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Young girls pressured to send nudes unaware boys were sharing them court

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Girls as young as 13 felt pressured to send intimate photos and were unaware they were being shared among a group of boys, a Nova Scotia court has been told.Six Bridgewater, N.S., boys have admitted distributing intimate images of at least 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 17.Documents submitted in Bridgewater provincial court Tuesday said one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked by one accused for sexual photos over several days and felt pressured to send them.“She felt he would not let her change the subject. She said no several times. The next day at school (the boy) and his friends were clustered near her locker and gave her the impression that they were talking about her. She felt pressured,” the agreed statement of facts said.The girl ended up sending four or five photos, but did not give permission to distribute them and was told they would not be saved, the statement said.“She felt horrible when she sent them, but felt that if she did not he would spread some rumour about her at school or confront her about it. She felt guilty and awful after it.”At the time the charges were laid in July 2016, four of the accused were 15 years old, and the other two were 18. All were under 18 when the offences were committed, and their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victim’s identities are also protected.All were students in Bridgewater.The document said two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing intimate images of girls in various states of undress, including bare breasts and fully nude.Most photos were sent through an app called Snapchat — in which images disappear after 10 seconds — but the boys circumvented the time limit by using other phones to take a photo of the photo.The statement said a 14-year-old girl sent photos to a boy she had known since they were young children. She felt she “could trust him that no one would find out.”“They would talk in class. He would compliment her looks and tell her that he likes her. She found him ‘sweet.’ He would also talk about how they could trust each other and then ask her for photos, including full nudes,” the statement said.“He would ask for photos of certain body parts including breasts or vaginal area. He asked her repeatedly and explained that it was ‘no big deal’.”Another girl was 13 years old when she sent an intimate photo of herself to one accused.“She felt pressured into sending it. He kept asking for ‘inappropriate’ photos of herself. She would repeatedly tell him she would not, but when she learned that other friends of hers were sending photos, including one friend… who was believed to have sent nude photos, (the girl) eventually gave in to the requests,” the statement said.“After sending the photo she begged him not to send the photo. She came to believe shortly after sending it that it was a mistake and regretted it. Later when she heard rumours of him keeping it, she asked him to delete it.”In another instance, a girl was 14 or 15 years old when one of the accused started texting her, asking for intimate photos.“She was concerned that if she did not send photos he would not like her. She found him ‘pushy’,” the document said. “Finally one time she decided to send him a picture. She believed that she could trust him to keep the photo private.”One 14-year-old girl sent nude photos to three boys, the document said: “She has no idea of the total number of photos she shared.”In some cases, boys sent unsolicited intimate images of themselves to girls.The agreed statement of facts said some of the accused played sports together and had a private Facebook group. The subject of exchanging intimate photos of girls came up, and a Dropbox account was created to facilitate the sharing of the photos.Approximately 60 photos of 20 girls were stored in this Dropbox account, which was accessed by a single username and password. No fewer than nine devices logged on to the account.A second Dropbox account was created because one of the accused was not able to access the first one. A log shows files were uploaded to the account 46 times and that seven girls were depicted, and no fewer than seven devices logged on to the account, the statement said. Photos of all but one girl also appeared in the first Dropbox account.The first Dropbox account was deleted around April 12, 2015, “once it became clear to them that others knew about the Dropbox account including (school) officials and female students,” the statement said. The second account was removed around April 17, 2015.“Everyone who uploaded photos knew or were wilfully blind to the fact that the subjects were not consenting to their distribution,” the document said.The boys will be sentenced July 31.The case is one of the first in Canada involving legislation introduced in late 2013 after the death of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, which captured national attention amid a heated public debate over cyberbullying.The 17-year-old attempted suicide and was taken off life support after a digital photo — of what her family says was a sexual assault — was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour, N.S.The intimate images bill became law in March 2015.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Connie Oakes case Crowns star witness told prisoners advocate Oakes wasnt at

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAfter she testified as the Crown’s star witness in Connie Oakes’ murder trial, Wendy Scott phoned a prisoners advocate to say the Cree woman was not at the scene of the crime, according to documents filed with the Court of Appeal of Alberta.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence, the murder case against Oakes rested solely on Scott’s testimony.Scott’s testimony during the trial was riddled with contradictions and some of her claims did not match the physical evidence gathered as part of the murder investigation of Oakes, a Cree woman from Nekaneet Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Scott, however, maintained throughout the trial that she was there with Oakes when Medicine Hat, Alta., resident Casey Armstrong was murdered in the bathroom of his trailer during the May 2011 Victoria Day long-weekend.It has now emerged that after she testified at the trial, Scott contacted Kim Pate, who is head of the Elizabeth Fry Society, seeking help because she didn’t believe Oakes was in Armstrong’s trailer at the time of the murder, according documents filed by the Alberta Crown fighting Oakes appeal of the murder conviction.“She called Kim Pate after she testified in Oakes’ trial because she did not believe Oakes was at Armstrong’s trailer,” said the Crown document.Oakes is currently serving a 14-year sentence after a Medicine Hat jury found her guilty of second degree murder. Armstrong was killed by a vicious knife wound to his neck that nearly decapitated him.Oakes says she is innocent of the crime.APTN National News has been investigating the case for over a year and interviewed Oakes in prison. Click here for full coverage.Scott, who pleaded guilty to her involvement in the crime, is also before the Court of Appeal of Alberta trying to have her guilty plea quashed.Scott has been assessed by a psychiatrist as having an IQ of 50.The Crown filed the documents on Sept. 23 in response to Oakes’ appeal filing. Oakes is fighting her murder conviction based fresh evidence contained in an affidavit from Scott that is currently sealed. The appeal hearing is set for November.The Crown’s filing, however, summarizes the main points in Scott’s affidavit.Scott’s affidavit states she cooperated with the police and later the Crown to support their theory Oakes killed Armstrong because she was “very scared” and wanted “to be safe,” according to the Crown’s summary.Scott’s affidavit claims investigators suggested details about the case to her and at one point identified the photograph of the vehicle police believed was used in the murder, according to the Crown summary.Scott also states she was questioned weekly by police about the Armstrong murder between June 2011 and January 2012, but those interrogations were never mentioned in the disclosure to Oakes’ defence, according to the summary.The Crown is arguing that the affidavit should not be used as fresh evidence in Oakes’ appeal case because it doesn’t meet the standard set out in case law. The Crown argues that Scott does not explain why she claimed during trial that she saw Oakes kill Armstrong.“Oakes has characterized what Scott has done in this affidavit as a recantation, but it is not. It is the publication of vague assertions of belief without supporting information,” said the Crown’s submission. “While it would have been very simple for Scott to set out that she lied when she testified to seeing Oakes attacking Armstrong she has not done this.”The Crown also states the three officers named by Scott as being involved in previously undisclosed interrogations have each filed affidavits contradicting the claim she was interrogated throughout the summer and fall of 2011.Medicine Hat officers Sgt. Mike Fisher, Sgt. Jeff Klick and Sgt. Jason Graham all claim in an affidavit they only came into contact with Scott between December 2011 and January 2012. The officers state in the sworn affidavits that they only learned of Scott’s possible involvement in the murder in December 2011.Medicine Hat police switched lead investigators on the Armstrong murder case after they failed to turn up any solid leads following seven months of investigation.The officers’ affidavits also reveal that Scott repeatedly changed her story during interrogations, even claiming at one point that everything she said about Oakes was a lie, that the real killer was named “Ginger” and that she was covering for her.At another point, Scott claimed that the killer was a man who had shown up one day around the time Armstrong was killed with bloodstains and asked that she sell some pills he obtained.Scott later told police she had lied about the man’s involvement.It emerged during Oakes’ trial that the man’s claim he was away working in Saskatchewan the weekend Armstrong was killed was corroborated by a cousin.APTN has also learned that the red Grand-Am police believe was used in the murder was sold to a drug dealer named Ginger before the murder. Ginger, whose real name is known to APTN, has red hair.An eye-witness who testified during trial said she saw two women, one with red hair and the other with long dark hair, in Armstrong’s drive-way putting a black duffle bag or garbage bag in the back of an old, red car.The affidavits also show investigators at one point concluded Scott had nothing to do with the murder. This occurred after they asked her to take the police to Armstrong’s trailer, but she got lost before finally finding Armstrong’s trailer.“On Dec. 7, 2011, it was decided to release her as it did not appear as though she participated in the homicide in any way and also did not help destroy evidence or have prior knowledge of what was planned,” stated Fischer, in his affidavit.The police’s interest in Scott resumed a little less than a month later after she went to the station to deal with a warrant on a separate matter, according to Fischer’s affidavit. During the Jan. 5, 2012, police interview with Scott, she stated she had cancer and claimed a man was involved in the murder.She then texted Fischer the next day saying she needed to speak with him and then over the phone stated she had to get “something off her chest.”Scott then went through another police interview the next day and accused the man along with Oakes of the murder, stated Fischer’s affidavit.It appears that a Jan. 10, 2012, interview with Scott formed the foundation of the case against Oakes. Scott was brought in after Staff-Sgt. Brent Secondiak, who was tasked with reanimating the murder investigation, ordered her arrest on a count of obstruction.After her arrest, she went with the officers to Armstrong’s trailer once more and then to the home she had shared with Oakes around the time of the murder. (Oakes claims Scott moved in with her after the murder occurred).Then police continued to interrogate Scott who repeatedly changed her story, claiming she wasn’t at the scene, that she was camping that weekend, that it was Ginger who was involved and that she was covering for her.According to Graham’s affidavit, the officers continued to interrogate Scott until finally she admitted she was involved and provided details on Oakes’ involvement in the murder.The next day she performed a re-enactment of the murder.In her own appeal application, Scott alleges Medicine Hat police told her during the interrogations that Oakes issued a statement implicating her and that she faced 25 years in prison if she didn’t confessed.No such statement from Oakes existed.Graham states in his affidavit that he did mention an Oakes statement during the Jan. 10 interrogation, but in a round-about way.“I also said that if I had spoken to Oakes, why would she say that Scott went into the house with her?” stated Graham, in the affidavit. “Scott vehemently denied that she had ever been in Armstrong’s house. I also said that if Oakes was trying to paint a picture of Scott that was wrong she needed to say so and Scott said that Oakes was doing that.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Indianorigin consultants charged in US visa fraud

first_imgNew York: Three Indian-origin high-tech consultants have been arrested and charged with H1-B visa fraud in a California federal court, according to US officials. Kishore Dattapuram, Kumar Aswapathi and Santosh Giri were charged with allegedly submitting fraudulent H1-B visa applications for non-existent jobs, according to federal prosecutor David Anderson. A citizen’s panel known as grand jury made the determination after initial hearings, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details They will be tried on the charges to determine their guilt later. The three have denied the charges and were released on bail, officials said. According to court papers, they ran a consulting firm, Nanosemantics, Inc., which placed workers with other companies, and submitted the fake H1-B visa applications so that they could have a ready pool of workers for placement with other customers. Several visa applications submitted by them “stated that particular workers had specific jobs waiting for them at designated companies when, in reality, the defendants knew that these jobs did not exist”, the officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In one case, they allegedly orchestrated payments by their company to someone for permission to list his company as the employer even though they planned to place the workers elsewhere, according to court papers. H1-B visas are non-immigrant visas given to professionals or highly qualified people. According to US government data, 309,986 H1-B visas, or nearly 74 per cent, were held by Indians last year. President Donald Trump’s administration has announced a crackdown on visa fraud and changes to the H1-B visas system to give greater preferences to applicants educated in the US and to tighten the regulations governing the work visas. Because the number of applicants far exceeds the 65,000 visas available every year, they are allotted through a lottery.last_img read more

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Daryas Case Shows Polisarios Violation of Separated Families Rights French NGO

Rabat – By confining the young Darya Embarek Selma in the Tindouf camps, the polisario is, once again, violating fundamental human rights, notably the freedom of movement of members of separated families, the French association for the promotion of fundamental freedoms (APLF) said.In a statement to MAP, Vice-President of the APLF, Christophe Boutin deplored that for the second time in less than a year, the Polisario is putting pressure on young people visiting their biological parents in the camps in south-western Algeria.He pointed to the responsibility of Algeria regarding these human rights violations taking place in its territories, as has been noted recently by Human Rights Watch. Boutin called for giving Darya the freedom to leave the camps and expressed hope to see the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) supervise family visits in order to avoid such human rights’ breaches.The 25 year-old Darya Embarek Selma has been held captive for over than a year by her biological family in conspiracy with the polisario leadership. She has been prevented from joining her adoptive family in Tenerife in the Canary Islands where she has been pursuing university studies.MWN with MAP read more

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Notley says new energy assessment bill conflicts with purchase of pipeline

OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while it is pushing legislation she says will prevent most future energy projects from being builtNotley is in Ottawa this morning giving the Senate her take on Bill C-69, overhauling the way energy projects are assessed for environmental and economic impacts.She says the bill needs major amendments including setting harder limits on the time it can take to do a review, and ensuring the reviews take into consideration the number of jobs a project will produce.She also wants most new Alberta energy projects exempted from the bill because of existing provincial review processes and her government’s climate change policies.Notley does say the review system the bill replaces is no better but also that swapping one broken system for another makes no sense.The Senate is being heavily lobbied on this legislation, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers saying more than 40,000 letters have been sent to individual senators asking them to amend the bill.The Canadian Press read more

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President and CEO of Barry Shermanfounded Apotex steps down effective immediately

TORONTO — Apotex Inc. president and CEO Jeremy Desai has resigned effective immediately from the generic drug giant founded by the recently deceased billionaire Barry Sherman.A spokesman for the company declined to provide details on Desai’s departure other than to note he left “to pursue other opportunities” and that the company thanks him for his contributions.Jack Kay, who previously served as CEO for the privately held company, will once again step into the chief executive role while also maintaining his current position as vice-chairman.Apotex founder Barry Sherman and wife found dead in Toronto homeSherman family proud Apotex founder among latest Order of Canada inducteesJeff Watson, who has 25 years with the company including most recently as president of global generics, has been appointed to the role of president and chief operating officer.Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, with the cause of death determined to be “ligature neck compression.”Sherman, who founded Apotex in 1974 and built it into a company with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, hadn’t been involved in day-to-day operations since stepping down as CEO five years ago. read more

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WatchOmbudsman flooded with over 1000 complaints about Ontario Cannabis Store

TORONTO — Ontario’s ombudsman said Wednesday that his office has received more than 1,000 complaints about the province’s online cannabis store since it launched earlier this month.Paul Dube said he’s set up a triage team to deal specifically with the flood of concerns over the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store.The most common complaints have involved delayed deliveries, poor communication with customers and billing problems, Dube said.Cannabis company earnings to take a hit from distribution, supply woes, GMP predictsMarijuana shortages abound in Canada in just second week of legalizationLow and slow: A tale of online recreational pot orders across Canada“I have informed the OCS that we are seeing a high volume of complaints and we are monitoring their response to these issues,” Dube said in a statement.Dube’s office has yet to launch a formal investigation into the complaints and said that if the OCS can alleviate the issues, a deeper probe may not be required.Ontario’s online store is currently the only legal retailer of cannabis in the province. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press The online store is currently the only legal retailer of cannabis in the province as private retail brick-and-mortar stores aren’t set to open until April next year.Ontario residents have expressed their frustrations on social media at delays in cannabis deliveries, saying consumers have no other legal means of purchasing recreational marijuana while they wait for their orders.The OCS warned on its website last week that delivery times for their orders may be longer than expected due to “unbelievably high demand” and labour action at Canada Post.The OCS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Asked earlier Wednesday about the Ombudsman fielding complaints about the OCS, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli stressed that customers deserve good service.“It was prohibition for a century,” he said. “We’ve opened a multi-million business in a multi-billion sector … So, there is work to do.” read more

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US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly

US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2014 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began.The optimism suggests that Americans will be more likely to spend in the months ahead, an important boost to the economy. Consumer spending drives about 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity.“The rise in confidence adds to other evidence that the U.S. economy is going from strength to strength,” said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics.The survey found that Americans’ outlook on the job market brightened considerably. The percentage of respondents who said jobs were “plentiful” rose to 18.2 per cent from 15.6 per cent in July. That’s the highest level since 2008. Consumers’ perceptions generally track the unemployment rate over time.Steady and solid hiring this year has provided more Americans with paychecks to spend. Employers have added an average of 230,000 jobs a month this year, up from about 195,000 a month in 2013. Average monthly job gains since February have produced the best six-month stretch since 2006.The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 per cent in July from 6.1 per cent in June. But that was because more Americans began looking for work. Most didn’t immediately find jobs, but the increase in people looking for work suggests that they are more confident about their prospects.Lower gasoline prices have also likely helped. The average price of a gallon of gas nationwide Monday was $3.44, the lowest in nearly six months, according to AAA. That leaves Americans with more money to spend on other goods and services. This month, the percentage of Americans who said they plan to buy a car reached its highest level in five months.Confidence bottomed during the Great Recession in February 2009 at 25.3 before beginning an upward swing. While the index still hasn’t returned to full health, it is well above last year’s average of 72.3. In the 20 years before the downturn, the index averaged nearly 102. read more

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TSX posts modest advance remains in the red for the week New

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2016 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 3:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a modest gain Friday but remained in the red for the week as a whole after an early triple-digit advance evaporated.Canada’s main market was well off gains earlier in the day as oil prices turned negative.The Toronto Stock Exchange S&P/TSX composite index finished the day’s trading up 44.19 points at 12,797.79, giving it a slight loss for the week of 15.61 points.The commodity-sensitive loonie rose slightly as well, up 0.15 of a U.S. cent to an even 74 cents US.Michael Greenberg, a portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Solutions, said higher oil prices early in the day helped drive up the S&P/TSX as energy stocks rose significantly.However, those gains began eroding as the April contract for benchmark U.S. crude oil began falling from near US$34 a barrel to close down down 29 cents at US$32.78.The rise in oil prices may have come from expectations that the G20 meeting in Shanghai could lead to some fiscal policy co-ordination, Greenberg said.It’s unclear what caused the oil to fall later in the day, but energy markets have been very volatile recently, something Greenberg expects will level out as expected investment and production cuts by oil companies bring supply and demand more into balance.Base metals miners were among the biggest gainers as the May copper contract advanced 5.2 cents to US$2.125 a pound.Elsewhere in commodities, the April contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$1.79 per mmBtu, while April gold shed $18.40 to settle at US$1,220.40 a troy ounce.U.S. indexes were mixed, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing 57.32 points to 16,639.97 and the S&P 500 falling 3.65 points to 1,948.05. The Nasdaq gained 8.27 points to 4,590.47.Still, all three indexes closed up about 1.5 per cent for the week, their second straight weekly gain.The relatively flat showing in New York came despite encouraging economic news from the Commerce Department, which said U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of one per cent in the fourth quarter.That was an improvement over earlier estimates of 0.7 per cent and better than the 0.4 per cent growth economists had expected. However, it remained only half of the third quarter’s two-per-cent growth rate.In a separate report, Commerce said consumer spending increased 0.5 per cent in January, the best showing since May and far higher than December’s 0.1 per cent gain.Also at the G20 meeting, the governor of China’s central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, said China would not devalue its currency for the sake of export competitiveness. The potential for China to devalue its currency has remained a source of concern for investors.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter. TSX posts modest advance, remains in the red for the week; New York mixed read more

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Worlds biggest food companies failing millions of people

first_imgINTERNATIONAL AGENCY OXFAM has said that the social and environmental policies of the world’s ten biggest food and beverage giants are failing millions of people who who supply land, labour, water and commodities needed to make their products.The charity has ranked the agricultural policies, public commitments and supply chain oversight of of Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, Pepsico and Unilever for the first time.ABF, Kellogs and General Mills fared worst while Nestlé had the highest score at 54 per cent. In a statement today, Kellogg’s said it is committed to “a sustainable, ethical and transparent supply chain”.“We are working more closely with the farmers who grow our grains to drive collaborative sustainability improvements,” the company said. “We also have a zero-tolerance position against forced labor, including slavery and human trafficking.”Oxfam’s said while some of the companies have publicly committed to women’s’ rights, none have committed to eliminating discrimination against women throughout their supply chains. Furthermore none of the companies have declared a ‘zero tolerance’ against land and water grabs. The organisation said all ten companies are “overly secretive” about their agricultural supply chains.Companies are generally increasing their overall water efficiency but Oxfams said most have failed to put policies in place to limit their impact on local water sources. Only Pepsi has publicly recognised water as a human right and committed to consult local communities. Nestlé has also developed guidelines for its suppliers to manage water and was ranked top for policies on water.While all of the companies have taken steps to reduce direct emissions, only five publicly report on agricultural emissions associated with their products.None have publicly committed to pay a fair price to farmers or fair business arrangements with them across all agricultural operations. Only Unilever – which is top-ranked for its dealings with small-scale farmers – has specific supplier guidelines to address some key issues faced by farmers.‘Take responsibility’Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland Jim Clarken said it is “time these companies take more responsibility for their immense influence on poor people’s lives”.“Eighty percent of the world’s hungry people work in food production and these companies employ millions of people in developing countries to grow their ingredients,” he said. “They control hundreds of the world’s most popular brands and have the economic, social and political clout to make a real and lasting difference to the world’s poor and hungry.”The ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign will launch in more than 12 countries including the US, Mexico, China, Brazil and across Europe.Its first public action will target Nestle, Mondelez and Mars for “their failure to address inequality faced by women who grow cocoa for their chocolate products”. Oxfam said it is urging the three companies to do more to know and show how women are treated in their supply chains, create an action plan to address inequality for women in their supply chains and engage in advocacy to influence other powerful actors to do the same.Read: Hunger remains ‘major’ global threat to world’s poorest and most vulnerable>last_img read more

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The highs and lows of Fyffes 30year journey from a Dundalk grocers

first_img Feb 19th 2017, 9:15 AM THE TAKEOVER OF Dublin-headquartered fruit supplier Fyffes by a Japanese company was given its final, High Court clearance this week.It was announced last December that Tokyo’s Sumitomo Corporation would buy the firm – famous for its blue stickers on bananas – in a deal worth more than €750 million.It brings to a close a major chapter in Irish corporate history after Fyffes spent over three decades as a listed company on the Dublin and London stock exchanges. That listing will be formally cancelled on Monday.However the takeover has not been without controversy. The extraordinary general meeting of Fyffes shareholders was picketed by activists over working conditions for the firm’s Central American workers.With the takeover given the green light today – and with that dispute still on the horizon – we look back at 30 years of Fyffes in Ireland.Dundalk rootsFounded well over a century ago, the original Fyffes started life as a fruit wholesaler in London, first donning the well-known blue label in 1929.It became an Irish firm in the mid-1980s when Fruit Importers of Ireland (FII) took it over, assuming the British company’s name in 1990.FII’s roots were in a family greengrocer on Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, which was set up by former Fyffes chairman David McCann’s grandfather in the early 1900s. Former Fyffes chairman David McCann Source: RollingNews.ieBy May 1986, when it announced its intention to buy the Fyffes group for IR£29 million, FII had been listed on the stock market for five years and had already become a multimillion-pound firm with 500 staff and operations in the UK.It had been on the acquisition trail for quite some time, having taken over Belfast fruit importer FE Benner in 1983 for IR£1.7 million and Waterford’s Paradise Growers in 1985 for IR£1.5 million.The Fyffes deal was obviously a big one and a major coup. It effectively doubled FII’s size, establishing it as one of Europe’s largest fruit distribution companies.According to a report in The Irish Press newspaper, those tens of millions of pounds bought FII: 1,000 workers, 130 vehicles, three specially-designed ships that carried Suriname bananas, ripening facilities and wholesale locations throughout Britain.New types of fruit found their way onto Ireland’s supermarket shelves – namely kiwis – and the products were aggressively marketed to consumers.“The growing sophistication of Irish tastes means we eat a lot more fruit per head than 10 or 15 years ago,” the Irish Independent reported in 1986. “New health theories about the importance of fibre and such continue to add to the trend.”Irish consumption of bananas was low at the time, so there was plenty of room for expansion – which was at the forefront of FII’s mind.The company embarked on a period of purchases across Europe, spending millions acquiring stakes in distribution and banana ripening companies across the continent.‘Internet portal’By the early 1990s, Fyffes future as an Irish company was already in doubt, with rumours that the firm was being sized up for a takeover by American multinational fruit company Dole.In the end, that rumour never came true and the company stayed on the bid trail.The two biggest buyouts were its IR£150 million acquisition of British banana business Geest in 1996 and a 50% stake in Capespan Holdings International three years later.At the dawn of the millennium, Fyffes got caught up in the madness of the dot-com boom and set up an e-commerce subsidiary that it said at the time would generate annual sales of $12 billion.The “internet portal”, called WorldofFruit.com, would combine “business-to-business online trading with trade news, views, press releases and other services”, according to a report in the Irish Independent.It was an early project managed by Steorn, the controversial company that later claimed to defy the laws of physics with an everlasting battery device and phone that never needed to be charged.There was talk of WorldofFruit being listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Instead, it lost nearly €5 million in its first year of trading and was shut down. Steorn founder Shaun McCarthy Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLegal battlesIn 2002, the company embarked on a mammoth, seven-year legal battle against industrial holdings group DCC and its chief executive Jim Flavin over the sale of its 10% stake in the fruit group.Fyffes accused the firm of insider trading and claimed that it was in possession of trading reports that were price sensitive.In February 2000, DCC sold shares in the company worth €106 million, making a profit of €85 million, at a time when Flavin was a non-executive director of Fyffes. A month later, Fyffes issued a profit warning and its share priced dropped 25%.The High Court found in favour of Flavin, but that ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2007. A year later, DCC agreed to pay Fyffes more than €37 million to settle the case.A report by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement into the event later found no evidence that anything illegal had taken place. Jim Flavin Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandFyffes spun off its property portfolio in 2006, which became Blackrock International Land, and still owns a 40% stake in the firm.Eight months after that, it spun out its fresh produce business – which turned into the publicly listed Total Produce. The McCann family still owns a 10% stake in that firm and Carl McCann serves as its chairman.In 2014, the company failed in its bid to buy US rival Chiquita Brands, after the deal evaporated after two Brazilian outfits instead negotiated a sale.What nextToday, Fyffes distributes 47 million cases of bananas and 10 million cases of pineapples a year in Europe. A US subsidiary also distributes 17 million cases of melons in the US.Sumitomo is one of Japan’s largest companies, last year recording gross profits of ¥894 billion (€7.38 billion at today’s rates).Its subsidiaries span industries from financial services to natural resources, media and logistics, with a global workforce of more than 65,000.The company has been involved in the banana industry since the 1960s and is a market leader in Asia, with interests in both plantations and distribution. It is responsible for about 30% of banana imports into Japan.The firm’s managing executive officer Hirohiko Imura said his company had “long admired Fyffes for its outstanding track record and market-leading position”.Sumitomo’s board said the Fyffes purchase would help it “expand its various produce offerings” and “expand into new geographies” – in this case, Fyffes’ markets in Europe and the US.However the new owners face one immediate challenge in the form of the ongoing dispute over conditions at one melon plantation in Honduras.A group of workers on the plantation have complained of dangerous working conditions, underpayment and threats of dismissal for trying to form a union.There have been calls for both European and US consumers to boycott Fyffes and for the company to be expelled from the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative, of which the fruit firm is currently a member.British unions branded Fyffes ‘gangster capitalists’ over the row, which is still destined for a disciplinary committee hearing at the UK body.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Image: Rollingnews.ie By Fora Staff 17,493 Views 2 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3244477 Short URL Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: The highs and lows of Fyffes’ 30-year journey from a Dundalk grocers to a €750m Japanese exit The fruit firm’s sale was given its final clearance this week. 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David Luiz sees room for improvement despite win

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz has urged his side to stop offering a lifeline to our opponents after their hard-fought 2-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.Luiz provided a sumptuous assist to Pedro Rodriguez who opened the scoring to give Chelsea the lead in the ninth minute.But Newcastle United equalized five minutes before the break from a corner kick nodded in by Ciaran Clark.Chelsea rallied in the second half and took back the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Willian’s delightful strike.“It’s an important win, it’s three points at home and we did the job. It was not an easy game for us,” Luiz told the club’s website.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think we could have killed the game in the first 25 minutes, but we didn’t score the second goal.“In the Premier League every team can be dangerous from set-pieces and that is what happened.“They scored the equalizer and after that, it is always difficult but I think the team was mature enough to be calm at half-time. Then, in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the second goal.“I think we have to improve because you cannot give your opponents openings. When you have time and opportunities to kill the game, you have to do it.”last_img read more

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Music Festivals 2018 Paramore Announce Lineup For 3rd Parahoy Cruise

first_img Music Festivals 2018: Paramore Announce Lineup For 3rd Parahoy! Cruise Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise music-festivals-2018-paramore-announce-lineup-3rd-parahoy-cruise The 4-day cruise is currently sold out, but wait list spots remain availableBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 30, 2017 – 12:56 pm The third voyage of Parahoy!, the rock festival cruise spearheaded by Paramore, is ready to set sail in April 2018. This week, members of Paramore announced which artists will be tasked with keeping partygoers rockin’ all through the four-day Caribbean excursion.Setting sail from Miami and meandering down toward Nassau, in the Bahamas, the festival’s list of performers will include Local Natives, Judah & The Lion, mewithoutyou, Now Now, Halfnoise, and Mija. Paramore themselves will also play a pair of headlining sets. Comedians Jordan Rock and Ryan O’Flanagan will put in appearances in between sets of live music, and Paramore promise the cruise will also include a special Q&A with the band, some “Paraoke” sing-alongs, and other fun activities hosted by each band member.Billed as “2,600 Paramore fans, dozens of wild activities, 1,000s of high-fives, and ALL the FEELS,” the festival is sure to have something to entertain fans of all ages — though all minors and young adults under 21 are required to travel with an accompanying adult.Parahoy! 2018 is currently sold out, but interested cruisers can still sign up for the official waiting list to be notified if additional berths become available. More information can be found on the festival’s website.Music Festivals 2018: Babymetal, Tool, STP To Play Rock On The RangeRead more News Facebook Twitter Email last_img read more

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Asus ZenBook Pro Duo dazzles with double 4K displays

first_imgThe Asus ZenBook Pro Duo. Sarah Tew/CNET It seems 2019 is turning into the year of the dual screen. But while companies like HP with its Omen X 2S are just coming around, Asus has already marched on to its second generation. Its new flagship ZenBook Pro Duo pairs a 15-inch 4K OLED display with a second full-width IPS touch screen above the keyboard, which Asus dubs “ScreenPad Plus.”Technically, the laptop has three screens if you count the virtual number pad-slash-touchpad, but let’s not get carried away.Asus has also updated the smaller ScreenPads in its standard ZenBook and VivoBook models with the ScreenPad 2. If you missed it, Asus first introduced the ScreenPad in last year’s ZenBook Pro 15; just imagine a laptop with a touchpad that doubles as a phone screen and you have a good idea of what Asus is going for.The ScreenPad 2 featured on new VivoBook S and ZenBook computers has minimally larger panels — about half an inch along the diagonal — but they consume a lot less power, don’t dim when you’re unplugged and have software that’s a little more intuitive to use. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo doubles down on screens Asus ZenBook Pro Duo foreshadows our multiscreen future 23 Photos 1:38 2 May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know Share your voice May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED Tags Computex 2019 May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying Impressively, you can have up to three windows on the second screen at once. You can also extend a window in the main screen to the secondary one, so for instance your Facebook feed will scroll down from one screen to the next. Asus touts the Duo as the ultimate laptop for creatives, which means it’ll likely have support for Adobe programs and those of a similar ilk. To accommodate for the dual screens, Asus pushed the touchpad to the right of the keyboard. This is reminiscent of its ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops, where the touchpad placement has been conspicuous to say the least.The Pro Duo incorporates Asus’ steepest ergolift hinge to date, 7 degrees. That puts the second screen at a more useful angle than lying flat. Plus, since the the new specs go up to an Intel 9th-gen i9 processor and GeForce RTX 2060, it probably needs the extra airflow to keep cool. It does have a hotkey to switch among the various power profiles.screen-shot-2019-05-26-at-10-53-46-pm.pngHaving two screens means the touchpad, which doubles as a number pad, gets shifted to the right of the keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET Asus also announced a cheaper version of the laptop, the Asus ZenBook Duo (no Pro). It has a 14-inch main display and a 12.6-inch secondary screen, both of which are a Full HD 1,920 by 1,080 (versus the 4K 15.6-inch and 14-inch displays of the Pro). Rather than a RTX 2060, it comes with a less powerful GeForce MX250 GPU and maxes out at an Intel Core i7 CPU.Though the Duos look sleek, those displays add quite a bit of weight — the Pro Duo is about 5.5 pounds. Based on our brief time with the Pro Duo at Computex, the second display works well and is a dazzlingly sharp as well as daring attempt to meaningfully evolve the age-old laptop design. The sacrifices to achieve that include the elimination of palm rests, a slightly crammed keyboard and the touchpad being shifted to the right. You can get used to a tight keyboard, but it may be harder to forgive an ill-placed touchpad. We’ll find out for sure when we eventually review this promising laptop. Asus says the Duo laptops will be available in the third quarter of this year.center_img • Now playing: Watch this: The ZenBook Pro Duo’s ScreenPad Plus is definitely the flashier one. It has the same horizontal resolution and width as the main screen (4K) but roughly half the depth, which makes the diagonal length really long. Thus Asus refers to it as a “14-inch” screen even though it’s not what we typically think of as a 14-inch display. And it functions just like a second attached screen would, with the ability to tile windows on it or vertically span a single window. Both screens have touch capability, so you can move windows from one to another with your finger or with the onscreen cursor. It comes loaded with Asus apps, though you can also add third-party apps like Netflix, Spotify, Facebook and so on. See All Asus Now playing: Watch this: Comments reading • Asus ZenBook Pro Duo dazzles with double 4K displays Laptops 2:17 The dual-screen Asus ZenBook Pro 15 has us seeing double Computex 2019last_img read more

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NASA says meteor alien researcher says UFO Mystery continues over Bering Sea

first_imgUFO Sightings Daily/NASAA few days back, NASA, the United States space agency revealed that a large fireball, possibly a meteorite exploded about 16 miles above the Bering Sea on December 18, 2018. NASA also made it clear that the gigantic explosion had released 173 kilotons of energy that is ten times more the energy produced during the Hiroshima nuclear blast.The news of the meteor blast soon went viral on online spaces, and several people claimed that the planet will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other, and the final result will be total destruction. However, popular extraterrestrial researcher Scott C Waring has a different story to tell, and in a recent post on his website ‘UFO Sightings Daily’, he argued that it was actually a gigantic alien UFO that appeared above the Bering Sea.To substantiate his claims, Waring also put forward several theories that hint that the object above the Bering Sea might not be a meteor. As per Waring, the gigantic object is most probably a UFO that is more than 3 miles long. He also added that ships and other marine vehicles should have been reached the area for further investigation.”ook at the UFO photo. Does it look like an explosion? Not really. But it does look like a 3 mile UFO that is lowering itself below the water’s surface. I bet if ships were sent out there to investigate, they will find that as they approach the location, their electrical instruments will begin to go haywire and malfunction until further from the location. They also said it released 173 kilotons of energy. That’s 10X more than the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. And yet, we only see an area of 3 miles? If it was 10X the Hiroshima bomb, we would see a 30-60 mile radius explosion, but we don’t,” wrote Waring on his website.The self-proclaimed researcher also added that NASA has put forward the theory of meteor explosion to hide the real facts behind alien existence.”NASA is trying to explain this huge 3-5 mile UFO as an explosion over the Bering Sea this week. I guess NASA couldn’t think up a better excuse for this large UFO over the ocean. Surely they did it because they knew that it was seen on worldwide radars and weather satellites, so they made up the excuse its a meteor,” added Waring.This is not the first time that Waring is blaming NASA for covering up realities about extraterrestrial life. A few days back, after discovering a seemingly fossil-like structure on Mars, Waring outlandishly claimed that Mars was once home to an advanced alien civilization, and NASA is well aware of this fact. Waring also urged United States president Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA so that he can unveil the mysteries surrounding aliens and their visits to the earth.last_img read more

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Faridur Reza Sagar 5 others unhurt in Rajshahi chopper crash

first_imgThe helicopter carrying Channel I managing director Faridur Reza and 5 others crashed in Godagari uapzila of Rajshahi on Thursday afternoon. Photo: collected.Six people, including private television Channel I and Impress Telefilm’s managing director Faridur Reza, escaped unhurt as a helicopter of Impress Aviation Ltd crashed in Godagari uapzila of Rajshahi on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.Channel I director Shykh Seraj told UNB that the accident occurred when a team was returning to Dhaka after shooting of a ‘Sarnakishori’ programme for the channel in the afternoon.The other five abroad the chopper was singer Ferdous Ara, Sarnakishori foundation chairman Farzana Brawnia, Rafiqul Islam, Tufan Ali and Suman Ali. They all got hurt but none are critically injured.The helicopter crashed into the land due to inclement weather caused by Cyclone Titli, Seraj said.However, members of the team are now returning to Dhaka by a flight of Novoair, he added.last_img read more

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Tourism Australia pulls off ultimate prank Dundee sequel turns out to be

first_img Share SYDNEY — Want a good reason to watch Tourism Australia’s new advertising campaign? Here are two: Chris and Liam Hemsworth.That’s right, the hunky Aussie brothers are featured in the star-studded commercial, which aired last night during the second quarter of the Superbowl. However, while teasers leading up the Big Game hinted that the duo stars in a new sequel to the 80s hit movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’, they’re actually fronting Tourism Australia’s campaign aimed at attracting more tourists to Australia.In fact, Tourism Australia pulled off the dupe so well that major news outlets like ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Hollywood Reporter’ and ‘People’ believed the hype over a new Dundee film. What we all got instead, however, was a 90-second ad that highlights Australia’s fine wines, world-class restaurants and amazing wildlife.Presented as a buddy comedy, the ‘movie’ features Danny McBride as Brian Dundee, the long-lost son of Mick Dundee, and Chris Hemsworth as his sidekick, Wally Jr. The all-Australian support cast has an impressive roll call of Hollywood heavyweights and homegrown talent, including Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Margot Robbie, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, Luke Bracey Jessica Mauboy, and even Mick Dundee himself, Paul Hogan.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe teasers led viewers to believe that Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee was lost in the Outback, and only his American son would be able to find him. Teaser films encouraged fans to tune in to see the ‘official movie trailer’ during the Superbowl, during which the Tourism Australia campaign was ultimately revealed.Part of its global ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ masterbrand campaign, ‘Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home’ represents the biggest campaign Tourism Australia has run in the U.S. since Paul Hogan’s ‘Come and Say G’Day’ campaign in 1984. It also represents the largest investment ever made by Australia into a single overseas tourism market, at US$27 million.Tourism Australia has set a goal to make Australia the most desired destination for Americans to visit by 2020.Tourism Australia Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Ronson said the Big Game provided the perfect platform to grab attention in the US before rolling out the new campaign’s commercial elements in order to convert interest into bookings.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“The Super Bowl has the largest reach of any advertising platform in the US, with more than 100 million viewers tuning in across America and many more millions globally. Importantly, many viewers are the high-yielding American traveler we specifically target,” she said.To explore all the elements of the campaign, visit www.australia.com and australia.com/dundee. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Australia, LOL, Videocenter_img Travelweek Group Tourism Australia pulls off ultimate prank, Dundee sequel turns out to be tourism ad Monday, February 5, 2018 last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo OutletRankingsCardinals’ RankMovementComment Top Stories NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Packers rise; Patriots, Eagles fall#32▼3Would love to type that the Cardinals wouldn’t have lost if David Johnson’s would-be home run in the fourth quarter had stood. But that was one egregious hold by tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, nullifying D.J.’s 57-yard scamper. (Johnson also sprinted for 53 yards earlier in the quarter.) While that penalty definitely hurt, and while the passing game was anemic, the culprit Sunday was the defense deflating on the Raiders’ final possession. Arizona keeps tallying up sacks, with 33 on the season (third in the NFL), including four on Sunday and two more from Chandler Jones. Sacks are sexy. Coverage wins games. NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Season-defining stats for every defense#32▼1Thankful for: David Johnson. There’ll be a lot of coal in the Cardinals’ stocking this holiday season after a 2-8 start, but their one bright spot — like star on top of the tree bright — is their star running back, especially during the past few games under the direction of interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Johnson has been much better in the three games since Leftwich took over. On Sunday, he had 137 rushing yards. That came a week after he had 183 yards from scrimmage. Johnson is playing as close to his 2016 All-Pro level as he has all season, and that’s thanks largely to Leftwich. Here’s a grim look at the Cardinals’ spot in various NFL Power Rankings we track from around the internet.High Ranking: #30 – CBS SportsLow Ranking: #32 – Everyone elseAverage Ranking: 31.9 10 Comments   Share   NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs and Rams put on a show, but the Saints take the top spot#32▼1Losing like that stinks but the loss to the Raiders might end up landing Arizona the first pick of the draft. That eases some of the pain. NFL Power Rankings: B/R’s Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 12#32▼5Just when you think the Arizona Cardinals might finally be building something. Just when you think rookie quarterback Josh Rosen might be getting a head of steam. Just when you think that maybe the Cardinals aren’t as bad as their record. The team goes and loses at home to the Oakland Raiders. This game was a stark reminder that outside of receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson, the Arizona offense is putrid. Rosen had an awful game Sunday against a bad defense, completing just 45 percent of his passes with a pair of interceptions. Arizona was outplayed in just about every statistical category and again came up short of 300 total yards. So much for positive growth.After the Arizona Cardinals rallied for a fourth-quarter comeback win over San Francisco and gave Kansas City a game, many thought Steve Wilks’ team was ready to take a step forward in their development.As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast, my friend.”The Cardinals lost at home to the inept Oakland Raiders 23-21 Sunday at State Farm Stadium, convincing almost everyone that they’re the worst team in the NFL. NFL Power Rankings Poll: Saints Still No. 1, Bears Leap to No. 6#32▼4That loss to Oakland may prove to be beneficial this spring. Could have moved up in the power rankings, in my opinion. NFL power rankings: Rams, Chiefs switch spots after Monday night classic#32▼2If they can’t beat Oakland, you can pencil them in for 2-14. Aside from Detroit at home, Cards will be massive underdogs rest of way. – / 60 Week 12 power rankings#32▼2It’s going to take a lot of work to get this team out of the basement of the NFC West. Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Cardinals hit bottom#32▼4The worst Cardinals team since they’ve been in the desert. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC East after two impressive road wins#30▼1Josh Rosen makes some big-time plays, but also some big mistakes. It’s all about 2019 now. NFL power rankings Week 12: How the Rams’ win over the Chiefs shakes things up#32▼2The Cardinals lost to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, which has them hitting rock bottom in this week’s rankings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Jan

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2019 11:59 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The elevator pitch for Steven Knight’s “Serenity” would be: “‘Key Largo” meets “Westworld.’” And it’s every bit as ridiculous as that sounds.Seven decades after Humphrey Bogart indelibly steered a boat through stormy Atlantic seas, Matthew McConaughey has found his own tropical noir. But “Serenity,” one very leaky vessel indeed, has a strange, heightened atmosphere that goes well beyond the usual thickened air of film noir.McConaughey’s Baker Dill is a fishing boat captain who, like Bogart was in “Key Largo,” is a veteran. He lives the life of an ornery and heavy-drinking bachelor on Plymouth Island, a small spit of unknown whereabouts (the film was shot in Mauritius) where there’s a single bar, the Rope, and everyone knows who’s sleeping with whom. (In Dill’s case, it’s Constance, played by Diane Lane.) He lives in a shipping container by the shore and when he strips naked to, as he announces, “take a shower,” he does a swan dive off the seaside cliff outside.Maybe that’s about what you’d expect of a McConaughey movie set anywhere near a beach. But then strangely exaggerated metaphors begin popping up everywhere. Dill’s boat is named “Serenity” and he’s dubbed the elusive giant tuna he obsessively chases “Justice.” (That’s right. “Serenity” is about a fisherman hunting a tuna named Justice.) But why is he, for example, so pointedly drinking from a mug labeled “World’s Greatest Dad”? Why does he say things like “I’m a hooker without a hook”? And why on earth does some spilled water momentarily telepathically connect Dill to his young son who sits somewhere far away in front of a computer screen? Didn’t McConaughey get all his interdimensional parenting out of his system in “Interstellar”?It turns out, there are answers to these peculiarities and others. A big reveal eventually washes ashore that both explains the film’s clumsy pseudo-reality and makes it only more absurd. You can’t say Knight, the talented screenwriter of “Eastern Promises” and “Dirty Pretty Things” and the writer-director of “Locke,” isn’t going for something audacious and grandiose here. “Serenity” isn’t the sort of misfire you are likely to quickly forget; its aim is too high and the results are too off balance. One tends to remember fish named Justice.Whether a tamer film would have been better or worse is hard to say. On the plus side, there’s a blonde Anne Hathaway in full femme fatale mode, an occasion Knight celebrates with some of the most excitable camera moves you’ve ever seen. She plays Dill’s ex-wife who has tracked Dill, via Facebook, to Plymouth with the proposal that Dill take her abusive and alcoholic husband (Jason Clarke, a caricature of vileness) on a fishing trip and leave him at the bottom of the ocean in exchange for $10 million.Certainly, Knight is more than capable of taking a simple if familiar genre set-up like that and turning it into something interesting. His “Locke” memorably made a terse thriller out of a plot that featured Tom Hardy alone in a car for nearly the film’s entire running time. But he has added a second layer of parable to “Serenity” that, without giving anything away, has something to do with that far-away boy and little to do with basic narrative structures.“Serenity” may be hopelessly at sea but all of the performers are nevertheless fully committed to the tale, particularly Hathaway and McConaughey, who apparently has a thing for movies with boats (“Mud,” ”Fool’s Gold”). Both are led astray by a wayward script about a fisherman named Dill who’s caught in a bit of a pickle. “Serenity” now ? I wouldn’t recommend it.“Serenity,” an Aviron Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for language throughout, sexual content and some bloody images. Running time: 106 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presscenter_img Film Review: ‘Serenity’ now? No thank youlast_img read more

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