Big season of Premier Touch in Brisbane set to tap off!

first_imgThe upcoming season of Premier Touch taps off this week, with 12 competitions being played across Brisbane every week.  The competitions will be played on Mondays (Bardon, Chermside, Yeronga, West End and Fairfield), Tuesdays (Mt Gravatt and West End) and Wednesdays (Bardon, Fairfield, Yeronga, Mt Gravatt and West End), including both Men’s and Mixed divisions. Premier Touch is particularly excited to announce that it now has competitions at O’Grady Park in Fairfield on Monday and Wednesday nights. The competitions will be played over 11 rounds, with semi finals and grand finals to follow. For more information about Premier Touch’s competitions, or to nominate for one of the competitions listed above, please visit their website:http://www.premiertouch.com.au/ Related LinksPremier Touchlast_img read more

Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world’s biggest video subscription service.The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn’t been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO Reed Hastings’ strategy has been paying off.The billions of dollars that Netflix has borrowed to pay for exclusive series such as “House of Cards,” ”Stranger Things,” and “The Crown” has helped its service more than triple its global audience during the past four years — leaving it with 109 million subscribers worldwide through September.That figure includes 5.3 million subscribers added during the July-September period, according to Netflix’s quarterly earnings report released Monday. The growth exceeded management forecasts and analyst projections. Netflix’s stock rose 1 per cent in extended trading, putting it on track to touch new highs Tuesday. The shares have increased by about five-fold during the past four years.If the subscribers keep coming at the current pace, Netflix may surpass its role model — HBO — within the next few years. HBO started this year with 134 million subscribers worldwide.“We are running around 100 miles an hour doing our thing around the world,” Hastings said during a review of the third-quarter results.But Netflix’s subscriber growth could slow if it can’t continue to win programming rights to hit TV series and movies, now that there are more competitors, including Apple , Amazon, Hulu and YouTube.If that happens, there will be more attention on Netflix’s huge programming bills, and “then we could see an investor backlash,” CFRA Research analyst Tuna Amobi says. “But Netflix has been delivering great subscriber growth so far.”Netflix’s long-term debt and other obligations totalled $21.9 billion as of Sept. 30, up from $16.8 billion at the same time last year. That includes $17 billion for video programming, up from $14.4 billion a year ago. Most of the programming payments are due within the next five years. Netflix expects to spend $7 billion to $8 billion on programming next year, up from $6 billion this year.The Los Gatos, California, company has to borrow to pay for most of its programming expenses because it doesn’t generate enough cash on its own. Netflix burned through another $465 million in the most recent quarter, which is known as “negative cash flow” in accounting parlance.For all of this year, Netflix has warned that its negative cash flow might be as high as $2.5 billion, a trend that management expects will continue for at least the next several years as it tries to diversify its video library to appeal to divergent tastes in about 190 countries.Nonetheless, Netflix has remained profitable, under U.S. accounting rules. The company earned $130 million on $3 billion in revenue in its latest quarter.And management appears to be trying to ease the financial drain with price increases of $1 and $2 a month for most of its 53 million subscribers in the U.S. before the end of the year. The higher prices are likely to increase Netflix’s revenue by about $650 million next year, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney predicted.But the price increases could backfire if it provokes an unusually high number of subscribers to cancel, something Netflix faced when it raised rates in the past. Most analysts believe that’s unlikely to happen this time, and Netflix supported that thesis with its growth forecast. Management expects to add 6.3 million subscribers during the October-December period, slightly more than what analysts are anticipating, according to FactSet.Netflix has long argued its borrowing makes sense to gain a huge advantage over rivals as people increasingly watch programming on internet-connected devices. Plus, management points out that its total debt is small compared with its market value of nearly $90 billion.With such a valuable stock, Netflix theoretically could sell more shares to raise money — similar to how homeowners sometimes use the equity accrued in their houses to pay big bills.But that would be more difficult to do if Netflix’s stock price plummets amid concerns about its debt.Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter also questions the long-term value of Netflix’s programming line-up.“What is something like Season One of ‘House of Cards’ worth to you if you already have watched it? It’s probably only worth something to someone who hasn’t been subscribing to Netflix for the past five years,” Pachter says. “So that means Netflix has to keep reinventing itself virtually every year, and that costs money.”last_img read more

Nursing grievances

first_imgAfter five years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi representing Varanasi, has the constituency changed for the better? Has it become cleaner? Has it been transformed into a Kyoto as Modi had promised? Are the weavers better off? Is the air less polluted? Has the river Ganges become cleaner? Is the infrastructure better? The jury will be out on May 23 when results come. Modi filed his nomination on April 26 to represent Varanasi for the second time. He has stuck to Varanasi and the Modi frenzy was in full swing at the mega roadshow on April 25. Also Read – A special kind of bondA visit to Varanasi reveals that Modi has done a lot but it is still ‘work is in progress’, as Professor A K Shrivastava of the Benares Hindu University claims. I found that Varanasi stands divided between those who support Modi’s ambitious developmental push and those who oppose it. In 2014, he had promised a metro, a monorail, six-lane highways, flyovers, satellite towns, 24-hour electricity and water, a clean Ganges, luxury cruises on the Ganges, solid waste management and other developmental works. Modi’s supporters point out that he has not only focused on improving roads but also improved the overall infrastructure in and around Varanasi. The Multi-Modal Terminal and the Trade Facilitation Centre, heritage lights installed across Varanasi are some examples. On paper, Modi has brought about Rs 30,000 crores worth projects in these five years. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe first thing that strikes you after landing at the Lal Bahadur Shastri airport is a four-lane road to the city with three flyovers. Our cab driver Kamalesh points out that it takes just 45 minutes to reach the city as compared to three hours earlier. A clear view of the Ganga, broadened roads, flyovers and bridges welcome you as you enter Varanasi. But there are no signs of posters and elections are low key. According to Anand Chaube, a staunch Modi supporter the improvements include gas pipeline, the Ring Road, bridges over the Ganga and the Varuna. But Modi’s critics point out that roads are dug up for laying underground cables. The city is dotted with filth, bumpy roads with potholes and crumbling bridges. The Congress candidate Ajay Rai notes that sanitation has improved, but the poor drainage system is another problem. Rai is critical of a dedicated Viswanath corridor to the temple. The project involves a 50 feet wide pathway after demolishing around 250 structures, some built in 17thcentury. The Rs 600crore project will create 45,000 square metres of prime space. I found that some of the residents from whom the houses were bought are not happy. Some religious leaders have also opposed the project. They claim that the project is trampling ‘Kashi’s soul’. From the Muslim side, Mufti Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani is concerned about the security of masjid adjacent to the temple. The RSS leader Ramesh and the VHP leader Divakar claim that the pilgrims are now able to move about freely. Incidentally, a visit to the temple proves pilgrims welcome this corridor. The boatmen who take you around the 90 Ghats are great fans of Modi. Showing the installation of lights on the riverfront, our boatman Mahesh Saini is proud of the improvements in the Ghats. “Modi ji ne bahut kaam kiya” he says. There is a visible difference in Assi, Dasaawamedh and a few other Ghats. The Alaknanda, the 60-seater luxury vessel floated by Nordic Cruise Line, offers breathtaking cruises on the Ganges. But the Samajwadi candidate Shalini Yadav notes that not far away from the Assi Ghats most of Varanasi’s waste spills into the Ganga. More than 3/4th of the total sewage generated in the city is being dumped in the Ganga through Assi and other drains. Varanasi is also faced with severe pollution problem. Vishwambhar Nath Mishra, the mahant of Sankatmochan temple, is the most vocal voice on lack of sewage system, Ganga cleaning etc. Modi had announced a Rs. 21,000 crore plan to clean up the river with Rs.600 crore specially allotted for his constituency Varanasi. Haji Habibullah, a Muslim weaver points out that the famous Benarasi silk industry is almost on the verge of collapse because of the mass-produced garments and the Chinese competition. There are about six lakhs weavers in the city; most of them Muslims, and many have abandoned their profession because it was no longer profitable. Modi’s Mudra loan schemes have helped them but the number of beneficiaries is falling. They have difficulty in filling out the forms for the GST, as most weavers are illiterate. Modi has no challengers in Varanasi. The BJP and RSS workers are complacent. Ajay Rai and Shalini Yadav are weak candidates. Had Priyanka Gandhi contested, there would have been some contest. The only debate now is the margin of victory for Modi. He had won in 2014 with a margin of over 580,000 votes. Modi told his supporters after filing nomination: “Mother Ganga will take care of me.” (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

TMC alleges BJP goons damaged Vidyasagars statue submits proof to EC in

first_imgNew Delhi: Intensifying its attack on the saffron party over the desecration of a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday released videos to claim that “BJP goons” damaged the statue. Trinamool Parliamentary team comprising Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Manish Gupta, Nadimul Haque also met the Election Commission over the issue and submitted “proof” in support of their claim. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Earlier, at a press conference here, TMC leader Derek O’Brien said, “The video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves that its chief Amit Shah is a liar and ‘dhokebaaz’ (betrayer).” The reaction from the TMC came close on the heels of BJP president Amit Shah accusing the West Bengal’s ruling party of indulging in violence in the state and alleged that the poll panel has been a “mute spectator”. “The streets of Kolkata are tinged with shock and anger. What happened yesterday hurt Bengali pride,” O’Brien said, adding the TMC will submit the videos, it has, to the poll panel and is authenticating them on record. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen One of the videos shows a group of men purportedly trying to break down the gate of the Vidyasagar college and enter the campus by jumping over its walls. “It is a childish argument to ask who had the keys to the gate? The video establishes beyond doubt who desecrated the statue,” O’Brien said, claiming his party has as many as 44 videos to support its claims. The party also showed a video and WhatsApp message allegedly by a BJP supporter asking people to come to Shah’s roadshow with rods and arms to fight the TMC and police. “We are trying to obtain and authenticate audio of slogans like ‘Vidyasagar finished, where is the Josh’ raised during the violence,” O’Brien said and alleged that the Central forces deployed in West Bengal have started a “whisper campaign” asking people to vote for the BJP. “The Central forces are in cahoots with the BJP. We have written to the EC thrice and this will be our fourth letter,” the TMC leader said. BJP and TMC supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police. Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties. Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their TMC rivals outside the college entrance. The Trinamool Congress also accused Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain of giving orders to the police not to intervene in BJP issues in state. “Jain has influenced the police not to interfere in what the BJP is doing in the election campaign, more so in the case of Amit Shah. The model code of conduct is being violated by them with impunity. There were drunken ‘outsiders’ who were part of this violence. “They have been brought by the BJP from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and kept in hotels and private houses. The same people have been seen in Shah’s roadshow and the ensuing violence,” TMC leader Manish Gupta said.last_img read more

Global counterterrorism forums coordination committee opens 5th session in Rabat

first_imgRabat – The 5th session of the Global counter-terrorism forum’s coordination committee opened on Tuesday its 5th session in Rabat in the presence of representatives of over 30 Forum member-states and several other partners and delegates of regional and international organizations.The two-day meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of the priorities set by the Forum which is co-chaired by the USA and Turkey.The GCTF is a multilateral informal platform endeavoring to identify needs of the fight against terrorism by mobilizing the needed expertise and resources and reinforcing international cooperation. Launched by foreign ministers of over 30 countries in New York in 2011 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the initiative’s mission is to support the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy around the globe in close collaboration with the United Nations and other relevant multilateral bodies.The GCTF maintains an inclusive, even-handed, and transparent approach to its work while continuing to be an informal, action-oriented, and flexible platform committed to ensuring that it attracts the most capable and experienced counter-terrorism policymakers and experts to the table.UN under-secretary general, executive director of the UN counter-terrorism committee Jean-Paul Laborde is taking part in the meeting.Morocco chaired the committee between 2012 and 2013.last_img read more

Zapata scores on debut

Zapata scores on debut

first_imgDuvan Zapata scores on his debut for Atalanta.Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat Chiasso 6-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier today.New signings Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata were on the scoresheet as Gian-Piero Gasperini’s men took empathic 6-1 victory over their opponents.The Italian Serie A side started the game on the wrong foot, conceding an early goal within the first minute of the encounter.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.They responded in fine fashion as a brace from new signing Papu Gomez turned the tie on its head. Gomez then turned provider as Alessandro Mancini scored from his corner.Hans Hateboer increased the lead for Atalanta scoring the fourth goal from Timothy Castagne pull back.Ex-Sampdoria striker Zapata scored the fight goal from close range before Marten De Roon headed in the sixth goal from Josip Ilicic’s free kick.Atalanta have started preparations for the upcoming season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign both in the league and in the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

Eddie Howe reflects on United defeat

Eddie Howe reflects on United defeat

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke to the press of his disappointment after losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Callum Wilson opened the scoring for AFC Bournemouth but Anthony Martial equalized before the break, but a stoppage-time goal by Marcus Rashford left Eddie Howe and his team empty-handed.“It’s a tough one for us today. I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period. We passed the ball well and there was a really good intensity to our play.” Howe said at a post-match press conference, via AFCB.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We were disappointed at half-time that we weren’t winning and we felt that we deserved to be leading by more than one. We knew the second half was going to be a different game.“Manchester United changed things and made substitutions but I was pleased with my players attitudes to the game and they gave everything to the match.“It was one of the best first-half performances I’ve seen us have in the Premier League since being promoted. I can’t fault anyone in terms of effort.”last_img read more

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

first_imgFormer Manchester United player Phil Neville believes Paul Pogba would have left Manchester United if Jose Mourinho was still the manager.The former United defender insists the breakdown in the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho would have meant the Frenchman would seek greener pastures elsewhere when the transfer window reopens in January.The fall-out with the former Chelsea manager took a major turn at the start of the season when he was stripped of the captain’s armband in September, following Pogba’s comments in the aftermath of United’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.The World Cup winner was also dropped from the starting lineup at the start of December including United’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which was Mourinho’s last game in charge.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.When asked if Pogba would have left the Red Devils in January, Neville said, according to Daily Mail:“I think they would (have lost him). The relationship was gone (with Jose Mourinho). It was clear at that point.”“He was sat on the bench at the end. But in the last few games he has been fantastic.”last_img read more

Delano Williams gets more kudos named newspapers Person of the Year

Delano Williams gets more kudos named newspapers Person of the Year

first_img Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Related Items:delano williams, person of the year Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jan 2015 – Congratulations are in order again for the country’s ‘Golden Boy’ and world class sprinter, Delano Williams. His big bright smile is sported in a photo headlining the newest edition of The Turks and Caicos Weekly News as the 2015 Person of the Year. There will likely be no contention about that title since Williams performed in finest form in track and field in 2015, as he pursues a marketing degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Delano Williams was a gleaming part of Team Great Britain at the IAAF World Relays held in Nassau, Bahamas and a bronze medal performance came again from the quartet in the 2015 IAAF World Games, held in Bejing, China. The 4x400m relay team’s achievement made them automatic qualifiers for this year’s Summer Olympic Games set for Rio in July. Delano is headed to the Olympic Games, and will be the first Turks and Caicos native to do so. The Grand Turkian, who has a twin sister, is 22 years old now and was among the first to be awarded the Turks and Caicos Islands National Young Achievers Medal at the inaugural ceremony in October 2015. Williams, who is already endorsed by Nike, also signed a $60,000 dollar endorsement deal with LIME in 2015. You can read more about Wiliams’ accomplishments and feelings going into 2016 in that article in the TC Weekly News. The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weatherlast_img read more