NEW DELHI: The Arvind Kejriwal government-led campaign to combat dengue has garnered support from several public personalities, including cricket legend Kapil Dev, many Bollywood actors and well-known journalists.At a Press conference here on Sunday, the Delhi chief minister thanked all those who took part in the campaign, and said, “Lt Governor Anil Baijal today also checked for any water stagnation at his residence”. “Our campaign against dengue is getting a lot of support, and many celebrities are also participating in it. I am very happy that many people are taking part in it besides celebrities and journalists,” Kejriwal told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said participation of these public personalities will inspire common people to take precautions in combating this vector-borne disease. On September 1, Kejriwal had launched the campaign ‘#10Hafte10Baje10Minute’ by inspecting his house for clean standing water. Dengue mosquito larvae breed in clean and stagnant water, and they thrive in this season. Baijal also shared pictures on Twitter after the inspection, and tweeted: “Carried out inspection at residence to check for any potential sources of stagnant clean water, which can lead to breeding of Aedes mosquitoes that causes vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, etc. Such checks to be done at frequent intervals”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn a fresh video message, the chief minister appealed to Delhi residents to give 10 minutes every Sunday–between September 1 and November 15–to ensure that there is no stagnant water in their houses or surroundings. The chief minister in the morning had also tagged a few celebrities to join the campaign. “I challenge @therealkapildev ji, @ShatruganSinha ji, @sardesairajdeep ji and @taapsee ji to participate in the #10Hafte10Baje10Minute campaign and inspect their homes. I urge all of you to challenge people you care about. Just 10 minutes can protect us from danger!,” he tweeted. Kapil Dev responded with a tweet in support of the drive, saying, “A good initiative taken by the honourable CM of Delhi… I request the Delhi residents to take all necessary precautions… suggested!!” As part of his effort to spread awareness about the campaign against dengue, Kejriwal also paid a visit to the residence of Kapil Dev, who hosted the chief minister for tea. Bollywood actors Emran Hashmi, Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhaskar and filmmaker Mahesh Bhat, and several senior journalists, including Rajdeep Sardesai, Nidhi Razdan, Faye D’Souza, have supported the campaign. “More power to @Arvindkejriwal for making Delhi, Dengue – Free ! We all can do our bit by checking our homes every Sunday and ensure there’s no stagnant water stored anywhere. If there is – simply spill it out, pour oil in it, or replace it.#10Hafte10Baje10Minute,” Hashmi tweeted. Kejriwal also retweeted several tweets posted by celebrities and journalists and thanked them. “As a dengue survivor, happy to join the anti dengue campaign in the capital. Let’s spread the word: health and education above politics! @BishanBedi @sagarikaghose @Nidhi @bhupendrachaube @DILIPtheCHERIAN .. pl spread the word,” Sardesai tweeted and shared a small video. “The battle against Dengue in #Delhi is one we should all support and the citizens are winning this battle. It’s a great example for other cities as well. Mumbai and Bangalore to also start this campaign. #10Hafte10Baje10Minute Check there is no stagnant water in your homes,” wrote D’Souza on Twitter.
A man from British Columbia wanted in connection to allegedly impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting a woman in the Greater Toronto Area may have committed similar offences in Calgary.A spokesperson with the Calgary Police Service said the images of the suspect caught in both cases via CCTV are similar in nature.Earlier this month, police were called to a business in the 2800 block of Sunridge Way N.E. over reports of an assault.The woman had agreed to meet a man there and when the man arrived, he immediately identified himself as police and told her he had a warrant to search her for drugs.She asked for his badge number and it was at that point, he grabbed and pushed her, yelling at her to stop resisting arrest. She then asked him to get more officers to execute the warrant and he fled the scene in an older black Volkswagen Jetta.The man was described as being of Middle Eastern descent, approximately 20 to 30 years old, 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, with a slim to medium build, short black hair and a day’s growth of facial hair.The suspect was also wearing a dark-coloured, long-sleeve shirt and a black vest that said “POLICE” in large letters underneath a dark blue jacket.It’s also believed he had a belt with a flashlight, baton and a gun in the holder.A few days later, a similar incident unfolded in the City of Vaughan at Highway 7 and Interchange Way.A suspect met with an 18-year-old escort after arranging a date at a hotel.He reportedly told her he was a police officer and was executing a warrant and then proceeded to sexually assault her, leaving some money behind.York Regional Police issued a Canada Wide Warrant for 33-year-old Asif Choudry, also known as Brandon, from Sechelt, B.C.Police are warning the public he should be considered armed and dangerous; if you see him don’t approach and call 911.Calgary police tell 660 NEWS the Calgary and York region suspect may be the same individual, and they are planning to issue a similar warrant in the coming days. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service, the York Regional Police or Crime Stoppers.
Sparked by her arrival in New Zealand, a major destination for China Southern Airlines, and upset that the airline is one of two remaining major airlines that still ship primates to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has written on PETA Asia-Pacific’s behalf to the president and CEO of China Southern Airlines via its New Zealand office to urge him to use his influence to help end this cruel practice.“You may not be aware that after being torn from the wild or rounded up at dreadful breeding farms, the monkeys you ship from China to laboratories in the U.S. and elsewhere end up imprisoned in tiny, desolate laboratory cages, where they are cut open, addicted to drugs, infected with debilitating diseases, intentionally poisoned, and crippled in cruel experiments”, Anderson writes. “I … urge you to have a heart for animals this Valentine’s Day and stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.”She also makes a promise: until China Southern stops shipping primates to laboratories, she says, “as a frequent traveler, I will avoid flying your airline and am also encouraging my friends, family members, and fans to do the same”.Many of the largest and best-known carriers in the world – including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines and American Airlines – now refuse to ship primates to laboratories.Source:PETA Asia-Pacific
Karaoke-style videos like the Caleons’ made the app famous in China just after it was founded by Beijing tech company ByteDance in 2016, but its August 2018 merger with similar social media platform Musical.ly catapulted it to success in North America and caught the eye of the GTA’s Gen Z (those born in the late 1990s).“We decided to check it out and do it for fun, but we had no idea it would become what it is today,” Samantha told the Star of how her sister cajoled her into trying Musical.ly together in 2016.“I noticed it was more younger, more elementary-age kids, but nowI see anywhere from high school age to adults using the app. There has been a large growth over the last few months.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Samantha and Madeleine Caleon are 22-year-old Toronto twins who choreograph and post roughly 10-second clips of them grooving and lip syncing every week on TikTok. COURTESY SAMANTHA AND MADELEINE CALEON Advertisement Advertisement Samantha and Madeleine Caleon haven’t had formal lessons in singing or dancing, but that hasn’t stopped them from building a fanbase of millions who adore them for both.The 22-year-old Toronto twins choreograph and post roughly 10-second clips of them grooving and lip syncing every week on TikTok – an app turning locals into stars as it becomes the talk of Generation Z and a challenge for parents just trying to keep up with whatever newfangled social media their kids are on. Facebook
APTN National NewsThe crisis in Attawapiskat made headlines around the world.And the stories moved some Canadians to take action in a number of ways.Some held fundraisers, while others went straight to the prime minister.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.
Rabat – Morocco’s Government Council has passed a bill approving a framework agreement on economic cooperation with the Czech Republic, said the government spokesperson, Mustapha El Khalfi, on March 21 in Rabat.The trade ministers of Morocco and the Czech Republic signed the framework agreement in December at the Czech-Moroccan Business Forum in Casablanca.The government’s decision to approve the bill follows years of bilateral efforts to advance economic cooperation between the two countries. According to the Czech Trade Promotion Agency (CzechTrade), exports from the Czech Republic to Morocco increased by 108 percent between 2010 and 2014.Growth in trade provided momentum for further economic cooperation, culminating in a series of high-level meetings.In December, Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani received Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis while he was in Rabat on a two-day business visit with several ministers and 37 business leaders.Later in December, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said, “Morocco could become the Czech Republic’s largest economic partner” in Africa at the launch of the Czech-Moroccan Business Forum in Casablanca.At the Casablanca forum, the head of CzechTrade in Morocco, Tamer El-Sibai, said the energy, agricultural, and building sectors are especially promising. Morocco will invest $30 billion in the energy sector alone, he added. However, Babis, at his visit, said, “Unfortunately, I have to say that Czech companies … lack interest, especially in investments in the energy sector,” according to Radio Praha.The automobile sector is another area of potential for Czech export to Morocco, Babis pointed out.“Morocco is Africa’s largest car manufacturer. We import Renault and Dacia cars from Morocco.” Babis continued, “The Czech Republic exports 2,400 Skoda cars a year to Morocco. There is an ambition to reach 4000 soon.” Beyond trade, the Czech Republic supports Morocco in preventing the transit of sub-Saharan immigrants to Europe.Earlier in March, Hungary announced Morocco would receive a €30 million aid package approved at a summit between Eastern Europe’s Visegrad Group, which includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February.
“I am convinced that the majority of the population of Kosovo rejects these attacks,” General Thorstein Skiaker of Norway told a press conference in Pristina. He added that most Kosovars wished “nothing more than live in peace and security with some hope of prosperity.”General Skiaker pledged determined action against the extremists, regardless of their ethnic background or political aims. “I know that KFOR and UNMIK [the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo], working together, will make progress in the fight against violence.” Meanwhile, Kosovo Serbs continued to protest tax collection points in Mitrovica, according to an UNMIK spokesman, who stressed that such points had been set up to collect excise and sales taxes — not customs duties.In an effort to clarify the matter, UNMIK chief Hans Haekkerup met today with the representative of the Yugoslav Government Committee on Kosovo to explain at length the difference between the taxes being collected by the UN and customs taxes.In another development, the UNMIK police announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with a car bomb explosion in Pristina on 19 April. The police confirmed that the suspect was carrying a German passport, but released no further details. The UN is continuing its investigation of the explosion.
“As more homes and other civilian infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expects more people to be displaced to areas in central, southern and western Ukraine under the control of the Ukrainian Government, but also to non-government controlled areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said spokesperson Adrian Edwards.Last week, UNHCR reported at least 943,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs), with Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy today counting some 980,000 people as currently internally displaced, expecting that figure to rise as fighting continues. William Spindler, another spokesman for UNHCR added to Mr. Edwards’s comments by saying that numbers of IPDs are growing daily as more people register.“Some of these people are recently displaced, which leads us to believe that the actual number might be over a million displaced inside Ukraine,” he said. “To those we need to add those who have fled to neighbouring countries.”Currently, over 600,000 Ukrainians have fled the country, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, particularly the Russian Federation, but also Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Hungary and Romania, since February 2014.“Local authorities have begun to evacuate people from conflict areas, but many are still trapped by the fighting, including in basements and buildings under constant bombardment. The evacuations are being organized by the Government helped by local volunteers,” Mr. Edwards said.So far, more than 2,800 civilians, including about 700 children and 60 people living with disability, have been evacuated from the towns of Debaltseve, Avdiivka and Svitlodar, which have seen fierce combat. Several incidents of shelling of buses carrying the evacuees have been reported.Evacuees are being taken to government-controlled towns to the north of Donetsk such as Slovyansk, Sviatohirsk, Kramatorsk and Grodivka, as well as to the nearby Kharkiv region, but the Ukrainian Government has expressed concerns that areas close to the frontline are unable to accommodate new arrivals because of the heavy shelling they are under, and they warn that people will have to be moved further away to central, southern and western parts of the country.Organized evacuation is mainly done by bus or car, with the most vulnerable taking trains. Train carriages at the railway station in Slovyansk are used as temporary accommodation for evacuees as they await onward transportation.Other civilians flee conflict areas by their own means, facing numerous dangers along the way. UNHCR teams on the ground report many of the recently displaced arriving with very few belongings and very few winter clothes.“We have been assisting some of these evacuees with warm clothing, with blankets, and other urgently needed everyday items,” said Mr. Edwards. “But we are also operating in the areas that are not under the control of the Ukrainian Government, where we are also assisting the civilian population.”The agency has been working closely with local non-governmental organization (NGO) networks to distribute relief items, such as blankets, sleeping bags, bed linen, warm clothes and jerry cans, in northern areas of the Donetsk region, the main place of arrival of IDPs from the conflict areas. It has also assisted around 1,600 newly arrived IDPs from Debaltsevo and Vuhlehirsk in conflict-affected areas which are not controlled by the Government.The lack of access to public services previously provided by the central authorities has drastically worsened the plight of the civilian population in areas not under government control, UNHCR reports, pointing to further aggravation of the crisis due to restrictions on the movement of people and goods.“UNHCR maintains its call on all parties to the conflict to refrain from any actions that might endanger the life of civilians and to adhere to the principles of international humanitarian law,” Mr. Edwards stressed.
Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) has changed its name to Vale. Similarly, CVRD Inco will now be known as Vale Inco, aligned with the re-branding of its parent company. Vale says that with the acquisition of Inco last year, Vale took “the second spot among the global mining companies. With its new visual identity the company aims to consolidate its image as a Brazilian company with global action, highlighting its distinctive position in the international landscape.” “Our name change is the culmination of many months of work to realign our corporate identity, and to signify new beginnings, new opportunities and a positive outlook for the future,” said Vale Inco’s President and CEO, Murilo Ferreira. “As a mining company, ‘Vale’ reminds us of both our dependence on the earth’s riches and our important role as stewards of the natural environment. I am very proud that Inco remains in our name as an important sign of the pride we have in our heritage as a worldwide leader in nickel production.”
A LONG-AWAITED PUBLIC inquiry into allegations that 20 or more Iraqi civilians were murdered by British troops in Iraq nine years ago opened in London today.The Al-Sweady Inquiry, named after one of the dead men, 19-year-old Hamid Al-Sweady, will examine claims that British soldiers unlawfully killed detainees following a gun battle at a checkpoint in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.It will also look into allegations that detainees captured at the same time were mistreated at a British base, Camp Abu Naji, and at a detention facility at Shaibah Logistics Base between May and September that year.Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) vigorously denies the allegations, arguing the inquiry is “premature and disproportionate” as there is no evidence to support the case.The inquiry, first ordered by the British government in 2009, is being chaired by a former High Court judge, Thayne Forbes, and began with an opening statement from counsel to the inquiry Jonathan Acton Davis.The inquiry team has already taken statements from Iraqi witnesses in Beirut and Istanbul, as well as from military witnesses, and has trawled through mountains of evidence.Some 15 Iraqis will travel to Britain to give evidence to the inquiry later this month, including Hamid Al-Sweady’s uncle Khuder Al-Sweady and several other detainees.The MoD says it has already settled 227 claims with compensation payouts totalling £15.1 million (approximately €17.6 million) over human rights violations by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.- © AFP, 2013Read: Blasts targeting mainly Shiite areas kill 21 in Baghdad >
Plaire aux femelles plutôt que régénérer ses nageoires, le poisson-zèbre a fait son choix !Publiée le 14 octobre dans la revue Developmental Cell, une étude américaine a mis en évidence comment l’évolution d’ornements liés à la parade nuptiale, sur les nageoires du poisson zèbre mâle, s’est faite au détriment du processus d’auto-régénération de ses appendices. Des scientifiques du Centre médical de l’Université Duke, en Caroline du Nord, ont cherché à savoir pourquoi, chez le poisson zèbre (Danio rerio) mâle, les nageoires pectorales se régénèrent mal après une blessure, alors que ce renouvellement tissulaire fonctionne parfaitement bien chez les femelles. Et ils ont observé là un exemple de compromis évolutif entre reproduction et survie.”Nous avons découvert que le poisson zèbre mâle possède sur ses nageoires pectorales un ensemble très important de structures qu’il utilise pour se reproduire. Toutefois, ces structures sécrètent un inhibiteur moléculaire puissant qui entrave une voie de signalisation clé agissant sur les cycles de régénération réguliers”, explique Kenneth Poss, auteur principal de l’étude.Autrement dit, c’est la présence de ces structures impliquées dans la reproduction et la séduction qui serait responsable de la mauvaise régénération des nageoires des mâles. Et d’après les chercheurs, la sélection naturelle agissant sur de tels traits sexuels pourrait avoir des effets néfastes sur le potentiel de régénération des tissus.Mieux comprendre la capacité de régénération À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? “Le phénomène biologique que nous décrivons ici suggère un nouveau paradigme quant à la façon dont la capacité de régénération des tissus peut être perdue lors de l’évolution des espèces”, souligne Poss. Pour le poisson zèbre, le bilan serait plutôt positif : transmettre ses gènes plutôt que survivre longtemps.Néanmoins, le mécanisme découvert intéresse tout autant les chercheurs. “Nos résultats indiquent que la présence ou bien la restriction d’un tel inhibiteur est essentielle pour que la régénération se produise normalement, ce qui fournit des idées sur la façon de favoriser la régénération chez les humains après des blessures”, conclut Kenneth Poss. Le 19 octobre 2013 à 18:38 • Maxime Lambert
Abdoulie G. DibbaCattle owners in the Illiassa District in the North Bank Region of the Gambia have said that cattle rearing in their area have become a big challenge due to the lack of watering points for the roaming herds.Momodou Bah, a herder, said water is one of the major problems they are facing with their animals which compel them to leave their village and trek long distances to other areas in search of drinking points.He said the wells they have there are deep and that one has to use a horse to draw water from some of them.“It is not easy to use a horse to draw water from a well that is fifty metres or more deep and those without it have to do it using their hands,” he said.This was confirmed by Ebou Jallow, another herder, who added that the taxes that are collected from them should be utilized to build watering points for their animals.He also revealed that the lack of fodder or grass to feed their cattle is another challenge. “Apart from the dry season that we are in, the situation is aggravated by the rampant bush fires that ravage the vegetation,” he said.Mr. Jallow said the incidence of diseases in the face of expensive drugs or vaccines is also a problem to some of them.According to the National Agricultural Survey study of 2014, the total number of Ndama Cattle in North Bank Region was 72,009 and Non Ndama Cattle was 31,755, thus giving a total cattle population of 103,764 in North Bank Region.FOROYAA will contact the Livestock Department to enquire about the tax per head being paid by cattle owners.
RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick wants his side to be brave up front and force Bayern Munich into errors ahead of tonight’s Bundesliga clashLeipzig are just two points adrift of third-place Bayern in the league table ahead of the game in Munich.Although Bayern heads into the match on the back of three straight wins and will be looking to maintain their rediscovered form as they bid to make up lost ground to leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Rangnick insists victory for Leipzig is not impossible as long as everything goes to plan.“Playing at home, we’ve shown that we’re more than equal to Bayern,” Rangnick told the club website.“We need to put in a very courageous and confident performance, and everything must come together, for us to get something out of the game in Munich.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We know that we’re not the favourites, but it’s possible to get something from the game – both teams have already proven that in the past. Our task is to send the right starting XI, in the right formation, out onto the pitch.“When you’re defending against Bayern, it’s tough – that’s for certain. We’ve got to be brave up front and force them into errors.“It will be an interesting game, and we must find an approach and ways to really challenge them.“If we win one or more of our remaining games, we would put ourselves in a fantastic situation for the second half of the season – the lads know that.”Emil Forsberg (groin), Marcel Sabitzer (suspended) are out for Leipzig tonight, while Kevin Kampl (toe) and Diego Demme (abdominal) are doubts.The Bayern and Leipzig match will begin at 20:30 (CET).
Two teenage boys and two men were taken into custody early Friday after a drive-by shooting near Fort Vancouver High School.Police were dispatched to the reported drive-by shooting near the intersection of 18th Street and Carlson Road around 11:15 p.m. Thursday.Witnesses told police that people in two cars were in a verbal fight and road-rage incident. According to a Vancouver police news release, the teen fired shots out of one of the cars after it was hit with a bottle thrown by someone from the other car.No injuries were reported.Police, including SWAT officers, went to an apartment on the 4200 block of East 18th Street. The teen, who is 17, was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree assault. Another teen, also 17, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. Their names were not released.Also arrested for being involved in the incident were Tylor Myers, 18, and Kenneth G. Kirkland, 21. The two adults were booked into the Clark County Jail.“The investigation is still active and no further information is available at this time,” Kapp said in the release.
Bengaluru: Days after charges of phone tapping during the previous coalition government headed by Janata Dal-Secular surfaced, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations citing demands by several Congress leaders. “On the telephone tapping issue. Several leaders, including Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, have said it should be probed and truth should come out, so I have decided to order a CBI probe. Tomorrow itself I will order the probe,” Yediyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He also said it was the expectation of the people of the state that a detailed inquiry should be made and the culprits punished. Yediyurappa’s announcement comes amid signs that the scandal is gaining political steam ever since disqualified JD-S MLA A H Vishwanath, who served as the JD-S state president and turned rebel later, last week dropped the political bomb, accusing the H D Kumarswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him. Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, M Mallikarjuna Kharge and home minister in the alliance government M B Patil, have sought a probe while another key party leader and former minister D K Shivakumar has rejected the snooping charges and appeared to side with Kumaraswamy.
Bahrain has ordered Qatari troops serving with a coalition fighting the Islamic State group to leave its territory, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Sunday.The soldiers, part of the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) which is headquartered in Bahrain, had been asked to leave the coalition and may depart within the next 48 hours, the source told AFP.”The Bahrainis told the US general in command of the base that Qatari soldiers must leave,” the source said on condition of anonymity.”They are still in the base but likely to leave within the next two days.”The news comes as the Gulf faces the biggest diplomatic crisis in recent years, with regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia and some of its allies suspending ties with gas-rich Qatar over accusations the emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and had ties to rival Iran.Qatar denies the charges.Direct tensions between Manama and Doha have been further exacerbated after Bahrain accused Qatar of directly interfering in its internal affairs.Qatar has also denied those charges.The source did not detail the number of Qatari troops based in Bahrain. One analyst estimated it was no more than a “handful of officers”.Qatar has deployed troops with NAVCENT since 2014, according to one official.NAVCENT is part of the US Central Command whose area of operation includes the Middle East and Asia.As part of their operations, numerous air strikes against IS targets in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan have been conducted from Qatar’s Al-Udeid, the largest US base in the region.Washington is involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the impasse in the region but US policy has proved unpredictable.President Donald Trump has sided with Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, claiming Doha had “historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level”.However, Pentagon and State Department officials have scrambled to reassure the emirate.The United States last week agreed to a $12 billion sale of F-15 fighters to Qatar.
Popular on Variety Fenty, who has a background in venture capital and producing Broadway shows, co-founded TodayTix in 2013 with producer Merritt Baer. The duo saw a gap in the marketplace — at the time, there was no easy way to buy Broadway tickets on a mobile app. “There was very little transparency around pricing,” Fenty said.To date, TodayTix has sold more than 4 million tickets. According to Fenty’s estimates, the company now accounts for 8% of all Broadway tickets sold annually and 4% of those in London’s West End.While TodayTix does compete with traditional event-ticket brokers like Ticketmaster and Telecharge, Fenty said the company’s approach is fundamentally different because it aims to be an on-ramp that brings consumers to live experiences they may not be aware of. It’s more of a socially driven media app with a loyal user base of some 5 million consumers, he said.“We don’t compete with other ticketing companies. We compete with Netflix and a pitcher of margaritas,” said Fenty. “It’s more like, ‘I have 100 bucks. What can I see in my town?’”TodayTix operates in 15 cities worldwide, including New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, London, Toronto, and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. It works with 1,300 venue and producer partners, and to date has run lottery and last-minute discount ticket promos for more than 900 productions.In 2015, TodayTix launched its first lottery, for “Hamilton,” giving users a chance to land $10 tickets to the Broadway smash hit. “It was a campaign we came up with for a sold-out show with no ad budget that wanted to create attention and awareness,” Fenty said.According to Fenty, 70% of TodayTix’s users look a minimum of five shows before they make a selection. That gives it an opportunity to help partners burnish their messaging and connect with a target audience, tapping into TodayTix’s data analytics. The company has launched “TodayTix Presents,” a series of curated events and related content.The funding from Great Hill Partners was facilitated with guidance from Methuselah Advisors. Boston-based Great Hill, focused on mid-market growth businesses, recently led the buyout of Gizmodo Media Group from Univision and has invested in companies including Ziff Davis, IGN, Momondo Group, Wayfair and The RealReal. “TodayTix is rapidly changing the way millennials and other consumers connect with live cultural experiences,” Michael Kumin, a managing partner at Great Hill Partners, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Brian, Merritt and their talented management team to expand the company’s product and service offerings and accelerate its push into new geographies.”TodayTix, based in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, has 90 full-time employees. Fenty said hiring plans will include expanding the company’s insights and analytics team, along with product developers to build personalization features and TodayTix’s recommendation engine.TodayTix’s partners in the U.S. and worldwide include: American Conservatory Theatre, The Public Theater, MSG Entertainment, Roundabout Theatre Company, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, SHN, Curran, The Metropolitan Opera, BAM, English National Opera, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, LW Theatres, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Young Vic, National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera, The Second City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Signature Theatre, Center Theatre Group, L.A. Opera, the L.A. Philharmonic, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Kimmel Center, American Repertory Theater, AT&T Performing Arts Center, and Sydney Theatre Co. TodayTix, a Broadway-born mobile ticketing start-up, is looking to expand into a bigger global media and transaction enterprise with a capital infusion of $73 million led by private-equity firm Great Hill Partners.The investment brings TodayTix’s total capital raised to over $100 million, according to CEO and co-founder Brian Fenty. Part of the new funding will be used to “clean up existing investments from other investors” and buy out their stakes. The bulk of it will go toward expanding TodayTix’s proprietary data-driven audience feedback technology platform to enhance its personalization and discovery features, as well as to expand the lineup of shows, arts and cultural experiences available in the app.“The next great generation of media companies will be built around data and transactions,” Fenty said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “I am not sure I actually said it,” Kissinger told an audience that included diplomats and academics. He then drew laughs when he added, “But it’s a good statement so why not take credit for it?”Kissinger’s remarks came during a public discussion held alongside Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski.The telephone number quip has been repeated often to describe the lack of a single foreign policy across a continent made up of nations with divergent interests.Despite attempts at greater unity, including the creation of a foreign policy chief, a role now held by Catherine Ashton, European nations still struggle to find common ground on a range of issues. The key dilemma now is finding a way out of the financial crisis in the eurozone.“Now we have a kind of telephone number, but it isn’t really absolutely clear if America wants to deal with Europe who exactly the voice would be,” Kissinger said, noting that in addition to Ashton there are other EU leaders speaking for the bloc as well as the foreign ministers of the 27 member-states.“It’s relatively easier now to get answers to technical questions. But I would say that even if a telephone exists and even if they answered it, the answer is not always very clear,” Kissinger said. Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?”Variations of that question have been attributed for decades to Henry Kissinger, but the former U.S. secretary of state says he doesn’t think it originated with him.The 89-year-old, who served as America’s top diplomat under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in the 1970s, said Wednesday that he thinks an Irish foreign minister first used the expression in describing a meeting between the two. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “Europe has the capacity to be a superpower, but Europe has neither the organization, nor, so far, the concept, to be a superpower,” he added. “And that, for the European idea, is a challenge.”For his part, Sikorski said he believes that the EU has actually achieved unity and influence on economic matters _ but should now seek greater commonality on foreign policy and defense.“On trade matters Europe really does speak with one voice, and there we are a superpower,” Sikorski said. “We are the largest economy on earth, and when we regulate Microsoft, Gazprom, we really matter, because we speak with one voice.”The discussion took place in English, a language Sikorski mastered to near perfection after a period of exile and study in Britain during Poland’s communist era.The German-born Kissinger couldn’t ignore the linguistic achievement.“May I point out that my Polish hosts are carrying hospitality to considerable extremes by producing a foreign minister who speaks English better than I do?” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Top Stories