Industry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Editor Vera Drew

first_imgEmmy-nominated editor and filmmaker Vera Drew sat down with PremiumBeat for a look into her work on “Who is America?” and more.PremiumBeat: Vera, you’ve had a diverse career. How did you get into filmmaking and, more specifically, editing?Vera Drew: I’ve wanted to direct and write movies and TV since the first time I saw Back to the Future, when I was six. My first big industry job was on a Roman Coppola movie. I was initially hired as a PA, but one day Roman decided to have me help him put together animatics, based off of his shot list. He liked my work so much that he decided to bring me onto the project as a line editor. It was very exciting because I was literally editing on set. I really got to see how material changes from the page to the screen, and that once it comes to post-production, it’s kind of your last chance to rewrite the script. I saw editing as a way of getting more experience in learning how to tell stories visually, and that would make me an even better writer and director someday. I can now confidently say that my skill as an editor really informs my directing style and has made me an excellent storyteller.Who is America? (Four By Two Television).PB: You’ve recently been nominated for an Emmy for your work on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? How does it feel to be recognized by your peers?VD: It feels amazing! I have definitely given my share of imaginary acceptance speeches over the years, but having come from an indie film/late-night/alt-comedy world, I truly never could have imagined being nominated for an Emmy.PB: How did you get involved with Who is America?, and what was your experience working on the show?VD: I was initially brought onto Who Is America? by the show’s director Dan Longino. We both came from the Tim and Eric world (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions) and had worked together on a Netflix comedy special for Joe Mande, so we just really click as collaborators. Editing on Who Is America? was a dream that I never even knew I had. Sacha Baron Cohen had been a hero of mine since I was in high school, so I could never even fathom that I would have the opportunity to work with him someday. Brüno was one of the first LGBTQ+ characters on TV that genuinely made me laugh. Growing up as a closeted trans kid, in the Midwest in the ’90s, was not ideal. It was so important for me to see an adult comedian call out the queer-phobic policies of the Clinton and Bush administrations. And now, with how scary, chaotic, and absurd the political landscape has become in this country, it was cathartic to be able to work on a show with a strong point of view, that had no qualms about exposing hypocrisy. I was able to find a constructive use for my frustration and genuine fear for this country.Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Cartoon Network).PB: You helped launch the Adult Swim streaming network Channel 5. Can you tell us a bit about that?VD: It was an absolute blast putting together Tim and Eric’s new online TV network, Channel 5! In addition to coming up with the overall aesthetic for the network and putting together over 100 original bumpers and interstitials, I wrote, directed, and executive-produced four original web series, including I Love David, a doc-series starring public access legend David Liebe Hart; Tim and Eric Qu?z Game,, a dystopian sci-fi game show; a nightmare-fueled anthology/found footage series called Scum; and a show called Our Bodies — which was basically just an excuse to have Tim and Eric talk to a real medical doctor about erections and diarrhea. I really love working with Tim and Eric. The shows I make with them have so much room for experimenting, and they see editors as creatives, rather than technical button pushers.PB: What is your editing process like? How much time do you get to work on each show/episode?VD: When editing reality-based comedy, the goal is to make damn sure the audience knows that what you are seeing on screen is 100 percent actually happening and isn’t being carefully manipulated to make someone look like they are saying or doing something that they didn’t. So, a lot of times, this is knowing when to not edit — when to live in a wide shot or let a moment breathe. Editors like me are really just writer/directors using editing software. With reality-based comedy, so much of the writing and directing happens in the edit bay because the process is about stringing together narrative threads from interactions between fictional characters and real people. The perfect example is with I Love David. The host, David Liebe Hart, is a relatively raw and unpolished performer who we unleash into the real world. A lot of the shooting was grabbing ingredients we needed for post — a line about his time in the Navy here or a shot of him wolfing down German sausage there — it’s in the edit where all of that content is pieced together and the show is essentially “written.”KRFT PUNK’S Political Party (Abso Lutely Productions).PB: How much creative freedom do you get when cutting the episodes? Is it pretty clearly lined out, or do you get to experiment and see what works?VD: It really depends on the show! For KRFT PUNK’S Political Party, they shot three panels and a few days worth of documentary footage in DC. I spent a week or two in the edit bay on my own, putting together my editor’s cut. After that, I worked with director Eric Notarnicola and showrunner Dan Curry for a few weeks to make adjustments, incorporate their vision, and get it down to time. The show had a rough outline as a script, but it was based entirely around real life interactions, so a lot of the “writing” and structural story work happened in that initial editor’s cut, which is why I ended up receiving a writing credit, when all was said and done.PB: What programs or software do you use for editing?VD: I strongly prefer to use Adobe Premiere. My editing often includes a lot of VFX and motion graphics work that requires After Effects, so it makes sense for me to always work inside Adobe-world. Premiere is also intuitively designed in a way that makes sense for my type of creative brain.Who is America? (Four By Two Television)PB: What are the challenges that come with editing comedy vs. drama — or any other genre?VD: I love having the chance to work on something that makes people laugh, but I never really thought of myself as working specifically in comedy. The shows I enjoy working on bend genres effortlessly. When I first approach an edit, generally speaking, I am trying to capture the drama between the characters within the reality of the scene. The humor only really shines if the audience cares about the characters. Also, a lot of the shows I have worked on, whether it’s Who Is America? or Scum, directly confront horror, both real and imagined. In the latter case, I made a wildly terrifying “found footage” anthology. And in the case of the former, we took a hard look at our current political system.Kim Petras (via IMDb)PB: Is there someone you’d love to work with?VD: It would be my dream to work with bad-ass, talented trans-women like the Wachowskis, Janet Mock, or Our Lady J. I feel they also represent the spectrum of stories I want to tell — from sci-fi high strangeness to beautiful emotional stories that embolden queer visibility. In general, I really want to work with other creatives that identify as queer or trans. I would love to direct a music video for trans artists like Kim Petras, Sophie, or Black Dresses. I am also really inspired by the work of Natalie Wynn (a.k.a. ContraPoints on YouTube) and I always felt like our aesthetics would pair really well together.PB: You recently came out as transgender. Does this affect the kinds of projects you work on or the kind of stories you want to tell?VD: Since coming out, my place in the industry has changed in some ways, and in many ways, it hasn’t. I am very fortunate that I was already established in the industry prior to coming out, and fortunately, most of the people I have worked with and enjoy working with are LGBTQ+ allies. It’s an exciting time to be working in television because, while TV has become a lot better at trans representation with shows like Pose, there’s still a long way to go. It’s exciting because I feel like I am on the ground floor of what will hopefully be a time in Hollywood where we start seeing more trans stories that aren’t specifically about the transition. So much of our media representation is only about the before-and-after of it all. I’m not only interested in telling LGBTQ+ stories, I feel that that is the next chapter of my career. I want to continue playing in the genres I like to play in — horror, sci-fi, dark comedy — and using the tools I’ve collected as a writer/director/editor over the years. But I also want to make a conscious shift toward showing interesting and multi-dimensional representations of my queer sisters, brothers, and gender non-conforming siblings. My dream is to make a body horror film about gender dysphoria.Vera Drew.PB: Do you have any advice for editors or filmmakers, in general, trying to break into the industry?VD: I think patience has been the biggest lesson for me since I began working in the industry. In America, we are so focused on the idea of young excellence, to the point where I thought I was going to be a Mozart, overnight success story in my early twenties. The truth is, finding your footing in this industry takes time — you have to meet the right people, make mistakes, and find your voice. You need to have a healthy mix of ambition to reach your goals and the calmness of knowing you are right where you need to be, at any given moment.Keep up with Vera’s latest projects by following her on Twitter at @VeraDrew22, and check out her website.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Gotham Chopra on Following Stephen Curry for Facebook WatchIndustry Insights: Production Designer John Paino Tells Big Little LiesIndustry Insights: Hulu’s Das Boot Composer Matthias WeberIndustry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaIndustry Insights: The Horror Scores of The Newton Brotherslast_img read more

PH secures bronze in women’s pairs lawn bowls

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines won the gold in the men’s fours, the silver in the women’s fours, women’s triples, and the bronze in the men’s pairs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines captured another piece of hardware in the lawn bowls of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Ainie Knight and Asuncion Bruce’s partnership won the Philippines the bronze medal in the women’s pairs events marking the country’s fifth medal in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gainlast_img read more

I-League 2018-19 Preview: Who are the favorites, dark horses, giant killers, and the underdogs?

first_imgAdvertisementNearly a month after the glitzy and glamorous ISL commenced, its older cousin brother- I-League– will begin on October 26. Other than Salam Ranjan Singh, none of the Indian players playing in it made it to Stephen Constantine’s squad for the game against China. However, the teams shouldn’t be underestimated; as at the Super Cup, they gave the ISL teams a run for their money.The 2018-19 I-league will be an intriguing affairHere is the list of teams and what you should expect from them.Aizawl FC: After a fairytale 2016-17 season where they lifted the trophy, Aizawl had a dismal 2017-18 season by finishing fifth. To ensure the Mizo club find themselves fighting for the trophy, they roped in NEROCA’s Gift Raikhan who helped the Manipuri outfit finish second last season.Players to watch out for: Ghanefo Ansumana Kromah, Bektur Talgat Uulu, Govin Singh, Leonce Dodoz ZhikaiChennai City FC: After a brilliant pre-season where they triumphed over Bengaluru FC 2-1 and holding FC Pune City to a 1-1 draw, newly signed Singaporean coach Akbar Nawaz would love to carry forward that form at the I-League. Although their star player last season Soosairaj has left for greener pastures, the southerners don’t have a dearth of quality in their completely new-look side.Players to watch out for: Pedro Javier Manzi, Edwin Vanspaul, Sandro Rodriguez, Eslava SuarezChurchill Brothers SC: The Goan side finished last but one at the 2017-18 season and were relegated as the team below them, Indian Arrows, were immune to it. However, after an appeal to the AIFF, they were reinstated and would like to make the most of the opportunity. The Red Machines lost 1-2 narrowly to FC Pune City and eked out FC Goa 2-1 at the pre-season. To make the most out of their side, they roped in Petre Gigiu who previously managed the Algerian, Oman, and Romanian national side.Players to watch out for: Wayne Vaz, Israil Gurung, Willis Plaza, Khalid AuchoEast Bengal: Since its inception in 2007, East Bengal has been the favorites to win the title every single season, and this year is no different one. They always came close but fumbled at the last stages. With rumors being rife that East Bengal and Mohun Bagan would join ISL next year, this might be the Red and Golds’ last chance to romance with the trophy.Players to watch out for: Mahmoud Al-Amnah, Borja Gomez Perez, Lalrindika Ralte, Enrique EsquedaGokulam Kerala: Gokulam Kerala held the tag of giant-killers last season as they hunted prominent sides like East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, and eventual winners Minerva Punjab. Bino George’s side would love to maintain the moniker when they take on the Green and Maroons in their opening fixture.Players to watch out for: Antonio German, Ajay Singh, Fabricio Ortiz, Daniel AddoIndian Arrows: After a splendid performance at the 2017 U-17 World Cup, the boys embarked their professional footballing career by donning the Arrows’ jersey. They played brilliant football last season, but brief spells of immaturity cost them and they finished at the bottom. However, under new coach Floyd Pinto, they would like to right all the wrong. The I-League teams should be wary of the underdogs as they defeated Argentina U-19 team in the pre-season.Players to watch out for: Vikram Pratap Singh, Jeakson Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Boris SinghMinerva Punjab: Like Aizawl FC the season before, almost the entire squad of Minerva Punjab has left for better opportunities. However, they have roped in some young and energetic foreign recruits to fill up the void. Will Ranjit Bajaj’s side be the first team to defend their I-League title? Only time will tell.Players to watch out for: William Opoku, Philip Njoku, Aimable Nsabimana, CS SabeethMohun Bagan: Like their arch-rivals East Bengal, there hasn’t been a single I-League where the Green and Maroons didn’t start off as the favorites. However, they have achieved the feat once, and with Sankarlal Chakraborty at the helm, they would leave no stone unturned to repeat it this season.Players to watch out for: Sony Norde, Aser Dipanda, Mehtab Hossain, Kingsley OgumnemeNEROCA: NEROCA had a fairytale 2017-18 season by finishing second above favorites East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. But with Gift Raikhan not managing the side, it will be a tough task for the new coach Manuel Fraile to repeat the feat.Players to watch out for: Katsumi Yusa, Subhash Singh, Eduardo Ferreira, Aryn WilliamsReal Kashmir FC: Unlike most of the leagues in Europe where the promoted team battles to avoid relegation, the I-League sees them at the other half of the table. David Robertson and his team from Srinagar would try to live up to the expectations after warming up at the Borussia Dortmund academy in the pre-season. Not much is known about them, but the teams should never underestimate the dark horses.Players to watch out for: Aaron Katebe, Gnohere Krizo, Mason Robertson, Loveday EnyinnayaShillong Lajong: The Meghalayan outfit took a bold decision by announcing that they would not field a single foreigner in the starting lineup this season. The move could prove costly for the them as Indian Arrows were the only team to do so last season and they finished at the bottom.Players to watch out for: Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Hardy Nongbri, Nidhin Lal, LalrammuanaAdvertisementlast_img read more

JD(U) suspends RS MP involved in LTC scam

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) The JD(U) today suspended its Rajya Sabha MP Anil Sahani, charge-sheeted by CBI in the LTC scam recently, from its parliamentary party after it found his explanation to a show cause notice “unsatisfactory”.”The party had given Sahani show cause notice on April 16 after Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari gave the sanction to prosecute him in the case. Sahani gave explanation which could not satisfy either Ansari or the JD(U) leadership.”Nitish Kumars party has always had zero tolerance towards corruption. Hence, we have decided to suspend Sahani from the membership of JD(U) parliamentary party,” said party general secretary K C Tyagi told PTI.Days after Ansari gave sanction to prosecute Sahani, the party had issued a show cause notice asking him to explain his conduct before former JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, who is leader of the party in Rajya Sabha, within a week. Sahani had however denied the charges.CBI had filed a charge sheet against Sahani alleging that he, in collusion with other persons, used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud Rajya Sabha to the tune of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without undertaking actual journey.Sahani, a second time MP from Bihar, had claimed that it was a “political conspiracy” by BJP government to malign him.All Parliamentarians, both from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, get 34 free air tickets a year for themselves, their family members and associates for domestic travel. PTI AMR BUN SK SKadvertisementlast_img read more

Tiger Woods fires a five-under 65 to share East Lake lead with Rickie Fowler

first_imgUS sports Rickie Fowler Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger Golf Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Woods had opened his round with a three-putt bogey. An inward nine of 31 more than repaired that damage. As notable as the 14-times major winner’s general play was the fact a hectic schedule, including qualification for this 30-man end-of-season PGA Tour event, does not appear to have had any physical impact on Woods at all. For so long fitness problems disrupted an epic career.Woods’s total places him alongside Rickie Fowler at the summit of the leaderboard. Both players have eyes on the aggregate, $10m FedEx Cup prize which could be the consequence of victory. Fowler had been suffering from a rib injury, which rest since the US PGA Championship appears to have cured.“It’s not easy playing with really any kind of injury that is around the golf swing,” he said. “It’s nice to be back swinging pain-free because I wouldn’t have wanted to deal with how it felt the PGA week for a continued amount of time.“The biggest win for Tiger is just staying healthy and being out here all year consistently” he added. “I’m definitely happy for him. It’s obviously great for our sport. It’s great to have him as part of the team next week [too]. We hope he continues to play well; I just want to play a little bit better and beat him.”Rory McIlroy held the lead, at four-under par, for a spell. The Northern Irishman was jolted by a double-bogey at the 12th. McIlroy’s 67 included seven birdies, proof he is a serious threat if errors are minimised. “I played well,” he said. “Unfortunately, I just didn’t keep it going but if I keep swinging and hitting the ball like that and giving myself chances, I should be right up there at the end of the week.”Tommy Fleetwood, playing alongside Woods, signed for a 69. Paul Casey and Jon Rahm produced 68s while Justin Rose, the world’s new No 1, came in with a four-under 66. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. news The Ryder Cup marketing boost money cannot buy relates to Tiger Woods’s return to the competition falling immediately after a first victory in five years. The prospect is a live one after the rejuvenated Woods shot a five-under 65 for a share of the lead on the opening day of the Tour Championship.The best was reserved until last; Woods converted from 28 feet for an eagle, with a punch of the air and crowd eruption just like old times. Over his past 16 competitive rounds Woods has a hugely impressive scoring average of 67.5. The USA clearly want him to maintain such form next weekend in France. Woods himself, meanwhile, is anxious to take delivery of a trophy.“It would just enhance the year,” said the former No 1 of potential victory. “To be able to play golf again and to earn my way back to this level is something that I was hoping I would do at the beginning of the year but I didn’t know. And I’ve done it. I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee to green or it was putts. I didn’t really mis-hit a single shot.”center_img Tiger Woods praises Europe’s Ryder Cup team as one of their best Topics Tiger Woods Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Neymar: I’m not at 100 per cent yet

first_imgBrazil Neymar: I’m not at 100 per cent yet Dejan Kalinic 06:33 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Getty Brazil Neymar World Cup Friendlies With just three weeks until Brazil’s World Cup opener, the PSG star has admitted he is not yet back to full fitness Brazil star Neymar admits he is not yet 100 per cent fit, three weeks out from the start of the World Cup.The Paris Saint-Germain forward has resumed training as he continues his return from foot surgery, having sustained a broken metatarsal in February.It was expected Neymar would be back for Brazil’s friendly against Croatia on June 3, but the 26-year-old is not quite at full fitness just yet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m still not at 100 per cent,” Neymar told reporters on Sunday.”This will come with time, although there is still an element of discomfort when I make certain moves.”There are still a few days until my return.”Sunday marked three weeks until Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.While he accepted there were some doubts, Neymar also insisted he was ready to go.”I’m ready to play. There’s nothing that can stop me,” he said.”The fear I feel is because I have stopped for three months, but it won’t prevent me.”last_img read more

3 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!by Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is normal seven Liverpool players were nominated on the Ballon D’Or shortlist.Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all named on the 30-man list.After winning the Champions League and finishing the Premier League with 97 points, Klopp says the selections were just.”My first question was ‘Who has not been nominated’?” he said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match in Genk.”When players win it, it is big. When they don’t, hopefully it doesn’t hurt too much. The way we played last season, it’s normal so many would be nominated by the experts.”He added: “I think our seven nominations are deserved. If it’s a sign that we are now a destination for players, I don’t know. We want to work together for the next couple of years and we’ll see what happens.”I’m proud of my boys in general, not just because seven of them have been nominated. I like them a lot and I’m happy when they win things.” last_img read more

Who Penn State Would Hire If James Franklin Leaves For USC

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Earlier today, Penn State head coach James Franklin addressed rumors he’s a potential coaching candidate for the USC job, should Clay Helton be fired. Of course, there are several factors at play, but when addressing the rumors, Franklin did not say he’s not leaving Penn State.To avoid the double negatives and confusion, Franklin did not rule out the possibility of leaving the Nittany Lions for the Trojans.If he were to do so, who would take over for Franklin as Penn State’s new head coach? Here are a few names to keep your eye on.Joe Moorhead – Head coach, Mississippi StateMoorhead served as Penn State’s offensive coordinator for two seasons from 2016-2017. In 2015 before Moorhead took over, the Nittany Lions had the No. 92 offense in college football and scored just over 23 points per game. Two years later, Penn State sat at No. 22 in the nation in total offense and pour in over 40 points per contest.Moorhead left to take over for former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, but Penn State is the better job. Should the Nittany Lions come calling, Moorhead, a Pennsylvania native, would have a tough time turning down the gig. Matt Campbell – Head coach, Iowa StateThe hottest name in coaching over the past few years has been a battle between Scott Frost and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. After being named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2015, Campbell won the very same award in the Big 12 in just his second year with the Cyclones.Seen as one of the best young coaches in college football, Campbell’s name popped up as a potential fit for Ohio State and several NFL teams. Penn State should jump at the opportunity to lure Campbell away from the Buckeyes if Urban Meyer calls it a career after this season.Matt Rhule – Head coach, BaylorIf Franklin moves on, the best bet for Penn State’s next head coach might just be Matt Rhule. The current Baylor head coach grew up in State College and walked on to the Nittany Lions program under Joe Paterno.Rhule took over Baylor after the program was rocked by scandal involving former head coach Art Briles. In two seasons at Baylor, Rhule racked up a 6-17 record, but improved by four wins from his first to his second year – with one more game to go.The former Penn State linebacker showed his worth at Temple when he took the Owls from a two-win program to a 10-win program in just four years.***Franklin signed a six-year contract extension with Penn State after winning the Big Ten in 2016. Despite the wealthy contract extension, Franklin’s buyout is relatively low. If he leaves the Nittany Lions after the 2018 season, Franklin owes the university just $1 million – which USC would gladly pay to land a top head coach.Head coaching changes are a part of the college football beast, but this one will be interesting to follow.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Commonwealth considering action on Lanka

The Commonwealth is considering action on Sri Lanka for removing Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, in a statement, expressed deep disappointment at the dismissal of the Chief Justice. The Secretary-General recalled his earlier statements about this matter, in particular his statement following the decision by Parliament on 11 January to impeach the Chief Justice, in which he had urged the Executive to pause and reflect carefully on the constitutional ramifications of the differing positions taken by the country’s Judiciary and Legislature. Reiterating the Commonwealth’s profound collective concern at the recent developments and noting the deep divisions this had caused in Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General said, “the dismissal of the Chief Justice will be widely seen, against the background of the divergence between the Judiciary and the Legislature, as running counter to the independence of the judiciary, which is a core Commonwealth value. “I have been in touch over recent days with the Government of Sri Lanka at the highest levels and had offered Commonwealth assistance to find a way forward from the constitutional impasse. I will continue to remain engaged with the Sri Lankan Government following today’s developments. I will also consider further Commonwealth initiatives and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles,” he concluded.The Secretary-General will be visiting Sri Lanka in February. (Colombo Gazette) read more

12yearold calls 911 when told to get off internet

A 12-year-old Simcoe boy called 911 after he was told he needed to get off of the internet and help with household chores.Norfolk OPP report that a parent asked their son to get off the internet and to help wash some dishes on May 9.The boy became upset and contacted 911.Police officers went to the home and were told that the boy wanted police to find him a new family.The OPP remind all parents and caregivers to speak to their children about the importance of 911 and to explain that it should only be called for emergencies only. read more

Surge in animalhuman diseases calls for more holistic approach to health UN

The ongoing expansion of agricultural lands into wild areas, coupled with a worldwide boom in livestock production, means that “livestock and wildlife are more in contact with each other, and we ourselves are more in contact with animals than ever before,” said Ren Wang, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection. “What this means is that we cannot deal with human health, animal health, and ecosystem health in isolation from each other – we have to look at them together, and address the drivers of disease emergence, persistence and spread, rather than simply fighting back against diseases after they emerge,” he added.According to the report, ‘World Livestock 2013: Changing Disease Landscapes,’ a new, more holistic approach to managing disease threats is needed. Since the 1940’s, a majority of the infectious diseases that have emerged in humans since the 1940s can be traced back to wildlife.For instance, it is likely that the SARS virus emerging in humans was first transmitted by bats to masked palm civets and eventually spilled over to humans via animal markets. In other cases, the opposite occurs – livestock introduce pathogens into natural areas, affecting wildlife health.The report focuses on how changes in the way humans raise and trade animals have affected how diseases emerge and spread. Globalization and climate change are redistributing pathogens, vectors, and hosts, and pandemic risks to humans caused by pathogens of animal origin present a major concern. Meanwhile, food safety hazards and antibiotic resistance are on the increase worldwide. read more

UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South

The release of 282 boys and one girl by the so-called ‘Cobra Faction’ took place in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei state in South Sudan, bringing to 1,757 the number of children who have been released by the militant group this year. During the release ceremony, the children handed in their weapons and uniforms in exchange for civilian clothes. The boys and the one girl will stay at the interim care centre where they will receive food, shelter, medical and psychosocial support until their families are traced and they can return home. “It is the last chapter in a series of releases that have taken place since January and follows a peace agreement between the faction and the Government of South Sudan,” UNICEF said in a press release issued today in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s South Sudan Representative, said: “We are very pleased to have seen this process through and that the final group of children has been released from the Cobra Faction.” “But the work is far from over,” he continued. “These children must be reunited with their families and they must begin the long and difficult road towards rebuilding their lives.” “UNICEF is extremely concerned about the welfare of children recently recruited around Malakal in Upper Nile state, given the recent upsurge in fighting in the area, the UNICEF representative said. “We again call for the immediate release of these children and we continue to stand ready to provide all necessary support for their demobilization,” he said. The reintegration programme, which includes ongoing psychosocial support, costs an estimated $2,580 per child. UNICEF faces a funding shortfall of $11 million for the programme. The conflict that began in December 2013 in South Sudan continues to affect the lives of millions of people. It has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country. The major humanitarian consequences are widespread displacement due to the violence; high rates of death, disease, and injuries, severe food insecurity and disrupted livelihoods, and a major malnutrition crisis. Some 5.8 million people are estimated to be in some degree of food insecurity as of September 2014. This number is projected to increase to 6.4 million during the first quarter of 2015. The people in need for the coming year include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced people and a projected 293,000 refugees. Within South Sudan, the most acute needs are found in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, the three states that have seen the most active hostilities. read more

Global food prices up in January cereal prices keep rising despite improved

According to a press release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the January Food Price Index – which measures the monthly change in international prices for five major food commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat, and sugar – averaged 173.8 per cent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 per cent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 per cent above the year-earlier level.While 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year the global food price index has fallen, January marked its sixth monthly increase in a row.Sugar prices surged 9.9 per cent in the month, driven by expectations of protracted supply tightness in Brazil, India and Thailand.Cereal prices rose 3.4 per cent from December to a six-month high, with wheat, maize and rice values all increasing.International prices of rice also rose, in part due to India’s ongoing state procurement programme, reducing the quantities available for export.Vegetable oil prices rose 1.8 per cent, due mostly to low global inventory levels of palm oil coupled with a slow production recovery in Southeast Asia. Soy oil prices, by contrast, eased on expectations of ample global availability.Dairy prices remained unchanged from December, a marked departure from the 50 per cent increase it posted between May and December last year.Meat prices were also practically unchanged, with a rise in bovine meat quotations – the result of herd rebuilding in Australia – offset by lower prices of ovine and other meats.World cereal stocks at all-time high due to record productionWorldwide inventories of cereals are on course to reach an all-time record level by the end of seasons in 2017, according to FAO’s latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief.Latest figures put global cereal stocks at 681 million metric tonnes, up 1.5 per cent from their December forecasted level and 3 per cent from the previous season. World wheat inventories would likely hit a new record of 245 million tonnes, marking an 8.3 per cent annual increase. Coarse grain stocks are forecast to grow by 0.7 per cent to reach their second-highest level on record, while rice stocks are set to decline slightly although ending the season at a near-record 170 million tonnes. FAO has also raised its estimate of global cereal output in 2016 by 15 million metric tonnes to 2,592 million tonnes, due primarily to larger-than-expected wheat harvests in Australia and Russia. For rice, excess rains over parts of Viet Nam and inadequate rainfall in Sri Lanka will likely curb rice output. read more

Why do we laugh at people in pain

first_imgIF YOU HAVE watched a YouTube clip of someone falling from their bike, breaking a leg on a football pitch or smacking their face off something, you’ll undoubtedly have laughed.No matter how much sympathy you may have for the person, or how empathetic you are, it will have been hard to stifle a giggle.But why do we laugh at people in pain?(Video Patterson of Blackrock College decided to look at this phenomenon for his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.“These people are going to the hospital with broken legs, and broken arms and broken necks and even worse, and we’re laughing at them. But we’re laughing at them almost because we don’t know what’s happening next,” he explained.He posited that the videos are “cut off at the point at which it’s funny”, before the impact of the incident kicks in. Viewers don’t see the resulting injury, or hospital visit, so it is easy to feel disconnected.“Immaturity is one of the biggest reasons why we laugh,” he added.Then, there is the fact that children can develop a thirst for violent images. Young children are exposed to violence in cartoons, and this violence makes them laugh for a while but it gets tiresome; they crave something more, something human, real, and so that’s why they look at these videos. Because it seems so cruel, and it seems so inhumane and unethical, but that’s what happens. But for the person watching it, it seems to be hilarious.He decided to look at the subject precisely because it is confusing, and because “the mind is so complex”.Patterson spoke to psychiatrists and psychologists during his research, and his stand was a hugely popular one at the exhibition.Read: How to trick algae to save the planet>Read: Students invent ‘Bike Radar’ to help prevent cyclists getting knocked down>last_img read more

Driver tears through Washougal swimming hole kills 2

first_imgTwo people died Tuesday after a Jeep tore through a Washougal swimming hole, striking them as they lay on the beach.A Jeep with damage to the front end was located a few hours later, and a man was being held for questioning, according to Washougal police.Shortly before 5 p.m., a red or maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee drove through a chain-link fence on the west side of Sandy Swimming Hole Park, 550 N. Shepherd Road, according to a Washougal Police Department news release. The car continued down to the beach and struck a man and woman who were lying down.The Jeep exited the park on the east side by driving up a berm and through a park sign, according to the release. Witnesses reported that the Jeep did not slow down while in the park. It was last seen headed east on Shepherd Road away from the park and located by police later Tuesday night.The man and woman were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but both soon died of their injuries, according to the release. Authorities have yet to identify them, citing a need to notify next of kin.It is not known if the Jeep driver knew the man and woman, according to the release.The Jeep has extensive front-end damage and is missing the front grill, the release says. The driver was described as a white male with brown, thinning hair and between ages 40 and 50. A person has been detained for questioning, but had not been arrested, police said in an update issued shortly after 10 p.m.Washougal police and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit are investigating the crash. Anyone with additional information is asked to call 911.last_img read more

Barca interested in Arsenal defender – Report

first_imgBarcelona are ready to make a move for Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny when the transfer window reopens in January.The Catalan club will reportedly consider signing the ex-France international as a short-term fix for their defensive problems.The Spanish champions are currently having to make do without Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stalwart Thomas Vermaelen at the back because of injury, leaving just Clement Lenglet to partner Gerard Pique.Rather than spending big on a new central defender, Ernesto Valverde’s side are understood to be after a cheaper alternative to fill in at centre-half if Umtiti struggles on his return from a long-term layoff.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Sports Mole say that Koscielny, who is yet to feature for the Gunners since May 3 due to an Achilles injury, ticks the box for an experienced and cheap option in the January window.The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to offer the former FC Lorient defender an initial six-month deal, which will carry the option of an additional year come the end of the season.last_img read more

Salt can help take sting out of college debt

first_imgThis story was written by the editor-in-chief of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It is also being published today in The Independent.Long before the U.S. dollar dominated the global economy, a simpler commodity was exchanged as money — salt.Now, in order to help college students become more financially savvy, many students at colleges nationwide — including some at Clark College — are learning about money with Salt, a financial literacy program created by American Student Assistance. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping students and alumni manage their college debt.Salt is a membership program that offers online workshops and modules to help students learn how to manage their money better. It provides courses on subjects such as budgeting, student loans and loan repayment. The service also tracks students’ financial-aid disbursements.Salt became available for free to Clark College students and alumni last Friday, and now Clark officials plan to incorporate Salt into many areas of the college. For example, financial aid officers will encourage loan recipients to complete courses on student loans and loan repayment in addition to mandatory entrance counseling. Clark’s Career Services department plans to supplement its student success workshops with money-management modules. Instructors of First-Year Experience classes will embed personal finance workshops into the classes.“We hope to see students making informed decisions about money matters,” said Edie Blakely, Clark College’s director of Career Services. “We hope to see students able to pay back any loans.”last_img read more

Land Acquisition Bill Government Moves 9 Amendments

first_imgIn the latest development to the highly-anticipated land acquisition bill, the government moved nine of its amendments on Tuesday, reports NDTV.Land acquisition to be kept at bare minimumJob for at least one member of affected family1 km of land to be acquired on sides of rail corridorSocial exemption projects exemption to be done away withGrievance redressal to be available at district levelMulti-cropped irrigation areas shall not be acquired.Earlier on Monday, veteran social activist Anna Hazare met his close aides on Monday and discussed his long-planned Sevagram to Delhi “padyatra” to protest against the Land Acquisition Bill.Hazare had earlier staged a sit-in protest in Delhi to oppose the land bill with his former aide and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The social activist has termed the land bill as “anti-farmer” which only benefits the industrialists and corporates.Hazare told reporters that he would not allow any politician to share the stage with him at the Ram Leela Maidan where the foot-march is scheduled to come to an end.The meetings with his associates were held at Yatra Nivas in Sevagram, Maharashtra, where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram is situated.last_img read more

PHOTOS The Sahara Desert Painted White With Snow

first_imgZineddine Hashas/Geoff RobinsonA scene of snow, striped in orange: This is how the desert surrounding Ain Sefra in Algeria appeared to residents for a few fleeting hours Sunday.For a few fleeting hours Sunday, people perched in the arid heights of northwest Algeria caught sight of something rarely seen: the Sahara Desert, shrouded in white. Residents of Ain Sefra, a small town surrounded by the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa, walked outside to find a dusting of snow underfoot — and more than a foot of it crowding the town’s outer boundaries.While it’s not unheard of — snow visited this landscape in December 2016, after all — the wintry weather is indeed rare for the region: As NPR’s Maggie Penman pointed out at the time, the last major snowfall in Ain Sefra before that happened in 1979.Karim Bouchetata/Geoff RobinsonIt was no mere flurry that hit the area. In some parts of the region surrounding Ain Sefra, as much as 16 inches of snow fell Sunday.But, as Forbes noted, the unlikely winter wonderland was not alone in experiencing extreme weather this past week — and indeed, it came about because of odd patterns elsewhere:“The east coast of the United States continues to face the brutally cold winter storm Grayson and Sydney, Australia swelters in the hottest temperatures seen in nearly 80 years at 116.6 degrees Farenheight.“High pressures over Europe caused cold air to be pulled down into northern Africa and into the Sahara Desert. This mass of cold air rose 3,280 feet to the elevation of Ain Sefra, a town surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, and began to snow early Sunday morning.”Still, the scene Sunday was not to last.By late afternoon, the dunes’ blazing orange and red had reasserted themselves over the surrounding palette, as rising temperatures forced the snow to give way again to sand.Luckily for some residents, that vanishing act was not too fast to sneak in a quick sledding session. And luckily for us, some local photographers managed to capture the moment forever for folks who happened not to catch it in person.Here are some of those photographs.Zineddine Hashas/Geoff RobinsonBy late afternoon Sunday, the scene had retreated into its typical hues — but not before the snow was memorialized in a few astounding images. Karim Bouchetata/Geoff RobinsonAin Sefra is nestled in the heights of the Atlas Mountains in northwestern Algeria. Karim Bouchetata/Geoff RobinsonAin Sefra saw snow last winter, as well, but before 2016, it had been decades since the Algerian town had experienced a major snowfall.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more