Juventus tweet to Ronaldo goes viral for the wrong reason

first_imgJuventus ironically congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the UEFA Goal of the Season award by scoring against themThe Portuguese superstar’s stunning overhead kick in the Champions League quarter-finals for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus was voted as the UEFA Goal of the Season.Ronaldo’s strike topped the voting poll with nearly 200,000 of the total 346,915 votes.Who could forget that?His incredible acrobatic effort brought the Juventus supporters to their feet in applause, which Ronaldo later claimed had a big influence on his decision to join the club this summer.And the 33-year-old’s new side congratulated him on his goal by posting a Tweet, which fellow Serie A team AS Roma quickly commented on. pic.twitter.com/M3Rar9wtBYCristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 28, 2018Here is another reply:??? https://t.co/QbpGBZ5vcV— KiD Cudi (@LuzukoMpofu_) August 29, 2018last_img read more

Monchi reiterates confidence in Di Francesco at Roma

first_imgAS Roma sporting director Monchi announced that the club retain “100%” confidence in under-fire coach Eusebio Di FrancescoThe Giallorossi blew a two-goal lead on Saturday at Cagliari to settle for a 2-2 draw, which left them only eighth in the Serie A table after 15 games.It means that Roma’s five-season run of finishing in the top three in the league is in danger of ending with reports in the Italian media suggesting Di Francesco’s future is on the line.The Italian himself declared that his focus remains on the pitch with Monchi now announcing that the club board retain full confidence in him.“Unfortunately I have talked about this too many times: the position of the club has not changed and our confidence [in the coach] is the same,” Monchi told Sky Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“When I have belief in a professional I do not easily change my mind. I am a bit confused when I read things about the directors: that there is a war between us, that I want to walk away, that I’m getting angry. Here we have 100% belief in the coach.“It is the same coach who finished third last season and took us to the Champions League semi-finals – nothing has changed.“Sometimes the responsibility falls on all of us, not just one person: we can’t put everything on the coach.”Roma will face Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic tonight at 18:55 (CET) with the hope of avoiding defeat to book a last-16 spot from Group G.last_img read more

DEC Issues Air Quality Advisory For Sterling Soldotna Kenai and Nikiski

first_imgAir Quality CategoryCautionary Statements HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska.  Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns.  Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times.  It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php. VisibilityAir Quality  GoodNone When air quality data is unavailable, the following Air Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: In smoke impacted areas, DEC advises people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion.  Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day, surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 17th, 2019 at 05:51 amSmoke from the 11,000 acre Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula is trapped below the low level clouds and is impacting the air quality for Southcentral, according to the ADEC. Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion  ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski.  Air Quality will vary between GOOD  and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the fires. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardouslast_img read more

Consumer Ad Pages Drop 94 Percent in Q1

first_imgAccording to Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and CMO Ellen Oppenheim, the quarter did have some positive signs. “The picture was brighter with an increase in major categories posting ad page and revenue growth, despite softness overall,” she says. “In addition, almost six times as many titles generated ad page gains compared to first quarter of 2009, another sign of industry improvement. The positive trending in pages and revenue suggests that second quarter performance for magazines will be stronger.”During the quarter, 85 magazines posted an increase in ad pages, compared to only 15 during the same period in 2009. The largest ad page gainers for the period were: Time Inc.’s People Stylewatch (up 134.4 percent to 134.6 pages), Scuba Diving (up 107.6 percent to 50.1 pages), Executive Travel Skyguide (up 79.1 percent to 76.27 pages) and Martha Stewart Weddings (up 77.4 percent to 432.92 pages).The magazines that saw the biggest ad page losses during the quarter were National Geographic Kids (-57.6 percent), Wakeboarding (-49 percent), Caribbean Travel & Life (-47.6 percent), and Veranda (-45.3 percent). RELATED: Publishing Powerhouses Show Some Positive Advertising ResultsWhile some are saying the worst of the economic recession is over, traditional advertising hasn’t begin to rebound as everyone has hoped. Advertising pages among the consumer magazines tracked by the Publishers Information Bureau declined 9.4 percent during the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year, while estimated ad revenues fell 3.9 percent to $4.04 billion. The group released its first quarter report today.Of the 12 advertising categories tracked by PIB, three showed ad page growth, including some of those that have been hardest hit by the recession: Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (+11.3 percent), Toiletries and Cosmetics (+7.6 percent) and Automotive (+1.3 percent).last_img read more

Condé Nasts Self Gets SocialFocused Makeover

first_imgMagazine publishers from all industry sectors are searching for ways to court new audiences, bring in fresh advertisers and expand their digital presence. Condé Nast’s Self magazine has redesigned itself with this new model in mind by introducing a more conversational voice, increased imagery, new content sections and a digitally-connected publication.The new Self, which will be introduced with the March issue, has been enabled with some scanable pages connected to a Self PLUS mobile app and is packed with sharable, tweetable tips. The publication hopes to court the coveted Gen-Y demographic with its new look and feel—and the advertisers looking to sell to them.FOLIO: sat down with Self editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger, who walked us through the various aspects behind the redesign and its implementation. In this Q&A, Danziger (pictured) outlines the new strategies the brand is bringing to the publication and highlights the challenges associated with reaching the millennial market. FOLIO: What prompted the redesign?Lucy Danziger: Self has basically enjoyed an audience of a million and a half readers and about four million online for a couple years. We realized we were reaching women in their 30s quite successfully, but we wanted to wrap our arms around this millennial audience in their 20s and grow the readership. We wanted to keep current readers engaged, and engage them further, but there is a huge Generation Y—there are twice as many in the world than Gen-X—and they spend $200 billion a year and have a ton of disposable income. They grew up empowered, and don’t need to be told to be empowered. But they still need and want a boost of support and inspiration—and Self wants to give it to them. Instead of saying that we’re here to empower, we’re telling them we’re here to help. The interesting thing about growing this brand is we still want to give great information and confidence boosting tips and ideas, but make it a step-by-step, moment-to-moment progression that is fun. That very much speaks to the mindset of women in their 20s—they want to be healthy, but they also want to have fun. We really needed to refocus the way we were talking to women. The new magazine breaks things down into momentary goals to help her feel inspired and supply her with tips. FOLIO: What new elements were brought into the redesign and why did you select these additions? Danziger: There are three basic things that are hugely different. One is the architecture, one is the visual branding and the third is the voice. Instead of breaking things into subject headings like fitness, beauty and nutrition, we decided to simplify it and make a much more streamlined section architecture in the front of the book. ‘You+Looks’ is a new section and that encompasses beauty, style and outward appearances. ‘You+Body’ is the second section, and that incorporates fitness, diet, health and nutrition—the physical self. The third is ‘You+Life,’ which is all about the emotional and social. The reason we made it ‘You+’ is because we wanted to put the reader right at the front and center of this whole new conversation. It’s not so much about Self telling her what she should think about, but it’s her coming to us and asking us questions through all of the different social platforms. Now we have this new voice—it’s much more conversational in tone. The new architecture allows for a bold and beautiful design, letting the pictures really have air and less text. In doing so, we cut straight to the chase. The architecture, voice and visual branding of bold, beautiful, strong imagery with less words is how much more women want information. This is a generation of women that can always search something with three taps of their fingers. They really want a trusted source, which is Self, and these gorgeous strong images. We know that they are pinning—we had 10 million pins and about 1.2 million women came to Self.com from Pinterest in January alone. Though it was pre-redesign, our high-water mark in December was 4.7 million unique visitors to Self.com and in January we reached 6.9 million. That was a jump in unique visitors in one month of about 2.2 million, which is almost 50 percent. We grew to almost 7 million and about a fifth or a quarter of that is coming from Pinterest.The visual piece of the redesign is also a difference in the photographic style. We’re trying to show women in the way they snap themselves—it’s not so much a highly styled shoot as it is a very authentic feeling. FOLIO: Do you think the shift to court a younger audience could alienate your existing Gen-X base?Danziger: I think that’s a valid question. One of the things we’ve been looking at are the habits of both groups—the 30 or 35-year-olds and the 25-year-olds. It turns out they have more in common than not. They’re both very optimistic, open minded and trying to reach their goals. Yet, with a 25-year-old, she might have to delay some of those goals because of the economy or whatever else is going on in her life, but we know they do have a lot in common. We know that 35-year-olds will read the same imagery that a 25-year-old will read: If you’re showing a picture, you can show it to them both and they’ll relate to that.The whole gen-blend is the Holy Grail for all marketers—whether you’re Lululemon or Apple. They really want customization so people can take something and use it in their own way, which is why the Pinterest thing is so interesting. We have a page called ‘Obsessed,’ which is about things we love—whether gym bags or high top sneakers that are very fashionable—each one of these pages, I believe, whether you’re 35 or 25, you’re going to relate to because it’s driven by real women, scenarios and moments. Self is the same positive voice for women, just like it’s always been. We’ve just now gotten a makeover and it’s supposed to emphasize the fun. We wanted to repackage things for this very technical generation—one of the things we’ve talked about is making sure that every tip in the magazine is sharable, tweetable and repeatable.  FOLIO: With these new elements you’re bringing in, how does this help to support your audience as well as your advertising partners?Danziger: The new voice and pages are the type of thing people will want to advertise with, sponsor or be next to. One of the pages is, ‘Did You Do Something Different?’ That’s how women talk to each other.  It’s a beauty moment that captures a real woman’s voice. When we look at the language of these franchise pages, it provides a ritual for going to a page that you love. Whether it’s the caption writing contest at The New Yorker or ‘The Matrix’ at New York magazine or pages that Self will now deliver month after month—a ritualized franchised page will bring new readers and advertisers who want to be there for this ritualized reading. Digitally, the story continues with a new app called Self PLUS. When you download this free app to your phone, tablet or other device and hover it over a page will actually come to life in your tablet or phone. It’s fun for us because we can give the magazine a digital, dynamic feeling—our print now plays in the digital space.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!More on this topic The Rise of First Person Storytelling Face Up: IEEE Spectrum (redesign) Krystle Kopacz Looking for Someone to Blame for the Industry’s Implosion? Try Editors Glamour.com Sees Social-Focused Redesign Slate Rolls Out Responsive Design WebsiteJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

MercedesBenz To Roll With Tidal HiFi In 2018

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 20, 2015 – 11:12 am Jay Z, Linkin Park Win Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Mercedes-Benz Rolling With Tidal HiFi mercedes-benz-roll-tidal-hifi-2018 “The joint mission of superior quality and excellence is a natural synergy between both brands,” said Tidal exec Lior Tibon. “Mercedes customers value ingenuity and we’re proud to share Tidal’s elevated music and entertainment experience with them.”The finer points of the Mercedes me portal are outlined at Billboard, but, in essence, it’s the manufacturer’s digital platform to integrate their brand with their cars and drivers more deeply.Jay Z relaunched Tidal in 2015 after acquiring Norway’s Aspiro with goals to be artist-driven, top quality and a home for juicy exclusives. While management shake-ups or a beef with Kanye West have grabbed headlines, loyalty and word-of-mouth have helped meet these goals and sustain the perception that Tidal is one of today’s streaming services that indeed offers an “elevated” experience, with more than 1 million paid subscribers and millions more who sign up for free trials during promotions.From a product placement standpoint, Jay Z’s Tidal rolling in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz lines hopes to build on the brand vision and provoke luxury buyers, who can choose anything they want, to adopt Tidal. Artist announcements for the me Convention show are expected soon.Jay Z Kicking Off 43rd season of “SNL”Read more Email Mercedes-Benz To Roll With Tidal HiFi In 2018 Twitter Facebook News The Jay Z-owned streaming service Tidal boosts its luxury cachet with Mercedes-Benz long-term partnershipPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 5, 2017 – 3:50 pm Tidal’s high-fidelity streaming service will now be cruising onboard next year’s line of Mercedes-Benz cars, with a complimentary year free for drivers connecting their cars to the Mercedes me portal. The long-term partnership announced today will be celebrated with a Sept. 15 kickoff concert at Frankfurt’s me Convention, held in conjunction with the Frankfurt International Motor Show and SXSW.last_img read more

Twitch launches its first game karaoke fest Twitch Sings

first_imgTwitch Sings, the first game from the streaming site, had been in beta for six months.  Twitch Amazon’s gameplay streaming site Twitch launched on Saturday its first original game, opening up its live karaoke player Twitch Sings so almost anyone in the world can belt out tunes live online.Twitch is one of the pioneers of streaming live broadcasts of people playing video games, but Twitch Sings puts it in the role of game publisher for the first time. It’ll compete against apps like Smule, a mobile-based live karaoke system that’s been popular for years. Twitch Sings has been available for some streamers to play in a pilot beta version for about six months, and broadcasts of those performances have been available for anyone to watch. Saturday marks Twitch opening up the game for almost anyone to play. The company called it a worldwide launch, but a few markets are excluded because of issues around licensing rights. South Korea, for example, isn’t included. To make the live karaoke broadcast more interactive, the game lets viewers request songs, cheer to activate light shows, and send singing challenges to the streamers. Performers can sing solo or in a duet with somebody who already recorded their rendition of the same song. Performers can also broadcast video of themselves or perform through a personalized avatar. Share your voice 1 Comment Tags Digital Media Video Games Amazon Twitchlast_img read more

Kangana RanautAditya Pancholi case Yet another reason why people question cases of

first_imgAditya Pancholi, Kangana RanautTwitter/ Varinder ChawlaThe legal case between Kangana Ranaut and Aditya Pancholi is getting murkier with each passing day which has now yet another reason for people to not believe women when they complain about sexual violence against them.In 2007, Kangana had filed a police complaint against Aditya for physically and sexually abusing her. Kangana had alleged that Aditya, whom she was reportedly dating for almost four years, kept her under house arrest and she escaped from the apartment by jumping off from the first floor of the building. Aditya had filed a defamation case against Kangana for levelling serious allegations against him.So when the old case was recently brought into the picture, Aditya said that Kangana along with her sister Rangoli Chandel and their lawyer Rizwan Siddique have threatened to file a rape case against him. The actor said that he had submitted videos and phone recordings as proofs that show Rizwan threatening him with a rape case if he doesn’t backs off.In the video, which was run by Times Now on May 16, Rizwan, who also happens to be a good friend of the actor, can be heard telling Aditya and his wife Zarina Wahab that though he knows that the actor is a nice man, the case would go in a different direction. And that it will become a bigger issue than MeToo.The lawyer further tells Aditya and his wife that the actor’s aggression level is so high that people will think that he has done the wrong thing as he is short tempered which would eventually backfire at him. He says that his client Kangana feels that what happened with her is wrong and Aditya is trying to put pressure on her by taking the legal way, they would also do the same and put a rape case on him.This is why women aren’t believed when they complain of sexual violence. What a shame. https://t.co/Nwot92sCsD— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) May 17, 2019When Zarina Wahab asks, “A rape case?” the lawyer replies to her saying, “Yes, a rape case that Aditya raped Kangana, and that it was a forced relationship which is as good as rape.”As soon as the video tape was released, many people on social media heavily criticised Kangana and her sister Rangoli for making a mockery of the MeToo movement for their publicity stunt.On the other hand, Kangana supporters started posting an old video of an eyewitness recalling the alleged incident of how he saw Aditya blocking Kangana in the middle of the road, pulling her out of an auto-rickshaw by her hair and punching her.Following the criticism, Rangoli too shot at Aditya and tried to shed some light on the ugly case in a series of tweets. She also shared an audio recording of a phone call wherein Aditya can be heard expressing his displeasure that Rizwan, despite being a friend, had taken up Kangana’s case and fighting the battle with him.Take a look.About Pancholi waking up from the grave every now and then, everyone who it may concern, it is the same complain of sexual harassmentand, physical violence, house arrest and molestation that Kangana filed in 2007 which was also widely reported in media… (contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019(contd)…because Kangana spoke about it in Aapki Adalat, Pancholi filed a defamation suit on her in 2017, so our lawyer who happens to be Pancholi’s friend also said you cant stop her from speaking about her experiences….(contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019(Contd)…. which are anyway in public domain and to prove herself innocent we will have to file that 2007 case back which anyway exists in police records… that’s the whole matter … its not that Kangana filing a new case its the same old case…(contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019(Contd)….which is being revived to fight defamation suit, there is no attempt to defame him when one states matter of fact matters as it is… hopefully not so bright bulbs will also understand ( light up now) have simplified it completely ?— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019My lawyer Rizwan who happens to be like a brother to Zareena Wahab gave this to me, this is how he talks to Pancholi, this is their equation, there is no chance of threatening when two individual talk like this (Aditya calling Rizwan )… ? pic.twitter.com/kg1DxGqzvg— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019This is when Kangana was a minor, this monster Pancholi who has many cases of assault and rape on him still roams around openly, and @IndiaMeToo has all the sympathy for him…. shows the poor condition of women and their mentality in this country … ? https://t.co/ZyQNENsbes— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019last_img read more

Myanmar forces fire on fleeing Rohingya

first_imgWomen and children fleeing violence in their villages arrive at the Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state in Myanmar on 26 August, 2017. Photo: AFPMyanmar security forces fired mortars and machine guns at terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing northern Rakhine state for Bangladesh on Saturday, according to an AFP reporter and a border official at the scene, as clashes which have killed scores continued for a second day.The fighting, concentrated around remote border villages, is between suspected Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces, but is increasingly sweeping in civilians—from the Muslim minority as well as local Buddhists and Hindus.Women and children fleeing violence in their villages arrive at the Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state in Myanmar on 26 August, 2017. Photo: AFPRakhine state has become a crucible of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.Violence has left at least 92 dead since Friday, according to an official toll, and forced thousands of Rohingya to flee towards Bangladesh.But authorities there have refused to let most of them in, with thousands of people, mainly women and children, stranded along the “zero line” border zone.On Saturday an AFP reporter at Bangladesh’s Ghumdhum border post counted over a dozen mortar shells and countless machine gun rounds fired by Myanmar security forces in nearby hills onto a large group of Rohingya desperately trying to cross.It was not immediately clear if any were hit, but civilians scattered to evade the barrage.“They have fired on civilians, mostly women and children, hiding in the hills near the zero line,” Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) station chief Manzurul Hassan Khan confirmed.“They fired machine guns and mortar shells suddenly, targeting the civilians. They have not consulted with the BGB,” he added.Women and children fleeing violence in their villages arrive at the Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state in Myanmar on 26 August, 2017. Photo: AFPUnwanted by Myanmar, the Rohingya are unwelcome in Bangladesh, which already hosts tens of thousands of refugees from the Muslim minority who live in squalid conditions in the Cox’s Bazar area.In desperate scenes, many of the Rohingya displaced on Friday have been left without shelter in no-man’s land between the two countries, or forced to return to villages enveloped by clashes between militants and security forces.Hundreds did make it across the porous border early Saturday when border patrols were relaxed due to heavy rains, an AFP reporter witnessed, with some swimming across the Naf river which separates the two countries.Bangladesh’s foreign ministry summoned Myanmar’s charge d’affaires and expressed “serious concern” at the possibility of a large-scale influx of Rohingyas following the latest violence.·      ‘No security’ -The current flare-up came after a Myanmar government-commissioned report led by former UN chief Kofi Annan into the roots of the Rakhine troubles.It urged Myanmar’s government to swiftly find a pathway to citizenship for the roughly one million-strong Rohingya minority and ease suffocating restrictions on work and travel.-Violence erupted early on Friday as scores of men purportedly from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), ambushed Myanmar police posts.Using knives, some guns and homemade explosives they killed at least a dozen security forces.The fightback has seen at least 77 Rohingya militants killed, according to the office of Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi—the highest declared single day toll since ARSA emerged as a force last year.The group says it is fighting to protect the Rohingya from abuses by Myanmar security forces and the majority-Buddhist Rakhine community who they accuse of trying to push them out.Attacks on police posts last October sparked a wave of deadly “clearance operations” by Myanmar’s army and forced some 87,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.The UN believes that military crackdown may have amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.The army denies the allegations, which included civilian killings and mass rape.On Saturday residents of outlying villages fled to the town of Maungdaw, only to be greeted with more violence there.Ethnic Rakhine Buddhists armed themselves with knives and sticks as tension soared in a town that has repeatedly been the epicentre of religious violence since 2012.With panic spreading, scores of Hindu villagers also fled to Maungdaw after rumours that they too were a target for the militants.“There is no security in the villages,” Buthon, a Hindu man in Maungdaw told AFP.The government has declared ARSA a terrorist organisation.last_img read more

Gandhian activist Jharna Dhara no more

first_imgGandhi Ashram Trustee Board secretary and Ekushey Padak-winning social activist Jharna Dhara Chowdhury passed away in Dhaka on Thursday.She was 80.According to news agency UNB. she breathed her last at Square Hospitals Ltd around 6:34am, said director of the Gandhi Ashram, situated in Noakhali, Raha Naba Kumar.He said Jharna Dhara was taken to the hospital on 1 June after she had a brain haemorrhage.She was put on life support after she suffered the brain haemorrhage for the second time on Wednesday, Raha said.Jharna Dhara was born to Pramath Chowdhury and Asha Lata Chowdhury in Ramganj of Lakshmipur district on 15 October, 1938.She remained celibate throughout her life due to her involvement with social welfare and humanitarian activities.The social worker received numerous awards, including the Ekushey Padak in 2015 and Padmashree in 2013, the highest civilian award in India.She also received Bajaj International Award in 1998, Peace Award 2000, Ananya Award in 2001 and Begum Rokeya Padak in 2013.last_img read more

UN fears human rights abuses in Rakhine internet shutdown

first_imgAerial view of a burnt Rohingya village near Maungdaw in Rakhine state, Myanmar, 20 September 2018. Photo: ReutersAn internet blackout in parts of Myanmar could be cover for “gross human rights violations” in an area where a brutal army crackdown has already forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee, a UN rights investigator said.The military is locked in battle with the Arakan Army (AA), insurgents fighting for more autonomy for the region’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.On Friday the government took the unprecedented step of ordering mobile phone operators to shut down all internet data across at least eight townships in Rakhine and one in neighbouring Chin states.”I fear for all civilians there,” said UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee, calling for the immediate lifting of restrictions.The military’s “clearance operations” can be a “cover for committing gross human rights violations against the civilian population,” she said, referencing alleged mass atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in 2017.The decree was made under the Telecommunications Law, hitting all mobile operators for an unspecified period.Telenor Group said the Ministry of Transport and Communications justified the measure, saying the internet was being used to “coordinate illegal activities”.Thousands of troops have been deployed to the western region, which has seen more than 35,000 people fleeing their homes to escape heavy artillery fire in the violence that has spilled over into Chin state.Both sides stand accused of committing abuses and dozens of civilians have been killed in crossfire and shellings, even while taking refuge in monasteries.The military confirmed it shot dead six Rakhine detainees in late April.The violence has even spread to near the Rakhine state capital Sittwe with insurgents attacking a naval vessel during the weekend, killing two.Few people own personal computers so the mobile internet blackout has effectively shut most people off from the outside world.AFP spoke by phone Tuesday to local residents in three of the affected townships, all angry and afraid.”We can’t share information which is really dangerous and frightening when you’re living in a conflict area,” said Myo Kyaw Aung, Sapa Htar village administrator in Minbya township, by phone.Rakhine is also home to several hundred thousand remaining Rohingya, many confined to squalid camps.Around 740,000 of the stateless group were driven into Bangladesh in a 2017 army crackdown.last_img read more

Supreme Court Rules Against Apple in Case Alleging App Store Is a

first_img Popular on Variety Related The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Apple iPhone customers may proceed with a class-action lawsuit against the tech giant that alleges Apple’s App Store operates an illegal monopoly on iPhone apps.The ruling may expose Apple to payments of hundreds of millions in dollars in damages, CNBC reported. Apple shares, already pressured by the U.S.-China tariff dispute, were down more than 5% Monday in morning trading.In the case, Apple v. Pepper, four iPhone owners had sued the company saying the company unlawfully monopolizes the aftermarket for apps because the App Store charges a 30% commission to developers, resulting in inflated prices to consumers. The App Store is the only place iPhone users can legally purchase apps. Apple had moved to dismiss the lawsuit, stemming from litigation dating back to 2011, arguing the iPhone customers couldn’t sue because they weren’t direct purchasers from Apple. According to Kavanaugh’s opinion, “At this early pleadings stage of the litigation, we do not assess the merits of the plaintiffs’ antitrust claims against Apple, nor do we consider any other defenses Apple might have. We merely hold that the Illinois Brick direct-purchaser rule does not bar these plaintiffs from suing Apple under the antitrust laws.” Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis)center_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 The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a Ninth Circuit decision concluding that the iPhone owners were direct purchasers because they bought their apps directly from Apple.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.“Apple posits that allowing only the upstream app developers — and not the downstream consumers — to sue Apple would mean more effective antitrust enforcement,” the Supreme Court said in the decision. “But that makes little sense, and it would directly contradict the longstanding goal of effective private enforcement and consumer protection in antitrust cases.”The court, in the majority opinion, also said that “this is not a case where multiple parties at different levels of a distribution chain are trying to recover the same passed-through overcharge initially levied by the manufacturer at the top of the chain.”The Supreme Court’s majority opinion was written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh — a conservative and controversial Trump appointee — and joined by the court’s four liberal-leaning judges: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elia Kagan. Justice Neil Gorsuch filed the dissenting opinion, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.Apple’s booming App Store business has become a key growth driver, as iPhone sales have declined in recent quarters. The App Store generated an estimated $46.6 billion worldwide in 2018, up 20% year over year, per research firm Sensor Tower.In its defense, Apple cited a 1977 Supreme Court ruling, Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, which established a precedent of allowing only direct product buyers to file suit on antitrust grounds. Apple claims it is not the direct seller of apps in the App Store and that developers set the prices in its marketplace.The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday said that “Apple’s theory is not persuasive economically or legally,” in part because “It would draw an arbitrary and unprincipled line among retailers based on their financial arrangements with their manufacturers or suppliers.” Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phoneslast_img read more

Curtain call

first_imgAwards across 13 categories celebrating various aspects of theatre including Stage Design, Lighting and Costumes apart from Best Play, Best Director, theatre groups from all over the nation are set to participate in a festival to receive the prestigious and most comprehensive awards recognizing Indian Theatre. Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) called for entries for this year’s edition of META, a weeklong theatre festival and award that stages the best of theatre of the year. Every year META Winners are also awarded handsome prize money across the various categories. The 10th META Festival is scheduled from March 21 to 26 at the Capital’s LTG and Kamani Auditoriums along with a Gala Awards Night on March 27 at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd said “We want to provide a platform in the form of META for encouraging all forms of theatre across its full spectrum in India. Through META, our aim is to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre, making it one of the most important national platforms for recognizing and rewarding theatre. Apart from the glamorous and obvious awards for direction and acting we also celebrate and promote other elements of theatre Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixlike playwriting, set designing, costume and light designing.”In continuation of its commitment to promoting the arts, META 2015 aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. The awards consist of a specially designed trophy and a cheque for Rs.1 Lakh for the Best Production, Rs.75,000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs.45,000 for all other award categories.Creative Director, META, Ravi Dubey says, “It’s fascinating how we started with 10 entries in our first year and now after a decade META has achieved a stature of being one of the most glamorous events of the fraternity with over 13 awards from the various corners of the country. META has been a wonderful journey for us as we engage with various groups as well as dynamic and colorful artists on and off the stage.” Ravi Dubey also shared that META has really contributed to theatre as envisaged and suggested to other corporate entities that they should also be supporting theatre since it still requires more support and motivation.A Coffee table book Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre encapsulating ten glorious years of META was released at the  Jaipur Literature Festival by  Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad and Ravi Dubey, Creative Director, META along with Jaipur Literature Festival Producer and Teamwork Arts MD, Sanjoy Roy.Celebrated theatre personalities like M K Raina, Sushma Seth, Rajat Kapoor, Amal Allana, Manan Kaur, Neelam Mansingh, Ananda Lal have contributed to the book. Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre features their testimonials and chronicles on META and its instrumental role in encouraging and rewarding the theatre industry, bringing increased participation and showcasing exemplary work within this field.last_img read more

Cell phone books a new FAD

first_imgIn today’s digital age books are read on Kindle and desktop computers, but another installment to it could be the cell phone novel, where books can be delivered on cell phones on a chapter-by-chapter basis.On the final day of the Delhi Gymkhana Literature Festival, writers brainstormed on the future of books and debated how the traditional books continue to be cherished in the age of e-books.Sunil Sethi, Journalist and columnist, revealed big publishers like Chiki Sarkar, the former head of Penguin India, who has launched a new publishing venture ‘Juggernaut’, are onto something new. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Chiki’s idea is even more interesting, she says you can break a novel into installments. Why can’t you make an appointment, for instance on Friday night on your cellphones and that chapter will be delivered to you.” Earlier, authors like Charles Dickens or Premchand wrote series of stories in newspaper which kept on appearing for years, he pointed out.Vikas Swarup, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, and author of the novel Q & A which was adapted into multiple Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire said the experiment could be feasible. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe pointed out that the Japanese are thinking of doing something on the similar lines.“In Japan, they will be releasing the most revolutionary TV series in the history on Instagram. Each video will be of 30 seconds, you can watch the series in seven and a half minutes” he said.Swarup argued that the cell phone novel can come extremely handy for travellers citing the example of Japan where he had a stint as an IFS officer.“In Japan, everybody travels for 35-40 minutes in Metro trains, so you can read it on the go,” he said. Jaishree Misra, author, who was part of the panel, supported the idea. She said this could be the future and this is what the publishers are also demanding – to write short stories.“I think that is the future, this is the last frontier in the usage of this beautiful device (mobile). My publishers are also asking me to think small.” However, Milan Vora, who became the first Indian to be published by Mills and Boon, said writing short stories can be a challenge. However, this newly-conceived idea of releasing books in parts on the web didn’t go down well with some in the audience who cited a number of drawbacks.“If someone does not like the story, then the publisher might force you to change the contents,” said an audience member.“Downloading a content on the cell phone is okay but there are certain books like Jeffrey Archer’s and Dan Brown’s, you have to wait for it chapter after chapter. “It may be good for younger generation who get on to the cell phone and computer and read books. For us, we want a substantive part in our hands,” he said.Anuja Chauhan, who has authored Those Pricey Thakur Girls, couldn’t agree more. She said she feels “secure” when she knows she “can go back to it.”Another audience member who favoured the traditional books over the digital version said, “I got the copy of this book and have got it autographed by the author, but if I download the same book, I can’t get it autographed,” he remarked.last_img read more

Garbage dump makes life difficult for residents

first_imgKolkata: People living on Bijli road and in surrounding areas under Beniapukur police station are seriously inconvenienced as some local residents are piling up garbage on the roadside.The garbage dumped in the area also pose environmental hazards and thereby affecting the local residents many of whom have taken up the matter with the local councillor but no steps have been taken yet, alleged some local residents. Senior officials at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have assured that the matter would be looked into and action will be taken against those found littering the place. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe offenders may be slapped with fines to check such practices. The municipal corporation had set up a vat at the nearby place. But, a section of the people in the vicinity has developed a strange habit of dumping the garbage on the open road turning the place almost into a dumping ground. These people are reluctant to dump their garbage at the proper place. It has become a bone of contention between two sections of people in the area. A local resident staying in the area said that they cannot open their windows as foul smell always emanates from the garbage dump. The matter was raised with the employees of the workshop run by the West Bengal state transport department at Nonapukur. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe area falls under ward 61 on Bijli Road close to the Nonapukur tram depot and workshop. The situation persists for quite a long time. People raised the objections but no significant steps have been taken so far in this regard. The matter triggers a sense of awe among a section of the KMC officials who have taken various initiatives to maintain the cleanliness of the city. The KMC has set up vats at various places in each ward so that people dump their garbage in a designated place. Giving stress on solid waste management and the disposal of garbage, the KMC also introduced the compactors machines. The incident comes to light at a time when the KMC and the present government are giving paramount importance to the cleanliness drive. A senior KMC official said that they would look into the matter and actions will be taken in this regard.last_img read more

Tom Jahr Content security company Conax will use i

first_imgTom JahrContent security company Conax will use its presence at ANGA Com to highlight its Contego-as-a-Service cloud-based content protection service.The, modular offering includes the functionality of the flagship Conax Contego unified security platform, supporting DVB, IPTV and OTT plus all key DRM technologies, according to Conax.Contego-as-a-Service is designed to provide pay TV platforms with a business model for supporting future growth by featuring low capital expenditure, reduced operational complexity, scalability and rapid deployment of new features such as secure TV everywhere and streamlined content delivery, Conax said.At ANGA COM, Conax will also feature demonstrations of its Conax GO Live entry-level live streaming solution including its newest features such as analytics, AirPlay and Chromecast support. Conax will also demonstrate its multi-DRM back-end throughout the show.Also at ANGA COM, Conax will highlight Conax Contego’s support for multiple DRM technologies.The company will also showcase Conax GO Live. This is an entry level solution for reducing the complexity, time-to-market and barriers to an operator launching an OTT service, according to the company. Conax GO Live comprises a live streaming solution for iOS and Android devices now available with Chromecast and AirPlay support and a monitoring system to analyze customers’ viewing patterns using analytics.The company will also highlight its support for Common Encryption and MPEG DASH.“Hosted, monitored and maintained by Conax, Contego-as-a-Service’s highly flexible content protection in the cloud will enable operators of all shapes and sizes to focus on their core business by outsourcing specialist services like content security to Conax,” said Tom Jahr, EVP Products & Marketing, Conax.“The unique Conax Contego modular back-end behind Contego-as-a-Service enables key operator business benefits such as premium scalability, easy integration of new advanced features and complimentary partner technologies, fast deployment and low investment in on-site hardware to quickly and securely cultivate and tap growth opportunities in the digital content delivery landscape.”Conax will be exhibiting at ANGA COM together with Kudelski Group sisters Nagra and SmarDTV in Hall 10.2, stand E11.last_img read more

Theres an irony at the heart of the treatment of

first_imgThere’s an irony at the heart of the treatment of high blood pressure. The malady itself often has no symptoms, yet the medicines to treat it — and to prevent a stroke or heart attack later — can make people feel crummy.”It’s not that you don’t want to take it, because you know it’s going to help you. But it’s the getting used to it,” says Sharon Fulson, a customer service representative from Nashville, Tenn., who is trying to monitor and control her hypertension.The daily pills Fulson started taking last year make her feel groggy and nervous. Other people on the drugs report dizziness, nausea and diarrhea, and men, in particular, can have trouble with arousal.”All of these side effects are worse than the high blood pressure,” Fulson says.Research shows roughly half of patients don’t take their high blood pressure medicine as they should, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. For many unfortunate people, their first symptom of high blood pressure is a catastrophic cardiac event. That’s why hypertension is called the “silent killer.”A drug test is now available that can flag whether a patient is actually taking the prescribed medication. The screening, which requires a urine sample, is meant to spark a more truthful conversation between patient and doctor.Fulson’s blood pressure is a moving target, and when she shows me the way she usually checks it at home, it’s a little high.”Being on the radio might have an effect on me,” she jokes. Even being in a doctor’s office can add enough stress to elevate the results.This is why taking patients’ pressure — the familiar cuff test — doesn’t confirm for cardiologists whether patients are consistently taking their hypertension meds. The new drug test, dubbed KardiAssure, uses computers to analyze urine to search for 80 kinds of blood pressure and cholesterol medication, reporting the results in just three minutes.The test can determine only whether a patient has taken pills in the last day or two. But Aegis Sciences Corp.’s CEO Frank Basile says that’s a starting point.”What we give doctors is a tool that enables them to have a very focused conversation with their patients,” he says. Only after the problem is out in the open, he says, can doctors get to the reasons behind it.The conversation-starter has been effective for cardiologist Bryan Doherty in Dickson, Tenn., who has been working with Aegis to test the test. In one case, when the results showed a patient wasn’t regularly taking his medicine, though he’d claimed he was, he quickly confessed.”He immediately turned around and told me that the cost was an issue,” Doherty says. “I think there was a degree of embarrassment there, potentially, or a feeling of letting me down in some way — something that had not come up in a 25-minute initial encounter when we had spoken before.”Of course, the test has a cost, too — about $100 — though Doherty notes that insurance, including Medicare, has been covering it.The conversation is important, Doherty says, because he can try less expensive prescriptions if cost is the issue, or experiment with different kinds of drugs if side effects are the problem. It’s worth the potentially uncomfortable encounter with the patient, he says, since the medication might make the difference between life and death.The screening could also help a patient avoid other unnecessary tests or additional prescriptions, says Dr. Tom Johnston. He runs the hypertension clinic at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville and is board president of the local chapter of the American Heart Association.Other than calling the pharmacy to make sure people are refilling their prescription, he says he generally takes their word for it.”I think there are a lot of times where you’re questioning in your mind whether someone has taken their medicine or not,” he says. “I think it would be good for the patient, too, for the doctor to know that they’re not taking their medicine so that we may not go down the wrong pathway.”Johnston, who is not affiliated with Aegis, says his only concern about using a drug test would be running the risk of setting up an adversarial relationship with a patient. But there’s a way around that, too, he says, by making them understand how vital it is to take the drug properly.Sarah Avery of Nashville says she’s fully aware of the consequences.”My daddy died because he didn’t take his medicine,” she says.Hypertension runs in her family. Her mom and grandmother also battled high blood pressure. Still, the medication is such a drag, she’s decided at times to stop without consulting her doctor.”I lied. Really, I lied,” she admits. “He said, ‘Are you taking your medicine?’ I said, ‘Mmhmmm. Yeah, my momma makes sure that I do.’ I was just lying,” she says.That is, until she, too, had a stroke. Now, she has three blood pressure medications and says she takes them without fail.This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with WPLN and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio.last_img read more

The sister of a disabled man who died after being

first_imgThe sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned is to seek the help of the high court after a coroner refused for the second time to hold an inquest into his death.David Clapson (pictured), who had diabetes, died in 2013 as a result of an acute lack of insulin, three weeks after having his jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctioned.Because he had no money, he couldn’t afford to pay for electricity that would have kept the fridge where he kept his insulin working, in the height of summer, and he had also run out of food.But despite the circumstances of his death, and clear links with the sanctions system, no inquest was ever held.Now Clapson’s sister, Gill Thompson, is to ask the high court for a judicial review of the coroner’s decision not to hold an inquest.Her announcement came as new Department for Work and Pensions figures showed a sharp rise in the number of sanctions imposed on claimants of the out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance.In May 2016, there were 1,199 decisions taken to impose a sanction on an ESA claimant, but in June that shot up to 1,749. In January, the figure was as low as 900.The number of JSA sanctions also rose, although not as steeply, from 12,067 in May to 14,049 in June.Thompson has been campaigning for an inquest to be held in a bid to secure answers and change the sanctions system she believes led to her brother’s death.She has now set up a crowdfunding account to pay for the latest stage in her legal battle, and to take the case to the high court.She previously raised the money to pay for the earlier stages of the legal action through more than 900 crowd-funded donations.Her latest bid has already raised more than £5,000 of the initial £10,000 target in less than 48 hours.Her solicitor, Merry Varney, from human rights lawyers Leigh Day, is arguing that Clapson died an “unnatural death” because of the benefit sanction imposed on him shortly before he died.Earlier this month, Varney wrote to the Hertfordshire senior coroner, Geoffrey Sullivan, to ask him to overturn the decision not to hold an inquest.But he has now written back to say he will not order an inquest.Sullivan says in his letter that “the evidence does not support either a direct or contributory causal link between the imposition of the benefit sanction and Mr Clapson’s death.“In addition… there is no evidence as to whether the benefit sanction was imposed properly or not.”Thompson said she found the coroner’s decision “hard to understand”, because her brother “had no food in his stomach” at the time of his death and “was in the middle of a sanction”.She said the reason she was campaigning was not to “cause trouble” but “just to put something right”.She said: “I’m not a troublemaker. I’m not doing it to be awkward or for revenge.”Varney said: “We believe there is huge public interest in an investigation into the role played by the imposition of a benefit sanction in Mr Clapson’s death.”She said Clapson had not been entitled to an immediate hardship payment after being sanctioned, while Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) guidance on diabetes “does not in our view properly recognise the importance of food and access to chilled insulin for people like David”.She added: “Despite our client’s best efforts, there has been no open and thorough investigation of this matter at all.“There is an urgent need to assess the risks posed by benefit sanctions to those who receive them, and the decision-making of DWP staff when imposing benefit sanctions on vulnerable and at-risk individuals.”Clapson’s case was mentioned in prime minister’s questions earlier this month by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who described his and other such deaths as “institutionalised barbarity”.An autopsy held after Clapson’s death found his stomach was empty, and the only food left in his flat in Stevenage was six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account.But there has never been an inquest, even though DWP admitted that it knew he was insulin-dependent.Meanwhile, work and pensions secretary Damian Green announced this week that jobseekers who are homeless or have a mental health condition will now be able to access hardship payments immediately if they are sanctioned.The payments are supposed to act as a safety net to cover day-to-day living costs, and are issued immediately to claimants who meet certain criteria, such as having children, or certain long-term health conditions.Other claimants cannot claim hardship payments for the first 14 days of a sanction.Green said the change was expected to help about 10,000 people over four years from 2017-18.last_img read more

Medical Cannabis Finds an Eager Market In Florida Retirees

first_img Image credit: Eldadcarin | Getty Images Medical Cannabis Finds an Eager Market In Florida Retirees Sunshine State boomers suffering the aches of age discover rolling a joint, like riding a bike, is another one of those things you don’t forget. Guest Writer Andre Bourque –shares Cannabis May 23, 2017 Next Article Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends Florida voters last November passed a constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This amendment revises an earlier ruling that permitted low-THC prescriptions for a tightly limited group of patients.Over 70 percent of voters approved access to marijuana treatments for debilitating health conditions based on a physician’s certification and a current ID card. The law took effect as we entered the New Year, but Florida is still working on the process and distribution.40% of precincts reporting, Florida medical #cannabis leading 70% to 30%. #Election2016 Real-time live updates → https://t.co/KjiJW2T5GW pic.twitter.com/e9ynAlUj5R— Green Flower Media (@greenflwrmedia) November 9, 2016Marijuana advocates see this as breakthrough towards legalization of recreational use. But, focusing on the here and now, you might wonder how to market medical cannabis to eager Floridian retirees.Related: Cannabis Stock Index Grew 236% In 2016Covered conditionsThe referendum permits treatment of named health conditions, including:AIDSAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)CancerCrohn’s DiseaseEpilepsyGlaucomaPositive Status For Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)Multiple SclerosisParkinson’s DiseasePost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)”Other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as those mentioned above, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”Related: 10 Cannabis Startups You Need to WatchThe marketAccording to Marketing-to-Seniors, “seniors save more than younger segments and have more discretionary income.” The website also indicates that seniors “control 60 percent of US assets” and that “People age 65+ have larger retirement accounts and investment portfolios larger than younger people.” As well, they state that, “Retirees have more time to engage with direct marketing messages.”The New Frontier Data and ArcView Market Research estimate “Florida’s market will grow to $1.6 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 140 percent. That would make it half the size of California’s projected $2.6 billion market and top the projected $1.5 billion medical marijuana market for Colorado.”Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?The processMarketing Segment: Successful marketing starts with the identification of the specific market segment. There are age parameters, ethnic differences, gender preferences and socio-economic distinctions. The narrower you can identify the segment, the more targeted the marketing. With Florida’s retirees, you’re dealing with golfers, sunbathers, shuffleboard players, crafters and more.You’re also talking about boomers who may have used weed in the past. Pamela Johnston, SVP of Electrum Partners, an advisory firm solely focused on cannabis business and policy says, “More interesting is the mindset of the Florida retiree who has lived through the Nixon-created war on drugs — and may already be comfortably familiar with modalities like smoking joints — who is now fueled by curiosity in the new modalities that innovation has inspired. Florida will likely produce some of the best market testing for the older age groups.”Because the law limits access to and possession by those with medical problems, so they are your primary market. A recent Cannabis Consumers Coalition study discovered there’s a large market for edibles that are 10 milligrams or less. According to the 2017 Report on Cannabis Consumer Demographics and Consumption Habits, 30 percent of cannabis consumers prefer edibles that are up to 10 milligrams, followed by 25 milligrams at around 18 percent.The report also shows a growing trend of preference for microdosing cannabis edibles. Microdoses are also a safe and effective way of introducing cannabis edibles to new cannabis consumers. Collectively, the data paints a story of a cannabis consumer as regular “everyday” people who are habitual consumers and use cannabis for both medical and adult recreational purposes.Target Budget: Retirees tend to live within their budgets. Those with plush pensions still watch their spending as inflation eats away at their nest eggs. Those living on Social Security-based fixed and limited incomes can’t splurge beyond necessities.The first group will think of medical marijuana cost as a sunk cost, and those in the second group will stretch dollars to relieve their pain.Identify Spenders: Not all seniors control their income and spending. Where they do, the man or woman in a couple may do all the shopping. Some retirees support partners suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or from a condition leaving them unable to decide for themselves. Where they don’t make their own spending decisions, the choices are left to children and caregivers. That can make targeted marketing difficult without some access to mailing lists or survey results.Locate Market: The first market for sales in Florida consists of the cities, counties and communities known to harbor large numbers of retirees. Despite the image, Florida doesn’t house retirees throughout the state. Floridians make big distinctions between west coasts and east coasts, and the Panhandle and South Florida.Population demographics will key marketers to those geographical regions. But, don’t forget that residents in Canada, New York and other northern climates are home to snowbirds and future Florida residents. Medical marijuana may be a very real attraction to people planning retirement.Why Cannabis Use Among Seniors is Increasing https://t.co/qCNeeWDNSD— Florida Cannabis Co (@Fl_cannabis) May 15, 2017Related: Congressional Cannabis Caucus Unites to Protect Marijuana IndustryReach the market: Seniors respond to some approaches more than others. They’re used to large type direct mail approaches. They watch more television and listen to more radio than other market segments. And, they’re increasingly involved with web browsing.According to WeGrow, “Interest in home growing cannabis (medicinally) continues to increase in the senior market. However, this market segment is more easily frustrated by exhaustive online searches and sifting through hundreds of conflicting opinions to learn how to home grow. The data collected from our users indicate how important it is to simplify the learning process.” WeGrow’s platform provides coordinated educational modules and friendly chatbot conversations teaching adults about cannabis home cultivation and empowers users to cultivate their own wellness.Seniors also respond well to in-person events, like demonstrations, social events and group education. They’re open to workshops and presentations. They can hide their own interest in the group’s interest and listen carefully while shying in the back.“Bright colors and education-driven labeling go a long way in helping seniors understand specific strain effects, medical uses and terpene interactions,” said Mike Garganese Sr., co-founder of medical cannabis producer Lola Lola. “Education and guidance are particularly important for seniors, and mainstream packaging of cartridges and pre-rolls creates a comfortable and familiar purchase experience compared to the overwhelming process of buying flower (buds) in bulk.”Related: 6 New Social Apps to Help Cannabis Lovers Find Each OtherProfessional Opinion: Eager Floridians still need approval by a licensed physician. And, they can be ordered to defend their right to purchase and possess. So, medical professionals are the key players here.It won’t take long for word of mouth to promote doctors who are known to give permission. There are already websites with lists of “preferred” physicians. Even they have some obligation to the state to honor ethical and compliant behaviors. So, they shouldn’t be doling out medical marijuana cards without true cause.Marketing to those in pain in Florida.It’s also important to remember the law was amended to help those who truly suffer from debilitating and chronically painful conditions. Keeping that focus opens legitimate marketing paths forward like those pursued by pharmaceutical companies.Providers can visit doctor’s offices, retirement home directors, support groups and clinics to promote products, administration, effects and side effects. They can make their presence felt in communities through Chambers of Commerce and Better Business Bureaus. Prospective customers need a non-threatening way to locate the dispensaries.Providers must clarify what they offer. After all, retirees accustomed to smoking weed may be disappointed in being limited to oils, edibles, extracts, tinctures and the like. For instance, there is little or no high in low-THC products.As reported by Fox 13 News, “There are two types of cannabis products that may be ordered by qualified physicians who have completed an eight-hour training course regarding medical marijuana. Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis, which has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the ‘high’ commonly associated with cannabis.”The report went on to state that, a patient determined by two physicians to be suffering from a terminal condition “may qualify for medical cannabis, which can contain significant levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC and may produce the ‘high’ commonly associated with the drug.”Related: Cannabis Medicinals Sales Expected to Reach $2 Billion by 2020So, Florida presents a bit of a marketing challenge. There’s a sizable known potential customer base in the state. Most are of an age receptive to marijuana rights, and many can afford it.But, the legislation is so fresh, it will take time for distribution to hit the road running. Doctors need training, licensing procedures must be worked out, the compliance apparatus must shape itself and education must reach the community. This all means time is needed to define a market and marketing approach to meet the core needs of ailing Floridians with some promise of eager citizens waiting for additional liberalization. 9 min read Listen Now Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Add to Queue Green Entrepreneur Podcast Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Brazil Police Detain Facebook Executive Over Court Orders

first_img March 1, 2016 Reuters Next Article Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Facebook Apply Now » –shares Federal police in Brazil apprehended the vice president of Facebook Inc. for Latin America on Tuesday after the company failed to cooperate with judicial orders in an investigation of drug trafficking in Sergipe state.Court officials in Sergipe confirmed the detention of Diego Dzodan and police said he remained in custody for questioning in Sao Paulo state. A Facebook representative declined to comment immediately on the case.Privacy concerns have frequently put Facebook and other Internet giants at odds with Brazilian law enforcement seeking evidence in criminal cases, although the confrontations rarely rise to the prominence of Apple Inc.’s current standoff with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.In December, a judge suspended Facebook’s popular WhatsApp phone-messaging service in Brazil for about 12 hours after it failed to comply with two court orders to share information in a criminal case.Brazilian courts have not shied away from targeting senior tech officials.In 2012, an elections court in Mato Grosso do Sul ordered the detention of Google’s most senior executive in Brazil after the company failed to take down YouTube videos attacking a local mayoral candidate.(Reporting by Brad Haynes; Additional reporting by Cesar Bianconi and Maria Pia Palermo; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Bill Trott) This story originally appeared on Reuters Brazil Police Detain Facebook Executive Over Court Orders 2 min readlast_img read more