Northern Indiana: Bishop Ed Little will resign in 2016

first_img Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Tags Bishop Edward S. Little II[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Northern Indiana Bishop Edward S. Little II recently announced the he will resign at the end of June 2016.Little, 68, was ordained and consecrated in March 2000 as the diocese’s seventh bishop.He included the following letter in the April edition of the “Around the Diocese” newsletter.Dear brothers and sisters,This past Tuesday I presented a letter to the Standing Committee, announcing my retirement as of June 30, 2016. At the time, I will have served as bishop of this wonderful diocese for 16 years. My ministry as your bishop, however, will actually conclude three months earlier – March 31, 2016 – when I begin a three-month sabbatical to write a long-planned book.Palm Sunday marks the first day of a new visitation cycle. In my closing cycle, I will have the  opportunity to visit all 36 churches of our diocese and to thank you for your witness to Jesus, for your faithfulness in mission and ministry, and for your kindness and encouragement to Sylvia and to me.I have said many times and in many settings that if I had the opportunity to choose any diocese in the Episcopal Church to serve as bishop, I would without hesitation select Northern Indiana. Our diocese is a profoundly Christ-centered community, a place where Jesus is known, loved, worshiped, and followed. Our relationships are deep. Indeed, the small size of our diocese is a blessing, because it has given me the gift of knowing people and parishes in a way that my colleague bishops envy. March 18, 2000, the day of my consecration in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame, marked a turning point in my life for which I will always give thanks. You have touched Sylvia’s life and mine, welcomed us into your hearts, and drawn us ever more deeply into the heart of Jesus himself.Sunday is the high point of my week. Worshiping with you, hearing the Word and sharing the Eucharist, and seeing Jesus at work in a glorious variety of ways have planted memories that I will forever cherish. I offer thanks to God for the gift of walking with you as fellow disciples, and am humbled by the expressions of love and support that Sylvia and I have received during a decade and a half of ministry in Northern Indiana.In the coming months, I ask for your prayers for the Standing Committee, under the leadership of its president, Fr. Matthew Cowden. Their task is to discern the next steps for the diocese and to oversee the process of electing the 8th Bishop of Northern Indiana. This challenging and exciting work will be an opportunity for the entire diocese to walk in faith into the future that God has planned.St. Paul’s words seem especially apt, and express something of what I feel as I write this letter: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-5).I lean on St. Paul’s words because I am overwhelmed with gratitude, beyond my ability fully to articulate, for the privilege of serving as Bishop of Northern Indiana. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN People Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Posted Mar 27, 2015 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer prepares to play either Duke, N.C. State in ACC quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Notre Dame and Syracuse, as the top-two seeds in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, are the only two sides in the 10-team field that won’t have a full week to scout an opponent.SU is the No. 1 team in the country but No. 2 in the tournament by virtue of the Fighting Irish having a better conference record. The Orange (14-2-1, 5-2-1 ACC) will play the winner of No. 10 North Carolina State (7-6-4, 1-4-3) and No. 7 Duke (8-8-1, 4-4), who play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Durham, North Carolina.SU played the Wolfpack to a scoreless draw on Oct. 25 and hasn’t played the Blue Devils yet this season. While playing N.C. State may be more beneficial in terms of scouting, there’s still no explicit preference among the team.“There’s obviously an advantage for us if we play N.C. State that we know about their team,” SU sophomore Oyvind Alseth said. “We know their strengths and weaknesses but I think it really doesn’t matter for the team.“I think we’re just happy to play that game and we’re ready to play whoever we’re going to face.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven though the Wolfpack battled SU to its only draw on the year, the Orange knows it could be a completely different game if N.C. State was to be the quarterfinal opponent.“Even though we did play N.C. State, I’m sure it’s not going to be the same matchup if they beat Duke and we were able to play them,” SU midfielder Nick Perea said.If Duke is the winner on Wednesday, former SU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Miller will make his first trip back to Syracuse since joining the Blue Devils over the summer.Miller was previously with SU since head coach Ian McIntyre took over and was integral in bringing in a majority of the current crop that got the Orange to the nation’s top spot on Tuesday. The two teams haven’t come in contact, but McIntyre knows either one won’t be going into a potential matchup blind.“It’s the beauty of having the chance to watch each other against a lot of quality common opponents,” McIntyre said of scouting Duke. “We’ve watched Duke play several times already this year, as I’m sure they’ve seen us as well.”Rhynhart doubtful for ACC tournament quarterfinalJunior forward Noah Rhynhart, who was seen walking with a protective brace on his right knee last week, may not suit up when Syracuse takes the field on Sunday. He dressed in the team’s puffy jacket, sweatpants and sneakers when SU took on Boston College on Friday and McIntyre said it could be the same this weekend.“He’s still a little bit away,” McIntyre said of Rhynhart’s chances to play. “He’s not old and slow like me, so he’s a fast healer. He was moving around pretty well today, so we’ll see.”The head coach added that it certainly helps that SU has prolonged its season and earned a top seed in order to give Rhynhart several extra days of rest. While he is a couple weeks into his original 3–4 week healing timeframe, McIntyre said, he’s still working back.“You guys have the cliche. What is it, day-to-day?” McIntyre asked the group of reporters around him. “Is that what we’re supposed to say?”Rhynhart has only tallied one goal and one assist this year, but has been a spark plug up top as one of the Orange’s fastest players and one that is at the front of a deep bench.But that depth may take a slight hit as ACC tournament play begins. Said McIntyre of Rhynhart’s chances to play: “I think it would be a challenge for him.” Comments Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Church expansion under way

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a year of negotiating with the city, in addition to fundraising and plenty of prayer, a long-awaited expansion at the Lord’s Vineyard Fellowship is finally under way.Contractors started work in recent weeks on a one-story Spanish-style building behind the existing church on Passons Boulevard that will include classrooms for Sunday School and community outreach programs and a kitchen.“This is a miracle that has been a long time coming,” said the Rev. Richard Ochoa, the head of the church.First, the 100 adults in the church had to raise $175,000 needed for the expansion.To do that, they pitched in about $20,000; the rest came from the equity on the existing church building, a Spanish-style home built in 1920.Then there were glitches in the planning process.Ochoa’s original plan was for an elevated building because the city requires that new structures be higher in elevation so water drains off the property.When Ochoa learned it would cost an additional $10,000 or more to bring in vast amounts of dirt to elevate the building, he decided to go with a pump that drains water off the property if it floods.“It has taken a long time because of the requirements,” he said. “But we are moving ahead because the people have waited long enough.”When the Lord’s Vineyard Fellowship was founded in 1982, congregation members were somewhat nomadic.After meeting at Smith Park for years, they moved to El Rancho High School, and from there back to Smith Park.For a time they were also housed at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and Rivera Middle School.In 1996, they learned the home on Passons Boulevard was for sale and purchased it from the Christian Science Reading Room for $300,000.“We didn’t have any money to shake a stick at, so we wrote a letter to the association for members of Vineyard churches nationwide requesting donations,” said Ochoa. “After that, enough money for the down payment trickled in.”The church has needed more space in recent years to house the adult congregation of 100 and the growing number of children, now about 60.“It was getting crowded in the other rooms,” said Unique Estrada, 10, a relative of Ochoa who attends the church. “Now, more children will be able to come.”The new kitchen will be used to prepare food for the church’s Overflowing Hope Ministry.For that ministry, members cook food and deliver it once a month to people living on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Up to now, the food has been prepared at members’ homes.“We are very proactive in the community. Our people are real doers,” said Ochoa. “So this will enable us to do even more.” [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

Defending Darwin Day

first_imgTomorrow is the 199th birthday of Charles Darwin.  The rising anticipation of a big 200th celebration next year prompts a question: why is this man worthy of such hullabaloo more than other scientists?  Why the efforts to make Darwin Day an annual event of international scope?  Kevin Padian undertook to justify all this attention in an essay in Nature,1 entitled, “Darwin’s enduring legacy.”Perhaps no individual has had such a sweeping influence on so many facets of social and intellectual life as Charles Darwin, born on 12 February 1809.  Of the other two of the great nineteenth-century triumvirate of European thinkers, Marx’s ideas have been distorted beyond recognition in their political execution, and Freud’s approach to the psyche no longer merits scientific recognition.  Neither man had Darwin’s impact on the structure of empirical knowledge.2Considering how high Marx and Freud rose before their fall into the dustbin of intellectual history, Padian needs to make the case that Darwin is not only the “last man standing” among the triumvirate but deserves to remain as Grand Marshall in an endless parade of scientific thinkers.  “His contributions can scarcely be reduced to a simple list,” Padian disclaims, “but the following ten topics hint at the magnitude of the man’s legacy.”  Each of the items on Padian’s list will be evaluated in the commentary.  They are: (1) Natural selection, (2) One tree of life, (3) Genealogical classification, (4) Selective extinction, (5) Deep time, (6) Biogeographical distributions, (7) Sexual selection, (8) Coevolution, (9) Economy of nature, and (10) Gradual change.    At the end of the essay, Padian dismissed Darwin’s critics: “It is dismaying, then, to note the rise of anti-evolutionism in recent decades,” he said.  “This is a direct result of the rise of religious fundamentalism, whose proponents feel it necessary to reject modern science on the basis of highly questionable (from mainstream historical and theological viewpoints) readings of sacred texts.”  Padian did not deal with the many non-“fundamentalist” critics of Darwinism, including the 600 scientists with PhDs who signed the Dissent from Darwin statement.  He used a label that is primarily employed these days in a derogatory manner.    Noting Darwin’s influences not only on science but literature and the humanities, Padian ended with praise for the liberating vision Darwin ushered in for all mankind:Humans are animals, one species of many on the planet, bound by common ancestry to all other species, part of an ages-old dance of reproduction, accommodation, survival and alteration.    It is for this vision, one that liberates humans from the conceit of special creation, that Darwin was honoured by interment in Westminster Abbey.  And it is for his innumerable scientific insights, most still as valid and stimulating as the day he coined them, that we look forward to celebrating him next year.Kevin Padian also appeared in a Darwin Day press release posted on PhysOrg.  The automatic ads, though, included a plug for Ben Stein’s upcoming movie Expelled which documents Darwinian attacks on intelligent design proponents and has a blog entry criticizing Darwin Day, as do Evolution News and Breakpoint.1.  Kevin Padian, “Darwin’s enduring legacy,” Nature 451, 632-634 (7 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451632a.2.  Notice how Padian called it the structure of empirical knowledge, not empirical knowledge itself.  This implies a paradigm shift in philosophy of science – a change in what constitutes ”empirical” knowledge.  Philosopher J. P. Moreland termed Darwin’s revolution a third-order theory change.  It was not simply a change of one theory with another, or a change of one value with another (e.g., elegance over utility).  Darwin’s theory change was a revolution in what constitutes science itself.Don’t be mesmerized by the rhetoric.  It is to be expected that the Archbishop of Can’tbury Charlie’s Corpse, Kevin Padian, rector of Bestmonster Abbey and former head of the Darwin Party KGB (i.e., the NCSE), would exude great swelling words of vanity for his bearded Buddha.  Did you notice how much of his sermon was religious in nature?  If you expected a scientific defense of Darwinism, you got a mostly anticreationist, humanistic, antitheological rant.  It was necessary to portray Darwin in bold either-or strokes: either stand with Darwin in the parade, or you are condemned as a fundamentalist heretic.  Try that on David Berlinski.    For Padian’s pitches to count, he has to send them through the science batter box or walk out.  This is Nature after all, reputed to be a “science” journal.  Logically, he also needs to defend several propositions, not just assume them: namely, that the points are germane to Darwinism and nothing else, that Darwin alone dreamed them up, and that they are so supremely important that they are worthy of granting Darwin an international holiday above and beyond the birthdays of all the other greatest philosophers and scientists in history, none of whom, including Einstein, Newton or Maxwell, have anything like Darwin Day.  Good luck, comrade Kevin:Natural selection: Darwin was co-inventor of this notion, so why no Wallace Day?  Actually, neither discovered it.  Hints of natural selection can be found in Edward Blyth (10/10/2002) and William Paley (12/18/2003) and others as far back as the Greeks.  Even young-earth creationists accept natural selection to a degree (CMI), so big deal.    Padian admits the flawed associations with Malthus and Spencer, and admits N.S. was rejected till the neo-Darwinian synthesis of the 1930s brought it back with a vengeance.  There exists a staunch minority of biologists who do not consider N.S. the be-all and end-all of evolutionary theory (e.g., 02/16/2005).  Besides, who wins a birthday party for inventing a tautology?  If fitness equates to survival, N.S. is a vacuous idea. One tree of life:  Well, of all things.  Look at Padian give good press to Haeckel – a racist hoaxster who “developed enthusiastically” the tree icon.  Then, he assumes that the tree of life was vindicated by “the discovery of genetic structure more than a century after the Origin was published.”  That is, only if one ignores recent findings and sweeps countless difficulties under the rug (02/01/2007, 10/08/2007).  The single tree of life is not a conclusion from inductive reasoning from observation, but rather a paradigm into which all observations must be fitted.  Neither was Darwin the inventor of this ancient notion that goes back to Democritus at least and is part and parcel of some pagan religions.  You know, like Darwinism.Genealogical classification: Darwin should not have expected taxonomic divisions.  His theory predicts smooth transitions between forms from top to bottom, from simple to complex.  Besides, the ability to arrange assorted items into a taxonomic scheme has no necessary correlation with natural divisions that are “out there” in the world.  Taxonomy is a human enterprise.  Taxonomists try to arrange parts (whether tools, occupations, atoms, or whatever) into compartments that are useful to them.  For Padian to claim that a genealogy-based scheme is somehow better than any philosophical, theological or pragmatic scheme, because it fits his preconceived notion of universal common ancestry, begs the question that evolution is empirical.  Say it is useful to promote materialist religion, but don’t claim it carves nature at its joints.Selective extinction: Padian knocks down a straw man of the “great chain of being” then explains how selective extinction rescued Darwinism from the evidence: “the living world [i.e., the observations] is a patchwork of possible forms, with most transitional stages and features removed.”  And you thought science was supposed to be about what you could see.Deep time: Darwin did not invent deep time.  Aristotle believed in an eternal universe.  Enlightenment anti-Christians before Darwin thought in terms of misty depths of prehistory: Comte du Buffon, Hutton, Lamarck and others.  Why should Charlie get credit for begging the question?  Darwin needed deep time, so he assumed it.  Look at this marvelous example of chicanery:True, Lord Kelvin’s calculated limits on solar duration nonplussed many supporters of Deep Time, but Darwin was not cowed by physics, because he knew the rocks.  Deep Time was absolutely necessary to his theory, in a way that it had not been for any biological theory before.  It was no longer possible to accept that Earth was 6,000 years old, as some Biblical scholars estimated.Stand in amazement at this admission.  Mr. Darwin was not cowed by physics.  Well, he should have been!  Lord Kelvin had him pinned and he refused to cry uncle (07/02/2007).  What kind of scientific attitude is that?  Deep Time was an escape, a hidden fortune where he could make reckless drafts on the bank of time.    Darwin “knew the rocks,” we are told.  Ever see a rock with a date on it?  Rock ages are interpreted, students, not discovered.  Rocks were dubbed ancient, and it was no longer possible to accept a young earth, for one reason alone: “Deep Time was absolutely necessary to his theory.”  It does not follow that the Earth needed Deep Time.  By force of propaganda and group-think, Darwin and his musketeers rode a wave of Victorian materialist progressivism and rising dissatisfaction with organized religion (some of it deserved), redefined science and took over the institutions of learning.  Since then, the Darwin Thought Police have enforced their totalitarian doctrines.  That is why it is no longer possible to think outside the paradigm.Biogeographical distributions: For Padian to score with this pitch, he needs to prove that nobody else with any other theory could accommodate the observations.  He simply asserts that “Only evolutionary adaptation and dispersal could account for such patterns” and that “the distributions of plants and animals are not serendipitous patterns or whims of a Creator.”  This is a collection of hot air balloons wrapped in a straw man pinata.  Maybe he should read the Creation Research Society Quarterly.  The claim that plate tectonics confirmed Darwin’s theory is like the claim that Marx predicted Al Qaeda.  Padian should read up on the philosophy of science, particularly in regard to scientific justification.Sexual selection: This idea is somewhat original to Darwin, but is not without controversy (05/17/2004).  Furthermore, since it concerns microevolutionary change, it is not germane to his philosophy of universal common ancestry.Coevolution: Padian discusses long-tongued moths that pollinate orchids with long corollas (11/11/2007 commentary, bullet 13), parasites and symbiosis and “many other associations that can only reasonably be explained by co-evolution through diversification over millions of years.”  We don’t need Padian to lecture us on what is reasonable.    How does Padian know that microevolutionary changes required millions of years?  How does he know that these observations fit Darwin, the whole Darwin, and nothing but the Darwin?  He needs more research on scientific justification of theories.  Claiming that co-evolution confirms evolution is like claiming that theories of the unconscious confirm psychoanalysis or horoscopes prove astrology.Economy of nature: Did Darwin invent ecology?  Certainly not.  Great thinkers and scientists from Greeks to medieval scholars were not blind to the interactions of plants and animals.  Calling Darwin the father of ecology is like calling Freud the father of dream theory – as if he were the only one who dreamt about it.  All Darwin did was change the vision: “What had been, for earlier authors, the divinely ordained balance of nature became the autocatalytic war of nature.”  If you want to believe that, worship in the mosque of Darwin, but don’t call it science.Gradual change: Padian spends a lot of time defending Darwin here in a most unusual way: he tries to prove that gradual doesn’t really mean gradual.  Darwin can still be reconciled with punctuated equilibria (or punk eq, you know, the punk who goes around making gradualists squeal “Eek!”).  But in Charlie’s own blessed words, he said, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”  Aside from the fact that Charlie’s rhetorical ploy put the onus on his critics to prove a universal negative and opened the door for endless just-so stories by his disciples (12/22/2003), it is clear that by gradual, King Charles meant really gradual.Displaying his collection of non-sequiturs and big lies and half-truths and glittering generalities and irrelevant details on the table, Padian ends by acknowledging that there have been other great scientists, but Darwin is so precious and special we should all bow down and worship:But Darwin moved intellectual thought from a paradigm of untestable wonder at special creation to an ability to examine the workings of that natural world, however ultimately formed, in terms of natural mechanisms and historical patterns.  He rooted the classification of species within a single branching tree, and so gave systematics a biological, rather than purely philosophical, rationale.  He framed most of the important questions that still define our understanding of evolution, from natural selection to sexual selection, and founded the main principles of the sciences of biogeography and ecology.  His work is still actively read and discussed today, inspiring new students and scientists all over the world.  Few authors can claim so much.That paragraph is so corrupted with incestuous illogic and irrelevant appropriation of concepts not unique to Darwinism, only a gullible nitwit would be convinced that Charlie deserves Darwin Day.  This reads like Party propaganda defending reasons why Lenin’s corpse is displayed in public so that the peasants can file by it in reverence, while the Party troops parade alongside the big guns with the subliminal message “Don’t stray out of line.”  This list could not stand up to critical scrutiny from scientists or philosophers not already pledged to DODO (Darwin Only, Darwin Only).    Darwin may have been a polite English gentleman, but he was a loser who deserves to buried alongside his buddies Freud and Marx.  His ideas have inhibited real science for 149 years with endless quests for the ultimate just-so story, and have energized proponents of eugenics, abortion, racism and social Darwinism.  His disciples today have no conscience about playing God with human embryos.  Science doesn’t need him, medicine doesn’t need him, and politics doesn’t need him.  Let the dead bury their dead.  Shed some tears on Darwin Day for all the harm he and his followers caused (11/30/2005).  Then, for goodness’ sake, let’s get on into the 21st century – the century of intelligent design.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Global honour for Comrades Marathon

first_imgAccepting the special award on behalf of the CMA on Friday, former chairman and present board member Peter Proctor dedicated it to Vic Clapham, the founder of the Comrades Marathon. SAinfo reporter The congress, the first of its kind to be held on the African continent, will see delegates from over 300 AIMS-affiliated running events from all over the globe descend on South Africa’s east coast city. “It was indeed a proud moment for the CMA to represent the legacy of Vic Clapham and South Africa at this prestigious AIMS International Awards Gala, in Athens, Greece, the birth place of the marathon 2 502 years ago,” Boshoff said. “The global family of road running recognised the Comrades Marathon as a pioneer of the running movement, and we were privileged to accept the award on behalf of all South Africans.” The association used the occasion to highlight the contributions of the world’s oldest marathons to the sport of road running. South Africa’s Comrades Marathon Association received a special award at the 30th anniversary gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Athens, Greece on Friday. The Comrades Marathon was honoured for being the oldest marathon and ultra-marathon on the African continent. It is also the world’s oldest ultra-marathon and, of all marathons run globally, it is third in age, behind only the Boston and Yonkers Marathons. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material CMA general manager Gary Boshoff, who is also an executive board member of AIMS, described the award as “due recognition of the Comrades Marathon, not only as the oldest marathon on the African continent, but also as the oldest and biggest ultra-marathon in the world; and the third oldest marathon in the world after The Boston and Yonkers Marathons in the USA. ‘Due recognition’ 12 November 2012 ‘A significant achievement’ The status of the Comrades Marathon was further underlined when the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) was chosen to host a highly successful 2012 AIMS Children’s Series Race in Durban on 2 June this year. Children’s Series events will also be hosted in 2013 and 2014. The CMA was also recently awarded the hosting rights for the inaugural AIMS Regional Conference, which will be held in Pietermartizburg in February 2013. It will also host the AIMS World Congress in Durban in May 2014. Addressing an audience which included race directors from 52 AIMS-affiliated races worldwide, Proctor highlighted the fact that the Comrades Marathon was started as a remembrance to the soldiers who perished during the First World War. “We are grateful for this accolade and thank everyone who has had a hand in making Comrades the success story that it is today.” CMA chairman Dave Dixon commented: “Receiving this prestigious acknowledgement from AIMS is a significant achievement in the history of the Comrades Marathon and is further evidence of the exciting times that lie ahead for the CMA and ‘The Ultimate Human Race’. AIMS conferenceslast_img read more

How to Land Big Name Talent in Your Indie Film

first_imgLanding a recognizable cast will improve your indie film’s chances of success. Here are a few ways to attach name actors to your feature.Top image from IMDbMost indie film directors and producers that are just starting out will feel that they have no chance of landing well known actors in their project. Many of them incorrectly assume that you need a multi-million dollar budget to hire name talent or that you need an “in” with a major talent agency. While money and connections can certainly help make things easier, they are by no means the only way to attract talent. In fact, many independent films are able to cast incredible actors at reasonable rates.The fact is that many established actors are willing to work on independent films under the right circumstances and casting name talent can absolutely be done. Below, we’ll explore this by looking at four things to take into account when casting well known actors in your indie film.1. Money isn’t everything.Image from IMDbThe idea that the only way to land a name actor is to pay their full rate is simply untrue. Money is one of only several factors that actors take into account when accepting or rejecting an offer, and if your production isn’t heavily budgeted then you need to look for alternate ways of making your project look attractive.Many times, filmmakers working on small budgets don’t even let the idea of working with established talent enter their minds, and in the end they make zero effort to explore their options. The truth of the matter is that many Hollywood actors work on low budget films all the time for next to nothing, simply because they believe in the project and know it will add value to their careers in other ways.2. Distribution matters.Image from Angelika FilmsHaving a distribution deal in place before you approach name talent will dramatically improve your chances of booking them. It is very common for filmmakers to do pre-sale agreements with distributors that essentially stipulate the distribution company will front a set amount of budget during development/pre-production so that the film can be funded, and in turn will be distributed by that company.Often times, independent films will pre-sell their foreign distribution before they even go to camera and save domestic distribution for after the film is complete. Regardless of the specific agreement that you might be able to make with a distributor, having distribution in place before approaching actors is absolutely essential. It will let them know that your project is real and that their work will actually get seen once the film is complete.3. Use a casting director.Image from One on One NYCCasting directors are an amazing resource for low budget filmmakers, yet so many filmmakers choose to go at the casting process completely alone. Casting really is an art, and a good casting director is not only highly skilled at picking talent, but also has established lines of communication with agents, managers, and talent. Not to mention, casting directors can be immensely helpful creatively by offering up suggestions for talent that might be a great stylistic fit for your story.By hiring a casting director you are essentially gaining access to their vast knowledge of the talent pool in any given city, and their invaluable insight into the process as a whole. In the end, you are far more likely to land established talent by going through a casting director in most scenarios.4. The script matters above all else.There are many ways to cast well known actors in your film, and there is no perfect formula to do it. Some productions are able to do it through casting directors, others do it through personal connections, some will approach talent directly and show them a distribution offer… But there is always one constant in any casting situation – a very strong screenplay.The number one thing that actors need to see from you is an incredible story and a rich character for them to sink their teeth into. Everything else on this list is essentially leading up to the point of you putting a screenplay in front of an actor, but once you are there, it’s the material that you present to them that matters.It can take a lot of time, effort, and sometimes money to get your script read by agents, managers, or talent themselves, so always make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Don’t even consider taking any initial steps with regards to casting until you have a bullet proof screenplay in place that is original, marketable, and offers unique roles that will be enticing to actors.Here’s a collection of articles from around the web that touch on indie film casting:5 Essential Tips For Casting Your Indie Film13 Huge Stars Who Took Smaller Roles in Big Movies13 Ways to Cast A-List Actors in Microbudget FilmsGot any casting tips for indie filmmakers? Which actors would be in your dream cast? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

India vs West Indies: India beat West Indies by 16 runs in T20 match

first_imgPutting up a splendid all round show, India scored a comfortable 16-run win over the West Indies in the one-off Twenty20 international to begin their Caribbean tour on a resounding note here on Saturday.It is India’s first win over the West Indies in T20 format as they had lost the previous two encounters at Lord’s and Kensington Oval.After being invited to bat on a tricky Sabina Park Oval strip India recovered from a top-order collapse to post a competitive 159 for six and then restricted the hosts to 143 for five.Host skipper Darren Sammy had asked second-string India to bat under helpful conditions for the pacers and he himself did all the damage with four wickets as the visiting batsmen struggled to adjust to the bounce of the pitch.India owed their recovery to top-scorer S Badrinath (43) and Rohit Sharma (26) as they combined for a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket after the visitors were reeling at 56 for four inside nine overs.Yusuf Pathan (15 off 6) and Harbhajan Singh (15 off 7) hit some lusty shots towards the end to help India cross the 150-run mark.Indian bowlers then complimented the good batting effort from the middle-order with a disciplined performance.Harbhajan Singh (2/25) took two wickets while Praveen Kumar (1/27), R Ashwin (1/30) and Munaf Patel (1/35) contributed in the win with a wicket apiece.For the West Indies, Darren Bravo hit a-run-a-ball 41 and Christopher Barnwell sparkled with a 16-ball unbeaten 34 but that only reduced the defeat margin for the hosts.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

a month ago​Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decision

first_img​Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decisionby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard does not want to get involved in the national team conundrum facing Tammy Abraham.There is speculation that Abraham will have a choice of representing England and Nigeria on the international stage.While he is likely to pick England, there is a possibility he will choose the easier path to a starting spot with Nigeria.When he was asked about the situation by reporters after his side’s 5-2 win over Wolves in the Premier League, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. “I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ACC Releases Its Complete 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule

first_imgACC basketball logo.[email protected] football is just a day away, which is a monumental moment for most fan bases, but there are some that are more focused on the return of basketball in a few months. The ACC, perhaps the top college basketball conference with powerhouses like Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, and Syracuse in the ranks, dropped its full men’s hoops schedule this afternoon. Here are the various schedules by team.The 2015-16 schedule is out! Most times/TV designati ns still TBD, but mark your calendars! #BCEagles— BC Men’s Basketball (@BCHoopNews) September 2, 2015JUST ANNOUNCED —> #Clemson learns its 2015-16 #ACC schedule. Excited by our home slate!— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) September 2, 2015Our full 2015-16 schedule is live! Check it out here and make sure to download the ECAL:— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) September 2, 2015HERE IT IS- Your 1st look at the #Noles 2015-16 Schedule- introduced by the team. #FanUp— FSU Men’s Basketball (@FSU_MBasketball) September 2, [email protected] schedule is set! #TogetherWeSwarm Full details:— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) September 2, 2015MBB: Take a look at the 2015-16 #UofL men’s basketball schedule NOW! A full release to come shortly.— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 2, 2015OFFICIAL: #Canes @accmbb announced! Full release here: #TogetherWeWill #GoCanes— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 Tar Heel men’s basketball schedule out now: #UNCBBall— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) September 2, 2015#WPN our @ACCMBB schedule is ready! Some big-time home games this season at @PNCArena ! READ:— NC State Men’s Bball (@PackMensBball) September 2, 2015HOT OFF THE PRESS! When will you see the next generation of Irish student-athletes? Check out our 2015-16 schedule.— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) September 2, 2015Full 2015-16 Pitt men’s basketball schedule is now available.— Pitt Basketball (@HailToPittHoops) September 2, 2015Here it is, our 2015-16 @accmbb schedule! #CuseMode— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) September 2, 2015ACC Releases Virginia’s 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule #GoHoos— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 #Hokies men’s basketball schedule released.— VT Men’s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) September 2, 2015The 2015-16 schedule has been released. Seven NCAA teams to visit the LJVM. #GoDeacs STORY:— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) September 2, 2015Which games are you most looking forward to, ACC hoops fans?last_img read more

Clippers drop Game 1 of Governors Cup Championship series

Early offense from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs proved to be too much for the Columbus Clippers, which lost Game 1 of the Governor’s Cup Championship series Tuesday, 5-2. Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister (0-1) allowed five earned runs, 11 hits and a walk in his eight-plus innings of work in the series opener at Huntington Park. Lehigh Valley right fielder Brandon Moss provided all the offense the IronPigs needed with a three-run home run in the first inning. “We got off to a tough start,” Clippers’ manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the game. “After he settled down, (McAllister) threw a really good game.” IronPigs left fielder Scott Podsednik’s fourth-inning RBI hit scored catcher Erik Kratz in the second inning to up Lehigh Valley’s lead to 4-0. A lack of scoring by the Clippers for the first four innings set a quiet and somber tone amongst the home fans. Columbus finally got to Lehigh Valley right-hander Scott Mathieson in the bottom of the fifth, though. After setting the IronPigs down in order in the top of the frame, center fielder Tim Fedroff’s RBI single put Columbus on the board and scored catcher Paul Phillips, who singled to lead off the at-bat. Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to halve Columbus’ deficit at 4-2. Second baseman Argenis Reyes, who doubled in the inning, scored on the play. Mathieson (1-0) was relieved after the inning and finished the night having allowed two runs, six hits and two walks. The IronPigs’ bullpen combined to prevent the Clippers from scoring again, though. McAllister’s night ended after allowing a home run to IronPigs’ infielder Cody Overbeck in the top of the ninth. The Clippers’ offense came close to responding after Lehigh Valley closer Justin DeFratus entered the game in the final half-inning of play. DeFratus gave up two one-out walks and Diaz singled later in the Columbus at-bat to load the bases with two outs for Clippers’ infielder Jared Goedert. Goedert worked a full count against DeFratus, but eventually struck out swinging to end the game. “It was a tight game, but they got on the board early,” Sarbaugh said. “We came in during the ninth and made it interesting. We just have to take it one game at a time.” The Clippers will host the IronPigs on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Park for Game 2 of the series. Wednesday’s pitching matchup RHP Mitch Talbot (COL) versus RHP Nate Bump (LV) read more