Benjamin Mendy helps homeless man in Manchester by handing him a jersey

first_imgAdvertisementBenjamin Mendy , the Manchester City left-back was on a dinner outing with a few of his teammates to Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant – Rosso when he encountered a homeless man that needed help and the Frenchman was kind enough to do his part.Since Mendy wasn’t carrying any cash on him, all he could do was hand the homeless guy a City jersey that was in his car.Speaking to Manchester Evening news, Mendy explained the act : “I was walking past Rosso restaurant and I saw a homeless man who asked me for change.“I said I didn’t have any, but knew there was a footballer inside that might be able to help.“I saw Benjamin Mendy as he was leaving Rosso Restaurant last night. He got into a car and was being driven and stopped to take some photos for the press.“As they were about to drive off, a homeless man went to go and ask him for some change, but Mendy said he only had his card and said instead he would give him his shirt.“I don’t think the homeless guy had a clue what was happening, but one of the paparazzi bought the shirt off him – so I guess he got the money he needed.”Advertisementlast_img read more

CONMEBOL to award Copa title to Chapecoense: Report

first_imgFive days after most of their squad were killed in an air crash in Colombia, Chapecoense have been told they will be named Copa Sudamericana champions.”CONMEBOL (South American football’s governing body) is going to declare Chapecoense winners of the Copa Sudamericana,” the club’s acting president Ivan Tozzo was quoted as saying on the TV Globo website (”In addition Chapecoense will receive the two million dollars in prize money.”Tozzo was speaking after a wake was held at the club’s Arena Conda in southern Brazil.More than 50 victims, who included players, officials and reporters, of the air crash were honoured at the wake.Monday’s disaster, which killed 71 passengers and crew, shocked football fans all over the world and plunged Brazil into mourning.A BAe146 regional airliner operated by Bolivian charter company LAMIA had radioed that it was running out of fuel before smashing into a hillside outside Medellin.Six people survived, including three members of the club, en route to the Copa Sudamericana final against local side Atletico Medellin, the biggest game in Chapecoense’s history.Earlier in the week, Atletico led calls for the Copa to be awarded to their opponents. Chapecoense have never won the trophy before.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians celebrate IPL 2019 win in style with open-bus parade

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Higher Charter Coverage Improves Danaos Q3 Earnings

first_imgzoom As a result of higher charter contract coverage, Athens-based containership owner Danaos Corporation managed to improve its earnings in the third quarter of this year, when compared to the same period of 2016.The company’s net income amounted to USD 22.4  million during the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to a net loss of USD 8.4 million posted in the same period a year earlier.Adjusted net income of USD 30.1 million for the quarter represented an increase of USD 7.3 million compared to USD 22.8 million for the third quarter of 2016.As explained, this increase was attributable to a USD 6 million increase in the operating revenues of the vessels that were previously chartered to former shipping company Hanjin that had not recorded any operating revenues during the third quarter of 2016 and improved operating performance of USD 1.3 million. “The company is in breach of certain financial covenants as a result of the Hanjin bankruptcy. We are currently engaged in discussions with our lenders regarding refinancing substantially all of our debt maturing in 2018. These discussions encompass potential amendments to the associated financial covenants that have been breached. In the meantime, we continue to generate positive cash flows from our operations and currently are in a position to service all our operational obligations as well as all scheduled principal amortization and interest payments under the original terms of our debt agreements,” John Coustas, Danaos’ CEO, commented.During the three months ended September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016, Danaos had an average of 55 containerships. The fleet utilization for the third quarter of 2017 was 97% compared to 98.3% in the three months ended September 30, 2016, when excluding the off charter days of the vessels that were previously chartered to Hanjin.Charter coverage remains at 87% for the next 12 months based on current operating revenues and 71% in terms of contracted operating days.“The charter market for the sub 4,000 TEU vessels is relatively stable, with charter rates slightly higher than the lows of 2016, while the size segment between 4,000 to 5,000 TEU is facing more pressure. For larger vessel sizes, the fourth quarter is typically the low season of the year. We will have more clarity on the state of that segment as we approach the peak season in the spring of 2018. We do not expect a material improvement in the market environment next year, given the large number of vessel deliveries scheduled for 2018. Danaos continues to have low near term exposure to the weak spot market as a result of the aforementioned strong charter coverage,” Coustas added.Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, stood at USD 61.1 million, compared to a net income of USD 83.7 million reported in the Q3 2016.last_img read more

Gallery Teekays 1st LNG Icebreaker Transits NSR

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Teekay has taken delivery of Eduard Toll, the first of the company’s six LNG carrier newbuilds contracted to serve the Yamal LNG project.Recently, the 172,652 cbm vessel underwent the latest seasonal independent passage by a merchant ship on the Northern Sea Route.Built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard, the vessel was technically accepted in Korea at the beginning of December 2017 after completing sea trials. Following this, Eduard Toll started its journey to Northern Russia.Over the past month, the LNG carrier has transited the Northern Sea Route, breaking ice 1.8 meters thick at speeds of five knots astern, and arrived at the Sabetta terminal ahead of schedule.As explained by Teekay, the transit marked a major milestone for shipping in the Arctic as this was the first time a shipping vessel made an independent passage, without the support of an icebreaker, during this time of year.“With the inaugural passage now successfully behind us, we look forward to loading for someplace sunnier as soon as Yamal LNG’s busy quay becomes available, and to doing it all over again for decades to come on the Eduard Toll and our five other five newbuilds comprising the Arc7 fleet that we own with our joint venture partner, China LNG,” Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teekay Gas Group, commented.The 298-meter-long Eduard Toll is also the fourth of fifteen Arc7 LNG carriers being built for the Yamal LNG project.The project, expected to produce 16.5 million metric tons of LNG annually, is sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund.Under the abovementioned project, a series of fifteen vessels are being built, each capable of transporting 172,000 cubic meters and operating year-round in second-year ice up to 2.5 meters thick.Image Courtesy: Teekaylast_img read more

More Support for Expecting and New Mothers

first_imgNew and expectant mothers receiving income assistance will benefit with an increase to the province’s maternal nutritional allowance. Effective Oct. 1, the province will increase the allowance to $51 a month, about a 76 per cent increase, to ensure that low-income Nova Scotian women who are pregnant can better afford healthy food. “We know how important it is for pregnant women and new mothers to have access to nutritious food,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services. “By increasing the maternal nutritional allowance, we are making it a priority to improve the health of pregnant women and new mothers on income assistance. “We know that more can and should be done and now that we have a balanced budget we can do more to make life better for Nova Scotians most in need.” The maternal nutritional allowance is now $29 a month and is available for the duration of a woman’s pregnancy and during the year after the birth of a child. About 850 women receive the maternal nutritional allowance each month. This increase brings Nova Scotia in line with other areas in Canada. “I think this is fantastic news,” said Ceilidh Lewis, a new mother. “This allowance is so important, even after the baby is born, for nutrition reasons.” “Eating a variety of healthy foods can help give a woman the nutrients she needs to support a healthy pregnancy,” said Catherine Walsh, clinical dietitian, Women’s and Newborn Health Program at the IWK Health Centre. “Choosing healthy food also promotes optimal weight gain during pregnancy, contributing to a baby’s growth and development and lifelong health. “Healthy futures really start well before birth, supported by a mother’s healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy food. Healthy eating ultimately has profound benefits – both short and long term – for Nova Scotia families, including contributing to positive well-being and in the prevention of chronic disease.” The province also recently increased the personal use allowance for income assistance recipients by $17 a month. This is the third year in a row the province has increased the allowance, part of an overall 22 per cent increase in income assistance since 2009. The personal allowance for an individual receiving income assistance, which can also be used to purchase food, is now $255 per month, per adult. In addition, expecting and new mothers receiving income assistance may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of prescribed prenatal vitamins and foods required for special dietary needs such as gestational diabetes. Since 2009, the government has increased investments to help more low-income Nova Scotians including introducing Nova Scotia’s first housing strategy, increasing minimum wage, adding 250 child care subsidies, building more affordable housing and removing the provincial portion of the HST from home heating, children’s shoes, clothing and diapers. The province also announced in July that the number of Nova Scotians living in poverty is at its lowest level in decades. The number of people with low incomes in Nova Scotia dropped by more than 7,000 to 64,000 in 2011, a decrease of 10 per cent over 2012 according to Statistics Canada data. This means that about seven per cent of the population is considered to be living in poverty, the lowest percentage of low-income Nova Scotians on record.last_img read more

Full results from Leo Awards night 1 Tech Awards

first_imgUnsung heroes had their moment in the spotlight on Saturday at the first night of the 2017 Leo Awards.Veteran actor Mackenzie Gray (Legion) hosted the first ceremony of this year’s Leos – which celebrate excellence in BC’s booming film and television industry ­– in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.A total of 113 awards will be handed out over three nights, and the first ceremony – Celebration Awards Ceremony One, affectionately known as the Tech Awards – fêted artists who work behind the scenes on all manner of film and television projects, including visual effects artists, hair and make-up artists, cinematographers, production and costume designers, and editors. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Full results below. The 2017 Leo Awards continue on June 3 with Celebration Awards Ceremony Two (hosted by Paul McGillion and Veena Sood), and conclude on June 4 with the Red Carpet Gala (hosted by Peter Kelamis). Reel People will be there for all of it – so watch @sabrinarmf for live tweets and check back here for next-day results. Best Visual Effects in a Motion PictureChris Van Dyck, Calvin Romeyn, Erik T. Jensen, Camil Adell, Fenner RockliffeLavenderBest Sound in a Motion PictureKelly Cole, Bill Mellow, May Guimaraes, Brian Campbell, James Fonnyadt, Allyson Cole, Jay Cheetham, Shane ShemkoREAD MORE Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian Pacific raises guidance after profits climb in the quarter

first_imgCALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) has revised upwards its 2017 guidance after seeing profits climb for another quarter.The Calgary-based company said Tuesday that net income for the third quarter came in at $510 million, or $3.50 per share, an increase of almost 50 per cent from the $347 million or $2.34 per share it pulled in a year ago.Revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 grew three per cent to $1.6 billion, while operating income was up five per cent to $690 million.The positive results prompted the company to revise its guidance and it now expects to see double-digit growth for the year, up from its earlier guidance of high single-digit growth.Company CEO Keith Creel said on an earnings call that the company’s performance was a result of the drive for further efficiencies in precision railroading, which he’ll continue doing.“I’m focused on the end product, which is earnings growth — quality, sustainable earnings growth,” said Creel.“Rest assured, I’ve got a book of opportunities in my bottom desk drawer and it just takes time to get to them.”Canadian Pacific says its operating ratio — a measure of efficiency that balances revenue with expenses — also improved, down by 100 basis points to 56.7 per cent compared with the third quarter of 2016.Edward Jones analyst Dan Sherman said the third-quarter results were solid, with adjusted third-quarter earnings of $2.90 coming in above the consensus expectation of $2.87.He said he maintains a buy rating on the company.“We believe that Canadian Pacific’s increased emphasis on marketing and continuing network improvements should accelerate the creation of value for shareholders.”last_img read more

UN envoy witnesses Chad and Sudan work towards restoring normal relations

The 5th Meeting of the Contact Group, which is tasked with implementing the peace deal – known as the Dakar Agreement – ensuring a halt to hostilities along the border separating Chad and Sudan, was held in Asmara, Eritrea.Victor Angelo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), was one of the participants in the Asmara meeting.The meeting heard and discussed a report by experts on defence, security and intelligence offering guidelines for the provision of budget, logistics and the organization of command centres to the observer force to be deployed on the Chad-Sudan border.The Contact Group, which consisted of government ministers from the region, including representatives of Eritrea, Libya, the Republic of Congo, Chad, Senegal and Sudan, expressed its appreciation to President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea for his efforts in the promotion of peace and security in the region. 15 September 2008Chad and Sudan pledged to exchange ambassadors as a step towards restoring normal diplomatic relations between the African neighbours, at a meeting attended by the United Nations envoy to the region this weekend. read more

Assembly President discusses UN meeting on financial crisis with world leaders

Miguel D’Escoto said he briefed the leaders on the preparations for the meeting, to be held in early June, and stressed to them the importance of participating at the highest level. The Assembly President has been tasked with organizing the conference, which was called for by participants at a financing for development meeting held in Qatar in November 2008. He has said previously that he believes the current global economic situation is the result of a “deep systematic crisis, and of a deeper moral and ethical failure,” and stressed that the overriding priority must be to solve the problem by mobilizing the financial resources needed to avert a “human catastrophe.”Mr. D’Escoto’s trip took him to Syria, Finland, China, Bahrain, Switzerland and Iran. During his stop in Tehran, the President also attended the Tenth Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization. “All in all, it was a very positive meeting,” he told a news conference today at UN Headquarters. He said he was particularly struck by the “great respect” that the country’s neighbours had for Iran, and the recognition of Iran’s efforts to help alleviate the plight of Afghan refugees. He noted that this was contrary to the image of the Iranian President in the United States. “Ahmadinejad has been demonized. The United States has been in the business of the demonization of people… and the canonization of the worst of dictators,” said Mr. D’Escoto.During his wide-ranging news conference, the Assembly President also called the recent decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes in Darfur as “unfortunate,” adding that it does a disservice to the public’s perception of international justice. “It helps to deepen a perception that international justice is racist because this is the third time that you have something from the ICC and for the third time it has to do with Africa,” he stated. 17 March 2009The President of the General Assembly has just returned to New York from a three-week trip during which he spoke with some 20 world leaders about the upcoming high-level United Nations meeting on the global financial crisis and its impact on development. read more

UN officials urge sustained support for Sierra Leones postconflict recovery

“Despite all achievements in overcoming its civil war, Sierra Leone will remain fragile and vulnerable to sudden economic, social and political shocks, both from outside and from within the country,” Michael von der Schulenburg, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Executive Representative for Sierra Leone, told the Security Council. He stressed that while the West African nation has made a “truly remarkable” recovery in the nine years since the war ended, it will continue to need strong international support. “Sierra Leone, which was once a symbol of a failed State, is now gradually evolving into a model country for overcoming old divisions and developing into a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country,” he noted, while adding that “it is not yet out of the woods.” In his latest report on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), which is headed by Mr. von der Schulenburg, the Secretary-General noted that all of the country’s achievements will be put to the test by the challenges of conducting peaceful, free and fair presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in 2012. While the UN and international partners stand ready to assist Sierra Leone and its electoral institutions, Mr. Ban said that the Government and the country’s political parties have a critical role to play in ensuring the success of the elections. “The success of the elections requires a level playing field; political access by the contestants to all regions of the country; a credible electoral process; and willingness of the contestants to accept the outcome of the process,” he wrote. Ambassador John McNee of Canada, who chairs the Sierra Leone configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, told the Council it is especially important that the national institutions charged with overseeing the elections and major political parties build a stronger relationship based on improved cooperation and mutual trust. “Successful elections depend on the commitment of the parties that contest them to play by the rules, and respect results,” he said. “The elections must not only be technically sound, but also widely accepted.” In his report, Mr. Ban added that among the three risk areas – youth unemployment, corruption and illegal narcotics – identified in the Government’s Agenda for Change, overcoming youth joblessness remains an intractable problem that will require greater commitment on the part of the Government and support from its international partners. Echoing these comments, Mr. McNee noted that the country’s young people expect progress and prosperity, and that disappointment could present a “latent risk” of political instability. “Sierra Leone rightly stands as a multilateral success story for peacebuilding. Yet the story is not quite finished. One of the important lessons learned in the past two decades is that peacebuilding requires constant and continued support. Faltering now would risk all that has been gained.” Sierra Leone is one of six countries – along with Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia – on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up in 2005 to help post-conflict countries avoid slipping back into war. Also addressing the meeting, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Joseph B. Dauda, said his Government remains committed to the conduct of peaceful, free, fair and transparent elections next year, and welcomes the support of the UN and development partners in what has been identified as a “key test” for the country. 24 March 2011Senior United Nations officials today urged continued international support for Sierra Leone as it consolidates peace and advance development, and especially as it prepares for next year’s elections, warning that any faltering now could risk the significant progress made so far. read more

Basil says SLPP is being guided by Mahinda Rajapaksa

Basil Rajapaksa said that the SLPP will look to be transparent and will even provide an audit to the Elections Commission. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s links to the SLPP has created controversy with some political parties saying he cannot continue in Parliament as he had obtained SLPP membership despite being elected to Parliament as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). (Colombo Gazette) He said the SLPP will look to contest and win the next Parliamentary elections. Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is being guided by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Speaking to staff at the SLPP office in Battaramulla, Basil Rajapaksa said that the SLPP was formed with the backing of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Donald Trump offers help to terminallyill baby Charlie Gard

first_imgChris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie GardCredit:PA A White House spokeswoman said: “Although the President himself has not spoken to the family – he does not want to pressure them in any way – members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” he wrote.His intervention came after Pope Francis called for Charlie’s parents to be allowed to “accompany and treat their child until the end”.The support will likely offer Charlie’s parents a glimmer of hope after exhausting every avenue in their heart breaking legal battle. A specialist who would oversee any treatment Charlie had at a hospital in the US told the High Court that therapy would provide a “small chance” of a meaningful improvement in Charlie’s brain function.Giving evidence via a telephone link from America, he said: “It may be a treatment, but not a cure.”(Charlie) may be able to interact. To smile. To look at objects.” Charlie’s parents were given more time to say goodbye to their son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, after making an emotional video plea. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) had been due to turn off his life support last Friday.On Friday a picture of the couple sleeping on either side of their son in hospital was posted on their Twitter account alongside the hashtags #jesuisCharlieGard #charliesfight #letcharliegohome.His plight has touched people around the world and the family received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the US for therapy.His parents, both in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, asked European court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider their case after judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London ruled in favour of GOSH doctors. “The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible.”It is understood that a doctor and a hospital have been lined up to help if an agreement is reached.Theresa May’s official spokesman said that the Prime Minister’s thoughts were with Charlie and his family but declined to comment on Mr Trump’s tweet.Her official spokesman said: “This is a very sensitive case. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to talk about it here at this point other than to say our thoughts are with him and his family.” If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017 Supporters of Chris Gard and Connie Yates caseCredit:Nick Edwards But last week the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene. On Sunday, campaigners carrying a banner that said “It’s Murder” gathered outside Buckingham Palace to protest against the court’s decision. US President Donald Trump has made an eleventh-hour intervention in the case of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard by offering help to save him.The 10-month-old little boy has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle as his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, fought for him to be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in the US.Having lost the fight, the couple were spending their last hours with him before his life-support is turned off when Mr Trump waded into the legal struggle via Twitter to state that he would be “delighted” to help the terminally ill baby. Supporters of Chris Gard and Connie Yates caselast_img read more

Rate of nonmelanoma skin cancer predicted to increase by over 350

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF incidents of cancer in Ireland are expected to double by 2040, with some individual rates rising over 300 per cent.The only fall in the figures, published this morning by the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI), is in the rate of leukaemia in males of 57 per cent.The NCRI predict that the rate of non-melanoma skin cancer will increase by by 235 per cent in females and 356 per cent in males.This is a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin, first appearing as a lump or patch on the skin that doesn’t heal.A notable increase in incidents of lung cancer is also noted, with the rate rising faster in females, by 136 per cent.The figures take into account population and demographic factors and trends in cancer rates since 1994.The NCRI stressed that trends in female breast cancer and in prostate cancer “are difficult to predict”, but suggested that screening programmes for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer will have an impact.Click here to view a larger version. (Image: NCRI)Read: Breast cancer patients who stop oral hormone therapy at threefold risk of recurrence >last_img read more

Look through frosted glass with a piece of Scotch Tape

first_imgEveryone gives Duct Tape all the credit for DIY projects like making wallets, purses, roses, and other various tape creations, but Duct Tape isn’t the only tape with a purpose other than sticking things together. YouTube user TheFarmacyMan posted a video of himself using Scotch Tape in an unusual way. He discovered that the tape lets you see through frosted glass. Kind of a weird thing to discover, but cool nonetheless.TheFarmacyMan said he has about a 12-inch frosted glass barrier on top of his counter at work and found that a simple piece of Scotch Tape will make the translucent glass clear. The video shows him pressing a piece of tape firmly onto the frosted glass. The translucent surface is then turned into a still somewhat blurry, but clear, shiny, and smooth surface.A few YouTube users suggested that since the surface of the frosted glass is etched, the light is scattered when it strikes the surface. By putting a piece of tape on the glass, the tape is filling in the irregularities of the glass and lets the light pass through. It’s literally smoothing the rigid surface with the tape’s glue, which lets light flow through in a straighter path. This works much in the same way as when you get water on a frosted-glass shower door and can suddenly see through the glass.However it works, it’s a pretty neat trick to show your coworkers.via Wiredlast_img read more

Senate Passes Provision to Fortify Reserve Airlift Unit at Ft Bragg

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lawmakers debating the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill in the Senate Thursday passed an amendment that would not only stop the Air Force from carrying out its plan to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing, but also replace its C-130 transport aircraft with upgraded models.The amendment, introduced by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), would relocate nine previously upgraded C-130H aircraft to Pope Field at Fort Bragg to directly support the daily training and contingency requirements of the XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command. The nine aircraft would replace the six older C-130Hs now operated by the Air Force Reserve unit that are slated to be removed.The Senate approved the language, 50-42, during the chamber’s second day of debate of the annual policy bill, S. 1376.“I am pleased that my Senate colleagues and I found a solution that would not only save, but increase and improve the C-130H presence at Fort Bragg, effectively stopping the Air Force leadership’s short-sighted and strategically flawed plan to remove all C-130Hs from Pope Airfield,” Tillis said according to a press release.Over the past year, North Carolina’s congressional delegation has been trying to stop the Air Force from deactivating the 440th, arguing the move would hinder the ability of airborne units at Fort Bragg to quickly deploy to global hotspots.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame fans demand new fate for Iron Man

first_img Tags Comments Come back, Stark. Marvel Studios Fans take Marvel movies awfully personally, especially when Tony Stark bit the dust in Avengers: Endgame (hey, even the Russo brothers said the spoiler ban’s been lifted now).So it should come as no surprise that a fan petition urging Marvel Studios to resurrect Robert Downey Jr.’s character has more than 17,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.”MCU’s Tony deserves to come back fully alive,” the petition implores. “He didn’t deserve this and it’s not fair. After everything he’s been through, and done for everyone, he deserves to live and see his daughter grow up.” Fan petitions have become almost ubiquitous after major pop culture events these days. Recent petitions have urged everything from a redo of Game of Thrones’ final season to the naming of a black hole after Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. This one will need quite a few more signatures to compete with the biggies: that Game of Thrones petition has more than 1.6 million online signatures. And this one likely won’t do anything but make some fans feel accomplished for now, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving on without the rakish billionaire character. (That said, Iron Man’s too great a character not to be resurrected eventually — maybe not with Downey in the role.)Still, it’s a sweetly written request. The petition goes on to cite one of Stark’s most memorable lines from the film, using the expression the character used to express his love for his young daughter. “We love him so much,” it reads. “We love him 3000.” More on Marvel 2:58 Share your voice TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 32 Photos Kevin Feige: Marvel didn’t want Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man Endgame passes $2 billion, is now No. 2 movie of all time Own a piece of Avengers: Endgame with fine art prints 10 Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future Marvel Iron Man The Avengers Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibitlast_img read more

Education Department funding for Mt Edgecumbe preserved

first_imgWith education a hot button issue in the ongoing budget debate, one school in Sitka is definitely safe this fiscal year. The state-run Mt. Edgecumbe High School will continue to receive $4.6 million from the Department of Education and Early Development (EED). That money goes directly towards boarding over 400 students from around the state.Listen now:Mt. Edgecumbe students perform during Elizabeth Peratrovich Day (2-16-15). $4.6 million in funding for the boarding school from the Department of Education and Early Development (EED) will continue next fiscal year. Dionne Brady is a Mt. Edgecumbe alumna. Class of 1991. Back in February, when the House Finance Subcommittee was talking about what cuts could be made to education, she was surprised that Mt. Edgecumbe came up. The conversation, led by Representative Lynn Gattis of Wasilla, asked how much the school cost the state. But as Brady put it, the underlying question for many teachers and students was “whether or not Mt. Edgecumbe is even needed anymore, at all.”Brady is a social studies teacher and she said her first reaction was denial. “Even as a government teacher who should have been more aware of the possibility that state revenue that’s so dependent on oil would decrease, that this school might not exist forever never occurred to me. I’ll confess that my second – because it’s like a second home to me – my second reaction was anger.Brady took to the Friends of Mt. Edgecumbe Facebook page, which has almost 1000 followers. A network of alumni around the state began making phone calls, writing letters to legislators, and uploading photos of themselves with Braves sweatshirts and hats. Their colors are maroon and gold. Brady said it was a springboard point for lessons in her class, to “kind of show students how the government works and how the budget process works.”“Underclassmen who definitely knew they wanted to continue their education at Mt. Edgecumbe were very worried at that time,” said Brady. “I think this just sort of validated what we’ve been telling them. That it’s not  not an inalienable right for Mt. Edgecumbe to exist. In fact, we  live in a fishbowl with people always trying to see whether Mt. Edgecumbe is doing the job it’s kept open in order to do.”And according to the administration, what the school is trying to do is provide an educational alternative for students around the state, some in rural places with less opportunities. Ayla Reynolds is a new student I met at the beginning of the school year. She’s from Savoonga, an island in the Bering Sea.“It’s a big world out there. There’s a lot of stuff to do than stay at home on an island,” said Reynolds. “It’s the same old routine every day on an island. I couldn’t envision how it was going to be [at Mt. Edgecumbe] because it’s a new adventure.”Superintendent Bill Hutton said he’s relieved the funding will continue, but with one major hitch: it may not be enough this year to cover the rising cost of operating the boarding school. Contracts for dorms and food service, as well as personnel costs, are up.“And with flat funding – flat sounds like it’s perfect, but really we have incremental increases in expenditures,” said Hutton. “We have to cut in order to be prepared for those.”Also of major concern for Hutton is how much money the school receives from the legislature per student enrolled. The legislature proposed a cut of 1.1% to the foundation funding, which translates into $46,000 less for Mt. Edgecumbe. If that figure survives the special session, it will leave the school — and likely many others — with  a deficit.“As of right now, we’re about $220,000 short for next year,” said Hutton. The school’s annual budget is $10 million, with 45% coming from the legislature, 45% from the EED, and 10% from grants.To prepare, Hutton is planning to purchases a minimum of school supplies, reduce travel for student activities, reduce dual-credit programs with the University of Alaska Southeast, and keep two and a half open teaching positions empty.  But much is up in the air.Hutton’s experience speaks to the odd situation many superintendents are finding themselves in as their await the final budget: to plan for a financial future with a foggy crystal ball.last_img read more

Streaming Wars Accelerate Whats Working and Why

first_img“We’re feeling very competitive,” he says. “This isn’t a winner-take-all market.”Indeed, while Netflix is the clear subscription leader in this market with 56 million in the U.S., consumers are proving to be increasingly willing to pay for multiple OTT services. According to Parks Associates, more than a quarter of all millennials subscribe to three or more OTT services and more than half subscribe to at least two; overall, 17% of U.S. broadband subscribers have three or more OTT subscriptions and 69% have at least one.There’s room for niche players — as long as they don’t target too broad a genre, as NBCUniversal did with its now-shuttered Seeso comedy service. Otter Media has 2 million paying subscribers for its game, fantasy anime fan-centric services, which include VRV, Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth, building a sense of community through events and merchandise. “We’ve defined a really interesting swim lane,” Goncalves says. “We want to be everything to somebody.”And Viacom has found great synergy between its Nickelodeon cable TV brand and Noggin, a streaming service targeting preschoolers. “It’s doing incredibly well,” says Tom Gorke, Viacom exec VP of distribution and business development, also a speaker at the summit. Parents, he says, want both offerings for their kids: “They are not mutually exclusive.” He believes established brands will continue to resonate across delivery platforms as business models proliferate. “One of the reasons I am excited about the emerging OTT space is it provides choice to consumers not only in content but how they want to consume it.”Summit Highlights9 a.m. Keynote Roundtable: The Future of the Media Company with speakers including Fox Network Group’s Brian Sullivan, Skydance Entertainment’s Jesse Sisgold and Reddit’s Jen Wong9:55 a.m. Conversation with Otter Media’s Tony Goncalves11:20 a.m. Breakthrough Content in Today’s Attention Economy panel with speakers including BuzzFeed’s Melinda Lee, Facebook Watch’s Mina Lefevre and Viacom’s Kelly Day Popular on Variety 12 p.m. Keynote conversation with FX’s John Landgraf2:40 p.m. Building a Better Mousetrap panel with speakers including Viacom’s Tom Gorke, ABC News’ Colby Smith and Discovery’s Michael Bishara3:20 p.m. Conversation with Girlboss founder Sophia AmorusoTipsheetWhat: Variety’s Entertainment and Technology SummitWhen: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 6Where: Four Seasons, Beverly HillsWeb: We won’t know the true impact of Apple, Disney and Walmart’s entrance into the booming subscription video streaming market for at least a year. And we may never be able to fully pinpoint the role of cable cord-cutting in driving the market’s growth. But we can more confidently assess what is working now and why.We tackled those questions in advance of Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Sept. 6 at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. The event will address the dynamic over-the-top sector — the catchall term for video delivered outside traditional linear, cable and satellite TV — from numerous angles, along with topics such as augmented reality.Hollywood has its eye on the OTT business for a simple reason: The financial stakes are huge. The Boston Consulting Group recently forecast that $30 billion in profits could shift away from the traditional TV business over a five-year period ending in 2022, with OTT services poised to pocket some of the spoils. With this much at stake, showbiz players are now making big plays for OTT.center_img “We’re in a phase of accelerating growth,” says Tony Goncalves, a speaker at the summit and CEO of AT&T-owned Otter Media, home to subscription OTT services such as anime-centric Crunchyroll. Beyond existing direct-to-consumer businesses, emerging services like Disney are on pace for scale, he adds. “New ideas pop up every day.”Parks Associates, a Dallas-area research outfit, is tracking more than 200 OTT services and there are plenty more beyond those, points out analyst Hunter Sappington. “With so many services it is hard for some to gain an audience,” he says. “Even niche services can get lost.”By far the best way to stand out, experts agree, is through exclusive content. And the bigger the competition, the more services are willing to pay to produce it. That’s why Netflix, Hulu and company have been spending billions on content, and players-in-waiting such as Apple have been developing marquee projects with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg.CBS is building new programming out of it its broadcast TV and library offerings for its All Access service. It spun “The Good Fight” off from Emmy-winning “The Good Wife” as its debut original programming some 18 months ago, and followed that with a new “Star Trek” series; more “Star Trek” programming and Jordan Peele’s reboot of “The Twilight Zone” are in the works. Its latest, “One Dollar,” tracks a dollar bill in connection to a Rust Belt murder and employs a storytelling style more in keeping with a premium cable show than one on the Eye net, according to Marc DeBevoise, president and COO of CBS Interactive. “We’re playing a different game here,” he says. “We’re taking a No. 1 network and building a premium service on top of it.”CBS All Access now has 2.5 million subscribers, and by year’s end, will boast seven original productions. According to DeBevoise, the service is on track to double its subscriber base this year, having already upped its original projections to forecast 8 million subscribers by 2022. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more