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High-profile hopefuls begin campaign in Manipur

first_imgThough the Lok Sabha election schedule is yet to be announced and party tickets yet to be allotted, some high-profile candidates have already launched their campaign in Manipur.Former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam is one of the heavyweights who is seeking a BJP ticket for the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency. His election posters have come up in all the valley districts. However, these posters do not state which party he will represent in the polls.Another candidate, Oinam Nabakishore Singh, a former Chief Secretary, is also appealing to the voters of this constituency to elect him in front-page newspaper advertisements.CPI candidate The State executive council of the CPI on Monday approved the candidature of M. Nara Singh, a former Minister. L. Sotin Kumar, the State secretary of the CPI, said there is a need to safeguard the people of the State since the BJP leaders are keen on including the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the party’s poll manifesto.Former CM and now Congress Legislature Party leader Okram Ibobi Singh said: “The burning issues which will be major poll planks are the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the shrinking territory of Manipur, among others.”last_img read more

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Sanath Jayasuriya accused of smuggling supari to India, likely to be grilled in Mumbai

first_imgSanath Jayasuriya , Sri Lankan cricket legend and World Cup winner, has been accused of smuggling ‘rotten betel nuts’ into India.According to media reports, a businessman named Jayasuriya and two other cricketers (whose names were not revealed) after the Director of Revenue Intelligence seized betel nuts worth several crores of rupees in Nagpur.The businessman was interrogated by the Director of Revenue Intelligence and that was when he named Jayasuriya.A letter has now been sent out to the Government of Sri Lanka and Jayasuriya along with the other two cricketers will soon fly out to Mumbai for questioning. Media reports further stated the betel nuts were shipped from Indonesia to Sri Lanka before being smuggled to India.The reason behind this smuggling could have been to exploit the South Asian Free Trade Area.Under SAFTA, taxes are waived off for consignments between Sri Lanka and India if the goods are produced indigenously in those countries and sold to each other. However, there is a huge import duty (108 per cent) if betel nuts are imported from Indonesia.This is not the first whiff of controversy for Jayasuriya. He was charged with breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.Also read – Sanath Jayasuriya charged with breaching ICC Anti-Corruption CodeJayasuriya, one of the heroes of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph and a former chairman of selectors was charged with breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in October.Jayasuriya is one of Sri Lankan cricket’s greatest heroes. In 445 ODIs, he scored 13430 runs including 28 hundreds. In 110 Tests, he scored 6973 runs including 14 hundreds.advertisementHe was also a dangerous slow left-arm bowler and has to his credit 323 wickets from 445 ODIs.Also watch –last_img read more

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April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn shares highs and heartaches in new memoir

first_img“Just Between You and Me” takes its name from April Wine’s first single to break into the Billboard top 20. The track off the 1981 album “The Nature of the Beast” became the group’s biggest success, selling more than a million copies in the U.S. that year and earning international platinum status. In 2008, Goodwyn was heading to a Montreal airport to catch a flight to Halifax where April Wine was headlining an event. The Woodstock, N.B.-born singer-songwriter passed out as a result of severe intoxication. The alcohol abuse led to internal bleeding and blood loss so severe he would have died within 24 hours without hospitalization. “It’s not the perfect world for me, but I’ve been very lucky, I’m very grateful. And like I say, I’m still doin’ it so it can’t be that bad,” he added, laughing. “I’m still out there doing it, and I’d miss it if I didn’t do it.”Lauren La Rose – The Canadian Press “There was one moment that changed the course of things, and for me, that was it: realizing my mortality, realizing I was dying and I didn’t know it,” recalled Goodwyn during a recent interview in downtown Toronto. Advertisement Login/Register With: April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn has experienced his share of highs and heartaches in and out of the spotlight, but a near brush with death motivated the musician to steer towards a smoother path. “I never had the confidence. I didn’t even like my singing at all, the sound of my voice until many albums into the journey,” he admitted. “I like to be surrounded by people. I’m a very quiet person. “I was sick for a long time. I was skin and bones,” added Goodwyn, who was treated in a hospital near Montreal followed by a stint at a Toronto rehab facility. “After I was well again, I thought of how lucky I was and how grateful, and I started thinking about putting a lot of things down on paper.” “It messed up the whole family,” he recalled. “It was difficult for my dad, and there were three young boys, so it was a very dysfunctional family after that. Luckily, I had music to turn to.” Goodwyn joined forces with brothers David and Ritchie Henman and their cousin Jim Henman to form April Wine in Nova Scotia in 1969, and later relocated to Montreal. Over more than a decade, the group developed a catalogue stacked with hits including “Tonight is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love,” “You Won’t Dance With Me” and the Hot Chocolate cover “You Could Have Been A Lady.” “Keith Richards got busted for heroin and that was big news,” he said. “Charlie Watts and Billy Wyman were private people. But (Mick) Jagger, on the other hand, was right in your face. Wonderful big smile. I find him very personable. In the opening pages of his new memoir “Just Between You and Me” (HarperCollins), an unsettling scene plays out far from the concert stage. “Watching him warm up in the afternoon, getting on this little stage, bouncing up and down, he’s a real pro. He’s in the moment always.” Facebook The memoir chronicles Goodwyn’s steady climb to stardom as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock group, which was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The book also delves into Goodwyn’s tough upbringing in rural Nova Scotia and how he coped with his mother’s death from brain cancer before he turned 11. Advertisement Among his tales of life on the road, Goodwyn recalled the band sharing the stage with the Rolling Stones in 1977 for a pair of shows at Toronto’s El Mocambo club, which were recorded by both bands for live albums. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “When we formed April Wine … there were three singers, three musicians, and so we shared the duties, and so that was OK. But as time went on, I became more to the front of the group just because of circumstances, my writing and so forth,” he continued. While the band has experienced a revolving door of lineup changes, Goodwyn has remained the constant and continues to lead April Wine on tours. Despite his foray into solo work, he never had the desire to go it entirely alone. Twitterlast_img read more

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RBI Guv to hold meeting on Mar 26

first_imgNew Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das will hold discussions on March 26 with representatives of trade bodies and credit rating agencies on interest rate and steps to boost economic activities, said sources. The meeting, which comes ahead of the next financial year’s first MPC meet scheduled for April 4, is aimed at broadening the consultation process, they added. The bi-monthly policy, to be finalised by the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), assumes significance as it would be announced just a week before the commencement of the seven phase general elections beginning April 11. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The pre-policy consultation meeting” with the governor will take place in Mumbai on March 26, the sources said. Besides trade bodies, including industry chambers and rating agencies, the governor has also called representatives of the All India Bank Depositors’ Association. Das has been meeting industry chambers, non-banking financial companies, bankers, government representatives and rating agencies to elicit their views on different aspects of the economy and the measures they expect from the central bank. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSoon after taking charge as the 25th governor of the RBI in December 2018, he had promised to take all stakeholders, including the government, along on key policy issues to maintain growth while keeping inflation under check. While the RBI cut the interest rate in its February monetary policy after a gap of 18 months, industry has started clamouring for another rate cut as retail inflation is below the RBI’s benchmark of 4 per cent and need for boosting growth is pressing. There have also been complaints that banks do not pass on the entire benefit of policy rate cut to borrowers. Last month, the governor had held meeting with top officials of public and private sector banks to discuss rate transmission and persuade them to pass on the benefit of lower interest rates to the consumers.last_img read more

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International support for GuineaBissau undermined by persistent bitter rifts UN reports

22 March 2007Enduring political and personal rifts are undermining Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to attract regional and international support, public administration and security sector reforms are vital, and international aid is crucial to help the small West African country fight mounting drug trafficking and organized crime, according to a United Nations report released today. Enduring political and personal rifts are undermining Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to attract regional and international support, public administration and security sector reforms are vital, and international aid is crucial to help the small West African country fight mounting drug trafficking and organized crime, according to a United Nations report released today.“Persistent and bitter divisions among key national stakeholders, both political and personal, threaten to compromise the independence and authority of two vital State institutions, the judiciary and the legislature,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the report to the Security Council.He cites increasingly bitter disputes between the Government and supporters of the Speaker of the National Assembly over the appointment of proxy parliamentarians to replace six opposition legislators, five of whom broke with their party to support the election of President João Bernardo Vieira, whose Government they have since joined. He also notes the attempted arrest of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior and the disturbances following the killing of former Navy Chief of Staff Lamine Sanhá.The report covers the latest three months of the work of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), set up in 1999 to help the country emerge from the devastation of a civil war and various coups in which thousands of people were killed, wounded or forced from their homes.“I have strongly urged all actors to use the proper constitutional channels to resolve their disputes and allow the various State institutions to focus on discharging their functions in the interest of the people of Guinea-Bissau,” Mr. Ban writes.“Efforts by the Government to take the lead in improving living conditions in the country and to strengthen national reconciliation and democratic governance are unlikely to attract regional and international support if the independence and authority of the judiciary and the legislature are undermined.”Mr. Ban welcomes “constructive discussions” now underway to strengthen cooperation between the Government and international financial institutions, including emergency post-conflict aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).He notes that the Government was commended in the last UN report for its smooth organization of a donors’ conference in November, but adds: “It is vital that the efforts by the Government to implement its reform strategy be maintained, especially those commitments it has undertaken since the conference.“It is crucial that the Government remain particularly focused on public administration and security sector reforms, which are key platforms for the poverty reduction strategy and the promotion of stability and development.”The UN will continue to support Government efforts by coordinating aid across a range of activities and providing capacity-building to security sector institutions in the areas of management and oversight, Mr. Ban writes.He stresses that in security sector reform the Government faces “immense challenges” in combating the growing danger of international drug trafficking and organized crime. “This worrying trend must be reversed, but the Government cannot do that effectively on its own,” he says, noting that the effects of such crime are felt not only in the country but throughout the sub-region and beyond.“I urge the international community to respond generously to the Government’s appeal for financial and material assistance to help Guinea-Bissau tackle these grave challenges. I urge the Government to continue to show political resolve and determination to fight impunity in general, and organized crime and drug trafficking in particular,” he adds.Mr. Ban notes that socio-economic situation remains “very fragile,” with most of the financial pledges made at the November donors’ conference outstanding while social tensions continued to rise as trade unions embarked on a series of strikes, protesting, among other issues, salary arrears and the lack of dialogue.Momentum in security sector reform also stalled, but the recently formed national commission to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons has made considerable progress since its inception in October. On human rights he cites growing concerns among media organs over violations of freedom of the press, with the media coming under increasing criticism from the authorities, who accuse them of abusing press freedoms. “UNOGBIS is pursuing initiatives to provide training in practical skills, ethics and peace issues for journalists, to enable the media to operate more effectively and impartially,” he says. read more

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UN food agency launches campaign to combat hunger in Africa

The campaign represents a global response to the dire humanitarian situation now confronting Africa, where 38 million people currently face starvation.The hunger crisis in Africa has grown particularly acute in the wake of two major, simultaneous emergencies in the past year, WFP said. In southern Africa, almost 15 million people are threatened in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. In Ethiopia and Eritrea, meanwhile, an additional 12 million to 16 million are at risk, where millions more face starvation in Sudan, Angola, the Great Lakes region and West Africa.“To avert mass starvation, we need a massive response by governments, private charities, non-governmental organisations, citizens’ groups and individuals, ordinary citizens,” WFP Deputy Executive Director Jean-Jacque Graisse said in a statement issued from the agency’s headquarters in Rome.The catastrophic conditions are primarily the result of drought, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and, in some countries, political turmoil and failed economic policies. Of particular concern is the new phenomenon of shifting weather patterns causing floods and droughts, which over the past two years have brought the highest number of weather related disasters in a decade.The WFP campaign is one component of a growing global focus on hunger issues in Africa. “Ordinary citizens have a role to play,” Mr. Graisse said. “It’s critical they join the campaign and urge their governments to address the needs of the hungry now before it is too late.” read more

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Empowerment of urban women and youth vital for future prosperity of cities

“Women are key drivers of economic growth and that wealth in the hands of women leads to much more equitable outcomes in terms of the quality of life of families and communities,” the study, entitled State of Women in Cities Report 2012/13, said. “Addressing the barriers to women’s participation in cities creates a situation where women’s potential is more fully realised and households, communities and governments also reap rewards. “It is imperative that women and men should enjoy equal rights and opportunities in cities on moral/ethical, economic and political grounds. This will not only engender women’s well-being but it will increase their individual and collective prosperity as well as the prosperity of the cities in which they reside.”Produced by the Nairobi-based UN Human Settlements Programme, known as UN-HABITAT, which is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all, the report also stressed the need to address unemployment and other disadvantages that hobble urban youth.The report called for policies to enhance gender equality, equity and prosperity of women in cities, noting that cities of the future will comprise a majority female component, especially among people older than 60 and even more so among those older than 80 years. While underscoring the unpaid caring and social activities that women undertake, such as childcare, caring for the sick, disabled and elderly, washing, cleaning and other community services that allow the urban economy to function and prosper, even if this labour is seldom recognised or valued, the report stressed the “crucially important” economic contributions they make through their paid work“The ‘feminization’ of the global labour force tends to be associated with urbanisation, with the related concentration of women in export-manufacturing, the service sector and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT),” it said, adding that women, especially the urban poor, are disadvantaged in terms of equal access to employment, housing, health and education, asset ownership, experiences of urban violence, and ability to exercise their rights. UN-HABITAT’s State of Urban Youth Report 2012/2013 stressed that while the young are “society’s most important and dynamic human resource” – with 1.3 billion between ages 12 and 24, most of them living in urban areas – nearly 45 per cent of them, some 515 million, live on less than $2 a day.It called for better aligning educational and training systems with the current and future needs of young people, so that they cannot only discern developmental issues but may even be capable of suggesting innovative solutions to deep problems of development and growth.“Of paramount importance is access to education and opportunities for acquiring skills,” the study added, stressing that youth inequality in urban life is closely related to unequal opportunities in later life and calling for policies that include investment in economic infrastructure, tax incentives, vocational training schemes and regulations that aim at a more equitable labour market for urban youth. read more

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New development agenda must be peoplecentred realitybased Bhutan tells UN

“This is an opportune moment to define a new era in international development and cooperation – one builds on the successes and shortcomings of more than three decades of internationally agreed development goals, and the Millennium Development Goals in particular,” Lyonpo Damcho Dorji told the General Assembly on the last day of its annual General Debate segment. He said that the post-2015 process must activate real and meaningful change for all countries if it is indeed to be transformative. And for that to happen, the new development agenda “must be anchored on the need for breakthroughs to address the hard ground realities of different countries, especially with regard to capacity and financing for development.”As such, Mr. Dorji continued, a collaborative approach based on an appreciation of the unique circumstances and experience of each country and driven by the desire for true working partnerships among and within countries will be vital.“Such an approach would require changes in our development paradigm, in our very beliefs on the sustainability of the current trajectory of our world and in our behaviour as individuals, which consequently shape our character as a nation and our destiny as an international community of nations,” he said. For a small, least developed and landlocked country like Bhutan, with many indicators below the ideal, “we have to get our development priorities right,” Mr. Dorji said, adding that given his country’s small size and unique circumstances, the lessons Bhutan has learned are not universal but may have relevance for other nations, including its promotion of a home-grown, people-centred development, with people’s welfare and happiness a main objective. Bhutan also promoted good governance, encouraged strong partnerships and encouraged environmental protection. read more

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Cloverland Fire causes confusion about Escondido school districts start day

Cloverland Fire causes confusion about Escondido school districts start day

first_imgCloverland Fire causes confusion about Escondido school district’s start day Ed Lenderman, 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 SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was at San Pasqual High School in Escondido early this morning and watched what was the first day of what will be a daily ritual of parents dropping off their kids.  But only after some last minute confusion and some concentrated scrambling by the school and the Escondido Union High School District to get the word out that yes, the District’s new school year would be starting today, despite a fire and road closures.The issue was the latest of three recent fires in the nearby San Pasqual Valley– The Cloverdale Fire, which started Monday,  came dangerously close to homes and forced road closures, parts of the 78 and San Pasqual Road all the way up to Tuesday around Noon. Some of the confusion involved just  the common name for the area, San Pasqual: “We know that several families, particularly those living in Eagles Crest, were confused over the road closure,” San Pasqual Principle Martin Casas told Ed Lenderman.  “So we tried through all-call email and social media to let everyone know we are open for 18-19 and ready for you guys.” August 15, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 15, 2018last_img read more

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Man hospitalized after car and semitruck collide in Hialeah Gardens

Man hospitalized after car and semitruck collide in Hialeah Gardens

first_imgHIALEAH GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after, officials said, a car and a semi-truck collided in Hialeah Gardens, early Saturday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the crash in the area of Northwest 105th Way and Okeechobee Road, at around 4 a.m. First responders found the mangled vehicle trapped underneath the truck.Crews used the jaws of life to free the car’s driver by removing the vehicle’s roof and door. “It was a little bit complicated due to the entanglement of both vehicles. The one vehicle was way underneath the other one,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Rogelio Vandamas.The man was then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.Traffic was shut down near the scene of the crash in order for crews to land the helicopter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Following robbery and assault Fairbanks man fatally shot by police

first_imgFairbanks police fatally shot a man yesterday. FPD spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said officers were called to a robbery and assault at the Alaska Motel on South Cushman Street. She said a man, later identified as 28-year-old Fairbanks resident James Robert Richards, was reported to have aimed a gun at a woman in a motel room.Listen now“A short time after that, it was late. Officers said a shot was fired,” McCulloch said. “And once the officers got there, they found the suspect leaving the Alaska motel, still armed on foot, so they followed him.”McCulloch said officers repeatedly ordered Richards to drop his gun, but he refused.“The police deployed their tasers, but those were ineffective, and at oe point, the armed suspect grabbed an elderly man waiting at the bus stop and was trying to put him between himself and officers. So, at a last resort, the suspect was fatally shot.”McCulloch said the officer who shot Richards has been placed on administrative leave. His name will be released in 3 days. McCulloch said the incident was captured on video.“Most of the officers on scene had body cameras on and we have in-car cameras also,” McCulloch said.McCulloch said the recordings and other case evidence will be reviewed by the State Office of Special Prosecution.last_img read more

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Maharshi prerelease business Its theatrical satellite digital and dubbing rights get record

first_imgOverseas8.0013.2018.2014.00 RightsSrimanthuduBrahmotsavamBANMaharshi DigitalNA11.00 Global Total59.0073.40100.00100.00 Karnataka6.007.008.208.30 G West2.904.206.006.00 MaharshiTwitterMaharshi has received a fantastic response in its pre-release business with its theatrical/distribution, satellite, digital and dubbing rights getting the record prices for a Mahesh Babu’s film.The success of Bharat Ane Nenu has set new goals for Mahesh Babu’s upcoming movies. Maharshi, which is directed by Vamshi Paidipally, is 25th landmark movie of Prince. That is why there is a lot of curiosity and expectations for the film. The hype surrounding it had generated a huge demand for the various rights of the movie.Maharshi is scheduled for worldwide release on May 9. Days ahead of its release we hear is that the makers have already sealed the deals on the sale of all its rights and the movie has record sum from them in its pre-release business. The film has set a new goal for Mahesh Babu’s forthcoming film.Maharshi has earned Rs 100 crore from the sale of its global theatrical rights, Rs 16.50 crore from its Telugu satellite rights, Rs 20 crore from its Hindi rights, Rs 11 crore from its digital rights Rs 2.50 crore from its other rights. It has fetched a total of Rs 150 crore for Dil Raju and other producers, who have invested Rs 100 crore on its production. It has got a table profit of Rs 50 crore in its pre-release business. Pooja Hegde and Mahesh Babu in MaharshiTwitterMaharshi has beaten the pre-release business records of Mahesh Babu’s previous films like Srimanthudu (Rs 79 crore), Brahmotsavam (Rs 90.40 crore) and Bharat Ane Nenu (Rs 140 crore).Here are the pre-release business details of Srimanthudu, Brahmotsavam, Bharat Ane Nenu (BAN) and Maharshi. These numbers are based on various reports and sources and they may not match with the actual ones. All the figures are rupees and crore.RightsRightsSrimanthuduSrimanthuduBrahmotsavamBrahmotsavamBANBANMaharshiMaharshiRightsNizamSrimanthudu14.40Brahmotsavam16.00BAN22.00Maharshi24.00RightsCededSrimanthudu7.20Brahmotsavam9.00BAN12.60Maharshi12.60RightsVizagSrimanthudu5.00Brahmotsavam6.00BAN8.20Maharshi9.60RightsG EastSrimanthudu3.30Brahmotsavam4.80BAN6.70Maharshi7.20RightsG WestSrimanthudu2.90Brahmotsavam4.20BAN6.00Maharshi6.00RightsKrishnaSrimanthudu2.90Brahmotsavam9.00BAN13.50Maharshi6.00RightsGunturSrimanthudu4.00Brahmotsavam7.70RightsNelloreSrimanthudu2.00Brahmotsavam2.50BAN3.00Maharshi2.90RightsAP/TS TotalSrimanthudu41.70Brahmotsavam51.50BAN72.00Maharshi76.00RightsKarnatakaSrimanthudu6.00Brahmotsavam7.00BAN8.20Maharshi8.30RightsRest of IndiaSrimanthudu3.30Brahmotsavam1.70BAN1.60Maharshi1.70RightsOverseasSrimanthudu8.00Brahmotsavam13.20BAN18.20Maharshi14.00RightsGlobal TotalSrimanthudu59.00Brahmotsavam73.40BAN100.00Maharshi100.00RightsSatelliteSrimanthudu14.00Brahmotsavam17.00BAN22.50Maharshi16.50RightsHindi DubbingSrimanthudu5.00Brahmotsavam15.50BAN20.00RightsMusic/OthersSrimanthudu0.8Brahmotsavam2.00BAN2.50RightsDigitalSrimanthuduNABrahmotsavam11.00RightsTotal BusinessSrimanthudu78.80Brahmotsavam90.40BAN140.00Maharshi150.00 Krishna2.909.0013.506.00 Nellore2.002.503.002.90 Satellite14.0017.0022.5016.50 Guntur4.007.70center_img Vizag5.006.008.209.60 Ceded7.209.0012.6012.60 Hindi Dubbing5.0015.5020.00 Nizam14.4016.0022.0024.00 G East3.304.806.707.20 Music/Others0.82.002.50 Total Business78.8090.40140.00150.00 Rest of India3.301.701.601.70 AP/TS Total41.7051.5072.0076.00last_img read more

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Acupressure can cut fatigue in breast cancer survivors

Acupressure can cut fatigue in breast cancer survivors

first_imgAcupressure involves applying pressure with fingers, thumbs or a device to specific points on the body.  About a third of women experience moderate to severe fatigue – one of the most common long-term effects of breast cancer treatment – up to 10 years after the treatment ends.The findings revealed that acupressure reduced fatigue by 27 per cent to 34 per cent over six weeks.  Two-thirds of women who did relaxing acupressure – a certain type of the healing method –showed significant improvements in fatigue levels, measure of sleep quality, such as disrupted sleep and overall quality of life, the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Acupressure is easy to learn and patients can do it themselves. The intervention could be a low-cost option for treating fatigue,” Zick added. In the study, published in the journal JAMA Oncology, the team tested two types of acupressure: relaxing acupressure, used traditionally to treat insomnia and stimulating acupressure, which is used to increase energy. At the end of the trial, both acupressure treatments resulted in significant, sustained improvements in fatigue. However, the relaxing method appeared to cause more significant improvements in fatigue levels of breast cancer patients.last_img read more

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Aereo CEO Were on the Side of the Angels

first_imgApril 7, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Tuning in: Each Aereo consumer is assigned a copper antenna (above) and DVR in the cloud to record and watch live TV. Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia has spent the better part of his life dreaming up technologies with the potential to change the TV industry. As a teen in Bhopal, India, he began his entrepreneurial career building bookshelf speakers in his parents’ garage, selling them for less than the price of name-brand gear. He also hatched a never-realized scheme for a primitive video-on-demand system employing VCRs. “I tried to convince my mom to give me the money to start that. Wisely, she said no,” the 43-year-old chuckles.Kanojia drew formative inspiration from computing pioneers like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. “The most attractive part is that they weren’t born into it. They went from two guys in a garage to empires,” he says. “India is a pretty brutal place. There’s a lot of poverty and a lot of feral dogs running around. My father and I would go out for walks, and he would always say, ‘You know, that dog can feed himself. The challenge in life isn’t feeding yourself. What’s important is what you create.'”After earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, Kanojia immigrated to the U.S., attaining a master’s degree in computer systems engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. From there he joined Product Genesis, a strategic innovation management services firm spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That’s where I learned about product development–how you manage the process, how you allocate resources and all sorts of other skills,” Kanojia recalls.That experience proved instrumental when Kanojia founded Navic Networks in 1999. The Waltham, Mass.-based business’s software helped cable companies with issues like spectrum planning and viewer measurement, which aided them in infrastructure management as well as rolling out targeted campaigns. Navic raised roughly $43 million from investors including Pequot Ventures (now FirstMark Capital), Himalaya Capital, Highland Capital Partners and Pilot House Ventures before Microsoft acquired the business in 2008, forking over between $200 million and $300 million, according to reports.Kanojia stayed with Microsoft for just over two years but itched to return to the startup space, eventually discussing the Aereo concept with FirstMark managing director Amish Jani. “I remember the dialogue vividly,” Jani says. “Chet said, ‘I’ve got this idea. I’ve tried to shake it. It’s so crazy, but it’s so elegant, and I think it can be a game-changer.’ We would have backed almost anything he came up with because we thought so highly of him, but we spent a lot of time working through it and basically decided this thing was crazy enough that it just might work.” Working with Joe Lipowski, who became Aereo’s CTO, and a team of software and hardware engineers, Kanojia began designing the remote antenna at the core of his solution, completing a functional prototype in 2011. The team next tackled how to transcode MPEG-2 on ATSC to the H.264 internet video standard at wire speed on a consumer-by-consumer basis, a challenge that stretched another six months. In all, Aereo spent roughly $50 million on R&D, finally becoming commercially available in September 2012.While Aereo engineers toiled away, Kanojia visited every network broadcaster and many cable companies to discuss the venture. “We told them what we intended to do,” he says. “We said, ‘We think we’re right about this stuff. If you’ve got an issue, we should talk about it, and maybe we can come to a resolution.’ Not a single person said, ‘We have a problem with this.'”Kanojia publicly unveiled Aereo in February 2012, buoyed by $20 million in financing from backers including FirstMark, Highland Capital and IAC, the media and internet company led by Hollywood power broker Barry Diller, who spent close to a decade as Fox chairman and CEO. The networks filed their injunction just two weeks later.A source familiar with the case says that broadcasters fear Aereo could undermine the lucrative retransmission fee structure imposed by 1992’s Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act, which requires cable providers to reimburse networks for carrying their content. Retransmission fees generated an estimated $3.3 billion in broadcaster revenue in 2013, a total research firm SNL Kagan projects will increase to $7.6 billion by 2019. The networks don’t just object to Aereo redistributing their programming while circumventing those fees; they believe cable and satellite operators could follow Aereo’s lead, causing a seismic shift that would endanger their bottom line.”In some respects, Aereo actually helps broadcasters,” nScreenMedia’s Dixon counters. “One aspect of their business is advertising sales, and Aereo increases eyeballs. It’s that simple. The problem is that broadcasters are also getting a substantial amount of cash from pay-TV operators. The broadcasters are not scared of Aereo per se; it’s the approach. Because if that approach is OK, then potentially pay-TV operators could say, ‘We’re just going to do Aereo for our local broadcast stations, and we’re not going to pay [the networks] anymore.'”The case now before the Supreme Court, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., isn’t simply about Aereo and its broadcaster opponents. A decision to block Aereo could jeopardize the cloud-computing and cloud-storage segment as a whole, potentially blocking consumers from saving and accessing content via digital locker services like Apple’s iCloud, Amazon Cloud Player and Google Play Music.”People confuse the issue and say, ‘Aereo doesn’t pay for content,'” Kanojia says. “Well, the consumer has the right to that content for free, using an antenna. That’s what Congress said. That was the deal with broadcasters. The cloud [is] the real fight. If you stop Aereo, you’re basically saying that every time you move a file from location A to location B, you have to pay a performance tax on it. This is not limited to performances, either–it also applies to e-books and everything else across the board.”If the Supreme Court rules against Aereo, the justices would effectively overturn the 2008 Cablevision decision and make cloud-based DVRs illegal, “in which case we have to change that architecture and revert back to putting DVRs in people’s homes,” Dixon explains. “Then I start to really worry about cloud storage for consumers. The ability for me to rip a CD, put that content on a cloud-storage device and listen to it on my iPad or smartphone when I’m wandering around–that behavior may be in question.”And if the Supreme Court rules in Aereo’s favor? 21st Century Fox president and COO Chase Carey will consider transitioning Fox to a subscription service, and other networks could follow suit. Dixon says that scenario would likely take a long time to play out, however, citing a multitude of contractual hurdles.”Maybe nothing happens,” Dixon adds. “One of the broadcasters’ fears is that pay-TV systems will use Aereo’s structure to avoid paying them license fees. The problem with that scenario for pay-TV providers is that NBC, CBS and Fox provide a lot of additional cable channels for those systems as well. They could say, ‘Be careful–if you do this, I’m going to pull all of my channels from your service.'” (This is not an idle threat: Time Warner Cable lost a record 306,000 subscribers in the third quarter of 2013 following a monthlong skirmish that blacked out CBS and CBS-owned cable outlets Showtime, the Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports.)Only the Supreme Court knows what comes next. For now, Aereo must play the waiting game. The company plans to expand to additional U.S. markets by the end of 2014; Kanojia is also plotting new features and enhancements. While Aereo has not yet revealed subscriber totals or revenue, investors remain bullish on the company’s prospects: In early January the firm closed a Series C financing round of $34 million, bringing its total funding to close to $100 million.Kanojia says he can’t–scratch that, won’t–envision a scenario in which Aereo does not prevail. “I wouldn’t get out of bed if I was thinking along those lines,” he says. “Consumers want this, the system will be better, and we are bringing innovation into the industry. We’re on the side of the angels.”center_img The ratings are in. Americans love TV–and they hate their cable providers with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. Gripes ranging from annual price hikes to technical snafus to restrictive bundled packages continue to relegate cable companies to the cellar of consumer experience surveys: In a study by research firm Temkin Group that ranks the customer service of 235 companies in 19 industries, TV service providers occupy six of the seven bottom spots.Chet Kanojia feels subscribers’ pain. “Media consumption is changing and evolving, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of technological progress and innovation around the cable customer experience and around billing,” he says. “Consumers feel like they’re still stuck in an era where they’re not being heard.”Aereo, the startup Kanojia launched in 2012 in New York City, turns the conventional broadcast model on its head by enabling consumers to stream live and time-shifted TV programs to internet-connected devices–no boxes, cable subscriptions or complex wires required. The firm assigns each user a dime-size remote antenna and cloud-based digital video recorder, billing $8 per month for 20 hours of DVR space. For an additional $4 per month, Aereo customers can upgrade to 60 hours of space and the flexibility of recording two shows at once.”Our ambition as a company is offering a better way for people to consume television and media,” says the soft-spoken Kanojia, Aereo’s CEO. “We’re getting a lot of positive reaction because we’re enabling an alternative. There is a vacuum in the marketplace that the incumbents aren’t coming in to serve.”As of press time, Aereo services were limited to a dozen major U.S. cities, with grab-bag programming lineups determined by which signals are available in each market. But despite Aereo’s relatively small scale, major broadcasters are mounting an all-out offensive to neutralize the threat it poses. Almost immediately after Aereo went live, a consortium of TV giants filed an injunction against the service, including CBS, Disney’s ABC, Fox and NBC, whose parent Comcast will have even more skin in the game if its bid to acquire Time Warner Cable is successful. The networks contend that Aereo, which doesn’t pay for the over-the-air broadcast signals its solution captures, violates copyright law and essentially steals their programming. (The broadcasters declined to comment on the recommendation of counsel.)Aereo is winning the battle, at least so far. In mid-2012, a U.S. District Judge denied the networks’ joint injunction, citing as precedent the landmark 2008 case The Cartoon Network v. CSC Holdings, Inc. (aka Cablevision), which determined the legality of cloud-based streaming and DVR-based services. The networks appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which in April 2013 upheld the lower court’s ruling and stated that Aereo’s one-to-one streaming technology is not tantamount to a public performance and therefore does not constitute copyright infringement.Last October, the broadcasters petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case. One month later, both the National Football League and Major League Baseball filed a joint amicus brief in support of their broadcasting partners, with the two leagues even threatening to shift their games from free TV to premium cable, “where Aereo-like services cannot hijack and exploit their programming without authorization.” The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case; a ruling is expected by the end of June.”I’m not an attorney, but I can tell you that Aereo has gone to extraordinary lengths to craft a service that, to my eyes, stays within the law and what is decided fair use,” says Colin Dixon, principal analyst at Silicon Valley analysis firm nScreenMedia. “This is a very, very important case, because if the justices find [that Aereo’s streaming service] is a broadcast, it calls into question the Cablevision decision. It will also call into question other cloud services, as well as all infrastructure for delivery of all media over the internet.” This story appears in the April 2014 issue of . Subscribe » 11 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It’s complicated.Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.But risks remain: A stronger dollar will likely continue to keep the trade deficit wide. And further cutbacks in oil drilling could depress spending in the energy industry. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here are three reasons the economy is likely to post solid grow this year, followed by three reasons growth might disappoint.CONSUMER REBOUNDWhile the overall economy went into reverse, the labor market has been steaming ahead. The U.S. added 223,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent — the lowest level since the fall of 2008.Theoretically, more people working means more income to spend. Economists are forecasting that the modest 1.8 percent growth in consumer spending in the first quarter will climb. And since consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of overall activity, the acceleration will lift economic growth back into positive territory.Analysts project the overall economy to grow at an annual pace of around 2.5 percent in the second quarter and rev up to 3 percent in the second half of the year.TEMPORARY SOFT PATCHEconomists believe a lot of the bad things that happened in the first quarter are fleeting.The Northeast has emerged from the frigid cold and record amounts of snow that hit the region in the first quarter. The winter blizzards that curtailed trips to the mall and auto dealerships could even lead to a surge in pent-up demand in coming months. While gas prices have risen recently, they are still about $1 below the levels of a year ago. Economists believe these continued savings will spur stronger consumer spending in the months ahead. If they are wrong, then the expected growth in consumer spending may be modest.UNWANTED SURPRISESThe economy has muddled through with sub-par growth averaging just 2.2 percent since the recession ended in June 2009. Economists have repeatedly forecast that the economy was on the verge of breaking out to faster growth above 3 percent, only to be disappointed.When this year started, they were predicted 2015 would be the strongest in a decade, topping the 3.3 percent growth of 2005. However, with the surprisingly weak start to the year, they have scaled back those estimates.There could be more unwelcome surprises. One of the biggest could be volatility in financial markets once the Federal Reserve starts raising interest rates. It has kept a key rate near zero since late 2008.At the moment, rate hikes are expected to begin in September. While the central bank has done a lot to prepare markets, there could be a possible repeat of the 2013 “taper tantrum,” which sent markets tumbling for a time. Turbulent markets might then undermine consumer and business confidence and push growth lower. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The widening deficit is a reflection of the dollar’s increase in value against other major currencies since last year. The stronger dollar hurts U.S. exports by making American-made goods more expensive in overseas markets. It also increases the competition domestic producers face from foreign-made goods by making imports cheaper for American consumers.It was a surge in imports that played the biggest role in widening the trade deficit in the first quarter. Economists believe the drag from the trade deficit will ease in coming months. But if they are wrong, that could mean their forecasts of a rebound will turn out to be overly optimistic.ENERGY BUSTThe big drop in oil prices since last year was supposed to be a net positive for the U.S. economy. But so far, the economy has felt more pain than gain.Energy companies have slashed their spending on drilling activity, pushing it down by 48.6 percent in the first quarter — the sharpest fall since the depths of the 2007-2009 recession. While drilling rig counts are still dropping, economists hope that the drag from these cutbacks will begin to lessen.Analysts are also hopeful that the gains they have been forecasting in consumer spending will start to emerge. They have been puzzled that consumers so far have chosen to bank their savings from lower gas bills rather than spend the money. A labor dispute that disrupted shipping at many West Coast ports has been resolved, which should alleviate supply bottlenecks that depressed manufacturing activity.Economists also believe they are seeing signs that business investment is starting to rise after falling for a number of months. Gains in housing construction and sales are also fueling hopes.SEASONAL ADJUSTMENTSThe GDP decline in the first quarter this year followed a similar decline last year. In fact, since the country pulled out of the Great Recession in 2009, there have been three quarters when GDP has gone negative — all in the first quarter.That has raised questions about whether the government is having trouble seasonally adjusting activity in the winter and is over-stating first quarter weakness. 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first_img January 15, 2017 660 Views The most recent New Construction Report from HUD and the Census Bureau was largely disappointing, with starts and permits both taking a step back.New construction has been cited by many analysts as a key to improving the ongoing shortage of available homes for sale. Will starts and permits pick up in December’s report? The industry will find out when the report is released on Thursday, January 19.Housing starts declined by 19 percent over-the-year in the report covering November, down to an annual rate of 1.09 million. Permits did not fare much better, falling by 6.6 over-the-year down to an annual rate of 1.2 million. Completions had a good month, rising by 25 percent over-the-year in November up to a rate of 1.22 million.The decline in starts may have simply been a return to the norm, according to one economist.“(October’s) construction report confirmed just how disappointing new construction has been this year,” realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “The seasonally adjusted rate of starts in November was down a whopping 19 percent from October, a much greater drop than anticipated. But the 26 percent increase in October was really an aberration, and can be attributed to factors such as mild weather and the 33-percent rise in multifamily starts.”Presidential Inauguration, Friday, January 20After two months of transition following November’s presidential election, Donald J. Trump is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20.The housing industry has been following the transition closely. Trump has promised to roll back regulation for the housing industry. At the National Association of Home Builders’ 2016 Midyear Board Meeting in Miami last August, Trump said, “Overregulation, which is a big problem, is costing our economy 2 trillion dollars a year. Think of that. And you are a big beneficiary of overregulation, because there’s nobody other than, I would say, the energy industry, that is overregulated more than the home building industry. Nobody.”Trump’s pick for HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, testified before the Senate Banking Committee last week. Carson told the Committee, “Throughout my life, I have done things that many deemed impossible. I pledge to work with this Committee and the dedicated career staff at HUD to solve difficult, seemingly obstinate issues and address the needs of those who rely on the services provided by HUD.”Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s choice for Treasury Secretary, has also promised to cut back regulations for the financial industry, particular in regard to the Dodd-Frank Act, which passed in 2010 and is considered by the Obama Administration to be one of its greatest achievements. Rumors have swirled around possible reform to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; citing Trump spokesperson Sean Spicer, the Huffington Post reported that Trump interviewed former U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) for the position of CFPB Director. The term of the Bureau’s current Director, Richard Cordray, expires in July 2018.Monday, January 16Martin Luther King Day, All Markets ClosedWednesday, January 18Fed Beige Book. 2 p.m. ESTThursday, January 19HUD/Census Bureau New Residential Construction Report for December 2016, 8:30 a.m. ESTConfirmation hearing for Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary-Designate, Senate Committee on Finance, 10 a.m. ESTFriday, January 20Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump Housing Starts 2017-01-15 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Share The Week Ahead: Waiting for Housing Starts to Pick Uplast_img read more

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