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After placing 8th in AVC, PH aims for better finish in SEA Games

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Against the region’s volleyball team, the Filipinos are not only shooting for a better record than in the AVC but are also aiming for the top prize.“We will give out best come the SEA Games,” said national team veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga in Filipino Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena. “The goal is to bring home a medal for the Philippines, and we’ll put on our best performance there.”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 shutoutThe Philippines had a chance to take the seventh place in the tournament but its spirited comeback against the 21st-ranked Kazakhs lasted just two sets.Gonzaga said they failed to adjust quicker to the Kazakhs’ constant attacks in the fifth set and she hopes they can improve on their mental toughness come the Games at Kuala Lumpur. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’ LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines had a disappointing end in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after losing in five sets to Kazakhstan 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3, to finish at eighth place.But the AVC is just the first part of the national team’s grueling August schedule as it will also compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments “I think our opponents read our strategy and we had a hard time adjusting,” said Gonzaga who had 10 points in the loss. “Holding on to your momentum all depends on the team’s mental toughness and that’s the area we have to improve on.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

India, Myanmar to discuss trade, security ties

first_imgIndian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna headed to Myanmar on Monday after reaffirming India’s commitment to economic and strategic cooperation with its Mayanmar’s new nominally civilian government.Krishna is the first high-level Indian official to visit Myanmar since an elected government replaced a military junta in March.India and Myanmar have developed deep economic and security ties over the past decade. India has said it believes talking quietly is a better approach than sanctions in dealing with Myanmar’s military-backed government, which has been widely criticized for human rights abuses.On Monday, Krishna did not reply directly to a question about whether he would meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit. “I don’t know if I will get a chance to interact with other leaders during my brief stay in Yangon,” he said.India is also wary of China’s growing influence in Myanmar, and is in competition with its large regional rival for access to the country’s large natural gas resources.India and Myanmar have widened cooperation between their security forces since the mid-1990s, with both countries fighting armed insurgencies along their shared border.India says separatist rebels in its northeastern states often slip across the 1,000-mile-long border and take shelter in jungle bases inside Myanmar.Krishna, who will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein, said he will explore ways to increase trade and investment in oil and gas projects, hydroelectric power and railways.Two-way trade, which has doubled since 2006, reached $1.57 billion in 2010. The two countries will also review progress on a $110 million project to improve transport links to India’s remote northeastern states, Krishna said.advertisementThe ambitious Kaladan project includes the building of roads, a waterway on the Kaladan River and development of Sittwe port in western Myanmar, which will provide an opening to the sea for India’s landlocked northeastern states.- With AP inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Mario Lopez And Komen Chicago To Celebrate 20th Anniversary At Ignite The

first_imgSusan G. Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Westin River North, celebrating 20 years of funding global research and providing critical breast health services for the underserved in the Chicago area.Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Oct. 21The anniversary celebration will feature Mario Lopez, Emmy-winning host of “Extra,” as the Celebrity More than Pink Ambassador, as well as 20 More Than Pink Heroes, who will be honored for their exceptional compassion, bravery and leadership in the fight against breast cancer.The Gala will kick off with the Dearborn Street and Clark Street bridges over the Chicago River being illuminated in pink. The lighting ceremony, led by Ed Wehmer, president and CEO of Wintrust, will celebrate extraordinary people who have “bridged the gap,” by fighting to even the playing field for those who lack resources.More than 1,000 people in the Chicago area die from breast cancer each year, and there is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than Caucasian women, according to Komen Chicago executive director Bonnie Gordon. Many of those deaths could have been prevented, with an earlier diagnosis and optimal care. Komen Chicago has distributed $17.4 million in community grants over the past 20 years, to ensure the underserved throughout the Chicago area get the care they need.The bridge lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and dancing. Pink ties and pink cocktail attire encouraged. Tickets are now on sale at www.komenchicago.org/gala.“All of us have been touched by cancer. Wintrust is excited to help give everyone a fighting chance for survival as we partner with Komen Chicago’s incredible 20th anniversary celebration,” Wehmer says. “We’re honored that so many inspirational people are lending their voices and sharing their stories to help Komen Chicago achieve the goal of providing Quality Care for All in Chicago.”In addition to Lopez, an appearance client of Esterman.com, special guests and More Than Pink Heroes include Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. Other Heroes include those who have faced the disease or lost loved ones, volunteers and caregivers. Gala co-chairs are the mother/daughter team of Marcy and Katie Twardak.last_img read more

Who To Watch In The 2019 WNBA Playoffs

No. 1 Washington Mystics26-8, 9-1 in past 10 gamesYou may have heard that the Washington Mystics have a good offense. That’s true, but it’s a little like saying that UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, an 11-time NCAA champion, is a good coach. Led by MVP front-runner Elena Delle Donne, guard Kristi Toliver, point guard Natasha Cloud and Meesseman, Washington recorded the highest points per possession (1.128), the highest effective field-goal percentage (53.6 percent) and the most assists (746) in league history over an entire season. Delle Donne became the first player in league history to shoot 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 90 percent from the free-throw line.1With minimums of 100, 25 and 50 makes, respectively. Cloud just set a new Mystics single-season assists record, and Meesseman, Hawkins and guard Aerial Powers all have credible cases for WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year. With a double-bye to the semifinals, the Mystics get a nine-day break, which they will use both to rest their bodies and to fine-tune their play on both ends of the court. That break could be just what the doctor ordered for the Mystics to win their first-ever WNBA title. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks22-12, 7-3 in past 10 gamesEvery team this season has had to deal with players missing games, whether due to injury, the FIBA EuroBasket tournament in late June or personal reasons. For the Sparks, though, it was at a different level: The first time their entire roster was available to play was Aug. 22. So in many ways, it feels like Los Angeles’ season is just getting started. The good news is that the Sparks have three All-Star talents with championship experience in Chelsea Gray (14.5 PPG, 5.9 APG), Candace Parker (11.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.5 APG) and Nneka Ogwumike (16.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG). The bad news is that the roster is still settling in under first-year head coach Derek Fisher and, as The Athletic’s Sabreena Merchant recently detailed, the Sparks have struggled to close out games on the road. That could be a problem because the Sparks are unlikely to have home-court advantage beyond the second round. One player to watch in a potential semifinal series against Connecticut is Chiney Ogwumike, who was acquired from Connecticut shortly before the 2019 season. In three games against her former team this year, she averaged 14.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and shot 69 percent from the field. No. 7 Minnesota Lynx18-16, 6-4 in past 10 gamesIf you believe in the phenomenon of “odd-year teams,” Minnesota should be your bet to win it all in 2019, as the Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. But head coach Cheryl Reeve’s team wasn’t even a surefire playoff team at the start of the year, returning only three players from 2018 (a fourth, Temi Fagbenle, rejoined the team midway through the 2019 season) and adding nine through the draft, free agency and trades. Center Sylvia Fowles (13.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG), point guard Odyssey Sims (14.5 PPG, 5.4 APG) and potential WNBA Rookie of the Year forward Napheesa Collier (13.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.9 SPG) have been Minnesota’s Big Three this season, and they will likely need to play like it to get Minnesota to the semifinals. The other crucial stat for the Lynx will be turnovers, which have been their Achilles’ heel all season. They turn the ball over on 20.5 percent of their possessions, which ranks last in the league, and surrender more than 16 points per game off of those turnovers. Those numbers will almost certainly need to improve for the Lynx to advance. No. 2 Connecticut Sun23-11, 7-3 in past 10 gamesConnecticut settled for the second seed after spending several weeks atop the league standings and finishing with a 15-2 record at home, tied with Los Angeles for best in the league. That home-court advantage bodes well for them in the semifinals, as the Sun will host the first two games and a potential Game 5. What else bodes well? They cannot draw Phoenix, their playoff nemesis of late, until the WNBA Finals (and even then, it would be a best-of-five series, not a single-elimination game).The Sun are led by center Jonquel Jones (14.6 PPG, 9.7 RPG), forward Alyssa Thomas (11.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.1 APG) and point guard Jasmine Thomas (11.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG). Guard Courtney Williams is one of the most exciting players to watch leaguewide: She grabs 5.6 rebounds per game despite standing only 5-foot-8, she can score in bunches, and she has the swagger to match her game. Backup center Theresa Plaisance could be an X-factor; Connecticut acquired her from Dallas at the trade deadline specifically to give the team the kind of veteran forward that teams like Los Angeles (Chiney Ogwumike), Washington (Tianna Hawkins, Emma Meesseman) and Las Vegas (Hamby) have on their benches. Put all of these pieces together, and the Sun have a strong chance of making their first WNBA Finals since 2005. No. 6 Seattle Storm18-16, 5-5 in past 10 gamesThe Storm are the defending champions, but they have an entirely new look in 2019 after seasonlong injuries to stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart. They can struggle on offense, ranking ninth in offensive rating, but are perhaps the most exciting team in the league to watch on defense. Point guard Jordin Canada and forward Natasha Howard rank first and second in the WNBA in steals per game, which fuels the Storm’s 17.3 points per game off of turnovers, good for the third-best mark in the league. Howard also ranks third in the league in blocks with 1.7 per game, making her the first WNBA player to rank in the top three in steals and blocks per game since Yolanda Griffith in 1999. Watching Seattle is even more exciting because it usually means seeing relatively few stoppages in play; despite playing such an aggressive defense, the Storm both commit the second-fewest fouls and draw the second-fewest fouls in the league, per 100 possessions. The Storm’s road to a championship looks quite different than it did last season, when they were the No. 1 seed, but tough defense, a talented point guard and a potential First Team All-WNBA forward aren’t a bad place to start. No. 4 Las Vegas Aces21-13, 6-4 in past 10 gamesBefore the season started, Las Vegas was a trendy pick to win the title behind three former No. 1 draft picks, sharpshooter Kayla McBride and 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage. The team’s defense has been formidable, but the Aces have been inconsistent on offense, which may have cost them a chance at a double-bye. As SB Nation’s Mike Prada recently explained, they’ve actually been better when Cambage and starting forward A’ja Wilson — arguably the team’s top two players — are not on the court together. But the Aces made the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and they now have a chance to peak at the right time. Look for potential WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby (11.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 48.8 percent shooting) to tip a game in the Aces’ favor with her energy and versatility off the bench. No. 8 Phoenix Mercury15-19, 4-6 in past 10 gamesThe Mercury still have Taurasi, arguably the greatest WNBA player of all time, but she is recovering from back surgery and is “day-to-day for the foreseeable future,” according to High Post Hoops’ Brendon Kleen. And, unlike the previous two seasons, the Mercury will start the playoffs on the road, where they went only 6-11 this season. To make another run to the WNBA semifinals, the Mercury will likely need a big performance from 6-foot-9 All-WNBA center Brittney Griner, who is averaging 20.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor. Forward DeWanna Bonner, the Mercury’s other 2019 All-Star, will also need to be efficient on offense. She has carried the team at times this season and averages 17.2 points per game, but she has struggled with efficiency, shooting only 38 percent from the floor, including 27 percent on 3-pointers. An X-factor for Phoenix could be the experience of head coach Sandy Brondello, who has 17 career WNBA playoff wins and knows a thing or two about being the underdog from coaching Team Australia against the United States. Don’t be surprised if she has a trick or two up her sleeve. After more than three months of jockeying for position, four of the eight playoff-bound WNBA teams will begin their postseasons on Wednesday. As the No. 5 through No. 8 seeds, Chicago, Seattle, Minnesota and Phoenix will face off in two single-elimination games. The reward for the winners is another single-elimination game on Sunday against No. 3 seed Los Angeles or No. 4 seed Las Vegas. In the past few seasons, this playoff format has produced several upsets, including Washington over New York in 2017 (courtesy of nine 3-pointers from Kristi Toliver) and Phoenix over Connecticut in both 2017 and 2018 (courtesy of Diana Taurasi, who sports a career 13-1 record in playoff-deciding games).Meanwhile, atop the bracket, Washington and Connecticut secured double-byes, skipping the single-elimination games, and they now await the winners of the first two rounds for their best-of-five semifinal series.Let’s take a look at each of the eight playoff teams, starting with the four in action Wednesday and progressing to the title favorites. No. 5 Chicago Sky20-14, 6-4 in past 10 gamesBehind first-year head coach James Wade and point guard Courtney Vandersloot, the Sky surprised many onlookers by challenging for a top-4 seed. The Sky’s strength is its backcourt: Its top three scorers are starting guards Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Vandersloot. Vandersloot also recently broke her own WNBA record for assists in a season — finishing with an even 300 — and averages 11.2 points, 9.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. With center Jantel Lavender recently suffering a season-ending injury, Wade will have to come up with a game plan for Chicago to battle inside. One blueprint might be in the Sky’s 105-78 win over Phoenix on Sept. 1: Griner scored 26 points for Phoenix, but Chicago hit more than 50 percent of its shots, had six players score in double figures and committed only six turnovers to run away with the win. read more

Hurricane Irma packing 175mph winds

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Providenciales – Hurricane Irma has not even struck any land mass as yet, but she is striking up a whole lot of fear as the storm continues to grow in intensity and makes it way toward so many islands of the Caribbean.  At present, Irma’s wind speeds are up to 175 mph and her trajectory, according to National Hurricane Center model, will send her across Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Inagua and Ragged Island in The Bahamas, along Cuba and the Florida Keys. However the path of Irma has had variations and so forecasters say we have to wait to see what Irma will do once the hurricane interacts with land.  All officials, from every country we have checked in with, are advising residents to take this storm seriously and to be prepared.   By Deandrea Hamilton Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Recommended for youlast_img read more

KUSI contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson weighs in on

first_img January 15, 2019 KUSI contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson weighs in on Mayor Faulconer 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) – KUSI contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson joined the show to discuss Mayor Kevin Faulconer ahead of his State of the City Address. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: January 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Dunleavy Maintains Lead In Race For Governor

first_imgDemocratic challenger Mark Begich currently has 43.57% percent of the vote. Dunleavy has already declared victory. In a statement, he said he takes seriously the task ahead of him. Elections officials hope to certify the results by November 23, according to the DOE. Governor Bill Walker suspended his reelection campaign days after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned over what Walker described as an “inappropriate overture to a woman.” Dunleavy: “Over these past four years, too many Alaskans have been shut out of the big decisions facing our state – from changes to the Permanent Fund to crime policy to addressing the state’s budget deficit. Elections remind us that in our system of government the people rule, and today the people made their voices heard. Now begins the real work of restoring trust between the people and their government. With the help of the people of Alaska, we will protect and restore the Permanent Fund Dividend, we will end the state’s crime spree, and we will unleash Alaska’s unparalleled economic potential.”center_img The state will continue to count absentee and other uncounted ballots a week after Election Day. A final count will be done by November 21. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With 98 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning former state senator Mike Dunleavy has the lead in the race for governor with 52.39% of the votes.last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Keep Rolling Defeat Billerica 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA —The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Billerica High, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 1 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Sarah Bojsen, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Katelyn Sullivan, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Makayla Threhane, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown defeated Madhu Velmurugan and Lany Waytt, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field defeated Jen Machatelo and Anya Lavalle, 6-0, 6-2.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Sweeps MelroseIn “Sports”last_img read more

Elon Musk says Mars and Starship update could come later this month

first_img Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship $999 See at Amazon See It Rylo Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 1 The Cheapskate Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo Comment Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The business end of the SpaceX Starship hopper prototype Elon Musk/SpaceX Less than three years after dazzling the world with a slideshow about going to Mars, SpaceX founder and real-life comic book character Elon Musk aims to present a progress report. But we’ll have to wait until after his red planet rocket gets off the ground for the first time.Musk said Sunday on Twitter that he “will do Starship presentation a few weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July.” Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview 7 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Tags Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 16 Photoscenter_img $999 Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sci-Tech Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Will do Starship presentation a few weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July. If that timing works, free LJ chips for all present!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Read Google Home Hub review See It Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments See it $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Boost Mobile SpaceX has been building a Starhopper prototype of its Starship vehicle at the company’s facility in south Texas. Starship is the vehicle Musk and SpaceX hope to use for a highly publicized trip around the moon in a few years, as well as for future trips to Mars and perhaps even very quick international flights via space. So far, testing of Starhopper has been limited to hold-down firings of its single Raptor engine. Plans for it to actually lift off the ground and at least hover (or “hop”) before landing have been delayed in recent weeks. Musk also said Sunday that Starhopper is “almost ready to hover” after a vibration problem with the Raptor engine was resolved. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has conceded in the past that he isn’t always great about sticking to his own timelines. Starship, however, seems like it could be progressing steadily toward a first crewed trip to Mars in 2024 as hoped. Of course, it still has to get off the ground first.  Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags Amazonlast_img read more

Kaushal Manda tells his fans that his wife is recovering from surgery

first_imgKaushal Manda with his wife Neelima in the press meetScreenshot of YouTube videoKaushal Manda who grew as one of the most-trailed celebrities after his appearance in Bigg Boss Telugu 2 had made an announcement that his wife Neelima Kaushal is diagnosed with cancer, had updated that his wife underwent surgery and is recovering quite well.”Because of all your love and God’s blessings Neelima’s surgery went successfully. The tumour has been removed and the treatment will start soon. Thank you all for the love and support”, Kaushal wrote sharing a picture of Neelima on the hospital bed post surgery.Earlier, Kaushal shared an update regarding his wife’s condition and made an announcement regarding her surgery. Kaushal Manda also wrote an emotional note which says, “My wife, my mother half- Neelima has been there in my life since the past eight years. She’s there with me through everything I’ve been through- the good and the bad. She’s my every breathe and has been there through every step and decision”, Kaushal wrote about Neelima.Neelima Kaushal came into public scenario after Kaushal appeared on the controversial show Bigg Boss Telugu 2. Neelima played a great role in Kaushal’s win during the Bigg Boss season. During a recent controversy, Kaushal made an announcement in front of the media that his wife is diagnosed with cancer. Kaushal’s announcements regarding his wife Neelima’s health has drawn mixed responses. After the recent controversies, Kaushal has been called a sympathy-gainer and other names. Neelima’s name was dragged in the middle of the controversies too.Whatever it is, we are happy that Neelima Kaushal is recovering. We appreciate her fighting spirit.last_img read more

Kushtia headmaster put on 5day remand over Facebook post

first_imgA court in Kushtia on Tuesday placed the headmaster who was arrested for making derogatory remarks on Facebook against Bangabandhu and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday night, to five-day remand for police interrogation.Moksed Ali, the headmaster of Kumarkhali Jagannath High School was arrested after a case was filed against him under Article 57 of ICT Act with Kumarkhali Police Station.Senior judicial magistrate of the district Masud-Ud-Zaman passed the order after the investigation officer of the case produced the accused before the court seeking the remand at afternoon.Officer-in-charge of the police station Abdul Khaleque confirmed the remand incident.last_img read more

Juan Guaidó Says The Moment Is Now To Remove Maduro Sparking Clashes

first_img Share Federico Parra/AFP/Getty ImagesVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido is pictured under a national flag during a gathering with supporters after members of the Bolivarian National Guard joined his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 30.Updated at 2:30 p.m. ETJuan Guaidó, Venezuela’s most powerful opposition leader, has declared a start to the “final phase” of the effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, urging supporters into the streets Tuesday and telling them, “The moment is now!”The call for an uprising set off a cascade of demonstrations in Caracas, increasing clashes and raising the chances that members of Venezuela’s military may face off against each other, depending on where their loyalties lie.Early Tuesday morning, Guaidó released a three-minute video from an air base in eastern Caracas known as La Carlota, in which he described the Venezuelan people’s fight. Flanked by men with helmets and weapons, he discussed ending the “usurpation,” a term he has often used to describe Maduro’s hold on the once-oil rich nation.In the video, Guaidó, 35, also stood near opposition leader Leopoldo López, a prominent politician who led anti-government protests, served jail time and had been living under house arrest.López said he had been released by members of the military and Guaidó. “I’m at the La Carlota Base,” he tweeted. “All to mobilize. It’s time to conquer freedom.”Guaidó told reporters that high-ranking military officers have switched their allegiances to him.Pueblo de Venezuela inició el fin de la usurpación. En este momento me encuentro con las principales unidades militares de nuestra Fuerza Armada dando inicio a la fase final de la Operación Libertad.— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) April 30, 2019“There are generals, there are lieutenant colonels, there are majors, there are colonels — it’s a reflection of the country,” he said, with Venezuela’s flag blowing in the wind behind him.The opposition figures’ messages quickly raised tensions with Maduro’s government, as demonstrators took to the streets of the capital to support members of the military who joined Guaidó. Some later gathered near the air base in a show of support.Videos from the scene show people running and jumping into vehicles, with military helicopters and motorcycles nearby.Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty ImagesOpposition demonstrators clash with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after troops joined opposition leader Juan Guaido in his campaign to oust Maduro’s government, in the surroundings of La Carlota military base in Caracas on April 30.Motorcycle units from Venezuela’s National Guard, who are loyal to Maduro, arrived at the base and closed its gates. People appeared to tear at the gates and crawl through an opening before being chased away.Journalists on the ground report hearing the echo of gunfire and tear gas canisters being fired down streets, as well as seeing Molotov cocktails. At the scene of a large protest on a highway, one video segment from TV station T13 shows what appears to be a National Guard armored vehicle driving into a crowd of people.📺 #T13Tarde | Tanqueta atropella a manifestantes. Todos los detalles de la crisis que se vive en Venezuela EN VIVO » https://t.co/gdLBTMEBvk pic.twitter.com/1ciMSYeB8K— T13 (@T13) April 30, 2019The U.S. embassy in Caracas is warning U.S. citizens to avoid the public demonstrations and consider sheltering in place.It’s unclear how many members of the military may be siding with Guaidó, and whether he received any assistance from the United States.To avoid confusion amid the chaos that was unleashed Tuesday, armed men loyal to Guaidó in the Altamira neighborhood are using bracelets and blue scarves to identify themselves, a local journalist said.Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez rejected news of a “coup attempt” in his country, saying on Twitter that the government is “deactivating a small number of traitorous military personnel.”Guaidó declared himself Venezuela’s interim president in January, after being sworn in to lead the National Assembly. He has been recognized as the country’s interim president by the United States and dozens of other nations.Maduro has refused to step down from office. And on Tuesday, he issued a stream of tweets including one that invoked “Nerves of steel!” and insisted that forces remain loyal to him.¡Nervios de Acero! He conversado con los Comandantes de todas las REDI y ZODI del País, quienes me han manifestado su total lealtad al Pueblo, a la Constitución y a la Patria. Llamo a la máxima movilización popular para asegurar la victoria de la Paz. ¡Venceremos!— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) April 30, 2019The chaos comes a day before Labor Day, meaning the clashes might continue when most Venezuelans will have the day off from work Wednesday.“This is only the beginning,” Carlos Vecchio, Guaidó’s envoy to the U.S., said at a news conference. Meanwhile, protesters in support of and against the Maduro government gathered outside Venezuela’s embassy in Washington and other capitals Tuesday.Guaidó’s boldest move yet against Maduro quickly prompted leaders in Washington to show their support.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the start of “Operación Libertad” on Twitter. “The U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy. Democracy cannot be defeated,” he said.Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, “This is the moment for those military officers in #Venezuela to fulfill their constitutional oath & defend the legitimate interim President.”Rubio posted a video of a “showdown” on a highway. He said Maduro called for armed groups to go to the streets; the senator also said Chinese technicians have helped the Maduro regime take down social media communications.Venezuela’s telecommunications agency ordered Radio Caracas Radio to stop broadcasting after decades of continuous airtime. In response, the station announced it would turn to YouTube and Periscope, adding, “Nos escuchamos en libertad!” — “We hear each other in freedom!”National Security Adviser John Bolton told Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López that Venezuela’s armed forces “must protect the Constitution and the Venezuelan people.”Vice President Pence told Guaidó and his supporters, “Estamos con ustedes! We are with you!”President Trump has been briefed on the developments, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters.Luis Almagro, general secretary of the Organization of American States, welcomed the military members who joined Guaidó, saying “the fullest support” was necessary for a peaceful democratic transition.Countries who support Maduro, including Cuba, are denouncing the opposition’s calls for an uprising. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Guaidó and his allies were trying to incite chaos in the public and clashes with armed forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin “paid much attention to the situation” in Venezuela during a meeting with his national security council, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.Maduro began his first presidential term in 2013 and was reelected in January amid allegations of fraud. Under the socialist government, Venezuelans have suffered from shortages of food, medicine and electricity as inflation has soared.“I want a free Venezuela,” a pregnant woman in a wheelchair told a local news outlet. She said she wanted her child to be born in freedom. “I’m tired of this, that’s enough. It’s not fair that we live like this.”This is a developing story. Details may change as more information becomes available.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Xumo to Go International in 2019 Launch Linear OTT Channels in Six

first_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Irvine, California-based connected TV startup Xumo is preparing for an international expansion this year: The company plans to launch in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Brazil and Italy this year, CEO Colin Petrie-Norris told Variety on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Wednesday.For its go-to-market strategy, the company will rely on its existing relationships with TV manufacturers, including LG, Vizio and Hisense. Xumo first partnered with LG in 2016, and has since been curating linear-like channels from video providers like NBC News, Bloomberg and TMZ.These channels are displayed within the traditional programming guide of a LG TV, allowing viewers to seamlessly channel surf from broadcast TV to online video programming. An expansion to Europe is especially interesting for the company because of the strength of terrestrial broadcasting on the continent, said Petrie-Norris. Popular on Variety center_img Many of the channels are compiled on the fly, with Xumo dynamically pulling videos and ads to create a lean-back experience. Petrie-Norris said that the company was making extensive use of algorithms to generate new programming every day, allowing the company to rely on just 3 editors for all of its channels.In addition to being integrated into smart TVs made by LG and other vendors, Xumo is also operating its own apps, and powering some of the content ingested into the Roku Channel. Thanks to a growing catalog of Hollywood movies and other ad-supported content, the company has seen its per-device viewing metrics multiply by 4x last year, said Petrie-Norris: “Ad supported video has reached an inflection point.”last_img read more

Tokyo smellingscreen demo lets scents go virtual

first_img Explore further The TUAT demo was titled, “Smelling Screen: Presenting a Virtual Odor Source on a LCD Screen,” by Haruka Matsukura, Tatsuhiro Yoneda, and Hiroshi Ishida.”The smelling screen is a new olfactory display that can generate a localized odor distribution on a two-dimensional display screen,” they stated. While the user perceives the odor as coming from a specific region of the screen, the position of the virtual odor source can be shifted to an arbitrary position on the screen. In fact, they said, the viewer can freely move his or her head to sniff at various locations on the screen, and can experience “realistic changes in the odor intensity with respect to the sniffing location.”New Scientist’s explanation of how the technology works said that odors from vaporizing gel pellets were fed into four air streams, one in each corner of the screen. The streams are blown out by fans, and they can be varied in strength and direction.Matsukura said a next step in their research will be incorporating a cartridge where smells can be changed easily.In another undertaking, Hiroshi Ishida, Associate Professor, Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering, had discussed “Olfactory display that presents a virtual odor source by manipulating airflow,” in which he relayed practical applications of smelling-screen research.Although attempts have been made to promote sales in supermarkets by releasing appetizing smells, he wrote, in most cases the airflows and odors are simply blown from motorized fans. He said the attempt to lure customers toward foods through scent delivery could be more effective through another approach:”If we can provide users or customers with a sensation that the odor and airflow are coming from the image on the monitor or screen, we can draw their attention with some surprise.” Beyond food sales, he said he thought that this device could also be used in museums and art galleries to create unique exhibitions and artwork. A woman’s nose knows body odor (Phys.org) —”Scent-delivery” technologies continue to interest marketers, who are always looking for ideas on how to deliver an enhanced shopper experience. Scent stimulation related to targeted products is one way to go. Now, a “smelling screen” has been developed by researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) and it makes smells appear to come from the exact spot on any LCD screen that is displaying the image of a food item. A peach or a steaming cup of coffee, for example, would lend the illusion that their respective smells were coming from the images on the screen direct to the viewer. The smelling screen was shown at the IEEE Virtual Reality conference in Orlando, Florida, which ran from March 16 to March 23. Citation: Tokyo smelling-screen demo lets scents go virtual (2013, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-tokyo-smelling-screen-demo-scents-virtual.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Smelling Screen: Presenting a Virtual Odor Source on a LCD Screen © 2013 Phys.org More information: ieeevr.org/2013/program/activities/researchdemoswww.computer.org/csdl/trans/tg … g2013040606-abs.htmlwww.tuat.ac.jp/~h-ishida/proje … lfactorydisplay.htmlvia Newscientistlast_img read more

Sleep disorders may increase risk of stroke

first_imgThe findings suggest that people who have had a stroke or a mini-stroke, called a transient ischemic attack, be screened for sleep disorders. “Although sleep disorders are common after a stroke, very few stroke patients are tested for them,” said study author Dirk Hermann from University Hospital Essen in Germany. “The results of our review show that should change, as people with sleep disorders may be more likely to have another stroke or other negative outcomes than people without sleep problems, such as having to go to a nursing home after leaving the hospital,” Hermann noted. The findings, published online in the journal Neurology, are based on a literature review. For the literature review, the researchers examined dozens of studies that looked at the link between sleep disturbances and stroke. Sleep disorders generally fall into two categories – sleep breathing problems and sleep-wake disorders. Sleep breathing problems like sleep apnea disrupt breathing while asleep. Sleep-wake disorders like insomnia and restless leg syndrome affect the amount of time spent asleep.The review found evidence linking sleep breathing problems with stroke risk and recovery. Sleep-wake disorders may also increase stroke risk and harm recovery, although there is less evidence to prove so, the researchers said.last_img read more

Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016

first_imgTags: Trend Watch, WTM LONDON — World Travel Market London 2016, which had been revamped this year as a three-day event from Nov. 7-9, has ended on a high note with an estimated 50,000 in attendance. Over the course of three days, attendees facilitated travel industry contracts that were estimated to exceed US$4 billion, and learned about and discussed current hot topics in the travel industry. Here’s a roundup:SecurityThe UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit is one of the highest-profile sessions of the entire event. Now in its tenth year, this year’s Summit called on the industry and governments to work together to help destinations cope with the threat of terrorist, which UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai described as “forces of darkness.”Mohamed Yehia Rashed Tourism Minister Egypt assured delegates that his country has the technology and security measures in place to protect tourists and urged for standard security measures to be introduced globally. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary of Tourism in the government of India – WTM London’s Official Premier Partner – said countries needed to be more responsible when issuing travel advisories as perception of safety in destinations is a key factor.Zutshi’s call was echoed by Fritz Joussen, Chief Executive TUI Group, who noted people’s perceptions often compound the problems of terrorism. “The probability of being killed by a terrorist is lower than having car accident on the way to the airport,” he said.BrexitBrexit remained a common theme across the seminar program, as the UK and global travel industry await the actual terms of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. Aviation expert John Strickland told the Forecast Forum about a possible issue arising over flying rights if the UK is not part of the EU Open Skies agreement.In a separate session, two senior airline bosses – Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, and Emirates president Tim Clark – suggested that airline alliances could become a thing of the past.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“I would question if [alliances] are around 10 years from now,” said Walsh, while Clark described the oneworld, Star Alliance and Skyteam concepts as “anachronistic”.Social Media & TechnologyOn Day Two of WTM London, a compelling presentation from Facebook executive Neasa Costin outlined consumer behavior and brand differentiation. “Travel has very positive headspace for the end user so markets don’t have to try very hard. An image of a beautiful beach will do the job for you but if you take away the logo, you would not be able to distinguish one brand from another,” she said.Costin highlighted Creative Shop, a part of Facebook that is trying to help companies change this through emotional resonance. She noted that from January to June, there had been 63 million hashtags about holidays with “real excitement and high emotion” around travel, but that markets are not trying to be distinctive or original.“It’s very transactional in approach. At WTM London, you can see companies investing massively in promotion but when you translate that to digital, there is zero investment,” she added. Costin pointed to companies like Airbnb, which are doing the right things in terms of brand building and changing consumer behaviour.Facebook is also investing in new technologies such as augmented reality, voice recognition and immersive video to stay on top of trends. Established companies shared how they are embracing digital technologies such as chatbots and virtual reality.The impact of these emerging channels to market is being increasingly felt by the hotel industry, which is having to adopt digital practices across the stages of booking and staying in a hotel. Daniel Wishnia, digital marketing consult, GCH Hotels, said that hotels have an opportunity to capture guests on their websites through better pricing, video and images.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“Customers expect you to be everywhere, on multi-devices,” he said. “They won’t wait for more than three seconds, they want you to be there to assist them.”Wellness TravelThe robust US$3.7 trillion global wellness economy was in the spotlight during the WTM London Wellness Travel Symposium. The wellness tourism sector accounts for $563 billion of that, and is growing nearly twice as fast as overall tourism.Delegates heard from several destinations about the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors when developing wellness tourism. Case studies included India, ‘the land of yoga’, and Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.In the UK, spa towns such as Bath and Buxton are seeing a revival, while Wales is planning a £ 200 million lakeside development called the Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village.Women in TravelThe Women in Travel Meetup urged travel firms to consider the needs of women aged over 50 in their marketing and recruitment strategies.“Over-50s are very different to what they were a few decades ago. They’re very cool people and we need to think about them differently,” said Rachel O’Reilly, Kuoni UK head of communications.The speakers also noted a rise in older women forging new careers, and debate chair Sylvia Weiler, Sojern’s Vice President of Audience, Strategy & Development, said: “I have many friends in their 40s who have started new careers. People are taking risks and I think that comes with maturity and confidence.”For more trends revealed at WTM London 2016, look for the Nov. 17 issue of Travelweek. To subscribe, click here. Travelweek Group Posted by Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016 Thursday, November 10, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Nick Percy BBC Worldwide has rejigged its European

first_imgNick PercyBBC Worldwide has rejigged its European operation, handing Tobi de Graaff a wider role and bringing in Nick Percy to head a new Northern Europe unit.Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, said the changes are part of increased investment in the Western Europe sales team.Nick Percy becomes executive VP, Northern Europe. Worldwide organises its business along regional lines and this marks the first time it has created a Northern Europe-specific unit. Percy has been running Worldwide’s CEE business. As EVP, Percy will oversee all sales and channels activity in the Nordics and Benelux as well as Worldwide’s recently-formed production unit BBC Worldwide Productions Nordics.Tobi de Graaff, the former ITV Studios and Zodiak exec who joined Worldwide in 2014, previously oversaw these territories, but has been handed a new role handling Worldwide’s key global accounts.Both de Graff and Percy report to Paul Dempsey, president Global Markets, BBC Worldwide.“With the increasing importance of big customers to the key sales region of Western Europe Tobi will now take on additional responsibility for managing these crucial relationships,” Dempsey said”“The focus in Northern Europe is different and Nick’s experience across multiple lines of business, and most recently running our sales operation in Central and Eastern Europe, will bring additional focus to the region and help us grow our already excellent relationship with consumers and clients.”last_img read more

Altice Europe confirmed an improving subscriber tr

first_imgAltice Europe confirmed an improving subscriber trend in the second quarter, adding 13,000 net new subscribers in France, compared with a loss of 16,000 for the same period last year.The company saw solid uptake of its fibre service in France, with 56,000 net additions in the quarter. In mobile, French unit SFR added 211,000 net new customers in the quarter, compared with 34,000 net new additions for the same period last year. Altice said uptake was boosted by its launch of new offers in March hat helped arrest churn as well as putting in place measures that reduced complaints.In its other major European market, Portugal, Altice Europe saw its faces base grow for the first time in over five years, with 6,000 net new additions compared with a loss of 12,000 for the same period last year. Meo added 46,000 fibre customers in the quarter, compared with 33,000 for the same period last year, boosted by the operator’s expansion of its coverage area. Meo also added 38,000 new post-paid mobile customers in the quarter.Altice Europe’s improved subscriber numbers did not immediately translate into revenue and profit growth, however, during a period in which Altice has launched a series of promotional offers. The company has essentially adopted a strategy of rebuilding its subscriber base as a vehicle for future revenue growth, at the cost of sacrificing revenues and margin now.The company’s revenue declined by 3.8% on a reported basis and 2.3% at constant currency, while EBITDA declined by 9.1% on a reported basis and 5.5% on a constant currency basis. This was despite a drop in capital expenditure from €861 million for the same period last year to €773 million.Altice founder Patrick Drahi said that Altice Europe had “continuously delivered on its operational turnaround plan, showing continuous improvements in subscriber trends”. He highlighted the fact that the company had “successfully refinanced part of our debt and made significant further progress on the execution of our non-core asset disposal programme, strengthening further our long-term balance sheet position”.last_img read more

Horse and Country HC the multiscreen TV netwo

first_imgHorse and Country (H&C), the multi-screen TV network for equestrian sports, and Digital Cornucopia, have unveiled a new partnership to produce, launch and distribute H&C across Spain, Portugal and Latin America.Heather KillenUnder the terms of the partnership, Digital Cornucopia will seek opportunities for the channel in Spanish and Portuguese on both pay TV networks and OTT platforms, as well as via direct to consumer apps.H&C joins a bouquet of seven TV channels, offering both linear and OTT services, that have been launched by Digital Cornucopia.Heather Killen, CEO H&C, said: “We have focused on the equestrian sector for 10 years and believe there is great opportunity for H&C in these markets; we have found a great partner in Digital Cornucopia.’’Carlos Navia, Digital Cornucopia CEO, added: ‘’We are delighted to be working with H&C and are excited about bringing its equestrian programming to these markets, where traditions of horsemanship run deep, and the modern sport is practiced to a high level.’’H&C is already available on platforms including: Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Germany; Ziggo in The Netherlands; Roku in the US and the UK; and Fetch TV in Australia, reaching an estimated 48.5 million households.It also addresses the audience for equestrian sports and lifestyle through its social media channels, where it reaches 5 million people each month, generating more than 2 million video views.last_img read more

No new free agents will pick the Clippers and no

first_img No new free agents will pick the Clippers, and no one will agree to be traded there. The Clippers’ impending free agents will leave. Its stars will demand to be traded, and if they aren’t, they’ll undermine the new coach. Fans will organize a boycott, and game attendance will drop off; and so on. In the end, Sterling will wind up with a roster of 12 desperate, minimally talented white guys. The franchise will be such a complete disaster that eventually he’ll have no choice but to wash his hands of the whole mess. He’ll see all this coming, of course, but because they’re not forcing him to, he’ll put the team up for sale voluntarily. Perhaps no one will bid until the price drops to a fire-sale level, at which point Oprah and her consortium of rich friends, as rumored, can step in and buy the club. Voilà: no tedious lawsuits and everyone’s happy, including big bad Don, because he’ll realize a humongous profit no matter the selling price. The market will work, NBA. I’m just saying…center_img It was quite a week for legal issues in America the free. First, the Supreme Court ruled that it’s fine to stop and search your vehicle if an anonymous tipster phones you in as drunk, even though the police have satisfied themselves that your driving’s fine. (Scalia’s scathing dissent is worth a read.) Then, to its shame, the Court refused to hear a challenge to the clause in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows the president, at his discretion, to unilaterally impose indefinite detention on anyone, without access to courts, if he believes they have any connection with terrorism—which basically amounts to on his say-so. The non-ruling was based on the Court’s opinion that the plaintiffs had no legal standing, because they hadn’t themselves been detained. Which launches us into a Catch-22 world: the Supreme Court’s decision precludes challenges before detention takes place, but once a person is detained into military custody under the NDAA, the law explicitly denies them any access to the courts. But if you missed these assaults on liberty, that’s understandable, because the week’s news was dominated by endless coverage of the Donald Sterling affair. The media took a 9.5-minute private-turned-public phone conversation—that’s actually mostly about a troubled relationship—and whittled it down to a few ugly but hardly horrendous words about race. Then it used them to pillory the man and call for the NBA to “do something” about this disgusting basketball team owner. I am not a Sterling apologist. He seems a nasty sort, and he has a shady history. I’ll also leave aside questions concerning violations of privacy, how much the girlfriend made from selling the tape, and whether we should engage in such self-righteous finger-wagging about a relatively petty offense. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took those on for us, very eloquently.) Nor do I wish to debate whether a lifetime ban from the NBA and a multimillion-dollar fine are appropriate punishments. What I think we should be looking at, and what the media are ignoring, is the question of whether a man can be deprived of his property because others don’t like his opinions. That’s what the NBA is proposing to do by attempting to force Sterling to sell a team that he lawfully owns. Apparently, the league has some agreed-upon right to do this if 75% of the other owners vote for it—they’re in conclave even as you read this. But that’s coercive and seems to me a dangerous precedent to set. What’s to prevent a cabal of future owners from forcing out someone because he’s too successful? And if Sterling is as hard-headed as he seems to be, we’re in for years of legal wrangling. To avoid all that, I have a modest proposition for the NBA: just walk away and let the free market operate. If they can find the brains to do that, then I predict: Sterling’s coach, Doc Rivers, will quit. And no respectable coach will want the job, so Sterling will be forced to hire someone incompetent.last_img read more