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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three organizations are collaborating to host a single event for all in San Diego County to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice.Presented by Hospice of the North Coast, the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration 2019” program will be on March 30, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Army and Navy Academy, 2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008.This program will recognize those veterans who served. General admission tickets are free and donations are accepted.Ticket and sponsor information click here. Posted: March 29, 2019 March 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom “Welcome Home” Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hearst Developing EReader

first_imgHearst Interactive Media acquired a stake in E Ink about seven years ago.Earlier this month, Amazon launched its upgraded Kindle 2.0 reader. Plastic Logic, a Mountain View, California-based company, says it plans to launch a new electronic reading device in 2010 and has partnered with digital vendor Zinio to provide magazine content. Becoming the first American magazine publisher to directly tap into the evolving electronic reader market, Hearst Corp. is said to be developing its own wireless device, featuring a large-format screen that’s conducive to reading magazines. Citing “industry insiders,” Fortune senior writer Michael Copeland today wrote that the mega magazine publisher has been developing the device and underlying technology and is looking to launch the product sometime this year. While Hearst executives declined to talk to Fortune about its plans, interactive media head Ken Bronfin said Hearst is “keenly interested” in e-readers and expects the devices will “be a big part of our future.”According to Fortune, plans to sell the device to publishers and take a cut of the revenue from selling digital subscriptions. Hearst would leave it up to publishers to develop their own branding and payment models.Hearst has experimented with the technology before. Last fall, Esquire’s 75th anniversary October issue featured the industry’s first flexible electronic “paper” cover, which allowed words and images to scroll across it. The cover was developed in part by E Ink, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based electronic paper display technologies firm that developed the electronic paper display technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader. last_img read more

Transcontinental Inc Predicts Slow Magazine Growth

first_img“For fiscal 2013, we continue to see some headwinds in the soft advertising market,” said Oliver. “We expect the media sector profitability to only slightly improve year-over-year.”Additionally, Transcontinental’s acquisition of Quad Graphics-Canada has allowed the company to further consolidate its printing network by using the group’s most productive assets. The deal, which was completed in March 2012, is expected to generate close to $200 million in annual revenues. “Over the last several years we have sold over $300 million of our print business—our goal is to focus on niches that will provide the most value,” added Oliver.Transcontinental Inc. also reached a $200 million deal with the Hearst Corporation for new terms and conditions to print the San Francisco Chronicle. “What happened in this market, particularly in the Bay area, instead of growth we got a decrease in circulation,” added Oliver. “The factory was over built—we needed to adjust the contract to the new reality of the Chronicle. In this new contract, it is a lot simpler to use all the potential assets for a fixed amount of dollars.”Oliver adds that the $200 million upfront payment by Hearst is to compensate for the depreciation and interest expenses related to the company’s original investment. Transcontinental will no longer charge Hearst because the company has now recouped 100 percent of its original investment. Under this new agreement Hearst benefits from price reductions of approximately $30 million per year. Transcontinental Inc., the largest printer in Canada and the fourth largest in North America, and publisher of over 30 magazines, saw a mixed end to 2012, reporting an increase in its revenues by 12 percent and adjusted operating income by 21 percent in the fourth quarter. The company’s community newspaper business remained strong and performed better than expected, but the same cannot be said for its portfolio of glossies. “The magazine side of the publishing business has remained challenging,” said François Oliver, the company’s president and CEO, in a Q4 earnings call last week. “As we stated last quarter, we were anticipating a soft national advertising market in Q4 and that is what happened. As a result, our [media sector] results were down year-over-year. As part of our strategy to build on our core multiplatform consumer brands we reviewed our portfolio of titles and made a decision to close [some of our] publications. This will enable us to focus on our more than 30 industry leading titles and expand our footprint in the market.”In November, the company announced that it would be closing More Magazine and Vita. The December/January 2013 issues of these titles are the last printed issues of the magazines. The company plans to focus more heavily on developing multiplatform media properties and digital editions.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday February 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, February 1, 2019:#1) Wilmington Youth Hockey’s 80’s & 90’s Trivia NightAn 80’s and 90’s Pop Culture Trivia Night to benefit Wilmington Youth Hockey will take place from 7pm to 11pm at Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Tickets cost $20 and tables of 10 cost $200. Enjoy trivia, music, games and raffles. 80s/90s gear optional. Registration form can be found HERE. All proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Hockey Association.#2) Needleworkers At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its Needleworkers from 10am to noon. If you do any kind of needlework, this group is for you. Bring a project and learn from others while enjoying a little conversation and camaraderie. No registration required.#3) Drop-In Preschool Story Time At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a drop-in preschool story time at 10am. Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#4) Bingo At Senior Center The Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its weekly bingo game at 1pm.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, September 6In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Suzanne Sullivan For Selectwoman

first_imgDear Editor,I write this letter to ask you, the citizens of Wilmington, to cast one of your two votes for Selectman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan. I’ve known Suzanne for over 20 years. I’m just going to name a few things Suzanne has done in the time I’ve known her:Served on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen from 2003-2007Served on the original Master Plan Advisory CommitteeWorked on the Affordable Housing CommitteeServed on the Comprehensive Water Resource Management PlanOpen Space CommitteeCommunity Advisory Panel (charged with hiring the town environmental consultant GEO Insight)Currently serving on the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Advisory CommitteeThe Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (Olin Superfund Site)Currently co-vice president for the Ipswich River Watershed AssociationCurrently co-chair of the Head Waters Stream TeamIn 2014, for the 15thyear anniversary of getting no answers from the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study, Suzanne has participated in the Buzz for Cure, and they raised close to $2,000. Suzanne intends doing so again this year to mark and bring awareness to the 20thyear of the study with still no answersCoached Wilmington Youth Soccer for nearly 20 yearsSuzanne’s spirit of volunteerism is second to none. For those of you who know Suzanne, you already know she is a go-getter and she is never afraid to ask the tough questions.  For those of you who don’t know Suzanne, she is someone who truly cares, she will take the time to listen to you, and will do her utmost best to succeed in any request a citizen makes here in the Town of Wilmington.  If Suzanne Sullivan were to be paid for everything she’s done for Wilmington and the people who live here, she could retire a millionaire. She is truly one of the most kindhearted, generous and devoted people I’ve ever known.I ask you to consider giving Suzanne Sullivan one of your two votes on Election Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019.Thank you,Michael V. McCoy30-year incumbentWilmington Board of SelectmenLike 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… RelatedELECTION UPDATE: Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo, Daryn Marsh Join Selectmen RacesIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Appointments To Town’s New Economic Development Committee Gets ComplicatedIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne SullivanIn “Government”last_img read more

Can Indian opener KL Rahul break Pakistani cricketer Babar Azams record in

first_imgPandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesIndian opener KL Rahul is on the verge of achieving a milestone of becoming the fastest to score 1000 runs in T20Is and breaking Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam’s record when Team India face West Indies on Saturday, August 3. Azam achieved this feat in 26 innings.The part-time wicket-keeper and frontline batsman, who is quite comfortable in this format of the game, is just 121 runs short of becoming the seventh Indian to score 1000 runs in T20 internationals. If he scores the required number of runs in Saturday’s clash, then he will break the record of Babar Azam as he will achieve the feat in 25 innings. Indian skipper Virat Kohli reached the milestone after playing 27 innings also.It is not an easy task for the Karnataka born player as scoring a ton in a T20 match is never easy. But the 27-years old right-hander already has three centuries in T20 matches out of which two have been scored for Team India.But, looking at his current form, it will not be that easy for the opener to play such a massive innings. He was in mixed form through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Rahul got starts in many of the matches but failed to convert them to big scores except on one occassion when he scored a century against Sri Lanka. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIndia exited the World Cup after facing defeat at the hands of New Zealand by 18 runs. After India’s return, a lot of controversies surrounding the team started to come up and the coaching staff were also given an extension till the end of the West Indies series. BCCI has already accepted applications for the posts in the coaching unit.Currently, the Men in Blue have gone to play three ODIs and T20Is and two Test matches against the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Test matches will be the part of ICC World Test Championshiplast_img read more

4 sentenced to death for killing college student

first_imgA Manikganj court on Monday sentenced four people to death and another to life term imprisonment for killing a college student in Shibalaya upazila of the district in 2015, reports UNB.The condemned convicts are Badsha Miah, a resident of Shimulia village in Shibalaya upazila, Lal Miah, a resident of Bhatirchar village in Singair upazila, Azgar Chowdhury, a resident of Koshla village in Kotalipara upazila in Gopalganj district and Anwar Hossain, a resident of Auliapur village in Dinapur district where the lifer was AkhterHossain Jamal, resident of Hajirtek village in Kaliarchar of Narayanganj.Among the convicts, Anwar and Azgar remained absconding.The court also fined the condemned convicts Tk 20,000 each while the lifer Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer one year more rigorous imprisonment.According to the prosecution, Badsha Miah brought his nephew Monir Hossain, son of Parosh Ali of Shimulia village and an HSC student of Khan Bahadur Degree College, to Savar alluring his family to give him a job on 10 September 2015.Badhsa hid Monir and demanded Tk 2 million as ransom from his family.As he did not get the money, he threw Monir into Bongshi river tying up his hands and legs with rope.Monir’s mother Maleka Begum then filed a case on 11 September with Manikganj Sadar police station.Later, police arrested Badsha.According to Badsha’s statement, police recovered Monir’s dead body from the river after two days.Police also arrested six others in connection with the murder.After examining all the records and witnesses, district and sessions judge Md Shahidul Alam Jhinuk handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused.last_img read more

Flood rescue stepped up as more rain batters Indias Kerala

first_imgRescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 18 August 2018. ReutersRescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India’s Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi described the crisis as “devastating” after visiting Kerala.Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced late Friday that the monsoon death toll had dramatically risen to 324.Media reports said at least another 14 bodies were found Saturday and state officials said they expected the number to rise as more landslides were reported and dam levels remained dangerously high. No new official toll was given however.With power and communication lines down, thousands remained trapped in towns and villages cut off by the floods amid growing shortages of food and water.Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.With rain alerts hanging over much of the state, dozens of dam and reservoir gates across the state have had to be opened as the waters reached danger levels, inundating many villages downstream.Particular fears have been raised for Chengannur, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has been cut off for four days.Troops and military boats have been sent to the town and media reports said bodies had been found. The state government did not immediately give an updated toll early Saturday.An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 17 August 2018. Reuters- Helicopter plea -Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday.“Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted,” he said.“We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can’t do more.”With no end in sight to the rains, people all over the state of 33 million have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.Some say they are trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as submerged homes.Authorities have warned that rains and strong winds are predicted for many parts of Kerala on Saturday and Sunday.Prime minister Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night and held meetings with state leaders and went on a brief air inspection tour.“I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state,” Modi said in a Twitter statement.An Indian woman rescued by the Indian navy personnel rests with her grandchildren at the Naval relief camp in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on 18 August 2018. AFPAn immediate grant of $75 million was offered by the government. Other state governments promised nearly $20 million.Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi demanded though that Modi declare the flood crisis a “national disaster”.Dozens of military helicopters stepped up rescue operations across the state and in one a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue, an Indian Navy spokesman said.“It was a very critical case, the lady was in labour, her water had broken,” the pilot, the pilot Commandeer Vijay Verma told News18 television.“We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her get on to the strop.”Another pilot, Captain P Rajkumar, winched 26 people up from a rooftop after guiding the helicopter through trees and other houses.A video of his Sea King pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people in his Sea King helicopter.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Nayan Bonds patronised by police politicians

first_imgSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond. File PhotoSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, main accused of Rifat Sharif murder and killed in an alleged gunfight with police, created a criminal gang ‘Group 007’ under the patronisation of police and politicians. Nayan’s relatives and local politicians have said this. Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said Nayan did not become ‘Nayan Bond’ in a day. An influential quarter created Nayan Bond to use him, she said.Shahida, however, did not talk about the influential quarter.Nayan Bond and his criminal gang ‘Group 007’ came up in the discussions after Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight in Barguna town on 26 June and the video footage of the murder went viral.Prime accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Barguna’s Burirchar on 2 July.But questions haunt Barguna people as to who are behind the rise of Nayan Bond.According to an investigation of Prothom Alo, Sunam Debnath, Barguna district Awami League unit science and technology affairs secretary, patronised Nayan Bond. Sunam is also the son of Dhirendra Debnath Shombhu, a member of parliament (MP) from Barguna-1 constituency. Shawon Talukdar and Abhijit Talukdar, two brothers-in-law of Sunam Debnath, were directly involved in different criminal activities committed by Nayan.Nayan built good relations with local police. He maintained regular contacts with at least six officers of Barguna Sadar police station and Detective Branch (DB) of police. Before becoming a small criminal, Nayan had a relation with police. He was also a so-called informant of police. In different criminal activities in the town, he got support from police. Alongside a number of police officers, politicians patronised him. Through this, he and his gang established supremacy in the entire town. None talked against them out of fear.“A group of youth does not become desperate naturally. It requires backing. There is no scope to spare those who gave them shelter,” Barguna district AL joint general secretary Motaleb Mridha said to Prothom Alo.Nayan’s mother Shahida Begum said Nayan was a good student at his boyhood. He got scholarships in class V and VIII. After the death of his father, a bank official in 2007, Nayan lost his interest in studies.Noor Hossain, a close friend of Nayan, said his love affair severed after the death of his father and he started taking cannabis. Before passing SSC, he was addicted to yaba and heroine in 2011. Then, he got involved in petty crimes including snatching cell phones and ornaments, he added. On 7 July 2011, a case was filed against Nayan on charges of snatching ornaments from a female student who was going to school.In 2017, he formed a criminal gang and controlled drug trade in the town. He opened a Facebook ID Nayan Bond. Members of his gang added Bond in their names too. On condition of anonymity, a councillor of Barguna municipality told Prothom Alo that he handed over Nayan to police when he (Nayan) went to a saw mill for extortion. As Nayan made a phone call, Sunam Debnath appeared on the spot. By the time, police took away Nayan in a pickup van. The councillor came to know later that Sunam helped Nayan get released from police van before it reached police station.Sunam Debnath was not available over phone for comments.A number of youths, who are involved in drug trade and criminal activities in Barguna town said Nayan was the informant of three DB officials including assistant sub inspector Khairul Hasan. Verifying the call list of Nayan, his contact with Khairul Hasan has been confirmed. When asked, Khairul said, “I had no contact with Nayan.” About Nayan Bond’s role as police informant, Barguna superintendent of police Maruf Hossain said, “The informant of police is a secret matter. The police officials are not compelled to disclose who their informant is.” Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said her son had a contact with police.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

New Baltimore Mural Seeks to Change Perception of City

first_imgSince April’s uprising, Baltimore has not only been ground zero for social justice reform, but also has seen a groundswell of artistic response. Lately, there have been a growing amount of murals and artistic shows seeking to change the perception of the city.Ernest Shaw Jr. is just one of the many artists that have contributed to the response spreading throughout Station North and Sandtown over the past couple of months. This is not the first time his artwork is being shown around the city, but his latest mural, which will be unveiled on the side of The Arch Social Club on Nov. 8, is a direct response to the events of April.In an interview with The AFRO, Shaw described his creative process and ideas behind the mural.“What I noticed is that the older people wanted some representation. The younger folks wanted something in some shape or form to express the temperament of the children of today,” he said “Then I wanted to put something in there to represent the future and what we should be moving towards.”The huge mural depicts greats like Billie Holiday, The Met Theatre, an iconic Baltimore gathering place, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author, with his son, alongside representations of Africa. The idea behind all of these idols together was simple; Shaw wanted to show greatness before, then and now.From left to right on the mural, Shaw described the reasons behind the imagery.“[At] The very beginning of it is a yellow silhouette of an African Mask, it is a profile of an African headdress. It’s Nemba, there are several different ways to spell it, it is a mask of the Baga people from coastal Guinea,” he said “It represents the essence of feminine energy and that is a very healing energy. People in [Penn North] and really throughout Baltimore need healing energy at this time.”“I wanted a silhouette because not all African American people identify with Africa in that way. If it’s not something you are familiar with, you don’t see it. If it something that you are familiar with, you will know it immediately.”The mural’s themes of the past, present and future are universal.Shaw put an image of his daughter, Asya when she was 12 years old, in the mural. “Women have always been a part of the movement and at the head of them,” he said.“In the background is the MET Theatre, which existed right there almost exactly on Penn North. That and Billie Holiday are a representation of the past.”The last section of the mural features a young Ta-Nehisi Coates holding his son, which to Ernest represents the future of Black consciousness.“I think Ta-Nehisi is a wonderful amalgamation of intelligence and consciousness.”While the majority of the planning and execution of the mural is credited to Shaw, the street artist Nether and Shaw’s apprentice Erick Hendricks Jr also lent a hand. Nether is known throughout Baltimore for his large murals depicting people of color and their plight in today’s world.  Both Nether and Shaw have worked together in the past on art projects around the city.“Nether was a very instrumental assistant, [he] and I are co-curating a mural project in Sandtown-Winchester and we’ve been putting that together since the summer,” he said “The mural I painted for Penn and North is actually a part of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts’ Art@Work that they started in the summer.”Art@Work is a part of Baltimore Office for Promotion and The Arts and Jubilee Arts joint effort to employ 80 young people through Youthworks as apprentices under working artists to create murals in neighborhoods such as Sandtown-Winchester.By day Shaw is a teacher at Coppin State University. Though he has not taught this semester, he usually teaches a “combined theatre and visual arts class.”“Being a school teacher and an adjunct has allowed me to keep my nose to the ground,” he said “[I  get to] stay in touch with what’s going on and not get lost in my own studio or my own work.”last_img read more

Policy Institute Searches for Better Ways to Keep DC Residents Safe

first_imgThe Justice Policy Institute in Northwest D.C. is advocating a different approach to addressing violence within the community.Marc Schindler, executive director for the institute, a national research and policy organization that works on juvenile and justice issues, told the AFRO on Dec. 8, “It is really impossible to have a conversation about community safety without talking about the all too easy access to fire arms.” He explained the District is a city where firearms are easy to obtain which leads to more violent and often fatal crimes.Other than addressing the issue of gun control, the institute advocates for providing opportunities to young adults and families rather than relying on the aid of police officers.“Too often in poor communities and in communities of color, the first responders are law enforcement.” Schindler said, emphasizing that he would rather a medical agency respond to a crime that involved someone suffering from a mental health disorder then the police department.So the institute encourages policies that could lead to safer communities like having more counselors in the school system. He said the government should spend less money on policing schools and more resources to, “have people respond that are trained to deal with youth behavioral problems.”Although organizations like Justice Policy Institute are trying to prevent misconduct, there is still a surge of aggressive crimes throughout the area, such as the rising number of homicides within the District. According to Metropolitan Police Department, the homicide count is 152 as of Dec. 8, a 58.3 percent rise from the 96 last year.Violent crimes in the area also include a recent wave of armed robberies that occurred over the weekend in Northwest D.C. Police are searching for the group of suspects as concerns for neighborhood safety grow amongst residents.The victims in the assaults in Northwest were not physically harmed, but a Southeast victim, Kwaza K. Blue, 20, died Dec. 5 after being shot.Lauren Poteat contributed to this article.last_img read more

Chinese Streamer iQIYI Squeezed by Changing Content Context

first_imgThe company described the result as “another solid quarter of performance” and said that its strategy remains unchanged. “With the fast development of China’s entertainment industry and the approaching 5G commercialization, we are confident in our growth prospects and look forward to capturing the enormous opportunities ahead,” said Gong Yu, iQIYI founder and CEO.The company acknowledged “some recent challenges facing our industry” without elaborating on regulatory changes that made production more onerous, and the slowing rate of China’s economic growth.iQIYI itself paid $732 million for content in the quarter, an increase of 7%. But its sales of content to third parties dropped by 4%, due to delayed content deliveriesOn a conference call with analysts, Gong said that iQIYI had generally benefited from the film and TV production slowdown that began in the second half of 2018. “We have regained bargaining power and are more in control of our content costs,” he said, referring specifically to a reduction of talent costs, following the Fan Bingbing tax scandal. He said that where talent costs might previously have accounted for RMB 80-120 million per show, that has now fallen back to RMB40-50 million. CFO Wang Xiaodong said that content costs were likely to remain within the guidance that the company has previously provided, albeit at the upper end.Advertising revenues dropped by 16% “mainly due to the challenging macroeconomic environment in China, the delay of certain content launches and slower-than-expected recovery of (its) in-feed advertising.”Baidu, which has lost some of its tech sector dominance, made operating profits of RMB233 million ($33 million) in the April to June period. In the equivalent period last year it made operating profit RMB5.42 billion. In the January to March period it lost RMB936. Baidu’s quarterly revenue grew to RMB26.3 billion ($3.84 billion), a 1% increase on last year.Indicative prices after normal stock trading hours showed iQIYI ADR shares slumping by 9% to $16.40, compared with a Tuesday official close of $18.08. Baidu ARD shares moved in the opposite direction, rising from $104.22 at close to $113 in after hours trading. Popular on Variety YouTube Yanks 210 Channels for Spreading Propaganda Against Hong Kong Protests Related China Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Roars to Top With $101 Million Debut ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Chinese video streaming giant iQIYI saw its losses deepen, in the April to June second quarter of its financial year. The company grew subscriptions, but was hit by rising content costs and lower advertising revenueIts parent company, Chinese search leader, Baidu saw its year on year profits drop, though it recovered from loss in the first quarter. Both companies are listed on the U.S.-based NASDAQ stock market.Revenues at iQIYI grew to RMB7.1 billion ($1.01 billion), an increase of 15% that exceeded financial analysts’ consensus estimates of 7%. The company confirmed that subscriptions narrowly topped 100 million at the end of June.But iQIYI’s operating losses grew to $272 million (RMB1.9 billion in the quarter, with the loss margin worsening from 22% to 26% reflecting increased spending on content. Net losses increased to $339 million (RMB2.3 billion) up from RMB2.1 billion in the same quarter last year.last_img read more

Several killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

first_imgHeavily armed fighters in all-terrain vehicles stormed the town of Kukawa, some 180 kilometres (112 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, and opened fire on police and a local market.Kukawa, near Lake Chad, has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, forcing Nigeria’s state-run oil company to abandon prospecting and drilling.The latest attack happened on Monday and was slow to emerge because telecommunications in Borno have been largely destroyed by five years of violence. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThey (the gunmen) killed several people, especially around the market, where traders had gone for commercial activities,’ the Kukawa local government chairman Modu Musa ‘They burnt the whole market, the police station, government lodge, dozens of vehicles and most houses in the town in indiscriminate rocket and bomb attacks.’Police officers in Kukawa initially intercepted the insurgents on the outskirts of the town and engaged them in a fight but were forced to retreat because of the gunmen’s superior firepower. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanHundreds of residents fled to Maiduguri, joining tens of thousands of others who have abandoned their homes and livelihoods as a result of sustained attacks in Borno and two neighbouring states. Nigeria’s government earlier this month announced that they had secured a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram and an agreement to release 219 schoolgirls abducted from their Borno school in mid-April.But violence and further kidnappings have continued unabated.last_img read more

Cycling can reduce your loneliness boost mental health

first_imgFeeling lonely? Riding your bicycles may not only improve your general and mental health, but also increase social interaction, says a study.The study showed that cycling is the healthiest mode of transport and is associated with better self-perceived general health, better mental health, greater vitality, lower self-perceived stress and fewer feelings of loneliness.”The findings suggest that active transport – especially cycling – should be encouraged in order to improve health and increase social interaction,” said lead author Avila Palencia from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Barcelona, Spain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe second most beneficial transport mode, walking, was associated with good self-perceived general health, greater vitality, and more contact with friends and/or family.”Ours is the first study to associate the use of multiple urban transport modes with health effects such as mental health and social contact. It also allowed us to highlight the positive effect of walking, which in previous studies was not very conclusive,” she added.The study, published in the journal Environment International, was carried out in seven European cities: Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Orebro, Rome, Vienna and Zurich and included more than 8,800 people. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe transport modes assessed in the study were car, motorbike, public transport, bicycle, electric bicycle and walking.Driving and public-transport use were associated with poor self-perceived general health, while cars were linked with fewer feelings of loneliness.”This result is most likely due to the fact that the study population drove very infrequently and most journeys by car were probably for social purposes, such as visiting a family member or a friend,” the researchers explained.The study stressed on the need for “an integrated approach to urban planning, transport planning and public health is needed in order to developpolicies that promote active transport, such as adding more segregated cycle lanes for a better environment for cyclists,” the researchers noted.last_img read more