Man chops off motherinlaws right hand

first_imgKolkata: A man chopped off the right hand of his mother-in-law when she allegedly asked him to leave her house at Patashpur in East Midnapore on Thursday morning. He even stabbed his mother-in-law and wife multiple times. Sanjay Raut had visited Namita Panda house to meet his wife Mamata Raut.Sanjay and Mamata, who are from Snaya village in Patashpur, got married about 10 years ago. After a few years, their marriage hit a rough patch. To dissolve their differences, the families and neighbours of the couple tried helping them. But, nothing worked, Mamata left Sanjay’s house and started living with her mother. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaWhile Sanjay left Bengal to earn his living. Approximately a month ago, he returned to his village. On Thursday, around 10am, he allegedly reached Mamata’s house. However, Mamata’s mother Namita Panda asked him to leave. In a fit rage, Sanjay allegedly took out a sharp weapon and stabbed Panda and chopped off her right hand. Hearing her mother’s scream, Mamata tried to stop Sanjay but she failed. Sanjay stabbed Mamata multiple times and left the house. Locals rushed them to Egra Super Specialty Hospital. Later, both of them were shifted to a hospital in Kolkata.last_img read more

Khayyam Music maestro of classical allure

first_imgNew Delhi: When living legend Lata Mangeshkar tweeted to describe music maestro Khayyams demise as the “end of an era”, she said it all. Khayyams music, soaked in the spirit of rich classical allure, represents the sort of melody unthinkable in Bollywood mainstream nowadays. He was one of the last bastions of an era of Hindi film music that has all but ended – one that was defined by inherently Indian melody that celebrated the sounds and culture of the soil. Come to think of it, even in the era when he created music in Bollywood, his adherence to classicism made Khayyam an exception. Through the sixties, seventies and eighties – his busy years – Bollywood was discovering the sound of music coming from the West. Ever the puritan, and never inclined to filch a note from western influences, Khayyam’s oeuvre had to be restricted to films that offered the scope for Indian notes. Not surprisingly, the first film that comes to mind when you talk Khayyam is Umrao Jaan, Muzaffar Ali’s lavish costume drama of 1981, which won the composer a National Award for Best Music Direction. Ghazals, thumris, dadras and other genres of Hindustani classical music were Khayyam’s forte. In an era when orchestra pop reigned, Khayyam was what many in Bollywood referred to as an artiste of refined expertise. He was a creative genius who left his mark quietly, much like the subtle art he created in the recording studio. Clearly, his contribution mattered more than just as music composer in Bollywood. His initiative to take essentially Indian music to the masses saw him being conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and a Padma Bhushan in his lifetime. The mild-mannered genius may have breathed his last in Mumbai, but his body of work will continue to resonate. Indeed, if his filmography looks like the legacy left behind by a master today, his early start as a musician probably accounts for as much.last_img read more

Kathie Lee Gifford And Dean Cain To Host The 2017 National Christmas

first_imgKathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain will host the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park, home to the White House.Whether people attend in person or watch on Hallmark Channel on December 4, they’ll enjoy performances by Jack Wagner, The Beach Boys, Wynonna, three-time Emmy Award winners The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell, Us The Duo, Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming week.Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.A lovely melding of music, outdoor performance, and holiday cheer, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the unique ways that people can experience national parks and #FindYourPark/ #EncuentraTuParque.No matter if you attend in person or watch on TV, everyone can join the fun by sharing photos and favorites memories using #NCTL2017 and tagging @TheNationalTree on Twitter.Additional information, including event history, can be found at read more

September 2016 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for September 2016 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 75,647 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State jumps to No 14 in latest Associated Press college football

Ohio State football’s opening-day win came against a Miami (Ohio) team that finished 4-8 in 2011, but it still left a strong impression on Associated Press college football poll voters. The Buckeyes (1-0) have jumped four spots in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll to the No. 14 slot following their 56-10 win against the RedHawks Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Voters’ opinions of the Buckeyes ranged from placement at the No. 5 spot in the poll to leaving the team unranked. OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller starred in the contest, setting the program’s single-game rushing record at his position with 161 yards and a rushing touchdown on 17 carries. He also completed 14-of-24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Junior OSU running back Carlos Hyde tallied 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to help spark OSU to the win. On the defensive side, OSU limited the RedHawks to -1 yards on the ground and held the formidable combination of Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert and junior receiver Nick Harwell to a single touchdown in the game. Dysert finished the contest with 303 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. Elsewhere in the Big Ten conference, Michigan, previously the highest-ranked Big Ten team, dropped 11 spots in the poll to No. 19 after the drubbing it suffered against now-No. 1-ranked Alabama, 41-14. The Crimson Tide rolled up to No. 1, surpassing the previously top-ranked USC Trojans, which fell to No. 2 despite their 49-10 win against Hawaii. Nebraska jumped a spot in the poll, from No. 17 to No. 16, after its 49-20 opening-weekend triumph against Southern Mississippi. Wisconsin eked out a 21-16 home win against Northern Iowa and dropped one spot to No. 13 in the AP poll. That position was previously held by Michigan State, which moved up to No. 11 after a 17-13 home win against Boise State. The Broncos are the only team to fall from the top 25 poll this week. Week 2 Associated Press Poll: 1. Alabama (45) 2. USC (11) 3. LSU (4) 4. Oregon 5. Oklahoma 6. Florida State 7. Georgia 8. Arkansas 9. South Carolina 9. West Virginia 11. Michigan State 12. Clemson 13. Wisconsin 14. Ohio State 15. Virginia Tech 16. Nebraska 17. Texas 18. Oklahoma State 19. Michigan 20. TCU 21. Kansas State 22. Notre Dame 23. Louisville 24. Florida 25. Stanford  (First-place votes in parenthesis). Information courtesy of the Associated Press. read more

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid players form ASOBALs best lineup for the past

Five players from FC Barcelona and two players from BM Atletico Madrid are listed in ASOBAL’s ideal lineup for the past 2012/2013 season. Danijel Saric has been chosen the best goalkeeper, while Juanin Garcia is back after missing only last season (Stranovsky), and before winning the prize of best left wing ever since ASOBAL is choosing the best lineup.  Joan Canellas and Julen Aguinagalde are “defending” Atletico’s honour in the ideal lineup. Javier Gonzalez has had huge success with La Rioja, and was chosen league’s best coach ahead of Xavi Pascual.Best Goalkeeper: Danijel Šarić (Barcelona Intersport)Best Left Wing: Juanin Garcia (Barcelona Intersport)Best Left Back: Siarhei Rutenka (Barcelona Intersport)Best Mid-Back: Joan Canellas (Atletico de Madrid)Best Right back: Alex Dujshebaev (Aragon)Best Right Wing: Victor Tomas (Barcelona Intersport)Best Pivot: Julen Aguinagalde (Atletico de Madrid)Best Defender: Viran Morros (Barcelona Intersport)Best Debut: Gonzalo Porras (Cuatro Rayas Valladolid)Best Coach: Javier Gonzalez (Naturhouse La Rioja) ASOBALdujshebaevjavier gonzalezJuanin GarciamorrosporrassaricSiarhei RutenkaVictor Tomas ← Previous Story Naumce Mojsovski denies transfer rumours, stays in Metalurg Next Story → BM Atletico Madrid bankrupt, quits ASOBAL and Champions League read more

U20 Womens WCh 2019 – Hungary against Korea Sweden VS Russia for

← Previous Story SEHA sign sponsorship deal with well-known handball brand Next Story → Iceland and Sweden for EURO gold in Croatia All the matches will be played on Saturday. Poland 2019 handballU20 Women’s World Handball ChampionshipWomen’s handball Semi-Finals17:30     Hungary vs Korea20:00     Sweden vs Russia Placement Round 5-8: Day One12:30    Spain vs Germany15:00    Netherlands vs DenmarkPHOTO: IHF Three European teams and Asian handball powerhouse Korea will decide about the medals at U20 Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 in Polish city of Kielce. read more

Geek deals 15 off Herman Miller chairs Vizio allinone PC discounted more

first_imgThe modern workforce is becoming increasingly stationary. We sit in front of computers for hours upon hours each day, to the point that interruptions are a welcome relief. With so much time spent at a desk, the often over-looked work tool is the office chair.If you’ve ever had one of the 90s reject office chair tasks that are about as comfortable as a child’s high-chair, then you know the torture that a poor chair can bring a desk worker. There are many well-designed, ergonomic options out there, but perhaps none so well known as Herman Miller.Best known for their Aeron, Herman Miller has a full line of chairs suitable for various preferences and office types, all of which are designed to be highly ergonomic.If the Aeron is the Cadillac of the office chair world, the Embody is the Rolls Royce. It takes ergonomic design to the next level with a 52-piece lumbar system and of course a highly adjustable design. The Embody comes in 13 colors and can be customized to meet your ever need.These are some of the most popular and most premium office chairs out there, which is why we rarely see sales and discounts on new models from a factory-authorized reseller like this. That makes this 15% off ALL Herman Miller chairs from Office Designs an especially hot offer. Browse through their collection, your back and derriere will thank you!15% off all Herman Miller chairs: Embody starting at $934.15, Aeron at $534.65 + free shippingOur other top deals:Dell Inspiron 17R Core i5 17.3-inch Windows 8 laptop for $649.99 + free shipping(normally $929.99 | use coupon 5J8MMN12$3H?DZ | ends Nov. 23 or sooner)Vizio CA27-A2 27-inch 1080p all-in-One PC with Core i7, SSD for $999.99 + free shipping(normally $1,349.99 | use instant savings | ends soon)LG 50PA5500 50-inch 1080p plasma HDTV for $549.99 + free shipping(normally $999.99 | use instant savings | ends Nov. 25 or sooner)last_img read more

We say leg off game on Six children heading to Poland to

first_imgThe juniors are the future of our game and we hope that in Ireland and Europe the juniors of today will be the future stars of our game tomorrow.The Irish amputee senior international squad is heading to Poland at the end of this month to play in a six nation cup in preparation for the European championships which will take place in October in Turkey.Any children or adults who want to get involved with the Irish Amputee Foosball Association can go to the development day in Dublin’s Phoenix Park near the zoo on 1 July where they can try out the sport first hand and watch a senior international demo game.Read: This amputee army veteran from Achill Island is going to row across the Atlantic> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article JACK DOUGLAS HAD his leg amputated over two years ago after undergoing years of surgeries from when he got caught in a lawnmower when he was just two-years-old.Today the 12-year-old is preparing to represent Ireland in the European Amputee Football Federation camp in Poland next month as part of the Irish Amputee Football Juniors academy.His mother Siobhan told that before he had his leg amputated, he didn’t have a good quality of life.“He was always in pain, or having surgeries but nothing worked out. He couldn’t do anything.”Two years ago, he got his leg amputated and Douglas said, “It was the best decision we ever made”.“He’s a new child, he was on so much medication, he wasn’t hungry and he was always frail.”Just two weeks after his surgery, with stitches still in, he went along to the amputee football training ‘for a look’ but ended up getting stuck in.Douglas said, “The next thing they had him out on the pitch and that was the end of it, we haven’t looked back. Jun 18th 2017, 8:00 AM 12 Comments Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 8:00 AM 9,992 Views Share1504 Tweet Email1 It can leave the children with low self esteem and confidence but these kids, like others in our Junior Academy, prove that through sport and determination anything can be achieved – even representing your country.There are 17 children playing football with the Irish Amputee Football Juniors academy at the moment but Baker wants to see that increase. “We say ‘leg off, game on’.”“We’re very safety conscience but you can’t wrap children up in cotton wool. In school they’ll stand out for being an amputee so let them go out and give them a ball, they might fall, but the worst that’s going to happen is they’ll graze a knee.The first ever Junior Amputee Football Training Academy took place in Dublin last year. Over 30 children from five countries aged 6-16 received training from qualified coaches over three days.Baker found amputee football when he became an amputee himself and he says it’s a growing sport that keeps getting bigger.“Fifty-two countries are playing worldwide, there’s a World Cup every four years and the first ever European Championship will be held this year.center_img The only disability we have is other people. That’s the only time you hear me use the word ‘disability’ – we have ability, others have the disability.Baker is encouraging other children to get involved. Soccer has been everything to him since. He never played football until he got his leg amputated, now he doesn’t go anywhere without a ball.“We couldn’t be more thankful for finding out about the soccer. Nobody is looking at them training, he could train with a local team but he’d probably never get a game and that would knock his confidence more. This has been a lifeline for us and it’s a great outlet for the parents as well.”‘Leg off, game on’ Last month Jack found out that he is one of six children that have been chosen to represent Ireland at the European Amputee Football Federation Junior camp in Poland in July.Founder and chairman of the Irish Amputee football federation, Simon Baker, told, “These fantastic kids are role models for other children with a disability or amputation.“For some families when a child becomes an amputee whether through birth defect, illness or trauma, it can be a very daunting experience for the family and child. We say ‘leg off, game on’: Six children heading to Poland to represent Ireland in amputee soccer The mother of one of the children said, “He never played football until he got his leg amputated, now he doesn’t go anywhere without a ball.” It was the best day I ever had. I was terrified but it was so great to see him play. It was so special, from such turmoil to such delight.“He felt so much freedom, he said ‘I can do this’.” Source: Siobhan Douglas“The whole way home, all he was saying was ‘I’m going back, I’m going back’, there was no sitting around. Short URL By Cliodhna Russelllast_img read more

More Sunshine for the Turks Caicos

first_img Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations Recommended for you PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:daylight saving time, donhue gardiner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Mar 2015 – One of the Caribbean’s top tourist destinations is set to give its residents and visitors an extra hour of sunshine each and every day of the year, it was announced today, Tuesday, 3 March 2015.When the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) moves its clocks forward on hour on Sunday, 8 March 2015, it will be for the last time – from then on the territory will observe Atlantic Standard Time (AST) rather than Eastern Standard Time (EST).Given its proximity to the equator, TCI’s days tend to be of a similar length all year round, but when the Islands have traditionally moved to EST in November, it gets dark at about 5pm in the Islands. Now everyone will be able to enjoy the TCI’s warm sunshine until well after 6pm during the winter.“This move will provide our visitor and residents with an extra hour of sunshine during our winter months, our peak tourist season,” said the Honourable Ricardo Donhue Gardiner, Minster for Border Control and Employment. ”This will be good news for our resorts, bars and restaurants, as well as allowing our residents to enjoy a little more sunshine at the end of their day. The decision was made to move permanently to AST in 2014, but only implemented now to allow proper notification of the relevant international authorities, including airlines and shipping companies.TCI was previously in the same time zone – EST – and follows the same Daylight Savings Time schedule as most of eastern United States and Canada. Clocks are set one hour forward on the second Sunday in March and turned back one hour on the first Sunday in November. From 8 March 2015 TCI will be on AST all year round, making it one hour ahead of cities like New York and Toronto when the US and Canada who will continue to observe the move to EST each fall. Turks and Caicos will not change time on Nov 1last_img read more

ASA Establishes Policy Resolutions for 2017

first_imgProgressive policies for a strong farm safety net, increased funding for agricultural export programs, ambitious global trade negotiations, an aggressive support for biodiesel policies and robust funding for agricultural research and conservation programs will guide the American Soybean Association (ASA) in 2017. The 2017 Commodity Classic concluded this weekend in San Antonio with ASA’s voting delegates, representing its 26 state and regional ASA affiliates, gathered to decide policy priorities for the nation’s soybean farmers in the coming year.The nascent debate on the coming farm bill guided the majority of new resolutions this year.  Many focused on strengthening the risk management programs in Title 1 of the legislation, as well as other key programs for soybean farmers in the areas of trade, biofuels, conservation and research.In the Commodities Title, ASA committed to continuing to work closely with other agriculture organizations to enhance risk management tools and strengthen the farm safety net, which the association maintains is necessary to offset the significant reduction in farm prices and income incurred since 2013. ASA affirmed its support for renewing both the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, as well as its long-standing policy to base payments under those programs on historical rather than planted acres. Delegates passed language in support of utilizing federal crop insurance yield data available through USDA’s Risk Management Agency as a more accurate basis for payments under Title I programs, and supported allowing producers a one-time choice to reallocate or update base acreage.In the Trade Title, delegates formally approved ASA’s position that advocates for doubling funding for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and Market Access Program (MAP) to $69 million and $400 million, respectively.  Other resolutions highlighted the importance of global trade to soybean farmers. Delegates voted to include strong language on pursuing bilateral or multilateral trade agreements with nations in the Pacific Rim, as well as Canada and Mexico amid uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).In the Conservation Title, ASA will support increasing the acreage cap for the Conservation Reserve Program to aid in implementation of the program. Delegates also approved language supporting Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plans to improve the long-term viability of the species, as well as a resolution supporting efforts by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to prevent the spread of weeds while maintaining refuge areas for monarch butterflies during migration.The ASA delegates also reaffirmed the association’s strong support for keeping the nutrition and farm components of the farm bill together, as well as for agricultural research and for energy title programs that help to expand the biodiesel and biobased products industries.Considering the potential for a large-scale tax reform package from Congress in the coming year, delegates supported several tax-related resolutions, including renewal of the biodiesel tax credit and a restructuring of the credit to promote domestic production. Other major tax concerns included full and immediate expensing of capital investments, maintaining farmer access to cash-based accounting, repeal of the estate tax, and maintaining the Section 1031 provision for like-kind exchanges.  Delegates also included language supporting the establishment of tax-deferred savings accounts for farmers.ASA delegates added new resolutions defending the growing soymilk market and advocating the expansion of high-speed broadband connectivity to rural areas. ASA also went on the record supporting the need for plant breeding innovations (PBI) and opposing undue regulatory burdens that discourage scientific innovations in gene editing technology, and codified the association’s position supporting thorough evaluation of mergers and consolidation within the seed technology and crop protection sectors.A copy of the ASA policy resolutions handbook is available by contacting the ASA Washington office at 202-969-7040.last_img read more

In Other News New Book Examines Militarys Adoption of Sustainable Practices in

first_imgA new book chronicling the multitude of strategies several installations in Southern California have pursued to limit their impact on the environment while enhancing their energy security and protecting threatened species will be released Sept. 1. The author of “Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment,” Marilyn Berlin Snell, previously was staff writer for Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club and founding director of the magazine’s investigative journalism project.U.S. Forest Service photo by Randy Browning Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apples brand magic

first_img Apple Event Crutchfield HBO Disney Amazon Hulu Netflix Apple 43 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Now playing: Watch this: Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Now playing: Watch this: Apple teases its original shows in new trailer While Apple will have you believe it’s breaking new ground, the truth is it’s just one of myriad players going after cord-cutters. There are a host of services including HBO, Hulu and YouTube all going after subscription dollars, while another highly anticipated option from Disney, which will tie together kids programming, Star Wars and Marvel content, will launch this year. Apple’s option to bundle different subscriptions like HBO and Starz through its Apple TV Channel app, meanwhile, looks a lot like the Amazon Prime Video Channels program offered to Prime subscribers. One advantage that Apple seems to be pushing: a focus on privacy and a safe space away from advertisers. If there’s one theme the company hit time and time again, it’s that these services would respect your personal information.  It’s tough to discount Apple entirely. After all, Apple Music came out of nowhere to capture the No. 2 spot behind Spotify. Then there are the myriad of hit products, from the game-changing iPhone to the iPod and MacBook Air. The company is hoping history repeats itself with video. But without a price yet (the service launches in the fall in more than 100 countries), it’s still unclear what the demand will be. “Apple’s advantage is certainly that they have such large resources — they showcased today that they can line up big Hollywood stars to make this happen,” said Gartner analyst Annette Zimmerman. “And maybe even more important — they gave a hint towards the themes they want to address with their own shows/movies, not light and easy topics but rather societal issues that not only the US-based users can relate to.” Apple waited until the end to show off its lineup of celebrities and projects for its Apple TV Plus.  Apple Between Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Sofia Coppola, Apple showed off a star-studded lineup for its newly unveiled Apple TV Plus service. Consistent with the Apple way of building up its products and services, the superlatives poured forth from CEO Tim Cook. “It’s unlike anything that’s been done before,” he said at an event on Monday at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters’ Steve Jobs Theater.  Given the talent signed on to Apple, you might be under the impression that this is a groundbreaking, must-have service. After all, who are we to question Oprah? See It Best Buy Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview $179 Oprah joins the Apple family with two new documentaries Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) 2:45 Comments Tags See All Killer app: Privacy While celebrities lined up to sing Apple TV Plus’s praises, we saw little footage from the individual projects aside from a sizzle reel at the end. For now, it’s not enough to get people excited about the prospect of spending more money, despite the star power. One recurrent theme at the event was Apple’s focus on privacy. The company noted that article recommendations from Apple News Plus would happen on device, so the company won’t know what you like to read.  Another perk for the News service: Advertisers won’t track you. Cook calls the App Store, “A safe and trusted place for users to discover and download apps.” Apple has spent the last few years talking up the privacy aspects of its products and services but ramped up its focus in the last few months as other tech titans have fumbled with how they’ve handled the personal information of their users. Stumbles by Google and Facebook have raised questions about how seriously the tech world considers our information.  It’s a nice story for Apple to present. But time will tell if its fans tune in for the exclusive stories on its TV service.  For now, competitors like Netflix aren’t sweating too much — even with Apple’s storied history of success.  Originally published March 25, 11:54 a.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds analyst comments. Update, March 26 at 4 a.m. PT: Adds additional background.  3:03 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 1:36center_img Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better See It $179 But if you wanted to get HBO with your Hulu, you need to sign up for its cablelike live-TV service known as Hulu + Live TV, which starts at $45 monthly and then requires an additional $15 a month for the premium network. And then there are things like AMC Premiere. The Walking Dead’s network offers fans the option to pay an extra $5 a month to stream its shows without any of its ads and watch certain shows two days before they air, but you need to already be paying for AMC through a typical pay-TV provider. That headache-inducing complexity of navigating online video subscriptions could play in Apple’s favor, at least in the US. The company is touting Apple TV as a simplified hub for streaming services and cable channels. Big spenders Apple was long reported to have kicked off its original programming mission with a $1 billion budget, but the company has flown past that. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield estimated Apple’s budget has swelled to $2 billion a year. While that seems big, especially for a gadget giant with barely any background in programming, it pales in comparison with Netflix. The streaming company, operating the world’s biggest subscription video service by members, spent $12 billion on content last year. That budget could surpass $15 billion this year, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon. But Netflix’s big spending is unprecedented for a company that doesn’t touch live sports. Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, once said the company was trying to become HBO before HBO could become Netflix. Purely based on budget, Netflix passed that point long ago. Research firm Kagan estimated that HBO spent $2.5 billion in 2017, compared with the $6 billion Netflix spent then. (HBO’s spending is sure to rise in 2019: John Stankey, the new head the unit that oversees the premium channel, said one of AT&T’s plans as HBO’s new parent company would be to boost the network’s programming budget.) Even Amazon was expected to spend $5 billion in video content last year, according to JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth.  But Apple’s legendary track record with products may not automatically equate to success elsewhere. For one, Hollywood is a tough business and one that Apple has little experience in. Spending an estimated $2 billion on A-list talent garners a whole lot of buzz, but it’s no guarantee of success. Its first forays into original programming — Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps — flopped.  (Note: Carpool Karaoke originally emerged out of the The Late Late Show on CBS, the parent company of CNET.) So Apple TV Plus represents the biggest test of whether its loyal fanbase will hoover up all of its services like it lines up at its stores for the latest iPhone. The company’s focus on services, which include newly unveiled Apple News Plus and Apple Arcade, as well as a revamp of its Apple TV app, comes as the company attempts to transform itself into a company that’s less reliant on the iPhone, which provides two-thirds of its revenue. There are 1.4 billion Apple devices out there, an ideal platform for its services business, which in the December quarter jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple TV 4K Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 97 Photos More from the Apple event What will it cost? Want to stir up some internet rage? Announce a price hike to a beloved streaming service. Netflix found that out the hard way once after dropping a sudden 60 percent hike on customers, driving away members in droves. Since then, Netflix has become an expert at tapping its prices gently higher every couple of years. It announced its latest price increase earlier this year. In the US, Netflix’s plans range between $9 and $16.  Its cheapest plan received the first bump in almost eight years. For now, Apple remains mum on the pricing for Apple TV Plus. The company has a history of pricing its hardware at a premium, but its Apple Music service, at $10 a month, is in line with Spotify. Peter Stern, Apple's vice president of servicesPeter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, talks about the different services on Apple TV.  Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET The other side of the streaming video coin is Apple TV Channels, which bundles different services like HBO and Starz with livestreaming TV services like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue. Cable and satellite companies like Charter and DirecTV will integrate their services into Apple TV, while Optimum and Altice will join later this year. Having a hub for all of your shows makes a lot of sense. Consulting firm PwC notes that consumers increasingly want a single source for programming. But Apple hasn’t talked about pricing for the channels, although you can look elsewhere for clues. HBO as an Amazon Channel, for example, costs $15 a month for people who already subscribe to the $119-a-year Amazon Prime service, the same price you’d pay if you signed up directly for HBO Now. Starz costs $9 a month — again, the same price as for an online customer. But the more you look at competitive pricing, the more confusing it can be. Hulu, for example, would compete with Apple by offering both video-on-demand for exclusive originals as well as its giant library of programs from giant networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, FX, Bravo and others. That starts at just $6 a month with ads or $12 a month if you want to pay to strip them out. Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino $179 TV and Movies Digital Media • See It Apple Everything Apple announced Apple TV Channels streaming service is here, wants to run the show All the Apple TV shows and series announced Apple introduces new Apple Card, a virtual credit card See all our Apple event coverage Kumail Nanjiani talks up new show, Little America reading • Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apple’s brand magic $169 See it Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaminglast_img read more

Over 600000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh UN

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamMore than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday.The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed to be stranded along the border waiting to cross.Rohingya refugees have headed for Bangladesh in huge numbers after militant attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state sparked a major army crackdown on the community likened to ethnic cleansing by the UN.Now the UN-led Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), which is directing the humanitarian effort, has said an estimated 603,000 refugees from Rakhine have crossed the border into Bangladesh since August 25.”Cross border movement of over 14,000 newly arrived refugees has been verified in the past week,” the ISCG report said.Bangladesh border guards are also concerned the relaxation later Sunday of a temporary ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal could see a surge in people-smuggling along the coast as unscrupulous captains return to the seas.Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh have received videos from families across the border showing thousands of displaced Muslims massing near crossing points, waiting for an opportunity to cross.”We have seen some videos sent by people across the border. There are many gathered there. The number could be big,” Border Guard Bangladesh commander Lieutenant Colonel S.M. Ariful Islam told AFP, without giving an estimate.Around 10,000 refugees were left stranded in no man’s land near Anjumanpara village for three days last week after being prevented from crossing into Bangladesh. They were finally permitted by authorities to enter Thursday.The influx has slowed since then, with charities and officials reporting about 200 people crossing the Naf river dividing the two countries.”(But) those that came told us thousands were still stranded on the other side of Naf,” Jashim Uddin, a volunteer for the International Organisation for Migration, told AFP.Another border guard told AFP an estimated 10-15,000 refugees were heading to Anjumanpara but had been pushed back.”We heard from their relatives that the Myanmar army has stopped them from heading to the border,” said a Border Guard spokesman, Iqbal Ahmed.Refugees arriving Sunday described violence in their villages in Rakhine and food shortages that had forced countless people to flee.”We hardly had any food for the last 10-15 days. They torched our home. We did not have any choice but to leave,” Yasmin, who goes by one name, told AFP at the coastal village of Shah Porir Dwip.Authorities meanwhile are on high alert for fishermen seeking to ferry refugees to Bangladesh via the open sea as the temporary fishing ban expires later Sunday.”It is risky, but you can make a lot of money ferrying Rohingya to Bangladesh,” said local fisherman Shawkat Hossain.last_img read more

How We Roll Study Shows Were More Lone Wolves Than Team Players

first_imgThe choice to follow the loner track even if it means wasted resources probably sounds familiar. Such useless waste, a “tragedy of the commons,” as the authors call it, is one that societies face in all kinds of situations. Study author Jörg Gross, assistant professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Psychology, cites several examples of real-world problems from modern life that inspired the study, including use of public versus private transportation. After all, almost everyone needs to get from Location A to Location B. Rather than create universal public transit solutions, though, people more often turn to using private vehicles. The cultural aspect of these findings stands out, says Michael Varnum, assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University, who was not involved in the study. “That these students live in the Netherlands is interesting,” he says, because Dutch society has a solid social safety net with good infrastructure, public health care and education. “I would guess that the effects observed in the present studies might be more pronounced in societies that have greater levels of income inequality and less generous public benefits, such as the U.S.”  Researchers at Leiden University, the Netherlands, addressed that question using a computer game in which students had to decide whether to use a set of virtual resources to solve a problem individually or collectively. The investigators found that these study participants had a “remarkable tendency” to waste resources for the sake of an independent solution rather than efficiently using what in the social sciences is referred to as “the commons.” The study results were published April 17 in Science Advances. What credo would you choose: “Share and share alike?” or “To each his own”? The choice doesn’t relate only to material goods or socialism versus capitalism. It can also reflect attitudes about how we solve our collective problems, such as affordable access to health care or threats from climate change. Despite the existence of shared resources in our lives—water, air, land, tax dollars—some people will lean into a go-it-alone approach, with each individual deciding for themselves what’s best. Others will look to group decision-making. What’s the tipping point for shifting from maverick to team player? To observe these effects, Gross and co-author Carsten K.W. De Dreu, who is affiliated with both Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam, split up 160 participants into 40 groups of four people each. The groups faced a simulated problem that they could solve by committing sufficient resources to it individually or as a community. Participants, each given 100 resource points to start, could put their virtual resources into either a personal pool or a shared pool. Read the whole story: Scientific Americanlast_img read more

CM to keep watchful eye on price of essential goods

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a meeting of the task force to ensure that prices of essential commodities do not go up in the state.The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 6 at Nabanna, the state Secretariat and all the concerned ministers and officials have been asked to be present.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has already expressed her concern apprehending a hike in prices of essential goods after the arbitrary increase in the fuel prices. She had earlier tweeted: “We are very concerned about the rising prices of petrol and diesel. This will certainly affect prices all around. Common people, farmers and many will suffer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Chief Minister had also attacked the Centre for its “indifferent” attitude towards the issue and urged all anti-BJP political parties to go for a statewide agitation. There were also protest rallies across the state against the abnormal hike in prices of petrol and diesel.The state government had always taken steps to check the rampant increase in the prices of essential goods in the past and there is also a task force that maintains a strict vigil to oversee that the commoners are not harassed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government is going to hold the meeting in which all the aspects in this connection will be discussed in detail.A few days ago there was a hike in potato prices. It was sold at around Rs 20 per kg at various markets in the city. The state Agriculture Marketing department took necessary and immediate measures after identifying that the price of the potato had shot up just for a particular section of middlemen.With the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, the cost of transportation of goods has also gone up. It is leaving an effect on prices of vegetables, rice and other essential commodities.In such a situation, the state government is chalking out a plan to take necessary steps to give respite to the common people as much as possible. There would also be discussions in the meeting to ensure that prices of essential goods do not go up ahead of the forthcoming festivals in the state.last_img read more

Diefenbunker is the new unique underground tourist attraction

first_imgAs Cold War fears gripped the Canadian public in the 1960s, the government secretly constructed a massive underground bunker in the event of nuclear warfare. Once shrouded in mystery, this unique historical site is now home to the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. The Diefenbunker was commissioned by the then Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker in 1958, is a four-story, 300 rooms, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war.There were a number of exhibits, specialty tours and a new artist in residence at the Canada’s Cold War Museum. “The range of programming that we have is quite innovative. We try to offer something for our diverse audience,” said Megan Lafrenière, Curatorial and Marketing Manager at the museum.The Ottawa Museums and Archives virtual collections catalogue has been launched, and it is one of the 11 community or city-run museums to be contributing digitised records and a wide range of artefacts. There are already 34,000 active records to view.There are public and group tours available throughout the year. Also, special programs are available for kids. The museum is open year-round Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.last_img read more

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