OMNIPLEX £1M REVAMP “GOOD NEWS” FOR DERRY – COOPER was last modified: October 23rd, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: 1cooperDerryfeinJobsmickeymillionnewomniplexrevampsinn£15 Damien Harkin, manager of the newly refurbished Derry Omniplex Cinema on Strand Road, with Omniplex Operations Director Paul John Anderson at the launch of the new look Derry Omniplex.The creation of 15 new jobs as the result of a £1 million revamp of the Omniplex on Derry’s Strand Road is “good news” for the city, Sinn Fein Cllr Mickey Cooper has said.This weekend will see the curtain rise on the refurbished cinema complexOmniplex Cinema Group, the largest in Northern Ireland, has relaunched the complex with the latest audio, screen and seating systems.
DETECTIVES are investigating after a 40-year-old man was injured in a dissident republican paramilitary shooting in Derry, last night.Police say officers received a report at around 10.35 pm on Monday that a man had been shot in both ankles at Culdaff Gardens in the Creggan area of the city.It is believed that four masked men were involved in the paramilitary-style attack. ShareTweet The victim was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital for treatment.His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.Detectives at Strand Road PSNI station have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to call them on the 101 number.Or alternatively they can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. MAN SHOT IN ANKLES IN DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN PARAMILITARY ATTACK was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: CRegganCULDAFF GARDENSDerryMAN SHOT IN ANKLES IN DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN PARAMILITARY ATTACKPSNISTRAND ROAD
Google+ Next PostBradley- Prosperity Volunteer Fire Department Appoints New Fire Chief CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Fayette County Man Sentenced To Prison For Manslaughter By Tyler BarkerJun 06, 2018, 11:29 am 1424 0 Mail Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Fayette County Man Sentenced To Prison For Manslaughter Facebook Tumblr Previous PostOak Hill Man Arrested For Masturbating In Front Of Four Girls MONTGOMERY, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Larry E. Harrah, II announces that on June 6, 2018, Cedric E. Coping of Montgomery was sentenced to fifteen (15) years for voluntary manslaughter for his role in the death of Luis Jackson of Kimberly, West Virginia in 2016.On October 29, 2016, police responded to the Eagles Club in Montgomery shortly after midnight and found the victim, Luis Jackson, unresponsive following a fight with Brockman and Coping. It was determined later that Jackson suffered a skull fracture and a brain bleed as a result of the incident. Jackson died three (3) days later from his injuries.Coping is currently serving an enhanced sentence from Kanawha County stemming from his 2016 conviction for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and prior felony record.This crime was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and prosecuted by Jennifer D. Crane, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
Tumblr Twitter WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that campers in West Virginia can now reserve campsites online before they set out for the woods, thanks to an upgraded reservation system launched today.“Our state parks and forests are a cornerstone of West Virginia’s tourism industry and improving the way people plan their trip is going to make visiting Almost Heaven that much more of a memorable experience,” Gov. Justice said today during an announcement event at Audra State Park.Additionally, the governor announced that $3.5 million in campground upgrades will soon be invested at 16 state parks and forests.Pictures and video of the event will be available here. Note: content will be added throughout the day as it is available.Camping is one of the most popular activities in West Virginia’s world-class state park system, but campers have historically had to go to great lengths to make sure they’ll have a site or take their chances on busy weekends.Now campers can easily select a site on their smartphones, tablets, or computers in advance of their trip and be assured it will be available when they arrive.“Camping is one of the most popular activities at state parks and forests, so making all campsites reservable on the parks website simplifies the reservation process for our guests,” said Sam England, chief of the West Virginia State Parks system. “The new, paperless process makes it easier for guests to plan a family trip filled with good times and fond memories.”The demand for camping at some parks is so high that State Parks has long used a system of mail-in reservations. That system will be phased out after the 2019 season, but existing mail-in reservations will be honored. Phone reservations are still available, and walk-in reservations will still be allowed subject to availability. Campers are encouraged to make a reservation at least one day in advance.“Many of our guests enjoy camping at the same park each year, so we’re excited to give them a new way to plan and enjoy their vacation,” England said. “Offering online reservations also opens up our beautiful parks and forests to a new generation of visitors, who will soon come to love a favorite park or forest of their own.”All picnic shelters in the park system are also now available for reservation online.Meanwhile, the multi-million dollar campground upgrade projects range from bathhouse improvements to electrical improvements at the following parks and forests: Audra, Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cabwaylingo, Camp Creek, Cedar Creek, Chief Logan, Coopers Rock, Holly River, Kanawha, Moncove Lake, Twin Falls, Tygart, and Watoga.“What we really hope to see from bringing all these sites online is more folks learning about our beautiful campgrounds and planning trips here,” Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said. “Allowing potential visitors to see availability online will make us much more accessible to a whole new set of campers.”West Virginia’s state parks and forests are visited by more than 7 million people each year who enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, like hiking, fishing and other exciting outdoor adventures like the new Pipestem Peaks Zipline Tour at Pipestem Resort.The Details:All campsites and picnic shelters will be available for reservation one year in advance, beginning on the first day of the month for that month.Advance reservations for campsites are encouraged; however, walk-ins will still be welcome, pending availability. Campers arriving at the park without an advance reservation can inquire about available sites by going online, calling 1-833-WVPARKS, or stopping by a designated check-in station or park office.Existing mail-in and over-the-phone reservations have already been entered into the new system and will be honored for the 2019 season. Confirmation letters have been mailed, but guests can also confirm their reservations by calling 1-833-WVPARKS.If a cancellation is made within 60 days of a visit, a credit toward a future stay will be issued. Cancellations made within one week are non-refundable.To make a reservation or explore availability for campsites, cabins and lodge rooms at any West Virginia state park or forest, visit wvstateparks.com.Related social media hashtag: #WVStateParks #AlmostHeaven Facebook Mail Next PostChanges Made to Big 12 Golf Championship Linkedin NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Gov. Justice announces online camping reservations now available for all West Virginia State Parks By Tyler BarkerApr 26, 2019, 15:50 pm 349 0 Previous PostSpeed limit to be reduced at Camp Creek on WV Turnpike Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Pinterest Home NewsWatch Gov. Justice announces online camping reservations now available for all West Virginia State Parks Google+
Previous Post2019 Girls Class AAA All-State Basketball Teams SportsSports FeaturesSports News Oak Hill Hosts “Night of Legends” By Matt DigbyMar 23, 2019, 00:03 am 458 0 Oak Hill, WV (WOAY) – Oak Hill High School hosted a “Night of Legends” fundraising event Friday night, inviting pro wrestlers from multiple organizations to Fayette County.The performers included wrestlers who previously starred in WWE, WWF, ECW, and other wrestling ventures.Proceeds from Friday’s event are going to the Oak Hill athletic department, which plans to host similar events in the future. Tumblr Mail Facebook Next PostDivision of Highways districts submit lists of suggested secondary roadwork statewide Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Home Sports News Sports Oak Hill Hosts “Night of Legends” Google+ 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
You are technically a slave when 100% of the fruits of your labor is taxed or otherwise confiscated by force. So, at what percentage are you not a slave? When you consider the totality of the countless direct and indirect taxes on the local, state, and federal levels in the US, as well as the pernicious effects of inflation – the hidden tax – many of us are at least already halfway to 100%. Some in France have recently reached this grim milestone. It was reported that more than 8,000 French households had tax bills that exceeded 100% of their income in 2012. This occurred due to a so-called “one-off levy” imposed by the socialist president in an attempt to “offset” previous tax breaks. Ouch. Contrast France with these 18 countries that have no personal income tax. When it comes to confiscating wealth, desperate governments know no limit – other than “what they can get away with.” Just in the past couple of months in Europe, we have observed that they can get away with outright theft of bank deposits in Cyprus and an effective 100% tax in France. In other words, it is only pragmatic to assume that anything within a desperate government’s immediate reach becomes fair game. Fortunately it is still legal and practical to take steps to internationalize and put your savings, yourself, your income, and your digital presence outside of their immediate reach. We have recently published Going Global 2013 in order to help you do exactly that. It’s full of up-to-date and actionable advice from renowned experts on the best countries to consider for international gold storage… opening foreign bank accounts and IRAs… second passports and foreign real estate… the best foreign currencies to invest in…. and much, much more. Simply put, there’s no better resource available on international diversification than Going Global 2013. Get the details and start internationalizing your life now – while you still can.
Commerce is an effect of active will. Commercial controls are the implementations of contrary wills, seeking to restrain the commercial will. The two are eternally at odds. It is worth explaining here that the controllers of the Earth (that is, the various state rulers) are always forced to undermine independent will. They do this, not because they are all inherently cruel, but because their enterprises become nearly impossible if they don’t suppress individual will. Ruling men by force alone is expensive; far too expensive to support rulership over a significant area. People who are ruled in that way quickly learn to hide their produce before it can be taken, or simply to run away. You cannot cage intelligent beings like you can beasts – it doesn’t work; they adapt. To rule humans effectively, you must subvert their wills. You must make them believe that their wills are flawed and that using them is wrong. This is, of course, precisely what has been done since several millennia BC. The will behind commerce, however, is born of the desire to survive, and that is not something that can be trained away. The survival instinct is permanent, and commerce endures as its great tool. Even though people have been deeply conditioned to surrender their wills to the state, they remain able to use their wills for survival, and that leads directly to commerce. And since survival is hard-wired into us, commerce always pops back up, no matter how hard it is put down. However much it may be punished or repressed, it will forever rebel and return. Commerce is a permanent rebellion. Because of this, nearly all arguments against it – certainly from the ruler’s side – are based on the need to restrain freedom. As economist Milton Friedman once wrote: Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. [Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from our flagship newsletter – Freeman’s Perspective – Issue #29: Commerce: The Permanent Rebellion. If you liked it, consider taking a risk-free test drive. Not only will you gain immediate access to the rest of the issue (which shares fascinating examples on how commerce thrives in some surprising places), but you’ll also be able to enjoy the entire archive – more than 520 pages of research on topics of importance and inspiration to those looking for freedom in an unfree world. Plus valuable bonus reports and all new issues as well. Click here to learn more.] Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Commerce involves individuals choosing to perform productive actions, such as growing food, making shoes, and so on. Control involves individuals choosing to allow or disallow the willful acts of the productive, or to remove the fruits of production from the producers. Commerce, by its very nature, is born free. And more than this, it forever fights to remain free. At almost every time and place, commerce evades regulations and controls; it serves its own will, not the wills of rulers. Markets spontaneously emerge at every opportunity, even when they are outlawed and punished. Commerce seems to have an existence of its own, like an independent organism. Even under the worst oppressions recorded in history, commerce continued. This was true in the USSR and it was true in Nazi Germany, and it remains true now, even as the Western world runs headlong into a surveillance-state abyss. All that said, please don’t imagine that in referring to commerce, I am including the mega-corps that seek to dominate the Earth in partnership with states. That is not at all what I mean, as I will explain below. I’m going to start this issue by explaining the depth of this rebellion, which is permanent; it continues in our time as in all others. Opposing Models Commerce does not rebel against regulation because of excesses. Rather, it is contrary to regulation by its very nature. Commerce is a productive strategy. Strategies that exert control over commerce are oppositional – they restrain production. The two are inherently opposed: on one side are people struggling to produce, and on the other are people struggling to either slow production or to skim it away. In 1908, Franz Oppenheimer, a German physician and sociologist, published a book entitled The State. In it, he made the very important observation that there are only two primary modes of survival upon planet Earth: The Political means and the Economic means. Oppenheimer says this: There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others. This stark statement is crucial for understanding how men live in this world – and how they have always lived in it: Men survive by either producing or by taking the goods of others. However many layers of publicity and complication there may be, every act by which men feed themselves can be broken down into one or the other of these two. The great problem with the above statement has never been a question of its truthfulness but that so many people are uncomfortable facing such a truth directly. The statement that commerce and regulation are eternally at odds is merely a restatement of Oppenheimer. Acts of Will Both commerce and control involve acts of will.
The silver market has cause for concern… The gold price got sold off five bucks in Far East trading on their Tuesday, with the low tick of the day coming shortly after 1 p.m. Hong Kong time. The subsequent rally got capped at, or shortly after the London p.m. fix—and after that the HFT boyz spun the algorithms—and by the 1:30 p.m. Comex close had the spot price back to unchanged on the day. After that, the gold price didn’t do much. The low and high ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $1,306.80 and $1,319.30 in the December contract. Gold finished the Tuesday trading session in New York at $1,308.50 spot, up 60 cents on the day. I thought it too cute for words that they closed gold exactly half way between its Friday and Monday closing prices. I wonder if there was a prize for that? Volume, net of August and September, was 110,000 contracts, which was not overly heavy. Sponsor Advertisement Platinum and palladium also had smallish price rallies that began well before New York opened, but they met the same fate as gold and silver during the Comex trading session—and both got sold down off their highs, with platinum closing unchanged, and palladium finishing the day up two bucks. Here are the charts. The silver equities rallied along with the gold stocks, even though the silver price was long past its high at that point. However, the high tick for the silver stocks came about the same time as gold’s high—and by the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, and silver’s low tick of the day, the silver equities were back in negative territory. But they, like their golden brethren, manage to rally a bit—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index eked out a tiny gain of 0.16%. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 15 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. Nothing to see here. The CME’s Preliminary Report for Tuesday trading shows that there are still 1,284 gold contracts open in the August contract, so it appears that more deliveries will be posted before the end of the month and, as always, I’ll be interested in seeing who the issuers and stoppers are. There were no reported changes in GLD–and as of 10:13 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. The U.S. Mint had another tiny sales report yesterday. They sold 50,000 silver eagles—and that was it. It was another huge day in gold at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, as 221,109 troy ounces were reported received—and nothing was shipped out. All of the activity was at HSBC USA and Brink’s, Inc. The link to that activity is here. There has been a lot of big movements in gold during the last couple of weeks—and most of it has been receipts. I’m not sure what to make of it, as it has nothing to do with deliveries, because there are only 1,284 contract still open in the August. Of course more could be added between now and the end of the month, but if that turns out to be the case, nobody will be more surprised than I—and I’m hoping that Ted Butler will weigh in on this issue in his mid-week column later this afternoon. There was real decent in/out activity in silver, as 600,165 troy ounces were reported received—and 628,539 troy ounces were shipped out. The in activity was at Canada’s Scotiabank—and the silver was shipped out of Brink’s, Inc. The link to that action is here. Once again I have a lot of stories—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that interest you the most. Adding to the unusual pattern of COMEX silver warehouse turnover, there was an unusual (at least to me) deposit of nearly 3 million oz this [past] week in the big silver ETF, SLV. I say unusual because silver price action has been punk—and I would have suspected that the SLV would have experienced withdrawals and not deposits, thus continuing the counterintuitive pattern I wrote about recently. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather see deposits in SLV than withdrawals, but most of all, I’d prefer to see a logical pattern of both. The most plausible explanation for metal coming into SLV at this time amid weak price action and lackluster trading volume is, of course, that the deposit was made to reduce the short position in SLV shares which has been increasing recently. The short share reduction due to this week’s deposits [wasn’t] reflected in Monday’s new short sale report because the cut-off for the report was July 31. But the important takeaway is that it is highly likely that the metal that came into SLV [last] week wasn’t available when the short sales were originally made. This would seem to confirm my premise of physical silver tightness, as is seen also in COMEX warehouse movement. Maybe 1 + 1 does equal 2 after all. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 09 August 2014 It was the second day in a row that all four precious metals, with the exception of palladium on Monday, ran into sellers of last resort during the Comex trading session. Once again volumes were on the lighter side, so it was not a difficult matter to keep prices from getting out of hand to the upside, which is very much what they wanted to do—not only yesterday and Monday, but just about any day you care to mention. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver once again—and, once again, nothing has changed. But I’m still impressed by the performance of the precious metal shares in light of this less than impressive price action in the underlying metals themselves. However, I don’t want to read too much into that at the moment, although I am encouraged. Silver followed a similar path to gold, but the rally that commenced at 1 p.m. Hong Kong time did not make it to the London p.m gold fix, as the powers-that-be showed up ten minutes after the Comex open, with the low of the day being printed a few minutes before the Comex close—and also back below the $20 spot price mark. After that, the silver price chopped sideways in a tight range into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported as $19.875 and $20.155 in the September contract. Silver closed at $19.915 spot, down 9.5 cents from Monday. Net volume was reasonably light at 28,500 contracts. The gold stocks opened in positive territory—and moved higher right away, completely ignoring the price capping and sell off that began at 10:15 a.m. EDT. The gold stocks hung around their highs until about 12:15 before selling off a bit into the Comex close, but they still managed to turn in a strong positive showing, especially into the close, as the HUI finished up 1.88%. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information. The dollar index closed in New York late on Monday afternoon at 81.44. From the open it traded flat, but jumped up a bunch of basis points around 9 a.m. in Hong Kong. It traded as high as 81.65 by 10:30 a.m. BST in London, but by noon it as on its way lower, closing the New York session at 81.51, which was up 7 basis points on the day. As I write this paragraph, London has been open about ten minutes—and not much happened in the precious metals during the Far East trading day on their Wednesday—and the same can be said in the first few minutes of the London trading session as well. Gold volume is barely 10,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume has yet to break through 3,500 contracts, so it’s very quiet out there. The dollar index is chopping around the unchanged mark. Yesterday was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. I would guess from looking at the two charts posted just above, that there will be very decent deterioration in the Commercial net short position in gold—and silver should be mostly unchanged. But never forget for one second that we are well into the danger zone for an engineered price decline, especially in silver. Having said that, there’s nothing stopping JPMorgan et al from letting prices run higher to get more brain dead tech fund ‘Managed Money’ mice in the trap before they reach for the handle. So we continue to wait. And as I send this out the door at 4:45 a.m. EDT, there’s still nothing going on from a price perspective in any of the precious metals. Gold volume has increased by 60 percent in the first ninety minutes of the London trading session—and silver’s volume is up a bit more than 40 percent. But at such low volume levels, it doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. The dollar index is up 9 basis points. As usual, it’s the trading action in New York that matters most. That’s it for today. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. I was at a public park here in Edmonton on Sunday—and it was loaded with people at the water park, because it was wickedly hot. The gulls were looking for handouts—and the kids were more than happy to oblige. Here are a couple of adult Ring-billed gulls in flight.
Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.—Napoleon Bonaparte Back in the 1960s, French President Charles de Gaulle didn’t trust the US, and as a result, he decided to reduce France’s US dollar reserves. He traded them for gold from the US government. This action sent a wave through the market as others followed, and as a result, President Nixon killed the gold standard for the US dollar. What followed was the creation of the petrodollar. As a result, Saudi Arabia, OPEC, and the rest of the world accepted the US’s request and started using US dollars for all oil sales. Until now, that is. The US has been the driving force behind implementing sanctions against Russia, but President Obama’s pattern of failed foreign policy is repeating yet again. The sanctions against Russia are backfiring on the US. We at Casey Research were the first to state that the sanctions were not going to play out the way Obama had intended. As I’ve stated in these missives, the Russians are playing a complex game of chess; Obama is at the table, but he thinks he’s playing Connect Four. Consider this example: France needs Russian natural gas. Total SA has just announced that the company is seeking financing for a gas project in Russia, in spite of the current sanctions against Russia. What’s the catch? Patrick de la Chevardière, CFO of Total SA (which is France’s largest energy company), has publicly announced that Total is looking to finance its share in the $27-billion Yamal LNG project using euros, yuan, Russian rubles, and any other currency but US dollars. “The effect of US sanctions was that Yamal LNG will be prevented from raising any dollar financings,” de la Chevardière stated in London at a news briefing. Checkmate to Obama. Total SA is relying on the Yamal project, which is expected to start in 2017, to provide a big chunk of the company’s production growth. How big is Yamal? Really big. Proven reserves are equivalent to over 800 million barrels of oil-equivalent. Are American Companies Even Paying Attention to the Sanctions Against Russia? No ExxonMobil, America’s largest oil company, has been drilling a well with Rozneft (Russia’s largest oil company) in the Russian Arctic offshore. According to the rules of the sanctions against Russia, ExxonMobil shouldn’t be doing any more work with the Russians in Russia. Do the sanctions apply to ExxonMobil? No. ExxonMobil is still drilling the well with Rozneft in Russia. ExxonMobil got the equivalent of a hall pass from the US government to complete the well, using the excuse that it’s environmentally safer to complete the well than to allow the Russians to do it alone. Well, that flimsy reason might work for the mainstream media, but I don’t buy it. Want to know the real truth why ExxonMobil is allowed to complete the well? Here it is—and remember, you read it here first. If ExxonMobil walked, as it was supposed to due to the sanctions, the Russians would complete the well without the company. If the well becomes a major success—which it looks like it will be—ExxonMobil’s ownership wouldn’t be the same as it would be if it completed the well with Rozneft. If ExxonMobil walked, the Russians would have the legal right to terminate the existing terms of the contract and could renegotiate with ExxonMobil or other major companies, such as the major Chinese oil companies. ExxonMobil would have to pay more—a lot more—post discovery to get back into the JV with the Russians. So President Obama’s sanctions are backfiring. The French have already backstabbed him—and rightly so… and the end of the petrodollar has started. To make Obama’s lip-service sanctions even more ineffective, how does it look to the rest of the world that the US’s largest oil company doesn’t have to comply with his own sanctions? Do you think the Germans and the rest of Europe are taking notice? You better believe they are… and they’ll act accordingly. The Germans depend on Russia’s energy more than the French do. The country has few options, and since Obama has already shown his cards, why should German politicians take him seriously and risk getting hurt in the process? If this were the World Series of Poker, Obama would have gone all in with a 2 of clubs and a 7 of hearts. In poker terms, that’s the worst possible hand. The world knows that the cards Obama holds have no leverage over Russia. The Russians are well aware they have a royal flush in their hands, and they’re taking their time to see how the rest of the table is going to bet. What to expect next? Expect more loopholes to appear in the sanctions, and expect the Germans to work out a deal with the Russians. Winter is near, and the rest of Europe will follow France’s lead and drop the petrodollar if needed to work out a deal with Russia. What makes me so confident of this? I’ve spent over a decade studying the Russian energy matrix with the countries it supplies. Vladimir Putin is not only building a lasting energy legacy for Russia, but is establishing new markets for Russian energy that haven’t existed prior to his presidency. Everyone knows that the global geopolitical landscape is shifting. In my new book The Colder War, I present a stark picture of just what that shift will look like for America. History shows that energy stocks move in cycles. We’ve now completed a major analysis of the best oil producers in North America; we believe they’re on the cusp of a tremendous boom. The only way to position your portfolio for a major upswing in the oil sector is to buy before the boom is in full swing—and that is now in my opinion. Readers who want to understand, hedge against, and even profit from the decline of the petrodollar are advised to sign up for my Casey Energy Report. 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By WVUA 23 Reporter Olivia Dance and WVUA 23 Web Writer Annie MilbournOver the next seven weeks, more than 300 Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. team members will take a break from building vehicles to pitch in and build a Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family in Tuscaloosa.Mercedes will sponsor the team, and they will be supported by Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa staff and licensed contractors. Team members will have the chance to volunteer on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between April 4 and May 18 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.The home will be located on Juanita Drive in Tuscaloosa where several other Habitat for Humanity homes have been built.Habitat has built 69 homes since the April 27, 2011 tornado in Tuscaloosa, and they’ve already got plans for houses No. 70 to 73. The house Mercedes-Benz is working on is house No. 72.Since the partnership began, Mercedes has helped build 10 houses, and they’ve funded the construction for two.
It’s an important time for tax payers across Tuscaloosa County because the the Tuscaloosa County Commission is making its decisions on how they’ll be spending those funds.The $97 million in revenue is an increase, Probate Judge and Commission Chair Hardy McCollum said. A good chunk of that increase came from ad valorem taxes.McCollum said he wants the commission to ensure the county’s obligations are funded first and foremost, including employee salaries and benefits, before funding capitol projects like repairing the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. But McCollum said it’s also about helping agencies with funding they may be losing from elsewhere.“The city (of Tuscaloosa) cut (the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority) by I don’t know, $300,000 or $400,000, 5 percent last year,” McCollum said. “And so they come to us wanting a $1.5 million increase. Now, those are the kinds of things we have to work through.”McCollum said another big chunk of their revenue increase is coming from online sales tax, which is being pushed through the state and distributed locally.
By KIM CHANDLERAssociated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will now decide whether to sign legislation that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state as some conservatives seek to ignite legal fights in the hopes of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the landmark 1973 decision that made the procedure legal.The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to the nation’s most restrictive abortion law in the country, a measure that makes performing abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions.Ivey will now decide whether to sign the bill State senators voted for 25-6. It cleared the House of Representatives earlier 74-3.State Rep. Terri Collins said the goal is to create a court case to challenge the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.Sen. Bobby Singleton, who voted against the bill, said the state should be ashamed.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)5/15/2019 2:17:37 AM (GMT -5:00)
(ANA) – Greek sailor Dimitris Papadimitriou was named Laser Radial Youth world champion on Friday, after competing in 11 races at the 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships, held at Medemblik, Netherlands over the past week.He was followed by Argentina’s Matias Dietrich and Nicholas Bezy from Hong Kong. In the women’s division, Germany’s Hannah Anderssohn took first place, followed by Uruguay’s Dolores Moreira Fraschini and Charlotte Rose from the U.S.Forty-six countries were represented in the event by 379 sailors (273 boys, 106 girls) from 15 to 18 years of age who competed from August 13 to 18.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Braves ride 5-game win streak into matchup with MetsAtlanta Braves (88-68, first in NL East) vs. New York Mets (73-83, fourth in NL East)New York; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EasternPROBABLE PITCHERS: Braves: Touki Toussaint (2-1, 4.30 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 23 strikeouts) Mets: Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 144 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: The Mets have gone 15-8 in games started by Syndergaard. New York pitchers are averaging 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Daniel Zamora leads the staff with a mark of 16.4. The Braves enter the matchup with a nine and a half-game lead over the Nationals in the NL East. Atlanta is hitting a collective .258 this season, led by Freddie Freeman’s mark of .311. In their last meeting on Aug. 5, A.J. Minter earned the win in a 5-4 victory for the Braves.TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Markakis has 14 home runs and 93 RBIs in 156 games for the Braves. Ender Inciarte has a .400 batting average with 14 hits and two RBIs over his past 10 games for Atlanta. Michael Conforto has 27 home runs and 80 RBIs in 147 games for the Mets. Amed Rosario has 14 hits and is batting .304 over his past 10 games for New York.LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .238 batting average, 5.00 ERA, outscored by two runs. Mets: 5-5, .224 batting average, 3.99 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs.TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON (AP) — The party’s officially over for Rob Gronkowski.The New England Patriots’ fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons.The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram , saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday “it’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.”“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote in his post. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent, confirmed his client’s decision to retire.The playmaking tight end, who turns 30 in May, leaves as a three-time Super Bowl champion who established himself as one of the most dominant players at his position and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. His personality — on and off the field — was as big as his biceps, and he always seemed to be the life of the party.“In the nine years that I have known Rob Gronkowski, I have never known him to have a bad day,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He always has a youthful exuberance about him and is a joy to be around.But Gronkowski has been dogged in recent seasons by back, knee, ankle and arm injuries that have limited his ability to stay on the field.It led him to hint at retirement following New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to end the 2017 season and again last month after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.In his Instagram post, Gronkowski thanked the Patriots organization, coach Bill Belichick and New England’s fans for their support during his nine NFL seasons.“Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be,” Gronkowski wrote.Belichick said Gronkowski was a major reason the Patriots won championships.“His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten,” Belichick said in a statement.Gronkowski’s teammates also almost immediately began to flood social media with well-wishes.“Love you man!!” Brady wrote on Instagram, along with an emoji of a goat to refer to Gronkowski as the greatest of all-time. “Couldn’t be a better person or teammate!!!!”It was a sentiment shared by receiver Julian Edelman.“The other goat,” Edelman posted on his Instagram page, also referring to Brady.Though he won’t have the longevity of some of his contemporaries at tight end, Gronkowski is expected to get strong consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when eligible.Gronkowski, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, had his fourth career 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017 and was an All-Pro for the fourth time that season.But at times he looked like a shell of himself during the Patriots’ Super Bowl run this past season. Gronkowski finished the 2018 regular season with just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns.He had one of his best games of the season in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Rams, hauling in six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New England’s only touchdown drive during their 13-3 victory.A fan favorite in New England for his gregarious and playful persona that included awkward dance moves and touchdown celebrations, Gronkowski was one of the most dominant tight ends of his era.His 12 career postseason touchdown receptions are the most by a tight end in NFL playoff history. His 81 career postseason catches are also best among tight ends.He’ll also retire with 79 career TD catches — regular season and playoffs — which is third all-time by a tight end behind only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111).Brady and Gronkowski connected on 78 TD passes. It is the second-most scoring connections between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history behind only Philip Rivers and Gates (89) and is fifth overall between quarterbacks and all pass-catchers.“Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game,” Brady said, “as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play.”By: Kyle Hightower, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
When they’re sick, Americans seem to know what they want: antibiotics. And if they don’t get them, their doctors’ reputations may suffer. A study published Monday finds that patients rated themselves happiest with their doctor’s visit when they got an antibiotic after seeking care for a respiratory tract infection, such as a common cold, whether they needed the drug or not.Researchers analyzed 8,437 appointments for these infections through American Well’s Online Care Group, a national provider of telemedicine services to consumers, and the results appear in JAMA Internal Medicine. Patients’ ratings of individual appointments contributed to their physician’s overall patient satisfaction scores.And concern about those scores could be influencing doctors’ decisions to prescribe antibiotics, says Dr. Kathryn A. Martinez, an internal medicine researcher at the Cleveland Clinic and an author of the study.”It is very problematic because it creates an incentive for physicians to do things that are not medically necessary in order to drive up their satisfaction ratings,” Martinez says. Sixty-six percent of telemedicine patients examined in this study received antibiotics for respiratory tract infections, a rate that Martinez says is far too high. Conditions like the common cold are mostly viral and thus rarely call for antibiotics. In fact, physicians in the study prescribed antibiotics for respiratory tract infections at about twice the rate that would be clinically appropriate based on the prevalence of bacterial infections, according to Dr. Rita M. Mangione-Smith, the division chief of general pediatrics and hospital medicine at Seattle Children’s Research Institute who was not involved with the study. But she also pointed out that antibiotics are routinely overprescribed for respiratory tract infections in most care settings. Overprescribing of antibiotics is a growing medical and public health concern. Antibiotics can have side effects like severe diarrhea, and overprescribing them can contribute to antibiotic resistance. “If we keep overprescribing [antibiotics], they will be completely ineffective. The consequences of this are huge,” Mangione-Smith says. Why, then, do physicians prescribe them when they’re not called for?One reason might be to keep their ratings high.In the study, reviews for the telemedicine service were quite high overall — 87 percent of encounters earned 5 out of 5 stars for patients. But the reviews were significantly higher if the patients received a prescription, especially if it was for an antibiotic. Seventy-two percent of patients gave 5-star ratings after visits with no resulting prescriptions, 86 percent gave 5 stars when they got a prescription for something other than an antibiotic, and 90 percent gave 5 stars when they received an antibiotic prescription. In fact, no other factor was as strongly associated with patient satisfaction as whether they received a prescription for an antibiotic. Earlier research has shown a strong association with patient satisfaction scores and doctors’ prescribing behavior for antibiotics and medications such as pain medicines. Patients are increasingly consulting online reviews of physicians, especially in telemedicine settings, Martinez says, adding to physicians’ incentives to boost those ratings. For many telemedicine services, patients can choose the provider they want to see, and ratings can play into their choice. This is also true in other care settings, because doctors are often rated on Yelp or other online platforms.In the telemedicine platform in the study, patients scrutinize ratings and often make a distinction between providers with 4.7 stars and those with 4.9, the study authors noted. “The differences at the top are very small, but they are meaningful,” Martinez says. Another reason why physicians may be overprescribing antibiotics is that it’s easier to prescribe a patient an antibiotic than to explain to them why they don’t need it. That’s according to the findings of a related study in Annals of Internal Medicine, published Tuesday, which Martinez also co-authored.In an analysis of the same data set of telemedicine visits for respiratory infections, the researchers found it takes physicians about 20 fewer seconds per encounter to prescribe an antibiotic. While that may not sound like much (it adds up to about three minutes per day), Martinez says, this information may reinforce the perception to physicians that just giving the patients what they want means less time per patient and more patients seen per day. But Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, the director of antibiotic stewardship at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, says this 20-second difference should suggest a different conclusion. A 20-second difference, he says, is “not a reason not to implement antibiotic stewardship in this setting.” Fixing this issue might mean tackling the incentive structures that encourage providers to prescribe for better ratings, says Mangione-Smith.”Incentives should be about getting the prescribing rate closer to the bacterial prevalence rate,” she says. Martinez’s team thinks it might be helpful to exclude reviews from respiratory tract infections appointments from providers’ overall ratings. “The incentive is too great,” she says, to prescribe antibiotics during these visits. Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.