The revenue from the Goods and Services Tax has slipped by over ₹2,500 crore — to a 19-month low in September — and is showing no signs of recovery due to a massive tax fraud and overall “flaws in the system”, indicated West Bengal Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra in a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Mr. Mitra wrote the letter on Monday.The GST revenue slipped from ₹94,442 crore in September 2018 to ₹91,916 crore in September, 2019 — a drop of ₹2,526 crore. Highlighting the drop, Mr. Mitra argued that this “probably is the first time that monthly collections have been at an all-time low”. This collection, Mr. Mitra noted, is “even lower than the collection for July 2017, which was ₹92,283 crore”.“Though it has picked up slightly in October with ₹95,380 crore, it is still 5.29% below the collection of October 2018 which was ₹1,00,710 crore,” Mr. Mitra said. He underscored that despite his repeated warnings about “GST fraud and the flaws in the system… no discussion was held on this issue in the last GST Council meeting”. In his two-page letter, Mr. Mitra pointed at the problem of fake input tax credit that manufacturers and in turn dealers are entitled to for paying input taxes. He indicated that a network of fake ITC was snowballing in the country and yet “we continue to work in silos”.“A few days ago, Odisha SGST authorities detected a fraud worth ₹138 crore”, while in September searches carried out “in 336 locations across 15 States detected fake ITC worth ₹740 crore”. One person in Mumbai with credit of ₹93 crore and another person in a case worth ₹127 crore were arrested since September, Mr. Mitra noted. “Each and every State and the Central GST authorities are continually detecting fake invoices and absentee registered tax payers,” he wrote.No task force Since fake ITC means a loss of tax as it is “not backed by transaction in goods or services in reality”, such leakages are contributing to the “falling revenue trend,” Mr. Mitra noted. He regretted that “no task force [was] set up” to deal with the fraud as suggested by him earlier.
Star marksman Prakash Nanjappa secured a silver medal to extend India’s tally of medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Saturday.The Indian shooter scored 198.2 points finishing at the second point behind Australia’s Daniel Repacholli who clinched the top spot with a score of 199.5 points.Nanjappa shot a series of 97, 96, 95, 99, 97, 96 to top the qualification round with 580 points.However, Om Prakash missed out by a point after shooting series of 93, 97, 92, 95, 95, 96 to total 568.England’s Stewart Nangle (578) came second while Daniel Repacholi (574) of Australia took the third spot in the qualification round.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hoursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have dropped their asking price for Cesc Fabregas in the last 24 hours.Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations over a January fee for the Spain international, who is off contract in June.Tuttosport says Chelsea have cut their valuation from €10m to €8m, but it’s still too rich for the Rossonero.Milan are willing to cough up – but only to €4m.The big problem for all three parties is the threat of financial fair play penalties that are hanging over Milan – and as such restricting their spending plans for next month.
ESPN.Alabama is the favorite to win it all this season, according to nearly every sportsbook out there. Nick Saban disagrees with the oddsmakers. Who does the five-time national champion head coach think should be favored to win the national championship? The team his program defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff title game: Clemson. “How can they not pick Clemson?” Saban said during his appearance at ESPN today. “Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton.”Bama 5/1 fav to win nat’l title. Nick Saban: “How can they not pick Clemson? Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in CFB since Cam Newton”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016Coach Saban starting the morning off in Bristol on @SportsCenter #RollTide pic.twitter.com/taAVky2Ohs— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2016This is just Saban trying to lessen the expectations for his team, but Clemson’s path to the national championship game is clearer than Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide are probably a more-talented team, but their quarterback situation is unclear and the schedule is pretty brutal. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy contender behind center and a more manageable schedule. Who are you betting on to win it all this year?
“The sessions really took persons through an idea to determine whether it is really needed in the market, and how it is that they can go all the way through the process of commercialisation,” she noted. Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, explained to JIS News that the sessions took the format of a panel discussion. Story Highlights More than 200 students and teachers participated in ideation sessions held recently to prepare them for the Scientific Research Council (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair.The three sessions, which were held in Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville, provided a forum for participants to identify key challenges affecting sectors in Jamaica and possible solutions.Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, explained to JIS News that the sessions took the format of a panel discussion.Following this, ideas from the discussion were pitched and analysed to determine the feasibility of the ideas.“The sessions really took persons through an idea to determine whether it is really needed in the market, and how it is that they can go all the way through the process of commercialisation,” she noted.“For the Fair, we don’t want persons to come up with ideas that are not necessarily relevant at this time, so the sessions were to provide that sort of brainstorming session that would first identify the gaps that currently exist, what we can expect in the future, and how it is we can now, through foresight, develop innovative solutions to address [these],” she added.Students and teachers were exposed to presenters from various industries representing the categories of the Science Fair, including energy, health, security and food and agro-processing.Ms. McKenzie said there was a representative from the Montego Bay Marine Park who looked at the environmental conditions in Jamaica, and challenged persons to come up with ideas and solutions to mitigate these.Additionally, the students and teachers were exposed to an entrepreneurial perspective with the inclusion of entrepreneurs in the fields of nutraceuticals, agriculture, entertainment and photography.“This [entrepreneurship] is important because this is something that we are really pushing for persons, especially for the youth to get involved in,” Ms. McKenzie explained.She further added that this is a key component of the ‘Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industry’ (YEDAI) project, with which the Council is partnering this year to stage the National Science and Technology Fair.“We realise that there is a high rate of migration; especially for individuals that have attained tertiary-level education, there is a low innovation index in Jamaica, and even in cases where persons have developed items, products and services, there is not enough support, guidance or resources available to them,” Ms. McKenzie said.She noted that the sessions sought to provide persons with information to let them know of the potential that they “can tap into, benefit from and generate employment for themselves and other persons”.The sessions were held between April 19 and May 2.The National Science and Technology Fair is scheduled for June 12, with a registration deadline of May 18.For more information, persons may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or they may call 876-927-1771-4. More than 200 students and teachers participated in ideation sessions held recently to prepare them for the Scientific Research Council (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair.
We are now less than a week away from almost all pitchers and catchers reporting, and the two biggest free agents on the market — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — have yet to sign. The rumor mill around them continues to swirl, but we’re tired of not knowing for sure where these two will play this year. So we thought we’d take matters into our own hands, instead of simply waiting around for the latest hot-stove updates.To that end, we called on our friends at Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), a strategic simulation game that allows players to put on their general manager hats and run their own teams. We asked them to simulate out the careers of Harper and Machado a bunch of times under scenarios where they sign with a bunch of different teams. Think of it as the multiverse of MLB possibilities that still could play out, depending on where these two superstars end up signing.It’s important to note that this is all guided by the game’s artificial intelligence, so it’s based on a simulation engine primarily intended for fun gameplay.1Though it can be a pretty serious simulation, as far as these things go. Perhaps you’ve heard of the soccer sim Football Manager and its notoriously addictive qualities? OOTP is essentially the same game, except for baseball. Having said all that, in the true spirit of J. Henry Waugh’s Universal Baseball Association, what if …… Machado signs with the White Sox?Frequency: 80 percent of simulations2OOTP ran 25 sample offseasons for us, tracking how often each player signed with which team.Average contract: Eight years for $198 millionSix-year team wins: 78.7 per seasonSix-year WAR: 6.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses divisional series in 2021Machado is one of the brightest stars in the OOTP universe, with an overall rating of 77 out of 80 (using the traditional 20-80 scouting scale). If he were to sign with the White Sox, one of his most frequently rumored suitors in real life, OOTP sees him having a tremendous individual debut in Chicago, putting together an All-Star season worth 6.5 wins above replacement. But the White Sox would have to wait until 2020 to improve as a team, leaping from 63 wins in 2019 to 92 in 2020, with Machado once again having a strong 5.8-WAR season. Chicago would average 92 wins per season in 2020 and ’21, making the playoffs both years, but they would top out with a tough five-game loss in the American League Division Series in 2021, then drop down to 80 wins in 2022 as Machado’s teammates regress.He would average 5.7 WAR per season over the next two years, but the Sox would miss the playoffs both seasons, with Machado opting out of his contract to join the New York Mets on a five-year, $197.5 million deal before the 2025 season. (Chicago would be fine without him, making the American League Championship Series in 2025 and 2026.) In New York, Machado’s individual numbers would decline to an average of 4.1 WAR per season, but he would help the 2028 Mets reach the World Series — where, in classic Mets fashion, they would lose to the Astros in seven games. After bouncing to the Nationals and Rockies in the early 2030s, Machado would retire in October 2032 with a JAWS score of 63.4, which should easily earn him a place in the Hall of Fame.… Machado signs with the Padres?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Eight years for $212 millionSix-year team wins: 83.3 per seasonSix-year WAR: 5.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses league championship series in 2024If Machado were to sign with San Diego, OOTP’s AI thinks that he would make about $14 million more over an eight-year contract than he would with the White Sox. But how would his Padres do on the field? In this universe, Machado would have an incredible initial campaign in Southern California, putting up 7.5 WAR and winning the National League’s MVP in 2019. His team, though, would only improve from 66 to 76 wins, good for third place in the NL West, and Machado would later struggle to repeat his amazing debut season. The simulations have him averaging just 4.1 WAR per season in 2020-21, with the Padres winning only 71 games a year. But in 2022, Machado would bounce back with 5.2 WAR, and San Diego would win 95 games, making the divisional series. It’s part of a three-year playoff surge for the Padres, peaking with 100 wins in 2024 — but that team is projected to crash out of the playoffs with a disappointing five-game NLCS loss to the Dodgers.That offseason, Machado would opt out of his initial contract and sign a five-year, $157.5 million deal with the expansion Memphis Scouts — which are a thing in this universe! — where he would spend the next five seasons playing reasonably well (4.2 WAR per year), but losing so many ballgames would surely give him flashbacks to the horrid 2018 Orioles. The best season of Machado’s final years is forecast to be an out-of-nowhere 4.3-WAR season with the 101-win Cincinnati Reds in 2032, but that team would ultimately lose in the divisional series. In September 2035, Machado would retire from pro baseball as a probable Hall of Famer.… Machado signs somewhere else?While OOTP’s AI thinks Chicago and San Diego are the destinations most likely for Machado, it also forced him onto the Phillies, Yankees and Twins for the sake of the full multiverse. The first two outcomes are about a wash individually, with Machado nearing 7 WAR in his best simulated season for each team and producing roughly the same total WAR (33.9 in New York, 32.6 in Philly). He would also stay longer in each city: seven years with the Phillies before opting out to join the Giants and the full eight-year contract span with the Yankees. But in terms of team performance, Machado wouldn’t win a World Series in either Philadelphia or New York, coming closest with a seven-game ALCS loss in 2022 as part of his Yankees timeline. It’s kind of a sad set of outcomes for a pair of teams that you’d think would offer Machado the greatest chance of team success. As for the Twins, they would be very successful with Machado, winning 90.2 games per season in his five years in Minnesota, including a World Series berth in 2021. But he would also opt out of that contract as early as possible, moving on to sign a massive deal with the Giants. Such is the way of Minnesota sports. So where should each star sign? If these OOTP simulations are any indication, it looks like Harper and the Cardinals would be best off with him playing right field in St. Louis, and Machado should lean toward manning the hot corner for the Padres. But those are but two options in the multiverse of possible outcomes. The only thing that we are 100 percent certain about is that at least one of these teams should sign these guys now. Stars like Machado and Harper shouldn’t still be going into spring training without a deal in place — for their own sake and for the sake of fan bases whose teams can use them to compete this season.Special thanks to Richard Grisham and Out of the Park Developments for their help with this story. Let’s move on to Harper, whose future is more difficult to read than Machado’s. OOTP’s AI predicted that he’d sign with any of four teams — the Giants (64 percent), Cardinals (20 percent), Padres (12 percent) and Dodgers (4 percent) — and that’s not even the full spate of his commonly rumored options. But let’s peer into OOTP’s crystal ball anyway. What if …… Harper signs with the Giants?Frequency: 64 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $175 millionSix-year team wins: 82.1 per seasonSix-year WAR: 3.3 per seasonBest playoff result: No playoffsThe Giants are a weird team that won 73 games last season despite trying to contend, and they do have the need for a corner outfielder like Harper if they want to try it again in 2019. According to OOTP, San Francisco would pay about $15 million to $20 million more over a seven-year deal than Harper’s other potential suitors, and they wouldn’t get much postseason success out of it. They are projected to average 85.5 wins per season over the first four years of Harper’s deal, finishing second in the NL West (and out of the playoffs) each year. They would also get classic inconsistent Bryce: 5.7 WAR in Year 1, followed by 2.2 and 2.9 WAR (both seasons riddled with injuries), then 4.4, and then 0.6 in a terrible 2023 season during which Harper would hit .209, with the Giants crashing to 74 wins.After six up-and-down seasons by the Bay, Harper would sign a four-year, $116.8 million deal with the Brewers. He is projected for a strong season on a playoff-bound Milwaukee team in 2025 but then just 2.1 WAR per year over the next two seasons before opting out early yet again to join … yes, the Yankees. During his inevitable run in pinstripes, Harper would boast an .821 OPS as his Yanks make (and lose) the ALCS in 2028, but he would put up negative WAR over the next two seasons. He would retire at age 38 after being released by New York (and briefly rejoining the Giants). Harper’s final JAWS score of 49.9 would put him right on the edge of the Hall of Fame relative to other right fielders.… Harper signs with the Cardinals?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $151 millionSix-year team wins: 87.2 per seasonSix-year WAR: 4.9 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses World Series in 2027 and 2030This is one of the most successful universes either star free agent had in our OOTP simulations. In this world, the Cardinals would grab Harper for the bargain-bin price of $151 million, and he would stay with them for a total of 12 seasons thanks to another midcareer contract extension. St. Louis would be mostly competitive throughout Harper’s dozen seasons there, averaging 87 wins per year and making the playoffs nine times, including two pennant-winning runs. Harper is projected for 53.4 total WAR in a Cardinals uniform (which would actually rank him just below Ozzie Smith for fifth on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard), winning the 2023 NL MVP with a 1.033 OPS and 7.4 WAR. In Harper’s final season as a Cardinal at age 37, OOTP sees St. Louis losing the 2030 World Series to (Machado’s?) White Sox in a heartbreaking seventh game.After leaving St. Louis, Harper would sign a three-year, $62 million deal with the Mets, but a fractured knee would cost him 88 games in his first New York season, and he wouldn’t be the same player afterward, averaging just 1.1 WAR/year in 2032-33. Following an ineffective 51-game stint with the Giants in 2034, Harper would retire as a surefire Hall of Famer with a JAWS score of 69.2.… Harper signs somewhere else?Harper has been linked to so many teams, it’s tough to keep track sometimes. So we asked OOTP to look at the other teams its own AI saw Harper signing with (the Padres and Dodgers), plus the Phillies, White Sox and Harper’s erstwhile team, the Nationals. Of those, the Dodgers easily offer the greatest amount of team glory — in fact, they would basically become a dynasty with Bryce on board, winning the 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024 World Series and losing it in 2025 (as Harper would put up 44.3 WAR during seven seasons in L.A.).3Just for good measure, Harper would return to Washington in this Dodgers simulation, after a four-season stint with the Mariners, and would also win the 2030 World Series with the Nats in his age-37 season. Individually, Harper would finish with 98.3 WAR in that universe, edging out his 93.2 WAR in the Cardinals simulation for the best of the options we looked at. The rest offer varying degrees of lesser success from both a team and personal perspective, with the Phillies, Nats and Padres projected to make the playoffs a few times on Harper’s first contract (he would re-up with the Padres and Nationals for the long-term in those simulations) and Harper accumulating just shy of 80 career WAR in each universe.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Related Items:clement howell high school, royal turks and caicos police force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppRoyal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force Press ReleaseWednesday, 01st October 2014 8:08AM – Police have arrested a 17 year old male after a police Sergeant was alledgely assaulted at a school in Blue Hills yesterday.At approximately 2:40PM (Tuesday 30 September 2014), police attached at the said school received information that a male who is not a student of that school allegedly trespassed on school property. Police and security officers approached the said male and he began to run away. A police Sargent gave chase and upoun catching up with the male, the officer arrested him on suspicion of Trespass.While taking the said male back to the school, it is alledged that the Sargent was punched several times to his head, which resulted in a wound above his left eye. Officers nearby on patrol assisted the Sargent and subdued the male. The teen was arrested for Wounding, Malicious Damage to Property, Trespass and Resisting Arrest. He was taken to Chalk Sound Police Station and remains in police custody pending further investigations.The injured male officer was taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment of a head injury and later released.About 3:05PM, while officers were still on scene, it was observed by at least one of the officers that a fifteen year old student of the said school in Blue Hills was throwing stones at a marked police vehicle. Officers observed that the said vehicle had a dent on the front right door frame. The accused was then arrested on suspicion of Malicious Damage to Property and Throwing missiles. He was taken to Chalk Sound Police Station and later given police bail to return on a later date while investigations continue. Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce was absent at the meeting on April 2, but previously spoke with KSRM News regarding the request for additional funding from the district: “I’ve written a letter to the school district sharing all of our numbers with them, and we wrote a letter to the employees within the borough explaining to them that should the$2.4 million dollar additional funding request be approved by the assembly that there are consequences. I’m laying it out to the assembly as well, we are putting a strong fiscally responsible plan together so that services can continue.” A resolution for the request for additional funding was introduced at the borough assembly meeting on April 2. There will be a public hearing on the request for $2,423,955 in FY19 from the borough at their meeting on April 16. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be taking public testimony on a request from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for $2,423,955 in FY19 from the borough due to the state reduction in funding. In the request from the district, the additional funding would allow the school district to retain some of the non-tenured staff for FY20, as well as provide a cushion in the event of possible state reductions in funding.
Live Stats GAME 8Date: Dec. 5, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (135-21 in 9th year)Television: WAVE – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Kendrick Haskins, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 384, Internet 975)Series History: First meeting. This is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season; UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03.Officials: Brian Dorsey, Lee Cassell, Joe LindsayNext UofL Game: Dec. 8 at Indiana, Bloomington, Ind., 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX) Story Links Louisville Game Notes ACC Network Extra Watch List The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points. Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Ryan McMahon averages 9.9 points a game, knocking down 41.9 percent from behind the three-point line. Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.6 points per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from behind the line. Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Louisville has a 77-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 33 of their last 35 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 29 more free throws (174-of-225, .773) than its opponents have attempted (106-of-145). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (225/382, 58.9 percent) and is second in the nation with 29.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (37.9 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school-record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 25 points in its last game at Seton Hall. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its seven games and the Cardinals are 42nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.1 points per game. Louisville has a 38-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version Louisville returns home to the KFC Yum! Center to play its fourth first-time opponent of the season as the Cardinals face the Central Arkansas Bears on Wednesday. In its first true road game of the season, Louisville prevailed 70-65 at Seton Hall last Saturday as the Cardinals closed the game on a 16-6 run over the last 6:03. Dwayne Sutton led a balanced Cardinal effort with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Ryan McMahon, who has averaged 16.5 points and hit 7-of-14 three-pointers over his last two games, hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to stretch a tight Cardinals lead to four-points and Jordan Nwora (nine points, six rebounds) made all four of his free throws in the closing seconds. CARD FILES Three UCA players have made 11 or more threes in seven games. The Bears feature a balanced lineup with all five starters averaging at least nine points a game in scoring, led by 5-11 sophomore guard DeAndre Jones’ 14.7 scoring average. 7-0 sophomore center Hayden Koval, who swatted 105 shots last season, is within 37 blocked shots of the Central Arkansas career record for rejections in just his second season with the Bears. Central Arkansas is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season (also Nicholls, Southern and Vermont). UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03. Central Arkansas (3-4) is UofL’s second straight opponent with nearly a week off after the Bears beat Arkansas Little Rock 78-65 in their its last game on Nov. 28. The Bears rank 50th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3 percent of their threes.
Asian Streamer Viu Adds Wattpad Development Deal Vice Media’s Doug Jossem on Ending Their Seven-Year Relationship with HBO ×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 Popular on Variety Related Wattpad claims 22 million users within Asia and has development and production deals with Iflix in Indonesia and with Times Bridge in India.Under the deal with youth brand Vice Media, Vice’s content will be offered on Mediacorp’s digital entertainment aggregator Toggle. Shows currently identified include “VICE Reports,” “The Cute Show,” and “10 Questions You Always Wanted To Ask,” alongside programming from global TV channel Viceland, iconic fashion title i-D, food channel Munchies, and technology channel Motherboard. In addition, Mediacorp will be the exclusive representative for all advertising sales in Singapore for VICE.com.Other companies already linked to Toggle through the Mediacorp Partner Network include digital sports publisher ESPN, Singapore’s fastest growing property portal 99.co and luxury media group Edipresse.Spackman Entertainment, a company with a Singapore share listing and a focus on Korean entertainment, will diversify from film into TV drama for the first time. With Mediacorp it will produce “The Equity of Love,” a 20-part romantic drama serial set within Singapore’s hotel industry. Production will begin this year, with broadcast expected in the second half of 2020. The series will include Korean and Mandarin soundtracks.Spackman owns Korean production company Zip Cinema and investor Novus Mediacorp. It recently enjoyed success with finance crisis movie “Default” becoming a major box office hit in Korea.Operating in four languages, Mediacorp is owned by Temasek Holdings, one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds. The group operates seven TV channels, 11 radio stations, and multiple digital platforms including Channel News Asia and Toggle, its digital video platform.Mediacorp’s existing content partnerships include those with Hong Kong’s ViuTV on thriller “Blue Tick,” and Taiwan’s Eightgeman and Taiwan Television Enterprise on dual-action drama “All Is Well.” The show has parallel and plots playing out in concurrent series, one set in Taiwan and the other in Singapore. Singapore’s state-backed Mediacorp has struck a trio of new content production deals. They span partnerships with new tech incubators and producers Wattpad and Vice Media, and a series production deal with Spackman Entertainment.Mediacorp says that the trio of moves reflect an initiative to broaden its content ecosystem, explore fresh ideas and new approaches to content creation, and audience engagement. The deals were unveiled on the eve of APOS, the high-level summit conference that takes place in Indonesia this week.Mediacorp and Wattpad aim to move Singaporean stories from the written word to the screen by sourcing projects from among the 565 million stories uploaded on Wattpad. They will use the company’s machine learning technology to identify appropriate concepts, audience insights and perspectives that could guide each project in the development process. In addition to sourcing existing stories from Wattpad, the companies will hold local contests that invite new story ideas from Singaporean writers.
The 4th Annual Comic Con kicked off with a grand start on Friday, 7 February, with huge crowd hindering free movement. A comic and/or custom stuff lover’s way of socialising and finding more stuff which he/she will need, the fourth iteration is already a huge hit even though this is the first time it is being held outside their usual venue Delhi Haat. This time around, Comic Con has an exhibition of works of Charles M Schulz, the creator of Peanuts. The visitors are greeted by the exhibition gallery upon entering the venue. What more has changed is that now, the venue is divided in two zones, one being a display and engagement zone for introducing people to the new stuff. Sony has a stall here and has put up its latest console, the PlayStation 4 for the visitors to enjoy. There is also LAN gaming zone here. The second zone has all the merchandise stores and is the real crowd puller, like the previous three iterations. From comics to pillows and even slippers, everything that can accommodate a Batman or Superman is available for sale. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Not to forget, various visitors are here dressed as comic characters. Talk about Bleach, Naruto, Asterix, etc and you will see them all here. For those who want to see more, there is our desi SuperKudi too. Talk about India amongst the comic giants and there you go. The extravaganza is on from 7 to 9 February at Thyagraj Stadium near INA Colony. Do not miss this one. For those who have never been to one of these events, start now and make ‘history’. You will not regret being at this place at any hour, that is a promise.WHERE: Thyagraj StadiumWHEN: On till 9 February
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate security and traffic arrangements for Durga Puja. According to senior police officials from Lalbazar, around eleven thousand police personnel, including traffic police, will be deputed during the Puja days.This year, Kolkata Police has urged the vehicle owners to write their names and phone numbers on paper and stick it on the windshields as it will be helpful if the car needs to be moved due to some reason. If the owner is not driving, the driver’s name and number should be there instead. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA temporary control with a helpline number 9002999999 will be active during the Puja days. On Thursday, police informed that in the major Puja pandals, forces will be deputed from Chaturthi. The full-fledged police arrangement will come into effect from Panchami. This year, a total of 2,509 Pujas will take place in the city.To secure the city from Panchami to Nabami, a total of eight thousand police personnel will be deployed in the different Puja pandals throughout the city. Three thousand traffic police personnel will be on the road to maintain smooth vehicular movement.Apart from overall management, 400 police pickets will be placed in different areas. Also, 13 Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS) will patrol the city. Also, 46 watchtowers have been built to keep strict vigil in the areas. Police have also installed Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in 74 places, leaving the existing cameras.
19Jan Rep. LaFave hosts CEO Brisson for governor’s State of the State address David Brisson, CEO of Roadmaster and Great American Disposal, on Tuesday joined state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, on the Michigan House floor to listen to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State speech.The governor uses the speech to announce his agenda for the coming year. Each state representative is allowed to invite one guest to the House floor for the address.“Small, local businesses provide the jobs and economic engine our communities and Michigan need, so it’s important to include our industry leaders’ perspective in the state government’s policy discussions,” LaFave said. Categories: LaFave News,LaFave Photos
Channel 4 has narrowed down the choice of locations for its new national headquarters and two new creative hubs to six UK cities, with Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham all in the running.The UK public service broadcaster said it is now in “advanced negotiations” with the six cities, following a second stage pitch process in June and July that saw Channel 4 executives visit 13 shortlisted cities and regions for presentations and discussions.Channel 4 is now holding talks with Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Leeds about establishing either its national headquarters or a creative hub there. Three other cities are being considered as a creative hub only locations – Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow.Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, will now lead detailed discussions with the six cities over the summer, with the locations for the new national HQ and two creative hubs due to be announced in the autumn.“Our visits to the 13 shortlisted cities over the last month were incredibly inspiring and I’d like to thank all of those involved for the huge amounts of creativity they demonstrated and the excitement for Channel 4 and what we could achieve together,” said Allan.“We have again had to take some very difficult decisions on which cities to take forward to the next stage, but we believe the six cities we have selected are best able to deliver against our vision and requirements for the new national HQ and creative hubs.Channel 4’s move outside of London is part of its ‘4 All the UK’ plan, which includes a commitment to increase its ‘nations and regions’ content spend by £250 million (€280 million) over the next five years. Its current HQ on Horseferry Road in London will reduce its size, with office space there to be made available to producers based elsewhere in the UK doing business in the capital.Channel 4 announced its earlier shortlist of 13 cities at the end of May, after receiving more than 30 submissions. At this stage it was considering seven cities for its national headquarters or creative hub and a further six sites as potential creative hub-only sites.The latest round entirely discounts Liverpool, which had been in the running to either be the national HQ or a creative hub. Creative hub only cities that have also now been ruled out are Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.
WarnerMedia Entertainment exec and industry veteran Kevin Reilly is to remain at the company for at least four more years in an expanded role, the company has announced. Reilly’s role will expand to include all WarnerMedia Entertainment basic cable networks as president of TBS, TNT and truTV, in addition to chief content officer, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer. As part of this company reorganisation, truTV president Chris Linn has left the company.“Kevin has a long-standing reputation as an industry leader and his accomplishments throughout his career — and particularly at this company — are remarkable,” said WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman. Robert Greenblat. “He will continue to head up our important cable networks as well as oversee the robust content strategy for our new direct- to-consumer streaming service. I look forward to our continued collaboration as we move these valuable WarnerMedia properties forward under Kevin. At the same time, I thank Chris Linn for his leadership and dedication to re-branding and building truTV over the last several years.”Reilly claims the title as the only executive to have led two broadcast and three cable networks. During his tenures, Reilly has had a hand in the production of a range of iconic shows, including The Office, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, ER, Law & Order and Glee.Before joining TBS and TNT, Reilly served as president of entertainment for FOX (2007-2014), president of entertainment at NBC (2004-2007), president of entertainment at FX (2000-2003), and president of television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (1994-2000).In 2016 Reilly was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award from NATPE.