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David Marsh from Parks and gardens UK on glasshouse pioneer John Claudius Loudon (1783 - 1843):

Loudon’s most significant invention was a method of making glazing bars in wrought iron that could be made in curvilinear sections. The big breakthrough was to make them flexible enough to be bent in any direction without reducing their strength.  Suddenly curvilinear or even conical glazing was possible and the great age of glasshouses and conservatories was born.

This led to the publication of  Remarks on the Construction of Hot-Houses in 1817 and in 1818 A Comparative View of the Common and Curvilinear Mode of Roofing Hot-Houses and Sketches of Curvilinear Hot-Houses.

Unfortunately he sold the idea for the glazing bar  to  Messrs W. and D. Bailey of Holborn at an early stage.  They patented it in 1818 and so Loudon did not reap any financial reward from his invention, which is a pity since he was, despite all his publication, on the edge of bankruptcy much of his life.

Loudon collaborated with Baileys on a number of glasshouses in the following years. including Felton Park in Northumberland.

MARSH D., John Claudius Loudon…. and Greenhouse Technology

The social pressure on people of color to keep the peace, not get mad, just make sure everyone keeps having a nice time — even when we hear these remarks in public, at our workplaces and schools, in our own homes and from our friends’ mouths — can be overwhelming, bearing down on us in so many situations we do not see coming and therefore cannot avoid. What does our dignity matter, what do our feelings amount to, when we could embarrass white people we care about? When our white relatives or friends or colleagues might experience a moment’s discomfort, anxiety, or guilt?

When I think about the relative size and scope of microaggressions, I can’t help but feel ashamed of my inadequate responses. If these are just small offenses, not meant to wound, why can’t I ever manage to shut them down effectively, ensure they aren’t wielded again and again against others? You don’t have to force strangers to see or acknowledge systemic racism and the lives it takes and brutalizes just to point out that hey, friend, all Asians are not interchangeable! You don’t have to charge people to search their souls or assign them difficult reading. The question I got at that party was neither original nor especially terrible — it was such a small thing! — so, given more nerve, a cooler head, and the absolute assurance of support, couldn’t I have come up with other, smarter, sharper things to say?
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Happy Birthday Walter Savage Landor! (30 January 1775 – 17 September 1864) 

English writer and poet. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the critical acclaim he received from contemporary poets and reviewers was not matched by public popularity. As remarkable as his work was, it was equalled by his rumbustious character and lively temperament. (Wikipedia)

(What a lovely word - rumbustious!)

From our stacks:

1. Spine detail of Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen By Walter Savage Landor, Esq. Second Series. (Vols.1-3.) London: Henry Colburn, 1828. 

2. Title page from Selections from the Writings of Walter Savage Landor. Arranged and Edited by Sidney Colvin. London: Macmillan and Co., 1885.

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.

His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all” — which is a striking contrast with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the doctrinal defender who envisioned a smaller, purer church.

Francis told the interviewer, a fellow Jesuit: “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.

Taiwanese leaders and victims' families hold quake memorial

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Taiwanese leaders and victims’ families hold quake memorial

Taiwanese leaders and relatives held a memorial service on Friday for victims of last weekend’s earthquake as the official death toll rose to 94. President Ma Ying-jeou and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen attended the ceremony, offering flowers and shaking hands with relatives and Buddhist monks before leaving without making any public remarks. Family members lit incense and bowed before the victims’ photographs, arranged in rows.Friday marks the seventh day since the earthquake and a day of special mourning, according to traditional Chinese funeral rituals.The death toll rose to 94 Friday, according to Taiwan’s Interior Ministry, with as many as 41 people are still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble.All but two of the dead were residents at the Weiguan Golden Dragon apartment complex, the only building to collapse during the tremors that struck Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city.Authorities detained the building’s developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects this week on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners during the building’s construction.Tainan city officials say they will inspect several dozen other developments built by Lin, as well as other buildings in the Weiguan compound that did not collapse.

Emperor Akihito honors Japanese war dead in Philippines

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Emperor Akihito honors Japanese war dead in Philippines

With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in the Philippines Friday to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.Clad in black and accompanied by Empress Michiko, he and Michiko each laid a bouquet of white flowers and silently prayed near a marble cenotaph in the Japanese memorial garden along Lake Caliraya in Laguna province southeast of the Philippine capital. Some of the 170 relatives of Japanese soldiers wept quietly.Akihito did not speak at the ceremony, but in his only public remarks related to Japan’s wartime aggression, he said at a banquet hosted by President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday that Japan should never forget the massive loss of lives in the war more than 70 years ago.Akihito has repeatedly expressed regret for the damage caused by the war, but has never offered a straightforward apology.

We want to tell the emperor that our case is not being heard by the Japanese government.

Isabelita Vinuya

Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano contributed to this report.

I just feel very, very proud of the fact that I was able to present my father and his existence and what he did for his country to the emperor.

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday that Japan

Emperor Akihito honours Japanese war dead in Philippines

CAVINTI, Philippines - With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in a war memorial in the Philippines Friday to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.

Clad in black and accompanied by Empress Michiko, he and Michiko each laid a bouquet of white chrysanthemums, Japan’s imperial symbol, and silently prayed near a marble cenotaph in the Japanese memorial garden along Lake Caliraya in Laguna province southeast of the Philippine capital. Some of the 170 relatives of Japanese soldiers wept quietly.

Akihito did not speak at the ceremony, but in his only public remarks related to Japan’s wartime aggression, he said at a banquet hosted by President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday that Japan should never forget the massive loss of lives in the war more than 70 years ago.

Akihito has repeatedly expressed regret for the damage caused by the war, but has never offered a straightforward apology. The furthest he has gone is to express “deep” remorse in an address last year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the fighting.

“I just feel very, very proud of the fact that I was able to present my father and his existence and what he did for his country to the emperor,” said Joyce Tsunoda, holding a picture of a Japanese soldier who died in the Philippines. “I think it was something that I never dreamed that I will be able to do.”

Tsunoda was among the relatives who talked with Akihito and Michiko at the memorial.

On Wednesday, Akihito and his wife led a wreath-laying ceremony at Manila’s Heroes Cemetery, where more than 44,000 Filipino soldiers from World War II are buried. More than 1 million Filipinos, most of them civilians, and about half a million Japanese soldiers died in the war. The remains of many of the soldiers have not been found, according to Akihito’s press secretary, Hatsuhisa Takashima.

Akihito’s visit to the Philippines this week is the latest in a series of foreign trips that are seen as an attempt to show his commitment to peace and remorse for World War II, when Japanese forces invaded Asian nations in a brutal conflict Japan fought in the name of his father, Hirohito.

While the Japanese monarch has been jeered in some of his previous foreign visits, Akihito was welcomed with full state honours in the Philippines, which now depends on Japan as a leading trading partner, provider of development aid and a major ally. The visit comes as the Philippines and Japan both confront an assertive China in contested territories in the East and South China Sea.

“Their imperial majesties are exemplars of humility, congeniality and heartwarming empathy,” presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

For some Filipinos, however, old wounds have not healed.

Isabelita Vinuya, an 84-year-old grandmother who was among dozens of women and girls raped by Japanese troops in Pampanga province, north of Manila, picketed the Japanese Embassy along with seven other elderly victims to demand justice.

“We want to tell the emperor that our case is not being heard by the Japanese government,” she said. “We want him to hear us, so that they will admit to the atrocities they did to us, and take responsibility for it.”

Some historians say that as many as 200,000 Asian women, mostly Korean but also Chinese and others, were forced into Japan’s military brothels during the war.

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Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.

anonymous asked:

could you help in translation? I was wondering what this means exactly? "見当違いのゴースト" and by any chance what is an actual way of saying it properly, my friend keeps saying its misguided ghosts but I wanted to be safe before I put it down on my project!

Hi! Happy to help.

見当違いのゴースト (kentō chigai no gōsuto) does translate to misguided (kentō chigai) ghosts (gōsuto) but I get a sense there’s something a *little* unnatural about it and I’ll explain my reasoning in a second.

So here is a link to a dictionary search using the phrase 見当違い plus the particle の so that you and your friend can look as some common collocations

http://eow.alc.co.jp/sp/search.html?q=見当違いの&pg=1

見当違い (kentō chigai) basically means to “bark up the wrong tree.” It’s often used in public debate or in the news, to describe a public figure’s remarks as being off base. I think I most often hear it on TV in the phrasing 「見当違いだとみなされた」(kentō chigai da to minasareta / was deemed irrelevant), when a newscaster is talking about a development in a court case or police investigation–some piece of evidence being thrown out.

But when used as a descriptor, kentō chigai is mainly used to describe a thought, opinion, action, etc. For example, a misguided attempt, misplaced anger, or an irrelevant question… So to attach it to the word ghost sounds a little strange because it makes the word ghost sound as if it is an abstract concept and not an entity.

That’s not to say you can’t use this word pairing– I think if you are planning to use 見当違いのゴースト as a title for a work, you definitely can as an artistic choice (i.e. the novel title “A Subtle Knife”), it’s just that I think your friend might be using poetic license unintentionally. Also, if it’s not a title and rather a piece of terminology, I think a more straightforward translation would be appropriate so as not to confuse the reader.

So maybe I’d check with them about if they intended for this sort of mismatched effect. Maybe if it’s a part of an Ace Attorney fanfic or something in the mystery/crime genre. I think it depends on what you are planning to use it for.

If you think you might want to use a different word and if you’d like a suggestion, you’ll have to tell me a synonym for misguided that confirms the meaning you were going for (deceived? mistaken? confused? misled?) also please let me know if by ghosts you meant something like the abstract concept “demons” as in “face your demons”

Please don’t hesitate to send me another ask with more info!!
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Taiwanese leaders and victims' families hold quake memorial

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Taiwanese leaders and victims’ families hold quake memorial

Taiwanese leaders and relatives held a memorial service on Friday for victims of last weekend’s earthquake as the official death toll rose to 94. President Ma Ying-jeou and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen attended the ceremony, offering flowers and shaking hands with relatives and Buddhist monks before leaving without making any public remarks. Family members lit incense and bowed before the victims’ photographs, arranged in rows.Friday marks the seventh day since the earthquake and a day of special mourning, according to traditional Chinese funeral rituals.The death toll rose to 94 Friday, according to Taiwan’s Interior Ministry, with as many as 41 people are still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble.All but two of the dead were residents at the Weiguan Golden Dragon apartment complex, the only building to collapse during the tremors that struck Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city.Authorities detained the building’s developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects this week on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners during the building’s construction.Tainan city officials say they will inspect several dozen other developments built by Lin, as well as other buildings in the Weiguan compound that did not collapse.

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Viacom's Dauman comments pale compared to insults by other CEOs

(Note: This story contains language that may offend some readers)

By Alexandria Sage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Viacom Inc’s (VIAB.O) Chief Executive Philippe Dauman rattled investors by lashing out at critics on a conference call, but his comments were not nearly as outrageous as those of some other heads of companies.

In his first public remarks since being tapped last week to replace Sumner Redstone as Viacom’s executive chairman, Dauman took umbrage with critics during a call with analysts, “Our outlook and the facts have been distorted and obscured by the naysayers, self-interested critics and publicity seekers.”

Viacom shares closed down more than 21 percent at a five-year low.

In the annals of peeved chief executives, Dauman’s performance was tame. He did not raise his voice or swear.

Most famously, in 2001 when Jeff Skilling was Enron’s CEO, he fired off a vulgarity during a conference call when a fund manager said, “You’re the only financial institution that can’t come up with balance sheet or cash flow statement after earnings.”

“Well, thank you very much, we appreciate that. Asshole,” Skilling replied.

Skilling, who headed Enron for six months, was convicted in 2006 of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors for his role in maintaining a facade of success as Enron’s energy business crumbled.

In 2003, an executive from Canadian gas producer Encana Corp (ECA.TO) uttered “fucking asshole” in a whispered comment audible on the company’s conference call.

Encana apologized and said a number of executives were in a room for the call, and it was unclear who had spoken.

The CEO of Emerson Electric Co, David Farr, sparred with investors and analysts at a 2013 meeting, denying the company was “a goddamn one-trick pony” and adding, “If I see that in writing one more goddamn time, I’m going to tear them apart.”

The language made it into a Barclays Capital analyst report. Farr “is well-liked and proven, yet his questionable outbursts at analyst events and conference calls do not inspire confidence,” Barclays analyst Scott Davis wrote.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, chief executive of Hogan Worldwide, a personality assessment and leadership development company, said people leading organizations are often “excitable, impatient, with very little time for fluffy and warm personal relationships.”

The “excitable tantrums” of visionaries like former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos are wrongly assumed to be an inherent ingredient in leadership, he said.

“Its unfortunate that male leaders think that they’re showing their toughness and strong leadership material by shouting and screaming and bullying the little people,” Chamorro-Premuzic said.

(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; Editing by Peter Henderson)

Viacom CEO rails against 'naysayers' as sales miss estimates, shares tumble

By Jessica Toonkel and Anya George Tharakan

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc (NasdaqGS:VIAB - News) CEO Philippe Dauman railed at critics of his leadership after a fifth straight quarter missing Wall Street’s sales estimates on Tuesday, unnerving investors and sending the media company’s shares down more than 21 percent to a five-year low.

They were Dauman’s first public remarks since replacing the ailing 92-year-old Sumner Redstone as executive chairman last week, an appointment that was opposed by Redstone’s daughter and greeted by skepticism by some investors.

“Our outlook and the facts have been distorted and obscured by the naysayers, self-interested critics and publicity seekers,” Dauman said on a call with analysts following the results as he was questioned over his strategy.

Viacom and to a lesser extent CBS, both majority-owned by Redstone, have come under scrutiny in light of Redstone’s declining health, which is the subject of a lawsuit brought by one of his ex-girlfriends.

Investors are increasingly concerned over Viacom’s handling of its relationships with the cable and telecom companies such as Dish Network Corp (NasdaqGS:DISH - News), Comcast Corp (NasdaqGS:CMCSA - News) and AT&T Inc (NYSE:T - News) that pay to distribute its shows.

Viacom cut its fiscal 2016 growth outlook for the fees it gets from affiliates to “low to mid single digits” from high single digits, citing numerous issues.

Viacom’s shares closed down 21.5 percent at $32.86 on Nasdaq, their lowest mark in almost five and a half years, shedding $3 billion in market value. They are now down more than 50 percent over the past 12 months.

On the conference call on Tuesday, Dauman said Redstone and he were “in harmony” about the company’s strategy. Redstone, who is now chairman emeritus, was on the call, according to Viacom, but did not speak.

The lack of confidence in Dauman and the range of issues he faces unsettled some.

“The majority of investors think that the business or management or both are impaired,“ said Brian Wieser, a Pivotal Research analyst. “It’s almost like a big bath of concerns.”

Some investors are skeptical that Dauman can turn Viacom’s fortunes around. His next big test will be wrapping up talks with Dish over whether the cable operator will continue to carry Viacom’s networks and at what price. Dauman said negotiations have been extended and he expects the two to reach an agreement.

Investors are also waiting for the outcome of a hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 in a New York court determining whether Dauman can be deposed as a witness in the legal dispute over Redstone’s mental competence.

Dauman talked about “noise,” as a factor that had been obstructing the company’s performance, an apparent reference to the legal battle over Redstone’s health.

“I think his statement illustrates the level of denial that is concerning investors,” Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research, told Reuters after the call.

Dauman hinted that Viacom may take action against cable provider Comcast, which moved Spike, CMT, Pop and some other CBS networks to a higher-priced package.

“They have violated our agreements and we are not going to sit back,” Dauman said, when asked if Viacom might sue. “We will preserve our rights as we go forward.”

In an emailed statement, a Comcast spokesman said the company is moving some networks to higher pay packages in response to higher programming costs.

For the first quarter of its fiscal 2016, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and movie studio Paramount reported a steeper-than-expected drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower advertising sales in the United States.

It said domestic advertising revenue fell 4 percent, as price increases were more than offset by a decline in traditional ratings at some of Viacom’s networks.

That was slightly better than the consensus among analysts, who expected a 5 percent decline. The drop was an improvement from the September quarter’s 7-percent fall.

Total revenue declined 5.7 percent to $3.15 billion, below the $3.26 billion Wall Street had expected, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Excluding some items, Viacom earned $1.18 per share, meeting analysts’ average estimate.

Prior to releasing earnings, Viacom announced a deal with video messaging app provider Snapchat on Tuesday that gives Viacom exclusive rights to sell advertising around Snapchat’s content.

Analysts and investors said it remains to be seen what the partnership means for Viacom, but agreed that it is a step in the right direction.

“I think the stock drop is a bit of an overreaction,” said Salvatore Muoio, whose firm is one of the top holders of voting shares of Viacom. “Everything had a lot of minus signs in front of it… but I am buying today.”

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru and Jessica Toonkel in New York; Additional reporting by Malathi Nayak in New York; Editing by Ted Kerr, Tiffany Wu and Bill Rigby)

Viacom CEO rails against 'naysayers' as sales miss estimates, shares tumble

By Jessica Toonkel and Anya George Tharakan

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc CEO Philippe Dauman railed at critics of his leadership after a fifth straight quarter missing Wall Street’s sales estimates on Tuesday, unnerving investors and sending the media company’s shares down more than 21 percent to a five-year low.

They were Dauman’s first public remarks since replacing the ailing 92-year-old Sumner Redstone as executive chairman last week, an appointment that was opposed by Redstone’s daughter and greeted by skepticism by some investors.

“Our outlook and the facts have been distorted and obscured by the naysayers, self-interested critics and publicity seekers,” Dauman said on a call with analysts following the results as he was questioned over his strategy.

Viacom and to a lesser extent CBS, both majority-owned by Redstone, have come under scrutiny in light of Redstone’s declining health, which is the subject of a lawsuit brought by one of his ex-girlfriends.

Investors are increasingly concerned over Viacom’s handling of its relationships with the cable and telecom companies such as Dish Network Corp, Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc that pay to distribute its shows.

Viacom cut its fiscal 2016 growth outlook for the fees it gets from affiliates to “low to mid single digits” from high single digits, citing numerous issues.

Viacom’s shares closed down 21.5 percent at $32.86 on Nasdaq, their lowest mark in almost five and a half years, shedding $3 billion in market value. They are now down more than 50 percent over the past 12 months.

On the conference call on Tuesday, Dauman said Redstone and he were “in harmony” about the company’s strategy. Redstone, who is now chairman emeritus, was on the call, according to Viacom, but did not speak.

The lack of confidence in Dauman and the range of issues he faces unsettled some.

“The majority of investors think that the business or management or both are impaired,“ said Brian Wieser, a Pivotal Research analyst. “It’s almost like a big bath of concerns.”

Some investors are skeptical that Dauman can turn Viacom’s fortunes around. His next big test will be wrapping up talks with Dish over whether the cable operator will continue to carry Viacom’s networks and at what price. Dauman said negotiations have been extended and he expects the two to reach an agreement.

Investors are also waiting for the outcome of a hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 in a New York court determining whether Dauman can be deposed as a witness in the legal dispute over Redstone’s mental competence.

Dauman talked about “noise,” as a factor that had been obstructing the company’s performance, an apparent reference to the legal battle over Redstone’s health.

“I think his statement illustrates the level of denial that is concerning investors,” Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research, told Reuters after the call.

Dauman hinted that Viacom may take action against cable provider Comcast, which moved Spike, CMT, Pop and some other CBS networks to a higher-priced package.

“They have violated our agreements and we are not going to sit back,” Dauman said, when asked if Viacom might sue. “We will preserve our rights as we go forward.”

In an emailed statement, a Comcast spokesman said the company is moving some networks to higher pay packages in response to higher programming costs.

For the first quarter of its fiscal 2016, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and movie studio Paramount reported a steeper-than-expected drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower advertising sales in the United States.

It said domestic advertising revenue fell 4 percent, as price increases were more than offset by a decline in traditional ratings at some of Viacom’s networks.

That was slightly better than the consensus among analysts, who expected a 5 percent decline. The drop was an improvement from the September quarter’s 7-percent fall. Total revenue declined 5.7 percent to $3.15 billion, below the $3.26 billion Wall Street had expected, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Excluding some items, Viacom earned $1.18 per share, meeting analysts’ average estimate.

Prior to releasing earnings, Viacom announced a deal with video messaging app provider Snapchat on Tuesday that gives Viacom exclusive rights to sell advertising around Snapchat’s content. Analysts and investors said it remains to be seen what the partnership means for Viacom, but agreed that it is a step in the right direction.

“I think the stock drop is a bit of an overreaction,” said Salvatore Muoio, whose firm is one of the top holders of voting shares of Viacom. “Everything had a lot of minus signs in front of it… but I am buying today.”

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru and Jessica Toonkel in New York; Additional reporting by Malathi Nayak in New York; Editing by Ted Kerr, Tiffany Wu and Bill Rigby)

Viacom CEO rails against 'naysayers' as sales miss estimates, shares tumble

By Jessica Toonkel and Anya George Tharakan

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) CEO Philippe Dauman railed at critics of his leadership after a fifth straight quarter missing Wall Street’s sales estimates on Tuesday, unnerving investors and sending the media company’s shares down more than 21 percent to a five-year low.

They were Dauman’s first public remarks since replacing the ailing 92-year-old Sumner Redstone as executive chairman last week, an appointment that was opposed by Redstone’s daughter and greeted by skepticism by some investors.

“Our outlook and the facts have been distorted and obscured by the naysayers, self-interested critics and publicity seekers,” Dauman said on a call with analysts following the results as he was questioned over his strategy.

Viacom and to a lesser extent CBS, both majority-owned by Redstone, have come under scrutiny in light of Redstone’s declining health, which is the subject of a lawsuit brought by one of his ex-girlfriends.

Investors are increasingly concerned over Viacom’s handling of its relationships with the cable and telecom companies such as Dish Network Corp (DISH.O), Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and AT&T Inc (T.N) that pay to distribute its shows.

Viacom cut its fiscal 2016 growth outlook for the fees it gets from affiliates to “low to mid single digits” from high single digits, citing numerous issues.

Viacom’s shares closed down 21.5 percent at $32.86 on Nasdaq, their lowest mark in almost five and a half years, shedding $3 billion in market value. They are now down more than 50 percent over the past 12 months.

On the conference call on Tuesday, Dauman said Redstone and he were “in harmony” about the company’s strategy. Redstone, who is now chairman emeritus, was on the call, according to Viacom, but did not speak.

The lack of confidence in Dauman and the range of issues he faces unsettled some.

“The majority of investors think that the business or management or both are impaired,“ said Brian Wieser, a Pivotal Research analyst. “It’s almost like a big bath of concerns.”

Some investors are skeptical that Dauman can turn Viacom’s fortunes around. His next big test will be wrapping up talks with Dish over whether the cable operator will continue to carry Viacom’s networks and at what price. Dauman said negotiations have been extended and he expects the two to reach an agreement.

Investors are also waiting for the outcome of a hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 in a New York court determining whether Dauman can be deposed as a witness in the legal dispute over Redstone’s mental competence.

Dauman talked about “noise,” as a factor that had been obstructing the company’s performance, an apparent reference to the legal battle over Redstone’s health.

“I think his statement illustrates the level of denial that is concerning investors,” Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research, told Reuters after the call.

Dauman hinted that Viacom may take action against cable provider Comcast, which moved Spike, CMT, Pop and some other CBS networks to a higher-priced package.

“They have violated our agreements and we are not going to sit back,” Dauman said, when asked if Viacom might sue. “We will preserve our rights as we go forward.”

In an emailed statement, a Comcast spokesman said the company is moving some networks to higher pay packages in response to higher programming costs.

For the first quarter of its fiscal 2016, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and movie studio Paramount reported a steeper-than-expected drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower advertising sales in the United States.

It said domestic advertising revenue fell 4 percent, as price increases were more than offset by a decline in traditional ratings at some of Viacom’s networks.

That was slightly better than the consensus among analysts, who expected a 5 percent decline. The drop was an improvement from the September quarter’s 7-percent fall.

Total revenue declined 5.7 percent to $3.15 billion, below the $3.26 billion Wall Street had expected, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Excluding some items, Viacom earned $1.18 per share, meeting analysts’ average estimate.

Prior to releasing earnings, Viacom announced a deal with video messaging app provider Snapchat on Tuesday that gives Viacom exclusive rights to sell advertising around Snapchat’s content.

Analysts and investors said it remains to be seen what the partnership means for Viacom, but agreed that it is a step in the right direction.

“I think the stock drop is a bit of an overreaction,” said Salvatore Muoio, whose firm is one of the top holders of voting shares of Viacom. “Everything had a lot of minus signs in front of it… but I am buying today.”

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru and Jessica Toonkel in New York; Additional reporting by Malathi Nayak in New York; Editing by Ted Kerr, Tiffany Wu and Bill Rigby)