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I am genuinely concerned about the direction the social media is heading. If someone missteps or even has a difference of opinion that is not in line with the current official dogma, (a.k.a. media paid by the current government), then you either are asked to resign or you are fired.

There used to be a speaker’s corner in Hyde Park in London, England where anyone could stand up and speak their minds on controversial issues. It did not matter if you agreed or disagreed with most people. You had a right to an opinion, and you had a right to verbalize it. Unfortunately, it is not happening today.

It seems we have forgotten what our brave soldiers lost their lives for. When social media declines to publish material that is controversial, (and we are not talking about hate speech) or allow comments; we are losing our freedom of expression. When schools and universities stifle free speech by not allowing speakers of adverse opinions or allow students to hear and research both sides of a subject, we are losing our youth’s ability to create and think for themselves. We are becoming a depressed society where we must follow the government’s version.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? It sounds like communism to me. The silent majority opinions are not being heard for fear of being ostracized and attacked by the overzealous left leaning media.

Wake up Canada, if we do not speak up and defend free speech, we will leave an indoctrinated society for our children and grandchildren.

Isabella Dodge,

Source: – Chemainus Valley Courier

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Sunday January 17th 2021 Media Release – Brandon Police Service – Brandon Police Service

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Media Release for January 17th

Theft of Vehicle

Police received a report that a vehicle that had been left running was stolen from the 200 block of 10th Street at approximately 7:00PM January 16th.  Police located the vehicle on Victoria Avenue a short time later.  When police attempted to stop the vehicle it fled and a short pursuit was initiated.  The vehicle ended up in the ditch on Hwy 1 west off Brandon and while police were attempting to make an arrest, the vehicle intentionally collided with a police vehicle and fled eastbound on Hwy 1.  The stolen vehicle was later recovered by the RCMP abandoned in a field in the area of Minnedosa.  No Police Officers were injured during this incident. 

Theft of Vehicle

A vehicle was reported stolen from a driveway in the south part of the city.  The Ford truck had been left with the keys inside the vehicle and unlocked.  The vehicle was recovered with the assistance of an App the owner had installed that located the vehicle in the 000block of 26th Street.

Assault

A 43-year-old Brandon Male has been charged for assaulting a member of Brandon Fire and Emergency Services.  First responders were treating the male who was reported to be having breathing difficulties when he became disruptive and began intentionally coughing on BFES members and proclaiming that he was COVID positive.  Police took the male to hospital for treatment of his medical issues.  He has been released from police custody to appear in court March 1st 2021.

Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637).  Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.

CRIME STOPPERS 204-727-TIPS

RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY:

Sgt. B. Verhelst #106

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More Media Coverage Drives Improved Stock Performance, Researchers Find – Forbes

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In turns out that stocks that attract consistent headlines offer better returns to investors of around 2.6% a year over past decades according to research.

Two researchers have published a paper on this topic of the ‘Value of Visibility’, they are Alexander Hillert of Frankfurt University and Michael Ungeheuer of Aalto University. They analyzed stock performance based on New York Times

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coverage from 1924-2013 along with other relevant datasets.

They find that stocks that attract news coverage can see other benefits too. Such stocks can see higher growth in sales and profitability, as well as improvements in corporate governance.

It also appears that CEOs who perform poorly at companies with high media exposure are more likely to lose their jobs. This may not be good for them, but is considered to be good for the stock price. This may be one way in which more media coverage drives stock performance.

Types Of Coverage

The media coverage that can help drive stock performance does not need to be positive. Even stocks that receive negative media coverage generally see more positive stock price performance than those stocks that see less media attention.

There is significant variation in which firms see New York Times coverage, about 30% to 60% of firms receive some coverage annually. The rate of coverage has actually declined over time as the New York Times has shifted focus away from covering company’s financial reports to a great focus on other news events.

Controlling For Factors

Of course, it’s important to be careful when examining media coverage because it can correlate with other factors. For example, larger companies generally receive more media coverage. So maybe company size is the real driver of this effect, not media coverage. However, the researchers control for this, and do find that media coverage does appear to be a driver of returns, even after other factors are controlled for.

Motivation

A secondary question is why increased media coverage should lead to improved stock price performance.

The researchers suggest two main effects here, building on prior research by Philip Tetlock. There may be two ways in which greater media coverage help firms. The first is essentially free advertising. More media coverage can drive demand for company’s products and services. They find support for this view. So the greater media coverage may help improve sales and profits.

Secondly, media coverage can improve governance. It’s likely harder for a company to commit fraud or retain an underperforming CEO when they have more media attention. The researchers find support for this view too.

It also appears that this effect may still occur today. The researchers split their dataset and found the effect to be just as strong after 1974 than before. They also looked at Wikipedia page views in recent years from 2009-2014 as a proxy for more recent media attention. They found that Wikipedia page attention too, was a good predictor of stock price performance. Therefore, the effect may still exist today and likely spans multiple forms of attention that companies receive, not just newspaper coverage by the New York Times.

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More Media Coverage Drives Improved Stock Performance, Researchers Find – Forbes

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In turns out that stocks that attract consistent headlines offer better returns to investors of around 2.6% a year over past decades according to research.

Two researchers have published a paper on this topic of the ‘Value of Visibility’, they are Alexander Hillert of Frankfurt University and Michael Ungeheuer of Aalto University. They analyzed stock performance based on New York Times

NYT
coverage from 1924-2013 along with other relevant datasets.

They find that stocks that attract news coverage can see other benefits too. Such stocks can see higher growth in sales and profitability, as well as improvements in corporate governance.

It also appears that CEOs who perform poorly at companies with high media exposure are more likely to lose their jobs. This may not be good for them, but is considered to be good for the stock price. This may be one way in which more media coverage drives stock performance.

Types Of Coverage

The media coverage that can help drive stock performance does not need to be positive. Even stocks that receive negative media coverage generally see more positive stock price performance than those stocks that see less media attention.

There is significant variation in which firms see New York Times coverage, about 30% to 60% of firms receive some coverage annually. The rate of coverage has actually declined over time as the New York Times has shifted focus away from covering company’s financial reports to a great focus on other news events.

Controlling For Factors

Of course, it’s important to be careful when examining media coverage because it can correlate with other factors. For example, larger companies generally receive more media coverage. So maybe company size is the real driver of this effect, not media coverage. However, the researchers control for this, and do find that media coverage does appear to be a driver of returns, even after other factors are controlled for.

Motivation

A secondary question is why increased media coverage should lead to improved stock price performance.

The researchers suggest two main effects here, building on prior research by Philip Tetlock. There may be two ways in which greater media coverage help firms. The first is essentially free advertising. More media coverage can drive demand for company’s products and services. They find support for this view. So the greater media coverage may help improve sales and profits.

Secondly, media coverage can improve governance. It’s likely harder for a company to commit fraud or retain an underperforming CEO when they have more media attention. The researchers find support for this view too.

It also appears that this effect may still occur today. The researchers split their dataset and found the effect to be just as strong after 1974 than before. They also looked at Wikipedia page views in recent years from 2009-2014 as a proxy for more recent media attention. They found that Wikipedia page attention too, was a good predictor of stock price performance. Therefore, the effect may still exist today and likely spans multiple forms of attention that companies receive, not just newspaper coverage by the New York Times.

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