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Hey You! Ever Break the Fourth Wall?

first_imgAre you ready to break the fourth wall in your next project? Did we leave your favorite use off this list? Let us know in the comments below. A character breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience dates back to the 1700s. The technique has crossed over into many genres, often finding a place in comedic films.Cover image: Spaceballs via MGMBreaking the 4th wall is a metafictional technique that dates back to the theater in the 1700s. Denis Diderot, a French philosopher and dramatist, is usually credited as the founder of the concept. In a traditional three-wall theater, the fourth wall refers to an imaginary wall at the front of the stage. It’s similar to a window the audience looks through to see the world of the play.In terms of television and film, breaking the fourth wall refers to a character staring directly into the camera to talk to the audience. Before diving in, let’s take a look at this great 4th wall supercut from Now You See It.One of the earliest uses of this technique in film comes from comedic geniuses, the Marx Brothers. Their 1930 film, Animal Crackers, was an adaptation of their 1928 theater show. It was the perfect way to crossover the use of the technique. Groucho breaks the 4th wall at the 2:30 mark in this clip. He begins with, “Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.”The films of the 1970s are most associated with breaking the 4th wall. The supercut at the beginning of this piece featured both the 1971 musical Fiddler on the Roof and the 1977 hit Annie Hall.Comedian Michael Palin would coin the term meta comment while writing Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He used the term to refer to a character that would speak about the situation they were in.Monty Python would often use this technique, like in this clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They would break the 4th wall repeatedly in several shots, as multiple characters shouted to “get on with it” and get back to the film.As popular as Monty Python was, breaking the fourth wall is most associated with director Mel Brooks. Brooks would make an entire career out of unexpected comedy. Perhaps the finest example was in his 1974 film Blazing Saddles.The movie is absolutely full of these meta jokes, from the characters entering a movie theater to watch themselves to a major fight sequences that breaks out of the set and spills into the movie studio lot. The fight scene actually broke through several walls, not just the fourth. The scene moves sideways and breaks into other movies.Brooks would continue to use this technique is nearly every one of his films. Another one of his famous uses was in the sci-fi adventure Spaceballs. Dark Helmet breaks the fourth wall by watching a VHS copy of the film they are currently filming.The 1980s would continue to break the 4th wall with Airplane! and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. However, the technique hasn’t been nearly as popular since. It appears occasionally in the 1990s, like in Fight Club, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and most famously for the product placement in Wayne’s World. It has become a bigger part of television series like Saved by the Bell, Malcolm in the Middle, 30 Rock, and House of Cards.With the popularity of shows like House of Cards, there does seem to be a resurgence in characters breaking the 4th wall. One of the most famous characters to use the technique doesn’t come from theater or film, but the graphic pages of comic books. Nicknamed the “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool is slated to break from the comic books to bring his meta humor to film. Deadpool even breaks the fourth wall at the end of this trailer, just to talk about another trailer for the film.last_img read more

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Rafale row: Bhushan moves SC, seeks prosecution of officers for submission of false info

first_imgThe Supreme Court’s verdict and Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG)’s report on the Rafale deal notwithstanding, Prashant Bhushan, eminent lawyer and activist, has moved the SC seeking prosecution of Central government functionaries — responsible for submitting false information to the apex court — under forgery charges.Apart from Mr. Bhushan, former Ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha are petitioners in the fresh applications filed before the SC on Friday. Earlier, the three public figures had filed a review petition against the SC’s verdict on Rafale in January.“We have pleaded the Supreme Court to find out the government officer who had furnished false information, and he or she should be prosecuted under forgery charges,” said Mr. Bhushan addressing a press conference here.“The Centre has misled the Supreme Court by furnishing incorrect information. The information provided in sealed cover has been found to be untrue. It stated the government was in negotiation with Anil Ambani in 2012, but actually talks were held with the other Ambani – Mukesh Ambani. Anil Ambani had nothing to do with the negotiations in 2012,” he said.“The government had said price negotiation was done by a price negotiating team. The recent expose, however, revealed that the Prime Minister’s Office and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were involved in the negotiation. It was also furnished that the government was able to secure the best price for the fighter jets. What emerges now is that the assertion was baseless,” said Mr. Bhushan.“The deal was not a mere case of corruption. The decision has broken the backbone of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF had sought seven to eight squadrons consisting of 126 fighter planes. The government, however, brought it down to 36. It was meant to benefit industrialist Anil Ambani. The government has tinkered with national security,” alleged the lawyer-activist.Stating that the set of information was full of discrepancies, the activist said, “The sovereign guarantee and bank guarantee clauses have been taken out. The escrow account has been done away with. Moreover, the integrity clause has been waived. All this information has been suppressed.”“The opinion of three domain experts was not taken into account. They had said the benchmark price of the Rafale fighter planes cannot be arbitrarily hiked from Euro 5 bn to Euro 8 bn, which is a 60% increase. The government has bypassed the tender route. The tender was issued for 126 planes, but not for 36 Rafale jets,” he alleged.last_img read more

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US man shoots himself in the head on live TV

first_imgA man apparently shot himself in the head Friday on live national television at the end of a high-speed chase that began in Phoenix.Fox News was covering the chase that began at midday using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV when the man driving what appeared to be a crossover sedan stopped, ran into the desert and appeared to place a handgun to his head and fire.Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers minutes later that the video was supposed to be on a 10-second delay so it could be cut off from airing if something went awry.”We really messed up, and we’re all very sorry,” Smith said.It wasn’t immediately clear if the man survived.Fox apologized for showing the violence on air.”We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five second delay,” said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news editorial. “Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen.”More frequently than its rivals, Fox News Channel picks up car chases from its local affiliates and airs them live. It’s gripping television, a live mystery with no clear resolution, and often provides a short-term ratings boost as viewers tune in to see how it ends. Critics say the chases themselves rarely rise to the level of national news. The Phoenix station was not airing the chase live when it ended.The chase may have started with a carjacking near central Phoenix, but other than that, police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson was unable to immediately provide details.The man headed west on Interstate 10, driving very fast for more than a half hour. Fox returned repeatedly to shots showing the copper-colored four-door sedan passing big-rig trucks that typically travel at about 70 mph as if they were standing still.Police cars did not appear to be immediately behind the car during most of the chase.The driver finally got off the highway about 100 miles west of Phoenix near the small community of Salome and turned onto a dirt road. He drove for a while, briefly pulled onto a paved road and then turned onto another dirt road and stopped.Shepard Smith was narrating the video and clearly had his doubts about what was being shown from the moment the man stopped the car. “This scares me,” he said.”You wait for the end of these things and you worry about how they may end up,” he said. “This makes me a little nervous, I got to tell you. A little nervous.”The video showed the man running erratically in a field before putting the gun to his head and firing. He fell to the ground.Fox’s picture quickly cut to Smith, who was shouting “get off, get off, get off, get off.”After the commercial break, Smith apologized repeatedly.”That should not have been on TV. I personally apologize to you,” Smith said. “That was wrong and it won’t happen again on my watch and I’m sorry.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Meniscus tears

first_imgDefinitionMeniscus tears refer to a tear in the shock-absorbing cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.Alternative NamesTear – meniscus; Knee injury – meniscus; Knee cartilage tearConsiderationsThe meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage located in the knee. Cartilage is found in certain joints and forms a buffer between the bones to protect the joint. The meniscus serves as a shock-absorption system, assists in lubricating the knee joint, and limits the ability to flex and extend the joint.CausesMeniscal tears are most commonly caused by twisting or over-flexing the knee joint.SymptomsA “pop” may be felt at the time of injuryKnee joint pain when walkingKnee pain in the space between the bones; gets worse when gentle pressure is applied to the jointLocking of the knee jointRecurrent knee-catchingDifficulty squatting downSwelling in the knee jointFirst AidThe health care provider will perform a physical examination. This will include a knee examine called the McMurrays test. For this test, you lie on your back while the health care provider holds the heel of your injured leg with your leg bent. Pressure is placed to compress the knee while the leg is rotated in and out to generate discomfort or pain. Pain or a click over the inner part of the joint means an inner (medial) meniscal tear.For an Apleys compression test, the health care provider will have you lie on your stomach with your knee bent at a 90 degree angle. The provider will hold your foot with both hands and rotate it to the outside (lateral rotation), while a downward force is applied to the foot. The providers knee and thigh may be used to stabilize your thigh. Pain in the inner part of the joint may indicate an inner (medial) meniscal tear.advertisementThe health care provider may ask you to squat down. Pain at extreme flexion and inability to do so may allow the provider to localize the injury.A test for excess joint fluid is positive in meniscal tears, indicating swelling with fluid around the joint.Other tests that show meniscus tears may include:Knee MRIKnee joint x-rayThe goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and protect the joint from further injury while it heals.You should not put your full weight on the knee. You may need to use crutches. You may have been given a knee brace. This helps keep your knee from moving and to help you recover.Other treatments include:Ice to reduce swellingNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and painCorticosteroid injections to cut down the inflammation.Physical activity is allowed, as tolerated. Physical therapy is recommended to help regain joint and leg strength.If the injury is acute or if you have a high activity level, knee arthroscopy (surgery) may be necessary. Age has an effect on treatment. Younger patients are more likely to have problems without surgery.Do NotDo NOT put all your weight on your leg if it is painful.Do not put all your weight on your leg if your health care provider told you not to do so.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if symptoms of a meniscus tear occur after an injury to the knee.Call your health care provider if you are being treated for a meniscus tear and:Pain and swelling returnsYou have increased instability in your kneeYou do not think your injury is getting betterCall your health care provide if your knee locks and you cannot straighten it.PreventionUse proper technique when exercising or playing sports. Many cases of meniscus tears may not be preventable.ReferencesDe Carlo M, Armstrong B. Rehabilitation of the knee following sports injury. Clin Sports Med. 2010 Jan;29(1):81-106.Brockmeier SF, Rodeo SA. Knee: Meniscal injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23;sect B.Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed.Textbook of Family Medicine 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saudners Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

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Solid Sands: SuperTest with native Windows support and requirements traceability for C and C++

first_imgSolid Sands announced the latest update to its SuperTest Mondrian release. This significant update adds a raft of new features, including out-of-the-box installation into Windows environments, direct traceability of pass/fail test results back to specific constructs for a range of C and C++ language variants, and a new Python-based test driver. It also features support for the Bounds-Checking Interfaces in C11 Annex K, easy integration of test reports into Jenkins continuous integration (CI) tools and numerous improvements and additions to its language and library suites.Previous versions of SuperTest utilized a POSIX shell for scripting the compiler-under-test and its execution environment. Today’s update now also provides a native Windows installer and comes with test-driver interfaces in both POSIX and Python.Update #3 to the SuperTest Mondrian release also contains a new requirements traceability feature that links individual compiler test results directly back to the C and C++ language constructs that initiated them. Different variants of the language have different section and subsection numbering, which can make it difficult to pinpoint the exact C or C++ language constructs that a compiler fails to implement properly. Mapping individual test results to the section/subsection of the relevant language specification, and layering this on top of SuperTest’s unique test coverage and fine-grain reporting, offers the unprecedented ability to identify and deal with compiler errors – a facility that is equally useful to both compiler and application developers. Mappings are currently available for C90, C99 and C++03. Mappings for other C-language variants are in the pipeline.Update #3 to the SuperTest Mondrian release also includes numerous improvements and additions to SuperTest’s language and library suites.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten CountdownNext ST: Sigfox Monarch-ready solution enables seamless IoT worldwide connectivitylast_img read more

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Report: Espanyol 1 Barcelona 1

first_imgEspanyol 1 Barcelona 1: Pique plays pantomime villain Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 2/5/18 Pique - cropped Twitter (@LaLiga) Barcelona narrowly avoided a first LaLiga defeat of 2017-18 as Gerard Pique popped up to secure a 1-1 draw at Espanyol. Gerard Pique was a deeply unpopular goalscorer at Espanyol as Barcelona battled back to preserve their unbeaten LaLiga record with a 1-1 draw on Sunday.This clash was the rivals’ third meeting in two and a half weeks after Barca prevailed 2-1 over two legs of a closely contested Copa del Rey quarter-final last month.Pique prompted an Espanyol complaint to the Spanish Football Federation after the second leg of that tie following comments he made disputing the clubs’ rivalry over the location of Espanyol’s stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It looked as though the home fans would have the last laugh at a sodden RCDE Stadium when Gerard Moreno got in ahead of Pique to head home Sergio Garcia’s excellent cross midway through the second period.Seemingly with one eye on Thursday’s Copa semi-final second leg against Valencia, Ernesto Valverde opted to start Lionel Messi on the bench and the Argentine genius had only been on the field seven minutes when Moreno struck.Barca seemed to be heading for a first LaLiga loss under Valverde as the saturated pitch prevented the leaders implementing their slick passing style but the equaliser arrived via a more conventional route as Pique rose highest to head home Messi’s free-kick eight minutes from time.Pique, whistled throughout the contest, signalled for the home fans to be quiet and he was subsequently involved in an altercation with Moreno in the closing stages as the defender revelled in his role as the pantomime villain.The relentless downpour seemed to slow the early stages as the opening 20 minutes were something of a damp squib before Philippe Coutinho almost lit up an otherwise drab affair.Receiving the ball towards the left of the box, the Brazilian worked space for a 20-yard shot which had Diego Lopez comfortably beaten before it crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.23 – @FCBarcelona have hit the woodwork 23 times already in @LaLiga this season, more than any other top five European leagues team. Centimeters. pic.twitter.com/hA2PUhXyCb — OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 4, 2018 That near miss appeared to spark Espanyol into life as Leo Baptistao stung the palms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen before the same player headed over an excellent chance from Marc Navarro’s fine cross.Luis Suarez’s free-kick and Paulinho’s header were both off target as Barca sought the opener before half-time without success.After a largely turgid first period, Espanyol almost lit the blue-touch paper within a minute of the restart as Baptistao set up Esteban Granero to smash home, only for the officials to correctly rule the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.Valverde decided enough was enough and sent on Messi prior to the hour and Barca gained a lift, Suarez firing straight at Lopez on the turn from a tight angle.But it was an Espanyol replacement who made the telling intervention, Garcia delivering a superb right-wing cross within five minutes of coming on that Moreno nodded beyond Ter Stegen.Garcia was perhaps fortunate to only see yellow for a wild lunge on Samuel Umtiti and, as Barca cranked up the pressure, the hosts finally cracked when Pique thumped in a header to rub further salt into Espanyol’s wounds. Final whistle in the RCDE Stadium!Espanyol 1-1 FC Barcelona Gerard Moreno/Piqué#EspanyolBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/2uaj2oY4eP — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 4, 2018 read morelast_img read more

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Ohio State Releases Awesome Hype Video For Week 1

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State Buckeyes football helmet.BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: The Ohio State Buckeyes are wearing stickers on their helmets showing their support for the those affected by Hurricane Harvey in their game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes are set to begin a new era this Saturday in their season opener.Head coach Ryan Day, taking over Urban Meyer, is the new man at the helm. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes open their season against Florida Atlantic.Ahead of their season opener, the team has released a hype video for fans to enjoy.The video’s caption reads, “On Saturday, a new era of Ohio State Football begins.” Clearly, the focus is on Day’s debut as a head coach. On Saturday, a new era of Ohio State Football begins.#GoBucks #ToughLove pic.twitter.com/d0xEkfL1GD— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 29, 2019“We’re all apart of something special here at Ohio State and the culture is strong,” Day said in the video. “My pledge to the players is that the staff is going to give you every opportunity to maximize yourself as a football player, as a student and establishing your career after football.”Day also makes a pledge to fans of the team promising continued excellence Ohio State has earned throughout the years.“To Buckeye nation,” Day said. “You have my word that I’m going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during a storied career.”Many are expecting Ohio State to have a big year. The Buckeyes are a popular College Football Playoff prediction for the 2019-20 season.Ohio State and FAU are set to kick off at noon E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: No one lost the final, says Kane Williamson

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: No one lost the final, says Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand lost the chance to clinch their maiden World Cup title to hosts England on the basis of boundary countback rule after both the 50-over and super-over were tied at the Lord’s on July 14.advertisement Press Trust of India WellingtonJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 12:06 IST Kane Williamson was named the Man of the tournament. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand lost to England at the Lord’s on Sunday due to inferior boundary countKane Williamson was named Player of the tournament for scoring 578 runsEngland were crowned champions after boundary count rule came into play”No one lost the final,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said Tuesday as his team tried coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat against England in the World Cup’s greatest summit clash.Cricketers, current and former, shared New Zealand’s pain on losing the title on boundary count with many of them asking for a “serious look” into the rule, slammed as “absurd”.”At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is,” Williamson told Newstalk ZB.Widely praised for the grace with which he and his side accepted the defeat, Williamson said they had signed up to the rules that governed the tournament.New Zealand lost to England at the Lord’s on Sunday due to inferior boundary count (16 in 50 overs to hosts’ 24) after both the regulation 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties.”I suppose you never thought you would have to ask that question and I never thought I would have to answer it (smiling),” was Williamson’s first reaction when asked about the rule.”While the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time.”When sort of two attempts to separate them with a winner and a loser it still doesn’t perhaps sort of shine with one side coming through, you know,” Williamson, one of the finest gentleman playing the sport, said.Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator.advertisementIn the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes, who kept the hosts in the game with a brilliant 84 off 98 balls, and Jos Buttler made 15.New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s homecoming ceremony postponedAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No 500 total but big hits still decide CWC championAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow New Zealand Nextlast_img read more

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India Approves Coastal Shipping Agreement with Bangladesh

first_imgzoom The government of India has given its approval to the agreement on coastal shipping between India and Bangladesh to carry out coastal movement of goods between the two countries.Exim trade between India and Bangladesh would be benefited by way of reduction in freight charges, an official statement said.It will also improve the utilization of port capacities of Indian ports and open up new opportunity for Indian coastal vessels. It will also help in decongestion of roads especially at the Land custom stations/integrated check posts at the Indo-Bangladesh boarder.The Indian ports serving as transshipment ports for Bangladesh cargo will derive benefits by way of enhanced throughput as a result of Indo-Bangladesh coastal trade.India and Bangladesh shall render the same treatment to the other country’s vessels as it would have done to its national vessels used in international sea transportation.The commencement of coastal shipping between the India and Bangladesh will increase bilateral trade between the two countries and lower down the cost of transportation of Exim cargo, according to the statement.Bangladesh is India’s largest trade partner in South Asia. The opening up of the coastal route between India and Bangladesh is expected to provide an alternative route for the transportation of Exim cargo between the two countries.Currently there is no significant cargo movement between sea ports of Bangladesh and India as it is not profitable for the big ocean going vessels to operate between the sea ports of the two countries.Therefore, to reduce the cost of shipping operation, a lower but pragmatic standard of vessel known as River Sea Vessel (RSV) has been prescribed for coastal shipping.The RSV category has significantly lower construction and operation cost without compromising on the safety of the vessel. For the Indo-Bangladesh coastal shipping, the RSV category of vessel has been agreed upon by both the countries.last_img read more

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Trump at UN America First president arrives on premier internationalist stage

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – This week the United Nations is hearing for the first time from a U.S. president who called the organization weak, incompetent, antithetical to freedom, anti-American and hostile to democracy.Donald Trump said all that in one campaign speech.Now the “America First” president is speaking for the first time to the world body at the UN General Assembly, and his first comments suggest he’ll sound a constructive note, rather than an epic nationalist smackdown upon global diplomats.Trump opened his remarks at a panel on UN reform Monday in characteristic fashion — by bragging about his Manhattan skyscraper across the street. But then he did something a little more surprising: he praised the UN.“The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals,” Trump told a roundtable discussion Monday.“The United Nations has helped advance toward these goals in so many ways: feeding the hungry, providing disaster relief, and empowering women and girls in many societies all across the world.”He praised the reform efforts of the new secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, and promised to support them: “(Things at the UN are) changing and changing fast … we pledge to be partners in your work.”More than 128 countries have signed onto the reform initiative, with Canada joining their ranks last week and co-sponsoring the reform event Trump addressed Monday.The new secretary general is aiming at changes in areas ranging from development to peacekeeping.The peacekeeping plans include focusing on where the UN has had success.A report to the secretary general this year heralded UN work in clearly defined conflicts where there are two combatants who want peace — citing Nepal, Sierra Leone and Timor as examples — but lamented failures in more complex battles and in counter-terrorism, citing Mali, Congo and Darfur as cautionary tales.It would avoid counter-terrorism operations, or complex disputes where the UN is under-equipped or ill-equipped to help. It also calls for faster deployment, modernized technology, new regional offices closer to trouble spots and more focus on conflict-prevention.“Someone recently asked what keeps me up at night. My answer was simple: bureaucracy,” Guterres said Monday.“Fragmented structures. Byzantine procedures. Endless red tape. Someone out to undermine the UN could not have come up with a better way to do it than by imposing some of the rules we have created ourselves.”Canada has yet to announce its plans for upcoming peacekeeping missions and will not do so this week, officials say. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in New York on Tuesday.Trudeau will promote multilateralism in his speech Thursday, including co-operation with international forums and with other countries on efforts like climate change.“We’ve demonstrated a willingness to be more involved in these institutions — to achieve solutions together,” said Trudeau spokesman Cameron Ahmad.“Obviously the prime minister will reiterate Canada’s approach to multilateralism and to working within multilateral institutions.”Last year’s message was in lock-step with the one from Barack Obama. Both urged their fellow leaders to pursue broad-based prosperity, lest the working classes get angry, revolt against the global economy and back nationalist-populist politicians.The events they were referring to were Brexit and the campaign of Trump.On Monday, Trudeau met with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is leading the U.K.’s departure from the European Union, and they discussed the possibility of a Canada-U.K. trade agreement.North Korea will also loom large.Trump’s UN ambassador has warned that the time for non-military solutions is running out. Nikki Haley applauded the UN for its latest sanctions, but suggested there are few political actions left available.“If (this) doesn’t work, Gen. Mattis will take care of it,” she said of the U.S. secretary of defence in a CNN interview.“If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behaviour, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed…. None of us want that. None of us want war.”last_img read more

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Morocco to Switch Back to GMT Time Sunday

Rabat – Morocco will go back to GMT time on Sunday October 30 at 3.00 a.m., the ministry of Public Service and Administration Modernization announced on Wednesday.In accordance with the Decree N 2-12-126 issued on Jumada I, 1433 (April 18, 2012) Morocco is going back to the legal time of the kingdom (GMT), at three o’clock in the morning of Sunday.“The clock will be put back 60 minutes at 3:00 Sunday, October 30“, the ministry said in a statement. Airline companies and other means of transport are also to change their travel schedules.Morocco has been enforcing daylight saving time Since March with an interruption in the fasting month of Ramadan between. read more

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UNAIDS enters partnership to keep babies HIVfree in Africa

Under an agreement signed today, UNAIDS and the Millennium Villages Project will jointly help local governments in nine African nations set up “mother to child transmission-free zones.” The Millennium Villages Project aims to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline – in 10 African countries within five years through community-led development. Every year, the great majority of children born with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa, where fewer than half of pregnant women living with the virus receive antiretroviral prophylaxis, which is crucial in preventing newborns from contracting HIV. With the support from African and global business leaders, the new scheme will draw on existing infrastructure and human resources in villages to rapidly expand health services. “In the whole of Western Europe, there were fewer than 100 mother-to-child transmissions in 2007, whereas in sub-Saharan Africa, there were some 370,000,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “We have a major opportunity now to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa and save thousands of lives every year.” In high-income countries, transmission of HIV to children has plummeted from 25 per cent to between 1 and 5 per cent in recent years as HIV testing and counseling of pregnant women, the use of antiretroviral drugs during and after delivery, and safe infant feeding have become common practice. Evidence from Africa points to locally-appropriate and cost-effective clinical measures could slash transmissions from current rates, hovering around 45 per cent, to as low as 1 or 2 per cent. 21 September 2009Efforts to curb HIV transmission from mothers to their children in Africa have received a boost, thanks to a new partnership between the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and a UN-backed initiative seeking to help lift villages on the continent lift themselves out of poverty. read more

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Burt says challenges still remain

He was able to talk to people who had suffered the brutality of the LTTE, which remains a banned organisation in the UK, the High Commission added. Visiting UK Minister Alistair Burt says he is pleased to see the progress in some areas of the north but yet notes that challenges still remain, the British High Commission in Colombo said.Burt went to the North of the country today on the first day of his visit to Sri Lanka, holding a range of meetings and opening a youth project designed to facilitate country-wide reconciliation. The British High Commission said that ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM), Burt was able to see developments that have occurred in the region since his last visit two years ago, and the work that remains to be done, following thirty years of conflict. During a visit to the Keppapilavu relocation site, Burt saw the continuing challenges faced daily by those who were displaced by the conflict. He expressed his hope that they would soon be able to return to their homes, or to other suitable areas.As Guest of Honour at the opening of Sri Lanka Unites’ reconciliation centre at Mulliayawelai, the Minister saw how the UK is helping to support sustainable peace in Sri Lanka. “I have been pleased to see progress in some areas since the end of the conflict. The destructive force of war – tearing lives, families, societies and countries apart – is only too evident in this part of the country. It is great to see young Sri Lankans leading efforts to heal wounds and to unite Sri Lankans of all backgrounds in the task of reconciliation and recovery. This Sri Lanka Unites reconciliation centre, together with others due to be established in other parts of the country, will help to bridge the divide between the North and the South. Such centres will foster communication and understanding across the island. Sri Lanka Unites is helping to empower young people to build a strong, stable, prosperous and united future. I am delighted to be able to support their efforts.”In the North, the Minister also met the Mullaitivu Government Agent, Mr N Vethanayakam, and NGOs working in the area. These included the HALO Trust, a British organisation which is conducting de-mining in the North with £3 million of UK Government support. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Imperial Oil says strong refining margins key to jump in thirdquarter profit

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2012 4:05 pm MDT CALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. says higher margins at its refineries were the main reason for a 21 per cent jump in its third-quarter profit, handily beating analysts’ expectations.The Calgary-based integrated energy company (TSX:IMO) says its net income during the three-month period rose to $1.04 billion, or $1.22 per share, compared to $859 million or $1.01 a share for the same period last year.The profits easily outstripped the average analyst estimate of $1.08 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Earnings in Imperial’s downstream segment — which encompasses oil refining and retailing — had its strongest-ever quarter with earnings of $536 million, about double what they were a year earlier.Two of Imperial’s peers that have reported their third quarter results in the past day — Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) and Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) — also did well on the downstream end.While an overabundance of crude in North America has reduced prices and dampened the profits of many oilsands producers, companies like Imperial that have refinery operations are somewhat buffered from that effect. What integrated energy firms lose in producing oil, they make up for in refining it, because it’s cheaper to buy crude to run through their facilities.Imperial’s total revenues came in at $8.3 billion for the quarter compared to $7.9 billion year over year.Imperial is majority owned by Houston-based energy heavyweight ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM)Work on Imperial’s $10.9-billion Kearl project is 98 per cent complete the project is on track to start up by the end of this year.Last year, Imperial’s board of directors approved an $8.9-billion expansion that will begin producing 110,000 barrels per day by late 2015.When Imperial announced in 2009 that it would build the Kearl mine, it expected three phases of roughly the same size. Later, it decided to instead build the mine in two phases, with smaller projects along the way to boost output in increments.Imperial and its parent are in the early stages of weighing a liquefied natural gas export terminal on Canada’s West Coast in order to get a better price for the gas it produces in province’s northeast.The acreage Imperial has in the Horn River Basin contains dry gas, which can fetch a price several times higher in Asia than it could in North America, which is awash in supplies.ExxonMobil recently announced a deal to buy Calgary-based natural gas producer Celtic Exploration Ltd. (TSX:CLT) for $3.1 billion. Imperial Oil isn’t part of the deal, but is evaluating the opportunity to take on a 50 per cent stake in the future.Imperial has vast steam-driven oilsands operations at Cold Lake, a 25 per cent stake in the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine, a handful of refineries across Canada and a chain of Esso-branded fuel stations.Imperial shares rose more than three per cent to $45.55 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Imperial Oil says strong refining margins key to jump in third-quarter profit read more

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Womens volleyball opens Big Ten with two Top 5 opponents

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe attacking at the net in a regional semifinal against the University of Washington on Dec. 11, 2015. Credit: OSU AthleticsAfter a long preseason on the road, Big Ten play has finally arrived for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, and it will not be an easy transition for the Buckeyes.  The No. 17 Buckeye “tribe” will battle No. 3 Wisconsin on Friday, followed by No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday. Both matches will send OSU on the road for the fifth weekend in a row this season. This time last season, OSU went point-for-point with each of the teams, going the full five-set distance in both matches, but with different outcomes. The Buckeyes took a loss to Minnesota, but came back four days later to take down the Badgers at St. John Arena. The veteran players on this OSU squad know exactly what to expect when the conference season rolls around. “The Big Ten is always going to be a grind every night,” said senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. “You’re going into battle with some of the best teams in the whole entire country.”Sandbothe has been around long enough to face three waves of Badgers and Gophers, and this weekend will mark her fourth and final go-around to leave everything she has on the floor. “Every time we go into a Big Ten weekend — and this being my last one, it’s kind of bittersweet — but I think it’s such an opportunity and privilege to play in this conference and see this type of volleyball all the time,” she said. “I think it’s made me the player I am today.”Sandbothe and her teammates mentioned the energy buzzing in the arena for Big Ten matches.This week, both of the Buckeyes’ opponents are ranked inside the top five in the country for the average crowd attendance at their matches. Between 5,000 and 6,000 Gopher and Badger fans will pour into the arenas this weekend to cheer on the home team. The crowd’s energy is vital to any athletic event, and junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she cannot wait to silence the opposing voices when her team takes the floor. “We talk about being ‘road warriors’ all the time, and kind of shutting up the fans in their house, and I think that’s so much fun,” Schirmer said. In addition to playing in front of large visiting crowds, the Buckeyes will go into battle with two teams armed with a deep arsenal of weapons. Freshman Badger Molly Haggerty has already won three Big Ten honors, and just this week, she was voted American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week after the team’s performance against Texas and Texas A&M. Her teammate, Tionna Williams, also earned Big Ten recognition this week and currently ranks sixth in the nation for blocks per set. Minnesota boasts its own array of conference awards. The team’s setter, Samantha Seliger-Swenson, has earned Big Ten Setter of the Week four consecutive times already this season. The team also holds spots in the top 10 in three national statistics, including fourth in kills per set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is going into these matches ready for war. “I’m excited to see our team kind of being in that cauldron, be in that fire,” he said. “Our team kind of looks forward to the opportunity of having an us-against-them mentality and ‘arms locked in.’”The strength of these opponents doesn’t come to the Buckeyes as a surprise, but Carlston said he is confident in the preparation of his team and its mindset going into this opening weekend. “It’s not going to be an easy thing, but our team feels good about who we are and where we’re at right now,” he said. Logically, the odds are stacked against the Buckeyes, but Schirmer sees parity throughout the conference.“Being the nature of the Big Ten, you can beat anyone on any given day,” she said. “I don’t care about the rankings … it’s all about how we play and what we focus on.”OSU will take on its first Big Ten foe, Wisconsin at 8 p.m. on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin. The team will then travel to Minnesota to play the Gophers at 8 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Ms Marvel SheHulk and Moon Knight Join The MCU in on Disney

first_imgJust announced at #D23Expo, MOON KNIGHT, an original series from Marvel Studios, only on Disney+ pic.twitter.com/1lxeMzjOA8— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on target There are already a bunch of Marvel superheroes shows coming to Disney+. Hawkeye, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wanda and Vision, Loki, and more all have series in the works for the streaming TV service launching this November. However, at Disney’s D23 event we learned about one more new hero leaping off the comic book page into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she’s a fan favorite.The Hollywood Reporter says a Ms. Marvel show is in development for Disney+.Ms. Marvel was the original codename of Carol Danvers. But over a billion dollars worth of movie-goers now know that character as Captain Marvel. Instead, this Ms. Marvel is a relatively recent character named Kamala Khan. Created in 2013, Kamala Khan is a teen Pakistani girl and the first Muslim superhero to headline her own comic book. Her comics have received consistent critical praise. We called her the modern superhero of America.The Ms. Marvel show will be run by British writer Bisha K. Ali. As for how the character will fit into the MCU we aren’t sure yet. A teen girl of color inspired by Captain Marvel is definitely a relevant hook. But in the comics her stretchy superpowers come from her Inhuman heritage. So far, the Inhumans have only been acknowledged in non-MCU Marvel TV shows like Agents of Shield and that bad Inhumans show.But as a wisecracking insecure teen Ms. Marvel can definitely fill the big Spider-Man shaped hole currently in the MCU. And that wasn’t the only show revealed at the event. Bruce Banner’s lawyer cousin She-Hulk and urban horror hero Moon Knight are getting Disney+ shows as well.Just announced at #D23Expo, SHE-HULK, an original series from Marvel Studios, only on Disney+ pic.twitter.com/EmfcKjqI6e— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Just announced at #D23Expo, MS. MARVEL, an original series from Marvel Studios, only on Disney+ pic.twitter.com/BlLARmsvFX— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019The earliest MCU shows aren’t hitting Disney+ until late 2020 so it’ll be a while before we get to see live-action Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight in action. In the meantime, check out this first poster for the Star Wars Disney+ show The Mandalorian and learn even more about upcoming Disney+ Fox movie remakes.last_img read more

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Arsenal agree Bernd Leno deal with Bayer Leverkusen

first_imgArsenal have just concurred to sign a deal with Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to ESPN.The 26-year-old will seal up a five-year deal while his move shall be finalized later this week as German newspaper Bild reports the transfer fee was in the region of €25 million.New Arsenal boss Unai Emery who identified Leno and made him the club’s long-term replacement for Petr Cech,  have been locked in talks with Leverkusen over a deal for Leno for several weeks and the goalkeeper is poised to make the switch to the Emirates.Club Atletico de Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First LegUEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Leno made six appearances for Germany but was not named in their World Cup squad, enabling him to hold talks with Arsenal. As a product of Stuttgart’s youth system, Leno is one of the more highly regarded goalkeepers in Europe after impressing at Leverkusen for the last seven seasons.Leno will become Emery’s second signing as Arsenal boss after the addition of Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus.last_img read more

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Yokohama Harbor Transport Association boss gives antiIR speech announces appeal

first_img Load More The Chairman of the Yokohama Harbor Transport Association, comprising member companies related to Yamashita Wharf in Yokohama Harbor, gave a lecture on Sunday in which he opposed the development of an integrated resort in the city.As reported by the Mainichi, 89-year-old Yukio Fujiki expressed concern over of an increase in problem gaming following Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi’s announcement that she would support an IR in Yokohama, adding, “The best defense is to not build a casino.” Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Fujiki was invited to speak by The Liberty and People’s Rights Council (chaired by former Finance Minister, Hirohisa Fujii), which is a group made up of local councilmen and academics. Rather than developing an IR, he explained the concept of a harbor resort focused on massive MICE facilities instead.On the topic of IRs, he said, “There are many people who are suffering from gambling addiction. I am completely against it.”The group also announced an emergency appeal prior to the speech. The appeal claims that Mayor Hayashi, who had had previously steered clear of either supporting or opposing an IR, suddenly changed her mind. It also calls for revocation of the supplementary budget related to an IR bid. The group has threatened to use “all means necessary” if the requests are not met.Kenji Eda, a member of the House of Representatives who attended the Yokohama Harbor Transport Association’s press conference, said, “We are also keeping in mind the options of recall and petition for a direct request for a referendum.”last_img read more

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Howard Kennedy achieves 11 increase in take up of healthcare scheme

first_imgCommercial law firm Howard Kennedy has seen an 11% increase in take up of its healthcare scheme following the introduction of several new benefits.The London-based firm, which employs around 350 members of staff, introduced a nurse-led advice and claims management service in November 2016, after appointing Willis Towers Watson to broker its healthcare scheme.The organisation also introduced a health cash plan to support employees’ everyday healthcare costs. The health cash plan includes physiotherapy, dental and optical services.Howard Kennedy utilised a range of channels to communicate the new benefits to staff, such as presentations and information on its intranet site.Through the enhancements, Howard Kennedy aims to ensure it provides a sustainable, first-class healthcare scheme for its employees.The organisation’s benefits package also includes life insurance, income protection, discounted gym membership, and flexible-working arrangements.Debbie Westram (pictured), HR operations manager at Howard Kennedy, said: “[The nurse-led] service will help ensure our people receive a personal service from named nurses, along with the most appropriate care or medical treatment.”last_img read more

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The Atlantic Launches New Web Brand

first_imgThe 150-year-old Atlantic magazine, known for its long-form journalism, today launched a digital publication—the Current—aimed at those who don’t have time for long-form anything.“In print, the magazine has always been famous for its 5,000 to 10,000-word essays,” says Atlantic president Justin Smith. “We’re crunching that [word count] to 250-300 words.”Smith says the idea for the Current is to give the Atlantic’s “marquee” writers, bloggers and other editorial staffers an opportunity to write “short essays or posts on a variety of topical subjects.” It’s another step into the digital arena for a once-stodgy print brand. In January, the Atlantic removed its online pay wall, making its digital archives freely available to non-subscribers. As a result, Smith says, traffic to TheAtlantic.com has increased about 15 percent to 2.3 million monthly unique visitors.Like Smith’s former employer, The Week, The Current will also filter “the best thinking on the day’s important news” from a variety of outside sources. (Smith bristled at the comparison. “Everyone’s doing aggregation,” Smith said. “This is much different—this is original opinion content.”)The site was developed internally, and Smith declined to give cost or revenue projections. Credit Suisse, the financial services firm, has signed on as the site’s launch sponsor. “It’s not the Wild West of the blogosphere,” Smith said of the site’s appeal to advertisers. “They’re getting a very polished, highly-produced essay.”last_img read more

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