‘Spectre’: Latest Bond Battles Classic Roots

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Spectres certainly haunted 007’s latest film, which premieres this weekend in the United States.A chilling epigraph, “The Dead Are Alive,” hinted at ghosts from Bond’s past returning to haunt him. But before we got there, the camera followed a skull-masked James Bond (Daniel Craig) through a seamless shot in the festive streets of Mexico City as revelers celebrated Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).The latest installment of the iconic 24-part series reintroduced SPECTRE–Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion–a criminal organization last seen in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. There’s also MI6’s dull subplot with “C” (Andrew Scott, Sherlock), whose antagonistic intent to technologically modernize British intelligence eventually tied in with the main storyline. Apparently GCHQ isn’t tech-savy enough.Bond’s latest mission was assigned via a recorded message left by his late boss, “M” (Judi Dench), who died in the previous film, Skyfall (2012). There are also villains and family alike who crept out of the darkness of Bond’s past.Since there’s not much else we can learn about Bond (this is the 24th film for Pete’s sake), the villains are often the most interesting characters, as is the case with Franz Oberhauser (Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds, Big Eyes). Comparing himself to a meteorite building momentum, Oberhauser was introduced as a silent, unstable, and ultimately interesting shadow in Bond’s life, but the man behind the terrorist group was disappointingly absent for a large portion of the movie. Oberhauser ended up in the role of the classic evil mastermind, complete with his right-hand white cat, mostly inactive in hunting Bond. For a criminal mastermind, he was a bit of a letdown compared to the disturbing insanity of Skyfall’s Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) or the testicle-torturing cruelty of Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).The inevitable showdown between Oberhauser and Bond concluded with two very predictable and unsatisfying climaxes.But it was the spirit of the classic James Bond who truly plagued Spectre’s risqué romance and adrenaline-fueled action.Helicopters flipping violently over Mexico City, flashy sport cars racing through historic Rome, and wingless planes skiing down snowy Austrian Alps, all played to a hair-raising soundtrack and edge-of-your-seat action sequences. Simultaneously, Bond’s famed pulse-pounding action has reached a point where we know exactly what to expect. There’s little to no surprise anymore (sigh). When the music heightened, we’re prepared for a dramatic climax to the fighting. Even Bond, tired of brawling, at one point warned an incapacitated security guard to “stay!” grounded instead of getting his arse kicked again.Ass kicking wasn’t the only booty Bond got, of course. Bond girls, somewhat shamefully, have been iconized based on the size of their breasts and thinness of their waistline. In Spectre, that tradition continued. Weirdly, Bond pressed a grieving widow (whose husband he killed) against a mirror, whispered in her ear, and tingled her arms with the tips of his fingers, and somehow scored a night beneath her bed sheets. Some things will never change.The main love interest was the mistrusting damsel-in-distress Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux, Inglorious Basterds, The Grand Budapest Hotel), who kept Bond at arms length for less than 30 minutes until he proved his romantic value by tossing assassin Mr. Hinx (WWE’s Dave Bautista) out of a high-speed train.“What do we do now?” her accented voice purred.The two then burst through a bathroom door, lips locked, and their hands clawing each other’s clothes off. It was ridiculous, but you appreciated the spontaneous sex more when Madeleine whispered, “I love you!” to a wounded Bond 24 hours later, as well as to the eye roll of (hopefully all) viewers. Bond’s mutual feelings felt like it was meant to be more central to the plot, as expressed in the opening credits theme, “Writing On The Wall.” A chilling rhythm and Sam Smith’s beautiful falsetto touched on the absolutism of Bond’s love-or-death relationship with Madeline.But their love never felt absolute. Madeline’s romance was abrupt, disjointed, and unnatural compared to the reality of love and relationships, justified in Spectre only by classic Bond’s embodiment as the ultimate male fantasy. It’s almost as if the hilarity of the scenario was intentional, a wink to classic Bond’s seductive ways, but it’s not even funny. Spectre barely highlighted and explored any personal fragility or vulnerability beneath Bond’s masculine armor.This all came as a disappointing endnote considering Daniel Craig, the sixth 007 in the series–preceded by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan–recently discussed the possibility of resigning after ten years and four films of playing the tuxedo-clan gentlemen.“It’s been an amazing ride doing [Spectre] and we’ve had incredible fun and it’s been a lot of hard work,” Craig said in an interview. “But it has taken up all of my life these two years. So, maybe a little of my life back would be nice.”The 24th Bond film’s weakness was its past. Spectre retreated to the comfort of author Ian Fleming’s source material. Director Sam Mendes’ second 007 film sacrificed creatively modernizing and innovating Bond again for predictable action thrills and fantastical romance.(Photo credit: James Bond/Spectre – Facebook)last_img read more

Hawaii’s Reopening May Be Good for Tourism. Is it Good for Hawaiians?

first_imgMr. McMillan added that he believes that “in some markets, especially for international travel, until a vaccine is more widely available, testing will become part of the norm.”For Jonathan McManus, the owner of Hotel Wailea Relais & Chateaux in Maui, testing presents a way to reopen safely after months of carrying an empty property. He says it will let him keep employees in jobs.- Advertisement – “The resort bubble would let guests leave their rooms and enjoy on-site amenities while completing the mandatory quarantine while wearing GPS-monitored bracelets,” he said, noting that should Hawaii reinstate the mandatory quarantine for all travelers, these bubbles would make it possible for the resort to remain operational for inter-island travel and for locals.The staff at Timbers is made up of locals and their safety is essential, Mr. Moore said.“Our employees go home, many have large families and they are with parents and grandparents and children, and keeping them safe is essential to everyone’s well-being,” he said.- Advertisement – “What the data suggests so far is that here in Hawaii, testing has been the key to safely reopening,” he said. “We now understand the data and the importance of testing. Testing provides a high level of protection for visitors, staff and residents.”The hotel used to have an in-person welcoming process that included staff members putting leis on guests as they arrived and checking them in with a cocktail in hand. Now, a key is waiting for guests when they arrive, and capacity is capped at 60 percent. Each of the hotel’s 72 suites has its own heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.Gary Moore, managing director at Timbers Kauai at Hokuala, said that the reopening has been “anything but clear,” but what is clear is: “We have to find a way to live with the disease.” Mr. Moore said that despite various challenges, the lessons learned at his property about distancing people, mask enforcement, temperature checking and even separating guests and putting them in “bubbles,” could be applied at other resorts.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

NYT editor resigns after backlash over senator’s hardline op-ed

first_imgOn Sunday, Sulzberger dubbed James “a journalist of enormous talent and integrity” in an NYT statement announcing the resignation.The statement did not mention the op-ed controversy, but the paper quoted Sulzberger as saying in a note to staff that “last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years.””James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the department through a period of considerable change.”The paper named Katie Kingsbury, a Times staffer since 2017, the acting editorial page editor through the November election. Topics : After online fury and intense criticism from many New York Times staffers, the paper’s editorial page head has resigned in controversy after publishing an op-ed by a US senator who urged military force against protestors nationwide.James Bennet — the editorial page editor since May 2016 — faced intense backlash after initially defending the column headlined “Send in The Military” by Republican US Senator Tom Cotton.The hardline op-ed — which Bennet initially defended as an example of the newspaper’s commitment to ideological diversity — was met with both internal and external outrage.center_img Cotton’s essay encouraged an “overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers” as anti-racism protests rage across the United States.Some 800 Times staffers signed a petition in protest of its publication, as many of the paper’s employees tweeted: “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger.”The company’s publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, also initially defended the decision to issue the column but later said the essay fell short of NYT standards.Bennet also admitted he had not read the column before its publication.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces Nearly $16 Million in Funding for Pennsylvania Food Banks

first_img April 18, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Nearly $16 Million in Funding for Pennsylvania Food Banks Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced nearly $16 million in funding for Pennsylvania food banks, which are providing critical assistance to Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 health crisis.“COVID-19 has caused severe economic stress for many Pennsylvanians, and as a result our food banks have been working in overdrive with unprecedented demand,” Wolf said. “We’re proud of the Pennsylvanians who are sacrificing so much for the greater good. We’ll continue to push hard and advocate on their behalf, because no one should have to go without when they’re doing their part to save lives.”The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has received $14.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in Pennsylvania to provide critical support and food to Pennsylvania’s food banks and emergency food assistance network working to feed the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. These funds were provided as a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which was passed by Congress and enacted into law on March 18, 2020.The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will push $3.75 million in TEFAP money directly to 18 food banks in Pennsylvania to cover administrative costs associated with storage, transportation, and distribution of USDA Foods. In addition to this direct funding, the department will distribute $11.15 million in USDA Foods – including meats, vegetables, canned goods, cereal, rice, pasta, eggs, and more – to the state’s food banks to distribute through their network of distribution sites. The food and funding will be disbursed statewide to all 67 counties and distributed according to population and need.Additionally, through an emergency contract with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is providing Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and their network of members $1 million in emergency funding for food and supplies.“COVID-19 has turned Pennsylvania upside down and forced thousands out of jobs as we work to flatten the curve, but we’re not willing to accept hunger as our next pandemic,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “We’ll do whatever we can to support our charitable food system, it’s a system that’s supporting hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians doing their part to slow the spread for the health of Pennsylvania.”Hunger-Free Pennsylvania is the state’s largest nonprofit provider of food resources for hungry Pennsylvanians. The funding will be equitably distributed, based on the population of individuals in need, across their network of 18 food banks in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.“Since this crisis began in early March, our food banks and pantries have been working hard to continue to meet the needs of the more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians who were already facing hunger, while also stepping up to support our neighbors who are newly out of work and need assistance,” said Hunger-Free Pennsylvania Executive Director Sheila Christopher. “At a time when our members are serving more individuals in need than ever before, we are incredibly grateful for the support of Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for identifying resources that will help us continue to meet the critical need.”The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has provided guidance to food assistance agencies to continue distributing food to those in need and protect both volunteers and clients from COVID-19. Pennsylvanians who have found themselves food insecure as a result of COVID-19 are eligible for state and federal food assistance. Find a pantry near you, then give them a call to make arrangements.For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.View this information in Spanish.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Malta takes on floating storage for offshore renewables

first_imgResearchers at the University of Malta working on the FLASC prototype (Photo: University of Malta) Researchers at the University of Malta are making progress on the development of a floating platform for renewable energy storage, with the first small-scale prototype planned for deployment later this year.Offshore renewable energy technologies are expected to become key component of a future energy economy.However, large-scale integration of electrical energy from renewables into the grid is challenging because of the intermittent nature of the resources.At times, there will be more renewable electricity than required, and in these cases the electrical energy will go to waste. At other times, there will not be enough to meet demand, and conventional power plants must compensate.To address this mismatch, the University of Malta has started working on an energy storage project dubbed FLASC: Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression.FLASC prototype (Photo: University of Malta)FLASC is a novel concept for compressed air energy storage which uses a dual chamber approach to eliminate wide pressure and temperature fluctuations – key challenges to using compressed air for storage, according to the University of Malta.The technology is integrated into a floating platform that can support a number of offshore systems including wind turbines, floating PV, wave and tidal systems as well as oil and gas processes.To charge the system, air is pumped into a closed chamber when a surplus of renewable energy exists.The compressed air is released from the system and passed through a turbine to recover the energy at times of high demand.The team at the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is currently working on the construction of a small-scale prototype, planned for deployment later this year in the Grand Harbour.The aim is to verify the concept in the field and to gain practical insights into the performance of the system in order to validate existing computational models.Development of the prototype is being carried out in partnership with Medserv, with support from the Institute for Sustainable Energy of the University of Malta.Project FLASC is financed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) through the FUSION Technology Development Program.last_img read more

How drinking alcohol impacts female health problems.

first_img Share By Kate Freer, the HerbladyisinWomen, with their hormonal systems and unique makeup, also absorb drugs, caffeine, and alcohol differently than men. This is important for you to acknowledge for your overall health and well-being. Here is some information on how drinking alcohol impacts different health conditions and problems.Alcohol Intake Differences: If you are a woman, you will become intoxicated with less alcohol than your male friends. This is important information that concerns every area of your life and health. You need to fully understand how these differences impact your health.Women Break Down Alcohol More Slowly : Women weigh less than most men and their metabolic system manufactures less of an enzyme called dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol. Also, your body contains less water than a male. Alcohol is transported through the water in your system, so when there is less water, the alcohol is more concentrated in your bloodstream. This means you will have to wait longer, after drinking, to drive safely, and your ability to control your inhibitions will be lowered more quickly and for a longer time period.How Drinking Affects Your Hormonal System: You may have less tolerance during your menstrual cycle, when taking birth control pills, or during hormonal replacement therapy. Research shows that your blood alcohol level is most effected on the day before their cycle begins, and is lowest the first day of menstruation. Emotions experienced during PMS can trigger excessive drinking and lower alcohol tolerance levels. This means that you must be more careful and cautious when drinking. Lowered alcohol tolerance could lead to an accident or ticket. If you feel compromised, even with one drink, you need to get a ride home, rather than drive.Hypoglycemia and Alcohol: Low blood sugar levels can affect your alcohol tolerance. If your blood sugar is low, you may feel compromised even with half a drink.Liver Damage and Alcohol: If you drink excessively, you are more likely to damage your liver in a shorter time period than a male. This is a known fact. You cannot drink as often or as much alcohol as a male without hurting your health. If you are a heavy drinker, you will develop cirrhosis of the liver nine years earlier than your male partner. Cirrhosis of the liver is life threatening.Alcohol Raises Other Risk Factors: Alcohol increases your risk for breast cancer and female problems as well. If you smoke and take birth control pills, your risk is increased again.Diabetes and Alcohol: If you are a heavy drinker, you are at a higher risk for developing “secondary” diabetes or causing your diabetes to become worse. Alcohol, even light drinking, may impact your condition depending on other risk factors.Alcohol and Nutritional Factors: Often those who drink alcohol do not eat properly. This can lead to becoming nutritionally deficient, which can impact health problems such as osteoporosis, and bone health in general.Thyroid and Endocrine System Problems: Alcohol affects the whole endocrine system, which is tied up with a women’s hormonal system as well. The thyroid gland, one of these glands, affects the whole body and every cell function. Alcohol slows down the endocrine system, resulting in a lower production of needed hormones. This can affect sexual function, increased problems with allergies, enlarged breasts, and be responsible for reduced fertility problems. 19 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle How drinking alcohol impacts female health problems. by: – June 15, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

Odion Ighalo ready to partner Anthony Martial in Manchester United’s attack

first_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? ‘I have played in Premier League before, I know what is required. ‘I know you have to be very strong and physical, get to hold some balls up for your team to push forwards, so I am working towards that. I am getting better and better. We have good players there. ‘Unfortunately, [Marcus] Rashford is injured, he is a good striker, sometimes he played from the side, so we will have to cope with that. I am happy whenever I am called upon to do anything, I am ready to go.’ Read Also:Be creative, Mata tells Ighalo, others Ighalo is already open to the idea of signing for United on a permanent basis. He added: ‘Of course [I would be willing to extend my stay], should I get the opportunity.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United new boy, Odion Ighalo, is pushing for his first Red Devils start and he may be used to partner Anthony Martial as the club host his former side, Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday. Odion with United manager Solskjaer Ighalo is hoping he can form a strike partnership with Anthony Martial if he is given the chance to start against former side Watford this weekend. Deadline-day signing Ighalo has made substitute appearances against Chelsea and Club Brugge but is yet to start for Manchester United. Ighalo is pushing for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up and he is ready to help the team wherever his manager sees fit. The Nigerian, speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in the Europa League, said of playing alongside Martial: ‘That is the decision of the coach. ‘My job is just to work hard every day in training and, when called upon to help the team, I do so.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Win number four for Braaten at Southern Oregon

first_imgBy Don Martin IIWHITE CITY, Ore. (July 30) – Taking the lead early on from David Marble, Jorddon Braaten went on to win his fourth Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event of the season Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway.Mike Medel made a charge from 11th starting to finish second.The rookie Marble got his night started with a win ahead of Braaten in the trophy dash, then raced into the lead at the start of the feature as Tony Bartell settled into second. Braaten made a low pass to take second from Bartell.Jimmy Lipke took over third a lap later. Braaten pursued Marble closely until making the pass in turn four of the sixth lap to take the lead.  Lipke followed closely into second.Medel made a low pass on the 10th lap to take fifth from Doug Franklin.  However, the two made contact with Medel spinning for a yellow flag.Braaten continued to lead Lipke and Marble.  It wasn’t long, however, before Medel rejoined Frank­lin and Morton in a close battle for fourth.  Franklin and Medel both passed Marble for third and fourth, respectively, on lap 16, and Medel took third from Franklin on lap 18.  Medel contin­ued his charge by passing Lipke for second at the white flag.  Lipke dropped back several spots on the final lap as Braaten scored the victory.last_img read more

Veteran’s Day program at BMS

first_imgBatesville, IN—Join Batesville Middle School and the Batesville community to celebrate veterans during the 12th annual BMS Veterans Day celebratory program on Monday, November, 11 at 9:00 a.m. Registration for veterans will begin in the front at 8:30 a.m. The Batesville Middle School Band and Choir will perform.The event will take place at the BMS gym located on 201 North Mulberry St. Following the program there will be a reception for veterans and their family members. Recognition of all of the veterans will occur during the program.last_img

Mourinho brands Chelsea side ‘lazy’

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho felt his side had been “lazy” before recovering to beat Leicester 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues, who opened the Barclays Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Burnley, laboured through the first half against the promoted Foxes, back in the top flight after a decade. After David Nugent was put clean through only to be denied by a smart save from Thibaut Courtois, again picked ahead of Petr Cech, Chelsea eventually made the breakthrough with a well-taken goal from £32million striker Diego Costa. Mourinho continued: “I told them if you have the same feeling and vision I have, we are not in trouble, because we change, but if you do not agree, we are in trouble and do not win the game. “In the second half, it was better we were a positive and enthusiastic, so w e were too strong for them. “But let’s not forget that they had a one-on-one situation against Courtois.” Mourinho had made another big selection call in leaving striker Fernando Torres out of the match-day squad, which included Didier Drogba who received a warm welcome on his return to Stamford Bridge. Torres has been linked with a move to Italy, but Mourinho has no intention of off-loading the Spaniard. “The reason is I decided to keep the same team, to have a bench with a complete balance. Sometimes I can have two strikers on the bench, sometimes I can’t,” he said. “I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I play with two, one on the bench, sometimes someone will be injured or suspended. “I cannot do a season without three strikers. “I want him (to stay). “He will play and score goals, to be very useful for us, he is a fantastic guy, a fantastic professional, so there is no problem.” Costa, signed from Atletico Madrid, opened his account at Burnley, and Mourinho has been impressed by the speed of the Brazil-born forward’s transition. “I got the feeling in pre-season that his adaptation would not be a big deal, he is an easy guy,” said Mourinho. “His style of play has adapted to our needs, so it has not been a problem.” Leicester could count themselves somewhat unfortunate not to have pushed Chelsea harder given their efforts up to the hour mark. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson feels his side, who drew 2-2 against Everton on the opening weekend, should not be too downhearted. “The players are disappointed we were unable to convert an encouraging performance with the reward of points, but there are a lot of positives from today,” he said. “The good thing is we created chances throughout the game and we wanted to be positive. “For the most part, we played very well today, but as always it is going to be about how efficient you are in both penalty areas and we did not quite find the right way today.” Pearson, meanwhile, confirmed there was no further progress on a proposed transfer for Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, but wants to bring fresh faces in ahead of the September 1 deadline. The Leicester manager said: “It is not that we have not been trying. It is clear we do need one or two more players, and we will endeavour to add to the squad.” Press Association Eden Hazard stroked in a second on 77 minutes to maintain Chelsea’s 100% opening to the new domestic campaign. Mourinho, though, was not happy with the slow start. He said: “I prefer to train in the morning, but this week I trained in the afternoon because this is not the best weather to play football, you get lazy. “This weather pushes players to be a bit lazy, to lose a bit of tension, a bit of sharpness in your body, after that you pass slow, you do not react to the second balls, the time goes on and on, then when you wake up, it is half-time. “In the first half, the team was lazy, and I did not like that. “But they improved in the second half and they won, which is the most important thing. “At half-time, we had to be a bit emotional with them. I told them the way we were playing was not good enough to win the game and that we were at risk. “It is impossible to play football if you do not win one second ball, it was basic but important things.” last_img read more