The BBC ITV Channel 4 and network operator Arqiv

first_imgThe BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142 million) over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”.The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and catch-up services in a range of TVs and set-top boxes.The Digital UK-led plans include a new mobile app that will allow viewers to access live and on-demand content on a range of smartphones and tablets. This is slated to launch later this year.Other key developments include a restart functionality that will allow viewers to click catch-up links within the Freeview Play TV guide to start a show from the beginning, improved voice search navigation and a “further evolution” of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on TVs.“As the UK’s TV landscape becomes increasingly impacted by global players, this new commitment from our shareholders is a major boost for UK viewers,” said Digital UK CEO, Jonathan Thompson.“Building on this spirit of collaboration, we will not only safeguard free-to-view TV but reinvent it for a new age of viewing.”Digital UK will take the lead on implementing the new strategy and said it will work closely with Freeview on a “refreshed marketing approach and brand positioning”.It added that investment will help Freeview adjust to changing viewing habits and “exploit the trend towards cord cutting” as viewers look to build their own TV bundles by combining free-to-view TV with low-cost streaming services.Digital UK is the company that manages strategy, policy and service development for digital terrestrial television in the UK. It provides day-to-day technical management of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide, led the development of Freeview Play and is owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva.Freeview claims that since it launched Freeview Play launched in 2015 more than 3.5 million of these devices have been sold in the UK from brands including Panasonic, LG, Sony, and Toshiba, accounting for 60% of smart TV sales.last_img read more

The latest edition of Convergence Research Groups

first_imgThe latest edition of Convergence Research Group’s Couch Potato Report says PayTV revenues in the US declined by 3% last year to $103.4bn while online video streaming service increased revenues by 37% to $16.3bn. However one of CRG’s most interesting findings is that skinny bundles don’t seem to be gaining traction.Skinny Bundles have become much more prominent in the market over the last two years as traditional cable and satellite operators, plus some new market entrants, have sought to establish a programming alternative to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.However CRG’s finding is that this new mid-market is not proving compelling enough to win over US consumers. CRG’s assessment is that: “Attempts to convert cord cutters to skinny bundle subscribers won’t pay off. With lacklustre margins, programming gaps and technical issues, live multichannel OTT provides little counter to category killers Netflix & Amazon that sell at lower price points and essentially without advertising. We believe a number of OTT plays, including large and niche, will fail due to insufficient subscriber traction, cost, and competition.”Among other key findings, CRG expects the number of streaming subscribers in the US to surpass PayTV subscribers sometime during 2019.last_img read more

QoE and QoS monitoring for pay TV services is incr

first_imgQoE and QoS monitoring for pay TV services is increasingly seen as a key feature of the churn reduction toolset, while web-based services are throwing up challenges of their own. Anna Tobin reports.There was a time when the quality control department of most major broadcasters consisted of one person tucked away in a back room somewhere watching output for any sign of poor picture or sound quality. Now that content providers have to distribute hundreds of hours of programming, some live, some pre-recorded and on-demand in several different formats to dozens of different platforms things have got a little bit more complicated.Customers may moan when their PC delivers a few seconds of buffering before their catch-up programme arrives at it or when the box office film they have paid for has frozen on their TV, but given the technological feat of delivering all this stuff, it’s amazing that everything arrives without a hitch for the large majority of the time.Video quality can be helped along by proactive Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Service (QoS) checks and balances that are put in place by content distributors. It is difficult to quantitatively measure QoE, however, and so the focus tends to be on the more objective QoS metrics. The first is based on subjective measurements and analytics and the latter is based on objective real data.“The subjective side is about how the picture looks, what type of pixilation is happening to the image, but if you are going to measure pixilation issues you have to measure every different picture, which is quite a challenge,” says Simen Frostad, chairman of Bridge Technologies. “The objective side looks at real data, is there packet loss, are there any detailed errors, etc. Whilst it is important to be able to measure and quantify what the users are seeing, you have to start with objective data and if you have this you have 100% reference to what is going on. So you can measure packet loss, find the error and cure it before the customer notices it.”It is the fear of disappointing the customer that largely drives interest in this technology. Each operator is competing for eyeballs and if those eyeballs don’t like what they see they will jump ship to another provider. Superior service is becoming a key distinguishing factor in maintaining a competitive edge. All it takes is one slip up, poorly timed in the middle of a World Cup football final, and customers will leave in droves.“In the highly competitive markets in Europe and North America, providing your customers with a high QoE is very important, as there are a multitude of delivery platforms available and each platform is competing for delivery,” says Andrew Sachs, Volicon’s vice-president of product management. In this situation, operators need to be so on top of their output that they can foresee problems even before they’ve played out, says Sachs. “In a hypercompetitive market such as the US, you have to be very proactive. Move over to India, however, and QoE isn’t such a high priority.”Operators in highly developed multi-channel, multi-platform markets tend to be more focused on quality control than their counterparts in less developed regions where technical hitches are almost a given, because audiences in countries such as India have different expectations of quality of output. But, even in more error-tolerant markets, we will increasingly see more proactive monitoring put in place, says Seth Vermulm, application engineering manager at Sencore. “QoE monitoring is an essential part of the service provider’s toolset. You can’t do without it. If you do you risk customer churn. Without proper monitors you are driving blind and if anything goes wrong there is no easy way to find out where the problem is occurring and no simple way of remedying it quickly,” says Vermulm.Even in the current economic climate, with delivery platforms looking to make savings, it is seen as vital that they don’t make any drastic cuts to test and measurement systems, which are often seen as an easy target, says Vermulm. “Leave an integrated overall proactive solution out of the picture and customer churn is proven to increase. Those companies that do have this in place actually tend to grow faster than those that don’t.”Cutting back on monitoring is a false economy, says Eric Le Trehour, marketing director at Witbe. “Customer complaints generate an increase in operational costs with greater demands on people at the customer care centre and people for the truck-rolls,” he says.Customer complaints generate an increase in operational costs with greater demands on people at the customer care centre and people for the truck-rolls.Eric Le Trehour, WitbeYou can pick and choose where in your delivery network you want to place monitors to predict potential problems, but unless operators have a fully integrated system they are never fully covered. It’s not an area of their business where they can afford to cut corners.“A good monitoring coverage from service creation at the headend to consumption in the home is the foundation for correct and efficient decisions,” says Mikael Dahlgren, CEO at Agama Technologies.Most providers have now added to their networks some kind of error recovery mechanism. John Williams, director, emerging markets, at JDSU communications test and measurement business segment points out a couple of examples: “MediaRoom from Microsoft includes an error recovery approach that re-transmits to the set-top box lost packets, thus repairing, up to certain limits, network performance problems in this key area and Cisco offers a similar error recovery approach based on re-transmission of lost packets.”Adding to the burdenAs demand increases, a growing number of operators are now offering, or imminently plan to offer, IPTV services, as well as a host of catch-up and on-demand choices. And, of course, the more there is on the menu, the more likelihood there is of something going wrong. “Whenever you add an interactive service it increases the complexity of the system. There are more moving parts and more opportunities for error, so testing and monitoring becomes even more crucial,” says Volicon’s Sachs.In a competitive market, where operators are having to fight to stop content choosing their rival’s pipes for delivery, QoS and QoE becomes a vital part of their armoury and content providers want to see proof of low margins of error.The digitisation of cable set the quality threshold that is generally applied today, says Frostad of Bridge Technologies. “At the time of cable moving over to digital, there was an FCC recommendation that you shouldn’t have more than one noticeable artefact in the picture in the hour; if you have more than that then it isn’t broadcast quality. We see this as the same with packet loss, but there are some subjectives to this. If you are talking about a huge soccer game, for example, the threshold for putting up with even this is much lower than it would be for, say, a rerun of Cheers,” says Frostad. “We say that in a modern IPTV technology system you shouldn’t have packet loss in any part of your system as it’s a huge indication that something is wrong with the system architecture or operations.” [icitspot id=”16077″ template=”box-story”]There are some key parameters that any IPTV system is going to be measuring against, including jitter, dropped packets, MPEG and compression. “The thresholds are often very syste-dependent,” says Vermulm at Sencore, “so it’s key to normalise the system and understand what thresholds are tolerable and what needs to be in place to prevent errors. There are no specific industry standard thresholds that need to be met; recommendations will develop but hard numbers are a long way off.”With no standardization in this area, however, quality is difficult to measure, although you could judge by customer loyalty or the lack of it. “If people show that they are happy to pay for a service, could you say that quality of service and experience is being met?” says Sachs at Volicon. He argues that it is better to take a proactive stance so that any errors are picked up and fixed before the customer has even noticed them and had a chance to call customer service. He explains: “If we are talking about network issues, customer care shouldn’t be telling your network engineers that they have issues, they should know that already. If you have to wait until 35 people complain to customer care before your engineers react, then that is an indication that your internal processes have failed.”In the event that a problem does filter through to the viewer and customer service calls rise, the QoE system needs to help the customer care operative turn the situation into a positive. “If a customer calls in and says ‘my Box Office is out’, the customer care operative should be able to look at the monitoring system and say ‘yes, we can see the problem and it will be fixed shortly.’ This saves them having to go through the whole tiresome questioning process that irritates customers,” says Kirk George, director of marketing at IneoQuest.To use the data obtained from QoE and QoS checks most effectively, you need to be able to use them and apply them to all areas of your system from service creation to consumption, says Dahlgren at Agama Technologies. “Headend technicians need information on technical quality of the service creation, both real-time, such as alarms, and historical, as well as aggregated information. In the same way, staff at the NOC need filtered root causes as alarms to escalate the right situations to the right part of the organization, whilst in the customer care centre the focus is instead easy-to-understand problem isolation information for a quick problem resolution.”To aim for or maintain market leader status, content providers need to work through dozens of different scenarios that their users can play out from their networks and ensure that they have the QoE and QoS systems in place to ensure that each of these scenarios is played out at optimum performance. As the scenarios keep developing it isn’t going to be easy to stay ahead of the game.last_img read more

FRANCESCO TRISTANO will also return to Derry to pe

first_imgFRANCESCO TRISTANO will also return to Derry to perform his live show that traces the fine line connecting the classical piano with the latest generation of keyboards and synthesizers.OBJEKT, one of the most striking techno producers to emerge in the last-half decade and THE CYCLIST complete the headliners at this unmissable event.Celtronic 2015 will come to a close with a daytime/nighttime event at The Craft Village and The Glassworks with German house maestro MOVE D and SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER.As always, the festival features a strong programme of local and national acts including live performances from CONFUTE, GO WOLF, DOCUMENTA, STRENGTH, VINCENT and SHAMMEN DELLY and performances from resident DJs at clubnights THE QUEEN & DISCO, JIKA JIKA, BEKUZ, UNDERLYING FORM, NTWRK, NOISE and DEEP FRIED FUNK.The full line-up is:Wednesday June 24th @ The Guildhall: Maeve RecordsMano Le Tough & The Drifter9pm – late   £10/12Thursday June 25th @ The Glassworks, Great James StRecondite (Dystopian – Live), Fort Romeau (Ghostly), Shay & GRRD (Bekuz), Ryan Monaghan & John Morrison (Jika Jika) Nyt Bloomer (Live)9pm – late  £10/12Friday June 26th @ The Nerve Centre, Magazine StHenrik Schwarz  (Innervisions – Live), Ripperton (Tamed Musiq – Clone), Confute (Gem-Bedrock), Darren Allen, Conor Gray & Thomas Faulkner (Underlying Form), Ethan McKinney & Jay Quigley (Ntwrk)9pm – late   Advance Tickets:  £10/12Saturday June 27th @ The Gasyard, Lecky RoadCeltronic Kids: The Dance Event for 0-4 Year Olds and Their Parents/Guardians.Dollface, Isodisco, Deep Fried Funk DJs2pm      Advance Tickets: £4All Adults Must Be Accompanied by a Child@ The Craft VillageGo Wolf, Documenta, Shammen Delly, Strength, Sirkus Sirkuz, Vincent, Cooley,  Filtertron & Brendan Tracey (Noise), Conchur Mac, Good Vibrations DJs2pm – 7.30pm    Adm: Free@ St Columbs Hall, Orchard StDerrick May (Transmat-Detroit), Clark (Warp – Live), Francesco Tristano (Get Physical – Live)Objekt (PAN – Hessle Audio), The Cyclist (All City – Stones Throw – Live), Deep Fried Funk DJs Jonny Boy, Or:la8pm – late    Advance Tickets: £15/18Sunday June 28th @  @ The Craft Village, The GlassworksMove D  (Workshop – Smallville), Space Dimension Controller (R&S ), The Queen & Disco, Dollface, Kev Gallagher4pm – late     Advance Tickets: £9/10An Access All Events Ticket costs £40/45. Tickets for all events are on sale now at The Millennium Forum Box Office and online @ Celtronic 2015 is supported by Department of Culture Arts and Leisure and Tourism NI. For more info check www.celtronicfestival.comCELTRONIC 2015 BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: The following night sees the festival move to The Glassworks, Great James St for a live performance from RECONDITE, rated the No.1 Live Electronic Music act by Resident Advisor with support from the increasing hot FORT ROMEAU.On Friday June 26th, The Nerve Centre will see Swiss DJ/Producer/Remixer, RIPPERTON, famed for his immersive techno and refined house music make his Derry debut alongside one of the most requested live acts in the electronic music scene, HENRIK SCHWARZ.On Saturday June 27th, St Columbs Hall will host the biggest lineup of electronic music talent ever assembled in the city.Legendary Detroit techno innovator, DERRICK MAY leads a stunning lineup that also features a live show from Warp Records, CLARK, one of the most consistently innovative and exciting acts on the planet. THOUSANDS of electronic music fans are expected to arrive in Derry next week for Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, Celtronic 2015. This will be the fifteenth year of the acclaimed festival which has been described as ‘Ireland’s answer to Sonar’ From Wednesday June 24th  – Sunday June 28th , Derry will host some of the biggest names in electronic music at some of the city’s finest venues including The Guildhall, St Columbs Hall and The Glassworks.The festival kicks off at The Guildhall on Wednesday June 24th with an amazing opening night event hosted by MANO LE TOUGH & The DRIFTER’s Maeve Records. ShareTweet CELTRONIC 2015 BEGINS ON WEDNESDAYlast_img read more

Manus Deery who was 15 when he was shot dead by a

first_img Manus Deery who was 15 when he was shot dead by a British soldier in Derry in 1972AN inquest opens today into the death of a teenage boy killed by the British Army in highly controversial circumstances in Derry.Manus Deery was shot dead as he ate chips with his friends in the Bogside in May 1972.The 15-year-old had left home with a comic magazine tucked into the back of his trousers. ShareTweet The soldier who fired the fatal shot was never prosecuted, even though British Army ‘Yellow Card’ guideline on when to open fire were breached.The shooting became one of the most controversial killings during the Troubles in Derry.Attorney General John Larkin ordered a new inquest into the death in 2012.A range of military and civilian witnesses will give evidence to the inquest which is expected to last a fortnight. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN LARKINBOGSIDE INNDERRY’S WALLSINQUEST TO OPEN TODAY INTO DEATH OF MANUS DEERY SHOT DEAD BY BRITISH ARMY SOLDIER IN DERRYMEENAN SQUARESCOOBY DOOTHOMAS FRENCH His parents have both since passed away and never got justice for their son.Their children have pledged to carry on the fight to get truth and justice.A previous inquest held in 1973 returned an open verdict.The family hope that this one will conclude that the Derry teenager was unlawfully killed.Just weeks earlier, Manus had started working in the Thomas French factory in Springtown.He received his first pay packet hours before he was killed.Manus bought chips from the local takeway, the Scooby Doo.He was standing with his friends in Meenan Square, close to the Bogside Inn, when he was shot by a soldier firing from Derry’s Walls.Soldier A, who fired one high-velocity bullet, which hit Manus in the head, has since died.But Soldier B, who was with him but didn’t fire, will give evidence to the inquest from behind a screen.Both soldiers insisted that they had spotted a gunman.The soldiers’ commanding officer will give evidence.The inquest will also hear from police, medical and civilian witnesses.Neither soldier A nor B had to appear at the original 1973 inquest at which the family weren’t legally represented.A report of a re-enactment of the circumstances of the controversial shooting, which took place in May, will form a central part of the evidence at the inquest.INQUEST TO OPEN TODAY INTO DEATH OF MANUS DEERY SHOT DEAD BY BRITISH ARMY SOLDIER IN DERRY was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

SDLPs Mary Durkan elected at her first attempt at

first_img SDLP’s Mary Durkan elected at her first attempt at council electionsTHE SDLP’s Mary Durkan has been elected to the Foyleside ward at the count centre in Derry’s Foyle Arena.She topped the poll with 1,231 first preference votes. It is her first run out as a candidate in the elections to Derry City and Strabane District Council and the first to be elected to the council chamber.the barrister is the sister of Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan and the niece of former Foyle MP Mark Durkan.SDLP’s Mary Durkan elected as councillor for Foyleside was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Derry and Strabane CouncillFOYLE ARENASDLP’s Mary Durkan elected as councillor for Foylesidecenter_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

Home NewsWatch Local News New River Sports and

first_imgHome NewsWatch Local News New River Sports and Auto Festival Begins Tumblr Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at Facebook Google+ Mail FAYETTE COUNTY– The kickoff for the New River Sports and Auto Festival is underway.After a 22 year absence of the Sports Festival in Fayette County, it is back with a new tradition. During the next three days local businesses will participate throughout the county to highlight their business. This event is a true community event that will engage members of the entire family. At Timber Trek Ropes at Adventures on the Gorge, members of the community received special discounts for Thursday’s event.Marketing Director Pj Stevens says, “Fayette County is well known across the world for outdoor adventures, so we thought it would be a natural fit to be involved in the Sports Fest and showcase some of the great outdoors adventures that we have here.”For a list of events stop by the Fayette County Chamber or log onto Previous PostBlue Jays Hold Off Late Rally in 11-10 Win Next PostFirst lady wears jacket to visit immigrant children that reads ‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ Pinterest Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories New River Sports and Auto Festival Begins By Tyler BarkerJun 21, 2018, 22:44 pm 445 0 Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

Home NewsWatch National News Doctor accused of

first_imgHome NewsWatch National News Doctor accused of raping two may have victimized more than 12 others Investigators have received more than 50 calls since they announced the arrest of Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and his purported girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a press conference Friday. National NewsNewsWatch Doctor accused of raping two may have victimized more than 12 others By Daniella HankeySep 22, 2018, 09:40 am 332 0 Google+ The crimes may have taken place over the last two decades — some outside the state of California, Rackauckas said. Next PostFirst test of nationwide ‘Presidential Alert’ system for cellphones set for Oct. 3 Mail Some of the women who have come forward indicated to prosecutors that they felt the need to support the the two women Robicheaux is accused of raping, Rackauckas said. (ABC NEWS)- California authorities are investigating the possibility of at least a dozen more victims who may have been sexually assaulted by an orthopedic surgeon already being accused of drugging and raping two women. Tumblr “Ladies, please be careful when you meet people on these kinds of apps,” he said. “You don’t know what’s behind that — what appears to be a perfect smile.” Robicheaux met potential victims in person at bars and restaurants but may have also targeted them through dating apps, Rackauckas said, cautioning dating app users to be careful when meeting people online. Rackauckas thanked the people who “reported what happened to them,” saying it “must be difficult” to relive the events, as well as the media for circulating the story.He also asked other potential victims to come forward, promising that their identities will be safeguarded.“They didn’t ask to have this happen to them,” the district attorney said.(MORE: Prominent doctor allegedly drugged, raped women; officials fear ‘many’ more victims)The couple was arrested on Sept. 12 at Robicheaux’s home and each face multiple felony charges in California, including rape by use of drugs, oral sex using a controlled substance, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense and possession of controlled substances.Women were at risk up until the arrest, Rackauckas said.Robicheaux was also charged with possession of an assault weapon and faces a sentencing enhancement related to that weapon possession. Riley will face a sentencing enhancement for being knowingly vicariously armed with a firearm.While the couple could face additional charges, it is unclear whether they will be re-arrested, Rackauckas said. They are currently free on a $100,000 bond each.Their attorneys released a statement Tuesday, “unequivocally” denying all allegations of non-consensual sex.“They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months, and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court. Dr. Robicheaux and Ms. Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial,” the statement read. “It must be noted that none of the allegations in this matter relate to or concern Dr. Robicheaux’s medical practice or patients in any way. They both thank their families and friends for their continued support.”(MORE: Beverly Hills anesthesiologist charged with murder in patient’s overdose death)On Friday, Robicheaux and Riley’s attorneys held a press conference, saying the police had been investigating the case for some time, and if they felt the public needed protection, they would have taken action.Defense attorney Phillip Cohen said the couple’s home was searched in January, with a number of items taken, and there had been no allegations or info regarding victims of rape.The couple has not fled or gone into hiding since then, Cohen said, adding that Robicheaux even left the country twice and returned voluntarily during that time.The couple used their “good looks and charm” to disarm the victims, and traveled to festivals like Burning Man in Nevada and events in Palm Springs, California, Rackauckas said.Robicheaux appeared on the Bravo series “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male” in the past.Investigators are currently combing through “thousands” of videos on Robicheaux’s phone that allegedly show women who “appear to be highly intoxicated, beyond the ability to consent or resists,” Rackauckas told reporters earlier this week.Robicheaux and Riley are expected in court next month. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous PostBluefield Police Needs Your Help Identifying A Vehicle Linkedin Daniella Hankeylast_img read more


first_img Pinterest Previous PostFayette County Sheriff’s Department Receives Glove Donation Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Raleigh County Church Selling T-Shirts To Raise Money On Rebuilding By Tyler BarkerMar 26, 2019, 11:51 am 521 1 Linkedin DANIELS, WV (WOAY) – A church that was destroyed by a fire in Raleigh County is now raising money to build another church.Freedom Ministries is selling t-shirts in order to raise money for a new church.   If you would like a shirt you can contact the church through their Facebook Page at Freedom Ministries (Daniels, WV) All orders & money need to be turned in by April 21st.All shirts will be black and say “Beauty Will Rise From The Ashes”Short sleeve $15Long sleeve $20* add $2 for 2x and up *You can pay byPayPal , cash or check.If paying with PayPal in the notes put shirt fundraiser and who you placed your order with.#FreedomStrong Home NewsWatch Local News Raleigh County Church Selling T-Shirts To Raise Money On Rebuilding Twitter Google+ Facebook Tumblr Mail Next PostDems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down ‘Obamacare’ Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.comlast_img read more

LAUSANNE Switzerland — IOC President Thomas Bach

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland — IOC President Thomas Bach praised Paris as an “exemplary” potential candidate to host the 2024 Olympics after meeting with French President Francois Hollande on April 16.Speaking alongside Hollande at the Olympic Museum, Bach said he received “very, very encouraging” information about the expected bid.“If this candidature continues in this spirit, you have everything in hand to enter the candidature phase in full confidence,” Bach said in French.Hollande described the 2024 Olympics as “a great opportunity for the whole of France.”Paris, which hosted the 1924 Olympics, is not yet a formal applicant, but a bid was endorsed Monday by the city council.Boston, Hamburg and Rome are already declared bidders in the 2024 contest.Earlier, Bach met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and discussed a possible bid by Budapest.The IOC has set a Sept. 15 deadline for applications and will choose the host in 2017.Hollande’s two-day state visit to Switzerland was already scheduled, but served to build momentum from the Paris city authority’s decision.“One of the reasons also for this meeting was to know exactly all the rules of this competition to respect,” the French head of state said.Bach praised France as having “very much to offer the OIympic movement.”“What we heard and learned today is that this candidature is going to put a lot of importance on a legacy” for the capital city and the country, he said.Bach said Paris’ plans seemed in tune with the themes of his “Olympic Agenda 2020” program to make the games more affordable and sustainable.The French bid’s infrastructure budget has been estimated at 3 billion euros ($4.5 billion), with operational costs of 3.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion).Hollande’s government is expected to give the final go-ahead by the end of June.Paris has failed with bids for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. Its last defeat came despite being strongly favored until the final vote, which was won by London.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ATHENS – Οlympiakos continued its undefeated run i

first_imgATHENS – Οlympiakos continued its undefeated run in the Greek league, beating Giannena 3-0 away on Sunday for its 19th win in 20 games.Costas Fortounis scored twice in the first half, with a free-kick in the 13th minute and a penalty in the 25th, and provided the assist for Jimmy Durmaz to score the third goal, in the 57th.The defending champion, seeking its 18th league title in 20 seasons, kept its 16-point lead over second-place AEK Athens, which beat Veria 3-0.Also, Panathinaikos won 3-2 at Platanias, Asteras beat Levadiakos 2-0 and Xanthi defeated Iraklis 2-0.On Saturday, Atromitos drew 1-1 at PAOK, Panionios prevailed 1-0 over Panthrakikos and Panetolikos beat last-place Kalloni 1-0. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Our Take A Number is looking at problems around th

first_imgOur Take A Number is looking at problems around the world — and people trying to solve them — through the lens of a single number.In Huntington, W.Va., the number is 10. As in, the rate of babies born with a drug dependency there is 10 times the national average.It’s a number that shows the magnitude of the opioid crisis in this blue collar city. It’s also one of the numbers that has prompted two very different people in this community to say, “Enough.”Each in their own way, has set out to get heroin addicts into recovery. Their methods are unorthodox. One uses brown-bag lunches and the Bible. The other, an old black hearse and a casket.Let’s start with Dwayne Wood. And his hearse.A black, 1988 Buick hearse with the words “Inject Heroin. Reject life,” stenciled on the side. On the back, it says “Heroin kills. Is this your last ride?”It’s an ominous sight, parked in a rundown neighborhood where there have been a number of drug busts. Huntington native Dwayne Wood drives the hearse thousands of miles through nearby Ohio and Kentucky to raise awareness about the dangers of heroin.”There’s nothing around quite like this that I’m aware of,” he says with pride. “But I wish they were on every corner.”Wood originally bought the hearse to carry his motorcycle. “I love my Harley. How cool would that be to see those ape hangers stickin’ out the roof of a hearse goin’ down the road,” he says.Ape hangers, as in handlebars. When he bought the hearse he’d planned to cut a hole in the roof to make room for them, but scrapped those plans on the drive home.”Radio airwaves once again filled with overdose and death,” Wood recalls, shaking his head. “And that’s when I knew the true calling of the car. The car that was designed to haul death was revamped to give life.”Revamped with strobe lights, a Bluetooth player and speakers that sometimes blare a vintage sounding siren.Wood says the hearse is “a photo magnet.” Images of it have spread online. He started the Heroin Hearse Facebook page, which now has more than 7,000 followers. He organizes fundraisers for treatment centers and talks to addicts directly.”Dwayne’s actually the one that got us into rehab and here we are today,” says Thomas. “Six months clean,” his wife, Sarah, chimes in. For privacy reasons, we’re omitting Thomas and Sarah’s last names.In 2016, police raided their home. They were charged with “maintaining a drug dwelling” and “child abuse.” Child Protective Services took their two children. After serving jail time, they started using again. A neighbor suggested they talk to Dwayne Wood.I met Thomas and Sarah in a two story building that was once a small grocery store. Wood is trying to turn it into a community center for recovering addicts. Sarah says she was still using when she first met Wood. “When I walked in here he already had my Facebook page pulled up and pictures of my daughters,” she says. “The first thing I seen facing me was my daughters.”Wood’s office looks like it belongs in a haunted house. With black walls, a mock jail cell with iron bars and a shiny black casket donated by a local funeral home, the effect is intentional. “This is where you’ll make your choice of life or death,” says Wood without without a hint of irony.The son of a truck driver who makes his living building motorcycles, painting and other odd jobs, Wood uses a combination of compassion and fear to get through to addicts.It worked on Sarah. “Walking into that office, you know, will slap you in the face because he has that casket and he’s not afraid to open it for you neither,” she says. Wood even adjusted the casket to fit her and her husband’s bodies.”My first thought was ‘Is he going to put me in this casket?’ ” she recalls. “Because I don’t think I could do it. Thankfully he didn’t and all it took was for me to see it.”There isn’t much research on the best way to get an addict into treatment. It’s not clear that using fear works. And with his garish black hearse, Dwayne Wood has his critics.But in a town like Huntington, where resources to fight the addiction are scarce, everyone needs to take ownership, says Mayor Steve Williams.”When I hear people, they come and say one of two things. Either ‘Somebody needs to do something.’ And I’ll say ‘Look in the mirror,’ ” Williams says.”Most people come and say ‘What can I do?’ ” the mayor adds. “That’s heartwarming.”It’s also “heart-wrenching,” he adds, “because many of the people who say ‘what can I do?’ have either fought addiction themselves or lost someone to the disease.”Dwayne Wood figures, in the last year, he’s helped get 43 addicts into treatment. Some went to programs that included medication to beat cravings. Others went to abstinence programs.Medication Assisted Treatment has a higher rate of success, but Wood says any treatment is hard to find in the area. He doesn’t know if the people he’s helped are still in recovery.As a recovering alcoholic himself, he says he’s compelled to help addicts because he relates to them: “They had dope sickness. I had alcohol sickness. Same symptoms they’ve had — when their legs were shaking and their stomach was tied in knots and everything else that goes along with it. I’ve been there. I’ve been beside them.”Huntington is a mid-sized city on the Ohio River, where West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky meet. It is home to Marshall University, several healthcare facilities and an Amazon call center. A number of factors have contributed to the city’s opioid crisis, including the loss of factory jobs and a depressed economy. The mayor’s office calls the city “a prime location for drug distribution.”Meet Necia FreemanNecia Freeman and Dwayne Wood don’t know each other. Freeman’s a Realtor, and she sees the personal struggles of Huntington residents every day.”We are all just one bad choice away from being who we’re helping,” she says. “One bad choice.”Freeman has taken a much different approach to helping heroin addicts — specifically, prostitutes working to feed their addiction.Freeman grew up just outside of Huntington. Her dad worked in a glass factory for 38 years before it shut down.Driving around the city in her SUV, Freeman points out evidence of Huntington’s opioid crisis. We pass a small building with the sign, Lily’s Place, on the front.”That place is specifically for babies born to addiction that aren’t able to come home,” she explains. “Our neonatal unit is so full that we’ve had to open up a whole new facility called Lily’s Place.”Freeman is a devout Christian. About eight years ago she started “Back Pack and Brown Bag Ministries.” With help from her church, she delivers brown bag lunches and backpacks to poor children in local schools.And that’s partly what inspired her to work with women who are heroin addicts.One day she read a short item in the local paper. Just a couple of lines.The body of a known prostitute had been discovered in a corn field near Huntington. She’d been shot.The cursory nature of the article angered Freeman: “It bothered me that that was the end of the story. So I was burdened for this woman I didn’t even know. And then, come to find a couple days later, she was the mother of one of my backpack kids.”The revelation made her want to reach out to prostitutes. So now, one evening every week, she delivers brown bag meals and scripture on the streets where they do business.It took Freeman many years of trying before she got Heather into treatment (again, we’re only using Heather’s first name to protect her privacy). Like any new parent, Heather hasn’t slept much.”I’m forgetful,” she says, “I cried yesterday because I felt like a bad person because I forgot his bottle.”This is Heather’s fourth pregnancy, but only the first child she’s been able to keep since coming out of rehab.Others in her family are also addicts. She says the first person “to put a needle” in her arm was her father.In the seven years since Necia Freeman has been trying to help her, Heather has been in and out of jail and relapsed after more than one treatment program.Heather says she couldn’t believe Freeman kept trying to help her, even while she was in jail.”She was trying to help me get into rehab while I was incarcerated,” she says. “They thought she was trying to help me escape or something.”The two share a dark sense of humor that seems to come with the territory. But, in all seriousness, Heather believes Freeman is the reason she’s alive.Freeman jokes that when she first started reaching out to addicted prostitutes eight years ago, she thought getting them into rehab would be easy.”I’m just gonna give ’em a brown bag lunch and a gospel tract,” she thought to herself. “It hasn’t happened that way. Not even close.”But, in a town where so many people need help, doing nothing is not an option for Necia Freeman. 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Every day the opioid epidemic claims an estimated

first_imgEvery day, the opioid epidemic claims an estimated 115 lives. But rarely, does any one casualty gain the type of attention that the obituary for a young mother, published on the website of The Burlington Free Press, received earlier this week. In the obituary, Kate O’Neill writes about how her sister Madelyn Linsenmeir’s 12-year-long battle with addiction led to her death. Beneath a photo of the smiling 30-year-old, her toddler son hoisted on her back, O’Neill portrayed Linsenmeir as well-rounded, a gifted singer and a warm presence.”Though we would have paid any ransom to have her back, any price in the world, this disease would not let her go until she was gone,” O’Neill says about her sister. O’Neill never expected the obit to gain the traction it did. Major media outlets, from The Washington Post to People magazine, described Linsenmeir’s obit as “heartbreaking” and “poignant.” On Twitter, Ivanka Trump pronounced Linsenmeir’s story as “raw” and “devastating.” Amid an opioid crisis that has indiscriminately gripped nearly every corner of the country, what made her story resonate so much? O’Neill thinks the pervasiveness of opioid addiction explains why her sister’s obit moved so many people. “It’s their story, or the story of their neighbor, or the story of their daughter, or the story of their coworker’s daughter,” she tells NPR’s Scott Simon.Tragically, O’Neill says, the stigma of addiction all too often sets significant barriers to saving lives, even though nearly a third of Americans know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids, according to the American Psychiatric Association. O’Neill felt she couldn’t pay tribute to her sister without highlighting the realities of an addiction that began at age 16 when Linsenmeir first tried the prescription painkiller OxyContin at a high school party. “That part of her life, it was so central to who she was as an adult,” she says. “Her addiction didn’t define her, but it did define the way she lived. To not include that would not have been an accurate honoring of who she was.””I want people to know that Maddie is one face of that,” she says. “So many people with addiction don’t resemble the photo [of Maddie],” she says. “Maddie didn’t resemble that photo when she was in the throes of her use.”Brandon del Pozo, a police chief in Linsenmeir’s hometown of Burlington, agrees with that point. But he laments that the thousands of lives lost to addiction each year are unable to hold the nation’s attention in quite the same way as Linsenmeir’s story was able to do. More than a week after death, her story managed to have lasting power amid today’s tumultuous news cycle. In a Facebook post, del Pozo wrote: Did readers think this was the first time a beautiful, young, beloved mother from a pastoral state got addicted to Oxy and died from the descent it wrought? And what about the rest of the victims, who weren’t as beautiful and lived in downtrodden cities or the rust belt? They too had mothers who cried for them and blamed themselves. The obit was “poignant and true,” del Pozo tells NPR, “But it’s not new.” He felt compelled to respond to the accelerating national traction when People — a publication with a massive and diverse readership — published Linsenmeir’s story. “We should’ve been having this conversation years ago,” he says.As he argued on Facebook, “[I]f Maddie was a black guy from the Bronx found dead in his bathroom of an overdose, it wouldn’t matter if the guy’s obituary writer had won the [Man] Booker Prize, there wouldn’t be a weepy article in People about it.”He points out that the latest wave of the opioid epidemic has cut across all races and classes in the past decade.”People say they care, but best policy responses have fallen on deaf ears,” he says.When del Pozo stepped in as police chief in 2015, he was tapped by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger to help lead the city’s public health efforts. This year, the police chief says, Burlington Police partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Police Executive Research Forum to establish best practices that city leaders can adopt to reduce opioid-related deaths. Among the best practices the city has implemented is to ease access to buprenorphine — an anti-addiction medication that many doctors are still unable to prescribe. “If you ask public health researchers what we should do [to combat opioid abuse] we’re doing them,” del Pozo says.Kate O’Neill’s thoughts about how to combat opioid deaths align with those of Burlington city leaders. “Our hope also now lies with policymakers and politicians and the people who can make the change necessary so that these deaths stop happening,” she says. “Let’s put our money where our tweets are.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

A dominant North Carolina hospital system has agre

first_imgA dominant North Carolina hospital system has agreed to halt insurance practices that hindered patients from finding better health care deals, prosecutors said Thursday.The U.S. Justice Department announced that Atrium Health agreed to a settlement that prohibits the Charlotte-based system from including certain anti-competitive measures in its contracts with health insurers. Prosecutors said the contract restrictions had kept insurers from encouraging patients to find the most cost-effective hospitals and doctors.The settlement will get rid of “restrictions that curb comparison shopping and interfere with competition,” said Makan Delrahim, an assistant attorney general with the U.S. Justice Department.North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, whose office had sued Atrium alongside federal prosecutors, said the settlement will give consumers the ability to find care at a lower cost and to get more transparency about prices.”We can’t allow Atrium to use its size and market dominance to the detriment of healthcare consumers,” he said in a statement.The federal antitrust lawsuit filed in 2016 argued that the hospital chain formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System had used its market power to keep consumers from exploring options that offered better value.Atrium Health issued a statement Thursday saying it didn’t violate the law and noting the settlement includes no admission of wrongdoing or payment of any fines. Atrium Health said the contract language subject to litigation dates to 2001 and was originally created to ensure that it could compete equally for patients.”Atrium Health has always been a champion for patient choice,” the not-for-profit company said.The health care system, described by the Justice Department as the largest in North Carolina and a dominant provider in Charlotte, also has locations in South Carolina and on the North Carolina coast. The flagship of the system’s nine hospitals in Charlotte, Carolinas Medical Center, is the largest in the city, according to the Justice Department.The settlement will be subject to a public-comment period and must be approved by a federal court.last_img read more

Rendering of UWMs proposed new chemistry building

first_imgRendering of UWM’s proposed new chemistry building.Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:55 amGov. Tony Evers included funding for several building projects on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus – including a proposed $129.5 million chemistry building and long-planned student union renovation – in his capital budget released this week.Rendering of UWM’s proposed new chemistry building.The governor’s capital budget proposal calls for funding for the university’s planned 130,100-square-foot chemistry/bio-chemistry facility, which would replace its aging existing chemistry building at 3210 N. Cramer St. on the west side of campus.The new building, which would include labs for undergraduate STEM research and collaborative areas, is planned just west of the new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center at North Maryland Avenue and East Kenwood Boulevard. Construction could begin on the project in April 2023 with completion in June 2025, according to budget documents.Also included in the governor’s capital budget is $40.7 million for the renovation of a 203,400-square-foot portion of UWM’s student union. The project is aimed at addressing the most pressing maintenance needs for the 328,000-square-foot building.UWM’s student union dates back to 1956 and portions of the building are anywhere between 32 and 56 years old. UWM has worked with consultants three times over the past decade on potential solutions for the building, which has been given a “D” rating for function and “F” for condition, according to the university. Renovation work is expected to begin in March 2023 for completion in June 2025.Evers also backs a $7 million request to build a gymnasium and shell space addition to the Klotsche Center at 3409 N. Downer Ave. The 16,400-square-foot addition would be built east of the current complex.The 125,000-square-foot Klotsche Center was built in 1975 and the 134,700-square-foot pavilion was added in 2003. The indoor rec facility is the practice and competition venue for the women’s basketball and volleyball programs. The facility is currently over-used, which limits recreational offerings and presents scheduling conflicts, the budget documents said. Construction is expected to begin in September 2021, with completion in December 2023.One of UWM’s project requests – $103.3 million for the planning and construction of a new engineering building – was deferred in the budget proposal. The proposed 90,000-square-foot building would replace the campus’s current 108,000-square-foot physics building, which would be demolished, and become the home for the biomedical engineering program. It would also create new instructional spaces for the electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering programs.The university said the existing physics building, completed in 1964, requires extensive renovation work, including nearly replacing the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.While the project request was deferred, the capital budget would allocate $1 million in funds for planning work related to the project. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time

first_imgCarpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time If the problem is too much inequality, then the government focuses on programs and projects that have higher re-distributional functions in favor of the lesser members of society that may even include taxing the rich, based on the ability-to-pay principle, to pay, for services directed at the poor because the free market economy does not guarantee equity and elimination of poverty. In the US, for example, much of the government budget goes to programs intended to help the downtrodden members of their society that Democrat President Barack Obama wants to maintain but which his Republican detractors want to reduce, if not abolish by defunding. Necessarily, government intervention in this aspect of governance must also include providing opportunities for all young people to get good education because its role in levelling the field in the job market and making them more responsible citizens by voting with their heads this time, for example, instead of exchanging their votes for a measly sum.If the problem is economic instability as seen, for example, in high government deficit, high inflation rate, or high unemployment rate (internal imbalance) or high trade deficit, distortions in the balance of payments and the exchange rate, etc. (external imbalance), then the focus of government action is stabilization measures that reduce these imbalances. To achieve internal balance, these may involve changing the level of government revenues and expenditures, which depending on the state of government finance, may require the budget to be in balance, surplus or deficit. In addition, the government’s central bank may inject or take out money from the system that could lead to easy or tight credit, depending again on whether the economy is overheating or cooling. To achieve external balance, some measures may be undertaken to control the trade deficit and the wild fluctuation in the exchange rate. It may also include counter measures to mitigate the impact of financial and economic shocks coming from outside or the inflow of hot money that will easily disappear with the minuteness of change in the economic policies of their country of origin.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeIf everything is done well by the government that involves careful balancing of its different roles and objectives that are also often conflicting, then the economy functions smoothly. This now assures faster economic growth with higher employment rates, low inflation, stable exchange rate, a more or less balance trade and budget regimes and hopefully with more equity and lower poverty with the majority of the people finally contributing to and partaking of what the nation produces as a whole. As we can see, the many roles that the government must play, the conflicting objectives that it must meet, and the myriad of things that it must look into for the nation not to go astray makes governance not a relaxing past time for people running the country. Unfortunately, many countries in the world, especially poor ones like the Philippines, do not have the luxury of having an efficient, effective, and honest people in government. In our country, many of our public officials, high and low, are concerned mainly of their own personal interest and continued stay in power and operate alongside vested interest groups in business and other sectors that are more concerned only with getting more favors from their friends in government, in winning fat government contracts, protection of their business from competition, and other shenanigans to profit more their investments.If we find our economy unproductive and uncompetitive that leaves many workers unemployed, underemployed or disguised employed, it is not only because our corrupt and inept officials in government bungle our economic policies but also due to the actions of many other key players in national development in the private sector that thrive on the corruptibility and ineptness of our decisions makers in government. I am not saying the free market system (less government) is bad. It is proven superior already by the result of the competition between the free market western economies and the command economies in the iron curtain in the last century. Free market admittedly is good but having plenty of capitalists in our midst does not necessarily make our country a fully working free market even if our government accounts only for less than 20 percent of the GDP measured by the type of expenditures. This is due to the fact that in many so called capitalistic countries, especially poor countries like ours, their capitalism is just ersatz capitalism in reality.MORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexIn ersatz capitalism, economic gains are highly privatized but economic losses are socialized. This happens when the power of the capitalists is so strong that they also control government policies for their own good. And the power of the capitalists becomes very strong when the market they are in is highly characterized by oligopoly, if not pure monopoly, that restricts free competition in the real sense of that word. Competition means not just having many competing buyers but also many competing producers and sellers. And I do not think that the second half of that equation is true in our beloved Philippines at the moment.Read Next PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PARcenter_img SMC bags Bulacan airport project LATEST STORIES An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. I had been reading many books in economics and I could never remember reading a line which says that government is there to create jobs. What is the role of government in the economy? Is it to create jobs? It depends on the problem the nation faces.If a country suffers low productivity or inefficiency, then the government will focus on its efficiency enhancing role or objective. This will require moving resources from areas where their value or contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) creation is little into areas that give greater value per unit of investment and greater contribution to the GDP. This also includes building up the infrastructure of the country and providing basic support services to make business profitable and the whole society function smoothly, including changing the basic law of the land and other laws when necessary to make the country more investment friendly.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Bostons Holocaust Memorial Has Been Fixed

first_img Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 7/10/2017, 11:30 a.m. Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell· center_img 000 PHOTO BY LLOYD MALLISONTwo weeks after one of its panels was smashed with a rock, Boston’s Holocaust Memorial has been fixed. It will be rededicated in a ceremony on Tuesday, officials say.On June 28, city and state politicians, along with Jewish community leaders condemned the act of vandalism targeting one of the city’s most iconic memorials, which is dedicated to the millions of victims of the Nazis and designed to evoke imagery of crematorium smokestacks.A suspect, 21-year-old James Isaac, of Roxbury, has been charged. His lawyer has said he suffers from mental health issues.Officials said backup glass panels had been kept in storage since the memorial was erected in 1995, just in case any needed to be replaced. In more than 20 years, until now, that’s never been necessary.The rededication ceremony on Tuesday is open to the public and scheduled for 1-1:30 p.m., rain or shine, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, which oversees the memorial, wrote on its website. The act of vandalism, the CJP says, caused “both physical damage as well as great pain to our local community.”Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and others are expected to attend, and speakers will include Holocaust survivors. “Together, they will echo the sentiments expressed by so many last week: our community is strong, we stand together to help each other, and we reject hatred,” the CJP says.“Hatred may have destroyed the first memorial, but we won’t let it stop us from remembering,” Mayor Marty Walsh’s campaign wrote on Twitter. News Boston’s Holocaust Memorial Has Been Fixed A rededication is planned for Tuesday. last_img read more

On the Market The Home Where Lizzie Borden Spent Adulthood

first_imgFor Sale/Rent On the Market: The Home Where Lizzie Borden Spent Adulthood After she was acquitted of brutally murdering her parents, Borden moved to Fall River’s Maplecroft. 9/11/2017, 10:08 a.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 000 Photo courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty306 French Street, Fall RiverPrice: $849,900Size: 3,935 square feetBedrooms: 8Baths: 3.5From the street, this impressive Queen Anne Victorian looks like many of the other antique homes that make up Fall River’s historic Highlands District. But the house for sale at 306 French Street comes with a sinister twist—it’s the home Lizzie Borden lived in following the murder of her parents.Borden and her sister Emma moved into the palatial home in 1893, after Borden was acquitted of brutally murdering her father and stepmother with an ax. The duo inherited a large fortune upon the death of their father—worth about $7 million dollars today—which allowed them to purchase the manse. According to the Herald News, Borden named the house “Maplecroft,” and had the moniker carved into its front step around 1909. Borden lived a quiet life in the house until her death in 1927.Today, Maplecroft is poised to operate as a bed and breakfast. Its current owner carefully restored the interior to its 1893 splendor, but her plans to open the home as bed and breakfast fell through. The home is now being sold fully furnished; each room is outfitted with furniture and decor of the period. The place also boasts eight bedrooms, six fireplaces, walnut wainscoting, and inlaid parquet flooring. It’s listed for $849,900 by Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. History buffs beware, they’re asking for serious inquiries only.For information, contact Taylor & Associates, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyPhoto courtesy of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.center_img Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print By Madeline Bilis· last_img read more

Elizabeth Warren Drank the Club Soda of Beers on Instagram

first_img 1/2/2019, 5:06 p.m. Screenshots via Instagram LiveWhen Elizabeth Warren more or less launched her 2020 campaign on New Year’s Eve, the world was watching. So plenty tuned in to watch as the Senator flipped on an Instagram Live stream from the kitchen of her Cambridge home later that evening, and, in a totally natural and cool way, cracked open an ice cold brew.“I’m gonna get me, um, a beer,” Warren said into the camera before retrieving a glass bottle from a fridge, as viewers pelted her with questions and pounded the Insta button that makes hearts show up on the screen. The video—reminiscent of the popular livestreams hosted by a certain soon-to-be-inaugurated Millennial—also featured cameos from her husband, Bruce Mann, and their dog, Bailey (who will supposedly be a fixture of the campaign).As you might have imagined, not everyone was exactly buying the cracking-a-cold-one shtick (see: the Herald‘s front page, et cetera). The tweets, as they often are, were unkind. And in a moment where top Democrats and pundits seem fixated (fairly or not) on the question of whether she’s likable enough to be president, there were plenty of people primed to get an insincere vibe from a live video of an allegedly chill night in.Still, asked about the video by reporters on Wednesday, Warren suggested there may be some more Instagram-side chats in the future as the campaign gets underway. “It’s one more way to be able just to invite people into your home,” Warren said. “I wish I could just open the door and let lots of folks in, but this is a way to do it so that we get a chance just to kind of talk about whats going on. What matters to me is that everything in this campaign is about the people who are out there every single day, work hard, play by the rules and just want a government that’s on their side.”WARREN TO IOWA: Sen. Warren emerges from state House chamber to talk to reporters, responds to questions about Iowa, Instagramming her beer#mapoli— Gintautas Dumcius (@gintautasd) January 2, 2019She also revealed that her brew of choice is a Michelob Ultra, which she dubbed “the club soda of beers.” Which in case you were wondering is not a phrase in wide use, but is frankly a not bad way to describe the low calorie, low flavor stuff.It’s an open question whether the Instagram beer is a good or bad thing in terms of likability and so on. These things are an art, not a science. Donating her salary during the partial government shutdown, as she has pledged to do, might also help. But for what it’s worth, she has been on record as a beer drinker before, telling us last year that her “go-to order” at Paddy’s Lunch in Cambridge is “a light beer and a bag of Doritos.” So, checks out. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 2930293 Printcenter_img Politics Elizabeth Warren Drank the “Club Soda of Beers” on Instagram She celebrated her big announcement with an ice cold Michelob Ultra. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Spencer Buell· last_img read more