NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Saturday said the BJP only does positive politics with positive thoughts. “We never adopt negative thoughts and we are in politics with positive thinking with the motto of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas under the leadership of Prime Minister Narender Modi,” said Tiwari.He added that for a BJP worker the country is first and the party is second. “On the one hand, political parties speak lies, hatch conspiracies but on the other Prime Minister Narender Modi is working hard to make India the world leader. BJP is committed to the all round development of the country with nationalistic thinking,” Tiwari said. He said, Arvind Kejriwal has become a curse for lakhs of poor people of Delhi because by obstructing the implementation of Aayushman Bharat he has put the lives of lakhs of poor people in danger.”
A New Brunswick man has been found not guilty of criminal negligence causing death after his python killed two young brothers.Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his 6-year-old brother Connor were suffocated by the python after it escaped its enclosure. It’s believed the snake traveled through a ventilation duct and fell into the room where the boys were sleeping. During the trial, the boys mother said she had no reservations about leaving her sons for a sleepover at Jean-Claude Savoie’s apartment. She described Savoie as a close friend and said her sons were best friends with Savoie’s son.Crown prosecutor Pierre Roussel argued that Savoie showed disregard for others’ safety by failing to cover the opening. The snake had tried to escape weeks earlier, making it halfway through the duct.Savoie’s lawyer argued that the duct wasn’t covered because Savoie did not believe the large snake could fit through it.Roussel said it was too soon to consider an appeal.
With guinea-worm disease cut by 99 per cent over the past 17 years from 3.5 million sufferers to 35,000, senior United Nations officials made a symbolic visit today to a remote endemically infected village in Ghana to give a final push towards turning the incapacitating illness into the first parasitic disease ever to be eradicated. “The transmission of the disease can be stopped entirely, here in Ghana and in all remaining affected countries,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said in the village of Dashie, where he was accompanied by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Executive Director Kul C. Gautam and former United States President Jimmy Carter. The Carter Center, WHO and UNICEF are working together with national programmes to eradicate the disease, contracted when people consume water contaminated with microscopic fleas carrying infective larvae. Inside a human’s abdomen, the larvae mature and grow, some as long as three feet. After a year, the worm slowly emerges through a painful blister in the skin, usually on the lower limbs. No preventive or healing drugs exist and suffering can only be alleviated by analgesics and antibiotic ointment to fight bacteria. Patients can remain incapacitated for months by complications – infection by more than one worm at a time; worms emerging in especially sensitive areas such as the soles of the feet; serious bacterial infection if a worm ruptures; and further infection if a dead worm is not carefully extracted. “The eradication of guinea-worm will be a major public health victory with a significant impact on children, who make up more than a third of cases worldwide,” Mr. Gautam said of the campaign, which would make this disease the first to be eradicated without vaccines or medications. Preventive measures include improving wells to provide safe water, filtering drinking water and stopping infected people entering water sources. Ghana accounted for roughly 27 per cent of the approximately 35,000 cases reported in 2003, a 48 percent increase over 2002, second only to Sudan, which has been grappling with a civil war for more than 20 years. With 13 of the 20 endemic countries free or nearly free of guinea-worm, the disease only remains in parts of Ethiopia and Uganda, West Africa and Sudan. While in Dashie, Ghana’s most endemic region 650 kilometres north of Accra, the coastal capital, the team met with guinea-worm patients, visited a water source and guinea-worm care center, and participated in health education sessions.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Thursday as a U.S. budget deal and a solid retail sales report fuelled expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve could start cutting back on its monetary stimulus program as early as next week.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 19.03 points to 13,114.39 after Fed concerns sent the market tumbling 191 points on Wednesday. But the index was well off the lows of the morning as mining losses moderated and energy stocks advanced.The Canadian dollar declined 0.42 of a cent to 93.98 cents US as the stronger than expected retail sales report boosted the greenback.But U.S. indexes were lower after the Commerce Department said that retail sales rose 0.7 per cent in November, the biggest gain in five months and a better showing than the 0.6 per cent rise that economists had expected. October’s figure was also revised higher to 0.6 per cent from 0.4 per cent.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 104.10 points to 15,739.43, the Nasdaq lost 5.41 points to 3,998.4 and the S&P 500 index gave back 6.72 points to 1,775.5.A budget deal in the U.S. Congress also contributed to concerns that the Fed is set to start tapering its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases.Analysts have suggested that investors have accepted the fact that the Fed is going to cut back on those purchases, which have kept long-term rates low and supported strong rallies on many markets this year.And they suggest that once the Fed moves and the uncertainty disappears, the market can resume its upward move.“That’s the way I’m looking at it,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“This could all be a setup to next week when they meet and if they do decide to taper, I think the market could rally.”The prospect of Fed tapering has hung over markets since May when outgoing Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first raised the prospect of cutting back on asset purchases if economic conditions allowed.Fed tapering concerns also continued to punish bullion prices as February gold fell $32.30 to US$1,227.50 an ounce.Bullion prices have also been depressed amid low inflation in many countries and an improving global economy, falling about 25 per cent this year. Gold stocks have done much worse, with the TSX Global Gold sector down about 50 per cent on the year.That sector was down a further 0.3 per cent Thursday, dragged down by Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG), which said it was suspending its dividend effective immediately, citing the need to preserve cash in the face of falling prices for bullion. It shares shed 44 cents or 10.8 per cent to $3.63.The interest-rate sensitive utilities sector was a major source of weakness, down 1.7 per cent. The sector has been weakening for months as Fed tapering talk has pushed bond yields higher. On Thursday, the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yielded 2.87 per cent, up sharply from about 1.6 per cent at the end of April. TransAlta (TSX:TA) fell 13 cents to $13.51.Canadian utility Fortis is buying power provider UNS Energy Corp. for $2.5 billion, expanding its business into Arizona. Fortis will also assume $1.8 billion in debt. UNS Energy, which is headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., provides electricity and natural gas services to more than 650,000 customers in the state through its two subsidiaries. Fortis shares fell $1.15 to $30.04.The financials sector fell 0.4 per cent as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) lost 16 cents to $19.53.The base metals sector was down 0.25 per cent while March copper was unchanged at US$3.29 a pound. Thompson Creek Resources (TSX:TCM) dipped six cents to C$2.26 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 30 cents to $17.20.The industrials group was the biggest advancer, up 0.55 per cent with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) rising 75 cents to $58.40.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) is buying 61 Boeing 737s as it replaces its older Airbus and Embraer narrowbody aircraft. The deal has a face value of about US$6.5 billion. Air Canada says it could expand the order to as many as 109 of Boeing’s 737 MAX planes as it replaces older Airbus and Embraer narrowbody aircraft. Air Canada stock slipped eight cents to $7.60.The energy sector was up 0.23 per cent as January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained six cents to US$97.50 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 49 cents to C$36.In other corporate news, shares in yoga clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica (Nasdaq:LULU) fell 11.65 per cent to US$60.39 in New York after the Vancouver-based company beat estimates for profit and revenue but said it expects flat same-store sales in the crucial fourth quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 6:23 am MDT TSX slightly lower: retail data, U.S. budget deal add to Fed tapering concerns
“I am in N’Djamena to pay tribute to 10 peacekeepers who made the ultimate sacrifice for peacebuilding in Mali,” said Under-Secretary-General Lacroix on Twitter. “Their bravery imposes respect because Chad is the country that has lost the most men in combat serving with MINUSMA.”The attack, which targeted the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, in northern Mali, took place in the early hours of Sunday 20 January and left at least 25 ‘blue helmets’ wounded in addition to the 10 who lost their lives.Five days later, on Friday, another two MINUSMA peacekeepers, from Sri Lanka this time, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion near Douentza, in the central region of Mopti.After a failed coup six years ago, a proliferation of armed groups fighting government forces and their allies in the centre and northern areas of the country has plunged the country into conflict. Today, MINUSMA is the deadliest mission to serve in as a UN ‘blue helmet’ with some 180 paying the ultimate sacrifice, since it was established in 2013.Mr. Lacroix praised the heroism of the Chadian contingent in not only repelling a well-coordinated attack and protecting many lives in Aguelhok, but also in taking every precaution to avoid civilian casualties.He also conveyed the UN’s “immense gratitude” for Chad’s commitment to the restoration of peace and security in Mali and the Sahel. Behind Burkina Faso, the country is the second largest troop contributor to MINUSMA with 1,450 troops and 22 policemen, as of November 2018.“We owe it to the deceased to carry out the implementation of Mali’s peace and reconciliation agreement, re-instate the rule of law and enable at last economic development,” stated Mr. Lacroix. “I am confident that with the participation of the parties to the agreement and our partners, we will meet these objectives.”
On the final day of Ferron City’s annual Peach Days celebration, the fairgrounds buzzed with activities as the horse races and ranch rodeo took place.The events featured competitors of all ages vying for the top spot. Following the competitions, the fairgrounds arena was prepared for the highly-anticipated mud bog and UTV obstacle course.
Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) sacks Army senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw during the second quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWith just over one minute to go in a tie game, Maryland junior running back Ty Johnson took a handoff at the Minnesota 34-yard line, spotted a hole and raced through it past defenders for the game-winning touchdown.This is the exact type of rush Ohio State will attempt to prevent Saturday when the Buckeyes face off with the Terrapins at Ohio Stadium. This season, Johnson has 46 carries for 411 yards, an average of 8.93 yards per carry, which ranks him No. 4 in the FBS. A big-play threat, Johnson has gained at least 34 yards on a carry five times in his team’s four games this year, including a 74-yard touchdown in Week 2 against Towson. “He’s got great acceleration, he really can go,” Ohio State linebackers coach Bill Davis said. “When he gets going, he’s got great acceleration and he’s got good vision and patience. He’s a good back.” Johnson rushed onto the scene as a freshman when he averaged 7.1 yards on 35 carries. The 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back followed up his debut last season with 110 carries for 1,004 yards, an average of 9.1 yards per carry, the most by a Terrapins player in a season with at least 100 rushes. Prior to this year, Johnson was placed on the Doak Walker Award watch list.“He’s a real good back,” senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “He’s got a big heart, man. He plays a lot bigger than what he actually is, so we’ve got to be ready for him.”Johnson is tied with sophomore running back Lorenzo Harrison III with a team-high 46 carries, but Johnson averages twice as many yards per carry as Harrison. The Buckeyes defense has not given up many long runs this year. The only 34-plus yard rushes came against the second-team defense in the third quarter of blowouts of UNLV and Army, both of whom are top 10 rushing offenses in the FBS. In the season opener, Indiana averaged 0.6 yards per carry without a rush over nine yards and the next week, Oklahoma averaged 2.8 yards per carry and did not run for a gain of more than 13 yards.In order for the success against the run to continue, Ohio State understands it must play disciplined as Johnson and Harrison are apt to bounce plays to the outside if they do not see holes in the middle. “They bounce it out, they run around, they don’t even hit their hole, they sometimes bounce it out and those are fast guys and we’re just going to have to contain them,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said.Davis and defensive line coach Larry Johnson emphasized defenders at all levels of the defense must maintain their gap responsibility and not over-pursue, noting it would be the key to victory.“I think the two running backs are dynamic,” Larry said. “I think they’ve both got great vision. They can cut on a dime.”Johnson’s speed is even more important now than in the first couple weeks of the season due to Maryland’s struggle to keep quarterbacks healthy. The Terrapins are down to third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager as Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill suffered season-ending torn ACLs. Therefore, they will likely rely heavily on their run game to produce scoring drives and churn the clock against Ohio State.A unit featuring five players who are at least 6-foot-3 and weigh more than 300 pounds will pave the way for Johnson. Though the Terrapins do not have a single senior on their offensive line, all linemen are in their second seasons as starters. Redshirt junior right tackle Damian Prince, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 315 pounds, leads the line as this is his third season as a starter.“It’s going to be a good test for us,” Holmes said. “They have a great offensive line. They’ve got a great running back.”
The Buckeyes take to the field prior to the start of the game against Michigan State on Nov 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing a 26-6 victory against then-No. 18 Michigan State, Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) remain at No. 10 for the third straight week in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.With the Spartans fell out of the overall rankings, the Buckeyes join No. 4 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State, No. 22 Northwestern in the playoff rankings, giving the Big Ten four teams in the Top 25.On Sunday, Ohio State moved down a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches’ Poll to No. 9 and No. 8, respectively.No. 10 Ohio State faces Maryland on the road at noon on Saturday.Here are the full current rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) Notre Dame 4.) Michigan5.) Georgia6.) Oklahoma7.) LSU8.) Washington State9.) West Virginia10.) Ohio State11.) UCF12.) Syracuse13.) Florida14.) Penn State15.) Texas16.) Iowa State17.) Kentucky18.) Washington19.) Utah20.) Boston College21.) Mississippi State22.) Northwestern23.) Utah State24.) Cincinnati25.) Boise State
Algues vertes : le ramassage doit être accéléréBretagne, France – Née de la récente fusion de l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments (Afssa) et de l’Afsset, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement et du travail (voir article) ou Anses préconise de procéder au ramassage des algues vertes le plus rapidement possible après leur échouage. Chargée de la surveillance de ces algues polluantes qui jonchent les plages bretonnes en été, l’agence a publié dans un avis plusieurs recommandations de prévention visant tout particulièrement les travailleurs exposés aux algues vertes. Estimant que le ramassage des algues est la seule solution qui puisse les dispenser de “contraintes lourdes de protection”, l’Anses recommande de collecter les algues toxiques dans les 24 ou au pire, dans les 36 heures suivant leur apparition sur les plages. L’Anses préconise de ne pas laisser s’écouler plus de 48 heures entre le ramassage et le début du traitement des algues.Cette rapidité est nécessaire pour éviter d’être exposé au gaz toxique que dégagent les algues vertes lorsqu’elles sont en état de putréfaction avancée. Ce gaz, l’hydrogène sulfuré, peut provoquer des irritations des yeux, des voies respiratoires et en cas de concentration élevée, des troubles neurologiques voire un arrêt cardiaque.”Pour la population générale, la recommandation est de ne pas s’approcher des dépôts d’algues dans la mesure où il n’est pas évident, a priori, de savoir si c’est une algue de 12 heures, 24 heures ou 36 heures” a expliqué à l’AFP Dominique Gombert, directeur Santé environnement travail de l’Anses.Chaque année, ce sont en moyenne quelque 70.000 tonnes d’algues vertes qui sont ramassées sur les plages bretonnes, notamment celles des Côtes d’Armor où la mort d’un cheval intoxiqué avait conduit l’été dernier le gouvernement à mettre enfin en place un plan, dont le principal volet porte sur la collecte et le traitement des algues.Le 17 juillet 2010 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
Building demand for U.S. soy is especially important with today’s farm economy says American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) Program Committee Chairman Lucas Heinen. In a new video, Heinen describes WISHH’s role in growing demand for U.S. soy.“If we want this market to change, we are going to have to find someone else to buy it…WISHH is a trailblazer for trade,” he said. Heinen explained how WISHH’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded FEEDing Pakistan is an example of how WISHH has built a new aquaculture market for soy-based feeds in Pakistan, the sixth most populous country in the world.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsDunleavy names new Natural Resources CommissionerElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageGovernor-elect Mike Dunleavy today announced the name of the woman who will be Alaska’s next Natural Resources Commissioner. Fairbanks vote counting flips tight racesRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksTen votes now separate the candidates for Alaska House District 1. Yesterday, the Division of Elections counted all the early and questioned ballots. Kathryn Dodge now leads Bart LeBon by two tenths of a percent. For that race, as well as the race for Senate Seat A, yesterday’s count flipped the race. Report: Data lacking on murdered Native womenLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – WashingtonIndigenous women and girls are murdered or disappear from American cities in alarming numbers. But no one knows the true size of the tragedy, because no one regularly reports the data.Anchorage mayor proposes alcohol tax to fund health, safetyAssociated PressAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has proposed asking voters to approve a 5-percent sales tax on alcohol that could support services to address homelessness and substance abuse.Judge allows some political signs, but maintains state ban on highway billboardsAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauA judge’s ruling Tuesday resolves a lawsuit about political signs along Alaska highways. While some temporary political signs will still be allowed. The state will be able to enforce its ban on signs within the state right of way along highways. A changing military brings fewer Alaska Natives into the ranksZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIt’s common to hear public officials say that Alaska Natives join the Armed Forces at the highest rates in the country. During World War Two and for decades after, American Indians and Alaska Natives did indeed volunteer for the Armed Forces at exceptionally high rates. But those numbers have changed over time, and a big part of that change has to do with transformations in the structure of the military.DNR proposes auctioning planned Interior Veterans Cemetery siteDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksLand originally targeted for development of an Interior Veterans Cemetery may go up for sale. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has proposed auctioning 320 acres located in the Goldstream Valley, north of Fairbanks. British Columbia moves to clean defunct Juneau-area metals mine Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauBritish Columbia has taken the first step towards cleaning up the Tulsequah Chief Mine, a long-defunct metals mine about 40 miles northeast of Juneau that’s been polluting the transboundary watershed for decades.Kuskokwim 300 race nominated to Alaska Sports Hall of FameKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThe Kuskowkim 300 sled dog race is considered a qualifying race for the Iditarod, and multiple Hall of Fame mushers have competed in the race. Now the K300 event itself has been nominated for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
BILL ZEEBLE / KERA NEWSl-r Susan Hoff, United Way Dallas, Laurie Larrea, Workforce Solutions Dallas, and Bob Sanborn, Children At Risk present findings from the Kellogg Foundation study showing Texas needs more and better affordable childcare if it’s going to thrive.A new report out Tuesday says Texas needs to do a better job of educating young kids. And parents also need help finding affordable, quality childcare.LISTEN: KERA radio storyA vibrant future for Texas is at risk, says Bob Sanborn, president of the nonprofit, Children at Risk. He says the state needs more qualified workers and that starts at an early age.“We’re going to need to make sure that we’re taking care of our kids, that they’re ready to learn when they hit pre-k and kindergarten, and that we’re doing everything possible to get those kids up to speed. We’re not doing that today and that’s going to put our workforce in jeopardy,” Sanborn says.The Children at Risk study funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation shows half of Texas children live in poverty and only half of them start kindergarten ready to learn.To improve the numbers, education needs to start earlier. Laurie Larrea, president of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, says that’s where quality, affordable childcare could make a difference. That’s not just for the kids, she says, but for the parents. “Parents are now refusing jobs because they can’t afford quality care for the kids. That should not be a choice. It’s not a good choice for the workforce. It’s not a good choice for employers. And employers are begging for talent. Talent will only be there if a parent knows their child can be well cared for,” Larrea says.Children at Risk says Texas gets more than $500 million in federal funds every year in childcare subsidies. The group wants more information on how that money is spent. It also wants state agencies, like the Workforce Commission, and Education Agency, to coordinate efforts because working together would help more Texans. Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Share
Popular on Variety Related Warner Music Group Partners With Audiomack Warner Music Names Mark Fry Vice President of Nordic Region Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its third-quarter financial results for the period ended June 30, 2019, with total revenue up 10.4% (13.4% in constant currency) and digital revenue up 12.5% (15.5% in constant currency). However, while recorded music revenue was up 13.8%, publishing’s was down 7.5%; the company pointed to the adoption of the ASC 606 revenue recognition standard as skewing those numbers.“Our third-quarter results are proof of our continued momentum,” said Steve Cooper, Warner Music Group’s CEO. “To say that streaming is responsible for the recovery of our business is an oversimplification. The sheer volume music on services is actually making it harder for artists to be noticed. Yet we cut through the noise. Without the talent and creativity of our artists and songwriters, and all of the investment and expertise that we put behind them, there would be no growth.” ×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 Recorded Music operating income was $85 million, up 26.9% from $67 million in the prior-year quarter, and operating margin was up 0.9 percentage points to 9.3% versus 8.4% in the prior-year quarter. OIBDA increased 13.9% to $131 million from $115 million in the prior-year quarter and OIBDA margin was constant at 14.3%.However, music publishing revenue declined $12 million or 7.5% (or 4.5% in constant currency). The adoption of ASC 606 had an $8 million negative impact. Revenue grew in digital due to the ongoing shift to streaming and in synchronization due to higher activity. Revenue declined in performance and mechanical driven by lower market share and loss of administration rights in certain catalogs.A rep for the company said that due to the combination of constant currency and the timing of ASC 606, the numbers actually shake out to a 1% gain, although either way the results are lukewarm.Music Publishing operating income was $18 million compared with $5 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating margin improved to 12.2% from 3.1%.Operating income was $58 million compared to $28 million in the prior-year quarter. OIBDA was $124 million, up 25.3% from $99 million in the prior-year quarter and OIBDA margin increased 1.4 percentage points to 11.7% from 10.3% in the prior-year quarter.The company’s net income was $14 million compared to $321 million in the prior-year quarter and adjusted net income was $24 million compared to $332 million in the prior-year quarter. The decline was due to a gain on the sale of Spotify shares in the prior-year quarter and net losses related to changes in exchange rates on the Company’s Euro-denominated debt and losses on the value of investments in the quarter.Adjusted operating income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted net income exclude restructuring and related costs and certain costs related to the Company’s Los Angeles office consolidation in the quarter, and the relocation of the Company’s U.S. shared service center to Nashville in the prior-year quarter. “We had strong growth in revenue, OIBDA and cash flow,” added Eric Levin, Warner Music Group’s Executive Vice President and CFO. “We expect fiscal 2019 to be another great year.”During the earnings call, Cooper acknowledged that the company has not renewed its deal with a certain streaming service (Spotify) but did not express concern, and allowed that, in light of UMG’s announcement late Monday night that its parent company, Vivendi, is in talks to sell 10% of the music division to Chinese giant Tencent, “status quo is the way to go,” although Cooper did not rule out the possibility of a similar move in the future.According to the announcement, revenue grew 10.4% (or 13.4% in constant currency). Growth in Recorded Music digital, licensing and artist services and expanded-rights revenue and growth in Music Publishing digital and synchronization revenue were partially offset by a decline in Recorded Music physical revenue and Music Publishing performance and mechanical revenue. Revenue growth included a net 4 percentage point benefit from M&A, primarily related to the acquisition of the German merchandise company EMP.Revenue grew in all regions. Digital revenue grew 12.5% (or 15.5% in constant currency), and represented 61.2% of total revenue, compared to 60.1% in the prior-year quarter.Recorded Music revenue grew $111 million or 13.8% (or 16.9% in constant currency). This included a $59 million increase related to the acquisition of EMP and a $7 million increase due to the adoption of the ASC 606 revenue recognition standard, which were partially offset by a $21 million decrease related to concert promotion divestitures. Growth in digital, licensing and artist services and expanded-rights revenue was partially offset by a decline in physical revenue. The increase in artist services and expanded-rights revenue was largely attributable to the acquisition of EMP and higher international touring, domestic merchandising and advertising revenue. Recorded Music revenue grew in all regions. Major sellers included Ed Sheeran, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, The Yellow Monkey, Nipsey Hussle and Cardi B. As of June 30, 2019, the Company reported a cash balance of $541 million, total debt of $3.006 billion and net debt (defined as total long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs, minus cash and equivalents) of $2.465 billion.
Earlier this week, my launch Nintendo 3DS was stolen — including its 32GB SD card full of save data and downloaded games. Losing the actual handheld stings, but it’s replaceable. What was worrisome, though, was that my Nintendo Network ID was tied to that system, which is where all of my Nintendo eShop information is stored. As we all know, Nintendo is a stickler with using the Network ID on multiple consoles, and also can’t quite get the whole “online account” thing perfected. So, there’s only one option to secure your data and get your account back: instead of doing it yourself through a standard password recovery feature, you have to call Nintendo support.To get your account back, you’ll need the serial numbers of both your lost Nintendo 3DS and your new Nintendo 3DS. If you can’t find the boxes or instruction manuals that either came with, but have a Club Nintendo account, the serial numbers will be listed there so long as you registered the products once upon a time. You’ll also need a bunch of verification information, such as your name, date of birth, Nintendo Network ID name, Club Nintendo ID, email address linked to either accounts, downloads and purchases you’ve made with the account, and so on. If you’re you, it should be easy enough to verify whatever they ask, no matter how tedious.The process isn’t just tedious, but the 3DS will question your maturity.I called at 4PM EST, and was on hold for about five minutes. Rather than easy listening elevator music, the on-hold music was, amusingly, themes from popular Nintendo games, such as the overworld theme from Ocarina of Time. My customer service rep, Joshua, spoke perfect English and was easy to hear — a nice change for a customer service call. After answering what seemed like an avalanche of verification questions, Joshua informed me that I am indeed me, and Nintendo can help with my dilemma.He sent my request to what he called the “Nintendo back end,” and I was to await an email with instructions. Around 4PM the following day — just shy of 24 hours later — I received the instructional email, which had me following simple login procedures on the new 3DS. Like the cavalcade of Joshua’s verification questions, I spent about 20 minutes poking account info onto the touchscreen. A stylus is not an efficient tool for entering text on a virtual keyboard. After entering my Nintendo Network ID, Club Nintendo ID, emails, verification codes, and dealing with the slow operating system of the 3DS between each and every screen, my account was once again secure.Once the process is complete, your new 3DS will act like the old one — you can see your past eShop activity, and download all of your software again. You can also hop into the 3DS Data Management menu and restore your saves from the cloud. If you’re like me, though, and hadn’t used the 3DS in a while — and wasn’t aware that feature was added in a recent system software update — you’re boned on that front, and need the SD card in your lost or stolen 3DS to retrieve the save data.So, while the process is tedious, takes about 24 hours longer than it should, and you can’t do it without Nintendo’s help, at least there’s recourse to prevent sensitive info from being stolen and to restore your past purchases.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) expanded its offerings and secured 89 per cent EPC-based power projects in financial year 2014-15, thereby retaining its leadership position with a 72 per cent market share. The national power equipment manufacturer synchronised or commissioned 11,941 mw of power plant equipment — accounting for more than 10,000 mw —for the third year in a row. With this, Bhel has joined the elite club of global giants with an installed base of over 150 gw of power generating equipment Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashExpanding its offerings, Bhel secured 89 per cent of its total orders in the power sector on EPC basis, thereby retaining its market leadership position during 2014-15 with a 72 per cent market share even while operating in a difficult business environment. The company’s improved focus on project execution enabled it to garner record commissioning/ synchronisation of 11,941 mw of power plants in the domestic and international markets in 20114-15.Bhel secured orders worth Rs 30,794 crore during the just ended fiscal, an increase of 10 per cent over last year from its diversified business segments, covering both domestic and international markets. Its orders in the power sector witnessed a 22 per cent jump to Rs 24,873 crore while those in the most diversified industry segment saw a 4 per cent rise to Rs 5,201 crore in 2014-15. The company booked Rs 720 crore orders for exports and ended the fiscal with a total order book of Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsRs 1,01,159 crore.Bhel bagged the country’s first ever 800-mw EPC order from GSECL, Wanakbori, an EPC order for the country’s first ‘9FB Advanced Class Gas Turbine’ from KPCL for the Yelahanka CCPP (370 MW), the second largest single order worth Rs 7,688 crore for the 2×660-mw Ennore SEZ from TangedcoThe national company also signed an MoU with the newly formed Telangana state for 6,000 mw of power projects and received two significant EPC orders from TSGENCO Telangana for the 1×800 mw Kothagudem and 4×270 mw Manuguru. The orders secured involve challenging project schedules of 24 months for 270 mw and 36 months for 800 mw, in order to create benchmarks in project execution. Bhel recorded a turnover of Rs 30,806 crore (provisional) and net profit of Rs 1,314 crore (provisional) during 2014-15. The profit impact is due to low volumes as a result of the retarding force of the last three years’ market shrinkage due to issues relating to coal linkages, fund constraints, land acquisition issues, clearances, etc. The focus on cost optimisation through increased localisation of super critical technologies, higher value additions; increased vendor base and design optimisation efforts aided the company in raising margins.Bhel’s emphasis on cash realisation during financial year 2014-15 resulted in its retaining a cash surplus situation. The rising trend of debtors has also been arrested. The company’s commissioning/ synchronisation of 11,941 mw included 10,230 mw in the utility segment, 1,392 mw captive/ industrial sets in the country and 319 mw in the overseas market. Significantly, not only has Bhel surpassed the total capacity addition achieved in the 11th Plan within the first three years of the 12th Plan itself, the company has also exceeded the Ministry of Power’s target for the year by 19 per cent. A major milestone of the year was the commissioning of four overseas power plants in Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Oman. Bhel signed an MoU with HSL & MIDHANI and formed a consortium for P 75I submarines, a stepping stone towards India’s indigenous submarine-building programme. Fiscal 2014-15 was a year in which BHEL made significant progress in further consolidating its strengths and value propositions to emerge even more competitive for tapping opportunities in the next phase of economic growth of the country.
Share Homeowner estimates and appraised values continue to diverge, according to the National Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index released on Tuesday. Appraised values were 1.9 percent lower than homeowner expectations in April.Owner estimates were 1.77 percent lower than appraised values in March. April is the fifth month in a row the gap between appraiser and homeowner has expanded.According to the report, the discrepancy between homeowner and appraiser values is widest in the West. In the Midwest and Eastern parts of the country, appraisals were more likely to come in lower than the owner’s expectations. These homeowners are likely to have a better mortgage experience due to their more accurate grasp on the marketplace, said Bill Banfield, VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans.”The appraisal is one of the most important data points in a mortgage transaction,” Banfield said. “This single number can impact how much money a buyer needs to bring to closing or the equity that is available to the homeowner on a refinance. If homeowners have a grasp on home value differences throughout their local area, it can lead to a smoother mortgage process.”On their own, appraised values rose for the month. According to the National Home Value Index (HVI) appraised values increased by 1.06 percent for April. Year-over-year, they jumped more than 5 percent. The HVI showed increases in appraised values across all regions measured, with the West seeing the biggest annual increase at 6.52 percent. The Northeast had the small increase in values, rising 3.54 percent over the year.According to Banfield, tight inventory is to blame for the nationwide jump—and it could push buyers into smaller, more affordable homes.”Home values were pushed higher once again by the demand for housing outpacing the stock of available homes,” Banfield said. “This effect is intensified by the start of the spring buying season. While sellers are obviously thrilled as their investment continues to grow in value, this trend could make homebuyers set their sights on smaller homes or less pricey neighborhoods. I would encourage homeowners who are considering listing their home to take advantage of the opportunity they have in this sellers’ market.” May 9, 2017 634 Views Homeowners, Appraisers Continue to Diverge in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News appraised values Appraisers homeowner estimates Quicken Loans 2017-05-09 Aly J. Yale
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