Bosnian director: Movie’s human-rights focus resonates now

first_imgSARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic says she is used to improvising. And she says that came in handy this year while finishing a film during the pandemic. Zbanic’s latest film — “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — has no promotional budget but does have Oscar buzz as a possible nominee for best international film. Zbanic will know next week whether the movie made the shortlist of 15 international films. “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is based on true events from Bosnia’s 1992-95 inter-ethnic war. It took the writer-director more than a decade to put together and create. Post-production had to be done remotely across Europe. Zbanic thinks the movie’s focus on human rights resonates even more because of the pandemic.last_img

Irish celebrate Mardi Gras on location

first_imgThis Fat Tuesday, some Notre Dame students will be celebrating with authentic Mardi Gras spirit straight from the Big Easy. “It’s definitely an experience coming down, even with a budget,” senior Justin Asuncion said about his trip to New Orleans this past weekend. “It’s a great experience that every Notre Dame student should take if you can.” Asuncion and fellow seniors Andrew Charnesky and Joe Caparros drove through the night Thursday to arrive in New Orleans by Friday morning, where they experienced traditions ranging from parades to Southern cookouts, they said.  “We had the opportunity to go to an authentic crawfish boil,” Charnesky said. “We’re not from the South; we’d never heard of a crawfish boil before, but it was some of the best food I’ve ever had.” Senior Allison Tompkins also traveled to New Orleans for the first time and agreed that the cuisine stood out as a highlight of her trip. “I had grits for the first time, cheese grits with shrimp on it,” Tompkins said. “The rice and beans was to die for… I didn’t taste anything that wasn’t good.” Tompkins described touring the French Quarter and learning about the history of various parades and the groups, called krewes, which plan them. “I had heard about the pretty buildings, you know, in the French Quarter and everything, but honestly I didn’t know what to expect,” Tompkins said. “It really shocked me how beautiful it was with all the different areas and the Mississippi River and everything.” Notre Dame Food Services general manager Marc Poklinkowski said students staying at Notre Dame for the festivities will be able to experience themed décor and menu items at both dining halls on Tuesday. “South will have our Cajun-themed dishes on both homestyle and Pan-Am,” Poklinkowski said. “The popularity of this meal has increased tremendously over the years, so we found the need to take the regular Pan-Am items off for this day to offer students another area to get the themed menu items they are looking for.” Poklinkowski added North Dining Hall will be offering jambalaya and Mississippi fried catfish as well as chocolate rum cake and mini éclairs and that South Dining Hall will feature jambalaya as well with blackened catfish. “Our dessert bar [at South] will be a make-your-own-dessert featuring pound cakes, fresh strawberries, apples and caramel sauce, hot chocolate fudge and whipped topping,” Poklinkowski said. Although Mardi Gras known for its celebration of excess, Asuncion and Charnesky said traveling to New Orleans can be done even on a tight budget. Charnesky noted that driving and staying with a friend in New Orleans helped cut expenses. “You can definitely do it for under $500,” Charnesky said. “It’s not cheap, but if you’re just conscious about stuff you can do it on a budget. “It’s a great time and it’s going to be something you’ll always remember.” Contact Lesley Stevenson at lsteven1@nd.edulast_img read more

Health Leaders Ramping Up COVID-19 Rapid Testing By Dispensing 400,000 Kits

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) USAF / Omari Bernard ALBANY – New York State is sending hundreds-of-thousands of rapid COVID-19 test kits to counties across the state in an effort to help ramp up testing statewide.Governor Andrew Cuomo says that 400,000 rapid test kits were dispersed last week in the state.The kits, some of which was previously distributed to Chautauqua County, enable local health department to measure the prevalence of COVID-19 in the area.The Chautauqua County Health Department has conducted rapid testing since late September, with spots for the first clinic filling up in just hours. The biggest pro, according to Chautauqua County Health Department Epidemiologist Breeanne Agett, is that results come back in 15 minutes, however, staff can only serve one person at a time in various intervals.“In contrast to some of the testing that had been done earlier, like with Feildbrook for example, we swabbed people, put that swab in a viral media tube and shipped that off to a lab so it went along very quickly,” said Agett in a previous interview with WNY News Now. “Whereas with the rapid test we can only schedule one person, per machine, for every 15 minutes, so that’s four people, per machine, per hour, so unfortunately we don’t have as many slots as we would have if we sent it to a lab.”Those looking to visit nursing homes for example must test negative for COVID-19 prior to their visit.Once an appointment is scheduled, officials ask residents to come only at their appointment time and not wait around.Testing will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the east parking lot off of Peacock Street at the county office building in Mayville.Appointments can be made by calling 1-866-604-6789 during business hours, Monday Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing is free and available to anyone who makes an appointment.last_img read more

Watch the Jersey Boys Film Stars Talk Tony Parties & Clint

first_img Related Shows Jersey Boys “Oh, what a night” the four leading men of the upcoming Jersey Boys film had! After partying it up at the Tony Awards on June 8, John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda got up bright and early (or maybe just stayed up) to stop by The Today Show to chat with Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist about their experience working on the Clint Eastwood-helmed flick based on the Tony-winning musical. In their interview, Bergen explains that what makes the story behind Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons so unique is that they came from a time without today’s media coverage—a time where you don’t “know so much about them and what they had for breakfast.” Take a look at the clip below, and catch Jersey Boys in movie theaters beginning June 20! from $59.00 Star Files View Comments John Lloyd Younglast_img read more

Foresight Group, Island Green Power to build 700MW of subsidy-free solar in U.K.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:UK solar company Foresight Group is targeting a 700MW pipeline of projects thanks to a joint venture (JV) with developer Island Green Power. Together they will develop five subsidy-free projects, located throughout England and Wales.Peter Bolton, director, Foresight, said that as a “highly experienced renewable energy investor” it is well positioned for the anticipated second phase of growth in the country’s solar market. “Opportunities for asset optimisation and a continual reduction in capital costs will make unsubsidised solar investment increasingly attractive. Island GP has a strong track record of solar development and continues to develop a high-quality pipeline of new sites.”In September, Foresight announced another JV, with Elgin Energy for 200MW of UK solar. This will see them target the development of six projects located in England, Wales and Scotland. Foresight has also recently made its maiden move in the Spanish market, thanks to a €20 million deal to acquire a 26.1MW solar project that has a PPA with Shell Energy Europe.Island Green Power has been developing solar projects for 11 years, expanding beyond the UK to the Irish, Australian and Spanish markets.Ian Lawrie, the company’s director, said the firm has now developed in excess of 1GW of solar, and is “delighted” to have formed the JV with Foresight to “accelerate our development efforts in the UK”.[Molly Lempriere]More: Foresight Group sets its sights on 700MW UK pipeline through JV with Island Green Power Foresight Group, Island Green Power to build 700MW of subsidy-free solar in U.K.last_img read more

Announcing The Winners Of The 2018 Adventure Critters Contest

first_imgFor the past several years, we’ve held our annual Dog Photo Contest, featuring our canine companions and their outdoor endeavors. This has always been a popular contest, showing proud puppy parents scaling mountains, kayaking rapids, and hanging out in hammocks with fido, but something was missing. What about our scaly, feathery, and other furry family members who love to explore? So this year, we decided to mix it up a bit.  This is no longer a Dog Photo Contest, this is Adventure Critters.Last month, we had critters of all types enter to win a prize pack from Blue Mountain Brewery, Elevation Outdoors, and Blue Ridge Outdoors. While the gift certificates and schwag may be nice, it’s all about the magazine and the calendar features. The bragging rights. Our winner will be featured in the magazine and the cover of the 2019 Adventure Critters Calendar. Our top twelve runner-ups will be featured in the 2019 Adventure Critters Calendar.So, without further adieu, the winners of the 2018 Adventure Critters Contest…Grand Prize Winner: CramerCramer is my foster failure that has always been scared of people/dogs but I’ve been slowly getting him used to the outdoors and finally took him camping on Hawksbill Mtn NC. He LOVED it!1st Runner Up: DallasDallas enjoys hiking and adventuring just as much as his momma does. He’s always up for a new adventure.2nd Runner Up: BiscuitBiscuit is half Australian Shepard and half Shetland Sheepdog. Her eyes are multicolor—each eye is a swirl of brown & blue. She loves going on adventures with her family…hiking, paddling, etc.3rd Runner Up: MissyThis adventure-seeking pup loves her momma and seeing all the things! They have had so much everywhere they go and have so many more sights to see4th Runner Up: MeadowMeadow is a 8-month-old Aussie Shepherd who was found on the side of the road in April with a broken back. She is a wheelie dog and nothing slows her down. She hikes, swims, and plays with others. Handicapable!5th Runner Up: AmigoAmigo loves to go for long walks and watch for little furry critters who might scurry by…6th Runner Up: WhitneyWhitney is a 6 year old miniature pinscher who is playful, loving and full of energy. She enjoys being rambunctious with her furry friends at day camp, playing with her toys, long walks and cuddling!7th Runner Up: ButtersThe scruffy traveler! The rescue pup with a love for adventure. Butters is 11 years old & has visited 37/50 states on the road with her human!8th Runner Up: AngusAngus is a one-year-old African pygmy hedgehog. He enjoys long walks on the beach… ok, maybe not that long, but he is definitely the cutest land urchin we’ve ever seen!9th Runner Up: BobaThis golden doodle is as fun, loving, and silly as any doodle. Her favorite activity is to play in water.10th Runner Up: Daniel Boone“Daniel” Boone lives up to his name as an adventurer and explorer. Look for Boone leading his human family on epic adventures on the AT and Blue Ridge Mountains.11th Runner Up: BuffyBuffy is a loving fur-child that enjoys hiking and fishing with her owners every chance she can get. When she is not outside you can find her underneath a bed snoring away.12th Runner Up: EmmylouFound with a broken leg, Emmylou didn’t let that stop her from becoming a brave adventure kitty. While her favorite activity is a nice woodland hike, you can also find her rafting and paddle boarding!We will be contacting all winners via email regarding the next steps and your prizes.Thanks to everyone who entered and a huge thanks to this year’s contest sponsor, Blue Mountain Brewery! We’re looking forward to seeing you and your critters next year.last_img read more

Broome County ‘prepared’ for fall virus cases, other updates

first_imgBroome County June 18 coronavirus update However, Kaufman says she expects face masks to be worn to remain mandatory for the foreseeable future. (WBNG) — Broome County Department of Health Director Rebecca Kaufman says they county is prepared to handle an increase of active cases throughout the fall. Garnar says he would like to remind residents that there is no fee to use the parks. Additionally, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the county will work with Binghamton University, SUNY Broome and local schools to ensure a safe reopening in the fall. County parks Coronavirus updates There are 51 cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 49 people have died from the virus and 524 people have recovered. She says the county will continue to use contact tracers when needed, despite the fact the number of active cases in the county are trending downwards. On Friday, beaches at Dorchester Park will open. After the beach reopens, all beaches in the county will be available to the public. She says face-mask use are one of the reasons the region has been able to reopen.last_img read more

Former PDI-P lawmaker sentenced to seven years in prison in garlic import permit bribery case

first_imgJakarta Corruption Court judges sentenced former Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra to seven years of imprisonment on Wednesday for bribery relating to garlic import permits.According to Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri, Nyoman was found guilty of violating Article 12 of the 2001 Corruption Law prohibiting civil servants or state organizers from receiving bribes.He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp 500 million (US$32,878), which would be substituted for another three months of imprisonment should he fail to pay.Additionally, his right to run for public office will be suspended for four years.The sentence was lower than the KPK prosecutors’ demand for 10 years of imprisonment and a Rp 1 million fine, based on Nyoman having received Rp 2 billion in bribes from businesspeople Chandry Suanda, Doddy Wahyudi and Zulfikar, with Rp 1.5 million more being promised.Read also: Import relaxations not enough to secure garlic supply: Business watchdogThe judges also sentenced Mirawati and Elviyanto, two of Nyoman’s close aides that also received some of the bribery money, to five years’ imprisonment and a Rp 500 million fine each.Ali said legal representatives of Nyoman, Mirawati and Elviyanto would file an appeal against the judges’ decision. In comparison, the KPK prosecutors are still considering filing an appealThe KPK stated that Nyoman, through Mirawati, had initially asked for a total of Rp 3.6 billion in fees from the businesspeople in exchange for issuing an import quota permit of 20,000 tons of garlic to several companies, including Chandry’s PT Chaya Sakti Agro.During raids conducted in August 2019, the KPK seized S$50,000 (US$36,180) from Mirawati and documents concerning the alleged transfer of Rp 2.1 billion from Doddy to an account in Indocev Money Changer.Nyoman previously served in House of Representatives Commission VI on trade, industry, investment, cooperatives, small and medium enterprises and state-owned companies from 2014 to 2019.Chandry, Doddy and Zulfikar are still on trial in the bribery case.Topics :last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez ready to take wage cut to force Manchester United exit

first_imgSanchez’s time in Manchester could come to an end (Picture: Getty Images)Alexis Sanchez is willing to take a significant wage cut in order to force through an exit from Manchester United, reports claim.The Chile international has struggled since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal and has failed to justify his huge £500,000-a-week wages.Sanchez has suffered a dramatic loss of form and has failed to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should be in the Norwegian’s future plans.Currently on the sidelines with a knee injury, Sanchez has grown tired of being on the fringes in Manchester and he has told his representatives to find him a new club this summer.ADVERTISEMENT ‘You have to be disappointed’: Solskjaer reacts to 2-0 loss to ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:28Fullscreen’You have to be disappointed’: Solskjaer reacts to 2-0 loss to Arsenal is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Given his extortionate wage packet, very few clubs in world football could afford to land the 30-year-old but Sanchez is willing to reduce his costs in order to escape his Old Trafford hell, according to the Daily Star.AdvertisementAdvertisementSolskjaer is willing to sell him, although there are fears in the United hierarchy that they will be able to get him off the books.Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is planning talks with the former Barcelona attacker before the end of the season in order to assess their options regarding his future.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsShould Manchester United cash in on Alexis Sanchez?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 11:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link761Shares Advertisementcenter_img Alexis Sanchez ready to take wage cut to force Manchester United exit Advertisementlast_img read more

Why managing Arsenal ‘did not appeal’ to Jose Mourinho

first_imgWhy managing Arsenal ‘did not appeal’ to Jose Mourinho Advertisement Unai Emery is under pressure at Arsenal after a poor start (Reuters)Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged to Gunners to make a move for Pochettino.‘There’s no need to panic at Arsenal, we are getting close to panic by the way, because we’re not having the best of seasons, but the powers that be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino,’ said Keown.‘I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money.‘I don’t think Tottenham spent enough.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I know the poor record he has recently, I know it all but I still would have given him another chance. I don’t like the way Tottenham have done it.‘There will be a lot of chairmen looking at him now.‘Manchester United wanted him this time last year. I think Arsenal would have to be interested if they want to take a step forward.’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 Jose Mourinho took charge of his first Spurs training session on Wednesday (Getty)Mourinho is understood to have impressed Sanllehi with his plans for Arsenal during their discussions.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut according to The Times, Mourinho was not fully convinced that Arsenal would be the best move for him.The report claims that the structure of Arsenal’s hierarchy ‘did not appeal’ to the Portuguese. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Nov 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Comment Jose Mourinho reportedly held talks with Arsenal before his move to Tottenham (Getty Images)Jose Mourinho had major reservations about replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal manager, according to reports.The 56-year-old has been appointed as Tottenham’s new manager following their surprise decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino earlier this week.But before his move to Spurs, Mourinho reportedly held talks with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi about potentially replacing Unai Emery last month.Emery has been under pressure following a poor start to the campaign and Mourinho was reportedly under consideration to take charge as the Gunners were preparing for a change of management.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more