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Activists say Kasganj probe biased

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first_imgCivil rights activists on Wednesday alleged a deliberate bias against Muslims in the investigation into the violence at Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh on January 26.The report was released by activists Sandeep Pandey, Teesta Setalvad, former IPS officer S.R. Darapuri, lawyer Shoaib Mohammad, academic Apoorvanand and others. “The independent investigation exposes the police attempt to frame the Muslims, against whom there is no evidence, and protect the Hindus, against whom there is evidence,” it said.last_img read more

Issue ads for Indore, Bhopal, taunts Kamal Nath

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first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday taunted the BJP for the delay in announcing candidates for the Indore and Bhopal Lok Sabha seats, both considered its strongholds. He said that the BJP should issue advertisements inviting suitable candidates for the two seats. Senior leader and former CM Digvijaya Singh is the Congress’ nominee from Bhopal while the BJP is yet to announce its candidate. The seat has been held by the BJP since 1989 and the 2014 polls was won by Alok Sanjar who defeated the Congress’ P.C. Sharma by a margin of over 3.70 lakh votes. Indore is represented since 1989 by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. “The BJP is breaking out into a sweat. It should issue an advertisement to find candidates,” Mr. Nath said.On a demand that Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia be fielded from Indore, Mr. Nath said Mr. Scindia’s case was “different”. ‘Different case’“Mr. Scindia is a sitting MP. There is his own area which he has been representing. So his case is different. There is no such question unless he himself takes any decision,” he said.He also predicted that the Congress would win 22 out of 29 LS seats in the State.last_img read more

People supreme, Naveen reminds MLAs

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday told State legislators that democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency under any circumstances.Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day orientation programme for legislators, Mr. Patnaik said that democratic dissent is “a right, however, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency”.“The roots of our successful democracy lie in our people and their unflinching faith in democratic values,” added Mr. Patnaik.“Every elected representative must understand this: whatever position you may be in, the people are supreme. Elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said the CM. Stating that the primary function of the legislature is to make laws, Mr. Patnaik said an appetite for information and education on legislative procedures, and understanding of socio-economic issues and policies is beneficial.“All our Acts and policies are essentially directed towards the greater public good. Legislators should endeavour to bring the Acts and policies to the public domain so that the people can be partners in the process of change,” he added.‘Lead by example’Stating that the legislators must lead by example. Mr. Patnaik said: “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us stay connected to the people.”Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro presided over the inaugural session of the programme., which was organised by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick also attended the event.last_img read more

Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed

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first_imgHe has already tweaked his training for his second bout this year, anticipating Nguyen’s quick attacks and counters.Nguyen, meanwhile, said that weight doesn’t pose any problems for him knowing he has bigger things worry about against Folayang.“Surprisingly, I’m still the weight I usually compete during fight camp. I don’t have problems when it comes to that,” said Nguyen.“I know Eduard is going to be strong. I still have my speed. But I know it’s going to be a chess game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum one win away from elims sweep, annihilates JRU Read Next The Makati skyline provides the perfect backdrop for Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen’s first face off. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaFilipino ONE champion Eduard Folayang knows the caliber of opponent he’s up against.Folayang is anticipating a speedier fighter in Martin Nguyen, also the ONE featherweight champion, in his second title defense of his lightweight title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Ev Ting is a natural lightweight. Mark is a natural featherweight. So I expect that he will be faster and quicker than Ev Ting. It will be a good match up,” said Folayang on Tuesday during their face off in Makati.The Baguio native said he was impressed with how Nguyen took down Marat Gafurov to earn his world title in Macao just last August months after he defeated Ting in a dominant performance via unanimous decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAgainst his upcoming Vietnamese-Australian foe, who is moving up weight for their cross-divisional fight, Folayang wants to prove that the lightweight is his territory.“I want to teach him that the lightweight division,” said Folayang, who was a high school teacher in Mountain Province before joining Team Lakay. “As a champion, I want my division to be respected so I will do my best to defend the title.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Staples and Jessica Alba Team Up to Prepare Students for a Successful

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first_imgStaples, the back-to-school specialty store, is teaming up with Jessica Alba to help students succeed in the upcoming school year with a scholarship sweepstakes and in-kind donations to support classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org.Together, Staples and Jessica Alba hope to spark the imaginations of the next generation of big thinkers.Staples plays a proud role in millions of teachers’ and families’ back-to-school shopping rituals providing the expertise they need to kick-start their year of educational discovery. As a busy mom of three, Jessica relies on Staples and its in-store specialists to help find the right tools for her kids’ backpacks and school supplies, and she values the quality time spent with her children during their annual back-to-school shopping trip.“What I love about Staples is they have incredibly accommodating in-store specialists that helps parents get their kids ready for the school year,” says Jessica. “Back-to-school is a special time for my kids because it signifies a milestone in their lives. It makes it even more meaningful that Staples is partnering with DonorsChoose.org because my children get to experience an important lesson in giving back while we shop for their back to school essentials.”“Jessica Alba represents the parents who are visiting our stores in search of the supplies their students need to succeed. Her influential voice will propel our charitable efforts and help us create a greater impact in the classroom,” says Steve Matyas, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Retail, Staples. “Teachers play a crucial role in motivating and inspiring the next generation and as the back-to-school specialty store, Staples is committed to supporting teachers and students through DonorsChoose.org and the Staples for Students scholarship sweepstakes.”“Staples has been a generous and valued partner for five years, and we’re so thankful for the brand’s continued support of our mission, which helps bring learning to life for thousands of teachers and students in classrooms nationwide,” said Charles Best, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DonorsChoose.org. “We also appreciate Jessica Alba’s support, and thank her for calling on the public to help classrooms in need across the country.”Shoppers who make a purchase of $25 or more can enter the Staples for Students scholarship sweepstakes to win one of five education prizes: a $50,000 grand prize scholarship presented by Jessica Alba, or one of four $25,000 first-prize scholarships.This year, shoppers can donate to classroom projects in their local areas at Staples stores, and Staples will match donations raised during the back-to-school season.Together, Staples and DonorsChoose.org have funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and positively affected more than 18 million students across the country.Parents, students and teachers can visit local Staples stores or Staples.com to support a classroom project or enter to win the scholarship today.last_img read more

Buckeyes would be better off losing before big dance

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There’s a problem with the expectations that come with a perfect record: Anything less than perfection is a total failure. That’s what Thad Matta’s Buckeyes (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) are faced with. With their great season, these Buckeyes have set National Championship expectations just like the 2006–07 squad did. After what this team has shown so far, anything less would lead to scarlet-and-gray heartbreak. There’s no more esteemed company than John Wooden’s undefeated UCLA championship teams of the 1960s and early ’70s, or Bobby Knight’s Indiana team of ’76 that went unbeaten en route to a title, so it’s unrealistic to put the 2011 Ohio State men’s basketball team into the same category. Now, the talent pool is as wide and deep as it’s ever been. The clich&e exists for a reason: Any team can be beaten on any given night. If you don’t believe that, look at some of OSU’s stressful wins against lesser Big Ten teams and say you weren’t the least bit worried. You can’t. This team is far from perfect. It ranks 162nd in the country in rebounds and relies heavily on just seven players. Matta would tell you it still has plenty of room to improve, despite its flawless record. There would be little harm in the team familiarizing itself with the crushing feeling of defeat sooner, rather than later. A loss during the regular season or Big Ten Tournament wouldn’t change OSU’s chances at a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Getting that sentiment out of the way would alleviate the added pressure of going into the NCAA Tournament undefeated and dealing with all the nonmaterial questions about Wooden, Knight and the historical implications. Not to say the Buckeyes should lose on purpose, but knowing what a loss feels like could be beneficial — just ask the football team. OSU would have to get 16 more wins in the regular season and postseason to get to a perfect 40-0, the pinnacle of the sport. It undoubtedly would be one of the most incredible achievements in sports history, given the era and climate of college hoops. Is this team capable? Perhaps. Is it likely to happen? No. Only seven teams have won national titles while going undefeated, none more recent than Knight’s ’76 Hoosiers. Eleven teams have finished the regular season undefeated in the tournament era and come up short of the title. The most recent team to do so was Jameer Nelson and Delonte West’s 2004 Saint Joseph’s Hawks — a team that’s hardly memorable. These Buckeyes don’t want to be in that category. That’s why a national title would mean far more than an undefeated regular season. If they were to flame out in the tournament, the only thing that would be remembered about the 2011 Buckeyes would be their failure to live up to expectations. read more

Football Fourstar 2020 safety Lejond Cavazos recommits to Ohio State

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After decommitting from the program on Dec. 4, 2020 four-star safety Lejond Cavazos announced that he would recommit to the Buckeyes. Cavazos originally committed to the Buckeyes in June 2018, but officially became the eighth member of the 2020 class on Friday. When announcing his decommittment, he said Ohio State would remain “a top choice.” A native of Bradenton, Florida, Cavazos was the No. 290 player in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also ranked as the No. 22 safety and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Florida. With the commitment, Ohio State now has the No. 6 class in the country and the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten. read more

Senator Mike Dunleavy Announces Resignation

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first_imgDunleavy was elected to the Senate in 2012 and issued a statement following his resignation : “One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp3VmJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp300:00RPd A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman says the resignation will be effective January 15. Dunleavy: “I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation.  I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has announced his resignation from the state senate to focus on running for governor this year. Dunleavy, says the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected. There are now five potential Republican candidates for governor including Kenai Peninsula Representative Mike Chenault.last_img read more

Video QA Brandon Holley editorinchief Lucky Magazine

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first_imgLucky Magazine has used both content syndication partnerships and community efforts to drive referral traffic to its fashion and beauty sites. Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of the brand, described her company’s strategies in both areas at FOLIO & min’s premiere new event held in mid-April, the MediaMashup Summit.She hasn’t abandoned syndication relationships, but says they do take a lot of work. They need constant monitoring and tweaking to provide value. Community efforts, meanwhile, have proven beneficial on several fronts, including targeted advertising.FOLIO: caught up with Holley after her panel to learn more.. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

Kuwait army chief praises Bangladesh army for Sreemangal rescue operation

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first_imgChief of Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher on Thursday highly appreciated Bangladesh Army personnel for their quick rescue operation after the emergency landing of Bangladesh Air Force helicopter carrying him and 15 others in Sreemangal on Wednesday, reports UNB.“The capability of the Bangladesh Army personnel in the rescue is highly appreciable… they came for the rescue in just five minutes’ time after the emergency landing,” he said.The visiting Kuwait Armed Forces chief came up with the remark when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher said Bangladesh and Kuwait have a strong relation and he has come to Bangladesh to strengthen it further.He mentioned that more than 6000 Bangladeshi armed forces members are working in Kuwait and they are highly professional and dedicated ones.Talking about the Rohingya issue, Khaled Al Khadher appreciated the move of Bangladesh.Regarding the ongoing joint training between Bangladesh and Kuwait army personnel, he said this has created a new opportunity in providing joint training.Welcoming him to Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Myanmar Rohingyas on humanitarian ground temporarily.She said the Bangladesh government is looking after their medical needs and education in addition to providing other facilities.The Bangladesh prime minister greeted Kuwait Amir and prime minister through its army chief.last_img read more

Grameenphone Robi Banglalink pay Tk 87b online ads

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first_img.Bangladesh’s three private mobile phone operators have spent Tk 87 billion for online advertisements alone, reveals a report submitted to the High Court by the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC).Mobile phone service providers Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink paid the money to different social media and online platforms like Google, Facebook, YouTube, IMO, Whatsapp, BTRC told the HC bench comprising justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal. BTRC’s system and service division’s deputy director engineer Nahidul Hasan submitted the report to the High Court recently.BTRC lawyer AKM Alamgir Parvez told Prothom Alo that Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink paid over Tk 87,441,905,073 over the last five years for the advertisements online.According to the BTRC report, Grameenphone alone spends USD 433,125,629 for online advertisement while Robi spends USD 321,338,000 and Banglalink USD 286,469,967. In total the three companies paid out USD 10,400,900,000.BTRC wrote a letter to the mobile phone operators seeking the expenditure breakdown within 7 August,.On 9 April 2019, six lawyers filed the writ petition with the apex court accusing the Google, Amazon, Facebook, and YouTube of evading taxes.Following the writ, the High Court handed down a rule asking the concerned authorities why Google, Amazon, Facebook and YouTube won’t be placed under the revenue net.The court also asked the authorities concerned to form an expert committee and file a report on the income of the online platforms from Bangladesh.Writ petitioner lawyer Mohamamd Humayun Kabir told Prothom Alo that different social media and online platforms like like Google, Facebook, YouTube, IMO, Whatsapp earned Tk 87 billion from the three phone operators. But the companies have no offices in Bangladesh.BTRC lawyer Alamgir Parvez said BTRC has sent a letter to Google, Facebook and YouTube among five companies to set up their own offices in Bangladesh.This report reveals a partial scenario of how much money the company like Google has taken from Bangladesh for advertisements, he added.Other than the phone companies, many Bangladeshi companies, institutions and individuals are circulating advertisements on various online media. The media is taking huge amouts money from the country, the lawyer added. Deputy attorney general Tushar Kanti Roy, who was state counsellor in writ petition, told Prothom Alo that in another report submitted to the court by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said the government has earned Tk 1.33 billion from advertisements online.Bangladesh Bank’s lawyer Shamim Khaled, he added, filed a plea seeking extension of time over filing a detailed report in this regard.The report will be submitted on the next hearing to be held on 30 October.“Once the report is submitted, the whole picture of how much money the foreign companies like Google, Facebook has earned from Bangladesh will be revealed,” Tushar said.last_img read more

Harris County Begins Updating MultiHazard Mitigation Action Plan

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first_imgHarris County Office of Emergency ManagementHarris County recently hosted a meeting with more than 70 organizations that will participate in updating its multi-hazard mitigation action plan.Harris County has started updating its current multi-hazard mitigation action plan, for which it will collaborate with multiple jurisdictions and receive feedback from the public.Harris County is vulnerable to natural hazards such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes. The county, as well as the Flood Control District, municipalities, special purpose districts, private non-profits and several stakeholder organizations will participate in the partnership.Harris County has received federal grant funds to update the plan and recently hosted a meeting with 120 attendees from more than 70 organizations that will participate in the process.“Although the current plan doesn’t expire until 2020, our office starts working with our partners and the public well in advance. The overall goal is to update the plan to help minimize the impacts of future disasters and to make us eligible for federal hazard mitigation funds,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.It takes approximately 18 months to complete the updates before the final plan is submitted to the State of Texas and FEMA for review. Once approved, each jurisdiction may adopt the plan, which will allow their communities to more readily access hazard mitigation and disaster recovery funds from FEMA when a disaster occurs.Harris County will provide several opportunities for public input and comments by publishing public notices of meetings, hosting public input workshops, posting the draft plan online for public review; and seeking stakeholder and subject matter expert input.The steering committee will consist of 16 jurisdictions and 16 stakeholders that represent the entire planning partnership and oversees the planning process.All steering committee meetings will be open to the public. The first meeting will take place on October 18th, 10 a.m. to noon at Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road, Conference Room 120-A, Houston, Texas 77024.Future meetings will be posted at https://www.readyharris.org/mitigation. Sharelast_img read more

UM President Says Its Time to Change Stadiums Name

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first_imgWallace D. Loh says UM’s Byrd Stadium should be renamed.University of Maryland at College Park President Wallace D. Loh recommended changing the name of the university’s football stadium from Byrd Stadium, which honors a longtime university president who was a staunch advocate against integration, to Maryland Stadium.The recommendation was made to the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, which has oversight of building names. The Board of Regents will consider this request at a hearing on Dec. 11.“This is a difficult and emotion-laden issue,” Loh said in a campus-wide email announcing his decision on Dec. 7. “Any outcome will likely please few.”Harry C. “Curley” Byrd was a former football player who taught English and history and served as athletic director, eventually rising to university president. Byrd was president from 1935 until 1954, a time when the campus grew significantly.President Loh states in his campus-wide email that “President Byrd is rightly regarded as ‘Father and Builder’ of UMD over a 43-year career here, retiring in 1954. He dramatically increased enrollment, faculty, funding, and the size of the campus. He laid the foundation for today’s achievements. He earned his place in our University’s history.”But he is also very well known for his opposition to racial integration in the beginning stages of the civil rights movement.When Baltimore’s Parren J. Mitchell filed a lawsuit to be admitted to the university’s graduate school in 1950, Byrd issued an order to set up classes for him in Baltimore in hopes of thwarting the lawsuit. A court ordered that Mitchell be granted full status in College Park.Mitchell went on to earn a master’s degree from College Park, teach at Morgan State, work in politics and win the election to Congress in 1970, where he would lead the Congressional Black Caucus. He died in 2007 at age 85.In October, the Board of Regents unanimously approved renaming the Art-Sociology Building in his honor. On Dec. 3, the university held a ceremony to celebrate the newly renamed building in Mitchell’s honor. On hand that day was senior sociology major and activist Colin Byrd, who is not related to the stadium’s namesake. Byrd, with the aid of a megaphone, challenged President Loh referencing that only 1 percent of the university’s contracts in 2014 were given to Black vendors with Minority Business Enterprise status, which he described as a form of economic injustice. “That’s not acceptable, and I know you’re not going to answer, but I have to say this because you need to call this out for what it is, this is B.S.” Byrd said according to the Diamondback.In an interview with the AFRO Byrd said “I think it [the campus-wide email] goes down in the history of the University of Maryland as a turning point. Where we tell our athletes and recruits going forward that no longer will you have to play the sport you love within the symbolic shadows of someone who would have hated you.”The outrage of buildings and monuments being named after pro-segregationist individuals on campuses is not isolated to the University of Maryland. On Nov. 18 the Black Justice League, a student organization at Princeton University, organized a 32 hour protest to improve race relations on campus which included occupying university president Christopher Eisgruber’s office. One of their primary demands was the removal of the name of President Woodrow Wilson, one of the university’s most honored alumni and a former university president, from buildings and schools on campus. Martin A. Mbugua, a spokesperson for Princeton, told the Washington Post that Eisgruber is listening to the students demands and that, ”The conversation about that [removing Wilson’s name from the building] will continue.”last_img read more

Disney Content Lineup Will Be Less Than 20 of Netflixs but Disney

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first_imgAnd Disney is prepared to invest heavily in Disney+, although not on the order of Netflix (which analysts project will have a $15 billion total content spend in 2019). For Disney’s fiscal year 2020 (which ends in the September quarter of next year), the company expects to spend $1 billion in cash on original programming for Disney+, rising to to around $2.5 billion by 2024, CFO Christine McCarthy told analysts at the Disney investor day earlier this month.By fiscal year 2024, the company projects that Disney+ will encompass over 120 recent movie releases and more than 500 library films; over 10,000 TV episodes; and more than 50 original series and 10 original films and specials.Both in the near and long term, Disney is well positioned to be a significant SVOD player, according to Dallas Lawrence, chief brand officer at ad-tech vendor OpenX. “If content is king, Disney owns the castle,” he said, adding that the media conglomerate operates an “unrivaled content factory of beloved movie franchises and television shows,” including those from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar.Disney+ has plenty of room to gain share of consumer SVOD spending — it’s not a zero-sum game. On a related note, as consumers increasingly cut the cord on pay TV in favor of OTT services, Netflix could even benefit from the entry of Disney+, WarnerMedia, Apple TV+ and others.One data point here: A recent survey commissioned by OpenX found that American consumers who use over-the-top video services said they’re willing to pay upwards of $100 per month on average for self-made bundles of subscriptions. Of course, what people say and what they do can be very different. In any case, at $6.99 per month, Disney+ will be an attractive option, even if Disney later hikes the price a bit. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll from Feb. 13-March 6, 2019, among 2,002 U.S. consumers 18 or older who reported using at least one OTT service.Disney has really aggressive targets — McCarthy’s model forecast 60 million-90 million Disney+ subscribers by end of FY 2024, two-thirds of those outside the U.S. It’s clear Disney has the content assets, powerful brands, financial wherewithal and the addressable market to make a big run at SVOD. The key question is how quickly it can ramp Disney+ into a sustainable business. Popular on Variety First of all, it’s no surprise that Disney+ won’t have a title count comparable to other SVOD players out of the gate. More important, raw numbers aren’t everything: They don’t reflect the total value or appeal of a subscription service.Here’s a critical point: Disney’s top content beats both Netflix and Amazon in consumer perceptions of quality, according to Ampere Analysis. The U.K.-based firm compared the top 100 original-labeled titles (movies and TV seasons) currently available across top U.S. SVOD platforms. The Ampere Rating grades content on a scale of 1-100 (with 100 being the best) based on a proprietary algorithm that assesses user opinion of individual titles.What Ampere’s analysis found is that the existing U.S. catalog of Disney content ranks above Amazon and Netflix, trailing only HBO (see chart below).“Every Disney title will need to guarantee an audience, but with the entirety of Disney and Fox’s library to choose from, that’s very achievable,” said Richard Cooper, research director at Ampere Analysis.Notwithstanding its relatively small title count, the Disney+ direct-to-consumer service will pack a huge punch with high-profile, big-name movies and shows. Those include the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, classic Disney and Pixar films, Fox titles including 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” and original films and series, including Star Wars-set show “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau. Read more about the Disney+ lineup here: Disney+ Lineup: All the Shows and Movies Confirmed for Streaming Service.Note, too, that Disney is winding down its licensing deal with Netflix, which previously had an exclusive SVOD window in the U.S. and Canada for Disney movies. Starting with 2019 releases, all Mouse House titles will be available to stream only on Disney+; those include “Captain Marvel,” “Toy Story 4,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Frozen II,” the live-action remakes of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Episode IX). ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019center_img For reference, per Ampere Analysis, here’s how the number of Disney+ selections in the first year will stack up against other streaming platforms: And here is Ampere Analysis’ comparison of the top 100 movie titles available on SVOD services: Disney will roll into the subscription VOD wars with a smaller content selection than rivals — with a strategy of playing to quality, not quantity.Disney+, the Mouse House’s new SVOD entry launching in the U.S. this November at $6.99 monthly, will cost nearly half of Netflix’s standard HD plan. But in its first year, Disney+ will have less than one-fifth of the selections on Netflix in the U.S., according to a study by research firm Ampere Analysis.In the first year of launch, Disney+ will include 7,500 episodes of current and past TV shows and 500 movies, according to Disney. That represents just 16% of Netflix’s U.S. catalog of 47,000 TV episodes and 12.5% of the Netflix movie library of 4,000 titles, Ampere Analysis estimates.In addition, Disney+ will have a lighter TV lineup than Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and CBS All Access, as well as fewer movies than Prime Video — which includes more than 12,000 titles — Hulu, Starz Play, and HBO Go, according to Ampere’s study. (See charts below.) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Beyond the naked eye

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first_imgNature has no boundaries. The more you try to explore it, the more it makes you realise your rawness. And then the search for the unknown takes the form of an art. Works by artist DP Sibal, who is primarily inspired by nature, is being exhibited at the Hungarian Culture Centre. The exhibition that kicked off on 21 March showcases twenty of his paintings.Great art picks up where nature ends. Justifying this famous qoute of Marc Chagall, Sibal’s works are embeded in nature. We got to talk to the artist. Read on to know more… Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What are your major influences?I think my childhood is the biggest influence for me, being a child I was always surrounded with lush green spaces, peacocks used to come on our roof tops. Clear skies with endless shining stars as if we were living admits nature unlike today where greenery is shrinking and pollution had taken over the night skies, these all have inspired influenced me time to time to relive the beauty of childhood gone by.What is the theme of your painting? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI have always painted on nature as a theme and this time I’m exploring natures unknown dimensions, going a step ahead into the vastness of the cosmos, the unknown spaces which are ‘beyond the naked eye’.Do you follow a particular style of painting?I think freedom is the style of my work, to have no boundaries when painting, being able to express limitlessly and  have a vibrancy in the colours is my style.What is the uniqueness of your work?Well uniqueness is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone interprets art in their own way which is unique by itself. What  message do you want to convey through your pieces?The message we focus on the beauty nature holds, which we miss in the rush of today’s times and think how to preserve nature for generations to come so they can inherit the beauty it has to offer.What lies next in the pipeline?Difficult to answer right away, my love for natures remains strong, I’m thinking of the moon and planning to showcase different dimensions of the moon. I guess that might be what is in pipeline.last_img read more

TV technology provider Access is using the CES sho

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first_imgTV technology provider Access is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil a new social video platform, ACCESSMyTV.The platform provides for the creation of personalised web video channels that can be shared with friends and family via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The resulting consumer engagement will in turn enable ACCESSMyTV to support targeted advertising, according to Access.“The platform is the simplest and most powerful route to launching a multi-screen OTT service, giving CE device manufacturers, broadcasters and operators the opportunity to embrace the social TV revolution and create new recurring revenues,” said Neale Foster, vice-president of global sales IA, ACCESS. “ACCESSMyTV makes life easy for operators, allowing them to launch a social TV service with an abundance of content from the word go. The platform operator can further serve the needs of the ever-hungry consumer by providing them with access to free web video, premium content, games and apps.”last_img read more

Exane BNP Paribas has raised its target for French

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first_imgExane BNP Paribas has raised its target for French cable operator Numericable and upped its recommendation on the company’s stock from neutral to outperform. In a note entitled ‘All’s well that merges well’, the bank’s analysts set a target of €50 for Numericable stock, up from €34.According to Exane BNP Paribas, the fusion of Numericable and SFR is “fundamentally attractive”. It predicts that the combined entity will deliver annual average operational free cash-flow of up to 16% between now and 2020. Synergies between Numericable and SFR, notably from high-speed fixed-line internet, are estimated at €7 billion, up from €4 billion previously.Exane BNP Paribas says that Numericable is best-placed amongst French operators to benefit from consolidation of the sector. How well it performs could depend on which of its competitors succeeds in merging with Bouygues Telecom, which failed to secure a rival deal with Vivendi for SFR.According to Exane BNP Paribas, the best case for Numericable would be if Free buys Bouygues Telecom, while the latter’s acquisition by Orange would be less favourable. If Bouygues remains independent, the resultant downward competitive pressure on fixed-line pricing could prove harmful, however.last_img read more

The ZipR from ZapperBox TV technology providers Z

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first_imgThe Zip-R from ZapperBoxTV technology providers ZapperBox and Access and connected home chipset specialist Entropic have teamed up to launch a new HDMI dongle device aimed at enabling cable operators to deliver IP video around the home.ZapperBox’s dongle, the Zip-R, can run the full RDK stack with HTML5 and the DLNA’s CVP-2 guidelines, also known as VidiPath, the DLNA’s remote user interface guidelines that are designed to allow consumers to securely stream content from their service provider set-top box to other devices in the home.The Zip-R is designed to enable cable providers to transition to in-home IP video distribution. The devices comes with a proprietary eight-pin connector that ZapperBox says can deliver a range of optional connectivity direct from the power adapter, including MoCA, Ethernet and Powerline.The Zip-R is based on the EN7589 chipset from Entropic and incorporates Access’s NetFront Living Connect 3.1 technology. Access announced at CES this week that its Chromium Blink-based NetFront BE browser now supports DLNA VidiPath.“The transition to open standards such as DLNA is shifting software development away from traditional set-top box makers, creating a new ecosystem driven by innovation. This solution, which combines Access’s DLNA and Browser expertise, Entropic’s EN7589 dual-core ARM-based System on Chip, and our industry-leading HDMI stick form factor, is a prime example of that ecosystem in practice,” said Mark Samuel, CEO of ZapperBox.“Our partnerships with ZapperBox and Entropic demonstrate ACCESS’ ongoing commitment to innovative, cost-effective solutions for the cable industry. The integration of NetFront Living Connect 3.1 with the DLNA VidiPath on the innovative ZapperBox Zip-R stick, based on Entropic’s EN7589 SoC, showcases how operators can merge technology, security, and simplicity to meet consumer demand for universal content across all devices,” said Neale Foster, COO and VP global sales, TV, Access Europe.last_img read more

Its been pretty busy since finishing my Alevels

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first_img“It’s been pretty busy since finishing my A-levels in June as I went straight to Milan just a week after finishing them,” she revealed.“I spent a month in Milan and have definitely gained more confidence and independence while being there. Now I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s Fashion Fest as a professional model.“It was fantastic getting the opportunity to go abroad and meet new people from the modelling and fashion world. When going to a casting for Giorgio Armani it was amazing to actually be in the headquarters.”Oonagh maintains that the competition has given her access to a new talent pool with more opportunities for younger models rising through the ranks.“Milan holds many exciting opportunities for new faces like myself. Getting to live in Milan for a month is an opportunity that not every eighteen-year-old gets to experience.“Winning the Face of Fashion Fest also introduced me to Major through the Style Academy, which is amazing. I would really push for young models to go for the Fashion Fest title as you never know what opportunities can await.”This year’s Face of Fashion Fest winner will have the opportunity to follow in Oonagh’s footsteps with the help of the team at Style Academy. The winner will also have the chance to feature at this year’s Fashion Fest runway show on October 13th.The competition is open to anyone, male or female, from the Derry and Strabane Council area between the ages of 14 and 23. The competition closes on September 15th and applicants will be profiled on social media as part of the event campaign.As well as the contract with Style Academy, the winners will also receive a full set of Rosemary Wright Makeup and brushes, enjoy a year’s free Haircare from Atchison Hair, a Coast & Co range ‘Velvet & Oud’ Gift Set being launched by Bella Mia in September, and a piece of sterling silver jewellery from the Zohara or Darcey Jewellery collections. Candidates should simply complete the application form which is available online at http://www.derrystrabane.com/faceoffashionfest and return with two clear images to info@styleacademy.comShortlisted applicants will be invited to casting call in front of a live judging panel on Monday 17th September.The winner will be announced by September 30, 2018.Could you be the fresh new Face of Fashion Fest? was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: The successful candidate will walk away with a year’s modelling contract and representation with Northern Ireland’s leading modelling agency Style Academy.Last year’s winner Oonagh Canning has enjoyed a hectic year since she shone on the catwalk at Fashion Fest 2017. The St Cecilia’s pupil, whose captivating looks caught the attention of the judges in the inaugural Face of Fashion Fest competition, has since been travelling Europe gaining experience on the runways of some of the Fashion industry’s most exciting events.After fronting last year’s campaign, the talented 18-year-old said she gained the confidence to take her career to the next level. Could you be the fresh new Face of Fashion Fest?Derry and Strabane CouncilFashion Fest 2018GuildhallMayor John BoyleOonagh Canning Mayor John Boyle launched Fashion Fest 2018THE North West’s most exciting celebration of couture – Fashion Fest – is back this autumn and a search was launched today for a fresh new face to front the programme’s campaign.The Face of Fashion Fest competition offers young modelling hopefuls the chance to make their first foray into the world of fashion with the help of some leading industry specialists. ShareTweetlast_img read more

In This Issue… Currencies metals find a bid…

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first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals find a bid… * Retail Sales disappoint, big time! * BOC to meet today… * And Richard Duncan on this TTT! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Big Ben Visits Congress… Good day… And A Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well… the MRI I had done on my brain last week showed nothing… HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, there was nothing there! Of course my beautiful bride has told me that for years! And then there were the teachers back in the school years that muttered such things… But seriously… the good news is that no sign of lesions in the brain… I got to thinking yesterday about these bouts I’ve had with cancer… they have hit me, much like I used to play golf… left kidney, right femur & hip, left eye, right mandible… they used to call that “Army golf” left, right, left, right… Well, here we go again! Once again, the traders and hedge fund gurus are selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes that additional stimulus will be announced at the event. Today, it’s Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to lawmakers on the economy. You would think that having been disappointed time and time again by the Fed Heads, that going down this road once again would be avoided at all costs… But, as I told you about a month ago… the crown that gets placed on your head forever, when you are the first to call something, holds great value to these traders and hedge fund gurus, so they are always willing to go out on the limb… I would be surprised 6-ways from Sunday if Big Ben even mentioned stimulus today and tomorrow as he speaks to the Senate and House on different days. But that’s not stopping the bias to sell dollars which began yesterday mid-morning, and continued throughout the day and overnight sessions. So… we begin the day today with the euro having moved from playing peek-a-boo with the 1.22 handle to now playing the game with the 1.23 handle… The last time, we went into a Fed event with the traders et.al. selling dollars in hopes of an additional stimulus announcement, the euro got whacked by 2-cents when the disappoint set in… So, the downside risk today is great, folks… be careful… But then if you are one to think that Big Ben will use the testimony on the economy to announce additional stimulus, then you’ll want to jump on the “we got the call right first crowd” bandwagon… I’m skeptical, at best here, folks… I really don’t think Big Ben, even with his, “what you dare to question the great and powerful Oz” mantra, would take this time to announce additional stimulus… Getting on… Remember when I told you that German exports were kicking tail once again with the relatively weaker euro allowing their manufactured goods to be more competitive? Well, if the were doing well when the euro was 1.30, imagine how well they are doing with it around 1.23! it is now thought that the weaker euro will allow Germany’s nominal Trade Surplus to equal 4% of the German GDP… So… German exporters are happy campers with the weaker euro… as they should be! And as long as the euro remains stronger than the dollar, given the problems of the Eurozone, what does that tell one about the dollar? OK… The Bank of Canada (BOC) meets this morning to discuss rates… this will be a non-event, as BOC Gov. Carney, wants to remove monetary policy stimulus, but just can’t pull the trigger with all the problems of the Eurozone and the U.S. right now. The Eurozone is in recession, and the U.S., although I say it never left the depression, but officially came out of recession, is ready to re-enter it, says, PIMCO Bond king, Bill Gross… So, I don’t expect much in the way of movement from the Canadian dollar / loonie, from this non-event BOC meeting… I think everyone knows the hand that the BOC has been dealt at this point. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes for the July meeting earlier this month, were balanced to slightly hawkish. The RBA once again said that they were comfortable with the current rate cuts made, and will continue to monitor the effects of those rate cuts made earlier this year. These meeting minutes have helped the Aussie dollar (A$) to continue to gain in the $1.02 handle, heading to $1.03… Last night, Japanese Finance Minister, Azumi, tried his hand a jawboning in an attempt to slow down the speculative trading in the Japanese yen. This is typical of how the Japanese do things… the yen is strong, as it briefly went below the 79 handle yesterday (yen is a European priced currency, so the lower the number the more in value it has VS the dollar), and this strength in the yen has been driving Japanese officials crazy… But, as I’ve said before, they can jawbone all they want, the markets are not afraid of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) any longer, for they know all too well that to really move the yen weaker, and cause massive losses for holders of yen, that the BOJ would have to work in coordination with the U.S. and Eurozone… They have other problems work on right now to deal with Japan’s currency strength problem… In China the State Council will meet this week, and from this meeting we could very well see the additional measures that will be adopted by the Chinese Gov’t in an attempt to regenerate the moderating economy. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan posted gains overnight. This is the first time in a week or so that Chinese officials have allowed the renminbi/ yuan to gain. So, maybe, they know something about Big Ben’s visit to the Senate today… And here we go again with Gold, as it nears $1,600 again this morning… The shiny metal has been manipulated so much lately that it’s difficult to get traction. Artur over in our Business FX group told me about a new Gold trading platform that Italy started last week… Good for them! I talked at length about Gold manipulation in the next edition of the Review & Focus, which is sent monthly to EverBank World Markets clients. You’ll want to pick up a copy of that at your nearest newsstand when it comes out! HA! When will the public demand this be stopped? When a much larger percentage of the population owns Gold… that’s when! Well… yesterday’s Retail Sales data here in the U.S. for June was absolutely disappointing, just as I said it would be… June Retail Sales fell -.5% when a +.2% gain was forecast. Not by me! But by the so-called experts… Of course if these experts would just check the BHI (Butler household Index) it has a more consistent indication of what Retail Sales will be… So, Big Ben Bernanke will have this data in his back pocket when he travels to the Senate today… The back side of the financial storm is moving more onto our shores, folks… More and more economic data confirm that, and still no one does a thing about it… We’ll be inundated with economic data today… some of it stupid pet tricks, and some of it worthy of the paper it’s printed on. CPI will print… and so too will Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization… Long time readers know under what category those economic data prints fall under… But when it’s all said and done today… the markets will be moved by Big Ben Bernanke’s testimony or they won’t… the economic data will be “extras” today… Then There Was This… Richard Duncan is an author and analyst that has written at least two books that I have poured myself into over the years… First it was: The Dollar Crisis, that was written about 10 years ago, and then the most recent book, The Corruption of Capitalism… He “gets it”, folks… Always has… and he was interviewed on CNBC yesterday, and decided to tell the world that he believes the risk of a new depression… Here are a couple of snippets from his interview on CNBC Europe yesterday. Richard Duncan – “When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression. If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.” Chuck again… I have to say that reading that gives me the chills… and would hope that we don’t get to that… Hopefully, spending cuts that would alleviate the need to go to the credit markets will steer us around that problem… But the spending cuts have to come, folks… NOW! In addition, I sent an email to my friend, John Mauldin, yesterday after I saw him on Bloomberg TV, talking about the debt, and how he was optimistic that Congress would do the right thing and begin to cut debt… my email simply said, “John, you are far more optimistic than I regarding Congress and their will to cut the deficit spending and debt… I believe there is no political will to do so, for it does not get them reelected, and with the large number of voters receiving some sort of Gov’t payouts, to cut those payouts would be suicidal for their reelection chances… John replied… “If we don’t, then it is a disaster of Biblical proportions”… I agree with that… but then I’ve been telling people about the disasters that this growing debt were going to cause for over a decade now… To recap… The currencies and metals began to gain mid-morning on Monday, and carried on throughout the overnight sessions. It seems the traders et.al. don’t ever learn a lesson… they are once again selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes to be the first to take advantage of an announcement of additional stimulus… Chuck thinks they will once again be disappointed by the Fed Heads… The BOC meets today, expect no move, and the RBA meeting minutes had a hawkish bias to them. Currencies today 7/17/12… American Style: A$ $1.0285, kiwi .7980, C$ .9850, euro 1.2285, sterling 1.5635, Swiss $1.0230, … European Style: rand 8.1930, krone 6.0835, SEK 7.0105, forint 233.35, zloty 3.40, koruna 20.6240, RUB 32.43, yen 79.05, sing 1.2625, HKD 7.7560, INR 55.08, China 6.3730, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.0345, Dollar Index 83.08, Oil $88.53, 10-year 1.48%, Silver $27.41, and Gold… $1,593.30 That’s it for today… a great 9th inning rally and win last night by the Cardinals… of course I didn’t see it until this morning! 4th day on my new medicine… so far so good, It just makes me feel a bit off-kilter… but then it’s only been 4-days… in 4 weeks that will be a better judge! This nasty cold bothers me more than the chemo medicine! In fact, it woke me up much earlier than I get up this morning, so I had me a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast! With toddlers always at the house, Everett and Braden, there are always Cheerios! And How about that guy that caught the little girl that fell out of a 3rd story window? WOW! And Happy 50 years of performing, to the Rolling Stones… They celebrated that last milestone last week! Sticky Fingers is still my fave Stones album… And with that… I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more