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Liverpool 0-0 Bolton: Reds frustrated as battling Trotters secure FA Cup replay

first_img1 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey in action for Bolton on his return to Anfield Liverpool avoided falling victim to a day of FA Cup giant slayings but failed to overcome Championship outfit Bolton, with the Reds facing a fourth-round replay following a 0-0 draw at Anfield.With Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all dumped out against lesser opposition earlier in the day – Jose Mourinho’s Blues suffering the biggest shock against League One Bradford – Brendan Rodgers’ men were hoping to come through unscathed against the Trotters.And while they were rarely troubled at the back, with veteran goalscorer Eidur Gudjohnsen twice firing wide from the visitors’ best chances, Liverpool were repeatedly felled by in-form goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.The Hungarian pulled off a string of fine saves in the second-half, denying Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Fabio Borini, and his heroics between the sticks saw a battling Bolton hold on.It was goalless at the break after a cagey first 45 minutes, with Liverpool dominating possession but struggling to break down the stubborn defences of Bolton, who began to withdraw into their own half after an impressive start.The Reds were unconvincing in the opening stages but soon began to look more comfortable, with Jordan Henderson seeing a Steven Gerrard – who was rested by Rodgers – style volley well saved by the impressive Adam Bogdan, who was a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side.The game began to peter out before the break, but there was a heart-on-mouth moment for home fans when Bolton’s Dean Moxey hammered a volley from 20 yards which beat the flailing Simon Mignolet but drifted narrowly wide of the post.Liverpool stepped up the pressure after the re-start, with half-time substitute Lazar Markovic causing problems on the left flank while Bogdan was brought into action again, rushing off his line to prevent Sterling running through on goal.The shot-stopper was in the thick of it moments later, getting down low to tip away another Coutinho effort, with on-loan full-back Javier Manquillo slicing the rebound inexplicably wide with the goal at his mercy.Bolton forward Gudjohnsen then had two great chances in as many minutes, first sidefooting wide after great wide play from Tim Ream, and then volleying over the bar from close-range from an unmarked position in the box.Liverpool carried more attacking threat following the introduction of Borini off the bench, with the Italian making an immediate impact and forcing another excellent save from the full-stretch Bogan, who did well to tip away the striker’s arrowed drive.Adam Lallana was next to go close for the Merseysiders, though the England international really should have done better as he headed over following brilliant link-up play between the hosts’ brightest players, Coutinho and Sterling.Chances kept flowing as the Reds piled on the pressure in four minutes of added-time, a closely-marked Borini heading wide and Lucas seeing a long-range effort blocked, but Bolton managed to hold on, with the away stand erupting in celebration at the full-time whistle.They host Liverpool at the Macron Stadium in ten days time.last_img read more

Consequences of Bad Choices: Well, Duh

first_imgResponsibility – integrity – honesty – respect – healthy choices.  Those are the values of a bygone generation.  Do we need science to tell us that our grandparents were right?    PhysOrg reported that “Teen sexual activity and gambling [is] associated with taking nonprescribed medications to get high.”  And Live Science reported, “Coed Dorms Fuel Sex and Drinking.”  Some 90% of college dorms are now coed.  A new study of 500 students from five college campuses, published in the Journal of American College Health, found that students in coed dorms were 2.5 times more likely to engage in binge drinking weekly.  “Perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found students in coed dorms were significantly more likely to have had multiple sexual partners in the past year,” Science Daily added.  “Pornography use was also higher among students in coed dorms.”    The profligate students were not necessarily correlated with frats or sororities.  Students in gender-specific dorms were usually placed there by the administration, not by their own choice.  That sounds so 1950.When you find something incredibly obviously stupid going on in public life, that makes no sense at all, and produces terrible consequences, you can usually find a Darwin-based liberal policy behind it.  What’s Darwin got to do with the above stories, you ask?  Well, since the 1960s, Judeo-Christian values have been marginalized in society under the guise of separation of church and state.  Universities have stepped on themselves to remove anything resembling the Ten Commandments.  Simultaneously, the Church of Darwin has been preaching in their sanctuaries (the school classrooms) that we are all evolved animals and that selfishness and promiscuity are just natural.    If they find the consequences distasteful, well, duh, what did they expect?  Did they expect the children of tolerance and liberation and selfishness to become altruistic scientists?  Teach young people that they are mere animals and they will act like them.  When the subjects outnumber the researchers, Darwinistic science will lead to its own demise – in the Animal Farm.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Interview: Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,000 for Your Documentary Projects

first_imgWe chatted with one film producer who’s successfully crowdfunded several documentaries projects to get some insights for your next project.The days of the traditionally funded documentary may soon be over. Documentaries are not dead — far from it — but the idea that docs need funding and production exclusively from grants and endowments might be on the way out.In this interview, we sat down with Robin Block, a documentary producer who’s launched several successful documentary crowdfunding campaigns. His niche has been funding documentary films that, well . . . appreciate film — specifically ’80s horror and action films.Regardless of your documentary’s subject or its intended audience, launching a successful crowdfunding campaign can be a great way to fund your documentary without going the traditional funding route. Let’s take a look at some insights Block shared for aspiring documentary filmmakers.PremiumBeat: Tell us a little about your documentary project(s).Robin Block: My company, CreatorVC.com, has two feature-length documentaries currently in production. We most recently completed our second Kickstarter for an ’80s Horror Movie retrospective, In Search Of Darkness, raising just over $125,000 during a 32-day crowdfunding campaign. Our first crowdfunded documentary was a retrospective on ’80s Action Movies called In Search Of The Last Action Heroes (now in post-production), [for] which we’re currently running our final round of pre-sales on Indiegogo (check it out here). Both projects have been incredibly fun and rewarding campaigns.PB: How did you come about your decision to launch a crowdfunding campaign?RB: For many years, I’ve been fascinated by crowdfunding as a means to develop creative projects. For content creators, unlike the corporate world, you always get what you deserve with crowdfunding; it’s the ultimate meritocracy and pre-sales platform where genuine creativity and good ideas get rewarded. After my previous technology media business was acquired, I was looking to do something more meaningful, which would create a stronger connection with viewers. I founded CreatorVC in May 2018 to develop special-interest content for niche audiences. Crowdfunding is essential to the business as it acts both as the primary fundraising mechanism and strengthens the connection with the audience by providing them with an opportunity to participate as backers. Imagine if you had a chance to be part of getting your favorite movies produced — that’s the way I look at it.PB: Which crowdfunding platform would you recommend and why?RB: Kickstarter wins hands down. The amount of organic traffic the website generates had a significant impact on both our campaigns. I’ve found the platform and user interface intuitive, and the KS team were always highly responsive when we had questions. I highly recommend Kickstarter for first-time crowdfunders as it has a ton of helpful resource and is easy to use.Interview with Cynthia Rothrock (via In Search of the Last Action Heroes).PB: How did you come to your campaign donation goal(s)?RB: We worked out the minimum amount needed to ensure that we could deliver the production. Our business process is all about hitting certain financial milestones from development to distribution, so setting our campaign target low enough that it’s achievable but high enough where it shows our confidence in the project and (if successful) provides the business case for the production striking a chord with audiences, which helps us moving forward.PB: What is the single most important thing to include in your campaign info?RB: For us, it starts with a single image (movie poster) which needs to convey without words what we want to create. You have to get the proposition and creative right. Your Kickstarter page needs strong creative assets, whether that be images, video, or copy. Keep in mind that you are selling both an idea and your capability to deliver it. Anything poorly produced will weaken confidence in your audience.PB: How long do you recommend running your campaign and why?RB: We’ve found that 30 days for the initial Kickstarter campaign works well. During the campaign, every minute counts and so much energy is required that anything longer would lead to exhaustion. The most significant difference between Last Action Heroes and In Search Of Darkness was that we had a two-month pre-launch period before launching In Search Of Darkness on Kickstarter. With the pre-launch campaign, we built an audience and created momentum and were able to hit our initial funding target of $25,000 within 48 hours of starting the Kickstarter.PB: How do you plan to distribute your project once it’s done?RB: Due to the success of our crowdfunding campaigns, many distributors from across the world have been in touch to express interest. This process is currently underway, and we will be making an announcement next year.For more information on Block and his documentary projects, you can check out the pages for In Search of Darkness and In Search of the Last Action Heroes — as well as reach out to him if you have any other questions (or documentary ideas to pitch) directly on his Twitter here.All images via Robin Block and CreatorVC.For more documentary and filmmaking interviews and insights, check out these articles below.7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryDocumentary Editing Tips and Avoiding Unconscious BiasHow Documentary Filmmakers Make Synthetic Light Look NaturalInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big WorldDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of Footagelast_img read more

Rajasthan to boost rural job scheme

first_imgThe labour component of budget for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) will be increased in Rajasthan, after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot laid emphasis on creating more man-days under the flagship scheme to attract more workers to it and make the people in rural areas self-reliant.Mr. Pilot directed the officials of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department here to give priority to creating man-days for the maximum number of people. About 2.50 lakh families had completed 100 days of work under the MGNREGS in 2017-18, according to the department.In his first review meeting after taking charge, Mr. Pilot asked the Collectors and Chief Executive Officers of zila parishads to organise a special campaign from January 5 to 20 to publicise the MGNREGS and distribute job cards among the rural families which have not availed themselves of the scheme.Special campsCamps will be held during the fortnight to remove irregularities in the issuance of job cards and provide receipts to people seeking work. Mr. Pilot said an action plan would be prepared for the districts where the number of persons joining the MGNREGS was relatively less.“The payment of wages to the labourers employed under the scheme should not be delayed and the pending works should be completed by March 31,” Mr. Pilot said, adding that employment avenues should be found for the skilled labourers seeking work under the MGNREGS.Mr. Pilot reviewed the Prime Minister’s rural housing scheme, schemes of the 14th Finance Commission, Swachh Bharat Mission, bio-fuel scheme, development of barren land, Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan and watershed development and land conservation schemes.last_img read more

Asa Miller finishes in top 70 of men’s giant slalom

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIAsa Miller made a huge leap in his second run to finish 70th overall in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Seeking to improve his time of 1:27.52 after finishing 81st in Run 1, the Fil-Am alpine skier performed better in Run 2, completing the course in 1:22.43, the 68th-best in the round.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments LATEST STORIES That showing hiked his total time to 2:49.95, still 31.91 seconds behind the leader but enough to get him a spot in the top 70 among 108 competitors.Marcel Hirscher of Austria claimed the gold medal after topping the field with a total time of 2:18.04.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHenrik Kristoffersen of Norway made a huge run in Run 2 to take home the silver with his 2:19.31, while Alexis Pinturault of France settled for bronze with his time of 2:19.35.Miller will compete in the men’s slalom event on Thursday. UE should have a ‘win now’ mentality, says Adorador Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Shilpa looks fab & fit just 2 months post delivery

first_imgBusinessman Raj Kundra has posted a video on his Twitter account, which is the promo of a new sports based reality show. His beautiful actor-wife, Shilpa Shetty, is also a part of the promo video.He tweeted: “Check out the latest #sflchallengers promo with @TheShilpaShetty looking fab after just 2 months of delivering my son!”Shilpa delivered their son Viaan Raj Kundra in May. Amidst a lot of hullabaloo over Aishwarya Rai’s weight even months after her delivery has brought on the spotlight over new mommies in Showbiz.Shilpa, who was last seen in a song in Dostana, has mostly kept away from the limelight occasionally attending filmi events.Catch the video here:last_img

AP Source: 76ers, Celtics Agree on Trade for No. 1 Pick

first_imgBOSTON (AP) – Philadelphia and Boston have agreed in principle on a trade where the 76ers would acquire the chance to take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.The Celtics will get the No. 3 pick, plus an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the trade has not been formally approved by the league. The agreement between the Celtics and 76ers was struck not long after Fultz worked out for Philadelphia.Once the trade goes through, Philadelphia will own the NBA’s No. 1 selection for the second straight season.Fultz — donning a Philadelphia cap as he arrived at the team’s practice facility — visited the 76ers in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and meeting with team officials on his itinerary. That visit was essentially the final hurdle to clear before Boston and Philadelphia could decide to actually consummate the trade.“I don’t really pay attention to everything that’s going on,” Fultz said. “I’m truly blessed to be in this position. Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go.”Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year’s draft order would mirror the first-four from last year: Philadelphia at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4.Fultz’s rise to stardom has been rapid. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school. Barely three years later, he’s almost certainly going to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft — and if he gets to start his pro career by calling Philadelphia his new home, he’ll be living roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.“It would be pretty cool. Just being with a young team,” Fultz said. “The upside of it would be crazy. I’m close to home, so a lot of my family can come out and just show love. This city has great fans.”The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.Over the past 10 seasons, only two other freshmen had a better scoring average in college: Kevin Durant for Texas in 2006-07, and Michael Beasley for Kansas State in 2007-08.Durant and Beasley were both No. 2 draft picks.Fultz is apparently going to get taken one spot better.“I’ll do whatever it takes to help any team I go to win,” Fultz said.Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot three previous times, taking Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Ben Simmons a year ago.The 76ers have a top-three pick for the fourth straight year: No. 3 Joel Embiid in 2014, No. 3 Jahlil Okafor in 2015 and Simmons in 2016. But with Fultz, Philadelphia — which has asked its fans to endure some very dismal stretches and “Trust The Process” for the past few years — would likely expect to turn a real corner toward respectability again.Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games respectively in the previous three seasons.Last season’s improved win total came with Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0) combining for 81 appearances, as Philadelphia’s trend of being snakebitten by injuries continued. Embiid and Dario Saric will finish in the top three when rookie of the year results get announced on June 26, and Simmons is expected to be ready for next season after recovering from foot surgery.Embiid posted a photo on Saturday of he and Saric standing in front of a locker — already bearing Fultz’s name.“Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college,” Fultz said. “He’s a cool guy. He’s giving me tips and pointers and he’s pretty funny, so when I saw that it was pretty cool and pretty funny. I’m pretty happy that the players here want me to come here.”TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38

first_imgBorn on July 7, 1981, ‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday. MS Dhoni remains one of the world’s biggest cricket icons the game has ever known.MS Dhoni’s career started with a duck against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004. But he went on to become one of the greatest batsmen in history. In ODIs, MS Dhoni soon became an unstoppable force. It was, however, as India’s captain, that MS Dhoni made his mark on the cricket world.MS Dhoni’s cool demeanour and poker face in tough, pressure situations became part of cricketing folklore.Dhoni used his cricketing wits and smarts to help India win the 2011 ODI World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy. No other man has captained his country to victory in all 3 ICC tournaments.A small town boy from Ranchi developed himself to become the best captain and wicketkeeper in the world. It was Dhoni’s cool and composed nature that made him an icon with India’s youth.A surprise choice for the captaincy in 2007, MS Dhoni-led India in 200 ODIs, of which India won 110 matches. At home, he captained the team to 43 wins out of 73 matches. Till now, MS Dhoni has represented India in 90 Tests, 348 ODIs and 98 T20Is. He has scored more than 10,000 ODI runs, and near about 5,000 runs in Test cricket.Dhoni, who ended India’s long drought of a genuine wicket-keeper batsman, holds the record of most number of stumpings in international cricket – he has affected 123 stumpings.There was a lot of hype around Dhoni as soon as India started their campaign for the 2019 edition of the world cup. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman and former captain, also the longest-serving Indian skipper till date was playing his lastadvertisementWorld Cup. However, his journey so far in the World Cup hasn’t been the way he would have wanted it to be.Currently playing in his 4th World Cup, MS Dhoni has been continuously criticised for his lack of intent with the bat. Dhoni, who is considered one of the best finishers of the game, has been seen struggling to find boundaries and accelerate the run rate.MS Dhoni’s 28 off 52 balls against Afghanistan, one of the weaker teams in the tournament raised several concerns. Dhoni took some flak during India’s failed run chase against England, when India suffered its loss in the tournament.Despite recent lack of form, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will always be remembered as one of the best captains in the history of not just Indian cricket.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Didn’t expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:last_img read more

Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODI

first_imgYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has often been criticised by many for throwing away his wicket and not playing according to the conditions. However, Pant has insisted that his focus remains just on playing positive brand of cricket and winning matches for India.”Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant said on the eve of the third ODI between India and West Indies.”I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer.After the first ODI got washed out, India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they won the second match by 59 runs (DLS method). And the Men in Blue will have a chance to seal the series when they take on the Jason Holder-led side in the final ODI on Wednesday.Asked about the environment in the dressing room, Pant said, “Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high.”Ever since the World Cup, Pant has been playing at the number four spot in ODIs. However, he has not had much success there. Even in the last ODI, he scored just 20 off 35 balls before getting bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.Shreyas Iyer, who came in to bat next, scored a 68-ball 71 and provided great support to skipper Virat Kohli who scored a match-winning hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval.advertisementFormer skipper Sunil Gavaskar even said that Iyer should bat at number four and Pant at five.However, the 21-year-old feels that currently, the team management is giving chances to every individual in the squad and looking for a settled middle-order.”We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” said Pant.”Everyone is confident of their position because the team management is supporting them.”Talking about the pitch conditions on offer in West Indies, Pant said, “The wicket is on the slower side. It’s not like flat wicket. So, you need to give yourself time and then score.”Also Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma looks to surpass Yuvraj Singh in 3rd ODIAlso Read | No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on Hardiklast_img read more