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The last month of the year is packed with some great films. All of the major studios are putting their foot in the race for the award season. Be sure to catch these five films before it is too late.
There is a degree of maturity and patience in “The Irishman” that is unlike anything I have seen. This could only be accomplished by a director like Martin Scorsese. He somehow makes the most mundane and unassuming scenes so damn entertaining. With a three-and-a-half-hour runtime, one would expect frequent bombastic scenes to keep the audience engaged. However, Scorsese seldom implements violence, and when he does, it’s thoroughly gripping. Most of the time, Scorsese elongates scenes by holding the camera on a face longer than expected. Instead of looking away, you look closer and consider what thoughts are racing through the character’s head.
I am a firm believer that the trailer is one of the most important pieces of a movie. It is incredibly difficult to strike the perfect balance between showing the audience enough to pique their interest, but not so much that you spoil the movie. Another difficulty is accurately conveying the movie’s tone. Most of the time, trailers mislead the audience and give away too much. As is the case with the “Ford v Ferrari” trailers. From the trailers, it would be fair to assume that the movie’s central focus is around the 1966 Le Mans race, and the production of Ford’s GT40 race car leading up to it.
The Tongass National Forest stretches nearly 17 million acres across southeastern Alaska. This land of ancient forests and towering mountains is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Now the world’s largest temperate rainforest is under attack.
Imagine this: The White House roof has been covered in solar panels, which capture the sun’s energy to heat water used inside. Legislation has been passed to clean up America’s hazardous waste sites. Instead of offering up land to destructive mining operations, national parks and wildlife refuges are being created to preserve its wilderness. It may sound like a futuristic fantasy, but these were the programs being implemented in the late 1970s during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
Recently a team of forest ecologists declared global tree restoration is one of the most effective carbon reduction solutions. They claim forest restoration at a global scale could lead to an additional 205 metric gigatonnes of carbon sequestration, or the equivalent of 25% of the current atmospheric carbon pool. If you think these impressive numbers sound too good to be true, you may be right.
Aiming to play the role of global statesman as the impeachment drama was unfolding in Washington, President Donald Trump instead shattered NATO's professed message of unity at its 70th anniversary celebration in England and put his personal and policy differences with alliance members on stark display. Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" and French President Emanuel Macron "nasty" during a 52-hour trip that exposed the alliance's divisions on military budgets and relations with Turkey, as well as the U.S. leader's own unconventional ways on the world stage.
House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next year's election. Congress must act, Pelosi said. “The democracy is what is at stake."
Just get on with it. After months of fighting the House impeachment inquiry, blocking witnesses and ignoring subpoenas, the White House is now publicly embracing a strategy it has privately signaled for weeks: It will accept the reality that President Donald Trump will likely be impeached by the House and focus instead on a made-for-TV trial on friendlier turf in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced an award to Dandelion Energy in support of new drilling technology that will enable ground-source heat pumps — also called geothermal systems — to be installed faster than traditional equipment while reducing costs for homeowners by 20 percent.
The next stage of the state’s $15 minimum wage phase-in will take effect on December 31 after a statutorily required report by the Division of the Budget found the decline in New York's unemployment rate to record lows indicates that recent minimum wage increases have been absorbed with negligible, if any, impacts on labor demand in every region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that ten projects aimed at preserving state history — from Dutch colonial settlement to the Civil Rights period — have received 2019 State Historic Preservation Awards. A dozen historic locations around the state were also nominated for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, which can provide owners with grants and tax credits to support rehabilitation projects.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg told cheering supporters Tuesday that her three-week journey across the Atlantic had "energized" her for the fight against climate change as she arrived in Portugal. The Swedish teen, whose one-woman protests outside the Swedish parliament helped inspire a global youth movement, sailed into the port of Lisbon after making a last-minute dash back from the United States to attend this year's U.N. climate conference.
A photo of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a Native American reservation in North Dakota has been archived at the Library of Congress in Washington. Shane Balkowitsch, who took the photo, preserved the image on a glass plate and titled it “Standing For Us All.” Balkowitsch told the Bismarck Tribune that it’s his “most important work to date.”
As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s total. Yet it’s also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, and it manufactures about two-thirds of solar cells installed worldwide.
Democratic Rep. Denny Heck of Washington state announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, saying his work on the investigation into Russian election interference and the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump have "rendered my soul weary." "I will never understand how some of my colleagues, in many ways good people, could ignore or deny the president's unrelenting attack on a free press, his vicious character assassination of anyone who disagreed with him, and his demonstrably very distant relationship with the truth," Heck said in a letter to his constituents.
A Tejano singer who was convicted of raping an underage female relative and imprisoned for more than a decade is preparing to relaunch his career with a sold-out show in Houston, despite the original terms of his release barring him from visiting the city and surrounding county because the victim lives there. Jose "Joe" Lopez, 69, served 12 years of his 20-year-sentence for raping his then-13-year-old niece in 2004.
Trappers can keep using sodium cyanide bombs to kill coyotes and other livestock predators, the Trump administration said Thursday, rejecting calls for a ban despite repeated instances of the devices also poisoning other wildlife, pets and people. The Environmental Protection Agency's interim decision newly restricts use of the so-called M-44s within 600 feet of a home and 300 feet of a public road or path. Users also would have to post two warning signs within 15 feet of the poison bombs.
The former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted Tuesday for his part in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies, federal prosecutors said. A jury in San Francisco found Christopher Lischewski guilty after a four-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release. He had pleaded not guilty.
The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case.Los Angeles-based Riot Games will pay about 1,000 current and former female employees who have worked at the company in the last five years.
Google’s co-founders are relinquishing their executive positions just as state and federal regulators, not to mention the Department of Justice and Congress, are taking a keen interest in the possible abuse of its privacy practices and market power. But their long foreshadowed successor, Sundar Pichai, has been well prepped to serve as the public face of the company.
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