‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: Latest On Vin, Bradley And The Scene Everyone’s Talking About

Director James Gunn gives up a ton of information to MTV News on the red carpet for ‘Thor.’

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Wes Anderson premiere to open Berlin film festival

Berlin (AFP) – An all-star romp by US director Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, will open the 64th Berlin film festival in February, organisers said Tuesday.

The period piece, filmed in part in Germany, features Ralph Fiennes as the concierge of a famous hotel and tells the story of the theft and recovery of a priceless painting against the backdrop of Europe between the wars.

Three-time Oscar nominee Anderson, known for his ensemble movies such as “Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, recruited Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel and Jude Law for the new picture.

The British-German co-production will screen on February 6, launching the 11-day event known as the Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year.

“With unmistakeable Wes Anderson charm, this comedy promises to kick things off in a big way,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.

The Texas-born Anderson has a strong following in Europe and “Moonrise Kingdom” opened Cannes in 2012.

This year, the Romanian family melodrama “Child’s Pose” won the Berlinale’s prestigious Golden Bear top prize.

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Apple plans Arizona factory that will run on renewable energy

Apple plans to build a components plant in Mesa, Arizona, that will run entirely on renewable energy.

It will be Apple’s latest move to build up its manufacturing in the U.S. Most of the company’s products are manufactured overseas, and Apple has been under pressure to make more investments at home.

The project will create more than 2,000 jobs, Apple said in a brief statement to IDG News Service on Monday. It will work with Salt River Project, an electric utility in central Arizona, to create “green energy sources” to power the facility, Apple said.

The project will create 700 jobs in the first year, in addition to about 1,300 construction and other jobs in Arizona, according to Governor Jan Brewer. “Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state,” Brewer said in a statement.

GT Advanced Technologies, a crystal materials manufacturer, said it will own and operate furnaces and related equipment at the plant, where it will employ more than 700 people. GT said it had entered into a multi-year agreement to supply Apple with sapphire material.

Apple has said it would invest $100 million this year in Macintosh production in the U.S., and that it would make one of its Mac lines exclusively in the U.S. In May, the company said it would make some Mac parts in Texas.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen’s e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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As world sets new development goals, Malaysia calls for poverty relief within green agenda

As world sets new development goals, Malaysia calls for poverty relief within green agenda

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Prime Minister of Malaysia today outlined his country’s position on the United Nations’ next set of global development goals, saying they need to address the relief of poverty within a green agenda reflecting deep environmental concerns.

Prime Minister Najib Razak commended the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, http://bit.ly/HpIK1V), a set of eight objectives agreed by nations in 2000 for completion in 2015, which focussed on ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease, and noted that Malaysia has met its MDG targets.

To advance the successes achieved under that development blueprint, he said, the replacement Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) under negotiation through the UN need to represent “a unified, people-centered agenda for the post-2015 period, with sustainable development at its core and under the umbrella of world peace.”

Poverty eradication, he added, should remain “an overarching purpose of sustainable development.”

Recalling the original sustainable development agenda — Agenda 21 — universally agreed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Prime Minister Najib said that “21 years on, it is abundantly clear that problems related to water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity remain the greatest global challenges facing the world today. And obviously, the strength of the words written in 1992 was not matched by the strength of subsequent actions and effort. Little islands of success cannot help us achieve our broader global objectives.”

The Prime Minister noted that major geo-political differences have evolved in recent decades, including far greater global interconnections, deepening “both opportunities and risks: opportunities to be influenced and risks to be spread.”

In particular, he pointed to risks and challenges posed by climate change, which include “the limitations of quick solutions to guard against climate change and variability, and the need to ensure equity in embracing solutions.”

“The resilience of socio-economic and environmental systems is now being tested against the demands of a rapidly growing global population and sustainable economic growth. Malaysia is no exception: we are also actively trying to strike a balance between environmental conservation and development.”

“This has not been an easy path for a developing nation,” he said. “After all, if we look around the world, many high-income countries achieved prosperity at the expense of the environment, not in concert with it. Nevertheless we take lessons from the experience of others, and striking that delicate balance between development and environmental conservation we must.”

Over the past three decades, Malaysia’s economy has increased more than a hundredfold, with Gross Domestic Product growth averaging nearly 7% per year. Poverty rates have fallen from 49% to less than 4%. Per-capita GDP has risen from US$370 to more than US$10,000.

At the same time, the country made lower carbon emissions and environment-friendly technologies central planks in Malaysia’s sustainable development strategies, foremost among them the New Economic Model.

With help from developed countries in technology transfer and funding, Malaysia is committed to a 40 per cent reduction in the intensity of emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 2020, using 2005 levels as a baseline.

“I am also happy to note that during the Earth Summit in Rio 20 years ago, we pledged to the world to keep at least 50% of our country under forest and tree covers in perpetuity. Today, our green cover is at 74% and 56.4% of our landmass is forested.”

“For us, this is the crux of sustainable development: to achieve such goals as relieving poverty by availing ourselves of our natural resources without compromising the ability of future generations to do likewise.”

In 1992, the world adopted the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities,” he noted, recognizing that developed countries need to provide resources to support sustainable development in measures relative to the pressures their societies place on the global environment and to the technologies and financial resources they command.

“Malaysia is ready to play its role to realize the spirit of this important principle,” the prime minister said, “but we will also expect other countries in particular the developed and industrialized nations to meet their roles and obligations. We must work together if any effort is to have global impact.”

“With a majority of the world’s biodiversity residing in developing countries, it is essential that any global development agenda renews commitments to coordinated effort and mobilizes resources adequate to effect genuine progress,” he said.

The Prime Minister made the remarks at the opening of a week-long series of meetings focussed on priority setting for the early work of a new UN biodiversity organization – the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Often likened to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and chaired by the PM’s Science Advisor, Malaysian Zakri Abdul Hamid, the new Bonn-based IPBES was inaugurated this year to serve as a source of authoritative biodiversity science to guide policy making decisions.

Dr. Zakri, recently appointed also to the UN Secretary-General’s new Science Advisory Board, acknowledged with thanks the contributions of his nation to the work of the IPBES and pointed to “encouraging signs that the message is getting through and protections are being instituted in many places.”

“We must mainstream biodiversity protection in the policies of countries throughout the world, however, and both the IPBES and the global post-2015 development agenda offer rare opportunities to make a deep and lasting impact.”

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Prime Minister Najib addresses new UN biodiversity organization


KUALA LUMPUR – The Prime Minister of Malaysia today outlined his country’s position on the United Nations’ next set of global development goals, saying they need to address the relief of poverty within a green agenda reflecting deep environmental concerns.

Prime Minister Najib Razak commended the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, http://bit.ly/HpIK1V), a set of eight objectives agreed by nations in 2000 for completion in 2015, which focussed on ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease, and noted that Malaysia has met its MDG targets.

To advance the successes achieved under that development blueprint, he said, the replacement Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) under negotiation through the UN need to represent “a unified, people-centered agenda for the post-2015 period, with sustainable development at its core and under the umbrella of world peace.”

Poverty eradication, he added, should remain “an overarching purpose of sustainable development.”

Recalling the original sustainable development agenda — Agenda 21 — universally agreed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Prime Minister Najib said that “21 years on, it is abundantly clear that problems related to water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity remain the greatest global challenges facing the world today. And obviously, the strength of the words written in 1992 was not matched by the strength of subsequent actions and effort. Little islands of success cannot help us achieve our broader global objectives.”

The Prime Minister noted that major geo-political differences have evolved in recent decades, including far greater global interconnections, deepening “both opportunities and risks: opportunities to be influenced and risks to be spread.”

In particular, he pointed to risks and challenges posed by climate change, which include “the limitations of quick solutions to guard against climate change and variability, and the need to ensure equity in embracing solutions.”

“The resilience of socio-economic and environmental systems is now being tested against the demands of a rapidly growing global population and sustainable economic growth. Malaysia is no exception: we are also actively trying to strike a balance between environmental conservation and development.”

“This has not been an easy path for a developing nation,” he said. “After all, if we look around the world, many high-income countries achieved prosperity at the expense of the environment, not in concert with it. Nevertheless we take lessons from the experience of others, and striking that delicate balance between development and environmental conservation we must.”

Over the past three decades, Malaysia’s economy has increased more than a hundredfold, with Gross Domestic Product growth averaging nearly 7% per year. Poverty rates have fallen from 49% to less than 4%. Per-capita GDP has risen from US$370 to more than US$10,000.

At the same time, the country made lower carbon emissions and environment-friendly technologies central planks in Malaysia’s sustainable development strategies, foremost among them the New Economic Model.

With help from developed countries in technology transfer and funding, Malaysia is committed to a 40 per cent reduction in the intensity of emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 2020, using 2005 levels as a baseline.

“I am also happy to note that during the Earth Summit in Rio 20 years ago, we pledged to the world to keep at least 50% of our country under forest and tree covers in perpetuity. Today, our green cover is at 74% and 56.4% of our landmass is forested.”

“For us, this is the crux of sustainable development: to achieve such goals as relieving poverty by availing ourselves of our natural resources without compromising the ability of future generations to do likewise.”

In 1992, the world adopted the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities,” he noted, recognizing that developed countries need to provide resources to support sustainable development in measures relative to the pressures their societies place on the global environment and to the technologies and financial resources they command.

“Malaysia is ready to play its role to realize the spirit of this important principle,” the prime minister said, “but we will also expect other countries in particular the developed and industrialized nations to meet their roles and obligations. We must work together if any effort is to have global impact.”

“With a majority of the world’s biodiversity residing in developing countries, it is essential that any global development agenda renews commitments to coordinated effort and mobilizes resources adequate to effect genuine progress,” he said.

The Prime Minister made the remarks at the opening of a week-long series of meetings focussed on priority setting for the early work of a new UN biodiversity organization – the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Often likened to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and chaired by the PM’s Science Advisor, Malaysian Zakri Abdul Hamid, the new Bonn-based IPBES was inaugurated this year to serve as a source of authoritative biodiversity science to guide policy making decisions.

Dr. Zakri, recently appointed also to the UN Secretary-General’s new Science Advisory Board, acknowledged with thanks the contributions of his nation to the work of the IPBES and pointed to “encouraging signs that the message is getting through and protections are being instituted in many places.”

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Two Laptops Locked In An Endless Rock-Paper-Scissors Battle

Playing rock-paper-scissors with a friend or family member is actually a pretty sophisticated intellectual challenge. You might choose your move based on a personal preference or whim, but you’re probably also thinking about what your opponent is going to pick. Sometimes you can just feel your brother leaning paper, or your best friend thinking that you’re thinking scissors, and therefore planning to play rock. It’s an art form.

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Big Bird, Elmo to encourage kids to eat produce

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trip down the grocery store produce aisle could soon feel like a stroll down “Sesame Street.”

Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that the nonprofit organization behind the popular children’s educational TV program will let the produce industry use Elmo, Big Bird and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to market fruits and veggies to kids.

The goal is to get children who often turn up their noses at the sight of produce to eat more of it.

Under the arrangement, Sesame Workshop is waiving the licensing fee for its Muppet characters for two years.

As soon as next spring, shoppers and children accompanying them can expect to see their favorite Sesame Street characters on stand-alone signs and on stickers and labels on all types of produce regardless of whether it comes in a bag, a carton or just its skin.

An “unprecedented step,” Mrs. Obama said of the agreement. “And they’re doing this free of charge. Yes!” she said as she pumped her fists in the air before an audience seated in the State Dining Room of the White House.

The first lady cited a study published last fall in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in which Cornell University researchers gave more than 200 boys and girls ages 8 to 11 the choice of eating an apple, a cookie or both. Most kids went for the cookie. Asked to choose again after researchers put Elmo stickers on the apples, nearly double the number of kids chose the fruit, she said.

“Just imagine what will happen when we take our kids to the grocery store, and they see Elmo and Rosita and the other Sesame Street Muppets they love up and down the produce aisle,” Mrs. Obama said. “Imagine what it will be like to have our kids begging us to buy them fruits and vegetables instead of cookies, candy and chips.”

The agreement between Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association is the latest step by the private sector to support “Let’s Move,” the first lady’s nearly 4-year-old campaign to reduce childhood obesity rates in the U.S.

It also is the first announcement since a summit on food marketing to children that Mrs. Obama convened at the White House last month, where she urged a broad range of companies to do more, faster, to promote foods with less salt, fat and sugar to youngsters.

Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita, who also speaks Spanish, joined her for the announcement.

Afterward, Mrs. Obama joined the Muppets at her garden on the South Lawn for the annual fall harvest. White House staff helped students from elementary schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia with the harvest. The group, including the first lady, also prepared — and ate — turkey veggie wraps made using some of the freshly picked cucumbers and tomatoes.

Sam Kass, the “Let’s Move” executive director, said it was a big step for Sesame Workshop to waive its licensing fee, which is a major source of income for the nonprofit.

“For them to step in and do this is a really big thing,” said Kass, who also is an assistant White House chef.

Sherrie Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Sesame Workshop, said waiving the fee is not normal practice and that it’s too early to say how much revenue would be lost. But she said the deal gives the company another way to use the characters to pitch to children and families the healthier-eating messages that are part of its TV show.

“It would be a shame not to use them to that end,” she said of the Muppets.

Larry Soler, president and chief executive of the Partnership for a Healthier America, said kids younger than 5 don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and that it gets worse as children grow up.

He said the agreement hopefully will “drive excitement” and interest in eating fruits and vegetables that might not otherwise exist. The partnership is a nonprofit organization that supports the first lady’s campaign.

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Sesame Workshop: http://www.sesameworkshop.org

Produce Marketing Association: http://www.pma.com

Let’s Move: http://www.letsmove.gov

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Column: Opposing Obamacare – GOP’s defining issue

By Bill Schneider

After the French Revolution, the statesman and diplomat Talleyrand said of the Bourbon kings, “They learned nothing and they forgot nothing.” The same might be said of congressional Republicans after their disastrous government shutdown adventure.

Obamacare survives. That itself is something of a miracle. Look at how many near-death experiences it has been through. The loss of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 2009 deprived Democrats of the majority they needed to end a Senate filibuster. They managed to circumvent the filibuster by applying a controversial rule that allowed the bill to pass with a simple majority.

Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm election by promising to repeal Obamacare. The House has now voted 46 times — 46 times! — to repeal Obamacare, only to see the votes ignored by the Democratic Senate.

In 2012, the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court by a vote of five-to-four — but only after Chief Justice John Roberts defined healthcare not as a constitutional right, but as a benefit that can be taken away at any time. The court described the Affordable Care Act as a decision “entrusted to our nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.”

This month, Republicans shut down the federal government rather than pass a budget that included funding for Obamacare. The result? A wave of public anger over Republican tactics, plus damage to the economy. Meanwhile, Obamacare is still the law.

So what have Republicans learned? Nothing. “We fought the fight. We didn’t win,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) said. “We lived to fight another day.”

For Republicans, opposition to Obamacare has become a defining issue, like antiwar sentiment was for Democrats during the war in Iraq. Of course, people were being killed in Iraq. But look at what Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said about Obamacare: “Let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.”

Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said the message to seniors is, “You’re going to die sooner. When you restrict the ability of primary caregivers in this country to do what is best for their senior patients, what you’re doing is limiting their life expectancy.”

The antiwar movement had an explicit and feasible objective: End the war. President Barack Obama got elected on a promise to do just that. And he did.

Do Republicans have any reasonable prospect of ending Obamacare? They think so — even after all those near-death experiences. They take hope from all the problems this month with the rollout of the Healthcare.gov website.

Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, put it this way to the New York Times: “If the website glitches are just the tip of the iceberg, it’s only a matter of time before the law sinks and takes with it those Democrats who wrote it, voted for it and are proud of it.”

What Republicans are trying to do is create a wave of public anger against Obamacare that will sweep the GOP into office, starting with next year’s midterm election. They want 2014 to be the reverse of 2006. In 2006, a wave of public anger over the war in Iraq swept Republicans out of power in Congress, presaged Obama’s presidential election win two years later — and ended the war. In 2014, Republicans expect a wave of public anger over Obamacare to sweep Democrats out of power in Congress, presage the election of a Republican President in 2016 — and end Obamacare.

Right now, Republicans are getting their wave of public anger, but it’s aimed largely at them. Public support for Obamacare has actually been increasing in the post-shutdown polls.

Yes, there are serious problems with the federal website, but they don’t affect most Americans. A majority of people still get health insurance from their employers, and another third get it from the government (through Medicare and Medicaid). This will not change, though Republicans warn that employers may try to avoid paying healthcare premiums by reducing workers’ hours. And 40 percent of the uninsured live in states like California, which have their own healthcare exchanges — that have been working pretty well.

Nonetheless, public awareness of problems with the federal website has been growing. Time magazine reports that 46 percent of Americans believe the exchanges are working “not too well” or “not well at all.” The administration has hired a new contractor who promises to have the federal website fixed by the end of November.

Nervous Democrats also have been pressuring the Obama administration to extend the penalty-free deadline for enrollment. The administration has now agreed to extend it for six weeks, until the end of March. Some Democrats are calling for a yearlong extension. They are clearly worried about the November 2014 midterm.

Meanwhile, Republicans are doing everything they can to publicize the problems and discourage people from signing up. The administration is aiming to have seven million people signed up by the end of 2014. The Obama administration estimates that 700,000 people have applied for private insurance plans using the federal and state exchanges, although many of them have enrolled in Medicaid, which is a public program. Republicans have started their own website where frustrated applicants can report problems with Obamacare.

Republicans in Congress have shifted strategies from trying to kill Obamacare outright to investigating problems with the new law. Does anyone really think those investigations are aimed at saving or improving the law? More likely, they are aimed at driving down public confidence.

The GOP’s political strategy here is pretty simple: Do everything possible to discourage young and healthy people from signing up for Obamacare. If the new insurance plans are dominated by the old and the sick — people who are desperate to get coverage — then insurance premiums will skyrocket. And a wave of public anger is certain to follow.

There is a name for such a strategy. It’s called sabotage.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/column-opposing-obamacare-gops-defining-issue-204800457.html
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