Nominations Sought to Recognize Outstanding Nova Scotians

first_imgThe province is asking people to nominate, or re-nominate, candidates for Nova Scotia’s highest honour. Nominations are now being accepted for the Order of Nova Scotia. Members of the Order are invested for making significant and lasting contributions to their community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21. “The Order of the Nova Scotia is the highest honour the province can bestow on someone. It is a symbol of respect and gratitude for the tremendous contributions of our most exemplary citizens,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. “I encourage people to nominate someone for the Order, and am happy to note that re-nominations have also been very successful.” Since its creation in 2001, 72 recipients have been invested into the Order, including five last year. “Each year, we have the pleasure of recognizing the work, art, and achievements of some of our most outstanding citizens,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Order demonstrates how the passion and dedication of one individual, regardless of their career or field, can make our communities, and our province, a better place.” Past recipient Donald Julien of Truro was invested into the Order in 2004. He has worked throughout his life toward a better future for the Mi’kmaq people and has served as executive director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq since 1994. “What a wonderful feeling knowing that your peers think enough of your contributions to the community, and to the rest of Nova Scotia, and took the time to nominate for such an prestigious award,” said Mr. Julien. “While only a small number of recipients are chosen each year, I encourage all Nova Scotians to submit the names of those you think are worthy of this recognition.” Nomination forms are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, offices of members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of Parliament and the Senate, and municipal offices. People re-nominating, can submit a photocopy of the previous nomination package, with a new nomination form. For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, e-mail orderofns@gov.ns.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp .last_img read more

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BC men challenge constitutionality of Canadas secret nofly list

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s no-fly list faces constitutional challenges from two B.C. men who argue in a pair of court cases that the secret roster violates the Charter of Rights guarantee of fundamental justice.The no-fly regime allows the federal government to bar someone from boarding an airplane because there are grounds to believe they would threaten the flight or travel to commit a terrorist act.One of the men, Parvkar Singh Dulai, says he was stopped from getting on a plane last May 17 at the Vancouver International Airport.Dulai followed an appeal process, but received a letter in late January saying his name would remain on the no-fly list.He is asking the Federal Court of Canada for an order striking him from the roster or, at the very least, a re-examination of his case.Dulai also seeks a declaration that the no-fly provisions violate constitutional rights to freedom of movement and to know the details of the case against him.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SIX CITY SNEAK PEEK

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sixcityseries to check out the show! New episodes are released on Mondays.. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Admit One Productions is proud to present its latest series to the world – SIX CITY – currently streaming its first four episodes exclusively on Facebook before it officially goes up on the six city series site in January. This web series drama follows the inter-connected lives of civil servants, politicians, and the underworld, as they face murder, scandal, and success in the 6ix…In the first chapter of the season we meet the Harper clan and it’s extended family of friends and foes. Family values, dreams of success, and the hustle to survive in the big city, reach a boiling point when the Russian mafia enter their lives unexpectedly with financial opportunity and corruption. The balance of power has started to shift in Six City after the newly appointed mayor is brutally murdered and the Russian mafia start to take over the drug trade.My name is Courtney James and I’m the writer director of the series. My producing partner Jennifer James and I are very excited to give you a little taste of the show on Facebook as we set the stage for the next chapter of the season which will premiere in 2019.last_img read more

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Sculpture dedication celebrates legacy of David Howes

A large crowd gathered at Brock University Thursday for a dedication ceremony of the Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock sculpture, and a celebration of the late David S. Howes.It was a day a long time coming, and one the late David S. Howes would have loved to be part of.A large gathering of Brock University faculty, staff and students joined community leaders and members of the Howes family to mark an important day in the history of the Niagara institution.The new Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock sculpture, created by renowned Canadian artist Danek Mozdzenski, was dedicated Thursday morning during a ceremony that included a celebration of Howes, who generously donated the funds to create the artwork. The 15-foot-tall bronze sculpture located in front of the University’s Schmon Tower will forever serve as a reminder of the legacy left by Howes, a St. Catharines businessman and longtime Brock supporter. In addition to his gift of more than $1 million for the sculpture, Howes also funded scholarship programs to help students, initiated significant annual events to support student financial awards, and gave generously to build or sustain facilities that improved the student experience at Brock. read more

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Softball No 24 Ohio State starts 2019 season with three wins in

Ohio State second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternOhio State came away with three wins and one loss at the Friends of Jaclyn tournament. The Buckeyes recorded a home run in every game, and a shutout in two of the four. The second game against Ole Miss at 9:30 a.m. Sunday was cancelled due to weather. George MasonOhio State blanked George Mason 7-0 in its season opener. The Buckeyes have won their season opener in the past five seasons. The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with a triple from senior shortstop Lilli Piper, the fourth of her career, and a sacrifice fly from senior second baseman Emily Clark. Ohio State took a 7-0 lead with six runs on six hits along with three errors by George Mason. Clark recorded a two-run home run, her first of the season.Ole MissOhio State continued its winning ways, defeating Ole Miss 4-2. This was the first time the two teams have ever played against each other. The Rebels got off to an early 2-0 lead at the beginning. However, The Buckeyes sparked a comeback in the bottom of the third with freshman center fielder Meg Otte’s bunt single, senior left fielder Bri Beschel’s walk, Piper’s fielder’s choice leaving the bases loaded.Clark finished on the opportunity, and hit a grand slam, pushing the lead to 4-2, a lead the Buckeyes would hold the rest of the game. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray pitched a complete game for Ohio State, allowing three hits and two runs, finish four batters off with strikeouts.With the victory, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly has recorded her 200th career win during her time at Ohio State.North FloridaThe Buckeyes blanked North Florida with a 3-0 shutout victory. Freshman third baseman Ashley Prange recorded the first home run of her career, getting the first run in the second inning by driving the ball over the left field fence. Senior pitcher Katya Duvall gave Ohio State its second complete game of the weekend, finishing the game with a career-high 10 strikeouts and holding North Florida to two hits and a walk.In the third inning, junior left fielder Andi Farrah doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore designated hitter Kallie Boren then singled to the right, helping to push the lead to 2-0. Senior second baseman Emily Clark added an insurance run on a two-out single in the fifth inning to secure the three-run win.. UCFOhio State suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2, against UCF. Ohio State went up 2-0 in the fourth inning off a home run by sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson, the first home run of her career and junior left fielder Andi Farrah’s RBI single through the left side. However, UCF turned the table in the bottom of the fifth inning.The Golden Knights scored three unanswered on a wild pitch and a two-run double by sophomore infielder Jazmine Esparza, giving UCF a 3-2 lead it would hold on to for the remainder of the game.Ohio State will take part in the ESPN Elite Invitational Feb. 15-17, facing Florida State, LSU, Utah and Notre Dame in Clearwater, Florida. read more

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Storm to batter Britain 1500milewide Atlantic storm will bring early autumn to

first_imgIt is going to be quite different to what we have had of late, there are no two ways about thatEmma Sharples, Met Office Rod Dennis, a spokesman for the RAC, said: “Anyone towing a caravan this weekend or driving on exposed coastal routes will need to be extra alert – while temperatures will hold up, motorists could be taken by surprise by the mix of gusty winds and heavy showers. “Take extra care when overtaking high-sided vehicles not to get buffeted of course, and reduce your speed accordingly.”Emma Sharples, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said south west England and south Wales – areas popular with tourists at this time of year – would experience the strongest winds. Gusts of up to 45mph will also hit those inland.“It is going to be quite different to what we have had of late, there are no two ways about that,” she said. “There is going to be a lot more cloud, rain and quite strong winds.” High pressure dominates at the moment but by Saturday a deep area of low pressure brings wind, rain & cooler temps pic.twitter.com/IA6eergHq8— Met Office (@metoffice) 16 August 2016 The RAC warned of severe travel disruption, with thousands expected to have their journeys delayed as they set off ahead of the Bank Holiday next week.Holidaymakers and outdoor activities will also be affected and people camping or towing caravans should be particularly careful, the Met Office said. The sudden change in weather signals the start of an “early autumn”, experts claimed, with heavy, blustery showers expected and up to 20mm of rain falling in places.The weather will intensify on Saturday as temperatures drop to 11C overnight.center_img The low pressure system will spread north east across the UK, with the rain and wind continuing overnight on Saturday and into Sunday.“The wind will be really quite strong in some areas as the weather intensifies,” the forecaster added. “We warn for impact and given that we are in the middle of the holidays, the potential for impact is higher than usual.”The system is expected to move away by Sunday night. The weather is expected to stay unsettled next week, with heavy showers continuing. The south will see some bright spells. Rewind just a few weeks and Britons were flocking to beaches as the country basked in temperatures more familiar to those who live in the Mediterranean.But, as perhaps we have come to expect, the Great British summer has already come to an abrupt halt – with a 1,500-mile-wide storm due to hit the country on Friday night.A severe weather warning coming into effect at 7am on Saturday has been issued by the Met Office as unseasonably strong winds – gusting at up to 60mph – are expected to batter the coast. 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.last_img read more

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Repeat gold chain thief jailed

A repeat gold chain thief was, earlier today (Tuesday), jailed when he stood before Magistrate Annette Singh.Thirty four year old, Devon Holder of Lot 942 Onderneeming, Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara (WBD) had a robbery charge read to him which alleged that, he, on April 5 2018 at the Stabroek Market area, robbed Komella Gibson of a gold chain valued $100,000 using personal violence on her in the process.Holder denied that at around 16:25hrs on the day in question, he snatched the chain from the Virtual Complainant’s (VC’s) neck.Police Prosecutor, Devon Goodman told the Court that the defendant reportedly attacked the woman by placing a knife at her neck while she was shopping, before he removed her chain. He allegedly dealt her several kicks and cuffs before he made good his escape.However, it was also revealed that Holder had another pending matter before the Court.He was previously accused of stealing another gold chain, this time from Rafeek Mohammed on January 9 2018 at said Stabroek Market.According to Goodman, the VC and his wife were visiting a friend’s stall at the market when they observed Holder passing them a number of times.He then proceeded to snatch the chain valued $530,000 but was later apprehended and charged.On his first appearance in Court, he had denied that he committed the act. The Court was later informed that the defendant had made arrangements with the VC to pay back for the chain.The Court heard that to date, Holder paid some $300,000 to Mohammed.However, even though he continued to plead his innocence in both matters, Holder changed his plea and admitted to the crimes.Magistrate Singh in handing down the sentence took into consideration that he did not waste the Court’s time further and the fact that $300,000 was paid to Mohammed.As such, she sentenced Holder to two years in prison each on both charges, which are to be run concurrently.After listening to the sentence, the defendant was heard saying “I don’t rob people, I am a family man”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged Gold Chain thief refused bailOctober 2, 2014In “Crime”Repeat offender gets 3 years for robbing womanNovember 28, 2018In “Court”Man who swallowed stolen pendant remandedAugust 31, 2018In “Court” read more

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Erlau Sideflex set to provide the first costeffective sidewall protection for haul

first_imgUntil recently, the long daily distances made the use of the tyre protection chains, that have become standard protection for loader tyres, impractical and uneconomic for haul trucks. In an inspired departure from its highly successful chain technology, Erlau design engineers have adapted sophisticate automotive polymers to produce a circular shield of flexible, profiled, orange platelets that, once secured within the wheel rim, not only deflect stray rocks but also, after absorbing the crush from a close rock pile, revert to their original shape.Other recent innovations from Erlau include Easy R-Lock, Easy C-Lock and Smart-Link.Used to ‘stitch’ the ends of the chain mat, Easy R-Lock replaces the clumsy hammer and pin and the dangerous flame cutting gear with a simple integral locking device which requires an ubiquitous hex key to secure or release the two components.Similarly, Erlau Easy C-Lock, is the two-part repair link with a built-in lock that can be quickly secured with an 180o turn of a standard flat-bladed screwdriver.A mark of confidence in the reliability of its chains, Erlau provides Smart-Link – a link-embedded RFID device that records and provides management with a downloadable maintenance history for each TPC.While the availability of earthmover tyres has improved and demand fallen slightly, Erlau believes that owners should continue to get maximum value by protecting their tyres from abrasion, cuts, sidewall damage and heat erosion.Erlau TPCs have a proven track record in many heavy-side industries – driving up productivity and driving down tonnage handling costs.last_img read more

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Chile looks to improve productivity in copper mining

first_imgMinerAndina.Com reports that on the first day of CESCO Week (April 3-7) in Santiago (Chile) –a study conducted by the Comisión Nacional de Productividad (CNP) was presented, which determined a 54% labour productivity fall in the Chilean copper industry between 2000 and 2014, period in which copper production had grown 19%.“This,” MinerAndina.Com reports “is mainly explained because the Chilean worker spends less hours in his position, and for him to be one hour at work, there are more requirements and personnel support (supervisor, training, administration, etc.), in relation to the international average. As the worker spends less time at work, the installed capital (equipment, plant) is used less.”The report, Informe de Productividad de la Gran Minería del Cobre en Chile, was commissioned by the Government in order to propose public policy recommendations to reverse the decline in mining productivity in the last 15 years.Alfie Ulloa, Executive Secretary of the CNP, said that the findings identified in the report can be grouped into three large groups: private, sectorial and public. “The first (private) are manageable by companies themselves and cannot be public matter nor can it be managed by the CNP.“The second case (sectorial) require coordination between the sector’s agents, for example, mining companies with their suppliers and/or contractors (among others). The third case are factors manageable by the public side”.Findings of public natureThe approval system for large projects is extremely long, a situation which negatively influences investment. There is a lot of red tape, “for example, exploration concessions take over eight months and mining concessions can take up more than two years”, Ulloa saidInvestment in exploration is low. “Considering that Chile spends up to 16% in exploration and produces almost 30% of the world’s copper production, our exploration numbers are not in line with our production”, he saidThere is an important human capital gap. There is a need to prepare a significant amount of operators and maintainers, as well as preparing for competencies and for increasingly automated technology. “The human capital is key for a substantial improvement in the productivity sector. The public sector must be part of the solution”, he said.Relations between companies and communities, the state and the local governments, must facilitate long-term solutions and of mutual benefit in a transparent and credible way.Findings of a sectorial natureMake more efficient use of strategic resources and common infrastructure for miningAim at reducing accreditation times of contracting companies through the agreement of standards and homologation of admission requirements with mining companiesMining companies should homologate operational information they generate, to replicate the Benchmark study in a simpler wayContinue to move towards adherence to the qualification framework, for both, companies and the training sectorThe establishment of certain technological standards (interoperability), among others.Among the private nature findings was the excessive rotation of senior managers and the existence of too much hierarchy. Organizational culture is biased towards control versus one of empowerment and accountability and little meritocracy; insufficient adherence and fulfillment of plans (i.e. maintenance), among others.Resolution of management problems and how to involve workers in the solutions to improve productivity are pending, as well as further dialogue with them.It is, finally, about the great challenge going through a culture change in the country. The CNP will submit its Recommendations to the Government.last_img read more

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Master chef releases new cookery book

first_imgIt was only 6.30pm on a Monday night and I found myself crammed with more than 200 other people in a modern taverna eating the ultimate Greek hang-over cure; lamb souvlaki with chips. Sounding a little premature to be partying? I had good reason to because I was at the Hellenic Republic in Brunswick East for the launch of George Calombaris’s new cookbook, Greek Cookery From the Hellenic Heart.Complete with a blue carpet at the entrance, a door lady who fastened a bracelet with a mati around our wrists, and the ‘wog’ antics of George Capianaris, this was not your typical book launch.It was better, and not short of simple, authentic Greek food.Dolmadakia, Cypriot sausage and cumin roasted beetroot with yoghurt, which were beautifully but simply presented on white platters, were sped around the room by the waiters. Fellow MasterChef judges, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan were part of the official proceedings. Mehigan, who was Calombaris’ mentor at the Sofitel restaurant where he did his apprenticeship, spent five minutes admittedly, “blowing smoke up his (Calombaris) bottom.” “What impresses me most is the simple food that he has,” emphasised Mehigan. “He has transcended the cherries and wanting to be flash. He has the same love and dedication he has taken (from recipes) from his yiayia and mother- that is amazing cooking.”Mehigan then, (pardon the pun) put the cherry on his own speech by proclaiming that having George’s mug on the front cover would have the book selling like hot cakes!His latest cookbook is unique because it combines signature Hellenic Republic dishes such as the peppered figs with saganaki and the real, white taramosalata, but it’s meatier than that. Greek Cookery From the Hellenic Heart is also full of handwritten tributes to his great grandparents, parents, nieces and nephews. There are real life accounts of their migration to Australia, random comments about food and life taken straight from his lips, and Calombaris’s inspiring insights on Hellenism. “It’s about my love for who I am and what I represent. Food is family, family is life, life is everything,” he said.There are revelations about Calombaris that are both touching and surprising.“As much as my mum is the soul, my father is the strength,” he writes. “He has gone through a lot. He’s had cancer twice and has been on his death bed, but he still battles on just like the legendary Spartans.”Flick through the book and you will enjoy the fabulous photography by Dean Cambray, which compliment Calombaris’s home cooking inspired recipes as well as providing substance to his memories and personal accounts.The menu champions the full breadth and myriad influences on peasant cuisine across the Cyprus, Crete, Sparta, and other parts of Greece.From breakfast rich in yoghurt and sweet trahana, move onto koupes, kolakassi (pork and taro stew), and prawn saganaki. Finish off with mother Mary Calombaris’s famous Shamishi (Cypriot fried custard tarts), or for something lighter try the Mahlepi (chilled water jelly, pistachio and rose water).Greek Cookery From the Hellenic Heart RRPs for $50. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Jelly Bean pourrait rejoindre Ice Cream Sandwich dici cet été

first_imgJelly Bean pourrait rejoindre Ice Cream Sandwich d’ici cet étéLe site Digitimes, selon des sources issues de fournisseurs de chaîne d’approvisionnement taïwanais, vient d’annoncer que Google pourrait lancer la version 5.0 d’Android dès le second trimestre 2012. Android 5.0 Jelly Bean pourrait pointer son nez dès l’été 2012. C’est du moins ce que suggèrent des rumeurs qui circulent sur le net et indiquent que Google serait prêt à lancer le successeur de Ice Cream Sandwich. La nouvelle mise à jour de l’écosystème pourrait intégrer des fonctions de Chrome OS pour unifier les deux systèmes. Même si, pour l’instant, la version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich peine encore à s’imposer sur les terminaux, la firme de Mountain View garde toujours une longueur d’avance. Google pourrait donc bien décider de lancer rapidement cette nouvelle version, pour pouvoir contrer Windows 8 de Microsoft. Ce dernier équipera en priorité les tablettes, ce qui pourrait inquiéter le géant américain. En effet, Ice Cream Sandwich était déjà destiné à cet objectif, et pourtant elle peine à s’y imposer. Android 4.0 ne serait donc pas vraiment à la hauteur des attentes de Google. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En combinant Android à certaines fonctions de Chrome, Google met la pression aux fabricants de tablettes pour pouvoir équiper les tablettes et les netbook en duo avec Windows 8, permettant ainsi aux utilisateurs de basculer entre les deux systèmes d’exploitation sans avoir à éteindre leur terminal. Cependant, Windows 8 n’étant attendu que pour la fin de l’année, il se pourrait que Google prenne son temps pour peaufiner Jelly Bean et remettre sa sortie à la rentrée. Reste qu’avec une sortie si rapprochée d’Ice Cream Sandwich, les constructeurs pourraient ne plus savoir où donner de la tête. Selon le site igeneration, certains produits Motorola, comme la Xoom 2, pourraient passer sous Android 4.0 alors même que la version 5.0 serait disponible. Le 18 février 2012 à 09:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Enter Björks Imagination at LA Debut of Singers VR Exhibition

first_imgStay on target British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Here’s a sentence you probably never expected to read: Björk’s virtual reality exhibit is coming to LA this spring.The Los Angeles Philharmonic will play host to the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, “an exhibition of groundbreaking VR video works featuring music from Björk’s latest album,” according to the orchestra’s website.A special addition to the LA Phil Reykjavik Festival (highlighting musical creativity from Iceland’s capital), this two-week experience may well be worth the $35 entry cost.Inside LA’s Magic Box at The Reef, visitors will first step into six virtual reality performances (one of which transports the viewer inside Björk’s mouth), then get a hands-on education in musicology, science, and technology via custom-made musical instruments. The tour ends in the Cinema room with a curated program of the Icelandic singer’s “extensive and groundbreaking” music videos, remastered for this exhibit.Los Angeles PhilharmonicTickets are on sale now for the exhibition, which runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., May 19–June 4. Patrons must be 13 years or older, and a signed waiver will be required before entering. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled entry time, and expect to be wandering the halls for about 90 minutes.“A pioneer in music, art, and technology, Björk has worked with a collection of world-renowned directors, programmers, and visual artists to create a series of innovative virtual reality works displayed throughout a series of rooms,” the LA Phil said in a press release. “Björk Digital will invite guests to experience these immersive works through the latest in virtual reality.”Björk’s experimental VR project launched in Sydney, Australia, last summer, before traveling to Tokyo, London, Paris, and Houston, Texas.The eclectic and eccentric chanteuse will also make her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, performing with the LA Philharmonic orchestra in a sold-out concert conducted by Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason on May 30.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews MANHUNT 2018

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Manhunt good?It’s decent.What’s it about?A Chinese-produced remake of a well-regarded Japanese film of the same name from 1976 starring Ken Takakura, both loosely adapted from a novel by Juko Nishimura. Zhang Hanyu stars as a Chinese lawyer whose assignment to a powerful pharmaceutical company in Japan is coming to an end with his firm has decided to move him to a new client in the United States. Unfortunately, he doesn’t even get to pack his bags before waking up in his hotel not being able to remember how he back to his hotel… or why there’s a dead girl in his bed or how his fingerprints got on the murder weapon.So it’s a noir-thriller sort of thing?Yes, but with John Woo directing, so it’s also more of an action/chase/gunfight king of an affair for the most part. The protagonist is on the run in Japan trying to figure out who framed him and why, pursued and/or aided at various points by a cross-section of other colorful characters all including a gruff older police detective with an agenda of his own. There’s a younger and icier detective who doesn’t play by the rules with a spunky by-the-book young female partner to break in, a mysterious half-Chinese woman stalking the case for unknown reasons, a community of homeless people being abducted for mysterious purposes. There’s also a pair of sister assassins played by South Korean star Ha Ji-won and the director’s own daughter Angeles Woo.Wow! A new John Woo movie!? Where’d that guy go??I mean… he never really “left.” He transitioned more to producing for a while and mostly stopped making movies with lots of gunfights because American producers didn’t really know what to do with him after Face/Off.  He’s worked for most the last decade back between China and Hong Kong focusing on historical dramas like Red Cliff and The Crossing (aka “China’s Titanic”) and wuxia fantasy flicks. He supposedly took up Manhunt as a tribute film to original star Takakura, who he was a fan of, and to get back to his low-budget action roots for a project.So does he still have it?To an extent, yeah. Everybody chases everybody else around urban and, eventually, rural Japan. A lot of guns get fired, a lot of cars, motorcycles, and jet-skis get crashed, a lot of blood gets spilled, lots of motion gets slooooooowed way the hell down, and Woo probably gets the last laugh on parodies of his own signature. You know, the white doves gag amid a twist-filled, flashback-laden conspiracy plot that doesn’t really make a tremendous degree of sense (but were you asking it to?) It definitely has the familiar manic energy and sincere commitment to the weirdness of his original Hong Kong output… but it’s not quite the return to the glory days some might have been hoping for.Care to elaborate?It’s fun, moves like it’s late for work and it’s definitely a treat to see how committed Woo remains to his original bag of tricks. Not just the slow-motion and doves everyone’s goofed on over the years but the melodramatic cross-dissolves, awkward still-frames, and lounge-bar jazz. But in what turns out to be a weird downside, what constitutes “low budget” has changed a lot since Woo created this template in late-80s Hong Kong. It’s pairing these old-school analog techniques with slicked-up 21st Century digital shooting, and the general “reality” of present-day guns, cars and other tools of the trade leads to an occasional “off” feeling atmosphere. Everything is almost a little TOO clean, the movement a little TOO smooth, the locations a little TOO unblemished by all the death and destruction surrounding them – to the point where apart from everyone being Chinese, Japanese or Korean you might think you were watching an especially well-directed episode of NCIS.Any significant upsides?Oh, for sure! There’s a BIG centerpiece blowout involving the siege of a rural farmhouse filled with all of what is by that point the good guys by all of the bad guys that seriously cooks regarding “what the hell are they going to think to do next?” The high-point of the movie even if it comes more or less toward the end of Act 2. The finale (while not as much pure fun on the action front) is also completely bonkers if for no other reason than the plot suddenly gets yanked off into such an extreme turn to an almost pseudo-sci-fi territory for Act 3 I almost thought Netflix might have started up a whole other movie by accident.How is the cast?Solid, though the decision to shoot the film in alternating Mandarin, Japanese and English (the Japanese and Chinese characters appear to switch to English when speaking to one another) is clearly putting a strain on those who don’t speak one or more of the languages fluently in some of the dramatic scenes. Hanyu is a compelling “regular guy” lead, Masaharu Fukuyama (best known as a musician in Japan) shows serious action-hero chops as the main cop, and Ha Ji-won and Angeles Woo (John Woo’s daughter, who hasn’t significantly acted before) are standouts as a pair of assassin sisters. Angeles is a surprising presence, with a different look and attitude than is typical for this kind of role – hope she does more work after this.So you’d recommend it?Yeah, overall. It’s a minor thing even in Woo’s admittedly all-over-the-map canon, but it’s a fun watch, and if you’ve already got Netflix (where it exclusively debuted in the U.S. recently) it’s not like it’ll cost you anything extra to watch it.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Firefighters rescue kittens stuck inside Lauderhill homes wall

first_img#Lauderhill second kitten recovered from wall. All kittens accounted for. #notjustfires #petrescue @LauderhillFDPIO pic.twitter.com/sAV16AiTMD— LauderhillFDOpsChief (@LHFireOPSChief) April 11, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #Lauderhill FD on scene of kittens stuck in the wall of a house. 1118 NW 42 Way. One rescued so far, working on additional #animalrescue #notjustfires #petrescue @LauderhillFDPIO pic.twitter.com/Dbutk4mCTQ— LauderhillFDOpsChief (@LHFireOPSChief) April 11, 2018The kittens were recovered without injury.It is unknown if the woman whose home they were in kept them or if they were given up for adoption. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of firefighters rescued two kitten that were trapped inside a wall in a Lauderhill home.The month-old cats was heard meowing, but the owner of the home could not pinpoint where the sounds were coming from.Lauderhill Fire Rescue stepped in and cut a hole in the wall, where they pulled the little guys from.last_img read more

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Unalaska museum closes during search for new staff

first_imgThe Museum of the Aleutians remains temporarily closed. (Photo by Greta Mart/KUCB)Unalaska’s Museum of the Aleutians will be closed for the foreseeable future.The museum’s board of directors has decided to keep the museum closed while the board conducts a search for a new executive director, collections manager and education programs director.Board member and city manager David Martinson said this morning that given there is currently now only one employee, the museum would be closed for the time being. He added the board was working to reopen the museum as soon as possible.Martinson also says that the board received outgoing executive director Zoya Johnson’s letter of apology to the community but has not released it to the public.Johnson resigned as museum director last week. Her last day on the job was Monday.last_img read more

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Fans Excited About Houston Rockets Playoff Run

first_img Share Florian MartinThe Houston Rockets had a good 2016/17 regular season and have a good chance of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday, April 25.After a close win in Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Houston Rockets need just one more to advance to the second round.I caught fan Todd Thomas outside the Toyota Center. He feels good about the Rockets’ chances, especially since they’ll play at home next.“Home field advantage, I mean, it has its plus,” he said. “They were able to steal one in Oklahoma, so hopefully them coming back to Houston, they can play, win and move on.”At Discovery Green, Dan Clift said it more bluntly.“I think the series is over. It’s right around the corner,” he said. “If (James) Harden has a really good game – a Russell Westbrook kind of game – I think they’ll win.”  Jeff Balke, a sports writer and commentator on Houston Matters, agrees with those fans.“The Rockets only had one game – Game 3 – where they lost, and that game they probably could have won,” Balke said. “A missed three-pointer by James (Harden) at the buzzer would have won the game, so I think they will close it out in Game 5.”If they do, the Rockets will meet either the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies in the second round. If they lose, they’ll go back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Thursday.And some fans, like Cornelius Jones, think they will go all the way.“Like a repeat of ‘94 and ‘95 when they won the championships,” he said. “I think they can do it again.”They’d just have to win 13 more games. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15 Listen last_img read more

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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Is Detained On Day Of Protests

first_imgPolice prevented the organizer of demonstrations against Russian President Vladimir Putin from visiting a Moscow rally, arresting Alexei Navalny outside his home Monday. Thousands of protesters turned out anyway, and dozens of detentions were reported in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.“Alexei was detained at the entrance of the house,” his wife, Julia Bulk, wrote on Navalny’s Twitter feed. She posted a photo showing police taking her husband to a police vehicle, captioning the photo, “Russia Day!”Other images from the day show thousands of demonstrators in St. Petersburg chanting slogans against Putin — and black-clad police marching through the crowd, making arrests and pulling people off of monuments.Police say Navalny was detained for breaking laws regarding public meetings and obeying authorities, the Interfax news agency reports. It adds that the opposition leader ran into problems setting up a planned demonstration on Sakharov Avenue, and instead told his allies on Sunday to gather on Tverskaya Street.Navalny, an opposition leader who was also arrested for organizing large anti-Putin protests in March, had called for national demonstrations on the holiday that marks Russia’s formal emergence from the Soviet era in 1990. He’s hoping to challenge Putin in next year’s presidential election, delivering speeches around the country, as NPR’s Lucian Kim reported last week.The center of the Moscow protest is at Pushkin Square — and while NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly says the crowd there is huge, she adds that it’s also difficult to ascertain how many people are there for Navalny’s cause, and how many for the national holiday.“There are people walking around the streets in World War I uniforms,” Mary Louise says. “There are big stages set up for concerts.”She adds that while the mood in the square had seemed peaceful earlier Monday, “the situation is changing very quickly” with “images streaming in of police and protesters pushing toward one another” as bystanders struggle to get out of the way.The arrests began, Mary Louise says, after the crowd began chanting — something the authorities had warned them not to do.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Research team develops better iron catalyst to help turn plant material into

first_img Explore further Crude oil no longer needed for plastics (PhysOrg.com) — As most people know, modern plastics are made from crude oil derivatives, making them vulnerable to price and supply fluctuations, which in the end means an alternative must be found in order for the plastics industry to remain viable. One alternative is to use plant material, or biomass instead. Unfortunately, at least till now, the lack of a good catalyst has made the process both expensive and messy, at least for those that create plastics that are virtually identical to the ones based on petroleum. Now, researchers in The Netherlands have found an iron catalyst that appears to be both effective and doesn’t produce a messy byproduct. They describe their work in the journal Science. Citation: Research team develops better iron catalyst to help turn plant material into plastic (2012, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-team-iron-catalyst-material-plastic.html More information: Supported Iron Nanoparticles as Catalysts for Sustainable Production of Lower Olefins, Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 pp. 835-838. DOI: 10.1126/science.1215614ABSTRACTLower olefins are key building blocks for the manufacture of plastics, cosmetics, and drugs. Traditionally, olefins with two to four carbons are produced by steam cracking of crude oil–derived naphtha, but there is a pressing need for alternative feedstocks and processes in view of supply limitations and of environmental issues. Although the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis has long offered a means to convert coal, biomass, and natural gas into hydrocarbon derivatives through the intermediacy of synthesis gas (a mixture of molecular hydrogen and carbon monoxide), selectivity toward lower olefins tends to be low. We report on the conversion of synthesis gas to C2 through C4 olefins with selectivity up to 60 weight percent, using catalysts that constitute iron nanoparticles (promoted by sulfur plus sodium) homogeneously dispersed on weakly interactive α-alumina or carbon nanofiber supports. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Journal information: Science Biomass can be used to make plastics by burning it which produces a mix of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. When a catalyst is added to the mix, (most of which are generally based on iron) syngas is produced with olefins in it. The olefins are the components in syngas that form into plastic when they are chemically connected together. The problem up till now has been that the catalysts used thus far haven’t been very efficient (the proportion of olefins in the syngas were very small) and tended to produce carbon dust and methane.In this new research, the team studied many different iron based materials hoping to find one that would work better. After an exhaustive search they discovered that by changing the grain size of one such catalyst material from an average of 500 nanometers to just 20, and then forcing the grains to be evenly spaced apart to prevent clustering, improved efficiency dramatically. Then, by accident (one of their chemicals had been accidently tainted) they found that adding a tiny bit of sulfur and sodium to the mix improved the efficiency even more. The end result is a process so efficient that no carbon dust or methane is produced.The researchers acknowledge that the process still isn’t efficient enough to compete with those based on petroleum products, despite the fact that it produced roughly fifty percent more lower olefins than previous methods. At just 60% efficiency, that still leaves 40% waste, too much for it to be considered a viable replacement, at least at current oil prices and availability. More optimistically, the fact that the team was able to double the efficiency of current methods suggests that even better efficiencies in the future might be found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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