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Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities

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first_imgPosted on November 5, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the ninth event of the series on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health. Please RSVP to globalhealth@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation. About the event: Postpartum hemorrhage, eclampsia, and unsafe abortion are some of the leading causes of maternal deaths in developing countries. Maternal health supplies such as oxytocin, misoprostol, manual vacuum aspirators, and magnesium sulfate are crucial tools needed for effective interventions to address these issues. In order to expand access to these maternal health commodities increased research and coordination is needed to improve supply chain mechanisms and health care training.Melodie Holden, president, Venture Strategies Innovations, will discuss what maternal health supplies are available and share lessons learned for distributing these supplies to trained health care workers. Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, senior research associate, Population Action International, will discuss the access challenges and gaps in supply chain mechanisms. John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, will address the feasibility of integrating maternal health supplies into existing family planning supply mechanisms. Dotian Wanogo Ali, chief technical advisor of reproductive health supplies, UNFPA, will share experiences and lessons learned for implementation of family planning and maternal health supply chains in Madagascar.About the Maternal Health Policy SeriesThe reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than 350,000 deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community. The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. Powerpoint presentations will be available online prior to meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.Directions: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.Share this: Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health CommoditiesNovember 30, 20109:30 – 11:30 a.m.5th Floor Conference RoomWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWFeaturing:Dotian Wanogo Ali, Chief Technical Advisor Reproductive Health Supplies, UNFPA Madagascar (Invited)Melodie Holden, President, Venture Strategies InnovationsElizabeth Leahy Madsen, Senior Research Associate, Population Action InternationalJohn Skibiak, Director, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (Invited)Moderated by Werner Haug, Director of Technical Division, UNFPA ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Manitoba child welfare agencies breaking law by ignoring relatives watchdog

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first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – The children’s advocate for Manitoba First Nations says some child-welfare agencies are breaking the law and discriminating against Indigenous family members. Cora Morgan says the agencies are ignoring capable relatives who could care for apprehended children and instead choose to place them in a stranger’s care. Morgan says a mother in labour at a hospital last week called her because Child and Family Services was waiting to take her baby boy. The parents are struggling with addiction and are enrolled in treatment. A great-aunt _ who is already an approved foster parent _ was ready to take the baby, but he was placed somewhere else, Morgan says. “It’s devastating enough to have your children taken … (but) there was hope for that family. They could live with it a bit better knowing that a family member was caring for their child,” the advocate said Tuesday. “A lot of parents don’t even meet the foster parents where their children are placed.” The law requires agencies that apprehend children to give priority to family members, but Morgan said that isn’t happening. She said one woman was told by social workers that there was no one suitable on her reserve to foster her child. They said the reserve “was no place for children.” The NDP government recently outlined a plan to formalize the practice of customary care in which a child at risk of apprehension is placed with a family member in their community. There are no repercussions for agencies who ignore the law and the principles of customary care, Morgan said. “There is nothing that reinforces that in any way. There is no way an agency is held accountable. There should be checks and balances in place, especially in the case of newborn babies.” Manitoba has one of the highest child apprehension rates in the country and officials seize an average of one newborn baby a day. The province has more than 10,000 kids in care. The vast majority are Indigenous. The province’s child-welfare system has come under sharp criticism for years, sometimes for being too quick to apprehend kids or for repeatedly returning them to abusive parents. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said the government can’t second-guess decisions made by front-line workers. “An apprehension is a last resort,” she said. “We know keeping a child within their family unit, as well as keeping them with their community, will have a better outcome. That has to be our priority.” Irvin-Ross couldn’t say what, if anything, the government can do to ensure child-welfare groups comply with the law. It’s up to individual agencies to properly assess a family’s situation, she said. Opposition critic Ian Wishart said that approach is an abdication of responsibility. His office often hears about children being placed in foster homes when there are other options, he said. With so many children in care, Wishart said, it’s incumbent upon Irvin-Ross to ensure the law is being followed. “She’s in charge,” he said. “She sets the policy guidelines for these workers. It’s a lack of leadership issue.”last_img read more

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BSNL Finance Director replaced amid financial crisis

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first_imgNew Delhi: Amidst the acute financial crisis at BSNL, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has handed over the responsibility of the Finance Director at the cash-strapped PSU to current Director Mobile as well as fixed line, Vivek Banzal divesting the charge from Sujata Ray. Official sources said Banzal, who is already holding two key charges, has been given the charge of Finance Director and this was effected by the DoT on February 28. Banzal would now be looking at all the three key wings — fixed line, mobile and finance at BSNL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The sources said that the government decides responsibilites and such things were routine and although more realignment of responsibilities were likely to be effected from DoT in BSNL. Ray is slated to retire in April. But it is not clear if any new Finance Director would be appointed shortly or Benzal will be given this post as full time given the poor financial health of the PSU, the post is vital. > Banzal took charge on March first week as Finance Director. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The reasons for the sudden replacement have not been cited but it was seen in the context of the present cash crunch position of BSNL which is expected to linger on given the low tariff regime and BSNL itself not having full range of services like 4G. Going through its worst financial crisis, BSNL recently failed to pay salaries for the first time in 19 years. With heightened competition unleashed by Jio with low tariffs, BSNL’s revenues have further dried up as it does not have 4G LTE service. Its loss is at Rs 7,999 crore for 2017-18.last_img read more

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Synthetic peptide may help treat Alzheimers disease

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first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed synthetic peptides that target and inhibit build up of small, toxic proteins which trigger Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may be pave the way for treating the neurodegenerative disorder at an early stage. Alzheimer’s is a disease of aggregation. Neurons in the human brain make a protein called amyloid beta. Such proteins on their own, called monomers of amyloid beta, perform important tasks for neurons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta monomers have abandoned their jobs and joined together. First, they form oligomers — small clumps of up to a dozen proteins — then longer strands and finally large deposits called plaques. For years, scientists believed that the plaques triggered the cognitive impairments characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. However, newer research implicates the smaller aggregates of amyloid beta as the toxic elements of this disease. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResearchers at the University of Washington in the US have developed synthetic peptides — which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet — can block amyloid beta aggregation at the early and most toxic stage when oligomers form. The team showed that the synthetic alpha sheet’s blocking activity reduced amyloid beta-triggered toxicity in human neural cells grown in culture, and inhibited amyloid beta oligomers in two laboratory animal models for Alzheimer’s. These findings add evidence to the growing consensus that amyloid beta oligomers — not plaques — are the toxic agents behind Alzheimer’s disease. The results also indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear toxic oligomers in people, according to Valerie Daggett, a professor at University of Washington. “This is about targeting a specific structure of amyloid beta formed by the toxic oligomers,” said Daggett. “What we’ve shown here is that we can design and build synthetic alpha sheets with complementary structures to inhibit aggregation and toxicity of amyloid beta, while leaving the biologically active monomers intact,” she said. The peptides protected laboratory animals from toxic oligomer damage. In brain tissue samples from mice, the team observed an up to 82 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after treatment with a synthetic alpha sheet peptide. Administering a synthetic alpha sheet to living mice triggered a 40 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after 24 hours. In the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans, another model for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment with synthetic alpha sheets delayed the onset of amyloid beta-induced paralysis. Daggett’s team is continuing experiments with synthetic alpha sheets to engineer compounds that are even better at clearing amyloid beta oligomers. “What we’re really after are potential therapeutics against amyloid beta and diagnostic measures to detect toxic oligomers in people,” said Daggett.last_img read more

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Buckeyes finish nonconference season undefeated with 10040 win over UTMartin

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The No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team completed a perfect non-conference season and improved to 13-0 with a 100-40 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Monday. William Buford led the way for the Buckeyes with a season-high 23 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start, connecting on his first four shots and scoring the team’s first seven points. “I had my legs under me today and was just focused in on if I had good looks, just take them and knock them down,” Buford said. Coach Thad Matta said he was content to ride the hot hand, as Buford matched his previous season high of 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He was also the last starter to get a rest, first leaving the court with 10:59 remaining in the first half. “Will is one of those guys who gets stronger as the season goes on,” Matta said. “That was good to see him play well and go 9-for-11.” Behind 12-, 13- and 10-point scoring runs and solid team defense, the Buckeyes built a 49-17 halftime lead. Those trends continued as OSU opened the second half with an 18-0 run to extend the lead to 67-17. Buford accounted for seven points, two steals and an assist over that five-minute, 37-second stretch. Freshman Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jared Sullinger recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 boards. The Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field en route to their second 100-point performance this season. OSU held the Skyhawks to a mere 27 percent shooting, the best they’ve done against any opponent this season. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was,” said Skyhawks coach Jason James. With OSU starting the game with a 27-5 run, Matta was able to go to the bench early and often. Nine Buckeyes saw playing time in the first half, and 10 saw at least six minutes of action. “We’ve been able to get guys a lot of minutes,” Matta said. “I just hope they keep the same mind set and work to get better.” With an 89-32 lead, Matta went with a lineup of five freshmen for the final 5:54 of the game. The lopsided score prompted many in attendance to make an early exit. Those who stayed stood in applause as Thomas approached the free-throw line with a chance to push the Buckeyes’ point total to the century mark. “We were just ready to come in and blow this team out, you know, get 100,” Thomas said. “How we play and (with) how many teammates we have that can score the ball, we can put up 100 every game.” The last time OSU was undefeated entering conference play was during the 2005-06 season, which saw the Buckeyes earn an outright Big Ten title. This year’s team will start its quest to equal that accomplishment when it travels to Indiana on Friday. “That’s a whole new season,” Buford said. “That is nothing like the non-conference.” read more

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Dave King says court battle costs him more

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first_imgAs the court battle between Rangers chairman Dave King says and Takeover Panel continues, King says the court battle costs him even more financial expenses stating that the extra financial burden is unwanted.However, he added that “those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”“Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me of my initial decision to get involved with the club again to assist in rescuing it from certain demise under the previous board,” said, as quoted in Scotsman.“Since then, I have devoted far more time to Rangers than to my other business interests. This was necessary because those who benefited from the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice-like grip they had on our club.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Supporters will remember that I faced another contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail for standing up to Sports Direct. That is what we are up against.“My fellow directors and I have all had to endure personal attacks and we all spend far more time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected.“But we did it willingly and continue to do so for no financial gain. Those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”last_img read more

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Jordan celebrate qualification to the knockout stage

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first_imgFor manager Vital Borkelmans, his team can celebrate after beating Syria 2-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. They now sit on top of Group B.Jordan is the first country to qualify to the next round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The team did this by beating Syria 2-0 on Thursday at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.And manager Vital Borkelmans has allowed his players to celebrate such occasion.“The players made a lot of good things tonight for their country and for their fans to party tonight,” said Borkelmans to The National.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“This is normal. It’s an occasion to celebrate.”“For me, it’s so nice to see the players celebrating the achievement after the game. This is important for them to enjoy and take this confidence forward,” he added.“I have a team that can play on any system I want them to play.”“They carry out that task so well and they are the ones who can take decisions on the pitch, and so far, they have done all the right things,” he commented.“When you have players who can do that, it becomes very easy for me to work on our strategies and game plans.”last_img read more

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San Diego County files lawsuit against members of the Trump Administration

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first_img Posted: April 3, 2019 San Diego County files lawsuit against members of the Trump Administration April 3, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 10:09 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County filed a lawsuit against members of the Trump administration in federal court today over its alleged treatment of asylum-seeking immigrants.The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in closed session in February to file the suit, with Supervisor Kristin Gaspar casting the lone vote against. At that time, board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob chided the Trump administration for creating a public health crisis by releasing asylum-seekers into the U.S. with no support as well as separating migrant children from their parents.The suit names Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Ronald Vitello and Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence as plaintiffs.The county filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. County officials say the region has been and continues to be harmed by the federal government’s swift change in immigration policy.“(Trump’s) failure does not remove our obligation to do the right thing to help families legally seeking asylum in the United States,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher in response to the suit’s filing. “I am proud our county is stepping-up to take on Trump.”Other jurisdictions and states have not announced whether they plan to join the county’s case. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Interweave Reorganizes Into Two Divisions

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first_imgInterweave Media has reorganized into two units: the Fiber Division and the Art & Jewelry Division. As a result, the publisher’s Quilt + Paper group, Specialty Fiber group and Yarn group will merge to create the Fiber group, which will be led by vice president and publisher John Bolton. The division will include Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Quilting Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, Spin-Off, Handwoven, Fiberarts and PieceWork magazines, as well as online communities KnittingDaily.com, QuiltingArts.com and CrochetMe.com, and related video products.Moving forward, previous Yarn group publisher David Pyle will serve as vice president and publisher of Interweave’s Art & Jewelry Division, which includes American Artist, Drawing, Watercolor, Workshop, Jewelry Artist, Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and related properties.According to CEO Clay Hall, the reorganization more evenly distributes the value of Interweave’s properties. “Currently David Pyle manages twice the amount of revenue that John Bolton manages,” Hall says in a statement. “David, John, and I have decided to reorganize their divisions to correct this imbalance and insure their and our continued success. The result of this reorganization equalizes the sizes of their respective divisions and responsibilities.” Bolton and his wife, Quilt + Paper group editorial director Pokey Bolton, will move to Interweave’s headquarters in Loveland, Colorado. Interweave says no other changes will be made and no offices will be consolidated as a result of the reorganization.Last fall, Interweave merged Step by Step Beads, a bimonthly title Interweave acquired from Primedia’s GEMS Group in 2006, with Beadwork, another bimonthly title Interweave launched in 1998. The January/February issue of Step by Step Beads was its last.Interweave is a unit of Aspire Media.last_img read more

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Rangpur civic polls will be free fair Quader

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first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader alleged on Sunday raising allegations about elections is an old habit of his party’s arch rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).“Whenever elections approach, they [BNP] play the same old song. They are doing the same regarding the Rangpur [civic] polls,” alleged Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.The minister was addressing an inaugural ceremony of a bus depot of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).The AL leader alleged BNP loses elections even before the balloting.“BNP has lost its political credibility for raising allegations of vote rigging in a nagging manner. These unfounded allegations will not be able to put the elections into question, rather they will put BNP’s willingness and credibility into question,” said the AL general secretary.In response to BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s allegation of government’s interference in the ensuing Rangpur city polls, Quader said, “I can assure the Rangpur people that Rangpur polls will be held the way the elections to Narayanganj and Comilla city corporations were held. This election [Rangpur] will be free and fair.”Claiming that the AL government will not interfere in elections affairs in the civic polls, Quader said, “The election commission will play an authoritative role independently.”last_img read more

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EN ESPAÑOL Cuáles son las potenciales consecuencias del despliegue de la Guardia

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What Issues Will Shape The 2019 Houston Mayors Race

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first_img 00:00 /00:47 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Wikimedia CommonsHouston City Hall.The 2019 Houston mayor’s race is starting to heat up, with Mayor Sylvester Turner facing at least four challengers.His challengers so far include City Council Member Dwight Boykins and former City Council Member Sue Lovell to his left, and former Kemah Mayor Bill King and attorney Tony Buzbee to his right.Bob Stein of Rice University says the left-right dynamic will help shape the contest as next year’s national election draws closer. But Stein says the race will also be a referendum on Turner’s record on issues like negotiations with firefighters.“He has been pushed on issues like Prop B and particularly what I will call issues of development,” Stein said. “He’s now looking at a big backlash against his project for I-45, which is not only a traffic congestion issue but it’s also a development issue in terms of bringing in tax base.”The field isn’t closed yet. Candidates have until August 19 to file to get on the ballot. X Sharelast_img read more

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DirecTV Nows Updated App Will Add DVR for All Subscribers Third Live

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first_img Popular on Variety The new DirecTV Now interface puts users’ most-watched channels and favorite programs at the center of the app, whereas those were accessible through separate menus. In addition, you can view a live stream while browsing the program guide.AT&T also is offering access for up to three simultaneous streams per account, up from two available in the initial version. However, it will cost extra: a third stream will be an additional $5 per month on top of the price of a customer’s DirecTV Now package.DirecTV Now’s True Cloud DVR, which had been available in a limited beta trial, is now available to all subscribers and includes 20 hours of free recording available for up to 30 days. Later this summer, AT&T plans to add the option for DirecTV Now customers to record up to 100 hours, with programs stored for up to 90 days, for an additional $10 per month.Also, DirecTV Now users will be able to access local TV channels in other cities when they’re outside their home market, according to AT&T. For example, subscribers who live in L.A. can now watch the local TV stations in New York or other areas if they’re traveling (depending on availability of local channels on DirecTV Now).AT&T also has expanded the video-on-demand lineup on DirecTV Now, providing access to more than 25,000 titles depending on subscription package.The service, first launched in December 2016, joins a competitive field of other over-the-top, “skinny bundle” pay-TV packages — and the enhancements promise to give DirecTV Now more firepower in vying with rivals. Competitors include YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and FuboTV. AT&T has begun rolling out its previously promised app update for DirecTV Now internet-TV streaming service — which among other features will soon give all subscribers access to a DVR with up to 20 hours of storage for no extra cost.The revised DirecTV Now app, with a new look-and-feel, is rolling out starting Tuesday on recent-generation Apple iOS/tvOS devices and supported web browsers, according to AT&T. The new version of the DirecTV Now app will be available for Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices in the next few weeks.AT&T is moving aggressively to promote DirecTV Now, as cord-cutting continues to hurt its traditional pay-TV businesses. In the first three months of 2018, AT&T added 312,000 DirecTV Now net new customers to reach 1.46 million subscribers. That offset losses for DirecTV’s U.S. satellite service — however, the shift to cheaper, internet-delivered TV has cut into AT&T Entertainment Group’s revenue and profitability.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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