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Diana Krall To Perform At Elton John AIDS Foundation 15th Annual New

Diana Krall To Perform At Elton John AIDS Foundation 15th Annual New

first_imgSir Elton John will welcome Grammy-winning performer Diana Krall as his special musical guest for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 15th annual fall gala, An Enduring Vision, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.“I’m so thrilled Diana will be joining us for our fall gala this year,” said Elton John. “Diana is an extraordinary performer and a dear personal friend, and I’m thrilled beyond belief to welcome an artist of her caliber to our annual New York event.”Emmy award-winning producer and popular talk show host Andy Cohen will emcee the evening. EJAF will honor internationally-renowned philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch with the Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award and present its second Founder’s Award to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Diana Krall took the jazz world by storm in the late ‘90s. By the turn of the century she was firmly established as one of the biggest sellers in jazz. Her 1996 album, All for You, was a Nat King Cole tribute that showed the singer/pianist’s roots, and since then she has stayed fairly close to that tradition-minded mode, with wildly successful results. When I Look in Your Eyes followed in 1999. Whatever renown she had earned over the years for her work exploded with this album, which became an international best-seller and earned her a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It was also the first jazz album to be nominated for Album of the Year in 25 years.In 2001 she released The Look of Love, which topped the Billboard charts and went quintuple platinum in Canada, the first by a Canadian jazz artist to do so. The album also helped Diana win three Junos in 2002, taking home awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Then her Live from Paris (2002) album won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.In 2003, Diana married iconic British rock musician Elvis Costello. A year later, she issued The Girl in the Other Room, which covered a few standards and also included original material – some co-written by Costello – for the first time in her career. More albums following, including From This Moment On (2006), Quiet Nights (2009), which debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and Glad Rag Doll (2012), a collection of early jazz and ragtime tunes from the ‘20s and ’30s produced by T-Bone Burnett. In her most recent album Wallflower (2015), Diana covered a selection of pop songs from the ’60s onward by Bob Dylan, Elton John, Gilbert O’Sullivan, and the Eagles, all of whom had inspired her in her childhood.or ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.last_img read more

Calgary author Stephen Shawcross revisits Woodstock with new comingofage novel

Calgary author Stephen Shawcross revisits Woodstock with new comingofage novel

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement The Calgary author and urban planner blames the rather uninspiring job he had during the summer of 1969 for missing the event. It was at an asphalt factory in Brampton, Ont. Then 18, he was trying to save up for his second year of university, so couldn’t afford to miss his 12-hour shift. But Shawcross clearly remembers one of his roommates trying to convince him to go. He had no idea, of course, that the Woodstock Music & Art Fair would become one of the most iconic, generation-defining event in cultural history.“He went and came back with these incredible stories,” says Shawcross. “I’ve probably been kicking myself ever since.”It’s not as if Shawcross sees this near-miss as a major regret in his life. But it may have played a small role in him setting his newest novel, Walking on the Moon, with Woodstock as a rich backdrop The quest-like narrative finds Ralph and Billy, two of the goofier characters from Shawcross’s 2007 debut novel Runaway Summer, hitchhiking to the concert in 1969, inspired to embark on this sky-is-the-limit journey by Neil Armstrong’s then recent moon walk.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Landslide continues to move leaving over 20 feet of dirt on the

Landslide continues to move leaving over 20 feet of dirt on the

first_img A look at the top of the landslide. New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. Police are blocking the Old Fort Road past the entrance to Site C When the slide was first discovered Sunday morning, the slide had only caused the Old Fort Road to buckle.A photo of the Old Fort Road Landslide on September 30 at 7:30 a.m.A Ministry of Transportation Official said Sunday they are working on a plan to access residents in the Old Fort.  “The Old Fort Road has been damaged, and the road to the community is closed until the site can be determined to be safe to allow crews to enter to start the repairs.  The Ministry is working with the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) to find suitable access options for the residents in the meantime.”The Peace River Regional District has activated it’s Emergency Operations Centre in response to the landslide.  Two properties, including a gravel pit at the top of the hill, have been evacuated.Officials with Yellowhead Road and Bridge say it could take a day or two before a new route for the Old Fort Road is determined.  In the meantime, residents of the Old Fort are asked to shelter in place and contact the Peace River Regional District or the RCMP if they need any assistance.For more on the evacuation order, click here. New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. B.C. Hydro says the slide isn’t related to construction at the Site C Dam, click here for more.For more on the opening of the emergency operations centre, click here. A photo of the damage to the Old Fort Road – Ministry of Transportation Over 20 feet of dirt now covers the Old Fort Road. The landslide that started Sunday continues to move. This photo was taken October 1 by a resident of the Old Fort. A photo of the landslide sent to Energeticcity.ca A look at the hillside early Sunday morning 1 of 4 Old Fort Road Landslide as of Oct 1 Another look at the Old Fort Road New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. A photo of the Old Fort Road submitted to Energeticcity.ca New Landslide photos as of Oct 1 Part of this gravel pit has dropped because of the landslide. New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. A look from the top of the landslide. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Old Fort landslide continued to move Sunday night.  Over 20 feet of dirt now covers the Old Fort Road.Ministry of Transportation Officials said Sunday night the slide could continue to move for several days.  New photos from residents in who live at the Old Fort, show the dirt has now overtaken the road and they say you can still hear the slide moving as of Monday morning. New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. 1 of 16 New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. A photo of the Old Fort Road Landslide on September 30 at 7:30 a.m. New photos of the landslide in the Old Fort taken the morning of October 1, 2018. A photo of the Old Fort Road just past the entrance to the Site C Dam – Adam Reaburnlast_img read more

Parliament to debate UNHRC

Parliament to debate UNHRC

The Minister also said that the government will continue with its current policies and not leave room for external intervention. Parliament will convene next week to debate the resolution adopted on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said today.The Minister told Parliament this morning that the debate will be next Tuesday and Wednesday. He said the UNHRC has become politicized and so Sri Lanka has lost faith in the system. Peiris also claimed that some diplomats from European Countries had told him that they do not agree with the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UNHRC. He also said that Sri Lanka will not allow Geneva to decide on the policy to be adopted by the government.

Sip and swirl your way through Brock Days

Sip and swirl your way through Brock Days

Creekside Estate Winery & Red Canoe Bistro Ravine Vineyards & Vine and Tide Oyster Company Palatine Hills & Sodexo Riverview Cellars & Brock Crest Catering Southbrook Vineyards & Wellington CourtTickets for this event are $75 and can be purchased by contacting Emily Hutton at 905-688-5550 x4327; ehutton@brocku.caNiagara-on-the-lake Alumni Wine TourSunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Begins at Inniskillin Hall on campus at BrockDid you know that Brock’s Inniskillin Hall is home to the Canadian Wine Library, a cellared collection of Ontario’s finest VQA wines, housing up to 43,000 bottles of wine?Your day will start on Brock’s campus, touring the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), whose graduates are award-winning winemakers.Next, board a specialty bus, sponsored by Niagara Classic Transport, as you venture to Niagara-on-the-Lake and tour three facilities, including Konzelmann Estate Winery, Pondview Estates and Diamond Estates. Lunch is also provided.Enjoy the entire day for $50. Space is limited to 30 participants and you can register through brocku.ca/brock-days Wine samples being poured at Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art; one of the many wine-related events happening during Brock Days.Sipping, swirling and tasting a selection of Ontario’s best wines will be the focus of three Brock Days events this year.Join us for the opportunity to taste wines from local winemakers – many of whom are also Brock alumni. Taste the story that makes each so unique. Local wines, distinctive winemakers and you – it doesn’t get much better than that.Educate Your Senses: Food and wine seminars in the parkSaturday & Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23 and Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30, at 1, 3, & 5 p.m., in Montebello Park, St. CatharinesThe Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock is hosting its annual wine seminars in the park during the Grape & Wine Festival, but with a twist. New to 2012 at the Culinary Theatre will be a food demonstration provided by Niagara College with a food pairing of one of the two wines presented at each seminar.Best selling food and wine author and industry personality Linda Bramble will host celebrated Niagara winemakers and chefs as they present wine and food pairings while sharing their stories and philosophies. Brock grads will receive a free wineglass at the Educate Your Senses event. Cost is two tokens (with a glass) or three tokens (without a glass). Seating is limited so be sure to register today at www.niagarawinefestival.com or upon arrival at Montebello Park. Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine ArtSaturday, Sept. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in Pond Inlet, Brock UniversityAn event for foodies and wine enthusiasts, Niagara region’s finest chefs will personally prepare extensive and succulent offerings, each fully complemented with a wine selection from one of Niagara’s premier wineries.Whether you are a fan of Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, wines accentuate and highlight the flavours of food; pairing the two creates a tantalizing experience. As you enjoy the creative work of local chefs and wineries, take a moment to admire the work of local artists during a performance of Petticoats, Boots & Muskets.2012 Pairings include: read more

Bankrupt US coal company secures shortterm funding

Bankrupt US coal company secures shortterm funding

CASPER, Wyo. — A U.S. judge has approved funding to allow a bankrupt coal company to maintain basic operations for a few days.U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved $2.9 million in debtor-in-possession financing Friday from two lenders to Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC.The money in part will allow Blackjewel to pay about 140 employees who remain at work in West Virginia, Wyoming and elsewhere.The Casper Star-Tribune reports the move will give the company a bit more time to find additional financing.Without a longer-term solution, the company may be forced to sell properties, including its closed Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Wyoming.___Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.comThe Associated Press

Its Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and H

Its Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and H

The World Cup has been a roller-coaster for the United States, which nearly drew with Ghana before beating it and nearly won against Portugal before drawing it. But overall, the Americans’ position is improved. It has about a 76 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage — slightly more than double its odds before the tournament began.The U.S. will kick off against Germany at noon Eastern time in Recife, Brazil. By 2 p.m., its fate will be determined. If the Americans beat Germany, the math is simple: They’ll win Group G and will face the second-place team from Group H in the Round of 16. Their opponent would probably be either Algeria, whom the U.S. would be favored against — or Russia, against whom they would have about even odds.Draw with Germany, and the U.S. will also advance — but as the second-place team from Group G likely to face Belgium in the Round of 16. (The 2-1 and 1-1 scores in the chart below are some of the most common for wins and draws, respectively.)If the Americans lose, they’ll have to sweat the results of the other Group G match between Ghana and Portugal, which will take place simultaneously in Brasilia. They’ll get a reprieve if the Ghana-Portugal match is drawn, in which case the U.S. is guaranteed to advance in second. But a U.S. loss in Recife, coupled with a victor in Brasilia, could knock them out of the tournament.The table below describes what will happen if the U.S. loses its match, for all losing scores up to 4-0 Germany, and for all possible outcomes in Brasilia up to four goals scored by each team. For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 2-0 and Portugal beats Ghana 3-1, the U.S. will advance over Portugal on the basis of FIFA’s goal-differential tiebreaker. Portugal, still disadvantaged from its 4-0 loss to Germany in its opening game, has to make up a net of five goals with the U.S. to make the knockout round.Although Cristiano Ronaldo might think otherwise, we can’t put it completely past Portugal to accomplish this: The Portuguese can score goals in bunches when in good form, and they have about a 5 percent chance of backing into the knockout stage. There’s even a remote chance that FIFA would have to draw lots to resolve a tie between the U.S. and Portugal: If Portugal beats Ghana 2-0 and the U.S. loses to Germany 3-0, both teams would be stuck on four goals scored and six allowed, and FIFA would resort to the luck of the draw.However, the bigger problem for the U.S. would be if it loses in Recife and Ghana wins in Brasilia. Then, any Ghana win by more than one goal, or any U.S. loss by more than one goal, would send Ghana forward. The U.S. does have the head-to-head tiebreaker against Ghana by virtue of having beaten it, but that will come into play only if the two matches finish with the same score line (there’s about a 2 percent chance of that happening).This could yield some interesting strategy and psychology at each venue. Say, for example, that about 75 minutes into Thursday’s matches, the U.S. trails Germany 2-1 while Ghana leads Portugal by the same margin. If those scores held, the U.S. would advance — so it might want to play quite defensively rather than seek an equalizer. But in Brasilia, the Portuguese would have almost nothing left to play for (merely drawing their match against Ghana or even winning it by one goal wouldn’t do them any good), and the Ghanaians would. If Ghana added a garbage-time goal against an indifferent Portuguese back line, the U.S. would be out.Incidentally, the Germans also have something to play for Thursday — at least in theory. They have not technically clinched advancement: They could be out of the tournament if they lose to the U.S. and there is a victor in Brasilia. However, the outcomes would need to be exceptionally lopsided given Germany’s +4 goal differential so far, which is why Germany has a 99.7 percent chance of going forward.Later Thursday, the final matches of Group H will take place. Belgium has clinched advancement but would do so as the second-place team if it loses to South Korea and Algeria beats Russia. Any other outcome advances the Belgians in first.Algeria clinches advancement by beating Russia, or if it draws Russia and Belgium beats or draws with South Korea. If Algeria draws Russia and South Korea beats Belgium, then Algeria and South Korea would be in a second-place tie — although Algeria would be strongly favored to advance on the basis of goal differential. If Algeria loses to Russia, Algeria is out of the tournament.Russia can advance only if it beats Algeria. In fact, it almost certainly will advance if it beats Algeria. The exception would require South Korea to beat Belgium by multiple goals.South Korea is not technically eliminated, but its chances of advancing are only about 1 percent. Its prospects require it, among other things, to beat Belgium by at least three goals in the event of an Algeria-Russia draw, or by at least two goals in the event of a Russian win.An interesting scenario might unfold in Group H if the U.S. beats Germany. Then Belgium might have an incentive to lose to South Korea and hope that Algeria overtakes it. That would set the Red Devils up with a Round of 16 match against the Americans instead of the Germans. read more

Han Solo Movie Details One About His Name Slowly Smuggled Out of

Han Solo Movie Details One About His Name Slowly Smuggled Out of

first_imgWell, maybe not “smuggled,” but “delivered in a semi-official capacity” doesn’t have the same ring to it. We’re all so excited for The Last Jedi later this year that it’s easy to forget that we’re getting another exciting new Star Wars movie in 2018 too. We’re still not entirely emotionally prepared for a world where there’s a new Star Wars every year.That’s the timeline we’ve somehow lucked ourselves into, though, and the few details we’ve heard so far about next year’s Han Solo movie all sound pretty exciting. Yesterday, we finally got some concrete details about the film’s plot. Speaking at a tech conference at the University of Southern California, Disney CEO Bob Iger was forthcoming with details about the future of Star Wars, Variety reports. Most notably, he let slip some story details about the new Han Solo film.Probably the most surprising piece of information to come out of Iger’s talk was that Han Solo might not even be the character’s name. Iger said one of the many events the movie will cover is “how he got his name.” What? All of these year’s his name isn’t Han Solo? Have we been living a lie all this time? What was his real name then? Did he just change it because “Han Solo” sounds cool? Did he pass a fake name onto his kid? (Or kids in the “Legends” universe?) What did you do to us, Iger? Star Wars fans lose enough sleep as it is over questions like this one. Fortunately, we should get the answers fairly soon. If you consider mid-2018 soon. By the way, if you’re counting, that makes two George Lucas characters originated by Harrison Ford whose awesome names turn out to be fake. Did Solo have a dog named Han?Iger said the movie will follow Solo’s life from ages 18 to 24 years old, which should make Disney’s marketing department happy. Iger says it will show the origin of everything we associate with the character. Iger says we’ll see Solo “acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie.” So clearly, the movie will be about Solo’s first speederbike and his brief but meaningful friendship with Gungi. No. Come on Bob; we know what you’re talking about.We also got a little bit more information courtesy of Woody Harrelson. In an appearance on The Tonight Show Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon tried to get a tiny bit of Star Wars gossip out of the actor. Harrelson was tight-lipped, as you’d expect from any actor who doesn’t want to bring down the all-powerful wrath of Mickey upon themselves. The biggest piece of new information to come out of the interview: His character’s name.“I play a guy named Beckett, who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han… That’s all I can say,” Harrelson told Fallon. He also mentioned that he’d be in London, where the Han Solo movie is filming, until the end of July.So Han Solo had a mentor named Beckett, and now it sounds like “Han Solo” might not even be the character’s birth name? Those details are sure to spark some canon debates amongst die-hard fans. Of course, now that the name Beckett is out there, expect it to start showing up in the new novels and comics. Especially as we get closer to the Han Solo movie’s 2018 release.last_img read more

WWE allowing Hardys to fulfill indy dates Nakamura says goodbye

WWE allowing Hardys to fulfill indy dates Nakamura says goodbye

first_img April 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm Twitter Google+ After dropping the ROH tag belts back to the Young Bucks I would believe they are finished with ROH. Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 April 8, 2017 at 2:14 am I said the same thing. lol WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television DeeTrain Cameron Huff April 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm Now Playing Up Next What about ROH? Are the Hardys finished up there? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Matt Hardy Confirms He Has Not Retired From WWE First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Comments are closed. TheCyberZoncenter_img Videos Articles SPOILER: Title change at NXT TV Tapings on August 15 from Full Sail University April 7, 2017 at 8:47 am Facebook 5 COMMENTS Damn! They had me scared for a minute when the title read,”Nakamura says goodbye”. Chris C-Plus Herron April 7, 2017 at 2:02 am WWE allowing Hardys to fulfill indy datesMatt Hardy revealed WWE will allow The Hardys to fulfill independent dates in April that they had booked prior to returning at WrestleMania 33 last Sunday..@WWE is graciously allowing us to fulfill our previously booked dates-4/8 @IWCwrestling4/21 & 4/22 @HouseofHardcore4/29 @PWS_Wrestling_— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) April 5, 2017Nakamura says goodbyeAs noted in our NXT TV taping report, Shinsuke Nakamura made an appearance saying goodbye to NXT talent and fans inside Full Sail University last night.Nakamura posted this video clip to his official Instagram page. Shawn Rico Now Playing Up Next We can only hope his career becomes something on main roster. He cpuld either be the next Seth Rollins or Sami Zayn. But he needs a mouthpiece Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE ReturnVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:26/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Shinsuke Nakamuralast_img read more

DARBOE CO CASE ADJOURNED FOR ADOPTION OF ADDRESSES

DARBOE CO CASE ADJOURNED FOR ADOPTION OF ADDRESSES

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaJustice Eunice Dada of the Banjul High Court has yesterday 12 July, 2016 adjourned the trial involving Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, Party Leader of United Democratic Party and 19 other supporters of his party for adoption of addresses.When the case was called, Hadi Saleh Barkun,  the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) told the court that the matter is slated for adoption of written addresses. He further told the court that they have filed the prosecution’s   written address in the morning and subject to the court’s convenience they wish to adopt it.However, Justice Dada told the DPP to serve each of the accused persons with the copy of the said written address. Responding to the judge, the DPP said the other copies are in the process of filing at the registry. He applied for the matter to be stood down to enable him serve the accused persons and the application was granted by the court.When the case resumed, the DPP informed the court that they have complied with the order of the court and that all the accused persons are served with the copy of the written address.At this stage the trial judge told the court interpreter to confirm service from the 1st -20th   accused person. When they were asked by the interpreter as to whether they are served, some of the accused persons  nodded their heads,  while others pointed at the copy of the said written address.The interpreter was again ordered by the court to ask the accused persons whether they intend to react to it. When Darboe was asked whether he needed time to reply, he said let the court apply the law. However, when Kemeseng Jammeh  and Femi Peters were asked, the former told the court that he is just been served in court and needed time to react to it, while the latter told the court that he is also just been served but will look at it.However some of the accused persons said they are not literate, others said they have no knowledge of the address, while others said they leave it at the discretion of the court.At this juncture, the DPP interjected and told the court that he was given 7 days to file and that the same should be given to the accused persons.Justice Dada said in view of the different responses from the accused persons as to whether they wish to reply to the prosecution’s written address, 7 days is given for them to reply to it.Subsequently, Justice Dada adjourned the case to 19th July, 2016 for adoption of written address.last_img read more

Melco Resorts Philippines partner proposes City of Dreams Manila expansion

Melco Resorts Philippines partner proposes City of Dreams Manila expansion

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Aristocrat launches biggest linked jackpot in the Philippines at City of Dreams Manila Philippines real estate investor Belle Corporation has submitted a proposal to its partner, Melco Resorts (Philippines), to expand City of Dreams Manila onto one hectare of vacant lands it holds adjacent to the Entertainment City precinct property.Belle Corp President Manuel Gana revealed his company’s request while talking with local media on Tuesday, stating that City of Dreams Manila was now running near full capacity and needed to build more room inventory in order to grow. According to the Philippines Inquirer, the vacant land would be used primarily for non-gaming facilities including at least one new hotel.“The ball is in Melco’s court. They have a lot of things on their plate,” Gana said, adding that Belle Corp would be willing to develop the land alone should Melco decline the opportunity.Belle would be “free to do something else,” he said. “We can build our own hotel and capitalize on City of Dreams clientele but we prefer Melco to get involved so it can be consolidated into City of Dreams.”Gana also expressed an interest in acquiring some of PAGCOR’s casinos via the gaming regulator’s sell-off, pointing to locations in Davao and Laoag as particularly attractive.Belle Corp announce this week a 10% growth in net income in the three months to 31 March 2018 to Php857 million (US$16.3 million), including an 8% year-on-year increase in income from its revenue share deal with Melco Resorts to Php474 million. Melco Resorts to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange this week Lottery decline hurts Belle Corp bottom line despite rising revenues from City of Dreams Manilalast_img read more

It Simply Did Not Make Sense for Us to Move Forward with

It Simply Did Not Make Sense for Us to Move Forward with

first_imgWe are announcing today the sale of our 1UP digital business to UGO Entertainment, a dvision of Hearst Corporation.     Over the course of the last 4 years we have built the 1UP sites into a top tier gaming digital destination. While our growth has been sharp, it has become apparent that more scale is necessary to effectively compete in this market segment. We made the decision that the best path to putting our award winning 1UP brand and content in a more competitive position was to combine it with the operations of another publisher. We received much interest from other parties. After a comprehensive process, this morning we completed a deal with Hearst Interactive, the owner and operator of UGO Entertainment. 1UP.com, MyCheats.com, Gamevideos.com, and Gametab.com will now all be part of the UGO Entertainment business. Many of our employees will travel with this business and become part of the UGO team.  With this transaction happening, we have also made the decision to discontinue publication of EGM. The January 2009 issue will be the final issue of the publication. With demand for print continuing to decline amongst both advertisers and readers and the content being produced by 1UP no longer available for use in the publication, it simply did not make sense for us to move forward with this business any longer.We will continue to operate the Filefront business as a part of the PCMag Digital Network. In the coming months we will determine the best ways to leverage the scale and functionality of this digital property to expand our business position.The Ziff Davis position in the gaming market has been significant and important to our company and the market itself. While many of our assets in the PCMag Digital Network (including Filefront now) will continue to cover this market, it’s important that we celebrate all that we have achieved over the last 25 years. Our leadership in print for decades with titles like Computer Gaming World and EGM which in turn translated into the build out of one of the leading digital gaming media assets in 1UP are prime examples of the skill, passion, and expertise of our teams.and what they achieved. It’s incredible to compare the 1UP.com of today versus that of 12 months ago. I want to thank everybody in our Game Group for their important contributions over the years.For Ziff Davis Media, our attention and focus now shifts squarely to the PC Mag Digital Network. The proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay down debt. One of the primary objectives of our business plan is ensuring that we have plenty of room to service our debt obligations into the future,  and manage for growth in what will be a challenging year in the advertising market.    While the market will be tough, we are confident our position is well aligned to where the demand is most active.   We move forward as a 100% digital business with tenured brand position, and powerful capabilities to drive results for our customers. I look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks.JY Ziff Davis Media announced late yesterday the shuttering of Electronic Gaming Monthly and sale of its 1UP Digital Network to Hearst.Here’s CEO Jason Young’s memo:From: Young, Jason Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:31 PMTo: Media AllSubject: 1UP NewsTeam:last_img read more

No stopping abduction in Sundarbans

No stopping abduction in Sundarbans

first_imgSundarbans. Prothom Alo file photoAs many as 274 pirates of 26 gangs have surrendered to the law enforcement in the last two years, choosing to make a return to normal life.Over hundred have been killed in [gunfights[ while around 500 have been put behind the bars.Yet, the situation has hardly improved, with new gangs joining the old ones in terrorising the Sundarbans.Over 50 fishermen were abducted by these gangs in the last three months and locals say the terror cannot be contained if the masterminds are not brought to book.Some pirates are taking the advantage of the ‘surrender scheme’, planning to make some money by being a pirate and then returning to normal life by surrendering to the law enforcement.Forests department sources say the prirates cause problems all the year round as October to February is the season for shutki (dried fish), April to September is the time for hilsa, honey and wax while the other parts of the year mangrove palm collectors remain busy to make their ends meet.The pirates are merciless; they throw fishermen and other people dependant on the forest if the ransom is not paid. Locals say they mostly meet the pirates’ demands without letting anyone know, to avert further problems.Previously 25-30 gangs were active in the Sundarbans. In the last two years, RAB-8 and RAB-6 gave them the chance to return to normal life. The official initiatives resulted in the surrender of 274 pirates of 26 gangs with huge firearms and ammunitions.However, a few new gangs are now being created while the older ones getting more ferocious.Abul Hossain, president of a local platform of the fishermen, said to Prothom Alo, “The number of abduction has gone down since a good number of gangs had surrendered. However, it has not stopped. The law enforcement, especially RAB-8, and Jamuna TV’s special correspondent Mohsin Ul Hakim played a significant role to this end. But the patronisers who supply them arms or provide them with money, should be brought to book, at any cost.””It will be better if RAB and the Coast Guard work together,” he added.Major Khan Sajibul Islam, deputy commander of RAB-8, said, “We hope to bring the masterminds to book soon and free the Sundarbans and the coast from pirates.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassanlast_img read more

Unvaccinated Conscientious Objections To Vaccines Increasing Among Texas Schoolchildren

Unvaccinated Conscientious Objections To Vaccines Increasing Among Texas Schoolchildren

first_imgCourtesy Texas Department of State Health ServicesThis map shows the share of schoolchildren with at least one conscientious exemption on a county-by-county basis.The number of unvaccinated Texas kindergartners is on the rise, according to a new report from the Texas Department of State Health Services.State researchers say a rise in the number of waivers is partially to blame for the drop in vaccine coverage. Though certain vaccines are mandatory for most schoolchildren, parents can claim so-called “conscientious objections” — moral or religious reasons for their children to forgo vaccination.During the 2017-2018 school year, 1.5-1.6% of kindergartners across the state claimed conscientious exemptions, but this year, the numbers are closer to 2%. That’s an increase in the exemption rate of 20-25%, depending on the specific vaccine. Still, roughly between 96 and 98% of kindergartners in Texas are vaccinated.In eight Texas counties, more than 3% of all students claim a conscientious exemption. Four of those counties are just west of Austin: Burnet, Blanco, Gillespie and Kendall Counties. While three are in northwest Texas — Gaines, Borden and King Counties — and one, La Salle County, is in south Texas.Last year, only three counties had exemption rates above 3%.For most vaccines, Houston’s coverage is similar to the rest of the state’s. However, it lags significantly when it comes to the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough) and meningitis vaccines — only a little more than 95% of seventh-graders in the 16-county region have those vaccines.Doctors say 95% coverage is necessary to protect those who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons. Sharelast_img read more

Budget Battle Nets 2M Cuts to Police Spending But Will It Stick

Budget Battle Nets 2M Cuts to Police Spending But Will It Stick

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROPolice funding has long been the third rail of Baltimore politics, touch it and you’re sure to perish.  But the Baltimore City Council thwarted that truism last week when it axed $2 million set-aside for police administration along with a series of cuts to the mayor’s proposed budget totaling roughly $26 million.The question now facing the city’s legislative body is, does the move represent a broader shift towards cutting law enforcement in favor of social programs, or a symbolic gesture that will have little effect on the city’s budget priorities down the road?The Baltimore City Council voted on June 5 to cut $2 million from the police department’s budget. (Courtesy photo)“I sincerely hope it’s not just a one-off,” 8th district councilman Kristerfer Burnett, who sits on the public safety committee and voted for the cut, told the AFRO.  “We’re all kind of coming together towards a more holistic approach to fighting crime by investing in young people and programs like Safe Streets. We know we need change it’s just a matter of where we go from here.”The cuts came during a relatively contentious budget process.   On June 5 the Council pushed back against Mayor Catherine Pugh’s fiscal plan eliminating millions of dollars in proposed spending on mobile job vans, debt service, and money for new high-tech trash cans.  The cuts came after complaints from council members that the budget gave short shrift to programs like Safe Streets, a crime fighting program that deploy mediators into the community to deescalate conflicts, and school funding.The $2 million cut to the Police Commissioner’s office, while small in comparison to the department’s proposed $497 million budget, was seen by some as an initial step toward reorienting Baltimore’s spending priorities.  But even council members who have actively advocated for redirecting money from law enforcement to social programs expressed doubts that the move marked a significant change in long-term funding priorities.“It doesn’t appear that a dramatic shift in funding away from police and towards other, more proactive public safety efforts is favored by either the Mayor or a veto-proof majority of council members,” Councilman Bill Henry (D-District 4) told the AFRO.Similar to past efforts to trim policing there was pushback.  Last week Greater Baltimore Committee chairman Donald Fry wrote a letter prior to the vote urging the council not to cut police spending.  And Council Members say constituents immediately raised concerns after the cut was announced, illustrating how difficult it is to trim policing amid a rising homicide rate and double digit increases in street robberies and carjackings.“When the cut was first reported I started getting frantic calls from the people not to cut anything,” said Burnett. “There was definitely a negative reaction. “But even with promises to continue seeking ways to pare back police spending, where that money eventually lands is not up to the Council. Instead, the decision of what to do with the $2 million rests solely with Mayor Catherine Pugh.“Until the budget process is completed I can’t comment,” said Pugh of the proposed cut.  “It’s always a give and take up until the end.”Burnett says to make long term funding changes stick, the council has to sell it.   For him that means explaining to constituents that the cuts are not aimed at taking officers off the streets, but making the department more efficient and using the savings to invest elsewhere.“We’re not trying to cut the patrol division, but I think we can all agree we can use a few less horses in order to fund an after-school program.”One sticking point for Burnett is the fact the city is not reimbursed for overtime to provide extra police for a variety of events like extra street staffing outside of baseball and football games.  A policy he says exacerbates patrol shortages across the city.“I had a lot of questions about the $1.9 million dollars we spend for Raven’s and Orioles related overtime and how it affects staffing, and it was clear they didn’t have an answer.  Paying overtime to keep officers on duty downtown while the other districts go out short doesn’t make sense.”Complicating their efforts council members say, is the continuing series of officers charged with overtime abuse and fraud, which fuels both mistrust and the perception money spent on policing is ultimately wasted.In March, seven members of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force were indicted by federal authorities for regularly filing false overtime slips, some while they were on vacation.  Recently police Lt. Steven Bagshaw was charged with allegedly fraudulently collecting thousands of dollars of overtime pay while not showing up to work at the Horseshoe Casino where he was a supervisor.Which is why Henry says the council should continue to push for change, if for no other reason than to try a different approach to alleviating crime in a city too wedded to policing.“Over the last generation, the overall city budget has more than doubled and the police department budget has more than tripled, but we’re only spending about the same on recreation and parks as we did in the late 80s and early 90s.”last_img read more

Stranger Things 3 Is a Subscriber Magnet 13 of ExNetflix Users Signing

Stranger Things 3 Is a Subscriber Magnet 13 of ExNetflix Users Signing

first_imgNetflix can’t be happy about the looming departures of “Friends” (for WarnerMedia’s newly announced HBO Max in 2020) and “The Office” (for NBCUniversal’s service in 2021) — the platform’s top two most-streamed shows in the U.S. for 2018, according to Nielsen. But for years, Netflix has anticipated that media conglomerates would pull back their top titles, and the company has been more focused than ever on spending to build up a prominent slate of originals to attract and retain subscribers.On this front, one of Netflix’s successes is clearly “Stranger Things,” the ’80s-era supernatural thriller from Matt and Ross Duffer that has become a major franchise for the subscription VOD leader.On Monday, Netflix thumped its chest over “Stranger Things 3,” boasting in a tweet that 40.7 million accounts have watched the show since its July 4 debut, the biggest-ever audience on the streaming service for any film or TV series in its first four days. Popular on Variety What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 But you don’t have to take Netflix’s word for it that “Stranger Things” Season 3 is a hit (and many observers question the company’s selectively doled-out stats, which aren’t independently verified).According to research from Wall Street firm Cowen & Co., about 51% of current Netflix users said they planned to watch “Stranger Things 3.” Moreover, nearly 5% of consumers who aren’t current Netflix subscribers said they planned to subscribe to the service to watch the show — and 13% of former Netflix members said they plan to resubscribe in order to watch Season 3 of “Stranger Things.” The results are based on Cowen’s survey of 2,500 U.S. consumers conducted from June 26-July 3.“We view these figures as notably positive given the potential to drive gross sub additions both at the end of 2Q19 and into 3Q19 on the back of arguably NFLX’s highest-profile show,” Cowen & Co.’s internet and new media analyst team, led by John Blackledge, wrote in a research note Tuesday.A few caveats here: People often say on a survey that they intend to do something but then don’t actually follow through, so it’s not known how big a subscriber bump “Stranger Things 3” might actually deliver for Netflix. (The company reports Q2 2019 earnings on July 17.) In addition, Cowen didn’t provide context on how big the response to “Stranger Things” is compared with other programming on Netflix.That said, other third-party research indicates that “Stranger Things 3” is drawing a big crowd. According to Parrot Analytics, in the U.S., over the four-day period of its initial release (July 4-7), “Stranger Things” registered 3.2 times the “demand expressions” of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” (which concluded its eighth season in May) and more than eight times the next most popular Netflix original (“Black Mirror”).U.S. demand for “Stranger Things 3” surged following the release of the show’s final trailer on June 20, pushing it 27% over the peak demand for Season 2 a week and a half before new episodes were available to stream, according to Parrot Analytics. Note that the research firm tracks relative demand for TV shows based not on actual viewing behavior but using data estimating overall popularity of a title from sources including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and piracy services. Even if we accept that “Stranger Things” is unusually popular among Netflix originals, the next question is: Does Netflix have enough in the pipeline to keep people coming back? It’s a question, by the way, that is routinely asked of other subscription-based services like HBO (i.e., what’s its next big hit after “Game of Thrones”?).Netflix has been boosting spending like crazy, fueled by new debt, to get a broad lineup of original content that cuts across categories and appeals to different audiences. Analysts project Netflix’s content spending, on a cash basis, will hit $15 billion in 2019, up from $12 billion last year.In the third quarter, besides “Stranger Things 3,” Netflix has “Orange Is the New Black” Season 7 and “Ozark” Season 3, Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” as well as comedy specials including those from Aziz Ansari, Whitney Cummings and Katherine Ryan.Per Cowen & Co.’s analysis, Netflix released 689 hours of original content in Q2 2019, up more than 50% from a year prior. It’s hard to keep up with the torrent of new releases from Netflix.Netflix Original Hours of New Content Added per QuarterSources: Netflix.com; Instantwatcher.com; Cowen & Co.So is Netflix fretting the impending loss of “Friends” and “The Office”? Recall that back in 2011, when Starz ended its output deal with Netflix that has brought such titles as “Wall-E” to “The Social Network” to the service, the news drove Netflix’s stock down nearly 9%. You can safely say that Netflix safely weathered that storm.Ultimately, Netflix these days is probably too busy spending money on new projects to worry much over the likes of WarnerMedia and NBCU ending content-licensing deals for old TV shows.center_img Related ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Mute Looks Like a Colorful Dystopian Adventure

Mute Looks Like a Colorful Dystopian Adventure

first_img Director Duncan Jones has been blowing us away ever since Moon was released in 2009. Even in his less than successful efforts, namely Warcraft, he shows a knack for visual storytelling in the science fiction and fantasy genres. In both his scripts and direction, you can tell he personally loves the material.That’s why we’re intrigued by his latest effort, Mute, which will debut on Netflix sometime this year.Mute takes place in Berlin in a future 40 years from now that’s teeming with immigrants, a seedy underbelly, and conflict. Alexander Skarsgård plays Leo, a bartender who can’t speak and is on a quest to find his missing girlfriend. Two clues to her whereabouts are a pair of American surgeons played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux (just so you know, Rudd’s character’s name is Cactus Bill, and he has an amazing mustache).Keith Bernstein / NetflixNetflix released the first glimpses of Mute and its neon, blue and pink-tinted landscapes on Friday. It has a lot in common aesthetically with sci-fi fare such as Blade Runner with its slick, crowded streets and noir-era depression. Jones explained that the look and content of Mute is heavily inspired by some of these tropes and that it was made with some of his favorite sci-fi elements in mind.“Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are,” he said in a press release. “I’m delighted to be able to return to Berlin for the shoot, a place I lived for a period of time growing up, and I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a film that is so close to my heart.”Jones’ longtime business partner Stuart Fenegan told Netflix that the film has been in development for at least 13 years, back when Jones handed him an early version.“I have wanted to bring it to life ever since. We just had to make Moon, Source Code and Warcraft in between,” Fenegan said.The general public first heard about Mute back in 2009 after the success of Moon. According to Slashfilm, Mute is meant to be a spiritual successor to Moon in that it tackles similar themes and may also feature Sam Rockwell as his Moon character Sam Bell, if the film’s IMDB page is to be believed.“Mute is a sci-fi story that takes place in Berlin. It’s very much a city film. Moon’s obviously a film about isolation, about as isolated as you can get on the far side of the moon,” Jones said.There’s also a third film that he plans to add to this series, but details are scarce. Jones has said that it’ll have a female lead.Mute also stars Seyneb Saleh as Leo’s girlfriend Naadirah and British singer Nikki Lamborn.The flick started principal photography in October and wrapped filming in mid-December. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s set to hit Netflix streaming sometime in 2017. Here’s hoping it does better than Warcraft, at least for Jones’ sake. If @mute doesn’t make 1 billion $, I’m going to kill every last mother-fucking one of you.Just remembered it’s on Netflix.As you were.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 14, 2016Justin Theroux in “Mute” Keith Bernstein / Netflix Stay on targetcenter_img MovieBob Reviews: MUTE (2018)Explore the world of Warcraft with these exclusive movie clips last_img read more

Western Digital Just Started Shipping A 12TB Hard Drive

Western Digital Just Started Shipping A 12TB Hard Drive

first_img One-upmanship drives a lot of innovations in the computer business. And if there’s one example of it that we’re always happy to read about, it’s the battle for the biggest hard drive.For a while now, you’ve been able to purchase 10TB drives. Western Digital was first out of the blocks late in 2015, but Seagate answered back a few months later. But why be satisfied with a piddly 10TB when you can cram an extra 20% more data into the same 3.5-inch bay?WD’s at it again, folks! They announced today that their latest helium-infused hard drive, the HGST-branded Ultrastar He¹², is now shipping, and it packs an impressive 12TB. Thanks to the company’s newest iteration of HelioSeal, they were able to squeeze in an extra platter (bringing the total in the Ultrastar HE¹² to 8).The He¹² isn’t just bigger than its predecessors. It’s also more efficient. According to Western Digital’s numbers, it consumes around 7.2W while it’s working and 5.3W while idle — compared to 9.1W and 5.7W on their 8TB model. This is no gutless desktop drive, either. It’s an enterprise-class beast with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours, and it’s available with both SATA and SAS (with support for 12Gb/s throughput) interfaces.While Western Digital has once again claimed the hard drive capacity crown, Seagate is definitely going to return the volley. In fact, they’re planning to ship a 16TB drive next year. They hadn’t given a firm date when we reported on it last, but the target appears to be the first half of 2018. Stay on target Western Digital is Working on 40TB Hard DrivesWestern Digital Unveils a Monstrous 20TB External Hard Drive last_img read more

H1Z1 Launches FreetoPlay on PS4 Open Beta Begins on May 22

H1Z1 Launches FreetoPlay on PS4 Open Beta Begins on May 22

first_imgStay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Everyone knows about “Battle Royale” games like Fortnite and PUBG. What they may not know is that those games owe a lot to titles like DayZ and H1Z1. The latter is now headed to PS4; giving players yet another challenger for the battle royale throne. Those who want to try the newly-designed H1Z1 can do so during the open beta which launches on May 22.“H1Z1 on PS4 is true battle royale mayhem,” said H1Z1 Producer Terrence Yee. “We have reimagined the game for PlayStation 4 and have designed it to accentuate the essentials of battle royale that make the genre so exciting to watch and play. We have added key gameplay differentiators to keep the game frantic and fun — an action shooter’s dream of fast-paced battle royale.”AdChoices广告H1Z1 has traditionally been a PC game. Now that it is on PS4, its control scheme has been reworked for the DualShock 4. The game has a “grab-and-go” equipment system, which makes it easier to collect loot and manage one’s inventory. It also has a weapon wheel; allowing users quicker access to guns and grenades. The HUD has also been revamped. Keeping with the streamlined nature of the title, the crafting system has been removed.Since this is a battle royale game, players will need to scour the map to find equipment like guns, body armor, helmets, first-aid kits, and grenades. These are located in almost all buildings. To get better equipment, users must keep an eye out for airdrops. These supply players with weapons like the AK and AR, in addition to the new KH43, CNQ-09, Marauder, MK46, Combat Shotgun, and Scout Rifle. Airdrops also provide the best armors which in turn help players live longer. They must prepare to fight when going to an airdrop site since others will surely seek them well.Airdrops have level 1 equipment. To get level 2 and level 3 weapons and gear, players must carefully search the ever-shrinking map for special crates containing the rare loot. Tier 2 and 3 weapons are also delivered via crates from airdrops. This requires a more passive style of gameplay. Tier 1 through 3 items are found in crates that come in via airdrops. They emit a colored beam in the sky when they land. Green is for tier 1, blue is for tier 2, and gold is for tier 3. As mentioned above, players will converge on these spots to secure the loot. Tier 1 crates are also scattered throughout the map. To find them, users must keep their ears and eyes open for low radio chatter and a signal beacon when they are close.Starting today through May 22, players can pre-order a special H1Z1 bundle for $29.99. This bundle includes in-game cosmetic items which are granted at the start of the open beta. Those who pre-order will also get a dynamic theme at the time of purchase. PlayStation Plus subscribers can buy the bundle for 20% off at the PlayStation Store. Players can sign up for the first closed beta weekend (which starts this month) by heading over to the game’s official website.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mamatas emphasis on handloom sector puts Tantuja on revival path

Mamatas emphasis on handloom sector puts Tantuja on revival path

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s emphasis on the revival of the handloom sector in Bengal has brought a major turnaround for Tantuja, which was struggling for existence during the Left Front government’s rule in the state.Diversification in products and designs to keep pace with the recent fashion trends have ensured profit for Tantuja and most importantly, the Puja season has been contributing more than 20 percent of the total annual sales. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have had a turnover of Rs 205 crore in the 2017-18 fiscal and a profit of Rs 10.26 crore. During the Puja this year, we have had a business of Rs 25 crore from our stores and another Rs 19 lakh through online sales. This is a clear indication that Tantuja’s demand in the state has been reasonably high,” a senior official of the state Textiles department said. It was 2016 when Tantuja had tied up with a handful of e-commerce portals. In Puja 2017, Tantuja’s online sale was Rs 10 crore and it went up to Rs 19 crore this year, which is Rs 9 crore more. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAt present there are 84 stores of Tantuja across the state. The Puja sale in 2016 was Rs 14.5 crore, Rs 18.5 crore in 2017 and went up to Rs 25 crore this year. Tantuja had suffered a loss of Rs 12.69 crore in 2010-11 – the last financial year of Left rule in the state. “In 2011-12, the very first year we assumed office, we made a profit of Rs 69 lakh,” the official added. Managing director of Tantuja Rabindranath Roy said: “We have gone for massive product diversification in terms of bringing in the latest designs in sarees and introduced jackets, scarves etc. The prices of products are commensurate with the design and people are getting their money’s worth. The showrooms across the state have also witnessed a major facelift.” The products are now purchased directly from the self-help groups and the weavers through camps in various parts of the state and payments are made directly to their bank accounts. “This has eliminated the role of middlemen and the designers are getting their due for their hard work,” the official maintained. It may be mentioned that Tantuja has also gone overseas through e-commerce. Recently, a designer saree that was made under special order has fetched around Rs 3 lakh for the single piece.last_img read more