December 16, 2019

Opposition boycotts U.P. special session

first_imgOpposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday boycotted the Yogi Adityanath government’s 36-hour special session of the Assembly on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150 birth anniversary and held their alternative events to mark the occasion.Taking a dig at the BJP, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who led a pada yatra in Lucknow, advised the party to “first walk the path of truth before talking of Gandhiji.” Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav marked the occasion by first garlanding Gandhiji’s statue at Hazratganj where his party leaders and MLAs sat down to sing Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite hymns.Akhilesh’s chargeMr. Yadav said his party abstained from the special session of the Assembly arguing that while the BJP wanted to appropriate Gandhiji, their ideals were far from his values. “The BJP and people associated with the BJP ideology have never walked the path of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. [They have] never adopted the path of truth,” Mr. Yadav told reporters.Mr. Yadav said it was odd that “a party whose people believe in violence” and who have not imbibed Gandhiji’s values in their lives, were celebrating Gandhi Jayanti.BSP chief Mayawati said the BJP had convened a special session on the day not to highlight the life of Gandhiji but to “hide its own failures.” The BSP MLAs would rather spend the day helping those affected by the floods, she said in a statement.Mr. Adityanath, speaking in the House, said the Opposition parties boycotting the session amounted to “an insult of the common people” and compared them to Duryodhana, a character in the epic Mahabharata.Targets Cong.Targetting the Congress for not attending the session, Mr. Adityanath said, “there could be no greater insult” to Gandhiji by the party that ruled in his name for the most number of years.“While we talk of swadeshi, they talk of foreign. We talk of nationalism, they talk of terrorism,” he said.The Chief Minister also attacked the SP and the BSP, saying development was not in their nature and that the two parties couldn’t separate themselves from dynasty politics and casteism.last_img read more

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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Reminds Jurgen Klopp of his Young Borussia Dortmund Team

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chelsea’s youthful new-look squad reminds Jurgen Klopp of his Bundesliga-winning former Borussia Dortmund team, the Liverpool manager said on Friday.With Chelsea operating under a transfer ban, manager Frank Lampard has turned to the young players in their ranks and the policy has come good so far with all their goalscorers this season being academy players, such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. Klopp won two league titles and a domestic cup in Germany between 2010 and 2012 with a young squad and the 52-year-old saw similarities in Lampard’s side, saying the transfer ban has not really affected Chelsea thanks to their youth policy.”It’s a really exciting team. It reminds me a little bit of my team at Dortmund years back when they were really young, maybe even younger than this team at Chelsea,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.”People were always talking about how young they are but they only played because they were good. They didn’t play because they were that young.”If there was one club in the world who a transfer ban didn’t hit that bad, it was probably Chelsea because of their policy of the last few years. They had players on loan who have come back.”Although new recruit Christian Pulisic is yet to hit the ground running for Chelsea, Klopp said their academy players have stepped up with the support of the experienced players in the squad.”They brought in Christian Pulisic in the summer, I’m not sure about the money but for around 60 million pounds ($75 million), and all of the players around him now have the same value,” Klopp added.”Tammy Abraham is now a 60 million pound player, Mason Mount is for sure a 60 million pound player, if not more, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi was that already… (N’Golo) Kante, who looks like he could play for the next 20 years.”They have Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and then all the experienced guys around them – Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud and on the bench Michy Batshuayi.”Klopp confirmed midfielder Naby Keita was back training with the first team. Striker Divock Origi is unlikely to play on Sunday while Alisson is making progress in his recovery from a calf injury.”(Alisson is) not in team training yet and we take it day by day,” Klopp said. “We will see, too early to say. Medical department will tell me.” borussia dortmundbundesligachelseaFrank Lampard First Published: September 21, 2019, 9:33 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Joe Randle and the Halo Effect

first_imgJoseph Randle takes a handoff from Tony Romo (USATSI)Joseph Randle takes a handoff from Tony Romo (USATSI)It shouldn’t be surprising when someone in the public eye — a 22-year-old no less — does something silly and/or illegal. We equate success in a profession and a high-paying job with a sturdy moral compass which actually makes us dumber than the folks committing the crimes.And yet, when it’s one of our own, somebody we waved wheat for on Saturdays, it always is at least a little bit surprising.The Joe Randle theft story is sad, yes, but it was also very weird. Randle, as you know, got arrested for trying to steal cologne and underwear from a Dillard’s in Frisco.Then on Tuesday, according to Cowboys Ride For Free Randle’s dad called a Dallas radio station to defend his son.“My son is not a thief, okay? He was just trying to get his baby out of there because she was clowning pretty bad. All he was going to do is take ‎the baby out and then he was going to come back and take care of his business.” Then Randle himself debunked that theory, according to the Dallas Morning News.“All right, y’all got me,” was his first thought after he was confronted, he told Frisco police, according to his arrest report. Randle said he didn’t pay because he didn’t want to take the time to do it and told police he “should have just kept walking to his car if he knew he would be arrested,” the report states.My question is why is pops going on the radio in Dallas to defend a story his son didn’t even tell?The worst part about all of this is that Randle bragged just a few weeks ago about having multiple pairs of $1,000 Gucci shoes.Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.There are a lot of motives for why Randle would steal the Dillard’s gear. One is that maybe he — and I’m going to try and make this sound not sarcastic — bought too many pairs of $1,000 shoes and didn’t have the money to pay. Maybe he thought “hey, I play for the Cowboys, we’re 5-1, I can get away with this.”Maybe both, maybe neither, I don’t know. The reality, though, is that this was not a professional move. This was a Herschel Sims move. And it’s one Randle will be held accountable for as he should be.As I’ve written dozens of times we don’t know know these dudes and never will and as such we shouldn’t submerge ourselves in what The Economist refers to as the Halo Effect.It is the phenomenon whereby we assume that because people are good at doing A they will be good at doing B, C and D (or the reverse—because they are bad at doing A they will be bad at doing B, C and D).Because Randle is fast and shifty on a football pitch doesn’t mean he’s smart or ethical and yet I often link the two (maybe I’m alone in that…maybe I’m just writing this post to myself?) He’s a good football player so he must be smart, I say, or at least think, to myself. I think the opposite as well if I don’t catch myself. This is what I’d expect from Alex Cate, I posit.Silliness!There is grace to be found, however, as fans of athletes and other humans. I want guys like Justin Blackmon and Joseph Randle (and I’m not equating their crimes) to succeed both on and off the field.It’s just sometimes difficult to remember that one doesn’t affect the other.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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King of the Game: OSU vs. TCU

first_imgAnd we are back for another exciting edition of PFB’s competition series!Before we dive in, let’s remind everyone of the rules:Each week five people will make predictions about the upcoming game. The predictions will vary each week. Plus, each contestant gets the opportunity to earn bonus points by making a wild prop bet. Our contestants will consist of myself, Kyle Cox, Nick Welch, someone from the enemy’s side, and an OSU fan contributor.This week’s enemy picks come from Melissa Triebwasser, who also helped us out with a preview of the Horned Frogs.For the fan vote, this week we welcome Alan Vaughan. I asked for a GIF and he delivered.You can never go wrong with The Big Lebowski.Here are this week’s bets:• Bet Against the Spread: OSU (-11)OSU has easily surpassed Vegas’ spread lines through the first three games of the season. Can they do it against a ranked opponent?• More Turnovers Forced: OSU or TCUThrough three games, Oklahoma State has forced six turnovers (3 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries) while TCU has forced five (3 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries). Who wins the turnover battle this week?• Over/Under: +45% TCU 3rd-down efficiencyIt was a major concern after week one when Tulsa converted 65.1 percent of their third-down attempts. Since then? USA converted 10 percent while Pitt converted 33 percent. TCU is averaging 65.8 percent on third downs. Can OSU hold them under 45 percent?• King of the Game: Running Back (OSU or TCU)Which running back, for either team, finishes with the biggest impact? Remember, it’s Highlander rules (There can be only one!)• Prop Bet: Hit me with your best shot!So, without further adieu…Image result for begin gif Phillip SlavinBet Against the Spread: OSUI bet against OSU last week. I won’t make the same mistake again. I don’t think the Cowboys win by 30, but asking them to win by two touchdowns doesn’t seem like a lot.More Turnovers Forced: OSUI’m going to say OSU because I think it’s more likely Kenny Trill throws a pick or two than it is Mason Rudolph throws one. Fingers crossed we don’t have another special teams snafu.Over/Under: UnderDrinking the Kool-Aide has helped the fans each week, so I’ll take a heavy sip. I’m not entirely confident in this pick, but I think OSU can keep TCU in some 3rd and longs which TCU hasn’t faced a lot of this season.King of the Game: Darius AndersonTCU’s run game dominated Arkansas, so I think they’ll get some runs on OSU. With TCU’s second-leading rusher Kyle Hicks possibly out for the game, I think Anderson gets a lot of carries, especially early, as TCU tries to control the game and keep OSU’s offense off the field.Prop Bet: Rudolph finishes with more than twice as many passing yards as Kenny Hill.Kyle CoxBet Against the Spread: OSUI’ll take OSU to cover again. I don’t foresee the Cowboys hanging 60 on Gary Patterson’s defense but I think they win by around 20.More Turnovers Forced: OSUI’ll give OSU the nod here. I think Ramon is due for a pick-6 and takes over for Justin Phillips’ streak of two weeks straight.Over/Under: OverTCU leads the nation at 65.8 percent so I’ll take the over. OSU’s defense will win the turnover battle but won’t be able to shut out TCU like it nearly did last year.King of the Game: Justice HillWith Kyle Hicks’s status unknown at the time of this writing, you gotta go with last year’s Freshman All-American who already looks like this year’s All-American.Prop Bet: Tyron Johnson leads the team in receiving TDs.Nick WelchBet Against the Spread: OSUI know teams change from season to season, but OSU is undefeated at home against Gary Patterson and his Horned Frogs since they joined the Big 12 in 2012. They are also winning by an average of about 20 points in the four wins. I think the streak continues in Stillwater Saturday.More Turnovers Forced: OSUAlthough Kenny Hill had a really good game last week, I’m still not sold on his ball security and decision making. I think it’s very possible he turns the ball over more than once against a surging OSU defense. Mason just reeled off 216 straight throws without a pick. I trust our guys/Mason over Kenny Trill this week.Over/Under: UnderI’ll take the under. I think TCU will come close. As of Tuesday, Hicks will be a game-time decision which isn’t great news to have for your first conference road game against a top-10 opponent. I honestly am unsure how much different TCU’s offense is from last year’s unit that only managed 6 points on us in Fort Worth.King of the Game: Darius AndersonI picked against OSU last week in the rushing pick. I won’t make that mistake this week. TCU will probably be giving increased workload to sophomore Darius Anderson who actually has rushed for more yards than Justice while sharing a relatively even workload with Hicks. Although TCU is giving up only 92.3 rushing yards per game thus far to OSU’s 129.3, OSU just has too many weapons to focus on just one part of Yurcich’s offensive assault.Prop Bet: I mentioned this up top, but I have zero trust in Kenny “Trill”. I think he turns the ball over himself at least twice, maybe three times.Enemy: Melissa TriebwasserBet Against the Spread: TCUGive me TCU to cover here, but it’s going to be close. A late touchdown by the Frogs cuts it to single digits after OSU takes a two score lead in the fourth.More Turnovers Forced: TCUThe Frogs have been ball hawks this season, with pick sixes in both home games so far this fall. OSU doesn’t make a lot of mistakes on offense, while the Frogs fumbled three times Saturday. I think it’s two turnovers for TCU, one for the Pokes.Over/Under: OverOver. TCU has done a great job of staying in third and manageable behind a exceptional running game. They will try to stick with what has been working unless they fall behind by double digits, meaning a lot of third and five or less. That’s a recipe for third down conversion success.King of the Game: Darius AndersonBe prepared to get a heavy dose of Darius Anderson Saturday. With Kyle Hicks expected to miss the game due to injury, Anderson becomes the go-to guy out of the backfield. The Frogs’ best chance to get a W is by leaning on their stable of backs, and DA should pop for over 100, even against a really good OSU defensive line.Prop Bet: Kenny Hill gets more than 50 rushing yards I think Hill’s feet could be a difference maker for TCU’s offensive game plan.Fan: Alan VaughanBet Against the Spread: OSUThe offense is explosive and Gundy seems to have given Yurcich full unbridled control.  This year reminds me of Holgy and Monken; an all-out ability to score at will.More Turnovers Forced: OSURudolph has only thrown one INT this season; no reason to think he comes unhinged against TCU.  OSU ball security has been pretty good so far.Over/Under: OverTCU is 66% for the year. OSU’s defense will get its stops when needed, but I don’t see a total shutdown of TCU’s offense.King of the Game: Justice HillWhile it’s sounding like he might be back, TCU’s Hicks is still questionable for this game, leaving them short handed. OSU has gotten solid play from JD King, but Justice prevails.Prop Bet: Justice Hill goes for over 200 yards.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Photos: Look Who Was At Today’s Oklahoma-UCLA Game

first_imgOklahoma flag is run on field ahead of home game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)A number of NBA stars were in Norman for the game to cheer on their respective alma maters. Oklahoma has had two college hoops superstars in recent years, in Buddy Hield and Trae Young.Oklahoma is also now home to Russell Westbrook, a former UCLA basketball star.All three were on the sideline for today’s game.Here are photos of Trae Young, Buddy Hield, and Russell Westbrook at today’s Oklahoma-UCLA game.Russ, Trae Young, and Buddy Hield taking in UCLA vs. OU ?(via @caitlynepes, @OUDaily) pic.twitter.com/BKJGJkGUxw— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 8, 2018You have to respect the jersey choices here. Russ and Buddy went with the more standard alma mater jerseys, while Trae was rocking what appears to be an autographed Baker Mayfield Browns uniform.Both Mayfield and Young lit it up in their respective sports last year for Oklahoma. It was a rare combination of singular football and basketball talents at the same school.UCLA got up early, but ultimately, Oklahoma pulled out a 49-21 win. It didn’t come without a cost, though. Superstar running back Rodney Anderson went down with a knee injury, that may cost him a lot of time.last_img read more

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Belgium: Muslim Students Denied School Entry Because of Their Long Skirts

By Illah Soussi TamliOrlando, Florida – Long skirts, particularly those of darker colors, are no longer acceptable in certain institutions in Europe.Sarah a 15-year-old Muslim student in France set precedence to this new phenomenon. In April of 2015, upon her arrival to school, Sarah removed her head covering at the entrance, and yet was redirected home by the headmistress who felt that her long back skirt conspicuously portrayed religious affiliation and defied the rules of secularity in France. A very similar occurrence took place this past Friday in Brussels, Belgium. About thirty female Muslim students were denied entry to their school because their skirts were deemed too long.  The underlying reason was that this piece of garment is largely assimilated with “an ostentatious religious appearance”.The Muslim female students of l’Institut De Mot-Couvreur, resisted such treatment as they stood in protest outside the building until the arrival of the police who dispersed the demonstration.“We arrived around 8 am this morning. Large in number, we were attired in either long skirts or dresses of various colors. We were denied access because of this, and provided with the excuse that it was prohibited according to the institution’s regulations” Sana explains to the Belgian news magazine La Capitale. “Yet they only address religious symbols and long skirts of dark colors in their regulations” she insists. “I do not think my dress is dark. In addition, it is fashionable.”“This is not the first time we are sanctioned. Earlier this month I had points deduced for inappropriate behavior because I was wearing a skirt” states the 22 year old Dhnet Yasmina.In a video posted by Dirk De Block, the school’s director, he explained that this decision derived from the deputy mayor of Brussels, Faouzia Hariche, and not a concept he initiated himself.According to Dhnet, De Block had previously provided a notice of regulations to students, which stated that “the wearing of baggy pants, long skirts or dark dresses, and skirts or dresses over pants is not tolerated.”This past Friday the director of l’Institut De Mot-Couvreur refused to address the press regarding the case. He did however provide this explanation- he had been forbidden to speak by the “organizing authority”. read more

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Antipiracy measures must start with helping Somalia stabilize UN hears

29 September 2009Strengthening the rule of law is the critical factor to effectively tackling piracy in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles told the General Assembly today, saying the world’s countries have a shared responsibility to deal with the problem. Ronald Jumeau, Permanent Representative of Seychelles, told the final day of the Assembly’s annual high-level segment that his country was pleased that many States were becoming increasingly engaged in efforts to deal with piracy in the region. He stressed that the “root cause of the problem lies within Somalia; the long-term solution lies in strengthening the rule of law within Somalia.” Mr. Jumeau said it was important to take steps to ensure that piracy is not an economically viable activity, starting with enhancing coordination and information-sharing among the States of the region. “We must share information to ensure we are always ahead of the pirates by keeping vessels beyond their reach,” he said. “We must ensure there is enough deterrence in terms of military assets in the region. Seychelles alone has an exclusive economic zone of 1.4 million square kilometres to patrol and protect, something we would not be able to do effectively without the help of friendly countries.” In his address to the Assembly today, Grenada’s Foreign Minister Peter David highlighted the need to protect the waters of the Caribbean Sea from the transport of waste materials. He called for the General Assembly to strengthen the resolution on the issue. “The States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other members of the Association of Caribbean States depend on the tremendous benefits from the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea,” Mr. David said. “Yet these ocean-based resources are threatened by the trans-shipment of nuclear and other hazardous waste materials through our waters.” read more

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New UN political mission for TimorLeste approved

The new UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), a one-year follow-on mission to the current UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), will remain in the country until 20 May 2006. In the unanimously adopted resolution, the Council noted that the country’s emerging institutions were still in the process of consolidation and that further assistance was required to ensure sustained development and strengthening of key sectors, mainly rule of law, including justice, human rights, and support for the Timor-Leste police, and other public administration. The new Office will support the development of critical State institutions by providing up to 45 civilian advisers; support further development of the police through the provision of up to 40 police advisers, and bolster the development of the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) by providing up to 35 additional advisers, 10 of whom may be military advisers. It will also provide training in observance of democratic governance and human rights by providing up to 10 rights officers; and review progress on those fronts. The Council’s action came as a two-day international symposium on “UN Peacekeeping Operations in Post Conflict Timor-Leste” got underway in the capital Dili. In his message to the meeting, Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the progress Timor-Leste has made since 1999, and noted that with a new phase of UN involvement in the country about to begin, this was a key moment to reflect on the past and to discuss how the UN could better contribute to peacekeeping and peace-building in post conflict countries. The Council resolution asked that UNOTIL, when implementing its mandate, emphasize proper transfer of skills and knowledge in order to build the capacity of Timorese public institutions to deliver their services in accordance with the principles of the rule of law, justice, human rights, democratic governance, transparency, accountability and professionalism. Underlining that UN assistance to Timor-Leste should be coordinated with the efforts of bilateral and multilateral donors, regional mechanisms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector organizations and others, the Council encouraged the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to establish and chair a consultative group, made up of those stakeholders, that would meet regularly for that purpose. The Council also acknowledged the Secretary-General’s decision to send a Commission of Experts to Timor-Leste and Indonesia to review the serious crimes accountability processes, and reaffirmed the need for credible accountability for the serious human rights violations committed in 1999. It further underlined the need for the UN Secretariat, in agreement with the country’s authorities, to preserve a complete copy of all records compiled by the Serious Crimes Unit and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the work of the Secretary-General’s expert panel. The Council also said it looked forward to the Commission’s upcoming report exploring possible ways to address that issue, including ways to assist the Truth and Friendship Commission, which Indonesia and Timor-Leste had agreed to establish. read more

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Prisoners tops box office with 208 million in final Monday numbers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box-office-leading $20.8 million, a good start to Hollywood’s fall season.Final box office results were released Monday. Despite a lengthy running time and a dark story line, Warner Bros.’ “Prisoners” found a large audience for adult-oriented material.Also in new release, the dance film “Battle of the Year,” which stars R&B singer Chris Brown and was slammed by critics, opened poorly with $4.6 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:1. “Prisoners,” Warner Bros., $20,817,053, 3,260 locations, $6,386 average, $20,817,053, one week.2. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” FilmDistrict, $13,801,818, 3,155 locations, $4,375 average, $60,157,078, two weeks.3. “The Family,” Relativity Media, $7,000,722, 3,091 locations, $2,265 average, $25,641,244, two weeks.4. “Instructions Not Included,” Lionsgate, $5,396,688, 978 locations, $5,518 average, $33,958,413, four weeks.5. “Battle of the Year,” Sony, $4,603,177, 2,008 locations, $2,292 average, $4,603,177, one week.6. “We’re the Millers,” Warner Bros., $4,558,271, 3,003 locations, $1,518 average, $138,064,568, seven weeks.7. “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” Weinstein Co., $4,193,123, 2,931 locations, $1,431 average, $106,341,237, six weeks.8. “Riddick,” Universal, $3,656,620, 3,022 locations, $1,210 average, $37,164,910, three weeks.9. “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros., $3,093,998, 318 locations, $9,730 average, $3,093,998, one week.10. “Planes,” Disney, $2,709,736, 2,446 locations, $1,108 average, $86,392,029, seven weeks.11. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Fox, $1,776,271, 1,473 locations, $1,206 average, $64,248,082, seven weeks.12. “Elysium,” Sony, $1,466,321, 1,392 locations, $1,053 average, $90,790,030, seven weeks.13. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $1,360,420, 1,004 locations, $1,355 average, $360,730,820, 12 weeks.14. “Blue Jasmine,” Spc, $1,212,206, 847 locations, $1,431 average, $29,605,701, nine weeks.15. “One Direction: This Is Us,” Sony, $1,130,536, 1,706 locations, $663 average, $28,450,526, four weeks.16. “The World’s End,” Focus, $716,329, 833 locations, $860 average, $25,223,642, five weeks.17. “2 Guns,” Universal, $650,480, 752 locations, $865 average, $74,468,145, eight weeks.18. “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Sony/screen Gems, $650,370, 1,047 locations, $621 average, $30,654,901, five weeks.19. “Thanks For Sharing,” Roadside, $540,281, 269 locations, $2,008 average, $540,281, one week.20. “The Smurfs 2,” Sony, $533,021, 596 locations, $894 average, $69,583,692, eight weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2013 5:05 pm MDT ‘Prisoners’ tops box office with $20.8 million in final Monday numbers read more

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Addressing UN Assembly India says Pakistan must eschew terrorism before talks can

“We do not need four points, we need just one – give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk. This was precisely what was discussed and decided by the two Prime Ministers at Ufa this July,” she asserted at the annual General Debate, referring to the proposal presented by Pakistan yesterday.She said it is unacceptable for a country to support terrorism as part of statecraft. She also deplored Pakistan’s inaction against terrorists who, she said, masterminded the Mumbai attacks in 2008.“The world shared our outrage at the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which citizens of many nations were helplessly butchered. That the mastermind behind the attack is walking free is an affront to the entire international community. Not only have past assurances in this regard not been honoured but new cross-border terrorist attacks have taken place recently, in which two terrorists from across the border have also been captured alive,” she added. Mrs. Swaraj said that the purpose of these attacks is meant to destabilize India and legitimize Pakistan’s illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir “and its claim on the rest of it.” However, she asserted that ‘India remains open to dialogue’ but insisted that talks and terror cannot go together. “Let us hold talks at the level of National Security Agency (NSAs) on all issues connected to terrorism and an early meeting of our Directors General of Military Operations to address the situation on the border. If the response is serious and credible, India is prepared to address all outstanding issues through a bilateral dialogue,” said Mrs. Swaraj.She also reiterated India’s stance on defeating international terrorism through organized international action. “The world must demonstrate that it has zero tolerance for terrorists who kill and maim innocent civilians with action based on the principle of prosecute or extradite. Countries that provide financing to terrorists and safe havens for their training, arming and operations must be made to pay a heavy price by the international community,” she said. She also urged the pressing need to reform the UN Security Council to preserve the centrality and legitimacy of the UN.“How can we have a Security Council in 2015 which still reflects the geo-political architecture of 1945? How can we have a Security Council which still does not give place as a permanent member to Africa and Latin America?” she asked. She further suggested that more developing nations be included in the decision-making structures of the Security Council. She also pressed for changing what she described as the Council’s outdated and non-transparent working methods.Mrs. Swaraj also applauded UN’s recent adoption of Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), calling them ‘”a blueprint more comprehensive and holistic than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” read more

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New graduate leadership award named in honour of former Dean

Marilyn Rose The Faculty of Graduate Studies will mark the 10th year anniversary of its Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference with the presentation of a new annual award.The Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award will be presented for the first time at the conference on Thursday, April 9. The award recognizes faculty, staff and students for their vision and leadership on behalf of graduate studies at Brock in areas such as academic programming, research and scholarship, student services, and student experience initiatives.This is the second award to be set up by the Faculty in conjunction with its annual conference. In 2011, the Graduate Mentorship Awards were established to recognize excellence in graduate student supervision.Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, says the award is another way in which the conference can celebrate the best of graduate education at Brock.“We have opened the award nomination to the Brock community as a way to hear about the many and far-ranging contributions that individuals in our graduate programs are making to the graduate studies experience,” he says.Plyley adds that he’s thrilled that the award is named as special recognition of the former Dean, Marilyn Rose.Rose will give a keynote address to open the conference on April 9 and will also be part of the awards ceremony later in the day.“Marilyn made innumerable contributions as Dean over her seven-year term and provided leadership during a period of rapid growth in graduate education at Brock,” Plyley says.“In particular, she envisioned Mapping the New Knowledges as a means by which students from diverse disciplines could connect as researchers and scholars. The conference provided a foundation from which we have built a strong and vital graduate studies culture of researchers and scholars at Brock.”About 120 graduate students will give oral and poster research presentations throughout the day. The conference will also feature the finals of Brock’s 2015 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) contest, the winner of which will advance to compete in the Ontario contest on April 23 at Western University.Plyley extends an invitation to the Brock community to join in the celebration.“This is a milestone year for the conference. Jointly organized by the Faculty and the Graduate Students’ Association, the conference is unique for its focus on giving graduate students an opportunity to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with students and faculty across all of our programs,” he says.“Mapping the New Knowledges provides a welcoming and transdisciplinary environment in which Brock’s graduate studies community, students and faculty, can strengthen our alliance as researchers and scholars to discover new ways to work together in making a difference in our world.”MNK schedule8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine8:30 Welcoming/Opening Remarks, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine9:15 Concurrent Session 1, Plaza11 a.m. 3MT® Contest, Plaza 400 Level MezzanineNoon Lunch, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine1 p.m. Presentation of Graduate Mentorship Awards and the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine1:40 Concurrent Session 2, Plaza3 p.m. Coffee Break and Poster Viewing Session, Scotiabank Atrium, Cairns Complex4 p.m. Concurrent Session 3, Plaza5 p.m. Graduate Students’ Association Social, Isaac’sClosing remarks and the announcement of the 3MT® winner and runner-up and draw prizesResearch Matters Curiosity Shop Thursday, April 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Isaac’s:In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Mapping the New Knowledges, Research Services is hosting the Research Matters “Curiosity Shop.” Come to the booth to ask any questions you might have about any subject.Faculty and student researchers from one or more of Ontario’s 21 universities will answer your questions later online. The booth is a great way to engage in research conversations. Faculty, students and staff interested in helping out can sign up at the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) office or contact cmajtenyi@brocku.ca; 905-688-5550, x5789.Special 10th anniversary MNK presentation – Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics, Friday, April 10, 2:30 to 5 p.m., Thistle 325The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students’ Association will welcome Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics, to campus on Friday, April 10.Jorge will be in Thistle 325 to give a lecture, “The Power of Procrastination,” and sign books from 2:30 to 4 p.m., followed by the screening of The PhD Movie from 4 to 5 p.m. Register online. read more

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Revamped SAE to get new look

first_imgThe World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) is to be reformed after a recent meeting by the deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Konstantinos Tsiaras with the governing council of the organisation. SAE was formed in 1995 to consult and advise the Greek state on issues concerning Greeks abroad. Its Oceania branch is comprised of local Australian and New Zealand organisations. The fortunes of SAE, an entity completely funded by the Greek government, have ebbed low of late, due to the financial crisis in Greece. It was therefore decided that: 1. A slim-line committee, chaired by a representative of the Greek Attorney General’s Office and be comprised of members of the governing council of SAE, members of the Foreign Ministry and the Secretariat for Greeks Abroad is to be formed. Within two months, it will submit draft legislation outlining reforms in the organisation’s structure and operation. 2. The draft legislation will be submitted for discussion and review by ‘Greeks abroad’ after which time it will be put before parliament to be enacted in the usual manner. 3. Upon the legislation being passed by Parliament, the election of a new governing council for SAE will take place without delay. The Deputy Foreign Minister and the governing council of SAE are at great pains to point out that the new SAE shall be entirely self-funded, it shall be open to participation by and will represent all Greeks abroad and will act as an umbrella organisation for all existing Greek organisations throughout the world. Deputy Foreign Minister Tsiaras also raised the possibility that the governing council of SAE may be increased by nine members, these being “outstanding Greek personalities who reside abroad”. It remains unclear whether these will be appointed or elected as details of the proposed structure are yet to be determined. The prospect of a restructure of SAE was met with mixed emotions by representatives of its SAE Oceania Branch. While most welcomed the need for reform, delegates opined that the structure of Greek communities around the world in the global age is complex. Issues such as mixed marriages, language loss, the fact that the majority of the community here in Australia is disengaged from the local organisations currently recognised by the Greek government as representing them all need to be taken into account when determining who will be represented on the Council. Some delegates also expressed reservations about SAE’s advisory role to the Greek state on issues concerning Greeks abroad. One prominent delegate stated: “In the past, the mechanisms to provide advice simply did not work. Any new legislation will have to set out exactly how this new body is supposed to advise the Greek government, whether such advice will be binding and what redress is available to SAE should the Greek government not take its advice”. Concern was also expressed with regards to the method in which the proposed new legislation will be provided to the local community for comment, especially considering that SAE local branches exist diverse communities of Greeks throughout the world, all with different concerns and interests. “Who will review this document?” one local delegate asked. “Will it be an open forum or via written submission? If we are not happy with the proposals is there any scope for making change? None of these things are clear.” As the reform of the World Council of Greeks Abroad appear to be in its infancy, the consensus among Oceania SAE delegates is a cautious optimism for change, and the hope that the necessity for the existence of a worldwide network of unity will overcome any teething problems the revamped organisation will experience. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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iPad workshop by Pronia for the elderly and their carers

first_imgPeople aged over 65 years of age have seen rapid technological advances in their lifetime, while technology, and particularly access to computers, internet, and smartphones, has completely changed the aging process. Technology decreases feelings of isolation for seniors as it makes keeping in touch with family and friends easier.Participation in social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the use of Skype reportedly increases mental capabilities and memory, stimulates the brain and slows down dementia. Being able to access online support services or ask for help online has also helped to save lives. Not only the elderly, but also their carers and families can access the whole world by just clicking a button. Pronia has scheduled a free workshop on how to use an iPad for absolute beginners who either do not have an iPad or don’t know how to use one.There is a limited number of seats available. If you have an iPad you are encouraged to bring it along. When: Wednesday 10 May, 10.30 am to 12pmWhere: Monash Library Services at Clayton Community Centre, 9-15 Cooke St, Clayton, VIC. Bookings are necessary for this event. To book your place call Pronia on (03) 9388 9998. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Downtown Camas craves a comeback

first_imgClick to enlarge. Having weathered recent hard times, downtown Camas merchants are trying to position their Norman Rockwell-like business district for a comeback.These days, commerce isn’t exactly thriving on the city’s tree-lined section of Northeast Fourth Avenue. A half-dozen buildings and storefronts remain vacant, and some of the offices that once added to the downtown’s flavor have also disappeared.But Camas leaders and businesses pin their hopes for the sector’s recovery on downtown staples, such as the refurbished 85-year-old Liberty Theater, a few destination restaurants, boutiques and a martial arts studio that draws repeat regulars. Many are now touting recently announced plans for a new downtown brewpub as the city’s newest salvation.Those Camas shopkeepers and city officials confess the task of building on their modest gains won’t be easy, given contracting city budgets and consumers who are holding on tighter than ever to their shrunken disposable incomes.Seasoned business owners say they would advise downtown startups to have a fail-safe business plan and provide selection, service and community support.“In the 10 years since I’ve been here, I’ve seen each year, maybe three businesses open and one doesn’t make it,” said Dawn Stanchfield, owner of Lily Atelier, a downtown women’s clothing boutique.She predicted the brewpub planned at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street will have a successful run if its operators come up with the right mix of product.last_img read more

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire Cray consolidating supercomputer power

first_img Comments 9 Photos Tags 3:00 A Cray 2 supercomputer from 1985 at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. Stephen Shankland/CNET Hewlett Packard Enterprise is concentrating more supercomputing power in its own hands, announcing Friday a plan to acquire Cray just weeks after the high-performance computing specialist announced it’ll make what could become the fastest supercomputer ever.HPE said it’s agreed to acquire Seattle-based Cray in an all-cash deal worth about $1.3 billion expected to close by January 2020. The acquisition of the high-performance computing company will expand HPE’s portfolio and help lower the cost of Cray’s technology such as Slingshot, a high-speed network linking computing nodes into one big supercomputer, the company said.On May 7, the US Department of Energy said it’s working with Cray and AMD to build one of the world’s most powerful computers, called Frontier, due to arrive in 2021. It will have a performance of 1.5 exaflops, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, which is faster than the 1.0 exaflops supercomputer Cray is working on with Intel called the Aurora.  Share your voice Supercomputers Computerscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 10 Summit is the world’s smartest computer SGI ultimately sold the Cray assets to a small supercomputing firm, Tera Computer, in 2000, which renamed itself after the better-known brand. Now it’s HPE’s turn to take over, continuing its consolidation of the supercomputing market. Last year, HPE also acquired SGI. And if you need another illustration of the market’s instability, Rackable Systems acquired SGI and took over its name in 2009.HPE and Cray didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Originally published May 17, 8:23 a.m. PT.Update, 9:54 a.m. PT: Adds more history and background. Seymour Cray’s path to supercomputing Supercomputers are massive machines sometimes occupying as much room as a basketball court usually used to simulate reality in extraordinary detail. That can be used for projects like reconstructing the history of the universe, estimating if decades-old nuclear weapons will still explode, designing engines and aircraft, and forecasting the effects of global climate change.”Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation,” HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri said in a statement. “By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high-performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work.”Cray’s historic supercomputer nameThe Cray name is synonymous with supercomputing. Founded by Seymour Cray in 1972 after years working on scientific computers at his earlier company, Control Data Corp., it produced a series of high-power, high-prestige machines snapped up by customers like national laboratories doing nuclear weapons research.But supercomputing has been a tough business, and Cray’s corporate reality has changed as much as the computer technology it sells.High-performance computing rival Silicon Graphics, later called SGI, acquired Cray in 1996, while then-hot Sun Microsystems expanded its business computing ambitions by buying Cray’s 64-processor UE10000 “Starfire” design, sold as Sun’s Enterprise 10000.last_img read more

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Thorne Bay School District experiments with aquaponics

first_imgDownload AudioAbout five years ago, the Southeast Island School District in Thorne Bay put in a wood-fired boiler. A few years after, they built a greenhouse to take advantage of the excess heat.  This summer, the greenhouse transitioned from hydroponics to aquaponics.last_img

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From Rajinikanths Petta to Ajiths Viswasam here are highest grossing movies in

first_imgA collage of top performing movies at the Chennai box office.PR HandoutRajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam are in the top two positions in the list of highest-grossing profitable movies at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Not just the big-stars’ films, there are a few movies which have made good business in the capital city of Tamil Nadu without any A-list Tamil actor in the cast.Petta Rajinikanth’s Petta is at the numero uno position at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Released on January 9, the Karthik Subbaraj-directorial is estimated to have grossed over Rs 15.25 crore.Viswasam Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara’s Viswasam is a family entertainer packed with action and emotions. The Siruthai Siva-directorial, which is the highest-grosser in Tamil Nadu in the first quarter, has settled at the second place by raking in over Rs 12.50 crore in Chennai.Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Santhanam has returned to form with Dhilluku Dhuddu 2. The comedy entertainer enjoyed good viewership and turned out to be a successful venture for the makers and distributors. It has collected around Rs 4.20 crore in Chennai.Captain Marvel Hollywood’s market in Chennai has been growing at a rapid rate in the last couple of years and the business made by Captain Marvel is a clear indication of it. The movie has earned Rs 4.10 crore in Chennai and has occupied fourth place in the list.Thadam Arun Vijay’s Thadam has emerged as the surprise winner at the box office. The crime thriller has raked in over Rs 3.50 crore in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.LKG RJ Balaji’s LKG too is a surprise hit at the box office. The political satire went on to earn close to Rs 3.5 crore which is a very good number for a debutant as a hero. LKG.PR Handoutlast_img read more

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Will Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 Airlift Mastizaade do a Bajirao Mastani

first_imgAfter the box office success of Eros International Media-distributed film “Bajirao Mastani”, the spotlight will now be on Balaji Telefilms’ “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and Pritish Nandy Communications’ adult comedy “Mastizaade”, along with Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Balaji Telefilms (BTL) and Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) — both listed entities — would like to see a decent success at the box office, after “Bajirao Mastani” grossed over Rs 359 crore till its fifth weekend worldwide.The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, released on 18 December, the day Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” also released.In a regulatory filing with the BSE last month, PNC said the Sunny Leone-Tusshar Kapoor-Vir Das-starrer “Mastizaade” will release on 29 January, 2016, with an estimated 2,000 prints by Kumar Mangat’s Panorama Studios, which acquired the movie’s theatrical rights.Eros International Media, global distributor for “Bajirao Mastani”, grossed much more than the Rs 200-300 crore predicted by brokerage Maybank, as reported by NDTV.”Dilwale”, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, did better than “Bajirao Mastani”, grossing Rs 375 crore worldwide at the box office. The film was distributed by Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3″, produced by Ekta Kapoor’s BTL, has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9″ contestant Mandana Karimi, Gizele Thakral and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead, and will release on 22 January, 2016.BTL, which has interests in movies apart from Hindi and regional soaps, had earlier said in its post-second-quarter earnings presentation that movies would be part of its three-pronged strategy to become a media powerhouse in India, the other two being television content and digital business.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” is scheduled to release the same day Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Shares of Balaji Telefilms closed at Rs 119.40 on the BSE on Tuesday, up 5.11% from the previous close. In the past six months, the stock has appreciated almost 35%.PNC shares edged lower on Tuesday to close with a loss of 4.6% at Rs 20.70. The stock has gone up 55% in the past six months.,After the box office success of Eros International Media-distributed film “Bajirao Mastani”, the spotlight will now be on Balaji Telefilms’ “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and Pritish Nandy Communications’ adult comedy “Mastizaade”, along with Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Balaji Telefilms (BTL) and Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) — both listed entities — would like to see a decent success at the box office, after “Bajirao Mastani” grossed over Rs 359 crore till its fifth weekend worldwide.The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, released on 18 December, the day Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” also released.In a regulatory filing with the BSE last month, PNC said the Sunny Leone-Tusshar Kapoor-Vir Das-starrer “Mastizaade” will release on 29 January, 2016, with an estimated 2,000 prints by Kumar Mangat’s Panorama Studios, which acquired the movie’s theatrical rights.Eros International Media, global distributor for “Bajirao Mastani”, grossed much more than the Rs 200-300 crore predicted by brokerage Maybank, as reported by NDTV.”Dilwale”, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, did better than “Bajirao Mastani”, grossing Rs 375 crore worldwide at the box office. The film was distributed by Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3″, produced by Ekta Kapoor’s BTL, has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9″ contestant Mandana Karimi, Gizele Thakral and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead, and will release on 22 January, 2016.BTL, which has interests in movies apart from Hindi and regional soaps, had earlier said in its post-second-quarter earnings presentation that movies would be part of its three-pronged strategy to become a media powerhouse in India, the other two being television content and digital business.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” is scheduled to release the same day Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Shares of Balaji Telefilms closed at Rs 119.40 on the BSE on Tuesday, up 5.11% from the previous close. In the past six months, the stock has appreciated almost 35%.PNC shares edged lower on Tuesday to close with a loss of 4.6% at Rs 20.70. The stock has gone up 55% in the past six months.,After the box office success of Eros International Media-distributed film “Bajirao Mastani”, the spotlight will now be on Balaji Telefilms’ “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and Pritish Nandy Communications’ adult comedy “Mastizaade”, along with Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Balaji Telefilms (BTL) and Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) — both listed entities — would like to see a decent success at the box office, after “Bajirao Mastani” grossed over Rs 359 crore till its fifth weekend worldwide.The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, released on 18 December, the day Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” also released.In a regulatory filing with the BSE last month, PNC said the Sunny Leone-Tusshar Kapoor-Vir Das-starrer “Mastizaade” will release on 29 January, 2016, with an estimated 2,000 prints by Kumar Mangat’s Panorama Studios, which acquired the movie’s theatrical rights.Eros International Media, global distributor for “Bajirao Mastani”, grossed much more than the Rs 200-300 crore predicted by brokerage Maybank, as reported by NDTV.”Dilwale”, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, did better than “Bajirao Mastani”, grossing Rs 375 crore worldwide at the box office. The film was distributed by Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3″, produced by Ekta Kapoor’s BTL, has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9″ contestant Mandana Karimi, Gizele Thakral and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead, and will release on 22 January, 2016.BTL, which has interests in movies apart from Hindi and regional soaps, had earlier said in its post-second-quarter earnings presentation that movies would be part of its three-pronged strategy to become a media powerhouse in India, the other two being television content and digital business.”Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” is scheduled to release the same day Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.Shares of Balaji Telefilms closed at Rs 119.40 on the BSE on Tuesday, up 5.11% from the previous close. In the past six months, the stock has appreciated almost 35%.PNC shares edged lower on Tuesday to close with a loss of 4.6% at Rs 20.70. The stock has gone up 55% in the past six months.last_img read more

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BNP gets green signal for 7 Nov rally Rizvi

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has again deferred its public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, marking ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’, to 12 November.The opposition political party originally sought permission from the police authorities for holding the rally on 8 November, but later it deferred the date to 11 November due to the ongoing 63rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).When contacted, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the party is yet to get police permission for the public rally where BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to address.“We have, however, received a kind of green signal for holding the rally on 12 November at Suhrawardy Udyan,” Rizvi told Prothom Alo.BNP and like-minded forces observe 7 November 2017 as ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’. On this day in 1975, amid political turmoil, soldiers and civilians jointly freed then chief of army staff Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka cantonment.BNP had chalked out a 10-day programme to observe the day in a befitting manner, including paying homage to the grave of its founder and late president Ziaur Rahman near the national parliamentary complex at capital’s Agargaon.But the party has been denied permission this year to visit its founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave today, Tuesday, on the plea of security of foreign guests attending the CPA conference. The authorities have slapped section 144 in the areas until 11:00pm on Wednesday, which imposes a ban on any sort of gathering.Talking to newsmen, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the party would for sure visit the grave when the Section 144 would be lifted.About its planned public rally, Mirza Fakhrul said the party hopes that the authorities will allow it hold the 7 November rally.last_img read more

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Houston To See Heavy Rainfall Early This Week

first_img Share Twitter via @SpaceCityWXHarris County emergency management officials are monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Gulf that’s slated to bring heavy downpours to the Houston area for the early part of the week.It could also bring the possibility of street flooding.Forecasters say expect a range of about 1-3 inches north of I-10 to 3-6 inches south of I-10.Use extra caution while driving on the roads and plan for extra time during your commute.last_img

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