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Sierra Leone outlines priorities for national advancement in address to UN

Ernest Bai Koroma, addressing the opening day of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate in New York, said too many challenges remain for Sierra Leoneans to become complacent.“I am proud of what Sierra Leone has achieved so far – but we still need to further enhance our capacity to promote and protect human rights, establish good governance and managerial capacity across the whole public sector, and fight corruption and narcotic drug trafficking,” he said.Mr. Koroma said his country needs private capital investment, technical assistance and transfers of technology to make those further improvements.“Most importantly, we are also not oblivious of the imperative of consolidating peace through enhanced political dialogue, tolerance and ensuring fair electoral process.”The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone, known as UNIPSIL, is the current UN presence in the West African country, which emerged from civil war in 2002 with the assistance of a UN peacekeeping force.Yesterday, in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of UNIPSIL, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that while Sierra Leone has made strides in consolidating peace and fostering national reconciliation, it must tackle high rates of youth joblessness and corruption to ensure the gains are not reversed. 23 September 2010Sierra Leone has made impressive advances to consolidate peace and rebuild the economy in the wake of the end of its civil war, but the country still needs to make further progress on human rights, corruption, drug trafficking and governance, its President told the United Nations today. read more

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Quebec construction workers protest as government set to table backtowork bill

Hundreds of striking construction workers protested outside Quebec’s legislature on Monday, as the government prepared back-to-work legislation scheduled to be tabled later in the day.Protest organizers said thousands of workers were expected to arrive in Quebec City for the protest by Monday evening to express their frustration at failed contract negotiations.Premier Philippe Couillard said during question period his government’s bill will be tabled Monday. Members of the legislature are expected to debate its contents late into the night. An alliance of construction unions broke off negotiations with a group representing construction companies on Sunday.Union representatives said they preferred to wait for back-to-work legislation.A spokesman for the group bargaining for the companies said the unions have made unacceptable demands.Opposition leader Jean-Francois Lisee criticized the Liberals for failing to bring the two sides together for a negotiated settlement.Roughly 175,000 construction workers began their strike last week, the second such walkout in the Quebec construction industry in four years.The Canadian Press read more

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Indian fishermen want talks with Lankans

The fishermen of both countries had earlier held three rounds of talks with the government’s help where they came out with some resolutions. But they are yet to be implemented due to lack of government support, the fishermen said. “We agreed upon some resolutions to solve the dispute but they never materialised,” commented U Arulanandam of Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen. “The boats are anchored for the ban period and our workers left to fishing areas in western coast. We may need Rs 1 to 2 lakh for repair works but we are troubled if the expenditure will yield any returns if the issue is not solved,” said B Jesuraja, district secretary of Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association from Rameswaram. Indian fishermen have urged the governments to arrange for talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts to arrive at a solution over the fishing issue, the Times of India reported.The report however says Sri Lankan fishermen feel that their Indian counterparts should stop harmful fishing practices like bottom trawling and pair trawling, to arrive at an amicable solution. Rameswaram fishermen also expressed that they are ready to give up bottom and pair trawling if alternate fishing methods are promoted by the government. “We are ready to shift from the existing practices. Let the government help us to go deep sea fishing or move our operations to other fishing harbours. But we need complete back up for deep sea fishing because we can’t afford even the 50% subsidy, the government is ready to provide”, S Emerit, a fishermen leader said. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan fishermen said that they are also eager for the talks to set right the dispute. “We are all fishermen. We are eager to sit for talks to arrive at a solution,” stated Justin Soysa, president of Federation of Mannar District Fishermen Associations. But the Sri Lankan fishermen rued that the Indian trawlers are severely damaging their sea wealth by harmful fishing practices. “The trawlers come as close as 100 to 200m near our fishing villages and destroy our livelihood. Every time they destroy lakhs of rupees worth fishing gear, when they, fish in our waters. They should be sensitive to our livelihood too,” Soysa said.Sri Lankan officials stressed that the talks will succeed only if the Indian fishermen give up banned fishing practices. “Our fishermen are struggling for livelihood and suffering with the damages caused by the Indian trawlers,” rued B S Miranda, assistant director of fisheries, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. “They are destroying the marine wealth of our fishermen and the talks to solve the dispute will only succeed if the Indian fishermen are ready to forego the bottom and pair trawling methods,” he stressed. read more

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Hamilton Police investigate targeted home invasion

Hamilton Police are searching for two people in what they’re calling a targeted home invasion overnight.Three people broke into a home on Gibson Ave. N., just north of King St. E  around 2 a.m. Wednesday.According to police, one suspect was arrested after a foot chase.“Officers were in our backyard and they were running up and down the street,” a next-door neighbour told CHCH News.“Somebody was screaming call an ambulance, call an ambulance.”Paramedics treated a 65 year old man for head injuries. Reports from the scene suggest he was hit with the end of a gun, but that hasn’t been confirmed by police.Police are still searching for two people – a  man and a woman.There are no descriptions at this time. read more

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Annan cites extensive work by UN mission in Iraq requests mandate extension

In a letter to the Council released today, Mr. Annan said UNAMI, having resumed operations inside Iraq in August of last year, now comprises 260 civilian and military personnel based in Iraq and that number is expected to rise further this year with the use of new facilities in Erbil and Basra.The UN mission headquarters in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, was blown apart by a massive truck bomb in August 2003, killing 22 staff members and injuring dozens more. Most international staff members were withdrawn for some time.In accordance with a Council resolution, he said, “UNAMI has endeavoured to play a leading role to help Iraq meet each benchmark of its political transition process, including by assisting, during the summer of 2004, in the convening of a national conference to select a Consultative Council.”It also advised and supported the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, the Interim Government of Iraq and the Transitional National Assembly in preparing for elections and it promoted national dialogue and consensus-building on the drafting of the national constitution, Mr. Annan said.The mission has also advised the Government on developing civil and social services, delivering various forms of assistance and helping promote human rights protection, national reconciliation, judicial and legal reform and an eventual census, he said.The Secretary-General recommended that the Council extend the UN Mission’s mandate, which is currently scheduled to expire next Friday, for a further period of 12 months.The Security Council plans to discuss Iraq next Tuesday.Mr. Annan said that if the Iraqi Government so requested the UN stood ready to continue to assist the Government and people, with constitutional and electoral support remaining available, as well as assistance in the reconstruction, development and humanitarian areas.”Needless to say, adequate support, resources and expertise will be required for UNAMI to continue to implement its mandated tasks,” he said, adding that he hoped the spirit of international cooperation shown at the Brussels Conference on Iraq in June would translate into increased support for UN efforts inside Iraq. read more

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Oil price collapse named Business Story of the Year for second year

Oil price collapse named Business Story of the Year for second year in a row CALGARY – The price of oil — and its far-reaching impact on the Canadian economy — has once again been voted The Canadian Press Business Story of the Year.Editors and news directors across the country chose the crude collapse in a landslide with 24 votes. It’s the second year in a row that story got top billing in the annual survey.“Was there any Canadian business story this year that wasn’t, in part, driven by tumbling oil prices?” asked Nicole MacAdam, senior editor at the Financial Post.“From the ongoing struggles in the oilpatch, to the Bank of Canada’s decision to freeze (and possibly lower) interest rates, to market turmoil, stubbornly high unemployment, to the fall of the Harper government — the end of the oil boom has dominated the discourse this year, both in this country and around the world.”A distant second with seven votes was ride-sharing service Uber’s aggressive foray into Canada — and the subsequent pushback from the traditional taxi industry.The slide in the loonie got three votes. Garnering two votes apiece were U.S. retailer Target’s retreat from Canada, the hacking of adultery site Ashley Madison and the travails of aerospace firm Bombardier.After hitting a high near US$108 a barrel in mid-2014, West Texas Intermediate crude — a closely watched U.S. benchmark — is now languishing below US$40 a barrel after spending much of this year below US$50 a barrel.The result has been the loss of at least 40,000 Canadian industry jobs this year, huge revenue shortfalls in oil-producing provinces and a sharp drop in the Canadian dollar. Tradespeople from across Canada who flocked to the oilpatch for lucrative work during boom times are returning home.There’s no end to the doldrums in sight, with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries refusing to tighten the taps on their crude production, providing no relief to the global glut.“The Saudi-led production war upends forecasting in Ottawa and Edmonton, costs tens of thousands of jobs, creates collateral damage elsewhere in the economy and contributes to an 11-year low for the dollar,” wrote Richard Dettman, business editor at CKWX News 1130 in Vancouver.While the oil drop has had ripple effects across the country, Alberta has been hit particularly hard, announcing a whopping $6.1-billion budget deficit in October.“The reversal of the Albertan economy from runaway leader to laggard was the biggest business event of the year,” wrote Jamie Sturgeon, consumer affairs editor and reporter with Global News.Alberta’s jobless rate is now at seven per cent — the first time it’s been higher than Ontario’s for more than two decades.While some oil price pontificators saw the crude crash coming, few expected it to last this long.“I don’t think anybody predicted the depths of the crisis and how far oil prices would go,” said Martin Pelletier, portfolio manager at TriVest Wealth Counsel.Pelletier said he predicts bigger companies will look to gobble up their smaller counterparts during the enduring downturn — much like Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) is aiming to do with its hostile bid for Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS).Eventually the low oil prices could cause producers to finally rein in production, restoring some balance to the oversupplied market. But Pelletier said he’s not banking on that happening quickly.“There is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s just a matter of making it to the end of that tunnel.”John Stephenson, CEO of Stephenson and Company Capital Management, said he’ll need to be confident that oil has finally hit bottom before he’d think about investing in the sector.“The problem is, just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, the shark comes back,” he said.The shock isn’t necessarily a bad thing in an industry that may have had it too good for too long, Stephenson said. Before the downturn, there were perks galore for oilpatch workers in downtown Calgary — from a day off every other Friday to fat bonuses.“The reality is it’s either adapt or die — for everybody,” he said. “They’re facing this existential threat.”Survey respondents who picked Uber as story of the year cited its political and technological ramifications.Pierre Champoux with Radio-Canada called Uber’s arrival a “game changer.”Matthew Bisson, news director at Bell Media radio stations in Kingston, Ont., said “it’s a microcosm of a larger issue: old, faltering industries fighting the advancements of technology, and the new, share economy.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the extraneous word ‘Canadian’ and an outdated tally of the final votes A service rig crew performs maintenance and repair work on an oilfield pumpjack and well head site in Alberta on June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2015 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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No 2 Clemson South Carolina QBs hope for rivalry impact

CLEMSON, S.C. — Both South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence hope to make their first winning impact on the Palmetto State rivalry.Bentley, a junior, has started the past two games against Clemson — both demoralizing losses where the Gamecocks (6-4) were badly overmatched and lost by a combined 90-17 margin.Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 long-haired freshman — he’s nicknamed “Sunshine” after T.C. Williams High quarterback Ronnie Bass made famous in “Remember The Titans” — gets his first chance to lead the second-ranked Tigers (11-0) into what many consider is the biggest sporting event in South Carolina each year.For Clemson, it is chance for a second, perfect 12-0 regular season since 2015.It’s Bentley’s chance to erase many bad rivalry memories and gain his place in the state’s most talked-about game.“He’s a three-year starter and not only is he better, but we are much better around him,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said .Bentley and South Carolina struggled the past two years, the quarterback throwing for a combined 167 yards with three interceptions and just one touchdown in his two starts.Bentley won’t worry about that, confident his play the past few weeks has helped energize South Carolina’s offence that’s averaged about 43 points a game the past three weeks.“You can’t get too wrapped up in that,” Bentley said. “We have the mindset that this is 2018 South Carolina playing 2018 Clemson.”That Clemson is still among the country’s best and Lawrence has been a big reason why. He tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with 21 touchdowns and has just four interceptions, by far the fewest among the league’s top 10 passers.Lawrence is eager to continue that run against Gamecocks.“It’s going to be awesome,” Lawrence said. “We want to finish the last game of the season the right way.”Lawrence has done about everything right so far — both on and off the field.The Clemson QB said all the right things when he shared the quarterback spot with last year’s starter, Kelly Bryant. He was humble and honoured when his one-time mentor in Bryant left the team after getting demoted. And he has helped Clemson light up opponents ever since with the Tigers averaging 47 points a game in his seven starts.Some other things to watch for when South Carolina visits No. 2 Clemson:STREAKY SERIESClemson has the chance for its fifth straight rivalry win, its longest such streak since winning seven consecutive times over the Gamecocks from 1934-40. The Tigers’ run follows South Carolina’s streak of five in row from 2009-13 with Steve Spurrier as coach and NFL players like Stephon Gilmore, Jadeveon Clowney and Alshon Jeffery playing starring roles.DEEBO’S BACKSouth Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel is back for a final time facing Clemson after missing last year’s game with an injury. Samuel caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in a 37-32 loss to Clemson in 2015. A year later at Death Valley, Samuel has South Carolina’s lone touchdown in a 56-7 Clemson blowout before sitting out last year. “He’s as good a player as we’ve seen all year. He’s a game changer,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.EMOTIONAL ETIENNEClemson tailback Travis Etienne runs hard. He’s also hard on himself. The sophomore was yelling on the sidelines in the opening half of a 35-6 win over Duke, not at coaches and teammates but at himself after he believed he missed chances for big, big runs. Etienne leads the ACC with 1,157 yards and 17 TDs. His next touchdown run would surpass the single-season school record.INJURED GAMECOCKSIt’s been a patchwork mesh for South Carolina coach Will Muschamp finding heathy defensive players. The Gamecocks will be without linebacker-defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams due to an ankle injury that required surgery. Defensive end Aaron Stirling has also been banged up and missed last week’s win over Chattanooga. Defensive backs Jaycee Horn has also dealt with injuries that have cost him playing time.MORE TO COMEBoth Clemson and South Carolina have another game after what’s typically the regular-season ender. The Tigers clinched the ACC Atlantic Division two weeks ago and will play Coastal Division champ Pittsburgh in the ACC championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 1. Earlier that day, the Gamecocks will take on Akron at home in a makeup contest for a game with Marshall back on Sept. 15 cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Pete Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

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How France And Croatia Made It To The World Cup Final In

After weeks of golazos, flops and inaccurate estimates of stoppage time, the World Cup is nearly over. We’ve been tracking, and forecasting, each team’s chances as the tournament has unfolded, and we thought it would be fun to look back at how the final between France and Croatia got made. Our final pre-match predictions give France a 59 percent and Croatia a 41 percent of winning it all in Russia — but at the start of the knockout round, their chances of winning the trophy were only 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Here are the paths each team took to the final game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

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Britains oldest man dies aged 108 but what was his secret to

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more “He was a very hard worker. He used to do a farming job and milk round at the weekend because they had six children to bring up.”Mr Mansfield said his father’s two passions were football and horse racing.He said: “He was a big fan of Georgie Best and Saturday would be football day and racing day. He would have 20p on six horses winning and if he won £2 or £3 he would have thought he won the lottery.”When I told him how much they bought (Manchester United player Paul) Pogba for, my dad just could not comprehend. His eyes were just dazzled.”He was old-fashioned and he always used to say ‘they need some wingers’.”Manchester United paid a world-record £89 million for Pogba this summer. A centenarian who was thought to be the oldest man in the UK and put his longevity down to drinking vinegar has died aged 108.John Mansfield, known as Jack, died on Sunday evening just weeks from his 109th birthday.In October he was named the oldest man in the country, according to the website Oldest in Britain, which relies on members of the public submitting information on people aged 105 and above.Mr Mansfield, who had six children with his late-wife, Beatrice, and also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild, passed away in his sleep at Tynefield Court care home, in Etwall, Derbyshire at 5pm.He was born in Bradley, near Ashbourne, in December 1907, living through both world wars.center_img His son, Richard Mansfield, paid tribute to the avid Manchester United fan, who worked at Co-op coal and did manual labour on farms for much of his working life.The 70-year-old, who lives in the same village of Mayfield, near Ashbourne, where his father had lived for 70 years before moving to the care home this year, said: “He swore by vinegar.”He would drink it. Last time I saw him alive on Saturday he had a bottle of vinegar on his table and it was half gone. He used to say, ‘if you’ve got an ailment drink some vinegar’.”Mr Mansfield said his father had even carried out manual labour until he was 98, when he helped plant an apple tree.”He was very independent up to then and he put himself to bed and got himself up and dressed. He would still go out in the garden on his two sticks. Show more last_img read more

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Peruvian mining capital grew 20 in early 2013 but Glencore Xstrata now

first_imgIn Peru, the aggregate amount of investments in mining increased by 20% over the first four months of 2013 against the same period in the previous year, reaching $2.626 billion, Minister of Energy and Mining (MEM) Jorge Merino recently announced. Merino said that these indicators confirm that Peru is still an attractive mining destination for investors worldwide. The company investing the highest amount was Xstrata Las Bambas, which assigned $540 million (90.2% more than the previous year) to the execution of the megaproject of the same name located in the province of Cotabambas (Apurímac). Second place went to Minera Chinalco, with $296 million (36.6% more than in 2012), for the execution of Toromocho, a copper project located in the Junín region.Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde follows with an investment of $237 million (78.1% more than the amount invested in 2012) for the expansion of a polymetallic project (copper, gold and molybdenum) in Arequipa.Merino declared that the positive trend in the progress and development of large-scale projects translated into greater direct employment opportunities. Accordingly, as of April 2013, 216,000 professionals and qualified technicians were working in different mining entities, a figure significantly higher than the one reported in April 2012 (197,059).However, in May, Reuters reported that Glencore Xstrata has agreed to sell Las Bambas to a buyer approved by China’s monopoly watchdog by September 15, 2014 in exchange for Beijing’s blessing over Glencore’s $35 billion acquisition of Xstrata, completed in April. Xstrata approved development of Las Bambas over a four-year period in August 2010, four months before Glencore first unveiled merger plans with Xstrata.“We are very happy with the quality of the investment and the standards… that have been developed by Xstrata,” Merino said on the side of conference promoting Latin American mining projects. “We expect as a government to keep that standard,” he said.Reuters reported that “according to media reports, Glencore Xstrata has appointed BMO Capital markets and Credit Suisse to identify potential buyers of the Las Bambas project, which is one of the largest copper-mining prospects in the world. Analyst’s valuations of the project range from about $4.4 billion to nearly $7 billion.“Large Chinese resource companies such as Chinalco and MMG Ltd are among a list of potential buyers.”Las Bambas is planned to produce a minimum of 400,000 t/y of copper, with commissioning to start in late 2014. At that rate, it would be close in production to Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi mine, which has just begun shipping concentrate in Mongolia and about half the size of the BHP Billiton-controlled Escondida mine in Chile, the world’s largest.Glencore Xstrata yesterday announced the commencement of a process to sell its entire interest in the Las Bambas copper mine project. It has appointed BMO Capital Markets and  Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) to act as financial advisors in connection with the sale process.After resizing the Toromocho project (Junín) because of the larger than expected reserves, Chinalco has decided to increase to $4.8 billion the total amount invested in this important Peruvian copper project. “This is a very important investment, that demonstrates our reliable legal framework and the characteristics of the Peruvian geology,” said Merino, after supervising the progress of the construction works at Toromocho.It has 1,500 Mt of proven copper reserves; however “as the project advances, this figure will surely increase, because of its validity period of 25 years that may be extended”.Toromocho, generator of 12,000 jobs, is expected to begin its production stage in December and reach an operating output of 300,000 t/y of fine copper, and not the 270,000 t estimated in a first projection.“This project, together with Cerro Verde, Las Bambas, Antapaccay, Constanza and others, will allow Peru to produce after mid-2015 more than 2.8 Mt of fine copper per year, which make us recover the second place among the world’s top copper producers,” Merino said.He added that Peru is an attractive country for investors due to its geographical location, with competitive production costs which are the cheapest of the region.last_img read more

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Google investit dans un moteur de recherche communautaire

first_imgGoogle investit dans un moteur de recherche communautaireÉtats-Unis – Google avance d’un pas supplémentaire dans le domaine du Web social. Le géant américain a racheté une start-up équipée d’un moteur de recherche communautaire.Quelques jours après le lancement de Buzz, son nouvel outil social, Google rachète une start-up spécialisée dans le Web communautaire. Aardvark compte près de 90.000 utilisateurs s’entraidant pour trouver les réponses aux questions qu’ils se posent. Près de 3.000 sujets sont ainsi publiés quotidiennement. Aardvark est équipé d’un moteur de recherche communautaire, dont le concept se rapproche de celui de Yahoo! Questions/Réponses. La plupart des utilisateurs de cette plate-forme utilise son mobile pour accéder au site. Ainsi, l’investissement, estimé à 50 millions de dollars, pourrait permettre à Google de retranscrire ce modèle sur les Nexus One et autres smartphones sous Android.Le 12 février 2010 à 13:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Enzo Amore and Corey Graves exchange jabs Jericho on Southpaw

first_img Comments are closed. Twitter October 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Enzo Amore and Corey Graves exchange jabsDuring the weekend, WWE commentator Corey Graves took to Twitter to send out a humorous tweet about his son playing baseball and doing the Enzo Amore dance.My son just ran to second base, and danced like @real1 to celebrate.I have failed as a father.— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) September 30, 2017Graves, who has always openly criticized Amore on WWE television in character, may not have expected the response he received from Amore later that day.Nah u didn’t fail as a father!? U failed as a wrestler, thats why they dressed ya up in a suit N tie & told ya 2 sit down #HowYouDoin #Champ https://t.co/mdkrvflAfY— Enzo Amore (@real1) October 1, 2017For those unaware, Graves was forced to retire from the ring during his time in NXT after receiving multiple concussions during his pro wrestling career.Jericho on SouthpawRing Rust Radio is featuring an interview with Chris Jericho where he talks about not being a big fan of the latest edition of Southpaw Regional Wrestling.“I would love to see a few more, but I don’t know if the series took off virally like they thought it would and I am not sure what the numbers are on that, but it was a lot of fun while we did it and hopefully get to do more. I think a lot of times the initial one is always the best because it’s such a surprise and nobody really knows what they’re getting into. Where with the second one everybody wanted to get involved and some of the characters weren’t as strong. I think Miz’s guy was terrible in it whatever he was called. I just thought it was terrible and it wasn’t funny. I thought the Butcher Boys weren’t funny. The first one was really funny because no one was really trying. They were just being whatever they wanted to be. It’s like a sequel to a movie where you stumble onto something and it’s never as good as the original. If they do more Clint Bobski will be there and if they don’t it was fun while it lasted.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list October 2, 2017 at 10:47 am October 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Now Playing Up Next October 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm Google+ damn enzo just roasted graves… Mat Thompson Those of you with lots of “ink” have psychological issues and need attention. I draw a line between style and stupidity. You are a moron if you actually think someone defacing their neck in such a way is “cool”. This Graves guy looks like a demented clown. And when he’s older, he and those tattoos will look like complete shit. Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 October 2, 2017 at 9:19 amcenter_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins SteelCity1981 WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT 6 COMMENTS Rob Giles Graves is an asshole. Looks like a mentally unstable retard with all those neck tattoos also. …i liked the butcher boys … Rob Giles goddessroleplay Now Playing Up Next October 2, 2017 at 12:00 am WhatsApp Pinterest Colby Well, those of us with lots of ink may think the same way about someone like you as well. Triple H Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next I actually feel the exact opposite – I’ve watched Graves on various WWE Network segments and he comes across to me as genuine – a decent guy in an industry that seems to have its share of assholes. They say Enzo is in fact an asshole and I have no way to know if that is true or if he is just disliked by the wrong people BUT I have never heard anyone ever say that about Graves and again, on any show I have watched him on he seems like a good dude and every he interviews seems to actually have a pre-interview bond with him.last_img read more

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Silda Wall Spitzer Tells Us Why She Launched a Publishing Brand

first_imgWhen you visit the site, your first impression might be that it’s just another e-commerce hub that sells hand-made artisan goods—from jewelry to apparel and accessories to art to specialty foods and more—and for men, women, children and pets. But after a closer look you see that the products have two common attributes: they are all made by New Yorkers in New York, and they each have a story to tell.While the content-to-commerce concept is anything but new, and not always successful (R.I.P., JackThreads), what’s unique here is how New York Makers connects regionality with the products it sells. Its inventory isn’t comprised of mass produced, mass market goods, but instead derives from within the statewide maker community. So essentially, this is a hybrid of a regional and content-to-commerce publication. Its business model relies on revenue sharing through the products it sells, along with a small piece of advertising. It also captures leads by inviting visitors to register (incentivized by a 15-percent purchase discount), which could prove to be valuable in the future as it scales up.And behind it all is Wall Spitzer, who is a total newcomer to the publishing game. Yet, as we discovered when we spoke to her, this is more than a new business opportunity or hobby for her, it’s also a passion. And while the business is still very much in its infancy, Wall Spitzer suggests she’s in it for the long haul.Folio: Tell us the story behind New York Makers and what its mission is.Silda Wall Spitzer: The story behind the launch goes back to my story. New York has been my home for over 30 years and I do love it. And I also treasure my home state of North Carolina. What I came realize over the course of splitting time between New York City and the Hudson Valley is that things are siloed in terms of the way New Yorkers tend to identify. We tend to be very local or regional. When you go to Rochester or New York City or Syracuse, each one seems like its own spot, but you feel the richness of this bigger statewide community. This really resonated with me profoundly when I visited all 62 counties in the state while I campaigning and serving as the First Lady of New York. But I think we suffer from not having a sense of community on a state level like what we have on a more local level.The seed to create a statewide magazine was shelved when the bottom fell out of the publishing industry. But a few years later when I was visiting my parents I saw a copy of North Carolina’s Our State magazine. New York has never had its own magazine. I found this to be emblematic of not having a statewide community. So the idea struck me that a magazine along with a marketplace could create a sense of that statewide community.From there I teamed up with co-founder Christine Murphy, and we got to work.Folio: What do you think gives New York Makers its unique value proposition?Wall Spitzer: Some of what we’re offering is a curated experience with the immediate satisfaction of being able to order a product out of that experience. I love the combination of the written product with the marketplace product. Its sort of a 3D New York experience.Folio: So how’s business so far?Wall Spitzer: I think we are where we anticipated we’d be. We are a very small team and are building an entirely new social enterprise from the ground up. We are learning as we go along. I don’t come from a media background. It has so many tentacles with blogs and social media and other platforms, there are so many ways to communicate. And everything is changing as we go along.A new business is a labor of love and we are facing all the challenges of a startup, but what our goal and belief is that if you build a firm foundation as a starting point then you can keep growing and adding onto that with a much more long-lasting influential brand. This is not meant to be a fad. Our ethos is to thrive over the long term.Folio: How are you finding the products you sell?Wall Spitzer: We have a product curator based out of Saratoga Springs. She travels the states in search of makers to find goods that align with our brand. But all of us are looking. We have people who tell us about things. Also, word of mouth is very important to us. We have a number of makers reaching out to us now.The content is really a complement to the marketplace. I think the items were selling are more of a luxury and not a necessity. What often sells the products are the stories.Folio: Who’s your typical reader and buyer?Wall Spitzer: It’s surprisingly broad and not just New Yorkers, which has been interesting to me. We attribute that to how many people love New York. Generally though, our readers and customers are Millennials and Gen-Xers.Folio: Do you have plans to extend the brand into new verticals, like events?Wall Spitzer: Yes, but not just events. We don’t want to talk about any of the other plans just yet. But they involve curating experiential opportunities that explore New York.Folio: As somebody new to the publishing industry, what’s surprised you so far?Wall Spitzer: What I’ve loved is although there is competitiveness, we have gotten a lot of support from the folks we’ve met along the way who have pointed us in the right direction of resources. I’m surprised by the generosity within the community.Folio: Keeping with that, what’s been especially challenging so far?Wall Spitzer: New York is a very large state, so trying to figure out how to reach everyone and get the best stories to them is a process. Silda Wall Spitzer has plenty to keep her busy. The former First Lady of New York and successful attorney and businesswoman not only serves as a senior advisor at NewWorld Capital Group, but is also hyper-involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors. Oh, and she also likes to paint. But apparently she wanted to take on a bit more, which was why she co-founded New York Makers, a regional content-to-commerce brand.last_img read more

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SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting July 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7pm at Town Hall (Room 9).There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will consider the request of Casa Blanca (Green Sauce, Inc.) for an All Alcohol-Restaurant License at the former Chili’s location.Selectmen will be introduced to KP Law, the town’s new counsel. Selectmen will also sign the town counsel’s contract for FY19.Selectmen will receive a presentation from Library Director Tina Stewart regarding the library’s Summer Program Highlights and Revive Civility Initiative.In a rare move, it appears Selectmen will pause the regular meeting to go into Executive Session to discuss Town Manager Jeff Hull’s next contract. (Hull’s current contract expires on September 30.)Selectmen will receive correspondence from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development regarding Analog Device’s TIF Resolution.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Rotary Club to use Rotary Park for the Fourth Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 18, from 8am to noon.Selectmen will consider the request of We’re One Wilmington to reschedule the 2019 Run For Wilmington/Walk For Kim Forte from Sunday, April 19, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019.An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on each of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple sometimes live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington High 911 Memorial Committee On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington 9/11 Memorial Committee is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the committee if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington 9/11 Memorial Committee On September 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”last_img read more

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For Texas Speakers Power Doesnt Equal Fame

first_imgPhoto Texas TribuneHouse Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has been one of the top figures in Texas government since 2009, but you wouldn’t know it from his poll numbers. Like the speakers before him, he’s a cipher to many Texas voters.When asked to grade the job Straus has been doing as one of the most important officials in state government, a large number of Texans have either a neutral reaction or no reaction at all.That’s normal for a speaker — outside of the House district that elects him. The party and place marker after his name might as well be “R-Bubble” — a Republican best known in the Austin bubble where politicians, state workers, lobbyists and the state’s political media congregate.But this speaker is leaving office at the end of this term, and says — provocatively, if you’re listening for foreshadowing — that he’s interested in serving the state in some capacity in the future. “It’s been decades since someone has left the Speaker’s office on his own terms,” he said in his official announcement. “But we have accomplished what I hoped the House would accomplish when I first entered this office, and I am increasingly eager to contribute to our state in new and different ways.”In a news media scrum in his office after he announced his decision, Straus sounded like a guy on an exploratory campaign. “I plan to be a voice for Texans who want a more constructive and unifying approach to our challenges, from the White House on down,” he said.It was enough to prompt a question about whether he’s going to appear somewhere on our 2018 ballots. He said he’s not thinking about that right now. It fell well short of a flat “No.”But Straus has a lot of work to do if he ever wants to run for statewide office in Texas. He’d have to introduce himself to a lot of voters who don’t know him, and he’d have to do it in a way that’s attractive to the voters in what is often a very conservative Republican primary.One voter in five doesn’t know enough about Straus to register an opinion on the job he’s doing, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. That number has been as high as 26 percent within the last 12 months. Another 29 percent of voters neither approve nor disapprove of the job he’s doing. Combine those numbers and 49 percent of Texas voters can’t or won’t say how they feel about this guy.Among the roughly half of Texans who have an opinion on Straus, he is slightly underwater, with more people disapproving (27 percent) than approving (23 percent) his work. Those aren’t unusual numbers for the speaker, but they’ve changed over the last year, as he has become more outspoken against social conservative legislation like the “bathroom bill” and in favor of business and public school-friendly legislation. The number of people with neutral impressions of Straus has slipped from 56 percent to 49 percent over the last year. The number of voters who disapprove of his work has risen four percentage points.While only 16 percent of voters disapprove strongly of the job he’s doing, the numbers are highest among Democrats (20 percent), as you might expect, and Tea Party Republicans (32 percent). That second group can have outsized influence in Republican primary elections, and it animates the speaker’s strength and weakness with Republican voters. Only 3.5 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans disapprove strongly of the work Straus is doing. His numbers with that group look solid: 39 percent approve, 9 percent disapprove and the rest are either neutral or don’t have an opinion. Contrast that with the Tea Partiers, 24 percent of whom approve of Straus’ work, 43 percent of whom do not.Right now, he’s the personification of the chamber of commerce wing of the Texas GOP, often juxtaposed against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as the embodiment of the movement/social conservative wing.If the speaker wanted to run in a Republican primary, he’d have to get more of the folks on his end of the Republican pool to the polls. In recent election cycles, the most conservative Republicans have dominated. That’s how Patrick, then a state senator, won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in 2014 over three statewide officials — by running to their right.Other statewide officials, like Gov. Greg Abbott and Patrick, can brag that their positive reviews outnumbered their negative ones in the latest poll, Abbott’s by 15 percentage points and Patrick’s by 5 percentage points. The state’s two U.S. senators were, like Straus, underwater. But all of the others had relatively low numbers of neutral/don’t know voters.They’re known, and the speaker isn’t. That’s been an advantage in his current job, but it’s a hurdle between him and the next one, should he ever decide to run for statewide office.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. Sharelast_img read more

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Shaw University Officially Names Dillard as 18th President

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaAfter the pomp and circumstance that greeted the official announcement of Dr. Paulette R. Dillard taking the helm at Shaw University, she settled into her office to continue to put in motion her primary objectives for the historically black college.“The major objective that we have here at Shaw is to make sure that we create the relevance for Shaw that, in what we do, answers that question that keeps surfacing and that causes every HBCU president to bristle – and that is, ‘Are we still relevant,’” Dillard told NNPA Newswire.Dr. Paulette R. Dillard said she’s thankful and committed to intentional leadership of Shaw University as “we continue to grow as an institutional leader in the Raleigh community and globally abroad.” (Photo courtesy Shaw University)On May 2, Dillard formally received investiture as the liberal arts school’s 18th president.She received the ceremonial mace, the custom President’s Medallion, and presidential regalia after a “Women Who Lead” Awards Luncheon in Shaw’s historic Estey Hall.The luncheon honored Dillard, North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall, and McDonald’s owner/operator Deborah Holder.The celebration culminated with a performance by Dillard’s friend, Grammy Award-winner, Peabo Bryson.“We want to adapt the university so that it’s clear what its relevance continues to be,” Dillard said. That means that, given the challenges of higher education — and HBCUs in particular — we have to make sure that the education we’re providing transforms the lives of the students that we have,” she said.Dillard continued:“The curriculum most be more robust and we have to find a way to fund education that’s so critical for these young people so that the two primary objectives we have right now are to identify sources of funding that guarantee every child that wants a college education can have one, and do so without incurring a mountain of debt.”A Mount Airy, North Carolina native, Dillard graduated from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters of Science in Biology from Tennessee State University.Dillard earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Clark Atlanta University.Dillard has held senior leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Quest Diagnostics and Clark Atlanta University’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development.“Neither of my parents were college graduates, so I’m the first college graduate in my immediate family although my sister became a great educator,” Dillard said.“But that wasn’t my path. It was really science… I wanted to be a researcher and I wanted to work in labs so that’s what I majored in and that’s what I did for 25 years,” she said.However, as she excelled in Science, Dillard said she found herself consistently being promoted into administrative roles and, in her personal life, she had been a Sunday school teacher and a youth director.“I did that and after 25 years it was time to give back,” Dillard said. “I decided that I wanted to teach and I had a desire to use myself as a role model for young people to show that you could attend an HBCU like many others and you can go on to have a career of your dreams,” she said.Joseph N. Bell, Jr., the chairman of Shaw’s board of trustees said the board believes Shaw’s performance to date, including her term as interim president, “has demonstrated that she is committed to the transformative education process and more than qualified to lead Shaw University into this next era of excellence.”Dillard said she’s thankful and committed to intentional leadership of Shaw University as “we continue to grow as an institutional leader in the Raleigh community and globally abroad.”“Shaw University is the place that, when you step on this campus, you are a known entity and we have this belief that every individual who comes here, we have a commitment to make sure that we address your needs as a student – meaning the whole person not just your academic journey.”Dillard continued:“We want you to be the individual that you are and we’re not trying to make you a cookie-cutter college student with just the experience of college, but we want to help you find your passion and your voice. We want you to become the product that HBCUs set out to create in every person that comes in.”last_img read more

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Nigerias Kunle Afolayan African Audiences Shouldnt Be SecondClass

first_img Popular on Variety A lot of Nigerians, Africans in the diaspora—the majority of them are on Netflix. This will allow them to actually see how far we can be going in terms of quality. I think the perception out there is wrong [about Nigerian films]. I think a lot of audience will also see the variety of Nigerian films that are now getting on Netflix. Yes, we will still try to do cinema runs and also try to do other distribution platforms. But Netflix is so global. For me, it’s the beginning of the better things to come from Africa and Nigeria.Netflix and other streaming services obviously give Nigerian filmmakers the chance to reach global audiences, but is it a fair trade-off when you’re signing away your world rights? Many African filmmakers feel that the streamers undervalue African content, and because of that sliding scale, it doesn’t necessarily make financial sense to give them worldwide SVOD exclusivity.I don’t think it’s a level playground. For one, Africa is still being seen as a developing market in terms of film and television. Because they’re trying to grow, whatever they’re offering for film must be justified by what comes back to them. I will clearly say at this point, there is no comparison between what they offer for content from here, and what they offer for content in Europe and America. Because they always say that they’re trying to build the African market.I think Netflix is the only one that is at the moment really trying to embrace Nigeria and the rest of Africa, more than the rest of these platforms. But I want to believe it’s going to get there at some point. I have a series I’ve been developing for three years that I believe will take African film and television to another level—level of “Game of Thrones.” It’s very original and very big. I believe anybody who would take chances on that would not regret it. I think they all need to be more open now. [Africa] is such a big market. But these are stories with universal appeal that would do well anywhere in the world. They should not see Africa as a second- or third-class audience. I think that needs to change. Related DURBAN–A young boy from a middle-class home gets an unconventional schooling in the ways of the world when he’s forced to apprentice at a mechanic’s workshop in a rough-and-tumble section of Lagos. “Mokalik” is the latest feature from Kunle Afolayan, a leading figure in the wave of filmmakers revitalizing the Nigerian film industry. The film is screening this week at the Durban Intl. Film Festival.Afolayan spoke with Variety about the chancing face of Nigerian cinema, the impact of Netflix on African filmmaking, and why more international players need to come to the table to recognize the continent’s untapped potential.You’ve experimented with a range of genres and themes across your career, from the supernatural drama “The Figurine” to the romantic comedy “Phone Swap” to the historical thriller “October 1.” “Mokalik,” on the other hand, was inspired by an actual day in your life. What made you want to dig into your own personal experience with this film? ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Nigerian filmmakers have always gotten a lot of support from their audiences. Do you think the industry gets enough support from the government, and from private equity, for it to reach a higher level?In terms of government support, to an extent, I would say government is trying. Recently the federal government through the central bank introduced another loan scheme. You can get a loan to build a cinema, or to make a film, and the interest rate is a quarter of what you get in commercial banks. And the flexibility is better. You can pay within 10 years. No commercial bank would ever give you that. That’s one aspect of support. Also, the Lagos State Government just commissioned six theaters that would double our cinemas [in Nigeria’s largest city], and four of them have been completed. This will also help the monetization of content. In those areas, our government seems to be doing well.If you compare Nigeria to a lot of other African countries, I think we’re way ahead. A lot of other African countries look up to Nigeria. They also want to emulate our spirit and our attempt in terms of monetizing content. I would say we’re not doing badly. Government is supportive, and I think they’re trying to understand how to put the best structure that would help develop the industry more.Netflix acquired “Mokalik,” and a number of your other films, earlier this month, and has been growing its Nigerian library for several years. You’ve certainly screened many of your films internationally, but do you feel like there’s something missing in the value chain for you as a Nigerian filmmaker, when it comes to reaching global audiences? How big of a game changer are the streaming services for the industry?I think it’s still a struggle, when it comes to getting international reach and recognition. But [the streaming services are] a good thing. In 2014, “October 1” was the first film from Nigeria that Netflix acquired. I’ve had meetings with them, and we’re looking beyond the films that I’ve made. We’re also looking at original content. This is just going to be the start of something new. Five Takeaways from the 10th Durban FilmMart ‘Les Miserables’ Wins Best Picture at Durban Intl. Film Festival Sometimes we evolve in an environment where you haven’t paid a lot of attention to things that go on around you. I hadn’t been to a mechanic workshop in a long time. And at that time, I wanted to properly restore a vintage car—that’s what took me there. I ended up spending a week, going every day. Every time I was there, I saw different things, their way of life. Most of them are not university graduates. But somehow, they train on the job, and they’re getting things done. I thought it would be nice to tell their stories from a different point of view.When you started making movies, you were among the first of the current generation of Nigerian filmmakers with bigger aspirations for an industry that was long known for its roughshod, straight-to-DVD releases. Your films had bigger budgets and were made for the big screen. Now, there are roughly 20-30 theatrical releases in Nigeria every year, with production values and budgets both rising. How would you rate the progress of the Nigerian industry in 2019?I think it’s more dynamic now, it’s more interesting. A lot of people now see the need to pay more attention to details. The cinema chain has grown from what it was a few years back, and it’s still growing. I know quite a number of people who are currently building more screens. I think the business side is very good. There seems to be return on investment. Beyond that, the number of productions has reduced, but it’s better now in terms of quality and production values. Some people are just going for the commercial. “We put good money in a film, it’s going to be all glamorous and bling. We just want to do a cinema run, and maybe, if we’re able to get Netflix, fine.” They’re not really interested in seeing film as art. To them, it’s about, “What are we grossing?” As soon as they’re done doing this, they move to the next one.We still have the likes of myself and other filmmakers who say, “Look, you can be commercial and still be arty to a certain extent.” Because you want to go to festivals, you want these films also to be written about, to be talked about, and still enjoy the commercial platform. We have a lot more of the commercial films now. They’re doing their route, and they’re making money. I think that’s really good for the system.last_img read more

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HalfBlood Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse Coincides With 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

first_img (22) Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Close Sky gazers and spectators saw a rare celestial treat with this year’s last partial lunar eclipse that was visible in several continents.The lunar event was primarily visible from South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, western Australia, and nearly in every part of the world except North America and the polar caps of Greenland and northern Russia. This rare sky show even coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 liftoff.Apollo 11 launched and left Earth on July 16, 1969, and landed on the moon’s surface four days later on July 20 of the same year. AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Ads by Amazoncenter_img $8.99 Konsait Solar System Whirls(14Pack), Outer Space Hanging Swirl Home Classr… All Related Products Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementBright Side Of The MoonDepending on the location and weather, observers saw the Moon partially sinking into the Earth’s shadow. In Asia and Australia, the eclipse was visible in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and in Europe, it was visible in the summer sky on Tuesday night, coinciding with the sunset.According to Space.com, a lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through Earth’s shadow as it orbits on the opposite of the planet from the Sun. When the moon is completely covering the Earth’s shadow, a total lunar eclipse occurs. In a partial eclipse, the moon is only partly passing the umbra or the deepest part of the Earth’s shadow. For this event, only 65 percent of the moon covered the Earth’s umbra.”It’s difficult to predict the color of an eclipsed moon because the condition of Earth’s atmosphere affects it — but with recent volcanic activity spewing dust into the atmosphere, we’re hoping for a ‘half-blood moon,'” said Paul Cox, chief astronomical officer of Slooh website, which hosted a webcast of the partial lunar eclipse. Spectators also dubbed the celestial phenomenon as the “Half-Blood Thunder Moon Eclipse.”During a total lunar eclipse, the moon turns red because the only light that reaches the surface of the moon are from refracted light from sunrise and sunsets around the Earth. Photos of the partial lunar eclipse posted by spectators on social media sites showed the moon in variations of pinkish, light red, and ruddy orange colors.Eclipses Come In PairsThe partial lunar eclipse is actually the pair of the total solar eclipse that occurred last July 2, when the new moon crossed the ecliptic path of the Sun in the sky.At that occurrence, the new moon blocked a hundred percent of the Sun for a few minutes as seen from parts of Argentina and Chile. Astronomers regarded these events as “cosmic coincidences.”Lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye or with the aid of telescopes and binoculars. TAG lunar eclipse, Moon, Apollo 11 ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

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Colombian rebels face deadline for peace deal

first_imgNo related posts. Colombian leftist rebels faced Monday a new deadline for striking a peace deal with the government after President Juan Manuel Santos warned they have less than a year to reach a negotiated end to Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.The warning on peace talks came after the Colombian military launched a new operation against the FARC rebels at the weekend, in which it said at least 20 rebels were killed.“This has to be a process of months, rather than years. In other words, this should not last any longer than November next year at the latest,” the president said at an event in the Caribbean resort city of Cartagena.“But it is important to be patient, and not demand immediate results, because … some very complicated issues are being discussed.”However, Santos did not specify what will happen if the newly-imposed deadline is not met.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America’s longest running insurgency, started talks formally with Bogota on Oct. 18 in neutral Norway. The talks moved to Havana on Nov. 19 and will resume this week.It is a conflict that has dragged on for almost a half century, with some 600,000 dead, 15,000 missing and four million people domestically displaced.Last Thursday, Colombian government and rebel negotiators reported progress in the first peace talks in a decade.On the delicate process of the FARC making a transition to a civilian political force, Santos said his government would agree to them trading bullets for ballots as long as they were not “politicking with their firearms.”“If the FARC indeed wants to end the conflict and move from bullets to the ballot box, take part in politics and seek to achieve goals in democratic processes, they will find the government most willing and cooperative,” he said.“But if what they are seeking is once again to put their revolution by decree on the table, over there in Cuba, and change the constitution and the country and its public policy, there won’t be any peace there,” he warned.Talks are to resume on Wednesday, and will continue to focus on land reform, the first point on the agenda, the parties said in a joint statement.In the meantime, the army said the FARC had suffered at least 20 dead after the military launched early Saturday bombing strikes against three of their camps in Narino province, near the border with Ecuador.According to Gen. Leonardo Barrero, a local military commander, the guerrillas belonged to the mobile Marshal Sucre column who had set up a base in the area.Previous attempts at peace have failed. In the last effort, which lasted from 1999-2002, the government ended talks after concluding the FARC were using a vast demilitarized zone to regroup.The FARC – founded in 1964 and believed to have some 9,000 armed fighters – took up arms to protest against the concentration of land ownership in Colombia.The rebels have suffered a string of military defeats in recent years, and several of their top commanders have been captured or killed. FARC ranks also have been severely depleted from its peak in the 1990s.Iván Marquez, the FARC’s No. 2 negotiator, has said an agreement reached to hold a public forum in Bogota next month on agrarian development – unequal land distribution is a longstanding problem at the root of the conflict – was the best sign the process is moving forward.Aside from reaching a deal on land ownership, both sides must also agree on a mechanism to end hostilities, incorporating the FARC into political life, curbing drug trafficking, and on compensating victims of the conflict. Facebook Commentslast_img read more