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Up until that point I had been an enthusiastic, even obsessive, consumer of horror movies. I let none slip by, however obscure, poorly dubbed or badly reviewed they were. If there was a horror movie showing somewhere in Liverpool between 1967 and 1975, I saw it. But once I was in the grip of depression, a curious thing happened. The movies I had loved — and had always been able to hold at a distance, somehow, enjoying their effects but never profoundly terrified by any of them — became impossible to watch. Suddenly they signified too much. Staring out of the darkness, which seemed to press down around me with smothering force, I was granted a clearer vision than I’d ever had before. The tricks and contrivances of plot and special effects, which had always allowed me an “escape clause,” were no longer a defense: The images came at me off the screen with nearly mythic force, raw and naked and overwhelming. PHOTOS:’Mad Men’s’ Kiernan Shipka as the ‘Shining’ Twins and Other Hollywood Horror Delights It wasn’t, you understand, that I came to believe any of these fictions were real. It was that I understood for the first time why they carried such authority over our imaginations, even when they dressed up in cheap theatrics. They were psychically true. Death is real, after all, and what are these stories but extended dances with death, refreshed now and again by a change of mask, a change of step? Each time we sit down to take in a horror movie, we prepare to stare down the subject that haunts us from the first moment we realize we are going to die. That was why the movies I had taken such pleasure in were now a terror to me. In my depressed state their true subject — death, in all its grotesque glory — was too much for me.
But its moving and humane, with a beauty as austere as the rocky hills around the asylum Camille will never leave. Camille Claudel 1915, from Kino Lorber, opens Oct. 16 in New York. Rating: **** (Seligman) Daniel Radcliffe A 1944 murder provides a fresh take on the Beats in Kill Your Darlings , starring an earnest Daniel Radcliffe as Howl poet Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as his killer pal Lucien Carr. Carr was the effete, visionary lynchpin in the incipient literary circle that included Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs ( Ben Foster ). Radcliffe, while nicely conveying Ginsbergs tortured sexuality, is just too darned cute to pass for the real thing. Michael C. Hall gives a subtle, desperate performance as the man obsessed with, and ultimately done in by, Carr, but DeHaans is the breakout performance. (Evans) Kill Your Darlings, from Sony Pictures Classics , opens Oct. 16 in New York and Los Angeles . This is a condensed, revised version of Greg Evans s Sundance Film Festival review from January 23, 2013. Rating: **1/2 What the Stars Mean: ***** Fantastic **** Excellent *** Good ** So-So * Poor (No stars) Avoid (Greg Evans and Craig Seligman are critics for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News .
‘ low-budget horror film “The Conjuring” produced more than 2.3 million social media mentions in the week after its theatrical release, and maintained a volume of more than 1.5 million comments for three weeks after its debut. “‘The Conjuring’ kept going,” Handley said. “There was a lot of word of mouth. People continued to talk about it, and see it a second or third time.” Biggest comeback: Paramount Pictures’ “World War Z” was plagued with negative pre-chatter from people who had read the book and feared a poor adaptation and industry insiders focused on production problems. Once the film opened in theaters, positive audience reaction changed the tenor of the online conversation. “It was purely an organic thing,” Handley said. “It was a reaction to actually watching the movie.” ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Most positive buzz: Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 2″ received the most favorable comments in its opening week, with 92% of posts praising the animated film. “This is, by far, the standout when it comes to sustained positive buzz, pre- and post-release,” Handley said. Most fanboy buzz: Warner Bros.’ “Pacific Rim” captured the hearts of male enthusiasts, who talked animatedly about director Guillermo del Toro films, mulled specific details about the set, props and technology used in the production and generally geeked out about the science fiction film. Eleven percent of the conversation in the week before and after release came from these fanboys. Most kids-at-heart desire to see: Disney/Pixar Animation Studios’ “Monsters University” was the most successful family film when it came to connecting with parents.
Gore Verbinskis under-the-radar remake of the modern classic Japanese ghost story was the kind of old-school terror that had been missing from theaters for awhile. It also used its PG-13 for maximum advantage, showing us just enough horrifying imagery (such as the fates of the young girls in the prologue) to get away with merely suggesting the horrors to come. The film is not set in a single location, but rather is a travelogue mystery which pits Naomi Wattsin search of the origins of a killer VHS tape before it claims her son. Unlike any number of horror films, The Ring has just enough scale and scope that it almost feels sweeping, with a full mystery narrative full of red herrings, startling leads, and copious backstory delivered by old-pros like Brian Cox. Fair or not, it felt like the kind of full-scale movie that we hadnt seen in the horror genre in awhile, plus it was pretty terrifying when it wanted to be. In terms of box office, this was the rare wide release to actually gross more in its second weekend than in its first, showing the kind of legs reserved for James Cameron films. It opened with $15 million on 1,900 screens before grossing $18m on its second weekend and another $18m (-3%) in weekend three, which of course coincided with Halloween. It was making more on its fourth weekend ($15.5m) than it did on its debut and eventually ended with $129m domestic, or a stunning 8.6x multiplier. It of course launched a mini-boom of remakes of Asian supernatural horror stories, none of which could compete with the first. It is, on its own, a modern classic, and one example of a hit that inspired a legion of copies that couldnt measure up. The Silence of the Lambs (1991): $131 million Single-handedly snatching back the horror film from the grips of teen-targeted slasher films and restoring it as a safe haven for adults, Jonathan Demmes grand horror thriller is part gothic fairy tale, part feminist treatise, and all fantastic. Everyone remembers Hopkinss Oscar-winning turn as Hannibal Lector, but just as important is Jodie Fosters justifiably Oscar-winning turn as Clarice Starling, one of the great modern feminist creations in modern cinema, as well as stellar supporting work from Scott Glenn and Ted Levine. Demmes masterpiece is rich in substance, utterly engaging, and filled with genuine scares and just enough gore to make you forget how little violence is onscreen.Silence of the Lambs remains one of the very best horror films of all time.
Its disappointing at this stage of the economy to see such weak labor force growth. Slowing job creation and signs of discouraged workers come a week after the Bank of Canada cut its economic growth forecast for the rest of the year with Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem citing an elusive pickup in exports and investment. Employment growth has slowed after domestic spending and employment gains pulled Canada out of a recession triggered by the 2008 global financial crisis. The unemployment rate declined as fewer youths searched for work, Statistics Canada said in its report today. Currency, Bonds Canadas dollar strengthened 0.1 percent to C$1.0386 versus its U.S. counterpart at 12:03 p.m. in Toronto. One Canadian dollar buys 96.28 U.S. cents. Government benchmark two-year bond yields were unchanged at 1.20 percent. The participation rate fell to 66.4 percent from 66.6 percent, reaching the lowest since February, 2002. That development is very disappointing, Watt said in an e-mail. I would have thought that more would have been getting drawn back into the labor force, he said. Instead the labor force is not keeping pace with the population. The jobs number confirm the softening trend in the domestic economy, said David Tulk, chief Canada macro strategist with TD Securities in Toronto. Todays data probably wont have major implications for the Bank of Canada, he said.
The case will now likely go to the Canadian Supreme Court, which last considered the issue of assisted suicide in 1993. The federal government had appealed the decision from the B.C. Supreme Court, which ruled last year that safeguards could be put in place to protect against the risks associated with doctor-assisted dying. Justices Mary Newbury and Mary Saunders agreed in the decision released Thursday that while the law banning assisted suicide has certainly evolved in the last two decades, it hasn’t changed enough to undermine the 1993 decision from Supreme Court of Canada. “As the law now stands, there does not appear to be an avenue for relief from a generally sound law that has an extraordinary, even cruel, effect on a small number of individuals,” the judges wrote in a joint ruling. When the Supreme Court of Canada last considered the issue of assisted suicide, the judges were split in favor of upholding the current law in a case involving Sue Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who also had Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, gripped Canadians as she fought in court for the right to assisted suicide. She lost her appeal but took her own life with the help of an anonymous doctor in 1994, at the age of 44. The judge concluded the law must allow physician-assisted suicide and physician-assisted death also known as voluntary euthanasia in cases involving patients who are diagnosed with a serious illness or disability and who are experiencing “intolerable” physical or psychological suffering with no chance of improvement. The earlier decision said patients in such scenarios must personally request physician-assisted death, must be free from coercion and cannot be clinically depressed. Rodriguez had argued that the law should be struck down as a violation of the charter, but the court ruled against her.
“The TSX is of course adversely affected today by the drop in precious metals in particular … you also had that announcement by Potash pre-warning,” said David Baskin, portfolio manager and president of Baskin Financial Services “Add that all up, and that’s why Canada is not following the U.S. uphill.” After recording its biggest jump in three months in the previous session, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index finished the session down 2.30 points, or 0.02 percent, at 12,892.11. President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders worked to end their fiscal impasse on Friday but struggled to strike a deal on the details for a short-term reopening of the government and an increase in the U.S. debt limit. Failure to raise the borrowing limit would have serious repercussions for the fiscal standing of the United States, the world’s biggest economy, and for markets and economies of the United States and other nations worldwide. Investors, who are also looking ahead to the start of the earnings session soon, hesitated to make calls until there was certainty about a resolution to the crisis. “We’re certainly sitting on the sidelines,” said David Cockfield, managing director and portfolio manager at Northland Wealth Management. “I just keep my head down for the moment.” “I want to see some actual results before I make up my mind how this is going to turn out,” he added. “I don’t think it’s over until it’s over.” Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher Friday. The financial sector gained 0.4 percent, with Royal Bank of Canada climbing 0.5 percent to C$68.03. Energy shares added nearly 0.5 percent, with TransCanada Corp rising 1.2 percent to C$45.33. Encana Corp added 2.1 percent to C$18.30. The two companies were among the most influential movers on the index.
McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine,” the singer and bassist said on his website. “But I didn’t want it to all sound the same. We had a lot of fun.” On Wednesday, the singer did a special show and master class for 400 teenagers at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in the New York borough of Queens. The school was founded by singer Tony Bennett, who attended the performance.
The concert will feature works by Sweelinck, Frescobaldi, Buxtehude and Bach. Mr. Black will be playing on a harpsichord in the Italian style by Keith Hill. Suggested donation at the door is $20. Gavin Black is founder and Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center in Princeton, New Jersey, where he teaches harpsichord, clavichord, organ, and continuo playing. He is also an active recitalist on those instruments, and has recorded on organ and on harpsichord for PGM, Centaur, and MHS. These recordings include music of Sweelinck, Froberger, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, and others, as well as J. S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue with colleague George Hazelrigg in a version for two harpsichords. In addition to his focus on keyboard repertoire between 1500 and 1750, he has also specialized in the music of the twentieth century American composer Moondog, with whom he collaborated during the last twenty years of the composer’s life. Mr. Black also writes a monthly column – On Teaching – for the organ magazine The Diapason. Topics have included pedal playing, registration, practice techniques, tuning and temperament, and much more. He is currently at work on an organ method, which is being serialized by the magazine.
Wagner is famous for his operas, Rahn said. But because the musicians could not bring the whole orchestra required to play an opera, they decided to perform openings of two Wagner operas along with some other musical pieces. Rahn, a freelance musician, and Anees, who is currently studying Western classical composition at Londons Trinity College, started with the overture to Rienzi. With a four-hand piano arrangement, the two pianists synchronised perfectly to reproduce the intensity of the operas opening. Mayer then worked magic with her powerful voice, singing five songs by Wagner, including In the Greenhouse and Dreams. The range of her vocals and dramatic delivery of the lyrics mesmerised the audience, which was evident from the applause she got at the end of each of song. Sheikh Farooq, the general manager of a private shipping company, said the singing was heartfelt and moving, with an emotional pull. Wagners music is all about emotions and dramatic music, Rahn said, talking about the musical quality of the German composer, who was also famous for writing his own librettos. Its pure opera. Rahn, who, along with the Mayer and Anees, also performed at the Goethe Institute in Karachi on Wednesday, said Pakistani audience have been very welcoming to Wagners music, even though they are not accustomed to Western classical music. At the concert, Anees, 27, also gave a solo performance of the Isoldes Love-Death the final, dramatic climax of Wagners opera, Tristan and Isolde, which is based on a medieval European legend of unattainable love. After a brief interval, Rahn performed the Sonata for the album of Madame MW before combining again with Anees to play the prelude to The Master-Singers of Nuremburg. In between, Mayer sang five more songs composed by Franz Liszt, who was a friend and father-in-law of Wagner. Pakistani and foreign guests in the audience appeared united in their applause for the performances and Ambassador of Germany in Pakistan Dr Cyrill Nunn seemed to agree. Music is the perfect bridge between countries, the ambassador told The Express Tribune after the concert. Nunn said the German Embassy always tries to create collaboration between Germany and Pakistan at its events.
The project is part of UKs overall capital improvement plan , which was approved earlier this year by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. No state tax dollars will be used in any of the UK construction projects, which also include a new science building and improvements to UKs football facilities and Commonwealth Stadium. The Gatton College expansion and renovation calls for an increase in space for educational programs, as well as technology enhancements to classrooms and laboratories. Beshear joined UK president Eli Capilouto and Gatton College Dean David Blackwell at todays groundbreaking, according to a news release. The project is slated for completion by spring 2016. Highlights include: Expanding the footprint of the college by 40 percent to 210,000 square feet; Adding a 500-seat auditorium designed for special events and large lectures; Creating 20 new classrooms and 40 collaborative study or breakout rooms; Building a special events hall with audio-visual components to accommodate dinners and lectures seating between 75 and 200 people. John R. Karman III covers these beats: Economic development and government, commercial real estate, transportation, utilities, sports business, lottery, tourism/conventions, higher education, nonprofits, Jeffersontown, Downtown, Central Area. Industries:
But a number of provisions in the scheme, combined with generally improved underwriting standards since the financial crisis, will help offset these risks. If it succeeds in getting a range of lenders comfortable with high loan to value (LTV) lending, the scheme could increase prepayment rates in UK RMBS transactions as it becomes cheaper to refinance existing high LTV borrowing with another lender. Data from Fitch-rated UK RMBS transactions show that annual prepayment rates fell to 5%-15% in 2009-2010, and remain below the range of about 20%-40% before the financial crisis. However, while they might increase, we would not expect prepayment rates to recover to pre-crisis levels, as total exposure of RMBS pools to high LTV loans would probably be relatively low, due to the presence of seasoned loans. Rising house prices and increased turnover in the property market would also be modestly positive for existing UK RMBS transactions. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said Tuesday that the balance of surveyors reporting an increase in house prices last month had hit its highest level since June 2002. Borrowers who struggled to make payments would be more inclined to try and resume repayments if they were not in negative equity, and could potentially sell their house to repay their loan. The post-crisis rise in UK mortgage arrears stabilised in 2010 when house prices bottomed out, suggesting a connection between prices and arrears levels. Similarly, banks selling repossessed properties would recover more of their original advance in a rising and busier market, not just because prices are higher but because forced sale discounts would be lower. By increasing the availability and lowering the cost of high LTV lending, the government mortgage guarantee scheme arguably poses risks to the longer-term performance of the UK mortgage market, by encouraging riskier lending. However, we think these risks are mitigated by certain provisions in the scheme. These include affordability tests, the limited duration of the scheme, which will last for three years, and the fact that lenders are still exposed to some losses, and that once a lender provides a guaranteed mortgage product at a particular LTV, all of its lending at that LTV has to be guaranteed, limiting adverse selection. Nor can borrowers use the guarantee to re-mortgage with the same lender or to finance second homes or buy-to-let properties. In addition, the scheme is going to be monitored by the Financial Policy Committee at the Bank of England for its potential of raising systemic risk.
21, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Canada In 2011 the government made it illegal for women to wear face-covering garments at citizenship ceremonies, because the judge must be able to see each person’s face reciting their oath. In 2012 the Supreme Court issued a rare split decision on whether women could cover their faces on the witness stand; four judges said it depended on the circumstances, two said witnesses should never cover their face, and one said a Muslim witness should never be ordered to remove her veil. The provincial government of French-speaking Quebec this year has proposed a law that would outlaw all religious regalia including Muslim scarves and veils, turbans, Jewish skullcaps and Christian crucifixes from state buildings. Demonstrators take part in a protest against Quebec’s proposed “values charter” in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday Sept. 14, 2013. The separatist Parti Quebecois government said the proposed law would forbid government workers from wearing religious headwear such as hijabs, turbans, and kippas and will be introduced for debate later in the year. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) United States America has no laws restricting the use of veils or headscarves because it conflicts with constitutional rights to freedom of speech. In 2009 President Barack Obama said in a Cairo speech directed at a Muslim audience that Western nations should “avoid dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear” because it reflected innate hostility to Islam. Women dressed in American flag burkas walk through the crowd during a rally on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building on September 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) Turkey Islamic-style headscarves and full robes are banned in schools and in government offices. A similar ban for university students was relaxed. Turkish demonstrators supporting ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans during a pro-Morsi demonstration on July 14, 2013 in Istanbul.
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Alvarez arrived as a highly touted talent out of UConn, famously hand picked by former coach Jose Luis El Chelis Sanchez Sola days before the MLS SuperDraft. He scored a dramatic, game-tying goal in his debut against the rival LA Galaxy in March, but has since endured a coaching change and numerous position switches. READ: Carlos Bocanegra calls loss to LA “embarrasing” At a technical level, hes very good, Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Guero Real told MLSsoccer.com. He has great shot location. Weve had to utilize him at various positions, so in that regard weve made it problematic for him. Im sure if he played only one position, hed have better endurance. Based on the necessities of the team, weve had to use him on the right wing, higher up top or farther down in our formation. Hes helped us a lot and has been an important player, but if we didnt have a necessity to move him all over, hed be at a better level. A star in college, Alvarez scored seven goals and had nine assists as a senior on his way to being named the Big East Conference midfielder of the year. This season, he has two goals and three assists while starting 25 of the Goats 32 games. The Los Angeles native, though, has not played a full 90 minutes since Aug. 25 a string of seven matches. And he played only 32 minutes in last weeks SuperClasico against the Galaxy. He is also one of 17 players to make their MLS debut for last-place Chivas USA (6-18-8) this season, Get the latest Chivas USA news at cdchivasusa.com According to Real, the lack of lineup continuity has affected Alvarezs development in a sense. The 22-year-old, though, has not made excuses. I was fortunate enough that both coaches weve had gave me the opportunity and confidence to play, Alvarez told MLSsoccer.com.
(Photo: Reuters/Matt Sullivan) USA vs Jamaica takes place in the World Cup 2014 CONCACAF qualifiers on Friday night, in a game that should see the United States’ players relaxed and assured. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have already qualified for Brazil 2014 with two games to spare, and they will now begin their preparations for next summer’s World Cup Finals. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on ESPN or online through free live stream (details below). The United States have had a fantastic CONCACAF qualifying campaign and have booked their place in the World Cup with two Hexagonal games to spare. However, if you ask USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann whether he is satisfied he is likely to tell you the real test is just getting started. It is unlikely that the former World Cup and European Championship winner will be satisfied with just making an appearance at the World Cup Finals next year as a player he was someone only satisfied with winning, and it is unlikely his stance will have changed in management. Winning the World Cup next year might be a goal too far for this United States team, but Klinsmann will be wanting to get out of the group stages and try and cause a few upsets, potentially making the quarterfinals or even semifinals. The United States manager will see every game between now and next summer as a chance to try out his squad and see who his best 11 are, and of most concern to many players, who will be getting on the plane to Brazil and who will be left behind. The current USA team is certainly an exciting one; in previous years the United States have been able to trouble some of the biggest teams around, but have always lacked depth in the talent they were able to put out. When it comes to major tournaments, having a depth of talent is vital, and it now appears as though Klinsmann is bringing together a squad that most teams will know could cause them serious trouble. Tonight’s game might now be the most important for the USA as they are already through but every single Team USA player will be tense now to ensure they show themselves as indispensible to the squad to book their spot on the plane. USA vs Jamaica will kick off at 6.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through free live stream by clicking here.
Post to Facebook USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1g2FdX0 Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 4:44 p.m. EDT October 10, 2013 DeMarcus Ware (94) and the Cowboys hope to plant RG3′s Redskins on Sunday night. (Photo: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images) SHARE 7 CONNECT 5 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE If the Dallas Cowboys had merely split with the Washington Redskins last season, America’s Team would have reached the playoffs. But Robert Griffin III and Co. swept their way to the NFC East crown by beating the Cowboys for the second time in Week 17. The division looks wide open again with Cowboys, ‘Skins and Eagles all saddled with three losses but still within a half-game of each other. The Redskins didn’t get their first W until Week 4 then went on bye. But winning in Dallas on Sunday night just might give them sole possession of first place by Monday morning.
But while most of the contestants are only fighting for the crown, one Scottsdale woman is also fighting for her life. In July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later. As she continues to battle the disease, Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her. Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants Im used to, Anderson said. With her family living in Illinois, Anderson has found her support system in an unexpected place the doctors office. One of Andersons nurses, Sandy LeDuke, has been helping her focus on pageant details. Im just kind of along for the ride, LeDuke said. I went with her to pick out some dresses and things. If both cancer and the upcoming pageant werent enough to think about, Anderson is also struggling to pay for her treatments. Her insurance has denied her the specific coverage she has needed for the last six months. Fortunately, fundraisers have been set up in Scottsdale to help Anderson pay some of her medical bills. Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too. Just be positive and be grateful for what you have, Anderson said.
Now, after two years of wide-ranging realignment at nearly every level of the sport, the C-USA looks nothing like its charter configuration. It has been decimated. Just two original members, Southern Miss and UAB, remain, while six teams — Memphis, Tulane, Houston, East Carolina, Central Florida, SMU and Tulsa — are joining the newly formed American either this year or next. In response to the exodus, the league again has had to replenish its ranks, only with slimmer pickings. Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, UTSA, Western Kentucky. These are good schools, to be sure; there are some interesting additions in there. But let’s keep it 100 here: Conference USA is unrecognizable. It’s a shell. Even in recent years, when many devotees argued the league was overlooked during Bubble Watch season, it still had Memphis as a draw. But John Calipari’s success grew the Tigers out of Conference USA years ago; there simply wasn’t enough yearly competition. Now, the thought of Memphis playing a 16- or 18-game schedule in the C-USA looks laughable. You can scan high and low throughout the sport: Over the past 15 years, no conference has been more adversely affected by conference realignment than C-USA. Maybe, like Tony Soprano, it was just born too late. Maybe the middle ground between mid-major and power-six (or whatever) is unsustainable. There are probably lot of different reasons, and we could debate them for a while, but it doesn’t change what Conference USA is today, in 2013.
View gallery French commandoes stand guard outside the National Police College in Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’Or, on October 15, 2012 (AFP Photo/Philippe Desmazes) Paris (AFP) – A French-Algerian man suspected of Al-Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said on Saturday. Intelligence officials believe Naamen Meziche was once connected to Al-Qaeda’s so-called “Hamburg cell”, which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Deported on Tuesday, he was charged and remanded in custody in Paris on Friday for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise, with a view to carrying out criminal acts, the source said. Meziche had been in Pakistani custody since being arrested in May 2012 in the southwest of the country along with three other suspected French jihadis, who were sent back to France in April and charged on the same count. Born in Paris in 1970, Meziche left France in the early 1990s for Afghanistan, then Germany where he is alleged to have come into close contact with the “Hamburg Cell”. He has been known to intelligence officials for more than a decade, though he has no criminal record in Europe. French law gives authorities broad powers to detain and prosecute a suspect for intending to carry out terrorist acts or contacting organisations suspected of terrorism. Though Meziche is suspected of being a long-time Al-Qaeda member, no proof has yet emerged of his involvement in any specific act of terror, and security officials are divided about how big a player he is. One French anti-terror officer told AFP this week Meziche was “a big fish — right in the… heart of Al-Qaeda”. But another source close to the case said it was “hard to say if he is an active player or a bit of a has-been”. Crime & Justice Seoul (AFP) – North Korea on Saturday issued a fresh warning of an “all-out war”, urging the United States to stop military drills and what it described as “nuclear blackmail”. AFP BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while out harvesting wheat says that when he found it, crude was bubbling up out of the ground. Associated Press Shanghai (AFP) – Defending champion Novak Djokovic swept aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 on Saturday, as a mouthwatering Shanghai Masters title showdown loomed against world number one Rafael Nadal.
Mercenaries from Chad and Sudan already form a large portion of Seleka rebels. Janjaweed Arab fighters from Darfur are present. Members of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, which Uganda accuses Khartoum of backing, have set up in the country. CAR is geographically at the center of what some strategists have called an “arc of insecurity” involving Islamic militants and stretching from Kenya and Somalia in eastern Africa to Mauritania in the west. The power vacuum in CAR is paving the way for al Qaeda-linked Islamists ousted from Mali, while lawlessness in north Cameroon is opening a route to CAR for Nigeria’s Boko Haram. “We are seeing the start of an internal sectarian poison that we never had in the past coupled with an international aspect that we hadn’t seen either,” said the source. POOR RELATIONSHIP Unlike some of its other colonies in Africa, France has had a poor relationship with CAR since independence in 1960, and has been reluctant to get directly involved in the crisis, urging African nations to do their utmost to resolve it. The African Union has responded by deploying about 2,500 troops as part of its 3,600-strong MISCA mission, made up of forces from Chad, Gabon, Congo Republic and Cameroon. But its material, logistic and financial resources are limited, prompting Paris to seek a U.N. Security Council mandate that would address that and turn MISCA into a U.N. peacekeeping force ultimately supported by French troops. “It’s not obvious, because CAR doesn’t interest anybody. People hardly know where it is, and if we don’t do it then nobody will,” said another French diplomat.
By 1971, he was back in France, this time in Lyon, where his “violent, virulent and sumptuous theatre” presentations, as the Paris daily Liberation put it, built his reputation further. Then in 1976, when the French conductor Pierre Boulez asked him to direct Wagner’s “Ring” cycle of operas at the legendary festival in Bayreuth, Chereau made his unforgettable debut on the international opera scene. His adaptation of Wagner’s Nordic myths as a 19th-century drama of capitalist exploitation of workers met with raucous boos at its debut. But at the end of its final presentation in 1980, the audience saluted him with an hour and a half of exuberant applause. “We always worked together with a lot of passion,” Boulez said after learning that Chereau, whom he called “the only director I wanted to work with”, had died. “What made his work stand out was the extreme precision with which he created a character out of the slightest figure,” he told Le Monde. “I always felt confident with Chereau – when he wanted to try something out, I always told him ‘yes’.” Chereau also turned his talents to the cinema, producing films while he also worked in theatre and opera. His first efforts in the 1970s were not critically acclaimed. But he won a Cesar, the French equivalent of the Oscars, for best screenplay in 1983 for “L’homme blesse” (The Wounded Man). In 1994, his film “La Reine Margot” (Queen Margot) won the Jury Prize and best actress prizes at the Cannes festival. Five Cesars followed the next year. His 2001 film “Intimite” (Intimacy) won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival. Chereau credited his parents with stirring his interest in art, especially drawing.
debt deal Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:10am EDT * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct * Euro STOXX 50 hovering around 2-1/2 year high * Stocks still in ‘sweet spot’, says Lyxor AM’s Asseraf-Bitton By Blaise Robinson PARIS, Oct 11 (Reuters) – European stocks inched up in early trade on Friday, extending the previous day’s rally, as investors waited to see if an agreement will be reached in Washington on the U.S. debt ceiling. At 0740 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.16 percent at 1,247.09 points, after gaining 1.7 percent on Thursday. The euro zone’s blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.08 percent at 2,967.06 points, hovering just below a 2-1/2 year high hit earlier in the session. Stocks around the world had lost ground in the past three weeks after a deadlock in budget talks led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government and sparked worries about negotiations on the country’s debt ceiling. On Thursday, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders appeared ready to end the deadlock after meeting at the White House, and talks continued into the night with one senior Republican saying an agreement could come on Friday. “Even though investors get nervous when political tensions rise, the backdrop for equities remains quite positive: very accommodative central banks, improvement on the macro front, and relatively good corporate fundamentals,” said Jeanne Asseraf-Bitton, head of global cross asset research at Lyxor Asset Management, which has $98 billion under management. “It’s sort of a ‘sweet spot’ for stocks. Now, with the earnings season set to start, we need to see an improvement in the earnings momentum. It has improved lately in Europe, although it remains negative for now.” Around Europe, UK’s FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, Germany’s DAX index up 0.2 percent, and France’s CAC 40 down 0.1 percent. French hotel group Accor topped the FTSEurofirst 300 leader board, with a 2.5 percent rise after investment bank Citigroup’s upgraded the stock to a “buy”. Darren Courtney-Cook, head of trading at Central Markets Investment Management, said even a short-term extension to the U.S.
Sony’s smartphone focus shifts to Japan, Europe, says CEO Kazuo Hirai says that, for now, his company will attempt to appeal to customers in Japan and Europe rather than in the US and China. October 11, 2013 6:43 AM PDT Sony chief Kazuo Hirai holding one of his company’s smartphones. (Credit: CBS Interactive) Sony’s attempt to reassert itself in the smartphone market will start outside the US. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai told reporters on Friday that his company’s smartphone-related resources will be dedicated to Europe and Japan. According to Reuters , which was in attendance at the talk, Sony’s smartphone division has no big plans for the US and China. Related stories Game console updates will come faster, GameStop CEO predicts “It’s not realistic to try to do everything at once,” he said, according to Reuters. “In the US, we’ll start gradually.” Hirai’s decision is not necessarily surprising. Sony has little market share in the US or China, but has been able to at least make a dent in Europe and Japan, its home country. Mobile was cited earlier this year by Hirai as one of the keys to reviving the slumping Sony, but so far, the effort has been slow going. Just about every other major smartphone maker is trying to establish a foothold in the US and the increasingly lucrative Chinese market. Hirai ostensibly hopes his mobile plans could help Sony gain ground in area his competitors might be overlooking.
3. Mix Max, but Omaha WSOP Europe is the birthplace of the Mix Max event. Players play nine-handed on Day 1, six-handed on Day 2 and a heads-up bracket on Day 3 to play down to a winner. It’s always been played with no-limit hold ‘em, but the most exciting addition to the schedule this year is this variation. The Mix Max will be a pot-limit Omaha event, and if fireworks are your thing, this is for you. This event will be fun to watch because of the caliber of player it’s going to attract. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the final four made up of former bracelet winners and some of the younger online cash game beasts who make their living playing high stakes pot-limit Omaha, the game players with a little bit more gamble love to play. 4. Big Bucks Buy-In: The High Roller comes to WSOPE Another new event on the schedule this year is a high-roller event with a bracelet at stake. In Cannes last year, there was a 50,000 euro buy-in nonbracelet event that attracted 49 players. This year, WSOP organizers have lowered the buy-in to 25,600 euros and put a bracelet up for grabs. High-roller events are becoming more and more commonplace, but given the talent that fills the fields in these events, they tend to be a poker fan’s dream. This will fourth largest buy-in bracelet event in WSOP history and the biggest ever outside Las Vegas. The event takes place after the two Day 1s of the main event, ensuring that big-name players busting out of the main event still have a shot at a bracelet and bragging rights. Be warned though, given recent history, a German is going to win this thing.
debt loses some appeal in Hong Kong In June, China struck a similar agreement with the Bank of England worth up to 200 billion yuan. The deal with the ECB comes as political gridlock in the U.S. weakens the U.S. dollar against many other global currencies. A spokesperson for the ECB said the deal had been in the works for the last few months. China’s wine obsession spurs Bordeaux sales The yuan, also called the renminbi, currently trades directly with the U.S. dollar, the Australian dollar and the Japanese yen . In September, the Bank for International Settlements announced the Chinese yuan was the ninth most traded currency in the world. The yuan was involved in 2.2% of foreign exchange trading worldwide in April, the period examined by the report, more than double its share in April 2010. The dollar was involved in 87% of all trades, the euro was part of 33% of trades, and the Japanese yen was involved in 23%.
Trainer Reveals Workout Secrets By Shamecca Harris Oct 10, 2013 11:10am Justin Bieber fans were in for a special treat Wednesday. The 19-year-old heartthrob took to Instagram to share a yet another shirtless snapshot. Wearing only pants and a baseball cap, Bieber, flexed his biceps as he showed off his chiseled chest and washboard abs. In the pic, Bieber points to his personal trainer, Patrick Nilsson, who stands grinning by his side. Judging by the Biebs stellar transformation, its clear that two have been very busy lately. During an interview with Newsday, Nilsson, 29, revealed the details of his intense training regimen. His chest and shoulders we need to build those up, Nilsson explained. Its all about looks. Justin Bieber Off the Hook in Spitting and Speeding Cases The duo trains together for approximately 40 minutes each day, five days a week and if good looks were the objective, their hard work has paid off. Fans can say goodbye to the skinny, floppy-haired kid of yesteryear and hello to a new, improved Justin Bieber. I want him to look like Marky Mark, Nilsson joked I feel like this is what he needs to get where he wants to be. Hes definitely leaner and a lot stronger. The Heartbreak vocalist echoed his trainers sentiment adding, Who doesnt like working out chest and biceps? As for Biebers diet, Nilson revealed that the crooner can eat pretty much anything he wants. See Photos of Justin Bieber Through the Years Its more about making sure he eats, Nilsson told Newsday.
By Nancy Dillon / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 7, 2013, 4:31 PM Justin Bieber has previously admitted to smoking pot. Justin Bieber might need to clear the air. After multiple reports the 19-year-old megastar enjoys regular refer refreshment, TMZ.com posted a new photo Monday that apparently shows Bieber with a spliff, a lighter and some seriously heavy eyelids at an unidentified social gathering. PHOTOS: BIEBER FEVER: JUSTIN BIEBER THROUGH THE YEARS The celebrity website published the Instagram pic, saying Bieber appears to be holding a long joint while seated next to someone resembling Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande . Grande, 20, stars in the tween sitcom Sam & Cat and recently confirmed her new romance with The Wanted singer Nathan Sykes, 20. justinbieber via Instagram Work hard play hard be safe praise god, Justin Bieber in an Instagram photo from Sept. 28. She was rumored to be hooking up with Bieber over the summer after she posted a photo of him pecking her on the cheek while she was his opening act on his Believe tour, TMZ reported. Grande publicly claimed they barely saw each other during the tour and were never a couple. Everyone, girls are allowed to be friends with guys, she said on Twitter. Im a lady. Chill out. Wow @ Justin Bieber smoking weed! pic.twitter.com/33IOuZCadi RELATED: JUSTIN BIEBER CARRIED UP GREAT WALL OF CHINA BY BODYGUARDS @MileyCyrus via Twitter ‘@justinbieber FO LIFE ‘ Miley Cyrus wears a Reefer Fever shirt with Justin Bieber’s face in a Twitter photo posted Monday. Messages sent to reps for Bieber and Grande were not immediately returned Monday, but TMZ said sources on both sides said the girl was not Grande and the pic appeared to be doctored.
However, a lyric flash may have been revealed by Alfredo Flores, a close friend of the teen star. In addition to the ATM cover, Flores captioned his Instagram , Whats a king bed without a queen? (sic). (Photo: Justin Bieber Instagram) If it is a lyric tease, it suggests All That Matters addresses unrequited love. This will likely heat up speculation about Biebers relationship with his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. Their relationship hit headlines when the 19-year-old followed up Heartbreakers premiere with a public admission that the song was based on his break-up with someone. Although the heartthrob didnt specifically mention Gomez, its widely assumed she is the ex concerned. According to Hollywood Life, Justin has been relentlessly pursuing Selena . The website quotes a purported friend of the ex-Disney starlet says the 21-year-old is softening. Justin is going hard to get her back. They werent talking but he wore her down again and shes taking his calls again. The insider adds Gomezs resolve to stay friends is slipping because of the ex-couples intense chemistry. The source continued : Justin has major game, hes good at saying all the right things. And hes looking hot! Id say theres a good chance theyll go for another round. Of course, all her friends are hoping shell stay strong and keep him in the friend zone. Meanwhile, after teasing All That Matters Bieber revealed the new official Twitter account for his upcoming movie-documentary Believe.
Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville LONDON | Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:28pm BST LONDON (Reuters) – All but one of Britain’s major lenders have signed up to the government’s “Help to Buy” mortgage guarantee scheme after Barclays Plc said on Friday it would join the programme. Barclays said it was still working on the details of when it will launch offers under the scheme, and what types of loans will be covered. Britain’s mortgage guarantee plan, launched earlier this week, is designed to help people get on the property ladder with as little as a 5 percent deposit. The government hopes it will boost construction and the broader economy, as well as prove popular with the public before an election in 2015. Critics say it will do little more than raise prices, putting first-time homebuyers in an even trickier position and fuelling another housing bubble as the economy picks up speed Annual house price inflation in Britain is running at more than 6 percent, according to the Halifax index, with parts of London seeing double-digit gains. The government is willing to put 12 billion pounds of taxpayers’ money on the line, potentially supporting 130 billion pounds on new mortgage lending. But take-up may be far lower, particularly if the rates on offer – currently around 5 percent – don’t come down. RBS, Lloyds, HSBC and Santander UK are all already signed up for the scheme which, in exchange for a fee, will give banks greater protection against losses. Customer owned Nationwide, one of the few lenders already offering mortgages to buyers with small deposits, is the only big lender yet to commit. Under the scheme, lenders can choose to participate in three loan-to-value bands, but must then put all eligible loans they originate into the scheme. Most interest so far has been in the most risky 90-95 percent loan-to-value band. In addition, buyers have to pass strict affordability and stress tests, meaning many applicants may be turned down.
In an interview with MCV-UK , Nintendo UK marketing head Shelly Pearce said there were misconceptions about what the Wii U is when it launched last November, especially in marketing to mothers that the machine is indeed a new console and a new controller. In terms of the marketing work weve done against dads, there is now a pretty good understanding there, Pearce said. But many moms dont know what this is. Theyre buying what theyre advised to and going into shops, so we are relying a lot on retail to explain that this is a new piece of hardware. Pearce said the messaging issue has been the biggest hurdle for the Wii U, but Nintendo is encouraged by the fact that the Wii is still the format of choice for some households and is the No. 1 console for brand awareness in the UK. Late last month Nintendo revealed that it would using a media blitz to target customers who purchased a Wii through British retailer Tesco essentially the UK version of Walmart informing them about the Wii U. You can read that full Examiner report here. Through the insight from the Tesco deal that we know families are still playing and have not bought anything else yet. So its a great opportunity if we can get the job right in educating people, Pearce said. Pearce said she doesnt really believe price has been the underlying issue of the slow Wii U sales, and that this upcoming peak consumer season Nintendo should have an value advantage. Wii U will be at a slightly lower price than last year and comparatively it will look a little cheaper because of all the other consoles coming out that are more expensive, Pearce said. But value is the important message.
I cancelled my summer travel plans. I don’t want that experience again,” he said in a barely audible voice,making sure patrons at the eatery didn’t hear him. Less than two kilometres away from the restaurant, on a third-floor music studio, sits British-Somali musician Aar Maanta. Maanta, who sings about issues affecting Somalis in the diaspora and haswrittena song about the treatment of Somalis at airports by immigration and security officials, ispreparing for the first UK-wide tour by a Somali musician. He saidthings were tough before for the community but now, withtheattack in Nairobi, it will only get worse. “Some people haveafear of flying, others have fears of missing flights us young Somali men, we have fears of security officials. I have lost countofthe number of times I have been stopped at UK ports of entry,” he said while clutching a kaban – a pear-shaped stringed instrument used in Somali music – in his left hand. “One time I was interrogated alone in a room and released after eight hours. No one has ever told me why it keeps on happening to me and not tothenon-Somali members of my band,” he added. Like Muse,Aar said all the questions he is asked have to do with al-Shabab and terrorism.”I’m a musician. Terrorists don’t like music or musicians. I’m the last person they should ask these questions,” he said. With fragile peace returning to Mogadishu after the Islamist group withdrew from the war-weary city,many UK citizens of Somali origin are travelling back to visit family members who did not fleethe war, and to assess potential business opportunities in Somalia.