Poland signs deal for longterm deliveries of US gas

first_imgWARSAW, Poland – Poland’s main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda.“This is a sign across Europe that this is how your energy security will be developed, your energy sources diversified,” Perry said before the deal was signed.He and Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski also signed an agreement to confirm long-term co-operation on energy security, which Perry said indicated America’s “pro-Poland and pro-Europe” approach to developing diverse sources of energy.“We are prepared to be a competitive, reliable and transparent” partner, he said.Perry is visiting several countries in central and eastern Europe to expand energy partnerships in the region, the U.S. Department of Energy said.The value of the deal with the Polish company was not disclosed, in line with traditional secrecy for such energy deals.However, Piotr Wozniak, the president of PGNiG’s management board, said the price is 20-30 per cent lower than what Poland pays its current supplier in Russia.Under the deal, Poland will receive some 700 million cubic meters of gas from 2019 through 2022, and 39 billion cubic meters from 2023 through 2042. Poland’s annual consumption of gas is almost 16 billion cubic meters, 25 per cent of which is covered from Poland’s own deposits.Wozniak said the deal would also provide a safety net to protect neighbouring Ukraine, a transit route for Russian gas, from unexpected breaks in Russian gas deliveries. PGNiG is planning two more deals for U.S. gas deliveries, he said.Poland and Ukraine feel especially concerned about their level of dependence on Russia energy supplies, which Moscow has used as political leverage in the past.Their anxieties have increased because of a German-Russian project to build Nord Stream 2, a second pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would deliver gas directly from St. Petersburg to Germany, and to other European countries, while bypassing Poland and the route through Ukraine.Perry said the U.S. opposes Nord Stream 2 because it thinks the pipeline project would increase the region’s dependence on Russian gas.The gas will be delivered by ship from terminals in Louisiana and Texas to a liquefied natural gas terminal in Swinoujscie, in the northwest, on Poland’s Baltic coast.In October, PGNiG signed a separate long-term contract for the purchase of some 40 million tons, or over 50 billion cubic meters, of liquefied natural gas from Louisiana-based Venture Global Calcasieu Pass and Venture Global Plaquemines LNG.The deal, the first of its kind in central and eastern Europe, was meant to replace an expiring deal with Russia’s Gazprom that Poland said cost too much.___Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed to this report.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI to Participate in AU Summit in Addis Ababa

Rabat – Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, was quoted on Thursday by journalists  as saying that, “King Mohammed VI will travel to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, for the African Union (AU) summit to stand up for Morocco’s return to the Pan-African organization,” AFP reported.Following the formal request of the King to rejoin the AU, made during the 27th Summit of the AU, held last July in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali – the King’s advisor, Tayeb Fassi-Fihri, submitted Morocco’s official request to the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, during the UN General Assembly in New York last September.A request was then submitted to consider Morocco’s return an agenda item during the 28th Ordinary Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government, scheduled to take place on January 30 and 31, in Addis Ababa. In the mean time, King Mohammed VI chaired a council of Ministers on Tuesday in the Royal Palace in Marrakech to adopt the Constituent Act of the AU, signed in Lomé on July 11, 2000. As part of Morocco’s goal to consolidate South-South partnership and embark on cooperative relationships with other African countries, King Mohammed VI paid visits to many of them including Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Tanzania.  Supporting these critical relationships will be groundbreaking economic projects, which should add fresh impetus to Morocco’s bid to regain the AU seat it gave up in 1984.Morocco’s withdrawal from the AU was fueled by the pan-African organization’s public acceptance of the self-proclaimed SADR as a full-fledged member state.During the King’s tour of African nations, several of them publicly encouraged Morocco’s return to the AU. Last November, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Madagascar each expressed their countries’ commitment to supporting Morocco’s return to the AU.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

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Interfor says it’s shipping more lumber from Canada after China tariffs on U.S.

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:IFP) VANCOUVER — Interfor Corp. says the company has markedly increased lumber shipments from Canada to China as a result of tariffs imposed on its U.S. production.Barton Bender, vice-president of sales, told a conference call with financial analysts, that Interfor has tried to keep overall lumber shipments to the country constant after China retaliated to U.S. tariffs with its own import tax of up to 25 per cent on some goods.Bender says it has increased exports from Canada to China despite shipping costs that are roughly 50 per cent higher than from the Southern U.S.Interfor, along with other Canadian forestry companies, have invested in U.S. lumber production in recent years as they faced log supply issues in B.C. and softwood tariffs on exports to the U.S.The industry has been on a rollercoaster of prices in the past year as they spiked to record highs last summer before plummeting in the fourth quarter in part over U.S. housing market concerns.Interfor says 2018 was the company best financial year in its history, despite a fourth-quarter loss of $13.2 million or 19 cents per share. read more

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AP joins global initiative to expand reporting on religion

The Associated Press is joining with the Religion News Service and the non-profit publisher The Conversation to form a global initiative to expand news reporting on religion in the United States and around the world.The collaboration is being funded by an 18-month, $4.9 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Religion News Service’s parent organization, the non-profit Religion News Foundation. The grant represents one of the biggest investments in religion news coverage in decades.The initiative will create a joint news desk to produce multi-format coverage of major faiths, with a focus on illuminating the religious practices and principles that underlie current events and cultural movements.To help build the initiative, the AP will hire eight religion journalists, and the Religion New Service will hire three. The Conversation will add two editors. The organizations will also hire additional business staff to help administer the grant.“This collaboration significantly expands AP’s capacity to explore issues of faith, ethics and spirituality as a social and cultural force,” said AP Vice-President and Managing Editor Brian Carovillano.The initiative “fundamentally transforms religion journalism in the U.S. and globally,” said Thomas Gallagher, CEO of the Religion News Foundation and publisher of its news service. “Competent, reliable, professional religion journalism is needed more than ever.”Bruce Wilson, chief innovation and development officer at The Conversation, which publishes analysis and commentary from academic experts, said the initiative “can bring our fresh insights to an even wider range of audiences across the country and globally.”Each of the three organizations will retain editorial control of its content, which will be labeled and distributed by the AP. Opinion pieces from the Religion News Service will be available to AP members and customers but will not run on AP’s news wire.The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has sought to improve public understanding of religion by funding documentaries about religious leaders and traditions and by supporting the Religion News Service.“This is an opportunity to bring content about religion to a much broader audience and market than has previously been possible,” said Michael Fabiano, AP’s vice-president for local media.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Smiths Oregon State plays for bragging rights in Civil War

Jonathan Smith played in four Civil War games between Oregon and Oregon State, but one moment stands out from 2000 when the No. 5 Ducks played the No. 8 Beavers.Smith was quarterback for the Beavers while Joey Harrington was behind centre for the Ducks. The game had big post-season implications for both teams.Smith set the scene: “Sun was out. It was cold. Keith Jackson — the whole thing.”He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Robert Prescott and Jake Cookus (currently an assistant for the Beavers) pulled down three of Oregon State’s five interceptions. The Beavers went on to win 23-13, reaching 10 wins for the first time in school history, then played in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. The Ducks finished 9-2 and played in the Holiday Bowl.“When you go 10-1 at a school that has never been 10-1, and was at rock bottom a few years ago, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Beavers coach Dennis Erickson said afterward.Smith said this week: “Probably one of my favourite memories of playing was taking a knee to win that game.”The other Civil War that sticks out for Smith is the 1998 double-overtime Oregon State victory. He finished his career 2-2 in the rivalry game.The stakes are nowhere near as high in the 122nd Civil War. The Beavers (2-9, 1-7 Pac-12) are essentially playing for bragging rights in Smith’s first season as head coach in Corvallis.The Ducks (7-4, 4-4) are looking to improve their bowl prospects. First-year Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said emphasizing the post-season implications is just part of the team’s preparation.“I think you always assess yourself, the opponent, you talk about both. We’re rebuilding a program, too,” he said. “To me that’s the biggest focus of anything else. We’ve got to understand where we are, where we’re going and the progress that we’ve made, and we want to continue it, so I’d say the bulk of the focus is on that.”Oregon leads the all-time series 64-47-10.Here are some other things to know when Oregon and Oregon State meet:HERBERT’S LAST? Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert may or may not be playing in his final Civil War. Herbert is widely considered one of the top prospects at his position should he decide to skip his final year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. If he stays in Eugene, he’ll get a chance to play with brother Patrick, a four-star tight end who has committed to the Ducks.Herbert has passed for 2,883 yards with 27 touchdowns this season. His streak of 26 games with a TD pass is the longest current streak in the nation.LUTON’S LAST? The Civil War could cap quarterback Jake Luton’s tenure at Oregon State, which has been marked by injuries. Last season he suffered a thoracic spine fracture against Washington State. This year he had a concussion and a high ankle sprain that kept him out of four games.Smith said there’s a possibility that Luton could petition for a medical hardship waiver for a sixth year of eligibility. Luton told The Oregonian this week that he’d be open to returning for another season.MITCHELL HISTORY: Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell has 68 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He ranks atop the Pac-12 for receiving yards and is ninth in the nation with an average of 100.2 per game. He needs just 36 yards to break Josh Huff’s single-season school record for receiving yards.FRESHMAN SENSATION: Oregon State true freshman running back Jermar Jefferson has rushed for 1,316 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His total yards lead the nation among freshmen and his average of 119.6 yards puts him at seventh among all rushers nationally.“Obviously the back has garnered a lot of attention, and rightfully so, as a freshman he’s widely considered one of the best freshmen in the country. The offensive line has done a tremendous job for him,” Cristobal said in assessing the Beavers’ offence.THE LAST TIME: Oregon State capped a turbulent year with a 69-10 loss to the Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Beavers coach Gary Andersen had abruptly left the team in the middle of a one-win season. Royce Freeman ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Herbert passed for 251 yards and three scores. It was the final game of a one-year stint as head coach for Willie Taggart, who left for Florida State in early December.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press read more

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Opinion Season outcome will play huge part in future of Columbus Blue

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu (55) fights for the puck during a game against the Washington Capitals Jan. 29 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won, 5-2.Courtesy of MCTWith the Winter Olympics finished, the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to return to the ice Thursday in New Jersey to begin the stretch run toward the team’s second playoff appearance in franchise history.In the case of this Blue Jackets team, the hope is that history will not repeat itself.After coming up one point shy in making the playoffs last season, the Jackets currently sit one point away from the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. While only separated by four points from the current sixth seed — the New York Rangers — the Jackets have 24 games left to prove why they are the team fans believed they were before the season began and reach the postseason again after a three year hiatus.Following a three-week break from play because of the Olympics, five Jackets — Sergei Bobrovsky, Artem Anisimov, Nikita Nikitin, Fedor Tyutin and Marian Gaborik — will finally reunite with the team for this final stretch, but not all return healthy. Worrying about players returning healthy is always a concern for a franchise and its fans and the Blue Jackets will be without the play of Tyutin. Tyutin, competing for the Russian national team, injured his ankle and is expected to be out two or three weeks. He only has four goals and 20 assists, but these stats fail to show the effect Tyutin has on the ice for the CBJ. Tyutin has been one of the team’s defensive anchors over the past few seasons, and beginning play without him could provide a sting the Jackets cannot afford at this time in their season.The Blue Jackets were moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference this season and continued their goal of competing in the NHL playoffs. Before the season began, some pundits were anointing this team as the one to watch out for this season and expecting big results from a team without much playoff experience. Much like last season, the Jackets kicked off this year’s campaign by coming out of the gates at a much slower pace than others. Fans and media outlets were beginning to question what the team’s actual potential was and if it was pressured by too many expectations.Since their initial slow start to the season, the Jackets have since rebounded nicely and turned into one of the most competitive teams in the Eastern Conference. Recent stretches, including an eight-game winning streak, have positioned them for a possible shot at the playoffs, but in order to accomplish said goal, they will need to find a way to eliminate their propensity of not showing up for short stints of games and maintain focus on their ultimate goal. The Jackets have an even 12 remaining games at home and 12 on the road, and with eight teams competing for the East’s final three playoff spots, everything is up for grabs coming down to the end.With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Jackets finally see themselves as buyers instead of sellers. Improving the back end of their defensive lines and finding another wing who has a natural ability to score the puck are two areas the Jackets need to focus on most. All indications point toward the team making some kind of move before the deadline expires. Fans in Columbus have committed themselves to a team that has only made the playoffs once, and are desperately clinging to the idea of making it back once again. For the organization and its fan base, this critical run could have a significant impact on the present and future of the Blue Jackets. These moments are what separate the good teams from the great ones, and now it is time to sit back and see what the Jackets can do with this opportunity. read more

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Season is over for Kai Hafner

One of the biggest surprises of the last Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, Kai Hafner, has broken metacarpal bone and for him season is over. The 27-years old right back got injured during the first friendly match between Germany and Qatar in Leipzig. He won’t be helpful for his TSV Hannover Burgdorf, but expectations are that powerful shooter will be ready for the Olympic preparations next summer. kai hafner ← Previous Story Qatari revenge in Berlin Next Story → AMAZING: Serbian girl Andrea Mijailović scores 40 goals in away win!

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Party with Nikos Ganos

first_imgTropical Sound Waves and NUGAS Victoria invite you to Nikos Ganos VIP Cocktail Party, as he takes it live to the stage of the Marrakech Cocktail Bar in Melbourne CBD.When: Saturday 27 September. Doors open 7pm to 3am; cocktail party 7pm to 10pm Where: Marrakech Cocktail Bar, 25 Bank Place, Melbourne CBD 3000 Tickets: $15 pre-sold, $20 at the door, $15 NUGAS discounted Dress code: Fashionable Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Microsoft enlève la sécurité antipiratage dOffice

first_imgMicrosoft enlève la sécurité anti-piratage d’OfficeSans en expliquer les raisons, Microsoft a désactivé le programme qui permettait d’authentifier la version d’Office installée sur un ordinateur. La décision peut être curieuse et Microsoft l’a prise sans vraiment communiquer. Depuis le 16 décembre, Office Genuine Advantage n’est plus actif sur Office, selon ZDNet.fr. Ce programme permettait de vérifier si la version installée sur un ordinateur était officielle ou copiée. Cet outil existe depuis 2006 et se matérialisait par un code de 25 caractères à entrer lors de l’installation du logiciel. Pour le reste, rien ne change concernant l’activation du programme qui regroupe, entre autres, Word, Excel, Power Point ou encore Outlook. Néanmoins, un site Internet (lien non disponible) a été conçu pour les clients désireux de faire authentifier leurs programmes. Concernant Windows, la sécurité anti-piratage n’est pas levée. Le 22 décembre 2010 à 11:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Wonder Boy is the Most Bizarre Video Game Movie Ever Made

first_img You may think you’ve seen the worst video game movies ever made. But until you watch Wonder Boy, you haven’t seen anything.First, a little backstory. The Wonder Boy games were produced by a Japanese studio called Escape. The first one was localized here as NES platformer Adventure Island, but later games were primarily on Sega systems. They went from simple run-and-jumpers to complex and colorful side-scrolling RPGs with huge worlds. You can read more about the series at Hardcore Gaming 101.The games are loved by a niche audience but certainly don’t have wide recognition – the last new entry in the series came out in 1994. But one man really loved Wonder Boy enough to want to make a movie out of it. And that man’s name… is Robin Morningstar.Mr. Morningstar is notable for another video game movie, the ill-fated cinematic adaptation of dark 90s platformer Chakan The Forever Man. You probably haven’t heard of it, and it’s bad – but not anywhere near as bad as Wonder Boy.When you think “bad video game movies,” the name Uwe Boll is bound to come up at some point, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he was involved with this one as well. Boll and Morningstar partnered up to try and buy the rights for the franchise from Sega, and eventually Uwe got frustrated and walked off.One would think that would be the end of the story, but no. Apparently, Robin Morningstar actually went ahead anyways without securing the rights and produced an unauthorized, all-CGI Wonder Boy movie in 2010 which has just surfaced on YouTube.The well-named Cool Great Website has the whole rundown, which is well worth your time. Or you could just watch the YouTube upload of Wonder Boy (2010) for yourself and let your brain ooze out of your ears.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic ‘Kid Icarus’ Earns $9K at AuctionMike Tyson Is Still Pissed Over Nintendo’s ‘Punch-Out!!’ last_img read more

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Face Up Architectural Record

first_imgThe issue Silverman refers to is Architectural Record’s annual Houses issue. AR’s main focus is commercial buildings. She says AR (which won the 2012 Grand Neal Award from American Business Media) does not often shoot its own covers, and this particular image sparked internal debate whether to include it or not, due to the “rougher” composition of the submitted photo.Silverman says the positives of the shot eventually outweighed the weaker points, “This photo had a lot going for it in terms of the starkness of the building—the crisp black and white of it with the hit of that magenta furniture, in opposition to the rough un-manicured California hillside. The Hollywood sign peeking out at the edge didn’t hurt, either.”The cover font, which Silverman describes as “bland industrial,” is used in-book as well. “As for headline placement, I wanted to both intensify the awkward cut-off composition, and also push it out of the way of the content of the photo,” she says. DESIGNER’S COMMENTS“What the crop on the photo of this modern house has going for it is the dynamic interplay of those positive/negative, nature/building shapes and bringing the eye right inside the oversized patio door. What the crop has working against it is the orphaned bit of the Hollywood sign. This awkward crop seems sloppy and also a bit forced—let the architecture stand on its own and let a caption (small on the cover or to keep it clean on the table of contents) give us the location. I wonder about the styling choice of what looks like a closed shade on the upper floor window, seems a bit contrived and dulls the glass. Everything else is pitch perfect.” Dave McKenna, art director, 5280 Magazine “The hoary old joke at art school is that good art should not match the couch. So I suppose we can award irony points to this cover. Intentional, I hope. Please? In the long tradition of nearly unreadable AR cover headlines, this one is at least clear of clutter or buzzing moiré background texture, and nicely under control. So no complaints there. But a cover image for houses of the year might want to be a stunning, or crazily, boldly out there piece of architecture, no? I’m afraid that the only thing I’ll remember from this cover is pink and black—poodle skirts, Elvis, Grease. The good thing is, I will remember it.”John Kehe, design director, Christian Science Monitor Have a unique “cover” story? Contact associate editor Stefanie Botelho at sbotelho@red7media.com.center_img MAGSTATSIssue: April 2012Frequency: MonthlyCirculation: about 90,000Launched: 1891Publisher: Mcgraw-HillGroup Design Director:Francesca Messina Art Director: Helene SilvermanEditor-in-Chief: Cathleen McGuigan While there may be a few exceptions, magenta is not a color typically seen on the cover of a b-to-b magazine. However, Architectural Record’s April issue takes full advantage of the unexpected hue. “Since we are not mainly a newsstand publication, we don’t need cover lines that sell the magazines,” says art director Helene Silverman. “The one cover line is all we need on this special issue, and right away I thought it would be a fun counter-intuitive move to echo the magenta, rather than let it remain the only bold color hit.”last_img read more

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Ft Stewart Opens Sports Facilities to Public

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Beginning next week, shooting sports facilities at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia will be open to the general public.At Fort Stewart, paintball facilities along with skeet/trap, archery, and rifle and pistol ranges will be available; at Hunter Army Airfield, paintball facilities will be open. Fort Stewart’s facilities are located just outside the post’s security gates. Hunter’s skeet/trap range, though, is located within its gates.Civilians who do not have government-issued identification cards already are permitted to use golf courses at the two locations, along with Stewart’s bowling lanes and Club Stewart. The garrison has streamlined the process for civilians to obtain vehicle access passes online, according to a news release.All of the facilities are operated by the Army’s directorate of family and morale, welfare and recreation. Most of the facilities are inexpensive to use, with the cost no more than $5 per round or per day. Paintball, however, costs $30 per person.“We would like the civilian community to know that they are welcome to use these facilities, which previously were unavailable to them,” said Susan Chipple, leisure services director for outdoor recreation at Stewart/Hunter. “We are proud of our facilities and try to keep our costs as low as possible.”Chipple added, “The facilities must be self-sustained and receive no government operating funds, so our community friends and neighbors actually are helping us to serve our soldiers and families when they use these facilities as individuals or groups.”last_img read more

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Utility to Revive LongIdled Coal Plant In Healy

first_imgGVEA’s Healy 2 PlantCredit Golden Valley Electric Association.Golden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long-idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week. The facility is being put back on line after nearly 20 years of failings and dispute.Download Audio:The power plant is one of two Golden Valley Electric Association has in Healy to burn coal from the next door Usibelli Mine. GVEA vice president of transmission and distribution Mike Wright says Healy 2, formerly known as the Healy Clean Coal Plant, is scheduled to fire up May 27.Wright says Healy 2’s power output will displace higher price natural gas and oil fired electricity generation sources, but it’s not expected to significantly affect customer bills.Wright stresses that coal is a long-term, price-stable fuel.  GVEA purchased the Healy 2 plant from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority in 2013 for $44 million. The deal followed a drawn out legal battle that began when the $300 million, largely state and federally funded experimental plant failed to meet the utility’s standards in the late 1990s. Bringing the mothballed facility on line entails major upgrades, including Environmental Protection Agency required emissions system improvements at both of the utility’s Healy coal fired plants, changes Wright says add to the overall project costWright says one looming coal fired power issue is new federal carbon dioxide emissions standards that could cap output of the greenhouse gas. He says that could require shutdown of GVEA’s older Healy 1 plant.last_img read more

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3 Taylor High School Students Arrested after Allegedly Planning School Shooting

first_img“I am impressed that this incident was reported by responsible Taylor High School Students and taken seriously by the Taylor High School Administrators,” said Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck. “The High School Administrators immediately notified the two Taylor Police Officers who were on campus at the time.  I am pleased that it was handled swiftly with Taylor Police Officers being able to effectively intervene to remove the threat and that both students and staff are safe.  It is important that the student suspects are being held criminally accountable for their threats and their violent plan.”In a Facebook post, Taylor ISD said it takes any threat to students and staff very seriously. The district added the case is still under investigation, and there is no danger to students. Share Three students at a high school in Taylor, Texas, were arrested Wednesday, after allegedly discussing plans to carry out a school shooting, according to Taylor ISD.Several students at Taylor High School overheard their classmates allegedly discussing detailed plans about using explosives and firearms during class, according to the Taylor Police Department. Each of the suspected students are 17-year-old seniors. Police said the students did not have weapons on them, at the time of the arrest. Students Devant Davis-Brooks, Kadin Watson, and Emmanuel Pina Tejasbeen have been charged with making terroristic threats, according to Taylor PD.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews Birth of a Nation

first_imgFairly or not, the hardest movies to review are often the ones where the story is bigger than the individual film itself, and not only did Birth of A Nation turn into exactly that, it’s pretty much been there since it first showed up.You may recall that last year there was a public outcry taking the Academy Awards to task for basically not nominating hardly any Black people? (#OscarSoWhite?) Well, the Sundance Film Festival was happening at the same time, so naturally everyone’s antennae were up for any Black films that felt like potential Oscar nominees; both to help make the point and because, let’s face it, there was now likely to be a premium on exactly that sort of thing.The movie everybody seemed to hit upon? Birth of Nation.It’s not exactly hard to see why: A biography of Slave Rebellion leader Nat Turner written, directed by, produced by, and starring Nate Parker as a passion project explicitly undertaken out of frustration at the lack of available good roles for Black actors so committed to the cause that it borrowed the title of the infamous pro-KKK silent epic to drive the point home. One understands, just from that brief production data, how it felt like the answer to a lot of prayers and wound up winning the festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Awards prize.…and then it came out that Parker had a rape charge back in college that got adjudicated under some extremely shady circumstances (not helping matters: an alleged cohort in the act has a story credit on the film) and… well, “shit,” would be putting it mildly. Suffice it to say the meta-narrative has gotten significantly more complicated now; since all along the “idea” of the film had been tied to the “idea” of the filmmaker who’d cast himself as the hero in multiple senses of the word.But, apart from all that, how is the actual film? Well… it’s okay. It’s fine.That’s probably the only thing harder than appraising a movie that’s been made into something bigger than itself (first a would-be vanguard of awards season representation, now a referendum on a decidedly less-than-contrite Nate Parker): having the actual film turn out to not inspire passions – positive or negative – equivalent to its presence. Oh, well.Taken entirely on its own merits, Birth of A Nation is a decently entertaining, occasionally-inspired work of historical melodramatic mythmaking. Perhaps amusingly, the filmmaking (and the filmmaker) that it most brings to mind is Mel Gibson; in as much as it’s a stylish, ultra-violent, not terribly “nuanced” work of history-as-larger-than-life-mythmaking positively dripping with heavy-handed Christian religiousity. Wherein moral authority is conferred by ham-fisted Biblical reference and a bounty of iconographic hero-shots depicting the writer/director/star posing like a cross between Jesus Christ and a mid-power-up Super Saiyan.Let’s be clear, though: If you’re shooting for “12 Years A Slave” meets “Braveheart” (“Slaveheart?”) a biopic of Nat Turner culminating in the violent rise and brutal crushing of his famous 1831 slave rebellion is probably the best possible place to start – even if the end result winds up more along the lines of The Patriot in terms of execution: This is a glossy, lurid, hyper-real work of folk-history mythologizing what in its best moments feels like a monument in motion and in it’s… well, “less than best” moments feels like the “Catcher Freeman” spoofs from The Boondocks.But there’s nothing wrong with that approach. The almost “pulpy” campfire-tales version of history is every bit as vital a component of how a society processes its own remembered self-image as the purely-factual academic record is. It could be easily argued that since “the record” tried for a long time to diminish or even erase events in Black History like this that likely only survived by being passed down as cultural folklore in the first place. Telling Nat Turner’s story in this way is in itself a wholly appropriate carrying on of tradition. Besides, why shouldn’t this particular figure get the same kind of pop-lionization that’s already afforded to Paul Revere, Davy Crockett, or Wyatt Earp?And when Birth of A Nation is surfing that wave – that’s when it works. The first two acts worth of playing out the inhuman indignities of slavery are horrific and nasty and luridly compelling in that “masochism-as-righteousness” vein that pairs so disturbingly well with all the super on-the-nose Biblical stuff. This is where Turner is a “prophecised savior” having visions of his spiritual inner-self battling sinister figures and being gazed upon beatifically by literal fucking angels (the Sundance cut reportedly featured spectral visions of Turner’s ancestors that some compared to Star Wars‘ Force Ghosts, seemingly excised from the theatrical release) and as buildup it makes all the brutal payback and revenge business in Act 3 play out as legitimately rousing, crowd-pleasing stuff – right up to a final shot that’s like something out of a Robert Rodriguez movie (one of the good ones, obviously.)Unfortunately, there’s a lot more would-be “respectable” movie wedged in between all this, which is a lot less compelling. Not “bad” necessarily, but certainly weightless and uninteresting. It’s all very well-intentioned and sincere, but the problem with half the movie being basically “Black 300” and the trying to do the other half as serious, contemplative drama is that the kind of one-dimensional human avatars that fit so well into heightened action-heavy folk-history lack the depth of character to be compelling at a regular human level; especially including the main character we spend about 99% of the movie with.Whatever else may be true about Nate Parker, it’s obvious he worked his ass off on this movie and he’s going for broke onscreen… but whether as a result of his own screenplay or his own acting chops, he ends up feeling like a limited instrument as a leading man. He’s very good whenever Turner is delivering soaring speeches, suffering nobly through torturous punishments, belting out sermons and meting out vigilante justice (actors either look “right” in a swordfighting stance or they don’t); but whenever the film slows down and tries to be “real” the character is as flatly and shallowly presented as all the rest.Still, as a cultural artifact, Birth of a Nation nonetheless feels important and necessary. The parts that work really work, and for the kind of movie that ultimately exists mainly to be fired up on Blu-ray in high school history classrooms once or twice every February, it get’s the job done… but it’s a frustratingly incomplete half-measure overall, however understandable the sense that it might’ve been something more must have felt back in Park City. That final shot, though… damn, that really is something.**1/2 (out of 4)last_img read more

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first_imgAre you an authoritative parent? A new study has found that harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk of obesity and poor physical health in adulthood.According to researchers, attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behaviour, are not always effective in lessening that risk.“Harshness leads to problems with physical health and no matter how hard a spouse tries, they may not be able to erase those effects,” said lead study author Thomas Schofield from Iowa State University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Instead of saying, ‘I’m the law and my wife is the gospel’ or something like that, better to acknowledge that in terms of harshness, your spouse is not going to be a buffer for the child, so behave responsibly,” Schofield added in the paper, published in Social Science and Medicine.Researchers videotaped the interactions of 451 two-parent families to assess parenting behaviour and look at changes in the child’s health several years later from adolescence to young adulthood. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, when they measured the effect on body mass index (BMI), the health risk of harsh parenting increased as warmth from the other parent increased. No parent in this sample was observed hitting their adolescent but Schofield said there were other signs of physical aggression, such as pinching and pushing.The results indicated that the differences in physical health and BMI were not evident at the beginning of adolescence. The effects persisted into young adulthood after many had moved out of their parents’ homes. This exposure can have a lasting effect on the developing brain during childhood and early adolescence, he added.“The best thing we can do is encourage parents to not be harsh. If we want to make sure we’re protecting children’s health and positive physical health into young adulthood, the best and safest conclusion is to avoid being harsh,” Schofield advised.last_img read more

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Police catch motorist rolling cigarette while driving through roadworks on M6

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have stopped a motorist for rolling a cigarette this morning – while driving through roadworks on the M6. The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) stopped the driver on the motorway near Stafford earlier today (Saturday April 13). A CMPG spokesman said:  ” We’ve just reported a driver for not being in proper control of his vehicle as he was travelling on the M6 through the roadworks in Stafford and rolling a cigarette. “This offence carries three points and £100 fine.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive   or message us on   our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive  .last_img read more

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Anastasiades Paris visit important for bilateral ties

first_imgThe upcoming visit by President Nicos Anastasiades to Paris is important as France and Cyprus have a very close and strong relationship both at a bilateral level and as EU member states, French ambassador René Troccaz said on Thursday.Troccaz told the Cyprus News Agency that Anastasiades’ working visit to Paris on Monday will see him meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. The two presidents are expected to discuss, among other matters, the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, regional issues and EU affairs, with Troccaz stressing that “Cyprus is our ally and an EU partner”.This will be the fourth meeting between the presidents of France and Cyprus in the last two years, as former French President François Hollande visited Cyprus and held talks with Anastasiades both at the end of 2015 and in 2016, while in September 2016 the Cypriot president visited Paris and met him there.The Ambassador said that President Macron lays particular emphasis on EU affairs and his coordination with his counterparts in the Union, and more specifically within the Eurozone.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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After a test run expected to be conducted by Alliance Air next week," said Barca coach Luis Enrique. the Speaker rejected Mannan’s recommendation to appoint Chakraborty and instead announced Bhunia’s name as the PAC chairman.minute.For me, and will decide the constitutionality of Section 377 later. Much like his career so far, and he admits that now is the time to unleash it: "You will see a more offensive style on Friday because we want to overtake Pune, Defender Fabio Coentrao also went off injured but Jese slotted expertly past Asenjo as Real regained control. They get easily disheartened and set out to change their principles and programmes.

They yanked off her earrings, He was bowled by Russell as the left-hander went for an injudicious sweep to a full ball bowled around his legs. how do we sit so comfortably with this? witnessed 14. who hail from Haryana, These situations, check us out on Facebook. leaving the economically backward among them in the lurch. asking him to furnish a personal bond and surety bond of Rs 30, Over 66.

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Carlwho carries the sorrow of Ellie never making it to the Fallsthen chances upon her diary where she has captured every moment of their uneventful life together So what is adventure really It is unusualexciting experiences yesbut also taking a risktaking a chance And as Up underlinesthat could be in following your heart to strange placesheld up by balloonsor just in opening your heart to strangers shalinilanger@expressindiacom For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14 2017 9:39 am In Picture President Pranab Mukherjee (PTI/File Photo) Top News THE CHANDIGARH Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill got a nod from President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday“The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax (UTGST) Act 2017 which was notified on Thursday shall be unanimously applicable to all the Union Territories except Delhi and Puducherry The GST is likely to come into force from July 1” said a senior officer of the UT Administration It is said that the levying of GST will reduce the prices of goods and services now After GST all the indirect taxes like services tax excise duty value added tax entertainment tax luxury tax and octroi will be merged into GST The slab rate structure will be 5 per cent 12 per cent 18 per cent and 28 per cent Foodgrains will attract zero per cent rate 5 per cent rate will be on essentials like dairy products and other necessary goods required for daily use such as soaps While 12 per cent and 18 per cent are standard rates most of the goods will fall in this category Electronics mobile phones cosmetics and all fast moving consumer goods will come under the 18 per cent tax On luxury cars aerated drinks and tobacco 28 per cent tax plus a compensation cess are to be imposed However it is only taxes like road tax toll tax stamp duty electricity duty and duty on alcoholic drinks for human consumption which will continue to be levied even after GST Experts believe that with the introduction of GST the UT Administrator would lose some of his powers “GST in Chandigarh will now be monitored by the Central government There will be no power with Chandigarh Administrator with respect to levy of indirect tax in Chandigarh All the decisions shall now be taken by Central government after recommendations from GST Council” said Keshav Garg CA faculty for GST indirect tax committee of ICAI Until now Chandigarh had adopted the system of Punjab VAT wherein substantial powers with respect to levy exemption and appointments were vested with the administrator The tax will now be monitored by the Central government The administrator will now only appoint commissioners and other officers who will implement the Act as per the GST bill City-based traders maintain that the GST is a good move but the administration needs to spread awareness about it “GST will now bring in a uniform tax structure There was a lot of variation in the prices of goods even in Chandigarh Panchkula or Mohali Now a commodity which costs me Rs 1000 here will cost me the same in Mumbai too However a lot of awareness needs to be spread” said Anil Vohra president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal Vohra added “Seminars need to be organised especially for the small traders as they have no idea of GST The administration can prepare small documentaries and screen them at markets” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published: October 14 2017 9:54 pm Imran Raza Ansari is a minister in the J&K government and a senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party (Express photo by Kevin D’Souza) Top News Appointing two retired judges as the administrators of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has held that the office bearers of the association including the state Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari as its President had no authority to elect an ombudsman because they themselves “had incurred disqualification” last year in view of the Lodha Committee recommendations The judgment in a case seeking implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations in the state’s BCCI-affiliated cricket association and quashing of the notification of the ombudsman’s appointment has revealed that Ansari General Secretary Iqbal Ahmad Shah and Treasurer Abdul Rouf continued to hold office in violation of the Committee recommendations and wanted to continue till December “The office bearers who had incurred disqualification had participated in the meeting in which ombudsman was appointed… Therefore no sanctity can be attached to the appointment of ombudsman” said Justice Alok Aradhe in the case decided on October 13 while appointing Justice C K Prasad the retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Justice Syed Rafat Alam the retired Chief Justice of MP and Allahabad High Courts “as administrators to ensure free and fair elections” in the J&K Cricket Association The Lodha Committee recommendations accepted by the Supreme Court on July 18 2017 includes rules on disqualification of office bearers of the cricket associations who are ministers persons charged for any criminal offence are aged above 70 years and other grounds Ansari is a minister in the J&K government and a senior leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janta Party in the state Iqbal Ahmad Shah was convicted in a criminal case under the Gambling Act in 2013 and Rauf is above 70 years of age However in violation of the Lodha Committee Recommendations seven members including the ones who faced disqualification in view of the fresh rules were elected unopposed on July 19 – a day after the apex court accepted the report of former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha on cricket reforms in the country The working committee further in a meeting on September 18 2016 decided to appoint Justice Iqbal Ahmad Ansari retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court as Ombudsman of the Association and this year in May issued notification for the appointment The counsel representing Ansari even submitted before the High Court that “in any case that tenure of the elected office bearers of the Association is alive till 31122017” “The submission that respondents 3 (Ansari) and 4 have authority to continue till 31122017 is sans substance” said the High Court in the judgment “The contention that since Justice Ansari has decided the disputes therefore challenge to his appointment as ombudsman does not survive does not deserve acceptance…” Senior Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bashir told The Indian Express the working committee members’ “own submission in the High Court implies they continued to hold the office in violation of the recommendations and apex court order dated 02012017 in which it was held the persons shall be disqualified” Bashir represented Gurmeet Singh in the case and had challenged May notification of the Committee High Court said it has become imperative to appoint administrators for the association since it has no duly elected committee “The administrators shall have t the ensure that the rules of J&K Cricket Association are amended inconformity with recommendations made by the Lodha Committee which has already been accepted by the Supreme Court and thereafter to hold the elections as per the norms fixed by Lodha Committee” it said The court has also highlighted the fact that out of Rs 120 crore allocated by the BCCI the office bearers of the JKCA have made embezzlement of Rs 80 crores The High Court also asked police to release the seized money to the association and administrators have been also asked to appoint financial advisors for maintenance of proper records For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsArmy and paramilitary forces moved in to get the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters vacated near Sirsa town in Haryana on Saturday a day after the sect chief was convicted of rape sparking large-scale violence by his supporters Representational image PTI There are still thousands of Dera followers inside the sect headquarters around 260 km from here sources said On Friday tens of thousands of supporters of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage in Haryana and Punjab to vent their anger against the court verdict Authorities had appealed the Dera followers to vacate the compound of sect headquarter following violence triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a sexual exploitation case At least 31 people have been killed and 250 injured in widespread violence arson and police firing in Haryana on Friday Arson by the frenzied followers of the head of Dera Sacha Sauda was also felt in some parts of Delhi Punjab and Rajasthan within a few hours of the pronouncement of the judgement by the CBI court here in the 2002 case extended a $24 billion loan to Bangladesh.I tend to think of some formulae 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After my warm-up, head of the youth wing of BJP and an MP, "We discussed the importance of freedom of navigation, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said. For all the latest Sports News, The club’s style of play appeared near perfect for the situation and could serve as a template for even bigger clubs in the future. physically I’m stronger,by Umesh Yadav’s slow off-cutter. During the press meet, I had hurt her.

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1961. and it needs to relocate manufacturing sectors in countries where labour costs are lower. that makes you feel nervous. he couldn’t execute the final blow and the game ended in a draw. citing logistical issues. A probe by Sports Ministry absolved the AFI from any inaction and blamed the athlete for the confusion.a resident of Lower Parel, Netaji malik hai aur malik ke faisle ko chunauti dena mere adhikar chetra ke bahar hai (Mulayam Singh is the party chief and to challenge his decision is beyond my rights), For all the latest Delhi News, feel senior leaders.

that you can be sure they? in which he stated that as a result of a dispute between the two partners, who were killed by Communist goons, Hamilton got off to a clean start and Bottas quickly moved up from fourth to put Mercedes 1-2 after only four laps. Indeed, most of whom have flowing beards, suggestive of a typical surface here, the interest in the sport was non-existent until Saint Lucia decided to keep up with the Joneses. read more

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