Los Angeles: “Doctor Strange” sequel is officially in the works with Scott Derrickson directing the film, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme.During a presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios announced that the second standalone of the character is titled “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse” and will hit the theatres on May 7, 2021 The first “Doctor Strange” released in 2016 and since then the character has appeared in “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaDerrickson told Variety, that the sequel will mine the original comics and play up “the gothic, the horror”. The movie will also feature Elizabeth Olsen, who will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch.Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that Scarlet Witch will join Doctor Strange following the events in Disney Plus series “Wandavision”, which was also announced at the same Comic-Con presentation.
Rabat – On December 3rd, Police arrested Hassan Idrissi Mounadi, a 53 year old Moroccan national who was staying at a VIP House in Ratchadamnern, after CCTV showed him stealing on two occasions in less than two hours.The mall CCTV captured also caught him coming out of a coffee shop on Moon Muang Road in Chiang Mai, in possession of a backpack containing €500, 8,000 baht, credit cards, and an ID. The backpack reportedly belonged to a 24 year old Italian tourist.An hour later, police released another CCTV video of the suspect stealing a bag with 3,000 baht and a phone in it from a 35 year old native Thai woman Police said that the suspect pretends he is a tourist to detect his victims, steal and leave the scene to another tourist location.Police have held the suspect responsible for many other theft related crimes in tourist hotspots . They charged him with theft during hours of darkness and receiving stolen goods.
12 May 2009The growing humanitarian crisis in North West Frontier Province, where United Nations agencies are ramping up aid to hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Government offensive against militants, was discussed today at a meeting in New York between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pakistani President Asif Zardari. Mr. Ban voiced the UN’s concern for the protection of civilians and the grave problems being experienced by ordinary people as a result of recent developments, according to information released by his spokesperson.In addition, Mr. Zardari reiterated his Government’s commitment to safeguard the interests and livelihood of the affected population. They agreed on the need for increased UN assistance to alleviate the plight of those displaced from their homes by the fighting.Speaking to reporters after his meeting Mr. Ban said he expected Mr. Zardari to take “all necessary care” to protect the civilian population. “The United Nations is ready and will always stand by to provide the necessary assistance, humanitarian assistance. I have asked him to facilitate smooth delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection of humanitarian workers.”Meanwhile, together with Government authorities, UN agencies in Pakistan are working to provide the affected families with basic necessities, such as food and nutrition assistance, shelter, water, sanitation facilities, primary health care and education.The World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing emergency food rations to around 650,000 people who have fled the conflict areas, including some 200,000 newly arrived internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Lower Dir, Swat and Buner districts.“WFP has mobilized in-country stocks and is prepared to feed the growing population of internally displaced persons for the next two to three months. Assisting hungry families is our first priority,” said the agency’s Pakistan Country Representative Wolfgang Herbinger.The agency announced plans to double the amount of emergency food aid assistance reaching registered IDPs in camps as well as in host communities, who account for more than 80 per cent of all those displaced. In addition, WFP is setting up food distribution hubs in Mardan and Swabi districts, the main destination for the latest wave of IDPs.“We need the international donor community to quickly step forward with donations to avoid any interruptions in food distributions,” stressed Mr. Herbinger.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that a Boeing 747 carrying 120 tons of relief supplies left Dubai this morning en route for Islamabad. The shipment includes some 10,000 mosquito nets, 14,000 plastic sheets for emergency shelters, 1,500 plastic rolls to build walls and privacy screens in camps, and two portable warehouses from UNHCR central stockpiles, which are headed for the agency’s depot in Peshawar to be distributed among various IDP camps in NWFP.The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has facilitated the emergency flight, as well as provided some 10,000 tents to UNHCR in support of its relief efforts.UNHCR reported that as of late Monday a total of 501,496 displaced people from the new influx have been formally registered since 2 May. More than 80 per cent of these IDPs are sheltering with relative, friends and host communities while 72,707 are taking refuge in makeshift camps.High Commissioner António Guterres said the speed and scale of the crisis is posing huge challenges for the Government and the humanitarian community, while highlighting the urgent need for more resources. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which holds some $450 million in reserve to allow the world body quick access to life-saving funds in sudden crisis, has allocated more than $8 million to fund humanitarian projects for people affected by the military operations in north-western Pakistan.WFP will receive $2.8 million of the allocation to provide full food rations to those displaced for one month. Another $2.15 million will bolster UNHCR efforts to provide household items such as blankets and cooking utensils to people living in camps.Some $1.9 million will go towards the provision of emergency health care, safe water and hygiene to the families who have been displaced, and the remainder will go to psycho-social programmes for children and a project to strengthen measures ensuring the safety and security of aid workers in the area.A humanitarian appeal for Pakistan that was launched in September 2008 has so far received 47 per cent of the $166 million required, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The money, resulting from an agreement signed today between the Government and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will go towards the Integrated Livelihoods Support Project, which aims to support and develop the food production system in Uttarakhand by improving technologies for traditional food crops and livestock. “This project is a direct response from the Government of India to scale up successful rural development programmes in the state,” IFAD states in a news release. The project will enable farmers to earn more by selling cash crops, according to the Rome-based agency. Production of off-season vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes and peas will increase and better marketing arrangements will be put in place. The project, which will cover 143,000 households, will also introduce new crops and products such as nuts, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants. Among those expected to benefit are small rural producers, women, scheduled caste households and young people.Although many households in Uttarakhand have land, the holdings are very small and the tiny terraced plots on steep hillsides make mechanization extremely difficult, points out IFAD, the agency that works with rural people to help them break out of poverty. With this new project, IFAD will have financed 24 programmes and projects in India since 1978 for a total investment of $746 million. 1 February 2012India is receiving a loan of nearly $90 million from the United Nations to improve agricultural livelihoods in the small north-western state of Uttarakhand, one of the poorest areas in the country.
Speaking yesterday in Bangkok to an audience of leading thinkers from the Asia-Pacific region, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said these were critical areas for re-analysis, creativity and action in the lead up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) this August in Johannesburg, South Africa. There are already signs that environmental issues, poverty and sustainable development moved towards the centre of the international trade debate following last November’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, Mr. Toepfer told the Asia-Pacific Forum on Environment and Development. “Trade ministers from over 140 countries now firmly accept that globalization of trade and the reduction of trade barriers must take into account environmental issues and the development needs of some of the world’s poorer countries,” he said. Much more detailed work was needed, however, on further integration of the WTO’s rules and those of multilateral environmental agreements on climate change, biodiversity, biosafety and chemicals, Mr. Toepfer added. “We need to use trade to lift large numbers of people out of poverty while maintaining and promoting a healthy, clean and environmentally sound planet,” he said. “It is important to ensure that increases in incomes, as a result of trade liberalization, do not occur at the expense of the environment. But it is equally important to have safeguards so that countries do not use the environment as an excuse for banning imports, so-called ‘green protectionism.’” In response to demands of developing countries for specific capacity building activities in this complex, political area, UNEP has joined with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to create the Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development. UNEP has also recently published the results of studies on the environmental impacts of trade liberalization on fisheries, forestry, water and other sectors in six developing countries and the economic instruments that can be used to manage them.
A water line break at Bill Davis Stadium during the extreme cold temperatures Jan. 6 and 7 has displaced Ohio State baseball coaches and complicated batting practice for players.Administration and Planning spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc said in an email the Department of Athletics has been working with university contractor BELFOR Property Restoration who “assists with restoration effects involving water damage, among other things.”“This work is ongoing, so there is not a cost estimate at this time,” Komlanc said. “Our crews first response is always to immediately isolate and shut off the water and the next priority is repairing the space so it can return to normal use as quickly as possible.”The leak occurred in the ceiling of the second floor of the baseball facilities, flooding the baseball coaches’ office, Komlanc said.OSU athletics spokesman Brett Rybak said in an email the second floor holds the offices of OSU coach Greg Beals, two assistants, an office for a volunteer assistant and the director of operations and a front desk for a receptionist.“The coaches have been working out of our video room behind our home dugout the last two weeks,” Rybak said.Redshirt-freshman pitcher Joe Stoll said the water from the offices leaked through the ceiling and into the players’ batting cages on the first floor.“The whole side of the building was covered in ice,” Stoll said. “Every single paper in their office was unusable.”Rybak said there is not an estimated date for the offices to be reopened.Stoll said dehumidifiers have been set up along the players’ batting cages to help dry up the water.“We should have the dehumidifiers in the batting cages until our first trip on Feb. 14,” Stoll said.Komlanc said repairs mainly involve replacement of drywall, wood trim and carpeting.Multiple calls to BELFOR Property Restoration were not returned. Attempts to obtain photographs of the scene were denied.The OSU baseball team is scheduled to start its season in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 14 against Connecticut as part of the Snowbird Classic.
Google is increasingly taking a stake in the renewable energy market, and now wants to offer you free solar panels in return for a monthly subscription. It’s a bit more complicated than that from the installation point of view, but for the U.S. consumer it means no more dirty energy bills, just a solar panel subscription.Google has set aside $75 million with which to fund 3,000 solar electricity systems that will be installed at residential locations around the U.S. These won’t be Google-branded products. Instead, Google wants to hand the work of installation and maintenance over to local companies who will put the panels on your roof for free, a service thought to cost in the region of $30,000 per home.Once installed, the home owner will pay a set monthly fee that is the same or lower than their existing energy bill. For the consumer this means a consistent bill unaffected by the rising cost associated with other forms of energy. It also means homes become a lot greener with a drastic reduction in carbon footprints.For the local installers it means work, and therefore Google can be seen to be supporting the local economy. For Google, not only does it setup a regular source of new income, it also entitles the company to take advantage of energy subsidies offered on a state-by-state basis. So while $75 million is a lot of up front money, it will most likely be quickly recouped and turned into a profitable endeavor.Google is working with Clean Power Finance to create the fund for this project. It will be open to some 1,400 installers spread across the U.S. and could see some areas switch to a reliance on renewable solar energy very quickly. If successful, we can certainly see Google adding more to the fund and potentially becoming a major player in the residential energy market.This is actually the second round of investment Google is aiming at residential housing. The first was a fund worth $280 million to help SolarCity get more homes using solar power at an affordable price.Read more at the Official Google Blog, via MercuryNews.comMatthew’s OpinionThis move by Google will certainly have some of the large energy companies worried. Offering home owners free installations, providing work for installation companies, and having a green impact across the U.S. means this will be popular with everyone: consumers, installers, and the government.In one fell swoop Google offers a green energy solution that doesn’t seem to have a downside. If demand for the panels is as high as I expect, in a couple of years Google will have most of those installers eager to work for Google, and push the Google energy subscription out to more homes. Look forward a decade, and if Google keeps financing the fund it could be a key competitor in the energy market others will find it hard to compete with.
Déforestation : un moratoire entre en vigueur en IndonésieLe jeudi 19 mai, un moratoire de deux ans sur les permis de déboisement des forêts équatoriales est entré en vigueur en Indonésie. Annoncée il y a un an afin de lutter contre la déforestation, cette mesure devait être lancée en janvier dernier mais des divergences quant à la nature des forêts à prendre en compte ont repoussé de cinq mois cette entrée en vigueur.Ce moratoire a été décidé dans le cadre d’un accord avec la Norvège en mai 2010. Celle-ci a promis de consacrer un budget de un milliard de dollars pour aider le pays à protéger ses forêts. Comme le rapporte Romandie, le président indonésien Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a signé le décret portant sur la suspension de tous les permis d’exploitation forestière. Une suspension de la conversion de forêts et de tourbières en terres cultivables, qui doit durer deux ans.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airLes détails de ce moratoire, et notamment les types de forêts concernés, ne sont pas encore connus. Ainsi, si Bustar Maitar, un responsable de Greenpeace Indonésie, salue cette décision, il reste réservé. Si le moratoire ne couvre que les forêts primaires, qui sont déjà protégées, il n’aura aucune utilité, estime en effet l’écologiste.L’Indonésie abrite le troisième bassin de forêts équatoriales du monde, après le Brésil et la République démocratique du Congo. Mais au cours de ces dernières décennies, les surfaces boisées, sacrifiées pour faire place aux cultures de palmiers à huile notamment, ont considérablement diminué. Une déforestation qui concerne tout particulièrement les îles de Bornéo et Sumatra. D’ici à 2020, l’Indonésie a pour objectif de réduire d’au moins 26% ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Un engagement qui ne pourra être respecté sans une protection accrue des surfaces boisées, la déforestation étant la principale source d’émission de GES du pays.Le 26 mai 2011 à 09:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
For defender Ayman Ben Mohamed, the only way to redeem themselves after losing 3-0 against Al Ain in the Quarterfinals is to beat Guadalajara tomorrowTunisian club Espérance Sportif de Tunis had a disastrous first match at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.They failed against local Emirati side Al Ain FC 3-0 and now will play for fifth place against Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara.“It’s a game for fifth place, we were disappointed with the last match. But this is a good game, especially for the fans,” said defender Ayman Ben Mohamed.“[Against Al Ain] it was a very difficult defeat, we expected a lot better from ourselves.”“We didn’t have a good performance overall. It was difficult to concede an early goal, and Al Ain was the better team for the game,” he added visibly perturbed by the defeat.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…But Mohamed knows that a win in the FIFA Club World Cup is very important, it doesn’t matter if is only for fifth place.“We felt really disappointed, especially for the fans. To make the fans happy. Hopefully the next game we can do better.”#CWC18: For Ayman Ben Mohamed, defender of @ESTuniscom, the only way to make fans happy would be to win fifth place against @Chivas tomorrow in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/zyiHDHOsZw— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 17, 2018
The Conference Committee on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) kicked off this week with hopes of reaching an agreement that will be enacted by the end of the year. There are relatively minor differences between the House and Senate bills, both of which ASA supported, and were passed by the respective chambers on strong bipartisan votes.In his opening statement, House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, said, “Our bill cuts red tape, reforms the bureaucracy, and accelerates project delivery. It sets hard deadlines on the time and cost of studies. It also consolidates or eliminates duplicative or unnecessary studies and requires concurrent reviews. And our bill streamlines environmental reviews. These are all top priorities and I know we have much common ground.”Chairman Shuster also touted the provisions of the bill that authorize needed investments in America’s ports. Among the priorities for ASA, the House and Senate WRDA bills include reforms to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the Inland Waterways Trust Fund to better ensure that the fees collected from users of these systems are utilized for their intended purpose. The bills also provide flexibility and opportunities for public private partnerships.
Amalapuram: Social welfare minister Pinepe Viswaroop said that the government was extending all necessary help to the flood-effected people including supplying food and other essential commodities to the relief camps in the district. After visiting flooded areas Bodasakurru, Pallipalem and P Gannavaram along with MLA K Chittibabu in Konaseema here on Tuesday, Viswaroop said a permanent solution would be found to address the inundation of island areas where hundreds of people are facing problems during flood season every year. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us ” As part of it, steps will be taken to sanction house site pattas to them in upland areas. Further, an action plan will be chalked out to protect Konaseema from submergence in flood water,” he said. The minister said the government had supplied 25 kg rice, one kg red gram, sugar, potatoes, onions, Oil each to the flood victims. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the collector and other officials to take care of the people who are suffering due to flood and provide everything they need, he added. The minister directed the local officials to visit entire area without fail and also arrange medical camps to prevent spread of seasonal diseases. Amalapuram revenue divisional officer B Venkata Ramana, deputy superintendent of police Sk Masum Basha and others accompanied the minister.
Jammu : There will be some restrictions in Kashmir Valley on Independence Day even as the situation has been calm, a senior official said on Wednesday. “There have been no major report of any untoward incident. All civil supplies continue to be normal. Any detention or arrest is based on local assessment,” Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi repeated his demand to visit Jammu and Kashmir and asked governor Satya Pal Malik when he could come. He said he had accepted Malik’s invitation to visit J&K and meet people without any conditions and termed the governor’s reply “feeble”. “Dear Maalik (sic) ji, I saw your feeble reply to my tweet. “I accept your invitation to visit Jammu & Kashmir and meet the people, with no conditions attached. When can I come?” he said. Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal was stopped from leaving the country on Wednesday. He was detained from Delhi airport and was sent back to Srinagar, where he was taken into ‘preventive custody,’ a top officer said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us According to the sources, Faesal was scheduled to fly to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight on Wednesday. He was detained at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport at 5:30 am based on a lookout notice issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. But Faesal’s friends said he was flying to Boston, Massachussetts. Faesal had earlier completed a course in public policy from the Harvard University. Advertise With Us Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to become the voice of Kashmir and raise the issue at every global forum, including the United Nations, as he questioned the silence of the international community on the situation in the region. Addressing a special session of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir’s legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, Khan said that if war breaks out between Pakistan and India, the world community will be responsible. Khan, who was in Muzaffarabad to observe Pakistan’s Independence Day, said Prime Minister Modi has “committed a strategic blunder, he has played his last card. It will cost a lot to Modi and the BJP. Because they have internationalised the issue of Kashmir.” “Whatever was done during the curfew by India, we will tell the international community that you are responsible. Whichever forum we get, I will be the ambassador and bring up Kashmir at every forum,” Khan said. Khan also said that Pakistan will respond with full force if India launches any aggression against his country. “The Pakistan Army has full knowledge…India has made a plan to take action” in PoK, he said. “You take action and this is my message: every brick will be countered with a stone,” Khan said. Pakistan President Arif Alviy said “Kashmiris and Pakistanis are one” people and the country will continue to stand with the people of Kashmir. Dismissing concerns about Jammu and Kashmir becoming two union territories, former PDP leader Farooq Ahmed Dar says there is no harm if people benefit from it. He cited the example of New Delhi, asserting that the national capital has continued to develop even though its chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is frequently locked in confrontations with the Union government. The leader of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider said that his government will no longer recognise the Line of Control (LoC) and instead rename it as “Ceasefire Line” after India recently revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the alleged ‘unprovoked ceasefire violations’ by Indian troops across the Line of Control which killed a civilian.
The world’s largest e-tailer, Amazon, has inked a deal with India’s largest retailer, Future Group, to sell the latter’s goods exclusively on its platform.Under the new partnership, reported by The Economic Times, Amazon India will first feature 45 of Future Group’s fashion brands before moving into other categories.Several of Future Group’s fashion brands such as Lee Cooper, Converse, Indigo Nation, Scullers and Jealous21, will soon be available only on Amazon, which will handle the customer service and delivery of the products.The two giants are also set to develop a new line of products that will be exclusively sold at Amazon and Future Group’s retail stores.”The deal is deeper than just transactional involvement with Amazon. We are exploring several synergies in data sharing, co-branding, crosspromotion and distribution network sharing through the partnership,” Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group, which runs the Big Bazaar and Ezone retail chain, told the ET.Biyani had met with Amazon head Jeff Bezos’ during the latter’s India visit on 3 October.”We are targeting gross merchandise sales of ₹6,000 crore in next 3 years through the alliance,” Biyani said.This partnership comes after Biyani’s repeated criticism for the sharp discounts offered online compared to the traditional retailers. Keeping in line with his perspective, the goods offered online under the deal will be priced similarly to those in brick-and-mortar stores. Meanwhile, the deal signifies Amazon’s growing interest in capturing market in India otherwise ruled by the likes of Flipkart and Snapdeal. There were reports earlier that Amazon was also planning to acquire fashion e-portal Jabong.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 siblings Parth Samthaan and Pooja BanerjeeinstagramParth Samthaan and Pooja Banerjee have been winning hearts with their roles as siblings – Anurag and Nivedita – in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. However, in the latest video from Ekta Kapoor’s web series Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain 2, the actors are seen sharing a liplock.This has left netizens flabbergasted as they are finding the on-screen brother-sister duo kissing in another show extremely odd. In the web series, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain 2 that stars Mona Singh, Ronit Roy and Gurdeep Kohli, Parth and Pooja play the roles of Faizal and Bani, respectively.As soon as the video was uploaded online, netizens were left angered, some also condemned the makers and the actors too for including a kissing scene between the actors who play siblings in Ekta’s another family drama. Meanwhile, rumour has it that Parth is dating his Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 co-star Erica Fernandes. A source had told SpotboyE that the actors, who play the roles of Anurag Basu and Prerna on the show, have developed romantic feelings for each other. Apparently, the alleged couple is spending more time together than usual.Parth was also in the news as he bought his first house in Mumbai for his parents. Sharing a glimpse of his new home with his Instagram followers, the actor wrote, “Gift to my Parents —-MY FIRST HOUSE IN MUMBAI This feeling is beyond happiness ! Since the time one travels to a new city to aspire his/her dream .. you are always away from your home .. and while pursuing your dream you want to get your ‘home sweet home’ asap .. So with god’s blessings …finally m glad that I am able to achieve one of the goals from my wishlist #myownhouse #2801 #hariom Ganpati Bappa Maurya.” Take a look at some of their reactions:
Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston firefighters union president Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton (center) speaks at a news conference held in 2017.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association is questioning the efficiency of a proposal by Mayor Sylvester Turner to phase in the implementation of pay parity between the local police and fire departments.Voters approved the proposition last November. It establishes pay parity between the local police and fire departments on a rank-by-rank basis.On Wednesday, Turner sent a letter to HPFFA President Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton proposing to phase in the voter-mandated raises over a period of five years. The mayor argues the phase-in plan would allow the city to implement the raises without having to lay off firefighters.“The proposal seems to only offer a portion of the pay and benefits over a five-year period,” Lancton said in a letter to Turner and Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña on Thursday.Lancton asked the mayor whether his plan would implement pay parity “fully” and asks him to clarify how base pay and incentives would be applied.Turner has repeatedly said layoffs are necessary, unless the union agrees to a five-year implementation of the raises. The union has already rejected a previous phase-in proposal from the city. “They (layoffs) were unnecessary during the Houston Police Department raises. They are unnecessary now,” Lancton wrote.Lancton also said if Turner lays off firefighters he will be “responsible for the consequences of diminished public safety services.”The city is preparing to lay off up to 400 firefighters and up to 100 other municipal workers, in order to fund the voter-mandated raises.You can read Lancton’s letter here: Share
Disney’s “Coco,” in its fifth week, moved up a slot to No. 3 on both charts.Rounding out the top five on the overall sales chart were Warner’s “Justice League” at No. 4 and Fox’s “Ferdinand” at No. 5, which were No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, on the Blu-ray chart.The No. 4 Blu-ray was another Disney-distributed title, “Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok,” which was No. 6 overall.Blu-ray accounted for a whopping 80% of first-week Last Jedi disc sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributed 15% to the total.On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 1, the “Jumanji” sequel took the top spot for a second week, while “Justice League” held onto the No. 2 spot.“Ferdinand” moved up a spot to No. 3, while “Last Jedi” debuted at No. 4 (Disney is the only studio without a distribution agreement to provide titles to top rental outlet Redbox, which limits copy depth on some top titles as the kiosk vendor acquires its Disney-distributed fare from retail stores).Rounding out the top five is Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, down two slots from the previous week.John Latchem is Executive Editor of Media Play News.Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 3/31/18:1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (new)2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle3. Coco4. Justice League5. Ferdinand6. Thor: Ragnarok7. Pitch Perfect 38. Wonder9. The Star10. The Shape of Water11. Jumanji 2-Movie Collection12. Jumanji13. Despicable Me 314. Acts of Violence (new)15. Spider-Man: Homecoming16. Hop17. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 218. The Lion King: Signature Collection19. Downsizing20. Lady and the Tramp: Signature CollectionTop 10 Media Play News rental chart for the week ended 4/1/18:1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle2. Justice League3. Ferdinand4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (new)5. Pitch Perfect 36. Thor: Ragnarok7. Downsizing8. The Shape of Water9. Coco10. Acts of Violence (new)For complete sales and rental charts, visit MediaPlayNews.com. Popular on Variety ×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 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted atop the national home video sales charts by a wide margin the week ended March 31.The eighth numbered installment of the “Star Wars” saga and the ninth live-action film in the franchise took in $620 million at the domestic box office and $1.33 billion worldwide — making it the top earner released in 2017. The Rian Johnson-directed film easily took the No. 1 spot on both the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.Dropping to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, was Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which sold 29% as many copies as Last Jedi during the week.
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You have all played, and will continue to play, a critical role in propelling that forward.The strength of our brand, the creativity and innovation of this team, along with the commitment and love of our audience of hundreds of millions of women, will continue to cement our leading cultural position in the space. Please join us in expressing thanks to our impacted colleagues for their contributions and wishing them well.Philippe & Justin ×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 Digital media company Refinery29, facing a 5% revenue shortfall for the year, is cutting 10% of its workforce, or about 40 employees.Company co-founders and co-CEOs Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano announced the cuts in an internal memo. “While our 2018 revenue will show continued year-over-year growth, we are projecting to come in approximately 5% short of our goal,” they wrote. As a result of its financial pressures, “we will be parting ways with approximately 10% of our workforce.”The latest cuts, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, come after New York-based Refinery29 laid off 34 employees in December 2017.Refinery29, which targets a millennial female audience, is going to cut back on content “with a short shelf life,” according to the execs. “While this type of content has been driving views, it has not yielded a great monetization strategy to justify the same level of continued investment.” Von Borries and Stefano wrote that they see sustainable growth in “premium, evergreen” programming, and plan to produce more video (both short- and long-form) on that front. In another effort to cut costs, R29 will “simplify and standardize” its technology operations. “[P]arts of our technology, specifically our back-end content management system, no longer need to be built from scratch and third-party offerings can serve our needs in a better and more cost-effective fashion,” the co-CEOs wrote.Refinery29 also plans to create a single, unified sales group and a sales planning and operations group.Founded in 2005, Refinery29 has raised $125 million in funding, including a $45 million round led by Turner in 2016. Other investors include WPP, Hearst, Discovery (through its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive), Stripes Group, Floodgate, Lead Edge Capital, First Round Capital and Lerer Ventures.Read the full memo from von Borries and Stefano:Dear R29’ers,Today, we wanted to share several important announcements regarding the direction of our company, which involve us doubling down on our investment in key growth areas, as well as reducing resources in other areas of our business. This will require the very difficult decision to part ways with members of the R29 team.As CEOs, it is our responsibility to all of you and the company that we make the necessary changes that will drive the business toward long-term success. This means having a rigorous focus on both our future growth and the bottom line of the company.It’s important to note that the overall performance of the business this year has grown in a tough environment and that we have successfully diversified our revenue streams. This includes international, which will be up over 100%; our originals business, which has grown 50%; and our direct-to-consumer business, which includes our award-winning live events and will be up over 300%. We expect all of these to be significant drivers next year. While our 2018 revenue will show continued year-over-year growth, we are projecting to come in approximately 5% short of our goal. We’ve identified areas within the business where we can better direct our resources toward our goal of building a next-gen media and entertainment company that powerfully connects with women around the world. While these changes will affect every division of the company, the areas where we will make the biggest shifts are in our video and product and engineering strategies. We are focusing on the production of premium, evergreen IP Content is at the core of what we do. R29 is recognized as a leader in video — from Shatterbox to Shady. That said, the market is ever-changing, so we are putting further emphasis on where we see sustainable growth — and that is in premium IP. This means we will continue to produce more award-winning programming (both short and long-form) with less emphasis on the production of content with a short shelf life. While this type of content has been driving views, it has not yielded a great monetization strategy to justify the same level of continued investment.We are simplifying and standardizing our technology On the Product and Engineering side, we will simplify and standardize the technology we use to support best-in-class editorial workflows. As a company, we believe in supporting our own proprietary technology and product where we can gain competitive advantage. However, parts of our technology, specifically our back-end content management system, no longer need to be built from scratch and third-party offerings can serve our needs in a better and more cost-effective fashion. Going forward, we will re-orient tech and product resources toward differentiated data and front-end experiences that serve our audience in truly unique ways.We are reorganizing our ad sales teams into one unified Customer Solutions GroupWe have evaluated how our commercial team is organized and how we can work smarter and more proactively to deliver strong marketing solutions. This will involve key changes in the people, processes and products of our revenue teams, including the creation of a unified Customer Solutions Group and a Sales Planning and Operations Group.
At the end of March, developer CCP announced quite an exciting offer for players of Eve Online. A deal had been signed with Nvidia to allow Eve’s in-game Pilot License Extension (PLEX) currency to be used to purchase a real-world GeForce GTX 560 graphics card.The announcement saw the price of PLEX shoot up on the Eve Online markets, but ultimately it was a way to get a $200 graphics card without spending any real money. The only issue was, the number of cards available had been limited to 100.As you would expect for such an offer, demand was high. The graphics card for PLEX transaction became available yesterday, and even though it was limited to just one card per account, all 100 were gone within a mere 64 seconds.The speed at which the cards were snapped up shows there’s definitely a healthy market for virtual currency to real world object transactions. CCP could, and probably should look into expanding the program as it may offer a new revenue stream for the company if they take a percentage cut on sales. At the very least it’s another novel feature for the game that may attract new players. It may have a few accountants scratching their heads when it comes time to file your return, though.I’m sure Nvidia will see the potential of these types of offers, too. The company has just seen 100 of its cards grabbed by PC gamers, many of whom will be playing games for many years to come and therefore require PC upgrades. If they use a Nvidia card now, they are likely to select a Nvidia card again in the future.via Games Press (registration required)
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 17, 2014 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I have never used an app more than once that didn’t appeal to my eyes or one that made me think about how to use it. Design is just too important, and good design is a sure way that your app stays on your customer’s phone.Not only does design influence the behavior of your customer, but also drives perceptions and to an extent, helps you get to the app store’s featured list.While it’s natural to consider design as the look and feel, it’s much more than that. Design means the form and function of your app and how your customers will navigate through it. Design means making sure you offer an overall fantastic user experience.Related: The Inside Story of Flipboard, the App That Makes Digital Content Look Magazine GlossyYou should focus on three goals for a better-designed app (a creative vision highlighted by Google). First, enchant your customer. The look and feel is the first touch point for any customer that comes across your app store page or microsite. And when it’s one app among many in that category, it better stand out in terms of graphic design.Second, simplify the life of your customer who’s going to use your app. It has to be so simple to use that your app doesn’t need to come with instructions. The interface has to be intuitive. The only way to test this is to create an interface and let your potential customers play with it. Study their behavior and improvise.Finally, integrate a well-designed product with one that is personal and at the same time lets your customers experience new ways of doing things. To give you an example, a cluttered market filled with to-do list apps was confronted by Clear, a beautifully-designed app.Let’s look at some resources that will help you create a stunning design for your mobile app.1. pttrns. A curated library of over 2,900 iPhone and iPad user-interface patterns, pttrns already has over 2 million page views per month. Use it as a design inspiration from some of the best apps out there. Of course, you can adapt the designs for Android apps as well.2. TETHR is a completely free iOS design kit by InVision that offers eight Photoshop document files and 138 templates with over 250 components that you can incorporate in your designs.Related: Rewriting the Smartphone Keyboard at Age 283. Android App Patterns. Specific to the Android OS, this website offers design inspiration with more than 1,600 screenshots of beautifully designed and functional apps across 31 categories.4. Unsplash. Finding good quality stock photographs to use in your app or its associated microsite can be a challenge, and there are costs associated with them. Unsplash is a great resource to find high-resolution photos free of copyrights that you can use the way you like.5. iOS Fonts features a listing of default iOS fonts in one place with a total of 260 faces for iPhone and iPad. You can type the text in the preview box and see the result of how it appears.6. App Icon Template is a free Photoshop resource that helps you create app icons for iOS, OS X and Android apps on the go. This tool has built-in textures and colors and it automatically renders out all the various sizes of icons required on Android and iOS.7. Lookback. This tool allows you to see how people really use your app so that you can create a better user experience. It can also track bugs. It’s a great tool for creating a more usable app.Have you used some other tools that have worked for you? Please let us know in the comments section below!Related: Need a New Design? 5 Reasons to Crowdsource It. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read
Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Siemens Healthcare will highlight a new development in picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) with a new PACS* that complements and integrates Siemens advanced imaging offering. This solution combines 2D, 3D, and 4D reading – allowing fast reading in any dimension – together in one place.* The information about this product is being provided for planning purposes. The product is pending 510(k) review, and is not yet commercially available. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content Technology | September 21, 2009 Siemens Shows New Development in PACS for Advanced Imaging News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more