Chamber of Shipping Calls for Canadian Gov’t Triage on Coastal Management

first_imgAs a new report reveals that shipping is of great value to Canadians across the country, the industry, represented by the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia (COSBC), seeks assurance from the Government of Canada that coastal management will recognize the need to secure marine trade corridors through a focused spatial planning effort.The Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping recently released a study, “The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada”, estimating the economic value of commercial shipping at CAD 30 billion (USD 22.3 billion). At 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than CAD 200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets.According to the Chamber of Shipping, these figures reflect a dependence on marine transportation to support trade activity as Canada pivots its focus to markets overseas and increasingly away from a historic over-reliance on its US neighbor.While Canadian international trade continues to grow, the federal government is moving to meet its commitment to protect 10 percent of Canada’s coastal waters by 2020. This includes an announcement dated May 24 of establishing a large marine protected area to the approaches of binational waters and major ports in Canada and the US on the west coast.“As important as this effort is, government actions to date lack integration of risk planning and mitigation, conservation and protection, and trade objectives,” the chamber said.“Coastal management must also address areas of high activity where the need for sustainable growth should be proactively managed,” Robert Lewis-Manning, Chamber of Shipping President, commented.“This should include the establishment and management of marine trade corridors with provisions that build confidence for indigenous and coastal communities. The current federal approach is overly focused on large area targets and does not appropriately address current and future trade needs,” Lewis-Manning added.The chamber said it supports and recognizes the importance of the protection of the country’s pristine coast.Ports in British Columbia were the first to implement ballast water exchange programs and shore power technology in Canada, according to the chamber. Furthermore, in August 2017, vessels will support a voluntary speed reduction trial in Haro Strait to assist in the development of a recovery strategy for Southern Resident Killer Whales.last_img read more

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June 26, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgJune 26, 2017 Police Blotter062617 Batesville Police Blotter062617 Decatur County EMS Report062617 Decatur County Fire Report062617 Decatur County Jail Report062617 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

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If you plan on winning Buffett’s 1 Billion Dollars, you better pay attention to NCAA “Champion Week”!

first_imgLadies and gentleman of the Barber Shop Sports Nation it is time to talk about my favorite time of year, March Madness but before the brackets are set there is a key week for most teams around the country, Championship week. Because this year’s tournament is up for grabs there are plenty of capable programs out there waiting to become the next team to cut down the nets as the 2014 NCAA champion.Championship week is where just about every conference holds its tournament and to the winner goes an automatic bid into the NCAA field. Some have already started and others will start next week, so all week long there will be nothing but college basketball until selection Sunday.Brian SchlumerichConference tournaments are a great way to get a preview of teams that could make the next Cinderella run in the bracket. Watching these games you get a chance to see these young men putting it all out on the line because this is their only chance to get to the big dance. Teams that struggled through the year get a chance to go on a magical run and represent their conferences. However small they may be for most college players this will be the apex of their basketball careers.Conferences most people don’t know like: Atlantic Sun, Sunbelt, Summit, Horizon and many, many more.Teams in these small conferences are trying to be this year’s Florida Gulf Coast. Championship week can be some of the most exciting basketball you will watch all season with classic rivals squaring off and then the winner gets the bid and the loser’s season is over.Championship week is also the last week for teams on the bubble to get a win or two more to try and ensure there spot in the dance. Every year we hear about the bubble teams trying to make an impression on the committee and nothing says that you belong like a great run in your conference tournament. Some bubble teams that need to make statements are Florida State, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Minnesota and St. John’s just to name a few.Everyone should know by now that the only guarantees are the conference tournament winners and their automatic bids. Year after year you hear about teams that were snubbed from the dance but at the end of the day the blame should fall more on the teams than the committee. No matter the selections you cannot make everyone happy.The other teams that have already locked in their place in the dance will be looking to improve their seed. Matchups are crucial when it comes to brackets and teams. Teams with the higher seeds will get more favorable matchups but that doesn’t always equal a guarantee. If the NCAA tourney has taught us anything it’s that seeds don’t matter it’s the game you play on that day. We have seen every lower seed get an upset win with the exception of a 16 seed.Now I’m not saying that it’s going to happen this year but it could be this year that a 16 seed finally beats a #1 seed.No team has shown they are head and shoulders above the rest of the competition and every team is coming in with questions marks even all the projected number 1 seeds. Florida has had a great year but they haven’t had the toughest of schedules and had a tough game versus Florida Gulf Coast. Wichita St has had an incredible run but they play in a smaller conference and some wonder if they have another final four run in them. Kansas has been up and down all year and Arizona lost one of their key players Brandon Ashley and also lost some games in a very weak PAC 12.Now on a personal note there is small mid-conference team that I will be rooting for especially hard for from the Mid-American Conference and that team is the University of Buffalo. They are seeking their first bid ever in the NCAA Tourney.The Buffalo Bulls are led by senior forward Javon McCrea a player from my high school alum. I was fortunate to be able to watch him a couple times while he played at Newark, a small town in upstate New York between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse. While there he dominated the completion and led them to a state final his senior year where they lost to James-DeWitt a team led by one of the top centers in the nation Dajuan Coleman who is currently at Syracuse (out this year due to a knee injury).He is one of the most skilled big men in the country and the only reason he is not on most NBA scouts radar is because of his size 6-7. Despite being an undersized power-forward he has averaged 18.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season. So a special shout out to Javon and the Buffalo Bulls!I know that everyone loves the first few days of the NCAA tournament but Championship week is just as exciting. You get to watch some of the best ballers in the country and teams fighting for their tournament life. From the pure elation and jubilation to the heart ache it is one of the most exciting times in all of sports. So sit back and enjoy the week, watch and take notes about the teams you think will be this year’s bracket busters.Brian Schlumerich is an avid sports fan turned radio broadcaster and blogger. He joined the Barbershop Sports team in August of 2010 and has been a passionate and knowledgeable via his weekly show and blogs. Based out of Rochester, NY he brings a witty western New York spin to his view of the world of sports and pop culture. Like the rest of the Barbershop Sports panel his views are straight forward without any chaser! Any questions he can be reached @brithesportsguy on Twitter or at [email protected]://www.barbershopsports.com/championship-week/last_img read more

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Leafs remain alive in Cyclone Taylor Tournament, rally to pull out tie against Hawks

first_imgBeaver Valley regained the lead on the power play eight seconds after Jamie Vlanich was sent off for interference.Ryan Edwards first-timed a cross-ice pass past Rebagliati to restore the one-goal margin.But Vlanich was able to vindicate himself, drilling a sharp-angle shot past Clark to even the score less than four minutes later.Something Nelson was unable to do the night before against Victoria.”We took too long of a rest and just were not ready for game speed,” Willans said of the month-long hiatus Nelson players experienced after being knocked out of the playoffs by Beaver Valley.”But we got out of the rust out of our system (Thursday) and were ready to go.”Despite each team having genuine chances to score the winning goal, there was no scoring in the third leaving each team with a single point.“It was a good battle . . . . I thought both teams played hard,” Beaver Valley coach Terry Jones said after the game. “(Nelson) has got a lot of game in them and with their backs against the wall, really battled us hard.”By not closing out the Leafs, Beaver Valley faces a must-win situation to advance to the Cyclone Final.“Getting the single point forces us to win that game (against Victoria) tomorrow,” he said. “We had to win that game anyways but Nelson threw a lot at us tonight so we’ll have to be ready tomorrow.”Kodiaks manhandle CougarsAfter surrendering two goals in the opening four minutes Thursday, Aldergrove Kodiaks returned the favour to Victoria, scoring twice in the opening four minutes Friday to dump the Vancouver Island champs 4-1 during the afternoon tilt in the Cyclone Taylor Cup.Spencer McHaffie and Stephen Ryan scored 70 seconds apart to give the Pacific Junior reps a quick 2-0 lead.Nicholas Bower cut the margin in half with a goal late in the period. But Jonathan Philley restored the two-goal margin before the period ended for Aldergrove.There was no scoring in the second while Adam Callegari scored a third-period power play to in the third to put the game away for Aldergrove.TOURNAMENT NOTES:  Beaver Valley players had “NH” stickers on pasted onto their helmets saluting Trail Minor Hockey product Nolan Handley, who was killed in a car accident earlier this week in the Silver City. . . . Former Trail Smokie Dave Rusnell, joined by Dale Donaldson of Mallard’s Source for sports, during the ceremonial face-off before the Hawks/Leafs game. . . .MVP for the BV/Nelson game were netminders Brett Clark for the Hawks and Brad Rebagliati for the Leafs. . . .Both scoring stars for BV, Dallas Calvin and Ryan Edwards, did not finish the game. Calvin was helped off the ice late in the third period while Edwards lost a few teeth when a puck deflected in the Nitehawk bench, hitting the Beaver Valley forward in the face. The Cyclone Taylor Final is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but don’t expect any of the four teams to take a flyer during Saturday’s last day of round robin games.The jury remains on the two finalists for the championship following Day two action after the Nelson Leafs registered a bounce-back game, twice rallying from one-goal-deficits, to pull out a 2-2 tie against archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Cyclone Taylor round robin action Friday night before large crowd at the NDCC Arena.The single point, believe it or not, keeps the Leafs alive in the hunt for the Junior B Hockey Championship heading into the final day of the preliminary round.“It feels good to still be alive in the tournament,” said Carsen Willans of the Leafs following the hard-fought contest.“We hoped to win (tonight’s) game. It was a good game for us . . . we gave it our all but just didn’t get the bounces.”Beaver Valley currently leads the four-team standings with a record of 1-0-1 good for three points.Aldergrove, after scoring a 4-1 win over Victoria Friday during the afternoon tilt, is tied for second with the Vancouver Island Champs — each with two points.Nelson sits in fourth spot with a single point in two games and will be pulling for the Hawks to win its game against Victoria — I bet you never saw this coming in a million years — to have a opportunity of advancing to the final by beating Aldergrove during Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.“It would be nice to have a KI final,” said Willans, hoping star align Saturday for the two Murdoch Division opponents to meet for all the marbles Sunday.Twice the Hawks looked to have the Leafs pinned on the mat.And twice the Leafs were able to bounce back.Sam Swanson, left all alone in front of Brad Rebagliati, gave the home side for this game a 1-0 lead in the second period.Brandon Sookro tied the game three minutes late when his slapshot surprised Beaver Valley netminder Brett Clark.last_img read more

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Natural Selection Theory Makes Scientists Lazy

first_imgFolks, if you want to evolve resistance to Darwine, then please learn the art of Baloney Detecting. ‘Natural selection’ is a vacuous concept that provides a convenient way out from doing the hard work of science.In the history of science, certain concepts have seemed intuitively obvious to natural philosophers, beyond the need of questioning. To Ptolemy, the earth was fixed. To Greeks and medieval scholars, sickness was caused by humors or vapors. To early moderns, vermin sprang from filth (spontaneous generation). Victorians believed in the myth of progress (which Darwin’s theory fit perfectly). In the 20th century, Marxists explained everything as manifestations of the “class struggle” (which also fit the ideas of Darwin and Malthus).Rather than question whether these concepts could bear the weight of the evidence, the true believers merely assumed them. It should not be surprising, therefore, that scientists in the 21st century have their own myths. As we shall see, “natural selection” is the current myth in biology. Many lazy scientists feel they have done their work to simply refer to natural selection as the cause of whatever phenomenon they are investigating. If you don’t believe it, here are some recent examples in the news.[Note: Please read the sections “Clarifying the Claim” and “What to Look For” in the January 10 article before proceeding.]Natural selection and spatial memory link shown in mountain chickadee research (Science Daily). Scientists in Reno, Nevada collected data on survival of chickadees in the Sierra Nevada mountains in wintertime. “Chickadees with better learning and memory skills, needed to find numerous food caches, are more likely to survive their first winter, a long-term study of mountain chickadees has found.” Why was that? “Enhanced spatial cognition and brain power evolves via natural selection,” they conclude. But if natural selection (NS) were a directional, progressive law of nature, chickadees would be today’s Einsteins after millions of years. Why would any dumb chicks be born? And yet all through the research, the chickadees were still chickadees! No speciation occurred. Darwin used NS to explain the origin of species—indeed, the entire biosphere—not just variations within species. The students involved worked hard on data collection, but here’s what one said: “Results like these (about natural selection) make the long days of digging out snowmobiles, shoveling snow and programming our chickadee feeders from underneath a tarp in sleeting weather worth the effort twice over.” They were not lazy about data collection, certainly; they were lazy about explanation. Other possibilities than NS should have been considered, such as pre-programmed adaptability. Saying “Stuff Happens” (NS) says nothing at all.Darwin’s finches don’t tell the whole story of avian evolution (Phys.org). This article provides good news and bad news. The good news is that the icon of Darwin’s finches is in trouble (again). The bad news is that the scientists at University College London won’t let go of their lucky charm, natural selection, which perpetuated the icon to begin with. The authors show extreme bird beaks which, they agree, cannot be explained by natural selection due to competition for food. But like a bad habit, in comes the old NS mindset. Measuring beaks and skulls, they tell a new selectionist just-so story:The researchers also discovered that birds who eat grains—such as finches and quail—and those who survive on the nectar of flowers—like hummingbirds—exhibit the highest rate of cranial evolution. By contrast, terrestrial carnivores—hawks, falcons, owls and other birds who hunt and eat using their talons—exhibit a very slow rate of cranial change.“This is where natural selection comes into play,” said Professor Anjali Goswami, a Research Leader at the Natural History Museum and a co-author on the study.“Birds that eat nectar or seeds are going to experience lots of competition for resources and must evolve in order to survive.“In the end, they admit their story is simplistic. “Our study focused on the skull, but we hypothesise that other parts of the body could be shaped by diet and ecology, such as wings, talons, and stomachs,” they say, raising the perhapsimaybecouldness index to justify their lazy explanation.Darwin’s rabbit helps to explain the fightback against myxomatosis (Phys.org). Examples of resistance to pathogens are often cited as examples of NS in action. “Nearly seventy years after myxomatosis decimated the rabbit populations of Australia, Britain and France, a new study reveals how the species has evolved genetic resistance to the disease through natural selection,” the story goes. In this case again, though, the research starts and ends with one species. Nothing evolved. Take away the threat, and the population would probably return to its previous ratio. The flawed reasoning in this article could be applied to Jews in WWII. Did the ones who survived the death camps evolve resistance to Nazism by natural selection? Perish the thought!How genes and evolution shape gender – and transgender – identity (The Conversation). This article represents a new low in selection theory. It demonstrates that having a PhD is no protection from absurdity and social pressure. Dr Jenny Graves claims that our sexual identity is selected (naturally) by the genes of the opposite sex. And then she uses this claim to rationalize the gender fluidity trend, saying:These variants of sexual identity and behaviour may therefore be considered examples of what we call “sexual antagonism”, in which a gene variant has different selective values in men and women. It makes for the amazing variety of human sexual behaviours that we are beginning to recognise.Is she a racist? Does she not realize that we are all Homo sapiens? Is she denying free will? Then, logically, natural selection must have caused her to write comedy, as she follows social fads off the cliff. (Visited 372 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Guest blog from The Geocaching Junkie: Four reasons to make a muggle your valentine

first_img2. They’re good for securityAs a singleton I rarely had any qualms about going geocaching alone, but FTF runs at night in the woods on my own? Not so much. A supportive muggle will understand why you want to go look for a lunch box in a tree hollow in the dark, and will accompany you for safety. It’s also good to have someone who knows where you’re going and will be concerned if you’re not home when you say you’ll be (it’s good common sense to have such a person aware of your movements, regardless of your relationship status.) 3. They can hold stuff for youThis could be the geocaching equivalent of holding your wife’s purse while she is shopping! I won’t even comment on how many times I’ve dropped the lid of a nano while caching alone (I’ve always found it, honest!). When my muggle is with me, he now holds out his hands to me out of habit and holds the container while I sign the log. Falling in love with a fellow geocacher might just be the epitome of finding the perfect partner for many cachers, and we have all heard stories of eyes meeting across a crowd at an event, and diamond rings hidden in ammo cans – the ultimate swag! Take German cachers reality666 and annimiles for example: they met at a geocaching event in 2012 and got engaged at Europe’s First geocache (GC43) in April 2016.Unfortunately, since muggles (non geocachers—based on “muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which are non-magical people) outnumber geocachers by quite a margin, it’s unlikely that everyone can be lucky enough to be half of a geocaching pair. So what are the benefits of dating a muggle? I happen to be an expert on this subject, so here’s four reasons why having a muggle partner who supports your geocaching addiction has its own advantages!1. They make excellent lookoutsSure, they may not love poking their hands into places or generally getting their hands dirty, but their presence as lookout means that you can get stuck right in with your search without having to look over your shoulder every five seconds. SharePrint RelatedHow to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community”GeoTea—an interview with the owners of a geocaching cafe in BelgiumFebruary 12, 2019In “Community”Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community”center_img 4. If all else fails, they will probably help you search for the cacheEven if it’s just so they can finally go home and have dinner, they are likely to help you search if you’re having trouble, and often will find it straight away—it’s amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can see, even in the same spot you’ve been searching for ten minutes!While finding another geocacher to be your partner-in-crime might seem like the perfect scenario for a dedicated cacher, having a ‘snuggle muggle’ as your significant other is really not such a bad thing. Are you coupled up with a muggle or a geocacher, or are you still looking for the first to find your heart?You can read more witty and adventurous articles from The Geocaching Junkie on her personal blog page: thegeocachingjunkie.comShare with your Friends:More We are featuring The Geocaching Junkie on our guest blog for Valentine’s Day.last_img read more

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No Thank You for Your Email

first_imgHere is an email I received from a company that would like to set appointments for one of my businesses.A very poor attempt at prospectingThe sender begins by reminding me that she previously sent me an email about the same subject, even though I have no recollection of receiving that email; it’s likely I deleted it.The writer suggests that she’s “checking back” to see if I might be interested in an “outbound calling campaign.” She wants to generate leads for my business.She has “a team of appointment setters” who can arrange meetings for my sales reps with interested and qualified prospects.There is so much wrong here it’s hard to describe. But I’ll try.No Phone ChopsThe writer of this email is in the business of setting appointments. In her words, her company uses a “calling campaign” to generate leads. For some reason, they believe that this is what their prospective clients want from them, and she suggests that they are professionals at calling. However, their choice of prospecting methodology betrays the fact that they don’t like the telephone.If they were experts at calling campaigns, why wouldn’t they call?Worse still, she suggests that they can arrange meetings with “qualified prospects” – her words. But she’s done no research to know who I am or what my company does. That makes this email spam. Their definition of “qualified” may not be the same definition you and I might use.If they had the ability to find interested and qualified prospects, why would they choose to send me an email like this one?Wasting Everyone’s TimeThis email is a waste of my time. But that’s not the worst issue. What’s worse is that this salesperson and her company believe this is an effective strategy. They have automated an outbound email campaign in hopes that someone will respond.The last time I received an email like this, I replied and recommended the writer purchase Jeb Blount’s Fanatical Prospecting book. Eventually, I got a note back telling me that there was no salesperson on the other end of the email it was merely automation. Not the best nurturing campaign I’ve ever seen.The one finite, nonrenewable resource you have in your life is time. You are better off targeting your dream clients, nurturing those relationships over time, and developing a business case that compels them to meet with you and to consider using you in the future. You are better off with a calling campaign of your own design; one where you execute and make your calls yourself.last_img read more

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Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online

first_imgTORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online.Health Canada’s list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers has been updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis, as well as plants, seeds and oil.A website has been set up by the company, which says that patients “with a valid medical document will soon be able to purchase a wide selection of medical cannabis products” from Shoppers.The company was granted a medical marijuana producer licence in September, after initially applying in October 2016.Shoppers has said that it has no interest in producing medical cannabis, but the licence is required in order to sell the product to patients.Under the current Health Canada regulations for medical pot, the only legal distribution method is by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Netflix and chill no more – streaming is getting complicated

first_imgStreaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now.Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney’s subscription service. WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, will also soon have its own service to showcase its library of blockbuster films and HBO series.Families will have to decide between paying more each month or losing access to some of their favourite dramas, comedies, musicals and action flicks.“There’s definitely a lot of change coming,” said Paul Verna at eMarketer, a digital research company. “People will have more choices of what to stream, but at the same time the market is already fragmented and intimidating and it is only going to get more so.”Media companies are seeking to capitalize on the popularity and profitability of streaming. But by fragmenting the market, they’re also narrowing the once wide selection that fueled the rise of internet-based video. About 55 per cent of U.S. households now subscribe to paid streaming video services, up from just 10 per cent in 2009, according to research firm Deloitte.Just as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime tempted people to “cut the cord” by cancelling traditional cable TV packages, the newer services are looking to dismember those more-inclusive options.Disney Plus is set to launch late next year with new Marvel and Star Wars programming, along with its library of animated and live-action movies and shows. It hasn’t announced pricing yet, but Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an August call with analysts that it will likely be less than Netflix, which runs $8 to $14 a month, since its library will be smaller.AT&T plans a three-tier offering from WarnerMedia, with a slate of new and library content centred around the existing HBO streaming app. No word on pricing yet.Individual channels, such as Fox, ESPN, CBS and Showtime, are also getting into the act. Research group TDG predicts that every major TV network will launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service in the next five years.Netflix and others have invested heavily in original movies and TV shows to keep their customers loyal. Netflix, for instance, said Wednesday that 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service.That first-week audience means nearly a third of Netflix’s 137 million subscribers watched the movie from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27 — a holiday-season stretch when many people aren’t working and have more free time.But Netflix, Hulu and others may soon have to do without programs and movies licensed from their soon-to-be rivals. In December, Netflix paid a reported $100 million to continue licensing “Friends” from WarnerMedia.Why are media companies looking to get in? Data and dollars. Sure, they get money when they sell their programs to other services like Netflix. But starting their own service allows networks and studios access to valuable data about who is binging on their shows.For services with ad-based options, that data translates into more dollars from advertisers. And services that rely only on subscription revenues, media companies can use the data to better tailor their offerings for individual tastes, helping to draw in more subscribers.“I think all media companies are coming to grips with the reality that you better establish a relationship directly with your audiences,” said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at an analyst conference earlier this month.The business model that some networks and content companies are currently using, distributing their TV shows and movies only by licensing them to streaming platforms, is getting “disrupted aggressively” as more companies launch their own services, said Stephenson, whose company acquired WarnerMedia in June.Forrester analyst Jim Nail compares this moment to the “Cambrian explosion,” a historic era when plant and animal species rapidly multiplied after Ice Age glaciers receded.“Big brands like Disney have to evaluate: Are we only going to access this market by licensing our content to Netflix, Hulu and others?” he said. “Or, can we go direct to the consumer with our own service?”But a multiplicity of streaming services could easily overwhelm or confuse consumers. To get a full slate of programming, TV watchers may soon have to subscribe to several services instead of just one or two.Among those options will be services like Netflix and Hulu that offer a wide range of video from a variety of sources; cable-like “skinny bundles” such as FuboTV, Sling and YouTube TV that offer a variety of live channels; and channel- or network-specific services like Disney Plus.Consider just AT&T’s plan to launch a three-tiered service this year centred on HBO. An entry-level bundle will offer mostly movies; a second, slightly more expensive tier will include original programming and newer movies. A third and still more expensive offering would add more WarnerMedia entertainment such as “Friends.”The cost of multiple streaming services could quickly approach the average cost of a cable bill — not counting the cost of internet service. That’s around $107 per month, according to Leichtman Research Group.“It’s unlikely any of the services individually can charge more than $10 per month,” Forrester’s Nail said. “The great unknown is how many individual streaming services people are willing to sign up for.”Companies are already trying to tame this chaos by bundling multiple streaming services together. Amazon Prime customers can add-on subscriptions to HBO, Showtime or Starz. Roku and Chromecast viewers can access their different services from a central place; Roku said Wednesday it will start selling in-app access to Showtime, Starz and other channels as well.How should consumers deal with all the coming change?“Be patient,” said Michael Greeson, president of research group TDG. “We’re in a time of dramatic change for the TV and video business. There’ll be great benefits, and question marks and consequences.”Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Joining Cong as it is national party in true sense; Lalu advised to do so: Shatrughan

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has announced that he is quitting the BJP, on Sunday said he decided to go with the Congress as it was a national party in the “true sense” and family friend Lalu Prasad also advised him to do so. He said leaders such as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal, among others, wanted him to join their respective parties, but he had made it clear that whatever be the situation, the constituency he would be contesting in the Lok Sabha polls would be Patna Sahib. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The actor-turned-politician, who has been criticising the Modi government for long, said it was “painful” for him to leave the BJP with which he has had such a long association, but was disturbed at the treatment meted out by the party to stalwarts such as L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha. The BJP has not fielded party veterans Advani and Joshi in the Lok Sabha polls. In an exclusive interview to PTI, Sinha said he had won from Patna Sahib in 2014 on his own merit, without support from the party and feels that this time he could break his “previous records” in terms of victory. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe slammed the BJP’s leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah saying earlier there was “lokshahi” (democracy) and now there is “tanashahi” (dictatorship) in the party. “There used to be collective decision during Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji’s time. There was democracy in the true sense. But now, there is the case of one-man show and two-man army,” said the 73-year-old leader, who is in Muscat where he is being honoured as a cinematic legend. Asked why he decided to go with the Congress, Sinha said there were several reasons such as it is the grand old party which has had great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, and those of the Nehru-Gandhi family.last_img read more

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