How To Edit Comedy Scenes for Maximum Laughs

first_imgLearning how to edit comedy takes a very specific and unique set of skills. It’s arguably one of the hardest genres to cut. These tips will help you maximize your laughs every time.Top Image: Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the set of Veep via SkyNo matter what genre they’re working in, an editor’s job is undoubtably a difficult one. That said, editing comedy comes with its own set of principles and challenges that can often make it that much harder to tackle. Unlike many other genres that have a lot of leeway in terms of pacing and timing, comedic edits need to be extremely tight and specific in order to land well with an audience.For those of you out there cutting comedy, whether it’s in a commercial or feature-film format — these tips on how to edit comedy scenes are for you!1. Go Multicam Whenever PossibleImage: Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor on the set of How I Met Your Mother via How I Met My OtherComedy scenes are often shot with a two or three camera setup in order to catch spontaneous moments and have proper coverage on improvised dialogue. If you’re fortunate enough to be given source footage for more than one camera on the scene you’re editing — always take advantage of that.In other words, don’t simply edit your scene as you would have if it were shot with a single camera… you won’t be taking advantage of the material you’re given. Great comedic actors will most often have near-perfect comedic timing. When working in a multi-cam session, you’ll be able to maintain the beats in the scene much more organically and effectively.2. Know When the Beats Aren’t LandingImage: the cast of Seinfeld and Larry David on the set of Curb Your Enthusiasm via Los Angeles TimesWhether you’re cutting a multicam project or not, there will be times when the comedic timing of a scene simply doesn’t work. Perhaps it takes too long to get to a punchline, or there isn’t a long enough awkward pause after a joke has been dropped.As a comedy editor, it’s your job above all else to be the authority on what’s working and what’s not. When things just aren’t landing, you need to know when to cut or when to pad the scene. It’s amazing how just a few extra frames added or trimmed can be the difference between a joke landing or not, so always stay sharp with regards to timing.3. Test Your FootageImage from Chris JonesThere are pros and cons to testing (or running a focus group) on any type of film. More often than not, it’s incredibly helpful for comedies. As we’ve already touched on, comedy is all about timing – there’s no better way to know if your timing is working than by watching others respond to the material.After weeks or months in the editing room, certain jokes will feel funny to you just because you know they’re coming, and others will have lost their novelty entirely, which may tempt you to cut them unnecessarily. Before you go too crazy in the editing room, be sure to test the film — even if it’s just for a group of friends to gauge their reaction. Seeing when and where people laugh, which jokes go over their heads, and which moments people respond to most will be very telling.Here are a few more resources from around the web, each focused on different aspects of getting more laughs through editing:How to Edit an Improv-Heavy Comedy, As Told by The Heat’s Paul Feig from VultureEditing is key to the drama and comedy of The World’s End from A.V. ClubThe Man Who Makes the World’s Funniest People Funnier from the New York TimesFinally, here’s a great video from Every Frame a Painting about the cinematic comedy of Edgar Wright.Got any comedy tips, tricks, techniques, or theories that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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‘Thank you’: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Bosh’s career has been interrupted by blood clots; one shut him down at the All-Star break in the 2014-15 season, another shut him down at the All-Star break again a year later. He failed his preseason physical with the Heat last September and missed all of last season, and it is unclear if he will pursue a return to the court elsewhere.Under league rules , he cannot play for the Heat again.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 starsBut in his letter, Bosh chose to reflect more on the good times he had since joining the Heat in 2010 and playing such a huge role in the team going to the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons and winning two championships.“I’ve been reflecting on my time in this great city and want to thank you for being a constant during a period of change in my life,” Bosh wrote. “I’ve experienced a few finals appearances, a couple of championships, several weddings (including my own), the birth of four kids, bonding with an entire community and a ton of ups and downs along the way.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Getting such clearance would be, at best, daunting.“I’ve learned how to dream again,” Bosh wrote. “I’ve learned how to appreciate the game of basketball and all the things I’ve experienced even more now. … We went through life together, Miami. You showed me how to stay strong and push through in the toughest moments. And although I didn’t like it at the time, it made all the difference in the long run. It made me a better man, the person I am today. Thank you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Bosh immersed himself in Miami’s rich Latino culture. He knew some Spanish when he joined the Heat, and he’s learned quite a bit more since, he said — noting that the language skills will be a tool he can use the rest of his life.“Learning how to order a cafe con leche o ropa vieja on Calle Ocho has become natural to me,” Bosh wrote.Bosh has played in 13 NBA seasons, seven with Toronto and then six with Miami. He was part of Miami’s massive free-agent haul in 2010, in which the Heat not only kept Dwyane Wade but landed LeBron James to form the core of a superteam. Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his career, and the Heat announced they are retiring his No. 1 jersey.Bosh did not mention blood clots in his letter, but discussed how his six-day hospital stay for the clot and other issues in 2015 still affects his overall perspective.“And then came not being able to play the game I love, the game that I’ve spent a lifetime working to master and evolve with and find success in,” Bosh wrote. “I was very upset for a long time. They say you just have to play the cards that you’re dealt and that’s another lesson I truly understand now. Learning that information about my health during All-Star Weekend was extremely tough.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh has written an open letter to Miami, thanking the city for supporting him for the past seven years. Bosh published the letter on Sunday, July 9, 2017, without any mention of his current health status or any plans for his basketball future. He was waived by the Heat last week, and hasn’t been able to play in an NBA game since February 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI — Chris Bosh has written an open letter to Miami, thanking the city for supporting him for the past seven years.Bosh published the letter on Sunday, without any mention of his current health or plans for his future. He was waived by the Heat last week, and hasn’t been able to play in an NBA game since February 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 Games Amanda Nunes cites sinusitis for skipping fight at UFC 213last_img read more

Krunal Pandya 3rd uncapped Indian to win man-of-the-match award in IPL finals

first_imgKrunal Pandya scored a crucial 47 off 38 balls in Hyderabad as Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run to lift the IPL trophy for a record third time in Hyderabad on Sunday.Even as the wickets kept falling at the other end, Pandya held his own the took Mumbai to a decent total of 129/8.Over the past ten years of IPL, there have been numerous stand-out performances by various individuals, many of them youngsters. This year itself, Rahul Tripathi’s consistency, Rishabh Pant’s easy strokeplay, MS Dhoni’s crackling semi-final show, have all caught the eye.But which players have stood out in the biggest game for their teams in the IPL?Here’s a look at the Man-of-the-Match performances in the finals of the IPL over the past nine years.2008 – Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals):In the first year of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals and MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings were battling for the IPL trophy in the final and Pathan stood out for his team on their most important night.Pathan scored 50 off 39 balls while chasing, the highest number in the team to guide Rajasthan to the victory. Not just with the bat, Pathan did the talking with the ball as well and returned with the figures of 4-22-3. Rajasthan won the IPL by 3 wickets.2009 – Anil Kumble (Royal Challengers Bangalore):This one is a rarity. Anil Kumble picked up the man-of-the-match in the final between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers despite being on the losing side.Anil Kumble’s bowling figures in the final were 4-16-4 at a mere economy rate of 4.00. Only recently, these figures were matched by Karn Sharma of Mumbai Indians.advertisementThe figures weren’t the only brilliant thing about Anil Kumble’s performance but the fact that he picked the crucial wickets of Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma and Venugopal Rao was what enhanced his quality performance that night.Unfortunately for Kumble, Deccan Charges won the IPL by 6 runs.2010 – Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings):Suresh Raina guided Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings to their first ever IPL trophy. In the final against Mumbai Indians, Raina scored 57 in 35 balls at a strike rate of 162.85 and Chennai went on to win the match by 22 runs.Raina also contributed with the bowl by picking the wicket of Harbhajan Singh who can be a solid hitter at times.2011 – Murali Vijay (Chennai Super Kings):Murali Vijay was the stand-out performer for Chennai in the 2011 final when Dhoni’s team went on to lift two consecutive IPL trophies.Playing against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vijay scored a quickfire 95 off 52 balls at a strike rate of 182.69 and took Chennai to a win by 58 runs.2012 – Manvinder Bisla (Kolkata Knight Riders):Unheralded Bisla played a match-winning knock of 89 off 48 balls in the run chase of 190 against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings. Bisla was the highest scorer from his side as he opened the innings for KKR and stitched a long third-wicket partnership with Jaques Kallis of 157 runs, where Kallis scored 69.Thanks to that partnership in the chase of 191, Kolkata won the IPL by 5 wickets.2013 – Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians):Pollard was the pick of the lot when Mumbai won their first IPL title in 2013.Playing against Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, Pollard scored 60 runs off 32 balls after coming 6th down and helped Mumbai register a competitive total of 148.Thanks to Pollard’s heroics, stalwarts of Mumbai’s bowling attack, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell Johnson were able to defend the score and Mumbai lifted the trophy with a win by 23 runs.Photo Credit: BCCI 2014 – Manish Pandey (Kolkata Knight Riders):Manish Pandey played an explosive innings that helped Kolkata Knight Riders lift their second IPL title by 3 wickets.Pandey scored 94 off 50 against Kings XI Punjab that negated Wriddhiman Saha’s classy 115* in 55 balls and helped Kolkata chase down a massive total of 199.Photo Credit: BCCI 2015 – Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians):Captaining Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final, Rohit Sharma led from the front and scored a quickfire half century off 26 balls.Along with Lendl Simmons, who scored 68 off 45 balls, Rohit Sharma helped Mumbai post a massive target of 203 to the mighty Chennai. But Rohit’s smart captaincy and usage of bowlers eventually saw Chennai coming short and Mumbai won by 41 runs.Photo Credit: BCCI 2016 – Ben Cutting (Sunrisers Hyderabad):Ben Cutting smashed a a crucial and quick knock 39 off 15 balls down the order to help Hyderabad post a mammoth total of 208.Along with his immense contribution with the bat, Cutting returned with the bowling figures 4-35-2 and picked the all-important wicket of Chris Gayle at 76 and that of Lokesh Rahul to help Hyderabad lift the title by 8 runs.advertisementPhoto Credit: BCCIlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: May 24, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Malappuram: Kerala mosque uses sign language for prayers (A) Ranchi: Tribals protest in Ranchi (B) Jammu: Protest against state govt in Jammu (B) Guwahati: Third anniversary of Modi govt (B) New Delhi: Sitaram Yechury with APCC leaders (B) Jaipur: Venkaiah Naidu in Jaipur (A) INTERNATIONAL London: Britains Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip observe a minutes silence, at the start of a garden party (B) Cannes : 70th Anniversary of the film festiva (A+B) Seoul : S Koreas new P M nominee Lee Nak-yon swears an oath during a confirmation hearing in order to examine his qualification (A) Bahia : 4.3-foot tall emerald weighing more than 600 pounds(A) Autryville : Fire truckdamaged after a tornado went through the area in Autryville (B) New York : Hillary Clinton speaks during the Childrens Health Fund annual benefit (A) Moscow : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Moscow (B) Naypyitaw : Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong (Second Session) at the Myanmar (B) Los Angeles : hand and footprint ceremony for Bay at the TCL Chinese Theatre (A) Vatican City : Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump (B) Manchester : People lay flowers after a vigil in Albert Square (A) GENEVA : 70th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters (A) United States : Kyle Snyders damaged gold metal from the 2016 Rio Olympics (A) Hong Kong: Haryana CM in Hong Kong (B) SPORTS Rio de Janeiro : FILE -swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics (A) Tokyo : Summer Grand Sumo Tournament (B) Santos : Copa Libertadores soccer match (A) Mumbai: CEAT Cricket Awards in Mumbai (B) (PTI) PHOTO GCS DL DLadvertisementlast_img read more

Mohammad Hafeez talks up India and Pakistan’s chances at 2019 World Cup

first_imgSenior Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez believes India and England along with his own nation are the top three favourite teams to win the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup.Brushing aside the recent run of defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in ODIs, Hafeez, who is hoping to play in his third World Cup, is also confident that Pakistan can beat India in the World Cup in the United Kingdom and do a repeat off its Champions Trophy final triumph.”Even from a critical point of view I think we are among the top three favourites for the World Cup. England is always favourites given the brand of cricket they are playing while India has developed a very good ODI side and have some great spinners in their line-up,” Hafeez said on GTV News network.Hafeez also insisted that the single format being used in the World Cup would go in favour of Pakistan since it always had this tendency to pick up its performances late into any tournament.”In the group system teams usually don’t get second chances and remember in 2007 both India and Pakistan were eliminated in the first round,” he said.Hafeez expects strong support for Pakistan in the UKHafeez said he was confident about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup since they have a good combination of players and have ample resources in pace and spin.”We have been playing together as a unit for a while now and we try to support each other a lot. I have a feeling we will do very well in the World Cup,” he said.advertisementHe also attributed Pakistan’s World T20 title win in 2009 and the Champions Trophy title in 2017 in England to the massive support they got in the United Kingdom.”Whenever we have played there the support has been immense and it also encourages the players to give their best.”Hafeez also made it clear that whenever he had toured India with the Pakistan team, he had seen the players get a lot of love and respect and had thoroughly enjoyed their stay there.”I think in cricket we need to work together and diffuse the tensions,” he said.Hafeez is yet to recover from a surgery on his right thumb and confirmed he would be fully fit to train and start playing again after two to three weeks.”I am very hopeful I will be fit before the World Cup and can make the squad. I have played two World Cups and as a senior player, I want to be part of this campaign as well. In the last World Cup, I got injured in New Zealand before the World Cup and that experience was devastating,” he said.Also Read | IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

Ohio State Fans Ruined Purdue’s Planned ‘Black Out’

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Purdue has its biggest home game of the year right now, hosting undefeated Big Ten superpower Ohio State football.The Boilermakers opened the scoring late in the first quarter. With 1:10 left in the frame, David Blough found Isaac Zilco for a beautiful touchdown.Purdue held Ohio State to a field goal on the ensuing drive. Late in the second quarter, it holds on to a 7-3 lead.Purdue football planned a “black out” for the big game at Ross-Ade Stadium, but Ohio State fans didn’t help the cause.The Boilermakers are wearing all-black during the big prime time game, and most of their fans got the message.However, there are plenty of Buckeyes faithful in the building, and it takes away from the effect.Decent amount of scarlet mixed in with the blackout here at Purdue.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 20, 2018So much for Purdue’s blackout. Lots of scarlet with Ohio State fans along the east sideline and north end zone at Ross-Ade Stadium.— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) October 20, 2018There’s not much you can do about that. The Buckeyes have one of the best fan bases in college football, and travel extremely well.That scarlet really pops against the black out too, which doesn’t help.The Buckeyes and Boilermakers game is currently being broadcast on ABC.last_img read more

Marinate in a New Trio of Fragrances Inspired by Booze

first_img The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Editors’ Recommendations Meet the Spirits Network, the Real-Time Shoppable QVC of Booze 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Sure, Robert Graham’s sometimes loud, Euro-flashy designs aren’t for everyone, but at least one of his fragrances, a first for the designer, will probably appeal to you. They’re inspired by the hard stuff, after all, and you all like that. Graham loves it too and so he looked to his favorite fancy whiskey, to come up with essences that are aged and single blended. Each of the fragrances is poured into a decanter-like bottle and topped with an ornate cap that reflects the scent within.Courage refers to what you need whilst driving your very fast, very fancy sport car around miles of cliff-side hairpin turns. Weirdly the top note is a bit of liquid courage, Vodka Citron, which you definitely should not imbibe before hopping into said vehicle for a joyride. That alcoholic note is blended with Bergamot and smoky wood as a nod to that coastal drive. Atop the intrepid scent is a leather stitched base reminiscent of a steering wheel and a replica of a hood ornament from the 20s, a nonplussed driver who clearly eats fear for breakfast.An English bulldog, nattily turned out in a purple bowtie, apparently best illustrates Valour. The pup lords over a fragrance that’s an unexpected mix of clary sage, coffee and amber wood.Finally, Fortitude is a man cave-like blend of tobacco, patchouli and tonka bean. And what could be the symbol of strength, determination, and possibly sexual stamina? A ram with glittering green eyes, of course. The horned creature’s head is mounted on a “steampunk gear” to convey Graham’s love of racecars. No matter which fragrance you pick, once you’ve drained the bottle, it’s a pretty awesome addition to your bar cart. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection The Business of Delivering Booze to Your Door, According to Drizly’s Founders last_img read more

Canadian survivor of Hiroshima nuclear bombing to accept Nobel Peace Prize

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian who survived the Second World War nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.Setsuko Thurlow, 85, was 13-years-old and living in Hiroshima when the U.S. dropped the first of two nuclear weapons on Japan.Thurlow, who married a Canadian and moved to Toronto in the 1950s, will accept the awards with the executive director of ICAN, Beatrice Fihn, in Oslo, Norway in December.ICAN says Thurlow has been a leading figure in its movement since its launch in 2007.ICAN says she played a key role in efforts at the United Nations to adapt a landmark treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.Thurlow has campaigned against nuclear weapons for her entire life and said in a release on Thursday that she is “deeply humbled” to be asked to be invited to the Nobel Prize ceremony.“It has been such a privilege to work with so many passionate and inspirational ICAN campaigners around the world over the past decade. The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful tool that we can now use to advance our cause,” she said.Nobel said earlier this year that it was recognizing ICAN for its work in drawing attention to the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”last_img read more

Grains lower livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery fell 7.40 cents at $4.9020 a bushel; Sept. corn lost 7.20 cents at $4.0560 bushel; Sept. oats was off 2.40 cents at $2.55 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans was 4.20 cents lower at 8.7340 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Aug. live cattle was up .30 cent at $1.0788 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose .88 cent at $1.4220 a pound; Aug. lean hogs fell .58 cent at .8240 a pound.The Associated Press

Lecturers strike universities refusing to bow on pension reforms leaked letter reveals

first_imgOn Friday, university heads bowed to lecturers’ demands and agreed to meet on Tuesday for talks with University and Colleges Union (UCU), which represents academic and campus staff. But a leaked email, seen by The Telegraph, discloses that the vice-Chancellor membership body Universities UK (UUK) will not go back on plans to make controversial changes to the pension scheme.  Students face further disruption during the summer term, as a leaked letter reveals that university heads will refuse to alter their decision on pension reforms. Hours before… Lecturers are poised to escalate their protests in the coming months, threatening to wreak havoc on students who are due to sit their exams and finals.last_img

Larry Smith honored as 2017 First Citizen

first_imgAfter Larry Smith accepted his First Citizen award, he shared a list of the top 10 things he appreciates about the community.The 10th item on his list: volunteers.Actually, Smith’s own long list of volunteer contributions is why he was named First Citizen for 2017.While Smith built an impressive résumé as an Army officer, public administrator and then elected official, “This award isn’t about doing great things in your day job,” noted Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.“It is a recognition of what you do in your spare time, after work, in the evenings and on the weekends,” she said during Thursday’s event at WareHouse ’23. “Larry has done a ton.”Those community contributions were illustrated by a parade during the award ceremony. Marching down the middle of the room, participants waved placards representing some of the organizations and causes that have benefited from Smith’s involvement: The Parks Foundation of Clark County; Meals on Wheels People; Riverview Elementary Lunch Buddies; The Historic Trust; Community Military Appreciation Committee; Clark County Veterans Assistance Center; Council for the Homeless; and the American Red Cross of Southwest Washington.John Deeder, former Evergreen school superintendent, was one of several people who cited that community participation in supporting Smith’s nomination.“The thing about Larry, he is engaged in so many things,” Deeder said before the formal activities kicked off. “He is always about helping other people. He cares about this community.“He didn’t grow up here, but he made it his home,” Deeder added.The Army colonel and his family came here in 1989 when Smith served as the 104th Division’s senior Army adviser at Vancouver Barracks. When his 26-year Army hitch ended in 1991, Smith, wife Patti and their daughter Kirsten decided to stay.last_img read more

Michael Owen praises Liverpools defensive improvements

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Michael Owen hailed the progress his old side have made in their backline over the past five yearsThe Reds will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign.Back then, under now-Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool nearly claimed their first English league title since 1990 – only to end up finishing two points behind winners Manchester City.But this season Liverpool are yet to lose a single one of their 18 games with just seven goals conceded in the process.And Owen is now backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to go one better this time around due to their improvements in defence.“They’ve got a better defence,” said Owen on the Premier League website.“You can look at [Daniel] Sturridge, [Raheem] Sterling and Suarez, and say, ‘Who’s the best?’ Those three, or [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah and [Roberto] Firmino, and you can debate it all night long.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But the facts of the matter are, their defence now, they don’t ever look like conceding.“Brilliant goalkeeper, brilliant back four, protection in front of that back four. They’re looking ominous.”Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville also agrees that Klopp’s team is better than the one coached by Rodgers five years ago.“They’re a better team than the Brendan Rodgers team,” said the six-time Premier League winner.“I know they had [Luis] Suarez, they had Steven Gerrard, but I think they’re a better team [now].“They’ve got a better squad, they’re playing better football, they’re in control, it’s worrying for us Man Utd fans that’s for sure.”Liverpool defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night.last_img read more

Omar Qudrat on his campaign for the 52nd Congressional District

first_imgOmar Qudrat on his campaign for the 52nd Congressional District Interview by Carlos Amezcua KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:14 PM KUSI Newsroom October 17, 2018center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In November, voters in the 52nd Congressional District will decide who will represent them on Capitol Hill. Republican candidate Omar Qudrat joined us on Good Morning San Diego to discuss his campaign.Omar’s campaign supplied KUSI with the following information about the candidate:A native Southern Californian, Omar is a former U.S. Department of Defense official and is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. Omar was a counter-terrorism Prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Defense where his office had worldwide jurisdiction over violations of the law of war committed by al Qaeda and associated forces. Omar spent 18 months in Afghanistan as a civilian Defense Department official. Omar is the son of immigrants from Afghanistan and his family fought hard for the American Dream. Omar is running to end veteran homelessness, modernize education, lift up our least well off, secure the nation, and protect the American Dream Posted: October 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Xbox One can only play games offline for 24 hours publishers can

first_imgMicrosoft has finally confirmed what many gamers have been concerned about for the past few weeks: the Xbox One requires an Internet connection in order to function.A new set of details under the heading of “Xbox One: Details on Connectivity, Licensing and Privacy Features” has been made live on confirming or putting to rest many of the rumors that have been circulating about the new console.Microsoft has been denying the Xbox One is an always connected device, and while that is true, you can’t use the machine for an extended period of time without one. The Xbox One must access the Internet once every 24 hours in order to continue to function as a games console. If you are logged in to a friend’s console, then a connection is required once every hour. Functionality including watching TV or disc based entertainment (DVDs, Blu-ray) can all be done offline, however.It has also been confirmed how game discs, licensing, and game trading/resales will work. Microsoft sees discs as just a way to get the game on to your console. Games must be installed and then exist solely on your hard drive with a copy also available in the cloud. That cloud copy means you can log in to other consoles and continue playing the game. You can also allow up to 10 family members to play your games from their accounts.There’s bad news for those of us who enjoy trading or reselling games, though. Microsoft is allowing game licenses to be sold for cash or credit with a retailer, but the ability to do this for specific titles is decided by the publisher. So if EA release a new Madden on Xbox One, for example, they can block trading or resales if they so wish or demand a fee be paid for doing so. I fear many publishers will choose to at least charge a fee, but trade-in blocking could become popular.The same is true if you want to give a game you’ve bought to a friend to try. Microsoft allows you to transfer the license to another owner only once, and for a maximum lending period of 30 days. Again, publishers can block this feature for any and all games if they wish.Microsoft also tackles privacy, which has been a concern due to the Xbox One always being turned on in some form. It has been made clear you can switch the console off almost completely, to the point where it is only listening for voice commands to turn itself back on. Kinect can be left on, put into a paused state, or turned off completely even when playing games. Microsoft also makes it clear no personal data leaves the Xbox One without you first giving your permission to share it. It sounds like this can be done on a per game basis, so expect lots of “Do you agree to share…” confirmation screens during installs.By releasing this new information Microsoft is definitely changing the landscape for console gaming. Regardless of how they spin it, you can’t own and use this console as a games playing device without it be hooked up to the Internet. For many, I think that’s going to be a deal breaker, and if the PS4 doesn’t have such a requirement then it will become the only next-gen console a (substantial?) section of the gaming community will consider buying.last_img read more

Chicken lovers ahoy

first_imgIt is not often that you walk up to a restaurant in Delhi and bump into a queue. Unless of course, it is age-old favourites like Karim’s (the Jama Masjid outlet) or Khan Chacha. And of course there is Big Chill which continues to be a hot favourite. Of course, the Pizza Huts and McDonald’s of the world do not count. But from the queue we saw when we went to Nando’s for a review (other restaurants in the mall were pretty full too, to be fair. But none of them really had a bunch of 15-20 people waiting outside), we could safely say that the international chain, which has opened its outlet in a south Delhi mall, can be added to the list. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The place has a chirpy feel and is spread over a fairly large area. African art adorns the walls. The service is prompt and the staff is helpful. Their signature is their Peri Peri chicken which they serve in enormous quantities (a quarter plate will be more than enough for three people). You can have the juicy, tender chicken on its own or pair it with side dishes like rice to make it a complete meal.  What I liked about the place is that it gives you an option to choose your spice level. So even if you are not too fond of spicy stuff, you can still enjoy a flavourful meal (because all their chicken is marinated, as the menu clearly mentions) without getting too worked up by the hot sauces. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo some extent the place will remind you of KFC, only here you can find more options. Though it is essentially a chicken place (their international outlets are almost all about chicken), vegetarian dishes have been incorporated in the menu perhaps keeping India in mind.       DETAILAt: Nando’s, 315 & 316, 2nd Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant KunjTimings: Noon to 11.30 pm Meal for two: Rs 1,000 approxlast_img read more

VIDEO Peyton Manning drove the Daytona 500 pace car like a drivers

first_img Advertisement Peyton Manning was given the honor of driving the pace car at the Daytona 500, and decided to play it safe by going with the fundamentals and a by the book 10 and 2 grip on the wheel.Alex Bowman in the 88 Nationwide car got briefly fed up with Manning driving like a grandpa and pulled up alongside the pace car to rev his engines to rattle his cage. Not on the Sheriff’s watch.Watch Peyton’s first time on the track with the professional left turn takers. A responsible driver is a good driver.Peyton Manning is leading us to green! #DAYTONA500— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2018last_img

Taxis collide on St Chads road

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A horrific motor vehicle accident on the St Chad’s road today (October 1) saw two Quantum taxis colliding head-on.The accident took place just before the Ezakheni turn-off, leaving bystanders in disbelief that there were no fatalities.One of the taxis was allegedly picking up passengers at the side of the road when the accident happened.Two people sustained moderate injuries and five minor injuries.Police, Public Safety, medical emergency services and towing personnel were on scene.last_img

LGBTI community calls for simpler procedures to change gender identity

first_imgSimpler procedures to change gender identity and legally allowing gay couples to adopt are the next challenges for the island’s LGBTI community, which has seen great strides in how it is treated over the last year.Tuesday was the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), which also marked the beginning of the third Pride Festival in Cyprus that will culminate in the Pride Parade in Nicosia on May 28.The international day aims to bring to the fore, the “stigma and prejudice” faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) community in Cyprus, ie “10 per cent of the population, some 85,000 Cypriots”, head of rights group ACCEPT Costas Gavrielides said on Tuesday.“The vision of ACCEPT is a society without discriminations and prejudices, based on respect for every citizen and the acceptance of his or her diversity especially when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity,” Gavrielides said.For the first time we can speak of achieving great goals, he added, as last year the law on cohabitation agreements was passed, as well as the criminalisation of public incitement to violence or hatred due to homophobia or transphobia. In addition to this, very successful pride festivals and parades were held in the last two years, he said.These acts have seen Cyprus climb the annual list prepared by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) that reflects the legal and human rights situation for LGBTI people in European countries.“For the first time our country does not rank last among EU countries. For the first time we have moved from 28th to the 19th place,” Gavrielides said.Our score rose from 18 per cent to 32 per cent, while among 49 countries worldwide, Cyprus has this year moved up from the 39th to the 26th place, Gavrielides said.“We are on a good track but a lot remains to be done as Cyprus is still below the EU average,” he said.To reach the EU average, “Cyprus still needs to take steps to safeguard equal treatment in providing services, education and health”, Gavrielides said, as well as “equality in family through the choice of civil marriage for homosexual couples, adoption, legal recognition of gender identity without humiliating medical procedures and proper implementation of decisions for LGBTI asylum seekers.“The prohibition of adoption by homosexual couples is unconstitutional and we call on the Supreme court to examine it,” he added.The group also said that “the prohibition of medically assisted reproduction for lesbians, and the choice of surrogacy for homosexual couples” was unconstitutional as it is discriminatory. “The state should not dictate to its people how to live their lives nor forbid them to have families”.It is time, Gavrielides said, for the discussion to begin on the legal change of gender identity for trans people. That is, “the legal procedure by which trans people may change their name and their gender, according to how they feel and not how the state categorises them”.The legal recognition of gender change is very important as it will make day to day issues much simpler for trans people like picking up parcels, opening a bank account, applying for utility services, or even using a personalised card for public road transportation.“All these could be a problem if a person’s gender identity is not the same as that indicated on their ID card, or other official documents,” he said. “They are treated as using fake documents and they are forced to reveal they are trans without them wanting to do so. This violates their right for privacy”.He added that many trans people are excluded from society and the job market.President Nicos Anastasiades sent out a message on the occasion of IDAHO; “We recognise and respect fundamental human rights. Avoiding discrimination (is) among our top values,” he tweeted on Tuesday.And on Tuesday the Aglandjia municipality became the first local government authority to hoist the rainbow flag, Gavrielides said, with the Turkish Cypriot Nicosia municipality hoisted the rainbow flag near the Ledra street crossing in the north.The Pride Festival, which takes place between May 17 and 28, includes film screenings, plays, a human library, a book presentation, a public discussion, a street play, and free AIDS HIV tests in Nicosia and Limassol.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Reilly on board with new state government transparency initiative

first_img Tags: FOIA Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township says he supports bipartisan legislation introduced today to make state government more transparent.“This is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan,” Reilly said.Reilly joined colleagues in the announcement of the bill package to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls for a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators, called the Legislative Open Records Act.“I believe government should be held accountable to the people they serve,” he said.Michigan is one of just two states where public records disclosure does not apply to the governor’s office.The Legislative Open Records Act would exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the lawmaker’s district, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.Today’s bill package introduction comes in the wake of the House’s recent announcement that its website now includes the salary information of every representative and employee, another move toward increased transparency.###center_img 01Feb Reilly on board with new state government transparency initiativelast_img read more