SAN FRANCISCO – MoviePass, a startup that lets customers watch a movie a day at theatres for just $10 a month, is limiting new customers to just four movies a month.The move comes as the sustainability of MoviePass’ business model comes into question. Because MoviePass is paying most theatres the full price of the ticket, the service loses money with just one or two movies in a month. The average ticket price in the U.S. is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities.MoviePass regularly changes its promotions and rates, and it’s not clear whether the one-movie-a-day deal will return. It appears customers who have already paid under the old plans aren’t affected, but it’s not known whether they would be able to renew under the more generous terms. MoviePass would say only that it is “continually testing various promotions.”The service’s movie-a-day deal was popular among moviegoers, many of whom were seeing more movies at theatres than they normally would have. Without MoviePass, going to the movies was worth it only a few times a year for many people. Ticket prices keep rising, and moviegoers have plenty of cheaper alternatives, including Netflix.But the service also has struck a nerve with the movie industry. Adam Aron, CEO of the giant theatre chain AMC, has called MoviePass’ price “unsustainable.” AMC initially threatened legal action, but seems to have backed off.MoviePass wants to work out ticket discounts and revenue-sharing deals with theatres on the premise that it’s driving more people to theatres. The company is also eyeing a share of concession sales, saying moviegoers are more willing to buy popcorn and soda when scoring a “free” movie. But theatres have balked at offering MoviePass anything.MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, has warned in a financial report that MoviePass’ future is in “substantial doubt” because it “has incurred losses since its inception and has a present need for additional funding.”MoviePass now has more than two million subscribers, up from 20,000 when MoviePass slashed prices to $10 a month in August.
Houston: Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to uncover two more hidden planets in the data collected by the Kepler space telescope. The technique shows promise for identifying many additional planets that traditional methods could not catch. Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin in the US created an algorithm that sifts through the data taken by Kepler to ferret out signals that were missed by traditional planet-hunting methods. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The process, described in the The Astronomical Journal, should help astronomers find many more missed planets hiding in Kepler data. “K2 data is more challenging to work with because the spacecraft is moving around all the time,” said Andrew Vanderburg, from UT Austin. This change came about after a mechanical failure. While mission planners found a workaround, the spacecraft was left with a wobble that AI had to take into account. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The Kepler and K2 missions have already discovered thousands of planets around other stars, with an equal number of candidates awaiting confirmation. The two planets are both very typical of planets found in K2, researchers said. “They’re really close in to their host star, they have short orbital periods, and they’re hot. They are slightly larger than Earth,” said Anne Dattilo, who led the study. Of the two planets, one is called K2-293b and orbits a star 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. The other, K2-294b, orbits a star 1,230 light-years away, also located in Aquarius. Once the team used their algorithm to find these planets, they followed up by studying the host stars using ground-based telescopes to confirm that the planets are real. These observations were done with the 1.5-metre telescope at the Smithsonian Institution’s Whipple Observatory in Arizona and the Gillett Telescope at Gemini Observatory in Hawaii. The future of the AI concept for finding planets hidden in data sets looks bright. The current algorithm can be used to probe the entire K2 data set, Dattilo said — approximately 300,000 stars. The method couls also be applied to Kepler’s successor planet-hunting mission, TESS, which launched in April 2018. Kepler’s mission ended later that year.
Mumbai: Englishman Jos Buttler laid the platform with a rampaging 89 while Shreyas Gopal held his nerve at the death to power Rajasthan Royals to a four-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter here Saturday. This was Royals’ second victory of the season in seven games after losing a last ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back. Put into bat, Mumbai Indians rode on a aggressive 81 by South African Quinton De Kock to post an imposing 187/5, but Buttler’s 43-ball knock studded with eight fours and seven sixes set the tone before Royals survived a scare to finish the game in 19.3 overs. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe match was a forgettable one for young West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph (0/53 in 3 overs), who was hammered for eight fours and three sixes and then was injured trying to save a boundary. The 13th over changed the game’s complexion as Buttler smashed two sixes and four fours off Joseph to bring down the equation to a manageable run-a-ball. Buttler first conjured a 60-run opening stand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 21 balls, 6x 4; 1×6) to lay the foundation and then added 87 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (31 off 26 balls; 2×4, 1×6). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterButtler initially played second fiddle to Rahane but then upped his ante once skipper was gone. The Englishman in the eighth over, hit Rahul Chahar for a six, and then in next over, smashed two sixes off Krunal Pandya as he raced to 50 off 29 balls. When Buttler departed in the 14th over, Rajasthan needed 41 runs. But then came the twist in the tale when Mumbai did make a comeback of sorts sending four batsman — Samson, Rahul Tripathi (1), Steve Smith (12 ) and Liam Livingstone (1) — back to the pavilion as Rajasthan slumped to 174.6 from 147/2. However, Shreyas Gopal (13 not out) and K Gowtham (0 not out) held their nerves to take the side home in a tense situation. Gopal hit the winning boundary off Hardik Pandya as celebrations erupted in the Rajasthan camp. Joseph was the costliest bowler having conceded 53 runs in three overs. Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a belligerent 81 as he powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 187 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League game here Saturday. South African De Kock was the wrecker-in-chief as he hammered six fours and four sixes in his 52-ball knock and got able support from skipper Rohit Sharma (47 off 32 balls), who made a comeback after missing out the last Mumbai game due to a leg injury. A late cameo from Hardik Pandya (28 off 11 balls), in which smashed three sixes and one fours ensured Mumbai neared the 190-run mark. Earlier, Rohit and De Kock took the opposition attack to the cleaners as the two added 96 for the first wicket. They started the onslaught in the third over amassing 18 runs with the South African hitting a six and four off Krishnappa Gowtham. Then Rohit ripped apart pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, striking three fours, including a splendid cover drive, as Mumbai gathered 14 runs from it. De Kock kept playing shots at will even as Mumbai reached 57/0 after Powerplay period. Then De Kock dispatched spinner Liam Livingstone for two sixes over deep mid-wicket as runs came thick and fast. He raced to his fifty in 34 balls. Rohit, who struck six fours and a lone six, threw his wicket away giving a sitter to Jos Buttler off Jofra Archer. And then Rajasthan made a good comeback removing Surya Kumar Yadav (16) and Kieron Pollard (6) to reduce the hosts to 136/3. Rajasthan bowlers made a splendid comeback as they removed De Kock and Ishan Kishan before the Hardik show. Meanwhile, it was Rohit’s 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now defunct Champions League T20 games) and it was Mumbai’s overall 200th match.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed deep concern today at new death penalty legislation authorized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, contravening an international treaty on civil and political rights. The Committee – in charge of monitoring compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – observed that Liberia is party to the Second Optional Protocol to that pact aimed at the abolition of the death penalty. “The Act signed by the President of Liberia on 22 July 2008 therefore constitutes a clear breach by Liberia of its international legal obligations under the Second Optional Protocol,” the Committee stated in a press release. The new law in Liberia provides that “in the event death occurs during the commission of a crime of armed robbery, terrorism or hijacking, the accused … shall be sentenced to death by hanging or imprisonment for life without possible parole.” The Committee pointed out that as a signatory to the ICCPR’s Second Optional Protocol since 2005, Liberia has committed to ensuring that, as the pact states, “no one within (its) jurisdiction (…) shall be executed.” Further, the Protocol notes that States party to it should also “take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within (their) jurisdiction.” The rights body “urges Liberia to revisit the Act for possible amendment as soon as possible and encourages it, in the meantime, to maintain the moratorium in place since 1979.” 26 August 2008The United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed deep concern today at new death penalty legislation authorized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, contravening an international treaty on civil and political rights.
The British government is concerned about reports of torture taking place in Sri Lanka and supports action by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a British official said today.British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, in a chat on twitter on Sri Lanka, said that there are also concerns of intimidation taking place in the country. Burt reiterated that Britain has not yet decided on its level of representation at the Commonwealth summit in Colombo in November.However he noted that the Commonwealth had already collectively decided on Colombo as the venue for the 2013 summit. “The war ended in 2009 but the route of conflict as set out by LLRC still needs to be addressed…..Still believe that although progress been made, much remains to be done. Hope SL gov will work constructively,”the British Minister said in two separate tweets. Burt noted that a political settlement must be home grown and urged both the Tamil National Alliance and the government to resume discussions. (Colombo Gazette) He said Britain looks towards Sri Lanka to uphold the Commonwealth values while undertaking the reconciliation process.The Minister also stressed that the role of the LTTE in the conflict must not be “minimized” and welcomed the government’s time based action plan to address human rights issues.“Physical change such as roads or return from camps is genuine but not sufficient. Political settlement fundamental,” he tweeted. Burt, who was in Sri Lanka last week, visited the north and met with officials and civilians in the area and then held talks in Colombo. Report by Easwaran Rutnam
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 5:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,166.66 up 20.98 points):Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Up 48 cents, or 8.99 per cent, at $5.82 on 10.40 million shares. The Calgary-based company announced Wednesday that it will exceed its management’s 2013 estimated production and that it has closed a previously-announced equity financing pegged at $247 million.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 6.58 per cent, at $1.62 on 4.84 million shares. The energy sector was up 0.30 per cent at 247.47 points.Resverlogix Corp. (TSX:RVX). Biotechnology. Up 17 cents, or 25.37 per cent, at 84 cents on 2.01 million shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 5.07 per cent, at $2.90 on 1.77 million shares.CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT). Utility. Unchanged at $1.26 on 1.72 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (885.62 up 4.44 points):Donner Metals Ltd. (TSXV:DON). Metal explorer. Down 1.5 cents, or 30 per cent, at 3.5 cents on 4.54 million shares.Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 9.43 per cent, at $1.16 on 3.66 million shares.Company reporting major news:Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down 21 cents, or 0.81 per cent, at $25.81 on 628,157 shares after the company evacuated most of its employees at its Elenore project in the James Bay region of Quebec due to a forest fire. The company did not immediately disclose details, including the number of people involved.Oromin Explorations Ltd. (TSX:OLE). Miner. Down half a cent, or 2.08 per cent, at 23.5 cents on 451,400 shares. Shareholders were told not to act on the unsolicited offer Teranga Gold Corp. proposed last month. Oromin said the board of directors is reviewing the offer, and has not made any official recommendation.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Up 30 cents, or 0.68 per cent, at $44.15 on 61,909 shares. Gilles Laramee, head of infrastructure concession investments, announced he was retiring. The company, which have been battling bribery and other allegations, described Laramee’s decision as a “personal choice.”WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down 11 cents, or 0.49 per cent, at $22.39 on 218,970 shares. Passenger traffic in June rose more than eight per cent despite some cancellations and weakness in advance bookings. However, an RBC Capital Markets analyst said that the uptick was below his estimate for 10 per cent growth. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has given its backing to the Royal Automobile Club’s annual RAC Future Car Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 5 November 2011. Starting at Madeira Drive, Brighton, the event uses the traditional 60-mile Veteran Car Run route in reverse. The finish will be in Pall Mall followed by a ceremonial finish and presentation in Regent Street.The Future Car Challenge is open to electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and light-commercial vehicles. 2010 entries included prototypes and pre-production vehicles, as well as current production cars featuring a range of powertrains, offering the highest levels of efficiency.For 2011 the total number of entries permitted has been increased to 90 and the diversity of the entry list has been recognised by the organisers, with a range of awards in different categories, including division by power source. The overall winner will be the car that uses the least amount of energy over the route.“The automotive industry spends billions of pounds on R&D each year to cut emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Through next generation petrol and diesel engines and the development of new technologies, manufacturers have slashed energy use across all vehicle types and sizes,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The RAC Future Car Challenge provides a great opportunity to highlight the full range of low carbon models already available and to demonstrate how new technology can deliver significant economic and environmental benefits in real world driving conditions.”Welcoming SMMT’s support for the RAC Future Car Challenge 2011, Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee, said, “The backing of the SMMT for the RAC Future Car Challenge recognises the value of the event in showcasing the latest low energy vehicles and automotive components being developed by its members. The SMMT plays a vital role in promoting the UK automotive industry and in the ultra-low carbon sector many of its members are world leaders.”In the inaugural Future Car Challenge last year, Gordon Murray Design’s T.25 City Car won two categories in recognition of both its fuel economy and environmental credentials. The car is a working demonstration of the revolutionary iStream manufacturing process, which won the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation in 2010.Click through to watch Gordon Murray, CEO and Technical Director, talk about iStream, automotive innovation and UK manufacturing.
More women than men now graduating with winemaking degreesFemale scientists are gaining a strong headway in the STEM field, as more women than men graduate with winemaking degrees from Brock University: CBCBring soft skills to job interviewsGetting a job requires experience, but highlighting your soft skills may just give you the leg up over your competition, according to the Brock University Niagara Community Observatory policy paper. Niagara this Week sat down with Kate Cassidy, the author of this new research to discuss how this can help job applicants.Could Trumpism take root in Canada?Political Science professor Stephan Dolgert weighs in on the possibility of Trump ideologies making their way to Canada in Pacific Standard Magazine, explaining that Canadian conservatives are closely watching and emulating their southern neighbours.Marty Calder being inducted into Canadian wrestling hall of fameSt. Catharines Standard highlights Canadian Olympian and Brock wrestling coach Marty Calder as he gets inducted into the Wrestling Canada Lutte Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.
Climate change activists chained themselves to the wrong building in the City of London after failing to realise the fossil fuel company they wanted to disrupt had moved address last year.The group of 200 protesters instead brought chaos to the entrance of a building which houses the offices of a leading renewable energy company.They thought they would be disrupting workers at the energy company Drax, which plans to build a new gas power station in north Yorkshire.However, unbeknownst to them Drax moved its London headquarters to nearby Noble Street last year.Instead bemused workers at Statkraft, a Norwegian hydropower company, which describes itself as “Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy”, were confronted with the protest.A worker at the company told the Evening Standard: “They’re protesting against Drax, but they don’t live here anymore. I understand [the protester’s aims] but it helps if they check the facts.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
De nouvelles espèces découvertes en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, découvrez les imagesPapouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée – Des dizaines de nouvelles espèces ont été découvertes dans la région de Nakanai et dans la chaîne de montagnes Muller l’année dernière. Ces deux régions, jusque là inexplorées, ont réservé d’immenses surprises aux explorateurs.Plus de 200 animaux et plantes ont été dévoilés pour la première fois après deux mois d’observation dans les zones reculées de Nakanai et de la chaîne de montagne Muller.Dans la forêt tropicale, les explorateurs ont découvert une chauve-souris frugivore ressemblant étrangement à Yoda, le maître Jedi de la saga Star Wars. Cette chauve-souris, avec une araignée orange et une grenouille tachetée de jaune, fait partie des nombreuses espèces nouvellement découvertes en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée.Celles-ci incluent deux mammifères, neuf plantes, 24 espèces de grenouilles, une petite centaine de nouveaux insectes dont des criquets, des fourmis et des araignées.Les scientifiques ont notamment précisé qu’une souris à queue blanche et plusieurs criquets et sauterelles étaient si différents des espèces connues jusqu’alors que chacun d’entre eux relevait d’un genre complètement nouveau.Le programme d’exploration, mis en place en partenariat avec l’institut pour la recherche biologique et la conservation de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée a permis de se rendre dans des zones reculées où se trouvent des forêts tropicales inexplorées et des rivières souterraines inconnues, alors qu’elles figurent parmi le plus grand réseau au monde. Pour accéder à ces différentes zones, les scientifiques ont dû emprunter des avions, des canots, des hélicoptères ou plus simplement marcher.Au cours de leur étude, les explorateurs ont aussi découvert une sauterelle aux pattes exceptionnellement longues qu’elle utilise pour piquer en cas de menace. Une autre possède quant à elle des yeux roses et des taches vert émeraude.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieLa directrice du programme de recherche insiste sur le fait que bien qu’encourageantes, ces découvertes ne signifient pas que nous sommes tirés d’affaire en terme de biodiversité. “Bien au contraire, elles devraient servir d’avertissement sur le fait que nous ne connaissons que peu de choses sur les secrets cachés de la planète et de ses importantes ressources naturelles. Celles-ci ne peuvent être préservées qu’avec une gestion coordonnée et sur le long terme” a-t-elle rappelé. Ces découvertes sont extrêmement importantes pour permettre la mise en place d’un programme de protection des sites explorés. De plus, ces espèces pourraient servir à l’élaboration de médicaments par exemple.Le WWF a précisé que “chaque année, le compte des nouvelles espèces augmente et avec lui, la responsabilité qui nous incombe de préserver les régions qui abritent cette biodiversité unique”. Découvrir ces nouvelles espèces en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/d%e9couverte/la-jungle-inexploree-de-papouasie-nouvelle-guinee-revele-de-nouvelles-especes_art9633.htmlLe 8 octobre 2010 à 12:05 • Emmanuel Perrin
Chine : un vaisseau Shenzhou habité décollera l’été prochainL’été prochain, la Chine lancera son premier vaisseau spatial habité dans l’espace. Celui-ci aura pour but de s’arrimer au module Tiangong-1, déjà en orbite à l’heure actuelle.Vendredi, l’agence Chine nouvelle a annoncé le départ, l’été prochain, d’un vaisseau spatial habité. Le Shenzhou IX (“vaisseau divin”) embarquera trois astronautes qui auront pour mission de s’arrimer au module Tiangong-1 (“Palais céleste”). Les trois hommes s’installeront ensuite temporairement dans Tiangong-1, où ils réaliseront des expériences scientifiques, a précisé l’agence officielle, en citant un porte-parole du Programme de vol habité chinois.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCeci s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un programme à étapes visant à doter la Chine d’un habitat spatial permanent à l’horizon 2020. Ainsi, septembre 2011 dernier une fusée Longue Marche 2F avait lancé Tiangong-1, premier module de station orbitale chinoise. De même, en octobre 2011, le vaisseau Shenzhou VIII avait effectué son premier “baiser spatial” en réussissant l’amarrage de Tiangong-1. Autant de manoeuvres qui indique que la Chine est aujourd’hui bien décidée à poursuivre sa conquête de l’espace.Le programme actuellement en cours vise à doter d’ici une décennie la Chine d’une station orbitale dans laquelle un équipage peut vivre en autonomie durant plusieurs mois, à l’instar de l’ancienne station Mir ou de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Le 20 février 2012 à 11:59 • Maxime Lambert
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Pennywise is not giving up on the Losers Club, and this time, he is haunting the group as adults. It Chapter Two’s final trailer is out, and it is a terrifying adventure back to Derry, the tiny Maine town where the demonic, sewer-dwelling clown has preyed on kids for decades.The trailer, which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube, premiered a day early at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) Wednesday night, freaking out attendees in the audience, CNET reported. The movie, which takes place 27 years after the first It film, follows Bill, Mike, Beverly, Richie, Ben, and Eddie, as they return to Derry as adults and try to find the awful character before he kills anymore children.In the trailer, each character is haunted by Pennywise in various scenarios: Bill (James McAvoy) tries to rescue a kid who runs into the demonic figure inside a funhouse, while Beverly (Jessica Chastain), visits an elderly lady who doesn’t want her to leave. There are plenty of red balloons, blood, and missing kids signs to spook out fans as well.It Chapter Two, which also stars Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Bill Skarsgård, hits theaters on Sept. 6.More on Geek.com:‘It Chapter Two’ Trailer: Pennywise Returns to Haunt the Losers’ Club‘Pennywise: The Story of It” Explores Stephen King’s Chilling Clown TaleWhat to Expect at SDCC 2019 Watch These Movies Before ‘IT Chapter Two’10 Movies That Would Have Been Better Split in Half Stay on target
Email Twitter Cher Readies ABBA Cover Album cher-readies-abba-cover-album-following-mamma-mia-sequel Cher Readies ABBA Cover Album Following ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel News The GRAMMY-winning sensation is already planning to reprise her role in the musical sequel Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 17, 2018 – 2:43 pm What could possibly be more exciting than Cher playing a role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again? An album full of the GRAMMY winner covering ABBA songs, that’s what.During an episode of the “Today Show,” Cher not only spoke about her role in the film sequel, but she also dropped a big hint that she had recorded an entire cover album of the Swedish band’s biggest hits. Apparently recording her song in the Mamma Mia musical extravaganza was so much fun, the “Dancing Queen” needed a little more disco in her life. “After I did ‘Fernando,’ I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did!” she said in the segment. “It’s not what you think of when you think ABBA, ’cause I did it in a different way.”In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, grandmother to Sophie (Amanda Syfried) and mother to Donna (Meryl Streep). As Sophie spends the film looking into her mother’s storied past during her own pregnancy, Cher’s character waltzes into the party where she and Andy Garcia drop an unforgettable rendition of “Fernando.”While it’s unclear when Cher might release her ABBA masterpiece, you can catch her on the big screen while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is in theaters, starting July 20.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook
The government-owned Bank of India on Monday reported a loss of Rs.1,126.24 crore for the second quarter of the current fiscal.In a regulatory filing with BSE, the bank said it has posted a net loss of Rs.1,126.24 crore for the quarter ended September 30 against a net profit of Rs.786 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.The bank’s total income decreased from Rs.12,099.45 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 to Rs.11,317.97 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.Bank of India’s gross non-performing assets went up to Rs.29,893.67 crore at the end of the second quarter this year from Rs.14,127.09 crore as on September 30, 2014.
AL general secretary Obaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader has said a working committee meeting of the party would discuss both the letters of chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha this evening, Saturday.“We need to discuss both the letters [leave letter and letter to newsmen]. We’ve invited the law minister, Anisul Huq, who unequivocally said the chief justice was sick and sought the leave on health grounds, to the meeting,” Quader told reporters after attending a reception programme at the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in the capital. Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader went on to say, “We will take a decision in this regard in today’s working committee meeting.”The AL working committee meeting will be held with prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina in the chair at Ganabhaban this evening.While leaving his Hare Road residence for the airport to catch an Australia-bound flight on Friday night, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed reports of his ill health saying he is “”completely in good health”.He also told newsmen that he was going abroad temporarily to save the judiciary from blemish and will return shortly for the “sake of the country’s judiciary”.In the letter handed out to waiting newsmen at the main entrance of his official residence, Sinha said that he is embarrassed at the criticism levelled at him by the prime minister, ministers, and political leadership over a verdict.Earlier on 2 October, law and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq claimed that chief justice Sinha applied for one month’s leave as he was suffering from different types of illness including cancer.Sinha along with his wife flew for Australia by a Singapore Airlines flight at 11:55pm Friday night. He left his residence around 10:00pm.
MoonA meeting of the National Moon-Sighting Committee will be held on Tuesday evening to fix the date of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, reports UNB.The meeting will be held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office at 7:15 pm with state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah in the chair.The committee will announce the date of Eid-ul-Fitr after reviewing information on sighting of Shawwal moon.People have been requested to inform the committee over following phone and fax numbers if they see the Shawwal moon anywhere in Bangladesh sky.The phone numbers are: 9559493, 9559643, 9555947, 9556407 and 9558337 while the fax numbers are-9563397 and 9555951.
Submitted to the AFRO by Dr. Kaye Wise WhiteheadAt any given moment, there are about a half a million stories that need to be told about the reality of growing up and trying to grow old in Baltimore City. Stories about racial and economic inequality; about predatory policing and structural racism; about health disparities and food apartheid; about some of the people who died, like Freddie Grey and Tyrone West, Taylor Hayes and Wadell Tate; and, about all of the people who are trying to live. In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul tells his fellow shipmates that an angel told him that the ship was going to crash and in order for them to survive, they would need to hang onto the broken pieces and make their way to shore. This is what it feels like trying to grow up and grow old in some neighborhoods in our city—you do everything you can to hang onto the broken pieces and try like hell to make it to the shore.Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)Life in Baltimore City is complicated. It is challenging and hard. It is racially segregated and economically divided. It is a tale of two cities—one mostly White and the other mostly Black, separate and unequal. I believe that in order to understand the deep sense of helplessness, hopelessness, and malaise that hangs like a cloud over certain parts of our city, you must intentionally spend some time in both Baltimores. You have to visit the schools, the corner stores, and the churches. You have to catch the buses and walk the streets. You have to try and see what it feels like to hang onto the broken pieces and what it feels like when you do not have to do this. This is what I have been doing for the past five months as I have been conducting my unofficial ethnographic study of Baltimore’s hypersegregated Black neighborhoods. I have been trying to understand what life is like within the Black Butterfly, trying to find some answers to the questions that I have been wrestling with since 2015 when a Harvard University study concluded that out of the nation’s 100 largest jurisdictions, children born in poverty in Baltimore City have the worst chances of ever escaping it.As much as possible, I spend my time talking to young people, asking them questions and trying to listen to them. I want to see the world from their perspective. I want to hear their stories and in some small way, help to shoulder their pain. Part of the reason why I do this is because of Jason, a ninth grade student from Frederick Douglass High School. I met him in the hallway last year when I hosted a teach-in at his school. I asked him (like I asked all of the students that day) what his plans were for his life and what did he want to be when he grew up. At first, he did not respond. He turned and leaned up against the locker. He sighed and checked his phone. I just stood there, quiet, hoping that he would answer me. “My father is dead.” he said, “My brother is dead. I had two cousins, they got shot. My uncles are locked up. What do I want to be when I grow up? Nothing. I’m from Baltimore, I’m already dead.”I did not say anything. He looked at me and then turned and walked away. I wanted to go after him. I wanted to talk to him and tell him that he was going to be ok. I wanted to ensure him that he could make it, that I was going to help him, and that together we could change his future. I wanted to do and say all of this, but I did not. I felt overwhelmed. Standing in the hallway, it was hard to breathe and hard to imagine a different way forward. His life, according to the data, was being shaped by racially segregated neighborhoods, poverty, poor schools, subpar housing, drugs, gangs and a history of racism; his response showed that he had been listening, he had been watching, and he is no longer waiting for someone or something to come along and save him. He did not believe that he could be saved and, on that day, standing in the hallway, listening to his story, I failed to tell him that he could. I will not fail again.Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the #blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and the author of the forthcoming “Dispatches from Baltimore: The Birth of the Black Mommy Activist.” She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kolkata: In a bid to fix minimum wages for tea workers in West Bengal, the state government is set to place a basic structure of it in the ensuing tripartite meeting, scheduled to be held on July 17, an official said on Friday. According to Zia-Ul-Alam, Convenor of Joint Forum of Trade Unions, an umbrella organisation of trade unions working in tea sector, and Citu’s General Secretary (tea industry), the state government along with stakeholders including representatives from workers’ unions and planters on Friday discussed about the component of the minimum wage at the Wage Advisory Committee’s meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “The state labour department is likely to place a basic structure of minimum wage at the tripartite meeting to be held on July 17 and the government will likely to recommend the minimum wage by end of this month,” he said. Usually, wage agreement for tea workers is executed for a three-year period and the last agreement had expired on March, 31 2017. In fact, West Bengal government proposed an interim hike of Rs 17.50 to increase the remuneration from Rs 132.50 to Rs 150 with effect from January 1, 2018. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP State also introduced interim payment of compensation on account of savings on the procurement cost of foodgrains at the rate Rs 9 per day per worker from May 1, 2018. Unions had protested against the minuscule hike in the minimum wage as an interim wage. Meanwhile, a three-day strike has been called by the unions from July 23-25 demanding the implementation of minimum wage at the earliest.
The intricacies of portraiture are often ignored but then to learn the art of clicking ravishing portraits one can look at beautiful portraits by Davide Cerati- an award winning photographer from Italy who is here in town to showcase his works to the picture enthusiasts.Titled ‘faces e-motion’, the photography exhibition will include his collection of photographs that will be on display from February 11-22 at India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Davide says, “portraits of men and women, glances, emotions through the eyes, gestures and motions narrating stories of people, giving the viewer the chance to imagine what the subject’s eyes see and feel. The eyes and the movements of the subject is a door through which the viewer can explore the world of Davide. The Delhi exhibition is a mix of portraits and some research about movement.”Always in parallel with commercial work, Davide spends time in research and artistic projects for which he has received several international awards in Italy, France, and USA. Davide conducts seminars and workshops for professional photographers in Italy and Europe.A professional photographer since 1985, Davide works in advertising photography, on fashion sets, design, food and portraits. His photographs have been published in the best known magazines in Europe.