Kevin Vickers officially acclaimed as leader of New Brunswick Liberals

first_imgFREDERICTON — Former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers has been acclaimed as New Brunswick’s Liberal leader.The party announced Wednesday the political rookie’s ascension was made official during a board of directors meeting Tuesday night.“I am incredibly humbled to become the next leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party,” Vickers said in a statement released by the party.“My life has been shaped by so many people that have helped to build this province. I’m thrilled to do my part in the months and years ahead to ensure that New Brunswick’s future is one that is filled with hope and opportunity.”He will take over from interim leader Denis Landry next Wednesday.Vickers was the only candidate left in the race after his lone rival, Rene Ephestion, withdrew earlier this month.The party has decided to forgo a leadership convention planned for June.Vickers was hailed as a hero for helping to end the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, and has also served as Canada’s ambassador to Ireland.Vickers, who in his early 60s, has drafted a five-point plan that calls for growing the province’s economy and population, improving health care, “transforming” education, ensuring environmental protection and making sure provincial finances are well managed.Vickers has acknowledged spending many years away from the province, but he has also focused on his deep roots in New Brunswick.Vickers had a long career of public service, including 29 years in the RCMP. He also served as aide-de-camp for the lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick. He served as sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons between 2006 and 2015.On Oct. 22, 2014, Vickers was serving as sergeant-at-arms of the Commons when he shot and helped take down a man armed with a .30-30 rifle. Michael Zihaf Bibeau had barged into Centre Block on Parliament Hill after killing honour guard reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial.The provincial Liberals under then-premier Brian Gallant won just 21 seats in an election last fall – one fewer than the Tories – and they relinquished their hold on power in November after losing a confidence vote in the legislature.Premier Blaine Higgs’ minority government is relying on support from a third party – the right-leaning People’s Alliance, led by Kris Austin.That arrangement is set to expire next year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Record Audience of 26 mln at 13th Mawazine Festival organizers

Rabat- The 13th Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World (May 30-June 2) attracted a record audience of 2.62 million goers, Morocco-Cultures Association announced on Sunday.The closing concert on the Salé stage brought together at least 180,000 spectators to watch the performance of star Zina Daoudia, while headliner Alicia Keys hit the same evening the stage of OLM Souissi with her best R&B and Soul songs for an audience of around 150,000 music-lovers.Keys, who is attending the fest for the second time, gave an unforgettable show and invited on stage Moroccan violin player Smail Raziki from the Moroccan Royal Symphony Orchestra. Diversity, tolerance and openness on the world, the Mawazine Festival succeeded again in keeping its promises, the organizers said. read more

The top 10 books on Apples iBooksUS

iBook charts for week ending April 7, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)2. The Savior by J.R. Ward – 9781501194962 – (Gallery Books)3. After by Anna Todd – 9781476792545 – (Gallery Books)4. Run Away by Harlan Coben – 9781538748480 – (Grand Central Publishing)5. Home Again by Kristin Hannah – 9780345490926 – (Random House Publishing Group)6. After We Collided by Anna Todd – 9781476792552 – (Gallery Books)7. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)8. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 9781250301710 – (Celadon Books)9. The First Lady by Brendan DuBois & James Patterson – 9781538714928 – (Grand Central Publishing)10. The Skull King by Penelope Sky – 9781386950271 – (Penelope Sky)____The Associated Press read more

Brock prof appointed first behaviour analyst for Ontario expert committee on autism

Maurice Feldman, Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Disability Studies and cross-appointed Professor of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University, was recently appointed as the first behaviour analyst on a provincial expert committee focused on autism.The Ontario government created the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Clinical Expert Committee in 2012 to help ensure that children and young people with ASD get the right supports and treatment.Award-winning and extensively published with expertise in behaviour disorders, ASD, developmental disabilities and parenting, Feldman is a leading expert in his field.He is the only behaviour analyst on the committee.“As a scientist-practitioner who is both a registered clinical psychologist and a board-certified behaviour analyst (doctoral level), I see my role as providing insider expertise in the latest advances in applied behaviour analysis for children with autism spectrum disorders,” Feldman said.“I also hope to learn from the other experts on the committee and together synthesize and analyze research findings to inform policy and practice.”The committee is comprised of researchers, academics and clinical experts from a wide range of disciplines. It provides ongoing clinical guidance and expert advice on up-to-date and evidence-based research for policy design, program development and best practices for children and young people with ASD.“Ontario has led the way in providing publicly-funded applied behaviour analysis services and is the largest single payer of such services in the world, serving thousands of children with ASD,” Feldman said.In June 2016, the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, announced a historic investment in autism services in Ontario, providing children more flexible services catered to individual needs and maximizing the amount of services available to enhance treatment and significantly reduce wait times.Feldman said he is excited and honoured to participate in the committee and is looking forward to helping enhance the lives of children and families in Ontario.“The Clinical Expert Committee can continue to identify empirically supported interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and critically appraise popular, but unsupported interventions to ensure that public funds are invested where they can have the biggest impact for children and families.”Feldman will attend his first committee meeting on Friday.Information on ASD resources in Ontario is available at www.children.gov.on.ca. read more

Anonymous hacks Sony Pictures for supporting SOPA

first_imgSony Pictures has been hacked. But we should actually be saying hacked, again. In June last year SonyPictures.com was hacked and one million user accounts were compromised by the hacker group LulzSec, which also exposed the fact user passwords were stored in plain text. Then later that month Sony Pictures France was hacked by a student and his friend and 177,000 emails were stolen. All it took was a simple SQL injection to access the database.2012 isn’t even a week old and yet again Sony Pictures has been targeted. This time it is at the hands of Anonymous who don’t appreciate the company’s support of the very unpopular Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently being considered by Congress in the US.The hack saw access gained to both the Sony Pictures website and Facebook account where a number of comments were left. However, it looks as though Sony has now regained control and put things back to normal. That doesn’t mean this is the end of the attacks, though.There is growing anger over SOPA by both online communities and some of the biggest tech companies. It is widely expected to do more harm than good to the technology sector as a whole. If a company supports SOPA, then they automatically become a target for one or more hacker groups. Reddit has also spearheaded action against certain companies, for example, GoDaddy has seen tens of thousands of domains moved away from its service in protest of its SOPA support. Read more at AfterDawnlast_img read more

Three arrested on drug charges at Washougal motel

first_imgWashougal police arrested two men and a woman Saturday when officers executed a warrant to search at an area motel room to check on complaints of suspected drug activity. Officers entered the room at the Rama Inn, 544 Sixth St., shortly after 7 a.m. to find heroin on the rim of the toilet, several broken methamphetamine pipes inside the toilet and a plastic bag containing what appeared to be heroin residue, according to a news release issued by the Washougal Police Department. Arrested were Isaiah R. Richey, 19, of Washougal; April M. Green, 24, residence unknown; and Michael A. Mirelez, 18, a transient. Richey and Green were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine. Mirelez was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant for third-degree theft. Richey was being held in the Clark County Jail on $25,000 bail Tuesday night and is to appear in court Friday, a jail officer said.Green and Mirelez were not in custody at the jail.Additional charges against Green and Richey were referred to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.last_img read more

Netters to fish Tuesday for spring chinook in lower Columbia

first_imgSpring chinook numbers appear to be building in the lower Columbia River with a day of commercial fishing adopted for Tuesday and a hearing on Thursday to consider extending the sport season.Monday is the final day of the scheduled sport season downstream of Bonneville Dam although an extension is a virtual given considering catches have been poor and not near the allocation.Runs of 227,000 spring chinook to waters upstream of Bonneville Dam and 81,000 to tributaries downstream of the dam are forecast for 2014.However, the Columbia is high and dirty. The average flow for March at Bonneville Dam has been 242,000 cubic feet per second compared to an average of 166,000 cubic feet per second. Dirty water dampens the sport catch.Washington and Oregon on Monday adopted a commercial fishery on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Beacon Rock downstream to the ocean. The commercials must use 4.25-inch-mesh nets. Wild chinook must be released.Biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said the commercial fleet is expected to catch 1,900 spring chinook, of which 1,400 are of upper Columbia origin. The commercial allocation prior to a mid-May update of the run forecast is 1,735 upper Columbia spring chinook.last_img read more

Sen Murkowski Seconds President Trumps Call For Bipartisanship

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享President Donald Trump called for bipartisanship work in Congress during his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, a motion that Alaska senior Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says she supports. Sen. Murkowski(R-Alaska): “It’s been a tough year in the Congress, we’ve been divided over issues like healthcare. We came together as Republicans on tax reform but that is still an issue where even while we are seeing the benefits there’s still a divide on the other side of the aisle about how that tax reform policy is going to advance. So we’re struggling right now as a Congress.” She added that working to build a consensus on issues that are difficult like comprehensive immigration reform is what has made America “the great nation that we have been and will be”. Story as aired: Audio PlayerAshley-on-Murk-SOTU.mp3VmAshley-on-Murk-SOTU.mp300:00RPd Sen. Murkowski(R-Alaska): “So I think it was a good reminder from the President and I hope a unifying reminder to us in Congress and to Americans around the country that it is by coming together and by uniting in purpose that we will be the best that we can be.”last_img read more

Survey finds higherthanaverage number of Kodiak students may carry weapons to school

first_imgBackpack. (Photo by Michael McCullough / Flickr)A recent survey of high school students in the Kodiak Archipelago looked at risk behaviors in the student body. That includes things like drugs, suicide rate and violence. This year, almost 500 of roughly 600 high school students in the Kodiak High School and island community schools answered the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.Educators can get a little nervous when they see numbers representing the student body on a page, but Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent Larry LeDoux says they were already nervous.“We don’t need these statistics to tell us what we worry about,” LeDoux said. “We worry about drugs. We worry about knives. We worry about any kind of weapon. We worry about suicide. We worry about students feeling like they don’t belong.”The survey questions cover a lot of ground, from the frequency a student drinks soda to whether or not they’ve brought a weapon to school in the last month.“Anything above zero related to weapons in schools is a statistic that we don’t like, and that’s the bottom line,” LeDoux said.The percentage is above zero, and it’s roughly twice the state average – 20 percent compared to 10 percent.LeDoux thinks it’s possible, but unlikely, that students are regularly bringing weapons to school. And it depends on what the student considers a weapon.The question gives specific examples – a knife, gun or club – and high school principal Mel LeVan takes issue with that.“The question lumps pocket knives and firearms together, which is really a poorly administered question,” LeVan said. “If I really believed that it reflected anything like the number of firearms being brought into the building – I mean, that would be an immediate crisis, obviously.”Other statistics stand out. For instance, the percentage of Kodiak students who reported having used heroin once or more in their lives is higher than the state average, and marijuana use is lower, as is the rate of suicidal thoughts.The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services conducts the survey every other year. The survey is voluntary and a proctor oversees it in classrooms.When it comes to changing the numbers, both LeDoux and LeVan emphasize prevention and spreading awareness.Director of Student Services Ron Bryant, who coordinated the survey locally, agrees, and he believes peer-to-peer education could be the most effective way of doing that.“In working with the student governments, they may have some ideas,” Bryant said. “Or there’s a bunch of different PSAs and other things which students could use to get the message over to other students and, again, I think that’s more effective than hearing it from adults.”Administrators and students have some time to do get the word out and see if it makes a difference in the numbers before the next time students take the survey in 2019.last_img read more

University of Alaska begins transition for Anchorage campuss teacher education program

first_img”And that we don’t have a fixed number of students who have responded yet with respect to what’s next,” Atwater said. “So what things look like in August, it may not look exactly like that a year from now.” ”That was a very difficult transition, to move people mid-semester into a new university, new program,” Atwater said. “But compliments to both UAS and UAF for accommodating those students and helping them to graduate.” Atwater said additional transfer students are on track to graduate in December and next spring. Atwater, who is leading the transition, said he expects the restructured initial licensure program, to be ready by mid-June, but cautioned that it is a fluid process. The University of Alaska is making progress restructuring its teacher education program, following the University of Alaska Anchorage’s loss of accreditation for its initial licensure program. Last month, UA regents decided to discontinue the early teacher programs, and instead provide access to remaining accredited programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast. Speaking at a UA regents meeting May 9th, College of Education Executive Dean Steve Atwater said nearly one hundred students have already transitioned to the UAS or UAF initial licensure programs, including some who graduated this month. Some students would physically transfer to the other campuses, while others would take classes in Anchorage from UAF or UAS faculty as students of those universities. A UA regents release says a decision on the future of other Anchorage-based education degree programs, which are not affected by the accreditation loss, has been delayed until the fall.last_img read more

8000 evacuated after WWII bomb found in German

first_imgEvakuated hotel guests walk down a road near the site where a unexploded World War II bomb was found in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on March 9, 2017. AFPSome 8,000 people were evacuated Thursday from homes, shops and offices in the western German city of Duesseldorf after an unexploded World War II bomb was uncovered, local authorities said.The 250-kilogramme (550-pound) dud explosive was found on Wednesday evening during construction works in the northern district of the city.A one-kilometre radius was sealed off, and several roads blocked, including two highways, city authorities said, warning that this could affect traffic to the airport.A hotel with 250 guests was also evacuated, with the bomb expected to be defused in the early afternoon.More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried in German soil, a legacy of the Allies’ intense bombing campaigns against Nazi Germany.Authorities estimate that some 3,000 unexploded bombs remain underground in Berlin alone.Last Christmas, 54,000 people were evacuated from southern Germany’s Augsburg city, after the discovery of a 1.8-tonne WWII-era unexploded bomb.last_img read more

Obama Expresses Sadness at Death of Marion Barry

first_imgPresident Barack Obama (left) and Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing his sadness over the death of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry.Obama is lauding Barry for advancing the cause of civil rights as a one-time leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Obama is also making note of the many programs Barry put in place during decades in elected office in the nation’s capital to help city residents escape poverty, expand opportunity and return “home rule” to the city.Obama says Barry earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians through a storied and at times tumultuous life and career.He says he and first lady Michelle Obama offer their deepest sympathies to Barry’s family, friends and constituents.The 78-year-old Barry died Sunday. No cause of death was given.last_img read more

ACLU American Civil Liberties Union file a complaint against the border control

first_imgUnited States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security has become the talk of the town after its recent act of violating an Apple employee’s constitutional rights. Just two days ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint against the border control officers for violating the constitutional rights of Dr. Andreas Gal, an Apple employee while he was returning from a business trip to Sweden. Who is Dr. Andreas Gal? Dr. Andreas Gal, a successful entrepreneur and technologist, a U.S. citizen who currently is an employee at Apple. He is also the former Chief Executive Officer at Silk Labs and the former Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla Corporation. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. He has taken a lot of initiatives to prevent warrantless mass surveillance and spread the use of encryption at Mozilla. What exactly happened? The letter by ACLU highlighted CBP’s detention and intrusive interrogation of Dr. Gal and they attempted to check his devices. Last year on 29th November, Dr. Gal arrived at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) while returning from a business trip in Sweden. He holds the Global Entry status that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States. After landing at SFO, the immigration agents checked his passport on the jetbridge, he then proceeded to the Global Entry kiosk in the customs and border area. Gal was given a receipt marked as ‘Tactical Terrorism Response Teams’ (TTRT) on it. Gal presented the receipt from the kiosk along with his U.S. passport, to an immigration officer there. After reviewing Dr. Gal’s passport and Global Entry receipt, he instructed him to go to Customs Area B but kept Gal’s passport. He was then interrogated by three CBP officers who were armed with holstered handguns at Customs Area B. Dr. Gal was asked a number of questions regarding his travel plans, his employment history, his work at Apple, and his electronic devices. He was even asked questions about his work at Mozilla and travel to Canada. Even after repeatedly being asked by Dr. Gal about the baseless process of interrogation, the officers didn’t answer. In a statement to The Register, he said, “There I quickly found myself surrounded by three armed agents wearing bullet proof vests. They started to question me aggressively regarding my trip, my current employment, and my past work for Mozilla, a non-profit organization dedicated to open technology and online privacy.” He was travelling with an Apple iPhone XS and an Apple MacBook Pro, both were issued to him by Apple for software development reasons. The laptop even had a sticker which read, “PROPERTY OF APPLE. PROPRIETARY.”  Whereas the phone had a sticker with a serial number but not Apple’s name where its lockscreen displayed “Confidential and Proprietary,” and also had a number to call if the device is found. The officers even asked Dr. Gal to pull up his itinerary on his mobile phone and searched his wallet and all his luggage and asked questions about everything they found. Gal told the officers that he would email them the itinerary instead and he needs to speak with a lawyer and his employer before giving CBP officers full access to his mobile phone. But the CBP officers ordered Dr. Gal to enter the passcode to his mobile phone and laptop and hand it over to them. According to the ACLU report, “Gal never refused to provide the passcodes to access the electronic devices in his possession, he only asked that he be allowed to consult with an attorney to ensure that he would not violate non-disclosure agreements with his employer.” After the intense interrogation session, Gal was allowed to leave with his devices but without his Global Entry card and he was told that his privileges would be revoked because he refused to comply with the search. Gal said, “My past work on encryption and online privacy is well documented, and so is my disapproval of the Trump administration and my history of significant campaign contributions to Democratic candidates. I wonder whether these CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] programs led to me being targeted.” Are developers who travel endangered? Here it’s important to note that the questions that were asked to Dr. Gal were not limited to his identity or citizenship, they were much beyond that. After this incident, a question that arises is how secure are the developers with respect to work-related travels? Developers, data analysts, testers or researchers carry a lot of sensitive data while their work-related travels. If they come across with such an interrogation, then they might end up leaking out their company’s sensitive data and which would go against the company’s law. To know more about this news, check out the post by ACLU. Read Next Apple officially cancels AirPower; says it couldn’t meet hardware’s ‘high standards’ Donald Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ Apple’s March Event: Apple changes gears to services, is now your bank, news source, gaming zone, and TVlast_img read more

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first_imgHe explained there have been significant investments in avocado orchards in both the north and the mountainous region.”The first shipments started in February, but they ramped up in April,” he said.Exports this year are to be more spaced out, he added. Last year they were heavily concentrated over a short period, contributing to sharp price declines in Europe.New avocado markets for PeruIn addition, Bustamante said Peru is working to develop new markets, like recently-opened Thailand.”To finalize it and to do the first shipments, Thai inspectors will soon visit Peru. We are right now coordinating their visit,” he said.He also highlighted the growth of the Chinese market, saying it has given the industry “many surprises”.”It’s still a small market for avocados because they’re not used to consuming them there,” he said. “However, year by year it is absorbing more fruit with good market conditions.”Peruvian exports to China are almost doubling every year, he explained. The Asian country could one day become one of Peru’s main markets, he added.This season Peru will likely shop 55% of fruit to Europe, 30% to the U.S., 10% to Asia and 5% to Latin America. State of the Market – Week 24, 2019 … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin … You might also be interested in Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … Exports of Peruvian avocados this year have seen much greater volumes in the early stages of the season.ProHass president Daniel Bustamante said this is due to newer orchards in the north coming online and extending the season.The country forecasts exports to fall by 14% from a record 339,000 metric tons (MT) last year to 290,000MT.”Last year was a great production year, both in terms of fruit sizing and fruit volume,” he told FreshFruitPortal.com.”The season was long due to many factors including the record production the climatic conditions that delayed the dry matter development of the fruit.”More early-season productionBustamante said that the front-end season extension this year is a new trend for the industry.”The avocado harvest in Peru is 30% complete. It is a different campaign from previous years because this year and from now on it will have a much longer season,” he said.”Last year, climatic conditions meant that the season was longer. There were shipments until September and October, but that was not normal. The longer season this year is mainly due to this early start, resulting from growth in the early regions in March and April.” May 27 , 2019 last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “I think that Bowles had a good interview. [The Cardinals] wouldn’t have a problem going that direction,” Schefter said. “I think they still want to see what is going to happen with some of the Steelers guys, be it Keith Butler or Ray Horton or even Dick Lebeau who dismissed the idea of coaching somewhere else.“I think there is still something there that might have to be explored before the Cardinals make a decision to go with someone like Todd Bowles. That’s my sense of things.”Bowles was said to have impressed in an interview last week and has connections to the Cardinals organization. He coached with Whisenhunt when they were with the New York Jets and he played with offensive line coach Russ Grimm with the Washington Redskins in the 1980s. Schefter also said the Cardinals must address the quarterback position after underwhelming play from Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton this season. Mentioning Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton and Marc Bulger as options, Schefter said the Cardinals need to do something. “They’ve got to come away with one of those guys, period, that’s it,” Schefter said. The Cardinals were rumored to be interested in Bulger last offseason, but ultimately went to camp with Matt Leinart, Anderson, Hall and Skelton. Bulger wound up signing with the Baltimore Ravens, backing up Joe Flacco and ending the season without throwing a pass. Schefter said the Cardinals could sign Bulger as a short-term or bridge solution while drafting a quarterback in the first round, allowing a rookie such as Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert to learn as a backup for a year or two. “But is Blaine Gabbert going to be ready to step in and play next season and lead this team where it wants to go next season or are you willing to go sign a guy like Bulger,” Schefter asked. “The interesting part here is it’s going to be a different deal now this offseason.” 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash Friday to discuss the Cardinals defensive coordinator and quarterback search this offseason. Schefter said he believes Miami Dolphins assistant head coach and secondary coach Todd Bowles is a good option for the defensive coordinator position. He also said Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt may wait until after the Super Bowl to make a hire so that he can interview coaches from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2019 4:52 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories The Latest: Disney Plus to launch Nov. 12 for $6.99 a monthNetflix launches comedy channel on SiriusXMAmazon’s growing ties to oil industry irks some employees Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year disney|disney plus|netflixcenter_img SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disney raised the curtain on a hotly anticipated video steaming service that’s aiming to topple industry pioneer Netflix, once a valuable ally of the Magic Kingdom.The service, called Disney Plus, has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday marked the first time that the longtime entertainment powerhouse has laid out plans for its attack on Netflix and a formidable cast of competitors, including Amazon, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime.Disney Plus will roll out in the U.S. on November 12 at a price of $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year. That’s well below the $13 monthly fee Netflix charges for its most popular streaming plan, signaling Disney’s determination to woo subscribers as it vies to become a major player in a field that has turned “binge watching” into a common ritual.Like Netflix, Disney Plus will be free of ads. Subscribers will be able to download all of the shows and movies on Disney’s service to watch offline.Netflix will still have a far deeper video programming lineup after spending tens of billions of dollars during the past six years on original shows such as “House of Cards,” ″Stranger Things” and “The Crown.”But Disney Plus will be able to draw upon a library of revered films dating back several decades while it also forges into original programming. Its animated classics, including “Aladdin” and “The Jungle Book” will be available on the service when it launches.New shows already on tap include “The Mandalorian,” the first live action “Star Wars” series, created by Jon Favreau; a prequel to the “Star Wars” film “Rogue One,” starring Diego Luna; a series about the Marvel character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston; a rebooted “High School Musical” series; and a new documentary series focused on Disney.Disney is approaching the streaming industry from a “position of strength, confidence and unbridled optimism,” CEO Bob Iger said Thursday. Iger has led the company since 2005 and expects to step down when his contract ends in 2021.The service’s entire lineup will cover five categories: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.Although Disney has an enviable track record of producing shows and films that attract huge audiences, its attempt to build its own Netflix is risky. To make the leap, Disney ended a lucrative licensing relationship with Netflix, which had become the video streaming home for its latest films after their theatrical release, as well as many of its TV series and classic movies.But now movies that came out in 2019, and going forward, will be streamed only on Disney Plus. That includes “Captain Marvel,” which came out earlier this year; “Avengers: Endgame,” which debuts in late April; and the upcoming “Toy Story 4,” live-action movies “The Lion King” and “Aladdin;” and “Star Wars Episode IX.”In many ways, it’s hard to compare Netflix with Disney because of the widely different types of shows each offers, said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna.“The interesting thing is both companies have ended up in the same place, but they’ve come to it from vastly different backgrounds,” he said.Disney will also contend with a new streaming service from Apple, which is expected to be released in the fall. Apple has not yet said how much its service will cost or when exactly it will launch.Last month, Disney completed its biggest deal yet with its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business. The first 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will now stream exclusively on Disney Plus.The Fox takeover helps Disney tighten its control over TV shows and movies from start to finish — from creating the programs to distributing them though television channels, movie theaters, streaming services and other avenues. Disney will also get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising.The Fox deal also gave Disney a controlling stake in Hulu. Iger has said Hulu will continue to offer general entertainment programming while Disney Plus will be focused on family fare.Along with its strong brand, Disney has the advantage of having a clear strategy for each of its streaming services, Verna said, including Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus. Disney executives hinted the company would “likely” bundle the three at a discounted price, but declined to give more details.Terminating its deal with Netflix will cost Disney about $150 million in licensing revenue alone during its current fiscal year ending in September.Disney is betting its new service will quickly offset that. By dangling a mix of familiar franchises and beloved animated classics, along with original programming, it figures the new service will be irresistible to families, even if they already subscribe to other services. It expects Disney Plus to be profitable during its 2024 fiscal year.The plunge into video streaming is likely to confront Disney with new challenges. One of the biggest dilemmas will center on how long Disney waits after a new film’s theatrical release to make it available on its new streaming service.Disney said movies would become available on its streaming service only after the traditional theatrical release period and home movie debut, which includes DVDs and purchasing streaming videos. That puts its schedule behind that of some competitors. Netflix films such as the award-winning “Roma” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” have either become available for streaming on the same day or just a few days after their short runs in theaters.With nearly 140 million worldwide subscribers, Netflix already has proven its mettle while warding off one competitive threat after another in the 12 years since it pivoted from DVD-by-mail rentals to video streaming.Now, Netflix is locking horns with a company that has been steadily expanding upon its Disney franchise during a shopping spree that has seen it snap up other major studios.___Anderson reported from New York. AP technology writer Rachel Lerman contributed to this story from San Francisco. This image provided by Disney shows a product image of Disney Plus on a tablet. The video steaming service has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday, April 11, 2019, marked the first time that the longtime entertainment powerhouse has laid out plans for its attack on Netflix and a formidable cast of competitors, including Amazon, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime. (Disney via AP) last_img read more

Deputy tourism minister begins talks with stakeholders

first_imgCyprus must not get complacent with the growth in tourist arrivals in recent years and needs to diversify its product, deputy minister for tourism Savvas Perdios said on Tuesday.He was speaking to reporters following his first meeting with parliamentarians after being appointed to the junior ministry for tourism.Perdios said the island needs to invest on the points that can give it a competitive advantage, such as the temperate climate and hospitality.He has initiated a round of consultations with all industry stakeholders to gather and assess ideas which could improve Cyprus’ tourist offering.Among other things, the industry should focus on individual customers and on all age ranges, for example people aged over 50 who travel off-season and have more purchasing power.“We need to have different targeting for different markets… not all customers like to hear the same thing,” he said.The island must move beyond the single ‘sun and sea’ marketing track, he added.Perdios also discussed with MPs issues of seasonality, the possible impact of Brexit, the demise of Cobalt Air, and the new legislation pertaining to tourist lodgings.The minister promised to present MPs a comprehensive tourism strategy in the near future.For his part, chair of the House energy and commerce committee Andreas Kyprianou called tourism the ‘steam engine’ of the economy, greatly contributing to GDP growth and helping the island come out of the financial crisis.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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