Google CEO faces House grilling on breach China censorship

first_imgWASHINGTON — Google’s CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments’ manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections. Pichai’s no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annan urges Bolivians to resolve differences over national interests peacefully

Concerned over the growing social tensions in Bolivia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the population of the South American country to resolve their differences over major national questions peacefully and democratically.“The Secretary-General calls on all citizens to engage in a constructive dialogue to allow for the democratic and non-violent resolution of their differences,” which he named as “the use of natural resources, questions of regional autonomy and proposals for a constituent assembly,” his spokesman said in a statement.Mr. Annan also reaffirmed the need to abide by constitutional principles and to respect human rights fully.“The United Nations is ready to assist all Bolivians in finding solutions to the challenges they are facing,” the statement said. read more

UN food aid organization warns of food cuts for 6 million people

“While the news cameras are focused on the conflict in Lebanon, the situation in Sudan has quietly grown more dangerous and desperate than ever,” said World Food Programme (WFP) Sudan Representative Kenro Oshidari. “As we continue to press for peace in Darfur, we must ensure that food aid gets to millions of hungry people trapped by violence.”In May, WFP was forced to cut food rations by half due to funding shortages. This time, unless $350 million in funds are raised, the agency could be forced to put beneficiaries on a reduced-calorie diet. “The minimum standard food basket represents some 2,100 calories per person. With such a diet one person can survive. If you reduce the calories the implication will be a slow degradation of the nutritional status ending ultimately with starvation,” WFP spokeswoman Ellen Gustafson told the UN News Service.The escalating violence has been another hindrance in getting food to nearly half a million people living in camps as the deaths of 11 relief workers has prompted concern by humanitarian actors working in the region.“The safety of staff is crucial and we take great precautions to avoid dangerous situations,” Mr. Oshidari said. The organization says it can limit the risk on the ground by moving staff by air only, advocating for a political solution and raising awareness of the dire conditions on the ground through the media.”The three-year conflict in Darfur between Sudanese government forces, pro-government militias and rebels has seen many thousands killed and more than 2 million forced to flee to camps. There have been widespread charges of civilian massacre, rape and other atrocities. read more

AlJazeera America names Joie Chen to host nightly newsmagazine program

Al-Jazeera America names Joie Chen to host nightly newsmagazine program AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 11:06 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Joie (JOH’-ee) Chen is returning to television as host of the new Al-Jazeera America network’s flagship newsmagazine, “America Tonight.”The network, which premieres on Aug. 20, announced the hire on Wednesday. Chen has worked at CBS News and PBS but is best known for a decade spent at CNN. She’s been out of television for the past couple of years.Paul Eedle, Al-Jazeera America’s deputy launch manager for programs, called Chen “a strong journalist with a natural, warm presence on screen.”“America Tonight” will air each weeknight, but Al-Jazeera hasn’t said exactly when. It is one of the few specific programs announced in advance of the launch. read more

First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today

first_imgTWENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE are expected to apply for new garda positions announced by the Justice Minister today.Alan Shatter officially confirmed the recruitment campaign today, calling it an important step for the force.The first intake, which is understood will include about 100 men and women, will enter the garda college in Templemore in the middle of next year.The Minister also noted that the development will offer a boost to the Tipperary town.They will undergo 32 weeks of tuition and a further 72 weeks of on-the-job learning. They will be awarded a BA in Applied Policing when they complete the two-year training programme.Details of the appointments can be found on PublicJobs.ie and the closing date is 9 January 2014.Some of the eligibility requirements include passing a physical competence test and a medical exam and the minimum educational attainment is a pass Leaving Certificate.All successful applicants must also “be of good character” and aged between 18 and 35.Read: New Garda recruitment campaign to begin tomorrowMore: Commissioner welcomes garda recruitment “as soon as possible” >last_img read more

Sole trader

first_img“It’s a mess,” says Steve Rekaris, as he leads me into his back room workshop in Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street, “but I know where everything is,” he adds confidently. Walls are piled high with shoeboxes, surfaces are covered with knives, pots of glue, tacks, hammers, heel pads and every conceivable piece of footwear in varying states of disrepair and salvation. “We try and do a good job at a reasonable price,” says Steve about the business he has run since taking it over from his dad Bill. “It’s something people need, and you can’t get it on the internet.”The Rekaris family has been making and repairing shoes, in Greece and Australia, for the best part of a century. It was Steve’s grandfather who began the tradition in the 1920s in the village of Nestorio, northern Greece. His son Vassilios, the eldest of three children, arrived in Melbourne in 1954 and after working for General Motors, Bill opened the doors of Rekaris Shoes in 1958 in the heart of Melbourne.For the next 20 years, by dint of hard work, the business grew in its Exhibition Street premises, offering expert shoe repairs and hand-made footwear at a reasonable price. “I learned from my grandfather and my father,” says Steve, who took over the family business when it moved to its first Lonsdale Street address in the late ’70s. Rekaris Shoes relocated to its current address in the Greek Community building just three years ago. Moving location has been a regular occurrence: a result of the regularly changing built environment that is Melbourne’s commercial heart. The shoe business has changed too, says Steve. “There’s a lot of throwaway shoes these days. Men are buying more from the internet.” What makes a good shoe? “One that fits, one where the designer has thought about how it works, one which has a zip that doesn’t break on the first day of wearing.” While the shop stocks only men’s shoes for sale, as Rekaris says “you need to carry too much stock for women’s shoes”, women’s shoe repairs is a big part of the trade. “People let there shoes go too far these days,” says Steve. “We rejuvenate them, and still make the odd pair. Vintage is in vogue these days.” As well as making shoes, the shop also acts as a distributor for other handmade shoemakers in Victoria. Two generations of Melburnians have crossed the threshold of Rekaris Shoes, but perhaps its most famous customers are the professional cricketers from interstate and beyond, who have rocked up in search of match-winning footwear. “It started years back, when Reebok sent the South African Test cricketer Gary Kirsten, who was touring here at the time. “He wanted the normal soles on his favourite pair of runners replaced with spikes. Word spread and soon Steve Waugh and Brett Lee were getting their’s done. A lot of the Victorian players get them done here.” At 83, Steve’s father is still involved but semi-retired, overseeing the family’s second shop in Coburg, the premises he bought 50 years back for his own father. What makes a sustainable business that can last three generations? “It is about hard work, but you must also love your work,” says Bill on the line from Queensland, where he’s on vacation – fishing, away from the chilly drizzle of a Victorian winter. Meanwhile, Steve’s pastime of choice away from the shop has always been surfing. The cobbler, who has always found his relaxation at Bells Beach, will be the last Rekaris to run the family business. Steve is unmarried and has no children. “It would be good to create some kind of apprenticeship, I’m the last in line.” Rekaris Shoes will be on the move once more soon. “I’m going to have to leave again,” says Steve, referring to the 12 month’s notice he has been given on his lease, following the decision to demolish the present Greek Community building in order to develop the new $14 million ‘Hellenic Tower’ on the site. “Either I stay in the city or I go to dad’s shop in Coburg, If I go there, I hope people will follow me there. I’ll do pick up and delivery. We might be here longer, who knows. Business is business,” he says philosophically. No doubt wherever Rekaris Shoes opens its doors, customers wanting its time-honoured values of hand-made quality will follow in its footsteps. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Plus de la moitié des Français utilise lhoméopathie

first_imgPlus de la moitié des Français utilise l’homéopathieUne récente étude menée par Ipsos pour les Laboratoires Boiron indique que les Français seraient 53% à utiliser des médicaments homéopathiques. Ce résultat indique une augmentation de la consommation depuis quelques années, de ces produits issus de la médecine douce.Il y a quelques années, en 2004, seuls 39% des Français consommaient de l’homéopathie. Aujourd’hui en 2011, ils seraient 53% à opter pour cette médecine douce qui reste pourtant mal connue. Les médicaments homéopathiques auraient ainsi trouvé leur place dans 80% des foyers français et ce, bien que 20% de ceux-ci utilisent ces médicament en ignorant la nature des produits qu’ils possèdent. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?L’homéopathie serait essentiellement utilisée dans le cadre de “pathologies chroniques et aigües”, notamment pour contrer les maladies hivernales pour 56% des cas, les bosses et petits hématomes pour 52% des cas, le stress, les poussées dentaires et les allergies.Réalisé par Ipsos, le sondage indique également que l’homéopathie serait utilisée par des adultes à 53%, contre 45% par les enfants. “Les gens se tournent de plus en plus vers des méthodes de soins alternatives. Or, l’homéopathie est une des seules médecines douces remboursée dans sa quasi-intégralité, contrairement à la phytothérapie par exemple. Et c’est une médecine qui permet très aisément l’automédication.” a expliqué à France Soir, le Dr Christine Coquart, homéopathe à Paris. Ainsi, 65% des utilisateurs disent utiliser l’homéopathie pour son côté “naturel” et 49% pour éviter les médicaments “chimiques”. Pourtant, les personnes interrogées sur le sujet pointent du doigt le manque d’information circulant autour de cette médecine douce tandis que 69% des sondés estiment que c’est le médecin qui pourrait être le plus à même de répondre à leurs questions sur le sujet.Le 4 avril 2011 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ad Agencies Deeply Concerned About New Safari AdTracking Limits

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week In June—when the iPhone X was still just a glint in hopeful consumers’ eyes—Apple introduced a new program that reduces cross-site ad tracking in Safari.Dubbed Intelligent Tracking Prevention, the WebKit feature identifies those websites that follow users across domains, and takes action against them.Let’s say example.com, for example, is classified as a cross-site tracker. If you’ve not interacted with that mobile page in the last 30 days, Safari automatically purges the site’s cookies, and continues erasing new data.A new 24-hour limit, which turns sites from first-party to third-party domains, helps to clean out the browser and restrict unwanted long-term cookies and data.“We are aware that this feature may create challenges for legitimate website storage, i.e. storage not intended for cross-site tracking,” Apple said in a summer announcement. “Please let us know of such cases and we will try to help.”Last week, six major advertising trade associations took Cupertino up on its offer.The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), American Advertising Federation, Association of National Advertisers, Data & Marketing Association, Interactive Advertising Bureau, and Network Advertising Alliance on Thursday released an open letter outlining “deep concerns” over Safari 11’s cookie-handling function.“We are deeply concerned about the Safari 11 browser update that Apple plans to release, as it overrides and replaces existing user-controlled cookie preferences with Apple’s own set of opaque and arbitrary standards for cookie handling,” the memo said.Intelligent Tracking Prevention, the groups argued, “would change the rules by which cookies are set and recognized by browsers.”While Safari already blocks third-party cookies (those set by a domain other than the one being visited), the new functionality, according to the letter, “would create a set of haphazard rules” for the use of first-party cookies (those set by a domain the user chooses to visit)—”without notice or choice.”“The infrastructure of the modern Internet depends on consistent and generally applicable standards for cookies,” the agencies said. “Apple’s Safari move breaks those standards and replaces them with an amorphous set of shifting rules that will hurt the user experience and sabotage the economic model for the Internet.“Apple’s unilateral and heavy-handed approach is bad for consumer choice and bad for the ad-supported online content and services consumers love. Blocking cookies in this manner will drive a wedge between brands and their customers, and it will make advertising more generic and less timely and useful.”Them’s fightin’ words.The trade groups “strongly encourage” Cupertino to rethink its plan. Though I’m not holding my breath for a change of heart from the tech titan.“Put simply, machine-driven cookie choices do not represent user choice; they represent browser-manufacturer choice,” the joint letter said. “As organizations devoted to innovation and growth in the consumer economy, we will actively oppose any actions like this by companies that harm consumers by distorting the digital advertising ecosystem and undermining its operations.”Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Safari 11 ships with iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, rolling out to devices starting tomorrow, Sept. 19.Google, meanwhile, is expected to launch its own Chrome ad blocker early next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Petersen Trumps Trombley

first_imgAnchorage voters kept four out of five city assembly incumbents in their seats on Tuesday. But two races ended unpredictably by the time the polls closed and most of the votes were tallied up.Download Audio In East Anchorage, challenger Pete Petersen upset incumbent Adam Trombley, taking nearly 42 percent of the vote. Trombley finished the night with 37 percent, while a third challenger for the District 5 seat, Mao Tosi, took 20 percent. Petersen was not shy about declaring victory Tuesday, as supporters rallied around him at election central. Petersen said he’d worked hard for votes. “I’ve been out there talking to people since last October. You know, when you knock on people’s doors and take time to listen to them, they appreciate it, and they get a chance to know you, personally, as a person. It’s not just an add that they see on tv, or an add that they hear on the radio, or a piece of paper in the mail. They’ve actually met you , and I think that makes a big difference. “If the Peterson-Trombley race is close, the District 6 race is a real squeaker. Three candidates are vying for that seat, to be vacated by a termed out Assemblyman. By Tuesday night’s count, Bill Evans had 41 percent of the vote, while Bruce Dougherty had just under 39 percent. The third candidate, Pete Nolan, has 19 percent of the vote.Anchorage voters also passed eight out of nine ballot propositions. A five point five million dollar bond package aimed at library improvements and a ballpark relocation failed by a narrow margin.City election officials say the six thousand outstanding absentee and early ballots should be tallied next week.   Questioned ballots, by city law, have to be counted the day after an election, and that process started on Wednesday.  Official election results will be certified on April 15.last_img read more

Staterun raffle could be new way to fund schools

first_imgSen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, speaks in the Alaska Senate on April 15. Bishop sponsored legislation to fund public schools using a statewide raffle. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaskans could have a new choice for what to do with their permanent fund dividends next year – a raffle that would fund public schools. Lawmakers passed House Bill 213, a measure that would start a raffle that could pay a top prize as high as $24 million in the future.Listen nowAt a time when Alaska lawmakers have struggled to close the gap between how much the state spends and what it brings in, finding new funding for public schools has been hard.Fairbanks Republican Sen. Click Bishop said he heard a wish during public testimony on the budget, year after year.“ ‘I wish I had a way to donate my permanent fund to… the general fund, or education,’” Bishop said. “And now you’ve got a vehicle to do that.”Bishop combined the idea of donating money with a strategy other states use to fund schools: a lottery.“I think there’s 15 other states that have year-round education lotteries,” Bishop said. “And this is just an old-fashioned bucket raffle.”Here’s how it would work: each Alaskan adult would be able to donate $100 increments to the raffle, when they apply for their PFD. Each $100 would count as one raffle entry. And once per year, four winners would be drawn. Kids couldn’t participate.This cartoon depicts how the donations from PFDs would be divided under the recently passed bill. The cartoon is by John Manley, who has worked as an aide to Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks). Bishop is depicted in the upper left corner. (Screenshot from the Alaska Legislature site)Each $100 would be split three ways. Half would go directly toward schools. A quarter of the donation would go to the raffle fund. And a quarter would be used to start a new state education endowment. Once that endowment fund hits $1 billion, it would pay out money each year to schools.Of the raffle fund, 8 percent would go to the top prize, with smaller amounts going to three others.The idea of donating money through the PFD may sound familiar. It’s the same method as Pick.Click.Give. That’s the program that allows Alaskans to donate to designated nonprofits.And the bill has raised concern among Pick.Click.Give. supporters. Anchorage independent Rep. Jason Grenn is the former manager for Pick.Click.Give. Grenn noted that donations have dropped due to the recession. And he sees the education raffle further squeezing the nonprofits.“I fear that a program that has been innovative and has raised tens of millions of dollars for hundreds of nonprofits across our state will start to see the deterioration even further,” Grenn said.No one knows how much Alaskans would give to the program. Bishop used $60 million a year as a long-term target. That’s 600,000 of those $100 entries — an average of more than one per Alaskan adult. Pick.Click.Give. gets $2.5 million in total donations per year.But it’s much less than the $350 million Alaskans currently spend on various forms of legal gaming, from pull tabs to bingo.Fairbanks Democratic Rep. David Guttenberg voted against the raffle.“This is a gaming bill disguised as educational funding,” Guttenberg said. “That’s all it is.”Guttenberg said lower-income residents could be hurt.“We fight amongst ourselves on how much we’re going to give in the permanent fund (dividends), because we want to give the people as much as we could possibly give, and now we’re put a temptation in front of them to gamble it away,” Guttenberg said.But others said that it’s unfair to see the bill as primarily a form of gambling. That’s because most of the donations will go to fund schools, and only a small share will go to raffle winnings.Bishop noted that gambling already exists in the state.“Well, if we were so concerned about gambling away our permanent fund, then how come there hasn’t been a hue and cry to repeal the 18 different types of gaming that’s in Alaska now that you can play year-round, that does not benefit education,” Bishop said. “This bill benefits the children.”It could take decades for the raffle fund to reach its maximum size under the bill of $300 million. Once it reaches that point, more of the donations would be directed to the new education endowment.Bishop is hopeful about the bill. And even in the worst case, he said the state won’t be worse off.“The proof’s in the pudding,” Bishop said. “It might be a total flop, but you know what? We were trying something.”Bishop said he plans to put at least $100 of his dividend into the raffle each year. But he has a higher priority for his PFD – saving for college for his four grandchildren.The Legislature hasn’t officially transmitted the bill to Gov. Bill Walker yet.last_img read more

Physics group uses graphene to allow electron microscopy of liquid objects

first_img Journal information: Science © 2012 Phys.Org Up till now, studying so-called wet chemistry objects using an electron microscope has been more than a little tricky. This is because such microscopes require specimens to be held in a vacuum while being dosed with electrons. Unfortunately, liquids tend to vaporize when put into a vacuum, making them pretty hard to study. Up to now, researchers have been forced to use less than optimal substances to hold the materials in place, such as silicon nitride. Unfortunately, because such materials tend to be rather thick, the images created using them haven’t been of very high quality. Citation: Physics group uses graphene to allow electron microscopy of liquid objects (2012, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-physics-group-graphene-electron-microscopy.html Explore further Graphene, as most know by now, is a single sheet of carbon atoms, highly touted for its unusual electrical properties, its transparency and of course it’s strength. It’s the second property that got this research team interested. They wondered what would happen if graphene was used to trap a liquid when placed in vacuum and then under an electron microscope. Because it’s just one atom thick, they figured, it should allow for the creation of much higher quality images than they’d managed with other materials.To find out, they created a sealed sandwich made up of two layers of graphene, covering a layer of platinum ions in a liquid solution. They wanted to see if they could actually watch platinum nanocrystals being formed, which would go a long ways towards understanding how the whole process works. They then placed the sandwich into the electron microscope vacuum to see how things progressed.To sum up, it worked quite well. The group reports that they were able to watch the nanocrystals grow with remarkable clarity and don’t see any reason why the same approach wouldn’t work for other wet chemistry samples, which would open up the use of electron microscopy to a whole new area of science, namely, biochemistry.There is the problem of how biological specimens react to being bombarded with electrons, essentially radiation, however. Thus far, no one really knows if the graphene will provide any protection for the material being studied, but this team is anxious to find out. No doubt once they do, another paper will be forthcoming describing those results as well. This shows TEM images of platinum nanocrystal coalescence and their faceting in the growth solution. Credit: KAISTcenter_img More information: High-Resolution EM of Colloidal Nanocrystal Growth Using Graphene Liquid Cells, Science 6 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6077 pp. 61-64. DOI: 10.1126/science.1217654ABSTRACTWe introduce a new type of liquid cell for in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) based on entrapment of a liquid film between layers of graphene. The graphene liquid cell facilitates atomic-level resolution imaging while sustaining the most realistic liquid conditions achievable under electron-beam radiation. We employ this cell to explore the mechanism of colloidal platinum nanocrystal growth. Direct atomic-resolution imaging allows us to visualize critical steps in the process, including site-selective coalescence, structural reshaping after coalescence, and surface faceting. (Phys.org) — News of new uses for graphene continue to come in with remarkable regularity, and now a team of physicists, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Science, have figured out a way to use it to create a sandwich that can be used to study objects under an electron microscope that are immersed in liquid. Researchers find molybdenite may be better suited for integrated logic circuits than graphene Image(c) Alivisatos, Lee and Zettl research groups, LBNL. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

West Bengal State University holds workshops on Maths Statistics

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride towards arousing interest among students in pursuing Mathematics and Statistics, the West Bengal State University (WBSU) is holding a series of workshops in one of its affiliated colleges in Lake Town. Students from some leading government and government-sponsored schools in the state, along with their teachers are being invited to take part in such a workshop.The State university has collaborated with the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) based in Baranagar for holding such workshops in East Calcutta Girl’s College in Lake Town. The entire project is being funded by RC Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been witnessing that subjects like Statistics and Economics are finding a few takers at the graduation level. Our main aim is to encourage students to take up these subjects for higher studies as proper knowledge of these subjects can open up a wide-vista of job opportunities,” Vice-Chancellor of WBSU, Basab Chaudhuri said.Students from Hindu School, Hare School, Sanskrit Collegiate School have already taken part in two previous workshops. The major initiative for holding such workshops have been taken by former ISI director Bimal Roy. Leading experts from ISI and other premier institutes across the state are offering lectures at the workshop. The programme will continue for a period of three years and as many as eight workshops will be held every year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPrincipal of East Calcutta Girl’s College Sukla Hazra said: “A number of students studying in classes XI and XII are gripped by a sense of fear associated with Mathematics. The workshops are designed in a way to overcome such fear. Mathematics and Statistics have close links and a proper understanding of Mathematics is essential for Statistics.”It may be mentioned that the workshops’ participatory nature allowing students to take part in the classes have evoked good response from the students. It may be mentioned that WBSU has introduced a course in Human Resource Development from this academic year catering to the demands of women trying to pursue counseling as a career option.WBSU with its 46 affiliated colleges in North 24 Parganas has 30 departments with 1.5 lakh students pursuing various courses in the university. “A majority of our students are first generation learners. In East Calcutta Girl’s College itself, there are 20 percent fast generation learners, while in colleges in Bongaon and Basirhat, the percentage of such learners goes up to nearly 70 percent,” Chaudhuri said.last_img read more

Stroke Insurance Market Appreciable Impact in Near Future 2015–2021

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by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted May

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2018 3:39 pm PDT Last Updated May 30, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In ‘Solo’ stumble, a crossroads for Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – The reaches of the galaxy far, far away might not be quite as vast as previously thought.In a box-office blip that echoed through the multiplexes, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t fare well over the Memorial Day weekend, amassing an estimated $103 million in ticket sales from Thursday night to Monday. Most movies dream of such openings, but the standard for “Star Wars” is different, as is the bottom line.“Solo,” which switched directors mid-production, cost more than $250 million to make, and it was expected to debut with around $150 million. For the first time, the “Star Wars” juggernaut was humbled at the box office. The opening marked the worst debut in the franchise’s history and Disney’s stock slid 2.5 per cent in trading Tuesday.No one yet needs to run panicked through the streets yelling “Save the Wookies!” But for the first time since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.05 billion, the profit potential within George Lucas’ space saga no longer appears limitless.Instead of opening up a new Han Solo trilogy, the disappointing arrival of “Solo” only intensified the questions bubbling around one of the movies’ biggest properties. Is there a filmmaker beside J.J. Abrams that can win over both die-hards and new fans? How slavish should subsequent sequels and spinoffs be to the originals? Is there anyone in China who cares a lick about lightsabers?“I think they knew they had a problem a long time ago,” said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “What, 75 per cent of the directors are fired and don’t finish the film? You’ve got internal problems.”Those problems came to a head on “Solo,” where filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced during shooting by Ron Howard, who steered the film in a less irreverent comic direction that stayed closer to the script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan, the veteran “Star Wars” scribe of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Once envisioned as a western-style prequel romp, “Solo” became an existential battle over the tone of “Star Wars,” as Lucasfilm struggled to find a balance between old and new.“If this is the business of movies now — and these are the ones that are actually in theatres — then it’s got to be this push and pull, constantly,” Kasdan said in an interview ahead of the film’s release. “There’s an added thing when you make a ‘Star Wars’ movie. You run into people in England — and in Marin County but mainly in England — who have been working on it off and on for 40 years. That’s like entering a cult. You have the same people who worked on Chewie’s costume in the original film, still working on it.”Finding a way to propel “Star Wars” forward while maintaining spiritual ties to Lucas’ hallowed original trilogy is only going to get more complicated. Up next is Episode IX, which J.J. Abrams has taken the helm on after Colin Trevorrow was jettisoned. But after that film, which in December 2019 will close out the third “Star Wars” trilogy, a fleet of sequels and spinoffs are planned.“Last Jedi” writer-director Rian Johnson is developing another trilogy in the main line of films. “Game of Thrones” creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will write and produce a separate batch of “Star Wars” films. Jon Favreau is writing and executive producing a live-action series for Disney’s upcoming streaming platform. James Mangold (“Logan”) is to write and a direct a Boba Fett film. Rumours have long swirled about an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. And Disney will next year add “Star Wars” villages to its theme parks.The litany of releases has, for some, diluted the power of “Star Wars.” ”Solo” followed “The Last Jedi” by just five months, leading some to wonder if moviegoers are showing signs of “Star Wars” fatigue.“These first three films that we released did more than $4 billion. This is our fourth movie now in what is our fourth year of having the Lucasfilm franchise,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney. “It feels a little premature to talk about fatigue. We’re also planning our releases for ‘Star Wars’ movies in the same rooms where we’re planning movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we had ‘Thor,’ ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Infinity War’ in November, February and May, and they were all wildly successful.”But whether “Star Wars” can be Marvel-ified remains unclear. While the novelizations, merchandising and collective cultural force of “Star Wars” remains a mammoth industry, it all feeds primarily off that original trilogy of films. (64 per cent of the audience for “Solo” was over the age of 25.)And its international footprint is also missing one very big toe. China, where Lucas’ first movies weren’t released, has shown scant interest in new “Star Wars” installments. “The Last Jedi” survived only a week in Chinese theatres. “Solo,” which earned a relatively paltry $65 million overseas, did even worse, opening with just $10.1 million in the world’s second largest moviegoing market — an untenable black hole for any global blockbuster today.“China in particular requires a longer conversation and probably a longer deployment of a strategy to introduce, in many instances, characters that other countries have had the benefit of growing up with,” said Hollis. “So it will take some work.”Bock believes Lucasfilm needs to get more creative with “Star Wars,” trust filmmakers to experiment, try an R-rated film and do whatever it takes to boost popularity in China. “If that means hiring Dwayne Johnson for the next one, then that’s what you do,” says Bock. “He’s the franchise fixer.”But the best solution for “Star Wars” might be even simpler. A full half — and, arguably, the clearly weaker half — of the “Star Wars” canon follows events leading up to “A New Hope.” ”Solo,” ”Rogue One” and Lucas’ little-loved 1999-2005 trilogy all function as preludes for what’s the come.So whatever changes need to be made in the “Star Wars” universe, Lucasfilm could start with this: Look to the future, and give up the prequel.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPcenter_img FILE – This undated file image released by Lucasfilm shows Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” In a box-office blip that echoed through the multiplexes, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t fare well over the Memorial Day weekend, amassing an estimated $103 million in ticket sales from Thursday night to Monday, May 28, 2018. (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP, File) last_img read more

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first_imgThe double murder in Nicosia some two weeks ago is on the way to being resolved, the chief of police said on Wednesday, before criticising the misleading way the brutal killings had been reported on mainstream and social media websites.“To put it bluntly, I think this incident should concern us all in relation with the way public discourse and disseminating information are conducted,” Zaharias Chrysostomou said in a written statement.In the wake of the murder of a teacher and his wife on April 18 and based on the scant information the police made public, many media outlets openly suggested involvement by the couple’s 15-year-old son. One newspaper even published a scenario involving the child’s biological parents and the inheritance.The report was removed later though rumours and gossip on social media went into overdrive making up scenarios, some persisting to this day, even after the arrest of four young people in connection with the brutal crime, which apparently had robbery as a motive.Each institution and media outlet should look within and reflect on their actions, the police chief said.The chief said the value of the little, yet responsible, official information released by the police had been recognised but conceded that mistakes were made.“We do not claim infallibility. Recognising that room for improvement will always exist, I have given instructions so that in similar cases, the police will implement a more focused media information approach.”Chrysostomou appealed to everyone, especially those who can form public opinion, not just the media, to be very careful before voicing views.Statistics in the past five years did not show a rise in crime but a drop, making Cyprus one of the safest countries in the world.“Cultivating the impression in the public opinion that crime is up and encouraging crime phobia and the feeling of insecurity in society is groundless and damaging,” he said.International surveys have shown that the criminal justice systems have failed to tackle crime with success because they focused on symptoms and not the causes, the chief said.Wales has adopted a different approach, he said, one of early substantive support at family level to cut the chances of juvenile delinquency turning into criminal behaviour in adulthood.Chrysostomou said he has informed the justice ministry about the approach and they in turn are looking into it. You May LikeSportsChewWho Is The Best Player In The NBA Right Now?SportsChewUndoBukisaMan Drives Through California Wildfires To Save Patients, Gets This In ReturnBukisaUndoMobispiritThe Bewildering Story of the Escape From AlcatrazMobispiritUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgCyprus is taking all necessary measures to ensure that US energy giant, ExxonMobil’s exploratory programme in the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) proceeds smoothly, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Sunday.He also reiterated that developments on the Cyprus problem should not affect the country’s energy programme.ExxonMobil, which along with Qatar Petroleum has been awarded the exploration licence in block 10, will carry out two exploration wells in the fourth quarter 2018, Lakkotrypis said, speaking to the press in Larnaca.“The procedures for Exxon to obtain the necessary licences are proceeding as planned and two wells will be carried out in Q4,” he said.Lakkotrypis did not elaborate on the licences which the company should obtain.“What’s important is that we are progressing according to our timeframe and planning,” he said, adding that shortly the timeframe for the arrival of Exxon’s drilling vessel would be known.Asked to comment on reports by Philelefteros that US planes would discretely monitor the drilling, Lakkotrypis said: “We are taking all necessary measures so that the two drillings proceed without any unforeseen developments.”“That is why you see that we are diplomatically more active as the time for these drillings is getting closer,” he added.Replying to a question whether developments in the field of energy would affect a possible new round of Cyprus talks, Lakkotrypis said the two issues should not be linked.“We continue with our plans, which cannot change because they are included in contractual obligations and, as the President of the Republic has said a few days ago, under no circumstances should developments in the Cyprus problem affect our energy programme.”Asked about a possible new licensing round, the minister said it could not be ruled out at a certain time, depending on developments.He recalled that Cyprus’ third licensing round was launched following the discovery of the giant Zhor gas field in the Egyptian EEZ.So far Cyprus has carried out three licensing rounds awarding exploration licences for eight of its offshore blocks.In early 2018, Turkish warships blocked twice SAIPEM 12000, a drillship commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, from carrying out drilling operations in block 3 of Cyprus` EEZ for two weeks before the platform eventually left.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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