Slumdog Redux

first_imgHello sir. You know that movie Salaam Bombay? I acted in that movie.”“Yeah that old movie — oh, you were in it?”“I was the main character, sir.” Salaam Bombay’s Shaffiq Syed: “If I could change back the hands of time, I would have never agreed to be part of that movie.”That is a recent exchange in an autorickshaw in Bangalore driven by Shaffiq Syed, the rag-picker kid who shot to instant recognition with Mira Nair’s path-breaking, Oscar-nominated film Salaam Bombay in 1988.Syed had run away from his home in Bangalore to Mumbai, because “all the boys talked about what a big city Mumbai was.” He left home with three friends, but they lost each other on the train as “we kept getting down in various stations to avoid the ticket checker as we were traveling without tickets.”Finally, he reached Mumbai and ended up near Juhu beach. “I had never seen the sea in my entire life. I just got out of my clothes and jumped into the waves. The water was salty. Then I saw a huge building nearby, which was probably a hotel, but I thought it was a salt factory, because of which the sea was so salty.”He was plucked to act in Salaam Bombay and the rest, as they say, is history.But for Syed it is a bitter history: “All the bad things I learned, all the bad deeds I did, were after acting in Salaam Bombay. I was really young then. I still remember that after I got the national award I thought the world belonged to me — that I had arrived to claim my rightful place in mainstream society. I slept with the award under my bed every night, thinking someone would steal it. I went to a lot of producers after that, but no one was willing to give me a chance. I was too naïve to understand that no one helps a child from the roads.” Mira Nair established the Salaam Baalak Trust for the 27 kids who acted in her movie. The trust looked after the wellbeing of the kids, helped them integrate into the mainstream, and tried to prevent them from slipping back into the drudgery of slum life.They had little success with Syed, who found it hard to cope with his life after fame. He changed jobs, thrice attempted suicide, broke into his mother’s house and was jailed. At that point, trust members say, they drew the line and stopped trying to aid Syed, who returned to Bangalore ultimately and now ekes out a living as an autorickshaw driver.“If I could change back the hands of time, I would have never agreed to be part of that movie. You know children are very sensitive. Once you expose them to the good life, they can never adjust back to their old drudgery. I have three children, I would never allow them to act in a movie,” Syed says resolutely.Ever since the movie Slumdog Millionaire grabbed the headlines after winning 10 Oscars in February, Syed has been hunted out by the media. He says, “Everyone forgot me and now suddenly they remember that I am alive. A couple of days back I got a call from Mira Nair. She asked me how I was doing. She did not want to know what I was doing for the last 20 years. So why bother now?”Syed is writing a script based on his life. He says: “This script, if made into a movie will be like no other film. My journey from ignominy to fame and back into ignominy will be a lesson for many.” The trajectory of life for many of the other boys who acted in Salaam Bombay was similar. Many took to petty crimes; two died, one of HIV-Aids and another in an accident. Hansa Vitthal, the only girl in the group of street boys, is married and lives in a Mumbai suburb.Salaam Bombay’s major success story is Raju Bernard, who enacted the character of Keera. Bernard was adopted by the film’s cinematographer Sandi Sissel and went on to live in the U.S. He now works as a camera assistant in Los Angeles, is married and has a child. The journey, however, was not easy for him either.“I made a decision to move to an entirely different world with a woman who looked like no one I had ever had direct contact with, fair skin and blond hair. I knew nothing about America; I did not even speak the language. I only knew that ‘everyone’ said that going to America was great. I was too young to fully grasp and understand the meaning of ‘America is great’ and just how wonderfully my life would change once I reached America,” says Bernard, now known as Bernard Chablis Sissel.Sissel grew fond of the little boy during the shooting of the film. After the shooting wrapped up, she appointed a guardian for Bernard in India and sent money regularly for his education and upkeep. However, she soon realized that the money wasn’t reaching Bernard and invited him to visit her in the U.S. He asked to stay on and Sissel was happy to oblige.Says Bernard of his experience of working with the film: “I was young then and they offered me meals and something different to do everyday. It never felt like work, it felt like playtime to me during the filming and a break from reality. During the filming, I got to spend time with my mother, Sandi. I remember excitedly asking her to take a picture of me holding the slate for the first time. Every now and then when I hold a slate in front of the camera for her, I fondly remember that first time. What I Bernard Chablis Sissel with his biological family in Mumbai: “I think often about my family in India and how I miss them and what poverty they still endure.”remember most is having a sense of purpose and a place to go every day.”Bernard says he doesn’t remember why he was chosen to play Keera. “My mother, Sandi, had said previously that I was quite a character when I was young and often during shooting they would use me to distract the gathering crowds away from the main shooting. It could have been this trait of mine that gave me the opportunity to be in Salaam Bombay.”He has visited his family in Mumbai since with Sissel. His biological family still lives in the slums, although they lead a more dignified life than before. Bernard says he has mixed feelings toward them. “I think often about my family in India and how I miss them and what poverty they still endure. I realize now as an adult the extreme poverty I was living in as a child and am thankful for where my life has taken me and thankful for all those that made it possible for me to choose a better life, especially my mother, Sandi. I now have a family of my own, my wife, Karen, and my 3-year-old daughter, Maya, who will never have to experience what I did as a child.” Born Into Brothels’ Preeti: “I have a flat in one of the most posh area of Kolkata, a laptop, expensive phones, money. What else do I need to be happy?” Bernard’s experience bolsters the argument of child rights activists in India who assert that for full rehabilitation and fruitful integration into mainstream society, children need to be removed from the slum atmosphere. Geeta Venkadakrishnan, founder director of the Kolkata chapter of the Hope Foundation, a non profit organization that works with street kids, says: “For long term rehabilitation, the most important thing is to take the child out of the slum environment. It is not always poverty or a lack of money that ails life in the slums; it is the hazardous environment that is the worst ailment. In order for them to integrate well into mainstream society, they need a good environment. The money should be put in a fixed deposit for them and the child should be put in a residential school.”Salaam Bombay opened up a floodgate of filmmakers making films on street or slum kids or using them in movies or documentaries. Born into Brothels by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski won the 2005 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The documentary is described on the Kids-With-Camera website as “a tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art. Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the   Zulfiquar, (center in white) who acted in Little Terrorist performs in a play. A.K. Tewari, coordinator of Apna Ghar, where Zulfiquar goes to school, says, “When children act in films, post all the recognition and limelight it gets very difficult for them to fall back into their old lives.” red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.”Nearly 7,000 women and girls work as sex workers in the red light district of Kolkata. In 1997, New York based photographer Briski, on a mission to photograph them, befriended the children of many of the sex workers and began teaching them photography. Subsequently, she and filmmaker Ross Kaufman scripted their stories into the movie Born into Brothels. Kids with Cameras was founded by Briski in 2002 to raise money and awareness for the children through the sale and exhibition of their work.Ross Kauffman said in a live chat on the internet: “None of the kids are in the line and they are all doing well. Through the sales of their photography, the kids have earned over $100,000 which goes directly towards their education…. I am so proud of the kids. They are incredible.”Two of the eight children featured in the film came to the U.S. for study, helped by a charity financed by the film’s proceeds. Sadly, one of the girls, then in her teens, fell back into the darkness that the film was hoping to deliver her from. The girl, Pooja, who now calls herself Preeti, was rescued from Sonagachi when she was a minor and housed in a juvenile welfare home where she stayed until February 2006. After her release she returned to the trade and is a sex worker now.She says, “I came back here on my own will.” Dressed in hip clothes, she totes a hi-tech mobile phone and sports a lot of attitude. When a reporter tried to talk to her about her stint with the Oscars, she initially was reticent, but ultimately opened up, saying, “It was a fairy tale.” She’s 20 now, but doesn’t regret her life. “I have a flat in one of the most posh area of Kolkata, a laptop, expensive phones, money. What else do I need to be happy?” she said dismissively. Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, of Slumdog Millionaire fame, on the Wills India Fashion Week ramp in March. Rubina’s father is fending of allegations that he tried to sell his daughter for $260,000. An update on the kids posted on the film’s official website shows that one of the boys, Avijit Halder, who was associated with Born into Brothels went to the U.S. three years ago for study. He is currently finishing his senior year at a private high school. Over the past two summers, he has participated in prestigious film programs at the Sundance Institute and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He plans to attend a U.S. university this fall, studying medicine and film.It has been a long journey for Halder. From the little and shy son of a sex worker in Kolkata, he is now amidst American teenagers. The little boy who was afraid to dream, found his calling in painting and drawing. He has entered his work in international competitions and won the Cultural Diversity Award at the 2006 Pura Inspiracion Film Contest at the Tucson Film Festival for his documentary Culture. He has built an international network of friends and mentors and bares his life, dreams and aspirations on a social networking site. In the lingo of an American teenager he speaks of his inner conflicts. He calls his profile picture, “Spilt personality” and raves about Kolkata as the “dee best” hometown. He writes: “Altho my life sux..I consider myself 2 b lucky.. anyways I m indian n dats all just an ordinary person…who loves eatin, laughing..sometimes painting n photography n hate schools a lot….All my friends r cool.” In his podcast “Beyond Brothels,” he says, “I wish I still had that life. With my friends.” Avijit Halder, who worked in Born into Brothels has produced another award winning film Cultures. Photo: Ken SteinMost of the other children in Born into Brothels are attending school through the help of Kids with Cameras, which also supports their friends and siblings through sponsorships at Sabera and FutureHope, two non governmental organizations in Kolkata who work with children.As for the children who acted in Slumdog Millionaire, life has done a double flip for little Rubina Ali, 9, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, who captured American hearts as they were trotted to the Oscar Awards ceremony in February. According to media reports, Rubina’s house has been fitted with hi-tech gadgets, including a 32-inch LCD screen. In an official statement, the movie’s producers said they are looking to buy both children apartments near their old slum, whose ownership will rest in a trust until they complete their education and turn 18. The clause was included to prevent the adults from selling their flats. The producers have also arranged for a rickshaw to take the children to a non profit English medium school.The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority has gifted two apartments for the children to felicitate their achievements. The producers say they are working with local social workers to ensure that the children get a decent education and a better life. However, soon after the kids come into money, relatives and publicity hounds began crawling out of the woodwork. Rubina’s biological mother Khurshid Begum surfaced to claim the child (and her fame and money) she had abandoned. She is now fighting a custody battle with Rubina’s stepmother who brought her up. Indian police are currently investigating a report in a British tabloid News of the World accusing her father Rafiq Qureshi of offering to sell her for $260,000 to a fake sheik.Sanjoy Roy, founder of the Salaam Baalak Trust, says: “The most important thing is that there needs to be a comprehensive plan for their long term rehabilitation. Such a plan might include provisions for career choices, a mentor for guiding them through the ups and downs of life and even counseling to cope with sudden fame and then maybe anonymity. It is also important that the money that is being raised in the name of the children be put in a fixed deposit for them so that they don’t need to be dependant on any trust or any individual.” The Salaam Baalak Trust has under its care, Zulfiquar, the small boy who played the role of Salim, in the short film the Little Terrorist, directed, written and produced by Ashvin Kumar, which was nominated for the 2004 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. The movie revolves around Jamal (played by Salim), a 10 year old Pakistani Muslim boy. Zulfiquar was a street child who was handpicked for the movie. He now lives under the care of the Salaam Balak Trust, where he attends school.A.K. Tiwari, coordinator of the home, Apna Ghar, where Zulfiquar lives says, “We have a lot of theater workshops at our homes. The filmmaker saw Zulfiquar in one such workshop and cast him as Salim. It was a documentary and he was paid Rs 5,000 for it. We opened an account for him with that money. Later on he acted in another film, directed by the same filmmaker, and he was paid Rs 1 lakh then. We put all the money in a fixed deposit for him.”Zulfiquar is in 10th grade now, but has become indifferent toward his studies. Tiwari says: “When children act in filmspost all the recognition and limelight it gets very difficult for them to fall back into their old lives. With Zulfiquar, he started thinking he was a big film star. Before he acted in the movies his grades in school were really good. However, afterwards they started slipping. He is more interested in films and dance now. We had to counsel him a lot to make him come to his senses and finish his studies. We made it clear to him that he has to finish his education first.”That is an issue also confronting the star of another movie that created waves with Slumdog Millionaire at this year’s Oscars, Smile Pinki, the story of a young girl Pinki whose life was transformed by cleft surgery, which won the Oscar in the short documentary feature category. Satish Kalra, regional director for South Asia for Smile Train, the international charity which offers free cleft surgery to children such as Pinki, said: “Smile Pinki will hopefully raise awareness on the global problem of cleft lip and cleft palate. We cannot support her education as Smile Train only provides a level playing field to these children. We hope somebody comes forward and supports Pinki’s education.”Pinki has found a mentor in Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh, the doctor who performed the surgery on her and accompanied her to the Oscars. He complains that often people promise support to Pinki just for the publicity. He cited media reports that Pinki would be getting education free for life, but Singh says, he isn’t aware of any such commitments. The Indore Medical School has promised free medical education for Pinki, but Singh says: “She is only in the second standard. The most important thing for her now is to complete her primary and secondary education. Only then we can think of her further education. As of now I am bearing the cost of her education and I will continue to do so.”Since her surgery, Pinki is happy and engaged at her school, where earlier she was ostracized. An intelligent girl, she is especially proud of her books, which have been gifted to her by the scores. She has turned her collection of fiction and non-fiction books into a library in her village, issuing them out to people who want to borrow them. Singh says: “Education is the only way forward. Given a level playing field, Pinki will go far in life.”Pinki’s exposure to the world has also proved beneficial for her village, Rampur Dhavaia in Uttar Pradesh. The U.P. government has gifted her a new house and announced plans to develop her village as a “model village.”The success of Slumdog Millionaire propelled the problem of slum and street children in India to international attention. The Indian government is proposing the establishment of a National Commission for Children to promote the welfare and rights of children. The young stars of Slumdog Millionaire feted at Universal Studios Hollywood in February. However, Roy says, it will take time for major changes to take effect. “In villages in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and the South there is a huge improvement in rolling out education where the Panchayats have been made responsible for the local school system, appointing teachers, and so on. Sure some schools are still rudimentary, but in states with bad governance like Bihar, UP, Bengal, etc., this has yet to set in.”For children thrust into the public vortex through movies, the psychological effects of their 15 minutes of fame can be both uplifting and devastating. Sissel recalls it took years for Bernard to recognize that survival was no longer his problem. “He was, oh, so brave to take such a big step with a Western woman. He is still saving himself.”Children rights activists say that the money showered on the children is inevitably frittered away. Long term rehabilitation alone can ensure that the children do not slip back into their old lives. They say the children require counseling to come to terms with their sudden fame and equally sudden ignominy; that the money they earn should be put in a trust for their education and career goals and most importantly they should be taken out of the slum environment so they grow up with regular kids.Geeta Venkadakrishnan, director of the Kolkata chapter of Hope Foundation says, “I am sure very soon the little girl from Slumdog Millionaire will be offered endorsements or a role in some movie or serial. However, that is not the solution. We need to first take care of their education and then other things. Without education it will not be long before she (Rubina) sinks back to the drudgery she came from.”Slumdog Millionaire’s story about slum kids touched the hearts of cinemagoers worldwide. It propelled its child stars to instant stardom. The Mumbai slum children Rubina, in a gown, and Azhar, dapper in a tuxedo, walked the Red Carpet and were feted in five star hotels in the United States at this year’s Oscars.On their return to India, both the children complained of the heat and mosquitoes. Those will be the least of their problems in the roller coaster life ahead. Related Itemslast_img read more

HIL partners with Chennai Super Kings

first_imgRELATED Published on January 10, 2018 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Building material company HIL today announced its first association with the Indian Premier League (IPL) by partnering with the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team which is making a comeback after two years.As part of this engagement, all the CSK players’ uniforms will carry the Hyderabad-based HIL company logo and its Super brands Birla Aerocon and Charminar logos. HIL, a part of the diversified CK Birla Group, aims to boost its reach among its consumers, dealers and influencers with the association.Dhirup Roy Choudhary, MD & CEO, said: “HIL and CSK are champion brands. We are confident that it will bring in a new wave of awareness for HIL and its products and provide a fresh take to evolve the market for HIL.””HIL has brands like Charminar and Birla Aerocon under its ante, just the way we have Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Jadeja in our team,” said a spokesperson of CSK.This investment is supported by the launch of its non-asbestos roofing solution – Charminar Fortune and expansion of its PVC pipes and fittings business, recently. × CSK players’ uniforms will carry the company logo and its super brandscenter_img SHARE ACT Fibernet is Chennai Super Kings’ official ‘Internet partner’ IPL 2018 cricket COMMENTS IPL 2018: Dhoni to return to Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

What Real Madrid is Missing Without Cristiano Ronaldo: Goals in Nearly 25% of Its Matches

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Real Madrid were definitely going to missing the sheer volume of goals that a certain Cristiano Ronaldo scored for them, since the Portuguese superstar’s departure from the Bernabeu to Juventus in 2018.Ronaldo almost guaranteed 50 goals a season at Real Madrid, but the Spanish club had hoped the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale would be filling in Ronaldo’s shoes. That did not happen as the statistics prove. Real Madrid finished third in La Liga and lost in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 last time around, the first season with Ronaldo leading the line. And much of that can be attributed to the fact Real Madrid simply haven’t scored enough goals, something that is continuing this season.Here are the numbers that prove how much of a difference Ronaldo made at Real Madrid.Los Blancos played 519 games after Ronaldo joined them, failing to score in just 46 of them which is 8.86% of matches.Since Ronaldo left, Madrid have played 71 matches and haven’t managed to find the back of the net on 17 occasions, which is 23.94% of their games.Karim Benzema is Real Madrid’s top scorer this season with 7 goals from 14 matches, as other strikers in the side, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Vinicius Jr, have managed just one each. The next highest scorers are Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Sergio Ramos. cristiano ronaldoEden HazardgoalsKarim Benzema First Published: November 4, 2019, 3:17 PM ISTlast_img read more

‘Liverpool won’t dwell on Coutinho sale’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Liverpool won’t dwell on Coutinho sale’ – Gomez focused more on Van Dijk arrival Chris Burton 23:25 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Premier League The Reds want to move on quickly from the departure of the Brazilian playmaker, with those at Anfield focused on the present rather than the past Nobody at Liverpool is dwelling on the departure of Philippe Coutinho, says Joe Gomez, with the club focused on the present and future.The Reds were able to keep a Brazilian playmaker out of the clutches of Barcelona last summer, but eventually buckled during the winter window as a €160 million deal was pushed through.Jurgen Klopp now needs to counter the loss of a talismanic presence, with it likely that he will dip into the January market himself in order to find cover. 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 Gomez, though, insists that the playing and coaching staff at Anfield have already moved on from a high-profile departure, with there little point in clinging to the past.The England international defender told The Mirror: “It’s a massive club with so many top players and I think we know how good he is, everyone is happy for Phil, but now it’s about us bouncing back and moving on as a team.“No-one is dwelling on it, we’ve got such a good team here, we know we can keep pushing and keep progressing.”Virgil van Dijk LiverpoolInstead of reflecting on the value of former team-mates, Gomez would prefer to talk up the benefits of those still at Anfield.That includes record signing Virgil van Dijk, with the £75 million Netherlands international considered to be an ideal mentor for those alongside him in Liverpool’s defensive unit.Gomez added on a man who occupies a centre-half berth he intends to fill at some stage: “It’s great for me personally, because he’s one of the best in the world right now, long term if I want to play there then it’s a great opportunity for me to learn and see what he does.“He’s got great attributes and that’s something I can look at and see what he does from day to day. That’s one of the great things from being at a club like this, you are around top players like this. He’s a massive presence not just on the pitch, but off it as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Conte: I will never change to become a fake

first_imgChelsea ‘I hate the fake person’ – Honest Conte won’t change his Chelsea approach Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 07:15 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Arsenal Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues are currently struggling a little on the pitch after being knocked out of one cup but the head coach has no regrets on how he handles things Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that he will not change his approach to press conferences as he values honesty above all else.The Blues boss only began to learn English six months before taking the job at Stamford Bridge, but already coined the phrase that “he prefers a bad truth than a good lie.”He faces Newcastle United on Sunday in the FA Cup, and that could be the club’s best chance of silverware after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup. 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 Conte claims that he does not have any regrets and prefers to look forward, preferring to be honest with himself and the media.”Chelsea’s history speaks very clear. This is a great club. This is a great club,” Conte told reporters. “No regrets, no. I think when I take a decision, I don’t want to look behind. I want always to look at the present, to look in front of me. “I think this is the best way to improve yourself, to try to find a solution, don’t try to find alibis, excuses. I think this is the right way. When you take a decision, you have to go forwards and to try to find a solution, a solution, a solution.”You ask me if I had regrets, my answer is this: I think when you take a decision, you have to go straight. Because I think this is the best way to find solutions. Otherwise you continue to complain. “You have to go straight and to try to improve your future if this is possible. Otherwise you must continue to work. I am this way, I am this way. For sure, I’m not a diplomatic man. I think you can see this. Who knows me very well, they know I’m not a diplomatic man. “At the same time, I think I’m very honest and when you are honest with yourself and with others, no one thinks that I am a failure. I think this. I’m sure if I try to change myself, it’s right to stop, to stop my career when I was a footballer, to stop my career, in this moment that I’m a coach. “I repeat: I think the honest person speaks very clearly in every moment. I prefer to be honest, to tell the truth in every moment. I hate the fake person.”Antonio Conte Chelsea FA Cup 17012018“When I was the coach of the [Italy] national team, I took this decision to have international experience. I had this opportunity to have a chance in a fantastic country, in one of the best leagues, maybe the best league in the world and to face this type of situation. “I’m enjoying a lot this situation, but, as you know very well, if you want an easy life, you make easy decisions. To come and to be a coach in England, now, in this league, you don’t have an easy life, because in every game you have to fight a lot. “If you play in Carabao Cup, or the league, it’s the same. This league is different to the other leagues for this reason. For sure I’m enjoying a lot my time here.”I’m really proud, because I think that we are doing fantastic things and I’m really proud because to work in this way you must be really proud for what we are doing, me and the players.”The 47-year-old former Juventus head coach has a fiery personality but he is also a family man, who likes to keep in shape and even does yoga from time-to-time. Antonio Conte wifeConte is still quite young for a football head coach but he was asked at what point might he consider retirement from the game.”I don’t know. It’s very difficult to understand when there is the right time to stop,” he continued. “But I think that sometimes you think that you are cutting a lot of time with your family. Then on the other hand, when you are afan of your job, the football misses you. “For sure, the way that I do my job, you lose a lot of energy. Also because, I repeat, I’m not a manager who stays in his office and then every three days you decide your formation, you have your staff to work on the pitch and you stay with your legs on the table to watch the TV. “I’m a coach. My life is on the pitch, to try to improve my players, to try to put my idea of football on the pitch. For sure in this way you spend a lot of energy. To prepare the game every three days, you spend a lot of energy. “I’m very young to decide, or to think to retire myself. I think maybe another 10 years and then I’ll start to think about this.”last_img read more

Old-School Glamour Meets Modern Comfort at the Boca Raton Resort

first_img Next Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Previous Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms center_img 1 of 11 Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Everyone in South Florida knows the Boca Raton Resort & Club — or, as many call it, “the big pink hotel.” The property is an icon. It was built in 1926 by famed local architect Addison Mizner, who was known for not only his design genius, but also his eclectic style (he was often seen strutting around in silk pajamas, inspired by his trips to China, with a monkey on one shoulder and a macaw on the other).The Cloister Inn now known as Boca Raton, Florida (1928)Then called Cloister Inn, the property was modeled after Spanish-style castles, and most of the common areas at the time were furnished by Mizner’s personal collection to cut costs near the end of construction. The resort continued to expand and change hands through the decades, and became stomping grounds for celebrities and presidents who would arrive by yachts and private railroad cars. During WWII, the U.S. Army purchased the Club to house Air Corps trainees, making it the most elegant barracks in history.Today, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is a Waldorf Astoria property that sprawls 356 acres and includes five main sections: the Cloister (named after the original hotel), the Tower (an iconic building constructed in 1969), family-style bungalows, the Yacht Club, the Boca Beach Club, and the Boca Country Club. We stayed in the famous pink tower, which overlooks Lake Boca Raton and the twinkling lights of the Yacht Club Marina. The classically designed rooms are comfortable with plush beds, large bathrooms with separate his and hers sinks, and a giant closet that could almost be considered walk-in. While we loved staying at the original resort, guests with more modern tastes should check out the accommodations at the Beach Club section of the property, located across the Intracoastal Waterway on a stretch of private beach.Sometimes the food at large resorts is an afterthought, so we were pleased when every meal we had was better than the last. There are nine different restaurants on the Resort side of the property, and four more at the Beach Club. Don’t visit without taking a meal at Morimoto, the signature sushi bar by the Iron Chef of the same name. We dined on two kinds of rock shrimp in spicy aiolis, octopus carpaccio dressed with chili oil, chives, ginger and garlic, and a chefs selection of the most beautiful sashimi. End your meal with a glass of Morimoto’s aged sake, a treat that is only available in his restaurants.Boca Raton Resort/FacebookOn most mornings, you’d find us grabbing coffee and pastries at the resort’s outpost of NYC’s Serendipity, which also serves New York-style hot dogs and deli sandwiches along with the restaurant’s famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. Bar Luna’s dark wood interior and leather armchairs make it the perfect place for a nightcap, but pay them a visit at lunch for great salads and a killer club sandwich. Don’t miss cocktail hour at The Blue, which is located at the top of the tower and features alcove window seating that offers an amazing view. Order a classic cocktail and plate of deviled eggs, which are dressed with things like pickles, bacon and jalapeño. Check out brunch at the Palm Court — our favorite room at the property — which is designed with a dramatic transparent ceiling that ushers in natural light.At the Boca Raton Resort, there’s a new adventure at every turn, whether that means action-packed water sports or simply lounging at one of the property’s seven glistening pools. Flow House Boca is equipped with the dual-sided wave simulator FlowRider, which lets you experience surfing and bodyboarding on land. If you’d rather catch some real waves, a plethora of ocean sports await at Boca Beach Club, including paddleboarding, catamarans, jet skiing, and skimboarding. You can also take surf lessons, either in a group clinic or a private session. The resort boasts two gorgeously-designed golf courses with lessons from the pros for those who want to learn or improve their game. If you love tennis, Boca Raton Resort has one of the best courts in the country and offers lessons, camps, a pro shop, and a two-story clubhouse overlooking the courts, where you can relax after a match.Boca Raton Resort/FacebookThe Tower Pool at the Resort side of the property is fun and lively, and you’ll often see a Mojito cart passing by on the weekends. Over at the Beach Club, three glorious pools await, as does a mile-long stretch of private beach with full-service chair and cabana set-up. But our favorite pool is at the Waldorf Astoria spa — where you can enjoy a tranquil experience before or after treatments — because it features underwater music and two hot tubs with cascading massage waterfalls. Inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, the spa itself is one of the best we’ve seen, designed with elaborate mosaics, cypress woodwork, and opulent facilities. Choose from an array of face and body treatments, rejuvenate in the Ritual Bath (complete with nine individual mineral pools), and enjoy amenities like steam, sauna and inhalation rooms.It’s not often you see such an iconic hotel with the caliber of modern upgrades that the Boca Raton Resort has to offer. For anyone who wants to experience the glamour of yore with the adventure sports and comforts of present day, you have to pay this bright pink property a visit.Take Me Therelast_img read more

Province Contributes to Africville Project

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia will contribute $1.5 million over three years to help construct a church and interpretive centre on the former site of the African Nova Scotian community of Africville. Premier Darrell Dexter and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Percy Paris, made the announcement today, Feb. 24, at an event celebrating the commitment of all levels of government to the Africville project. The province’s contribution will go toward the capital costs of the development of a church and interpretive centre on the former site. “The province of Nova Scotia, led by the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, has spent years working with the Africville Genealogical Society and other levels of government to make sure this tribute to Africville became reality,” said Premier Dexter. “I am happy to say that the province’s contribution will help ensure former residents of Africville and their descendants have a fitting memorial that will tell the story of this unique community.” Forty years ago, the last home in Africville was bulldozed. Its razing ended a six-year period of deconstruction. Homes, the post office, the school and the church were physically destroyed. Families, lifestyles and livelihoods were psychologically devastated. In 2005, the Africville Genealogy Society contacted political representatives to discuss recognition for the former residents and descendants of Africville. In response, the Africville Steering Committee was established, including the Africville Genealogy Society and representatives from all levels of government. The purpose was to work towards building a fitting memorial for the former Africville community. “Today is very special. Now we can begin to heal,” said Irvine Carvery, president of the Africville Genealogy Society. “The work this committee has done over the past five years is going to create a legacy for future generations.” “Far too many members of Nova Scotia’s youth only know Africville as a park to walk a dog. That will change,” said Mr. Paris. “This is a long-term project but, today, we can now look forward to the exciting work ahead in realizing this project’s goals.” The Africville Steering Committee will continue to meet with project consultants to plan next steps.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 60 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $60 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.However, five of the 15 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each that were up for grabs were won.Four were claimed by single tickets and one was shared by two ticket holders.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 22 will again be approximately $60 million, but there will be 30 Maxmillions prizes offered.last_img

Guard stabs colleague to death in Ggn hospital, act caught on CCTV

first_imgGurugram: In a shocking incident, Novil Anwar, a security guard working in Sheetla Hospital in Gurugram murdered his colleague Jugal Kishore by stabbing him multiple times inside the hospital premises. The incident occurred at around 5 am and the act was caught in the CCTV camera. Novil who is from Ferozabad escaped the incident. The images of him carrying the sharp knife to attack Kishore has been caught in closed circuit television (CCTV).Deceased Kishore (24) also belonged to Aligarh district. He was working as a security guard in the hospital for the last six months. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the police, the main reason for the murder was the verbal duel which the two had before the crime took place in the early hours of Friday. According to the police, the two were working in the night shift. While Novil was deployed at the main gate, Jugal was working on the third floor of the hospital. Though it has not been confirmed by the officials on what matter the two fought. Ultimately the issue heated up and resulted in Novil stabbing Kishore. According to sources, the formal complaint was registered in the city police at around 8 am. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Through the CCTV images, a guard can be seen clearly carrying a knife and heading towards the third floor where Kishore was doing his duty. We have formed the teams to get the accused in the case. We are investigating that whether this was a case of pre-planned attack as the accused attacked with his private weapon or was it an incident that occurred in a fit of rage,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Jugal Kishore was residing in Begum Kheri with his wife. A father of two-year-old, Kishore was expecting his second child in the next coming days. “Even though it was a case of heated argument, restraint should have been exercised and the mindless killing should not have taken place. Because of this senseless act, the lives of Kishore’s pregnant wife and his two-year-old child have been destroyed forever,” said Murari, the relative of the deceased.last_img read more

Jim Tressel among 14 inductees into Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

Then-coach Jim Tressel holds the championship trophy after a game against Oregon Jan. 1, 2010, at the Rose Bowl. OSU won, 26-17.Credit: Courtesy of TNSJim Tressel will headline a class of 14 current and former Ohio State Buckeyes being enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, OSU announced Wednesday.The 2015 class, which includes 12 players and two coaches, is scheduled to be inducted on Sept. 18 before being honored at halftime during the OSU football game against Northern Illinois the following day.Tressel, who was also chosen for the College Football Hall of Fame in January, compiled a 106-22 record at OSU from 2001-2010, including a national championship in 2002.The current president of Youngstown State was fired from OSU before the 2011 season for his involvement in the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal, which saw several of his players exchanging memorabilia and autographs for tattoos or cash. OSU’s 12 wins from the 2010 season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas, were vacated as a result.OSU made two more appearances in the national championship under Tressel after the 2002 triumph, falling to Florida in 2006 and LSU in 2007. Tressel led the Buckeyes to six Big Ten titles and a 9-1 record against Michigan in his tenure.Another notable former member of the OSU football team being honored is wide receiver Joey Galloway, who played in Columbus from 1991-1994.Galloway, the eighth-overall pick in the 1995 NFL draft, caught 108 passes for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns in his time at OSU. The Bellaire, Ohio, native was a third-team AP All-American in 1993. He went on to have a 15-year NFL career and ranks 31st all-time with 10,950 receiving yards.2006 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Terence Dials will also be among the inductees. Dials, who played at OSU from 2003-2006, ranks 14th in OSU history in scoring and fifth in rebounding.The lone inductee active at OSU is women’s golf coach Therese Hession, who has coached in Columbus since 1991. In her tenure, OSU has won nine Big Ten championships and has made 14 NCAA championship appearances.Hession has twice won National Coach of the Year honors and seven Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.A full list of inductees can be found below:Tim Anderson, football, 1968-1970Justin Cook, men’s soccer, 2000-2002, 2004Terence Dials, men’s basketball, 2003-2006Lara Dickenmann, women’s soccer, 2004-2007Natalia Diea, women’s diving, 2001-2003Annabelle Fago, women’s rowing, 2004-2007Joey Galloway, football, 1991-1994Therese Hession, women’s golf coach, 1991-presentJ Jaggers, wrestling, 2006-2009Perry Martter, wrestling, 1921-1922Teresa Meyer, pistol, 2004-2008Dan Seimetz, baseball, 1995-1998Paul Tilley, men’s hockey, 1977-1980Jim Tressel, football coach, 2001-2010 read more

Tampakan coppergold PascuaLama Rio Tinto copper project Oloaroz and Québec lithium projects

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has 20 prefeasibility study reports, eight feasibility studies, 29 projects in development, one new mine that has gone into production, three existing mines that are expanding, 13 merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 29 gold projects, 16 silver, 15 copper, six iron, five zinc and coal projects, three lithium and rare earths projects, two projects on tin, tungsten and nickel, and one project each covering phosphate, diamonds, alumina, vanadium, titanium, mineral sands, uranium, manganese, base metals, graphite and lead. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Indophil Resources has noted recent media reports stating that a long-awaited environmental approval for the worldclass Tampakan copper-gold project has been formally granted by the Philippines Government. While Indophil was not in a position to confirm this important news, it did confirm that the Tampakan project’s in-country operator, Sagittarius Mines (Xstrata Copper 62.5%), had advised Indophil that it has received the proposed Mine Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Environmental Management Bureau within the government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Further, SMI says it is now in the process of reviewing the terms and conditions contained in the document.EMED Mining’s independent technical expert BehreDolbear has completed an updated report on its Rio Tinto copper project. The report entitled NI 43-101 Technical Report on EMED’s Rio Tinto copper project, Huelva Province, Spain dated February 15, 2013” endorsed the company’s planned base case annual production of existing ore reserves at 9.0 Mt/y over 14 years from the Cerro Colorado deposit, being the first mine EMED Mining plans to bring into production. BehreDolbear also noted that there is exploration potential peripheral to the Cerro Colorado deposit which is open to the east and at depth. This potentially provides scope to grow the resource and expand operations including the development of other mines within the existing permit areas.Centaurus Metals has awarded a key Management Support Contract for the implementation of its flagship Jambreiro iron ore project in southeast Brazil, representing the first key contract to be awarded for the project’s development.The construction of Orocobre’s Olaroz lithium project continues to advance according to schedule and within budget with significant progress made, in particular with earthworks for the evaporation ponds, road construction on the salar, and earthworks for the camp and other infrastructure. The main road across the salar is currently under construction while 2 km of the auxiliary road to access the bore field from the east has been completed to allow access to the first two (of 13) drill platforms where drilling has commenced.Canada Lithium has been selected to receive a grant of up to C$6.5 million from the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). The grant was awarded to construct a pilot plant to test the viability of refining lithium metal from the company’s lithium products, soon to be produced from the new mine and process plant currently being commissioned near Val d’Or, Québec.Fluor Corp has been awarded a series of follow-on contracts by Barrick Gold for new scopes of work at the Pascua-Lama mining project located on the Argentina/Chile border. These included in the award are for overall project management and construction management for the Pascua location on the Chile side of the site, as well as construction management and construction for the Lama location on the Argentina side. The latter two scopes are part of a 50/50 joint venture with Argentinian contractor Techint.Veris Gold Corp reports on the progress of the development of its newest underground mine, Starvation Canyon located in the southern portion of the Jerritt Canyon property in Elko County, Nevada. Jerritt Canyon is a gold producing mine site operated by Veris Gold Corp USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Veris Gold.Mindoro Resources has provided an update on the joint venture projects with TVI Pacific, and its Philippines operating subsidiary TVIRD. Mindoro and TVI have signed four joint venture agreements, previously announced on July 6, Sept. 7 and Sept. 27, 2012, relating to the Agata and Pan de Azucar mining projects located in the Philippines on the Islands of Mindanao and Panay, respectively. The joint ventures present TVI and Mindoro with multiple growth opportunities for near-term and medium-term cash flow generating potential. Under the agreements TVIRD may earn up to a 60% interest and will act as operator of the projects. A management committee composed of senior management members of both TVIRD and Mindoro will oversee each of the projects.Balamara Resources has established a strategic partnership with AIM-listed resource company Centurion Resources to support the continued development of its Balkans strategy, in particular its flagship Montenegro base metals project (Monty). As part of the arrangement, Balamara has agreed to sell a minority equity position in its Central European subsidiary, North Mining Doo, which is the 100% owner of the Montenegro project.Contact emma@im-mining.com for subscription details, or go to http://corporate.im-mining.com/subscribeprojnews.asplast_img read more

Receding Chilean glacier a sign of accelerating climate change

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4545868 Share9 Tweet Email2 IN THE SPACE of just two weeks, two large icebergs broke off the Grey Glacier in Chilean Patagonia — a sign of accelerating climate change, experts say.The Grey Glacier is one of the main sights in the Torres del Paine national park popular with tourists and hikers.A giant iceberg the size of six football pitches — 8.8 hectares (22 acres) — broke away from the glacier on February 20 and another six hectare piece detached on March 7.It marks the first time two icebergs of such great size have broken off in such quick succession.The 270 square kilometer glacier receded by 500 meters , more than half the amount lost over the previous decade.A smaller iceberg detached in 2017 but Ricardo Jana, a scientist at the Chilean Antarctic Institute, said “the loss of mass over the previous years was definitely smaller than this year”.Scientists following the glacier’s evolution say it lost around two kilometers in the last 30 years.A United Nations study in 2018 found that 95% of Chile’s 24,100 glaciers had receded.Scientists say that unusually warm summer temperatures — up to 31 degrees Celsius in Patagonia — and high rainfall weakened the glacier’s walls.“The receding of the glaciers coincides with the increased temperatures that we’ve noticed in the region,” said Inti Gonzalez, a glaciologist at the Cequa Foundation that studies geology in Patagonia and the Antarctic.Higher rainfall also accelerates the glacier melt while raising the level of the eponymous lake where the glacier is found.The loss of glacier surface also reduces its ability to reflect sunlight, which increases global warming. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By Garreth MacNamee 17,180 Views 67 Comments Friday 15 Mar 2019, 10:10 PM Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Short URL Receding Chilean glacier a ‘sign of accelerating climate change’ The 270 square kilometer glacier receded by 500 meters , more than half the amount lost over the previous decade. Mar 15th 2019, 10:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

205 Live Highlights Itami vs Alexander for Royal Rumble spot Noam Dar

first_img WWE posted these highlights from this week’s episode of 205 Live. WhatsApp Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)center_img Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Twitterlast_img

2nd Annual Chelseas Light Foundation Golf Classic

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 2nd Annual Chelsea’s Light Foundation Golf Classic May 31, 2019 Posted: May 31, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – She was abducted and murdered a decade ago but her father is trying to bring positivity from the death of Chelsea King.The Chelsea’s Light Foundation is holding their 2nd Annual Chelsea’s Light Foundation Golf Classic to help protect the joy and innocence of childhood.The tournament includes golf, beer garden, lunch, dinner, and a poker tourney.Chelsea’s father, Brent King, is visiting San Diego to award the foundations annual Sunflower Scholarship to 14 students.King joined KUSI News to discuss the tournament and what the foundations means to him.Tickets: www.chelseaslight.org last_img read more

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Will Be Keynote Speaker of 2019 Commodity Classic

first_imgCommodity Classic is one of the largest agriculture industry events, with close to 10 thousand attendees annually the past three years.  Perdue will speak during the General Session, which is open to registered event attendees and is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center.Secretary Perdue is expected to share current news and perspectives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with topics including international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic health. Before Secretary Perdue, the General Session will include comments from leaders of the five associations that present Commodity Classic each year: American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.Finally, the audience will hear from Christine Cashen, known worldwide for her ability to entertain and energize audiences. Cashen will deliver a fast-paced, funny program on handling conflict and reducing stress, as well as tips on life, love, work and happiness.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is a farmer-focused event with an emphasis on educational opportunities. It is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a large trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers, and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.Detailed information on all educational sessions, the full Commodity Classic schedule and online registration are available at commodityclassic.com.  Attendees can register for all three days or choose one-day registration.last_img read more

Camas city administrators illness requires retirement

first_imgCamas Mayor Scott Higgins Friday said City Administrator Nina Regor will not be able to return to work from her indefinite medical leave.The city announced Tuesday Regor was on leave and quickly scheduled a Friday meeting to hire Vancouver-based financial consultant Paul Lewis to assist with drafting the city’s budget and other tasks. Higgins named Human Resources Director Jennifer Gorsuch interim city administrator.At Friday’s meeting, Higgins announced Regor would likely not recover from her illness.“We are brokenhearted by this news, and yet I report to you she is at peace,” Higgins told council members. “Things will go on, but this week we are sad … deeply, deeply sad.”The city is not disclosing the exact nature of Regor’s health problem. But for the past two weeks, Higgins said, her condition has deteriorated rapidly and she’s now in the hospital.Higgins, pastor at Hockinson Church of Christ, has also been acting as Regor’s spiritual adviser.News of Regor’s serious illness has come as a shock. Camas hired her at the beginning of the year to succeed Lloyd Halverson, who retired from the city after 23 years.She came to Camas from Cloverdale, Calif., a city of 8,500, where she was city manager. She grew up in Clark County.City Council approved Lewis’ contract at Friday’s special meeting. He’ll be paid an hourly rate of $115 an hour, with a cap of $27,000, through the end of the year for his consulting services.last_img read more

Lego Movie 2 not as awesome as the first but its pretty

first_imgCulture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment 2:14 1:46 Movie reviews Lego Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The characters and sets still come complete with scarred and pitted texture on their surfaces, just like real plastic, for an authentic stop-motion look. But whether it’s a space battle between various kinds of Lego or a vampire DJ with the voice of Noel Fielding or a startling detour into crayon, the humour is completely unfettered by such boring adult concerns as logic or physics. The result is a trippy treat for kids and adults.In the first film, everything was awesome for a young boy playing in his basement with Lego bricks. But now everything’s been ruined by the arrival of his sister and her Duplo blocks. Anyone with kids will recognise the younger one’s unstoppable urge to be up in the older sibling’s business, and the ructions that can cause. The older brother asserts himself against his sister’s childish ways by adopting a tough, cynical tone, complete with dark, gritty brooding — so much brooding. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, loves this darker tone, but it’s clear all is not right in Lego world.Enlarge ImageChris Pratt, who starred alongside velociraptors in Jurassic World, encounters familiar chums in The Lego Movie 2. It’s just that kind of flick. Eric Charbonneau The only ray of sunshine in this blasted heckscape is Emmet, the perennially cheerful hero of the first movie with the bouncy voice of Chris Pratt. His fellow adventurer, Lucy Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) has taken to the darker tone like a goth to mascara, but Emmet won’t give up his sunny disposition. Until sinister aliens kidnap his friends, that is, and he blasts off into space determined to toughen up and get grim ‘n’ gritty too.lego-movie-2-rev-1-lg2-t2-2707-high-res-jpegEnlarge ImageBatman, Wyldstyle and the gang return. Eric Charbonneau Right from the off, the action is as colourful and epic as the first movie. It’s dizzyingly kinetic, zapping along at breakneck speed as hilarious gags fly thick and fast. None of the songs quite measure up to the first movie’s earworm anthem “Everything is Awesome” — even the self-consciously needy “This Song’s Gonna Get Stuck Inside Your Head” — but they’re upbeat and fun. And if in all the chaos you miss a joke, or a song doesn’t connect, there’ll be another one along in about a millisecond.In his quest to break through the Stairgate to the Systar system, Emmet is aided in his quest by Rex Dangervest, an action hero so masculine his crew are velociraptors and his spaceship is shaped like a literal fist. Unlike Emmet, Rex doesn’t build — he breaks. And Emmet begins to think he’ll have to break stuff to save the day.lego-movie-2-rev-1-lg2-fp-0097r-high-res-jpegEnlarge ImageRex Dangervest, action hero, gives Emmet a new role model. Warner Bros. He’s wrong, of course, which might be a level of dramatic irony too far for younger viewers. But this is one semiotically complex movie. In the past, you might have a kid getting sucked into Lego world and trying to get back. But this is 2019, where movies operate on a whole other level of meta-textual sophistication. The Lego Movie 2 works as a meta-narrative switching between the “real” world and the Lego world, which also includes characters from other pop culture narratives, who are both unaware of the real world and yet somehow also aware of their position in the zeitgeist. And it’s a musical. With time travel. On top of that, the film is based on a real-life children’s toy, and then the characters and vehicles created for the film become real-life toys, in shops now.Seriously, the whole endeavour is a crazy moebius strip of postmodern recursive metatextuality. With songs.Jeez, just because kids can work an iPad at six months old, apparently they’re expected to get Baudrillardian simulation theory. But whether the youngsters parse the postmodern juxtaposition or just dig the tunes, there’s also a pretty clear message about getting along with people and staying positive even when things look bleak. As the young boy from the first movie ages into a teenager, it’s suggested he should resist cynicism. In fact, you don’t have to squint very hard to see the film address boys on the verge of being radicalised into cynical or extremist beliefs. Listen to the Lego Movie, kids, and don’t swallow the red pill. Life lessons, jokes, celebrity cameos — it’s all here. The Lego flick schtick is such catchy pop fun you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Sure, the Lego Movie 2 might not be as innovative as the first part, but it never lets you catch your breath long enough to realise that. Yup, this is how you build a sequel. Lego Movie 2: Everything to know The Lego Movie 2 builds a dizzying, gloriously silly… Remember when everything was awesome? The first Lego Movie from 2014 was a colourful — well, mostly yellow —  and giddy explosion of enthusiasm, humour and spectacular animation. Now The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has arrived, and things are a lot more complicated.One thing the first movie had was novelty. Five years and two spin-offs later, the sequel doesn’t pop with quite the same freshness. It doesn’t help that the opening act is set in a parody of Mad Max: Fury Road, which isn’t the freshest gag in the world. But The Second Part does have the trademark Lego movie combination: It’s exuberant, dynamic, eye-popping and, above all, gloriously, unrestrainedly bonkers.last_img read more

Fog halts flight operations at Dhaka airport

first_img.All types of flights at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have been postponed due to heavy fog.The airport authorities said both inbound and outbound flights on domestic and international routes remained suspended since the early hours of Thursday.Two flights of Regent Air and Gulf Air failed to land at the airport due to the fog while a US Bangla flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong district.Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Md Tariq Ahmed said six flights, which were scheduled to fly this morning, could not depart the airport due to heavy fog. Met office said dense fog might continue across the country while Dhaka and Mymensingh districts witness a bit of thicker fog than other parts of the country.last_img

Texas Officials See Long Road From Harvey For State Transportation Network

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThe highway into Rockport is still covered in water on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.Alongside thousands of Texas homes and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey, floodwaters also damaged hundreds of roads and highways across the region.Prolonged flooding can wash out bridges, knock down traffic signals and signs and cause asphalt to buckle. Last week, the federal government directed $25 million to the Texas Department of Transportation to help the agency begin repairing the region’s vast transportation system.But that funding won’t last very long, said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director Marc Williams.“The size and the duration of this storm is beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in this state,” he said.As of Friday, more than 290 roads were closed in the areas affected by Harvey. TxDOT spokesman Bob Kaufman said the agency was making repairs where they could get in. But conditions needed to get better before they can fully begin the recovery process.“While roads are underwater, all we can do is put up barricades and redirect traffic, for the most part,” Williams said.More than 2,400 TxDOT employees are currently addressing the damage from Hurricane Harvey. The department is still assessing the disaster, so they’re unsure of how long recovery will take and the total cost.Texans in Congress are already in the middle of talks to vote on a federal aid package for Harvey recovery efforts later this month.Ryan Murphy/Dartmouth Flood ObservatoryPreliminary flood data collected by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory using satellite imagery shows the extent of flood water across Southeast Texas. Because cloud cover can limit the availability of data, this represents the minimum likely extent of the flood water.On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said state lawmakers have “smartly kept a lot of money” in the Rainy Day Fund, the state’s savings account. The fund, which is largely made up of tax revenue on oil and gas production, was projected to have a balance of $10.3 billion at the end of August, according to a recent estimate from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. But Abbott confirmed he didn’t plan to call a special session for Harvey relief, meaning lawmakers are unlikely to use much of that fund until 2019.Hurricane Ike was the last major hurricane to hit Texas in 2008. According to a report issued by TxDOT in 2012, the final cost to repair roads and highways after Ike was over $150 million.State crews managed to clear roads four days after Ike. Hurricane Harvey lingered in Texas for nearly a week, resulting in record-breaking rainfall and extensive flooding. The longer duration of Hurricane Harvey is expected to have caused more damage to the state’s transportation system than Ike.“I think we’re safe to say that it’s going to exceed the $25 million,” Williams said. Sharelast_img read more