APTN National NewsA grassroots campaign is underway in Winnipeg to get Indigenous people out to the polls in this fall’s municipal election.“Indigenous Rock the Vote” is a social media campaign to raise awareness ahead of the October election.Indigenous people make up more than 10 per cent of the population of Winnipeg, but many have never voted before.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, one of the mayoral candidates is trying to inspire Indigenous people to cast their ballot, even if it isn’t for him.
VANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) says it has received another permit and the approval of a technical study for the closure of its Old Olympias mine in Greece.The company has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country.The approvals follow comments by the company that it planned to suspend investment at its mines in Greece amid what it said were delays in the issuing of permits and licences.Eldorado received two other permits earlier this week, but the company said there are still issues outstanding including a permit for its Skouries flotation plant.The Greek government served formal notice that it would initiate an arbitration hearing regarding the company’s Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant alleging a technical study is deficient. Eldorado denies the claim.Eldorado said once it receives the Skouries permit and the Greek government is willing to engage in constructive discussions, it will be in a position to reassess its investment options.
TORONTO – Bank of England governor Mark Carney says cryptocurrencies aren’t a risk to the financial state, but he thinks they will be subject to some form of regulation.The former Bank of Canada governor and so-called rockstar of finance says cryptocurrencies pose a challenge for market integrity because “a huge amount” of illicit activity is run through them.His remarks came as he spoke to business heavyweights and economy-watchers at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit in Toronto.Despite the abuses of cryptocurrencies, he says they aren’t a risk to the financial state because they’re still small and not connected to the financial system.While still relatively small compared with the established system, he says the emergence of such currencies is part of a broader reorganization of the economy and radically challenging the existing payment system.He says that at some point, cryptocurrency systems will have to see more regulation.“There are these exchanges where you transfer your Canadian dollars for a cryptocurrency and those in general are unregulated and in some cases, there’s plenty of serious abuse or at a minimum, they are very porous to a cyber attack and theft and they just do not meet the standards,” he says. “There is no reason why that should be tolerated.”Carney has previously slammed cryptocurrencies and called on regulators to start monitoring them as they do other financial assets because he says, “being part of the financial system brings enormous privileges, but with them great responsibilities.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles will kick off the process for licensing marijuana cultivators and manufacturers on Aug. 1, but it’s likely to be many months before any of those companies open their doors for business.The announcement Monday was greeted with a mix of anticipation and frustration by growers and other businesses awaiting licenses that have watched the illicit market flourish.California broadly legalized cannabis on Jan. 1, but Los Angeles has moved cautiously with licensing. Growers and others seeking licenses will have to go through a tiered review in which applicants must show they meet a range of legal requirements, as well as pass inspections.About 150 retailers have opened in the city, but the rest of the supply chain has been on hold.Donnie Anderson, a Los Angeles cultivator and dispensary owner, said he’s been paying rent for months on commercial space he can’t use without a license, straining his budget.He told the city Cannabis Regulation Commission “we don’t want to wait too much longer.”The announcement was made by the city’s top pot regulator, Cat Packer, who said rules continue to change as the city refines the new system.When might the first cultivator licenses go out?“There are many steps that have not even been solidified,” she said. “I cannot commit to a timeline at this point.”The commission heard a long line of now-familiar complaints about the uneven state of the L.A. market, which was once expected to be a model for the rest of the state but has developed more slowly than San Diego, Oakland and other major cities.The concerns ranged from a robust illegal market that is undercutting the legal one, hefty tax rates and questions about who would be eligible for licenses.Commission President Robert Ahn indicated that the industry would need patience as the city continues to transform the long-established industry into a multibillion-dollar, regulated marketplace.“We have tremendous challenges,” Ahn said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time.”
Ghaziabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath described the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena” (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Army) during an election campaign for the BJP here. Hitting out at Opposition parties over a host of governance issues Sunday, Adityanath said what was “impossible” for the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party is possible under the BJP rule. “Congress ke log aatankwadiyon ko biryani khilate the aur Modi ji ki sena aatankwadiyon ko goli aur gola deti hai (Congress people would feed biryani to terrorists, while Modi’s army gives them bullet or bomb). This is the difference. The Congress people use ‘ji’ in Masood Azhar’s name to encourage terrorism,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, terror camps are being destroyed which is breaking the back of terrorists and Pakistan. This is the work being done by the BJP government and this is the difference,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister added. “What was namumkin (impossible) for the Congress is mumkin (possible) for PM Modi. Because when Modi is there, the impossible becomes possible,” he said. Campaigning for sitting MP and Union minister V K Singh, Adityanath earlier listed out the achievements brought in the region under five years of Modi rule in the Centre and two years of his in the state. He also said the situation of safety in western Uttar Pradesh has improved and nobody can misbehave with women and girls, while criminals are either behind the bars or dead.
BENGHAZI- Gunmen on Sunday killed a former security officer who served under slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the violence-ridden eastern city of Benghazi, security and medical sources said.“Retired colonel Muftah Najem was shot dead,” said a spokeswoman for Al-Jala hospital where the body was taken.A security source said unidentified men fired from a vehicle as Najem was driving in Al-Sabri district, “killing him on the spot”. Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled Kadhafi and led to his killing by rebels in October that year, has suffered a wave of attacks.Both security forces and foreign missions have been targeted, including a September 2012 assault on the US consulate that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.The government has struggled to consolidate control in the vast and mostly desert country, which is effectively ruled by a patchwork of local militias and awash in heavy weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenals.
In his meeting in Beijing with Vice-President Hu Jintao, the Secretary-General discussed the UN development goals, saying that international cooperation in areas ranging from terrorism to economic development was more important than ever after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. “We can’t afford another failed state like Afghanistan,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the period when world inattention towards Afghanistan allowed it to become a bastion for organized terror. The Secretary-General also pledged to work with China on human rights issues, and repeated his earlier message that all levels of society must be involved in the fight against AIDS. “We must remove the stigma” of the disease, he stressed. In reply, Vice-President Hu said that AIDS is a public health menace for all mankind and that China is paying close attention to its prevention and control, with all society needing to be engaged in the fight, according to UN spokesperson Hua Jiang. The Secretary-General said he was heartened by that attitude. Mr. Annan then met with the most active leaders in the fight against AIDS in China, including Health Minister Dr. Zhang Wenkang and Professor Zeng Yi, President of the China Foundation for AIDS Prevention and Control. “We need all hands on deck,” he told them. In the late afternoon, the Secretary-General met with Vice Premier Qian Qichen, who also said that AIDS deserves the attention of all governments, adding that China takes the issue very seriously and has mobilized its medical sector to join in the search for a cure. The Secretary-General then described the meeting he had just had on the epidemic and his efforts to prod the major drug firms to lower their prices for AIDS medications in poor countries, Ms. Jiang said. The two officials also discussed Iraq and the Security Council’s efforts to agree on a formula for the return of weapons inspectors. Their substantive talks continued at a subsequent dinner in the Secretary-General’s honour hosted by the Vice Premier. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s wife, Nane, spent part of the day at a Beijing primary school, where she met with some 200 students as well as officials from China’s main children’s books publisher, Ms. Jiang said. Students of the Jing Shan Primary School presented their main concerns to Mrs. Annan, including an end to war, the protection of the environment, and education for all girls and boys. They also appealed for more attention to the growing global problem of AIDS orphans. In return, she showed slides of the UN’s development work and praised the students for their deep compassion and commitment.
In this July 31, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump pauses during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a tricky legal situation. Legal experts say he’d be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate, especially if premiums jump by 20 percent as expected after such a move. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2017 9:07 am MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump on tricky legal ground with ‘Obamacare’ threat WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a legal bind.Law experts say he’d be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate, especially if premiums jump by 20 per cent as expected after such a move.“Trump thinks he’s holding all the cards. But Democrats know what’s in his hand, and he’s got a pair of twos,” said University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley. Democrats “aren’t about to agree to dismantle the Affordable Care Act just because Trump makes a reckless bet.”For months, the president has been threatening to stop payments that reimburse insurers for providing required financial assistance to low-income consumers, reducing their copays and deductibles.Administration officials say the decision could come any day.Playing defence, some insurers are preemptively raising premiums for next year. For example, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona this week announced a 7.2 per cent average hike for 2018. But there would likely be no increase if the subsidies are guaranteed, the company said. And BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina earlier requested a 22.9 per cent average increase. With the subsidies, the company said that would have been 8.8 per cent.The “cost-sharing” subsidies are under a legal cloud because of a dispute over whether the Obama health care law properly approved the payments. Other parts of the health care law, however, clearly direct the government to reimburse insurers.With the issue unresolved, the Trump administration has been paying insurers each month, as the Obama administration had done previously.Trump returned to the subject last week after the GOP drive to repeal the health care law fell apart in the Senate, tweeting, “As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”He elaborated in another tweet, “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies…will end very soon!”It’s not accurate to call the cost-sharing subsidies a bailout, said Tim Jost, a professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia.“They are no more a bailout than payments made by the government to a private company for building a bomber,” he said.That’s at the root of the Trump administration’s potential legal problem if the president makes good on this threat.The health law clearly requires insurers to help low-income consumers with their copays and deductibles. Nearly 3 in 5 HealthCare.gov customers qualify for the assistance, which can reduce a deductible of $3,500 to several hundred dollars. The annual cost to the government is about $7 billion.The law also specifies that the government shall reimburse insurers for the cost-sharing assistance that they provide.Nonetheless, the payments remain under a cloud because of a disagreement over whether they were properly approved in the health law, by providing an “appropriation.”The Constitution says the government shall not spend money without a congressional appropriation.Think of an appropriation as an electronic instruction to your bank to pay a recurring monthly bill. You fully intend to pay, and the money you’ve budgeted is in your account. But the payment will not go out unless you specifically direct your bank to send it.House Republicans trying to thwart the ACA sued the Obama administration in federal court in Washington, arguing that the law lacked specific language appropriating the cost-sharing subsidies.A district court judge agreed with House Republicans, and now the case is on hold before the U.S. appeals court in Washington. A group of state attorneys general asked the court earlier this year to let them join the case in defence of the subsidies, and on Tuesday the court agreed. House Republicans had opposed the states’ participation, but the court said the group had “demonstrated the appropriateness of their intervention in this case.”Both Bagley and Jost have followed the issue of the payments closely, and disagree on whether the health law properly approved the payments to insurers. Bagley says it did not; while Jost says it did.However, the two experts agree that insurers would have a solid lawsuit if Trump stops the payments. Insurers could sue in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims for money against the government.“The ACA promised to make these payments — that could not be clearer — and Congress has done nothing to limit that promise,” said Bagley.“I think there would very likely be litigation if the Trump administration tries to cut off the payments,” said Jost.Another way to resolve it: Congress could appropriate the money, even if temporarily, for a couple of years. Some prominent GOP lawmakers have expressed support for that.If the president makes good on his threat, experts estimate that premiums for a standard “silver” plan would increase by about 19 per cent. Insurers could recover the cost-sharing money by raising premiums, since those are also subsidized by the ACA, and there’s no question about their appropriation.But millions of people who buy individual health care policies without any financial assistance from the government would face prohibitive cost increases.And more insurers might decide to leave already shaky markets.“This is not a game,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Millions of people would not be able to afford health insurance for their families.”
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately.A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit challenging the restrictions moves forward. The panel issued the ruling three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel said the provision serves no medical purpose.In its 20-page ruling, the appeals court panel acknowledged that the provision “may increase the cost of accessing an abortion provider and decrease the number of physicians available to perform abortions.” However, the panel said that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that having “the incidental effect of making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate” a law that serves a valid purpose, “one not designed to strike at the right itself.”The panel left in place a portion of Yeakel’s order that prevents the state from enforcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol for abortion-inducing drugs in cases where the woman is between 50 and 63 days into her pregnancy. Doctors testifying before the court had said such women would be harmed if the protocol were enforced.After Yeakel halted the restrictions, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had made an emergency appeal to the conservative 5th Circuit, arguing that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges is a constitutional use of the Legislature’s authority.“This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women,” Abbott, a Republican who is running for governor, said in a written statement.
Wired’s Gadget Lab blog reports that Jobs said developers have earned more than $2 billion from app sales and Apple generated $9.5 billion in iPad revenue. Apple also designed a Smart Cover for the tablet ($39 for polyurethane or $69 for leather), which attaches with a self-aligning magnetic hinge and folds back to form a pedestal to prop up the iPad. iPad 2 models are available with AT&T or Verizon networks. Pricing is similar to the previous version: $499 for the 16GB wi-fi model, $599 for the 32GB, and $699 for the 64GB. Add the 3G and pricing jumps to $629, $729 and $829. The Verizon wi-fi/3G model will be available only in the U.S. The iPad 2 is scheduled to ship March 11. Apple simultaneously announced that Random House is making its full catalog of 17,000 ebooks available in the iBookstore, which, says the company, now offers content from 2,500 publishers. Apple unveiled the iPad 2 today. As a host of new tablet devices are making their way into the market, Apple needed to make a significant jump ahead in performance and functionality. Key upgrades include a 33 percent thinner design that makes the new tablet 15 percent lighter while keeping the same screen size. Customers can choose between black or white versions. The device ships with Apple’s dual-core A5 processor and the company’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 4.3. CPU speed is reportedly 2 times faster and graphics are rendered up to 9 times faster.According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company has sold more than 15 million iPads so far, and the iPad 2 has taken on more interactive characteristics. The device has front and rear cameras, allowing traditional camera functionality along with the ability to use Apple’s video chat feature, FaceTime.iMovie and GarageBand apps, at $4.99 each, launched along with the new tablet, which allow users more media recording and editing capabilities-pushing the device into a content creation realm, not just a passive reading/watching experience. In a press event held today, Jobs pointed out that there are now more than 350,000 apps available with more than 65,000 that are native to the iPad.
The case over the murder of Feni Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi has been transferred to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate Jakir Hossain passed the order on Thursday morning and fixed 10 June for next hearing.Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Sirajuddoula and 15 other accused, who were charged with the murder, were produced before the court today.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the 722-page charge-sheet against 16 people to the court on Wednesday 53 days after the madrasa student was set on fire.The accused are- madrasa principal SM Sirajuddoula,Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, KamrunnaharMoni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil, Mohammad Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Absar Uddin.Nusrat had accused the principal of sexually harassing her. She was set on fire at an examination centre in Sonagaziupazila on 6 April allegedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Share A new president in real life means a new president at Magic Kingdom, too.Specifically, a new animatronic figure in the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, where every former leader of the republic is depicted in an “audio-animatronics show.”The exhibit is currently closed for updates and maintenance, but Disney has released a sneak peak of the new addition.It’s not the presence of President Trump in this lineup that’s raising eyebrows.It’s … well, let’s face it.It’s the face.Do you see Donald Trump? Or Jon Voight playing Donald Trump?Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/dtu4PnqPv4— Wil Spillane 🚀 (@2xUEss) December 19, 2017Or a certain doll from a horror franchise?Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll. pic.twitter.com/yLCBmhpNvG— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) December 19, 2017Or — and we’re very, very sorry to keep bringing back the 2016 election, like we are all caught in some vicious space-time vortex, or like our reality exists inside a demented computer simulation currently experimenting with a rewind button — but …Doesn’t it kind of look like Hillary Clinton?Here me out on this. Clearly Disney had Hilary’s robot ready to go and then they had to try and make it look like Trump. Don’t hate me. This is just a necessary and painful fact we all need to deal with. pic.twitter.com/biSirfwE59— Shannon O’Neill (@spotastic) December 19, 2017 no joke, that Donald Trump robot at Disney’s Hall of Presidents looks like the child of him, Hillary Clinton, Jon Voight, and Roger Ebert. kill it before AI gives it more than two terms.— Nowhere. Near. Berlin! (@vodkasnowflake) December 19, 2017Then there is the robot’s outfit, with an unbuttoned suit and long tie — some call it embarrassing, while others say it’s true to life.So many embarrassing & humiliating details about the animatronic:* The disheveled, hobo hair* The fleshy jowls & turkey neck* The huge gut resulting in the unbuttoned jacket* The idiotic facial expression& the coup de grace,* The ill-fitting suit & tie -a Trump pet peeve https://t.co/mUvJTUSna5— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) December 19, 2017There are a few important things to note here.First, while some corners of the Internet are amused by the face of robot Trump, the president’s supporters are neither laughing nor particularly concerned.President Trump has officially been added to Disney’s Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. I love it! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/W7ns9zqozH— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) December 19, 2017Some Trump fans were disappointed that his tie was blue and white, instead of red, but overall, there was great enthusiasm among his base for the animatronic impression of the president.Several supporters expressed surprise that Trump was even added to the lineup, based on a theory that Disney was run by liberals who would never respect the president enough to add him to the exhibit, as it had for every president before him.Gene Duncan/Walt Disney WorldAn animatronic figure of President Obama was unveiled at Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction in 2009.Second, while some Trump opponents have theorized that the president’s animatronic figurine was designed to look atrocious on purpose, as an insult to the president, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.The Hall of Presidents has a long history of unsatisfying, unsettling or inadequate figurines. Disney’s official history of the attraction notes that the initial concept was “too ambitious for the technology of the time,” and the first figures “didn’t quite look and act as Walt Disney had originally envisioned.”When the exhibit was finally launched in 1971, with new technology, the presidents still looked far better from a distance than in a close-up.Even Barack Obama’s figure in the Hall of Presidents, which debuted in 2009, is far from a picture-perfect portrait.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A woman’s desire to diet and seek a slim body may depend on the attractiveness of a romantic partner, a study has found, highlighting the fairer sex’s risk of developing eating disorders. The study showed that women who were evaluated as less attractive were more motivated to diet and be thin if their husbands or partners were attractive than them.Conversely, this extra motivation to diet did not exist among the women who were more attractive than their husbands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs for men, their motivation to diet was low regardless of their wives attractiveness or their own, the researchers said.”The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive,” said Tania Reynolds, doctoral student at the Florida State University.The study offers productive insights about relationships in which a woman fears she will fall short of her partner’s expectations.Understanding the predictors that increase a woman’s risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems could lead to earlier assistance.”It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight-loss behaviours, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life,” Reynolds said.
‘Burning,’ ‘Cold War’ top AP’s best films of 2018 This image released by Fox Searchlight Films shows Melissa McCarthy, left, and Richard E. Grant in a scene from “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Mary Cybulski/Fox Searchlight via AP) Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2018.JAKE COYLE1. “Burning”: It was, for sure, an extraordinary movie year. Little to nothing separates my favourite 10 films, or, for that matter, my top 20 or 30. Many of the year’s best were found overseas, and none haunted me more than Lee Chang-dong’s smouldering slow-burn thriller. An adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, “Burning” is about a triangle of young Koreans (Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun — all astonishing) divided by class but united in heartache and rage. At sunset, with Miles Davis playing, it reaches an aching crescendo.2. “Private Life”: Tamara Jenkins’ comic and compassionate fertility drama is like “Waiting for Godot” with two of the best actors around: Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti. In a movie year where love that lasts was hard to find, the searching couple in “Private Life” made for an affectionate and indelible portrait of middle-aged marriage.3. “First Reformed”: Chiseled out of a lifetime of doubt, Paul Schrader’s late-in-life masterpiece throbs with an existential despair that has hardened into a taut and tormented religious drama. It’s a culmination for Schrader— an anguished bookend to “Taxi Driver,” which he wrote — about a priest (a never-better Ethan Hawke) in desperate search for grace.4. “Shoplifters”: The films of Hirokazu Kore-eda unfold so nimbly and breezily that their profundity (and your tears) can come as a surprise. In this, a high-point for Kore-eda and the winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or, the Japanese master depicts the ragtag life of a makeshift, impoverished family that slowly, heartbreaking gnaws at the question: What makes a family? The answer is more than DNA.5. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Take the Coen brothers for granted at your peril. In this, an anthology of six Western tales of death and storytelling, life is a Poker game where everyone’s holding — like the two pair of black aces and eights that Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) refuses to play in the film’s first chapter — a dead man’s hand.6. “Cold War” A stone-cold stunner, the second straight from Pawel Pawlikowski (“Ida”), about a romance torn between exile and home (and based on the director’s parents). Pawlikowski’s command is absolute. His smoky, shimmering images — dense with atmosphere, luminous with mystery — are what celluloid was made for.7. “The Rider”: Chloe Zhao’s second feature, starring real-life rider Brady Jandreau as an injured South Dakota cowboy forced to give up the only life he knows, is so richly filled with the beauty and struggle of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where it’s set. Blending fiction with real life, Zhao achieves something spiritual.8. “Paddington 2”: In an endlessly dispiriting year, Paul King’s charm overload was the go-to antidote, a salve of confectionary delight: marmalade for your maladies.9. “The Favourite”: It’s just such an irresistible acting spectacle. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone set a torch to the traditional historical drama in Yorgos Lanthimos’ wild and caustic period romp.10. “Zama”: Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel’s elliptical tale of a Spanish magistrate in remote 18th century Argentina, adapted from Antonio di Benedetto’s novel, casts a deliriously hypnotic spell. The vivid, formalist imagery unravels the pathetic absurdities of a colonist whose stature, tenuous from the start, is disappearing before his eyes.Honourable mentions: “You Were Never Really Here,” ”The Hate U Give,” ”Eighth Grade,” ”Black Panther,” ”Minding the Gap,” ”Sorry to Bother You,” ”Roma,” ”Free Solo,” “Support the Girls,” ”Let the Sunshine In.”___LINDSEY BAHR1. “Cold War”: Romantic, passionate, tragic and perfectly unsentimental, filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is an intoxicating portrait of an impossible, cruel and undeniable love between a musician, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and a singer with an “it factor,” Zula (Joanna Kulig). Shot in stunningly crisp black and white, Pawlikowski’s film is a triumph in an 85-minute package.2. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”: Lee Israel is not your typical leading lady, and that’s what makes her so great. You can imagine one version of this movie, about a washed up biographer who starts a side hustle forging personal letters of some of wittiest literary minds of all time, relishing in and exploiting her unglamorous life. But director Marielle Heller and star Melissa McCarthy just let Lee Israel be: Sharp, unpleasant, infuriating, compelling, terrible and heroic. Heller’s early ’90s New York feels like the real thing too.3. “Roma”: Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal ode to women who raised him, “Roma” is a film going experience like few others — tranquil but urgent, meditative but exciting, and told with pure love and humanity. Like “Cold War,” ”Roma” is also shot in black and white, but it rarely feels like it. His images are so vivid and full of life you can almost feel the prism of colours peeking through.4. “Wildlife”: This adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel about a family in 1960s Montana feels like it was made by someone much older and much more experienced than 30-something, first-time director Paul Dano. And yet he’s made one of the most elegant and heart wrenching examinations of a nuclear American family (Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ed Oxenbould) that’s dissolving under capitalist systems and gender essentialism.5. “BlacKkKlansman”: Ron Stallworth’s story of infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan is a good one, but Spike Lee made it even better in “BlacKkKlansman, an explosive and essential treatise on racism in America with a rallying score, a surprising amount of humour, and some unforgettable performances (from John David Washington and Adam Driver).6. “A Star Is Born”: Bradley Cooper’s achievement with “A Star Is Born” is hard to quantify. As an actor, he’s never been better as the self-destructive rock star Jackson Maine, who has one gesture of love left in his pill and alcohol addled body — to help Lady Gaga’s Ally reach the heights she deserves. And as a director? This is just the beginning, I’d imagine.7. “Private Life”: Tamara Jenkins found something novel, and wonderfully feminine, to say about middle-class New York intellectuals in this impeccably written and acted story about marriage, fertility and hope in middle age, that is humorous, precise and true, and a great spotlight for the equally excellent Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti.8. “The Favourite”: This movie about power struggles in the court of Queen Anne is deliciously deranged, and wickedly cynical, but somehow more accessible and lighthearted than what we’ve typically come to expect from Yorgos Lanthimos. With fiercely fun and piercing performances from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult, it’s a fully engrossing experience that will leave you looking for some pearls to clutch (and then smash on the ground in devious glee).9. “Juliet, Naked”: I won’t pretend like “Juliet, Naked” has the gravitas or prestige of most of the other films on this list, and yet it is quietly, unassumingly one of the more poignant, and straightforwardly enjoyable movies of the year about mid-life second chances, for those who have never made any mistakes (Rose Byrne’s small-town character Annie), and those who’ve made all of them (Ethan Hawke’s elusive, cult rock star Tucker Crowe).10. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”: The Coen brothers show off their best tricks in this deliriously entertaining Western anthology. It’s the kind of film that feels new but familiar and nihilistic yet comforting, as you jump between a singing sharpshooter (Tim Blake Nelson), an old prospector (Tom Waits) and his “pocket,” to a woman (Zoe Kazan) on a wagon trail getting her first glimmer of happiness.Honourable Mentions: “First Reformed,” ”Burning,” ”Leave No Trace,” ”If Beale Street Could Talk,” ”A Simple Favour,” ”Minding the Gap.”___Follow Coyle at http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP and Bahr at http://twitter.com/ldbahr .___For more on the the biggest moments of 2018, visit: https://apnews.com/2018-TheYearinReviewJake Coyle And Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle And Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2018 10:19 am PDT
December 8, 2010As we are looking forward to the opening of the first Soleri bridge this week-end, we also want to bring attention back to the exhibition of Soleri bridges right now at the SMOCA Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art, just a few streets over from the new Soleri Bridge and Plaza.The exhibition is open until January 23. 2011 and features a beautiful collection of Soleri bridge designs, spanning the years from 1948 to now.One of the large folded scrolls is on display for the very first time. It is dated 1959 and only 24 feet of the 100 foot scroll is displayed at a time. Each month a different set of panels are revealed.Also three Soleri bridge models are on display.Tomiaki Tamura put together digital presentations of many more bridge designs from the Soleri sketchbook pages and bridge scrolls and drawings.This report continues on 12/10/10. [photos by YoungSoo Kim]
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