The Legend of Zorro

first_imgThe Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

ABBATTISTA, ANNA MARIE

first_imgA funeral mass was offered for Anna Marie Abbattista, 57, on July 26 at St. Lawrence Church, Weehawken. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.Anna passed away on July 21, 2018. A resident of Weehawken, she was the daughter of the late Louise and Michael and is survived by her son James McNamee and her aunts, Margaret Nuzzi and Anna Bradley as well as many cousins.Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.last_img

Yum Bun joins first Seven Dials Market traders

first_imgSteamed bun street food company Yum Bun is one of the first five businesses to be part of the Seven Dials Market in London, which is set to open in September.Seven Dials, located close to Covent Garden in the heart of London, is being run by Kerb Food, a membership organisation designed to develop and promote street food businesses. This will be its first permanent bricks-and-mortar home, although it also has temporary sites at King’s Cross and West India Quay.Yum Bun will take its place at Seven Dials to sell its range of steamed buns and ‘yumplings’. The business was launched in 2010, with a Saturday stall at Hackney’s Broadway Market. It has expanded to pop-up stores at The Kitchens, Spitalfields Market and Giant Robot in Canary Wharf, which are more permanent sites.Businesses set to join Yum Bun at Seven Dials are: Club Mexicana, which sells Mexican-inspired vegan street food; Square Root, which makes a range of sodas aimed to complement the food produced by surrounding street food sellers; Ink, which offers fresh British seafood with a twist; and Rice Guys, which produces healthy and fresh Chinese food on-the-go.The Seven Dials Market will offer 26 independent food businesses a permanent spot to grow in a vibrant and thriving area of London, said Kerb.All the companies announced by Kerb have been through its incubator platform, which is designed to accelerate the growth of promising street food businesses. Kerb founder Petra Barran described the move to Seven Dials as “our next step in driving this industry” and noted it would afford the companies involved a “whole new platform on which to thrive”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Showcases First Term Advancements in Economic Development, Infrastructure

first_img January 10, 2019 Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has followed through on his promise to cut red tape, improve infrastructure, and strengthen Pennsylvania’s business climate. Today, he pledged to continue strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy through smart investments that will positively impact future generations of Pennsylvanians.“As a Pennsylvania businessman, I understand what companies need to thrive and have worked to tackle a variety of challenges faced by businesses in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Wolf. “We’ve made progress in Pennsylvania, but we still have more work to do and I will continue to work on growing our economy for all workers by making it easier for small businesses to start, pushing forward critical infrastructure projects, investing in schools, and expanding career and technical education opportunities so everyone has the skills needed to find good-paying jobs and live a comfortable, rewarding life in the state we all call home.”Gov. Wolf’s key initiatives included enlisting multiple state agencies to collaborate on projects that brought together infrastructure projects and business development programs. The projects have resulted in stronger communities, a more adept workforce, and an improved business climate:“One of the governor’s fundamental goals when he first entered office was to help create an environment in which our economy, our businesses, and our residents could thrive,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “Through the Wolf Administration’s economic and community development efforts, paired with PennDOT’s commitment to infrastructure improvement, we’re working toward that goal and making Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play.”Creating Jobs and Encouraging EntrepreneurshipEliminated burdensome taxes on businesses like the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.Will create an additional 15,000 jobs with the creation of a Shell Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania and investment in the Port of Philadelphia.Cut through red tape by establishing the new PA Business One-Stop Shop, which has assisted more than 86,000 entrepreneurs and business owners who have visited the website to learn how to start and grow a new business.Created the Dairy Investment Program, which made $5 million in grant funding available to help Pennsylvania dairy farmers overcome challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.Recapitalized the Business in Our Sites program to make $75 million available to create an inventory of shovel-ready sites to attract new business and jobs to PennsylvaniaRetooled the state’s Solar Energy Program to include grant funding to help make Pennsylvania a leader in clean energy.Directed the Governor’s Action Team to assist 270 business expansion or relocation projects across the commonwealth that are expected to create more than 30,000 jobs and generate nearly $11 billion in investment.Fostered the creation of more than 3,200 jobs from businesses located within a Keystone Innovation Zone, which provides funding to help early-stage technology companies and encourage entrepreneurship in and around Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.Created a new program to facilitate the construction of infrastructure necessary to bring low-cost energy to residents and manufacturers through a $24 million Pipeline Investment Program.Created the new Manufacturing PA initiative to support Pennsylvania manufacturing through career training and retraining programs, student engagement, and market adaptation assistance.Assisted nearly 3,000 companies in training more than 145,000 incumbent workers across the commonwealth to help employees develop new skills to thrive in their jobs.Created a new apprenticeship program funded in part through funds clawed back from businesses that have received state support in exchange for job creation but failed to meet the state requirements of the contract.“At every turn since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, he has worked with me to direct PennDOT to break new ground in how we do our business,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Our initiatives are creating heightened collaboration with local governments and planning partners to better serve transportation needs across the modes. We are improving our basic county-based functions to address backlogs of needs, especially in rural areas. All of our work translates into better economic opportunities across Pennsylvania.”Innovation and InfrastructureCreated the Broadband Investment Incentive Program and the Office of Broadband Initiatives, which will provide more than 9,000 unserved rural Pennsylvanians with access to broadband by June 2022.Put out 1,162 bridge projects and 2,583 projects for roadway and other improvement projects worth approximately $9.92 billion since January 2015.Announced the multi-year Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) initiative to increase maintenance investments and invest in capital projects and interstate projects.Launched an innovative multimodal transportation plan to enhance travel and safety along the Interstate 76.Improved the condition of state-owned bridges. The number in poor condition has decreased from more than 6,000 in 2008 to 2,855 today.Replaced 558 poor condition bridges in four years through the Private Public Partnership Rapid Bridge Replacement program.Prioritized $181 million to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania through Resurface PA.Created new websites where people can see active and planned projects, conditions of state and local bridges, and updates on how PennDOT is improving Pennsylvanians’ quality of life.Improved traveler information by making plow-location tracking and information on state roads were last plowed available at www.511PA.com, and developed 511PAConnect, a tool to provide updates to motorists in the event of long-term road closures. Governor Wolf Showcases First Term Advancements in Economic Development, Infrastructurecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Football News Euro 2020 qualifiers: Germany overcome Netherlands in thriller, World Cup finalists Croatia suffer loss

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Germany were boosted by a goal from Nico Schulz in the 90th minute. Croatia lost to Hungary 2-1.Israel defeated Austria. Paris: Germany’s Nico Schulz sealed a thrilling 3-2 win over the Netherlands in a see-saw Euro 2020 qualifier as Joachim Loew’s new-look line-up survived a severe test. Elsewhere, World Cup finalists Croatia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat in Hungary, and Eden Hazard celebrated a century of caps with the opening goal in Belgium’s 2-0 win over Cyprus. A revamped Germany raced into a 2-0 lead in Amsterdam with thrilling strikes from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry but the hosts struck back with a second half header from Matthijs De Ligt before Memphis Depay pounced for an equaliser on 63 minutes. The four-time world champions were put under immense pressure from a Netherlands side seeking a winner but the visitors, who were booed by their own fans in a 1-1 friendly draw against Serbia last Wednesday, snatched victory in the 90th minute through 25-year-old Schulz. The Hoffenheim midfielder, who made his international in August, tapped home a loose ball after a tireless Sane had taken the defence with him on a run into the box. The win comes after Loew took an axe to Germany’s squad ahead of the qualifying campaign in the aftermath of last year’s calamitous World Cup elimination, when he told Bayern Munich trio Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels they had no future in the national side.  Bayern stopper Manuel Neuer may also come under pressure for his place after De Ligt beat him with a flying header just after the restart. Neuer, 32, was also slow to react as Depay pounced for the equaliser. Dutch ‘keeper Jasper Cillesen was left with little chance after Gnabry ended his mazy run by outwitting Virgil Van Dijk before sending a rasping long-range effort into the bottom corner in the early action.  Modric powerless Chelsea star Hazard celebrated his 100th cap by scoring the opener in their 2-0 win over Cyprus in Group I with Michy Batshuayi grabbing the second as Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois went largely untested in the Belgian goal.  Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric was powerless to stop beaten World Cup finalists Croatia from slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary in Group E on Sunday as Mate Patkai notched a 76th minute winner in Budapest. Croatia had struggled against Azerbaijan in their opening qualifier last Thursday before escaping with a 2-1 win, but they made the perfect start in the Hungarian capital when Ante Rebic put them ahead on 13 minutes. But Hungary pulled level through Adam Szalai’s fifth goal in as many games and with a quarter of an hour left, 31-year-old Patkai scored his first international goal to pull off a famous victory. Scotland got back to winning ways with an uninspiring 2-0 win at perennial makeweights San Marino, following an embarrassing defeat at Kazakhstan in their opening qualifier. “It was a wee bit nervy, it’s been a tough few days for everyone,” admitted Scotland coach Alex McLeish. Minnows Israel made it four points from their opening two qualifiers as they swept past Austria 4-2 thanks to a Eran Zahavi hat-trick, setting them up nicely for a tilt at qualification. last_img read more

Black Women In Medicine documentary to make television debut

first_imgThe documentary  will make its world premier on the WORLD Channel this Wednesday, February 8, at 6 p.m. during Black History Month and will be aired through Friday.The groundbreaking documentary was produced by Crystal R. Emery and challenges the notion that Black women cannot don the white coat by documenting those who have and are succeeding in the field against all odds.The film shares the motivational stories of women who have managed to make it in the medical profession despite obstacles like lack of resources or educational opportunities and the hindrances of sexism and racial bigotry. The film also highlights positive role models to counter the negative stereotypes of Black women currently dominating mainstream media.Statistics show that at present, only 4.5 per cent of all doctors in the United States are African American and 2 per cent of all physicians are Black women.Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first African American woman to serve as the United States Surgeon General, put it best when discussing the need for young people to be exposed to individuals who look like them as doctors.“You can’t be what you can’t see!”last_img read more