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first_imgThe province is helping Cumberland County businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards and health authorities will be available to meet local business operators. “Businesses in Nova Scotia offer some of the best products and services in the world,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “The province is pleased to help Nova Scotian companies expand their markets.” Business operators can meet with public sector purchasers at a trade show in Springhill on Tuesday, Feb. 27, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, 6 Main St., Springhill. The show will allow vendors to learn how to increase sales to the public sector. They can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is co-hosted by the Office of Economic Development and the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “This event connects our local business community with the people responsible for government procurement and tender opportunities,” said Rhonda Kelly, executive director of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “We highly encourage any businesses considering selling goods or services to any level of government to attend.” The province’s Supplier Development Program is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small business operators learn how to bid on government goods and services and provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment.last_img read more


first_imgGovernment is following through on its commitment to restore balance and responsibility to first contract arbitration. Amendments to the Trade Union Act introduced today, Dec. 6, will ensure the Labour Board can only impose a first agreement if it determines one of the bargaining parties is not making a best effort to reach a first collective agreement. “The current legislation involves the Labour Board too quickly. We said we would fix this problem, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “These amendments remove automatic access to first contract arbitration, and will give employers more time to try to negotiate affordable agreements with their employees.” These amendments will bring Nova Scotia’s legislation more in line with the model used by the federal government and several other provinces, which covers 85 per cent of Canadians. The legislation will also remove the time limits on conciliation. The conciliator must now determine the parties are at an impasse before the matter can go to the Labour Board. The Labour Board will only get involved to settle a first contract if it determines one of the parties is hampering the bargaining process. “Today’s amendments send a positive signal to the business community,” said Luc Erjavec, vice-president Atlantic, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “The new government listened and acted quickly to bring Nova Scotia’s first contract process more in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.” To move to first contract arbitration, one of the bargaining parties will have to demonstrate: If the Labour Board finds the parties are making their best effort to bargain, it may direct the parties back to conciliation. If the Labour Board determines the parties qualify for first contract arbitration, it can appoint an outside arbitrator, or the parties can choose to appear before the Labour Board, and cover their own costs. “Now, in the rare instances when employers and employees struggle to negotiate a first agreement, a more balanced process will be there to help,” said Ms. Regan. the other party refused to recognize the union’s bargaining authority or the other party has adopted an unreasonable position or the other party failed to make reasonable or timely efforts to reach a contract or another bargaining element the Labour Board deems relevant.last_img read more


first_imgCoimbatore/Chennai: Security has been tightened across Tamil Nadu following intelligence inputs that members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated into the state, police said on Friday.Coimbatore Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan said the city was under a high alert following information that the terrorists were heading there. Officials said security had been beefed up in the state following reports that six members of the terror outfit LeT infiltrated into the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Security has been stepped up at many places, including airports, railway stations, bus stands and places of worship across the state. An alert has been sounded especially in coastal districts to prevent any further possible intrusion, the police said. Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan said “storming operations” were underway as part of precautionary steps. Sharan said 10 numbers quick response teams habve been put at strategic places just in case to respond if there is any requirement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We have put arrangements at all the shopping malls, important temples and all important installations. We have also informed the Army and the Air Force to alert their defences,” he told reporters. The city and its surroundings have come under a tight security cover, with over 2,000 police personnel being deployed, and vehicle check and such checking points enhanced, the police commissioner said. “As of a now, a general red alert is maintained.” Sharan said the police had not released any photographs of any suspects so far as was being telecast in some TV channels, but said searches were on based on information and the description of the suspects. When pointed out that the developments come close on the heels of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) action in the city, he said: “There is no need for panic, for worry. What the NIA did was a separate operation (and) this is a separate issue.” The NIA had in June arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged head of the ISIS Tamil Nadu module who was a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, one of the suicide bombers in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka in April. In 1998, Coimbatore was rocked by serial bomb blasts coinciding with the visit of BJP leader L K Advani to the industrial city, leaving 58 people dead and over 200 injured.last_img read more


first_imgTermas de Río Hondo: Honda’s Marq Marquez set the perfect launch from the pole position to stretch his lead to one second in no time. The defending world champion gathered fearsome pace and was in a lead of three seconds after three laps. By the end of the 10th lap out of 25, Marquez was seven seconds clear which even stretched to 12 seconds towards the later stages. Eventually, he reached the finish line 9.8 seconds ahead of second-placed Valentino Rossi at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. The battle for the second place was on until the last lap with Andrea Dovizioso showing the power of the mighty Ducati – something which Yamaha definitely needs to work on if they want the championship. Rossi was leading the battle with Dovizioso before running wide in the 7th lap, but he ensured that he was right on the tail throughout. The Italians were being cheered in what proved to be an exquisite display of grit. It was only a few turns away from the finish line when Rossi made his final move to escape past Dovizioso and come home second. Meanwhile, Crutchlow who was expected to be a better competitor for the podium suffered a huge setback due to a jump-start. He managed to finish 13th despite a late entry into the race. Marquez now leads the championship with 45 points followed by Dovizioso (41) and Rossi (31) at second and third respectively – with 17 more races remaining.last_img read more


Rabat – King Mohammed arrived this Sunday afternoon in Abidjan for a “working and friendship” visit to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. The visit will be followed by the King’s participation in the upcoming 5th EU-AU Summit.The King, whose last trip to Côte d’Ivoire dates back to February-March 2017, is accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid and Prince Moulay Ismail.The EU-AU Summit will be hosted by Côte d’Ivoire on November 29 and 30, despite the contested presence of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The announcement was made public by the Ministry of the Royal House, the Protocol and the Chancellery.The working visit came a few days ahead of the contentious European Union-African Union Summit in the Ivorian capital.After its long empty seat policy during African summits, Morocco will face Polisario head on, with King Mohammed VI leading the Moroccan delegation.After Morocco mobilized its European and African allies to exclude Polisario from the highly anticipated summit, the kingdom is now changing its game plan, while still pursuing its strategic objective to put an end to AU’s recognition of the so-called SADR.Upon their arrival at Abidjan Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport, the monarch and the two princes were greeted by the Ivorian president Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who was accompanied by the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire Dominique Claudine Ouattara.The official delegation accompanying Mohamed VI, includes also Fouad Ali El Himma, the King’s Advisor, Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, and Mohamed Laâraj, Minister of Culture and Communication, and interim Minister of National Education and Professional Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research. read more


Rabat – Renault made the offer to Posco “in early 2017 as part of its strategy to diversify its sources of steel,” a source acquainted with the affair told the South Korean Yonhap news agency Thursday.In response to Renault’s offer, Posco said the two companies will postpone “formal discussions” on the matter. Posco is not currently planning to enter Morocco, “citing market conditions,” the source said.Morocco World News contacted Renault to verify whether it made the offer to the Korean steelmaker. “We cannot give you any comment on this subject. We are always under discussion with many suppliers for further potential business,” a Renault spokesperson told MWN today.Renault is the third biggest customer of Posco’s automotive steel, Yonhap’s source said.Renault is also one of the biggest clients of ArcelorMittal, a leading steelmaker in the world, which supplies the French carmaker with automotive steel.According to Yonhap, Maghreb Steel, the leading steel producer of flat steel in Morocco, asked POSCO in 2017 to “invest in Morocco’s maker of flat steel products and provide necessary technology.”Morocco World News contacted Maghreb Steel, but the company has not yet provided any information about the offer.Read also: DLM, National Steel Leader, to Help Energy Industries Optimize Their ConsumptionPosco could benefit from EU-Morocco free trade agreementPosco “could use Morocco as a gateway for exporting its steel products to Europe without tariffs as Morocco has a free trade agreement with the EU,” Yonhap’s source said.The move could save the Korean steelmaker from a 25 percent tariff the EU said it would impose on 23 categories of steel products if imports surpass “the average of imports” for the last 3 years, after the US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the tariffs in early 2019.Renault is one of the largest international companies in Morocco with two car manufacturing plants, in Tangier and Casablanca. With a total of 35,365 sold units during the first semester of 2017, Morocco was the top automotive African market in terms of sales for the French group.Read also: Morocco Best-Selling African Market for RenaultThe Moroccan Society of Automotive Construction (SOMACA) plant in Casablanca launched an extension project to the Renault plant in Casablanca in October. The extension project is set to double the plant’s production to 160,000 vehicles per year by 2022.“In 2018, over 400 000 Renault and Dacia vehicles will come out of our two plants. Groupe Renault counts more than 11 000 employees in the country and over 40 suppliers  and partners chose to follow us, creating 50 000 jobs locally,” according to Carlos Ghosn, Renault CEO and chairman.Japan has since arrested Ghosn for financial misconduct, and Renaut appointed COO Thierry Bollore as temporary CEO.The French car manufacturer achieved 65 percent of its goals to expand its ecosystem in Morocco in 2017, according to Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy. read more


North American stocks were modestly higher amid optimism that the Federal Reserve likely won’t be cutting stimulus as early as thought while giving a muted response to a sweeping economic reform plan from the Chinese government.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 32.21 points to 13,463.59.The Canadian dollar rose 0.04 of a cent to 95.57 cents US amid strong manufacturing data for September.Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing shipments rose 0.6 per cent to $49.9 billion in September. Economists had expected they’d rise about 0.5 per cent.U.S. indexes were higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 48.94 points to 15,925.16, the Nasdaq was up 5.4 points to 3,978.14 while the S&P 500 index gained 3.29 points to 1,793.91.In a report issued after a closely watched Communist Party conference, China’s ruling party pledged to ease barriers to private competitors in markets controlled by state companies. At the same time, they reaffirmed that government-owned industry is the core of the economy.However, it left out many details of what role private or foreign competitors might be allowed in government-controlled industries such as energy, telecoms and finance. But it outlined changes clearly intended to make industries more efficient and productive by injecting more competition.Analysts say markets were expecting something more from Chinese leaders who are under pressure to replace a growth model based on exports and investment that delivered three decades of rapid growth but has now run out of steam.“It looks like they are going to do some reforms which should help out growth over time,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial. “But I don’t think it was as immediate and because of that, markets didn’t take off (on the news). So it isn’t negative, it isn’t overly optimistic, just slightly positive.”Meanwhile, the woman most likely to succeed Ben Bernanke at the helm of the Fed made it clear that she’s prepared to continue the central bank’s low-interest rate policies to keep the U.S. economic recovery on track.During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Janet Yellen warned critics that any potential risks posed by those policies are outweighed by the risk of leaving a still-weak economy to survive without them.Her statements convinced markets that the central bank won’t reduce its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases until at least March.December crude edged up 21 cents to US$93.97 a barrel and the energy sector ticked ahead 0.5 per cent. Bonavista Energy (TSX:BNP) rose 38 cents to C$12.61.Industrials were also supportive as heavy equipment company Finning International (TSX:FTT) rose 84 cents to $24.98.The gold sector was the biggest decliner, down 0.75 per cent slightly higher while December bullion inched up 30 cents to US$1,286.60 an ounce. Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) faded six cents to $3.28.Copper prices inched higher after tumbling earlier in the week and the December contract was up one cent at US$3.17 a pound. The base metals component was off 0.2 per cent and Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) fell four cents to $2.16.On the corporate front, private equity firm Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) reported Friday it earned US$399 million or $3.22 a share in its latest quarter, compared with a profit of $98 million or $1.50 per share a year ago. Revenue grew 16 per cent to $7.13 billion and its shares advanced 58 cents to $57.18.Montreal-based Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) has raised its offer for an Australian dairy company, which is the focus of a heated takeover battle. Saputo’s new offer is $9 per share in Australian currency, valuing Warrnambool Cheese and Butter’s equity at about A$499 million, or about C$487 million. Saputo’s previous offer was A$8 per share. Saputo shares gained 30 cents to C$49.Media giant Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) is reorganizing the advertising sales operations at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and moving them to an affiliated company. It says Metro English Canada will become the point of contact for advertising placed with the Star, the Metro commuter paper and other properties in the Star Media Group. About 80 jobs are being cut. Torstar shares dipped two cents to $5.72.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.19 per cent and Frankfurt’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were ahead 0.1 per cent. read more


Canada’s main stock index dropped for a second straight session on Friday and the U.S. stock market closed out its worst week in two years. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 115.48 points, or 0.75%, at 15,215.26. Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.In the U.S., traders moved money into investments traditionally seen as having lower risk Friday, such as U.S. government bonds, gold and utility stocks.Energy stocks fell after Chevron reported weaker oil and gas production.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 69 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,493. The Dow has lost 387 points over the past two days. The slump interrupted five months of steady gains.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3%, to 1,925. The S&P 500 lost 2.7% this week, the biggest loss since June 2012.The Nasdaq fell 17 points, or 0.4%, to 4,352.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.49%.Compiled with files from Associated Press and Reuters read more


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by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2015 6:30 am MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Factory activity in New York state contracted for the fourth straight month in November, as a strong dollar and slow overseas growth continued to drag down manufacturers.The New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State manufacturing index, released Monday, edged up slightly to minus 10.7, from minus 11.4 in October. Still, any figure below zero indicates contraction.The survey found that factories cut jobs for the third straight month. New orders also fell, though at a slower pace.U.S. manufacturers have been hammered this year by a slowdown in China, the world’s second-largest economy, weak growth in Europe and a stronger dollar, which makes U.S. goods pricier overseas. Falling oil prices have also cut into orders for steel pipe and other drilling equipment.There are signs the manufacturing slowdown could be bottoming out. The overall index and measures of shipments and new orders rose last month, even as they stayed in negative territory.Other recent data have also suggested that factory output could turn around. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said earlier this month that its measure of new orders received by U.S. manufacturers jumped in October. And a gauge of production rose for the first time since July.In the Empire State report, a measure of employment ticked up slightly to minus 7.3, from minus 8.5.A separate category showed that New York manufacturers are cutting back sharply on their stockpiles, which can slow production in the short run. But reducing excess goods in warehouses and on store shelves can set the stage for a future rebound if customer demand stays high, forcing companies to restock goods. Manufacturing in New York shrinks for fourth straight month on weak orders, less hiring read more


by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 1:48 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O’Reilly of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in New York. While advertisers may be fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s “no spin zone” on Fox News Channel, viewers are remaining loyal. “The O’Reilly Factor” averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said. That’s up 12 percent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 percent compared to the same week in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Advertisers are fleeing Bill O’Reilly, but viewers aren’t NEW YORK, N.Y. – Advertisers are fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s “no spin zone” on Fox News Channel, but viewers are remaining loyal.“The O’Reilly Factor” averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. That’s up 12 per cent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 per cent compared to the same week in 2016.O’Reilly’s show averaged just under 4 million viewers for the first three months of 2017, his biggest quarter ever in the show’s 20-year history.“Controversy is a breeding ground for interest,” said Marc Berman, editor in chief of The Programming Insider. “So people who otherwise might not have seen his show recently are curious. People might want to see if he addresses the subject. If the ratings were not up, I would have been surprised.”Some five dozen companies have said they wouldn’t advertise on O’Reilly’s show following a report in The New York Times on April 2 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations against cable television news’ most popular personality. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing.It has left his show with a more unusual array of commercials than you’d typically see for a popular program — like Monday night’s ad for a device that clears ear wax.The amount of advertising time by paying customers on “The O’Reilly Factor” has been cut by more than half since the Times report, according to an analysis issued Tuesday by Kantar Media. In the month prior to the story, his show averaged 14 minutes, 32 seconds an hour of ads by paying national clients, Kantar said. By last Friday, the paid advertising time had bottomed out at 4 minutes, 10 seconds, before rebounding to 7:10 on Monday.His sponsors lately have been leaning toward more opportunistic direct-mail marketers or other small budget brands, the company said.O’Reilly had five of the seven most-watched programs on cable television last week, and he more than doubled the average audiences for his rivals on CNN and MSNBC combined. But he was topped by a teammate: Sean Hannity’s show last Thursday, less than an hour after it was announced that President Trump had taken military action in Syria, had nearly 5 million viewers.A broadcast news show reached an important milestone last week. “CBS This Morning” averaged 3.7 million viewers last week, only 354,000 fewer than NBC’s “Today” show and 644,000 below ABC’s “Good Morning America.” That’s the strongest a CBS morning news program has been competitively in at least 29 years, the Nielsen company said.When “CBS This Morning” began five years ago, it typically had nearly 3 million viewers less than “Today” each day.CBS dominated the prime-time rankings last week, led by the NCAA men’s basketball championship between North Carolina and Gonzaga. The network averaged 9.1 million viewers. NBC had 5.4 million, ABC had 4.4 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1 million.Fox News was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.78 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.6 million, USA had 1.56 million, HGTV had 1.39 million and TBS had 1.2 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” scored a narrow victory in the evening news ratings, averaging 7.93 million viewers to NBC “Nightly News” and its 7.91 million. The “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million.For the week of April 3-9, the top 10 show, their networks and viewerships: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million; “NCAA Pre-Game,” CBS, 14.08 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 13.83 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.6 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.64 million; “Bull,” CBS, 11.1 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 10.47 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.04 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9.77 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.52 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more


The United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian talks are “moving in the right direction,” the UN Special Envoy for Syria said today, wrapping up the latest round of discussions in Geneva with counter-terrorism added to the agenda and plans to resume in late March.Staffan de Mistura told journalists that participants had engaged in “serious” discussions and said that the sides would be invited to continue discussions later this month.“It is now clear to everyone and that is beyond dispute that we are here to implement UN Security Council resolution 2254,” Mr. de Mistura said, referring to the Council text approved in 2015 endorsing a road map for peace process in Syria, including specific language on governance, constitution and elections.“I believe therefore and expect that the sides should now pursue a framework agreement with an agreed political package so a transition can be implemented in line with 2254 – we’re here to talk about that,” he added.In addition to the issues previously on the agenda, as outlined in resolution 2254 (2015), counter-terrorism has been added at the request of the Government of Syria, according to the envoy. The major issue of detainees and abductees was also raised by the delegation from the Syrian Government. In parallel, the talks in Astana – convened by the Governments of Iran, Russia and Turkey – would continue to address issues related to the maintenance of the ceasefire and confidence-building measures. “We have a clear agenda in front of us,” Mr. de Mistura told reporters, adding: “The train is ready; it is in the station […] warming up its engine. It just needs an accelerator and the accelerator is in the hands of those in this round.” read more


GWD MindenMarco OnetoMiladin Kozlina German GWD Minden will have much stronger roster in the next season. Currently 13th team of DKB Bundesliga signed two experienced players with a lot of international success – Slovenian defensive specialist Miladin Kozlina (32, as we wrote 10 days ago) and Chilean star – line player Marco Oneto (photo). Kozlina is coming from RK Vardar Skopje, where he fights for the EHF CL F4 and have a really big impact in defensive line. Oneto is in SC Magdeburg, where he came last summer from Hungarian TOP team MKB Veszprem.Both players have won the EHF Champions League in their careers. Kozlina did that with RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko in 2004, while Oneto played for golden Barcelona in season 2010/2011.GWD’s coach Goran Perkovac is very satisfied with the transfers: Eijlers, Kozlina and Oneto were players from my wish list. All of them have fantastic careers with a lot of success. No one of them played in relegation battles, so that will force us to make better league position in the future – said Perkovac for official club’s website.  ← Previous Story WHAT A GOAL: Dibirov’s magic! Next Story → 60 MINUTES TO “LANXESS ARENA”: Kiel waiting for… read more


first_img Movie theaters are not the optimum setting to enjoy the latest cinematic fare.The floors are sticky and the seats are busted, bags of Sour Patch Kids crackle while tubs of popcorn crunch, and there is always the inevitable jerk who flashes their too-bright phone screen at least twice in two hours.I’d much prefer to kick back at home, watching a family terrorized by their evil doppelgangers or a teen-turned-adult superhero test his newfound powers while chilling in my sweatpants, pause button at the ready for food and bathroom breaks.And now I can, thanks to retired Ticketmaster tycoon Fred Rosen.Well, I could if I were among the ultra-wealthy elite.Rosen and Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., launched Red Carpet Home Cinema, which rents first-run films for $1,500 to $3,000 each.As reported by The New York Times, the “Netflix for one-percenters” has contracts with WB, Paramount, Lionsgate, Annapurna, and Disney’s 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight.So you* can watch blockbusters like Joker, Rocketman, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Dark Phoenix, and Tolkien from the comfort of your home—while the unwashed masses crowd into stadium seating with a bunch of strangers.The luxury service—devised during rounds of country-club golf in LA—is not for the faint of heart: Participants must have a credit card limit of at least $50,000, and customers are required to by a $15,000 box that connects to a home theater system and comes with piracy protections.According to the Times, studios set individual prices, charging more for blockbuster flicks like Shazam! and less for indie dramas like The Shape of Water. Each rental allows for two viewings over 36 hours.Several major firms—including Universal, Sony Pictures, and Disney’s other labels—are Red Carpet holdouts. But the founders aren’t worried.“I feel pretty comfortable that we can gain more studio partners,” Rosen told NYT. “We are a niche offering—I’m too old for distribution—but even if a studio makes $25 million to $50 million annually from us, that’s found money.”Theater owners, meanwhile, are taking what the paper called a “wait-and-see” approach.“I have no take on that,” Adam Aron, CEO of U.S. theater chain AMC Entertainment, said in a statement.With the movie industry is already in a state of flux—case in point: Netflix challenging how films are traditionally released (and some Hollywood bigwigs clapping back)—Fellman isn’t interested in “starting a business that is disruptive to the theatrical experience.”“We’re not even looking for 10,000 people,” partner Rosen said.“Maybe we get 400 homes in New York and LA. Maybe 100 in each of the 30 biggest cities in the United States,” Fellman added. “We told studios, ‘You set the terms.’ They appreciated that. What doesn’t work in Hollywood is going in and wagging a finger and saying, ‘This is how it’s going to be.’”More on Geek.com:Watch 20 Minutes of Ads to Earn Free Movie TicketsLone Blockbuster Store Still Standing in OregonAlamo Drafthouse, MoviePass Introduce New Cinema Subscription Options* By “you,” I obviously mean tech billionaires, Wall Street titans, pro athletes, Beyoncé, Russian oligarchs, and other ultra-wealthy people Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgChelsea manager Mauricio Sarri became the first boss at Stamford Bridge to go through his first 11 league matches unbeaten and he has hailed his talented players for the role they played.Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to go second place and just two points behind Champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.The victory means Sarri is now unbeaten in his first eleven Premier League games, which is the joint-longest unbeaten record by a Premier League manager, equalling the record set by Frank Clark in 1994.“I’m really very proud but I’m proud to be coach of this team. The record is not the record of the coach but the team.” Sarri told Chelsea FC website.“I was lucky because I have very good players and in the last two months they were able to win without a great level of organization from the tactical point of view.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Sarri also downplayed Chelsea’s title chances saying: “I don’t know. At the beginning, we knew there was a gap of 30 points from last season.“At the moment we need only to think about trying to recover a large part of the gap. I hope to recover almost all of it but I don’t know. It’s difficult to recover 30 points but we are trying.”last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, August 21, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s Banda Room. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington High School: The Wilmington High School Fall Sports Night will be on Tuesday at 6pm in the WHS Auditorium. This is required for all students who will be trying out for fall sports, plus one guardian for each participating student. Important information will be discussed and students and families will break off by sport to learn about team expectations and tryout procedures. Permission forms will be distributed and should be returned to the coach on the first day of tryouts. A valid physical (within the last 13 months) should be on file in the Athletic Office if one is expired or needed. If a new physical is needed, a form must be submitted before a student can participate. Dr. Ruth Potee has been secured as a guest speaker as part of the night. The talk is titled “Athletes, Opioids & Addiction” and will last about 45 minutes. Learn more about the talk HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Bocci at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_img 7 ISS happenings Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo Post a comment Comments $520 at HP $155 at Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Sprint 0 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Read Google Home Hub review The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $60 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $6 at Tidal The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy Boost Mobile What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon 27 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) NASA astronaut snaps dazzling Crew Dragon photo from ISS See a fidget spinner go bonkers in space Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy The ISS has a power problem. NASA The International Space Station isn’t working quite right. A NASA ISS update issued Monday focused on an upcoming SpaceX cargo resupply mission, but also mentioned “an issue with the International Space Station’s electrical power system.”NASA said the issue stems from a main bus switching unit (MBSU) that sends electrical power to two of eight power channels. The ISS solar arrays feed power through these channels to operate all of the station systems. Flight controllers are working on rerouting power through the six remaining channels.NASA is trying to figure out what happened and if it can restore full power to the station. “There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station,” the space agency said. The ISS is currently home to six astronauts and cosmonauts from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and Roscosmos. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 See at Turo See It Tags NASA,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See it Sci-Tech Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Details are scarce as NASA digs into its troubleshooting work. Recent spacewalks have involved the replacement of batteries on the outside of the ISS, but we don’t know if there’s any connection between the power problem and that upgrade work. A SpaceX Dragon resupply mission is scheduled to launch this week, but the power issue could put a crimp in those plans. “Discussions are underway to determine any impacts to SpaceX’s CRS-17 cargo resupply mission targeted for launch May 1,” NASA said.  $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock reviewlast_img read more


first_imgComedian Ali and Pawan KalyanFacebookComedy actor Ali, who is campaigning for YSR Congress Party (YCP), has hit back at Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan and asked him a series of questions over his comment made in Rajahmundry.On Monday, Pawan Kalyan had made some allegations against Ali during his campaigning for Jana Sena Party in Rajahmundry. The comedy actor has been a close friend of the power star, who has a special place in his heart. He was deeply hurt by the latter’s words and he released a video message to hit back at him.Ali was Pawan Kalyan’s remarks and he released a video message to hit back at him. In the clip, the comedian is seen saying, “This evening, Pawan Kalyan made a comment about me in Rajahmundry. It is the place, where I was born and brought up. I started a trust in the name of my father to do something for my birth pace and I have been serving the people of Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities.”Ali went on to reveal his intention behind the video message. He said, “Pawan Kalyan mightn’t have thought of talking about me at that moment. I am sure that people standing beside him advised making a comment about me. They might have said that his remark would make an impact because it is his area. I couldn’t have sent this video message if you had made this comment in any other district.”Ali said that he is a self-made, unlike the power star. He said, “You made it big with Chiranjeevi’s support, but I am a self-made man. I’ve no background support. I travelled from Rajahmundry to Chennai in search of livelihood. Chennai gave me a life and I reached my current position with a lot of hard work. Some people have come to me for their benefit, but I have never gone to anyone with that intention.”The comedian said that he is hurt by Pawan Kalyan’s unnecessary comments. He added, “I have toured several constituencies to campaign for YSRCP, but I didn’t mention a single word about him or Jana Sena Party in any of those areas. The reason is that I have told in past and telling you the same now also that you always stay in my heart.”Pawan Kalyan said that he was an ATM for Ali. Talking about it, the comedian asked, “I would like to remind you that I was among the people, who came first to your office when you launched the party. I wished success to your party and I gave you the Quran. You said that you helped me. What did you help me? Did you give me money? Did you give me any film offers when I was struggling to get them?”Ali denied taking help from Pawan Kalyan. The actor added, “I was in a good position before you entered the film industry. I have never come to you, asking for film offers. There is no need for it and God has given me everything. Even if I face a tough time, I will never come to you and you know about it.”Pawan Kalyan questioned Ali campaigning for the YCP. Taking about it, Ali said, “I never say a word to hurt anyone. But your words uttered in Rajahmundry have hurt me deeply. What is wrong in me joining YCP? Don’t have a stature? Should I not join a party and campaign for it? If I made a comment about you during the campaign, you have every right to make one about me. But I am feeling very bad your remarks.”Ali added, “You said that you have given a ticket to my brother. Did I come to you asking for it? or Did you tell me about it, before giving it? You didn’t tell me. I have single maintained single phone number for 10 years and you have this no with you. Did you every call me and invite me to your party? When you didn’t do it, why are you making such comments?”In conclusion, Ali said, “I am hurt and I am sorry.” He ended the video message, by showing a video from a recent function where he showed his love and respect for Pawan Kalyan, when the latter’s fans interrupted his speech.Watch Pawan Kalyan’s speech in Rajahmundry and Ali’s response to himlast_img read more


first_imgPower station. BSS File PhotoCoal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL) and MITSUI and Co. Limited of Japan on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct an LNG-based combined cycle power plant at Matarbari of Cox’s Bazar.CPGCBL secretary Md Mizanur Rahman and MITSUI and Co. Limited (Asia Pacific) infrastructure project division general manger signed the agreement on behalf of the respective institutions at CPGCBL conference room in Dhaka, said an official release.The release said the project will be implemented through joint venture and it will start generating power by December, 2021, reports BSS.Later, CPGCBL managing director Md Abul Quasem and representatives of MITSUI and Co. Limited called on state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid at his secretariat office.The state minister welcomed the investment of the Japanese company and urged to invest more in the power and energy sector of Bangladesh.last_img read more


first_img Share Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders were issued Monday for parts of Fort Bend County along the Brazos River as it rose above record levels, officials said.“Areas along the river that flooded in 1994 will probably flood again – with even greater severity – as we approach the National Weather Service’s forecast of 53.5 feet,” Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Braun said in a news release. “A number of rescues occurred yesterday, with more expected now in the daylight hours.”Officials said 26 people were rescued in rescue operations conducted Sunday and Monday near Simonton.“It is the responsibility of everybody to take necessary action to protect their lives and property. The fact is that the river is forecasted to rise three feet above the observed 1994 levels, which is water the county has not seen in many of our lifetimes,” Braun said.In Richmond, an emergency operations center was activated and a shelter set up at the First Baptist Church of Richmond located at 502 South 5th Street. Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen has issued a voluntary evacuation order for some subdivisions and streets in Lake Olympia and Quail Valley due to the Brazos River alert, city officials said. Fort Bend County Flooding in Fort Bend County.On Sunday, Texas prison officials evacuated about 2,600 inmates from two prisons near the Brazos River. Flood warnings remained in effect Monday for several rivers in the Houston region after heavy rains created dangerously high water levels. In addition to the Brazos River, flood warnings are issued for the Colorado River, Cypress Creek, East Fork San Jacinto, Lake Creek, Menard Creek, Middle Yegua Creek, Navasota River, San Bernard River, San Jacinto River, Spring Creek, Trinity River and West Fork San Jacinto. National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service Flood Conditions Across Southeast TexasMajor flooding was occurring around the West Fork San Jacinto in Humble, according to the National Weather Service. At 8:45 a.m. Monday the water level was 59.6 feet and the flood stage is 49.3 feet. The levels were forecast to fall to below flood stage by Friday evening.Water line was up the faceboards on this home in #humble. Homeowner doesn’t know when he can get back in #khou11 pic.twitter.com/3bedC1iCZf— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinKHOU) May 30, 2016The National Weather Service reported more major flooding at the San Jacinto River near Sheldon. The water level was measured at 18.7 feet at 9:30 a.m. Monday and the flood stage is 10 feet. It is expected to fall below flood stage by Thursday morning.Meanwhile, the voluntary evacuation for residents from the Northwood Pines subdivision and Park at Northgate Apartment complex near Spring Creek in north Harris County has been lifted.The flood warning issued for Spring Creek remained in effect. The river was expected to fall below flood stage by Monday afternoon.Houston Transtar listed over 20 high water locations across the city as of noon Monday. Emergency officials are urging motorists to avoid water-covered roads and asking that people stay away from swollen rivers until water levels recede.At least six deaths have been reported from the current flooding in Texas. last_img read more