Russia: Sevmash Shipyard to Continue Construction of SSN Belgorod

first_img February 13, 2012 View post tag: Navy Russia: Sevmash Shipyard to Continue Construction of SSN Belgorod View post tag: Russia View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Sevmash View post tag: continue View post tag: constructioncenter_img View post tag: Belgorod JSC Sevmash shipyard (Severodvinsk) will continue construction of Project 949AM Antei nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Belgorod, reports RIA Novosti referring to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief ADM Vladimir Vysotsky.According to Vysotsky, the Kursk-class submarine will be used for special tasks. The admiral declined to specify what exactly tasks are in question. Russian Navy operates several “special purpose” submarines, although information about them is classified, reports RIA Novosti.Construction of SSN Belgorod started in 1992 and was shut down in 1994. After wreck of same-class submarine SSN Kursk, the construction was resumed. However, on June 26, 2009 Vladimir Vysotsky announced freezing of SSN Belgorod shipbuilding program.In total, eleven Project 949AM Antei submarines have been built in Russia since 1986 till 1996; part of them are in service at Northern and Pacific fleets. Displacement of Kursk-class submarines is 23,860 tons, test depth is 500 meters, max speed is 33 knots, crew is 130 men, endurance is 120 days.Cruise missiles Granit are used as basic armament of Project 949AM Antei submarines. In accordance with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, these subs are not equipped with nuclear weapons.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 13, 2012; Image: sevmash Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Sevmash Shipyard to Continue Construction of SSN Belgorod View post tag: shipyard View post tag: SSN View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Long Island Chick-fil-A to Open October 7

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the controversial Atlanta-based chain of fast-food chicken restaurants, plans to open its first Long Island location in Port Jefferson Station on Oct. 7, the company said in a statement Tuesday.The first 100 local customers over 18 years old  will win a “year’s supply of Chick-fil-A” in the form of 52 certificates for free meals, plus other giveaways. The fast-food line officially forms at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6—24 hours before the grand opening.“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” said Stan Abrahamsen, local franchise owner of the location at 5184 Nesconset Highway. “My team members and I are committed to those same ideals.”The store, which features a double drive-thru, is scheduled to be open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Its dining room has seating for 126 customers and its parking lot can hold about 130 vehicles. It will create about 80 new full-and part-time jobs, with hiring underway.Brookhaven town officials had approved the location on the site of a former auto dealership. Local gay rights activists have protested the move on the grounds that Chick-fil-A’s founder has publicly opposed marriage equality. Company officials have said it’s expected to be the first of many Long Island Chick-fil-As.The restaurant will be one of more than 1,900 in 42 states, with the closest current location at New York University in Manhattan. Three years ago, Cathy said in an interview that he opposes gay marriage—a statement that sparked protests nationwide and highlighted his donations to groups sympathetic to that position.“Chick-fil-A has a long history of being taken to task for its donations,” David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, had told Brookhaven officials during a 2013 public hearing on the planned LI location, which Kilmnick opposes.Cathy, who has made no secret of incorporating Christian values into his eatery—it’s closed on Sunday, so workers can attend church, for example—later expressed regret that his sandwiches had become a symbol of the gay marriage debate.At the public hearing for the LI location, a company representative tried to appease the critics who spoke out against Chick-fil-A, known for their cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikn”“We’re not anti-anyone,” said Scott Thigpen, Chick-fil-A’s director of restaurant development, at the hearing in Brookhaven. “We’re literally here to serve everyone with honor, dignity and respect. It doesn’t matter about their race, creed, sexual orientation.”last_img read more

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DSC’s journalism club to address violence in schools

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews DSC’s journalism club to address violence in schools by: – March 21, 2012 Tweet 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share The journalism club of the Dominica State College is taking steps to address the increase in violence at schools on the island.The group will host a forum on Wednesday dubbed “school violence, respect and restraint. Who should exercise what?”Public relations officer of the organization Kadisha St Louis said the intention is to allow students to voice their opinions and concerns on the issue.“It is going to be a very controversial topic because a lot of people don’t know who is to take the blame for the violence in schools that seems to be progressing. They don’t know if they should blame the teachers or children. All we know is that students and teachers are being attacked. When we hear about violence in schools we usually hear it from the adult’s point of view”.Every high school on the island has been invited to send a delegation of students to the forum.There will also be a question and answer segment where students will have an opportunity to voice their opinion.President of the Dominica Teachers Association Celia Nicholas, Mayor of Roseau Cecil Joseph and other officials are expected to address the forum.The forum will begin at 2 o’clock at the Public Service Union.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Netherlands vs. Sweden results: Extra-time goal sends Dutch into World Cup Final vs. USWNT

first_imgDeCOURCY: USWNT’s keeper has the perfect answer for doubtersNetherlands-Sweden was a tale of Cinderella stories. The Swedes — making their first semifinal appearance since 2011 — were the lowest-ranked team remaining after ousting Germany. Holland was making its first appearance in the semifinal stage of the World Cup after advancing past Italy.After 90 goalless minutes of regulation, the Dutch scored the game’s only goal nine minutes into extra time. Jackie Groenen drove a low shot from about 20 yards out that landed past a diving Hedvig Lindahl into the Swedish net.The USWNT booked its place in the final Tuesday, taking down England 2-1 in regulation. This is the Americans’ third consecutive appearance in the World Cup final and their fifth final appearance overall.The Netherlands, in just its second Women’s World Cup appearance, will face the United States on Sunday, July 7, at 11 a.m. ET in Lyon, France. The match will be broadcast on Fox and available to be streamed on Fox Sports Go and fuboTV, which offers a free 7-day free trial.Sporting News tracked results and highlights from the semifinal match between the Netherlands and Sweden (all times Eastern):Netherlands vs. Sweden results: Scores and highlights from 2019 Women’s World CupNetherlands: 1Sweden: 0THE DUTCH ARE IN THE FINAL! 🇳🇱Jackie Groenen’s extra-time winner sends the Netherlands to their first-ever #FIFAWWC final, where they’ll face the USA. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/yLLzBZC8dq— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 2019🔶 F I N A L E ! 🔶 #OnzeJacht #NEDSWE pic.twitter.com/Qg5gf741nl— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) July 3, 20195:40 p.m. | 120+8 – FINAL. THE NETHERLANDS IS INTO ITS FIRST WORLD CUP FINAL.5:34 p.m. | 120+3 – Injury to Sweden’s Asllani. Both teams eager to get going; Sweden to press one last time, Netherlands for the final whistle to go on to the final. 5:26 p.m. | 114′ – Corner, Sweden. Sustained pressure from the Swedes.5:17 p.m. | 110′ – WE’RE BACK. AGAIN. The Dutch lead 1-0 over Sweden.What a moment for @Jackie_10_ !#NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/PtH0TELYhL— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20195:15 p.m. – Halftime of extra time. Sweden looking for a goal. Netherlands looking to hold them off!5:15 p.m. | 105+1  – Sweden pressing feverishly now. Second corner for them in ET and their 10th overall. It amounts to nothing.5:11 p.m. | 104′ – Corner Sweden. Asllani goes down, looking for a penalty, but the ball trickles out in her nation’s favor.JACKIE GROENEN! THE NETHERLANDS LEAD IN EXTRA TIME! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/rD1mbZ327J— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 2019JJAAAA!! JACKIE GROENEN! pic.twitter.com/ikGGGFeUGV— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) July 3, 20195:07 p.m. | 99′ – GOAL!!! THE ORANJE! JACKIE GROENEN. A low driving shot from outside the 18 finds itself in the back corner of the Swedish net!5:05 p.m. | 97′ – Corner, Holland conceded by Hanna Glas. The Netherlands has tooked the most on the attack since the start of the ET.4:59 p.m. | 91′ – FIrst half of ET kicks off!The first-ever #FIFAWWC semi-final to go to extra-time!* We need a grammar check on that one 👆* #NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/thqlz865yx— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20194:54 p.m. | 90+5 – Thirty more minutes! We’re going to extra time to find a winner for the first time in Women’s World Cup semifinal history. Extra-time is looming… #NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/7zH26WP0bs— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20194:46 p.m. | 88′ – Asllani earns a free kick just outside the Netherland’s 18. Eriksson’s free kick kisses the top of the net! Didn’t drop down quick enough.4:43 p.m. | 85′  – Yellow card for Holland’s Sherida Spitse as she clips Kosovare Asllani’s ankle in professional foul.Unreal – Part Two! #NEDSWE https://t.co/PpqnVSjWCM pic.twitter.com/4zlwFXHXTk— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20194:40 p.m. | 82′ – Netherlands were THIS close to scoring off that fingertip save.4:36 p.m. | 79′ – Double substitution for Sweden. Julia Zigiotti Olme replaces Elin Rubensson and Madelen Janogy comes on for Lina Hurtig.4:34 p.m. | 76′ – Corner Netherlands. Shanice van de Sanden makes QUICK impact off the Swedish corner in a 1v1 race toward goal, but it’s sent behind.4:33 p.m. | 75′ – Corner Sweden. Desiree van Lunteren pokes the ball off Blackstenius’ foot.4:29 p.m. | 72′ – Substitution for the Oranje . Shanice van de Sanden comes on for Beerensteyn to great applause.INCREDIBLE SAVE!This time it’s the Netherlands who are inches away from the lead, and this time it’s Lindahl with a HUGE save to tip the ball off the woodwork. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/PPyPbYeCio— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 20194:22 p.m. | 64′ – OFF THE CROSSBAR. It’s Sweden’s turn to get bailed out! Hedvig Lindahl has a fingertips save to push Vivianne Miedema’s header onto the bar!4:21 p.m. | 63′ – Corner Holland. Eriksson clears a cross in from Lineth Beerensteyn behind.OFF THE POST!! 😱Another dangerous Sweden corner eventually falls to Fischer, but van Veenendaal gets just enough on her shot to steer the ball off the post. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/gb8OYWeLB9— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 20194:14 p.m. | 56′ – OFF THE POST!!! The Netherlands weathered a bit of chaos in the box after the corner and then BANG! A shot from Sweden’s Nilla Fischer beats van Veenendaal, but she’s bailed out by the woodwork.4:13 p.m. | 55′ – Corner, Sweden. Conceded by again by Bloodworth.4:07 p.m. | 49′ – Corner Sweden. HUGE block by Bloodworth in the 18 and out for a corner.4:03 p.m. | 46′ – WE’RE BACK. HERE’S HOPING FOR GOALS. Also, halftime sub for Netherlands, Jill Roord replaces Lieke Martens.Them half-time stats 🔢 #NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/ZcommNoe9V— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20193:53 p.m. – Halftime stats. Fairly even for both sides in the first.3:48 p.m. | 45+3 – Halftime. We’re nil-nil at the break for the first time in these knockout rounds.BIG SAVE!Sweden with the best chance of the game so far off a corner kick, but van Veenendaal does well to see through the traffic and make a kick save. pic.twitter.com/ASLOztBsHa— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 20193:37 p.m. | 37′ – Corner Sweden after van Veenendaal punches the previous corner out. This one is sent into the 18, a Swedish shot is block and then KICK SAVE FROM VAN VEENENDAAL. The Netherlands are lucky to still be level at 0-0.3:36 p.m. | 36′ – Corner Sweden and Holland’s van Veenendaal punches a cross clear and it’s played behind by Desiree van Lunteren.3:33 p.m. | 33′ – Slow and uneventful start compared to yesterday’s semi between the U.S. and England. But we press on!#OnzeJacht 👊 #NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/umayJVJjT5— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20193:17 p.m. | 17′ – Free kick for Sweden just outside the 18, near the corner flag. NEARLY SENT IN BY ERICKSSON but cleared behind for a corner. The ensuing corner for Sweden is harmless.3:13 p.m. | 13′ – HUGE SAVE NETHERLANDS. Sweden’s Sofia Jakobsson slots the ball on a break away to Stina Blackstenius whose shot ends up in the arms of goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal. Jakobsson fouls van Veenendaal attempting a rebound shot.These sets of fans always bring colour to the stands! #NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/3cCk9emhbP— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20193:06 p.m. | 6′ – Neither team is clearly out front, we’re moving 18 to 18 pretty easily and neither ‘keeper has needed to get involved. But look how much fun the fans are having!3:00 p.m. | 1’ – Here. We. Go. Winner takes on the USWNT.  The Netherlands has done the unexpected.The Dutch took down Sweden in the semifinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning 1-0 in extra time Wednesday. They move on to the championship match, where they will face the defending champions, the United States. Pregame‼️ Startelvan (⭐️-elvan!) är här!🇳🇱Nederländerna-Sverige🇸🇪⏰ 21.00 i TV4/Radiosporten💥 All in Sverige! #viärsverige ⁠ ⁠ pic.twitter.com/6Aa08puabm— Svensk Fotboll (@svenskfotboll) July 3, 2019🚨 | De opstelling! Lineth Beerensteyn start, in plaats van Shanice van de Sanden. #OnzeJacht #NEDSWE pic.twitter.com/OVT4s3qG0V— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) July 3, 20192:17 p.m. – Lineups are out! Here is how Holland and Sweden will face off.You witnessed last night just how crucial goalkeepers are at this stage of the tournament…Will there be a hero tonight? #NEDSWE 🇳🇱🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/LCdhwMByVj— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 20192:14 p.m. – Not a bad time to be a ‘keeper in the tournament. Here’s a breakdown of the Dutch and Swedish keeps.last_img read more

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‘Do fans in Baku not deserve it?’ – UEFA chief Ceferin defends Europa League final

first_imgCeferin said that UEFA had already vetoed a suggestion to hold Champions League games at the weekend, saying that “this will not happen”.– ‘The Chinese are nice people’ –Yet he also called for a more measured approach to the reform proposals, and argued that UEFA had to respond to its global market.“Football is the only European product which is the best in the world in its field by some distance.”“The Champions League is a global product, it is getting bigger in China and the USA. Why should Chinese fans not be treated well? They are nice people.“Everything is dramatised. The usual suspects start shouting about the death of football and demand more solidarity.“I think that the five big leagues should give money to the federations in smaller countries when they sell TV rights there. Because if you show the top leagues on TV, you weaken the football in the smaller markets.”Ceferin said he was not afraid that the top clubs would attempt to break away from UEFA to form a separate European super league.“That will never happen. The clubs know that it would be a pretty boring competition.”“The national leagues are also important for the clubs to keep the link to their fans.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Arsenal to face Chelsea on Europa final in BakuBerlin, Germany | AFP | UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku in an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel set to be published on Saturday.Chelsea and Arsenal are set to play in Baku on May 29, and UEFA has faced heavy criticism, both for the distance of the venue from London and over Azerbaijan’s record on human rights.Ceferin, 51, told Der Spiegel that the final would be played in Baku because “there are people who live there who love football”.“The human rights situation is a problem, but it is also a problem in other European states. Does that mean the fans in Baku do not deserve live football?”The controversy over Baku increased this week, when Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided not travel to the final amid concerns for his safety.The UEFA president said that the decision was Mkhitaryan’s to make, and said that Azerbaijan had given guarantees about the player’s safety.“If football allows itself to be stopped by such tensions, then we will not be able to organise anything in future,” said Ceferin.“We managed to organise a safe European Championships in France when the country was a target of terrorist attacks.”Ceferin also said that he was in no rush to reform the UEFA Champions League.“If you ask me, there is no need to change anything,” he said.The 51-year-old said that UEFA were in a “consultation phase” over reforms proposed earlier this year by the European Club Association.The proposals envisaged a restructuring of all European club competitions into a three-tiered system with internal relegation and promotion from 2024.last_img read more

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Full Rigor Podcast: Boynton Beach Beauty Queen Killer

first_imgFor seven weeks in 1984, Christopher Wilder hunted vulnerable young women across nine different states before being fatally shot upon his arrest.He started his killing spree in Boynton Beach. In 1969, 24-year-old Wilder moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, where he made a fortune in construction work and real estate. He purchased a Porsche 911 which he raced, a speedboat, and a luxurious bachelor pad.Developing an interest in photography, Wilder also bought several high-end cameras. This “hobby” would soon become key in luring beautiful women back to his home.On Feb. 26, 1984, Wilder embarked on a seven-week-long cross-country trip, during which he murdered at least eight women, all aspiring models. This earned him the ominous moniker of “The Beauty Queen Killer.”Wilder’s first victim was 20-year-old Rosario Gonzales, who was working at the Miami Grand Prix in which Wilder was a contestant. Gonzales was last seen leaving the racetrack with him.On March 5, 23-year-old former Miss Florida and high school teacher Elizabeth Kenyon disappeared. Kenyon was last seen by a gas station attendant filling her car.The attendant gave a description to authorities which sounded exactly like Wilder. The attendant also explained that Kenyon and the man were planning a photo shoot in which Kenyon would model.Finally, on April 13 at a gas station in Colebrook, New Hampshire, Wilder was recognized by two state troopers. As they approached him, Wilder leaped into his car and grabbed a .357 magnum…listen to the Full Rigor Podcast to find out what happened next.last_img read more

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Singles sweep sees England Boys through to semi-finals

first_img England Boy’s secured their place in the semi-finals of the European Boy’s Team Championship with a victory over Ireland today.The morning foursomes were both close games with Lincolnshire’s Ashton Turner and Sussex’s Marco Penge losing out on the last hole.But at the end of the morning the scores were even as Hampshire’s Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore from Derbyshire (image copyright Tom Ward Photography),  took their Irish opponents to the 19th hole before securing the win.The afternoon singles turned out to be a clean sweep for the England team and it began with a convincing 5&3 win by Cumbria’s Adam Chapman who was first out.The reigning English Amateur Champion Harry Ellis, also from Hampshire, secured the next game with Moore gaining the important fourth point that would take the team through to the semi-finals with a 3&1 win.Penge again demonstrated confident golf in his 4&3 win and the successful afternoon concluded with a 2&1 victory for Turner.England will face Norway in the semi-finals, who beat Scotland today. The other semi-final match will be contended by Italy and France. 11 Jul 2013 Singles sweep sees England Boys through to semi-finals last_img read more

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PSE Foundation Launches New Competitive Grants to Aid in Response and…

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Puget Sound EnergyAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our local communities, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation has revised its standard grant program to allow more organizations to apply with a broader range of qualifying funding requests. This has been a challenging time for Puget Sound Energy customers and communities, and the PSE Foundation is seeking to provide more flexible support for organizations that are stepping up to help.“We know this is a great time of need for the communities we serve and the organizations that support them,” said PSE Foundation Chairman and President Andy Wappler. “We are living our value to do what’s right and helping how we can.”The PSE Foundation, which is a nonprofit entity operating independently of PSE but helps the communities PSE services, will provide grants totaling $400,000 before the end of this year in response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit and public charity organizations located within PSE’s 16 county service and operation areas (Chelan, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Garfield, Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit, Thurston, and Whatcom counties) can apply for a grant to be selected through a competitive process; deadlines are Aug. 31 and Oct. 1 with funding awarded in October and December respectively.  Applicants applying prior to the Aug. 31 deadline will automatically be considered in both rounds of funding.The program will be seeking to fund programs and/or services to ensure community members have access to shelter, food, or personal protection equipment (PPE). Funding will also be considered for organizations that provide these critical services or programs to community members so they can continue to keep doors open by funding deep cleaning expenses, equipment, PPE or other mandated health and safety requirements.Together, the PSE Foundation and PSE have already contributed more than $1.3 million towards mitigating impacts of COVID-19 across PSE’s service area communities.The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is dedicated to keeping our communities safe and prepared where PSE serves and operates. The PSE Foundation is a nonprofit organization that operates independently of Puget Sound Energy. None of the funds will ever come from PSE’s utility customers.last_img read more

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R44bn for Ethiopia’s infrastructure

first_imgEthiopian government to spend 70% of itstotal annual budget on poverty andinfrastructure development (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hon. Ato Wubneh Fmiru +251 1 11 24 10 00 extension 108 RELATED ARTICLES • Food production up in Africa • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Business school to expand in Africa • School for Africa’s future leadersNosimilo RamelaEthiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi announced on 1 July that the government had approved a record 70% spend of its total annual budget on poverty and infrastructure development. This is the largest spending on these programmes by any African country.  The R44-billion (US$5.6-billion) budget for 2010/11 is up by 20% from R36.4-billion ($4.7-billion) in 2009/10, and is the biggest budget ever passed by the country’s parliament.“We are working hard to electrify rural towns, and a large amount of our development spending will go on roads,” said Zenawi.Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest but fastest growing countries. Over the past four years, the country’s economy has grown by 11.2%, mainly thanks to improved infrastructure. Government says it is planning to attract more foreign investment in agriculture, mineral exploration, and hydropower.Breaking down the budget, Zenawi said more than R13-billion ($1.7-billion) would be spent locally by Ethopia’s nine federal regions. R6.8-billion ($879-million) will go to the country’s road network and the rest of the development budget will be spent on electrification. Ethiopia has spent R27.8-billion ($3.6-billion) on roads over the last decade.Zenawi said at least 10% of the total budget has been allocated to developing the country’s strong agricultural sector, which relies heavily on agricultural exports. Ethiopia is the continent’s top coffee exporter and second biggest exporter of sesame seed.Defence spending will increase by 10% to R2.5-billion ($323-million). The country has the biggest army in the in the Horn of Africa, and is a key US ally.R20-billion ($2.6-billion) of the total budget will go to development spending, an increase of 23.4%, while regular spending is up 17.2% to R9.2-billion ($1.2-billion).Domestic revenue accounts for R23-billion ($3-billion) of the budget while R8.5-billion ($1.1-billion) comes from aid. The R11.5-billion ($1.5-billion) deficit will be paid by foreign loans and grants, said Zenawi.Political uncertaintyOpposition parties are sceptical of Zenawi’s confidence in securing the deficit from foreign sources, because they believe the country’s recent election has damaged its relations with foreign investors.But Zenawi said, “The 20 billion birr [$1.5-billion] is little of the total pledged money and we have made sure it will land. There is zero chance this money won’t make it.”Though the International Monetary Fund predicts much lower growth of just 5% for 2010, Zenawi said he’s optimistic the country will achieve 10% growth in this year.  Ethiopian opposition parties have criticised the ruling party, accusing them of inflating the growth figures to attract foreign investment. They argue that the growth has not reached the disadvantaged people in a country where 13-million out of 80-million people needed foreign food aid in 2009.last_img read more

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“Five Came Back” — Lessons from Famous Directors During WWII

first_imgThe documentarians based the show on the 2014 book by Mark Harris by the same title. Laurent Bouzereau served as director, and Meryl Streep is the narrator. Even Steven Spielberg was involved as executive producer. The show spans 100 hours of archival footage and includes interviews with the five directors themselves. Five modern directors each narrate a specific director: Steven Spielberg for Wyler, Francis Ford Coppola for Huston, Guillermo del Toro for Capra, Paul Greengrass for Ford, and Lawrence Kasdan for Stevens.There is a lot to learn as a filmmaker by watching this series. Not only does it give you a glimpse into the minds and methods of these historic “greats,” but it also highlights the influence of powerful storytelling on a society and the moral responsibilities that implies. Though it is specifically exploring WWII, it touches on contemporary subjects like race, PTSD, and propaganda. The series is surprisingly intimate, with deeply emotional archival footage and valuable insight for any filmmaker in any genre.For those looking for more, Netflix is also streaming thirteen of the documentaries discussed in the film. Explore the list yourself:The Battle of Midway (1942, John Ford)Prelude to War (1942, Frank Capra)Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943, Frank Capra)Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943, John Ford)Report from the Aleutians (1943, John Huston)The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944, William Wyler)The Negro Soldier (1944, Stuart Heisler; produced by Frank Capra)Tunisian Victory (1944, John Huston)Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945, Frank Capra)The Battle of San Pietro (1945, John Huston)Nazi Concentration Camps (1945, George Stevens)Let There Be Light (1946, John Huston)Thunderbolt (1947, William Wyler) Explore the power and influence of filmmaking in world history through the lenses of some of the greatest American directors.All images via Netflix.Often, I think we forget how significantly storytelling affects a society. In a previous article, I explored the possibilities that open up when you get a more diverse group of filmmakers in the director’s chair. I truly believe that stories told by a population of filmmakers that better represents society as a whole will also better serve it. And the Netflix documentary series Five Came Back aptly proves the power of storytelling’s influence.Five Came Back is a three-part Netflix series about five famous directors in Hollywood who served in World War II. Each episode explores their careers before the war, the crucial role their talents played in the war, and how it affected their work when the war was done. It also shed a fascinating light on the power of propaganda, as well as the unique relationship between the U.S. Government and Hollywood at this time. The series takes you through the careers (and personalities) of Hollywood greats John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. It’s an intoxicating dose of film history during one of the more significant periods of world history. The visual landscape alone is spectacular. It jumps between clips from some of my favorite classics to iconic, emotional, and cinematic shots of the war, violence, bombings, and society at the time.last_img read more

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