SpiceJet starts daily direct flight between Guwahati and Dhaka

first_imgGuwahati: Budget carrier SpiceJet Monday started the first daily direct flight between Guwahati and Dhaka. The first flight ‘SG 78’ was flagged off by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here. The Bombardier Q400 aircraft will depart Guwahati at 11:55 am, while it will leave Dhaka at 2:10 pm (local time) every day. Hailing the new mode of connectivity as landmark, Sonowal said: “We are now looking to connect all the capitals of the ASEAN and BBIN countries with Guwahati. For that, we have already requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to do the needful.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! SpiceJet Chief Marketing Officer Debojo Maharshi informed the daily flight has been launched under the International Air Connectivity Scheme (IACS). “We believe the tremendous success of Regional Connectivity Scheme can be replicated in IACS as well thereby making international air travel much more affordable and convenient for Indians,” he added. Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner in India Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur said this new flight will be a turning point in the history of connectivity between the two regions. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “Before 1947, Bangladesh and Assam were part of the same region. Every day, 4,000 patients come to India for treatment, but they go to Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi. Now they can come to Guwahati too as it has many good hospitals,” he added. With the launch of this new service, SpiceJet now operates two flights under IACS, besides running 43 flights connecting 24 cities under UDAN scheme. The low-cost airline currently operates a fleet of 76 Boeing 737 aircraft, 31 Bombardier Q400 planes and two B737 freighters across India.last_img read more

Bizman abduction bid foiled 1 cop hurt during gun battle

first_imgGurugram: Brazen incident of street crime again on display in Gururgam when three to four assailants fired gunshots at the police patrol party after their adduction bid of a businessman was foiled by the policemen.The incident resulted in 47-year-old Jaiveer deputed on the post of special police official (SPO) sustaining three to four gun wounds in his stomach and neck. He is admitted in a private hospital where the is said to be in a stable condition. On Sunday evening the Gururgam police achieved a major breakthrough when they arrested one of the gang members identified as Anshul who was involved in the crime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe entire incident transpired at around 11:15 pm on Saturday night when a local businessman identified as Rahul Pahuja was moving in his Jaguar car. All of a sudden he was forced to stop by three to four men who were travelling in Toyota Innova. They blocked Rahul’s way and forcefully made him come out after one of the unidentified people brandished his gun at the businessman. They then forced him into the Innova. Knowing that he was being Kidnapped Rahul began shouting for help which alerted the police patrolling party. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsUnderstanding that they were being followed by the police patrolling party the kidnapers first tried to run away by speeding their SUV. However, realising that it was not proving to be fruitful they began firing gunshots at the policemen. The exchange of gunshots resulted in 47-year-old Jaiveer sustaining severe injuries on his neck and stomach. Even though injured Jaiveer was critically injured he and his team ensured that not only did the criminals leave their vehicle but also could succeed in their attempt of kidnapping Rahul Pahuja. Jaiveer who belong from Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana was working with Gurugram police for last two years. He is presently receiving treatment in a private multi-speciality hospital in Gurugram where his condition is said to be stable. “It was a brave attempt by Jaiveer that prevented a major crime taking place. Leading from the front he received gun injuries on his neck and stomach. Even though the doctors have been removing bullets from his body, he is been kept under observation at present,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Incidents of encounter and criminals targetting Gurugram police in the act is not a new phenomenon. Recently a court pronounced six people ten-year-imprisonment after they were convicted of abducting a serving SHO of Sector 29 and robbing valuables from him.last_img read more

STORYHIVE announces top two femaledirected digital shorts

first_imgThe latest TELUS STORYHIVE digital shorts female directors edition winners have just been announced.Akashi-あかし- from Mayumi Yoshida won the top award in BC and This Is Not a Passport Photo from Stephanie Simpson got the top award in Alberta. Watch them both below. Akashi-あかし- is about a woman who returns to Japan after her grandmother passes only to find her modern ways clash with the traditional values of her homeland.This Is Not a Passport Photo follows Canadian photographer Stephanie Simpson as she takes family photos for resettled refugees.Winners were decided by a combination of community votes alongside an industry jury. Winners get distribution on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand, customized career training from NSI and a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival.• • •STORYHIVE is a community-powered funding program that allows members of the community to vote for their favourite projects.The program allows content creators in British Columbia and Alberta to submit their story ideas to an online public platform.NSI delivers training for the selected projects and their creators once they’re chosen through the STORYHIVE process. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Refugees fleeing danger are not dangerous themselves – UN agency chief

“These are people that flee from danger, they’re not dangerous themselves,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told reporters in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut following a four-day visit to Syria, where he witnessed first-hand the massive destruction caused by nearly six years of conflict.“We have serious concerns, and these are not new concerns, we’ve had them for some time, that the refugee issue in the industrialized world – in Europe, the US, Australia – is very politicized. It shouldn’t be,” Mr. Grandi said, urging rich countries to show generosity to refugees, rather than regarding them as a threat.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr. Grandi is the first senior UN official to visit Syria since Turkey and Russia brokered a ceasefire last month.Mr. Grandi said that the recent decision by the United States to suspend its refugee resettlement programme would negatively impact the most vulnerable individuals. “Resettlement means taking refugees from places like Lebanon, where they are already refugees, selecting the most vulnerable and taking them to other places,” he said. “If we weaken that programme, as has been done in the United States, this is a very dangerous weakening of the international solidarity for refugees.” UNHCR estimates that 20,000 refugees in precarious circumstances might have been resettled to the US in the 120 days covered by the suspension set out in an Executive Order signed one week ago by President Donald Trump. Mr. Grandi expressed his hope that the US would resume resettlements following its internal review of the programme. As for the situation in Syria, he described progress in his discussions with the Government on humanitarian access in hard-to-reach areas, and expressed hope that some aid convoys could reach parts of Homs in the coming days.On the issue of refugees returning to Syria, the High Commissioner said that while many were keen to go home, the political and security situation in the country currently made it impossible for large numbers to do so.“People need to return eventually to Syria, and we all agree that that’s the ideal solution. But we need to be patient,” Mr. Grandi said. “More progress needs to be made politically, then economically and infrastructure-wise in order for conditions to be there to have large returns.” read more

Driver Sober campaign nets 347 DUI arrests in five days

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police reminded motorists Thursday that they are continuing their enforcement efforts during the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.Since the effort began on August 16, 2019, there have been 347 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests in Kentucky by law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth.- Advertisement – KSP Spokesperson Sergeant Josh Lawson says the focus of the campaign is saving lives.“We aggressively watch for impaired drivers year-round, but when we join this effort with law enforcement agencies across the state it immediately becomes a force-multiplier to make our roads safer,” said Lawson.Lawson added that there have been 53 impaired driving crashes since August 16, 2019.Related Article: KSP searching for fugitive“It’s unacceptable that in the first five days of the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign that there have been that many crashes,” noted Lawson. “With Labor Day soon approaching vacation travel will increase and we must keep these families safe on our roadways.”According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 50 minutes across America. Also according to NHTSA, high-visibility enforcement such as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.“There are no lack of options for getting a safe ride home,” said Lawson. “Law enforcement is doing our part to safeguard our citizens, we ask that others do the same. Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver or utilize a ride-share company if you have been drinking.”The national DUI crackdown extends through Labor Day Weekend. In addition to statewide DUI enforcement, KSP will conduct statewide traffic safety checkpoints in an effort to enforce all traffic laws of the Commonwealth.Special attention will be placed on occupant protection (seatbelt/child restraint usage), vehicle safety, insurance compliance, registration violations and speeding.Citizens are encouraged to report impaired or erratic drivers and criminal activity by calling KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 or through the KSP mobile app. read more

French students make radio waves

Fourth-year French students have been working on a special project this semester that has them featured on local radio.The students, who have been studying “Canadian Literature in French to 1939” and “French Literature After 1970” with professor Julien Defraeye, have been reading a series of novels and will be sharing insight into the literature on Brock Radio 103.7 FM. They will appear on the station’s show Tic-Tac on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. throughout November.The students are also creating a series of posters that will be presented in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the end of the semester.

Three tidbits from Urban Meyers Monday Ohio State press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference on April 11. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Social Media EditorSpring camp is nearing its end for the Ohio State football team, as the Buckeyes have just three practices left on the schedule, including the annual spring game, which is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday after the team’s workout, and here are three of the most important things he addressed. Rule changes Meyer has never been one to mince words about rules he feels are unjust in college football, notably blasting the NCAA and College Football Playoff two seasons ago for not helping defray travel expenses for players’ families trying to attend the bowl games. His advocacy was instrumental in getting the NCAA to help fund a program. The three-time national champion coach was at it again Monday, chastising a pair of recent rule changes that he said are bad for student-athletes. The Division I Council ruled Friday to end limits on electronic communication and to forbid programs from hosting satellite camps. Satellite camps, which have increased in popularity in the last year, are when coaches appear as guests at schools in the South, or other areas laden with prospective recruits. OSU’s staff worked with Florida Atlantic at a camp in Florida in June. Meyer said his frustration with the decision on satellite camps will have a negative impact on lesser-known recruits and smaller programs. Because players have to pay for camps on their own dime, the rule change could stop a player from Mississippi, for instance, from traveling to Columbus for a camp put on by OSU. But if Meyer and his staff were guests at a camp in South, it would be easier for said player to attend. The same logic applies to smaller schools that work in conjunction in powerhouse programs. Since the rule mandates FBS schools host clinics and camps at their own facilities, Meyer said it hurts staffs at schools like Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference, which before could have partnered with Meyer at an OSU camp. Now as a result, a lesser-valued recruit might not get the necessary exposure to have MAC schools offer scholarships. Meyer said he thinks “probably hundreds of scholarships have come out of (Columbus)” to those nonblue-chip recruits. “I hope they revisit it,” he said, adding, “Think about the student-athlete first.” The coach took an even harder stance on the lift of texting regulations, which, in theory, could mean coaches could constantly bombard recruits with text messages.“That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said. “If they’re making a decision because coaches are upset about it, that’s not the point here … do you really want text messages from a hundred universities on your phone when you come out of school?” Committees making these decisions should be consulting the student-athletes before making some changes, Meyer said. “I think we learned our lesson on the (family travel expenses),” Meyer said. “Whoever has that checklist, No. 1: student-athlete.” Making a markMeyer offered high praise about four early enrollees from the 2016 recruiting class: wide receiver Austin Mack, running back Antonio Williams, offensive tackle Michael Jordan and defensive end Jonathan Cooper.“They’re much more than we ever thought they would be,” Meyer said. “Because you never know what you get. Sometimes high school coaches and people tell you, ‘They’re the greatest people in the world,’ then they get here and they’re not … But those kids are doing great.” The coach’s praise stems from the recruits’ efforts beyond just the practice field. Meyer said they are excelling in the classroom, with GPAs above 3.0. “They do everything right,” Meyer said.Still talking about quarterbacks? Redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is obviously the guy behind center this year for the Buckeyes, but there is still chatter about the other quarterbacks on the roster, namely about who will be Barrett’s backup. Meyer said redshirt freshman Joe Burrow, after improving his release “night and day,” is “close” to being game ready. Burrow is also becoming a “much better runner,” Meyer said. During the spring game on Saturday, Meyer said Burrow and redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier will play live a little bit, meaning contact, at least for some snaps, will not be off-limits. Barrett, on the other hand, will wear a black jersey, although how much he plays is still up in the air, Meyer said. read more

The Greek Lyceum celebrates 25 years next year

first_imgThe Greek Lyceum of South Australia held its annual major fundraising event on Saturday 9 September welcoming 170 guests at the Ikarian Hall in Adelaide. It is the highlight of the organisation’s social calendar and a major fundraiser for the school, teacher and secretary of the Lyceum Alexandra Archontis told Neos Kosmos. “All students of the school were given the chance to perform and entertain the guests with a wonderful performance of traditional and contemporary Greek dances, allowing not only parents and friends to see what they have been learning, but also students amongst themselves,” she said.The hall was set up by the Lyceum committee and students with table centrepieces consisting of specially labelled Greek Lyceum wine, and organic, homemade honey and olive oil, donated by a generous grandparent, made up into a gift package and sold on the night to help raise funds for the school.“It really is a collective effort of students, their families and the teaching staff to spread our Greek cultural heritage to Greek and non-Greek communities through a number of qualitative performances,” explains Archontis, who is also an old scholar of the Lyceum.She says, “having everyone perform together allows for bonding between different classes and age groups and fuels the strong community spirit and family ethos that the school prides itself on.The Greek Lyceum of SA is an incorporated, non-profit school of Greek dance and culture, whose principal role is the fostering of Greek dance and culture to South Australian children and adults. It has a dedicated committee of ex-students, parents, and teachers, and has approximately 60 students, ranging in age from four to 45 years old who attend staged performances such as dance workshops, seminars, lectures, costume and folk art exhibits locally in South Australia and interstate. The students learn traditional and contemporary dances from all regions of Greece and Cyprus and its diaspora including Pontos, Macedonia, and Asia Minor.“Next year’s concert will be a celebration of our 25-year history in SA and will take our audience on a journey through Greece via its music, dance, and songs. With the funds raised from this year’s dance we will be able to organise next year’s event to be held in September 2018 and purchase new costume items from Greece for our students,” explains Archontis.The school already has an array of over 100 traditional costumes from various regions of Greece while contemporary outfits are also worn occasionally. “We have already ordered items for our traditional Thracian costumes, and we have also purchased some black sailors caps for our boys’ contemporary costumes for that nostalgic Greek island feel. “Wearing the costumes is not only a privilege but gives a sense of pride and joy to each of our students, as is the positive feedback we receive from parents and grandparents telling us how proud they feel to see their children dressed in traditional Greek costumes, maintaining their heritage and holding on to the traditions of their ancestors.” she said. “It makes us incredibly proud to watch our students perform with such passion, discipline and ethos.” Students of the Greek Lyceum of South Australia will perform at the Multicultural SA Festival on Sunday 5 November in Rundle Mall, and at the Dimitria Festival on Sunday 12 November at St Dimitrios Church in Salisbury. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pressings les ONG veulent interdire le perchloroéthylène

first_imgPressings : les ONG veulent interdire le perchloroéthylènePlusieurs Organisations non gouvernementales demandent aujourd’hui à ce que le perchloroéthylène soit interdit dans l’ensemble des pressings, suite à l’intoxication d’une femme qui en est décédée à Nice.Agée d’environ 70 ans au moment de sa mort, José-Anne Bernard logeait au dessus d’un pressing, établissement que la préfecture avait jugé non-conforme et cela notamment en terme d’étanchéité des murs et des plafonds. Le pressing utilisait du perchloroéthylène, et une autopsie sur la femme décédée a permis de révéler que ce produit était la source de l’intoxication ayant mené à sa mort. Depuis, l’établissement en question a fermé, mais plusieurs ONG comme le Réseau environnement santé et Générations futures demandent à ce que le produit toxique soit interdit dans l’ensemble des pressings de France.Ainsi, l’AFP révèle qu’une information judiciaire a été ouverte dernièrement sur le pressing ayant amené la mort de José-Anne Bernard, et cela pour “homicide involontaire”. De leur côté, les deux associations citées expliquent : “L’utilisation du perchloroéthylène dans les pressings (…) a pour conséquence la dégradation de la santé des travailleurs du secteur et des riverains. Nos organisations pensent que l’utilisation d’un produit dont la dangerosité est connue officiellement depuis longtemps est inacceptable alors même que des alternatives existent”. A noter que le perchloroéthylène, également connu sous le nom de tétrachloroéthylène, a été reconnu comme produit cancérigène par le Centre international de recherche sur le cancer.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 12:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Conte being criticized by Warnock

first_imgIt has been a very difficult season for Chelsea and the latest 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield means that the Champions League hopes are almost gone – and Stephen Warnock believes that it is mostly Conte’s fault.The former Liverpool defender claimed that he is not able to understand Conte’s behaviour towards the press – and it certainly hasn’t helped the atmosphere as he spoke about his disappointment over the transfers that were made.Warnock spoke about Conte’s mistakes as he said, according to Football London:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s brought it upon himself with his attitude in press conferences, the way he speaks.”“When he was asked about his future next season, if he wants to be there he says yes, it’s as simple as that. He avoids the question, he doesn’t want to answer it.”“It tells me that he wants to leave the club, he’s not happy with the transfers that have been done this season, he’s very disappointed at that, he’s made that public.”last_img read more

Hierro confirms that De Gea will remain in goal for Spain

first_imgSpain boss Fernando Hierro has confirmed that he will be sticking with David de Gea as his starting goalkeeper for their upcoming last of 16 tie against Russia after reports had emerged that he was planning to drop himThe Manchester United number one made a high-profile error in La Roja’s opening game of the World Cup against European champions Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot slipping right through his hands for the Real Madrid star’s second of the match.Since then, De Gea has conceded another two goals in Spain’s 2-2 draw with Morocco and has looked like he is short of confidence right now.Reports had emerged suggesting that Hierro was planning to remove De Gea from the spotlight and instead start Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga in his place.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the 50-year-old has now denied this.“Yes, he will play,” he told Radio Nacional de España, via Metro.United boss Jose Mourinho has also reportedly sent De Gea a message of support.Spain will take on the hosts Russia on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium.last_img read more

AL leader stabbed dead

first_imgA local Awami League leader was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants at Moazzempur village in Nandail, Mymensingh on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased was as Morshed Ali, 55, president of Moazzempur Union Awami League.Officer-in-charge of Nandail police station Kamrul Islam Mia said that miscreants intercepted the rickshaw on which Morshed was returning home from a local market and stabbed him indiscriminately around 10:30pm, leaving him severely injured.Later, Morshed succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, said the OC.last_img

OPED On Juneteenth We Must Remember Our Fight For Freedom Continues

first_imgBy Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEOn June 19, 1865, Texan slaves found out they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, two and a half years after it was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Since then, annual celebrations of the emancipation have been referred to as Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States and honoring African American freedom and liberation.As we have for years, we celebrate Juneteenth through food, prayer and festivities honoring a rich tradition that continues to promote education and self-improvement. We’ve seen this holiday take root within communities and organizations throughout the country, taking on a national and even global presence with a mission to promote African American culture and respect for all cultures.NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The NAACP stands at a significant moment in time when racial subordination and racial hierarchy is being reinforced at the highest level of leadership in this country. The recent accounts of domestic terrorism at black churches, images of Blackface populating the airwaves, the increase in hate crimes, and Black lives senselessly taken at the hands of over policing and brutality, shows that we are living in a world that often devalues us as people who have the right to live freely.”But as we continue to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of our history and reflect upon the monumental challenges that our ancestors faced in fighting for freedom from bondage, we must also consider the ways in which the Black community continues to be under the threat of hate, xenophobia, and bigotry.The NAACP stands at a significant moment in time when racial subordination and racial hierarchy is being reinforced at the highest level of leadership in this country. The recent accounts of domestic terrorism at black churches, images of Blackface populating the airwaves, the increase in hate crimes, and Black lives senselessly taken at the hands of over policing and brutality, shows that we are living in a world that often devalues us as people who have the right to live freely.However, what we saw during the historic wave of grassroots activism that swept across the country during the 2018 midterms — with women and people of color leading the way — was an overwhelming rebuke of these heinous acts, and a show of support for an America with a bold, forward-looking and inclusive vision.As the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, the NAACP has been a leader in the struggle to improve the lives of Black people in America. However, the historic importance and impending impact of the 2018 midterm elections, have propelled us to bring our activist roots to the forefront.Many diverse groups, including NAACP units throughout the country, are rising up to advocate for policies that ensure that we empower communities of color to make our voices heard and implement effective strategies to address the growing impact of the rise of white nationalism and emboldened racial rhetoric.As we celebrate Black liberation, let us continue to unite and fight together to confront the challenges we face today.Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Afro-American Newspapers.last_img read more

Steve Burke on NBCUs Streaming Plans Fate of Hulu Stake and Winnowing

first_imgNBCU’s analysis found that most subscribers to high-end streaming platforms also pay for some kind of MVPD service, meaning that the need for authentication would not be as big of a barrier to attracting new users to a service that is otherwise free. Nor does he think the presence of advertising will be a turn-off to the vast majority of target users.“We did research and found that if you say to people, ‘Will you take three to five minutes of ads or would you pay $10 a month,’ the majority of people would say they’ll take the ads,” Burke said.NBCU projects it can make about $5 per user per month if it has a light commercial load of three to five minutes per hour. Users will also be given the option of paying more for a commercial-free version. The service aims to build off the platform established in the U.K. by Sky through its Now TV streaming platform. Now TV leader Gidon Katz and others from the Sky team will work closely with Hammer and others in launching the service, Burke said.The service will launch initially in the U.S. and expand soon after in countries where Sky offers service, notably the U.K., Germany, Austria, and Italy. The goal is to make the service international over time.Burke thinks the differential of being free, for those who also pay for MVPD service, and the exclusive content that NBCU controls, such as “Saturday Night Live,” will allow NBCU’s offering to stand out. He believes the concern that viewers will no longer accept commercials as the price of access to programming is overblown. After all, broadcast TV thrived for decades before cable introduced the concept of ad-free TV.“If we can create the modern equivalent of broadcast television online — how profitable would that be,” Burke said. “That seems a more achievable goal than taking on Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and everyone else charging $10 a month.”Burke also acknowledged that the appointments of Lazarus and Shell would stir speculation about the one of them being in a position to eventually succeed him as the big boss of NBCUniversal. He definitely has been thinking about succession planning, but still as a long-term proposition. The changes will allow Burke to spend more time focusing on the streaming launch and on NBCU parent company Comcast’s acquisition of Sky, the European satellite broadcaster.“I want to immerse myself heavily in OTT and Sky,” Burke told Variety. “I can’t really add responsibilities in a growing company and not restructure. It’s time.”When he began his tenure at NBCU in January 2011, after Comcast bought a controlling stake in the Peacock from General Electric, Burke purposefully set up a very “flat organization” in order for him to be closely involved in operations.“We needed to do it that way because I wanted to get the very best people for the jobs we had and we needed to change the culture of the company,” he said.Today, the bench strength is deep, not only with Lazarus and Shell, but also with longtime executives such as Universal’s Donna Langley, who becomes solo chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment after sharing the co-chairman title with Shell.Burke noted that the leaner hierarchy for content-related operations will make it easier for the trio of Lazarus, Shell, and Hammer to make decisions on how NBC will handle what are sure to be difficult calls on whether to sell its programming to outside buyers. Burke said he expects to make decisions on whether to sell to Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming competitors on a case-by-case basis.“The four of us can sit down and make those decisions instead of 25 of us,” Burke said.Among the many questions raised by NBCU’s OTT plans is the fate of Comcast’s 30% interest in Hulu. NBCU’s service in many ways will duplicate Hulu’s offering. Hulu’s ownership picture is already changing with Disney’s pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox — a mammoth deal driven by Disney’s desire to build a global streaming platform to compete with Netflix. Disney is expected to try to buy out Comcast’s Hulu stake, but Burke indicated that Comcast was in no rush to sell.“Fifty years from now will we be in Hulu? No, I don’t think we will. But I don’t think we’ll sell in five minutes,” Burke said. “Disney would like to buy us out. I don’t think anything’s going to happen in the near term. (NBCU’s service) will be one of many and it’s going to be as competitive with Netflix and Amazon and Hulu as anyone else.” As for NBCU programming on Hulu, Burke said those licensing decisions would be carefully evaluated as they arise. In some cases, NBCU has exclusive streaming pacts with Hulu for shows with Hulu, while some are non-exclusive. NBCU-produced programming accounts for about 17% of the total viewership on Hulu, per Burke.NBCU plans to make the vast majority of its film and TV vault available on its service. Over time, NBCU will begin to restrict the availability of clips and full episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and other time-sensitive programs to drive immediate viewership to its proprietary platforms.Hammer will build out a team that will oversee programming for the service, including the creation of original series. Burke declined to describe the size of NBCU’s planned investment in originals. He acknowledged that having some volume of originals was important to drawing a crowd. Because the monetization will be rooted in interactive and targeted advertising, what NBCU needs most is foot traffic.“What we really want to do is get scale fast,” Burke said. “We want to build a platform that has lots and lots of people using it so we can start to make money with advertising.”NBCU aims to have its still-unnamed service up and running before the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The viewership spike that accompanies the Olympics telecast will be a prime showcase for the platform.“We’re going to unite the whole company behind it,” Burke said.NBCUniversal has been in planning mode for the streaming service for about three months. Burke got the go-head for his vision from Comcast’s board about two months ago.NBCU’s decision to focus on an ad-supported service that still requires MVPD authentication is a detour from the approach taken by Disney and WarnerMedia as they prepare for the launch of streaming ventures later this year. Burke sees NBCU’s approach as a much faster way of gaining traction than trying to beat Netflix at its own subscription game. “I’m 60. It would be crazy for me to not start grooming people,” he said. “On the other hand, I’m not going anywhere.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Steve Burke tackled two important goals with Monday’s announcement of NBCUniversal’s plan to launch an advertising-supported streaming service in 2020.The CEO of NBCUniversal knew the company needed a strategy to compete in the OTT arena, and he knew the time had come to winnow his direct reports. The unveiling of the streaming service coincided with a restructuring of NBCU’s top executive ranks that reduces Burke’s direct reports from 20 to 12.Longtime cable chief Bonnie Hammer becomes chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises. Two of Burke’s rising stars — Mark Lazarus and Jeff Shell — each gain more responsibility, with Lazarus overseeing East Coast-based TV operations, including Hammer’s former cable portfolio, and Shell adding the NBC Entertainment group.last_img read more

Greece all set to become a top tourism destination in the world

first_imgGreece’s largest tourism business association, SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises), is setting out to make Greece one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world.The announcement was made by the association’s Chief, Andreas Andreadis.“SETE has submitted a road map for the Greece of 2021 to all relevant authorities so that the number of visitors to our country can reach 35 million and revenues reach 19 to 20 billion euros,” Andreadis said.“The vision is for Greece to emerge as the best tourism destination worldwide,” added Andreadis.last_img

Clock Tower Chowk MultanEmirates has announced pl

first_imgClock Tower Chowk, MultanEmirates has announced plans to launch services to Multan, Pakistan, beginning 1 August 2015.Service to Multan, Pakistan’s 5th largest city by population, will commence with four weekly flights operated by a Boeing 777-300 in a two-class configuration – 54 seats in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class. The aircraft can carry up to 23 tonnes of cargo, opening up many more trade opportunities in the region.Multan is one of the world’s oldest cities with a rich history as a cultural and trade hub. Located on the banks of the Chenab River in the Punjab province of Pakistan, Multan is famous for agricultural products such as wheat, cotton, sugar cane, mangoes, citrus, guavas, and pomegranates.Multan is also a commercial and industrial centre, well connected with other industrial hubs such as Lahore, Karachi, Gujranwala, Quetta and Faisalabad. The major industries in Multan include fertilizer, cosmetics, glass manufacturing, cotton production and processing, large textile units, flour mills, sugar, and oil mills. Exports from the region include traditional Multani shoes, embroidery on dresses for women and men, furniture, wooden products, pottery, camel-skin ware, surgical instruments and carpets.Emirates flight EK630 will depart Dubai at 18:20 and arrive in Multan at 22:00 on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return flight EK631 will leave Multan at 23:30, arriving in Dubai at 01:20.Additional services to Karachi from 1 July 2015Emirates will also introduce five additional weekly fights to Karachi, starting 1 July. Emirates flight EK618 will depart Dubai at 04:50 and arrive in Karachi at 08:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The return flight EK619 will leave Karachi at 09:40, arriving in Dubai at 10:55.Tickets for Multan and Karachi are now available to purchase via Emirates.com or your preferred Travel Agent.last_img read more

Former coop buildings donated to local communities

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