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January 19, 2020
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Blatche says there are numerous reasons why he can’t join Gilas

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments MOST READ Blatche was an integral part of Gilas’ campaign in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championships where they won the silver medal and also helped the Philippines take the gold in the 2017 Seaba Championship. Reacting to Blatche’s post, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said that they know what they’re missing without Blatche.“We got some huuuge shoes to fill, but as always, we WILL fight til the end. That’s the #gilasway #oncegilasalwaysgilas,” he said.Often times starting his offense at the top of the key, Blatche had the ability to shoot from deep or drive to the basket as opposed to backing down in the post. Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is set to replace Blatche’s position as the naturalized player for the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube After being left out of the national team for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, naturalized center Andray Blatche took to Instagram to air his side but gave little detail as to why he’s not re-joining Gilas Pilipinas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I will always be very thankful for the opportunity, the love, and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot [sic] of reason why I can’t join,” said Blatche in the post. “I don’t expect for many people to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The seven-foot center was reportedly concerned about the peace and order situation in host city Beirut, Lebanon and was asking for a “very high price” to play for the Philippines, according to an Inquirer report. Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

January 12, 2020
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Narcotics case dismissed against teenage “sweetie” vendor

first_imgSeventeen-year-old sweets vendor Kevin Ridley of Lot 130 King Edward Street, Albouystown, Georgetown had a narcotics matter discharged against him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared before her on Thursday.He had pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that, on June 13, 2018, he had three grams of cannabis in his possession.It was reported that Police were on patrol duties in the Albouystown area when they observed the accused acting in a suspicious manner. The officers carried out a search on his person, and found a small Ziplock bag containing the illegal herb.The accused admitted that the cannabis belonged to him. He was arrested and subsequently charged.In his defence, Ridley told the court that he usually uses the herb as a medicine, since he suffers from asthma.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to the accused being placed on bail. However, Chief Magistrate McLennan discharged the matter against the teenage vendor.last_img read more

January 12, 2020
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Wellness Conference draws a crowd

first_imgPhoto: Dr. Evan Adams talks about his life as a doctor and actor, to participants of the Wellness Conference on Tuesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe Walk in Balance Three Wellness Conference kicked off on Tuesday at the Pomeroy Hotel in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -More than two hundred people attended the opening ceremonies of the two-day conference, and were given purple wristbands on the way in. Paulette Flamond, from the Native Economic Development Advisory Board, explains the wrist-bands reflect the overall goal of the conference. [asset|aid=1422|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=38c03bf4a3078abd8dac17d4b7d90d67-Flamond 1_1_Pub.mp3] The event’s mission is to provide individuals with tools to make positive changes in their lives, and to find inner strength to improve their lifestyles. Advertisement She says it takes 21 days to break a bad habit, and the wristbands can help participants develop a positive mindset, rather than focusing on the gossiping, criticism, and complaining of others.[asset|aid=1423|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=38c03bf4a3078abd8dac17d4b7d90d67-Flamond 2_1_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, Dr. Evan Adams spoke to the crowd about his life as an actor and doctor. Adams is best known for his role in the movie, Smoke Signals. The Conference will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with other keynote speakers and workshops throughout both days.Advertisementlast_img read more

January 10, 2020
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No 2013 shame, Mwendwa, Musonye assure ahead of CECAFA

first_imgCECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye is confident that all plans are in tip top shape ahead of the tournament which kicks-off on Sunday afternoon with the opening ceremony set for the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.“We are working as a unit; the Local organizing Committee, FKF, counties and the government. Everything is in place and I want to assure you that this will be the best tournament we will organize. We are combining forces together with broadcast sponsors Azam as well and we will not have any budgetary shortcomings whatsoever,” Musonye noted.Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (left) with CECAFA Secretary General Nick Musonye (right) during the briefing of the first briefing of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Wednesday, November 7, 2017 at the goal project Kasarani. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYAFootball Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa admitted as much that the memories of 2013 still hang in their heads even though they were not in office, has assured they have put measures in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly.“The big issue has always been about accommodation. We are working round the clock to ensure there are no problems and we are putting in a lot of work to make sure we will not have challenges. Of course there will be a few but we are committed for a successful tournament,” Mwendwa noted.He added; “You will not hear a team stranded in hotels or training grounds or referees stranded anywhere. We have taken care of things.”Burundi were the first team to arrive in Nairobi and trained on Thursday morning while Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes arrived and flew straight to Eldoret from where they will travel by road to their match venue in Kakamega.Tanzania arrive on Friday and will head straight to Machakos while Zanzibar will be travelling to the capital from Mombasa on the Madaraka Express train. Uganda travel by road and will connect to Kakamega from the Malaba border point.-Musonye lashes Zimbabwe-“They were the ones who asked whether they can come and we thought because of the problems they have, let them come play football.”Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Musonye has launched a tirade against Zimbabwe who pulled out of the tournament on Wednesday, despite earlier having confirmed participation. The Southern Africans cited security concerns around their exit.“They should pull out and don’t talk about Kenya. They don’t know Kenya. What insecurity is there? League games have been played there and not a single incident has been seen. We didn’t even approach them to come. They were the ones who asked whether they can come and we thought because of the problems they have, let them come play football,” an angered Musonye said.He went on to allege that there might be sabotage in the pull out but insists the tournament will go on even without them.His sentiments were shared by FKF boss Nick Mwendwa who said they were hugely disappointed that Zimbabwe will not be available and insinuated they are expected CAF to serve sanctions on them.“Before going for a tournament, you have to sign some documents with CAF and FIFA and failure to honor those tournaments after signing comes with some sanctions. We were ready and had prepared for them to come after the president confirmed to us in Sudan,” Mwendwa recounted.-Kisumu Stadium-Ethiopia national football team arrived on Thursday, 30th November 2017 at the Eldoret Airport. Photo/COURTESYAt the same time, the Moi Stadium in Kisumu initially set to host Group A matches but struck off due to fears over the political climate might get at most three matches, depending on what the LOC will decide.Mwendwa has hinted that one Kenyan game and another one from Group B might be played in Kisumu with the option of adding one of the two semi-final games.Musonye has refuted claims that he ‘denied’ Kisumu a chance to host the tournament.“That is not true. It is just propaganda. We work as a team and this decision was reached after vast consultation. So saying it is Musonye who denied them a chance is very untrue,” the seasoned football administrator and former sports journalist said.The LOC has at the same time urged fans to turn out in large numbers with the gate charges for the tournament lowered. VIP tickets will retail at Sh400 while terrace tickets have been capped at Sh100.“We wanted to make this tournament affordable for our people and we want to ask them to come out and support the tournament in large numbers,” Mwendwa said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addressing the media on the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup/ Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30- The Local organizing Committee (LOC) for this year’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup has assured that preparations for the tournament are in top gear and the embarrassing scenarios witnessed in 2013 during the same tournament in Nairobi will not be repeated.When Kenya last hosted the tournament three years ago, teams were detained in hotels over unpaid bills with the final being delayed for over two hours after Sudan were detained in their hotel as they left for the stadium over unpaid expenditures.last_img read more

January 6, 2020
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Four things we learned from Man City v Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero shoots to score against Liverpool FC during their league match on January 4, 2018MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 4 – Manchester City reignited their Premier League title challenge with a crucial 2-1 win over leaders Liverpool on Thursday.Leroy Sane’s superb second half strike handed Liverpool their first league defeat this season and moved the champions to within four points of Jurgen Klopp’s side. Here are four things we learned from the seismic showdown between the two leading title contenders:Sane makes his pointA season that started with Leroy Sane’s future at City in doubt is no longer a tale of woe for the German winger, who underlined his vast potential with the blistering winner that kept the champions’ title hopes alive.Frustrated after being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, Sane began City’s first three league games on the bench and was then left out entirely for the trip to Newcastle amid claims Pep Guardiola was concerned by the youngster’s focus in training.The close-season signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester was another impediment to Sane’s progress.“It is the toughest situation I have to handle,” Guardiola said at the time.“When Sane plays he has to play well. I am pretty sure of that.”But the 22-year-old gradually regained Guardiola’s trust and returned to the team, although it wasn’t until October — when he scored four times in five games — that Sane really showed his true colours.Since then, Sane has been much closer to the buccaneering force who played a major role in their title success and City have opened talks over an extension to a contract that expires in 2021.Selecting Sane, who was signed from Schalke in 2016, for the key clash against Liverpool made it clear Guardiola had no further doubts.His faith was rewarded in the 72nd minute as he drilled a brilliant low strike past Alisson Becker and in off the far post.Sane’s ninth goal for City this season came after he also played an important role in unhinging Liverpool’s defence in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s opener.Stones’ great escapeDespite dominating the early stages, City were just 1.12cm away from suffering a potentially game-changing self-inflicted wound as John Stones atoned for his mistake in dramatic fashion.With City backing off too far as Liverpool launched their first serious attack, Salah had time to pick his pass to Sadio Mane, whose shot hit the inside of the post.City defender Stones reacted with a panicked clearance against Ederson and the ball cannoned off the goalkeeper towards his own net.It looked certain to be a farcical own goal but Stones scrambled back to hook clear of the approaching Salah.Liverpool claimed it had gone in, but goalline technology showed that a tiny portion of the ball — just 1.12cm according to Premier League statistics — hadn’t crossed the line, meaning the decision to play on was correct.By such small margins are titles won and lost.Aguero haunts Liverpool againAguero’s 40th minute opener extended his streak of having scored in all seven of his home league games against Liverpool.Sergio Aguero has feasted on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and once again the Reds had no answer to City’s lethal finisher.Aguero’s 40th minute opener extended his streak of having scored in all seven of his home league games against Liverpool.Having just appealed in vain for a penalty after being barged over by Virgil van Dijk, Aguero kept his composure and exacted his revenge seconds later with his 250th career league goal.When Bernardo Silva played the ball back into the Liverpool area, Aguero had barely moved from his position, but Dejan Lovren didn’t react quickly enough and the Argentina forward made a clever run across him.Showing sublime control with his first touch, Aguero smashed a superb shot past Alisson Becker into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles.Liverpool miss their chanceWhen video emerged of Jurgen Klopp ringing the new year by breaking out some dubious dance moves at a party earlier this week, it was jokingly suggested the Liverpool boss was already preparing for his club’s title celebrations.After all, it was 242 days since Liverpool last lost a Premier League game in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in May.And the Reds arrived at the Etihad boasting a nine-game winning run in the league and knowing a victory would put them well clear at the top while likely killing off City’s challenge.But Liverpool, who were last crowned champions in 1990, are haunted by the ghosts of the past when Steven Gerrard’s slip let City steal the title from them and once again they were punished for failing to seize the moment.It is too early to know whether this rather patchy display will prove as costly, yet Liverpool head back nursing a new year’s hangover that make take a while to clear.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 29, 2019
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GETTING READY FOR WINTER IN DONEGAL!

first_imgTHIS little fella is getting ready for winter.The red squirrel was snatched amongst the golden leaves of autumn by wildlife photographer Christine Cassidy in Inishowen on Saturday.  GETTING READY FOR WINTER IN DONEGAL! was last modified: November 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Inishowenred squirrellast_img

December 19, 2019
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Hadrosaur Skin Flick

first_imgThe press is abuzz with the story of a mummified hadrosaur found in North Dakota with skin and fossilized soft parts; see PhysOrg, Science Daily, Associated Press and BBC News.  Since the fully-articulated, uncollapsed, mummified fossil named “Dakota” was discovered in 1999, though, it appears that the announcement is being made now primarily as publicity for a National Geographic documentary airing December 9.    The exceptionally-preserved specimen has allowed paleontologists to understand more details about the skin patterns, muscle mass and body proportions of hadrosaurs, and to infer something about its running speed.  Of interest beyond these details echoed in all the news media reports, however, is what page two of the National Geographic story said about soft-tissue preservation.  Acknowledging that Mary Schweitzer’s team earlier this year had reported evidence for unfossilized collagen (04/12/2007) in a T. rex bone, the NG article states that the hunt is on for preserved macromolecules in Dakota.  If they have been detected, no one is talking about it till the peer-reviewed paper is published.  One team member admitted, though, that “We have an array of chemical analysis techniques that we’re applying to the organism—and not just to the skin.”  Any future announcement of preserved proteins or nucleic acids may be the biggest story within an already big story.    See also the 10/15/2002 story about Leonardo, another mummified dinosaur found in Montana.Evolutionary paleontologists know that creationists are going to beat them over the head with any discovery of preserved soft tissue and biomolecules, so one has to wonder how hesitant they are to reveal what they find.  Hopefully, the excitement of a such a find, and the value of scientific objectivity, will prevent a cover-up.  Such news would deal a severe blow to the belief these specimens are 65+ million years old, and once confidence in millions of years is shattered, the whole evolutionary tree will be undermined with it.    Think of how long the Darwin Party has been feeding the public the assumption of long ages.  They know the public is going to find it hard to swallow the line that soft tissue and DNA or proteins could lie undisturbed for tens of millions of years.  With so much at stake, and the cult of Darwin vulnerable to a mass exodus, will they tell the whole truth?  It may take creationist expeditions to do original research in this area to get the facts out.  They will need to provide unimpeachable documentation and technical rigor to rule out any claims of contamination.  Let’s wait and see what the peer-reviewed paper says.  Creationists do not stand to lose face if soft tissue is not found, because it is tenuous stuff (even for burials of known age).  But if it is found, it would be much more plausible to believe it has been preserved for thousands of years, not tens of millions.    National Geographic, as expected, spun the collagen story into an argument for dinosaurs being related to birds.  But what is the common answer to the question “What does it taste like?” when your friend is offered filet of snake, frog legs or unidentified Chinese mystery meat?  Answer: “It tastes like chicken.”  Undoubtedly, hadrosaur tastes like chicken, too.  That doesn’t mean a chicken is a frog, snake, or hadrosaur.  Similarities do not prove common ancestry, but the fact that our shared biochemistry allows us to consume molecules from a variety of animals indicates common design.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 19, 2019
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Drive to list black-owned SMEs

first_img9 November 2004The capital-raising potential of black-owned small businesses has been boosted by an agreement between black business body Nafcoc and the JSE Limited, the operator of South Africa’s stock exchange.The agreement, signed in May, sees black small and medium enterprises (SMEs) actively encouraged to list on the JSE’s small business index, AltX, through an education and awareness-raising programme run by the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) and the JSE.In terms of an MOU signed in May, the initiative will promote the JSE and particularly the AltX as a solution for raising capital for black economic empowerment (BEE) initiatives.“This will be an opportunity for our members to raise capital, to list their companies, which will enable them to liquidate their debt and build cash reserves”, said Nafcoc chief executive Sipho Mseleku.Ninety percent of Nafcoc’s members are SMEs, and the AltX, with its less stringent listing requirements, is tailor-made for them.However, many black-owned SMEs may not be aware of the opportunities the exchange offers. “Although we work at the JSE and we’re passionate about the JSE, we have to recognise that not everyone knows about the JSE”, said JSE chief executive Russell Loubser.The initiative will help SMEs understand how the stock market works. Issues that will be dealt with include listing requirements and share ownership.Nafcoc and the JSE also aim to seek suitable candidates as partners for BEE transactions.The move may be a boost for the AltX exchange as much as for black business. Only eight businesses are listed on the exchange. All Joy Foods was the first BEE company to list on the exchange. The latest listing, DataPro Group, has 30% of its shares placed with empowerment companies.AltX – springboard for smaller firmsAltX is a partnership between the JSE and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It is designed to give a smaller companies the opportunity to issue new shares, raise capital, widen their investor base and have their shares traded in a regulated market.According to DTI Director-General Alistair Ruiters, AltX complements the government’s BEE policies by creating a space for more black companies to participate in the JSE. AltX is geared to act as a springboard for smaller companies eventually to list on the JSE’s main board.The exchange has reduced listing fees, but is supported by the full range of JSE services – including the trading of shares on the same system as the main board, market surveillance to eliminate irregularities, and settlement of AltX securities through the JSE’s electronic system, STRATE.Its listing requirements are appropriate for SMEs, placing emphasis on initial and ongoing disclosure of company information. There is also a focus on the enhancement of the skills of directors of AltX companies, with a compulsory four-day directors’ induction programme offered by the Wits Business School.Companies require no profit history to list, but a minimum share capital of R2-million is required.Empowering the JSEBusinessMap Foundation noted in a recent report on BEE that while the market capitalisation of black-controlled companies listed on the JSE increased from R44-billion ($6.7-billion) at the start of 2003 to R58-billion ($8.9-billion) by the end of the year, black control of total market capitalisation on the exchange remained at 3%.The number of black-controlled companies listed on the JSE also dropped from 22 to 21 during 2003 – far below the peak of 38 in August 1999.In 2003, R42.2-billion (US$6.5-billion) worth of BEE deals were made, but the beneficiaries of these deals belonged largely to the politically well-connected elite.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

December 12, 2019
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The Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror Genre

first_imgThe editor of Jordan Peele’s latest horror masterpiece explains what it’s like editing horror and cutting nonverbal musical scenes.So, I’m sure you’re going to see Us. The much-anticipated follow up to Jordan Peele’s badass horror-comedy Get Out will surely enchant and surprise you, in more than one way. The movie is a new, energetic, and brilliant take on the genre as a whole. The film’s editor, Nicholas Monsour, had previously worked with Peele on Key and Peele and Keanu. However, tackling a film of this caliber was a daunting task — one only someone with as much expertise as Monsour could handle. I recently spoke with Monsour about his work on the film, and what it was like working with Peele on a much different project compared to Keanu. This film was edited on Avid Media Composer.All images via Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures.Looking for more industry coverage? Check out these articles.SXSW Panel: How to Get People to Care About Your Film7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic DirectorsThe Secrets Behind Apollo 11’s Success Are a Story All Their OwnInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”Industry Interview: The Composers Behind American Gods PremiumBeat: Thanks so much for doing this. First, congrats on the film. It’s incredible. The theater at SXSW lost their minds during the screening. So, when and how did you start working with Jordan Peele?Nicholas Monsour: Thank you so much! Yeah, I heard it was crazy. So, I came onto Key and Peele during the last season. It was my first job with that team, and then I went to work on Keanu, right after. I wanted to work on Get Out, but my schedule wouldn’t allow it.PB: So, when you came onto this project, what kind of conversations did you have with Jordan about editing a horror film?NM: So, we sort of had been talking for a couple of years about horror and thriller films in general. I think we were fairly caught up, at that point. I did some of my own research, after reading the script, for two reasons. One, to just kind of get my head in the right space, and sort of start feeling the mood, as much as possible. And then two, to look at more recent horror — to look up what the current kind of methodologies are with sound design and music, with like what’s out there now. You know you try to stay current, but when you’re working a lot, you miss a few.We spoke much more about the ideas, and I think that’s because he wanted to see where I would go with it first, before giving me stylistic parameters. Once we were in it, then when we were in the specific scene, we would talk about scenes in other movies that we would be thinking about, the kind of pace over the use of music, or use of certain angles, or things like that. But, it was a much more micro discussion. The script had a pretty clear tone already and didn’t really need it to be added in. So, I mostly tried to present what they wrote and shot.PB: Music plays a very big role in the film. How did you and Jordan approach working with the music in the edit, and how did you decide to cut the musical scenes?NM: Jordan is very very specific about those moments, which were scripted. He had also worked with the storyboard artist. He would think about it in his mind, while listening to the songs, and think about the timing. He had a pretty clear map for how those things would line up — or how he hoped they would line up. And then, as soon as I got the dailies, I would test it and see if it worked with the cuts we want to make.They’re pretty close to how he must’ve imagined them and how they’d planned it while shooting it. Working with the score was a sort of different category because I was working with the composer (really closely) and with Jordan to come up with a big palette of other scores — and other works, by composers that felt like they belonged in our world, but that were inspiring to the composer to use, as a starting point, to write his own music. But yeah, I think with the songs, there’s a couple discoveries we made in the edit room. One thing I really like about working with Jordan is he’s very open to seeing bad ideas just for fun. Sometimes, I’m just nervous about an idea because it’s a little more out there, or not what was planned, and ends up working. There’s a moment in the scene where “I got five on it” comes back, yet was not planned, but just worked in the moment for us.PB: What was it like making the transition from comedy to horror?NM: It felt really refreshing to me. I had started professional TV and film work in comedy and documentary, but I spent most of my 20s making much stranger, below-the-radar, indie projects and shorts and video art. So, it actually felt like much closer to things I’m primarily interested in, which is more surreal and experimental. It felt comfortable to me. Especially because horror, as a genre, is well-known to allow more formal experimentation. There’s usually more unusual scores or unusual choices, editorially, that you can get away with. There’s a tendency, when you work in a particular genre, to be stuck in that genre. So, I appreciate Jordan’s willingness to test me in a slightly different arena.PB: So, when looking at the premise of the film (not giving anything away here), there’s a family of doppelgängers that show up, which kind of kicks off the story in a big way. How did you approach editing two different narratives and characters, playing out against each other?NM: I think I thought about that as slightly separate challenges, or separate problems, to solve. The one being editing the same actor playing multiple roles. The other being this sort of splitting the narrative into multiple tracks, and tracking multiple stories, simultaneously. I’d love to say that it was a huge challenge, and that I figured some amazing solution out, but the truth is that they did an amazing amount of preparation that they let me be a part of. I was in the early meetings with the visual effects supervisor and with the DP and the storyboard artist.And honestly, they just did an amazing job on set of capturing the material that allowed us to do what we needed to do. Also, all the credit has to go to the actors who had to create consistent performances, across multiple characters, in the same scenes, and across the whole movie. There were some discoveries made in the edit room that weren’t necessarily how they planned it, which required additional VFX conversations. I made sure to have assistant editors with me, who are very comfortable helping me in the background, create temp comps of multiple clips and multiple elements, so we could get the timing right and get the scenes working in a rough way, before we got our final visual effects in.I think the other part, about tracking a bunch of characters simultaneously in their individual journeys, was some of the most fun part in the edit room because the story could survive a fair amount of experimentation, and reordering, and it really became about what was most exciting, what was most disturbing, what was scariest, what was funniest, and we got to experiment with that because the footage was in such a good state to begin with, when I came in. We didn’t have to solve problems as much as we could just experiment, and try new things.PB: Cross-cutting and match cutting play a big role in the film. Can you speak to what it’s like making use of some of the cuts, and how it can enhance the story you’re telling?NM: Oh yeah, what editor doesn’t love a match cut? You get a lot of opportunities to do that, when you have the same actor to cut to. But, there are long stretches of nonverbal scenes, that really become about the rhythm you’re telling a story through imagery, through physical action, and you’re conveying emotions through a combination of cutting physical action, music, movement. And, in a lot of ways, it felt like composing a piece of visual music. It felt like a musical exercise, in a lot of ways. We experimented and improvised quite a lot. What he planned, and what he shot, worked from the beginning, but we got to keep trying different ways of telling that story, and trying to get into different, deeper psychological meanings, in a more abstract way. Which is what dance and horror can do. These sequences really let me use every tool I had as an editor, and for that, I can’t wait to see what Jordan comes up with next.PB: Last question, what advice would you give an aspiring editor?NM: Look, what worked for me may not work for everybody, but finding any way to give yourself the time to watch the kinds of things you actually would want to make. And, be a bit more rigorous. Be rigorous with yourself of giving yourself the education of seeing the things that inspire you, and also, that you would want to make yourself, and then, as much time as you can find to cut anything at all. I know a lot of people get started in the business as the assistant editors, or other technical positions. While that is a very useful education; there’s nothing that can replace actually just sitting in front of some footage and messing with it. There’s so much you can grab yourself, whether it be sound effects, stock footage, or visual effects templates, to mess with on your own. And, the more familiar you are, and the more you figure out what you like doing, when it’s entirely up to you, the better.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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NRC update: Relatives of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahamed, Sepoy Mutiny fighter excluded in final draft

first_img Mr. Ahmed is in good company. Omar Saaduddin Ahmed, great-grandson of Bahadur Gaonburah — a legendary figure in eastern Assam’s Jorhat who participated in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and was sent to the Andaman Cellular Jail.“I don’t know how to react,” said Mr. Omar Ahmed, who retired as the vice-principal of a local college years ago, on finding that his name was missing from the NRC.‘Deliberate exclusion’Political parties such as All India United Democratic Front have attributed the exclusion of names of many genuine Indian citizens to parochial NRC officials besides vindictive police officials and Foreigners’ Tribunal members. “There are reports that documents have been rejected deliberately,” party leader Aminul Islam said.The exclusion of the name of Shah Alam Bhuyan, an assistant sub-inspector of Assam Police recruited in 1985 and resident of Roumari Pathar in Barpeta district, has been cited as an instance. He was marked a D-voter despite his father Affaz Uddin Bhuyan figuring in the 1951 NRC.Linguistic and religious minority organisations said there were scores of people whose ancestors figured in the 1951 NRC, but were missing from the updated register 67 years later. The list included Nihar Dhali of Udalguri, declared an Indian by a Foreigners’ Tribunal but marked D-voter again. The name of his father Keshav Dhali is in the 1951 NRC.‘Doubtful process’Similar is the case of Subrata Dey, who died in the Goalpara detention camp for declared foreigners on May 26. His father Krishna Pada Dey was listed in the 1951 NRC as a 10-year-old along with his grandfather Manoranjan Dey, 40, grandmother Makhan Bala Dey, 26, and uncle Dwij Pada Dey. “Such cases makes the very process of marking ‘D’ or ‘doubtful voters’ under doubt,” said Bidhayak D. Purkayastha, an activist for linguistic minority rights. Barak Valley sheds ‘Bangladeshi tag’ The complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) has proved to be a great leveller, as it excluded people across the social spectrum — from daily-wagers and marginal farmers to soldiers and MLAs.Among the 40,07,707 people dropped from the list allegedly for lack of proper documents were former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s nephew Ziauddin Ali Ahmed and his family.No guarantees“It seems being related to a former President of India is no guarantee for inclusion in NRC. But we are a bit worried because the name of my father (Ekramuddin Ali Ahmed) is not in the legacy data,” Mr. Ahmed said from Rangiya, about 50 km from Guwahati.Also Readlast_img read more