In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 27, 2019

first_imgThere are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsCalifornia has approved a scheme for companies to offset emissions by buying carbon credits aimed at stopping tropical deforestation (The San Francisco Chronicle).Leaders of many of the least developed countries in the world are working to become more climate resistant (EnviroNews Nigeria).Madagascar’s leaders say they need help to combat deforestation from slash-and-burn agriculture (Deutsche Welle).Researchers believe they’ve identified a crocodile species from New Guinea that’s new to science (CNN).A study shows that oil palm development has caused nearly 40 percent of deforestation in Borneo since 2000 (Reuters).Tanzania plans to degazette nearly 20 parks and reserves and turn the land over to 920 villages (Xinhua).Thai tiger zoos appear to be a front for farms involved in the wildlife trade (The New York Times).A Ugandan activist is working to fight deforestation in his country (Christian Science Monitor).Other newsA MacArthur Award-winning marine scientist uses flash mobs and comic books to convey conservation messages (NPR).Top adventure athletes plead with the U.S. Congress to address climate change (Adventure Sports Network).Fishing boats make “off-the-book” transfers of catches to evade regulations (Hakai Magazine).Germany is looking to invest $60 billion in preparing for climate change (The New York Times).A commentator argues that focusing on the environment could be a winning strategy for U.S. Democrats in the 2020 election (The New York Times).Was the “apocalyptic” message in a recent study about the loss of 3 billion birds from North America warranted? (Undark).Wealthy agricultural magnates committed $750 million to climate research at Caltech (Los Angeles Times).A website answers questions about what’s recyclable and what’s not (Ensia).U.S. Forest Service officials are tracking a rise in tree poaching (The Atlantic).Representatives of the oil and gas industry acknowledge humanity’s role in climate change and question the deregulation moves of the Trump administration (The Washington Post).Kenya’s wildlife agency claims that WWF pressed for the relocation of 14 black rhinos in 2018, during which 11 died. The conservation NGO rejects the findings (Reuters).Banner image of a black rhino by Ikiwaner via Wikimedia Commons (GFDL 1.2).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update last_img read more

Tuna supply chains under scrutiny as Bumble Bee brand changes hands

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Last month, Taiwan-based Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF), one of the top three global tuna traders, bought U.S. canned-tuna brand Bumble Bee Foods for $928 million.The acquisition will significantly boost FCF’s economic clout and give it a public face through the sale of Bumble Bee products.FCF president Max Chou emphasized the companies’ mutual “commitment to sustainability and global fisheries conservation.”But differing definitions of what constitutes sustainability in the complex tuna industry, as well as concerns over workers’ rights, suggest there’s work to do to build confidence in the environmental and ethical pedigree of the cutely cartooned tuna cans on supermarket shelves. On Jan. 31, Taiwan-based Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF), one of the top three global tuna traders, bought U.S. canned-tuna brand Bumble Bee Foods for $928 million.Bumble Bee, a 120-year-old business that holds a 22% share of the U.S.’s shelf-stable seafood market, declared bankruptcy late last year after pleading guilty to price-fixing alongside two other canned-tuna giants, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea.FCF has supplied Bumble Bee with tuna for the past three decades. The acquisition will significantly boost the company’s economic clout, and will also give it a public face through the sale of Bumble Bee products.In a statement following the sale, FCF president Max Chou emphasized the companies’ mutual “commitment to sustainability and global fisheries conservation.” But differing definitions of what constitutes sustainability in the complex tuna industry, as well as concerns over workers’ rights on distant-water fishing vessels, suggest there’s work to do to build confidence in the environmental and ethical pedigree of the cutely cartooned tuna cans on supermarket shelves.What does responsibility look like?Global tuna supply chains can be difficult to unravel: there are “a lot of layers of complexity” to the industry, Chris Anderson, a fisheries economist at the University of Washington, told Mongabay. Tuna are highly migratory, deep-ocean fish, “so there’s no one country that can possibly be in charge of ensuring [their] sustainability, because the individual animals swim throughout large regions of the ocean, and enter into the EEZ [exclusive economic zone] of many countries, and spend a lot of time where in fact nobody’s in charge,” he said. “So that makes it difficult on the regulatory side. It can also make them difficult to count.”In recent years, governments and industry and civil society groups have made concerted efforts to improve how they manage the world’s tuna stocks. Many canned-tuna brands now offer nods to sustainability on their packaging, though their claims often require scrutiny: “wild-caught,” for instance, means little in an industry in which very few fish are actually farmed.At face value, Bumble Bee’s sustainability credentials look robust. There’s a “Trace My Catch” page on its website, where customers can track the origin of every can of tuna, including the species, region, vessel and fishing technique used. The company is also a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), a global partnership between scientists, tuna processors and the international conservation NGO WWF.Even so, the NGO Greenpeace’s 2017 Tuna Shopping Guide gave Bumble Bee a failing grade for its sustainability and ethics, ranking the company 17th out of 20 well-known brands in the U.S. market. While it lauded Bumble Bee for its transparency via its catch-tracing website and its creation of a separate sustainable brand called Wild Selections, it criticized the company’s failure to provide any “responsibly caught” options under its flagship brand. Greenpeace defines “responsibly caught” as using methods that target mature tuna and limit bycatch, such as pole-and-line and trolling.Phillipine purse seine fishing. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Bumble Bee gets its skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) from purse seiners, which enclose all the fish in an area in a large net that’s drawn tight at the top and bottom. When used in conjunction with fish-aggregating devices (FADs), the nets catch large numbers of juvenile fish and considerable bycatch of other species. The company’s albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) comes from longliners, which also yield a lot of bycatch, including seabirds, sharks, turtles and dolphins. In fact, U.S. consumers last year brought lawsuits against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea for falsely labeling their products as “Dolphin Safe” despite using the above techniques, which are known to harm and kill dolphins.Greenpeace has also critiqued the validity of the ISSF as an industry front designed to protect companies from criticism on environmental and employment issues. However, Anderson said the ISSF has “done a pretty good job of … providing some industry pressure to do good science-based management of the stocks that they depend on. These people have plants that cost tens of millions of dollars to build, and they’ve got boats that are worth tens of millions of dollars — they want to be able to use these to make money catching and selling fish for the long term.”Anderson also said the skipjack and albacore stocks that Bumble Bee sources its fish from “are in good shape.”. He added that while FADs accumulate a higher proportion of bycatch than other methods, they make fishing trips very efficient. “The tradeoff presented by FADs is that you catch some other stuff, because there’s no single-species fish-attracting device,” he said, “but it saves a lot of fuel.”Anderson also said that the environmental impacts of tuna harvest are relatively low compared with many other protein sources. “If somebody is concerned about sustainability, and they’re looking at a can of tuna or a hamburger, there’s a very clear environmental choice, right?” he said. “The way that most of the tuna is caught, the fish stocks are sustainable and the carbon footprints are pretty low; it’s really among the more environmentally sustainable choices you can make.”Doubts over dataLisa Tsai, the East Asia lead for Greenpeace’s ocean campaign, told Mongabay the general lack of transparency in the industry calls into question the idea that tuna — and bycatch — is actually being taken out of the ocean at sustainable levels. She said Greenpeace has been pushing FCF and other tuna traders to make their catch and bycatch data public, “so that not only the authorities but also the academics will be able to do more studies to assess this situation.”Tsai also said that longliners benefit from monitoring loopholes. While all purse seiners in the Pacific are required to carry observers who check compliance with sustainability requirements, only 5% of longliners are required to do so. Longliners are also allowed to offload their catch to other vessels at sea, a practice known as transshipment, rather than returning to port to do so. “So it’s really hard to monitor what’s happening,” she said. “We should either increase observer coverage efficiently, or limit the time of these fishing vessels at sea, or ban transhipment at sea.”Greenpeace is not the only organization concerned about the lack of monitoring. In a June 2019 statement, 13 environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace and the ISSF, called for the world’s regional fisheries management organizations, international bodies that manage fish stocks in particular areas, to require observer coverage on all industrial tuna-fishing vessels.Bumble Bee and FCF are currently involved in a fishery improvement project (FIP) — a multi-stakeholder effort to improve the sustainability of a fishery — for longliners in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The project aims to increase observer coverage to 100% in five years’ time. FCF offers two FAD-free tuna programs, one of which is also certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The company also has a sustainability policy that emphasizes traceability and meeting international standards, though it’s somewhat light on specifics.Frozen albacore tuna (Thunnus alalonga) on fishing boat in Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Human rights on the high seasTsai said she’s concerned that the FIP is too slow-moving, and that while observers will be tasked with monitoring fishing data and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, they won’t track labor conditions. In December 2019, a Greenpeace report exposed inhumane conditions for migrant workers on distant-water fishing vessels operating out of Taiwan — including some that supply FCF.Taiwan has different labor regulations for inshore and distant-water vessels. Many workers on distant-water vessels are migrants, and the regulation to protect them “is relatively weak,” Tsai said. The report authors found that agents who recruit workers often took large cuts of the wages they’d promised, and sometimes the money disappeared entirely. Once at sea, many workers reported being subjected to abuse, neglect, overwork, and denial of access to urgent medical care, which has resulted in a number of deaths.An FCF spokesperson declined to comment on questions from Mongabay. In a statement responding to an earlier (2018) Greenpeace report on the issue, FCF president Chou said that the human rights abuses referred to had already been addressed and that the company requires its fleet to meet social responsibility requirements and is committed to “ensuring respect for all fishing laborers.” However, he also acknowledged “considerable challenges related to our supply chains and eclectic providers.”Given FCF’s long-standing supplier relationship with Bumble Bee, and the monitoring challenges she outlined, Tsai said there’s a good chance that Bumble Bee consumers have already unwittingly consumed tuna that’s been caught using forced labor — thus contravening U.S. import laws. “These seafood giants like FCF and Thai Union need to have clear policies to deter these practices,” she said. “And that should apply to their whole supply chain.”Shoaling skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis). Image by Tomas Kotouc.Monica Evans is a freelance writer based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, who specializes in environmental and community development issues. She has a master’s degree in development studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Find her at monicaevans.org.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Rebecca Kesslercenter_img Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Forced labor, Human Rights, Marine, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Overfishing, Saltwater Fish, Sustainability, Tuna last_img read more

10 Quotes from Quentin Tarantino on Filmmaking

first_imgQuentin Tarantino is one of the most influential directors in film history. For those looking to follow in his footsteps, here are ten of his best quotes on filmmaking.Cover image via Humby ValdesLast week at Adobe Max, Quentin Tarantino reaffirmed his declaration to retire after completing ten movies. For those keeping track, he’s currently standing at eight (he doesn’t count Death Proof). If he stays true to his promise, that leaves one of the most successful, most influential, and, at times, most controversial directors with only two films left to make.A true cinephile who made his rise in the 1990s with Reservoir Dogs and cemented himself into mainstream cinema with Pulp Fiction, Tarantino has been a highly visible film advocate who rarely shies away from interviews and the limelight.His rags-to-riches success story from video store clerk to big-budget director has been very well documented and recanted throughout the years. As such, for those seeking advice on how to follow in his filmmaking footsteps, here are some of his most important quotes for aspiring filmmakers.Filmmaking Can Be a Democratic ProcessVia Adobe MaxSpeaking at Adobe Max, Tarantino talked in depth on how digital technology is drastically changing the filmmaking process from when he started out. While he’s always been a film-stock preservationist, he’s grown to appreciate the accessibility of digital filmmaking and how it opens filmmaking doors for those who haven’t had access in the past.There’s a parenthetical downside to it that is completely dwarfed by the upside. The upside that exists today, filmmaking can be a democratic process. In which other people, other than rich white men, can make movies.Have a Passion and Don’t Give UpImage via IGNTarantino has made many mentions of his failed first foray into filmmaking. While, like many popular directors, he may not have attended film school, his first film served as his de facto film school curriculum. Needless to say, it takes lots and lots of passion to stay with it and make it through.If you have the passion to do it, and you do it and it doesn’t work out — I worked for 3 years on a 16mm movie that became nothing but guitar picks. And I was very disappointed when I realized it wasn’t any good. But it was my film school — and I actually got away really cheap. When it was all over I knew how to make a movie. Let Your Subconscious Guide YouImage via Slash FilmIn the interview below with the Village Voice, Tarantino talks about his creative process and his focus on the subconscious. Tarantino’s works are all very character-driven stories. As such, he puts a lot of effort into making them visceral. They are all deeply connected to his subconscious.Oh, very much so. Most of it should be subconscious, if the work is coming from a special place. If I’m thinking and maneuvering that pen around, then that’s me doing it. I really should let the characters take it. But the characters are different facets of me, or maybe they’re not me, but they are coming from me. So when they take it, that’s just me letting my subconscious rip. — Village VoiceBe a Sponge of StoriesImage via YouTubeAs with most great filmmakers, Tarantino considers himself a writer first and foremost. When working on a film, the original idea and the story should be strong enough to guide the rest of production. Tarantino’s films are so successful in part to his endless dedication to the writing process and how he uses the writer’s mindset to view the stories around him.I am a writer. That’s what I do. It’s a writer’s job not just to write about himself but to look at the rest of humanity and explore it — other people’s way of talking, the phrases they use. And my head is a sponge. I listen to what everyone says, I watch little idiosyncratic behavior; people tell me a joke, and I remember it. People tell me an interesting story in their life, and I remember it. — The TalksLet Your Film Be InteractiveImage via The PlaylistTarantino has been quite lucky in some regards to have consistently worked with all-star casts. While he can be considered a control freak on set (more on that later), he is also able to encourage his actors to add to their roles as he works to bring out the best in them and the project.Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, you can read almost as a piece of literature, but I still had to figure them out [before shooting]. It’s not for sure that I’m going to pull them off. There is a “finding it” in the course of making it. But with Hateful Eight, it was right there. I mean, if I had those actors and we did it in a little theater on Santa Monica Boulevard, 99 seats, it would kill, it would be terrific. — Hollywood ReporterIt’s About the Characters Over the ActorsImage via Pulp FictionBy the same token, it’s important to note that it takes great actors to realize that it isn’t about them — it’s about the character. When you focus and put as much into your characters as Tarantino does, it gives the actors ample material to further bring those characters to life.I’ve been making movies for 20 years, and as great as some of those decisions I made in the first ten years were, I probably wouldn’t make them again. What I mean is, I really liked the scripts I wrote, and I really liked my characters, but I wasn’t over-enamored, and I wasn’t that precious about them. Back then, I got much more excited by cool casting. I liked the idea of taking an actor I’ve always liked but wasn’t being used much anymore and putting him in the movie and showing people what he could do. But I don’t feel that way anymore. Now it’s all about my characters. I actually think my characters are going to be one of my biggest legacies after I’m gone. So I have no obligation whatsoever other than to just cast it right. — Slash FilmCare About the Movie You’re MakingImage via Vanity FairIn a 1994 interview with Robert Ebert, the famous film critic described Tarantino as a “joyous, arm-waving, head-shaking, table-pounding cascade of cinematic theory and big plans.” Ebert’s early reviews were spot on, as Tarantino’s enthusiasm and cinema knowledge has led him to make successful film after successful film. If not his signature trait, Tarantino’s passion and enthusiasm for every project he works on is paramount to his success.My integrity will always be the same. I mean, I might fail. But I find it almost impossible to believe that I’ll ever do a movie for the wrong reasons because — it’s just too hard to make a movie! It takes too long! It’s a year of your life! And I can’t believe I’ll ever do something completely for money because I’m making enough money now. I never want my overhead to get so big that I gotta do stuff I don’t care about. — Roger EbertIt’s Okay to Rely on DialogueImage from Reservoir DogsIf there is a criticism of Tarantino’s work (besides the violence and profanity), it might be in his, at times, over-reliance on dialogue instead of action. The old film adage is “Show, don’t tell,” however Tarantino’s dialogue in itself would hardly be described as “telling.” It’s more often meandering and off-topic, but is always so riveting that it can drive the story and capture that audience’s attention.It’s not only dialogue, it’s also mood, situation and mise en scene. But I have no problem relying on dialogue. It’s one of the reasons I can direct my material better than anyone else, because I have a confidence in my material that no one else would. — Timeout LondonBe the Captain of Your ShipImage via CinearchiveTarantino is also notorious for how he manages his set. He has a reputation for being a bit of a hot-head and control freak, famously firing crew members on the spot for a cell phone ring. However, his job is not to be friendly — it’s to be loyal to his vision, get the most out of his actors, and to see the project through to the end.I am the captain of the ship, and they have to follow my orders as far as that’s concerned. But when it comes to getting the best out of them in any given scene or performance, then I’m at their disposal. Because it’s not about getting my way, it’s about making them comfortable and getting the best out of them. — VarietyNot Every Movie Needs to Be MadeEnding back where we started. In his most recent interview at Adobe Max, Tarantino was at his unapologetic, highly animated and obviously passionate best. In his meandering conversation, he shows how he’s grown and is able to look back at his filmography with sympathy and admiration. With his ten film limit, he likens his legacy to those of famous directors before him. However, as is true to his form, he points out that not everyone can be the next Tarantino and that every film does not, in fact, need to be made.When you had to go and convince people and get the money to make a movie. There [are] some hurdles that aren’t bad to go through. There was a filtering out process. Not every movie needs to be made. Not every movie should be made.Maybe Tarantino’s advice and legacy will precede him as his career winds down for being the last of a great generation before a tidal wave of mediocracy overtook the industry. Or maybe, in his own words, he’s just laying out an expletive-filled challenged to the next generation of filmmakers to step up.Yeah, two more. That’s it. And then drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody match that sh*t!What’s your favorite filmmaking quote? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

I love Virat Kohli, he is the best in the world: Darren Lehmann

first_imgFormer Australia coach said he loved India captain Virat Kohli and added he was the best batsman in the world. On Tuesday, Kohli scored his 39th ODI hundred as India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval. The three-match series is now level 1-1.Virat Kohli has been in sensational form across formats since India’s limited-overs tour of Australia in 2016. Just a little over a decade since his debut, Kohli now has 64 international hundreds – 39 in ODIs and 25 in Tests – which is third in the list of most international hundreds behind Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.Lehmann, who stepped down as Australia coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, tweeted out a reply to a debate started by Fox Cricket.I love Virat Kohli ,best in the world . @MacquarieSport @FoxCricket https://t.co/Qww3eOznP4Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) January 16, 2019Virat Kohli is largely considered to be the man who will one day break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records. Only 30, Kohli has had a stunning run in international cricket and is the only captain to score six double hundreds in Test cricket.Watch the full highlights from another ODI masterclass by Virat Kohli – his 39th(!) ODI hundred! pic.twitter.com/L2d2fciApmcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 16, 2019Speaking to bcci.tv after the second ODI in Adelaide, Kohli said his goal was to help India become a global superpower in cricket.”I wouldn’t say goal but I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come,” he told Star Sports.advertisement”I think if Indian cricket respects Test cricket, and Indian players respect Test cricket, then Test cricket will stay at the top because of the fan base that we have all over the world.”If we focus too much on shorter formats yes, they’re important but if we solely focus and look at them as an escape or an excuse to not be in the kind of situations that Test cricket presents to you, then there’ll start being a mental problem with the cricketers coming up,” the 30-year-old added.Do Not Miss: Meet Chahal TV’s debutant – Captain @imVkohliIn our fun segment, we get the Indian captain talking about his 39th ODI ton, the @msdhoni finish & a lot more – by @RajalAroraFull Video Link https://t.co/Am0NCYFqs7 pic.twitter.com/GPtmNjfOCCBCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2019Kohli also lauded Ravi Shastri, the India Head Coach, and credited his own evolution as captain to the feedback he received the from 56-year-old. Because he’s done so much commentary, and he’s seen the game so much and has played so much himself just watching the game he knows where the game is heading.”So just getting feedback from him constantly has been the biggest help for me, in terms of moulding my own personality into captaincy. He’s someone who has never tried to change me just to be able to fit into the captaincy mode,” Kohli said.Also Read | https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/virat-kohli-s-tryst-with-january-15-a-hundred-in-2017-2018-and-2019-1431931-2019-01-16Also Read | Justin Langer in awe of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni after India win Adelaide ODIAlso Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the Kinglast_img read more

St. Petersburg Open: Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years

first_imgMaria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday.In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set. Gavrilova raced to 4-2 in the second but Sharapova won four straight games and closed out the match.Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career, and when she has she’s never got past the quarterfinals.Sharapova won her only previous meeting with Kasatkina in straight sets in Montreal in August.Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round in St. Petersburg by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.Also Watch:last_img read more

OSU Moves Up to No. 11 In College Football Playoff Ranking

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After surviving unranked Texas Tech last Saturday, the Cowboys have climbed from No. 13 to No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings.Full #CFBPlayoff Top 25 for games played through November 12. pic.twitter.com/HMKAnElgs3— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 16, 2016Just ahead of Oklahoma State, No. 10 Colorado who also is 8-2 and has played two current top-25 teams, Southern Cal (No. 13) and Michigan (No. 3) and lost to both. OSU has played one current top-25 team, West Virginia (No.14) and won.West Virginia came in at No. 14 and Oklahoma climbed to No. 9. No other Big 12 teams were included.Kyle Porter wrote a great post about the entire process earlier today.As far as the Big 12 title-hunt goes, three teams are technically alive. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State control their own destiny. If either team wins out, they get it. If neither do, it gets a little dicey. Check out our breakdown here.last_img read more

Hoops Preview: Oklahoma State Welcomes No. 11 West Virginia

first_imgOklahoma State welcomes No. 11 West Virginia into Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday afternoon. They’ll do so with a sold out GIA — the first since Bedlam in Jan. 2015. It’s Oklahoma State’s Big 12 Conference opener, and boy should it be fun.Here’s a preview for the game, along with viewing information and more.Viewing informationTV: ESPN2Time: 3:00 p.m.Location: Stillwater, Okla.Line: WVU -5.5Statistical matchup (via KenPom.com)screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-10-07-07-amKyle Porter: OSU: 90 | WVU: 80Sam Aldrich: OSU: 89 | WVU: 85Caleb Deck: OSU: 84 | WVU: 79Kyle Boone: OSU: 79 | WVU: 77Kyle Cox: OSU 92 | WVU: 87Thomas Fleming: OSU: 82 | WVU: 77 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Day One Summary: Senior Divisions

first_imgIn the Women’s 27’s division, the Hunter Western Hornets sit on top of the ladder and are the only team undefeated after the first day, with two wins on day one. The Brisbane City Cobras, ACT Pirates, Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions all have one win and one loss after the first day, with the South Queensland Sharks yet to record a win in the division. The Sydney Scorpions got out to a great start on day one of the NTL in the Men’s 30’s division, with three wins from their three games. The ACT are also undefeated after the first day, with two wins and a draw, followed by the Sydney Rebels with two wins and one loss and the South Queensland Sharks, with one win and one draw after day one. There’s not a lot separating teams in the Women’s 35’s division after one day of play, with the Central Queensland Bulls on top of the ladder with two wins from their two games, followed by the South West Queensland Swans with one win and one loss. The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and Hunter Western Hornets are in third and fourth places respectively, with one loss and one draw each. The South Queensland Sharks and Sydney Scorpions are both three from three in the Men’s 40’s division after day one, and are closely followed on the ladder by the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones who recorded two wins on day one. The Hunter Western Hornets have two wins and a loss from their games while the Western Tigers have recorded one win and two losses so far. The Women’s 40’s division sees the Hunter Western Hornets team on top of the ladder after two wins on day one. The Sydney Scorpions and Southern Suns sit close behind, with one win and one draw a piece. The Northern Eagles and ACT Pirates sit in fourth and fifth place, yet to record wins. The Sydney Mets and South Queensland Sharks are on top of the Men’s 45’s ladder, undefeated after the first day of play. The Sydney Scorpions sit in third with two wind and one loss, while the Hornets are placed fourth after the first day following one win, one loss and one draw from their three games.The Men’s 50’s division is another close division, with the ACT Pirates and Southern Suns both three from three after day one. The Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Mets are placed in third and fourth respectively following their two wins and one loss each on Thursday. The Men’s 55’s division sees three teams with a perfect record after day one, with the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions all with two wins on day one. The Hunter Western Hornets, Northern Eagles and North Queensland Tropical Cyclones are all yet to record a win in this division. The Sydney Scorpions have made a strong start to the Senior Mixed division, with three wins on day one. The Brisbane City Cobras sit in second place, with two wins and one loss, followed by Tasmania and the Defence Warriors. To view all the results from the event, please click on the link below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0&a=COMPSlast_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The Fitbit Alta fitness tracker is out now for just $179! The Fitbit Alta can automatically track your activity, exercise, sleep and more while adding a touch of style to your day.For more information or to purchase your Fitbit Alta, please click here.  Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

18 days agoPeter Schmeichel calls for patience at Man Utd

first_imgPeter Schmeichel calls for patience at Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel has called for patience after Manchester United’s loss to Newcastle United on Sunday.The former United goalkeeper cited Sir Alex Ferguson’s slow start to his United career as evidence of why supporters must stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”Before we all go mad about what needs to be done and gets carried away on how ‘bad’ it is, let’s just remind ourselves of how long it took Sir Alex Ferguson to create a winning team,” he wrote on Twitter.”Manchester United building success takes time!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more