New Zealand: Churches holding up well in quakes

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Anglican Communion Featured Events Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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The service was stopped and the Cathedral emptied immediately. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis By Jayson RhodesPosted Jul 22, 2013 Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more

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Mel encouraged by Sunderland effort

first_img As well as the two away wins, West Brom have also had two 3-3 home draws within their last five games, both of which they began by surging into an early lead and ended by conceding a stoppage-time equaliser. Mel admitted after the latest of those encounters – against Tottenham last weekend – that his side had sat back too much after going 3-0 up inside 31 minutes, and has been speaking to his players since about maintaining their self-belief in games. But he has also been determined to focus on the positives of the performance, and said about the City fixture: “Sincerely, I think if the players go about things in the same manner (as they did against Tottenham), I’ll be extremely proud of them – if they go out to compete and to score goals. “I’m sure that at one point our luck will change.” West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder James Morrison are doubts for Monday’s match. Olsson, who came off in the Tottenham game because of an Achilles problem, and Morrison, absent from that contest due to an ankle complaint, have both missed training this week and are being assessed over the weekend. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair will definitely sit the fixture out as it is against his parent club. Sunderland, who went into their match against City on Wednesday lying bottom of the Barclays Premier League, sprung a major surprise by drawing 2-2 with the title-chasing hosts and almost emerged from the contest with all three points. West Brom are very much in the thick of the relegation battle themselves, and asked ahead of their visit to Manchester on Monday if he could take heart from the Black Cats’ efforts, Mel said: “Yes. West Brom boss Pepe Mel has taken great encouragement from Sunderland’s draw at Manchester City ahead of Albion’s trip to the Etihad Stadium – where he believes they are capable of securing a victory. Press Association “There are two readings of that result. One would be simply that Sunderland ended up gaining a point. “But the better interpretation from our point of view is that is that it means it is actually possible for us to go there on Monday and get a result.” It seems unlikely the result on Monday will be a West Brom win. City’s home record in the league this season shows just one defeat, one draw and 14 victories, while Albion have taken maximum points on only six occasions from 33 games. Three of those triumphs have been secured away from home, though, with two coming in the last five matches. And Mel added: “The only thing we are talking about is winning. “We really haven’t considered anything else – we are preparing the team to go there and win. “The thing is, in football, anyone can beat anyone else, so we are going there looking for the victory.” last_img read more

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Caster Semenya backed by South African government in IAAF challenge

first_imgUnder the regulations, some female athletes would have to reduce their blood testosterone levels to below an proscribed level for a continuous period of at least six months and then maintain it beneath that level — whether in or out of competition — for as long as a competitor wishes to remain eligible.Semenya lodged an appeal against the rules with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the case is due to be heard from Monday.Xasa in a statement on Friday called on the international community to support Semenya, claiming the issue goes beyond competitive sports.”What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned. This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law,” Xasa said.”The new regulations are only applicable to … the categories wherein coincidentally Caster Semenya participates and generally dominates. The logic as to why regulations were restricted to these categories is still unclear, thus compelling us, as a country, to suspect they are targeted to our very own daughter of the soil.”Xasa added: “The world once declared apartheid as a crime against human rights, we once more call the world to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human rights.”An IAAF spokesperson told Omnisport its position remains unchanged and it is focused on the overall principle at hand, not any individual athlete.The governing body also repeated a statement issued in November that read: “The female category in sport is a protected category. For it to serve its purposes, which include providing females opportunities equal to males, it must have eligibility standards that ensure that athletes who identify as female but have male biology (testes, and testosterone levels in the male range) at least drop their testosterone levels into the female range in order to compete at the elite level in the female classification.”This standard is necessary to ensure fair competition for all women. Indeed, without it, we risk losing the next generation of female athletes, since they will see no path to success in our sport. The IAAF is confident that the scientific basis by which it has defined the limits of the category – limits which will apply equally to all competitors – will stand up to challenge in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”It was reported in The Times of London this week that IAAF lawyers will state during the impending CAS hearing that Semenya should be classed as a biological male, but the athletics organization rejected those claims.”The IAAF is not classifying any DSD [Differences of Sexual Development] athlete as male,” read an IAAF statement released Wednesday. “To the contrary, we accept their legal sex without question, and permit them to compete in the female category.”However if a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in hemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women.”Therefore, to preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level.” Caster Semenya’s challenge of the IAAF’s proposed hyperandrogenism rule has been strongly backed by the government of South Africa, with the minister of sport and recreation Tokozile Xasa claiming that the two-time Olympic champion has been “targeted.”International track and field’s governing body in April announced planned protocols affecting women with higher than normal levels of testosterone who compete in track events ranging from the 400 meters up to a mile. The IAAF said in June those distances were selected because the “performance advantage” of having higher levels of circulating testosterone are “most clearly seen.”last_img read more

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade enjoy their final battle as Lakers edge Heat

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers In the final tally, with 31 games between them, James came out with a 16-15 edge, thanks to the rubber match Monday night.“We’ve got great writers here in Hollywood,” he said, “and I don’t even know if they’d be able to write this one.”The result of the latest Lakers game was completely overshadowed by the storyline of James and Wade, two of the greatest players of their generation who won two championships together. Though they have often been foes on the court, they’ve been friends since meeting before the 2003 draft in which they were both top-five picks.As James remains in his prime, showcasing his ability at 34 with 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in the win (including a fourth-quarter dunk that James emphasized with a flex), Wade (15 points, 10 assists, five rebounds) has acknowledged that this will be his final season.They left each other with a souvenir, swapping their signed game jerseys in the eye of a hurricane of cameras and media. But they wanted to make the game itself memorable, too.“It hit me right away, once the buzzer sounded,” Wade said. “When we got the opportunity on the court just to look at each other and be like, this has been fun, this has been one hell of a ride and we’ve enjoyed it together.”A three-time champion with the Heat, Wade became famous for his wide library of moves. Even in the Lakers locker room, everyone has a favorite: For Kyle Kuzma, who had a dazzling game himself with 33 points, it was Wade’s Eurostep. Lance Stephenson marveled at his head fakes, and when the Heat played Stephenson’s Indiana teams, he always fell for the feign. Josh Hart came away with arguably the greatest prize – a pair of signed shoes from Wade, which had “ONE LAST DANCE” written on the side.Against the Lakers (17-10), he played the more finesse-driven game of his older years. He ran pick-and-rolls in the first half, almost always passing the ball off. It took until the third quarter for Wade to score, when he threw up a pair of floaters, the second of which twirled along the rim’s edge before tilting in. He heated up in the second half, hitting five of his first six shots after starting the game 0 for 5.He did this coming off the bench – a role that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says he’s taken to well as any former star could.“It takes someone who has great emotional intelligence and great emotional stability to see the big picture and to find purpose and joy in that and that’s what makes Dwyane so special,” he said. “He’s extremely unique. Been around a lot of players and there’s not many like him in this league who have that kind of serving heart.”That heart is what’s meant the most to James, who came to South Beach in 2010 in part because of the opportunity to play with Wade. James was already a star then, and he had been to the Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he hadn’t won a championship.Wade, he said after the game, showed him how to do that. And even further, Wade opened the doors for James to live outside his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he had spent his entire life to that point.“For me to move down to a place that was foreign to me and my family and for him to open up that franchise,” James said, “him to open up that city for me and my family, and make it so seamless when he’s been there. He’s the staple. It’s Wade County.”For Wade, there was a celebrity reception that was as much for him as the Lakers on Monday: His wife, film star Gabrielle Union, sat near midcourt next to actress Jessica Alba. Actors Will Ferrell and Kate Beckinsale and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were also on hand. At halftime, he was received by actor Denzel Washington, who was captured by a camera crew telling Wade: “You did it with class.”That sense of appreciation extended to a video that played on the jumbotron: a minute-long tribute that featured crossovers and dunks and championship trophy hoisting. It also had no fewer than five clips of him and James slapping fives or embracing.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWade shot a 27-foot, off-balance 3-pointer with seven seconds left, but it’s a testament to the 36-year-old’s career as a 12-time All-Star that still, even in his final year, he can still inspire that pang of fear in an opponent’s heart.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I had a bad feeling it was going to go in,” Walton said, “just because of how it set up like that.”“I did, too,” Lakers center Tyson Chandler admitted.But Wade’s last shot against James was off-target, and a follow-up attempt by Justise Winslow couldn’t hit either, and James’ Lakers walked away as the winners in a 108-105 nail-biter.Well, “walked away” figuratively: The first thing James did was barrel into Wade from behind, hugging him and laughing over their final moment as competitors. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img PreviousThe Lakers’ LeBron James is defended by the Heat’s Dwyane Wade, his longtime friend and former teammate, on Monday night in Wade’s last regular-season game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma soars to the basket for a breakaway dunk over Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. Kuzma scored a game-high 33 points in a 108-105 victory. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dribbles next to Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat dunks in front of Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat dunks in front of Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. (5) dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers’ Svi Mykhailiuk intercepts a pass to Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat in front of Josh Hart #3 at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat grabs a rebound away from Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Tyson Chandler dunks over the Heat’s Rodney McGruder during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr., top left, blocks a shot from Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat scores on a layup past JaVale McGee #7 and Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts to his floater over Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during his last game at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (2) blocks a shot form Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots against the Miami Heat during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson, center, is defended by Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) claps after scoring against the Miami Heat during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat laughs during warm up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat acknowledges the applause of the crowd after a video tribute during his final game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) hugs ex teammate and current Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat’s Justice Winslow, center, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler, left, and Kyle Kuzma (0) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, right, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in Wade’s last regular season game at Staples Center, during a 108-105 Laker win at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat chases LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers around the pick of Tyson Chandler #5, in Wade’s last regular season game at Staples Center, at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches the clock as he is grabbed by Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat on the final play of the game, in Wade’s last regular season visit to Staples Center, at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a fade away jumper in front of Derrick Jones Jr. #5 and Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat during a 108-105 Laker win at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat during a 108-105 Laker win at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat react after a James’ free throw to take a 108-105 lead at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (3) defends on Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Miami Heat’s James Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (2) dunks against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff watch an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (3) passes next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, defends on Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) makes a 3-point basket against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Actresses Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union chat before an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a James basket calling for a foul during a 108-105 win over the Miami Heat at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, smiles at Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, is hugged by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs with Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat, in Wade’s last regular season game visit to Staples Center, after a 108-105 Laker win at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat, in Wade’s last regular season game visit to Staples Center, after a 108-105 Laker win at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat pose for a photo after exchanging jerseys, as Wade plans to retire at the end of the season, after a 108-105 Laker win at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James is defended by the Heat’s Dwyane Wade, his longtime friend and former teammate, on Monday night in Wade’s last regular-season game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 50The Lakers’ LeBron James is defended by the Heat’s Dwyane Wade, his longtime friend and former teammate, on Monday night in Wade’s last regular-season game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was the ending that the two men wanted: LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade guarding each other. One last time.Judging by the Staples Center crowd, standing at once and roaring for the moment, it’s what they wanted, too.James switched onto Wade, his former teammate and one of his closest friends. Later, Lakers coach Luke Walton would gamely assert it happened in the flow of the game, which could have added a ring of authenticity. But it never would’ve happened any other way.James had a three-point lead to protect for the Lakers. After 16 years of playing Wade, and four of those years as daily practice partners in Miami, he knew the Heat guard would want to go left, so he cut him off. Later, Wade playfully jabbed back at him for taking away his best moves, the creative dribble-drives that made him a star. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs As the video concluded, the two men met on court and hugged once more.James soldiers on as part of a shrinking draft class of 2003: Still-playing members include Wade, Kyle Korver and Zaza Pachulia. His own coach, Walton, was drafted in that year.Wade stays he stills sees the same hunger in James from their Miami years.“He understands that God gave him a humbling ability and he wants to make sure he exhausts it all,” Wade said. “He’s a special, special player. I’m gonna be retired so long while he’s (still) playing people are gonna forget that we were drafted in the same draft, that’s how long he’s been doing it.”James won’t forget. Not by a long shot. He expressed enthusiasm that Wade will spend more time in Los Angeles in retirement, and that he’s welcome to come to the Lakers’ practice facility to work out whenever he wants.That very night, James was lighting out of Staples Center to dinner with Wade and Union – trying to steal all the moments he can get.“This is what we’ve been able to do,” James said. “This is what we’ve wanted to do our whole lives, and I know he has more games. But that’s the last one for us.”last_img read more

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Hoops Tournament to Support Red Bank Youth in Honor of Martin

first_imgRUMSON – The 11th annual Hoops for Horizons 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held at Rumson Country Day School on March 8-9 to benefit the Horizons Student Enrichment Program.Albert Martin Jr., the Red Bank Regional High School senior who died suddenly in December, will be honored during the Hoops for Horizon basketball tournament. Above, he sits on the sidelines for a moment while participating in last year’s tournament.This year the annual charity event has been named in honor of Albert E. Martin, Jr., the beloved Red Bank Regional High School Senior who died suddenly in December. A Hori­zons graduate, Albert returned each year to play in the hoops tournament working the court with his sure-handed basketball skills and easy smile.Albert spent three summers from grades 6-8 in the Horizons program. His mother, Traci Dixon, said, “Albert loved Hoops, loved Horizons and loved life.”Lore MacDonald, Horizons Rumson founder and past board president, recalled, “Albert was the kind of child every school would want in their community. He was affable and always smiling. He appealed to every person from every walk of life – just an amazing kid.”All boys and girls, grade 5 and up, are welcome to participate in the Albert E. Martin, Jr. Memorial Hoops for Horizons tournament. The competition begins at 3:30 p.m. March 8 with the fifth-grade division, followed by the high school/ adults under-29 bracket in the early evening. The event will conclude the next day with the middle school and adults 30-plus divisions. There will be prizes for winning teams, chance auctions, a bake sale and snacks for purchase with all money raised to benefit Hori­zons’ 2013 summer program and the 100-plus local students who attend.Horizons is an award-winning academic and recreational summer enrichment program whose mission is to promote the potential of children primarily from Red Bank in K-8th grade, who are living in low income circumstances. The Horizons program emphasizes math, reading, science, the arts, intramural sports and swimming, nutritious meals, as well as social growth. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster awareness of community responsibility, build problem-solving skills and encourage a lifelong interest in learning.Paul Campanella, Rumson Country Day School athletics director and Albert E. Martin, Jr. Hoops for Horizons Tourna­ment coordinator, said, “We’re inviting everyone in the community to come out and play in Albert’s memory. He joined us every March for the past five years because Horizons was a program that made a difference in his life. He wanted to share that experience with other kids.”Horizons welcomes all friends and supporters to this fun-filled event. Additional information is available by contacting Horizons Executive Director Lori Hohenleitner at [email protected] Registration and donation information also can be found at www.rcds.org/horizons.last_img read more

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Three Temple men’s basketball players earn Big 5 honors

first_imgSenior guards Quinton Rose and Alani Moore II and junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis all received Big 5 honors. Rose was selected to the All-Big 5 First Team and Pierre-Louis was selected to the All-Big 5 Second Team. Moore was named the most improved player in the Big 5. Rose, Pierre-Louis and Moore were the only Temple players to play in all 31 games this season. Three Temple University men’s basketball players earned Philadelphia Big 5 honors for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, according to a press release.  Pierre-Louis was selected to the second team along with Villanova freshman forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova junior forward Jermaine Samuels, Penn senior guard Devon Goodman and La Salle junior guard David Beatty. Moore was named the most improved player in the conference finishing this season with a career-high 8.4 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game. Last season, Moore averaged just 4.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 32 games off the bench. Rose led the Owls with 16.4 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game. Rose was selected to the first team along with Villanova junior guard Collin Gillespie, Villanova sophomore forward Saddiq Bey, Penn senior forward AJ Brodeur and Saint Joseph’s redshirt-junior guard Ryan Daly. Bey was named the conference’s player of the year. Pierre-Louis was second on the Owls with 10.9 points per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game and led the Owls with 8.5 rebounds per game. (From left to right) Temple men’s basketball players Nate Pierre-Louis, Quinton Rose, Alani Moore II, De’Vondre Perry, and Jake Forrester huddle during the Owls’ game against Missouri at the Liacouras Center on Dec. 7. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Villanova coach Jay Wright was named coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to a 4-0 record in the Big 5.last_img read more

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A ‘damp squid’

first_imgA week is a long time in politics – just ask John Terry.Last weekend the Chelsea skipper ran a gauntlet of hate at Loftus Road on his way to a sweet FA Cup win.Six days later he was left with sweet FA as the England captaincy was stripped from him for the second time.You suspect he won’t be given the chance to complete an unwanted hat-trick.The pendulum appeared to be swinging back in Terry’s direction when the date for his trial over the alleged racial abuse of QPR’s Anton Ferdinand was scheduled after the completion of Euro 2012.“I was even more astonished a few minutes later to learn Warnock had doubled the lead. You can take the man out of QPR…”However, many fans – from an assortment of clubs – expressed their unease at the possibility of the 31-year-old defender lifting the trophy – a moment, like Bobby Moore in ’66, that would be forever framed in time.All rubbish, of course. My dog has got more chance of winning a football tournament than England – and I haven’t got a dog.Terry, lest we forget, has not been found guilty of anything and is indeed continuing to protest his innocence over the Ferdinand affair.Although you wouldn’t think it given the stream of angry chants directed at him last Saturday.Not that anyone, least of all Terry, expected anything different – with the pre-match hysteria cranked up by the posting of a bullet, which later became a cartridge and was eventually revised to an airgun pellet.In the event, what was billed as an explosion in a fireworks factory fizzled out into a damp squib (or ‘damp squid’ as Paul Merson is fond of saying).There were no arrests either inside or outside the ground, with police almost outnumbering the crowd (3000 empty seats testament to the fear factor whipped up by the media) and the only injury was caused by the ball – such was the reluctance by any player to show anything approaching passion given the fierce glare of the media spotlight.The game had 0-0 written all over it, but was ultimately decided by a penalty so dodgy I half expected Daniel Sturridge’s name to be belatedly added to the Oscar nominees.Bereft of anything of interest to write about, Fleet Street’s finest turned their attention to the crowd.Replacing Rob Hulse. Quite a task facing Zamora.The tone of most pieces seemed to be along the lines of brave John Terry heroically ignoring the bile spat at him as he strode into the lion’s den like an all-conquering gladiator.I agree, it wasn’t particularly pleasant (from either set of fans) – and I left my seven-year-old daughter at home for that very reason – but let’s face it, in a local derby with added spice, no-one is going to be blowing kisses and handing out flowers.It was back to league action in midweek and while 10-man Chelsea sneaked a late point at Swansea, Rangers travelled to Aston Villa with more new faces than a 70s talent contest.I was delayed getting home from work and was amazed to discover we had taken the lead through one of the deadline day signings, Djibril Cisse (move over Philip, there’s a new Beard in town).I was even more astonished a few minutes later to learn Warnock had doubled the lead. You can take the man out of QPR…Over-excited, I made the mistake of telling my little one the news, sending her to sleep with a smile on her face, dreaming of three precious points.At 7am the next morning I had to break it to her that three points had become one – I always find bucketfuls of tears are not the best way to start the day, although thank the Lord for chocolate buttons.It’s fair to say Fulham fans weren’t exactly jumping for joy at the departure of Bobby Zamora to Loftus Road – although one wag pointed out that Mark Hughes’ signings had brought the average age of the QPR squad up to 65.But while most backed manager Martin Jol, they saved their biggest love for the return of Roy Hodgson, with old Steptoe visibly moved by the reception when he returned with West Brom in midweek.And the Fulham defence even had the decency to extend the welcome to Albion’s Some Tchoyi to complete the perfect evening for their former gaffer.Last, but certainly not least, the west London performance of the week goes to Brentford – and in particular Gary Alexander.The striker fired a hat-trick in the 5-2 walloping of Wycombe, taking his tally to 10 goals in his last nine.Mischievous Bees fans renamed their opponents ‘Why Come?’ and took particular delight in seeing former QPR hero Gareth Ainsworth aimlessly looking for the dugout on the wrong side of the pitch.I’m hoping, in true pantomime fashion, one of the Griffin Park faithful shouted out: “It’s behind you!”Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

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Can Scientists Conspire to Mislead?

first_imgScientists are only human.  Objectivity may be a noble aspiration; empiricism a worthy goal – but recent scandals illustrate the propensity for large-scale manipulation and misdirection by the very people supposedly devoted to intellectual integrity.  Though off-topic for Creation-Evolution Headlines, the flap over stolen documents that appear to reveal collusion to support anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is alarming and cautionary.    The BBC News (#1, #2) has been reporting about this flap some are calling “Climategate.”  Captured emails appear to indicate that the Climate Research Unit that feeds data to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change deliberately suppressed data that undermined the consensus about human-caused global warming.  Michael Egnor summarized the scandal on Evolution News:A week ago, hackers released 160 mb of emails, data, and computer code from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  The data extends back a decade, and rather clearly documents an astonishing pattern of manipulation of evidence, concealment of doubts about whether the validity of global warming, destruction of data not favorable to global warming, fantasizing violence against prominent climate skeptic scientists, and a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process.  The data reveal extensive scientific misconduct and even criminal fraud in the top echelons of the pro-global warming scientific community.The scandal is exploding on conservative TV news, in newspapers, and radio, though liberal media are trying to ignore it.  Some are comparing it to the video embarrassments at ACORN.  The internet is on fire with blogs (example in The Telegraph), jokes and cartoons – prompting a flood of repostings of the emails with commentaries (example in the Wall Street Journal); Climate Depot is keeping a list of links to articles and editorials.  While AGW advocates are scrambling to re-interpret the emails and gloss over the implications, as popular science journalist (and consensus science ally) Chris Mooney attempted to do in quotes in the Michael Egnor piece, these attempts appear to be backfiring.  Outrage and ridicule are growing in the public – illustrated by a viral music video on YouTube that says Al Gore and the perpetrators belong in jail.  AGW skeptics (often dubbed “deniers” or “denialists” by the consensus, to suggest they are kin to Holocaust deniers) are feeling vindicated; some are on the warpath, calling for investigations and indictments (example in The Telegraph).    This week in Evolution News, Michael Egnor has been applying the lessons of this scandal to the Darwinist consensus (see also here).  He noted that British AGW skeptic Christopher Monckton has called the climatologists caught with their pants down as criminals, and that the scandal should make us angry (Evolution News).  Like Michael Crichton (12/27/2003), Egnor pointed out the inherent oxymoron in “consensus science.”  He said, “Invocation of ‘consensus science’ is merely a tactic to insulate bad science from scrutiny.  ‘Consensus science’ is to science as money-laundering is to finance.”The unfolding of this scandal will be instructive to students of philosophy of science.  It remains to be seen whether the advocates can weather this storm, or if the scandal will deflate upcoming policy discussions in Copenhagen.  Ignoring the scandal (an inconvenient truth), the BBC reported that the UN Secretary-General is pushing for world leaders to “seal a deal” on a legally binding climate treaty.  Can they get it done before the roof caves in?  It’s possible the perpetrators will get away with their lies and crimes.  It’s happened before – with the UN Oil-for-Food scandal (05/12/2008 commentary).  When power corrupts this far, don’t expect an ethical response from the perpetrators, even when they are exposed.    That’s not our concern here.  What is important is what this scandal reveals about the possibility that virtually the whole scientific world can be wrong and downright complicit in criminal cover-ups – in spite of the supposed protections against such things in the peer-review process and the assumed self-correcting nature of science.  If this can happen with one of the biggest scientific consensuses (yes, that’s the plural, not consensi) of the last decade, why not ask these same questions about the Darwinists, who similarly use political clout to suppress criticisms of its consensus?    The only climate that may be warming now is the climate of public distrust of big science.  This is a bad time for the Darwinists to emphasize their talking point that “all scientists accept evolution.”  Now read Michael Egnor’s latest scathing rebuke of the scandal that includes, among reasons for getting really angry, a quote by a scientist calling other scientists to get on the right side of history before “The reputation of science – and of many scientists – will be damaged severely.”  That’s small stuff compared to the damage potential Darwin defenders will face when his idol collapses, revealing the hollow interior where solid data was supposed to be.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

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March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_img SharePrint RelatedFebruary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 1, 2012In “Community”April Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMay 11, 2012In “Community”Announcing the February Featured Geocacher of the MonthMarch 27, 2012In “Community” LisdowneyLisdowneyNominated by Treknschmidt, “We met Lisdowney aka Arnie and Gerry when we were working on completing a tough challenge cache. They were always willing to share their own experiences with us and to provide us with words of encouragement along the way. It’s not unusual to find one of them up a tree, in a cave, or canoeing to one of Ontario’s remote locations to log a lonely cache. Not only are these two always willing to offer a helping hand but they are truly inspirational to everyone of any age.” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured March “Geocacher of the Month.” A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured “Geocacher of the Month” will receive an exclusive special edition featured ”Geocacher of the Month” Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for March’s award through Friday, April 20th.If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemont[email protected] of the Month GeocoinEvery nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the April Geocacher of the Month must be received by April 30th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other. Gsix5666Gsix5666Nominated by BSW2010, “Glenn is one of the best cachers in our area and contributes a lot to the geocaching community. He hosts an event every year on New Year’s Day. This proud Silver Level EarthCashe Master puts a lot of thought and effort into every cache he hides. Glenn keeps us plenty busy and is willing to help with any of his hides.”center_img March’s featured nominees are a great example of those who take geocaching wide and far. Though many other qualified candidates were nominated, Groundspeak Lackeys selected these three daring, helpful, and  inspirational nominees. Now it’s your turn to help select one of them as March’s featured “Geocacher of the Month.”Magicman65 – February 2012 Geocacher of the MonthWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be the feartured “Geocacher of the Month.” Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.Last month, Magicman65 was chosen as the February Featured Geocacher of the Month. Magicman65 was recognized for his ability to engage the geocaching community with creativity, commitment, and encouragement.Here are your nominees for the March Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.Alexschweigert Alexschweigert Nominated by Hmichel777, “Alexschweigert led the Allerhalligen-Cruises on March, 24th on the fastest ship in the Wadden Sea with 280 cachers on board. That’s the 5th event of its kind involving chartered ships on the north sea led by Alex and his team. Alex shares his love for geocaching and the sea with others by inviting them to experience a geocaching adventure like no other. All events are recorded and can be found in Alex’s blog.” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Industry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie Mayron

first_imgFrom “Car Wash” to “Thirtysomething,” actor and director Melanie Mayron has appeared in a number of iconic film and TV roles.Melanie Mayron has been part of some of the most iconic film and television projects, and she made the seamless leap from in front of the camera to behind it. This prolific artist talked to PremiumBeat about where she’s been and how far we’ve all come.PremiumBeat: Your first feature film credits were Paul Mazursky’s Harry and Tonto with Art Carney and Ellen Burstyn, The Gambler with James Caan — and the TV movie Hustling with Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh! I’m breathless! Were you at the time? Did you learn anything specific from being on set, watching and working with these legends?Melanie Mayron: I was 21 at the time — so super young — but couldn’t believe my luck getting the work! In The Gambler, I was hired as an extra, just a college student. They had us all sitting on the floor waiting to go into the room when the director and assistant director walked by and pointed at me, and said they were going to give me a line to say. All the other kids looked at me, like, “Wow, lucky you.” That’s how I was able to join the Screen Actors Guild.It was amazing getting cast in Harry and Tonto. I loved Paul Mazursky, and he started my film career. That year, Art Carney won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Harry and Tonto and Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. And there I was at 21, in my first film, having acted with both of them! Me and my parents couldn’t believe it!Image via Car Wash (Universal).PB: Car Wash was a seminal and groundbreaking film in 1976. It featured a predominately black ensemble cast, including Richard Pryor, Otis Day, and The Pointer Sisters. It had transsexual characters — George Carlin — and was written by Joel Shumacher. Ice Cube said it was influential in his crafting of the Friday franchise. I can remember laughing so hard when I first saw it, including a bit where your character was spied on in the bathroom. Through the lens of today, that feels problematic. What was your experience working on the film? At the time, did you feel uncomfortable with that storyline?MM: I didn’t feel uncomfortable. Even today, with the #metoo movement, I don’t think it’s a weird scene. Just a Peeping Tom moment, which happens no matter what. It was a really funny scene, too. That film was kind of groundbreaking in its time. Michael Schultz is an amazing director, and had just directed the film, Cooly High, which was amazing. I think people remember Car Wash as a comedy, but the storyline with Bill Duke made the film very very dramatic, as well. I feel it is a 1970s classic, but it was also ahead of its time — showing a mix of all the minorities that we have in America.Director Claudia Weill and Melanie Mayron in Girl Friends (Warner Bros).PB: In 1978, you starred in Claudia Weill’s independent film, Girl Friends. Incredibly, the piece was written by a woman (Vicki Polon), edited by a woman (Suzanne Pettit), produced by women (Patricia Churchill, Lilly Kilvert, and Claudia Weill), directed by a woman (Claudia Weill), and starred two women (you and Anita Skinner). In 2019, I would find that rare — in 1978, it seems almost absurd. The film was extremely well received, went to Cannes, and was picked up by Warner Brothers. At the time, did you have any idea how special the film was? How it would be praised? And why has the industry been so slow to get on board with women-driven projects?MM: At the time, none of us felt the film would be what it became. First off, before I shot Car Wash, we made it in NYC as a 10-minute short — about two roommates — and, at the end of the film, one marries and one doesn’t. What happened was, Claudia cut it together and showed it to people. And everyone wanted to know what happened to Susan, the one who didn’t get married. So Claudia and Vicki got together and came up with the rest of the story, and raised the money. A year later, she got the whole crew back together in NYC, and we shot the rest of the film. At the time, none of us suspected it would become what it did. It won the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, and Claudia got another big movie to direct, after that one. At the time, if there had been all the festivals for indie films there are now, I am sure it would have won many of them. I was lucky enough to win a BAFTA Award with Chris Reeves, for Best Newcomer. I also won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland for Best Actress for Girl Friends.And even now, within the industry, it is rare that there would be that many women involved at the top. It is so on Jane the Virgin, a TV show that I have directed 17 episodes, within the last 4 years. The showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman, is very intent on seeing women hired, and is instrumental in seeing that they move up. But, it takes women running things to help other women — and hire other women.Thirtysomething (MGM Television).PB: Ten years after Girl Friends, you find yourself part of the pop culture phenomenon, Thirtysomething — great scripts, terrific characters, amazing chemistry between the cast. Also, the first TV show you directed. How did you make that leap? Had directing always been a goal of yours?MM: Ever since I had been a part of Girl Friends, I had a bit of an interest in directing. I really respected Claudia Weill, who had directed Girl Friends. She was so young and knew exactly what she wanted. She had been a documentary filmmaker and camera woman, and I thought that was just the coolest thing. I was also a photographer and took actors’ head shots for extra money. That was how I was getting by. So, I knew about light and lenses, and the 35 mm still camera was my second career.Getting cast on Thirtysomething was a gift beyond gifts. For four years, our little acting ensemble had the time of our lives, and we all learned so much. I asked if I could direct an episode after our second season was completed. Peter Horton got cast, but they knew he also was a director. On the series, Peter, Ken Olin, and Tim Busfield asked to direct. They were given the opportunity. I and Mel Harris asked to do it as well, and we were both given episodes. I got to do two of them, so that was how I was able to start on this other path. It was amazing to me because, as I was able to direct more, I saw that what I knew from all the years I had studied acting, and what I knew from my time being a photographer, well, it was a perfect marriage of skills that would carry me along the next road as a director.Checking Out with Jeff Daniels (Warner Bros).PB: You work nonstop. Seriously, I was tired for you just viewing your credits on IMDB. You also regularly move from acting projects to directing projects. How do you decide on where you want to put your artistic focus?MM: I have two kids who are in college now, and living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. I have had to work to pay my bills, like most of us. I have had lean years and prosperous ones. I am grateful for what I have learned and how I have grown — both trying to get work and then doing the work itself. I am a people person and love being on set and working with so many talented experts, in so many different fields. It is a privilege and an honor, and I am very lucky when I get a job. I know that. As far as putting my artistic focus somewhere, I think you have to relate to the material, in some way. And if you can, then it would be a good fit.Girl Friends.PB: How often, when you work on a project, do you feel the female characters are as empowered as the men? And, in regards to the actor, in your experience on set, are women given the same agency as men, in terms of being heard and respected?MM: These days women are given the same agency as men. They are heard and, I would like to think, respected. In my experience, they are very much respected. I have done several shows with female leads, so the storylines are all about the woman-being-empowered period. So, that is a good thing. A very good thing.On set of Snapshots with Piper Laurie. (Photo by Elizabeth Kemp.)PB: Last year you directed the indie feature film, Snapshots, which did quite well on the festival circuit (38 wins, 25 nominations). How did you become involved with the project? Did the modest budget present any challenges in getting what you needed in production?MM: I was given the script by a producer who I had met for another project. She had wanted me to take a look at Snapshots, which I did. I met Jan Corran, whose true story it was and who had written the screenplay. We worked on it, developing the script for another year and a half. Then, one day they told me it was financed. It was a very low budget, but I really wanted to make the film. We picked shooting dates and started looking for locations and began the casting project. Something that low budget, I would be putting all the furniture in my house (practically) in the film, but I also got to work with some very dear friends. It truly was a labor of love and I am very proud of the film. Fifteen days and one camera. I am very proud of the work we all did on it.  It is available on Amazon and iTunes and numerous other streaming platforms.You Light Up My Life (Columbia).PB: Finally, having acted in You Light Up My Life, did you ever get sick of hearing the title song?MM: No. I actually, over the years, kept getting small residual checks because the song was such a gigantic hit. So, even to this day, I can honestly say I will never get tired of hearing that song. Bring it. 🙂Cover image via Olivia-Mayron-MortLooking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak OutIndustry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation ScoringThe Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror GenreIndustry Insights: Composing for Supergirl, Riverdale, and Nancy DrewInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”last_img read more

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