Matt Damon Back for Another Riveting Adventure as Dashing Rogue Assassin

 

Jason Bourne

Film Review by Kam Williams

Matt Damon Back for Another Riveting Adventure as Dashing Rogue Assassin

A Jason Bourne movie just isn’t the same without Jason Bourne, as the producers found out the hard way in 2012 when they made The Bourne Legacy without the iconic title character. Fortunately, they’ve since settled their Jason Bourne, Film Review, Kam Williams, Matt Damon, renegade CIA agent, Paul Greengrassdifferences with star Matt Damon who returned to reprise the role of the dashing, renegade CIA agent which he originated and played to perfection in the espionage franchise’s first three installments.    

The movie marks the reunion of Damon and Paul Greengrass, director of both The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), the series’ most successful episodes at the box office. While this offering might not quite measure up to those in terms of high-octane action, it nevertheless makes up for the relatively-subdued atmosphere with riveting cloak and dagger intrigue.

The point of departure is Athens, and a decade since we last saw Jason. He’s now fully recovered from the amnesia that had previously plagued him. Yet he has nevertheless remained under the radar, since he is still considered an outlaw by CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones).

We soon learn that Jason’s one ally inside the Agency, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), has  also gone rogue. She’s off the grid in Iceland, working in concert with a WikiLeaks-style whistleblower (Vinzenz Kiefer) attempting to hack into the CIA’s computer files.

Nicky eventually tracks down Jason in Greece where she slips him the key to some incriminating evidence about the Agency as well as to answers about his own mysterious past. Their rendezvous, however, has not gone unnoticed by CIA analyst Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) who had been surreptitiously monitoring Nicky’s movements all along.

Next thing you know, Jason finds himself on the run from a bloodthirsty assassin (Victor Cassel) dispatched by Director Dewey. Meanwhile, Lee joins the chase, too, hoping to talk Jason into voluntarily coming in from the proverbial cold. The ensuing cat-and-mouse caper proves to be a trademark globe-trotting affair, unfolding in ports-of-call all across Europe and culminating in a visually-captivating showdown on “The Strip” in Las Vegas.

The film’s only distracting flaw is the sotto voce performance delivered by Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (for The Danish Girl) who inexplicably seems to swallow her every word here. Otherwise, the balance of the principal cast acquits itself admirably, from Tommy Lee Jones in the familiar role of an orders-barking boss, to Vincent Cassel as an appropriately-despicable diabolical villain, to the inimitable Matt Damon back in the saddle as the two-fisted protagonist.

A flagging franchise thoroughly revived courtesy of another inspired collaboration by Messrs. Damon and Greengrass!

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG-13  for brief profanity, violence and intense action

Running time: 123 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Source:  Baret News

Key & Peele Co-Star as Slumming Geeks in Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy

 

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DVD Review by Kam Williams

Key & Peele Co-Star as Slumming Geeks in Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy

Rell (Jordan Peele) was so inconsolable after being dumped by his girlfriend that getting high didn’t help ease the pain. But then, while crying on the shoulder of his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), a cute, little kitten appeared on his doorstep.

Seeing this as a sign of divine intervention, Rell adopted the adorable stray, which he proceeded to feed, bathe and name Keanu, Hawaiian for “cool breeze.” But after bonding for the next couple of weeks, his newfound state of bliss ended abruptly with the kidnapping of Keanu during a break in by members of the 17th Street Blips.

The Blips are a ruthless drug gang from the wrong side of the proverbial tracks. So, Rell realizes that to rescue his pet he’s going to have to venture into the heart of the ghetto.

This is a tall order for a nerd from the burbs totally unfamiliar with the ways of the ‘hood. for some reason, he enlists the assistance of his equally-geeky cousin, whose wife (Nia Long) and daughter (Jordyn A. Davis) very conveniently just happen to be going away for the weekend.

Rell and Clarence adopt gangsta’ alias, Tectonic and Shark Tank, respectively, before confronting Cheddar (Method Man), the Blips’ bloodthirsty kingpin. They also deliberately abandoned their bourgie black accents for grammar-butchering Ebonics laced with profanity, the N-word and lots of double negatives.

Of course, retrieving Keanu proves to be quite complicated, as not only Cheddar but a Latino crime boss (Luis Guzman) has staked a claim to the cat (which he refers to as Iglesias). And it is very important that the cousins never admit their middle-class roots lest they risk being exposed as lacking street cred.

Thus unfolds Keanu, a one-trick pony or, should I say, a one-trick kitty directed by Peter Atencio, director of 54 episodes of the Key and Peel TV show. This fish-out-of-water comedy repeatedly relies on the theme that these guys have no idea how to survive in the slums on the run from myriad maladroit morons. That running joke gets tired after about 10 minutes, but the stretch-o-matic skit format insists on beating the dead horse for another hour and a half.

That’s irritainment!

Fair (1 star)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, drug use, inncessant ethnic slurs and pervasive profanity

Running time: 100 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; and Keanu: My First Movie.

To order a copy of  the Keanu on Blu-ray, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Keanu-Blu-ray-Jordan-Peele/dp/B01DYX9Y9M?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

APEX Covert Pro

 

APEX Covert Pro

by Brad Fenson

Anyone struggling with a problem seeing their pins will appreciate the easy-to-use APEX COVERT™ PRO sight. When turned to full illumination, even someone with far-sighted issues will quickly see the benefits. Shooters using progressive lenses should also have a look at this sight. Where it really shines is in different hunting situations, where the versatility of the single dot becomes apparent.

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With one aiming dot in the sight, it simplifies target acquisition and eliminates pin confusion. More archers are going to, or at least looking at, a single pin, movable sight. Whether you hunt from a blind or treestand where you have time to range and dial in the distance for the shot, or prefer to hunt spot-and-stalk where a longer range shot may be required, a single-pin sight with range adjustment wheel provides plenty of benefits.

APEX Covert Pro brad fenson 1U7A6821The new APEX GEAR™ COVERT™ PRO is the newest technology to hit the market. It has a lens with a single illuminated dot in the center, surrounded by a crosshair for easy target procurement. The dot has 11 brightness settings to satisfy every vision requirement. This sight would be deadly in the hands of night hunters pursuing predators and hogs. However, the simplicity of use makes it appealing to open-country hunters and stand hunters alike.

We all know it’s easy to leave a battery turned on, but with this sight’s 700-hour battery rating, you’ll know it will be in good working order for the entire length of a hunt, even if you make a mistake.

Harnessed in the sight’s housing is the new PWR•DOT™ ILLUMINATED CENTER•DOT TECHNOLOGY. This new technology gives you an adjustable green LED center dot with 11 brightness settings providing you superior long distance accuracy. The aperture housing also allows for easy vertical and horizontal tilt adjustments for more fine-tuning options.

The micro-drive windage adjustment is locked with an Allen key providing an accurate, smooth adjustment that only needs to be done for initial sight in.

The elevation adjustment is achieved with an ultra-smooth, easy-to-use wheel to increase or decrease elevation for various range shots. The wheel stays in place, and has a lock for consistent use APEX Covert Pro brad fenson 1U7A6818and to ensure you are shooting the range you set the sight for. The housing moves a full 1 ½ inches to accommodate a wide range of speed for the different bows on the market. There are adjustable travel stops to prevent the sight from coming apart when turning the elevation wheel to maximum adjustment on either end.

A sight tape, on the inside edge of the vertical adjustment housing, faces the shooter, making it easy to see. Once you’ve determined the speed of your bow, you place one of the pre-calibrated tapes on the edge of the housing. You can also make a customized tape for your specific shooting and sighting requirements, but with over 120 tapes included, you likely won’t have to. The tapes are color-coded for distance and quick reference.

An indicator pin moves up and down the tape as you turn the elevation wheel, pointing to the various distance markings on the tape. The sight provides adjustment on the 2nd and 3rd axis for up or downhill shooting. The level is illuminated to ensure quick line of sight even in low light conditions.

There are three different mounting options depending on your bow setup. This sight is very easy to set up and start using. It also provides two different mounting screw holes for quiver attachment.

The mounting bracket allows for use on right-or-left handed bows. It is fully reversible by removing two screws.

The sight also comes with a neoprene housing cover to protect the lens when traveling or stalking through hazardous terrain.

With an MSRP of $245.00, you get what you pay for.

Visit APEX GEAR today.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Tow-manship and safety for skiers, wakeboarders

 

Tow-manship and safety for skiers, wakeboarders

by: Craig Lamb

You are enjoying a laid-back day of boating away from the stress, drama and trauma of the rat race back on the streets of the big city. Ahead is a boat adrift. Hands wave, and it’s obvious the other boat needs help. You can look the other way or go help.

 

What to do? The right thing to do is be a Good Samaritan. Be a smart boater first. You’ll end the day on a feel-good note while enjoying your favorite leisure activity.

 

pullinBoats might float and drift with ease, but they are still heavy. Adding to the weight is the wind and waves that create opposing forces. Summed up towing a boat can be a chore unless you practice common sense.

 

Practice these common sense-safe towing guidelines:.

 

A common rule of thumb is a towline should be from eight to 10 boat lengths. A towline is specifically designed for towing. Using a towline and not a dock line or ski rope is a wise choice.

 

Three-strand nylon—like what is used for a ski rope—should never be used. Multi-braided nylon stretches excessively and breaks unexpectedly.   

Double-braided nylon is a better choice. The best of all is anchor line, which should already be aboard. Anchor line is strong and likely has at least the minimum length suggested for towing.

 

Steering is of utmost importance. You are in command of your boat and the disabled vessel. That means double the work. The best way to maintain control is rigging a towing bridle to spread the imagesload to both sides of the boat. The bridle should be at least twice your beam width. Keep it positioned as low to the water as possible for better boat control. Adjust the tow-line length, so your boat and the tow are in sync with the waves, if applicable. 

 

Towing a skier or wakeboarder comes with similar responsibilities. Like the tow, you are in command of the safety and direction of someone else.

 

Watersports typically mean a (legal) boatload of passengers getting in on the fun. To have that and be safe requires at least three people. Those are the driver, the spotter, and the skier. The spotter and skier should know the basic hand signals used universally in watersports.

 

Those are thumbs up for go faster and thumbs down for slow down. The classic ok gesture of the thumb and forefinger mean speed is just right. When the skier goes down both arms raised, and hands clasped mean all ok. The cutting motion of a hand across the neck means stop the engine.  In some States the spotter is require to have a flag, check the laws for your state.  

 

Always use a tow-rope designed for skiing or wakeboarding. As for length, beginners start at 15 feet, but you can go longer. Keep the speed just fast enough, so the skier is able to stay up and in control.

 

Keep the engine off until the skier is well away from the transom. A verbal exchange of “Clear?” and return affirmation are a must. Start the engine and idle away until the rope is tight. Another exchange of start commands gives you the go ahead to gently push the throttle forward. When the skier is on plane, gently throttle back to the desired speed.

 

When the fun is over the term used to safely end the set is “dropping a skier.” Signal the skier out to the driver’s side of the boat. Make a gentle left turn to pull the skier wide. Cut back to the right and reduce throttle to idle. If done smoothly and gently the skier will sink next to the boat.

 

Common sense. Put that ahead of trying to be a hero and getting in a hurry when towing a boat. Use the same logic when towing another person on skies or wakeboard. Remember, their lives are in your capable hands.

Visit Yamaha Outboards.com  

 

Original Source;  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Redefining Racism by Reexamining Jeffersonian Democracy

 
Redefining Racism by Reexamining Jeffersonian Democracy
By Ezrah Aharone
 
As America celebrated 240-years of “democracy” on July 4, 2016, the longstanding tradition of hero-worshiping Thomas Jefferson continued.  Meanwhile, as the slaughter of Black people continues in parallel tradition, America tends to disassociate the 18th-century racism and violence of its founders from 21st-century racism and violence 4707582999_62acb75eef_bof its followers.  
Let me however state three points that are indispensable yet absent from today’s public discourse regarding democracy and racism.  First, 21st-century racism needs to be redefined in modern connotations based on historical “processes and outcomes.”  
Second, contrary to common perceptions, chattel slavery was not simply a matter of depriving Black people of freedom via chains and laws, whereby the solution simply involved the removal of chains and the ratifying of new laws. 
Third, Jeffersonian Democracy (America’s founding practices and ideals as pretensed in the Declaration of Independence by Jefferson himself) is erected upon an “unprincipled relationship” which Euro-Americans have historically superimposed upon Black America as norms with virtual impunity. 
By “unprincipled” I mean that Jeffersonian Democracy is deliberately designed with dishonest ways and deceptive practices that have proven insufficient and unsuitable to redress the racial complexities it deliberately created, while Euro-Americans have benefited in consequence.  Hence, Black people have struggled incessantly for centuries on political hamster wheels to somehow show “worthiness” to wear the coveted badge of Americanization that they regulate. 
Thus in redefining modern racism I assert that “the unprincipled nature of this relationship is both racism and the purveyor of racism” . . . everything else is symptomatic.   This same “unprincipledness” breeds dense denial, apathy, and snobbery as personified by people like Rudolph Giuliani (Republicans and Democrats alike) whose thickheaded orientation to race is perched eye-level with the sociopathic-like tendencies of many founders.  To them, despite its inhumanities, Jeffersonian Democracy has always been a sanctified force of good, goodwill, and godliness that “civilized and blessed Africans to live in the greatest country in the world.”
     But despite all pomp and religiosity, July 4, 1776 is a point of origin where any sincere examination of racism and violence must begin.  This incubates the spot where chattel slavery and Jeffersonian Democracy kissed as parent institutions that birthed perpetual incarnations of racism that has mutated and merged into the norms of society ever since, where nowadays you can watch pointblank shootings of unarmed Black people by “law enforcement” on Facebook and YouTube.  
      Here is what cannot be denied: In 1776 the founders had the moral authority and political opportunity to materialize true democracy.  All they had to do was self-apply the ideals they self-professed.  Nobody forced them or succeeding government administrations to enslave or segregate or subhumanize anyone. 
But in the swashbuckling spirit of John Winthrop, they were driven by the same aggression, exceptionalism, and profit motives that impelled 17th-century Europeans to cannonball themselves out of Europe seeking cash crops and resources on indigenous lands of others.  So in dual and calculated fashions the founders not only constitutionalized “Black life” as chattel, they also constitutionalized “gun rights” in part to make slavery possible.  Without guns, the scale of slavery would have been impossible. 
As such, there are unbroken threads that stitch together centuries of slavery and guns with violence and racism, when Black Lives [did not] Matter . . . When Europeans flooded Africa with hundreds of thousands of guns annually to capture and colonize Africans; when White men were required to tote guns to church on Sundays in South Carolina by law; when the Fugitive Slave Act of the constitution allowed Africans to be hunted down by gunfire by law; when the 13th Amendment allowed Blacks to be convict-leased and festively killed by law.
Chattel slavery no longer exists but “unprincipledness” still corrodes the core of race relations, even though integration somewhat window-dresses how power gets visibly dispensed (similar to South Africa).  Nevertheless, once 18th-century “unprincipledness” became constitutional and psychological, the proverbial train of Jeffersonian Democracy commenced running full speed nonstop to racist destinations of 21st-century disparities, disproportions, distrust, apathy and violence that now plagues society.
So in redefining modern racism, I further assert that the murder of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the 5 Dallas policemen along with the robot-obliteration of Micah Johnson is not racism per se.  Nor is the murder of the 3 Baton Rouge policemen and Gavin Long racism per se.  They rather are emblematic of racism.  They are derivative outgrowths of racism.  They are scabby byproducts of racism.  They are natural outcomes of “manmade unprincipledness” that was metaphorically baked into the cake of Jeffersonian Democracy. 
Modern racism is then compounded by Black and White politicians (President Obama included) who use paddycake language to dodge hard truths that should otherwise be central to national discourse on race and democracy.  
Trying to address 21st-century racism without addressing its combustive 18th-century genesis is as insincere as a mugger who sends “Get Well Soon” cards to those he hospitalized.  Until modern racism — in all its multiforms of “unprincipledness” — is systemically understood and structurally confronted within the context of its political origin, societal practices, and psychological reaches, the quest to alleviate its ugly outgrowths and aftereffects will be as futile as the proverbial dog chasing its tail . . . determinately yet unendingly.   
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This article was culled in part from The Sovereign Psyche: Systems of Chattel Freedom vs. Self-Authentic Freedom by Ezrah Aharone who is an adjunct associate professor of political science at Delaware State University.  He is also a political and business consultant on African affairs, as well as the author of Sovereign Evolution and Pawned Sovereignty. He can be reached atwww.EzrahSpeaks.com

Carolina Skiff “Teams Up” with NASCAR’s #98 Cole Whitt!

 

Carolina Skiff “Teams Up” with NASCAR’s #98 Cole Whitt!

 

Cole Whitt is one of the toughest, most skilled drivers in the NASCAR realm, so it comes as no surprise that the company creating the most versatile and durable boats on the market today has become a proud Cole Whitt sponsor!

 

Cole Witt_Carolina Skiff_NASCAR_“Team Skiff” brings a thirty-year glowing reputation with them for being one of the nation’s top fiberglass boat builders. The #1 manufacturer in retail sales of fiberglass outboard-powered saltwater boats, 14 feet+, they manufacture the Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, and Fun Chaser boat brands. Incredibly pleased with this new partnership with NASCAR’s #98 and Premium Motorsports, the sponsorship appeared at the Memorial Day Weekend NASCAR race—the Coca-Cola 600—held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29th.

 

Team owner Jay Robinson spoke about “Team Skiff,” stating: “We believe Carolina Skiff is a quality boat company that provides great options to families and fishing enthusiasts to enjoy their time on the water, no matter where they are. They are a great fit for our team and especially for Cole.”

 

Whitt, too, was excited about the sponsorship. A man who said the, “only thing I like doing more than racing is fishing and boating,” further stated that he’s looking forward “to being a big part of the Carolina Skiff family for the foreseeable future, and having some fun off the track and on the water very soon.”

 

Cole Whitt is as stable, skilled and reliable as Carolina Skiff. Beginning his racing career at a young age in his home state of California, Cole rose through the ranks of karting, midget and sprint car racing to become the youngest winner of the USAC National Midget Championship in 2008. Switching to NASCAR two years later, he ran a full season in the K&N Pro Series East. Moving on to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2012, Cole finished in the “Top 10” in driver points both of those rookie seasons.

 

The Coca-Cola 600 brought extreme pride to Carolina Skiff, LLC, partnering with Cole and Premium Motorsports for the 600 miles of remembrance race that honored our men and women whodlv-7 bravely served and lost their lives while defending this great country. During the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, “Team Skiff” had the honor of paying tribute by remembering fallen American Hero Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr., a brave man, killed in action on 12-14-2004 in the “Battle for Fallujah.” As part of NASCAR’s program to honor these brave Americans, Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr.’s name plate was displayed on the front windshield of the #98 Carolina Skiff car during the race.

 

Talk about an ideal partnership: A company known far and wide for its genius in the boat-building world, teaming up with a driver who knows exactly how to get the job done while on the track and enjoy the peaceful world of boating while off, this is one “team” that definitely earns the checkered flag of success!

 

Look for “Team Skiff” on August 20th at the Bristol Race, then on to the Darlington Race being held on September 4th!

Visit Carolina Skiff today!

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

For movies opening July 29, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

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For movies opening July 29, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Bad Moms (R for full frontal nudity, pervasive profanity, and drug and alcohol use) Female empowerment comedy about a trio of overstressed, burnt-out supermoms (Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) in need of fun and freedom who embark on a self-indulgent binge of hedonistic partying. Cast includes Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Hernandez and Kesha.

Jason Bourne (PG-13 for brief profanity and intense action and violence) 5th installment in the Robert Ludlum espionage series finds the amnesia-plagued protagonist (Matt Damon) uncovering truths about his past at a time when the planet is plunged into political instability. With Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles and Ato Essandoh. 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Equity (R for pervasive profanity) High finance drama about an investment banker’s (Anna Gunn) attempt to untangle a web of corruption in order to avoid the scandal that threatens to derail her career. With James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner.

Gleason (R for profanity) Uplifting documentary chronicling ex-NFL star Steve Gleason’s inspirational battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (Unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting the work of Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516), medieval artist famous for paintings illustrating the struggle between good and evil. (In Dutch, English, Spanish and Italian with subtitles)

Hollywood Beauty Salon (Unrated) Against-the-odds documentary about a beauty parlor located in Northwest Philly where both the clients and the staff are in recovery from mental illness.

Homo Sapiens (Unrated) Unplanned obsolescence documentary highlighting forgotten structures built by human beings and long since abandoned.

Indignation (R for sexuality and profanity) Adaptation of Philip Roth’s coming-of-age novel, set in 1951, revolving around a Jewish kid (Logan Lerman) from Newark, New Jersey’s adjustment to life on the campus of a conservative college in Ohio. With Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts and Ben Rosenfield.    

The Land (Unrated) Coming-of-age saga, set in Cleveland, unfolding over the course of a summer when four teens pursue their dream of becoming professional skateboarders. Co-starring Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Jorge Lendeborg., Jr. and Ezri Walker.

Nerve (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, underage drug and alcohol use, dangerous and risky behavior and teen nudity) Crime thriller about a high school senior (Emma Roberts) who finds herself swept up into a deadly online game of “Truth or Dare.” Cast includes Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis and Kimiko Glenn. 

Tallulah (Unrated) Ellen Page plays the title character in this dysfunctional family drama as a homeless babysitter who, against her better judgment, impulsively abducts the neglected infant (Liliana Ellis) in her care. With Tammy Blanchard, Allison Janney, Evan Jonigkeit, Zachary Quinto and Uzo Aduba. 

The Tenth Man (Unrated) Prodigal Son drama about a Jew (Alan Sabbagh) who returns to Buenos Aires to reconcile with his estranged father (Usher Barilka) while exploring the cultural traditions that originally alienated them from each other. Support cast includes Julieta Zylberberg, Elvira Onetto and Uriel Rubin. (In Yiddish, Hebrew and Spanish with subtitles)

Source:  Baret News

Transporting Elephants: Will It Be Worth It?

 

Transporting Elephants: Will It Be Worth It?

by Amy Lignor

 

There are things that conservationists and lovers of animals do in order to protect creatures that most definitely need protection. From the struggle of the wolves in Yellowstone to the White Rhino in Africa, there are humans out there in the world who wish to annihilate a breed without giving a second thought to what that actually means.

 

conservationists, animal lovers, African elephant, protection, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, transporting elephantsWell, now…we have a new “attempt” that may seem backwards to some. In a location where poachers have been prevalent in the past and have actually wiped out entire species, conservationists are trying with all their might to save the African elephant by moving them back into this location where they almost perished at the hands of humans once before. Two national parks (Majete and Liwonde, to be exact) are struggling with an African elephant surplus. So, to solve this, 500 of the creatures are being transported from those parks to the once dreaded wildlife reserve.

 

There is a goal when it comes to moving these 500 creatures into the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, and that goal is to repopulate the area with the once-threatened species. And, if this works, to repeat the process in other locations.

 

There is certainly a ban on the trade of ivory internationally. However, poachers go after the African elephants because of the demand made by mostly Asian countries, where they use the priceless ivory to carve jewelry and décor/ornaments that sell at high prices.

 

Photos and stories have been accumulating across the internet when it comes to this “move.” And these photos and stories, from afar, may seem absolutely horrific. The photos tend to make this “heroic” project seem far more dangerous and, quite frankly, mean to the creatures. More dangerous than simply just leaving them where they are.

 

It was just two weeks ago that a photo of an elephant being lifted by a crane in an upside down position cropped up. In Lilongwe, Malawi, the photo was taken and the AP reported that the elephants will be moved this month and next (and again next year) when “vehicles can maneuver on the rugged terrain during Southern Africa’s dry winter.”

 

Keep in mind these animals weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds, so the photos look even worse, even though moving them is not an easy feat. The process was this: An elephant is shot with a dart from a helicopter. A veterinarian is in the helicopter and the darts being shot are filled with a sedative in order to more easily gather the animals together for the move. More photos show numerous immobilized elephants lying on a riverside plain as a vet fits them with tracking collars…then the crane lifts the creature, hanging upside down, onto a truck.

 

According to the conservationists, the elephants are given another injection once they are in crates that bring them back to life, so to speak, where they are then herded into a transport container. This is how they must do it for the elephants to take the 185 mile journey to the reserve. All anyone can hope is, after going through all of this, that once at the reserve the elephants will not be taken out by poachers yet again.

 

You be the judge, of course. Yes, it seems definitely nerve-wracking for the animal in the wild, but the process (according to the “saviors” of these creatures) has been refined, and is the easiest way to keep the animals safe as they move them. Not to mention, give them the ability to keep the elephant families together.

Source:  Baret News

Yamaha casts presence at ICAST

 

Yamaha casts presence at ICAST

 

At the world’s largest trade show devoted to fishing tackle, you can see the latest in gear for catching prized game fish from bass to bluefish. Manufacturers showcase new innovations, and thousands of industry reps are on hand to sell the goods. That show is the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST®. 

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ICAST® is an ideal setting for companies supporting recreational fishing to cross-promote their brands. Yamaha Outboards seized that opportunity at the most recent show held during July in Orlando.

 

The logic is simple. Combining the presence of fishing and boating in a sales environment is a wise marketing move. At ICAST®, Yamaha reaped the benefit from product placement, branding on the show floor with by its pro staff and on the water at a show-related bass tournament.

 

Outside the Orange County Convention Center, the 15,000 attendees had the chance to see a Skeeter® SX220 powered by Yamaha. The rig designed for inshore saltwater fishing was parked on theYamaha

 

The product placement continued inside the show, driven by the presence of Yamaha pros like Dean Rojas. The veteran pro angler wears the blue and white Yamaha brand logo on his tournament jerseys during competition and at promotional events.

 

Rojas’ fishing tackle and lure company sponsors had the Arizona pro fully engaged in booth appearances and meetings. That made him a moving billboard of sorts for Yamaha. Besides being one of the most successful pros on the Bassmaster® Elite Series tour, Rojas designs lures and is highly respected for his marketing savvy.

 

“ICAST® is a great platform for brands like Yamaha to cross-promote,” said Rojas, whose B.A.S.S.(R) career winnings are near the $2 million mark. “Brands have a greater footprint when they work together in such a sales-driven atmosphere.”

 

He’s right on the mark. ICAST®, along with the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show and the new Marine Accessories Pavilion, encompassed 650,000 gross square feet in the West Building of the convention center. ICAST® hosted 552 exhibitors in 1850 booths with an overall combined exhibitor count of more than 700 exhibitors.

 

“Although the statistics are impressive, it’s the business opportunities that those numbers represent that really help tell the story,” said Trade Show Director Ken Andres. “By partnering with the National Marine Manufacturers Association® on the Marine Accessories Pavilion, we expanded the show’s reach into the boating retail and media audiences.”

 

Yamaha-supported anglers also appeared at the ICAST® Cup, a bass tournament held during the show on nearby Lake Kissimmee. The event paired professional anglers with media representatives and other industry professionals. The tournament supported the Keep America Fishing campaign.

Visit Yamaha Outboards today!

 

This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

Top Ten DVD List for July 26, 2016

                

 Pioneers of African-American Cinema

https://www.amazon.com/Pioneers-African-American-Cinema-Blu-ray/dp/B01EME1XLE?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Killer Creature Features: 50 Movie Collection

https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Creature-Features-MegaPack-Digital/dp/B01DL6PBRG?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Icons of Comedy: 50 Movie Collection

https://www.amazon.com/Icons-Comedy-Movie-MegaPack-Digital/dp/B01DL6PBP8?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

River

https://www.amazon.com/River-Blu-ray-Rossif-Sutherland/dp/B01EIW5B6I?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Barbershop: The Next Cut

https://www.amazon.com/Barbershop-Next-Blu-ray-Digital-Ultraviolet/dp/B01E9MU072?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Dementia 13
https://www.amazon.com/Dementia-Detective-Restored-Version-Blu-ray/dp/B01GQL7FC2?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

Deadline-U.S.A.

https://www.amazon.com/Deadline-U-S-Blu-ray-Humphrey-Bogart/dp/B01DYN0NFG?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Jack Irish: Season One

https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Irish-Season-Guy-Pearce/dp/B01E0CGNFO?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

Baba Joon

https://www.amazon.com/Baba-Joon-Navid-Negahban/dp/B01EVZK2ZC?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Hardcore Henry

https://www.amazon.com/Hardcore-Henry-Blu-ray-Digital-HD/dp/B01E083MV6?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Perfect Husband

https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Husband-Blu-ray-Gabriella-Wright/dp/B01H4CSM8S?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Nature: Nature’s Perfect Partners

https://www.amazon.com/NATURE-Natures-Perfect-Partners-DVD/dp/B01DRW3KV8?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Criminal 

https://www.amazon.com/Criminal-Blu-ray-DVD-Digital-HD/dp/B01GFZG42Q?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20 

Nova: Operation Lighthouse Rescue

https://www.amazon.com/NOVA-Operation-Lighthouse-Rescue-DVD/dp/B01E9D9NNS?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

I Am Wrath

https://www.amazon.com/Am-Wrath-Blu-ray-Digital-HD/dp/B01FQSOLO6?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

WordWorld: It’s Time for School

https://www.amazon.com/WordWorld-Its-Time-School-DVD/dp/B01DEQ8ZNU?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

The Travel Detective: Season Three

https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Detective-Season-3-DVD/dp/B01FR8DHTA?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings

https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Dead-Teotihuacans-Lost-Kings/dp/B01E9D9NGK?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20

Caillou Goes for the Gold

https://www.amazon.com/Caillou-Goes-Gold-DVD/dp/B019539SSC?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&tag=thslfofire-20