first_imgExplore the nuances of cutting comedy and drama together with experienced comedy editor Kent Kincannon in the Sundance 2019’s “Before You Know It.”As any standup comic or improv comedian can tell you, sometimes the funniest moments come from the darkest places. Before You Know It, which premiered at Sundance 2019, directed by and starring Hannah Pearl Utt (co-written and co-starred with her real-life friend Jen Tullock), explores the odd complexities between humor and everyday tragedy.The Sundance website describes the film as “equal parts madcap comedy, adult coming-of-age story, and poignant drama, Before You Know It gleefully defies categorization, and that is its genius.”We sat down with veteran comedy editor Kent Kincannon to talk about his improv roots and editing a feature on Adobe Premiere Pro. We explored how he found his way into mainstream comedy editing and working with Pearl Utt to craft a feature that is real and intriguing, while still finding the funny. PB: Would you suggest your way to others?KK: I’d kind of like to take some editing classes. In a way I wish I had made it up through the assistant editor world so that you could have mentors and pay your dues, but I’ve found success just jumping into it on my path.PB: Coming from comedy, what were the challenges in editing something with more drama and tragedy?KK: I had to lean on Hannah a lot for a lot of the drama. There’s a lot of mental illness, codependency, family shit going on in the movie that’s kind of familiar. I have my own brand of Texan “don’t talk about your problems” stuff, so I didn’t understand as well as Hannah did on a lot of the character motivations and stuff.It’s really just deciding what really needs to be on the screen in any given scene. “Why is Rachel acting like this?” kind of questions. She was there with me the whole time, and it was a fun dialogue where we even could work through things just by me asking questions for motivations.Cover image via Before You Know It (Sundance).You can find out more about Kent Kincannon at his website.Looking for more editing advice and filmmaking interviews? Check out some of these.Streamline Your Film or Video Project with an Assistant EditorThe Story Behind Editing a Movie About Dungeons & DragonsIn Sundance Movie Paddleton, Limited Space and Time Yield A Genuine BromanceHow to Cut an Effective Trailer for Your Next Film or VideoInterview: Composer Dan Marocco of Brooklyn Nine-Nine PremiumBeat: Tell us about Before You Know It.Kent Kincannon: Before You Know It is very much from the mind of Hannah. It’s co-written by her best friend and co-star Jen Tullock. It’s very specific to her life and theater, being homeschooled, and really interesting flavor that’s alien to me. I grew up in Texas, and she grew up in Santa Barbara. A lot of the themes and characters were pretty different from what I usually think about or edit.I’m usually just comedy as much as possible, so it was a fun challenge to get into her head. The movie is just like, I don’t know. Someone described it as “trauma-dy” they lose a family member, and the characters have to figure out their lives.PB: How did you originally get into editing?KK: I was in Austin, and I moved to New York after working an office job for years. I wasn’t doing much film stuff in Austin, so I went to New York and fell into improv comedy pretty quickly. At the UCB theater, I started making videos. Like, you know, people’s web series and sketches. I got on a house team and ended up working with a lot of funny people who have TV shows now, just from doing improv in New York.The UCB sketch team job led to a job at College Humor. Which is a big thing; I remember being on the internet and seeing it for years. It was the coolest job ever, and when they moved to LA, I moved with them. A sketch I made there became a TV show, and that TV show got me in the union, and since then I’ve been able to stay in connection with people I’ve met through comedy. It’s been a pretty interesting, slow and steady climb from comedy videos to Sundance now.PB: Do you have any advice for getting into comedy editing?KK: It’s really hard to edit comedy alone. And I know that’s what a lot of people end up doing at first. Finding people who are good at it, or better at it (preferably than you are) who want to do it with you is really the way to do it. At the UCB theater, nobody I knew had any money. But everybody would make themselves available to work for free because videos were exposure. You could get really good talent, and that attracted professional-level work so that people would hope to get paid one day down the line.I’d say go to your local comedy theaters or clubs and on the lower end and offering to do free work for people from your favorite sketch shows. That’s kind of the entry level, but it’s true at every level.PB: Where did you learn to edit?KK: I went to film school, but I mostly took film theory classes. I always just made stuff. There was a film club where we made videos and challenged each other every week to do in-camera movies or other fun kind of projects. It’s really just from high school until now, just figuring it out and plowing through it trying to find bigger and bigger stuff.last_img read more

first_imgMany strands of Shujaat Bukhari’s murder in Srinagar on Thursday resemble those of the assassination of People’s Conference leader Abdul Ghani Lone 16 years ago.It is so despite the fact that Bukhari was a journalist and Lone a politician, both high-profile. Both were perceived to be seeking to bridge the mutually clashing political ideologies comprising the complex Kashmir matrix.Retrospectively, it would seem that first Lone and then Bukhari made a fatal miscalculation. Any attempt at crossing the red lines, even with pious intention, amounts to walking into a minefield because elements in Pakistan view it as a hostile act.Extremist factions of Kashmir-oriented armed insurgent groups based in Pakistan are overly suspicious of individuals as well as groups, on both sides of the Line of Control, which are perceived to be propelling any proposition seeking freezing of status quo on Kashmir between India and Pakistan as a way out of the impasse. They would settle for nothing short of whole of Jammu and Kashmir.As it is, almost each and every peace move crashes right at that ideological barrier.Bukhari’s profile did not take long to emerge on the Kashmir scene after he opted for journalism in the 1990s when he joined Ved Bhasin’s Kashmir Times in the thick of insurgency (then spearheaded by pro-Independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front). Bukhari’s shifting to The Hindu a few years later substantially elevated his public profile. He was an instinctive journalist and his wider interests buttressed his public image. Bukhari widened his sphere of influence with the help of his talent and aptitude for Kashmir’s cultural and literal life. He soon became a popular face in the Kashmir media and in the rest of India and Pakistan as he engaged in Track Two activities.His visits to Pakistan, the U.S. and European countries got wide publicity in his own English daily, Rising Kashmir, which he floated after leaving The Hindu. In less than 10 years, his stable expanded with the addition of an Urdu daily, Buland Kashmir, a Kashmiri daily and an Urdu weekly. Bukhari took time off to promote literary and cultural fora floated by his group of publications.There was nothing he or his products — newspapers and literary and cultural fora — did or say that could place him in the hazardous course of confrontation with any of the local militant or secessionist groups.To his credit, he gave sufficient coverage to every thought and idea afloat in the over-crowded Kashmir politics.Bukhari soon became a familiar and popular face in debates on Kashmir on national TV channels. He held his ground against vocal opposition from ultra nationalists, just as he sought to deal with hardcore local armed groups without yielding any ground to them or risking their annoyance.His publications appeared with a distinct anti-establishment edge, but stopped short of crossing the red line of accession.Somehow, Bukhari was not able to maintain harmonious relationship with the local press corps. He recently fell out with the main body and floated a parallel one, though hardly with any big name.Reports from across the LoC published here lately indicated that Bukhari’s venturing into Track Two activities was causing resentment in the pro-establishment militants in Pakistan. They questioned his bona fides in the context of his recent meetings held in the U.S., Turkey and Dubai.Nobody could have guessed the impending tragedy. Bukhari had come to be seen as one of the few effective, reasonable voices of Kashmir. Ironically, its ugly side became the perceived cause of his tragic end.(The writer is a veteran Srinagar-based journalist)last_img read more

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi next week in a bid to resolve the mining crisis in the the state. The crisis has led to protests by mining-dependent stakeholders after the Supreme Court of India banned mining in all 88 operational mining leases from March this year. “The Chief Minister will hold a joint meeting of all MLAs from mining areas, shortly to arrive at a consensus after which the matter will be taken up with the Centre and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said on Friday, after Mr. Parrikar met legislators from the coastal state’s mining belt. Resolving the mining imbroglio is one of the first challenges before Mr. Parrikar, who returned to Goa on June 14 after more than three months of absence, during which he was undergoing treatment at a U.S. hospital.Among the legislators who met the Chief Minister were Speaker Pramod Sawant, Pravin Zantye, Rajesh Patnekar (BJP), Prasad Gaonkar (Independent) and Deepak Pauskar (Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party), where the Chief Minister discussed ways and means in which mining can be resumed in Goa. After more deliberations with legislators and a joint meeting with all the legislators, Mr. Parrikar is likely to meet Modi during his visit to the national capital next week. The mining issue has been on the boil in Goa following a Supreme Court order in February this year banning extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases from March-end this year. The court has directed the state government to reissue the leases following appropriate process. Mr. Pawaskar, MLA of MGP told presspersons after the meeting with Mr. Parrikar on Thursday evening that the government has three options open, namely, passing an ordinance in Parliament to extend the life of the leases, auctioning the leases, and forming a state-run mining corporation to oversee mining operations. The decision will be taken by the government only after the Chief Minister discusses the issue with Prime Minister, reiterated Mr. Pawaskar.Meanwhile, Goa Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar, who called on the representatives of mining dependents, who are sitting on a protest in the city for some time demanding immediate resumption of mining activity in the State after the monsoons. He reiterated his party’s stand at a press conference at the Congress headquarters on Friday that they will support any solution for the mining crisis from the government provided it is within legal framework.last_img read more

first_imgA damning report on how the University of Minnesota (UM) protects volunteers in its clinical trials concludes that researchers inadequately reviewed research studies across the university and need more training to better protect the most vulnerable subjects. It also found that a “climate of fear” existed in the Department of Psychiatry, where concerns about clinical trials first surfaced.The 97-page report, released 27 February, was prepared by a group of six experts appointed by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. It comes after years of complaints by some UM faculty members, led by bioethicist Carl Elliott. They charged that the school and its doctors failed to protect 27-year-old Dan Markingson, who died by suicide while enrolled in a psychiatric drug trial in 2004. They also expressed grave concerns about how Markingson’s death was investigated. (More on that case is here and here.)Recently, Elliott’s crusade began having an impact. In December 2013, the UM Faculty Senate called for an independent review of current practices in clinical trials. The administration agreed to open its records to outsiders. 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They examined protocols from 20 active trials as well as minutes from meetings of the institutional review board (IRB). Many IRB members, the panel noted, did not regularly attend meetings from January to July 2014. “[T]here were no individuals on the IRB during this time period with expertise in adult hematology, oncology and transplant, cardiology, surgery, or neurology, although those fields taken together represented over 300 protocols. There was only one psychiatrist on the IRB, despite the fact that the Psychiatry Department submitted 85 protocols for review during the time period examined.” That doctor attended only four of the 26 medical IRB meetings at which new protocols were reviewed. “This departure not only contravenes the University’s own policy of having at least one member with ‘primary professional expertise in a scientific field relevant to the type of research reviewed by that panel,’ but also prompts concern about the quality of review.”Fueling those concerns, the authors noted that the IRB spent an average of 3 to 5 minutes discussing each protocol, and there was “little discussion of the risks and benefits to subjects.” Most of the protocol changes the IRB asked researchers to make addressed administrative issues such as misspellings or adding standard language to a consent form. Requests by researchers running trials to modify who was eligible for a study—“changes that may increase or decrease risks to subjects—were almost always approved without any documentation of related discussion,” the authors write. “The review process, as documented in the minutes, does not reflect a meaningful discussion of the risks and benefits of research protocols and the necessary steps taken to protect human subjects in the face of scientific or ethical concerns.”The outsiders made other observations. Although the university is in the process of enhancing training in basic human subjects protections for researchers, which the authors praised, they remained concerned that beyond basic instruction, “there are currently no human subjects protections training requirements for investigators, including those working with high-risk or vulnerable populations.”Along those lines, the authors touched on some of the central issues raised in the Markingson case: Dan Markingson agreed to enroll in a trial while committed involuntarily to the hospital, raising questions about his ability to consent, and the lead researcher on the trial was also his treating psychiatrist. Although vulnerable individuals like Markingson often participate in clinical trials, the authors of the review worried that Minnesota had not drawn lessons from that case. “We found only a single instance where consideration of the dual and potentially conflicting role of treating psychiatrist/investigator was addressed,” they noted. And, they added, “the external review team found no evidence that the University, Fairview [Hospital], and its investigators have taken steps to ensure a broader understanding of the implications of this very fraught situation” of enrolling patients who have been involuntarily committed into trials.A death during a clinical trial, possibly attributed to it, is every university’s nightmare. Elliott and a widening circle of others were harsh and relentless in their criticism, the reviewers acknowledge. The university’s response, they suggest, has been “assuming a defensive posture. In other words, in the context of nearly continuous negative attention, the University has not persuaded its critics (from within and outside the University) that it is interested in more than protecting its reputation and that it is instead open to feedback, able to acknowledge its errors, and will take responsibility for deficiencies and their consequences.” In the Department of Psychiatry, faculty and staff told the reviewers that they work in “a ‘culture of fear,’ ” and “[t]hey provided stories of intimidation by researchers and fear of retaliation should staff voice opposition to practices that were of concern.”As the report creates ripples across campus, the Faculty Senate is preparing to meet this Friday with University President Eric Kaler and the authors of the report. Kaler released a statement Friday thanking the outside reviewers for their advice. He stressed that they looked at a “small fraction of our clinical research enterprise,” involving individuals with diminished decision-making capacity. “[C]onsistent with our charge to them, the panel’s view and subsequent analysis was limited,” he noted. (The authors described their report as covering protection of human research participants at UM with “special attention” to adults who may lack decision-making capacity.)Kaler expressed hope that with the advice of the authors, UM could enhance its research protections. “The panel has provided us with a clear road map for making our program truly exceptional,” he wrote in his statement. “[T]he University of Minnesota has the opportunity to become a national model against which all other research institutions could be measured.” Senior administrators said in a statement that they hope to develop an “action plan” to respond to the report within 60 days.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is at the receiving end of the ire of political parties, which have demanded an increase in financial relief to nearly one crore rain-affected farmers in Maharashtra. On a day the Supreme Court criticised the State government for not implementing the previously announced assistance for the rain-hit Sangli and Kolhapur regions, the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday demanded that the norms set by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) be expanded to give more help to farmers. By the end of the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had joined the chorus for a hike in compensation, along with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which demanded the relief amount be matched to the ₹50,000 given by the Delhi government. Sources in the Governor’s office said the package announced last week is already beyond what is recommended by the NDRF norms. The Governor on Saturday announced ₹8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and ₹18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/ perennial crops. This is a hike from the ₹6,800 per hectare suggested for agricultural Kharif crops, and an increase in the upper limit in all categories from ₹16,800 to ₹18,000. “The declared amount is already hiked and there is little margin for more improvement,” an official from the Governor’s office said. The Shiv Sena has demanded that the amount be hiked to ₹25,000 per hectare. The party held a protest outside Parliament on Monday, while an editorial in its mouthpiece, Saamana, criticised the Governor for the “low” amount. The Congress and NCP, too, have demanded compensation of more than ₹20,000. The AAP has gone a step ahead. Preeti Sharma Menon, national executive member of the party, said, “The Governor has announced ₹8,000 and ₹18,000 per hectare for Kharif crops and horticulture crops respectively, which is a pittance when compared to ₹50,000 per hectare, the highest in the country awarded by the AAP government in Delhi. The AAP demands that given the large-scale devastation of the Kharif crops due to unseasonal rain, the government declare ₹50,000 per acre as compensation for farmers immediately.”Senior officials said the assessment of the crop damage took time due to the model code of conduct being in place for the Assembly elections. This after aA Cabinet sub-committee headed by the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved ₹10,000 crore to provide immediate assistance to farmers. But the decision could not be formalised with the imposition of President’s Rule. According to an official estimate, major damage has been to corn, millet, and cotton crops. Senior officials said the overall relief package is worth near ₹8,000 crore to cover crop damage spread over 89 lakh hectares in Vidarbha, Marathwada, and parts of western Maharashtra.last_img read more

first_imgThe Gin Kings drew only two double-digit scorers from its cast. Import Justin Brownlee fired 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field while LA Tenorio chipped in 12 in the loss that snapped a four-game run.“Offensively and defensively, we really played well,” said Black, who, in the same breath warned about complacency amid his team’s streak.“The goal is to not think that this is the best basketball [we could play],” said the Grand Slam mentor, whose squad faces teams in the bottom half of the standings in Columbian, NorthPort and Rain or Shine.Barangay Ginebra (5-3), meanwhile, clashes with league-leading TNT (7-1) before facing Columbian and NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel PLAY LIST 02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series35:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201602:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “It’s long overdue, I guess,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black, who credited the victory to his team’s balanced attack led by Allen Durham.“He was hitting his triples, scoring inside. He was just setting the tone for this team,” he said of his old reliable, who was also the Bolts’ pacesetter in last week’s rout of Triple Crown-seeking San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDurham ended up with 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Raymond Almazan, Bong Quinto and Chris Newsome also finished in twin digits as the Bolts tightened their grip of the third spot at 6-2.Quinto had 13 points and five rebounds, Newsome shot 11 while grabbing nine boards while Almazan also flirted with a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Trading Magnolia-bound Banchero not easy for Alaska coach Cariaso Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Good things indeed come in threes.Meralco steamrolled its long-time tormentor Barangay Ginebra, 101-77, for its third-straight victory in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPrithvi Shaw had a memorable evening with his idol Sachin Tendulkar in his team hotel in Delhi on Wednesday and shared a picture with the legendary cricketer having dinner with him.Shaw, who plays for Delhi Capitals, is gearing up to take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday. Tendulkar is the batting mentor of Mumbai Indians.”Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner. It’s always a pleasure meeting you SIR,” Shaw captioned the post on social media.Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner It’s always a pleasure meeting you SIR @sachin_rt Sir pic.twitter.com/VLuR9Bee1OPrithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) April 17, 2019Prithvi Shaw has been inconsistent in the IPL so far for Delhi Capitals, scoring 187 runs in 8 matches at an average of 23.37 with 99 being his highest score till now.Delhi Capitals have been on a roll in recent times and won their last three games — against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.Mumbai on the other hand, have been inconsistent as is the case with them in the first half of the season. In their last three games, MI won against Kings XI Punjab, lost to Rajasthan Royals and won again in their last game against RCB.But come Thursday, it will be a different ball game as both teams will need to adapt well to the low and slow wicket at the Kotla.While Mumbai batsmen are used to playing on wickets where the ball comes on well to the bat, Delhi also boasts of primarily stroke makers like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Adaptation will be the key for sure.advertisementDelhi are starting to look like a team which is excelling at the right time and it would not come as a surprise if the three wins on the trot gives them the confidence to get the better of a Mumbai side which is also looking equally dangerous.It will also be interesting to see the kind of wicket the curator is able to produce after the DC management made its position clear after losing to SRH in their last home game.It has been a while and the curator definitely had time to rework on the square. But clearly, speeding up the wicket will not be on the cards as that will need grass.last_img read more

first_imgThe overwhelming feeling I got from Saturday’s loss to Baylor wasn’t one of sadness. I wasn’t mad or upset or even disappointed. The thing I kept thinking over and over again was, “man, winning the Big 12 is really difficult.”For the College Football Playoff committee to discount whichever team wins the Big 12 championship is laughable. That’s not to say winning the Big 10 or Pac-12 or SEC isn’t difficult. It’s just to say that winning the Big 12 might be the most difficult.Here’s why. Not only do you have to perform at the highest level for 14 weeks. You have to keep 85 dudes healthy while playing far more plays than teams across the nation play. There are more variables in play in the Big 12. You have to run two or three or four deep at QB. You have to change defenses like hockey teams change lines.The committee might scoff at the fast-paced nature of football in flyover country, but it’s not a joke.“People around the nation have no idea (about the challenges of playing defense against Big 12 offenses like OU’s, Baylor’s and TCU’s),” Glenn Spencer told the Tulsa World. “They won’t know probably until the bowl games, and they won’t be happy when they (face Big 12 offenses).“With that being said, how do you deal with it? Kids have got to be mentally tough. They’re going to hurt and their bodies are going to try and shut down on them. That’s why I’m so proud of them. There are some creative offensive minds in this league. Our guys have got to be in tremendous condition. Probably even more than that, just the mental toughness involved in it. I’ve talked to other coordinators, and they all agree.”I agree too. And not only is it difficult, but it’s actually fun to watch unlike whatever it was I watched in Columbus, Ohio leading into the OSU-Baylor game on Saturday evening.So don’t let the committee steer you the other way. The Big 12 can bang with anybody in the country. In previous years, I would have bemoaned Baylor (formerly lowly Baylor!) coming into Stillwater and laying the smack down. Now? I respect it. Because a rising tide lifts all boat (maybe except Kansas’ dinghy) and as long as teams at the top of the Big 12 keep recruiting stud QBs, the league’s performance is going nowhere but up.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Liverpool must ‘pray’ they can keep Coutinho – Gerrard Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 19:44 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Leicester City v Liverpool Leicester City Premier League Transfers The club icon is not optimistic that the Anfield club can see off interest from Camp Nou if there is a renewed approach for the star Steven Gerrard believes it will take a stroke of divine intervention for Philippe Coutinho to not leave Liverpool for Barcelona.The attacker was involved in a summer tag-of-war that saw him go AWOL from the Reds’ squad towards the end of the transfer window in a bid to force a deal through.Liverpool 20/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Jurgen Klopp’s side saw off the danger, but Gerrard believes there is only so long they can keep hold of the Brazil international.Asked on BT Sport how Liverpool can keep him at the club, the club legend replied: Pray! He’s South American, his dream is to go to Barcelona. “I think the key in this situation is do Barcelona come back? Or are they upset that he hasn’t come? “Liverpool will want to keep him for a long, long time, there’s no doubt about that. They love him.”Coutinho, 25, was vital as Liverpool defeated Leicester 3-2 on Saturday, and Gerrard was happy to sing the player’s praises.“He produces moments of genius and he’s a world class footballer.“Barcelona don’t come for you for that amount of money unless you’re world class. “Liverpool need to try and keep hold of him for as long as possible because with him in the team, when Sadio Mane comes back, we know Liverpool will score heavily and they will be one of the most exciting teams in the league.”The Reds are sixth in the standings, five points behind leaders Manchester City after six games. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgScotch is great, and a necessary part of anyone’s liquor cabinet, but sometimes, it can get too damn expensive. I’m not saying  to not drop a couple thousand on a bottle of scotch if you can—Gordon and MacPhail’s Mortlach 75, with its cool $30,000 price tag, comes to mind—but for a lot of us, that’s just not in the cards right now.The scotches we’ve compiled below are great additions to your bar and they won’t break the bank. Check them all out and let us know which bottles you think should be on the list as well.Best Scotch on a BudgetThe Famous Grouse ($23) — Like it’s brother The Black Grouse, Famous Grouse is a great bang for your buck scotch. If you need scotch in a pinch and don’t want to spend too much, look for The Famous Grouse first.Monkey Shoulder ($35) — This is perhaps the best scotch on this list for use in cocktails. Monkey Shoulder is versatile and its flavor blends well instead of overpowering other flavors in drinks.Dewar’s 12 ($29.99) — A classic for any scotch drinker, Dewar’s 12 is a great starting point if you’re looking to build your collection with eminently drinkable whiskies. On its own or with a few drops of water, you can’t go wrong here.Speyburn 10 ($30) — A gold medal winner in 2006, this scotch is medium-bodied and a perfect example of the Speyburn line. Expect a long finish on this one, which stands up to other scotches that have been aged much longer. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites last_img read more

first_imgEngland vs West Indies: Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell are batting for West Indies. England got off to a great start in the World Cup match against West Indies at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Evin Lewis (2) and Shai Hope (11) were snared early on in the innings. Chris Gayle (36) got off to a good start but was caught behind. Pooran and Shimron Hetmeyer (39) put up a partnership after a flurry of early wickets, before Hetmeyer was caught and bowled by Joe Root. Root struck again soon after, catching Jason Holder (9) off his own bowling. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Barbados-born pace sensation Jofra Archer is a highlight of this contest. Archer, who has played his junior cricket in the Caribbean, is a familiar figure for the West Indies camp. England began the tournament by defeating South Africa in the opener but went down to Pakistan in their second match. They, however, gave their campaign a push by returning back on track and defeating Bangladesh on Saturday. Meanwhile, Windies quicks bounced out Pakistan for 105 in their opening win before following it up by losing to Australia by only 15 runs. The match against Sri Lanka was washed out. The fickle English weather has been a constant concern in this World Cup but rain is predicted to stay away for the majority of the game.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

first_imgAs the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on a city-wide ban on fur sales, native San Franciscan Alicia Silverstone sent a letter on PETA’s behalf today asking board members to follow the examples of West Hollywood and Berkeley and make San Francisco a fur-free city.“As a native San Franciscan, I’m thrilled to know that you’re considering a ban on fur sales — which is similar to the lifesaving legislation passed in West Hollywood and Berkeley. I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help make San Francisco a fur-free city.“For decades, my friends at PETA have been exposing horrific cruelty in the fur trade all over the world: Investigators have documented that foxes are electrocuted, dogs are bludgeoned to death, minks are suffering from festering open wounds and eye infections, and much more. One investigator even recorded a skinned raccoon dog who had just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and look into the camera. I hope that after watching this 60-second video, you’ll agree that fur has no place in our progressive, forward-thinking city.“Animals are suffering right now in traps and on fur farms. There’s so much violence in the world that’s beyond our control, but banning fur sales is one easy way to set an example of compassion for the whole world to follow. It would make me even more proud to call San Francisco home.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe friend of woman filmed for an online video porn site featuring First Nations women says the woman doesn’t remember signing a consent form.The producer of the website says he did everything by the book.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more on this story.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has lost all political credibility when it comes to addressing the issue of poverty, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s proposed “Nyay” scheme by invoking Congress prime ministers, who, he claimed, had vowed to eradicate poverty and failed. Addressing a press conference at the BJP office here, Gadkari also alleged that the Congress had deliberately created “fear” in the minds of the minorities to divert attention from performance, work and development, which should have been the issues in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. “The Congress party has no credibility. After 1947, (then prime minister Jawaharlal) Nehru said he will remove poverty. Then Indira Gandhi said this. She used the slogan of removing poverty and won (elections), but poverty did not go. Then Rajiv Gandhi repeated that, then Sonia Gandhi and then Manmohan Singh, but poverty did not go. “Now, even Panditji’s (Nehru) great-grandson is saying the same thing. If he (Congress chief Rahul Gandhi) will remove poverty by giving Rs 72,000, then what did Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh do? That is why the political credibility of the Congress in removing poverty has ended,” he said. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader further alleged that the Congress had a history of injustice and since 1947, it had been responsible for “wrong economic policies, bad and corrupt governance and visionless leadership”. “So, ‘Nyay’ will not happen, because with justice, the person doling it out should also be trustworthy,” he said. Gadkari also lashed out at the opposition party for the abuse it had meted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its poll campaign and said he had a list of 56 such abuses. “The Congress deliberately wants to ensure that performance and work do not become poll issues. That is why they have done two things. “One, fear is their biggest capital. Create fear in the minds of Dalits, minorities, SCs and STs. Two, ensure that a discussion on the work done in five years, which had not happened in 50 years, does not take place. If the discussion revolves around development, then they know they will be in trouble,” he said. Under the Modi government, the social sector had benefitted immensely, Gadkari said, while talking about opening of bank accounts, roads, water and electricity. “Last time during the Kumbh, the prime minister of Mauritius could not go for a bath in the Ganga…. This time, 20 crore people visited the Kumbh and took bath in the river. For the first time, the Ganga was pure and clean. “We did what we promised. We made the waterways and that is why (Congress leader) Priyanka (Gandhi Vadra) could travel from Prayagraj to Varanasi on a boat while abusing us continuously. I want to ask her, had we not made the waterway, how would she have done that? She could drink the water thrice because we have cleaned the Ganga water. Or else, she would have also had to leave like the Mauritius PM,” the Union minister for road transport and highways said. He said it was unfortunate that those who had promoted the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, those who had failed to give justice to the victims were now talking about “Nyay”. “The politics of performance and development is our biggest asset. Our schemes have reached every nook and cranny of this country and that is how we want to fight the election. The lowering of the standard of the discourse during this election has been noticed by the people of this country. We will form a BJP-led NDA government with a record mandate,” Gadkari said.last_img read more

OTTAWA — The federal government is moving to pare down its controversial tax proposal on passive income so that it will only affect three per cent of private corporations.Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be in New Brunswick on Wednesday to unveil changes to his passive investment proposal so that it only targets unfair tax advantages used by the wealthy, a senior government official told The Canadian Press.Some tax experts believe the passive-income proposal is the most-complex and most-contentious tax reform idea in the government’s three-part plan.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, said Morneau will also share updated estimates showing there’s between $200 billion and $300 billion in assets sitting in the passive investment accounts of just two per cent of all private corporations.The finance minister will also point out that the dollar figure has been growing by $16 billion a year as wealthy incorporated individuals reap what the official described as unlimited benefits from tax-advantaged savings accounts over and above RRSPs and TFSAs, the official said.The government wants to prevent all of this cash, which it contends is not being reinvested into the businesses or the economy, from piling up in these savings portfolios over generations, the official added.The tweak to Morneau’s original proposal comes after an onslaught of complaints that warned cracking down on passive investments could adversely affect middle-class entrepreneurs who use their companies to save for economic downturns, sick leaves and parental leaves.Morneau will provide more details Wednesday at an event near Saint John on the mechanics of the tweak and a timeline for the introduction of change to passive-income rules, the official said.The announcement is part of a week-long Liberal effort to calm the anger surrounding the tax proposals, which have outraged entrepreneurs, doctors, tax professionals, farmers and Liberal backbench MPs.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the week by announcing tax cuts for small businesses and plans to abandon part of one of the proposals to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.Trudeau also said the government intended to move ahead with another controversial proposal from the tax package. That change is aimed at limiting the ability of business owners to lower their personal income taxes by sprinkling their income to family members who do not contribute to their companies.The government has yet to announce how it will proceed with the remaining proposal, which is designed to limit the ability of business owners to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.On passive income, the official said the problem isn’t with individuals, but the system, since it encourages wealthy Canadians to keep their personal money inside their corporations so they can receive tax advantages not available to everyone else.The changes will not be retroactive, as outlined in the original proposal, and they will not affect existing savings, nor the income from those savings, the official said.Morneau is expected to provide further details Wednesday on the changes to its passive-investment proposal, including a plan for addressing the concerns of angel investors and venture capitalists.Kim Moody, a director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law, said the passive-income proposal is the most-contentious part of the plan, which is probably due to the fact there’s far more money at stake.“They’re going to target the top three per cent, but those three per cent are not going to stand by idly and be subject to a 72 per cent, 73 per cent all-in tax rate — they’re not that foolish,” said Moody, who believes some wealthy business owners may leave the country if they can’t find ways around the new rules.“They will change their behaviour to try and avoid that kind of punishment. There’s always ways.”But he added that it would be a good development if the government can find a way to remove the impact for 97 per cent of private corporations. Moody said it would bring back certainty for those who would otherwise be worried that they won’t be able to set aside funds for rainy days, retirement or business expansion.Greg Wiebe, managing partner for KPMG’s Canadian tax division, said the passive-income proposal troubles him the most out of Ottawa’s three initiatives.“I hope that the answer they have is simple because the tax system in our country is very complicated now,” Wiebe said.“And added complexity just adds costs and makes it difficult for people to comply, frankly.”Morneau has argued the proposals are designed to create a fairer tax system, especially for those in the so-called middle class. He’s also said he hopes the tax reforms will unlock cash for business investment and help lift the country’s “productive capacity.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

The Afghan Government is piloting a scheme to teach widowed women the kind of skills necessary to work in the country’s tourist industry, which is re-emerging after more than two decades of dormancy due to war and Taliban hostility, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.More than 30 women are learning skills such as cooking, literacy and home-making, to take advantage of the growing interest from tourists in the site of the Bamiyan Buddha statues and the Band-i-Amir Lake in Afghanistan’s central region.If the pilot phase works, the scheme will be expanded to help more widowed women left financially vulnerable by the loss of their family’s breadwinner, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said.Briefing reporters in the capital Kabul, he said that while there was no official data showing how many visitors travel to and stay in Bamiyan, there was widespread anecdotal evidence that tourist demand there is rising.More guesthouses and restaurants have been built, and the Band-i-Amir Lake now has a hotel on its shore as well as paddle-boats for public use. The tourists appear to be a mix of Afghans and expatriates from the international community living in Kabul.The Bamiyan Valley is on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of the significance of its archaeological remains, including ancient Buddhist and Islamic structures, and its cave art.In March 2001 the Taliban regime sparked outrage when it destroyed two enormous standing statues of Buddha in the Bamiyan Valley.The Band-i-Amir Lake has also long been a favourite of photographers around the world because of its scenic setting.The training scheme is funded by the Japan Cooperation International Agency (JICA). read more

‘Fight for $15’ minimum wage powers on with coast state wins by Jennifer Peltz And David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2016 1:15 am MDT Last Updated Apr 2, 2016 at 2:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – California and New York — where almost 1 in 5 Americans live — are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states.Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington are among the states with active “Fight for $15” efforts, and even economic experts who oppose the increased rate see it gaining momentum.“There is lots of pressure to do this,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who is now president of the conservative American Action Forum, which says big minimum-wage increases cost jobs.The idea faces headwinds in more conservative and rural states in the South and the Midwest. But activists believe the movement is picking up steam, even if their two big victories so far were achieved in two highly receptive places: trend-setting, liberal, labour-friendly states with a high cost of living and yawning gaps between rich and poor, especially in New York City and Silicon Valley.“In the beginning, it looked impossible,” said Alvin Major, a fast-food worker and leader of the Fight for $15 campaign. But now, “what happened in New York, in California, it’s going to spread around the country.”Since the $15-an-hour movement planted roots with a 2012 New York City fast food workers strike, it has gained ground amid the broader debate over income inequality. Cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco have recently agreed to go to $15 in the coming years, and Oregon’s minimum wage is headed to $14.75 in Portland.Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been pushing for a $15-an-hour standard nationally, while President Barack Obama has called more generally for raising the minimum wage. The federal minimum is currently $7.25; 29 states and Washington, D.C., have set theirs higher.Sanders’ primary opponent and a former New York senator, Hillary Clinton, has supported raising the federal minimum wage to $12. Her campaign website says she also believes “we should go further than the federal minimum through state and local efforts, and by workers organizing and bargaining for higher wages, such as the Fight for 15…”New York and California are now on track to have the highest. California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is set Monday to sign a measure boosting the current $10 rate to $15 by 2022.In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed on a more complex plan. The $9 minimum would gradually rise to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and then in some prosperous suburbs by the end of 2021, but only to $12.50 in 2020 in the rest of the state, with further increases to $15 tied to inflation and other economic indicators. The measure headed to Cuomo’s desk after passing the Legislature on Friday.New York’s graduated approach stemmed from negotiations with Republicans who worried such a sharp increase would devastate businesses, particularly in the more fragile economy outside the New York metropolitan area.Similar dynamics may play out in other parts of the country. While $15 may seem reasonable in high-paying areas, “it’s a much harder lift in low-wage areas,” said Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former adviser to Vice-President Joe Biden.Also, California and New York have politically influential unions, strong community organizing activity and Democratic politicians eager to translate the movement into legislation.“That’s not going to happen in some states, particularly in the South and maybe some of the Midwest,” said Peter Dreier, a politics professor at Occidental College.Idaho lawmakers, for example, recently passed a measure barring local governments from raising the statewide minimum of $7.25, and Republicans in Arizona are trying to do the same.The income gap has been widening in every state for at least 30 years but is particularly pronounced in states with large financial or information technology industries, according to economists Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center and Estelle Sommeiller of the Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences in France.The top 1 per cent of New York taxpayers, for instance, earned 40 times the average income of the state’s remaining 99 per cent in 2011, according to research from University of California at Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez. Nationally, the top 1 per cent made 24 times that of everyone else; in California, the top earned 26 times more.Economists have long debated the impact of raising the minimum wage, and some recent research has found that modest increases seldom cost many jobs. But the jumps to $15 are larger than those economists have tested in the past, and there are fears of widespread job losses in some places.In New York City, Joseph Sferrazza worries that paying $15 will cost him his bakery, La Bella Ferrera. The rate is nearly double what he now pays his employees, mostly students working part time.“The rent is so high, the profit margin is already so low, I don’t see how we can make it work,” he said. “You can only charge so much for a cookie.”But $15 an hour would be a 50 per cent raise for Maria Velez, 29, who makes $10 an hour working at a children’s program and helps support her parents and grandparents.“This city is crazy expensive and only getting worse,” she said. If the boost took effect immediately, “it would make my life and my family’s life better — but in five years? I can’t say.”___Klepper reported from Albany. Associated Press writers Colleen Long in New York; Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber in Washington; and Jonathan Cooper and Alison Noon in Sacramento, California, contributed to this report. read more

“The ongoing suspension by the de facto authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces of almost all UN and [international non-governmental] operations since July 2015 is of great concern,” he stated. “Undue bureaucratic impediments deprive hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed essential services, supplies and other protection services.”He explained that this is further compounded by the decision of the Ukrainian Government to suspend social payments, including pensions, to an estimated 600,000 displaced people, pending verification of their status.“While the legitimate right of the Government to combat fraud is understandable, it is important to put in place a transparent system that provides clear information about the criteria for any cancellation of benefits, and proper communication to those concerned,” he underlined.In addition, Mr. Zerihoun highlighted the number of pressing human rights concerns, including the question of missing persons and the need to create a mechanism by which all parties to the conflict exchange information and cooperate to establish the whereabouts of those who went missing.Concluding his remarks, he told Council members that progress in the peace process will ultimately “depend on the political will of the parties, on their readiness and willingness to find a peaceful resolution of the conflict, through tangible deeds both on the ground and at the negotiation table.” “The continued failure to fully implement the ‘Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements’ has underscored the crucial need to make progress toward a political settlement of the conflict,” said Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, referring to the 13-point accord on ending the Ukraine crisis signed in Minsk in February 2015.Some positive political developmentsSome positive developments have been registered since the Security Council last considered the situation in Ukraine last December, Mr. Zerihoun noted, such as the largely respected ceasefire during the last weeks of 2015. Meanwhile, he said the Government of the new Prime Minister has committed to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which has been “widely welcomed.”“These developments are highly valuable in their own right,” the UN official told the 15-member body. “However, to an extent, these positive steps forward continue to be heavily undermined to some extent by an overall precarious and unsustainable situation in the conflict area.Mr. Zerihoun reported that the total number of conflict-related casualties continues to climb, now standing at 30,729, including 9,333 killed and 21,396 injured since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014. “While some of the recent civilian causalities have been caused by indiscriminate shelling, most are caused by landmines, booby traps, and other explosive remnants of war, which continue to represent the biggest threat to civilian life and security,” he warned. Meanwhile, he indicated that the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe (OSCE) in eastern Ukraine remains instrumental: “In order to carry out its mandate, the Mission must urgently be granted full and unfettered access, including to the border, as stipulated under the Minsk agreements.”‘Grave’ situation on the humanitarian frontTurning to the humanitarian situation, the Assistant Secretary-General said it remains “grave,” with more than three million people in need of assistance, especially those close to the “contact line” and in areas beyond Government control. A hospital in Sloviansk, Ukraine, which was destroyed by shelling. Photo: UNICEF Ukraine/Pavel Zmey read more

Commissioner of Police, Leslie James receives the Strategic Plan from British Security Advisor, Russell CombeMembers of the newly formed Police Reform Change Board, on Monday, received the New Guyana Police Force Strategic Plan. This was done at an executive briefing which discussed the Police Reform Change Board and the New Guyana Police Force Strategic Plan, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).According to the agenda for the briefing, it was done to increase stakeholders’ awareness of certain key mechanisms aimed at enhancing the work of the security sector and improving citizens’ security. Citizens’ security remains a major concern not only in Guyana but throughout the Caribbean, and the implementation of this new plan is expected to boost the national capacity to tackle crime, violence and insecurity.British Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, Russell Combe handed over the plan to Deputy Chairman of the board, Commissioner of Police, Leslie James. The advisor expressed the United Kingdom’s (UK) commitment to helping to boost Guyana’s security sector, DPI reported.“The United Kingdom is committed to supporting this process, to supporting Guyana, in the change management of the police and the areas that we’ll be looking at in the future where additional support is necessary,” Combe said.In his feature remarks, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan highlighted the need to have the implementation of the project expedited to avoid it being lost away on desks.The minister also referenced a recent report which spoke to managing the force’s finances and urged the use of newer budgeting models, such as priority budgeting. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Police Force to be renamedMarch 21, 2019In “Crime”British High Commissioner pledges UK security expert support in Prison reformsAugust 17, 2017In “latest news”More females, better infrastructure needed in the Force- UK envoyAugust 25, 2018In “Crime” read more

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has opened up on his error that led to Charlie Austin’s late winner as the Gunners lost 3-2 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.Danny Ings had put Southampton ahead twice only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to pull level twice, but a rare error by Leno gifted the Saints a late winner as the German goalkeeper came out to clear Shane Long’s cross and couldn’t make good contact with the ball.“The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me,” Bernd told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.“No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line, look at the ball and then nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’.“That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”last_img read more