Netflix 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $133.9 million.The Los Gatos, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share.The internet video service posted revenue of $4.19 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.21 billion.For the current quarter ending in April, Netflix said it expects revenue in the range of $4.49 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $4.59 billion.Netflix shares have climbed 32 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $353.43, a rise of 62 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NFLX at Associated Presslast_img read more

Toronto Vancouver real estate hot pockets rest of Canadian housing mostly stable

TORONTO — The cost of owning a home has been holding steady in most parts of Canada, but affordability declined during the second quarter in the two most expensive markets, Vancouver and Toronto, a report by Royal Bank says.In its latest analysis of housing trends, RBC also said Monday it expects prices will continue to rise in Toronto and Vancouver in the short term because of tight supplies of detached homes for sale.The bank said supply and demand are more balanced in other Canadian markets and affordability has been close to the long-term average since 1985. Canadian housing prices to rise only 1% next year, TD Bank says‘Playing with fire’: How the Tories’ renovation tax credit promise may affect Canada’s hot housing marketsVancouver’s hot housing market shows no sign of easing as prices and sales hit fresh recordsIn a separate report, TD Bank said it expects a decline in Canadian borrowing rates in the first half of 2015 will likely boost demand into the early fall, but then have a waning effect in the late stages of this year.It says the low-rate environment has helped to keep markets “humming” in hot markets and reduce the impact of low commodity prices in other markets, particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan. TD said commodity-dependent regions such as Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Saskatoon “have weakened considerably so far this year, but to a lesser degree than was originally anticipated.”“Elsewhere, markets that had embarked on soft landings over the last few years, including Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, have seen activity either stabilize or perk up,” TD said. The RBC quarterly report takes into account income, property prices and the typical costs of home ownership, such as mortgage payments, utilities, taxes and fees when calculating its affordability measure.The split, in fact, widened during the second quarter of 2015, with strong price increases for single-detached homes in Toronto and Vancouver squeezing affordability further“The central theme for housing affordability in Canada continues to be the wide divide between stretched conditions in Toronto and Vancouver, and fairly neutral conditions in the rest of the country,” RBC said in its report.“The split, in fact, widened during the second quarter of 2015, with strong price increases for single-detached homes in Toronto and Vancouver squeezing affordability further in these markets, whereas a slow pace of appreciation — at best —kept the cost of home ownership mostly stable in the majority of other markets.”RBC said there was evidence that buyers were more confident in Alberta than they had been in the previous two quarters as a result of the dramatic decline in oil prices, but “prices still remained under slight downward pressure for the most part …”“The picture was a little different in Saskatchewan where a recovery in single-detached home prices negatively affected the affordability of bungalows and two-storey homes.” In Quebec, RBC said home prices were “quite stagnant” and that contributed to improved housing affordability.“Widespread improvements similarly took place in Atlantic Canada, although there remain few indications that housing demand is turning a corner in the region.” read more

Former Prisons Commissioner and Police IP further remanded

They were placed in remand and when the case was heard today the Fort Magistrate’s Court ruled that they be further remanded till September 18th. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan and Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa, who were arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison riot, have been further remanded till September 18th.Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa had been arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison clashes in which several inmates were killed.

Grenades guns death threats all in an Iraqi doctors day of work

“What we need is order, and not to feel threatened the minute we step into the hospital,” a distinguished surgeon and professor at the Basra teaching hospital told WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib.Giving her account today of the problems medical staff face providing health care in the southern city, Ms. Chaib quoted the doctor as saying that in his 20 years’ experience this was the first time he and colleagues had decided to carry out only emergency surgery. “If a patient’s life is really in danger because he has been shot, stabbed or has a strangulated hernia, then I operate, otherwise I don’t,” he said.“The twenty or so doctors and nurses I spoke to all had similar stories to tell,” Ms. Chaib said. “Tawra, a nurse, had been threatened with a hand grenade for trying to restore some sort of order during visiting hours. Professor Hussam described a vendetta that was carried out in a hospital room in his department. A patient was pursued by his assailants into the room where, in front of the doctors, he was shot twice at point-blank range. When they found out that he had survived, his assailants returned that same evening to finish him off.”While she was talking to a doctor and nurses at Basra General Hospital, a noisy group, 20-strong, arrived carrying an unconscious old lady on a stretcher. “They pushed open the doctor’s door and demanded that he examine her,” Ms. Chaib said. “The doctor replied that he had already seen her and signed her discharge note. The lady’s relatives lost their tempers, started shouting, jostled the doctor and overturned the scant furniture in the office. ‘If anything happens to her we swear we’ll be back to kill you and we’ll put a bomb in the hospital,’ they yelled.”Ms. Chaib said that under these conditions some doctors come for just a few hours, while others don’t come at all. Some, like two young surgeons, have taken up contracts completely outside their field with a non-government organization. “We studied for 12 long years, but nothing justifies dying because we lose a patient on the operating table, especially in working conditions as precarious as those in Basra,” she quoted one of them as saying. read more

Ford raises quarterly dividend 25 per cent to 125 cents per share

Ford raises quarterly dividend 25 per cent to 12.5 cents per share In this Sept. 18, 2013 photo, a Ford emblem is attached to a Ford pickup truck tailgate in Needham, MassTHE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Steven Senne AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2014 6:37 am MDT DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. is raising the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders for the second time since restoring the payout in 2012.The second-largest U.S. automaker said Thursday its board declared a first-quarter dividend of 12.5 cents per share, a 25 per cent increase from the previous 10-cent payout. The new dividend is payable on March 3 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 31.Dearborn-based Ford stopped paying a dividend in 2006, a year in which it lost $12.6 billion. After a restructuring, it returned to profitability in 2009. Ford restored its quarterly dividend at 5 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012 and doubled that dividend a year later.The announcement comes a few days after CEO Alan Mulally said he planned to stay with the automaker at least through the end of this year. Mulally was rumoured to be in the running to become Microsoft Corp.’s next CEO.Ford shares rose 27 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $15.81 in late morning trading.The largest U.S. automaker, General Motors Co., hasn’t paid a dividend since 2008. But CEO Dan Akerson recently hinted one is coming soon.Akerson told reporters last month that since GM has retired preferred stock that carried high dividend rates and payments, it now has enough money to maintain capital spending and reward shareholders. read more

Security Council urges Burundian parties to pursue dialogue spare their people and

In a statement issued by Council President for October, Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain, the 15-member body also expressed its deep concerns about an increase in human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions.Other concerns cited in the statement included the prevalence of impunity, the daily assassinations, the restricted freedom of expression, and the worsening of the humanitarian situation, as illustrated by the more than 200,000 Burundian citizens seeking refuge. Further, the Council strongly condemned all human rights violations and acts of unlawful violence committed both by security forces, militias and other illegal armed groups. It expressed its determination to bring perpetrators of such acts to justice and welcomed the African Union’s decision to launch investigations into those cases.Recalling the importance of respecting the nation’s Constitution as well as the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement of August 2000, the Council urged all stakeholders to reject armed rebellion, and engage in dialogue. It also emphasized the importance of the mediation efforts led by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on behalf of the East African Community and as endorsed by the African Union, as well as the importance of urgently resuming that process.The Council welcomed the decision of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to increase the number of its human rights observers and military experts in Burundi, and noted the Union’s decision to impose sanctions against the stakeholders perpetuating violence and impeding the search for a solution. read more

Horse put down after being terrified by fireworks

first_imgA woman is calling for the sale of fireworks to be more tightly restricted after an unofficial display caused her horse to panic, injuring itself so severely it had to be put down.Nelly Shell, 27, of Seahouses, Northumberland, received a phone call from a friend on Sunday morning last week telling her that her horse, a 12-year-old thoroughbred named Boy, had sustained deep cuts to his legs.He had become spooked after fireworks were set off from the garden of a holiday home close to the rented field where Ms Shell kept the animal.The horse, in panic, ran into a barbed wire fence, severing a tendon and damaging his canon bone. Speaking to ITV News she added: “If you are going to set fireworks off then please tell people nearby. If I’d known, I would have moved Boy to another field.“It’s not just horses, it’s all animals, including sheep and cows in rural areas. I am trying to track whoever is responsible down, so I can explain the dangers to them. I would hate this to happen to someone else’s pet.”She is now urging people to sign a petition calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public, allowing with only approved organised displays to go ahead in future. Nelly and BoyCredit:Nelly Shell/Facebook Nelly and Boycenter_img Ms Shell told ITV News: “I called a vet straight away but he said Boy had been very badly hurt. I was devastated.“I’d had him for two and a half years, and nothing like this had ever happened before. He was never any trouble.“Boy has clearly become frightened and he has tried to get away from the noise, and in his attempt to escape cut himself on the barbed wire.”The vet told Ms Shell that, with no hope of recovery, Boy would have to be put down. In a Facebook post she wrote: “I am absolutely heartbroken as this could have been avoided if people didn’t feel the need to set fireworks off right next to their field.“Money was no object and if he could of been saved believe me he would have been! He was loved unbelievably.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Men going vegan is a sign theyve hit midlife crisis study finds

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jake Williams, Lifestyle Health Adviser at Bupa Health Clinics, said: “Entering a new decade is one of many triggers that can prompt us to think about our health.”In our clinics, we often see customers coming in for a general health check shortly before, or after turning, an age ending with a zero.” Going vegan and signing up for a ‘Tough Mudder’ is the new midlife crisis, according to men.The study, by Bupa Health Clinics, found turning 40 or 50 pushes many people into crisis, prompting us to make doctor’s appointments and changes in diet, with 53 per cent cutting down on alcohol or giving up completely.But for men, it is no longer buying a sports car. Instead the key sign of hitting a midlife turning point is opting to become a vegan (24 per cent) and signing up to a competitive event (31 per cent), such as a marathon.Some 6 per cent also confess they are keen to get fitter because they “have a younger partner”.The study of 3,000 adults found half (47 per cent) of Brits feel considerably older and began worrying about their health after turning 30, 40 or 50 – but women tend to feel the impact sooner than men. They typically take stock of their health when they reach 30, while men are more likely to make health and lifestyle resolutions at 40.Half of women have quickly signed up to a gym or hired a personal trainer in the aftermath of a landmark birthday, and 67 per cent adopted a new “healthy eating plan”. read more

Nama to make significant investment in Dublin Docklands area

first_imgTHE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency (Nama) has announced plans to develop significant additional office space in the Dublin Docklands area.In a statement today, Nama said the decision to invest in the area was in response to the expansion of financial services sector.The investment in the area is part of a plan for Nama to develop new commercial and residential projects as part of its €2 billion investment programme in Ireland in response to emerging demand in key markets. Nama is also evaluating residential projects where demand exists in Dublin and in other major growth centres throughout the country.Speaking to the Association of European Journalists in Dublin, Nama Chairman Frank Daly said the Agency expects to make significant investments in the Dublin Docklands to cater for the future job creation, which he said would be supported by the country’s continuing strong performance in the global financial, technology and other key service sectors. The investment would also meet Nama’s commercial objective of maximising value from the management of its acquired assets, he said.“The Dublin Docklands has been a marked success from an investment perspective, already accommodating over 40,000 employees in the technology, banking, financial, commercial law and other service sectors,”“The area is expected to require significant new development over the medium term, particularly of commercial office space, to accommodate the continued expansion of the financial services sector and the creation of new business and technology hubs in the wake of the move by companies such as Google and Facebook to the area”.The Agency has approved sales with a total value of €11bn since its was created in 2009.Read: Noonan: IBRC liquidation is ‘crude’ but staff in better position than mostlast_img read more

Fianna Fáil to debate its prolife stance as Ard Fheis gets under

first_imgREFORMS TO THE way Fianna Fáil elects its future leaders are part of a number of proposals being put forward at the party’s Ard Fheis in Dublin which gets under way this evening.The party will meet for its 74th Ard Fheis at the RDS in the capital this evening with party leader Micheál Martin opening the event from 7pm and making his main leader’s address tomorrow night.The Ard Fheis will debate a number of motions this weekend including four proposals which call for the main opposition party’s pro-life stance to be maintained. One motion calls for a referendum to be held on the issue.Party leader Micheál Martin has previously told that his party has an issue with including suicide risk in any legislation for the X Case and has declined to say how many doctors should assess the risk of suicide in a woman seeking on abortion on the grounds of risk to her life.As well as abortion, the Ard Fheis will also debate a proposal from the party’s Ard Chomhairle – the party executive – to reform the way the party leader is elected.The motion calls for a consultation process on the possibility of involving ordinary members in the election of future party leaders.Another motion calls for the reform to the party’s Rule 61 on participation in coalition governments. Specifically that any draft programme for government be presented to voting members of the organisation at a special Ard Fheis.The motion states: “The voting members will vote on a OMOV (One Member One Vote) basis to accept or reject the draft Programme,” and adds: “Only if a simple majority of those casting valid votes vote in favour of the draft Programme for Government shall it be approved.”Another motion put forward by the party’s youth wing – Ógra Fianna Fáil – calls for the abolition of the Seanad but for the introduction of what it terms a “revitalised chamber”.The new chamber would see the scrapping of the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees, the retention of vocational panels but with a wider electorate, and 5 seats for Northern Irish citizens and the diaspora.Read: Is Galway West TD Noel Grealish joining Fianna Fáil?Read: Fianna Fáil criticises Tánaiste for ‘snubbing’ men-only dinner in GeorgiaVideo: ‘I’m not ruling anything out’ – Micheál Martin on Fine Gael or Sinn Féin coalitionlast_img read more

Poll Will the Cabinet reshuffle bring positive change in Ireland

first_imgYesNoThings will remain the sameVoteTell us more about your choice in the comments Poll Results: WE HAVE ALREADY seen Joan Burton taking over as the new leader of the Labour Party, and the role of Tánaiste.The next change in Government is a Cabinet reshuffle this coming week.Such reshuffles always see a lot of speculation over who will have to step back, and who will be stepping forward into a new role.This time, there is talk of Labour wanting to grab some of the posts held by Fine Gael, and long-time Ministers saying goodbye to their portfolios.With new Ministers comes the possibility of positive change within their departments, from education to jobs – or do you think things will remain the same in Ireland?You tell us: Will the Cabinet reshuffle bring positive change in Ireland? Things will remain the same (1703)center_img No (1827) Yes (739)last_img read more

BlackBerry Internet Service 40 details leaked

first_imgA bunch of new information about BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 4.0 has appeared thanks to documents leaked online. The BIS is what individuals use to handle email to and from their BlackBerry device in lieu of a Blackberry Server used by most enterprises. New features offered by the forthcoming BIS include integration with the BlackBerry ID (BBID), improved BIS end user communications, automatic login improvements, support for new service tiers, and Google Calendar improvements.By having a BIS account associated with a BBID, users will be able to enter their BBID on a handheld with BlackBerry OS 6.1 to switch all services, including a BIS email account, to the new device. BIS 4 also improves end user communications by moving from the traditional text based messages to rich text messages with the BlackBerry logo. Messages will appear at the top of an Inbox even after other messages are received to ensure they are read. Communications have been improved to reduce the number of support calls received.Also hoping to reduce support calls is the automatic login improvements to BIS. They eliminate the need for a user to remember a username and password when using an email setup application on OS 6.0 and above devices.The final two improvements include Google Calendar synchronization enhancements and changes to the user interface. Google Calendar sync improvements include delete sync for events that belong to a deleted calendar and status field sync. User interface changes include the removal of import control and clearer text regarding entering a security question and answer.Read more at N4BB.comlast_img read more

Egypte le maître de larchéologie détrôné

first_imgEgypte : le maître de l’archéologie détrônéZahi Hawass, qui régnait en maître sur l’archéologie de son pays depuis 2002, vient de perdre son poste de ministre des Antiquités, faisant les frais de la révolution égyptienne. Après neuf ans passés à la tête du Conseil Suprême des Antiquités et alors qu’il venait d’être nommé ministre égyptien des Antiquités, Zahi Hawass a été démis de ses fonctions, apprend-on par Sciences et Avenir. En cause ? Sa trop grande proximité avec le président sortant, Hosni Moubarak.Vendredi dernier, l’archéologue prévenait que les troubles politiques qui secouent le pays laissaient les sites archéologiques du pays à la merci des criminels (voir notre article), et annonçait sa décision de quitter son poste… Il n’a visiblement pas eu le temps de le faire.Un nouveau secrétaire général pour le Conseil Suprême des Antiquités devrait être nommé sous peu. Le 9 mars 2011 à 10:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LESA confie deux vastes études à Astrium

first_imgL’ESA confie deux vastes études à AstriumL’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), vient de confier à Astrium, la filiale d’EADS consacrée aux services spatiaux civils et militaires, deux ambitieuses missions. La firme a été chargée de mener des études sur l’évolution du cargo spatial ATV mais aussi du laboratoire de recherches Columbus, en vue de la conception de nouveaux vaisseaux. La firme Astrium, filiale d’EADS se targuant d’être le “numéro un européen de l’industrie spatiale”, a été choisi par l’Agence spatiale européenne, l’ESA, pour mener différentes études visant à faire évoluer les technologies utilisées sur le cargo spatial ATV ainsi que sur le laboratoire spatial Columbus. Dans un communiqué, la société qui emploie 18.000 personnes en France, en Allemagne, au Royaume-Uni, aux Pays-Bas et en Espagne, précise que le coût de ces deux missions a été évalué à quelque 13 millions d’euros, équitablement répartis.Selon les informations dévoilées, la première mission consistera à développer différents concepts de module de service destinés à la future capsule spatiale américaine Orion. Un module décrit à l’AFP par Gilles Debas, chef adjoint du programme ATV chez Astrium, comme “la chambre des machines” permettant de propulser et d’alimenter électriquement les vaisseaux spatiaux. Dans son communiqué, Astrium rappelle que l’ATV, le véhicule automatique de transfert européen, est depuis la mise au rebut des navettes américaines, Atlantis, Endeavour et Discovery, “le plus grand véhicule de ravitaillement de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS)”, mais aussi “le plus sophistiqué”. Capable transporter plus de sept tonnes de fret, l’engin peut s’amarrer automatiquement à l’ISS ainsi qu’aux vaisseaux russes Progress-M, les seuls à assurer depuis le retrait des navettes américaines le ravitaillement de la station spatiale internationale. Les diverses solutions étudiées pour l’évolution du module de service de l’ATV viseront ainsi à “faire évoluer les technologies existantes vers une utilisation pour différentes missions futures” explique Astrium, précisant que ces travaux devraient s’achever d’ici à la fin de l’année 2012. De nouvelles missions pour l’ATV À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAQuant à la seconde étude, censée être terminée au même moment, elle aura pour but d'”identifier et définir le concept de véhicule spatial autonome doté d’une polyvalence intrinsèque, également basé sur le savoir-faire et les technologies de l’ATV”, indique la filiale d’EADS. Les nouvelles technologies ainsi développées au sein du laboratoire Columbus viseront à permettre au vaisseau d’accomplir de nombreuses et différentes missions. Parmi elles, le “transport vers une infrastructure en orbite terrestre basse”, des “missions de service en orbite ciblant un véhicule spatial ou des débris” ou encore l’approvisionnement de plates-formes et d’habitats spatiaux autonomes. En attendant, l’ATV actuel a encore plusieurs missions devant lui, la dernière étant fixée en 2014. Les travaux visant à faire évoluer les vaisseaux, basés sur ces études menées par Astrium, seront ensuite mis en route. Ce développement, souligne la firme européenne, “sera nécessaire pour permettre à l’Europe de s’”acquitter” envers ses partenaires de l’ISS jusqu’à l’horizon 2020″.Le 25 juin 2012 à 19:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Promotion of state now in tourism industrys hands

first_imgOLYMPIA — Business and travel industry leaders have begun marketing Washington just weeks after the state shut down its official tourism agency.In another grueling year of budget compromises, July 1 marked the date when Washington became the first state to shutter its tourism agency. The decision gave primary responsibility for tourism marketing to the fledgling nonprofit Washington Tourism Alliance. The WTA encompasses of a broad cross section of businesses and associations within Washington’s tourism industry, ranging from the Washington Restaurant Association to Red Lion and Best Western hotels. Its leaders created the group in February, following the announcement that officials would close the doors to the state tourism office.With more than $300,000 raised from the tourism industry so far, the WTA has taken off fast, but it still has some holes to fill. Chief among those is who will serve as its interim director. Kim Bennett, CEO of the Vancouver Regional Tourism Office, played a key role in interviews to narrow the field of candidates to lead the WTA. “I believe they’ve made a selection,” Bennett said, “and that will be announced somewhere around July 22.”The state put about $2 million into tourism marketing last year. The number represents a decline in funding over several years from a peak of $7 million. Bennett is optimistic that the complete shift to the private sector will bolster funding enough to surpass those amounts in the next few years. “I’m hoping that in the first two or three years, the WTA can amass a budget of around $10 million,” she said.Paying for itPart of the WTA’s funding comes from membership fees, which range from $25 for individual members to $5,000 for the group’s founding partners. The other part will come from contracts with industry leaders such as the Port of Seattle, said WTA member Jane Kilburn.last_img read more

Crocodile walks along SW MiamiDade roadway

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crocodile was spotted walking along a South Florida street, and ended up with a sort of police escort.The massive crocodile was found taking an early morning stroll in Southwest Miami-Dade, near 216th Street and 87th Avenue, Tuesday.Officers blocked off roads in the area until Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers arrived, along with a local trapper.However, the trapper could not capture the animal without permission, since it was an endangered saltwater crocodile. After about two hours, while calls were being made to get permission to trap the croc, the large reptile ended up going into a nearby lake.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

300 Villages Healy

first_imgThis week we’re headed to Healy, a small community on the fringes of Denali National Park. Clay Walker is mayor of the Denali Borough.Download Audio:300 villages is AK’s attempt to put every community in Alaska on the radio. If you want to hear your community featured, send an e-mail to

Chinese Interpol boss goes missing

first_imgIn this file photo taken on July 4, 2017 Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, gives an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. Photo: AFPFrench police said Friday they were probing the disappearance of the Chinese head of Interpol, who has reportedly been detained for questioning in his home country.Meng Hongwei, 64, was last seen leaving for China from the international police organisation’s headquarters in Lyon, southeast France, in late September, a source close to the enquiry told AFP. His wife has since reported him missing.”He did not disappear in France” where he lives, the source told AFP.But Interpol would not be drawn on his possible whereabouts.”We are aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei. This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China,” it said on Twitter.”Interpol will not comment further.”Hong-Kong’s South China Morning Post reported that Meng was under investigation in China.He was “taken away” for questioning by the authorities “as soon as he landed in China” last week, the newspaper said, quoting an unidentified source.It was not known why Meng was being investigated.The French interior ministry said it was concerned about unspecified “threats” received by Meng’s wife, who has not heard from her husband since September 25.Meng’s family has been placed under police protection following the “worrying disappearance”, the ministry said.- Corruption crackdown -Before being elected head of Interpol in November 2016, Meng was vice minister of public security in China. He also ran the Chinese Interpol office.The Post said Meng was listed on the website of China’s Ministry of Public Security as a vice minister, but added that he lost his seat on its Communist Party Committee, the real decision-making body, in April.He was the first Chinese leader of Interpol, which connects the law enforcement agencies of its 192 member countries. His term runs until 2020.The transnational organisation does not have agents of its own with powers of arrest.Critics suggested that Meng’s election gave Beijing a chance to enlist more international help in tracking down alleged economic criminals, including corrupt officials, targeted by President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign.But Interpol has in the past denied this, saying its head does not intervene in day-to-day operations, which are handled by secretary-general Juergen Stock, a German.The Chinese clampdown on corruption, known as Operation Fox Hunt, has led to claims in some countries that Chinese law enforcement agents have been operating covertly on their soil without the approval or consent of local authorities.Some critics also view the campaign as a way for Xi to purge the party of political foes.Since it began, several top officials have been detained and charged with crimes including “severe disciplinary violations”, a phrase which usually refers to corruption or graft.- Superstar breaks silence -A number of well-known Chinese figures have gone missing for weeks or months in recent years.One of the more public cases was that of Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, who only recently returned to social media after dropping off the radar in May.The 36-year-old actress, model and producer re-emerged this past week, apologising in a statement to fans and to the Communist Party for tax evasion, after news broke that she had been ordered to pay nearly $130 million (113 million euros) in back taxes and fines.In other recent cases, the shares of a Hong Kong-based casino operator, Landing International Development, plunged in August after the company reported that its chairman Yang Zhihui could not be found.The news site Caixin later said Yang was being investigated by Chinese authorities over his ties to the head of state-controlled Huarong Asset Management and had been detained in Cambodia.And in 2016 the chairman of one of the country’s most prominent fashion firms also disappeared, returning to work a week later amid speculation he had been caught up in the anti-corruption campaign.last_img read more

Police to purchase 790 vehicles

first_imgBangladesh Police will procure a total of 790 vehicles as part of its capacity building initiative.The cabinet committee on public purchase on Wednesday approved two separate proposals to this end. The committee also approved nine proposals from various ministries.Agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque presided over the meeting in absence of finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.The home ministry proposed procuring 140 SUVs by police for using them in operational activities, Nasima Khatun, additional secretary of the cabinet division, told reporters.State-owned Pragoti Industries will supply the jeeps at a total cost of Tk 1.27 billion.Police will procure 650 double cabin pick-ups at a cost of Tk 2.82 billion while each pick-up will cost Tk 4.3 million lakh. Local firm Rangs Limited won the contract to supply the pick-ups.The cabinet body approved a proposal of the Health Ministry to procure 297 cross-country vehicles (jeep) for its different health service organisations. Rangs Limited also won the contract to supply the jeeps at Tk 1.69 billion while each jeep will cost Tk 5.7 million.The committee approved a proposal of the industries ministry to import 25,000 tons of bagged prilled urea fertiliser from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) under the state-level agreement. The import will cost Tk 595.7 million.There is an agreement with SABIC to import a total of 405,000 mt of fertiliser.The committee also gave a nod to the industries ministry’s proposal to procure remaining fertiliser under different lots by its own procurement authority without moving to the cabinet body.The proposal of the Road Transportation and Highways Division to appoint a consultant for its Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway project at a cost of Tk 2.82 billion received the committee’s nod.A consortium of three firms – Tecnica of Spain, Dohwa Engineering of South Korea and DDC of Bangladesh – won the contract at a cost of Tk 2.73 billion.The committee approved a proposal of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division to import 26,400 metric tons of diesel from India.India’s Numaligar Refinery will supply the bulk diesel through railway wagons to the Parbatipur depot of Bangladesh at a cost of Tk 5.82 billion while premium of per ton of diesel was fixed at $5.5 per barrel.The committee approved three separate proposals of Power Division to import SPC poles for rural electrification.As per tender proposals, the Rural Electrification Board (REB) will procure 230,925 SPC poles for Rajshahi, Ragpur, Khuna and Barisal divisions at a cost of Tk 5 billion. The poles will be supplied by local firms Charka, Contec Concrete, Pole & Concrete and the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory Ltd (BMTF).Under another tender, local firms Confidence Power, TSCO, Pasha Poles, and BMTF will supply 233,581 poles to REB at a total cost of Tk 5.49 billion for rural electrification projects in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattagram, and Sylhet divisions.REB will procure 297,054 poles for its project titled ‘1.5 million consumer connections through rural electrification’ from five local firms Zemcon, Contec, Electro Pac, Data Ltd and BMTF at a cost of Tk 8.30 billion.State-owned BMTF won the contract under direct procurement method while other firms had to win their contracts under different lots through competitive bidding process, said the cabinet division officials.last_img read more

Netflix Snaps Up Chiwetel Ejiofors The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix, Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI financed the film in association with Head Gear Films & Metrol Technology, Lipsync and Cornerstone Films. Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan produced for Potboiler Productions. Cornerstone Films is the international sales agent.“We need this kind of story now more than ever, and we’re excited to continue the partnership with Netflix that started with ‘Beasts of No Nation’ and continued with ‘Roma’ to bring this new film to audiences around the world,” said Jonathan King, president of film and television at Participant Media.The film will launch in 2019 on Netflix and in select cinemas in the U.S. and U.K. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Participant Media by Gabriel Brakin, general counsel & EVP of business affairs, and Krista Wegener, SVP of sales and distribution, along with CAA Media Finance.Ejiofor is represented by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman. In the U.K. he is represented by Alex Irwin with Markham Frogatt & Irwin, and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” has landed at Netflix. The streaming giant has the British star’s film globally with the exception of China, where it does not have a service, Japan, and the U.K., where the free-TV rights are with the BBC.Based on the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, the film follows 13-year-old boy William, played by newcomer Maxwell Simba, who finds a way to save his village in Malawi from famine. The true story was the subject of a documentary that played at SXSW in 2013, “William and the Windmill.”Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) wrote the screenplay and plays William’s father in the movie, which was shot in Malawi. “A global story such as this requires a global platform, and I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix on bringing William’s extraordinary tale of determination and inventiveness to audiences worldwide,” he said.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more