Discovery Communications is “not out of bullets” to use for company acquisitions despite its US$14.6 billion (€12.4 billion) takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief executive has said.David ZaslavThe Scripps deal will create one of the largest media companies in the US, and includes US$2.7 billion worth of new debt for Discovery.However, this will not hamstring in it the acquisitions market due to the way it’s financed, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav told investors on a conference call yesterday.“We’re not out of bullets,” he said. “Over the next two years we still have enough room to do some selective purchases that are smaller if we need to.”On a wide-ranging investors’ call that followed the announcement of the Scripps purchase and second quarter financial results, Zaslav gave some colour on the shape of the business following deal closure, which is expected early next year.He said having Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV and other cable nets in the Discovery bouquet should push up prices for pay TV platforms. “When you put us together, we’re about 20% of the viewership on cable, but we’re less than 10% of the economics,” he said.He also pointed to the potential of launching direct-to-consumer services at competitive prices, with the possibility of moving smaller and less lucrative networks going mobile- or digital-only.Zaslav said discussions had not yet happened about “whether all of [the linear channels] are going to be survivors and winners, or whether some of them need to be invested in more”.“Maybe some of them could be taken in a different way — to mobile or consumers,” he added.Scripps chairman, president and CEO Kenneth Lowe agreed that networks with a “passionate base” of viewers could move to digital distribution in future, adding: “It’s way too early to think about which brands go away.”Zaslav yesterday pointed to synergies between the Discovery model of targeting “passionate super fans” and Scripps’ thematic network bouquet as a key motive for a deal.
Picnic at Hanging RockEntertainTV, the Deutsche Telekom pay TV service, has taken exclusive rights to Australian drama Picnic at Hanging Rock.The deal comes months after Deutsche Telekom ordered its first original series, Germanized, a Franco-German coproduction that this week secured Amazon Prime Video as a coproducer.The platform has already added services such as Netflix and Ultra-HD in recent months following a revamp in 2016 that included seven-day replay functionality.Picnic at Hanging Rock comes from FremantleMedia Australia and stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones). It is for Australian pay TV service Foxtel.Distributor FremantleMedia International has secured the series the opening slot at Germany’s Berlinale International Film Festival this week.“This year, our customers can expect to see the miniseries that is receiving a lot of praise from the critics,” said Wolfgang Elsäßer, head of Deutsche Telekom’s TV and entertainment business unit. “The international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival is a very promising start. We are convinced that the series will be successful in Germany.”Picnic at Hanging Rock is a reimaging of Joan Lindsay’s novel, which tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day in 1900.Amazon already has rights to the show in the US.
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s TaleHulu is on track to reach over 23 million subscribers by year end, according to Hulu CEO Randy Freer who discussed the topic at Business Insider’s Ignition conference.The Hulu chief said that the streamer is on track to add more subscribers by the second half of 2018 than it did the first. Between January and June 2018 subscribers went up from 17 million to 20 million, meaning that the company is due to report at least 23 million subscribers by year end.Freer presented Hulu as a rapidly growing company. He said Hulu’s live TV business grew 10x more than AT&T’s DirecTV Now during its third financial quarter.“We were growing in October and November. We had our best third quarter, our best October, our best November,” he said.The exec is still eager to scale the product, however. Freer said: “I think our numbers will be really impressive, but we need to get 30, 40, 50m homes in a way that we can scale.”Freer also set out intentions to expand the company internationally in the future. “We’re exploring all opportunities to expand the geography…we have support from ownership to drive that that opportunity,” he said.As the streaming war goes on there is much speculation on whether Disney, now 60% shareholder of the company as it completes its 21stCentury Fox acquisition, will look to buy the full stake of Hulu from Comcast, which owns 30%.Minority shareholder WarnerMedia, which owns a 10% stake, laid out intentions to sell its part in the company during an analyst event last week.
Vodafone Portugal has launched a set of public services offerings on its TV service.Vodafone said it was responding to a call by the country’s Agência para a Modernidade Administrativa(AMA) to help improve public services over digital network as part of the country’s Simplex state administration modernisation project.Vodafone customers will be able to access services from various public bodies through a dedicated app – Serviços Públicos – available through its TV box.Services available initially include the ability to request a digital mobile key via the TV box and the issuance of electronic passwords for public services such as the institute of employment and professional training, the institute of mobile and transport and the social security department. Customers will receive SMS confirmation of services requested and an assigned password.In the coming months, the operator will add the ability to renew ID cards and log changes of address, and the ability to book medical consultations.Vodafone said it was the first operator in the country to participate in the programme in this way.
Fredrik Engdahl, head of commercial operations at Magine, talks about the challenges facing OTT TV service providers and how they can benefit from outsourcing their platform requirements. What are the main barriers to entry for companies and organisations thinking of launching OTT TV services?The two main barriers to entry for launching an OTT TV service are technology/distribution and content/subscriber acquisition. Depending on what type of company or organisation you are, the weight scales of these barriers are tilted slightly differently. ISPs, for example, might already have the fundamental technology infrastructure in place for OTT distribution but lack the content and marketing, as well as OTT-specific BI systems to realise good enough subscriber acquisition.At the other end of the scale, a content producer or content owner could be looking for direct distribution of their popular content to existing fans, but lack the required technology and infrastructure for OTT distribution. Both of these barriers can be overcome by working with a fully managed end-to-end OTT platform provider, where technology and distribution are taken care of, and best-practice marketing and content frameworks can be leveraged to ensure subscriber acquisition and growth of an OTT service.How significant a barrier is the need to make big upfront investments and how can this be overcome?Historically the major obstacle for launching and maintaining an OTT service by yourself was the requirement for significant CAPEX investments, alongside considerable time for development and implementation, resulting in a long time to market. The complexity of launching your own OTT service is often underestimated, leading to long delays or not being able to meet the original vision or objectives for the service.Companies looking to build OTT businesses should focus on what they do best and what will help to ensure their service succeeds in the long term – content – and consider outsourcing their end-to-end OTT service to a provider like Magine. Managed service providers are a low-risk investment as they operate an OPEX-model, eliminating the need for traditional CAPEX-heavy investments and technology investment risks. Outsourcing also guarantees a much quicker time to market, which means you’ll see a return on investment sooner.How challenging is it for OTT TV operators to keep the cost of operating a service – including content licensing costs – under control and what solutions are available?For a company not traditionally present in the technology or infrastructure domain, it can be challenging anticipating and controlling all operating costs associated, such as CDN-costs, ingestion costs etc., alongside the resources and time required to maintain a separate OTT platform and service. In addition to that, OTT operators need to determine their consumer end price, 70-80% of which is often the content licensing costs, in order to realise a profitable business case.The solution to this is unit economics, attainable by using a platform vendor’s aggregated pricing for infrastructure, ingestion, distribution and content. Economies of scale are difficult, if not impossible to realise as a standalone OTT platform and service, but by using a vendor platform like Magine, the economies of scale attainable for the vendor are shared by all partners using the same platform.How significant a challenge for OTT TV operators is restrictions on the availability of rights and what can be done to overcome this?Content is still king, and getting rights for popular shows can be a major challenge. Producing your own original content is a way of circumventing this but it’s expensive and investing in unproven content can be risky. At Magine, we help our partners overcome content acquisition challenges by assisting with cross-licensing between partners on our platform. For example, a content holder targeting a specific regional market can cross-license their relevant content to another content holder on our platform who operates in a different regional market, making great content accessible to larger audiences across the world.What aspects of building an OTT service does it make sense for operators to outsource and what are the key means by which they can differentiate their offerings?In the OTT market today, content and customer relationship management are the key factors that can differentiate an OTT service from the competition. When building an OTT service, operators should focus on funnelling as much of their investment capital and resources into these areas as possible to achieve high subscriber acquisition and retention long term.This can be accomplished by onboarding an OTT managed service provider that offers a more efficient OPEX cost-model, reducing any need for large upfront CAPEX-investments. This is not to say you should only outsource the technology. At Magine, we enable OTT business to get off the ground by providing our partners with fully managed end-to-end OTT services alongside content acquisition, marketing, customer and sales support. Our partners can leverage our years of direct to consumer experience and create a strong foundation to launch and successfully grow their own OTT service.
During further searches on Saturday in Galliagh, police recovered a “viable improvised explosive device” and component parts for other bombs.The bomb was made safe and was taken away for forensic examination.MAN RELEASED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO VIOLENT DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITY was last modified: July 10th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: A man arrested in Derry on Friday night by detectives investigating violent dissident republican activity has been released.The 48-year-old was detained by detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit following the search of a house in the Creggan area of the city on Friday night.Police say he has now been released “unconditionally” from the serious crime suite in Belfast. CReggangalliaghMAN RELEASED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO VIOLENT DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITYPSNITERRORIST INVESTIGATION UNIT ShareTweet
CRegganderry psniNEW IRANicola Cornerpolilcep[oSister of Lyra McKee says family ‘living in nightmare’ since her murder Nichola Corner told BBC Radio Foyle there are no words to describe what it had been like for the family since her death.They felt no closer to knowing who killed the 29-year-old north Belfast woman, she said.In an interview with BBC Radio Foyle’s reporter Teresa Craig, Mrs Corner said: “It’s like living in a nightmare that you just can’t wake up from.“Horrific, to say the least.” ShareTweet On the night of the murder, Mrs Corner said the family initially believed Ms McKee’s injuries were not life-threatening.“I got a phone call to say that Lyra had been injured, hit in the head, and police had taken her to hospital,” she said.“I actually thought she’d maybe been hit by a bottle, a brick or some kind of object of that nature.”After some time spent waiting for more detailed information, Mrs Corner decided to call Lyra’s phone, expecting her sister to answer.“I said: ‘Are you alright wee love? Have you been seen by the doctor yet?’The last moments of Lyra McKee’s life as she worked as a journalist when rioting erupted in Creggan on Thursday, April 18“[I was] expecting it to be her, but obviously it wasn’t her.“That’s when I was told that she was very seriously injured and the emergency personnel were working on her at the hospital and I couldn’t understand why.”In a further phone call, Mrs Corner was told her sister had been shot.“You can imagine the devastation of hearing that news, that she had been shot in the head,” she said.“My husband had to pull over because I was screaming and couldn’t breathe.”While she was telling her mother and other family members about the shooting, she received another call from a PSNI constable, who told her police would collect the family to bring them to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The officer told her Lyra had died.“I was actually still in my street. Mummy was still in the car. My whole soul just left.”When she eventually saw Lyra, Mrs Corner said “it didn’t register” that she was dead.“She looked just like she was sleeping.”Three months on, Mrs Corner said there is “still part of you that’s not quite believing it to be true, because it is so unbelievable”.The suspected New IRA killer who shot dead Lyra McKee in Derry’s Creggan on Thursday, April 18Mrs Corner has previously offered to meet her sister’s killer and support him in “accepting responsibility for your actions”.She again appealed for anyone with information on the killing in Derry’s Creggan estate to come forward.Mrs Corner said her family found the media coverage around her late sister’s death at times difficult to deal with.“My mummy does feel that people have been treating her daughter as public property and she wants to ask people to stop doing that, she wants to reclaim her daughter,” she said.Two men have been charged with rioting in the city on the night that Ms McKee was murdered.A 57-year-old woman along with an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, who were arrested in the aftermath by detectives investigating Ms McKee’s death, were released without charge.Sister of Lyra McKee says family ‘living in nightmare’ since her murder was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Derry in April by New IRA terroristsTHE heartbroken sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has said her family’s grief is like a living nightmare.Ms McKee was shot dead by a New IRA gunman while observing a riot in Derry on Thursday, April 18.
THE SDLP’S MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed news that the first phase of the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Duelling Scheme is now nearing completion.It will provide an additional seven kilometre stretch of motorway for commuters by next Monday, August 5.Said the Foyle MLA: “I welcome the first step of many on this long road towards the completion of the first step of a £185 million dualling scheme; which will provide vital infrastructure for the North West. A6 Randalstown to CastledawsonBelfastDerryDurkan welcomes first phase of A6 dual carriagewayFOYLE MLAM22Mark H Durkannorth west Durkan welcomes first phase of A6 dual carriageway was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “Finally, the historic struggle for decent linkages between Derry and Belfast is making headway. “This flagship project will bring with it increased economic opportunities, jobs and overall social prosperity for areas in the North which up until now have suffered from substantial economic disparity and lack of investment.“This progress is great news for commuters and we look forward to the completion of the next phase. The SDLP will also continue to fight for improved rail connectivity for Derry and the North-West.”Mr Durkan concluded: “I am hopeful that improved travelling networks will mark the beginning of a journey towards a more prosperous future for this region, providing lasting benefits for road-users and local communities alike.” ShareTweet
Jonathan Chance Jonathan Chance grew up in Birmingham, AL where he experienced many different types of weather. The storm that is remembered more than any other is the 2011 Super Outbreak. The tornadoes passed within 20 miles of his home and affected the lives of many people around him. Home NewsWatch Local News Donate Life Month Celebrated at Beckley ARH Hospital Pinterest Beckley ARH Hospital raised their Donate Life Flag Tuesday afternoon.The ceremony is held every year at the hospital to commemorate April as “National Donate Life Month.”CORE, also known as Center for Organ Recovery & Education joined Beckley ARH in their annual ceremony to honor the gift of life.Marie Newcomb Lewis said her husband’s donation helped continue his legacy.“I was able to, with my husband’s family, donate his kidney’s when he died suddenly and the fact that his legacy lives on improving the lives of not only the two people that received his kidneys but their family and the community is just really important to me and it was just such a good experience,” said Mrs. Lewis.It is important to remember anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history. Facebook Twitter Tumblr Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Donate Life Month Celebrated at Beckley ARH Hospital By Jonathan ChanceApr 24, 2018, 16:55 pm 513 0 Linkedin Mail Previous PostBeckley Day of Hope Next PostManchin builds fundraising lead in West Virginia Senate race Google+ Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
Facebook SportsSports News HS Wrestling – Independence Duals By Matt DigbyFeb 09, 2017, 23:59 pm 820 0 Home Sports News Sports HS Wrestling – Independence Duals Pinterest Previous PostHS Girls Basketball – Wyoming East @ Westside Coal City, WV (WOAY) – Independence, the top team in the Class AA wrestling poll, was home on Thursday facing two top 10 teams in Class AAA – Huntington & Parkersburg South.Independence won 54-21 against the Highlanders, but Parkersburg South won many of the early matches to win the team match 54-13, though Jacob Hart and Noah Adams were among the Independence grapplers who won individual bouts.Independence will be one of the area hosts for wrestling regionals on February 18th, along with Woodrow Wilson. Twitter Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Next PostRepresentative Jenkins Talks With Coal Miners Mail Tumblr Linkedin Google+
[Technical note: We did not include all S&P 500 companies in the above chart – only those for which share structure data was available since the first quarter of 2003. For example, Google went public in 2004 and was not included. We followed the same method with the HUI Index, with the only stock excluded being New Gold Inc. (T.NGD).] Since there is little growth in shares outstanding, the majority of the market capitalization (Mcap) growth can be attributed to share price performance. The total Mcap of the S&P 500 increased by 78.6%, or about 6% per year on a compounded basis. And no wonder – the sector includes a lot of large stocks that do not grow at the same rate as mining juniors. However, the chart also shows how quickly market value can shrink when a crisis hits. Let’s now have a look at what happened to the HUI constituents within the same time frame. There are two observations to be made from these charts. First, compared to S&P 500 companies, gold producers grossly overissued new shares. Since 2003, as a group, they more than doubled their shares outstanding, significantly diluting existing investors. Second, despite the large increase in shares outstanding, HUI companies have grown their market capitalization by 302.5% as of the fourth quarter of 2012, quadrupling the size of the group. This comes in stark contrast to the 78.6% growth of the S&P 500. On a compounded annual basis, gold companies grew at 14.9% annually for the last ten years, more than twice as fast as the S&P. So while shares outstanding of the gold miners were increasing at a high rate, the market capitalization of the HUI constituents outpaced the growth of shares outstanding, because the assets miners purchased with the funds they received from the new shares generated extra value. Since market capitalization doesn’t necessarily expand when new shares are issued, it’s the price performance that accounts for this growth. Looking at the next chart, you can see that the performance of gold stocks continues to be both stronger and more volatile than the S&P 500. Note that we didn’t modify the indexes here – these are the performance numbers that investors have been looking at for the past decade, and they make the case that the gold-mining sector has been far from lackluster. The gold-mining sector has been outperforming the S&P 500 for the vast majority of the last decade. With this focus on efficiency and economics, gold companies should richly reward those bold enough to invest in them now. But there’s another way to play the gold market that doesn’t involve buying producers, nor does it require buying the yellow metal itself. And it could be even more profitable… The chart is hardly a surprise: the precious-metals producers had a poor showing, losing 26.6% in 2012 – something we think will reverse this year – while stocks in the S&P 500 delivered a solid 14.2% annual gain. We think that while last year’s performance of the S&P 500 companies is commendable, the future may disappoint investors who believe the US economic recovery is on solid footing: last week’s GDP data suggest that our economy continues to struggle, something that was immediately reflected in the price of gold the day the news was released. As 2013 progresses, we expect to see more signs of a weaker economy and subsequently, stronger gold prices. But let’s look at the bigger picture to see how the S&P 500 has expanded as a group during the past decade. To measure the rate of expansion, we plotted the total market capitalization against growth of shares outstanding. The idea here is to compare the rate of S&P 500 share dilution to the change in size of the companies. Size does not equal performance (we’ll look at that in a moment), but it gives a rough idea about how much market value investors may have gained had there been no dilution at all. We often hear the claim that gold producers have not met investors’ expectations for the past couple years. While there are many potential reasons for this, one explanation for their underperformance lies in the fact that producers diluted their share structures, leaving shareholders with smaller gains than they would have otherwise harvested. To show how this dilution has impacted the industry, let’s first review how gold miners performed last year compared to the S&P 500.
Greene County Commission, District 5203 | 35.61% | Marvin Childs54 | 9.47% | Grace Atkins Lavender135 | 23.68% | Rashonda Summerville77 | 13.51% | Marvin K. Walton101 | 17.72% | Michael Williams Bibb County Sheriff553 | 13.51% | Tim Crocker355 | 8.67% | Keith Crofford35 | 0.85% | Ronnie Gilbert766 | 18.71% | Len C. Price, Jr.2,385 | 58.26% | Jody Wade Secretary of State80,193 | 37.81% | Lula Albert “SGM Ret”131,875 | 62.19% | Heather Milam TUSCALOOSA COUNTYDEMOCRATN/A Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place 1124,551 | 27.26% | Debra Jones189,206 | 43.28% | Brad Mendheim134,175 | 29.36% | Sarah Hicks Stewart PICKENS COUNTYDEMOCRATPickens County Board of Education, District 2258 | 28.48% | Michael E. Hinton648 | 72.52% | Frankie L. Spencer Chief Justice of the Supreme Court259,311 | 51.56% | Tom Parker243,659 | 48.44% | Lyn Stuart State Senator, District 2113,281 | 79.69% | Gerald Allen3,385 | 20.31% | Frank Chandler Jr. Pickens County Board of Education, District 3229 | 29.17% | Rodney K. Homan556 | 70.83% | Oscar Sam Wiggins, Sr. REPUBLICANFayette County Probate Judge1,059 | 34.16% | Kevin Bass2,105 | 48.03% | Mike Freeman108 | 2.46% | Clay Johnson1,111 | 26.35% | Mike Newman Court of Civil Appeals Judge, Place 2208,666 | 53.05% | Chad Hanson184,698 | 46.95% | Terri Willingham Thomas Fayette County Sheriff1,252 | 29.34% | Danny Jenkins965 | 22.62% | Justin White2,050 | 48.04% | Byron Yerby WALKER COUNTYDEMOCRATN/A Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 2137,692 | 34.78% | Rich Anderson168,570 | 42.58% | Chris McCool89,638 | 22.64% | Dennis O’Dell U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District8,598 | 54.13% | Lee Auman7,286 | 45.87% | Rick Neighbors REPUBLICANGovernor146,887 | 24.92% | Tommy Battle79,302 | 13.45% | Scott Dawson29,275 | 4.97% | Bill Hightower330,743 | 56.1% | Kay Ivey (i)3,326 | 0.56% | Michael McAllister Pickens County Commission, District 1451 | 69.81% | Bobby Bain195 | 30.19% | William Latham Public Service Commission, Place 2275,184 | 68.74% | Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr.125,145 | 31.26% | Robin Litaker Greene County Coroner1,186 | 37.25% | Finest Gandy Jr.1,998 | 62.75% | Ronald “Kent” Smith Pickens County Probate Judge1,169 | 44.26% | Gordon G. McGlawn1,472 | 55.74% | David H. Pate Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place 4121,629 | 28.94% | John Bahakel298,671 | 71.06% | Jay Mitchell Court of Civil Appeals Judge, Place 1162,777 | 40.68% Christy Olinger Edwards109,326 | 27.32% | Pat Thetford127,997 | 31.99% | Michelle Manley Thomason Public Service Commission, Place 1212,646 | 49.66% | Jim Bonner215,540 | 50.34% | Jeremy H. Oden Superintendent, Fayette County Board of Education1,800 | 41.12% | Sandy Williams Aldridge2,577 | 58.88% | Jim Burkhalter Bibb County Commission, District 2583 | 52.75% | Charles Caddell522 | 47.24% | Ricky L. Hubbard Greene County Commission, District 1415 | 64.44% | Lester “Bop” Brown229 | 35.56% | James Gaines Jr. Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge12,113 | 68.45% | Rob Robertson5,582 | 31.55% | Edmund M. “Ted” Sexton Jr. REPUBLICANDistrict Court Judge, Bibb County, Place 12,014 | 50.72% | Craig Cargile1,957 | 49.28% | William D. Owings Attorney General105,273 | 45.9% | Chris Christie124,082 | 54.1% | Joseph Siegelman GREENE COUNTYDEMOCRATCircuit Clerk, Greene County1,290 | 40.3% | Debra D. Blackmon1,911 | 59.7% Veronica Morton-Jones Walker County Board of Education Member, District 31,772 | 51.15% | Vonda Pate Beaty1,692 | 48.85% | Bill Edd Gilbert Pickens County Commission, District 5253 | 40.1% | William Randall Dillard378 | 59.9%| Mark Gray Greene County Commission, District 3609 | 71.4% | Corey Cockrell244 | 28.6% | Elzora C. Fluker Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries55,838 | 12.45% | Tracy “T.O.” Crane134,511 | 29.98% | Gerald Dial77,154 | 17.2% | Cecil Murphy181,098 | 40.37% | Rick Pate Pickens County Commission, District 2100 | 11% | Gary Davidson221 | 24.31% | Richard D. Hughes588 | 64.69% | Bobby Ingram Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 1252,320 | 65.49% | Richard Minor132,976 | 34.51% | Riggs Walker Greene County Probate Judge303 | 9.1% | James Carter306 | 9.19% | John Kennard1,091 | 32.76% | Jeremy Rancher518 | 15.56% | Rashon Smith299 | 8.98% | Grace Belton Stanford813 | 24.41% | Rolonda M. Wedgeworth Greene County Sheriff681 | 20.29% | Jimmie L. Benison Sr.2,013 | 59.96% | Jonathan “Joe” Benison381 | 11.35% | Lorenzo French282 | 8.4% | Beverly Spencer State Auditor153,160 | 32.59% | Stan Cooke55,437 | 11.79% | Elliot Lipinksy261,418 | 55.62% | Jim Zeigler Secretary of State132,601 | 28.36% | Michael Johnson334,922 | 71.64% | John H. Merrill Bibb County Circuit Clerk1,928 | 48.6% Kayla Tucker Cooner1,264 | 31.86% | Russell “Rusty” Price775 | 19.54% | Keith Stringfellow HALE COUNTYDEMOCRATDistrict Court Judge, Hale County, Place 1865 | 21.14% | Patrick S. Arrington3,226 | 78.86% | Timothy A. “Tim” Evans U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District93,840 | 81.48% | Robert Aderholt21,331 | 18.52% | Anthony Blackmon Hale County Probate Judge2,474 | 62.87% | Arthur L. Crawford Sr.1,461 | 37.13% | Austin J. Long III Walker County Board of Education Member, District 12,865 | 68% | Trent Kennedy1,348 | 32% | David Miller State Representative, District 144,008 | 44.05% | Richard “Bull” Corry50,090 | 55.95% | Tim Wadsworth Hale County Commission, District 1608 | 68.01% | Scott Hallman286 | 31.99% | Fred W. McNeill Hale County Sheriff2,996 | 72.4% | Kenneth W. Ellis1,142 | 27.6% | Claude Earl Hamilton REPUBLICANN/A REPUBLICANTuscaloosa County Circuit Clerk9,576 | 60.64% | Magaria Hamner Bobo6,215 | 39.36% | Shannon Holloway Greene County Commission, District 4491 | 73.39% | Allen Turner Jr.178 | 26.61% | John H. Vester REPUBLICANState Senator, District 211,735 | 82.19% | Gerald Allen376 | 17.81% | Frank Chandler Jr. These are the vote tallies from Tuesday’s primary election. However, these numbers will not be finalized until provisional votes are counted, so a few close races may change.If you don’t see your county’s results on the list, please visit alabamavotes.gov.STATEWIDE ELECTIONSDEMOCRATGovernor’s Race72,698 | 30.52% | Sue Bell Cobb4,555 | 1.91% | Christopher A. Countryman19,304 | 8.1% | James C. Fields, Jr.124,162 | 52.12% | Walt Maddox8,361 | 3.62% | Doug “New Blue” Smith8,852 | 3.72% | Anthony White State Treasurer95,454 | 21.36% | David L. Black78,010 | 17.46% | Stephen D. Evans273,374 | 61.18% | John McMillan State Representative, District 162,525 | 29.03% | Mike Simpson6,173 | 70.97% | Kyle South BIBB COUNTYDEMOCRATN/A Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3212,646 | 49.66% | Donna Beaulieu215,540 | 50.34% | Bill Cole REPUBLICANWalker County Probate Judge3,907 | 29.11% | Dayron Bridges4,975 | 37.06% | John Mark Dutton4,541 | 33.83% | A. Lee Tucker Lieutenant Governor204,465 | 37.12% | Will Ainsworth238,333 | 43.27% | Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh107,981 | 19.61% | Rusty Glover REPUBLICANN/A State Rep., District 491,245 | 20.51% | Donna Dorough Strong4,824 | 79.49% | April Weaver Walker County Sheriff649 | 4.47% | Steven Shaver7,258 | 49.47% | Nick Smith6,617 | 45.56% | James “Jim” Underwood Superintendent, Walker County Board of Education5,202 | 36.27% | Jason Adkins9,141 | 63.72% | Joel Hagood FAYETTE COUNTYDEMOCRATFayette County Probate Judge502 | 71% | Greg Lowery205 | 29% | Scott Porter Attorney General111,794 | 20.56% | Chess Bedsole151,364 | 27.84% | Troy King154,219 | 28.36% | Steve Marshall126,374 | 23.24% | Alice Martin
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The leader of an Alabama behavioral health care provider says the organization experienced tremendous growth in 2018.AltaPointe CEO Tuerk Schlesinger outlined the accomplishments of the past year at the organization’s annual meeting in Mobile recently.Schlesinger said opportunities to provide telehealth increased across AltaPointe’s seven-county service area. School-based therapy expanded to AltaPointe’s Sylacauga region, which serves Clay, Randolph, Talladega and Coosa counties.AltaPointe Health merged with the former Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center in 2016.That merger brought four counties – Talladega, Clay, Coosa, and Randolph- into the AltaPointe organization.In 2018, AltaPointe provided more than 1.6 million services and served 34,000 people.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn’t asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in New York during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show.Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sept. 8 in New York.Williams received three code violations and was penalized one game. She was later fined $17,000.The incident drew a volley of commentary in recent days.Tennis icon Billie Jean King said she believes tennis applies a double standard to women compared with men, and that a similar outburst by a male player would have drawn no repercussions.A cartoon caricature of Williams appeared in an Australian newspaper drew comparisons to U.S. racial stereotypes of the past.In Croatia, U.S. Davis Cup team captain Jim Courier said he thought the gender issue had been polarized and in some ways politicized.“It’s been quite the week,” O’Hagan said before steering the conversation away from controversy.“It isn’t the first time you have had to deal with unfair judgment against you, and yet you have this amazing an ability to come back with such courage and grace,” she said.She drew applause praising Williams for calming a riled-up audience that booed the U.S. Open outcome to refocus the moment on Osaka’s victory.“I feel it’s really important to stand up for what you believe in,” Williams said, “especially if it can affect the future and affect a lot of people in the future. That’s what it’s all about.”Williams also was asked about what O’Hagan termed “epic comebacks” during her 20-year tennis career, including having a baby a little more than a year ago.The tennis star, who has her own fashion line, advised business owners to “really figure out, ‘What can I do to revamp and bring it back to the top?’”“Really it’s just about having a great team … and rolling up your sleeves and hard work,” Williams said. “I work really, really hard at my game. And then I work super hard at my fashion business. And I’m working incredibly hard at being a mom.”By KEN RITTER , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn’t answer on the other end, and the Los Angeles Clippers climbed back from a 31 points down to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night and even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.It was a historic comeback that topped a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 Western Conference semis over Seattle.Curry scored 29 points and put the Warriors up 131-128 with 58 seconds left before Shamet’s dagger on a night the two-time defending NBA champions lost DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury in the first quarter.Lou Williams tied the game on a jumper with 1:10 to play then Curry immediately answered. Williams scored again at 46 seconds and finished with 36 points and made 8 of 10 free throws in as the teams combined for 64 fouls and 76 free throws attempted.Cousins injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter and was done for the game, but Golden State’s depth shined and the Warriors built a 23-point halftime lead they pushed to a 31-point advantage failing to hold off Los Angeles late.76ERS 145, NETS 123PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and the 76ers had an answer for the pesky Nets in a win to even their Eastern Conference playoff series.Simmons had a disastrous Game 1, on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in. He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2. Simmons flashed the All-Star form that helped lead the Sixers to 51 wins, and was aggressive from tipoff. He used his size and speed to attack the lane and scored 16 points in the half — and then put the game away in the third.The Sixers busted the game open with a 14-0 run to start the second half and then stretched the lead to 20 on a Simmons steal and fastbreak basket. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like Iverson did in his prime.Iverson and former Sixers teammate Dikembe Mutombo attended the game and tossed T-shirts into the crowd.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TOKYO — France midfielder Paul Pogba says he is considering a move from Manchester United amid speculation over interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.Pogba said he feels ready for a “new challenge somewhere else” at a publicity event in Tokyo on Sunday.“For me, you know I’ve been here for three years in Manchester, it’s been great,” he said. “(But) I think for me it can be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has publicly said he likes Pogba, and the Spanish club has been linked to interest in the athletic midfielder as it embarks on a major overhaul of its squad following one of its worst seasons in recent memory.There has also been speculation of a possible return by the 26-year-old Pogba to Juventus, where he played for four seasons before United re-signed him in 2016 for a then world-record transfer fee of £89 million (around 110 million dollars). Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea on Sunday after one season to return to Italy to manage Juventus.Other top clubs are also thought to be interested in Pogba.Pogba helped France win the World Cup last summer. But he has been inconsistent at United, which could only finish sixth in the English Premier League last season after a difficult campaign that saw the firing of coach José Mourinho.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Breweries are quite creative these days when it comes to saving energy. Double Mountain Brewery in Oregon uses refillable beer bottles, Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing turns its waste grain and water into compost for aquaculture, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company recovers carbon dioxide from the fermentation cycle.Investment in energy-efficient technologies can be costly, but according to a study published last week in PLOS ONE, these investments may be worthwhile.A majority of the 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they are willing to pay more for sustainably-produced beer, and on average, they would pay around $1.30 more per six-pack.”One dollar and 30 cents is not a small amount if you consider the average price of a six-pack,” says Sanya Carley, an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the lead author of the survey.According to data from IRI Worldwide, a Chicago-based market research firm, the average price of a six-pack of beer is $5.96. For craft beer specifically, an average six-pack costs $9.36.The survey reached respondents through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing survey tool. Participants were asking if they were willing to pay more for beer produced at breweries that invest in equipment to conserve water or energy or use solar panels to limit greenhouse gas emissions.The findings of the willingness-to-pay survey underscores the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gases in the highly energy-intensive brewing industry, she says.It’s so energy intensive that it takes three and a half to six gallons of water to produce one gallon of beer, according to the California Craft Brewers Association.Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the survey said they would pay more for beer that invests in sustainable practices.Bart Watson, the chief economist of The Brewers Association, says these findings are pretty much what he would expect based on recent trends in the beer market.”An increased number of people are willing to pay more to companies that share their values,” Watson says.Jason Perkins, a brewmaster at Allagash Brewing Company, a craft beer brewery in Portland, Maine, says this research makes him “ecstatic.””It’s important for us to be making beer responsibly,” he says, but it’s also important that consumers are willing to pay more for a sustainable product.Allagash, which has put a number of sustainability practices in place including waste diversion, composting, cork recycling, and using locally-grown grain, put in a solar array in 2016 after contemplating the investment for awhile.The company knew the solar panels would be a big upfront expense, but decided to take the leap.”It was really a decision based on a matter of principal,” Perkins says. He also says it’s a little hard to quantify what all of Allagash’s sustainability practices mean to the company. The solar panels, for example, allow the company to displace thousands of pounds of CO2 that would have been produced through traditional energy generation. Also, Allagash employees are just proud to be doing good things for the environment, he says.But its not just the growing craft beer industry that can potentially benefit financially from marketing sustainability. The research from the recent study shows that consumers of American lagers like Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon were no different than other beer drinkers in their willingness to pay for sustainable beer. This finding was unexpected and encouraging, says Carley.”It’s refreshing in a way because sustainable practices don’t have to be limited to just craft beer companies,” Carley says.By the way, big beer companies are already taking steps towards sustainability. For example, MillerCoors has already significantly reduced its water usage.But according to Ernest Baskin, an assistant professor of consumer behavior at Saint Joseph’s University, it’s important to note that in the study, the consumers who were more willing to pay for sustainability premiums already said they tended to pay more money for beer than the consumers that were unwilling to pay more for sustainable beer. Thus, for beer companies that market themselves as “for the common man,” he says, sustainability measures might not be an added benefit. They might, in fact, price these companies out of their major consumers, Baskin says.Watson points out, though, that large beer companies have broad portfolios (Anheusuer-Busch sells a lot more than just Bud Light), and these findings on consumers’ willingness-to-pay for sustainability might factor into the business models for their specialty products.The research, Watson says, “might push some more breweries that are thinking about this to make sustainable investments.”Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The Trump administration says it plans to change how Medicare pays for some expensive drugs for cancer and arthritis in a move to bring the costs more in line with the prices paid in European countries.”For decades, other countries have rigged the system so that American patients are charged much more,” President Trump said Thursday in a speech at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers Medicare. “American patients pay more, so other countries can pay less.”The proposed changes are related to the Medicare Part B program that pays for medications that patients receive in hospitals or in doctor’s offices. Today, Medicare reimburses doctors and hospitals the average sales prices of the drugs, plus 6 percent to cover the cost of giving medications to patients.The arrangement gives physicians an incentive to prescribe the most expensive medications, because they will collect a higher fee, Trump said. The administration is proposing new regulations that would allow it to lower the overall prices of these drugs, by including in its calculation of average sales price the prices paid in countries around the world with similarly advanced economies. It’s calling the new formula the “International Pricing Index.”The new formula, if approved, would be phased in over five years. U.S. residents pay more than patients an all other high-income countries for medications, according to a 2017 study by the Commonwealth Fund. HHS today released a study of 27 drugs that are usually paid for by Medicare Part B that showed that on average the U.S. pays 80 percent more than the average prices in other countries. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said on Twitter that some of the drugs cost four times as much in the United States.The HHS study, for example, shows that the U.S. spent about $1.7 billion in 2016 on Rituxan, a drug made by Biogen Inc. that treats non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If the drug were priced using the formula the agency wants to use in the future, spending that year would have been about $1 billion less. Azar Tweeted that Medicare spends $8.1 billion more a year than if U.S. prices were in line with prices elsewhere. The agency is also proposing creating a new group of middlemen to negotiate bulk purchase prices for this class of drugs, bill Medicare and then distribute the medications to doctors. “If they can bring down the prices, that’s a positive thing,” says Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, which represents independent cancer doctors. “How are they going to do it? Is it going to work? Is it legal? Those are the questions.”Okon says he worries about inserting middlemen between oncologists and their patients. He says his organization’s research shows that pharmacy middlemen increase medical errors and can be dangerous to patients. In addition to trying to cut the base price of the drugs, the administration, through HHS, is proposing changing how doctors who deliver these drugs are paid. The agency will launch a pilot program to reimburse doctors with a flat rate, rather than a percentage of the drug’s price, to remove any incentive for doctors and hospitals to choose more expensive drugs over cheaper ones. Okon says there is no evidence that doctors prescribe high-priced drugs because they make more money. An analysis of published studies on financial incentives under Medicare found otherwise. “The mark-up on Part B drugs appears to independently influence prescribing patterns,” said a May policy paper from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Drug Pricing Lab. In the case of cancer treatments, the analysis found that “oncologists shift prescribing towards drugs with larger absolute mark-ups.” Dr. Kavita Patel, an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, says the proposals could make a difference. “If the goal is overall out of pocket cost reduction for consumers, these proposals are promising and offer some of the boldest challenges to the medical establishment,” said Patel, who worked on health policy in the Obama administration. “It is interesting that aspects of this mirror an Obama administration proposal which faced so much opposition and was ultimately never implemented,” she said. Obama proposed changing the percentage-based payment system for Part B drugs but was met with fierce opposition from oncologists and rheumatologists. The agency received more than 1,350 public comments opposing the change, many from doctors who said they would have to close their practices if the plan went forward, and from patients who in turn said they feared they would lose their doctors. The pharmaceutical industry, which also opposed the plan, spent almost $250 million on lobbying in 2016, though that was not limited to lobbying on this issue. Eventually even Democrats in the House and Senate, who heard opposition from constituents, came out against the plan. Obama dropped the proposal a month before he left office. But PhRMA, the drug industry’s main trade group, came out strongly against Thursday’s proposal. “The administration is imposing foreign price controls from countries with socialized health care systems that deny their citizens access and discourage innovation,” said a statement from PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl. HHS says, after opening the proposal for public comments, it hopes to issue a final rule by the spring of 2019 and start the new payment system in 2020. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A rendering of the new speculative industrial building in Sturtevant.Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:48 pmAshley Capital is building a new 438,000-square-foot speculative industrial building in Sturtevant, the company announced today.A rendering of the new speculative industrial building in Sturtevant.The building, located 11201 Enterprise Way, is the second to be constructed at Enterprise Business Park. John Sharpe and Tom Boyle of Lee & Associates and Terry McMahon and Cody Ziegler of Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke are exclusive marketing agents for the property, according to a news release.The building is anticipated to be finished later this year and is now available for preleasing. Ashley acquired 90 acres of farmland along Interstate 94 between Chicago and Milwaukee several years ago, then entitled and improved it as a master-planned business park, said Gary Rosecrans, vice president.The first building that was constructed is 376,000 square feet and now is being leased to four tenants. The new building is the second of four planned for the park.“There are two remaining lots in the park that will be used for either speculative or build-to-suit construction,” Rosecrans said in the release.The Enterprise Business Park is planned to have more than 1.3 million square feet of Class A space when fully developed. It sits across from Foxconn Technology Group’s manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant and is close to two interchanges along I-94.John Sharpe, principal of Lee & Associates, said the new building “can accommodate tenants from 42,000 to 438,000 square feet and provide them with 36’ clear height, LED lighting, built-to-suit office space, a cross-dock configuration (in the case of larger tenants) and ample loading, trailer parking and car parking.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Views from the North End: Currently Things to know for TuesdayToday is Tuesday, April 3 and if yesterday’s spring snow showers have climate change on your mind, see how some climate scientists, architects and engineers are rethinking Boston to cope with rapidly rising sea levels. Here’s what else you need to know for Tuesday…1:00PM City Council Hearing on Boston Housing Market. There will be a public hearing to discuss speculation in Boston’s housing market in the Iannella chamber at 1 City Hall Square on the fifth floor, see additional details here.Notable News:Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Inspires Scrappy, Sustainable Puppy Snacks Baked In BostonIt’s not a surprise that after the release of Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated film “Isle of Dogs”, Boston-based puppy snack producer Polkadog Bakery created special limited batches of the company’s artisan treats for Anderson’s ode to dogs. Deb Suchman, co-founder of the bakery who has a location in the North End among other neighborhoods, has been a longtime fan of the auteur director and has been making locally sources doggie snacks for the past 15 years, read more on WBUR.*Advertisement* Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Thursday, April 53:45PM Fiber Arts at the North End Library. Children ages 7-10 are invited to participate in a variety of techniques to create projects while learning about the cultures and artists that use these methods. Register in advance by calling 617-227-8135.6:00PM Dock Square Garage Public Meeting. There will be a public meeting at one City Hall Square in the BPDA Board Room on the 9th floor as the proponent proposes to retain the Exiting Building and its current parking garage and more to construct a new ten-level residential addition.6:00PM NE Public Safety Meeting. Join Boston Police Area A-1 at the Nazzaro Center at 30 N. Bennet Street as all North End / Waterfront residents are welcome to attend the public safety meeting. Currently Currently Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*
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