My favourite film aged 12: Gold | Film | The Guardian

The quick answer is: “No.” The longer answer is that it depends on your expectations. If you feel certain you are about to watch an execrable film, you will be pleasantly surprised: Gold is a perfectly serviceable thriller, with some tense moments and a genuinely exciting climax in the flooded mine at Pinewood.

One of the reasons the film isn’t as shit as it should be is that it was made, in no small part, by members of the James Bond team. Peter Hunt directs – he was editor of the early Bonds and directed On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. John Glen, later to direct five Bonds, edits and directs the second unit. The production designer is Syd Cain, who did From Russia With Love, OHMSS and Live and Let Die. Those guys are responsible for making two men and a dinghy floating around at Pinewood seem an exciting climax.

Then there’s Roger’s character, Rod Slater, a maverick, woman-chasing commitment-phobe ultimately prepared to die to save the mine (and its miners), which he almost does. There’s a suggestion a genuine relationship may be on the cards with Terry Steyner (York), whose evil husband has conveniently died a few minutes earlier and who is on hand to look after Rod in an ambulance.

It’s definitely one of Roger’s best non-007 performances. This was 1974, so he hadn’t established his Bond persona. Hunt pushes him to be as serious as possible. I certainly believe he’s a miner. And that he’s younger than his 46 years – he’s in good shape, the hair’s more tousled than usual and there’s a bit more sweat than Bond. And he gets quite badly injured at the end. Or at least his arms do.

My sense is that York fought hard to be more than just another Bond girl, making her character as strong as possible. There’s a great scene where she flies Moore back to the stricken mine in her plane (she’s rich) and he accuses her of being involved in the conspiracy. She’s outraged: she won’t take any shit from Roger. As it happens, she is involved in the conspiracy, but she doesn’t know that yet.

And the villain? We’re very much in the “speak quickly with a slight smile” stage of Sir John Gielgud’s film career but there’s a wonderful moment where one of the sub-villains tells him they’ve commissioned a survey that shows just how close the mine is to water but have cleverly replaced every mention of the word “water” with the word “gold”.

“Ingenious”, says Gielgud, without the smile.

There’s also the brilliantly intrusive score by Elmer Bernstein, a crucial reason the action sequences are so tense and exciting. The song Jimmy Helms belts at the start and the end is magnificently absurd too.

I truly think this is Roger’s best non-Bond. Others tout The Man Who Haunted Himself (1971), in which Roger does actually have to do a fair bit of acting, playing a good guy and his evil doppelganger. That probably is his best performance. At the end of his life, knighted, Sir Roger certainly thought so. But I think Gold is the better film. The bar isn’t high, but Gold is a perfectly enjoyable romp one could happily sit through, some warm self-isolated evening.

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I have called Magu’s Attention To Diversion Of Recovered Loots Before – Ozekhome

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. This decision was announced by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, earlier in the day.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome shares his views on this.

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I have called Magu’s Attention To Diversion Of Recovered Loots Before – Ozekhome

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. This decision was announced by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, earlier in the day.

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Professor Uche Uwaleke dissects IMF’s projection on Nigerian Economy

The International Monetary Fund has downgraded Nigeria’s 2020 growth projection, saying the economy will shrink by 5.4 per cent.

The IMF earlier in April projected that the country’s economy would contract by 3.4 per cent this year.

The IMF disclosed its new forecast in its overview of the World Economic Outlook for June, titled, ‘A crisis like no other, an uncertain recovery.

It stated that, ‘Global growth is projected at minus 4.9 per cent in 2020, 1.9 percentage points below the April 2020 World Economic Outlook forecast.

The IMF notes the COVID-19 pandemic has had a more negative impact on activity in the first half of 2020 than anticipated, and the recovery is projected to be more gradual than previously forecast.”

Professor of Finance and Capital Market of Nasarawa State University, Uche Uwaleke, now shares his views on this and other projections

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Professor Uche Uwaleke dissects IMF’s projection on Nigerian Economy

The International Monetary Fund has downgraded Nigeria’s 2020 growth projection, saying the economy will shrink by 5.4 per cent.

The IMF earlier in April projected that the country’s economy would contract by 3.4 per cent this year.

The IMF disclosed its new forecast in its overview of the World Economic Outlook for June, titled, ‘A crisis like no other, an uncertain recovery.

It stated that, ‘Global growth is projected at minus 4.9 per cent in 2020, 1.9 percentage points below the April 2020 World Economic Outlook forecast.

The IMF notes the COVID-19 pandemic has had a more negative impact on activity in the first half of 2020 than anticipated, and the recovery is projected to be more gradual than previously forecast.”

Professor of Finance and Capital Market of Nasarawa State University, Uche Uwaleke, now shares his views on this and other projections

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Revised budget: Nigeria reduces expenditure, revenue projections for 2020

The senate and house of representatives last week passed the revised 2020 budget of N10.805 trillion.

The budget was passed at Plenary after the red Chamber received and Considered the report of its Appropriations Committee.

A lump sum of N500 billion was added to the budget as an intervention fund for COVID-19 of which N186 billion was earmarked for the health sector.

In the revised budget, N4.9 trillion was voted for recurrent expenditure and N2.4 trillion is for capital expenditure.

N422 billion is fixed for statutory transfers, while the sum of N2.9 trillion is also earmarked for debt servicing.

Key assumptions in the revised 2020 Budget includes, a proposed benchmark oil price of $28 per barrel, 1.9m barrel oil production per day target reduced to 1.8 million barrel per day and exchange rate of N360 to $1.

According to the revised document, the ministry of works and housing got the highest cut of N58.83 billion.

Its capital expenditure was slashed from N315.57 billion to N256.74 billion.

the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development came second with a reduction in capital expenditure from N124.4 billion to N79 billion.

In the revised budget proposal, budgetary allocation to the National Assembly complex renovation was reduced by 25% from N37 billion to N27.7 billion.

Provisions for education and health were cut by 54% and 42%.

Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) got N44 billion, a reduction from N80 billion; North East Development Commission was allocated N20 billion against N38 billion earlier approved.

The declined in global oil prices caused by coronavirus pandemic made it necessary for major economies to revisit their earlier expenditure plans.

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George Floyd death: After more officers charged, a fragile peace falls over protests | 7NEWS.com.au

The ninth straight evening of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody kicked off on a calmer note in many parts of the United States on Wednesday — a fragile peace that officials hoped would hold.

In New York City, a curfew started at 8pm for the second night in a row after it yielded less looting, vandalism and violence in the nation’s most populous city on Tuesday compared to Monday night, NBC New York reported.

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Shortly before the curfew began Wednesday, hundreds of kneeling protesters gathered outside Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s residence in Manhattan, chanting Floyd’s name and cheering.

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But in Brooklyn, there were clashes just after the curfew began.

A video on social media showed police officers prodding a crowd of demonstrators off the streets with their batons and pushing them with their hands, even as the demonstrators pointed out that the rally was peaceful and that no looting was taking place.

Another showed officers shoving throngs of protesters away, yelling, “Back up, back up!”

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And the New York Police Department’s Special Operations Unit tweeted Wednesday night that mounted officers would be patrolling high-risk areas, “assisting in identifying any businesses that may be vulnerable to looters.”

Some arrests were made in Manhattan, The New York Times reported, although they appeared to be due to curfew violations, not looting.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., hundreds of protesters took a knee in front of a wall of law enforcement officers and National Guard members near the White House.

Some protesters played music and handed out water – in stark contrast to scenes from earlier in the week when, witnesses said, tear gas and smoke were used to disperse demonstrators.

A curfew for the nation’s capital was pushed back from 7pm on the two previous nights to 11pm Wednesday.

Around 8.30pm a large group of demonstrators sang ‘Lean on Me’ outside the White House, illuminating the twilight with cellphones that they swayed through the air.

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The mostly tranquil gatherings came hours after more charges were handed down in Floyd’s death.

A murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer seen in a video digging his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes as Floyd pleaded for his life, was elevated to second-degree from third-degree.

And the three other officers who were present while Floyd was on the ground were charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting murder.

All four officers were fired after Floyd’s death.

In announcing the charges, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison addressed protesters around the country who have seized on Floyd’s death as the latest symbol of police brutality and systemic racism in America.

“There’s a lot more to do than just this case, and we ask people to do that,” he said, encouraging others to continue fighting for justice, NBC affiliate KARE of Minneapolis reported.

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Protests with hundreds of people dotted cities in California on Wednesday, most of which had seen no violence by Wednesday afternoon.

In Los Angeles County, where 61 people have been charged during the unrest over the past several days, District Attorney Jackie Lacey had a stern warning for anyone who might get out of control.

“I support the peaceful organized protests that already have brought needed attention to racial inequality throughout our society, including in the criminal justice system,” she said in a written statement Wednesday.

“I also have a constitutional and ethical duty to protect the public and prosecute people who loot and vandalize our community.”

Cities across the country are already stretched thin fighting the coronavirus pandemic, some of them still enforcing stay-at-home orders.

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In Boston, protesters held a peaceful “die-in” Wednesday evening that lasted longer than had been anticipated, but it still ended well before 9 pm, the time local officials had recommended that everyone retreat to their homes because of the pandemic, NBC Boston reported.

Chicago had mostly peaceful protests Wednesday, too, as numerous businesses tried to clean up from looting and vandalism earlier in the week, just as many stores had reopened for the first time in months amid the pandemic.

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How to sustain Nigeria’s economy after Coronavirus pandemic

Nigeria’s economic team has its task set out clear in preparing the economy for a stronger recovery process post COVID-19 and Steering the economy away from an imminent recession.

Economic watchers project a best case scenario of a V-shaped recovery which will be characterised by a quick and sustained recovery only if government moves at a fast pace with economic adjustments and stabilising macroeconomic indices that largely affect output despite a projected contraction of about 3-3.5% .

For now, the first quarter Gross domestic product report earlier released calms the mood with a GDP growth of 1.87% year on year which saw the oil sector posting a growth of 5.06% while the non oil sector grew by 1.55% in real terms compared to 2019 figures.

This isnt enough as a dip is expected in the second and third quarter largely reflecting the volatility of the oil market and lockdown leading to plunge in demand.

With the MPC reducing the monetary policy rate to 12.5% and retaining other key parameters, the charge now is on government to monitor closely increasing global headwinds such as weak aggregate demand and rising corporate debt. Away from these external shocks, increasing the local revenue base through tax collection is a major contending issue as the purchasing power of many has been largely affected and a soar in unemployment rates.

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How to sustain Nigeria’s economy after Coronavirus pandemic

Nigeria’s economic team has its task set out clear in preparing the economy for a stronger recovery process post COVID-19 and Steering the economy away from an imminent recession.

Economic watchers project a best case scenario of a V-shaped recovery which will be characterised by a quick and sustained recovery only if government moves at a fast pace with economic adjustments and stabilising macroeconomic indices that largely affect output despite a projected contraction of about 3-3.5% .

For now, the first quarter Gross domestic product report earlier released calms the mood with a GDP growth of 1.87% year on year which saw the oil sector posting a growth of 5.06% while the non oil sector grew by 1.55% in real terms compared to 2019 figures.

This isnt enough as a dip is expected in the second and third quarter largely reflecting the volatility of the oil market and lockdown leading to plunge in demand.

With the MPC reducing the monetary policy rate to 12.5% and retaining other key parameters, the charge now is on government to monitor closely increasing global headwinds such as weak aggregate demand and rising corporate debt. Away from these external shocks, increasing the local revenue base through tax collection is a major contending issue as the purchasing power of many has been largely affected and a soar in unemployment rates.

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Protests rage in Minneapolis over George Floyd’s death

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addressed his city that was battling multiple fires as protests against the death of George Floyd descended into violence at a scale larger than either of the days that came before it.

“Brick and mortar is not as important as life,” Frey said after 1 a.m, CBS Minnesota reports. “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the significance of life.”

Frey said “we are going to be united as a city,” and told the press that he was the one who made the decision, ultimately, to have Minneapolis police officers withdraw from the 3rd Precinct building, citing the danger to both the officers inside the building as well as the public at large.

“There a lot of pain and anger right now in our city. I understand that, our entire city recognizes that. What we have seen over the past several hours and the past couple of nights in terms of looting is unacceptable,” Frey said. “These are businesses, these are community institutions that we need. These are banks that people rely on to get cash, grocery stores that people rely on to get food, pharmacies that people rely on to get medicine … and we need to make sure that they are protected.”

Frey added that the responsibility is also one the whole community shares.

“We additionally need our help from our community. We need to make sure people are looking out for our city right now. We all need to make sure we are standing up for our highest ideals,” Frey said.

Frey also addressed tweets that President Donald Trump posted earlier in the evening, in which he called Frey a “very weak Radical Left Mayor,” and said he would send the National Guard in to “get the job done right.”

“Weakness is pointing the finger at someone else during a time of crisis. Donald J. Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell, and you better be damn sure we’re going to get through this,” Frey responded.

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