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George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ pushed to 2014

first_imgNEW YORK | George Clooney’s World War II drama “The Monuments Men” is being pushed to 2014 and out of the fall awards season.This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Matt Damon, left, and George Clooney in “The Monuments Men.” A spokesman for Sony Pictures said Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, that the film will now be released in the first quarter of next year, instead of its planned release date of Dec. 18. “Monuments Men,” which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, had been expected to be a top Oscar contender. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures – Sony, Claudette Barius)A spokesman for Sony Pictures said Wednesday the movie will now be released in the first quarter of next year, instead of its planned release date of Dec. 18. “Monuments Men,” which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, had been expected to be a top Oscar contender.The film could still compete for awards next year, but the early-in-the-year positioning suggests Sony doesn’t expect it to. Sony said the film is being delayed so Clooney can finish the film’s extensive visual effects.The film is about a WWII platoon whose mission is to rescue artworks from the Nazis.The Los Angeles Times first reported the release date change.last_img read more

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Holiday sales show online shift

first_imgNEW YORK | More often shoppers are making the decision to sit on their couches than head to stores this holiday season.Online sales growth so far this holiday season is surpassing growth in sales at physical stores, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments from Oct. 31 through Monday.Sales growth for stores is up 2 percent, while online sales rose 4.6 percent, according to First Data, which declined to give dollar figures, citing proprietary reasons.FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Online sales growth so far this holiday season is surpassing growth in sales at physical stores, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments from Oct. 31 through Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)Total spending, including sales in both physical stores and online, climbed 2.4 percent, stronger than the 1.8 percent growth during the same period last year.While physical stores still account for the majority of spending, the uneven growth between buying at locations and on websites signals the continuation of a big shift in how U.S. consumers are shopping.The change in spending is largely due to more retailers working to improve their websites and offer speedier delivery on orders placed online. As a result, shoppers, who increasingly are looking for convenience, are spending more of their holiday budgets online.That’s led to a big gap in some product categories between online and physical stores. According to First Data, clothing and accessories stores had a 2.9 percent sales decline so far this season, compared with a 3.7 percent increase online. Furniture and home furnishings store sales slipped 0.5 percent, while online increased 8.1 percent.Amy Kemper said she’s been shopping more online because of the convenience of doing so. Her family travels for the holidays, and it’s easier to buy online and then have things shipped to where they are going.“I do come to the mall to look around and see what’s out there and then go back online,” said Kemper, who lives in Indianapolis.First Data doesn’t make predictions for holiday sales. But the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects sales for November and December to rise 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion. There’s still plenty of time for that estimate to come true: Christmas is a week away, and there are some of the biggest shopping days left.And as cutoffs to order online to get gifts shipped to stores approaches, retailers are relying on die-hard traditionalists like Ann Rabbit during the final stretch.Rabbit picked up a sweater for herself for 40 percent off at Old Navy in East Harlem in New York on a recent weekend.“I don’t do online. I like to touch things,” she said.Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more

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James Rodriguez now knows his exit price to leave Real Madrid

first_img 16/08/2016 Sport EN The Premier League seems his most likely destination and Chelsea have been linked most recently. The Colombian would prefer to stay at Madrid, as he has said on many occasions, but it looks increasingly like his future is away from the Santiago Bernabeu. Upd. at 12:37 center_img James Rodriguez seems likely to leave Real Madrid. He is at the back of the midfield queue, behind Isco and even Marco Asensio. The player’s agent is Jorge Mendes, who has said, per Marca, that for James to leave Real Madrid a club would have to pay 75 million euros, a number close to the 80m they paid for him two years ago.  CESTlast_img read more

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Galway United Friends Co-op to launch League Of Ireland Push This Thursday For Hand…

first_imgThe Launch of The Galway United Marathon Van Push in conjunction with ‘Hand in Hand’ – Galway based childrens cancer charity will take place on Thursday next in McGinns Hop House in Wood Quay. Galway United supporters and friends will be pushing the club kit van for 26 miles 385 yards on Sunday, October 7th from 9:00 am. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Full details on how to take part can be found hereprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email John Mulligan spoke to Dominick Walsh of the Galway United Friends Co-op and to Jennifer Carpenter of Hand in Hand about the event and also about the Charity and the work it does.last_img read more

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first_imgIndoor Auto Racing will return to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in 2013 for the 11th year under the promotion of Len Sammons.Sammons has confirmed that the exciting events will be held on the nights of Feb. 1-2. Tickets for the Atlantic City Indoor Races became available on Aug. 17.The Three-Quarter Midgets will hit speeds upwards of 70 mph while running around a course set up on the historic landmark Boardwalk Hall concrete floor. Feature events find a minimum of 24 cars taking the green flag providing some hair-raising action for fans.Each year professional racecar drivers from many different segments of the sport, and over 10 different states, compete at the event. The Champ Kart and Slingshot divisions will also be included in the Atlantic City race weekend.Racing will begin on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2. Each night will include qualifying races and a feature event for the headline division.Tickets for the Atlantic City event will go on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, online at and at the Boardwalk Hall box office. Ticket prices for Feb. 1 are $25 for front row reserved, $20 for lower level reserved, $17 for upper level reserved, $15 for general admission adults, and $5 for general admission kids 12 and under. Tickets for Feb. 2 are priced at $30 for front row reserved, $25 for lower level reserved, $22 for upper level reserved, $20 for general admission adults, and $5 general admission kids 12 and under. These prices do not include facility fees. Ticket prices will be $2 more if purchased on the day of the show.last_img read more

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High performance centre gets new owner

first_imgThe official transfer was done today at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) where the HPTC is now located.The HPTC was previously run by the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC).CEO of the PNGSF, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr described the transfer as a historic occasion for sports in the country.He acknowledged the work of his staff at the PNGSF, the PNGOC and the Government and other stakeholders for their all their support so far.“This a step forward for sports where we can merge the success at the grassroots level with that of the elite.“After the Pacific Games, we are now a threat to the rest of the region. We have become so competitive in the world and we can produce world champions.“But we will continue to work in partnership as all of us are responsible to pave the way forward for sports in PNG,” said Tsiamalili Jnr.President of the PNGOC, Sir John Dawanincura said he wanted the partnership with all stakeholders to continue and grow from strength to strength into the future.He encouraged the country’s athletes to fully utilise the HPTC and continue to produce good results not just on home soil, but overseas as well.last_img read more

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Uefa qualifiers boost fan card uptake

first_imgMore than 80,000 football fan cards have been issued since the introduction of the cards, with matches by Apoel and other Cyprus teams in August contributing significantly to the increase, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.To date, 80,039 have been issued, 5,436 of them since August 1 for qualifying matches to the Uefa championship league.Some 2,333 cards were handed out on Friday alone, ahead of Apoel’s match with Ajax in Nicosia on Tuesday which ended in a 0-0 draw.More than 14,000 tickets were made available for Tuesday’s match, a record number since the introduction of the fan card ID.The fan card, aimed at cracking down on hooliganism, was introduced last August following a long discussion in parliament and football clubs mainly on concerns of violation of personal data, as its holders had to provide some details such as identity card number and address.  It was opposed by fan clubs of all major football clubs, citing concerns that police would use the data to keep tabs on them.last_img read more

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Mission Impossible for Female U-20 Lone Star

first_imgFor anything I don’t enjoy the challenges that Coach Christopher Wreh and his deputy Oliver Makor are grappling with right now. The two men are expected to lead the female national U-20 side to complete their second-leg match against their Nigerian counterparts on Sunday in Nigeria.And I don’t even envy the two coaches because their side lost heavily (7-1) to the Nigerians in the first leg right here in Monrovia.What should Liberians expect at the end of the 90 minutes in Nigeria? It would have been easy to say ‘victory’ but trailing 7-1 is not something for any diehard fan to dream could be erased, particularly in the opponents’ backyard.Remember the recent drubbing of a similar margin by the Black Stars of Ghana against ‘The Pharaohs’ of Egypt? Well, back in Cairo the Egyptians could not call on all their magic to erase the score-line but they were able to win narrowly (2-1) to give home fans some confidence.Though the current case is the reverse because the girls lost 7-1 at home and they are traveling to Nigeria to play.So the greater good they can do themselves and the nation is for them to play to demand their respect.It means the coaches by now have made it certain that the players know the game-plan.They are now aware of the mistakes or weaknesses that spelled their doom in the first leg and therefore they must learn to control the flow of the game in Nigeria.Yes, I know, it is easier said than done and it needs players with exceptional talent to overcome such a test. But, please tell me, is it not true that he who is down fears no fall?Whoever came up with that clever idea may have had the kind of situation our girls face in mind. Ok, so now that we know we have a herculean task to perform, all our girls have to do is to play well and try not to concede more goals like what happened at home.You see, I said they must try because the Nigerian forwards are aware of our girls’ weaknesses in the first leg and may go all out to exploit to their own advantage. Or since they are comfortably ahead with 7-1, they may relax their game, a kind of play to entertain their crowd to give them a good run for their money.If Coach Wreh and his deputy Makor could evolve a strategy to weather the storm and come out unscathed, despite the first leg results, they would be described as heroes and the girls would be known as heroines of our time.The team leaves on Thursday, and though the mission seems impossible, they must play together to change for the better the difficult role that inadequate preparation has thrust into their hands.Good Luck girls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Government’s Women’s Empowerment Agenda

first_imgBack in 2016, Guyana’s President David Granger announced a five-point plan to promote equal and modern opportunities for women, as he recommitted his administration towards empowering women folk to meet the challenges that lie ahead in the changing domestic and global environment.The announcement of the plan came on the heels of a UNDP report which stated that, over the past few years, Guyana has made very good progress towards promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.Capitalizing on this, President Granger made it clear that one of the fundamental pillars of his government is equal opportunities for the whole population, with empowerment and protection of women and the eradication of poverty at the forefront of its efforts.His rationale coincides with the 17 global goals identified by the United Nations as essential for achieving sustainable development. Goal number five speaks to the notion of worldwide gender equality and women’s empowerment.Gender equality therefore, as the UN succinctly states, “is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.” Unhindered access for all people to education, healthcare, employment, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will underpin sustainable economies, and clearly benefit societies and humanity overall.With regard to international levels of employment, the latest statistics from the World Bank for ratio of female to male labour force participation – those for 2013 — show the Syrian Arab Republic having the lowest female participation, coming in 185th place at 19%, and Malawi being in the number one spot with 104%. The World Bank points out that, globally, women are less likely than men to participate in the labour market, i.e. less likely to be employed or actively looking for work; with only Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and Malawi being over the 100% mark. The UK and the US come in at 81% and 82% respectively. The World Bank explains that “female participation in employment is high, and the gender gap low, in many low-income countries where women are engaged in unpaid subsistence agriculture, although they are less involved in paid activities outside the household. Women also tend to be active in high-income countries, where over two-thirds of the female adult population participate in the labour market and the gender gap in labour force participation rates is less than 15 percent on average.”Guyana places 154th in the study, which also shows the country’s ratio increasing from 48.2% in 2003 to 52.9% in 2013. Although it is still lower than the average of 68.4% for Latin American and Caribbean (developed) countries, it is moving in the right direction.Mr Granger also stipulated that the Government would ensure more microcredit facilities are set up, and greater access is available to small business loans. He added that the Government was prepared to consider offering tax rebates to companies that establish day care facilities for working mothers. He also promised the introduction of proactive protective legislation and new training programmes.Indeed, the UNDP notes that educationally, “the targets of having gender parity in primary and secondary education have been achieved, since boys and girls are equally represented at these levels. At the university level, there are twice as many girls as there are boys enrolled.”Politically, according to UN figures, women now hold more than 30% of seats in the national parliament in at least one chamber in 46 countries. Among them is Guyana, where, since 2015, the proportion of seats held by women in its national parliament has reached 35%.The President’s ambitions come with the wholehearted backing of First Lady Sandra Granger, a determined and accomplished career woman and homemaker. Mrs Granger has pledged to champion various causes during her husband’s first term as president, particularly equality and the education and safety of children.The situation in Guyana has not changed drastically since 2016, despite the President’s commitment. More women are dying and becoming the victims of sexual abuse and violence inflicted by their male counterparts and intimate partners. The girl child is no safer than she was in 2016, and there has been no major policy shift towards the empowerment of women in rural communities.In fact, with the dismissal of thousands of male breadwinners along the sugar belt, the situation has worsened, and women who were traditionally housewives are now forced to work and earn incomes in order to sustain their families. The opportunities available to these women folk are few and far less than what many may see as befitting this class of people.A more serious approach has to be adopted in dealing with women’s issues if the President’s vision is to become reality. If his commitment is to be kept and worked into policy, then Government must redouble its effort at harmonizing the work of the Ministries and departments that fight for and advocate gender equality, women rights, and the family as an important unit. The President must lead and support wholeheartedly by funding and financing campaigns aimed at strengthening women to continue to make positive contributions to Guyana’s development, especially with the advent of the Oil and Gas industry.last_img read more

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Hamilton in no hurry to win Formula One title in Mexico

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton is on course for another drivers’ crown, despite only coming third at Suzuka © AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURASUZUKA, Japan, Oct 14 – Lewis Hamilton said he was in no hurry to win a sixth world championship after the title battle was reduced to a two-horse Mercedes race at the Japanese Grand Prix.The Formula One circus moves on to Mexico in two weeks’ time where Hamilton, enjoying a 64-point lead over Valtteri Bottas, can wrap up a third consecutive drivers’ crown if he outscores his teammate by 14 points or more. More likely is that the battle will be concluded at the subsequent race at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.Bottas’s victory at Suzuka and Hamilton’s third place clinched a sixth consecutive constructors’ championship for Mercedes and left the Finn as the only driver who can catch Hamilton over the final four races of the campaign.“I think for me it’s never been a case of always wanting to rush things,” Hamilton told reporters Sunday adding that he expected a tough battle from his teammate over the final few races.“Valtteri’s driven well all year long, he’s done a great job today and he will most likely do a very, very solid job these next races, so we still have a battle, the fight continues,” he added.Valtteri Bottas’s victory at Suzuka left the Finn as the only driver who can catch teammate Lewis Hamilton over the final four races of the campaign © AFP / Behrouz MEHRIHamilton is not expecting an easy time in the rarefied high-altitude air of Mexico which should suit Ferrari, who hold an obvious advantage in straight-line speed.“I think Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it’s going to be a tough one for us,” said a downbeat Hamilton, who was quicker on fresher tyres than second-placed Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages at Suzuka but was unable to barge past.“The last few (races) have been pretty shocking, even though we’ve won the title,” he said, after resurgent Ferrari won in three races out of four up to Japan and outqualified Mercedes comfortably at Suzuka.“I’m hoping for a better weekend but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights.“We have no hope of getting by on those straights, that’s for sure but even if you look at the others, the McLarens are picking up some serious speeds on the straights, so are the Red Bulls so I think it will be a tricky one.“I don’t anticipate (the title win) will be Mexico. I think we will be battling for a good few races.”Bottas jumped from third to first with an electric start to win in Japan ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.With only Bottas now able to overtake Hamilton in the standings, Mercedes clinched an unprecedented sixth successive world championship double of drivers and constructors titles.With the win at Suzuka by Valtteri Bottas (C) and third place by Lewis Hamilton (R) Mercedes clinched an unprecedented sixth successive world championship double of drivers and constructors titles © AFP / Behrouz MEHRIHamilton dedicated the achievement to the team’s former non-executive director Niki Lauda, who died in May.“It definitely feels a little bit different,” Hamilton said of the three-time Formula One world champion.“I wouldn’t say as happy as previously because naturally we lost Niki this year and it doesn’t feel the same without him.“Every time I walk into the garage I see Niki’s headphones and his cap. I sat and I looked at it today.“I think the whole team and the whole of Mercedes will probably dedicate this to Niki. I definitely do.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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