APTN National NewsNeil Young performed for a packed house in Winnipeg Thursday in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.Before the concert, hundreds of Idle No More supporters round danced in appreciation.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson was there.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.Doctor Hooman Melamed tells People.com she contracted what they thought was a rare spinal infection and nearly died this week.The doctor says Miller went to a California emergency room, where her condition deteriorated and she became “paralyzed from the neck down.” He says Miller underwent spinal surgery Tuesday and parts of some vertebrae were removed.It was determined Miller had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Miller is recovering and discussing treatment with her doctor.Miller ran Abby Lee Dance Company outside Pittsburgh. She was sentenced to a year in prison for hiding income from a bankruptcy judge. She transferred to a California halfway house in March and is to be released in May.Her attorney says she was “ill-equipped to deal with the brand that she became.” read more
Up next for Shriners will be the Fort St. John Canada Day parade where they will be driving their signature “Tin Lizzies” through the city streets. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Shriners Family Day was raising money for Shriners Hospitals this past Sunday in Fort St. John.The event, which took place at Browns Socialhouse, was from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and saw all proceeds Browns made during that time go to Shriners Hospitals. $9,850 was the final tally raised for the cause, much higher than the Public Relations Associate for Shriners, Martial Pitts expected.“We would have been happy with anything.” said Pitts, “My kind of expectation or my goal was somewhere around the $7,000 mark, and we passed that by quite a lot.” read more
The report on global economic prospects, released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), states that fiscal austerity measures implemented in developed countries and elsewhere in response to high levels of fiscal deficit and public debt are further weakening growth and job prospects.Calling 2012 a “make-or-break” year for the economy, the report forecasts a “muddle-through” scenario, in which the world economy will continue to grow at a slow pace, at about 2.6 per cent next year and 3.2 per cent for 2013, down from 4.0 per cent in 2010. However, the report says this will only happen if the Eurozone debt crisis is contained, and if further moves toward stringent fiscal austerity in developed countries come to a halt.“Failure of policy-makers, especially those in Europe and the United States, to address the jobs crisis and prevent sovereign debt distress and financial sector fragility from escalating, poses the most acute risk for the global economy in the outlook for 2012-2013,” warns the report.The report underscores four mutually reinforcing factors that are weakening the global economy: sovereign debt distress; fragile banking sectors; weak aggregate demand associated with fiscal austerity measures and high unemployment; and policy paralysis caused by political gridlock. If one of them worsens, the report warns, there is a high risk of setting off “a vicious circle leading to severe financial turmoil and economic downturn.”The report stresses that slower growth in developed countries is also affecting developing countries, which have seen a slowing down in their growth since April. “The European Union (EU) and the United States form the two largest economies in the world and they are deeply intertwined. Their problems would easily feed into each other and spread into another global recession. Developing countries, which had rebounded strongly from the global recession of 2009, would be hit through trade and financial channels,” the report reads.Brazil and Mexico are expected to be more visibly affected by this economic slowdown, while growth in India and China is expected to remain robust. The report estimates that there was an unemployment deficit of 64 million jobs worldwide this year. This figure refers to the amount of jobs that would need to be created to restore pre-crisis employment levels and absorb young people coming into the workforce. If economic growth stays at current levels, the report estimates the unemployment deficit will not be closed until far beyond 2015.The report says additional fiscal stimulus measures in many countries are still possible, but would need to be accompanied by regulatory reforms to the financial sector, increased resources for financial safety nets – especially in Europe – and measures to prevent a second round of mortgage crises in countries with a high risk of home foreclosure. 1 December 2011The world risks falling back into recession if developed countries embark prematurely on fiscal austerity measures, according to a United Nations report released today in New York, which recommends additional stimulus measures as well as more forceful international coordination to stimulate job creation and investment. read more
“The situation is still very, very volatile, it’s very tense,” a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke, said in an interview with UN Radio. “The Government is doing its very best to keep the situation under control, but it’s still very fragile.”At least 89 people have been killed and 35,000 displaced since the upsurge of inter-communal violence a couple of weeks ago, and more than 5,300 houses and religious buildings have been destroyed, according to OCHA.The first wave of violence occurred in June, when clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims led to the Government declaring a state of emergency in the state. The violence reportedly left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, while internally displacing some 75,000 people.“The first displacement was rather localized, in a town called Sittwe, but now we have seen more and more displacement across the state,” Mr. Laerke said.OCHA is calling on Myanmar authorities to grant full access to Rakhine as the number of displaced continues to increase and spreads out to the entire province, the spokesperson noted. “What we know from the preliminary findings is that they need food, shelter and other basic necessities,” he said.Earlier last week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) visited several villages, where medical staff in the assessment teams treated many of the wounded. The agency has also sent basic supplies such as food, plastic sheets, blankets and mosquito nets.In addition, OCHA has launched an appeal of $32.5 million to assist those displaced. So far, only half of it the sought-after funds have been received.In late October, in the presentation of a report on his work to the General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, called for the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between Rakhine’s Buddhist and Muslim communities to be addressed as a priority.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Ojea Quintana, are appointed, in an honorary capacity, by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. read more
Miss Carbon County’s Outstanding Teen Eminie Elliott received a energetic send off to the state pageant during an event on Saturday afternoon.Each year, a party is hosted not only to wish the county’s outstanding teen luck, but also to give the community a preview of the contestant’s preparations for the pageant. This year, Elliott took to the stage with other Carbon County Royalty as they displayed their talents and progression throughout the past months. Friends, family and members of the community were welcomed to Mont Harmon for the event.“I just want to thank everyone for coming to my send off party yesterday,” Elliott shared after the event. “It was so fun and I’m so happy to go to Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen and represent Carbon County.”Elliott will join nearly 40 other young women from throughout Utah in the Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen Pageant on Saturday, March 2. The event will take place at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo.Before the statewide pageant, members of the community can vote for Elliott for the Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen People’s Choice Award. Voting will close at 3 p.m. on March 2. Voting costs $1 and all proceeds will directly benefit Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Foundation. To vote, please click here. read more
Kinross Gold will proceed with the initial Gilmore expansion project at its Fort Knox gold mine in Fairbanks, Alaska. The initial phase of a potential multi-phase layback of the existing pit is expected to add roughly 1.5 Moz of gold production from Fort Knox by extending mining by six years to 2027, and gold recovery from heap leaching to 2030.The National Mining Association (NMA) reports that “communities in which Kinross has mines are home for its employees, so it is committed to being a good neighbour, creating jobs, contributing important tax revenue, supporting local business investment and donating to local causes.“In 2017, the Fort Knox mine provided 625 direct, full-time jobs and 1,200 indirect, local jobs; spent approximately $188 million on goods and services with 350 local Alaskan businesses and vendors; paid approximately $80 million in employee wages and benefits; invested in 90 local organizations; and made $16 million in payments to state and local governments through taxes and fees. To date, Fort Knox has donated $3 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in endowments and scholarships.”Fort Knox is one of Kinross’ largest producing mines and a centre of excellence for the company as one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world. In 2016, the site poured its seven millionth ounce of gold 20 years into its mine life. It is mined by conventional open-pit methods, with ore processed at a mill and heap leach facility. read more
Saudi Arabia says the oil facility hit by drones and missiles will be fully functional again in 12 days Trump might lose a crucial ally in the Middle East if Netanyahu is unseated as Israel’s prime minister for the first time in a decade A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills Australians could be given free movement to the UK after Brexit THE HEART ATTACK Grill has been in the news recently after its owner ‘Doctor Jon’ Basso gave a bizarre interview on Bloomberg TV where he said his restaurant kills its customers. He even carried the (alleged) cremated remains of a customer with him.And while it’s a macabre gimmick, it’s not entirely inaccurate. Heart Attack Grill is crazy unhealthy: The restaurant’s signature dish is its 9,982-calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger, which weighs a staggering 3 pounds. Customers can order burgers with up to eight patties, all topped with chili, tomato, cheese, onion, and bacon (for an extra fee).Inside, the restaurant has an ironic medical theme with nurse waitresses and hospital-themed decor. Even the customers have to wear hospital gowns, and anyone more than 350 pounds eats for free.Here’s how a trip there for lunch goes: read more
https://jrnl.ie/4788338 By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ross seeks county-by-county review of ‘insanely uncoordinated’ speed limits Minister for Transport Shane Ross has called on all local authorities to carry out the review. Share9 Tweet Email Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM SPEED LIMITS ON roads across the country are set to be reviewed as part of a major nationwide audit.Minister for Transport Shane Ross has called on all local authorities to carry out a review of the speed limits in their areas in a bid to address inconsistencies between counties.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, he questioned the why some small rural, winding roads had speed limits of 80 kmph, while other similar routes might have ones of 50 kmph.The work is being carried out in tandem with the minister’s plans to introduce a tiered form of speeding offences.In an interview with this publication last year, the minister confirmed that he intended to introduce the new law in 2019.“It will be graduated, the more you break the speed limit the more you’ll be punished – there will be higher penalty points, certainly,” Ross said. The details of his proposals were released last December. However last month Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan spoke out against the new plan, stating it could have unforeseeable consequences.“Mandatory sanctions or the removal of discretion is a blunt instrument and can have unintended consequences,” Flanagan said. Due to the disagreement, the bill is currently being redrafted, with one or two amendments being made, Ross said. “But the idea of graduated speeding is still in the bill and will remain in the bill,” he insisted. “Speeding is the biggest killer on our roads,” Ross said, adding that while speed limits were a matter for each local authority, there are inconsistencies. “In parallel with with the speeding legislation, I asked the councils for the update on all the speeds with a view to revising them into realistic, logical speed limits,” he said.Ross said it is “quite obvious” that speed limits have an impact on road safety. They are often “insanely uncoordinated and unrelated to each other”.While he said the local authorities are “a bit slow on reporting on these things”, he has received a number of reports back already.Ross is not the first transport minister to announce such a review. Leo Varadkar ordered a similar one when he held the portfolio.A working group set up by Varadkar issued its recommendations in 2013. Sep 2nd 2019, 10:44 PM Short URL 58 Comments Speed limit signs in Connemara. 28,335 Views Speed limit signs in Connemara. Image: Shutterstock/Martina I. Meyer Image: Shutterstock/Martina I. Meyer read more
One of gaming’s greatest and most revered franchises is Castlevania. Despite the 30 year history of the series, Konami doesn’t seem interested in producing a new entry anytime soon (unless it’s a weird, erotic pachinko game). For all intents and purposes, the proverbial stake has been plunged into the heart of this beloved series. However, Castlevania could be getting resurrected in animated form.While speaking with Nickelodeon’s Nick Animation Podcast (via Bleeding Cool), Fred Seibert of Frederator Studios said his team (the same ones behind the wildly popular Adventure Time) is working on a project based on “one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years.” He explained how Frederator had the rights to adapt this game for the last 12 years but have been unable to actually work on it until now.By just this alone, it is hard to tell what video game franchise Seibert could be talking about. It could be any number of classic 30-year old series like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, or The Legend of Zelda. However, there is evidence suggesting that this project will, in fact, be Castlevania.Back in 2015, producer Adi Shankar announced that he was working on a “super violent” animated miniseries based on Castlevania and that he teamed up with Frederator Studios to produce it. In the original report from Collider, it is stated that Frederator has owned the rights to the vampire slaying series for over a decade.We don’t have any official confirmation that this Shankar/Frederator Studios project is a Castlevania animated series, but if we connect all of the dots, this is a reasonable conclusion to make. Let’s also remember that Castlevania recently celebrated its 30th anniversary this past September, so the part about the cartoon being based on a 30-year old franchise seems to fit nicely.We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this story, but the prospect of a Castlevania cartoon –especially one that is as violent as the video games — should make fans very happy. 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsKonami Lives With Classic Anniversary Collections Stay on target read more
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III Hand-raised Wallaby Joeys move into their new home at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Posted: September 5, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three 11-month old red-necked wallaby joeys have settled into their grassy habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Walkabout Australia, the zoo announced Tuesday.The joeys — named Laura, Thelma and Tatum — had been commuting between the Walkabout Australia and the zoo’s Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center while staff introduced them to their new habitat. The three wallabies are female and were hand-raised by zoo staff.“Laura, the largest of the three, tends to be the most independent and adventuresome,” said Safari Park keeper Bree Barney. “Tatum, the smallest, is typically the most affectionate, and likes to stay close to keepers or in her pouch while Thelma is an excellent companion to both girls, but seems to share a special bond with Tatum.”Zoo staff continue to bottle-feed the joeys but staff expect them to be weaned by the end of October. The joeys are only about 20 inches tall and between nine and 13 pounds each but adult wallabies can grow up to three feet and weigh between 26 and 35 pounds according to the zoo.Wallabies are related to kangaroos and are categorized under “least concern” of extinction. The zoo’s Walkabout Australia allows guests to interact with species native to Australia such as wallabies, kangaroos and certain birds.The San Diego Zoo Safari Park released the following information on the new wallaby Joeys:A red-necked wallaby joey is hanging out with her keeper this morning (Sept. 4, 2018) before exploring her new home at the Safari Park’s newest exhibit, Walkabout Australia. The almost 11-month-old wallaby is one of three joeys—Laura, Thelma and Tatum—who’ve finally settled into their grassy habitat at Walkabout Australia after weeks of commuting back and forth from their previous home at the Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center, where they were hand raised. September 5, 2018 The joeys currently stand over 20 inches tall and weigh between 9 and 13 pounds each. When full grown, wallaby females can weigh between 26 and 35 pounds and reach a length of up to 3 feet from head to tail. Animal care staff continues to bottle-feed the trio three times a day, but will be gradually reducing the amount until they are completely weaned by the end of October. Guests visiting the Safari Park can see the wallaby joeys in Walkabout Australia—an immersive, interactive experience that allows guests to discover the wildlife and habitats of the Land Down Under, and learn how Australia’s one-of-a-kind species interact with humans who share their world. read more
By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROHello my friends, my goodness so much has gone on since I talked to you last. I will only mention a few. First I want to publically and personally thank Greg Hatza and Marshall Booze for performing at my brother’s Joseph Pryor funeral services. They were awesome as usual. I also want to thank my pastor, Rev. Henry Turner for presiding over the services as all of these guys has done for every member of my family who has passed away. Thank you again. Thank all my friends, classmates, Jazz Expressways Foundation members, my chapter, Trinity No 5 at Prince Hall for beautiful plant. Thank you my dear friends and FB friends for the many cards of condolences.World renowned gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin will headline the first Gospel Series at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on March 8th at 9 p.m.Now let’s talk about the Gospel Concerts coming to the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. I am tickle to death about this. Yes it is true! The casino will be hosting the beginning of a gospel series monthly for the next few months. The first of this series they will kick off with one of my favorite gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin, one of the top selling gospel music artists selling over 12 million CD worldwide. McClurkin is known world-wide as the tall raspy tenor who commands your attention with his powerful and rich sounding vocals. He has received 3 Grammy Awards, 10 Stellar Awards, 2 BET Awards, 2 Soul Train Awards, 1 Dove Award and 1 NAACP Image Award. He will be performing live on Friday March 8th 9 p.m. I will see you there! Look out for Fred Hammond and Hezekiah Walker who is also on the agenda. Thanks Emily Noto of TBC and the casino for keeping me informed.John R. Lamkin II and his Favorites Jazz Quintet will be performing at the legendary Blues Alley in Washington, DC. On March 5th for 2 shows, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. He will be playing selections from their new CD entitled “Transitions.”“Potables from the Past” is what the Peale Center; located 225 Holliday Street is calling it. On March 2, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., the Peale will host an event focused on the year 1819. Guests are encouraged to dress in at from the period. I guess you have to go to a costume store, or a Good Will store to find such attire. But it sounds like fun. Check it out and let me know how it was.The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, 225 Holliday Street,Baltimore is hosting a “Back in the Past” event. Guests are encouraged to wear attire from the early 1800’s. The event is March 2, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.See Brad Collins, renowned saxophonist and his band at our Jazz Expressways Foundation breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Forest Park Senior Center. For more information call me at 410-833-9474. We only have a few tickets left.Ethel Ennis, November 28, 1932-February 17, 2019, Jazz Musician, Singer is gone and will be missed by folks all over American, especially her home town Baltimore. Sorry to say, there will not be a funeral service or viewing for Ethel. As far as a Memorial Services it has not yet been planned. May she rest in peace. Prayers for her brother, Andy and husband, Earl.Finally, mark your calendar for Mrs. Maybelle hosting her 12th full-figured fashion show. on Saturday, March 16th from 5-9 p.m.; also featuring comedians, live entertainment, BYOB, lite fare. The event will be held at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue, March 16, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.Well, my dear friends, I will catch up with you somewhere. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. read more
The Capital is going to see an art exhibition The Opening Show of the Novice where artist Astha Mittal had put her thoughts on the canvas miffed by the state of women in the society. She dedicates the show to all the woman who share a unconditional relationship with the society and its tradition. The artist who is an engineering graduate with an advertising degree finds art very liberating and peaceful and so she translates her thoughts into an expression on canvas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Observing her surroundings, Mittal has used her experience to portray the way women are seen in society today. Mittal uses a mix of acrylic and oil on wood of figurative abstracts. She says, ‘Painting is a strong medium and I have tried learning it on my own over the years. In this particular body of work, I have wished to showcase an essence of ‘her’ which is never spoken of or lost in oblivion because of social customs and practices. It is the woman who is always questioned about her traditions, customs and the so-called societal obligations. Even being an educated, well travelled, exposed to different cultures one is tied down to follow our customary nonsensical traditions, apparently only meant for women.My art depicts that apathy of a woman and how she fights for her freedom of thoughts, beliefs each day’. Mittal who gets inspired by her mother adds, ‘The main inspiration behind this work is my mother who is an epitome of patience, love and perseverance’. read more
The different approaches to risk taking might not be inherent and could be shaped by culture and social environment, according to a study. Previous studies have shown that women are more risk-averse than men, and more likely to opt for a smaller sure thing than an all-or-nothing gamble, but Chinese and American economists found through a new research project that the difference could shift at least in children, Xinhua news agency reported. “If we can teach girls that they should be more risk loving, perhaps that will shape their future decision-making,” said Elaine Liu, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe gender norms could have long-term economic consequences, even potentially shrinking the gender pay gap if it led to women choosing riskier but higher-reward career paths, the researchers said. In the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team looked at the behaviour of children from two cultures – the matrilineal Mosuo people and the traditionally patriarchal Han. They attended the same school in China. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen the children first began their elementary study, Mosuo girls took more risks than Mosuo boys, while Han girls were less likely to take risks than Han boys in keeping with their parents’ cultural norms. But that began to change as the children were exposed to the other culture. The Mosuo girls took more risks than Han girls at the beginning, but their attitude towards taking risk became more similar as they spent more time together, showing a sign of convergence. They studied children’s attitudes through a lottery-style game, offering the students six choices ranging from a guaranteed three-yuan payout to a 50/50 per cent chance of winning 10 yuan or nothing. read more
In Oscar best-picture race, an unprecedented nail biter File-This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” Ahead of Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that, at least at the end, should be a nail biter. Best Picture, No controversy, timely messages, a dash of fantasy and a love of movies, “The Shape of Water” seems to be the safe, if a little boring, front runner. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP, File) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2018 1:50 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Even supposing the right envelope is read at the end of Sunday night’s Oscars, the night’s final moment should be one of high drama.Usually by now, a consensus favourite has emerged after months of guild and critics groups awards — or at least a front-runner along with one or two potential underdogs. But not this year. Five films have a legitimate shot at the night’s top award: “The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” ”Get Out,” ”Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird”Rarely, if ever, has the Academy Awards seen such an open field of contenders for its top award. A year after Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” shattered the overwhelming projection that “La La Land” would win — along with many traditional ideas about what “Oscar bait” looks like — pundits are wary of making an emphatic best-picture prediction.“It’s very, very, very unpredictable,” says Sasha Stone, the longtime Oscar blogger who runs Awards Daily . “This would be one year I wish I could just opt out of the whole thing. I have no idea what’s going to win.”Most of the other major awards appear to be all sown up. Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) all look like locks in the acting categories. Guillermo del Toro (“Shape of Water”) is expected to win best director.But in the night’s top category, chaos reigns.Reasons for the pervasive uncertainly run from the statistical to the instinctual. But behind them all is the same development: No one really knows what an “Oscar movie” is anymore.The Oscars, in their 90th year, may look much the same on the outside. But under the surface, everything is shifting. In just last two years, the film academy has added about a fifth of its membership, ushering in an influx of people of colour, women and international voters. At the same time, the person most responsible for tailoring the modern Oscar campaign and catering to the tastes of the academy — Harvey Weinstein — has been exiled from the institution he was once synonymous with.The voters are different. Some of the major players are different. And the movies, too, are different.“It’s a year of unconventional kinds of movies being in contention,” says Scott Feinberg, the Hollywood Reporter’s awards pundit . “You do have a few of the kinds of movies that are much more in the mould of movies that won years ago. “Darkest Hour” and ‘The Post’ are traditional Oscar bait. But now the academy is not the same academy that used to go for those kinds of movies. And you’ve got movies that wouldn’t have even been nominated, I don’t think, in the past because they would have been dismissed as genre movies — ‘Shape of Water’ and ‘Get Out.’”Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” has the most sterling resume, with wins from both the producers and directors guilds, and it comes in with a leading 13 nominations. Yet it lacks a crucial ingredient. Despite an impressive cast that garnered three individual acting nods (Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins), “Shape of Water” failed to land a best ensemble nomination from the Screen Actors Guild — something every best picture winner in the last 22 years has won.Even the historic upset of “Moonlight” over “La La Land” confirmed the predictive sway of the SAG ensemble nomination: “Moonlight” had it, “La La Land” didn’t.Actors are easily the largest branch of the academy and their choice this year appears to be Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards,” which won best ensemble from SAG and best film bestowed at the British film academy awards, the BAFTAs. Still, “Three Billboards” has suffered the most severe backlash of the nominees, with some criticizing how Rockwell’s racist cop storyline is handled. McDonagh’s omission from the directing category suggests for some a fatal weakness.But the underdogs are no more statistically sound. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” are both first-feature films that could make history for either African Americans or women. Yet neither earned a craft nomination, and they usually lost to either “Shape of Water” or “Three Billboards” in precursor awards. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is an even odder sort of underdog despite being easily the biggest budget and highest grossing entry of the bunch. It aims to be the first film in 85 years to win best picture without receiving a screenplay or acting nomination.So with a pack of flawed favourites, what’s an Oscar prognosticator to do?“I just think you have to put it all in the same stew and not let one ingredient overpower,” says Kristopher Tapley, Variety’s awards correspondent . “Put it all in there, don’t lean too heavily on there not being a SAG nomination there, a director nomination there. I think ‘Dunkirk’ is very much in this race. These stats are there until they’re not there.”Still, Tapley favours “The Shape of Water” since it simply ticks the most boxes.“I’m not trying to be coy,” he says. “I wouldn’t be shocked if it lost, though.”What most bedevils the increasingly round-the-clock awards-season prediction machine is the preferential ballot reinstituted eight years ago when the best picture category expanded from five to up to ten nominees. By ranking all nine films, voters no longer simply choose a favourite. As a result, the most broadly liked film can often triumph over the most passionately loved one.“What it’s really going to come down to is: What is the least objectionable of the plausible winners?” says Feinberg. “They all try to make their argument now why they are of the moment and worthy of being admired: ‘Even if you’re not going to put it at number one, put us at number two or three on your ballot. Don’t write us off.’”The season has seen film after film vie for the most compelling, of-the-moment story line. Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” aimed for both the anti-Trump film and, in its female protagonist, a #MeToo movie, as well. “Lady Bird,” though, resonated more as an emblem of progress for women, making Gerwig only the fifth woman nominated for best director. And after several years of scrutiny over the Oscars’ poor track record in diversity, “Get Out” skewered the very kind of white liberal prejudice that Hollywood is frequently criticized for.“It always struck me as a year where we haven’t quite figured out what our narrative is, what our story is, who we are this year,” says Stone. “The Weinstein thing really upended Hollywood. It really upended the Oscars.”In the eyes of Oscar observers, “Get Out” has surged the most in recent weeks, aided in part by a robust campaign by Universal Pictures. But despite the controversy around “Three Billboards,” Stone is leaning toward it thanks to its twin wins of SAG ensemble and BAFTA best picture.The safe money might be on “The Shape of Water.” ”But people are weirded out by the fish thing,” says Stone. “It’s not actually a fish. It’s some sort of mammal. But people are weirded out by it.”There you have it. The closest, most unpredictable Academy Awards race in recent history could come down to how academy voters feel about the lovemaking of a fish-man. So when the last envelope is read Sunday, be sure to hold your breath.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason read more
The new library of the University of Cyprus was officially opened on Wednesday. The inauguration, at which President Nicos Anastasiades was present, started with an opening ceremony at 11.30am. Anastasiades then unveiled a commemorative plaque at the entrance of the building. A guided tour of the building for the guests followed, and two busts of donors Elli and Stelios Ioannou were unveiled.Elli Ioannou donated €8 million towards the ‘Stelios Ioannou’ learning centre and it was at her invitation that renowned architect Jean Nouvel designed the building.The centre which cost €33 million to build will house 650,000 books and periodicals and also has a language centre, study cubicles, a computer centre and an amphitheatre.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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