Watford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
WATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderboltby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum has scored a thunderbolt in the Netherlands 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday. The long-range strike was the Liverpool midfielder’ second goal of the game.The first came from a header from six yards out.Great goal. Georginio Wijnaldum blasts one into the top corner for Netherlands vs Belarus. His second of the game. pic.twitter.com/UAipkAHBI3— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.
Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars from an eclectic mix of genres will take the stage to perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the line up are: contemporary jazz trumpeter and GRAMMY winner Chris Botti; actor, writer, producer and host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS James Corden; American soul and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day; 14-time GRAMMY winner and American musical icon Herbie Hancock; music legend and celebrated producer Quincy Jones; multi-platinum jazz star and 5-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; piano prodigy and budding pop sensation Dan Orlando; chart-topping country music artist Darius Rucker; and global superstar Steven Tyler.“I came from a musical family, I grew up on songs like ‘I left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Shadow of your Smile.’ To now be singing for him on his 90th birthday is something that is truly an honor,” said Tyler. “Tony’s voice is timeless and one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.”“I feel honored and privileged every time I get to step out on stage and perform with Tony Bennett, whose voice is as iconic and timeless as ever,” Botti said.“Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend,” said Day. “It’s an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday.”“A timeless talent that is ever-young, vibrant and gracious. Tony’s life-force is strong and respectful of others. His actions musically and in his daily life are a testament to the value of inclusion. He’s a great encouragement to the younger generation and continually lifts everyones spirits,” said Hancock. “As a musician and a human being, Tony is a shining light. He’s the best of the best.”One of the most celebrated entertainers in the world, Bennett has thrilled sold-out audiences worldwide for decades, selling ten million records in the last ten years alone. Known for timeless hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing,” the 20th annual Power of Love gala will bring together musical artists to pay tribute to his musical genius in a celebration of song and philanthropy.The Power of Love gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father, Lou. Since that night it’s blossomed into a celebration known for partnering with some of the most celebrated chefs and entertainers in the industry for an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.Previous Power of Love galas have celebrated the 70th birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2012 and the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in 2013. Last year’s gala hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Robin Thicke and more as they honored Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of brain diseases.Tickets now on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For all other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702.263.9797.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan asked the chief executive officer of Etsy.com to reconsider its policy to allow Alaska Natives to keep selling products made from materials such as walrus tusks or from petrified wooly mammoth remains found in the nation’s most remote state.Sullivan said he assumes the basis of the policy is to combat elephant poaching in Africa and India and that he supports such efforts.“However, your policy fails to recognize that Alaska Natives are explicitly authorized under federal laws, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, to work with and sell walrus ivory, whale tooth and bone, and other non-elephant ivory,” the Alaska Republican wrote in a letter sent Friday to the Brooklyn, New York-based company.Etsy has not responded to the letter, according to Sullivan spokesman Matt Shuckerow.In an email to The Associated Press, Etsy said it can no longer allow Alaska Natives to sell animal products such as ivory but that their accounts remain active.“We have updated our policies to reflect the increasingly global nature of our business and our community,” the company said. “With increased global regulation surrounding ivory and animal products, we can no longer accommodate such products produced by Native Alaskans in our marketplace.”Sullivan heard about the issue from Alaska Native leaders and a handful of artists whose accounts were disrupted, Shuckerow said. In his letter, Sullivan notes that Alaska Natives have used animal products for subsistence, survival and cultural expression for thousands of years.Marcu Gho, an Inupiat Eskimo who lives in Juneau, is among the affected artists. He had sold gloves, key chains, scarves and other artwork made from sea otter fur for about five years until then items were delisted Tuesday.He said that occurred after he began a conversation with Etsy officials last week in response to social media posts he saw from other artists complaining about such problems.Gho said he had been warned that it appeared his artwork was derived from Alaska’s northern sea otters. A portion of that population is listed as threatened but it doesn’t include southeast Alaska otters, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“In the past, we have allowed an exemption for Alaska Natives,” a company official wrote in an email to Gho. “However, we’ve determined that we are unable to make exceptions for these items in our marketplace going forward. Removing this exemption helps us create a single global policy prohibiting endangered or threatened animals.”Gho said he explained the difference to the official, to no avail. The experience has left him frustrated that he can’t share this part of his culture. He also believes the policy perpetuates a perception that Alaska Natives are barbarians.“When they’re telling me that they don’t feel it’s acceptable that I sell these things, I take it a little bit more personally,” he said.___Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro .___This story has been corrected to say Gho’s items were delisted, not his Etsy account, and to show that accounts of Alaska Native artists have had ivory items removed, not that the accounts were cancelled.
Rabat – Morocco and France signed, on Thursday in Rabat, a statement of intent on funding small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to foster financial and technical cooperation and training.Signed by Economy minister Mohammed Boussaid and French counterpart Pierre Moscovici, on a working visit to Morocco, the statement provides for transferring resources from the French guarantee fund, amounting to 26 million euros, to the SMEs guarantee fund set up by the Moroccan economy ministry and managed by the central guarantee fund (CCG).This operation concerns redeploying financial cooperation resources worth 16 million euros from the financial restructuration guarantee fund and provides for a mechanism totaling 25 million euros to improve SMEs’ access to loans. Another cooperation protocol was inked by the French public investment bank, the French development agency and the CCG to reinforce cooperation to broaden the scope and efficiency of their Risk-Sharing Instruments, as well as the funding of Moroccan SMEs and French ones wishing to gain a foothold in Morocco.The agreement aims to facilitate the international development of enterprises of their respective countries, director general of CCG Hicham Zanati Serghini told MAP.
Rabat- Sixteen hundred Moroccan soldiers are taking part in a significant African military operation under the auspices of the U.N. to cope with terrorism threats in the region. The Assistant General Secretary of the UNO Hervé Ladsous hailed Morocco’s contributions to the UN operations in Africa, where about 1,600 Moroccan Blue Berets are deployed, primarily in Ivory Coast and the Congo in order to address the threat of Al-Qaeda. .According to Akhbar Alyaoum, Hervé Ladsous said Thursday that ”I have to say that every time I was in one of these missions, I was eager to meet the Moroccan contingents to show them our recognition of the very good job they do.” According to the same source, Ladsous also praised Morocco’s commitment in the Central African Republic, explaining that the Kingdom “agreed to quickly deploy a military team and make it at the disposal of the United Nations mission, which is still a political mission but will possibly become a peacekeeping mission”.Edited by Jessica Rohan © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m.
Italy great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.
Schalke 04 boss Domenico Tedesco was pleased with their dominant performance at Galatasaray in the Champions League, but rued their missed chances in a 0-0 drawThe Royal Blues got off to a slow start at Istanbul but gradually emerged as the more dangerous side as the game progressed.After the break, Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was forced to make several saves from Schalke.The visitors had actually got the ball into the back of the net, only for Breel Embolo’s effort to be ruled out for offside.“I always try to remain positive – which is why I can recognise my team’s good performance and I am not focusing on not getting the win. We knew before the game that there would be a tremendous atmosphere here,” Tedesco told the club website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Players are always going to take a few minutes to adapt to this. Once we did that, we got into the game well. We were dominant tonight, it was fun to watch. The only thing missing tonight was a goal.“We had plenty of chances to score as well – we need to carry on working on this. If we can combine this kind of performance with some better finishing, we will start getting positive results again.“Ultimately we are satisfied with the point, even though we deserved the win. The group is still wide open after three games; anyone can beat anyone in my opinion.”Schalke are second in Group D with five points, while Galatasaray sit in third place on four points.
Former Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain who is on loan at Milan has revealed that the decision to leave Juventus was made for him.Pipita was so loved by the Bianconeri that it became a surprise when he left Turin. However, the striker has taken his time to explain why.“That’s not a question for me. I played for Juventus, everyone knows what I won there and how much I gave to Juventus. The decision was not mine, it was made by others. Milan then showed that they wanted me and I came here,” Higuain said via Football Italia.“I think the reaction of the Juve players tonight proves I was loved there.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.During Juventus Vs Milan clash on Sunday, Higuain had demanded to take the penalty against his former teammate Wojciech Szczesny, who saved it.“Szczesny moved first, that’s why he got it. I thought it was going into the side-netting, it was a great save. Only those who take penalties can miss them, it’s easy to say afterwards that it was wrong.”“I took the responsibility, I felt good about taking it. I think at the end of the day, we’ve got to keep our heads up because we played well against a very strong Juventus side.”
That e-mail, or apparently not showing remorse for writing it, landed him a pink slip. In a memo to staffers Tuesday, posted by Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC, Mills wrote that Nutting had left the company “effective today.”That same day, Nutting told Politico’s Michael Calderone, who has covered the acquisition and subsequent merger extensively, that he was fired for “insubordination.” “I guess I was given one last chance to say I was sorry, that I’d done something impulsive, and I apologize,” he told Calderone, indicating that he refused to apologize. “I didn’t feel like I could turn my back on the people I worked with,” he said.It’s a tough time in magazine publishing right now, and I’m sure there are A LOT of people in the industry who aren’t, and won’t, speak up about management missteps for fear of losing their jobs. Don’t get me wrong, though—I’m not saying that the CQ-Roll Call Group layoffs were necessarily the result of mismanagement.What I am saying is that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a passionate editor stand up for what he/she believes—even with their job on the line. And I hope it isn’t the last. Brian Nutting showed his loyalty to the wrong group of people—or at least that’s what his bosses thought.Following the round of 44 layoffs at the CQ-Roll Call Group—associated with parent company the Economist Group’s merger of recently-acquired Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call—the 27-year CQ editor sent an e-mail to CQ-Roll Call Group executive vice president and managing director Laurie Battaglia, editorial director Mike Mills and the entire newsroom, demanding an explanation from top brass in regard to the cuts. “We were told that the people in the company were highly valued,” Nutting wrote. “And now this.”
Demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government and riot police clash in Caracas. Photo: AFPProtesters hurling rocks clashed with police firing tear gas Saturday in Venezuela’s fourth demonstration in a week against President Nicolas Maduro and his government.The rally was marked by anger over a ruling from the leftist government banning opposition leader Henrique Capriles from office for 15 years. Around 4,000 people attended the demonstration.Capriles narrowly lost the 2013 presidential election that brought Maduro to power following the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez—father of Venezuela’s “socialist revolution.”The government move, which the 44-year-old Capriles announced on Friday, effectively prevents him from running against Maduro in next year’s general election.Saturday’s violence broke out when protesters gathered in the east of the city changed course at Capriles’s request and headed downtown toward the government ombudsman’s office.The district—seat of many government offices—is a pro-Maduro bastion, and the president’s supporters were holding a “cultural, sporting and recreational rally” there.National Guard police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to force the protesters back.“They received us with gas and rubber bullets. They insist on siding with the dictatorship but we are going to keep moving forward,” said opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia.Masked demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, said AFP reporters on scene. At least two police officers were hit by the flaming bottles.‘Product of tyranny’Capriles appeared energized by the protests.“He who laughs last, laughs best! We’ll see you on the streets of Venezuela @nicolasmaduro. There will be no rest,” Capriles promised on Twitter.Capriles was also one of the leaders of mass demonstrations against Maduro earlier this week that led to clashes with police. One protester died.“This thing that they just did to Capriles is the product of tyranny,” said Adel Rincones, 61, who clutched a sign that read “Venezuela is wounded in the heart with hunger, misery, corruption, dictatorship.”Others at the rally held pictures of Capriles.“People are tired of so much corruption, hunger and poverty,” said Vanessa Garcia, 37, an optometry student.Protests also erupted in several other cities, including unrest-prone San Cristobal in the west, where masked gunmen reportedly set off explosions, causing demonstrators to flee.‘Administrative irregularities’State comptroller Manuel Galindo imposed the ban on Capriles due to alleged “administrative irregularities” in his post as governor of the northern state of Miranda.Capriles said that he would appeal the decision and stay in his job as governor, which he has held since 2008.Venezuela’s political crisis intensified last week when the Supreme Court issued rulings curbing the powers of the opposition-controlled legislature.The court has consistently ruled in Maduro’s favor since the opposition majority took its seats in the National Assembly legislature in January 2016.It drew international criticism for last week’s rulings, which seized the assembly’s powers and revoked lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution.Opposition intensifiesThe court reversed the rulings days later, but the opposition intensified its protests, prompting police to fire tear gas and water cannon to control them.The opposition then came up with the idea of seeking the dismissal of the Supreme Court’s justices. But the ombudsman’s office blocked the move.Capriles can appeal against his sanction within two weeks to the comptroller and within six months to the Supreme Court.The collapse in prices for Venezuela’s crucial oil exports has sapped the country’s revenues.Ordinary Venezuelans are suffering from shortages of food, medicine and basic goods along with a surge in violent crime.The opposition blames Maduro for the economic crisis. He says it is due to a capitalist conspiracy backed by the United States.New protests are planned for next week.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Update March 29: A spokeswoman for Cornyn provided the following statement:“Sen. Cornyn values the opinions of each of his almost 28 million constituents and appreciates them making their voice heard.”She also said Cornyn’s staff met with everyone who wanted to meet. 00:00 /01:09 Courtesy of Brent SullivanProtesters have gathered outside Sen. Cornyn’s Houston office for the past 10 Tuesdays.About two dozen protesters stood on the sidewalk outside of Sen. John Cornyn’s office at 5300 Memorial Dr., holding up American flags and signs with Trump-critical messages and calls for healthcare for all. “I think the most important thing to be done today is to call for an independent and open, transparent set of hearings into both his ties, his campaign’s ties, with Russia and the sources of his income,” the weekly protest’s organizer, Brent Sullivan, said.A lot of the protesters are retirees but some are younger – like Emma Connolly, a sociology senior at the University of Houston.It was her first time at the protest and she said she’s getting more involved.“I believe that our country is at a really tough situation right now,” she said. “And I feel like we have a lot of populations that are really scared of the things that are happening.”Sen. Cornyn is currently in Washington, but the protesters went up in small groups to speak with his staff.They said a staff member took notes and promised to pass on the comments to the senator.We reached out to Cornyn’s office but did not receive an official comment before deadline. Listen Share X
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uReports on breaking news nationally and locally. Two historic Supreme Court victories for President Obama and many argue the American people, on subsidies for The Affordable Care Act and The Fair Housing Act. Also, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today he would support the effort to build the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs, but would kill the Red Line light rail project for Baltimore. We’ll have a panel of experts and journalists for analysis of these breaking stories. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Hulu’s accelerating year-over-year subscriber growth has brought it to the 25 million milestone. But continued questions linger about the platform’s profitability and programming, particularly as Disney looks to further its own streaming ambitions following the integration of Fox’s entertainment assets.The 48% jump from the prior year outpaces Hulu’s 40% gain in SVOD and live-TV subscribers in 2017. That growth “proves the investments that their owners are making is worth it,” said Brett Harriss, a research analyst at Gabelli & Company.But he emphasized that the video landscape is “dramatically more competitive.” Now that signing up for — and canceling — subscription streaming services is easier than ever, there’s higher potential for subscriber churn.“If you were Viacom in 2010, you woke up every morning and knew you had 100 million subscribers,” said Harriss. ×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 Popular on Variety But Iger has previously indicated that there is potential for Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ to be bundled together. More details on Disney’s streaming strategy are expected to land at its investor day in April. Hulu’s estimated yearly losses are around $1.5 billion; Netflix’s expected negative free cash flow for 2018 hovered at about $3 billion. Some argue that since much of Hulu’s licensing expenses are going back into the pockets of its media-conglomerate owners, it’s all a wash. (Disney will have a 60% stake, post-Fox merger; Comcast owns 30%; AT&T owns 10%.)But “the best businesses in the world,” said Harriss, citing Apple, Google and others, “have been able to grow while being profitable.” For Netflix and Hulu, that path has been more difficult.Disney noted higher losses at Hulu in Q4 2018 due to higher programming, marketing and labors expenses, though those were offset by increased subscriber and ad revenue.And Disney CEO Bob Iger has nodded toward the opportunity for increased programming investments in Hulu once the Disney-Fox merger goes through.“We aim to use the television production capabilities of the combined company to fuel Hulu with a lot more original programming, original programming that we feel will enable Hulu to compete even more aggressively in the marketplace,” he said on the company’s early November earnings call.There’s been speculation that in the wake of the merger, the resulting leadership shuffle may nudge execs toward having a heavier hand in Hulu’s strategy and programming. Of the 21st Century Fox-to-Disney management changes so far, Peter Rice has been tapped as chairman of Walt Disney Television, and Dana Walden has been named the chairman of Disney Television Studio and ABC Entertainment.John Landgraf, FX head, told Variety in September that FX would have to “to figure out a way to support and enable the success of that adult streaming service,” likely referencing Hulu, which has been positioned to be a more grown-up platform vs. the upcoming Disney+ standalone service.The anticipated late 2019 launch of the Disney+ means that more family-friendly fare, including shows and movies from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic and Disney, will be housed on the same service.Netflix’s Golden Globe wins are a confidence-booster for its billions in content investments. Hulu’s subscriber base, even with the updated figures, still aren’t half of Netflix’s 57 million U.S. subscribers. Disney+ will be starting from scratch later this year, putting it far behind the rest.
The ongoing Mobile World Conference 2019 at Barcelona, has an interesting line-up of announcements, keynote speakers, summits, seminars and more. It is the largest mobile event in the world, that brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than two thousand leading companies. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ which comprises of the combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things ( IoT), artificial intelligence ( AI) and big data. Microsoft unveiled a host of new products along the same theme on the first day of the conference. Let’s have a look at some of them. #1 Microsoft HoloLens 2 AR announced! Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens 2 AR device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). This $3,500 AR device is aimed for businesses, and not for the average person, yet. It is designed primarily for situations where field workers might need to work hands-free, such as manufacturing workers, industrial designers and those in the military, etc. This device is definitely an upgrade from Microsoft’s very first HoloLens that recognized basic tap and click gestures. The new headset recognizes 21 points of articulation per hand and accounts for improved and realistic hand motions. The device is less bulky and its eye tracking can measure eye movement and use it to interact with virtual objects. It is built to be a cloud- and edge-connected device. The HoloLens 2 field of view more than doubles the area covered by HoloLens 1. Microsoft said it has plans to announce a follow-up to HoloLens 2 in the next year or two. According to Microsoft, this device will be even more comfortable and easier to use, and that it’ll do more than the HoloLens 2. HoloLens 2 is available on preorder and will be shipping later this year. The device has already found itself in the midst of a controversy after the US Army invested $480 million in more than 100,000 headsets. The contract has stirred dissent amongst Microsoft workers. #2 Azure-powered Kinect camera for enterprise The Azure-powered Kinect camera is an “Intelligent edge device that doesn’t just see and hear but understands the people, the environment, the objects, and their actions,” according to Azure VP, Julia White. This AI-powered smart enterprise camera leverages Microsoft’s 3D imaging technology and can possibly serve as a companion hardware piece for HoloLens in the enterprise. The system has a 1-megapixel depth camera, a 12-megapixel camera and a seven-microphone array on board to help it work with “a range of compute types, and leverage Microsoft’s Azure solutions to collect that data.” The system, priced at $399, is available for pre-order. #3 Azure Spatial Anchors Azure Spatial Anchors are launched as a part of the Azure mixed reality services. These services will help developers and business’ build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications. According to the Azure blog, these mixed reality apps can map, designate and recall precise points of interest which are accessible across HoloLens, iOS, and Android devices. Developers can integrate their solutions with IoT services and artificial intelligence, and protect their sensitive data using security from Azure. Users can easily infuse artificial intelligence ( AI) and integrate IoT services to visualize data from IoT sensors as holograms. The Spatial Anchors will allow users to map their space and connect points of interest “to create wayfinding experiences, and place shareable, location-based holograms without any need for environmental setup or QR codes”. Users will also be able to manage identity, storage, security, and analytics with pre-built cloud integrations to accelerate their mixed reality projects. #4 Unreal Engine 4 Support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 During the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Epic Games Founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney announced that support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be coming to Unreal Engine 4 in May 2019. Unreal Engine will fully support HoloLens 2 with streaming and native platform integration. Sweeney says that “AR is the platform of the future for work and entertainment, and Epic will continue to champion all efforts to advance open platforms for the hardware and software that will power our daily lives.” Unreal Engine 4 support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will allow for “photorealistic” 3D in AR apps. Head over to Microsoft’s official blog for an in-depth insight on all the products released. Read Next Unreal Engine 4.22 update: support added for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) Microsoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’ Microsoft joins the OpenChain Project to help define standards for open source software compliance
Sponsor Advertisement Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped down about a percent and change at the open—and barely moved for the rest of the day, as the HUI finished down 1.59%. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Wednesday showed that zero gold and 14 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories. JPM issued 11 contracts—and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia stopped all 14 contracts. The link to that activity is here. There was another reported withdrawal from GLD yesterday. This time it was 48,216 troy ounces. And as of 9:45 p.m. EST, there were no reported changes in SLV. Once again there is nothing to report from the U.S. Mint as far as sales are concerned. But the story posted at this link regarding 2014 U.S. silver eagles sales is worth your while. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, there was some decent gold movement for a change. Only 3 kilobars were reported received by Brink’s, Inc., but 53,086 troy ounces were reported withdrawn—and 52,539 troy ounces of that came out of JPMorgan’s warehouse. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 601,047 troy ounces received by Brink’s, Inc.—and nothing was reported shipped out. The link to that action is here. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column—and I hope you find some on the list that strike your fancy. Every ambitious would-be empire clarions it abroad that she is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and freedom, and is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie, and it is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe it! … If America ever does seek Empire, and most nations do, then planned reforms in our domestic life will be abandoned, States Rights will be abolished — in order to impose a centralized government upon us for the purpose of internal repudiation of freedom, and adventures abroad. The American Dream will then die — on battlefields all over the world — and a nation conceived in liberty will destroy liberty for Americans and impose tyranny on subject nations. – George S. Boutwell Another day—and another engineered price decline—with this one starting a little earlier than the one on Monday. The results were the same—as more technical funds and small traders went short or sold long positions, with JPMorgan et al gobbling up all the long positions offered. It’s the same old, same old—at least for the moment. Here’s what silver analyst Ted Butler had to say about the current price action in his mid-week column to his paying subscribers yesterday—and he says it so much better than I ever could: A few words on the rotten price action this week. It appears to me that we’re enduring a typical COMEX rig job to the downside designed to induce those technical funds who bought contracts in Monday’s COT report to sell once again. That can only be achieved on sharp sell-offs. I’d lay the blame squarely on the crooks at JPMorgan because the bank did sell both gold and silver in the latest COT. More seem to be noticing the blatancy of the deliberate sell-offs, but the real question is why more don’t see the manipulation, particularly after it’s explained to them. I think with today’s price take-down, a sufficient number of technical fund contracts were sold to bring those funds which bought in the latest COT, back onto the sell side. Of course that’s only a guess on my part. What’s not a guess is just how crooked are JPMorgan and the CME Group, owner of the COMEX. While we have retreated from penetrating the key moving averages to the upside, that just delays the process—and what JPMorgan does when the moving averages in gold and silver are penetrated, remains the key issue. It certainly doesn’t feel that way today, but we are still structured for an upside surprise. There wasn’t a creature stirring in the precious metal markets in the Far East on their Thursday. Volumes were fumes and vapours—and down more than 50% from where they were yesterday at the London open. Virtually all of the volume was in the current front months for both metals, so my guess is that most of the volume that did exist, was of the HFT variety. The dollar index, which traded slightly above the 81 mark yesterday, is now a hair below that. And as I fire this off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EST, there still isn’t a thing going on in any of the precious metals. Volumes are still very light—and the dollar index isn’t doing much either. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what today’s trading action will be like once we get past the London silver fix at noon GMT—and the Comex open—however it’s easy to use the price patterns from the first three trading days of the week as a template for what might happen today. We’ll find out in the fullness of time—and not too much time, either. See you tomorrow—and if you live west of the International Date Line, I hope you enjoy your weekend. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, email@example.com. Not surprisingly, it was silver that was under the most price pressure—and that was the case right from the New York open on Tuesday evening. The rally after the noon London silver fix got dealt with in the usual manner—and at the same time as “da boyz” took down the gold price for the first time, which was just minutes after 1 p.m. GMT—and about 15 minutes before the Comex open. That was pretty much it for silver for the remainder of the day. The high and low price prints were reported as $19.865 and $19.31 in the March contract. Silver closed in New York at $19.52 spot on Wednesday, which was down 32.5 cents from Tuesday’s close. Volume was a very healthy 48,000 contracts. There are some decent sized out-of-the-money bets for 2015 and 2016 in silver as well. Here’s the link. On Wednesday, platinum got sold down a bit into early London trading—and then recovered in price as the trading day unfolded. Palladium didn’t do much. Here are the charts. The dollar index closed in New York on Tuesday afternoon at 80.87. Once it opened for trading in the Far East on their Thursday, the index finally broke through the 81.00 mark, but in rather unconvincing fashion. However it did manage to close above that mark at 81.08—which was up 21 basis points from Tuesday’s close. The silver stocks finished down as well, but not as bad as the gold equities. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver 7 Index closed down 0.92%. It’s the same old, same old—at least for the moment. Gold didn’t do much anywhere on Planet Earth yesterday, but it was obvious that the HFT boyz were out and about—with the first occurrence shortly after 1 p.m. GMT in London—and the second in the thinly-traded New York Access Market shortly after 2 p.m. EST. The latter sell-off took the gold price to its low tick of the day. The high and low, such as they were, were reported by the CME Group as $1,231.80 and $1,217.70 in the February contract. The gold price closed at $1,225.90 spot, which was down $5.90 from Tuesday’s close. Volume, net of roll-overs out of the February contract, was only about 116,000 contracts. What was interesting in yesterday’s volume figures were the big futures positions placed way out in 2015 and 2016—and the link to yesterday’s CME’s settlements page is here. Note not only the contracts placed yesterday, but also what the prior day’s open interest was in those particular months [and others] that far down the road. These are big out-of-the-money bets by somebody with very deep pockets that may be armed with future price information that is unknown to us mere mortals.
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) last week delivered a report on the UK government which included more than 80 recommendations for improvements to its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing its review process.The committee’s “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the convention followed a two-day public examination of its record in Geneva last month.But a delegation of DPOs that attended the public examination – and had briefed members of the committee on the many breaches of the convention by the UK – were appalled at how disabled people’s views were misrepresented by the government in Geneva.And they have now told Disability News Service (DNS) that they will be “considering a joint position on boycotting engagement with government” until it can be trusted not to misrepresent the views of disabled people and their organisations.Ellen Clifford (pictured in Geneva), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Responses by government representatives throughout the CRPD process have further proved how they exploit any form of engagement to dishonestly validate policies that are actively harming disabled people and retrogressing our rights.“What we want to do is try and establish a shared platform of non-engagement until the government can be trusted to do that in good faith and listen to what we say and not misrepresent those engagement opportunities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who also attended the Geneva session, added: “How can we work with a government whose policies are catastrophic and who deny there is anything wrong?”Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues and the UK delegation, told the committee during the examination in Geneva that “constructive dialogue, collaboration and coproduction with disabled people is key to the UK meeting its ambitions to progressively realise disabled people’s rights”.She said the UK government had “a strong record in engaging with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, representative groups and service users to inform and influence policy”.And she praised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – ODI is part of DWP – for working with disabled people and DPOs to improve personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA), even though both disability benefits have been the subject of angry protests and campaigns over the damage they have caused tens of thousands of disabled people.DPOs in Geneva were particularly appalled to hear Jochelson’s “offensive” claim that the 2,000 pages of evidence the committee received – much of it from DPOs who had spent years compiling proof of the government’s breaches of the convention – were partly “a testament” to ODI’s efforts to promote the UN review process among disabled people and their organisations.Clifford said: “It was at that point where people (from the DPO delegation) got upset.“Not only were we being dismissed and not being listened to, but the dire situation [facing disabled people] was being used as evidence [of engagement].”DPAC and other DPOs believe that this misrepresentation mirrored the way Conservative ministers have repeatedly claimed that disabled people and their organisations have co-produced controversial government policies, such as the introduction of PIP and changes to the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.In April, DNS revealed how DWP wrongly claimed that DPOs had “co-designed” plans to force new ESA claimants to take part in its punitive new health and work conversation, plans that disabled activists had described as “DWP skulduggery”, “pernicious”, “oppressive”, “punitive”, and “abusive”.Meanwhile, the delegation of UK DPOs – which also included Disability Rights UK, Equal Lives, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Black Triangle and the British Deaf Association – has welcomed the UN committee’s conclusions and recommendations.And there was satisfaction among the DPO delegation at the influence the disabled people’s movement has had on the CRPD process by working together to provide evidence to the committee about breaches of the convention by the UK government.Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had told the UK government’s delegation during the examination: “I want to see you coming back as world leader [on disability rights], which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”The DPO delegation said, in a joint statement, that they had “established themselves as a force to be reckoned with following a long campaign of challenging the government’s blatant disregard for the lives of Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.Clifford said: “The working relationship we established through this process stands us in better stead for collective action.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, who was also in Geneva, said the “collaborative way” DPOs had worked together had “clearly been highly effective at advocating for the interests of disabled people in the UK”.And she said she hoped they would continue to work together in a way that was “inclusive of all disabled people, including the smaller DPOs”.Lazard welcomed the committee’s “damning verdict” but said it would come as no surprise to disabled people in the UK, who were experiencing “increasing levels of poverty and exclusion, massive cuts to social care and independent living support and hundreds of thousands of people being forced through a totally discredited and punitive assessment regime”.She said the committee’s conclusions were in “stark contrast” to the government’s “denial, spin, misinformation and frankly disdain for disabled people and our organisations, disdain for the mountain of evidence that shows things are actually going terribly wrong for disabled people and disdain for the UN process itself”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, called on the UK government to “cut the rhetoric and start delivering on these excellent recommendations”, and welcomed the committee’s decision to raise concerns at the use of compulsory mental health detention and treatment.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “It is a relief to see that the UK government’s appalling treatment of disabled people has been called out by the UN committee.“The concluding observations give a clear sense of direction for the UK and devolved governments.”Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s chair, welcomed the committee’s recommendation that the UK government “finally legislate to protect language rights of deaf people”.He said: “Deaf people have been passed over too long; there can now be no doubt that the government has been taken to task. Without language rights, we have no human rights.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said: “We are delighted that the committee has highlighted the government’s shocking disregard for the human rights of disabled children and young people to be included in mainstream education and we welcome the committee’s call for a strategy to end the segregation and institutionalisation of children and young people from their families and communities.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said there was now “irrefutable” evidence that the UK government was operating as a “rogue government”, and that it was “totally disregarding” its international treaty obligations and showing “contempt for disabled people”.He also criticised the reaction of opposition leaders in the UK, who had failed so far to speak out strongly on the commission’s report.He said: “We feel forgotten as disabled people. There is always something else more important. It has just been a blip on the radar and it is all forgotten.“We have done all our hard work as DPOs these past seven years but it comes to a point where the so-called opposition parties should step up to the plate and go to war with the Tories on our behalf.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: “When the chair of the disability committee described the situation that disabled people face as a ‘human catastrophe’ she was reflecting what Norfolk’s disability community has been experiencing over the last seven years. “In a very short space of time we have gone from having some of the best rights in the world to a crisis situation where people are dying because of the barriers and discrimination caused by austerity.”In response to the CRPD report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and CanadaPicture by Natasha Hirst
Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff What happens when you’re making money but don’t have any new customers? That’s the question Twitter is currently grappling with. The social media platform recently reported its first profitable quarter in the company’s 12-year history. It made $91 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, but its user base stayed flat.The company ended the year with 330 million monthly users, which is up 4 percent from the same time in 2016, but that that figure fell short of Wall Street analysts who were predicting that it would increase by 1 million.Although not quite the behemoth that Facebook is — Mark Zuckerberg’s social network reported in June of 2017 that it had 2 billion monthly users — Twitter is still dealing with many of the same issues.In October, representatives from Twitter were present on Capitol Hill with counterparts from Facebook and Google to answer for how Russian entities might have used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election.Related: Twitter Says What You Do Offline Could Cost You Your ‘Verified’ Blue CheckmarkIn a January 2018 blog post, Twitter disclosed that it had identified more than 50,000 Russian-linked accounts that were disseminating content related to the election, and that it had notified 1.4 million users who had followed one of these accounts.So what is Twitter doing to keep the momentum going in a positive direction?Increased policing of hate speechOn Feb. 8, in concert with Safer Internet Day, the company published a blog post highlighting the work that it has been doing to police hate speech on the platform, which includes frequent updates about the rollout of revamped policies. At the end of December, Twitter began enforcing new rules that would ban accounts associated with hate groups.We’ve updated our rules around abuse and hateful conduct as well as violence and physical harm. These changes will be enforced starting December 18. Read our updated rules here: https://t.co/NGVT3qGFvg— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 17, 2017And as recently as this week, Twitter shared that it now had tools in place to report content and accounts that encourage self-harm.While we continue to provide resources to people who are experiencing thoughts of self-harm, it is against our rules to encourage others to harm themselves. Starting today, you can report a profile, Tweet, or Direct Message for this type of content.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 13, 2018Increased character countTwitter’s decision to allow users to publish 280-character tweets seems to be working, though perhaps not in the way that the powers that be at Twitter initially thought.During an early February investor call, Dorsey said that the average length of a tweet has not changed. “We’re seeing less abandonment of tweets. But we’re also seeing a lot more engagement. We’re also seeing more retweets, and we’re seeing a lot more mentions. And we’re also seeing people get more followers and return more often.”He went on to say that he thought the change would make the platform more welcoming for new users. “We do believe that it’s minimizing some of the complexities and some of the confusion around Twitter in general,” he said.It seems straightforward enough. Make things easier and actually address people’s concerns. Whether it leads to an upward trend in both revenue and users remains to be seen. February 22, 2018 84shares Image credit: rvlsoft | Shutterstock 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Nina Zipkin Next Article What you can learn from the struggling social site’s turnaround. 3 min read Twitter’s Business May Finally Be Trending in the Right Direction Twitter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue