Intelsat 33eIntelsat said it expects its planned Softbank-backed merger with affordable internet provider, OneWeb, to now be terminated after failing to agree a debt exchange agreement.The satellite operator said that its offer to swap outstanding senior unsecured notes had not been accepted and that the minimum tender conditions for the offer had not been satisfied.As a result, the company said it expects that OneWeb and SoftBank will exercise their respective termination rights under their merger and related share purchase agreement.“There were many stakeholders’ interests that needed to be satisfied in this complex transaction,” said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. “We are disappointed that our bondholders were unwilling to accept the terms of the exchange offers presented over the course of this process.”However, Spengler said that even without a merger, the pre-existing commercial agreement between Intelsat, OneWeb and SoftBank “will continue”.“Under this agreement, we plan to jointly develop integrated solutions utilising both of our fleets and to act as a sub-distributor to SoftBank for the attractive application segments of mobility, energy, government, and connected car.“As we create integrated services for these applications, we expect to accelerate and enhance our goal of unlocking new and larger opportunities in the communications landscape.”Intelsat announced in February plans to merge with OneWeb in a share-for-share transaction, with Intelsat also agreeing a share-purchase agreement with OneWeb investor SoftBank.SoftBank was due to invest US$1.7 billion in newly issued common and preferred shares of the combined company – a move designed to help reduce Intelsat’s debt by approximately $3.6 billion. This would have resulted in SoftBank taking an approximate 39.9% voting stake in the combined business.SoftBank committed to invest US$1 billion in OneWeb in December, to help support OneWeb’s vision of delivering affordable, high-speed, low-latency internet to rural and remote communities around the world.The OneWeb deal was designed to “significantly strengthen” Intelsat’s capital structure and help it to accelerate into new areas, such as providing connectivity for connected vehicles.
Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa has today launched its authenticated on-demand service in France.A deal with local affiliate partner Canal+ will see the VOD service becoming the latest to get Fox’s branded digital video product.Fox Play will stream through TV, mobile, tablet and web, and allows for offline viewing, and is offered to Canal+ subs with a Ciné/Séries package.The service debuted as Fox+ through Viaplay and Canal Digital in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, and then launched in Greece through Vodafone.In France, the service will be known as Fox Play, though DTVE sister title TBI understands it is the same product under a different guise.In France, FNG operates pay TV channels such as National Geographic, Net geo Wild and Voyage.Fox Play will offer full drama, comedy and animation box sets to Canal+ subscribers, with new titles added on a monthly basis.The X FilesThe X Files, Outcast, Empire and Baskets are among the shows offered at launch, with Londono noting content from both the US Fox studio and international hubs will be included.Police drama Graceland and US comedy Baskets are making their local debuts through the service.Most new titles will be offered 12 months after their linear debut.All series will be available in French or with French subtitling.“The service is a necessary evolution of the channel brand for clients and customers around the world,” FNG Europe & Africa COO Diego Londono told TBI this morning.
India’s TV18 Broadcast has become the controlling shareholder in the channels business it operates with Viacom.Network18 Media-owned TV18 has added 1% of Viacom’s shares in Viacom18 to become the 51% majority owner for US$20 million, meaning it takes operational and strategic control.A further element to the agreement means Viacom will continue to supply Viacom18 with content for another ten years.Previously, TV18 and global media giant Viacom ran Viacom18 together.“Viacom 18 is one of the fastest growing companies in India’s dynamic media and technology sector and, as a result of this transaction, we believe it will be even better-positioned for accelerated growth through closer integration and alignment with the Network 18 Group and its affiliates, including India’s fastest growing mobile network, Jio,” said Viacom International Media Network (VIMN) CEO David Lynn.He added that Viacom “remains strongly committed” to the venture, particularly seeing “clear potential to expand [their content agreement] in live events and recreation”.The deal comes as Viacom18 celebrates its tenth anniversary “This development will allow us to leverage deeper synergies with Jio as we enter our next growth phase,” said Sudhanshu Vats, group CEO of Viacom18.“As India’s youngest full-play media organization, we remain committed to winning the hearts of our audiences across all our on-air, on-line, in-store, in-theatre and on-ground businesses- and enriching the digital life of every Indian.”The business began in 2007 with three channels – MTV, Nickelodeon and VH1, and today has 44 networks in 80 territories and in six languages. Financial growth in that time has been significant.
Formula 1 has struck a far-reaching sponsorship and data rights commercial partnership with Interregional Sports Group (ISG) to create a new F1 betting offering, enabling the development of all new in-play betting markets during Grands Prix.Under the deal, ISG will have the right to sub-license Betting Partnership Rights to select betting brands around the world, subject to regulations, including regionalised branded on-screen graphics, physical and virtual trackside signage, and digital integration across F1’s digital and social platforms.F1 has also teamed up with Sportradar to use the latter’s fraud detection system to combat betting-related race-fixing and corruption.Sean Bratches, managing director, commercial operations at Formula 1 said that F1 was “hugely excited to work with ISG and Sportradar on making the most of the data which is generated at every Grand Prix”.He said that data and sponsorship partnerships “are common practice across almost all premium sports and this is the latest step in our mission to make Formula 1 the world’s leading sports entertainment experience”allowing the organisation to “develop new and exciting ways for Formula 1 fans around the globe to engage with the world’s greatest racing spectacle, while ensuring integrity with best practice oversight from Sportradar.”Tony Ragan, joint executive chairman, ISG Group said that ISG would work with Sportradar to “create products that will be both exciting and engaging for the global betting public helping them feel even more involved in what is one of the most thrilling sports in the world.”Liberty Media, which acquired F1 from Bernie Ecclestone two years ago, has long looked to gambling as a way to make additional revenue from the sport, but initially met with resistance from Ecclestone.Liberty Media’s stock price jumped by around 8% on news of the deal, which the Financial Times reported could be worth around US$100 million to F1 over a five-year period.
3 Screen Solutions (3SS) is launching a new product and service designed to deepen Google Assistant integration for superior Android TV services.3READY Assistant is enabled by 3SS’s 3READY Android TV Operator Tier Custom Launcher and can be used by operators to create customer support-related actions – including billing queries, PVR instructions, and the management of advanced parental control features.The operator can define and customise these options in Google Assistant-compatible language, promoting subscriber loyalty by enabling deeper engagement with the service using voice technology.“Android TV-based deployments are now widely acknowledged as capable of delivering game-changing entertainment experiences to viewers, alongside myriad operational advantages to service providers, as exemplified by Com Hem Tv Hub,” said Kai-Christian Borchers, 3SS’s managing director.“With our new service 3READY Assistant, we are enabling service providers to even further differentiate their offerings from competitors, enhancing customer satisfaction by offering new capabilities, better discoverability, ultimately maximising business potential.”
Sports streaming service DAZN has announced the broadcast rights to Major League Soccer (MLS) in six international markets.DAZN will have exclusive broadcast rights to the US soccer league in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain with immediate effect. This will see every MLS match broadcast on the platform exclusively in these regions. The company also has been awarded rights for the MLS in Brazil, though this is not exclusive.Jacopo Tonoli, Chief Commercial Officer, DAZN, said: “MLS has a growing global audience and this agreement means we will continue to build that fandom around the world. Our multi-sport OTT proposition puts fans first, so for one affordable monthly fee, and no long-term contract, they can enjoy a huge variety of the best sport on any device, anywhere.”This announcement follows the news that DAZN secured exclusive rights for this year’s Copa del Rey final featuring Barcelona versus Valencia for Germany Austria, Switzerland and Japan, with non-exclusive rights for Italy.
ShareTweet “I am appealing to anyone who was in the Lifford Road area around this time and noticed any suspicious activity, or anyone who has any information about this incident, or comes across any discarded charity boxes to contact police in Strabane on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 380 of 04/02/18. “Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”BURGLARY PROBE AFTER HEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL CHARITY BOXES was last modified: February 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: BURGLARY PROBE AFTER HEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL CHARITY BOXESLIFFORD ROADSGT JONI BEATTYstrabane POLICE in Strabane are investigating a burglary at commercial premises on the Lifford Road at the weekend. Sergeant Joni Beatty said: “The burglary occurred shortly after 4am on Sunday, 4th February. “A door and glass panel were damaged. A number of charity boxes were reported stolen.
“First of all a young boy stole an ‘emergency hammer’ from a Bus and then went on to smash a phone box window with it. “ROU were just ahead of Ballyarnett NPT in catching the guy on Foyle Street. Which lead to him being arrested by Ballyarnett NPT for Theft and Criminal Damage.“Not an hour later ROU were at it again but this time they apprehended a male on Foyle Street with a large kitchen knife. “The Officers showed great courage and restraint by arresting the male without injury. ShareTweet Derry streets safer after police seize large knife from maleFoyle StreetPSNI FOYLEReducing Offender Unit “Instances like this can sometimes warrant Police drawing their firearm and huge risks to Officers and the public.“Thankfully that’s a weapon off the street and two suspects feeling the weight of the law.”Derry streets safer after police seize large knife from male was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE have helped reduce the level of harm on the streets of Derry after seizing this large knife from a male.The weapon was seized on Wednesday during patrols by the police’s Reducing Offender Unit and other neighbourhood patrols.PSNI Foyle say on its Facebook page: “It’s been a busy day for the Reducing Offender Unit #ROU in the City Centre.
The silver equities opened down—and headed lower immediately—and by lunchtime in New York, were down 2%. But, like the gold stocks, they rallied back, but didn’t quite make it into the black, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index close down 0.21%. The CME Daily Delivery Report was another surprise in gold, as only 27 contracts were posted for delivery on Day 2 of the June delivery month. There were a dozen issuers—and half a dozen stoppers. In silver, there were 51 contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. ABN Amro was the short/issuer on 50 of them—and JPMorgan and Scotiabank stopped 25 of them in total. There were deliveries posted in platinum and palladium as well and, like yesterday, the Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick look. The link is here. The other big surprise was that there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV on Friday—and after the big price smack-downs on Tuesday, one would have expected that to happen. I’m only speculating here, but it’s my opinion that JPMorgan and the other bullion banks were buyers of every share of these two ETFs that John Q. Public was puking up. That goes for every other day of this week as well. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday. They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 125,000 silver eagles. Although there may be more sales reported on Monday that will change things, as of the last trading day in May, the U.S. Mint has sold 35,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—12,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 3,988,500 silver eagles during the month just past. Based on these sales the silver/gold sales ratio was 83 to 1 in May. Year-to-date the U.S. Mint has sold 21,436,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, there was no in/out movement in gold for the second day in a row. But it was an entirely different kettle of fish in silver, as 600,135 troy ounces were reported received—and a whopping 2,000,163 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here. Well, yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report lived up to its hoped-for advance billing. Maybe not all of Tuesday’s engineered price decline made it into yesterday’s report, but enough of it did to show big changes—and set some new records. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a chunky 3,367 contracts, or 16.8 million ounces. The Commercial net short position is now down to 71.1 million troy ounces. Because of the timing of the report, which was 15 minutes before my flight to Vancouver left Edmonton, I never had a chance to talk to Ted Butler about yesterday’s numbers, but he did e-mail the highlights—and here they are. The standouts were as follows: the technical funds added 5,100 contract to their short position which takes them to a new record short position. The raptors, the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’, added 3,000 contracts to their new record long position of 48,800 Comex contracts. And lastly, the big long position hiding in the bushes in the Managed Money category is still there. I was afraid it might have been a casualty of the engineered price decline, but it wasn’t. And lastly, JPMorgan managed to cover about 1,000 contracts of their short-side corner in the Comex silver market—and are now short ‘only’ 90 million ounces of silver. That represents 125% of the entire Commercial net short position. How outrageous can you get? In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 27,372 contracts, or 2.74 million troy ounces. The new Commercial short position now stands at 7.86 million troy ounces. The standouts in gold were as follow—and I just cut and paste what Ted sent our way—and lightly edited in the process—In gold, the tech funds added 22,000 new shorts, JPM bought 4,000 contracts—and their long-side corner in the Comex gold market now stands at 3.4 million troy ounces—34,000 contracts. Mostly of the rest of the buying in the Commercial category was done by the gold raptors. Ted added the following comment to his e-mail, which I thought worth sharing as well—Good report, but should be much better now – hard to see how it could get much better than what transpired through Friday. The only thing to add to the above is Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” chart, which is posted below. Despite the improvements, it’s little changed from the one posted in last Saturday’s column, which you can check out by clicking here, and then scrolling down a bit. 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The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org. Platinum wasn’t spared, either—and had a similar price path to both gold and silver—and closed down six bucks on the day. Palladium traded in a one percent range for the entire Friday session—and actually finished up two bucks from Thursday’s close. Here are the charts. The gold stocks traded in a tight range either side of unchanged for the first 45 minutes of trading on Friday—and then headed lower, hitting their low tick at the same time as the metal itself, a few minutes before noon in New York. From there the rallied quietly before heading sharply higher starting around 3:15 p.m. EDT. The HUI blasted into the green—and closed up 0.98%. Because I’m in Vancouver this weekend, I’ve cut the stories down to as few as I could. I hope there are some in there that you like. There are no markets anymore—only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA—April 2008 Today’s pop “blast from the past” is one that popped into my head out of the blue—and I immediately rushed to the computer to look it up on the youtube.com Internet site—and the link is here. The singer, Marty Balin, was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane back in the 1960s—along with its spin-off, Jefferson Starship, Today’s classical “blast from past” is the second moment of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. I’ve posted this before, but it was years ago. The pianist is Ivan Klánský—and I’m just sorry that this recording is not available on CD, because I’d buy it in a heartbeat if it was, as I consider it to the definite recording of the work. If you’ve ever seen the movie Amadeus, this is the music that’s playing as the credits roll at the end. It’s the only movie I have ever seen in a theatre where the audience remained in their seats until the credits were done—and the piano piece was over. I was one of them. It was a surreal experience. The link is here. Just when you think that this price management scheme couldn’t get any more blatant than it already was, JPMorgan et al pull off this stunt during the New York trading session yesterday. And as spectacular as the COT Report was on Friday, the one that we will get next Friday will certainly be another one for the record books, provided we don’t have a big rally before the cut-off for that report at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday. Ted Butler was certainly right about the fact that “da boyz” hadn’t finished loading up the technical funds on the short side in gold. Well, they added 22,000 shorts in the last COT Report—and a bunch more since then, including a big chunk yesterday. As Ted said in his comments further up in this column—“[It’s] hard to see how it could get much better than what transpired through Friday.” I agree totally. Here are the 1-year charts for both gold and silver—and you can tell that we are near a major bottom in both metals, especially in silver. The silver price traded sideway within a dime of unchanged either side of Thursday’s closing price in New York and, like gold, the hammer fell shortly after 9 a.m. EDT—and by 12:45 p.m., all the damage was done, as silver also closed at a new low for this move down. The silver price rallied until 4 p.m. in electronic trading before flat-lining for the rest of day. The high and low ticks were posted as $19.085 and $18.615 in the July contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $18.81 spot, down 23 cents from Thursday’s close—and you would have to go all the way back to the late June close in 2013 to find a lower closing price. It’s what happens going forward that really matters now It was pretty quiet in Far East trading on their Friday. The high of the day came shortly before 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and then it was a long, slow slide into the 8:40 a.m. EDT open in New York. The subsequent rally only lasted until shortly after 9 a.m.—and by the time the HFT boyz were done with it, gold hit its low minutes before noon EDT. From that point, the gold price rallied quietly until 4:30 p.m.—and then traded mostly sideways into the close. The CME recorded the high and low ticks at $1,260.60 and $1,242.20 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York on Friday at $1,251.30 spot, down another $4.60 on the day—and at a new low for this move down. Volume, net of June was pretty decent at 142,000 contracts. But it’s what happens going forward that really matters now. Whether we’re at the exact bottom or not, the rally that starts at some point will be met by raptor selling as they take profits as the technical funds begin to cover their short positions . But if the raptors don’t sell enough of their long positions to contain the price as the tech funds rush to cover as moving averages are penetrated to the upside, will JPMorgan et al as sellers of last resort step in to prevent the rallies from going supernova? They’ve always done that in the past. Will this time be different? Beats me. As Jim Rickards has so correctly pointed out, the price management scheme is now so obvious that the manipulators should be embarrassed by what they’re doing. Embarrassed or not, will it make any difference? Whatever happens, I’ll be watching the price activity closely from this point onward—and I was encouraged by the share price action today despite the beating the metals themselves got. And if I had to bet ten bucks, I’d say that we’re done to the downside. But I felt that way at the close of trading on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well. The open in New York on Sunday evening should tell us a lot. I’m done for the day—and for the week. I’ll be interested in what Ted has to say in his weekly review for his paying subscribers later today—and I’ll steal what I think I can get away with for my Tuesday missive. See you then.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — There was no yelling from Brad Stevens during the first timeout. Nobody got benched.It looked bad for the Boston Celtics on the scoreboard, but their coach liked what he was seeing on the court.“Even when we were down 10-2, I felt good about the way we were playing,” Stevens said, adding that his message to his players was “we’re playing a lot better than the score.”Eventually, they played a lot better than the Nets.Avery Bradley scored 21 points, and the Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-81 victory over Brooklyn on Jan. 7.Tyler Zeller added 18 points for the Celtics, who won for just the second time in nine games by outplaying and outworking the Nets over the final three quarters. They trailed by 11 in the first half but gradually pulled away after halftime despite shooting under 40 percent for the game.“We knew what we had to do to come into the game tonight and get a win,” reserve Jae Crowder said. “We just came out with a little more effort than they did and it showed late.”Nets center Mason Plumlee agreed that the Nets were outhustled. “No question,” he said. “It hurts to say that, but that’s what happened.”The Celtics had just seven turnovers, leading to four points for the Nets. Brooklyn turned it over 18 times, which Boston turned into 16 points.Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets, who dropped their third in a row and fell to 16-19. Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds but shot just 6-for-11 at the free-throw line.“This is a game I think we definitely should’ve got,” Johnson said.Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams came on late in the first quarter after missing a game with a sore left side, but made it just 4 minutes before having to take himself out and didn’t return.Brooklyn took an early 10-point lead and was ahead 25-19 after one quarter, but managed just 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting in the second. The Celtics, who trailed by 11 early in the period, scored the final eight points of the half to grab a 40-39 edge.The Celtics pushed it to 69-62 after three and opened a series of double-digit leads in the fourth quarter. Their lead peaked at 82-68 on a dunk by Crowder, who was all alone under the basket when the Nets appeared to be looking the other way.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
Usain Bolt delivered on his top billing by winning the 200 metres at the London Diamond League on Friday night but the Jamaican was upstaged for once as American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison broke one of the oldest world records in the book.Bolt, running his first 200 metres race for a year in his last outing on the track before the Olympics, struggled for his usual rhythm as he laboured to victory in 19.89 seconds.However, having pulled out of the Jamaican trials last month with a hamstring strain, he was delighted to get through Friday’s race uninjured and can now go away and fine-tune for his attempt at the triple-triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds in Rio.Harrison, however, will be watching the Games on TV having finished sixth in the 100m hurdles at the U.S. trials after breaking the national record in May.She earned some consolation – as well as a $50,000 bonus – on Friday with a stunning world record.After delivering a silky smooth performance to win, the clock initially showed a modest 12.58 seconds.However, it was quickly corrected to 12.20, one hundredth of a second faster than the mark set by Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova in 1988 – four years before Harrison was born.Brianna Rollins (12.57), Kristi Castlin (12.59) and Ali Nia (12.63), all Rio-bound after finishing 1-2-3 in the U.S. trials, finished in the same order, behind Harrison on Friday.“I wanted to come out here with a vengeance to show that even though I won’t be going to the Olympics I had to give it all I had,” said Harrison, who collapsed to the track in tears when she saw the revised time.There was a more muted celebration for Bolt, who nevertheless delighted the crowd by winning then spending his usual remarkable amount of time signing autographs, posing for photos and giving endless media interviews.After a steady start he led halfway round the bend, but only just. As he hit the straight and the crowd expected the sort of surge that brought him three Olympic golds on the same track four years ago, it didn’t happen.Rocking noticeably, he had to work all the way to the line for a time considerably shy of American LaShawn Merritt’s season-leading 19.74. Panama’s Edward Alonso was second in 20.04 with Briton Adam Gemili third in 20.07.“I tried to hold my form. I’m not fully in shape and I don’t think I executed well – I need more work,” said Bolt, who turns 30 next month.“I don’t want to see it again. I wasn’t that impressed,” he added of his performance.“But I’m feeling good and happy I could run and finish the race without any injuries.”Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas will also head to Rio in confident mood after posting a world-leading 49.55 to win the women’s 400metres, setting up a mouth-watering one-lap showdown with Allyson Felix.There was plenty to cheer for the home fans in the Olympic Stadium now decked out in the claret and blue of its new tenants, West Ham United soccer club.Britain’s women’s 4x100m relay team opened proceedings by triumphing in a national record 41.82 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.Laura Muir also channelled the spirit of 2012’s “Super Saturday” when the crowd roared her home in a gutsy front-running victory in the women’s 1500m for a huge personal best and another British record of 3:57.49 – knocking Olympic champion Kelly Holmes off top spot.Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut won a disappointing 100 metres final in 10.02, having been the only man to dip under 10 seconds with a 9.96 in the heats.The action continues on Saturday, with the day’s highlight being the 5,000m, featuring home favourite Mo Farah.Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares
GENEVA (AP) — A two-time Wimbledon singles champion, two Tour de France winners and an Olympic discus gold medalist had the same answer Thursday to the latest leak by hackers of confidential medical information: so what?Petra Kvitova, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Robert Harting — all Rio de Janeiro Olympians last month — reacted with sarcasm and shrugs to the leak from the World Anti-Doping Agency database.The four athletes said their use of approved medications was already widely reported or they welcomed the openness resulting from an alleged Russian-led cyberattack that WADA believes is revenge for investigations into a state-backed doping program in Russia.“To say that Petra Kvitova suffers from asthma and uses medication for treatment is the same revelation as saying she’s won Wimbledon,” a spokesman for the Czech tennis player, Karel Tejkal, said.German discus thrower Robert Harting, the 2012 Olympic champion, wrote on Twitter that “We don’t hide anything. go transparency!”“I’ve openly discussed my TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) with the media and have no issues with the leak which confirms my statements,” three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome said.Kvitova, Harting and Froome were headline names among 25 athletes from eight countries — including 10 from the United States — whose confidential details of using authorized medications spilled into the public domain late Wednesday.All three competed at the Rio Olympics where Kvitova and Froome won bronze medals.Also leaked was detail of asthma medication used by Wiggins, another British winner of the Tour de France and winner of a fifth career Olympic gold in Rio.“There’s nothing new here,” a statement issued on behalf of Wiggins said. “Everyone knows Brad suffers from asthma; his medical treatment is BC (British Cycling) and UCI (International Cycling Union) approved.”WADA confirmed a second round of leaked data posted online, after medical records of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams were among four American female Olympians whose data was revealed Tuesday.All 29 cases revealed records of “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” which allow athletes to use otherwise-banned substances because of a verified medical need. There is no suggestion any of the athletes broke any rules.The substances identified in the leaks are typically anti-inflammatory medications and treatments for asthma and allergies.Froome’s use of strong anti-inflammatory medication, approved by the UCI for the 2014 Tour de Romandie race in Switzerland, was widely reported two years ago.“In nine years as a professional I’ve twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014,” said Froome, who won his third Tour de France title in July. He took a bronze medal in the time trial at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month.The latest round of leaks identified 10 American athletes, five from Germany, five from Britain, and one each from Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Russia.“I am furious that the hacking group is using such insolent and illegal methods,” said Michael Ask, head of Anti-Doping Denmark.Danish swimmer Pernille Blume, who won gold in Rio de Janeiro in the 50-meter freestyle, had “done nothing wrong,” Ask told Denmark TV2 channel. “She has followed the rules and gotten permission to use the asthma medication which she uses — like many other athletes.”Harting was revealed to have permission to use medications during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he finished fourth.The statement on behalf of Wiggins said the leak was “an attempt to undermine the credibility of WADA and that’s something for them to deal with.”WADA said Wednesday that the Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bears had illegally gained access to its Anti-Doping Administration and Management System, or “ADAMS,” and said it included confidential medical data.“To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way; and, assure you that we are receiving intelligence and advice from the highest level law enforcement and IT security agencies that we are putting into action,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said in a statement.Niggli said WADA had “no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the agency, and the global anti-doping system,” because of independent investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.Russian officials have dismissed the claims as ridiculous.“How can you prove that the hackers are Russian?” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said through a translator during a visit to Athens on Wednesday. “You blame Russia for everything. It is very ‘in’ now.”Last month, hackers obtained a database password for Russian runner Yuliya Stepanova, a whistleblower and key witness for the WADA investigations. She and her husband, a former official with the Russian national anti-doping agency, are now living at an undisclosed location in North America.The International Olympic Committee said after Tuesday’s WADA statement that it “strongly condemns such methods which clearly aim at tarnishing the reputation of clean athletes.”The hackers, who have set up their own website, have not responded to messages seeking comment. Their chosen name, “Fancy Bears,” appears to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to a collection of Russia-linked hackers that security researchers have blamed for a recent spate of attacks — and which WADA holds responsible for the current breach.The group has proclaimed its allegiance to Anonymous, the loose-knit movement of online mischief-makers, and says it hacked WADA to show the world “how Olympic medals are won.”“We’ll keep on telling the world about doping in elite sports,” the group said Thursday. “Stay tuned for new leaks.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
President Trump instructed administration officials Wednesday to investigate how to prevent surprise medical bills, broadening his focus on drug prices to include other issues of price transparency in health care.Flanked by patients and other guests invited to the White House to share their stories of unexpected and outrageous bills, Trump directed his health secretary, Alex Azar, and labor secretary, Alex Acosta, to work on a solution, several attendees said.”The pricing is hurting patients, and we’ve stopped a lot of it, but we’re going to stop all of it,” Trump said during a roundtable discussion when reporters were briefly allowed into the otherwise closed-door meeting.David Silverstein, the founder of a Colorado-based nonprofit called Broken Healthcare who attended, said Trump struck an aggressive tone, calling for a solution with “the biggest teeth you can find.””Reading the tea leaves, I think there’s big change coming,” Silverstein said.Surprise billing, or the practice of charging patients for care that is more expensive than anticipated or isn’t covered by their insurance, has received a flood of attention in the past year, particularly as Kaiser Health News, NPR, Vox and other news organizations have undertaken investigations into patients’ most outrageous medical bills.Attendees said the 10 invited guests — patients as well as doctors — were given an opportunity to tell their story, though Trump didn’t stay to hear all of them during the roughly hourlong gathering.The group included Paul Davis, a retired doctor from Findlay, Ohio, whose daughter’s experience with a $17,850 bill for a urine test after back surgery was detailed in February 2018 in KHN-NPR’s first Bill of the Month feature.Davis’ daughter, Elizabeth Moreno, was a college student in Texas when she had spinal surgery to remedy debilitating back pain. After the surgery, she was asked to provide a urine sample and later received a bill from an out-of-network lab in Houston that tested it. Such tests rarely cost more than $200, a fraction of what the lab charged Moreno and her insurance company. But fearing damage to his daughter’s credit, Davis paid the lab $5,000 and filed a complaint with the Texas attorney general’s office, alleging “price gouging of staggering proportions.”Davis said White House officials made it clear that price transparency is a “high priority” for Trump, and while they didn’t see eye to eye on every subject, he said he was struck by the administration’s sincerity.”These people seemed earnest in wanting to do something constructive to fix this,” Davis said.Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University who has written about transparency in health care and attended the meeting, said it was a good opportunity for the White House to hear firsthand about a serious and widespread issue.”This is how most of America lives, and [Americans are] getting hammered,” he said.Trump has often railed against high prescription drug prices but has said less about other problems with the nation’s health care system. In October, shortly before the midterm elections, he unveiled a proposal to tie the price Medicare pays for some drugs to the prices paid for the same drugs overseas, for example.Trump, Azar and Acosta said efforts to control costs in health care were yielding positive results, discussing in particular the expansion of association health plans and the new requirement that hospitals post their list prices online. The president also took credit for the recent increase in generic drug approvals, which he said would help lower drug prices.Discussing the partial government shutdown, Trump said Americans “want to see what we’re doing, like today we lowered prescription drug prices, first time in 50 years,” according to a White House pool report.Trump appeared to be referring to a recent claim by the White House Council of Economic Advisers that prescription drug prices fell last year.However, as STAT pointed out in a recent fact check, the report from which that claim was gleaned said “growth in relative drug prices has slowed since January 2017,” not that there was an overall decrease in prices.Annual increases in overall drug spending have leveled off as pharmaceutical companies have released fewer blockbuster drugs, patents have expired on brand-name drugs and the waning effect of a spike driven by the release of astronomically expensive drugs to treat hepatitis C. Drugmakers were also wary of increasing their prices in the midst of growing political pressure, though the pace of increases has risen recently.Since Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives this month, party leaders have rushed to announce investigations and schedule hearings dealing with health care, focusing in particular on drug costs and protections for those with preexisting conditions.Last week, the House Oversight Committee announced a “sweeping” investigation into drug prices, pointing to an AARP report saying the vast majority of brand-name drugs had more than doubled in price between 2005 and 2017.Kaiser Health News correspondents Shefali Luthra and Jay Hancock contributed to this report. You can follow Emmarie Huetteman on Twitter: @emmarieDC. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.
Proposed Planet Fitness in Waukesha. (Rendering: RMA Architects Inc.)Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:48 pmA new 20,730-square-foot fitness center to be operated as a Planet Fitness is being proposed for an outlot of a Woodman’s Food Market store in Waukesha.Proposed Planet Fitness in Waukesha. (Rendering: RMA Architects Inc.)The new gym and a 250-stall parking lot would be built at the northeast corner of East Main Street and Manhattan Drive, according to records filed with the city. Planet Fitness would be the building’s sole occupant.Waukesha’s Plan Commission is scheduled to consider the development plans in March, according to the city’s legislative website. If all necessary approvals are eventually met, the new gym would join other businesses along the Woodman’s site, including a Woodman’s gas station, Waukesha State Bank branch and Culver’s restaurant. A Planet Fitness spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
State Sen. Lena Taylor addressed the crowd Thursday evening.A plan announced by Gov. Tony Evers earlier this week to build a juvenile correctional facility on Milwaukee’s north side has drawn opposition from residents, who say they weren’t given an opportunity to weigh in on the site selection.State Sen. Lena Taylor addressed the crowd Thursday evening.Evers announced on Tuesday that a Type 1 juvenile detention facility for serious offenders will be built near the intersection of Teutonia Avenue and Mill Road in Milwaukee. It is one of two new juvenile correctional facilities that will replace the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls when they close.Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, who represents the district of the planned facility, convened a community meeting Thursday evening to discuss what he said was the state’s “unilateral” action of choosing the site for the new center. Hamilton said the decision was made without input from his office or the district’s residents.“Don’t you dare make a decision about where these facilities need to go without engaging the people who are going to be affected,” Hamilton said. Kevin Carr, secretary of the Department of Corrections, said the state-run facility is planned to house 32 youth. The state needs between seven and 10 acres to build the facility. The chosen site encompasses about 17 acres.The remote location of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in Irma, more than a four-hour drive from Milwaukee, has been a common criticism of the state’s current juvenile justice system. About 90 percent of current Lincoln Hills inmates are from the city of Milwaukee. There are currently about 170 youth living at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.“Since 90 percent of the youth that we currently have at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake come from the city of Milwaukee and this geographical area, the governor and I both felt that it was extremely important that we have this facility located in the community from which these youth came from,” Carr said.Carr said the state’s choice is informed by research that indicates keeping youth offenders in smaller facilities that are located closer to their homes reduces recidivism and helps them reintegrate into the community better upon their release.“They need to be close to their families; they need to be close to their friends and the resources in the community that can help support them and be successful,” Carr said.“We want to move from a punitive model to a more therapeutic and rehabilitative model,” he added.While several residents voiced support for a rehabilitation-focused model of youth criminal justice reform, concerns centered on the lack of community input before the site was selected.About 130 people gathered for the meeting at Faith and Hope International Ministry, 6737 N. Teutonia Ave. Carr and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett fielded questions from residents for about two hours regarding the state’s plans and how the location came to be selected.Barrett said he supports the Teutonia Avenue and Mill Road site.“I like this site,” he said.The state faces a tight deadline for moving forward with the new facility. Act 185, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law in 2018, mandates that Lake Hills School and Copper Lake School be shut down by January 2021. Evers has proposed delaying that deadline.“The time clock is ticking for the state,” Carr said. “I’ve got to close Lincoln Hills and I’ve got to find an acceptable place to put our youth that we’re all going to be happy with how the place functions and the outcomes we achieve.”Carr acknowledged at the meeting that the community should have been given more input in the process.“I apologize, personally, for not having had this meeting prior to the announcement of the site selection,” Carr said, adding that he would do more to engage the community moving forward.Tomika Vukovic, a Glendale alderwoman and member of the Glendale-River Hills School Board, said those efforts were coming too late in the process. “I hear what you’re saying, but you’re kind of appeasing us in the sense of, ‘Let’s listen to what you have to say, but this is a done deal,’ Vukovic said. “… Don’t make it seem like you’re here because there may be a possibility to change.”The property for the site, which is owned by the city, has not yet been purchased. But when asked whether the site was a “done deal,” Carr said “the site has been selected,” which elicited boos from the crowd.Prior to Evers’ announcement this week, a different site – a parcel of land located behind the DMV at 7301 W. Mill Road – was considered by the state. But that option was troubling to businesses, including Direct Supply, said state Sen. Lena Taylor. Taylor served on a 25-member committee, created by Act 185, tasked with examining site options.The state-run juvenile facility is one of two facilities planned for Milwaukee County. The other, a secured residential center, would be run by the county and house non-serious juvenile offenders when Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake close. The county is in the process of holding a series of community engagement meetings to share those plans. In late January, the county said it had landed on locating the new center at 6101 W. Mill Road or 6600 N. Teutonia Ave., after reviewing nearly 40 site options. That facility is expected to house about 40 youth at any given time and will include education, rehabilitation and workforce training to integrate young people back into the community.County Executive Chris Abele on Friday said the county is “carefully evaluating” locations for the new center.“There’s no greater priority than bringing our young people home from Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. We’re committed to doing what’s right for our youth, but this work can’t be done overnight,” Abele said. “For that reason, Milwaukee County is carefully evaluating locations for our youth secure care center by engaging the community to get diverse input from residents. We’ll continue to collaborate with the state and city as we finalize our plans.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Update: This public meeting has been rescheduled for April 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Boston City Hall, 9th Floor, BPDA Board Room.The Boston Planning & Development Agency will host a public meeting regarding the dock square garage on Tuesday, March 13 from 6pm – 8pm at Boston City Hall. The project proponent, Fortis Property Group, proposes to retain the existing building and its current parking garage and restaurant with pool tables and live entertainment uses, and construct a new, ten-level, approximately 195-unit residential addition on the roof.See the full public meeting notice below.*Advertisement*
These are the residential closings in the North End / Waterfront area during the month of March.$0 – $599,9998 Garden Ct. #8: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 497 sf. sold for $489,000186 Salem #3: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 520 sf. sold for $500,000Broadluxe #3F: studio w/ 566 sf. sold for $515,000454 Hanover #8B: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 545 sf. sold for $560,00056 Prince #3: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 787 sf. sold for $582,00020 Thacher #1: 2 bed, 1 bath w/ 615 sf. sold for $599,000$600,000 – $999,999*Advertisement* Strada #719: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 1,008 sf. sold for $669,000Lovejoy Wharf #12Q: studio w/ 602 sf. sold for $690,000Fulton Court #2K: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 778 sf. sold for $699,000376 Commercial #3A: 1 bed, 1.5 bath w/ 848 sf. sold for $699,00085 E. India #4G: 2 bed, 1.5 bath w/ 1,215 sf. sold for $820,000Strada #706: 2 bed, 2 bath w/ 1,338 sf. sold for $849,000Lovejoy Wharf #7A: 1 bed, 1 bath w/ 900 sf. sold for $900,000Intercontinental #16Q: 1 bed, 1.5 bath w/ sold for $925,000$1,000,000 + 33 Commercial Wharf #51: 2 bed, 2 bath w/ 1,300 sf. sold for $1,050,000Bulfinch #401: 2 bed, 2 bath w/ 1,115 sf. sold for $1,235,000Lewis Wharf #317: 2 bed, 2 bath w/ 1,690 sf. sold for $1,400,00085 E. India #7B: 2 bed, 3 bath w/ 1,644 sf. sold for $1,495,000Strada #909: 3 bed, 2 bath w/ 1,631 sf. sold for $1,500,000Broadluxe #9A: 3 bed, 2 bath w/ 1,914 sf. sold for $1,950,000Rowes Wharf #1201: 2 bed, 2 bath w/ 2,341 sf. sold for $2,044,000104 Prince: 5 unit building w/ 5,334 sf. sold for $4,000,000Real estate sales compilation courtesy of CL Waterfront Properties.View previous real estate sales.
Things to know for MondayToday is Monday, June 25 and if you’re looking to kick summer back into gear after this past weekend’s rain, warm up with the best bowl of chowder in town. Boston Magazine recently named the Boston Sail Loft in the North End as having the best bowl of chowder in the city.Here’s what else you need to know for the week ahead…10:00AM Public Hearing: Curbside Composting Program. Members of the public are invited to attend and testify at a hearing implementing a curbside composting program in Boston. The finished compost could be used for landscaping in Boston’s parks and gardens, or could be sold to local farmers, creating a full circle of food returning to food for Boston residents, see here for additional details.4:00PM Teen Baking with the BPL at the Public Market. Join the North end Library at the Boston Public Market where teens in grades 6-12 are invited to learn new recipes in a hand-on baking class. Register at 617-227-8135.*Advertisement* Currently Currently Notable News:Malden Woman Arrested Twice Within Four Hours by Boston PoliceA Malden woman was arrested twice within four hours by Boston Police after allegedly stealing from the CVS in the North End and then again shortly after for taking a purse belonging to the front desk clerk at the district Boston police station, read more on the Boston Globe.Faneuil Hall Chess Game : Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast:
Boston Harbor Now’s “Waterfront Wednesdays” Episode Four: Harborwalk 101 Lydia Edwards, City Councilor for District One (North End, Charlestown and East Boston) writes a monthly newsletter to share issues she is focusing on at the Council. Read her February updates here. In her latest column, local writer Monica Collins shares a touching tribute to the Giangregorio brothers, owners of the Green Cross Pharmacy that closed earlier this week after 55 years in business on Hanover Street. Read the full story here. Downtown Journal: Good Guys Finish First In news that won’t surprise most, North Washington Street is the most congested street in the City of Boston. In an effort to alleviate some of this traffic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced plans to add a dedicated bus and bike lane to North Washington Street from Cross Street to the Charlestown Bridge. Read more here. MBTA Riders Speak Out Against Price Hikes North Washington Street “Wins” as Most Congested in Boston; Mayor Proposes Dedicated Bus/Bike Lane From the Councilor: School Transportation, Suffolk Downs, Affordable Housing Funding Grants and More Boston residents expressed their concerns regarding the MBTA’s proposed 6.3 percent fare hike at a public meeting this week. Meeting attendees said they were against the hike, saying it would be a hardship for low income and senior riders. Read more here, and also vote in our reader poll about the MBTA prices. Boston Harbor Now’s Director of Policy Jill Valdes Horwood and Director of Planning Alice Brown host a bi-weekly video blog covering topics related to the harbor. Watch their most recent episode about the Harborwalk here.*Advertisement* This week’s top posts on NorthEndWaterfront.com featured transportation, waterfront access, people, government and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.
The city council is trying combat issues of summer violence in the city. It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution* Janey believes the city should offer jobs to the youth as a way to keep them off the street and also provide them with social services to help them deal with any trauma. This isn’t the first hearing on summer violence. The council held a similar hearing last year in June on the same topic. During a hearing earlier this week, the council discussed several ways to combat the issue. “It was very worthwhile to hear from the community and figure out some strategies,” said councilor Matt O’Malley. “We want to make sure we can live in communities that are safe,” she said. “We do our best when we work in collaboration,” said city council president Andrea Campbell. “It’s important that we all do our best and work together on this. Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live and work.” The city so far has had 21 homicides this year. Around this time last year, there were about 24 homicides in the city. “Violence happens all year but there is an uptick during the summer,” said councilor Kim Janey during the meeting. *Advertisement* According to deputy police superintendent Kevin McGoldrick, in 23 recent shootings in the city, about 43 percent were affiliated with gangs. Other councilors said the city and police need to do a better job of working with the community and community advocacy groups on combating this issue. Deputy police superintendent James Chin also said the department is trying to get illegal guns off the streets. The Boston police department said they are adding more police officers in areas like parks and nightclubs. They will also be focusing on community engagement with events like cookouts and sports games. This is also an effort to have the youth feel comfortable with the police.