The MoorsideDaily programme requests to the BBC iPlayer reached a record high of 9.9 million in February, according to the UK public service broadcaster.The BBC said that during the month each one of the top 20 most popular shows on its digital and catch-up service was a drama.Two-part drama The Moorside was the most popular show in February with part one watched 2.49 million times on the iPlayer and part two viewed 1.97 million.Episodes of Taboo, Apple Tree Yard and Roots made up the rest of the top-10, while Academy Award-winning documentary OJ: Made in America also got a notable mention for receiving more than 600,000 views in February.“BBC iPlayer’s popularity continues to grow as the appetite for high quality unmissable drama reached a record high in February with almost 10 million requests a day,” said BBC controller of programming and daytime, Dan McGolpin.“New titles The Moorside and Roots joined Taboo and Apple Tree Yard as viewers continue to come to iPlayer to discover great stories at any time of the day or night.”
Shipments of high dynamic range (HDR) TVs will grow at a 41% compound annual growth rate and reach 245 million units in 2022, according to ABI Research.The new study claims that HDR features will “help boost 4K’s (UltraHD) momentum” and that HDR sets are expected set to surpass 4K TV shipments in 2020.Khin Sandi LynnABI said that while some TV manufacturers are already preparing for the next generation 8K TV standard, 8K TV sets are still “years away from permeating the global market”, with market hype currently cantering on Japan’s plans to deliver 8K video at the 2020 Olympics.“As evident with Sony’s recent announcement to include HDR in all its new TV sets, the next-generation TV technology will soon be a prominent feature in many Ultra HD TV sets,” says Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst at ABI Research.“While some less expensive sets will not yet support the technology, high-end TV manufacturers recognise the value that HDR functionality brings to the viewing experience.”“8K TV sets will enter the market in small quantities in 2020 but mainly in Japan and possibly South Korea – areas in which broadcasters are now working toward 8K broadcast. In the meantime, it will remain Ultra HD, HDR TV sets that dominate the overall market.”
Spanish public broadcaster RTVE and commercial broadcasters Atresmedia and Mediaset plan to launch a joint OTT TV platform that could see them compete with the likes of Netflix, Movistar+, HBO and Sky in the Spanish market.The three broadcasters initially plan to launch an interactive TV platform, based on the HbbTV standard, that would complement the country’s digital-terrestrial offering and would be open to all DTT broadcasters.The platform will group together content from the three broadcasters with the goal of “improving the diversity and quality” of the free TV offering with HbbTV functionality. Essentially, this will extend RTVE’s existing red-button service, bringing the commercial players on board to develop a joint interactive platform with functionality that includes the ability to restart programmes airing on linear TV from the beginning.The second phase, however, will se the launch of an OTT service that will see the three collaborate by contributing their own programming to a joint platform.According to Spanish online daily El Español, citing unnamed sources, the trio plan to launch the first phase of the project as early as this summer, moving quickly on to develop an OTT offering that could be launched in the first months of next year.RTVE has already begun to diversify its offering with digital services. At the end of last year, it launched a new online video service targeted at a young audience featuring original and interactive content. Playz is available on the web, mobile devices and smart TVs via the red button service.Also late last year, reports emerged that Chinese technology giant Huawei was planning to launch an OTT TV service in Europe, beginning in Spain and Italy, and that the company had struck a content supply deal with Atresmedia.
Premium OTT is set to grow strongly in western Europe and other global regions over the next three years as connected consumers embrace not only services from global OTT players, but new subscription services from local and regional broadcasters and direct-to-consumer services from content brands, according to a new report by MTM for Amdocs owned subscription management specialist Vindicia,The UK will remain the largest market for premium OTT in western Europe, with revenues forecast to rise from US$1.18 billion (€1 billion) in 2017 to US$1.63 billion by 2020.In the US, premium OTT subscription revenue will surpass US$21.2 billion by 2020, up from US$16.4 billion in 2017. While Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will continue to dominate, direct-to-consumer offerings from the likes of Disney, specialist services such as Crunchyroll and WWE, and live sports delivered via OTT will also gain customers, according to the report.Revenues from premium OTT services will also grow rapidly in Asia Pacific, albeit from a low base in some cases, according to MTM. Thailand, will see revenues rise from US$66 million in 2017 to US$108 million in 2020, while Indonesia will expand from US$26 million to US$72 million in the same period. The market for premium OTT services in Asia Pacific will be driven by pan-regional players, such as HOOQ, Viu and iflix, that focus on local content and are priced for local audiences.The premium OTT market in Australia, already one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region, will continue to see growth, with revenues reaching US$420 million by 2020, up from US$280 million in 2017, the study found. Netflix will be the dominant subscription service in Australia for the foreseeable future.MTM found that in Latin America, improved broadband connectivity is driving growth in premium OTT subscriptions, where local content offerings are bundled with internet access. However, greater connectivity is also encouraging content piracy. Mexico will become the largest market in Latin America for premium OTT services by 2020, with revenues forecast to reach US$678 million, up from US$410 million in 2017, according to the report.“As revenues for premium OTT services increase in all regions and the global players continue to dominate, a common thread to this research is that consumers will nevertheless choose to subscribe to niche content when the price and the experience are right. As part of that experience, consumers will demand frictionless payment solutions. Premium OTT services that offer local, live and linear content, and that can also seamlessly integrate with payment platforms to make payments almost invisible to the user, can expect strong subscription growth going forward as connected consumers embrace not only services from global OTT players, but also new subscription services from local and regional broadcasters, and direct-to-consumer services from content brands.“The demand for high-quality paid-for video services delivered via OTT is growing in all regions of the world. While it is important to understand local and regional trends, industry executives in all markets now recognise that exclusive content, appropriate pricing and seamless payment solutions are all key to acquiring new subscribers,” said Nick Thomas, Associate Director at MTM and author of the report.
David CrawfordArqiva’s managing director of satellite and media, David Crawford, explores the true TV habits of Generation Z – and what they might mean for the future of TV.It has become a recurring theme among observers of the TV industry that young people have rejected broadcast television and no longer choose to watch linear TV. While recent analysis of viewing patterns and quantitative research from the likes of Ofcom and Thinkbox has shown that linear still plays a significant role in the viewing mix for young adults, these reports also showed that over half of viewing amongst 12-18 year olds is non-linear video-on-demand (VoD) and over the top (OTT) content. So what are the true TV habits of Generation Z?Arqiva’s Millennials Research Project confirmed the quantitative research findings of Ofcom and Thinkbox that around half of millennials’ viewing is non-traditional, non-linear. However, we went one step further to find out the ‘why’ so we can begin to predict how content viewing will develop over the coming years. A qualitative research study, the project monitored the viewing behaviours of 20 British children aged 12-18 over the course of one month to uncover the true TV habits of Generation Z.Are the millennial generation really mobile-first and on-demand only when it comes to watching their favourite shows, or do traditional TV experiences, in traditional family scenarios, still have a role to play in their viewing schedule?Traditional TV for modern millennialsThe study found that contrary to the repeated assertion of the mobile and new media industries, the big screen in the lounge is still a dominant device for millennials. Whether by numbers of hours used, or first preferences for viewing , the size and resolution of the screen matters, as does who they’re watching it with.The findings also revealed that millennials were doing the majority of their main screen TV viewing in the company of, and guided by, family and friends, not just because they lived together but because it formed an important part of their social interaction with these groups. It also proved to be the type of TV experience they enjoyed the most.However, while the big screen is still having a big impact on young TV viewers today, the direct link between the traditional TV set and linear content seems to have weakened.When millennials are in control of the big screen in the lounge, they use it to watch a much wider range of content formats than a traditional TV audience. Their chosen mix still includes live and linear shows, but in equal measure with catch-up and subscription video on demand (SVoD) content, and increasingly using any device they can plug into a screen.Linear TV is certainly still part of the mix when millennials are viewing on their own, but this solo TV time is also when they watch twice as much OTT and SVoD content, in comparison to when part of a family group.It may be the big traditional TV screen they want, but they are a long way from traditional in the way that they use it.Weekday versus weekend viewingIt’s not just watching in a group that changes millennial viewing habits. The study gave us insight into the varying viewing preferences that millennials have, at different times of the week; some of which are bound to have an effect on broadcast schedulers.The big screen TV in the lounge was dominant in the week, when family routines were most structured. But at weekends, when they have more time and family behaviour is not so structured, millennials watch more video content outside the lounge and more VoD OTT on their computers, phones and tablets. They want to be able to access content when they want, where they want, and these devices allow them to do that.Therefore, mobile became a primary video viewing device when our millennials were crowded out of the optimal viewing space – the lounge. In their own rooms they resorted to second choice devices. Use of ‘broadcast’ linear – viewed off an aerial or dish – in this context was very low. This reflects the basic infrastructure of viewers’ homes in the UK at the moment.Access to broadcast TV outside the lounge is limited. Where it exists it is most often to a Freeview device with little ‘youth viewing’ available. In pay homes, almost no young people have multi-room in their bedrooms – and therefore no access to the live/linear channels targeted at them. If they couldn’t watch their show on the big screen, the small one had to make do, and so mobile is most often a fall-back, not a first choice.Food for thoughtAs a group who define television in the broadest of terms and engage with video content in a variety of formats, contexts and devices, broadcasters need to recognise and adapt to their varying habits – whether that’s taking advantage of the big screen as a portal for more OTT and VoD content, or changing tact when it comes to weekend watching scheduling. This presents the industry with plenty of scope to innovate.As part of Arqiva’s ongoing focus on service excellence we are seeking to gain insights into the changing world that our broadcast customers are grappling with. Read more about Arqiva’s Millennials Research Project whitepaper here.
Charity event today at Guildhall to raise money for NI Air AmbulanceMAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor John Boyle is today hosting an event in the city to raise money for the local air ambulance.The Mayor said: “I am excited to be hosting the Altnagelvin Hospital Choir in the Guildhall today, Saturday, May 18, for a full performance of Handel’s Messiah complete with the Hallelujah Chorus ShareTweet “All proceeds will be donated to the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity.”Tickets on sale at: http://www.trybooking.co.uk/ini Mayor hosting Altnagelvin Hospital Choir at Guildhall today for charity fundraiser was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Altnagelvin Hospital ChoirDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor hosting Altnagelvin Hospital Choir at Guildhall todayMayor John BoyleNorthern Ireland Air Ambulance
Sinn Fein Education spokesperson Karen MullanSINN Féin’s Karen Mullan has said any new housing estates being developed must contain plans for proper community facilities. The Foyle MLA was commenting after leading a delegation of Education Authority officials, including the Director of Youth Services, to the Outer North area. Director of Youth ServicesEDUCATION AUTHORITYFOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANMullan calls for more community facilities in Outer NorthSinn Fein “We will continue to work with all partners to progress to ensure there is proper community facilities developed to meet the high demand in Outer North area,” added the Foyle MLA.Mullan calls for more community facilities in Outer North was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “It was a positive meeting which gave the community an opportunity to highlight the needs of the young people and groups in the area. “Community organisations have a number of transformation plans in the place for the area and continue to work in conjunction with the Education Authority, particularly on education and youth programmes. “Over two years ago, I established a working group following concerns about the lack of new community facilities to meet the surge in new families moving in to recently built houses in the area. “It’s vital that when and much needed social houses are built, new community facilities are factored in as part of any planning. ShareTweet
Home NewsWatch Featured Route 219 In Monroe County Closed Due To Flooding 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 Tumblr Facebook Twitter Mail Previous PostRichwood Mayor Ordered to Appear in Front of Three Judge Court UNION, WV (WOAY) – Parts of Route 219 in Monroe County is closed due to flooding. Dispatchers tell WOAY that Route 219 from Rock Camp to Union is closed. A detour was set up on Willow Bend Road, but that has now been shut down.As of now, there are no alternate routes set up and there is not an estimated time of when route 219 will reopen. Stay with WOAY News for further updates. Linkedin Next PostCoal Mine Agrees to Pay Back Taxes to Wyoming County FeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Route 219 In Monroe County Closed Due To Flooding By Tyler BarkerMay 17, 2018, 21:17 pm 2219 0 Google+ Pinterest Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Wyoming County Man Arrested For Breaking Into Parents Home CrimeWatch NewsLocal NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Wyoming County Man Arrested For Breaking Into Parents Home By Tyler BarkerAug 31, 2018, 10:22 am 1381 1 Linkedin Tumblr Google+ Facebook Next PostWest Virginia drug overdoses top 1,000 in 2017 Mail Previous PostWest Virginia Meteorologist accused of fracturing anchor’s skull in fight Twitter CYCLONE, WV (WOAY) – One man is in jail after walking down the road near Road Branch Elementary School saying “he was going to kill himself or someone”.On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at around 5:30 pm, officers instructed Jordan Paugh to come out of a friends home he was in. Officers found marijuana and a 9mm handgun, that he got from his parents house.Officers spoke to Paugh father and he stated that his son broke into his home and stole the gun out of a locked cabinet. Paugh had taken a table and two stools from another outbuilding and used them to stand on to get into the window of the house.Paugh is charged with petit larceny, daytime burglary, entering without breaking, and possession of marijuana. He is being held in the Southern Regional Jail under a 15,000 dollar bond. 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 Pinterest
Recommended Links — Editor’s note: Yesterday, Doug Casey shared his views on the self-identified “elite.” If you missed it, you can read it right here. Today, Doug breaks down the growing migrant crisis. Doug says this crisis will be “one of the biggest problems in the next generation”…and below, he discusses how it can be solved. [This essay was originally published in the October issue of The Casey Report.] Let me start by saying I’m all for immigration and completely open borders to enable opportunity seekers from anyplace to move anyplace else. With two big, critically important, caveats: 1) there can be no welfare or free government services, so everyone has to pay his own way, and no freeloaders are attracted 2) all property is privately owned, to minimize the possibility of squatter camps full of beggars. In the absence of welfare benefits, immigrants are usually the best of people because you get mobile, aggressive, and opportunity-seeking people that want to leave stagnant and repressive cultures for vibrant and liberal ones. That was the case with the millions of immigrants who came to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And they had zero in the way of state support. But what is going on in Europe today is entirely different. The migrants coming to Europe aren’t being attracted by opportunity in the new land so much as the welfare benefits and the soft life. Western Europe is a massive welfare state that is providing free food, housing, medical care, schooling, and living expenses to all comers. Benefits like these will naturally draw in poor people from poor countries. For the most part they’ll be unskilled, poorly educated, and many will have a bad attitude. The question arises why—since they’re almost all Muslims—they aren’t being welcomed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, or Brunei, which are wealthy Muslim countries. What we’re talking about here is the migration of millions of people of different language, different race, different religion, different culture, and different mode of living. If you’re an alien and you’re 1 out of 10,000, or 1000, or even 100, you’re a curiosity, an interesting outsider. And you’d have to integrate in the new society. But an influx of millions of migrants can only destroy the old culture. And guarantee antagonism—especially when the locals are forced to pay for it. In many ways, what’s happening now isn’t just comparable to what happened 2,000 years ago with the migration of the Germanic barbarians into the Roman Empire. It’s potentially much more serious. Although most of the migration will be out of Africa, it’s supposed to be official Chinese policy to migrate about 300 million Chinese into Africa in the years to come. They’re employed in building roads, mines, railroads and other infrastructure. The Africans like the goodies, but don’t like the Chinese. It has the makings of a race war a generation or so in the future. The problem won’t only be tens or hundreds of millions of Africans migrating to Europe, but tens or hundreds of millions of Chinese migrating to Africa. The EU is a huge aggravating factor with the migrant situation. Brussels is full of globalists and doctrinaire socialists who not only promote bad policies, but make the whole continent pay for the mistakes of its most misguided members. The migrants, who are manifestly unwelcome in Hungary, Poland, and other Eastern European countries, will prove another big impetus for the breakup of the EU. Millions of Africans will want to emigrate, especially to the homelands of their ex-colonial masters in Europe. The colonizers are now themselves being colonized. Fair enough, I suppose; a case of the sins of the father truly devolving upon the sons. If I was an African from south of the Sahara, I’d absolutely try to get to Italy or Greece or France or Spain or on my way to Northern Europe to cash in on the largesse of these stupid Europeans. – This is a different kind of bubble. This bubble was inflated because interest rates were held too low for too long. It’s global in scope. And it’s in a market that’s much larger than the stock market, but not nearly as well understood. See our full analysis right here. The Best Place to Hide Your Money It’s tax-free. Pays up to 37 times more than bank accounts. And you DON’T NEED TO REPORT IT TO THE IRS. No wonder the government doesn’t want you to know about this secret account. Click here. I’m a fan of what’s left of Western Civilization. I hate to see it washed away. But that’s what will happen if the floodgate is opened. Unless the Europeans get in front of this situation, it’s not just some refugees from the Near East they’ll have to deal with. Especially with the economic chaos of The Greater Depression, it’s going to be many millions from Africa, and then perhaps millions more from Central Asia, and even India and Bangladesh. The world is becoming a very small place. What happens when scores of thousands of migrants set up a squatter camp someplace—with no food, shelter, or sanitary facilities? What will happen when there are scores or hundreds of squatter camps? Unlike the Goths and the Vandals, who became the new aristocracy, the chances of the Africans integrating is essentially zero. The situation is likely to be most stressful… Some will say “But you have to be charitable, you can’t just let them starve because they’ve had some bad luck”. To that I’d say an individual, or a family, can have some bad luck. But the places these people come from have had “bad luck” for centuries. Their bad luck is the consequence of their political, economic, and social systems. Their cultures—let me note the elephant in the room—are backward, degraded, and unproductive. It makes no sense, it’s idiotic, to import—at huge expense—masses of people that have a culture of “bad luck”. On just one day recently, the Italian Coast Guard rescued 10,000 Africans off the Libyan coast—almost all men from Guinea, Gambia, Nigeria, and neighboring countries—and transported them to Italy. It’s hard to see them ever going back home. But it’s certain they’ll encourage their friends and families to join them. The situation can only get worse. Why? In 1950, the 250 million Africans were only 9% of the world’s population; it’s 27% now, but there will be 4 billion, for 40%, in 2100. Making that observation is highly politically incorrect, and presumably racist. I’ll have more to say on racism in the future. But the fact is that Africa has always been an economic basket case; if Vasco Da Gama had thrown out a wheel when he was rounding the Cape, he would also have had to throw out an instruction book on how to use it. But nobody could have read it. Be that as it may. But Europeans made things worse when they conquered the continent and divided it up into political entities that made zero sense from a cultural, linguistic, religious or tribal viewpoint. That guaranteed chaos for the indefinite future. That’s why it’s always a mad scramble to get control of the government in these countries, in order to loot the treasury, entrench one’s cronies, and punish one’s enemies. Until there’s a bloody revolution, and the shoe goes on another foot. Here’s the takeaway. The population of Africa is going up by several billion people in the years to come. The net wealth of the continent is going nowhere. The locals will want to move wholesale to Europe, where the living is easy. And where the politically correct Cultural Marxists are anxious to destroy their own civilization. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of think tanks in the U.S. alone, most located within the Washington Beltway who believe that these people should be encouraged to migrate, or imported en masse. They’re populated by partisan academics, ex-politicos, retired generals and others circulating through the revolving doors of the military/industrial/political/academic complex. They’re really just propaganda outlets, funded by foundations, and donors who want to give an intellectual patina to their views and, to use a popular phrase, “make a difference”. Think tanks, and their cousins, the lobbyists and the NGOs, are mostly what I like to call Running Dogs, who act as a support system for the Top Dogs in the Deep State. Their product is “policy recommendations,” which influence how much tax you have to pay and how many new regulations you have to obey. Think tanks are populated almost exclusively by people who are, simultaneously, both “useful idiots” and “useless mouths.” They’re no friends of the common man. The migration policies they’re promoting are creating minor chaos now. With world-class chaos in the wings. Let me repeat, and re-emphasize, what I said earlier. The free-market solution to the migrant situation is quite simple. If all the property of a country is privately owned, anyone can come and stay as long as he can pay for his accommodations. When even the streets and parks are privately owned, trespassers, beggars, squatters, migrants, vagrants and the like have a problem. A country with 100% private property, and zero welfare, would only attract people who like those conditions. And they’d undoubtedly be welcome as individuals. But “migration” would be impossible. This is how the migration problem could be solved. You don’t need the government. You don’t need the army. You don’t need visas or quotas. You don’t need laws. You don’t need treaties to solve the migration problem. All you need is privately owned property and the lack of welfare benefits. Instead, think tanks will come up with some cockamamie political solution. But the good news is that it will speed up the disintegration of the EU. My prediction that the Continent will one day just be a giant petting zoo for the Chinese is intact—assuming the current wave of migrants approve. There will also be an exodus of capital and people from Europe to parts of Latin America, plus to the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This is, obviously, bad for Europe and good for the recipient countries, since these emigrants will be educated and affluent. Editor’s note: If you haven’t seen it, Doug has just released his latest and most controversial prediction yet. It involves a shocking currency ban (not gold) that may soon take effect under the Trump presidency. Already, Fed members have met in private to discuss this matter. And the savings of millions could be devalued if this goes into effect. To watch the interview and discover the four steps Doug is taking to prepare, click here.
Recommended Link At 28, he made partner at global financial powerhouse Cantor Fitzgerald.By 30, he was routinely trading $1 billion — per minute.And by 38, he helped his firm build Wall Street’s fastest high-speed trading system.His name is Jason Bodner and he was so influential on Wall Street… President Clinton visited his trading floor. So did President Bush. Bloomberg (the $10 billion financial giant) asked to partner with Jason. Now you can see how his breakthrough system can spot America’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance. — — • After all, Gates is the world’s second-wealthiest man… He’s worth nearly $100 billion.He’s also one of the world’s most outspoken environmentalists. Last year, he helped launch the Global Commission on Adaptation, a commission focused on climate adaptation solutions.Because of this, Gates’ opinion carries tremendous weight. It can both shape public opinion and guide policy at the highest levels of government.I bring this up for a simple reason.• Climate change is one of today’s hottest political issues…Just look at how much attention the Green New Deal (GND) received. It’s all many politicians want to talk about.Interestingly, the version of the GND that went before the Senate last month barely mentioned nuclear power… despite being one of the cleanest, cheapest, and most dependable forms of mass energy.Of course, that version was steamrolled on the Senate floor… but as I explained Tuesday, concern over climate change isn’t going anywhere. And I believe we’ll see another version of the GND… one that doesn’t have nuclear power as a footnote, but rather as a focal point.If that happens, uranium – the feedstock of nuclear power plants – should explode in value. Not only that, stocks leveraged to uranium could easily deliver returns in excess of 1,000%.I’ll show you why in a second… and how to position yourself for this opportunity. But you should know something first…• I’m not the only Casey Research analyst excited by what Gates said…According to our in-house commodities expert Dave Forest, Gates’ comments reflect a major change in perception toward nuclear power.And Dave knows what he’s talking about.He’s a true industry insider. He spent the last two decades of his career searching for new discoveries and breakthroughs in the resource space. He also founded his own mineral exploration and development companies.And he believes the nuclear industry has reached an “inflection point,” saying:Gates is quite correct that nuclear power is the world’s only non-carbon source of baseload power. It’s why Patrick Moore, an early member of Greenpeace, has been pro-nuclear for decades.But despite obvious benefits, nuclear power has stalled since its initial buildout during the late 1960s and 1970s.So, the recent groundswell of nuclear support is interesting. Perhaps Fukushima demonstrated for people like Bill Gates that even a worst-case scenario isn’t that bad – especially weighed against the perceived threat of climate change and the real threat of massive pollution from coal.Whatever the case, public opinion is a powerful factor in driving policy. And it looks like the world is going to push its leaders to re-embrace nuclear as a climate solution.In short, we’ve seen a complete 180 in public perception of nuclear power recently.That alone should get you excited about uranium. But it’s not the only reason to be bullish. Wall Street Will NOT Want You to Uncover This Man’s Identity… Get all the details here He’s revealing secrets he learned while working in the live trading pit of the Chicago Board Options Exchange… And giving you the opportunity to get a DOUBLE-YOUR-MONEY trade recommendation in real time… All you need to do is get “in the room”… It’s as close as you possibly can get to trading right alongside a real market wizard. Recommended Link • Industry fundamentals are rapidly improving…In fact, Dave says an even bigger announcement was made just one week after NELA was introduced:On April 1, reports emerged that China is about to approve construction of new reactors. Papers quoted the head of China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration, Liu Hua, saying definitively: “China will start building new nuclear projects this year.”This would be the first approval of new reactors in China in three years – and Liu’s comments suggest building is going to restart imminently.This is hugely bullish for uranium producers. More from Dave:China is the biggest driver of global reactor buildouts this decade.Chinese-installed nuclear capacity has increased more than 20-fold since 1990.China’s reactor builds are the biggest factor affecting global uranium demand. Even with the slowdown in reactor construction recently, Chinese projects still account for 25% of the nuclear capacity being built worldwide.But here’s the thing.• China isn’t winding down nuclear reactor construction anymore… It’s ramping up. Dave explains:China has lots of nuclear projects it could choose to activate. Planned and proposed projects across the country would add 162,476 megawatts electric of capacity. That would triple China’s overall nuclear generation.And several recent moves from China’s uranium companies support a coming surge.• This is all great news for speculators… Public perception towards nuclear power has suddenly turned positive. At the same time, uranium demand is set to soar.This is a recipe for much higher prices.Remember, uranium stocks are some of the most explosive on the planet – when they move, they really move.For instance, Paladin Energy – a small uranium stock – went from one cent in 2003 to eight dollars in 2007… a 95,600% gain in less than four years.That’s a life-changing return.But even blue-chip uranium stocks delivered monster returns during the last bull market. Take Cameco – the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company. It surged more than 3,395% from 2000 to 2007.• And the next uranium bull market could hand us even bigger gains… I say this because the sector’s been absolutely decimated.According to Forbes, there were 450-plus companies in the uranium space prior to Fukushima. And the market capitalization of publicly traded uranium stocks was approximately $130 billion.Today, there are about 40 uranium companies worldwide… with a combined market value of only about $10 billion.In other words, it wouldn’t take much money to move the uranium market.So consider speculating on uranium stocks if you haven’t yet.But remember, uranium stocks can be incredibly volatile. Never bet more money than you can afford to lose. Position-size appropriately. Do your research and take profits as they come. It only takes a small amount to capitalize on the next bull market.Regards,Justin Spittler Salento, Colombia April 25, 2019P.S. International Speculator editor Dave Forest is one of the most well-connected, experienced resource speculators on the planet. He’s a true industry insider with 20-plus years’ experience in this space… and has built his readers a portfolio to profit from the coming bull market in uranium.But there’s another story he recently unveiled that no one else is talking about today…Dave says a radical new technology is about to take down the world’s leader of electric vehicles… and send a specific metal soaring in the process. Not only that, it will flood one tiny, specific stock with a massive windfall starting any day now. Go here to get all the details.Reader MailbagDo you believe a “nuclear renaissance” is underway? If so, are you positioned to profit? 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If you owe an outstanding debt to the City Of Tuscaloosa, prepare to have that payment intercepted.Currently, the city uses municipal collections of America to collect outstanding debt from red light camera tickets.Tuesday, the city added water accounts and unpaid parking tickets.The city also added an intercept program, meaning the city can collect part of your Alabama tax refund to pay for unpaid parking tickets, water bills and red light camera tickets.“As the program grows, we expect between 65 to 70 percent of those submitted to the municipal intercept program to be collected successfully,” said Deputy City Attorney Jimbo Woodson.City officials said there are many students who graduate, then leave Tuscaloosa with outstanding debt.Woodson said he believes the new program is a better way for the city gets what’s owed to them.
An 18-year-old girl is dead after a single-vehicle wreck in Tuscaloosa on Monday.Tuscaloosa Police said it happened in the 1900 block of 26th Avenue, near the intersection of 15th Street and Interstate 359.Investigators said Zareia Wilson had been traveling south on 26th Avenue when her vehicle left the road and hit a tree.Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Reporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Cameron CrowePeople in need came to the Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa Jan. 28 to be fed, clothed and loved through the United for the Homeless ministry.Stacy and Virgil Williams began United for the Homeless ministry in Birmingham, but after seeing the need in west Alabama, they said they felt called to provide for the homeless here in Tuscaloosa County.Sunday, the couple held an event at the Salvation Army that helps provide the homeless population in the surrounding area with food, toiletries and winter clothing for the bitter cold months ahead.Volunteers from churches and organizations from across the country gave their time to offer help. Virgil Williams believes it is important to help those in need because it could have just as easily been him in their shoes.“Our biggest thing is that we are one misstep away from being right where these people are,” Virgil Williams said. “One bad luck thing happening, one mishap and one bad decision from happening and we could be right where they are at. Thank God Jesus did not give up on me so we are here to give people hope and show people we care.”Stacy Williams said after seeing the same people through the ministry regularly, a bond begins to form between the givers and the receivers.“We started this in Birmingham and we saw all the people up there and what they were going through and what they needed,” Stacy Williams said. “Seeing the need here, we just wanted to provide them with stuff that they maybe could not get on their own and when you do this a lot and start seeing the same people you begin forming bonds with them.”The United for the Homeless Ministry has the ability to put others before themselves and, because of that, helps to make Tuscaloosa a friendlier place.For those interested in donating, visit United for the Homeless Ministry supported by Harvest Church.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ernesto Valverde wants to start his tenure as Barcelona coach in the best way possible, by beating Real Madrid.Shortly after becoming Barcelona’s 57th coach on Thursday, Valverde said his first goal was to get ready for a trio of “clasico” matches coming over the next few months.“It makes the challenge we have ahead of us even bigger,” Valverde said about Barcelona’s friendly against Madrid in Miami on July 29 before the curtain-raising Spanish Super Cup in August.“I just arrived, and I still have to think about everything, but it is important that the players find their form in the warm-up matches before the Super Cup,” Valverde said at his first news conference near Camp Nou. “We have a summer tour with games against tough teams, and the idea is to get ready for the Super Cup.”The 53-year-old Valverde will be charged with reinvigorating a side that boasts one of the world’s most talented attacks in Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, but finished last season behind Madrid in the Spanish league and the Champions League. Barcelona lost in the quarterfinals of Europe’s top-tier competition to Juventus, which Madrid will take on in Saturday’s final.Barcelona announced on Monday that Valverde had agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a third season.Valverde seems the perfect fit for Barcelona, given his knowledge of the club as a former player under coach Johan Cruyff in the 1980s and his experience as a well-traveled manager.He arrives after four noteworthy seasons at Athletic Bilbao. Having also coached successfully at Valencia, Villarreal, Espanyol and Greek club Olympiakos, Valverde has long been considered one of Spain’s sharpest soccer minds.His serious, even-keeled demeanor should help him handle the high-pressure atmosphere surrounding Barcelona that left Luis Enrique in need of a long break.“I know that the bar has been set very high,” Valverde said. “Barcelona has had great coaches. I think about Luis Enrique, (Pep) Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Cruyff. I know the demands of this club and the challenge I face.”While Valverde said he would “adapt” to Barcelona’s ball-possession style forged under Cruyff and perfected by Guardiola, his Bilbao sides displayed the intensity in pressuring up the field that Barcelona lacked last season.Valverde has also proven to get the most out of his players, something which bodes well for a Barcelona youth program which has lost its weight on the first team. He said he plans to “have a fluid relationship” with the reserve team.Despite being limited by Bilbao’s policy of only having players from the small Basque Country region or neighboring areas, Valverde made the club into one of the better sides in Spain. The club finished fourth, qualifying for the Champions League, in his first season and never finished below seventh through all four campaigns.Valverde will now be making the jump from Bilbao’s homegrown squad to Barcelona’s collection of stars.“How can I put it? Bilbao’s market for players is not the same as Barca’s,” Valverde said. But “I have never met players who were born millionaires. I believe I will find a young group of players who want to win.”JOSEPH WILSON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID — Real Madrid just can’t wait for the season to end.Even the usually mild-mannered Zinedine Zidane lost his patience after his team’s latest setback, a 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Sunday.“We will play these last three games and then this is finally over,” the Madrid coach said after seeing his team get outplayed and outhustled by then last-place Rayo.The result practically ended the team’s chances of catching Atletico Madrid for second place. If Madrid can’t erase the nine-point difference over the final matches, it will finish out the top two in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1973-74.A day before the disappointing performance against Rayo, Madrid fans had to endure seeing Barcelona clinch its second straight league title, and eighth in 11 seasons.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale touches his head during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)And in a few days, fans will watch Barcelona — along with Liverpool, Tottenham and Ajax — compete in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League, the tournament Madrid won the last three years.Zidane was uncharacteristically upset after the setback against Rayo, the team’s fourth in six matches.“I’ll always defend my players, but not today,” Zidane said. “We can’t play like that, and I’m responsible as well. We didn’t do anything. We have to apologize.”Madrid was coming off a scoreless draw at Getafe and previously had drawn with Leganes and lost to Valencia, all in away matches. Zidane has a perfect record at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, with four victories, but has yet to win away.“At least against Getafe we showed some good things, we created some chances,” Zidane said. “But we didn’t do anything today. Nothing from Minute 1 to Minute 90.”Rayo Vallecano’s coach Paco Jemez, left, looks over to Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane as he walks off the pitch at the end of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Rayo won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Paul White)When Zidane took over from Santiago Solari eight matches ago, with the team in tatters, he said the main goal was to rebuild for next season, but also to regain confidence after one of its most disappointing campaigns in years. Madrid was off to a good start under Zidane, with three wins in four matches, but risks finishing the season on another low.Madrid was 12 points behind Barcelona and two points behind Atletico when Zidane arrived. Now it is 18 points from the Catalan club and nine below its city rival.Instead of just focusing on which players to keep and how to improve the squad for next season, Zidane will also have to make sure the team plays good enough to please the club’s demanding fans in the final matches.Madrid will host relegation-threatened Villarreal next weekend, then visits midtable Real Sociedad before closing out the season at home again against Real Betis.With little at stake through the end, Zidane said Madrid needs to play for pride.“We can’t finish like this, with this image,” the Frenchman said. “We have to show some respect for the game and for the club. We will have to play better.”By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
When Medicare in 2011 agreed to pay for a procedure to replace leaky heart valves by snaking a replacement through blood vessels, the goal was to offer relief to the tens of thousands of patients too frail to endure open-heart surgery, the gold standard.To help ensure good results, federal officials limited Medicare payment only to hospitals that serve large numbers of cardiac patients.The strategy worked. In the past seven years, more than 135,000 mostly elderly patients have undergone transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. And TAVR’s in-hospital mortality rate has dropped by two-thirds, to 1.5 percent.Now, in a campaign motivated by a muddy mix of health care and business, smaller hospitals and the medical device industry are arguing that the technique should be more widely deployed. They note only about half of the nearly 1,100 hospitals offering surgical valve replacement can do TAVR. And they say current limitations discriminate against minorities and people in rural areas, forcing patients to undergo a riskier and significantly more invasive treatment — or miss getting a new valve altogether. Hospitals that already have a TAVR franchise are fighting to stifle new competitors, saying programs that don’t do enough procedures would not provide high-quality care.At stake is the care of thousands of patients. Half of the more than 250,000 Americans estimated each year to develop severe aortic valve stenosis — narrowing of the valve that regulates the flow of blood from the heart to the largest artery of the body. Getting an artificial heart valve lowers that death rate to as low as 17 percent over two years, studies show. Also at stake is the $45,000 Medicare pays hospitals for each TAVR case — excluding the doctor’s fee. While hospitals typically make only a small profit on the procedure — partly because the device costs more than $30,000 — they benefit because each TAVR patient typically needs other cardiac services and tests that can boost the hospital’s bottom line. In addition, offering TAVR carries a cachet that helps recruit and retain top specialists, who bring in more patients.At a Medicare advisory committee hearing in Baltimore on July 25, both sides of the debate emphasized how they were seeking to help patients. But the economics of TAVR was ever-present given the horde of medical device and hospital officials and industry analysts in the audience. The committee split on the issue, although a majority of members backed the continued use of volume requirements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to decide later this year whether to change its patient volume minimum for TAVR.Dr. Jason Felger, a heart surgeon who wants his community hospital in San Angelo, Texas, to offer the procedure, said behind the fight over TAVR is protecting profit and revenue. He refers patients to hospitals more than three hours away for the procedure or, if they aren’t willing to travel, they risk their lives to undergo the conventional operation. Hospitals that offer TAVR, he said, aren’t willing to give up the referrals they now rely on from other hospitals. “It’s all about the money,” he said.Improving a hospital’s reputationUnlike open-heart surgery, in which the chest is cracked open to remove the unhealthy valve, TAVR involves threading a catheter tipped with a replacement valve through a blood vessel to the heart. Doctors then implant the new valve. The old valve remains but is pushed aside, and the new one takes over its work. With this less invasive valve procedure, people can get out of the hospital within two or three days and get back to daily activities much sooner than with open-heart surgery, which typically has a six-week recovery time. TAVR has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people who cannot have open-heart surgery or for whom it would be risky. These include the elderly and frail and people with complications such as kidney and lung disease. But TAVR use has expanded among younger, and less sick, patients in recent years. Within the next year, the FDA is likely to approve the procedure for all patients needing a new aortic valve, industry analysts say. TAVR does carry risks, including stroke. Patients may also need a pacemaker after the procedure to regulate heart rhythm. The large majority of patients getting TAVR are 65 and over. The importance of Medicare’s blessing goes beyond its payments, since private insurers typically follow Medicare standards. Physicians seeking to expand use of TAVR point out that Medicare has no volume requirements for other major cardiac procedures. The two largest TAVR medical device companies are divided on the issue. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. of Irvine, Calif., supports eliminating the minimum-patient requirements, while Minneapolis-based Medtronic favors keeping the status quo. The Advanced Medical Technology Association, or AdvaMed, an industry trade group, also supports the change.About 50,000 patients are expected to have TAVR this year, and those numbers are forecast to double by 2020, according to American College of Cardiology and other major heart groups.When Michael Vigil, 50, needed TAVR in May, he drove more than three hours from his home in eastern Wyoming to a hospital in Denver. Before the procedure, the oil-drilling contractor was constantly tired and out of breath — even after mundane chores at home. Vigil’s aortic valve had been damaged from radiation treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma decades before. Vigil was sent home a day after the TAVR procedure. He was back at work the following week. He said he felt more energized almost immediately after having the procedure.”It’s worked so well my wife wishes they dialed it back a little,” Vigil said.Donnette Smith, president of the patient advocacy group Mended Hearts, said many patients don’t have good access to the procedure. “Patients do not know of this option unless they walk through the right door of the right hospital,” said Smith of Huntsville, Ala. She had heart valve surgery in 1988.Mended Heart receives funding from device makers.’Experience matters’To gain Medicare approval for TAVR programs, hospitals have to perform annually 50 open-heart valve repairs, 400 angioplasties and 1,000 cardiac catheterizations — a procedure in which medical teams use skills similar to those needed for TAVR. Doctors at larger hospitals say procedure volume is a good predictor for success. The American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons recommend hospitals be able to do at least 50 TAVRs each year within two years of startup. More than three-quarters of the 582 hospitals authorized by Medicare for TAVR meet that standard. “Whether it’s playing the violin or performing heart surgery, experience matters,” said Dr. Thoralf Sundt, chief of cardiac surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ashish Pershad, an interventional cardiologist who performs TAVR at Banner Medical Center in Phoenix, agreed that there are access issues. But he said it’s not because of a lack of programs. Rather, he said, surgeons too often don’t refer patients for it because they make more money from doing the open-heart surgical valve replacement. “Patients are missing out on this procedure because they are not being referred, and primary care doctors lack knowledge about it,” he said.Expanding treatment optionsDoctors seeking a Medicare rule to widen access say there is little evidence hospitals that perform more TAVRs have lower mortality rates. As long as they can show low mortality and complications, they believe their hospitals should be able to offer the service. “Our intention is not to lower the quality of outcomes by expanding to ‘low volume’ centers; but to provide excellent care to a larger population of patients,” Felger and his colleagues at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas, wrote to the CMS advisory group. Last year, Felger said, he sent a dozen patients to hospitals in Austin or Dallas for TAVR, while eight other patients opted for the open-heart surgery. “I have patients tell me they would rather have the surgical procedure at their local hospital than traveling to another city,” he said. “They tell me ‘Let’s do this; if I die, I die.’ “Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.
Infiniti Milwaukee dealership in West Allis. (Rendering: Gries Architectural Group Inc.)Last updated on June 18th, 2019 at 05:11 pmThe Infiniti Milwaukee auto dealership plans to move from Waukesha to West Allis and is slated to break ground on its new 31,700-square-foot building near Highway 100 in May with plans to move into the facility by the end of the year.The new Infiniti dealership is to be constructed on a roughly 2.9-acre vacant site at 10595 W. Arthur Ave.. It will join other car dealers in the immediate area, including International Autos Group’s BMW, Alfa Romao, MINI and Mercedes Benz dealerships as well as Heiser Chevrolet.The dealership, owned by Lupient Automotive Group, will replace the existing Infiniti dealership in Waukesha, said Blain Boudreau, general manager of Infiniti Milwaukee. Included in the new two-story building in West Allis will be an 8,400-square-foot service workshop, roughly 9,300 square feet of office space, 4,000 square feet of showroom space and 253 total spaces for parking. Boudreau said the second floor will have a parts level, offices and a conference room.“We’re building (a dealership) to be able to satisfy the entire Milwaukee market,” he said.Other features include a large glass sale above the entrance, 13 service bays, a dual-lane serve reception area and an attached car wash facility.Construction of the new building is being managed by the Madison office of Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. The project architect is Gries Architectural Group Inc., of Neenah.Boudreau said the site in West Allis was chosen because of its proximity to other high-end car dealerships. He added that building there further makes the area a “shopping destination,” rather than a single location.“It’s a prime location for this particular type of franchise,” he said.Infiniti Milwaukee was established in 2007 by International Autos, and was originally located near the corner of Highway 100 and Arthur Avenue, said Boudreau. In December 2017, Lupient bought the dealership, which had grown to two locations, with one in Glendale and the other in Waukesha. In November, the dealerships were consolidated into the Waukesha location and the Glendale location became a Kia dealership.The dealership’s newest home in West Allis is expected to open before winter, said Boudreau.Golden Valley, Minnesota-based Lupient also has dealerships in the Twin Cities area and Rochester, Minnesota. Its two Wisconsin locations are both in the Milwaukee area. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Green Cross Pharmacy in the North End is closing its doors for good. Their last day open for business will be March 5, 2019. Peppi, Freddy, Rachele (Ellie) and Dom from Green Cross Pharmacy would all like to thank their patrons and the North End community for being so supportive over the years. Owners Joseph (Peppi) and Fernando (Freddy) Giangregorio came to the United States in 1954 and have owned the pharmacy at 393 Hanover Street since 1964. As residents and small business owners, they have been actively involved in the North End community for over 50 years. Peppi recently received an award from Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT) for his unwavering support and promotion of the Italian language and culture in the North End. The brothers have also earned a Clean Streets Good Neighbor Award.*Advertisement* Peppi and Freddy Giangregorio from Green Cross Pharmacy.
The May North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street. This month’s agenda can be found below.