A Guide to Structuring Your Scripts and Screenplays

first_imgWhen you’re structuring your screenplay, there are a number of options to consider if you want the strongest script possible.The backbone of every good film or video project is a solid script. And the backbone of every solid script is an even more solid structure. Structure is what makes the screenplay-writing-world go round, so to speak. It’s the deciding factor in why many film or video projects succeed or fail.To properly structure your scripts and screenplays, you must first understand why you should bother. Once you have a good understanding of working with your structure, you can improvise and change it as you’d like — but usually only within the confines of the structure rules.Let’s dive into the hows and whys when structuring your scripts and screenplays — as well as different structural alternatives — to give your films and projects the sturdiest backbone possible.Break Down Your IdeaAn important step in preparing a script is hashing out the intricacies of the main idea for your project. (Image by Nitikorn Poonsiri.)A project begins with a simple idea. Let’s make a cool short film based on this. Or, I’ve always wanted to tell this story — how do I take it from paper to film? In the beginning, it’s perfectly fine to free associate, without the confines of structure — or even knowing exactly what your idea will become.However, once you form your idea into an actual film project, you’ll need to outline it and eventually write your script. Here’s a great article on how (and why) to break your idea and screenplay down.It’s also helpful (early on) to start working with a script supervisor (here’s more info on what that role entails and why you might need one).The Three-Act StructureThe Hero’s Journey is a great guide when mapping out your script. (Image via Wikipedia.)If you take any intro-to-screenwriting class (or even just search around online), you’ll probably find a lot of information about the “Three-Act Structure.” The roots of the three-act structure go deep into the history not only of film but also novels, plays, comic books, and more. And, you can find the three-act structure in films by everyone from Hitchcock to Spielberg.Based on the work of the great Joseph Campbell and his efforts to unlock the monomyth (or Hero’s Journey), which we’re all accustomed to reading, watching, and writing about, the three-act structure is basically the following:Act 1: SetupAct II: ConfrontationAct III: ResolutionHowever, there’s a lot of nuance behind those three acts. And while you can always read up a great deal more on the three-act structure, it’s important to know that once you understand it, you can definitely start bending — if not breaking — its rules. (Here’s an awesome article on how to do just that.)Alternative Structures to ConsiderWhile the three-act structure is historically popular, researching other structural alternatives is something to consider. (Image by Mark Poprocki.)Outside of the three-act structure, there are other alternative structures you can consider. (Although, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of the films and story narratives you encounter will be based on the three-act — many screenwriting books, seminars, and competitions often focus on the three-act.)Here are some of the most well-known alternatives:22 Steps: created by screenwriter John Truby, the 22 Steps are a more literal “step-by-step” structure to follow for blockbuster and adventure films.Four-Act: Often associated with television writing, the four-act is a modified version of the three-act structure that either divides the middle (2nd) act into two parts, or alternatively, adds a fourth act to the end.Progressive Complications: While compatible as a part of the three- (or four-) act structure, progressive complications involves structuring your story to make sure the stakes are constantly rising.And there are plenty of other alternative structures out there, some with names and methodologies, and others that are completely undefined and up to you. In many ways, research is best, but it’s important to just start writing, make your own mistakes, get feedback, and write again.Cover image by Saikorn.For more script- and screenwriting advice and resources, check out some of these articles:Free Script Writing Software Options for the Low-Budget FilmmakerHow to Overcome the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Writing Your ScreenplayInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist Screenplays5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should HaveTips for Rewriting Your Screenplay Without Starting Completely Overlast_img read more


On train to Lucknow, rape and acid attack survivor forced to drink acid; 2 held

first_imgA rape and acid attack survivor of the Dalit community was forced to drink acid while she was travelling on a train to Lucknow on Thursday. The police on Friday arrested two men in connection with the incident. The woman was admitted to the trauma centre of the King George’s Medical College.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited her and promised swift action against the culprits. “Necessary action will be taken soon,” he tweeted soon after his visit. He also directed the police to provide security to the victim, while announcing ₹1 lakh assistance to her.In 2009, Bhondhu Singh and Guddu allegedly gang-raped her over a property dispute at her home at Unchahar in Rae Bareli and on December 25, 2013 attacked her with acid.On March 10, she had gone home to Rae Bareli to see her daughter, who is appearing for Board examinations. On Thursday morning, when she was returning to Lucknow by the Ganga-Gomti Express, the two persons attacked her and forced her to drink acid at the Mohanlalganj railway station, police said. Colleagues of the victim, who works at a cafe here, alleged that she was forced to drink acid by the accused so that she would not be able to raise her voice against them.A case was registered against the two persons at the Government Railway Police (GRP) station Charbagh under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) and 3(2)5 of the SC/ST Act.Selfies invite flakFour RPF (Railway Protection Force) jawans were suspended for negligence in duty. The police has also ordered action against three women constables after they clicked selfies with the victim by her hospital bed. The pictures were widely circulated on social media.A. Satish Ganesh, Inspector General Police (IGP)-Lucknow Zone, termed the three constables “insensitive” and directed the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP), Lucknow, to take action. Police ignored pleaThe victim’s colleagues alleged negligence on the part of the police, saying the woman had sought police protection in the past due to threats received by her but officials did not pay heed to it.According to NGO Stop Acid Attacks, the victim was attacked in 2009 by the accused after she filed a complaint soon after the rape, and on December 25, 2013, they made the acid attack on her. She also received a fresh threat letter on January 18, after which the police and administration assured help and security.last_img read more


Virat Kohli’s ability to dominate in all formats makes him special: Kane Williamson

first_imgAhead of the three-match Test series against India, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Tuesday hailed host skipper Virat Kohli’s ability to dominate in all the three formats of the game as “special”.Addressing reporters ahead of the Black Caps’ three-day practice game against Mumbai, starting on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here, Williamson named Kohli as one of the players, whom the Kiwis will look out for during the Test series.”Virat (Kohli) is a great player. The ability to dominate in all three formats like he does is something very special and certainly something that I admire. I love watching him play,” Williamson said.”There are a lot of good players in the Indian team whom we will have to look out for. Virat is one of those players, against whom we have to be at our very best.”The 26-year-old right-hander, who is often counted in the same bracket as Kohli along with Australia skipper Steve Smith and England batsman Joe Root, said each player has his own style and game plan which sets him apart from each other. (Also read: Adapting quickly to Indian conditions will be key for New Zealand: Ish Sodhi to India Today)”Smith, Root are both great players as well and I think all different players have different strengths, trying to stick to their own game plans, their own strengths and I suppose there lies the beauty of the game.”TOUGH CHALLENGE AHEADWilliamson, who is part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), admitted playing India at home is one of the toughest challenges.advertisement”We know it will be a challenge. India in their home conditions is one of the toughest challenges in the game, specially in the longest format. New Zealand is quite excited to take them on, specially after returning from Zimbabwe and South Africa where the conditions are quite different,” he said.”We have a number of guys in the team who have been a part of the IPL for a few years now and no doubt those experiences help.””The format is different and the focus is on Test cricket at the moment but still I suppose those conditions are something that we can draw from little bit to try and help in preparations going into this series. It’s a different format, we’ll have to prepare well.””During the previous series in India (against South Africa), spin certainly played a huge part and I think batting was difficult. I have no doubt it will be a bit of a scare, so spin from both teams will play a big part. We have three good spinners and it should be a good contest,” he added.PLAYING SPIN PROPERLY THE KEYExpecting a spin-dominated series, Kiwi coach Mike Hesson, who was seated beside the captain, said the team will bank on the previous experiences of playing in sub-continent conditions. (Also read: New Zealand eye reverse swing to escape India’s spin trap)”We spent a lot of time in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe before South Africa, so that was a pretty much spin dominant series (against Zimbabwe) and was in similar conditions and pace with what we expect in India.”It’s very difficult for us to replicate those conditions at home, so the week ahead of the first Test is crucial for recovery and preparing individual game plans but most of the players have played here before and certainly had success in the sub-continent and we will certainly go on that experience as well,” he said.Going into the high-profile series, New Zealand’s biggest headache will be the form of swashbuckling opener Martin Guptill, who recently scored 7, 8 and 0 from the Test series defeat in South Africa.But Williamson is unfazed with the recent slump, and backed the 29-year-old as a world class cricketer.”Martin (Guptil) has been working very hard. We know that he is a world class cricketer and he has shown that a lot in the white ball format and certainly we are backing him to do well with the red ball,” he said.last_img read more


Asian Games 2018: CWG silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth crashes out in 2nd round

first_imgKidambi Srikanth crashed out of the singles event of Asian Games 2018 with a 21-23, 19-21 loss to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong. Srikanth endured a shocking end to an overall disappointing campaign for him in Jakarta.Srikanth completely looked out of sorts, troubled by the air movement in the hall while Vincent, with his defence and solid attack constantly caught Srikanth off-guard.Srikanth played some good strokes during the match but on the whole, he was no match to the aggressiveness of Vincent.While the first game of the match remained close throughout where both the players had their chances till the last moment, the second game always looked like Vincent’s.Vincent took the first game 23-21 when Srikanth’s wrong judgement at the back line did him in.In the second game, Srikanth remained on the backfoot, almost all the through the game. He event went into the break trailing 7-11.Srikanth fought back after the break, even took the lead for a brief moment before Vincent caught up with him and then defeated him.Earlier in the year, Srikanth had settled for silver at the Commonwealth Games 2018 after a loss in the final to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei.However, there was none of it at the Asian Games this time. In the men’s team event quarter-final as well, Srikanth had lost to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, which eventually led to India crashing out of the event.On Thursday, PV Sindhu survived a scare against Vu Thi Trang of Vietnam to enter the Round of 16 with a 21-10, 12-21, 23-21 win. On the other hand, Saina Nehwal cruised to a 21-7, 21-9 win over Iran’s Soraya Aghhajiagha.advertisementHowever, India’s campaign in the mixed doubles came to an end. Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out after losing 25-27, 16-21 to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai while Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy were knocked out after losing 15-21, 23-21 to Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.Later in the day, HS Prannoy will take on Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the Round of 32.Also in women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will be in Round of 16 action against Malaysian pair Kantaphon Wangcharoen and Meng Yean Lee.Earlier in the day, Indian women’s kabaddi team settled for a silver for the first time after winning two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with a 27-24 loss to Iran.Before that, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev in the final in Jakarta.Prior to that gold, Indian rowers put up a fabulous show as the Indian team clinched a gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final. Before that gold, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final and the team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh took a bronze in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Also, Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event after finishing with a score of 219.2 while Manu Bhaker endured another disappointing day in Palembang with a fifth-place finish in the same event.last_img read more


World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle and Andre Russell fit to play against Australia

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder have put concerns over fitness of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell to rest, saying the star players will fully recover from their niggles before the team’s second World Cup game against Australia on Thursday.Gayle scored a trademark fifty off just 33 balls as West Indies secured a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in their World Cup opener at Trent Bridge on Friday.Three massive sixes gave took him to 40 in his career at the tournament, more than any other player, but also took its toll as he struggled with running between the wickets and hobbled towards the pavilion after his eventual dismissal.But captain Jason Holder is confident the five-day rest between this win and the match with Australia will be enough. Russell, who turned the match with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, taking two wickets from his 18 balls, also insists he will be okay despite seeming to aggravate a knee injury.”I’ve more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled,” he said.All which is great news for Holder, who couldn’t have been happier with the way his team started their World Cup campaign.This is Gayle’s last international tournament but Nicholas Pooran gave a glimpse to the future with a 34 run contribution as the Windies knocked off Pakistan’s 105 runs in 13.4 overs.Pooran faced just 19 balls for his score and unleashed six boundaries, including two massive sixes.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanAlso Read | Want to be aggressive: Holder sends warning to West Indies’ World Cup rivals after Pakistan demolitionAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more


Scott Baldwin apologises for missing match after being bitten by lion

first_img Chris Wyles leads the way as Saracens sail past wretched Worcester Travel can broaden game but club trips to US and South Africa make little sense The Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has apologised after being bitten on the hand while trying to pet a lion in South Africa, causing him to miss Ospreys’ defeat to the Cheetahs in their Pro14 match on Friday.The 29-year-old was described as “stupid” by the Ospreys coach Steve Tandy after suffering the wound, which needed stitches, during a pre-match visit to a game park. Read more Baldwin took to social media on Saturday to apologise. “Sorry all Ospreys fans for letting you and the team down by missing the game through the bite!” he said on Twitter. “Should [have] known he wouldn’t be impressed with me stroking his lioness before introducing myself to him first. And for those asking, my hand is on the mend thankfully and should be up and running round soon enough, thanks for your support and concern.” Baldwin came in for a ribbing from his coach after Friday’s 44-25 defeat at the Free State Stadium, where Tandy explained the incident to the media in candid terms. “There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion. He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Wales rugby union team Share on Messenger Pro14center_img “It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky … I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten. “It’s probably one of the silliest things I’ve ever been involved in, but thankfully he is OK and hopefully he will be back up and running in the next couple of weeks.” The club confirmed that Baldwin had suffered the injury on Wednesday and said he was treated at the scene by the team doctor before being admitted to a local hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday for further treatment to prevent infection. He was released on Saturday to travel home with the rest of the squad as planned. Support The Guardian news Ospreys Topics Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby union Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Trudeau names Ontario Metis lawyer Yvonne Boyer to upper chamber

first_imgOTTAWA – A Metis lawyer and scholar who has complained of “racist assumptions” in Canada’s health system has been appointed to fill one of a dozen vacancies in the Senate, making her the first Indigenous person from Ontario to take a seat in the upper chamber.Yvonne Boyer, who has been vocal in criticizing both the real and the perceived inequalities in how medicare is provided in Canada, was named as an independent senator Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.She is a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario, a professor in the law faculty at the University of Ottawa and associate director at the school’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.Boyer co-authored a report with Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett last year which laid out in graphic detail the sterilization of seven Indigenous women in Saskatchewan, noting how — as recently as 2015 — women have been coerced into being sterilized.That report led to an outpouring of horror stories from women across the country who described inhumane treatment under Canada’s health care system.“I am confident that Parliament will benefit from Dr. Boyer’s knowledge and experience, and that she will be a great ambassador for Ontario, the Metis Nation, and all of Canada,” Trudeau said in a statement about her appointment.Boyer received her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Ottawa.Much of her career has focused on inequalities between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous people in health-care services and delivery.She has advocated for “structural changes” so Indigenous people can become full partners in the health system, including allowing Indigenous Canadians to become co-designers of a system that meets their needs.In January she pointed to Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre and the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia as effective models that Ottawa could study as it moves to transform what she described as Canada’s “already broken” health system.Boyer is the 33rd person to be appointed to the Senate on the advice of Trudeau under a process that allows any Canadian to apply for a seat.Trudeau appointed another Indigenous woman to the chamber in December, naming Mary Jane McCallum, a residential school survivor and dentist of Cree descent, to represent Manitoba.The Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday that the independent Senate appointments advisory board will consider applications received by April 3 to fill vacancies still open in 10 provinces and territories.last_img read more


The Gap steps into the mens athleisure game

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Gap is stepping in to the men’s athleisure wear game, which has exploded in recent years.The clothes are intended to be formal enough to wear to the office, at least on casual Friday, and suitable for the gym or yoga studio directly afterward.Gap’s Hill City brand will roll out in mid-October at hillcity.com and will be on display at 50 of the clothing chain’s Athleta stores, which sell technical, athletic clothing for women.The Gap Inc. is struggling with weak sales and follows others in recognizing a sustained demand for work-to-yoga studio clothing.Last month VF Corp., which makes Wrangler and Lee jeans, said it would break off its denim division to focus on its faster-growing brands like The North Face, Timberland, Altra, Icebreaker and Williamson-Dickie.last_img read more


Saudi oil minister makes second visit to India in less than 3

first_imgNew Delhi: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih is making his second visit to India in less than three weeks to attend the wedding of richest Indian Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash. Akash Ambani is tying the knot with Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta and Mona Mehta at a grand ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Sources privy to the development said the Saudi oil minister will visit Mumbai for the wedding and will also make a brief stopover in the national capital to have a conversation with Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other industry leaders. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAl-Falih, who has known Ambani for over a decade now, had previously travelled to Udaipur in December last year to attend the pre-wedding festivities of Ambani’s daughter Isha’s marriage with industrialist Ajay Piramal’s son Anand. Akash and Isha’s wedding will take place at the newly built Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding festivities kickstarted on February 23 with a grand bash in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The couple got engaged in June 2018 and celebrated the occasion with a string of lavish parties in Mumbai. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAl-Falih last visited India on February 20 as part of the high-level delegation that travelled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a bilateral visit. When he last visited the Ambanis in December 2018, the Saudi oil minister had tweeted that the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Ambani-run Reliance Industries are discussing joint investments in petrochemicals, refinery and communications projects. At the time of the February 20 visit, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Al-Nasser had spoken about talks with Reliance for investments in refinery and petrochemical projects. Reliance operates two refineries at Jamnagar with a total capacity of 68.2 million tonnes per annum. Reliance plans to expand its only-for-exports SEZ refining capacity to just over 41 million tonnes from the current 35.2 million tonnes but does not have any plans to set up a new refinery in the country. It is presently focused on expanding petrochemicals and telecom business, industry sources said. Crude oil is the basic raw material for the manufacturing of petrochemicals. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is keen to get a foothold in the world’s fastest-growing fuel market so as to get a captive customer for the crude oil it produces. Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, and its partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) have picked up 50 per cent stake in a planned USD 44-billion refinery in Maharashtra but the project is facing problems in land acquisition. Aramco and ADNOC will together hold 50 per cent stake in the 60 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) refinery and adjacent 18 MTPA petrochemical complex planned to be built at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra by 2025. The two will supply half of the crude oil required for processing at the refinery. Like other major producers, the two are looking to lock in customers in the world’s third-largest oil consumer through the investment. Kuwait too is looking to invest in projects in return for getting an assured offtake of their crude oil. Saudi Aramco is also keen on retailing fuel in India. A refinery in India can also be a base for it to export fuel to deficit countries in Europe and the Americas. India has a refining capacity of 247.6 million tonnes, which exceeds the demand of 206.2 million tonnes. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this demand is expected to reach 458 million tonnes by 2040.last_img read more


Ohio State mens soccer stuns No 17 Michigan State

OSU plays a match against Michigan State on Oct. 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-2. Credit: Ed Momot / For The Lantern Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate during its 3-2 win against Michigan State on Oct. 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated No. 17 Michigan State, 3-2, Saturday night.The win moved the Buckeyes up to No. 2 in the Big Ten standings behind undefeated Penn State. “I am just really happy for our guys. They really put a lot of hard work in this year and we deserved this kind of success,” OSU coach John Bluem said following the game. “I think we’re a good team and I think we can cause some teams a lot of problems. We bend but we don’t break.” Freshman forward Marcus McCrary scored his first career goal in the 15th minute to give OSU the early lead.“It’s been 10 games and I finally got the goal I’ve been looking for,” McCrary said of cracking the score sheet. “I took a touch one-on-one with the keeper, and I just hit it on target.”  Bluem said he was happy to see his young player contribute to the team’s success. “(McCrary’s) confidence was starting to wean a little bit so maybe this gets him going,” he said. “He’s a dangerous player for us.”After more than 45 scoreless minutes, Michigan State tied the game in 63rd minute. But less than 10 minutes later, OSU senior midfielder Yianni Sarris answered back as he gained possession in the box and buried the ball in the back of the net with his right foot. “I was lucky to catch a break there and put one in the back of the net and from there our confidence grew,” Sarris said. The goal was Sarris’ team-leading fourth of the season, and he said doesn’t plan on stopping there. “Don’t take the foot off the pedal, I scored four goals and I’m going to keep going,” Sarris said. Less than two minutes later, the Buckeyes scored again when junior defender Liam Doyle pushed the team’s lead to 3-1 with his goal off of a free kick. His shot from 30 yards out deflected off a Michigan State player’s head before hitting the back of the net. But the Spartans didn’t give up there. Redshirt-senior forward Tim Kreutz scored in the 76th minute to get the Spartans back in the game, down by just one. Michigan State looked for a goal to tie the contest, but the Buckeyes weren’t letting anything past redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov.  “It was a nerve-wracking 10 minutes, but we got through it and it will make use stronger for the next time,” Doyle said.Despite the upset victory, Bluem said he was looking for ways the Buckeyes could improve going forward. “One of the things we are trying to work on is our speed of play in the attacking end of the field,” Bluem said. “In order to score goals against the level of competition we are playing against, we have to play fast.”The Buckeyes are set to head to Rochester, Mich., later this week to play Oakland on Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more


Golf Brothers Josh and Justin Wick competing together as Buckeyes

Ohio State golfer Josh Wick finishes on a shot from the fairway. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsJosh and Justin Wick, brothers separated by two years on the Ohio State men’s golf team, enjoyed sports from a young age. But they never expected to become Division I athletes.When Ohio State came calling it might have been a surprise to Josh, but his mom knew it was coming.Then-Ohio State head coach Donnie Darr, now an assistant coach with the Oklahoma State golf team, asked to meet with the Wick brothers’ parents about extending Josh, the elder brother, an offer.“The coach actually asked to meet with my husband and I outside of Josh just to make sure that if he extended Josh an offer would it be an issue with Justin,” Sarah Wick, the brothers’ mother said.Justin was also highly regarded by the Buckeyes at the time, and Darr didn’t want Josh’s offer to cause Justin to press too hard and try to impress them.However, he didn’t need to impress them with words. His talent spoke for itselfJustin described his high-school golf career as “full of ups and downs,” but, despite the rough patches, he was able to win the Central District Division I Player of the Year Award, which ultimately led to his offer from Ohio State two years after Josh received his offer.Josh said he actually knew Justin was going to receive an offer a couple of hours before him and it was “awesome” to get the news.Josh asked Darr at the time to offer Justin a scholarship because he wanted to attend college with his younger brother and knew he had several other opportunities.Justin, a decorated golfer and lacrosse player, had many offers to play both sports in college.“I played a large part in trying to persuade the coach to an extent to get him on the team and offer him a scholarship,” Josh said. “I really wanted him to be here and he had several other opportunities in other places, but I think he always wanted to play here.”Ohio State golfer Justin Wick attempts a putt from the green. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsJosh and Justin’s mother, who is also a dietitian for Ohio State athletics, recalled her two sons playing any sport they could when they were young.“They started golf at five or six, they played rec lacrosse, they did basketball, and football, so I mean … young,” Sarah said. “They always did sports.”The boys grew up in Upper Arlington, a Columbus suburb. As most brothers are, they were competitive with each other from a young age. Sarah reminisced about the two playing football against each other at the house.“They played this little football game where they pretended the driveway was the touchdown and for some reason they got into a fight and sometimes it was verbal and sometimes they would actually just kind of wrestle around and I would literally just let them do it,” Sarah said. “They would fight it out and everything would be fine.”Although the boys don’t wrestle to settle arguments anymore, they remain extremely competitive. Ohio State head coach Jay Moseley, who was hired in 2015, said the boys love to compete on a daily basis.“They are super, super competitive,” Moseley said. “They push each other really, really hard and they do not like to lose at all to each other.”Josh had pride in Ohio State growing up so close to the university and knew if the school came calling, he would commit.“People would say that I am as crazy an Ohio State fan as they come and always wanted to go there,” Josh said. “Within my recruiting process, I definitely looked at other schools, but I always knew that once Ohio State came calling, that’s where I was going to go.”Justin also said Ohio State was his favorite school and it was a “dream come true” to have the opportunity to play at the university he admired as a little kid.For Josh, golf wasn’t really his first love, it was lacrosse. But as he began to play competitive golf in middle school, his love for the game took off.As his game progressed into Josh’s high school years, he was pretty sure he would be able to become a Division I golfer, but Justin faced a few more challenges in high school.“When I was a junior in high school, when you want to play well and show off for the colleges, I was not playing well at all,” Justin said. “There was a point in time where I thought that I wasn’t going to have a chance to play golf.”But now, he’s doing it at the top collegiate level, not far from home —  with his brother by his side. read more


The NFL Rushers And Receivers Who Are Carrying Their Teams

5Spencer WareChiefs3,7691,07728.6 PLAYERTEAMTEAM YARDSPLAYER YARDSPLAYER SHARE Players with the highest share of team scrimmage yards, 2016 2Ezekiel ElliottCowboys4,5731,50232.8 5David JohnsonCardinals21026180.5 Receivers with the most first-down receptions per route run, 2016 1David JohnsonCardinals4,2901,53435.8% 1Mike EvansBuccaneers41013232.2% 9Greg OlsenPanthers4136211.3 More than in any other sport, in football, individual statistics reflect a player’s environment as well as that player’s individual talent. A running back can be hamstrung by a poor offensive line, and a wide receiver can’t do much if his quarterback can’t get him the ball. While there’s no one advanced stat that can perfectly contextualize individual performance within a team environment, there are a few that do a pretty good job. Today, we’ll look at four stats that help demonstrate a player’s contribution to his team.Yards from scrimmage … as a percentage of team yardsDavid Johnson has been remarkable this season: He was my midseason choice for Offensive Player of the Year, in part because he had gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game to that point. He has maintained that streak since then and is now just the second player since at least 1950 to hit the century mark in each of his team’s first 11 games.Johnson leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,534, but he also leads the league in percentage of team scrimmage yards. He’s gained 35.8 percent of all Cardinals yards this year, making him one of only three players to gain at least 30 percent of his team’s yards: 11C.J. FiedorowiczTexans2320411.3 10Matt ForteJets3,78496125.4 The Colts’ Frank Gore and Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount are overshadowed by playing alongside star quarterbacks in Andrew Luck and Tom Brady, but don’t overlook how important those players are to their teams. Indianapolis has only given three carries per game to other running backs, while the Patriots are calling Blount’s number 81.9 percent of the time when handing off to a back. And Chargers second-year back Melvin Gordon ranks second in this category, after ranking third in our first metric. He’s having a remarkable bounce-back year after struggling as a rookie.Receiving share of targetsAntonio Brown and Julio Jones are the two biggest stars at the wide receiver position. Brown leads the league in receptions, and Jones ranks first in receiving yards, a year after the duo far outpaced the rest of the league in those same two categories. But the Steelers’ Brown and the Falcons’ Jones also benefit from playing with a pair of star quarterbacks in, respectively, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan.The passing games in Pittsburgh and Atlanta revolve around their star receivers, of course: Brown has accounted for 28.8 percent of all Steelers targets this season, and Jones is at 27.6 percent for the Falcons. Those are great numbers, but not quite good enough for No. 1. 1Mike EvansBuccaneers6240615.3% 3Julio JonesFalcons4936113.6 10Christine MichaelPackers11816372.4 8DeMarco MurrayTitans22930176.1 5Jarvis LandryDolphins3218827.4 15Jordy NelsonPackers43210524.3 12Demaryius ThomasBroncos3629225.4 20Stefon DiggsVikings3718723.5 Among players with at least 20 receiving first downsSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group 18Amari CooperRaiders4089824.0 5Jordan ReedRedskins3829812.8 3Frank GoreColts17821184.4 19Greg OlsenPanthers3708823.8 7Le’Veon BellSteelers4,1361,13627.5 8Antonio BrownSteelers5042811.7 12Mike EvansBuccaneers4,1531,02024.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 8Odell BeckhamGiants40710726.3 21Jeremy Kerley49ers3457822.6 6Matt ForteJets20225280.2 11Jordan HowardBears3,9841,00825.3 9Terrelle PryorBrowns41510926.3 6Lamar MillerTexans3,6381,03228.4 2Melvin GordonChargers23427385.7 PLAYERTEAMFIRST-DOWN RECEPTIONSROUTES RUNRECEPTIONS PER ROUTE RUN 4DeMarco MurrayTitans4,7161,35228.7 12Jay AjayiDolphins16123369.1 Receivers with the highest share of team targets, 2016 7DeAndre HopkinsTexans38610226.4 11Isaiah CrowellBrowns14520271.8 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 10Brandon MarshallJets3719726.1 6Julian EdelmanPatriots3649927.2 6A.J. GreenBengals4133712.2 No wide receiver is a bigger part of his team’s passing offense than Mike Evans is for the Buccaneers. And you may have noticed his name on the first table too — he was the only wide receiver to rank in the top 12 in percentage of team yards (all the others are running backs). Evans had a dominant game in Week 12 against Seattle, helping Tampa Bay pull off the upset: He was targeted on 39.3 percent of Tampa Bay’s 28 pass attempts and caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.The Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders beat out Jones for third on this list, despite playing with an inexperienced passer in Trevor Siemian, the 250th pick in last year’s draft. Denver doesn’t pass very often, but when they do, Siemian tends to look toward Sanders, who is quietly having a phenomenal year. Sanders, like Evans, was one of the stars of Week 12: In a losing effort, he caught seven of 10 targets for 162 yards and a touchdown.First downs per route runGaining a first down is one of the most important things a wide receiver can do, and he has a chance at it whenever he runs a route. Yards per route run is the wide receiver version of yards per pass, but by replacing yards with first downs in the numerator, we can focus on a less-popular (but very important) statistic that shows us which guys move the chains.Evans ranks first in this category1Among players with at least 20 receiving first downs.: He has picked up a first down on a remarkable 15.3 percent of his routes. One reason for that is that Evans runs deeper routes, and he easily leads the league with 62 first-down receptions (no other player has more than 50). 3Melvin GordonChargers4,2251,27330.1 16Michael CrabtreeRaiders4089924.3 8Todd GurleyRams3,43188225.7 11T.Y. HiltonColts40210325.6 2Antonio BrownSteelers41712028.8 7Ezekiel ElliottCowboys24331178.1 4LeGarrette BlountPatriots21225981.9 9Lamar MillerTexans21128474.3 Some other players stand out here despite less impressive raw totals. Kansas City’s Spencer Ware plays on a low-octane Chiefs offense, but he’s a big driver behind any success the offense has. Ware is averaging 4.7 yards per carry; all other Kansas City backs are averaging just 3.5 yards per rush. And Ware has averaged 12.4 yards per target, compared to just 6.5 on passes to all other players.Also note the presence of Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell high on the list, despite the fact that he missed the first three games of the season. Since returning from suspension in Week 4, Bell has gained an impressive 37.6 percent of all Steelers yards from scrimmage. When he’s active, no team relies on one player like the Steelers do with Bell, who’s been used heavily in both running and passing plays — he ranks third in the league in receptions per game and second in rushing yards per game.Percentage of team carriesHow many yards a player averages per carry is subject to a lot of random variation, making yards per carry one of the most overrated stats in football. And the number of carries a team has in a game is often the result of what’s happening on the scoreboard. But how often a team chooses to hand off to a particular running back — as a percentage of all handoffs to running backs — says a lot about how much his team trusts him relative to the other backs on the team.While L.A.’s Todd Gurley has had a frustrating year, he leads the league in this metric. Rams running backs have rushed 227 times this year, and 200 of those carries were given to Gurley. The Rams aren’t a good team, so they can’t afford to run as frequently as teams like the Cowboys, but the Los Angeles coaches still have a ton of faith in Gurley (or perhaps they just have very little faith in the other Rams backs): 17Allen RobinsonJaguars43010424.2 24Kelvin BenjaminPanthers3708121.9 25Kenny BrittRams3678021.8 9LeSean McCoyBills3,87799425.6 2Cole BeasleyCowboys3928113.9 13A.J. GreenBengals3829524.9 23Jordan MatthewsEagles3828522.3 1Todd GurleyRams20022788.1% 10Kelvin BenjaminPanthers3732811.3 7Stefon DiggsVikings3932112.1 4Tyreek HillChiefs2317113.5 Running backs handed the highest share of team rushes, 2016 22Golden TateLions3778422.3 PLAYERTEAMTEAM TARGETSPLAYER TARGETSPLAYER SHARE TEAM RUSHES Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group PLAYERTEAMHANDED TO PLAYERHANDED TO ANY RUNNING BACKPLAYER SHARE 14Larry FitzgeraldCardinals44210924.7 12Michael ThomasSaints4338311.2 3Emmanuel SandersBroncos36210428.7 4Julio JonesFalcons37010227.6 But a few other players are worth mentioning. Cole Beasley plays on a run-heavy offense, but when the Cowboys pass, the team is extremely efficient. One reason for that is Beasley, who is adept at getting first downs.Jordan Reed and Stefon Diggs have each missed two games this season, depressing their raw numbers, but both players fare well in this metric. Reed leads all tight ends, while Diggs ranks seventh overall despite suffering from poor quarterback play.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more


TwentyOne nations EC meet in South Africa to discuss CO2 sequestration

first_imgLed by 21 nations and the European Commission, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) met in Cape Town, South Africa last week in an effort to develop cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide for its transport and long-term safe storage. Formed in 2003, the CSLF Forum is a voluntary climate initiative of developed and developing nations formed to enable early reduction and steady elimination of the large-source greenhouse gas emissions that account for more than 60% of the world’s manmade CO2. Its 22 members, which produce approximately three-quarters of the world emissions, co-operate and collaborate in technology development and demonstration.James Slutz, CSLF Policy Committee Chairman, and Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy, says the CSLF marshals intellectual, technical and financial resources from all parts of the world to support atmospheric stabilization, the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “The Cape Town meetings focused on how to make sequestration work, and improve carbon capture and storage technologies through co-ordinated research and development with international partners and private industry.”Cape Town was noteworthy for several accomplishments: a CSLF declaration of its support for the G8 recommendations for near term deployment of CCS, and agreement on a mechanism leading to an updated CSLF strategic plan. The meeting also produced recognition of a 20th demonstration project – this one for zero-emissions production of electricity and hydrogen from fossil fuels.Other results from Cape Town included:An examination of CSLF priorities for moving carbon capture and storage (CCS) forward that may be recommended to Energy Ministers at the next meeting, a CSLF 2009 ministerialAgreement on appropriate initiatives and projects which would form an overarching strategy for removing the barriers for CCSAgreement on an updated roadmap for bridging the gap for affordable technology so as to obtain substantial progress in both emerging and industrialized economies to reflect the latest market realities;Agreement on creating successful pathways for Capacity Building as the vehicle for the transfer of technologies, knowledge, and experience about CCS to engineers, scientist, and policy makers in emerging economiesA resolution to increase the role of stakeholders in implementing the policy priorities, and recognition that stakeholders’ expertise is key to assisting in removing the barriers for CCS deployment as they are ultimately responsible for deploying the CCS technologies.Delegates also continued work on fundamental CCS issues such as financial tools, risk management, regulation, legislation and achieving public acceptance. These issues and others will continue to be examined at the next conference, a CSLF ministerial level meeting set to convene in London in late 2009.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has determined that CO2 capture and storage applied to such large-scale sources as electric generation and industrial activity can achieve up to 55% of the reductions required to stabilise atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas in this century; and that it can reduce ultimate stabilisation costs by 30% or more. Preliminary IPCC findings indicate the world’s potential storage capacity may exceed 11 trillion tonnes balanced against annual world emissions of more than 24 billion tonnes.Geologic storage at great depth is possible in multiple ways – in depleted and declining oil fields where sequestration linked with CO2 enhanced oil recovery can also enhance near-term supply by boosting production; in natural gas fields; in unmineable coal seams, which may add to natural gas supply by displacing methane; in very deep saline reservoirs which underlie much of the world; and in other significant geologic formations such as basalt. Many of the CSLF’s 20 demonstration projects are meant to quantify the potential and identify the best storage sites.The CSLF and the technologies it seeks to develop were identified by international bodies as pivotal in dealing with greenhouse gases and their ultimate stabilisation. The G8 Summit endorsed the CSLF in its Gleneagles Plan of Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development, and identified it as a medium of co-operation and collaboration with key developing countries in dealing with greenhouse gases.The CSLF also works with the International Energy Agency and recognises the facts behind IEA findings that the world will have to rely on fossil energy for economic growth and stability for the foreseeable future – use them through an indefinite period required to pass from the present to a point in the future where low- and no-carbon energy sources can meet most requirements. The challenge is to reduce emissions while fossil-energy use rises.Forum membership spans the world’s largest blocs of economic activity, including the North America Free Trade Area, the EU and the leading economies of Asia. Members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, the EC, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, the UK and the US.Additional information on the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum may be obtained at http://www.cslforum.org/index.htm or at the US Department of Energy’s CSLF web page at http://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/sequestration/cslf/index.html.last_img read more


Terex bets on the Latin American market

first_imgInternational Mining attended the M&T Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil in early June and reports over the coming days from those meetings, beginning with Terex which expects “emerging markets should represent 40% of revenue in five years.” In 2008, company sales reached $9.9 billion. Currently, the US and Canada represent 34% of global sales, followed by Western Europe with 32%, Emerging Markets (including BRIC countries) with 23% and Australia, New Zealand and Japan with 11%. Emerging countries have been presenting greatest market growth for Terex, according to Steve Filipov, Company President for Developing Markets. These countries currently represent 23% of the company’s global revenue, a value equivalent to $2 billion.“I’m confident that emerging countries, particularly in Latin America, shall remain important markets for a long time”, Filipov said. “I believe that in the next five years 40% of our revenues shall come from these markets, and this percentage could easily reach 50% in ten years.” Also, the strategy to achieve this forecast involves investments in local production. “We are studying the possibility of expanding our production capacity in these countries, instead of exporting from the US and Europe”, he revealed.Terex operates in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms, which represent 21% of global sales, Construction 19%, Cranes 29%, Road building 7% and Materials Processing and Mining 24%.Terex Materials Processing & Mining business is structured in four divisions:Trucks over 100 t – Terex Unit RigExcavators over 100 t – Terex O&KHydraulic drilling – Terex ReedrilCrushing & Screening, for which the company has seven plants: Powerscreen, Terex Pegson, Terex Finlay, Terex Jaques, Terex Cedarapids, Terex Simplicity and Terex Canica.The division’s equipment is manufactured in Germany, Australia, England, USA, Northeren Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand. Global sales are divided, today between 30% for Emerging Markets, 30% for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, USA and Canada with 26% and Western Europe with 14%.The M&T Expo 2009 had excellent prospects for Terex. “In addition to further consolidating the Terex brand, with its distinctive product segments working together, the fair is an opportunity to enrich the relationship between our team and customers and distributors, with information relevant to equipment for their businesses”, explained André Freire, President of Terex Latin America.last_img read more


Greek shipper gets USCuba ferry service permit

first_imgGreek-owned United Caribbean Lines Florida has secured one of the first few licenses for the operation of coastal shipping services between the US and Cuba from the US Department of the Treasury, after about half a century without a service.United Caribbean is one of just four companies to have secured Washington’s consent to provide ferry services to Havana in the context of the thaw in relations between the US and Cuba. The company’s main shareholder Alexandros Panagopoulos told Kathimerini that “Cuba’s coastal shipping market has amazing potential for growth and a great amassed demand for trips to the US.”The son of Pericles Panagopoulos – founder of Blue Star Ferries and Super Fast Ferries (now under the control of Marfin Investment Group) – added that United Caribbean will start sailing to Cuba this fall, if not even earlier, expecting major traffic in terms of passengers as well as cargo.The ship to be used will link the major ports of Florida, such as Miami, Tampa Bay and Port Everglades, with Havana. Panagopoulos noted that the firm also hopes to also include ports in Mexico in the future, such as Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula.The firm intends to tap three markets: tourism traffic (albeit limited and highly regulated at this stage), cargo trucks and the Cuban diaspora in the US, which for decades has been deprived of such a link. Tourism from the US to Cuba may well be liberalized soon, according to sector experts.The capacity of the initial vessel to be used on the route will be around 1,500 passengers, with some 400 cabins available, although it is not clear whether this will concern a leased or company-owned ship. Depending on the success of the service and the progress in US-Cuban relations, Panagopoulos says that a second ship may also be added.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Atletico Madrid fails to defeat Betis

first_imgIn the late Sunday game in LaLiga, Atletico Madrid failed in the quest to earn three points against a Real Betis team that looks unbeatable at the moment.The result itself is not a reason to despair. What’s concerning is the fact that Simeone’s men have now failed to score in two consecutive matches and the Europa League matchup with Arsenal is looming on the horizon. Is the exhausting schedule catching up to his team, or are they just taking a breather and saving energy for what’s to come?Report: Owen now turns his attentions to BeckhamReport: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…The Wanda Metropolitano outfit now has a solitary win in its last five fixtures. The absence of Diego Costa is obviously hurting the team, as Fernando Torres is nowhere near the player he used to be and is not an adequate replacement. Since Costa is set to miss the first leg versus Arsenal, Simeone will need to find a solution up front or risks failure.Diego Simeone did rest several of his first-team regulars against a side that had won their previous six games. Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for the hosts. The 0-0 draw means that now Barcelona only needs a point against Deportivo la Coruna next Sunday to officially win the title.last_img read more


Russia has damaging info on Trump

first_imgClassified documents that the heads of four US intelligence agencies presented last week to president-elect Donald Trump included claims that Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information about him, two US officials said Tuesday evening.They told Reuters the claims, which one called “unsubstantiated,” were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that US intelligence officials presented to Trump and president Barack Obama last week.Trump responded on Tuesday evening in a tweet calling the reports: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One of the officials, both of whom requested anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other US agencies are continuing to investigate the credibility and accuracy of the claims.They are included in opposition research reports made available last year to Democrats and US officials by a former British intelligence official, most of whose past work US officials consider credible.The official said investigators so far have been unable to confirm the material about Trump financial and personal entanglements with Russian businessmen and others whom US intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of Russian intelligence. Some material in the reports produced by the former British intelligence officer has proved to be erroneous, the official said.The FBI declined comment.SURFACED LAST YEARThe charges that Russia attempted to compromise New York real estate businessman Trump were presented to the FBI and other US government officials last summer and have been circulating for months.The FBI initially took the material seriously, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, which was first reported by CNN.However, the FBI failed to act on the material, and the former British intelligence officer broke off contact about three weeks before the November election, they said.The warning of information about Russia’s compromising claims follows growing US intelligence and law enforcement concerns about what Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has called “multifaceted” Russian influence and espionage operations in Europe and the United States.In addition to hacking computer networks and spreading propaganda and fake news, it includes efforts to cultivate business and political leaders and find compromising personal, financial and other information on persons of interest, US intelligence officials said.The classified briefings last week were presented to Obama and Trump by Clapper, FBI director James Comey, Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers.US intelligence chiefs included a classified summary of the material to make Trump aware that it is circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress, government officials and others, one of the officials said.An unclassified intelligence report released on Friday concluded that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.The report said US intelligence agencies have concluded that as part of the effort Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, used intermediaries such as WikiLeaks and others to release emails it hacked from the Democratic National Committee and top Democrats.last_img read more


Sessions Pushes To Speed Up Immigration Courts Deportations

first_img Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APAttorney General Jeff Sessions at a roundtable meeting on sanctuary cities hosted by President Trump earlier this monthThe Trump administration has been trying to ramp up deportations of immigrants in the country illegally. But one thing has been standing in its way: Immigration judges often put these cases on hold.Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering overruling the judges.One practice that is particularly infuriating to Sessions and other immigration hard-liners is called administrative closure. It allows judges to put deportation proceedings on hold indefinitely.“Basically they have legalized the person who was coming to court, because they were illegally in the country,” Sessions said during a speech in December.Sessions is using his authority over the immigration court system to review a number of judicial decisions. If he overturns those decisions, thousands of other cases could be affected. In this way, he is expected to end administrative closure, or scale it back.The attorney general may also limit when judges can grant continuances and who qualifies for asylum in the United States.This could reshape the nation’s immigration courts, which are overseen by the Justice Department, and make them move faster. Sessions says he is trying to clear a massive backlog of cases that is clogging the docket.But critics say he is weighing changes that would threaten the due process rights of immigrants, and the integrity of immigration courts.“What he wants is an immigration court system which is rapid, and leads to lots of deportations,” said Nancy Morawetz, who teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law.“It’s really just an unprecedented move by the attorney general to change the way the whole system works,” she said.It’s rare for an attorney general to exercise this power, but Sessions has done it four times in the past three months.Separately, for the first time, the Justice Department is setting quotas for immigration judges, pushing them to resolve cases quickly in order to meet performance standards.It’s not just immigration lawyers who are worried about the effect of any changes. The union that represents immigration judges is concerned, too.“A lot of what they are doing raises very serious concerns about the integrity of the system,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, “judges are supposed to be free from these external pressures.”The attorney general insists he’s trying to make sure that judges are deciding cases “fairly and efficiently.” And says he is trying to clear a backlog of nearly 700,000 cases.That is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of cases in administrative closure. Nearly 200,000 immigration cases have been put on hold in this way in the past five years alone.“Far and away, administrative closure was being abused,” said Andrew Arthur, a former immigration judge who is now a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower levels of immigration.He says many of those cases should have ended in deportation. “But rather than actually going through that process, the Obama administration simply administratively closed them. And took them off the docket to be forgotten,” he said.Sessions has chosen to personally review the case of an undocumented immigrant named Reynaldo Castro-Tum who didn’t show up for his removal hearing. The judge wondered whether the man ever got the notice to appear in court and put his deportation proceedings on hold.In a legal filing in January, Sessions asked whether judges have the authority to order administrative closure and under what circumstances.Immigration lawyers and judges say there are legitimate reasons to administratively close a case. For instance, some immigrants are waiting for a final decision on visa or green card applications.There is a backlog for those applications, too. They’re granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is separate from immigration court. And that can take months, if not years.Immigration lawyers and judges are worried that undocumented immigrants could be deported in the meantime.“You know this is not the private sector where you pay extra money and you can get it done in two days,” said Cheryl David, an immigration lawyer in New York.David represents hundreds of undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation. She often asks judges to put the proceedings on hold.“It gives our clients some wiggle room to try and move forward on applications,” she said. “These are human beings, they’re not files.”Immigration lawyers say these changes could affect immigrants across the country.Brenda DeLeon has applied for a special visa for crime victims who are undocumented. She says her boyfriend beat her up, and she went to the police.She came to the U.S. illegally from El Salvador in 2015, fleeing gang violence, and settled in North Carolina.“If I go back, then my life is in danger,” DeLeon said through a translator. “And not only mine, but my children’s lives too.”For now, a judge has put DeLeon’s deportation case on hold while she waits for an answer on her visa application.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


Jim Brown Says He and Kanye Were Treated Beautifully At Their Meeting

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Kanye West visited the White House Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump, and he brought Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown along with him.West and Brown’s “lunch date” was private and off limits to the media, although cameras and reporters were allowed in Oval Office to ask questions for a moment before the lunch began.President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West and former football player Jim Brown in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)According to reports, West and Brown were initially invited by Trump to discuss an opioid crisis he believes is destroying communities across the country. But West alluded to reporters before the meeting started that he was there to discuss his ideas of social reform.West, while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, said during the short stint open to the media that he envisions the building of “Trump factories” and “Yeezy ideation centers” to create jobs for people in his hometown of Chicago and throughout the county. The 41-year-old rapper/designer also said he planned to discussing the abolition of the “stop and frisk” tactic used by police, claiming it damages the relationship police have within the community.Jim Brown, who mostly sat quiet beside Kanye during the pre-meeting presser, said he was there only to serve, not talk to the media. But he did tell reporters after the meeting that Trump treated him “beautifully” during his time there.“We had the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States which everybody doesn’t have that privilege,” Brown said, according to reports. “With me, at 82 years old, the only thing I could talk about was how to help other people. So, it was very positive.“This is the President of the United States,” Brown added. “He allowed me to be invited to his territory, he treated us beautifully, and he shared some thoughts, and he will be open to talking when I get back to him. That’s the best he could do for me.”last_img read more


Steven Seagals Bitcoin Knockoff Sounds Sketchy as Hell

first_img Bitcoin is probably a scam. If you disagree, that’s cool, but it’s your money. And, if you strike it big, you can tell me off. But, with that said, this market is definitely starting to get… uh… weird?90s action star Steven Seagal is, apparently, working on the second generation of Bitcoin, dubbed, hilariously, Bitcoiin 2nd Generation. Seagal’s official twitter account said as much, and there was an accompanying press release, claiming that the system would be based on the Ethereum blockchain.Making matters worse, the account also offered up this image showing their affiliate payout schedule. I dunno about you, but that looks an awful lot like a pyramid scheme.So, to recap: there are two “i”s in the name, for some reason, 2nd gen BitCoin is ostensibly based on Etherum (why?), the fact that Seagal is involved at all (again, why?), and the attached affiliate chart is exactly a pyramid scheme.Credit: Steven SeagalIf this isn’t already sending off like a million alarm bells, then you might want to reread all that. And again. Until it sticks.The affiliate payouts will only be for the initial coin offering, or ICO — essentially one of the few times it’s not the absolute worst idea to buy into a new cryptocurrency. The problem, of course, is that with these sorts of deals, it’s easy to promise massive returns, but almost impossible to guarantee. If you throw in a few bucks you don’t mind losing, great. If you’re betting a lot more on it, though, you’re almost certainly being taken for a ride. Thankfully, this one is pretty transparent.“As a Buddhist, Zen teacher, and healer,” the attached press release reads, “Steven lives by the principles that the development of the physical self is essential to protect the spiritual man. He believes that what he does in his life is about leading people into contemplation to wake them up and enlighten them in some manner. These are precisely the objectives of the Bitcoiin2Gen to empower the community by providing a decentralized P2P payment system with its own wallet, mining ecosystem and robust blockchain platform without the need of any third party.”If that isn’t a buncha words that mean basically nothing, I don’t know what is.Of course, the internet is having a field day, making plenty of cracks, but this type of offering may well be illegal. The SEC, which is typically in charge of investigating insider trading and similar financial crimes, made a statement about celebrity endorsements of cryptocurrencies last year.What if there was a cryptographically secured distributed ledger for tracking roundhouse kicks to the face https://t.co/yHrFJfgZ1Y— Tom Gara (@tomgara) February 20, 2018 Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada “Celebrities and others are using social media networks to encourage the public to purchase stocks and other investments,” the statement reads. “These endorsements may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement. Celebrities who endorse an investment often do not have sufficient expertise to ensure that the investment is appropriate and in compliance with federal securities laws. Conduct research before making investments, including in ICOs.”So yeah, probably don’t invest in this one, folks. I like Seagal well enough, but I have no faith in him as a financial… anything.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Looks like the cryptocurrency market is…………Under Siege https://t.co/I6LQ2Q1h1X— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 19, 2018center_img Stay on target Finally, the cryptocurrency endorsed by zen master and Russian diplomat Steven Seagal that we’ve all been waiting for https://t.co/OsXmW32fOW— max seddon (@maxseddon) February 19, 2018last_img read more