Keanu Reeves recalls being blacklisted by Fox

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Keanu Reeves has revealed that he was once blacklisted by Fox Studios for turning down a movie role. In an interview to GQ, the actor recalled being put in ‘movie jail’ when he turned down Speed 2 after the first instalment in 1994 became a box office hit, reports Reeves explained that he turned down the follow-up to play in a stage production of Hamlet in Canada. “I didn’t work with (Fox) again until The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the 54-year-old star remembered of being hired by the studio in 2008. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaFox ended up producing their sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control in 1997 with Jason Patric starring opposite Sandra Bullock. Reeves explained that he hasn’t done a studio movie since 47 Ronin in 2013, which didn’t do so well at the box office. When it comes to the John Wick franchise, Reeves says he will keep making more films as long as the demand is there. “As far as my legs can take me,” he said, adding: “As far as the audience wants to go.” The Matrix star said he never expected to be an action hero in his fifties and admits he had no idea what his career would look like at 54 back when he was starting out. “I haven’t really thought about my career future, or what was going to happen, until really recently,” Reeves explained, adding “‘really recently”, before clarifying “probably my mid-40s”.last_img read more

Morocco Launches Plan to Reduce Maternal Mortality Improve Maternal and Child

first_imgCasbalanca- According to daily newspaper La Libération, the Moroccan Ministry of Health recently announced the launching of the 2013/2005 action plan aimed at reducing the rate of maternal mortality in nine priority regions. This program is working with a budget of 271 million dollars.This plan, 97% of which was funded by the Ministry, while specialized UN agencies financed the rest, has two key objectives:  the reduction of maternal mortality by 82% and  limiting the number of deaths to 60 deaths per 100,000 live births.This program also aims to reduce the number of deaths of children aged under 5 years to 23 per 1,000 live births. The plan includes measures seeking to positively impact the current situation of maternal and infant mortality and aspires to effectively achieve its development goals by 2015 at the national level.According to  La Libération, the Minister of Health, El Houssaine Louardi, emphasized the need to improve the quality of care related to pregnancy and newborns, the promotion of high-quality pediatric care, the development of an integrated management of child health and the strengthening of the national immunization program, as well as monitoring and evaluating these measures at the regional level.According to the same source, the minister stated that a special committee set up at the central level, as well as regional commissions in the new targeted areas will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the measures included in this plan.The minister also noted that nine regions were selected based on a survey on population and health conducted in 2011. This survey unveiled malfunctions in medical coverage and maternal and child health.The minister explained that the launch of this plan is part of serious efforts to achieve the fourth and fifth objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and help the kingdom meet international standards in the field of maternal and child health.last_img read more

Curtain Rises After 35Year Intermission As Black Panther Hits Saudi Silver

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – After a 35-year moratorium on cinemas, both men and women in Saudi Arabia will be able to attend theaters on April 18, when the American blockbuster “Black Panther” will open in Riyadh.The gulf nation has a complicated, at times fraught, relationship with Western media. Despite the state-sanctioned observance of ultraconservative rules for moral and social behavior, Saudis still are keen consumers of foreign films and television shows. Nearly 70 percent of the kingdom’s 32 million people are under 30; in the affluent, oil-rich nation, economists estimate that the younger generation could eventually generate nearly USD 1 billion in box office revenue. Thirty-two-year old Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has been breaking with the country’s restrictive past, since he was named heir to the throne in June last year.The new movie theater initiative is but one example of the Crown Prince’s efforts to liberalize the country’s strict codes of conduct and diversify its economy, which is almost entirely dependent on oil.Last year, Saudi women were allowed to attend football matches for the first time and, starting in June of this year, women will also be allowed behind the wheel, ending a ban on female drivers.Although “Black Panther” afforded black actors a groundbreaking opportunity to challenge stereotypes that limit Black representation in Hollywood and the mainstream media. Some Saudis speculate that the latest move by the regime may prove to be somewhat less-than-revolutionary.Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh remains circumspect about the degree to which the Saudi state will actually abet theaters in disseminating new cultural media.“Do they want it to be very vanilla, mild content … and just the existence of cinemas in itself is considered subversive?”Regardless of skeptics and critics, the gulf government struck a deal with the US company AMC Entertainment to deliver silver screens to 40 Saudi cities over the next five years, up to 100 cinemas by 2030. Saudi newspaper Sabq reported that the AMC’s first cinema, located in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District, expects crowds with its 620-seat capacity.Next on the program, Saudi viewers will be treated to screenings of the “Avengers: Infinity War” beginning April 26. Saudi audiences can also look forward to live entertainment, as Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil will touring in the kingdom soon. read more

UN Security Council to Hold Consultations on Western Sahara April 910

Rabat – The Security Council will meet on April 9 and 10 to discuss the Western Sahara conflict and to consult on the UN peacekeeping mission in the region, MINURSO.The United Nations published the Provisional Programme of Work of the Security Council for April 2019, which includes two days of meetings on MINURSO.On April 1, the fifteen members of the Security Council are expecting a MINURSO “report due.” Later, the troop-contributing countries (TCC) to the conflict will meet on April 9 in the afternoon, and the Security Council will hold consultations on Wednesday, April 10.On April 29, the Security Council is set to adopt a new resolution on the conflict as the MINURSO mandate will expire on April 30 in accordance with Resolution 2440 adopted on October 31, 2018.Read Also: Sahrawi Activist Accuses MINURSO of Becoming Polisario’s Partner in CrimeThe resolution renewed MINURSO’s mandate for six months.The Security Council, in the resolution, called on the parties to demonstrate political will to advance negotiations to end the conflict.The council also asked the Polisario Front to “adhere fully to its commitments to the Personal Envoy in respect of Bir Lahlou, Tifariti and the buffer strip at Guerguerat.”The Security Council also met on January 29 to consult on MINURSO. During the meeting, the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Horst Kohler, informed the council he would invite the four parties involved in the conflict to take part in a new roundable in March. Morocco, Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania met for a first roundtable in December 2018. read more

Africas economic growth highest in eight years but must be sustained –

Economic growth in sub-Saharan African (SSA) jumped last year to an eight-year high of 5 per cent and average inflation fell to a 25-year low, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports, but it cautioned that increased growth rates have to be sustained if the greater part of the continent is to meet the United Nations goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.The “Africa Regional Economic Outlook” says real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2004 rose by 2.7 per cent and was even encouraging in oil-importing countries, while average inflation fell to 9.1 per cent and 28 countries had inflation rates in single digits, compared to just 10 countries a decade ago.“Nonetheless, growth remains below the level required for SSA countries to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving income poverty by 2015 and is lower than in other emerging market and developing country regions,” it says.Pointing to the risks from unresolved hostilities, natural disasters and uncertainties in foreign currency exchange, particular commodity prices and oil markets, the report calls on Governments to accelerate growth by improving the private investment climate.“Sixteen of the 20 countries in the world with the most difficult business conditions are in SSA,” it says.Well-targeted and efficient public investment can attract private investment and induce productivity improvements, it adds. On the issue of domestic infrastructure, for instance, it says shipping a car from Japan to Côte d’Ivoire, costs $1,500, while shipping the same car from Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire costs $5,000.Africa’s regional trade arrangements (RTAs) have not promoted trade and investment as well as expected, it says. “Trade within Africa remains low and, in terms of overall trade and foreign direct investment inflows, the region is falling further behind the rest of the world,” the report says.Meanwhile, the IMF said a group of its African governors met IMF Managing Director Rodrigo Rato on Friday, the day before the two-day spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF, to raise “their many concerns and interests.”They said although conditions put on Governments for getting loans had been somewhat streamlined, “there is a tendency to impose politically sensitive and legally protracted prior actions, which makes it difficult to keep programmes on track.”On the question of the African Regional Technical Assistance Centres (AFRITAC), they suggested de-linking the evaluation of the existing two centres in Tanzania and in Mali and the establishing of new ones.The African governors also said the Fund’s image in Africa has been declining because people did not see poverty being reduced after they implemented policies to make them eligible for the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, the IMF’s low-interest lending arm for low-income countries, and the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) Initiative, which the World Bank says accelerates and deepens the delivery of debt relief. read more

WCh 2013 Group A – France close to win the group –

Brazil becoming the serious threat for the handball world. After Argentina, Brazilian team beat Tunisia 27:22 STATISTICS and secured the placement at knock out stage. France was clearly better against Argentina 35:23, while Germany showed class against Montenegro 29:21.STANDING ← Previous Story Hungary smashed by perfect “Cowboys” – Slovenia beat Poland! Next Story → Denmark win the group B – No winner between Macedonia and Russia 3TUNTunisia4101105-44 6MNEMontenegro492116-240 1FRAFrance412492328 5ARGArgentina498116-182 4BRABrazil496102-64 2GERGermany411696206

Explainer What your selfportrait says about you

first_imgChina could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change CONSIDER THIS: Instagram has 100 million active users. And the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has, at last count, 109 million photos tagged, simply, “#me.”By the numbers, if you’re on Instagram and you haven’t taken a picture of yourself, you’re doing it wrong. Yet the digital self-portrait—the selfie—is somehow seen as a scourge, a threat to our well-being, a trend that must end.We talked to psychologist Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who dismissed these critiques as weak pop science.“Most of these people who toss around these psychological terms like ‘narcissism’ or ‘addiction’ don’t understand that those are serious diagnostic criteria,” Rutledge says.“We’ve gotten so we just chuck these things around, and it scares people. People are basically scared of technology because it’s new, and we’re pathologising it.”While the mass adoption of smartphones and social networks is new, the urge to record one’s own image is as old as humanity, she says, pointing to cave paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphs.Along with photography came the self-portrait. But where we had to sit still and grim-faced for 19th-century cameras, Rutledge points out, we now can take photos anywhere, at a moment’s notice.“In this environment, the only way to get to know people is to disclose something of yourself,” Rutledge says.And there’s nothing more self-revelatory than a photo:last_img read more

Emery backs Nketiah to fill Welbeck void

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has backed teenage striker Eddie Nketiah to fill the void created by Danny Welbeck.Welbeck was stretched off the pitch after half an hour of the Gunners’ 0-0 UEFA Europa League draw at home to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, a result which sealed progression into the second round.Arsenal confirmed on Friday that the former Manchester United striker had suffered a “significant right ankle injury” although no timescale has been placed on a return as of yet.While Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been the club’s striking options in the Premier League, Welbeck has been playing an important role in the Europa League and the league Cup.Meanwhile, Nketiah has yet to play for Arsenal’s first team under Emery having been set to come on against Sporting before an injury to Stephan Lichtsteiner meant the former Paris Saint-Germain boss had to have a rethink.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 19-year-old came on to the scene last season as he scored two goals as a substitute on his debut in a Carabao Cup win over Norwich City, the first of which just 15 seconds after he came off the bench.Asked if the Gunners would now have to look to bring in a new striker when the transfer window reopens in January following Welbeck’s injury, Emery opened the door to Nketiah.“The first thing is to look inside,” he said, according to BT Sport.“We have a striker who is working well in the under-23s and improving also – Eddie Nketiah. He can have chances but I think it’s early to speak about the possibility of January.”last_img read more

ASA Ag Groups Meet with Secretary Mnuchin to Discuss Tax Reform

first_imgThis week American Soybean Association (ASA) Washington staff attended and participated in a meeting of agricultural groups at the White House with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss tax reform.The meeting was one of a series of sessions the White House is conducting with various industry sectors as they develop their policies and strategies for comprehensive tax reform. The priorities communicated by ASA and the agricultural groups included maintaining cash accounting, income averaging, business interest deductions and Like-Kind exchanges for farmers. The groups also expressed support for immediate expensing and repeal of estate taxes while maintaining stepped-up basis.The White House and Republican Congressional Leaders are working together to develop a unified position on tax reform issues. ASA will continue to communicate our priorities as Congress and the Administration begin drafting specific legislative language and move forward on tax reform.last_img read more

Utah man brother suspected in womans disappearance

first_imgWEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The lawyer for the family of a missing Utah woman said Tuesday there’s an ongoing federal investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance.Anne Bremner made the announcement at a Seattle news conference a day after local officials in Utah said they had closed their investigation into the Susan Powell case.“This is not over,” Bremner said.Newly released police records show that Utah officials believe Josh Powell likely killed his wife and that his brother, Michael Powell, helped dispose of the body, but authorities felt they didn’t have enough evidence to prove that theory in court.During the investigation, Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons and then left all of his belongings to his brother, who later jumped to his death from a parking garage in Minnesota.Bremner, who was joined at the news conference by Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father, said the federal probe could also involve what Josh Powell’s father knew about his daughter-in-law’s disappearance. Steve Powell is currently serving a prison sentence after being convicted of voyeurism charges.last_img read more

Police Stray bullet investigation suspended

first_imgPolice found nothing criminal in the case of a woman who was struck by an errant bullet while on her property in Brush Prairie two weeks ago, and they have suspended the investigation into the neighboring Clark Rifles gun range. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, however, is inspecting the commercial firing range this week for the first time in about 19 years. Representatives of the gun range, which remains closed until the inspection is complete, were not available for comment Monday.The sheriff’s office doesn’t know where the projectile that struck 65-year-old Linda Sperling came from, and where it went after it left her scalp. Given that her 5-acre property east of Hockinson abuts the range, investigators say it’s still possible that the projectile came from Clark Rifles, though they haven’t found signs of recklessness, negligence or criminal intent. On the afternoon of Jan. 26, Sperling was outside collecting branches from a recent windstorm when she was reportedly struck by a bullet. She was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where doctors told her that a bullet had entered and exited her scalp. She was treated and released, but Sperling said she continues to suffer from a concussion, memory and vision problems and a constant headache.Investigators interviewed the Sperlings, along with everyone who was at the range when the injury occurred. In all, 16 people associated with Clark Rifles were interviewed and three bullet shell casings were recovered from the range and processed as evidence. Clark Rifles fully cooperated with the investigation and closed at the sheriff’s request.The firing range is permitted through Clark County Community Development and was last inspected by the sheriff’s office in 1996, according to county records.last_img read more

Alaska Ferry Rates Rising For Commercial Customers

first_imgThree ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)You’ve probably heard that state ferry fares are going up in May. The Alaska Marine Highway System also plans to increase commercial rates later this year.State officials say it costs too much to run the system.Rising expenses and decreasing state revenues are leading to a 4.5 percent fare increase that will hit most travelers in May. Legislative budget-writers boosted it to 9 percent, though the extra charges will happen later.Department of Transportation officials are now considering larger increases for commercial customers, those moving trucks and container vans via ferry.Commissioner Marc Luiken cites a new analysis of charges.“The study made it very apparent that the commercial rates aboard the marine highway system are considerably lower than comparable ferry systems around the United States and the world. The role of government is not to compete with private industry, but to support it,” he says.The study, by Anchorage-based Northern Economics, says other ferry systems charge commercial vehicles 60 to 120 percent more than passenger rates. It recommends the ferry system do the same, though not all at once.Officials say the increases will help, but not solve, the marine highway’s budget problems.“I think the system needs to raise rates. Nobody likes to pay more. But I’d just be happy if I could use the ferry,” says Petersburg’s Dave Kensinger, co-owner of Chelan Produce.The company sells Pacific Northwest fruit and vegetables in Southeast communities out of a truck. He’s also represented commercial users on the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board.He says the issue isn’t cost, it’s the schedule.“Twenty years ago, in the course of our business between my wife and I, we got on the ferry 100 times a year. This year, with what I believe are the proposed cuts to ferry service, I think I’m going to get on the ferry twice,” he says.Calls to barge companies serving ferry port communities were not immediately returned.Transportation Commissioner Luiken, speaking to the Southeast Conference, says increases will be considered as part of next winter’s ferry schedule.He says higher ferry rates are part of a larger look at his agency’s regional costs.“I can tell you the long-term transportation outlook for Southeast Alaska is going to be impacted by what can be responsibly done and what is sustainable over time,” he says.The legislatively mandated fare increase must still make it through the state Senate and the governor’s office. If it does, it’s expected to be in place for the winter season.last_img read more

Old unfit launches ready to carry Eid passengers

first_imgWorkers are busy in repairing and refurbishing old and unfit launches to deal the excessive pressure of passengers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: UNBWorkers of some 30 dockyards in and around Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital, are busy in their dockyards, refurbishing old and unfit launches (ferries) to earn extra money ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.One of the main features of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival among Bangladeshis is the almost ritual practice of going home to the village for the holidays. Millions leave their cities where they work, to celebrate Eid with their families back home.Visiting different dockyards, including the Rahman Dockyard and Baby Shaheb Dockyard in Keraniganj, the UNB correspondent found that a number of dilapidated launches are being given facelifts.The workers are busy in repairing and refurbishing launches and adding new cabins to the launch to deal the excessive pressure of passengers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.Official sources said launches are the lone mode of transport vehicle for some 5-7 million people on 37 river routes during Eid.A total of 80-90 luxury launches, which ply the Dhaka-Chandpur and Dhaka-Barishal routes, have fitness certificates but 70 unfit launches ply the 27 river routes including Matlab, Bhedorganj, Damudya, Muladi, Gournadi, Patarhat, Rangabali, Gosairhat, Kalaiya, Patuakhali and Morelganj.Workers are busy in repairing and refurbishing old and unfit launches to deal the excessive pressure of passengers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: UNBThe passengers travel by the unfit launches during the mad rush of Eid, at the risk of their lives.However, the launch owners claimed that the papers and documents of the launches are valid and that these are fit for carrying passengers to tackle the huge pressure during Eid.In reality though, they have only undergone some cosmetic changes like a new paint job, as part of a facelift to attract passengers.AKM Arif Uddin, joint secretary of Dhaka River Port of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said, “A special team of BIWTA and river police will strongly monitor and conduct drives at different launch terminals including Sadarghat, Chandpur and Barishal between 2 and 12 June to check overloading and charging extra fares for ensuring smooth journey of the passengers.”last_img read more

Xerox CEO and Chairman Encouraged Howards 2400 Grads to Build a Better

first_imgMorgan Freeman beams as he receives his honorary degree. (Photo Rob Roberts)Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, delivered the 2015 keynote commencement address to Howard University students, faculty, staff and guests. Sharing insights from her groundbreaking career, Burns highlighted education as the key to her success as the first African-American female CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.Noting the changing landscape of America and opportunities for young African-Americans, Burns urged the 2015 graduating class to use their education to pursue their dreams, lead, and make a difference in their communities.“All of you will immerse yourselves in a world full of opportunity and challenge. What is amazing to me is that you are entering an America that my generation could barely imagine,” Burns said. “…honor the memory of those upon whose shoulders you stand today and help build a better tomorrow.”In his speech, Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick reflected on current events and the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray. He called on graduates to uphold Howard University’s long history of community leadership.“As Howard University graduates, we challenge you to continue our legacy of being a voice for the voiceless and advocates for the underrepresented and underserved, particularly during a time when social change is the only answer,” President Frederick said.At the ceremony, Howard University awarded honorary degrees to award-winning actor and director Morgan Freeman, Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, as well as philanthropists and Howard University graduates Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown.The Howard University class of 2015 has more than 2,400 graduates, including undergraduate, graduate, professional and certification students.  This year’s graduates come from 43 states in the U.S., including the District of Columbia. Internationally, the class represents 32 countries across five continents.To view the full commencement address, please visit: read more

Everything we know about Mass Effect 4 so far

first_imgAt E3 2014 this year, every company trotted out beloved game titles in big ways — Sony showed off Uncharted 4 with incredible in-game graphics, Electronic Arts unveiled Mirror’s Edge 2, Nintendo teased an open-world Zelda that looks like a colorful painting, and even Microsoft’s arguably lackluster media briefing showed off a black light-inspired Crackdown sequel that looks super fun.Perhaps the shortest of all exciting teasers came from BioWare, when representatives showed off what is more or less the world’s first look at Mass Effect 4. We know very little about the game, but there are some hard details floating around that, coupled with the art and teaser video, paint a picture of the upcoming world.Mass Effect 4 %displayPrice% at %seller% will not, as far as anyone can tell, feature Commander Shepard — or even main characters from the previous trilogy. However, it will feature similar races — a human and krogan were briefly shown. The universe is “a whole new region of space” in relation to that of Shepard’s Reaper-infested locale, but considering familiar races have been teased, it likely can’t be too far away considering — as far as anyone could tell — the races in the original trilogy didn’t make it very far out into the universe. Fiction is fiction though, and anything can be changed or added.There will be ties to the original trilogy, though how deep or influential those ties are remain undisclosed. BioWare said it will keep the trilogy separate, but throw a bunch of nods to fans, so we can start getting excited about a new story.As you can see from the above teaser, BioWare was only ready to show off concept art; whether or not the person in the series-iconic N7 armor will be the main character remains a mystery. Considering the N7 logo represents the Systems Alliance special forces, it’s safe to say that the lineage of the people represented in the new game will be the same from the trilogy, regardless of how far away or long ago Shepard’s story took place.For now, that’s pretty much all we have. Fans of the game will likely have to wait a long time until the sequel’s release, no to mention how long it’ll take for some more solid, satisfying news.last_img read more

New Yorkers Call For Fair Elections

first_img Photo Credit: US Air Force by Natalie Migliore New Yorkers Call For Fair Elections Audio PlayerYour browser version does not support the audio element00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 8.22.19 10:29am New York State’s Public Campaign Financing Committee met for the first time Thursday. Advocates gathered outside the meeting to let the nine committee members know they’re following decisions and discussions closely. The committee was commissioned by Governor Cuomo and is tasked with deciding how much money the government can supliment campaigns, among other issues.last_img

Spotify to Musicians Dont Hate On Us

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 3, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 2 min read Spotify is renewing its effort to win over skeptical critics and artists into believing that it has a viable long-term business model.The company unveiled its new Spotify Artists website today to explain “how Spotify works, how we pay artists and where we fit into the industry.”The streaming music service is also, for the first time, giving artists access to its analytics. The free new feature will let artists see how often their music is being played and which tracks are most popular in real time.Amidst criticism from the likes of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and the Talking Heads’ David Byrne, Spotify’s goal is to highlight how artists can earn more revenue, even as streaming eats away at album sales.”With any format change in music – CD and iTunes included – there’s a lot of confusion around how these different models work, and quite often some serious skepticism,” Mark Williamson, director of artists services for Spotify told The Guardian. “We understand that’s out there, so we want to be as clear and transparent as we possibly can explaining how Spotify fits in.”Related: SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a DayAfter much hemming and hawing, Spotify has published the average earned revenue per stream: between $0.006 and $0.0084. That doesn’t look like much, but Williamson says thinking in those terms is “really flawed.” The company also published its payout formula, which takes into account Spotify’s total revenue, an individual artist’s streams and the total number of streams played across the service.At current levels, with between 6 million and 10 million paying subscribers, Spotify says a “niche indie album” earns roughly $3,300 each month versus a “global hit album, which can rake in more than $400,000 per month.Once it grows to 40 million paying customers, Spotify believes those numbers will shoot up to $17,000 and $2 million, respectively.Although Spotify is fresh off of a $250 million funding round, its bottom line is still moving in the wrong direction. The company’s viability and profitability will become much clearer next year once rights holders are able to compare revenues from Spotify to other traditional means like album sales.Related: This Tiny Gadget Can Turn Virtually Anything Into a Musical Instrumentlast_img read more

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more June 5, 2014 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has garnered a record-breaking total of 2,874 abstracts submitted for selection for the 56th annual meeting: 1,681 studies are from researchers in the United States, followed by 575 studies from Asia [Japan (206), China (191), Korea (93), Taiwan (33), India (31), Hong Kong (8), Singapore (7), Philippines (3), Thailand (2) and Malaysia (1)]; 171 studies from Canada; 54 studies from Germany; and 31 studies from the United Kingdom. The scientific presentations will include up to four plenary papers, 360 oral presentations, 1,862 posters and 144 digital posters in more than 50 educational sessions and for 20 disease-site tracks and topics including radiation biology, radiation physics, palliative care, patient safety and patient-reported outcomes.The 2014 annual meeting will be held Sept. 14-17, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and is expected to attract more than 11,000 attendees including oncologists from all disciplines, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, biologists, physician assistants, practice administrators, industry representatives and other healthcare professionals from around the world.Led by ASTRO President Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., FASTRO, the theme of the 2014 meeting is “Targeting Cancer: Technology and Biology.” The Presidential Symposium, “Local-regional Management of Breast Cancer: A Changing Paradigm,” will feature Jay R. Harris, M.D., FASTRO, and Thomas A. Buchholz, M.D., FASTRO, to highlight recent practice-changing landmark studies and current developments in the local-regional management of breast cancer.Three keynote speakers will address a range of topics including oncologic imaging, biology and targeting in oncology, and human error and safety concerns: Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., chair, department of radiation oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;Frank McCormick, Ph.D., FRS, director, University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; andSidney Dekker, Ph.D., professor, Safety Science Innovation Lab, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | June 05, 2014 Record-Breaking 2,874 Abstracts Submitted to ASTRO’s 56th Annual Meeting Related Contentlast_img read more

Looking back and forging ahead Collette celebrates 100 years with Global Forum

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Looking back and forging ahead: Collette celebrates 100 years with Global Forum Posted by PROVIDENCE, RI — Legroom in the jitney was minimal to non-existent and if you got too hot, you stuck your head out the window (which was really easy, because the windows had no glass). The route was a meandering journey from Boston to Florida and the whole trip took three weeks. The cost? US$68.50.And for a handful of lucky travellers on Collette’s first-ever tour back in 1918, it was undoubtedly the travel opportunity of a lifetime.Celebrating its centennial this week in its home state of Rhode Island, the tour company is looking back on those early days with pride as it moves forward into its next century.Innovation, evolution and change: “That’s what we’ve been doing and that’s what we plan on doing for the next 100 years,” said Collette CEO Dan Sullivan, Jr. at last night’s gala, the first night of Collette’s Global Travel Forum marking the company’s 100th anniversary. The two-day forum, June 21 – 22, is taking place in Providence, RI, just a short drive south on I-95 from its headquarters in Pawtucket. More than 400 travel industry professionals and media are here for the event.That first jitney trip back in 1918 was quite a ride from the sounds of things, says Sullivan. “There were no highways. There wasn’t even Route 1. It was all post roads. And once you got south of Virginia it was mostly dirt roads. One day it had been raining and the hotel made them come in through the back door because of all the mud.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAlongside the jitney at yesterday’s ‘The Future of Travel’ sessions was a luxury sedan, to show just how far Collette has come in 100 years. The sedan service to the airport (and back) is a Collette perk and one of the many selling points that has kept this company in business, and thriving, for so long.“You’ve got to keep changing, you’ve got to keep innovating. You’ve got to create that product for tomorrow,” said Sullivan.Collette CEO Dan Sullivan Jr.Part of that innovation is a change in leadership. On June 20 Collette announced that Sullivan’s daughter, Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, is taking over as President and is on her way to becoming the third generation of the Sullivan family to head up the company as CEO.The succession plan will see Leibl-Cote working alongside her dad for the next several years. She will then become his successor and the third generation of the Sullivan family to occupy the role of CEO of Collette.Collette President Jaclyn Leibl-CoteLeibl-Cote started at Collette in 2005, working in the mail room as a teenager. Since then she has occupied many roles within the company, spending time in sales, working as a tour manager and tour designer, and most recently as the Executive Vice President of Product and Tour Management.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“Jaclyn is out there in the industry and it is really great to have her as the face of Collette,” said Sullivan.Leibl-Cote says a family business makes for a special kind of company. “It defines the culture of who we are and how we treat our guests. Our guests are family.”CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg; Bryan Kinkade, VP, Publisher, AFAR; Diana Ditto, Product Manager, Collette; Norma Dean, Director – Specialty Sales, Delta Air LinesShe adds: “My love for Collette began a long time ago and I have a deep connection to this company. It was a huge part of my upbringing and I did many Collette trips growing up. A 10-year old is not our key demographic but I took tour after tour as a kid, because my dad wanted us to meet our partners and have them meet us.”Leibl-Cote says family businesses “are not always easy, but they are tremendously rewarding.”Collette has seen record growth in the past several years and now offers tours and product on all seven continents. Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Collette Friday, June 22, 2018 last_img read more

President Obama Speaks on Housing Finally

first_img FY17 Budget Homelessness HUD President Barack Obama 2016-02-08 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News President Obama Speaks on Housing, Finally February 8, 2016 776 Views center_img Share Last month in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama failed to mention housing policy at all. In his 2015 speech, he barely mentioned it, just giving a brief nod to the then-recent 50-basis point reduction on mortgage insurance premiums by the FHA.The president’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (which begins on October 1, 2016) includes a historic proposal regarding housing, however. According to an announcement from HUD, the president’s budget request for $11 billion to end family homelessness in the budget, which is scheduled to be unveiled on Tuesday, February 9.The Opening Doors program, which was the first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, was launched by President Obama nearly six years ago. While that program has made strides, there is more work to be done, according to HUD.“Today, we can celebrate historic successes in reducing homelessness in all its forms—but we need to reach more families with the proven, cost-effective strategies that have driven that success,” HUD stated in its announcement.In January 2010, there were 54,ooo homeless families nationwide, including 123,000 children; the Opening Doors program has reduced that number by 19 percent in the last six years. In some pockets of the country, however, the rental affordability crisis has resulted in an increase in homelessness among families, according to HUD.With the work that has been done in the last six years since Opening Doors was launched, HUD knows more about how to end homelessness than at any time in the nation’s history.”We also know that bipartisan support for proven investments is enabling communities across the country to end homelessness among veterans,” HUD said in the announcement. “When we commit together to investing in what works, we can achieve bold goals. That is why President Obama is calling for an historic investment of $11 billion over the next 10 years in community-based, cost-effective strategies that we know work. That investment will help us achieve our goal by 2020 and maintain that achievement.”HUD stated that its recent Family Option Study showed that direct access to affordable housing will be the fastest way to end homelessness among families and children and will improve their economic and social well-being at the same time.By supporting those strategies, President Obama’s FY2017 budget proposal will end homelessness with some 550,000 families and will enable communities across the country to end homelessness by 2020.last_img read more