Disney+ Hotstar Has Over 18.5 Million Paid Subscribers, Takes Disney+ to 73.7 Million

first_imgBack in April, Disney provided the first official numbers for its Hotstar streaming service, noting that it had 8 million paid subscribers. The new numbers mean Disney+ Hotstar has effectively more than doubled its paid subscriber base. And these numbers may not fully account for the growth spurt provided by the Indian Premier League (IPL) — the annual Twenty20 cricket tournament — for Disney’s quarter ended on October 3. IPL’s 2020 season wrapped up on November 11.Disney+ Hotstar is available in India and Indonesia, and as just Hotstar in Singapore, where it launched at the start of November and where Disney plans to launch Disney+ separately.There’s no clarity on the number of paid subscribers for Disney+ Hotstar’s biggest competition: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. A report by Media Partners Asia claims Netflix will end 2020 with 4.6 million paid subscribers in India, while Amazon Prime had 4.4 million paid members in India, per last available estimates by IHS Markit.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil …More Disney+ Hotstar now has over 18.5 million paid subscribers, taking the global subscriber base of Disney+ up to 73.7 million. Disney’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer Christine McCarthy revealed those numbers during the entertainment giant’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday. Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar added over 16 million subscribers this past quarter — that’s July through September — with the latter helping the most, thanks to the recently-concluded 2020 IPL season. Given IPL is available with the annual-only Disney+ Hotstar VIP plan, you can expect these subscribers to stay for at least a year now.Speaking to analysts, McCarthy said: “Disney+ ended Q4 with 73.7 million paid subscribers or an increase of over 16 million subscribers versus Q3. Disney+ Hotstar subscriber additions were the largest contributor to this increase, driven by the start of the delayed IPL season. Disney+ Hotstar subscribers now account for a little over a quarter of our global subscriber base. Disney+’s overall ARPU [average revenue per user] this quarter was $4.52 (about Rs. 337). However, excluding Disney+ Hotstar, it was $5.30 (about Rs. 395).”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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COVID-19: Health Ministry teams up with Docquity to train, recruit frontline volunteers

first_imgThose who have completed their training will be immediately deployed to a number of COVID-19 referral centers across the country, including the emergency hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village in Jakarta, under the government’s assistance.Docquity cofounder Amit Vithal said every volunteer had regularly participated in up to four sessions of online training on various health topics through the platform.“This enables the volunteers to gain new knowledge every day to keep up with the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 situation,” Vithal said in a statement.Read also: COVID-19 leaves lab workers grappling with unprecedented testing scale The Health Ministry has enlisted the support of healthtech start-up Docquity to train and recruit medical volunteers to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overloaded amid the ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.Docquity, a member of the Indonesian Telemedicine Association, has recorded 887 doctors – consisting of physicians and medical specialists – on its userbase as of June 11.According to the company, the majority of medical practitioners registered on the digital platform are based in Jakarta; Tangerang, Banten and Bandung, West Java. Indonesian Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy Association (PERDATIN) chairman Syafri Kamsul Arif, who serves as a tutor for the online training program, said the medical volunteers had also learned various approaches in treating critically-ill COVID-19 patients.“It’s because those who are recruited will mainly be tasked with treating [critically-ill patients], instead of patients on the early onset of the disease or patients under surveillance [PDP],” Syafri said.Demand for qualified health workers has increased significantly amid the health crisis. However, concerns have been raised regarding their safety, especially considering reports of dozens of doctors who had succumbed to the coronavirus disease after working on the frontlines in recent months.The government had previously allocated Rp 5.9 trillion (US$417.6 million) to be given as incentives to medical workers treating confirmed COVID-19 patients. However, many medical workers have reported that they had yet to receive any of such incentives.Topics :last_img read more

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Beijing accuses Australia of harassing Chinese journalists

first_imgTopics : The Chinese government accused Australia on Wednesday of “blatant irrational behavior”, harassment and violation of the rights of its journalists by searching and seizing items from the homes of four Chinese state media reporters.Relations between the two major trading partners have become increasingly strained, and Beijing’s revelation that Australia had conducted the raids in late June came as a well known Chinese academic confirmed that his Australian visa had been cancelled on security grounds.A day earlier, two Australian journalists flew home from China with the help of consular officials, having been questioned by China’s state security ministry, and initially barred from leaving the country. The Australian foreign office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) also declined to comment.The Chinese embassy in Canberra said it had provided consular support to journalists targeted by the raids.Australia’s already tense relationship with China worsened this year after Beijing vowed trade reprisals and said it was angered by Australia’s call for an international inquiry into the source of the coronavirus pandemic.The two Australian journalists who arrived home from China on Tuesday had sought shelter in the embassy in Beijing and the consulate in Shanghai after police entered their homes a week ago and told them they were barred from leaving China.They had been questioned in the case of Cheng Lei, an Australian journalist for Chinese state television who was detained in China three weeks ago. Chinese officials confirmed on Tuesday she was being held on suspicion of illegal activities that endanger China’s security.AFP Probe The Xinhua report also criticized a search of the home and office of New South Wales state politician Shaoquett Moselmane on June 26, alleging he was targeted after praising China’s achievements in fighting the coronavirus and criticizing Australia’s China policy.Documents lodged in Australia’s High Court on Aug. 3 show a staff member of Moselmane, John Zhang, is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly acting on behalf of the Chinese state in “a private social media chat group” with Moselmane.Moselmane has said he is not a suspect in the investigation, telling Australian Broadcasting Corp television last month that he participated in “just a social group”, including “a couple of journalists, foreign journalists and one John Zhang”.Another member of the chat group, Chinese academic, Chen Hong, said his Australian visa had been cancelled on security grounds based on advice from ASIO.Chen, a professor of Australian Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai, said in a statement he had travelled frequently to Australia and believed the cancellation was a “gross mistake”.Chen said he had been friends with Zhang since 2016 and they met up when he was in Sydney or Zhang was in Shanghai.Zhang has not been charged with any offence and his lawyers are seeking to have the search warrants quashed, according to the court documents.center_img Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Australian officials cited a possible violation of the country’s foreign interference laws for their raids in June, but had not provided a “reasonable explanation”.”The Australian government’s behavior … blatantly violates the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese journalists there and caused severe harm to the physical and mental health of the journalists and their families,” Zhao said in a daily briefing. “We ask Australia to immediately stop such blatant irrational behaviors, stop harassing and oppressing Chinese personnel in Australia under whatever pretext.”Zhao said officials seized laptops, cellphones, and a child’s toy tablet from the homes of reporters from outlets including state news agency Xinhua and the China News Service.A spokesman for Australia’s Attorney General Christian Porter had earlier declined to comment on “operational matters”, in response to a Xinhua report about the raids, but added that authorities “take issues of foreign interference very seriously.”last_img read more

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Tendered operation cuts costs

first_imgON JANUARY 1 Stockholm’s narrow-gauge commuter services transfer to private-sector management. Bus operator Linjebuss and Adtranz will run the three 891mm gauge routes for five years under contract to AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. Over the past five years, SL has contracted out operation of tram, bus and metro routes in a rolling programme. But the Roslagsbanan is the first rail route to change hands, the other lines having been won by SL’s existing subsidiaries.Over the next two years, SL is due to award further rail contracts worth between SKr2bn and SKr3bn. Pre-qualification bids have been invited for operation of the horseshoe-shaped light rail network now under construction in the south and west of the city, and the Nockebybanan tramway which will share depot facilities with the new line at Alvik. Formal tenders will be called in the next two or three months, with the winning bidder to be selected by the second half of 1998. This will leave time for the winner to help with final preparations and start crew training ahead of the opening of the line in August 1999.Bids are also to be called this year for the 185route-km network of commuter services radiating from Stockholm Central to Nynäshamn, Slast_img read more

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Petrobras’ domestic oil output declines in January

first_imgFPSO Capixaba; Image: SBM OffshoreBrazilian oil company Petrobras saw a drop in its domestic oil production in January when compared to December figures. Petrobras said on Wednesday that its total oil and natural gas production in January was 2.70 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), with 2.60 million boed produced in Brazil and 97 thousand boed produced abroad.Total production operated by the company (portions of Petrobras and partners) was 3.31 million boed, with 3.19 million boed in Brazil.According to Petrobras, the average oil production in the country was 2.10 million barrels per day (bpd), one percent lower than the volume produced in December 2017.The company explained that the result was mainly due to the maintenance stoppages of FPSO Capixaba, which operates in Parque das Baleias in the Campos Basin, and the sale of a 35% stake in the Lapa field in the BM-S-9A block in the Santos Basin pre-salt to Total.The production of natural gas, excluding the liquefied volume, was 78.7 million m³/d, one percent above the numbers from December 2017.January oil production in the fields abroad was 61 thousand bpd, in line with the month before, while the natural gas production was 6.2 million m³/d.last_img read more

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Cryopeak develops LNG hauling trailer

first_imgCryopeak LNG Solutions Corporation said it has developed the first-ever “Super B-train” liquefied natural gas (LNG) hauling trailer to optimize small-scale transportation in Canada. The trailer is designed to be interoperable across Canada and is in full compliance with Transport Canada rules and regulations for the transportation of LNG, Richmond, British Columbia-based company said in its statement.Development of the trailer is in line with Cryopeak’s business objective of providing natural gas solutions to companies and municipalities which are seeking to transition to an environmentally sustainable and competitive fuel source, it says.The new Super B-train trailer is designed to have 70 percent greater capacity than standard trailers operating in Canada today.“Our customers are seeking lower costs associated with the transportation of LNG in Canada and we are pleased to have four new Super B-train trailers entering service in the Cryopeak fleet at the beginning of 2020. This new transportation solution will improve the competitiveness of LNG as transportation costs represent often the largest cost of LNG supplied to our customers,” Calum McClure, CEO of Cryopeak said.Canadian distributor of LNG Cryopeak currently has a fleet of 16 tankers operating in the country, as well as equipment and technologies for storage, regasification, and fuel dispensing.last_img read more

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Does Texting Help or Hurt Romance?

first_img Share Share LifestyleRelationships Does Texting Help or Hurt Romance? by: – May 30, 2014 He said…The problem with texting and dating is that too many men just don’t know how to do it right. Funny, flirty, and confident messages will nurture the attraction between two people. This requires that men be original, think creatively, and author with purpose. As an example, when asking a woman for her phone number, I will text her immediately with a flirty message that says, “Who is that amazing guy you are talking to?” instead of saying “Hi,” “Thanks,” or “Nice to meet you.” Don’t forget, text messages are often reread. Send something that reminds a woman who you are or how you made them feel.Another creative use of text messaging is to send pictures instead of texts. I happen to love women’s shoes and enjoy women who appreciate their footwear. So if I’m looking forward to seeing someone or want her to know that I’m thinking of her, I’ll take a picture of some great heels and send it to her with a message that says, “You would look great in these” or “Thinking of you.” If you don’t have the stiletto fixation I have, you could do this with something more fitting to your situation. In these cases, the messages are short, confident, and flirty. Style almost always trumps the substance of a text message, since anything “substantial” should be said in person. If the message would better be “said” than “read,” then you probably shouldn’t send it. At the beginning of a relationship, first impressions can certainly be ruined by poorly conceived texts. Words, when used thoughtfully, can evoke powerful emotional responses in people. Next time you send a text, make sure it’s not just making conversation or replacing what should be a phone call. Messages should be used to elevate conversation. If you can do this, chances are that women will appreciate it, text you back, and look forward to hearing from you. She Said…Texting definitely detracts from attraction. Dating is all about getting personal, and texting is by far the most impersonal method of communication — a girl can’t derive any useful personality traits from a “Sup” text. This makes misinterpretation the biggest danger of texting in the early stages of dating. The action itself will speak louder than its contents, usually saying one of the following: 1.“I’m scared of you.” Every time you communicate with someone, the recipient is aware that you had multiple methods available. You could have called, e-mailed, showed up at her doorstep, sent a singing telegram — the possibilities are endless. When a guy texts, it’s clear he chose to do so, leaving the suspicion that he’s too scared of you to actually speak with you, doesn’t have clue how to start a conversation, or is suffering from a social anxiety disorder. None of those things are sexy. Ever. 2. “I don’t really care if you respond or not.” A text loosely translates to: “I don’t really care about you. It might be fun to go out tonight, and it would be awesome to have sex but I’m too tired/bored/uninterested to make any real effort. So if you get back to me, great. If not, I can finally catch up on Lost. Bonus if you drive over here and I can do both.” 3. “I just sent that text to every single woman in my address book.”…And he will mostly likely hook up with the first girl who answers, unless of course a much hotter girl gets back to him before he gets Girl No. 1 back to his place. If a guy genuinely likes a girl, he should want to talk to her. Plus, the act of talking has another positive outcome — it boosts his chances of success. It’s easy to ignore a one-line text message, especially if it’s a chain of lowercase letters and numbers, such as “u want 2 go out 2nite?” A nice, deep, human voice? Now, that’s harder to turn down.Marie Claire Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 160 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Ten of the best herbs to grow in container

first_img Share Coriander quickly flowers and goes to seed. Photograph: Mark Ridsdill SmithHerbs are one of the most rewarding container crops. Most are also easy to grow. Still, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to make sure your potted herbs reach their bushy, lush best.Lorraine Melton, head grower at the herb farm Herbal Haven, gave me two key pieces of advice. Firstly, make sure you pick your herbs regularly during the growing season, and make sure you pick them in the right way. Most importantly, don’t pick stems from the base of the plant. This encourages tall, lanky plants. Instead, pick off the tips of each stem – about the top inch or two (depending on the size of the herb), just above a pair of leaves. Two new shoots will grow from each stem, creating a fuller plant.Secondly, you need to feed all your herbs in containers with liquid seaweed (or worm tea) while they are growing. This can transform weak specimens into strong, lush plants. Liquid seaweed is packed with trace elements and minerals that will help the herbs retain good flavour too.I’ve tried growing more than 30 different herbs in containers. Here are 10 that I wouldn’t be without. I’ve chosen them for how easy they are to grow in containers, and for how useful and versatile they are in the kitchen.1. MintA fantastic container crop, and so versatile. You can use it for everything from tea to mojitos, to mint and coriander chutney. Its also easy to grow – it’ll even cope with difficult shady spaces that only get a little sun.It’s a greedy beast though, and needs regular feeding to grow well. Put each plant in its own five litre pot, keep it well watered and pick it regularly. It will soon grow into a large bushy plant that will give you a constant supply of leaves from April to November, year after year. Once your plant is established, take it out of the pot each spring after its winter die back, and divide it into halves or quarters, and re-pot it with fresh compost. This helps it to keep its vigour – and provides you with new plants to expand your mint collection or give away.There are many varieties – some are more suitable for tea, some for cooking. I’ve had lots of fun trying out several different ones – though my favourite is one I bought from the supermarket and planted out.Mint can be a greedy beast – but with care it will keep you supplied all year. Photograph: Mark Ridsdill Smith2. ChivesBrilliant in salads, snipped up over soups, or added as garnish to many dishes. The flowers are cheerful in the spring, taste yummy – and the bees love them too. This is another easy one to grow and only needs four or five hours’ of sun. Make sure it doesn’t dry out, as chives like damp soil.3. Sage 4. Bay 5. Thyme and 6. RosemaryEasy to grow with unique flavours, these classic herbs are excellent for soups, stocks, meats, pastas and more. They don’t like wet roots – so grow in well-drained soil and take care not to over-water. You can grow sage from seed, the others are better bought as plants or grown from cuttings (bay is difficult from cuttings, though).7. ParsleyThis is slow to get going from seed but once established will give you leaves for nearly two years before it flowers and dies. I like a lot of parsley and once filled a whole window box with it.8. CorianderPlanted in the spring, coriander quickly flowers and goes to seed. You can try and delay this (by keeping it well watered and fed, growing it in a more shady space, and cutting the leaves regularly), but it will happen eventually, whatever you do. Don’t worry: the flowers are magnets for hoverflies (whose larvae eat aphids) and the green seeds are delicious.August through to September is the best time to sow coriander, when it is much less prone to bolt. You’ll get leaves throughout the late autumn, the plants will survive most winters, and it’ll grow back strong and lush in the spring.9. BasilThis loves the warmth. It’s best grown in a warm, bright, sheltered spot (it thrives in green houses) and sown when the weather warms in June. It also doesn’t like going to bed with wet roots – so grow in well-drained soil and water in the morning.10. SorrelDespite having its profile raised by Ottolenghi (who uses it in several recipes), sorrel remains a stranger to supermarket shelves. It has a strong, sour flavour with a lemony bite. Cooked, sorrel forms classic combinations with eggs and with salmon, or you can chop up a few fresh leaves and add to salads. It is easy to grow in a container. Plant six to eight plants (which are easy to start from seed) in a window box with at least four hours sun and it will give you a flavour hit all year round. Pick the outer leaves and it will keep producing new leaves.With a few more pots, I’d add in lovage (to add depth of flavour to risottos and stocks), Vietnamese coriander (much easier to grow than normal coriander and a must if you like spicy food) dill, tarragon (wonderful but temperamental to grow – it hates getting its roots wet), lemon verbena (brilliant for herb tea), blackcurrant sage (beautiful, cheerful flowers), winter savory, lemongrass (grow from supermarket lemongrass stalks), and oregano.You can grow herbs in pots together as long as you remember two rules: avoid mixing those that like plenty of water (such as chives, mint, chervil, coriander, Vietnamese coriander) with those that like a well-drained soil (such as rosemary, thyme, sage, bay, and oregano). And choose herbs of similar sizes for the same pot – a large rosemary will swamp a small thyme plant, for example. So if you want to mix rosemary and thyme, look for a small, compact form of rosemary.I find five litre pots are a good size for most herbs (bay, rosemary and lovage may need something bigger) – big enough to support decent-sized plants, but small enough to fit in a small space. You can grow herbs in smaller pots, but five litres (and larger) are a lot easier to look after, as small pots dry out too quickly.It’s easy to continue growing in pots throughout winter. Next time we’ll look at what to grow in winter and how to do it.The Guardian 321 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Lifestyle Ten of the best herbs to grow in container by: – August 27, 2014 Sharelast_img read more

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Army warns of massive terrorism recruitment in Antique

first_img“We have monitored massive recruitment, especially of minors, in Antique province,” Batara said, adding that this is intended to reclaim some areas in this province that were declared as insurgent-free in 2015. BATARA. PNA “The minors from Sibalom were turned over to their municipal social welfare and development office for psycho-social counseling,” he said. “Massive recruitment is particularly happening in the municipalities of Sibalom, San Remigio and Hamtic,” he said, adding that the NPA rebels’ extortion activities are also being done simultaneously to beef up their logistical strength. Batara noted that during their encounter with communist-terrorists in Barangay Cabalaunan, Miagao in Iloilo last April 18, they were able to capture five minors who are residents of barangays Igpanolong and Tordesillas in Sibalom. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is trying to regain some areas in this province by conducting massive recruitment and extortion.Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of 61IB under the 3rd Infantry Division, said on June 17 that the CPP-NPA members are taking advantage of the time while military forces are busy in the campaign against the coronavirus disease 2019. The provincial social welfare and development office also assisted in the conduct of psycho-social counseling.During the meeting of the League of the Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique chapter on June 16, Batara appealed to the local chief executives (LCEs) of the 18 municipalities to strengthen their Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC). “I appeal to the LCEs to support the TF-ELCAC by bringing basic services to the people,” he said. Countering the CPP-NPA’s massive recruitment is not only through military patrol or combat but through convergence efforts to bring basic services to the people, especially in the remote areas, he added. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Dirt Duel, Bill Davis Memorial June 1-3 at Stuart

first_imgBoth 50-lap main events on Wednesday night pay a minimum of $400 to start. Qualifying fea­tures Monday and Tuesday send top four finishers to the big shows on June 3.  STUART, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods chase $3,000 top checks at Stuart Speedway’s June 1-3 Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel. The Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel is co-sponsored by Sniper Speed, Midstate Machine and Country Kitchen of Stuart. The purse is based on a three-day show and will be pro-rated in the event one day is canceled by inclement weather. More information about the Dirt Duel and manufacturers’ races, and the Bill Davis Memo­rial is available from promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330. Chassis manufacturers’ races for both divisions pay $1,000 to win with a $50 entry fee and 100 percent payback.center_img Hot laps start at 6:45 p.m. each night. Mach-1 Sport Compacts race on Tuesday. Also on the Wednesday program are the $1,000 to win Bill Davis Memorial for IMCA Modifieds, plus IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Pit passes are $30 a day or $80 for all three days. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students ages 9-16 and free for ages eight and under. Entry fee is now $150 and increases to $200 on June 2 and $300 on June 3.last_img read more

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