Talking Lives

first_imgAngelina Jolie provides an enjoyable performance as the ice-cool FBI agent sent to Montreal to track down a psychopathic killer who cuts off people’s hands and bashes their face in with a rock. Angelina is unquestionably the best thing in this film skilfully negotiating her character, Illeana Scott, through a rather trite plot line, as she thaws out to show her more passionate and vulnerable side. Unfortunately the performance of co-star Ethan Hawke is rather underwhelming, unsurprisingly, providing little for Angelina to engage with, and is thoroughly upstaged by a cameo from Keifer Sutherland, of 24 and Lost Boys fame. Beyond the leads there is a limited cast drawn from the stock catalogue of thriller caricatures. But they are quickly sketched and don’t detract from the film. More detrimental are the occasions when the plot line becomes unnecessarily diffuse in heavyhanded attempts to make the main twist a little less obvious. Sadly the only effect is to make the film drag in parts and feel a good half an hour longer than its 1 hour 42 minutes. Despite this there are some excellent moments that make you jump out of your skin, and plenty of slick dialogue. To top it all off, the conclusion provides a wonderful ending, departing from the fairly standard thriller material that most of the film consists of, and which makes one come to the firm conclusion that Ms Jolie kicks ass. Fortunately not a trace of her Lara Croft remains. So how come she still has to be in one of those irritating sex scenes where the woman gets naked and the man remains resolutely zipped up?ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Hundreds Of Students Graduate From The University Of Southern Indiana

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Hundreds Of Students Graduate From The University Of Southern IndianaDECEMBER 8TH, 2018 AMANDA PORTER INDIANAStudents at the University of Southern Indiana are moving onto to the next phase of their lives.The University held its two fall commencement ceremonies Saturday in the Physical Activities Center. One ceremony for the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, and another for the College of Liberal Arts and Romain College of Business.While students were excited to leave college and move to the next chapter of their life some were still having a hard time believing their college experience was over.“Very excited, yeah definitely. It was a great ceremony, they did a great job.“It was beautiful. I don’t think it’s hit me yet. has it hit you? Nope, no…” says USI graduates Samantha Hoy Haas, and Mackenzie Cross.In all, 666 students participated in the two ceremonies with 116 of those students graduating with academic honors. TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

Fans Query Rohr’s Capacity to Deliver on Super Eagles’ Job

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles dismal outing in the last AFCON 2019 qualifier against Seychelles has reopened questions on the competence of Nigeria’s Franco-German Coach, Gernot Rohr to the lead the country’s football to El Dorado.Three-time African champions Nigeria laboured to a 3-1 victory over the largely uncoordinated Indian Ocean island nation after ending the first half one-all.Although there was nothing at stake in the match for a Nigeria beyond pride as the country’s passage to AFCON 2019 was sealed last November when Eagles drew 1-1 with South Africa in Johannesburg, it was meant to assess the team’s readiness to challenge for the continental title in Egypt next summer.Most of the fans that thronged the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba for the match last Friday were unanimous in their opinions that Eagles were poor in form with no visible input of Rohr on the senior national team.According to an Onitsha-based football academy proprietor, Chike Okolonji, the Super Eagles that played Seychelles did not represent the best of Nigeria’s rich football pedigree.“ Look at the faces of fans here, majority of them came from far and near. Do you think they are happy? No, they are very sad despite the 3-1 victory because this team is not the Super Eagles quality we are used to. This team is poor,” fumed the academy proprietor shortly after the final whistle.He wants the NFF to probe what is going on; why the team is playing badly ahead of AFCON 2019.“How long will it take our German coach to give Nigerians the quality team we all are yearning for? This man has been here now for about three years. Is that not enough time for him to impact on our team if he’s a good coach? Sincerely, I don’t think Rohr have what it takes to return our football to the summit of African football,” Okolonji admonished.He therefore urged the NFF to review his performance viz-a-viz the contract they entered into with him. “ If he’s not delivering as negotiated, this man’s contract should be reviewed. How can we be struggling at home with the team we defeated 3-0 away, was also beaten 8-1 by Libya. This is not acceptable.”A top former Nigerian coach who did not ant his name in print told THISDAY inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium that the coach appears to be under the influence of some powerful elements in the country’s football who wants their wards in o feature for the team no matter their quality.“I think some top persons are influencing this man’s team selection. Otherwise, why bring half-baked players from lower divisions in Europe to Super Eagles and expect him to succeed?” queried the top gaffer with stints in the national team.He pointed at such players like Collins Jamilu, Paul Onuachu and even the first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho who has been off duty since loan move to Cyprus.However, in what appears to be the defence of his team’s poor form last Friday, Rohr insisted that Seychelles came prepared to play frustrate his wards from free-flow football with defence game-plan.“We knew it was going to be a difficult game because we were going to face a rejuvenated Seychelles side with new seven plays from the team we defeated 3-0 away. They started their preparation very early in March,” observed Rohr to reporters at the post-match briefing.The Super Eagles gaffer who also complained about the state of the Asaba Stadium turf believes some of the flaws noticed will be rectified in tomorrow’s international friendly with seven-time champions Egypt.Goals from Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru and substitute Moses Simon ensured Seychelles left Asaba empty handed.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Tiger Lily

first_imgFacebook56Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Tiger Lily! She is a 5- year-old, 54-pound PitBull/Boxer mix who is wondering why her forever people haven’t found her yet. Shelter volunteers say that her orange-brindle coat is stunning and that she has some of the loveliest subtle eyeliner and proportions a dog could have. Beauty is great and all that, but she also happens to be a sweet girl. She loves the water, basic commands for “sit” and “down,” does well on a leash, enjoys car rides, and playing fetch. Children in the home should be 13-years-old or older, kind, and dog-savvy. She has a couple of nice dog friends at the kennels, and is open to meeting new dogs with proper introduction and supervision. However she does not do well with some smaller dogs.If you are looking for a sweetheart like Tiger Lily, please schedule an appointment to meet and have fun. She will need a home where her people can be with her most of the time as she has separation anxiety. Check out her video on AAP Petfinder Page, and you will see why shelter volunteers love her so much.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Tiger Lily in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more