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first_imgReduced costs thanks to be absence of the Euro 2016 football championship helped boost TF1’s second-quarter and first-half performance, together with a small increase in revenues.The French commercial broadcaster posted revenues of €498.9 million for the second quarter, up from €481.9 million, and revenues of €1.037 billion for the first half, up 1.1%. First half operating profit increased by €50.1 million, however, taking it to €107.6 million, helping push it into the red after posting losses for the first six months of last yearThe group’s broadcasting unit posted a profit of €91.5 million for the first half, up €53.5 million.TF1’s free-to-air channels saw advertising revenue edge up by 1.2% year-on-year to €745.2 million, boosted by strong digital-terrestrial audience figures. Digital ad revenue also grew significantly.Costs fell by €15.6 million thanks to the year-on-year comparison with the costs of the Euro 2016 football championship, offset to some extent by the inclusion of the now free-to-air news channel LCI’s costs.While the audience share of the flagship TF1 channel continued to slip, the group’s digital channels saw their share grow.The group said that its MYTF1 on-demand service saw video views grow by 14% to 628 million, driven by top shows The Voice and Koh-Lanta. TF1 introduced mandatory authentication in April, leading to the number of identified users of the service rising from nine million to 12.5 million.Gilles PélissonTF1’s studios and entertainment arm saw a 3.1% decline in revenue to €181.3 million and a decline in profit of €3.4 million to €16.1 million, driven lower by non-recognition of revenue from disposals of co-production shares to certain broadcasters and a dip in revenues from Newen Studios, partly offset by increased revenues from TF1 studios.TF1 said it would invest in “high-impact programmes” in the second half while remaining within its overall objectives. The broadcaster is banking on the success of new daily soap Demain Nous Appartient, produced by Newen – which also produces France Télévisions’ long-established rival Plus Belle La Vie – as well as dramas La Mante, Le Tueur du Lac, Les Chamois and Les Bracelets Rouges and established shows such as Koh-Lanta and Danse Avec les Stars.CEO Gilles Pélisson told analysts that he did not intend for now to introduce advertising during TF1’s main daily news broadcasts, something it has recently been permitted to do by the media watchdog, the CSA.last_img read more

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first_imgYouTube’s chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, has released a book subtitled “how YouTube and the new creators are transforming our lives”.Streampunks, published by Penguin Random House-owned Virgin Books, hits shelves this week and is co-authored by Google speechwriter and communications manager, Maany Peyvan.The book shines a light on a “new class of independent creators and entrepreneurs”, many of whom, it notes, are more influential than traditional celebrities and media companies.YouTube stars like Tyler Oakley, Casey Neistat and Lilly Singh all feature, as does Scooter Braun, who used the site to scout 12-year old Justin Bieber, and Vice Media co-founder and CEO, Shane Smith, who uses YouTube to publish the company’s youth-focused current affairs and news content.“By giving anyone with a smartphone their own TV channel, YouTube is fuelling a new creative boom,” according to the book’s marketing material.“Not only is it generating the new faces of entertainment, but also changing how students are taught, how social issues are discussed and how small businesses advertise and develop.”last_img read more

BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal

first_imgBBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV.It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while Discovery keeps lifestyle channels Really, Home and Good Food.BBC Studios also holds onto the UKTV brand (which launched 22 years ago following a joint partnership with Flextech) as well as its digital catch-up service UKTV Play.Discover had a 50% stake in UKTV following its takeover of Scripps Network last year.The BBC acquired Discovery’s stakes in channels for a reported £173m ($220m) and the sale comes as part of a larger agreement between the two companies for international streaming rights to the BBC’s natural history programming.A ten-year content partnership deal announced in April made Discovery the exclusive global SVOD home (excluding UK, Ireland and Greater China) of BBC landmark natural history programmes, including Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Life and Dynasties. Discovery also acquired SVOD rights to hundreds of hours of BBC programming across factual genres.BBC Studios president Marcus Arthur, who will act as the new chief executive of UKTV, said that the multichannel broadcaster had “always been an important part of the BBC Group, creating value for license fee payers and British programme makers.”He added: “UKTV’s award-winning brands, innovative commissions and premium acquisitions have delivered large and loyal audiences who love great TV. As a wholly-owned part of BBC Studios we will support its future content ambitions, building on its history of success over many years.”James Gibbons, EVP and general manager for the UK and ANZ at Discovery, also welcomed UKTV’s lifestyle channels into its UK portfolio.“Today marks an exciting milestone for Discovery. We are committed to deepening our position with viewers as the leader in real-life entertainment by building great brands that power people’s passions and deliver value to our partners.”Following the split, five channels from both businesses, Dave, DMAX, Home, Quest and Yesterday, are all moving into new positions on the Freeview EPG.last_img read more

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first_imgFrench commercial broadcaster TF1 has struck a deal with Belgian advertising sales outfit IP Belgium to take charge of the commercialisation of linear and non-linear advertising of the channel in Belgium.TF1 has been commercialising its channel in the Belgian market for the last two years, until now in partnership with Transfer. IP Belgium will take on the contract from September 1.TF1 claims an audience share of about 13% in Belgium.“For over 30 years in Belgium, the TF1 channel has been part of the daily life of TV viewers and for the last two years of advertisers. We are delighted today to begin this new partnership with IP Belgium for whom knowledge of the local marketed provides real added value. Its dynamism and capacity for innovation, such as in advanced technology, are all assets that will strengthen the presence of TF1 among Belgian advertisers. We would like to thank the teams at Transfer for having enabled TF1 to enter the Belgian advertising market and for their support over the last two years,” said Gilles Pélisson, CEO of TF1.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet The women died instantly after the Citroën C3 car in which they were traveling was involved in a collision with a pole.Dowd was remanded in custody until the next sitting of the circuit court in January 2018.A psychiatric report and probation court was ordered in the case.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING OF MARIA WALLACE AND HER FRIEND was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Pals Kiara Baird and Derry mum of three Maria Wallace killed last year in BallybofeyA CO Donegal man has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of two friends, one of whom was a much loved mother from Derry.Dermot Dowd, 24, of Donegal Road, Ballybofey, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Friends Kiara Baird (19), and Derry mother-of-three Maria Wallace (38), died after the car in which they were passengers crashed at Glenfin Road, Ballybofey on September 21st, 2016.center_img ballybofeyDERMOT DOWDKIERA BAIRLETTERKENNY CIRCUIT COURTMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING OF MARIA WALLACE AND HER FRIENDMARIA WALLACElast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet A 32 year old man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act by detectives from PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit. Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin said: “Earlier this morning, a 32 year old man was arrested in Strabane on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation as part of an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity linked to the New IRA. “He was also arrested in connection to an attempted paramilitary style attack in the Ballycolman area of the town on December 2, 2018, which we believe was carried out on behalf of the Irish Republican Movement (IRM).” “We are committed to protecting the community from terrorism and will continue to work in partnership with local agencies, residents and community representatives to keep people safe.”Man arrested over violent dissident republican activity was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The Irish Republican Movement (IRM) is a violent dissident republican grouping which was formed by former members of ONH following ONH’s ceasefire in 2018.Added DI Hamlin: “The suspect has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning. “It is completely unacceptable to bring a gun out onto a street on a Sunday evening when children could still be up getting ready for the school week ahead. “Once again, these groups show that they do not care about the communities that they claim to protect. BALLYCOLMAN ESTATEDI Andrew HamlinIrish Republican MovementMAN ARRESTED OVER VIOLENT DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITYNEW IRAONHstrabanelast_img read more

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first_imgBreaking news: Police warning contaminated cocaine circulating in Co Derry was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Det Supt Bobby Singleton of PSNI’s Organised Crime BranchPOLICE have warned that a possible contaminated batch of cocaine may be in circulation in Co Derry.Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton from PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit said: “Police have received information that there may be a contaminated supply of cocaine in the Co Derry and Co Antrim areas. antrimBreaking news: Police warning contaminated cocaine circulating in Co DerryDerryDET SUPT BOBBY SINGLETONORGANISED CRIME BRANCHPolicePSNI ShareTweet “The information suggests that anybody consuming these drugs could experience serious adverse effects.“All drugs carry risks and have the potential to be a poison. “I’d appeal to anyone with any information on these or other suspected drugs in their community to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. “Alternatively people can provide information through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”last_img read more

A total of 72 people died at the west London Tower

first_imgA total of 72 people died at the west London Tower block in June 2017 and left hundreds homeless.A public inquiry is ongoing into the disaster.Police and fire services believe the fire, which began in a malfunctioning fridge-freezer, spread due to the type of cladding used in the building’s exterior.Folllowing the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday night, nearly £700m has been raised to pay for refurbishments. ShareTweet The iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris ablaze on MondayTRADE unionist Eamonn McCann has said that the response to the Notre-Dame fire has highlighted how the victims of the Grenfell Tower diaster were failed in the aftermath.The former Foyle MLA pointed to the hundreds of millions raised in support of the Notre-Dame reconstruction, while residents of London’s Grenfell Tower are still living in temporary accommodation two years after the inferno swept through the tower block. eamonn mccannGrenfell TowerMcCann says response to Notre-Dame fire little comfort to Grenfell victimsNotre-DameParispeople before profitwest London Mr McCann, who is running for election to Derry City and Strabane District Council in May, said that while he accepted people would be upset by the damage to Notre-Dame, the human cost following Grenfell had largely been ignored.“The victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster two years ago must be kicking themselves they never thought to install stained glass windows in their flats,” the 76-year-old said.“Survivors mourning for their friends and neighbours can only wonder at the vast generosity towards Notre-Dame when compared to the grudging response to the tragedy which saw 72 people perish in an avoidable inferno.“Close on a billion pounds has been donated for the refurbishment of Notre-Dame. But many Grenfell Tower residents still don’t have a home to go to.”Mr McCann suggested the lack of response to the Grenfell tragedy may have been due to the background of those who lived there.“The blaze at Notre-Dame appears to have been accidental, but the Grenfell tragedy was not only forseeable but had been foreseen. Residents had complained about the fire hazard to Kensington council – to no effect,” the former MLA said.“The flats had been built on the cheap and then wrapped around with killer material.“The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a cultural treasure. Dismay at its destruction was inevitable and understandable. The impulse to restore it to its former glory is right and proper.”The veteran civil rights campaigner said that the Notre-Dame fire had shown that priorities had “largely been lost sight of”.People Before Profit’s Eamonn McCannMr McCann criticised Prime Minister Theresa May’s reaction to the Grenfell fire.“Her pledge to the Grenfell families that they would all be housed in suitable accommodation within three months has simply been forgotten,” he said.“The super-rich who coughed up a billion in no time at all for Notre-Dame all kept their hands in their pockets when it came to the people of Grenfell.”McCann says response to Notre-Dame fire little comfort to Grenfell victims was last modified: April 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgKayla Coutee’s two other children, ages 7 and 5, were also at the scene, Alexandria police spokesman Wade Bourgeois told ABC News.No children were injured, police said. Facebook Twitter Next PostSearchers find body after avid hiker goes missing on Mount Hood; still unidentified (ABC NEWS)- A woman allegedly shot and killed her estranged husband outside a Louisiana Walmart last week, according to police.Thomas Coutee Jr., 30, was lying on the ground, shot once in the chest, and his estranged wife, Kayla Coutee, 31, was nearby when officers responded Saturday, the Alexandria Police Department said.The former couple share custody of their 2-year-old daughter, who was on site when the shooting unfolded in the outer section of the parking lot, police said. Linkedin Tumblr The Department of Children and Family Services was notified and the children were released to family members, police said.Kayla Coutee was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She was booked under the last name of Giles though she identified herself to police as Coutee, police said.Thomas Coutee had filed for divorce and the two were separated at the time of the shooting, Bourgeois said. National NewsNewsWatch Wife allegedly kills estranged husband in front of daughter at Walmart parking lot By Daniella HankeySep 11, 2018, 04:53 am 705 0 Home NewsWatch National News Wife allegedly kills estranged husband in front of daughter at Walmart parking lot Pinterest Mail Previous PostTwo former Secret Service agents from 9/11 return to work at World Trade Center Google+ Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

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first_img Mail Tumblr Google+ Facebook Pinterest HealthNational NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Trump defends health workers’ right to object to abortions By Tyler BarkerMay 03, 2019, 10:40 am 280 0 Twitter Linkedin WASHINGTON (AP) — Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious grounds.Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce the new regulation.“Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities,” Trump told an interfaith audience in the White House Rose Garden. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”The conscience rule was a priority for religious conservatives who are a key part of Trump’s political base, but some critics fear it will become a pretext for denying medical attention to LGBT people or women seeking abortions, a legal medical procedure.In a strongly worded statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “these bigoted rules are immoral, deeply discriminatory and downright deadly, greenlighting open discrimination in health care against LGTBQ Americans and directly threatening the well-being of millions.“Make no mistake,” she added, “this is an open license to discriminate against Americans who already face serious, systemic discrimination.” She said she was also addressing another pending regulation seen as undermining the rights of transgender patients. Pelosi said the Democratic-controlled House would “fight” the administration’s actions.San Francisco immediately sued the Trump administration, saying the conscience regulation will undermine access to care.The complex rule runs more than 400 pages and requires hospitals, universities, clinics and other institutions that receive funding from federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights.Most of these laws and provisions address medical procedures such as abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide. The ultimate penalty can be loss of federal funding for violations of conscience or religious rights, but most cases are settled by making changes in practices and procedures.The rule makes no new law and doesn’t go beyond statutes passed under administrations of both political parties, said Roger Severino, head of the office that will enforce it at the Department of Health and Human Services.Rather, the regulation will guarantee that religious and conscience protections already on the books can’t be ignored.“We are giving these laws life with this regulation,” said Severino, saying it’s no different from civil rights statutes enforced in daily life through government regulation and oversight. “It makes sure Congress’ protections are not merely empty words on paper.”Under the rule, clinicians and institutions would not have to provide, participate in, pay for, cover or make referrals for procedures they object to on moral or religious grounds.This will make it “so that people do not have to shed their religious beliefs to participate in health care,” said Severino, adding that “certain medical professions such as OB-GYN should not be declared pro-life-free zones.”The rule also addresses conscience protections involving so-called advance directives that detail a patient’s wishes for care at the end of life.Asserting that previous administrations have not done enough to protect conscience rights in the medical field, HHS under Trump created a new division to investigate such complaints within its Office for Civil Rights, which Severino heads.HHS said last year the office received more than 1,300 complaints alleging discrimination in a health care setting on account of religious beliefs or conscience issues. There was only a trickle of such complaints previously, officials said, about one per year for alleged conscience violations.Sister Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association, said her group representing church-affiliated hospitals, nursing homes and other providers will stress continued service to “all persons.”“Our mission and our ethical standards in health care are rooted in and inseparable from the Catholic Church’s teachings about the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death,” Keehan said in a statement. “These are the source of both the work we do and the limits on what we will do. Every individual seeking health care is welcome and will be treated with dignity and respect in our facilities.”Among religious conservatives, Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins called the regulation an answer to prayer.“Protecting the right of all health care providers to make professional judgments based on moral convictions and ethical standards … is necessary to ensure that access to health care is not diminished, which would occur if they were forced out of their jobs because of their ethical stances,” his statement added.But Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the administration has opened the door to discrimination. “Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but it doesn’t include the right to discriminate or harm others,” she said. “Denying patients health care is not religious liberty,”The rule takes effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.___Associated Press writers David Crary in New York and Janie Har in San Francisco contributed.___HHS press release: https://tinyurl.com/yxes698g Next PostUS adds robust 263K jobs; unemployment at 49-year low: 3.6% Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. 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first_imgHome Sports News Sports Crusaders Open Sectionals With Home Win Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous PostUniversity of Charleston President Announces Retirement Next PostCoaching Changes in Southern West Virginia 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 Google+ Linkedin SportsSports News Crusaders Open Sectionals With Home Win By Matt DigbyMay 11, 2017, 00:33 am 1041 1 Mail Beckley, WV (WOAY) – Greater Beckley baseball opened sectional play Wednesday with a 10-0 win against Montcalm in Class A Region 3 Section 2.Brett Green pitched a complete game for the Crusaders, who scored five runs in both the second and sixth innings to secure the win. It was their first game of the 2017 postseason, having earned a bye, while Montcalm won their opening playoff game against Mount View to advance to this stage.In the same region, Summers County overcame an early deficit to win 11-1 against Greenbrier West. Three Bobcats hit home runs, including Chase Adkins.Upcoming games in the section feature Summers County taking on Greater Beckley, while Greenbrier West will face Mount View, and Meadow Bridge will play Montcalm. Tumblrlast_img read more

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first_img Google+ Tumblr Shady Spring, WV (WOAY) – Check out highlights from Friday’s Week 11 matchup between Pocahontas County & Shady Spring! Previous PostGame of the Week: Summers County @ Fayetteville Facebook Linkedin Mail Home Sports News Sports VIDEO: Pocahontas County @ Shady Spring (Week 11) SportsSports News VIDEO: Pocahontas County @ Shady Spring (Week 11) By Matt DigbyNov 04, 2017, 00:21 am 558 0 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 PostHighlights: Westside @ Oak Hill Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_imgI really don’t know what to make of what happened during the New York trading session in all four precious metals yesterday.The gold price weakened once again during Far East trading on their Tuesday, with the low once again coming moments before London opened.  The subsequent rally ran out of gas around 12:30 p.m. BST…and then began a slow decline into the Comex open in New York.Then minutes after the U.S. equity markets opened at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, the bid disappeared…and the gold price cratered twenty bucks in exactly thirty minutes.  The low came minutes after 10:00 a.m. in New York, a time that corresponded with the London p.m. gold fix.Once that was in, the gold price came roaring back…regaining all its loses…plus a few dollars more.  The rally ended at precisely 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…and then got sold off about five bucks or so going into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  From there it traded ruler flat going in the close of the electronic market at 5:15 p.m. in New York.The gold price closed at $1,650.00 spot…down $2.90 on the day.  Net volume was reasonably brisk at around 135,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the detail of what went on yesterday.It was pretty much the same story in silver, except for the fact that the rally that started once London trading began had far more substance to it.  By the time the bid disappeared in silver just minutes after 9:30 a.m. in New York, silver was already up more than 50 cents from the London open…and by the time the 30-minute sell-off in silver was over at 10:05 a.m. Eastern, that entire gain had vanished.But, just like gold, silver came roaring back.  It’s high tick of the day [$32.04 spot] came at precisely 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…just like gold.From that high tick, the silver price got sold down 30 cents by the time that Comex trading was finished two hours later…and, also like gold, silver traded ruler flat going in the close of electronic trading.Silver closed the day at $31.71 spot…up 18 whole cents from Monday…and despite the huge price swings, silver’s net volume was rather subdued at 27,000 contracts.  Maybe there was some short covering going on.  One can only hope.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart for comparison against the same chart for gold posted above.  Note the precision of the 11:30 a.m. end to the rallies in both metals.The platinum and palladium charts were very similar to gold and silver, with both of these metals closing higher than Monday.  For the day, silver closed up 0.57%….platinum up 0.51%…palladium up 1.85%…and gold closed down 0.18%.The dollar index didn’t do much yesterday.  It rallied about 20 basis points up until 7:30 a.m. local time in London…and then gave it all back during the next two and a half hours of trading.  After that it chopped sideways for the rest of Tuesday, closing basically unchanged from Monday.The big take-down in gold was almost a non-event for the gold stocks, as they dipped into negative territory for only a few minutes during the twenty dollar smash down between 9:35 and 10:05 a.m.  Once the rally began off the bottom, the gold stocks soared over two percent…but the gave back half of those gains after the gold price ran out of gas at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.  The HUI finished up 1.15% on the day.Not that I wish to be accused of “looking for black bears in dark rooms that aren’t there” once again…but take a few seconds to think about who might be catching a falling knife in the gold stocks during that 30-minute price smash, as I’m certain there would have been selling of some type.  What were the intentions of the buyers who bought in that period?As we are more than keenly aware, the precious metals stocks have been savaged…and everyone has their own personal whipping boy as to why gold and silver stocks are getting hit out of all proportion to the metal itself.I just checked the netdania.com website…and as of 10:24 p.m. Eastern time yesterday evening, gold was up 5.62% on the year…and silver was up 14.79%.I’m firmly of the belief, along with John Embry and others, that the precious metals stocks are being managed just as much as the metal itself.  ‘Da Boyz’ buy when others are selling…and sell not only when others are buying to blunt any big upside rally…but to exacerbate any down moves in the gold and silver stocks as well.This hypothesis is just as good as some other comments I’ve read about why the precious metal stocks are doing so poorly.  But, it’s only an opinion…and you can either accept it or reject it.The silver stocks did just OK yesterday…and the ones that made up Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index faded a bit into the close…and the SSI closed up only 1.15%, the same percentage as the HUI.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that only 18 gold contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow….but the out-of-the-blue surprise was that Jefferies issued another 115 silver contracts for delivery on Thursday.  The Bank of Nova Scotia stopped 106 of those contracts…and 8 went to JPMorgan.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.For whatever reason, I received another update from the Zürcher Kantonalbank yesterday.  That’s the second one in less than a week.  According to the update, this is for the period from April 10th to 13th.  Their gold ETF showed a withdrawal of 4,322 troy ounces…and their silver ETF had 91,276 troy ounces withdrawn.Monday was another big day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 1,308,917 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 734,127 ounces out the door.  All the big activity was at Brink’s, Inc…and JPMorgan came in a distant second.  The link to that action is here.I’m sure that Ted Butler will have a lot to say about the activity levels in both SLV and Comex silver stocks in his mid-week comments to his paying subscribers later today.I have the usual number of stories…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you once again.While the government struggles to save one crumbling enterprise at the expense of the crumbling of another, it accelerates the process of juggling debts, switching losses, piling loans on loans, mortgaging the future and the future’s future. As things grow worse, the government protects itself not by contracting this process, but by expanding it. – Ayn Rand, 1974I really don’t know what to make of what happened during the New York trading session in all four precious metals yesterday.  But one thing that I can be absolutely certain about, is that there was nothing free market about it.  The timing of the beginning, the middle…and the end of those price movements, was a deliberate and planned act around the London p.m. gold fix.  If someone has another explanation, I’d love to hear it.Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading yesterday, was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and whatever happened yesterday, will certainly be in it.After yesterday’s price action, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this graph that Nick Laird made up a couple of years ago.  It’s titled “Intraday Average Gold Price Movements“…and I’ve posted it in this column on numerous occasions.Note the high tick of the day comes just a few minutes after 9:30 a.m. Eastern time…and the drop to the London p.m. gold fix, which comes [on average] a few minutes after 10:00 a.m. Eastern time…which is 3:00 p.m. local time in London.  Yesterday’s price action in New York in both gold and silver looked suspiciously like this chart.  So did the charts for platinum and palladium.(Click on image to enlarge)Not much happened in Far East trading in either gold or silver during their Wednesday…and prices were basically back to unchanged by the time that London opened at 8:00 a.m. British Summer Time, which is 3:00 a.m. Eastern.  Gold volume, which I thought was very light on Monday at this time, has fallen even further…and is down a third from this time yesterday.  As of 4:05 a.m. Eastern time, net volume in gold is just a bit over 12,000 contracts.  Silver’s volume is equally as light…and the dollar index is up a hair.More than two hours have past since I wrote the above paragraph…and as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:20 a.m. Eastern time, I note that gold is down about two bucks…and silver is down about a nickel.  Volumes are still very light in both metals…and the dollar index is now up about 25 basis points.After yesterday’s price action, I haven’t the foggiest idea what to expect when the Comex opens this morning.  We are at very bullish readings in both gold and silver as far as the COT is concerned…but what happens price-wise from day to day is always determined by JPMorgan et al…and we’ll have see what further surprises [if any] they have in store for us today.I hope your Wednesday goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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first_imgPresidents usually end up as symbols. That’s rather silly, but that is what has generally happened. Presidents are human beings; they have certain abilities and lack others. They are, like all of us, complex beings, not monochrome symbols. And they are most certainly not super-heroes or demons. They are just other humans doing a very unusual job. Hopefully they are of a good character and high ability, but this is not always true either. So, it is immediately a mistake to think that any President has the power or ability to control the entire US economy. The President is just another executive, trying to run a large organization. And his/her ability to control the US economy is much less likely now than it was in previous times, with that economy strongly  tied to the rest of the world’s economies. The world is covered with markets, and their forces are astronomical. Furthermore, there are credit (and other) cycles that are beyond the President’s control. And then you have the ever-present eruptions of wars and intrigue. The truth is that there are so many forces interacting that no President knows enough to manipulate them all properly. So, if you’re going to credit or blame your favorite (or favorite to hate) politician, you’re probably just undertaking an exercise in making yourself feel good. He or she had less effect than you think. The one power that Presidents do have is to choke economic action. In other words, it is much easier for a President to do harm than it is for him to do good.* So, if you blame the politician for doing damage, you are more likely correct than if you credit him for prosperity. (Note: Ceasing to do damage and creating prosperity can easily be confused.) Presidents have much less control of the economy than people imply. *This is a direct result of the general structure and nature of government – that is, they take, but do not create. Their power is to restrict.  Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com [“Myth: President (Whomever) Was Better for the Economy” is an excerpt from Paul Rosenberg’s book, Mindless Slogans – 101 Cheap Substitutes for Actual Thought]last_img read more

Dear Reader It was nice to see gold soar almost

first_imgDear Reader, It was nice to see gold soar almost $50 last Friday. I don’t place too much importance on a single day’s movement, but the surge showed that reality does matter. Its movement was a natural response to escalation of warfare in Europe, regardless of what paper traders—or even manipulators—in New York might say or do. And the reality is that gold is not just another commodity, like pork bellies or even copper. Gold is the world’s oldest and most trusted form of money. It’s the ultimate safe haven asset, and the only financial asset that is not simultaneously someone else’s liability. These are facts, regardless of what fools or knaves like those who run the Fed or Goldman Sachs say to the contrary. Still, despite last Friday’s gratifying rebound, gold is still down, our stocks have been hammered, and entering the market has felt like trying to catch a falling safe. I’ve had much to say on the subject, but I’ll step aside and let Jeff Clark address it, as he’s just put together an excellent situation analysis for us. I hope all our readers take it to heart—and take heart. Sincerely, One Year Ago Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 26.04 31.44 35.74 One Month Ago Gold Producers (GDX) 18.64 20.42 24.14 Gold (SGE) 1,144.38 1,231.93 1,329.47 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,690.83 14,576.45 13,294.20 Oil 78.65 87.98 94.20 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research P.S. Speaking of the crisis in Ukraine, and more crises brewing around the world, International Man Editor Nick Giambruno has teamed up with the original international man himself, Doug Casey, to scour the world for real “blood in the streets” type opportunities. The new service is called the Crisis Speculator, and you can find out more about it here. Copper 3.03 3.04 3.25 Silver 15.78 17.24 21.66 Silver Stocks (SIL) 9.18 9.96 12.24 Gold 1,177,80 1,212.40 1,308.50 TSX Venture 770.26 854.83 931.08 Rock & Stock Stats Lastlast_img read more

It was more or less that same for the silver equit

first_img It was more or less that same for the silver equities, except Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.05 percent. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. As I was waiting quietly late on Sunday afternoon, this fellow flew in.  He’s not the sort of bird you sneak up on, as it would be long gone before you got close enough for a photo, regardless of how big your lens was.  Once he started search for tidbits amongst the rocks, he paid me no mind.  This is a spotted sandpiper—and they’re found just about everywhere in North America.  This is one I had to look up in the bird book—and it’s a bit smaller than a robin. I have a decent number of stories for a weekend column, so I hope you can find the time in what’s left of it to read the ones you like. It must be remembered that the crooked bookmaking operation in COMEX silver is visible in many ways. For one, it is reflected in the fact that the biggest 4 and 8 commercial bookies have always held such a dominant control on the market that COMEX silver has the largest concentrated short position of any regulated commodity in terms of real world production or consumption. I know this has been true just about forever and because of that longevity, the shock value of what it represents gets diminished over time. But now with silver down close to 70% from the highs of 2011, the existence of the most concentrated short position of all commodities should be a much bigger deal than it ever was before. The simple fact is that there is no economic justification for a commodity down in price as much as silver—and at or below the primary cost of production to have a larger concentrated short position than any other commodity. This is particularly true when no legitimate producer holds any of the concentrated short position; only large banks and financial institutions engaged in a bookmaking scam. Because the silver bookmaking scam is becoming more clear to observers on a daily basis, I am becoming more convinced the scam is about to blow up and with it, the ongoing manipulation of the price of silver. If what I’ve just described is close to being accurate (and I believe it is completely accurate), the end game resides in my recent discovery that JPMorgan has acquired hundreds of millions of ounces of actual silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 20 May 2015 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’  was composed in 1946.  It was recorded by many artists, however it wasn’t a hit until Bobby Darin recorded it back in 1958—but it wasn’t released until 1959.  This youtube.com video clip [in B&W] shows him with a very young Dick Clark.  The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is known by just about everyone on Planet Earth.  The work is  best known for its last movement, but the other movements are equally as wonderful if your a classical music affectionado.  It’s the overture from Rossini’s opera William Tell that was premiered in 1829.  The overture is in four parts, each following without pause.  It’s performed here by the Berlin Philharmonic—and they serve it up just right.  It’s worth your while—and the link is here.  Yesterday’s price action in the precious metals had all the hallmarks of another engineered take-down in precious metals by JPMorgan et al.  It should be obvious that they don’t give a flying %$#& about the fact that they’re about as subtle as a brick through a plate glass window. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals updated with Friday’s price/volume data. Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart so you can see the precision of the timing of the HFT spoofing at both 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. EDT. The gold stocks opened down a bit, but manged to poke their nose into positive territory for a brief moment between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. EDT on a smallish rally in gold that was going on at the time.  But once that rally was capped, the stocks rolled over as well—and back into negative territory to stay.  The HUI closed down 0.87 percent. Palladium traded pretty flat until shortly after 10 a.m. in Zurich, but down it went as well—and its low was in by about 8:30 a.m. EDT.  It rallied a decent amount from there—and was into positive territory in afternoon trading in New York, but some kind soul made sure that it closed unchanged at $779 spot. The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon in New York at 95.40—and began to head south almost the moment that trading began in the Far East on their Friday morning.  The 94.82 low tick came minutes after 11 a.m. in London—and by the 8:20 a.m. EDT COMEX open, it had crawled back just above the 95.00 level.  At that point someone hit the “buy the USD/sell precious metals” button—and in less than 70 minutes the index was at 96.22—and from there it chopped more or less sideways, but took a bit of a header in the last ten minutes of trading, finishing the day at 96.01—up just about 62 basis points. They’re about as subtle as a brick through a plate glass window The gold price didn’t do much in Far East trading on their Friday—and was up a couple of bucks by the London open.  Shortly after that, the gold price spiked about five dollars or so, but “da boyz” were there to make sure that things didn’t get too far out of hand.  The price chopped sideways from there, but at precisely 8:30 a.m. EDT, the HFT boyz and their algorithms showed up—and thirty minutes later it was all over except for the crying.  Any of the smallish rally attempts after the 9:00 a.m. low were capped. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,214.60 and $1,201.00 in the June contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday afternoon at $1,205.90 spot, down 90 cents from Thursday.  Net volume was very much on the lighter side once again at 92,000 contracts.  Gold did not make a new low for this move down, but the Managed Money probably had to puke up all the longs they put on just before the London open earlier in the day.center_img Here’s the 6-month U.S. dollar index chart so you can see the manufactured rally that the powers-that-be laid on us yesterday. Nick Laird said that the HUI was down 5.51 percent for the week—and his Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed lower by 3.52 percent. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that gold open interest in May fell by 6 contracts and is now down to 76 contract still open.  May silver o.i. dropped by 35 contracts, leaving 254 still to go. I’m not sure if anything is open in the U.S. on Memorial Day or not.  If they aren’t, it means that all these deliveries have to be done by Thursday at the latest, as Friday is first notice day for the June delivery month—so they’ve got exactly one business day left to get this all done.  Tuesday’s Daily Delivery Report could prove interesting. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 8:00 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint on Friday.  They sold 500 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. Month-to-date the mint has sold 15,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—7,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 1,648,500 silver eagles.  Based on these sales numbers the silver/gold ratio works out to 75 to 1. It was another quiet day for gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  Only 3,000 troy ounces were received—and nothing was shipped out.  It was ultra-quiet in silver as well.  Only 3,078 troy ounces were received—and 1,006 troy ounces were reported shipped out. It was reasonably busy at the COMEX-approved gold kilo depositories in Hong Kong on their Thursday.  They reported receiving 4,250 kilobars—and 4,200 kilobars were shipped out.  All of the activity was at Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that activity [in troy ounces] is here. The Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday, was even more ugly than I imagined it could possibly be.  It was, as Ted Butler said in our phone call yesterday, “depressing.” Let me set the stage in gold.  During the the reporting week, we had four ‘up’ days—and one ‘down’ day, which was last Tuesday, the cut-off for yesterday’s COT Report.  During the four ‘up’ days, gold gained, at best, $30-odd dollars—and gave up a hair over half of that on the one ‘down’ day. During that reporting week, the Commercial net short position in gold blew out by an eye-watering 54,832 COMEX contracts, which is 5.48 million troy ounces of gold, which is the biggest 1-week increase in history.  The Commercial net short position now stands at 13.23 million troy ounces—a 70 percent increase in one week—and for what reason?  To bury a $30+ rally.  These guys are brutal. The ‘Big 4’ traders added 17,700 contracts to their short position—and the ‘5 through 8’ went short an additional 13,400 short contracts.  The other Commercial traders, Ted Butler’s raptors, sold 23,700 long contracts.  It was the all-for-one-and-one-for-all “Three Musketeers” trading opposite the technical funds in the Managed Money category for fun, profit and price management. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money added 28,099 long positions on that rally—and sold/covered 22,799 short contracts.  Once again, as Ted said, it’s one group of traders selling to another that set the price—up and down.  It’s the same old, same old. It was the same in silver.  During the reporting week, we had four up days followed by a big down day.  During the four ‘up’ days, the silver price rose by about $1.25—and gave up almost half of that on the one big engineered price decline last Tuesday. On those price moves on those five trading days, the Commercial net short position exploded by a stunning 24,382 contracts, almost 122 million ounces of silver in five trading days, or the equivalent of 53 days of total world silver production.  This is, by a very wide margin, the largest 1-week change in the Commercial net short position in silver in the history of the COMEX. The ‘Big 4’ short holders added 6,600 contracts to their short position, but the ‘5 through 8’ traders actually decreased their short position by 400 contracts.  However, the small Commercial traders, Ted’s raptors, took up the slack by selling 18,200 long contracts for a profit.  Ted says the JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the COMEX silver market is in the 19-20,000 contract range, which puts them up there with Canada’s Scotiabank as the biggest COMEX silver short on Planet Earth. Under the hood in the Managed Money category, the technical funds there added 8,554 long contracts and covered/sold 19,680 short contracts as the rally they started, unfolded during the reporting week. Ted said the the COT Report in silver went from bullish to wildly bearish in just one week.  We now have the worst Commercial net short position in silver going all the way back to the end of December 2014. If the Commercial traders hadn’t been there to step in front of the Managed Money traders on this rally, we would be looking at a silver price of many hundreds of dollars—and a gold price of many thousands.  But, as always, JPMorgan et al were there to buy enough short contracts and sell enough long contracts in order to kill these rallies stone-cold dead.  This is what JPMorgan calls adding “liquidity” to the markets.  I call it price rigging—and you can call it what you want. To be fair however, the reason that this report was such a standout in both gold and silver was the confluence of two separate events.  The first was a big rally the day before the cut-off at the start of the reporting week—and and the big engineered price decline on Tuesday to end the reporting week. It’s my opinion that some of the data from the rally the day before the cut-off for this week’s COT Report [Tuesday, May 12] got shoved into this reporting period—and not all of the data from Tuesday’s big engineered price decline was reported in a timely manner, either.  The confluence of those two events made this week’s report one for the record books—and I’ll be surprised if its ever broken. This is the Reader’s Digest version of the reporting week’s events—and I’ll be looking forward to what Ted has to say about all this in his weekly report to paying subscribers this afternoon EDT. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover COMEX Short Positions” in all physically traded commodities on the COMEX.  Please note that the eight largest traders in silver are now short the equivalent of 6 months world silver production.  It’s my estimation that JPMorgan and Canada’s Scotiabank are currently short around 90 days of world silver production between them. Platinum hit its Friday high early in the Zurich lunch hour—and by 9 a.m. in New York was down $17 from that high—and it only recovered a few dollars from there, closing at $1,146 spot, down 7 bucks on the day. It was another busy week over at the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the week ending on Friday, May 15—as they reported that 45.480 tonnes were withdrawn.  A hair over 900 metric tonnes have been withdrawn from the SGE since the start of the year.  Here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent chart. In last Saturday’s missive I gingerly made these comments about the current state of the rallies in both gold and silver  “Excuse me for thinking this, but the price action of the last couple of days has all the hallmarks of a top [hopefully temporary] in these rallies.  In addition to the cooling-off in the precious metal prices themselves, their associated equities have not exactly been roaring to the upside.  The charts below look toppy to me, as does the HUI.“ In hindsight, and with the current COT numbers staring us in the face, I didn’t know how right that statement would turn out to be.  And the fact that “da boyz” pulled it off in less than five trading days—and on such tiny rallies in both silver and gold—should indicate that they’re not going to allow precious metal prices to go anywhere at the moment. I have no qualms about stating the fact that current COT structure, even discounting it a bit for Tuesday’s non-reported data, should scare the bejesus out of anyone.  It certainly does me.  The stage is set for a brutal take-down in the prices of gold, silver and platinum.  The only question remaining is will it be by one single thrust, or death by a thousand cuts?  I’d bet money on the latter, as “da boyz” can slice these precious metal salamis all summer long, all the while ringing the cash register in the process and declaring that the “summer doldrums” in the precious metals are upon us once again—doldrums that they themselves manufactured. What a crock. Looking at the above charts, seventy bucks or more in gold is not out of the question, as is two dollars in silver.  Remember, it’s not the price, but the number of contracts.  Over the next few months JPMorgan et al will probably keep engineering prices lower until we reach some sort of capitulation at the end of the process.  This is their standard operating procedure.  That will occur, as it always does, when the Commercials have forced the Managed Money players to sell as many long contracts as possible—and enticed them to go as short as possible.  We’ve been down that road many times in the last four years, so you should know the drill by now. The miners, the World Gold Council, The Silver Institute, GFMS, CPM Group et al—know it too, but pretend that it’s not happening.  But we’re so far down the road on this that they can’t admit it now, or even make mention of it.  That includes the CFTC and the CME Group, which Ted Butler says, are actually enabling all of this. The price management scheme in the precious metals is by far the most important criminal activity that the banks are involved in—as the ramifications of a free-market price in precious metals in particular—and commodities in general—would bring the entire world’s economic, financial and monetary system to its knees overnight. It’s Jim Rickards “Currency Wars“—and the “Death of Money“—on steroids.  It will end in time, of course, but for the moment the war against the producing class by the West’s financial elite goes on.  I consider it to be a line item in the Wolfowitz Doctrine as well. The Russians and Chinese are more than aware of all of this—and if push really becomes shove, you just never know what might happen. That’s all I have for the day—and the week.  If the precious metal markets are open on Monday, I’ll certainly have a report on Tuesday. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you then. The silver price action was a carbon copy of the gold action, right down to the hits at precisely 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. EDT, so I shall dispense with the details. The high and low were recorded as $17.335 and $16.94 in the July contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $17.075 spot, down 5.5 cents from Thursday.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 28,000 contracts.last_img read more

Tuscaloosa Police are searching for a man accused

first_imgTuscaloosa Police are searching for a man accused of shooting another man in the arm over what police say was an argument over a burn barrel.The shooting happened around 11:20 this morning in the 2600 block of 20th Street.The 45-year-old victim was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment. His injury is not considered life-threatening.Police said the victim told them his neighbor accused him of stealing the neighbor’s burn barrel, and there was an argument. The victim and witnesses told police that the victim was shot when he walked away from the argument.Wydrekus Lamar Long, 30, has been charged with attempted murder, but he has not yet been located.Investigators as that if you have any information on his location to contact Tuscaloosa Police at 205-349-2121 or Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.last_img read more

The summer months can be brutal especially for th

first_imgThe summer months can be brutal, especially for the elderly and those who do not have access to air conditioning. WVUA23 and Temporary Emergency Services are once again teaming up for the annual Fan Drive.The collected fans will be distributed to people who need extra help staying cool.WVUA23’s Jabaree Prewitt will deliver a report on the fan drive Thursday, June 13.New or slightly used fans can be dropped off at Temporary Emergency Services, which is located at 1705 15th St.last_img

PHOENIX AP — Spice it up The NFLs dullest play

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals March 25, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.“There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year,” said Rich McKay, Co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Falcons.McKay’s committee will “develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote” in two months in San Francisco.Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a 2-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a 2-point try.McKay described the discussions as “lively, with lots of ideas … it’s time to make this a football play.”“A couple coaches said they favor just lining up on the 2 and going for the 2-point play,” he said. “Or move the ball to the 1 1-2 for two points, or kick from the 15 for one, your choice.”The league experimented with extra-point kicks from a longer distance last preseason. Currently, the line of scrimmage for both an extra point and 2-point conversion try is the 2-yard line.Voted down as the meetings concluded was Chicago’s proposal that each team get a possession in overtime regardless of what happens on the first series.Now, if the side receiving the OT kickoff scores a touchdown, the game ends. If it kicks a field goal, the opponent gets a possession.Unsportsmanlike penalties handed out at the end of a half now will carry over, either to the second half or to overtime.Lining up players with eligible numbers at ineligible positions, as New England did against Baltimore in the playoffs, now has more specific guidelines. Those players must line up inside the tackle box.The owners also approved teams with retractable domes being allowed to open them at halftime, weather permitting, and allowing linebackers to wear numbers from 40-49; previously they could wear only numbers in the 50s and 90s.Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke briefly about two high-profile personal conduct cases in which both players, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson, remain on the exempt list.Goodell said the league continues to review Hardy’s case to determine if discipline is warranted. Hardy signed earlier this month with Dallas.Goodell said the date for Adrian Peterson’s suspension to end remains April 15. The Vikings running back had the ban overturned by appeal, a decision the NFL now is appealing itself.Also March 25:—The NFL is not focused necessarily on having a team or teams back in Los Angeles in 2016, but it is a hot topic. Goodell noted the league “wants to succeed long term” in LA, so “right now the focus is on the process and also understanding what it takes to be successful in the LA market.”A report on all three teams interested in moving there — the Rams, Chargers and Raiders — is expected in late April, and Goodell said the owners then would discuss it in San Francisco.—Expansion of the playoffs by two teams was discussed, but won’t be happening for a while. Goodell mentioned scheduling issues as well as competitive questions for such delays.—Ted Wells’ investigation into the deflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing, with no timetable on its conclusion.—Texting during a game by Browns General Manager Ray Farmer is still being investigated to see if any league rules were broken.Earlier in the week, of the 13 video replay alterations proposed, including extending the number of coaches’ challenges and letting them challenge all officiating calls, the only one passed will allow game officials to use replay for clock issues at the end of a half, game or overtime if more than 1 second remains.Five player safety rule changes were made, the most notable allowing a medical adviser to stop a game if he believes a player is disoriented, having the player removed from the field and examined on the sideline or in the locker room.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Kids

first_imgPart 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Kids Into Grown-Ups.About Aala El-Khani’s TED TalkChildren in war zones experience unimaginable hardship, says Dr. Aala El-Khani. She says parents must play a major role in helping children survive — even thrive — in the wake of trauma.About Aala El-KhaniDr. Aala El-Khani is a humanitarian psychologist, as well as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester Division of Psychology and Mental Health. Currently, she also works as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, where she develops and evaluates skills programs for families that have experienced conflict and displacement. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img