Young businessman shot dead in Bihar

first_imgA young industrialist, Gunjan Khemka, was shot dead on Thursday at the gate of his factory in Hajipur near Patna. He had been receiving extortion and threat calls for the last six months.Vaishali Superintendent of Police Manavjeet Singh Dhillion said: “An unidentified criminal fired at Gunjan Khemka when he was waiting outside the gate of his factory in industrial area of Hajipur…three rounds were fired at him and he was declared dead when taken to the local hospital…his driver Manoj Ravidas too has received gunshot injuries”. Gunjan Khemka, 38, owned G.K. Cotton factory at Hajipur in Vaishali district and his father Gopal Khemka, too, is a big businessman of the State. The family is said to be owners of a big hospital, medical stores and a private school in Patna.Gopal Khemka is the State convener of small industries cell of BJP in Bihar. Family members of the Gunjan told journalists that he and his wife have been receiving extortion calls for the last six months. “He had lodged a complaint regarding this at the local Gandhi Maidan police station but no action was taken…had the police acted upon his complaint, he would have been alive today,” said a family member requesting anonymity.Traders shocked Meanwhile, the daylight murder of Gunjan Khemka has sent a shock wave among the business community of the State. Some local BJP leaders too reached his residence to offer condolences. “I would request to the government to act swiftly…the culprits must be booked soon”, said local BJP MLA Nitin Navin. Opposition leaders slammed the Nitish Kumar government for complete failure on the law and order front in the State. “Everyday people are being killed, looted and raped in Bihar…but there is no one to look after…governance has collapsed in the State,” charged RJD leader and party spokesperson Bhai Birendra.last_img read more

Melecio just happy to be back for La Salle after recovering from dengue

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In his return, Melecio scored just three points and turned the ball over twice in the Green Archers’ 85-62 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 83 men’s basketball tournament.Melecio, though, is just glad to be back for La Salle after missing four games and didn’t mind the measly numbers he tallied. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told myself that I’d be happy by just being on the floor, if I do that I’m already set,” said Melecio in Filipino. “I really missed playing and I was so happy when I was able to play again.” “I’m not at a hundred percent yet because it’s not like you’ll play well immediately after an injury or sickness,” said Melecio. “I’ll just have to be patient.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games FILE – La Salle’s Aljun Melecio during the Green Archers game against the UP Fighting Maroons in the first round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle guard Aljun Melecio just had his first game back after contacting dengue fever almost a month ago, and looked like a shell of his former self.Melecio averaged 14 points, three rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in his first four games before getting hospitalized for two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Tenorio flourishing in finals despite playing through injury Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monaco

first_imgChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monacoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud has no doubts former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas will be a success with AS Monaco.Cesc left Chelsea last week for ASM and made his debut in last night’s 1-1 draw at Olympique Marseille.Giroud told Telefoot: “Cesc is a great player, he has this quality of vision of the game, of intelligence of passes. “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. “This is a great opportunity for Monaco.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRice praises West Ham character for Aston Villa draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rice praises West Ham character for Aston Villa drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice praised West Ham’s character for their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.Rice says West Ham would have lost Monday’s goalless draw at Aston Villa last season, but instead the confidence and spirit in the squad enabled them to grind out a hard-earned point.He told whufc.com: “To be honest, I think we’re very happy with the point. We were a bit slow in the first half. We kept the ball well at times, but it was a bit too end-to-end and in the second half, when we went down to ten, we knew it was going to be tough because we know they’ve got some top players, but we dug in, defended really well and were still creating chances.“We weren’t just sat back. We were still trying to get the three points and I think we can be happy with our night’s work.”He added: “When we’re playing now, we’re playing with that confidence. We’re defending hard, we’re attacking hard and every player who puts on the shirt, we’re feeling confident to go out there and get the three points.” last_img read more

25 days ago​Wijnaldum happy Liverpool grinding out results

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Wijnaldum happy Liverpool grinding out resultsby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is delighted by the consistency shown by the Reds this season.They have managed to win their first seven games of the season, building a five-point cushion over Manchester City in the process.Wijnaldum is not too concerned if some of their wins are scrappy, such as the 1-0 success over Sheffield United this weekend.”We wanted to create a chance but I think they defended really good,” the 28-year-old told the club’s official website.”We were not at our best to create chances today. We had a few but it was more because they made mistakes.”But all that matters at the end of the day is we have the three points. Especially at the early stage of the season, you have to make sure that you collect as many points as possible because normally during the season you get better and better.”In the beginning of the season you are not at your best, so that’s why it’s good that we collect points.” last_img read more

Awardwinning Corner Gas star Janet Wright dead at 71

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Award-winning stage and screen actress Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on “Corner Gas,” has died, according to CTV, which aired the long-running sitcom.Wright played Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian series, which ended its six-season run in 2009 and returned with a big-screen adaptation in 2014.Wright’s character Emma was the wife of Oscar Leroy, played by Eric Peterson, and mother to Brent, portrayed by series creator and star Brent Butt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Peterson, who had known Wright for 50 years, said she was “an incredibly, wonderfully complex woman of tremendous strength and intelligence and a wonderful actress.”“She knew a lot about the art of acting and the art of theatre as a director,” Peterson said Monday.“The wonderful thing about her as an actress — especially in something like ‘Corner Gas’ — she brought so much to that part as only Janet could. Even the simplest line, she thoroughly thought it through. She seemed to be able to give a straightforward line that was redolent with meaning. Often my character was the brunt of that redolent meaning too.“I’m just very sad. We’re the same age. One’s reminded how short life is.”In a statement, Butt added “Janet was like no other person I’ve ever met.”“She had a giant wit, a giant heart, and was one of the strongest human beings to ever stride around this planet.”Born in England on March 8, 1945, Wright and her family relocated to Canada and eventually settled in Saskatoon at a young age.Wright was the co-founder of Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre, and performed at virtually every major theatre company in Canada.She had been affiliated with the Vancouver Arts Club Theater since the early 1970s, and also directed for many major theatre companies across Canada, including productions at Ontario’s Stratford Festival.“Janet was an artist on an uncompromising search for the truth in all its unvarnished beauty,” said Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino, who directed Wright as Ma Joad in the 2011 production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”“She was a profoundly talented actress, director and champion for the importance of the arts. I will never forget her passion and forever be inspired by her commitment to our work.”She won the best actress Genie Award in 1992 for “Bordertown Cafe,” and won the best supporting actress in a dramatic program or miniseries award in 2003 for “Betrayed.”Her film credits include “The Perfect Storm,” opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, and TV appearances on series “Dark Angel,” “The King of Kensington” and “The Beachcombers.by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nunavik gets help to offset high cost of living

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsInuit in Quebec are getting a taste from the province’s $2.5 billion surplus to help keep the cost of living down.The province announced that $115.8 million over six years will be spent to aid the fifteen communities in in Nunavik, located in subarctic Quebec above the 55th parallel.The Agreement on the Financing of Measures to Reduce the Cost of Living in Nunavik itself is not new, but rather a renewal.It is however almost double that of the $33 million over three years of the last agreement.“This is a good example of how the Inuit Territory of Nunavik and the Quebec government can work together to make life in the north affordable,” said Charlie Watt, president of Makivik Corporation, the organization that represents Nunavik Inuit in negotiations with Quebec and Canada.“We have to do a lot more to make life in the great north more equitable with the rest of Quebec.”Much of the money will focus on making hunting more affordable, and in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle, to help Inuit offset grocery costs with country food.“This is really good. It lowers the cost of so many items in stores and even gas prices,” said William Tagoona, communications director for Makivik in an email to APTN News.“Last count the money lowered the cost of about 5,000 items, including food Nutrition North will not cover such as KLIK, hunting clothing such as snow boots, diapers, and snowmobile oil.”Tagoona also adds that often Inuit in Nunavik are forced to choose between paying the rent or buying groceries.According to a study conducted by Laval University, the cost of living is nearly 30 per cent higher in Nunavik.A major reason for this is the remoteness of the region.“Nunavik lies completely outside the major food or commercial distribution networks. The absence of roads and the harsh climate considerably increase the cost of goods and services, which greatly increases the burden that Nunavik families bear,” said Quebec Minister of Indigenous Affairs Sylvie D’Amours in a press release.“The government’s financial assistance is thus essential to maintain and improve living conditions in Nunavik.”In the same press release, Jennifer Munick, president of the Kativik Regional government, the body responsible for providing services on the territory, succinctly described what Thursday’s announcement means to Nunavik.“This program is critical to the well-being of Nunavummiut [Inuit in Nunavik], where many don’t get enough to eat.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Former England player urges Chelsea to stay put

first_imgFormer England midfielder John Barnes has urged Chelsea star, Eden Hazard to remain at the club despite interest from Real Madrid.The Spanish giants were reportedly after his services all summer long but with Chelsea refusing to sell, the Belgium captain stayed put at Stamford Bridge.However, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2020 and his refusal to extend his contract at the club, the Blues might be hoping to cash in on the player should he decide to leave.But Barnes who played for Liverpool during his playing days believes Hazard might be stifled at other big clubs and wouldn’t have the same freedom he enjoys at Chelsea. Barnes told beIN Sports, according to InsideFutbol:“If you see the way Eden Hazard plays – he has 30 to 40 touches with the ball at times, he plays one-twos and he does what he wants.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If he goes to Real Madrid, he wouldn’t be able to do that.”“He goes to a club where he would have to fit into a system, as you see what happens with Belgium, which is why they have not gone on to maximise their potential.”“You may say he is possibly the best individual player, but Chelsea are the right club for him because I watched him score a hat-trick and at times you think he should play it simple, but he doesn’t and there are no repercussions on him because they accept that at Chelsea.”“At a Barcelona or Real Madrid, they wouldn’t accept that.”last_img read more

Juan Cuadrado Im working every day to raise my game further

first_imgJuventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado believes that there are still aspects of his own game that he must improveThe Colombia international started as a right wing-back for Juventus in Wednesday night’s Serie A game against Bologna.Goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi inside the opening 16 minutes at Turin enabled Juventus to maintain their 100% winning start to the season after six games.“I am very happy with the team’s overall performance,” Cuadrado told the club website.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“When we play ball to feet, we’re effective and fun. I think we’ve made a great start to this season and we must keep up the good work.”But the 30-year-old, who gave Cristiano Ronaldo his no.7 jersey in the summer, feels there are aspects of his game that still need work.“As far as my own performance is concerned, I still have room for improvement and, when I attempt one-on-one moves, I must make the most of my characteristics, but I’m working every day to raise my game further.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos prepares to encounter Hurricane Erika

first_img TCI Governor issues Salt Cay evacuation order Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Aug 2015 – By weekend, Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to be a category one hurricane and on its current trajectory the TCI is in her cross hairs. Red Cross has already began distributing sand bags and with the help of DEMA, you can fill those bags with sand. Remember to bring along a shovel. The weather is also becoming more windy, and that is likely the remnants of Danny impacting Providenciales; North Caicos told Magnetic Media there was rain off and on yesterday. Disaster Management and Emergencies confirmed late today that hurricane shelters are ready. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issuing updates including a current severe weather alert for the Northern and Central Bahamas. Again, the remnants of Danny have brought heavy showers to this area of The Bahamas but also in the forecast are waterspouts and severe thunderstorm activity. Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are warned now to prepare, as a Tropical Storm warning could be issued as early as tomorrow for Erika, whose winds extend 80 miles from the center and which is with wind speeds at 45mph right now. TCI participates in CDB sponsored disaster strategy workshop Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:erika, hurricane, weekends Recommended for you TCI Disaster Office launches Hurricane Prep Monthlast_img read more

Rishi Kapoor I have screwed up my relationship with Ranbir Throwback

first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Rishi KapoorVarinder ChawlaThough they have immense love and respect for each other, Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are not your everyday father-son pair. While Ranbir maintains his distance from his dad, Rishi Kapoor to doesn’t get involved in Ranbir’s private affairs. It’s Ranbir’s mother, Neetu Kapoor, who always acts as a bridge of communication between the two.The fact that Risi and Ranbir don’t always share an amicable relationship has time and again been confessed by the two. Rishi Kapoor’s strict behaviour during Ranbir’s childhood days and his constant fights with Neetu Kapoor have been the two prime reasons behind such a distant relationship between the two.In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Rishi Kapoor had expressed his sadness when Ranbir Kapoor had decided to move out their home and live with Katrina Kaif in a plush pad the duo bought together. “My father gave me space when I moved out after marriage and I give Ranbir his space too when he decided to move out and share a home with his girlfriend. In this house, he had one room: how could that be enough for a 33-year-old boy? He’s a great son, he listens to me but I don’t interfere in his career because my career is mine and he is his. I know I’ve screwed up my relationship with Ranbir even though my wife kept telling me about what I was doing. It’s now too late to change it; both of us will not be able to adjust to the change,” Rishi had said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror.Further talking about his equation with Ranbir, Rishi had said, “I never made friends with Ranbir and though I regret it, I am also not one of those guys who would want to be on back-slapping terms with my son.”last_img read more

DesiClik serving Indians in US plans to launch B2B business soon

first_imgDesiClick website.ScreenshotDesiClick is a new platform that is enabling customers in the United States to buy indigenous Indian items in seamless manner. The item can be as small as a pack of garam masala.The Indian population in the US is growing every year, but not many states and cities in the country have stores for this growing demographic. The firm decided to fill this vacuum with theindiabazaar.com, and subsequently re-branded it as DesiClik.com in 2014.DesiClik.com is currently one of the largest US-based e-commerce marketplaces specialising in Indian products — ranjing from apparel, jewellery, handicraft, gifts, furniture, grocery, restaurant equipment, religious to even puja items, festive goods and household items.The firm had reported an annual turnover of $300,000 in 2016, and company executives expect sales to grow manifold in the years to come. The firm is also planning to bring more products in their platform in a move to scale up business.”…We will be adding full-scale grocery and sporting categories soon. The grocery category can help us bring significant repeat customers on a regular basis. Our plan is to become a household name for the 3 million Indians in the US. This can be achieved by reaching out to our target audience through wise spends on marketing campaigns that include both TV and digital,” Deepak Agarwal, co-founder, DesiClik, told International Business Times, India.Going forward, DesiClik plans to launch a business-to-business (B2B) section which will connect buyers from the US with sellers in India, offering a complete range of B2B solutions.”This new platform will essentially be a B2B marketplace for business goods and supplies that will help suppliers and exporters in India and businesses in the US to trade with each other,” Agarwal said.Before the vendors comes on board, there will multiple rounds of scrutiny to validate the credibility of the vendor.”There is a process in place to scrutinize the vendors. We will be interviewing them and reviewing the details about the business and financials before they get listed. One of the reasons we have an annual subscription fee for the vendors is to ensure that we get only genuine vendors on board,” explained Agarwal.Going forward, the firm is planning to expand on a global scale and replicate the DesiClik model in countries with higher Indian population, like Canada, the UK and Australia.”We are looking for investments to take the business to the next level — both in terms of the B2B platform as well as for our worldwide expansion. We are confident of becoming a $5-million US company in the next five years in terms of annual revenue,” said Agarwal.last_img read more

Anushka Sharma shares cryptic post after Rohit Sharma unfollowed Virat Kohli and

first_imgAnushka Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rohit SharmaInstagramAmid the rumours of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s fallout, Anushka Sharma has shared a cryptic post on Instagram which seems to be aimed at Rohit who has apparently unfollowed her on the photo-sharing platform.”A wise man once said nothing. Only truth can shake hands with silence in a mess of false appearances,” read Anushka Sharma’s post on Instagram.There were reports about a rift between Virat and Rohit after Team India failed to make it to the World Cup 2019 finals after getting defeated by New Zealand in the semi-finals.Both Virat and Rohit had a fabulous record in the World Cup 2019 till the top order batsmen came tumbling down under the blows of New Zealand bowlers.Though Virat and Rohit have never spoken about their rumoured tiff, it is being said that two groups have been formed within the Indian team wherein one supports Virat and the other supports Rohit.The Indian team management has claimed that there’s no such issue within the Indian team. But Rohit unfollowing both Virat and Anushka on Instagram has given enough fodder to gossip mongers.Take a look. Anushka SharmaInstagramlast_img read more

Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick Offers 10 Metal Detectors To Santa Fe

first_img Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTTexas school administrators and law enforcement leaders meet for a round table discussion with Governor Greg Abbott and other state politicians to kick off a three-day series of round table discussions at the State Capitol focusing on school safety in response to the recent Santa Fe High School shooting.Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said he would donate ten more metal detectors to improve security district-wide at Santa Fe Independent School District in addition to detectors offered by one company after the shooting that left ten dead in May.Parents asked the Santa Fe school board to install detectors last week at the first board meeting since the shooting, but the district still has yet to decide if it will use the machines. Along with the donation, Patrick said the Texas Senate would create a matching fund program for other schools that want to install their own metal detectors. In a press release, Patrick said schools that install detectors or buy detection wands before next legislative session will be reimbursed retroactively through that program.Those new security protocols will be in place before the start of the school year, pending district approval, Patrick said.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on Friday, June 15, 2018.“Santa Fe parents have asked for immediate action to secure the entrances to their schools and I want to make sure that if the Santa Fe ISD School Board wants to install metal detectors they can do so,” Patrick said in a statement.Patrick’s announcement fits with a broader strategy from Texas Republicans, who in the wake of the fatal May 18 shooting and a fall 2017 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs have focused on making schools and other public venues less vulnerable as targets. In May, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page plan for protecting schools; his pitches ranged from increased mental health screenings to new emergency safety measures to a few, narrow gun-related proposals, including consideration of a “red flag” law in Texas that would allow local officials to seize weapons from individuals declared dangerous by a judge.Patrick, who presides over the Texas Senate, also pledged Monday that in the next legislative session, the upper chamber would create a matching fund program to support installing metal detectors in other school districts. That program will include reimbursements for school districts that purchase such protections before the next session begins.In the immediate wake of the shooting, Patrick drew rebukes and mockery for saying “there are too many entrances and too many exits” to Texas schools. Experts said that schools have long been designed with such safety concerns in mind.“On the day of the shooting in Santa Fe, I made securing the entrances and exits to our schools a top priority,” Patrick said Monday. “Santa Fe parents have asked for immediate action to secure the entrances to their schools and I want to make sure that if the Santa Fe ISD School Board wants to install metal detectors they can do so.”Patrick also said Monday he supports increasing funding for an existing state program that arms school personnel. He has also charged a select committee within the Texas Senate to study school safety.last_img read more

Italian Movie Channel to Launch in US via Amazon EXCLUSIVE

first_imgItaly’s Minerva Pictures is launching an SVOD channel dedicated to Italian cinema for the North American market using the Amazon Prime Video Direct program, in a move that breaks new ground and could provide an additional revenue stream for the Italian film industry.After successfully launching a U.S. outpost called RaroVideo, Minerva Pictures is set to launch the streaming service, MovieItaly, in October in the U.S. and Canada. The Rome-based company boasts a vast vintage Italian cinema library with works ranging from Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Conformist” to horror master Mario Bava’s movies,MovieItaly will use Amazon’s self-publishing service, which enables rights-holders to reach an audience by creating a channel on the Amazon Prime Video platform on a revenue-sharing basis. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Prime Video Direct has been used to launch niche movie channels by U.S. indies such as Samuel Goldwyn Films and by South Korea’s leading studio, CJ Entertainment. Minerva chief Gianluca Curti said his company will be the “first Europeans to launch an SVOD channel dedicated to a national cinematography in the North American market,” on Amazon’s platform or anywhere.Minerva Pictures will actually be the first continental Europeans to do so, since Prime Video customers in the U.S. can already stream English-language content from BritBox which was created by the BBC and Itv and features British content.MovieItaly will kick off in October with 100 mostly vintage titles mostly drawn from RaroVideo’s vault of classic, cult and horror films, spaghetti Westerns and experimental Italian movies. The service will add at least 10 new titles each month and will also feature extras and an Italian talent introducing a movie-of-the-month.After launching the service in North America, Minerva hopes to expand to the U.K. by year’s end. “We will be catering to Italian cinema cinephiles who love art movies but also to second- and third-generation Italians [in the U.S.] who have a craving for genre, comedies and more lowbrow popular cinema,” Curti said.He added that Minerva is in the process of closing non-exclusive SVOD deals with Italian cinema rights-holders in Italy and the U.S. to bring in more recent Italian feature films and documentaries.To promote MovieItaly in the U.S., Minerva is planning to organize presentations and monthly screenings of Italian movies in a still-unspecified New York venue.last_img read more

Gujs junior health min UP MLA down

first_imgAfter Gujarat Assembly Speaker, couple of IAS officers, Gujarat University Vice Chancellor, now Gujarat’s Minister of State for Health Shankarbhai Chaudhary has been tested positive. While, Vijay Mishra, a Samajwadi MLA from Gyanpur has also been tested positive for H1N1.last_img

Netflix reported a record number of new subscriber

first_imgNetflix reported a record number of new subscribers in Q1, but its share price dropped more than 7% in after-hours trading after it issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.Netflix said it expects to add 2.5 million members in the second quarter of 2016 – 2.0 million internationally and 500,000 in the US. By comparison, in Q2 2015 it added 2.4 million international members and 900,000 in the US – a total of 3.3 million.The SVOD service said that its Q2 US forecast was in line with previous years, but acknowledged a “modest impact from un-grandfathering” – the process of upping legacy users’ price plans from an introductory US$7.99 or US$8.99 per month to Netflix’s now standard US$9.99 for its HD, two-screen plan.Currently more than half of Netflix US users pay a reduced rate for its US$9.99 offering – something that Netflix said it will phase out gradually over the remainder of 2016.Internationally, Netflix said that it expects to add less users in Q2 2016 than a year earlier due to a “tough comparison against the Australia/New Zealand launch”.“The ANZ growth spike in Q2 last year resulted in international Q2 net adds more than doubling year over year (from 1.12 million to 2.37 million). While ANZ is growing steadily this Q2, it is less than the launch spike last year,” said Netflix in its quarterly letter to shareholders.Netflix said that its launch in 130 new countries at the beginning of this year meant that its Q1 results “captured the initial surge of sign-ups”, with net additions expected to drop sequentially in Q2 as a result.Announcing its Q1 2016 results, Netflix said that it added a record 6.74 million subscribers in the quarter – up from 4.88 million in Q1 2015.The bulk of these additions were international users, with 2.23 million new members logged in the US – down slightly from the 2.28 million new members recorded in Q1 2015.International revenues grew 57% year-on-year to US$652 million. International losses widened year-on-year to a loss of US$104 million – though Netflix said that this was “better than forecast due to the timing of content spend”.In the US, Netflix’s revenues rose 18% year-on-year to US$1.16 billion. It attributed this to 14% growth in average paid memberships and a 3% increase in ARPU. US contribution profit grew 32% year-on-year to US$413 million.last_img read more