US online television service, Pluto TV, has raised US$8.3 million in new funding, with US$5 million coming from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.Pluto TV offers a line-up of around 100 live channels in the US and said it will use the new funding to further expand its product, content and marketing efforts.“Samsung is the global leader in the TV market, changing the way people experience entertainment through constant innovation,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV.“Their investment in Pluto TV is a great vote of confidence in our mission to bring free Internet television to consumers everywhere.”Samsung Venture Investment Corporation’s Jihong Kim said: “Pluto TV is the leading free Internet TV service in America and we see huge potential for the company as they scale their cutting edge offering to viewers around the world.”The funding caps a year of growth for Pluto TV, which has announced more more that 40 content partnership deals in 2017 with the companies including Warner Bros, Lionsgate, MGM, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera English and Cheddar.The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and has offices in Berlin, New York City, and Silicon Valley. Pluto TV is backed by companies including ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Scripps Networks Interactive and Sky.
Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starz is ramping up its international expansion effort with a launch in Canada, while Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has promised closer integration between the studio and Starz to fuel the latter’s international growth, and an eventual breaking out of international subscriber information as a separate line in the company’s financials.Starz has teamed up with Canada’s Bell Media to launch a new Starz channel and streaming service on March 1. Pay TV channel provider Encore will rebrand as Starz as part of the move, becoming the exclusive home of all new Starz original programming.The move will bring upcoming Starz originals including Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbegh’s Now Apocalypse and spy thriller The Rook to Bell Media customers.Bell Media’s two Encore channels and associated on-demand platform will be rebranded as Starz. Encore already carries Starz content. Following the March 1 launch, Starz will be bundled and made available across Canada as an add-on to Bell Media’s premium channel and on-demand service Crave for C$5.99 a month (€3.98). Crave currently has a base of around 2.3 million subscribers.Speaking on parent company Lionsgate’s fiscal Q3 earnings call, Feltheimer said that the company had “only begun to scratch the surface” in taking Starz to international markets.Feltheimer said that Starz and Lionsgate would be more closely integrated going forwards, with Lionsgate content supplied to Starz to help drive international expansion.“As we continue our global expansion, we intend to utilise every competitive advantage we have as a fully integrated global media company to maximise our impact in every territory we enter,” said Feltheimer.He said the pair would “augment our content offering in the UK and other territories with locally produced film and TV content” and capitalise on “our ability to quickly deploy our proprietary streaming platform across the globe”.Feltheimer said the integration would enable Starz “to scale effectively across multiple territories with our existing partners with whom we’ve already launched and with new global players preparing to enter the marketplace”.Answering an analyst question on retaining the rights to Lionsgate content to serve Starz, Feltheimer said that “some of the content potentially that we’ll want for international is going to be a little different” than that served to the domestic US audience.Feltheimer said that Lionsgate would probably start to break out international subscribers for Starz as a separate line in its accounts to provide evidence of the return on investment in the platform.He said ‘any additional launches would be very financially efficient in the [sense] of including various launch partners as well as use for our own content”.Also speaking on the Lionsgate earnings call, Starz COO Jeff Hirsh said that Starzplay Arabia’s technical platform could serve as a vehicle for international expansion, which could be used for launches “into India or South Africa”.Hirsh said that Starz was also looking to expand further in Europe, telling analysts that the company would “continue to look at markets such as the UK and Germany and the countries around there”.Feltheimer took the opportunity of the call to thank departing Starz CEO Chris Albrecht for his contribution to the growth of the streaming platform. There has however been speculation that the departure of Albrecht could enable a closer integration with Lionsgate to get underway, something that has been noticeably absent since Lionsgate acquired the premium platform.Starz ended the quarter to December with 25.1 million subscribers. Feltheimer said that Starzplay Arabia, now had over one million subscribers. Internationally, the service is also available on Amazon Prime in the UK and Germany and on Virgin Media’s platform in the UK.
GUILDHALL ORGAN BRINGS MUSIC MAGIC BACK TO MAIN HALL ShareTweet A special musical celebration took place yesterday in the Guildhall allowing guests to enjoy a sneak preview of the newly restored Guildhall organ.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District was joined by an audience of invited guests for a special music recital, pre-empting a major public event scheduled to take place on June 26th next year.Speaking after the recital, Mayor McCallion said: “The performances today were absolutely beautiful and I was delighted to see the completion of this painstaking work to restore the organ to its original glory. It’s the final stage in the renovation of the Guildhall and the last piece that has been missing in the building’s transformation.“The performances today were exceptional and it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the newly restored organ before its public unveiling next year. The Guildhall is such a special building in the history of the city, and the perfect venue for so many public and private events. The organ will now lend an additional visual and musical element to the splendour of the Main Hall.” The organ is the second largest concert organ in N. Ireland, and dominates the stage of the impressive Main Hall in the Guildhall.The original instrument was crafted and paid for by public donations of £2,000 in 1891, but was destroyed by fire in 1908. It was reinstalled but was again damaged by the 1972 bombs before being rebuilt by Hill, Norman and Beard Ltd of London at a cost of £68,000 in 1978.The recently completed restoration of the Guildhall organ was part of a £10m restoration project funded by the former Derry City Council, Tourism NI, Department of Social Development and Department for Environment under its Built Heritage Programme.GUILDHALL ORGAN BRINGS MUSIC MAGIC BACK TO MAIN HALL was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags:
A police spokesperson said:L “‘A dark coloured people carrier travelling from the direction of Buncrana Road collided with a white Kia Sportage near the exit with Upper Galliagh Road.“The dark coloured people carrier did not stop.“It was last seen travelling out the Upper Galliagh Road.“We need your help. POLICE in Derry are appealing for information and witnesses to a hit and run crash last nightBallyarnett Npt said it has been busy the past few days seized dodgy and dangerous vehicles but one appeared to have slipped its dragnet.The incident happened yesterday evening around 5.45 pm on the Skeoge Link Road roundabout. “We would especially like to speak with the male who was walking his dog in the area at the time.“If you know this male please share the post or get him to contact Ballyarnett Npt on 07585979440.“The driver of the white Kia Sportage has minor injuries and extensive damage to her vehicle.”POLICE APPEAL AFTER HIT AND RUN CRASH IN DERRY was last modified: January 7th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet BALLYARNETT NPTKIA SPORTAGEPEOPLE CARRIERPOLICE APPEAL AFTER HIT AND RUN CRASH IN DERRYPSNI FOYLESKEOGE LINK ROAD ROUNDABOUT
DERRY’S reputation for hosting unrivalled Halloween celebrations continues after it received the Best International Event Experience title at the 2019 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards at the Palace Demesne in Armagh.The Festival was also highly commended in the Best Digital Marketing Campaign section in the awards that seek to recognise and reward outstanding performers in the tourism industry from across the country over the last twelve months.The award was accepted on behalf of the Festival and Events Team at Derry City and Strabane District Council by team members Elizabeth Cunningham and Aisling McCallion. Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, praised everyone involved in securing the title.“Congratulations to the Festival and Events team at Council and all the community and statutory bodies who work so well together in hosting a world class Halloween celebration in Derry and Strabane each year,” she said.“The festival plays a key role in showcasing our region to an international audience, attracting tourists from all over the world and fuelling our local economy with an unrivalled programme that includes arts, music, food and family friendly entertainment.“I am delighted that the festival’s unique offering has been recognised with the Best International Experience title and I am looking forward to the 2019 celebrations already.” Aisling McCallionBest International Event Experience titleBISHOP’S GATE HOTELDerryDerry and Strabane CouncilElizabeth CunninghamFestival and EventsMayor Michaela BrownSpooktacular!! Derry Halloween scoops prestigious NI Tourism Award Derry Halloween faced stiff competition of the coveted International Experience title from the Giants Causeway Visitor Experience and the Leaders of Excellence attraction at Odyssey International.Bishop’s Gate Hotel winning the title of NI’s Best Hotel Stay.Derry was also a winner in the coveted ‘Best Stay’ accommodation category, with the Bishop’s Gate Hotel earning the title of NI’s Best Hotel Stay. Head of Culture at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Aeidin McCarter, said last year’s celebrations were the biggest to date.“The 2018 ‘Return of the Ancients’ Festival was the most ambitious celebrations the city has hosted yet with a nine day programme that featured over 100 events across 40 venues.“Months of planning goes into the festival each year but the response of the public and the tens of thousands of people who pack the city centre each night make all the work worthwhile.“On behalf of the wider team in Council I would like to thank all our statutory and community partners who helped deliver the award winning celebrations and we are looking forward to delivering an unforgettable 2019 celebration that will break new ground.”Updates on the 2019 Derry Halloween celebrations will be posted on www.derryhalloween.com where information about travel and accommodation is available.Spooktacular!! Derry Halloween scoops prestigious NI Tourism Award was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet
Home NewsWatch Concord Baseball’s Season Ends in MEC Tournament NewsWatchSportsSports News Concord Baseball’s Season Ends in MEC Tournament By Matt DigbyMay 11, 2019, 00:07 am 348 0 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous PostHigh School Baseball Update – May 10 Beckley, WV (WOAY) – Concord baseball saw its 2019 season end Friday with a 5-3 loss to Shepherd in the Mountain East Tournament in Beckley.The Mountain Lions did take a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning, but the Rams responded in the later innings to stay unbeaten in tournament play. This is the 10th straight loss for Concord in the MEC Tournament, dating back to 2015.Jordan Clark, Nathan Neff, and Ryan Fralin all brought in runs for Concord, while Evan Webb batted 4-for-4 with a run scored.Concord softball also lost on Friday 6-2 to West Liberty, ending their 2019 season in the Atlantic Regional. Linkedin Google+ Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Mail Next PostSchedules show West Virginia governor largely absent in job Tumblr
Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold MineralizationColumbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes.Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. Well, there’s no denying the fact that it was a pretty ugly day yesterday, regardless of whether it was free-market forces or ‘da boyz’.Gold sold off about seven dollars from the Far East open on their Thursday morning, right up until 12:40 p.m. in London…which was 7:40 a.m. in New York…forty minutes before the Comex open.At that point the dollar index began its 80 basis point rally…and the precious metals headed for the nether reaches of the earth.The gold price made a bit of a recovery once the London p.m. gold fix was in…but the engineered price decline began anew shortly before 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Gold hit its low price tick of the day [$1,563.30 spot] right at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close…and from there it basically traded ruler flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold closed at $1,565.20 spot…down a whopping $41.60 on the day. For the second day in a row, net volume was immense at 207,000 contracts.It was pretty much an identical story in silver, as the price declined below the $28 spot mark shortly after trading began in the Far East on Thursday…and then bumped along that price ceiling right up until the same 12:40 p.m. London time as gold, before suffering the same fate as the gold price. Up until that time, silver was only down about two bits.Silver’s absolute low price tick [26.77 spot] came a couple of minutes before the close of Comex trading. The price recovered a bit from there, but then traded flat into the electronic close. Silver’s intraday price move was $1.35…or 4.80%.Silver closed the Thursday trading session at $26.88 spot…down a whopping $1.24 on the day. Net volume was pretty chunky as well…43,000 contracts, give or take.The dollar index opened around 81.53 on Thursday morning…and didn’t do much of anything until it hit its ‘low’ of the day at 81.50 about 7:20 a.m. in New York. Then away it went to the upside, with the high of the day [82.36] coming about 3:15 p.m. Eastern time…and closed the day almost on that high at 82.30. From top to bottom, the dollar index rally was 86 points…up 1.06%.There certainly was an amazing amount of carnage in the precious metals prices all things considered. If you look at the almost 80 basis point decline that the dollar index had on Tuesday, there is no sign of that in the price of any of the precious metals on that day. I pointed that abnormality out in this column on Wednesday…and you can read about it here.So, was the big dollar index rally yesterday the cause of the big decline in the precious metals. Partly, I’m sure, but it was convenient cover for JPMorgan et al to really beat the living snot out of them one more time…especially silver.Here’s the 3-day dollar index chart so you can see the almost equally large decline on Tuesday…which had no effect on the gold price at all.The gold stocks got smoked. They gapped down big…and continued to decline…finishing right on their lows of the day. The HUI finished down 5.28%.The silver stocks got in the ear as well. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a huge 6.81%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that six gold and one lonely silver contract were posted for delivery on Monday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday.But the U.S. Mint had a sales report. They sold 7,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 275,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 32,500 ounces of gold eagles…6,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,975,000 silver eagles. So far this month, silver eagles are outselling gold eagles/buffaloes by a 51:1 ratio.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 1,184,987 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 463,513 ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to that action is here.Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. stole from some story posted on the Zero Hedge website yesterday. It shows the Spanish and US GDPs compared to the size of bailouts…if the US received a bailout in proportion to the Spanish bailout.(Click on image to enlarge)I have a lot fewer stories today, but if you read nothing else, the first story is a must read…and I’ll leave the final edit of the rest up to you.Not until all this debt is repudiated and the world has gotten the usurious banking system off its back, with its tentacles reaching deep into government everywhere, will the world be able to move forward again. Then at long last we will be able to hail the return of true capitalism and the free market. – Clive MaundWell, there’s no denying the fact that it was a pretty ugly day yesterday, regardless of whether it was free-market forces or ‘da boyz’. I’m sure that a lot of the sales of precious metals shares were done into a pretty illiquid market, which would certainly compound the losses in a ‘forced sale’ situation for anyone stupid enough to be in this market on margin.In Far East trading during their Friday, the gold price spent all of its time in a ten dollar price range between $1,560 and $1,570 spot…and was at the lower end of that range during the first fifteen minutes of trading in London. But as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time, gold has rallied to just above its Thursday closing price in New York. Silver hung in just pennies under the $27 spot price until shortly after 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and then slid from there…and was down about two bits just past the London open, but has now gained back all its losses as of 4:55 a.m. Eastern. Volumes aren’t overly heavy…and the dollar index isn’t doing a thing.Today we get the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, June 19th. Too bad Wednesday’s and Thursday’s trading data won’t be in it, as that would tell us a lot if it was.You have to wonder how much longer this pounding in the four precious metals will continue. It will continue until JPMorgan et al have covered every possible short position they can. Ted Butler mentioned that the technical funds had probably put on between 25-30,000 long contracts as gold broke through its 20 and 50-day moving averages to the upside since the June 10th low…and it’s a pretty good bet that all of those positions got taken out yesterday and Wednesday.The silver price has barely had a sniff of its 50-day moving average, so I doubt if there’s much in it for JPMorgan to continue engineering the price lower…but you just never know these things. If the lows aren’t in for gold or silver, they must be pretty close…and all we can do is wait it out, plus use this opportunity to buy more bullion while JPMorgan et al have been thoughtful enough to put it on sale once again.With today being the last trading day of the week, it will be interesting to see if JPMorgan presses its advantage as the Friday trading day unfolds in London and New York. As has been the case all week, the real price/volume action occurs during the Comex trading session and, without doubt, that will be the case again today.I hope your weekend goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement
Dear Investors,I’m a big fan of road trips. Despite being the over-wired nerd type, I have always been drawn to those long trips, and not just for the disconnected time away from cell coverage or the philosophical discussions with my copilot which tend to rise from long hours together in close quarters. Rather, my favorite part is getting off the highway and seeing the sights… side trips to parts of the world I don’t typically deal with every day of my life.Stopping off at a fusion Korean-American gluten-free restaurant in an unexpected Albany neighborhood; getting stuck in rush-hour traffic on Route 1/9 in Elizabeth, NJ; or touring the mansions down the road in Mahwah, as I did on my most recent trip this past weekend, offers a fresh perspective that I simply cannot get from my usual perch in an idyllic Vermont ski town.As simple as those experiences might seem, just getting out of our comfort zones adds to our perspectives in an invaluable way. For example, if Bill Ackman had gotten off Park Avenue on occasion, then he might have learned a lot about his famed Herbalife short sale… or so says his nemesis, John Hempton.With that in mind, this week we’re going to take a side trip from the usual profit-centric bent of this column to look at some of the furthest destinations off the expressways of the Internet – the underground community that deals in drugs, weapons, and even illicit information. Places where the Wild West lifestyle prevails, largely beyond the eyes of the law. You might not find any stocks to buy here (though the most enterprising among you may in fact see ample opportunity for less-traditional investments), but understanding what is happening all around you will hopefully be an eye opening experience.Sincerely,Alex DaleyChief Technology Investment StrategistCasey ResearchA Random Walk Down the Internet’s Back AlleysBy Alex DaleyThe Internet is a force for good in society. It largely decouples the cost of distribution from the reach of information, opening up entirely new forms of communication and expression that never could have existed before… like open-source software developed by thousands of part-time volunteers, or individual bloggers read the world over by millions of people. China’s “Great Firewall” notwithstanding, the Internet enables access to a world of information, goods, and services, with little restriction.However free it might seem at first blush, it just isn’t enough for everyone. Whether it’s to find privacy from overreaching governments or to hide illicit activities, today there is another level to the Internet. It’s a deeper, darker back alley, where virtually anything goes – including black markets for everything from illegal drugs to contract killings – made possible by a new generation of security technology.Inherent to the Internet’s design – and doubly so for its most common application, the World Wide Web of hypertext documents – is what some see as a flaw: transparency.Because the net was built to make it easy to reach any point from any other one without any central traffic directors, all traffic carries with it lots of information on where it’s from and where it’s headed to. Traffic on the Internet isn’t like a road full of cars, where each traveler knows the way from A to Z. Instead, it’s more like postal mail, where every package, no matter how big or small, carries a destination and return address to facilitate its movement. It’s all printed clearly on the front of the envelope and observable to any of the many hands it passes through on its way. The Internet is designed such that the removal of any one major exchange point won’t prevent delivery to the end, so long as there is another path. To achieve this, the data that travels it all has to be clearly barcoded.In other words, it’s pretty easy to see what you are up to on the web, and everyone from the government to advertisers is spying on you.Sure, there is encryption on the web. You can place an order on Amazon.com and be confident that your credit-card info and shipping address won’t be intercepted by a bad guy (assuming the computers on either end are secure, which isn’t always the case – but that’s an issue for another day). With the web’s ubiquitous “SSL” encryption, you are keeping your most critical information secure from prying eyes. And thanks to that, millions of transactions a day happen securely over the Internet. However, the fact that you are doing business with Amazon.com is still open for the world to see, scribbled on the outside of that virtual envelope. Anyone in the chain between you and Amazon can see that you were visiting that site… just not the exact information you exchanged.On top of that, SSL tends to be reserved for only the rare occasions of submitting personal information and credit-card numbers. The rest of your web traffic is sent across in the equivalent of resealable cellophane envelopes. Unless you go out of your way to ensure that you use secure services, virtually every web search you do, much of the email you’ve sent over the years, and other traffic across the Internet has been open for many eyes to see. Providers like Google have been fighting back, trying to secure more and more of their communications with customers – largely for their benefit, not yours, as competitors learned they could mine the data to learn what Google is up to – but still much of the web remains unencrypted, and in many cases your destination says as much about your intent as the details would have.That’s all fine and dandy if you’re just buying a Roku 3, as I did all of 10 minutes ago (gadgets are an addiction for me). But what if you’re doing something you’d rather not have seen by prying eyes?Even if you aren’t up to something that in your location might be deemed illegal, there are plenty of reasons to want to safeguard your privacy on the web just a little more closely. For example, many Internet service providers (ISPs) around the world log all the websites you visit, then sell that data – sometimes right along with your name and address – to advertising data companies. These companies then build profiles of your interests and habits (good or bad) to sell to the highest bidders – from catalog companies to ad networks… even political campaigns.So if you spend the better part of your day surfing the websites of gardening companies, don’t be surprised when a Smith & Hawken coupon shows up in the mail a few weeks later. And if you spend the day on a slightly more provocative set of sites – even if the sites are encrypted and you set your browser to “incognito” mode – somewhere there is a clear trail of where you’ve been and for how long you were there.It’s for reasons like these that various groups of enterprising Internet users have begun to come up with more secure alternatives to the standard World Wide Web, and secure layers on top of the Internet’s underlying communication protocols… in other words, software that lets you browse the web, IM, call, and more without any monkey in the middle knowing what you are up to.There have been many attempts over the years to create secure ways to use the net’s many features. Services like Hushmail aim to create an anonymous way to send and receive email. The problem with Hushmail, of course, is that if you go there using a normal browser, your ISP, the government, telecom backbones, the Hushmail’s ISP on the far end, and hackers along the way all know you were there. They cannot see exactly what you are doing without some serious hacking, but the paper electron trail is there.And the good folks at Hushmail – well, you have to trust them too, as they will know who you are by the IP address you came from, a piece of information normally traceable right back to your front door. That is a problem meant to be solved by connection brokers (proxies) like Cryptohippie. With these services, your traffic is encrypted and sent over to Cryptohippie, which then proxies your connection to the ultimate destination. Voilà – your ISP cannot see that you are headed to Hushmail versus any other service… just that you are connected to Crytohippie. Hushmail can only see that you came in from Crytohippie, not where you started.These spy-resistant networks let you surf the web pseudonymously. That’s not exactly anonymous, as then the other end couldn’t respond to you, a necessary component in communication. Instead, they both encrypt communications and pass them through complex networks of other machines, none of which know the complete path back to you. And – unlike with traditional end-to-end encryption solutions like SSL – even the other end cannot tell who you are or where you sent your information from. That way you can pass notes without anybody else knowing it… at least anybody but Cryptohippie.For most people worried about the profilers and casual spies, this is plenty of protection. However, there are big flaws in this approach that keep the most aggressive of users – including criminals – awake at night.First is the security of the organization that proxies your connection. While I am sure Cryptohippie does an amazing job managing the security of its systems, there is always the risk of holes. When you look at the sophisticated hacks of massive credit-processing companies, hospitals, power plants, even defense infrastructure, it’s not hard to imagine holes in the provider you choose. Plus, while they make attempts to keep data beyond the reach of any one jurisdiction, the owners/managers of the service are subject to arrest and coercion, after which point a network could be compromised without its users knowing it. A proxy service, however well-designed and run, is as techies describe it: a single point of failure.Second, while you are psuedonymized as an end user, your trading partner is not. The servers you visit are on what hackers call the “clear net,” and thus subject to the laws of the land in which they operate. With the modern age of global telecom companies and information-sharing agreements between governments, all the traffic in and out of those clear-net sites is subject to inspection.Thus, even if you are now pretty close to anonymous, chances are you won’t find someone on the other end who is. If you log in to a site that sells illegal drugs, for instance – like the common purveyors of little blue pills that fill the spam box on your email account – it is easy enough for the local government to find the owner, shut it down, and potentially raid its records to find you (assuming you made a purchase, rather than just browse the site).Or maybe you simply want to have a conversation over Internet Relay Chat (IRC) or a similar service – maybe about your forthcoming protest against the local politburo – and don’t want to worry about the security of the service hosting the chat.For those who really want to be beyond any prying eyes, the only answer is to create a separate network on top of the Internet that deals with those two big problems. A network out of the control of any single owner or manager, reducing the risks of hacking, internal tampering, and legal jurisdiction issues. Make the protocol self-managing and secure by default and you create such a place.Over the years, a number of laudable attempts were made to create such networks. One of the first to gain prominence was Freenet, a peer-to-peer network that in 2000 began offering an alternative to the web that provided double-end anonymity via a group-storage model. Everything hosted on Freenet is distributed among the peers in the network. So, instead of grabbing a web page from a central server, it is fetched in small pieces from dozens or hundreds of different hosts around the world, making censorship of the data at its source nearly impossible. Once something is on the Freenet, it cannot be easily removed. This works great for publishing or for file sharing, but makes transactions and commerce difficult, limiting its appeal.Freenet, like the Invisible IRC Project, was an additional feature to the Internet, but did not enable running all of the thousands of other services that run on top.From that need were born endeavors like Invisible Internet Project (I2P). I2P offers a secure protocol layered on top of the Internet to enable all sorts of individual services to run: web servers, alternative DNS servers (the centralized tools that turn friendly short names like www.ibm.com into routable addresses), IRC, email, file sharing, and much more.Within this network, “eepsites” which carry domains like www.site.i2p can be hosted anonymously. The network connection tools load up special cryptographic files that let them send data to and from these servers, all the while keeping the identity of both sides hidden from each other and from any spies in the middle.I2P has seen on-and-off development efforts for the past five years, and is host to some popular services like i2pmail.org, which lets you email to other I2P users and to the public Internet from one location, without giving up any privacy.But it has not seen anywhere near the success of Tor. Packaged as a single, simple installation for Mac/Windows/Linux, Tor is a combination of tools to make anonymous browsing possible.Tor includes a more secure version of the open-source Firefox web browser, which has all third-party plug-ins and many other features removed. That browser can only connect through the secure Tor network – an anonymized network like I2P that was born out of the US Naval Research Lab. This handy graphic from its website shows how it works at a high level:Just like Cryptohippie, it provides an anonymous connection to the Internet via a randomized proxy – only that proxy is built dynamically from the other member computers. This technique, called “onion routing,” removes the need for any central control, so a Tor-enabled browser can pseudonymously surf the clear net with ease. And it can do it all for free, as there are no multi-jurisdiction data centers to maintain or ISPs to worry about.Plus, it is also home to so-called “hidden services” – sites and applications that can only be reached while on the Tor network, and whose providers are completely anonymous. The easy-to-use Tor browser bundle has brought countless of users to the network just for its proxy features. But this influx also means many more customers for its hidden services, which are now exploding in number and popularity.The most popular – or at least best known among the commerce sites thus far – is the aptly named Silk Road. This early-’90s-esque eBay/Craigslist hybrid is a marketplace for anything you won’t find on the aforementioned clear net inspirations, from the odd to the downright illegal.Why cash? On Silk Road and the many other sites like it, the currency of choice is the digital cash-equivalent known as Bitcoins. Exchangeable for dollars, euros, and virtually any other global currency, these controversial digital coins make it possible to take credit cards out of the online commerce equation, allowing the secure digital equivalent of mailing envelopes of cash to a PO Box. Just like cash, there’s no way to trace them, and no recourse if they are lost or stolen – but they are also just as anonymous and free from regulation (for now).As the darknet grows in popularity, more is sure to follow as well… but so is more attention from the mainstream media and law enforcement alike. There are already editorials all over the web calling for finding the operators of these sites and shutting them down (and, just as many in support of their rights to sell whatever they wish). However, thanks to the technology developed to keep the members of the darknet hidden, this will be a difficult genie to put back in the bottle.Bits & BytesMicro 3D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds (MIT Technology Review)We’ve written much on 3D printing in these pages, but they have generally focused on technologies that print structures that are measured in at least centimeters (and all the way up to several meters). In this article from February of last year, we did mention a technology known as “two-photon polymerization,” which is able to 3D-print structures measuring just 20 micrometers. The problem with two-photon polymerization and other 3D microprinting technologies, however, is that it is mind-numbingly slow. Not anymore. A company called Nanoscribe has developed a tabletop 3D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than previously possible. According to Julia Greer, professor of materials science at Cal Tech, the smallest features that can be created using the new Nanoscribe printer measure about 30 nanometers. For context, a human hair measures about 50,000 nanometers in diameter. The advanced throughput of the new Nanoscribe printer has commercial potential for making things like heart stents, microneedles for painless shots, parts for microfluidics chips, and scaffolds for growing cells and tissue.Promising Brain-Boosting Technique Has Drawbacks (MIT Technology Review)People have always looked for ways to rev up their brains… from chewing coca leaves to drinking coffee to popping Adderall and beyond. (We even wrote an article on the subject back in March 2012.) But all of these brain boosters have one thing in common (other than that most have potentially unpleasant side effects, including the possibility of addiction): a chemical reaction inside the body. What if you could bypass all of that and go right to the source? What if you could amp up brain power by directly zapping the organ with electricity? Well, it turns out you can. It’s called “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS). With it, researchers have found that they can more than double the rate at which people learn a wide range of tasks. The author of this article tried it out. Not only did it make her a better shooter (a goal she normally would not have chosen), but it enabled her to turn off her inner monologue and really focus her mind for what felt like the first time in her life. Needless to say, she loved it. But new research suggests (not surprisingly) that zapping your brain with electricity could come with a cost. Electrically stimulating the brain may enhance memory and certain abilities, but impede with a person’s ability to react without thinking.[Ed. Note: The type of brain boosting referred to in the article above is called transcranial electrical stimulation or TES, which is very similar to tDCS, but can be painful to the person receiving the stimulation – so it’s not used as frequently today.]Electronic Wearable Pain-Relief Patch (Gizmag)Sticking with the electricity to the body theme, Thimble Bioelectronics is working on a patch based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) that is designed to adhere to a problem area to alleviate certain types of pain. Think of it as a smaller version of the Icy Hot patch that Shaq wears – but instead of chemicals, it uses low-voltage electrical stimulation.
A few years back, I read an interesting article about rich versus poor on the website Difference Between. The author cited the following as one major difference: “While rich believe they are in control of their lives, poor feel they are subject to vagaries of life and life controls events taking place in their lives. Rich are not concerned with depression or recession, and they are not tied with any special knowledge or professional degree either. On the other hand, poor believes it is his lack of degree or knowledge that keeps him poor. It is when you start to feel that life is happening to you instead of you creating your future, you will lose the right track and condemn remaining poor.” To me, much of the difference boils down to personal confidence and understanding how to deal with the financial situation you are in. At the same time, major events can take place which can either bolster or erode our confidence. Many of my peers went from the “rich” mindset described above to that described as “poor.” Yet for many, their net worth did not change. When one looks at the terms “golden years” or “retiring comfortably,” it is not hard to conjure up an image of retirees comfortable with their financial situation, not being too concerned about the economic events taking place around them. Instead, they are enjoying checking a lot of items off their bucket list. Many retirees in the generation before us fit that mold, yet they were not multimillionaires. How can that be? A recent Gallup article titled Pensions Are Top Income Source for Wealthier US Retirees presents poll results on sources of income, and presents the findings by annual household income. According to the poll, 55% of retirees earning annual incomes over $50,000 were doing so primarily with a pension. Gallup shared some interesting implications: “Pension plans seem to be a major factor relating to how financially well off U.S. retirees are. With Social Security by far the major source of retirement funding among U.S. retirees, those who can supplement that money with income from a pension plan or other source appear to be doing much better.” Things Are Changing Quickly So what does this mean? If you have a “guaranteed pension,” you know you have enough money coming in to live on, so you don’t sweat the markets anymore and can enjoy life. Not a bad thing. I can personally attest to this – that’s how we lived during the first six years of my retirement. We had the bulk of our nest egg in FDIC-insured CDs paying 6% interest. No worries there, as I knew how much interest income we had coming in, and the principal was backed by the federal government. We had enough to supplement our Social Security to cover our expenses and then some. That all changed in the fall of 2008, when the first Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) started, and the government flooded the banks with money. Our CDs were called in, and we lost the major source of “guaranteed” (as in not to having to worry about it) income. At the time, our CD interest was five times the size of our current Social Security check. Today the best five-year rate on a CD I can find is 1.2%, and even a ten-year Treasury pays only about 2%. With the current interest rates not even keeping up with inflation, I wouldn’t touch them. If I wanted to invest in those low yields anyway, the interest would be half of my current Social Security check. Now that is a major economic catastrophe. In effect, we may still have our capital intact; however, we now have to put our money at much higher risk in order to survive. While others may look at many of us seniors as rich, it is pure baloney. We are damn concerned about recession, depression, and our nest egg. We no longer meet the definition of “rich”; a lot of our confidence has eroded. Who Is Living Large? Who Is Taking a Step Backward? It looks to me like those working in the private sector – particularly those baby boomers who are trying to plan for retirement – have quite a challenge. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Kelly Greene and Vipal Monga reported that pensions represent an increasingly smaller portion of Americans’ retirement savings. The authors wrote: “The portion of private-sector US workers covered only by so-called defined-benefit plans fell to 3% in 2011 from 28% in 1979, according to US Department of Labor data compiled by EBRI.” We are seeing a huge disparity between those in the public sector working for the government and those in the private sector. Most government agencies still have generous, guaranteed pension plans, and many include health care for their retirees. Concurrently, the vast majority of those in the private sector do not have guaranteed pensions, but rather have to save their own money through various IRAs and 401(k)s in order to be able to retire comfortably. We have many friends who have retired from various branches of the government with pensions which are 80% or more of what they earned while they were working. For example, consider this story from Illinois of teachers earning pensions over $100,000 per year. While those are the most extravagant pensions mentioned in the article, the rest aren’t too bad either. Whether it’s Illinois, California, or New Jersey, you’ll find the same story around the country. In fact, defined benefit state plans cover 20 million employees and 7 million retirees, about 90% of all state employees. So nearly everyone from the person at the Department of Motor Vehicles to the teachers are cashing in. Here’s an excerpt from the report: “Of those [Palatine-Schaumburg High School] District 211 retirees, 268 – or 42.5 percent – received pensions of $100,000 or more in 2012. Other suburban school districts aren’t far behind. At Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, 39.1 percent of the 133 retired educators receiving pensions make more than $100,000 a year in retirement. District 125 retired educators drew pensions averaging $79,489 last year, according to TRS figures.” Honestly, I don’t begrudge any retired government workers a dime. They earned their money and played by the rules which were in place. But ironically, many of those same friends who have these nice government pensions look upon those of us in the private sector as the ones who are rich. Just how much capital would a person in the private sector have to accumulate in order to earn an income of $100,000 “guaranteed” by the government? Using the 2% ten-year Treasury rate, a person would have to invest $5,000,000 for “guaranteed” income of $100,000. Of course, there’s also a difference in how that money is saved. It’s what’s left over after living expenses, kids’ college tuition, and everything else that comes up in life. If you had a government pension, you never had to worry about saving for retirement – so it’s less worry before and during retirement. From this perspective, sure looks to me like those with guaranteed pensions – mostly retired government workers – are the ones who are living large and not worried about the ups and downs in the economy. Doug Casey and other pundits have predicted a collapse, and I agree that it is going to happen. It will not be too long before more folks in the private sector realize that those government employees with their “guarantees” are the ones who are living rich as the earlier definition outlined, while we constantly have to fret and monitor our money. With things like the Tea Party groups forming, there are already signs that people have had enough. Is it any surprise that some of those groups received greater scrutiny from the IRS? After all, they are a threat to stream of endless pensions to all government employees. When a full-blown tax revolt finally happens, I am sure their “guaranteed” pensions will be a big factor. This is one place where there’s a clear line between the haves and have nots. The retirees from the private sector have to constantly worry about their retirement, while government employees have not a care with their guaranteed incomes. I’m quite confident that the taxpayers won’t want to pay their pensions plus the trillions in shortfalls in those pension plans – especially in underfunded state plans around the country. Those of us in the private sector saw our “guaranteed” pensions disappear. We now have the option of saving our own money and putting it at risk, and we are certainly worried about the ups and downs in the economy and the market. How much longer are taxpayers going to stand for having to save money for our retirement with no “guarantees,” while we see our taxes continue to escalate to pay for cushy, guaranteed pension plans for others? In the meantime, do you want to retire comfortably and enjoy your golden years not having to worry about your finances? Work for the government for 40 years or so and get a cushy pension and free medical care. We have a lot of friends who did just that, and they are very happy enjoying their golden years. I wonder if IRS workers ever have their tax returns audited? Probably not, but if these sorts of retirement inequalities last much longer, antitax groups will likely come to audit their pensions soon. If you’re a retired Illinois District 211 teacher, we’ll answer your hate mail (surely coming our way) as soon possible. 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Dear Reader, Before I get into what I think was the most valuable takeaway I got from our just-concluded summit in Texas, I thought I’d mention a couple upcoming events of interest: Doug Casey, Jeff Clark, Nick Giambruno, and Terry Coxon will be speaking at the Grand Cayman Liberty Forum, on Grand Cayman Island, November 16-20, 2014. For more information, please call Opportunity Travel at 800-926-6575 or +561-243-6276, or see the event web page. Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.79 41.13 41.53 Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.07 3.19 3.31 TSX Venture 919.42 1,015.36 948.13 Gold Producers (GDX) 21.98 26.19 25.11 Silver 17.64 19.39 21.77 One Month Ago One Year Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,026.77 15,619.21 12,841.62 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.93 13.51 13.37 Gold 1,218.30 1,284.30 1,324.10 Doug Casey will also be speaking at the New Orleans Investment Conference, October 22-25, 2014. Alan Greenspan will be there, too, among other famous and infamous luminaries. For more information, please see the event web page. And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out for those who could not make our summit that the full audio recordings of every session will be available for you to download, and/or to order a set of CDs to keep for future reference, in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned. I hope you’ll enjoy—and learn from—the sessions as much as I did. Sincerely, Oil 93.01 93.86 103.03 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research
LSU fans are taking the lack of standout defender Devin White’s absence from the first half of their game against Alabama this weekend hard.Some have even bought billboards in Birmingham saying “Free Devin White.” In Tuscaloosa, Alabama football fan Blake Averette decided he’d use the controversy and hopefully do something good for Hurricane Michael survivors.So Averette solicited donations online, and put up a billboard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, letting Tiger fans know they should expect a loss Saturday, and they should spend their money donating to hurricane relief.“I just made another Tweet that got a lot of people’s attention, and I thought I’ll put that on the billboard,” he said. “The Red Cross supported it as well, so it kind of just fit and we went with it.”Averette said he’s a big fan of the Red Cross, and thought it’d be a great time to show support for his team and do some good at the same time.
___Information from: WKRG-TV, http://www.wkrg.com/(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)7/18/2019 2:12:19 PM (GMT -5:00) THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) – What police are describing as an accidental fire has destroyed a church in rural west Alabama.The New Hope No. 1 Baptist Church went up in flames early Thursday in Thomasville.Police Chief Mitchell Stuckey tells WKRG-TV that authorities believe the fire was caused by a power surge after a tree fell and knocked out power in the area earlier.The building that burned was an old sanctuary located beside a new worship space that’s under construction. The church was still using it for services.A message on the church’s Facebook page shows a photo of the smoldering ruins. It calls the destruction of the building a “great loss.”
FOXBOROUGH, MA — Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.In an unscheduled availability on Saturday afternoon, eight days before the Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL championship, Belichick revealed the results of an internal study into how the footballs are prepared to quarterback Tom Brady’s liking.Most of the steps are designed to make them tackier for a better grip, he said, but the process could also affect the pressure inside the ball.“There have been questions raised, and I believe now, 100 percent, that I have personally and we have as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter,” Belichick said. “At no time was there any intent to compromise the integrity of the game.”The Patriots reached the Super Bowl for the sixth time in Belichick’s tenure when they beat the Colts 45-7 in the AFC championship on Sunday. But later that night, Indianapolis TV station WTHR reported that some of the game balls provided by New England for the use of its offense weren’t sufficiently inflated.The NFL has confirmed that it is investigating and the Patriots vowed to cooperate. Belichick said earlier in the week that he didn’t know how the game balls were prepared, deferring to Brady; Brady also denied doing anything improper.But in the slow news off-days before Super Bowl week, the allegations received disproportionate attention — and Twitter hashtags such as “Deflategate” and “Ballghazi” — along with comparisons to the videotaping scandal of 2007, when the Patriots were hit with unprecedented penalties after Belichick was caught recording opposing coaches sending in signals from the sidelines.Belichick denied that there is a pattern of rule-breaking or even of pushing the rules to their limit.“It was wrong. We were disciplined for it. That’s it. We never did it again. We’re never going to do it again,” Belichick said of the scandal that came to be known as “Spygate.” ”And anything else that’s close, we’re not going to do it either.”A football lifer who only seems happy on the sidelines, if at all, Belichick is known for an absolute attention to detail that helps prepares his team for every imaginable situation.But instead of getting ready for the Super Bowl — his sixth as the Patriots’ head coach — he said he has spent far too much time the past week studying science and learning about how varying conditions can affect a football’s pressure.“I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time that I’ve put into this relative to the other important challenge in front of us,” he said. “There are a lot of variables. I’m not saying we’re trying to land a guy on the moon, but there are a lot of things that are hard to get a handle on.”But Belichick seemed most emotional when he came to the defense of his team. Among the questions he and his players have been asked this week is whether they cheated to be in the Super Bowl.Belichick rested on his record, which includes a 12-4 mark in the regular season, an 11th division title in 12 seasons, a fourth straight trip — and ninth overall — to the conference championship game, and a chance for a fourth NFL title in his tenure.“This team was the best team in the AFC in the regular season, we won two games in the playoffs,” he said. “That’s what this team is. I know that because I’ve been with them every day.”JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer___Follow Jimmy Golen on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/jgolen .___TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS (AP) — Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos following a disappointing return to the Greek club.Olympiakos announced Tuesday that the club and the four-time African Footballer of the Year had “mutually agreed to end their cooperation.” Toure has played just two league games and two Europa League matches since returning to Olympiakos in September for a second stint, having been released by Man City after last season.The club said “Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again.”Toure, a former Ivory Coast captain, began his path to stardom at Olympiakos in 2005-06 and helped the team win the Greek league title.But Portuguese coach Pedro Martins has not used him as a regular starter this season.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The chemical BPA isn’t living up to its nasty reputation.A two-year government study of rats found that even high doses of the plastic additive produced only “minimal effects,” and that these effects could have occurred by chance.The finding bolsters the Food and Drug Administration’s 2014 assessment that water bottles and other products containing BPA are not making people sick.”[It] supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to be safe for consumers,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, in a statement issued by the agency.The study’s findings are at odds with claims by advocacy groups that exposure to BPA is associated with a wide range of health effects including cancer, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.The study results appear in a 249-page draft report released Friday by the National Toxicology Program. The research was a joint effort involving the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics used to make products like water bottles and in the epoxy resins used to line some metal food cans. The chemical has long been known to weakly mimic the hormone estrogen, and in the 1990s scientists showed that tiny amounts could leach out of plastic products and get into our bodies.That touched off a heated debate about BPA’s safety.Critics of the chemical point to numerous small studies done by academic researchers. These studies, usually of rodents, have suggested that BPA can disrupt the body’s hormone system in ways that affect health.But studies that met the FDA’s Good Laboratory Practice standards have suggested that BPA is safe at levels encountered by consumers. So the agency has approved its use in most consumer products.The new draft report is part of an effort called CLARITY-BPA, which set out to “bridge guideline-compliant research conducted at the FDA with hypothesis-based research investigations conducted by academia on the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA).” It describes only the research done by government scientists.In the study, rats were exposed to BPA during gestation as well as after birth. Doses ranged from levels similar to those experienced by consumers to doses thousands of times higher. Researchers looked to see whether the chemical had any effect on things like growth, weight and tumor development.And the scientists concluded that “BPA produced minimal effects.” They also said that the effects they did see appeared to be “within the range of normal biological variation,” meaning they could have occurred by chance.The draft report will go through a peer review process. It is scheduled to be discussed at a public meeting in April. A final report that incorporates research by academic scientists is expected in 2019 and will be used to guide FDA policy on BPA.But that report may be moot by the time it arrives.In response to consumer fears about BPA, plastic-makers are already marketing a wide variety of BPA-free products. And most food cans are no longer lined with BPA, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Last updated on May 14th, 2019 at 05:03 amSt. Francis-based Charlee Bear Products, which manufactures dog treats, has acquired New York-based canned pet food company Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corp. from sole proprietor Will Post for $1.65 million. The transaction closed May 21.Hound & Gatos’ dog and cat foods are billed as a “Paleolithic diet” for pets, containing “the same nutrients their Paleolithic ancestors thrived on” including real meat, vitamins and minerals. The dietary formulation piggybacks on a popular human trend toward Paleo diets, which purport to exclude foods the body doesn’t digest as easily, such as grains, dairy, refined sugar, salt, potatoes and highly processed foods.Charlee Bear is owned by Peter Gottsacker, who is also president and owner of St. Francis-based food seasoning and flavor manufacturer Wixon Inc. The company, which shares space with Wixon, makes Charlee Bear Original and Bear Crunch Dog Treats, which are low calorie and are designed not to leave residue in the dog owner’s pocket. The company sells about 9 million bags of treats per year, which are contract manufactured in Mequon. It has five full-time employees, and about $6 million in annual revenue, said Patrick McGarry, general manager at Charlee Bear and chief financial officer at Wixon. “Our interest in acquiring Hound & Gatos is the health of the pet,” McGarry said. “This is an extremely healthy line of food for both dogs and cats. It’s in a higher price point category, but we thought it was a good time to expand into all-natural food and this was a good way to dip our toe in that water.”McGarry said the acquisition also allows Charlee Bear to offer additional products to its independent pet retail customers.“At Charlee Bear, our mission is to improve the health and nutrition of pets through simple, natural ingredients, one small bite at a time,” Gottsacker said in the announcement of the transaction. “Our passion for quality pet products and ingredients was a natural fit with Hound & Gatos, and we are pleased to welcome this brand into the Charlee Bear Products family.”Hound & Gatos is now based in Wisconsin, and its food will continue to be contract manufactured in Mitchell, South Dakota. Charlee Bear plans to hire three new employees in sales and management, and begin introducing line extensions such as kibble food and Paleolithic treats as a result of the acquisition, McGarry said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 03:49 pmGermantown-based Furey Filter & Pump has been acquired by Columbus, Ohio-based Ohio Transmission Corp.Furey Filter & Pump, founded in 1956, manufactures, distributes and services pumps and filtration products and systems. Also included in the transaction is its Twin Cities subsidiary, PSI Engineering, which is a distributor of pumps, filters, mechanical seals and valves. The company has a total of 65 employees in Wisconsin and Minnesota.OTC plans to integrate Furey as a division of its OTP Industrial Solutions business, which offers technical sales and service for industrial automation, motion control, fluid power, pumps, spray finishing, sealant and adhesive application and power transmission systems and products. Furey and PSI will retain their branding and management in the integration. George Furey, president of Furey Filter & Pump, said the merger will benefit employees, customers and suppliers.“We strive to safely deliver quality products, engineering expertise and technical support as well as repair and field services to the market,” Furey said. “OTC provides resources that will enhance our ability to deliver those objectives. Our employees will also benefit from training and growth opportunities as well as the availability of marketing and sales tools for customer and project recognition. Ultimately, our customers will benefit from OTC’s commitment to providing the products and services that the customers need when they need them.”OTC now has about 1,000 employees at 37 locations and 18 service shops nationwide.“Furey Filter & Pump and PSI Engineering have been well-respected solutions providers in their markets for several decades,” said Matt Piatt, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Ohio Transmission Corp. “They have carved an excellent market position for themselves by providing exceptional customer service and superior engineering support to their customers over the years, and they have some unique capabilities to design and manufacture complete fluid-handling systems. The addition of Furey Filter & Pump and PSI Engineering to the OTC family will provide even better service and greater capabilities to all of our customers.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
The former Northridge Mall on Milwaukee’s northwest side.Last updated on July 22nd, 2019 at 01:04 pmThe owners of the former Northridge Mall on Milwaukee’s far northwest side are likely to take the city to court after a commission found that orders to raze the mall property were reasonable.Convening on Thursday afternoon, Milwaukee’s Standards and Appeals Commission sided with the city, which mandated that the mall buildings be demolished. Following the meeting, representatives of the property’s owner, China-based U.S. Black Spruce Enterprise Group Inc., said they would likely further appeal the matter in circuit court.“Black Spruce wants to be a team player with the city, it’s just disappointing the city doesn’t want to seem to participate in any sort of further discussions and they remain committed to tearing it down,” Eric Hatchell, an attorney representing the ownership group, told reporters. “So, we’ll let the legal process play out, and we’ll continue from here.” When asked if the city could expect a lawsuit to be filed, Hatchell replied, “we’re going to analyze our options.”Milwaukee officials announced in April they were issuing the raze orders after city inspectors determined the costs to adequately restore the buildings would be far greater than 50% of their assessed value. This is the threshold at which the city has authority to order a property be demolished.Black Spruce said in May it planned to appeal the raze order.Separate raze orders were issued for three different addresses that make up the mall property: 8221 W. Northridge Mall Road, 9009 N. Granville Station Road and 9109 N. Granville Station Road.Officials with Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services said the assessed values for two of the addresses were $100, while 9009 N. Granville Road is assessed at $81,100.“We Energies recently disconnected all three of their buildings from their service,” Chris Kraco, supervisor with Milwaukee’s condemnation section, said. “So, a part of the cost to move forward would be restoring that service with We Energies. And unlike a house, it’s not just a simple line drop. You’re talking about transformers, substations, submitting a rather large plan. That cost alone would probably exceed half of the assessed value of (the property).”Hatchell and Li Yang, executive director of Black Spruce, tried arguing the city’s valuation of the property was too low. After a lengthy discussion, commission members said they were not the appropriate group to determine appropriate assessment values. They would only judge as valid the city’s claims the property was in such disrepair that its raze orders were warranted.Yang also asked for more time from the commission, which would allow consultants to finalize expected redevelopment costs of the property.Black Spruce this May revealed some preliminary plans to redevelop the mall property into an Asian marketplace. Yang said the plan includes bringing Asian-based manufacturers’ products to the mall both for wholesale and retail purposes.“We are doing kind of a platform for them,” she said.Nicole Larsen, assistant city attorney, said that from what she and other city officials could tell, the renderings were identical to what the group had provided the city about two years ago.“They approached city administration, there was communication with the alderwoman of the district (the property is in), and they said, ‘Look what we’re going to do,’” Larsen said. “And from what I understand from speaking with those individuals, is that it’s the same plans we saw here presented today, the same two-year-old drawings are presented as, ‘Now, look at this brand-new development.’ Two years ago, city officials said, ‘O.K., bring something back,’ and guess who never brought anything back? It was Black Spruce.”Located northwest of North 76th Street and West Brown Deer Road, the mall opened in 1972, but has largely sat vacant since the shopping center closed in 2003.The property has been a target of break-ins and vandalism in the years since, Kraco said.In 2013, Bill Penzey, owner of Penzeys Spices, attempted to buy the mall out of foreclosure, but that deal fell through when the owners paid off their delinquent bills. Penzey had intended to move his company’s corporate offices to that site and turn the area into a center for food retail, warehousing and distribution. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment In late August or early September, the Web site for the Farmer/Hunter Access Pilot Program should be up and running. This Web site will give hunters an opportunity to sign in and provide their hunting profile. Farmers will then be able to access the hunters’ profiles and contact information and they will be able to contact the hunters of their choice. This pilot program will be available in Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison and Jefferson counties only. Contact the county Farm Bureau office for more information. FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment
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