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Blomidon Restoration Work to Begin

first_imgBlomidon Provincial Park will be home to a younger, stronger forest after unhealthy white spruce trees are cut down to make room for more diverse and longer-living trees. Nearly five acres of dead or dying white spruce will be cut as part of an ecological restoration project that begins the end of this month. In total, there are about 32 acres potentially affected. Downing the trees is a necessary first step to restore some of the area’s natural beauty and establish a more natural mix of trees. The project will also help reduce the immediate risk of forest fires and falling limbs or trees resulting from the breakdown of older white spruce. “This project will help restore the ecological balance and ensure public safety,” said Minister of Natural Resources Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We may not see the benefits of this work for several years but, in the end, it will provide a more diversified, healthy forest for the camping area of the park.” The white spruce live for a short time and, as they age, are more subject to infestations by bark beetles. At Blomidon, the white spruce developed on abandoned pasture land and did not develop into a natural forest. Not all of the trees will be removed from the site. Where possible, felled white spruce trees will be left on the forest floor where they will decompose, providing nutrients to the soil and habitat for wildlife. To help ensure the new forest is more diverse, and better represents the naturally occurring vegetation, the Department of Natural Resources will help natural regeneration by planting trees and shrubs. Much of the restoration work is expected to take place before the provincial park opens for the season on May 15, and will be completed after the park closes in the fall.last_img read more

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New party leaders may change the dynamics of Saskatchewan politics

first_imgREGINA – The old saying that the only constant in life is change may best sum up the coming year in Saskatchewan politics.The governing Saskatchewan Party, the Opposition New Democrats and even the seatless Liberals are to elect new leaders in the coming months, and that could affect the decade-long political status quo in the province.Opinion polls in recent months have suggested the gap of support between the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP has narrowed considerably, especially after last spring’s tough-medicine budget. And the governing party is losing Prem=ier Brad Wall, whose personal approval ratings have continued to score high, to retirement.“The type of leader that the Sask. Party needs is essentially a Brad Wall without the negative aspects of the Brad Wall legacy,” says Joseph Garcea, who teaches political studies at the University of Saskatchewan.“To some extent, they need a Brad Wall without baggage.”Garcea pointed to last spring’s budget, which raised the provincial sales tax and included cuts to libraries that were later reversed following public protests.He also cited ongoing controversy into a $21-million land purchase west of Regina. The auditor general found the government overpaid for the land and did not follow proper procedures. That prompted an RCMP investigation.The NDP is hoping to capitalize on the controversies and sees an opening with Wall’s departure.“For the last 10 years, the premier — Brad Wall — has been the brand of the Sask. Party and … with him stepping down and a new leader taking over, it’s going to be very different, I think,” says interim NDP leader Nicole Sarauer.Garcea says a lot will depend on how much each party can unite following the leadership campaigns, which can often be divisive. He also says the spring budget could help shape voters’ minds for the 2020 election.As for Wall, he has some advice for whoever takes over: stay humble, avoid rigid ideology and admit mistakes, such as the library cuts.“Be humble and be pragmatic,” he says.“We’re a free-enterprise party. We believe in markets. But we also have to respect that Saskatchewan people aren’t really interested in ideology … they’re interested in results and they’re also interested in a government reflecting their priorities.”Wall also suggests his party should avoid getting into debates over socially divisive, federally governed issues such as abortion.Three of the leadership candidates running to replace Wall recently talked about their anti-abortion views to a group called Right Now, which is dedicated to electing anti-abortion politicians.One candidate, Ken Cheveldayoff, told The Canadian Press that abortions should be allowed only for women whose lives are in jeopardy and not for victims of sexual assault. He later walked back from that stance and said any sex assault victim has the right to make the choice to have an abortion.Wall said provincial leaders should stick to provincial matters.“There will be (some people) that are interested in socially conservative or socially liberal issues, and that’s fine. But at the provincial level, where we don’t really have jurisdiction over these things, I don’t understand why we would … focus any great deal of resources on these issues ….“We do have a lot more to do with the economy and with health,” he said. “Let’s focus on those. I think that’s reflective of the priority of the vast majority of Saskatchewan people and that would be my advice.”Wall, who announced his resignation in August but is staying on until his successor is chosen at the end of January, says he has yet to line up a new job.“When the new leader is chosen … I’m going to probably take a it of a break, but I’ll be looking for work in earnest thereafter.”last_img read more

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Lee heaps praise on pacers Bumrah Prasidh Saini

first_imgMumbai: Former Australia speedster Brett Lee heaped praise on death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah as well as lanky speedsters, Prasidh Krishna and Navdeep Saini. Prasidh has only bagged two wickets so far in the ongoing IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, but Lee said he was impressed with his and Saini’s pace. Saini has grabbed four wickets representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore,while India pace spearhead has snapped up eight wicket wearing the colours of Mumbai Indians in IPL. Delhi pacer Saini had also been named as one of the four pacers who will assisst the Indian team in their World Cup preparation as net bowlers. “The are many. Jasprit Bumrah, to me, has been a class act. He has got good pace and different action. Prasidh Krishna — he has been bowling at 145k or thereabouts in this IPL”, Lee said when asked for his views on the fast Indian men who had impressed him the most this IPL season. “Then Navdeep Saini — he is another promising fast bowler coming through. The pleasing thing about the current Indian fast bowlers is that they have got good pace,” noted Lee. The 42-year-old former pacer was present at an event to announce a Mumbai-specific tie-up between real estate developers Runwal Group and Cricket Australia. Lee, who grabbed 380 wickets in 221 One Dayers and was one of the best fast bowlers of his time, said that it was pleasing to see Indian bowlers touching the 145K mark on the speed gun. “As media commentators, now that we are into your side of the fence, we fell into a trap by saying that 130k or 135k is good pace. We all now know that 130k or 135k is not good pace. I would say it’s slow or medium pace,” Lee remarked.last_img read more

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Small arms and light weapons in Central Africa lead talks at UN

The latest ministerial meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa will also consider recent security and geopolitical developments among its member states, while a special conference on cross-border security issues will take place as well.A press release from the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs said the meeting participants will examine the so-called São Tomé Initiative for setting up a legal instrument to control the profusion of small arms and light weapons in a region that has long been beset by deadly conflict.The Committee, which meets twice a year at the ministerial level, was established by the UN Secretary-General in May 1992. Its membership comprises all 11 countries in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) – Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and São Tomé and Príncipe.The participants at this week’s meeting, which began on Monday and is scheduled to run until Friday, include representatives of the UN peacekeeping or political missions in the DRC, the CAR and Burundi. 5 September 2007An initiative to control the trade of small arms and light weapons in Central Africa and a planned code of conduct for the region’s armed and security forces are expected to top the agenda at a United Nations-sponsored security meeting taking place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, this week. read more

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In Kabul Ban urges full support for Afghan peace and development efforts

20 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced support for the priorities laid out by the Afghan Government to advance peace and development and called on the country’s men and women to rally around these efforts, as he opened a major international conference in the capital, Kabul. “We are here to support the Afghan Government and its new priorities … to reaffirm our pledge to stay engaged for the long term,” Mr. Ban told participants at the Kabul Conference, the first international gathering on Afghanistan to be held in the country.While the Government has begun to take essential steps to deliver on the needs of its people, it needs the full backing of the country’s citizens, he said. “These plans aim to deliver real results for you, the Afghan people, without delay. They aim to establish effective democratic governance … and guarantee your rights and the rule of law.“Yet these programmes cannot succeed without your support – without all of you, acting in good faith,” he added.“That is why, today, we appeal to the Afghan people to come together … to come together to achieve peace through reconciliation … to achieve justice through mutual respect … to build a future based on economic development and mutual cooperation … with full respect for your nation’s sovereignty.“This is my message to the Afghan people: to unite in the national interest,” said Mr. Ban.The conference, co-chaired by the Secretary-General and President Hamid Karzai, builds on previous international meetings between Afghanistan and its international partners, most recently the London Conference held in January. It was in London that the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country.The Secretary-General said that today, the Afghan Government is becoming “a full and increasingly effective partner,” having met important short-term commitments and set up effective consultation structures.The Government has also devised programmes which, with international support and Afghan resolve, can bring tangible change into the lives of ordinary Afghans – improved security, better standards of living, and an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue.At the same time, he stated that security will be a crucial issue in moving ahead. “Let no one think that we are closing our eyes to the challenge. But these are programmes that can be implemented now, despite the security challenges.“Neither should anyone interpret our efforts to pass responsibility to the Afghan government as a sign of diminishing international resolve. “Yet let us also be clear: just as Afghans are taking greater responsibility for governance and development, so must they take greater responsibility for security as well… Afghanistan must take that decisive step towards guaranteeing its own sovereignty.”The UN chief also used the opportunity presented by the conference to highlight the “grave” situation of Afghan civilians affected by the conflict, noting a rise in indiscriminate, disproportionate and deliberate attacks by anti-government elements against civilians and government representatives. “Too many Afghans see their basic human rights violated again and again,” he said. “Improving security for Afghans is not just a matter of physical protection. It also requires accountability for serious violations of human rights – those happening now and those that took place in the past.“And of course, Afghanistan will not achieve peace, development and human rights without the full participation of women,” he added.Top officials from over 70 countries, as well as international and regional organizations and financial institutions, attended today’s meeting, which concluded with the adoption of a communiqué setting out the commitments for action that form part of what is known as the “Kabul process.”At the end of the day-long event, Mr. Ban said that what was achieved today is of tremendous importance. “Never before have we had a more concrete vision of Afghanistan’s future,” he noted. “Moreover, this vision was created by the Afghan Government. It has been developed with the Afghan people.” read more

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Toronto Marlies win first Calder Cup in franchise history

The Toronto Marlies won the Calder Cup on Thursday in front of a loud home crowd, beating the Texas Stars 6-1 in Game 7.This is the first Calder Cup for the Marlies and the first professional men’s hockey trophy presented to a Toronto team since the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967.Andreas Johnsson earned 24 points in 16 games and was awarded with the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most outstanding player of the playoffs.The 23-year-old winger made appearances this season in a Maple Leafs jersey.His two goals and one assist in Game 7 put him four points over Stars captain Curtis McKenzie for the AHL playoff scoring title.The Marlies are also the first Leafs farm team to win a championship since the New Brunswick Hawks (shared by the Chicago Blackhawks) did it in 1982.The city of Toronto has now won four titles in less than a year.Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC won the MLS Cup and Canadian Championship, while the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup back in November.The Marlies will host a Calder Cup Championship Celebration outside Ricoh Coliseum Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. read more

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With UN help Nigeria finishes gathering census data

With help from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nigeria has finished gathering data in its first census in 15 years following a two-day extension to ensure universal coverage of the head count in the total tally.The massive undertaking aims to determine the number of people living in Africa’s most populous country. UNFPA had census monitoring staff on the ground in 21 of 36 Nigerian states during the weeklong census.“The Nigerian Government has demonstrated its commitment to conducting a fair and accurate census of its population,” said Niangoran Essan, UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, pledging further support to ensure the success of the undertaking.In addition to providing training to Nigerian staffers and other support, UNFPA helped to channel funding for a radio and television advertising campaign to raise awareness about the census. The agency also provided technical assistance for the website of the National Population Commission.More Government officers will be trained in how to appropriately analyze the data generated during the census to assist the country in future socio-economic planning, said Osaretin Adonri, UNFPA’s Abuja-based National Programme Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation. read more

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Knotty but nice scientists tie tightest knot ever from string of atoms

first_imgNow the knot has been made, the team can start testing the strength and elasticity and working out how to weave the strands together to generate new types of material.   Describing how the know was made, Prof Leigh added: “We ‘tied’ the molecular knot using a technique called ‘self-assembly’, in which molecular strands are woven around metal ions, forming crossing points in the right places just like in knitting – and the ends of the strands were then fused together by a chemical catalyst to close the loop and form the complete knot.”The eight-crossings molecular knot is the most complex regular woven molecule yet made by scientists.”The research was published in the journal Science. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The full knot  A material made from the knotted atoms would be tougher and more flexible even than kevlar (left) The full knot Credit:University of Manchester  It could be the most frustrating knot ever created.Scientists have produced the most tightly knotted physical structure ever made, out of loop of 192 atoms.The team from the University of Manchester say it could pave the way for creating ultra-lightweight material which is so impenetrable it could stop a speeding bullet.The knot is made out of 192 iron, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen atoms and is about 20 nanometres long, or  20 millionths of a millimeter.Professor David Leigh, of Manchester’s School of Chemistry, said: “Tying knots is a similar process to weaving so the techniques being developed to tie knots in molecules should also be applicable to the weaving of molecular strands.”For example, bullet-proof vests and body armour are made of kevlar, a plastic that consists of rigid molecular rods aligned in a parallel structure – however, interweaving polymer strands have the potential to create much tougher, lighter and more flexible materials in the same way that weaving threads does in our everyday world.”Some polymers, such as spider silk, can be twice as strong as steel so braiding polymer strands may lead to new generations of light, super-strong and flexible materials for fabrication and construction.” A material made from the knotted atoms would be tougher and more flexible even than kevlar (left)last_img read more

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Tatran Presov wins regular part of SEHA GAZPROM SSL

← Previous Story Iveta Luzumova stays in Thuringer HC Next Story → Sydney Uniare Australian handball champions 10.Partizan182016430 : 5216 4.Meshkov Brest181215496 : 46137 3.Vardar181215530 : 45837 2.CO Zagreb181314567 : 49640 8.Borac m:tel185013428 : 52815 7.Vojvodina187011460 : 49721 9.Lovćen183213459 : 55411 5.Metalurg18846462 : 44128 1.Tatran Prešov181503605 : 49345 6.Nexe18738511 : 49924 Slovakian Tatran Presov have won the first place at the end of regular part of the SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League. Slovakians beat RK Partizan 32:28 (17:16) in the last match of the season in Belgrade, led by Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans who scored 8 goals. Even before this match was known that Tatran will take the first place and play against Meshkov Brest at SEHA F4 semi-final in Novi Sad on Aprli 11.Second semi-final match will be played among RK C.O Zagreb and RK Vardar.SEHA F4 Final is scheduled for Aprli 13.STANDINGS: SEHASEHA F4SEHA GAZPROM HANDBALLTatran Presov handball read more

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Barn burns in rural area east of Battle Ground

first_imgFire destroyed a barn Saturday in a rural area east of Battle Ground, according to Fire District 3.The fire was reported at 1:37 p.m. at 25130 N.E. 239th Circle, in a hilly, wooded area north of Venersborg. Units from Fire District 3 and Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived to find the 1,300-square-foot barn fully involved in flame and partly collapsed, said Fire District 3 Capt. Jason Mansfield. Firefighters took a defensive attack, extinguishing a small grass fire and containing the fire to the barn, which was a total loss. No other structures on the property were threatened, Mansfield said.The barn was owned by Ferdinand and Ellen Kahler, according to county property records.Information on the cause was not available Saturday. Investigators from the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene, Mansfield said.last_img read more

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Crash involving BSO cruiser injures officer

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy and his K-9 partner are going to be OK, after their cruiser was involved in a crash.According to BSO, the crash happened at 5:52 a.m., Wednesday, at the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and Dixie Highway, near Fort Lauderdale.Police said the driver of another vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the BSO cruiser.7Skyforce flew over the scene, where a K-9 officer could be seen being pulled out from the back of the cruiser.The deputy was transported to the hospital with injuries deemed not life-threatening, and the police dog was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Pentagon CMO Favors Thornberrys Proposal to Reform Support Agencies

first_imgJohn Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer (CMO), said that “at the high level” the Defense Department supports House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s plan to streamline its support agencies by cutting duplicative activities and reorganizing others, according to a recent interview. “In the spirit of where the chairman’s going, I’d say we’re totally aligned,” Gibson told Defense News.Thornberry’s proposal, which is part of the defense authorization bill passed by the House Thursday, calls for the CMO to reduce or eliminate duplicative cross-enterprise functions across all defense agencies and field activities related to civilian resource, services contracting, logistics and real estate management. The legislation also directs the CMO to certify that the department has achieved at least 25 percent savings from those functions by Jan. 1, 2021. A separate section of H.R. 5515 calls for the CMO to report to Congress on any recommendations to eliminate an agency or activity, or transfer some or all of its functions to another entity, following a review of the efficiency and effectiveness of defense agencies and field activities.The initiative’s target is “aggressive” and it is not clear how much savings can be generated, Gibson said, but noted there’s a “significant opportunity” for reform. “You’re going to get the most value and the most synergies from true enterprise-wide reform. Let’s look horizontally and make sure we’re not duplicating efforts where we could consolidate those and make a center of excellence and leverage it across the enterprise,” he said.Don’t miss Gibson’s keynote address next month at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit! He will deliver his remarks on June 19 during the Defense Communities Awards Lunch. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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XMen Dark Phoenix director shares whats behind the MCU Easter egg

first_img 1 Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Comment 51 Photos It’s not often you get another crack at adapting a classic Marvel comic book story for the silver screen, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg is doing just that.The 12th movie in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series, in theaters globally now, shines the spotlight on psychic mutant hero Jean Grey as her powers are cosmically supercharged to the point she endangers the planet.If this sounds familiar, it’s because it was one of the plot lines in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which Kinberg co-wrote with Zak Penn. That didn’t quite do the Dark Phoenix Saga arc justice, lifelong comic reader Kinberg acknowledged when I met him in a London hotel ahead of the new movie’s release. His own fandom shone through in the way his eyes lit up as we talked. He seemed more than happy to geek out over his pop culture influences.Since The Last Stand, Kinberg’s worked as a writer and producer on First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, Deadpool, its sequel and Logan, but Dark Phoenix was his first time in the director’s chair. Despite this, I got the sense he was quietly confident he’d gotten the Dark Phoenix saga right. We even talked about the movie’s subtle nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (directly under the spoiler warning below), which the X-Men movies aren’t a part of due to rights issues (these were resolved when Disney acquired Fox). Here’s a transcript of our chat, lightly edited for clarity.Jean Grey dances with the darkness in this X-Men adventure. 20th Century Fox Q: Congratulations on your directorial debut. How do you feel?Kinberg: I feel very honored to have been given a chance to direct an X-Men movie, given the fact that I grew up reading these comics. When I was reading the comics as a kid, I didn’t even know if there’d be X-Men movies, let alone that I’d be actually working on them.You mentioned growing up reading the comics. What was your relationship with the Dark Phoenix Saga?Dark Phoenix was always my favorite story growing up. It was a little bit like The Empire Strikes Back, which is my favorite movie of all time. They both were about challenging what it is to be good and evil. You were one or the other, but this comic came along and took a character that you loved and who was a hero and imbued her with a cosmic force that took her over but made her do evil, dangerous, deadly things.All of a sudden, I looked at the world differently. I felt like we all have that darkness inside of us, and certainly we still have the ability to recover as well. So, it always stuck with me. It informed a lot of the way that I just saw the world, with the way that I wrote as an artist and filmmaker. screen-shot-2019-06-04-at-18-21-22Famke Janssen played Jean in X-Men: The Last Stand, but didn’t have much to say in the latter half of that movie. 20th Century Fox/Screenshot by CNET Where do you think X-Men: The Last Stand went wrong?It’s a fair question. Otherwise we wouldn’t be making the Dark Phoenix story again.The cosmic elements of the story weren’t explored at all, but more importantly, the Dark Phoenix story became the secondary story, the B-plot of that film, and the cure plot became the A-plot of the film. The traditional heroes of the X-Men movies — Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine — became the heroes of the film and Jean really took a backseat, especially in the back half of the movie. And Famke [Janssen] (the first actor to play Jean) has like five lines of dialogue in the last half of the movie. 2:46 Wolverine 21st Century Fox Marvel Target X-Men Disney Star Wars Deadpool I … wanted to ground this movie as much as possible. Generally, I wanted it to have a bit more raw and gritty feel and a more human feel than the other X-Men movies and because of the storyline, I wanted you to really feel what she was feeling. And so I wanted to ground this fantastical supernatural thing that’s happening to Jean, this cosmic force, this possession in a way, I wanted to ground it in something real, and so we talked a lot about schizophrenia. I would send her books and articles and YouTube videos about schizophrenia and she would watch them and read them, and send me back questions and thoughts almost as fast as I could send them to her. tr-0130-v0087-mpc-1023Professor Xavier’s ego plays a major role in Dark Phoenix. 20th Century Fox I had a lot of great, extraordinary people around me on this film, but Sophie was the partner in constructing this film. I asked for more rehearsal time in this film than we’ve ever had on an X-Men movie. We had weeks of rehearsal and Sophie came to the first day of rehearsal and script had little postmarks on every single line of the screenplay, with motivation, with backstory, with subtext, with questions. And so she brought all of her natural talent, with an immense amount of preparation. img-4657Kinberg chats about the movie in London. Sean Keane/CNET Charles Xavier has a pretty fascinating arc in this movie. What was your thinking with his journey here, especially since the X-Men are surprisingly popular with the wider world in the beginning?I wanted to explore this idea that the X-Men, after so many movies where they are hated, feared, hunted and hidden, would actually be embraced by humanity. With all of the characters I wanted to explore a new side of them that we hadn’t seen in the other movies.And with Charles specifically, I wanted to deal with his ego. There is an aspect to a man who names a superhero team essentially after himself and has a mansion. Or he has a bunch of kids that he feels like he’s the sort of patriarch or father to — there’s an element of ego to that. Even the sort of spiffy suits he’s always wearing in movies, even that has as an element of ego to it, the fanciness of his wheelchair. There’s been a lot of evidence of his ego in these movies but it’s never really been like delved into and challenged. And so the movie starts, like you say, where they are superheroes. And he’s being lauded by the President at the White House. And then over the span of the movie what you see — and it resembles the world in which we live — is that just the slightest incident sparks or re-sparks prejudice and fear from the people who had been persecuting and oppressing this, I guess, minority of mutants for so long. I had this notion that maybe Charles changed everyone’s mind. Because he could!Yeah. A lot of them certainly.spoilers-mcuThe soldiers near the end were part of the “Mutant Containment Unit” — was that a deliberate reference to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)?Kinberg: It actually wasn’t initially. My production designer came to me about the designs for the train. I was trying all kinds of different names. It all felt like a little too prisony and normal, and it didn’t also pertain to the mutants. And they came up with the idea of “Mutant Containment,” which felt correct, and then the costume designer had to create patches for the soldiers and so “Mutant Containment Unit” is what he came to me with and I obviously immediately recognized that the acronym was MCU. We kind of didn’t have time to do anything else. But also, I love Kevin Feige. He’s somebody who produced the first X-Men movie I ever worked on. I mean, he is quite literally the most successful producer of all time. What he’s done with the MCU is beyond imagination for someone like me who grew up a fan of the comics. So I put it in there as sort of like a wink and smile with respect to the MCU and by the end of the movie that MCU soldiers are fighting alongside the X-Men. I felt like this was the last X-Men movie in this current incarnation. Did you approach it like that?Yes absolutely, from the beginning of writing the movie, which was three years or so ago, I approached it as the culmination, the climax of this particular saga of the X-Men. This cycle of X-Men storytelling that started with, really 20 years ago, and especially with the X-Men: First Class.I felt like with these characters that were strangers, with the X-Men: First Class, they were strangers that came together, formed this family, this unit. This film, that is based on obviously the most iconic and the most popular of X-Men stories, this film splits this family apart, challenges this family, forces this family to face trauma in a way that they never had before. And that was a natural climax and culmination for 10 plus years of storytelling. You can find out if Kinberg succeeded by reading CNET’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix review. Tags Best geek movies of the decade Originally published June 4.Update, June 7: Adds details about MCU Easter egg. X-Men: Dark Phoenix: A Jean Grey history lesson Share your voice 21 Photos Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Culture Interesting, I’ll have to watch it again.I haven’t watched it a long time, but [she has] very few lines. And listen, I say all of this with the blood on my hands of being the co-writer of the movie, so it’s not as though I’m judging anyone. But it didn’t focus on what is the greatest storyline in the history of X-Men comics and potentially all comics. That story itself is too much for one movie, let alone to be the background story of someone else’s movie.And it’s the reason I was so desperate to get a chance to tell the proper version of the Dark Phoenix story to really tell a movie where Jean was a hero and the villain and the focus the film, where you really got into the moral, emotional, psychological complexity of what’s happened to her character. And I didn’t know if I would be able to do that but when I wrote Days of Future Past and retooled the timeline, it suddenly became possible to tell the Dark Phoenix story again.x-men-days-of-future-pastSimon Kinberg (left) directs Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Doane Gregory/20th Century Fox I remember my mind reeling with possibilities after Days of Future Past. And I try not to think too much about the timelines of the X-men movies because my brain explodes.I have a sense of what the timelines are and I can walk people through them, but certainly there is a looseness to them that over the years we’ve tried to stitch back together.They’re not told with the same level of precision that some of the franchises have been told because they’ve been handed off from filmmaker to filmmaker. And I think … sometimes we’ve just told stories that were one-off stories. We told them the best we could, not necessarily thinking they’re part of a larger tapestry of storytelling. What do you think Sophie Turner brought to Jean here?She has a combination of incredible strength and power, with real vulnerability and fragility. And what Jean Grey’s going through, especially in this movie, requires both. I mean she’s the most powerful creature, not just mutant, she’s the most powerful force in the entire galaxy. And yet she can’t control that power.So you need the humanity of the lack of control and the struggle and the trauma of that, with the power and strength of someone who actually could take out the most powerful mutants on Earth and beyond. sr-6050-v0007-sho-1035X-Men in spaaaaace! Nightcrawler, Jean and their friends go beyond Earth’s orbit on a rescue mission. 20th Century Fox I sat down with Sophie about a year before we started shooting, and said, “Listen, you’re gonna have to occupy and explore the entire spectrum of psychological emotional colors. You’re gonna have to go to some very dark, difficult places. And you’re gonna be doing it going toe-to-toe in scenes with the greatest actors of all time, or at least of our time, you know, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain. And you’re the center of this film.”And I’m saying this to, I don’t know what she was at the time, 19, 20 years old. At 19, 20 years old, I barely could get myself to a class in college, let alone handle that.last_img read more

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Two dock systems under KoPT to handle 1m TEUs this year

first_imgKolkata: The two dock systems of Kolkata and Haldia under Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has set a target of handling 1 million TEUs in the current financial year. Kolkata Dock is singularly expecting to handle 1 million TEUs of container traffic by 2020.”Kolkata Port Trust jointly with its container terminal vendor M/s Bharat Kolkata Container Terminal Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of PSA, has made an elaborate container terminal expansion and upgradation plan. The master plan for the overhaul of the container terminal includes large scale development of the area for container storage which doubles the yard capacity, increasing the number of mechanised container berths, overhauling of rail lines and digitisation of documentation at the terminal,” a senior official of KoPT said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA joint business meet was recently held in this regard that was attended by KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar, deputy chairman S Balaji Arunkumar and other senior officials of port, PSA, members of the trade fraternity and other port users. It may be mentioned that the container cargo through Kolkata Dock was 6.4 lakh TEUs in the last financial year.KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar stressed upon the port’s focus on trade and said they are ready to resolve the issues faced by the users to facilitate trade. KoPT deputy chairman S Balaji Arunkumar Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedaddressing the meet elaborated on the large-scale development of yard at Kolkata terminal, repairing of the roads and adjoining drains in port vicinity and the overhauling of the rail network.He said very soon the terminal would have full length rail loading, which will benefit rail importers to Nepal and increase rail exports through Kolkata. The managing director, PSA India, Mike Formosa thanked KoPT for the continued support and assured full support to the port in achieving its mission and vision.The port users and the members of trade appreciated the recent ease of doing business initiatives at Kolkata Dock that has seen a positive response from the trade and urged the port to improve the productivity further.The trade representatives unanimously backed the “Mission Million” idea of the Port and pledged their support for the same.last_img read more

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Chrome for the Holidays Amazons 300 Discount on Google Pixelbooks

first_imgWe recently reviewed the mid-level version of the Pixelbook, which earned 3.5 stars. Henry Casey, our senior writer was taken with design, calling its aluminum unibody design “one of the most attractive machines I’ve ever tested.” The 2400 x 1600, 12.3-inch touch display is bright and colorful, averaging 421 nits of brightness and reproducing 117 percent of the sRGB gamut. And while the Core i5 processor, couldn’t keep pace with the likes of the iPad Pro or Lenovo Yoga 920, it’s much more powerful than other Chromebooks. Remember when Amazon stopped selling Google products earlier this year? Well, with the holidays around the corner, it seems that Amazon had a Grinch-style change of heart. The online retailer is currently offering several iterations of Google’s Pixelbook with sizable $300 discounts. That means the base model is available for $699.  I’m not sure what holiday miracle this is, but if Chromebooks, specifically Chromebooks made by Google are your thing. If you’re unfamiliar with Chromebooks, in a nutshell, they’re laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS operating system. That means no Microsoft Office Suite unless you can make due with the Android version. And while some apps can function without internet access, the majority of Chrome apps require an always-connected setup. And speaking of apps, the Pixelbook is one of the growing number of Chromebooks that plays nice with the Android store, which adds a lot more functionality to the system. It’s also the first Chromebook to feature Google Assistant integration so you can control all the action with your voice.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-pixelbook-black-friday-2018?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB flash storage – $699 – AmazonIntel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB flash storage – $899 – AmazonIntel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB flash storage – $1,349 – AmazonDesigned for light to mid-level productivity, Chromebooks typically don’t have the best performance. But Google continually bucks the trend with the Pixelbook. The $699 base model offered in the Amazon deal cost features an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB flash storage drive and integrated Intel HD615 Graphics. The $899 iteration doubles the storage to 256 while the $1,349 version has a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage and integrated graphics. In short, if you’re looking for a lightweight laptop that can handle light productivity tasks, including video editing in a sleek, attractive chassis, the Pixelbook might be the hot holiday ticket. Just be sure to get it now, before the starting price goes back up to $999.center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Hit n run involving 9yearold child

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A nine-year-old boy was involved in a hit ‘n run accident this afternoon.The boy was hit by a white van in Forbes Street. It is alleged that the van initially stopped after hitting the child, but then drove off.Community members tried their best to help by providing blankets to keep the boy warm and for him to lie on.The driver of the van has not been located. Sharaj Ambulance Services responded and treated the accident victim at the scene. EMRS transported the boy to Ladysmith Provincial Hospital for further medical attention.Police and Public Safety were also on scene.last_img read more

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Former Haiti PM Smarck Michel dies at age 75

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Michel attended college in New York, then returned to Haiti in the 1950s to help run the bakery his father had started. He later ran a grocery store in downtown Port-au-Prince.Michel became prime minister in 1994, one month after a U.S.-led multinational military force restored Aristide to the presidency after three years in exile. Aristide’s first term was cut short in 1991 when the army ousted him in a coup.The choice of Michel was seen as an effort to placate business leaders and many in Haiti’s small middle and upper classes who felt threatened by the return of Aristide, a populist left-leaning former Roman Catholic priest. Michel resigned almost a year later over opposition to his economic reforms, which advocated a privatization plan that was unpopular with Haiti’s poor majority.Before he became prime minister, Michel served as commerce and industry minister for nearly four months in Aristide’s first government, in 1991. He also financed several of Aristide’s endeavors, including an orphanage for street kids.Michel was dismissed from the post by Aristide amid criticism that the government was unable to lower prices for food and other basic goods. Michel had instituted price controls, but they were widely ignored. Comments   Share   After his brief stint in politics, Michel returned full-time to the family grocery store until he closed it in 2010 and retired, his son said.In addition to Kenneth, Michel’s survivors include his wife of 53 years, Victoire Marie-Rose Sterlin, and daughters Patricia and Marjorie Michel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Smarck Michel, a businessman who served for almost a year as Haiti’s prime minister after the United States restored President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in the mid-1990s, died Saturday, his son said. He was 75.Kenneth Michel said his father died in the family home in a neighborhood above the capital of Port-au-Prince following a brain tumor.Smarck Michel was born March 29, 1937, in St. Marc, a port city north of the capital, and moved around the country during his childhood because his father was serving in the Haitian armed forces. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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ROSE HALL JAMAICA – Solís the spa at the The Palm

first_imgROSE HALL, JAMAICA – Solís the spa at the The Palmyra Resort & Spa in Jamaica has named Sonsiarea Boyce as Spa Director for the Caribbean’s only branded ESPA spa. Ms. Boyce brings over ten years of spa management experience garnered at luxury, five-star properties.Set to open in March 2009, Solis The Palmyra Resort & Spa has already received a Leading Hotels of the World designation—a rare pre-opening achievement.Launched by legendary hotelier and former president of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Horst Schulze, Solís Resorts & Hotels is a new luxury hotel brand that includes a collection of resorts, hotels and residences offering a convergence of unparalleled designs, settings and experiences.last_img

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