Leaders speak, comics listen

first_imgIf releasing your film means potentially igniting a conflict with one of the scariest and most shadowy nations in the world, then you know you’ve got a blockbuster on your hands.Seth Rogen isn’t surprised by the threats, nor is he fearful of retaliation from Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, and the target of a fictitious assassination attempt by two bumbling journalists — played by Rogen and James Franco — in the upcoming Sony Pictures movie “The Interview.”“I would hope North Korea has better things to do,” quipped Rogen, who along with starring in the film, co-wrote and co-directed it.It’s possible he was wrong — some press reports have speculated on whether North Korea was behind a hack of Sony Pictures that led to several unreleased films being leaked to file-sharing websites. (“The Interview” wasn’t part of the leak, and is scheduled for a Christmas release.)In a visit Tuesday to the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Rogen talked about the connections between politics and comedy with Alexis Wilkinson ’15, the first black female president of The Harvard Lampoon. Audience members were given passes to a post-event screening of “The Interview” at the Brattle Theatre.The idea for the movie came out of a conversation with childhood friend and screenwriting partner Evan Goldberg, said Rogen. “We were just talking about how journalists can be in a room with these elusive people, and that if you wanted to kill someone, they’d be a good way to do it,” he said. “I’ve always been fascinated with North Korea, and the more I read about it, the more bizarre and mysterious it became. Like, what the [heck] is going on over there?”Also on hand was “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, who discussed women in comedy and the genesis of the Comedy Central news satire, helmed since 1999 by Jon Stewart.Living in New York in the summer of 1990, Winstead thought she’d be doing stand-up forever — and not particularly well.“I was OK at it,” she said. “I was a hack, really.”Then came a life-altering blind date.“The guy shows up wearing all Yankees gear. Which was a bad sign anyway, since I’m from Minnesota and a Twins fan.”The duo landed at a screening of Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” which put her date to sleep.“I took my buttery popcorn hands and smeared them on his Yankees jacket,” said Winstead.Still, she stuck it out, agreeing to go for a drink. The TVs at the bar were broadcasting the first night of the Gulf War.“CNN had these graphics and theme songs and hot people talking about war,” said Winstead. “And I kept thinking, are they reporting a war or trying to sell me a war?”After that, Winstead started looking at media through a different lens, thinking about the ways news is reported. “At ‘The Daily Show’ we don’t just make fun of the news, but the way it’s presented, and the manipulation behind it,” she said.Winstead’s latest endeavor, a social media project called Lady Parts Justice, aims to “talk about reproductive rights in ways that are fun and interesting, and get men involved, too.”When Wilkinson pressed her about female roles in comedy, Winstead said that there’s plenty of room for improvement despite great strides in recent years. “The more you get women in positions where they’re making decisions, the roles of women will also improve.”Rogen drew from his own work to join the conversation on gender dynamics. In recent films, he said — notably this year’s “Neighbors” — he has shifted from his early “bromances” to crafting more well-rounded characters for women.“We unraveled conventions with ‘Neighbors,’” he said, adding that the role of Rose Byrne, as his character’s wife, was just as important as his — and that she didn’t play the passive spouse, but a funny and active co-conspirator. “I hope to do that more and more.”At the end of the night, serious talk was cast aside.“Do you think Hillary Clinton is more a Charlotte or a Samantha?” quizzed Wilkinson, referring to characters from “Sex and the City.” “I’ve been thinking about this a lot — and they’re opposites!”Winstead passed, saying that she never watched the show.“I think she’s a Mr. Big!” chimed Rogen, referencing another character. ????I’m tearing down gender walls!”last_img read more

Paraguay: Senate Approves Declaration of State of Emergency against Guerrilla Group in North

first_imgBy Dialogo October 05, 2011 The Paraguayan Senate approved the declaration of a state of emergency in the departments of San Pedro and Concepcion (in northern Paraguay) for 60 days, in order to combat the self-proclaimed Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), believed responsible for an attack on a police station and the murder of two police officers, legislative sources announced. The bill, introduced by the opposition, was approved by 23 of the 42 senators present at the plenary session and sent to the Chamber of Deputies. Members of the opposition harshly criticized the administration for the renewed outbreak of violence, and some spokespersons called for the intervention of the Armed Forces in order to put an end to the clandestine group operating in the north, around 500 km from the Paraguayan capital. Military intervention is only possible with the declaration of a state of emergency. The administration has not requested such a declaration from Congress, and some spokespersons indicated that such a declaration is not needed.last_img read more

Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this year

first_imgThe Florida Bar Foundation, already expecting to make about $10 million in legal aid grants, will shortly have that boosted by $2 million through the state’s new Civil Legal Justice Act.Foundation President Bill Thompson reported to the Bar Board of Governors recently that since its inception, the Foundation’s IOTA program has provided more than $150 million in financing for legal services to the poor and more than $7 million for projects to improve the administration of justice.This year, the Foundation will make about $10 million in grants to legal services, about $600,000 in grants to improve the administration of justice, and more than $50,000 in grants to law students doing public service work, he said.In addition to that, the Foundation anticipates gearing up the Civil Legal Justice Act soon. Under that law, the Foundation expects to sign a $2 million contract with the state Department of Community Affairs to run pilot programs in seven circuits.Under the law, those programs will be geared to problems that poorer families typically have. The money cannot be used to sue the state or any of its agencies.“We’re hoping to have something final in September,” Thompson said. “We have plans to move very quickly to get the funds out to worthy projects to show our legislature the value and benefit of those funds.” Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this year September 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this yearlast_img read more

Bay Shore Man Killed in Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old man was shot and killed in North Bay Shore over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation found Marcelo Argueta Chicas, of Bay Shore, dead on Heckscher Avenue just south of Prospect Place at 12:06 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.last_img

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Lieutenant Governor Hochul talk childcare in Ithaca

first_img“What this 50 billion dollar package would do is build the resources we’d need to have childcare at it’s full level for the next five months because on average it will take 9 billion dollars a month to meet all of the childcare needs during COVID,” she said. ITHACA (WBNG) — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul were in Ithaca today to discuss a 50 billion dollar childcare spending bill. The bill would be part of the second COVID-19 relief package which Congress is currently working to pass. “It’s really important to have mothers in office and women or people who understand these dynamics and are willing to fight for them harder. This isn’t a new problem but Congress is still woefully 25 percent female and we need to be 51 percent like the rest of the population,” she said. Gillibrand stressed that the funding would stabilize the childcare industry for the next five months. Gillibrand says she and Rep. Joe Morelle have also written a letter to the CDC asking for clearer and more adequate guidelines to keep teachers and children safe during the pandemic. The bill would cover the increased cost of childcare due to the pandemic as well as ensure that parents who are going back to work have access to childcare, even if their children are learning virtually in the fall. Gillibrand also stressed the need for more women in Congress, saying she believes that having more lawmakers who are mothers would result in issues of childcare being taken more seriously. Lieutenant Governor Hochul stressed the importance of making childcare available to essential workers so they can do their jobs, calling childcare providers “the essential workers behind the essential workers.” She says due to the nature of COVID-19 restrictions and the need to maintain social distancing combined with the closure of many centers, childcare availability in New York State could drop from one slot for every four kids in need, to one slot for every eight kids in need. last_img read more

Županja: 13th in a row manifestation “At the horse fires”

first_imgLast Sunday, as part of the County Summer, the traditional event “Kod konjarskih vatri” was held.Horse fires are lit for the 13th time in a row in the park of the Stjepan Gruber Homeland Museum and attract many lovers of tradition and local history. The event was launched in 2004 on the initiative of the Stjepan Gruber Homeland Museum in Županja, and is realized through the cooperation of the Museum and the horse breeding association “Stari graničari” from Županja. Since its founding in 2006, the Military History Unit “Serežani” has been participating in Konjarski vatra. Through dedicated and persistent work, this event revives the border customs from the time of the Military Border every year in a rather special way.The atmosphere that exudes the spirit of history with its melancholy resistance to the ravages of time is complemented by the location where the event takes place. Namely, it is one of the remaining several border balconies built for the needs of the Military Border. The old loggia is also a key part of the presentation of this Museum to the public.This year’s ceremony began with the opening of the exhibition of the Museum of Cvelferija from Drenovac and the County Museum entitled “We guarded the border on the Sava”. At the exhibition, the works were exhibited by the director of the Cvelferija Museum, Martina Kelava and Marta Stjepanović.The people of Županja traditionally open the ceremony “At the Horse Fires” with a parade of horsemen and visiting historical units. This year, Županja was visited by units from Bakar, Pregrada, Osijek, Požega and Vinkovci. The line-up is followed by a cultural and entertainment program in which, in addition to numerous guest appearances, many folklore groups and male and female singing groups also participate. The entertainer and singer Šima Jovanovac and TS “Žeteoci” held their concert in Županja, as well as the Best Croatian Tamburitza Players, Dike, Bosutski bećari and others.Numerous theatrical and costumed performances are held as part of the event. This year, members of KUD Tomislav, in cooperation with the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, interpreted parts of the historical novel “Dragon of Bosnia” to the audience. The cultural and entertainment program was rounded off by the performances of KUD “Josip Kozarac” from Posavske Podgajec by showing the customs dodole and the first male singing cavalry Sinđir from Županja.”This event awakens memories of former times, preserves heritage and presents the culture of Šokac, Slavonia and Županja in a modern way. I am really happy with the fact that these are the 13th Horse Fires in a row, and they could not be realized without the excellent cooperation of several factors: Horse Breeding Association “Stari graničari”, the City of Županja, the Tourist Board of Županja, and the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County , producers of traditional food and beverages and dance and music associations from this area”, Said the director of the County Museum, Janja Juzbasic.The goals of this valuable historical event are the presentation of the heritage of Slavonia, as well as the connection of traditional gastronomy, music and dance into an interesting tourist destination. The Stjepan Gruber Županja Museum pointed out that the event seeks to encourage cooperation between institutions and civil society organizations, local government and, finally, citizens because they want to put heritage in the function of preserving cultural heritage and contribute to the development of continental tourism.At the center of this attractive attraction are the serezans, a former specialized border police unit. The historical unit Serežani, in cooperation with historical units from all over Croatia, presents to visitors every year a staging of an alert during the Military Border, the so-called lighting horse fires.Photo: Kod konjarskih vatri, Županja 2018 / Šokački portallast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new three-year contract with Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to sign a contract extension with Arsenal (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed a new three-year contract with Arsenal, according to reports.The 31-year-old’s current deal with the Gunners is due to expire next summer where he would then be able to leave on a free transfer.However, The Athletic now report that Aubameyang has agreed to extend his stay with the club and will sign a new three-year deal ‘imminently’.The report claims that Mikel Arteta played an instrumental role in convincing the striker to stay at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTIt’s also reported that the terms of Aubameyang’s deal were arranged by Arsenal’s former head of football, Raul Sanllehi, before the Gunners’ technical director, Edu, finalised the terms.AdvertisementAdvertisementAubameyang’s new contract is believed to be worth £250,000 a week, which will make him Arsenal’s highest-paid player when Mesut Ozil leaves the club next year. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new three-year contract with Arsenal Advertisement Comment Mikel Arteta has said he wants to build his Arsenal side around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Images)Since joining the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for £56 million in January 2018, Aubameyang has played a key role in Arsenal’s attack, scoring 71 goals in 110 appearances.Speaking after Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final last month, Arteta claimed that he wanted Aubameyang to become a focal part of his side.‘He knows what I think about him, I want to build a squad around him,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think moments like this will help him to believe we are on the right path and he is a big part of it.‘He is loved by everyone at the club. I think he will [stay].’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 9:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.1kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 140 New Jobs with New Select Products Holdings Manufacturing Hub in Lackawanna County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 140 New Jobs with New Select Products Holdings Manufacturing Hub in Lackawanna County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Select Products Holdings, LLC, a manufacturer of paper products for household use, will establish its manufacturing hub in Vandling Borough, Lackawanna County, a move that will create 140 new jobs.“We are gaining momentum as more and more companies continue to see the value of Pennsylvania’s assets and strategic location as the best place to support their expansion goals,” Governor Wolf said. “Select Products Holdings will undoubtedly serve as an important part of the community, sparking economic growth and employment opportunities both immediately and for years to come.”Select Products Holdings will expand operations and establish its manufacturing hub in Vandling Borough, Lackawanna County. The company will invest $6.6 million in the project which will include building acquisition, expansion, and plant upgrades at the 939 Main Street location. Select Products Holdings has committed to creating 140 new jobs over the next three years.“Our new location will serve as our manufacturing hub, providing efficient service and distribution of our product lines, with brand new state of the art machinery to our network along the East Coast,” said Simon Roozrokh, CEO, Select Products Holdings. “One of the reasons we selected this location is because of the ability to expand, build additional space, and add additional equipment. This project would not have gone forward without the assistance provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, which made for a smooth transition into the community.”Select Products Holdings received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $280,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, $280,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $63,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2.4 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.“The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is committed to working toward the creation of family sustaining manufacturing jobs,” said Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “Select Products Holdings decision to locate here is a three-fold win for Lackawanna County. Not only are welcoming a new manufacturer to the area, but we are creating jobs in a part of our community with labor pool trained in the necessary skills sets and recruiting a company that currently does business with our existing industries regionally.”Select Products Holdings is a manufacturer and converter of paper products for personal and sanitary uses.For more information on Select Products Holdings, visit www.selectproducts-usa.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newPA.com.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf March 07, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

IADC: 1DH Model on Transport and Sedimentation Inside TSHD

first_imgThe International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has just released a very interesting article named 1DH Model Predicts Transport and Sedimentation Inside a Hopper.Trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) are commonly used in the dredging industry at a wide variety of maintenance, land reclamation and maritime construction projects.During trailing suction dredging the TSHD trails dragheads over the seabed to excavate it. The loosened bed materials like sand, clay or gravel together with surrounding water are hydraulically sucked up by pumps through the trailing suction pipes. This mixture is subsequently discharged into the ship’s cargo hold called hopper.There the suspended sediment disperses and settles throughout the hopper to form a sediment bed layer at the bottom.Simulation of the sedimentation processes in hoppers is of great interest to provide predictions of how efficiently the incoming sediment is retained in the hopper, stated the article.A prediction model developed by Van Oord engineers is introduced to accurately and easily predict the overflow of sediments.last_img read more

Opposition MP’s in Madagascar clash with police

first_imgMadagascar’s parliament has voted to dismiss the presidentMadagascan police smashed open the car windows of an opposition lawmaker late Monday and seized the equivalent of 74,000 dollars in cash.The Officers used tear gas to disperse about 20 opposition lawmakers at the scene who tried to halt the search by arguing that female lawmaker  who was being searched was protected under parliamentary immunity.They argued that female lawmaker Lanto Rakoto-manga was protected under parliamentary immunity.This comes two weeks after parliament voted to dismiss the president.President Hery Rajaonarimampianina has challenged the legality of the impeachment vote in a stand-off that threatens to revive political chaos that erupted after a coup in 2009.The island’s constitutional court could deliver its verdict within days on whether the impeachment process can go ahead.last_img read more