Facebook “feasts” on TV channels’ content but fails to pay for the privilege, a situation that must change if professional journalism is to have a future, according to Channel 4 new presenter Jon Snow, delivering the annual McTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International TV Festival.Jon Snow“We have to look at the new players in this digital age. Facebook needs to pay more taxes; Google needs to pay more taxes, the rest too. The digital media, the duopolies, have to pay more to carry professional journalism,” Snow told attendees in Edinburgh.“It cannot be beyond the bounds of human understanding to come up with a way of ensuring that these mega-entities have to pay to play.”Snow said that Facebook “feasts on our products and pays all but nothing for them”, a situation that “cannot last” if professional journalism is to be preserved. He called on governments and the EU to find way to force internet giants to pay for the content that helped drive usage of their platforms.In a wide-ranging lecture focusing on the disengagement between media organisations and wider society, and the growing social divide exemplified by news coverage of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Snow said there was a danger that the “monopoly over the world’s information” held by Google and Facebook presented a massive challenge, particularly given that both organisations took “so little responsibility” for what is disseminated on their platforms.
The number of digital pay TV subscribers in Eastern Europe will grow by 27% between 2017 and 2023, according to Digital TV Research.The new study claims that digital pay TV subscriber numbers in the region will grow from 61.57 million in 2017 to 78.08 million in 2023 – with Russia to account for half of these subscribers in 2023.However, over the five-year forecast period the total number of pay TV subscribers is expected to fall in 10 of the 22 countries covered by the report, including Russia, due to declines in analogue pay TV.Pay TV revenues overall are also expected to slowly decline in Eastern Europe from a peak of US$6.53 billion in 2017 to US$6.33 billion by 2023 as analogue cable revenues fall by US$1 billion and digital pay TV revenues grow by a smaller US$769 million.“Eastern Europe is slowly ridding itself of the legacy of analogue cable TV,” said Simon Murray, Digital TV Europe’s principal analyst.“Twenty million households still subscribed to analogue cable at end-2017 – more than digital cable. Many of these homes receive very basic packages; often as part of their rent.“Some of the remaining analogue cable subs do not want to convert to more expensive digital pay TV platforms and will therefore switch to DTT.”The number of analogue pay TV homes in Eastern Europe is expected to fall from 19.96 million in 2017 to just 1.08 million in 2023.
What Paul means when he says he lives “outside the Matrix” The BIG problem with the public school system The good side of economic collapse Join Ryan Brooks of The Sound of Freedom as he interviews Freeman’s Perspective author Paul Rosenberg on a variety of topics including: How and why to ‘Go Galt’ The problem with hope … and plenty more. Click here to enjoy The Sound of Freedom show (opens in a new window at youtube.com) For more information about The Sound of Freedom radio show, click here.
After Simon came a decade of rapid evolution. Smartphone functionality expanded to include video cameras, GPS features, and web browsing. Processing power, storage capacity, and battery life grew geometrically to accommodate the added functionality. Meanwhile, the telecoms were doing their part to coax the smartphone caterpillar out of its cocoon. In 2001, they launched 3G networks that achieved data-transfer speeds four times that of 2G networks. Suddenly, media streaming and/or downloading from the web became practical mobile functions. Finally in 2007, Steve Jobs and Apple—acting more like Great Synthesizers than Great Innovators—integrated all these converging elements into the iPhone. Then Apple added two important things to the mix… A unique talent for designing intuitive, user-friendly devices, and A robust ecosystem with thousands of apps. Boom. The smartphone butterfly emerged and took flight. The sales trajectory has been astounding… After seven years of sustained and explosive growth, is the smartphone market reaching saturation? Not even close. Smartphones are ubiquitous in the US and Western Europe, but that’s not the case everywhere. Old-fashioned feature phones still dominate in many emerging countries. But as incomes rise and smartphone prices fall, legions of consumers will upgrade from feature phones to smartphones. Indeed, the great upgrade is already under way. In China alone, almost 300 million people will purchase smartphones in 2014. The smartphone megaboom is far from over—it’s just moved to the East… and has a much different look than in the West. Commodity Boom Price is paramount in emerging markets, including the biggest emerging market of them all… China. Lower- to middle-class Chinese can only afford to pay about $150 for a handset. 35% of smartphones sold in China are priced below $150, and almost 60% are priced below $330… Most people think the smartphone was an overnight success made possible by a sudden technological leap from Apple. Not so. Eddie Cantor had it right 50 years ago when he said, “It takes 20 years to be an overnight success.” Rise to Fame Visionaries first conceptualized the smartphone way back in the 1970s. In the 1990s, that concept became reality when IBM released the Simon Personal Communicator: a cellphone that, in addition to its telephonic capability, could send and receive faxes and emails and featured a touchscreen display. Many consider the Simon the first commercial device that could legitimately be called a smartphone. Companies are desperate to capture this huge and growing piece of the low-end pie, and so they’re rolling out new, cheap smartphones every month. That’s great news for consumers. But here’s the rub: in order to hit low price points, handset manufacturers are stripping out features that differentiate their products. Low-end smartphones are essentially becoming commodities. That opens the field up to a slew of competitors. There are literally hundreds of small handset manufacturers in China trying to undercut each other for a piece of this lucrative market. How to Invest Handset manufacturers and proprietary chip makers are not the way to play the Great Upgrade. For handset manufacturers, competition is simply too fierce—margins, if they exist at all, will be razor thin. And brand loyalty will be almost impossible to achieve. The same goes for proprietary chip makers—there’s simply no demand for their products in low-end devices. Such are the problems in a commodity-based market. Fortunately, the clever minds at The Casey Report have discovered a way to play this trend. It’s a “picks and shovels” company that supplies Chinese smartphone manufacturers with a trendy, ever-expanding software product that they wouldn’t be able to do without—and it’s beating the competition by having formed strategic alliances with China’s top three wireless service providers. What we love most about this pick is that this is one of the few companies (if not the only one) in this massive market that is nearly certain to profit from the smartphone megatrend. Let the handset manufacturers cannibalize each other—this company will cash in by selling them its services, regardless of who ultimately wins the smartphone wars. We expect to double our money on this one within the next two years. But best of all, this stock trades on the Nasdaq—that means no dealing with foreign stock exchanges, no complicated transactions. You can profit from China’s middle-class boom and the “Great Upgrade” with just a few mouse clicks. You can find the full investment story, including a comprehensive analysis of the Chinese smartphone market, in the newest edition of The Casey Report.
Trump Ends “Drug War”—Unleashing $22 Billion Bonanza?Two branches of the federal government have been at “war” for nearly a year… Over one of the most controversial new products in the past decade. It’s not marijuana…or some new energy drink… But thanks to President Trump, federal statute 115-661 has brought a truce between the DEA and FDA. And it’s expected to unleash a $22 billion industry. (Bigger than the snack food and video game industries combined.) You’ll soon see a whole new line of these products flooding into almost every home in America. If you thought PCs and smartphones were big, you haven’t seen anything yet! — Recommended Link Justin’s note: The U.S. government is shut down.It has been for 28 days now – making it the longest government shutdown in U.S. history by a wide margin. And there’s no telling when it will come to an end.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the media’s having a field day with this. But I can’t help but wonder if this is as big of a deal as people are making it out to be. So I got Doug Casey on the phone to see what he thinks…Justin: Doug, the U.S. government shutdown is now 28 days old. Are you surprised it’s lasted this long?Doug: I’m not surprised, but I’m definitely pleased. There have been a number of shutdowns in the past. Sixteen days under Obama. Twenty-one days under Bill Clinton. Five separate shutdowns on Jimmy Carter’s watch. This one, like its antecedents, is no more than a tempest in a toilet bowl – just a nuisance for a small segment of the population. A proper shutdown would include the IRS [laughs].In this case, the shutdown is because Trump isn’t getting the $5.7 billion he wants for his wall. But this begs the question… should there even be a wall? My answer is “no,” for a number of both practical and philosophical reasons. Keeping illegal aliens out is a good idea. But it would happen naturally if just two things were done.Point number one, get rid of the welfare benefits that draw the wrong kind of people. During the 19th century, and up to the 1930s, there were absolutely no welfare benefits for immigrants – or anybody else, for that matter. As a result, you attracted opportunity seekers.Point number two, all U.S. property should be privately owned. Including streets, sidewalks, and parks. That way if they can’t support themselves, or make an arrangement with somebody who will, they would simply have no place to sleep.No welfare?! No unowned property where vagrants can loiter?! It sounds heartless. But I have no doubt that people like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s Mayor DeBlasio, and thousands of other generous public servants would feed, clothe, and shelter them at their own expense.But in today’s world, the public doesn’t want less government. They want much, much more. Polls show most Millennials favor socialism. So we can look forward to a paradise for the workers and peasants in the new future.However I’m afraid nobody is looking at the important thing here. Greetings, of course resistance to Cortez is not futile, as everyone is still entitled to their opinion. However, a point has been made that a single payer medical system would be cheaper than the current corporate abomination in the U.S. In addition, $800B annually on spent blowing up humanoids around the world would be better spent on surgeons and band-aids. One has to wonder how an economy, like Cuba, under 60 years of economic embargo can still provide basic medical care, while sending 10,000 doctors to Venezuela. Trump initiated tax cuts for the richest in America, some of which could have been used for Medicare, or education and Mr. Casey could still eat steak. We bailed out the banks to the tune of $17T, yet we can’t afford healthcare for all? Really? People fought the Pinkertons for a 5-day work week and legislation getting the 12-year-old out of the coal mines. It was an accomplishment that most have forgotten, but not everyone. It would be very much appreciated if the anarcho-capitalists could provide some examples of how private water and sewer systems would actually work, rather than just telling us how simple it would be. So far, I have just seen unmitigated disasters. Saludos.—Ian Justin: And what would that be?Doug: Some rather basic principles. Our topic is not why this shutdown occurred. It’s whether or not the shutdown is a good thing or a bad thing. To answer that question we have to decide to what extent the federal government is necessary. Everybody assumes that it’s always been there, and has always been the behemoth it now is. The average American not only confuses the government with the country – they’re actually two different things – but sees Washington, DC as a fixture in the cosmic firmament.Let me make what some may feel is an outrageous statement: There’s nothing the government does that couldn’t and wouldn’t be done – vastly cheaper and better – by profit-seeking entrepreneurs. Further, a large part of what the government does is not just unnecessary, but destructive. And wouldn’t be done at all in a free market.So, let’s look at a few departments that have been affected by this shutdown, and see how important they are to the conduct of life in the United States. Obviously this isn’t even scratching the surface. A proper discussion would take years. But it’s worth taking a few minutes here because the average American – forget about the average European – hasn’t even considered the concept.My view is optimistic and hopeful. Basically, all the departments that have been shut down should actually be abolished wholesale. They serve no useful purpose. If they are useful, they should be privatized.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA] is an excellent example of this. Right now, 95% of its employees have been furloughed.And I’m all for NASA in principle, or at least what it does. I’m a big fan of space exploration. But even though NASA is full of competent, high-IQ people, it’s run like the post office, or a DMV, or the military. It’s degenerated into a typical cost-plus government bureaucracy.SpaceX, Blue Origin, and many other companies are proving that the private sector can do anything that NASA does – faster, cheaper, and better. Why? Because they’re not constrained by politics. They necessarily have to operate in a sustainable, efficient, innovative way. Because they’re doing it for profit. Which means they’re trying to create capital, not consume it.Apart from that, the U.S. government is manifestly bankrupt. Soon enough, it won’t even be able to pay the interest on its debt, forget about science projects. That’s going to happen over the next couple of decades. NASA will be left high and dry – last in line for whatever funds there are.NASA, and similar government enterprises, should be privatized. Either taken public in an IPO, perhaps with most shares distributed to all U.S. citizens, and its employees. Or sold to some company with an interest in space. That would turn it from a cash consuming liability into an asset. Justin: What federal agencies would be better if taken over by the private sector?Doug: The United States Department of Agriculture [USDA]. It has about 100,000 employees and spends about $140 billion a year. Those are amazing numbers, considering that only 1 to 2% of the U.S. population works in agriculture. Its useful functions – crop reporting, bio research and such – should be privatized. Of course all crop subsidies, price controls, planting limits, and the like should be abolished. They basically put farmers – especially politically well-connected ones – on welfare. And create distortions in the market.The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished. In particular the Transportation Security Administration [TSA], one of their many divisions.If airline security is necessary – if it actually makes sense to screen people before they get on planes – it should be the job of the airlines, not the government. Airlines shortsightedly offloaded the responsibility and cost of maintaining security to the taxpayer. But the costs should be reflected in the cost of flying. Air travelers who actually use this service – if that’s what it is – should pay for it. But it’s probably not necessary in today’s world of secured cabins.What kind of middle-aged people – 60,000 of them – are willing to wear costumes and go through the dirty laundry of their fellow citizens, and interrogate them, for $15 an hour? It’s ridiculous and degrading theater.Speaking of flying, the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] should be privatized. In particular its critical Air Traffic Control division, which is always a generation or two behind in its technology. That’s not going to improve, because funding from a bankrupt government will be increasingly sparse.Justin’s note: Tomorrow, we’ll share part 2 of our conversation, where Doug and I look at what the shutdown could mean for the National Park System as well as the Department of Defense.If you enjoy these discussions, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on our book: Totally Incorrect 2. It’s Doug’s most controversial book yet… as well as a vital guide for surviving the changes happening in America today.This book isn’t available anywhere else right now. Learn how to get your copy right here.Reader MailbagReaders continue to write in with their thoughts on Doug’s interview last week on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:Of course, it’s futile! The current system is a complete failure for the middle class. So, folks are going want to try something different. There’s no need to be scared of a change. China is a total socialist/totalitarian regime that has lifted over 800 million out of poverty while still creating 1.34 million millionaires. Why worry? —Terry “What is your Citizen Score?”This score could determine:Whether you qualify for Social Security…What college your kids or grandkids can attend…Whether you can access the internet…If you can travel by plane (already, 11 million have been denied)So far, the “Citizen Score” has been tested in 40 different international cities. But is it happening right under our noses, in AMERICA? Click here for the full, outrageous story Hello Doug, totally LOVED your article on AOC. What people don’t seem to realize is that someone has to pay for all these liberal “fantasies.” Of course I am a privileged white woman who put herself through college (while raising two children with no help), landed a successful career, and raised extremely successful individuals who know how to take care of themselves. No one paid my student loan. No one gave me free housing and food. I take care of myself with exercise, diet and a moderate lifestyle. I am kind and helpful to others – but cannot tolerate freeloaders. Most of all – I LOVE MY COUNTRY! Sorry for rambling – but some of the comments from others tell me that THEY need to get a grip!—PatriciaAs always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments for the Dispatch, send them to us at email@example.com.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…A legendary Wall Street trader just introduced an ingenious ploy to follow in the footsteps of Big Money…He calls it the “13-X Trading System.”Think of it as your reliable “cheat sheet” for predicting which stocks are about to skyrocket – several days or weeks in advance.You can get all the details right here… Click here to watch this tell-all video Thank you for understanding the danger of having the so-called Dem-Socialist Cortez sitting in the House and talking non-sense. As a victim of the communists, I think Ms. Cortez’s ideology is for the idiots! She doesn’t know anything that she’s talking about. But it’s too bad that she is made a “star” for the unthinkable! For me, she is very stupid and naive! I hope that you will continue your mission to expose the wrong(s) in our society to prevent the mankind from suffering under the hands of the inhuman socialists/communists and communists’ sympathizers, and history won’t repeat itself! Thank you kindly. —Lan — Recommended Link
Popular on-demand transportation service Lyft partnered with The University of Alabama to introduce a discounted rate for students, faculty and staff who use the app around campus.Lyft has used this program in other areas of the country, including partnering with breweries and wineries in Georgia and Maryland and offering free rides to Texas residents this past Labor Day. The initiative is to decrease drunk driving risks and give people an incentive for choosing to get home safely.Students, faculty and staff can use the code “UASGA” on the app, under the “Promos” section. This allows them to receive 15 percent off rides around campus, from Jack Warner Parkway to Hargrove Road. The radius also includes most of downtown Tuscaloosa to as far as Helen Keller Road.As an additional promotion, by enrolling in The University of Alabama’s Ride Smart program, users can receive an extra 10 percent off rides if they request a ride between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. This is a conditional offer that is not valid on home football game days.Lyft has taken other precautionary measures to increase safety when using the app. In 2015, Lyft introduced a feature that, while on a ride, users can choose “Send ETA” to a contact from the Lyft app to tell a friend or family member when they are expected to arrive.While the University currently employs the 348-RIDE system, which is free and runs from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., the system operates on a smaller radius that Lyft’s program, can often get bogged down during peak travel hours and can leave users waiting almost an hour for rides. With Lyft joining the after-hours transportation scene, SGA president Price McGiffert said Lyft can hopefully be a catalyst for getting people home safely and efficiently.“I am excited to partner with Lyft to offer The University of Alabama an affordable way to get around,” McGiffert said in a press release. “We’ve had the whole team of UA leaders getting involved. Our partnership with Lyft is going to make a big difference with our students and create another easy way to access transportation.”Chris D’Esposito, UA’s director of Transportation Services, said he is happy to add Lyft to the available services that focus on safety and convenience for the UA population.“We want to provide University of Alabama students with transportation options that will suit all their needs, and Lyft is another tool in that toolbox,” D’Esposito said in a press release. “It’s a seamless way for our students to access the downtown and surrounding communities while complementing our existing transportation options.”Lyft general manager Jake Darby said he is excited about the partnership and is proud to help provide “access to convenient and affordable transportation.”“Whether students need a ride to class early in the morning or a reliable ride home late at night, Lyft ensures students can get around campus with ease at any time, day or night.” Darby said in a press release.The promotion officially begins today. To read more about how the promotion works and to see frequently asked questions, click here.
Cottonwood Elementary School students took their lessons about kindness from last week and applied them to help Eagles Wings.This week, kids’ learning about kindness is paying off for Eagles Wings. Students from Cottondale Elementary collected donations and items for Eagles Wings during the Great Kindness Challenge. They took their donations to Eagles Wings today.During the week of the Great Kindness Challenge, students across the country learn the value of good deeds and being kind to others.
NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki got to see why people compare Kristaps Porzingis to him, and the rookie almost ruined the view.Porzingis led a fourth-quarter charge and finished with 28 points, but the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 104-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Dec. 7.Nowitzki scored 25 points after a strong start, then offered some encouragement to Porzingis after the Mavs walked off with a victory that seemed would be much easier than it ended up.“The comparisons are more than fair,” Nowitzki said. “He’s way ahead of the curve. When I was 20 I was scared to death out there. He’s almost averaging a double-double out there. He’s better than I was in my 20s, so the comparison is probably unfair to him. He’s a complete package.”Porzingis had 12 points in the fourth quarter of his first matchup with Nowitzki, the German great he has been compared to for his perimeter shooting skills by a 7-footer.“It really doesn’t matter because we still lost,” he said, “but yeah, I was just hitting shots and trying to do the things to help the team win at the end.”The Latvian rookie made consecutive 3-pointers as the Knicks cut what had been a 23-point deficit to 101-97 with 43 seconds left, then blocked Deron Williams’ shot.But Carmelo Anthony was called for an offensive foul as the Knicks were trying to work to get the ball to Porzingis for another shot, and Nowitzki followed with a free throw before Williams made two more to close it out.Williams had 20 points and seven assists.A night after making a season-best 16 3-pointers and scoring 116 points in a victory at Washington, the Mavericks appeared to be rolling again in this one. Nowitzki scored 11 in the first quarter to show the Mavs had plenty left for the second night of their back-to-back.“Dirk loves these types of situations, taking the challenge of a young guy like this, and Porzingis is a special player,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.They had a 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter and fans were booing the Knicks, but Carlisle had to bring his starters back after the Knicks mounted a charge.“It’s hard to keep a 20-point lead, especially on the road in the second half of a back-to-back,” Williams said. “With that being said, we’ve got to do a better job.”Anthony had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, but shot 6-for-18 from the field and also picked up a technical foul in the fourth quarter.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis grabbed just two rebounds but held his own offensively against Nowitzki, the top international scorer in NBA history.But Nowitzki was surrounded by much more firepower even without a big night from Wesley Matthews, who scored 36 points on a franchise record-tying 10 3-pointers in a Dec. 6.Matthews was just 3 of 10 for 10 points.Former Knicks guard Raymond Felton finished with 14 points in the Mavs’ fourth straight victory in the series.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has selected Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin to operate and staff a workplace health clinic at its Milwaukee hotel and casino.The clinic, which is slated to open this fall inside Potawatomi 1721 W. Canal St. building, will provide health services at no charge to all employees.The clinic will be available to all of Potawatomi’s 2,500 employees, about 65 percent of whom live in the city of Milwaukee. Rodney Ferguson, CEO and general manager of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, said the new clinic will provide improved access to health care for his employees.“Potawatomi Hotel & Casino takes pride in the benefits package we offer our 2,500-plus team members – a package including robust medical and dental plans, a generous 401(k) match and much more,” said Ferguson. “By adding a clinic, that benefits package grows even stronger.”Froedtert & MCW Workforce Health, a provider of wellness programs and health care services for employers, will operate and staff the clinic. Advanced practice nurse practitioners and physician assistants will see patients and diagnose and treat non-emergency minor illnesses such as sore throats, earaches, sinus and urinary tract infections, flu symptoms and skin rashes. The clinic will also offer lab tests, vaccinations, physicals, routine prescriptions, preventive care visits and wellness coaching.Potawatomi’s program also will include occupational health and safety services.“More and more employers are recognizing the value of a comprehensive approach to workforce health,” said Patti Kneiser, vice president of employer services for Froedtert Health. “Providing the right care at the right time and place is an effective way to keep people healthy, improve productivity and manage costs. And employees love the convenience.”Froedtert & MCW Workforce Health currently provides workplace clinics for Associated Banc-Corp., Greenfield School District, Hatco Corp., Palermo Villa, Inc., the City of Milwaukee and City of Wauwatosa. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:48 pmA Dollar General store is being proposed for a vacant lot near the southwest corner of North 76th Street and West Florist Avenue on Milwaukee’s northwest side.The store would be constructed on a 0.5-acre lot at 5925 N. 76th St., according to an application filed with the city by The Overland Group LLC. The store would sit toward the southern end of the roughly half-acre lot, while a 17-stall parking lot would be at the north end with access from the side street, West Bobolink Place.If built, the Dollar General would be situated along an existing commercial area with single-family homes to the west. Across West Bobolink to the north is a restaurant, and a convenience store neighbors the lot to the south. Across North 76th Street is a shopping center, with tenants including beauty salons, restaurants and a convenience store. “The proposed development will enhance the property, and in addition have a positive impact on the surrounding area,” the applicants wrote in a submission to the city.The proposal is to be considered in February by the Board of Zoning Appeals.A representative of The Overland Group declined to comment on the proposal. A spokeswoman for Dollar General did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Dollar General has more than 15,000 stores in 44 states, according to the application. The stores carry a wide variety of items, including food, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies and housewares. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe