Province Increases Competitive Advantage with Tax Credit Changes

first_imgChanges to the Film Industry Tax Credit and Digital Media Tax Credit announced today, Dec. 6, by Premier Darrell Dexter, will ensure the province’s film, television and new media industry continues to be one of the most competitive in Canada. “Innovative and competitive sectors such as this, play a significant role in the economic future of our province,” said Premier Dexter. “These changes will help increase the local industry’s competitive advantage, by providing more incentives to produce in Nova Scotia. More production means more high-value job opportunities for Nova Scotians.” Residency requirements for both credits were changed so that someone only has to so be a resident in the province during the production period. The total production cap for the Film Industry Tax Credit was also removed. These changes will be effective for productions starting on or after Dec. 1, 2010. “Eliminating the cap on labour for the Film Industry Tax Credit will, I believe, be beneficial for animation because of the disproportionately labour intensive nature of this part of the industry,” said Michael Donovan, executive producer and CEO of DHX Media Ltd. “Our animation studio in Halifax has 65 employees. Because of this change, we expect that to more than double, over the next 18 months, to 150.” DHX is a Halifax-based creator and distributor of television and film with a primary focus on children’s programming and animation. Previously, the Film Industry Tax Credit was based on what was less, either 50 per cent of the costs of eligible labour or 25 per cent of total production costs. Due to the labour intensity of digital animation, the cap limited the ability of animators to take full advantage of the credit. “We are thrilled with the updates to these important industry incentives,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “This shows government’s commitment to this industry and their understanding of the major economic benefits it brings to the province.” Last month the province introduced its economic growth strategy, jobsHere, which focuses on learning, competitiveness and innovation. Nova Scotia’s film, television and new media industry is the fourth largest in Canada, generating over $100 million in economic activity and creating about 3,000 full- time jobs annually.last_img read more

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Sexual Violence Strategy CoChairs Announced

first_imgThe province today, Jan. 31, announced the co-chairs who will lead the development of Nova Scotia’s first sexual violence strategy. “I am pleased to announce that Jean Flynn and Rene Ross will co-chair the development of this essential and significant strategy,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “There is no place in our society for sexual violence. Together we must do more to prevent sexual violence and take better care of its victims.” The three-year strategy, which will get $2-million per year, will focus on prevention and services for victims. “There has been great work done to date by both community and government,” said Ms. Bernard. “This strategy is the next step to ensure we do everything we can to decrease these crimes and ensure victims and their families get better supports.” Ms. Flynn and Ms. Ross will be on assignment to Community Services from the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Ms. Flynn was a member of the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying, and contributed to the Domestic Violence Action Plan and the Hyde Inquiry. Ms. Ross is a strong advocate within the social justice community, bringing attention to many difficult and sensitive issues, including poverty, criminalization and human rights. She has developed internationally recognized public awareness campaigns and critical research adopted by other experts in the field. She just completed a project on women’s economic security in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Hyundai set to launch electric SUV Kona in India in July

first_imgGuwahati: South Korean auto major Hyundai will drive in its first electric vehicle ‘Kona’ SUV into India in July, followed by a brand new ‘Grand i10’ before the festive season as it looks to increase its share in the auto market here, a top company official said Wednesday. Besides, the automaker, which is present in India through its wholly-owned subsidiary Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), is planning to start exporting its latest compact SUV ‘Venue’ from its Chennai factory in the next 3-4 months. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”We are constantly adding new products in our poprtfolio for the Indian market. We will launch our electric SUV ‘Kona’ in India in July,” HMIL Senior General Manager and Group Head (Marketing) Puneet Anand said here. He, however, declined to share specification details of the proposed sports utility vehicle planned for India. Earlier, Hyundai had announced plans to launch its first electric vehicle in a completely knock-down (CKD) form, which would be assembled at HMIL’s manufacturing plant in Chennai.last_img read more

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Tough deterrence

first_imgThe most recent brutal murder of a very small child in village Tappal of Aligarh has sent shock waves across the country, raising several questions about this grotesque and perverted act that exposed the overall decay our society is drifting towards. This is said especially because of the horrendous manner in which the little girl child was done away with. The local police, under the directions of the police leadership based in state capital Lucknow, acted rather swiftly and, in lightning action, arresting two accused, Zahid and Aslam, without any delay. Again, on June 8, acting in extraordinary speed, they apprehended Zahid’s wife Zabusta and younger brother Mehdi Hasan from neighbouring Khurja, thus rounding up all important suspects. Also Read – A staunch allyActing swiftly again, those cops responsible for dereliction of duty were summarily suspended amid allegations levelled by the victim’s mother that once her child was missing, she complained to the local police who failed to react on time and, in fact, overlooked the pleas. Meanwhile, UP police formed a Special Investigation Squad (SIS) comprising senior officers for a deeper probe to ascertain the circumstances leading to this unfortunate murder. Also, plans are afoot to book the accused under National Security Act (NSA) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012. These are effective acts and should act as a deterrent to prevent recurrences of a similar kind. Yet, the main focus should be on a thorough investigation so that the accused don’t end up in acquittals. Also Read – Cuban pathosThe above is imperative as one is not really sure about the investigative skills of those exercising an oversight into this heinous case. We have unpleasant memories of the Aarushi murder case where a common man is still not convinced about the verdict of whether Aarushi’s parents, the Talwars, were actually guilty or not. The scene remains hazy and far from a decisive judgment. Few years before the Aarushi case, there were the Nithari killings and initially, the investigation, like in the Aarushi case, appeared vague. The approach sadly was bereft of any professionalism. Without meaning to cast any aspersions on the professional efficacy or investigative forte of UP Police, the fresh case of the child’s murder in Aligarh merits a very dedicated approach. Here, it is pertinent to state that the main accused in the child’s abduction and murder already has four criminal cases against him dating back to 2014. He was charged under sections 376 (rape), 354 (attempt to outrage modesty) and section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. Most horrible among these cases is the accused’s attempt to rape his own daughter – nothing can be more horrendous. The motive of the murder is also baffling. It is said to be related to the transaction of money between the complainant and the accused’s families. The alleged amount of money due to the accused was a paltry Rs 10,000. This exposes the mental degeneration of the accused and his sense of desperation to avenge. Definitely, he has a violent streak which only a psychiatrist can determine. Sadly, he was out on bail. How he was left off the hook so easily now deserves serious thought. It raises multiple questions – How serious was the prosecution to oppose his bail plea? Were the court proceedings in order? Was a psychiatrist consulted for a clinical examination of the accused who had the perverted inclination to violate his own daughter? Wasn’t there any accountability on the segment of judiciary granting him bail or showing such legal leniency? The police is always under criticism for doing sloppy investigations but what about the lapses or slackness in the judiciary? Here, perhaps, stands a fit case for a fresh appraisal of the judicial acts that have led to a large number of approved bails and acquittals. The prosecutors too need to be held to account for any loose pursuit of a case of murder that too of a very small child in a most inhuman manner. Had these loopholes been attended, this murder wouldn’t have happened. The offender was most likely emboldened by the prevailing fragile legal system and dared to repeat yet another ghastly act within five years of his first offence of such a grievous nature. In any case, such perverted elements who act as rabid lunatics should ideally have no place in civilised society. They need to be dealt with very harshly lest they are encumbrances on us. As per the indications available now, UP state administration is trying to ensure that there is no complacency and the culprits receive maximum punitive action. Civil societies, sociologists and people of social eminence are also expected to come in and prescribe ways to deal with this growing malaise which is not only confined to Aligarh. It is a pan-India problem. Many, in the meantime, are expressing their surprise over the perceived silence of many celebrities, especially those belonging to Bollywood as also from academia who are otherwise vocal on such sensitive issues. It is our collective social responsibility and these elements must work in close collaboration with the police so that there is a holistic approach to tackling the existing problem and there are no cases of fatally targetting such small and innocent children. (The author is a retired IPS officer of the UP cadre, a security analyst and columnist. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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CG Power hits lower circuit limit Yes Bank tumbles over 4 pc

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of CG Power and Industrial Solutions on Wednesday slumped 20 per cent to touch their lowest trading permissible limit for the second consecutive day amid alleged financial irregularities in the company. On the BSE, the scrip tumbled 20 per cent to touch its 52-week low of Rs 11.80. On the NSE, the shares plunged 19.93 per cent to reach their lower price brand at Rs 11.85. Meanwhile, shares of Yes Bank, which has 12.79 per cent stake in CG Power as on June 30, 2019, also fell over 4 per cent to Rs 68.10 apiece on the BSE. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Gautam Thapar-promoted CG Power and Industrial Solutions on Tuesday said an investigation by its board found major governance and financial lapses, including advances to related and unrelated parties as well as liabilities of the company and the group potentially being understated by hundreds of crores of rupees. After 13 hours of discussions lasting till 4 am, the board came to the conclusion that there were some unauthorised transactions carried out by ‘certain employees’, which led to a potential understatement of not only the company’s liabilities but also advances to related and unrelated parties of the company and the group. Advances to related and unrelated parties of the company and the group may have been potentially understated by Rs 1,990.36 crore and Rs 2,806.63 crore, respectively, as on March 31, 2018, and by Rs 1,479.34 crore and Rs 1,331.47 crore, respectively, as on April 1, 2017, the company said in the regulatory filing to exchanges.last_img read more

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VIFF 2018 BC Spotlight Gala Award Winners Receive Total Of 91500 In

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: VANCOUVER – The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) held its BC Spotlight Gala on Sat. Oct. 6th at the Vancouver Playhouse, handing out nine awards to exceptional BC and Canadian filmmakers. The awards totaled $91,500 in prizes (cash and in-kind services), these awards aim to further the filmmaking careers of their recipients.Following the awards ceremony, VIFF hosted the world premiere of the BC Spotlight Gala film Anthem of a Teenage Prophet directed by Robin Hays. The film stars Cameron Monaghan (of the television hit Shameless) as Luke, who has lost his best friend and had even predicted the tragedy. Adapted from Joanne Proulx’s award-winning novel, the film follows Luke as he falls for his best friend’s girl, played by Peyton List, and spirals into more macabre premonitions.Below is a full list of the awards and winners: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment BC SPOTLIGHT AWARDSSea to Sky AwardPresented by TELUS$20,000 cash prize; recognizes the outstanding work of a female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.Winner: Meredith Hama-Brown (Broken Bunny)Special Mention: Robin Hays (Anthem of a Teenage Prophet)Best BC Film AwardPresented by Creative BC and Encore by Deluxe$10,000 cash prize presented by Creative BC + $15,000 post-production services credit supplied by Encore by Deluxe.Winner: Edge of the Knife (dirs. Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown)BC Emerging Filmmaker AwardPresented by UBCP/ACTRA, AFBS & William F. White International Inc.$7,500 cash prize sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and AFBS, plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White International.Winners: Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein (Freaks)Best BC Short Film AwardPresented by VIFF$5,000 cash prizeWinner: Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (dir. Amanda Strong)#mustseeBC AwardMedia Partner: Daily HiveWinner: Finding Big Country (dir. Kat Jayme)CANADIAN AWARDSBest Canadian Film AwardPresented by the Directors Guild of Canada$10,000 cash prizeWinner: Edge of the Knife (dirs. Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown)Special Mention: Genesis (dir. Philippe Lesage) and The Grizzlies (dir. Miranda de Pencier)Emerging Canadian Director AwardPresented by the Directors’ Guild of Canada$2,000 cash prizeWinner: Sean Devlin (When the Storm Fades)Special Mention: Drew Lint (M/M)Best Canadian Documentary AwardPresented by Rogers Group of Funds$15,000 cash prizeWinner: The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs (dir. Bojan Bodružić)Special Mention: A Sister’s Song (dir. Danae Elon)Best Canadian Short Film Award$15,000 colour grading and/or VFX services credit supplied by Side Street Post & VFXWinner: Fauve (dir. Jeremy Comte)Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film AwardPresented by Gary Harvey and Delta Air Lines$2,000 cash prize + Roundtrip Flight Anywhere Delta Air Lines fliesWinner: Claire Edmondson (EXIT)Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a charitable not-for-profit arts and cultural organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. The Society’s mission is to celebrate excellence, promote diversity and foster discovery and innovation in the field of screen-based storytelling. Among the largest film festivals in North America in terms of screenings and attendance, VIFF presents over 350 films and events, plays host to over 400 industry professionals from around the globe and boasts the largest Canadian film program in the world. For its 37th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 27 – October 12, 2018.last_img read more

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BoC rate hike means higher costs for variablerate loans but better returns

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate hike means higher borrowing costs for consumers with variable-rate mortgages, loans or lines of credit, but it is also good news for savers and future homeowners.The decision to increase its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 per cent on Wednesday prompted all of Canada’s Big Six banks to raise their prime rates, thereby passing the rate increase along to their customers.Those with variable-rate mortgages will now face higher interest payments, a concern for many Canadian households that are already saddled with hefty debt loads, said Samantha Brookes, chief executive officer of brokerage Mortgages of Canada.“Increasing rates just really limit how much they have available to them on a monthly basis,” she said.The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans. Wednesday’s rate hike was the central bank’s first interest rate move in six months and lifted the trend-setting rate to 1.5 per cent, up from 1.25 per cent. It also marked the bank’s fourth increase over the last 12 months and the first time the rate has been this high since December 2008.The central bank’s move was driven by the strength of Canada’s economy, which it expects will remain resilient despite headwinds from trade tensions with the U.S.After the central bank’s announcement, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank all said they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase raises the cost of borrowing for customers with variable-rate loans, but people with money socked away in savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates will benefit, said Scott Hannah, the president and chief executive of the Credit Counselling Society.“It helps seniors who depend on interest income to help fund their retirement expenses,” he said. “And the rate hikes are keeping Canadians focused on the need to curb their appetite for debt and pay down the debt they have.”Higher interest rates, along with stricter mortgage rules, have also helped to cool down the country’s real estate markets, helping future homeowners, Hannah said. It’s unwelcome news, however, for those looking to renew their mortgages this year, he added.Overall, the impact of the latest rate hike will be modest for consumers, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities Inc. The rate hike is in reaction to a healthy Canadian economy, which is beneficial, he added.Rates are slowly on the way up, but remain relatively low historically, Grauman added.“On balance, it’s still probably a positive for the average household, for the average business.”last_img read more

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Morocco Guinea to Boost Cooperation in Transportation Field

Marrakech – Morocco and Guinea agreed, Wednesday in Marrakech, to boost cooperation in the field of transportation, infrastructure and civil engineering.This came in a meeting between Morocco’s Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, and Guinean Minister of civil engineering, Hadja Oumou Camara.During these talks, held on the sidelines of the first edition of maintenance, preservation of road assets and technical innovation under the High patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, Rabbah recalled Morocco’s different achievements in the field of road, air, rail and sea transport. He also highlighted the experience of Morocco in the transportation industry, road infrastructure and civil engineering, expressing the disposal of the Kingdom to share with Guinea its rich experience in this field.Rabbah told MAP that the meeting was an opportunity to follow the progress of the various cooperation projects that have recently been announced, identified and defined during HM the King’s visit to some African countries.For her part, the Guinean Minister said that the purpose of this meeting is to share expertize and explore areas of partnership between the ministries of the two countries.She also hailed Morocco’s progress in various fields, expressing the wish to benefit from its experience and significant expertise in the Construction sector.With MAP read more

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Seagate to acquire LaCie

first_imgWestern Digital may be the largest manufacturer of hard drives after its purchase of Hitachi’s storage business last year, but Seagate is hot on its heels with a surprising acquisition today.Seagate has announced that it is to acquire a controlling interest in premium storage company LaCie. Seagate has agreed to purchase all the shares held by Philippe Spruch, chairman and CEO of LaCie. That equates to 64.5% of the total shares, giving Seagate control over the future direction of the company. The remaining shares will be purchased for cash once the deal has received government approval.The acquisition is an intelligent move for Seagate, who inherits a premium line of storage products including network-connected solutions. It will allow them to continue to offer the LaCie brand and hardware lines as complimentary products to its existing range. There is currently very little overlap, which is likely what made the deal so tempting. From LaCie’s point of view, it was an opportunity to secure the brand’s future by joining a much bigger player in the storage business.The main focus of the acquisition will be the hardware and brand, but Seagate also takes control of the Wuala cloud storage service, potentially opening the way for it to be incorporated into Seagate’s existing range of products.Owners of existing LaCie products shouldn’t be concerned as it looks as though the company will continue to operate as normal for the time being. Seagate may even choose to keep it as a separate entity, although using Seagate parts. I’m sure some LaCie hardware users are hoping for improvements though, especially after the debacle over the major design flaw discovered in the LaCie Hard Disk MAX earlier this year.Read more at Seagatelast_img read more

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Explainer Here are the key findings of the Mueller report into Russian

first_img Special Counsel Robert Mueller Source: Cliff Owen/PA ImagesIt was found that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Barr said: “The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency, to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election.“The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. A copy of a letter from Attorney General William Barr advising Congress of the findings of the Mueller probe. Image: Jon Elswick/PA Images Monday 25 Mar 2019, 7:32 AM Image: Jon Elswick/PA Images Mar 25th 2019, 7:32 AM By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4559116 Explainer: Here are the key findings of the Mueller report into Russian collusion The US President has claimed “total vindication”, but here’s what his Attorney General’s summary of the report says. 48 Comments A copy of a letter from Attorney General William Barr advising Congress of the findings of the Mueller probe. US ATTORNEY GENERAL Bill Barr released a summary last night of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.Over the course of the two-year investigation the president regularly denounced it as a witch hunt, before claiming vindication upon its completion.While the US President is claiming “total exoneration”, Democrats are highlighting elements of the summary which specifically do not exonerate Trump.Here’s what Barr’s letter summarising Mueller’s report says:CollusionMueller found that there was conclusive evidence that Russia did interfere in the election, both through a coordinated campaign of disinformation and by hacking emails from Hillary Clinton’s election team.In a letter to lawmakers, Barr said that Mueller found that there had been “multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign”. Short URL Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Source: UPI/PA ImagesThey also said Barr, nominated just months ago by Trump, is “not a neutral observer” in the process and that his summary of the report is not an objective determination about Mueller’s findings.The two Democrats also said Trump’s declaration that the report is a complete exoneration of the president because it clears him of colluding with Russia “directly contradicts the words of Mr Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.”Other senior Democrats, such as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, called for the full report.“I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report,” he said.- © AFP 2019 – with reporting from Seán Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,060 Views Share69 Tweet Email The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks.But quoting directly from Mueller’s report, Barr said that the special counsel’s investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”.ObstructionMany observers had predicted the biggest danger to Trump came from a possible accusation of obstruction of justice, particularly over his decision to sack the FBI director James Comey, who headed the investigation before Mueller.But Barr said that the evidence outlined in Mueller’s report “is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”.“In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgement, constitute obstructive conduct,” Barr added in his letter.But while Barr – who was appointed by Trump – concluded that the president had not obstructed justice, he acknowledged that Mueller himself was inconclusive on the question of obstruction.“The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or another – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” he said.“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”No more indictmentsTrump’s former national security advisor Mike Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort are among the 34 individuals already indicted by Mueller but they will be the last, according to Barr.“The report does not recommend any further indictments nor did the special counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public,” Barr said in his letter to the heads of the Senate and House judiciary committees.Barr added that Mueller “recognised that the ‘evidence does not establish that the president was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,’ and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the president’s intent with respect to obstruction”. Call for full reportThe immediate reaction from Democrats was to call for the publication of the full Mueller report, after Barr released his four-page summary last night. But with the report declining to determine whether there was obstruction of justice by the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer escalated their demands for the full document’s release.“The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay,” the Democratic pair said in a joint statement.last_img read more

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MovieBob Review THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri good?I didn’t think so.But it’s winning all kinds of-Yeah, I know. That’s why we’re reviewing it now.What’s wrong with it?Don’t you want to know what it’s about, first?The angry lady puts up billboards giving the cops a hard time for not catching her daughter’s killer, right? I mean, the movie came out almost three months ago…Yeah, that’s the broad strokes of it.So what’s the issue?Every once in awhile you see a movie that looks tailor-made to be an awards-season darling and when it’s over you go “well, that was disappointing.” You damn near forget you even saw it because there’s a lot of Oscar bait where that came from, and it’s not like overlong middlebrow pseudo-indie pablum is great review traffic. BUT THEN suddenly it becomes an awards season darling anyway and now you have to go back and revisit it with the benefit of several months of ruminating on how much it doesn’t deserve the hype. This is one of those.…go on.The big idea seemed to be collapsing the opposing twin narratives of the last two years or so of American socio-political discourse. I.E., marginalized people railing against unjust policing, violence against women and other systems of oppression versus “traditional” Middle America throwing a performative tobacco-spattered “un-PC” tantrum about… who the hell even knows? This goes into a unifying melange wherein that aforementioned oppression and injustice are railed against by the “un-PC” tantrum-throwers. Or, to put it another way, “Gee, ‘Fuck Tha’ Police’ SURE sounds more Oscar Friendly when it’s coming out of a sassy coverall-clad Blue Collar White lady caricature beamed in from the liner notes of a lesser Springsteen album!”I see. So McDormand isn’t good?She’s excellent, but she’s always excellent – the material lets her down almost immediately. She’s asked to carry the difficult stuff and ends up coming off the worst once things go off the rails. Essentially morphing into a coverall-clad insult comic perversely framed as town crier for a grab bag of buzzy social-justice hot-buttons whose actual victims are of course apparently not sympathetic enough to speak for themselves. It’s all supposed to go back to wanting justice for her daughter, but she’s pre-loaded with overwritten rants against pedophile priests, unfair War on Drugs arrests, high school bullying and police racism just waiting for a target to unload on and it all feels co-optive and sketchy instead of like genuine anger.This sounds bizarre. Is there are another movie it sort of compares to?Did you ever see Crash?The one where people have to be in car accidents to have sex or the one where everyone in L.A. that’s like “Actually everyone is racist when you think about it?”The racism one.Oooooooh… I didn’t care for that.It’s sort of like that. McDormand’s whole “mission” is complicated because the whole town is more or less against her. This is because she’s an ornery rage-case who likes to browbeat and/or regular-beat people who get in her way while Woody Harrelson’s embattled Sheriff is a well-liked family man who seems to be doing his best and also happens to be dying of cancer. Also complicating matters are her resentful surviving children, her abusive ex-husband and his much younger girlfriend and a whole town full of colorful eccentrics of the type you really ever encounter when Europeans make movies about rural America.Such as?Peter Dinklage as a sad-sack salesman with a crush on McDormand, Sam Rockwell as a violent racist cop who (wouldn’t ya just know it?) is actually kinda sad and maybe needs a redemption arc of his own. There are some plucky Millennials to give the heroine a thumbs-up on her coolness and exactly two Black people to designate her as a proper spokesperson against Rockwell’s racist policing.Wait – I thought it was about her trying to get them to re-open her daughter’s case?The whole thing flies off the rails right when it’s supposed to be coming together in Act 3. It starts off promisingly by asking us if even people like McDormand’s naturally-sympathetic caricature can take their anger too far but ends up going all Crash and asking us to sympathize with Rockwell’s cop as our “unexpected” maybe-redemption story because “hey, violent racists are people too, right?” It becomes a spectacle of a movie that wants to take time out of its own plot to become “about” police racism. It lets editorial-cartoon White people do almost all the talking and winds up asking us to feel bad for the cop would come off pretty crummy in a GOOD movie. To say nothing of a cloying, preachy one that finally has the nerve to wrap-up on a note of arthouse ambiguity that all the middlebrow pablum leading up to it has in no way earned.So all the Oscar buzz…Look, I’m happy that it looks like Sam Rockwell might win an Oscar because he’s been one of the most underrated guys in the business forever and he’s deserved it a bunch of times. But he’s been better in just about everything else, so has McDormand and the rest of the film is exactly the kind of overpraised pandering that makes people hate Oscar Season in the first place. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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MilinkovicSavics agent denies buyout clause speculations

first_imgAccording to the TeamTalk, a day after the Serbian in-demand midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic extended his contract with Lazio, his agent Mateja Kezman announced his client is poised to stay at the Stadio Olimpico despite the interest of numerous major European clubs.Yesterday was a great day for all Biancocelesti fans, as both Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pledged their alliance to the Rome-based club. The extension of the 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder is by far the most significant news for Simone Inzaghi ahead of Lazio’s commitments in Serie A and the Europa League, as Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid all tried to lure the Serbian away from the Stadio Olimpico.The Italian news outlet SportMediaset revealed yesterday that any club that wants to sign Sergej would have to allocate €100 million according to the new buy-out clause.However, player’s agent Mateja Kezman came out to deny those claims, suggesting that Milinkovic-Savic plans to remain at Lazio after the club managed to keep all of their key players during the summer transfer session.“Sergej, Lazio and we in his entourage are all very happy with his new contract,” Kezman told LaLazioSiamoNoi.Ronaldo Nazario came to Real Madrid 17 years ago today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 2, 2019 It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this…“We’re looking forward with positive energy. The club is strong because they kept all of last season’s players, there’s a serious project and they want to play in the Champions League.“So, everyone just has to concentrate on doing their best and making all the Lazio fans happy.“No-one talked about a release clause, Sergej is very happy in Rome. He’s been here for three years and he loves the club and the city.“He’s concentrating on recapturing his best form.”As things stand, Milinkovic-Savic is set to stay in Rome for another five years, while the interested parties should switch their attention towards other alternatives.last_img read more

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Coleman says Everton have to be consistent

first_imgEverton lost 2-1 against Southampton FC yesterday in the English Premier League, and Coleman says is all because his team is not consistent.Everton didn’t have a good day against Southampton yesterday in the English Premier League. Not only the team lost 2-1, but trailed most of the match, scoring their single goal at the end of the game.And for defender Seamus Coleman, is all because his team is not consistent.“We came down here after last week’s performance trying to get back-to-back wins and another positive result,” said Coleman to the club’s official website.“Unfortunately, that’s the way it’s going at the minute – we can’t get a run of wins going. It’s very disappointing.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We are still working very hard to [find consistency]. The fans travel all the way down it and it’s a long way to come and you always want to put in a performance, definitely a battling performance,” he added.“You can’t play well every week or win every week but you’ve got to give your all and they will accept that.”“It’s not good enough from our point of view but we need to move on quickly and get back on the training pitch and try to finish the season the best we can,” he commented.“I think that something as a minimum when you play for this club is that you give your all and I think at times they beat us to second balls which is very disappointing.”last_img read more

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Beaches donates 4000 for classrooms

first_imgMark Matthias, owner of Beaches Restaurant, said Thursday he will donate $4,000 for student classroom supplies to Vancouver Public Schools.This week the district received widespread media coverage regarding a $4,000 shower installed over the summer in the bathroom outside the office of Steve Webb, the superintendent.Some patrons had raised questions about whether the shower, which was paid for from general school funds, was an appropriate use of money that might have been spent in the classroom.last_img read more

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Are We Any Closer To Realizing Dr Kings Dream Than We Were

first_img Listen Central Press/Getty ImagesCivil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial where he gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. 00:00 /18:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday (Jan. 15), and this year (April 4) marks 50 years since the Civil Rights icon was killed.King, of course, famously spoke of his dream that his children would one day live in a nation “where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”Dr. King’s children aside, is Greater Houston — by many measures the most diverse city in America — a manifestation of Dr. King’s dream? Do we model a society that does, in fact, judge people by their character, regardless of race? Or are we just like every other U.S. city, despite our diversity, struggling to meet one another at face value?Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Dr. Christina Sisk from the University of Houston, Gordon Quan, vice chair of Asia Society’s Texas Center, and Dr. Assata Richards of Sankofa Research Institute, about what they see in Houston — both good and bad — and whether we’re any closer to Dr. King’s dream today than we were a generation ago. Sharelast_img read more

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Caspian Tiger Extinct But Lives On In Siberian Tiger

first_img Citation: Caspian Tiger Extinct But Lives On In Siberian Tiger (2009, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-caspian-tiger-extinct-siberian.html The Caspian Tiger,(Panthera tigris virgata) genetic roots span over a million years. A nearly cataclysmic event during the late Pleistocene Era, some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago nearly wiped out all tigers. Fortunately, a small remnant of tigers survived. In 2004 scientists revised the known classification to five tiger subspecies from eight previously identified. The Caspian Tiger and the Amur or Siberian Tiger began in China and spread westward along the Silk Road. Sometime later these magnificent tigers expanded their territory by moving northward and eastward into what is known as the former Soviet Union. Researchers believe that sometime in the early 1900s the Caspian and Siberian tigers intermingled, but were subsequently isolated by hunters. The two majestic Russian cats, the Siberian and Caspian Tigers preferred slightly different terrain. The Siberian Tiger prowled the rich mix forest in the southern Russian Far East region on the Sea of Japan. While the Caspian Tiger inhabited the inland drainage basins of Western and Eastern Asia among the reeds and waterways hunting their prey hidden by lush vegetation. The Caspian Tiger was an exquisite specimen in appearance and size, weighing in a range of 375-530 pounds with an average body length of nearly 10-feet. During the Winter the Caspian Tiger had a lush, thick reddish coat with black or brown stripes set in a close pattern with a silky haired white belly and a beard. The word that best describes the Caspian Tiger, is formidable. Unfortunately, the riverside vegetation was cleared for cultivation and in-habitation, thus the Caspian Tiger was deprived of its habitat and its prey in the 1930s. Cotton fields were planted and the rivers were used for irrigation. Soon, the Caspian Tiger became an alien in its own territory and was targeted and hunted down as a menace to human settlements and a threat to livestock. The Caspian Tiger pelt was prized for its beauty and fetched a hefty price. A further environmental insult occurred when the river vegetation and reeds were cleared to eradicate malaria on the Southern shores of the Caspian Sea in the 1950s and 1960s. The last reported Caspian Tiger sighting happened in the 1960s and 1970s. Russian and international conservation groups banned tiger hunting in 1947, but it was too late for the Caspian Tiger to make a recovery. Poaching and contributing factors wiped out the majestic cat. Conservation efforts did help to protect and stabilize the Siberian Tiger. Fortunately, the subspecies commingling in the distant past will allow the Caspian Tiger to once again take its rightful place in the family tree of tigers.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Caspian Tiger. Credit: Berlin Zoo 1899 (PhysOrg.com) — The extraordinary Caspian Tiger became extinct over 40-years ago. Through modern genetic analysis it has been discovered the Caspian Tiger and the Siberian or Amur Tiger still in existence are separated by only one letter of genetic code. The Caspian Tiger can be reestablished by using their relative, the Siberian Tiger. According to John Seidensticker, a tiger conservationist this means the loss of only a part of a subspecies as opposed to the loss of a whole subspecies. In practice, the zoo breeding programs for the Siberian Tiger are largely successful. The benefits of being differentlast_img read more

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MH370 search over a larger area than Australia

first_imgSource = ETB News: T.N Malaysian authorities said that the search area had now reached 2.24 million nautical miles squared, the Guardian reported. Malaysia is also urging countries located on one of the two flight corridors being looked at to re-examine their flight radars, in order to help narrow down the search area. Malaysia’s Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said that other countries were taking the lead in trying to find where the plane may have been diverted. The 27 countries taking part in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, are looking over an area larger than the size of Australia. “All efforts are being used now to reduce the [search] area – looking at satellite data; seeking assistance from other friends who have satellite capability; asking if they have looked [at radar data] to relook at them; finally, the use of assets whether in air or at sea,” Mr Hussein said. A separate criminal investigation is being conducted in parallel with the worldwide search but the agencies involved are not willing to speak to the media.  If the plane was diverted using a flight computer, it is more likely that the diverting was a deliberate act by someone with considerable knowledge of plane computer systems. The facts behind the flight’s last whereabouts are getting more difficult to glean, with local agencies reporting that the plane was diverted from its path from Malaysia to China by someone who used the plane’s flight computer, rather than manual controls.last_img read more

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