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Nintendo’s Epic Fail — Grabbing Copyright From Its YouTube Fans

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout fruzsina eordogh You might think that Nintendo, beleaguered by falling revenues, minuscule profit and the almost-but-not-quite-failed launch of the Wii U, already has enough problems to worry about.And you would be wrong, as Nintendo itself set out to demonstrate last week by going out of its way to alienate a bunch of its fans on YouTube.The fans in question make YouTube “playthrough” videos about, well, video games — features that combine elements of commentary, review, tutorial and walk-through. Some of these commentators reach millions of subscribers, and many support themselves in full or in part by running ads against their videos.The Empire Strikes BackThis, apparently, Nintendo could not let stand. So last week, the game company began making mass copyright claims on YouTube gameplay videos — in particular, on the the popular “Let’s Play” series of playthrough videos. Nintendo did so via YouTube’s “Content ID” system, which allows the company to robo-claim ownership of videos that contain footage of its video games.Nintendo isn’t trying to take down the commentary videos. But by asserting copyright, the game company can then run its own ads against the commentaries — and thus, of course, deprive the video creators of revenue.In effect, Nintendo has put those video creators on notice that, while it will tolerate them for now, it won’t let them make money from their efforts. It doesn’t matter if the post is a detailed review, a think piece on the art style, or a tutorial for a difficult level, all of which involve a substantial additional effort on the part of the video creator. Insofar as Nintendo, is concerned, any ad revenue those efforts raised now belongs to… Nintendo.Nintendo released this statement to the gaming-news site Gamefront last week:As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.For more information please visit http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/faq.htmlReadWrite also contacted Nintendo for comment. A spokeperson replied that the company is “looking into” the mass copyright claims, but offered no further statement.Mass Unhappiness Ensues Let’s put this simply: Nintendo’s move is one of the most egregious marketing mistakes ever committed by a major video-game company. It is going to come back to bite Nintendo. Hard.       Playthrough videos such as Let’s Play do a lot to fuel the commercial videogame complex, every bit as much as magazines and blogs. With their ad revenue diverted to Nintendo, however, these Internet-famous gamers have no commercial incentive to play, or talk in-depth about, any Nintendo games ever again.Some are already boycotting Nintendo. Take, for instance, Zack Scott, a prolific creator of Let’s Play videos:Since I started my gaming channel, I’ve played a lot of games. I love Nintendo, so I’ve included their games in my line-up. But until their claims are straightened out, I won’t be playing their games. I won’t because it jeopardizes my channel’s copyright standing and the livelihood of all LPers.Dozens of videos by angry gamers have started to populate the site, and comment sections across YouTube are exploding.“I’ve bought, played and enjoy several games simply because I heard about them and saw gameplay on YouTube,” one individual using the pseudonym TelaranRogue wrote in the comments to a new anti-Nintendo video (titled, cleverly enough, “Nintendo Hates YouTubers”). “With this move, Nintendo just killed their chance of getting sales from me.”“I think Nintendo really took a crap on themselves in doing this,” wrote “robert letourneau” in comments to the IGN video “Let’s Not Play Nintendo Games.”Nintendo’s Self-Inflicted HeadshotShaun Spalding, a former attorney at New Media Rights, argues that Nintendo is really only harming itself. “[G]ameplay videos generate consumer buzz (so much so that game publishers actually pay some high-level Youtubers lots of money just to start ‘Let’s Playing’ their games),” he told me in email. Both the PS4 and Xbox have built-in capabilities that help gamers upload videos to the Internet, he said, but Nintendo has moved in the opposite direction.It’s not even clear that Nintendo’s copyright claims are justified (although they’re likely to stand unless successfully challenged in court). Some critics argue that playthrough videos should qualify for the “fair use” exception to copyright because they don’t incorporate the entirety of the original game and also add a substantial amount of new creative material in the form of commentary, gameplay tips and the like.As gaming commentator “Totalbiscuit” pointed out in his video on the topic:[B]ecause you actually play the game yourself, and you do so in a different way, you transform the work in some respect. It becomes yours, it becomes unique.Too bad Nintendo doesn’t see it that way. At least it’s first in line to suffer from its short-sighted decision. Unfortunately, its fans are queued up right behind it.Image screencapped from YouTube video “Let’s Play Donkey Kong Country 2” by Cobanermani456 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#Nintendo 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts last_img read more

Probe into belly dance at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered a probe into allegations of liquor distribution and belly dancing at an official event of the Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College on Monday. An alumni association event of the Meerut-based medical college had a performance by Russian belly dancers. However, the organisers said they saw nothing wrong and rejected allegations that an ambulance was used to fetch liquor for the event.Minister for State Medical and Technical Education Ashutish Tandon, announced an official probe. “It is an extremely unfortunate incident. It should not have happened,” he told the press on Tuesday. “I have constituted a probe committee which will be headed by the director general of medical education. Action will certainly be taken once the committee submits its report.”A video footage of the incident, which went viral, shows an ambulance loaded with cartons of liquor parked on the premises of the medical college.The event which was held to mark the golden jubilee of the LLRMC’s 1967 batch, was organised by the doctors of the 1992 batch.Dr. Parvez from the organising committee for the event defended the belly dance. He said that all the required permissions, like obtaining the licence for a one-day bar and applying for permission from the college and local administration, were completed in advance. “There was nothing illegal or wrong in having belly dance, which is a form of art. The event had nothing to do with the medical college,” he said. “We strongly reject the allegation and insinuation that ambulance was used to fetch liquor. I repeat, no ambulance was used to transport liquor,” said Dr. Parvez.last_img read more

Report: Southampton 0 Burnley 0

first_imgSouthampton produced a toothless display as they stuttered to a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley in their opening game of the 2018-19 Premier League season on Sunday.Mark Hughes’ men struggled last term before narrowly avoiding relegation and there was little in their performance to suggest they will be much better this year, as Burnley – who were in Europa League action in Istanbul on Thursday – secured a point.Burnley were easily the better of the two teams in the first period, with Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy making several stops to keep the hosts level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Southampton did look more threatening in the second half and troubled Joe Hart a few times late on, though their efforts were not enough to break the deadlock.In a first half that generally lacked quality, Burnley looked the more likely to score, starting well and going close through a Chris Wood header, before Jack Cork saw a goal disallowed for straying offside.McCarthy then had to be alert to deny Aaron Lennon from close range, rushing out to crucially block the winger’s effort 11 minutes in.Saints gradually improved as the half progressed, though they were lucky to go into the break level – McCarthy producing a smart save from James Tarkowski after Ben Mee’s overhead kick fell kindly to him at the back post.Burnley initially took control again in the second half, but they had a lucky escape just after the hour – Ashley Westwood clearing off the line when Mee looked destined to score an own goal.Hart then did well to keep Dale Stephens at bay 18 minutes from time, before Mario Lemina went close with another header, but otherwise Burnley looked good value to at least leave with a point.#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/fHKW5qTfXa— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 12, 2018 What it means: Southampton in for another difficult seasonSaints’ transfer dealings were hardly the stuff of fantasy and, on the evidence of Sunday’s game, the likes of Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi – who both appeared sharp off the bench in the second half – have a lot to do if they are going to really improve Hughes’ side.Ings did at least look hungry, chasing down lost causes and heading over from a corner with 12 minutes left.But their squad is not particularly deep and there was not much inspiration from those who did start. Pat on the back: McCarthy stands firmIn a match of few standout performers, Southampton’s goalkeeper was steady between the posts and made several good saves, particularly when denying Lennon and Tarkowski in the first half. Saints signed Angus Gunn for a reported £15million in pre-season, but on this showing the former Manchester City youngster will find it hard to get a game. Boot up the backside: Charlie Austin underwhelmsAustin will certainly have grievances with the service to him, but at the same time the burly striker’s hold-up play was poor and he often looked entirely disinterested. Saints did not really look potent in attack until Ings’ introduction in the second half. Key Opta stats:- Southampton are winless in their last five opening day matches in the Premier League (D4 L1), last winning in August 2013 away at West Brom (1-0).- Burnley have drawn on the opening weekend of a Premier League season for the very first time, after losing three and winning one of their first four such matches.- Southampton have never won an opening Premier League fixture when played on a Sunday, drawing three and losing three of their six matches.- Burnley have won two and drawn two of their last four Premier League matches against Southampton, this after losing back-to-back games between March 2015 and October 2016.- Southampton boss Mark Hughes has won just two of his 13 opening day matches as a Premier League manager (D3 L8), the fewest number of wins of any manager to take charge of at least 13 such matches.FULL TIME: #SaintsFC 0-0 #BurnleyFCIt’s a point on the opening day for Mark Hughes’s team. pic.twitter.com/gNfl25GVIO— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 12, 2018 What’s next:Saints’ first away trip of season on Saturday sees them travel to Goodison Park to face Everton, while Burnley will host Watford a day later following Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Istanbul Basaksehir. read morelast_img read more

Achrekar sir’s coins are like gold medals, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAfter wooing fans for over two decades with his on-field performances, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter on Friday to interact with his fans.From his first coach Ramakant Achrekar to his favourite tennis star, a wide range of questions were shot at the him. Tendulkar was at ease, like always, answering them with child-like enthusiasm in short video messages.Tendulkar greeted every fan before answering the queries. Here is the excerpt from Tendulkar’s chatFans: Do you still treasure those coins that were kept on stumps by Achrekar sir during practice?Tendulkar: All those coins are gold medals for me and I still treasure them, brings back the old memories. I was 12 then. It used to get dark at Shivaji Park and we could barely see each other and in that light you are practising and to be able to survive for 10 or 15 minutes was a big challenge and I enjoyed that challenge. Those coins will always be special to me.How did you feel when (MS) Dhoni hit a six in 2011 World Cup last over? How did you enjoy the experience?I was sitting in the dressing room with Viru and he wanted to jump out of the dressing room and stand in the balcony. I said nothing doing, we have to sit here and leave the dressing room after the match is done. We can watch the highlights million times but we are not leaving the dressing room and I heard that roar and realised something special has happened. That was a golden moment of my life – Dhoni hitting that six and then holding that World Cup trophy.Who you like more as a player – (Stanislas) Wawrinka or (Novak) Djokovic?I follow tennis very closely and play at times also and for me it has to be Djokovic.How often do you play these days?I do play sometimes but at the age of 42, I can’t play cricket at a regular basis. So the idea of Cricket All-Stars came up and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with superstar players coming together. I also spend time playing cricket with my son and his school friends, super fun and tension-free cricket.How do you feel to hear the chant Sachin, Sachin after retirement?Sachin, Sachin chant has always been special, when so many fans like and love you so much. This will always be special and in my retirement speech also I mentioned that the Sachin, Sachin chant will reverberate for the rest of my life.Indian boxer Shiva Thapa asked how he should prepare for Rio Olympics, especially handling pressure?All the very best for the Olympics. Don’t worry about the pressure, just think about the process and results will follow. You have to stay just positive and enjoy the game. Pressures are going to be there but if you try to live in the present then pressures will take care of themselves.Best overseas ground you have played?It has to be Sydney because it has to do with the number of runs you have scored there. In my first trip in 1991-92, I scored a hundred and what I liked about the ground, be it the pavilion but the stands are different now because of the T20 format. Sydney to me is incredible.On Sudhir Gautam, Team India’s biggest fan?I met Sudhir Kumar 14 years ago in Mumbai and he’s truly a special fan with no expectations. He never forgets to wish me on my birthday and also he is a special person to me. You rarely meet people like this with no expectations and got everything to give. He is a special person.If you want to re-live one innings from you career, which one it would be and why?The innings has be against England in Chennai. For first three-and-half days they dominated we got back after that and when we won the game the entire country was celebrating, which meant lot to me after those difficult times. This was something special for all of us.Tendulkar replied to Michael Vaughn’s query also. Check it outadvertisement.@MichaelVaughan #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/mwiiLdw7FNsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016.@JITbac #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/btloHgg6xWsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016.@Zoheb250 #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/DWIdEojRAAsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016.@piersmorgan #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/ajO6t5LGsUsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016last_img read more

Unsworth ‘sorry’ for dismal Everton display

first_imgPremier League Unsworth apologises for ‘unacceptable’ Everton display Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 01:22 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DavidUnsworthCropped Getty Images Premier League Everton Southampton v Everton Southampton Everton were limp and lifeless in the 4-1 loss to Southampton, prompting caretaker manager David Unsworth to say sorry to the fans. David Unsworth issued an apology to Everton’s fans after Sunday’s woeful 4-1 Premier League loss at Southampton.The Toffees were thrashed 5-1 by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday and a bad week got worse at St Mary’s Stadium, where Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning equaliser provided a rare bright spot for the visitors.West Ham 11/5 v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Charlie Austin’s double and a goal apiece from Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis ensured Everton’s winless run on the road in the top flight was extended to 15 games.With his temporary spell at the helm failing to yield a turnaround following Ronald Koeman’s poor start to the campaign, Unsworth could do little else but apologise to supporters.pic.twitter.com/kiMEWmYTiI— Everton (@Everton) November 26, 2017He said: “[I am] Absolutely gutted. The second-half performance from all our team was unacceptable. I’m sorry for all the Everton fans who came down here and all the ones who were watching as well.”We can’t keep performing like this, it’s just not good enough.”We are in a tough moment and we have a massive week ahead of us.”Next up is Wednesday’s huge clash with a West Ham side who occupy the final relegation spot, but sit just two points behind the Merseysiders.Everton may go into that game with two key players absent after Leighton Baines and Michael Keane were forced off injured on the south coast.”Leighton said he felt his calf,” added Unsworth. “We’ll assess him but it doesn’t look good for Wednesday. Michael Keane is different but I need to find out the latest on him.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mike Brey: “That Was A Big Time Win, Don’t Let Anybody Tell You That You Should Have Beaten Them By 50”

first_imgMike Brey speaks to Notre Dame after NCAA Tournament win.In Thursday’s first contest of the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 3 seed Notre Dame held off a wild rally from No. 14 seed Northeastern to prevail, 69-65. The Irish, more known for their offensive prowess, had to lock down defensively on the Huskies’ final possession to eke out the victory. Following the game, head coach Mike Brey kicked off his locker room speech by clarifying just how important a victory it was for the team.Here’s a clip from our locker room after our 2nd-round NCAA win. Stay tuned to @WatchND for full video. #NotDoneYet pic.twitter.com/5a1HuQW7Uz— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 19, 2015Notre Dame has had a tough time advancing in the NCAA Tournament over the years, so this was a big hump for the program. How far can the Irish go?last_img

Rohit Sharma storms into top 10 of ICC Test rankings for batsmen

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 23, 2019UPDATED: October 23, 2019 14:02 IST Rohit Sharma scored 2 hundreds and a double hundred in his maiden series as Test opener (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma moved into the top 10 of the latest ICC Test rankingsRohit Sharma scored 529 runs in the 3 Tests vs South AfricaRohit is the 3rd India batsman to feature in the top 10 of the ICC rankingsRohit Sharma has moved into the 10th spot in the ICC Test rankings after a sensational performance in the 3-match series against South Africa.Asked to open for the first time in his Test career, Rohit Sharma hit 176, 127, 14 and 212 as India whitewashed South Africa 3-0 across Vizag, Pune and Ranchi.Rohit Sharma has been a dominant force in the shoter formats across last few years. He is now only the second batsman after India captain Virat Kohli to figure in the top-10 in all 3 formats.Rohit had reached a career-high 17th spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsman after his twin hundreds in the Vizag Test against South Africa. However, a failure in Pune saw him slip to the 22nd spot. Rohit moved 12 spots to break into the top 10 for the 1st time in his Test career after his maiden Test double hundred in Ranchi.Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane who scored a hundred in the final test in Ranchi, has moved to No.5.Virat Kohli, who made a career 254 not out in the second Test but did not get any other big scores in the series, retained his No.2 spot but fell behind in points. That means Steve Smith is 11 points clear of Kohli at the top of the Test rankings.Smith continues to lead the Test rankings for batsmen while the top 5 comprises of Kohli, Kane Williamson, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane in that order.When it come to bowler’s rankings, Australia’s Pat Cummins is well ahead of the chasing pack with 908 points. Kagiso Rabada has retained his 2nd spot with 839 points.advertisementMeanwhile, India’s Jasprit Bumrah has dropped a spot to 4th after missing out on the 3-Test series against South Africa with a back injury. West Indies’ Jason Holder has taken up the 3rd spot and James Anderson completes the top 5.In the all-rounder’s rankings, Jason Holder is the leader while India’s Ravindra Jadeja has retained his 2nd spot with some fine performances in the 3-Test series. R Ashwin has dropped a spot to 6th in the all-rounder’s rankings and has slipped to the 10th in the Test bowler’s rankings.Top 5 of ICC Test rankings (As updated on October 23, 2019)BatsmenSteve SmithVirat KohliKane WilliamsonCheteshwar PujaraAjinkya RahaneBowlersPat CumminsKagiso RabadaJason HolderJasprit BumrahJames AndersonAll-roundersJason HolderRavindra JadejaShakib Al HasanBen StokesVernon PhilanderAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly has a global view on world cricket, will do great as BCCI president: Kumar SangakkaraAlso Read | Watch: Dhoni drives new SUV Jonga to meet with India teammates in RanchiAlso Read | The top gear to India’s Ferrari: Opener Rohit Sharma makes solid 1st impressionAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow ICC Test rankingsFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ravichandran AshwinFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Steve Smith Next Rohit Sharma storms into top 10 of ICC Test rankings for batsmenRohit Sharma is now only the 2nd batsman after Virat Kohli to feature in the top 10 of all the ICC rankings for batsmen.advertisementlast_img read more

Mamata urges PM to take action on Unnao incident

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday criticised the BJP government at the Centre for failing to ensure the safety of the Unnao rape victim. Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to form a high-level inquiry committee to probe the survivor’s accident. The car in which the rape survivor, her two aunts and lawyer were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday. While the two aunts died, the 19-year-old woman and her lawyer were critically injured, police said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The Unnao incident is very unfortunate. The prime minister should take action. A high-level inquiry committee should be formed to look into it,” Banerjee said, at the sidelines of a party program here. Attacking the BJP-ruled governments in Uttar Pradesh and the Centre for not doing enough to protect the survivor, who had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA Kuldeep Sengar of rape in June 2017, Banerjee said the prime minister should look after the country. “Everyday incidents of lynching are taking place. Fascist rule is going on in the country. The prime minister should look after the country,” she said. The mother of the rape survivor has termed the accident a conspiracy to wipe out her family.last_img read more

Martina McBride And DAV Help Veterans Pick Up Where They Left Off

first_imgMultiple Grammy award nominee Martina McBride, and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for our nation’s veterans, are collaborating this holiday season to help veterans and their families pick up where they left off.Returning to civilian life after military service can be extremely challenging, but veterans and their families can thrive with the right resources.McBride and DAV are joining forces to raise awareness about veterans’ issues and to educate America on how they can support the men and women who served. McBride is dedicating her song, “We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off,” to bring greater awareness to America’s 22 million veterans. As part of the collaboration, deserving veterans across the country will get a special surprise at stops on McBride’s Love Unleashed Tour, where they will receive VIP tickets to her concert and a backstage meet and greet with the artist.“DAV is delighted to partner with Martina McBride to honor the service and sacrifices of America’s veterans in meaningful ways,” said Marc Burgess, DAV National Adjutant. “Martina is known and respected for her love of family and country, and we are looking forward to working with her to raise awareness of the needs of our servicemen and women, and their families, over the coming months.”The road home can often be a difficult one for service members who are making the transition to civilian life. They must overcome many challenges, including reintegrating with their families, dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war, and finding housing and searching for employment. Every year, DAV provides support to more than 1 million veterans and their families, helping them gain access to the benefits they earned and deserve, and connecting them with meaningful job opportunities.“I am proud to partner with DAV this holiday season to use the power of music to bring everyone together to honor our veterans, their families, and their communities,” said McBride. “DAV provides important resources year-round to those who have served our country, helping them come home to a more stable environment.”We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off, is featured on Martina’s latest album, RECKLESS, which was released through Nash Icon Records earlier this year. McBride is currently touring North America on her Love Unleashed Tour. For additional information and to see upcoming tour dates, visit her website.If you’d like to learn more about how you can support America’s veterans this holiday season, please visit DAV.org/MartinaMcBride.last_img read more

TSX lifted by earnings miners drag amid falling commodities

Canada’s main stock index was slightly higher Wednesday amid strong earnings reports from the two big railways and glum news from China’s financial sector.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 11.96 points to 13,260.02 at midmorning, following six straight advances for the Toronto market.The Canadian dollar, already down early in the session, dropped further after the Bank of Canada announced economic growth will be lower than expected through 2015.At midmorning, the loonie was down 0.74 of a cent at 96.45 cents US from Tuesday’s close. It had been down just 0.36 of a cent US shortly before the central bank’s announcement.U.S. indexes were also lower after a string of gains as traders took in positive earnings from Boeing and a disappointment from Caterpillar.The Dow Jones industrials lost 75.33 points to 15,392.33, the Nasdaq declined 33.96 points to 3,895.61 and the S&P 500 index was down 10.97 points to 1,743.7.Canada’s two largest railroads both reported strong earnings results that beat analyst estimates on several key measures.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) said after the close Tuesday that quarterly profits climbed 6.1 per cent to $705 million.CN also posted adjusted earnings of $1.72 a share, a dime better than estimates. Revenue came in at $2.7 billion, against estimates of $2.64 billion and its shares ran up $2.85 to $112.60 after hitting a new 52-week high of $112.75.On Wednesday, Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) posted record earnings and the lowest operating ratio in its history in the third quarter as revenue rose by six per cent from last year to $1.5 billion.CP’s net income was $324 million or $1.84 per diluted share, up from $224 million or $1.30 per share in the third quarter of 2012. CP’s operating ratio improved to 65.9 per cent, down from 74.1 per cent. Its shares jumped $7.04 to $141.78.Electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS) reported an increase in third-quarter net earnings despite a decline in revenue as a result of last year’s loss of its manufacturing contract with BlackBerry (TSX:BB).Celestica says net earnings improved to US$57.4 million or 31 cents per share from $43.7 million or 21 cents in the prior-year period. Revenue slumped to US$1.49 billion from more than US$1.57 billion in the 2012 quarter and its shares gained 61 cents to $11.39.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) says it had US$150 million or 20 cents per share in operating earnings in the third quarter, a big drop from $263 million a year ago but better than expected.The Canadian natural gas giant also said it is also reducing its 2013 target range for capital spending to between $2.7 billion and $2.9 billion. Its shares were 17 cents higher at $18.96.It was a mixed bag in the U.S. where Caterpillar shares were down $5.17 or 5.8 per cent to US$84 after the maker of heavy equipment cut its 2013 revenue forecast to US$55 billion from earlier estimates of $56 billion to $58 billion.Caterpillar earned $946 million, or $1.45 a share, in the third quarter, down from $1.7 billion, or $2.54 a share, a year ago. Total sales and revenue fell to $13.42 billion from $16.45 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.68 a share on revenue of $14.29 billion.Aircraft maker Boeing reported third-quarter profit rose 12 per cent to $1.2 billion, or $1.51 a share. Ex-items, earnings per shares came in at $1.80 per share, up from $1.55 a year earlier. Revenue rose to $22.1 billion, from $20 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.51 a share on revenue of $21.7 billion.Boeing also raised its full-year 2013 earnings expectations and its shares rose $6.84 or 5.58 per cent to $129.32.Commodity prices were sharply lower amid speculation that the People’s Bank of China may tighten monetary policy to cool a hot property market.China reported Tuesday that house prices surged in some cities including Guangzhou/Shenzhen where prices jumped 20 per cent year over year, Shanghai jumped 17 per cent year over year while Beijing was up 16 per cent year over year.The PBoC reported Wednesday that outstanding real estate loans are up 19 per cent from a year ago.There was also a report that the amount of bad loans written off by China’s largest banks swelled in the first half of the year.The market was dragged down by a 2.4 per cent slide in the base metals sector as December copper lost six cents to US$3.28 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 89 cents to C$28.83.The energy sector was down 0.8 per cent as the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $1.57 to US$96.73 a barrel, its lowest level since late June. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) fell 55 cents to C$36.96.The gold sector slipped 0.26 per cent as bullion prices also headed downward with the December bullion contract down $8.90 to US$1,333.70 an ounce.European bourses were negative with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.55 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.38 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 fell 0.95 per cent.Earlier in Asia, China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.3 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.4 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei 225 tumbled two per cent while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.3 per cent. read more

Sunshine Heights Primary School to hold Olympics Day

first_imgIf you thought the Olympics lacked a few sports, Sunshine Height Primary school will be showcasing some new events the Olympic committee might like to consider. On 8 August, the school’s Olympics day will see the students competing for gold in sack racing, beanbag throwing and sand castle making to name just a few. The usual events – sprints, long jump, discus – might not draw such a big crowd. Celebrating the 2012 London Olympics, the students will start the day with an opening ceremony that will include the schools own Olympian graduate, Jeff Olver. At the end of the day the fastest students will have a race off. Members of the community are invited to attend and can contact the principal Alex Artavilla on 03 93112910 or 0407834434 or email artavilla.alex.a@edumail.vic.gov.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Help Ziff Davis Enterprise Pick a New Name

first_imgLast week while researching a story on how confusingly similar b-to-b company names are (Ascend, Aspire, Summit Media, Summit Business Media et al) Steve Weitzner, the president of Ziff Davis Enterprise, told me that “about the third time I had to explain to a customer that we aren’t that Ziff Davis, we’re the other Ziff Davis, I realized we needed a name change.”Weitzner says the company is working on a name change but is in no rush. “We only want to change it once.”So, in the true spirit of b-to-b service journalism, I thought it’d be nice if we all help Ziff Davis Enterprise brainstorm new names. I’d do it myself, but I’m not sure Not That Ziff Davis (NTZD Inc.) is what they’re going for. Leave your idea for Ziff Davis Enterprise’s new name in the comments section below, and we’ll add ‘em to the shortlist.And while you’re at it, let’s come up with a new name for Summit Media too. Who knows? Maybe they’ll actually use ‘em …last_img read more

Liberty Media buys Formula 1 in £6bn deal

first_imgUS group Liberty Media is close to taking control of Formula 1 in an $8.5bn (£6.5bn) deal, according to reports.The investment group, which also owns Virgin Media, is in advanced talks with CVC Partners, the US private equity group which controls the motorsport, said the Financial Times and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. Liberty Media is owned by US billionaire John Malone.A deal could be hammered out within the next two weeks.CVC Capital Partners, which has a 35% stake in F1 has held a major share of the sport for the past decade. But for the past several years the sport has been swept by rumours that it wants to sell its holding.A host of other parties have previously been linked with buying into F1 including Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris Saint-Germain football club; and Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins football team.If the deal goes ahead Chase Carey, the executive vice-chairman of US media group 21st Century Fox, is expected to become chairman of F1.However, a question mark remains over the future role of F1s longstanding chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, 85, who owns 5% of the sports parent company. At the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this weekend, Mr Ecclestone told reporters that Liberty are getting a lot of publicity out of their deals.It remains unclear whether Ecclestone is in favour of a deal with Liberty.F1 was not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Damaged Oaks May Lead to Carter Vs Dixon For the 41st

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROTechnically the 41st district Senate seat is still occupied by long time legislator Nathaniel Oaks. However, the pending corruption charges against him have fueled speculation that two high profile candidates may vie for it next June when the democratic primaries are held for state office seekers:  Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and ex-State Delegate Jill Carter.Two formidable Baltimore politicians, former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and former 41st District Del. Jill Carter may be eyeing the 41st District State Senate seat currently held by embattled Sen. Nathaniel Oaks. (Courtesy Photos)The potential matchup would pit two of the city’s best known and most formidable politicians in a battle for the 41st district senate seat, and offer a rematch between a former mayor who resigned from office and the top vote getter in that district.“They might smell blood in the water,” said Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43).  “Depending on what happens with the charges.”Oaks was appointed to the seat after Lisa Gladden resigned in 2016 due to health reasons.   But six months after joining the senate he was indicted on nine counts of bribery and fraud charges for allegedly accepting payments in exchange for helping FBI informants to procure a federal housing contract.His trial is scheduled to begin in May.Both Carter and Dixon have name recognition and decades of experience in public office.  But in the 41st, Carter would hold the advantage some say due to her commanding vote tallies in previous elections.“Jill certainly has won by a wide margin in the district, “Anderson said.Still, neither candidate has formally announced their intention to run. Dixon told the AFRO she is still in the process of weighing her options.“I’m between 50 percent to 75 percent,” she said. “I’m waiting to meet with some key constituents to get their input before I decide.”Former Delegate Carter who currently heads the city’s Civil Rights and Wage enforcement office says she is considering running but has also not decided.“At this point I am not saying I will run, I am being asked forcefully by many people to run,” Carter said.But the lack of clarity on who will be on ballot next year didn’t stop either candidate from criticizing their prospective opponent.“Why didn’t she go for the seat when it was open,” Dixon said, referring to the process during which Oaks was selected by the Democratic Central Committee.“I think the 41st district has been neglected and I can use my skills and experience to change that.”But Carter was more blunt, noting Dixon’s prosecution for corruption while she was mayor and subsequent resignation shortly after her conviction in 2010.“Time for her to give it up.  She had a long career in politics and it ended badly.  It’s over and that’s that,” Carter said.Since he was charged Oaks has maintained his innocence and has given no indications that he will step down, perhaps making the electoral machinations even more dicey.“Technically his trial could be postponed,” Anderson noted.Oaks did not return a request for comment,The potential battle in the 41st comes amid a flurry of challenges to sitting state senators that are making the upcoming campaign season unusually active.   State Delegate Cory McCray (D-45), has announced a run for the 45th district seat held by Nathaniel McFadden.  Similarly, Delegate Antonio Hayes (D-40), recently threw his hat into the ring in the 40th to unseat Senator Barbara Robinson.State Delegate Mary Washington (D-43) has filed to challenge Senator Joan Carter- Conway, who has held the 43rd district senate seat for nearly 20 years.  She says the upstart campaigns are a response to constituents who want more engaged representatives.“I think what a lot of us understand is there is a grassroots push to be more engaged,” she said.  “The electorate is not accepting the top down approach anymore.”last_img read more

This town was just named the friendliest in all of Canada

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by This town was just named the friendliest in all of Canada Share TORONTO – How do you determine who is the nicest in a group of people? Do they all simply defer to their neighbour, kindly forfeiting the prize in a show of ultimate humility?Luckily for residents of 25 Canadian cities and town, they won’t have to battle it out for the title of Friendliest Community in Canada because Expedia has done the job for them. The travel company has just released its second annual friendliness report that ranks the country’s nicest towns in 2018 using hotel review data from 2017. Out of a list of over 750 destinations, the towns and communities on the list all had at least 100 reviews and an impressive four-star rating or higher.So which town beat out all others on the friendly list? None other than Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, the popular vacation hotspot known for its quaint B&Bs, wineries and, of course, nearby Niagara Falls. Expedia praised the destination for its smorgasbord of chocolates and its landmark Just Christmas store, known for being the oldest year-round Christmas Emporium in Canada.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?How a could a place that loves Christmas not be considered a friendly place to visit?As for the rest of the Top 25, check them out below – did you hometown make the list?Niagara-on-the-Lake, ONAirdrie, ABTofino, BCTruro, NSSherwood Park, ABLeduc, ABHuntsville, ONVaughan, ONSault Ste. Marie, ONHalifax, NSJohn’s, NLPeterborough, ONDartmouth, NSSaskatoon, SKUcluelet, BCOttawa, ONCourtenay, BCInvermere, BCRadium Hot Springs, BCNelson, BCCharlottetown, PEIFernie, BCVictoria, BCEnfield, NSQuebec City, QCTo see the list go to https://www.expedia.ca/travelblog/travelblog/friendliest-communities-and-towns-in-canada-2018/.center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Canada, Expedia Wednesday, June 20, 2018 last_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. For all of you Patriot fans, the official week of mourning is over. Take off the black armbands, because it’s time to gear-up for all-out revenge, even if it’s achieved via San Francisco. What is a 49er, anyway, a shoe size? I.Q.? Waist measurement? Who cares, so long as they pound the Baltimore Blackbirds into shameful oblivion.The free bar-buffet provided by the Sunset Grill for last year’s Superbowl was so popular that owner Patrick Hughes plans to expand the selections this year.In addition, Master Sushi Chef Oz will be working his magic from a menu featuring 36 different types of sushi. Sunset’s enormous widescreen TV makes you feel like you’re on the sidelines watching the game. There will be a football pool, but you won’t need your swimsuits.The Iguana’s Tropical bar and Grill will host its first Superbowl this year. Free bocas with any first beverage, ceviche for $1 with any drink, a BBQ rib dinner special, sangria pitchers, chicken quesadillas, famous onion rings and Raven wings and Iguana’s prize-winning Texas chili will be featured. Three widescreen TVs ensure viewing from anywhere. A 100-square football pool will add excitement, with winners announced after each quarter. Square selections begin today and players must be present to receive their prizes. Will the girls be wearing cheerleader outfits? We hope so, but can’t promise anything.Earlier in the day on Superbowl Sunday there will be a recreational mountain bike ride to Coter Lake. Staging area is the Nuevo Arenal soccer field at 9 a.m. Don’t forget to apply sunblock, and bring fluids to maintain hydration.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

1000perpill drug overtaken by pricier successor

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The $1,000 pill for a liver-wasting viral infection that made headlines last year is no longer the favorite of patients and doctors.The new leading pill for hepatitis C is more expensive, and the number of patients seeking a cure has surged.Sovaldi, last year’s wonder drug, has been pushed aside by a successor called Harvoni, made by the same company. The sticker price for Harvoni is $1,350 a pill. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation “I would have had to basically deplete my entire retirement,” Rosario said. “As much as I wanted to be cured, I would have not gone through the treatment and waited for another option.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision? Gilead spokeswoman Cara Miller said the company is working with public programs and private insurers to broaden access. Gilead estimates that 80 percent of insured people with hepatitis C have coverage for its medications.“We are pleased that many payers have recognized the value of our single-tablet regimen for hepatitis C and, in most cases, have chosen to open up broad access on their formularies,” Miller said. The company says its drugs will save the system money in the long run.Hepatitis C is complex, and treatments differ for its subtypes. Patients say it feels like a deep, never-ending fatigue. While the disease advances gradually, it can ultimately destroy the liver, and transplants average $577,000. It’s also a public health concern, since it can be transmitted by contact with infected blood, by drug users sharing needles, and sometimes through sexual activity.Daniel Rosario, a New Yorker who works in retail, said his insurer would not pay for Harvoni because his hepatitis C hadn’t advanced to the point of severe liver damage. He finally got his prescription at no charge through Gilead’s patient assistance program, which took into account his income. Top Stories SURGE OF PATIENTSThe number of prescriptions filled for hepatitis C drugs has more than doubled, from an average of 20,600 a month during the first three months of last year to a monthly average of 48,000 for the same period this year, according to IMS.“People are coming in who never wanted to be treated before,” said Dr. Douglas Dieterich, director of outpatient liver disease treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “When I started in 1989, I used to have a 3 percent cure rate. Now I have a 3 percent failure rate.”___SIMPLICITY’S APPEALHarvoni, the new pill from California-based Gilead Sciences, accounted for about three-fourths of the prescriptions filled for hepatitis C drugs in the first three months of this year, IMS said.A big part of the reason is simplicity, explained Dieterich. Patients on Harvoni need only take a single pill daily, for 12 weeks in most cases. Previously, patients took combinations of drugs.Harvoni quickly rose to the top after its approval last fall, with monthly sales crossing the $1-billion mark by January.Another new drug, Viekira Pak, is gaining market share but appears to be far behind. It’s an equally effective cure and priced lower. Comments   Share   Still, Viekira Pak is a four-pill daily combination, and patients have to take another antiviral drug as well. It was introduced late last year by Illinois-based AbbVie.The extent of Viekira Pak’s inroads is hard to discern. The company has not disclosed prescription volumes. And a major pharmacy that promotes the drug does not report hepatitis C data to IMS.___NOT MANY DEEP DISCOUNTSDRX’s analysis of prices paid by private health plans shows the median discount for Harvoni was 13.7 percent between April and June.That reflects a modest price break for most insurers, including those delivering Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, said DRX executive vice president Jim Yocum.“This sets the stage for some of the new cancer drugs coming out, both in terms of a vast improvement in effectiveness and a vast increase in prices,” said Yocum. “This is a concern not only for commercial health plans, but for Medicare.”Medicare is barred from negotiating drug prices.___State Medicaid programs, however, and the federal Veterans Affairs health system are legally entitled to deep discounts.Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, said competition from Viekira Pak has enabled states to win bigger rebates from the manufacturers. But Salo says cost remains a “major, major problem” because of the large number of people with hepatitis C. At the median discounted price, a 12-week treatment regimen of Harvoni costs about $98,000.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories The fast-paced changes in hepatitis C treatment are being watched closely amid fears that breakthrough drugs could reignite the rise of U.S. health care costs. Other medications that could turn into cost drivers include a new treatment for melanoma and a cholesterol-lowering drug awaiting approval. More hepatitis C drugs are also headed to market.Hepatitis C affects some 3 million people in the U.S. and claims more lives here than AIDS. With the new drugs, patients finally have a choice among highly effective cures with minimal side effects. Previous treatments were hit and miss, and many patients couldn’t tolerate the side effects. But newfound choice doesn’t seem to have led to widespread price competition.“As a society we need a way of determining what is a reasonable price at the time of introduction of a new drug,” said Stephen Schondelmeyer, a University of Minnesota professor who specializes in pharmaceutical economics. “We have expanded coverage, but we haven’t done anything to control costs on the pricing side.”The Associated Press asked two companies that track the prescription drug market for a hepatitis C update. IMS Health collects data on pharmacy prescriptions and sales, while DRX surveys prices paid by private health plans and prescription benefit managers. What they found:last_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — Jonathan Cooper says hes ready

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Jonathan Cooper says he’s ready to go.The Arizona Cardinals’ left guard has not played in a game since breaking his leg in the team’s third preseason game last August. After finally getting a chance to step back on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium and practice with his team, he declared himself ready to go.“It was awesome,” he said after day one of training camp. “I felt a little better than I did at OTAs, a little bit more comfortable. I think it just helped to be able to read and react, not be thinking so much. Just go out there and play, it felt pretty good. – / 22 “It’s exciting, just trying to play for the guys beside me and having fans there, that definitely boosts the morale of the practice,” he said. “It felt great to get out there.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   “It will definitely be a different story once pads get on, then it will be the true test. But for now, I’m pleased.”For sure, Cooper will not really be able to know how ready he is until he is asked to hit somebody and, in essence, do the very thing that led to his injury in the first place. He’s had plenty of time to get ready for and think about this moment, having spent all of last season on Injured Reserve unable to contribute.But now he’s back and expected to solidify a revamped offense line. The seventh pick in the 2013 draft out of North Carolina, the only questions surrounding Cooper are related to his health, not his ability. Cooper added that Saturday was his “litmus test” as far as telling how far he’s come in his recovery, and since he felt great then, he’s excited to continue forward with his progression, with the next step being putting the pads on and dealing with contact. Only then will he know he’s truly back.That will happen Monday. Until then, just as it was Saturday, Cooper and the team will go through practice without pads on but in front of fans. It’s the first time that’s happened for him since the injury. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Six Senses Hotels Re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce the launch of a social media feed aggregator on the brand’s website. The new platform called The Edit by Six Senses aggregates user generated and brand content through the use of hashtags and key words in social platform posts.Titled The Edit by Six Senses, guests visiting the website of Six Senses can enter into the social media world of the brand through the group’s home page or via dedicated microsite, http://theedit.sixsenses.com. Pulling content from Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, The Edit by Six Senses, features the best and most interesting content shared by users as well as Six Senses resorts and spas. Updates to the feed occur daily, so the content is always changing.Six Senses prioritized the importance of connecting with guests and fans at a deeper level through social media in 2015. The brand’s objectives were to grow its social IQ by educating Six Senses hosts about the most important social media channels and functionality, while simultaneously inspiring guests through the publishing of rich, engaging content. Teams were selected as social media ambassadors at all resorts and in the spa division and the most talented individuals joined the Six Senses Social Media Academy which ran over a period of eight months. Channel tutorials were held on a monthly basis and included daily homework, channel testing and a final exam.“We are now ready to elevate our efforts and celebrate our social media success through the launch of The Edit by Six Senses. This dedicated micro site, not only allows us to curate the best content, but makes it easy for guests to search content, photos and videos by property location and subject,” said Julia Gajcak, Vice President Marketing and Communications. “We’ve seen some tremendous work and creative content developed at all levels of the organization and look forward to evolving our social media and online presence in the months ahead.”The brand’s first campaign entitled #outoftheordinary celebrates what makes the unique group of resorts and spas so special. From paragliding arrivals off a mountain cliff in Oman at Six Senses Zighy Bay; oenology and wine certification programs in Portugal at Six Senses Douro Valley; to behind the scenes access to pandas in China at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more