GST regime not to apply to J&K in current shape, says Minister Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday asked Jammu and Kashmir to roll out GST from July 1 as failure to implement it will lead to “adverse impact” of price rise and put local industry at a disadvantage.In a letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Mr. Jaitley said that the State had actively participated in the GST deliberations and should join the nation-wide wide roll out of Goods and Services Tax from July 1.Also Read All States, except Jammu and Kashmir, have already cleared the State GST (SGST) Bill.The Union Finance Minister listed out the disadvantages of the State not introducing GST from July 1, saying it may have an adverse impact and could lead to a general increase in prices of all goods purchased from other States.It could also lead to increase in the price of all goods being sold to other States, which will have an “adverse impact on domestic industry in the State“.Mr. Jaitley said since Integrated GST (IGST) will be levied on all inter-State supplies of goods and services, credit for goods purchased in one State can be claimed in the State where it is sold.“If the State of J&K does not join GST on July 1, 2017, for all purchases made by the State from other States after July 1, the dealer shall not be able to take credit of this IGST which shall get embedded into the price of purchased good or service, leading to cascading of tax and increase in price of the said good or service for the final consumers in J&K,” Mr.Jaitley wrote in the letter.Similarly, in case of goods or services sold from Jammu and Kashmir to other States, the buyer will not be able to take credit of the local taxes paid.“This shall put the trade and industry in the State of J&K [at] a competitive disadvantage,” he said.Jammu and Kashmir, he said, had actively participated in the GST Council meetings and had meaningfully contributed to the framing of the various laws and rules for GST. The 14th meeting of the GST Council was held in Srinagar on May 18-19 in which rates of over 1,200 goods and 500 services were decided.In his letter, Mr. Jaitley urged the Chief Minister to send the concurrence of the State on the GST Constitutional Amendment Act, 2016, for the approval of the President. As per Article 370 of the Constitution, amendments made to the Constitution of India are applicable to Jammu and Kashmir with the concurrence of the State government and approval of the President.
Two Congress MLAs from Goa, Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanad Sopte, joined the BJP in New Delhi on Tuesday in the presence of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal after a meeting earlier in the day with BJP president Amit Shah. The MLAs have resigned from the Goa Assembly, faxing their resignation letters after meeting Mr. Shah, leading to the BJP and the Congress holding equal number of MLAs (14 each) and the current strength of the House at 38.As of now, the BJP-led coalition, with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), has a majority in the Assembly as the allies have three MLAs each. The BJP also has the support of three independents.The two MLAs had a meeting with Mr. Shah and later joined the party at the New Delhi headquarters. Mr. Sopte, a second-term MLA represented Mandre in north Goa and Mr. Shirodkar had represented Shiroda in south Goa. “Both will be excellent additions to our party and have expressed faith in the leadership of the party,” said Mr. Goyal at a press conference. With this the BJP hopes to tide over the political crisis for its government in the State that arose after Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar fell seriously ill. Many allies and independents had supported the BJP government only under the leadership of Mr. Parikkar.While neither of the MLAs spoke during the formal joining, they did refer to three more Congress MLAs ready to cross over.‘3 more may come out’“We have resigned our membership and if the party gives us a ticket we will contest, but we have joined the party without any conditions. There are at least three more MLAs who could also come out of the Congress,” said Mr. Sopte, after the press meet.The Congress, meanwhile, blamed the defections on arm-twisting. “This is misuse of power and the instrumentalities of the state like the investigative agencies to instil fear and terror among political opponents. All this only proves that the BJP is murdering democracy,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari. read more
Ten regional parties of the northeastern region, including eight members of an anti-Congress forum led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, on Tuesday resolved to be united against the Union government’s move to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The BJP’s ally, Janata Dal (United), also joined a convention here to fight against the “communal Bill”. The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslims said to have fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and taken refuge in India till December 31, 2014.“We oppose the Bill together. We believe that the Bill, if implemented, will threaten and endanger the lives and identity of the indigenous people of Assam and other parts of the northeastern region,” said Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who heads the Mizo National Front (MNF).To approach President“We held this convention to unanimously oppose the Centre’s push for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. We also decided to approach President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi together and appeal for scrapping the Bill,” said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, the convener of the meeting.No decision on allianceMr. Sangma, who is also the president of the National People’s Party (NPP), declined to say whether the regional parties would break away from the National Democratic Alliance, or the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).“It is not right to comment on that as of now. But we will meet again to chalk out the future course of action in the unfortunate scenario of the Centre pressing ahead with the Bill,” he said.The MNF and NPP are members of the anti-Congress NEDA. Apart from them and JD(U), the parties that attended the convention were the Asom Gana Parishad that walked out of an alliance with BJP over the Bill, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, United Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front, Hill State People’s Democratic Party, and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (all Meghalaya based), Naga People’s Front and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (Nagaland). read more
Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Jerwin Ancajas (C) of the Philippines celebrates with his team after defeating Ryuichi Funai of Japan in their 12-round Super Flyweight IBF World Title fight in Stockton, California on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)MANILA, Philippines—Jerwin Ancajas is set to defend his IBF World super flyweight title against Jonathan Rodriguez on November 2 in Carson, California.This will be Ancajas’ eighth defense of his 115-lb title, his second in 2019, that he won against Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo back in September of 2016 in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Lousy overtime showing blows FEU chance to retain top 4 spot Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan PLAY LIST 01:04Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The bout is scheduled at Dignity Health Sports Park and will serve as the co-feature to Miguel Berchelt’s WBC World super featherweight championship bout against Jason Sosa.“I am looking forward to this fight because Rodriguez brings the Mexican style to his fights, and Mexican and Filipinos make the best fights,” said Ancajas (31-1-2) in Filipino in Top Rank’s press release.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I want to thank Top Rank, senator Manny Pacquiao and my manager Joven Jimenez for their continued support. It is going to be a war, and to my Filipino fans, I look forward to putting on a show for you in Carson.”Ancajas is on a 19-fight unbeaten streak, tallying 18 victories in that stretch, and is the third-most active champion behind WBC World heavyweight king Deontay Wilder and WBC World minimumweight titlist Chayapon Moonsri. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rodriguez (21-1), however, is no pushover after recording five straight wins, four of which ending in knockouts, under his name.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments read more
Ateneo, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, still has to win its last three games to claim an outright finals berth.“I don’t care if we had 10 playing dates in a row when you lose your humility when you think all you have to do is put your uniform on to be good, you need a wake-up call,” Baldwin said.The Tigers came out with all guns blazing in the first half, hitting 12-of-20 three pointers, before suddenly going cold in the third period, making just 1-of-10 shots.That allowed the Maroons to claw their way back and even take the lead late on with Kobe Paras’ triple extending the advantage, 78-74, with 1:41 remaining.But Renzo Subido buried two foul shots and Brent Paraiso knocked down a wide-open triple to give the lead back to UST, 79-78, with 52 ticks left. Subido sealed the deal with a cold-blooded triple over Juan Gomez de Liaño with time down to 26 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Alido zooms ahead by one in Tarlac after a 66 In a UAAP basketball season that seems to deliver an exciting twist with every game day, the only thing certain now is the Blue Eagles’ position as the top seeds in the Final Four after they rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to subdue Far Eastern U, 65-55, at Mall of Asia Arena.The Growling Tigers showed their poise and incredible shooting in a tight endgame to down University of the Philippines, 84-78, while the ailing Green Archers overcame University of the East, 65-59, to barge into the Top 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The guys, they became who we believe we are in the second half after FEU gave us the wake-up call that we obviously needed,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, after the Eagles climbed out of a 13-point hole with a strong second half to secure their 11th straight victory.Thirdy Ravena made a couple of key baskets and Ange Kouame scored on a putback with under a minute remaining to complete the comeback for the Eagles, who later sealed the No. 1 seed following UP’s loss to UST. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Justine Baltazar held the fort for the Green Archers with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Archers moved up to fourth with a 5-5 record. .“We’re lucky we were able to pull through,” said La Salle coach Gian Nazario, as seven of his players, including Baltazar, suffered from flu prior to the game. “We’re happy that we were able to pull this win out. We really needed this one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Defending champion Ateneo got the wake-up call it needed, University of Santo Tomas found its deadly shooting touch in time and a shorthanded La Salle crew showed it can battle through adversity on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments read more
Vecow released their latest AI engine, RCX-1500 PEG series Dual GPU AI Computing System. Powered by workstation-grade Intel Coffee Lake platform running with dual NVIDIA Tesla/Quadro/GeForce graphics engine, advanced NVIDIA Volta/Turing/Pascal architecture, doubled CUDA cores and AI productivity. RCX-1500 PEG Series delivers extreme performance, system-optimized operation, versatile configuration, smart manageability and trusted reliability for Deep Learning, Autonomous Vehicles, Public Surveillance, Robotic Control, Smart Logistics or any mission-critical AI applications.Vecow RCX-1500 PEG Series offers 4 DDR4 2666Mz SO-DIMM up to 128GB memory while delivering high-speed data transfer capabilities with USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s), multi SATA III (6G) and GigE LAN. Featuring multiple DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort, Vecow RCX-1500 PEG Series supports max 11 independent displays with up to 8K resolution for preeminent media creation and display.There is no worry for power consumption on the device itself as the RCX-1500 PEG Series provides optimized power budge for max dual 350W independent graphics engine operation. Furthermore, it supports wide range power input from 6V to 36V with 80V surge protection, reliable operating at a temperature range of -25 to 45°C, anti-shock, anti-vibration tested and maintain reliable performance. Vecow RCX-1500 PEG series serves extreme performance in real-time embedded applications. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Infineon: new current sensor for industrial applications covers ±25 A to ±120 A rangeNext Arm Cortex-M low-power mode fundamentals read more
Tottenham duo Rose, Aurier left out of Olympiakos tripby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham duo Danny Rose and Serge Aurier will be missing for their Champions League clash against Olympiacos.The North London side are playing the first game of the group stages on Wednesday in Greece.Neither Rose nor Aurier have travelled with the rest of the squad for the game.Other absentees include Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso, who have slightly longer term issues.It is likely that Aurier and Rose are being rested, as they were involved from the start at the weekend against Crystal Palace.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino knows he must rotate to keep his players fresh and fit throughout the season. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ESPN published today its “experts” predictions for the College Football Playoff. Most of them are pretty chalk. All 42 experts, for example, have Clemson making the playoff.There are a couple of “out there” picks, though. None are bolder than Lee Corso’s.The College GameDay analyst has a wild national title pick and some interesting College Football Playoff teams, too.Corso’s playoff:Wisconsin (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Clemson (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Washington (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)Georgia (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)National champion: Wisconsin (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)You can view the full predictions here.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power customers will be getting some money back over the next three years as a result of the delays in completing the Nalcor-owned Muskrat Falls generating station in Newfoundland and Labrador.The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has given NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc., approval to charge Nova Scotia Power and its customers for costs related to the construction of the Maritime Link — the transmission system to get the power from Muskrat Falls.The Maritime Link is expected to be complete by the end of this year, on time and on budget, however power from Muskrat Falls isn’t expected to flow until 2020 at the earliest.The review board’s interim assessment, released Monday, is for $109.5 million in 2018 and $111.5 million in 2019. The amounts are already being collected from customers in Nova Scotia as part of a three-year rate stability plan for 2017-2019.However, the board ruled that $105 million in costs should not be recovered yet, and as a result, ratepayers should receive an annual credit on their power bills over the next three years. The actual credit will vary by customer class.The first credit is to be issues by April 30, 2018.“The board is concerned about the significant delays in construction of the Muskrat Falls Generating Station and NSP Maritime Link Inc.’s apparent lack of insight on what is happening at Muskrat Falls,” the board says as part of its decision Monday.“Essentially, NSP Maritime Link appeared to learn about the delay contemporaneous with it being announced publicly, yet at the same time its representatives sit on joint committees with representatives of Nalcor dealing with this project. The lack of insight is troubling to the board.”The board said the Nova Scotia block of power was supposed to be flowing from Muskrat Falls at the same time the Maritime Link is completed, but for now “N.S. ratepayers are not getting what they bargained for.”“The board orders that the Maritime Link depreciation and deferred financing amortization credits be refunded to customers by April 30 of each year, plus interest,” the decision reads.In June it was announced that the price tag for the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador had reached $12.7 billion. That’s up from an estimate last year of $11.7 billion and is about $5 billion higher than when the former Progressive Conservative government approved Muskrat Falls five years ago.Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall took over as head of the Crown corporation last year after the governing Liberals criticized oversight. He said at the time the megaproject was a colossal mistake that he’d try to fix.At the time, he said 75 per cent of construction was done. read more
The Television Academy is once again partnering on Storytellers, an annual event produced by the veteran empowerment campaign Got Your 6 to celebrate the accomplishments and inspirational stories of our nation’s veterans.Scheduled as a lead up event to Veterans Day (November 11), the Television Academy hopes the Tuesday, November 1 event will increase awareness among content creators of Got Your 6’s campaign to shift the narrative of veterans as “broken heroes” to one focusing on veterans as leaders and civic assets.Storytellers gathers veterans, who deliver TED-style talks about their ideas, accomplishments, philosophies, and the many contributions they are making in their communities and workplaces. A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general population stereotypes veterans as more likely than civilians to be unemployed, undereducated, homeless, and experience mental health issues. The reality is much more complex and the entertainment industry can play a role in changing the narrative.Hosted at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in Los Angeles, Storytellers will feature veteran and actor Jeff Bosley; founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops, Matt Griffin; founder and CEO of the nonprofit TentEd, Zack Bazzi; Marjorie Williams of Endemol Shine; singer/songwriter Stephen Covell; and comedian Thom Tran.The event will include remarks by Ryan Phillippe, who stars in the upcoming USA Network drama “Shooter,” which was honored by Got Your 6 as a “6 Certified” project. Phillippe plays Bob Lee Swagger, a highly decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President.“Our veterans have compelling, inspiring narratives to share, and it is imperative that we as an industry celebrate them,” said Television Academy President and COO Maury McIntyre. “We are honored to present these moving and thought-provoking stories to the creative community in Southern California, and to host one of this year’s ‘Got Your 6’ events in recognition of Veterans Day.”“Veterans are as diverse as the country we served, and Storytellers addresses the public’s stereotypes about veterans head-on by showcasing the talents and groundbreaking innovations of those who wore the uniform,” said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “We thank the Television Academy for demonstrating their commitment by allowing veterans themselves to speak directly to the writers, producers, studio executives, and performers who create popular media.”The fourth annual talks will be live-streamed at facebook.com/GotYourSix and later distributed online. Videos from the 2015 event were viewed more than three million times.In addition to Los Angeles, Got Your 6’s Storytellers will be held in New York City on Wednesday, October 26 at the HBO Theater, and in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, November 10 at Discovery Communications. For more information and to register, visit gotyour6.org/storytellers.Got Your 6 Storytellers is made possible by the generous support of Macy’s, Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans United Foundation, Aspen Dental, American Express, Discovery Communications, HBO, Television Academy, NFLPA, General Dynamics, and Sword & Plough. read more
Facebook Among the short-film programs—divided into categories that include Indigenous stories, works by young filmmakers, and specific themes such as bullying—we find the topics of anxiety (“Nadine”), war/migration (“Rupture”), and wealth disparity (“The Glass Pearl”). Advertisement Advertisement In the brutally smart faux documentary High Fantasy, four South African teens swap bodies and reckon with hard questions of race, privilege, and gender. In High Fantasy, one of the harder-hitting films getting their West Coast premiere at the 20th annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, four South African teens find themselves transported Freaky Friday–style into one another’s bodies. No goofball comedy, High Fantasy instead explores unsettling questions about class, race, and gender with a depth and seriousness that you simply wouldn’t have seen when Venay Felton started the festival two decades ago.“We’ve always tackled big questions, but I think we have access to a wider choice of better-quality films from around the world than ever before,” says the founder in a call to the Georgia Straight. “We didn’t have films as inclusive as we do this year.”Indeed, among the full-length titles coming to the 2018 edition of R2R, Naoko Yamada’s animated feature A Silent Voice concerns a high-school student forced to reckon with the abuse he heaped on a deaf student years previously. In Cloudboy, a Belgian 12-year-old confronts his own largely denied Sami heritage. And in the widely acclaimed, U.S.–made Princess Cyd—getting its Canadian theatrical premiere—a queer teen explores painful family issues with her reluctant aunt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more
MONTREAL – Advertising rates for Montreal Canadiens games have plummeted due to audience fallout after the Habs’ lacklustre performance last season, one media company says.The RDS and TVA Sports channels — which fall under the umbrellas of BCE Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc., respectively — saw advertisers paying for a per-minute viewership assessed at about 200,000 for the 25-54 age demographic.That’s down from last fall’s initial viewership estimate of about 295,000 and 275,000 for RDS and TVA Sports, respectively.Omnicom Media Group said pricing for a 30-second ad placement this fall dropped to about $5,000 from roughly $7,000 last year as a result of the shift.Last month, TVA Sports announced revenues fell by 60 per cent for a net loss of $9.7 million in the second quarter.The channel, along with Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau, have blamed the Canadiens’ failure to make the playoffs for a major hit to the Montreal-based communication giant’s ad revenues.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:QBR.B) read more
LOS ANGELES — You’re a mean one — and you’re number one — Mr. Grinch.“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.Last week’s top film, the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” drops to second for 20th Century Fox with a $30.8 million weekend that brings its overall take to $100 million.Illumination, the Universal-owned animators behind “The Minions” and “Despicable Me,” produced the latest interpretation of Seuss’ 1957 book that led to a 1966 TV special and first came to the big screen as a live-action feature starring Jim Carrey in 2000.Paramount Pictures’ war-horror hybrid “Overlord” was third in its first weekend with $10.1 million. Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” brought in $9.5 million and finished fourth in its second week. The weekend’s other major debut, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” made just $8 million and finished fifth.Illumination’s “Grinch,” narrated by Pharrell Williams, gives the title character, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, a backstory in an orphanage and fills out the story of his foil Cindy Lou Who.It’s the second Seuss adaptation for Illumination. Its version of “The Lorax” opened with a comparable $70 million weekend and went on to gross $348.8 million worldwide.“The Grinch” was widely expected to be No. 1 with few other major openings this weekend, but it surpassed projections that had it bringing in closer to $60 million, continuing what’s become a trend in 2018.“‘The Grinch’ is just the latest in a string of over-performers,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was bigger than expected, ‘A Star Is Born’ was bigger than expected. It’s fueling a box-office surge.”The industry has reached a cumulative box office total of $10 billion faster than in any other year, Dergarabedian said.The Christmas theme of “The Grinch” could sustain it through the holidays and Universal hopes it has a longer life than that.“With Thanksgiving coming, we’re poised to have a great run through that,” said Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution for Universal. “Illumination’s created such a classic take on this beloved character that audiences will be enjoying it for a really long time.”But big rivals loom soon, including “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” next week and “Ralph Breaks The Internet” on Nov. 21.“We’ve got a lot of competition coming up for family audiences,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,” $66 million ($12.7 million international).2. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” $30.8 million ($63 million international).3. “Overlord,” $10.1 million, ($9.2 million international).4. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” $9.5 million, ($13.5 million international).5. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” $8 million, ($6.2 million international).6. “A Star Is Born,” $8 million ($9 million international).7. “Nobody’s Fool,” $6.5 million.8. “Venom,” $4.8 million ($118.2 million international).9. “Halloween,” $3.8 million ($5.9 million).10. “The Hate U Give,” $2 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Venom,” $118.2 million.2. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” $63 million.3. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” $13.5 million.4. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,” $12.7 million.5. “Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer,” $12.4 million.6. “Intimate Strangers,” $9.2 million.7. “Overlord,” $9.2 million.8. “A Star Is Born,” $9 million.9. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” $6.2 million.10. “Halloween,” $5.9 million.___This story has been corrected to show that “Overlord” earned $10.1 million, not $19 million.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more
New Delhi: India and Bangladesh will start a cruise service from Friday that would take passengers through the Sunderbans to Dhaka, a senior MEA official said. Addressing a conference on Multipolarism in Asia: Issues and Challenges, Vikram Doraiswami, joint secretary at the External Affairs Ministry, said the move was aimed to strengthen inland waterway routes between the two countries. “We have inland waterway routes with the signing of a protocol on the use of a certain set of rivers. We are now going to start cruise services between India and Bangladesh from Friday. Essentially what will happen here is people would have the option to travel through the Sunderbans on a luxury vessels up to Dhaka and back with border formalities being done at the crossing points in both countries,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said other than road and rail, India and Bangladesh also have a very strong power connectivity. “We have started the movement of goods using the inland waterways, so goods from India can go in the cheapest possible form up to Narayanganj and Dhaka,” he added. He also said Bangladesh was the site the of the largest visa operation with 14-lakh visas given to Indians to Bangladesh. “About 2.6 million (26 lakh) Bangladeshi nationals visited India last year. The quality of connectivity is what stands in the way and need to be worked on,” he added. read more
SEATTLE (AP) _ Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $3.56 billion.The Seattle-based company said it had net income of $7.09 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $4.61 per share.The online retailer posted revenue of $59.7 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $59.69 billion.For the current quarter ending in July, Amazon said it expects revenue in the range of $59.5 billion to $63.5 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $62.53 billion.Amazon shares have climbed 27 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 17 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $1,909.33, a climb of 31 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AMZN at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AMZNThe Associated Press read more
Mr. Annan makes this recommendation in a new report to the Security Council, which set up UNOMIG in 1993 to verify compliance with the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Abkhaz authorities in the country. The mission, he says, continues to play a crucial role in stabilizing the zone of conflict. “Its efforts to advance the negotiation process constitute a central element in the search for a peaceful settlement,” he notes.The peace process remains fragile, however, as evidenced by the fact that meaningful negotiations on the future political status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia have not yet begun. “Clearly, in the absence of such negotiations, the entire peace process remains in jeopardy,” the Secretary-General warns. He appeals to interested States – known collectively as the “group of Friends” – to submit a framework document on the distribution of competencies between Tbilisi and Sukhumi to the two sides as soon as possible.Referring to two recent incidents in which six people were killed and two taken hostage, Mr. Annan says both sides should work together to clarify the clashes, release the remaining hostages and bring the perpetrators to justice. In addition, he reiterates his call on both sides to live up to their commitment to facilitate a safe, secure and dignified return of all refugees and internally displaced persons to their previous residences.The Secretary-General also voices deep concern regarding the security of UNOMIG personnel. “It is the responsibility of both sides to provide appropriate security conditions for the work of the Mission at all times,” he stresses.The Security Council is scheduled to consider the report in closed consultations on Wednesday. read more
Letters requesting information “are being drafted and will go out in the next days,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. He predicted that the report would take “six weeks or so” to draft. The spokesman said that the report would be prepared by UN Secretariat staff and would be presented by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Some 100 Angolan refugees living in Namibia have been repatriated under a programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to return people to their homes in Angola’s interior regions, the first of its kind, the agency announced today. Thursday’s operation, carried out with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), returned 105 people to Huambo in the central Angolan highlands, a spokesperson for UNHCR said in Geneva. Some 27 flights are planned to carry more than 4,000 of the 10,000 Angolans currently in Namibia, as poor roads, broken bridges and mines make it impossible to safely return the refugees to the central highlands by any other means. “For many of the refugees it was their first flight, but their nervousness was overcome by excitement at the prospect of going home,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said at a press briefing. The UN agency has also been repatriating Angolans from Namibia in road convoys to the border provinces of Kuando Kubango and Cunene. It said that by using both land and air routes, it hoped to repatriate nearly all Angolans from Namibia this year. Overall, nearly 24,000 Angolans refugees have returned home in 2004 on UNHCR-organized convoys from Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia. An estimated 441,000 Angolan refugees were estimated to be living in bordering countries at the time the peace accords were signed in April 2002. Since then, some 250,000 have returned home, leaving about 200,000 in the major asylum countries of the DRC, Zambia, Namibia and the Republic of the Congo. read more
With support from the United Nations, Palestinian officials today launched the first database designed to provide information on disaster losses that will help develop planning policies and strengthen community resilience.According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Palestine is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, floods, landslides, droughts and desertification. The whole region frequently faces small to mid-scale disasters and is vulnerable to large-scale urban disasters, triggered by seismic activity and climate change.In January, a winter storm struck the region and caused severe damage to the agriculture and infrastructure in the northern West Bank. About 12,000 people across 190 communities were affected by this storm.The initiative was launched in Ramallah, and was presided over by various Palestinian officials as well as Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR chief and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who began her visit to the region this week.Ms. Wahlström met with the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohammad Abu-Rahmadan, who told her that the storm last month was an early warning to all sectors that “Palestine can be affected by weather-related events that are beyond the usual patterns.” During her visit, Ms. Wahlström will also meet with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other senior officials, as well as representatives from local government and members of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.“It’s an opportunity to pull together all the knowledge that exists here and strengthen the coordination to improve and enhance risk mitigation to be better prepared,” Ms. Wahlström said.Over the next three days, 100 participants representing various Palestinian governmental and non-governmental entities, international organizations and UN agencies will attend a disaster inventory training as part of the initiative. read more
The cabinet includes four displays, three of which act as windows showing the track and simulated outside world, where as the fourth forms the dashboard the player sits at. All the buttons from a real train are present, as are the two physical controls required to make the train move. This is a train-lovers perfect arcade game.Taito is owned by Square Enix, so it makes sense that Square’s VisualWorks (their CG studio) is taking care of the visuals while Taito gets the cabinet perfected. It’s far from finished, but the game and cabinet are set to be installed in Japanese arcades next spring. On release, the Yamanote line in Tokyo will be available to play, with other tracks and locations around Japan being added to the game in the months that follow.It’s very unlikely we’ll ever see this arcade cabinet making its way to the US or Europe, but I bet at least one train enthusiast will attempt to import it. Actually, it might be easier to create your own using an old train carriage, much like the guy who made his own flight simulator using a real Boeing 737 cockpit. Arcades have all but died out in the West, but in Japan they live on. Not just so that you can go play Street Fighter 2 or any number of classic shmups or other well-known fighting games. No, Japan continues to produce new arcade games to satiate the gaming masses, and developers don’t hold back when it comes to creating over-the-top arcade cabinets, too.Taito, a developer and publisher still best known for producing Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, also has a very popular series of games called Densha de Go! They are hugely popular train simulation games, with the first being released 20 years ago in 1995. And to celebrate that 20th anniversary Taito has decided to create a new arcade game and cabinet for the latest Densha de Go! release.As you can see, the cabinet recreates an almost full size replica of the front of a train where the operator sits. Here’s the in-development arcade cabinet, with all images courtesy of Famitsu and 4Gamer. <> read more