Some people would be surprised by comparisons between the work of Charles Dickens and the time-bending, smoke monster-raging, castaway-warring, megahit TV series “Lost.” But Carlton Cuse ’81 doesn’t think it’s a stretch at all.For the show’s co-executive producer, the two share a fundamental ability to engage their audience with a key ingredient: a compelling story. In Dickens’ case it was through his weekly newspaper serials; Cuse used his weekly multimillion-dollar production.“With serialized storytelling you achieve a richness and depth,” said Cuse, adding “Storytelling, in whatever artistic form, is really the most powerful way we have of communicating our experiences with each other.”Cuse offered his perspective at a talk sponsored by Harvard’s Office for the Arts’ (OFA) Learning from Performers program on Friday (April 15) at the New College Theatre.His first foray into film came via the 1980 movie “Airplane!” When Hollywood executives arrived at Harvard to solicit feedback for the film, Cuse helped arrange a screening at the Science Center. The experience piqued his interest and on the advice from one of the Paramount executives who suggested he try to make a film as a way to get started, Cuse created a documentary about Harvard’s crew team with help from an OFA grant. The network TBS picked up the film and Cuse was on his way.But the love of writing and reading was always key for Cuse, who also served as one of the head writers of “Lost” through its six seasons. Works like “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and books by John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut, were his constant companions growing up.“Writers,” he said, “became my heroes.”Hunter S. Thompson became one of Cuse’s early heroes after he read Thompson’s seminal “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Later, when the two were collaborating on the TV show “Nash Bridges,” the famous author inadvertently taught Cuse an important lesson.Cuse recalled sitting in the back seat of a Jeep Cherokee while an inebriated Thompson sped toward a bridge and certain disaster only to swerve to safety at the last minute. Seeing Cuse’s pale face Thompson said, “Bubba, you’ve got to learn to shed your fear.”“He was absolutely right,” said Cuse, “because to succeed as an artist or in any creative endeavor you must shed your fear … if you are not prepared to fail you will not create anything of lasting artistic value.”The mantra applied to his experience with “Lost,” said Cuse, who got out of a deal with another studio and took a cut in pay to follow his passion and help develop the show’s pilot.“I just couldn’t get it out of my head.”He called the leap of faith required to work on a show everyone else was convinced would flop “liberating.”Cuse said he and his collaborator, Damon Lindelof, started breaking TV rules, introducing a complex narrative and large and ethnically diverse cast that included characters with dark pasts. They also purposely left story lines ambiguous to allow the audience to discuss the meaning of the plot with each other.“Every time we were supposed to go right, we asked ourselves, ‘Well what happens if we go left instead?’”Offering a list of writing tips, Cuse urged the crowd to foster collaborations, write a little every day in order to “find a path into your subconscious,” write with conviction, and to reveal the deepest nature of a story’s characters.It was ultimately a strong focus on character, he said, that made “Lost” so appealing to such a broad audience.Above all, Cuse encouraged the audience to simply be creative.“In whatever it is you do, do take the risk to express yourselves. Allow the beauty and singularity that defines you to be revealed to the world.”
As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county coordinator, I am surrounded by some of the most amazing and fantastic young people, some of whom I’m related to and some I just have the pleasure of working with.Let me explain. I am passionate about youth livestock projects. I think youth livestock projects, like showing hogs, cattle, goats, lambs or even horses, are one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences out there for youth today.How many other activities teach the level of responsibility that’s required of someone showing an animal at a livestock show? Growing up in my family, the animals got fed before the humans got fed every day. It wasn’t a chore. It was a lifestyle and a choice I made, with the support of my family, to be responsible for the animals that I showed.Later, some of the animals were bred for us to show, while others were harvested and provided our family with a great source of protein and food. I learned so much, and I am very glad that my nephews followed in the family’s footsteps and now show Red Angus cattle and market goats in Texas.I often whip out my phone to share pictures from their latest shows or their new animals. Without realizing it, some of you even watch my nephews online when they’re at major shows like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which was held three weeks ago. I try to attend as many of the major shows as I can. Aunt Laura is a great kid wrangler, laundry deliverer, food gatherer and any other kind of “gofer” she needs to be.The 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was an event with many moving parts for the Griffeth nephews. Both 15-year-old Tyler and 11-year-old Zachary had a market goat and a breeding heifer to show, and Tyler participated in the calf scramble one night.Zachary showed his goat first thing Thursday morning, but didn’t make the cut to the top 30 out of his class of 82 head. Tyler had a heavier goat that ended up in the first class to show on Friday morning instead of Thursday afternoon like we expected. His first activity ended up being the calf scramble at the rodeo that Thursday night. If you’re not familiar with a calf scramble, it is mass chaos with calves. Thirty teenagers stand on one side of the rodeo arena floor, which in this case is NRG Stadium where the Houston Texans play football. Fifteen 200- to 300-pound calves are released into the arena. The kids chase the calves and attempt to catch them, halter them and drag them back into the box in the middle of the arena.The teenagers that succeed get a $1,750 voucher to purchase a calf that they will bring back to show in Houston in 2017, but half of them will only receive a “thank you for participating” and the knowledge gained from trying something new. There was so much commotion that I completely lost sight of Tyler. Eventually, he came out of the corner without a calf, looking completely winded. I was out of breath just watching those kids run around that arena floor.After a few minutes, all of the calves were caught and the winners were announced. Unfortunately, Tyler didn’t catch one. He should have come to our seats shortly after the event to watch the concert that was starting, but he didn’t. More time went by, but he still wasn’t there. We started to get a little concerned. Finally, he appeared with his mother and a sling on his right arm — he dislocated his right shoulder.That’s right, Tyler was injured when another kid accidentally knocked him off a calf. Luckily, he was examined by the sports medicine doctors that were working the rodeo. They put his shoulder back into place, without pain medication other than ibuprofen, and took an X-ray to confirm.Personally, I would have been curled up in a ball waiting for my morphine drip. This 15-year-old young man dislocated his shoulder, had it popped back into place, came to the concert and even ate supper. And all I could think after finding out that he was OK was that he had a goat to show in 11 hours.He was up before I was the next morning at 5 a.m. and we went to the barn and tried out the shoulder. He felt that he could show, so at 8:15 a.m. he walked his goat into the ring and showed his goat as well as I’ve seen him show goats. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the cut, but how many adults would have done something similar less than 12 hours after an injury? To top it off, he showed his heifer Saturday afternoon, less than 48 hours after dislocating his shoulder. This time he earned second place in a very tough class. He even placed third in intermediate showmanship. I am just in awe of his perseverance and tenacity in seeing his projects to the end. We even toured the Johnson Space Center the next day.Here at home in Georgia, I am equally as proud of the Webster County, Georgia, 4-H youth who participated in Cloverleaf District Project Achievement. Seven fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders researched and wrote presentations on topics they were interested in. Our local 4-H staff worked with them for several weeks to organize their presentations and prepare posters and other visual aids for their demonstrations. We even had a presentation preview party the Friday before the event for all the youth to present their demonstrations in front of their parents, other 4-H’ers and even a county commissioner.They had a great time in Perry, Georgia, giving their presentations for the judges, interacting with 4-H’ers from other counties and participating in some fun activities. All seven 4-H’ers placed in the top three. While I enjoy placing in the top three as much as anybody, I was more proud of watching these youth grow over the past month and year. They’ve grown in maturity. They’ve grown in poise in front of groups. They’ve grown in terms of presentation skills. They’ve grown as human beings. The camaraderie was strong among the seven 4-H’ers, the two older 4-H’ers who served as teen leaders and the parents, grandparents and volunteers. They all seemed to care as much about how others placed as how they placed themselves.You know you’re getting old when you say, “These young kids are going to ruin everything” or “These kids don’t know squat.” And maybe they don’t sometimes. But maybe we old folks don’t either. I look at youth like my nephews or the 4-H’ers I work with and think this country is in pretty good hands.For more information about youth livestock projects, contact your local UGA Extension 4-H agent or go to www.Georgia4H.org/livestock.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Bellmore man died after crashing an all-terrain vehicle during a family outing in upstate New York over Memorial Day weekend.New York State police said Keith J. Stratton was riding the vehicle in the Town of Tompkins in Delaware County when the ATV overturned into a creek while he was making a right turn at 9:34 p.m. Sunday.Stratton, who was not wearing a helmet, was killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.Wake services for Stratton are scheduled for 2-4 and 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Clair S. Bartholomew & Son Funeral Home, 302 Bedford Ave., Bellmore. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday next door at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church. He will be buried at Pinelawn National Cemetery.
Danske Bank’s pensions subsidiary Danica Pension is taking over SEB Pension’s activities in Denmark in a deal that will bring its assets close to the level of market leader PFA.Danica Pension – currently the second biggest commercial pension fund in Denmark after PFA – has signed an agreement to acquire SEB Pensionsforsikring and SEB Administration from Nordic financial services group SEB.Danske Bank said this would result in around 200,000 new pension customers joining Danica, bringing its total to 800,000.Per Klitgård, chief executive of Danica Pension, said: “The acquisition will give us strengthened innovation capacity, enabling us to deliver the right solutions for our pension and insurance customers – now and in the future.” Danica Pension also said the deal would make it more competitive through economies of scale.The takeover, which is expected to receive final approval from authorities in the first half of 2018, means that Danica Pension will have around DKK547bn (€73.5bn) in assets under management, according to 2016 figures.This is just shy of PFA’s DKK607bn total assets at the end of 2016.In terms of customer numbers, with about 1.2m customers, PFA would still be considerably larger than Danica Pension.In the deal, SEB will sell all shares in SEB Pensionsforsikring and SEB Administration for a total of DKK6.5bn, consisting of DKK5bn in cash and a pre-closing dividend of DKK1.5bn.Johan Torgeby, president and chief executive of SEB, said: “I am pleased that we together with Danica have concluded a mutually beneficial deal.“The transaction has clear strategic and long-term financial benefits and is consistent with SEB’s strategy allowing us to continue to grow with our core customer segments and accelerate the transformation of the bank.”
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Italian Cup semi-final second leg between Juventus and AC Milan in Turin on Wednesday has been postponed over concerns about coronavirus. It came as the Civil Protection Agency said 27 people had died of the illness in Italy in 24 hours, bringing the number of deaths to 79. Sports events have been banned in three regions – Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna – plus two provinces. “The game is postponed to a date to be announced,” said a Juve statement. The two teams were due to meet at Allianz Arena with the tie finely balanced at 1-1 after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty for Juve to rescue a draw in the first leg. Napoli are due to host Inter Milan in the other Coppa Italia game on Thursday. Only four Serie A matches took place last weekend, while the entire Swiss top flight has been suspended until 23 March.Tags: AC MilanCoronavirusCOVID-19italian CupJuventus
London, United Kingdom | AFP | The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has urged the English Football Association to ban children under 10 heading balls amid growing fears of brain injuries.A new study from the University of Stirling found heading a ball could cause memory problems for 24 hours and experts want to study the implications for younger players whose brains are still developing.At least 250 former footballers have been diagnosed with serious degenerative brain conditions in recent years and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says football’s governing body should consider following the example of the United States, where children 12 or younger are already banned from heading.“I think that has to be a serious consideration. It is not a knee-jerk reaction,”PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told the Daily Telegraph on Friday.“It would be a considered reaction bearing in mind evidence that has been coming through from different sports and to a limited extent in football.“There have been rule changes for youngsters about pitches they play on, about the numbers in the game, about whether or not girls should be involved with boys and up to what age.“It is very much in line with that. We don’t want to put off the next generation but we need to be very mindful. The game needs to have a duty of care to all its participants.” Former West Bromwich Albion and England star Jeff Astle died in 2002 from a brain trauma caused by heading the heavy leather footballs used when he played the 1960s and 1970s.And the issue has become even more of a concern in recent years despite the change to lighter balls.The Stirling study reported a reduction in memory performance of 41-67 per cent in the 24 hours after players headed a football 20 times.Memory function did return to normal 24 hours later but the call for urgent and more detailed research is likely to grow louder following the report.Dr Willie Stewart collaborated on the research and told the Telegraph “It stunned me that just a single session of practice – nothing untoward, nothing out of the ordinary – could produce that immediate change.“I did not expect to see any real changes to the brain. My jaw hit the table when I looked at the results.”Share on: WhatsApp
The standings are changing in the ACMFL with two ‘leap-frogs’ in the standings. Let’s give a round of applause for Wilkinsburg and West Pittsburgh for making their jumps and getting themselves in condition for championship contention. Also, big “ups” to North Shore organization, who split the series with the number one seeded Hill District team that only had one loss coming into the last weekend of the season. Last but certainly not least, we want to give a special shout out to the Baby Twerps team of the Homewood Bulldawgs. They are ripping their competition with a 4-0-1 record. This is who will do battle this week: Let’s take a look at how your community faired:This Week1. Lincoln 3-0-11. Wilkinsburg 3-0-13. West Pittsburgh 2-1-14. Garfield 2-24. Hill District 2-24. Homewood 2-24. North Shore 2-28. North Side 1-2-19. Braddock 0-3-19. Clairton 0-3-1Also, take a look at the league standings up to date: Overall: 1. Hill District 16-3-12. Garfield 15-53. Wilkinsburg 12-6-24. Homewood 12-85. Lincoln 10-7-36. North Shore 9-10-17. Clairton 5-13-28. West Pittsburgh 5-14-19. North Side 4-14-210. Braddock 3-16-1Finally, a look into who will do battle this week: Next Week’s Schedule:All Games begin Saturday @ 9 a.m.Hill District @ WilkinsburgNorth Side @ ClairtonNorth Shore @ BraddockHomewood @ W. PittsburghGarfield @ Lincoln * Courier’s Series-to-Watch (Week 6)(Follow our weekly coverage of the ACMFL and make your comments on www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com) (D.W. Howze can be reached at [email protected] ) OFFENSE FIREWORKS—Northside Steelers wide receiver Mark Peters takes this one to the house as the Steelers offense visited the end zone many times. Northside quarterback Blaze Canning (5) scored five touchdowns in this game.
8 Boundary 18:43 9 Sophie SR 12 9 Emily Ritter-Riegling 17:47 Katerina Mount Sentinal PCSS 8 Hope Donovon 11 Rossland Summit School 18:10 Jodi Surina Bethany Pardoe JVH Jade Fossen 9 11 Reese 21:01 LVR 11 Erickson 7 24:54 21:09 21:23 LVR Katelyn Wiens 27:14 20:05 34:31 Gabi Gauvreau 19:59 LVR Jenna Nims Mount Sentinal PCSS 22:54 10 20:51 22:17 Taylor Mailhot JR 11 19:50 Mount Sentinal Alisha George 20:08 20:18 18:10 JR Shannon Rausch Adele Fossen Hannah Harper The race attracted more than 100 runners from schools in the Kootenay and Boundary areas.”Absolutely awesome to see all the enthusiastic youth out to enjoy the trails and race,” said Sacha Kalabis of Salmo Secondary.”In total we had approximately 88 males and females in the junior/senior race and 19 runners in the elementary race.”The circuit is gearing up for the West Kootenay Zones October 25th hosted by L.V. Rogers.The top runners advance to the BC High School Cross Country Championships in Saturday, November 5 in Peachland.The race results for Salmo: 20:21 JR Trafalgar 18:35 Erickson Wildflower 22:32 Seven Summits 22:38 Matilda Salewich Jenna 7 Emile Taylor 8 20:32 Carmen Lewandowski 23:19 Maryn Wikn 7 20:19 Erickson LVR JR Jasper Mair 25:36 Salmo Erickson PCSS 20:03 34:34 21:35 27:14 Boundary Talia Symington-Krus PCSS Boundary Ashlyn Yanin Julia Burkart 22:54 19:49 10 10 PCSS ARES 6 Mount Sentinal 17:19 Trafalgar Boundary Makenna Terrill Zoe Taylor 25:37 Daniella Strois Brynn Mailot PCSS SR JR Brooke Bergman 8 Mount Sentinal Boundary Avie Waterfall Rossland Summit School McKenzie Vayro 9 PCSS Narayani Shapovalova 18:34 Antonia Bergandahl Faith Zitko Charlotte Gibson Mikayla Bergman Boundary 10 Jasmine Drolet 20:40 Natalya Tremblay Boundary 27:01 LVR 26:53 Raya Terrin 19:12 Jasmine Drolet of Rossland’s Seven Summits Centre for Learning edged out Avie Waterfall of Trafalgar in Nelson to capture the top prize at the West Kootenay High School Cross Country race Tuesday at the Salmo Ski Hill.The race was hosted by Salmo Secondary School.Drolet finished the race in a time of seventeen minutes, 19 seconds, 28 seconds ahead of Waterfall.Julia Burkart and Sophie Edneyof L.V. Rogers finished tied for third at 18:10.Jodie Surina of J.V. Humphries of Kaslo, Emile Taylor of LVR, Makenna Terrill of Prince Charles in Creston, Charlotte Gibson of J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail and Mikayla Bergman of LVR rounded out the top ten. Rossland Summit School JL Crowe 21:08 Olivia Baia Salmo 23:18 Daisy Chevalier 11 Trafalgar 27:10
Premier Gordon Campbell addresses the province tonight, about the jittery global economy and, his government’s plans to meet the challenge. He told reporters yesterday it’s important to focus on the basics, that helped B-C become so strong… [asset|aid=475|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d4c7463b4ea6b8e3291ae5517bd076ae-Premier-plan_1_Pub.mp3] Mr. Campbell has already ruled out running a deficit but, government spending cutbacks remain a definite possibility.The 15 minute address is scheduled for 6.15 and will be carried live on BC’s Legislative Hansard Television Channel. – Advertisement –
John DiLuigi rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns to lead opportunistic Canyon of Canyon Country to a 20-0 nonleague victory Friday night over Crespi of Encino. The Celts (2-3) had a slight edge in total yardage (245-241), but Canyon (4-1) took advantage of four turnovers, including a fumble late in the first quarter that led to a seven-play, 78-yard scoring drive. The Cowboys’ defense made several big plays, stopping Crespi on fourth-and-1 at the Celts’ 31-yard line early in the second quarter and a first-and-goal inside the 3 on the last play of the first half. Canyon quarterback Austin Civita completed 10 of 15 passes for 152 yards with one interception. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 – Gideon Rubin St, Francis 20, Saugus 0:St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge (5-0) sacked Zach Summers nine times en route to a shutout win over visiting Saugus (2-3). Stephen Peterson completed 15 of 20 for 110 yards and ran for another score for St. Francis. – Bob Dickson Camarillo 31, Oak Park 21: Samson Szakascy connected with Sean Creadick on nine passes for 116 yards and two first-half touchdowns as the Scorpions (2-3) handed visiting Oak Park (3-1), No. 2 in the Daily News’ Small Schools rankings, its first defeat. Camarillo romped to a 24-7 halftime lead on Creadick’s touchdown catches, which covered 11 and 20 yards, and Micheal Leaupepe 3-yard scoring run. – Mike Johnson Chaminade 50, El Camino Real 13: Senior Kyle Thompson threw three touchdown passes as host Chaminade of West Hills (4-1) dominated visiting El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (1-4). Thompson had scoring strikes of 55, 60 and 20 yards, while completing 9 of 19 passes for 211 yards. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Victor Lara gave Chaminade a 30-6 lead in the third quarter. Dillon Moore had eight carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. He caught a 60-yard touchdown pass for his only reception on the third play of the second half. Darron Juarez added 117 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. -Shawn Clingan Burroughs 25, Crescenta Valley 0: Thomas Kyle rushed for 218 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns as Burroughs of Burbank defeated visiting Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta. Kyle ran for 170 yards in the first half and had scores of 59 and 64 yards to give Burroughs (3-2) a 13-0 lead. -John Wareham Burbank 30, Glendale 27: Robert Linda scored on a 4-yard run with 39 seconds remaining to give visiting Burbank (3-2) the nonleague win over Glendale (1-4). Burbank blew a 24-7 lead as Glendale rallied for a 27-24 second-hald lead. James Clay (27 carries for 114 yards) scored his second touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run with 4:44 remaining. Burbank’s Marcus Hood rushed for 216 yards on 27 carries. – Alex Valladares Cathedral 49, Alemany 21: Ricardo Galvez rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 79 yards for a score to lead visiting Cathedral of Los Angeles (3-2) past Alemany of Mission Hills (2-3). Alemany trimmed a 22-0 halftime deficit to 22-21 on two touchdowns by Joey Kagay and another by Mike Lemon. – Frank Carulli Rio Mesa 45, Dos Pueblos 14: Rio Mesa of Oxnard scored on seven of its first eight possessions in a victory over Dos Pueblos of Goleta at San Marcos High in Santa Barbara. Malachi Lewis ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Ina Liaina had 167 all-purpose yards for Rio Mesa (2-3). – Sean Martin La Salle 37, La Canada 20: An inspired defensive performance by host La Salle of Pasadena (4-2) sent La Canada (4-1) to its first loss. La Salle scored 28 second-quarter points to take control. – Robert Spuhler Harvard-Westlake 35, Salesian 0: Alexander Mayer rushed for 80 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns as Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (4-0) defeated Salesian of Los Angeles at Pierce College. – Ofa Tulikihihifo 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!