Cinecism

first_imgMohsin Khan compares foreign arthouse to eating cornflakesForeign art-house cinéma: it makes you think of cultured ideas and high-brow creativity. The reality? Boredom, immaturity, wanton shock, and two minutes of cleverness stuck in an epilogue for the critics. Take Tarvosky’s Solaris. It has a ten minute long scene, shot from the back of a car, as it goes down a road. There’s no dialogue, no emotions seen, nothing besides a Soviet bloke with a muppet haircut driving. There’s not even a traffic light changing colours. Whatever purpose the scene served, three minutes would have been enough. Or thirty seconds. The director said it was deliberately boring. If I want to be bored, I can eat some cornflakes. Evoking the existential feeling of ennui is showing me nothing new.  Nor is showing me random out-of-focus penises on a street corner in the first five minutes. French films love doing that. We’re not talking about a naked person in a bathroom doing something useful like peeing or changing clothes or having an orgy. We’re talking penises in public during daytime. For no reason. Why? I never see men walking around unzipped in Paris, so why do I see it in their films? Still think French films are high-brow? Lowest-weird-denominator, more like. What they forget is that gratuitous shocking cannot stand on its own – there has to be some meaning behind it. Then you have the pompous narrators. Art-house loves blokes who jump in randomly, talk for twenty minutes while staring at the sky, and then return you to the film. Film is not an audiobook – what happened to show, not tell? And the dialogue in art-house films is freaky. Even with the translation. “I bless the day I was made immune to you and all your kind” (Anatomie de l’Enfer) – Who, in the 21st Century, talks to a stranger like that? Who? Oh, and they love water. Maybe it’s because foreigners don’t live on an island, but when you see your fiftieth ocean “metaphor”, it gets a bit tiresome. There’s only so much you can see in an iceberg. Unless you crash into it.Foreign films also have names for buildings and companies that sound like something out of Monty Python. Can you imagine a gay nightclub seriously calling itself “Club Rectum” (from the otherwise-perfect Irréversible)? With a patron named ‘le Tenia’ (the tapeworm. Now there’s a name that GCSE French missed)? It’s just like a tute essay: art-house just “blags” from nothing!last_img read more

Arkoh qualifies for Youth Olympics

first_imgYoung weightlifter,Juliana Arkoh will be flying the flag of Ghana at August’s Youth Olympics in China after sealing qualification from Africa in Tunisia on Saturday.The SWAG Award nominee continued the remarkable success-laden start to her career with qualification to the Youth Olympics in China in August.Arkoh lifted Snatch 62, Clean & Jerk 78 making a total of 140 kg in the African qualifier in Tunis on Saturday to grab one of Africa’s tickets to the Olympic Games reserved for athletes under the age of 18.Arkoh’s compatriot, Christian Amoah however failed to make it for the 77kg men competition after only finishing 5th in the 13-man battlefield in Tunisia on Sunday.Arkoh had already won eight medals at the African championships earlier this year and is expected to compete for Ghana at this year’s Commonwealth Games slated for Glasgow, Scotland July 27-August 4.last_img read more

SAA to nurture black business

first_img15 June 2015Black-owned businesses are set for another boost following a pledge by South African Airways (SAA) to support black industrialists, including women and youth, when procuring goods and services in the future. It is the first initiative of its kind in the South African aviation industry.Dudu Myeni, the chairperson of the SAA board, made the announcement at a gathering of over 200 entrepreneurs in Midrand, on Friday, 12 June. Attendees included small, medium and micro enterprises that are 50% or more black-owned, black women-owned, disabled and youth-owned.The gathering followed last month’s signing of a memorandum of understanding between SAA and the Department of Trade and Industry that ensured commitment to develop and support black-owned businesses.Myeni said the meeting was a step away from talking about supporting black business to finally acting upon the idea. “There has always been a lot of talk- shopping and not enough doing. Now is the time for inclusive participation. Now is the time for organic development and support for business.”Myeni said the future of South Africa was largely dependent on state-owned enterprises nurturing small, medium and micro enterprises.She added that SAA’s procurement arm had a large enough capacity to incubate a group of black industrialists. “As SAA, we are committed to empowering entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds by levelling the playing field to deliver inclusive opportunities.”SAA was taking seriously its leadership role in developing business within the aviation industry. Myeni quoted a study by economic forecaster Oxford Economics that the SAA Group contributed R9.2-billion to the South African gross domestic product, of which R1.6-billion was contributed through spending by employees and the company’s supply chain. It found that 16 400 jobs were created directly through SAA’s supply chain.Friday’s event was the first in a series of suppliers’ engagement summits that SAA will be hosting. At the gatherings, small, medium and micro enterprises will have the opportunity to engage with SAA group buyers, as well as network with other black-owned businesses. An overview of SAA’s Procurement Transformation mission and the SAA Annual Procurement Plan 2015 will also be given.SAA said the engagements would be held in major cities around the country, including in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

No dome. No doom. No rally.

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornSome estimates indicate crop yields could be record-breaking this year. Good weather combined with technological advances in seed genetics and traits makes this a possibility. Record yields would put tremendous pressure on the market, potentially pushing prices under $3 for the first time since Sep 2009 in the long run.In the last six months beans, wheat and oats have traded at or below 2009 lows. It may be corn’s turn to test the lows. Fundamentally it is the perfect set up — potential record yields, huge carryout and pressure from competing feed grains.I’m hoping for a rally in the near term to give me a couple more selling opportunities. It looks like this market could trade sideways for a very long time. BeansIf beans have record yields, it would ease shortage concerns. Add this to the rumors that China is slowing imports and prices could tumble under $9. Weather can still affect beans for another couple of weeks, but each day drought concerns are less likely. Looking ahead what will farmers plant in 2017? Corn, beans, or wheat?Considering the rallies earlier this spring in beans, I expect bean acres to increase. Farmers will assume that chances at huge rallies could repeat. However, will it be at the expense of corn or wheat. Will corn and wheat acres switch to smaller crops such as cotton, milo, oats, barley or sunflowers? Right now the ratio still favors planting corn over beans in most areas of the U.S. next year. What will weather be like in South America? Could we finally see the lows this fall in all of the markets? What to storeClients frequently ask which crops they should store at home. Obviously my first answer is to store all of their crops at home. Sadly, the vast majority of farmers don’t or won’t. So, following is my recommended crop prioritization for storing only some of my crop at home. Essentially the potential for carry is the driving factor. 1) Specialty crops — The market pays farmers to store specialty crops because they are needed throughout the year. It’s not efficient for a large commercial elevator to store small batches of grain and worry about cross contamination. Additionally the inability for the market to hedge these crops make them the ideal candidate for storage as the market can be less defined. 2) Wheat — Next should be wheat. Most farmers will move their wheat out to make room for their corn, which is the biggest mistake most farmers will make all year. Wheat has a carry of more than 60 cents this year, while corn only has 20 cents (maybe eventually 30 cents). I don’t understand why every wheat farmer doesn’t build storage. The carry will pay for the interest on the grain AND the bin payment. 3) Corn — Corn is the farmer’s favorite commodity to store. It’s a good choice. When you factor in the moisture discount savings and the market carry along with basis appreciation corn will be a better choice than beans, but not quite as good as wheat. 4) Beans — If I didn’t have enough storage for all of my corn I would move all of my beans off the farm. It doesn’t even matter if a farmer hasn’t presold them. Beans are cheaper to re-own on the futures market than they are to own in the bin. How do you capture carry?1) You have to sell your crop by harvest against the harvest futures contract — July or Sep for wheat, Nov for beans and Dec for corn. 2) When the carry spreads increase, which usually is strong during harvest, you buy back your harvest sales and replace them with sales for summer delivery. 3) You’ll need to also consider factoring in basis, which is a different trade altogether. Also one has to look at how much of premium there is for the spread to summer. Which direction could basis levels go throughout the year can affect your carry profits as well. But I don’t like the futures price today, so I don’t want to sellWell, yes I can understand not liking futures below $3.50. That is why I have sold futures throughout rallies earlier in the year. Just like every other farmer, I wish I had more grain sold at this point. But, I’m glad I have a large percentage already sold. Farmers with no grain sold by harvest have less of a chance at the carry and thus put themselves potentially further behind. This is why it’s so important to have a plan in place and sell rallies when they are available.The market tells a farmer what to store and for how long to store it. Farmers need to learn to how to use carry to help reduce risk while gaining profits. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. 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The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Hopes for El Nino by Autumn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Bryce AndersonDTN Senior Ag MeteorologistOMAHA (DTN) — The harsh drought over the southwestern U.S. is expected to last through most of the summer. That’s the forecast from a drought and forecast update webinar held May 23. National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Brian Fuchs offered a grim outlook for the region. More than two-thirds of the southwestern U.S. is already in some stage of drought; close to 40% of the region is in “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. Rangeland has almost no green areas. Livestock ponds are dried up. Death loss has been dramatic for both domestic livestock and wild animals, with very little grass for grazing and many dry stock ponds. The drought set in quickly. At the start of the “Water Year” back on Oct. 1, only 5% of the Southwest was in some stage of drought. But drought development was enhanced by the Pacific Ocean moving to a La Nina cool-water phase during the fall and winter of 2017-18. “Going into La Nina, and knowing the analog response, we knew that a La Nina winter was going to be problematic,” Fuchs said. “Going into it, we were very concerned.” Dryness has been extreme. The last six months have seen almost the entire Southwest receive less than 50% normal precipitation. Calendar-year standardized precipitation index values are running almost three standard deviations lower than normal precipitation. “This is record dryness for this time frame,” noted Fuchs. “We have deficits now that amount to almost an entire year’s worth of precipitation.” Temperatures have contributed to this intense drought as well. “Since last October to the present, there are many stations recording 2 to 4 degrees (Fahrenheit) or 4 to 6 (degrees F) above normal; even pockets are Colorado have posted 6 to 8 degrees above normal,” Fuchs said. That warming also showed up at higher elevations. “Precipitation that usually falls as snow did not. We had snow only at the highest elevations,” Fuchs said. Very little improvement is forecast through at least June. July, August and September will be closely watched for the prospect of rain improving during the southwestern U.S. summer monsoon season. “During summer, the monsoon signal is expanding,” Fuchs said. “That has a direct relation to above-normal precipitation forecast for the Four Corners.” However, the monsoon season does not offer a complete reversal of the drought. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) records indicate that the southwestern monsoon typically produces from about one-third to one-half the region’s annual precipitation. That’s not enough to end the drought. Water supply is obviously looking to be very short throughout the summer. “In Colorado, many rivers are either the second- or third-lowest on record,” Fuchs said. “The Lake Powell inflow forecast is 42% of average, the fifth-lowest dating back to 1964. The lack of snow will resonate through the entire region.” In addition to monsoon performance hopes, Fuchs noted that Pacific Ocean temperatures are forecast to move to above-normal levels during the 2018 fall season, possibly warm enough to create an El Nino event. “That would impact the weather patterns in the southwestern U.S.,” Fuchs said. El Nino tends to bring more precipitation to the region, which would be welcome. “We’ve had a fairly long period of La Nina influence,” Fuchs said. Bryce Anderson can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BAndersonDTN(CC/ES/SK)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

TFA Annual Report 2011/12

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday, 24 November 2012. TFA Director, Jim Yeo, was reappointed as a Director on the Board of Management, while Anita Hagarty was elected to the Board as a Director as well. The Board also noted and thanked the contribution of Graham Quinlivan over the last two years. Two key volunteers were also recognised for their outstanding contributions to the sport, with TFA Director of High Performance, Cathy Gray and Federation of International Touch Secretary-General, Dennis Coffey, both being named as Life Members of the organisation. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for the full story on TFA’s newest Board Member and Life Members. Please find attached the 2011/12 Annual Report:Annual ReportFinancial ReportRelated Links2011/12 Annual Reportlast_img read more

Gord Downie thanks crowd for keeping me pushing in stage farewell

first_imgYes, Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer gave this concert a feeling unlike any other. Here was an artist submitting what he knew would likely be his biggest, most emotional and, well, final performance, for a national audience still gripped by grief over this sudden news. And Downie delivered, with will and determination and, of course grace, for an audience that seemed ready at any moment should he falter.Thank you, thank you, thank you music lovers!#ManMachinePoemTour #HipInKingston #cbcthehip pic.twitter.com/eDpEhDm8ld— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) August 21, 2016 Advertisement Login/Register With: It was one of several moments that brought any number of Hip fans in the audience to tears. And so it was that what was likely the final Hip show was a perfectly surreal union of celebratory and somber, raucous and respectful, massively scaled yet deeply intimate. KINGSTON, ONT.— With all of Canada watching, Gord Downie stormed a Kingston stage Saturday for the final show of what’s believed to be the Tragically Hip’s farewell tour, donning one last set of eye-catching outfits in silver and fuchsia, shimmying one last set of gloriously unpredictable dances, and howling one last set of those enigmatic poems that so many of us know pretty well by heart.And, apparently, by throat, judging by the way this audience filled every inch of that small, sweaty arena with each syllable of Downie’s layered lyrics. This was a heroes’ welcome, and of course it was, given that it was Downie.Paul Langlois, Johnny Fay, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker, in their beloved hometown, in a hockey arena, on a street actually called Tragically Hip Way. Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Five issues the parties are ready to fight over as campaign begins

first_imgThe Liberals’ pitch on this front is less about cutting people’s costs and more about what they’ve done to increase government supports, from the 2016 Canada Child Benefit that consolidated multiple family-oriented programs and increased benefits for nine out of 10 recipients to their measures on making home-buying more affordable. They point to statistics showing that 278,000 children have been lifted out of poverty on their watch.Underlying the promises is an economic red flag that indicates why many voters feel stretched: Canadians have some of the highest levels of consumer debt in the developed world.JobsThe cost of living might not seem as scary to people who feel as though they have secure jobs that pay well, but urban Canada hasn’t been exempt from the disruptions of the “gig economy” and the decline in manufacturing jobs that have been the mainstays of small and medium-sized centres’ economies for generations. For example, General Motors’ announcement last winter that it would close its Oshawa factory hit hard. The Liberals tout their carbon price — and the rebate taxpayers in the affected provinces get in compensation — as an economist-approved way to reduce Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions with maximum efficiency. People who lead low-emissions lifestyles actually get rewarded with hard cash, they point out.The New Democrats and Greens would both toughen the rules on industrial emitters, but are broadly OK with the direction the Liberals took with their carbon tax. On the flip side, the Liberals’ decision to spend billions of dollars buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to get the project past regulatory hurdles hasn’t helped them with environmentalists.The Conservatives call the Liberal carbon policy an additional burden on overtaxed consumers that doesn’t account for people who have to spend a lot on home heating and driving gasoline and diesel vehicles. They vow to replace it with a system requiring big industrial emitters to spend on green technology.AffordabilityClosely related to environment policy are the cost of living and what the government should be doing to help Canadians who feel they can’t make ends meet. The Conservatives have put this issue at the heart of their campaign, settling on “It’s time for you to get ahead” as their slogan. Besides getting rid of the carbon-price backstop, they promise to cut taxes on home heating and parental benefits paid under employment insurance, among a raft of pledges aimed at reducing Canadians’ bills.The New Democrats have talked up a plan to cut cellphone costs, a large expense in many household budgets. OTTAWA — Here are five issues the major federal parties have been preparing to fight this election over.Climate changeLiberals and Conservatives seem eager to campaign on the Trudeau government’s signature environmental policy: the price on carbon-emitting fuels in provinces that don’t have equivalent systems of their own. It applies in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, and the Liberals have said it will cover Alberta starting in January. The tax starts at $20 per tonne of carbon-dioxide emissions and is to rise to $50 a tonne by 2022.center_img Albertans have been angered by a lack of progress on oil pipelines, which means their oilsands products sell at a steep discount against world prices because they’re hard to get to buyers, kneecapping the provincial economy. China has made it all but impossible for Canadian producers to sell products like canola there (more on that below).Nevertheless, Canada’s unemployment rate in May was the lowest it’s been since the 1970s, and has since ticked up just slightly. Average wages are near record highs.Canada and the worldJustin Trudeau declared after his 2015 election that Canada was back, newly keen on multilateralism and doing its bit internationally. Then the bottom fell out: U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictability, China’s new assertiveness, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and designs on the Arctic, Britain’s being consumed by its departure from the European Union — all make Canada’s efforts to navigate global politics much tougher than in 2015.Canada reached a new North American free-trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico, which is either the successful result of standing firm against a mercurial U.S. president in a largely defensive action or a capitulation to American demands on multiple fronts. The view largely depends on one’s political stripe.China is furious with Canada over its arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant. In response, China detained two Canadians there and obstructed agricultural imports. Canada has assembled lots of international support, but has not seen any of those retaliatory measures undone.Trudeau has had successful summits, including a chummy appearance this summer in Montreal with Donald Tusk, outgoing president of the European Union Council. He also had a disastrous trip to India, where the lasting memories were of him and his family in Indian-style garb, and the invitations to receptions sent to Jaspal Atwal, a Sikh separatist who was convicted of trying to murder an Indian politician on Vancouver Island in 1986.EthicsThe Liberals came into office promising openness, transparency and good conduct. Under the previous Conservative government, parliamentary secretary Dean Del Mastro was convicted of violating the Canada Elections Act and sentenced to jail time. The criminal trial of then-Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy ended in his acquittal by a judge who found he’d been the victim of scheming in the Prime Minister’s Office to get out from under a scandal over senators’ expenses.Nobody from Trudeau’s government has gone on trial, but the Liberal leader himself has twice been found to have violated the conflict-of-interest law — once over a vacation he took at the private island of the Aga Khan, the wealthy religious leader and philanthropist, and another in the SNC-Lavalin affair.That affair led to a slew of resignations — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from cabinet, followed by their eventual expulsions from the Liberal caucus, Trudeau’s closest aide Gerald Butts, and the early retirement of Canada’s top bureaucrat — and preceded a sharp drop in Liberal poll numbers last winter.Wilson-Raybould described a months-long campaign out of the Prime Minister’s Office to get her, as Canada’s attorney general, to arrange a deal with SNC-Lavalin to head off a prosecution over allegedly corrupt dealings in Libya. Trudeau has said his priority was saving jobs at the Quebec engineering firm and that although he and his aides didn’t recognize how Wilson-Raybould was receiving their efforts, they ultimately had their hearts in the right place.The Conservatives link the SNC-Lavalin debacle to the failed prosecution of former vice-admiral Mark Norman over leaked information on a shipbuilding contract, saying both are evidence of Trudeau’s ruthlessness.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

3D printing makes spine surgery easier

first_imgNew Delhi: An orthopedic surgeon from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has developed 3D printing technology for complex orthopedic, spinal and reconstructive surgeries while saying it can help to reduce complications significantly, apart from aiding in difficult cases.With the help of the 3D images from the CT scan, expert can develop the stereolithograpy of the damaged bone. This can be of great assistance to doctors because even a minor mistake or miscalculation during the correction of the spine deformity can cause paralysis or deformity,” said Dr Bhavuk Garg. He also added with use of these “navigational template fit the vertebra perfectly’ and provide a great assistance to the surgeon to avoid any single mistakes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Spinal deformities are usually associated with significant morbidity and mortality. These problems are very challenging to treat and have a great risk of neurologic complications because of hardware placement during corrective surgery. After the introduction of pedicle screws, scoliosis correction surgeries have witnessed a revolutionary shift, necessitating the placement of a screw within the pedicle with accuracy and safety,” he said. This precision is essential to avoid potential complications because of small bone geometry and the juxtaposition to the spinal cord, he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Surgical time was significantly less in the 3D printing group compared with the freehand group , moreover blood loss was higher in the freehand group but not statistically significant, Dr Garg added. He also said that we found a statistically significant higher rate of accuratescrew positioning with 3D printing. In spite of a similar vertebral fusion span, more screws were inserted in the 3D printing group, which was possible because of enhanced safety, particularly at apical levels. “Soft tissues have to be stripped completely to make templates fit. Preoperative preparation of these templates takes around 10–12 hours per patient; however, the preoperative preparation is justified in view of statistically significant less surgical time and radiation exposure. Because bigger and less rotated pedicles do not require much surgical expertise and time compared with difficult ones, we are now using this technique only for difficult pedicles to save time and cost,” he added.last_img read more