With ‘Mank’ and ‘The Crown,’ Netflix dominates Globes noms

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher’s “Mank” has topped Golden Globe nominations with six nods, while Netflix dominated Wednesday’s announcement thanks to both its films and television series. The film about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, landed nominations for best film, drama; best actor for Gary Oldman; best director for Fincher, best supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried; best score; and best screenplay for Jack Fincher, the director’s father who penned the script before dying in 2003. In addition to “Mank,” the nominees for best motion picture drama are “The Father”; “Nomadland”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Promising Young Woman.” Netflix’s “The Crown” led all television nominees with six.last_img

Conferences highlight undergraduate research

first_imgNotre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) will accept abstracts until March 20th from students who wish to participate in the annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) and the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM).The conferences, scheduled for May 1 in DeBartolo Hall, are open to students from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s. All undergraduates are invited to participate in research presentations, critical analyses and creative endeavors on topics ranging from engineering to humanities to business.Senior Dan Courtney, civil engineering major and two-time conference participant, said the conferences provide opportunities for undergraduate students to expand their experiences outside the classroom.“I feel like this event is a real strong point for Notre Dame as a whole,” Courtney said. “It is one of the reasons I decided to come here. Notre Dame puts substantial resources into its undergraduate education, and a lot of professors take on several undergrads.“At a lot of other schools, students are just watching for four years and taking it all in. Notre Dame offers the unique opportunity of allowing undergraduate students to jump in and start their research early.”According to the CUSE website, the conference is an chance to share research and hear both constructive feedback and insightful questions. Research allows students to use the critical skills they’ve developed in the classroom to ask new questions, make discoveries and contribute to global conversations that can have a real-world impact.“That’s what it really is – it’s sharing,” Courtney said. “Presenting at the conference will make your research stronger because you need to be able to clearly and simply communicate your ideas. It exposes your research to criticism, which will ultimately make it stronger. Most students who are really good at research aren’t always good at communicating that research — marketing it, if you will.”Junior Lily Kang, an information-technology management and sociology double-major, said the conferences help students take their research to the next level.“The conference created an intimate setting in which I felt comfortable holding discussions on my research topic with the audience as well as sharing my personal thoughts,” Kang said. “In addition, the conference was truly interdisciplinary, and it was enlightening for me to learn about my fellow students’ research projects across all different disciplines.”Courtney said he would encourage all students to stop by the conference to learn about students’ various research projects.“It’s so cool seeing your friends in that setting,” he said. “You know your friends in one environment, and then to go hear them talk about their research and be amazingly complex is … fascinating.”More information about the USC and COS-JAM can be found on the CUSE website at http://undergradresearch.nd.edu/USC/Tags: abstracts, COS-JAM, CUSE, Undergraduate Scholars Conferencelast_img read more

Fuerzas Comando 2014; One Champion but all winners

first_imgBy Dialogo August 06, 2014 FORT TOLEMAIDA, Colombia – After a week of intense heat and extreme competition, Fuerzas Comando, the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition, came to an end with a closing ceremony at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 31. Seventeen nations competed for bragging rights to earn the title of best Special Operations Forces team in the Western Hemisphere. For the sixth time in 10 years, the team from the Republic of Colombia hoisted the coveted Fuerzas Comando cup. The U.S. team, comprised of members assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), placed second and El Salvador was third. “We are very proud of what we accomplished during the competition and it gives us pride to know how well we completed against elite men from nations like Colombia and the U.S.,” said a member of the El Salvador team. “We look forward to competing again next year and trying to win the cup back for El Salvador.” “You are all winners,” said Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland, the commander for Special Operations Command South, during his speech. “The relationships fostered amongst all of you throughout the competition will last a lifetime. You must build upon these friendships and work together to fight against the common threats we face throughout our hemisphere.” In addition to the first three places, Honduras, Panama, Jamaica, Peru, Uruguay, Canada and Costa Rica also participated, and were among the top 10 nations in Fuerzas Comando. Other countries that participated were Paraguay, Chile, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Suriname. During the closing ceremony, all 17 teams were standing across the field as they did in the opening ceremony, but this time the feeling of accomplishment and pride were visible after eight days of grueling challenges that took each team to their physical and mental limits. It’s been 50 years of irregular war, the experiences accumulated are vast, but a young captain with young children makes the decision to retire in order to be there for his children’s education, instead of a struggling widow . Glory to Lanceron!last_img read more

Driven to distraction

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COVID-19 now a real threat to year-end polls

first_imgEpidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono said such a lack of discipline in social distancing during elections would definitely increase the risk of COVID-19 transmissions in the country, attributing it to the failure of the KPU to impose stricter sanctions on offenders.He warned that the transmissions would further escalate if people kept neglecting protocols in the coming campaign season, which will run from Sep. 26 to Dec. 5.“Therefore, the sanctions must be firm. If they repeatedly violate the rules, the KPU should drop their candidacy,” Tri said on Tuesday.Read also: ‘We should not stop being democratic’: Govt insists on holding regional races in December Democracy and public health are under threat as the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in 270 regions across Indonesia may emerge as new sources of COVID-19 infections in the country, experts and lawmaker have warned.The Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has found that 243 prospective candidates ignored health protocols when they brought along large entourages to register their candidacies with the local offices of the General Elections Commission (KPU) from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6.These prospective candidates and their supporters violated a KPU regulation that prohibits mass-gatherings during all stages of the elections, from the preparations starting from June 15 to the final vote count a week after the Dec. 9 polling day. The regulation says the KPU can only issue a warning to the candidates and campaign teams. Netty Prasetiyani of House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing health said stricter sanctions were key to preventing transmissions during elections and that all candidates should educate their supporters better about COVID-19 prevention.”The KPU announcement [of eligible candidates on Sept. 23] and campaign events should be carried out virtually. Prospective leaders must prioritize their people’s health,” she said.The government and the House insisted in late May on holding the elections on Dec. 9 despite the health risks. The KPU has since found itself under pressure to draft special health measures.Read also: So much work, so little time: KPU under pressure over regional pollsExperts and activists have repeatedly urged authorities to postpone the elections, as the COVID-19 outbreak in the country could continue late into the year, but so far to no avail.They say the elections, to choose 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, will put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease. They have also expressed concern about low voter turnout should the outbreak in the country show no signs of abating, thus discouraging people from showing up at polling stations and eventually undermining democracy.Now, with three months to go to polling day, the KPU has found that 46 out of 734 prospective candidates have tested positive for COVID-19. Several hopefuls have died of the disease even before placing their bids.KPU commissioner Hasyim Asy’ari told The Jakarta Post the commission would continue verifying the 46 names online rather than in person.If they pass the verification, they are still eligible to run in the elections despite having the disease. However, they will not be allowed to hold campaigns as they will be required to focus on their recovery, according to the KPU.Political parties endorsing candidates who have died of COVID-19 after registering with the KPU can replace them with new names by providing death certificates of the former candidates, Hasyim said.A Democratic Party-backed regent candidate in Karo regency, North Sumatra, Kena Ukur Karo Jambi Surbakti, 74, died from COVID-19 on the last day of registration for regional elections on Sunday. The party later replaced him with his daughter after the supporting parties, the Golkar Party and the National Mandate Party, agreed to the substitution.But Fadli Ramadhanil of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) recommended that the government, the KPU and the House postpone the remaining election stages, including the campaign period.“In a critical situation like this, they should consider whether these election stages should continue or not,” he said.Read also: Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: SurveysPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was quick to comment on the issue, saying that the elections could not be postponed because the government could not predict when the outbreak would end.Jokowi, whose eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and son-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution are running in the Surakarta, Central Java, and Medan, North Sumatra, mayoral races, respectively, doubled down on his message for election organizers to enforce strict health protocols in the lead-up to and on voting day.“The safety and health of the public is everything, so enforcing health protocols is non-negotiable,” Jokowi said.KPU head Arief Budiman said the commission was set to apply stricter health protocols for the coming campaign period, the conditions of which have been laid out in the prevailing regulation.The commission will allow only 100 participants during face-to-face campaign rallies, which will be limited to one session for each mayoral and regency candidate and two sessions for each gubernatorial candidate.Above all, the commission is urging candidates to refrain from hosting campaign rallies in person and instead turn to online platforms.Bawaslu head Abhan said the agency was now considering reporting those candidates in the future who neglect health protocols to the police. “We are exploring numerous possibilities. One option is to use criminal offenses under the Criminal Code or the Health Quarantine Law.”Topics :last_img read more

Why do rich countries have so many poor children?

first_imgMercatorNet 18 September 2014New Zealanders elect a new government on Saturday after a campaign in which several parties and advocacy groups have vied with each other to push child poverty to the top of the political agenda. That this should be the case might surprise the rest of the world.Ours is a small, prosperous country of 4.5 million people, a welfare state (albeit one made over to some extent by market forces) and an agricultural producer which sells food to the world. Yet enough children arrive at school without breakfast or lunch to warrant food programmes in schools serving the poorest areas. According to a benchmark 2012 report, many children come from homes that are cold, poorly furnished and often crowded, they lack raincoats and sturdy shoes for wet weather and largely miss out on fresh fruit and vegetables, which grow here the year round.At last count around 280,000 children lived in households below a poverty line of 60 percent of median income adjusted for family size (an unofficial measure since we have no official one). That’s one in four children under the age of 18, with a higher rate for those under 11.Compared with those in average and higher income homes, these children are three times as likely to get sick, and 5.6 times as likely to be hospitalised for injuries from assault, neglect or maltreatment. They are less likely to leave school with the minimum qualification for skilled employment, and are therefore more likely to remain poor and perpetuate the poverty cycle.But we are not alone. Nor are we the worst among the rich countries for neglecting the most vulnerable members of society. Unicef’s Innocenti Report Card 2012: Measuring child poverty, gives New Zealand a mid-ranking child poverty rate along with Australia and the UK (all between 11 and 12 percent) and leaves the US at the bottom (23 percent), better only than Romania. These rates reflect 2009-2010 data, a 50 percent income poverty line, and a child deprivation index which includes items such as outdoor leisure equipment and an internet connection.Keeping poverty at bay comes at a cost, of course. The rates for the UK, New Zealand and Australia, middling as they are, reflect some of the highest social spending in the world: about 3.6 percent of GDP for the UK, and 3.1 percent for New Zealand and 2.8 for Australia – compared with around 1.3 percent for the US.There is much that is debatable about poverty measures, starting with the fact that in rich countries, at least, the poverty line is relative and a moving target. But, lines and statistics aside, if increasing numbers of children are turning up at school hungry and ill-clothed, and at hospital emergency departments with infectious diseases or signs of abuse, there is clearly a problem to address.The question is: What sort of problem? Inequality – the increasing gap between the rich and the poor? Global capitalism? Miserly right-wing governments? Irresponsible parents producing children they can’t support (a favourite gripe of newspaper correspondents)? Welfare dependency and loss of the work ethic?What about the most fundamental thing that the majority of those children lack – a stable, married mum and dad? In 2012 48 percent of births in New Zealand were to unmarried mothers, and it is no secret that the majority of the poorest children are being raised by single parents. This is one of the top risk factors for child poverty in all countries, although it seldom receives more than a mention in advocacy literature or political debates. Social science, however, increasingly confirms that the decline of marriage is a key, if not the key, to child poverty and inequality.http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/why_do_rich_countries_have_so_many_poor_childrenlast_img read more

Sex changes often leave people ‘badly damaged’, says expert

first_imgNZ Herald 2 November 2017Family First Comment: Well said, Lord Robert Winston.And congrats to the NZ Herald for being brave and printing this story. Now wait for the backlash from “transactivists” who don’t want the truth spoken, and don’t want to see people healed in the proper way so that nature is reinforced.People who change their gender often end up with horrendous results or are left feeling damaged, Lord Robert Winston has said.The British scientist and TV presenter warned the implications of gender reassignment surgery were not properly understood, with complications that could affect fertility.On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said “results are horrendous in a big proportion of cases”.He said 40 per cent of those who undergo vaginal reconstruction surgery experienced complications requiring further surgery, and 23 per cent who had breasts removed felt “uncomfortable with what they’ve done”.”What I’ve been seeing in a fertility clinic are the long-term results of often very unhappy people who now feel quite badly damaged.”The effects of taking hormones were “likely to affect reproductive function”, he said.Professor Gary Butler, an expert in care for transgender children and teenagers, agreed that the effect on fertility was a “worry”.The consultant in paediatric and adolescent medicine at University College Hospital in London also agreed that doctors had to be “very careful” about introducing therapy before puberty.Experts have raised concerns about the increasing number of children who question their gender identity after figures showed the total had increased dramatically in five years.Children who want to transition are not offered surgery but can be given synthetic hormones to slow puberty.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11939871&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Pogba tells Man United pals he still wants to leave in summer

first_img Pogba, 26, has started six times this season due to two separate ankle injuries and is still determined to end his time at United, with Real Madrid and Juventus still interested. Loading… Read Also: Odion Ighalo wears boots in tribute to tragic sister who died two months agoPogba returned from a three-month lay-off last month against Watford on December 22 yet managed 71 minutes as a substitute at Vicarage Road and against Newcastle United on Boxing Day before he required ankle surgery. Pogba has had the cast removed from his ankle, though a return against Chelsea in United’s next game on February 17 appears unlikely after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Pogba would not travel with the squad to their warm weather training camp on Maybella.The MEN reported in August Solskjaer was angered by Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s flagrant attempt to unsettle Pogba following his reappointment at the Bernabeu in March. It is understood United partly resisted a move for Bruno Fernandes in the summer to prioritise keeping Pogba.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dressing room sources have told the MEN Pogba’s ‘head is not currently at the club’ and the majority of players believe it is in United’s best interests he moves on. Pogba remains a very popular figure among friends and teammates, who understand his stance.Pogba outlined his desire for a ‘new challenge’ in June and his agent Mino Raiola claimed he was ‘in the process’ of engineering a transfer that never materialised. More recently, Raiola said he was ‘sorry’ he could not move Pogba to Madrid and that he ‘wouldn’t bring anyone else’ to United.On Wednesday Raiola uploaded his first Instagram post in 13 weeks to condemn the attack on Ed Woodward’s house by militant United supporters. Raiola said Woodward ‘has my full support and solidarity’ and he is ‘on his side’.Although Raiola has expressed an antagonistic attitude towards United on a number of occasions in print and on social media, the executive vice-chairman Woodward is understood to like the Italian. Senior United figures regard Raiola’s outbursts as ‘part of a game’.United valued Pogba at around £180million last summer but he has technically entered the last 18 months of his contract. United have the option of an additional year to tie Pogba to the club until 2022 but the length of his deal, as well as the troublesome ankle injuries, are causing the Frenchman’s re-sale value to dwindle.center_img Paul Pogba has told Manchester United teammates he still wants to leave the club in the summer.Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Artlast_img read more

Piano sensation set for Batesville performance

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Memorial Public Library will host YouTube® sensation Matthew Ball, also known as “The Boogie Woogie Kid” for a performance Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m.Ball has logged more than four million views on social media and is known as one of the leaders of American piano traditions called Boogie n Blues, Ragtime and Swing.Here are links to current performances:Bumble BoogieThe Mess AroundFor more information and bio click here.last_img

Stokes relishing Scotland clashes

first_imgAnthony Stokes insists Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying section is too close to call. He said: “It’s a difficult group, as most of them are. But I’m sure we will be able to compete and I’m looking forward to it. “Germany will be the firm favourites while Poland have a very strong squad, so it should be interesting. It’s too hard to say which way it will go. Every game will be important. It will be one of those groups that goes right to the wire.” Stokes could find himself facing off against Celtic Park team-mates Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths when Ireland travel to Hampden to face the Scots on Friday, November 14. “There’s already been a bit of banter with the boys,” said Stokes. “I never used to get on too well with Broony (Brown) when I was playing against him so who knows what will happen this time. “But he’s a great lad and I know his qualities. He will give us some stiff opposition. “I think it will be two great games. It’s two closely-matched teams. You never know how it will go on the night.” Stokes found himself ostracised by former Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni when he pulled out of a Carling Nations Cup game in May 2011 citing fatigue. He only made his return against Germany last October after two and a half years in the wilderness when the Italian was sacked a month previously. Former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill is now in charge but Stokes admits he still has work to do to make himself a regular for his country. “I want to make an impact and I want to do as well as I possibly can in training when I get there to give myself the best chance to play,” he said. “I’ve played a few competitive games but I’ve never really had a spot in the team or had a chance to go to a tournament, so for me, to get through this group and reach the finals would mean everything to me. It’s something I have always wanted.” Martin O’Neill’s squad were drawn in Group D alongside Germany, Scotland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar. Celtic striker Stokes expects Germany to top the six-team pool but says the race for the second automatic qualifying slot could go right to the wire. Press Associationlast_img read more