Arsenal sinks Newcastle to move third

first_img0Shares0000Alexander Lacazette celebrates with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang after scoring Arsenal’s second goal against Newcastle on April 2, 2019.LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 2 – Aaron Ramsey lifted Arsenal into third place in the Premier League as the Wales midfielder’s clinical finish inspired a 2-0 win against Newcastle on Monday.Ramsey’s first half strike was followed by Alexandre Lacazette’s killer second in the closing stages at the Emirates Stadium, maintaining Arsenal’s impressive progress under Unai Emery. Emery’s side climbed two points above fourth placed Tottenham and fifth placed Manchester United to bolster their chance of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish with seven games to go.It is the first time Arsenal have been as high as third place since April 2017, highlighting their improvement since former Paris Saint Germain boss Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.Ramsey’s fifth goal of the season was only his second since he signed a lucrative pre-contract agreement to join Juventus at the end of the current campaign.-10th consecutive home winBut, while Ramsey won’t be part of Emery’s long-term plans, the future still looks bright for Arsenal, who recorded a 10th consecutive home league victory for the first time since December 1997 to May 1998.Arsenal finished with 63 points in Wenger’s final season, but Emery has matched that tally with seven games to spare.No wonder Arsenal fans celebrated an important win by taunting their spluttering north London rivals with chants of “are you watching Tottenham”.Newcastle remain seven points above the relegation zone after a 12th defeat in their last 13 meetings with Arsenal.The Gunners hadn’t played since beating Rennes in the Europa League 18 days ago, but, after a rusty opening, they began to take the game to Newcastle.Ramsey thought he’d given Arsenal the lead when he swept home at the far post from Sead Kolasinac’s flick.But his celebrations were curtailed as the goal was controversially ruled out by referee Anthony Taylor for Sokratis’s shirt tug on Florian Lejeune.If Arsenal felt aggrieved by that debatable decision, they poured their frustration into breaking down Newcastle’s five-man defence.– Dominant Arsenal –Emery had surprisingly left Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench as Mesut Ozil started behind Lacazette.Aubameyang has 22 goals in all competitions this season, but his absence wasn’t a problem for Arsenal as they unhinged Newcastle’s massed rearguard in the 30th minute.Matteo Guendouzi passed to Ramsey and his clever flick picked out Lacazette in the Newcastle area.Lacazette was surrounded by three defenders and as he twisted to find space, the ball cannoned off DeAndre Yedlin into Ramsey’s path and he guided a low shot past Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka via the far post.Salomon Rondon had a chance to equalise immediately when the Newcastle striker muscled Sokratis off the ball and moved into the area.But with the angle tight, Rondon opted for a near-post effort that never threatened to beat Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal remained by far the dominant force and Lacazette almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when his shot was brilliantly headed off the line by Matt Ritchie.-Aubameyang onLooking for the decisive second goal, Emery sent on Aubameyang with half an hour left.Sokratis couldn’t provide the finishing touch when he headed over from a corner before Ramsey departed to a rousing ovation after taking a knock that forced his substitution.Aubameyang went close when he found space for a low shot that Dubravka turned away.And it was Aubameyang who was the catalyst for Arsenal’s second in the 83rd minute.Guendouzi clipped a pass to Lacazette and he redirected it to Aubameyang, who cleverly headed the ball over the statuesque Jamaal Lascelles.With Lascelles too slow to react, Lacazette nipped ahead of the Newcastle captain and chipped over Dubravka for his 15th goal in all competitions this term.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Shortage of Arsenal goals is worrying, admits Arsene Wenger

first_img Arsenal have six goals in their last eight games in all competitions 1 Arsene Wenger has conceded his Arsenal side must find a quick answer to their lack of goals in recent weeks.The Gunners go into the weekend two points off the top of the Premier League and travel to face long-term adversaries Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.Wenger saw his side blow the Red Devils apart with a scintillating start to their meeting at the Emirates Stadium in October – scoring all three goals in their 3-0 win inside the opening 19 minutes.But, with six goals in their last eight games in all competitions, such a performance has not looked close to materialising of late.In the last week, Wenger has seen his side held to a 0-0 draw by Sky Bet Championship side Hull in the FA Cup fifth round and then lose 2-0 to Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.They go to Old Trafford having won their last league game in the dying embers of a clash with leaders Leicester, with former United forward Danny Welbeck grabbing the injury-time winner.Wenger will be hoping his return can add more goals to a faltering frontline having admitted he is concerned by Arsenal’s form in front of goal.“That’s a good question – and it’s a bad answer,” he replied when asked why his team had stopped scoring.“If I had an obvious answer…. It’s going through my head at the moment. I agree that our goals have dried up seriously and we have to find a solution. I’m conscious of that.“There’s many aspects that I analyse at the moment and we have to find a quick answer.”The 3-0 victory in north London on October 4 has been hailed by Wenger as their best result of the campaign so far – despite also beating Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.“We had a good performance against (United),” he said.“I think we took them a little bit by surprise and we played at a high pace from the start and closed down well early on. We need to play at that pace again.“We had some good results at the Emirates, we beat City, we beat Bayern and United but it was maybe one of our best.“I was surprised we were 3-0 up. You expect always a good performance.”last_img read more

St. Mary’s GAA wish students starting college all the best for school year

first_imgBest wishes to all starting school and college good luck for the year ahead.Lotto 23/8/16:Lk OY RN WW, 13 people matched 2 counties.5 winners of €20 drawn were, Yvonne Gallagher, Rosaleen Houston & Hugh O’Donnell Convoy, Martin Friel Ballybofey & Jack Gillespie Killygordon. Jackpot next week €4900. Senior Men and Senior Ladies training as normalWell done to the Senior men on their win in Championship over Lifford 1-15 to 1-05 this sees them through to Nx round V Letterkenny Gaels in Quarter final at weekend check pg for details of gameScores for St Mary’s: A Browne 1-4 R.Kettle 0-3 K.Bonner 0-2 L.Mc Mullan 0-1 L.Prunty 0-1 B.Bonner 0-1 K.Mc Namee 0-1 S Cuddy 0-1 C.Rodgers 0-1Well done to the Ladies who drew with R.Rua on Sun 3-04 to 2-07 with Victoria Kelly, Ciara Gallagher and Lydia Fowley scoring the goals and points from Fiona Deeney, Emer Sweeney and Ciara Gallagher U13 boys v St Eunan’s Wednesday 31st home be up at pitch @ 6:20 with gumshield well done to all the lad’s v St Michaels if anyone can’t make it let me know thanks Paul 0863395339U13 GIRLS TRAINING on WEDNESDAY evening 5.15 – 6.15pm. Games start on Sat 3rd Sept…. Need EVERYONE out to train girls or if u can’t make it PLEASE let me know- 0876828061 thank youWell done to all girls who took part in the training camp during the week .U 16 Girls at home V Red Hughs on Tuesday @6.30u 16 boys training on Thurday at 6pm can all players please attend. Minor Boys training as normalG4m&o on Wed at 8.15 all welcomeSt. Mary’s GAA wish students starting college all the best for school year was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:convoyGAANotesSt Maryslast_img read more

Cops arrest 15 suspected drunk drivers

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Fifteen suspected drunk drivers were arrested over the holiday weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley, and officers promised a repeat crackdown as the three-day New Year’s weekend approaches. Local Highway Patrol officers made 12 of those arrests during their maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, Officer Wendy Hahn said Tuesday. Countywide, the CHP arrested 267 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, with 1,209 such arrests statewide. Within Santa Clarita city limits, there were three DUI arrests, one each day from Friday through Sunday, sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra said. On top of the potential tragedy, Hahn noted the high cost of defending DUI citations as a powerful deterrent to drinking and driving. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Automobile Club of Southern California estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost about $11,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and insurance costs. There were no fatal accidents in the Santa Clarita Valley over the weekend, though six people died in traffic crashes in the county and 39 statewide, the CHP reported. A Saugus man suffered a brain injury at 4:15 p.m. Christmas Day when he attempted a “wheelie” aboard his motorcycle and slammed into a car parked on Deer Spring Drive, Hahn said. The CHP officer who investigated the incident suspected the 35-year-old rider, Christian Tasevski, had been drinking, Hahn said. Last year, the CHP arrested seven suspected drunk drivers, Hahn, down from 17 in 2003. The CHP’s Newhall office is in the midst of its 18-day Operation Star, where additional officers are on the road to crack down on traffic offenses. Three days of patrol by air started Tuesday. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Softball Visits Iowa for Midweek Game Before Home Opener Against Bradley

first_img Bradley Game 1 ESPN3 Bradley Game 2 ESPN3 Iowa Live Video ($) The Bulldogs will take the short trip north next week to play at Iowa State April 4 at 4 p.m. before hosting Southern Illinois for a three-game series, April 7-8.  Print Friendly Version Bradley Game 3 ESPN3 Bradley Live Stats Story Links After picking up two wins last weekend over Indiana State, Drake (21-9, 5-0 MVC) is the only Missouri Valley team to remain undefeated in conference play. The Bulldogs defeated Indiana State by scores of 4-0 and 8-0 before the final game of the series was cancelled due to weather. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) picked up her third MVC Pitcher of the Week honor of the season after pitching a one-hit, shutout in the series opener over the Sycamores. Newman struck out a season-high 15 batters and allowed just one walk to earn her 51st career win, tying for sixth all-time in school history. She also moved into fourth all-time at Drake with 661 career strikeouts. This season Newman is 9-2 with a league-best 0.77 earned run average and 106 strikeouts to just 12 walks in just 64.0 innings of work. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) pitched the second game of the series where she allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings. Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif) relieved Timmons in the second contest and allowed just three hits in two innings. Newman, Smith with a 1.27 ERA and Timmons with a 1.36 ERA hold the top ERAs, respectively, in the Valley this season. The trio has allowed just two earned runs in conference action so far. IOWA CITY, Iowa – Following a midweek matchup at in-state rival Iowa, the Drake University softball team is set for its home opener, March 30-31 against Bradley at Buel Field. The Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Iowa City Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game before kicking off a three-game series versus the Braves. The series starts Friday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. before the series finale Saturday at 12 p.m. All three games against Bradley will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Iowa (13-13, 1-1 Big Ten) split its series against then No. 17 Michigan in the opening weekend of conference play. The Hawkeyes snapped Michigan’s 18-game winning streak with an RBI double from senior Allie Wood in the bottom of the sixth in the second game of their weather-shortened series in Iowa City. Wood is batting .304 with a team-best 24 hits and 13 RBIs. Iowa has a home doubleheader scheduled Tuesday against Green Bay before facing the Bulldogs. Iowa Live Stats Bradley (13-15, 2-2 MVC) opened its conference season going 1-1 against UNI before splitting a doubleheader against Loyola last weekend as it also had a weather-shortened series. The Braves boast Allison Apke who holds the Valley’s top slugging percentage at .809. Apke also ranks second with eight home runs, which ties for the fourth-best season total in school history.last_img read more

Expelled: Battle of the Reviews

first_imgTwo weeks before Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed hits the theaters (April 18), reviewers are starting to weigh in.  One could hardly find a bigger contrast between two reviews that came out a day apart.    Dave Mosher, writing for Live Science, used every trick in the book to call this “a bad film in every way.”  He called it sinister, outrageous, shoddy, fallacious and gloomy.  Typical line about intelligent design: “Scientists see it as creationism veiled in pseudoscience, an effort with religious backing designed to generate the appearance of controversy among scientists about Darwinian evolution where there is none.”  Mosher continually tried to portray the Darwinists as “scientists” and the anti-Darwinists as religiously motivated, even though all of the ID advocates in the film are highly credentialed scientists themselves.  Notably, he could not classify them as fundamentalist Christians because a number of them – Berlinski, Schroeder, and Ben Stein himself – are either Jewish or make no claims about religion.  Dr.& Steve Fuller, for instance, a highly regarded philosopher of science and author of leading books on the subject, believes that intelligent design has a right to a fair hearing in the marketplace of scientific ideas.  Mosher also avoided the fact that some of Darwinism’s staunchest proponents made strong statements on camera about their atheism.    Marvin Olasky had a very different attitude in World magazine.  He enjoyed this “seriously funny” movie and compares it to the 1775 “shot heard round the world” that may start a new American revolution.  It should be rated R, he quipped, for “reasonable, radical, risible, and right.”  Olasky defended the visual imagery saying this is a movie, not a dissertation, but also defended the connection between Darwinism and Hitler, based on his own research.  “If you read an anti-Expelled review that dodges the issue of substance by concentrating merely on style,” he said, as if to pre-empt Dave Mosher’s negative review, “you’ll be seeing another sign of closed minds.”    Ted Baehr at MovieGuide.org also gives it a strong positive review.  “Atheists and Darwinists should make sure that people of faith and values and agnostics do not see this movie,” the veteran movie reviewer said.  “It is so well crafted that it will completely expose the naked inconsistencies of the Darwinists.  It will equip every person of faith and values with common sense to refute the arguments of the academic overlords.”Baloney Detectors are going to have a field day with the reviews of this film.  They are so polarized for and against, it should be easy to find out who is engaging in emotional tactics instead of reasoned debate.  See the film if you can before being influenced by the press.  You can expect the secular mainstream press to be uniformly negative.  Keep in mind a couple of things.  A movie can only say so much in 90 minutes.  This is a highly complex topic with many side issues.  The basic question is clear; is intelligent design sufficiently supported, and Darwinism sufficiently challenged, to allow academic freedom for both sides to be heard?  Why should careers of qualified scientists be ruined over this?  Why the systematic effort to prevent a hearing of challenges to the views of a small minority, its advocates profoundly atheistic, instead of letting the evidence, reason and common sense carry the debate forward?    Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a movie, not a legal brief.  To attract audiences to theaters there has to be enough appeal with visuals, action and controversy or else the subject could easily bore them.  We didn’t see Live Science complaining when Randy Olson used humor and satire with Flock of Dodos (compare that review with this one).  Stein feels strongly enough about this issue he went out on a limb to make the case in a convincing yet “seriously funny” way.  It’s intended to get the ball rolling toward public debate on an issue that is crying for open and fair investigation.    For those who need the scholarly backup, there are plenty of densely-worded thick tomes available.  One mid-level book (with enough facts and references to support every claim), that is comprehensive yet approachable, is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathan Wells (Regnery, 2006), available at Access Research Network.  This book would be a good companion piece to the film.  The ARN catalog has many more books on the subject suitable for anyone from the high school student to the science reporter to the PhD academic researcher.    As interesting a phenomenon as Expelled is in the culture war, no movie should be a crutch.  Get informed so that your opinion has legs.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Going Deep Green in Gainesville

first_imgA Florida couple originally planned an extensive remodel, but ended up committing to green deconstruction, design, and rebuildingNo matter how much the downturn rattles the housing market, location is still king, and it is such a potent factor for some homebuyers that it can make up for a host of unforeseen issues in a listing.That turned out to be the case for Claire Sever and Jeff Bunkin, who bought a house in a Gainesville, Florida, neighborhood that is close to the center of town. They originally planned an extensive remodel, but financial realities and an interest in green took them down a different path.It became apparent, for starters, that the cost of remodeling the 1,600-sq.-ft. home was comparable to the cost of building a new house. Claire and Jeff chose to do the latter. They took a decisive turn by careful deconstruction and salvaging, followed by sustainable design and building.A patient approachThe couple’s green-build odyssey, described in a recent article published by The Gainesville Sun, included the use of Bearded Brothers Solutions, a specialist in deconstruction and resale of used building materials, and a design plan that included not only energy-efficient strategies but a ranch-style exterior that meshes well with those of other homes in the neighborhood.Working with a local builder, Ivan Solbach, Clair and Jeff thought through how each room in the two-story 2,400-sq.-ft. house would be used, even after their two daughters depart for college years from now.Steel-and-Styrofoam SIPs support the building’s reflective metal roof, and the shell’s 2×4 framing is insulated with spray foam. Solbach says many clients still opt to spend money on fancy finishes, such as granite countertops, over energy-efficient extras, but the opposite was true for Clair and Jeff, who equipped their home with a solar hot-water system, a 4.69-kW photovoltaic sytstem, low-e windows, and a 1,500-gal. underground cistern that collects water for irrigating the property’s drought-tolerant indigenous plants.There’s evidence all this commitment to green will yield significant long-term benefits: As the Sun notes, the house earned a HERS index rating of 37 and has already been certified as “Florida Friendly” by FloridaYards.org, a joint program of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Program, and other state agencies.last_img read more

Nagesh Kukunoor

first_imgNagesh Kukunoor is a chemical engineer who chucked lucrative jobs and a cushy life style not once, but twice to follow his passion-film making. Today he is recognized as a stellar overseas Indian filmmaker of critically acclaimed unconventional films.In an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber, the writer and director of Iqbal and Dor, discusses his unusual film journey.You are a chemical engineer. How did filmmaking come into the picture?I remember that dad was totally into Hollywood movies and would cycle 20 km away to this theater that showed Hollywood films and I grew up hearing about films like Rebel without a Cause and so on. What he watched we imbibed.From the 5th grade till the 10th grade I distinctly remember enacting out whatever I remembered from a film complete with dialogues, sound effects, frame by frame before the class in this free period that we had. When I went to college, in those 4 years of studying chemical engineering, I also averaged about 5 films per week.I think one of the defining moments in my life was when I came out of the theater after having watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. I thought that was the greatest film to be ever made, and said to myself..if such magic can be created on screen then I want to be a part of it.That led to borrowing one of those bulky VHS video cameras that we had in the 80s from an affluent friend and my cousin and I co scripted this really horrible murder mystery in which I acted as well. We got halfway through when we had a routine power outage. With the light went my nerve and enthusiasm. I did look at the footage later and I was so embarrassed that I erased it – something I regret to this day. So there were those times but I really never had the nerve to do anything about it.Then you came to the USA to study at Georgia Tech. How did you pursue the film dream?By watching a lot of films! I have every single ticket stub from every film I saw in the US since 1988. Georgia Tech was really an engineering school in the 80s. There wasn’t any film related department.In the 2-3 years that I did courses and workshops, I learnt that I loved being on the set, I could recognize pieces of equipment and that I had the ability to both act and simultaneously direct the scene I was enacting in my mind. But the one thing that one NEVER learns in film school is that real life is very different and you are working in an unpredictable environment. you have to take decision on the fly that are not part of your meticulously written script.You chucked your job, went to Hyderabad, realized you didn’t have enough money, came back, made the money and then went back. How crazy is that? And what did mom and dad say?I think if I can take any bragging rights it was when I chucked my job a second time. What was ironic was that I landed my dream job. It meant a lot of money, travel all over the world and thousands in stock options! To give all that up and go back required a lot of nerve, but I had to gather whatever knowledge I had, and money I had and give it a shot before I lost the courage to do it. Mom and dad were taken aback but soon they realized I was serious and then they also felt that may they should let me get it out of my system. Of course I was petrified and I would lie alone at night wondering if I was doing the right thing. But I have always believed in being tunnel visioned about whatever I do. I feel that multitasking is doing two things poorly, and to this day that is how I work and live.  My father taught me one thing – once you make your decision then have the balls to stand by it.Interestingly when I did make Hyderabad Blues, I followed the lesson of writing about things I knew so the movie is based on experiences I had and others whom I knew.You made Bollywood Calling and Teen Deewarein after that. Bollywood Calling was a comedy spoofing the Bombay film industry and Teen Deewarein a dark film about three criminals awaiting death and a journalist in a dysfunctional marriage walking into their lives. Naseeruddin Shah was dazzling in all his wicked charm.I have always had a paranoid fear of being put in a slot. Before the sun sets I want to make at least one film in every genre. Teen Deewarein was my message to the audience and producers that I am not just a director who makes light comedic movies.A lot of the incidents that happened in Bollywood Calling happened to me in my journey as a film maker. Bollywood Calling also highlighted the fact that I couldn’t control everything and decisions had to be made quickly. I prefer to stick to the script very tightly and don’t like to make changes or allow others to make changes, because one sentence can be spoken in 10 different ways and each way can change the entire outcome of the scene or the following line. But here was the scene where I had been working with this guy who is the film producer in the movie for over two days and he was so over the top each time, not really delivering what I needed from him. So I fired him. I didn’t know what to do when suddenly in the shower it hit me and I quickly wrote a scene in which the superstar Manu Kapoor gets mad at the producer and fires him, and Om Puri becomes the director.What can I say about Naseer. I didn’t deviate from the script but what Naseer does is bring his brilliance with him when he believes in a role as he did in the role of Ishaan. I wanted Naseer to give to the character that wicked charm he possesses in real life and it became the core of that character. It was at the editing table that I realized how outstanding he was and how he had with subtle nuances added so much to the performance.They say sequels are never as good as the original and yet you went and made Hyderabd Blues 2.I have always wanted to believe in making films according to my own sensibilities. There was a year long gap before Bollywood Calling and Teen Deewarein was released. In that time I started thinking of what Varun and Ashwini would be doing six years later. I was told that sequels don’t do well at the box office and I responded that there has never been a true sequel made in Hindi cinema and this was really the first one.I have never talked about this much, but while I was waiting to see the fate of my two films, I just wanted to go back to where I was when I made Hyderabad Blues. I wanted to prove a point to myself, and so I took all the money I had earned till then and poured it into HB 2, but they were right – it didn’t work. But it doesn’t matter if the movie didn’t work, I just wanted to reassure myself that I was going to work according to my sensibilities and on my terms.When I made Iqbal, I was told a film on cricket will flop, when it became a hit and I made Dor I was again told a story about two women meant film suicide, because again conventionally, women oriented films normally don’t do well at the box office. Then Dor became a hit.Several film directors tell me that they learnt about film making at the editing table. Also how long do you take to write your scripts? Well for me a lot of my film making lessons happened at the writing stage and then on the sets, where every decision planned or improvised can change the entire outcome of the film.All I saw at the editing table was how the film came together. I think like writing, filmmaking is very intuitive. I think of my script as a Bible. I do not change anything. I also follow the American structure very closely and when I break it, I know why I’m doing so. I also do not write scenes out of context. I never say oh let me write that scene first and I will come back to this one later. It’s both my blessing and my curse. I have broken the rule with mixed results.I give myself 30 days to write a script. If I can’t finish the first draft and feel good about it in 30 days I shelve it. I might or might not come back to it years later. Iqbal was written in six days, Hyderabad Blues in seven, Dor in 8-9 days, just to give you an example. What stands out in all your films is that they are different from each other and have either a happy ending or a glimmer of redemption and hope at the end.I believe in happy endings. I haven’t changed that stance since I entered the industry. I want that at the end of the two hours you must leave with a good vibe or euphoria that people felt when they saw Iqbal. I had people come up to me and tell me that they had a fresh lease on life when they saw Iqbal. Nagesh Kukunoor with film director Aditya Bhattacharya The women in your films are strong.  Is that from being surrounded by strong women or just something you understood along the way? Or is it not such a big deal?What really amuses me is that when we talk about a woman’s strength we make it a novelty, while a man’s strength is taken in a very matter-of-fact way. The truth is that there are weak and strong women, just as there are weak and strong men. So much has gone into projecting a woman as an inferior second sex in every corner of the world that often when they try to show strong women on screen they become the slogan shouting, larger than life caricatures. I understand that the film makers are catering to the lowest common denominator, which includes a huge section of society where women truly are second class  citizens, but I think for me the strength in a woman is as much a fact of life as strength in a man.In my films I choose to make the woman strong in the hope that it will become a non issue. Personally I have enjoyed seeing the strength of a woman because it comes with a tremendous amount of vulnerability.Do you think you came in at the right time? That Bollywood is ready for change?I don’t buy this concept of right time. It’s silly when people  call you a trendsetter, when a film that isn’t like their usual products does well.I have been making the kind of films I wanted to make since 1997. There really hasn’t been any hugely drastic change, though I see that some films are now without songs, or an odd small budget film emerges and does well. But on the whole it’s the usual song and dance and melodrama that Bollywood knows best that is produced.Today, there is a lot of money available for film makers. It gives me hope that this will result in opportunities for many to make good films, and something new and innovative may come out of it.What have you personally taken away from Iqbal and Dor?Even that in the worst places, even in the worst situations in life, you can find hope, and joy.I have always viewed myself as an underdog and in the deaf and mute Iqbal I saw a lot of myself. The success of Dor and Iqbal renewed my faith and gave me hope that I can continue to believe in supporting things and making films that supposedly don’t work – because if you believe, nothing is impossible.   Related Itemslast_img read more

San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streak

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kobe Paras reminisces dad Benjie’s UP days Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda went on a killer tear in the second quarter and cruised to a 95-70 beatdown of Arellano to close the first round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament on a seven-game winning streak Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Evoking memories of last year’s Finals, Robert Bolick once again emerged as the biggest thorn in the side of the Chiefs as the senior guard anchored the Red Lions’ 20-3 assault in the second frame to turn a close 28-27 lead to a 48-30 halftime advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Surprise starter Archie Concepcion also churned out a solid showing with 10 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 95 – Bolick 23, Mocon 19, Tankoua 15, Potts 6, Soberano 6, Noah 6, Tongco 5, Bahio 5, Cabanag 4, Doliguez 3, Carino 3, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.ARELLANO 70 – Salado 26, Flores 10, Concepcion 10, Enriquez 6, Canete 3, Ongolo Ongolo 3, Meca 3, Dela Cruz 2, Nicholls 2, Villoria 2, Alcoriza 2, Taywan 1, Abanes 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0.Quarters: 23-18, 48-30, 70-52, 95-70.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick dropped 13 of his 23 points in the first half, to go with six rebounds and two assists in the win.Javee Mocon also unloaded 19 markers, 14 boards, three dimes, two steals, and a block in his all-around performance, while Donald Tankoua also contributed 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists in the victory as San Beda wrapped up the first round at 8-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We were happy that we got this win to finish the first round with only one loss. At least, we’re two games ahead of third-running JRU,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, with his eyes firmly locked into the future. “As I always say, our goal is to always take good care of ourselves and look forward on winning more games.”Kent Salado paced Arellano (3-6) with 26 points, two rebounds, and two assists, while Lervin Flores got 10 markers and six boards. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more