Leap of faith: A young girl’s mission trip to Nepal

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter P Shakya Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! September 10, 2018 at 11:10 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Alisha Ashford is a graduate of Lake Mary High School and spent a year in Spain through a student exchange program. She is currently a journalism major at Seminole State College. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this. Reply TAGSAlisha AshfordMillennials Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleLet’s Talk About It: Long drive champion donates winnings to scholarships Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Through her eyes: A millennial girl takes on Central FloridaBy Alisha AshfordDuring the summer break months, some students take the opportunity as school is out to travel to another country on a mission trip to help others in need. A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine named Toni Williams returned from a mission trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. Her story deeply inspired me to act when I see a need in the world and follow what I’m passionate about even though I’m young.Toni is a 19-year-old who studies at Seminole State College and devotes most of her free time to serving at Lake Mary Church. Lake Mary Church is affiliated with Every Nation Family of Churches, a global organization that helps provide her and many others with an outlet to reach others through mission trips all around the world. Even as a teenager, she has already discovered her desire to become a missionary, stating, “I care about the justice of those who have been treated unjustly. As a follower of Jesus, I want to serve those in need.”When her church presented her with a list of countries she could choose to travel to, she initially decided on Mexico and Australia. However, due to a feeling of uneasiness about her choice she decided to readdress her selection. Soon after, she stumbled upon a documentary about human trafficking which revealed the grave suffering that countless women face in nearly every part of the world. Seeing just a glimpse of what so many people must endure, especially in countries like Nepal, placed a desire in her to do whatever she can to reach their need in any way possible. After seeking advice, doing research on Kathmandu, and praying about her decision, Toni was affirmed to go to Nepal.It was not an easy choice for her to make. Most of the other students at her church going on a mission trip that summer were going to Mexico or Australia. Toni would be the only one representing her home church on the trip to Nepal. In addition to embarking on this journey with people that were virtually strangers, she would be in a place where it is illegal to introduce others to Christianity intentionally.Because Nepal adopted a new constitution in 2007 called The Interim Constitution, they now have the freedom to practice any religion they choose. For that reason, approximately 1.4% of the population of Nepal’s once “Hindu kingdom” proclaim to be Christian. Along with a growing Christian population, many Nepalis in the lower regions of Nepal are converting to Islam.While Nepali people are protected under the law to subscribe to any religion, those who wish to evangelize, or convert the religion of another are in danger of facing punishment. In 2017, the government of Nepal put legislation into place which dictates that no one should be involved in the conversion of religion. The price of breaking this law is five years in prison and in some cases, deportation. It would present her with a higher level of danger than some other countries considering one of the purposes of her trip was to evangelize. But these circumstances didn’t stop her from taking the leap of faith.Upon arrival in Kathmandu, she was presented with culture and struggle completely different from one she had ever seen before. In Nepal, a lot of people in rural areas live in poverty and lack necessities like a safe house to live in, basic transportation, and healthcare. Many girls face high exposure to human trafficking, are abused by their own families, and in some cases are forced to work in the circus with no regulations whatsoever. Because females typically don’t earn money, they can be looked at with little value by their families.It is not to say that Nepal hasn’t made some great and impactful strides towards the equality of women. For about a century now, Nepal has shown efforts towards creating an equal space for women economically and in the political arena as they elected their first female president back in 2015. Their representation of women in the government is increasing greatly, and they are showing more enthusiasm toward gender equality.However, the lives of everyday women are still deeply affected by gender discrimination. The issues stem less from constitutional inequities, and more from deep-rooted cultural issues within family and social structures. Many women in rural areas are still considered second-class citizens.Toni disclosed one case of a young girl that whenever was “injured or sick, the family didn’t care, but if her brother was injured they would rush him to the hospital because boys have value—they are the ones who make income.” She goes on to explain that even after being rescued and put in a safe house, if there was not enough food, her brother was fed, but she wasn’t.At the hotel in Nepal where Toni stayed, she met a girl who planned to move closer to India after being offered a job as a nanny. Toni and her team began to talk to her, and they quickly realized that the girl might have been in more danger than she first appeared. “When we found out the way she was offered the job, we realized it was a set up for human trafficking. So, we convinced her to keep her job there and stay safe that way she wouldn’t be a victim of trafficking.”Encounters like that are not common for anyone, especially such a young person to experience. Toni’s trip to Nepal is not the last of her work abroad. In fact, this is only the beginning. She carries a new perspective with her about less-privileged countries. Even though the people of Nepal do not consider themselves to lack much as it is all they know, “they are very poor in the eyes of an American,” with everything in America being “so easily accessible it’s easy to forget that we’re so blessed.”Toni plans to make an impact in nations all around the world, serving others with every chance she gets going forward. Her impact though, reaches beyond the country of Nepal, even to others around her in central Florida, such as myself. Her courage to do good even amid dark circumstances reminds me that there is no better day than today to extend help and love to others—even when it requires a hard sacrifice. 1 COMMENTlast_img read more

DRC: Growing crackdown on media in Mongala province

first_img News In all, last week’s order targets five privately-owned radio stations and 13 journalists, who are accused of disturbing public order or violating journalistic ethics. One of them, Radio La Voix de Bumba presenter and reporter Fabrice Ngani, was detained from 26 May to 4 June on governor Crispin Ngbundu’s orders and is still charged with defamation and “insulting the provincial authorities.” RSF has been trying for weeks to reach the governor, without success. Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders to go further The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. “In the absence of any clear offence by the media outlets concerned, this order must be regarded as purely political in nature and as the latest episode in a crackdown on the media that Mongala’s governor launched several weeks ago,” RSF’s Africa desk said. “This is an extremely grave series of attacks on Congolese media and journalists of the kind that the country’s political authorities have pledged to prevent since the new president took office last year. If such harassment of media and journalists who are just doing their job is not urgently stopped, it will be impossible to realize the promised changes in defence of press freedom.” News The Governor of Mongala Province, Crispin Ngbundu, in November 2019. Source: Facebook Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Organisation Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression center_img February 24, 2021 Find out more The United Nations and several press freedom NGOs, including Journalist in Danger (JED), a local organization, have condemned the increase in abuses against journalists in the DRC of recent weeks. RSF and JED are supporting the creation of a dedicated mechanism for the protection and security of journalists, which President Félix Tshisekedi has promised. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about the persecution of journalists and media outlets in Mongala province, in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and calls on the country’s highest officials to intervene to ensure that the media can operate freely and in accordance with recent promises. Escalating a crackdown that began in May, the provincial authorities issued an unprecedented order on 17 June – of which RSF has obtained a copy – for the immediate dismissal of six journalists: Fabrice Ngani, Victor Mbonzo, Trésor Emeka and José Lingili of Radio La Voix de Bumba, Olivier Péguy Yenga of Radio Mongala and Benjamin Mondonga of Radio Mwana Mboka. At the same time, the authorities ordered the suspension of several other journalists for one to three months, including Albert Mohila of Radio Mwana Mboka, Alain Bakenya of Radio Mongala and Paulin Bolembe of Radio Rurale de Bumba. News Related documents Décision Mongala 17/06PDF – 191.01 KB Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma June 24, 2020 DRC: Growing crackdown on media in Mongala province Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression And on the same day, the provincial authorities also decreed the suspension of several radio programmes of a political nature until further order with the declared aim of “restoring lasting social peace in Mongala province in general and the territory of Bumba in particular.” Bumba constitutes the eastern third of Mongala. News February 18, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Redfield fails drug test, denied plea agreement

first_imgFormer Notre Dame football player Max Redfield was denied a plea agreement Tuesday after failing a drug test, according to a report from WNDU. Redfield and four other current Notre Dame football players were pulled over in Fulton County in August and arrested on charges of marijuana possession. Redfield was additionally charged with possession of a handgun without a license. Redfield pleaded guilty to all counts in November, and had agreed to a plea deal requiring no jail time and mandating a 180-day probation period. However, at his sentencing hearing Tuesday, prosecutors withdrew the deal because he tested positive for marijuana during a court-ordered drug test, Fulton County Deputy Prosecutor Michael Marrs said in an interview with the South Bend Tribune.According to the article in the Tribune, Fulton Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele ordered the drug screen as part of the county probation department’s pre-sentence investigation.The defense attorney for Redfield, Randy Fisher, said he was “completely blindsided” by the results of the test, according to the South Bend Tribune. “I question the validity of the test,” Fisher said in a phone interview with the Tribune. “We had Mr. Redfield tested independently the same week as part of a substance abuse program he entered on his own, and he tested negative for any drugs prior to the court-ordered testing.”Redfield’s next court date is set for Jan. 3, and both lawyers are currently working on a new agreement, according to the Tribune.Following his arrest in August, Redfield was dismissed from the football team and subsequently expelled from the University.last_img read more

Angels fall behind early and miss opportunities to come back, losing to Astros

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve runs to third after hitting a triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters, left, walks off the mound as Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley, back right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman, right, celebrates his three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters with Yordan Alvarez during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, left, and center fielder George Springer miss the shallow fly ball of Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo, left, shakes hands with third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a solo home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman celebrates his three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters reads a notecard before facing Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, center, signals himself safe during an Angels replay challenge after he was called out at second while trying to stretch a single into a double as Houston Astros shortstop Alex Bregman, left, and second baseman Jose Altuve, right, watch during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. The call was upheld. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman, right, celebrates his three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters with Jose Altuve during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve runs to third after hitting a triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters, left, walks off the mound as Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley, back right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters, left, walks off the mound as Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley, back right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)ExpandHOUSTON — Matt Thaiss yanked a ground ball down the first base line and it slipped under the glove of first baseman Yuli Gurriel.Just when Thaiss may have figured he and the Angels had caught a break to help them get back in the game, second baseman José Altuve appeared. He gloved the ball along the line in shallow right field and fired it right back to Gurriel, barely retiring Thaiss to end the inning and strand another runner.That’s how the night went for the Angels in their 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday, as too many of their hopeful moments ended with disappointment.“I was a little shocked to see Altuve over that far,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s an MVP for a reason.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The next three hitters all reached to load the bases for Trout, representing the tying run with two outs. Trout hit a line drive to center field, where George Springer caught it drifting back toward the warning track.Trout, who singled home a run in the seventh, now has 2 hits in his 18 at-bats.“It got in on me a little bit (with the bases loaded),” Trout said, “but the last three at-bats, that’s probably the best I felt in the last week. So that’s a positive.”In the sixth, the Angels loaded the bases again, but this time Thaiss stranded them with a strikeout.Trout drove in a run with a single in the seventh, but the Angels could not cut into any more of the deficit that Dillon Peters left them.Peters gave up five runs in 4-2/3 innings, with all of the damage coming on two swings.In the first inning, Altuve hit a ball that dropped just beyond the dive of Trout, going to the wall for a triple. Peters then threw a fastball over the inner half of the plate to Michael Brantley, who lifted it just over the right field fence for a two-run homer.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Altuve led off the third with a double and then Brantley was hit by a pitch. Alex Bregman followed by spinning on another inside fastball, lining it over the short left-field fence for a three-run blast.Peters retired the six hitters and did not give up another hit until the Yordan Alvarez double that knocked him out of the game in the fifth.Although Peters’ took some solace in the fact that he pitched well after the homers, he regretted that he couldn’t throw better two-strike pitches to Brantley or Bregman.“Those guys both hit balls inside, in the honey hole,” Peters said. “Obviously I hoped for them to be a little more in. Those two pitches were big mistakes. I have to just get better and in a 1-2 count execute it, and have it be a ball, not a home run.” After falling behind by five runs before they even had their first baserunner, the Angels loaded the bases in the fifth and sixth, leaving them loaded both times.“Couldn’t come up with a real big hit to push us right back to the brink,” Ausmus said. “But the bullpen did a good job. We didn’t quite do it, but I felt like we could. We were right there. We just couldn’t get the big hit.”All told, the Angels had 14 baserunners over the final six innings, but they could not get enough of them home to avoid their fifth loss in the six games of this trip through Texas. After losing on three walk-offs in Texas, they were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and lost by one run on Friday.“We had our chances for sure,” Mike Trout said. “We lost some tough ones in Texas. Obviously we had chances tonight and yesterday. We just gotta stay positive and try to win a ballgame tomorrow.”The Angels’ first run came on Luís Rengifo’s 425-foot homer to the train tracks at Minute Maid Park, his sixth homer of the season.last_img read more

Kootenay Ice drop pair of close games to open Major Midget season

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice pushed the Greater Vancouver Canadians to the limit before dropping a pair of tough BC Hockey Major Midget League games this past weekend in Richmond.Kootenay opened losing 4-1 Saturday before suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 setback Sunday to the Lower Mainland power.Saturday, Kootenay trailed 2-1 entering the third period before the hosts scored twice in the frame to escape with the win.The games were the first of the season for the Ice, which opened the season with a bye weekend.Shawn Campbell scored the lone goal for the Ice. Tyson Lin scored twice to lead the Canadians.Sunday, a goal by Brennan Gaytmenn early in the first period stood up as the winner sparking Greater Vancouver to the slim one-goal victory.Curt Doyle and Ben Kelsch, both of Nelson, shared the netminder duties for Kootenay.Kootenay ices a lineup consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region, including players from Castlegar, Trail, Nakusp, Kimberley as well as Vernon, Vancouver and Vanderhoof.Kootenay returns to action this weekend in Kamloops when the Ice face the Thompson Blazers.First home action for Kootenay is Saturday, October 17 when the Ice host the Valley West Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The teams close out the weekend series Sunday, October 18 at 10 a.m. in Nelson.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.The winning team has the opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.last_img read more

Nelson’s Amit Bhabra qualifies for Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships

first_imgHe snatched 150 pounds on his second attempt and failed to complete his third attempt at a heavier weight because nerves got to him.Bhabra then clean-and-jerked 183 pounds successfully and got called for a technical error on his third attempt at 191 pounds.”(Bhabra’s) strength is there to be lifting heavier weights . . . it’s a matter of perfecting his technique and increasing his flexibility,” Abbey explained.Abbey said Bhabra plays hockey for the local Midget rep team so it has been a constant work in progress to increase his flexibility – a very important aspect of Olympic weightlifting.“People don’t realize it but it is the second most flexibility demanding Olympic sport at the second only to gymnastics,” Abbey said.“Hockey tightens hip flexor, groin and calf muscles making a deep squat position challenging and unnatural for most hockey players,” Abbey adds.“Amit is beginning to realize his potential in the sport of weightlifting something I have been trying to communicate to him for over a year so I am slowly seeing him switch his focus from hockey to weightlifting.“He has natural gifts to excel in weightlifting so success may come easier to him in this sport.”Bhabra comes by the sport naturally as his father Hardial Bhabra is a former Canadian Champion.During the next month Abbey said Bhabra is going to be pushing to increase his total in the two lifts by 20-25 pounds. Amit Bhabra is used to being in the middle of body checks and bluelines as the Nelson Minor Hockey product holds down a roster spot on the Castlegar/Nelson Midget Rep squad.However, this past weekend in Vancouver, Bhabra flipped the switch from hockey to weightlifting to earn a spot at the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in January in in Regina.The accomplishment came at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver.“Amit has been training for a little over four years,” said coach Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness in Nelson.“He has been my most loyal student-athletes in that time. I can’t say enough about his exceptional character as a young man.”Abbey said the 17-year-old Bhabra competed in the 62 kg (136 pound) category.last_img read more

Local Roundup: St. Bernard’s softball takes two from South Fork Cubs in Miranda

first_imgMiranda >> The St. Bernard’s Crusaders softball team’s offense scored 26 runs en route to a double header sweep over the South Fork Cubs on Wednesday in Miranda.Crusaders pitcher Ally Del Grande pitched a five-inning complete game in the opener, scattering three hits while striking out six. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs and three RBI.Calissa Stokesberry and Lauren Lewis also drove in three runs each for the Crusaders in 17-0 game one win.In the nightcap, Crusaders pitcher …last_img

Comedy Podcasts Revitalize the Platform

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#art#Podcasts#web curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Social media’s like punk rock, it knocks down walls for all, and that’s good. But it frees up as much, or more, rubbish as it does material of quality. Nevertheless, some people, usually those with a love-hate relationship with radio, were very enthusiastic lo these many years ago, about the platform that podcasting provided. That enthusiasm has waned in recent times. (Though not for everyone.) Lately, comedy seems to be revitalizing it. Comedy podcasts run the length of the field, from one-man ruminations to frantic bit-factories to interview shows. Some are free, some cost, and many offer a combination of the two options. Below the fold, I offer a far-from-inclusive introduction to different types of comedy podcasts and have tried to include a few that are acknowledged to be influential.The Ricky Gervais Show. Gervais was an innovator, putting comedy podcasting on the map in 2005, under the auspices of the Guardian. Over the next two years, Gervais released about three dozen podcasts, which went to iTunes for a fee. It is said to be the most downloaded podcast ever. As to the content, I’ve always found Gervais’s comedy to be pub rock posing as punk and the genius mostly in the marketing. I’m clearly in the minority. What the Fuck? Comedian Marc Maron’s podcast has gained huge momentum over the last year and for good reason as far as I’m concerned. Wide in scope, Maron combines introductory monologues of mind-bending self-absorption with interviews, on-site reporting (Creation Museum, anyone?) and live shows. Sometimes the interviews are super funny. Tom Lennon of The State and Reno 911 and Bob Saget of Full House, America’s Funniest Home Videos and How I Met Your Mother almost bent space-time they were so funny. Sometimes, like his interview with the late Mike DeStefano, they’re touching and at other times, like Judd Apatow and Robin Williams, they’re extremely interesting, winkling out details you’d never heard elsewhere. Two interviews were profoundly squirm-worthy: Gallagher (who walked out) and Carlos Mencia (who required two interview for Maron to dislodge him from his talking points.) Few journalists could match Maron’s interviewing technique, neither for quality nor for the risks they take. Comedy Death Ray Radio. CDR Radio grew out of Comedy Death Ray, a weekly Los Angeles-based comedy show that began in 2002 and has been credited in part for creating what is now known as “alternative comedy.” One of CDR’s co-creators, Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman, is the host. The strong position the show has given the podcast in the world of comedy and comedy fans has given it a lot of reach. Wise guest choices (Paul Tompkins, Andy Richter, Nick Kroll, Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, Russell Brand and Tig Notaro) have kept its momentum up. Walking the Room. Comedians Greg Behrendt (best known for “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “telling jokes in front of people”) and Dave Anthony (he’s this one guy) co-host a slop-bucket of a podcast, sloshing with unspeakable filth, studded with neologisms and streaked with tittering. Recent episodes include “Old Yeller Hamster and Fish Cliffhanger,” “Blood Toilet and the Little Big Dollhouse Explanation” and the vacuum-inducing “Blood Face Nap Man and Cracky the Bike Thief.” Sometimes the show’s very funny, sometimes a bit insidery, but always a performance and (so far) free as the wind.Other comedy podcasts of noteJimmy Pardo’s Never Not FunnyPaul F. Tompkins’s Pod F. TompkastSuperegoThe Sound of Young AmericaThe NerdistGreg Fitzsimmons’s Fitzdog RadioDoug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies If you’d like to read much, much more about comedy podcasts, more by far than I hate myself enough to match, check out Splitside’s “A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts.”Finally, if you want to tell me that podcasts have never been more popular and will be the vehicle of our salvation, or that Gervais is a genius, or just recommend comedy podcasts not mentioned above, have at ‘er. And speaking of ‘er, where are my comedy podcast ladies at? They seem a little thin on the ground. last_img read more

Behind the Scenes of the 96 Minute Shot, The Russian Ark

first_imgHave any other examples of incredibly long takes? Share in the comments below. Take a behind the scenes look at the 96 minute single take movie, The Russian Ark.If you’ve never seen the 2002 historical drama, The Russian Ark you’re missing out. The Russian Ark takes place in the Russian Heritage Museum but is more famous for consisting of a continuous 96-minute shot. Yes you read that correctly, the entire film was shot in a single continuous shot that lasted over an hour and a half.The film took over 4 years to develop and we are not surprised. Not only does the film feature only one-shot but the set design and choreography is amazing. The film had over 2,000 actors, 3 orchestras and spanned over the 33 rooms inside the museum.Here is the entire 96 minute film:The Russian Ark was incredibly well received. With an 89% user rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 stars by Roger Ebert, the Russian Ark is impressive in both execution and form.Behind the ScenesThe good people who made the Russian Ark, including the director Aleksandr Sokurov, created an awesome series of behind-the-scenes videos to show how they were able to accomplish such a monumental task. We are especially impressed by the Director of Photography/Steadicam Operator Tilman Buttner who is better known for his work in Run, Lola, Run.last_img read more

Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after defeating Nicholas Walters, of Jamaica, in a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, who both own two Olympic gold medals, will meet Dec. 9 in the latest in a series of Saturday night fights on ESPN.Lomachenko will defend his 130-pound title against Rigondeaux, a defensive specialist who will be moving up in weight from 122 pounds to challenge for the belt. Promoter Top Rank said Friday that the fight will be held in the theater at Madison Square Garden.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Lomachenko won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics fighting for Ukraine, while Rigondeaux won his golds in 2000 and 2004 for Cuba. Both are widely regarded as two of the best amateur fighters in history.Rigondeaux is 17-0 with 11 knockouts as a pro, while Lomachenko is 9-1 with seven knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns LATEST STORIESlast_img read more