We went in-depth and behind the scenes with Nena Erb, the editor of Insecure, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Project Greenlight.Talking the world of editing with prolific cutter Nena Erb, three qualities stand out. She believes in serving the story. She believes in lifting those around her up. She believes in herself.Nena Erb (photo by Merie Wallace).PremiumBeat: Do you have a particular way you like to work, or does it wholly depend on the producers and directors?Nena Erb: When I start an episode, I usually reach out to the director to say hi or introduce myself, if we haven’t worked together before. I typically ask them how they like to work. Do they like to camp out and watch me address notes on the fly, or are they the type that likes to screen it with me, give me notes, and then leave me to do the work? There are benefits to both methods, and I’m used to running the session in whatever method they prefer.PB: Does a warm personal connection produce the best results, or have you had artistic conflicts with the major players and it actually upped your game? How hard do you fight for your vision, or do you feel your role is to serve the directors?NE: Editing is an interesting job. It requires you to be objective and subjective. Subjective so you can pick the right performances that will best tell the story, and hopefully resonate with viewers. Objective so you can pivot quickly if someone doesn’t agree with your vision.Once you’ve handed in your editor’s cut, it’s not your vision anymore. It’s about the director’s vision or the producer’s vision or the studio’s vision, and your job is to make their vision reality.And I find that there’s no upside to pushback or [confrontation], if people have a difference of opinion. It’s not about who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s about how you want to tell the story. As an editor, I’ve already gone through all the dailies and know where all the bodies are buried, but they haven’t. It’s my job to take them down that path — even if I’ve already been there — so they can discover things for themselves. I find sometimes revisiting dailies will spark another idea, so I’m all for it.PB: You came aboard Insecure in Season 3. What’s it like being the new kid on the block with a show that has its tenor and tone pretty well established?NE: I’ve loved the series from the beginning, so I was excited (but also nervous) when I signed on to work on Season 3. Working with an entirely new group of people comes with its own challenges — not to mention learning the style and tone of the show. Fortunately, Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Deniese Davis . . . pretty much the entire crew . . . were wonderful. They were all very supportive. And Mark Sadlek, the returning editor on the series, had been there from the pilot, so he was a great resource if I had any questions. The entire team was incredibly supportive and made my first season of the show a wonderful experience.Editor Thelma Schoonmaker with Martin Scorsese (via IMDB).PB: Editing actually has a long history of women participating: Thelma Schoonmaker, Sally Menke, Barbara McLean, Anne Coates. What do you think it is about — the role of the editor — that made it a more practical way in for women?NE: Back in the day, people felt editing was women’s work because it’s similar to sewing. I’m not sure when in history or how the scales were tipped in the other direction, but it’s become a male-dominated field. It’s hard to give a concrete comparison without stats, but I’ve often been the only woman in the post-production department on my projects. It’s only recently that I’ve found my way to projects that made it a point to hire women editors. Having a female voice in post-production is important. Especially if it’s a show about women. Men and women see and react to things differently, so it’s beneficial to have both voices in editorial.PB: You won an Emmy for Project Greenlight, and you’ve worked robustly in non-scripted formats. What’s the rush and the challenge in editing documentaries or reality shows vs. narratives?NE: In nonfiction, the camera captures and documents the events that happen. You have no idea what the story is, and it’s your job to find it in hundreds of hours of footage. Regardless of the project or genre, it’s all about the story. For nonfiction, I prefer to remain truthful. I don’t want to manufacture false moments because I’m not a fan of putting words in people’s mouths, if it’s not what they’ve already stated.On a narrative project, you know what the story is and your job becomes more about finding performances and cutting the project in a way that elicits the right emotion, or reaction, that you need to tell the story.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (via CBS).PB: You’re editing the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Is there any additional pressure to get it right?NE: The series was in Season 4, and there was a well-established look, sound, and tenor. The musical numbers, or videos, were what changed from episode to episode. That was challenging, not because it’s the final season but because they run the gamut in genre, and that’s what I love about the show.The look of the series is well-established, but you get to be creative in the way you cut the music videos. Cutting musical videos on Crazy Ex is a little different because these music videos are essentially Rebecca Bunch’s fantasy, so it’s important to establish the fantasy space vs. the reality of where she is in the show. This way the viewers aren’t confused as to what’s happening. That can be with a lighting change or an effect/treatment or sound design you put in post. And it’s also not just about the choreography in a big dance number, or the wow factor in dynamic camera moves — the most important thing is the jokes have to land.Nena Erb (photo by Rachel Luna).PB: I’m Jewish — you’re Asian — we’re basically the same people. We were raised with parents wanting us to become doctors and lawyers and around Majong games. How did you pitch your family on wanting to become an editor? (I’m asking this for the tons of readers who want to become part of this business, yet get major pushback from their families.)NE: There weren’t any major conversations with the parents where I shared what I wanted to do. I just kind of did it. And shockingly, they let me do my thing. I’m sure they thought if they let me do this for a little while, I’d get it out of my system and then go to medical school or law school. But after a little while, they realized that wasn’t happening and I was serious about having a career in the entertainment industry.I told my mom I loved what I was doing and that I can’t imagine doing anything else. And I remember asking her, if she were a patient, would she want a doctor who hated their job? She understood where I was coming from. I’m sure they were incredibly nervous for me but they let me forge on my own path. This is unusual because in Asian culture, it’s about the collective, not about the individual. So for them to allow me to do this went against everything they knew and believed in.Next of Kin.PB: I can’t help but notice that you do a lot of labor-of-love, low-profile projects. Many of them shorts. What draws you to these projects?NE: I’m drawn to the content. Powerful stories and well-written scripts are the reason I take on side projects. I enjoy collaborating with directors I’ve worked with before, or friends that I want to support. It’s also a great opportunity to try my hand in other genres, and it challenges me to solve problems, without having the backing of a big production. It really keeps me on my creative toes.Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies (via HBO).PB: Any bucket list genre or project you’d love to be doing? Someone you are dying to work with?NE: I would love to work on any of Reese Witherspoon’s projects, whether it’s a feature or one of her limited series. Big Little Lies was masterful, and she’s currently doing another limited series called Little Fires Everywhere, which was a book I loved. I feel she has great taste in the projects she picks, she’s a champion of women, and I love what she stands for.PB: Finally — any advice for someone who wants to be where you are?NE: For recent graduates or graduating seniors, look into ACE’s internship program. They will give you such an upper hand in getting into post-production. For those who are getting into post-production a little later in life, I’d say if you’re working as a PA, be the best PA you can be. Anticipate people’s needs and spend time with the assistant editors and learn as much as you can from them.For assistants wanting to move up, cut as much as you can get your hands on. No production will hire an unknown. Cut as many shorts on the side while working your day job and tell your editor you want to edit. Ask for scenes to cut or recaps to edit so you can be ready when the opportunity to get bumped up to the editor’s chair presents itself.Cover image via Insecure (HBO).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Make Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring MaterialComposer David Schwartz on VEEP, The Good Place and Arrested DevelopmentIndustry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie MayronIndustry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak OutIndustry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation Scoring
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday retained the life imprisonment given to seven Uttarakhand policemen for killing a student in a fake encounter in Dehradun in 2009, saying that extra-judicial killing has no place in a system governed by the rule of law.However, the court set aside the conviction and life term of 10 other cops, who were held guilty for conspiring to kidnap and murder the MBA student.Ranbir Singh, 22, a resident of Ghaziabad, was gunned down by the police on July 3, 2009. The police had alleged that he was involved in an extortion racket. The investigation was entrusted to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the case transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court.A Bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and I.S. Mehta in its 105-page judgment said fake encounter is “manifestation of the impunity with which armed forces, including the police, are prone to act in utter disregard of the rule of law”.“It is also symbolic of the cynicism with which the police themselves view the efficacy of the criminal justice system. The police, in this perception, are not just the accusers, but the prosecutor, the judge and the executioner,” the Bench said.‘Tragic case’The HC, which termed the incident a “tragic case”, upheld the trial court verdict convicting and sentencing to life Sub-Inspectors Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, Gopal Dutt Bhatt (SHO), Rajesh Bisht, Neeraj Kumar, Nitin Chauhan, Chander Mohan Singh Rawat and constable Ajit Singh.All seven are suspended.It also set aside the decision of the trial court by acquitting 10 others — constables Satbir Singh, Sunil Saini, Chander Pal, Saurabh Nautiyal, Nagender Rathi, Vikas Chander Baluni, Sanjay Rawat and Manoj Kumar, and drivers Mohan Singh Rana and Inderbhan Singh.These 10 policemen were convicted and sentenced to life by the trial court for the charges of conspiring with other cops to kidnap and murder the youth.However, the High Court concluded that there was lack of evidence against them to sustain the charge.Besides the 17, the last accused Jaspal Singh Gosain, then head operator at the city control room, who was sentenced to two years’ jail by the trial court for the offence of public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment, was also absolved by the High Court.
New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will not be able to receive the Arjuna award here tomorrow due to his county cricket commitment in England. Pujara and Harmanpreet Kaur are the cricketers among 17 athletes who have been chosen for the 2017 Arjuna awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow, which happens to be National Sports Day. “I am truly honoured and grateful for being conferred with the Arjuna Award. Unfortunately, I will not be able to receive the award in person due to my commitment to the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in England,” said Pujara in a statement. “My dedication to the game has made me what I am, and though it would have been an honour to attend the award ceremony, grabbing any opportunity to play this wonderful game has always been of utmost importance,” added Pujara, who scored 309 runs at 77.25 in the recent three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Pujara has scored 4107 runs in 51 Tests at 52.65. PTI BS ATK ATK
New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today felicitated Surender Kumar, who was part of the hockey team that won bronze at the 18th Asian Games, with a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and out-of-turn promotion as manager in state-run FCI.Kumar, who is at present working as an assistant grade-II level officer in the Food Corporation of India (FCI), has been promoted two levels up as manager. “We are also giving him a cash award of Rs 5 lakh. We have asked the FCI to identify and nurture such talented sports personalities,” Paswan told reporters after the felicitation.Retired Indian athlete Shiny Abraham and weightlifter Karnam Malleswari are among the sports persons who have worked with FCI.Currently, there are three more sports persons besides Kumar working with FCI. PTI LUX ABM
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Premier Stephen McNeil will make a presentation to the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards in Moncton, today, May 4. The Premier will emphasize the importance of allowing opportunities for economic growth while providing appropriate environmental protection. “It is critical that we allow all of our sectors to coexist off our coast,” said Premier McNeil. “The Sable project is a good example of how responsible offshore development can coexist with the fishery. “We also need to ensure the fishery and aquaculture industries — which support thousands of jobs in communities across our province — can continue to grow and thrive. We will work with the federal government on the objective of more marine protected areas, but it has to be done in a way that allows Nova Scotians to maximize the value of our resources off our coast.” The panel is meeting at the Hotel Beauséjour. Premier McNeil is scheduled to speak at 2:15 p.m. -30-
The board says in its written decision that Hamdan made himself out to be a cheerleader for the Islamic State in many of his 85 Facebook posts as he glorified and encouraged lone wolf attacks in Canada, the United States and other western countries.The decision says Hamdan cast his activity on Facebook as an alternative news source, providing his followers with another view of events in the Middle East as he relayed the message of a terrorist organization.Hamdan was arrested in 2015 at his home in Fort St. John, where he moved years after studying electrical engineering in the United States. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia man has been deemed inadmissible to Canada for being a security risk based on his Facebook posts promoting terrorism in support of the Islamic State group.Othman Hamdan is a Jordanian national who was acquitted of terrorism-related charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017, but immigration authorities arrested him and determined at multiple detention reviews that he poses a danger to the public.Now, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has decided Hamdan should be deported.
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WikiLeaks has grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher, Julian Assange, who has been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh prison. – See full statement: pic.twitter.com/HnZVks4kWj— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 29, 2019 A defence lawyer for Assange said on Tuesday that a Swedish court had rejected a request to postpone a planned hearing to rule on the detention in absentia as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged rape.The Swedish prosecutor heading an investigation into the rape allegation against Assange, which he denies, this month filed a request with a local court for him to be detained with a hearing scheduled for June 3. The British courts will have to rule on the two extradition requests, with the home secretary having the final say on which one takes precedence. The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for comment. The move came a day before Assange was due to appear via videolink for the latest hearing in his extradition case. Assange is facing extradition to the US, accused of conspiring to break into a classified Pentagon computer and facing 17 charges under the Espionage Act. Greg Barns, an Australian lawyer and WikiLeaks adviser who visited Assange in January, said that the time Assange was suffering chronic pain in one arm and needed dental work. Assange’s health continued to decline, he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Swedish defence lawyer Per Samuelson told Reuters he had visited Assange in British custody on Friday after which he had sought to have the hearing postponed.”One of the reasons is that Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him,” Mr Samuelson said.”I meant that it should be postponed until I had time to meet again and go through the issues in peace and quiet. I suggested no specific date and meant it should be postponed until everything was ready, but the district court has now decided that this won’t happen.”Sweden reopened the rape investigation in early May. It was begun in 2010 but dropped in 2017 years after Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy. If the court order is granted, it would be the first step in a process to have Assange extradited from Britain. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the heath ward of Belmarsh prison. On Wednesday night the company released a statement confirming the move, adding that they have “grave concerns” over the state of his health. At the start of this month Mr Assange was jailed for 50 weeks for skipping bail in 2012.”Mr Assange’s heath had already significantly deteriorated after seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, under conditions that were incompatible with basic human rights,” the group said in a statement.It added: “During the seven weeks in Belmarsh his health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight. The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself.” Show more
A reporting restriction was imposed granting anonymity to the suspect and the victim. Officers were called to the Tate about 2.40pm last Sunday following reports that a child had fallen from the tenth floor onto the fifth-floor roof.The victim was visiting the gallery on London’s south bank of the Thames with his mother, who reportedly screamed “my son, my son” when the incident took place.The Tate Modern was the UK’s most popular tourist attraction in 2018 after being visited 5.9 million times, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. The 17-year-old charged with throwing a young boy off a viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern gallery will be assessed by mental health experts, a court heard.Psychiatric reports will be obtained by the teenager’s legal team before he is asked to enter a plea to one count of attempted murder later this year. He was arrested after a six-year-old French boy fell 100ft from the tenth floor of the venue, suffering a bleed on the brain, broken arms, legs and a fractured spine on August 4.The child was airlifted to hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition, according to the latest update.Scotland Yard has said there is no link between the victim and the suspect, who appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday for a brief preliminary hearing.Wearing a light blue t-shirt roughly stuffed into grey trousers, he spoke only to identify himself and sat staring forwards from the dock throughout proceedings. Judge Nicholas Hilliard, QC, said the fact that “psychiatric reports are being obtained by the defence” could be reported. The defendant was remanded in custody ahead of a plea hearing on November 7 and a two-week trial set for February 3 next year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST upon us, which means mulled wine, carols, mince pies, family squabbling, crackers, silly paper crowns and arguments about what to put on the telly. In the midst of all this joyous chaos, it’s nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a Christmas movie. Nothing guarantees peace on Earth quite like a holiday classic.But what exactly counts as a Christmas movie?That’s sure to start a big family argument of its own. Does the film have to be set at Christmas? Does it have to tackle suitably Christmassy themes? Is it enough to watch a film that was released at Christmas? Or it might be a bit easier than all that. It could simply be a film associated with the holiday as fixture on the television schedule.Ask ten different people, and you’ll get ten different answers. For example, does the Yuletide setting of this year’s Iron Man 3 a future Christmas classic, despite being released in April? (It helps that the movie’s release happened to conveniently ensure it will be a Christmas Day premiere on Sky Movies. Although it’ll always be second to the underrated Batman Returns when it comes to festive superhero hijinks.)The role of televisionMore traditional individuals among us will point to true holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or The Wizard of Oz as perennial festive family favourites. Not entirely coincidentally, Sky have scheduled the screening of the prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful for a channel premiere on 20 December.Indeed, it seems like television plays a large role in determining what we deem to be “Christmas movies.” The history of television as a mass medium was perfectly timed for it to shape and define movie-viewing for the baby boomer generation. It’s interesting to note that cinema attendance peaked in 1946, before beginning a decline that (broadly speaking) continues to the present day.The advent of home media really changed the media game. As television (and later video) became more prevalent, why would families pay to go to the cinema when they could get entertainment for free at home? The entire family could sit around the set together, without having to organise to leave the house or pay for tickets. There was no need to purchase snacks or even to observe cinema etiquette.In the United States, television ownership exploded during the fifties. Something similar happened in the United Kingdom. The Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 was the first television event in British history. In 1954, the Television Act allowed for the establishment of commercial British channels.So, by the end of the fifties, television had changed the way that people consumed media, and – as a result – it shaped the perceptions of an entire generation. The Wizard of Oz was released in cinemas in August, 1939. Its initial theatrical release was not a major commercial success – earning $3m against a budget of $2.8m. So, how did The Wizard of Oz become such a holiday classic?Cinematic re-releasesA cinematic re-release in 1949 helped boost the film’s box office substantially, earning an extra $1.5m in revenue. However, The Wizard of Oz went on to become something of a fixture of Christmas broadcast schedules. It was first broadcast on television in November 1956. However, the link with Christmas was firmly established by subsequent broadcasts.The Wizard of Oz wasn’t broadcast again until 1959, but it was broadcast between Thanksgiving and Christmas between 1959 and 1962. It’s worth noting that The Wizard of Oz was one of the rare colour broadcasts for CBS at the time, and so it must have seemed especially exotic to television audiences.(It undoubtedly helps that The Wizard of Oz hits on a few of the big themes associated with Christmas movies. Returning home and reuniting families is perhaps the most universal of Christmas movie themes, tying together Christmas films as disparate and diverse as Die Hard and The Wizard of Oz and even Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.)It’s a Wonderful Life has more of an obvious claim as a Christmas movie, being set and released at Christmas and playing to the spiritual themes associated with the holiday. (Frank Capra himself has argued that he made it “to combat a modern trend toward atheism.”) And yet it plays out a story similar to The Wizard of Oz.Holiday favouritesThe film was far from a financial success on theatrical release, posting losses of half-a-million dollars at the box office. Television rehabilitated It’s a Wonderful Life with a string of airings in the late 1970s. Capra himself confessed to being astounded by how its presence in television schedules had turned it into a true holiday classic.(Indeed, the success of the film on seventies television is probably what has prompted such a fascination with colourising it, with no less than three attempts made. Far from remaining faithful to the film’s roots as a piece of forties cinema, there seems to be a sense that it should be treated as a piece of seventies television; the troubling assumption that colour is its rightful state.)Of course, everybody has their own holiday favourites, and the beauty of Christmas films is the diversity on offer. Tim Burton’s “Christmas outsider” trilogy offers a suitable counterpoint to all that festive cheer. Bad Santa is subversive fun. Elf demonstrates that we’ve not lost the capacity to make an earnest and moving Christmas story. There is something for everybody, depending on your own tastes and preferences.Darren Mooney has a movie blog, them0vieblog.com . 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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami International Airport has been named the top Florida airport for business travelers in a TravelBank study.Overall, the airport ranked eighth in the U.S. among the 30 busiest airports.The study looked at several factors, including transit accessibility, on-time arrivals, overall quality satisfaction, parking rates and nearby hotels.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
US president Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization on Wednesday lost their bid to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump’s businesses.In a decision read from the bench after hearing arguments, US District Judge Edgardo Ramos in New York said Congress has the legal authority to demand the records, clearing the way for the banks to comply with subpoenas issued to them by two US House of Representatives committees last month.The committees have agreed not to enforce the subpoenas for seven days, the judge said. It was the second time in three days that a judge had ruled against the Republican president in his fight with Democrats and Trump’s lawyers were expected to appeal both decisions.Ramos said he would not suspend his decision pending appeal.Some Democratic lawmakers welcomed the decision.”So far, I think the president would be wise to come to the realization that our legitimate areas of inquiry are going to be supported by the courts,” Representative Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Reuters in an interview.Representative Brad Sherman, a Democratic member of the financial services committee, was more cautious, telling Reuters in an interview that he expected the decision would be appealed.Asked if lawmakers should be satisfied that they will get the information they seek, Sherman said, “I’ll believe it when I see it out of the US Supreme Court.”The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Deutsche Bank said it would abide by the court’s decision. Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has aggressively sought to defy congressional oversight of his administration since Democrats took control of the House in January.Ramos said that the committees had the power to issue the subpoenas under Congress’ “broad” power to conduct investigations to further legislation. He also rejected Trump’s argument that they were barred by a federal financial privacy law, the Right to Financial Privacy Act, saying the law does not apply to congressional investigations.Trump said last month that the administration was “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by the House, hardening his position after the release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on how Russia interfered in the 2016 US election to help Trump and on the president’s attempts to impede the investigation.”We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh said in an emailed statement after the ruling.Lawyers for the Trump family members and the Trump Organization declined to comment on the decision.Some parts of the subpoenas have been included in court filings. The subpoena on Deutsche Bank seeks extensive records of accounts, transactions and investments linked to Trump, his three oldest children, their immediate family members and several Trump Organization entities, as well as records of ties they might have to foreign entities.Deutsche Bank has long been a principal lender for Trump’s real estate business and a 2017 disclosure form showed that Trump had at least $130 million of liabilities to the bank.The subpoena on Capital One seeks records related to multiple entities tied to the Trump Organization’s hotel business. In March, before issuing their subpoena, Democratic lawmakers asked Capital One for documents concerning potential conflicts of interest tied to Trump’s Washington hotel and other business interests since he became president in January 2017.Trump, his adult children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, and the Trump Organization had sought a preliminary injunction to prevent Deutsche Bank complying with the subpoenas from the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, and Capital One from complying with a subpoena from the Financial Services Committee.In a lawsuit filed on April 29, lawyers for the Trumps argued that the subpoenas were too broad, and that Democrats are hoping they will “stumble upon something” that could be used for political attacks on the president.Patrick Strawbridge, a lawyer for Trump, said at Wednesday’s hearing that the subpoenas were “the epitome of an inquiry into private or personal matters,” and that the House committees were reaching beyond their role as legislators.Douglas Letter, a lawyer for the committees, said the subpoenas were part of a “very serious investigation on behalf of the American people” that could lead to legislation aimed at reducing foreign influence in US politics. He denied that it was intended to target Trump personally.”He clearly sees us as some sort of nuisance,” Letter said.The banks are the only defendants in the case, but the House committees intervened to oppose Trump’s effort to block the subpoenas.Representative Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, told reporters after the lawsuit was filed that Trump had “cast a gauntlet.” “We will fight him,” she said.On Monday, a federal judge in Washington ruled against the president in a similar case, finding that Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars LLP, must comply with a congressional subpoena for Trump’s financial records.US District Judge Amit Mehta found that Congress was “not engaged in a fishing expedition” for the President’s financial records when it subpoenaed Mazars and said that documents obtained might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.Trump called Mehta’s decision “crazy” and vowed to appeal.On Wednesday, the House committee involved in that case, the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement it had reached an agreement with Trump’s lawyers to seek an expedited appeal.
By now, we’ve come to expect video game releases to have some sort of collector’s edition. Lesser known games have amusing bundles in order to drum up interest, while the more mainstream titles have massive collector’s editions that can reach above and beyond $200 — more than twice the price of a new retail game. Saints Row IV looks to be the most ridiculous entry into the series yet, and a ridiculous game deserves a ridiculous bundle. SRIV is so ridiculous, in fact, that one of the collector’s editions will be worth a million bucks.The bundle is called the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition. It includes the Commander in Chief edition of the game (which you get if you pre-order the title), which gives you a stars and stripes America-themed outfit and some wacky America-themed weapons. Along with that, you’ll get a full-size replica of the game’s Dubstep Gun, a shopping spree with a personal shopper, seven nights for two at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, and seven nights for two at the Burj-al-arab in the Top Royal Suite.Those are the normal additions to the bundle. You’ll also receive a Toyota Prius complete with insurance, a Lamborghini Gallardo and a one-year membership to to the E25 Super Car Club, a full day of spy training, a hostage rescue experience, plastic surgery of your choice, and a trip to space with Virgin Galactic. While the trip to space might be the coolest, it’s definitely not the weirdest, as receiving a plastic surgery procedure when you buy a collector’s edition of a video game sure is strange. Maybe it’d be a little less weird if the bonus came with Surgeon Simulator.The bundle costs one million bucks, and there is only one available. Ars Technica did a little digging and found the bundle to have a value of around $630,000, so take that million dollar price tag as you will. You can pre-order it over at UK’s Game, for “only $1,000,000.”
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Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A woman walking to catch the bus was attacked by a purse-snatcher in central Playa del Carmen.The unidentified woman says she was walking to catch a bus to go to work at around 4:40 a.m. when she was attacked by a man who tried to steal her purse. The attack occurred on 1st Street South and 30th Avenue in the city’s center.Seeing the woman walking alone, the man intercepted her, demanding her purse and threatening her with a knife. When she refused, he became upset, throwing her to the ground and punching her in the face.The woman says she dropped her purse and began screaming for help. A nearby taxi driver heard her screams and called Emergency 911. Police arrived to question the woman. An ambulance was called to tend to her injuries.Police say the attacker was approximately 25 year of age. They searched the area but were unable to find him.In May, Playa del Carmen police warned women about walking alone during early morning and late night hours due to a string of violent acts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria’s air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.The capture of Zabadani would tighten Hezbollah’s grip on Syrian territories bordering Lebanon and strengthen the Syrian government’s control over of the Beirut-Damascus highway. Top Stories Syrian troops and Hezbollah intensely bombarded Zabadani on Friday. The Observatory said the resort was subjected to more than 90 airstrikes on Friday alone.In the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters tried but failed to retake the Scientific Research Center, which was being used as an army base, the Observatory said.The center was captured by insurgents late Friday, according to the Observatory and the Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective.On Friday, Islamic militants and rebels launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested city that was once Syria’s commercial center.Saturday’s offensive came a day after a bombing at a mosque where al-Qaida’s branch in Syria was holding a fast-breaking meal, killing at least 14, activists said.The activists said the bombing inside the Salem Mosque in the northwestern town of Ariha occurred shortly after sunset Friday when scores of Nusra Front members gathered to break their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The Observatory reported Saturday that the explosion killed 31 Nusra Front members including five commanders. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Zabadani has been held by rebels since shortly after Syria’s crisis began in March 2011. The conflict has killed more than 220,000 people and wounded at least a million, according to the United Nations.In what appeared to be retaliation for the Zabadani offensive, rebels shelled Damascus, striking several neighborhoods including the central Baghdad Street district. Another shell hit Damascus’ famous Dama Rose hotel, previously Le Meridien, near the posh neighborhood of Abu Rummaneh. Some of the hotel’s windows were shattered.The Syrian state news agency reported that one person was killed and two wounded.Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV aired footage from the battlefield showing smoke billowing from much of Zabadani as shells and missiles struck the town.Al-Manar said Hezbollah’s fighters and Syrian troops were attacking from several directions and by afternoon had captured Tal castle, which overlooks wide parts of the town. The rebels were retreating, the station said.Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that “terrorists suffered large losses.”The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the government’s air forces conducted 15 airstrikes on Saturday morning. It said the attack, which killed at least two opposition fighters, was being conducted by Hezbollah and Syria’s elite 4th Division. Syria-based activist Ahmad al-Ahmad said 15 Nusra Front fighters were killed and more than 30 wounded. He said the Nusra Front commander in Idlib province, Abu Abdullah al-Tunisi, was either wounded or killed.Nusra Front cordoned off the area and the casualty numbers could not be confirmed.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack although activists said President Bashar Assad’s government might have been behind it. Ariha was a government stronghold until it was captured by the Nusra Front and its allies in May.___Mroue reported from Beirut.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Sabre Travel Network is simplifying the booking process for agents as it rolls out Graphical View, a new shopping and booking interface. Launching to agencies across the globe, the company promises that the product will increase productivity while decreasing the booking time for an agent by up to 20 percent.According to Sabre, Graphical View allows agents to book air, hotel, car and other suppliers with 30 percent less keystrokes to complete a reservation.Agents also have access to nearly three times more low fare options in a single search.Product, marketing and distribution general manager Richard Morgan explained that the interface changes the way agents work and assist customers.“From the introduction of Sabre Red and the upgrading of 145,000 agents to the Red Workspace to the launch of graphical view, we’re equipping agents with powerful new tools to help them stay ahead in a competitive industry,” Mr Morgan said.The company’s head added that the product also cuts back on training time with an estimated two weeks compared to eight weeks on other devices.“This allows agency owners to tap into a broader talent pool when hiring new staff, while also increasing productivity for even the most experienced agents.”
by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 11:52 am PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shaquille O’Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017 file photo, Shaquille O’Neal, performing as DJ Diesel, appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego, Calif. O’Neal will put his deejay skills on display at his private carnival-style event in Miami. O’Neal said that his new event concept called “Shaq’s Fun House” will debut March 23 during Miami Music Week. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) ATLANTA – NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.O’Neal said that “Shaq’s Fun House” will debut March 24, immediately following day one of the three-day Ultra Music Festival. Both events are taking place during Miami Music Week.He said the one-night, invite-only affair will feature EDM performers, a cabaret show and “over-the-top” carnival attractions. It will be held at an unannounced warehouse venue.“Despite all the problems that are going on in the world, there are two (things) that’ll bring people together: it’s sports and music,” he said in an interview Wednesday. O’Neal added that there will be “flame throwers, people swinging from ceilings, a lot of costumes. We want this to be very different than any other festival.”“Shaq’s Fun House” will run from 2 a.m. to sunrise.O’Neal will perform under his stage name DJ Diesel. The four-time NBA champion said he came up with the concept after he performed at the EDM festival TomorrowWorld, held near Atlanta, in 2015.“I want to do something big and develop a brand that represents this younger world,” he said.O’Neal won’t announce who is performing at his event because he wants to surprise the audience. Performers at the Ultra Music Festival include David Guetta, the Chainsmokers and Afrojack.O’Neal, 46, has been performing at small and big venues since the age of 14, even DJ’ing at parties during his college days at Louisiana State University. He released multiple rap albums in the 1990s, and in recent years he’s performed at music festivals around the world.At “Shaq’s Fun House,” O’Neal said he’ll play a mixture of EDM, hip-hop and classic songs.“I like to read the crowd and see what they like, but I want to hit them with that base, edgy trap. I like all types of music. I’m mixture of AoB and Skrillex,” he said, referring to the electronic soul duo and Grammy-winning dub-step DJ-producer.“That’s my alias, the black AoB-Skrillex.”_____Online:http://www.shaqsfunhouse.com/_____Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31
Gangs are being bribed with money in exchange for Cypriot citizenships for children in the north of mixed marriages, primarily between Turkish Cypriots and Turkish nationals, a prominent union figure there charged on Friday.The accusations, printed on the front page of Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris, were made by Sener Elcil, general secretary of Ktos, the Turkish Cypriot teachers union.He claimed gangs receive money and then manage to grant Cypriot citizenship to children of mixed marriages.Though he did not specify whether the gang is in the north or government controlled areas, it is presumed the alleged gang is in the south as Elcil claimed the interior ministry is taking measures against this.The general secretary said he is soon set to meet Greek Cypriot political parties over the matter, which he claims stems from Cyprus’ apparent refusal to grant citizenship to children of only one Turkish Cypriot parent.He repeated the accusations last month in a meeting with ombudswoman Maria Stylianou Lottides saying this was a violation of the constitution.Elcil claims there are 17,000 children from mixed marriages between Turkish Cypriots and Turkish people that are trying to obtain Cypriot citizenship “but can’t get very far” and so resort to bribing gangs as they have no other options.The general secretary said through these gangs, Turkish Cypriots that use foul language about the republic have obtained citizenship while those that seek peace on the island but try using the proper procedure cannot get citizenship.So far, 300 applications from the latter group have reached Ktos which is trying to help them through an initiative making use of groups from government controlled areas such as the migrant support NGO Kisa, as well as political parties and teachers, Elcil said.A total of 4,000 applications will be re-evaluated through the initiative, he added“This is a matter which is getting in the way of the path towards a solution for Cyprus,” he was quoted by the paper as saying.If any pending cases do not receive the desired result, they will be sent to the European court of human rights while protests are planned outside the presidential palace, interior ministry and parliament, Elcil said.You May LikeYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoLiverMD | SupplementFamous Doctor Recommends Liver Health SolutionLiverMD | SupplementUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola