US Juniors Whip World, 101-67

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — At times, it seemed as though Terrance Ferguson could not miss.He hit seven 3-pointers for his 21 points and the U.S. national junior select team beat the under-19 world team 101-67 on April 9 at the annual Nike Hoop Summit.“I had a hot hand and the players couldn’t beat me so, I just kept shooting,” Ferguson said.Team USA finished with 36 3-point attempts, setting a record for most 3-points attempts in the event’s history. Ferguson finished with half of the team’s 14 made 3-pointers.The 34-point margin was the largest in the 19-year history of the event. Jarrett Allen of Austin, Texas, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin, and the United States made a Hoop Summit record 14 3s.The annual event is a showcase for promising U.S. prep players and up-and-coming talent from around the world. Over 100 active NBA players once appeared in the Hoop Summit, including Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Nicolas Batum.Before April 9, the World team had won three games in the last five years, including a narrow 103-101 win last year.Ferguson, who is from Dallas and is uncommitted, had six of his 3s in a span of four minutes in the first half — scoring 18 straight points — and the United States built a 44-22 lead at the break.Ziming Fan, DeAndre Ayton and Isaia Cordinier each had eight points for the world team.The United States was dominant from the start, jumping out to an early 16-0 lead, capitalized by a flashy breakaway dunk from De’Aaron Fox five minutes into the first quarter. Fox, from Katy, Texas, is a Kentucky commit.The world team could not find the basket, committing shot clock violations on back-to-back possessions midway through the opening quarter. Sixteen-year-old Udoke Azubuike of Nigeria earned World’s first basket with just over three minutes remaining in the first.“We just didn’t have it but I commend each and every one of them for giving it everything they’ve got all week and hopefully we will come back next year and be a little bit better,” world head coach Roy Rana said.Payton Pritchard, an Oregon native and University of Oregon commit, finished with 12 points. Pritchard, a senior point guard at West Linn High School is the first Oregonian to play for the United States in the game since Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones in 2010. Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, an Oregon native who also has Canadian citizenship, played in the game in 2011 on the world team.(MALIKA ANDREWS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bangladesh fined for slow over-rate against Sri Lanka in 1st ODI

first_imgBangladesh team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Colombo on Friday.Chris Broad of the ICC Elite Panel of match referees imposed the fine after Tamim Iqbal’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.As such, Tamim has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 20 per cent fines. Tamim pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction. So, there was no need for a formal hearing.On-field umpires Nitin Menon and Raveendra Wilamasari, and third umpire Marais Erasmus leveled the charge.Bangladesh will play against Sri Lanka in the second ODI at PR Stadium in Colombo on July 28.Also Read | Change could be good: Robin Singh targets India head coach jobAlso Read | Lasith Malinga heroics help Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 91 runslast_img read more

Strootman: I am happy at Roma

first_imgTransfers Strootman: I am happy at Roma Tommy Doleman 11:59 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Strootman-cropped Getty Images Transfers Roma Serie A Linked with a move away, the Netherlands midfielder said he was happy at the Serie A club Roma’s Kevin Strootman insists he is happy at the club, despite reports linking him with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico.Strootman, 28, signed a five-year contract in May last year and has been part of a Roma side that have finished in the top three in each of the past five Serie A seasons.He had previously joined the club from PSV Eindhoven in 2013, but has to overcome serious injury to regain his place as an important member of the Roma squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now His success has seen his name again pop up in rumours indicating he may be nearing an exit from the capital club.However, the Dutch midfielder was asked about his future following Monday’s 1-1 draw between Italy and Netherlands and said he was happy at Roma.”I am only going to talk about the national team. I have a contract and I haven’t signed for anyone else,” Strootman said.”I am happy at Roma and that’s enough.”It is not the first time Strootman’s name has been heavily linked to big clubs.Prior to his move to Roma, reports had him near a deal to join Premier League giants Manchester United.However, the midfielder denied there was any truth to those rumours earlier this year and stated he was happy with the Serie A side.last_img read more

Navios Acquisition Unveils Sale Leaseback for Four Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Navios Maritime Acquisition Owner and operator of tanker vessels Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for four of its vessels on March 31.The vessels in question are the tankers Nave Atria, Nave Aquila, Nave Bellatrix and Nave Orion, which were bareboat charted by subsidiaries of China Merchants Bank Limited.Navios Acquisition opted for the move in order to refinance USD 71.5 million outstanding on the existing facility on the four product tankers.The company has a purchase obligation at the end of the lease term and under ASC 842-40, the transaction is expected to be accounted for as a failed sale and leaseback transaction and result in a finance lease.As a result of the refinancing, as of December 31, 2017, an amount of USD 32.8 million was reclassified from ‘Current portion of long-term debt, net of deferred finance cost’ to ‘Long term debt, net of current portion, premium and net of deferred finance cost’.The facility will be repayable in 24 equal consecutive quarterly installments of USD 1.5 million each, with a final balloon payment of USD 35.8 million to be repaid on the last repayment date.The facility matures in March 2024 and bears interest at LIBOR plus 305 bps per annum.Navios Acquisition informed that it may use the funds to repurchase its outstanding capital stock and/or indebtedness at times.last_img read more

Govt mulls more powers for RBI to regulate NBFCs FM

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is considering strengthening the Reserve Bank’s regulatory and supervisory powers over the non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Lok Sabha Monday. Replying to a question, the minister said RBI was closely monitoring the liquidity position of NBFCs and will continue to monitor the activity and performance of the sector with a focus on major entities and their interlinkages with other sectors. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe central bank, she added, has also informed that with a view to strengthen the NBFCs and maintain stability of the financial system, it has been taking necessary regulatory and supervisory steps. “Government has received a proposal from RBI to strengthen RBI’s regulatory and supervisory powers under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, and the same is under consideration,” Sitharaman said in a written reply. She further said that the government, from time to time, infuses capital in public sector NBFCs based on an objective assessment of requirements. However, there was no proposal under consideration of the government to recapitalise private NBFCs. As on June 23, 2019, 9,643 NBFCs were registered with RBI. To another question, the minister said that gross non-performing assets (NPAs) ratio of NBFCs (deposit-taking and systemically important non-depositing NBFCs) was at 6.6 per cent during 2018-19, up from 5.3 per cent in the preceding financial year.last_img read more

Three IAF personnel killed as truck falls into gorge

first_imgBarmer: Three Air Force personnel were killed and three others injured when a truck carrying them fell into a gorge in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Wednesday, police said. Two of the injured are in a critical condition, they said. Barmer District Superintendent of Police Shivraj Meena said the truck carrying eight soldiers was coming from an Air Force station in Chauhatan town when it lost balance and fell into a gorge. He said a police team rushed the injured to a hospital in Chauhatan from where two jawans were referred to Barmer.last_img

Atlantic grids forestry coastlines need rethink in era of intense storms experts

first_imgHALIFAX — In an era when storms with hurricane-force winds are expected to keep battering Atlantic Canada, experts say the region should make major changes to electrical grids, shoreline defences and even the types of trees being planted.Work continues today to reconnect customers after post-tropical storm Dorian knocked out power to 80 per cent of homes and businesses in Nova Scotia. By early afternoon there were 56,000 customers without electricity in the province, compared with 400,000 at the storm’s peak on the weekend.Recent scientific literature says 35 hurricanes — not including post-tropical storms like Dorian — have made landfall in the region since 1850, an average of one every five years.Anthony Taylor, a forest ecologist scientist with Natural Resources Canada, wrote in a recent peer-reviewed paper that climate change is expected to increase the frequency of severe hurricanes.He says promoting more mixed forests with hardwoods would reduce the rate of destruction caused by the storms.Erni Wiebe, former director of distribution at Manitoba Hydro, says the storms should cause Atlantic utilities to rethink their view that burying lines is too expensive and to contemplate other long-term solutions.Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo, says Atlantic Canada should also develop standards for coastline resiliency due to predictions of rising sea levels combining with the storms.He says that would mean a more rapid refurbishing of sea walls and dike systems, along with more shoreline vegetation.Feltmate also calls for an aggressive tree-trimming program to limit power outages that he says “will otherwise continue to plague the Maritimes.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police Officer in Custody After Crashing Into Motorcyclist

Rabat – A policeman in Fes was arrested after a collision between a private car and a motorcycle, which caused the motorbike driver and another passenger to suffer serious injuries on Friday, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) explained in a press release that the police officer was behind the wheel of an uninsured private vehicle, which collided into the motorcycle.The motorcycle owner and the other passenger were seriously injured. They were transferred to the hospital in order to receive the necessary care. The policeman was put in custody, and an investigation will be carried out in order to determine the circumstances of the accident.

Nearly 15 Million Pilgrims Arrive in Mecca for 2018 Hajj

Rabat- This year, 1,486,958 foreign pilgrims landed in Saudi Arabia for the 2018 Hajj pilgrimage, which begins August 20 and ends August 24. The Hajj begins the eighth day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, which falls on Monday, August 20, and ends on the twelfth day (August 24).According to the Saudi General Directorate of Passports, 1,392,928 Muslims arrived by air, 78,282 arrived by land, and 15,748 arrived by sea, representing authorities called a 7 percent (10,529 people) decrease in Hajj arrivals compared to 2017 in the same period. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah previously reported that it had completed preparations for the current Hajj pilgrimage to host more than 2 million pilgrims from more than 80 countries, including Morocco, whose first group of pilgrims arrived on July 27.  Saudi Arabia has undertaken major expansion projects to improve the Hajj experience.The city of Mecca is adding more space in order to avoid tragic incidents such as the stampede that killed thousands of people during the 2015 Hajj pilgrimage.Every year, thousands of Muslims across the world flock to the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, to perform their pilgrimage.Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. All Muslims who are physically and financially capable are required to perform the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.During Hajj, pilgrims are required to make Tawaf, circling seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction.Pilgrims also celebrate Eid Al Adha on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah.The oldest males in Muslim families slaughter a sheep or goat to make the sacrifice.This year, Morocco will celebrate Eid al-Adha on Wednesday, August 22, as the Ministry of Islamic Affairs confirmed. read more

Wall Street ends higher after lateday rally but TSX still ends up

Toronto and New York markets ended the day with mixed results, as investors sought direction amid commodity prices that showed little movement.North American stocks had initially been down for most of the morning, but recouped some of those losses by midday.Canada’s benchmark stock index fell as weaker-than-expected bank earnings dragged down financial stocks, but losses were pared when crude oil prices reversed course providing support for energy stocks.At the close, the S&P/TSX index faded 23.17 points at 12,740.27.The Canadian dollar up 0.43 of a cent to 73.06 cents US.The major indexes in New York ended in positive territory, up from earlier lows.The Dow Jones industrial average added 53.21 points to 16,484.99.The Nasdaq composite index gained 39.03 points to 4,542.61, while the broader S&P 500 composite index gained 8.53 points to 1,929.80.Commodity markets were barely changed as the April crude contract gained 28 cents at US$32.15 per barrel.The April contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$1.83 per mmBtu, while March copper also showed little change at US$2.10 a pound.Gold was the only outlier, with April bullion jumping for the second straight day, up $16.50 to US$1,239.10 an ounce. read more

TNA finalises seat allocations

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has finalised the seat allocations for the coalition members of the alliance in the north for the provincial council elections.The agreement was reached following three days of deliberations among the coalition party members in Jaffna. In Mullaitivu the TNA has decided to allocate ITAK, TELO and EPRLF 2 seats each while PLOTE and TULF will get one seat each for the polls.In Killinochchi ITAK and TULF have been allocated 3 seats each while EPRLF has been allocated one seat. Meanwhile in Vavuniya the EPRLF will have 3 seats and ITAK, TELO and PLOTE 2 seats each.In Mannar TELO will have 3 seats, ITAK and EPRLF 2 seats each and PLOTE 1 seat. (Colombo Gazette) The TNA has now decided to allocate ITAK 7 seats, EPRLF 4 seats, TELO 3 seats and PLOTE and TULF 2 seats each in Jaffna. The TNA had already agreed on nominating former Supreme Court Judge C.V. Wigneswaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council elections. read more

Afghanistan UN welcomes release of 20 women prisoners

“The UN has been supporting efforts of the Transitional Authority to examine the human rights situation of prisoners, in particular of women, and welcomes the expected release of this first batch of women prisoners,” Manoel de Almeida e Silva, a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said at a press briefing yesterday in Kabul. The move by President Karzai was in conjunction with the month of Ramadan, he added.A report earlier this year by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, Kamal Hussein, drew attention to the plight of female prisoners being detained for violating social codes, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said, noting that they have been accused of moral crimes such as prostitution, adultery and running away with another man, as well as property crime.The female prisoners were due to be released on Saturday but a last-minute decision by the Ministry of Interior to further investigate the crimes of one of the prisoners delayed the release of the group until Sunday morning, the spokesman said. A UNAMA team of human rights officers was expected at the prison to await the release of the 20 women.A commission comprised of the Ministry of Interior and Kabul prison authority has also recommended the release of another 13 female prisoners and is studying the release of 140 men in the coming weeks. There are currently 35 women in Kabul prison, whose sentences vary from 5 months to 2 years.“The situation of women is quite challenging,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. “Lacking medical care and high hygiene standards, some cells were found to have mice and rats. The situation of women prisoners with children is particularly worrying, as there are no facilities for childcare.” read more

Senate agenda for May 27 meeting

The final Senate meeting for this academic year will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. What follows is a summary of the agenda for this meeting.At this meeting, the names of graduands are approved for Spring Convocation in June, 2015.While Senate sets the academic policy of our university, its work, purpose and mission are supported and carried out by hundreds of people, filling numerous roles and completing tasks too numerous to list. Together we create an environment where students learn and achieve their goals. On behalf of Senate, thank you for your work.The Provost and Vice President Academic reports on two very important issues: the Province’s review of the funding formula for higher education and the province’s expansion of access to post secondary education with the announcement of a new campus through a York University- College partnership. Both governmental policies have potentially significant implications for Brock University. I encourage you to read the report to understand why Dr. McCartney says “It will be essential for all stakeholders at Brock to engage in extensive discussion, and undertake collaborative initiatives, in order to guarantee a vibrant future for Niagara’s university.”The Report of the Vice President Research is a slide show summary report on Canada’s New Open Access Policy and its implications for Brock researchers. View the slide show.Four decision items comprise the report of the Governance Committee. One item will take place in camera. It concerns a recommendation on the search for a new Brock University Chancellor. The remaining three decisions arise from recommendations of the Research and Scholarship Committee. These require changes to the Faculty Handbook and concern approvals for research Centres or Institutes.The Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee is recommending that Senate extend the Fall Break to the 2016-17 academic year.Additions to the course bank (Education, Sport Management) are recommended by the Undergraduate Program Committee in addition to a revision to the course notes for Tourism Management.The remaining standing committee reports all contain items of information:Research and Scholarship Policy Committee. The matter of the Review of the Centre for Sport Capacity i9s deferred to the next Senate because the committee failed to achieve quorum for a decision.Planning, Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee. The Board approved the proposed budget for 2015-16 and determine it would only approved balanced budgets in the future. Additionally, the Board approved the alternative plan for the expansion of the Goodman School, noting an additional need to raise $4 million.A plan to develop budget operational metrics and targets is under discussion to’ permit Senate and the Board of Trustees to determine more precisely the consistency between future budgets and academic policies, plans, and priorities, as well as their consonance with University goals.’Information Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Reports were received on multiple projects, including the Goodman School expansion, classroom modernization , the campus plan and the icloud strategy.Teaching and Learning Committee. Reports were received on multiple subjects, including the Pilot Academic Recovery Project and the clicker technology update.The Academic Review Committee is recommending the approval of the proposed PHD program in Child and Youth Studies.The committee reports that the Quality Council has:1. approved the MSc in Materials Physics (ISP)and that students will be enrolled in the program starting in September 20162. denied the PhD in Computer Science.The annual reports for each Senate standing committee are part of the record and establish in part, the agenda for Senate 2015-16.Respectfully submitted,Susan Sydor read more

Womens hockey Buckeye seniors Grant and Matheny each score a goal in

Ohio State freshman forward Samantha Bouley skates toward the puck against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 21. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s hockey team put up four goals — three back-to-back in the second period — to defeat conference opponent Minnesota State 4-2 on Senior Day. Each of the Buckeye seniors, captain forward Katie Matheny and captain forward Breanne Grant, scored a goal in their swan song at OSU Ice Rink.“How poetic is that,” coach Nadine Muzerall said. “You couldn’t have designed that any better with our seniors.”The Buckeyes improved to 12-15-5 overall and 6-15-4 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while the Mavericks fell to 6-22-4 and 3-20-3-1.Also scoring for Ohio State was junior forward Julianna Iafallo, junior defenseman Jessica Dunne and Grant, all within six minutes of play in the second period. Matheny sealed the deal with a breakaway goal in the third.“Bree and Katie are the quarterbacks to our team…I leaned on them a lot,” Muzerall said. “It’s sad to see them go because they’re not just great hockey players but great people.”In spite of a scoreless first period, the home team dominated on the ice in the second.At 10:28 in the second period, Iafallo found the net off an assist from Matheny to put the Buckeyes up 1-0.Just a few minutes later at 14:04, Iafallo made an-across-the-ice pass to Dunne, who slapped a one-timer into the net to double the OSU lead.At 15:19, redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne was called for slashing and the Maverick’s Sara Bustad for holding which sent the two teams to four-on-four play. Shortly after at 16:40, Grant scored her goal off an assist from sophomore defenseman Lauren Boyle.By the end of the second period, OSU led 3-0 and had outshot Minnesota State 26-15.At 8:27 in the third period, Matheny broke away for her score that sent the Buckeyes up 4-0.Shortly after, the Mavericks avoided the shutout with a goal from Steph Keryluk, assisted by Sara Bustad at 11:28.Minnesota State scored one more time at 16:40 thanks to a goal from Hannah Davidson off a pass from Anna Keys.“The mission in the third period was just to let (the seniors) play every other shift,” Muzerall said. “We got up a little bit and we decided that we were going to make the game a little more about the seniors.”The Mavericks pulled the goalie in the final three minutes and opted for six skaters in hopes of making some offensive moves but were kept at bay by the Buckeye defense.“It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling,” Grant said of the Senior Day victory. “At the end of the game I was walking through the crowd of little kids and parents and grandparents and siblings and it hit me — this is Senior Day. This is the last day I’m going to walk through this amount of support from people. You never realize how lucky you are or how special something is until it is coming to an end.”After concluding the regular season home schedule, Ohio State will travel to North Dakota next weekend for two final WCHA contests before the conference tournament. read more

Updated mining permit awarded for Sanbrado gold Burkina Faso

first_imgGold developer West African Resources Ltd  reports that the Council of Ministers of the Government of Burkina Faso has approved changes to the original mining permit for the Sanbrado gold project which encompass revised mining and ore processing methods detailed in the latest feasibility study announced in June 2018. The updated mining permit approves changes to include underground mining in addition to open pit mining, and approves using the CIL processing method.Receipt of the updated mining permit completes another key milestone for the company and follows the government of Burkina Faso’s environmental approval for the Sanbrado project in April 2018.Managing Director Richard Hyde commented: “We have now completed the major permitting milestones for Sanbrado. We thank the government of Burkina Faso and local stakeholders for their continued support.“We are continuing to drill at M1 South and M5 and will release updated resource estimates and a scoping study investigating M5 underground potential by the end of Q3 2018.“We expect to appoint a banking syndicate to fund the majority of the project capital requirement by the end of Q4 2018.”The Sanbrado updated open pit and underground feasibility study confirms, stated on a 100% project basis at $1,300/oz gold:•Average annual production of 211,000 oz gold over first five years of mine life•76% increase in Probable Reserves to 1.6 Moz (20.4 Mt at 2.4g/t Au)•16 month post-tax pay back on $185 million pre-production capital costs•All-In Sustaining Costs (AISC) of $551/oz over first five years and $640 over life of mine•Pre-tax NPV5% of $567 million (A$754 million) and pre-tax IRR 62%•Post-tax NPV5% of $405 million (A$540 million) and post-tax IRR 49%•Environmental approval granted, updated mining licence expected Q3 2018•Discussions with project lenders in progress, debt package expected by end Q4 2018.The Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) upgrade includes:•40% increase in Indicated Resources at M1 South to 780,000oz gold, (1.5 Mt at 15.9g/t Au)•Project MRE now 2.35 Moz gold Indicated, 0.55 Moz gold Inferred.Substantial further upside to project through:•Recent high-grade beneath reserves shows scope to extend life past 4.5 years at M1 South•Scoping study to investigate underground potential of M5•Potential to increase plant throughput and compress mining schedule in later years.Sanbrado is located approximately 90 km east-southeast of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.  The project covers an aggregate area of 116 km², comprising one granted mining permit and one granted exploration licence.  WAF has a 90% interest in the project.  The Government of Burkina Faso has a free-carried 10% interest.last_img read more

How many horses has your council seized this year

first_imgSource: Click here for a larger version of this imageFIGURES FOR THE first half of this year indicate that the horse welfare crisis is continuing with some 2,488 horses seized between January and April.The numbers supplied by Minister Simon Coveney show the problem is worst in counties like Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Mayo and Wicklow.Some 200 horses have been seized by South Dublin County Council so far this year and, as the chart above shows, it is the local authority with the largest number of equine seizures, followed by Kildare County Council and Mayo County Council.There are just two councils that have not seized any horses this year – Cavan County Council and Galway City Council – which have had low seizure numbers for the last three years.Find a full list of horse seizure figures here.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams recently raised the issue with Coveney, asking him if his attention had been drawn to the fact that horse rescue organisations are “struggling to continue with their work” due to the fee they are charged to rescue these animals from pounds.A number of examples have emerged of charity offers to rehome horses being refused by pounds run by councils. In April, four pregnant mares were euthanised by Kilkenny County Council, despite rehoming offers from numerous equine rescue services.At the time, the council said that funding from Coveney’s department had been cut and that it no longer funds rehoming of horses. It said this meant that each council is expected to recover its full costs from the person rehoming a horse, and many charities are unable to manage this.In his response to Adams, however, the Minister said that rehoming fees are set by local authorities and that his department does offer them €200 towards the cost of rehoming each horse, in an effort to ensure increased rehoming of un-wanted equines.He said he had also specifically increased funding in 2014 for animal welfare organisations involved in horse welfare activities.Read: Horses in Dublin estate starved, beaten and mowed down by quad bikes>Read: More than 2,000 horses killed for consumption in 3 months>last_img read more

Zelda Real Escape Game Announced

first_img Playing Zelda video games is all well and good but what if you could live out a real-life Zelda experience? You’re going to get your chance now that Nintendo has partnered with SCRAP to create a Real Escape Game based on The Legend of Zelda.The Defenders of the Triforce is played with a team of six players who will be seated at a table that serves as their base of operations. Players will then search the surrounding area for clues in order to solve puzzles so they can escape. In case players cannot escape, there will be a solution walkthrough at the end. After the game is over, participants will enjoy hanging out at a Zelda-themed area that has video trailers and special merchandise.“This is NOT a maze or traditional escape room! It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise,” says SCRAP. “If you are a person who likes answering riddles, solving complex puzzles, or are just looking for a good mental challenge, this event is for you!”Defenders of the Triforce will run from January 31 to February 5 in San Francisco, February 10-12 in Los Angeles, and February 24-25 in San Diego. Dates for Seattle, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, and New York will be announced at a later time. You can find out more information by visiting the event’s official website. There, you’ll find a handy FAQ that goes into more detail about what to expect and what is expected from you. Stay on target Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild last_img read more

Director Ben Wheatley Talks With Us About Free Fire

first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: FREE FIRE (2017) Filmmaker and animator Ben Wheatley has made a name for himself with pitch-dark films like Kill List and High-Rise. But his newest feature, Free Fire, takes things in a more just-for-fun (though no less brutal or grim) direction; depicting a weapons deal between IRA terrorists and American gun-traffickers that goes bad and turns into a vicious film-length gunfight in an abandoned factor in 1970s Boston. Unlike most Hollywood shootouts, the action here is staged on realistic terms where the violence is exacerbated by few of the characters being especially proficient with their weapons and the fact that gunshots are more likely to cripple or wound than outright kill; leading to a protracted standoff where shooters are occasionally in greater danger from their filthy surroundings or their own clumsiness than their enemies’ gunfire.I recently sat down with Wheatley for a one-on-one interview about the film, on the occasion of its Boston-area U.S. release:Why set a film like this in 1970s Boston?The history, mostly. The history of this period, the IRA coming to buy guns. We’re pretty specific not to mention Boston, though. There’s no mention of it apart from the slight worry about the death sentence in Massachusetts. I was aware of it, but I felt like a lot of crime pictures are set in Boston, and I didn’t want to be another person who just came in and did a movie about the ten where I’m obviously not an expert on it.The Boston accents were well-handled.Oh, cool! Cool. That was a big worry because I know that movies made in Boston – by people from Boston – people complained about the accents. So that’s good.I think Boston will get a kick out of it.That’s good. The last thing I wanted was, y’know, to piss up the leg of Boston.Most films that attempt to do sustained action in a single location are about showing off how many balletic gun-fighting moves can be invented or showcasing proficiency for elaborate scene-geography. This film seems to be on a different wavelength, more about characters and chaos. What were you going for?I wanted to make something that put you right in the middle of it and made you feel that you were there. But also (from what I understood about gunfights, that they hadn’t been represented realistically, not that this is a “documentary” obviously, far from that) from the stuff I’d read it’s far away from the Hollywood idea of people getting shot and dying instantly, or people being competent at all under fire. From reading up on stuff, it feels like you can go to the range and fire all you want, but it’s different when someone is down range firing back at you – unless you’ve got actual nerves of steel, or are some kind of highly-trained Navy SEAL, something like that. It’s messy and chaotic and painful.What does the United State’s “gun culture” look like from outside – from an English perspective?I don’t know… that’s a separate thing, I think, to the film. American politics looks, from and English perspective – I guess the way English politics looks from yours, kind of crazed. I’m always interested in it, and I try to read a lot about American politics (it really dominated our news cycle during your elections) so I like digging into the comments, and it’s just people tearing pieces off one another. That seems to be what the gun discussion is like as well here. It seems to go to the very heart of the country and how is was made.Could a scenario of this type really only be set in the U.S., given the prevalence of firearms here?I don’t think so. I think this is kind of a universal story, if you’re going to look at it in terms of the breakdown of society you could apply it to what’s happening between the U.S. and Syria at this moment; or what’s about to happen in the UK with this snap election that’s been called. It’s that same kind of mutualy assured destruction – hotheaded characters about to tear each other to shreds and not having any concept or understanding how to step back from it. That’s what’s terrifying, and I think any Civil War situation is exactly like this, where people are amped up to the highest level and just will not back down.There isn’t really a “steely-eyed badass” super-competent killer among the characters here, as there often are in other action films. These aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, so to speak – is that intentional?Yeah, it’s not a black hat and white hat sort of film. It’s the rare thing of being a kind of symmetrical war film where you know both sides. Usually, it’s the good guys and the bad guys, they get attacked by the bad guys and mow them all down. That’s the heroism of it, incredible odds, which is most war films to be fair. But this one, you see the both sides, and you like the people on both sides, so it’s sadder and much more impactful when they go.What’s it like to work with Sharlto Copley?Sharlto’s great. He brings everything, so he’ll do the lines and improvisation, and he’ll keep going until he thinks he’s got it right. I really appreciate that. There’s two gamers, basically, with actors: you’ve got them on set, then you get into the edit suite and see what they’ve given you. And in the cold light of day after all the filmmaking is finished, you look at the rushes and go “Wow, they were very generous!”Did you get your first picks for the cast?There was an initial cast – there was a poster for it when we were raising the money – that had Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde on it, but there were scheduling issues, and people dropped out. But otherwise, there wasn’t a great horror. These things happen, and we’re very happy with the people we eventually got.Is it difficult to raise money for a very violent, somewhat unconventional film?It was pretty straightforward. I think the genre element of it and the fun element were enough to override the weird elements of it, in terms of financing. It felt to me like the easiest of all the films we’ve had to finance, and it sold all over the world right away. So from that side of it, we immediately made the money back, that’s a rare thing that just never happens anymore.You’re known for very dark films. Was the intent for Free Fire to be “lighter,” even as it’s still a film about criminals and senseless violence?I think it depends on the movie. I mean, Sightseers was pretty funny. But I did feel like we wanted to make something that met the audience halfway rather than being a bit come hither – which I guess some of our other movies have been. It wears it’s entertainment on the top, so you can watch this film without having to worry about subtext or anything like that. You can take it for the “ride” that it is.Is it difficult to recreate a time period like the 70s, which is so specific to aesthetic and fashion, on a smaller budget?It’s designed to be able to be made, this movie, so that’s why it’s not set in loads of diners or discos or various areas with thousands of people. What an abandoned factory looks like now is not too dissimilar to what an abandoned factory looked like in the 60s, 70s, 50s – that wasn’t by mistake. And costumes? Costumes are costumes, that’s fine.Was the location anywhere near as “distressed” as it looks in the film?That was a clean space!Really? Wow!Oh yeah. Because when you shoot in some place that’s wrecked, you’re going to be hurting the actors – getting dirt and rat piss and viral disease and such, and you wouldn’t know about it until they were suddenly swollen up! So we realized we’d have to build it, and also to make sure that where the pillars and the walls were, it just made more sense.Some of your actors here, like Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, are either cast or often rumored to be cast in big franchise movies like the Marvel and DC films. Is it difficult to cast certain actors now, in this era where people are expected to sign decade-long commitments to these big shared-universe projects?Brie had only just finished Room when she came to us, so that was all in the future for her – Captain Marvel and Kong and all that. So I have not personally been involved in anything where… oh! [laughs] no, I have, what am I talking about!? With [Tom] Hiddleston on High-Rise, there was the call of Avengers back and forth occasionally. We just reschedule it around him; he wasn’t gone for months at a time or anything. It was fine. I think it’s the same as ever, those contracts… it depends on how it works, but I don’t think those contracts exclusively book them out for years, but they have to be careful with what else they take on – they shoot those things for, I think, like five months at a clip. So they’ll disappear for that, yeah.Would you take on one of those Marvel-type projects? Disney calls up and says “We want you to direct Captain Somebody-or-other?”I dunno, it depends what it was or where I sat in it. I’ve never been asked.You’ve just recently secured funding for a “dream project” monster movie called Freakshift – did we hear correctly that you’ve compared the premise to that of [the video game] Doom?.”Yeah – not [Doom] the film, though! The video game! That’s [the film] not my exploration.Read/watch our full review here.last_img read more

Sterling upbeat about Reds meeting

first_imgManchester City winger Raheem Sterling is confident about his team’s chances when they face Liverpool on Thursday.Man City needs to beat the League leaders to keep up the chase for the title and with Klopp’s men still unbeaten, Sterling reckons they need to be at their best to claim the three points.“If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” he disclosed in a quote cited by FourFourTwo“It’s going to be a great game and we’re all looking forward to it.”Manchester City were pegged back in the title race after suffering shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…However, they returned to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over the Saints on Sunday.“It’s a massive step and just what we needed,” he said.“We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win to give ourselves a chance and we did just that. Our previous two results were difficult to take and I thought we bounced back brilliantly.“I think we owed it to ourselves and as a team to bring that level we know we can bring.”last_img read more