NEWS BY NUMBERS – MERS virus strikes Florida, Netflix raises prices, Apple buys a beat


Paula Munteanu
News Writer
News by Numbers


1dollar more will be paid by new Netflix members for streaming movies and TV shows.

Netflix announced its subscribers in an email on Friday that new members will pay $8.99 per month, while the existing subscribers will pay the same amount of money for the next two years, which is $7.99 per month.  The company that has around 40 million members notified the subscribers about the scheduled  last month.

59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was won by a bearded drag queen from Austria.

Austrian Tom Neuwirth, 25, performed at Eurovision under the stage name Conchita Wurst, wurst in German meaning “sausage.” Wurst accumulated 290 points after singing for a TV audience of around 180 million people from 45 countries. The singer created his alter ego as a response to the discrimination he faced while growing up gay in a small Austrian town. Even though it is the first time a bearded woman participated in the Eurovision contest, transgender participants have been registered before. In 1998, the winner was the Israeli transgender Dana International.  The Eurovision Song Contest has been held since 1956 among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union and this year it was hosted by Denmark.


3.2 billion dollars is the price Apple may pay to buy Beats Electronics.

Beats Electronics, founded by the hip-hop star Dr. Dre and the producer Jimmy Iovine, is a music streaming service that also produces headphones. Apple does not acquire many companies and if the deal is completed, this will be Apple’s largest purchase in its 38-year history.

3rd  and final body is found after a hot air balloon crashes.  

On Friday, during the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA, one of the balloons hit a power line while attempting a landing and crashed.  The passengers were two members of the University of Richmond women’s basketball program, the associate coach Ginny Doyle and the director of operations Natalie Lewis. The pilot was the Army veteran Daniel Kirk, 66, who had 20 years of flying experience. Earlier, Doyle posted on Instagram several pictures from the festival with the comment: “Getting ready to go up in a hot air balloon today. Tried it at 6:30am but was too foggy. Will go up this evening #anxiety.”  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the balloon to drift into power lines and catching fire.


2nd case of MERS in the United States was registered in Florida.

After the first American infected with the deadly virus was hospitalized in Indiana on May 4, the second case of MERS was registered in Orlando, Florida on May 9. The patient is a 44-year old healthcare worker living in Saudi Arabia who came to visit relatives in the United States.  Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that these two cases are not related.




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