GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has once again lamented the lack of an all-round team effort, following his side’s 2-1 series loss to Pakistan here yesterday.Chasing their first series win over the Pakistanis in nearly three decades, West Indies succumbed to a six-wicket defeat at the Guyana National Stadium, with only a few players coming to the fore.Shai Hope (71) and Jason Mohammed (59) got half-centuries, but just one other batsman passed 20 as the Windies were restricted to 233 for nine off their 50 overs.”We’ve got a few positives to shout about. Obviously, credit must go to [Jason Mohammed], I thought he played a really good series,”said Holder.”Shai Hope came in today and played a really good innings, but it is just about getting a collective effort going now.”I think we’ve come to a stage where we’ve got individual performances but not being able to get over the line, so I think that’s one of the things we have to work on going forward.”The trio of off-spinner Ashley Nurse, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul managed just one wicket in the 24 overs they sent down, and Holder noted that this lack of incisiveness had hurt the Windies at a key stage of the game.”We started well with the ball, got early wickets, put them under pressure but we didn’t get the wickets in the middle from the spinners,” Holder pointed out.”Credit must go to how Mohammad Hafeez played and also Shoaib Malik. They really set the platform for Pakistan, and they batted deep.”And though the pitch was a difficult one to score freely on, Holder said he could not blame the track for his side’s performance.”I can’t fault the pitch. I must say this is one of the better pitches I have seen here in Guyana for a very long time,” the Barbadian all-rounder said.”Credit must go to the ground staff here and I hope we can get pitches like this, going forward in the future, here in Guyana.”
To be eligible, KCB customers will only be required to acquire and frequently use any of the tier-one leader’s Cards.Apart from the coveted grand prize, KCB will also be rewarding customers with cash prizes during the campaign. At least 80 lucky customers will take home Sh5,000 each for using their KCB Cards.Commenting about the campaign, KCB Group Marketing and Communications Director Angela Mwirigi said the main aim of the campaign is to remind customers of the numerous KCB Cards benefits which have frequently been underutilized.“All customers are included in this campaign. But over and above this we are saying, we not only want to reward our customers but educate each and every one of them that any KCB Card has so much to offer beyond withdrawing money at the ATM. It is time we ensure that our customers enjoy all the benefits,” Mwirigi said.KCB Debit Card benefits include access to establishments countrywide and over 24 million outlets worldwide such as restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, petrol stations etc. Customers can also withdraw at any Visa branded ATM worldwide apart from KCB ATMs.“Also, payment for goods and services at point of sale is free and can be conveniently used anywhere you see VISA sign,” Mwirigi added.The campaign also aims at enlightening customers on the benefits of using KCB Credit cards. Some of the existing key benefits include the KCB Simba Points which are earned every time you transact with your credit, debit or pre-paid card.The points are redeemed to reward customers with great discounts on travel, shopping, movies among others.KCB Bank has also established strong partnerships with numerous business segments including supermarkets, hotels, airlines etc. where customers using their KCB Cards get discounts of up to 35%.KCB Bank has developed various credit cards to fit diverse customer needs. They include Platinum Card, Gold Card and Classic Card.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two lucky winners will earn a full sponsorship from KCB Bank in conjunction with Visa to watch live the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – Two lucky winners will earn a full sponsorship from KCB Bank in conjunction with Visa to watch live the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The campaign which ends on April 30, gives any KCB Visa Card user a chance to win the grand prize of the trip to the World Cup which kicks-off in June 14 with hosts Russia opening the prestigious tournament against Saudi Arabia.
MONTREAL — A Quebec man on trial for the death of his ailing wife has told jurors he suffocated her with a pillow to end her suffering.Michel Cadotte says he arrived to visit his wife on Feb. 20, 2017 — a Monday — after friction with his family led him to spend the weekend drinking.He says he had barely slept and was not feeling himself when he got to the long-term care facility where Jocelyne Lizotte was living.Cadotte says it saddened him to see Lizotte with her neck bent, sitting in a geriatric chair without a specialized head rest. He says he struggled to feed her lunch that day and gave her several pieces of chocolate, crying as he did it.As she fell asleep, Cadotte put Lizotte in her bed. He says he struggled to place a pillow under his wife’s head. He says he can’t explain what happened, but after a couple of attempts, he placed the pillow over her face and smothered her.“She was suffering too much,” Cadotte testified. “I didn’t want her to suffer anymore. I was suffering for her.”He is charged in the death of Lizotte, 60, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease that had left her unable to care for herself and detached from reality.Cadotte’s defence lawyers are drawing attention to his state of mind at the time of her death, which they say doesn’t support the second-degree murder charge brought against their client.One year before her killing, Cadotte had sought a medically assisted death for Lizotte but was told she didn’t qualify. The trial has heard he admitted to the head nurse and several relatives that he had taken Lizotte’s life.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsA group of protestors gathered in downtown Montreal Monday.They want to send a clear message to the board of directors of a mining company that they oppose a clean-up project on a former mine site in the traditional territory of Kanesetake Mohawks.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.
Video ad options include pre-roll and post-roll spots and video overlays. Themis’ latest addition is a custom video skin that surrounds the video player. Themis is also capitalizing on an emerging business model called “cost-per-completion” advertising. “In other words, the advertiser will pay you for completed pre-roll rather than just the beginning of a pre-roll,” says Macris. “That’s important for advertisers because a lot of users on YouTube are randomly surfing and if they hit a pre-roll ad, they stop and go to another video. Advertisers don’t want to pay for people who haven’t been exposed to the ad.”Macris says Themis has a 97 percent completion rate for its pre-roll advertising and gets a $25 to $30 CPM on pre-rolls. Video skins offer a $45 CPM with a 6 percent to 10 percent clickthough rate. “This is definitely more expensive than doing text-based Web content, but if you factor in that you can get a $5 CPM for display ads and a $25 CPM for video ads, it’s pretty clear this is a good investment,” he adds. Macris also contends that original video is immune to ad networks driving pricing down. “Unlike display ads, video ads are holding strong because it’s harder to find premium video,” he says. “So many ad networks are aggregating poor display ads that it’s forcing the market down. If people want to advertise with user generated content, they go to YouTube, they don’t need ad networks for that.” However, video advertising won’t work for all markets–or all products. “If they don’t have a great 15-30 second spot or a product that works with that, then it’s not the right fit,” says Macris. “If they’re doing a movie or new game, great. If they’re doing a book, not so much. The biggest misconception is that they can do longer pre-rolls than they can. Advertisers want to do five-minute pre-rolls. Maybe you can do that before a movie but on the Web, most of the content they’re coming to see is five minutes long.” While Macris says print has taken the brunt of ad dollars shifting to online video to date, online dollars will be diverted from television budgets going forward. “You’re going to see a shift toward larger budgets and better ad units, because more people are substituting online video for their TV viewing.” Video is increasingly being packaged with social media campaigns. Themis builds videos that may feature a Twitter hash tag that allows the consumer to interact with the brand (Themis built a similar social media package for the Aliens vs. Predator game series). “Ultimately, when you can offer a complete solution, that’s where you’ll derive value,” says Macris. “The pricing gets complex but you have to look at the ROI for the client and the cost for creating these custom units. It ends up being a mix of creative and media spend for the client.” With some exceptions, online video has proven to be a more effective editorial tool than revenue stream for magazine publishers. And as resources continue to shrink, even that may be declining-new data from video technology platform Brightcove says magazine sites streamed 174 million videos in the second quarter of 2010, down 7 percent from the first quarter. That decline comes after eight consecutive quarters of growth in video streams (although magazine and newspapers continue to post more online video that other media outlets, according to Brightcove). However, some publishers are having tremendous success with video as a revenue generator provided it’s the right fit for the market and the publisher invests in developing quality original video, rather than thinking they can magically tap into user generated content. Themis Media, a publisher of video game related content, sees more revenue and more traffic from original video than any other channel, with about 7 million video streams generating around 25 million page views. “Our strategy is to create branded series,” says president and CEO Alex Macris, who points to popular Themis video shows targeting gamer culture such as Zero Punctuation, Escape to the Movies and Unskippable. “As a result, we create loyal users to watch shows they know about instead of aimlessly searching through the vagaries of user generated content.”
Milind Deora, Mukesh Ambani and Nita AmbaniTwitter [Representational Image]Congress has received a massive boost for the Lok Sabha elections as business magnate Mukesh Ambani and billionaire banker Uday Kotak have expressed their support to Mumbai South constituency candidate Milind Deora.A former UPA minister, Deora will lock horns with Shiv Sena’s Arvind Ganpat Sawant in a fierce battle for phase four of the elections. He has shared a video on Twitter where the top industrialists were seen praising him.He posted the video by saying, “From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business. We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.”In the video, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Milind is the man for South Mumbai. Having represented South Mumbai for ten years I believe that Milind has in-depth knowledge of social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the South Mumbai constituency. Both micro enterprises and large businesses can thrive in Mumbai. So that attractive new employment opportunities can be created for our talented young women and men.”From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business.We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.#MumbaiKaConnection pic.twitter.com/d4xJnvhyKr— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 17, 2019Endorsing Deora, Kotak Mahindra Bank Managing Director and CEO Uday Kotak said, “Milind truly represents Mumbai ka connection. I genuinely believe Milind understands and relates to a Mumbaikar. His family has been associated with Mumbai for a long time.”The video also features small entrepreneurs, businessmen and traders praising and backing Milind Deora for the general elections. The Mumbai South constituency will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 29.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the premiere of AladdinInstagramIt is not surprising that Will Smith was fearful of playing Genie in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Considering how he had to fill the late actor Robin Williams’ shoes, the task was no piece of cake. However, once he started shooting songs for the film, all the childlike silliness flowed through the actor!In an interview with SlashFilms, Smith opened up on dealing with the pressure of playing Genie, which was originally Robin Williams’ jam. He said, “Disney magic is real. This is my first Disney movie, and there’s something that Walt Disney did in the design of these stories and at the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment. For me, coming into this, first starting with fear – what Robin Williams did with this character was…he didn’t leave a lot of room to add to the Genie – so I started off fearful. But then when I got with the music, it just started waking up that fun, childlike, silly part of me.”Prince Ali songYouTubeHe further continued, “The song that got me over the hump of, ‘Yes, I can play Genie’ was ‘Friend Like Me.’ I went into the studio the first day and I really wanted to play with it to see if I could add something to it. Literally thirty minutes in the studio, starting to play with it, finding that 94-96 bmp (beats per minute) range, we were playing around in there. Ultimately I think it was a little bit faster than that, but that 94-96 bmp range is right old school hip-hop. So I grabbed The Honey Drippers’ ‘Impeach the President,’ which is a really classic old school hip-hop break beat, and I had them throw that break beat under there. I messed with that, and I messed with Eric B. and Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ under ‘Friend Like Me,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m home. I’m home.’ I started playing with the hip-hop flavor and the Genie was really born in my mind from the music.”Another interesting fact that Will Smith revealed during his interview was the truth behind his spotless blue Genie. Turns out the Genie in Aladdin is actually 100 per cent CGI! “A lot of people don’t even recognize this, but the Genie is 100% CGI. People look at it and think it’s my face blue, and it’s my body. The Genie is 100% CGI. There’s none of me in the Genie. It’s like the work was so good, that they don’t even get credit for it…I would just be on set, we’d run the scenes and everything, and I could improv on set because I knew it wouldn’t necessarily be in the movie. Then we’d do the first round of the CGI work and we could go again and work it. Then Guy watched the whole movie, and I had another chance to go back and we could play with lines and make adjustments because [the visual effects people] were going to create it anyway. So for me, there was tons of improv,” said Smith.Recently, a premiere of Aladdin was held where Will Smith’s family appeared. The whole family including Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow, Trey and Jaden were present to support Smith. Aladdin releases today, May 24.
Khandaker Mosharraf HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Friday said, observing the national voters’ day after robbing people of their voting rights is a mockery with the nation, reports UNB.”The people’s voting rights were snatched through the 30 December national election and yesterday’s (Thursday) by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor post,” he said.Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, made the remarks after placing wreath at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave marking the Jatiyatabadi Matshyajibi Dal’s 40th founding anniversary.He said the people did not go to vote in the by-election. “They went to polling stations where the councillor election was held,” he said, adding that it was “surprising the Awami League candidate got over eight lakh votes”.He accused the government of ballot stuffing, saying the voters protested against “vote robbery by the ruling party and administration in the national election” by not showing up.”People have lost their confidence in the government and the election commission. That’s why they didn’t cast their votes,” he said.The BNP leader said it is now a big challenge for their party to restore democracy and give people their voting rights back.”We are reorganising our party and associate bodies. We believe the BNP will make a comeback and restore democracy and people’s voting rights,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Houston SuperBowl LI sculpture was also unveiled today in the Uptown area: Another look at the @SuperBowl LI Roman numerals unveiled at the Galleria Waterwall this morning! #SB51 pic.twitter.com/4RyY6CcJca— Houston Super Bowl (@HouSuperBowl) December 16, 2016 – / 8Metro expects to transport thousands of fans during Super Bowl week in Houston. The agency will have free downtown shuttles for events at Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. On game day, Metro’s Red Line will carry visitors from downtown to NRG Stadium. There will also be shuttle buses from the Galleria area. Metro has also rolled out eight specially-wrapped trains that promote Super Bowl Live at Discovery Green January 28-February 5. The trains were unveiled against the Houston skyline at Metro’s Burnett Transit Center. Metro’s budget for the current fiscal year includes $1.4 million for Super Bowl-related expenses. Share