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first_imgThe Interpreterdir Sydney Pollack128 minsAt one point in The Interpreter, the Secret Service agent at the centre of the investigations, Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), remarks that around the proceedings swirl “layers of language signifying nothing”. He, in one turn of phrase, summarises what is most absent from the core of this thriller: any semblance of significance in among the supposed weight it believes itself to bear. The plot focuses on United Nations interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) who, alone in her sound booth one night, overhears an assassination plot concerning Zuwanie, the president of the invented African state, Matobo. To divulge any more would be to disservice Sydney Pollack’s impressive sequencing; what can be said is that the scenes which follow are the stuff of terse, competently cut thrillers.The difference here, though, is that in among the expected stock situations , are woven the threads of subtle device that elevate the film from standard popcorn fluff. Snatches of dialogue are mediated by a certain disquiet that is found only in translation; long takes of beautifully shot montage are imbued with a relentless sense of oppression by renowned cinematographer Darius Khondji, evocatively mirroring the crux of the interpreter’s dilemma. He conveys the claustrophobic atmosphere in his excellent use of the UN’s cavernous First Avenue headquarters, lighting each frame with a view to portraying the relentless pitching of the elements, and in doing so avoids the visual banalities normally associated with the genre.From the cocooned glass box in which Silvia presides high over the UN assembly floor, to her first barbed exchange with Keller regarding the excesses of communication, there is present the looming influence of a constantly mediated world. Pollack allows for a suppressed threat to emerge here with Keller retorting, “Your profession is playing with words”. It works in harmony with the well-paced paranoid tension created by editor William Steinkamp; the motif culminates magnificently during a highly-charged, quasi-voyeuristic scenario, in which Keller and Silvia talk to each other on the phone while knowingly engaging in a two-way surveillance set-up (a fitting metaphor for sexual exchange, perhaps?).It is, in fact, the on-screen rapport between Kidman and Penn, two of the finest actors working in film today, that lends The Interpreter its spirit. Cocooned within the generic confines of the film lies a superbly acted chamber piece courtesy of the recent Oscar winners. Pollack exploits the contrast in this most unusual of double-acts with real verve, throwing the characters ino relief with dual-like dischord.Nicole Kidman is stunning as the interpreter in question. With a pitchperfect Afrikaans accent, her Silvia has a certain reserve that, importantly, allows one to buy into the suspicion; all the while she beautifully manages the tightrope walk between exotic character actor and dominating lead player. Her performance would sit comfortably alongside her best. And her costar, Sean Penn is more than affecting as the cop with a conscience, all tormented and wrinkled-browed. Their penultimate scene together on a park bench along the Hudson is a veritable acting masterclass, where contained emotions are purged in spectacular fashion. The chemistry they exude transcends even the precincts of such capable Hollywood fare; it is a double performance that really does belong to a greater film.Yet for all the artistic brownie points attained by The Interpreter, there also exist incredible drawbacks. For a film so concerned with international diplomacy and relations (indeed at times playing like a loveletter to the UN), it has a problematically condescending view towards Africa, from the marginalisation of the ethnic characters, to the hackneyed pan-African soundtrack. For the film’s opening, sub-Saharan cliches are also relayed through a dusty, mirage-obscured, sun-scorched lens; it is unfortunate that this is the only glimpse of the strikingly fictional Matobo throughout the entire running time. Yes, the prologue is successful in establishing enigmas that later propel the plot, but these are subsequently dissipated by the clumsy, saccharine postscript which helps to make the whole exercise feel rather implausible come the rolling of the credits. A piece of many contradictions both inherent to the production and inherited by its on-screen translation, The Interpreter allows for the audience, be it for better or for worse, to provide the final transcript.ARCHIVE: 0th TT 2005last_img read more

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first_imgThe president had a working breakfast this morning with NATO’s secretary general.President Trump was asked for his reaction to the royal scandal involving Prince Andrew. Trump says he has never met the prince and probably won’t today.In a B-B-C interview, Virginia Roberts Giuffre says Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince when she was 17 three times.She says the photo of her with the prince is authentic and she gave it to the FBI. She also called his dancing hideous and claimed he sweated all over her.In an earlier interview, Prince Andrew declared he had a condition that prevented him from sweating.The president is also scheduled to attend a reception today at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth. President Trump is on London today for a NATO world leaders summit. last_img read more

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first_img– Firmino flick –The Senegalese forward, who started the game on the left, picked up the ball on the right and worked his way across the pitch before exchanging passes with Alberto Moreno.Moreno played the ball in to Emre Can, whose flick set up Mane for a precise finish.It was an incisive breakthrough, but the good work was almost immediately undone when Watford made their way too easily down the right-hand flank in the build-up to Doucoure’s goal.Doucoure was at the heart of the move, releasing Tom Cleverley, whose low cross was met with an attempted clearance by Trent Alexander-Arnold.But the ball ricocheted off team-mate Joel Matip’s back, allowing Doucoure to add the home side’s second.Once again Liverpool had been responsible for their own plight, although Watford’s positive approach was unsettling Klopp’s side.The visitors’ response in the second half confirmed the attacking strengths of this Liverpool side.Within 10 minutes of the restart, the Reds were back level after a superb flick by Firmino sent Salah clear.The winger was brought down by Heurelho Gomes as he attempted to round the goalkeeper and Firmino finished from the penalty spot.Three minutes later, Firmino again produced a moment of exceptional skill as he made up for his error on the opening goal.The striker brought down Moreno’s floated pass before lifting the ball over the advancing Gomes and Salah ensured the chance was not wasted by bundling home from close range.Liverpool’s victory looked assured, only for Britos to reward Watford’s persistence at the death.Share on: WhatsApp Miguel Britos celebrates with teammate after punishing Liverpool in dying minutes.Watford, United Kingdom | AFP | Miguel Britos added to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s frustrations with an added-time equaliser that ensured Watford salvaged a point following a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Klopp had spent the previous 24 hours handling the fall-out from Philippe Countinho’s transfer request after the club rejected Barcelona’s £90 million ($117.1 million, 99 million euros) bid for the Brazil playmaker.Liverpool remain adamant Coutinho will not leave and it looked like Klopp might find relief from the saga when debutant Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead after they had twice come from behind.Sadio Mane’s 29th-minute effort had cancelled out Stefano Okaka’s eighth-minute header, only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to immediately restore the home side’s lead.Liverpool, who were without Coutinho, were back level in the 55th minute through Roberto Firmino’s penalty.But with Salah’s 57th-minute goal looking as though it would be decisive, Britos bundled the ball home deep in stoppage time after Simon Mignolet had pushed Richarlison’s shot against the bar.For all the close-season transfer dealings, both starting line-ups carried a familiar look, with Nathaniel Chalobah the home side’s only new face and Salah the lone Liverpool debutant.For Klopp’s side, it appeared to be a case of same old faces, same old problems, as they allowed Watford to twice take the initiative during the first half on the back of defensive errors.The opening goal was certainly one to frustrate Klopp as Okaka took full advantage of Liverpool’s lack of organisation as they failed to defend Jose Holebas’s corner.Roberto Pereyra had broken threateningly after being sent clear by Okaka and was unfortunate to see his shot deflected wide off Dejan Lovren following a twisting run that had opened up the visitors’ defence.Holebas swung in the resulting corner towards the near post, where it was headed home by Okaka, who had been allowed to advance unchecked, with Roberto Firmino in particular guilty of failing to react.It was the perfect start for Watford manager Marco Silva, but for Klopp it was an early reminder of the problems that need to be eradicated if Liverpool are to prove genuine title contenders.The other side of Liverpool was demonstrated 21 minutes later when Mane levelled in spectacular fashion.Match ends with draw (3-3) Watford vs @LFC with an equalizing header of Miguel Britos at 94th min in injury time pic.twitter.com/aCCKLRQwRM— Kicks&Tackles (@KNT_football) August 12, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgTwo Florida police officers just found out that they are related bringing a whole new meaning to “joint task force.”Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy David Stull reached out to Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds to let him know they are half-brothers.Stull was adopted as an infant, but recently submitted DNA to 23andMe to learn more about his family history.They both share the same father and both became law enforcement officers.The two central Florida men met for the first time in late July.last_img

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first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Approximately 60 firefighters from four Middletown fire companies turned out early Monday morning to put out a fire in the Up in Smoke Cigar Lounge that was reported by Middletown police officers on routine patrol.Fire Department Public Information Officer John Isaksen reported police called in the blaze at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 18 when they noticed the working structure fire. Volunteers from Belford Independent, Belford Engine, Port Monmouth and Community fire companies responded, under the command of Department Chief Rick Hibell. They reported they had the fire under control within 20 minutes.Second Assistant Fire Ryan Clarke was among the first of the officers on the scene at the unoccupied commercial structure at 900 Main St.Firefighters began fighting the blaze with a 2 ½ inch hose line through the front door; they cut holes in the roof to vent heat and toxic smoke from the structure.Community Fire Company stood by as a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) ready to provide assistance to firefighters that may become trapped or injured while performing interior firefighting duties.  According to officials, there was smoke and water damage throughout the building but no reports any of the inventory went up in smoke.Middletown Township Fire Department’s Air Support and Fire Police units, as well as township EMS units stood by during the incident. No injuries were reported.The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention office.Pictures Courtesy of MTFD Photographer Laurie Kegley.last_img read more

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first_imgIn what could be a preview to the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Final, Dam Inn Mates returned to its winning ways by edging Nelson Hour Glaas 13-12 in a spirited affair Sunday at the Mount Sentinel High School Field.League leading Mates entered the game against Hour Glass sporting its first loss of the season a week ago.Dam Inn was prepared to return to the win column, but faced a stiff test from Hour Glass, second in the league.But two touchdown passes by Nate Fedorchuk to Mark Goupil keyed the Mates to the narrow win. Fedorchuk also had a pick on the defensive side of the ball for Dam Inn along with Goupil.Richard Nixon sacked the Hour Glass quarterback during the game.In the other contest, the Brewers continued to remain hot at the right time of the season by bouncing Castlegar Vikings 34-13.The results sets up the first round of the playoffs Sunday at Mount Sentinel.At 11 a.m. the Mates host the Castlegar Vikings while league runner-up Hour Glass faces the Brewers at 1 p.m.The winners advance to the league final November 4 at Mount Sentinel. Game time is TBA.last_img read more

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton made sure that his 400th goal will be remembered.Thornton scored the milestone goal just 13 seconds after Joe Pavelski tied the game late in the third period at SAP Center, charging the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night.In doing so, Thornton became just the seventh player in NHL history to record 400 goals and 1,000 assists while playing in 1,500 games. Pavelski scored the tying goal, his second of the night, with 6:55 left in the third.The …last_img

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first_img4 September 2012 Additional help for taxpayers using eFiling has gone live, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Monday. Electronic Filing users who require assistance while completing their tax returns online can use the Help-You-eFile service, a new facility which allows them to be in direct contact with a Sars call centre agent while they complete their return online. With permission from the taxpayer, the service enables a call centre agent to access the taxpayer’s eFiling browsing session at the same time as the taxpayer and to see exactly what the taxpayer is seeing. When clicking on the Help-You-eFile icon on their eFiling profile, the taxpayer will be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions. They will then receive a session reference number, which will need to be quoted when phoning the call centre on 0800 00 7277.Benefits without the hassle of visiting a branch The agent will then launch the Help-You-eFile session and the taxpayer will receive a request asking whether the agent may connect to the session. By sharing the same information on two different computer screens, the taxpayer is allowing the Sars agent to shadow them as they complete the return and even highlight areas on their screen for additional clarity. The taxpayer benefits by being able to call on the support and advice of Sars staff without having to visit a branch. “This is the first time any revenue service around the world has instituted such a system and Sars is proud to be at the forefront of such technological advancements,” Sars said in a statement. Sensitive information such as the taxpayer’s banking details, password and login are not visible to the Sars contact centre agents – but all other information is visible. The agent also has view-only access and cannot enter any information on the return but can direct the taxpayer on where to enter information by highlighting fields on the return. A new tutorial video on how to use Help-You-eFile is also available on the Sars YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sarstax.Record number of returns To date Sars has received 2.3-million tax returns since the 2012 tax season opened at the beginning of July, exceeding Sars’ expectations. At the same time last year 1.5-million tax returns had been submitted. Currently the average rate of submission per day since 1 July is over 40 300. “The unintended consequence has been that queues at branches have been much longer than during previous years. Across the country, Sars branch staff on average assist more than 20 000 taxpayers per day.” Statistics indicate that branches are seeing 55% more taxpayers than the same period last year. Sars said it hopes that the new facility to help taxpayers with eFiling will alleviate some of these pressures on branch offices, while also thanking South Africans who have filed their returns early. The deadline for taxpayers who submit their tax returns manually by post or by dropping it off in a Sars drop box, is 28 September 2012 while the deadline for all taxpayers who submit their returns electronically at a Sars branch is 23 November 2012. Non-provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling also have until 23 November 2012. Provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling have until 31 January 2013. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgPlayers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II will now be able to livestream their gameplay to YouTube directly from their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. While casual players may be interested in posting their games, this is big news for the lucrative gaming-commentary industry on YouTube, and for the eSports scene as a whole.Good For the Gaming-Commentary IndustryAnnounced in a press release Friday by Call of Duty game publisher Activision, the new feature will go live along with the game’s release on November 13. The feature not only livestreams gameplay, but also the player’s webcam and audio commentary, as long as the gamer has a YouTube account in good standing (to use YouTube Live) and a Call of Duty Elite membership. With this feature, video game commentators won’t have to worry about recording, and then uploading, their videos anymore, as it will upload automatically to YouTube. Calling it a time-saver is an understatement.“With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, people can live stream their gameplay directly from the game or watch the best players live on YouTube, which is an awesome next step for the eSports community,” said Sang Kim, YouTube’s Head of Game Partnerships in a statement to ReadWrite. The gaming commentary and esports scene on YouTube has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, both in terms of popularity and profit. Machinima, the video-game focused network on YouTube, is so popular that Google pumped $35 million into the company in May. David Lawee, Google’s head of mergers and acquisitions, told Forbes the main reason for the investment was the “financial return” potential. Machinima’s official channel is currently the fourth most popular channel on YouTube, according to YouTube statistics site VidStatsX, as well as being one of the largest and oldest networks.Top Commenters Can Make Six Figures A YearBig investors aren’t the only ones rolling in video-game-commentary cash, little guys can get a piece of this pie too. YouTuber and ex-Machinima partner Shaun Hutchinson, considered to be one of the “Founding Fathers of the Call of Duty YouTube scene,” was making an easy six-figures a year from YouTube at the height of his popularity. PewDiePie, the fastest growing video game commenter this year, who currently sits at number 12, is likely making a similar amount.The question now is, when will this feature be made available for every video game? 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#black ops ii#Call of Duty#esports#games#gaming#YouTube Related Posts fruzsina eordoghcenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

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first_imgThings, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. LATEST STORIES View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

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