14Jan Wentworth tapped to lead new House special committee Categories: Wentworth News Temporary panel to be centered on auto insurance reformState Rep. Jason Wentworth today was appointed by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to chair a new committee specifically tasked with crafting a lasting solution to the state’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance premiums – offering affordability for all Michigan drivers.The temporary House special committee will focus on auto insurance and work with representatives to deliver a remedy to one of the most pressing issues facing the state – Michigan’s no-fault insurance system.“I am honored to be called upon by Speaker Chatfield to lead the deliberation process of one of the most dire issues impacting families statewide,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “For each day that passes without a devised, lasting solution, Michigan families continue to be trapped between converging walls of financial hardship. It’s going to take both of us – Democrats and Republicans – to come together in a bipartisan effort, set our differences aside and finally figure out a way to deliver historic car insurance reform.”Members of the special committee will be announced later this week.Speaker Chatfield noted public support for reform statewide has reached a new high, adding he can’t think of a better person to lead the panel responsible for spearheading critical legislation Michiganders not only demand, but deserve.“The ridiculously high cost of auto insurance is the single biggest issue holding back our state and getting in the way of further growth,” said Chatfield, of Levering. “This special committee will allow us to focus on delivering a real solution this term and lowering rates for hard-working Michigan families. It’s time we cut through the politics on this issue and finally move our state forward with real reform. The people we represent are demanding car insurance reform, and we are taking real, measurable steps to get it done.”Wentworth has begun his second term representing the 97th House District, which includes the residents of Clare, Gladwin and Arenac counties as well as parts of Osceola County. Wentworth was unanimously voted in by his House colleagues last week for the leadership position of Speaker Pro-Tempore.
A bipartisan plan approved by the Michigan House last week has the potential to dramatically improve the way young people are treated in our state’s legal system.Right now, any 17-year-old who breaks the law in Michigan is required to be processed through the adult legal system, regardless of the severity of the crime. That means high school juniors and seniors – who can’t legally vote, sign a contract or serve on a jury – are charged, tried and even sent to serve in prison alongside adults.Michigan is one of just four states where this law remains, despite all of the research that shows placing 17-year-olds in adult prison hinders their ability to re-enter society and lead successful, productive lives.Teenagers in prison face a greater chance of being sexually assaulted and subjected to other forms of violence. They’re also more likely to attempt suicide.Instead of bringing the full weight of the adult legal system down on 17-year-olds, the solution I support will help them turn their lives around by giving them access to the rehabilitation programs available in the juvenile justice system. These programs are already designed to help young people by focusing on education, career and technical training, and family involvement.Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce recidivism by 34 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.This plan does nothing to prevent minors who commit heinous crimes from being charged as adults. Prosecutors and judges will continue to have discretion – just like they do right now with other teenagers who commit violent crimes.However, most teenagers who commit a crime in Michigan are first-time, non-violent offenders. They deserve a chance to fix their mistakes and straighten out their lives.In addition to producing better results for Michigan teens, raising the age for juvenile justice in Michigan will save public tax dollars, freeing up funds to be invested in schools, roads and other services critical to Michigan families.Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts are among the states that have experienced millions of dollars in savings, decreases in the number of reoffending youth and declines in judicial costs after raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.Putting 17-year-olds with non-violent records into adult prisons is harmful to young people, expensive for taxpayers and does absolutely nothing to make our communities safer. I’m pleased to be able to report that change could soon be on the way.###— State Rep. Sarah Lightner is serving her first term in the Michigan House representing residents in portions of Jackson, Lenawee and Eaton counties. 29Apr COLUMN: Juvenile justice reforms will result in brighter futures for troubled teens Categories: Lightner News
Share52Tweet2Share24Email78 Shares“Crazy hills of San Francisco” by Håkan DahlströmMay 26, 2017; San Francisco Chronicle and HoodlinePerhaps it seems obvious, but the degree to which local economies drive the revenue streams and financial needs of many nonprofits make the management of each its own special puzzle. For instance, in some locales, municipal governments are pushing for payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTS, but in others cities must subsidize the costs of some nonprofits’ facilities costs to keep them where they are needed.For example, the San Francisco Bay Area is at or near the top of the most expensive real estate markets in the U.S. On the other hand, it also has one of the highest per-capita incomes in the country and is the engine pulling California’s economic recovery after the Great Recession. Despite all the prosperity, there is plenty of need for charities and nonprofits to support the underserved communities and populations in the midst of it all, and the high rents have been especially tough on the nonprofits that survive on grants and donations, struggling to stay open in the neighborhoods they’ve long served.Help is on the way, according to reports in the San Francisco Chronicle and on Hoodline. The city, understanding the importance of local charities, awarded $2.7 million this year to 13 nonprofits so they could afford to buy or lease facilities amid skyrocketing real estate prices. A strong local economy, bolstering the city’s tax rolls, gives it the wherewithal to help.“The role of nonprofits in the city of San Francisco was, in my opinion, born in the Summer of Love,” Mayor Ed Lee said at a news conference where he announced the grants from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Making reference to the “hippie era 50 years ago,” he added, “Our city registered itself as the place of love and embracement of different cultures and populations.”The strong influence that nonprofits exert over San Francisco’s civil society and local political and government leaders is evident in the support they are getting. The responsiveness of the city’s leadership is testimony to the importance of local advocacy efforts by any community’s nonprofit sector.Lee is seeking $1.2 billion in city contracts for nonprofits in a nearly $20 billion two-year budget proposal that he will present to the Board of Supervisors (San Francisco’s city council). A total of $6 million in grants, distributed over two years, will be included in the mayor’s budget proposal.“In San Francisco, leases for many of these groups are being terminated and not renewed, or they’re being renewed at substantially higher rates,” said the director of consulting services and program development at the Northern California Community Loan Fund, which is helping administer the subsidies.The Chronicle points out that, unlike a business or household, community-based nonprofit service providers can’t just move across the Bay to lower-cost Oakland (which is experiencing its own real estate boom with escalating prices). They need to be rooted in the communities they serve. Most of the grants will enable local charities to purchase the buildings they have been renting, or will provide the funding to withstand the rent increases that come with new, more expensive, leases.The grants are part of the city’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, an effort Lee launched in 2015 to keep more service organizations in San Francisco. Hoodline reports that there are approximately 7,000 nonprofits in the city. The grant money will create 26,000 square feet of new, permanent nonprofit space and 36,000 square feet of leased space for nonprofits.The director of business development for San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development told the website that “she’s pleased with the diversity of this year’s grant recipients, noting different districts and types of services are represented, ranging from arts classes and legal services to child care and employment training.”—Larry KaplanShare52Tweet2Share24Email78 Shares
Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros. A Netflix deal with ITV would give it access to the broadcaster’s library content, where it owns the rights. ITV’s distribution arm, ITV Studios, has a deep catalogue although it is not clear what shows would be included in any deal with the US company.Yesterday Netflix announced it had inked an exclusive content deal for UK rights to MGM feature films in the first pay TV window and it has already agreed a programming deal with Lionsgate. If it inked a Warner Bros deal, it could mean taking the SVOD rights from BSkyB, the UK pay TV provider that currently holds them. The UK and Ireland service will launch in early 2012.Separately, Netflix in the US has added the Barnes & Noble retail chain’s Nook Tablet to the list of devices that can access its service.New Nook Tablets will ship with Netflix pre-installed. The device will be able to stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix on its seven-inch touchscreen via Wi-Fi. Nook Tablet users who aren’t already Netflix members can sign up for a free 30 day trial.
The Italian antitrust authority has cleared Sky Italia of abusing its dominant position via the acquisition of UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup TV rights.The AGCM said that exclusive rights to the Champions League for 2012-15 were awarded through a competitive process and that Sky had subsequently agreed to sub-license the rights to the next two competitions to rival Mediaset, meaning that the games would be available on pay TV both on the satellite platform and on digital-terrestrial TV.It said there was no reason at present to doubt that the pair would strike a deal for sub-licensing of the 2014-15 tournament as well.The regulator noted in the case of the World Cup that the main matches would be aired on free-to-air channels, as guaranteed by a EU directive.The ruling followed a complaint filed by Mediaset in 2010.
The EBU is conducting a series of subjective tests to gauge the impact of higher frame-rates for UHDTV services in Munich this week.The tests, conducted by the EBU’s Broadcast Technology Futures group, make up of the heads of research labs of the BBC, IRT, Rai and NHK, is conducting tests at he IRT’s facilities.The move follows subjective UHDTV resolution tests last February that revealed that higher resolutions would not be enough to create a clearly perceptible difference compared to HDTV.The latest round of tests coincides with work being carried out to investigate other parameters required to generate a more immersive experience with UHDTV. These include include higher dynamic range and extended colour space as well as frame rates.The tests are designed to address questions including whether the current UHDTV standard specified by the ITU, which includes only the 120Hz higher frame rate, needs to be revised to incorporate other rates that are multiples of 50Hz. The EBU said that early indications supported the idea that higher frame rages are more appreciated by observers than higher resolution.
Amazon has revealed that it is working with major Hollywood studios and TV programmers, including Warner Bros, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery as it looks to step up its 4K, Ultra HD online video efforts.Amazon’s vice-president of digital video and music, Bill Carr, said that customers are “excited about the future of 4K and the next evolution of high resolution video” and said that Amazon Instant Video – the firm’s US online video service – was also working with consumer electronics companies like Samsung on the technology.“There are a number of elements that need to work together to create a true 4K experience for customers – you need great content and compatible devices but you also need a service that can deliver that content to your devices so that it plays beautifully – we’re excited about making that a reality,” said Carr.Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution, Jim Packer, said that it would explore 4K as part of its “multifaceted relationship with Amazon,” while Warner Bros’ worldwide home entertainment distribution president Ron Sanders said it would work with Amazon to offer their customers “a fantastic 4K home entertainment experience.”Discovery Communications’ chief digital officer, JB Perrette, added: “We applaud Amazon for developing a true 4K viewing experience for its customers and we look forward to working with them to create ever-better viewing opportunities for our audiences.”The news comes a month after Amazon Studios, the firm’s content production arm, announced that it plans to shoot all its full original series, including comedies and dramas, in 4K during 2014.Samsung Electronics’ senior VP of the service strategy team of visual display business, Kyungshik Lee, predicted 2014 will be “a breakthrough year for Ultra HD” and said the firm planned to launch “its biggest line of Ultra HD TVs” and was excited to work with content services like Amazon Instant Video.
BBC Worldwide’s Insights team is partnering with digital media startup CrowdEmotion to gauge how viewers react and behave towards BBC TV shows. CrowdEmotion, which uses facial coding web cams to capture emotions, was one of the six startups to secure backing from BBCWW this year as part of its Labs scheme.The new business partnership has seen BBCWW start a pilot scheme with 200 participants in the UK, which will use CrowdEmotion’s facial expression technology to measure happiness, surprise, anger, fear, disgust and sadness.A second wave of research will take place in Russia and Australia, followed by a third set of studies in six other international markets, with further monthly global research studies also in the pipeline, according to Worldwide.“This is the first study of its kind for BBC Worldwide to measure people’s emotional responses to programmes using a technology-led, neuroscience approach,” said BBC Worldwide Insight executive vice-president, David Boyle.“CrowdEmotion’s ability to capture, record and quantify our audience’s emotional attachment and engagement to our TV shows, places BBC Worldwide at the forefront of global audience research and ultimately determines what our fans love to watch.”CrowdEmotion were one of six firms to be picked by BBCWW to be part of its Labs starup scheme, which is now in its third year. The idea is to offer new companies guidance from industry experts and mentors from around the BBC, securing commercial partnerships without taking an equity state in the companies.
Spanish cable operator Ono has upgraded its Ono TV Online service, adding iPhone support and a larger collection of movie rental titles. The service, which already gives Ono customers access to some 40 TV channels, will also now include more than 1,700 film rentals, including new releases like Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Power of Electro.Meanwhile, the iPhone support broadens the service’s availability. Ono TV Online was previously already available on PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets.
Netflix will have more subscribers outside of the US by 2018, according to new research.IHS Markit noted Netflix’s subs base grew 30% between 2014 and 2015, and is forecasted to grow 21% this year, as the SVOD service reaches a “territorial expansion” peak.International subs will grow 38% this year, the research claimed, with more than 2.8 million of these coming from the 130 new territories Netflix expanded into in January when it went virtuallyglobal (notably excluding China).“At the moment, Netflix has 79.9 million total paying subscribers,” said Irina Kornilova, senior analyst at IHS Technology. “By 2018, international subscribers will over-take the number of subscribers in the US for the first time, and by 2020, Netflix will have 75 million international subscribers.”Furthermore, Netflix will break the 100 million subs mark by 2018.IHS claimed Netflix’s revenues would reach US$13 billion by 2020, with 53% coming from international markets. Domestic revenue will hit US$6.2 billion, with international taking around US$7 billion.Unsurprisingly, western Europe will be among the leading regions outside the US for Netflix by the end of this year, with more than six million subscribers in the UK. There will also be a combined 5.4 million subs from the Netherlands and the Nordics.Germany will reach 2.2 million paying subs by the end of 2020 despite strong competition from Amazon Prime Video, IHS predicted.Markets such as Poland and Turkey, which are expected to be soon ‘localised’ by Netflix, will drive further uptake in their surrounding regions, but the effect will not happen immediately, said IHS.“With the worldwide launch, Netflix has launched a platform upon which it can build and differentiate the service to fit specifics of every region in the future,” Kornilova said.“Netflix is starting this localisation process in Poland and Turkey this year. Subscribers in these countries can expect an addition of local languages to the user interface, subtitles and dubbing of content. This will help drive new subscriber numbers dramatically.”Localisation will continue through to 2018, with these new territories forecasted to grow paying membership 133% in 2017 and 62% the following year.Subscribers from countries Netflix debuted in this year will reach 19 million by 2020, IHS predicted.
Intelsat’s next-generation EPIC class of satelliteSatellite operator Intelsat has agreed to merge with affordable internet provider OneWeb, in a deal backed by a large investment from Japan’s SoftBank Group.Intelsat and OneWeb will merge in a share-for-share transaction, with Intelsat also agreeing a share-purchase agreement with OneWeb investor SoftBank.SoftBank will invest US$1.7 billion in newly issued common and preferred shares of the combined company – a move designed to help reduce Intelsat’s debt by approximately $3.6 billion. This will result in SoftBank taking an approximate 39.9% voting stake in the combined business.The investment comes after SoftBank committed to invest US$1 billion in OneWeb in December, to help support OneWeb’s vision of delivering affordable, high-speed, low-latency internet to rural and remote communities around the world.“We believe that combining Intelsat with OneWeb will create an industry leader unique in its ability to provide affordable broadband anywhere in the world,” said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler.“As an early equity investor in OneWeb, we recognised a network that was a complement to our next-generation Intelsat EpicNG fleet and a fit with our long-term strategy. By merging OneWeb’s LEO satellite constellation and innovative technology with our global scale, terrestrial infrastructure and GEO satellite network, we will create advanced solutions that address the need for ubiquitous broadband.”Spengler said that the deal will “significantly strengthen” Intelsat’s capital structure and help it to accelerate into new areas, such as providing connectivity for connected vehicles.OneWeb founder and CEO, Greg Wyler, said: “With SoftBank’s support we will build the world’s first truly global broadband company, accelerating our mission of bridging the digital divide by connecting the four billion people without access today. While there are numerous growth paths available to OneWeb, we are very excited at the prospect of working with Intelsat on this shared objective.”SoftBank chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son added: “This combination is consistent with SoftBank’s strategy of investing in disruptive, foundational technologies that are building the infrastructure for tomorrow, and this proposal offers a win-win opportunity to accelerate OneWeb’s mission while enhancing the Intelsat balance sheet.”The deal is expected to close late in the third quarter of 2017.
Francis KeelingDiscovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy.Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He will develop new digital products and his appointment marks one of a number of new digital hires by Discovery.Jay Trinidad, who is currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on the additional role of managing director, digital ventures, running Discovery’s newly formed international digital ventures group.Meanwhile, former American Express exec Eugene Huang comes on board as senior vice president, product and technology, with a remit to build new digital products across multiple screens.All three digital hires will report directly to Discovery’s president of international development and digital, Michael Lang.Commenting on Keeling’s appointment, Lang said: “Francis is an outstanding digital executive who helped transform the music industry when its business model was disrupted by technological change. He also comes to us from Spotify, a company we respect tremendously, with a proven track record of serving digital consumer needs.”“Being able to attract world-class digital executives like Francis, Jay and Eugene into our business says a lot about our ambition as well as the opportunity they see for Discovery’s content and brands across the world as digital product offerings.”Keeling will be tasked with creating new partnerships and business opportunities for Discovery to bring its content to consumers “across every screen and service”.He will help develop and launch new digital products across various content genres and also play an active role in Discovery’s OTT initiatives – including its recently announced digital video joint venture in Germany with ProSieben.Keeling worked for a year as vice-president, global head of licensing at Spotify, prior to which he spent ten years at Universal Music Group, where he was the global head of digital and managed the transition from physical music sales to new digital formats.Trinidad will focus on expanding Discovery’s brands and entertainment business into “digital growth areas globally”. A former executive of Google, Square and McDonald’s Corporation, Trinidad joined Discovery last year as president of Japan and senior vice-president of Northern Asia.Huang most recently worked as vice-president of strategy and planning at American Express. At Discovery he will develop the company’s international products and services across multiple platforms.
Colin McLeodFormer NBCUniversal (NBCU) European channels chief Colin McLeod will succeed Jeff Ford as managing director of Fox Networks Group UK.The new post comes just over a year since DTVE sister title TBI revealed McLeod was leaving NBCUniversal International Networks after a decade.McLeod begin his new post today in a part-time capacity before transitioning to a full time role in the spring.Previous UK channels chief Ford remains with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster in a supporting capacity as a first original drama, Deep State, launches. He will retire after that has rolled out across Europe and Africa.At NBCU, McLeod was most recently MD of the UK and emerging channels, overseeing a 150-strong team and channels brands such as Universal Channel and Syfy.He had joined NBC when it bought UK-based channels group Sparrowhawk Media in 2007, where he was commercial director, and has also worked for BBC Worldwide and Travel Channel in marketing and affiliate sales.McLeod remained working for NBCU in a consultancy capacity after he left his post. Lee Raftery replaced him as MD of the UK and emerging markets.“Colin’s blended background offers a well-rounded and hugely valuable experience to our business and we have no doubt he will step into the role and immediately have an impact,” said Diego Londono, COO of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa.The news comes soon after DTVE sister title TBI revealed former Fox programming chief Toby Etheridge joined Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Shoshanna Wilson has replaced him.Fox’s UKpay TV business includes the Fox channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and BabyTV.The wider regional business operates 151 channels and has 25 offices.
Amazon has revealed its first range of Fire TVs which support Dolby Vision.The sets are Toshiba-branded, with a 55-inch model on sale immediately for US$449.99 (€401.66). Amazon said that 43- and 50-inch models will be available on June 30 for US$329.99 (€294.55) and US$379.99 (€339.18) respectively.The TVs mark a major step for the Dolby Vision standard, which has primarily been reserved for more expensive smart TVs.The sets will launch for sale in the US on Amazon and Best Buy, with no international plans yet announced.Amazon’s Fire TV Edition smart TVs – of which there are more than 20 on the market – launched in June 2018 and serve as competition to the Roku TVs on offer from the likes of TCL. Amazon recently announced that there are over 34 million active Fire TV users. This statistic covers Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Cube, along with Fire TVs.
NBCUniversal’s ad-supported streaming offering is to launch in April 2020, Comcast has announced.Speaking on the company’s Q2 earnings call NBCU CEO Steve Burke said that 500 people are currently working on the service that is scheduled to launch next April. Burke confirmed that the service will be built on the Now TV platform, which is currently deployed by Sky in Europe. The CEO also confirmed that the service will be built around acquired programming, contrasting with the likes of Disney+ and Apple+ which are heavily focusing on originals.Burke said that The Office (US) in particular will serve as a ‘tent pole’ programme on the platform, saying: “The Office was important to us because, according to Nielsen, The Office is the number one show on Netflix. It’s about 5% of all of Netflix’s volume, which, obviously, a show that was on NBC and is tied to the DNA of NBC.”The company is confident about its streaming offering, and argues that it has a unique proposition unlike its competitors. Burke said: “We believe we have a very innovative way of coming into the market that is very different than anything else in the market and, we believe, has very attractive financial aspects versus other ways to get into streaming.”Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts added: “We’re making great progress on the direct-to-consumer streaming service. We believe the strength of our assets and leadership across our businesses, combined with access to tens of millions of customers, will lower both our cost of entry and execution risk as we deliver a truly special offering.”
Thug Aaron Hyland who attacked a defenceless woman woman with a claw hammerTHE PSNI welcomed the 11 year sentence handed down at Derry Crown Court to Aaron Hyland a and paid tribute to the victim who had shown great “strength and dignity” throughout the case.Hyland, 22, with an address at Katherine’s Road, Ballymurphy, west Belfast, attacked the woman following a night out in Derry in October 2014.Such was the ferocity of the attack with a claw hammer, his defenceless victim may never fully recover from her injuries. And she also may never be able to conceive children in the future.After the 11 year sentence was handed down today by the Recorder of Derry Judge Philip Babington, Detective Inspector Lynne Knox of the PSNI’s Rape Crime Unit (RCU) said:“Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to the lady in this case who has shown great strength and dignity throughout the investigation which has led to Aaron Hyland being jailed for this despicable crime.“The Police Service of Northern Ireland take these cases extremely seriously and our officers are fully committed to finding and prosecuting those who commit such offences. ShareTweet “We have dedicated officers across Northern Ireland to ensure that all such crimes are investigated, as well as providing support and information to victims about police procedures and legal proceedings.“No one should have to endure such an appalling attack and I want to encourage all victims of any abuse or violence to come forward and report the matter to the police.“Speak out to stop it.“I would encourage anyone to contact their local police if they have been the victim of a crime on the non-emergency 101 or in an emergency always call 999.“Additionally a 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past on 0808 802 1414.”POLICE PRAISE VICTIM AS MAN JAILED FOR 11 YEARS FOR HORRIFIC CLAW HAMMER ATTACK ON WOMAN IN DERRY was last modified: February 15th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: AARON HYLANDDERRY CROWN COURTDI LYNNE KNOXPOLICE PRAISE VICTIM AS MAN JAILED FOR 11 YEARS FOR HORRIFIC CLAW HAMMER ATTACK ON WOMAN IN DERRYPSNIRAPE CRIME UNITRECORDER OF DERRY JUDGE PHILIP BABINGTON
THIS is the young teenager who was murdered on a night in Derry in the early hours of this morning.Police say an 18 year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering 19-year-old Jordan in William Street area during a ‘one-punch’ assault.The suspect is currently in custody at Strand Road PSNI Station. Jordan is from the Rossnagalliagh area of the city. Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce of the PSNI Serious Crime Branch is appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact police.He said: “We know that many people were socialising in William Street early this morning and we would like to hear from members of the public who witnessed an altercation in the area between approximately 1:45am and a 2:15am to get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on telephone number 101, quoting reference number 228 of 24/9/17. “Police would particularly like to hear from motorists who were either parked on or travelling along William Street during these times and who had a dash cam fitted to their vehicle. DerryPSNIrossnagalliaghSADNESS OVER ONE-PUNCH MURDER OF DERRY TEENAGER JORDAN MCCONOMY ShareTweet “Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”SINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion has expressed her condolences following the murder of Jordan.The Foyle MP said: “The city woke up this morning to the sad news that a young man lost his life in an incident in the city centre last night.“My thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of this young man who will no doubt be devastated at this tragic news.“There is a great sense of shock and sadness in the community following this death.”Ms McCallion added: “I would call on anyone with information on what happened to bring it forward to the PSNI.”SADNESS OVER ONE-PUNCH MURDER OF DERRY TEENAGER JORDAN MCCONOMY was last modified: September 24th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:
DERRY CITY AND STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCILELISHA MCCALLIONFleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to come back to DerryFoyle MPSinn Fein “And I hope to be able to update on progress within the coming months.“Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was undoubtedly the stand-out event of a tremendous year in Derry as part of the City of Culture Celebrations.“More than 430,000 people attended the Fleadh making it the biggest and best Fleadh held in the long history of Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann.“It celebrated our rich cultural and musical heritage in an inclusive way that showcased everything that is great about Derry. Thousands thronged Shipquay Street during the Fleadh in 2013SINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion says she convened a meeting in the city earlier this week to discuss ongoing work to try and secured the return of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Derry.Said the Foyle MP: “I convened a useful meeting with representatives from Comhaltas, Maeve Walls – DfC, An Chulturlann representatives, DCSDC officers and party colleague Sandra Duffy to discuss ongoing work aimed at securing Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for Derry. “There is no doubt that 2013 was the best Fleadh ever so we are all very determined in our efforts about bringing the Fleadh back to Derry.“This meeting is part of our ongoing efforts to secure the return of the Fleadh and I will continue to meet with key stakeholders to work towards that goal,” added the former Mayor of Derry.Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to come back to Derry was last modified: January 31st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet
Tumblr Twitter Mail Next PostA New Deputy With An Old Name Home NewsWatch Education Senate President Carmichael Criticizes Teachers Union Endorsement Order 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 Linkedin Facebook Pinterest CHARLESTON– West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael is criticizing a teachers union that won a pay raise earlier this year over what he called its “Obama style socialist agenda.”The Jackson County Republican said Tuesday on Twitter the American Federation of Teachers’ agenda “doesn’t represent values” of West Virginia families, students and educators.His statement came after the union voted to demand that all of its endorsed candidates support universal health care, free tuition at public colleges, free child care, and taxing the rich to fund schools. Carmichael urged candidates to reject the “radical” agenda.AFT-West Virginia President Christine Campbell says on Twitter “expecting candidates to support workers’ issues isn’t radical; it’s imperative for raising the bar in (West Virginia) elections.”Teachers received a 5 percent raise in early March following a nine-day strike. Previous PostGrier Named to Second Watch List EducationNewsWatchPolitical NewsState NewsTop Stories Senate President Carmichael Criticizes Teachers Union Endorsement Order By Tyler BarkerJul 17, 2018, 20:45 pm 474 0 Google+
In This Issue.*Dollar bias throughout Friday. *Currencies & metals try to rebound today. *Aussies still forecasting budget surplus. *IMM short dollar positions increase.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Corporate Profits Plateauing?Good day. And a Marvelous Monday to you! Well. it was an absolutely beautiful weekend, weather-wise, here in St. Louis, too bad it was an absolutely awful sports weekend, with the Cardinals falling on their collective faces, and the Rams losing again! UGH! But the weather is here, I wish you were beautiful, as Jimmy Buffett says. And with that, it’s on to what you opened the letter to read.The Friday action in the currencies and metals began the day with a bias to buy U.S. dollars, and that remained in place as we finished the week on a high note for the dollar. Gold got taken down again on Friday. You can’t tell me it was anything other than a manipulated take down! And given the grotesque large short positions that the price manipulators hold, there could be even more downward movement in Gold & Silver. But. one has to wonder if they (price manipulators) have the intestinal fortitude to conduct another take down at this point, I mean their take down on Friday brought Gold & Silver below their 50-day moving averages. I think if they go for more downward movement, that even the CFTC will be able to see it for what it is.The currencies & metals are attempting to rebound this morning, but the upward moves have been small to this point. But there’s not much in the way of news that would cause this turn-around. An ECB (European Central Bank) member told reporters over the weekend that the ECB oversight for Eurozone banks would be gradually phased in during 2013. There will be much “back and forth” even between Eurozone members on this ECB oversight, but it’s coming. Besides that news, the data cupboard for Europe is pretty bare until later this week, so the euro will be on its own, and of course any words that swing it one way or the other, by speakers, of which there appears to be quite a few in the next few days. Spain still hasn’t requested assistance, and pretty soon, the markets are going to forget about Spain, and move on to someone else.Could that someone else be the U.S.? Well. that’s been the M/O of the markets for some time now. We are about 2 weeks away from a Presidential election here in the U.S. and we’re also about 2 weeks away from dealing with a debt ceiling again. This debt ceiling problem has taken longer to get here than I thought it would, when I first mentioned it this last spring. I thought for sure that by the end of August, we would be having those wonderfully joyous discussions about raising the debt ceiling! But NOOOOOOO! But it will get here, soon.Speaking of U.S. debt. I was doing some research for an article that I’m writing on Debt, and what to do with it. When I came across 3 things that makes you stop and scratch your head, wondering why we do this when we don’t have the funds to pay for it? And. don’t get mad at me about the time frames here, this is how the data was presented.1. Welfare spending has topped $1 Trillion per year2. There has been a 64% increase in the Food Stamp Program in the last 4 years3. There has been a 114% increase in the Food Stamp Program costs in the last 4 years.Now. last week I made a generalization about people receiving Gov’t assistance. And I apologize for that generalization. And discretionary spending, like these programs aren’t going to make or break us. But the general thought on my part is simply, if we don’t have the funds to pay for something, we don’t buy it. no spending without funds in the bank. if we follow that , we can at least slow down the annual additions to the national debt.Did you see this weekend’s Pfennig & Pfriends? It was a video of the Big Boss, Frank Trotter’s presentation at the Freedom Fest this year. In the presentation, Frank shows why we believe that the dollar is in for a long term problem, given the Gov’t’s propensity to want to devalue the dollar to pay back debts with cheaper dollars. OK. Japanese leaders must be jumping with joy, as the Japanese yen is finally showing some weakness. Japanese yen moved through its 200-day moving avg (DMA) last night, and is sliding toward 80. I think if we see yen go through the 80 figure, we could very well see a prolonged slump for yen, and one that I’ve been waiting to see for some time now. I haven’t read anything that says that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) was in selling yen, so this is just investors, traders, hedge funds, growing tired of waiting for further movement (stronger) in yen, and deciding to blow out of positions.In Australia overnight, the Aussie Treasurer, Swan, released the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook reports. The good news in the report is that the Aussies are still forecasting a budget surplus in the current fiscal year. Cool beans! Now. one would think that investors would find this to be a good reason to buy Aussie dollars (A$) but not today, thank you! And I told you previously about how the markets are forecasting more rate cuts for next year, with the total being around 75 Basis points (3/4%) . I’m of the opinion that these forecasts are too aggressive, but I wouldn’t rule out rate cuts next year. The reason I’m of the opinion that these forecasts are too aggressive, is I truly believe that China has turned the corner, and by next spring, when I head off to Cardinals Spring Training, it will be very evident that China is growing and demanding raw goods and materials again. and we all know who they go to for these raw materials, right? That’s right Australia.I was dong some reading this weekend, and came across an article that expressed what I truly believe to be the upcoming case. And that is the Corporate Earnings in the U.S. will begin to show rot on the vine. The reason I believe this, is you can only squeeze so much blood from a turnip. In other words, most of the profits they had been booking for the past couple of years, came as a result of reduced overhead, and not improving machinery, etc. David Nicklaus of our St. Louis Post Dispatch said it best.. “The plateauing of profits isn’t a surprise. Cost-cutting efforts generated much of the boom, and there’s a limit to how much efficiency companies can squeeze out of their workers and equipment.”Going further with the thought that company profits have topped out, you have to think about how the U.S. economy is growing at less than a 2% clip, and now the multinational companies have a recession in the Eurozone and a slowdown in China to contend with. Sure, the QE3 stimulus can give life support here for a while. but as I previously stated about QE3. I think the markets, and the people have become comfortably numb, and QE3 doesn’t have the same bang for the buck as the previous rounds of Quantitative Easing. This is similar to what Japan found out nearly 2 decades ago. But, here in the U.S. our Fed Heads don’t believe that we’re on the same road that Japan went down and that “our QE is different”.The IMM futures positions report from last week, showed that dollar short positions rebounded, this after two weeks of being closed out. The euro was the biggest beneficiary of these dollar short positions, and the record level of Canadian dollar long positions were pared back after the dovish comments by Bank of Canada Gov. Carney.And U.S. Existing Home Sales fell by 3.3% in September. This obviously gives us conflicting thoughts on the Housing Market, as New Home starts were stronger. Home prices rose in September from a year ago, by 11.3%… And THAT, my friends, is probably why the Home Sales fell.Then There Was This. From The Economist. “The renminbi / yuan is displacing the dollar as a key currency. In a speech on the same day, a deputy governor of China’s central bank pointed out that China no longer hovers up dollar reserves with its past abandon. And according to a new study by Arvind Subramanian and Martin Kessler of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, the dollar’s influence is waning in the emerging world. Currencies that used to shadow the greenback are no longer following it so closely. Some are floating more freely. But in other cases they are steadily falling under the spell of a different currency: the yuan.The greenback has in the past played a dominant role in East Asia. But if anything, the region is now on a yuan standard. Seven currencies in the region now follow the yuan, or redback, more closely than the greenback.”Chuck again. Well, this doesn’t surprise me. for you’ll remember that I was the first to say that the Chinese were making moves to replace the dollar standard. it now appears that, especially in Asia that the renminbi/ yuan will continue to grow in stature as its economy and trading activity grow in size, once again.To recap. The bias to buy dollars held true throughout Friday’s trading session, but appears to be giving back gains this morning. That is, except the Japanese yen, which is showing the rot on its vine as it heads toward 80. Dollar short position is futures increased last week, reversing the previous two weeks of dollar short positions being pared back. U.S. Existing Home Sales fell 3.3% in September, and Chuck talks about U.S. debt again. and again. and again.Currencies today 10/22/12. American Style: A$ $1.0330, kiwi .8185, C$ $1.0065, euro 1.3070, sterling 1.6050, Swiss $1.0805, . European Style: rand 8.6170, krone 5.65, SEK 6.5715, forint 213.50, zloty 3.1410, koruna 19.0585, RUB 30.89, yen 79.80, sing 1.2215, HKD 7.75, INR 53.47, China 6.2540, pesos 12.85, BRL 2.0265, Dollar Index 79.50, Oil $90.58, 10-year 1.79%, Silver $32.32, and Gold. $1,726.15That’s it for today. Well. it comes down to Game 7 tonight in San Francisco. I couldn’t watch the game unfold last night, turned it off and went to bed. So frustrating. I guess we’re having our “Indian Summer” as the days are very warm. I’m sure that will change quickly! The 3 grandkids were over Friday night, my two grandsons, Everett and Braden, (about 6 months apart) are beginning to acknowledge each other, and they are off doing something. In a couple of years, they are going to be a handful! Friday night, all our neighbor friends showed up at the patio door to watch the game with me. A great surprise! We had fun, even though the Cardinals lost! Alvin Lee is playing “I’m Going Home” on the iPod, right now, which tells me it’s time to get this out the door! So. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.com