Ebola cases in Congo break 2000 mark

first_imgKinshasa: DR Congo’s health ministry said late Monday that it had recorded more than 2,000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country’s east 10 months ago. “Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases stands at 2,008, of which 1,914 have been confirmed (by lab test) while 94 are probable,” it said in an update. “In all, there have been 1,346 deaths (1,252 confirmed and 94 probable) and 539 people have recovered.” The ministry said it was important to retain the overall perspective, despite the breaching of the symbolic threshold of 2,000 cases. “In recent weeks, the trend has been positive, although vigilance is still necessary,” it said. There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have “recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic,” it said. The epidemic was first declared in North Kivu province on August 1 and then spread to neighbouring Ituri, although there have not been any cases in neighbouring countries.last_img read more

New Brunswick government to spend 20 million more on seniors programs

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is releasing more details about next week’s provincial budget — this time for seniors.A government source tells The Canadian Press that Premier Brian Gallant will announce today that $20 million will be spent on a number of initiatives for seniors.Those initiatives include a pilot project to free-up acute care beds in hospitals by providing transition beds in special care homes for short-term patient stays.The government also plans to fully implement the colon cancer screening program for all men between the ages of 50 and 74, and will work to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements.Earlier this week, the premier announced $25 million in programs to help boost youth employment.He used his state-of-the province speech to unveil plans to spend $20 million to help make businesses more competitive and to boost exports.last_img read more

WorldVentures Joins Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lees Sacks For Kids

first_imgWorldVentures announces its partnership with linebacker Sean Lee and the Dreambuilders Foundation as the presenting sponsor and a corporate sponsor on the “Sacks for Kids” campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.Fans Pledge. We Perform. Kids Win.
Beginning July 28 through the 2016–2017 National Football League season, fans may pledge any dollar amount per any sack the Dallas Cowboys defense has. At the end of each game, pledges turn into actual monetary donations that directly benefit the clubs and their programs. 100 percent of the funds raised will be paid out to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County. Anyone can pledge at any time during the regular season.Donors who pledge $50 or more per sack during the pledge window of Aug. 18–Sept. 11 will be invited to be guests of Sean Lee at his Stars and Steaks dinner to be held October 10 at III Forks restaurant.To pledge, click here. And join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by following #SeanLee and #SacksForKids.Updates about the amount of funds raised will be announced each week through emails and social media postings. Updates will also be announced during Keith Russell’s weekly one-on-one with Lee on CBS 11.“I’m proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County,” says Lee. “Helping to raise money for the club through each sack we have this season is a great way to support the programs they have for kids, and I hope Cowboys fans everywhere will join me in this campaign.”In the past, Sean Lee’s Dreambuilders program has provided the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Fort Worth with $50,000 in technology and equipment upgrades. This includes the purchase of literacy software, as well as e-readers for children to use in the clubs.last_img read more

American Lakota woman accuses border guards of racial profiling after they probe

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn American Indian woman is accusing border guards in Saskatoon of racial profiling after she was stopped while entering Canada and asked her heritage and if she was part of the Idle No More movement.Patricia Stein told APTN National News her flight arrived in Saskatoon at about 3:20 p.m. Friday and was questioned by a Canadian Border Services Agency officer about where she was going and who she was going to see.The officer ordered her to a “secondary” meeting and Stein was ushered to a waiting area before being interrogated by a different officer.“The first question the officer asked me was my heritage,” said Stein who told him she’s Lakota and German. “He literally had a pad of paper in front of him and wrote ‘Native American’ down and circled it.”The officer wanted to know who she was going to see. Stein said a friend. In fact Stein was using frequent flyer miles to fly to Saskatoon and had to use them up by a certain time or they’d expire.“Then he came back to the Native questions and asked “have you participated in Idle No More?’” said Stein.She said the officer then asked if she’d ever been paid for her “activism.”“No one gets paid for that. Who in the world is going to pay us for that?” said Stein, who during the throes of the Idle No More movement in December and January was in Egypt and held her own rally in front of the Canadian Embassy.She is also outspoken about Indigenous rights, especially missing and murdered women.“The questions were all very, very weird,” said Stein who after an hour and half was allowed into Canada. “It was the most blatant racism I have ever seen.”When she asked why they were asking her all the questions she claims the officer said it’s “routine.”A call to the CBSA was not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews needed more information and didn’t immediately provide comment.But it didn’t end there according to Stein who claims she had to show the officer how much money she had in her bank account.She pulled it up on her phone.“According to him (they ask for bank records) to make sure people don’t come in and stay here but that’s weird as I have my return flight in six days,” she said. “They wanted bank statements from me but everything kept coming back to how active are you with Native activism.”She described the office she was in as typical with a desk with a computer. She didn’t get the name of the officer but said he was a middle-aged man with red hair and a thick build.Stein said border guards asked her over and over again if it was her first time in Canada. She told them it is.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Bank accounts can be used to teach kids basic financial literacy lessons

first_imgOTTAWA – Omar Abouzaher remembers going to the bank with his daughter so she could make her first deposit into an account that was opened for her when she was just a toddler.The regional vice-president for the Bank of Montreal’s daughter was four when they took her piggy bank to deposit the coins.“She’s a banker at heart,” he said.While RESP accounts can help parents save for a child’s education, opening a savings account for a child can be the first step in teaching basic financial literacy, Abouzaher said.“I believe sometimes we wait too long until the kids are a bit older and try to cram all this financial information and throw it at them,” he said.Abouzaher recommends starting with teaching what it means to save and then build on that foundation.“The older they grow, they’ll understand as well the other components or the other pieces that are maybe a little bit more complex when it comes to understanding debt, understanding what it takes to pay tuition, what it takes to manage your credit,” he said.Parents hoping to teach their children the power of compound interest on their savings today will have a harder time than parents in the 1970s and 1980s, when interest paid on savings accounts soared above 10 per cent compared with rates today, when even the highest-paying savings accounts sit in the low single digits.But earning interest isn’t the only reason parents would want to help their children open a bank account of their own.Abouzaher said children can start to learn the basics of budgeting and saving for something down the road.Kids can be given a choice, he said, such as, “Do you want to spend it right now and buy whatever you want to buy … or do you want to save it and maybe look at something else in the longer run?”Parents should keep an eye on fees, just like they would with their own account, or else their children may learn an unwelcome lesson about having a bank account. While accounts for children often do not have a monthly fee, banks may charge for other services such as using a non-bank ATM, depending on where the account is opened.The amount of interest paid on savings accounts for children also varies by institution. According to rate-tracking website Ratehub.ca, youth accounts at Tangerine, the online bank owned by Scotiabank, pays the highest interest rate for young savers at 1.2 per cent compared with typically less than one per cent at the country’s big banks.At Tangerine, children hold their accounts jointly with a parent.If a parent is already a Tangerine customer they can open up an account for their child online by entering the information on the bank’s website, said Oliver Small, a senior manager at Tangerine.Small said you will need to have a social insurance number as well as one of several different pieces of ID to open the account such as a Canadian passport, a permanent resident identification or Secure Certificate of Indian Status.For children age 11 or under, parents may also use a birth certificate or a citizenship card or certificate.Small, who remembers his grandparents and parents teaching him early lessons of money management when he was a boy, said it is never too early to open an account.“Money management and financial literacy are really critical life skills and we know that if you instill good behaviours early on they can last a lifetime.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS)last_img read more

CSK favourites against Mumbai in clash of titans

first_imgMumbai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will start as favourites riding on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s rich form when they take on slow-starters Mumbai Indians in a high-voltage Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Wednesday. Super Kings, who have won the cash-rich T20 league thrice like the hosts, are sitting pretty at the top of the eight-team table with three wins on the trot from three games. Placed sixth, Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have not started well as usual with a victory sandwiched between two defeats. On the morrow, Super Kings will hold the edge with Dhoni in rollicking form. The 37-year old former India captain hit a 46-ball 75 in their last game against Rajasthan Royals to singlehandedly lift his team from 27/3 to 175/5 at home. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhChasing 176 for victory, Royals could not match up to Super Kings’ death bowling and Dhoni’s shrewd captaincy. Called the ‘Daddy’s Army’ for a host of over the hill cricketers in their arsenal, Super Kings have defied all odds to win the title last season and have continued their form this year in the opening exchanges. The visitors have experience in their batting and bowling departments with the likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu adding to the might. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRayudu, who is still hopeful of retaining his No. 4 spot in the Indian team for the World Cup, has been off colour and has to get his act together quickly. Deepak Chahar was useful with the ball the other day and would look to continue the good work. Coming to the hosts, Mumbai are over-dependent on openers Rohit and South African Quinton de Kock. The others have failed to get runs and need to step up. On Wednesday, Mumbai will have the services of new recruit, West Indian fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, and can also play all rounder Ben Cutting in place of the Lasith Malinga who has looked lacklustre. In the spin department, Chennai have the edge too, with South African Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja doing the job well after the power play.last_img read more

Twitter scraps Trump clip on Warner Bros complaint

first_imgLos Angeles: Twitter has deleted a video by US President Donald Trump for his 2020 election bid, that used unauthorised music from Warner Bros’ blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises”, after the studio complained to the social media platform. The microblogging site complied with Warner Bros’ demand to protect its copyright late Tuesday, hours after the US President tweeted a provocative campaign video, set to a track from the score of Christopher Nolan’s final movie in his massively successful Batman trilogy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The use of Warner Bros’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorised. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed,” Warner Bros told Deadline in a statement. The video in Trump’s tweet, captioned as “Make America Great Again”, has now been replaced by a message that it was no longer available “in response to a report by the copyright owner”. Scored by Hans Zimmer, the now removed video was set to the Oscar-winning music composer’s tune “Why Do We Fall?” from the 2012 film’s soundtrack. The roughly two-minute video juxtaposes brief shots of prominent Democrats from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer against images of Trump from his first two years in office, including his meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Agencieslast_img read more

Speaker hits back at President on PSC

At a meeting with Senior Ranks of Sri Lanka Police today the President said the Attorney General had informed him, there are five cases on the 04/21 attacks before the Supreme Court and appointing a PSC at such a time sets a negative impact on the process undertaken by the Supreme Court.The PSC on the Easter Sunday attacks has been meeting over the past few days. The Speaker said that while the Parliament will not look to challenge the powers of the President, being critical of the PSC will not be helpful. He said that he will not allow any current officer to be summoned before the PSC and that his stand has been communicated to the cabinet. Startling revelations have been made during the sittings with the President being found at fault over the Easter Sunday attacks by some of the officials questioned.Among the officials questioned so far are the Defence Secretary, intelligence chief, Police chief and former Defence Secretary.The President said that those who have appeared before the PSC so far are former officers or officials and not current officers. President Maithripala Sirisena had said last week that he cannot approve the PSC grilling security officials. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has hit back at President Maithripala Sirisena with regards to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC).Jayasuriya said that any official summoned by the PSC must respect the summons or will need to face the consequences. The President also said that he has been informed by the Attorney General that the PSC proceedings will hamper ongoing cases filed on the Easter Sunday attacks.He said that he had sent the concerns raised by the AG to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to inform Parliament.However he said that the Speaker had not read out his statement to Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Top UN human rights official condemns murder of Mexican activist

Speaking in Uruguay where she is on an official visit, the High Commissioner said Ms. Ochoa, a lawyer who had been killed last Friday, inspired human rights defenders around the world with her “sense of dedication and perseverance in adversity.”Mrs. Robinson recalled discussing the concerns of Mexico’s human rights workers with Ms. Ochoa in 1999 during a visit to that country. “Digna told me – based in part on firsthand experience – of the difficulties human rights defenders were facing at the time,” the High Commissioner said. “Her murder is all the more tragic in that it threatens to dash the hopes that had risen recently in the country that intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders were finally being addressed seriously.”The High Commissioner urged Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to bring Ms. Ochoa’s killer or killers to justice. “I welcome the pledge by Government officials to fully support the investigation into the murder,” she said. “The best way to honour Digna’s memory is to ensure that this is the last time human rights defenders in Mexico – including her colleagues at the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Centre – feel threatened for their tireless work on behalf of their fellow citizens,” she said. read more

Islamists use fear drug money to maintain control of northern Mali –

Among a litany of human rights abuses committed by the Islamists, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic cited “very drastic punishments,” the recruitment of child soldiers, and enforced marriages that are a smokescreen for enforced prostitution, terming the situation as “very bad.”“They are buying loyalty. They have tremendous resources to buy loyalty because they are now having kickbacks from narco-traffickers in the region,” he told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York following a visit to the West African country, where a third of the 1.5 million population of the north, an area the size of France, has been driven from their homes. Mali is a transit corridor for cocaine and other drugs from South America to Europe.“There is also substantial ransom money that is being controlled by them,” Mr. Šimonovic said, adding: “The overwhelming majority of people in the north are not supportive of the rebels and dislike what is happening.”He noted that there had been three public executions, eight cases of amputations, a number of public floggings and other inhuman and degrading punishments. “The number is small but the threat is there, it’s real and people live with it and they are afraid of those lists,” he added, referring to lists that the Islamist groups are reported to be compiling of women who have had children out of wedlock, or who were unmarried and pregnant.“The number of enforced marriages is increasing, the price to buy a wife is less than $1,000,” he noted. “After getting out of their families, the women, once forcefully married, quite often are by their so-called husbands married to other men after a very short while, which is in fact then a smokescreen for enforced prostitution and rapes that are taking place.”Mr. Šimonovic stressed that children are particularly vulnerable to attempts to enlist them as child soldiers, often to plant improvised explosive devices, with their families being given $600 for enlistment, and then $400 a month in a country where over half the population lives on $1.25 a day. Many teachers have also fled, fearing the imposition of Sharia, so the children are missing out on education, too.“Everybody is banned from listening to music, from smoking, women have to be covered, but the women are also targeted in the sense of restricting their ability to work,” he said. “Children can’t play soccer.”Some 100,000 Malian refugees have already fled to Mauritania, 100,000 to Burkina Faso, 30,000 in Algeria and about 40,000 in Niger. Another 230,000 are estimated to be internally displaced. Among the main Islamist groups who have seized control of the north Mr. Šimonovic noted that Ansar Dine was composed mainly of Malians while the leadership of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA) is foreign, mostly from Arab countries and is closely related to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).In August, the Security Council urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – working closely with the Malian Transitional authorities in Bamako, the capital, the African Union Commission and regional countries – to prepare detailed proposals for a stabilization force to restore Mali’s territorial integrity. read more

Setanta customers wont be covered by insurance emergency fund

first_imgCLAIMS MADE BY customers of bust insurance outfit Setanta will not be covered by a fund for the victims of uninsured drivers, sources close to the process have confirmed to TheJournal.ie.The Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (Mibi) had been asked by the Government to step into the breach after the company went belly-up in April, but it is understood that MIBI has been given legal advice that to do so would be exceeding its remit.“Mibi is legally precluded from involvement where an insurer already exists and has valid policies,” a source said.It is thought that officials in charge of the fund have passed on their decision, which was taken at a board meeting following legal advice earlier this month, to Government. No response has been issued yet.“The bureau can only act in accordance with our remit under the 2009 agreement with the Government. That remit confines our activities to compensating victims of uninsured drivers.”LiquidationAn industry source close to the process hit out at the situation which developed with Setanta, saying:“The main issue is how a company could be formed in a separate jurisdiction, in a highly regulated sector, with the obvious express purpose of conducting business in Ireland while avoiding Irish regulation, and seven years later go into liquidation owing several millions of euro.”The Maltese company, which only operated in Ireland, went bust earlier this year, leaving thousands of drivers uninsured overnight.It later emerged that the Central Bank had knowledge of problems in Setanta a full seven months before issuing a warning on the company in April of this year.InvestigationSeparately, the Central Bank has said it will await the outcome of an investigation by the Maltese financial regulator before deciding whether to look into claims that Setanta’s broker network in Ireland continued to renew policies after being instructed to cease selling policies.Communications from the Maltese Financial Services Authority (MFSA), seen by TheJournal.ie, confirm that “the company continued to renew insurance policies after the 24 January 2014″, the date which the MFSA directed the company to cease selling or renewing policies.Insurance sources said that some customers who had been issued with advance notice of their policies expiring had policies renewed after that date.One source said that “when the broker was doing this they thought Setanta was being wound down in an orderly manner…they thought the company was exiting but they didn’t know the scale of the financial distress.”Read: Regulator had concerns about Setanta Insurance seven months before warning consumers>Read: Setanta Insurance wind up leaves policyholders ‘stranded without cover’>last_img read more

WWE UK Title match set for NXT tonight PostSmackdown Live videos

first_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) 1 COMMENT April 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm Seth Rollins Moonsaves Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE UK Title match set for NXT tonightAdvertised for tonight’s WWE NXT on the WWE Network is Tyler Bate defending the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Jack Gallagher.Aleister Black will also be in action tonight.Wrestleview.com will have a full NXT report later tonight.Post-Smackdown Live videosWWE posted the following videos after last night’s Smackdown in Des Moines. Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Can the tagline for this be “Two Men, One Gimmick”?. Also, please no American pronunciation of Gallagher. It’s “Galla-gur”, not Galla-her”. Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Twitter Kurt Angle Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Cesaro Comments are closed.last_img read more

Suspect in bank robbery given 30000 bail

first_imgA transient woman who allegedly robbed a US Bank branch in Vancouver on Friday made a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court.Jacqualyn M. Seib, 40, appeared on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Her bail was set at $30,000.Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a woman entered the US Bank at 8700 E. Mill Plain Blvd. and presented a note to a teller demanding cash and stating: “You have 15 seconds to do this and act normal.” The teller gave the woman an unspecified amount of money, including an electronic tracker, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.Vancouver police responded to the bank and obtained surveillance photos of the woman, later identified as Seib, as well as the demand note and a deposit slip that had been in Seib’s possession, the affidavit states.A short time later, the tracking device pinged in the 6000 block of Riverside Drive, where police spotted Seib driving a blue Ford Ranger, court records said. Seib was detained and allegedly confessed to robbing the bank, according to court documents.On Monday, Judge Derek Vanderwood appointed Vancouver attorney Shon Bogar to represent Seib. She will be arraigned Nov. 4.last_img read more

Is raising taxes the best way to fund Convention Center expansion

first_imgIs raising taxes the best way to fund Convention Center expansion? July 23, 2018 Posted: July 23, 2018 Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Convention Center, Richard Rider FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For the fourth time in more than a decade, voters will be asked to increase taxes to expand the Convention Center downtown. This November, may be the best chance for success.Special interests have derailed previous attempts, but they have come together and formed a coalition called, Yes For A Better San Diego. As KUSI’s Steve Bosh explains, it’s not unusual for government officials to come together to back an initiative that benefit’s both sides.This expansion is going the citizen’s initiative route which only requires a majority vote, greatly increasing the chance of passage.Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, believes its certainly a good idea to get conventions coming to San Diego, even large ones, but is raising taxes the way to go even if paid by visitors? He told Steve Bosh “there’s a number of ways we can solve this problem without putting taxpayers on the hook. One solution I’d like to see it they should privatize the operation.”Rider also told KUSI’s Steve Bosh, that if there is a shortage of revenue from the increase in taxes, San Diego taxpayers will have to cover the remaining funds. Steve Bosh last_img read more

USDA Invests 15M in Solar Array at Brunswick Landing

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $1.5 million in a newly completed solar array at Brunswick Landing, representing a key milestone in a plan to make the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, 100 percent sustainable. “This is a pretty exciting project,” Tom Brubaker, public works and utility manager for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), said during a press event last week. USDA Rural Development is lending the funds to Diversified Communications, which owns the 1.5-megawatt, $3 million array. Diversified will sell the energy to MRRA for up to 25 years, or until the authority exercises an option to purchase the solar plant, reports Mainebiz. … Separately, Mainebiz profiles Steve Levesque, MRRA’s executive director, and how the LRA has successfully replaced the economic impact of the former base, which now is home to 1,620 employees from 108 different businesses. “There was a very good reuse plan,” Levesque said of the blueprint that focuses on innovation. “It made a lot of sense and created something that’s not your average industrial park.”Mainebiz photo by Tim Greenway Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Disney wont debut any Star Wars movies for streaming

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Star Wars told by a CNET intern who’s never seen it Post a comment Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media 0 All of Disney’s big-budget Star Wars movies will end up on Disney+ after first hitting theaters.  Lucasfilm Disney+, the media giant’s streaming-video service that is set to launch later this year, will have a ton of high-profile shows and movies. But don’t expect any Star Wars movies to make their debuts there. “Almost every movie the [Disney] studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an interview with Barron’s, referring to Disney+. “We wouldn’t make a Star Wars movie for this platform.”Iger also said he doesn’t know how much subscribing to the service will cost. “We haven’t even decided what we’re going to charge for it,” he said. Iger previously said that Disney’s streaming service will be priced below rival Netflix’s monthly rate, which is $11 a month for a standard plan in the US.  Disney, by taking over major parts of 21st Century Fox this year and launching a streaming rival, is aiming to build a Hollywood juggernaut that can do battle with deep-pocketed tech companies, such as Netflix. Those companies have eye-popping budgets and are pouring money into TV and film production. Disney is planning to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode basis for Disney+, including Marvel and Star Wars series, Iger said in Friday’s report. And the company is looking to make movies that are “higher budget” for the streaming service too, just not to the level of a Disney tentpole film like Star Wars Episode IX, set for release in theaters late this year. All of Disney’s theatrical movies will eventually stream exclusively on Disney+, even if they don’t premiere there. What we know about Disney+, Disney’s streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming? Disney Netflix 5:29last_img read more

Godrej Consumers Q1 net profit doubles to Rs 244 crore on cost

first_imgGodrej Consumer Products Ltd. on Friday reported net profit of Rs. 244.27 crore for the June 30 quarter, which is more than double the net profit of Rs. 116.72 crore the company posted in the year-ago quarter.However, net profit declined sequentially by 21.12 percent from Rs. 310.07 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.Consolidated revenues stood at Rs. 2,122.77 crore, a growth of 6.78 percent from the corresponding quarter last year. Revenues fell by 6.4 percent from Rs. 2269.07 crore sequentially.EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) rose by 20 percent yearly to Rs. 380 crore.”During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, the consolidated sales of our business increased by 9%, and EBITDA by 20%, in constant currency terms,” Adi Godrej, chairman of Godrej Group, commented on the quarterly earnings.The company declared an interim dividend of Re. 1 per share for the financial year 2016-17. The earnings per share stood at Rs. 7.17 for the April-June 2016 quarter.Godrej also stated that sales were affected by slow growth in consumer goods sector worldwide and unfavourable weather conditions in locations where the company operates. Godrej Consumer Products cater to segments like home care, personal care and hair care. India, Indonesia and Africa are the three major markets where the company is operating currently. Geographical segment wise, Godrej Consumer Products posted the highest year-over-year sales growth of 46 percent in Africa, followed by 7.5 percent in Indonesia. In Europe, the company’s revenues declined by 10.27 percent to Rs. 266.36 crore for the quarter under review.In India, the company’s sales growth was flat at Rs. 1063.97 crore for the June 2016 quarter compared to Rs. 1063.39 crore in the June 2015 quarter. “Our India business gross sales, excluding Household Insecticides, increased by 7%,” Adi Godrej added.Adi Godrej attributed the higher year-over-year profits to “judicious cost control” and “commodity tailwinds.”Shares of Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. fell by 2.34 percent to Rs. 1596.80 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange on Friday.last_img read more

BGE and the Peale Center Team Up to Restore Vintage Gas Lights

first_imgWHO:           BGEThe Peale Center WHAT:        Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) and the Peale Museum proudly team up to light four vintage gas street lights that have been restored by BGE. The street light restoration is part of ongoing renovations supported by BGE at the Peale Museum. BGE was founded as the Gas Light Company of Baltimore in 1816 by artist Rembrandt Peale. On June 11, 1816, Peale lit the first gas lamps in Baltimore at the aforementioned museum on Holliday Street.  Peale then incorporated the Gas Light Company of Baltimore on June 17, 1816. VISUALS:          Media can view the lighting of two vintage street lights in front of the museum and two in the historic back garden along with the lighting of a replica ring of light. WHEN:              Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. (lighting at 7:15 p.m.) WHERE:            The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture                             225 Holliday Street                             Baltimore, MD 21202last_img read more

Choir singing helps to fight cancer

first_imgChoir singing can be useful in fighting against deadly diseases, reveals a study adding that the group activity can help put people in the best possible position to receive treatment, maintain remission and support cancer patients According British researchers, singing in a choir for an hour is associated with significant reduction in stress hormones — cortisol and increase in quantities of cytokines — proteins of the immune system, which can boost the body’s ability to fight serious illness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”We have been building a body of evidence over the past six years to show that singing in a choir can have a range of social, emotional and psychological benefits and now we can see it has biological effects too,” said study co-author Ian Lewis from Tenovus Cancer Care in Britain. “This is the first time it’s been demonstrated that the immune system can be affected by singing. It’s really exciting and could enhance the way we support people with cancer in the future,” Lewis added in the paper published in the journal ecancermedicalscience. The findings suggested that singing activity could reduce some of this stress-induced suppression, helping to improve wellbeing and quality of life amongst patients.last_img read more