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Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup; Croatia advances

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first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi, center looks down after Croatia’s Luka Modric scored his side’s second goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are on the verge of World Cup elimination. Croatia is moving on.Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0, a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. It was Argentina’s worst loss in group play in 60 years.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Luka Modric scored another with a hooking shot in the 80th and Ivan Rakitic added the third in stoppage time.Croatia advanced to the round of 16 with six points from two games in Group D. Argentina has only one point and will next face Nigeria on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.Argentina has won two World Cups — the last in 1986 — but has not won any major title in 25 years. It lost the World Cup final to Germany four years ago in Brazil.It worst loss in group play came in a 6-1 defeat against Czechoslovakia in 1958.Croatia, a 1998 World Cup semifinalist, reached the knockout stage for only the second time.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Messi, who turns 31 on Sunday, failed to get even one shot off against Croatia on Thursday, five days after he missed a penalty in the team’s opening 1-1 draw against Iceland.Croatia frustrated Argentina throughout the match and never gave Messi space to operate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe humiliating loss came in humiliating fashion for one of soccer’s most storied nations.Argentina goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero miss-kicked a clearance and Croatia defender Ante Rebic recovered the ball before sending it into the net in the 53rd minute. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Andy Murray advances in Brisbane in latest comeback from injury

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first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk He had ankle surgery in November and played one match at an exhibition tournament before traveling to Australia to build up for the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.In first-round women’s matches, Johanna Konta ousted No. 3-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3 to set up a second-round meeting with Ajla Tomljanovic, who beat Katerina Siniakova 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, finished last season in the top 10 for the first time and is more concerned about the Australian Open later this month than recording a loss in her season-opener in Brisbane.“I’m always like ‘It’s going to work out, like in the long run … when it really matters, when it’s really important,’” she said. “Just doing little things now to try to help me in the long run.“It’s the first match of the year — I have like 80 more matches to go,” she added. “Ask me in November what I think about my first-round loss in Brisbane.” SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Briefs LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal is also scheduled this week to play his first competitive match since September, but he is taking a cautious approach after being restricted to nine tournaments last year because of injuries.“After the surgeries, I don’t want to do it a step back. I want to move forward,” he said. “After all I suffered last year in terms of injuries, I don’t want to do mistakes in terms of playing without being 100 percent.”Nadal is set to play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round on Thursday.“I’m here, so I hope to be ready for it. My goal is, of course, to be on court on Thursday and to be on court with a positive feeling.”Despite the disruptions last season, Nadal won his 11th French Open title and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where he had to retire because of an injury, and finished the season ranked No. 2.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “It’s been really hard. Eighteen months, a lot of ups and downs. It was tricky just to get back on the court competing again,” said Murray, who had a noticeable limp between points but didn’t show many injury signs during rallies of strain from his troublesome hip. “I’m happy I’m back out here competing again.”He appeared stiff and rusty to start the match but managed to chase down Duckworth’s chips and drop shots and moved across court well, twice manufacturing forehand winners from defensive positions on important points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWinner of three majors and a five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray is playing on a protected ranking in Brisbane after sliding to No. 240 in a 2018 season in which he finished 7-5 from 12 matches after surgery on his right hip in January. He missed the last five weeks of the season with an ankle injury.“I want to try to enjoy it as much as I can,” Murray, a two-time champion in Brisbane, told the crowd in a post-match interview. “I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to last.” Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a shot during his match against James Duckworth of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray doesn’t know how long his latest comeback can last, so he’s planning on making the most of it.The 31-year-old Murray returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September and gradually warmed into it, going on a late roll to take the last four games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wildcard entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Victorious Bassa: The Day Politics Died in Grand Bassa County

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first_imgNot even the absences of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine and Senate Pro Tempore Gbenzohngar Milton Findley could dampen the victorious celebrations of the Bassonians.Over the weekend, the port city of Buchanan came alive as thousands of Bassonians and hundreds of other Liberians stormed the city to officially celebrate the county’s end of almost 24 years of trophy drought as far as the annual National County Meet is concerned.Yes, jubilant moods they were indeed in what was like a trinity-of-celebrations in the port city that began Friday night (January 31, 2014) with the arrival of guests and continued on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with the grand possession through the principle streets unto the under-renovation Doris Williams Stadium and ended on Sunday, February 2, 2014 with the one-one draw football match between the champions and Senior Professionals. Of course, social outings climaxed the celebrations on the city’s nice and beautiful beaches.In a nutshell, the Bassa celebrations are real indications that politics can cease and probably die for a while despite the diverse political differences the people of Bassa share.With Grand Bassa County’s victory coming at a time when the county, like the other 14 counties, prepares for a crucial senatorial race, the kicking-aside of politics began right at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Stadium on January 19, 2014 when the county repeated its historic win over Nimba during a match that pulled the largest crowd ever in National County Meet history (whether pre or post war days). And at the very end of that match, Bassa politicians (lawmakers and aspiring ones and others) went beyond their respective political boundaries and hugged one another before they could probably even realize it.At least, because of Grand Bassa’s victory, an independent Findley could afford to hug his Liberty Party rivals while others jumped onto the shoulders of those sharing similar but opposing political ambitions.When the Bassa people decided to adequately celebrate their victory two weeks later in their capital city, the political tensions in the county died as if God Almighty had visited the place and everyone needed to show that all was well.It’s no doubt that Bassa politics had been getting deadly weeks leading to the county’s dual championships in football and basketball triumphs. War of words, including some of the worst uncouth words, had been leaving from the mouths of the political missiles of Bassa politicians either eyeing or having an interest in the pending senatorial race few months away.But on that day, the day when thousands of Bassonians gathered at the Monrovia Junction in Buchanan to begin the grand march while hundreds lined the streets, politics were buried; at least while the celebrations lasted.Even without Brumskine and Findley, the Bassonians celebrated as supporters from both sides probably forgot about their respective political idols. The pair happens to be the county’s current political giants, with each gowning their own line of political generations of loyalists who seem prepare to go extra miles in showing their unflinching loyalties to their respective political godfathers. Oh yes, they stand ready to do anything deadly to each other’s political camp if the “need arises” in protecting their respective political bases.But certainly, not during those days (from the days their teams qualified for the Monrovia knockout stages) up to last weekend’s celebrations in the county.Others argue that the presence of the pair could have probably changed the environment. Whether it was God’s timely intervention that prevented them from attending, the end result was a very joyous and tolerant celebration from the people of Grand Bassa County who seemed ready to have shown past winners how they (like immediate past winners Grand Cape Mount, Nimba, Bong, others) probably under-celebrated their respective triumphs.Besides Senator Findley and Representative Mary Kaiwor, the other five Bassa lawmakers including Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and Representatives Byron Brown, Gabriel Buchanan Smith and Robertson Siaway all graced the occasion while LPRC’s T. Nelson Williams, II led an array of Monrovia-based Bassonians to include Simeon Freeman, Cllr. T.C. Gould, LBDI’s John B.S. Davies, Israel Akinsanya, Levi Deemah, the LNP’s Victor Gboyah, Chris Neyor, James Salinsa Debbah, Sundaygar Dearboy, among others.Behind the scene activities in extensive planning leading to Saturday’s successful program saw no political divide when prominent, eminent and ordinary Bassonians to include media personnel, marketers and student representatives joined hands and shared ideas under the T. Nelson Williams led-planning committee.At the end of it all, the theme was crafted and realized: “Two Trophies, One Goal….Bassa First!”It was also interesting when the acting head of the county’s legislative caucus, Representative Smith, in presenting the trophies to the county, remarked: “By virtue of the level of collaboration and coordination that existed amongst us as members of the Bassa Legislative Caucus, with God above and the support from the county administration and all of our citizens, our elders…. Distinguished people of Grand Bassa County, it is now our humble and singular pleasure to on behalf of the Bassa Legislative caucus, present these trophies over to the peace loving people of Grand Bassa County…. May God bless us”.Several others not even connected to the county dominant by an apparent group of Monrovia-based social lovers and other lawmakers of the current 53rd National Legislature including Lofa’s Eugene Fallah Kparkar, Nimba’s Matenokay Tingban, and Montserrado’s Acarious Gray didn’t mind the huge inconveniences that characterized the city arising from the overcrowdedness of Buchanan from Friday evening till early Monday morning.Now, it is clear from the Bassa victory that Bassonians, inspite of all the different political ideologies, can achieve a whole lot more in propelling that great county to higher heights once politics can die for a while just as it did throughout the National County Meet till the county’s victory.Above it all, it was Bassa who won: “Two Trophies, One Goal….Bassa First!”May Bassa always win so we can always bring out the general good we all share.At least we have all proudly converted our battle song from ‘A Mu Wa Badian, Deh Wu Ya Yun’ (‘We shall beat them, they shall be shame’) to a victorious one ‘A Na Wa Badian, Deh Na Ya Yun’ (‘We’ve beaten them, they have been made shame’).Nat Bayjay is a Media Consultant/ Communication specialist. He hails from Grand Bassa County and was very instrumental in his county’s County Meet Glory when he served as the media specialist on the Sundaygar Dearboy led Mobilization Committee. He’s reachable on:nbayjay2010@gmail.com/0777-402737.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Banks Urged To Do More for SMEs

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first_imgIt was a conversation that had been held in many different pockets of the economy, throughout the Sirleaf Administration, though hardly as propitious as it was yesterday, when Commerce and Industry Minister Axel M. Addy called on commercial banks to do more to support the development of Small Medium Enterprises (SME) in order to achieve long-term growth for the Liberian economy. Speaking on April 19, 2016 at a one-day roundtable conference with donors and the private sector on Liberia’s Accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Minister Addy declared that support to Small Medium Enterprises (SME) will greatly help to increase employment opportunities and decrease the burden of importing on Liberia.In the midst of stakeholders including government officials, representatives of banking institutions and non-governmental organizations, and ambassadors, the Minister said banking institutions in the country were [mainly] after big investors and not SME entrepreneurs. His remarks sparked a spirited exchange of experiences from representatives of local banks, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and other stakeholders, who weighed in on the concern. Responding to the Minister’s plea, a representative of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) contended that most loans taken by SME owners are “non-performing”. Loans that are not repaid, said the LBDI representative, cause serious setbacks for the banks.Francis A. Dennis, President of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC), said one cause for non-compliance with payment of loans is the absence of a commercial court in the country to try delinquent borrowers indebted to banks.Mr. Dennis, who is also a former president of LBDI and former president of the Liberia Bankers’ Association, said banking institutions are not open to every player in the economy but chasing the same customers, noting that opening up to the economy will enable SMEs to grow.Also commenting was Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), who said “The Judiciary has problems. Many young people are employed by banks and they steal taxpayers’ monies, but getting them prosecuted in the court is difficult, and law enforcement is weak.”Another participant suggested that the “naming and shaming” method instituted by the Central Bank is helping to minimize delinquency on the part of borrowers. The participant, however, said for such behavior on the part of borrowers to be further curtailed, there should be legal reforms to enhance compliance with loan payment. He said when cases are adjudicated and borrowers are convicted, they take their appeals to the Supreme Court, where the case will also experience delay with adverse effect on the banks’ profits and capital.A representative of the International Monitory Fund (IMF) at the conference also suggested that banking institutions should set a proper and affordable credit rate analysis that will encourage “would be SMEs.”Minister Addy was speaking from the perspective that “Liberia has over the years heavily imported [more] than exported, which has aversely burdened the country’s economy,” and that giving preference to SME entrepreneurs to have access to finance and be capacitated to operate will surely enhance the growth Liberia needs. He also said prioritizing SMEs is significant to the growth and development of the economy because it will enhance even agriculture, which serves as a backbone to the economy.He disclosed that the ministry is currently partnering with an institution to train some local entrepreneurs; and when they complete the training, each will be given US$10,000 to start their businesses, and they will be monitored. “Students in Liberia and Africa in general are graduating from universities and colleges every year without hope of employment,” the Minister told the gathering. “If you ask them about where they want to work, they will respond that they want to work in government; and if asked where they want to live, they will prefer to live in the West because they see how better their friends are in those western countries. Investment in SMEs is very important to changing the dynamics of thoughts of many of our citizens because it will create the jobs they need to sustain them.”He added that Liberia has heavily relied on exporting its raw materials including iron ore, rubber, timber and cash crops without added value, while at the same time importing larger portion of its needs including rice, petroleum products and other manufactured goods. And now that the price of iron ore has fallen on the world market, he said, Liberia’s economic growth can be enhanced only if SMEs are supported to get locally produced commodities properly packaged for export.“It only takes support of investors to come in as middlemen to have packaging facilities that will help local entrepreneurs package their goods and properly labeled for export; and when this is done, the agriculture sector will be highly promoted that more people will produce agricultural commodities in the country,” Minister Addy suggested.The roundtable conference about Liberia’s Accession to the WTO Protocol and Post Accession Plan was organized by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The EIF is a multi-donor program which supports least developed countries to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. Giving some synopsis on the gathering on Tuesday, Minister Addy said “This gathering today is part of a series of discussions about Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO); and by the way, we have had discussions on the same matter with the National Legislature.”He said the gathering comes following Liberia’s participation in discussions on its accession to the WTO for the last seven years, and the ongoing phase is to discuss with donors and the private sector some domestic challenges and opportunities in making business under WTO protocol. Donors have supported the process of Liberia joining WTO for the last seven years, he disclosed, and now that Liberia has met the standards of WTO, donors and the private sector are joining government to strategize how the post accession plan can be implemented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Robotics, self-reliance workshops taken to North Rupununi

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first_imgSome 100 residents of the North Rupununi, in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region (Region Nine) will benefit from two workshops focused on robotics and business, compliments of First Lady Sandra Granger.First Lady Sandra Granger chats with students of North Rupununi, Region Nine, on MondayThe residents, comprising both youth and adults, will be engaged in the workshops, which started today and will conclude Friday. Granger, on Monday morning, declared open the workshops at the Bina Hill Institute, where it was disclosed that a group of 60 students from the Annai Primary and Secondary schools as well as the Bina Hill Institute will be trained in STEM/ robotics. The remaining 40 community members will be trained in the area of self-reliance and success in business.The workshops will be conducted separately by STEM Guyana and Interweave Solutions, with the Self-Reliance Workshop being supported by the Ministry of Social Protection. The First Lady, in her opening remarks, encouraged the participants to think about the possibilities technology can provide.“It is predicted that by 2050, sixty percent of the jobs will be done by robots,” she said, noting that currently 50 percent of the existing jobs are being done by robots.As such, the First Lady stressed the need for young people, particularly women, to get involved in STEM/Robotics.“This is why I am very keen on getting our young ladies interested in STEM,” Granger added, while noting that involvement in STEM and Robotics should not be seen as an imposition on indigenous cultures, but rather organising the community to perform in the 21st century.“This doesn’t mean that we ignore our culture or the beauties of the arts… but we need to know that if we are going to function in the 21st century, we need to have the skills,” she stated. Upon completion of the workshop each student will receive a robot which they can program.Meanwhile, the First Lady told participants of the ‘Self-Reliance and Success in Business’ workshop that there are numerous business opportunities within their communities. “Here, in Annai, there are tremendous possibilities… Annai is famous for what I know as “full belly mangoes”. Why can’t you have a fruit processing or fruit juice processing manufacturing plant here, so that the mangoes don’t just fall on the ground when they are in season; but you have some being dried, and some being preserved, and some being used for fruit juice… You can have a big market here, and that’s just one possibility,” Mrs Granger declared.“You can come together and work as a co-op in your community, or work individually; but the idea is that you become economically empowered and you take it from there,” she added. Senior Councillor and Chairman of the North Rupununi District Development Board, Jacqueline Allicock, described the initiative by the First Lady as the “beginning of a new dream” for the North Rupununi, and encouraged participants to capitalise on the training and information.The First Lady’s Self Reliance and Success in Business Workshop has thus far trained 1500 persons.last_img read more

Region 1 water woes to end soon

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first_imgResidents of Region One (Barima-Waini) communities are soon to benefit from access to potable water after the many challenges they faced as a result of the prolonged dry weather pattern.The Guyana Water Incorporated visited the area last week and commenced enhancement works as well as drilling of new wells in some communities. Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley said he welcomes the work and expressed hope that it is completed within the stipulated time thereby offering permanent relief to those residents who continue to suffer from the lack of access to water in those communities. The regional administration is involved and supports the interventions being made by the water company.Over the months, residents have complained about the hardships they were faced with without access to water. Their springs were dry and they were also unable to use the river as an alternative means since GWI issued a statement prohibiting the use of the river water for consumption due to contamination.A team from GWI, headed by its Managing Director Dr Van West-Charles, visited sites where the works are to be done. The spring which supplies the community of Mabaruma has been cleaned and refurbished and an overhead tank activated.In Port Kaituma, a new well has been drilled and the laying of pipes is nearing completion. Further enhancement works to be completed in that community include the construction of a discharge – the connection of two wells to the transmission line – and the interconnection and installation of gate valves, which are used to control the water supply network. There will also be disinfection of the pipelines before the new wells are activated. Some 540 residents of that community will benefit from improved water access.The only source of water for those residents is the Port Kaituma River which stands the risk of contamination from mining, agricultural and other activities and as such the drilling of this well is a move to transition 50 per cent of Port Kaituma to groundwater supply. This includes the school, hospital and the entire Fitsburg area.Hinterland Services Director of GWI Ramchand Jailall acknowledged the hardships that were being faced by those residents as a result of the dry spell and as such, noted that the new wells are being drilled at a depth of about 230 metres and additional drilling pipes are being mobilised to advance the deeper drilling. Other Region One communities where wells are being drilled include Kamwatta, White Water and 1-4 Miles.The team also visited Matthews Ridge where residents depend on a spring using gravity feed for water supply. During the inspection, it was discovered that this was not an adequate supply of water and as such, measures are to be put in place for the drilling of a well in that community.Meanwhile, Dr Van West-Charles committed to all works being completed within two months and pointed out that while some communities were not targeted in this exercise, provisions will be made in the company’s 2020 budget.He reiterated the company’s efforts in ensuring safe water for all in keeping with its Sustainable Development Goal.last_img read more

‘300’ wins this box office battle easily

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first_img“300” played in 3,103 theaters, about 850 fewer than the “Ice Age” sequel, making its box-office performance even more notable. The movie averaged $22,567 a theater, a whopping number for a wide release. The total for “300” includes $3.4 million from 62 IMAX theaters, a record opening weekend for the large-screen format. Buoyed by “300” and some solid holdovers, Hollywood business soared, with the top-12 movies taking in $139.4 million, up 49 percent from the same weekend last year. “300” bumped off the previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, Disney’s “Wild Hogs,” which slipped to second place but held up well with $28 million, raising its total to $77.4 million. In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s immigrant drama “The Namesake” opened strongly with 250,762 in six theaters, averaging $41,794. Centered on an Indian family’s assimilation in America, “The Namesake” expands to more theaters Friday. Going into the weekend, movie attendance had been lagging 1 percent behind last year’s because of a slump in January and February. Attendance now is up nearly 2 percent for the year because of the strong weekend, according to Media By Numbers. Adapted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel, “300” stars Gerard Butler as Leonidas, king of the Greek city state of Sparta, who leads his vastly outnumbered men against the Persian invaders. Directed by Zack Snyder (“Dawn of the Dead”), “300” presents the actors against digitally created backgrounds to re-create the look of Miller’s graphic novel, a technique similar to that used on the movie adaptation of Miller’s “Sin City.” “It’s a new-fashioned version of an epic movie. Great, old-fashioned storytelling with all the brilliant use of the technology available to us now,” “300” producer Mark Canton said Sunday. Heavy on violence, the movie had an R rating, normally a damper on a film’s blockbuster potential. But “300” wound up with the third-best debut ever for an R-rated movie, behind “The Matrix Reloaded” at $91.8 million and “The Passion of the Christ” at $83.8 million. “The violence doesn’t bother anybody because it’s done in a way that’s not offensive,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of distribution. “People love the movie, they love the originality. The best thing you can have for a film is great word of mouth. When the public is selling the movie for you, that’s when you have a real success.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The ancient battle of Thermopylae was the stuff of 2007’s first certified blockbuster as the bloody action tale “300” debuted with $70 million over opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s about $233,000 for every one of the legendary 300 Spartan soldiers who fought off a much larger Persian force in the epic battle. “On a Spartan-by-Spartan basis, that’s a lot of money,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “Summer came a little early, because this is a summer-style opening.” The number of moviegoers for the Warner Bros. epic “300” outnumbered crowds for the rest of the top-10 movies combined. If the estimate holds when final numbers are released Monday, “300” would break the record for best March debut ever, topping the $68 million haul for “Ice Age: The Meltdown” last year. last_img read more

Exclusive – Bolton’s season is not lost, insists new boss Lennon

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first_imgNew Bolton manager Neil Lennon believes the club have enough time to turn the season around.The Northern Irishman has been handed the reins at the Macron Stadium, following Dougie Freedman’s departure earlier this month.The Trotters are currently bottom of the Championship table, having picked up just five points from their opening 11 matches, but Lennon insists all is not lost for the Lancashire club.“The short term aim is to hit the ground running, get some results as quickly as possible, and get out of the bottom three,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“There are 35 games left to go and, in some countries, that’s a full season.“Everyone is starting with a clean sheet.”last_img read more

POSTMAN WARNS WINTER COULD STILL DELIVER A STING!

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first_imgIreland’s best-known amateur weatherman says Donegal could still be in for a major cold snap in the coming weeks.Postman Michael Gallagher says the fact that birds are singing and flowers are already coming into bloom doesn’t mean that we have escaped a harsh winter just yet.In fact, Glenfin man Michael thinks freezing temperatures could be just around the corner. “I know we have esc aped with a relatively mild winter but I think there will be a serious sting in the tail.“People say that birds are singing and flowers are blooming so early but I think that’s a major sign of a late winter.“A 95 year old man used to tell me that birds singing in winter was not them singing at all but crying and that cold weather was still on the way,” he said.Michael, whose two books Traditional Weather Signs and Cures From A Bygone Age are still selling well, think s we will have a freezing February. “I think that February could be very cold indeed and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a lot of snow.“People are saying that once Christmas is over, we have turned the corner into Spring. I certainly don’t think that’s the case.“I think we could have a number of cold snaps between now and March and even then it could be cold after that,” he said. POSTMAN WARNS WINTER COULD STILL DELIVER A STING! was last modified: January 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cold snappostman Michael Gallagherlast_img read more

UPDATE: MORE SNOW HITS DONEGAL, ROADS ‘DANGEROUS’

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first_imgDamian McGarvey just sent us this picture – stuck on the GapDONEGAL is being hit with more snow falls tonight, making driving conditions even more treacherous.Met Eireann says up to 5cm more snow could fall overnight.Heavy snow is being reported in several areas this evening. Gardai are asking motorists to avoid journeys if at all possible. UPDATE: MORE SNOW HITS DONEGAL, ROADS ‘DANGEROUS’ was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily weathersnowweatherlast_img read more