Behind Carmelo and Amare the Knicks Beat Heat Avoid

Carmelo Anthony had 41 points.It had been a long time since New York Knicks fans could celebrate a playoff victory. They had an NBA postseason record of 13 straight losses spanning 11 years. So, excuse them for dropping streamers from the rafters of Madison Square Garden last night after they extended their first-round series against the Miami Heat.The 89-87 victory likely only postponed the inevitable; Miami still leads the series 3-1 and looks to close out the Knicks at home on Wednesday. But, for New York, it did not matter.“A great win for us, for our fans to finally get over that hump of those consecutive games that we lost. . . over those years in the playoffs,” said forward Amare Stoudemire, who returned after missing a game because of that much-talked-about left hand he cut after Game 2. He was a factor, too, with 20 points and 10 rebounds.But it was all-star Carmelo Anthony who was the catalyst, scoring 41 points in a rousing performance. Anthony made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 54.5 seconds left. Still, it took a Dwyane Wade missed three-pointer as time expired to give NY some playoff life.LeBron James scored 27 for the Heat, including some spectacular late-game baskets, and Wade added 22.The Knicks’ win was marred by the gruesome injury to starting guard Baron Davis, who dislocated his right knee while running a fast break. He is out for the remainder of the playoffs. read more

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New report finds digitisation could open up a market worth 39 billion

first_imgCargo containers are seen stacked outside the container terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, India, July 15, 2015.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeRising digitisation will unlock a potential $39 billion worth of export opportunities for Indian businesses in select verticals by 2022 — up from $16 billion in 2017, a Google-KPMG report said on Thursday.The verticals that provide high-potential export opportunities are travel, media and entertainment, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), consumer brands and real estate, said the report titled, “Indian Brands Going Global: A $39 billion opportunity”.”Rising global connectivity is opening up new opportunities for businesses to expand internationally. There is a huge international growth opportunity for select verticals and we wanted to capture that through this report,” said Shalini Girish, Director-Marketing Solutions, Google India.Asia-Pacific is one of the most attractive regions for expansion by Indian players — with China, Malaysia and Indonesia as key target countries. Digitally mature geographies such as the US and UK are other lucrative geographies which can be tapped through digital channels, the report outlined.”With ‘Market Finder’ tool, businesses can get access to all the resources they need to find the right market for their products and services, translate their websites and ad text, find new customers with relevant online ads”, Girish said. General view of Burj Khalifa on April 13, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Tom Dulat/Getty ImagesFor travel, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are the broad focus markets with UAE, Indonesia as very high potential markets for Indian online travel agencies. For the media and entertainment vertical, markets like the US, the UK, the UAE and mobile-first markets like Brazil are extremely lucrative for video consumption.In music, growing markets like South East Asia, Malaysia and the Philippines offer new opportunities for the players. The industry is set to grow at a CAGR of 37 per cent to $3.46 billion by 2022 from a $0.71 billion in 2017.The India real estate market offers superior long-term returns, the opportunity for realtors from the NRI customers is expected to grow from $11.5 billion in 2017 to $25.7 billion in 2022. “Indian real estate developers could tap into the NRI and high net worth individual (HNI) customer base by leveraging technology and digital platforms,” the report said. A woman enters a retail store inside a shopping mall in Mumbai, India July 14, 2012.Reuters fileAsia-Pacific is the focus region for consumer brands — the fastest-growing region in apparel and consumer durables. “China, Vietnam and Indonesia are rapidly growing jewellery markets. Consumer brand market in select retail verticals is expected to grow from $1.5 billion to $2.64 billion by 2022.”Geographically, the share of developing economies in global trade is on the rise. This presents a compelling case for Indian Businesses to ‘Look East’ for growth,” said Sreedhar Prasad, Partner and Head, Consumer Markets & Internet Business Advisory, KPMG India.last_img read more

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Trump signs order against Obamacare

first_imgTrump signs an executive order on Affordable Care Act at Oval Office in Washington on Friday. ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the “burden” of the Obamacare health law that the incoming US leader has vowed to repeal.During the signing in the Oval Office, Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus described the order as aimed at “minimizing the economic burden” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, “pending repeal.”Doing away with Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement is a top priority for Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and, since Trump’s inauguration Friday, the White House.In their view, Obamacare-which aimed to ensure healthcare for the millions of Americans who are neither covered by public insurance, nor by their employers-marked a costly drift toward socialized, European-style medical care.Until lawmakers are able to repeal Obamacare, “it is imperative for the executive branch to… take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market,” the executive order said.The order instructs the US health secretary and other departments and agencies to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act” that imposes a fiscal burden or other cost on a state, on consumers, on insurers or on a range of healthcare providers.Trump has pledged to start undoing the divisive health law on his first day in office, while also declaring it inconceivable that poor Americans are locked out of coverage.The president has said the law should be repealed and replaced “simultaneously,” a stiff challenge given the complexity of America’s vast health care system.Obamacare added more than 20 million people onto insurance rolls, lowering the percentage of Americans without coverage from 16 percent in 2010 to 8.9 percent last year.Republicans are pledging a repeal of Obamacare-which has been blamed for sharply rising insurance premiums-and rapid votes on a replacement bill in order to prevent gaps in coverage and reassure a restless insurance industry.Only one third of the US population is covered by public insurance-either Medicare, for those over age 65, or Medicaid for the poorest Americans.Half of all Americans are insured through their employers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while about seven percent are covered through the so-called individual market, which serves those who are self-employed or are employees without coverage through work.Obama’s solution rested largely on requiring that everyone be insured, and providing federal subsidies to those who cannot afford coverage.Republicans deemed the first requirement too coercive, and the latter too costly.last_img read more

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Myanmar protests demand military loosen grip on politics

first_imgThis file photo taken on 19 July 2018, shows Myanmar`s chief senior general Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, saluting to pay his respects to Myanmar independence hero General Aung San and eight others assassinated in 1947, during a ceremony to mark the 71th anniversary of Martyrs` Day in Yangon. AFP File PhotoProtesters in Myanmar called for the military to loosen its grip on politics Wednesday, as tensions mount over the country’s army-drafted constitution ahead of national elections next year.The 2008 charter, enacted by the ruling junta after decades of repressive army rule, bars embattled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency and forces her to share power with the generals.It also guarantees a quarter of parliamentary seats to the armed forces, along with powerful defence and security portfolios.Parliament is set to discuss proposed amendments to the document but military MPs hold a veto on any changes, prompting more than 1,000 protesters to gather in downtown Yangon and shout slogans demanding constitutional reform.”I think the military should stand with and think for the public,” said Yangon resident Thi Thi Han.But opinion over the issue is split, and a rival protest later on Wednesday demanded Myanmar leaders keep the charter as it is.”Democracy here is so young, it requires the military to be in parliament until democracy is fully fledged,” said 39-year-old Zar Chi Lin.The constitution has long been a flashpoint in Myanmar politics.Suu Kyi’s party, which won a landslide victory in 2015 elections, wants to downsize the role of the armed forces. But the military insists it plays a stabilising role in a country riven by conflict in border areas.Both the locally revered Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Myanmar’s army chiefs have been criticised for a brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country’s west that provoked international outrage and a refugee crisis.The charter bars the de facto leader from the presidency because of an article that prevents anyone with a foreign family members from occupying the post. Suu Kyi was married to a British academic, with whom she had two sons.Instead she took up the role of state counsellor after winning landslide elections in 2015.Hardline nationalists oppose any constitutional amendments that would push the military to the fringes of political power.Suu Kyi’s former legal adviser Ko Ni, who had worked on drafting changes to the charter, was shot and killed two years ago in a plot by former military officers.last_img
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In Time For Super Bowl Houston Home Designed For Professional HomeSharing

first_img 00:00 /03:50 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 4Lydia Afeman owns a townhouse in Houston’s Sunset Heights. It’s a two-story building that from the outside doesn’t necessarily strike one as an architectural beauty – with its white, square, bunker-like appearance.But it’s what’s inside that makes this home special.“You could easily just shut one unit off or you could leave it all open if you don’t have a guest,” she said, showing off her home. “But when you do, you can just have your privacy.”Afeman hired local architect Michael Murrow to design her townhome in a way custom-made to host short- and long-term guests.The homeowner or primary renter is meant to occupy the first floor, with a spacious living room and kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom.Upstairs has a separate unit with all the same amenities. And then there’s a third unit above the detached carport.Afeman had a feasibility study done, which concluded the concept could be a money maker.“There would be return on investment and I could make enough money to cover the mortgage,” she said. “And while I was sleeping at night this whole house would be basically a revenue-generating property for me.”That’s assuming that there is an 88 percent occupancy rate throughout the year, which Afeman said is feasible.The idea is to host not just Airbnb travelers but longer-term medical tourists, function as corporate housing or even to simply rent out the different units.So is this an investment opportunity for the future?Steven Barth, an attorney and professor of hospitality law at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, thinks it’s a good business model. “They’re probably going to take away business from the long-term stay hotel concepts,” he said, “because people have decided it’s more comfortable to be in an apartment-style, condo-style thing.”But there are a few things that professional home-sharers have to be aware of.“Well, first thing you’d want to do is first of all make sure it’s legal,” Barth said.That means they need to comply with any regulations by the city or homeowners association. For example, do they need to pay hotel occupancy taxes?Barth said occasional Airbnb hosts may be able to avoid them.“One of the arguments homeowners make is, look, I’m just renting this out every now and then, so I’m really not a hotel, so why should I be subject to the occupancy tax,” he said.“Well, in this model that they’re designing and building specifically for that concept, it’d be very hard to make that argument that you’re not subject to those taxes.”Also, their homeowners insurance may have to be adjusted to include temporary guests.As it turns out, a Texas appeals court decision just last month established a precedent for homeowners associations and landlords who want to crack down on unauthorized subleasing.In Tarr vs. Timberwood Park Owners Association, the appellate judge sided with the community association that wanted to stop a homeowner who was renting out his house to travelers.Houston law firm Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey represented the association.The firm’s Marc Markel said, sure, there are many positives to concepts like Airbnb, but many communities are opposed to short-term leasing, especially during big events like Super Bowl LI, which is expected to attract 150,000 visitors.“We have people from all over the world wanting to come to Houston,” he said.  “And they’re going to go and they’re going to rent out this large house, pay an ungodly amount of money for a weekend and either trash the house, have parties all weekend or do something which would be contrary to the residential nature of a community.”But there’s not much communities without a homeowners association can do to restrict short-term leasing.By the way, Lydia Afeman said her concept is not limited to temporary home-sharing. It could also work for families whose members wouldn’t mind some privacy, for example teens.“They start claiming the different units, and they’re like, when I get older I can sneak out the back in the alley,” she said.Homebuilding company Lennar is also marketing the big family concept with their NextGen homes.Afeman plans to test out her commercial concept for a while and then build a similar home in the Medical Center, where she expects to attract more potential short-time renters. Sharelast_img read more

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Two Injured In Trump Tower Heating System Fire

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @emeraldskycomNew York City Fire Department vehicles sit on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, in New York, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower’s heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof.The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7 a.m. Monday at the building that contains President Donald Trump’s home and business offices.Fire officials say a civilian was treated for serious injuries and a firefighter was treated for minor injuries. It took about an hour to put out the fire on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.The president’s son Eric tweeted his thanks to firefighters for doing “an incredible job.”There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower. The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise! https://t.co/xuTmq1GBbj— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 8, 2018 Share WATCH: Firefighters responded to a fire on the roof of Trump Tower in New York City https://t.co/LnII0XquRZ pic.twitter.com/yyJLEPC50K— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 8, 2018center_img Breaking: Two injured following small fire on the roof of Trump tower in Manhattan, New York. Fire is now under control. pic.twitter.com/FcdhQh7KIs— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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Pepco Proposes Utility Rate Increase for DC Residents

first_imgThe utility that supplies residential and commercial customers in the District recently decided to apply to the city’s public service commission for a rate increase. Residents aren’t happy about it.Pepco, now affiliated with Chicago-based energy giant Exelon, filed for an $85.47 million rate increase with the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on June 30.  A Pepco press release said it has been three years since a rate increase has been requested. However, Donna Cooper, region president, said she understands the uneasiness the increase may cause some customers. “We realize that a rate increase has a direct impact to our customers and so we will continue to work with our customers to identify ways to reduce their energy usage and manage their bills,” she said. “The reliability and infrastructure upgrades that we have made have reduced the number and length of power outages, while delivering improved service to our valued customers.”The typical bill for a District residential customer would increase by $4.36 per month, the press release said. Exelon would contribute $25.6 million to offset the proposed increase, with the entire amount applied to residential and apartment customers who share a common meter.Exelon also gave customers a one-time residential credit of $54 in April.The commission approves or denies a rate increase through a public process that includes public testimony and input from the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC). The OPC is charged with advocating for District consumers to keep rate increases as low as possible, to ensure reliability and to educate consumers about the actions of utility companies before the commission. If the rate increase is approved, it will not go into effect until summer 2017.The request for an increase isn’t supported by Andy Litsky, chairman of advisory neighborhood commission 6D in Ward 6. He said he was “appalled” at Pepco’s move. “I received an email on July 1 from Pepco that all chairs of the ANCs got requesting that Pepco representatives be on the agenda at the next meeting,” Litsky told the AFRO. “I told them that I would not allow them to use my commission as a public relations opportunity.”The rate increase request didn’t surprise Litsky but he didn’t expect it so soon after the public service commission voted to support the merger. Litsky wasn’t in support of the merger, saying that it “was forced up on [D.C. ratepayers].”“D.C. consumers shouldn’t subsidize Exelon’s out-of-state holdings,” he said.Sandra Matavous-Frye, the People’s Counsel said, in a June 30 press release, that the rate hike will be the largest ever filed in recent memory. “OPC will be vigilant in examining this monumental filing to ensure that any rate increase is based only on the expenses necessary to keep the lights on and not those associated with Exelon’s lengthy journey to merge with Pepco,” she said. “It is alarming that the cost of living and housing trends in the District unfortunately have widened the gap between the haves and have nots. These trends demand that OPC double-down on its mission to protect District residents in every ward in every utility case.“We must guard against decision-makers imposing policies that are dismissive and insensitive to everyday residential consumers.”OPC also announced a merger compliance team to measure whether the promised benefits of the Exelon-Pepco merger have materialized and whether to appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals a recent commission decision denying OPC’s request for reconsideration of the merger.A spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said that the administration is committed to protecting the interests of District ratepayers. “The Public Service Commission is charged with evaluating utility rate increases,” Interim Communications Director Christina Harper said on behalf of the mayor. “They should limit the Pepco/Exelon request to the mere requirements of the law. And they must apply the $25.4 million that Mayor Bowser negotiated, and they redirected, toward shielding D.C. residential ratepayers from any increase for three years.”Charles Gaither, a resident of Ward 4, told the AFRO the rate increase didn’t surprise him and agreed with Litsky that the request took place very quickly after the merger. “They are raising the rates because they can,” Gaither said. “Pepco’s reputation is on the line with this. When the power goes out and there is a personal emergency, people will measure Pepco by the way they respond.”last_img read more

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Netflix Will Lose Disneys Star Wars The Clone Wars James Bond Movies

first_img Popular on Variety Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ×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 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewellcenter_img Licensed titles coming to Netflix in April 2019 include “New Girl” Season 7, “All the President’s Men,” “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Deliverance,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “Evolution,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Friday the 13th” (2009), “I Am Legend,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Monster House,” “Obsessed,” “Penelope,” “Pineapple Express,” “Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S2,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Snatch,” “Spy Kids,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” “The Bone Collector,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Golden Compass,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (parts 1 and 2), and “Valkyrie.” More Disney content is about to roll off Netflix: The 2008 “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated movie as well as six seasons of the subsequent “Clone Wars” series are among the titles set to leave the streaming service next month.According to Netflix, the original Lucasfilm movie along with “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Seasons 1-5 and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” will expire as of April 7, 2019. The TV series had aired on Cartoon Network from 2008-12. The story is set in the period between the “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” movies.Disney announced the end of its exclusive output deal with Netflix in the summer of 2017, when the Mouse House also announced plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming rival. Dubbed “Disney+,” the service will be the exclusive home in the U.S. for SVOD access to new releases from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, including “Toy Story 4,” “Frozen 2,” and the live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Disney-owned titles are beginning to leave Netflix. In March, those included the 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and Johnny Depp-starrer “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”Last year, Lucasfilm announced that an all-new season of “Clone Wars” will be produced exclusively for Disney+, slated for a late 2019 debut.Meanwhile, all 11 James Bond films that Netflix just added in February under a pact with MGM will be rolling off on April 1: “Casino Royale,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Die Another Day,” “Goldfinger,” “Live and Let Die,” “Octopussy,” “The Living Daylights,” “The Man with the Golden Gun,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “You Only Live Twice.”Also leaving Netflix as of April 1: “American Pie,” “Billy Madison,” “Blue Mountain State” Seasons 1-3, “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood,” “Happy Feet,” “Happy Gilmore,” “Heat,” “I Love You, Man,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Luther” Seasons 1-4, “Pokémon: XY” Seasons 1-2, “Seven,” “Sex and the City: The Movie,” and “Wallander” Seasons 1-4. Others rolling off the service are “Raw” (April 4), “Video Game High School” Seasons 1-3 (April 13), and “Silver Linings Playbook” (April 18).At the same time, Netflix has a slew of new content teed up for April.Netflix originals set to premiere include stand-up special “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible” (April 2); nature docu-series “Our Planet” (April 5), narrated by David Attenborough, from the creators of “Planet Earth”; film “Unicorn Store” (April 5), starring Brie Larson in her directorial debut alongside Samuel L. Jackson; “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” Season 6 (April); “You vs. Wild” (April 10), an interactive adventure series in the vein if “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” in which viewers make decisions to help Bear Grylls survive in the harshest environments on Earth; supernatural horror drama “Chambers,” (April 26) starring Uma Thurman; and anime series “Ultraman” (April 1), co-produced by Japanese studios Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts.last_img read more

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TMC worker murdered in Hooghly locals stage protests

first_imgKolkata: Tension broke out at Gopinathpur in Hooghly after the death of a Trinamool Congress worker in the area on Friday morning.Police said the victim, Mrityunjay Bera, was attacked when he was returning after attending a party meeting at the office of the block development officer (BDO).The miscreants stabbed him repeatedly and hit him on his head. He was left to die on the road. Locals reached the spot and took him to a local hospital. He was in coma for the past two days and succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTrouble broke out soon after the news of his death spread in the area. Locals staged a demonstration in the area and a section of them attacked houses of the people suspected to be involved in the murder.They even set some houses and tractors on fire. The mob attacked shops in the area and forced owners to pull the shutters down. A large contingent of police was pressed into action and brought the situation under control. Police ensured that situation do not deteriorate further. RAF was also pressed into service and police pickets were set up in the area. Police have initiated a probe in this connection.last_img read more

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Denim style guide for men women

first_imgDenim jeans, shirts, skirts never go out of style. However, denims need an update from time to time, especially when there’s a handful of fresh new trends that are influencing the look.Experts suggest a few denim looks that can be sported:Denim looks for men:* Fashion is definitely getting a makeover but you can never go wrong with a classic pair of jeans. Wear it with a cool graphic tee and canvas shoes and add an edge to your overall look.* Give your off-duty separates a refreshing look by wearing a medium blue denim jeans. This wash is made to replicate the jeans you’ve had forever, with some artful destruction and expert repairs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Distressed jeans are high on the trend game. Flaunt these with a casual printed tee and white sneaks. * Ripped in all the right places, the messier-the-better jeans make you look chic. Denim looks for women: * Add a little flair to your wardrobe with the classic fit jeans made out of comfortable cotton lycra fabric.* Amplify your look with  the perfect combination of comfort and stretch, the damaging at knee adds to the rugged denim look. Sport it with any top or shirt for a casual day out look.* Sport a pair of denims with cool pintuck detailing at the knee. Team it up with a chic crop top or tee for a complete look.last_img read more

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