McKinleyville >> If Charles Dickens’ famous opening line from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ were adapted to fit College of the Redwoods’ doubleheader against Feather River on Tuesday it would be phrased as such: It was the worst of games, it was the best of games.After watching a 2-0 lead evaporate after the Golden Eagles scored 10 runs in the third inning en route to a 16-3 loss in the opener, the Corsairs got an excellent outing from starting pitcher Shannon Palmer and made some key defensive plays …
PremiumBeat sat down with the composers for American Gods to discuss their process and working with the show.The untempered and gritty scores from American Gods’ composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans nurture a certain work ethic, demonstrating their long-term success in the industry. Here are their thoughts on process.Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (courtesy of White Bear PR).PremiumBeat: Marriages are difficult enough, often relying on physical intimacy to keep the bond going. How have you both managed to keep a professional relationship fresh, vibrant, and creatively stimulating, for over two decades?Danny and Saunder: We got really lucky, in the fact that, we both have such similar taste and style in music, and respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses deeply. We are also able to keep our egos in check, and remain pretty open-minded when it comes to the process. We have a great relationship outside of music, as well. We treat each other very much like family. Creatively, we both make an effort to push ourselves into unknown territory, as much as possible, and often, we feed off each other’s energy. Having two brains, when working on films, is super helpful to keep things from getting stagnant or stale. Image courtesy of White Bear PR.PB: Do you have a mode of working together or does each project create new paths into your world of composing?D&S: Generally, we don’t sit down and write together. Instead, we pass stuff back and forth. Often, one of us will “spearhead” a project — whoever is most inspired at that particular moment. But, most of the time, it will flip flop back and forth between us. There’s no real recipe, and we don’t usually do a ton of discussion before. We just sort of dive in and see where the music takes us!5 to 7. Photo by Walter Thomson (via IMDB).PB: So much of your work, in film and television, explores the darker side of humanity (Ozark, The Gift, Fear the Walking Dead). Is this by happenstance or is there a plan? Would you have any interest in working on a romantic comedy, or does the grit of the material provide the flint to your creative spark?D&S: We actually did a romantic comedy a few years ago called 5 to 7 . But it gets pretty sad, in the end, which was our favorite part to score! Yes, in general, we gravitate towards darker material. We’re just more inspired by those emotions and tonalities. Although, we are happy to stretch our music muscles a bit into lighter territory, from time to time! We recently did an episode of Chef’s Table Pastry — the “Corrado Assenza” episode, which was some pretty upbeat Sicilian-inspired music. Ozark. Photo by Jessica (Miglio/Netflix).PB: How big a role does technology play in your composing? Is it a true mixture of live recordings and synthesized music? Does your own musical backgrounds (playing in bands) figure into wanting to get actual hands on instruments, rather than using digital tools at your disposal?D&S: We are adamant about using real instruments, whenever we can, from the earliest stages of writing, to the end. Between the two of us, we play a multitude of different instruments. What we don’t play, we hire or we just learn the basics ourselves. When we use synths, they are usually analog, with lots of unknown knobs to turn, and beautiful mistakes to be made. We prefer that unpredictable approach over canned presets and plugins. We also make our own sample instruments, especially when we have some particular sounds that are integral to a TV series, or the like. For instance, in Ozark, we made extensive samples of all sorts of junk percussion, some of which were metal pipes and things which would be too difficult to keep coming back to record. Sampling multiple hits and velocities gave us a super playable “kit”.American Gods (Starz!).PB: For Season Two’s score of American Gods, rumor has it, your muse was America itself, rooted in multiculturalism. How did that inspiration manifest in the choices you made when approaching the sound?D&S: Well, yeah, the show is such a wonderful metaphor for America. These old gods who have migrated to the states, some by choice and some not. In the end, they have all been “Americanized”, to an extent! They drive big American cars, motorcycles, and work in all walks of life. We wanted to comment on their ethnic backgrounds, while distilling it all into a cohesive score. Which, as we all know, is kind of what America is — ideally. We wove epic choirs, Middle Eastern instruments, African percussion, psychedelic EDM, Classical strings, and much more, into some of the vernacular of American music — blues, rock, jazz, and folk — and painted it all with a raw grittiness. It was such a fun score to work on, there really weren’t many rules we needed to adhere to!Dream Girl short film (via IMDB).PB: Finally, it’s interesting, with all your success, to see recent credits of working on short films, which clearly must be labor of love endeavors. What draws you to these projects?D&S: Yeah, we try and pick projects that move us, regardless of their size or profile. A lot of factors inspire us — from the opportunity to write really unique music, or the challenge of writing something outside our comfort zone, to the relevance and importance of the subject matter.Cover image via Starz!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: Behind the Lens with Filmmaker Carolina CostaThe Costume Design Behind Star Trek, House of Cards, and Greek WeddingRound Table: Three Film Composers Converge on SundanceTom Cross on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageInterview: Composer Dan Marocco of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday appeared all set to become Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha after his appointment as Leader of Congress in the Upper House.Anand Sharma, another minister in UPA-II, was made Deputy Leader of the party, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.Since Congress has the requisite number to claim the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House, 65-year-old Azad would be the natural choice.Congress has 67 members in the 245-member House, thereby meeting the requirement of having ten per cent of the total strength of the House to get the post of Leader of the Opposition.The two key appointments come on the back of the party making Mallikarjun Kharge, a senior Dalit leader from Karnataka, the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha and former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh the party’s Deputy Leader in the Lower House.Azad, who contested the Lok Sabha election from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and lost by over 60,000 votes, is a party veteran and one of the senior most members in the Rajya Sabha.Congress has announced the name of its Chief Whip and whips in Lok Sabha, while the same for the Rajya Sabha are yet to be announced.Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the two Congress MPs from Madhya Pradesh, was made the Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, while Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son and lone MP from the state Deepender Singh Hooda and Kerala MP K C Venugopal were appointed as whips in the Lok Sabha.advertisementIn the Rajya Sabha, names of Azad, Digvijay Singh and Anand Sharma were doing rounds for the post of Leader of House.Dwivedi said, “The Chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi, exercising her authorisation by the Constitution of the Congress party in Parliament, has nominated Azad as Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha and Anand Sharma as Deputy Leader.”
Vitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse coach Leonid Slutsky has virtually wrote off the season of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda.On-loan at the Eredivisie outfit, Musonda has been missing since September with a knee injury – and Slutsky admits his recovery hasn’t gone to plan.”It does not look good,” he said.”Musonda will now be fit again at the earliest in February. But beware: then he has to be trained again to become a match fit. Then we talk about the end of March. “And then everything has to go as expected.”For all of us this is a bitter setback.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatekby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.AS says sources close to the player have confirmed the approach.This contact claimed that conversations have taken place between Real Madrid and the Genoa striker’s representatives and that the Bernabéu “is following him” closely.These same sources also stated that they have been talking with “many great clubs” that are interested in the 23-year-old.However confirmed that Barcelona was not amongst those clubs, and that, as of yet, no formal offer has been made by any clubs. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T. pic.twitter.com/Z8LBfGOQu9— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying. https://t.co/lewNR8x7su— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.
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BEIJING, China – China’s Finance Ministry on Friday criticized the cut in the Standard & Poor’s rating agency’s credit rating on Chinese government borrowing as a “wrong decision” and said it ignores the country’s economic strength.S&P announced the change Thursday, citing rising debt it said increased financial risk. The move added to warnings China’s debt burden might drag on economic growth or threaten the financial system. It followed a similar downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service in May.The timing is awkward for the ruling Communist Party, which wants to project an image of stability ahead of a twice-a-decade congress next month at which President Xi Jinping is due to be named to a second five-year term as leader.S&P followed its China downgrade a day later by cutting its credit rating for Hong Kong, citing risks posed by their close ties. The agency said Friday it was reducing its long-term rating on Hong Kong by one notch, to AA+ from AAA, reflecting potential spillover risks.It said Hong Kong has a good economic outlook, sizable fiscal reserves and credible monetary policy, but that China’s downgrade is “exerting a negative impact” on Hong Kong because of “strong institutional and political ties” between them.The Finance Ministry complained S&P ignored China’s stable economic growth and reform efforts. It noted official data showed the economy grew by 6.9 per cent in the first half of 2017 over a year earlier and government revenue rose by nearly 10 per cent.“The Standard & Poor’s downgrade of China’s sovereign credit rating is a wrong decision,” the ministry said on its website. “This misreading neglects China’s good fundamentals and development potential.”Total Chinese nongovernment debt rose last year to the equivalent of 257 per cent of annual economic output, according to the Bank for International Settlements. That is unusually high for a developing country and up from 143 per cent in 2008.Communist leaders have cited reducing financial risk as a priority this year. They have launched initiatives to reduce debts owed by state companies, including by allowing banks to accept stock as repayment on loans. But private sector analysts say they are moving too slowly.S&P lowered its rating on China’s sovereign debt by one notch from AA- to A+, still among its highest ratings.“A prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased China’s economic and financial risks,” said S&P in a statement. That has supported economic growth but “also diminished financial stability to some extent.”The downgrade could raise Beijing’s borrowing costs slightly but is more significant for its impact on investor sentiment.“The new rating is still squarely investment grade — there is no real concern about the possibility of default,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics in a report.“However, credit continues to expand at a faster pace than output, which points to significant ongoing misallocation of resources,” said Williams. “State sector reforms have continued to disappoint and so the hidden risks on bank balance sheets have continued to build.”Chinese economic growth fell from 14.2 per cent in 2007 to 6.7 per cent last year, though that still was among the world’s strongest.The government is trying to make the economy more productive by giving market forces a bigger role. It is trying to shrink bloated industries such as steel and cement in which supply exceeds demand, which has depressed prices and led to financial losses.Beijing is trying to steer the economy to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of investment and exports. But growth has dipped faster than planners wanted, raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses. Beijing has responded by flooding the economy with credit.Official efforts to rein in debt “could stabilize the trend of financial risk,” S&P said. “However, we foresee that credit growth in the next two to three years will remain at levels that will increase financial risks gradually.”
The Ministry has equipment ready to start rebuilding a road into the area but has been waiting for approval to enter the Old Fort and start investigating the options for building either a new road or finding a way to use the existing one.In an update Wednesday the PRRD said that over the past few days the geotechnical team has found signs of movement on the slopes to the east of the large bedrock ‘knob’ in the hillside above Old Fort.Geologists said that the movement is related to movement on the upslope portion of the active slide, and that no recent slope movement was noted in the hillside above most homes in the Old Fort subdivision.The PRRD’s geotechnical team also conducted an aerial assessment of the off-road vehicle trail running along the ridge on the eastern edge of the ancient slide complex above most subdivision houses.Geologists say that while they did not see any signs of recent slope movement, they will be conducting more examinations of that portion of the hillside on Thursday to confirm the findings.The Regional District said that the geotechnical team spent time in the field discussing various landslide initiation models, as well as the direction their investigation would focus on over the coming days. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued permits for B.C. Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation to enter the Old Fort.Wednesday afternoon, the PRRD issued temporary access permits to B.C. Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to start investigating how to restore service to the community.Power has been out in the Old Fort since October 5, when the transmission line into the community shifted due to the landslide. Over the past several days, the geotechnical team also had a good look at the slopes above Old Fort Road to the east of the active slide complex, and could not see any significant signs of recent slope movement – which supports data collected during aerial LiDAR surveys.Lateral tension cracks that had recently appeared on the hillside immediately east of the active slide complex have now started to turn downslope, which means the lateral shear zone on this side of the slide may be developing.The PRRD explained that those findings indicate that, at this point, the surface of the original Old Fort Slide does not appear to have been impacted by the recent slope movement.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to entertain a plea by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) seeking land to manage garbage at the Ghazipur landfill site, saying that dispute of departments is to be resolved at the administrative level.The green panel said the issue of availability or suitability of the site for the landfill and its allotment is to be sorted out between the EDMC and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in accordance with the law. “We have considered the matter. We find difficult to pass further orders on the applications. The matter pending before the tribunal already stands disposed of. Inter se dispute of departments is to be resolved at administrative level. Jurisdiction of the tribunal is to provide remedy to a victim for environment protection against action taken in violation of norms,” a bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Rules are in force which have to be followed. Applicants do not have grievance against the authorities which may fall under Sections 14 and 15 of the NGT Act, 2010,” it said. The green panel also said that it was leaving the issue to be dealt by the authorities concerned without expressing any opinion on merits at this stage. The saturation of the Ghazipur landfill site and the non-availability of alternative land to manage garbage had prompted the EDMC to move the NGT. The EDMC had moved an application, seeking direction to the DDA to hand over a piece of land at Sonia Vihar and a plot at Ghonda Gujran for solid waste management facilities on a priority basis.