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The Revenant: Predictable Revenge Plot on The Ol’ Frontier

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Revenant premiered on Dec. 25, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and follows an incapacitated mountain man’s journey for survival to avenge his son’s death at the hands of an egocentric comrade during the early 1800s.The film took some time to reach this point, however. Almost an hour, actually. Director Alejandro Iñárritu, whose artful Birdman won the Oscar for Best Picture last year, lured audiences into Montana and South Dakota’s open wilderness. The northern states’ landscapes of snow-capped mountains ringed by vast creaking forests and cascading rivers were as beautiful and serene as they were cold and cruel.DiCaprio, whose real-life-inspired character’s name (Hugh Glass) barely stuck, slushed and clawed through icy water and dirty snow. Nature was unforgiving in The Revenant. You could see how freezing he was, almost feel that bone-numbing chill (then again, Long Island is pretty effing cold right now, too).Oh, and he’s mauled by a mama grizzly bear. And ambushed by Native Americans. And slept naked inside a dead horse. Stylistic camerawork shot right-up-in-your face action sequences, detailing every bone-snapping crunch, arrow pierced through someone’s neck or eye, or volumes of saliva foaming across DiCaprio’s lips. The gritty fights were very up-close and personal.Sadly, for all the film’s breathtaking backdrops and thrilling action, those are The Revenant’s biggest strengths. What bound everything together was a compelling and dramatic but simple revenge story with a predictable and underwhelming outcome.DiCaprio and Tom Hardy both delivered believable performances, though Hardy once again mumbled his way through some scenes with yet another inaudible character (The Dark Knight Rises’ Bane, Mad Max, etc.). Overall, there wasn’t anything impressive or memorable about their characters’ personalities when compared to the actors’ previous roles, such as DiCaprio’s scumbag Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Neither performance in The Revenant was bad; they just weren’t their best roles.Perhaps the standard set by DeCaprio and Hardy’s résumés destined their latest characters and The Revenant overall to fall short of amazing, but jaw-dropping scenery and savage action carry this revenge story well enough to make the film a praiseworthy start to 2016 cinema, and encourage moviegoers to venture out into January’s merciless chill. At the very least, viewers will be more appreciative of our current weather conditions come the end credits.last_img read more

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FASB’S new CECL comments could be a worst-of-both-worlds approach

first_imgLast week’s comments by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) about how they will allow the different levels of complexity in credit loss calculations for lenders of different sizes would seem to be a victory for smaller credit unions and community banks.Beware the unintended consequences.Experience from the evolution of the CCAR (Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review) & DFAST (Dodd-Frank Act Stress Tests) regulations suggest that this may produce a worst-of-all-worlds approach.FASB is making final edits to the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) guidelines. They have promised to release them in June 2016.The first version of the guidelines rightly recognized that a level of loss can be anticipated from the moment the loan is booked. Knowledge of the loss timing for loans can allow an institution to estimate future losses one or several years into the future. A simple loss model of volume booked times the loss timing function would have produced a forecast accurate enough to sound alarms in 2006 about problems in the mortgage market. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Trump admits Biden won, falsely claims election was ‘rigged’

first_imgPresident Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on “Operation Warp Speed” in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement – President Donald Trump has admitted publicly for the first time that Joe Biden won the election, more than seven days after media outlets including NBC News called the race for Biden. Trump’s apparent admission of Biden’s victory comes even as he continues to falsely claim the election was rigged. Thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. yesterday to protest the results. At least 20 people were arrested after pro-Trump groups clashed with counterprotesters.A White House official, when asked if Trump was admitting defeat, told NBC News: “It looks like it.” The official added that it may be the beginning of Trump conceding the presidential race. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The acknowledgement of defeat came on Twitter, in response to a post by the Fox News show “Watters’ World” that suggested that Biden “didn’t earn” the presidency.“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump said, repeating an allegation that has been debunked by election officials around the country and his own Department of Homeland Security. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Research and Technology Ministry to launch rapid and PCR test kits

first_imgThe rapid antibody test kit, according to Bambang, was the second generation of the test and was being examined by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).The rapid swab test kit is being developed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).Bambang said he hoped that both test kits would be more accurate, more valid and more affordable than current tests. He also hoped they would provide faster results.“This is part of the government’s 3T principle: testing, tracing and treatment. We are strengthening the testing aspect by launching the two products,” he said. (aly)Topics : Research and Technology Minister and National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro has said the ministry is developing COVID-19 test kits to improve screening for the virus.The ministry has launched 60 medical devices since May and is now developing a rapid antibody test kit and a rapid antigen, or swab test, kit.Bambang said the test kits were being tested for validity and sensitivity. “We hope to launch the test kits soon, probably next month because we want to ensure their accuracy through comparative or clinical trials,” he said during a meeting on Wednesday with members of House of Representatives Commission VII overseeing energy, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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EIB Launches Blue SOS

first_imgEuropean Investment Bank (EIB) has launched the Blue Sustainable Ocean Strategy (Blue SOS) to improve the health of oceans, build stronger and more resilient coastal environments and enhance the sustainability of ocean-related activities. The EIB, as the EU Bank, commits to more than double its lending to sustainable ocean projects to EUR 2.5 billion over the next five years. This funding is expected to mobilize at least EUR 5 billion of investment for the sustainable blue economy.EIB vice president in charge of Climate Action and Environment Emma Navarro said: “The latest IPCC special report sends the urgent message that ambitious action is needed to address the unprecedented threats facing our oceans and their resources. Climate change is causing rising sea levels, ocean warming and acidification, while pollution and overfishing are further stressing ocean ecosystems. Today we are launching the EIB Blue Sustainable Ocean Strategy to mobilize investments that will support the blue economy while preserving the health of the oceans and their biodiversity. This new initiative will have tangible positive impacts on the climate and is an important part of the EIB’s ambition to strengthen its role as the EU Climate bank”.The EIB will increase its technical assistance and advisory services to make clean and sustainable ocean projects more attractive for investors and scalable for economic development. The EU Bank will work with businesses, cities, governments and other partners to support key sectors, such as coastal protection, research, development and innovation for blue biotechnology, seafood supply chains and green shipping.In October 2018, the EIB launched with the KfW group and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Clean Oceans Initiative which will provide EUR 2 billion for projects reducing marine litter, especially plastics and microplastics, as well as untreated wastewater discharge. In one year, the three partners achieved more than a third of the five-year target.To promote a sustainable blue economy, the EU Bank pioneered the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, jointly with the European Commission, WWF and the World Resources Institute, to guide investors towards a sustainable use of the ocean resources. The principles have then been endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).last_img read more

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Police officer testifies for state in trial of Portsmouth man

first_imgA police officer who was responsible for finding Stebin Valentine in the heights of Tan Tan in Portsmouth, after he allegedly shot Charlesworth Christopher junior on August 30th, 2009, testified in court on Wednesday.Police corporal Clinton Hillaire who was stationed at the Portsmouth police station at the time of the incident, assisted inspector of police Matthew Cuffy in the investigation.Hillaire, told the court that he was on duty at the police station when a report was made of a shooting incident in Lagoon, and he left the station with inspector Cuffy among other officers, dressed in camouflage uniform to respond to the report.When they arrived in Lagoon, at the scene of the incident, he had a conversation with inspector Cuffy and then went on duty in the “heights of Tan Tan” where he saw Valentine running.“I gave chase, held unto the accused man. I identified myself to him, a scuffle ensued between us, I managed to subdue him, and I brought him on the main road in Tan Tan where I handed him over to inspector Cuffy M”.Hillaire also witnessed the post mortem examination on the body of Charlesworth Christopher junior, which was identified by his father Charlesworth Christopher senior and performed by Dr Maria Garcia Penerio on September 8th, 2009.He told the court that during that examination, Dr Penerio “extracted a round [bullet] in the skull of the deceased, placed it in a container and gave it to me”.That bullet he explained was kept in the container and placed in an envelope for evidence. Hillaire said under cross examination by defense counsel Dawn Yearwood Stuart that he managed to subdue the defendant when he found him in the heights of Tan Tan by “overpowering” him and “did not beat him up”. He was also part of a police team which went out in search of the firearm which was allegedly used to commit the offense the day after the incident; however “the firearm has not been found up to this day”.Meanwhile Francine Sango, one of Christopher’s friends, told the court that she was hanging out with him just before the incident occurred.Sango was sitting on a stool on the step of Christopher’s mother’s house in the company of Kadisha, Ashton, Kelvin and Christopher when she got up and went to speak to Randy Phillip who had called her.Valentine she said had just arrived from a party and replaced her on the stool which was next to Christopher.Just as she was passing through an alleyway to go to Marcus’ house, she heard Christopher said, “What is that” but she continued walking and did not pay them any mind.Then she heard what appeared to be a [gun] shot and Kadisha screaming so she ran back and saw Christopher lying on his back on the ground with what appeared to be blood coming from his mouth.“I started screaming and I took a shirt, I think I got it on the verandah and placed it on his head,” she explained. Then Valentine got up from the stool and “ran north towards the beach side’.At that point, Christopher’s mother came out of the house and Callie Austrie assisted Ashton Joseph and Faustin Alexis in transporting Christopher to the Portsmouth hospital.When the trial resumes on Thursday, the state is expected to call their final witness; investigating officer inspector Matthew Cuffy, to testify.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share LocalNews Police officer testifies for state in trial of Portsmouth man by: – July 5, 2012center_img Share 32 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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27th Annual Batesville Athletic Boosters Bulldog Open

first_imgThe 27th Annual Batesville Athletic Boosters “Bulldog Open” golf scramble at Hillcrest Country Club. The Bulldog Open will be played on Friday, July 24, with an 11 a.m. start. This is a great way to get an early start to the weekend and show your support for Batesville athletics.27th Annual Bulldog Open 2015Everyone is welcome to play. The proceeds from this golf outing are used to help offset the cost of uniforms for the student-athletes.If you are unable to play, but would still like to support the Batesville Athletic Boosters, there are sponsorship opportunities. Attached you will find a registration form that will outline playing and sponsorship opportunities.Contact Batesville AD Brian Helvie for details.last_img read more

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Schmidt’s Bakery sells record number of Thing-A-Lings

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Schmidt’s Bakery celebrated its annual President’s Day tradition of serving Cherry Things-A-Ling’s from last Friday to this past Tuesday.Their final count is 82,908 Thing-A-Lings, which is the largest amount ever.In 2016 they sold 52,000.The five-day event attracted approximately 4,140 customers this year compared to 3,000 last year.When they first went on sale last Friday, the line was out the door all the way down to Randy’s Roadhouse.Customers came from across the Tri-State and as far as Tennessee and Wisconsin.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Tri-State.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.They also shipped them all over the country to places including California, Arizona, New Jersey, and Florida.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ship.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Mark your calendars now for 2018. The longtime tradition is scheduled to take place February 16 – 20.last_img read more