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25 Movies to Look Forward to in 2019

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Captain Marvel ,  The Lion King ,  Joker ,  Little Women , plus the usual slew of sequels (and some exciting original projects) Brie Larson as Captain Marvel MARVEL STUDIOS Last year was a record one for Hollywood, at least in terms of box office, powered by superheroes such as Black Panther and the Avengers, surprise smash hits such as  Crazy Rich Asians  and  A Star Is Born , and the quick rise and fall of subscription-based ticket services such as MoviePass. Such a constantly evolving industry might have difficulty replicating that success, but 2019 has plenty of promising films to look forward to, along with the usual coterie of remakes, sequels, and superhero-franchise entries. Here’s a look at 25 of the most interesting movies on deck so far. DOANE GREGORY / LIONSGATE Cold Pursuit  (February 8) What It Is:  The latest in a beloved, and important, moviegoing tradition: a wintertime Liam Neeson thriller, an old-fashioned pulpy flick about a middle-aged man who finds

Labour backs cross-party amendment to block no-deal Brexit

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The amendment to the finance bill could restrict the government’s freedom over tax changes. Labour is to support a backbench amendment tabled by Yvette Cooper that could force a government shutdown unless a no-deal Brexit is taken off the table. The Labour frontbench is likely to whip its MPs to back the cross-party amendment, significantly increasing its chances of success in the Commons. The amendment has the backing of a number of Labour and Conservative select committee chairs, including Tories Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston, Labour’s Hilary Benn and Frank Field, the pro-Brexit chair of the work and pensions select committee. The amendment to the finance bill, tabled over the weekend, is one of the first of a slew of parliamentary tactics expected to be adopted by MPs to try to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Its effect would be to restrict the government’s freedom to make Brexit-related tax changes without parliamentary safeguards. The amendment would be attached to one

Apple's stock buybacks showcase the company's maturity

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The Apple Store in Hangzhou, China. Apple is the most successful and profitable luxury consumer-goods company that the world has ever seen. Its profit margins are stratospheric, its earnings per share continue to reach new all-time highs, and it has no real competitor in terms of being  the  high-end brand of choice in categories from personal computers to phones to digital watches. Why it matters:  It tops the list of retailers that any real estate developer wants if they're trying to create a luxury-shopping destination, and like Louis Vuitton, it never discounts. Apple has extended its reach  to hundreds of millions of customers around the world who would never buy Gucci or Prada. Still, luxury brands, by their nature, never reach everybody. Most people will end up opting for the cheaper, more utilitarian rival. At some point, any luxury brand will be selling mostly to repeat customers. Apple has definitely reached that point. Apple's repeat customers are inc

The euro still needs fixing

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T HE BIRTH  of the euro on January 1st 1999 was at once unifying and divisive. It united Europe’s leaders, who hailed a new era of tighter integration, easier trade and faster growth, thinking they were building a currency to rival the dollar. But the euro divided economists, some of whom warned that binding Europe’s disparate economies to a single monetary policy was an act of historic folly. They preferred a comparison with emerging markets, whose dependence on distant central banks fosters frequent crises. Milton Friedman predicted that a downturn in the global economy could pull the new currency apart. For years the sovereign-debt crisis that engulfed Europe after 2010 seemed close to fulfilling Friedman’s prediction. But the euro did not collapse. It stumbled on, often thanks to last-minute fixes by leaders who, though deeply divided, showed a steely commitment to saving the single currency. Public support for the project remains strong. Over three in five euro-zone res

Mercedes aims to be among top two players to scale autonomous tech: paper

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 Mercedes-Benz logo is seen on the second press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 3, 2018.  Mercedes-Benz's is not aiming to be the first manufacturer to develop a self-driving car but it wants to be among the first two players able to scale up the technology, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph Schroeder told German paper Welt am Sonntag. Carmakers and tech companies like Uber [UBER.UL], Google, General Motors, Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> are vying to roll out robotaxi services for paying customers as a way to enter the ride-hailing business. Google's Waymo division has completed the most test miles with prototype vehicles, leading rivals including Volkswagen to acknowledge that Waymo is ahead of the pack in terms of developing a prototype. Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by German car and truck maker Daimler is undeterred by Waymo's progress.  "We need to be among the top two competitors who are in a position to scale up the technology

Kawhi Leonard Trade And Return Game Aside, It's Time To Move On

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives with the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio.  “Hard feelings” is a kind way to put how the San Antonio Spurs fans reacted to Kawhi Leonard’s return on Jan. 4. Months in the making, it brought back the former face of the franchise for the first time since last summer’s trade, sending him to the Toronto Raptors. There was no ill will for Danny Green, a fan favorite in the Alamo City who received an overwhelmingly positive response from a tribute video played at the AT&T Center. He became a salary casualty of this transaction. The Leonard saga was exhausted in 2018. He rarely spoke, never revealed the events that led to requesting a trade out of San Antonio and kept a quadriceps injury a mystery. It alienated himself from the Spurs fans, culminating with blaming the media for the negative reactions. Even so, after all these events, with t

10 wonders to see in New Zealand's South Island

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Into the blue: a cruise ship on Marlborough Sounds As we set off from Christchurch International Airport in a rusty orange Mahindra, a compact SUV made in India, city scenery is quickly eclipsed by every shade of green imaginable.  We have just embarked on a week-long road trip through the South Island of New Zealand, which is nowhere near enough time to see everything. Stretching about 150,000sq km — roughly half the size of the UK — the South Island is a 13-hour drive from top to bottom without stopping.  But you’ll want to stop... every five minutes. After all, this is a far-flung land of forested mountains, staggering cliffs, heroic fiords, inviting vineyards and countless winding roads. For starters, there’s the Lewis Pass in the north, which leads to hot springs retreats and oceanside viewing points for whale-spotting; the Lindis Pass in the centre, which cuts through spectacular mountains and lakes; and the Great Coast Road in the west, punctuated by gorges and glacier

Facebook Loosing Users To Pinterest, Youtube And Twitter (Market Share By Region)

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Business woman using smartphone on office, Social media concept “: forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)”–This is how  Merriam Webster  dictionary defines Social Media. Yes, human beings are social by nature but social media simply consumed our lives. Sharing relevant and irrelevant information (which probably couldn’t and wouldn’t be shared in the old days) became easier than ever. Is social media a distractor, a waste of time or is it the new modern way of not being alone? Social apps enable people to connect with friends and family all over the world, hence helping in strengthening relationships and keeping in touch. But the line is very thin–and spending hours and hours on scrolling and swiping as a substitute for real connections can lead to disconnecting instead of connecting to people. Regar

Chinese man gets US$670,000 payout after he was wrongfully jailed for 25 years

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Liu Zhonglin is believed to have served the longest period of wrongful detention in China. A Chinese man who was wrongfully jailed for a murder he did not commit has been awarded state compensation of 4.6 million yuan (US$670,000) – including a record 1.9 million yuan for “mental harm” caused and 2.5 million yuan for “loss of personal liberty”. Liu Zhonglin, who is now 50, was granted the compensation payout by the Liaoyuan Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, news site Thepaper.cn reported. He is believed to have served the longest period of wrongful detention in China. For each day of his 9,217 days of imprisonment, Liu will receive about 500 yuan in compensation. The figure is just over a quarter of the 16.7 million yuan Lin and his lawyer had sought. Liu was arrested in October 1990, when he was 22, over the murder of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in a river at Huimin village in Dongliao county, Jilin, according to court documents. He was found guilty of

Apple's Message To China: It's Not Me, It's You

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Chinese customers shopping in an Apple store on Jan. 3, 2019 in Beijing, China.  Apple roiled the markets last week when CEO Tim Cook caught many by surprise and reduced the company ’s revenue forecast. He attributed the drop to slower economic growth in China, which prompted a bevy of news stories on the country’s slowing economy. But p ut me down as skeptical. China’s economic growth rate might not be a major factor here, if at all. Here are four quick thoughts on the topic: First, be careful of exculpatory statements. When a CEO proclaims that results will be off solely because of factors outside of his control, this is usually a giveaway. Of course, no company is perfect and no CEO is perfect. But Cook is essentially saying, “This is not my fault. It’s not me, it’s you (you being China).” The problem with this explanation is that China has become more prosperous and tech-oriented since Apple entered the market, making it a more promising market for the tech giant from Cuper

New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 tipped to get 425hp

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Latest GT4 Clubsport racer maintains the 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six of its predecessor and is available with PDK automatic. Ah, the 718 Cayman goes racing… After developing the Cayman GT4 Clubsport three years ago, Porsche has revealed the new model based on today’s 718 Cayman. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is intended only for racing and comes with two specs for customers to choose from. There’s the basic Trackday outfit for amateurs and the more sophisticated Competition suit for bigger events. Some differences separating the latter from the former are bigger fuel tank and adjustable dampers. Porsche is keen to point out that the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first to use organic fibre mix in the doors and rear wing for reduced weight and enhanced stiffness. How does that power relate to road-legal version? When the previous road-legal Cayman GT4 was introduced in 2015, it had the same 385hp 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six as its racing cous

PATRICK VIEW - LIFE AND THE STRUGGLE

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Every time in life, you have to learn to stand up for yourself. Nobody will finish what you started, except you let them steal it from you. As soon as you start aging you will start to understand that life is a big fight and everyday we all fight to make life worthwhile.  While growing up we are thought about life and how hard its going to be in order to survive. There are so many things that can’t be bypass in life and life struggle is one of them, no matter how strong or rich you are, there will be a point in your life that you will find yourself in one struggles or the other but your power to overcome them is the measurement of your strength. Are you facing some life challenges and you kept wondering how you can overcome this period; you have try hard but all effort seems fruitless. 1. Just be you. Stay strong. Focus, and don’t let nothing hold you down. 2. Don’t believe in the concept of the normal because you see everybody do it. 3. Don’t accept famous