Thiago Silva Brazil are the favourites in all competitions

first_imgBrazil captain Thiago Silva has dismissed the importance of their favourite tag at the World Cup as they are always the team to beat anywayThe Selecao booked their place in the last eight of the tournament following a comfortable 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday with Belgium now awaiting them ahead of Friday’s clash.But Silva is not taking Belgium and their “golden generation” for granted and insists that Brazil have work to do if they are to overcome the Red Devils for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.“Belgium are very strong physically and technically,” said the 32-year-old, as stated on Goal.“Belgium deserve to play in the last 16.“I think that in all competitions Brazil is the favourite. But we know that’s not enough. We have to work hard and give our best every game if we want to win the title. We will continue to work and rest well because Friday’s game will be even more difficult.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Neymar was once more on the wrong side of the headlines on Monday after being accused of going down too easily in their win against Mexico, despite the fact that the 26-year-old had scored the opening goal and later assisted Roberto Firmino for Brazil’s second of the game.But Silva believes that Neymar’s natural qualities instantly make him a target for the opposition.“This is normal because [Neymar] has many qualities,” he added.“The players who defend on him make fouls because it’s always hard to defend Neymar and take the ball without making fouls. But it was a tough game.”Brazil are targetting their sixth World Cup title this summer and their first since 2002.last_img read more

Mitchell Clark set to return to action after injury layoff

first_imgAston Villa loanee Mitchell Clark is set to return to action this weekend after suffering an injury that laid him off for three weeks.The 19-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in Vale’s 1-0 home defeat to Swindon Town in November which ruled him out of matches against Yeovil Town, Stoke City U21s and Morecambe.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Clark has now recovered and is set to return to Port Vale’s starting lineup for their match with Cheltenham Town on Saturday, according to Birmingham Mail. Aston Villa are particularly interested in the match as striker Kelsey Mooney who is currently on loan at Cheltenham will also feature in the League two clash.Aston Villa have an option to recall Clark to their team in the January transfer window should club manager Dean Smith wish to use him in the first team or a club in League One seek his services.last_img read more

Manchester City midfielder David Silva set for City record

first_imgManchester City midfielder David Silva is set to break a club record during Monday’s Premier League game at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to FourFourTwo.The Spanish playmaker will make his 267th Premier League appearance for the Citizens, surpassing the club record previously held by Joe Hart.City boss Pep Guardiola has also picked Gabriel Jesus in attack after the striker returned to form with a four-goal haul in the team’s 9-0 drubbing of Burton Albion in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.Sergio Aguero, who has been suffering from illness, starts on the bench alongside Kevin De Bruyne, who’s easing his way into full fitness after playing only six league games so far this season.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…With Benjamin Mendy still out injured, Danilo starts at left-back with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte as the centre-backs and Kyle Walker on the right.Wolves manager Nuno Espirito-Santo makes two changes to the team that beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup, with Rui Patricio back between the sticks and Matt Doherty restored to the right-wing back position.last_img read more

Government to partner with BTC and Aliv on public Emergency Alert system

first_imgBahamas, June 22nd 2017: Soon you will be able to receive notifications on any pending emergencies such as storms or hurricanes at the touch of your mobile phone. This as government is working on developing an Emergency Alert Mass Notification Pilot Project. The project comes at the start of the Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.This will allow the public to receive notifications of a pending emergency via text messages and emails. However, residents will have to register to the alerts via email.The partnership involves the Economic Development and Planning Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and both telecommunication companies, Bahamas Telecommunications Company, BTC and Aliv, which will conduct a six-month Pilot Project to be launched this July 2017.Speaking to House Members on Tuesday, Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Hubert Minnis says the aim is to “strengthen our disaster preparedness and emergency management policies and operations.”Noting there is a lot of work still to do as a result of Hurricane Matthew, Prime Minister Minnis described it as “a long road to restoring normalcy to many Bahamians.” He adds that there were currently 700 assessments in terms of home repairs for the islands of New Providence, Andros, and the Berry islands pending to determine eligibility for assistance, with 320 of those assessments will be eligible for assistance at a total cost of $3.7 million for labour and material.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#BahamasEmergencyAlertSystem#BahamasNEMA#BTC#Aliv Related Items:last_img read more

Liverpool fail with £61m bid for Benfica teenager Joao Felix

first_imgLiverpool offer of £61m for Benfica teenager Joao Felix has been turned down according to reports.According to Correio da Manha Benfica turned down the offer by Liverpool and are believed to have included a £105m buy-out clause in the teenager’s latest contract.Felix has scored six times in 17 appearances for Benfica in the 2018-19 campaign.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Sports mole report that Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Monaco are all monitoring the progress of the youngster and are also keen to land him a deal should there be a chance.Liverpool are currently top of the English Premier league table with four points ahead of closest rivals Manchester City. They face Cystal Palace on Saturday while Manchester city travel to Huddersfield in a make or mar encounter that could see them maintain the close pursuit on Liverpool or widen the margin.Liverpool also face Bayern Munich in a UEFA champions league round of 16 tie.last_img read more

Update San Diego Unified Police identify student suspected of making false threats

first_imgUpdate: San Diego Unified Police identify student suspected of making false threats on social media against four district schools February 23, 2018 Updated: 5:15 PM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Unified School District police department identified a student Friday who is suspected of posting false threats against four schools on social media following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida.District police identified a seventh-grade student who attends a San Diego Unified school as the suspect two days after social media messages started appearing on Facebook and Snapchat that warned of a potential shooting at Creative Performing Media Arts Middle School, Madison High School, San Diego High School, and the School of Creative and Performing Arts.Related Link: Unsubstantiated threats at multiple San Diego schools prompt heightened police presence on campusesSchool Police immediately investigated the potential threats and quickly determined they were non-credible. However, out of an abundance of caution, School Police sent additional officers to the campuses named in the postings this week.On Feb. 21, the district was made aware of an anonymous social media post, involving two schools: Madison High School and Creative Performing Media Arts Middle School. On Feb. 22, a similar message was posted that added San Diego High School and the School of Creative and Performing Arts to the list of schools.The post stated, in part: “Biggest shooting in history on its way. San Diego’s on its way to join the trend. Be ready ha!”School Police determined that the threats were non-credible after interviewing the student.Related Link: Torrey Pines High School student in police custody after making threats“These types of comments are no joking matter, and they come with consequences. There are consequences in terms of student discipline, and there are consequences in terms of unnecessarily increasing anxiety and fear in the community,” said Michael Marquez, district police chief.The student was apparently inspired by similar false threats of school violence posted and reposted on social media nationwide in recent days.Superintendent Cindy Marten commended School Police for its ongoing commitment to keep schools safe and secure for students and teachers.“The safety and security of our students is the district’s top priority. Our School Police work with educators every day to ensure that they have a safe learning environment,” Marten said. “School safety begins at home with establishing a foundation of communication with your children. Talk to your children, monitor their social media and engage in dialogue about the consequences of their words and actions.”Related Link: Police increase presence at Vista High School after reported threat on social mediaThe case is still under investigation by the district, which will consider whether or not to recommend formal charges and determine disciplinary action. Posted: February 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF PR Management Corp Named To Inc Magazines 5000 List of

first_imgNETWON, MA — Inc. Magazine announced that PR Management Corp., the leading franchisee of Panera Bread in New England, has been named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The entire list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000 at one time. This is the first time PR Management Corp. has been named to the list.“We are honored to be nationally recognized for the first time by Inc. magazine,” said Mitchell Roberts, Co-founder of PR Management Corp. “This award is a true testament to our outstanding team of employees and loyal customers who visit our Panera Bread bakery-cafes across New England. Without them, this recognition would not be possible.”Complete results of the 2018 Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. PR Management is ranked at 4,043 out of 5,000 of the fastest growing companies in the America. The annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala honoring the companies on the list will be held Oct. 17-19, 2018, at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. Event speakers include some of the best thinkers and leaders in business today.About PR Management Corp.Mitchell Roberts and David Peterman are partners in PR Management Corp. which operates 63 franchise Panera Bread locations in New Hampshire (Bedford, Concord, Derry, Dover, Keene, Manchester, Nashua, North Nashua, Portsmouth, West Lebanon, Plaistow and Seabrook), Massachusetts (Chelmsford, Framingham, Waltham, Wayland, Natick, Newton, Westborough, Marlborough, Hudson, Beverly, Swampscott, Newburyport, Lynnfield, East Longmeadow, Hadley, West Springfield, Chicopee, Pittsfield, Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Dorchester, Plymouth, Hingham, Braintree, Pembroke, Mashpee, Milford, Brockton, Westwood, East Walpole, Raynham, Westford, Marlborough, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Webster, Millbury, Leominster, North Andover, Woburn, Lexington and Wilmington) and Maine (South Portland, Augusta, Westbrook, Biddeford, Auburn and Topsham). Charitable giving and supporting their local community are important to PR Management. Most recently, PR Management/Panera Bread gave a total of $225,000 to different food banks across New England as part of their Feeding America Initiative.(NOTE: The above press release is from PR Management Corp. via BusinessWire.)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… RelatedWilmington’s Panera Bread Is Now Under New OwnershipIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Planet Fitness Named To Fortune’s 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies ListIn “Business”Wilmington’s UnFirst Earns Top-10 Spot On Apparel Magazine’s List of ‘America’s Leading Apparel Companies’In “Business”last_img read more

Woman gets clawed by jaguar while trying to take selfie

first_img Random Culture Wellness Now playing: Watch this: The jaguar (not this one) was temporarily removed from the exhibit after the incident. Martin Sachse/ullstein bild via Getty Images A woman survived a close encounter with a jaguar after trying to take a selfie with it at a Phoenix-area zoo on Saturday.The big cat apparently got its claws around the woman’s hand after she crossed a concrete barrier at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park and stepped near the cage to take the photo, a witness and authorities told CBS News.Another visitor to the zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, reportedly managed to divert the jaguar’s attention by jamming a water bottle into the cage, allowing the woman to pull her hand away. Cellphone video showed her writhing in pain on the ground in the aftermath.The woman later characterized the incident as a “crazy accident” rather than an attack, but didn’t admit to crossing the barrier, CBS noted. Her injuries were reportedly stitched up and she got out of the hospital Sunday, when she also apologized to the zoo owner. When ‘doing it for the gram’ ends tragically Comments 2:09center_img Tags Share your voice 3 The jaguar was removed from the exhibit as the zoo investigates what happened, and officials said it won’t be put down because it wasn’t to blame.The zoo didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.It’s hardly the first time someone’s been attacked while trying to take a photo with an animal. A woman got too close to a Yellowstone National Park bison in 2015, and an Instagram model got bitten by a shark while swimming with it last year.last_img read more

NASA telescope discovers three intriguing planets hiding around nearby star

first_img Tags TESS discoveries NASA’s planet finder discovers weird new world and 6 exploding stars NASA’s TESS planet hunter spots super-Earths around star that’s visible to naked eye null Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 2:02 TESS found TOI 270’s intriguing planets by looking for a dimming of the host star that indicates a planet passing around it. The planet closest to the star is about 25% bigger than Earth and is likely rocky. This “super-Earth” is called TOI 270 b. Don’t expect to send colonists there. NASA described it as “oven-hot” thanks to its proximity to its star.   The other planets, TOI 270 c and TOI 270 d, are likely closer to gas-giant Neptune in makeup. “Planet c and d might best be described as mini-Neptunes, a type of planet not seen in our own solar system,” said NASA.toi270-infographicEnlarge ImageThis NASA infographic shows how TOI 70’s planets compare to Earth. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger The exoplanets’ discovery is just the start. “TOI-270 will soon allow us to study this ‘missing link’ between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes, because here all of these types formed in the same system ” said Maximilian Günther, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday.TESS launched in 2018 and has been on a roll with exoplanet finds, including spotting a planet with three suns.Astronomers plan to take another look at TOI 270 after NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope launches, hopefully in 2021. TESS is great at spotting exoplanets of all kinds, but what we’re really excited about is finding planets that may have liquid water and could potentially support life. Don’t count TOI 270 out on that front. There may even be more planets in the system waiting to be discovered.  NASA Space Share your voicecenter_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: TESS before launch. NASA NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) just scored another science triumph with the discovery of three fascinating planets hanging out at a nearby star. One is a super-Earth, slightly bigger than our own planet. The other two are Neptune-like exoplanets, the likes of which you won’t find in our own solar system.The star is known as “TESS Object of Interest 270,” or TOI 270 for short. Its more formal name is “UCAC4 191-004642,” but that’s a mouthful. The star is 40% smaller than our sun and is also about a third cooler. It hangs out 73 light-years away, which qualifies it as a neighbor.  Sci-Tech Originally published July 29, 10:39 a.m. PT 27 Photos This satellite could find alien lifelast_img read more

Rupee makes a turnaround amid optimism over PM Modis reelection becomes Asias

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/0:57Loaded: 0%0:09Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Know about the new 100 currency notecenter_img A better probability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting a second term after an escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan has had an unlikely gainer — rupee. In a matter of five weeks, the rupee has made a dramatic turnaround to become Asia’s best-performing currency from its worst. The optimism after several exit polls showed a spike in approval ratings of the prime minister has led to robust flows into local shares and debt, turning the carry-trade returns on the rupee to the highest in the world in the past month.The currency is set to rally further if PM Modi wins a second term, Gao Qi, a currency strategist at Scotiabank in Singapore told Bloomberg. A dovish tilt by major central banks across the world amid weakening growth could also lead to investors chasing high returns in emerging economies. Around 11 central banks have eased monetary policy this year, while just three have tightened policy. Qi expects the rupee to strengthen to around 67 per dollar by June-end.A sudden surge in the inflow of dollars has sent the rupee to its highest level since August, prompting profit booking that led to the currency witnessing a drop on Tuesday after six trading sessions of continuous gains. In the year-to-date, foreigners bought a net $3.3 billion of shares, accounting for over half of total inflows of $5.6 billion in the period. Foreign investors have also raised holdings of bonds by $1.4 billion this month. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, borrowing in dollars to purchase rupee assets has earned 3.8 per cent over the past one month, the best carry-trade return in the world. A customer hands Indian currency notes.REUTERS”The market is pricing in a Modi victory as there are no other factors that explain the sudden change of mood,” Anindya Banerjee, an analyst at Kotak Securities told the media agency.Several opinion polls show the ruling coalition-led by PM Modi may get over 272 seats in the Lok Sabha needed to form the next government. Polling will start on April 11 and results are slated to come out on May 23. Besides improved sentiments, carry traders are eager to long rupee and short other low-yielding currencies, including the dollar.Investor optimism on rupee is also reflected in the derivatives market, where one-month options conferring the right to sell the rupee now cost 19 basis points more than those to buy. “Global conditions — dovish Fed and ECB — have turned more supportive and domestically, increased confidence in the BJP’s prospects and a recovery in portfolio flows have been the key driver for the rupee,” said Dushyant Padmanabhan, a currency strategist at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Singapore.Other indicators such as three-month implied volatility, which is used to gauge expected swings used to price options, too point towards a stronger rupee. The volatility gauge fell to 5.87 per cent on Friday, the lowest level since August.last_img read more

WB provides Bangladesh 570m for 2 health projects

first_imgWBThe World Bank on Friday endorsed a total of $570 million for two projects in Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition, and population services as well as to strengthen the country’s public procurement.Announcing the approval of the financing, a WB news release said the two projects will help further progress towards better health outcomes and optimal use of public resources through an effective public procurement and monitoring system.“The World Bank and the government have been working together for years to improve the health sector and public procurement performance,” said WB country director Qimiao Fan.“This will benefit the entire nation and support Bangladesh’s journey to becoming an upper middle-income country.”The $515 million ‘Health Sector Support Project’ is designed to strengthen the country’s health system and improve quality and coverage of essential service delivery, with a focus on Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, where key health indicators are below national average.It aims to increase the number of mothers receiving quality delivery care in public health facilities to at least 146,000 mothers annually in Sylhet and Chittagong divisions.  It will also provide basic immunization to nearly 5 million children, the news release said.In Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, it will support school-based adolescent health and nutrition services.It is expected to enable over 7000 community clinics to provide complete essential data on service delivery, and ensure at least 150 health facilities to each have two accredited midwives on staff.“Since 1975, the World Bank has been working with Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition and population outcomes, helping reduce maternal mortality by 40 per cent as of 2010 and under-5 child mortality by 29 per cent as of 2014,” said Patrick Mullen, WB task team leader.Co-task team leader Kari Hurt added, “The project will support Bangladesh to address emerging health challenges; complete the Millennium Development Goal agenda; and set the foundation to achieve progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”The financing will contribute to the government’s $14.7 billion health sector programme between 2017 and 2022.The other financing approved, the $55 million ‘Digitising Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project’, will help Bangladesh improve public procurement performance, including its capacity to monitor implementation of development projects and programmes using digital technology.Bangladesh spends over $7 billion yearly on public procurement, which constitutes about 70 per cent of the annual development programme.The WB helped Bangladesh roll out electronic procurement (e-GP) in four key public procuring entities in 2011, and establish a high capacity data center in 2016 to accommodate increasing demand for electronic procurement. The new project will expand e-GP to all 1300 government procuring organisations.The project will help the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division effectively monitor the execution of annual development programs by establishing a single online platform connecting all public sector organisations.The project will also engage citizens to monitor quality and progress of development work.“Since 2002, the World Bank has been supporting Bangladesh to make systemic changes in public procurement to improve the efficiency and transparency of public spending,” said Zafrul Islam, WB task team leader. “By institutionalising electronic procurement and digitising project implementation monitoring, the project will improve effective utilisation of public resources. It will also help enhance accountability of public officials through citizen engagement.”last_img read more

Isis bride Shamima could be hanged in Bangladesh Foreign minister

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 22 February 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. AFP File PhotoIsis bride Shamima Begum could be hanged for terrorism offences if she comes to Bangladesh, reports British daily The Independent quoting Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen.Nineteen-year-old Shamima, who left the UK to join Isis in Syria in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship by the British home secretary Sajid Javid in February last.It is believed he felt legally able to do so because, although international law prevents someone being made stateless, Shamima has heritage rights of citizenship in Bangladesh where her father is from, reports news agency UNB quoting the The Independent report.Momen has said the teenager who is currently living in al-Hol desert refugee camp in Syria would face the death penalty if she ends up in Bangladesh.”We have nothing to do with Shamima Begum,” he told ITV News.”She is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She never applied for Bangladesh citizenship. She was born in England and her mother is British,” he said.”If anyone is found to be involved with terrorism, we have a simple rule. There will be capital punishment. And nothing else,” says foreign minister Momen.last_img read more

Prosecutor Asks for Review of How Smollett Case was Handled

first_imgBy CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state’s attorney said Friday that she has asked the county’s inspector general to review how her office handled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have criticized the decision by Kim Foxx’s office to drop charges against Smollett accusing him of filing a false report to police that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January.In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)“Ensuring that I and my office have the community’s trust and confidence is paramount to me, which is why I invited an independent review of this matter,” Foxx said in a statement. “I welcome this investigation and pledge my full cooperation and the cooperation of my office.”A grand jury indicted the actor on 16 counts in early March. Foxx’s office dropped the charges about three weeks later, giving no detailed explanation for why the case was abandoned.Smollett has maintained his innocence and insisted he was attacked.The Chicago Tribune first reported Foxx’s request Friday and reported Cook County Independent Inspector General Patrick Blanchard set a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other county leaders informing them of Foxx’s request.Blanchard wrote that Foxx asked for a review “of the circumstances surrounding the resolution of criminal charges formerly pending against Jussie Smollett.” He wrote that his office would proceed with the review.The city of Chicago filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in Cook County court against Smollett, a Black and gay man, in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating his claim that masked men beat him Jan. 29 in Chicago, shouted slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck.The suit comes after Smollett refused the city’s demand that he repay it $130,106. A spokeswoman for Smollett’s legal team said they had no comment on the lawsuit or Foxx’s request for the inspector general review.___Check out the AP’s complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.last_img read more

Facebook Paying for News Shows From ABC News CNN Fox News Univision

first_imgPictured above: CNN host Anderson Cooper Facebook has committed to funding some of the news programs for at least one year (a rep says the deal terms vary in length), but the parties aren’t disclosing what the company is paying for them. The shows will be available in an exclusive window on Facebook Watch. An exec at one partner said the company was quick to approve to their budget request for one of the shows. “They are willing to pay more to work with partners they trust,” said the exec, who requested anonymity because terms of the deals with Facebook are private.Over the years, Facebook’s relationship with publishers has been prickly, including recent frustration with its changes to News Feed to deprioritize content from media partners in favor of users’ friends posts. Rupert Murdoch earlier this year complained about the company’s approach to news specifically, saying Facebook should pay content providers in the way cable TV companies pay networks.“It was important to us that there was a fair value exchange, which there hasn’t always been,” said Andrew Morse, CNN’s EVP and GM of CNN Digital Worldwide.CNN’s original program for Facebook Watch, “Anderson Cooper Full Circle,” will go live weekday evenings at 6:25 p.m. ET. Broadcast from the “AC360” newsroom in New York, the program will feature the CNN host delivering a daily news dispatch, and engaging Facebook users directly through live polls and integrated conversations. The plans also call for Cooper to interview newsmakers live on the show.Morse declined to discuss CNN’s financial arrangement for the show, but he said, “Facebook has made a serious commitment, and they have made a significant minimum guarantee. For us to produce a program with Anderson Cooper every day brings tremendous value to their platform.”Also bullish on Facebook’s new push is Jason Ehrich, Fox News’ senior VP of audience development and partnerships. The news channel is launching “Fox News Update,” a twice-daily news report that Ehrich said will be fast-paced, with each segment running 3-5 minutes. “This feels like the natural evolution” of FNC’s partnership with the company. “They seem very committed to making Watch a success.” The Facebook-funded news announcement also comes after it has been accused failing to do enough to stop the spread of “fake news” — particularly during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, when Russian-linked disinformation campaigns used Facebook to target American voters. This week, Facebook is in the process of shutting off the Trending news topics section that has appeared in the News Feed. The company said the Trending feature had low usage, but it also drew criticism of political bias.“We’ve talked a lot over the last six months over the quality of news on Facebook,” Brown said. “This is another investment in quality journalism on Facebook.”Brown characterized the news programming for Facebook Watch as an “experiment”: “They don’t know if it’s going to work, we don’t if it’s going to work. We’re going to find out together.” She emphasized the news organizations will have “full editorial control” over the content.In picking the first seven partners, Brown said the goal was to get a diverse set of viewpoints and a range of formats. “Given this is our first step into this, we wanted to have a diverse slate of shows that could deliver different things,” she said. Brown expects Facebook eventually to fund more than a dozen news shows.For now, the Facebook-funded news initiative is focused on U.S.-based news outlets. That’s driven by the fact that Facebook Watch is currently available only in the U.S., stocked with hundreds of scripted and unscripted shows (some paid for by the company).There will be ad breaks in some of the news programming on Facebook Watch. “Over the long term, we’d love to get these shows to self-sustainable levels,” said Brown.In the past, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has remarked that Facebook is a technology company — not a media company. Asked whether Facebook is now in fact a media company, given that it’s paying for a growing slate of content, Brown responded, “Having worked for big media companies, I don’t think Facebook is a media company. But are we responsible for the media on Facebook? Yes.” Popular on Variety After going through the fake-news wringer, Facebook is shelling out money on original news content. The strategy is partly aimed at driving up viewing on its Facebook Watch platform — but it also is supposed to demonstrate the social-media giant’s commitment to funding trustworthy journalism.The initial shows, fully funded by Facebook, come from seven partners: TV news orgs ABC News, CNN, Fox News Channel, and Univision; local news publisher Advance Local; and digital media companies ATTN: and Mic. They’re slated to roll out on Facebook Watch this summer. The mix includes live breaking news, daily news briefings, and weekly, longer-form series.The initiative is led by Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, a former CNN host and NBC News reporter who joined the company in January 2017. “They’re not just cutting up TV and putting it on Facebook,” Brown said. “This is to engage people around news, taking advantage of Facebook’s features.” ×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 Here’s an overview of the initial funded news shows for Facebook Watch:ABC News “On Location” (working title): Daily news show with reports from correspondents worldwide and top headlines. ABC News live news streams also will be featured in a breaking-news area of the Facebook Watch news section.Advance Local “Chasing Corruption”: Weekly series from Alabama Media Group, hosted by Ian Hoppe and AL.com’s Reckon team, who speak with investigative journalists who have uncovered stories of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and other crimes.ATTN: “Undivided ATTN:”: Weekly explainer breaking big topics in 3-5 minute episodes hosted by a rotating cast of social influencers.CNN’s “Anderson Cooper Full Circle”: Daily briefing on weekdays featuring Anderson Cooper and a roster of guests.Fox News “Fox News Update”: FNC chief news anchor Shepard Smith will host each weekday afternoon and Carley Shimkus will present the morning segment, while Abby Huntsman will deliver the headlines once each morning over the weekend.Mic “Mic Dispatch”: Twice-weekly show will profile “the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.” Each episode will include two field-reported dispatches of 5-6 minutes each.Univision “Real America with Jorge Ramos”: In the weekly show, the anchor will travel across the U.S. to speak with immigrants of diverse backgrounds, targeted not only at Latinos but mainstream English-speaking audiences. Univision will also broadcast “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital,” an interactive Spanish-language news broadcast at noon ET daily on Watch.In other news-related features, Facebook is testing a “breaking news” label with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia along with breaking-news notifications. It also has a beta version of a dedicated section on Facebook called “Today In” to provide news from local publishers and updates from local officials and organizations.last_img read more

Abstract reality

first_imgAfter winning the hearts of millions in Kolkata, the trio Malay Das, Subuddha Ghosh and Atish Thakur are up with their show in the Capital. Their last exhibition, Abstract Reality, which was held at Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata will be opening for the art lover in Delhi on May 1 at Lalit Kala Academy. Malay Das has always taken keen interest in depicting the forces of nature in a bold format. Blue skies, water bodies and mighty trees, without human interference and disturbance adorn most of his works. Most of his works talk about the serenity at different times of the day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Subuddha Ghosh has spent a significance cant time of his life in the mountains of Northeast India. His works talk a lot about loneliness and an attempt to strike a conversation with the mountains when he was at Aizawl. The painter has tried to capture the beauty of these mountains, big and small, at different times of the year, and different times of the day. The works on display are also an attestation of Subuddha’s command over light and shadow. Atish Thakur loves playing with the mysteries of nature. The artist in his attempt towards depicting these mysteries has woven a dream around the forces of nature. His usage of bold shades of red and yellow shows the power that nature possesses. At the same time his fine detailing of water bodies, half-bloomed flowers, cascading tree branches, depict the power of nature. Atish’s imagination is his strength and he tries to capture the tranquillity of nature through his works.last_img read more

Sky has announced a UK launch event later this mon

first_imgSky has announced a UK launch event later this month where it will reveal what’s next for the company, under the tagline “set your TV free”.The November 18 event, tipped to be the launch of Sky’s rumoured next-generation set-top box, has been trailed by Sky on social media with the line: “From 1929 to 2015, a journey of innovation for TV. What’s next?”Back in July the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that Sky was preparing for an imminent launch of a new advanced set-top box called SkyQ that will provide advanced connected TV services with an experience akin to that of Netflix or Apple TV.The box, developed under the codename Project Ethan, will enable the simultaneous recording of four channels on multiple devices and will be able to receive Ultra HD broadcasts, according to the report.From 1929 to 2015, a journey of innovation for TV. What’s next? 18.11.2015 #SetTVFree https://t.co/nTfO0AHg8w https://t.co/GjYuCMQHfo— Sky (@SkyUK) October 30, 2015last_img read more

Warner Bros TV series Westworld WarnerMedia owner

first_imgWarner Bros TV series WestworldWarnerMedia owner AT&T has revealed that the company’s upcoming SVOD service will include three separate packages for consumers, during an analyst event held Thursday.The service will include an entry-level movie-focused package; a premium service with original programming and blockbuster movies; and a third service that bundles content from the first two plus an extensive library of WarnerMedia and licensed content.AT&T plans to launch the service in beta in Q4, 2019.The new streamer will “complement WarnerMedia’s existing business; benefit its current distribution partners; expand the audience and increase engagement around its content; and provide data and analytics to inform new products and better monetise content,” according to AT&T.WarnerMedia CEO, John Stankey said that the streamer will use HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. content to broaden its current demographic base.“Our goal now is to open the aperture. We want to pick up more content and get more engagement on digital content,” he said.The presentation signified more than ever that AT&T is serious about coming up top in an increasingly competitive SVOD environment, which will see Disney and Apple launch their own service in 2019.Stankey hinted that the company will be looking to limit the amount of its own content it places on competitor platforms.“Some incumbents in that space should expect their libraries are going to get a lot thinner,” Stankey said. “Think about what happens in the next 18 to 24 months. We’re going to see a pretty substantial structural shift that is going to occur.”The trend is already in full swing this year, with Disney slowly taking back its content ahead of its Disney + launch in 2019. News that Netflix itself is to cancel yet another Marvel title, Daredevil, arrived today, signifying that these platforms are looking to boost their own content over competitors.AT&T’s news arrived in part to reassure its shareholders that it is working on reducing the debt it has accrued after its US$84.5 billion acquisition of Time Warner.AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said that company is focused on bringing its debt down so that it is no more than 2.5 time its earnings by the end of 2019.To further bring down this debt, the company is considering selling off its 10% Hulu stake that it gained from the acquisitions, leaving co-owners Comcast and Disney to go head-to-head for the service.AT&T shares rose by 1.2% by market cap on Thursday.last_img read more