Get screenwriting inspiration with these 9 sites for free film scripts.One of the best ways to hone your skills as a screenwriter is to spend ample time exploring the structure and format of great films. Thankfully there is a plethora of awesome script resourced around the web, many with free downloads.Break your writer’s block! In the following post, we’ve listed out 9 sites to find free scripts from a wide variety of films.1. Simply ScriptsSimply Scripts is an awesome script database where you can find film scripts, as well as scripts for TV, radio, musicals, plays and unproduced projects. From Interstellar to Singing’ in the Rain you’ll likely find the script you’re looking for here. There’s a reason why Simply Scripts tops our list!2. Internet Movie Script DatabaseInternet Movie Script Database is another great place to find screenplays of both old and new movies. IMSDb even allows users to sort by genre making it easier to pinpoint just action or comedy films. Scripts can also be rated on IMSDb, which is nice because sometimes scripts found online can be knockoffs rather than the actual script used for the film.3. The Weekly ScriptThe Weekly Script puts out a new script every week for your reading pleasure. Instead of relying on having the largest library, the Weekly Script gets it’s charm from the curation of great screenplays. The site is also incredibly easy to navigate and minimal. In the words of the author “If you can’t find your way around this site, you shouldn’t be on the web!”4. Screenplays for YouScreenplays for You is a script database – no frills, just scripts. SFY has hundreds of screenplays spanning decades of film production. Most of the scripts found here are shooting drafts, meaning they are formatted for the way the script looked during production rather than a reproduced script written after the movie was released.5. John AugustIf you’re a screenwriter, John August is a great person to know. On his website you’ll find scripts, schedules, breakdowns, and drafts for reference. You won’t find a lot of scripts, but the ones available are all high-quality. John August is also a host on the Scriptnotes podcast where he, along side Craig Mazin, talk about screenwriting and screenplays.6. The Daily ScriptIf the Weekly Script wasn’t enough for you, you will love the Daily Script. The site boasts one of the largest collections of scripts online, as well as an extensive collection of TV scripts.7. Movie Scripts and ScreenplaysIn line with the Daily Script, Movie Scripts and Screenplays is a no-nonsense site with scripts, links and…that’s about it! The site does not appear to be actively updated, so go elsewhere if you’re looking for a recent screenplay.8. Horror LairIf you’re into horror films than Horror Lair is the place for you. Horror Lair has hundreds of scripts that all fall in the horror genre. Check it out, if you dare.9. NoFilmSchoolYou already know NoFilmSchool as a great place to find filmmaking news and information, but did you know they’ve started sharing screenplays too? NFS writer Christopher Boone has been writing articles with links to movie scripts over the past few weeks and the list is getting pretty great. You can see all of the 2014 Screenplay Articles on NoFilmSchools website.Want to take your screenwriting tips to the next level? Check out our ‘8 Tips for the Emerging Screenwriter’ post where we share a few ways in which you can create engaging stories.Know of any other places to find free scripts online? Share in the comments below.
In what is perhaps the first ever instance since Bihar became a ‘dry’ State, two policemen were suspended on Wednesday for selling confiscated illegal liquor from the police station premises. Ironically, just a day earlier, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had exhorted the police on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti to implement the new liquor law more effectively.The two policemen, Station House Officer Lakshmi Narayan Mahto and an Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at Baikunthpur police station in Gopalganj district, were arrested after they were caught red-handed selling liquor from the police station. Locals had alerted senior police officers about the activities of the two policemen. “Instead of destroying the bottles the two policemen had started selling them from the police station itself and got caught,” said Manoj Pandey, a resident of Baikunthpur village.“They have been arrested. Action against both will be taken according to the prohibition and excise law,” Gopalganj Assistant Superintendent of Police Rashid Zaman told local journalists.Major transit pointGopalganj is a district bordering Uttar Pradesh and ever since Bihar was declared a dry State on April 5, 2016, it has become a major transit point for illegal liquor smuggling in the State.On October 1, a total of 11, 584 beer cans that had been seized and stacked in a warehouse at a police station in Kaimur district were found empty when district administration officials went to destroy them. The local Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kumari Anupma, had reportedly said that the beer cans seemed to have been destroyed by rats. Earlier in May 2007 too rats were blamed for the loss of more than 9 lakh litres of seized liquor from different police station warehouses in Patna.Recently, an official of the State Excise and Prohibition department had said that over 16 lakh litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor and nine lakh litres of country-made liquor have been seized in police raids over the last two and a half years. All seized liquor is stacked in warehouses of police stations and supposed to be destroyed from time to time.
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Lassiter open to Gilas return Following Magnolia’s loss to San Miguel, Alaska now tied with the Hotshots in second place with a 6-2 record. The Aces are currently the hottest team in the league having won six straight games, but their streak wouldn’t have reached this far if it wasn’t for Manuel’s production this past week that eventually earned him the Player of the Week honor.The 6-foot-4 Manuel posted 21 points and five rebounds to lead Alaska past GlobalPort, 105-98, in overtime on Sunday in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also sparked the Aces to a 93-75 rout of the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday with 10 points and three rebounds off the bench.Manuel averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals off the bench during that stretch. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFree from injuries, Vic Manuel is reminding everyone that he’s still among the best big men in the PBA.Manuel has regained his deadly form and he has been one of the major reasons for Alaska’s rise in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments
India need to cut down on the amount of cricket they play, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.Akram said the upcoming South African tour just before the World Cup in February has been ill-timed and will only exhaust the Indian players.”I have been keenly following Indian cricket for a while and I can say that they are playing too much cricket,” he said.Making a balanced cricketing calendar has been a problem with the BCCI for the last five to six years.”There is a serious overkill. India play too many matches round the year and no wonder their fast bowlers are getting injured far too often,” said Akram.”I will beg to differ with Imran Khan’s views on India’s upcoming tour of South Africa. Imran has said a tough tour of South Africa ahead of the World Cup will stand India in good stead. Not really.”No matter how good the players’ form is, the South Africa series will end just a couple of weeks before the World Cup and that is little too close. Although, they may not be tired physically but it will certainly take a mental toll on the Indian cricketers.Such a long tour is quite tiring and there is a great risk of injuries,” the legendary pacer said. India’s South Africa tour starts on December 16 and involves three Tests, a Twenty20 and five ODIs.Commenting upon India’s 5-0 win over New Zealand in the just- concluded ODI series at home, Akram said the result has once again proved India’s might in world cricket.advertisement”The 5-0 clean sweep against New Zealand does not say that New Zealand were a weak side but the result clearly indicates India have a strong bench strength. Even after resting the seniors before the South African tour, India easily outplayed the Kiwis in the Tests and ODIs.””The Black Caps are no pushovers in the limited- over format and to beat them convincingly speaks volumes about India’s young guns. Players like Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan rose to the challenge at crucial junctures to help Gautam Gambhir lead an inspired show in the ODIs,” said Akram.- With PTI inputs
Muscat: India head coach Igor Stimac praised the ‘character’ of Anas Edathodika, who despite losing his mother, has opted to join the Blue Tigers two days before they face off against Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Stadium in Muscat, Oman on Tuesday.”We suffer from time to time when players get injured or due to other problems. He (Anas) had to leave the camp and go back before the Afghanistan game as his mother passed away,” said Stimac. The gaffer continued, “But I want to mention that he has come back to serve the country. I have players like him in our team and I’m proud of them. His return boosts the team.”Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who joined Stimac for the pre-match press conference also shared Anas’ grief and praised his ‘unparalleled commitment to the national team’.”I was very sorry to hear about his loss, it is a difficult time for him and his family. My prayers are with him. His commitment to the national team is unparalleled and something that fuels our desire to go out there and play our hearts out,” Sandhu expressed.India skipper Sunil Chhetri indicated that “staying with the team and playing” might help him come out of these tough days.”It is pure strength shown by our experienced Anas bhai. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for him and the grief inside him. I hope staying with the team and playing football helps him in the process,” an emotional Chhetri stated.Meanwhile, coach Igor Stimac wished the Omanis on the auspicious occasion of National Day as well as affirmed that the team has come here “to win”.”I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my Omani friends present here on their National Day. It is our privilege to come now and play the game,” he said.”Wherever you go, the intention stays quite clear, you go to win it. We have come here to win as well. We have great respect for Oman, who are a very good side. We have faced them in Guwahati a few months back where they have shown their real capacity,” Stimac continued.Sandhu, while addressing the media, mentioned, “We have come here to play to the best of our capabilities and make sure we stay tough as a team. Oman is a difficult team to play against. In recent years, we have grown as well. We will have to go out with all the strength we have and try to get a positive result.”Gurpreet showed his mutual respect for Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and mentioned that the former Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper is “one of the best persons” he has met.”I have grown up idolising him and am privileged to know him personally. He’s one of the best persons I have met. He has served his country (Oman) with great honour and has provided great services. I wish he excels further in his career.”I met him when we came here in 2015 and I’d be glad to see him once again tomorrow. I wish him all the luck for tomorrow (Tuesday) as well,” Gurpreet concluded.Oman head coach Erwin Koeman warned his team that India will come with their strategies and can “make (us) pay a price”.”We know India’s strengths as well as weaknesses. We don’t need to focus on them. Rather, we need to work on our strengths. They are a team that can make us pay a heavy price if we don’t do our work properly.”Meanwhile, seasoned midfielder Raed Ibrahim Saleh is ruled out of Tuesday’s game owing to an injury. 2023 AFC Asian Cup QualifiersAnas EdathodikaFIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiersfootball First Published: November 18, 2019, 9:31 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony hears those voices saying he’s getting old, that he can’t jump like he once did.Hard not to, since some of them are coming from right in his locker room.Anthony answered in his own way Feb. 1, scoring 18 of his 31 points in the third quarter as the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 92-80.He stared back toward his own bench in the second quarter after rising high to slam down a lob pass from Jason Smith, revealing that his teammates were teasing the 30-year-old forward recently after seeing him dunk.“They said they haven’t seen that before in a long time,” Anthony said, “and we had this conversation before the game today, so it was just one of those moments where I had to look at the bench and let them know that I’ve still got it.”With Kobe Bryant out for the season and both teams among the worst in the NBA, it was anything but a Super Sunday in New York, where the national TV audience that was originally scheduled to see it missed the Lakers shooting 35.5 percent from the field.Anthony stood out above the ugliness, turning mostly to his jumper in the third quarter to help New York pull away. He shot 13-of-25 and grabbed eight rebounds.“Melo got hot, had it going and gave them a nice cushion,” Lakers forward Carlos Boozer said. “We tried to fight back a little bit but it was a little too late.”Langston Galloway added 13 points for the Knicks, who have won five of seven and did it easily, building their first 20-point lead since they were up 21 in a victory over Philadelphia on Nov. 22.Boozer had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Jordan Clarkson also scored 19 points.The Lakers had snapped their nine-game losing streak with a double-overtime victory over Chicago on Jan. 29 but they remain lost on the road, where they fell for the seventh straight time.“We just got off to a bad start in the first quarter,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I thought New York’s energy was a whole lot harder than ours and their effort was a lot better than ours. They just played better.”The Knicks are 10-38, slightly worse than the Lakers’ 13-35 mark. Missing half its star power with Bryant sidelined after shoulder surgery, the game was yanked from ESPN — the Knicks’ fourth consecutive game that was dropped from the NBA’s national TV schedule.It was Derek Fisher’s first time coaching against the team he helped win five championships, and now Phil Jackson, the coach of those teams, will have to figure out how to build the Knicks into contenders.Fisher said that doesn’t require landing another star like the Lakers did when they got Shaquille O’Neal or Pau Gasol, but acknowledged they may not be able to build gradually as teams such as Oklahoma City and Portland have.“I think you owe it to Carmelo to do it the right way, but at the same time he just signed a contract for five years,” Fisher said. “He’s 30 years old. We don’t have 10 years to figure this out.”The Knicks led 32-19 after one and pulled away in the third, when Anthony scored 12 straight Knicks points.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
ATHENS (AP) — Greek police say four visiting Bayern Munich fans have been injured during an attack by suspected Olympiakos supporters ahead of the two clubs’ Champions League match.Police said about 80 men, many in motorcycle helmets or armed with clubs, invaded a training ground in Athens where the Olympiakos and Bayern Under-19 sides were playing and started battering Germans in the stands.No arrests were reported, and the extent of the four Bayern fans’ injuries was not immediately known.Olympiakos hosts Bayern later Tuesday.Police said about 1,600 German fans have travelled to Greece for the Group B match.___Attack by suspected Olympiakos supporters ahead of Bayern Munich vs Olympiakos CL match, Oct. 22, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Thanasis Dimopoulos)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)We’re a month and a half away from the first week of the college football season. We hope you are as excited as we are.This year’s Week 1 slate features a number of intriguing matchups. There are some games that not only could have a major impact on the early polls, but on the College Football Playoff race as well.One of those games is Oklahoma-FAU. The Sooners are hosting Lane Kiffin’s squad in this one, and Oklahoma enters the season as a top-10 team and national title hopeful.But OU will also be breaking in a new starting quarterback, and FAU brings back a lot of offensive firepower. They could make things interesting.Is the potential there for an upset? OddsShark certainly seems to think so.OddsShark’s computer model is currently predicting FAU to knock off Oklahoma in Week 1.You can read all of OddsShark’s Week 1 predictions here.Oklahoma and FAU will meet on Sept. 1 in Norman.
Washington DC: Nearly all applicants of US visas will have to provide information on their use of social media under the new rules adopted to enhance vetting of foreign nationals and to screen out terrorists and other dangerous individuals seeking entry into America. The State Department adopted a new policy on Saturday under which most visa applicants, including temporary visitors, will be required to list their social media identifiers in a drop down menu along with other personal information. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Applicants will have the option to say that they do not use social media if that is the case. If a visa applicant lies about social media use, they could face “serious immigration consequences” as a result, a US Department of State official told Hill.TV. For now, the drop down menu only includes major social media websites, but the applicants soon will be able to list all sites that they use. “This is a critical step forward in establishing enhanced vetting of foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States,” the official said.
More than a year after American comedian/actor Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct at the height of #MeToo movement that rocked Hollywood and eventually the entire globe, he has returned with his newest stand-up special on Netflix – ‘Right Now’ – and unlike many others, the first thing he does is address the incident and apologise.While Ansari has been on a hiatus after the allegations surfaced and he issued a statement, this is the first show he has put out since then. The special, directed by Spike Jonze, was filmed shortly after one of his tours. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain In the beginning of the act, Ansari says, “I just hope I have become a better person…” Interestingly, he also mentions that the incident made his friends “think about every single date they’ve had and that’s a good thing”. ‘Right Now’ is more than just Ansari’s apology; it is about how people grow, learn and try to be better every single day. The Indian-American comic tackles everything from white people trying to explain why they liked ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to what he calls a race to outwoke each other at every step. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardTalking about the incident, when a white teenager in Utah wore a Chinese-style dress to her prom last year and was instantly attacked on social media with “My culture is not your prom dress” quips, calling it cultural appropriation, Ansari makes a significant point about how the culture of social media shaming has somehow eliminated the element of having a conversation about difficult topics. On the opposite side, he also addresses how white people or privileged people have a tendency of going on and on about their awareness of injustices faced by minority communities. Ansari jokes that it’s almost as if they are trying to earn brownie points by recognising their position of privilege. “Things don’t just become racist when white people figure it out,” he says. Moreover, given the current state of affairs across the globe, where close friends and family members end up having political differences leading towards an impasse in their relationships, Ansari’s ‘Right Now’ manages to remain very relevant. Further, Ansari’s writing is so fresh in comparison to his work in shows like the Golden Globe-winner ‘Master of None’; showing his growth and maturity as a comic and a person. In fact, there is a section where he talks about what happens when people start judging actions retrospectively and seamlessly brings up his own works from the past. He refers to ‘Parks and Rec’ – the sitcom that first brought him fame, and says that if people watched it in 2019, they would have wildly different opinions about it, all the while maintaining that growth is about recognising the past and then growing from it. And of course, Jonze’s direction adds a special charm to the show. Shot in a way that makes viewers feel like Ansari is in their living room, telling them stories from his life, Jonze has made sure that the American comic’s comeback leaves a mark.
Mumbai: JSW Steel chairman Sajjan Jindal Thursday said the company will not withdraw from or reduce the bid amount for Bhushan Power & Steel (BPSL), but reiterated the call for immunity from future litigations against the scam-tainted firm. JSW Steel, which has submitted a successful Rs 19,300 -crore bid to take over Bhushan Power & Steel, has approached the NCLT for relief following two fraud cases filed by Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank against the company. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The process of acquiring BPSL has taken an unduly long time but there is no plan to withdraw our bid. We are only asking that since inquiries are going on against the company and its ex-promoters, we want complete security from that. The court has to take a decision on that,” Jindal told reporters on the sidelines of the 25th AGM. JSW Steel had put in a Rs 19,300-crore bid to take over BPSL. Tata Steel and Liberty House were also in the fray for the company which owes lenders over Rs 40,000 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostJSW Steel joint managing director and group chief financial officer Seshagiri Rao said the latest IBC amendments are mainly towards protecting lenders. “But what about the resolution applicants, who have to face litigations from many corners, be it the creditors or the tax department or the government? We also need to look at the rights of resolution applicants. In many cases, there is a lot of litigation coming in after control has changed hands. But the applicant often has to face future litigation that can come from anyone. “There is also a disturbing judgement from the Delhi High Court saying the Prevention of Money Laundering Act gets precedence over the IBC,” he averred. Rao further said, “we expect a clean company. In case of BPSL, we approached the NCLT for protection that the assets after change in control will not be accessed through any litigation. We are hopeful we will get the relief.” On the bid to acquire Asian Colour Coated Ispat, Jindal said, the matter is with the authority concerned and they are awaiting their approval, adding the lenders have already accepted their bid. On the fund raising plans, Jindal said the company will continue to borrow to fund its expansion plans. “Steel industry is cyclical. But we take investment decisions looking at the long-term. We are increasing our manufacturing capacities and at this moment there will be no debt reduction,” he said. The company also got shareholders’ approval to raise Rs 10,000 crore during the year to fund its expansion plans. JSW Steel has already plans to spend Rs 48,700 crore between FY18 and FY22 to expand capacity from 18 mt to 24 mt and also to modernise and expand downstream capacities. To strengthen its raw material sourcing, the company secured six iron ore mines recently and acquired facilities in the US and Italy and bought out Monnet Ispat & Energy jointly with Aion Capital.
The five-member team departed Geneva late yesterday, OHCHR announced in a statement, following an invitation from the Sudanese Government to visit Darfur and the national capital Khartoum. It is due to arrive in Khartoum today and then travel to Darfur tomorrow.Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said he sought assurances from the Sudanese Government that the fact-finding team could visit any place it wanted, talk to anyone it wished, and be assured of security during its tour.The fact-finding team has already spent nine days interviewing Sudanese refugees in neighbouring Chad, where tens of thousands have fled to escape civil conflict in Darfur. The refugees raised “serious allegations of a troubling nature,” and they have been submitted to Mr. Ramcharan in a report, the OHCHR statement said.Earlier this month Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said an organized, “scorched-earth” policy of ethnic cleansing was occurring in Darfur.He said there were credible and frequent reports that Janjaweed militias, which are Arab and allied to the Sudanese Government, had committed atrocities – including murders, rapes and acts of looting and destruction – against local black Africans, especially members of the Fur, Zaghawas and Massalit ethnic communities.Conflict erupted early last year in Darfur between the Sudanese Government, allied militias and rebel groups. As many as 1 million people are now internally displaced and some 110,000 others have fled to Chad.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD) is offering a 42 per cent premium over market prices to acquire Rainy River Resources Ltd. (TSX:RR), a junior mining company with an advanced gold project in Ontario.The offer values Rainy River at about $310 million, net of its cash balance. According to recent filings, Rainy River had about $100 million of cash at the end of March.New Gold is offering $3.83 per share. New Gold would pay up to $198 million in cash with the remainder in stock on a prorated basis, to a maximum of about 25 million New Gold shares.Rainy River shares closed Thursday at $2.70 on the Toronto Stock Exchange while New Gold’s closed at $7.66. Like most gold companies, their shares have declined since last year with the falling price for bullion.New Gold’s executive chairman Randall Oliphant, a former CEO of Barrick Gold Corp., said Friday that the deal comes at a good price and opportune time.“We have followed Rainy River for some time and see this as an opportune time to add this great asset to our portfolio,” Oliphant said.“We view the combination of Rainy River’s ideal location, sizeable reserve, robust production potential and experienced team as presenting a truly compelling opportunity.”Rainy River’s board is supporting the deal and its directors as well as the management team have agreed to tender their shares to New Gold.“This is a great outcome for Rainy River shareholders,” stated Dale Peniuk, chair of the special committee that recommended the deal to Rainy River’s board.“To be able to realize a meaningful premium, while gaining the ability to combine with a well-established mine builder in New Gold, is a win-win scenario for our shareholders.”New Gold will receive a $14-million termination fee if Rainy River receives and accepts a superior offer. Oliphant’s New Gold strikes $310-million deal for Rainy River Resources by The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2013 8:18 am MDT
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Here are five things to look for in Canadian business this week:Housing data: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. releases data Monday on the number of housing starts in the country for December. The figures will be scrutinized by policy-makers following what has been a robust year for the real estate sector.The economy, stupid: The Bank of Canada releases results from its latest business outlook survey on Monday summarizing the views of senior managers of about 100 Canadian corporations on where the economy is headed.Banking conference: The CEOs of Canada’s biggest banks are expected to discuss the economy and challenges facing their industry at a conference Tuesday in Toronto. Last year, the banks cashed in record profits, but they have aired concerns about the falling price of crude harming their bottom line in 2016.Oil and gas: The Conference Board of Canada hosts a two-day oil and gas summit beginning Monday in Calgary that features, among others, Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, whose NDP government has vowed to see the industry clean up its reputation on pollution.Help for the middle class: Ah, the middle class — that highly courted segment of the population will be one of the highlights in a speech Tuesday in Montreal by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Last month, the House of Commons voted to approve a package of tax changes that will cut taxes for middle-income earners while raising them for those in top earnings rackets. Morneau is also expected to outline Canada’s economic situation.
“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government of Finland in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” the Secretary-General said in a statement from his spokesperson. He extended his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Finland, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.According to media reports, an assailant killed at least two people and wounded a half-dozen others on 18 August in an attack in Turku, Finland.
Across Yemen, more than 22 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance or protection, of whom around 8.4 million are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation.“If conditions do not improve, a further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the year,” cautioned Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a statement.The threat of a resurgence in deadly cholera, together with watery diarrhoea also looms, which infected over 600,000 people during the last outbreak, he added.Of particular concern is the situation of Yemen’s children – one in four are out of school, not only deprived of education but also at risk of recruitment by armed groups and exploitation.I urge all parties to engage meaningfully with the UN, without preconditions, to achieve a lasting, negotiated settlement towards sustainable peace – Mark Lowcock, UN aid chiefAmidst worsening suffering in the war-torn country, humanitarian agencies are also facing increasing restrictions on their work, said Mr. Lowcock.“Humanitarian staff are being detained and intimidated and visas are being delayed and denied. Programmes and missions are being interfered with in ways which contradict humanitarian principles,” he added, calling on the Government to act on the assurances it made in the past and lift restrictions.Mr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief, said that imports of aid and commercial food has declined recently.“Confidence among commercial shipping companies has eroded due to delays, including as a result of inspections undertaken by the Saudi-led Coalition after these vessels have been cleared by UNVIM,” he said.The UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen – UNVIM for short – was established to facilitate commercial shipping in and out of Yemeni ports, in order to manage clearance requests and coordinate inspection of cargo at the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Isa.Mr. Lowcock said that humanitarian agencies stand ready to increase their delivery of assistance to the people of Yemen, and called on all warring parties to cooperate more, to ease civilian suffering.“Finally, I urge all parties to engage meaningfully with the UN, without preconditions, to achieve a lasting, negotiated settlement towards sustainable peace,” he said.
Virtual assistants – such as the iPhone’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana – are included on smartphones and computers to make life easier, allowing users to issue commands, such as “call mum”, or easily search for nearby facilities such as restaurants and petrol stations. This happens because people are lonely and bored…. It is a symptom of our societyIlya Eckstein Ilya Eckstein, the chief executive of Robin Labs, said his company’s virtual assistant – Robin – was used by some men for up to 300 conversations a day. He told The Times it was “mostly teenagers and truckers without girlfriends” who were turning to the virtual world.”This happens because people are lonely and bored…. It is a symptom of our society,” he said. “As well as the people who want to talk dirty, there are men who want a deeper sort of relationship or companionship.”He added to Quartz that people who use engage with their virtual assistants in such a way “want to flirt, they want to dream about a subservient girlfriend, or even a sexual slave”. But Eckstein believes five per cent of interactions with his company’s chatbot are now sexually explicit. He also claims a third of conversations take place for no particular reason, with many users just wanting to chat. Deborah Harrison, a writer for Microsoft’s Cortana, told the Virtual Assistant Summit earlier this year that “a good chunk of the volume of early-on inquiries” were about the chatbot’s sex life. The issue has inspired films such as Her, which was released in 2013 and tells the tale of a lonely writer, who becomes obsessed with his operating system’s virtual assistant, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. The film Her tells the tale of a lonely writer who becomes obsessed with his chatbot, voiced by Scarlett Johansson Credit:Kevin Winter Men are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to have sexually explicit conversations, it has been claimed. Some teenagers and “truckers” who do not have partners are also developing feelings for female and male-voiced chatbots such as Siri, one expert said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The National Trust is to step up security after an investigation by the Telegraph has revealed that neo-Nazis are conducting rituals at their historic sites. The National Trust admitted that they were aware that far-right groups had been using Avebury, a World Heritage Site, to carry out rituals and said that they had reported all concerns to the authorities. They vowed to step up security at Wayland Smithy, a Neolithic burial chamber which they manage on behalf of English Heritage, where fanatics… It can be revealed that a far-right group which promises its followers reward in the afterlife if they die in the “struggle for the freedom” has vowed to “take back” ancient locations across England.
Terrafame is to build a battery chemicals plant in Sotkamo, Finland, after finding the €240 million ($273 million) it needs to build the nickel-cobalt facility.Terrafame, which took over the zinc-nickel-cobalt mine following the bankruptcy of former owner Talvivaara, said it intends to have the plant completed at the end of 2020 and commercial production started in 2021. Back in July, the company received permitting permission for the plant.“The intention of the investment is the further processing of Terrafame’s current main product nickel-cobalt sulphide into nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate, used in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries,” Terrafame said.The production capacity of the battery chemicals plant will be 170,000 t/y of nickel sulphate and 7,400 t/y of cobalt sulphate. This amount of nickel sulphate should prove to be enough to produce around 1 million/y electric vehicle batteries, with the cobalt sulphate enough to cover around 300,000/y.Outotec is to supply the pressure leaching technology for the battery chemicals plant, with the contract including the planning of the leaching technology area, the supply of key equipment, and installation supervision and training services.Pressure leaching is the first of the three main phases of the battery chemicals plant. During the pressure leaching, nickel-cobalt sulphide, which is Terrafame’s current main product, is first placed in a elutriating unit, where it is mixed with the process water. The slurry is then fed into an autoclave (ie a pressure leaching reactor, with a raised pressure and temperature) to produce a metal sulphate solution. After thickening and filtration, the solution is directed for further refining and finally for the production of battery chemicals.Outotec has been involved in Terrafame’s battery chemicals plant project since the prefeasibility study phase. Construction of the electric vehicle battery chemicals plant is due to begin in the first half of 2019, with deliveries of pressure leaching technology estimated to begin in early 2020.A funding package of $200 million related to the financing of the plant project was agreed by Terrafame, Finnish Minerals Group (previously Terrafame Group Ltd), Galena Asset Management, Trafigura Group and Sampo plc back in November 2017. In connection with the plant’s final investment decision, the parties have agreed on an additional funding package of approximately €100 million, Terrafame said.Matti Hietanen, CEO of Finnish Minerals Group (which currently owns 77% of Terrafame and is wholly owned by the Finnish government), said: “This is a very important investment for Terrafame and its owners as well as the whole Finnish and European electric vehicle battery manufacturing value chain. Terrafame’s investment also improves the conditions for attracting more operators in the battery manufacturing value chain to Finland.”Mika Lintilä, the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, said the Finnish state was willing to do its part in advancing the development of the Finnish battery production value chain “and to take forward the necessary efforts in research & development, operating conditions of businesses as well as investments”.This week, BASF selected Harjavalta, Finland, as the first location for a battery materials production hub serving the European automotive market.