Blog Blog: Is mobile leading on climate change? GSMAMWCMWC17Netflix Author Tags Guest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 FEB 2017 Read more HomeBlog Blog: Netflix set to make streaming debut – on MWL TV Blog: MWC Shanghai to provide China 5G showcase, Barcelona blueprint Blog: Who will win video streaming war? Related Previous ArticleSKT, Ericsson, BMW hail connected car speed recordNext ArticleGlobe Telecom 2016 profit falls despite subs, data gains Ahead of Mobile World Congress, CCS Insight’s Paolo Pescatore discusses the major themes that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is likely to address in his keynote session.At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, will headline Monday’s keynote presentation. This is pretty significant for the event. It’s the first time that a leading company in the media landscape has been given this important slot. Furthermore, the last time Mr Hastings was on stage at a big event – CES 2016 – he announced the launch of Netflix in 130 new countries. Netflix is the first truly global online video service. Although China is notably absent from the list, this is quite an accolade within a short period.Netflix has done a phenomenal job of entering many new markets very quickly. As a result, it enjoys the benefits of a huge scale and reach, and early-mover advantage. Video is a battleground for all providers. We’ve seen all companies including Amazon, traditional TV providers and even operators move keenly into online video services. Netflix needs to keep a watchful eye on Amazon. This formidable rival has rolled out its video service globally and has similar aspirations to the former. It also has the assets to challenge Netflix as the leading global paid-for online video service.But Netflix can’t rest on its laurels, and has still to overcome many of its main hurdles. These include slower subscriber growth in Netflix’s home market, the need for more investment to support its international content and operations, and the rate at which it can become profitable in each market. As its content spending continues to rise, a lack of meaningful subscriber growth will dent its profit hard in 2017. Partnerships with cable providers and operators will be crucial in attracting new customers.This represents a major element of Netflix’s future strategy. Partnerships with operators and cable providers will help promote its service in all markets and boost subscriber adoption. This has been paramount to its success in Europe, especially in the UK. We believe that Mr Hastings will use his keynote speech to position Netflix as a partner of choice for providers that lack the assets to compete in online video services.Netflix added a record 19 million customers in 2016, compared with 17.4 million in 2015, 13.0 million in 2014 and 11.1 million in 2013. Its subscriber total now stands at almost 94 million and is on course to reach the milestone of 100 million in 2017. Yet it must continue focussing on adding more subscribers. More importantly, having a greater number of customers will allow the company to better understand local tastes and to determine what people want to watch. This in turn will give Netflix the confidence to invest further in content.It’s apparent that the latest developments in video and TV indicate that the future of delivering these services will be over the Internet. Consequently, Netflix must start shifting its focus toward securing rights on a pan-region basis rather than in each individual country. It’s moving closer to a position where it could dictate terms to its content partners. I believe that Netflix is quickly becoming an indispensable part of any content owner’s distribution strategy. At the same time, I still think Netflix is a takeover target for a Web provider.I’m excited to be discussing these themes as part of Mobile World Live TV’s coverage of the keynote presentation (viewable online at www.mobileworldlive.com and throughout the event venue). Join me and guests from operator Millicom and network supplier Ericsson from 5.45pm Central European Time on Monday 27 February for a great discussion analysing Mr Hastings’ appearance. I’m sure it’ll be one of the highlights of Mobile World Live TV at Mobile World Congress 2017. Paolo Pescatore (@paolopescatore) is VP, Multiplay and Media, at analyst house CCS Insight.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members.
LOS ANGELES – The calling card of Tiger Woods’ historic career has been his unparalleled domination of certain venues. From Torrey Pines to Bay Hill he’s always made the most of his various friendly confines. But if Riviera Country Club was given a nickname for Woods, it’s very much been “Tiger’s Enigma.” He’ll colloquially refer to the event as the “Glen Campbell,” a nod to the glory days of celebrity golf hosts when the stars of the era would come out to see and be seen, and fondly remembers the days when he and his late father, Earl, would make the 30-mile trek from his childhood home in Cypress, Calif., to watch his heroes. Despite that genuine affinity in a dozen career starts at Riviera he’s 0-for-12, a line that’s unrivaled in his career. The Northern Trust ranks as his second-longest winless stop with nine starts. “It is certainly a love-hate relationship,” the host said on Wednesday. “I love playing this golf course. I always have, I enjoyed playing up here when I was young with my dad. For some reason I’ve only played well here one time in the tournament.” What’s truly inexplicable is that Riviera is a golf course that rewards the type of soft fade off the tee that Tiger has favored throughout his career and its tiny greens demand the kind of short-game majesty that has been the hallmark of his highlight reel resume. Yet through four names changes and two car companies Woods has remained mystified by the layout’s nuances. His SoCal swoon didn’t start off poorly. As a 16-year-old high school sophomore in 1992 he made his first start in a PGA Tour event in style with a birdie at Riviera’s first hole, but posted rounds of 72-75 to miss the cut and set a slump in motion that has stretched to a dozen years of futility. At the time, a youthful Tiger called the event a “learning experience,” but what he began to learn was that Riviera wasn’t exactly his cup of tea (during a moment of foreshadowing he also tweaked his back during the first round in ’92 while hitting out of the deep rough. Sound familiar?). In just his second start in the event as a professional in 1998, he birdied three of his final four holes to force a playoff that he lost to Billy Mayfair, a missed opportunity that still stands as his only overtime loss in an official Tour event. Full-field tee times from the Genesis Open Genesis Open: Articles, photos and videos Tiger added another bridesmaid showing the next year when he finished runner-up to Ernie Els. “I was one back with one to go and I put it over there in some beer tent to the right,” he wistfully recalled on Wednesday. He has just a single top-5 finish in the event since the ’99 tournament. Even in 2000, when he could do no wrong, he struggled on the greens and finished tied for 18th place, and he hit just over half his fairways (32 of 56) in 2003 on his way to a T-5. At the 2006 event it seemed Tiger had reached a tipping point when he withdrew after the second round with the flu. Hometown loyalties only went so far – it would be more than a decade before he’d return to the Tinseltown tournament. Despite repeated attempts by his caddie Joe LaCava – who was on the bag for both of Fred Couples’ victories in Los Angeles – to add Riviera to his dance card, Tiger resisted. When he finally returned to Los Angeles, it was in a dual role – as player and tournament host – when his foundation began running the event, but the results didn’t change. He was unable to play in 2017 as he struggled with back ailments and in ’18 he missed the cut by four strokes. Although the results have been surprisingly familiar, the reasons behind his inability to break through at a place that means so much to him is a mystery. “There’s no faking it around this golf course, especially if the greens are up to speed like they are right now,” he said. “Getting up and down here, as we’ve all seen, kikuyu grass is not easy to do. It’s sticky, catches a lot, and now with it wet, some of the bump and runs are actually skipping so that makes an added little challenge.” For Tiger, the L.A. stop has very much been unrequited love. Although he turned a cold shoulder to Riviera for more than a decade, his return in 2017 as host has been nothing short of transformative. His association with the event has turned it into a must-play for top players and on Wednesday officials announced the Genesis Open will be elevated to icon status starting next year when it becomes an invitational with a smaller field, larger purse and coveted three-year Tour exemption for the winner. The move puts the event on par with the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Memorial. The only difference is that Palmer and Nicklaus, who hosts the Memorial, won their signature stops. In Woods’ defense, it’s not from a lack of trying. “Hopefully I can do a little bit better this year,” he shrugged. At 43, there’s still plenty for Tiger to prove, if not to the world than certainly to himself. Atop that to-do list is an unmistakable desire to find an elusive answer to “Tiger’s Enigma.”
One home has been completed on the Homestead Estates lots two years after they went on the market.The developer who purchased nearly six acres of land from Homestead Country Club in 2014 and turned it into 11 lots for custom-built homes has recently made a switch in efforts to get the lots sold.Evan-Talan Homes owner Cory Childress tapped Kristin Malfer and her team with ReeceNichols Real Estate to take over marketing operations for the development late this past summer. Malfer replaces BASH Real Estate, which had previously been associated with the project, and had a marketing trailer on site for several months.“[Malfer] is also in the middle of finishing new office space in the Village [Shops] so she will have an office close by and have a bigger presence in the Prairie Village area,” Childress said.In February 2015, Childress indicated his company had seen substantial interest in the sites, noting that they’d had contact with around 35 potential buyers. Since then, though, just three of the lots have sold. Evan-Talan broke ground on a home for one of the sold lots in late 2016 and completed it this summer. But there’s been no home construction activity on the site since. However, Childress said work on a home for one of the other sold lots could begin in the spring. They may break ground on a home for another of the lots sooner.“We anticipate starting a spec home by the end of the year,” he said. “We are also receiving interest on other lots too.”The lots are currently listed at $339,500 to $399,500. An unbuilt Homestead Estates project listed on Malfer’s website shows a home at 4012 Homestead Court for $1.2 million.Malfer’s team is also responsible for the marketing of the lots at Chadwick Court off 75th Street.
Newspaper: Internal CDC records raise lab biosafety concernsAn investigation by USA Today detailed internal concerns about airflow problems at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab in Atlanta. The report published today cited e-mails among CDC employees discussing concerns about an incident in February in which air from a potentially contaminated lab blew into a “clean” corridor where visitors weren’t wearing protective gear. The report said CDC engineers have aired written concerns about the air containment systems and that scientists working with poxviruses expressed at a meeting worries about working in the lab as currently designed. The CDC didn’t address the newspaper’s direct questions, but it issued a statement saying no pathogen releases have occurred and no one has been injured. Although the safety systems at times experience challenges, multiple systems are in place to cover worker and public safety, the agency added. The story said a CDC decision to re-engineer ventilation within the labs and animal holding areas prompted some of the internal safety concerns. BSL-3 labs are designed for work with pathogens that can spread through the air and cause potentially serious or fatal disease, whereas BSL-4 labs are designed for work on aerosol-transmitted agents for which there are no vaccines or treatments, such as the Ebola virus.Jun 13 USA Today story Jun 13, 2012 UK flu vaccine study shows moderate benefits for 2010-11A study of influenza vaccine effectiveness during the United Kingdom’s 2010-11 flu season found that the trivalent seasonal vaccine was effective against both the seasonal strains and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain circulating that year and that vaccination with the adjuvanted 2009 H1N1 vaccine in the previous season offered little extra protection in 2010-11 except in very young children. The European-based research group published its findings today in an early online report in Epidemiology and Infection. The study was conducted from Sep 1, 2010, through Mar 17, 2011, among patients at five UK primary care sentinel sites. Investigators looked at those with flu confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction testing and those with flulike illness who tested negative for flu. Vaccination data were obtained from patients’ medical records. A total of 7,797 patients were swabbed, and 39 were dropped because they were positive for H3 or influenza A other than 2009 H1N1. Effectiveness for the seasonal flu vaccine was 56% (95% confidence interval [CI], 42%-66%) overall; age-adjusted effectiveness was 87% for children younger than 5 and 84% for kids aged 5 to 14 years. Effectiveness of the vaccine against influenza B was 57% overall, which increased to 75% in school-aged children. Vaccination with the H1N1 monovalent vaccine during the 2009-10 season followed by trivalent vaccine in 2010-11 afforded protection against 2009 H1N1 in only 28% of patients (95% CI, 6%-51%) overall but in 72% (95% CI, 32%-91%) in children under 5. The study found lower vaccine effectiveness for the Yamagata lineage B strain. The researchers concluded that the findings provide evidence of seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness in school-aged children, which could help guide decisions about whether to extend national vaccine programs to children. They also noted that the study was consistent with midseason estimates of protection, confirming their value in guiding vaccine-strain selection.Jun 13 Epidemol Infect abstract Germany reports another heroin-related anthrax deathAfter a 2-year lull in deaths linked to anthrax-contaminated heroin in Europe, German officials have identified a new case in an injecting heroin user who died on Jun 5 at a Regensburg hospital, according to a post yesterday from ProMED Mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Most of the cases 2 years ago were reported from Scotland, but cases were also identified in England and Germany. Thomas Holzmann, MD, who submitted the post and is with the University of Regensburg, wrote that the patient was admitted with acute septic disease and died that same day. Bacillus anthracis in blood cultures was confirmed at the University of Regensburg and at the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology in Munich. Further molecular typing and a police investigation are ongoing. Health officials believe contaminated heroin or a contaminated cutting agent mixed with the drug may be responsible for the infection, Holzmann said. A ProMED moderator commented that one problem with heroin-related anthrax infections is that patients don’t seek care promptly, though early treatment is often successful. The moderator added that it is important to keep the injection site drained to minimize the impact of the anthrax toxins.Jun 12 ProMED Mail post Oregon man critical with suspected plague infectionAn Oregon man is hospitalized in critical condition in Bend with a suspected severe form of Yersinia pestis infection, the Oregonian reported yesterday. The man, in his 50s and from rural Crook County, got sick after he was bitten Jun 2 after trying to rescue a mouse from a stray cat. Authorities aren’t sure if he was bitten by the mouse or the cat, but the cat died and its body was sent for testing to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Karen Yeargain, communicable disease coordinator with the Crook County Health Department, told the Oregonian that tests are under way to confirm the man’s infection, but she said he appears to be suffering from symptoms of septicemic plague, one of the three classic forms of the disease. Health officials said Oregon typically records about one plague case each year, the last one in 2011. Yeargain said the man is being treated with antibiotics and that his family has been given prophylactic treatment.Jun 12 Oregonian storyCIDRAP plague overview
Izawa appeared to seal the win with his fourth birdie at the par-5 15th before his irons became erratic down the stretch, leaving him with a series of delicate up-and-downs and par-saving putts.The 24 million yen winner’s check moved him into first place in this year’s money list for earnings from domestic tour events.Tomohiro Kondo, playing in his second year as a professional, shot a 68 for his fourth straight sub-70 round to finish in a career-best second place. Taiwan’s Lin Keng-chi matched Kondo at 14-under 274 after a 69.Shingo Katayama (68) followed in a fourth-place tie with Nozomi Kawahara (71), who was second after three rounds but failed to close the gap with Izawa. Yamaguchi takes titleNIISATO, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) Tour rookie Hiroko Yamaguchi held on to her second-round lead with a 1-under-par 71 Sunday to win the Sankyo Ladies Open for her first career title on the Japan LPGA circuit.Yamaguchi, a former softball player, carded two birdies and a bogey on her way to a 9-under 207 total at Akagi Country Club in Gunma Prefecture, claiming a one-stroke victory over tour veterans Toshimi Kimura and Aki Takamura.Kimura, who fired the day’s best score of 5-under 67, bogeyed the 17th that cost her a playoff spot but the result was good enough for her to move into third in the money rankings.Takamura shot a 69 to finish tied with Kimura for second place at 8-under 208. MIYOSHI, Aichi Pref. – Toshimitsu Izawa made up for some erratic shots with his deft touch on the greens Sunday, shooting a final-round 69 to win the Georgia Tokai Classic tournament by two strokes.Izawa, who began the day with a one-shot lead, carded four birdies and a bogey and capped his 10th career victory with one-putt par saves on the final three holes as he finished the week at a 16-under 272 total at the Miyoshi Country Club’s West Course. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
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Image: LATAM South America’s LATAM is boosting connections between Chile and Brazil with a new service to Brasilia that reduces travel time from Santiago by four hours.The new route between the two capitals is operated by an all-economy 174-seat Airbus A320 and, along with a new Santiago-Curriba route due to launch March 2020, will bring the number of direct routes between the two countries to five.Brasilia is LATAM’s second-biggest operational base in Brazil with connections to 23 destinations including Manaus, Fortaleza, Maceió, Recife and Salvador.READ: Delta sees passenger benefits from 20 percent stake in LATAM.“This new route reaffirms our commitment to offering the best network of destinations and flights in Latin America,’’ said LATAM group commercial director David Arcos.“These flights not only offer better connections to Brasilia, the political center of Brazil, but guests can also connect more easily to the multitude of destinations in the north and northeast of Brazil,”Other LATAM ports in Brazil are Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and its hub from São Paulo where it offers connections to 30 destinations within Brazil and 26 international destinations in South America, United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.The Santiago-Brasilia flight (LA870) will depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:55 PM (local time) from Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, arriving in Brasilia at 6:15 PM (local time).The return flight (LA781) will operate on the same days and will depart from the Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport in Brasilia at 8:05 PM (local time), arriving in Santiago at 00:25 AM (local time).The expansion comes as LATAM launches three-times-weekly non-stop flights from Sydney to Santiago from October 27.LATAM has been flying to Chile from Sydney via Auckland until now and will continue to do so four days a week.However, the airline’s Boeing 787-9s will wing their way non-stop to Santiago from Sydney on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and from Santiago to Sydney on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it examined the 22 “pin locations” shared by India but found no terror camps there and also claimed that it could not establish any links between the 54 people detained by authorities here and the Pulwama attack.Making public more details of Pakistan’s “preliminary findings” after India submitted a dossier to Islamabad after the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber on February 14, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said it was willing to allow visits, on request, to the 22 locations. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said in a statement, a day after asking India to provide “more information/evidence” on the involvement of the JeM in the deadly Pulwama terror attack and the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in the country. Amidst intense international pressure on Islamabad after the Pulwama terror attack, authorities here announced the preventive detention of over 120 members of banned militant outfits in the country. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar’s son and brother were among 44 members of the banned militant outfits arrested by authorities in Pakistan,” Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said on March 5. Ministry of Interior Secretary Azam Suleman Khan said Hammad Azhar and Mufti Abdur Rauf were among those arrested on Tuesday. Hammad is the son of Masood Azhar while Rauf is his brother. The Pakistan Foreign Office said, “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt said that in consistent with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said. India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of JeM’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. PTI
Manchester: Under-fire Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will start at Huddersfield on Sunday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed. After a string of underwhelming performances, De Gea’s position under the bar was under the scanner, but an injury to No. 2 keeper Sergio Romero in training removed a potential selection headache for Solskjaer. “He [De Gea] will play,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday as quoted by ESPNFC. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “Sergio was injured [on Thursday] so didn’t train, tweaked his knee, and David has been training well this week. “David is confident and looking forward to the next two games. He wants to prove how good a goalkeeper he is. He has got all my confidence,” Solskjaer added. Spain goalkeeper De Gea, rated as one of the best in the world, made mistakes in his last five games, including a high-profile gaffe during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.