Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on December 18th, 2015 and since then the movie has consistently continued to grow in profit and in popularity. This new Star Wars installment had so much success it topped the charts in the box office. So because of this we can definitely look forward to many rewards and medals come along and award this excellent movie.
Hazzah! Women encompass half of something extremely important and extremely influential to society: the Canadian cabinet. ]The newly selected prime minister, Justin Trudeau, implemented one of this intentions when claiming office, which was to appoint fifteen out of thirty seats to up-and-coming female politicians. The response to such an act, has been majorly positive. It has been appreciated and respected by many liberals of the nation and rightfully so, must have spoken to the minds of young women and girls in Canada and potentially around the world.
Another police officer is in critical condition after being shot while serving a warrant in Columbus, Ohio early Sunday morning. This incident occurred at an apartment complex where six families were displaced. The name of the officer has not been released at this time, but officials say that the man was a veteran officer who had a good reputation and was well-liked by many.
Sadly, this type of story has become all too frequent. There seems to be a new story in the news each week about an officer who has been shot in the line of duty. More often than not, these stories tell the tale of an individual who was simply doing his or her job to protect the people of the community.
You often hear these types of stories and aren’t immediately affected. Of course, you instinctively feel “sad,” but unless this story directly affects you, you see the situation from a distant perspective. This generally isn’t something that you mean to happen- it just does. However, late last year I did see this type of story in a new light when an officer from my hometown was killed in the line of duty.
Bill Myers was killed in Shalimar, Florida on September 22, 2015 when he was shot outside a law firm. I did not personally know Bill, but I knew his granddaughter. I had only briefly met Bill one time at Disney World, but I could tell that he was a happy, positive individual. Whenever he died, it rattled my small hometown.
In a time when police officer deaths are so common, it was hard to see such an event happen so close to home. However, Bill’s death reminded me even more that we should take the time to be grateful for those who put their lives on the line for their communities.
I bet 20 years ago if you asked someone if there would ever be another team to record at least 72 wins in one NBA season they probably would have called you crazy and told you there would never be another Michael Jordan and there would never be another 95-96 Bulls team again as long as basketball will be played. Well, they would have been wrong, the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors tied the 95-96 Bulls record of 72 wins tonight with a 92-86 win over the 2nd best team in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs.
Warriors superstar Guard Steph Curry is having a Michael Jordan-like season averaging 30 points per game, 6.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds per game and also 2.1 steals per game. Curry has already shattered his own single season 3-point field goal record of 286 which he set last season. This year Curry has made 392 3 pointers and has a chance to make 400 in one season, I don’t think people understand how absurd that is! There has been constant talk about how this years Warriors team would do against the 95-96 Bulls. The old timers seem to think the Jordan lead Bulls team would easily beat the Warriors but there really is no comparing.
The NBA has changed so much in the last 20 years, they call more fouls and player these days don’t seem to be as rugged and tough as the players of the 80’s and 90’s. On the other hand players these days seem to be more skilled with the ball in there hands and better at shooting 3’s. It’s very tough to compare the 15-16 Warriors and the 95-96 Bulls, but there is no denying these are 2 of the best regular seasons we have ever seen from NBA franchises and if the Warriors can run the table and win the 2016 NBA Finals then there will be no denying that they will go down as one of the top 2 NBA teams of all time.
President Barack Obama said the worst mistake of his presidency was a lack of planning for the aftermath of the 2011 toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
“Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya,” he said in a Fox News interview aired Sunday.
This is not the first time in recent weeks he has talked about Libya and the NATO-led intervention which resulted in Gadhafi’s death in October of that year, months after NATO first intervened.
In a profile published last month in The Atlantic, the President told author Jeffrey Goldberg that British Prime Minister David Cameron became “distracted by a range of other things” after the operation.
Cameron, along with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, took the brunt of Obama’s criticism.
Although Obama said he thinks the intervention went as well as it could, he views Libya today as a “mess.”
Privately, according to the article, he refers to the troubled state as a “sh*t show.”
In a statement to CNN, a National Security Council spokesman tried to qualify Obama’s remarks and reassure that the alliance between the United Kingdom and United States remains strong.
“Prime Minister Cameron has been as close a partner as the President has had, and we deeply value the UK’s contributions on our shared national security and foreign policy objectives which reflect our special and essential relationship,” NSC spokesman Ned Price said.
In The Atlantic, Obama said he had more faith in Europeans “being invested in a follow-up” given their geographical “proximity” and largely blames their inaction for the “mess.”
On Libya, Price said Obama has previously said and continues to believe that “all of us — including the United States — could have done more in the aftermath of the Libyan intervention.”
Price said that the UK has “stepped up on a range of issues,” including pressing fellow NATO members to increase defense spending.
In September, Obama also criticized the Libya intervention during a speech before the U.N. General Assembly.
“Our coalition could have and should have done more to fill a vacuum left behind,” he had said.
Obama said in the Sunday interview that “saving the economy from a great depression” after the financial crisis in 2008 was his top White House accomplishment.
And — as he has before — he said his best day in the White House was when health care reform passed.
“We sat out on the Truman Balcony with all the staff that had worked so hard on it and I, I knew what it would mean for the families that I’d met who didn’t have health care,” Obama said,
He also recounted that his worst day in the White House was “the day we traveled up to Newtown after Sandy Hook” when 20 children, mostly first-graders, were killed on December 14, 2012 at an elementary school. He spoke at a local prayer vigil two days later.
Will Smith, an former player of the New Orleans Saints, was gunned down after a fender bender in New Orleans. Smith helped the Saint’s win their Super Bowl Championship. Smith got out of the car to talk to the man who hit him. The conversation got heated and the man shot both Smith and his wife.
Two days after Cara Jennings was caught on video calling the Florida Republican governor “an asshole” and an “embarrassment to our state” at a Starbucks in Gainesville, Scott’s political action committee has fired back with a video of its own.
For the second year in a row the defending MLS cup champions visit the citrus bowl and for the 2nd time in as many seasons Orlando city come away with the win.This game also marked the Season debut of OCSC superstar KAKA’ after battling an injury during the first month of the season.KAKA’s presents was felt almost immediately. in the 13th minute KAKA lined up for a free kick and down Seb Hines for the header to go up 1-0 less then 20 minutes later Brek Shea and KAKA connected on a give and go giving Shea a great oppoutunity to put one in the back of the net in the top right corner going up 2-0 in the 32nd minute.KAKA’s day was not done as he scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute to go along with his 2 assists from the first half.Orlando City would add one more goal in the 78th minute when Kevin Molino scored on a penalty Kick,his first goal in his MLS career. Molino missed most of Orlando first season in the MLS with a torn ACL. Kevin Molino was the star play for Orlando city during there time in the USL Pro League where they won 3 Championship in 4 years dues to his history with the club this was an emotional moment for both Kevin and the fans in the citrus bowl.A week later Orlando lost thier first game of the season on the road against the Philadelphia Union.Orlando city currently sits at 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.Orlando City will return home to the Citrus Bowl for their next match on April 17th vs the New England revolution.
Shanghai is the home to a new tourist area that will have a Disney resort as their masterpiece. They are counting on 300 million tourists to fuel the economy there, similar to the way our own city, Orlando, is to us in the states. The new Disney Resort takes up about one fifth of the six square mile area of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone. It’s about thirty minutes from the financial district of Shanghai, China’s wealthiest and most populous city. The 5,000 acre zone was set aside by Chinese authorities as part of a plan to draw tourists to the location. A Forbes article presented this information: “Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger has called it the greatest opportunity the company has had since Walt Disney himself bought land in Central Florida in the 1960’s.” The plan is for Shanghai to turn itself into a world class tourism destination with Disney as the vehicle to accomplish that. Financial results indicate that Disney’s new park in Shanghai will cost an estimated $5.5 billion and is set to open this spring. The park will feature the tallest Disney castle in the world and a focus on Chinese culture.
Fans will have one more chance to see Garry Shandling’s work onscreen in The Jungle Book, weeks after the actor unexpectedly died at aged 66 on March 24.
Shandling voices a scene-stealing porcupine Ikki in The Jungle Book. It’s a small, but very memorable part in the Jon Favreau-directed live-action film opening April 15.
Favreau was a friend and fan, calling Shandling a “genius.” The two worked together when Shandling played Senator Stern in 2010’s Iron Man 2, which Favreau directed.
Shandling was someone whom the director counted on to lend his great comedic brain to help most any project. Shandling didn’t need to be involved to help.
“He’s always been a friend, not to just myself, but to many people in the filmmaking community. He’s quietly been a mentor to so many people. You’re only seeing it now with the outpouring of affection, you’re seeing how many people’s lives he actually touched,” Favreau tells USA TODAY.
“He was someone, even when he wasn’t in my movies, who was one of the first people I’d show my work too. He was a genius who knew how to offer advice without ever bruising you at your most vulnerable moments. He was just a very generous and thoughtful person…Even on ‘Iron Man 2’ he would show up to offer joke punch-ups.” Favreau says Shandling just liked to help out. Mostly with strong advice, not always on camera. But Favreau convinced Shandling to take the porcupine role in The Jungle Book. The hilarious Ikki character was not in the 1967 animated Disney Jungle Book.
“It would take a lot of doing to get him to do something. He tended to want to operate behind-the-scenes,” says Favreau. “I got him to do this role. I told him it was a porcupine. He thought it implied a certain emotional point-of-view where he was protective, defensive and scared of hurting others. He brought this really interesting take to this character that wasn’t in the 1967 film, but was actually one of the original characters from Rudyard Kipling.”Long after Shandling recorded his part, he called Favreau and wanted to do even more with it.
“We recorded together. And he even popped into other (voice) sequences and offered advice. So he would stick around,” says Favreau. “He did that role. He did a great job. And I spoke to him later and he said, ‘Do you mind if I come back in? I have some new ideas.’ I said the scenes were really complete now. He said, he’d loop into the lip sync so I would not have to change anything.” So weeks before Shandling’s unexpected death, he recorded new jokes for his porcupine character Ikki.”We brought him in. I’m very happy we did. He completely plussed up the scene and he added more humor. Which is amazing. I didn’t know there was that potential. But he was that kind of perfectionist.”
More importantly, Favreau got to show Shandling an early version of The Jungle Book. It not only makes an unforgettable memory, but it helped Favreau before the rave-reviews started coming in (The Jungle Book currently has a 100% rating critical score on RottenTomatoes.com).
“I got to show him sequences of the film that were completed. And I got to see his reaction, which will always be a fond memory,” says Favreau. “He was very generous with his enthusiasm. For a person who was such a genius to be that generous, it’s a rare combo. He gave me confidence at a time when you’re feeling very self-conscientious and very insecure.