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Rep Garcia names Hudsonville Holland students as Reps for a Day

first_img State Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, has announced two students from the 90th District have been selected as her “Representatives for a Day.”As winners, Lydia and Katriya are invited with their families to tour the state Capitol and be sworn in as junior representatives with Rep. García.Lydia VanderMolen of Hudsonville Christian School and Katriya Murphy, a homeschool student from Holland, each participated in a summer reading contest that challenged elementary school-age students to fill out an entry form for every 10 books read from May to September. Multiple entries were submitted from collection boxes at the Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville, Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland and Herrick District Library in Holland.“It was wonderful to have so many students commit themselves to reading over the summer for the opportunity to visit Lansing,” said Rep. García. “I look forward to hosting Lydia and Katriya at the State Capitol to give both a front row seat to our state government.”Rep. García will host both students in early 2017.A video of Rep. Garcia’s selecting the Rep for a Day honorees can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqXqTXOpA6g 09Nov Rep. Garcia names Hudsonville, Holland students as ‘Reps for a Day’ Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more

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Governor signs Vaupels bill removing vignettes from ballot

first_img State Rep. Hank Vaupel’s legislation to remove outdated political party icons from the ballot has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.Small images representing political parties, called vignettes, have appeared on ballots in Michigan since the the 1890s, Vaupel said, but elections have improved since then and the icons are no longer needed to aid illiterate voters. For example, each precinct is now required to offer access to an AutoMARK voter assistance machine, which is equipped with headphones and has the ability to read ballots aloud.“As you can imagine, ballots have evolved quite a bit over the last 120 years,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “The placement of the icons has changed and they have gotten too small for people to identify who or what is depicted in the picture. It’s gotten to the point where vignettes are doing more harm than good.”Vaupel said some voters incorrectly believe circling the icon is all they have to do to cast a straight-ticket vote.“When people make that mistake their vote doesn’t count,” Vaupel said. “Removing the unnecessary images will eliminate the confusion and help ensure that every vote counts.”Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley worked with Vaupel on the legislation and recently joined him to testify before the Elections and Ethics Committee.House Bill 4177 is now Public Act 113 of 2017.### Categories: Vaupel News 11Aug Governor signs Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballotlast_img read more

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DirecTVATT Newest Players in the MegaMonopoly Games Wheres the Innovation

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 18, 2014; The GuardianAs we hear of the impending acquisition by AT&T of DirecTV for $49 billion, we wonder at the anti-capitalist bent of it all. Isn’t the whole system supposed to be based on competitive markets and on innovation, especially in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry? Craig Aaron, of the open-Internet advocacy group Free Press, is quoted in the Guardian saying:“The captains of our communications industry have clearly run out of ideas. Instead of innovating and investing in their networks, companies like AT&T and Comcast are simply buying up the competition. These takeovers are expensive, and consumers end up footing the bill for merger mania.“For the amount of money and debt AT&T and Comcast are collectively shelling out for their respective mega-deals, they could deploy super-fast gigabit fiber broadband service to every single home in America. This is not about providing better services or even connecting more Americans. It’s about eliminating the last shred of competition in a communications sector that’s already dominated by too few players.”Brian Fung wrote a column on the matter at the beginning of the month; in it, he commented, “One big question is whether AT&T could get a merger past federal regulators, who are already looking closely at the proposed Comcast deal. A serious move by AT&T to pursue DirecTV…would trigger a pretty complicated game of regulatory chess: The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department would probably need to determine whether or how an AT&T-DirecTV merger would affect a Comcast-TWC merger.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Employee Stock Ownership Plans Can They Close the Wealth Gap

first_imgShare19TweetShareEmail19 Shares December 5, 2018; CNBCMuch has been written about the growing trend of income inequality in the US; we hear less often about the wealth divide, which is even more stark. While the top 10 percent of US households today own 51 percent of the country’s wealth, the bottom 50 percent own one percent. With no savings to fall back on, families cannot manage emergency expenses—their cars break down and they can’t get to work; they fall behind on the rent and face eviction; a medical expense sends them into bankruptcy. This is the real failure of the American economy: 40 percent of families can’t manage a $400 emergency expense.Many nonprofit organizations try to fill the gap for America’s struggling families and individuals, whether through direct charity—such as food banks, free medical care, or homeless shelters—or through programs that aim to improve skills and help people find steady employment. Another approach, supported by an array of nonprofits, is to democratize business ownership through cooperatives and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) to give workers the opportunity to share in the wealth they are creating.ESOPs, a corporate structure where a trust is set up for employees to buy company stock through a loan paid off by the company (i.e., employees don’t have to pay for the shares), are far more widespread than coops, though still a small part of the US economy. Nearly 7,000 US companies have ESOPs, with 14 million participants, according to the National Center on Employee Ownership. Joseph Blasi of the Rutgers University Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing reports that average asset wealth per employee is $134,000; for employees who have been with a firm more than 20 years, the average is closer to $250,000. That’s significant when one in three Americans has no retirement savings at all.ESOPs have been shown to have other benefits as well. In a recent webinar for the Aspen Institute, Blasi explained that, when combined with a supportive workplace culture, ESOPs are associated with higher quality jobs as measured by wages, benefits, employee retention, and satisfaction.That’s one of the reasons, according to an article by Susan Caminiti at CNBC that more businesses are considering ESOPs. In a tight labor market, an ESOP can be an attractive benefit offer when recruiting new employees—and it serves as a strong pull when it comes to retention.Caminiti spoke with Dennis Quaintance, CEO and co-founder of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels in Greensboro, North Carolina. Quaintance and his partners created an ESOP two years ago, turning ownership over to their restaurant and hotel workers. “This is a wonderful way for employees to maintain their mojo,” Quaintance told CNBC. “Every year they are here is another year that they’re seeing their account balance grow. I can’t think of a better way to align everyone’s interests than with an ESOP.”The evidence suggests Quaintance is right. Companies with ESOPs, according to Blasi’s research, perform better than peer companies. They also show greater resilience in economic downturns.With all these benefits, advocates for employee ownership are making the case that retiring baby boomer business owners should consider selling their companies to their employees. Over 2.3 million businesses are owned by boomers approaching retirement age. These businesses employ nearly 25 million workers, yet about 80 percent of these owners don’t have a succession plan. It is relatively rare that business owners are able to pass the business on to another family member, and without a succession plan, many close. For Main Streets across the US, there is a real crisis brewing—business closings could overwhelm communities with lost jobs and lost economic revenues. It’s a problem for business owners too, who may not be able to turn the wealth they created into the retirement savings they need.Offering the company to employees, thus, has multiple benefits. Retiring business owners are able to access the value they’ve created upon exiting and at the same time sustain their legacy as job creators in their communities. Employees acquire shares over time, building their own nest egg as the company value grows. When they leave the company—either for another job or at retirement—employees sell their shares back to the company to access their accumulated wealth.In August, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. This was the first piece of legislation in two decades designed to spur employee ownership, demonstrating the growing bipartisan support for this economic strategy. In addition to providing greater technical support to companies seeking to convert to employee ownership, the law makes it easier for businesses to access guaranteed loans through the Small Business Administration. If successful, growth in employee ownership could be transformative, closing the wealth inequality gap through business equity rather than charity.—Karen KahnShare19TweetShareEmail19 Shareslast_img read more

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Shane ONeill president of Chellomedia and chief

first_imgShane O’Neill, president of Chellomedia and chief strategy officer of Liberty Global, was last night awarded the Digital TV Europe Lifetime Achievement award.The award, which recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual who has contributed to the success of the pay TV or broadband industry over the course of their career, was awarded to O’Neill for his service to the cable industry over the last 12 years.During last night’s award ceremony, which was held in central London, a video was played featuring messages from various friends and colleagues of O’Neill, including Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, chairman John Malone and Bob Geldof.As well as his work in the European cable industry, O’Neill has established a charitable foundation that funds the education of 5,000 children in Africa who have been orphaned by Aids.The other awards handed out last night were:Digital TV Europe award – Simon Calver, CEO LovefilmIndustry Leader – Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO, Modern Times GroupMarketer of the Year – Asanga Gunatillaka, head of commercial and strategy, TV, Virgin MediaContent Executive – Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and AfricaNew Media Executive – Holl Knill, head of Sky Player and mobile TV, BSkyBTechnology Leader – David Wood, deputy director, EBU Technical, European Broadcasting Unionlast_img read more

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Online video search engine provider Blinkx is upda

first_imgOnline video search engine provider Blinkx is updating its service with enhanced search and recommendation features.A beta version of Blinkx’s new platform is available now, featuring a personal TV service called My Stream that offers a constantly updated stream of videos that are customised based on topics users have chosen to follow and their viewing preferences. The site has also been optimised for mobile users, who are now able to pause a video on one device, and carry on watching it at the same point on a different device.“The rise of social networks and the proliferation of powerful connected devices have profoundly changed the way that we interact with the web,” said Matt Scheybeler, chief technology officer, Blinkx. “We use search as a starting point less often, and instead, we’ve become comfortable scanning and processing long streams of information – Facebook pages and Twitter feeds – a content universe delivered to us by our friends and the people we follow, and increasingly, we’re accessing that content through tablets and smartphones. The new blinkx.com has been designed for this behavior – optimised for discovery, sharing and mobile access.”last_img read more

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Belgian cable operator Telenet is launching Yelo T

first_imgBelgian cable operator Telenet is launching Yelo TV, a new version of its TV Everywhere service.The service, which aims to give customers the ability to watch programmes, live or recorded, on any screen will be available from March 5 on tablets, smartphones and computers, and from April 5 on TV.For the TV launch, viewers will require to download a new interactive menu. Customers with older set-tops will be able to exchange them for a one-off fee of €39.The mobile versions available from April will be for the iOS or Android platforms, with an app for Windows 8 tablets to follow in May.Yelo TV aims to offer the same viewing experience across multiple devices, and builds on Telenet’s Yelo multiscreen application, launched in 2010.The Yelo TV will be free of charge at launch. Telenet plans to make the TV menu and live TV free on an ongoing basis, will charge for watching recordings on smartphones, tablets and computers, along with other new paid for features to be added later.Inge Smidts, senior vice-president, residential marketing, said: “Thanks to the Yelo application launched in 2010, the viewer has discovered the advantages of watching live TV on other screens. With Yelo TV, Telenet is now the first to respond to the increasingly vocal demand from customers to be able to view their recordings on, for example, tablet or computer. Thus, you really watch what you want, when you want, and on any type of screen.”last_img read more

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OTT operator Viewster has cut programming deals wi

first_imgOTT operator Viewster has cut programming deals with a raft of distributors, picking up drama series from All3Media, Shine and Starz among others, TBI has learned.The Swiss based over the top provider’s ad-supported VOD service is carried in 120 countries and the premium drama titles it has picked up are primarily for the US, Australian and European markets.Viewster has acquired 240 hours of content in all. From All3Media International Viewster has picked up teen drama Skins (left), taking exclusive rights in Australia and Germany.From Shine International it has acquired BBC drama Mayday and comedy series Moving Wallpaper.From Starz it has also acquired Ving Rhames drama Gravity, comedy series Hollywood Residential and Jeff Goldblum movie Head Case from Starz.It has also picked up various drama series from Korea’s KBS including popular Korean drama Boys Over Flowers.Viewster CEO Kai Henniges said: “We are making a significant new investment in content that we can provide on an ad-supported basis and that is also attractive to our young and growing audience across the globe that prefers on-demand over appointment viewing.”He added that Viewster is tailoring its acquisitions strategy by region.“In the United States, we follow a multi-niche approach with in-demand series from Europe, Asia and other regions. Our U.K audience receives an ever-increasing library of national and international top titles. In Australia and the German-speaking countries, we strongly count on U.S. and U.K. titles that cannot be easily found otherwise,” he said.last_img read more

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French videoondemand service FlmoTV has signed a

first_imgFrench video-on-demand service FlmoTV has signed a deal with local collecting societies SACD and ADAGP that will allow it to launch subscription VOD services.The contract guarantees remuneration to works’ authors when content is shown on-demand on FilmoTV’s service.FilmoTV, launched in 2009, is an SVOD service dedicated exclusively to movies, available for €9.99 a month, giving access to over 500 films and bonus material. The service is available on FilmoTV’s website, Samsung, LG and Philips smart TVs, tablets and smartphones and via the TV services of Numericable and Orange.last_img

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Amazon has launched its muchanticipated TV stream

first_imgAmazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 (€72) box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Watch ESPN and Showtime.Among the features of the device is voice search, which users can activate by pressing a button and speaking into their remote. The box can also be paired with an Amazon Fire Game Controller, letting users play video games from major firms including EA, Disney and Ubisoft.“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. “Our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”Amazon claims that the set-top includes a quad-core processor that has three times the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3 devices.It also comes with 2GB of memory – four times the memory of these rivals, allowing content to load faster and games to run smoother, according to Amazon.At launch Amazon said that the device will offer more than 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video alone. More than 100 games are also available with “thousands more” coming in the next month.A feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) will also help to predict which movies and TV episodes viewers will want to watch and pre-buffers them for playback so that they will start instantly.Users can also use Amazon Fire TV to view their own photos and personal videos on their TV, and to access music streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and supports 1080p HD video as well as 7.1 Dolby surround sound.last_img read more

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Delia Bushell Delia Bushell has been appointed man

first_imgDelia BushellDelia Bushell has been appointed managing director of BT TV, the UK telco’s growing pay television division.BT and BSkyB have been battling for sports rights in the UK and Bushell served a five-year stint at Sky as director of broadband and telephony, ending in 2011. Prior to that she was director of commercial affairs at Sky Ireland and most recently she has been chief commercial officer at Sky Italia.She joins BT in July and run BT TV and the BT Sport channels, which have snagged some English Premier League rights. The role will see her oversee negotiations for premium sports rights, in direct competition with Sky.Bushell will report to John Petter, BT Consumer chief executive. He said: “Delia has an excellent track record of delivery and is an experienced top class executive. She helped Sky build a formidable triple play base and I am sure she will help us to build on our strong success with BT TV and Sport.”Bushell said: “BT is shaking up the UK TV market and I am thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time. Sport may have grabbed the headlines recently but the opportunity is far broader and I look forward to working with the team to build on the successes to date.”BT TV currently has a subscriber base of about 950,000. The BT Sport channels are also carried on Sky and Virgin and reach four million UK homes.last_img read more

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Camera maker GoPro has pledged to give up to US5

first_imgCamera maker GoPro has pledged to give up to US$5 million (€4.4 million) annually to content creators as part of its newly-launched GoPro Awards scheme.The firm said that the Awards programme will reward the GoPro community for sharing their best GoPro photos, raw video clips and video edits, with the company – which will include it in GoPro Channel programming, licensing and more.GoPro said it is looking for content that “emotionally engages, amazes, or excites” across a variety of genres including adventure, animals, family, motorsports, music and travel.“Our customers are some of the most creative people on the planet. A key component of our programming strategy is user generated content,” said GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman.“GoPro Awards creates exciting opportunities for our customers. Whether it’s helping them monetise their content in the form of financial rewards, helping to license their content to other businesses, or helping them get more exposure through our global social and media distribution channels, we’re dedicated to sharing with our community. We believe this program enables our customers to further pursue their passions.”GoPro launched an on-demand channel – consisting of GoPro-shot content – on the Roku streaming platform earlier this year and in July launched a content licensing portal, aimed at global advertising brands and agencies.last_img read more

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Swisscom added 40000 TV customers in the third qu

first_imgSwisscom added 40,000 TV customers in the third quarter to take its total to 1.44 million, up 12.9% year-on-year, despite what the company described as stiff competition from rival providers.Swisscom TV received a boost in the quarter from its acquisition of  football and ice-hockey rights during the quarter. The total number of Swisscom TV customers reached 1.44 million at the end of September.Four fifths of customers use the cloud-based Swisscom TV 2.0 service.Broadband subscriptions grew year-on-year by 48,000 or 2.5% to 1.99 million, up 7,000 in the quarter. However, growth in TV and broadband was not able to offset the decline in fixed lines due to a decline in fixed phone use.Post-paid mobile subscribers increased, while fixed-line and pre-paid mobile customers declined.Swisscom posted revenues of CHF8.65 billion (€8 billion), down 0.1%, and EBITDA of CHF3.1 billion, up 6.7%.Swisscom has still not recognised a provision in its consolidated financial statements related to a fine levied by the competition regulator over its marketing of sports content via pay TV. The company said it was appealing and still expected to escape a sanction.“We have again achieved solid results in the third quarter despite fierce competition. Strong pressure on pricing and decreasing roaming prices are good news for our customers but more challenging for our revenue and profitability. On a more positive note, there is increased growth in bundled products and TV access lines, our solutions business for corporate customers and Fastweb. Thanks to strong market performance and active cost management we are on target,” said CEO Urs Schaeppi.last_img read more

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Apple is planning to sell subscriptions to some vi

first_imgApple is planning to sell subscriptions to some video services direct via its TV app rather than have users subscribe via apps individually, according to a report by Bloomberg.According to the report, which cites unnamed sources, Apple plans to roll out direct subscriptions next year as part of an attempt to boost its content subscription business.Bloomberg compared Apple’s strategy to the service offered by Amazon Channels, which enables users to sign up for premium video services by paying an annual subscription fee on top of their Amazon Prime subscription.Apple launched its TV app a couple of years ago after various stalled attempts to break into the subscription TV world. The company reportedly dropped plans to launch a live OTT TV service after failing to strike deals with potential media partners.The app currently presents a unified view of content that users can access, but they need to exit the Apple app and enter the ecosystem of the relevant third-party provider to subscribe to or purchase shows.The consumer electronics giant has struggled to break into the TV world in a big way. While sales of content via the iTunes store make it a major player in this market, it has failed to create a subscription offering to match that of rivals such as Amazon. Sales of its Apple TV box meanwhile trail those of rivals including Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV in the US.Apple is planning to release a range of family-friendly original TV shows next year, following meetings with producers and TV executives. However, the company has yet to confirm how it will distribute the shows.last_img read more

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DRIVING DISQUALIFICATIONS NOW RECOGNISED ON BOTH S

first_imgDRIVING DISQUALIFICATIONS NOW RECOGNISED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DRIVING DISQUALIFICATIONS NOW RECOGNISED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDERIRISH MINISTER SHANE ROSS From today, if you live in Derry and are banned from driving by a court in Donegal, you can no longer drive in the North of Ireland.Irish Transport Minister Shane Ross said: “The mutual recognition of driving disqualifications is an important road safety measure because it aims to target dangerous drivers on our roads.“The disqualifications relate to drivers disqualified for reckless or dangerous driving, hit-and-run driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.“Mutual recognition of driving disqualifications is an important road safety measure for both Ireland and the UK, and is one of a series of measures I am introducing which will reduce road injuries and ultimately save lives.” DERRY motorists are being advised that as from today driving disqualifications are now recognised on both sides of the border.Laws changed in the North of Ireland and the Republic from Tuesday, August 1 give effect to a road safety agreement signed between the UK and Irish governments in 2015.Those who receive a driving ban on the other side of the border from where they live will have the prohibition extended to their home jurisdiction. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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first_img______________________________________________________________Original Story:#Virginia AMBER Alert Activation: Missing Danville, Va InfantVSP has issued an #AMBERAlert on behlalf of City of Danville Police Department for a missing 7-month-old child.Emma Grace Kennedy is believed to be in extreme danger & was last seen at the Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville on Sunday night (June 3) at 7:55 p.m. She should be traveling in a gold, 4-door Suzuki with #NorthCarolina license plate “FAA 1873.”The infant is believed to have been abducted by Carl Ray Kennedy, a white male with gray hair and green eyes. He is 5’8 in height and weighs 170 lbs. He was last seen wearing a brown, short-sleeve shirt with gray shorts and black-&-white Sketchers. He has a tattoo of an eye on the back of his right hand. On his left arm, he has a skull tattoo and a wizard tattoo. On his right arm, he has a tattoo of a skull with a bandanna over its mouth along with a pitbull tattoo with “American bulldog” written underneath.Emma Grace Kennedy is a white female with blond hair and blue eyes. She is approximately 2’2 in length and weighs 18 lbs. She was last seen wearing a light-blue onesie.For further information contact the Danville City Police Department at 434-799-5111 or call 911.Danville, VA – Government Public Safety Virginia Pittsylvania County North Carolina State Highway Patrol Local NewsNational NewsNewsWatchTop Stories UPDATE: Seven Month Old Found Safe, Father Arrested By Tyler BarkerJun 05, 2018, 13:00 pm 1105 0 UPDATE (6/5/18 at 1pm) –  Seven-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy has been found safe, and her father, Carl Ray Kennedy, has been arrested.Danville Police, FBI, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Secret Service arrested Kennedy in Randleman, N.C. He is in custody in North Carolina.Emma Grace Kennedy appears to be in good health and is being evaluated at a local hospital. The mother of the child has been notified.An Amber Alert was issued for Emma Grace Kennedy, but it has since been canceled.__________________________________________________UPDATE 6/4/2018 9:30 PM– The Virginia State Police say there has been a possible sighting of Amber Alert suspect and wanted sex offender Carl Kennedy.Police say he was possibly seen near the Seven Springs, NC area around 6:30 PM on Monday. They believe he could be headed to Oak Island, NC.Kennedy has also been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List.——————————————————————————————————————–VIRGINIA – NEW Information on #Virginia AMBER Alert for Missing Danville Infant:City of Danville Police Department confirming the gold 2007 Suzuki Forenza may have one of the following North Carolina license plates on it: EKZ 5093 or FAA 1873.Other vehicles Carl Ray Kennedy has access to: Burgundy Toyota Camry (no tag number available), blue Jeep Cherokee and a Dodge truck. It is likely Kennedy is using the NC FAA-1873 tags on one or more of these vehicles.The last known location for Kennedy was in Randolph County, NC.Virginia Department of Transportation Pittsylvania County Public Safety Virginia NCMEC Home NewsWatch Local News UPDATE: Seven Month Old Found Safe, Father Arrested Twitter Mail Previous PostOak Hill Student Accepted To Air Force Academy Linkedin Facebook 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.com Pinterest Google+ Next PostOfficials: Designer Kate Spade found dead in apartment Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

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If you were born between 1980 and the mid2000s W

first_imgIf you were born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, Wall Street probably hates you. It’s not because you’re a narcissist, entitled, or lack entrepreneurial spirit. And it has little to do with the fact that you haven’t opened a trading account to buy stocks. It isn’t even because you’re shunning high finance to pursue a “more meaningful” career. No, Wall Street dislikes you because you’re difficult to cash in on. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about millennials—a cohort of Americans who are constantly being told how awful they are. Wall Street’s gripe with millennials is a big one. They represent one-third of the US population, making them the largest demographic in America. Yes, bigger than the baby boomers. Unlike prior generations, millennials are in no rush to grow up. Instead of making down payments on first homes, millennials are crashing in their parents’ basements. Rather than shopping at Walmart, they’re buying their groceries at farmers’ markets. This generation doesn’t buy cars. They use ride-sharing programs like Uber. The unique lifestyles and consumer preferences of millennials are frustrating Corporate America. McDonald’s is rewriting its menu and rethinking its marketing strategy to reach millennials, who would rather down a kale smoothie than stuff their faces with Big Macs. Say what you will about millennials, there’s no denying that they’re the future of America. The question that remains is: How do investors play a demographic that isn’t getting married, having children, or buying homes? The answer is technology. For better or worse, millennials are obsessed with their gadgets. Twenty-somethings can’t even take a bite of their sandwich without first snapping a picture of it. And those photographs of ramen bowls and steam buns aren’t being stored away as personal mementos. Millennials are broadcasting them on the Internet for everyone to see. But the key to “reaching” millennials isn’t through technology in a general sense. Social media is the ticket. According to Entrepreneur.com, 71% of millennials log in to social media daily, and the average user spends more than five hours on social media. This connection with—some would argue, addiction to—social media defines millennials. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make investing in this generation any easier. There are countless social media services out there. New ones pop up every day. Choosing the right company to invest in can be difficult, especially for investors who are still wary of Internet stocks following the tech bubble crash of the early 2000s. It doesn’t help that some social media companies are still stuck in start-up mode and have yet to generate a profit. Social media companies are tough to understand and even harder to value. Nonetheless, the industry has a bright future. Luckily, The Casey Report has done its research, and discovered a low-risk way to play one generation’s obsession. The best thing about this investment is that the money is just pouring in right now. Sign up for The Casey Report today to learn about this pick and other big-picture ideas.last_img read more

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I made 17 trades during my first six weeks as a tr

first_imgI made 17 trades during my first six weeks as a trader. Every single one was a winner.Going 17 for 17 was a remarkable feat for a rookie trader—especially since I wasn’t using any sort of fundamental or technical analysis. I was just going with my gut.But I was careful not to put more than $1,000 or $2,000 into any single trade. And I still managed to turn my $5,000 brokerage account into $50,000 in just six weeks…And then I decided it was time to get serious. No more tiny trades. I was too good for the small stuff. For whatever reason, I had figured out a way to beat the market.Heck, I had just rattled off 17 straight triple-digit winners. So I decided to take the $50,000 in my account, add to it my $25,000 in savings, and put it into a handful of options trades.You can probably guess what happened next.The stock market has a habit of humbling folks who think they’ve figured it out. For me, the humbling started right away.At first, the positions started slightly moving against me. It was nothing to be concerned about. One good day would put everything back in the profit column.But then, one by one, each position blew up on me. It was too painful to watch. I kept the television off and avoided reading the newspaper for fear I’d see something bad about the stock market and my positions. — Geologist Uncovers Incredible Resource Opportunity in IdahoDave Forest, a professionally trained geologist, has visited over 23 countries, but one of his most stunning finds is here in America. Dave discovered a rare fuel source buried in the ground in Idaho that he calls “Brandt Oil,” and it could change the energy landscape in the U.S. for good… We’ve asked Dave to give you complete access to everything he’s uncovered about “Brandt Oil.” Just click here for details. Recommended Link When I finally got up enough courage to call the branch manager and check on the status of my account, I learned all the gains I had built up over the previous six weeks were gone.“Just sell everything,” I said.That was an expensive lesson to learn. But it’s one every options trader learns at some point. I was just fortunate it happened to me early in my career.You see, that experience changed how I looked at trading. Instead of using options as vehicles for speculation—a way to juice my returns and get more bang for my buck—I started using them the way they were intended to be used: as a way to reduce risk.Today, I still do my fair share of speculating. But I’m not focused on how much money I can make. I’m focused on how little I can lose.That’s a huge difference. It has allowed me to trade options successfully for nearly three decades. And it allowed me to retire at 42.Best regards and good trading,Jeff Clark Editor, Market MinuteP.S. Like any honest trader will admit, this is far from the only horror story that has occurred over my career. But my favorite story, which started out just as scary… ended quite differently.You see, I’d learned from my previous mistakes… and turned what was almost a devastating loss into one of the biggest wins of my career. Click here to hear all about it.Reader MailbagToday, another reader writes in about Doug Casey’s recent piece on the Alex Jones ban…Thanks Doug, for your comments about Facebook, Alex Jones and free speech. Makes me see this in a different light. —EdAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Recently, President Trump signed an executive order that mandates the Interior Department begin mapping the country to locate America’s “Brandt Oil” reserves.“Brandt Oil” is a new, clean super fuel that’s so powerful, less than two gallons’ worth contains enough raw energy to power your house for nine years. So it’s no surprise “Brandt Oil” applications are going mainstream.Get the full story right here… Justin’s note: Regular readers know I read master trader Jeff Clark’s Market Minute every morning. It’s a quick way to see everything I need to know about the coming day’s market action… and get expert trading advice—for free.Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite essays from him. If you’re interested in becoming a better trader, the following essay is required reading. In it, Jeff shares one of the most important lessons of his career…By Jeff Clark, editor, Market MinuteI was only 19 years old when I made my first options trade.I had a gut feeling the market was going to go higher… so I bought four S&P 100 call options at $1.50—a total investment of $600. A few hours later, the options were trading at $4.50. I sold and took the $1,200 profit—a 200% gain. And I was hooked on options forever.My next trade was in IBM. I bought 10 calls for $1. This time, it took a couple days to double my money. Next, I bought Digital Equipment put options… which nearly tripled in just a few days. This Illinois Farmer Made $2.5 Million (so can you)He didn’t touch stocks or bonds. The profit wasn’t from his farm, either. Rather, it’s from an idea Ronald Reagan had wanted all Americans to have. Recommended Link —last_img read more

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THESSALONIKI – Dominant Greek soccer power Panathi

first_imgTHESSALONIKI – Dominant Greek soccer power Panathinaikos closed in on a European Champions league spot after beating PAOK, 1-0 in Greek Super League play.The winning, and only, goal came from Stathis Tavlaridis, putting the Greens back in position for another go-round in European play next season, although they haven’t fared well there in recent years.The stands were nearly empty in the home field’s own stadium where the only action came on Tavlaridis’ score in the 43d minute. Soccer doesn’t give the exact time of goals.Panathinaikos almost was tied but English goalkeeper Luke Steele bounced out a Ricardo Costa header in the first half and there was no rebound attempt.With PAOK stumbling badly, the few fans in the stands mocked their own team and coach Giorgos Georgiadis admitted the team is in a bad way. Critics said many Greek soccer games are fixed.In the other game, Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis played a listless 0-0 draw at Peristeri.At the halfway point of the play-offs Panathinaikos has 11 points, PAOK has four, Asteras has three and Atromitos two as the Greens are running away with it.On June 1 Panathinaikos hosts PAOK in Athens and needs just one point to clinch the top spot in the mini-league, while Asteras Tripolis entertains Atromitos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Athens held off Anadolu Efes Istanbu

first_imgPanathinaikos Athens held off Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83-78 on Friday night in the Greek capital to pick up its fourth win in Group E action. With a 4-3 record, Panathinaikos is in a tie for third place, while Efes dropped to 3-4 in a share of fifth place halfway through the Top 16. The teams traded blows before halftime as Miroslav Raduljica carried the Greens to a slim 36-35 lead. The hosts built a double-digit margin in the third quarter, but Efes wasn’t going away behind Thomas Heurtel and Dario Saric. The visitors cut to within 66-64 in the fourth, but when Raduljica slowed down, Nick Calathes and James Gist stepped up to keep Panathinaikos with the lead and to finish off the job. Raduljica scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half, and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Calathes had 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, while Gist collected 11 points and 8 boards. James Feldeine chipped in with 10 points and 5 assists in victory. Saric paced Efes, matching his career-high with 18 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Derrick Brown had 16 points and 7 rebounds, Heurtel finished with 15 points and 7 assists and Jayson Granger scored 11 with 6 assists in the losing effort.First quarter: Teams trade blows early onSasha Pavlovic worked his way inside to open the game, and Ognjen Kuzmic scored a second-chance basket for the hosts. But Saric hit a pull-up triple and then drove to score a layup in a crowd to make it 4-6. Calathes answered with a jumper, and Raduljica scored from close range to put the Greens back in front. Jon Diebler nailed a long jumper, and after Pavlovic scored inside, Huertel knocked down a jumper, too, tying it at 10-10. Vladimir Jankovic, fought his way inside, but Heurtel fed Ahmet Duveriouglou with a bullet pass, and the big man finished with a dunk. Cedi Osman drove for a tough layup, then took it coast-to-coast, giving Efes a 12-16 advantage. Raduljica answered with a three-point play, but Brown made a runner. In the final minute of the quarter, Raduljica shook off Dunston for a monster dunk, but Dunston had a big dunk of his own in the final second of the quarter, making it 17-20 after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Raduljica leads the Greens to halftime leadHeurtel made a floater and Birkan Batuk knocked down a jumper to open a 17-24 lead. Raduljica pump-faked two players to score and then add a free throw, but Heurtel dished to Brown for a two-handed dunk, and Brown also had a tip-in to extend the margin to 21-29. Antonis Fotsis had a driving layup, and after a timeout, Fotsis hit a corner triple. A Calathes-to-Gist alley-oop dunk cut it to 28-29, and after a pair of Saric free throws, Feldeine nailed one from long range, which was followed by Raduljica scoring from close range and putting the Greens in front 33-31. Tyus had an easy dunk on a bounce-pass from Granger, but Raduljica bettered it with a dunk-plus-foul. Granger’s last-second floater ended an entertaining first half and made it 36-35 at halftime.Third quarter: Panathinaikos opens up 10-point leadGist had a fastbreak dunk to extend the lead, and after Granger and Calathes traded triples, Feledine added another one from downtown for the Greens, making it 45-38 and prompting an Efes timeout. Bryant made a pair of foul shots for the visitors, but Pavlovic got a lucky roll on a corner three before Raduljica scored a layup in traffic for the first double-digit lead in the game, 50-40. Saric nailed a long jumper for Efes, and Brown made a steal that led to a fastbreak layup that cut it within 52-46. Eleftherios Bochoridis and Raduljica each made a pair of free throws for the hosts, but Brown had a put-back and Heurtel a floater. Feledine nailed a long fadeaway jumper, but Heurtel bettered it with a triple to make it 58-53. Jankovic backed his way inside and banked in a tough basket, but Efes got a long jumper from Saric. Fotsis made an easy layup for the hosts, but Heurtel drove for a layup in the quarter’s last seconds to make it 64-59.Fourth quarter: Calathes and Gist finish the job for the GreensHeurtel nailed a long jumper, but Calathes banked in a floater in the opening minute of the quarter. Granger had a floater of his own that cut it to 66-64, but Calathes made a three-point play after a pass from Raduljica, before Raduljica himself scored inside to give the Greens breathing room at 71-64. Saric scored from close range with his left hand, but Gist answered from long range for the hosts, making it an 8-point affair. Granger drove for a layup to keep Efes in striking range with four minutes to go, but Gist made a tip-in for the hosts, and Jankovic nailed a three-pointer to restore a 10-point margin, 79-69. Gist and Heurtel traded baskets, before Saric had a put-back-plus-foul that gave Efes hope with 58 seconds to go, 81-76. However, Feldeine hit Calathes with a long pass for an easy layup with 17 seconds remaining, sealing the deal before Granger rounded out the scoring.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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