Perisic: Spalletti convinced me to snub Man Utd

first_imgTransfers Perisic: Spalletti convinced me to reject Man Utd for Inter stay Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:52 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ivan Perisic Inter Milan MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Internazionale v Chievo Manchester United Chievo Premier League Serie A The 28-year-old was wanted by the Premier League side throughout the summer but opted to sign a new contract, crediting his manager as a key influence Ivan Perisic says Inter coach Luciano Spalletti was crucial in persuading him to reject an offer from Manchester United and remain in Italy.The winger was courted heavily by Jose Mourinho’s side throughout the last transfer window and had expressed a desire to leave San Siro.Inter held on to the Croatia international, however, and he signed a new contract in September which ties him to the club until 2022. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Perisic has no reason to regret his decision, as he helped Inter climb to the top of Serie A with a hat-trick in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Chievo.The 28-year-old is now on seven goals and six assists in the league and says much of his and the Nerazzuri’s good form is down to the coach.“Spalletti told us that every player is important and we got proof of that in the win, as even those who haven’t had as much space made their mark,” he told Mediaset Premium.“Spalletti was extremely important in convincing me to stay.”Inter remain unbeaten in the league this term and sit a point ahead of Napoli, with Juventus a further point behind.They travel to Turin next week to take on the reigning champions, and Perisic hopes their first spell at the top in two years lasts a bit longer.”We must continue like this, as we waited a long time for this moment to come and now we want to win at Juventus,” he said.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfield

first_imgEverton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Leighton Baines’ future could be in midfield.Everton experimented with Baines in a new position during Roberto Martinez’s time as manager but the plan was shelved soon after.However, Silva says: “It is possible.“When Roberto told you that, what I can tell you is that you are talking about a player with fantastic individual qualities.“His passing, his last decision, his crossing is amazing and it could be. To be honest, it is not something I have spoken to him about but it could be something that happens in the future.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sherins PIO adoptive father sentenced to life by US court

first_imgDallas: Wesley Mathews, the Indian-American foster father of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, was sentenced to life by a judge in Dallas on Wednesday for the tragic death of the Indian toddler in 2017, in a case that attracted much international attention. Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of injury to a child in Sherin’s death. He was originally charged with capital murder by authorities in the US state of Texas after they discovered Sherin’s body in a culvert near her home. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonMathews, dressed in a light grey suit, stared ahead and did not look at jurors as Judge Amber Givens-Davis sentenced him to life in prison. The 12-member jury deliberated Wednesday afternoon for about three hours before coming to a unanimous decision to give Mathews a sentence of life in the death of Sherin. He will be eligible for parole after 30 years’ imprisonment, US media reports said. “Mr Matthews is obviously saddened by the verdict,” said his defense attorney Rafael De La Garza. “Anybody would be, but he knows the jury he respects the jury’s decision and he’s going to weigh out his options.” Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorProsecutors argued that Mathews, hailing from Kerala, killed Sherin in October 2017. She was adopted by Mathews and his wife Sini Mathews from an orphanage in Bihar in 2016. Mathews claimed she accidentally choked to death on milk. He initially told police that Sherin went missing on October 7, 2017, after he put her outside their home at 3 am in Richardson, Texas because she would not drink her milk. When he checked in on her 15 minutes later, Mathews said Sherin was missing. He later admitted she died when he “physically assisted” her in drinking the milk and got chocked. Sherin’s badly decomposed body was found 15 days later in a culvert by a cadaver dog. Reacting to the sentencing, Richardson Police tweeted that, “We feel justice has been served with today’s verdict of life in prison given to Wesley Mathews by a jury of his peers. “We would like to thank the law enforcement agencies and civilian partners for the resources and time spent on this case. We will always remember Sherin Mathews,” the police said. Prosecutor Sherre Thomas argued that Mathews’ testimony was just another lie. She said testimony and medical records show that it was “medically impossible for a child who is 3 years old to stand up and choke to death” as Mathews claimed. “It means he’s still a liar. It means he killed that little girl. And when he killed her, he panicked,” Thomas argued, WFAA TV reported. She said Mathews also took the time to clean up himself and turned off the location tracker on his phone to try to hide what he had done. “There’s nothing left of her, her teeth had fallen out,” Thomas said. “He covered his crime. He got away with that.” Speaking directly to Mathews, prosecutor Jason Fine said, “You told investigators Sherin’s death was a mistake but by your own words, you caused the death of your daughter and put her lifeless body in a trash bag and disposed of her. I don’t call that a mistake, I call it murder.” “Sherin’s little body was so badly decomposed, due to the actions of this defendant, the medical examiner could not determine an official cause of death which could have dramatically changed the way we were able to prosecute this case,” Fine told jurors. While prosecutors asked the jury to hand down a life sentence, defence attorney De La Garza argued that Mathews was a good father who panicked when his daughter choked and did not call for help.last_img read more

Over 900 children reported ill in last three years after consuming midday

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 900 children were reported ill and none of them died after consuming mid-day meals across the country in last three years, according to HRD Ministry officials.The ministry had received 35 complaints from 15 states and Union Territories regarding substandard food quality during the same period. “A total number of 930 children were reported ill and none of them died after eating such food in the country during the last three years and current year. The overall responsibility for providing cooked and nutritious mid-day meal to eligible children lies with state governments,” a senior HRD Ministry official said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Midday Meal scheme comes under the HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy. Respective state governments were requested to furnish action taken reports (ATRs) in the matter, he said. “As per the reports received, action such as issuing warning against the official responsible, terminating the contract of concerned NGOs and organisations, initiating criminal proceedings and imposing penalties against the defaulting persons,” the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has also issued guidelines on quality, safety and hygiene in school-level kitchens to all the states and the UTs. “The guidelines also provide instructions to schools to procure AGMARK quality and branded items for preparation of mid-day meals, tasting of meals by 2-3 adult members of school management committees, including at least one teacher before serving to children,” the official said.last_img read more

Nicole Kidman Urges Equal Rights For Women

first_imgIn her acceptance speech at last week’s Variety Magazine Power Of Women Awards event, Nicole Kidman urged equal rights for women across the globe.“UN Women works so that half of humanity—women—can finally enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men,” said the UN Women ambassador. “I became involved because I was raised by a feminist mother who planted the seed early in me to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. She was very clear with me: she said stand tall, do not settle for less than what is fair. Discriminating against more than 50 per cent of the population just because they are female is terribly unfair.“But it is also not very smart.“We know that when women have money, they invest more in their children, and therefore in our future. But in many countries, women cannot own land and have no access to credit. And almost everywhere they earn less than men for the same work. We also know that where women have a say in politics, they put more emphasis on social issues, on education and the environment. But only one in five Parliamentarians worldwide is female. And by the way: companies -and this includes the film and television industry, of course- with more women in management positions turn a significantly higher profit. Only 21 women, however, lead Fortune 500 companies.“UN Women is a smart organization, and I have seen with my own eyes what they can do: they go and work directly with women in countries around the world. They support women to get elected into office and help them to have viable options to earn a living for themselves and their children. Right now, in conflict zones like Syria, where women and children are particularly affected, UN Women is rendering much-needed assistance to respond to women’s humanitarian needs. UN Women supports women in Syria and elsewhere to make their voices heard.“I have also seen UN Women address what to me is the greatest injustice and outrage of all: violence against women. No matter how long I devote my time to this, I will never be able to comprehend and I will never accept that one in three women and girls will be raped, beaten or otherwise abused in their lifetime. UN Women supports local organizations, right at the grassroots, to provide shelter and support for survivors of violence. It works to change laws so that there can be no impunity for violence and it works with youth to prevent violence from happening in the first place.“I am asking you today: join me in advocating for women’s rights, wherever you are, whatever you do. Support UN Women to fulfill its mission and vision of a world in which women can live free from discrimination and violence.”Source:UNWomen.orglast_img read more

MIKE HOLMES HANDS BUYERS THE KEYS TO FINDING THEIR DREAM HOME IN

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Canada – Canada’s most trusted contractor, Mike Holmes, helps families unlock the secrets of home buying in the series premiere of Holmes: Buy It Right, starting September 10 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. In each episode (14×30), Mike lends his eye for detail and expert advice to guide buyers through a top-to-bottom assessment of three potential homes. Coaching veterans and newbies alike, these future home owners learn how to size-up a home like a contractor before making the most important purchase of their lives.For more than 30 years, Mike has dedicated his career to the safety and reliability of home building, unearthing make-or-break risks that can jeopardize a family’s future. In Holmes: Buy It Right, Mike helps families lay down their roots by revealing what to look for in making a smart investment. From driveways and staircases to water damage and electrical circuits, Mike uncovers dangerous hazards that can threaten their safety in addition to their budget. After a thorough Mike Holmes-guided assessment, these buyers are armed with the information they need to ensure their dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare.In the first episode, Mike travels to the beautiful island of Hilton Head, South Carolina, to advise first time homebuyers Caroline and Diego. Having narrowed their search to three contenders, Mike guides the couple through each home, illuminating hidden concerns that could be detrimental to the family and their children. Holmes: Buy It Right is produced by Warm Springs Productions and Scripps Networks Interactive.Following the premiere of Holmes: Buy It Right on September 10, catch Mike Holmes in the series premiere of Sarah Off The Grid, starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.– 30 –SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CorusPR, @HGTV Canada, @Make_It_RightFacebook: facebook.com/HGTV.ca, facebook.com/Make.It.Right.MikeInstagram: @hgtvcanada, @make_it_right#HolmesBuyItRightHGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Over 19000 Syrian Refugees Treated at Moroccan Zaatari Hospital in October

Al-Mafraq (Jordan)  –  Some 19,024 Syrian refugees received medical services in the Moroccan field hospital in Zaatari camp, North-east of Jordan, in October.According to the statistics provided by the hospital administration, the children were on the top of those who were extended health services with 4,269 cases, followed by women (4,209) and men (2,850).As many as 2,712 emergency cases, 1,467 pediatric cases and 1,946 general medicine cases were referred to the hospital.Some 6407 prescriptions were offered by the different departments of the hospital to patients in the past month. Some 280 patients were admitted to hospital, while 89 surgical operations were carried out by the hospital staff.The Moroccan field campaign hospital, located on the borders between Jordan and Syria, has a capacity of 60 beds. It is manned by 100 executives, including 32 doctors of 20 different specialties.With MAP read more

Nepal UN reports progress in rehabilitating child soldiers from civil war

During “a very constructive” week-long visit, the Working Group for children and armed conflict conferred with the Government and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) on the Action Plan the two signed with the United Nations last December for the re-integration of minors released by the Maoist army. “I am particularly pleased to report on the commitments that the UCPN (Maoist) and other political party officials made during our discussions,” Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller, chairman of the Working Group, told reporters in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital. “The Working Group feels these commitments constitute a significant step in the right direction for the children and youth of Nepal,” he said, citing UPCN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s agreement to significantly strengthen coordination with the UN to monitor implementation of the Action Plan so as to address remaining challenges in its execution. Under this agreement, the UN Monitoring Team will meet with the UCPN-M on a regular basis to address the concerns that have been reported. On talks with the Government, Mr. Heller noted that the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction pledged to press for Cabinet approval and speedy implementation of the national plan to rehabilitate and reintegrate child solders and other conflict-affected children. Chairmen of political youth wings agreed to work with the UN to find ways to end the use of children below the age of 18 in potentially violent political activities and to exclude schools, school children and school personnel from strikes and other work actions. The delegation and the Nepalese discussed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s next report on children and armed conflict, due in April, which contains annexed lists of parties responsible for recruitment and use of child soldiers. The Government and Maoists both have responsibilities under the Action Plan and removal of parties from the lists depends on full compliance with the plans they have signed, Mr. Heller said. “I would like to relay the Council’s firm support for the peace process in Nepal and highlight that all parties in Nepal told the Working Group that the Action Plan and release of verified minors from the cantonments signalled a key event in this beautiful country’s moves toward a consolidated peace,” he added. “I hope the latest commitments and their effective fulfilment, with the support of the UN, will signal another step toward lasting peace for Nepal.” Under the Action Plan signed on 16 December 2009, nearly 3,000 child soldiers who served in the Maoist army were discharged by February in a move the UN hailed as a milestone in the country’s peace process. 26 November 2010A Security Council working group today reported significant progress on the release and reintegration of thousands of Nepalese child soldiers who fought in the decade-long civil war between the then-royalist government and Maoist insurgents. read more

Canada Post looks at unmanned drones as it considers the future of

OTTAWA – It’s a little early to tell if the idea will fly, but Canada Post is starting to look at the role of drones in making deliveries.The post office is quietly exploring the possibility of small, unmanned aerial vehicles one day helping get the mail to where it needs to go, said Jon Hamilton, a Canada Post spokesman.“We are in a competitive space, especially when it comes to parcel delivery and things like that,” Hamilton said in an interview.In the post office’s 250-year history, the manner of getting letters and parcels to Canadians has evolved from a couple of horses to trains, trucks and planes — so it makes sense to eye lightweight, remote-controlled aircraft, he said.“We do look into these things.”Why Canada Post is better off giving tattoos than banking servicesNew landmark rules in U.S. means more drones for hire on the wayWal-Mart Stores Inc tests drones in U.S. distribution centre, wants to eventually use for home deliveryThe tiny flying machines have become immensely popular with hobbyists. But they’re also used for a variety of government-related and commercial applications, including agricultural surveys, movie shoots, police investigations, meteorology, and search and rescue.Canada Post declined to release documents through the Access to Information Act about its interest in drones, citing sensitivities such as trade secrets and financial, commercial, scientific or technical data.But Hamilton insists there are no drone prototypes in the post office laboratory — at least not yet.He characterized the effort as a “paper exercise” at the very early exploratory stages, aimed at “examining what’s out there today.”“Is it at a point yet where it’s worth doing anything concrete in terms of testing? And so far, no,” Hamilton said.“It’s not something that Canadians are going to see any time soon, if at all.”Still, Canada Post is conscious that companies such as online retailer Amazon are actively investigating delivery drones.“It may be something that has applications for the postal service,” Hamilton said. “But it may be something that is just more of an emerging threat to the existing postal business, and how do we respond to that?”Amazon bills Prime Air as a future service that will deliver packages weighing up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones. The company says it has developed more than a dozen vehicle designs, with testing under way in multiple international locales, including British Columbia.With the growth of online shopping, Canada Post is grappling with the challenges of delivering more parcels to almost 16 million addresses across the country.For the moment, the Crown corporation is focusing on better using its network of 13,000 vehicles and 6,000 post offices to get the mail to customers. That means using online technology to help people track parcels, testing same-day delivery in some major markets and offering flexible delivery options.Canada Post realizes technology is accelerating a lot faster these days, and “as things change we continue to look at new options,” Hamilton said.“There was a lot of time between moving from horses to trains. Things don’t move that slowly anymore.” read more

4 million people in Darfur now need humanitarian aid top UN relief

“Never would I have thought that the fear, the angst among the civilian population of Darfur would remain the same after three long years,” Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told a news conference on Saturday in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, after cutting short his visit when the Government denied him permission to travel outside the Darfur state capitals on the grounds that it was too dangerous.On his last visit in May to Darfur, where fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels has killed more than 200,000 and uprooted over 2 million more in the last three years, Mr. Egeland put the total of those depending on humanitarian aid for survival at over 3 million. On his first visit two and a half years ago the number was 1 million.“In many ways, this is now, I think, a moment of truth here in Darfur, for our responsibility to protect,” he said, before returning to New York, where he will report to the Security Council on Wednesday.“In the United Nations, a lot of world leaders from all over the world, from northern countries, western, eastern, southern countries, they all swore to protect civilian populations,” he added, referring to a decision taken at the 2005 World Summit in New York.On that occasion, national leaders from across the globe expressed their readiness to take action when “national authorities are manifestly failing to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”Said Mr. Egeland: “We have a responsibility to protect. We are not living up to that responsibility in Darfur today.” In the hospital in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur state, Mr. Egeland met with children who had been deliberately shot. “How can anybody shoot a two-year old girl through the neck? How can any man do that deliberately? This is terror. I do not know any word for it… it is defined as terror,” he said.“This night, civilians were attacked and killed in the Jebel Marra, blankets were looted, blankets we had provided because it is freezing cold in the next weeks and months in the Jebel Marra,” he added, referring to one area of the conflict. “There seems to be a deliberate attempt to inject suffering on the civilian population.”He noted that there was enough guilt on all sides for him not to single out any one party, and he called on them all to end the hostilities and seize the opportunity offered by last week’s agreement between Sudan’s Government, the UN and the African Union (AU) for a hybrid UN-AU operation in Darfur of some 20,000 personnel.“So, the jury is really out now: is this, the largest humanitarian operation on earth going to continue to succeed or is it going to collapse?” he asked of the current efforts to assist the 4 million in need of aid. “I hope we can now have all good forces in Sudan and internationally succeed in joining forces to have it succeed.”Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today reported several instances of forcible seizure and looting of UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) vehicles and equipment. In North Darfur, the town of Birmaza was attacked by soldiers and pro-Government Janjaweed militia on Wednesday and Thursday.The violence caused some 3,000 people to flee as the attackers looted the premises of a UN agency and burned the offices of an international NGO. On Saturday, rebels retaliated against government forces near El Fasher in an incident that left some 100 fighters dead. read more

Culture shift automation in mining

first_imgJan Kwak, Managing Director, Mining & Mineral Processing, ast Hatch says “technology is reinventing processes, transforming mining in ways and at a rate we haven’t seen in a hundred years. We’re just beginning to wade into the space that manufacturing has been living in for decades. The incentive is there, driving us to create the ‘intelligent’ mine of the future. And do it now.“There’s a wealth of information and tools out there that can be adapted to the kind of work we do. But they do need adapting. That’s telling us that for automation to be most effective, the business of mining may have to be reconfigured. It may need to be based on business models that rely on this new, enabling technology.“So, we’re probably going to have to change the way mines work. To do that, we’re going to have to change our culture.“Automating a mining operation makes the entire process leaner, delivering more product with less cost, less waste, and less effort. The biggest gains are usually in underground mines, where processes are still largely stepwise in nature. By smoothing them into automated, sequence-organized tasks, most mining companies could improve efficiency anywhere from 10 to 40 percent.“Outfitting a mining operation for automation is a detailed, orchestrated process. It starts with a complete assessment. We talk to people, asking them what works well, when, and how. Processes are observed, data logs reviewed and a road map developed. Communications and IT are evaluated.“Things start getting really interesting when we retrieve information from sensors and apply data management analytics, using software and flowing in work practices that reduce process variation and increase speed.“Having technology that can gather data underground and analyze it is a big improvement. In a fully sensor-equipped environment, all the variables that impact production are marked and managed accurately in real time. Then, the information is pulled into an integrated data highway that runs outside the mine itself. No paper, no transfers. The software can amass and condense large amounts of records and details, seeing patterns and pointing out opportunities.“In mining, the devil is in the scheduling details. So that’s the first place to begin an automation project. It’s not uncommon to see different areas of a mine sharing the same equipment. Some even share people, causing processes to slow down or stop altogether as tasks hurry-up-and-wait for the right skills and tools to become available.Automation eliminates these kinds of bottlenecks, updating information and work status every 15 minutes. No more waiting for shift changes. Shorter, tighter handover; greater efficiency and safety.“As automation begins to impact work schedules, predictions become more sophisticated and accurate. Digital paradigms begin to model the future, taking corrective action to maintain steady states and adjust controls as operations or their results vary. Feedback. Feedforward. Adjust. All in real time.“Every mining operation that tries it—every company that’s willing to let us show them what automation can do for them—is astounded by the results. The only question they have is “Why did I wait so long?”“Hatch is working in collaboration with partners and clients to automate installations around the world. We’re so confident in the business-morphing results that these upgrades can deliver that we offer clients performance-based contracts to minimize the risks of implementing the system. We see lots of stakeholders with different systems-integration strategies and project-execution processes. We’re helping them all to scale down their capital cost estimates, because automation is being baked right into their existing processes, putting the focus on the operational budget instead.“In mining, the future is automation, and it’s rushing to meet us. Get ready to change your culture. You’ll never want to look back.”last_img read more

Enter the Gungeons Gun Puns Are A Blast on Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target It seems fitting that one of the last games I write about in this otherwise great year is a roguelike. Despite my distaste for the genre’s obsession with permadeath and randomized levels, the fact that so many interesting indie games use this formula means I still have to put up with it to keep a pulse on the scene. This has become even more true as more and more roguelike indie hits land on Nintendo Switch.Today’s roguelike indie hit? The fracas of firearms that is Enter the Gungeon. Once again, this isn’t the game to make me enjoy roguelikes. But its infectious style and nimble bullet ballet shine regardless.If you thought Enter the Gungeon’s name (and kick ass theme song) alone is a great pun, boy are you going to enjoy soaking in all the lore this (fictional) gun-worshipping world has to offer. Players enter deeper chambers of the titular keep to find a legendary gun that can kill the past. You do battle with bullet-based bosses like heavily armed bird Gatling Gull or the Lead Lord. New guns you find get added to the Ammonimicon tome. The combination of hellish religious fervor and breakneck brutal gunplay gives the game an almost Doom vibe, and I am here for it.The charming retro graphics also do a lot to sell this literal bullet hell. UI elements like your health and the reset clock are made out of bullets. Low-level “Gundead” enemies are cute walking shell casings. Your tutorial gun in an actual pea shooter. Different character classes are pixelated parodies of classic shooter heroes archetypes like space marines or treasure hunters. The parody aspect of the presentation does a lot to keep the game funny and ridiculous and entertaining, not some kind of gross NRA masturbatory Second Amendment fantasy.Naturally, all that gun garnish is in service of gameplay entirely about shooting. There are some surface level similarities between Enter the Gungeon and The Binding of Isaac seeing as they both roguelikes that play like top-down shooters. But Gungeon’s sophisticated mechanics make it feel more like a shrunken down version of a modern console shooter instead of yet another homage to Smash TV.Players weave between big and visible yet fast and relentless projectiles while returning fire. You always have a basic gun with unlimited ammo but to make real progress you’ll have to manage limited but better random guns you find along the way like shotguns and crossbows and laser cannons and light guns. You can aim in all directions but always need to eventually reload, so your shooting needs to be fast but purposefully timed. The game even lets you prioritize speed and performance over graphical quality in video settings, which is a strange inclusion for what doesn’t seem to be a technically demanding retro-looking game.The defensive options also manage to add to the aggressive, action movie nature of the combat. Players can pull off a slick little diving dodge roll move (the name of the developer is Dodge Roll) to leap past walls of bullets unscathed. It’s the only solution when you’re backed in a corner and need to deal with a giant whose sword slashes bullets. Or when you’re really desperate you can use finite blanks to briefly wipe all bullets from the screen.The game takes advantage of its randomized nature as well by letting players adapt to their specific environments in cool ways. Beyond just learning the overall level layout and teleporter shortcut network, players can turn a room itself into a weapon. Blow up barrels for splash damage. Shoot down chandeliers like it’s The Phantom of the Opera. Kick over a table to use as quick cover. Strategies can get even crazier in two-player co-op, although I wasn’t a fan of the tilt controls for single Joy-Con play.That all sounds awesome, and I found Enter the Gungeon’s moment to moment gameplay to be intensely satisfying. Unfortunately, I also found it to be another set of promising mechanics needlessly saddled with a roguelike formula. I just don’t think the game gains anything of value by being this difficult, this willing to wipe your progress on a whim, and this uninterested in crafting cool specific levels to tackle. I just can’t care enough to buy the best loot at the shop, learn boss patterns, or even give it my all during any particularly run when it’s inevitably all for naught. At best, roguelikes should be cool endless bonus modes, not the entire experience.Enter the Gungeon is an awesome little shooter with a heaping hilarious helping of great gun mysticism. And if you like roguelikes obviously you’ll get more from it than I did. But here’s hoping that next year’s promising Nintendo Switch indie games keep the cool controls and intriguing ideas but ditch the pointless permadeath.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Enter the Gungeon is a hit indie roguelike top-down shooter now on Nintendo Switch.2. The game’s mystic lore is obsessed with firearms, from Gundead enemies to your Ammonomicon encyclopedia.3. The shooting itself also feels great, with free aim and defensive options like rolling or kicking down cover.4. I’m just not a huge fan of its roguelike elements like permadeath and randomized levels.5. Still, Enter the Gungeon is an awesome and intense little shooter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img read more

FEMA Specialists Offer Rebuilding Tips in Soldotna Seward

first_imgThe extension means survivors now have until May 31, to submit their application to FEMA or the Small Business Administration. The initial registration period would have ended on April 1. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s request to extend the disaster assistance registration period for individuals or households impacted by the November 30 Cook Inlet Earthquake was approved by FEMA. Representatives with FEMA will be at both locations of Spenards Builders Supply starting on April 29 through May 4. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) specialists are on hand in both Soldotna and Seward to offer rebuilding tips for those impacted by the November 30 Earthquake.center_img FEMA will be hosting similar workshops in Anchorage and Wasilla. The specialists will also offer home improvement tips and share proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from a disaster. Most of the information and free publications are aimed at general contractors and those willing to take on do-it-yourself projects. Jack Heesch with FEMA: “They are there to provide folks who are homeowners or renters information about how to better be prepared for the eventuality of some kind of disasters. We are focused on earthquakes, but also on floods and other things that could affect residents of the Kenai Peninsula.” last_img read more

2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now Available For PreOrder

first_img Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Available For Pre-Order 2019-grammy-nominees-album-now-available-pre-order The 25th edition of the album will feature a selection of songs from your favorite artists nominated for GRAMMY Awards this year, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting both MusiCares and the GRAMMY Museum, which benefits musicians in times of need and music education programs, respectively. The track list will be announced at a later date, with the announcement of this year’s nominees just one day away.”We are very excited to partner with Republic Records to celebrate some of the extraordinary GRAMMY-nominated songs that have highlighted the past year in music, and we are thrilled to have music industry veteran Leslie Lewis continue in her role as our longtime producer,” said Neil Portnow, Recording Academy President/CEO.Monte Lipman, founder and chairman of Republic Records, noted the shared excitement: “We’re honored to join forces with the Recording Academy for this year’s iconic GRAMMY Nominees album. This body of work recognizes a moment in time and music, and more importantly supports artist-related charitable causes. I’m anticipating this year’s lineup will be as strong as any year in recent memory.”Stay tuned to grammy.com tomorrow morning, Dec. 7, to find out the news everyone has been waiting for—who has been nominated for the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The show will take place on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles and air live on CBS.2019 GRAMMY Nominee album pre-orders and contest info are available at 2019grammy.com.What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations AnnouncementRead more 2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now Available For Pre-Order The 25th annual edition of the CD featuring your favorite GRAMMY songs will be released on Jan. 25, 2019. Order your copy now for a chance to win two tickets to the 61st GRAMMY Awards!Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 12:22 pm Today, on Dec. 6, in partnership with Republic Records, the Recording Academy announced the upcoming release, of the 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album on Jan. 25, 2019. Pre-orders are now open for the CD online, where you can also get a chance (no purchase necessary) to enter the drawing to win two tickets to the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Email https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/1070739743137296389 News Facebook last_img read more

Beggarfree Dhaka still a utopia

first_imgIn this photo taken recently, 70-year old Abu Bakkar is seen begging on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainA Dhaka city free from ‘nuisance’ of beggars is not a myth! Visibly invisible, the concept lives in political rhetoric and sometimes on paper, in a country where one-fourth of the population is statistically called poor.Only on 9 May, state minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed told parliament that three zones of Dhaka city were made free of beggars.The zones are: Zone-I: Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, zone-II: diplomatic zone, and zone III: Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, InterContinental Dhaka and Bailey Road.Beggars, however, are often seen everywhere in these three zones. In most places, the beggars do not even know that begging is banned there.Abu Bakkar from Pabna begs for money in front of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. He came to Dhaka around two months ago targeting Shab-e-Barat and the fasting month of Ramadan.The 70-year-old man, who earns around Tk 500 to 700 every day in this capital, does not know that he cannot beg money in the three zones.“No one told me about that,” Abu Bakkar said with a puzzled look. “I roam around begging from Panthapath to Shahbagh. No policemen or security guards disturb me while begging,” he added.According to the social welfare ministry’s data, there are around 100,000 beggars in Dhaka city.In this photo taken on 18 May, disabled Mostafa is seen begging on Gulshan Lake Bridge near Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Gulshan diplomatic zone. Photo: Fajlay Rabbi RaazA member of Bangladesh Ansar, Shamim Sardar, has been working as a security officer for InterContinental Dhaka hotel for the past five months.“We work here in front of the hotel round the clock. Beggars can easily be seen here and in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and BIRDEM.’’Asked if he knew that the area has been declared beggar-free, Shamim shook his head in the negative.“I don’t know about this, nor even have I seen any police driving beggars away from in front of the hotel,” he said.Seen in front of SAARC Fountain signal, Zarina Begum was sitting on the pavement with her two-year old daughter, Andhari. Asked if she knows that the footpath where she is begging has been declared beggar-free, she replied she is not a beggar, rather she is a street vendor and sells cigarettes on foot.“I’m not a beggar. I have sold all my cigarette packs today and now I’m just sitting idly beside the road. But, I don’t mind if anyone helps me financially,’’ she said.Just a few yards away, a limping Tofazzal Hossain was leaning on a crutch and begging. Tofazzal, who lost one of his legs in a train accident, is from Rangpur but now lives in an Azimpur slum.His three sons are rickshaw pullers and auto-rickshaw drivers. He also has two daughters.“After much difficulty, I could marry off my daughters. My sons are not well established enough to support us. And this is why I have been begging.’’In this photo taken recently, Zarina Begum and her daughter Andhari are seen sitting on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainWhen asked if he knows this area has been declared beggar-free, “I know begging for money is legal in Dhaka city. There is no bar. No one has told me anything about this.”Begging, however, is a punishable offence according to existing laws of the country. The minimum punishment for begging is three years in prison and the maximum is seven years, to be doubled for a repetition.Mahfuz (pseudonym), a police constable, attached with Bangladesh Police Lines, deployed in front of Sonargaon hotel, told Prothom Alo, “I don’t know if this place has been declared beggar-free. We often see beggars signalling cars for money. We have not been instructed to look after this. Our duty is to keep the footpath moving so that no one can stand still in front of the hotel.”Only a few metres away, a beggar couple started knocking on the car windows, especially to the expensive cars.One of them is blind.When approached with the same question, they gave Prothom Alo the same reply, “We don’t know that we can’t beg here.”A pedestrian, Hassan Zakaria, said that there was a billboard reading, ‘beggar-free area’ on the island just in front of the Sonargaon hotel. “But, it has been removed a few months ago,” he added.A lame man was found begging for money on the Gulshan Lake Bridge near Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka on Friday. His name is Mostafa.When approached, Mostafa said he is begging for money with the fear of being evicted as policemen often drive them away from the diplomatic zones in the capital. Despite the fact, he was begging there as both locals and foreigners have a tendency to donate money here.“I know this place has been declared beggar-free as police evicted me twice. Despite that, I sit here to beg as I can earn more here,’’A housewife who lives in Gulshan-2 told Prothom Alo, “Beggars here in posh areas are very smart. Sometimes, they ask for money, especially dollars, from foreigners in English. And sometimes, they will come to your car window and say that they left begging and have become street vendors. And so, you must help them financially. Isn’t this begging too?” In spite of beggars’ presence in all three ‘beggar-free zones’, ruling party leaders and ministers talk tall of having beggar-free Dhaka, and sometimes beggar-free Bangladesh. In this photo taken recently, limping Tofazzal Hossain is seen begging on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainState minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said that the country would have no beggars by 2018 as the prime minister announced that beggars would be rehabilitated and job opportunities would be created for them.On 17 March, prime minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned that necessary measures had been taken to make every district free from beggars.Just a few days later on 29 March, finance minister AMA Muhith told a programme, “Begging will completely be rooted out once the Sheikh Hasina-led government comes back to power.”Earlier in mid 2013, the government said it had decided to clear beggars from some locations in the capital including Shahjalal International Airport area, Bailey Road, the diplomatic zone and places surrounding the embassies, and the Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla and Radisson hotels.The government took a number of projects to rehabilitate the beggars but these do not seem to have been so successful.According to social welfare ministry officials, the government’s experience of rehabilitating beggars is not pleasant as the beggars simply return to begging just a few months after being rehabilitated.And so, the vision of a beggar-free Dhaka remains a distant dream.last_img read more

All We Ever Wanted Stories of a Better World

first_img We all strive to build a better world in any way we can. The smallest things can make the difference, even if we don’t think it’s enough. For Matt Miner and Eric Palicki, they strive to help just that bit. They push us into that better world with their new gorgeous anthology called All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World.This full-color comics anthology is filled with 25+ stories from incredible creators that will build not only our future but the future of comics as well. We had the opportunity to talk Matt and Eric about their the better world they want to build, their inspiration behind the anthology and more.Thank you guys so much for talking with Geek about this stellar anthology. Can you guys tell our readers a little bit about All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World?Matt: It’s an anthology full of stories told against the backdrop of a better future. So, think more Star Trek and less Mad Max – more “San Junipero” Black Mirror and less every other Black Mirror. We asked a metric ton of massively talented artist and writer friends if they wanted to be part and boom, we have a book that’s turning out amazing. We hope it’s a bright spot in an ocean of dark and dreary dystopian future fiction.Eric: Just to get in front of a big misconception, “a better future” doesn’t mean one free of conflict. Matt’s comparison to Star Trek is a good one: life on Earth is pretty great by the time of The Federation. That doesn’t mean you can’t find danger and crises lurking out in the vastness of space.“Everything I Own” by Lela Gwenn, Tony Gregori, and Josh JensenWhat’s the process like in putting a big anthology like this together? You’ve had killer success with This Nightmare Kills Fascists (which is also very stellar). Were you guys nervous about embarking on another Kickstarter together or was it “no guts, no glory”?Eric: Matt and I made a decision not to repeat any creators from TNKF here. First, we didn’t want to play favorites. Given the consistent quality of This Nightmare Kills Fascists, how could we invite some contributors but not all? Second, this speaks to the depth of talent among our friends and peers, including so many writers and artists I was eager to work with but whom we just couldn’t fit into TNKF. I’m particularly stoked to be collaborating on my story for AWEW with Eryk Donovan, whom I’ve wanted to work with for years.As for nervousness, I don’t think so. Matt and my combined history with Kickstarter is fairly positive. We’re partnered with a seasoned publisher in A Wave Blue World, and this creative lineup is a slam dunk.Matt: Thanks for the kind words. Eric and I kind of got tired of being told “no” by publishers when we just want to make comics. We decided to start doing these anthologies so we’d always have something cool in the works no matter how mean and rejection-ey publishers are being.What inspired you both to create All We Ever Wanted? Was it just in hopes to one day gain better world and understanding? Or something more? What do you want backers, readers and more to take from this anthology?Matt: Looking around at the state of the world, and of the US specifically, I find myself pretty down about where we are. We came so far, and now we’re slipping backward and it just kills me. I mean, we finally legalized same-sex marriage, and suddenly we have actual literal Nazis in the streets and I just can’t. I can’t.With All We Ever Wanted, I hoped to capture that sense of hope I’d get watching shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation. Like, there’s conflict and drama and lasers and fights. But, overall, things are much better, and people treat each other with kindness and respect. I hope readers find that same sense of comfort and peace reading this anthology.Eric: The original working title was “The Future is Unwritten,” a phrase credited to my favorite band, The Clash, and to Joe Strummer. I think it’s a perfect encapsulation of what the book means to me. This Nightmare Kills Fascists was intended to show all the scary places the world was headed — and the real world looked at our stories in TNKF and promptly uttered “Hold my beer” — so All We Ever Wanted is Intended to show how great the future could be if we get our heads out of our asses.“Owning up to the Past” by James Maddox, Gavin Smith, and Nick WentlandYou guys have a gorgeous and brilliant line-up of creators from all walks of comics. How was it working with each of the creators? Is it hard to juggle all the creators as just editors? Can you tell us a little bit about some of the stories they’ll bring to the anthology?Matt: With This Nightmare Kills Fascists, Eric and I took a crash course on managing anthology project. So, this time around we’re much more organized and better prepared for everything. It means keeping detailed spreadsheets with deadlines and contact info and where each project is in the stage of completion. Luckily my years and years of office work taught me how to track boring stuff in cells on a computer screen. We’re in good shape there.All the creators in the book are friends of myself, Eric, Tyler from A Wave Blue World, or all three of us. So it’s a very cool, smooth sailing kind of operation where folks are just stoked to be part of this really cool book.Eric: My confidence as an editor has grown since TNKF. I’ve gotten better at collaborating with the creators to make their stories, rather than just taking for granted that everything is perfect from the first draft. To my surprise and delight, our collaborators have been extremely receptive. We all agree the finished product will be better for it.I would have trouble choosing any one story to highlight. Lela Gwenn’s story with Tony Gregori, about reconnecting with humanity in the wake of Armageddon. Kay Honda’s story with Liana Kangas, about how A.I. will change relationship dynamics in the future, is just a couple scripts that stuck with me long after I first read them. Eliot Rahal just turned in an incredibly sweet story of a girl and her robot that will be drawn by Jason Copland.“The Pilot” by Dean TrippeWhat would your ideal “better world” involve? It can be serious, funny or a little mix of in-between. Matt: Truly, my “better world” is a much simpler world with a whole lot fewer people, a whole lot less prejudice, and a healthy respect for animals and the planet. Oh, and dogs. Tons and tons of dogs. It’d be cool if they could talk, too. Talking dogs. Maybe they form little dog street gangs based on their dominant breeds? Or maybe just tons of regular dogs.Eric: The great aspect of this theme is that everyone has a different vision of a better world. Mine differs from Matt’s. In that, I hope we lean more heavily into our technological advancements as a way of solving problems. Other than “how can I more efficiently kill my enemies?” which is how it seems to go most often. We’re *this close* to curing cancer and eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels and feeding the hungry. If only we gave those worthy goals the kind of resources normally reserved for building more efficient bombs.Can you let our readers know where to find you via social media? Besides All We Ever Wanted, do you guys have any other projects we should look out for?Matt: I’m at @MattMinerXVX on Twitter, and my other links are over on my website at mattminerxvx.com. I have a punk rock slasher horror comic with artist Clay McCormack out with Waxwork Comics titled POSER – it’s only available through the waxworkrecords.com website right now and comes with a siiiiick 7” record, but will be solicited to Diamond in July as a version without the record. I also have some new stuff happening with Black Mask very soon and some more super crazy band collaborations in the works!Eric: I’m @epalicki on Twitter, @Thepalicki on Instagram, and I maintain a website (badly) at ericpalicki.com. My last Black Mask series, NO ANGEL, will be collected in trade in the fall, and then I’ll be appearing in a number of anthologies over the next several months, before rolling out two new creator-owned series in early 2019.All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World carries ace comic talents from all across such as Tyler Chin-Tanner, Robbi Rodriquez, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Kay Honda, Liana Kangas, and much more. This anthology also gives backers fantastic rewards such as signed bookplates by Marie Enger, book packs including Matt Miner’s Poser and Eric Palicki’s No Angel and Fake Empire. If you missed out on The Nightmare Kills Fascists, here’s your chance to get both anthologies in one!Check out All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World today on Kickstarter. Be sure to back this stellar anthology before July 4th!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterInternational luxury travel agency network Virtuoso kicked off its Virtuoso Travel Week (VTW) in Las Vegas and, while the event itself has been going 28 years strong, this year marks the 30th anniversary of luxury travel’s premier network.VTW – an event akin to Fashion Week where travel buyers seek out the latest in luxury experiences by meeting with thousands of travel purveyors, all network partners – reached new heights this year.With nine per cent growth in attendance, a record-breaking 5257 travel professionals from 98 countries congregated at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, where they conducted a staggering number of one-to-one meetings – over 320,000 of them, totalling more than 1.5 million meeting minutes or the equivalent of 2.9 years.The end goal for this global gathering: building relationships that lead to better traveller experiences.A message from Matthew D. UpchurchDuring the event’s Opening Ceremony, Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch recalled his philosophy that led to the creation of Virtuoso: a firm belief that travel agencies and suppliers need each other to be successful and that Virtuoso’s function is to facilitate this success by creating tools and services that support each side.Ultimately, though, Virtuoso’s role is about fostering human connections. “Thirty years ago I brought together Allied Travel and Percival Tours to create a vibrant, resilient global travel network focused not solely on transactions, but on catalysing rich human experiences,” said Upchurch.Drawing upon the message shared by the event’s keynote speaker, ‘Grit to Great’ author and head of one of the leading advertising agencies in America, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Upchurch spoke about the scenario that is helping propel success for its travel agency members: the desire for authentic human connections in a world plagued with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).Upchurch continued, “In an exponentially changing environment, we don’t offer a rulebook. We believe in principles, not protocols. And we have four guiding principles we believe will anchor our future: ensure success for our agency members, make it personal for both our partners and their clients, pioneer and innovate, and tell the advisor story again and again.last_img read more

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first_img This image released by Disney shows Michael B. Jordan in a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” (Marvel Studios-Disney via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2019 8:54 am PDT NEW YORK — By its nature, awards season tends to winnow a field of films and performances until many of the same names are read week after week, award show after award show, leading up to the Academy Awards. It’s a process that always leaves deserving nominees left out for lack of buzz, awareness or box office.When the Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, there will surely be much to celebrate and a handful of surprises. But it will inevitably, necessarily be a reductive list that omits many of the high points of what was an awfully good year for movies.This year, much of the love has been heaped on the likes of “A Star Is Born,” ”Roma,” ”Green Book” and “The Favourite.” There have been occasional, inspired attempts to upend the march to the Oscars, or at least pause for reconsideration. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, in a much praised selection, picked Debra Granick (“Leave No Trace”) for best director when few had her (or, notably, any other woman) in “the mix.” The National Society of Film Critics went back to an acclaimed if little seen April release, Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” for its best picture winner.The movies of 2018 were simply too good and too multitudinous to be filed neatly into a steady drumbeat of favourites. Here are just a few of the performers, filmmakers and films that almost certainly won’t be among the names read on Tuesday, but who warrant it as much as any other nominee.BEST ACTRESSKathryn Hahn, “Private Life”Amandla Stenberg, “The Hate U Give”Joanna Kulig, “Cold War”Regina Hall, “Support the Girls”Toni Collette, “Hereditary”It is easily, overwhelmingly, the most crowded category of the year, and this bunch STILL leaves out unforgettable performances by Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”), Carey Mulligan (“Wildlife”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”) and Juliette Binoche (“Let the Sunshine In”). Yet these five all seem to be on the outside of the Lady Gaga/Olivia Colman/Glenn Close favourites despite work that was at turns staggeringly ravishing (Kulig), deeply personal and preternaturally poised (Stenberg, in a star-making performance), insanely committed (Collette), comically but forcefully poignant (Hall) and flat-out human (Hahn).BEST ACTORLakeith Stanfield, “Sorry to Bother You”Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie”Brady Jandreau, “The Rider”Lucas Hedges, “Ben Is Back”The most subtle and sweet performances by leading men came in more adventurous, less show-stopping roles than the likes of Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury and Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine. Stanfield is the unflappable centre to the wild surrealism of “Sorry to Bother You.” Phoenix, twitchy and haunted, cuts like a knife through Lynne Ramsay’s deconstructed revenge thriller. Reilly, a standout also in “The Sisters Brothers,” gives a wonderfully sensitive performance as Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie.” Jandreau, a Lakota cowboy, doesn’t get his due for his magnetic performance in “The Rider” since much of it was based on his life. But that takes nothing away from its honesty. And few actors were more exciting and indispensable in 2018 than the quickly maturing Hedges, whose many strong performances including his recovering addict in “Ben Is Back.”BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSJun Jong-seo, “Burning”Sissy Spacek, “The Old Man & the Gun”Zoe Kazan, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”Elizabeth Debicki, “Widows”Natalie Portman, “Vox Lux”The only thing standing in the way of a litany of awards for Jun Jong-seo’s aching, sorrowful performance in Chang-dong Lee’s masterly psychological thriller “Burning” is celebrity (it’s her first film) and language (since foreign films rarely get much recognition in acting categories). “The Old Man & the Gun” might be remembered for Robert Redford’s final performance, but it’s when he’s on screen with the ever-glowing Spacek that the movie lights up.BEST SUPPORING ACTORBrian Tyree Henry, “If Beale Street Could Talk”Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2”Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”Russell Hornsby, “The Hate U Give”Josh Hamilton, “Eighth Grade”Henry only has a few scenes in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but they were among the most beautiful and tender of the year. (Michael Shannon had about the same screen time in 2008’s “Revolutionary Road” and still earned a deserved Oscar nomination.) As a desperately down-on-his-luck actor in “Paddington 2,” Hugh Grant gave the most delightful performance of the year (though his co-star Brendan Gleeson, as a prison chef, was close). And it’s impossible to separate the greatness of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” from the tormented performance of Michael B. Jordan. He’s the movie’s anguished heart.BEST DIRECORChloe Zhao, “The Rider”Joel and Ethan Coen, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”Frederick Wiseman, “Monrovia, Indiana”Lucrecia Martel, “Zama”Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”None of these films could have been made — or even attempted — by anyone else: the soulful melancholy of Zhao’s vividly naturalistic “The Rider”; the delirious splendor of Lucrecia Martel’s hypnotic adaptation; the Coen brothers’ audacious anthology of six Western morality tales; Wiseman’s sharp and patient portrait of small-town America; and Pawlikowski’s gorgeous, devastatingly concise ill-fated romance.BEST PICTURE“The Death of Stalin”“First Reformed”“Burning”“Spider-man: Into the Spider Verse”“Private Life”These are many others, too, that deserve to be remembered. Everyone could, and should, have their own picks. To paraphrase Lady Gaga, it was a far from shallow year at the movies.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email And the nominees won’t be (but should be) …last_img read more

Anastasiades and Total officials to discuss future steps in Cyprus

first_imgTotal’s President for Exploration & Production in the Middle East, Stephane Michel will meet on Monday with President Nicos Anastasiades in a bid to discuss the French energy giant’s future steps in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone.Reliable sources told CNA Michel visit is viewed as a follow- up to the discussions of Italian ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi last February in Cyprus, as ENI and Total are partners in blocks 11 and 6 of the Cypriot EEZ.Anastasiades, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Michel will discuss the deadline for an appraisal well in the Calypso gas field in block 6, the next round of exploratory activities in the Cypriot EEZ, as well as the increase of Total’s presence in Cyprus.An exploratory drill in block six carried out in January 2017 revealed a “promising discovery” with geological structures similar of those in the giant Zohr gas field in the Egyptian EEZ. However no official data concerning the Calypso field size have been disclosed yet.You May LikeFitDib15 Best Dog Breeds For SeniorsFitDibUndoFaresaver.TravelDelta Airlines Deals From Only $59.99 One-Way!Faresaver.TravelUndoBridesBlushHow Wedding Dresses Look Around The WorldBridesBlushUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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