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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 7:26 am PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – MoviePass, the struggling discount movie ticket subscription service, is being spun off by the company that owns it.Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. did not try to obscure the reasons why on Tuesday. MoviePass has become a burden.MoviePass drew in millions of subscribers, luring them with a $10 monthly rate. But that proved costly. Because MoviePass typically pays theatres the full cost of tickets — $15 or more in big cities — a single movie can put the service in the red. At one point Helios and Matheson had to take out a $5 million emergency loan to pay its payment processors after missed payments resulted in service outages.Then, last week, the company acknowledged that it is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors.Helios and Matheson, based in New York, says it does not believe it has misled anyone, and has filed all public disclosures in a timely and truthful manner.“Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, HMNY largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public’s eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception of HMNY might benefit from separating our movie-related assets from the rest of our company,” said Chairman and CEO Ted Farnsworth in a prepared statement.Shares of Helios and Matheson, which is a data company, have been punished all year long.MoviePass Entertainment is expected to list on the Nasdaq or an alternate trading market. MoviePass to be jettisoned by parent companycenter_img FILE- This Aug. 23, 2018, file photo shows Movie Pass debit cards and used movie tickets in New York. The parent company of MoviePass says that it plans to spin off the discount movie ticket subscription service into a separate public company. Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. said Tuesday, Oct. 23, that the new subsidiary will be called MoviePass Entertainment Holdings Inc. and be a film production, marketing and exhibition company. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) last_img read more

VICTORIA – British Columbias attorney general say

first_img VICTORIA – British Columbia’s attorney general says new rules to fight money laundering at provincial casinos will apply universally.David Eby says he can’t comment on private issues that occur in casinos, but stresses there are no exceptions to rules requiring gamblers to disclose sources of cash deposits of more than $10,000.RELATED: Parq Vancouver says it ‘stands against racism’ after Drake accuses them of ‘profiling’Canadian superstar singer Drake posted on his Instagram over the weekend that he was prevented from gambling at the Parq Vancouver casino while he was in the city for two concerts.Drake’s post says he believes he was following the rules and raises concerns about profiling at the casino.WATCH: Drake claims he was profiled at Vancouver casino Parq Vancouver says in statements it stands against racism of any kind and always follows provincial rules.Eby didn’t name Drake during his comments, but says new rules to verify sources of cash at casinos have sharply cut suspicious gambling transactions. FILE: Attorney General David Eby speaks during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday April 26, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito) BC Attorney General|David Eby|drake|Drake casino|Parq Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2018 3:21 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Summary B.C. attorney general doesn’t name Drake, but says casino rules apply to all David Eby says new rules to fight money laundering at provincial casinos apply to everyoneHe can’t comment on private issues that occur in casinos but stresses there are no exceptionsDrake posted on his Instagram that he was prevented from gambling at the Parq Vancouver casino last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2018 5:03 am PDT Queen, Adam Lambert to launch North America tourcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”Live Nation announced the 23-date tour Monday. It will feature original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor with Adam Lambert singing lead. It will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 10. It will end in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 23. Other venues include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.Tickets for the “Rhapsody” tour will go on sale on Dec. 7.Lambert says they have been “designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!” He first shared the stage with Queen during the 2009 “American Idol” final.The tour follows the group’s September run in Las Vegas.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Actress Sophie Pregent holds up her trophy for bes

first_img Actress Sophie Pregent holds up her trophy for best actress in a Quebec television series at the Gala Artis awards ceremony in Montreal on April 26, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 2:51 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL — Viewers’ choice awards celebrating the most popular stars on Quebec television will be handed out next month, and all of the 70 stars nominated are white.In a province where roughly 15 per cent of the population is from visible minorities — rising to about 25 per cent in the Montreal area — the Artis gala reflects the lack of diversity among the most prominent people on Quebec television.Sophie Pregent, president of Quebec’s main artists union, said the homogeneity of the Artis nominees “makes my heart hurt. It’s not a pleasant thing to see.”It’s not as if there aren’t enough people of colour to choose from, she said, noting roughly 15 per cent of her 8,500 active members are second-generation immigrants. The number climbs to 25 per cent if third-generation immigrants are included, she added.There are many actors of colour on Quebec television, Pregent said, but there are very few in leading roles on the most popular shows. Therefore, she explained, those actors aren’t top of mind when Quebecers vote for their favourite stars.The Artis awards are based on the results of a multi-layered poll of 8,000 Quebecers, conducted twice a year by the Leger firm. At the end of November, about 2,000 Quebecers — half online and half by telephone — are asked to spontaneously list their favourite television star in 14 categories, including drama series, sports, news and variety shows.The firm calculates the top five choices and polls another 2,000 Quebecers, asking them to pick their favourites among the names chosen by the first group. Leger repeats the process with another 4,000 people at the end of January.Christian Bourque, Leger’s executive vice-president, said the nominees “tend to be the main characters of the most popular shows because they get the most visibility …. It’s more of a popularity contest.”And that’s precisely the problem, said Jerome Pruneau, head of Diversite artistique Montreal, a group trying to promote cultural diversity in the arts and culture scene in Quebec’s largest city. Through the arts, Quebecers are presented with an identity that is a “white, francophone fantasy,” he said.In the 1960s, when the Quebec nation was shedding its Catholic identity, the arts industry played a major role in the construction of its culture and in the protection of the French language, he said. Today, Pruneau added, the imagined Quebec culture hasn’t kept up with the times.“We have the impression that this is the only identity that represents us,” he said, “and it’s what we see unfortunately on our television shows, in the theatre, in our politics and in the public space — a little bit everywhere.”Haitian-born Quebec actress Fabienne Colas called Monday’s announcement of the Artis nominations “a sad day” for Quebec. “And especially since the majority of the nominees are from Montreal — our city, which is one of the most multi-ethnic in North America.”Her solution is for broadcasters to demand diversity quotas in shows broadcast on their networks. “When there are clear quotas, we have the urgency to find the talent,” she said. “When there aren’t any, we find all the reasons in the world not to integrate diversity.”The issue of race and representation in the arts gained wide attention in Quebec last year after the Montreal International Jazz Festival cancelled a show about black slavery from renowned director, Robert Lepage. Activists protested the performances and accused Lepage and the show’s main performer, Betty Bonifassi — both of whom are white — of appropriating black culture.Pregent said Quebecers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of representation in the province’s arts industry. Having more people of colour in leading, well-paid roles on the most popular shows “is the last step we have to climb,” she said. Reaching that goal will take more of an effort from production companies and the big broadcasters, she said.Quebecor Inc., a dominant player in the province’s cultural industry, is broadcasting this year’s Artis awards. The company did not return requests for comment.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press Gala So White: Zero diversity among nominees for Quebec TV viewers’ choice awardslast_img read more

Suspended state attorney suing Politis for as much as €2m over publication

first_imgBy Evie AndreouSuspended senior state attorney Eleni Loizidou is suing daily Politis seeking damages of  between €500,000 and €2m, claiming that the media outlet breached her right to privacy and her right to the protection of personal data, it emerged on Saturday.Loizidou, formerly head of extradition requests and de facto number-two at the state’s legal service, saw thousands of emails she had sent from a personal Gmail account she used for legal service business, made public by a Russian website and reproduced in Cyprus by daily Politis last month, and later in other media.The emails suggested she may have been overly helpful to Moscow in the extradition cases of Russian nationals. This led to her suspension and a probe into her behaviour by a cabinet appointed special investigator.Politis said on Saturday that a law suit was delivered to their offices on Friday against the newspaper and against journalist Manolis Kalatzis in whose article the leaked emails were mentioned originally.Loizidou, Politis said, is seeking “exemplary damages” between €500,000 to €2m citing violation of her right to privacy, of her right to private and family life, or her right to protect the confidentiality of her correspondence, and her right to protect personal data.The daily also said that Loizidou requested a court order forbidding them to publish “information, news reports or comments” concerning the content of the leaked emails. She also demands that Politis was not to ever mention her or refer to the way in which she performs her duties at the Legal Service.Even though Loizidou stated to the court that she believes that there is nothing wrong as regards the content of her emails, Politis said, “in a subsequent paragraph, Ms. Loizidou states that the disciplinary investigation that started against her may be affected by reports on the emails”.Following the publication of the content of the emails in question, a discussion arose as to whether it would be an offence to reproduce them.Loizidou’s lawyers threatened to sue anyone publishing the emails as “the use of intercepted material is a criminal offense […] and is punishable by a five-year imprisonment”.Personal data commissioner Irene Loizidou Nicolaidou said that the law does not forbid the publication of personal data in the presence of superseding public interest of informing the public. The media, she said, should continue to investigate Loizidou’s leaked emails while taking care not to unnecessarily expose the personal data of any of the people referenced in them.The bar association backed the attorney-general’s appeal for an end to a public debate over Loizidou’s leaked emails arguing that this may affect the investigation. The AG had earlier warned that it was an offence punishable with imprisonment.The journalists’ union also weighed in, saying press freedom could not be hindered under the pretext of law and order.The Committee for Journalistic Ethics (EDD) said on Saturday that the right to freedom of expression is inviolable and a precondition for objective and comprehensive information of the public.In a democratic society, the EDD said, the media “have not only a right but also an obligation to investigate issues of journalistic interest that are of public interest and for which citizens have a legitimate right to know”.It added however, that media ought to respect the code of journalism ethics, especially provisions concerning presumption of innocence and the right of reply.“The reputation and privacy of every individual must be respected. Therefore, interventions and investigations into the privacy of individuals without their consent, including the provision of intelligence information, as well as the disclosure of personal data are generally unacceptable,” it said.It added however, that, media, “in exceptional cases and when they do not have other means of providing information, can circumvent the provision in question, provided that the public interest is solely served”.You May LikeYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoFinancialAdvisorHeroesFox News’ Jessie Watters Really Lives In This HouseFinancialAdvisorHeroesUndoScience101Experts Evaluated All 190 Dog Breeds And Ranked Them According To Their SmartsScience101Undo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Kids hospital charity unable to make donation because of red tape

first_imgA charity trying to make a donation to Makarios Hospital in Nicosia for over a year has written an open letter to the state questioning why it is so difficult to do so.Cans for Kids said despite donating ‘much needed equipment for the last 28 years without problems’ worth over €250,000, it has now been waiting for the relevant permissions to donate new equipment for over a year.The charity said it wished to donate equipment to the children’s ward at Makarios Hospital in memory of its late chairwoman, Olga Demetriades, who died in December 2016.Since then, Cans for Kids said it has been informed that it can no longer just get permission from the health ministry as it had previously done, but that it now needs approval from the finance ministry.Nonetheless ‘every phone call or e-mail seems to need at least a month – and often two or three – to elicit a reply’, the charity said.That means that for over a year, despite having the will to make the donation, Cans for Kids has been unable to do so.Meanwhile ‘doctors are being deprived of the equipment they need to be able to offer the best treatment possible to the children in our hospitals’, the letter said.The finance ministry was not immediately available to comment on the case.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Improved health noticed in pilot pupil workout scheme

first_imgBy Jean ChristouA 15-MINUTE ‘circular’ workout incorporated into a Limassol lyceum’s PE class, which lasted for two months twice a week significantly improved the overall health of the teens who took part.Forty students from the Ayios Antonios lyceum voluntarily took part in the pilot study, jointly created with the sports science department of the University of Nicosia.The control group made up of other students who merely continued normal PE classes showed no improvement in their well being, according to a statement marking the conclusion of the programme.According to the results, the 40 students who took part, all showed increased cardio-respiratory capacity, had a small but significant decrease in body fat, and a reduction in blood pressure at rest. They also showed improvements in upper limb strength and jumping ability.The study came about after school students at the school were tested for general PE effectiveness at the beginning and end of the 2012-2013 school year.In September 2012, an assessment on the fitness of the children showed that 20 per cent of students had increased body fat and only 35 per cent had acceptable cardio-respiratory levels.Such low aerobic capacity is associated with later health problems such as high cholesterol, poor circulation and hypertension.At the end of the same school year, the children were evaluated again following a full school-year’s worth of standard PE classes. The results showed that there was no substantial change in cardio-respiratory capacity, body fat, speed, jumping ability, and strength of upper limbs.“Although through such monitoring we cannot draw conclusions as to the cause of the absence of improvement it is certain that the small number of fitness classes in schools in Cyprus is a major negative factor,” said the announcement.To see if some changes could be made, the pilot programme involving the ‘circular workout’ similar to those at some gyms where people spend two or three minutes on a workout machine and then move on to the next one in a circular direction, was introduced to see if it would make a difference.“The professors at the University of Nicosia wanted to offer an innovative programme in the context of physical education to see if they could achieve a substantial improvement of the health of students,” said the announcement.The advantage of the circular workout is that it takes place at a moderate to high intensity in a short period of time.“The test results are quite encouraging, since with a small controlled and targeted intervention in the context of physical education we can achieve improvements in the health of adolescent students,” the announcement said.Researchers are now examining how the initiative could be extended to other schools in collaboration with education ministry. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkey set to begin oil and gas drilling off Cyprus

first_imgTurkey will begin drilling for oil and gas near Cyprus in coming days, state-owned news agency Anadolu reported Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saying on Thursday.“In the coming days we will start drilling with two ships around Cyprus,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying in a speech to a business conference in western Turkey’s Aydin province.“Let those who come to the region from far away, and their companies, see that nothing can be done in that region without us. Nothing at all can be done in the Mediterranean without Turkey, we will not allow that,” Cavusoglu said.Turkey launched its first drillship Fatih in October to drill off the coast of Turkey’s southern Antalya province.It said a second ship that it purchased would operate in the Black Sea, but was diverted to the Cyprus area.Turkey’s claims in the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7.Ankara also supports the breakaway north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House narrowly passes loan sale bill Update

first_imgBy Elias HazouPARLIAMENT on Thursday gave the nod to a bill governing the sale of loans by banks to third parties – passage of which was a precondition for the release of the last aid tranche to Cyprus.The item passed by 26 to 25 votes thanks to the ‘ayes’ from ruling DISY and opposition DIKO. Voting against were AKEL, EDEK, the Greens, EVROKO and independent Famagusta MP Zacharias Koulias.Under the new law, loans may be sold only to investment or hedge funds licensed and registered in the Republic, and thus subject to all local laws and the jurisdiction of Cyprus courts.In addition, the Central Bank may at its discretion forbid the transfer of debt to third parties, for reasons of national security – a clause inserted to allay fears that Turkish concerns may gain a claim on Cypriot assets.The new law affords debtors the right to bid to buy back their loan at a discount, after it has been deemed non-performing by the lender, but before it can be sold to third parties like investment funds.But a debtor’s bid shall not be binding on the bank, according to a last-minute amendment.Individual borrowers will be notified of the bank’s intent to sell their loan – this also applied previously – and given 45 days to make the bank an offer to pay back their loan.Following notification, a borrower may make an offer only once.In a professed bid to protect debtors, DIKO had earlier toyed with the idea that a bank should be forbidden from transferring a loan to a third party at a price lower than that quoted by the borrower.In addition, such a proposal might have been seen as state interference with contracts between two parties – the debtor and the lender – in the private market.Cyprus’ international lenders, known as the troika, opposed the loan buyback scheme, arguing it would lead to moral hazard, encouraging even those who can afford to repay their loan to let it go unserviced so they can then buy it back at a discount.DIKO – which held the swing vote in the House – had warned they would vote against the bill as a whole unless debtors were given a say on the sale of their loans.Re-jigging the wording of the amendment – where a bank is now not bound to accept the debtor’s offer to pay back a loan – allowed DIKO to maintain the pretence that some protection is still afforded to borrowers.It remains to be seen if the final version is to the troika’s satisfaction.The island’s international creditors had made it clear what without the bill Cyprus would not be eligible for the next – and most likely last – bailout tranche.Having passed his party’s amendments, DIKO leader Nicholas Papadopoulos offered a pragmatic analysis:“We in Cyprus are champions when it comes to non-performing loans. We are here today because we want to exit the economic adjustment programme in May 2016, not May 2026.”The bill stipulates that the sale of loans to third parties is governed by existing foreclosure-related legislation, which affords debtors several ways to challenge repossession proceedings.It’s understood that on selling loan packages, banks will be able to bundle good loans along with the bad – as a means of making their package more attractive to investment funds.Some object that borrowers who are consistent with their payments will thus fall prey to speculators.But one MP, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Cyprus Mail this should not be a concern because the same terms of the initial loan agreement will apply once a loan is transferred.“So if you’re already servicing your loan, what does it matter if you’re dealing with a Cypriot bank or a foreign fund?” he said.For the troika, the primary driver is slashing the high-level of non-performing loans – accounting for about half of all debt – thereby boosting banks’ liquidity and allowing them to recycle some of the freed-up cash back into the economy in the form of consumer loans.At least that’s the theory.But as the same MP conceded: “We’ve gone through the motions. Now we’ll see how it plays out in the real world. Will foreign investment funds now come in and scoop up all the bad loans, as many claim?“With so many bad loans out there, and with the housing market in a slump… let’s just see.”The bill also provides for the potential – this being the operative word – establishment of a national asset management agency (NAMA). But that is more likely than not a damp squib, as the text of the bill states that the creation of a NAMA, which requires a great deal of capital, must not be to the detriment of public finances – raising the question as to how well it would be funded.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

President says foreigners will be protected as search continues update 2

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades reiterated on Saturday that Cyprus will put all necessary measures in place to protect foreign nationals, after apparent police shortcomings in investigating the disappearance of women and two children who ended up dead, the victims of a serial killer.“As we said at the onset, there needs to be calm, there was a brutal crime by a serial killer and the effects, which were not pleasant,” the president said.He pledged that his government would not remain inactive and would put the necessary measures in place to protect the foreigners who live and work in Cyprus.“But at the same time, we must look at the necessary changes that must be made in a bid to be a more effective state,” he said.The perceived police failure to properly investigate the disappearances of foreign women has led to the resignation of Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou and the dismissal of police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou amid a public outcry.The self-confessed serial killer, army officer Nicos Metaxas, claims he killed five women and two children aged six and eight but not all their bodies have been recovered.Search crews were using Sonar on Saturday to scan a lake in Mitsero in a bid to find two of the victims.The equipment, which has been brought from the USA, was tested in the morning and was put to work in the Red Lake later in search of one woman and a child whom Metaxas said he stuffed in suitcases and dumped in the toxic water.Saturday’s search was carried out in four stages, scanning, recording, analysing, and removing the equipment.The search is being carried out using a multibeam sonar, which has been employed in similar conditions in the past with success.Any object that appears to be of relevance will be further investigated by a team of experts.The crew will dive in the lake after potential targets are located and registered.Before diving, the targets will be examined using a robotic camera. Before scanning the Red Lake, crews used the sonar in the Memi Lake, in Xyliatos, where it is believed that the suspect dumped one of the children.Memi is about 80 metres deep and is deeper than the Red Lake.Crews did not expect to confirm any targets on Saturday.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more