LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, “Skyscraper,” in the dust.Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theatres. As the first in the franchise to open in the summer, it’s just slightly under the previous installment’s $48.5 million debut in September 2015.Worldwide, “Hotel Transylvania 3” has already earned more than $100 million.“It’s really terrific,” said Adrian Smith, Sony’s head of domestic distribution. “We’re positioned to take advantage of the valuable summer weekdays and there are six weeks of summer left.”The successful series has grossed over $900 million worldwide to date.Going into the weekend, experts expected a three-way race to the top between “Hotel Transylvania 3,” ”Skyscraper” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” but the family film won by a large margin.“There haven’t been a lot of options for families this summer,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “They become instant hits.”Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” a rare original summer blockbuster, remained earthbound in its first weekend in North America. The Universal Pictures film brought in only $25.5 million domestically. “Skyscraper” cost a reported $125 million to produce, not accounting for marketing costs.Johnson has been a consistent presence in movie theatres this year with both “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Rampage” prior to “Skyscraper.” Both previous films opened in the $35 million range, and while “Jumanji” went on to be a worldwide box office juggernaut, “Rampage” petered out domestically just under $100 million. As with “Rampage,” however, the studio is expecting the majority of “Skyscraper” profits to come from international audiences.“‘Skyscraper’ is really engineered for a global release and it got a terrific start,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “We have great faith in a more than terrific run at the domestic box office going forward.”Internationally, “Skyscraper” grossed $40.4 million from 57 territories for a global total of $65.9 million.Second place went to Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which brought in an additional $28.8 million in its second weekend, down 62 per cent from last week. It’s one of the steeper second week falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first “Ant-Man” fell 53 per cent.“Incredibles 2” took fourth place with $16.2 million and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” rounded out the top five with $15.5 million.A handful of smaller releases made notable splashes this weekend including Annapurna’s buzzy dystopian satire “Sorry to Bother You,” which opened in limited release last week and added 789 locations this weekend. It earned $4.3 million in its expansion for spot No. 7 on the charts.The coming of age film “Eighth Grade” also scored top marks, and the highest per theatre average of the year, with $252,284 from four theatres. The well-reviewed pic will expand nationwide in the coming weeks.And documentaries continue to perform well too, including the Fred Rogers doc “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” which added $1.9 million from 868 theatres, and “Three Identical Strangers” which expanded to 167 theatres and grossed $1.2 million.Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $44.1 million ($46.4 million international).2. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $28.8 million ($35.3 million international).3. “Skyscraper,” $25.5 million ($40.4 million international).4. “Incredibles 2,” $16.2 million ($33.3 million international).5. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $15.5 million ($26.7 million international).6. “The First Purge,” $9.1 million ($6.2 million international).7. “Sorry to Bother You,” $4.3 million.8. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $3.9 million ($1.7 million international).9. “Uncle Drew,” $3.2 million ($70,000 international).10. “Ocean’s 8,” $2.9 million ($4.3 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Dying to Survive,” $66.6 million.2. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $46.4 million.3. “Hidden Man,” $44.8 million.4. “Skyscraper,” $40.4 million.5. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $35.3 million.6. “Incredibles 2,” $33.3 million.7. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $26.7 million.8. “Asura,” $6.6 million.9. “The First Purge,” $6.2 million.10. “Ocean’s 8,” $4.3 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 11, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Incredibles 22. Crazy Rich Asians3. Christopher Robin4. BlacKkKlansman5. Tomb Raider (2018)6. The Spy Who Dumped Me7. Ant-Man and the Wasp8. Papillon (2018)9. Skyscraper10. The MegiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Leave No Trace2. Hotel Artemis3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post4. Eighth Grade5. Here and Now6. Three Identical Strangers7. Pan’s Labyrinth8. Juliet, Naked9. Mountain10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish With English Subtitles)__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.Ver.di says it’s still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for some 23,000 security staff.Earlier strikes resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-per cent increase in some cases.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A delegate from Geoscience BC will be the next guest speaker at the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.Geoscience BC is an independent non-profit organization that studies earth science in B.C., collaborating with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. The organization has conducted a number of studies in Northern B.C. over the last few years, including aerial surveys of mineral deposits, groundwater, as well a natural gas atlas.The next Chamber luncheon will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel on March 20th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the lunch are $35 for Chamber members and $40 for potential members. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-20-chamber-luncheon-with-geoscience-bc-tickets-43553431486
Distracted driving is now a leading cause of injury and death. As a driver, your full attention must at all times be on the task of driving. This includes noting and obeying all speed limit signs, especially those in school zones. In addition, playground zone speed limits are in effect from dawn to dusk every day and are also 30 km/hr.Listed below are several common school zone-related offences, along with their associated fines:Speed in a school zone or playground zone: $196Fail to obey school guard or school patrol: $167Fail to stop for School Bus: $368Fail to yield to a pedestrian at crosswalk: $167For more safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe start to the school year visit BCRCMP or ICBC. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP is reminding motorists that with schools back in session next week, officers will be back out in full force patrolling school zones and crosswalks across the province.School zone speed limits are in effect from 8 am to 5 pm during school days and the posted speed is 30 km/hour.Police will be watching for speeders, and they won’t be handing out warnings. Tickets start at $196 and move up from there. With the anticipated thousands of children returning to class, their safety will be paramount. The RCMP is asking the public to be mindful that all school zones are back in effect next week and to be watchful for school children on their routes.
TORONTO, ONT – For the ninth year debt repayment is number one as a financial priority for Canadians.Findings from a new CIBC poll goes on to share 29 percent of Canadians have taken on more debt in the past year due to day to day expenses attributing to the mounting debt.39 percent of Canadians do worry they are focusing too much on their debt and not contributing to savings yet the majority of 84 percent believe it is better to pay down debt than build savings. Statistics Canada recently reported the average Canadian household owes $1.78 for every dollar of disposable income. With 63 percent of Canadians fearing the stock market has reached a peak, so these people may be motivated to focus more on debt than savings, a CIBC report states is based upon emotions and not fact.“Debt weighs heavily on Canadians, so it’s no surprise that Canadians continue to put debt concerns at the top of their list of priorities each year. Debt can be a useful tool for achieving long-term goals such as home ownership or funding education, but if you’re turning to debt to make ends meet, it may be time for cash-flow planning instead,” says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, CIBC Financial Planning and Advice“There’s rarely enough money to do everything, so it’s critical to make the most of the money you earn by prioritizing both sides of your balance sheet – not debt or savings, but both,” says Mr. Golombek. “It boils down to tradeoffs and balancing your priorities both now and down the road. The idea of being debt-free may help you sleep better at night now, but it may cost you more in the long run when you consider the missed savings and tax-sheltered growth,” said Golombek Tips for making your money go further in 2019 by Jamie Golombek;Write down your income and expenses – for a three month period to determine if your cash flow is positive (money left over), neutral (no extra or shortage) or negative (short on income to cover expenses).Make a plan – If you’re cash-flow positive, use the extra cash to pay off high-interest debt — not your mortgage — first. Next, you’ll want to use the surplus to build long-term savings in an RRSP or TFSA for yourself and put away a little extra for the kids in an RESP. Lastly, if your long-term savings are on track, consider increasing your mortgage payments. If you’re cash-flow neutral or negative, look for ways to cut expenses or lower interest by consolidating debt at a lower rate.Automate your plan – Time your savings or debt-repayment plan with your payroll. Putting money directly to your goals right off the top can help you both achieve your goals and get by with less.Review and prioritize your goals – You likely have many goals competing for your wallet. Meet with an advisor to build a financial plan that gets you on track to achieving what’s important to you today and the many years ahead.
Kolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.
New Delhi/ Mexico City/ Washington DC: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to sidestep sanctions that bar US-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA, according to trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data, reported Reuters website. Reliance had been supplying alkylate, diluent naphtha and other fuel to Venezuela through its US-based subsidiary before Washington DC imposed sanctions in late January aimed at curbing the Opec member’s oil exports and ousting Socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. At least three vessels chartered by the Indian conglomerate supplied refined products to Venezuela in recent weeks, and another vessel carrying gasoil is expected to set sail to the South American nation as well, according to the sources and data, Reuters added in its report. A Reliance spokesman wrote to Reuters in an email: “Reliance is and will remain in compliance with the sanctions and shall work with the concerned authorities.” He added that “the volume of products supplied to and crude oil imported from Venezuela have not increased.” PDVSA’s second-largest customer in India is Nayara Energy, partially owned by Russian energy firm Rosneft, one of PDVSA’s primary allies. Reliance has significant exposure to the financial system of the USA, where it operates subsidiaries linked to its oil and telecom businesses, among others. The Indian market is crucial for Venezuela’s economy because it has historically been the second-largest cash-paying customer for the Opec country’s crude, behind the United States. Meanwhile, a top US official has said that India has been co-operating with the US on the Venezuelan sanctions and it is the “understanding” of the Trump administration that private Indian companies have stopped importing oil from the Latin American country. The US official’s comment came as Washington ramps up actions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. The senior Trump administration official said: “My understanding is that Indian private companies, who were importing Venezuelan oil, have stopped”. These companies, which also have interest in the US, are unlikely to ignore the US sanctions, he told reporters. Responding to a question on India’s response to the US efforts against the “authoritarian regime” in Venezuela, the official said that India has been co-operative with the US. “The Indians have been cooperative in communicating to the private companies,” he said, adding that the issue has been part of India-US discussion. “We value our relationship with India and the strategic partnership,” the official said, adding that it is natural that Venezuela, which is very important right now, would be raised in its discussions with India. Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a meet with visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, said that he hoped India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday opposed Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court.The ED contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora within two weeks. The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 2. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED and the Centre, raised objection over the maintainability of the two petitions and said no relief should be granted to them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Let me file an affidavit to show that the petitioners (Vadra and Arora) are in suppression and not interested to reach to the root of the matter,” the law officer argued. ED, also represented by advocates D P Singh and Amit Mahajan, said Vadra has not approached the court with clean hands and there is suppression of the most crucial and material facts by him. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra, represented through senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. The bench asked as to why they have approached the high court when the Supreme Court is seized of various pleas challenging certain provisions of the PMLA, including its power to arrest and the burden of proof. To this, Singhvi said he has challenged six provisions of the PMLA here while the Supreme Court is only hearing the challenge on two of the provisions. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3 (offence of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 19 (power to arrest), 24 (burden of proof), 44 (offences triable by special courts) and 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence, etc) of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional. He has contended that since these provisions constitute the main parts of the Act, the entire legislation was liable to be struck down on the grounds of being unconstitutional. On Vadra’s application seeking direction to the agency to not take any coercive step against him till the pendency of his quashing petition, the bench said he has already been granted interim protection by the trial court. The bench was informed that pleas by Vadra and Arora seeking anticipatory bail are listed for hearing before a trial court, which later on Monday extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 27.
Caracas: Two Russian military planes delivered troops and equipment to Venezuela over the weekend, Russian state news agency Sputnik reported Sunday. “Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfil technical military contracts,” the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website. It gave no other details but quoted an unnamed official from the Russian embassy in Caracas saying “there is nothing mysterious” about the flights. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Sputnik report was published after an independent Venezuela journalist, Javier Mayorca, said on his Twitter feed that a Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet, apparently an Ilyushin Il-62, had landed at the main airport outside Caracas on Saturday. He said the planes offloaded around 100 Russian soldiers led by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, head of the Mobilization Directorate of Russia’s armed forces, and disembarked 35 tonnes of equipment. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSocial media and non-state Venezuelan media picked up the information and posted pictures of the planes at the airport. One picture of a Russian-flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it. An AFP journalist early on Sunday saw one of the planes on the tarmac at Maiquetia airport, with a Russian flag on its fuselage. It was guarded by a contingent of Venezuelan National Guardsmen. A picture of a Russian-flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it on the tarmac. Venezuelan authorities offered no information about the flights. The Russian embassy in Caracas declined to comment to AFP on the reports. Russia and China are the main allies of Venezuela. Both have lent billions of dollars to the oil-rich South American country, propping up the anti-US government of President Nicolas Maduro. Russia has also vocally opposed US moves to sanction Maduro and his government, and to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. US moves against Caracas have ratcheted up in recent weeks, with President Donald Trump warning that “all options” — implicitly including US military intervention — were being considered. On April 28, US sanctions are to jump up a level with a ban on crude imports from Venezuela. Historically, the US has been Venezuela’s biggest oil buyer, and the new sanctions are expected to severely crimp the Maduro government’s already badly diminished finances. Russia previously signalled its support for Maduro by sending two Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela last December to take part in a military exercise.
Mumbai: Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar was named on Friday as the Congress candidate for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. She will contest against the main rival, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty. The decision of the Congress’ Central Election Committee was announced by its General Secretary Mukul Wasnik. IANS had first reported on March 25 that her name was in “an advanced stage of consideration by the party high command” and awaiting the final nod of the top bosses. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Matondkar, 45, who shot to fame as a child star in “Masoom” (1983), was welcomed to the party fold on Wednesday by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other top leaders. Upon joining the party, she dismissed all apprehensions on her political role, saying : “I am here to stay – even after the elections.” Talking to the media, she said there were questions pertaining to freedom of people under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have entered politics to articulate those questions.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K She also praised Gandhi saying a leader should be judged by people for their qualities and not their background. Married to a Kashmiri, M.A. Mir, Matondkar poses a formidable challenge to Shetty in the constituency, which was once regarded a BJP bastion. Mumbai North is one of two constituencies out of 48 in the state which has a glamorous personality in the fray in the 2019 elections. Well-known South Indian actress Navneet Kaur-Rana is the Yuva Swabhiman Party candidate for Amravati in eastern Maharashtra, supported by the 56-party Congress-led Grand Alliance. The 33-year old actress, married to Badnera independent legislator Ravi Rana – the nephew of yoga guru Ramdev Baba – will lock horns with five-time Shiv Sena MP, Anandrao V. Adsul, 71. Mumbai North, after Mumbai North-West (now Mumbai North-Central) represented by actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt five times since 1984, is the second Lok Sabha constituency in the country’s glamour capital which has elected a well-known film personality. Bollywood actor Govinda had earned the title of ‘giant-killer’ in 2004 when – in a major upset – he trounced former Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, who is now the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, in the seat. In 2009, Naik had faced his second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of the Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam. But, in 2014, Nirupam was defeated by Shetty during the BJP-wave which catapulted Modi as the Prime Minister. Mumbai’s six Lok Sabha constituencies are going to the polls on April 29, along with 17 others in the state’s fourth phase of elections. Starting her successful acting at the age of seven as a child actor, over the years Matondkar has worked in some of the biggest blockbusters with the top actors in Bollywood, Marathi and South Indian films.
My dog rubs herself against my clothes every day. Is there any way to get dog hair off my clothes. I don’t want to wash them every day. Here are some suggestions for your clothes, carpets, sofas, bed linen: Soak the palm of your hand. Wipe the pet hair off in a downward motion. The hair will ball up and stick to your damp hand. This works because the hair becomes wet, therefore heavier. This results in it being unable to stick to your pants (or whatever surface you’re dealing with) in response to static electricity. Also Read – Feel what you fear Slightly dampen a clean, regular kitchen sponge. Use a sponge mop if you’re removing pet hair from a low-pile carpet, in which case the floor should be thoroughly vacuumed first. Rub the fabric, upholstery, or carpet with the sponge. The fur should roll up into clumps that you can pick off by hand. Rub Velcro curlers on the surface to catch the hair. If the curler has a metal inner form, it can be bent to reach corners. Use sellotape to peel off some fur. Just wrap some around your hand with the sticky, adhesive part sticking out and tap it on the fur-covered areas. Use masking tape. It’s relatively cheap and you can tear off a piece, tape the ends together, and then rotate the tape while removing pet hair from clothing or other surfaces Also Read – Homecoming Put on a latex glove. Rub the surface wearing it. The pet hair should stick to your glove. This also works with rubber gloves or cloth gardening gloves with a rubber coating on the palm. A rubber bristle push broom can work in the same way on floors. Dampen the glove or rubber section of the glove for increased effectiveness. You can use dishwashing gloves. If you lightly dampen them and rub them over your clothes, the static they create and the texture of the palms will cause the stray hairs to cling to the gloves. Once they become covered with hair, give them a rinse and start again. Using the gloves for hair collection also works great on upholstered furniture. Inflate a balloon. Rub it across the surface that has pet hair on it. The static on the balloon’s surface will attract the hair, which you can collect and then re-use the balloon to get more hair. Use a rubber broom. This is effectively for especially stubborn pet hair that sticks to a surface. The bristles work with static electricity and the hair jumps onto the brush. Use rubber soles. Use a pair of shoes with a rubber sole, like a trainer for example. Wearing the shoe(s) (the easiest option), drag your foot along the rug or carpet and watch all the hair bunch up! Simply lift up the hair. Buy a lint brush. These work on most types of dog and cat hair. Keep it by the door for quick touch-ups before going out. To clean quickly, rub the lint brush in the “wrong” direction with a damp washcloth Keep several clothes brushes handy for a quick clean up before leaving home. If you have woollen clothes that are covered with hair, use a clothes steamer or even hang them in a steamy bathroom before using the clothes brush. The dampness will help the fibers release the pet hair, making it easier to brush away. A sticky clothes roller is often best for removing pet hair. If you don’t have one (or can’t find it), use some sturdy packing tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out. Vacuum your home and furniture often. Much of the pet hair on your clothes comes from the furniture. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Delhi: Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national Capital. The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.”I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance,” Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the BJP will win all the seven seats in the national Capital. “The AAP had formed government in Delhi with the Congress’ support earlier too,” he said, adding that the AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal had once said he would never form government with the Congress support, but he later did a U-turn. “Both parties are involved in a friendly fight,” he said. However, the people of Delhi will not be fooled by them, Upadhyay said. Earlier Tuesday, the Congress said it had shown a “big heart” by agreeing to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, and the ball was now in the court of the Kejriwal-led party. A day earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal had indulged in a public spat over the issue.
NEW DELHI: After hard bargaining by both sides over the last three months, alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress on Friday reached the last step of either yes or no. The AAP has asked Congress to rethink on its stand about Delhi and Haryana pacts, said AAP leaders. AAP has also postponed filing of three nominations scheduled for Saturday. “Today also we have again given a chance, people of the country want that. We have given Congress the last chance to think it over, let’s see what happens,” AAP Delhi incharge GopalRai said. Meanwhile, AAP candidates for Chandni Chowk, North West and East Delhi LS seats, earlier scheduled to file nominations on Saturday, will now file nominations on Monday. Congress has offered four seats to the AAP as part of the alliance and has opted for the Chandni Chowk, North West Delhi and the New Delhi seats for itself. Earlier, AAP’s Sanjay Singh on Wednesday met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for alliance talks in Haryana in a seat-sharing formula of 6:3:1, sources said. However, the sources said JJP chief Dushyant Chautala is not ready to form an alliance with Congress. “From day one, we had clarified that we could not join hands with the Congress whose hollow and corrupt policies affected the country…I want to clarify that there is no question of forming an alliance with the Congress and we have held no talks with the Congress in this matter,” he said on Thursday. However, the sources said that the AAP took the initiative to convince Chautala. Sources said that AAP has now put forward a fresh offer for Congress. According to sources, AAP agreed to 7:2:1 formula in Haryana instead of 6:3:1, and 4:3 in Delhi. However, party leaders said that Congress has been refusing for a tie-up in Haryana but AAP will still make the final push. The AAP announced in March all its seven candidates for the national capital, where polling will be held on May 12. It fielded Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Brajesh Goel from New Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Raghav Chadha from South Delhi. Balbir Singh Jakhar was the last name announced by the party for the West Delhi constituency. However, Jakhar became the first among the seven to file his nomination on Thursday.
Charlotte (US): A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said. Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the suspect. The shooting prompted a lockdown at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and caused widespread panic across campus as students scrambled to take shelter. “Just loud bangs. A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind,” said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend’s art show. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampus Police Chief Jeff Baker said authorities received a call in the late afternoon that a suspect armed with a pistol had shot several students. He said officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said at a news conference. He said two people were killed, and three remained in critical condition late Tuesday. He said a fourth person’s injuries were less serious. Students were among the victims, but officials would not say how many. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22. They said he’s in custody with charges pending. Monifa Drayton, an adjunct professor, was walking onto campus when she heard the shots. She said she directed students fleeing the scene to take cover inside a parking deck. “I heard one final gunshot and I saw all the children running toward me,” she said. “We started to get all the children pulled into the second floor of the parking deck and the rationale was if we’re in the parking deck and there’s a shooter and we don’t know where he is, he won’t have a clear shot.” She added: “My thought was, I’ve lived my life, I’ve had a really good life, so, these students deserve the same. And so, whatever I could do to help any child to safety, that’s what I was going to do.” The suspect’s grandfather Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said that Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died. Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. But Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, said Rold, who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted by an Associated Press reporter. “You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.” Shortly after UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown, aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.
Taroudant, Morocco – At the Conference on Investment Security in the Mediterranean held on Monday, in Paris, Mohamed El Ouafa, Morocco’s Minister of General Affairs and Governance, said that the government is “seriously considering” the launch of two giant infrastructure projects in Morocco.According to Maghreb Agence Press (MAP), the minister announced Monday in Paris that the government is studying the feasibility of two major projects related to the transfer of surplus water from north to south and building the Tishka tunnel. The first project aims to transfer via large pipes the drinking water and water for agriculture from the water surplus basins in the north to the southern areas of the kingdom where water is in short supply. The second project aims at linking the Ouarzazate region and its remote oasis with Marrakesh via a tunnel under the High Atlas Mountains that will guarantee a rapid transit network between the two regions and will save commuters hours of risky travel on the tortuous roads up Mount Tishka. Minister El Ouafa said that the tunnel under Mount Tishka would open up vast areas of Morocco, including the large oasis area of the southeast. Road users are hoping that the long awaited project will make commuting between Ouarzazate and Marrakesh much faster and safer.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistribute
Rabat- The judge in charge of terrorism cases in the Court of Appeal in Sale on Monday decided to postpone until February 18 the trial of Ali Anouzl, editor-in-chief of the Arabic version of independent news website Lakome.Anouzla was arrested on September 17 after his website “Lakome” posted a link to a video attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). He was accused by the Moroccan authorities for giving the jihadists a platform.After spending more than one month at the prison in Sale, Rabat’s twin city, Anouzla was freed on bail in late October while the judge investigates his case. He is accused of defending, providing material assistance to and inciting terrorist acts, accusations that have drawn international criticism.Under Morocco’s tough anti-terrorism law, which was adopted in 2003 after a string of suicide attacks in Casablanca, the journalist risks up to 20 years behind bars if tried and convicted, according to Amnesty International.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Casablanca – Marrakech is going international once again— According to Public Radio International (PRI), Morocco’s Southern Pearl will be home to the world’s largest museum devoted to photography and visual arts.According to Karen Ruimy, an international Moroccan singer, performer and author, the news about the museum initiative has created a buzz in Marrakech and cheered its residents, especially the young generation.“The reaction from the young generation is amazing,” Ruimy told PRI. “They are very hungry for any opening of an institution that’s going to bring art to them, because art means freedom of expression.” Ruimy is one of the Moroccan celebrities who are providing some of the financing for the construction of the museum.To draw attention to this new, majestic cultural institution, the Red City hosted an event that brought together a number of famous photographers to spend a week in Marrakech and share their experience in the Moroccan city.Susan Meiselas, one of the photographers invited to the event, shared an impressive experience she had in Marrakech that changed her opinion about photography in Morocco.Meiselas had used her imagination to check whether Moroccans had maintained the same relationship with photography, as she had realized before that most Moroccans did not like to be photographed.To check that, she had chosen a public area in Marrakech and installed the following items: a tripod, a camera, a white sheet to reflect the light and a black cloth as the background for her photos.Meiselas offered to take a photo of female passersby in exchange either of MAD 20 or a copy of their portrait. She was surprised to see some Moroccan women choosing to have a copy of their portrait instead of the money, and even gave her the permission to exhibit their photos.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Fez – In an interview with the Telesur TV channel in Venezuela, Diego Armando Maradona declared that Lionel Messi does not deserve the golden ball award as world cup best player.The footbal legend, known for his divisive and controversial statements, stated that Leonel Messi was not good enough to attain this honorable title.Former Argentinian star added in ‘El Zurda’ program that it was a set plan to grant Messi this trophy as part of a merketing agenda. Stating meanwhile that he would give Messi the best prize possible because he is a great player. Maradona has also levelled some criticism against Argentine manager, Alejandro Sabella, espicially for substituting Ezequiel Lavezzi for Sergio Aguero in the wold cup Final, a decison Maradona deemed a decisive mistake as Lavezzi was more effective than Man. City’s striker.Also Joseph Sepp Blatter has expressed his ‘little surprise’ for granting Messi the best player trophy.In a press conference following the end of the world cup, FIFA president told journalists that he did not expect such a nomination, claiming that he would but confirm to it as his position dictates.
Rabat – Mohamed Lahna, a 33 year-old Moroccan athlete from Casablanca, jumps all of life’s hurdles to prove he is a sporting powerhouse.In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, the Moroccan athlete described his life and the greatest events in his journey, which started in Morocco in 2004 when he began with the Organization National des Handicapes (IDMAJ). “I started biking for the first time in 2004 thanks to the ‘Service des Anciens Combattant de l’Ambassade de France a Casablanca’, especially Mr. Bernard and Mr. Patrice Ascargorta, an expert prosthetist, who became my best friend. He played a major role in my athletic career; he helped me get all the equipment and needs to start triathlons,” Lahna expressed.Money is actually one of the main obstacles he has faced in his career, like many professional athletes around the world, and especially in triathlon, which is an expensive sport due to its three different disciplines in one. “I started my triathlon venture in 2008, and I managed to keep racing by working hard and making money to buy sports equipment and travel. I even asked for help from my friends and some organizations like CAF,” Lahna told MWN. “Nowadays, I am trying to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics; it is a different adventure, and I have to race a lot to earn points. I could get professional equipment and have more time for training. I am so lucky to join the first Arab Triathlon Team (Alameda O.N. Tri Team). I was able to race the ITU circuit this year and get enough points to qualify for the World Championship in Chicago, which is the main event to qualify for Rio 2016,” he added.Among his major accomplishments, he joyfully shared, “Last year racing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii was the greatest event in my life, especially since I was the first African paratriathlete to achieve this, as well as finishing the Marathon des Sables in 2013, which was an incredible lifetime experience.”Lahna sees athletics as an experiment to reach limits, both “physically and mentally” through a preferred discipline. He has won several worldwide awards and medals. He recently competed to win the African Championship in Egypt, the National Championship in Swimming in 2011, and obtained Silver Medal at the Triathlon World Championship in Beijing.When people first see pictures of Mohamed, many ask what happened to his leg; actually, he did not become disabled in a sport or road accident. He has a birth defect known as proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD).Currently, he plans to do a mega triathlon in Morocco, starting from Tangier to Lagouira with Nacer Ben Abdjeljalil, the first Moroccan to climb Mount Everest. “Next month I will race the Triathlon World Championship in Chicago. I hope to qualify for Rio 2016, because Morocco is the only country with a paratriathlete in the Arab World and North Africa”.Before fully immersing in athletics, Mohamed was a graphic designer in Morocco. He worked for Saga Communications for 7 years, where he acquired many interesting experiences. “I learned a lot through my employment in Morocco. My workmates were so nice, they helped me a lot, and it was an arduous task to satisfy clients. The job was interesting, but entailed many hours of work in order to get recognition.”Mohamed moved to California, USA four years ago, and he is a student at the College of San Mateo majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is married and also a father. “At my leisure, I devote more time to my family; I am the father of a three year-old boy,” he said.He resents the ‘excessive sympathy’ of Moroccan society for the disabled. “Our society shields disabled people. It is okay if they do not do well in school, it is okay if they do not work.” Therefore, he believes sports is one of the best ways to help disabled individuals integrate into society. “Whether for fun or professionally, sports help us accept and embrace our disability and not be afraid to face society and be in the public eye,” he concluded optimistically. “I hope one day to stop talking compassionately about disabled persons.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.