CPI (M), BJP spar over Tripura journalist murder

first_imgCondemning the brutal murder of television journalist, Santanu Bhowmick, CPI (M)’s Polit Bureau on Thursday blamed BJP-backed miscreants for the incident.Mr. Bhowmick was hacked to death on Wednesday when clashes broke out between CPI (M)’s Tribal wing Tripura Upajati Gan Mukti Parishad workers and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura. He was covering the agitation organised by the IPFT when he was hit from behind. Four IPFT men have been arrested for the murder. The BJP blamed CPI (M) workers for the murder. Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet on Thursday said, “I highly condemn brutal killing of young Tripura TV journalist Santanu Bhowmick. Shri Manik Sarkar’s CPI (M) government has much to answer.”In a counter, the CPI (M)’s official twitter handle put out a letter reportedly written by BJP’s State treasurer, Sujit Banerjee. The letter said ₹2 lakh was handed over to the IPFT on instruction from central leadership.The CPI (M) Polit Bureau said in a statement that there was a pattern to these killings. “On the heels of the murder of Gauri Lankesh has come yet another killing of a progressive journalist. There is a clear pattern in this employed by the RSS-BJP particularly in the states were elections are due of silencing progressive journalists and the dissemination of truth to the people,” the PB said.last_img read more

Lightning kills two inmates in Ludhiana jail

first_imgTwo inmates were killed on Thursday after lightning struck them in Borstal Jail in Ludhiana, the police said.“The incident occurred when four inmates were praying at a temple situated inside the jail premises. Lightning struck, leaving two of them dead and the other two injured,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Devinder Chaudhary told reporters.Mr. Chaudhary said the deceased have been identified as Lakhvir Singh (18) and Rishav Kumar (19), both from Ludhiana. The injured inmates — Rajwinder Singh of Sidhwan Bet and Gurdeep Singh of Jagraon — were admitted at the civil hospital with serious burn injuries.last_img

Panathinaikos holds on in a battle of EuroLeague giants (video)

first_imgIn a battle of EuroLeague powerhouses that lived up to the expectations, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens held off FC Barcelona Lassa 71-65 on Tuesday night in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos improved to 11-8, while Barcelona lost its seventh consecutive road game and dropped to 8-11 for the season. Panathinaikos took the lead for good in the second quarter and despite rarely holding a double-digit margin, the hosts kept control thanks to forcing 21 turnovers and hitting 11 three-pointers. Ioannis Bourousis stepped up with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, along with 3 assists and 2 blocks, to lead the Greens. K.C. Rivers added 13 points, while Chris Singleton and Mike James each scored 10 in victory. Tyrese Rice had 12 points, Justin Doellman 11 and Vitor Faverani and Petteri Koponen each netted 10 in defeat.Panathinaikos was the one to strike first with Bourousis and Kenny Gabriel hitting back-to-back threes, and when James Feldeine hit his from long range, the score was 11-7. Rice and Juan Carlos Navarro helped get Barcelona within 15-13 after 10 minutes, and after River and Doellman traded three-pointers early in the second, it was Aleksandar Veznekov inside and Koponen from the outside that put the visitors in front 22-25. However, Singleton hit his first and second triple to spark a 12-0 run, which was capped by a Rivers three-pointer that made it 34-25. The hosts led 36-29 at halftime and a triple from Nick Calathes extended the margin to double figures, 39-29. Tomic and Rice halved the deficit, but Feldeine kept Panathinaikos in front. A triple from Victor Claver and a floater from Rice got Barcelona within 46-43, but Bourousis was the main protagonist at both ends of the floor and helped the hosts enter the final quarter with a 54-46 advantage. At the start of the fourth, Koponen and Vezenkov hit threes that got the visitors to 55-54. But James drove for a layup, Rivers made a pair of steals, and Singleton hit a three to open a 63-56 margin. Vezenkonv, Faverani and Koponen kept Barcelona in it and the visitors closed to 69-65 with 2:35 to go, but there was only one basket the remainder of the game, a James jumper that sealed the deal.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

England’s Jessica Breach scores six tries on debut in rout of Canada

first_imgShare on Twitter England’s Sarah Hunter lauds RFU match fee decision as squad to face Canada is named Share on LinkedIn Gloucester Share on Pinterest Read more The Harlequins winger Breach raced over on England’s left on three occasions as she completed a hat-trick in the opening half-hour. Rachael Burford also scored early on and Abigail Dow touched down under the posts a minute before half-time as England took a 29-0 lead at the interval.Breach added her fourth try, bursting through the middle of the visiting defence, and after Amy Cokayne crossed the line, the 20-year-old grabbed her fifth in the corner.Marlie Packer touched down before Cindy Nelles scored from close range to get Canada on the board in the 61st minute but Dow added her second soon afterwards before Breach collected a high ball and surged over for her sixth.Rochelle Clark ran in England’s 12th try before Breach set up her fellow debutante Ellie Kildunne to finish the try-scoring in the first of the three-match series.As well as Breach, there were seven uncapped players in England’s matchday squad, with Breach and Dow the two starters on each wing. Caity Mattinson, Kildunne, Zoe Harrison, Shaunagh Brown and Hannah Botterman came off the bench to make their international debuts at Saracens’ home ground.Saracens squander lead as Gloucester battle back to winIt was a less satisfying night for Saracens themselves, though, as Mark McCall’s men let slip an eight-point lead to lose 23-17 to Gloucester at Kingsholm.The visitors dominated the first half and scored the game’s opening try in the 53rd minute through Schalk Brits but Ollie Thorley and Tom Hudson crossed in the final quarter to secure victory for Gloucester, who move up to third in the table. Billy Twelvetrees converted both tries and kicked three penalties while Alex Lozowski kicked nine points and Ben Spencer landed a late penalty for Saracens.The leaders were able to include George Kruis and Lozowski after both were released from the England squad, but the No8 Jackson Wray was a late withdrawal with a neck injury.Twelvetrees put Gloucester in front with a penalty after eight minutes but this was soon nullified by one from Lozowski. The opening 15-minute period was disjointed as the referee, the former Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson, marked his Premiership debut by awarding a succession of penalties. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Premiershipcenter_img England women’s rugby union team Rugby union Topics news Saracens Lozowski could have given his side an advantage but was off-target with a 30-metre drop goal attempt, but moments later his penalty gave Saracens a 6-3 lead after 18 minutes. Saracens were in control at this stage.Resolute defending from Gloucester kept the visitors out but a minute before the interval Lozowski knocked over his third kick for a deserved 9-3 half-time lead.After the restart Gloucester raised their game to compete with the intensity levels of the visitors and were rewarded with a second penalty from Twelvetrees. The hosts then took off their captain, Will Heinz, in favour of the more attacking youngster Ben Vellacott but it did not pay immediate dividends as a burst fromBurger set up the first try of the game for Brits. Twelvetrees kept his side in contention with a third penalty to reduce the deficit to 14-9 going into the final 20 minutes.A clever inter-play from Vellacott and Andy Symons took the home side into Saracens’ 22 before a well-judged kick from Burns put in Thorley to collect and score. An excellent touchline conversion from Twelvetrees put his team ahead for the first time.They completed a remarkable turnaround when Vellacott sent Hudson in under the posts before Spencer’s last-minute penalty secured a bonus point for Saracens. Share on Messenger Women’s rugby union Share on Facebook The debutant Jessica Breach scored six tries as England’s women marked a milestone match with an emphatic victory against Canada.The Red Roses, in their first game since the Rugby Football Union confirmed the team would receive match fees for the first time, ran in 13 tries at Allianz Park. Read more Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Public Safety Remains a Priority

first_img Smoke detectors: Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly. Remember, electric-powered detectors do not work when the power is out. Portable appliances: Put the correct fuel in appliances like Coleman stoves or oil lamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous. Propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor use only. Space heaters create carbon monoxide. Ensure they are used in rooms with good ventilation and placed on a flat hard surface to prevent tipping. Do not leave the units unattended. Candle use: Make sure candles are properly supported — use a non-combustible container that is larger than the candle. Keep materials at least two feet away from candles. Extinguish any candles before leaving the room. Access Nova Scotia centres Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Registry of Deeds Registry of Vital Statistics (birth, marriage and death certificates) Registry of Joint Stock Companies department head office in the Maritime Centre, Barrington Street, Halifax The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is also in theprocess of gathering information regarding Hurricane Juan’seffect on Nova Scotia farms and the fishery. Staff of the Department of Transportation and Public Works areworking hard to restore road systems in affected areas. Crews arealso working with Nova Scotia Power to remove trees from thesides of provincial roads. The public is advised to use cautionin these areas and to avoid downed power lines. Emergency Health Services is operating as usual. All Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations offices in HRMand Truro are closed today, Sept. 30. These offices include: As the clean-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Juan continues, theprovince’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) advises NovaScotians that public safety is still a priority. “Staff of the Emergency Measures Organization and all theresponse teams involved are doing everything they can to ensurethe prompt restoration of services to everyone affected byHurricane Juan,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “We are also asking Nova Scotians to dowhat they can to ensure their own safety at this time.” Many people have questions about the safety of foods that remainin refrigerators. Following are some general food safety tipsfrom the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries:– Any perishable food that is currently in the fridge is notsafe to eat at this time.– Any food in the deep freeze that is fully stocked is good fortwo days from the time of power failure. — Any food in a half-filled deep freeze is safe to eat for oneday from the time of power failure.– Perishable food that has reached room temperature for morethan two hours must be discarded.– Food retail outlets are advised to keep food below fourdegrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit). Any perishable food leftabove this temperature for more than two hours should bediscarded immediately. For further information on food safety, call 902-424-1173, orvisit the Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/foodsafety . Food safety specialists are currently assessing food supplies atgrocery stores, food banks and nursing homes. HRM’s publicinformation line has a list of grocery stores that are open. Thatnumber is 902-490-4000. “Many services are at least partially operational, however, weremind people that everyone is in the same situation. Weencourage people to buy only enough milk, water and gas, forexample, to meet immediate needs,” said Mr. Fage. The provincial fire marshal is asking Nova Scotians to be extracareful with open flames and other sources of heat while they arewithout power. All fire departments in the province are fully operational andable to respond to emergencies. As always, if you have anemergency call 911. The following are tips to help identify potential safety risks: Staff are working to have all offices open on Wednesday, Oct. 1.Access Nova Scotia, RMV and Registry of Deeds offices outside HRMand Truro remain open. Online services are also operating asusual. For questions regarding insurance claims, people are advised tocontact their individual insurance company, or the InsuranceBureau of Canada’s Consumer Information Centre in Halifax at 1-800-565-7189, ext 227. The province’s public inquiries line will be operational until 7p.m. today, Sept. 30. The number is 902-424-5200 in Halifax ortoll-free 1-800-670-4357. The province’s Emergency Operations Centre remains activated.Since last week staff with the Emergency Measures Organization(EMO) have been in constant contact with municipal and federalemergency measures organizations to ensure an integratedresponse. The following are contact numbers for various agencies involvedin the clean-up process: Water and Water Quality HRM, East and West Hants 902-424-7773 Colchester, Pictou, Truro 902-893-5880 Food Safety — 902-424-1173 Halifax Regional Municipality — 902-490-4000 Aliant (to report phone outage) — 611 Red Cross — 1-800-222-9597 Nova Scotia Power Inc. — 902-428-6004 -30-last_img read more

RoadPaving Contract Awarded for HRM

first_imgWork has begun on a $2,141,121 road-paving contract in the Halifax Regional Municipality that has been awarded by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. to repave Terence Bay Road from the intersection of Route 333 for 7.7 kilometres to the intersection of Back Bay Road and Sandy Cove Road. Also included is paving of Lower Prospect Road from the intersection of Terence Bay Road and Sandy Cove Road south for 2.3 kilometres, and Lower Prospect Branch Road from the intersection of Lower Prospect Road for 0.3 kilometres to its end. “Good roads in this area are not only important to residents, but to our many visitors, as well,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This repaving project will make the roads smoother and stronger.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

Better Regulation Initiative Seeks Input from Nova Scotians

first_imgNova Scotians can now easily share their ideas and comments on regulation using a new on-line feedback feature hosted on the province’s Better Regulation Initiative’s website. The website, www.gov.ns.ca/betterregulation , allows submissions to be sent anonymously and a response can be expected within two business days. Regulation is everyone’s business and impacts many aspects of daily life from keeping workers, children and environments safe, to creating a level playing field for business. “Input from business and citizens is critical to the success of Better Regulation,” said Jamie Muir, Minister responsible for the Better Regulation Initiative. “Over the last two years, we have been meeting regularly with stakeholders. I am pleased to have another avenue for business to make suggestions for streamlined regulation, and citizens to ask questions on how regulation reform might impact consumer or environmental protection.” In addition, the new website also hosts more pages orientated to business. Links have been added to initiatives like BizPaL, a free on-line service offering business people single-point access to determine permit and licence requirements. Updates on the progress of better regulation were also expanded on the new site to include an icon measuring paperwork reduction, recent success stories and a discussion of the province’s new service standard commitment, which will help improve application predictability for business. The Better Regulation Initiative is a multi-pronged approach to improving the provincial government’s regulatory climate. It aims to maintain the benefits of regulation while making it easier to do business in Nova Scotia. It involves all departments of the provincial government in creating a culture of continuous improvement that will result in simpler, more effective regulation.last_img read more

BC premier says pot smokers may face same rules as cigarette smokers

first_imgVICTORIA – Marijuana smokers in British Columbia may have to abide by the same public smoking rules as tobacco users when cannabis becomes legal, Premier John Horgan said Tuesday.Horgan said his government is still formulating its marijuana policy, but may follow the same provincial smoking laws and community clean air bylaws that prohibit smoking near buildings or public spaces.“Cigarette smokers can no longer smoke in public places,” Horgan said in an interview. “I think that may well be how we have to proceed with cannabis. We’ll make a decision in the new year.”Recreational use of marijuana in Canada becomes legal on July 1, and the provinces and territories are developing their policies for the sale, distribution and use of cannabis.Horgan said people have raised health concerns about second-hand smoke from marijuana while others have told the government they look forward to smoking pot in community areas.“Those are the issues people have raised with me,” he said. “At the same time, I’ve heard from people that they’d very much like to go for a walk and smoke a marijuana joint in their local community.”He said the public use of marijuana comes down to a balancing act that manages people who want to use a legal product and those who want nothing to do with cannabis.“I think of the great smoke-ins in Vancouver on the 20th of April every year, where you’ve got tens of thousands of people all lighting joints at the same time,” Horgan said. “That’s a significant health issue there for other people.”In Ontario, marijuana users will be prohibited from consuming pot outside of private residences.British Columbia’s current Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act sets a six-metre smoke-free buffer zone around doorways, air intakes and open windows to public and work places.Stores, offices, and entrances to apartment buildings are considered public spaces or work places under the act, which also includes work vehicles, public transit, taxis, cafes, casinos and pubs and bars.Vancouver also has a bylaw that bans smoking in parks and on beaches.The Victoria-area Capital Regional District clean air bylaw makes all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops smoke-free. It also extends smoke-free buffer zones outside of business doorways, windows and air intakes to seven metres.B.C. announced last week it will allow marijuana sales at private and public stores to buyers who are at least 19 years old.The wholesale distributor of non-medical marijuana will be done through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.More details on provincial marijuana policy are expected early next year.last_img read more

Pickton inquiry in crisis as family members of victims question credibility

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Pickton inquiry is falling deeper into controversy.Family members of women who were killed by serial killer Robert Pickton say the inquiry into how and why police failed to catch the pig farmer while women disappeared off Vancouver’s streets is rapidly losing its credibility.They are urging Wally Oppal, the inquiry’s commissioner to step up and demand that he province give women advocacy groups funding to participate in the inquiry.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has more on this story.last_img

Amazons Echo Show smart display now in India

first_imgBengaluru: Expanding its hardware portfolio in the country, Amazon on Tuesday launched — Amazon Echo Show — its new offering in the smart display category with a 10-inch HD display, built-in smart home hub and a speaker system for Rs 22,999 in India. The smart display comes with a 5MP front camera and Dolby sound processing, the company said in a statement. “Echo Show provides an enhanced audio-visual experience. The large screen size will increase utility and make it even easier to ask Alexa to show you things,” said Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices, India. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year To make the device more efficient on differenciating users’ voices from the ambient sound, the company says it added an eight-microphone array and “far-field” technology. The built-in Smart Home hub would enable users to discover and set-up compatible light bulbs and plugs without the need for additional hubs or apps with a simple voice command — “Alexa, discover my devices.” In addition, the smart display also supports hands-free calling, built-in web browsers and accessibility features. “You can enable Alexa captioning, magnify the screen, toggle colour inversion, choose between colour correction options, enable the VoiceView screen reader to use gestures to navigate the screen and hear spoken feedback about the items you select,” the company added. Amazon Echo Show is available on Amazon.in with cashback and other offers.last_img read more

German authorities raid homes offices in cumex tax probe

BERLIN — German prosecutors have searched over a dozen offices and homes across the country as part of their investigation into a massive tax fraud going back more than a decade.The scheme involved so-called cum-ex transactions in which participants would lend each other shares so they could collect reimbursement for taxes they hadn’t paid, costing taxpayers across Europe billions of euros.Frankfurt prosecutors said Thursday that about 170 officers raided 19 premises in four German states Tuesday.In total, German authorities are conducting 10 separate investigations into cum-ex schemes, some of which involve bank employees.A court in Switzerland is due to issue a verdict Thursday against three Germans accused of “economic espionage” for blowing the lid on the tax scheme by publishing documents revealing a Swiss bank’s involvement.The Associated Press read more

UN outlines extent of development challenges facing South Sudan after independence

19 July 2011South Sudan, the world’s newest country, has some of the worst development indicators on the planet, a senior United Nations official said today, pledging the Organization’s assistance to help the nation achieve its main goals in the aftermath of independence. Lise Grande, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, told an international meeting in Geneva that the UN Country Team will align with the new Government’s priorities in four areas: humanitarian action, stabilization and protection, social progress and justice, and State take-off and accountability.Ms. Grande told the meeting, organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), that the South Sudanese population of an estimated 9 million people is overwhelmingly young, rural, poor and uneducated.Only about four per cent of arable land in South Sudan – whose territory is close to that of France, Afghanistan or Kenya – is cultivated and just one per cent of households have a bank account, she said.Half the population does not have access to safe drinking water and it is estimated that only one person in five uses a health-care facility in their lifetime, according to Ms. Grande, who noted also that fewer than 10 per cent of children finish primary school.“A 15-year-old girl living in South Sudan has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than completing school,” she said.But Ms. Grande noted that South Sudan has also made substantial progress since 2005 when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan.Multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections were held last year for the first time, a police service, a prison service and a judiciary have been established and more than 6,000 kilometres of road have been upgraded, linking key cities and towns.She added that primary school enrolment has quadrupled, infection rates from Guinea worm have slumped by more than 90 per cent and the country is now considered polio free.Ms. Grande stressed that the UN would aim to help the country meet the needs of returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), extend State authority into insecure areas, assist in boosting living conditions, fight impunity, and ensure governments are accountable and transparent.General Gier Chuang Aluong, South Sudan’s Interior Minister, outlined the areas in which his Government is trying to focus its efforts, including building a national police service, ensuring transparent democracy and reintegrating former combatants into regular society.“Much needs to be accomplished to move from relief to development so that every citizen in South Sudan can live in peace and harmony after decades of war,” he said.South Sudan became an independent State on 9 July, following a UN-backed referendum in January that was held as part of the CPA. Last week the country became the 193rd Member State of the UN. read more

More Asian children than ever attend school but vast numbers drop out

The South and East Asia Regional Report, published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics, shows that an estimated 46 million children are out of school in the region, 32 million of them in South and West Asia. The agency calls for recruiting more teachers to cut these numbers.The study presents the latest education data for a region ranging from the Philippines in the East to Afghanistan and Iran in the West, and including five of the world’s most populated nations.It notes that enrolments for boys and girls rose substantially in most countries over the decade from 1990 to 2000. In Laos and Bangladesh net primary enrolment ratios for boys and girls rose between 15 and 20 percentage points.But enrolments are only part of the picture. The Report also reveals that only half the children who enter primary school in India, Laos and Myanmar will reach grade five. Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh follow closely behind with between 35 and 38 per cent dropping out before the end of the primary cycle.This trend is confirmed by data showing that even though many children are enrolled in primary education, very few will have a chance to enrol in lower secondary education. An estimated 233 million pupils of all ages are enrolled in both lower and upper secondary education with girls making up some 43 percent of the total.The report estimates there are about 13 million primary teachers throughout the region, including 9 million in East Asia. This means that, on average, there is about one teacher for every 21 pupils in primary school in East Asia, compared to one for every 40 in South and West Asia. East Asia includes Brunei, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Macao (China), Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. South and West Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. read more

5 days before Iraqi poll UN envoy reviews steps to ensure fairness

The world body, which has been providing technical support and strategic advice, “is proud to have been able to assist the commission,” Ashraf Qazi, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq in a meeting at its Baghdad headquarters.The Commission has the sole authority in organizing and conducting the elections on Sunday, and a team of UN experts have played a leading role in ensuring that it gets all the technical support and training it needs.Mr. Qazi also met with Interim Vice President Ibrahim Ja’fari for talks on the political and security conditions and efforts to ensure an environment conducive for holding the elections.Earlier, he held talks with the President of the Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity, Fakhri Kareem, and discussed efforts to ensure the participation of all Iraqis in the political process.He also met with former Iraqi Prime Minister Naji Taleb, and stressed that the UN will continue to stand by the Iraqi people and provide them with every possible support to ensure the success of the political and reconstruction processes. read more

Box office top 20 Mission Impossible is No 1 with 555 million

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Christina Applegate, left, as Debbie Griswold, and Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, in a scene from New Line Cinema’s comedy “Vacation,” a Warner Bros. Pictures’ release. (Hopper Stone/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Box office top 20: ‘Mission: Impossible’ is No. 1 with $55.5 million; ‘Vacation’ stalls by The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2015 2:14 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” coasted to the top of the box office in its first weekend in theatres, collecting a solid $55.5 million.It was slightly less than the Sunday estimates indicated and represented the third-best opening ever for a moving starring Tom Cruise.It also was the second-best opening in the series after “Mission: Impossible II.”The Paramount and Skydance Productions film cost an estimated $150 million to produce and has already opened in a number of territories overseas as well, with a China release scheduled Sept. 8.Warner Bros. “Vacation,” a continuation of the Griswold’s road trip saga that started in 1983 with “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” took the second spot at the box office with $14.7 million over the weekend. The film, which cost $30 million to produce, opened Wednesday at least in part to avoid competing directly with “Mission: Impossible.” “Vacation” has earned $21 million to date.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak:1. “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” Paramount, $55,520,089, 3,956 locations, $14,034 average, $55,520,089, 1 week.2. “Vacation,” Warner Bros., $14,681,108, 3,411 locations, $4,304 average, $21,003,442, 1 week.3. “Ant-Man,” Disney, $12,802,644, 3,322 locations, $3,854 average, $132,331,563, 3 weeks.4. “Minions,” Universal, $12,387,375, 3,575 locations, $3,465 average, $287,578,650, 4 weeks.5. “Pixels,” Sony, $10,503,023, 3,723 locations, $2,821 average, $45,714,520, 2 weeks.6. “Trainwreck,” Universal, $9,605,585, 2,960 locations, $3,245 average, $79,614,985, 3 weeks.7. “Southpaw,” The Weinstein Company, $7,617,683, 2,772 locations, $2,748 average, $31,675,168, 2 weeks.8. “Paper Towns,” 20th Century Fox, $4,637,894, 3,031 locations, $1,530 average, $23,854,333, 2 weeks.9. “Inside Out,” Disney, $4,511,004, 1,904 locations, $2,369 average, $329,587,896, 7 weeks.10. “Jurassic World,” Universal, $3,901,400, 1,912 locations, $2,040 average, $631,601,030, 8 weeks.11. “Mr. Holmes,” Roadside Attractions, $2,354,393, 901 locations, $2,613 average, $10,325,772, 3 weeks.12. “Terminator Genisys,” Paramount, $943,192, 736 locations, $1,282 average, $87,693,413, 5 weeks.13. “Magic Mike XXL,” Warner Bros., $645,617, 565 locations, $1,143 average, $64,761,407, 5 weeks.14. “Irrational Man,” Sony Pictures Classics, $496,966, 135 locations, $3,681 average, $1,134,297, 3 weeks.15. “Ted 2,” Universal, $494,900, 505 locations, $980 average, $80,538,470, 6 weeks.16. “Amy,” A24 Films, $438,032, 245 locations, $1,788 average, $6,429,544, 5 weeks.17. “Spy,” 20th Century Fox, $413,402, 375 locations, $1,102 average, $108,872,889, 9 weeks.18. “The Gallows,” Warner Bros., $352,044, 363 locations, $970 average, $22,202,489, 4 weeks.19. “The Vatican Tapes,” Lionsgate, $321,464, 427 locations, $753 average, $1,527,837, 2 weeks.20. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Warner Bros., $302,317, 302 locations, $1,001 average, $152,169,645, 12 weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

UN and partners launch new project to prevent stunting among children in

The stunting prevention project is supported by the Government, as well as the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) at a cost of $10 million.It will be carried out in Ntchisi district in Malawi’s central region and reach 66,000 mothers and children over three-and-a-half years of age, according to a joint WFP/CIFF press release.The project is designed to reduce stunting in the district by 5 to 10 per cent as well as build evidence for the best ways of tackling the problem, which is mainly due to recurrent food insecurity, poor dietary diversity and repeated illness.Malawi’s food security is currently deteriorating following low crop production as a result of long dry spells and floods and high food prices. Now, during the height of the “lean season,” the months before March when the next harvest is due, WFP is providing food assistance to more than 1.8 million Malawians.Evidence shows the potential to make the greatest difference in the lives of children lies in the crucial 1,000 days between conception and two years of age. The project complements the global SUN initiative established in 2010 to accelerate global progress on undernutrition and particularly on preventing stunting. Malawi was the world’s first country to launch SUN and the 1,000 Special Days initiative in 2011.“WFP’s focus on prevention of stunting through right food at the right time and beyond is very exciting,” says WFP Representative Coco Ushiyama. “Through strong partnerships, multi-sector engagement, a strong evidence-based approach and IT [information technology], we want to show the world that we can and must address stunting.”The project involves 13 core nutrition interventions including the provision of complementary feeding, the management of acute malnutrition and safe hygiene practices. A specialized, ready-to-use product, Nutributter, will be provided to all registered children aged 6 to 23 months. Undernourished children are more likely to have low educational grades than healthy children. This makes them less qualified for work, reducing their income-earning potential in adulthood. Following its launch in Malawi, the project will be introduced to Mozambique later in the year. read more

Former Ohio State football players Travis Howard Nathan Williams hoping to shine

The seniors of the Ohio State football team did not get to finish their career by playing in a bowl game, but some will have the opportunity to play in postseason all-star games in an effort to improve their stock for the 2013 NFL Draft.Two former Buckeyes, cornerback Travis Howard and defensive end Nathan Williams, will have that opportunity at the East-West Shrine Game Saturday.Howard and Williams are among a select group of college football players projected as potential NFL draft selections who were invited to St. Petersburg, Fla., to make an impression on NFL scouts, coaches and executives. The players practiced in front of NFL personnel Monday through Thursday, and the week culminates with Saturday’s game.Howard said the opportunity has been a “great experience overall” thus far.“It’s just a tremendous game to be a part of,” Howard said. “Just to go out there and just to showcase your talent … it’s definitely a great feeling. You can definitely see where you stand out at and see if you fit in with certain guys at certain positions.”Williams, who returned to play 10 games as a fifth-year senior after missing the entire 2011 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee, said it was an honor just to get invited to the Shrine Game.“I feel very blessed to even be considered to be with all these guys, all these great players here,” Williams said.Williams played defensive end for the Buckeyes last season but began his OSU career as a linebacker. He said he has played as both a middle and outside linebacker this week and thinks he has impressed scouts with his versatility.“It’s been great to get back behind the line and kind of have everything develop in front of you, and to have those big bodies take up gaps,” Williams said.Williams said he believes he is best suited to play linebacker at the next level.“I think I’m best at being a linebacker for sure because of my body type and my versatility as far as rushing the passer and pass coverage responsibilities go,” Williams said. “Hopefully I get to a team that knows where they can have a position for me … I just know that whatever team gets me is going to have a great one and hopefully I make the most of my opportunities.”Howard also said he believes he has made a positive impression on those in attendance this week.“I’ve been getting a lot of great looks and making great plays on the ball and been talking to a lot of scouts,” Howard said. “There’s been a lot of interest (from NFL teams) … A lot of scouts said they love that I was there to compete and make plays on the ball.”Williams and Howard both have the ultimate goal of making it to the NFL, and are considered possible late-round selections in April. NFLDraftScout.com currently projects Howard as a sixth- or seventh-round pick as the 29th-best cornerback in the draft class, while DraftCountdown.com ranks Williams as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the draft.Howard said one of his greatest takeaways from the week has been the opportunity to work with Al Harris, who played cornerback in the NFL for 14 seasons and is the cornerbacks coach for the West squad this week.“He did so many tremendous things as an NFL player,” Howard said. “He told us so much stuff within these three days that we’ve been here, just little things just to elevate your game.”Most of the week has revolved around football, whether that be performing on the field or meeting with and learning from NFL personnel off the field, but Williams and Howard both said one of the most valuable experiences of Shrine Game week was visiting the Shriners Hospital for Children – for which the game was created to benefit – in Tampa, Fla.“Having a day with those kids … when you do things like that, it really opens up your eyes and makes you realize just how blessed and how thankful you are to be in a position where you are as a person,” Williams said. “Going to the hospital and playing with those kids … it was a lot of fun.”The Shrine Game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on NFL Network.Former OSU safety Orhian Johnson, who played in 49 games and had six interceptions over the past four years, will also have to showcase his talent in front of NFL scouts Saturday. Johnson, who could not be immediately reached by The Lantern, will play for the American roster at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. EST from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be televised on ESPN2. read more