Share1 Tweet Email1 By Paul Hosford Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM Bad Santa 2 (463) 14,481 Views What’s it rated? RottenTomatoes: 6.5/10IMDB: 7.2/10Bad Santa 2 Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. RottenTomatoes: 4.3/10IMDB: 5.5/10Paterson Source: FilmTrailerZone/YouTubeWhat we knowPaterson drives a bus in the city of Paterson. He’s also a world-class poet.What the critics say“Jarmusch proves that it is possible to make a film in which the everyday can be turned into something mysterious and even transcendent. This a quiet film but ultimately a very rewarding one.” – The Independent“Quiet, thoughtful and deeply human, this is one of Jarmusch’s finest and features Adam Driver’s best performance yet.” – Empire What’s it rated? Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowBilly Bob Thornton is back as mall Santa Billy. This time he’s going to rob a charity with his mother, played by Kathy Bates.What the critics say“Billy Bob Thornton’s grouchy Santa is finally back, but his sequel is pretty ho-ho-horrible.” – NY Daily News“There’s a going-through-the-motions vibe to the whole affair; it’s not a movie that has faith in ill will towards all men and that eggnog is best served spiked with bourbon and arsenic so much as it’s willing to adopt a misanthropic pose in the name of people-pleasing.” – Rolling Stone AlliedBad Santa 2PatersonVote 11 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3099941 Allied (916) Poll Results: RottenTomatoes: 8.8/10IMDB: 7.7/10Which one would you go see first? Short URL Paterson (957) THE WEEKEND IS coming up, and that means new movies for you to see.But which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look:Allied Source: Paramount Pictures/YouTubeWhat we knowBrad Pitt and Marion Cotillard look beautiful as spies in World War II. But is all what it seems?What the critics say“Robert Zemeckis lacks his usual fizz in this tourist visit to a heritage-wartime past, in which Pitt and Cotillard look and act like strangers”. – The Guardian“Alive to what’s great about old movies: the supple, nearly invisible craft that allows scenes to throb with emotional suspense.” – Variety What’s it rated? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 24th 2016, 8:30 PM
Share553 Tweet Email343254 Short URL Image: TheJournal.ie THE BRAND NEW €50 notes go into circulation tomorrow – can you spot the difference between the new and old notes?Today, we got a sneak peek of the new, sturdier fifties. So here’s what to look out for to make sure we’re not getting fake fifties – or shocked by the real ones.Look, feel, tilt“If there’s one thing I want people to take from this it’s the look, feel, tilt,” the Central Bank’s Paul Molumby tells a roundtable of journalists.They swapped some of our old fifties for a brand new ones (they weren’t handing out free samples, unfortunately) with a warning not to use them before tomorrow.Molumby pauses to spell his surname, and goes on to demonstrate what he calls the ‘level one’ security features of the note – the basic stuff. Source: TheJournal.ieFirst of all there’s the look of the note. In the top right corner there’s a ‘window’, or a panel where light gets through.In the window is the head of the Goddess Europa and in the note itself (on the left side) there’s another image. Away from light, none of those are visible. Source: TheJournal.ie Paul Molumby compares old with new.And why is all this being done?For security reasons. Even though the level of counterfeit notes isn’t high or common – out of 19 billion notes in circulation, only 0.0001% of them are fake – he says that’s no reason for complacency.What’s the note made of?It’s made of paper and cotton fibres, in contrast with the UK’s new British pound note which raised vegans’ backs when it was revealed that the note was made using animal fat. This new fifty note is vegan-friendly.So how much does this new rollout of notes cost?Each note costs 6-10 cents per note to make – that includes the €5, €10, and €20 notes that have already been replaced with more secure notes, and in the case of fivers and tenners, they’ve been given a protective coating to try and stop them tearing easily.“The new note is a continuation of the Europa series,” he says. Source: European Central Bank/YouTubeAre there more notes on the way?Yes. The €100 and €200 notes are being brought in next year, and the €500 note is out of circulation (meaning they aren’t printing it, and banks won’t hand it out).Although they’re trying to get the €500 note out of circulation, that’s not the aim of introducing the new €50 note.How will banks and retailers know about the change?The Central Bank has been working with the four main partners: Bank of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank and An Post to train their staff on what the new notes feel like.For retailers, brochures and information cards were sent out in advance showing the differences between the new and old notes.And finally…Considering Article 50 was recently triggered, we thought we’d ask why they left the UK on the note, as a quick, simple joke.“The design of the note was decided long before Brexit,” Molumby answers seriously, adding that the UK always used the pound, and that it’s more of a geographical image than a representation of the EU. Let’s remember they’re still in Europe.Clearly when it comes to the Central Bank, there’s no joking around.Read: Here’s what the new €20 note looks likeRead: Spot the difference? Here’s what the new €10 note looks likeRead: This is the new €5 banknote which enters circulation today The feel of the note, the tactile edges of the note along the sides, but also if you run your finger over the value – the large 50 – you can feel the lift there, and also over the door.“Finally, if you tilt the note: either the roll of the emerald-green in the number in the bottom left-hand corner, and also on the silver foil as you roll it, you’ll see the image in the window change.”They’re just level one. There are other security features known to professional cash handlers so they can identify them – that’s level two.The level three differences are for Central Bank’s knowledge only.Molumby twirls the note around his fingers – as the Director of Currency at the Central Bank, he could talk about this all day.Which is good, because there are questions. Apr 3rd 2017, 6:01 PM 31,072 Views Monday 3 Apr 2017, 6:01 PM Image: TheJournal.ie 27 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha There’s a new high-security €50 note out tomorrow – here’s a sneak peek There are some interesting security and design features about the new fifty euro note. https://jrnl.ie/3321660 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A national campaign against racism plans to enlist the help of high-profile Australians to stand in as community representatives. The campaign will communicate the benefits of multiculturalism, amid concerns of ongoing discriminations against groups such as Muslims, black Africans and Aborigines. The government has set aside $1.7 million towards the national anti-racism partnership and strategy, spearheaded by federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke. The Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) and Federation of Ethic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) are also in talks for the campaign. FECCA chairman Pino Migliorino said the campaign aims to “communicate to the public through community activities, the ethnic media, as well as ethnic community organisations”. “We’re also very keen to start campaigning online to broaden our reach. Hopefully the online capacity will encourage more community representatives to be involved.” Migliorino adds that racism is still present in Australian society today and is quite institutionalised, particularly in areas of employment. “We hope to scrutinise straight out racism in the workplace, access to employment appropriate to people’s skill and issues to do with re-employment.” The campaign, which is currently still in its early days, will also address issues on housing and how members of ethnic communities may be disadvantaged in the private rental market, Migliorino says. Dr Helen Szoke recently commented that since 11 September 2001, the backlash against Muslims has been exacerbated and is still considerably high. Victims of racism can make complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission. For more information go to www.hreoc.gov.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
At Gamescom today Konami shocked the world by revealing a brand new Metal Gear game that looks like it has more in common with Left 4 Dead than anything previous.A four-player co-op experience, Metal Gear Survive is set immediately after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, but it strays from the concept pretty heavily. Here we find out that all the surviving heroes from the finale get sucked through a number of wormholes that lands them in an alternate universe. This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that this alternate universe is full of zombies with crystals lodged in their heads.As the end of the trailer seems to hint, there might be some kind of Metal Gear to face as well… a giant zombie version, perhaps?(Spoilers for the end of Metal Gear Solid V are to be found here, so watch at your own risk.)As was made very publicly clear, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojjima has parted ways with Konami and hasn’t been involved in this, so fan reaction has already been mixed to say the least. Besides this teaser trailer there are no (ahem) solid details on the game just yet, except for the fact that Survive is meant to be a co-op experience.We can infer a few things from the trailer, however, such as how it will most likely feature some sort of base-building aspect to it. After all, we see Mother Base being pulled into the wormholes and dropped on the planet, and it seems to become your new safe haven for keeping out the zombie creatures. There also seems to be a reliance on physical, up-close weapons, but we’ll see how that plays out.Expect Metal Gear Survive to hit sometime in 2017. Hey, at least it beats a Metal Gear pachinko game?Here’s some additional speculation as to what this game is courtesy of IGN:
Gorden Julien and Betsy Shiner in front of the Glacier Bay Farm. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KHNS – Haines) site.Alaska voters approved recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older in 2014, but it has taken time for businesses in some rural communities to come online.Listen nowGlacier Bay Farms is set to be among the first legal marijuana businesses in Haines.The commercial, recreational marijuana grow operation has brought together an unlikely team of entrepreneurs— a 78-year-old grandmother and a handful of millennials who are hoping to have their first harvest by the end of the year.“We’ve done anything to make a living, that was legal, I guess you could say,” Carol Waldo said.Waldo’s family has dabbled in logging, trucking, construction, concrete, equipment rental, and snow plowing, among other things for over 50 years.“If you live in Alaska, especially in a community like this, where we are kind of isolated,” Waldo said. “You have to be able to do a lot of different things to survive.”And now, Waldo is becoming a pioneer in a new kind of business: the newly legal commercial recreational marijuana industry.It is under construction now and if all goes as planned, Glacier Bay Farms will be up and running by the end of the year.It is one of several marijuana cultivation and retail businesses in Haines going through the lengthy state licensing process.With silver hair cropped just above her shoulders and sparkling blue eyes, the five-foot-one grandmother says she never imagined she’d be growing and selling marijuana.“I’ve never smoked marijuana and I’ve never [e]aten marijuana. I mean it’s not anything that I’ve tried yet,” Waldo said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t try it at some point, I might. I’m 78 years old, I guess I can kind of do what I want.”Waldo explains she does use oil derived from cannabis, CBD oil, orally for her type two diabetes and topically to treat arthritis. CBD is not psychoactive.Waldo talks business around her kitchen table over a batch of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.“I just baked them a couple of hours ago,” Waldo explained from a chair in her home dining room, near downtown Haines.Waldo arrived in Alaska from the Midwest via the Alaska Highway as a young child in 1948, the second year the highway was opened to traffic. Her family settled in Haines. Her parents are buried nearby and five generations of her family have lived in the town of about 2,500.Waldo still manages the family business, Waldo Enterprises, which was established in 1964.Waldo says she believes legal marijuana businesses can bring economic development to the town which mostly relies on fishing and tourism.“Haines needs some economy, they need some tax money, they need jobs and one of the things that is important to me is to see young people move here with their families, send their kids to school, buy their groceries at the stores here in town,” Waldo said.Waldo says she has purchased 90 percent of building materials in Haines. She already employs about five young people who live here and hopes to employ many more as her business develops. One of them is 28-year-old Gordon Julian.“We have two buildings. They are going to be identical. Each building is going to have 48 lights.” Julian said.Julian stands in a clearing on nearly 13 acres of land next to the Waldo family salvage yard at the foot of Mount Ripinsky where two long, rectangular windowless buildings are under construction.Julian, who says he worked in the legal medical marijuana industry in Michigan, is putting the grow operation together. He steps inside one building and describes what it will be like once electricity is hooked up.“At any given time we could have, between the two buildings, close to 800 plants going at one time,” Julian said.Betsy Shiner, also 28 and from Michigan, is part of the team too. She actually trained to be a preschool teacher.“I trained at Michigan State University, but the teaching in our country does not pay very well right now.” Shiner said. “So, I have a lot of student loans. I’m hoping to get some money to pay back those college loans.”Shiner says she is excited to be involved in a growing industry that pays well.“This is like an industry where there is promise for a future,” Shiner said.Waldo says she is very interested in eventually expanding her business to focus on medical marijuana products. She also has an interest in developing marijuana tourism and possibly a dispensary in Haines.In a small town, Waldo says there are always skeptics, critics, and detractors, but she wants people here to know that she’s going into the pot business because she cares about the future of Haines.“We’re not fly-by-night. We are not here to make money and leave.” Waldo said. “We’re here to make a living, hire people and better our community.”To better the community and create a business that she plans to pass on to her son and grandchildren here.But for now, the septuagenarian hopes that she and her team of millennials will be wholesaling bud to dispensaries in Juneau by the end of 2018.
But most of the time residents dump them in the river, which is now less than 20 feet from someone’s home. In Newtok, there’s no running water. That means you need to walk to the water plant and haul it back, one 5-gallon bucket at a time. “You gotta be strong for that stuff,” says resident Ashley Tom. About 15 years ago, the U.S. Government Accountability Office called out agencies for funding a million-dollar health clinic in Newtok. They asked if a less expensive, more temporary solution would have been more appropriate. Since then, agencies are more reluctant to fund projects in any village that plans to relocate. George calls it a collaboration between her and her husband. “I thought it up, and I told him to do it for me,” she said. In Mertarvik there will be a landfill that you can walk to, toilets that flush, a public washateria, and most importantly, running water. Garbage piles up on a dock in Newtok on July 25, 2019. The dump is across the Newtok River from the village. Unreliable water levels make it hard to dispose of the village’s garbage. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) There’s a pile of over 100 bags of trash sitting on the dock, and there are more piles strewn across town because the landfill is across the river and the tides make it difficult to cross. “It would be nice to have flushing toilets,” George said. Newtok Relocation Coordinator Romy Cadiente and the village residents work hard to balance the demands of construction in Mertarvik with maintaining infrastructure in Newtok. July 25, 2019. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) George says that a few families in Newtok have already followed her blueprint, but she’s not satisfied. Carolyn George shows her homemade water pump system that connects rain water to her kitchen sink and washer. Newtok has never had running water, forcing residents to get creative. July 25, 2019. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) “That’s just a perfect example of a lot of things that need to happen,” Cadiente said. “Construction on Mertarvik site, and taking care of the infrastructure and the residents that are still here.” People end up reusing water for a lot of things, like washing their hands and their clothes. Carolyn George noticed that her kids were getting sick often, and that she had to do something about it. “One time I was right next to the store and they were dumping it right there,” resident Ashley Tom remembers. But that doesn’t explain the garbage. There is funding available to solve this problem. Newtok’s relocation director, Romy Cadiente, says that they used to have a trash man to help ferry the bags, but the last grant application fell through the cracks. Newtok’s toilets also come in 5-gallon increments called honey buckets. Everyone has to empty their own when they’re full, but where do they go? Tribal Administrator Andrew John explained,“The funding agencies did not want to invest into a dying infrastructure like Newtok.” The Ninglik River shoreline is mere feet from houses in Newtok on July 26, 2019. As Newtok residents await relocation, the infrastructure erodes as quickly as the land. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) Cadiente says that they filled out the application this year, but people are more excited about what will happen once they move across the river. “When it rains, we pour the extra water in here,” George said, pointing to a barrel. A hose runs from the barrel through a water pump, and crawls neatly along the ceiling to her kitchen sink. The result is homemade running water. “We’re heading into an area where this sort of problem won’t happen to the residents in Mertarvik,” Cadiente said.
As the planet continues on its apparently inevitable march to a warmer future, scientists the world over are scrambling to understand what impact it will have—from rising ocean levels to crop production. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to find out what might happen to wheat yields in the United States as temperatures rise. To say that wheat is an important crop is an understatement, it accounts for 20 percent of total daily calories consumed by humans across the globe, and represents a far higher ratio for many people in third world countries. Scientists have been working hard for many years to increase the amount of wheat grain that a farmer can get from a given field—currently such yields are still seeing increases of approximately 1 percent each year, which is remarkable. But that may change soon, this newest research suggests.For over thirty years, winter wheat trials have been taking place in Kansas, home to one of the largest producers of wheat—$2.8 billion worth in 2013 alone. That trial has yielded a lot of data, some of which the research team found indicated that modern strains are vulnerable to both extremely high and low temperatures. The low temperatures are not much of a concern in this study of course, but the high temperatures appeared to cause significant yield reductions—they even found a cutoff point—34 degrees Celsius. Overall they found a 15 percent reduction in yields when temperatures rose on average just 2 degrees Celsius and a 40 percent decline when average temperatures went up just 4 degrees. Sadly, they also found that more modern plants were more vulnerable than older strains.What this means, the researchers suggest, is that places that currently grow wheat are likely to suffer as global warming progresses. Currently, it is not clear if land lying north, where it will presumably be colder, will be able to support the level of predicted yield needs for the future. Credit: Wikipedia © 2015 Phys.org Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, one each from Mississippi State University, Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas has found evidence that suggests global warming will cause a reduction in U.S. wheat production in the years ahead. In their study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jesse Tack, Andrew Barkley and Lawton Lanier Nalley describe how they studied winter wheat production for an area in Kansas and compared it against weather data and what they found by doing so. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New evidence that global warming will hurt US wheat production (2015, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-evidence-global-wheat-production.html More information: Effect of warming temperatures on US wheat yields, Jesse Tack, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1415181112 AbstractClimate change is expected to increase future temperatures, potentially resulting in reduced crop production in many key production regions. Research quantifying the complex relationship between weather variables and wheat yields is rapidly growing, and recent advances have used a variety of model specifications that differ in how temperature data are included in the statistical yield equation. A unique data set that combines Kansas wheat variety field trial outcomes for 1985–2013 with location-specific weather data is used to analyze the effect of weather on wheat yield using regression analysis. Our results indicate that the effect of temperature exposure varies across the September−May growing season. The largest drivers of yield loss are freezing temperatures in the Fall and extreme heat events in the Spring. We also find that the overall effect of warming on yields is negative, even after accounting for the benefits of reduced exposure to freezing temperatures. Our analysis indicates that there exists a tradeoff between average (mean) yield and ability to resist extreme heat across varieties. More-recently released varieties are less able to resist heat than older lines. Our results also indicate that warming effects would be partially offset by increased rainfall in the Spring. Finally, we find that the method used to construct measures of temperature exposure matters for both the predictive performance of the regression model and the forecasted warming impacts on yields. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Kolkata: The new stalls that will be handed over to affected hawkers at Gariahat, will have space for advertisements at the back. The new concept was floated by Mayor Firhad Hakim, at a meeting with the hawkers’ organisation on Tuesday.”The stalls will have an attractive look, shaped like a square box. All 30 garment stalls that will come up will have space for advertisements. The lighting will be in a manner so that the advertisements can be seen from a distance,” said Member, Mayor-in-Council (Central Store) Tarak Singh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to a senior official of KMC, the stalls will initially have the image of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with the message that the government is with the hawkers (Hawker Der Sathe, Hawker Der Pashe). “We will be welcoming advertisements from private companies, which will add to the revenue of the civic body. This is the reason why we are designing the stalls in an attractive manner,” the official added. The Central Store is working on structuring the stalls in consultation with the hawkers. It has been decided that among the 30 stalls which will come up, seven will measure 6×3 feet while 23 will be 6×4 feet. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that the hawkers at Gariahat were recently shown a model 6×4 feet stall but the hawkers wanted some alterations. The civic body has already prepared an artist’s impression of the stall but the design has not been completely finalised yet. “We have also planned a screen-like cover on top of the stall made of non-flammable material, so that customers face little difficulty in purchasing things even during the monsoon,” Singh said. A group of architects that the civic body has consulted, suggested that the stalls should not block the signboards of the permanent shops. After every 10 stalls, there will be a small exit. The exits will facilitate air circulation and enable hawkers and others to flee if there is an emergency. It may be recalled that a massive fire at Gariahat on January 20 had damaged 30 stalls.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Courtesy of Jinkx Monsoon TwitterJinkx Monsoon at the beach. YouTube musician calls gays an ‘abomination’, celebrates Pulse shootingsWATCH: Jinkx Monsoon does a Jennifer Tilly impressionWas trans queen Peppermint told to dress ‘as a man’ on Drag Race?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jinkx-monsoon-has-the-perfect-response-to-people-shaming-her-fetish/ ‘Do you really think I’m “disgusting” cuz I have a fetish that you don’t?‘It may not be for you, but let’s seriously stop it with the slut shaming.‘Go follow someone dull and fake, if you can’t handle my truth.’Eureka O’Hara, a finalist on season 10, had some words of encouragement.She said: ‘Baby you do your thing. I have a butt eating fetish. And that where people poop so we are all nasty sluts at the end of the day.‘Feet are cleaner than a penis or a vagina if you think about.‘Also Fuck Them you are AMAZING.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Season 5 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Jinkx Monsoon has a foot fetish.It’s not exactly the rarest fetish in the world, but some people find it unusual.The non-binary performer posted an Instagram pic yesterday (19 June) of Gaston from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.‘Disney is responsible for my foot fetish,’ they said. The season 5 star was targeted with some negativity. Some called it ‘gross’, while others said it was ‘disgusting’.‘Here’s the thing,’ Jinkx said on social media.‘I’m a comedian – so most things I post aren’t meant to be taken too seriously.‘Secondly, are we not at a point in time where we don’t shame people for their simple truths?‘Like, if sexy Disney characters didn’t profoundly effect you as a confused child, then hip hip hooray for you.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Building on its commitment to contribute to local jobs, Tiger Airways has announced the employment of 15 new NSW and Queensland based cabin crew.Selected as part of the 150 new jobs to be based at the airline’s upcoming Sydney base, the 15 new crew members undergo four weeks of training before receiving their certificate and wings to commence work with the airline.Tiger Airways chief executive Andrew David said the airline’s employment growth in Australia reiterates its “commitment to operational excellence”. “I congratulate our newest Sydney based recruits who epitomise the new era of responsible growth and opportunity for Tiger in Australia,” Mr David said. “Tiger Airways is committed to providing safe, affordable and reliable travel that is underpinned by friendly and professional service.”According to the airline, the new Sydney base is expected to be operational from July this year and will create up to 150 local jobs.Up to 60 cabin crew selected to be based in Sydney have already been selected. Image source: Dynamic Business