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Empire strikes back

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t just that defending champion La Salle had its morale beaten by its first back-to-back defeats in a long while. The Lady Spikers were dealt an additional blow when skipper and heavy scorer Des Cheng was scratched from the roster because of a shoulder injury.But this is La Salle, which has ruled the league with an iron fist for quite some time now. When all else fails, the team’s swag will carry it through. And on Saturday, Tin Tiamzon provided the emotional fuel for the Lady Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hitting their stride MOST READ “I knew since Wednesday that Ate Des had the injury and that she needs to rest,” said Tiamzon in Filipino. “So I told ate Des ‘Ate, I’ll take care of this just take a break and take your time. Just know that I got you covered.’”Tiamzon had 10 points and provided a lot of the leadership that Cheng normally shouldered while wonder rookie added 14 points as La Salle whipped University of the East, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, at Filoil Flying V Centre to wiggle out of its mini slump in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSince dropping two straight games in a Finals loss to Ateneo in Season 77, The Lady Spikers have never dropped consecutive matches—they hardly lose in the first place.But they came into the match on the heels of defeats to University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas. View comments Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Alessandrini, UST’s 6-foot-2 hitter, is not expected to come back anytime soon due to her knee injury but so far, the Tigresses are doing well picking up the slack. They are hoping to pile up enough wins to make the Final Four for the first time in three seasons.Lourdes Clemente and Aduke Ogunsanya also made solid contributions the Lady Spikers, who lost in attacks, 30-32, but made up for that with more kill-blocks (9-2) and service aces (10-2).Despite the win, Tiamzon said La Salle is far from its top form.“That wasn’t our A-game,” she said. “It’s a process and this season still has a long way to go. We just have to push through.” —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But except when it trailed by seven early in the second set, La Salle left no doubt it was on its way to its fourth win in six outings. UST’s Tigresses later matched that record, as rookie Eya Laure and veterans Sisi Rondina and Dimdim Pacres did a lot of heavy lifting in a 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory over a young National U squad.The Tigresses were still without high-scoring sophomore Milena Alessandrini but again made up for her lost points with a lot of grit from Rondina and the rest of the UST squad, which rallied after facing set point—down three—to take the opening frame.That basically set the tone of the match as UST took control most of the way except in the third frame where they allowed NU’s sensational novice Princess Robles to score three successive attacks to force a fourth set.“I always have to remind them not to take their opponents lightly,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. “Good thing we woke up in time because in the third set we were like sleeping.”Laure scored 20 points, while Rondina and Pacres added 16 and 12, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

 

Should peoples return to their motherlands?

first_imgDear Editor,I am always on the lookout for interesting ideas, observations, and insights from my fellow travellers on the road of life and I could not help reflecting deeply on an intriguing statement, widely circulated on social media by music icon Akon that African Americans should “go back to Africa”.In an interview with Al Jazeera reporter Folly Bah Thibault, that is available on YouTube and elsewhere, Akon stated that African Americans were never meant to be in America and Black people need to give Africa a chance and go back to the continent that is their ancestral home.Akon, who is American-born of Senegalese descent, explained: “I always felt like Africa was for Africans. So, when I see African Americans in America dealing with all these issues, my first question is: ‘Why don’t they just go back home? Back to Africa. . . they’ll be treated fair. . . they’ll actually be praised for who they are because of the fact that they’re American. They’ll get way better treatment.”He also commented that Africans who migrate to the US tend to “alienate their origins and personalities”, and end up conforming to the value system they meet in America. He contended that the way Africans integrate into the American lifestyle is self-destructive. He pointed out. “There’s no way you can move forward when you’re not you.”He also mentioned that African Americans tend to shy away from their heritage of “the motherland”, commenting that they rarely even see Africa as a vacation destination. This, he contended, is because of the uninviting portrayal of Africa by the media, which focuses heavily on all the negatives of the continent without featuring the positives.Akon is thought of as a controversial figure with a criminal past. Yet he has a charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation and a project called Akon Lighting Africa to provide solar electricity to 600 million underprivileged Africans. He might be good or bad; I do not know. I give him the benefit of the doubt. My point is: his statement gives us food for thought.First, let me make it clear that I love all people created by the Creator regardless of their colour, creed, or class. After much prayerful meditation, I believe that the Creator created different races with various cultural and social groups as the indigenous fruits of different continents and countries. I think such differences among people are a blessing that springs directly from the Divine Creative Force.I further believe that the Creator created all humans in His own image as equals, and with wide variety in their manifestations of beauty, and also with differences in appearance and the ways they think and act, according to their roles as indigenous fruits in the garden of life. That is the Creator’s plan, but it was corrupted by wicked people and replaced by racism, ethnic discrimination, and other evils.Man’s rejection of the Creator’s divine plan is behind domination, hatred, inhumanity, and all forms of wickedness among humans. Mankind’s conquests, murders, conspiracies, enslavement, and usurpation are responsible for the world mess today. Racism is an abomination in the sight of the Creator and it brings multiple curses to the nations where people accept it.We have seen this ungodly exploitation of human racial and other differences for national, tribal, or personal aggrandisement and wealth throughout history. We have seen it in the ancient civilisations, the Roman Empire, the empires of the European colonial powers; and we still see it today from the biggest neo-colonial superpower States to the pettiest dictatorships.I respect the viewpoint of Akon about African descendants returning to Africa. This idea can be interpreted even more broadly in Guyana’s context to include all the races that came here from other continents. But I think his perspective should not be taken at face value. To me, it requires more careful thought with due consideration of the answers to the hard questions that logically arise.For example, one can ask: If Guyanese of African, Indian or Chinese origin go back to Africa, India or China, will they be accepted? Do all Indians respect all Indians in and out of India? Do all Africans respect all Africans in or out of Africa? Do all Chinese respect all Chinese inside and outside China? What about mixed people? To which continent do they return?Logic tells me that shared racial characteristics do not add up to shared culture nor do they automatically lead to mutual respect and bonds of friendship. During the “Back to Africa” movement in the 1960s-1970s, I remember hearing that many African descendants who went back there were disillusioned at being called “sons of slaves” by persons born in Africa.I also recall hearing that many members of the Indian Diaspora who went back to India to trace their roots, or work or study were made aware of their position in the caste system, based on their names. I do not know about any Chinese going back to China, but I believe there would be similar settling-in issues arising from the remigrants’ assimilation of alien cultures.It is clear to me that centuries of greed and domination have created deep wounds in the psyche of displaced peoples and the effects of their displacement has also fostered negative mindsets among those who remained after they left. Look at what the Europeans brought on Africa by greed and domination; and the wealthy “developed world” still wants the wealth and blood of Africa. . . by divide and rule! Akon’s charitable work, despite his record of criminality, displays a true positive in human nature; that is, man is inherently good. His nature is to serve Man and God. Akon has won my respect and that of teeming millions around the world. We cannot just encircle a human because of an evil past. He has become a unique role model not only for Africans, but for all humanity. I believe Akon has introduced a topic that is worthy of a healthy debate with persons making points for or against mine. Let opposing views contend for the nation’s information and guidance.Sincerely,Haji Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

 

Winning streak ends as Tiger misses mark

first_imgO’Hern figured the match was over. Didn’t everyone? MARANA, Ariz. – A winning streak that carried an asterisk ended because of a ball mark. Tiger Woods stared only at the 4-foot path from his ball to the cup, a birdie putt on the first extra hole that would allow him to escape with an improbable comeback Friday against Nick O’Hern in the Accenture Match Play Championship and take another step toward his eighth consecutive PGA Tour victory. “I wasn’t watching, to be honest with you” O’Hern said. “I was just waiting for the sound of ball going into hole.” Only after Woods struck his putt did he notice the ball mark he neglected to repair, which he said caused the ball to bump slightly off line to the right and slide by the cup. One hole later, O’Hern made a 12-foot par putt that sent Woods home without a trophy on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than seven months. Woods is such a master of the minutiae that when he arrived Monday afternoon at The Gallery, he fretted over a new putter grip being off by the tiniest fraction. Four days later, he failed to fix a ball mark that cost him dearly. “I was so enthralled with the line, I didn’t see the ball mark,” Woods said. “I knew if I hit it left-center, the match would be over. It’s my fault for not paying attention to detail.” So ended the second-longest winning streak on the PGA Tour, returning Byron Nelson’s record of 11 consecutive PGA Tour victories to “untouchable” status and making Woods start over next month at Bay Hill. center_img The streak was always subject to debate. Some thought it should carry an asterisk, for his winning streak ended at five when he lost in the first round of the World Match Play Championship on the European Tour last September, and Woods had since failed to win three other times outside the PGA Tour. It was this fickle format that stopped him again. And it was a familiar foe. O’Hern became the first player to beat Woods twice in match play as a professional. The short-hitting lefty from Australia also beat him in the second round two years ago at La Costa, and in both matches, O’Hern never trailed a single hole. “To beat him once was an amazing thrill,” O’Hern said. “I’m sure he wanted to even the score today. I just knew if I played well and played solidly, I could do it again.” Woods was so errant on the front nine that he had to pluck cactus spines from the seat of his pants after one too many trips into the desert, giving him two double bogeys as O’Hern built a 4-up lead through seven holes. Woods rallied to square the match on the 15th, again on the 18th, and was ready to claim victory with that 4-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole. Woods was just short of the par-5 first hole in two and ran his chip 4 feet by. O’Hern missed from 25 feet and picked up for par, then waited to remove his cap and shake hands with Woods. “My caddie gave me another ball and said, `OK, next hole,”‘ O’Hern said. “I said, `Mate, he doesn’t miss these.”‘ He missed this one. On the 20th hole, Woods was in the middle of the fairway and pulled his 4-iron into a stiff, cool breeze left of the green. He said the greens had been cut again – the tour said that wasn’t the case – and left his chip 15 feet short, missing the par putt. O’Hern hit out to 12 feet from the bunker, and his winning putt curled in the right side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
 

Courtois on verge of Real Madrid move – reports

first_img“The Courtois soap opera is coming to its end. The target, who yesterday did not attend Chelsea training despite being at the end of his holidays, speeds up the process to sign for Real Madrid, an announcement that could become official in the coming hours,” Marca wrote.Real will pay 35 million euros to bring the Belgium international, voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, to the Bernabeu, according to Marca.“Courtois doesn’t come to Chelsea training”, noted Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, for whom “his destination will be Real Madrid”.AS, another Madrid-based sports daily, said “Chelsea give Courtois up for lost and want (Athletic Bilbao’s) Kepa Arrizabalaga to be his replacement”.It added the Premier League club “are willing to pay the 80 million euro release clause to Athletic” for the 23-year-old Spain international.There is also speculation that Chelsea could try to sign Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.Courtois, who spent three seasons at Atletico from 2011 to 2014, has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois could be on his way back to Spain in the coming hours, according to reports in Madrid © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Aug 7 – Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is closing in on a move to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros (Sh4.1bn), Spanish media reported on Tuesday.“Courtois, decision imminent”, Madrid sports daily Marca ran as its headline, claiming that the record 13-time European champions are “confident of his signing”.last_img read more

 

GOLF: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTS

first_imgNorth Western Golfing Alliance Dunfanaghy Golf ClubSaturday 2 nd March 2013 Par 68 SSS 67 1st Nett Niall Mc Laughlin (10) Buncrana Golf Club 41 Pts2nd Nett Paul O’Doherty (9) Greencastle Golf Club 40 Pts3rd Nett Brian Boyle (15) Strabane Golf Club 39 pts b.o.t.4th Nett Graham Cummings (9) Dunfanaghy Golf Club 39 Pts b.o.t. 5th Nett Cathal Patton (5) Strabane Golf Club 38 Pts b.o.t.6th Nett Clive Davison (15) Portsalon Golf Club 38 Pts b.o.t.1st Gross Michael McGeady (+ 3) McCambridge Duffy 672nd Gross Enda Kennedy (Scr) Rosapenna Golf Club 69 b.o.t.3rd Gross Keelan Quigg (Scr) City Of Derry Golf Club 694th Gross Brian McElhinney (+3) Foyle Golf Academy 70 b.o.t. 5th Gross Stephen McHugh (4) Buncrana Golf Club 706th Gross Noel Callan (Scr) Faughan Valley Golf Club 71Alliance champion Nett Maurice McGettigan Strabane G.C.Gross Brian McElhinney Foyle Golf Academy The following had a “2” S.Quigg, B.Wallace, M.McGettigan M.McCauley, N.McLaughlin, M.McDermott, J.Kelly B.Corry.The Alliance arrived in Dunfanaghy to a well presented and beautifully manicured course .The day had a slight breeze and small amounts of rain on occasion. That said it was an excellent day for golf with the back nine made more difficult than the first because of a slight breeze against, this allied with a bitterly cold day served to keep the scores on the low side.There is an old adage to “beware the injured golfer” This proved to be very true. Michael McGeady, arrived complaining of a sore back and not sure if he should play or not and he then had a winning round that saw him finish 2 strokes ahead of the field. He had 2 birdies and no dropped strokes to finish 2 under the par for the first nine .He dropped a stroke on the par 3 13th birdied the difficult par 5 16th and then ran up a double bogey on par 3 17th.He finished in style however by birding the par 4 18th for a one over total on the back nine and one under par of 67 for the 18 holes. This is the 4th time this season that Michael has won. The runner up Enda Kennedy was 2 over for first nine and 1 under for the back nine to have a one over par 69.Keelan Quigg was 1 over on the front nine and level par for the back nine and got 3rd place as a result of the count back with Enda.In the nett section Niall McLaughlin from Buncrana Golf Club took the honours by one point from Paul O’Doherty from Greencastle. This is the second time that a member of Buncrana won the Nett this year while Paul is the first from Greencastle to get in the prize list .Niall had a fabulous 23 points on the first nine which represented a first nine gross of level par,. the same as the Gross winner’s total, He went off the pace a bit after that with 18 points on the back. Paul O’Doherty had garnered but 18 points on the front nine and o nthe more difficult back nine had a great finish for 22 points this was level par Gross.The battle of the three McGettigans for the Nett Alliance Champion while it was closely run thing ended with last years champion Odran McGettigan achieving the rare feat of retaining his title by edging out his brother,Maurice by one point.The final outing of the year will be the competition for the Captain(Marty McDermott‘s) Prize in Rosapenna G.C. on Saturday 23rd March 2013.GOLF: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTS was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GOLF: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTSlast_img read more

 

2015 legal review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Will Rogers said, “If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.” Spending time rehashing the past is not one of my favorite things, but 2015 had some important agricultural legal developments that are worth noting.Due to the algae problems in Lake Erie and its western basin, the Ohio Legislature passed new manure regulations for parts of Ohio, effective on June 21, 2015. New restrictions include prohibitions for hauling on frozen or wet ground. A crucial component of the law is the provision that provides the planting of cover crops to increase manure handling options. These or similar restrictions will likely be law for all of the state in the future.A federal court in Idaho ruled that Idaho’s “ag gag” law was unconstitutional as it violated the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution. These laws that restrict photographing livestock and other forms of speech were passed as a reaction to undercover activists recording alleged animal abuses and then releasing the films to the media. Temple Grandin, the expert on animal handling for the agricultural industry, gave a fascinating presentation in Celina in 2015. While she did not approve of the activists’ activities, Grandin stressed that prohibiting speech just causes the general public to question what farmers are doing.Class action lawsuits have started over Syngenta’s release of a corn variety in 2014 that contained a genetic trait to control armyworms, MR162. While these seeds were U.S. approved in 2010, they did not gain clearance in China until 2014. China, however, found traces of the genetic material in U.S. corn shipments in 2013 and rejected them. Consequently, in 2015, a class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of farmers who did not plant the corn variety with MR162 against Syngenta for disruption of the U.S. corn market. Syngenta countered that at the time China was not a major buyer of U.S. corn, and there is no evidence that the release of MR162 impacted the corn market. These suits are in the early stages, so it is too early to guess an outcome. Plaintiff lawyers love class actions because if they are successful, their attorney fees are typically paid by the Defendant, a rare occurrence in our legal system.Proposed federal regulations for use of drones in agriculture were released in early 2015, and the comment period closed in April 2015. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is planning to release the final regulations this year. Drones have many potential applications in agriculture, so this could be fascinating.Thanks to an Iowa case, there is a determination that the EPA is not required to regulate CAFO air emissions. In 2013, a group of Iowa plaintiffs filed a citizen suit under the Clean Air Act to force EPA to regulate air emissions from CAFOs. (Obviously these people have too much free time on their hands.) The federal district court held that EPA was not required to regulate air emissions from sources till EPA determines the sources meet the requirements under the Clean Air Act. In this case, EPA had not made that determination so the court could not force EPA to act. In 2015, the DC Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision. More importantly, in November 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari ending this case.Other federal action in 2015 involved the Waters of the U.S. Rule. The EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers proposed a revised definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act in 2014. The final version of the rule was announced in May 2015 and effective as law on August 28, 2015. In October of last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay from EPA enforcing the rule. To date, Congress has been unsuccessful in passing bills, which would overturn the new language. This may be interesting to watch this year.That is about as much looking back at 2015 as I can handle. It is time to put the crop disaster, low prices and heavy rains in the past. Will Rogers wisely advised, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”last_img read more

 

BlockChalk Starting to Look Like Delicious Meets Foursquare Meets Technorati

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Location#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market BlockChalk, an unusual location based service that has yet to launch publicly but will focus on allowing users to post messages to their neighbors, announced today that it has hired Ian Kallen, an engineer who helped build high-profile blog search engine Technorati for 5 years.Kallen said of the BlockChalk team, “their vision coincided with my long-standing interests in virtual communities and bringing them to real communities.” The small startup was founded in late 2009 and includes former Delicious engineers Josh Whiting and Stephen Hood and was funded by Delicious founder Joshua Schachter, among others.Technorati was once one of the most important companies in the emergence of social media: indexing, searching, categorizing and ranking the wildly disruptive world of blogs. Kallen helped build that system from 2004 through 2009, when it began to go downhill fast. The former blog search marvel is now mostly an advertising network.BlockChalk has been closely watched not just because of its founding team and backers, but also because it has been quite public pre-launch about the general outline of its work, including a discussion this Summer about lessons the company learned in raising funds.The company calls itself “a bulletin board in your pocket” and though public reaction to simple early tests has so far been lukewarm, the company must have some interesting things being prepared behind the scenes in order to continue making such interesting hires.last_img read more

 

Interview: How This Oscar Nom Edited Downsizing While Directing His First Feature

first_imgHow editor Kevin Tent, ACE, maintains his highly regarded editing career while balancing his first time directing a motion picture.Top image via Vertical Entertainment.There is something to be said about a friendship that has spawned several Oscar nominations, but that just the type of relationship Kevin Tent has with Alexander Payne.Director Alexander Payne is well regarded for crafting award-winning features like Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendents, Nebraska, and the upcoming film Downsizing. (Those films alone have 19 Oscar nominations, and 2 wins.) That said, Payne doesn’t work alone. One of his longest lasting relationships is with editor Kevin Tent, ACE.Image via Kevin Tent.Tent has edited all of the previously mentioned films — earning himself an Oscar nomination for The Descendents. He has also cut several more highly praised features like Blow, Girl, Interrupted, The Golden Compass, and the pilot for HBO’s Hung.This year alone, Tent will simultaneously see the release of his latest edit, Downsizing, and his directorial debut, Crash Pad. In a way, it’s just an extension of a long lasting relationship, as Payne directed Downsizing and served as an Executive Producer on Crash Pad.Image via Vertical Entertainment. Crash Pad is an indie-comedy starring Domhall Gleeson and Thomas Haden Church that is currently available on Video-On-Demand. Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz, will release in theaters in December.I had the chance to talk with Kevin Tent on his incredible editing career, working his way up as an editor, and the chance he finally had to direct his own film. Here’s what I learned in our conversation.Kevin Tent: So you’re calling from Texas?Michael Maher: I am. I’m in a little town called Denton, just north of Dallas. It’s actually the same little town Thomas Haden Church went to college.KT: No way! Really?Image via Vertical Entertainment.MM: Yeah, he was here at the University of North Texas, which is where I went to school to study Radio, Television, and Film.KT: Ah, don’t they have a good music department too?MM: Oh yeah, they are world-renowned for their jazz program.KT: Yes! Yes, exactly. Actually, Daniel Rojas did a lot of the music in Crash Pad, and he went to school there. He did a lot of the club music and stuff like that. He’s an amazing guy, really talented. I thought that was the same school. How cool!Image via Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock.MM: Very cool. So, I want to pick your brain for a little bit. I’d like to start with editing, because I want to learn about how your experiences editing films helped prepare you for directing. Can you tell our readers about your editing history? You know, they always say editors never really planned on becoming editors.KT: That’s true. That’s true, true, true.  Well, I had always known I wanted to do something in film. I had this big notion of working in movies when I was a kid. But, I knew nothing about it. I grew up out in the country in upstate New York, outside of Buffalo. So I didn’t know anything about movies, but I knew I liked watching them — and I thought it would be fun to work in them.So I made a couple short films with some friends, then decided to move to California, knowing that they made movies out here. I dropped out of college and came to Los Angeles, and went to LA City Film School. I kinda just stumbled into that place, but it was actually a very good place for me.I went there, and then I cut my own short films, which I very much enjoyed — I thought that was kinda cool. Then I got my very first job out of film school, which was editing. It was editing for a little educational film company, editing those films we all saw in high school that were really boring, ridiculous, static, and cheesy. I was the editor on a bunch of those, like for a couple of years I did that.Then I would also edit my friends short films, and stuff like that. I really started liking it a lot, and would just do it whenever I had a chance. Then I guess you could say my career starting going when I had an opportunity to re-cut a movie and finish a movie for Roger Corman.Image via Zeta/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock.That was a great place to learn to edit. It was there where I really started going into this editing career, and it was great. So I stuck with it, and I kept cutting Roger’s movies, and then I moved into independents. I cut a movie called Guncrazy for Tamra Davis, which starred a very young Drew Barrymore. It was a really cool hip film, so then I started getting some indie-cred, which was right when the independent film scene was just getting started.So yeah, then I kept on cutting and finally one day Alexander Payne called, and he was looking for an editor. We met and hit if off, and I’ve been doing his movies since — as well as many other things.MM: That’s quite the career so far!KT: It is. It’s been amazing, and I’ve been very fortunate, and very grateful.MM: So in terms of the post-process. Tell us about how much it has shifted since you were cutting those indie films.KT: Yeah, we were still cutting film. Ha, that’s how old I am! You know, it happened so fast. You don’t even have to be that old to see how much it’s changed, though now all the young apprentice editors and special assistant editors in our cutting rooms now have never worked with film. Which is so mind boggling.Like, how many people load film into their cameras anymore, you know? But yeah, I started out on film on 16mm, and then 35mm. In fact, Citizen Ruth, Alexander’s first film, we cut that on film.MM: Then did you primarily switch to AVID after that?KT: I did, I did. I had a job, the first one I cut on Avid. This really nice editor in the room next door that showed me how to use it. The producers wanted me to take a class, and I called up to see how much the class on Avid cost. It was like $600 at the time, and I was like ‘I CAN’T AFFORD THAT!” So I didn’t do it. I just sat down and started cutting, and I kinda just learned it. It was very intuitive, and it was very much like cutting with film. So, I just dug in. I think it’s amazing, I love my Avid.Image via Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock.MM: Going back to your relationship with Alexander Payne, tell me about how much that process has changed. Not only have the budgets changed, but you’ve also done more VFX heavy work. What’s so different about editing something like Downsizing?KT: It’s just a lot bigger. It’s a lot more moving parts, but in a lot of ways it’s the same. We approached it like all the other films we’ve done together. We really let the performances guide us in our decisions of when to cut, where to cut, how to shape a scene. Even though there were visual effects and everything, we really cemented the scenes around the performances and then built about from there with the visual effects.It’s a multi-step process, but the main driving force in our decisions didn’t really change.MM: How did your experience as an editor help shape your thinking when directing a film?KT: I think I sorta had editing it in the back of my mind when directing. I messed up a couple times, where I was like ‘I don’t know why I didn’t go back and get more coverage on this thing, or I should’ve gotten more coverage.My film was really low budget, and we didn’t really have a lot of time. Everything was moving really quickly. There were a couple of times where I shot things more in a oner — thankfully most of the times I did get coverage.I ran out of time too. You want to get as much as possible, but we were moving really quick. For the most part I got everything I wanted, so my editor part of my brain was working.I do remember being on the set and going, ‘alright, if this doesn’t work with them coming in the room here, the I can always cut to the scene midway here and try to get a different transition.’ I figured as an editor we could figure it out someway to get in and out of scenes faster.Image via Vertical Entertainment. MM: So correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the schedule of Downsizing was pushed, and you had this brief window to direct Crash Pad, so you’re working on your own film while production started ramping up on the other. How did you manage to balance these two projects?KT: I was really hard. It was really hard to do.So I had been trying to get the movie made for a while, and then I got a heads up early on that Downsizing was gonna push to wait for Matt Damon. I saw a window of a year, so if I was ever going to get this movie made, I’m gonna have to push hard now.I got a really great producer, Bill Horberg, and I said to him that I had this short window and asked if he would produce it. He had already told me that he really liked the script, and he said yes. That really got the ball rolling. We were shooting while Alexander was in pre-production, and then we were cutting while he was finishing pre-production, and then I was finishing while he started shooting. So it was really hard to do both things, but there was another editor helping cut dailies while I was working on them too, so when I was doing my sound mix, they covered for me.Plus my son was graduating high school at the same time, and trying to figure out where he was going to college. It was like three major life things going on at once. It was pretty crazy, but we survived. It was a wild time.Image via Vertical Entertainment.MM: So in your role as a director now, what was it like having to assemble a cast?KT: You know, it’s all so fluid and happening so quickly, you’re not even aware of what exactly is going on. All I know is that we were so lucky to get Domhnall Gleason, and he was the only person I really wanted for that role. I had seen him in About Time, and he was really charming and funny in that.And then we were really lucky to get Thomas [Haden Church], you know I had known him from Sideways, and he kind of did us a favor and came in. You know, it was a first-time director and not very much money and all that stuff, but he joined us. He and Domhnall just had the best chemistry, and they were so funny on the set and off the set. We were really lucky to get those two guys.Image via Vertical Entertainment. Then Nina [Dobrev] was the next person to jump onboard. She was looking to do a comedy. And the last person we got right before pre-production was Christina Applegate.You know, it’s hard to cast. All these balls are up in the air, and then it just falls in place. Don’t ask me how it all happened, it all happened very quickly. It happened, and it happened in a great way. I was very lucky.MM: When you’re cutting a feature like this, music is such a big part of the process. What’s it like working on an indie-film with a limited budget versus a feature like Downsizing?KT: Music is critically important to a movie. I always knew it from editing, but realized it when directing that who your composer is, is just as important as your lead actor. They really have their own personality and sound, and you’re adding this very strong element to your movie.I was lucky to get Rolfe Kent, who also did Downsizing. In Crash Pad we had a low budget, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get great music. There are so many talented people like Daniel Rojas, who did amazing.A lot of times you cut to music, that’s a lot of what we do. Hopefully you can afford the music you use, but music can get expensive.Luckily there are a lot of talented people out here, and it’s a lot like when I started editing. I worked for no money, I did things for free. I worked just to get experience and more credits. There’s lots of people who still do that with music, or editing, or directing, or whatever.Image via REX/Shutterstock.MM: What’s the difference for a director during post-production? How involved are you with every cut?KT: Well for Downsizing, we had a whole army of people. We had a visual effects department, post-production supervisors, we had everybody. But on a little film, you just have less of all those people.I did have a fantastic editor that I worked with, Franco Pante, who was one of my assistant editors back 10 or 11 years ago on a Barry Sonnenfeld film that was shot in Vancouver. We worked very closely together. I just couldn’t help myself, so I did some cutting too, and we would cut back and forth. He would send me some scenes, and I’d show him things I had in mind. It was a great back and forth, it was very enjoyable. He made some of my favorite cuts in the movie, that I don’t think I would have ever thought of, and that was refreshing and great. He did a great job.MM: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?KT: Well, if they see Crash Pad, I hope they like. And if they see Downsizing, I hope they like it.  I hope they get a kick out of them.Want more behind-the-scenes looks and interviews like this? 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DeMarcus Cousins out for the season with Achilles tear

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) restrains DeMarcus Cousins as he goes after Houston Rockets guard James Harden, not seen, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins raced down the lane after his missed free throw, trying to make a hustle play and help the New Orleans Pelicans preserve a signature victory over one of the NBA’s elite teams.Moments later, Cousins was sitting on the court, pain in his foot and shock on his face. He tried to get up as his teammates pursued the Houston Rockets toward the other end of the court, then went back down on his back and placed both hands on his head.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The injury, which occurred with 12 seconds left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from the Pelicans and their fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating not just a victory over the team with the NBA’s second-best record, but a fourth straight victory overall and seventh in eight games.“We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part,” Davis said. “We’ve got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win.“We’ve got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number’s called, so we’ve got to make sure that we stay locked in.”Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposely missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players grappled for the rebound.“Right now, just praying everything’s OK,” Holiday said, adding that Cousins’ injury made the victory “bittersweet.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Just unfortunate, really. I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove,” Holiday added, noting that Cousins’ triple-double against Houston was his second in three games. “The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.” Bumpy road: Goepper overcomes depression for 2nd Olympic run Anthony Davis scored 27 points, Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles tendon, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory on Friday night.READ: Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over RocketsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA person familiar with the situation said an MRI confirmed an Achilles tear, ending Cousins’ season a little more than a week after he was voted an All-Star starter.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Pelicans have not yet announced the imaging results. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

 

As deadline nears, can Cavaliers find deal to make a difference?

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cleveland has been able to score late-season help in recent years by signing veteran players who had taken buyouts and gone to the waiver wire, but even that kind of move may not be available this time. With so much uncertainty about James’ future, Cleveland may not be an attractive destination to veterans who have other options.But James’ immediate future is clear. He said Tuesday after a 116-98 loss in Orlando that he would not waive his no-trade clause and would finish the season in Cleveland.“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said. “We put too much into the game every single day.”They’re just not getting enough out of it.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES The Cavaliers are a team that’s deeply in a rut and badly in need of a change to jump-start a season that shows signs of slipping away. But they’re down to their final hours to find help via trade, with the deadline set for Thursday afternoon.Impact players are traded, but this season the biggest ones may have already been moved. Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all were dealt over the summer, as was Kyrie Irving — in a move that may have backfired for the Cavs. Their former point guard has led Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference, while Isaiah Thomas has struggled in the brief time he’s been available since returning from his hip injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleveland also acquired the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 1 pick in that deal, a likely high lottery selection. But the type of names most heavily mentioned in the days before this year’s deadline — such as the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams, and Memphis’ Tyreke Evans — aren’t worth such a coveted asset. They can certainly help teams but maybe not ones who seem as far off track as the Cavs, who have dropped 14 of 21 and are barely hanging on to a spot in the top four of the Eastern Conference.The deadline was moved up this season, with the NBA feeling it would give players who are dealt a chance to use the All-Star break to get acclimated to their new situations. The deadline previously was at the end of the break, and it sure looks like the Cavs wouldn’t want to wait that long this season.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)LeBron James says he won’t be traded, though every other move should be on the table for the Cleveland Cavaliers.It’s just unclear if anything can make a difference.ADVERTISEMENT Troy Rosario stretchered off after hard falllast_img read more