Selling clicks to boost social media accounts brings hundreds of millions of

Selling clicks to boost social media accounts brings hundreds of millions of dollars by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2014 7:41 am MDT SAN JOSE, Calif. – Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore “click farms,” where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.Since Facebook launched almost 10 years ago, users have sought to expand their social networks for financial gain, winning friends, bragging rights and professional clout. And social media companies cite the levels of engagement to tout their value.But an Associated Press examination has found a growing global marketplace for fake clicks, which tech companies struggle to police. Online records, industry studies and interviews show companies are capitalizing on the opportunity to make millions of dollars by duping social media.For as little as a half cent each click, websites hawk everything from LinkedIn connections to make members appear more employable to Soundcloud plays to influence record label interest.“Anytime there’s a monetary value added to clicks, there’s going to be people going to the dark side,” said Mitul Gandhi, CEO of seoClarity, a Des Plaines, Ill., social media marketing firm that weeds out phoney online engagements.Italian security researchers and bloggers Andrea Stroppa and Carla De Micheli estimated in 2013 that sales of fake Twitter followers have the potential to bring in $40 million to $360 million to date, and that fake Facebook activities bring in $200 million a year.As a result, many firms, whose values are based on credibility, have entire teams doggedly pursuing the buyers and brokers of fake clicks. But each time they crack down on one, another, more creative scheme emerges.When software engineers wrote computer programs, for example, to generate lucrative fake clicks, tech giants fought back with software that screens out “bot-generated” clicks and began regularly sweeping user accounts.YouTube wiped out billions of music industry video views last December after auditors found some videos apparently had exaggerated numbers of views. Its parent-company, Google, is also constantly battling people who generate fake clicks on their ads.And Facebook, whose most recent quarterly report estimated as many as 14.1 million of its 1.18 billion active users are fraudulent accounts, does frequent purges. That’s particularly important for a company that was built on the principle that users are real people.Twitter’s Jim Prosser said there’s no upside. “In the end, their accounts are suspended, they’re out the money and they lose the followers,” he said.LinkedIn spokesman Doug Madey said buying connections “dilutes the member experience,” violates their user agreement and can also prompt account closures.Google and YouTube “take action against bad actors that seek to game our systems,” said spokeswoman Andrea Faville.Dhaka, Bangladesh, a city of 7 million in South Asia, is an international hub for click farms.The CEO of Dhaka-based social media promotion firm Unique IT World said he has paid workers to manually click on clients’ social media pages, making it harder for Facebook, Google and others to catch them. “Those accounts are not fake, they were genuine,” Shaiful Islam said.A recent check on Facebook showed Dhaka was the most popular city for many, including soccer star Leo Messi, who has 51 million likes; Facebook’s own security page, which has 7.7 million likes; and Google’s Facebook page, which has 15.2 million likes.In 2013, the State Department, which has more than 400,000 likes and was recently most popular in Cairo, said it would stop buying Facebook fans after its inspector general criticized the agency for spending $630,000 to boost the numbers.In one case, its fan tally rose from about 10,000 to more than 2.5 million.Sometimes there are plausible explanations for click increases.For example, Burger King’s most popular city was, for a few weeks this year, Karachi, Pakistan, after the chain opened several restaurants there.While the Federal Trade Commission and several state attorney generals have cracked down on fake endorsements or reviews, they have not weighed in on clicks. Meanwhile, hundreds of online businesses sell clicks and social media accounts from around the world.BuyPlusFollowers sells 250 Google+ shares for $12.95. InstagramEngine sells 1,000 followers for $12. AuthenticHits sells 1,000 SoundCloud plays for $9.It’s a lucrative business, said the president and CEO of“The businesses buy the Facebook likes because they’re afraid that when people go to their Facebook page and they only see 12 or 15 likes, they’re going to lose potential customers,” he said. The company official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he recently moved his company offshore to avoid litigation or cease-and-desist notices.In Indonesia, a social media-obsessed country with some of the largest number of Facebook pages and Twitter users, click farms proliferate.Ali Hanafiah, 40, offers 1,000 Twitter followers for $10 and 1 million for $600. He owns his own server, and pays $1 per month per Internet Protocol address, which he uses to generate thousands of social media accounts.Those accounts, he said, “enable us to create many fake followers.”During an interview at a downtown Jakarta cafe, Hanafiah — wearing a Nike cap, blue jeans and a white T-shirt — said large social networks can boost a business’ public profile.“Today, we are living in a tight competition world that is forcing people to compete with many tricks,” he said.Tony Harris, who does social media marketing for major Hollywood movie firms, said he would love to be able to give his clients massive numbers of Twitter followers and Facebook fans, but buying them from random strangers is not very effective or ethical.“The illusion of a massive following is often just that,” he said.The fake click market has generated another business: auditors.Robert Waller, founder of London-based Status People, helps clients block fakes. “We have had a lot of people who have bought fake accounts, realized it’s a stupid idea and they’re looking for ways to get rid of them,” he said.David Burch, at TubeMogul, a video marketing firm based in Emeryville, Calif., said that buying clicks to promote clients is a grave error. “It’s bad business,” he said, “and if an advertiser ever found out you did that, they’d never do business with you again.”___Associated Press writers Julhas Alam in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ali Kotarumalos and Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.Follow Martha Mendoza at read more

Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to stilllow level of

Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to still-low level of 267,000 WASHINGTON – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.Applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure that is a better measure of underlying trends, dropped 3,750 to 274,750.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and two weeks ago they plummeted to the lowest level in almost 42 years. That suggests that Americans are enjoying a nearly unprecedented level of job security.The number of people receiving benefits rose 46,000 to 2.26 million. That figure has fallen 11.2 per cent in the past year as employers have stepped up hiring, though some of that decline reflects those who have exhausted all the benefits available to them.Fewer layoffs have coincided with stronger job gains. Employers have added an average of 221,000 jobs a month in the past three months, driving down the unemployment rate to a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.Nearly 3 million jobs have been created in the past year. With that many more people earning paychecks, spending is picking up and helping fuel growth.The economy expanded at a modest 2.3 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday, led by a solid 2.9 per cent rise in consumer spending. The second quarter’s growth was much better than the first quarter’s 0.6 per cent pace.On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve highlighted the improving job market in a statement it released after its two-day meeting. The Fed made no change in the short-term interest rate it controls, but said the “labour market continues to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemployment.”That is a sunnier assessment than its previous statement in June. That suggests the Fed is closer to its goal of pushing the job market back to full health, analysts said, and may be getting closer to raising rates. Many economists think that will happen in September, but it could be delayed until December. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2015 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this photo taken June 10, 2015, job seekers attend a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) read more

Barnardos to stop using films depicting rape and murder to teach children

Barnados has announced it will no longer use films depicting girls being raped and murdered to teach children as young as 11 about sexual abuse, following complaints the material risks causing “serious harm” to youngsters. “Kayleigh’s Love Story” is based on the real-life case of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood who was killed in 2015. The leading children’s charity has confirmed to the Telegraph that it has stopped showing “videos that depict abuse as education aids”, acknowledging “it can cause trauma” after an investigation found pre-teens were being made to watch the videos featuring a girl being groomed, raped and murdered. Shown to 55,000 children as young as 11 in schools around Leicestershire…

Collapsing poles reason for power outage in Berbice GPL

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmergency works ongoing by GPL to restore power following stormJune 29, 2015In “Business”Opposition leader slams Govt over continuous power outagesMarch 16, 2018In “Business”East Berbice power interruption…service to be returned to normalcy by this eveningFebruary 29, 2016In “latest news” The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is informing residents of sections of Berbice of power outages which is as a result of two collapsing line poles.The L22 Transmission Line poles reportedly fell due to the inclement weather including, unusually high winds.Residents of the from Auchlyne to Moleson Creek, Corentyne, Berbice experienced power outages from 07:00h to 10:30h as workers of the electrical company are working to have the poles restored.Workers are also said to be presently on site carrying out remedial works which is expected to be completed by 17:00h.No outages are being experienced at this time.However, the company noted that after the completion of remedial works, a brief service interruption of approximately one hour will be required to restore the circuits to their normal configuration.GPL in a statement said it is putting forth every effort to minimize the duration of the interruption and inconvenience caused to customers. read more

Plane crashes in Iran with all 66 people on board feared dead

first_img Image: Google Maps Plane crashes in Iran, with all 66 people on board feared dead The plane was flying from Tehran to the southern city of Yasuj. Updated 11.30am A PASSENGER PLANE has crashed in the Iranian mountains, with all 66 people on board feared dead.An airline spokesman initially told state television that all passengers had been killed but this statement was later retracted.The ATR-72, used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620km south of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency said.Fars said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, about 780km south of Tehran.Authorities said the plane was flown by Aseman Airlines, a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specialises in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally.The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the area, which was quite foggy at the time of the crash. Authorities said they would be investigating.Under decades of international sanctions, Iran’s commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.Read: Husband of murdered MP Jo Cox quits charities over sexual harassment claimsRead: 13 killed after helicopter crashes as it made way to Mexico earthquake epicentre By Associated Press Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 11:30 AM 13 Comments 14,357 Views Feb 18th 2018, 8:28 AM Image: Google Maps Share94 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

FactCheck Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase no deal is better than

first_img May 14th 2019, 1:31 PM Source: BBC Politics/Twitter Nigel Farage arriving at BBC Broadcasting House before his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: FactCheck: Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’? Nigel Farage has claimed that he used the phase repeatedly during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign. 29 Comments Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Share21 Tweet Email Nigel Farage arriving at BBC Broadcasting House before his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show on Sundaycenter_img Following further questioning, Farage said: “No deal is better than a bad deal – I was using [that exact phrase] every day for the last two weeks of that campaign.” When Andrew Marr told him that he couldn’t find a public record of him using that exact phrase during the campaign, Farage disputed this and suggested Marr should look closer.The phrase has become increasingly prominent during the negotiations between the UK government and the EU, with Farage and other high-profile Brexit supporters urging UK Prime Minister Theresa May to walk away from the EU without an agreement rather than accepting what they perceive as an inferior deal.May herself used the phrase during the Brexit negotiations, most famously in a speech at Lanchester House in January 2017. However, this month she distanced herself from the idea that it was better to leave the EU without a deal.Critics of Farage and his fellow no-deal supporters have argued that they have shifted position from arguing that achieving a deal with the EU would be straightforward to advocating for a no-deal Brexit.The EvidenceNigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), campaigned for the UK to leave the EU during the 2016 referendum. Before and during the campaign, Farage was bullish about the prospects of the UK achieving a deal with the EU. In a clip from the Andrew Marr Show in November 2015, played on the programme on Sunday, Farage advocated for the benefits of a negotiated exit with the EU and suggested that the UK would have little difficulty securing its own tailored deal: “Iceland and Switzerland can get deals that suit them. We can do something far far better than that.”He also said: “Norway chooses its own deal. We will choose our own deal.”Regarding the referendum campaign itself, a search of the LexisNexis database for the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” in UK national newspapers between 15 April 2016, when the referendum campaign officially launched, and 23 June, the final day of campaigning, returned zero results.When it comes to the origin of the phrase, the first appearance of “no deal is better than a bad deal” in UK national newspapers came in July 2016 and can be credited to property developer and Brexit campaigner Richard Tice. In an article on 25 July 2016, British newspaper The Sun quoted Tice as stating: “When it comes to negotiating Brexit, no deal is better than a bad deal.” Tice is the current chairman of the Brexit Party and worked on the Leave.EU campaign in 2016.However, the phrase did not originate in relation to Brexit and was widely used before 2016. For example, various commentators and politicians used the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” in relation to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. For instance, then-British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “There is going to have to be some give or take if we are to get this done in the next few days… No deal is better than a bad deal.” Donald Trump also used the phrase to announce his opposition to the deal on Twitter in July 16 2016.Farage did however use a version of this phrase during the referendum campaign to compare no deal to the UK’s current EU membership. On 3 June 2016, he said “Even if our friends in France and Italy decide to cut off their noses to spite their faces…it will better than the rotten deal we have now.” And on 8 June 2016, he said “no deal is better than the rotten deal that we’ve got at the moment.”He continued making this claim after the referendum in an interview with RT published on 28 June 2016, where he considered the possibility of no deal following unsuccessful negotiations with the EU: “If this didn’t work, if we reach the worst case scenario of no deal being on offer, no deal is better for us than the rotten deal we have now and very bad for them.”Farage also used a version of the phrase in a speech to the European Parliament on June 29 2016, when he told his fellow MEPs that “even no deal is better for the United Kingdom than the current rotten deal.”So while Farage did make several references to the idea that a no-deal Brexit would be preferable to EU membership during and immediately following the referendum, there is no evidence that Farage publicly used the specific phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” to refer to a hypothetical future deal between the UK and the EU following a successful Brexit vote during the campaign has contacted Farage and the Brexit Party asking him to provide evidence to support his claim. However, neither Farage nor the party responded for this FactCheck.VerdictIt is clear that the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” was not coined by Nigel Farage and was used widely before the 2016 Brexit referendum.There is no evidence that Farage publicly used the exact phrase during the referendum campaign between April and June 2016. He did use a version of the phrase to suggest that a no-deal Brexit outcome would still be better than continued EU membership, but he did not coin the phrase and did not use it to suggest that a no-deal Brexit would be preferable to a negotiated exit from the EU during the campaign period itself. As a result, we rate the claim that Nigel Farage coined the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” and used it repeatedly during the Brexit referendum campaign: Mostly FALSEWhile Nigel Farage did not coin the phrase or use the exact wording “no deal is better than a bad deal” during the referendum campaign, he did suggest that a no-deal exit would be better than continued EU membership and as a potentially preferable outcome if negotiations with the EU produced an unsatisfactory deal. As per our verdict guide, this means: There is an element of truth in the claim, but it is missing critical details or context. Or, the best available evidence weighs against the’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here. Short URL 17,297 Views BREXIT PARTY LEADER, Nigel Farage, has claimed that he coined the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” and used it repeatedly during the 2016 Brexit referendum when campaigning for the UK to leave the EU.In recent months, Farage has been one of the most prominent advocates of a no-deal Brexit, which would see the UK leave the EU without an agreement and would instead trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.But is this claim true? Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase no deal is better than a bad deal?Where does this claim come from?During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 12 May Nigel Farage was quizzed on the history of his advocacy for a no-deal Brexit during and subsequently following the 2016 referendum campaign.Pressed by presenter Andrew Marr on why he didn’t campaign for no deal during the campaign itself, Farage said: “In the referendum itself, I was the one that coined the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, which of course is pretty obvious.” By Dominic McGrath Tuesday 14 May 2019, 1:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage says the “obvious” free trade deal with the EU “didn’t happen”, so the UK should leave the EU “on WTO terms” #Marr #Brexit— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 12, 2019last_img read more

Local labor leader Parker dies

first_imgWell-known Vancouver labor leader and jobs advocate Philip A. Parker, who served on a number of county and state boards, has died.Parker, 67, a retired journeyman electrician, died Wednesday night of a heart attack at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, wife Sherry Parker confirmed Thursday.The couple moved to Battle Ground from Vancouver in 2008. Parker served as chairperson of the Labor Roundtable of Southwest Washington and as vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, where he formerly served on an executive board.The Washington Senate recently reappointed Parker to the seven-member Washington State Transportation Commission, which helps define state projects and policies.When it came to projects that generated jobs, Parker “always pushed whatever way he could to testify in favor” of those projects, said Ed Barnes, a retired Vancouver labor leader and a friend of Parker.Parker always said he represented the entire state on the commission, and he was ardent in his support of the Columbia River Crossing, the now-defunct proposal to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, Barnes said. “He knew how important it was to commerce,” Barnes said. “He attended every one of the meetings to let it be known his tremendous concern for the welfare and safety of the community.” Barnes first met Parker in 1979, when Barnes worked as a dispatcher for the electricians’ union. The two became lifelong friends.Barnes, who had spent Wednesday with Parker, said his friend’s passing was a loss to the local community and to the state. Parker was on the current board of the Clark County Public Facilities District and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council. He was a member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and formerly served as an instructor for the electrical apprenticeship program, as a member of the tech Prep Advisory Committee for Clark College, as a Boy Scout leader and on the Clark County Planning Commission for 14 years. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army reserves.last_img read more

Sprint really needs that TMobile lifeline

first_img 32 Originally published Aug. 2, 6:37 a.m. PTUpdate, Aug. 6: Adds comment from Sprint spokesperson.  Tags T-Mobile and Sprint merger gets the OK, Apple’s 5G plans Mobile 1:37 Sprint posted a 175,000 loss in total subscriber count for first quarter in FY 2019.  Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Sprint received the the green light from the Justice Department for its $26.5 billion merger with T-Mobile last week, and after today, it’s clear why it needs the deal to happen. On Friday, the fourth-largest carrier posted a fiscal first-quarter loss of 175,000 total subscribers, a reverse of the gain of 57,000 net new subscribers in the year-ago period. In last fiscal year’s fourth quarter, it lost around 8,000 subscribers. The company added 262,000 net data devices, which were offset by a 128,000 fall in phone users. This was a slight boost from the 169,000 net data devices added last quarter. Data devices include tablets, connected car devices, wearables and other devices. The first quarter of this fiscal year ended with 54.3 million subscribers, falling slightly behind last quarter’s 54.5 million. Sprint also posted a net loss of $114 million, compared with a profit of $173 million in the year-ago period. Total operating net revenue came out at $8.1 billion, which was higher than the $8.06 billion Yahoo Finance analysts predicted. Wireless service revenue alone was $5.3 billion, which was a 3% decline year over year.The results reflect the state of Sprint as it bides its time awaiting the merger with T-Mobile. The last-place national carrier has long lagged behind its larger rivals. The company has suffered from even weaker growth in the last few quarters after paring back a lot of its aggressive promotions.”While we delivered good results in the first quarter relative to expectations, the business still faces several structural headwinds and I remain convinced the merger with T-Mobile is the best outcome for our customers, employees, industry and all stakeholders,” Sprint CEO Michel Combes said in a statement. Sprint has 5G networks in five metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. It will launch New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. in the upcoming weeks and believes its 5G footprint will cover 11 million people and 2,100 square miles. Current 5G phones it has include the LG V50 ThinQ 5G and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.T-Mobile, on the other hand has 5G networks in six cities: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.It’s hard to say whether Sprint’s chapter in telecommunications will close forever, as 14 states have joined forces in a lawsuit opposing the merger deal for fear of higher prices. The latest state to join the lawsuit is Texas. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday said he has an “independent obligation to protect Texas consumers,” and to “preserve free market competition, which has proven to result in lower prices and better quality for consumers.””We remain optimistic about the remaining regulatory steps,” a Sprint spokesperson in an email. “Sprint and T-Mobile are prepared to vigorously defend against the State Attorneys General lawsuit filed to block the merger.”As part of the merger with T-Mobile, both companies will be branded as the “new T-Mobile,” with T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s team running the operations. Dish will receive a part of Sprint’s 800 MHz spectrum and gain access to the “new T-Mobile’s” network for seven years. Sprint won’t host its customary analyst conference call to discuss its results. The company’s shares fell 4.2 percent Friday, to $6.88.  Comments Sprint Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Center for New American Children Launches in Houston

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /00:53 Xcenter_img The new center is bringing together local school districts and immigrant rights groups to share information and experiences.The collaboration plans to do research, raise awareness and make policy recommendations, according to Dr. Bob Sanborn, CEO of Children at Risk.Edith Rahimian shares her story as an Iranian refugee and leads panel on education issues facing #NewAmericanChildren with Viridiana Carrizales, Cesar Espinosa, & Rose Escobar.— CHILDREN AT RISK (@childrenatrisk) September 20, 2018Sanborn noted that, considering Houston’s diversity, more should be done to address the unique challenges immigrant children face. “Whether these children came because they’re fleeing violence and they’re undocumented or whether they came because they’re documented and their parents have other opportunities in the United States or family in the United States, it’s difficult for these children,” Sanborn said.One issue Sanborn said they’re looking at is the lack of training for teachers who work with immigrant children. Studies show 44 percent of Houston-area kids have at least one immigrant parent.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Children at RiskProfessor Jodi Berger Cardoso talks about the educational needs of immigration children.This week, the non-profit advocacy group Children at Risk officially launched their Center for New American Children, a new initiative focused on addressing the needs of kids in immigrant families.last_img read more

Netflix Amazon Generate Twice as Much Revenue in UK as Broadcasters Streamers

first_img What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety ×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 Ofcom report, prepared by Ampere Analysis, says that Netflix generated an estimated $875 million (£693 million) last year, which by itself was more than the five traditional broadcasters’ own streaming services combined. Amazon Prime generated estimated U.K. revenue of $505 million (£400 million), ahead of the leading traditional broadcaster, ITV, whose ITV Hub generated about $316 million. Sky’s NOW TV delivered about $215 million, while All 4 generated $101 million and My5 $38 million.As a publicly funded body, the BBC does not generate revenue from its iPlayer. But the iPlayer is the most frequently used broadcaster streaming service in Britain, and it boasts the biggest reach of any VOD platform in the U.K., reaching 13.4 million British homes, beating out the 9.9 million subscribers to Netflix, 8.8 million homes for ITV Hub, 7.7 million subscribers to Amazon Prime, 6.8 million homes for All 4, the 4 million homes for My5, and 1.5 million subscribers to NOW TV.To try to counter the rise of the U.S. online giants, the BBC and ITV announced in February that they would bring their North American joint streaming service, Britbox, to the U.K. The Ofcom report forecasts that, by 2023, Britbox as well as other new entrants Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus will reach at least 2 million subscribers in the U.K.On Thursday, Ofcom also published its first annual Online Nation report, which looks at Internet usage in the U.K. The report suggests that “changes in the U.K. online advertising landscape are largely driven by the growth dynamics of two companies: Google and Facebook.” Between them, the pair account for nearly two thirds of the £13.44 billion ($17 billion) total online advertising revenues in the U.K. in 2018. Google accounted for the lion’s share with 39%, approximately £5.25 billion ($6.6 billion), with Facebook at 22% ($3.7 billion). The lopsided figures come as Netflix is hiking the price for its standard and premium services in the U.K. On Thursday, the streaming giant announced that the monthly subscription rate for its standard service, which allows HD streaming to two devices, would increase by £1 ($1.26) – a 12.5% rise – from £7.99 to £8.99. Its premium service, which streams in Ultra HD on up to four devices, is increasing by £2 (or 20%) from £9.99 to £11.99. The hike was effectively immediately for new subscribers and will be applied to existing users in the coming weeks. The service’s basic rate, allowing standard definition streaming on one device, remains the same at £5.99 ($7.55). Related The combined revenues for Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.K. amounted to more than double the total revenue generated by the streaming services of Britain’s five biggest broadcasters in 2018, a new report has found. Meanwhile, fellow digital giants Google and Facebook dominated the British online advertising landscape, accounting for nearly two thirds of total online advertising revenues in 2018.The report on Britain’s VOD market, commissioned by media regulator Ofcom, shows how dominant Netflix and Amazon Prime have become in the U.K. Between them, they generated an estimated $1.38 billion (£1.09 billion) in 2018 – or more than twice the $669 million (£530 million) generated collectively by Sky’s NOW TV, the BBC’s iPlayer, ITV’s ITV Hub, Channel 4’s All 4 and Channel 5’s My5.last_img read more

Go citrus

first_imgBright coloured citrus fruits like orange, lemon and lime can make your skin glow.Bollywood beauty and makeup expert Puja Taluja reveals how these Vitamin C rich fruits, known for their antioxidant properties, work well for your skin.Lime juice: Take a lime, squeeze it and add it to a glass of warm water with honey in it. Take a spoon and mix the contents well. Drink it every morning before breakfast. Lemon: Get glowing skin by simply rubbing a peeled lemon on your skin. But, don’t do it for long and be gentle while doing so. It shouldn’t be done longer than three minutes. Then wash it off with water. Orange: After eating the fruit, do not throw the skin. It can be used on your face. Dry the peels and grind them. Use the powder with water on your skin. This works as a natural scrub.last_img read more

Viral election video urges Costa Ricans to reject the historically dominant parties

first_imgRelated posts:Election video spurs angry responses VIDEO: Costa Rican woman launched skyward by 1,100-pound bull A look at Costa Rica’s 2014 elections VIDEO: Killer whales hunt tiger shark near Costa Rica’s Cocos Island 30 years agoIn 1982, Luis Alberto Monge of the PLN won a landslide election over then-ruling party the United Coalition (which later became PUSC), including a large legislative majority. Monge inherited a country wracked by economic despair. Costa Rica suffered as much of the world did from soaring oil prices brought on by the 1979 Iranian revolution. Costa Rican exports, on the other hand, were at a low point, including bananas, coffee and sugar.Many Costa Ricans at the time blamed the policies of then–President Rodrigo Carazo, who ordered the Central Bank of Costa Rica to borrow heavily to deal with the economic downturn, against the advice of the International Monetary Fund and his own finance minister. Inflation soared with the colón losing 500 percent of its value.Monge came into power and reversed many of the government-controlled elements of the economy, moving to a more free-market approach. He cut spending, removed import and export taxes, and developed the tourism industry. Monge’s reforms seemed to pay off at the time, with dropping inflation and unemployment.Authors of the current video appear to be singling out this ideology as the culprit for the country’s current woes. At one point in the video it remarks that Costa Ricans have seen the same last names in political power during the last 30 years – sons, cousins, brothers. Current PLN presidential candidate Johnny Araya – who was the mayor of Costa Rica’s capital for two decades – is the nephew of Luis Alberto Monge.Many social media users applauded the video, sharing it with friends in their networks. But it hasn’t been well received by all Costa Ricans. Environment Minister René Castro dismissed the video as having glaring omissions, such as not mentioning the crisis during Carazo’s administration. (Pro-business and pro-tourism environmental policies came under fire in the video.)“’My name is Costa Rica’ is pretty, but typical of leftist communications professors and graduate students,” Castro said, according to Channel 7. “It narrates with emphasis … ancient economic theories; more rice and beans, no pineapple and less golf.”The business newspaper El Financiero published a column titled “What ‘Our name is Costa Rica’ won’t say.” In the article, libertarian columnist Juan Hidalgo accused the video of being a veiled promotion for progressive Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta. Hidalgo said he was critical of the PLN as well, but that high level of government control of the economy is not sustainable.“For [the video’s authors], it was a paradise 30 years ago when some covetous neoliberals began to dismantle the bricks of Costa Rican solidarity,” Hidalgo wrote. “They do not mention that the model to which they want the country to return has imploded.” Facebook Comments Over the weekend, a group of University of Costa Rica (UCR) students released a nonpartisan video renouncing the traditional political parties that have run the Central American country for more than half a century.Mass communications students released the video last Friday, and it has already received more than 100,000 views as of Monday, being shared widely by Costa Ricans on social media platforms. The video is titled “Nuestro nombre es Costa Rica” – “Our name is Costa Rica.”“For 30 years, you have decided that some people are more important than everyone,” the video’s narrator said at its opening.For the project, one woman traveled across the seven provinces of Costa Rica critiquing the economic development model she said is responsible for social ills such as a 21 percent household poverty rate and levels of inequality worse than Mexico and El Salvador. The video also attacked environmental policies such as private beaches and privatization of water resources.“We want “Our name is Costa Rica” to be a space to reflect on the problem of the development model that has been imposed on us for the last 30 years,” the student group wrote on a Facebook page.The students said they are not affiliated nor are endorsing any political party or candidate in upcoming February elections. But their attacks appear to be directed at the current ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) and the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), which have been the dominant parties for more than 50 years.The video appeared during a political campaign holiday enforced by the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE), which lasts from Dec. 16 to Jan. 1. During that time, parties cannot release advertisements and can only conduct limited in-person campaign activities. However, nothing prevents nonpartisan groups from releasing videos.Luis Guillermo Solís, presidential nominee for the Citizen Action Party (PAC), praised the video, according to Channel 7 News.“Those who have governed us for the last 30 years have imposed a model of exclusionary development that has increased inequality, violence and poverty,” Solís said. “Without a doubt, we need to rescue Costa Rica.”PAC formed as a progressive party in 2000 from discontented former members of the PLN who accused that party of corruption.last_img read more

Bryns pura vida how Costa Rica inspired a teenagers musical legacy

first_imgBryn left behind a musical legacy of the pure life inspired by Costa Rica; a legacy that allows his parents to hold on of who he was, how he thought and what he chose to express through art.“There is nothing that can ever compensate for Bryn’s loss, but as his parents, we cling to what he left behind, including his music. One of my friends who was at the Orpheum concert said to me afterward: ‘In my interpretation of how the world works, some aspect of Bryn is now floating around the ceiling of the Orpheum, mingling with aspects of Shostakovich and Tovey et al. Not bad company.’” Buechert writes. “Indeed, it seems as if each time his music is played, a part of him is still alive and sending us his message, one of love for life and for the things that make life worth living.” The year is 1998. A couple in Langley, British Columbia, is excited to welcome their first and only child: Bryn Hutchinson. Bryn’s parents are Marian Buechert, a writer and editor of books, magazines and blogs, and Mark Hutchinson, who works in quality control within the food processing industry.Bryn’s parents are thrilled about their child, who is full of life. As Bryn grows up, his parents notice he’s quiet, yet an intense person interested in listening more than speaking.“When Bryn was two, he hardly spoke. He mostly pointed and used just a few simple words. When he finally began to talk, it was in full sentences. Soon he was using long words and complicated vocabulary. He was reading well before he started school, and throughout his life, he read everything from fantasy novels to scientific non-fiction books,” Buechert tells The Tico Times in an email.This natural interest in reading and learning continues to develop when he goes to school, where he immerses himself in his subjects, particularly enjoying English and the sciences.“He loved maps: collecting them, pinning them on his walls, and drawing maps of both real and imagined places,” his mother writes. “He was always fascinated by nature and the environment, which led him into birding.” Birding or bird watching on the bank of the Tárcoles River. Courtesy of Marian BuechertAlong with his interest in school, he also enjoys respecting and helping others.“Bryn was a compassionate, tolerant, and caring friend who accepted everyone as they were. His friends have spoken to me about how they were drawn to him because he didn’t judge people and he had a kind of self-contained composure rare in a teenager. He was never cruel or mean. He wanted to help his friends always,” Buechert tells The Tico Times.In December 2014, Bryn and his family visit Costa Rica.“We chose Costa Rica because we were interested in learning more about this country that had no army and that was famous for its progressive environmental policies. We were also intrigued by the idea that Costa Rica had been ranked first in the world in the Happy Planet Index. And, of course, Costa Rica has amazing bird life,” Buechert writes. Filming hummingbirds in the gardens of the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Courtesy of Marian BuechertWhile visiting Costa Rica, Bryn decides to create a documentary titled “Resplendence” about the resplendent quetzal he sees while birdwatching. He applies what he’s been learning in his filmmaking course at the Langley Fine Arts School back home, and writes a script describing Costa Rica’s quetzal population as well as the country’s active role in protecting it.“Was it possible that Costa Rica’s recent population growth would oust the quetzals from even the last of their mountaintop forests? But, as I wandered the streets of San José, one night, I realized that the Costa Rican people wouldn’t let that happen,” the script reads. “Looking around, I saw the streets were as clean or cleaner than our own streets in Vancouver. Even with fewer natural resources, lower wages and shorter lifetimes, smaller populations and tighter spaces, the people were willing to sacrifice in the name of the environment. I doubted they would allow such a bird to go extinct.”Bryn is so inspired by Costa Rica that he doesn’t stop there: upon his return home, he decides to write an orchestral composition named “Pura Vida” for his music program, honoring the iconic Costa Rican phrase. Bryn playing drums at an informal performance at the Chan Centre, Vancouver. Courtesy of Marian Buechert“As part of his requirements for graduating from the music program, Bryn was asked to compose an original music piece on a theme of his choice,” Buechert writes to The Tico Times. “The piece is complex and full of tension, which reflected how he saw Costa Rica’s challenges. Despite the title of ‘pure life,’ this is not a sweet pastoral composition; there is a great deal of struggle and push-and-pull happening in it. ‘Pura Vida’ does not come without sacrifice and determination,” Buechert writes. Bryn with the final score of ‘Pura Vida’ after he stayed up all night to complete it. Courtesy of Marian BuechertThe piece was never performed by the Langley Fine Arts School, due to its complexity.Following his graduation in 2016, Bryn struggles to choose a university major that he is passionate about; he ends up choosing biology and gets accepted into the University of British Columbia. To help finance his education, he gets a summer job at a wildlife refuge.Things change in a tremendously unexpected and saddening manner for Bryn’s family on his way to work one day: he is killed in a car accident.“He didn’t have his driver’s license yet, so he was carpooling to the job in the mornings with a co-worker. En route, she made a fatal error and turned left directly in front of an oncoming dump truck. Being in the passenger seat, Bryn was crushed instantly. The driver survived with minor injuries,” Buechert writes.He was 17 years old. Bryn Hutchinson’s graduation portrait for the Langley Fine Arts School, where he graduated in 2016 and two weeks after graduation was killed on an automobile accident. Courtesy of Marian Buechert“There is nothing that did not change. Mark calls it ‘the day the world ended.’ Everyone experiences loss in their lives, but only parents who have lost a child understand what it is like. It is losing the best part of yourself. It is losing your connection to the future. It is seeing your partner suffer through the worst pain imaginable,” Buechert writes.After this unimaginable pain, in a very unexpected manner, the legacy of the pura vida that Bryn left behind was revived. A year after his death, in 2017, Langley Fine Arts School music program teacher Robert Goddard decided to perform Bryn’s “Pura Vida” composition at the Christ Church Cathedral. Bryn playing timpani at one of his final performances with the Langley Fine Arts Orchestra. Courtesy of Marian Buechert“When we heard the performance, we were so proud, both for them and for Bryn’s work, which we finally got to hear with proper instruments,” Buechert recalls.Another surprise was just ahead: during this performance, Maestro Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, heard the piece and was hooked. He wanted the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to perform it, and so it did this year: the orchestra performed it at two concerts in June at the Orpheum, a theater and music venue located in Vancouver.“To sit in that theater and hear the full orchestra play our son’s music was a bit surreal, but afterward, we met backstage with Maestro Tovey and he was so warm, down-to-earth, and kind in speaking to us that I was able to take it all in a bit better,” Buechert tells the Tico Times.Watch the Langley Fine Arts School Orchestra perform ‘Pura Vida’ at the Christ Church Cathedral Related posts:Our favorite Weekend Arts Spotlight interviews of 2017 Tamarindo gears up for Art Wave Festival PHOTOS: The annual Oxcart Parade in Atenas, Alajuela 5 questions for a Canadian punk rock band in Costa Ricacenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

June 19 2013  Here are photos from the first day

first_imgJune 19, 2013 Here are photos from the first day of our Juneteenth event this past weekend. It was a day filled with wonderful music, delicious food, and lovely people.At 1:30pm, Billy Mitchell, Ray Carter and Brian Messenger took the stage, delighting the audience with songs from everyone’s favorite jazz artists, ranging from Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis and more. Billy Mitchell was on piano and vocals, Ray Carter on electric bass guitar, and Brian Messenger was on the guitar.(Photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo)Here they were accompanied by Leslie Daniels on the drums, Julian Davis on the harmonica, and vocals by Mel Bridges.Here is a closer look at Julian Davis’s harmonica serenade, along with Billy Mitchell and Brian Messenger.Around 3pm legendary saxophonist Richie Cole came on stage, playing with Sean Brogan on the upright bass, Rick Jones on the trumpet, and two members of the Groovin’ High Trio, trumpeter Patrick Adams, and his brother, Nicki Adams on the piano.Here’s a closer look at saxophonist Richie Cole, featuerd guest artist of the event.As the afternoon progressed, the music moved to a smaller stage set up in the vaults, where the returning band Six Feet brought a rock ‘n roll vibe to the event. Pictured here are David Maez on the keyboard, Rick Cucuzza on the Chapman Stick and guitar, and David Paez on drums.last_img read more

Opportunity to reunify Cyprus finally before us updated

first_img“The opportunity for the reunification of Cyprus is now finally before us,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday, before the resumed Conference on Cyprus begins on Wednesday.In a written statement Guterres said he was “encouraged by the reconvening of the Conference” and “welcomed the determination shown by all participants in taking this important step.“I call on all concerned players to seize this opportunity, for Cyprus first and foremost, but also for the wider Eastern Mediterranean region,” he addedAs Secretary-General of the United Nations, the statement added, “I reiterate my steadfast commitment to supporting this effort”.“I urge all participants to demonstrate the will and leadership required to conclude a comprehensive settlement,” Guterres said.Although initially reported that Guterres was scheduled to arrive at Crans-Montana on Friday, his presence has not yet been confirmed as it will “depend on developments”.The international Conference on Cyprus will resume on Wednesday morning with a session on security and guarantees and no parallel discussion of other chapters of the Cyprus problem, sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency said on Tuesday.The kick-off meeting will take place in the presence of the two leaders President Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, United Nations Undersecretary-General for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide, the foreign ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom, Nicos Kotzias, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Boris Johnson, and EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.According to CNA sources in the afternoon session a parallel discussion on other issues will begin, starting with territory.Earlier, a working dinner will be hosted by the UN for participants on Tuesday night.Before the dinner, Anastasiades had a one-on-one meeting with Eide, followed by another one with Kotzias.After the dinner, Anastasiades will have a tete-a-tete with Johnson.According to the CNA’s sources, no departure date has been set for the foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers participating in the Conference.The Greek Cypriot delegation arrived mid-day to Geneva, from where a military helicopter, provided by the Swiss government, flew Eide and Anastasiades, along with some of the president’s advisers, to Crans-Montana.Akinci and Cavusoglu arrived in Geneva at 7.30pm Cyprus time and were too flown to the resort by helicopter. Upon his arrival in Geneva, Cavusoglu tweeted that the goal was “to find a comprehensive solution”.Anastasiades and Akinci were taking part with a six-member delegation each. The foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers have a four-member delegation each.CNA sources have said that the foundation of Wednesday’s discussion on the issue of security and guarantees will be the conclusions of the technocrats at Mont Pelerin 3 in January, when the issue was examined by the technical committees of the five interested parties.According to reports, the National Council will convene at 8.45am local time on Wednesday morning, ahead of the Cyprus conference, which is to begin at 11am.Anastasiades is accompanied by Attorney General Costas Clerides, chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, Government Spokesman and Director of his Diplomatic Office Nikos Christodoulides, Undersecretary to the President Vasilis Palmas, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos and other officials. The 80-strong Greek Cypriot delegation also consists of members of the negotiating team and political party leaders and their representatives.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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