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FDI Via Mauritius Dives In First Half, Singapore Gains

first_imgMauritius, the favourite hotspot of foreign investors to route their investments to India, has witnessed a 69.3 per cent decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first six months ended September 2018, according to data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Singapore which overtook Mauritius has turned out to be the preferred country for routing FDI with a 77.77 per cent jump in investments.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika

first_imgMore than 100 medical experts, academia and scientists on Friday have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world.Their assessment counters the view of some leading experts of infectious disease who say that as long as the necessary precautions are taken there is no reason to cancel the Games. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared there was no public health reason to cancel or delay this summer’s Games.In a public letter posted online, the group of 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high. The letter was sent to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, and urged that the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, be moved to another location or delayed.”An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” the letter said. It can be found at study ethical problems arising from biological or medical research. Professor Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine and one of four who authored the letter, said he is skeptical Brazil has the resources to protect the public and is equally skeptical of “general assurances” from public health officials.advertisementThe letter called on the WHO to convene an independent group to advise it and the International Olympic Committee.”I believe in informed consent,” Caplan said in an interview. “Let’s have an independent set of scientists look at this and let everyone hear the arguments.”Citing the “greater concern for global health”, the letter also said, “The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before.”Speaking at a lunch at the National Press Club in Washington on Thursday, Frieden said there was no reason to delay the Olympics.He was responding to a paper by a Canadian professor published earlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review which called for the Games to be canceled or moved because it could speed the spread of Zika.”The risk is not particularly high other than for pregnant women,” Frieden said.Zika infection in pregnant women has been shown to be a cause of the birth defect microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities in babies.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly.Frieden’s view is shared by many infectious disease experts. A recent editorial in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal noted that the Zika outbreak has been concentrated in northeastern Brazil, away from Rio. Moreover, it added, the infection-carrying mosquito is not particularly active in August and athletes and spectators are likely to spend their time in places purged of mosquito breeding sites.”Available evidence indicates that for games participants, risk of exposure to Zika virus and subsequent adverse health outcomes will be low,” it said.last_img read more

Redmi flagship’s full specs leak: 32MP pop-up selfie cam, Snapdragon 855, 48MP rear camera and more

first_imgRedmi General Manager says that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 powered Redmi phone will be a combination of performance and price. Rumours suggest that it will be the cheapest Snapdragon 855 phone yet. This is also the reason why some rumours hint that this phone may come to India as Poco F2. However, Xiaomi is yet to reveal more details on the India version of the phone.The Redmi Snapdragon 855 phone is expected to launch by June – that may actually be true considering now the full specs sheet of the phone has been leaked. Let’s take a quick look at everything that the leaked specs sheet reveals about the Snapdragon 855 powered Redmi phone.–First, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 855 – that will be seen inside the upcoming OnePlus 7 series too.–The specs sheet reveals that the Redmi phone will come packed with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.–There will be a pop-up selfie camera on this Redmi phone. Having said that this Redmi phone will be the first pop-up selfie camera phone from Xiaomi so far.–The leak suggests that on the front the Redmi phone will sport a 32MP selfie camera. So far we have seen Vivo and Oppo bring 32MP camera phones. In the days to come even the OnePlus flagship is said to come with 32MP selfie shooter.–The Redmi Snapdragon 855 is expected to come with a 6.39-inch full-HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels.–As for the camera, the Redmi flagship phone is tipped to come with three cameras on the back panel. The leaked specs sheet suggests that the phone will include a primary 48MP sensor, secondary 8MP sensor and third will be a 13MP sensor. As of now there’s no clarification which one will be a wide-angle lens or telephoto lens, or an ultra-wide-angle lens.advertisement–On the software front the Redmi flagship phone is said to run on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie.–Previously Weibing confirmed that the Redmi flagship will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.–Meanwhile, some rumours suggest that the Redmi phone may come packed with an in-display fingerprint sensor.It is worth noting that as of now there’s no information regarding the battery setup that this Redmi flagship may pack inside.Back in February this year Weibing confirmed the coming of Redmi Snapdragon phone. However, the launch timeline is yet to be revealed by the company. Some rumours suggest that the Redmi’s flagship phone may launch sometime between May and June this year. This launch may be exclusive to China for the time being. Meanwhile, some other rumours reveal that this Redmi flagship phone may come as Poco F2 in India. Will it? Well, for that we’ll need to wait until the company officially announces details about it.ALSO READ | Nokia 8110 4G Banana Phone gets WhatsApp and Facebook globallyALSO READ | iPhone 11 or iPhone XI final CAD renders show triple camera setup, same notchALSO READ | WhatsApp rolls out group privacy settings and others to its Business applast_img read more

Ronaldo: Real Madrid don’t fear PSG

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo: Real Madrid do not fear possible PSG challenge Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 20:27 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo PSG Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Real Madrid Primera División UEFA Champions League The forward insists he and his team-mates are not scared of potentially tackling Neymar and Co. in the Champions League last 16 Cristiano Ronaldo insists he and reigning two-time Champions League winners Real Madrid do not fear Paris Saint-Germain in Europe.Los Blancos 11/2 to win CLFollowing their shock defeat to Tottenham earlier this month, Madrid face the prospect of finishing second in Group H, which would pit the defending champions against a European powerhouse. 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 PSG have already qualified for the knockout round with two matchdays remaining and loom as a potential opponent in the last 16, but four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is not scared.”I’m not afraid of PSG,” Ronaldo told L’Equipe.”We’re the defending champions, two years in a row, we have to respect that.Neymar PSG“We would prefer to finish first in the group, but the most important thing first of all is qualification.”It has been an unconvincing start to the season for Ronaldo and Madrid.We all live in Generation Ronaldo. How has @Cristiano inspired you?— Goal (@goal) November 15, 2017After claiming the Liga and Champions League double last season, Madrid find themselves third in Spain and eight points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona.Ronaldo has only scored once in La Liga this term, while he has six goals in the Champions League with Madrid three points behind group leaders Tottenham.last_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa boss Smith denies Chelsea want Abraham recall: I’d be amazed

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith denies Chelsea want Abraham recall: I’d be amazedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith says he would be surprised if Chelsea ended Tammy Abraham’s loan prematurely. Reports have claimed 21-year-old could be recalled by Chelsea and then loaned out to a Premier League club, with Wolves particuarly interested in signing the England international.Given Abraham has scored 16 goals for Villa this season, Smith insists the Blues are happy with the striker’s progress.”He’s enjoying himself as a person and developing as a player,” said Smith. “All three parties (Abraham, Chelsea and Villa) seem very happy with what’s going on.”There will always be speculation but I’ll be amazed if he, Chelsea or ourselves would want to upset that.” last_img read more

4 Privacy Apps and Tools to Help You ‘Ghost’ Like Jason Bourne

first_img This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway To drop off-grid; to disappear into the shadows; to vanish into the blissful disconnect of some exotic country like Jason Bourne. Under the crush of technology and our always-on social media connections, we’ve all fantasized about it at least a little. Now, more than ever, we’re struggling to regain some semblance of privacy. If you’ve ever daydreamed about disappearing forever, here are four tools to help you go anonymous and vanish without a trace — to “ghost.”SignalEverything and everyone is tracking your every digital footprint. From Facebook and Google to your Starbucks rewards card and your internet service provider, they count, analyze, and market your information, spending habits, and private messages. If you’re looking for a way to lock down your communication, Signal is where it’s at. The mobile and desktop software uses bulletproof, military-grade encryption to protect the transmission of your text chats, video calls, and documents to maintain your privacy. Perhaps most surprisingly, it’s free, ad-free, and available for every major platform. It’s also endorsed by Edward Snowden. So there’s that.HavenSpeaking of Snowden, the whistleblower-turned-fugitive worked to develop the deceptively simple, but infinitely useful Haven. The mobile app turns most any Android smartphone into a clever, nanny-cam-esque recording device. At its core, users set it to detect motion, audio, or both, and it begins recording once triggered. It can even auto-alert you via text message or the previously mentioned Signal app. For panicky journalists, corporate whistleblowers, or anyone (soon to be) on the run, it’s easy to see how this would prove invaluable. It’s also ideal for protecting against physical intrusion into your private spaces —a home office, your cubicle, your bat cave, whatever — in your absence. It’s free and available for most new-ish Android devices via the Google Play Store.BraveIt’s no surprise that Google builds its products with advertisers’ best interests in mind. That includes Google Chrome. which — like most any modern browser — allows your online habits to be tracked and shared between every site you visit and every session you open. Enter Brave, a purpose-built web browser designed to thwart this pervasive tracking and give you back your privacy. It’s built on the same Chromium framework as Google Chrome, but it’s faster and less bloated. It’s also backed by the creator of Javascript and a co-founder of Mozilla, both of whom have a track record of taking user privacy very, very seriously. The best part: it’s completely free for both desktop and mobile environments. If you’re going to vanish into the underworld of some South American country, you’re going to need to keep tabs on your watchers anonymously. This is the way to do it.Virtual Private NetworkThere was a time when only mobsters and shady white collar workers had paper shredders. Now, even your Nana has one. Same with Virtual Private Networks (or just “VPNs” if you want to be like John Travolta in Swordfish), as even “average” computer users better understand how they work and why they should be using them. This specialty mobile and desktop software create a virtual, encrypted “tunnel” through which all your web traffic flows. It allows you to lock down critical things like banking information and passwords, and even more mundane things like how often you visit The Daily Puppy. While there are free versions available, we highly recommend opting for a paid version. For a few dollars a month, you get the peace of mind of software that’s regularly updated and (with the right provider) a “zero-logging” policy which means the software maker is physically unable to track and log your online sessions. All the better for keeping prying eyes off your surfing habits. IPVanish and TunnelBear are both great places to start. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierralast_img read more

Entertainment Zoning to Address ‘Night Noise’ Concerns

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is seeking to address the concerns surrounding the Noise Abatement Act, and entertainment zoning, by establishing designated areas, beginning with three parishes.Making the disclosure at a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing at Jamaica House, on Wednesday, July 3, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, explained that four zones (A-D) are being identified.Zones B and C will be initially established in the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, and St. Catherine.He told the press that research has found that 67 per cent of events are not advertised or have booked venues, and were mainly “street” dances, which would not benefit from being moved far away from the communities staging them.“So, looking at a Ray Town Sunday (in Kingston), for example, and moving a zone all the way over to Caymanas (St. Catherine) would not benefit that event, or that community…We therefore engaged sound experts and Geographic Information System (GIS) operators, to identify how we would zone the entire country,” he explained.Emerging from that process are: Zone A, which is close to hospitals; B zones, which are highly residential; C zones, which are commercial areas; and D zones, which are 24-hour areas.“This is a matter of impatient resolution…initiatives to strike a reasonable balance between these crucial needs are being examined,” Mr. Crawford told the House of Representatives in his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation on July 2.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

TransCanada CEO hopeful on LNG moving forward cautiously on Keystone XL

first_imgCALGARY – The head of TransCanada Corp. said Thursday that he’s still optimistic about Canada’s liquefied natural gas export prospects and that the company is proceeding very carefully on its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.Speaking at an investment conference in Whistler, B.C., Russ Girling said the company sees an emerging window of demand opportunity in 2022 for the Shell-backed LNG Canada project to go forward and expects to hear a decision in the next 12 months or so.On the company’s Keystone XL project, Girling said TransCanada has looked carefully at how the alternative route for the pipeline was approved in Nebraska and is now confident the decision will hold.“We’re very comfortable with the legality and the technical underpinning of that decision,” he said.His comments come as opponents of the pipeline say they’re looking to challenge the legitimacy of the approval, because it wasn’t for the preferred route TransCanada had originally applied for.Girling said the alternate route isn’t a challenge technically and the extra few miles in length will add about $100 million to $200 million to the project cost.With a new route approved, he said the company is working to acquire land and continue engineering and is being especially careful on project spending until they’re fully ready to start construction.“We’ve got a lot of bruises from not being really careful, so we’ll just be very careful of how we spend our money through the next 12 months.”One of the company’s recent setbacks was cancelling the Energy East pipeline, which Girling said was done because of its complexity and difficulty compared with other projects.“It didn’t appear like we could get all the pieces put together that were necessary.”Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Petronas now officially a partner in LNG Canada

first_img“LNG Canada formally welcomes Petronas as our fifth Joint Venture Participant following a deal close this month,” said LNG Canada spokesperson Susannah Pierce. “You’ll continue to see LNG Canada as your day-to-day liaison with the community, First Nations and our stakeholders, so nothing changes in that regard.”“Petronas shares our strong commitment to the community, First Nations and government, and brings decades of LNG experience in construction and operations to LNG Canada, which will benefit our project as we move closer to a Final Investment Decision,” added Pierce.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped plans to build a $36-billion LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert.LNG Canada has said that hopes to announce a final investment decision on the project during the second half of this year.With files from The Canadian Press. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – LNG Canada says that Petronas is now an official partner in the consortium that is proposing to build a $40 billion liquified natural gas export terminal in Kitimat.At the end of May, the Malaysian state-owned energy giant announced that one of its subsidiaries had signed an agreement for a 25 percent stake in LNG Canada, which was subject to regulatory approvals.In a Facebook post on Monday, LNG Canada officially welcomed Petronas as the fifth partner in the joint venture, which also includes Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corp., and Kogas Canada.last_img read more

Protesters Interrupt Donald Trump’s Speech in New York, Security Drags Them…

Miami – Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was delivering a speech on Friday at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan when a group of protesters stormed the venue and accused him of fascism.Trump was at the Pennsylvania GOP’s annual Commonwealth Club luncheon at his former property, the Plaza Hotel when a mob of protesters, including a Jewish group interrupted him, according ty NY Daily News.“Mama, mama tell us why, why our people gotta die? Donald Trump is trying to bring us down, attacking people black and brown,” the protesters chanted. A video posted by Penn Live The Patriot News, showed the protesters chanting, while security guards grabbed and dragged them out of the venue.One of the protesters, a woman, got pushed and thrown to the floor as security personnel kicked her out of the hotel.“No, no, what is wrong with you? That is not appropriate behavior,” another woman is heard yelling in the background.According to the NY Daily News, Trump’s speech was full of offenses against his contender, Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.Two groups of protesters stormed his presentation halfway through, the same report noted.The first group, who were seated at one of the luncheon’s tables, reportedly stood up and quoted portions of a poem called “First They Came” about those that remain silent, while suffering persecutions.The second group of protesters were with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.“This is dangerous,” New York resident Jordan Wouk said of ‘The Donald’s’ poll lead.“I’m very upset about what I see. It’s creeping fascism from this part of the GOP,” he added.Marjory Fine, another Jewish protester, said that the billionaire’s speech and ideals remind her of the Nazis, which still hurts her because her family escaped the Holocaust and was taken in by the U.S.“What he (Trump) said about ‘make America good again’ … it sounds like fascism,” Fine said.“If we weren’t allowed to come here as immigrants, we would have been in trouble,” she added.Other protesters who remained outside the Plaza Hotel manifested against Trump’s ideas with slogans and other signs.Marni Halasa, figure skater and belly dancer, who has appeared in nearly 100 protests, showed up to the Plaza dressed in the American flag with a sign that read, “Trump Make America Hate Again”. read more

Security Council renews UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

Acting on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 June 2002. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also urged the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to rescind restrictions imposed on 30 June 2000 on the operations of UNFICYP and to restore the military status quo ante at Strovilia, a small hamlet inhabited by Greek Cypriots.Reporting recently on the activities of the Force over the past six months, Mr. Annan wrote that under the present circumstances, “I consider the peacekeeping operation in Cyprus essential for the maintenance of the ceasefire on the island.” In today’s resolution, the Council noted that this view was shared by the Government of Cyprus. Among its various duties, UNFICYP monitors the ceasefire lines in Cyprus, which extend some 180 kilometres across the island. The buffer zone between them varies in width from under 20 metres to some 7 kilometres and covers 3 per cent of the island. Surveillance is maintained through a system of observation posts, as well as through air, vehicle and foot patrols.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus was established in 1964 and has been renewed on a periodic basis since then. As of November 2001, it comprised 1,227 troops, 35 civilian police and 139 civilian personnel. read more

People of western Sudan report nightmares suicidal impulses as result of assaults

In a new report, “The Effect of Conflicts on Health and Well-Being of Women and Girls in Darfur: Situational Analysis Report, Conversations with the Community,” based on testimony from women, as well as men, UNICEF said that on questions of safety and security, “sexual violence and abuse was mentioned in every group discussion as an existent and serious problem for girls and women,” with a deep impact on fathers and husbands.Girls and women reported that incidents of sexual violence, abuse and abductions by the Janjaweed Arab militia were continuous, with most cases of sexual assault taking place outside of the camps for the internally displaced, usually when they were collecting firewood, or grass, UNICEF said in its summary.The girls and women added that in addition to pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses, the psychosocial consequences for them included shame, depression, social stigma, difficulty coping, and at the worst, some girls and women had committed suicide, the study said.All of the groups, but especially the men, felt powerless and humiliated by the ongoing violence directed at the women and girls. In one location, the men also said the only reason they had not committed suicide was because it was forbidden by the Muslim religion.The men summed up their situation by saying, “Their eyes see, but their hands cannot reach,” UNICEF said.Many men said if their daughters were raped, they would have no choice but to deal with it. As husbands, they would care for a child of rape, but would always bear in mind that that was a Janjaweed child and that the identity would be a problem for such a child in the future in their communities.Unmarried girls were the most affected by sexual violence and some failed to go to clinics or hospitals due to stigma and shame, UNICEF said.The study’s main objectives were to increase humanitarian understanding of how the conflict affected women’s and girls’ health, it said, to determine the men’s perceptions of those consequences, to gain insight into the community’s coping mechanisms and to recommend donor action.In its recommendations, UNICEF highlighted the need for better access to improved, more extensive health care services and increased prevention of and response to sexual violence, including training the police and the military of the Sudanese Government and African Union (AU) peacekeepers.Refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) need fuel-efficient stoves, community-driven income generation activities, access to education for girls, and community-based psychosocial treatments. In addition, an in-depth investigation needs to be undertaken to examine the barriers to seeking health care and education, it said. read more

McDonalds 3rdquarter net income falls hurt by stronger dollar

by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT McDonald’s 3rd-quarter net income falls, hurt by stronger dollar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tough competition in the U.S. and the weakening economy abroad was a double whammy for McDonald’s in the third-quarter, sending the burger chain’s net income down nearly 4 per cent.McDonald’s said it was adjusting some of its plans to deal with the pressures, including stepping up advertising for its dollar menu and bringing back the popular McRib sandwich nationally in December to drive traffic into U.S. stores.The world’s largest hamburger chain with 33,000 locations worldwide has thrived in boom and bust times by selling cheap eats and constantly updating its menu. But global economic pressures and intensifying competition are wearing at the company, which does two-thirds of its business overseas.“When economic crisis began in 2008, few people thought the environment would still be as uncertain and fragile as it is today,” said CEO Don Thompson in a call with analysts. “It is clear however that this operating environment is the new normal. As such our near-term focus is on stabilizing and growing traffic and market share.”Thompson said revenue in stores open at least 13 months, a key restaurant metric, is trending negative so far in October.That news sent shares down $3.31, or 3.6 per cent, to $89.55 in trading. The stock had been down 7 per cent since the beginning of the year.“McDonald’s is facing a lot of pressure,” said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy. “They’re seeing more competition from their quick-service restaurants and fast-casual peers in the U.S. and facing austerity measures and macro-economic pressures in Europe and Asia”Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s said Friday its net income fell to $1.46 billion, or $1.43 per share. That compares with net income of $1.51 billion, or $1.45 per share last year. Analysts expected net income of $1.47 per share, according to Fact Set.The stronger dollar hurt net income by 8 cents per share. When the dollar is strong, international sales translate into fewer dollars back at home.Revenue was nearly flat at $7.15 billion from $7.17 billion last year. Analysts expected revenue of $7.17 billion.Revenue in stores open at least 13 months rose 1.9 per cent globally, including a 1.2 per cent rise in the U.S., where the company said it faced “broad competitive activity.”McDonald’s is facing stiffer competition from newer chains like Panera Bread Co., which offers higher-end food in a fast casual atmosphere. Long-time rivals such as Wendy’s Inc. and Burger King Worldwide Inc. are also reworking their menus, renovating restaurants and launching new ad campaigns to win back customers.McDonald’s said it will step up advertising around its dollar menu rather than its more profitable extra value menu that includes items more expensive than $1. Fast-food chains usually lose money on dollar menus, but they’re used as a traffic driver in the hopes customers will spend more once they’re at McDonald’s. It’s also bringing back the always-popular McRib sandwich in December and introducing a new item, a cheddar bacon onion sandwich that will be available in both chicken and beef varieties.Hottovy, the Morningstar analyst, said focusing on the value menu was a good move for McDonald’s: “In this environment you have to give customers what they want, and across the globe consumers are squarely focused on value.”In Europe, where McDonald’s does 40 per cent of its business, revenue in stores open at least 13 months rose 1.8 per cent, hurt by negative guest traffic.In Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, the measure rose 1.4 per cent as the company promoted limited-time offers and traffic increased. In China, the measure rose 3.6 per cent. Many U.S. companies are focusing on China for growth, but there is concern of a slowdown in the country. But Thompson said the country is a “market with significant potential,” and that McDonald’s is on track to open 225 to 250 restaurants there this year, with the goal of having 2000 open by the end of 2013.Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski said he expects tougher comparisons with a year ago will weigh on sales trends and lowered his estimates on McDonald’s for the current fiscal year as well as fiscal 2013 and 2014. He kept his “Neutral” rating on the stock.“We would not be buyers in the context of tougher year-over-year comparisons in the U.S. to be lapped over October through May,” he wrote in a client note. read more

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug holds box office lead with 29

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ holds box office lead with $29 million weekend by Jessica Herndon, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2013 3:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After six weeks in theatres, “Frozen” slid back into the No. 2 spot at the box office, but it failed to dethrone “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” from its hold on first place.With $29 million over the weekend, Peter Jackson’s fantasy sequel “The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in the trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, had the highest earnings at the North American multiplex for the third week. The Warner Bros. film has remained No. 1 since its Dec. 13 debut.According to final studio figures released Monday, Disney’s animated adventure, “Frozen,” earned $28.6 million.___The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” Warner Bros., $29,040,000, 3,928 locations, $7,393 average, $189,494,000, 3 weeks.2. “Frozen,” Disney, $28,596,319, 3,335 locations, $8,575 average, $248,117,795, 6 weeks.3. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” Paramount, $19,662,000, 3,507 locations, $5,607 average, $83,180,000, 2 weeks.4. “American Hustle,” Sony, $18,701,000, 2,507 locations, $7,460 average, $59,185,000, 3 weeks.5. “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Paramount, $18,360,000, 2,537 locations, $7,237 average, $34,152,000, 1 week.6. “Saving Mr. Banks,” Disney, $13,453,533, 2,110 locations, $6,376 average, $37,276,150, 3 weeks.7. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” 20th Century Fox, $12,765,508, 2,909 locations, $4,388 average, $25,360,468, 1 week.8. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Lionsgate, $10,061,479, 2,315 locations, $4,346 average, $390,985,322, 6 weeks.9. “47 Ronin,” Universal, $9,910,310, 2,689 locations, $3,686 average, $20,612,530, 1 week.10. “Walking With Dinosaurs,” 20th Century Fox, $7,276,172, 3,243 locations, $2,244 average, $20,944,478, 2 weeks.11. “Grudge Match,” Warner Bros., $7,015,000, 2,838 locations, $2,472 average, $13,140,000, 1 week.12. “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” Lionsgate, $6,887,194, 1,788 locations, $3,852 average, $43,206,270, 3 weeks.13. “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” The Weinstein Company, $2,240,745, 975 locations, $2,298 average, $4,550,213, 5 weeks.14. “Justin Bieber’s Believe,” Open Road, $2,007,567, 1,037 locations, $1,936 average, $4,270,067, 1 week.15. “Philomena,” The Weinstein Company, $1,767,560, 727 locations, $2,431 average, $16,444,983, 6 weeks.16. “Inside Llewyn Davis,” CBS Films, $1,248,958, 161 locations, $7,758 average, $4,619,673, 4 weeks.17. “Dhoom 3,” Yash Raj Films, $1,068,303, 220 locations, $4,856 average, $6,817,935, 2 weeks.18. “Nebraska,” Paramount, $737,000, 250 locations, $2,948 average, $5,712,000, 7 weeks.19. “Her,” Warner Bros., $649,000, 47 locations, $13,809 average, $1,542,000, 2 weeks.20. “Thor: The Dark World,” Disney, $636,073, 319 locations, $1,994 average, $202,363,610, 8 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

Saints owner Tom Benson to sell majority stake in TV station

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 5:23 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson says he plans to sell his majority stake in the city’s Fox affiliate to Alabama-based Raycom Media.The Advocate ( ) reports financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Monday. Since 2013, Raycom has provided operational services for WVUE-TV under the control of Benson’s Louisiana Media Co.Benson — who also owns the NBA’s Pelicans — plans to retain a minority stake in the station.Benson bought WVUE from Indiana-based Emmis Communications Corp. for $41 million that he purchased in 2008. Under his ownership, the station has earned several journalism awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award and eight national Edward R. Murrow Awards.Raycom owns or provides services for 63 television stations and two radio stations in 42 markets across 20 states.___Information from: The Advocate, Saints owner Tom Benson to sell majority stake in TV station read more

The 9 at 9 May Bank Holiday Monday

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray The 9 at 9: May Bank Holiday Monday Here are the stories you need to know this May bank holiday Monday. 9,605 Views Share Tweet Email May 1st 2017, 8:40 AM EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #MATERNITY: Simon Harris has said that he will need a month to assess all the options, including public ownership, for the new national maternity hospital.2. #WEATHER: On Mayday, summer looks to have arrived on time as we’re set for a warm, sunny week.3. #OVERDOSES: A potentially lethal batch of heroin which was being prepared in a city centre flat complex is responsible for a number of recent overdoses in Dublin.4. #WATERFORD: A post-mortem is due to take place today on Samantha Walsh, the woman who was found dead in Waterford on Friday afternoon.5. #NUMBER 10: A poll carried out on behalf of Claire Byrne Live and shows Theresa May is closely favoured by Irish people to remain as Prime Minister after the upcoming election.6. #GREEN RIBBON: New research shows almost half of people under 35 would conceal a mental health problem ahead of the Green Ribbon awareness campaign.7. #PAY RISES: Crane drivers are the latest workers to push for major pay rises.8. #RACISM: A Monaghan man has been told to pay compensation to the business owner he abused.9. #SAD: A deal was reached to fund the US government through to September, but with no funds available to build Trump’s Mexican border wall. 1 Comment Monday 1 May 2017, 8:40 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des miniAVC qui à long terme affecteraient la mémoire

first_imgDes “mini-AVC” qui, à long terme, affecteraient la mémoirePubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Neurology, des chercheurs américains suggèrent que des accidents vasculaires cérébraux minimes et à première vue anodins, survenant au cours de l’existence, pourraient à la longue affecter les capacités cognitives et de mémorisation des individus vieillissant.Touchant une personne sur trois à partir de 70 ans et pouvant survenir dès l’âge de 30 ans, les accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC) dits ‘silencieux’ sont sans symptômes apparents et n’affectent que quelques neurones. Toutefois, ils pourraient avoir, au final, des conséquences importantes sur la mémoire et les facultés cognitives, selon des chercheurs de l’Université Columbia (New-York).À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireCeux-ci ont soumis 658 personnes de 79 ans en moyenne à des tests cognitifs (mémoire, langage, vitesse de réaction, perception visuelle…) couplés à des IRM. Les résultats, indépendants de la taille de l’hippocampe – une partie du cerveau pourtant considérée comme étroitement liée à la mémoire –  montrent en revanche que, parmi ces ‘cobayes’, les 174 personnes (soit 26 %) présentant des AVC silencieux sont moins performantes que les autres.Mais cette découverte ne s’arrête pas aux cause du déclin cognitif lié à l’âge. Potentiellement favorisés par l’obésité, le cholestérol, les maladies cardiovasculaires et l’hypertension, ces AVC silencieux pourraient même jouer un rôle dans la maladie d’Alzheimer. “Je pense (…) [que] les maladies cardiovasculaires contribuent aux symptômes de la maladie d’Alzheimer”, conclut ainsi Adam Brickman, l’un des auteurs de l’étude cité par Futura-Sciences. Le 7 janvier 2012 à 12:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Applauds Completion of Senate Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded approval by the Senate Agriculture Committee of its proposal for the 2007 Farm Bill. ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean farmer from Waterloo, Iowa, said that “ASA appreciates action by the Senate Agriculture Committee in reporting a bill, and urges its early consideration by the full Senate, so we can complete omnibus farm legislation this year.” Hoffman added that “while the bill passed by Committee does not fully reflect ASA’s priorities on support for soybean producer income and biodiesel production, ASA will work with both Senate and House Conferees to address these issues and reach an agreement that will meet with needs of U.S. soybean farmers.”Hoffman’s comments followed a two-day mark-up by the Senate Committee during which draft legislation introduced by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) was debated and several amendments were considered. The bill would establish two farm program options, including the current “three legged stool” of marketing loan, direct payment, and counter-cyclical program or an Average Crop Revenue program. The latter would include a fixed payment of $15 per base acre and a payment equal to the shortfall between a state’s target revenue and actual state revenue for a commodity at the time of harvest. ASA has supported offering an optional revenue-based program to producers.Amendments adopted included one by Senator John Thune (R-SD) that restores a producer’s option to take a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) in lieu of a marketing loan when prices are below loan level at the time of harvest. ASA had written a letter to the Committee urging restoration of the LDP option, and was advised by Senator Thune’s office that the amendment was offered as a result of ASA’s initiative.Responding to the Senate bill as reported by the Committee, ASA President Hoffman commented that “the Senate legislation still includes provisions that ASA will work to address as it moves to the Senate floor and to Conference with the House farm bill.” According to Hoffman, “these provisions include increasing the soybean target price from $6.00 to a minimum of $6.30 per bushel, and increasing funding for the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels.”Hoffman stated that “ASA strongly opposes introduction of the recourse loan under the proposed ACR program, and we will continue to work to eliminate it in Conference.” Hoffman concluded that “ASA would like to ensure funding for the Quality Incentive Program to promote production of soybeans with high-stability oils, to enable U.S. food companies to eliminate trans fats without increasing use of unhealthy saturated fats.”The Senate farm bill is expected to move to the Senate floor in the next two weeks, and Conference with the House Agriculture Committee is anticipated in December. Provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill will begin to expire in early 2008.last_img read more

Jeff Lynne Humbly Messin With Music Required Listening

first_img Photo: Rebecca Sapp/ Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” As a singer, composer and producer, the maestro has matured to create music with his childhood idols and a pantheon of legendary artistsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 1, 2018 – 3:33 pm On the Sept. 26 episode of the GRAMMY Museum’s Required Listening podcast, Artistic Director Scott Goldman interviewed Jeff Lynne and explored the phenomenal range of his creativity — spanning bands including ELO and the Traveling Wilburys, and his success producing legends such as George Harrison and Tom Petty. Sharing his unassuming approach to “messin’ with music,” the GRAMMY winner stays down-to-earth about his accomplishments, bands and hits. “He has to be the most humble superstar I’ve ever encountered,” Goldman said.Listen Now: “Required Listening” With Jeff LynneLynne credits much of his recent activity performing, including this year’s touring with Jeff Lynne’s ELO, as reaching a higher profile after the 2012 documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne & ELO. “That’s what started it and then suddenly the BBC got on and said, ‘How’d you like to play a concert in Hyde Park, top of the bill?” Lynne described. “I was so worried … because that was the first big, proper show for many years, 30 years actually.”After so many years, “I thought there’d be nobody there … because we were last on,” he’d worried before the show. Lynne recalled the night of his comeback:”A big long day full of music, probably eight hours of it or something, and we’re on last so by the time it gets dark, I thought ‘Oh god, I hope somebody is still here.’ And I climbed up these ladders to the stage and it was packed, the whole park was packed. It was 50,000 people. So I went, ‘Well maybe they do like this music after all.'” I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Photo: Rebecca Sapp/ Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” Prev Next Twitter Lynne’s music hasn’t been forgotten and neither has his comprehensive background. Playing every major role in music, from songwriting through production, makes for a dizzying array of all-star anecdotes. As an artist he grew from a boy idolizing Roy Orbison and Del Shannon for their plaintive expressions of loneliness to writing and producing for both, from idolizing the Beatles to writing and producing with George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Goldman and Lynne cover highlights of all of it, including the stage-prop spaceship left over from Lynne’s 1978 ELO tour and the first Traveling Wilburys sessions spent recording in Bob Dylan’s garage.Traveling Wilburys Volume One won Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards. Lynne’s fellow super group members winning with him that night were Dylan, Harrison, Orbison and Tom Petty. That same year Lynne and Petty’s work on the album Full Moon Fever was also nominated along with the lead single “Free Fallin'” they co-wrote and Lynne co-produced. Lynne’s rich life creating is enough to cause flashbacks and audio hallucinations, as he recounts his early success covering “Roll Over Beethoven,” how he wrote “Evil Woman” in an inspired six minutes, and describes the fun he had writing tunes in the disco genre.While almost two dozen classics from his catalog are summed up in Lynne’s 2017 concert film Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Wembley Or Bust, he promises more is in store. Alongside his humility, his inspiration and motivation remain undiminished. And he still looks forward to discovering new chords while in the throes of composing.”I love messin’ with music, basically, it’s what I do,” Lynne shared. “I’ve the same passion — probably a little bit lazier than I was — but I will go at something until I get it … I love chasing that tune and that melody and that set of words that fits right on the good bit.”Jeff Lynne is now on tour in the UK and Ireland, leading Jeff Lynne’s ELO. “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Photo: Rebecca Sapp/ Jeff Lynne: Humbly “Messin’ With Music” | “Required Listening” Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” Subscribe To “Required Listening” And Listen Now At Apple MusicRead more Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/ Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Listen: Jeff 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MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/ “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” jeff-lynne-humbly-messin-music-required-listening “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/ I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Photo: Rebecca Sapp/ Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/ I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/ “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images “Required Listening” Podcast Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach I’m With Her | “Required Listening”last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Wilmington Has Talent Holiday Edition Set For November 25

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Sunday, November 25, 2018, from 2pm to 4pm, the Wilmington Senior Center will be having a live Holiday Talent Show, produced and directed by Audrey Reed, in the Wilmington High School Auditorium (159 Church Street).All proceeds will benefit the Senior Center’s Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund.Tickets cost $7 per person. Tickets can be bought in advance at the Senior Center or at the showing. Come get in the holiday spirit with lots of fun, laughs and singing!Call 978-657-7595 with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: ‘Wilmington Has Talent’ Set For November 5In “Government”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: ‘Wilmington Has Talent’ Set For April 29In “Community”Wilmington Senior Center To Hold Pasta & Meatball Dinner With Live Music On August 12In “Community”last_img read more