Monday, November 30, 2020

Covid-19 by the numbers November 30th


Wednesday November 4, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
48,377,519                     1,229,913
United States
  9,798,740                        239,819      6,283,274 Recovered U.S.

Friday November 13, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
53,692,559                     1,308,351
United States
 11,063,831                       249,974      6,788,918 Recovered U.S.

Monday November 16, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
55,309,012                     1,332,107
United States
 11,538,057                       252,651      7,019,304 Recovered U.S.

Thursday November 19, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
57,194,349                     1,365,401
United States
 12,070,712                       258,333      7,243,488 Recovered U.S.

Friday November 20, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
57,867,463                     1,377,509
United States
 12,274,726                       260,283      7,316,323 Recovered U.S.

Saturday November 21, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
58,445,769                     1,386,097
United States
 12,450,666                       261,790      7,403,847 Recovered U.S.

Monday November 23, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
59,469,785                     1,401,639
United States
 12,777,174                       263,687      7,548,940 Recovered U.S.

Tuesday November 24, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
 60,061,792                    1,414,623
United States
 12,955,007                       265,891      7,636,684 Recovered U.S.

Thursday November 26, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
 61,263,195                    1,437,583
United States
 13,248,676                       269,555      7,846,872 Recovered U.S.

Monday November 30, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
 63,543,190                    1,473,667
United States
 13,919,870                       274,332      8,222,879 Recovered U.S.

Reuters Institute: New podcasts punching above weight


The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has a new report focusing on the phenomenon of daily news podcasts, one of the fastest growing areas of media consumption and a format that has been a lifeline for many people during the coronavirus pandemic, says the institute. “For publishers like the New York Times (The Daily) and the Guardian (Today in Focus) these on-demand audio briefings are now attracting large daily audiences, building habit and loyalty for their brands, and driving significant revenue too,” says the institute. Elsewhere the daily podcast scene is more nascent.

Here are some items from the report:

• Daily news podcasts make up less than 1% of all those produced but account for more than 10% of the overall downloads in the U.S. and 9% in France and Australia, according to publicly available data. These shows are clearly punching well above their weight with audiences.

• The format pioneered by The Daily — a deep-dive of around 25 minutes — has proved particularly successful and has been most widely adopted by other publishers around the world. But the report identified three other types: i) an extended chat; ii) a concise news round-up; and iii) a microbulletin aimed at smart speakers and streaming apps.

• More widely, publishers see daily news podcasts as a crucial way to attract younger audiences and engage them more deeply with their brands. News organizations pursuing subscription business models say podcasts — specifically daily news podcasts — help increase loyalty and reduce churn.

News & Tech

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

 Building six at Fairplex is almost empty, we have until December 31st to move out, or beginning 

January 1st we will be required to pay $28,000 per month in rent. And this is not a typo.

Restoring U.S. Press Freedom Leadership - Committee to Protect Journalists

CEO Byron Allen Acquires Honolulu ABC Network Affiliate TV Station For $30M - Afrotech

Gannett’s staff reductions, asset sales take toll on Boston-area newspapers - Boston Business Journal

Boone Newspapers affiliate buying Louisiana papers


Shearman Company has a deal to sell the assets of the American Press in Lake Charles and Southwest Daily News in Sulphur (Louisiana) to Carpenter Newsmedia, an affiliate of Boone Newspapers. The assets include its print publications, websites and commercial printing business.

Media merger firm Dirks, Van Essen & April, based in New Mexico, is representing Shearman Company in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

BNI and CNL own and/or manage 74 related papers along with websites, shopping guides and magazines in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. Their Louisiana papers include the Bogalusa Daily News and L’Observateur in LaPlace. They publish the Orange Leader (Texas)  and the Port Arthur News (Texas), which are printed in Lake Charles.

The Shearman family owned the American Press since 1943.

“We are pleased and humbled to succeed the Shearman family in responsibility for the American Press and Southwest Daily News,” said Todd Carpenter, president and CEO of BNI and owner of CNL.

News & Tech

New Monthly The Critic Offers Readers Cutting-Edge Digital Subscriptions


London, 30th November 2020

New Monthly The Critic Offers Readers Cutting-Edge Digital Subscriptions

Individuals and institutions can now subscribe to the fully-searchable digital edition of new monthly magazine The Critic through archiving experts Exact Editions’ web, iOS and Android platforms. Amongst other subjects, the ever-growing archive of the magazine’s back issues spans politics, ideas, art and literature, constituting a valuable resource for all those following today’s political and cultural debates.

Co-edited by Michael Mosbacher and Christopher Montgomery, The Critic exists to push back against a self-regarding and dangerous consensus that finds critical voices troubling, triggering, insensitive and disrespectful. Believing that the point of honest criticism is to better approach truth, not deny its possibility, the magazine counts Jonathan Meades, Douglas Murray and Anne McElvoy amongst its contributors.

Stretching back to the very first issue published in November 2019, the brand new resource boasts an advanced search function that allows web and app users alike to search every article, page and issue for specific key words at the click of a button.

The Critic is available in the Exact Editions individuals and institutional shops here:



Published and Co-Editor Michael Mosbacher remarked: “We’re really pleased with the new digital edition; it offers the opportunity to expose the magazine to new audiences and the range of navigational tools available gives a new, richer dimension to our collection of back issues.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “It’s wonderful to have The Critic on board; the breadth of the magazine’s content means it appeals to a broad cross-section of dedicated readers in both individual and institutional markets.”

Important Events From This day in History November 30th


1936 - Great Britain -- Crystal Palace
1936 : Crystal Palace which had been built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 is destroyed by fire. The Crystal Palace also featured the first public conveniences in use in England / Monkey Closets and during the exhibition 827,280 visitors paid one penny each to use them which is where the British saying "to spend a penny" comes from.
More about the Crystal Palace

1979 - UK -- Pink Floyd release "The Wall"
Pink Floyd release the 4th in their series of multi award winning concept albums "The Wall" which is later made into a movie. The Wall featured the most popular single ever released by Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall" which became a number one hit throughout the world.

1950 - U.S.A. -- Korea
1950 : President Harry S. Truman announces during a press conference that he is prepared to authorize the use of atomic weapons in order to achieve peace in Korea.

1925 - U.S.A. -- Illegal Liquor Distillery
1925 : Federal Prohibition Officer Gus J. Simmons, Captain J. R. Brockus, and C.M. Arbogast were all on trial for murder. The officers claimed that the man was murdered while resisting arrest for operating an illegal liquor distillery.

1934 - Great Britain -- Flying Scotsman Land speed record for railed vehicles
The Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph, to put this in perspective 100 years earlier in 1930 Stephenson's Rocket got to 30 MPH and in 2007 A French TGV recorded 357 MPH.

1939 - Finland -- Soviet Union Attacks
1939 : Following it's attack on Poland Russia attacks Finland with 540,000 men, 2485 tanks, and 2000 guns. Finnish troops led by Field Marshall Gustaf Mannerheim over the next two weeks, resisted the invasion using forest combat to inflict heavy damage on the Russian invaders, But by March the following year due to the sheer volume of Russian Invaders the "Peace of Moscow" treaty was signed, and Finland ceded 16,000-square miles of land to the Soviet Union.

1954 - U.S.A. -- Meteorite
1954 : An Alabama woman Mrs. Hulett Hodges became the first known person today to be struck by a meteorite. The meteorite six or eight inches in diameter, fell through her roof leaving a three-foot hole. She was only slightly injured, the United States Air Force flew to the Hodge's Alabama home and took the nine-pound object back to Washington. The Hodges demanded that the rock be returned to them so their family could keep it as a souvenir.

1960 - Argentina -- Riots
Members of the right-wing political group protested in cities such as Rosario, near Buenos Aires. Other riots broke out near two oil towns in Northern Argentina.


1966 - Barbados -- Independence
Barbados gains it's independence from that of a self-governing colony to full independence from the United Kingdom.

1972 - Italy -- Fireworks Factory Explodes
1972 : An illegal fireworks factory being run in an eight floor apartment building, exploded in Rome with 15 killed and 100 injured in the blast.

1973 - Cambodia -- Khmer Rouge Guerrillas
Khmer Rouge Guerrillas backed by the Cambodian government moved swiftly. First they attacked in Vihear Suar where they were stationed before they advanced 12 miles east to Phnom Penh. Within a few days hundreds of troops of civilians were dead or missing.


1983 - Israel -- Lebanon
The bond between Israel and America has been strengthened as they joined forces. These two countries stood fast in Lebanon, making the statement to Syria of their desire to block Soviet Troops.

1989 - U.S.A. -- Aileen Wuornos
1989 : Aileen Wuornos murders her first victim Richard Mallory, over the next 12 months she murders 7 more men in Florida. She was arrested on 9th January, 1991 and her live in partner agreed to get a confession from Wuornos in exchange for prosecutorial immunity. Aileen Wuornos was found guilty of 6 murders and received six death sentences and was executed via lethal injection on October 9, 2002


1990 - New Zealand -- Hilary Morgan
Hilary Morgan, later known as Ellen Morgan, was put in the care of her mother legally, and not in the care of Eric A. Foretich who was Ellen’s birth father. Elizabeth Morgan was put in prison for three years (1987-1989) because she would not tell the court where Hilary (Ellen) was. The reason why the mother did not want to tell of the child’s whereabouts is she believed that Hilary had been sexually abused by the father.


1993 - U.S.A. -- Brady Bill
The Brady bill requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers is signed into law by President Bill Clinton .

1994 - Somalia -- Achille Lauro
1994 : The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro caught fire today off Somalia with 3 people dead but most of the nearly 1,000 passengers and crew escaping in lifeboats.

1999 - England -- T Bone On Sale
1999 : The ban of beef on the bone put in place during the BSE crisis is lifted and T bone steaks and rib of beef will be on sale by Christmas.

1999 - U.S.A. -- WTO Meeting
Protests by anti globalization protesters at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, Washington force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.

2003 - Europe -- Euro Goes Up
2003 : It was made known by the press in a publication dated today of the increased value of the Euro. It was climbing high against both the American Dollar and the Japanese Yen within the past few days.

2004 - U.S.A. -- Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings after a run of 75 appearances is finally beaten on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! walking away with the largest game show prize in TV history winning over 2.5 million dollars.

2004 - Israel -- Mahmound Abbas
Yasser Arafat’s Successor Mahmound Abbas ordered Palestinian press to back off from Israel. This particular decision was a week after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon petitioned with Abbas to follow through with this action. This was part of the peace proposal that Israel was making with the Palestinians

2006 - Turkey -- Pope visits mosque
2006 : Pope Benedict has been trying to mend the church's relations with the Muslim community by visited one of Turkey's most famous mosques. His tour of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul included a silent prayer alongside some of the senior Muslim clerics that are based there. This is the only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.

2007 - United States -- Evel Knievel dies
Knievel dies in Clearwater, Florida, aged 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for years. He was said to have had breathing problems while at home in Clearwater, and died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. In one of his last interviews, he told Maxim Magazine that, 'You can't ask a guy like me why. I really wanted to fly through the air.'

2008 - UK -- Jesse Jackson in England
The civil rights campaigner the Reverend Jesse Jackson has spoken about the political representation of ethnic minorities on a visit to Birmingham. Mr. Jackson was at a conference of Equanomics UK, which aims to tackle racial inequality through business, at Mount Zion Church in Aston. "The hope must be in white people changing their minds," Jackson said.

2009 - Argentina -- An Argentine judge prevents the first gay wedding
2009 : A judge in Argentina has overturned a ruling that would have allowed the first gay marriage in Latin America. Judge Marta Gomez Alsina, in Buenos Aires, ordered Tuesday's planned wedding of Alejandro Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello suspended. The court website said she had ordered the wedding blocked until the issue could be resolved by the Supreme Court.

2009 - Switzerland -- CERN’s Hadron Collider operates as a high energy accelerator
"CERN's Large Hadron Collider has today become the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning," said the organisation. A teraelectronvolt (TeV) is equivalent to the energy level of a flying mosquito, while CERN wants to ultimately achieve maximum power of 7.0 teraelectronvolts or trillion electronvolts in its bid to replicate the big bang that started the universe.

2011 - Iran -- Great Britain Withdraws Diplomats From Iran
The British Foreign Office has withdrawn many diplomats from Iran after protesters attacked the British embassy in Tehran. Officials stated that the move was made for security reasons.

2012 - France -- Gay-Friendly Mosque Opens
2012 : A gay-friendly prayer room was opened in Paris by Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed. While the center is not technically a mosque, Zahed has said he wanted to create an inclusive place for Muslims to gather and pray in the city.


2013 - Ukraine -- Protests Over EU Deal
Protesters gathered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev outraged over President Yanukovych's rejection of a proposed European Union association agreement. The president of Ukraine cited pressure from Russia to refuse the deal and the protesters were angered over perceived interference in the country by Russia. Protesters were later violently dispersed by police using truncheons and tear gas.

News You May Have Missed


Buyouts, refinancing at Gannett

Gannett has accepted some 500 buyout opt-ins from employees, Poynter reported Nov. 12. The company had offered the buyouts in October.

The buyouts involve some 60 editors, 19 photojournalists, seven managing editors, three executive editors and 124 reporters, says Poynter, which got a copy of a listing of the job titles of people chosen for buyouts.

Some 600 people had wanted a buyout, Poynter said.

Gannett announced Nov. 17 that it had refinanced $500 million in debt.

Layoffs at Tulsa World

The Tulsa World has cut at least 10 journalists, Poynter reported in September.

The cuts followed layoffs at other Lee Enterprise papers, Poynter says.

The Tulsa World had cut seven people from its design desk earlier in September, Poynter says.

Iowa-based Lee bought 30 dailies, The Buffalo News and more than 49 paid weekly publications from BH Media, completing the sale in 2020.

Poynter provides a running list of layoffs around the country.

Lee was also in the news after a radio story on Floyd Press (Virginia) employee Ashley Spinks. Spinks said she was fired after the story, WCTF reports.

Sen. Cantwell releases report on local journalism

Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) has released a report titled “Local Journalism: America’s Most Trusted News Sources Threatened.”

The report outlines how changes in the information marketplace and the dominance of online platforms pose an existential threat to local news publishers, says the News Media Alliance. The report notes the vital importance of high-quality journalism to our communities and calls for the restoration of local journalism, including through Congressional action, says the Alliance.

The publication of the report came ahead of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s hearing on Oct. 28 examining Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The heads of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet/Google testified at the hearing.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were scheduled to appear voluntarily before the committee on Nov. 17. The hearing focus was the “platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles,” says a release from Graham.

Plain Dealer’s Friday section retooled

The Plain Dealer’s Friday entertainment section has been retooled, the paper said. Starting Oct. 23, it’s been published as a broadsheet section. It’s now dubbed “In the CLE.”

The section had been a magazine-sized tabloid for more than a half century. It started as The Plain Dealer Action Tab in 1966 and was renamed Friday in 1976, says the paper.

Among “In the CLE” offerings are arts news and features, movie reviews, TV picks and coverage of musical acts to hear locally and online, says the paper.

Dallas Morning News journalists vote for union; Fort Worth may follow

Journalists at The Dallas Morning News and Al Día have won the right to negotiate as a group for a union contract, the paper reported Oct. 16.

The National Relations Labor Board said newsroom staff voted 84 to 28 in favor of union representation. NLRB must formally certify the results.

“We are disappointed with the unofficial results of the union vote,” said The News' Publisher Grant Moise in a statement. “We felt strongly that the best way to move forward is without a third party being inserted into our newspaper’s culture. We respect the rights of these employees and will proceed forward in good faith negotiations.”

A. H. Belo owns the paper.

The vote was to form the Dallas News Guild under the Communications Workers of America.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram agrees to recognize union

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has agreed to voluntarily recognize a union for newsroom staff, the paper reported Nov. 2.

Management’s agreeing to recognize the unionizing effort means there is no need for a vote on the issue.

More than 80% of non-management staff signed union authorization cards, the organizing committee said.

The Fort Worth NewsGuild will be part of The NewsGuildCommunications Workers of America.

McClatchy owns the paper

It’s the second major paper in Texas to go for a union recently. Newsroom staff at The Dallas Morning News opted in October to unionize.

New York Times Co. launches Pivotal ad platform

The New York Times Company’s advertising team has unveiled Pivotal, a platform built for marketers seeking brand relevance and consumer insight on “the most important topics today,” says the Times.

Backed by the Times’s audience data and research, Pivotal delivers guidance and recommendations for brands to shape creative work and marketing strategies.

The team conducted multilayered research, interviewed journalists, experts, readers and adults across the U.S. and tapped into The New York Times’s first-party data to outline recommendations around six key territories: race, climate, sex, gender, tech and money.

“Pivotal offers marketers insight on the role their brands can play in our lives. In the near future, we’ll introduce a variety of ways brands can engage with our experts and our insights,” says the Times.

Uberall works with Gannett, acquires SweetIQ

Uberall has been chosen by Gannett and its digital marketing subsidiary ReachLocal to become their premier provider of presence management solutions, said a press release from Uberall.

As part of the agreement, Uberall will acquire Gannett’s SweetIQ subsidiary. Providing local digital marketing services, the SweetIQ team will join Uberall and become part of a new Montreal hub, the company’s seventh location outside its Berlin headquarters.

“We’re thrilled that Gannett selected our ‘Near Me’ brand experience platform as their presence management solution,” said Florian Hubner, co-founder and CEO of Uberall. “We also want to welcome SweetIQ’s staff to Uberall and look forward to providing even better service and support to our North American partners going forward.”

Vox Media launches Concert Ad Manager

Vox Media has launched Concert Ad Manager, a self-service tool giving brands, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, the ability to build and deploy ad campaigns at scale, across premium publishers within the Concert and Concert Local marketplaces, says Vox.

Concert Local is a centralized advertising marketplace bringing together a collection of local media brands, built in partnership with the Google News Initiative.

Advertisers can access inventory across the Concert marketplace including publishers like NBC Universal, Penske Media and Quartz along with Vox Media’s 13 topically diverse networks, says Vox. Brands will also have access to ad inventory across the Concert Local marketplace, which includes dozens of local media brands like Advance Local, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Star Tribune, Tampa Bay Times and Texas Monthly.

Hartford council slams Alden Global Capital

The Hartford City Council (Connecticut) has thumbed up a resolution pushing Alden Global Capital, the parent of the Hartford Courant, to refrain from more layoffs, which have “decimated” the staff, and to have the paper go back to local ownership, the paper reported in September.

The strongly worded resolution, according to the paper, was proposed by councilwoman Marilyn E. Rossetti.

State Sen. Saud Anwar called into the meeting that dealt with the resolution and said that the Courant is the longest continuously published paper in the U.S. and “a gold standard for what can be trusted.”

Mayor Ben Florsheim of Middletown also called into the meeting. He said Alden Global Capital “sounds like a villainous company from a Disney movie.”

Layoffs at Meredith, Bloomberg Industry Group

Meredith Corporation cut 180 workers, the Des Moines Register reported Sept. 18.

The layoffs hit 130 staff members from its local media group, owner of 17 television stations, the paper said. The other layoffs are at Des Moines-based Meredith’s national media group, which publishes People, Better Homes & Gardens and other titles.

Bloomberg Industry Group, meanwhile, publisher of Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Tax and Bloomberg Government, informed employees that it’s cutting 21, Talking Biz News reported Sept. 15. The layoffs mostly involved the business side, said Talking Biz News.

Staff cut at Hearst as O to lower frequency

Beginning in mid-February of next year, 59 employees will be cut at Hearst Magazines, according to a WARN notice filed with the New York State Labor Department.

The move comes as Hearst’s O, The Oprah Magazine goes from 12 issues to four in 2021.

In a video released in the summer, Winfrey talked about the future of the magazine. “There’s been a lot of chatter and a lot of speculation about O The Magazine ending,” she said. “I want you to know it’s not ending. It’s evolving because after 20 years of covers I think it’s time. I also think it’s a good thing because none of us were meant to stay the same. We evolve with the times. So, yes, we are ending the monthly print edition with this year’s December issue,” she said.