MediZine Acquires Healthcommunitiescom

first_imgCunnion declined to revel terms of the deal, but saidHealthcommunities.com—which averages 1.5 million monthly uniquesviewing content in 30 patient communities formed around topics such asoncology and allergies—will jump the interactive share of MediZine’soverall revenues to about 20 percent.Key value drivers were the site’s profit and ability to organicallyattract and keep traffic. “The two things that helped us determinevalue was a strong bottom line—there’s actually a profit in thebusiness—and their ability to sustain and grow traffic onlineorganically,” he said.MediZine is a portfolio investment of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, whichis also an investor in Red 7 Media, the parent company of FOLIO: andFOLIO: Alert. The healthcare media market just ticked off a rare, for these days,acquisition. MediZine, a consumer health education media company,bought Healthcommunities.com, an 11-year-old Web site that produces physician-developed content. The deal, according to MediZine president Mike Cunnion, quicklybolsters the company’s online presence. “As the world has evolved andconsumers have relied on online information sites, that’s been amassive change in our world,” he said. “For us, it related to a growthstrategy and becoming less reliant on one particular channel.” Cunnion noted that while the print brands reach doctors’ offices andpharmacy counters and 2.5 million homes, MediZine, until about 18months ago, didn’t have significant reach online. “We’ve been doingorganic efforts on our own, but we know what a long growth process thatis,” he said.last_img read more

Notes on Ethics Social Media and Ad Spending

first_imgBut in recent years, if the magic number was traditionally 50 percent up front, for some brands it has reached 80 percent or more. Good thing, right? No. Because few advertisers have slush funds anymore. Which means opportunistic, spot buying is declining. Last-minute “remnant” buying is disappearing. So to use my hypothetical example, that $500,000 of booked business is on a declining annual total-maybe $800,000 instead of $1 million. That’s reality for many brands, and it’s not good.Social media is an area of opportunity, or so says Ted Bahr, who describes a program of doing lucrative marketing through sponsored tweets, Linked-In and other social networks. Get into these kinds of marketing techniques early, says Steve Davis, because publishers that are utilizing social media now to grab audience are doing the right thing: The acquisition costs are reasonable and will likely escalate soon.Perhaps the most troubling thing, even more so than what’s happening with annual spends, is business ethics. It’s true that we’ve always had ethical issues in b-to-b media, but as the industry matures, and print declines, many brands hear from advertisers that they “don’t care” about audits. Do WE care? And if we don’t do we nevertheless tell the truth and maintain pristine files?That’s a question worth asking of ourselves. We talked about the slippery slope of declining editorial ethics (I saw a magazine recently that featured on its cover a person it described as a mover and shaker in foreign markets. Then I flipped a few pages and saw that same cover subject listed on the masthead as a business-development director for the magazine, mining those same foreign markets for business. And then I flipped a few more pages and saw that the tourism bureau for that same region was the “sponsor” of the cover story).Not good. Are we still a noble profession? Here are some ruminations on trends, courtesy of my annual trip to the U.S. Open with three good friends, Ted Bahr, CEO of BZ Media, Steve Davis, president of SRDS, and Michael Forgash, an account executive at SRDS. We’ve been doing this outing for years, the four of us, and over that span, as a result of my exposure to the accumulated wisdom of my three industry colleagues, I’ve come up with countless terrific stories for FOLIO: and our other brands. And I’ve often changed the way I look at the business as a result of the conversations we have. This year, we discussed some especially timely things. One was an observation that annual booked business, in b-to-b media, at least, is increasing in recent years. On the surface, that’s a good thing. You want to be able to go into a new year counting on a base of committed business. If your budget is $1 million, it’s nice to have $500,000 locked up in January, knowing that you’re going to get the rest as the year unfolds. last_img read more

House Clears Defense Bill with Mostly Republican Support

first_imgThe House on Wednesday passed a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that despite two days of debate over dozens of amendments was little changed from the version passed in committee.Most significantly, the defense policy bill retains a budget maneuver that would allocate $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items not requested by the administration. The funds are designated for training, new weapons and facilities improvements desired by the service chiefs but left out of the Pentagon’s budget request.That gambit, which would result in funding for overseas operations to run out at the end of April, was one reason only 40 Democrats supported the bill, which passed 277-147. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, opposed the legislation after criticizing the bill’s approach as “a fiscal path to nowhere,” reported CQ Roll Call.Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) defended the budget move, pointing to the military’s urgent readiness shortfalls.“Just think about what the alternative is: ‘No, we’re not going to help troops now, because we’re not sure where the money is going to come from next year or in five years or in 10 years,’” Thornberry said. “But in the meantime, while we’re not sure about all of that … more people stand in danger of losing their lives.”The authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week does not adopt the House’s funding plan. That version is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week.Democrats who voted against the bill took issue with a number of provisions beyond its use of OCO funds to evade the statutory spending caps, including the measure’s restrictions on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. An amendment by Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to remove the bill’s prohibitions on the closure of the prison was rejected by the chamber.Democrats also objected to a maneuver by the House Rules Committee to drop language from the bill requiring women to register for the Selective Service System, and to a provision critics say would allow federal contractors to gain religious exemptions to an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. Smith said those points of contention prompted him to vote against the legislation, reported Military Times. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Students Receive 120K in Scholarships from Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation

first_img ADC AUTHOR Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation recently announced it has awarded more than $120,000 in academic scholarships to residents living in privatized military housing owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities.The scholarships were awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students attending accredited educational or technical institutions. The majority of scholarships were granted to students of military families living in military homes owned by Balfour Beatty Communities throughout the U.S.“We’re proud to have the opportunity to help these students take this important step in achieving their goals,” said Kathy Grim, board member of the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation. “The promise and potential of so many students came through in their essays, and it’s a true honor to be able to invest in the academic careers of our residents. We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”Residents at communities across 22 states received scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on an essay submission as well as students’ academic achievements, GPA, community involvement and financial need. The scholarships are given as part of the foundation’s ongoing goal to encourage and promote the pursuit of education and commitment to community leadership.Photo provided by Balfour Beatty Communities Foundationlast_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Beyond TOPS On October 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beyond TOPS is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the non-profit if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.Beyond TOPS is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a sole purpose to integrate children with mental and physical disabilities into the community through sports. The organization strives to bring children of all abilities together, through physical activity, to make the community  stronger.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”last_img read more

Netflix raised prices because you all are signing up like crazy

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice Netflix’s price hikes are coming quick 1:41 Last month, the company said Bird Box, its post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock, was watched by 45 million accounts in the first seven days it was available, the best viewership for one of its original movies yet. And Tuesday, Netflix announced price hikes. The prospect of a higher monthly bill wasn’t welcome news for consumers, but investors reacted with glee, and analysts interpreted it as Netflix flexing its muscles in the middle of a hot streak. Netflix doubled down on viewership disclosures Thursday. Bird Box has now been watched by more than 80 million member households in four weeks, the company said, adding that the movie was getting “high repeat viewing.” Looking ahead, Netflix expects You — a thriller series about a bookish stalker, which struggled to find an audience when it aired on Lifetime — to surpass 40 million households in its first four weeks, and it predicts Sex Education, a British series that Netflix is distributing globally, to reach more than 40 million in the first four weeks too. y1-bookstore-12102017-bs-904-1You, a thriller about a stalker played by Penn Badgley, struggled to find its audience on Lifetime, the network where it premiered.  Netflix The eternal caveat about Netflix numbers like these? They’re not independently verified. Nielsen offers some ratings for Netflix programs, which it figures with its own system of measurement that leaves out any viewing on mobile devices and doesn’t count people watching outside the US. Nielsen’s initial Bird Box numbers supported the general case that the movie was widely popular, though.And Netflix’s definition of a view carries different meaning for a movie versus a show. Netflix counts a movie as viewed once an account watches 70 percent of the total runtime, including credits. But for shows, Netflix credits the title with a view if an account gets through 70 percent of the total runtime of a single episode. But Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, defended the worth of the stats Thursday. “These are less financial metrics as they are cultural metrics,” he said. “For part of your Netflix subscription, you’re in the zeitgeist. You’re watching the programming that the rest of the world is loving at the same time.”The company also relished a competitive jab at YouTube, Google’s massive video site that Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings routinely admits envying for the 1.9 billion people who use it every month. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time,” the company said Thursday.Netflix shares fell Thursday, after they spiked two days earlier on news of the price increase. Shares were down 2.6 percent at $344 in after-hours trading. In its latest results, Netflix’s international subscriber base increased by 7.3 million paid members to 80.77 million, beating the 6.1 million additions the company predicted. In the US, Netflix added 1.53 million paid streaming customers, for a total of 58.49 million, slightly topping its 1.5 million guidance.Netflix is switching focus on how it reports its subscribers this year. While investors previously kept watch on Netflix’s number of total streaming members, which includes trial memberships, this year the company will make predictions only about paid memberships. By directing focus away from figures that include free trials, Netflix hopes its subscriber numbers won’t seem as lumpy as they have in the past. Looking ahead, Netflix expects to add 1.6 million paid streaming members in the US and 7.3 million internationally in the current quarter. Netflix also predicted 56 cents per share in earnings. On average, Wall Street analysts who track Netflix expected 83 cents.Overall, Netflix reported a profit of $133.9 million, or 30 cents a share, compared with $185.5 million, or 41 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 27 percent to $4.19 billion.Analysts on average expected per-share profit of 24 cents — a penny higher than Netflix’s forecast — and $4.21 billion in revenue.First published Jan. 17, 1:11 p.m. PT. Updates at 1:20, 1:25, 1:45 and 4:41 p.m. PT: Adds more details from report and executive call. Now playing: Watch this: Netflix’s Bird Box was watched by 45 million accounts in its first week on the streaming service.  Saeed Adyani/Netflix If you want to blame anyone for Netflix raising prices, look to all the newbs who are signing up in droves. The streaming video service reported that more people signed up in the last three months of 2018 than any other quarter ever, and it predicted even more new members in the first quarter of 2019. The company added 8.84 million new paid members, according to its end-of-year financial report Thursday. That’s better than the 7.6 million it’d predicted in October.Netflix tends to end every year on an upswing, as people on holiday breaks spend extra time streaming and those who received new gadgets as gifts start setting them up by adding services like Netflix. But this time, Netflix had already issued a couple of particularly positive signals about how business was faring.center_img 26 Comments Tags Earnings Netflix Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming?last_img read more

Chinese carmaker NIO stops traffic for over an hour in Beijing

first_img 49 Photos Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 12 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle (Hat tip to Autoblog for finding the SCMP story.) Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Nio Eve concept previews an attractive autonomous future Post a comment 52 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos Comments 0 69 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  81 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Enlarge ImageNIO’s been on a roll lately, but this spot of bad press won’t do it any favors in downtown Beijing. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Having your car break down in traffic is always a serious bummer, but if you’re an automaker it has to be way worse, and yet that’s what reportedly happened to Chinese EV startup NIO during a recent test drive in Beijing.According to a report published last week by the South China Morning Post, an unspecified NIO concept car was doing a development drive in downtown Beijing when the car’s driver managed to initiate an over-the-air software update that made the vehicle essentially undrivable until it completed.It’s not clear what made the driver confirm the update, which he presumably did as NIO has stated that the update wouldn’t have happened automatically, but the car was stalled for over an hour while the update downloaded and installed itself. This was in the middle of one of the busiest districts in China’s capital city.Representatives from NIO attempted to explain what happened on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, but mostly just threw the driver under the proverbial bus and reminded us that you should be parked when you initiate an update.Still, despite this minor setback, NIO seems to be powering forward in its drive its drive to become one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturers, having already launched several production models in China and given an excellent showing at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.NIO didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Share your voice Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Concept Cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 12 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 4 26 Photos 18 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 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Netflix launches super cheap mobileonly subscriptions

first_img What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Now playing: Watch this: DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Read Google Home Hub review null JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $6 at Tidal I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. The Cheapskate Last week, Netflix revealed that its international subscriber base grew by 2.83 million paid members to 91.46 million in the last quarter, which was less 4.7 million new signups it hoped for. It’s hoping to add 6.2 million people internationally in the current quarter.There are currently no plans to bring this tier to other regions, a Netflix spokesperson said in an email.First published at 3:44 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:30 a.m. PT: Adds Netflix comment about new tier’s international availability. Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice Netflix probably won’t be jacking up prices again anytime… Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express 0 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read the AirPods review See it Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tagscenter_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET People in India can experience El’s Stranger Things adventures for less than $3 a month. Netflix Netflix made a big push to get people watching in India on Wednesday. The company launched a cheap mobile-only subscription tier tailored to that market — a plan it revealed last week. The 199 rupee (about $3) option only allows one phone or tablet to view a standard definition (480-pixel) stream at a time.”Our members in India watch more on their mobiles than members anywhere else in the world- and they love to download our shows and films,” said Ajay Arora, Netflix’s director of product innovation.Indians spend 30 percent of their phone time and more than 70% of their data on entertainment. Along with the new tier, the streaming service has invested in Indian-made content like Sacred Games, Chopsticks and Mighty Little Bheem (with more on the way). Turo See at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mobile Internet TV and Movies Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice $299 at Amazon See at Turo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Netflix,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Rylo $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Boost Mobile $999 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 5:05 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint Amazon Tags 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Commentslast_img read more

Mysterious UFO spotted near Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Kerala police launch

first_imgA UFO spotted recently in Saudi Arabia (Representational Purpose)YouTube: Mavi777A mysterious unidentified flying object (UFO) hovered multiple times in the night skies of Kovalam and Kochiveli coastal areas in Kerala. The police later clarified that a drone equipped with a camera had hovered above Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. The police and intelligence department have now started a joint investigation to unveil the mysteries surrounding this incident.It was a local police officer engaged in night patrolling who initially spotted the UFO. Police have taken this event seriously as the drone flew over one of the most secured locations in the area.Usually, movie shooting crew fly drones in these areas during day times. On the day of the incident, nobody had sought permission from the police to fly drones in the night, and this has added up to the seriousness surrounding the sighting.After the Pulwama attack, the central government had issued alerts to coastal states like Kerala stating that terrorists may use the sea as a medium to infiltrate into the country. Earlier, during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, terrorists including Ajmal Kasab had entered the country via sea, and they carried out a brutal massacre which resulted in the deaths of 166 people.It was previously reported that Kerala is slowly emerging as one of the hubs of terrorists in India. A couple of years back, several reports had surfaced stating that a handful of youngsters from the state had fled to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).A couple of days back, the White House had warned that Pakistan’s aggression against India is not at all acceptable. It should be noted that this is one of the strongest message ever issued by the Trump administration as military tension between Pakistan and India threatens to spill over into all-out war.last_img read more

Comedian Varun Grover faces heat for 7yearold vulgar joke on Ayesha Takias

first_imgAyesha Takia and Varun GroverInstagramStand-up comedian Varun Grover is being criticised on social media for one of his jokes on actress Ayesha Takia. A short clip from a show is being circulated on social media that shows Varun making a sexist and vulgar comment on Ayesha’s private parts. The comment was made while Varun was making a joke on Amitabh Bachchan being a part of almost every project in India.”He is like everywhere. He is like aise nikal rahe hai, itne zyada nikal rahe hai jaise Ayesha Takia ke boobs,” Varun said on the show. While the clip is now being shared on social media, the remark was actually made during a show in 2012.Film-maker Ashoke Pandit apparently first shared the clip on Twitter. He also tagged actresses Shabana Azmi, Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Nandita Das and criticised them for being silent.”Silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditadas on this misogynistic statement by @varungrover Where he literally abuses & molests @Ayeshatakia is sad. I appeal to all those who respect d dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so called comedian [sic],” he tweeted.Actor Anup Soni too reacted to this video, and tweeted, “@varungrover this is a bad one…Really bad one…This is not comedy.”Silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditadas on this misogynistic statement by @varungrover Where he literally abuses & molests @Ayeshatakia is sad. I appeal to all those who respect d dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so called comedian. pic.twitter.com/MsdThLMKH4— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) April 24, 2019@Ayeshatakia I have been ur fan since Tarzan ☺️ & you’re really beautiful. Make sure you take action against @varungrover I am ashamed of his statement. #ShameVarunGrover https://t.co/nlwUEt4zIB— Chowkidar Surbhi Srivastava (@SurbhiRsv) April 24, 2019Not expected from @varungrover . https://t.co/3GH6r1BLkE— Vaibhav Palaye (@VaibhavPalaye) April 24, 2019For the cheap standup comedians like @varungrover and his ilk comedy means Boobs,Pussy,dick and balls. They can’t think beyond this. Perverts masquerading as Standup comedians and dishing out porn as Comedy. https://t.co/gn5XIDpBLy— Chowkidaar Arun ?? (@ArunMahakaliBJP) April 24, 2019While Varun is being vehemently lambasted for his seven-year-old comment on Ayesha, Richa counter-attacked Ashoke by tweeting, “Sir,for you and for all those waiting to attack me again,I’d just like to say so much goes on in our country on a daily basis,(crime or otherwise), that for me to outrage at the speed with which you expect, I’d have to leave my day job as an actor and sit on Twitter all day.” Meanwhile, no response from Ayesha or Varun has come yet on this issue.last_img read more

Vodafone India Idea Cellular merger Good for promoters employees face bleak future

first_imgA man casts silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying logo of Vodafone India after a news conference to announce the half year results in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2015.Reuters fileThe merger of British telecom company Vodafone’s India operations with Aditya Birla Group firm Idea Cellular has implications at multiple levels. While the merger will create the biggest telecom service provider by replacing Bharti Airtel and likely appreciation in valuation benefiting promoters and other investors, it is likely to spell bad days ahead for employees.Job cutsAnalysts had pointed even last month when the merger rumours were buzzing that the consolidation phase could trigger a wave of job cuts.”Lower management will face the maximum heat as there will be a lot of overlap in the last-mile service delivery, customer interaction and point of sales,” Sumit Sabharwal, CEO (Managed Services) and managing director (SAARC), Excelity Global, an HR outsourcing service provider, had told the BusinessLine on February 24, 2017. In all, about 1.5 lakh people are working in such roles, the daily had reported. The consolidation could also slow down the pace of hiring in the sector, given that companies would look to leverage synergies.In terms of direct employment, Idea Cellular had 12,491permanent employees and 10,306 on a contractual basis, while Bharti Airtel had 9,596 permanent employees, according to their respective annual reports for FY2016.Details of people working at Vodafone India are not available since it is not listed on Indian stock exchanges. Idea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania speaks during a news conference to announce the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai October 24, 2013.Reuters fileHigher savings for the merged entityFor the two companies — Idea Cellular and Vodafone India — the potential for reducing costs is significant, according to India Ratings. “The combined entity’s operating margins will improve by around 3 percentage points due to cost synergies in networking and selling, general and administrative expenses,” the ratings agency said in a note.Competition to intensify, smaller players to loseLast month, Bharti Airtel had announced the acquisition of Telenor’s India operations in seven telecom circles for an undisclosed amount. Seen as an outcome of the aggressive foray of Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), the deal did not change the outlook for the sector.”We retain our negative outlook on the sector for 2017, as fierce competition and rising capex will put pressure on most operators in the short term. The agreement by Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor’s Indian telecom operations is the latest sign that the entry of aggressive new operator Reliance Jio is spurring incumbents to consolidate to better meet the intense competition and weaker telcos to exit altogether,” Fitch Ratings had said in a note last month. Employees work inside a Bharti Airtel store in New Delhi, India April 20, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

Breaking Sri Lanka to bat first after winning the toss against India

first_imgIndia will be chasing after their opponents, Sri Lanka, won the toss and decided to bat first. The Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne said that the pitch looks dry and may deteriorate in the second half, making chasing a target difficult, hence he has made this decision. The big news from Indian side is the exclusion of Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammad Shami and the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. The exit of Chahal, though, officially described as a rest, may well be the result of him not having achieved the kind of success expected of him. Shami, on the other hand, has been picking a lot of wickets but has proved very expensive in the death overs. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the team very late in the tournament but his consistency and accuracy makes him a valuable asset. Today’s match will decide what will be the composition of India’s bowling attack in the semis. It is very likely that Shami won’t come back and one of Chahal and Jadeja would accompany Kuldeep.last_img read more

Tata Motors JLR to cut jobs in thousands amid China sales crunch

first_imgPhoto taken on July 6, 2016 shows the displayed Jaguar XE car at the 7th International Auto Exhibition 2016 in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.IANSTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is all set to announce job cuts in the thousands amid a crippling China demand slowdown.Britain’s biggest carmaker is facing headwinds in European sales as well, with diesel taking a hit in the region. Reuters reported that the move comes in the wake of fears that the premium carmaker will see a double-digit drop in demand in China. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union also escalated cost concerns for the iconic carmaker.JLR, which has 44,000 workers in the UK, had cut nearly 1,000 jobs in country in 20018.The company has readied a plan to return to financial health, the report says. The turnaround plan hinges around 2.5 billion pound cash savings, which will be materialised by cutting costs and improving cash flows.Under the plan, employment costs and employment levels will be reduced, and the job losses will be in thousands, the agency reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Men walk inside a Tata Motors showroom on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura on 7 November 2012Reuters”The announcement on job losses will be substantial, affecting managerial, research, sales, design,” a source told the agency.The company had reported a $450 million loss in the first half the year. However, amid China demand concerns, the company had witnessed a silver lining in the US sales, with numbers improving nearly 24 percent in December. Shares in Tata Motors had swung up in the aftermath, reporting a 3 percent jump on the Indian stock markets.Tata Motors stock has lost more than 60 percent of value in the last one year after outlook for the JLR brand in China, one of its key markets, roiled.Waning fortunesIndia’s Tata conglomerate bought JLR from Ford in 2008, saving the British carmaker from bankruptcy. The Indian company turned around the sagging fortunes of the company and JLR had a great run for many years since then. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:51Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:51?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 … Close Land Rover Discovery (2017) review The waning fortunes were capped by a massive first half loss and a 44 percent sales plunge in the second quarter. These triggered speculation about the future of the company and the role of the Tatas. However, the Tatas backed JLR brand in unequivocal terms.”There is no truth to the rumors that Tata Motors is looking to divest our stake in JLR or discontinue the Jaguar brand. We have great belief in the potential of JLR’s distinctive premium products and brands as well as in JLR’s design and engineering capabilities,” Tata Motors Chairman, N. Chandrasekaran said in late December.last_img read more

Verdict given 8 months back but nobody knows

first_imgAbu BakarThe verdict of the widely-condemned killing of Dhaka University student Abu Bakar was given eight months ago, acquitting all 10 former activists of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).But nobody – neither the plaintiff of the case nor the victim’s family – knew about the pronouncement of the verdict whereas the practice is that the prosecution will inform both the plaintiff and the victim’s family about the verdict  The fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge, Md Zahidul Kabir, delivered the verdict on 7 May 2017. Prothom Alo obtained a copy of the verdict recently.Abu Bakar, a third-year bachelors student of Islamic History, was severely injured “by a teargas shell lobbed by the police” during clashes in F Rahman Hall between two rival factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on 2 February and died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital the following day.A university committee and a hall committee were formed to identify the persons responsible for his death, side by side with a police investigation.The nine-member university committee packed up the enquiry without ascertaining the exact reason behind the violence or identifying the persons responsible. It recommended a fresh enquiry “by a high-level expert committee”.The syndicate, however, expelled ten students from the university following the submission of the report.BCL’s Barisal group activist Omar Faruque filed a case with the Shahbagh police station against 14 BCL leaders and activists loyal to the then hall committee president Saiduzzaman Faruque.Read more: Off the hook, BCL activists now well-establishedThe 14 were accused of injuring Bakar, which was later turned into murder case after his death.Police later framed the charge sheet accusing eight of them, but when the victim’s family raised objection, a supplementary charge sheet was framed accusing a total of 10 BCL activists in the murder case.   On behalf of the plaintiff, a public prosecutor – advocate Saiful Islam –conducted the case.As all of the accused have been acquitted, the verdict said nothing about who killed Abu Bakar.At the same time, the time for filing an appeal against the verdict, aimed at identifying the killers, has elapsed too by this time, blocking the path for the victim’s family to get justice.The court has ascribed the failure to identify the killers to the weak investigation conducted by the police.“The post-mortem report said Abu Bakar died of the head injury caused by a strong hit, but neither any evidence nor any arms were confiscated from the accused,” read the verdict.Police presented the bloodstained lungi before the court as the only evidence.Eleven out of 22 prosecution witnesses gave testimony in court, but none of them said Abu Bakar was killed in gunfire by the accused.Almost all of the witnesses said Abu Bakar was severely injured by a teargas shell lobbed by the police during the clash and the post-mortem report lends credence to this claim.Four police officials investigated the case in phases. The verdict, quoting one of the top investigators and senior assistant police super Rezaul Karim, said Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge along with some 20 to 25 police members went to the DU hall at the time of clash and police lobbed teargas shells to disperse BCL groups.Although the case statement said Abu Bakar died in gunshots, the post-mortem report said he died of injury of the hit of hard blunt weapon.It’s to be noted that the very same police officer, Rezaul Karim, was made the investigation officer of the case.The court said the investigation officer, Rezaul Karim, neither recovered teargas shells nor any hard blunt weapon from the place of occurrence and he didn’t even try to do so.According to Rezaul’s testimony in court, the teargas shells were fired by the police led by him.The first investigation officer (IO) of the case, inspector Emdadul Haque, also had told the court that he heard police lobbed teargas shells from outside during the clash.But, he in his investigation report said Abu Bakar was killed in the gunfire of Saiduzzaman.Assistant police super of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Md Abdul Halim submitted the supplementary charge sheet but he didn’t give his testimony before the court.The case plaintiff, Omar Faruk, however, said he didn’t go to court to file the case and even he didn’t know who typed the case statement as he was undergoing treatment at a hospital.According to him, the investigation officer himself visited him at hospital and talked to him.Asked why the prosecution didn’t inform either the plaintiff or the victim’s family, public prosecutor Saiful Islam admitted, while talking to Prothom Alo, that he didn’t inform anyone about the pronouncement of the verdict as none contacted him.Asked why he didn’t file an appeal against the verdict, he said neither the plaintiff nor the victim’s family approached for any appeal.He also said the time of filing an appeal has elapsed and there is no scope now to file the appeal.As approached, the law minister said he would look into the matter as to why an appeal was not filed.Abu Bakar’s elder brother Abbas Ali, who resides in Tangail, heard about the verdict first from Prothom Alo and broke down into tears.“With a high of hope for justice, I went to Dhaka to give my deposition before the court travelling all the way from Tangail, but the irony is, we were not even informed that the verdict has been pronounced. And all the accused have been acquitted,” said victim’s brother in tears.He went on saying, “My question to the government is: Then who killed Abu Bakar? We want an answer from the government.”The news of acquittal of the accused had made the victim’s father, Rustam Ali, dumbfounded and he remained silent with a blank stare.The victim’s mother Rabeya Khatun was heard saying from inside the house, “Those who killed my innocent baba [Abu Bakar] have not been brought to book. What a country is this?”When his attention was drawn to the court observation regarding the investigation, investigation officer Emdadul Haque just said, “I’ve presented before the court whatever information I’ve obtained in my investigation.”CID’s special police super Abdul Kahar Akand, who was entrusted with overseeing the investigation, said he too didn’t know about the pronouncement of the verdict.He said the CID was given the responsibility of investigation much later as the case was investigated by police at the beginning. “And they should have kept the evidence,” said Kahar adding, he doesn’t know as to why the evidence was not recovered.The 10 former BCL activists who were acquitted from the murder case are: then F Rahman Hall BCL president Saiduzzaman Faruque, Mafidul Alam Khan Tapu, Raqib Uddin Rafique, Mansur Ahmed Rony, Asaduzzaman Jony, Alam-e-Julhas, Touhidul Islam Khan Tushar, Abu Zafar Md Salam, Enamul Haque Ershad, and Mehedi Hasan Lion.All of them were the residents of F Rahman Hall of the Dhaka University at the time of occurrence.When contacted, the plaintiff, Omar Faruque said, “I had raised an objection to the first investigation report. Later CID was given the responsibility for the investigation, but that investigation too was not done properly.”He said although they’ve got the acquittal from the court, these BCL leaders cannot avoid their responsibility in the murder of Abu Bakar.He said some 30 more students were injured in the clash between the rival groups – Faruque group and Mehehi group. “Where is the justice for those injured?”He went on saying, “I, the plaintiff, was injured in the clash, but the police didn’t even produce my treatment certificate before the court.”The prime accused in the case, Saiduzzaman Faruque, told Prothom Alo, “The verdict was pronounced in our presence. The court has acquitted us.”When contacted, former law minister Shafik Ahmed said it’s the responsibility of the police to bring the killers of Abu Bakar to book and it’s the prosecution which should prove allegations before the court.He said the law officials concerned must be made answerable as to why they didn’t file an appeal against the verdict.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmed.last_img read more

16 nominated for Independence Award

first_imgThe government has selected 16 eminent personalities for highest state award ‘Swadhinata Padak- 2018’ (Independence Award) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields, according to UNB.The recipients are late Kazi Zakir Hasan, martyred intellectual SMA Rashidul Hasan, late Shankar Gobinda Chowdhury, Bir Uttam Sultan Mahmud, late M Abdur Rahim, late Bhupati Bhushan Chowdhury alias Manik Chowdhury, Shaheed M Anwarul Azim, late Humayun Rashid Chowdhury, Shaheed Amanullah Mohammad Asaduzzaman, Shaheed Matiur Rahman Mallik, Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haque and Amzadul Haque (Independence and Liberation War), AK MD Ahsan Ali (Medical Science), Prof AK Azad Khan (Social Service), Selina Hossain (Literature) and Md Abdul Mazid (Food Security).Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the awards to them at a function in the city before the Independence Day.last_img read more

Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisishit Rakhine

first_imgSuu KyiMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on her first visit to conflict-battered northern Rakhine State on Thursday, an official said, an unannounced trip to an area that has seen most of its Rohingya Muslim population forced out by an army campaign.Suu Kyi, a nobel laureate who leads Myanmar’s pro-democracy party, has been hammered by the international community for failing to use her moral power to speak up in defence of the Rohinyga.Some 600,000 of the stateless minority have fled to Bangladesh since late August carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of the Myanmar’s army, after militant raids sparked a ferocious military crackdown.The UN says that crackdown is tantamount to ethnic cleansing, while pressure has mounted on Myanmar to provide security for the Rohingya and allow people to return home.“The State Counsellor (Suu Kyi’s official title) is now in Sittwe and will go to Maungdaw and Buthiduang too. It will be a day trip,” government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP, mentioning two of the epicentres of the violence but without elaborating on her schedule.It is her first trip in office to northern Rakhine, which has hosted the worst of the communal violence that has cut through the western state since 2012, severely damaging Myanmar’s global reputation.It was not clear if Suu Kyi would visit some of the hundreds of Rohinyga villages torched by the army—allegedly aided by ethnic Rakhine Buddhist locals—or if she would be taken to see remaining clusters of the Muslim group, who are living in fear and hunger surrounded by hostile neighbours.Thousands of others are believed to still be camped on a beach near Maungdaw awaiting boats to Bangladesh in increasingly parlous conditions.The Rohingya are hated in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and widely dismissed as illegal “Bengali” immigrants.Observers say Suu Kyi has chosen not to criticise the army in fear of a backlash from a powerful institution that controls all security matters.The plight of the Rohingya also garners little sympathy inside Myanmar, making any defence of the minority a politically unpopular cause amid surging Buddhist nationalist sentiment.Suu Kyi heads a committee charged with rebuilding Rakhine and repatriating Rohingya from Bangladesh who meet strict criteria for re-entry to Myanmar.On Wednesday, spokesman Zaw Htay accused Bangladesh of delaying the start of the repatriation process.Dhaka has yet to send an official list of the Rohingya who have fled since August 25, he told AFP.The Rohingya have packed into makeshift camps on a poor, already overcrowded slip of border land inside Bangladesh.Aid groups say the risk of major outbreaks of disease is high while they struggle to deliver food and basic supplies to the unprecedented number of refugees.last_img read more

Expats urged to avoid Kuwait missionlike incident

first_imgBangladesh embassy in Kuwait. Photo: UNBForeign minister AK Abdul Momen has urged all Bangladesh missions abroad and expatriates to take proper steps to avoid the repetition of any incident like what happened in Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait on Thursday, reports UNB.Three people, including counsellor (political) and head of chancery Md Anisuzzaman were injured when a group of Bangladeshi workers of a Kuwaiti company – Lesco – attacked them.”Local police brought the situation under control and picked some workers up. The situation now remains fully peaceful,” said the foreign ministry release on Friday.It added that the government and the embassy in Kuwait have taken steps to have the arrested Bangladeshi workers released. Lesco has assured the workers of paying their arrears by 5 February and resolving the issues related to renewal of work permit.Meanwhile, Kuwaiti authorities are investigating Thursday’s vandalism and physical assaults on staff inside Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait by a group of agitated Bangladeshi workers, said an official on Friday.He said the probe is being carried out through analysing CCTV footage.The Bangladesh embassy, however, requested the Kuwaiti authorities not to harass any innocent worker during the investigation process.”We’ll make sure that no innocent worker is harassed. We’ve already talked to officials concerned in Kuwait. They’ve assured us in this regard,” Bangladesh ambassador to Kuwait SM Abul Kalam told UNB describing what happened on the day.On Thursday, a group of Bangladeshi workers ransacked the embassy property, including computers and TV, despite assurance from the ambassador to address their issues through discussions.Some 300-400 Bangladeshi workers, employees of the Kuwaiti company, took position in front of the embassy expressing their grievances against the company over arrears of three months – October-December 2018 – and iqamas (work permits) issues in the morning.”I had a meeting with a small group of them inside the embassy and identified their three problems, including arrears and iqama renewal,” said the ambassador conveying the workers’ representatives to fulfill their demand through consultation with the company officials.Later, the ambassador had another meeting with the manager (operation) of the company on the same day at his office asking him to address the issues raised by Bangladeshi workers.Ambassador Kalam said the company representative assured him of disbursing the arrears by February 5 and he also obtained a written statement from him for resolving the workers’ issues.When the company representative was going out from the embassy, some of the workers stopped him and got engaged in scuffling.Counsellor (Political) and head of chancery Md Anisuzzaman and two other staff came under attacks who were trying to help the company representative get into his car, embassy officials said.At one stage, some of the workers entered the embassy and ransacked its furniture indiscriminately despite ambassador’s assurances and requests to return to work.On request, members of law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and picked up around 150 workers for questioning, said the embassy sources.The embassy has also conveyed the overall situation to the foreign ministry in Dhaka, said an official.last_img read more

WASA water contaminated in 59 areas

first_imgwasaWater supplied by Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is contaminated in 59 areas under its 10 zones, according to a report submitted to the High Court on Thursday, reports UNB.Local government, rural development (LGRD) ministry placed the report prepared by WASA before the court.On 13 May, WASA handed over the report to the LGRD ministry.The areas that got polluted water Jatrabari, Basabo, Mugda, Rajarbagh, Kusumbagh, Jurain, Maniknagar, Manda, Dholaipar and Matuail under Zone-1; Bhagalpur, Lalbagh, Bakshibazar and Shahidnagar under Zone-2; Zigatala, Dhanmondi, Sukrabad, Kalabagan, Bhutergali and Mohammadpur under Zone-3; Shewrapara, Pirerbagh, Monipur Paikpara, Kazipara and Mirpur under Zone-4; Mohakhali and Tejgaon under Zone-5; Siddheswari, Shahjahanpur, Khilgaon, Moghbazar, Noyatola, Rampura, Malibagh and Paribagh under Zone-6; Kadamtali, Dhania, Shyampur, Rasulbagh, Merajnagar, Paterbagh, Shanirakhra, Konapara and Muslim Nagar under Zone-7; Badda, Aftabnagar, Bashundhara and Vatara under Zone-8; Uttara, Khilkhet, Fayedabad, Mollartek and Ranavola under Zone-9; and Kafrul, Kazipara, Mirpur, Kachukhet and Pallabi under Zone-10.Submitting the report, the ministry told the court that they will collect 1,065 water samples from the 10 zones and an amount of Tk 7.57 million will be required to test those.The HC bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Khairul Alam asked chairman of Dhaka University’s Microbiology Department Prof Sabita Rezwana Rahman to give her opinion on the report before the court on 21 May.Deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Sazu argued for LGRD ministry, lawyer Tanvir Ahmed moved for the petitioner and M Masud represented WASA.On 13 May, the HC expressed discontent as WASA failed to submit the report after examining its water supplied to different areas and asked the LGRD ministry to submit a report within 15 May after fixing the expenditure to be required for examining water supplied by WASA.The HC order came following a writ petition filed by lawyer Tanvir Ahmed attaching media reports published on the World Bank observations.On 8 May, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned to prepare a list of the areas receiving highly contaminated water supplied by Dhaka WASA.On 11 October 2018, the World Bank published a report which says over 75 million people of the country drink unsafe water as 41 per cent sources of water contains harmful bacteria. The report also said 13 per cent water contains arsenic.The World Bank report said about 80 per cent water supplied through pipeline contains harmful bacteria.On 6 November 2018, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned to form a five-member committee for examining the Dhaka WASA water.last_img read more

Full Show MexicanAmerican Studies And Discovery Green Turns Ten April 13 2018

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:20 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: The State Board of Education just approved a new high school course covering Mexican-American history. The vote comes after years of debate over the issue. We learn more from Raúl A. Ramos, associate professor of history at the University of Houston. Also this hour: We get a preview of the annual Art Car Parade from emcees Ernie Manouse and Edel Howlin of Houston Public Media.Then: It’s been 10 years since Discovery Green has opened. So far, it’s hosted more than 12 million visitors and has spurred more than a billion dollars in economic development. We learn from the Downtown District and officials from Discovery Green Conservancy about the park’s history and what can we expect to see in the future. Plus: Our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And Houston will host a live stage show of the satirical advice podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me this weekend. Ahead of the event, Joshua Zinn talks with the eldest brother, Justin McElroy, about how the show came to be, the live show experience, and the lessons he’s learned doing the podcast.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Houstons Special Ed Enrollment Still Lags National Rate

first_img X 00:00 /00:57 Verrett said he believes those numbers don’t reflect all the students who are in the process of being evaluated for a disability or who are identified, but aren’t officially enrolled and receiving special services yet. He said that this summer, before the beginning the school year, HISD diagnosticians need to close some 300 evaluations.“I want to make sure we’re identifying kids. And as we identify kids, that percentage will increase,” Verrett said. “So for me, it’s not 7%, 8% — It could be 21%, if indeed we are identifying kids.”In May, federal administrators visited Houston and five other Texas school districts to check on the state’s progress to comply with federal law and make sure all eligible children have access to special ed. Verrett, who has been in his role at HISD for just over a year, said that they asked a lot about special ed evaluations and how they’re closing the gap.“The key is that we have to make sure that individuals understand, it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that if a student is struggling, that student needs to be evaluated,” Verrett said. “If a parent, if a teacher, if a student makes a request, we have to make sure we respond to that request.”Last year, an independent audit of HISD’s special ed services found a host of problems, including complex paperwork, a shortage of needed special ed staff, such as school psychologists, and a tendency to require students to undergo other interventions before they could be tested for an eligible disability. Share center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaShannon Verrett, who oversees special education at HISD, addresses a crowd of special ed teachers and parents.Some 300 special education teachers and parents in the Houston Independent School District are gathering this week to prepare for the new school year. To kick off the conference, the district’s assistant superintendent over special ed, Shannon Verrett, roused them with some inspirational words.“Let’s not simply comply with regulations and law. Let’s comply with what we know to be right and just in our hearts and in our souls,” Verrett told the crowded auditorium in southwest Houston.Still, the U.S. Department of Education continues to monitor the Texas Education Agency to make sure it does comply with federal law and doesn’t deny any children with disabilities access to special ed services.And Houston’s enrollment in special ed still lags far behind the national average of 13%. In 2016, when the Houston Chronicle revealed that Texas had an arbitrary cap on special ed at 8.5% of all students, special ed enrollment in Houston schools was 7.3%, according to state data. Now it’s just 7.5% — or, an additional 200 students in the state’s largest school district. Listenlast_img read more