Cameron Crowe Is Producing A New Documentary About David Crosby

first_imgThe life and musical career of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby will be the topic of a new documentary produced by seasoned music journalist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe, according to a report from Variety. A.J. Eaton (pictured above with Crowe and Crosby) will direct the new film, with Crowe’s Vinyl Films producing and BMG executive producing and providing the bankroll. As Billboard notes, “In addition to producing the documentary, Crowe has conducted multiple interviews with Crosby that will cast a new light on the artist, whose career includes stints in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as a vibrant solo career.”Explains Crowe in a statement,David Crosby has been near the forefront of music and social change for the last four decades. Now 76, he’s forging a new path by seeking out younger musicians and trying to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the 60’s. … It’s a raw and moving portrait, rough edges and all. We’re also so proud of the work being done by our wonderful director A.J. Eaton who’s been filming Croz for the last several years.Crowe’s career has always hewed closely to the world of rock and roll. Starting from a young age, he was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine. Following his move to the film world, he eventually won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his semi-autobiographical rock and roll comedy/drama, Almost Famous, in 2000.For BMG, who released Crosby’s 2017 LP, Sky Trails, this is the music-oriented entertainment company’s latest push into more film-based content. According to Variety, their first foray into film was a documentary about Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. They also have a number of other music-facing film projects in the works.[H/T Variety]last_img read more

David Essex, Jimmy Nail & More Set for The War of the Worlds

first_imgThis is some lineup! David Essex, Jimmy Nail and Daniel Bedingfield will headline the world premiere of The War of the Worlds. The previously announced production, which is set to feature a 3D Liam Neeson, is scheduled to play a limited season at London’s Dominion Theatre from February 8. Jeff Wayne’s musical will officially open in the West End on February 17.Joining Essex (Evita, original contributor to 1978’s The War of The Worlds) as the Voice Of Humanity, Jimmy Nail (The Last Ship) as Parson Nathaniel and singer-songwriter Bedingfield as the Artilleryman will be Heidi Range as Beth, Michael Praed as George Herbert and Madalena Alberto as Carrie.Since its inception in 1978, Wayne’s original double album has sold over 15 million copies. The iconic score will be played live and conducted on stage by Wayne himself, and the show is set to include new music and a full supporting company of performers—as well as video walls, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects and in 3D holography Neeson as The JournalistWells’ novel, first published in 1898, was the prototype for all science fiction. An international phenom, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity. View Commentslast_img read more

Moulin Rouge! Musical Is In The Works

first_img View Comments readers, your dreams can-can come true! Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! is heading to the stage. Directed by Alex Timbers (who until recently was attached to the Broadway-bound Frozen), the tuner will have a book by Tony winner John Logan (Red).Global Creatures is developing the show, and a production timeline and opening venue will be announced later.“I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love. I immediately recognized the young director’s creative spirit and felt we shared similar sensibilities and instincts,” said Luhrmann in a statement. “It’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm.”Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France, Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine.Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, and has grossed over $179 million worldwide. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.Another Luhrmann theatrical project, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, is due to receive its North American premiere next spring in Toronto after bowing in both Australia and the U.K. Moulin Rouge!(Photo: 20th Century Fox)last_img read more

PMIL in Haiti

first_imgThe Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab or PMIL) at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be touring peanut farms and processing facilities in Haiti this month and hosting a mycotoxin research workshop.The Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab is one of 23 Feed the Future Innovation Labs, a unique network comprising some 65 top U.S. colleges and universities along with many research and educational institutions in partner countries. The Innovation Labs are supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their own agriculture sectors to generate opportunities for economic growth and trade, which can help reduce poverty and hunger.The Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab research provides key information all along the value chain to increase peanut productivity and control mycotoxins.Mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, are poisonous compounds produced by molds found in many commodities — including peanuts and maize. Aflatoxin exposure in humans has been associated with many negative health effects, such as liver cancer, immune suppression and childhood stunting. It also creates limitations to economic development, including trade barriers to formal markets and impacts on livestock health.PMIL has been working with colleagues in Haiti since 2008 to improve peanut production and processing, including the monitoring and control of aflatoxins throughout the value chain.The first event, on June 11, will be a tour by the PMIL team and local partners of the Central Plateau to tour peanut farms, peanut variety evaluation research projects, the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation depots and the Partners in Health peanut processing and Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) factory.On June 12, PMIL is organizing a workshop, “Priorities for Addressing Mycotoxins in Haiti,” involving the PMIL team and a number of local stakeholders to discuss the health and economic development risks associated with mycotoxins, with an update on research findings in Haiti. Following these presentations, a panel of public and private sector participants will discuss the priorities to address mycotoxins in Haiti.Scott Angle, CAES Dean, and Amrit Bart, Director of the Office of Global Programs at CAES, will also attend these meetings.In the afternoon, the PMIL Haiti project team will meet to discuss the results from this year’s activities and to prepare the research plans for the next year.On June 15-18, PMIL will conduct its Annual Research Meeting at the Hotel Mont Joli in Cap Haitian, Haiti. More than 40 members of PMIL’s international team of scientists, External Advisory Panel members, USAID representatives, the PMIL Management Entity and partners will meet to discuss the program’s research strategy, latest results, future plans and program operations.The group will take advantage of the locale on Wednesday to tour an Acceso depot and buying point, peanut research plots, processing and production facilities at the nearby Meds & Food for Kids RUTF factory, and a medical facility treating severe malnutrition with peanut-based RUTF.For more information about PMIL visit our website at: more information about Feed the Future innovation labs visit USAIDUSAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. For more information, please visit read more

Lettuce, ground beef recalls spur new E coli concerns

first_imgOct 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A Salinas Valley produce company recalled its green leaf lettuce yesterday because of possible Escherichia coli contamination, only 2 days after an Iowa meat producer recalled about 5,200 pounds of its ground beef for the same reason.Both recalls involve the same O157:H5 E coli strain that has sickened 199 people and killed 3 in a national outbreak linked to spinach, but the source of the contamination is not the same.Water contamination prompts lettuce recallThe voluntary lettuce recall, by the Nunes Company, Inc., of Salinas, Calif., applies to green leaf lettuce that carries the code 6SL0024, sold Oct 3 to Oct 6 under the Foxy brand, according to a company press release. The products were distributed in Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to retail stores and other distributors that may have sold the product to restaurants.No illnesses have been reported, according the company.Nunes said 97% of the affected cartons had been located and either destroyed or set aside for destruction. The company said it was still working to locate 250 remaining cartons.”This is a precautionary measure based upon the recent events in the produce industry, our concern for our customers and a concern about the product,” Nunes Vice President Tom Nunes, Jr, told Reuters yesterday.Nunes said it recalled the green leaf lettuce when it was discovered that water used to irrigate the product may have been contaminated with E coli. Further investigation showed that the source of the contamination may have been temporary use of a secondary water source, which initially tested positive for E coli. The company said tests were being done on samples of recalled products.The green leaf lettuce that is the focus of the recall is from one farm, according to the Reuters report.US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesperson Julie Zawisza told Reuters that the FDA expects the firm to identify the source of contamination and take steps to correct the problem so it doesn’t occur again.The lettuce recall and the spinach E coli outbreak occurred less than 2 months after the FDA launched the Lettuce Safety Initiative,  a broad investigation into farms and processors of lettuce and other leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley.Nineteen US outbreaks of E coli O157:H7 from lettuce and spinach have occurred since 1995, and eight have been traced to Salinas Valley. These eight outbreaks have affected 217 people in eight states, including two elderly patients from northern California who died in 2003.More cases and deaths from contaminated spinachMeanwhile, the number of sickened people in the nationwide outbreak of O157:H7 linked to fresh spinach grew to 199 late last week, representing an increase of seven since Oct 4, according to FDA’s latest press release.One hundred and two people (51%) were hospitalized, and one more case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition, has been reported, bringing that total to 31. The outbreak has affected people in 26 states and one Canadian.Three deaths have now been linked to the outbreak strain; newly added to the count are a 2-year-old Idaho boy and an elderly Nebraska woman. Health officials are awaiting results on a fourth possible outbreak-related death, that of an elderly woman from Maryland.Thirteen product samples have now been confirmed to contain the outbreak strain, two more than previously reported. The FDA has said that all spinach connected to the current outbreak has been traced to Natural Selection Foods, a company that packages more than 30 brands of fresh spinach and that supplies spinach to other produce companies.Federal investigators searched two production facilities last week, one of which was a Natural Selection Foods plant, for possible food safety or environmental violations. The FDA said federal and state authorities are still doing inspections, collecting samples, and studying animal management and water use in the production and growing areas that have been traced to the E coli outbreak.The FDA said it will hold a public meeting to address the issue of contaminated leafy greens later this year after the current investigation is complete.E coli suspected in ground beefIn other E coli news, an Iowa company on Oct 6 voluntarily recalled 5,226 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E coli O157:H5, according to a press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).Microbiological testing alerted authorities to possible contamination, the USDA said, adding that it had not received any reports of illness related to consumption of the product.The packages, produced by Jim’s Market and Locker, Inc., of Harlan, Ia., bear the number “Est. 2424” inside the USDA inspection mark. The ground beef was produced on Aug 31 and Sep 1 and distributed to one retail outlet in Iowa and distributors in Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin.The Iowa ground beef recall is the largest to occur since early August, when a Tennessee company recalled 4,300 pounds because of possible E coli O157:H5 contamination, according to an Oct 7 Associated Press report.Other cases stump health officialsInvestigators are still trying to determine the source in several E coli cases in Wisconsin and Canada.In Wisconsin, seven E coli cases were reported to the Manitowoc County Health Department between Aug 30 and Sep 11, according to a weekend report in the Manitowoc Herald Times. One was in the 77-year-old woman whose death was the first to be linked to contaminated fresh spinach from California. Another was linked to animal exposure at a private farm. No information was given for one case.Four cases have been linked to events at the Manitowoc County Expo grounds. In two of these, direct contact with animals occurred. In the other two, however, no animal contact was reported. Samples were collected from 50 sites in the dairy and show barns as part of the investigation; two samples collected from bleachers in the show barn were positive for E coli.The source of the contamination still has not been determined, but Amy Wergin, a county public health nurse, told the Herald Times that manure contaminated with E coli could have been transferred to the bleachers from foot traffic or clothing.Wergin said the bleachers were cleaned with disinfectant and the health department would implement other preventive measures, including posting signs that warn Expo attendees not to eat while in the barns.In Canada, Ontario health officials have ruled out contaminated spinach as the cause of E coli outbreaks in two cities, according to an Oct 6 Bloomberg News report. Between Sep 21 and Sep 26, 20 residents of Hamilton, about 43 miles southwest of Toronto, were diagnosed with E coli infections. Over the same time period, cases were also found in Sudbury, about 240 miles north of Toronto.Officials suspect a link between the illnesses and believe it may be food, but they have not yet determined the source, said CanWest News Service in a report 2 days ago.See also:Oct 6 FDA press release 6 USDA press release read more

A new transport trend has come to life in Split, breaking even Zagreb records

first_imgSince July this year, a new trend of transport through the rental of public bicycles has come to life in Split. “We expect the study we are doing to be completed by the end of December. After we get the consent of the City of Split for the locations, we will start announcing a public tender for the system upgrade. We want to ensure that each district has at least one station, and we are planning over 40 stations and over 200 new bicycles next year. ” said Marko Bartulić, director of Split Parking. “The autumn data are amazing, here we are talking about new Croatian records, especially considering that rents in that period are starting to decline due to colder weather and longer nights. I must definitely emphasize that we are working on a young system of public bicycles, which opened in July this year and is achieving top results in a very short time. Factors such as the topography of Split, the lack of a cycling tradition that is actually still being developed, the small number of bike paths and the currently limited number of bicycles and stations should also be taken into account. Electric bicycles have made riding around Split easier and faster than ever before and the citizens have recognized that very well. ” Gustin pointed out. And that this is so, the concrete figures show. From mid-July to the end of November, the people of Split rented bicycles as many as 7943 times, which is a record so far in Croatian cities, which even surpasses Zagreb’s figures. As of this week, the city of Split is richer for four new stations within the system of public bicycles and for 32 new bicycles (12 electric and 20 classic) which will be available to citizens in addition to the existing ones. New stations have been set up in Zvončac (Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića), near the Marko Marulić Library (Slobode Street), on Vukovarska Street (Hygiene Institute) and in Pazar (Poljana kneza Trpimira next to the Bishop’s Palace). The Nextbike system of public bicycles is currently present in 20 cities throughout Croatia, three cities in BiH and eight cities in Slovenia. It is great information that the registration of the Nextbike public bicycle system is valid anywhere in the world, or over 250 worldwide. Those who deal with market development are growing and developing. Smart all clear. The public bicycle system is expanding to four new stations Data on the number of realized leases show that as much as 75 percent of leases are from domestic users, which means that domestic users realized almost three times more leases than foreign users. In the total number of registered users, 65 percent are domestic and 35 percent foreign. These ratios are a confirmation of the great interest shown by the citizens for this mode of transport, which as a novelty in Split met with an excellent response. The most frequent location in Split is the one on the Riva, followed by Stari plac, Spinut and Split 3 and Joker, Kampus, Sukoišan and Žnjan, and the interesting fact is that most of them are domestic users.  Thus, October and November recorded an increase compared to September with over 2000 leases in each month, of which October is a record with 2766 leases, which is an increase of almost 50 percent compared to September. As they point out from Next Bike Croatia, November was especially pleasantly surprised, when the highest daily number of rents since the launch of the public bicycle system was recorded, in which there were over 20 rainy days, but despite that, 2291 rents were realized. The total value of this investment is 700 thousand kuna without VAT, and it is financed by Split parking. It is a continuation of the investment in the public bicycle system after eight stations with 50 bicycles were set up this summer – 20 electric and 30 classic. From Split parking, they said that they are currently preparing a study and documentation that will provide a precise analysis and the optimal number of stations in order to cover the entire city and ensure a complete system of public bicycles. They want to make this alternative mode of transport, which is also cheaper, faster and more environmentally friendly, as accessible as possible to citizens. Director of the company Split parking, Ante Gustin, points out that Split is one of the most successful cities in the region when it comes to the results of the public bicycle system.last_img read more

Critiquing the Case for Same-Sex Marriage

first_imgMatthew Flannagan is a Pastor at Takanini Community Church; Madeleine Flannagan is a Lawyer at Coast Legal. Together they blog at MandM.Equality and Non-DiscriminationAccording to the General policy statement of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (“the Bill”), the justification for affirming same-sex marriage as a human right is the notion of equality and non-discrimination. The General policy statement provides: “This Bill amends the Marriage Act 1955 (the principal Act) to ensure that its provisions are not applied in a discriminatory manner”; it goes on to state, “Marriage, as a social institution, is a fundamental human right and limiting that human right to 1 group in society only does not allow for equality.”The problem is that the Bill itself goes on to apply the provisions in an unequal and discriminatory manner.Schedule 2 of the Bill provides a list of prohibited degrees of marriage; fifteen different classes of people are explicitly excluded from being able to marry. Further, the General policy statement and sections 4 and 5 of the Bill explicitly exclude unions where there are more than two people.The Bill does this regardless of whether such unions are consensual, and the parties in question love and are committed to each other. It does this despite Sections 4 and 5 each repeating the idea that marriage should have no regard for “sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”In doing this the Bill itself blatantly and explicitly applies the law in a discriminatory manner, it limits “the human right to marry” to only 2 classes of people in society, while excluding many more.If equality were a valid basis for rejecting the Marriage Act as it stands then it is an equally valid basis for rejecting the Bill. Proponents of the Bill cannot have it both ways; the appeal to equality either refutes both or neither.The drafters of the Bill clearly recognise that it is not unjust to legislate Marriage in a discriminatory manner. They make it clear, by the inclusion of Schedule 2, that they do not really believe that all classes of people should be allowed to marry if they want to; further they make it clear and that sexual orientation is a legitimate ground for marriage discrimination.Of course one can gerrymander the position and claim that it is not unjust to apply the law in a discriminatory manner; rather, it is only unjust to do so when the union in question has only two partners and is not between people in the sorts of relationships the law restricts (which, incidentally, parallel the relationship restrictions prohibited in the bible identically). But if one does this then it is apparent that the only reason for adopting this modified position is that it both allows same-sex marriage and avoids other counter examples above.The reasoning then is circular; one adopts the premise because it fits the preordained conclusion and then argues for the conclusion on the basis of the premise. The arguer assumes what he attempts to prove and commits the fallacy of petitio principii.Slogans that people have a right to marry whomever they love are just that, slogans. People do not have a right to marry whomever they love. If someone loved their sister or brother, or mother, or loved their two best friends, they do not, in virtue of that fact, have a right to have the state solemnise or recognise these relationships as marriage. Nor does the Bill enable people to marry whomever they love.Analogy with Inter-Racial MarriageAt this point, some play the race card. The state would act unjustly if it refused to recognise someone’s union on the basis of their partner’s race. It is argued that refusing to recognise someone’s union on the basis of their partner’s sex is analogous to this, and so it is unjust for the same reasons.The analogy is questionable. First, it assumes that discrimination on the basis of race is on par with discrimination on the basis of sex. It is not. If a mall had racially segregated toilets that would be an outrage, but having separate toilets for the sexes simply upholds privacy. Refusing pregnancy services to people on the basis of their race would be racist, but refusing pregnancy services to men is sensible.The point is that there are important physiological differences between men and women that justify treating them differently in various contexts that are not present between races, so racial and sexual discrimination is not on par. Until proponents of this Bill are willing to offer pregnancy services to men and prosecute all mall owners that have male and female toilets, we can safely put to one side the idea that discrimination based on a person’s sex is on par with racism.Further, anti-miscegenation laws differ in important ways from the prohibition on state recognition of same-sex marriage. Advocates of the former object to someone’s union because their partner is of a different race; the thinking is that people of different races are physiologically different, they come from different clans or ethnic groups. The position is based on the idea that other races are inferior; it is part of a broader attempt to keep people of different races apart to avoid the inferior contaminating the superior.Whereas those opposed to same-sex marriages object to someone’s union because their partner is the same-sex. Like the prohibition on incest, the issue stems from the physiological similarity between the couple. The objection arises because the couple are from the same group as each other. This means the rationale is very different; the position is not based on the idea that other sexes are inferior, neither is the intent to keep members of the same-sex separate to avoid contamination. On the contrary, it is based on notions of other sexes being equal and complementary.Imposing views on others in a Pluralistic SocietyOther slogans fare little better. It is argued that the Marriage Act presupposes a controversial moral position that homosexual conduct is wrong, which many people now reject in a pluralistic society. One cannot, therefore, impose it on others who do not share that view (but apparently one can impose the view in reverse).The problem is that the Bill also presupposes a moral position which many today reject: that consensual adult incest, polygamy and polyandry is wrong. Under this Bill the state will not recognise such unions even though some in a pluralistic society accept these practises.  If this Bill passes then the new law will be imposed on others in the same way the present law currently is.Again, if this argument refutes the status quo then it refutes the Bill.Rejoinders to the Incest, Polygamy, Polyandry ArgumentAbove we have offered arguments that reference incest, polyandry and polygamy. Note: we are not here making a prediction; our argument is not that if we recognise same-sex marriages then inevitably, at some point in the future, the state will pass laws recognising incestuous, polyandrous or polygamous unions.Rather, our point is that several of the major arguments for same-sex marriage employ premises which, if true, logically entail that incest, polyandrous and polygamous unions should be legally recognised; those who make arguments from equality, non-discrimination and pluralism are rationally committed to this conclusion.It is true that legislators are unlikely, in the present climate, to recognise such unions and do not advocate doing so – Schedule 2 being Exhibit A of the case in point. This, however, is the point, their actions in doing so show that their stance is irrational. When the topic is not same-sex marriage they recognise that these arguments do not work, and they do not advocate acting in accord with them. If they are to rationally advocate for same-sex marriage proponents need to offer different arguments – ones that are sound!Many people will undoubtedly respond with outrage and will apply derogatory labels to us over this blog post. They re-join that sex with member of the same-sex is totally different to incest or polyandry or polygamy; they will point to features of these practises which mean there is good reason to not recognise them in law.None of these responses will be adequate. Expressing outrage is not an argument, it is simply an expression of dislike for another’s position; casting labels is not an adequate response either, doing so commits the ad hominem fallacy. The issue is not whether you like what we say but whether our arguments are sound.Pointing to differences between incestuous and same-sex unions also misses the point. We never said that homosexual conduct was like incest in all respects. We pointed out that the premises of the arguments in question commit one to drawing conclusions about incest; this is not the same thing.Finally, pointing out that there are good reasons for not recognising incestuous, polyandrous or polygamous unions, actually proves, rather than rebuts, our argument. Those who make this point illustrate that one can legitimately discriminate against sexual practises and sexual orientation. They show that one can discriminate against people on the basis of how many partner’s they have and on the basis of whether the partners are of the same kin as them – same-sex relationships between relatives cannot be state sanctioned. They hold this position despite the fact that such unions may be loving, consensual and between adults.This shows that the issue is not equality, discrimination, love or consent. It is about whether good reasons exist independently of these features for the prohibition in question (apparently social norms based on biblical texts amount to good reasons in any context other than same-sex relationships). Consequently, appealing to these features as though they themselves provided good reasons is a red herring and it is not good enough to justify a law changeHatTip – Whaleoillast_img read more

Mou: Keeper quandary a good problem

first_img “I think it’s not easy (to keep both happy). I don’t think any manager is happy to see one player not in a very happy and comfortable situation. “Only in that perspective it’s not easy for me, because I like to see happy people. “I’m not happy to see when other people are not very happy. “And I can understand that for top goalkeepers that could play in every club in the world, here, one of them is going to be on the bench, and that’s a difficult situation. “For Chelsea Football Club, it’s a great situation, and for me as a manager, thinking in a pragmatic way about my job, it’s to think about having the best goalkeeper on the field. “It’s a very safe and comfortable situation for us.” Mourinho continued: “They are working well and hard, and we are so happy to have them both. I prefer to analyse this thing in that perspective. “During the season if one is definitely my first choice, obviously at the end of the season I’d have to support and stimulate the other one. “I cannot have one of the incredible goalkeepers on the bench for three or four months waiting for a game. “I have to stimulate the competition, and I have to praise some top goalkeeper that is not my first choice. “The best way for me is to think in a pragmatic, cold way, forget a little bit, or try to hide the emotions around this situation, and just decide what is best for the team and the club.” A host of European clubs are rumoured to be preparing bids for Cech if he loses immediate ground to Courtois at the start of the new campaign. Mourinho refused to consider the hypothetical possibility of either man leaving. “If there is no offer there is no possibility,” he said. “I am not waiting for anything. It is not good to analyse anything that’s not on the table.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to “think in a pragmatic, cold way” to keep “two of the best three goalkeepers in the world” happy this season. Press Association Mourinho hailed rivals Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech as the envy of the Barclays Premier League, but admitted he must “hide the emotions” in his selection conundrum. And the Portuguese, whose side launch their new season at promoted Burnley on Monday night, acknowledged he will have his work cut out to appease both his front-line stoppers. “In my opinion, with all the respect to fantastic keepers around the world, with all my respect, I think Chelsea has two of the best three goalkeepers in the world,” the Blues boss said. “And this is something unique. “So is it a problem for me? It’s a great problem. “Because they are both fantastic goalkeepers. Even (third choice keeper Mark) Schwarzer – a different age and level at this moment – even he is a very good goalkeeper. “So to have Peter and Courtois is a good problem – one that every manager in every club would like to have.” Courtois excelled on loan at Atletico Madrid last term before starring for Belgium at the World Cup over the summer. Mourinho will keep his two goalkeepers guessing as to who will start at Turf Moor, but also vowed to use both as equally as possible throughout the campaign. “I don’t tell you because they don’t know – the team doesn’t know,” Mourinho said regarding his selection for Monday’s match. last_img read more

Body found in ocean by Dania Beach pier

first_imgA diver made a gruesome discovery off the coast of Dania Beach.The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a diver found the partial remains of a body in the ocean about a mile from Dania Beach on yesterday afternoon.BSO deputies took the body to a nearby Coast Guard station after fishermen brought it ashore.Homicide crime scene investigators are trying to identify the victim and the the cause of death.This story is developing.last_img

Center of progress: Through ongoing practice battles, Leary, Alexander further each other’s games

first_img Comments Kayla Alexander couldn’t escape the thorn in her side. She felt it every day in practice. Wherever she was on the court, the thorn went, too poking, prodding and taking her out of her game. ‘With her, last year in practice was constantly a battle,’ said Alexander, Syracuse’s sophomore center. Alexander was referring to a counterpart that instigated a physical war whenever she was on the court. That made life difficult for Alexander. That was the 6-foot-3, redshirt freshman Shakeya Leary. ‘When we’re on the court, we’re totally enemies,’ Leary said. Sitting out her first season in Syracuse, Leary guarded Alexander during every single practice. Head coach Quentin Hillsman made sure they never played on the same team, realizing how each could make the other better. Both play the center position for Syracuse but with drastically different styles. Alexander gives much of the credit for her Big East All-Freshman recognition to Leary. And in return, her pupil says she wouldn’t have been ready to step out onto the court in 2010 were it not for the experience of playing against Alexander all last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Saturday, the Orange (5-0) takes on Delaware State (1-4) in the Carrier Dome at noon. It’s a game in which both Alexander and Leary should be able to dominate against a team whose starting center is just 6-foot-1. When asked if Leary was the most physical presence she faced all of last season, Alexander had to think on it but eventually said yes. Even more physical than Connecticut’s Tina Charles. Listed as an inch shorter than the 6-foot-4 Alexander, Leary works tirelessly in practice to keep her counterpart away from the post area. And in Hillsman’s practices where fouls are called sparingly this can mean pushing, shoving or anything else her coach doesn’t deem ‘flagrant.’ ‘Shakeya’s a very physical player,’ Hillsman said. ‘She’ll put a body on you and do the things she needs to do to keep Kayla away from the basket. I think it’s important to get used to playing through contact and being physical and being aggressive.’ In addition to improving Alexander’s strength, Leary assisted in the development of her defensive game, as well. Leary is a guard trapped in a center’s body, said teammate Iasia Hemingway, meaning she likes to turn and face the basket with the ball in her hands. Able to palm the basketball easily, Leary has the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack off the dribble. This is in stark contrast to Alexander, who rarely dribbles during the course of the game. As a result, Alexander had to leave the paint on defense to guard a player with a contrasting skill set. ‘It makes me buckle down, play real defense, and it gets me better,’ Alexander said. ‘I’m going to come across players just like Shakeya who can start with the ball outside. She helps me prepare for that and defend them.’ But both players are quick to say the physicality doesn’t leave the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. Off the court, Alexander and Leary are roommates. And it is in this non-basketball setting that Leary learned even more about how to get ready to play in the Big East this season. Leary said she would constantly ask Alexander what game experience was like and just how tough it was to play in the nation’s biggest conference. ‘I always go to her for everything,’ Leary said. ‘With her help and working hard in practice, it’s easier for me in games.’ Thus far, those battles in practice and inquisitive conversations at home are paying off for the Orange. Alexander is averaging nearly 18 points per game as the starting center once again seven points higher than her average last year. Leary, serving as Alexander’s backup, is averaging six points and six rebounds in 13 minutes of playing time per game. She’s shooting an impressive 47 percent from the field and 91 percent from the free-throw line. ‘They’ve been very good for each other,’ Hillsman said. ‘When you have competition every day, that makes you better. … It obviously helps you.’ But perhaps the most rewarding part of having Leary on the court this season for Alexander is watching other interior players deal with her level of physicality. She has played just five games, but Leary has scored 13 points and nine rebounds against Long Island and led the team in rebounding against Cornell. The thorn no longer resides solely in Alexander’s side. Said Alexander: ‘I’m ecstatic now that she’s finally on the floor and doing damage to other people instead of me.’ Published on December 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more