Klopp: Can could leave for free

first_imgTransfers Klopp accepts Liverpool risk losing Can on free transfer Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:48 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) emre can - cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool West Ham United v Liverpool West Ham United Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Germany international’s contract expires at the end of the season and there is interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must accept the risk of Emre Can signing a pre-contract agreement with another club in January as “part of football”.The Germany international has yet to agree fresh terms at Anfield and would be able to hold talks with other interested parties at the beginning of 2018 when he enters the final six months of his deal.Can 17/4 to score v West Ham Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Juventus have been tipped to reignite their interest in the 23-year-old, while Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes praised him on Friday after being asked about reports the Bundesliga side are planning on making an approach.”Emre Can is a good boy, he has developed very well, is dynamic and powerful,” he said at a press conference.Klopp did not appear too anxious about the prospect of losing Can on a free transfer next year, though, telling a news conference: “As long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign that his mind is somewhere else then I don’t have to talk about this. Everything is okay from my side, but nothing new.”Asked about him agreeing a deal with another club in January, the Liverpool boss said: “It’s part of football. If it happens, we can’t change it.”If there is a player out there whose contract is ending then we should try to do the same. It’s a big opportunity. I cannot say it is a big problem, put pressure on the player and the club.Emre CanEmre Can“We have to accept even an ending contract. There are two sides who could have done different. One is the club, the other is the player. It is a normal situation.”Klopp went on to praise defenders Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno for earning their first senior international call-ups this week.However, the 50-year-old felt England boss Gareth Southgate should also have included Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his plans for the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.”We were really happy [about Gomez and Moreno] but then heard at the same moment that Daniel Sturridge and Oxlade-Chamberlain are not in,” he said.”It’s not our decision but if Gareth Southgate had seen the last three games I think for sure he could have invited all three.”But Joe deserved it. He’s a wonderful young player who has made big steps in the last few weeks.Klopp on Moreno: “It’s quite difficult to get a call from the Spanish national team, they have not a lot of weaknesses. It’s really nice.”— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 3, 2017″Alberto really deserved it. It’s quite difficult to get a call from the Spanish national team. They don’t have many weaknesses.”Liverpool’s last game before the international break is Saturday’s trip to West Ham, who are without a Premier League win in their last three matches, having conceded a last-minute equaliser against Crystal Palace last week.The Reds have only won one of their last five away games in the top flight, though, and Klopp is keen to rectify that with a victory at London Stadium.”I’m happy we have this record at home [the Reds are unbeaten at Anfield this term] but, of course, if you want to be successful you can’t fly or drive to other stadiums and leave points there,” he said.”We need to take three points from other stadium as often as possible.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

ESPN Releases New CFB Playoff Picks After Week 9

first_imgA general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff picture didn’t change much in Week 9. Clemson and Notre Dame won big, and Alabama and LSU were off.However, next weekend will alter the playoff race. Alabama and LSU face each other in Baton Rouge, and Notre Dame has to travel to take on a pesky Northwestern team. At the very least, the loser of Alabama-LSU will be out of the following week’s playoff rankings.The first official CFP rankings come out on Tuesday. Most likely, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame will be the four teams.ESPN’s panel of experts released its College Football Playoff picks after Week 9 . Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg made their selections.Check out the picks below:As you can see, Aschoff is already taking the Tigers out of the mix, assuming they will lost to Alabama. Michigan would be next in line, but don’t count out Georgia.The final month of the regular season has the potential to get crazy.The first playoff rankings will be revealed Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Day in pictures

first_imgOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoWorldWorldGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: TAKING OFF: Madison Kocian, from Dallas, Texas, during the floor exercise in the women’s gymnastics US Olympic team trials at SAP Center in San Jose. read more

Soft Market Hurts Container Manufacturer

first_imgUSD 678.7 Mln consolidated revenue, 16.9% higher than in 2013Teo Siong Seng, Chairman of Singamas, said: “Demand for new containers remained soft and production volume was low in the first quarter of 2014, which began to pick up entering the second quarter. However, average selling price was picking up in a slower pace; consequently moderated the Group’s performance.”What is more, as a result of the decline in the corten steel cost, a major component for producing dry freight containers, the average selling price of a 20-foot dry freight container slipped to USD 2,147 from USD 2,287 for the same period of last year.Nevertheless, with major world economies showing modest signs of recovery, the forecasted rise in global trade of up to 5% in 2014 according to industry estimates may come to fruition.With exports from China experiencing a gradual increase, shipping companies will have greater motivation to order new containers so as to either increase their existing container fleet or to replace their old containers.Furthermore, a larger number of new container vessel deliveries will be made in 2014 and 2015, with world production rising in 2014 when compared to the preceding year.All of the aforementioned developments could help expedite the container liner industry’s exit from the presently lackluster conditions.“Demand continues to be healthy for the group’s other products, with orders for dry freight containers filled up to September 2014, which will ensure that the group’s factories will be operating at optimum capacity. Moreover, we are confident that our offshore container business is set to make further progress, thus leading towards the further diversification of income streams, greater profitability and bolstering of our market position,” Teo said.The company completed the first batch of offshore containers in May 2014, with three months worth of orders on hand.Financial highlights:Consolidated net profit attributable to owners of the company amounted to USD 13.2 million (1H2013: USD 27.4 million).Dry freight containers continued to dominate the company’s manufacturing output.Singamas produced 302,852 twenty-foot equivalent units (1H2013: 274,519 TEUs) and sold 296,374 TEUs (1H2013:244,070 TEUs)Singamas’ logistics business revenue increased by 19.9%, thanks to the new Qidong depot, which began contributing profits to the segment.A total of 1,642,784 TEUs was handled, up from 1,505,447 TEUs in the preceding year.Average daily container storage reached 127,625 TEUs compared to 97,630 TEUs in 2013. zoom The unstable demand for new containers has restrained the performance of container manufacturer and logistics services provider Singamas Container Holdings Limited, according to the company’s interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Press Release, August 22, 2014last_img read more

Top brass of police hold meet to bolster security in hospitals

first_imgKolkata: Following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction to tighten the security system in state-run hospitals across the city, Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Anuj Sharma called a high-level meeting with all divisional Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Assistant Commissioners (ACs) on Tuesday afternoon, while DC combat force, Colonel Nevendera Singh was made the nodal officer of security system in the hospitals.According to sources, several points were discussed during the meeting. It has been decided that the number of CCTV cameras will be increased at hospital premises for better surveillance. The link to the cameras will be connected to the screens at the DC’s chamber. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Tuesday, Singh was given charge of the nodal officer between hospital authorities and police. After obtaining the new charge, Singh went to NRS Medical College and Hospital in the afternoon and met with hospital superintendent Saurabh Chattopadhyay and principal Saibal Kumar Mukherjee. During the meeting, the hospital authorities were asked to increase the height of the boundary walls. It was also decided that extra police force will be deployed outside the hospital gate during night. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersPolice forces will be deployed in the emergency wards as well, while the strength of police force in the hospital outposts will be increased soon as well. It has also been decided that six Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) ranked officials will supervise the activity and operations of the outposts in the hospitals across the city. Divisional DCs will perform their task as they used to earlier. Apart from deploying police forces, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was requested by Kolkata Police to provide a helpline number, which will be used to accept complaints by the hospital authorities and doctors. On Tuesday, BSNL provided a number (18003458246) for the purpose of medical security. Any information regarding security of the hospital can be conveyed to Kolkata Police using the toll free number. A special e-mail address will also be created by Kolkata Police, where complaints can be submitted. Sources informed that being the nodal officer, Singh will be in constant touch with the hospitals and the state Health department, regarding security matters. He will also scrutinise the security system in medical colleges and hospitals to check whether any more developments or rectifications need to be done. During the meeting, Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl CP) I Jawed Shamim, Addl CP III Supratim Sarkar and Joint CP (crime) Praveen Tripathi were present, along with the divisional DCs.last_img read more

IT issues 17point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to seize illegal cash, the Income Tax Department has issued a 17-point checklist to tax commisioners across the country to track those who deposited unaccounted cash during demonetisation. In a directive to the Principal Chief Commissioners of Income Tax and Principal Director Generals of Income Tax, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said that in conitinuation of the handling of cases related to demonetisation, a verification checklist of cash deposits has been prepared to assist the assessing officers so that deviant cases can be taken up for further study. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CBDT move is aimed at spreading the department’s net wide and deep to catch those who deposited unaccounted cash during demonetisation. In this latest directive to tax officers, a 17-point checklist has been created, which has to be updated on the department’s server for further action. All unaccounted cash deposits made between November 9, 2016 and December 31, 2016 will be examined as part of this plan. The checklist also says that if a taxpayer disputes the amount, the correct amount has to be mentioned after checking with the bank. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe particulars in the checklist are — return filing compliance, total income of the taxpayer in 2016-17, gross total income (including exempt income) of the taxpayer in FY 2016-17 and percentage of cash deposit to gross total income (including exempt income). The assessing officers will have to check on the checklist with regard to the nature of deposit on assessment of the explanation provided by the taxpayer and the quantum of unaccounted deposits as determined by the assessing officers. On the response side, they have to file if the explanation was acceptable, partially acceptable or not acceptable. The nature of the deposit option could be sale or advance for sale of land or any other capital asset, gift, repayment of loan and cash in hand. Some other verification check points are whether the quarterly VAT return is revised in the post demonetisation period, if small part of the cash is deposited in or withdrawn from the bank despite having huge cash in hand, if there are large changes in the purchase and sales figures between the original and the revised VAT returns and if the changes are for genuine reasons. The assessment procedures as per the checklist are — if the books of the accounts have been rejected, if additions have been made u/s 68 to 69D and if tax is calculated as per section 115BBE and if penalty u/s 271AAC has been levied. The examination of monthly cash sales and cash deposits lists the period from April 2015 to November 8, 2016. On November 8, 2016, the Government of India had announced demonetisation of all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes. It also announced the issuance of new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 banknotes.last_img read more

Somalia UN envoy sets goal of August 2011 for professional security force

“If well utilized, this is a reasonable period to rebuild the initial element of your country’s security forces,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah told a Joint Security Committee (JSC) meeting of Somali officials and interested partners in Nairobi, capital of neighbouring Kenya.“We all are here to help, not to study or to delay our contribution to what is a joint undertaking between you and the international community… Security forces should be better organized and strengthened. What has been achieved since the 7 May attempted coup is great but more needs to be done,” he added, referring to a surge in armed violence targeting the TFG then.The JSC was established in January under agreements signed in Djibouti between the TFG and some Islamist groups to strengthen the Government’s security capacity. Its members include senior representatives of the TFG security institutions, the African Union and its peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN and other members of the international community, including the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in East Africa, the Arab League, Norway and the United States.Mr. Ould-Abdallah singled out AMISOM for its work under such adverse conditions. “The courage of the AMISOM troops and their heroic conduct will never be fully appreciated at their true value,” he said.He called on Somali leaders to continue their commitment to dialogue and working together more closely to achieve peace and stability in a country that as been ravaged by factional fighting and has not had a functioning central government since 1991.He also urged the international community working to remain focused on key priorities including security, humanitarian assistance, human rights as well as development, particularly job creation. 12 October 2009A professional, well-organized security force must be established in Somalia by August 2011, the end of the mandate of the current Transitional Federal Government (TFG), if peace and stability are to be assured, the top United Nations envoy for the strife-torn country said today. read more

Going hungry in Ontarios Garden

People struggling to make ends meet in “Ontario’s Garden” are experiencing hunger or the fear of being hungry.One in nine households — or 11 per cent — in Norfolk and neighbouring Haldimand County are dealing with some type of food insecurity.Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, the Medical Officer of Health for Haldimand-Norfolk, presented an update to the health and social services advisory committee on Thursday concerning food insecurity in the counties.“In some ways that’s striking,” Nesathurai said regarding the 11 per cent figure. “We think of food insecurity in other parts of the world, but in food rich counties it’s striking.”Norfolk has the name “Ontario’s Garden” due to the large number of produce grown in the county.Food insecurity is defined as inadequate access to food due to financial restraints.Emily Kichler, a registered dietitian at the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, discussed the results of the Nutritious Food Basket tool with the committee.The NFB is a standardized survey to calculate the average cost of healthy groceries per month in areas across Ontario. The health unit used this tool to estimate that in May 2018 the average cost of groceries for a family of four in the area is $857.17.  This number is $47 more per month than the findings five years earlier. The preliminary 2019 results show an additional increase of $55 a month over the 2018 numbers.“It’s important to note that the rising cost of food is not the main issue here, rather it’s the inadequacy of income, which we know is the most important predictor of food insecurity,” said Kichler.To put the cost into perspective, Kichler provided a table of figures showing earner types, monthly income, rent, groceries, and how much money would be left over.A family of four earning the median Ontario income of $7,871, would spend $878 on rent, $857.17 on groceries, and would have $6,135.83 left over for other things such as bills, and clothes.A single person on Ontario Works, however, would bring in $810 a month, spending $585 on rent, $287.91 on food, and going into a debt of $62.91 before having to worry about any other bills. Meanwhile, a family of four on Ontario Works spends 67 per cent of their funds on housing and food.  The remaining $847 per month is for all other necessities, said the report.The report was accepted as information and will be forwarded to the Norfolk Board of read more

US Defence Department gives OK to BlackBerry 10 smartphones company says

U.S. Defence Department gives OK to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, company says by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2013 6:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) says the U.S. Department of Defence has approved its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets for use on its networks.The smartphone maker says its devices have undergone successful testing in the Defence Department labs to win approval.BlackBerry launched its Z10 smartphone in the U.S. earlier this year. The Q10 version with the popular physical keyboard was made available this week in Canada.BlackBerry is expected to release the Q10 in the crucial U.S. market later this month, although a date hasn’t been announced.Security has continued to be a major selling point for BlackBerry devices even as the company has seen its market share eaten up by rival Android-powered smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. read more

On International Day UN hails vital role of women in achieving world

“It is often said that women hold up half the sky. This year on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance, we focus on the important role of women in safeguarding the earth,” Mr. Ban stated in his message for the observance, commemorated each year on 4 April. According to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), 10 people are killed or maimed by a landmine every single day. Mine action entails more than removing landmines from the ground. It includes actions ranging from teaching people how to protect themselves from danger in a mine-affected environment to advocating for a mine-free world.Mr. Ban noted that women worldwide are vital to the drive to clear landmines and protect against their indiscriminate effects, teaching people how to live safely in contaminated areas, assisting victims, clearing landmines and disposing of explosive ordnance.Women and girls are disproportionately affected by landmines, he continued, and have different needs when it comes to education about risks. Also, they may face greater challenges when a family member is killed or injured. “That is why the United Nations endeavours to listen to the views of women in our mine action work, incorporate their ideas and empower them to contribute even more to our global campaign,” said the Secretary-General.He added that women can drive progress towards the central goals of mine action, which aims to increase security, rebuild communities, reclaim land and end the looming fear caused by explosive remnants of war. “Women can also amplify the benefits of this work as children return to school, economic activity revives and lives and livelihoods are saved through mine action work.”For all of these reasons, the UN chief called for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action. In addition, governments should do more to address gender in their mine action programmes and through their implementation of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention.“The United Nations has a proud record of helping millions of people in mine-affected countries. On this International Day, let us resolve to mobilize the resources, partners and resolve we need to further advance our vision of a planet free from mines.”Among the events to mark this year’s International Day are panel discussions, film screenings and exhibits, including “Sweeper” at the New Museum which provides the first virtual minefield ever installed in New York City. read more

UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons

The three-day meeting, which opened today at UN Headquarters in New York, aims to take stock of past achievements and looks ahead at strategies for the future. The treaty on persons with disabilities was adopted by the UN General Assembly in April, 2006, following five years of negotiations. “The Convention of 2006 marked a conceptual shift – from a charity and medical approach to the human rights-based view of disability. This shift will guide us in the right direction going forward,” Mr. Eliasson said today in his opening remarks.“Our fundamental message then and now is that all human beings are equal and that we constantly have to live up to this assertion of human dignity,” he added as he commended the Convention’s 154 States Parties, and the 86 that have ratified or acceded to its Optional Protocol.“Similarly, I call on all other countries to join the Convention and carry out its provisions,” the Deputy Secretary-General added. “We are working to shape an inclusive, accessible and sustainable society for all, guided by a new vision for development for the next 15 years that Member States will adopt in September,” he stated. The Deputy Secretary-General welcomed the focus on mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda, saying that it will help ensure a life of dignity for all. Mr. Eliasson also encouraged all to work out global indicators that reflect the rights enshrined in the Convention. To that end, data will be crucial to ensuring that persons with disabilities are counted as the world aims to achieve the goals. “The tragic fact is that persons with disabilities are among the most excluded and isolated in practically all regions of the world. We need urgent action to reduce exclusion, inequality and discrimination,” he said. It is critical to address the vulnerability of persons with disabilities particularly faced by women and girls, disadvantaged youth, and older persons. The new vision for sustainable development should offer a framework for bold action, benefitting all, he stressed. “Every country should make the right to inclusive education systems a reality for all students, including boys and girls with disabilities,” Mr. Eliasson emphasized.He also called attention to the need for full enjoyment of human rights for persons with disabilities in times of disasters, refugee movements and humanitarian emergencies. The results of the Sendai Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the ongoing consultations towards the World Humanitarian Summit have underlined that persons with disabilities are disproportionally left behind.Member States, the public and private sector, UN entities, civil society, in particular organizations of persons with disabilities, should all come together to support the Convention’s implementation.“We should recall that the quality of a society is ultimately determined by how it deals with and treats its most vulnerable citizens,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. For its part, the UN Department of Public Information has recently launched a redesigned, interactive website on Accessibility Guidelines for United Nations websites. The site explains all aspects of web accessibility, including content, design and navigation and links to tools that can be used by UN web developers to validate their sites for accessibility. read more

One million facing food shortages nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones UNICEF

UNICEF expects the number of affected children will rise to 200,000 by next February, while nearly 40,000 could become severely malnourished and at risk of death.Cyclones Idai and Kenneth struck central and northern Mozambique in March and April. The storms caused widespread flooding, destroyed nearly 780,000 hectares of crops, and displaced tens of thousands of families.,“The agricultural devastation wrought by the two cyclones has made what were already high levels of child malnutrition even worse,” said Marcoluigi Corsi, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique.Before the cyclones, more than 40 per cent of children in Mozambique were chronically malnourished or stunted.“Many children in disaster-affected areas do not have access to the nutritious food they need for their healthy development,” Mr Corsi said. “Six months on, the prospect of further suffering is very real as we head into the lean season. More resources are urgently needed to support ongoing humanitarian efforts.”UNICEF and partners are working to reach families. Efforts include providing therapeutic food supplements to nearly 10,000 malnourished children. They also are implementing a voucher programme as well as child grants to address immediate food insecurity.However, the agency requires nearly $103 million to fund its operations through May 2020. So far, only $34.1 million has been received.James McQuen-Patterson, UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition in the southern African country, said while the impact of the two cyclones was “devastating and unprecedented,” it is only now that the residual effects are truly being felt.“Reaching malnourished children in greatest need is complex,” he explained. “We will only succeed with a coordinated response across partners to ensure cyclone-affected families do not fall into further distress.”,Our Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visited Mozambique to shine a light on our work protecting children affected by cyclones and flooding. This is what he found.— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 15, 2019 read more

This Irish horror film about a strange sinkhole is your next big

first_img By Aoife Barry Source: Movie Trailers Source/YouTube“I WAS LIKE – ‘Seána I’m really sorry, but I forgot we were actually burying your head in the ground today…’”This anecdote from director Lee Cronin will give you an idea of what to expect from his debut feature The Hole in the Ground, a new horror which opens in cinemas this weekend. Starring actress Seána Kerslake, it’s a new entry into Ireland’s horror canon, and one that will leave you feeling utterly creeped out.Though the prospect of spending the day with her head buried in a pile of mud must have seemed rather daunting, one gets the impression when Kerslake and Cronin laugh about the memory that the shoot – for all its darkness – must have been a bit of craic.Which is a good thing, as the film itself is anything but. With expansive, sepia-toned shots of wild landscape, a old creaky house, things that go bump in the night, a weird old lady, and a rather strange child (played by the unsettlingly good James Quinn Markey), it’s no wonder it’s being compared to last year’s global horror smash Hereditary.The fact that Cronin’s feature debut has been picked up by A24, which distributed Hereditary as well as Good Time, Lady Bird, and Moonlight, means that it is set to reach audiences far beyond the Emerald Isle.Losing controlThe film made its debut at this year’s Sundance festival in the US, charming audiences with its story about a single mother who stars to get suspicious about her son. In a nutshell, The Hole in the Ground is about, well, a hole in the ground – a sinkhole that’s opened in the woods near where Seána Kerslake’s character Sarah has recently moved with her son Chris (Quinn Markey).After Sarah and Chris stumble across the sinkhole one afternoon, the young mother notices a change in her offspring. He’s polite, yes, but he’s acting a bit… weird.The film doesn’t just focus on Chris’s behaviour – it’s Sarah who’s the centre of the plot, as the audience wonders if she’s starting to go a bit mad. “When I first got the script and when I was talking to Lee about where we were going to go from, it was always very character-driven,” agrees Kerslake, when meets with the pair in Dublin city centre.“And that’s what was going to lead the story, he was very much definite that it’s your point of view: A woman that is uncertain of herself in the beginning and trying to reestablish who she is and how she feels about herself, and try to pave a new pathway for herself and her son.”Sarah goes through periods of feeling like she’s losing control, and that her life is unravelling around her – and as Kerslake puts it, “she pulls it all together and she just gets it done”. Was Cronin influenced by anyone in particular when creating the character of Sarah? He doesn’t pinpoint someone specifically, but says he was influenced by the women around him.“There are definitely some strong females in my life that have influenced me, like my mother and my sister,” he says. “And I certainly saw parts of Sarah’s journey through their eyes – for very different reasons, you always lean on the people that you know to dig in.”He cast Seána (who you’ll recognise from A Date With Mad Mary and Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope) early on the process, and ended up rewriting the script with her in mind.‘We didn’t want to have a rulebook’ Seána KerslakeWhen you think of horror films, you inevitably think of certain tropes that go hand-in-hand with the genre. The ‘final girl’, the creepy creaking house, a loved one who shows odd behaviour. The moment that has viewers thinking “she’s not going to go in there?”Tropes can be annoying when they’re used lazily. But when employed well, they help guide the audience through the story. Sometimes, directors will try to subvert the stereotypes altogether, pulling a bait-and-switch and fooling the audience.“I think we were aware that we wanted to try and subvert the tropes where we could – not always… tropes, stereotypes can be useful,” says Cronin, who is – of course – a big horror fan. He once said in an interview that he was watching films like The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street before he was 10 years old. “You know it’s part of the tapestry of how you tell a story. I knew we didn’t want to have a rulebook.”He says The Hole in the Ground was not going to be a story “where it was like ‘don’t go here, don’t go into the woods and if you do, there’s these three things you can do to remedy the problem’”. The story is about the gap between fantasy and reality, about how much you can escape your past, and looks at what happens when you start to doubt your own mind. Like The Babadook, it has a mother wondering if her own child is a danger to her.“It’s about a character facing something where there is no rulebook, with no idea of how to solve it. She just has to rely on her own instinct and drive,” he explains. “And it’s maternal instinct and just ultimately heroism to carry her through. But at the same time I like horror movies, so I was comfortable using tropes as and when we needed to use them as well.”The film takes Sarah into some seriously strange situations, and has her behave in ways that would make any parent cringe. “It’s a weird one because then it kind of boils down to her headspace, what is real, what is not,” says Kerslake. “Because certain things, you’re like ‘God, if a mother did that to their son that child should be taken away from her’…” Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 24,588 Views 21 Comments Mar 2nd 2019, 10:00 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article She never really raises her voice, it was never going to be a screamy kind of movie or like we didn’t play it for jump scares, it was always very much character driven.Stunt workThe film involved some stunt work for fight scenes, and Kerslake had to rely on oxygen when filming the aforementioned buried in the ground moment. It must have been a very physical shoot, and Cronin says Kerslake was “game for it all”.The actor describes what the stunt scenes involved. “It’s just bringing all those elements together with the stunt team, with the design team, then with performance,” she says. “Mixed with ‘OK, you have to hit that wall on this side because that’s a soft wall; and that’s actually the cement, and that will bruise and this will not’.“But then when you’re within it you can only do so much, so you’re doing parts where your character’s not meant to be in control but as an actor you’re being fully in control while also being assisted by other people.”“It’s very challenging also. Hopefully we were able to pull it off. It was a lot of fun getting down and dirty,” she smiles. But not all the time. “Then when you’re getting back into wet costume the next day, you’re like: this isn’t as fun. But it’s nice to be getting bloody and mucky – just when your hair gets caught in the blood and you have to peel your hair out of all the dried blood… It was so much fun to do. It’s like, this is so much fun.”With the Irish release this weekend and a rake of European press ahead of them, it’s an exciting time for all involved in the film (whose funders included Screen Ireland, the BAI and the Finnish Film Foundation).Cronin says it’s nice to mentioned in the same breath as Hereditary. “It’s nice to be compared to work at all. It means you made a film and it’s out there,” he says. But the films are very different. “Obviously Hereditary did great business last year, so it’s flattering, but also I think The Hole in the Ground is its own movie, it’s a very different story.”I think there is this phrase now which is this ‘prestige horror space’, which I guess means that they’re character driven, it’s not just going after the cheap thrills, it’s trying maybe to get under your skin and build a different narrative. So to be put in that bracket of those types of movies is great – because that’s what our intention was, we wanted to go mix it up with the big boys and make something that was both accessible but scary at the same time.Does he think The Hole in the Ground will usher in a new phase for Irish horror? Cronin smiles: “That would be very good.”Hole in the Ground is in cinemas now. This Irish horror film about a strange sinkhole is your next big cinema scare And it stars Seána Kerslake as the mother of a young boy who starts acting a bit strange… Short URL Share32 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Government Urges Citizens To Be Calm On Yankuba’s Matter

first_imgThe Gambia Government has appealed to citizens to remain calm and be law-abiding at all times and respect Yankuba. Touray’s constitutional rights to allow due process and fair hearing.According to a statement issued by the office of the Spokesperson Ebrima Sanakareh, following the unfortunate incident involving Captain Yankuba Touray (Rtd),  a former minister and member of the defunct Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) junta and the TRRC yesterday, he reminded citizens that the culture of mob justice associated with the past dispensation is not consistent with the democratic values and aspirations of the Gambian people that led to a peaceful democratic change in December 2016.  He further stated that “citizens are urged to always remember that the Barrow government respects the rights of all citizens and accused persons to fair trial no matter how heinous the crimes they may have committed and all accused persons are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”He said “Members of the public are therefore, urged to resist the temptation to be violent as evident in the unfortunate spectacle that unfolded at the Kairaba Police Station where an angry mob armed with projectiles and sticks threatened to hurt Mr. Touray” following his refusal to cooperate with the TRRC.”He further said that “The Gambia as a democratic country that respects the sanctity of human life, the rule of law and constitutional due process and has strong institutions and legal instruments that are better suited to deal with all cases no matter how complicated. He remarked: “It is therefore wrong, ill-advised and illegal for members of the public to take the law into their own hands to settle scores with alleged human rights violators.”He said equally, President Adama Barrow reiterates his unflinching support to the TRRC, the victims and families of past human rights violations and urges all potential TRRC witnesses to respect the letter and spirit of the Commission and be totally truthful in their testimonies.He assured members of the public that Yankuba Touray’s actions will not go unchallenged.In conclusion he said meanwhile, Touray remains in protective police custody for his own safety and The Gambia Government applauds the bravery and diligence of the police and security forces for the discipline and superb sense of professionalism demonstrated during the incident.last_img read more

Farm Development Groups Call for Coordinated AgricultureBased Effort to Meet Global Food

first_imgA coalition of farm and international development organizations and agriculture-related foundations sent a letter on June 18 to congressional committees calling for a coordinated approach from the federal government to meeting global food security needs.In their letter, the groups stated that international agricultural development is essential to meeting the urgent goal of feeding the world’s growing population, expected to rise from 7.2 to 9.1 billion by 2050. Global demand for food will increase by 60 percent during the same period.“The American Soybean Association has a long history of improving access to food and building markets through the work of the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health. ASA is eager to continue that legacy by being a part of the solution to address global food security issues through agricultural development,” said Wade Cowan, the association’s president and a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas. “Training and engaging in technology transfers with people in least-developed countries helps to alleviate hunger and increase economic opportunities for local people, and provides long-term market growth for U.S. agricultural products abroad.”“AGree commends Congress for its efforts to elevate food and agriculture development as a priority. We believe that the authorizing legislation should institutionalize a whole of government approach that truly acknowledges and leverages the contributions of USDA, research institutions, and the private sector to achieve a hunger free world,” said AGree Executive Director Deborah Atwood.The letter also emphasized that the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. land grant university system, farm organizations and agribusiness should be leveraged more prominently in international agricultural development efforts, working in coordination with other development and humanitarian programs administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The letter was sent to the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Foreign Relations, and the House Committees on Agriculture and Foreign Affairs.“U.S. agriculture has a long legacy of hard work, ingenuity, and service,” said Tricia Beal, CEO of the Farm Journal Foundation. “Farm Journal Foundation is proud to support this effort to ensure that the U.S. global food security strategy continues to prioritize agricultural development, sharing the best our dynamic community has to offer to empower smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. This goal is consistent with our industry’s values and its long term interests.”For a copy of the letter, please click here.last_img read more

In Other News University Creates Video Highlighting DualUse Nature of Security Technologies

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development has produced a video highlighting opportunities for the defense industry to support the sports security industry. The video, developed through the Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative and funded by the Office of  Economic Adjustment, targets defense contractors with dual-use technology as well as emergency managers, fire services, event management and law enforcement, reports Southern Miss Now.Photo courtesy of the Department of Homeland Securitylast_img read more

Sarvasamaj urges CP to arrest vandals of idols in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: A delegation of Sarvasamaj leaders on Wednesday met Police Commissioner Karthikeya and raised many issues related to the city.In their memorandum the police commissioner, the Sarvasamaj leaders said illegal construction is going on Ramayalam road near the 1000-year-old famous Khila built by the Rashtrakutas. They also complained that the encroachments are taking place on the road leading to the Rahuketu Temple in the city. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us They also urged the CP to look into the destruction of some idols of Nalla Pochamma temple many days ago as culprits have not been caught so far. They also complained that many people who come for prayers at the mosque in Kasab Galli are parking their vehicles in front of people’s houses and office and causing trouble to them. They also told the CP that some illegal mining and blasting in the historic Nandigutta Shiva Temple area has damaged temple walls. Former MLA and Sarvasamaj president Yandela Lakshminarayana, Bantu Rajeshwar, Ramesh and Vinod and others met the police commissioner.last_img read more

Copa America 2019 3rdplace match Argentina vs Chile Preview TV listings and

first_imgArgentina vs Chile should be a cracker of a match ReutersTwo-time World Cup champion Argentina will take the field on July 6 against Chile for the third-place match of the Copa America 2019, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Argentina went down to Brazil 2-0 in their semi-final clash whereas Chile was handed a shocking 3-0 defeat by Peru.Lionel Messi-led Argentina lost 2-0 to Brazil in the semi-final which was a much-awaited clash. The La Albiceleste were the better team on that night but luck was not on their side. They went into attack a lot of times but could not hit the back of the net, instead, they hit the crossbar twice. Messi’s Copa dream took another hit and he has to wait for the 2023 Copa America to again try and win. Argentina had performed poorly throughout the tournament but they became much more organised in the semi-final and performed well. They will seek redemption against Chile as the latter beat them in the finals of the last two editions of the tournament.On the other hand, Chile were handed a shocking defeat by Peru. The La Roja have been performing pretty well at the starting of the tournament but their performance started to deteriorate as the tournament progressed. But they did not expect a loss against Peru and they had the better possession. They even missed a penalty in the dying minutes of the match. They will look forward to again beat Argentina and settle for the third spot.The Argentina-Chile match will start at 4 PM on July 6, according to local time and 12.30 AM, July 7, according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecast in the country. Fans can watch the live stream by using free VPN services and download apk’s like Navixsport. The application cannot be downloaded from any play store but it is available online for free. It can be downloaded by simply searching on Google. Two search results will come, one for Android and another for iOS. The viewers have to go inside the website according to their requirements, click on free download and enjoy the match.last_img read more

The origin of the species Werewolves

first_imgWelcome back to’s Origin of the species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy, science fiction, or horror races or species, delving deep into their history, fiction, mythology and etymology. Check out our previous installments on orcs, zombies, robots, and dragons!From the folklore of medieval Europe to the Universal Monsters, right up to Twilight and True Blood, werewolves have been an integral part of pop culture for as long as there’s even been pop culture. The resiliency and the enduring popularity of the creatures in fiction is intrinsically linked to the fact that they are an apt metaphor for the savagery and bestial urges that lurk inside of all mankind. It’s not shocking then, that the origins of werewolves as a concept are tied up with that same fear of and reverence for savagery.Like most things in the overwhelmingly Eurocentric culture we’re a part of, werewolves evolved out of European folklore, including old wives tales and myths of men and women who, for one reason or another, by some path or another, were capable of transforming into wolves. But, like most indigenous European religions, customs, and practices, the idea of the werewolf was subsumed by Christianity as it spread across the continent.When missionaries and proponents of Christianity couldn’t outright stomp out local beliefs that they saw as being at odds with their religion, they did something far more damaging: They absorbed them. And just as local gods and deities morphed into saints, female magical practitioners became witches, shapeshifters became werewolves and both, as something decidedly outside the accepted Christian cosmology, became instruments of Satan.And just as the pursuit of witches became an excuse to punish, torture, and kill women during the Middle Ages, so too were people – typically men – persecuted for being werewolves. Though never as widespread as those for witches, werewolf trials began to occur in 15th century Switzerland, creeping across the continent before eventually dying out around 300 years later. The most famous werewolf trial is likely that of Peter Stumpp, who, after being subjected to a torture rack, admitted to making a deal with the devil for a magical belt that could turn him into a wolf. He also admitted to numerous acts of murder and cannibalism before being executed on a breaking wheel.With the grisly nature of the acts attributed to werewolves, along with the equally gruesome punishment meted out to those accused of them, it should come as no surprise that the werewolf – like the vampire and other folkloric monsters – was picked up by the Gothic horror genre. This led directly to the proto-novels and chapbooks that eventually evolved into the myriad forms of fiction that we enjoy today. But to fully understand what werewolves are and, more importantly, what they mean, we have to dig back further.First up, let’s look at the word itself. It’s an Old English term which, unsurprisingly, translates to “man-wolf.” Pretty straightforward. An associated term is more interesting, however: Lycanthropy. It’s a Greek word which literally means “wolf-man,” but what makes it so fascinating is that in Ancient Greece it wasn’t actually used to refer to what we know as werewolves. Rather, lycanthropy was only used in a clinical sense, as a diagnosis for a patient who has taken on qualities of a wolf – not someone who actually turns into one.That’s not to say that tales of werewolves didn’t exist in antiquity though, as there are plenty of mentions of our more modern sense of lycanthropy in numerous classical Greek and Roman sources. By and large, however, lycanthropy in those cases was administered by the gods as a type of punishment. This view of werewolves as being cursed for some type of savage behavior likely has a lot to do with the way in which spreading Christianity treated native European stories of lycanthropy which, generally, were not seen as something outright evil.Not only were werewolves in pre-Christian Europe not seen as evil, they were, in some cultures, something to be aspired to. In many Indo-European and Germanic Pagan societies, the concept of a man turning into an animal, or at the very least, assuming its aspect, talents, and proclivities, was intrinsically linked to a warrior class and their initiations.The clearest example of werewolves as warriors occurs in Norse mythology, which is also home to the very similar berserker. The term “berserker” translates to “bear coat,” and refers to the heavy animal skins worn by certain warriors in battle. The most fierce of these were said to take on the savage, animalistic nature of the animals whose skins they wore. While this was most often a bear, it wasn’t exclusively so, specifically in the case of the Úlfhéðnar, who wore the skins of, you guessed it, wolves. Another notable example is Kveldulf Bjalfason, the grandfather of the Icelandic hero Egil. Bjalfason was said to be a lycanthrope with his first name literally meaning “evening wolf.”These early European cultures recognized that there was a certain strength and power that came with savagery and bestial tendencies, and as such, it was something they willingly tapped into. The question of whether they actually believed themselves to summon up and embody the spirit of wolves and bears, or if it was simply a way to frighten their opponents into submission is far less important than their use of wild savagery as a tool to protect and defend civilization.But as Mediterranean civilization crept northward, carrying with it its Christian religion, civilization established itself a much firmer foundation, one that no longer needed totemic savagery to keep the barbarians away. In fact, that savagery, rather than being a safeguard against the wilderness, soon began to be seen as one of the more vicious sides of nature, one to be condemned, punished and driven out, as Christianity did with werewolves.Do you have favorite werewolves from literature or pop culture? Tell us about them in the comments and be prepared to explain why you didn’t choose Lucian from the first Underworld movie.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. No werewolves, but *SPOILER ALERT* there is a werehyena. Find Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

Russian geneticist repeats dog domestication with foxes in just fifty years

first_img Explore further Red Fox. Credit: Jonn Leffmann/Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 Foxes cannot be tamed, the conventional thinking goes—you can raise them in your house, feed them like babies and try to cuddle with them, but their wild nature will eventually win out—they will become unruly and eventually unwelcome pets. But what if the wildness was bred out of them? That is what Belyaev wondered, so he set to work on a very long term project—one that was very simple. He and his intern, Lyudmila Trut, wandered around Russia searching for foxes to start their experiment. Foxes were chosen based on their behavior in the presence of humans. Those that showed slightly more tolerance of humans were brought back to their Novosibirsk lab to serve as the start group. From there, the foxes were mated, and once again, those cubs that showed the most tolerance for humans were kept as part of the experiment while the others went on to become fur coats. This process was repeated for a half-century—the research pair found that within just a few generations, the foxes had begun to lose their wildness and mistrust of humans. The fourth generation, they reported, showed traits that we see in modern dogs, such as tail wagging, seeking human contact and licking people. Over the course of 50 years, the foxes became friendly, their behavior nearly indistinguishable from domestic dogs. They changed physically, too; their ears drooped and their legs and snouts became shorter and their heads got wider. And it was not all on the outside—their adrenal glands became more active, resulting in higher levels of serotonin in their brains, which is known to mute aggressive behavior.Today, the foxes are still being bred, but they are also being sold as pets to help pay for the cost of the research center. Belyaev died back in 1985, but the program is still overseen by Trut, and by most standards, the long-term experiment has been a resounding success—most researchers who visit the lab have found that theories regarding how dog domestication came about were consistent with what has been observed in the novel experiment in Russia. Comfort dogs bring healing in times of tragedy Citation: Russian geneticist repeats dog domestication with foxes in just fifty years (2016, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A Russian geneticist, the BBC is reporting, replicated the process that led to the domestication of the dog, with foxes, over the course of just fifty years. Curious about the means by which dogs became domesticated, Dmitry Belyaev began a breeding program in the late 1950’s aimed at replicating the process using foxes. © 2016 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