Leave administrator mentality, Rathore tells SAI officials

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Administrators will have to become more receptive to the athletes needs — this was Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathores message to officials during a surprise visit to check Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiums preparations for the upcoming Under-17 FIFA World Cup, today. Rathore, who took charge from Vijay Goel after a cabinet reshuffle a couple of days ago, reached the stadium around 9:15am when a lot of officials had not even reached office. The 47-year-old, the countrys first Olympian to become the Sports Minister, told the officials that work has to be done keeping in mind “service”. “He told them that SAI and all other stadiums should work with only one mentality and that is service. The administrator mentality has to go. The athletes should feel looked after since their needs are supreme,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI. The minister checked each and every room at the JLN stadium which also houses Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. He even inspected the canteen to check cleanliness. “The minister also checked how the data on athletes is maintained and suggested complete digitisation of the athletes record and demanded a status report,” the official added. Another official said that he directed administrators to adopt a model based on Gramin Khel Utsav for involvement and participation of youth in sports activities. “He was largely satisfied but the major thrust was that mentality has to change towards treatment of our athletes,” said the official. On his first day in office, Rathore had made it clear that the philosophy of his ministry would be respect and facilities for athletes. Going down the memory lane, he recalled the days when as an athlete, he had to take permission at the reception to enter the ministry premises. “I know what hardships the athletes face,” Rathore, the 2004 Athens Games silver medallist in double trap, had said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup qualifier: India come from behind twice to hold Myanmar for draw

first_imgIndia rode on a second half strike from Jeje Lalpekhlua to eke out a 2-2 draw against Myanmar in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier here on Tuesday.Jeje chested down a long cross from Eugeneson Lyngdoh before scoring with an accurate finish in the 69th minute.The Indians are now unbeaten for the last 13 matches, having won 11 of those. They have already ensured qualification for the continental championship and the clash Myanmar was only of academic interest.They are at the top spot in Group A with 13 points from five matches.But India’s performance in Tuesday’s match was nothing to write home about. Before Jeje’s goal, the hosts were struggling to keep up with the visitors.Myanmar had taken the lead within the first 20 seconds after Naing Oo Yan jumped above a sleeping Indian defence to head in Thein Than Win’s cross from the left flank.Sunil Chhetri got the equaliser for India when he converted a penalty in the 13th minute. India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh virtually handed back the lead to Myanmar on a platter with an an atrocious blunder just seven minutes later.Kyaw Ko Ko’s shot from outside the box had seemed harmless, but Gurpreet made heavy weather of what should have been a simple save.The visitors continued to dominate and Gurpreet had to be at full stretch to keep out a well directed freekick in the 35th minute.Four minutes later, India missed a chance to get back on level terms when Sandesh Jhingan attempt from the edge of the six-yard box sailed inches over the bar after the ball had fallen kindly for him after a deflection off a freekick.advertisementChhetri almost got his second of the match in the 58th minute when his header off Udanta Singh’s cross from the right went inches wide of the Myanmar upright.Jeje went close for India a couple of minutes later but Win Min Htut kept him at bay by deflecting his shot for a corner.India’s increasing momentum culminated in Jeje’s goal. It continued to be an equally matched affair after that and India denied a winning goal when Jhingan failed to score from close range.last_img read more

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Greater Expectations: 3 Actions for Companies to Take on Climate Policy

first_imgA region that collectively represents the fifth-largest economy in the world recently launched a new effort to address climate change—with the backing of business.The premier of British Columbia and governors from California, Oregon, and Washington state announced a collaborative policy effort to: account for the costs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; push for an international climate action agreement; and accelerate markets for clean technology. They did so with strong support from executives at major companies like Cisco, who hosted the launch event, and Skanska, who noted that:“…a changing climate is a significant business risk. The more tools we have to address and mitigate the risks we know are coming, the more equipped we can be. Our leaders are setting smart policy, based on sound research.”While this example showcases the positive role companies can play in policy, the climate policy debate as a whole has been dominated by obstructive business voices–particularly in the United States. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, has attacked climate change science and lobbied heavily against national climate action (prompting Apple and several others to leave the Chamber). Earlier this year, the Chamber’s efforts to weaken federal support for green building standards prompted Skanska to resign its membership in protest. (For more about business and trade group positions on climate change, see the Union of Concerned Scientists’ assessment of 14 major associations.)Yet with the risks that climate change poses to business becoming ever clearer, corporate executives are increasingly recognizing that policy action is essential. Consider the 150-plus signatories to the Carbon Price Communiqué or the hundreds that have signed the Climate Declaration. These businesses are sending a clear message to government about the need for market signals that support investment in GHG-reducing technologies and innovative goods and services for a changing climate.So how can companies help secure meaningful action on climate change in a consistent and transparent manner? What takes place before and after an event like the one mentioned above? How can businesses move climate policy forward, beyond just signing a CEO’s name on a supportive letter? Eight international organizations collaborated to answer these important questions. Their new guide details three essential steps businesses can take to effectively and responsibly engage in climate policy.Addressing Climate Risks, Accelerating OpportunitiesThe Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy—from the U.N. Global Compact, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, U.N. Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, CDP, WWF, Ceres, and The Climate Group—for the first time establishes a shared, practical definition of responsible corporate engagement. It is a synthesis of existing literature and input from more than 75 leaders from business, government, and civil society.As the guide explains, responsible engagement means factoring climate risks into today’s business decisions and policy positions. It means being responsible to shareholders, customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders. Many investors, for example, are increasingly concerned about stranded assets and a “carbon bubble” in financial markets where major extractive companies’ values are based on emissions-intensive resources like oil, gas, and coal. Continuing to burn these resources can push global temperature rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius, the internationally agreed-upon warming limit.Ultimately, responsible engagement means catalyzing the development of policies that introduce or accelerate new market opportunities. The lighting industry, for example, chose to lobby for—not against—energy efficiency regulations in the European Union and the United States. Led initially by a few companies, the industry at large eventually championed policies to support a transition to next-generation lighting technologies that reduce GHG emissions and help consumers cut energy bills. Some business and policy leaders are subsequently taking further steps with the en.lighten initiative, which seeks to build policy platforms for high-efficiency lighting in emerging economies.3 Actions for Business Influence on Climate PolicyThe guide sets the foundation for business influence on climate policy with three simple, but powerful, actions:Identify all important issues and influences. Many companies today are getting smarter about climate change, measuring their GHG emissions and understanding the threats it poses across their value chains. But many corporate sustainability executives admit they struggle to connect those actions with the company’s overall influence on climate policy. It’s beneficial to take inventory of the company’s direct influences, like lobbying, or indirect influences, like trade group policy positions.Complete an internal assessment or audit to ensure influences are aligned. Misaligned influences can lead to public backlash. For example, companies like Google and Facebook faced scrutiny recently for supporting policymakers and policies that undermine efforts to reduce emissions. The guide includes a 10-question checklist companies can use, for example, with the support of an advisory firm. It can help determine whether a company’s lobbyist is saying the same thing as its Chief Sustainability Officer, or whether the company (and its trade group) is advocating for policies that are ambitious enough to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C.Publicly report climate policy positions, influences, and outcomes. Transparency is increasing as companies are being asked to share more information about their climate policy engagement. CDP, representing more than 700 investors with assets of $87 trillion, now includes a series of questions on climate policy in its annual questionnaire. Investors want to know if a company is engaging responsibly (or why a company is disengaged) and what happened as a result. The guide provides a framework to disclose information to investors and others interested in what a company is doing to advance climate policy.While some companies are already emerging as leaders, the climate policy debate has largely been dominated by negative and resistant business voices. A critical mass of companies putting the guide’s actions into practice could shift the balance.The alternative is to remain stuck in a policy “paralysis” and risk greater costs and disruptions as the world warms. It’s time to step up and create a better future—for the private sector and the planet.LEARN MORE: Download the full report, Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policylast_img read more

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NOEM & JOHNSON WIN SOUTH DAKOTA PRIMARY RACES

first_imgCongresswoman Kristi Noem has won South Dakota’s Republican primary for governor in her bid to become that state’s first woman governor.Noem beat Attorney General Marty Jackley on Tuesday, becoming the first GOP woman to win the nomination.The campaign soured at the end as the candidates sought to break out.Noem will face Democrat Billie Sutton, a state senator and former professional rodeo cowboy, in the general election.Sutton was unopposed on the Democratic ballot.In the race to fill Noem’s Congressional seat, former Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson won the GOP primary and will face Democratic former judge Tim Bjorkman in the fall.Voters have approved changes to South Dakota’s version of the “Marsy’s Law” victims’ bill of rights in order to ease the burden on law enforcement and prosecutors.The amendment approved Tuesday requires victims to opt in to many of their rights and specifically lets authorities share information with the public to help solve crimes.It makes South Dakota the first state to change its version of the law, though Montana’s high court tossed it out in that state.Officials in several states say Marsy’s Law has had unintended consequences since taking effect, including causing problems for authorities and increasing costs for counties.last_img read more

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ATA WANT YOUR OPINION!

first_imgATA are constantly looking for ways to improve our delivery and service of the sport, our activities and tournaments. Please read here for more information. We have updated the poll on the ATA homepage to discover the Touch public’s opinion on junior tournaments prior to Youth World Cup selection. With the Youth World Cup coming up in January 2005, this is a very timely question. The latest survey is: “Should the National Touch League under 20’s Tournament and the National under 18’s Tournament be run as a combined Tournament prior to a Youth World Cup to assist both players and officials in the selection of Youth Teams for the Youth World Cup?” To enter into the poll simply click on ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and then ‘vote’. The results from other voters can also be viewed. Please continue to email Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au with all story ideas or requests for help with gaining more media coverage, public awareness and sponsorship for our sport.last_img read more

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Meet Arkansas’ 2016 Recruiting Class: National Signing Day Recap

first_imgArkansas commits for the 2016 recruiting class.Arkansas has been a hard out in the SEC West in recent years, especially when it starts to hit its stride at mid-season. Bret Bielema continues to improve the talent level, and this year, signed his fourth straight class ranked in the Top 30 nationally. This group finished No. 25 overall, and No. 9 in the SEC, per 247Sports. Six members of the class, led by five-star defensive end McTelvin Agim, are blue chip prospects.Here is Arkansas full 20-man recruiting class.Bielema introduced the 20 new players via Twitter.Today is like the New Years Day of College Football. It’s the end of last years recruiting and the start of 2017. #WoooPig Signing Day!— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Let’s officially welcome @deionm72, who enrolled early in January! NSD16#Uncommon pic.twitter.com/EWcgBjS4eV— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) February 3, 2016Also enrolled earlier this spring @So_Splash! NSD16 #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/uRdEnfOLTC— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) February 3, 2016Welcome @Edwards2Dede to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/SJjaOIlSOF— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @devwah_whaley, new member of the Razorback family! #WoooPig #RBU pic.twitter.com/n4bJNKtTgp— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Last_King131, great addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/dnwz5FmEPy— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @jordan10jones, representing his home state as a Razorback! #WoooPig #Uncommon pic.twitter.com/rtSagb4hw8— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Scoooota2, a great young man joining the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/kD7EIprLS2— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @capps_austin44, a great young man representing his home state as a Razorback! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/8iiZSkvbp7— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @graysongunter, new member of the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/Ia0MxMVgpS— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @BGKofiBoateng, joining our family as a Razorback! #WoooPig #UnCommon #TexHogs pic.twitter.com/6bzhp4KMva— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @JAKEHEINRICH1, great new addition to the Razorbacks! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/7ImZvo0hp6— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @_France9, another great addition to the Razorbacks from Louisiana! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/GIvOVGH9ob— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Just_Theron, representing his home state as a Razorback! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/rQxmnKDmPb— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @jonathanmarsh40, new addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon #TexHogs pic.twitter.com/K9I1bL88zu— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Alexy_badger, new addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/qY8ZtQoC3Q— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @ColeKelley10, another new member of our Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/29osrAGItw— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @Hayden__johnson, great young man joining the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/ns5ul0A4pz— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @theneptunes_, newest addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/5JPdcZ7eip— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @deemontana11111, newest addition to the Razorback family! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/oXD0tacURS— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Welcome and follow @micahhsmith_21, another new addition to the Razorbacks! #WoooPig #UnCommon pic.twitter.com/tYKyAJ43mo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016Arkansas opens its season hosting Louisiana Tech on September 3.last_img read more

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What’s new on FIFA 20? Top 10 changes revealed

first_imgFIFA 20 is just a couple of months away from release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, but what has changed compared to FIFA 19?Goal spoke to FIFA producer Sam Rivera at a preview event in Germany and he outlined 10 notable differences on FIFA 20 compared to last year’s game.1. More one-on-onesRivera sees one-on-ones as a key area where player skill makes a difference, as well as being one of the most interesting elements to a match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, to do this he and his team recognise that players need time to make these decisions and, to help with that, the power of AI defending has been reduced, meaning there’s less chance of the AI crowding you out before you can make your mind up on where you want to go next.2. Skill moves will be more importantBetter get practicing those skill moves as, with more one-on-ones, players will need more tricks up their sleeves to beat the player in front of them and one of the best ways to do so is skill moves.While fake shots and the new straight dribbling mechanic play their part, everyone knows that skill moves are the most fun way to win a one-on-one.Also, with the introduction of the Volta street football mode in FIFA 20, players will have more chances to practise their favourite flicks and tricks. FIFA 20 Volta (custom)3. FIFA 20 will be more realisticRivera commented that it’s still possible to notice the difference between FIFA 19 and real life, and that this was mostly down to the gameplay being too hectic as players keep changing their mind on where they want to run and, when they do, they can go crashing into other players.One way that is changing for FIFA 20 is through changes to the positioning and locomotion system which results in players making smarter decisions about where they’re going and why, resulting in a more natural motion as they’re not constantly changing their mind on the best route to take.4. Fewer outside the box screamersDue to changes to the fundamentals of shooting in FIFA 20 it will be harder to score from outside the box than in FIFA 19 as long-range shots will have less chance of going in.The same applies to ‘el tornado’ which should please a lot of fans who were sick of being beaten by unrealistic strikes, even if they do look good on highlight reels.5. Neymar inspired dribblingInspired by videos of the likes of Neymar, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, players in FIFA 20 will be able to dribble left and right by holding down the right bumper button and moving the left stick, as they roll the ball with their foot while remaining upright as they look for an opportunity to run by the defender.The technique will be of most use to avoid tackles and lure players in so players can create space.Neymar PSG Dribble6. Set-up shootingPlayers in FIFA 20 will be able to set the ball where they want to strike it, reducing shot error.To perform the move players will need time on the ball, which they can make through beating players with straight dribbling and should be helped by the reduction in AI defending.The set-up touch itself can also be used to beat players and it’s possible to cancel out of the move, fooling the opponent and creating space as a result.7. Defenders aren’t being forgottenWith the changes being made to the attacking game and reduction of AI defending, defenders will need a few more tricks up their sleeves and this comes from Composed Dribbling.Similar to the Active Touch system in FIFA 19, players will now make better decisions when they go into tackles, which is helped by the AI being able to choose from more, and better, tackle animations.Jockeying has been improved with more assistance and improved responsiveness. In FIFA 19 it was common that a player would go into a tackle from a jockey and maintain the same speed, even if they’ve overshot the tackle. In FIFA 20, the player will notice they’ve missed and will slow down.8. Big changes to penalties and free-kicksThe aiming system for free-kicks will be simpler in FIFA 20, but still have the depth for those wanting to do something special.First, players will be able to aim their free-kicks with a target. Once the position is decided, players can use the same system to determine the spin on the ball by using the right stick – it’s like you’re drawing the desired path of the ball with the right stick.A similar system can be found in FIFA 20’s penalties system. Once you’ve chosen the position of your penalty you choose the power, with the strength of shot increasing the chance of error. To reduce error, players need to press the shot button a second time as the player strikes the ball, just as they would when using the timed finishing mechanic in the main game.Oh yeah, timed finishing is still in FIFA 20.9. Bouncy ballsEven on the smoothest pitches, a football bounces and bobbles around.But, when playing FIFA 19, it looked like ball glided along the turf. In FIFA 20 the ball will bounce around more on the pitch and when it collides with a player, making a player’s first touch more important than before. In our time with the game, the change here was noticeable.10. Dribbling and strength to play a bigger roleIt was a common complaint with FIFA 19 that slow defenders found it too easy to catch up with pacey strikers. This is being rectified for FIFA 20 with the dribbling statistic playing a bigger role in a player’s ability to run by defenders.Also, a player’s own skill will come into play, as knock-ons will be a more effective way to beat a defender but require more skill than simply trying to run by a defender with pace.Although little information was given at the preview event, steps are being made to make physically strong players like Harry Kane and Edinson Cavani, who were rarely seen in Ultimate Team due to their low pace ratings, more effective by increasing the importance of the strength and physicality stats.last_img read more

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Drewry: Delivery of ULCVs a Double Whammy

first_imgzoom The delivery of some 54 ships of at least 10,000 teu, expected to be deployed in the Asia-North Europe trade between October 2014 and December 2015, will have a huge effect on the landscape of the trade next year. According to Drewry’s analysis, they may help to bring carriers much needed lower slot costs, but at the same time they could alter the supply-demand dynamics and with them – spot freight rates; affect other trade lanes via the resultant cascade and alter the competitive balance between the alliances themselves.“The delivery of over 50 ULCVs in the next 15 months is a double-whammy for the alliances. Lower slot costs are a positive, but they will struggle to cope with the additional capacity in the Asia-North Europe trade and the 60 ships that will be cascaded elsewhere are a risk for the stability of other routes,” Drewry believes.With the ships currently in the delivery pipeline, weekly headhaul nominal capacity could increase by an estimated 12.8% by the end of next year, significantly above any anticipated cargo growth, the UK-based consultant pointed out.“The delivery of vessels within the respective alliances is quite different. The G6 lines have no ULCVs due for delivery in 2015 and this is probably why they are feeling the pressure to invest in a new tranche of 18,000 teu vessels in order to compete with Maersk, MSC, CSCL and UASC.The Ocean Three lines are responsible for the largest injection of tonnage in the next 15 months. Some 21 ULCVs will be delivered, increasing the average size of ships deployed on the trade from 12,200 teu to 15,500 teu.  The average size of ships currently deployed by the 2M lines is surprisingly small (11,900 teu), given that Maersk utilises sub 10,000 teu ships on three of its weekly loops. However, by the end of 2015, this will rise to 14,300 teu with the delivery of another 15 ULCVs.Although the average size of ships deployed by both the CKYHE and G6 alliances will be about 12,200 teu at the end of 2015 , the former lines will have another loop of 14,000 teu in place. With relatively few big ships for delivery in 2016 and beyond, the G6 lines will be under pressure next year to compete on slot costs with their immediate peers,” Drewry added.The analysis reads that the 2M  alliance will have five weekly loops tonnaged at the 14,000 teu level and above; CKYHE (4), Ocean Three (4) and the G 6 lines (three). A few of these services will be utilising slightly smaller 13,000-13,500 teu units. The resultant pressure to fill these additional slots will be huge given that the slot costs are usually realised at higher load factors (90%+).The cascade of larger ships from the Asia-North Europe trade has affected some of the North – South trades for some time now, Drewry said. Increasing numbers of vessels are also now being deployed in Asia-USWC loops. In a short space of time, there are now nearly 40 vessels of at least 10,000 teu operating on the transpacific (cascaded from Asia-North Europe) and of late, it is clear that some US ports have struggled to cope with the additional numbers of containers being discharged.“By adopting a logical approach for cascading (i.e. the smallest ships are replaced by new bigger ships one for one ), we estimate that some 61 ships of between 8,000 teu and 11,000 teu will be cascaded in the next 15 months. The most likely trade recipients will be we believe – Asia-USWC, Asia-Mediterranean, Latin America and possible Asia to Mid-East. The average size of the ships to be cascaded is 9,300 teu and the resultant impact on other routes such as Latin America could be significant,” Drewry said.Source: Drewrylast_img read more

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Mise à jour sur la tempête de pluie le 9 novembre

first_imgLe Bureau de gestion des urgences signale que les conditions météorologiques et les inondations se sont stabilisées, aujourd’hui 9 novembre. Les précipitations ont été faibles et aucune nouvelle évacuation n’est prévue dans la province. Les intervenants d’urgence surveillent la situation de près. Toutefois, le barrage du lac Vaughn, également connu sous le nom de barrage principal de Tusket Falls, continue de causer des préoccupations. Voici une mise à jour sur la situation, effectuée à midi : La quantité totale de pluie reçue varie entre 140 mm (Kentville/aéroport d’Halifax) et 215 mm (régions de Quinan et d’Argyle). Certaines parties de la région du sud-ouest (entre le parc Keji et Yarmouth) ont pu recevoir jusqu’à 250 mm de pluie. Environnement Canada prévoit très peu de pluie dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour le reste de la semaine. Les états d’urgence locaux sont maintenus dans certaines régions d’Argyle, de Barrington et de Yarmouth où des évacuations peuvent être nécessaires, mais aucune nouvelle évacuation n’est prévue. Un moins grand nombre que prévu de résidences ont participé aux évacuations volontaires. Environ 50 évacuations volontaires ont eu lieu dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, à Quinan et Argyle en raison de ponts endommagés, en aval des barrages Vaughn et Carleton à Yarmouth, et à Barrington. D’autres résidents de ces régions ont été avertis des risques, mais ont choisi de rester sur place. Bien que de nombreuses routes soient toujours fermées, les eaux de crue commencent à se retirer dans certaines régions. Certaines routes pourraient être ouvertes plus tard aujourd’hui. On demande aux Néo-Écossais de continuer de surveiller les avis de circulation. Nova Scotia Power signale que le niveau et le débit d’eau se stabilisent dans ses systèmes, sauf à Tusket. Le débit entrant du lac Vaughn est toujours très fort. Environnement Canada signale que même si le niveau d’eau au barrage principal de Tusket Falls (également connu sous le nom de barrage du lac Vaughn) a légèrement diminué hier, il augmentait de nouveau aujourd’hui. NSP a dit qu’il est possible que les lacs n’atteindront pas leur niveau le plus élevé avant quelques jours après la fin des précipitations. Les équipes de NSP demeurent sur place à tous les barrages jusqu’à ce que les niveaux d’eau soient revenus à la normale. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les niveaux d’eau aux stations hydrométriques d’Environnement Canada, consultez le www.eau.ec.gc.ca/index_f.html. Les ministères du gouvernement provincial continuent d’évaluer les domaines dont ils sont responsables pour s’assurer de répondre aux besoins des Néo-Écossais, par exemple en matière de santé publique et de diffusion d’information sur la sécurité. Le ministère de l’Agriculture prépare un plan visant à offrir de l’aide, au besoin, aux éleveurs dont les animaux sont coincés par les eaux de crue le long des rivières Annapolis et St. Mary’s, ainsi qu’à Quinan, où se trouve une renardière. Après une inondation, les deux principales préoccupations sont la sécurité et l’assainissement. Voici quelques lignes directrices pour assurer un retour à la maison en toute sécurité : Écoutez la radio pour obtenir des instructions. Les bureaux municipaux indiqueront aux gens à quel moment il est sécuritaire de retourner à la maison. Ne tentez pas de traverser des routes inondées. Les eaux de crues présentent le plus grand risque juste après une tempête. Il ne faut que six pouces d’eau à débit rapide pour renverser une personne. Ne rebranchez pas l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour inspecter et rebrancher ces services. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Vérifiez bien votre maison pour trouver tout dommage, verre brisé ou autres débris. Certains articles doivent être jetés après une inondation. Les objets tels que les matelas, les oreillers, les sofas et les meubles rembourrés qui ont été trempés ne sont plus sécuritaires et peuvent contenir des bactéries nocives. Tout aliment qui a été en contact avec les eaux de crue doit aussi être jeté, y compris les aliments frais ou congelés, les aliments en boîte, les boissons en bouteille et toute boîte de conserve qui a été endommagée.center_img En cas d’inondation majeure, le gouvernement provincial peut offrir un programme d’aide financière en cas de catastrophe. Le fait de prendre note des dommages vous aidera lorsque viendra le temps de faire une réclamation. Faites une liste et incluez des photos des dommages et des articles qui ont dû être jetés après l’inondation. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur la sécurité de l’eau de puits, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp. -30-last_img read more

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Aziz Akhannouch to Be Elected RNI’s Secretary General

Rabat – Aziz Akhannouch,  outgoing Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, will reportedly replace former Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI), Salaheddine Mezzouar.This decision was made following Mezouar’s resignation of his role as the president of the party, due to his “inability to juggle between the new governmental activities and his responsibilities as the President of COP 22,” which is scheduled to be held from November 7 through 18 in Marrakech.According to the RNI’s members, the meeting of the RNI’s political bureau, which is scheduled to take place today, will give the green light to Akhannouch to lead the party. The same sources said that “Akhannouch is seeking to join Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) coalition after it won the legislative elections last Friday October 7, by securing 126 seats.”The same source said that “Akhannouch seeks to secure portfolio in the new government and he is pitted to be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. read more

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UN poised to rush aid to Lebanon once cessation of hostilities takes

With a cessation of hostilities set to take effect in Lebanon and Israel on Monday, United Nations agencies are poised to immediately step up emergency relief operations as soon as safe land movement is possible.Convoys are loaded with supplies, including 100 metric tons of fuel for besieged hospitals, and waiting to proceed to Tyre and other locations in South Lebanon, subject to successful repair of the roads, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.In addition, one of the two vessels chartered by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) which docked in Beirut today should proceed to Tyre with emergency supplies for different humanitarian agencies.Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday had announced that following talks with the leaders of both Israel and Lebanon, “the cessation of hostilities and the end of the fighting will enter into force on 14 August, at 0500 hours GMT.”That move followed the Security Council’s adoption Friday evening of a resolution calling for an end to the fighting. The text welcomed the Lebanese Government’s plan to deploy 15,000 troops across the south of the country as Israel withdraws behind the Blue Line. It also backed the simultaneous deployment of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with up to 15,000 peacekeepers from the current strength of some 2,000.Humanitarian hubs in Tyre and Saida should become fully operational in the next 48 hours, said OCHA, functioning as ‘integrated UN offices’ that will serve the broader relief aid community. All activity is dependent on ability to move on the roads, many of which have become impassable due to bombing.Three convoys of 24 trucks carrying drinking water, food, hygiene kits, and other emergency supplies travelled to Saida today, while other vehicles were allowed to proceed to Aarida, Tripoli and Jezzine, OCHA said.WFP-chartered ships brought in 2,750 metric tons of flour, pasta and lentils to Beirut today. Part of this cargo is set to be transshipped to Tyre on Monday.In announcing the cessation of hostilities on Saturday, Mr. Annan said there should be an immediate end to the fighting “to respect the spirit and intent of the Council decision, the object of which was to save civilian lives, to spare the pain and suffering that the civilians on both sides are living through.”But UNIFIL reported today that fighting between Israel and Hizbollah intensified, and OCHA’s update confirmed a rising death toll. Citing government statistics, more than 19 Lebanese civilians were reportedly killed in Israeli air raids yesterday, while one Israeli civilian was reportedly killed in a Hizbollah rocket attack. read more

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Trudeau says there are pressures on real estate that need to be

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 10:26 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trudeau says there are pressures on real estate that need to be alleviated TORONTO – There are pressures on the real estate market that need to be alleviated, but Ottawa must exercise caution because any measures it implements have a national effect, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.“There’s a recognition that the levers that the federal government has cover the entire country and the housing market in Vancouver or Toronto is somewhat different than that in Halifax or Saskatoon or even Montreal,” Trudeau said in an interview with Bloomberg News.His comments came as the Ontario government unveiled a suite of changes intended to stabilize home prices in the Greater Toronto Area, which have leapt by more than 30 per cent in the last year. The measures include a 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax, expansion of rent controls and granting Toronto the ability to impose a tax on vacant homes.Trudeau said one of the challenges in crafting policies to rein in soaring house prices is a “dearth of data,” as was the case in Vancouver a year ago.Concerns about a possible bubble have mounted in Toronto in recent months. Trudeau declined to say when asked whether he believes a bubble exists.“My focus is on making sure that for the medium and long term, people in Toronto and across the country can afford their homes and that means working on the supply side, making sure that we’re investing in more rental stock, making sure that we’re investing in new construction of affordable housing so that the market can adjust itself without either popping or crashing,” he said. read more

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Toronto stock index rallies on resource stocks but BlackBerry shares fall 12

by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2017 9:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock index rallies on resource stocks, but BlackBerry shares fall 12% TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rallied on the strength of resource stocks Friday, but shares in BlackBerry plunged after its first-quarter revenue failed to meet expectations.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index moved up 99.66 points to 15,319.56, with base metals, gold, materials and energy sectors leading the broad-based advance.Stephen Carlin, head of equities at CIBC Asset Management, said it was “refreshing” to see energy and mining get a lift.“While those sectors are performing well today, they certainly haven’t been strong performers on a year-to-date basis,” he said.“It goes without saying that energy has lagged given where oil prices are and given high inventories of the commodity.”Crude prices have declined about 20 per cent this year amid fears of a growing global supply glut, but Carlin doesn’t believe there’s an oil inventory problem.“Market participants are looking to get those inventory levels down, so we’re not really looking for the commodity to run away for us,” he said. “We think it’s in a reasonably tight trading band between that $45 to $55 range.”The August crude contract was up 27 cents at US$43.01 per barrel.On the corporate front, Blackberry shares (TSX:BB) retreated $1.80, or 12.28 per cent, to $12.86 after the company announced a profit of US$671 million in its latest quarter, despite revenue falling to $235 million compared with $400 million a year ago.Analysts had expected revenue to come in at about $264.39 million for what was BlackBerry’s first quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.“The company continues to transition and the market is still trying to figure out what this company is going to look like,” said Carlin.South of the border, New York indexes were mixed. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 2.53 points to 21,394.76, while the S&P 500 edged up 3.80 points to 2,438.30 and the Nasdaq composite gained 28.56 points at 6,265.25.In currencies, the Canadian dollar was trading 0.15 of a cent lower to an average price of 75.37 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, the July natural gas contract advanced four cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU, the August gold contract gained US$7 at US$1,256.40 an ounce, and the July copper contract added three cents at US$2.62 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

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Dont like the Netflix price hike Heres 9 video streaming and rental

first_imgAs you’ve probably already heard, Netflix announced a new plan earlier this week that will effectively split the unlimited-DVDs-by-mail and the unlimited-streaming options into two separate plans, raising prices by 60 percent. Each plan will be $7.99. Streaming capabilities in addition to DVDs will now cost $15.98. The price hike has spiked an outrage amongst Netflix customers, and many current users are threatening to cancel their membership because of this decision.As all Netflix customers did, I received an email (shown above) informing me of the news. As you can see, my $9.99 plan will be changing to $15.98 automatically starting September 1 unless I “easily change or cancel” my unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both. What Netflix may not have anticipated when making this change is that a lot of customers will choose the “cancel both” option and seek other alternatives for video content.AdChoices广告If you’re among the thousands of Netflix customers who are unhappy with the change, there are many substitutes out there. Below, we’ll run through nine alternatives to Netflix if you decide to jump ship…Amazon Prime Amazon Prime is actually part of Amazon’s unlimited free two-day shipping plan. Back in February, Amazon announced it would be including free unlimited video streaming as a perk for its Prime members. The commercial-free content can be watched via Mac, PC, or 200 different models of Internet-connected devices, like TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes. As long as it’s compatible with Amazon Instant Video, you can use it to stream content with Amazon Prime. There are over 6,000 movies and TV shows, and some are even available in HD. However, there’s no disc option.Cost: A $79 yearly fee works out to be about $6.58 a month. You can try it out with a free one-month trial.Hulu PlusThough it’s the same price as Netflix’s streaming plan, Hulu Plus is a step up from the free, ad-supported Hulu option. Both offer tons of great movies and TV shows, but Hulu Plus offers a larger selection, including movies from the Criterion Collection, as well as HD content. Hulu Plus is available on game consoles like the Sony PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360, as well as via set-top boxes like the Roku. You can even stream content on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and on Android phones. Of course, Internet-connected devices like Blu-ray players and TVs, as well as computers, can also stream the content into your living room. As with Amazon Prime, there’s no disc option.Cost: $7.99 a month. There’s a one-week free trial, and students that sign up with an “.edu” email can get a one-month free trial.Blockbuster by MailBlockbuster by Mail is probably the closest thing to Netflix. In addition to receiving DVDs in the mail, you can also get games and Blu-ray discs for the same price. There are over 100,000 Blockbuster titles to choose from. DVDs usually arrive within one to two business days, similar to how Netflix works. Plus, if you’re near an actual Blockbuster brick-and-mortar store, although they’re few and far between these days, you can exchange the movie you got in the mail for another rental. Although we can’t confirm it, Blockbuster says it gets new releases 28 days before both Netflix and Redbox.If you want to watch content via Blockbuster On Demand, it’s unfortunately not part of the Blockbuster by Mail service. Movies start at about $1.99 and rentals last for 24 hours. This feature is available via smartphones, Blu-ray players, connected TVs, computers, and TiVo.Cost: A little pricier than Netflix, one disc at a time will cost $11.99 a month, two discs $16.99, and three discs $19.99 a month. To stream content, you’ll have to pay about $2 per movie. If you want to try out Blockbuster by Mail, you can take advantage of its two-week trial.VUDU Acquired by Walmart in 2010, VUDU is a streaming site that offers content the same day it’s released on DVD. With VUDU, you only pay for what you watch, and a rental is $2 for two nights. The company boasts that it has the most HD movies on demand with HDX, 1080p True Digital and Dolby Digital Plus 4.1 surround sound. VUDU works with the PS3, Blu-ray players and connected TVs, computers, and Boxee, an Internet-connected set-top box.Cost: $2 for a two-day rental. Each day there’s a 99-cent Movie of the Day to rent. VUDU gives you a $5.99 credit to try out the service for free.YouTube Rentals YouTube previously offered short-film-only videos in its movie-on-demand service, but the company partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, and Universal, as well as independent studios like Lionsgate, and Kino Lorber back in April to offer a larger variety of streaming rentals. There’s no disc option here, but you can rent videos and watch them from your YouTube account on any computer, as well as on a Google TV, Android tablet with Honeycomb, and most Android phones.Cost: $1.99 to $3.99 for most rentals. Once you rent the movie, you have 30 days to watch it. However, once you start watching, you only get 24 hours to finish it.CinemaNowIt seems like all the big companies offer their own take on video streaming, and Best Buy’s answer is CinemaNow. The service allows you to rent or buy movies or TV shows, although there’s no option to receive discs in the mail. You can choose to buy the download, but it’s for a pretty hefty price, and you’d be better buying the download via Amazon. CinemaNow streams to the usual Blu-ray players and connected TVs.Cost: Rentals start at $2.99 for a period of 24 hours.GreenCineYou can’t stream any content, but you can rent DVDs with GreenCine. Its 50,000-strong collection is not necessarily full of movies you’ve heard of, but there’s plenty to explore. It works the same way as Netflix where you add movies to a queue and receive the DVD in the mail. Though the website design isn’t as clean as Netflix’s, this may be a good alternative for those after a DVD rental plan.Cost: One DVD is $9.95 a month, two is $14.95, and plans go up to eight DVDs at a time for $49.95 a month.Redbox Redboxes are rental kiosks convienently located in many grocery stores and pharmacies. They used to just offer DVDs, but Blu-ray discs are also available now. And, as of June, they now offer game rentals. It has a great selection of new movies, but not very many older ones. The only drawback to having a physical kiosk is having to wait in line while the person in front of you searches through the entire library and rents three DVDs. But, such is life.Cost: DVDs are $1, Blu-ray discs are $1.50, and games are $2 for 24 hours. If you want to keep it longer than 24 hours, the $1-a-day charge will be added to your credit card account.Google According to The Street, Google is rumored to be starting its own movie rental/streaming service in the very near future, and this would be a very opportune time to do so. Working on a revamp to the Android Market, the new market is said to offer movies for just $2 to watch instantly or to download and watch offline. Since the Netflix price changes don’t take effect until September 1, it’s likely we’ll see something from Google between now and then that may have us all dumping Netflix on August 31.Cost: $2 a rental.If you took advantage of the free trials offered by Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, and VUDU, you’d have about two-month’s worth of free content. We’re not condoning that, per say, but you have the right to make an educated decision in your purchase.last_img read more

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Seamus Coleman unlikely to return until 2018 after undergoing surgery

first_img Share53 Tweet Email3 ‘We’ve 11 points on the board. I would have taken that at the start of the group’A night in which football felt secondary Mar 25th 2017, 3:32 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 3:32 PM Follow us: the42.ie By Ryan Bailey http://the42.ie/3306449 Updated at 15.26 SEAMUS COLEMAN HAS undergone surgery in Dublin this morning after suffering a fracture to his right tibia and fibula during last night’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.Coleman sustained the horrific injury in the 69th minute of the 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium after a challenge from Welsh full-back Neil Taylor. The average recovery time for the injury he sustained is nine months, though this can vary depending on the extent of the damage.The Ireland captain underwent the procedure under the care of the FAI’s Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor John O’Byrne and Mr. Gary O’Toole, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.Coleman is now facing an extended injury layoff with the Everton defender unlikely to feature again in the rest of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign.He will miss the rest of the Premier League season while the Killybegs native will be sidelined for Ireland’s next Group D assignments against Austria on 11 June and the September double-header against Georgia and Serbia.Martin O’Neill’s side conclude their campaign against Moldova and Wales in October.“Seamus has been a terrific captain for his country, and on behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I want to send Seamus our very best wishes,” FAI chief executive, John Delaney, said.“We look forward to welcoming Seamus back to the Ireland team, following his recovery.”“He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss,” Ireland boss Martin O’Neill added.“But Seamus is so mentally strong that when he has fully recovered he will be as brilliant as before.”Meanwhile, John O’Shea, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters will not feature in Tuesday’s friendly against Iceland with all four returning to their clubs after last night’s game.Additional reporting by Paul FennessyThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Coleman stretchered off during last night’s game.center_img Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 46,615 Views 43 Comments Coleman stretchered off during last night’s game. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Seamus Coleman unlikely to return until 2018 after undergoing surgery The Ireland captain is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Australian Cretans honour statesman Eleftherios Venizelos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria held its annual Venizelo luncheon on Sunday. The event first began in the 1990s when the Cretan group started fundraising for a statue of Eleftherios Venizelos to be erected in its yard.The group was successful in raising funds for the statue that has stood on its property since the mid-1990s, but it has continued hosting the luncheon in honour of the great statesman Eleftherios Venizelos as a way of raising awareness about this important historical figure.Eva Gotsis, Vice President of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, speaks of the importance of remembering the charismatic leader. “He was a great man, not just for Crete but for all of Greece,” she told Neos Kosmos. “He was instrumental in aligning Crete with the rest of Greece because prior to that, Crete was an entity of its own.”Mr Venizelos first blitzkrieged onto the international scene following his significant role in the autonomy of the Cretan State and later in the union of Crete with Greece.READ MORE: Watch rare footage of Eleftherios Venizelos speaking EnglishLast year, the Australian group received a visit from the Eleftherios Venizelos Research Foundation in Chania. Such visits and interactions are important for the group to keep the ties with Crete alive. “We celebrate this connection,” Ms Gotsis said, adding that the Australian group promotes books that highlight his life.On Sunday, the group laid wreaths, screened a documentary for members, had books on display and for sale from the Venizelos Museum in Crete and enjoyed dances from the youth dance group.last_img read more

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Vintage Shelf Ronin Is an Action Masterpiece That Earns Its Title

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ There’s a pretty storied history of writers and directors aping samurai lore to service a half-assed metaphor in action movies and thrillers. It’s not that they’re all, by nature, half-assed (Le Samouraï’s name will not be besmirched in my house), but at this point a movie featuring a hitman who “operates under the code of bushido” or a cowboy drifter who roams the plains “like a masterless samurai” just rings as hollow.It wouldn’t be fair to say this without pointing out that archetypes like the samurai and the cowboy often, in becoming archetypes, transcend the reality from which they stem. Still, it’s become a rare thing to see a (geographically) Western storyteller successfully translate the archetype in a way that successfully acknowledges at least slight context for what the archetype originally was.Enter Robert De Niro vehicle Ronin (stream it on Amazon Prime Video), a film I mistakenly avoided for years due to it being a Robert De Niro vehicle called Ronin. It’s a late-nineties installment in the actor’s storied career, one that came right before Meet the Parents forever altered a generation’s perception of him. In my adolescent arrogance, I always figured a De Niro action flick called Ronin would just play out like a precursor to his utterly weird late-career action/gangster flicks like Righteous Kill.Reader, I was so, so wrong.First of all, any movie featuring Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, Jean Reno, and Jonathan Pryce is worth two hours of your time. Second, it’s one of the last few films directed by John Frankheimer (the man behind the original Manchurian Candidate) and possibly his magnum opus. Third, Ronin has a few of the greatest car chase sequences of all time and for sheer volume of excellence may be the best car movie ever.What drew me in and made me regret avoiding the film for so many years, though, is the relationship between the film and its title, which is to say that there actually is one. The archetype of the ronin (again, a masterless samurai), when drawn in Western stories, always seems to hone in on the “masterless” part. It’s often applied wantonly to criminals, cowboys, and hitmen alike who serve no great leader and instead hire their skills out to the highest bidder. What filmmakers and storytellers often fail to dive into is the idea that the ronin is not simply a masterless samurai but a samurai who once had a master and no longer does. The appeal of the archetype is not in their lone wolf ethic but in the exploration of what directionless-ness does to a person who has spent their entire life dedicated to a very specific cause.Enter De Niro’s Sam. A mercenary from America, he takes a job offered by the mysterious Deirdre to steal a metallic briefcase from a traveling convoy. Alongside a handful of other mercs he navigates a complex web of double-crosses, shifting loyalties, and lengthy car chases.Sam and his cohorts are all freelancers, hired guns who travel wherever the money takes them. They’re all experts in their individual fields, be it point driving, weapons, or communications. They’re also, crucially, all former Cold War operatives. For years they focused the entirety of their training and skill sets on causes dictated by their respective nations (America, England, France, and Germany). Their causes gave their lives rigorous structure, direction, and purpose. Now that the war is over, they wander aimless, drifters in a new world they don’t seem to know how to navigate. They are, in the truest sense, ronin.A true depiction of a classic archetype is far from the only reason to seek this flick out, though. It also happens to be a classic Guys Who Are Good At What They Do Movie, a sub-genre near and dear to my heart (I think it’s only topped by Guys Who Are Bad At What They Do, shoutouts The Nice Guys). Like in Ocean’s Eleven and most Michael Mann movies, Ronin is an absolute spectacle for moviegoers who are fans of precision as character development. It’s a film chock full of characters who are among the best in their field and go about doing what they do in incredibly specific ways.There’s this scene early on in which Deirdre tells the crew she’s assembled to let her know what gear they need and she’ll make sure they get it. Skipp Sudduth’s Larry, the driver, immediately begins rifling off the specific cars and parts he’ll need in order to complete the job and it’s so incredibly up my alley. That you can stick these guys in a room, outline the mission at hand, and they’ll be able to build the plan out from there and know exactly which guns, cars, and computer rigs they’ll need in order to accomplish the goal is both a testament to how rigorously dedicated to their crafts they are and just extremely dope to watch.That attention to detail and total dedication to their respective skill sets comes into play again in what’s gotta be my favorite scene in the film (car chases aside). After an arms deal goes sideways, Sam starts to realize that Sean Bean’s Spence isn’t up to the professional standard required to pull the job off.First of all, I love the moment Sam demands $200K (the four-week job is originally supposed to pay each man $5K a week with a bonus on completion). It’s a ridiculous increase in pay but he doesn’t really want the money. He’s making a point: he doesn’t work with anyone who doesn’t live up to his professional standard. He’s a meticulous guy, a necessity in his field. If anyone on his team isn’t operating on the same level he is, it’s not an annoyance. It’s the difference between life and death. For that, he’s not risking his life unless he’s being paid accordingly.And then there’s the moment he starts putting the pressure on Spence. As soon as he starts you know it’s curtains for the dude because Sam wouldn’t have started doing it if he weren’t certain he knew how it would play out – he sets the trap (the coffee cup) in plain sight!That ruthless focus continues throughout the film even as plans go to hell and alliances are broken every ten minutes. Ronin is a twisty film that would be much more difficult to keep up with were we not anchored in Sam’s clear, concise focus: get the case, don’t die.There’s so much more to say about Ronin, from the stellar stunt driving (there are 300 stunt drivers in the final chase scene alone) to the film’s aesthetic, which depicts some of the most beautiful cities in the world in muted concrete tones in Frankheimer’s effort to bring a hyperreal quality to the film — a look so true to real life that it becomes surreal in and of itself.Ronin is a juggernaut of a film that should be seen by any serious action movie fanatic. Right now it’s streaming on Amazon Prime, or you could hit up Arrow Video for their excellent Blu-ray restoration. Either way, don’t miss it.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a CharacterVintage Shelf: ‘The Hunger’ Has Sex, Vampires, and BowieVintage Shelf: ‘The Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely Awesomelast_img read more

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WISHH Trade Teams from Three Continents Will Build Demand for US Soy

first_imgWISHH trade team visits Zach Johnson’s Minnesota farm where Zach, his father Nate and Kim Nill, director of market development, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, spent the afternoon answering the trade team’s wide range of questions on the nuances of producing soybeans.ASA WISHH’s August U.S.-based training programs have introduced 12 strategic partners from Central America, Asia and Africa to new ways to grow demand for products made with U.S. soy protein. Multiple participating companies have $1 billion-plus in annual food and beverage product sales while a government agency official and a director of a national nutrition program are responsible for managing meals that reach tens of thousands of people. Each business or government agency made a financial commitment to send their representative to the United States in August for WISHH’s programs on how to innovate with U.S. soy as well as the opportunity to visit U.S. soybean farms that are a source of important nutrition for government as well as private-sector food purchases in their countries.“I’m taking home with me the knowledge that we can literally dream anything in the area of food processing, and the technology and solid science is there that will enable us to add soya to any food or beverage product,” said Esi Amoaful, deputy nutrition director of the Ghanaian government’s public health agency. “We visited Zach Johnson’s farm, and we saw that technology and solid science are also on the soya farms. This allows U.S. farmers to grow soya with sustainable cropping practices, which preserves soya’s nutrients and benefits my people.”WISHH works with the companies and other strategic participants before, during and after their U.S. training by leveraging QSSB funding with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service programs. The trade teams reported that training at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo as well industry presentations will drive their innovation and investments in food research and development to make a wide array of soy-based foods ranging from protein drinks to yogurts and sausages. WISHH also took participants to the ZFS Creston soy processing plant in Iowa.Last week, WISHH staff and strategic partners from Cambodia and Ghana attended the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Specialty Grains Conference in Chicago. The Conference participation further assisted these feed and food companies to contribute to increased U.S. soy exports.last_img read more

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40k members join pink party so far

first_imgKodangal: TRS state secretary and party in-charge of the constituency, Ande Babaiah said nearly 40,000 members were enrolled till now and there was still time till end of this month for taking memberships. Speaking to the media here on Sunday at the TRS enrolment drive, he said that a total of 51,000 membership books were given to the constituency. He explained the benefits of taking membership. The welfare measures taken up by the State government were attracting people to join into the party’s fold, he said.He also said the hard-working activists would be included in village level committees, which would be constituted in August. MPP Vijay Kumar, ZPTC Kotla Mahipal, Vice-MPP Mahipal Reddy, former ZPTC Mohan Reddy, former market committee chairman Narotham Reddy were present.last_img read more

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Former Army soldier kills wife with iron Buddha statue in Bengaluru son

first_imgGetty ImagesA former Indian Army soldier killed his wife by hitting her with a Buddha statue at their house in Bengaluru on March 14. The 59-year-old had served in the Indian Army for 20 years and was presently working as a conductor with Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.Javare Gowda’s younger son Chandan has lodged a complaint with the police. Chandan repeatedly called his mother Manjula on March 14 and when she didn’t respond, he lodged a complaint with the police. He told the police that his parents fight because of his father’s drinking problem, which may have led to the murder.Chandan said that his father developed alcohol addiction after retirement. Gowda would often ask his wife for money to buy alcohol. “On March 14, Manjula refused to pay him money for buying alcohol. In a fit of rage, Gowda took an iron Buddha statue and hit Manjula on her head. She died at the hospital,” the police said.Gowda had earlier taken a leave from BMTC and was staying at home since February. The police officials said that Manjula had spoken with her son on the day of the incident.Their elder son Chetan, who is a software engineer, lives abroad. The police have arrested the ex-serviceman.Crime rate in Bengaluru down?As per official records with Bengaluru Police, there has been a considerable decline in criminal activities since 2016. Around 200 murder cases were reported in Bengaluru in 2018 as compared to 228 and 234 such cases in 2016 and 2017, respectively. In a majority of the cases, the police claimed to have detained the murderers. Gangster Lakshmana murdered by rivalry gang near ISKCON templetwitterAround 500 cases of cruelty by husband were registered by Bengaluru Police in 2016, which dropped down to 375 in 2018.last_img read more

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