World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme poverty

first_imgMalpass said the bank anticipates a five percent contraction in the world economy this year, with severe effects on the poorest countries.”Our estimate is that up to 60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty, erasing all the progress made in poverty alleviation in the past three years, and our forecasts indicate a deep recession,” Malpass said.Nearly five million people have been infected by the virus around the world, and more than 300,000 have died since it first appeared in China in late 2019.So far, the World Bank has spent $5.5 billion to shore up beleaguered health systems, economies and social services in poor countries. The head of the World Bank warned Tuesday that the coronavirus crisis threatens to push some 60 million people into extreme poverty, wiping out the gains made over the past three years.The global lending institution is already financing aid programs in 100 countries, under its commitment to spend $160 billion over the next 15 months, bank president David Malpass said.”That’s home to 70 percent of the world’s population. This represents a significant milestone,” Malpass told a conference call. Topics :center_img But Malpass stressed that the World Bank’s efforts alone were insufficient, and urged donor nations to step up bilateral aid to poorer countries to ensure a durable recovery.He said restoring the flow of remittance payments and tourism — key sources of income for developing countries — would be “critical steps in the reopening.”A year-long moratorium on debt payments by less developed countries — called for by the G-20 in mid-April — has gained growing acceptance, he noted.According to Malpass, 14 countries have agreed to such a suspension of debt payments, another 23 are expected to request it, and 17 were giving it serious consideration.”That’s a very welcome and very fast response and positive response to the G-20 countries’ commitment,” he said.last_img read more

California moves past New York, now tops in US for COVID cases

first_imgThe surge of cases in California came after much of its economy was reopened in May and early June following nearly three months under the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order that forced most businesses to close and restricted where people could go. (AP) California’s cases have climbed rapidly in the last month, punctuated by the 12,807 recorded Tuesday, while New York’s have fallen to less than 1,000 per day. California’s overall total is about 6,000 more than New York’s, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. People line up at a mobile Coronavirus testing site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, United States. APcenter_img SACRAMENTO – A record one-day total of newly confirmed coronavirus cases gave California more than 415,000 since the pandemic began, sending it past New York for the most in the country, data from Wednesday showed.last_img read more

Presidents Cup golf scores, results, highlights as Tiger Woods leads USA rally to win

first_imgThe U.S. trailed for most of the first three days of the 2019 Presidents Cup. The International squad took control of the competition on Day 1 at Royal Melbourne in Australia after playing captain Tiger Woods and partner Justin Thomas gave the Americans an early lead.Woods’ squad was down two points entering singles play on the final day, Sunday in Melbourne. It erased that deficit quickly and ended the day still holding the Cup. MORE: Watch the Presidents Cup live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Once again, Woods gave the U.S. an early boost as he led off the one-on-one matchups with a victory. When Matt Kuchar halved his match vs. Louis Oosthuizen, the Americans had reached the needed 15.5 points for the victory. The Americans closed out a 16-14 victory soon after. They outscored the Internationals 8-4 in singles.President Donald Trump offered congratulations shortly after the U.S. clinched:Congratulations to Tiger and the entire U.S. Team on a great comeback and tremendous WIN. True Champions! https://t.co/wyjBAgoF7J— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019The Internationals last won the Presidents Cup in 1998. Captain Ernie Els’ side was well-positioned to end that drought Down Under, but the Americans refused to let the Cup go.Presidents Cup 2019 live scores, updates, highlightsTeam USA trailed the international squad 10-8 through three days of competition. Twelve points were up for grabs during singles play Sunday (Australia time) to decide the tournament. The U.S. needed to finish with 15.5 points to retain. Follow along below.Tiger Woods def. Abraham Ancer 3 and 2Woods not only gives his team momentum but also breaks a tie with Phil Mickelson for most Presidents Cup wins. Tiger now has 27.The winningest #PresidentsCup player of all time, @TigerWoods 👏 pic.twitter.com/dckmGE4v1r— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) December 15, 2019Woods, wearing his customary Sunday red, avoids going down a hole on the first when Ancer misses a makeable birdie putt short. Tiger missed his birdie putt to the high side. He takes the lead at No. 2 when Ancer misses a longer putt. He gives back the lead with a bogey on the par-3 third. Tiger goes 1 up after six thanks to a birdie on the sixth.Fast-forward to the 12th, where Woods halved the hole to remain 2 up.  In between, he was sticking approaches like this one:The captain calling all the shots.Dialed in 🎯 #PresidentsCup pic.twitter.com/5dRFsDVWfG— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) December 15, 2019Tiger finishes the job on 16 with a long, curling birdie putt.Walk it in? Nah, removing the hat before it’s in the hole.Captain Tiger Woods delivers again 🇺🇸 #PresidentsCup pic.twitter.com/tN7M7UPGxK— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) December 15, 2019Woods’ record-setting victory cuts the gap to 10-9.Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama tieMatsuyama takes the early lead with a birdie on the par-5 second. He stretches the lead to two with another birdie on No. 3. The advantage is 4 up through 10. Finau, however, roars back to tie the match after 14 holes. He wins 11 through 14, going birdie-par-birdie-birdie. The match stays tied to the end, giving the Internationals a needed half-point.Patrick Reed def. C.T. Pan 4 and 2Reed has been in the news for a lot of bad reasons this weekend, capped by his caddie pushing a heckler on Saturday. Reed takes the lead on No. 1 on Sunday with a birdie, then makes it 2 up with a birdie on the second. He’s well in control at the turn, 4 up through nine. Pan has the better of during the back nine, halving his deficit to 2 down after 14. Reed, though, wins 15 and 16 and takes the match.Dustin Johnson def. Haotong Li 4 and 3DJ wins Holes 3-5 and then takes the seventh en route to a 4-up lead through nine. He’s 3 up through 14 and then wraps up the victory one hole later.Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Hadwin tieDeChambeau’s birdies on 3 and 5 are the difference as the match heads toward the back nine. Hadwin responds later on the front and the match is all square after 13. DeChambeau regains control by winning 16, but Hadwin knots it at 17. They’re on 18 green . . . and DeChambeau just misses from distance. Hadwin can win it with a birdie . . . and he, too, misses, leaving a tester back. DeChambeau does not concede, and Hadwin sinks the par putt for the halve.Sungjae Im def. Gary Woodland 4 and 3Woodland wins the fifth and sixth holes to erase an early deficit and go 1 up. Im grabs the lead on the 11th and halves the 12th. From there, Im surges with wins on 13, 14 and 15.Patrick Cantlay def. Joaquin Nieman 3 and 2This has been a back-and-forth match, with Cantlay winning three holes and Nieman winning two in the first seven. Nieman wins 9 and 10, Cantlay 11, and Nieman is 1 up after 11. Cantlay then takes control of the match with wins at 12, 13 and 14 and wins it on 16. The Americans are 5-2 on the day and ahead 13-12 overall after Cantlay’s victory.Xander Schauffele def. Adam Scott 2 and 1This match has been all Schauffele through the first six. The American is 3 up. He stretches the margin to 4 up at the turn before Scott wins the 10th hole. Schauffele stretches the lead to 4 up at 11, and now he’s poised to give the U.S. another point on 15. Scott, though, stays alive on 15 with a long eagle and on 16 after Schauffele bogeys. Schauffele recovers to halve 17 and take the match. Make is 6-2 on Sunday and 14-12 overall. The U.S. still needs 1.5 points to complete the rally.Webb Simpson def. Byeong Hun An 2 and 1An’s bogey on 5 is the difference in the early stages. Simpson follows with a win at 6 and remains 2 up after 10. He makes it 3 up by winning 13. The lead is 2 up as they play 17. Simpson two-putts for the win on 17, and the Americans, up 15-12, are now just a half-point away, although the Internationals are in each of the final three matches. Cameron Smith def. Justin Thomas 2 and 1 Thomas continues his strong play with a fast start against Smith. He wins three of the first four holes to take a 3-up lead. Smith responds and cuts the margin to 1 up after nine. He’s now 1 up after 12. The lead grows to 2 up before Thomas wins 15 to get back into striking distance. He sticks a huge approach on 17 but misses the putt. Smith makes his from the same distance for a huge International victory. It’s 15-13 with two to go.Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen tieConversely, Oosthuizen has dominated his match early, winning the first three holes and carrying that 3-up lead into the 10th. He’s 2 up after 12. Kuchar, though, rallies to knot the match through 15. It stays tied through 16. Kuchar takes the lead on 17 with a birdie. It’s down to 18. It’s halved, the match is halved, and the U.S. retains the Cup by getting to 15.5 points.For The Win!Matt Kuchar’s 1/2 point secures the Cup for the #USTeam ! pic.twitter.com/ZD4ALfw3Qu— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) December 15, 2019Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman tieThe final match to tee off, and Leishman gets the jump on Fowler by winning the second hole. Leishman gets it to 2 up after four before Fowler wins the sixth. It’s all square after 10. Leishman gets a nose in front at 14 and is 1 up with four to play. Fowler knots it at 15 and the match stays tied after 16. Fowler noses ahead on 17, but 18 will be a formality. Leishman wins the hole to halve the match and make the final 16-14, USA.Presidents Cup Day 4 singles resultsMatch time/resultPairings6:02 p.m. ETTiger Woods (USA) def. Abraham Ancer (INT) 3 and 26:13 p.m. ETTony Finau (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (INT) tie6:24 p.m. ETPatrick Reed (USA) def. C.T. Pan (INT) 4 and 26:35 p.m. ETDustin Johnson (USA) def. Haotong Li (INT) 4 and 36:46 p.m. ETBryson DeChambeau (USA), Adam Hadwin (INT) tie6:57 p.m. ETSungjae Im (INT) def. Gary Woodland (USA) 4 and 37:08 p.m. ETPatrick Cantlay (USA) def. Joaquin Nieman (INT) 3 and 27:19 p.m. ETXander Schauffele (USA) def. Adam Scott (INT) 2 and 17:30 p.m. ETWebb Simpson (USA) def. Byeong Hun An (INT) 2 and 17:41 p.m. ETCameron Smith (INT) def. Justin Thomas (USA) 2 and 17:52 p.m. ETMatt Kuchar (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (INT) tie8:03 p.m. ETRickie Fowler (USA), Marc Leishman (INT) tielast_img read more

Sea Bright Gets A Library With Oceanfront Views

first_imgIn addition to the library, the second floor will have an outside ticket booth for selling beach passes. There will be outdoor bathrooms and changing sections for beachgoers. These will be accessed via the deck, and do not connect to the library, which will have its own bathrooms, he said.There will be a ramp from the parking lot to the second story of the building and an elevator. The ramp will also give access to the beach.The third floor of the building will be used by the mayor and Borough Council for meetings or for other borough events, said Settembrino, a resident of Middletown Township, who has served on its governing body and various boards since 2010. The room can also be rented for social events, and is equipped with a warming kitchen.The building is one of two that are planned to replace the library, beach facility, firehouse, police department and first aid headquarters – all of which were damaged by Super Storm Sandy – and to provide administrative facilities and storage of the town’s records. In April, the council awarded the $3.85 million contract for the project to Kelso Construction Company, Manasquan, the low bidder for the library project.The proposal to replace the damaged buildings ran into opposition after the council approved the plan by a 4-2 vote in June 2016, when a petition signed by qualified, registered voters in the town met the threshold to require a referendum on the bonds to finance the project.In October, shortly before the fourth anniversary of Sandy, voters approved the bonds for the library/community center building by 340 to 169 and for the fire house, police headquarters, and first aid space and the town’s administrative space and record storage by 349 to 162.The library is for residents of the town but others can join for a $35 yearly fee, said assistant librarian Patty Andriola. The seawall and the library level of the building will be above the base flood elevation (BFE), which is the anticipated height waters would rise to during a base flood. The National Flood Insurance Program requires buildings in flood hazard areas to be at or above the BFE.In addition, Settembrino said, there will be a drainage system installed that will funnel any water that might come over the seawall down to the parking lot.He said the ground floor would be used for vehicle storage, which will be emptied when storms are expected. The structure of the first floor, and the large doors that can be opened, will allow water to flow through it without damage if flooding occurs, Settembrino said. By Liz Sheehancenter_img The library has been housed in a spacious room at the church, where the presentation was given, since July 2015. The previous library, which was in the municipal parking lot, was demolished in June of 2013, eight months after Sandy, upsetting some residents who did not expect the building to be torn down so quickly.The original plans were to rehabilitate the old library but these were changed because the estimates for the work were so high – around $200,000 – when costs for conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements were included.Prior to hearing from the architect of the library, those at the meeting listened to an organ and voice presentation by organist Don Carolina and soprano Dannielle Wolf. This program was part of a series of music concerts given at the church that will continue. SEA BRIGHT – The borough’s new oceanfront library, with a deck overlooking the beach, will be completed by Memorial Day, 2018, according to project architect Kevin Settembrino.Settembrino announced the news to about 60 people who braved the strong, northeast wind, heavy rain and local flood condition warnings at a project presentation at the Sea Bright United Methodist Church Saturday morning, May 13.Monmouth County’s only oceanfront library will be housed on the second floor of a three-story building in the municipal parking lot that is situated just west of the sea wall being constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The library portion of the building will be at the same level as the sea wall and will have doors opening to both a covered and uncovered deck extending over the seawall.last_img read more

Rumson Announces Plans For a Marine Field Station

first_imgA rendering of the proposed future marine station.The proposed marine station will likely be about 4,000-5,000 square feet and could cost roughly $1.5 million. Those projections are very tentative at this point, Bachrach advised, with the university preparing to under take fundraising efforts to make it happen.Monmouth University has been able to access the municipal boat launch area on the borough property for about 10 years for boats used in university research projects.The university’s Urban Coast Institute has two boats available and will shortly take ownership of a third, acquiring it from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will be kept on the property of the future marine station, Bachrach said.Kastning followed up by noting the Monmouth Conservation Foundation has not given up on Picnic and Dorn islands, hoping to eventually obtain them for future preservation.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |RUMSON – A partnership between the borough and Monmouth University will provide students an opportunity to study the rich ecosystems of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and surrounding waterways.Officials from the borough and the university on Tuesday, Sept. 26, conducted a press conference to make public their plans to cooperate in establishing a marine field station on municipal-owned property.“Rumson has embraced the agreement,” Mayor John Ekdahl told the audience of university representatives, elected officials and other individuals interested in the long-term plans for the project.In the rear of Borough Hall property, off Avenue of Two Rivers, the borough has a sewer pump station in the vicinity of a boat ramp allowing access to the Navesink River and, by extension, other area tributaries in the surrounding Two River area.This agreement will have Monmouth University, West Long Branch, through the school’s Urban Coastal Institute, construct a marine field house above the pump house. The station, officials said, is expected to have laboratory space, classrooms and meeting rooms. The location will be used by university students to explore the ecological diversity the area provides. Area high school and younger students attending borough public schools will have access to the facility as well, offering hands-on educational experiences in the future, officials said. “We’re excited for what the future holds for us,” Ekdahl concluded about the project.Monmouth Conservation Foundation worked with the par ties to facilitate the project, according to the foundation’s executive director, William Kastning. The foundation, which works to preserve open space around the county, had hoped to acquire two islands located in the river for the marine station. However, the islands, Picnic Island and Dorn Island, as they’re commonly known, totaling about 15 acres and owned by the Dorn family, weren’t suited for the use due to environmental considerations, Kastning explained.“This is truly a win-win-win, opportunity,” said Steven Bachrach, dean of the university’s School of Science. Students and academics can conduct scientific study of the shore area that will “provide guidance and help to protect our shoreline,” Bachrach added.“This is truly an exciting time for the School of Science,” he said.last_img read more

Arcata baseball sweeps doubleheader against Fortuna to move into tie for second place in Big 5

first_imgArcata >> With plenty riding on Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader, Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti turned things over to two of the Tigers’ youngest players to get the job done on the hill.The Tigers’ longtime head coach’s plan worked out to near-perfection.Freshman lefty Merick Sears and sophomore right-hander Jaden Gorge limited the hot-hitting Fortuna Huskies to all of 10 hits on Saturday afternoon at the Arcata Ball Park, as the Tigers’ young hurlers led their team to 8-0 and 7-0 wins on …last_img read more

Weather, tariffs, lack of planting yields increasing farm stress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt BuchenrothThe stagnant commodity prices, an ongoing trade war, and the uncertainty of tariffs impacting the farm economy are reason enough to induce plenty of stress in a farmer’s life. Add in the unprecedented rainfall most of the Buckeye State has seen this spring, rising input costs, and market volatility and Ohio’s agriculture community is facing a perfect storm for developing high levels of farm stress.Ohio State University Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator Jami Delllifield is advocating around the state and the country for the mental health of the agriculture community. She has taken note of the heightened farm stress situation this growing season.“We can’t control this. There is absolutely nothing right now that is within anyone’s control. Everything is just coming at us and it just seems to keep building. Plus, farmers are at an increased risk because their profession is isolated. They spend all day and night alone in a tractor with their thoughts,” Delliefield said.But, the idea of farm stress can be rooted much deeper than a single growing season or bad crop.“Farmers are wired to protect their land. We will do whatever it takes to protect what is ours. That includes our legacy,” Delliefield said. “There is a feeling of not only letting your family down, but letting down dad, grandpa, and the past generations of the farm.”While farmers are worrying about planting and doing field work, they also have to be worried about the operations of the rest of their farm.“The other piece that sets agriculture apart is for most of us, the companies we work for provide our facilities and equipment. It’s not our responsibility to keep the lights on and pay the rent. For a farmer, that isn’t the case. If the electric bill gets paid, if the crops go in, if the soils aren’t ideal, it’s all personal and it all adds stress,” Dellifield said.She continued to say that it can be challenging for those not engaged in agriculture to help producers when they don’t understand that legacy piece. Friends, neighbors, and spouses are the best eyes and ears to know if something could be wrong. Dellifield has some advice of signs to watch for as you visit the coffee shop in the morning or church on Sunday.“The first thing you want to look at is ‘are people showing up?’ This is a fight or flight response and people may come out with guns blazing, or they may be isolated,” she said. “It is perfectly okay to say ‘Today isn’t a good day. I’m feeling a little stressed.’ When one person starts talking about it, it’s likely someone else going through the same hardships will talk about it. Then, there is a community to come together and support one another.”Family members can also look for changes in drinking habits.“Another thing to watch for is someone who used to have a single alcoholic beverage with dinner now having two or three, or other increased drinking habits. Or, they might just not seem like themselves,” Dellifield said.When it comes to managing stress and specific to agriculture, there are resources available.“Think of a time when you overcame something that seemed insurmountable and hold onto that. Then, surround yourself with people that will help pull you through.” Dellifield said.Prior to her start in Extension four years ago, Dellifield had a background in psychology. Dellifield is on a multi-state team that works with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development from the Farm Service Agency.“We facilitate trainings for county level FSA employees on what to do so they can help producers when they come in. That way, if they are seeing signs and symptoms, they know how they can help,” Dellifield said.Dellifield serves on a team that partners Extension with Ohio State’s College of Public Health. The group has just been awarded a grant to bring Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to the rural parts of Ohio.“Just like we need first aid and CPR if someone has a heart attack right in front of us, we need to know how to have conversations and identify signs and symptoms,” Dellifield said. “We are compiling resources for anyone that lives in the state of Ohio — from doctors to producers and veterinarians to seed salesmen.”Those resources will be available by the end of the year. More information on MHFA and becoming trained is available at mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Several other Extension resources are available by typing farm stress into an internet search engine. If you or someone you know is thinking of hurting themselves, the national suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Individuals can also text the word “home” to 741741. Veterans can send a text to 838255 to be connected with specialized resources. As always, in emergency situations, dial 9-1-1.last_img read more

Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5

first_imgPatricia Resnick has worked on an impressive array of projects throughout her career. Here’s what she has to say about the craft and the industry.Patricia Resnick had more than a cup of ambition when she started writing films with Robert Altman, working with Dolly Parton on 9 to 5, and tackling the mad landscape of television.  We sat down with Resnick for a candid discussion about storytelling, her creative and personal journeys, and dancing with the First Lady. Yes, dancing with the First Lady.  We’ll get to that.Image courtesy of Patrica Resnick.PremiumBeat: You’ve had an amazing career so far, which is no small feat for a woman starting out in the late ’70s. You’ve worked with Robert Altman on three films: 3 Women, A Wedding, and Quintet. How did that relationship develop, and what was the creative process like for you?Patricia Resnick: Atman had a number of strong women around him. For example, Scott Bushnell (a woman). She was very important to him. Nashville had a female screenwriter — Joan Tewkesbury. I never saw him have an issue with gender.I met him when I was in college at USC as a cinema major, which meant I was in my car a lot. When I was driving through the streets whenever I saw something that was filming, I would stop and park and ask what it was. I was from Miami Beach, and we didn’t have productions there, so it was all so fascinating.One day, it was an Altman film, and I happened to be writing a paper on him for film class. So I waited for him to come out of his office and introduced myself and asked him if I could interview him. He said yes, and when I had finished my paper, I dropped it off. He read it, loved it, and wanted me to work for him.Image via Buffalo Bill and the Indians (United Artists).The problem was he didn’t have the money to pay me. I was able to get a 90-day grant to be the assistant to the publicist for Buffalo Bill and the Indians. I tried to make myself indispensable. I knew I had 90 days to make myself essential before the grant money was over. It worked. He kept me on, and I ended up writing a treatment for him for 3 Women.He didn’t see me as a writer at first. During the first two years I worked with him, I did other projects. I wrote a spec script and ended up writing two skits for Lily Tomlin’s Broadway show, Appearing Nitely. Altman came to see it and finally said, “The kid can write.” Then I wrote on A Wedding for him. I was 24.image via The Player (Warner Bros).PB:  You also played yourself in The Player. How did that happen?PR: That was way later, in 1992! He was doing the opening shot, and his idea was to make it all people who had worked with him. He put Buck Henry, Alan Rudolph, Joan Tewkebury, and me together and told Joan and me “I want you to do your own pitch.”  She didn’t want to do it, so I put together a silly version of something I had vaguely in my mind already. We shot it all in half a day.I had a bit of nostalgia recently with that scene. The studio where we are shooting the Netflix series Tales of the City is the same place where we shot The Player. I kept feeling something was familiar and then recently re-watched The Player with friends, and it all came back.Image via 9 to 5 (Twentieth Century Fox).PB: It’s so hard not to geek out getting into your next project after the Altman credits: 9 to 5. In 1980 when you wrote that screenplay, it was a pretty radical comedy. Did you have any notion that it would be such an important film for women and still be relevant enough today to be remade?PR: I knew opening day. Not at the premiere, but opening day in theaters. I remember seeing the line for it and then turning the corner and seeing that the line went all the way down the block. Then hearing the audience laughing and responding. It was thrilling.We are opening the stage play musical on the West End in London on January 28. When the play premiered on Broadway in 2009, we took a pretty hard hit from critics — mostly male critics. The feeling at the time was that the message of the play was dated because the male journalists were certain the sexism problem had been solved. Considering the current climate . . .PB: Yes. And of course you have your secret weapon again: Dolly Parton. I’m amazed that after all these years, she continues to give such love to 9 to 5! Any thoughts why?PR: It was her first movie role ever. It really put her on the map in terms of being an actress. I also think the three women did and do like each other, and it was a happy time. We all saw the film go from a comedy that did well in the theater to something more iconic.In terms of the musical stage version, I don’t know if writing a musical had been a dream of hers, but Dolly always loves new challenges, and she loves to create, and she loves to write songs.Whenever she is in town and doing a show, I try to go, and as soon as the first chords of 9 to 5 begin, the crowd goes nuts. It’s really amazing to witness.Image via Mad Men (Lionsgate Television).PB:  Recently, you’ve concentrated more on TV. You were a consulting producer on Mad Men and have written TV movies as well as episodes for other series. Why did you make the move? Are we doing the most interesting work on television these days?PR: Basically, yeah. In the mid-’90s, feature work was drying up for me. Because the kind of movies that I wrote weren’t really being made any more. Comic book movies were happening, and it’s not what I write.I had young kids, and I didn’t want to staff with TV because that would have been a lot of hours away from them, so I wrote TV movies and the animated show, Olivia. I worked on plays and pilots. When the kids were in high school and off at college, at that point, it was the second golden age of television. I thought I could go staff because eleventh graders don’t want to see you much anyway.I was such a huge fan of Mad Men, and it was so great to get my first staff job on that show. It was an incredible room of smart people dedicated to doing their best work.Image via Mad Men (Lionsgate Television).PB: First job in film with Robert Altman. First job on staff with Matt Weiner and Mad Men. Not too shabby. What’s the writer’s room like for a character-driven show like Mad Men?PR: It’s actually more plot-driven than you would think. I came in for the last season of Mad Men. When you are in the seventh season of anything, characters are set, and the main question becomes what experience do we want to leave everyone? Matt came in and talked to us about emotionally the feeling that he wanted and about a book he had read over the summer, Siddhartha (by Herman Hesse.) It doesn’t have any correlation to our plot, but the story deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery, which is very much Don’s path.Tales of the City set. (Image courtesy of Patricia Resnick.)PB: Do you have a consistent way of working when you start a screenplay or teleplay? Do you write a treatment or outline, do character bios before you write, or is it a more freeform process?PR: Ideas. As a general rule, something will pop into my head, but mostly I’m not that lucky. I will have to make time to think about what’s going on in the world or in my life and see if that is fertile ground to bring it to life. To have the germ of the idea for something that is pitchable is the hardest part. Developing it is the hardest part — and having to abandon some things.  Sometimes it’s a good idea, but I’m not the best writer for it. A spy thriller, for example, I might not pursue. I spend a lot of time in cars, so I ponder while driving.Every year what you need to sell something is more and more in depth. In the ’80s I once sold a very brief pitch. Gave him two lines and sold it on the phone. That doesn’t happen anymore. So now, they want things unbelievably worked out, and as far as TV, they really want all the characters, the first season, where you plan to end up. Visual aids. Look books — to people actually doing trailers for things that have not been shot. Big boards and Power Points — you really have to have things nailed down and worked out.I will get random ideas. Oh this is a good character or scene. I’ll just make notes on my phone (because I’m usually out when they come to me) and then when I feel ready, I sit down and put it together into something coherent.Once I have it, I’ll go to my agents and say “I’m kinda working on this idea,” and either they will respond or not. If it seems viable, then we start the process of trying to put the pieces together. First thing is to get a producer, and often you work with them on the pitch, and by the time you pitch to a studio and studio to network, it all evolves. It’s a very long process and often a lot of work for no money. Most don’t get sold and most don’t get made.PB: What’s the most thrilling part for you — writing, filming, or watching?PR: Writing remains a hard thing to do, and when you’re having a good day and you are really in the zone, that is a great feeling, and that is the only moment that is completely pure — no one’s touched it, changed it. It’s purely yours.In terms of watching it filmed, totally depends. In features, unless you are writer/director, most directors do not want you around. It’s weird — you are visitor, but it was yours.In TV, often the creator is the show runner. So even as a TV staff writer, you’re wanted on set. Some writers like being on set; some loathe it. As far as realized. Depends on how I feel about it. It often isn’t how you think it will be. I’ve had awful creative experiences that produced good results and [for] others loved the process and the film did not do well.Image courtesy Patricia Resnick.PB:  You’ve been very open in the past regarding your personal life. You are very out, you gave up drinking, raised two children on your own. How have the challenges in your personal life affected your art — for good or bad?PR: I think I was really lucky because I stopped drinking at 32. I didn’t have a really low bottom, and I could see what was coming, and I was ambitious. I could never write drunk. So I would write sober during the day and drink at night. It was getting in the way of life and happiness. And I didn’t really start drinking until my mid-twenties. So it was a short seven-year period. I am so grateful social media didn’t exist then. It would have absolutely ruined my career.My sexuality? I think my sexuality influenced my art as it gave me somewhat of an outsider perspective. A lot of wonderful artistic creations stem from a feeling like I don’t fit in.  Most people feel like they didn’t fit in for many reasons, and that informed my thought process and how I thought about the world and how I saw the world.In terms of being a female creative, I wasn’t raised to think any opportunity was beyond me, but knowing how incredibly sexist this business is, it probably kept things from me. But if you don’t get a job, you don’t know why. Is it because I am a woman or am I too old? You just don’t know.Raising kids affected my career because I was a single parent, and I didn’t want to take a job that was going to keep me gone. I wanted to direct, and it was hard with my lifestyle. I had the chance to direct and write a short for Showtime, and I just couldn’t leave my kids. I wanted to be able to take them to school and do all that stuff, and I for sure passed on some great opportunities in my peakish years. I made some decisions of what I would do based on them. I don’t regret but it, but sometimes I look at my bank account . . . but it was the right decision. It also gave me new material. Now that they are in their twenties, it keeps me in touch with youth in a way that my friends that don’t have kids are quite unaware of. I’ve been lucky that I’ve been staffing. The vast majority of the writers I work with are in their thirties, so I have a lot of close friends that are young, and I love learning new things and new worlds from them.PB:  Finally, I have to ask about Nancy Reagan. You asked her to dance at a wedding. She said yes. How did that happen? And please tell us there is a story in the works about your moxie!PR: I was at a big Hollywood wedding. It was July of 1986. After that happened, I thought I shouldn’t drink out of the house and then later, I got sober in April of ’86.  It was Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick’s wedding. They own a very successful production company: Red Wagon. Doug’s father worked for Reagan, so he invited Nancy.I was sitting at a table with Sue Mengers, (very significant talent agent), and Nancy Reagan was dancing with the groom. Sue said “I’ll pay five hundred dollars to anyone who cuts in on the First Lady,” and it sounded good to me. That was a lot of money.  So I just went in and cut in, and she said yes.Chances are, it won’t go into a script, but I am toying with the idea of some version of a memoir, and the dancing with Nancy story? That would be the crown jewel.Cover image via Mad Men.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in HollywoodInterview: Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,000 for Your Documentary ProjectsAustin Film Festival Interview: Insights for Turning Your Script into a 90-Second Pitch5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesInterview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for Hallmarklast_img read more

Jose Mourinho worried by ‘very bad’ start to Manchester United’s pre-season

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club’s pre-season campaign has got off to a “very bad” start ahead of the upcoming premier League season due to the absence of key players.The 20-time Premier League champions are without several World Cup participants, including France’s Paul Pogba, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini, and England’s Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford among others, as they rest following a gruelling tournament.Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is also absent from the camp due to visa issues.”The pre-season is very bad, the positive thing of the pre-season is only for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us,” Mourinho told reporters.”I’m worried because I’m not training (with everyone) and then I go to the Premier League without lots of players, but it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here.The boss has given his thoughts on @PaulPogba’s “brilliant” #WorldCup campaign… #MUFC #MUTOUR pic.twitter.com/efVfZQEoFK Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 18, 2018″I’m not worried about playing Liverpool here or Real Madrid or Milan… I’m not worried if we lose badly.”United will play two friendlies, starting with Club America on Friday, ahead of next week’s International Champions Cup tournament, where they will face domestic rivals Liverpool, Champions League winners Real Madrid and Italy’s AC Milan.The Old Trafford side also play a friendly against German champions Bayern Munich on Aug. 5, five days before they kick off their league campaign against Leicester City.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Video: Duke Basketball Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks

first_imgGrant Hill of Duke on draft day.Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.last_img read more