After A Bounceback Year, NBC Looks Ahead To Fall
After A Bounceback Year, NBC Looks Ahead To Fall
No Need to Guess the Winner in Kazakhstan's Election
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NBC has had a big year, rebounding 33% in viewers moving from fourth to second and jumping from third place to first among young adults, even when excluding the winter Olympics. Fall will bring new dramas starring Katherine Heigl as a CIA presidential briefer (State of Affairs) and Debra Messing as a detective and harried mom (The Mysteries of Laura), and the return of triple-threat Sunday Night Football, The Voice and The Blacklist, last season's No. 1 newcomer.
Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev went to the poll on Sunday to give himself another term in office. But the 74 year-old leader won't need to wait for the results to be published. He never does. The “Leader of the Nation” as he's officially known in Kazakhstan, has been ruling the central Asian republic since before it won independence in 1991. He's never allowed real opposition to raise its head, he crushed any critical media outlets, and even made it illegal to insult him or his family. In recent years he's nourished a cult of personality around him and has become identified with the state itself. Those measures helped him secure his rule, but it seems he also genuinely popular, because unlike other post-Soviet republics in Central Asia, he managed to secure economic and social stability. So, although there are supposedly two opponents running against him in today's election, the true question is just how overwhelming his majority will be. Last time, by the way, it was 96 percent.
A powerful 6.7 aftershock rocked Nepal on Sunday, adding to the misery of the Himalayan nation in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that had struck a day earlier. More the 2,150 people were confirmed dead on Sunday from the initial earthquake, but many are still buried under the rubble, and it is feared that more have been killed in today's tremor. Throughout the city, rescuers are digging desperately with their bare hands, trying to get to survivors, while residents and tourists are forced to remain outside, and are starting to run out of water and food. The situation in the valley outside the city is even worse. Many roads are completely blocked, some towns and villages can't be accessed and local authorities believe some have been buried under giant mudslides. More casualties are feared in the Himalayas as well, after today's aftershock triggered new avalanches. Hundreds of climbers are now stranded on the mountains, and efforts are being made to rescue them.
A powerful, magnitude 6.7 aftershock shook the Kathmandu area of Nepal on Sunday, a day after a massive earthquake devastated the region with more than 1,900 deaths and destroyed homes and infrastructure. The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock registered at a very shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and that damage was very likely within a radius of 50 kilometers (31 miles). The ground rumbled as the tremor sent people yelling and running for open ground. In Kathmandu, people gathered outside in tents as the strong aftershocks trembled.
Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik has become Britain's wealthiest man, a "rich list" published annually by The Sunday Times newspaper showed on Sunday, but Queen Elizabeth slipped down the rankings despite her net worth growing. Boosted largely by rising stock markets, the newspaper said the super-rich had doubled their collective wealth since the 2009 economic crisis and that the wealthiest 1,000 people based in Britain were now worth 547 billion pounds ($830.67 billion), up from 258 billion in 2009, an increase of 112 percent. Blavatnik, who shot from number four to number one this year, was worth 13.17 billion pounds, the newspaper said, up 3.17 billion on 2014.
Taylor Swift has a few losses to shake off following Saturday's 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards. The pop megastar was victorious in the "best song to dance to" category with "Shake It Off," but she lost to Ariana Grande in three categories: best female artist, song of the year and most talked-about artist. Another big winner at the ceremony was rising star Becky G , who took home two awards. Ed Sheeran was named best male artist, and Fifth Harmony topped One Direction for best music group.
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