‘Don’t just think about your bellies; elect Drogba as FA President’ – Bance tells Ivorian club bosses

first_imgBurkina Faso striker, Aristide Bance has pleaded with club officials in the Ivory Coast to back Didier Drogba’s bid to become the country’s football federation president.Bance believes Drogba’s ideas could ensure the transformation of football in the Ivory Coast for the better.The club officials are set to vote in August for the new head of football in the country, with Drogba facing stiff competition from Sory Diabate.Having started his career playing in Abidjan, which is his hometown, Bance joined Guinean giants AC Horoya in May last year, the 22nd club he’s played for.However, Bance keeps a close eye on football in his home country and according to him, the current system is not beneficial to the players, some of whom have to go without a salary for months “The players of the Ivorian championship are not considered at all. There are players who do not receive their wages for three to four months,” Bance said on Facebook.“There are players in the Ivorian championship who receive 50 thousand FCFA (R1500) in the month … For a championship like that of the Ivory Coast, I think it is unacceptable.Bance accused some club Presidents of caring more about themselves than the progress of their clubs making reference to the country’s most popular club, Asec Mimosas being without their own training ground.“There are club presidents who are bad. They only come to get rich. Despite the millions they have, apart from ASEC Mimosas, there is no club that has its own training ground.”“Look in Zambia. There are clubs that pay better than in Ivory Coast. Even in Guinea, there are players playing in the first division who have cars, but in Côte d’Ivoire, how many players have a car.” He urged the club Presidents to vote for Drogba in August’s elections and not think about their “own bellies.”He believes a Drogba FA Presidency is what Ivorian players want.“You leaders don’t just think of your pocket. Think about the future of these kids who play for you and who can make your clubs great. There are presidents who don’t give a damn and who only think of eating.”Today, I am happy that Didier Drogba is a candidate because he is someone who has a fairly full address book of contacts. We can’t even argue that and there are a lot of young players who want Drogba to win. So, I ask club presidents to talk to their players before the vote. Don’t just think about your belly.”Drogba’s quest to take up the role hit a snag when he was rejected by the Former Footballers Association.None of the 14 members of the Former Players’ Association voted for Drogba in the recent polls, with 11 of them backing his rival, league president Sory Diabate, while three persons abstained.The results of the election, which was done via video conferencing,  sparked a massive debate in the Ivory Coast.Drogba had been the massive favourite going into the polls, particularly after experienced administrator Eugene Diomande withdrew from the race and publicly backed the former Ivorian captain.He had also been endorsed by 48 professional clubs in the country.According to Afrik Foot, Drogba will hope to have better luck when club Presidents cast their votes on August 22.They are vying to replace Augustin Sidy Diallo as President.Follow @EdKwakofiMore from Citi Sportslast_img read more

Rob Rice Homes Announces New Home Community of Chestnut Village

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rob Rice HomesRob Rice Homes, located in South Puget Sound, Washington began developing Chestnut Village in February of 2013.  Rob is unique in that he does both land development and home building. “I’ve been developing residential real estate in the South Puget Sound since the early 1980s.  Having built over 3,000 homes in 18 communities, I have the expertise and knowledge to develop a community designed for living.  Chestnut Village has expansive open space tracts and landscaping coupled with an ideal location so I’m certain it will be a popular choice for many new home buyers.” stated Rob.This new home community located in Olympia Washington at the corner of Yelm Highway and Rich Road will consist of 107 new homes and is ideally located a short distance to all Olympia Schools and just minutes to downtown Olympia and area shopping.Main floor master and a variety of two story home plans ranging in size from 1,950 square feet to 2,895 square feet will be offered.  Homes will be loaded with upgrades including slab granite counters, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, white millwork and fully landscaped & fenced backyards.  Home construction is currently under way in Chestnut Village.Rob is selling new homes in seven other new home communities in the South Puget Sound area. Rob has lived in the South Puget Sound area since 1985 and resides in Olympia with his wife Helena, their two children Alex Michael and Carson.  Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in architecture and construction management.  In his spare time he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball, football and basketball teams through local Thurston County leagues.For more information on Chestnut Village contact Jeanne Tranum at Coldwell Banker Evergreen [email protected](360) 481-2255For more information about Rob Rice Homes communities, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.last_img read more

County fairs find relief in Clean Air Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt BuchenrothOhio House Bill 6, dubbed the “Clean Air Bill” passed out of the House of Representatives yesterday with a vote of 53-43. The act deals primarily with power generation and the creation of a clean air fund. However, the bill has a provision that will relieve Ohio’s county fair’s of nearly half of their electricity bills, said Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport).“The problem is that county fairs are on a demand rate. Basically, they pay their electric bills for the week of the fair, but then they have to pay for what it costs to generate that power for the other 11 months. Typically, it’s double what that electric bill is for that one week,” Jones said.Representative Jones cited the example of a fair that used $20,000 in power for the week of the fair. Utility companies, Jones said, were charging fairs $40,000 over the other eleven months of the year to maintain their equipment to provide that much power.Jones, who represents Ohio’s 95th house district, was drafting legislation to fix the issue when House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) found the provision to be a priority.“This has been a problem for several years. There have been meetings held with Farm Bureau, there have been meetings with the utility companies with no end in sight. I was drafting legislation when the speaker and I had talked about it. [Speaker Householder] took it upon himself to put this into the bill to make it happen,” Jones said.Before taking office, Jones served for 18 years on the Harrison county fair board, nine of which were spent as the board’s president. He recognizes the unique challenge that agricultural societies face.“They’re going to break small county fairs. Financially, it’s  very difficult for small county fairs to pay that demand. Fairs don’t complain about what they use the week of the fair for electricity,” Jones said. “They have a problem with is what they’re paying the other 11 months of the year when they don’t have a fair.”Jones noted that the initial reaction from county fairs around the state has been positive.“They were very pleased. It’s going to save a lot of county fairs a lot of money. Running a county fair is a tough enough job as it is. We deal with weather. We have one week out of the year that we put all of our effort into and three, four, or five days of rain could ruin a whole year’s worth of planning,” he said. “The reaction we’ve had so far has been very positive. They were excited because it’s going to allow them to do things and make upgrades to their  fairgrounds and put that money back into the fair and the community where it belongs.”Howard Call, Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Managers Association praised the legislature for the bill’s passage.“The Ohio Fair Managers Association is pleased that the House of Representatives favorably passed HB 6,” Call said. “Among many provisions, the bill offers protections to Ohio’s fairs from unfair demand riders. We were happy to offer our support in the effort to passed HB 6 and look forward to the Senate process.”The bill now moves across rotunda in the Statehouse for the Senate’s evaluation.last_img read more

Siang situation normal, IAF rescues 19 stranded on island

first_imgThe water level of Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh has subsided after a scare triggered by an alert from China to India about the swelling of Tsangpo following heavy rain in Tibet. The water of the river, officials said, has turned very muddy.The Tsangpo – Yarlung Zangbo, as it is known in China – flows into Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang, which meets two other rivers in Assam downstream to become the Brahmaputra.As people along the banks of the Siang heaved a sigh of relief, the Indian Air Force evacuated 19 people stranded on an island in the river at Jampani under Sille-Oyan circle of East Siang district on Friday. The spot is about 27 km from East Siang district headquarters Pasighat.“An Mi17 helicopter from Mohanbarie airport in Assam’s Dibrugarh district carried out six sorties and rescued the 19 people, including six children, in an hour since 4.38 a.m.,” an IAF spokesperson said.Six people were winched up in areas where the helicopter could not land. Those rescued were mostly farmers who ventured out before the water surge for cattle grazing. Local officials said many animals remain stranded on the island. East Siang’s deputy commissioner Tamiyo Tatak had on Thursday night shot off a letter to the IAF’s station commander in Dibrugarh requesting evacuation of an estimated 30 stranded people.“The water volume of the Siang river has come down to the level we normally have during the rainy season. But the water is high on turbidity and there’s been a lot of erosion along the banks,” Mr. Tatak told The Hindu.Monitoring river flowIn Upper Siang district, where the Tsangpo enters India to become the Siang, officials are monitoring the flow of the river. “The water was flowing normally when last observed,” Nijhon Danggen, circle officer of Tuting bordering China, said.The turbidity of Siang is believed to be the outcome of a natural dam formed across the Tsangpo because of landslides caused by major earthquakes in Tibet in 2017. Around that time, the Siang turned turbid near Pasighat. “We have asked the experts to study the water quality,” Mr. Tatak said.last_img read more

Giannis Drops 30-plus Again to Lead Bucks Past Bulls 124-115

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured the Milwaukee Bucks’ dominance over the Chicago Bulls didn’t end Thursday night.Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added a season-high 31 points and eight assists, and the Bucks withstood another historic effort by Chicago rookie Coby White to beat the Bulls 124-115.The Bucks have won seven straight against Chicago dating to 2017.White shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to hit five 3-pointers in consecutive games. The 19-year-old first-round pick hit seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of a 120-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night — the most in a quarter ever by a rookie. White finished Thursday with 26 points, including six 3s.“He was terrific,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of White. “I thought a lot of our players played well. That’s a tough team.”Antetokounmpo had at least 30 points for the seventh game this season for the Bucks, who played without Khris Middleton. The All-Star forward is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a thigh bruise.Donte DiVincenzo, who made his first career start in place of Middleton, had four points and five rebounds.“I think the team realized in order to win tonight, we got to drive the ball into the paint and get some paint points,” Antetokounmpo said.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Bucks made just six 3s while Chicago hit 18 from long range. But Milwaukee outscored the Bulls 70-32 inside. That marked a season high in the paint for Milwaukee. Bledsoe was a perfect 12 for 12 inside the arc.“I was just getting some easy looks, man,” said Bledsoe, who has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games. “My teammates do a great job of spacing the court. The way they shot the ball leaves gaps for me to drive and it’s up to me to make those shots.”The Bucks missed Middleton early, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Milwaukee struggled to create and make shots, shooting an anemic 4 of 18 from 3 in the first half and trailed 66-65 at halftime.Things switched in the second half when Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk that tied it at 82-82 with 6:37 to play in the third, prompting Boylen to call a timeout. The play ignited the crowd and jumpstarted the Bucks.Wesley Matthews scored 10 of his 15 points from the foul line for Milwaukee. Matthews had just three free-throw attempts coming into the night but had 13 Thursday.“This offense is kind of predicated on spacing and ball movement, so everybody can be in any spot,” Matthews said. “We already can be kind of interchangeable. We’re definitely going to miss (Middleton’s) production on the offensive end.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to pass around Chicago Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)“This team is built with a lot of depth and tonight we put up 124. The offense wasn’t the problem. We have to stop people. We’ve got to find ways to do that.”Zach LaVine had 25 points and seven assists before fouling out for Chicago. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds. He also fouled out.TIP-INSBulls: Chicago had six players score in double figures (White, LaVine, Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, 11; Thaddeus Young, 11; and Tomas Satoransky, 10).Bucks: Center Robin Lopez finished with six points and three rebounds. Lopez spent the previous three seasons with the Bulls, averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 219 games.“RoLo is a hyper-competitive dude,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “He likes to win. He likes to win a practice game. He likes to win a 1-on-1 game, a shooting game. I like that competitive spirit that he has.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Nets on Saturday.Bucks: At the Pacers on Saturday.TweetPinShare2626 Shareslast_img read more

Lego Movie 2s Apocalypseburg set overflows with whopping 3000 pieces

first_img $155 at Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 17 Photos Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $520 at HP Share your voice Rylo 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. See It Sprint 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. Enlarge ImageThe Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg set includes over 3,000 pieces and 12 minifigures.  Lego For fans needing a challenge, the new Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg Lego set could be the answer. Apocalypseburg is the apocalyptic wasteland town in the upcoming Lego Movie 2, and on Jan. 4, the Lego Group revealed a new set inspired by the film. The set consists of 3,178 pieces. When fully assembled, it stands 20 inches (50 centimeters) high, making it one of the tallest boxed Lego sets created.The finished Lego model features a 360-design that includes a section of the Statue of Liberty with a chill-out room in her head, a cafe, Scribble Cop’s office with a chair-kicking function, armory, barber’s and tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa and lookout platforms. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Once everything was awesome … now everything is bleak. 😱 #TheLEGOMovie2 https://t.co/zUJjlatsz7 @TheLEGOMovie pic.twitter.com/Ke3ll8pysp— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) January 4, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Angela Lang/CNET See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years See at Turo $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tagscenter_img 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. See It $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $999 Post a comment Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Turo 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. $59 at eBay 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. Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon The set also includes 12 minifigures of characters Emmet, Lucy, Batman, Scribble Cop, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, “Where are my pants?” Guy, Larry the Barista, Chainsaw Dave, Mo-Hawk, Roxxi and Fuse. Plus, there’s a rat figure.The Lego Movie 2 set is available Jan. 16 at Lego brand retail stores and online. The set retails for $300 (around £235, AU$420).The Lego Movie 2 itself hits theaters in the US and UK on Feb. 8, and on March 28 in Australia. $999 $999 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. Read Google Home Hub review Batman Lego,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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. 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. 0 Share your voice Comments See It 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. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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).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

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