Dynamic Learning Center offering FREE diploma completion program

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous American essayist and lecturer once said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”To blaze that new path, the first key is to get a great education. The Dynamic Learning Center in Belle Plaine is offering a FREE! Adult High School Diploma Completion Program to help get you on your way.The adult program offers:•24/7 access•Online coursework•Flexible and self-paced hours.The free high school diploma completion program provides unique opportunities for people from 18 to 80 looking to earn credits toward graduation requirements. High School age students can make up credits failed at their current school to keep on track for graduation. Courses meet the state and local graduation standards. These courses are offered two ways — available online or on site.Enrollment is easy. Just log onto the Dynamic Learning Center website here for information about how to get started. You can visit the office at 823 N. Main in Belle Plaine, or just call today at 620-488-5638.Also, “like” their Facebook page here. Don’t hesitate to give them a personal message.Also, e-mail Shari Mills at [email protected] if you have any questions or for more information.last_img read more

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman is not a thug; Stop calling him one

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman speaks at a news conference after the NFL football NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)There was a moment in the NFL version of the Hatfields and McCoys that could have ended the blood feud. It came at the end of the game Sunday, after Seattle’s Richard Sherman batted a pass intended for San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree into the arms of a teammate, causing an interception that would seal the victory for the Seahawks, sending them to the Super Bowl.Sherman walked over to Crabtree with his arm extended as a show of come-togetherness but Crabtree pushed the defender’s helmet hard. So goes the way of the most heated and hated rivalry in sports today.It was this emotion, that shunning of sportsmanship, that was still ringing in the 24-year-old’s helmet when he walked off the field and onto national television to call Crabtree “sorry” and he would later add “mediocre.”It was the face of Sherman and his dark skin and flailing dreads that had some people take to Twitter to call Sherman a “thug” and a “n–ger.”From behind a computer keyboard and a 140-character-limit wielded by the hands of the ignorant, a 24-year-old Stanford graduate was assaulted with arguably some of the most troubling words in the American lexicon.This is the battle and the passion and the ugliness of American history played out in violent sport, rolled into a sound bite and then released into the Internet-mosphere. It is a Twitter-sized snapshot of the trouble that White America has with an outspoken Back athlete. It was a moment that captured both the hate that the Seahawks and 49ers have for one another on the field and, more importantly, the deep-rooted hate some feel when a Black man speaks freely about his legacy.During the interview Sherman told Erin Andrews: “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me … Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”Sherman’s behavior and verbiage was succinct and efficient but it wasn’t even remotely “thuggish.” He didn’t speak in slang, he wasn’t punctuating the air with gang signs, he didn’t use vulgarity. In fact, he didn’t do anything even remotely aggressive. If anything, his loud and egotistical rant was much more WWE than NWA.It was typical-football-Sherman, which has never been, nor will ever be, what is expected. The Twitter response was more telling about how far we haven’t come as a nation, on the heels of the birthday of a man who dreamed more for us.Richard Sherman is brash, bold and brutal, all traits that make him one of the best cover corners in the NFL and make people in White America uncomfortable. So while Muhammad Ali is celebrated now as one of the nation’s greatest icons, he was hated then for the same trash-talking that helped make him legend.America has always been comfortable with the humble, wide-eyed, “awe-shucks” athlete from a small town who is in a permanent state of bewilderment about his own abilities and who always defers to his team or his coach.But an athlete who is fully aware of his abilities, who doesn’t shy away from criticism, who adores not only the spotlight but relishes it is a newer breed in the sport, and it is time for historically buttoned-up institutions like the National Football League and its hordes of fans to make room for them.Look, Richard Sherman grew up in the gangsta capital of Compton, Calif., and I am sure he can point out a thug with ease. I am also positive that thugs don’t star in both football and track and field while having the second highest GPA of their graduating class. But that was Sherman, who broke records in both sports while attending Dominguez High School and also made sure to stay firmly grounded in the classroom.He still considers the day he signed a national letter of intent to play football at the Stanford University as one of the proudest moments of his life.“It was unbelievable,” Sherman told the Federal Way Mirror about the signing. “It was a great accomplishment for me and my family. It was a great symbol for people from where I’m from.”What fans forgot Sunday is that hate is a part of the history of sports, which is rooted in rivalries and trash-talk. The hate that happened on Twitter is a deep hate that continues to divide the country.Think about this: A 24-year-old fifth-round draft pick had just made the biggest play of his career to send his team to the Super Bowl, and right before he walked on-camera his bitter rival (who allegedly tried to fight Sherman at a charity event last year) punched him in the helmet. What happened next was real and raw, but it never veered into the land of vile, menacing or thuggish.“To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines,” Sherman wrote in a column posted on mmqb.com. “Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.”Sherman frequently talks with high school students about making good decisions in life, and recently launched Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation, which helps kids get school supplies and clothes.“But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is.”If being a thug means being salutatorian of your high school with a 4.2 GPA and 1,400 SAT scores, graduating from Stanford, delivering on your promise of greatness and showing no ability to humble-brag—then the black community could use more thugs like Richard Sherman.last_img read more

This one’s a toss up when Cats meet Phantom Midget AAA semi final

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsSixteen points separated the two teams in the final regular season standings, but the last time the two teams met nothing was decided in 120 minutes of play.Which is why it’s anyone’s guess as to which team will come out on top when the Kootenay Wildcats travel to Pitt Meadows to face the Fraser Valley Phantom in the best-of-three B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Playoff series beginning Friday.“I think the games are going to be determined by how the officials allow the girls to compete then I feel we’re going to have a successful weekend,” Kootenay coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily after the Cats’ final practice Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.“If the referees are going to call coincidental contact, then we’ll have to adjust our game to how the game’s being called.”The Cats see an uphill battle on the stats page against the Phantom.During the regular season Kootenay scored 32 fewer goals than the team allowed. Plus the Cats face a team in Fraser Valley that has three players — Rachel Dong, Reaghan Chadwick and Megan Taylor — in the top six in league scoring.“We’ve done a lot of work on offensive play of late,” DiBella explained. “I feel we’ve got the personalities in the room that can put the puck in the net they just have to understand that that is their role on this team.”The series opens Friday at the Pitt Meadows Arena at 9 p.m.Game two of the series goes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with game three, if necessary, played Sunday at 9:15 a.m.The best-of-three playoff series is new this season to the B.C. Female Midget AAA League.A move DiBella likes.“I think it’s great . . .. I think it brings more credibility to the Major Midget Female program,” said DiBella. “I never liked the tournament format where you can get bounced because you play poorly in one game.“At least here you can determine your own fate in the best-of-three.”The league has already seen one upset this season as Prince George rode the red-hot netminding of Megan Spooner to knock off the Vancouver Fusion 2-1 in the best-of-three quarterfinal.Taya Garneau’s goal late in the game sparked the Cougars to a 1-0 win in game three of the series.The Cougars now travel to Kelowna to meet regular season champion Okanagan Rockets in the other best-of-three semi final beginning Friday at the Rutland [email protected]last_img read more

MRAZEK RETURNS FROM NEW YORK TO HEAD $100,000 THOR’S ECHO HANDICAP AT SIX FURLONGS MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgMAGIC MARK: Idle since winning the one mile Bertrando Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos one year ago, this 6-year-old Benchmark gelding will hope to run well fresh for owner/breeders Dorine and John Lanza. Trained by Ron Ellis, he has a sparkling six furlong gate drill in 1:11.20 here on June 26 (best of 13 at the distance) and must be respected with five wins from 14 starts. Out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, he has earnings of $258,734. LOVE MY BUD: A 5-year-old Pamela Ziebarth homebred gelding, he was bred in Kentucky and is California sired, by Tizbud. A state-bred or sired allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs two starts back on April 22, he tired late to finish sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf here on May 19. A longshot, he’s out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen and he has two wins from five starts. RACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 8 (of 9)                                       Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT RAISED A SECRET: Third, beaten 6 ¾ lengths by eventual Grade I Triple Bend Stakes winner Lord Nelson on June 3, this Mark Glatt trainee was a close third two starts back in the Grade III, six furlong Los Angeles Stakes on April 16 and rates a huge chance dropping in class on Monday. Owned by Rodney Orr, the 6-year-old full horse by Songandaprayer will hope to get a stalking trip from his rail post position. Never worse than third in nine tries at six furlongs, Raised a Secret is 30-5-10-8 overall with earnings of $490,130. MRAZEK: By red hot sire Square Eddie, he’s out of the Wild Rush mare Heckuva Rush. A well beaten 10th in the Grade II, seven furlong Woody Stephens Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, he was second, beaten a neck two starts back here in the Grade III, seven furlong Lazaro Barrera Stakes on May 14. A winner versus statebreds of Del Mar’s 5 ½ furlong Graduation Stakes last August, Mrazek is quick from the gate and should relish his post position on the far outside. He has earnings of $169,437 from an overall mark of 7-2-4-0.center_img Raised a Secret–Santiago Gonzalez–123Love My Bud–Rafael Bejarano–117Forest Chatter–Mike Smith–122Nardo–Flavien Prat–118Magic Mark–Drayden Van Dyke–122Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–115First post time on Monday, Independence Day, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Monday is also Fan Appreciation Day and there will be one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs offered throughout the day. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Reddam Racing’s homebred Mrazek returns from a disappointing foray to Belmont Park on June 11 to head Monday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap at Santa Anita. To be contested at six furlongs, the Thor’s Echo, which attracted a field of six, is a part of the Golden State Series and is for California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up.Mrazek’s competition includes Raised a Secret, who comes off a third place finish to recent Grade I winner Lord Nelson, consistent Forest Chatter, comebacking Magic Mark and Nardo, who comes off a pair of recent allowance wins.                 FOREST CHATTER: Winless from just one start on dirt, all five of his career wins have come on turf, which is no longer an option at the current meet. Trained by Richard Mandella, he showed good speed in his only main track appearance, a close fourth three starts back versus statebreds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 22. Third and subsequently second in a pair of statebred stakes down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Feb. 27 and May 28, the 5-year-old Kentucky bred and California-sired gelding by Dixie Chatter retains the services of Mike Smith. His overall mark stands at 13-5-2-2 and he has earnings of $268,510. NARDO: Trained by Mike Puype, he comes off a pair of recent allowance wins at 6 ½ furlongs and appears to be a “now” commodity for owner/breeders Tony and Suzy Narducci. A 4-year-old gelding by Olmodavor out of the Decarchy mare Bella Castagna, Nardo appears to be coming to his best as he tries stakes competition for the first time. With an overall record of 7-3-1-2, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Flavien Prat.last_img read more

PFL semis: Late Global fightback stuns Meralco

first_imgMOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Sparks were rewarded for their enterprising play in the 61st minute when Tahj Minniecon slotted home a penalty after he was fouled by Daryl Regala.Struggling for most of the match, Global came alive late with a comeback that puts Akbar Nawas’ side in a strong position to reach the finals. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMinegishi completed the fightback in the 93rd minute with a strike from just inside the box. Teed up by substitute Paolo Salenga, Minegishi rifled a shot that ricocheted off the post and crossed the line, sparking wild celebrations from Global fans.With their away goal though, the Sparks just needs a 1-0 win in the second leg on Saturday to also advance. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img NU coach Bernabe tips hat off to underdogs Adamson, UE Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The first leg of the other semifinal matchup between Kaya Makati and Ceres Negros starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday at University of Makati StadiumSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National team standout Pika Minegishi struck right at the death as Global Cebu edged Meralco Manila, 2-1, to grab a slender advantage in their Philippines Football League semifinal duel at Rizal Memorial Stadium. Wesley Dos Santos equalized for Global just before stoppage time with a glancing header off a corner from Minegishi as the Cebu side finished with a flourish. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Plans in place to close Letterkenny Hospital Roundabout for nighttime works

first_imgDonegal County Council has issued a notice of plans to close the Hospital Roundabout at Letterkenny for nighttime works later this month.From 16th-18th September, the four junctions of the roundabout will be closed to traffic from 7pm to 7am to facilitate Irish Water works.Five alternative routes have been set out by the roads department to facilitate traffic approaching the roundabout. Advertisement This “junction” Closure will effectively close the;– De Valera Road approaching from Letterkenny Town Centre– Kilmacrennan Road approaching from Mountain Top– High Road approaching from Town Centre– Circular Road approaching from GlencarAlternative Routes:– Traffic approaching from De Valera Road going towards Mountain Top will be diverted via Ramelton Road R940 onto Ballyraine and Business park Road N56.– Traffic approaching from De Valera Road going towards Glencar will be diverted via N56 and onto Windyhall Road L1164.– Traffic approaching from High Road going towards Glencar will be diverted via Newline Road L5002-2.– Traffic approaching from Kilmacrennan Road approaching from Mountain Top be diverted via the Business park Road N56.– Traffic approaching from Circular Road be diverted via the Glencar Road and New line Road L5002-2. Or Windyhall Road L1164The roadworks were announced in an Initial Notice from Donegal County Council. Persons wishing to object to the closure should submit objections in writing by 4th September 2019.Further details are available here: http://www.donegalcoco.ie/media/donegalcountyc/roads/pdfs/roadclosures/Initial%20Notice-Hospital%20roundabout.pdf Advertisement Plans in place to close Letterkenny Hospital Roundabout for nighttime works was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:letterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitalroadworkslast_img read more

What Mean These Bones?

first_imgFossils found in unusual conditions and strange locations tell a silent story.  Humans often cannot resist making up their own versions of the plot.  Consider the following discoveries.  Listen to the stories told about them, and ask: what is the probability the stories are true?  How could we ever know?  Who is qualified to be the chief storyteller?Glacier-saurus:  Bones from a six-ton sauropod were found 10 years ago at 13,000′ elevation near a glacier in Antarctica.  New interpretations about it were reported by EurekAlert and PhysOrg.  The National Geographic article includes an artist’s interpretation of the ecology when it lived.  What put this monster meat in the freezer?    The evolutionary story is that this dinosaur, named Glacialisaurus hammeri, lived 190 million years ago.  NG quotes a paleontologist saying that the discovery so far south “was probably due to the fact that major connections between the continents still existed at that time, and because climates were more equitable across latitudes than they are today.”  He added that the bones are “important because they help to establish that primitive sauropodomorph dinosaurs were more broadly distributed than previously thought and that they coexisted with their cousins, the true sauropods.”Armadillo in the sky:  An armor-covered mammal called a glyptodont was found at 14,000 feet in the Andes, reported National Geographic News.  This represents the “oldest glyptodont known from any significant skeletal remains,” said one paleontologist.  How did it get so high in the mountains?  One paleontologist said that when it lived, the mountain wasn’t there.  “For me, the real question is what this tells us about the history of uplift of the Andes mountains and how it impacted this group of animals.”  Some glyptodonts, which look like fat, stiff armadillos, grew to the size of a small car, the article said.Double-decker dino:  Dinosaur bones sitting in a Chicago museum have been re-interpreted as those of a large carnivorous beast rivalling T. rex.  Found in Niger 10 years ago, Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis was one of the largest meat-eaters that ever lived.  “It was part of a ‘very weird ecosystem’ of huge bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs that inhabited the Saharan Cretaceous landscape,” the article claims.  The BBC News story shows it larger than a double-decker bus.    Why did this beast grow so large?  A paleontologist explained: “The dinosaur seems to have evolved because these shallow seas divided up the land so it led to different groups of dinosaurs in different places.”  Obviously, “that has implications for how life reacts to high temperatures and high sea levels,” he said.  National Geographic News quoted a paleontologist calling this “evolution in action,” even though humans have only observed static, dead bones.  “The study suggests that the newly described species is evidence for rapid evolution after shallow prehistoric seas inundated North Africa.”  That part of the story was certainly not observed.    Another speculated, “It may be that these giants arose by allopatric speciation, whereby biological populations are physically isolated by a barrier, in this case a seaway, and evolve in reproductive isolation” (see entry on allopatric speciation from 01/15/2003).  She thought that interpretation holds for living species; “However, that hypothesis can’t be tested with ancient fossils!”Underground forest:  A farmer in Michigan was astonished to find something under his land when the Department of Transportation started digging a pond for him in exchange for fill earth.  Lo and behold, a prehistoric forest came to light.  The report on Science Daily quoted a forester saying, “We find a lot of trees lying on the forest floor, but this was the first time I’ve seen so many trees thousands of years old and so well preserved in the soil.”  Well, gosh darn, whaddya know.  “What could bury a whole forest 15 feet underground?  It had to be a single catastrophic, violent event, and it must have happened a long time ago for 15 feet of soil to build up.”    A professional colleague speculated with him that “the trees were either transported or mowed down by the last glacier to move across the Keweenaw, before Lake Superior covered the peninsula” about 10,000 years ago.  They want to perform radiocarbon dating on the logs, many of which are 20 feet long and 2 feet in diameter.Mammoth targets:  Rocks from space played asteroids against mammoths 35,000 years ago, claims a report on the BBC News.  Tusks from Alaska and Siberia appear to show scars of meteorite debris.  A researcher explained, “We think that there was probably an impact which exploded in the air that sent these particles flying into the animals.”  Bones of bison from the same period show re-growth, indicating that the smaller mammals survived a “calamitous event” that took down their bigger neighbors.  They’re not sure, though; “Maybe, these were tusks from dead animals that were just exposed on the surface, so when this thing blew up in the atmosphere, it would have peppered them.”  The date could range from 13,000 to 35,000 years ago, they said.    Previously, scientists attributed the extinction of mammoths to humans or climate change.  Can space impacts really explain this?  It can’t hurt, at least (that is, it can’t hurt the theory, even if it hurt the animals):For us the difficulty is that we see patterns but we don’t understand what the underlying process is; so it becomes difficult to ascribe causation,” he [Dr. Ian Barnes from Royal Holloway University of London, UK] explained.    “Just as in a modern crime scene, it’s very difficult to piece all the evidence together and say precisely what was going on; which event led to any particular outcome.”    But he added: “Certainly, you can’t imagine it helped the animals having a large meteorite hit the Earth’s atmosphere and pellet them with shot.”Polar warming:  A polar bear jaw has been found in the Arctic, reported the BBC News.  The article claims this jawbone is up to 130,000 years old.  That makes the evolution of polar bears 30,000 years older than previously thought.  Why is this good news?  Well, if “further discoveries can show the iconic Arctic beasts have a deeper evolutionary heritage, then the outlook for the animals may be more positive than some believe,” because they would have survived one interglacial period – i.e., global warming.  Hence, “This is telling us that despite the ongoing warming in the Arctic today, maybe we don’t have to be quite so worried about the polar bear.”A paleontologist in the last story was honest about the storytelling: “This is just how I interpret it.  But this is science – when you have little data, you have lots of freedom.”  The only question is whether free interpretation can really be called science.PostScript:  National Geographic News posted an article today about the massive dinosaur pit in Spain (see 11/30/2007, bullet 2).  The consensus is that this graveyard, containing over 8,000 individuals, was caused by a flood.  Evolutionists are also saying this shows that the period when they were assumed to have lived – 70 million years ago – had more biodiversity than thought.  “Having so many dinosaurs together at the same site is a big deal,” one paleontologist commented.  “This group of dinosaurs living in the same place in the same environment hadn’t been established before.”  The pit includes huge titanosaurs, among the largest land animals that ever lived; they are among the most abundant creatures at the site.  Must have been some flood.The interpretation of these finds is left as an exercise.  That’s a difficult exercise, because fossils don’t come with written documentation.  Science cannot provide definitive answers about one-time, past events.  Paleontologists try to piece together a story from multiple clues, and weave together scenarios that are more or less plausible.  Never forget, however, a point emphasized by philosophers of science: theories are always under-determined by the data.  This means an almost infinite number of theories could be concocted to fit the same set of observations.  It’s especially true for past events that cannot be checked directly.    So whose interpretation will carry the day?  Aha; now we enter the realm of “political” science.  The reigning Darwin Party wields an iron fist over its totalitarian dictatorship.  Remember: totalitarian means total; it means that it is a crime to even think out of line with the regime.  That is why interpretations outside the Party never get heard.  The paleontologist who claimed he had little data but lots of freedom was putting a positive spin on how much freedom there is inside the Party paradigm.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African director to helm Hollywood action film

first_img8 March 2016Gary [email protected] actioner “Hunter Killer” brings on Donovan Marsh to helm https://t.co/X2WnzIeeCE pic.twitter.com/uklXaXZiiG— Tracking Board (@MyTrackingBoard) March 5, 2016Director and writer Donovan Marsh, responsible for bringing South Africa’s favourite schoolboy to life on the big screen in the first two Spud films, has been chosen to direct his first Hollywood film, Hunter Killer, starring legendary character actor Gary Oldman and action movie hero Gerard Butler.Marsh is a fixture in the South African film, television and media industry, having directed a number of commercials and television productions, including the Class Act acting reality show. Feature films, though, are his first love and where he has gained his most success. His first film, the Safta-winning Dollars and White Pipes, was an action-packed South African gangster drama. It gained a cult following in South Africa.He also directed and scripted the first two Spud films, bringing John Milton, the lovable but awkward hero of John van der Ruit’s popular book series, to wider local and international audiences.“iNumber Number” – Donovan Marsh (2013) pic.twitter.com/YboqwS3gu5— Framing Blackness (@FramingBlacknes) Novembe r 8, 2015Marsh’s greatest international triumph so far, however, has been as director and writer of the critically acclaimed action drama iNumber Number, which earned selection for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also an audience favourite at the official Quentin Tarantino Film Festival. He won a Best Screenplay Award for the film at the 2013 Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. The film also won Best Director, Best Writer and Best Editing at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas).And now Hollywood has come calling, selecting Marsh to direct Butler and Oldman in an action thriller about an American submarine commander sent deep into Russian waters to save the elected Russian president in the midst of a military coup. The film begins shooting in London in July 2016.Marsh follows other prominent South African directors working in international mainstream cinema, including Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine), Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) and Jann Turner (TV’s Castle, Teen Wolf).Speaking to the Screen Africa website in 2013, Marsh explained what inspired him as a director.“I am inspired by filmmakers who are always fully aware and respectful of their audience and do everything in their power, in every second and in every frame, to entertain, surprise, move and finally comment on the nature of humanity. Good solid thinking also inspires me. The world is in sore need of powerful thinkers.”A fan of directors such as Martin Scorsese, Tarantino and the Coen brothers, Marsh wants to create films that have both good action and real character development. His new opportunity working in international cinema will, no doubt, give him the chance to use that talent to tell more South African stories to the world.Source: Deadline (USA)last_img read more

Frustrated Alaska ‘has to keep fighting,’ says Compton

first_img“We just got to pull ourselves up, it’s definitely not for a lack of effort I can assure you that.”This conference, the Aces have they lost their games by an average of 6.33 points, which is respectable at best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCompton said the team is obviously frustrated with the string of losses and there would be a problem if there’s no negativity surrounding their dismal performance.“All of us [are frustrated],” said Compton. “In this sport you don’t do one play right and you’re going to end up frustrated, our thing is ‘next play, next play.’” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Alaska is in the midst of the worst storm in franchise history after losing 11 straight games that has spanned two conferences and four months, but instead of moping around and doing nothing head coach Alex Compton knows there’s no way to go but up.“We just have to keep fighting,” said Compton after the Aces lost their third in as many games in the PBA Governors’ Cup in a 101-92 disappointment against Star Friday at Ynares Sports Center here.ADVERTISEMENT “If we weren’t frustrated we have serious problems and if losing 11 straight was okay, we better be frustrated.” LATEST STORIES Kimura stuns China’s Zou to win WBO flyweight title Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Brazil jump to second spot in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgFive-time World Cup winners Brazil rose to second place as they closed the gap on leaders Argentina in the latest FIFA rankings.Brazil were rewarded for winning their past six CONMEBOL group World Cup qualifiers by moving up one place in the standings, reports Xinhua.The Selecao usurped Germany, who slipped to the third spot despite winning each of their first four World Cup qualifiers by an aggregate of 16 goals.Argentina, fifth in the CONMEBOL standings with just five wins from 12 matches, remain the world’s top team but have seen their lead slashed to 90 points from 156 points in October.Copa America champions Chile were the biggest movers inside the top 10, climbing two places to fourth.Republic of Ireland jumped 10 places to 23rd on the back of three straight World Cup qualifying wins.FIFA rankings:1. Argentina2. Brazil3. Germany4. Chile5. Belgium6. Colombia7. France8. Portugal9. Uruguay10. Spainlast_img read more