64 students fall sick after consuming midday meal in UP

first_imgOfficials said that around 64 students fell sick due to suspected food poisoning after consuming mid-day meal at a Government Primary school at Juggaur in Chinhat area here today.This is the second incident of students falling ill after eating mid-day meal in the state capital in the last over one month time. Students of the government primary school started feeling uneasy and complained of stomach ache after having mid-day meal today, an official source said.Ambulances were rushed to the school and 64 students were sent to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here, District Magistrate Rajshekhar said. “Doctors have examined most of them and only three students are admitted to the hospital and the rest were given required medication. All were stated to be out of danger and will be discharged soon,” he said.Food samples have being collected from the school campus and the Food Safety Department has been asked to collect today’s sample from Akshay Patra, the NGO involved in supply of mid-day meal, for lab testing, Rajshekhar said.”It is a matter of serious concern as this is the second case in recent days. We are ensuring the best possible treatment to the students and make sure that inquiry is done properly and action is taken accordingly in this case,” the DM said.Earlier, on July 29 over 50 students of a government primary school at Arya Nagar locality fell ill after consuming milk provided under mid-day meal scheme, prompting the district administration to order an inquiry into the matter.advertisementlast_img read more

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RS logjam ends but no consensus on GST

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) The logjam in Rajya Sabha was broken today with Opposition agreeing for passage of some bills and allowing its normal functioning in remaining three days of Winter session after an all-party meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari but a consensus eluded GST.After the hour-long deliberations, Ansari said the meeting was “good”.Members from different parties decided to pass the SC ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, the Appropriation Bills, the Anti Hijacking Bill, the Atomic Energy Amendment Bill, the Commercial Courts Ordinance Bill and the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Bill by December 23 when the current session comes to an end, sources said.Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “nothing new was discussed at this meeting apart from what was discussed earlier at the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting.” When asked whether Congress has agreed to passage of some bills, he said that some of the bills on which his party has committed support like the SC/ST bill will be passed alongwith Appropriation Bill. “There was no discussion on GST. The discussion was on some bills on which there is a general consensus. Everybody is aware that there is no consensus on GST. Not only Congress has some reservations but other parties also ,” Azad said when asked whether any decision on GST was taken in the meeting.The GST bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha, must be passed by the Rajya Sabha by December 23 and then sent to the states for passage to enable the GST regime to be rolled out by April 1, 2016.advertisementMinister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, however, said, “there has been a very meaningful discussion in the meeting. A number of parties have expressed concern over Parliament not functioning.”All of them decided that the House should function. It has been decided to pass the pending government bills even by sitting late,” he said. Asked about the crucial GST bill, Naqvi said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made an appeal to the opposition to pass the constitution bill as well in the conducive atmosphere that has emerged after the meeting. “But, I dont think the main opposition party has an agreement on this,” he said, adding that other opposition parties favour a passage of the bill.Ever since the winter session started on November 26, proceedings in the Rajya Sabha have been disrupted over a variety of issues with Congress accusing the Modi government of “political vendetta” in the wake of the National Herald case. The Arunachal Pradesh imbroglio and Union Minister V K Singhs dog remarks also triggered uproar in the House. (MORE) PTI AMR SKC SPG VMN VMNlast_img read more

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Andres Iniesta becomes a La Liga Icon

first_imgAndrés Iniesta has been named the latest ‘LaLiga Icon’ a La Liga initiative to continue growing worldwide driven by the popularity of players like the FC Barcelona legend. The 35-year-old currently playing his football in Japan becomes the newest star to be named a ‘LaLiga Icon’ after his Spanish teammate Iker Casillas. “We are delighted to have Andrés Iniesta on board as a La Liga Icon” said La Liga President, Javier Tebas. “He is a player than inspires millions and is a fantastic representative for what LaLiga stands for across the globe.” The LaLiga Icons initiative aims to expand the LaLiga brand through a strategy focused on digital dissemination, maximising LaLiga content and taking advantage of synergies between social networks, allowing LaLiga to connect with fans globally. Also in attendance at the presentation gala held in the Japanese capital, Tokyo were Fernando Sanz, Director of Institutional Relations and LaLiga Ambassadors programme and Samuel Eto’o, a former teammate of Iniesta’s at FC Barcelona and current LaLiga Ambassador. ASICS announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with Spanish football star Andrés Iniesta. The announcement follows the player’s recent high-profile move to Japanese club, Vissel-Kobe. The deal was announced at a press conference today in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the brand’s vision to expand its football business and reach more audiences across Asia and beyond. Iniesta is respected by fans around the world for his playing style and sportsmanship – qualities that closely align with the ASICS brand identity. Iniesta says: “I am extremely excited to be part of the ASICS family, a brand that embodies similar values and beliefs to myself as a sportsperson. I am committed to inspiring others to move more, as well as elevating the game from grassroots levels in Japan to bridge the gap between Asian football and the rest of the world. I believe this move is another positive step in making this happen.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Guardiola dismisses Juventus reports

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has categorically denied reports that he would be leaving the Etihad Stadium for Juventus.Guardiola saw City extend their lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday thanks to a Raheem Sterling hat-trick as Watford were dispatched 3-1 at the Etihad. Liverpool now trail the defending champions by four points, although they can cut the deficit back to one with victory over Burnley on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pep’s name has appeared in connection with the Turin giants in recent days, as the Old Lady face missing out on the Champions League title once more. Massimiliano Allegri’s charges will begin the second leg two goals down to Atletico Madrid, with the return match to be played on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the long-term outlook at City is also far from clear. On Thursday UEFA announced that they were investigating the club over possible breaches of Financial Fair Play rules. The Premier League has now followed suit in looking into the club’s transfer business, while Man City insist that the claims are false.The Spaniard has now been mooted as a possible successor should Allegri leave Juventus, but he insists there is no truth in such speculation.“I know that social media has influence but I don’t understand why the big papers say that I’m going to Italy,” he told reporters. “I have two more years here and I’m not going anywhere unless they sack me. I hope to be here another two years and maybe another.”The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach continued to show his solidarity with under-pressure Allegri and reiterate that he had no intention of leaving City.”I don’t understand why someone says something on social media and everyone says it is happening, when they don’t try to call the club, my agent, Juventus,” he fired.”I am sorry for Allegri. I have two years and it is impossible for me to move, unless I get sacked. I am not going to Juventus for the next two seasons.”City are next in action at home on Tuesday against Schalke, and will look to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals as they hold a 3-2 advantage after the first leg.last_img read more

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Eddie Jones out for Six Nations revenge after Scotland taunts last year

first_imgThe destiny of the Six Nations may be out of England’s control despite their 57-14 win against Italy, but Eddie Jones warned their final opponents, Scotland, that he has not forgotten the taunts last year after his side were beaten at Murrayfield.England will finish second if Wales secure the grand slam by defeating Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday but Jones is focused on finishing the campaign on a high and avenging last year’s 25-13 loss at Murrayfield, which was the start of a run of five successive defeats. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp “We cannot control what happens in Cardiff but we can control how we play against Scotland,” said the head coach after victory over Italy took England past 100 points in their two home matches this tournament. “We know we will have to be at our absolute best against them.“It is their game of the season and we know how they carried on after they beat us last year. I remember everything that was said then and all we have to worry about next week is playing well against Scotland. I was really pleased with the response against Italy after the defeat in Cardiff, even if we did leave two or three tries out there.” Share on Messenger Jones said he accepted the blame for what happened in Cardiff, when England collapsed in the final 13 minutes having held a 10-3 lead at half-time, with the half-backs George Ford and Dan Robson left on the bench. “I did not coach the side well against Wales and I was filthy about it,” he said. “I should have adjusted quicker and I let down the players by not doing so. It was a very disappointing final 30 minutes in Cardiff and it is hard to recover from something like that. Players get a lot of criticism and you have to stick to your guns.”Jones picked a hefty three-quarter line against Italy, who were unable to cope with the pace and power of Manu Tuilagi and Joe Cokanasiga, although he will be having words with the latter who for much of the match carried the ball in one hand while fending off tacklers with the other. England 57-14 Italy: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham Share on Pinterest Six Nations 2019 The Observer Share on Facebook Scotland rugby union team England rugby union team Italy rugby union team Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIncenter_img Read more Share via Email Six Nations Share on Twitter Rugby union news Eddie Jones Read more Irrepressible Manu Tuilagi inspires England to thumping win over Italy Support The Guardian Reuse this content Topics The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. “One-handed stuff is great for you guys [the media] but sometimes it is better with two,” said Jones. “He is a young kid with great potential. When we took him to Argentina in 2017, he could not complete a training session but now he can challenge Israel Folau as the best player in the air. I am delighted for Manu after his long time out with injuries. The game is getting more and more physical and it is an advantage to have big players who are skilful and move fast.”Italy slumped to their 21st consecutive Six Nations defeat. Their head coach, Conor O’Shea, praised the resilience of his side on an afternoon when they lost three centres and finished with a prop in the back row. “They could have thrown in the towel but kept getting stuck in against a powerful side who, in my opinion, are the best in the Six Nations,” he said.last_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka: Carroll offers something different

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keeper Dubravka: Carroll offers something differentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says Andy Carroll offers them something different.Dubravka feels that Carroll’s return may even change the way he thinks about the way he plays as a goalkeeper given Carroll’s menacing presence in the final third.He told the Evening Chronicle: “It affects things a lot. For the team-mates when Andy is on the pitch the opponents definitely have to be aware of him.”He’s a massive guy who can keep the ball. In the last 10 minutes we were trying to push them.”Andy is a quality player. When he is fully fit he will be definitely one of the best in our squad.”Let’s hope he will be fit soon and be scoring goals for us.” last_img read more

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Rural Water to Refurbish Tye Dixon Basic School

first_imgTye Dixon Basic School in St. Catherine is to receive a face-lift this Labour Day, May 23, as staff members of the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) have adopted the school for their project. This was disclosed by Managing Director of RWSL, Audley Thompson, at the Heads of Agencies meeting of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, on May 15. The scope of work will include painting of the building, bushing of the yard, painting of the nearby water tank, and repairing all related water lines on the compound. Preliminary work has already begun at the school by RWSL, with the aim of ensuring that all projected work will be completed on Labour Day. “The main building of the school was not painted and some areas were not rendered; so that will be done [on Labour Day]. We’ll also be painting the tank there,” Mr. Thompson said. The RWSL also plans to do additional work in the community that will enhance the work being done at the school. According to Mr. Thompson, some work will be executed on the pipeline infrastructure in the immediate vicinity. “We are a water company, so we will be fixing up the entire pipeline in the community [including] all of the service connections and pipelines that were broken along the route,” he said. Contact: O. Rodger Hutchinsonlast_img read more

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Engine-Room Fire aboard Carnival Liberty, No Injuries

first_imgzoom A fire broke out aboard the Carnival Liberty, a Conquest-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line, on Monday while the ship was in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.The cruise ship was carrying 3,346 passengers and 1,150 crew; however, as informed by the U.S. Coast Guard there were no injuries reported.At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday, local time, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Juan command center received a report from the Carnival Liberty of a fire in the cruise ship’s aft engine room while it was moored in St. Thomas.The Carnival Liberty crew reported that the fire had been extinguished by cruise ship’s CO2 and Hi-Fog fire suppression systems and that all passengers and non-essential crew had been safely disembarked.According to a statement from Carnival, all guests remained ashore through yesterday evening while the ship’s technical systems were evaluated. All hotel services including air conditioning, elevators, toilets, galleys, etc. were reported to be fully functional.“Crew was permitted to reboard at approximately 5:30 p.m. EDT to prepare for the anticipated embarkation of guests. At approximately 8 p.m. EDT the U.S. Coast Guard gave permission for guests to reboard,” the statement read.Coast Guard marine safety investigators and inspectors from Marine Safety Detachment Saint Thomas have been dispatched to the scene with the Carnival Liberty to assess the damage and determine cause of the fire.Carnival said that a deeper technical assessment of the affected engine room is expected to be completed in the morning. However, the cruise line could not specify when the ship would depart St. Thomas.Carnival Liberty is on the second day of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed San Juan yesterday with 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew.last_img read more

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Inside Ontarios fight to save declining barn swallows one bird house at

first_imgTOWNSEND, Ont. – The long grass sways as a soft summer wind sweeps under two strange structures, blowing with it the faint smell of manure, in an otherwise empty Ontario field. Under one, which looks like a tiny house on stilts, Myles Falconer carefully removes five barn swallow chicks from their nest to have them weighed, measured and banded.“The chicks are too young to get ornery,” Falconer says as he handles the tiny songbirds, “but we wouldn’t want to do this in a few weeks.”The biologist is part of a small team with Bird Studies Canada that is researching barn swallows in an effort to understand why their population in Ontario has plummeted — down 65 per cent between 1966 and 2009, according to the provincial government.No one really knows what’s causing the decline, but researchers suspect habitat loss for the small bird, the striking aerial insectivore with an iridescent steel-blue back, rusty red forehead and throat, and distinctive forked tails.That is the focus of a unique experiment Bird Studies Canada launched two years ago in Townsend, Ont., where the province had declared a parcel of land surplus, which meant that eight dilapidated buildings — some of them barns — located there had to be taken down.Suspecting some of those building might house barn swallow nests, Infrastructure Ontario, which manages thousands of government-owned properties across the province, hired environmental consulting firm Cole Engineering to conduct a land survey.“If we’re taking down the barn, we would be breaking the law if we didn’t do habitat compensation,” says Lisa Myslicki, of Infrastructure Ontario.Under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, animals considered a species at risk, such as barn swallows, and their habitat must be protected.After the barn swallows flew south in the fall of 2015, Cole Engineering — with funding from the Ontario government — designed and built the two structures, which now house a total of seven active bird nests.As adult barn swallows whip around the area, Chris Parent, a biologist with Cole Engineering, points out the intricacies of the birds’ buildings he helped design.Parent examined the old barns, which have since been demolished, to figure out where the birds were nesting. In his design, he incorporated three styles of nests inspired by their locations in the old barn: ledges, cups and cross structures.“The idea being the barn swallows would select for themselves what would serve as the best nesting site,” Parent says. This is another aspect of the study the biologists are monitoring. So far, the birds seem to prefer the ledges and cups.The two new bird houses are different, one with a longer overhang than the other, which provides different temperatures for the birds, Parent explains, replete with a ventilation system.And there’s a security system. Four large galvanized steel cones protect the birds from predators, at least the terrestrial kind, designed with raccoons in mind.“Picture a raccoon going up one of those pillars, using three legs to hold on and one trying to reach around that cone,” Parent says. “Well, the dimension of that cone is approximately five centimetres beyond the grasp of an average raccoon.”There are five other similar sites in Ontario, says Kristyn Richardson, a biologist with Bird Studies Canada, but they usually only have one nesting pair. But she says the two structures in Townsend are the most successful so far.In addition to those six sites, she says, Bird Studies Canada is also studying about 20 other barns with nests.The researchers are also monitoring the birds’ movements, Richardson says.Last summer they captured barn swallows and placed “nano tags” on them, which emit a radio frequency. With four towers set up to detect the signals and a hand-held receiver, they discovered the birds stay close to the nests as they feed, never flying farther than 200 metres from home.And last fall, they were able to trace the barn swallows’ flights south. First, they flew to Long Point, Ont, a peninsula that juts deep into Lake Erie, where they hung out in the marshes for a bit, before their long journey south to the Amazon basin, Richardson says.With ankle bands, the researchers hope to find some swallows that return to the nesting grounds as proof for their hypothesis that the birds return to the same area year after year. It’s still early days in the world of research, but they’re also studying survival and dispersal.“For a bird that used to be so common,” Richardson says, “it’s a sad and alarming thing that we’re losing so many of them this quickly.”last_img read more

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HBC strikes 16B deal to unlock real estate value amid investor pressure

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) has struck a $1.6 billion deal that will see it sell its flagship Lord & Taylor property and lease out office space in some of its other high-profile locations amid mounting pressure from an activist shareholder.The company announced Tuesday that it will sell the Lord & Taylor space on New York’s tony Fifth Avenue to WeWork Property Advisors, a joint venture between workspace company WeWork and Rhone Capital, in a deal valued at $1.075 billion.In a related transaction, Rhone Capital will buy $632 million of equity in the Toronto-based retailer. HBC expects to use the $1.6 billion in proceeds from the sale and investment to reduce debt or increase cash on its balance sheet. About $501 million of that will be used to repay the mortgage on the Lord & Taylor property.The deals come as HBC faces increased pressure from a U.S. activist investment fund that has argued Hudson’s Bay stock is worth only one-third of the real estate it owns.Land & Buildings Investment Management called Monday for the removal of HBC’s board, which is chaired by Richard Baker. The company announced Friday Baker will also act as interim CEO after current chief executive Gerald Storch announced his departure.The company’s management has been under pressure for months from Land & Buildings, which estimates that HBC’s real estate is worth $35 per share. HBC shares gained two per cent or 23 cents on Tuesday to close at $11.98 at the Toronto Stock Exchange.Baker said the deals will strengthen the retailer and “enable us to drive ongoing value creation.”“HBC and WeWork have been working together to reimagine retail environments for current and future generations,” Baker said in a statement.Lord & Taylor retail operations will continue to occupy all of the Manhattan location through the end of next year’s holiday season. The Lord & Taylor flagship location will eventually house a smaller store as well as the New York headquarters of WeWork, which provides working space and services for more than 150,000 members around the world.The agreement will also see WeWork lease the upper floors of three HBC department stores: the Queen Street location in Toronto, the Granville Street store in Vancouver and Galeria Kaufhof in Frankfurt.“The acquisition by WeWork Property Advisors of the Lord & Taylor flagship building on Fifth Avenue is a statement of intent and commitment by WeWork to New York City,” said Adam Neumann, the company’s co-founder and CEO.HBC and WeWork plan to work together across the Canadian company’s global real estate portfolio and product offerings, including exclusive HBC sales online and in store for WeWork’s members.Rhone has agreed to pay $12.42 each for nearly 51 million HBC convertible preferred shares. They can be converted into an equal number of HBC common shares, which represent a 21.8 per cent stake in the company.Rhone and WeWork will also each have the right to appoint a representative to the HBC board of directors.HBC says the private placement is subject to approvals by regulators in Canada and the United States, expected in November. It expects to close the Lord & Taylor real estate transaction by Aug. 10, 2018.last_img read more

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BJD to field 33 women in LS polls says Patnaik

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday said the BJD would field 33 per cent women among its candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, terming the move a “benchmark for women empowerment” in the country.Making the announcement at a rally in Kendrapara, the Biju Janata Dal president said the “historic step” would lead the way in empowering women. “If India is to lead the world, if India has to compete with countries like America and China and become an advanced nation, women empowerment is the only answer,” he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Patnaik’s decision would mean that the ruling BJD will field women candidates for at least seven out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state. At present, there are three women Lok Sabha MPs from Odisha. The BJD had won 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in 2014. Patnaik, however, did not make any such announcement for the assembly polls which is slated to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. Odisha’s 147-member assembly has 12 women MLAs at present. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn November last year, a resolution was passed unanimously in the state assembly seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in state legislative assemblies and Parliament. The BJD supremo said he had sent a proposal in this regard to all the national parties and chief ministers. “I call upon all the national parties that they should be true to their words and must follow what they propagate for women empowerment,” he said. Patnaik reminded the crowd that his father and former chief minister Biju Patnaik implemented 33 per cent reservation for women for the first time in the country, in the three-tier panchayati raj institutions and government jobs. The state government enhanced the reservation for women to 50 per cent in panchayats in 2012. Patnaik’s announcement, however, was dubbed by opposition BJP and Congress as a “pre-poll game plan” to woo women voters. Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan said reservation of seats for women is “welcome”, but the timing of the BJD’s announcement, ahead of the elections, is nothing but a “gimmick to grab the votes” of women electors. Terming the move as a “tool” to influence female voters, a senior Congress leader said his party has no objection if women get 33 per cent reservation in state assemblies and Parliament, but the BJD is using it as a “last ditch effort” to get votes as its “popularity has nosedived”. Patnaik had in December last urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate steps to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill, pending in the Lok Sabha. He had subsequently written to the chief ministers of all the states and Union territories seeking their cooperation to secure 33 per cent reservation for women in legislative assemblies and Parliament.last_img read more

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Discount movies Which theatre subscription is best

NEW YORK — A movie a day in theatres for $10 a month seemed too good to be true. And it was.MoviePass, which tried to bring Netflix-like subscriptions to the movie theatre, pulled back on its deal last summer. MoviePass was a consumer success, but a financial disaster. MoviePass had to pay theatres the full price of most tickets, which quickly exceeded $10 each month.Today, MoviePass chugs along with an offer for three movies a month starting at the same $10 fee. But it faces competition from theatre chains and a Turkish startup that brought back a movie a day, at least temporarily — this time for $20 a month.Here’s a look at the major subscription offerings for theatres in the U.S.:MOVIEPASSYou get a debit card that MoviePass loads with money when you show up at a theatre and check in on the MoviePass app. The card works at most theatres, but not necessarily with all movies. You can only get tickets for showings that day.The $10 monthly rate limits you to a rotating list of about six movies each day, only one or two of which is a major studio release. It’s good if you like independent movies, but awful if you live where independent movies aren’t shown. If movie tickets tend to cost more where you live, the subscription price goes up to $13 or $15.For $5 more each month, MoviePass will let you see the movie of your choice. Yet another $5 — a total of up to $25 — gives you one Imax or 3D screening per month.Movie credits disappear if you don’t use them before the billing month is up. If you watch all three movies, MoviePass is cheaper than regular tickets. But you can often come close by choosing matinee and other discount showtimes or by buying discount vouchers through theatre chains or retailers such as Costco.There’s no long-term commitment, though if you cancel, you’re not allowed back for nine months.SINEMIASinemia, a Turkish company now based in Los Angeles, has a service that works much like MoviePass, except you pay a one-time fee of $25 to get a debit card for same-day tickets at theatres. There are no restrictions on which movies you can watch.Without a card, or for future dates, you can get tickets online. Sinemia passes along the ticketing fees that Fandango and other online services charge. It also adds a “processing fee” of $1.80 per movie. Those fees are waived, at least for now, when getting tickets in person at theatres, so paying for the debit card is cheaper in the long run.Prices and plans change frequently, so if you see one you like, grab it right away. Over the past few weeks, Sinemia had a movie-a-day plan for $20 a month, excluding 3D and other premium movies. But by Friday morning, Sinemia was offering eight movies a month at that price. Other non-premium plans range from $4 for one movie to $8 for three. You can pay more for premium plans.Though Sinemia occasionally offers pay-per-month options, all plans currently require a year-long commitment, paid up front. One unused ticket can be carried over to the next month.AMC A-LISTThe nation’s largest theatre chain offers three movies a week, including an unlimited number in premium formats, starting at $20 a month. The subscription fee is higher — $22 or $24 — in states where ticket prices are higher.You get same-day and advance tickets through an app, with no fees, and can cancel up until showtime. Getting tickets is easier, compared with Sinemia and MoviePass. But the plan is good only if you live near an AMC theatre and like the major studio releases typically shown there. Independent movies are limited.There’s a three-month commitment, though you’re still billed monthly. If you cancel, you can’t come back for six months. AMC does offer $5 tickets on Tuesdays, so that might be cheaper if you aren’t going to watch at least four movies a month.OTHER THEATER CHAINSWith Cinemark Movie Club, $9 gets you one non-premium ticket per month, which isn’t necessarily cheaper, considering that the average U.S. ticket price is $9. Unused tickets can be rolled over into future months. You also get 20 per cent off concessions.Alamo Drafthouse is testing its own subscription offering, initially in Yonkers, New York, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Prices and terms vary during the testing period.Sinemia, meanwhile, is helping other theatre chains create their own subscriptions distinct from the main Sinemia service. Studio Movie Grill and Showcase Cinemas offer plans this way.Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press read more

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Ban welcomes inauguration of Somali Parliament as watershed moment

“He congratulates the people of Somalia on reaching this watershed moment on their road to peace, stability and political transformation,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a statement. “The Somali people have waited twenty years for peace to take root in their country. Now is the time to begin a new chapter in their history.”According to the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), some 215 of the total number of 275 Members of Parliament were sworn in today at an inauguration ceremony in the capital, Mogadishu, passing the benchmark of 185 which allows for the new Federal Parliament to convene with a functioning majority. The UN chief was joined in his welcoming of the inauguration by his Special Representative and head of UNPOS, Augustine Mahiga.“This historic moment marks the long-awaited end of the transitional period in Somalia,” Mr. Mahiga said in news release. “The new MPs, selected after broad-based, grass-roots consultations and representing all of Somalia’s clans, have been successfully screened against objective criteria and are now ready to start their important work.” After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with the country’s transitional federal institutions implementing a so-called Roadmap for the End of Transition, which spells out priority measures to be carried out before the current transitional governing arrangements end by the deadline of 20 August.The measures included the drafting of a new Provisional Constitution, and the selection of the Members of Parliament by a group of 135 traditional Somali Elders, with the advice of a Technical Selection Committee. A National Constituent Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Provisional Constitution on 1 August. The document was a key part of the Roadmap process, providing a legal framework governing the workings of the new Somali Federal Institutions after 20 August.“The Somali people have met the key 20 August deadline of the Roadmap on ending the transitional period and showed their courage and determination in moving forward on the road to peace and stability,” Mr. Mahiga said.Held at Mogadishu International Airport, the inauguration ceremony was attended by the currently serving President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, respectively, and the current Speaker of Parliament – a former army general, Mussa Hassan Abdulle, who was appointed interim Speaker of the Parliament – as well as members of the Mogadishu-based diplomatic community.“The Secretary-General commends the courage and tenacity of the Technical Selection Committee and Somalia’s traditional Elders, who have worked steadfastly, in the face of immense pressure, to select and approve a new Parliament that is credible and representative of the national character of Somalia,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.“He urges them to complete the nomination and vetting of remaining candidates, to ensure that the full complement of the new Parliament is able to sit within a few days,” the spokesperson added.In the lead-up to 20 August, there had been reports of spoilers trying to ensure that the political status quo was maintained and extended beyond the transition process, through tactics such as intimidation, bribery, and influence-peddling. Mr. Mahiga paid tribute to the “hard work and dedication” of the Elders for identifying the parliamentary candidates, UNPOS noted in its press release, adding that the envoy also hailed the Technical Selection Committee for “diligently vetting the candidates and to all the Somali people at this moment of hope, optimism and progress.” “Today’s events are the culmination of over 12 months of arduous and contentious political negotiations and mark the beginning of the last phase of the transition which will be completed in the coming days with the appointment of a speaker, deputy speaker and a president,” Mr. Mahiga said.According to media reports on Monday, the new lawmakers also decided to delay the election of a new president by a few days. Ms. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General calls on the parliamentarians to discharge their new responsibilities “with courage and integrity, in the interests of all Somalis,” and encourages them to “urgently” complete the preparations to elect a speaker, deputy speaker and president, so that the transition process can end in line with previous accords on Somalia’s future, such as the Djibouti Agreement, the Kampala Accord, and the Garowe Principles.“The Secretary-General urges all actors to ensure that the final steps to end the transition are completed promptly, peacefully, and in an environment free from intimidation,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.In its news release, UNPOS noted that “careful” selection had resulted in high number of university graduates, people with relevant professional experience and a significant number of women entering the Parliament, although the agreed-upon quota of 30 per cent of seats for women parliamentarians was not reached. Somali leaders had committed to ensuring that women hold 30 per cent of all seats in the new institutions. read more

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Womens basketball Ohio State moves atop Big Ten with win over No

Ohio State redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (4) moves past a Maryland defender during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 20 Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s basketball team has put itself in position to win the Big Ten regular season title, beating No. 2 Maryland 98-87. Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 31 points.The Buckeyes have now won 10 straight games and gave Maryland its first loss since Dec. 29.Although Mitchell was a major factor, the Buckeyes had five players scoring double digits. Senior forward Shayla Cooper had a special Senior Night outing, following Mitchell with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Cooper had some colorful words for the great team play and the spreading of the ball on offense. “When the ball is moving like that, it’s so beautiful it’s like orchestra out there. You know, like soft jazz music. It’s just so beautiful and everyone is feeling it, the coaches over there, ‘yeah.’ We’re over here like ‘yeah.’ It’s just a beautiful sight,” she said.When the topic of senior night came up, coach Kevin McGuff said that it was special to see Cooper go out the way she did.“I was really happy for Shayla to play so well on her Senior Night,” he said. “But she had some really big moments and got some tough rebounds for us down the stretch for us when we needed them.”Cooper said the crowd affected her hot start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter.“When the ball goes through the net, you just hear (the crowd) roaring, and it’s like ‘OK,’” she said. “And you see one drop, you see another one drop, and it’s like ‘hey, keep letting it rip.’”The Buckeyes had an early boost from Cooper and Mitchell, both scoring double digits before the end of the first quarter. OSU hit 12-of-12 field goals near the end of the quarter, giving the Buckeyes a 35-22 lead.The Terrapins picked up their rebounding in the second quarter, and outscored the Buckeyes in second-chance points 11 to 2. The Buckeyes were still able to get some good assists from Cooper throughout the quarter and ended the half leading the Terrapins 49-40.In the middle of the third, momentum swung in OSU’s favor thanks to Mitchell’s transition offense and inside scoring. OSU found themselves in foul trouble with freshman forward Tori McCoy being called for her fourth foul with under a minute left in the third, which led to a Maryland 14-0 run, cutting OSU’s lead to 68-66.The Buckeyes struggled to rebound in the fourth as McCoy fouled out halfway into the final quarter. Maryland took advantage in the post, putting up 20 offensive rebounds to OSU’s four. The Terps used this to their advantage, scoring 29 second-chance points. However, with 1:30 left in play and leading by six, the Buckeyes stayed strong under pressure, hitting 4-of-7 free throws, giving the Buckeyes a 10-point lead. Maryland hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to cut the lead back down to seven. The last 30 seconds were decided by OSU’s free throws. The Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the line in the final 30 seconds of play, but were still able to pull out the win over the second-ranked team in the country.Ohio State ended the game shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3-point range.“Well when they shoot like that, they can go all the way,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. “This is the best I’ve seen them.”Up NextOSU will now face Rutgers (6-21, 3-11 Big Ten) in the final regular season game. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Piscataway, New Jersey. read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State disposes of Purdue behind uncharacteristically relentless defense

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga swats a shot during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLast season, a stifling Purdue defense led to the Boilermakers knocking the Ohio State women’s basketball team out of the Big Ten tournament in the semifinals. The Buckeyes shot just 34.2 percent from the field and senior guard Kelsey Mitchell made 3-of-22 shots in her team’s 71-60 loss.Purdue had another chance to knock the Buckeyes out of title contention Sunday afternoon. Tied with Maryland atop the Big Ten regular-season standings, Ohio State needed to win its remaining three games in order to claim the conference championship and the Terrapins had to drop one of its two remaining games. But in the first matchup between the two teams since the upset in last year’s tournament, the Buckeyes took their turn as the dominant defense. They held the Boilermakers to 34.8 percent shooting, including 5-of-18 from 3-point range, and won 73-60 to remain tied for first in the Big Ten. “They can knock down shots on any given night, like you said. I believe they’re 4-0 against top-25 teams, so they know what they’re really doing,” redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga said. “Before tonight, we knew all these things and, so, we knew what we had to do to execute defensively. And, so, I think we did just that.”Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper defends Purdue guard Andreona Keys during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State ensured nothing would be easy for Purdue, a team coming off a 75-65 win against No. 10 Maryland. From the start of the game, the Buckeyes ran a full-court press to bother the Boilermakers, who prefer to slow the game down and keep action in the half-court.Purdue trailed the entire first half, but gained a 34-33 lead one minute into the second half. Ohio State responded with a 13-2 run, which was highlighted by steals by Mavunga and Mitchell, which led to points. It had an 8-2 fast-break points advantage in the quarter.“They got the tempo. We controlled it for almost three quarters, and then they got the tempo going and that wasn’t good for us at all,” Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp said.Ohio State totalled 18 points off turnovers and 14 fast-break points. Mavunga, Mitchell and senior guard Asia Doss each had at least two steals, many of which directly led to momentum-building fast-break points. The Buckeyes needed the strong defensive performance, since they hit 42.9 percent of their shots and went just 5-for-18 from deep.For a team that has given up fewer than 60 points just twice this season, Sunday’s defensive performance seemed somewhat uncharacteristic.“I can’t remember all of the games, but I know we’ve had some good defensive games and also some awful ones,” Mavunga said. “I really think that we did a really good job tonight defensively and that showed.”Of the Buckeyes’ four games against teams ranked in the top-25 at the time, three teams scored at least 84 points. Not since the fourth game of the season against Quinnipiac had Ohio State held an opponent to below 34.8 percent shooting.Just two games ago, South Florida made 11-of-22 3-pointers and dropped 84 points against Ohio State. Bulls junior forward Kitija Laksa went 15-for-27 for 41 points. In late January, the Buckeyes gave up 84 points to Michigan, 99 points to Maryland and 103 points to Iowa in subsequent games.McGuff said he believes a defensive performance like Sunday’s can become a consistent addition to the team. History has shown that might be an optimistic viewpoint.“I don’t mean to be a negative Nancy, but we’ve got to do it consistently. Can’t do it some games and don’t do it other games. It’s important down the stretch of the Big Ten conference,” Mitchell said. “If we can do it how you guys saw it today, we might got something going.” read more

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Latest acquisition strengthens FLSmidth offerings in precious metals processing

first_imgFLSmidth has acquired the assets of Summit Valley Equipment & Engineering, located in Salt Lake City in Utah, USA effective December 16. Summit Valley Equipment & Engineering (SVEE) designs and fabricates modular plants and equipment used for the extraction of gold and silver. This includes what FLSmidth describes as “the industry’s highest capacity electrowinning cell used in precious metals recovery.“The technology and know how acquired significantly strengthens FLSmidth offerings in precious metals processing.” SVEE has an established global presence having already supplied specialty equipment and services to 24 countries on six continents over the last 18 years.“With the acquisition of SVEE, FLSmidth adds unique refining expertise to our existing minerals business thereby increasing our offerings to the minerals processing industries and providing a more complete flow sheet in gold and silver extraction,” Group CEO Jørgen Huno Rasmussen commented.last_img read more

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A Greek shiatsu expert

first_imgFrom inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business? My business started in 1992. I began seeing clients from home and started working 2 sessions a week at Windana Community Centre in St.Kilda.Windana offered natural therapies at a reduced rate for the local community, as well as for clients of the drug withdrawal house it was associated with. As my shiatsu business increased, I would “down” my previous work which was civil engineering.Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days?My Greek background helped me in communicating with clients. Growing up in a bilingual household gave me the practice and flexibility to connect and communicate with people from all walks of life. It is an important skill that has served me in life in ways I did not realize, until I reflected back on things.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?The advantage is the ability to cater for clients coming for a range of conditions, symptoms or illnesses. I am able to address clients’ needs physically through hands on massage, whether through shiatsu or massage.I provide counselling or dialogue to identify areas/options clients can incorporate into their lives, to improve their health, and provide corrective exercises or disciplines to deal with stress or factors affecting their health. Programs are individually tailored for clients to suit their needs and lifestyle drawing on a number of areas.How is business currently?Business is going through a growth stage. What has been happening at a local level financially has made it even more important for clients to look after their health. Tighter financial constraints have created more stress in our lives. Clients are now more discerning where they are spending their money. It no longer is just about the client feeling good and relaxed after a massage. I believe providing lifestyle health guidance is also necessary. Being multi skilled to offer arrange of options for clients is a valuable commodity.What is your vision for the future of your business?The vision is to continue the current growth and incorporate workshops specialising in areas I have a particular interest in such as  mens’ health and resolving neck and back pain.Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs?Keep taking that one step at a time which is needed to nurture a business. At times one feels they have hit a brick wall or come to a dead end. Find out what needs to be done next and be prepared to do it. Know that you do not know everything and seek out people who have been through what you are going through. Remember to have fun and enjoy the journey. Money is important in that it provides for our needs. Work must also sustain us spiritually by enjoying what we do and allow us to have a life purpose. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Searching for my Greek father in Australia

first_imgBorn in Melbourne 48 years ago, Eleni believed she was the fourth and only daughter of the Senior family and it wasn’t until two years ago, at the age of 46, that she uncovered her parents’ greatest secret.“I had just returned from my yearly holiday in Greece and as I was discussing my experiences with my 84-year-old father and expressing my love and adoration for Greece, laughing at the fact that all my friends insisted I looked more Greek than English, my dad confessed to me that there was a possibility he may not actually be my biological father,” Eleni told Neos Kosmos.Shortly after this revelation, she decided to undergo DNA testing, the results confirming her father’s initial suspicion.For the Senior family, it all started when Eleni’s mum and dad, together with her three brothers, moved to Melbourne for work.The Seniors moved into a house on Deacon Street.“My father said that whilst living in Melbourne, my mother Moya who worked at a factory in Essendon got romantically involved with one of her co-workers, a very charming Greek migrant who lived on Buckley Street and was at least 10 to 12 years younger than her,” she recalls.Eleni was born in 1970.“I think deep down my father knew the truth but never went down the path of questioning my mother who in turn chose not to reveal her secret fearing such a revelation could result in a family breakup,” says Eleni, who was somewhat delighted with the concept of being of Greek descent.“I always knew in my heart that I didn’t fit in and to me it all makes so much more sense now,” she says.The Seniors left Australia and moved back to the UK eight years after Eleni was born.They never returned since.Sadly, Moya passed away five years ago in the UK at the age of 74 without ever confessing her secret to her daughter.“Mum suffered from dementia, so I am not sure whether she would have eventually told me her secret. But irrespective of what she chose to do, I have done a lot of soul searching since the truth came out and I have decided to make the effort to find out more about my biological father, who must be around 72 to 74 years of age if alive today,” says the West Yorkshire-based account manager.Eleni was always told by her Greek friends that she looked more Greek than English.“I am a strong, independent woman and I am very happy with my life,” says the mother of two; Eleni has a 24-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, “but at the same time every day that goes by I look in the mirror and can’t help but wonder who the other half of me is. I want to know if I look like my Greek father and I want him to know that if I chose to be anything, I would have chosen to be Greek.“Every day that goes by I wonder whether my biological father knew the truth. I wonder if he ever met me or got to hold me in his arms, and of course I can’t help but wonder whether my mother had a reason for giving me a Greek name, as Greeks tend to do when they name their children after grandparents.“Whatever the case, I just know that if I don’t look for him now, I will regret it later,” concludes Eleni. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La supraconductivité fête ses 100 ans

first_imgLa supraconductivité fête ses 100 ans La supraconductivité souffle ses cent bougies ce mois-ci. C’est grâce à elle qu’ont pu être mises au point certaines technologies telles que l’IRM, les accélérateurs de particules ou encore les trains en lévitation magnétique.  C’est en 1911, le 8 avril précisément, que le physicien hollandais Heike Kamerlingh-Omnes a découvert fortuitement que le mercure était un conducteur électrique incomparable à très basse température. En effet, il s’aperçoit qu’à -269°C, la résistance est nulle. Dans ce cas, l’énergie ne se disperse plus du tout sous forme de chaleur. Elle peut rester dans un anneau supraconducteur “jusqu’à la fin des temps”, comme l’explique le chercher au CNRS Julien Bobroff à l’AFP.  C’est ce courant continu et perpétuel qui est utilisé en imagerie médicale avec l’IRM. Un champ magnétique circule dans une bobine refroidie grâce à de l’hélium liquide. La chose serait impossible avec du cuivre qui fondrait, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.  En 1933, deux autres physiciens, Walter Meissner et Robert Ochsenfeld découvrent que ces supraconducteurs expulsent le champ magnétique qui les traverse. Il provoque ainsi des effets de lévitation. C’est ainsi que 70 ans plus tard, en 2003, les Japonais mettaient au point leur MagLev, le train le plus rapide du monde, qui atteint les 581 km/h tout en “flottant” à plusieurs centimètres au-dessus des rails.  À lire aussiL’IRM : à quoi ça sert, comment se passe un examen et quels sont les risques ?La supraconductivité a donné du grain à moudre à de nombreux physiciens. Certains se voient récompensés du Prix Nobel : en 1972 à ceux qui découvrent que la supraconductivité est la résultante du mouvement simultané et collectif des électrons qui se propagent sans collision et donc sans ralentissement au sein de la matière ; puis en 1987 à Johannes Bednorz et Karl Müller qui découvrent que de nouveaux matériaux (oxydes de cuivre ou cuprates) sont supraconducteurs dès -150°C.  Les progrès ont continué depuis et les supraconducteurs permettent aujourd’hui le fonctionnement des accélérateurs de particules (au LHC de Genève notamment) ou celui des réacteurs à fusion nucléaire (Iter). Ils ont également permis de créer des capteurs ultrasensibles.Le 11 avril 2011 à 16:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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