Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner

first_imgThe new policy is an about-face“Unfortunately, the terms of service and rate issue has become a few members’ personal interests versus all the other cooperative members’ interests,” Cooperative president and CEO Mark Pendergast told Energy News. RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveBlog Review: Tim Eian The owner of a celebrated Passivhaus in Wisconsin will be making a lot less money for the excess electricity generated by his photovoltaic panels thanks to an about-face in policy by the local electric cooperative.GBA readers will be familiar with Passive House in the Woods, a 1,940-sq. ft. house completed in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2010 and documented not only in a blog written by its designer Tim Eian but also in several news stories by GBA’s Richard Defendorf.Gary Konkol, who owns the house, has been notified by the St. Croix Electric Cooperative that he will no longer receive the retail rate for power generated by his 4.52 kW PV system. Instead, the cooperative is prepared to pay the “avoided cost” of the electricity, which is based on the cost to the utility of buying or generating the power.The policy change, which was announced in May, will have the effect of lowering payments to Konkol and other cooperative customers with PV systems from 10 or 11 cents per kWh to between 2.75 and 3.75 cents per kWh, according to an article that originally appeared in Midwest Energy News. (This change only affects the price paid for any PV power exceeding the owner’s usage.) Konkol’s house has been generating enough electricity during the summer to cover the cost of power during the winter, so he’s been paying only the $25 monthly service charge, due to rise to $28 in January.But even the new fee won’t be enough to cover the actual cost of providing service, which is an average of $40, Pendergast said. “If a member is not paying for any energy purchases, the other cooperative members must make up the revenue shortfall,” he said.The change of heart is a far cry from the cooperative’s original position. It waived the standard $2,000 hook-up fee when the house was constructed, and now Konkol is crying foul.He told Energy News that the original arrangement with the Cooperative was “verbal and implied” and that the cooperative’s board of directors should grandfather the arrangement even if no formal contract was signed.“It isn’t fair,” he said. “I would argue it’s the other way around, that we’re subsidizing the cooperative.” Similar conflicts elsewhereThe St. Croix Electric Cooperative isn’t the only one grousing about the impact of residential PV systems on the bottom line.In August, The New York Times reported on utility claims that a sharp increase in PV installations is shifting more costs to customers who don’t have any solar panels and ultimately will undermine their ability to maintain their distribution systems. California saw solar installations increase by 160% a year between 2010 and 2012, forcing the state to find almost $1.4 billion in revenue it was losing due to net metering.“If the costs to maintain the grid are not being borne by some customers, then other customers have to bear a bigger and bigger portion,” Steve Malnight, a vice president at Pacific Gas and Electric, told the newspaper. “As those costs get shifted, that leads to higher and higher rates for customers who don’t take advantage of solar.”The paper said Arizona and North Carolina electric utilities also want changes in rules on how much residential PV owners should be paid.In Arizona, the state’s largest electric utility, the Arizona Public Service Company, wants to reduce net-metering payments to less than half the retail rate, or add fees to pay for grid maintenance, according to an article posted at cleanenergyauthority.com.The Arizona Corporations Commission staff recommended this week that commissioners reject the changes and said the net-metering policy should remain in effect until at least 2016 when the utility’s next rate case comes up.In Wisconsin, the St. Croix Electric Cooperative was not required to seek approval from the state’s Public Service Commission for its change in policy. “The commission does not have regulatory authority over co-ops,” a PSC spokesman said.last_img read more

Polling peaceful in six LS, 42 Assembly seats in Odisha

first_imgPolling passed off peacefully in six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies of Odisha in the third phase of simultaneous elections on Tuesday.An average of 61% voting was recorded till 5 p.m., and it was likely to increase since voting was in progress, according to the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha. The Lok Sabha seats where polling was conducted during the day are Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur and Keonjhar. The 42 Assembly segments came under these six Parliamentary constituencies.EVMs malfunctioningReports of malfunctioning of EVMs were received from some booths in the morning hours, but polling was resumed after replacing those machines. Polling was postponed in a booth under Sambalpur following error and wrong pairing of VVPAT.In another incident, a polling official passed away while on duty in Dhenkanal district. The official, Nabakishore Nayak, who collapsed inside the booth, was declared dead by doctors at Kamakhyanagar hospital.Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik was among the prominent leaders to cast their votes in the morning hours. After casting his vote, Mr. Patnaik exuded confidence that the BJD would perform well in the elections in the State.The prominent candidates who were in the fray for Tuesday’s elections include former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, former Director General of Police Prakash Mishra and BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra.4th phase on April 29 Polling is already over in nine Lok Sabha and 63 Assembly constituencies in Odisha in the previous two phases – April 11 and 18. The fourth and last phase polling in the remaining six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies, for which campaigning is still going on, is scheduled to be held on April 29.On the other hand, Mr. Patnaik campaigned for party nominees in areas under the Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituencies later in the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed two public meetings at Balasore and Kendrapara during the day.last_img read more

Argentina vs Venezuela: Messi paves the way for Argentina win

first_imgIf rising to the occasion is an art, Lionel Messi once again showed that he was a master at that, even as the crowd got the biggest treat of their lives at the Yuba Bharati Kirangan on Friday. He came, he weaved his magic and he conquered the hearts of his millions of fans even as the Venezuela players – especially defenders – watched. PhotosMaking inroads left, right and centre, he had the Venezuela backline in a daze. If he wasn’t going for goals, he was setting up the perfect passes for his striking partners and it was apt that it was from his corner in the 67th min that Nicolas Otamendi headed in at the near post as Argentina beat Venezuela 1-0 in the FIFA international friendly.Even though the debate of his standards as a club and country player might go on till the day he hangs his boot, every Kolkatan at the ground on Friday would vouch that he weaved just magic and nothing else.Argentina meant business from the word go as most of the opening minutes were played in the Venezuela half with the Venezuela strikers soaking in the humid Kolkata weather.But it wasn’t until the ninth minute that Messi crafted his first move towards goal and for once even he would have forgotten that he was miles away from his home as the crowd went berserk. The Argentina captain lived up to the chanting as he dodged passed three Venezuela defenders to set up the perfect ball for Angel Di Maria. But Maria failed to touch the ball, let alone score.advertisementBut that was just the beginning as Messi started putting up an electrifying show, much to the delight of the 80,000-odd football fanatics. He weaved the very magic which has made him a household name across the globe.He was back with another vicious attack in the 18th as he moved in from the right to once again set up the perfect ball for Maria, but Maria failed to match up to Messi’s pin-point pass as he hit the back post, much to the dismay of the fans.Maria was definitely finding it difficult to set the radar as he missed another chance in the 24th. Having tried to set up the perfect passes for his forwards, Messi finally took it upon himself in the 30th to make an inroad into the Venezuela half as the vociferous crowd egged him on. But his weak left-footer wasn’t enough to beat an agile goalkeeper Rafael Romo.Venezuela finally went on the counter in the 34th when Nicolas Fedor moved in from the right to set up the ball for Frank Feltscher. But the pass was a bit too fast for him and he failed to connect. But that didn’t deter them and they had their only attempt at goal – in the first half — in the 43rd when Cesar Gonzalez hit the net with his sharp right-footer.The second half saw a subdued Argentina side as Venezuela started off with more purpose. But all that changed as Messi warmed up after the breather. It was all Venezuela till the 59th before Messi had had enough.Having waited for his colleagues to hog the limelight, he finally took over and went on an attacking spree, moving into the Venezuela half with a hat-trick of attacks in the 62nd, 66th and 67th minute. And it was finally in the 67th minute that it resulted in a goal.Dodging past as many as 4 players, Messi went in for his characteristic left-footer from just outside the box, but Romo came up with a scorcher of a save. But he couldn’t do much to the resulting corner as Otamendi headed home.It was all Argentina from there on as Kolkata’s football fanatics got the best Durga Puja gift they could wish for. Even the referee got so overwhelmed that he called it time with a whole minute left in the game.last_img read more

Are The Warriors Ruining Basketball

FiveThirtyEight VIDEO: How the Cavs can push back in Game 3 Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jun. 6, 2017), we discuss the Nashville Predators’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. That series is now tied 2-2. Next, the Golden State Warriors are running roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has some complaining that the NBA’s competitive balance is out of whack. We dig into league commissioner Adam Silver’s latest remarks on the matter and discuss whether the rise of the Warriors is a good thing or a bad thing for the NBA. Plus, a significant digit on an untethered ascent of El Capitan.Check out the following links to the topics we discussed.Pekka Rinne had a great Game 4 to help the Predators even things up.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions say that the likelihood of the Warriors winning the series is 97 percent.In an interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, NBA commissioner Adam Silver fought back against claims that the Warriors have disrupted the league’s competitive balance.FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner teamed up to break down Steph Curry’s return to form in this year’s NBA finals.Deadspin’s Albert Burneko writes that despite last year’s Cavaliers’ comeback, a Warriors victory feels inevitable this year.Is the superteam era ruining the NBA? Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins investigates.Significant Digit: 3,300, the number of feet that Alex Honnold climbed on his route up El Capitan, the famous climbing wall inside Yosemite National Park. He did it all without a rope. Honnold has become the first free solo climber to scale the route. read more

MichiganOhio State Is Actually Worth The Hype This Year

201513391911103310 31997206519522007Ann ArborMich., 20-14 It’s been 32 years since Jim Harbaugh last led the Michigan Wolverines to a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ever since the consummate Michigan Man made good on his guarantee in 1986, the maize and blue have largely been muzzled by the scarlet and gray. To some degree, Harbaugh must have returned to his alma mater for games like Saturday’s. But he has fumbled each of his three chances at the Buckeyes.This week represents his best opening. Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Wolverines as 4-point favorites, despite the fact that Michigan has won just two of its past 17 games against its rivals to the south.1The Buckeyes’ 2010 victory was vacated because of tattoo-gate. Expectations loom large for Harbaugh and his team, which may be the more talented squad for the first time in more than a decade. Some have already designated the upcoming game a referendum on his tenure, even though no program this season has rewritten its post-Week 1 narrative more than Michigan has. In fact, according to our Elo ratings, no team has improved more since the preseason than the Wolverines.Saturday’s matchup is the 115th installment of one of college football’s richest rivalries. This one features a cornucopia of College Football Playoff implications: The winner’s playoff chances will spike to between 59 and 67 percent, according to our model, while the loser will be virtually eliminated from contention. Additionally, of course, the winner of the game will play for a conference championship.Like nearly every entry in this rivalry, the stakes Saturday are high — and there will be no shortage of talent on the field. So to check this game’s true matchup power, we looked back at the Elo ratings for Michigan and Ohio State at the time of each meeting since 1897, and we averaged those Elo ratings using the harmonic mean.2We used the harmonic mean instead of a straight average to eliminate situations in which one team was performing substantially better than the other. 201875.112 201811583521117653 22006198520372011ColumbusOSU, 42-39 Of course, perhaps the most tantalizing storyline is the one most difficult to measure. Ohio State hasn’t lost to Michigan in the Horseshoe since 2000, and, at least lately, the Wolverines seem to mutate into a far worse version of themselves in the annual rivalry. The Buckeyes’ real advantage in this game may be found on the psychological side, as the team has grown accustomed to upstaging that school up north. Harbaugh and the Wolverines have a chance to rewrite the script, with everything on the line Saturday in Columbus.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. Few Michigan-Ohio State games have been biggerThe best Michigan-Ohio State games based on the harmonic mean of each team’s pregame Elo rating 52003194519741960Ann ArborMich., 35-21 20173617 201673.717 201415412216127421 ELO Michigan’s offensive efficiency and national rank in the category under Jim Harbaugh The Buckeye defense is getting gutted by the big playThe number of plays given up at various lengths by Ohio State this season compared with previous years under Urban Meyer 201510011 71970195619341945ColumbusOSU, 20-9 61977193519571946Ann ArborMich., 14-6 SeasonPassing offense rankRushing offense rank Meyer has never coached a team that relied on the passing game to the degree it does this season. Despite having yet to complete its regular-season slate, his team already has set a school record with 452 passing attempts and 3,954 passing yards. Only five teams throw more on average, and most of those employ Air Raid systems.But it’s difficult to argue that the lopsided offensive approach isn’t working. Ohio State has compiled 13 games since 2012 with more than 19 expected points added on passes, and six of those have come this season. Dwayne Haskins is completing a Big Ten-best 69.3 percent of his passes and will likely be a Heisman finalist, having set 12 school records this season. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in both total offense and scoring offense, with 11 more touchdowns than any other team in the conference. As Harbaugh succinctly put it when asked about the Buckeye passing attack, “It’s really good.”But Saturday will be Haskins’s toughest assignment. In early October, the sophomore tied a school record with six touchdown passes in a win over Indiana. Michigan has allowed seven passing touchdowns all season.Under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Wolverines’ defense is smashing its competition. Harbaugh and Brown have trotted out some elite defenses over the past three seasons, but this year’s is likely the best one yet. Opposing quarterbacks average a passer efficiency rating of 88.7 against the Wolverines, a mark that if maintained would rank sixth lowest by any team since at least 2004. Michigan is also holding opposing quarterbacks to 4.91 yards per passing attempt, which would also be the sixth lowest mark over that same stretch.Teams not only fail to generate big plays against Michigan, they also fail to get past the line of scrimmage. Less than 30 percent of opponent plays gain 5 or more yards against the Wolverines, the lowest rate in the country, while a whopping 41.4 percent of opponent plays are stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, a mark that ranks third highest. Brown brings the heat, too: Only six teams generate a higher pressure rate on opposing quarterbacks than Michigan (39.1 percent).Haskins may be completing 26.7 passes per game on a clip hovering around 70 percent, but no starting quarterback has completed more than 19 throws in any game against Michigan or connected on more than 56 percent of passes. Over the past five conference games, Brown’s seek-and-destroy defense is holding quarterbacks to 9.4 completions per game on a clip south of 40 percent.Can Ohio State stop the big play?If last week is any indication, no.The Maryland Terrapins produced three touchdowns exceeding 25 yards, two of which that went for at least 75, in a 52-51 overtime loss. “Alarming is the right word,” Meyer said of his team’s inability to prevent gashing offensive plays. Then, on Monday: “Obviously, it wasn’t good.”Ohio State has either set or is on pace to set single-season worst marks under Meyer in big plays allowed from virtually every distance. 81948207118271941ColumbusMich., 13-3 20168111 92016188519961939ColumbusOSU, 30-27 2014529 201745.676 2018354 2017145920531100 42018197419541964Columbus? Ohio State has gone to the air this seasonHow the Buckeyes’ offense has ranked each year under Urban Meyer in rushing and passing, 2012-2018 SeasonGames20+30+40+50+60+70+80+90+ SeasonOffensive EfficiencyRank 2016134822443000 201210510 This offense is also Harbaugh’s best at generating big plays. Starting running back Karan Higdon was on the brink of leaving for the NFL draft after last season, but good thing for Michigan that he stayed. The senior has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and has five carries of 40-plus yards, tied for the second most of any player in the Big Ten. Junior transfer Shea Patterson, the best quarterback Harbaugh has had in Ann Arbor, leads the Big Ten in Total Quarterback Rating (84.0) and ranks second in yards per attempt (8.54).3Behind only Haskins. Patterson’s running ability is another wrinkle for an offense with little difficulty finding the end zone.The team scores on a conference-best 47.7 percent of drives, which is on pace to be the eighth-best mark by a Big Ten team in the past 15 years. Michigan also seldom gets stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, besting last season’s rate by 8.2 percentage points. Wisconsin (23.9 percent) is the only Big Ten team stopped in its tracks less than Michigan (25.7 percent). In turn, 43 percent of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s plays have gone for 5-plus yards, the program’s highest rate since 2010. Overall, the Wolverines are picking up 6.29 yards per play, by far the most of any team since Harbaugh arrived. 20131449231277320 Plays given up at … (in yards) 201570.620 Two of Ohio State’s four worst games since Meyer arrived, as defined by expected points added on defense, have come this season. And while the Wolverines’ offense isn’t exactly Alabama’s, it’s easily the best unit Harbaugh has had at Michigan. 2013905 201212452414107620 Source: SportSource Analytics Source: SportSource Analytics RKseasonMichiganOhio StateHarmonic MeanLocationResult 11975201620332025Ann ArborOSU, 21-14 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group This year’s chapter, which pits twin 10-1 programs against each other, checks in with the fourth-highest harmonic mean, trailing only the 1975, 2006 and 1997 showdowns. It’s the best matchup between the schools during the College Football Playoff era. Among the nine other epic showdowns in the top 10, the results have been mostly spilt: Ohio State winning five, Michigan winning four.Here are two keys that could decide the outcome this year:Will Michigan’s pass defense lock down Ohio State’s throw-heavy scheme?Ohio State’s pass-at-all-costs offense squaring off against Michigan’s solve-your-problems-with-aggression pass defense is about as ideal a strength-against-strength, identity-against-identity matchup as we can get.In his previous six seasons with the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer typically favored an offensive blueprint shaded toward the run game. He had never had a rushing attack rank outside the top 20 in yardage. Despite returning J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, his two leading tailbacks from 2017, this season’s squad has fallen out of the top 50.However, that yardage can be found through the air, with the Buckeyes passing the ball on 51.5 percent of team plays, well above their average of 40.6 percent from 2012 to 2017. For a program largely recognized by its rich tradition in the backfield — Ezekiel Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Maurice Clarett, to name a few RB standouts — this year has been an anomaly. 101961186720161939Ann ArborOSU, 50-20 read more

1963 Ohio State Buckeyes reflect on hollow victory vs Michigan after John

OSU running back Paul Warfield (42) catches a 35-yard pass from quarterback Don Unverferth late in the second quarter for a touchdown against Michigan Nov. 30, 1963. OSU won, 14-10.Credit: AP wirephoto published by The Lantern Dec. 2, 1963In a typical year for the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, there might not be anything that takes precedence above the rivals’ annual meeting at the end of the regular season. The Game took a backseat in 1963, however, to national tragedy.Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade to an appearance in Dallas. The Ohio State-Michigan game, originally scheduled to be played the following day, was postponed one week — though not immediately.“We were actually at the stadium getting dressed when it was canceled,” Arnie Chonko, a cornerback on the 1963 team, said in an interview with The Lantern. “They didn’t cancel the game until 10 in the morning.”Members of that team acknowledged that had the game gone on as scheduled that Saturday, it would have been difficult to focus on football.“It was just the demeanor of the team was like, this game isn’t really important,” linebacker Ike Kelley said. “It’s a big game and as far as the rivalry goes between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, but at that particular moment when we heard the news, it really didn’t matter.”Greg Lashutka, a tight end on the 1963 team who later became the mayor of Columbus from 1992 to 2000, said he thought postponing the game — as well as most of the other college football games scheduled around the nation that Nov. 23 — was the “smartest thing that collegiate football did.”“I think that was the right thing to do so people could put themselves around their own reflection, get with their loved ones,” Lashutka said. “I don’t think we could have really played the game very well that next day if we had to. It was hard enough a week later, let alone the day after.”The Game was rescheduled for Nov. 30, the latest a game between OSU and Michigan has been played until this year’s contest, which will also be played Nov. 30.The postponement had a number of effects on the rescheduled game, which the Buckeyes won, 14-10.The official attendance of that game at Michigan Stadium, which had hosted 101,450 people during a game against Michigan State earlier that year, was only 36,424, the lowest of any game at Michigan Stadium that season.The cold, wintry weather that often characterizes late November also played a factor in the game.“It was a really cold day and snowy,” Chonko said. “Not snow on the field, but sort of flurries.”The day had a high of 41 degrees and a low of 27, according to Weather Underground.The postponing had a tangible benefit for the Buckeyes, Kelley said, as it gave a number of injured players another week to heal.“I’m not sure that we would have won that game if we would have played it the next day,” Kelley said.In the aftermath of tragedy, however, Lashutka said the win was a “hollow victory.”“You wanted to play the game, you wanted to win, but it clearly (took) a lot of the enthusiasm out of the classic Ohio State-Michigan rivalry,” Lashutka said. “We all played for the sake of the game and for self-respect, but I don’t believe anybody’s heart was 100 percent in it.”Kelley said even eight days later, the normal thrill of a victory against Michigan was quickly replaced by the reality of what happened Nov. 22.“Everybody was happy that we had won the game but then it was back to the, you know, how’s the country going to heal up after such a horrific incident taking place,” Kelley said.During the game itself, however, Chonko said his focus was solely on OSU’s annual goal in the rivalry game: beat Michigan.“Once you see those helmets, those Michigan Wolverines helmets, you immediately get refocused,” Chonko said. “There’s just something about those damn helmets that just irritate a Ohio boy.”Unlike this year’s game, in which the Buckeyes (10-0) are set to play the Wolverines (7-3) with an eye on berths in the Big Ten Championship Game and in a BCS bowl, OSU’s 1963 season ended on that Nov. 30, as OSU fell short of qualifying for the Rose Bowl by finishing the year with a 5-3-1 record. Still, the OSU players said the win helped bring back some normalcy in what Chonko called a “time of great turmoil.”“We enjoyed it ‘cause we won,” Chonko said. “It would have really looked bad if we would had lost.”Nonetheless, all three players said they still vividly remember, 50 years later, how they felt when they heard about the assassination.“You remember where you were specifically the moment you heard the news,” Kelley said. read more

Eric Dier to start for England against Belgium on Thursday

first_imgTottenham player Eric Dier will make his debut of the 2018 World Cup in England’s game against Belgium on Thursday, Sky Sports, confirms.Dier was named as a substitute in both of England’s matches and made his only appearance as a late replacement in their 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening game. Despite not choosing to start Dier in either of England’s games so far, Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the influence he has had on their World Cup campaign.“He is always a big part of our plans,” Southgate said. “He is a really intelligent player, tactically very aware and he is a crucial part of our squad and has been all the way through our journey.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“His mentality has been about playing his way into the tournament, recognising he will have a part to play. There is a real maturity about him and I enjoy our discussions about the matches we play.“He has great insight into the difficulties we might face, so even though he hasn’t been in the starting team he has had invaluable contributions in meetings and training sessions and tomorrow he is back in the team.”Both England and Belgium have secured qualification from Group G but whoever wins their match in Kaliningrad will finish top.last_img read more

The Commuter The Post Bow in Top 5 on DVD Bluray Disc

first_imgThe musical “The Greatest Showman,” from 20th Century Fox, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” from Walt Disney Studios, repeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 titles, respectively, on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 21.Two newcomers took the next two spots on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” an action-thriller with Liam Neeson confronting a conspiracy on a New York passenger train, took the third spot after a $36.3 million box office run in U.S. theaters.At No. 4 was Fox’s “The Post,” a Steven Spielberg-directed docu-drama about the dilemmas facing The Washington Post newspaper around the time of the publication of the controversial Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the film earned $81.9 million at the domestic box office. No. 5 on both charts went to Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in its fifth week on disc.The only other top 10 debut was Warner’s direct-to-video sequel “Deep Blue Sea 2,” which landed at No. 8 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart.Blu-ray Disc accounted for 50% of ‘Commuter” unit sales, 48% for “The Post” and 35% for “Deep Blue Sea 2.”On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 22, “The Commuter” debuted at No. 1. “Greatest Showman” moved up to No. 2 after the end of its week-long delay at Redbox kiosks.“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” dropped to No. 3 after four weeks in the top spot.Rounding out the top five were “The Post” at No. 4 (skipping its week-long holdback) and Warner’s “Father Figures” at No. 5.John Latchem is executive editor of Media Play News.Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 4/21/18:1. The Greatest Showman2. Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi3. The Commuter (New)4. The Post (New)5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle6. Thor: Ragnarok7. Coco8. Deep Blue Sea 2 (new)9. Justice League10. Ferdinand11. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay12. Proud Mary13. Pitch Perfect 314. Jumanji15. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 216. Outlander: Season Three17. Insidious: The Last Key18. Safe House19. Deadpool20. BarnyardTop 10 Media Play News rental chart for the week ended 4/22/18:1. The Commuter (New)2. The Greatest Showman3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle4. The Post (New)5. Father Figures6. Proud Mary7. Ferdinand8. Justice League9. Thor: Ragnarok10. All the Money in the WorldFor complete sales and rental charts, visit MediaPlayNews.com. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

An exhibition of varied colours

first_img‘Beyond Colours’, a mesmerising colourful painting, sculptures and photography exhibition kick-starts amidst the sparkling inauguration ceremony at the Visual Art Gallery of Delhi’s most happening place, India Habitat Centre.According to the organiser and curator, Amrita Prakash, the exhibition will depict the masterpieces of paintings, sculptures and the photographs, clicked by experts in their varied fields. The exhibition is on for the visitors till May 9 from 10 am to 8 pm. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the inaugration, the guest of honour, Vijendra said, “I am feeling an immense honour to inaugurate this blissful colourful painting exhibition organised under the expert supervision and guidance of curator, Amrita Prakash. I just don’t have enough words to express my gratitude and happiness.” The works displayed by the varied artists are remarkable and spell-bound. On the one hand, where Anita Dinesh’s expert selection of vivid mesmerising colours depict the wonderful ways of worshipping to Lord Shankar; on the other hand, Archana Singh’s perfect blends of eye-soothing colours on her canvas depicts the real harsh conditions in which the ‘adivaasi’ community people are forced to live in. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf one wants to attain the eternal peace, then Bindu Chutani’s paintings are the perfect solution. Using the perfect blends of water colours on the canvas, Bindu’s paintings of flowers look so real and majestic that it soothes a person’s eyes and lets her/himself feel an eternal peace.Highlighting the main purpose of organising such Exhibition, the Curator, Amrita Prakash said, “We have organised this exhibition not only to provide our art lovers an opportunity to experience the power of mesmerising colours, but also to give our artists of all ages and groups of the society a stage or platform to showcase their inevitable works in the public as well. The main attraction of our exhibition is the display of masterpiece sculptures by our very special artist, Vivek Kumar. Besides being a differently-abled, Vivek has created such beautiful sculptures that could lead a person to be spell-bound. In order to ease our art lovers, the entry to the exhibition has been made free of cost!”last_img read more

BMC to impose 15 penalty on tax evaders

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will impose 15 per cent penalty if the house owners do not clear all property tax arrears by September 30.The decision was taken at the monthly meeting of the civic body held recently. The civic body had sent several notices to the defaulters requesting them to clear the dues at the earliest. But, the move failed to yield results. Now, the civic authorities will sent the notices asking the property owners to clear the arrears by September 30 failing which 15 per cent penalty will be imposed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe development work carried out by the civic body is badly hit because of paucity of funds and collection of house tax arrears worth several crores of rupees will help to tide over this problem. Because of court cases, the civic body could not collect property tax properly for many years. Now, as the legal wrangle is over the civic authorities will launch drives to collect property tax dues. The money collected from tax dues will be spent to maintain the infrastructure as well as implementation of the new schemes. The civic authorities have also decided that from now onwards like property tax, the people will get birth and death certificates and trade license fees. The building plans will be given on line and training has been imparted to the employees for smooth implementation of the scheme.last_img read more