Channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive reported strong third quarter results, which chairman, president and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe attributed to the popularity of its lifestyle networks. The firm, which owns channel brands including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, reported consolidated revenues for the quarter of US$617 million (€460 million) – up 9% year-on-year. Net income was US$129 million, compared with US$118 million in the same quarter last year.Scripps’ lifestyle media division saw revenues increase by 7.8% to US$595 million, driven by advertising and affiliate fee revenue growth. On-air television advertising revenue increased 9.2%, partially offset by a decrease in digital advertising. Overall ad revenues grew 7.5% to US$403 million.Its ‘corporate and other’ division, which consists primarily of Scripps’ international operations, saw revenues increase 63% to US$23.2 million. This was largely attributed to Scripps’ April buyout of Asian Food Channel and the launch of uLive.com.“We’ve created a valuable portfolio of lifestyle networks — as well as industry-leading websites and apps — that attract a highly engaged and upscale audience of food, home and travel enthusiasts,” said Lowe.
OTT software provider Vewd has unveiled Vewd Atom, a new OTT platform that the company says will bring apps and streaming experiences to operator devices previously incapable of accessing OTT services.Vewd Atom’s virtualised OTT architecture consists of Vewd’s OTT platform running in the cloud connected to a lightweight client on the device. Vewd says that operators with legacy devices can use the platform to combat churn, introduce the same OTT experience across all set-top boxes, control all devices through one cloud-based interface and add new OTT services directly in the cloud without the need of firmware upgrades.The company said that applications run ‘sandboxed’ in a controlled cloud environment while video is streamed directly to devices supports modern encryption standards. The company claims that the platform will scale to millions of users without requiring the cost of processing and hosting OTT video.“Vewd Atom is the antidote to cord-cutting,” said Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Vewd. “It offers all of the modern features potential cord-cutters actively seek while reducing the technical burden on operators. Not only can we help reduce churn, but strengthen the value of pay TV by adding OTT services to hundreds of millions of devices already in the field. This creates the perfect win-win scenario for operators to continue to grow their business.”
Source:https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2019/msu-lands-5m-nih-grant-to-connect-dots-between-pesticides-and-parkinsons/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers.Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSys”Our battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may depend on early disease identification and intervention, and poor olfaction has been identified as an early warning for these diseases,” Chen said. “This grant will allow us to connect the dots by identifying factors that contribute to poor olfaction among older adults and evaluating how this sensory deficit may progress to early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.”In preliminary analyses, researchers found a correlation between high pesticide exposure and self-reported poor sense of smell. In this project, researchers will objectively assess the olfaction of around 2,200 farmers using a standard smell test.Using a scratch-and-sniff method, participants will need to correctly identify 12 common smells such as smoke, lemon, cinnamon or gasoline. Researchers will then conduct home visits of approximately 450 farmers to assess cognitive function and motor symptoms.”We are trying to put everything into context with the ultimate goal of understanding the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases and factors involved,” Chen said. “This project focuses on pesticides because earlier studies show their potential connections to neurodegenerative diseases. Now we want to define what role they play.”
SHARE SHARE EMAIL February 11, 2019 Maxcure Hospitals, with 51 per cent equity investor, Medicover, the Sweden-based healthcare and diagnostic major, has charted a growth plan focussed on Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and the two Telugu states.The expansion, which began in 2017 with the dilution of 51 per cent for about Rs 320 crore from the holding company, Sahrudaya Healthcare Pvt Ltd, has already seen Maxcure rapidly scale up its presence from 200 beds in 2015 to 2,000 beds at present. It has 11 multi-speciality hospitals, mostly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said G Anil Krishna, Managing Director.A large part of the growth will be met with funds raised from the investor, internal accruals and, going forward, from debt says Anil, whose vision it is to take the group to the top five in the country’s healthcare sector by 2025. “We are betting big on Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in the next three years. Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur, and later, Pune, are the prime locations”, he told BusinessLine.Maxcure, which began in 2014 in Hyderabad under the Sahrudaya Healthcare Group and soon took over Mediciti hospitals, has moved into Nashik with a 300-bedded facility and is close to completing a similar sized one in Navi Mumbai. The strategy would be to take high quality, affordable healthcare to tier-2 and 3 cities, he added.The turnover for fiscal 2017-18 was Rs 421 crore and it had done Rs 400 crore by January-end in the current fiscal. Its overall investments have also risen to Rs 500 crore. While each hospital will be a multi-speciality facility with the best medical, para medical and diagnostic care, at two places — Madhapur in Hyderabad and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh — exclusive oncology (cancer) facilities and treatment are also being established, he said.In addition, Medicover has diagnostic facilities in Bengaluru and Mysuru. It has announced its intention to expand its presence in fertility services too. After entering India in 2016 with an agreement to manage the operations of Medicover Fertility India, it has acquired the main shareholder, Medicover Healthcare, Delhi. It has since opened facilities in five cities, with the latest being in Hyderabad. Published on Growth plans to focus on Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh COMMENTS 0 SHARE COMMENT
MUMBAI: Ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections, the BJP on Tuesday appointed state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil and party MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha as presidents of the state and Mumbai city units, respectively. While Patil has replaced Raosaheb Danve, who resigned as the Maharashtra BJP chief after his induction into Union cabinet, Lodha, a builder and the richest MLA, will take place of Ashish Shelar who was recently appointed as a minister in the state government. As per BJP constitution, a party leader cannot continue to hold the same post for more than two terms. Shelar had served as the president of the Mumbai unit for the last six years. “I request the party to appoint a full time state president for strengthening the party organisation. I need to focus on my ministerial portfolio and parliamentary responsibilities,” Danve said while announcing his resignation as the state unit president. Sources said that Patil, believed to be the number two in the state Cabinet, has the task cut out for him to ensure that the BJP retains power with an improved mandate. The elections for the 288-member House are due in September-October this year. Patil hails from Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra, once a stronghold of the Congress and the NCP. With Patil’s appointment, the presidents of the state units of the BJP, the Congress and the NCP now hail from the western Maharashtra region. While newly-appointed state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat comes from Ahmednagar district, his NCP counterpart Jayant Patil belongs to Sangli district. Lodha represents Malabar Hill constituency in south Mumbai. In 2014 assembly polls, the BJP had emerged as the single largest party by winning 122 seats. The saffron party went on to form a coalition government with the support of the Shiv Sena, which had won 63 seats. In the recently-held Lok Sabha elections, the BJP retained its 2014 tally of 23 seats in Maharashtra, which sends 48 MPs to Lok Sabha. Read this story in MarathiDownload The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you