If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to create one of Pixar’s animated short films then you’ll love this masterclass in animated storytelling, told in 24 bite-size pieces.For the twenty-four days of Advent last year Saschka Unseld, director of Pixar’s latest short film The Blue Umbrella, posted what amounts to a masterclass creating an animated short film. It’s a perfect opportunity to follow the production process from start to finish in bite size pieces including Saschka’s original inspirations, storyboards, color scripts, animation tests and much more. Each day has some personal insights from Saschka along with some great imagery or short snippet of video. Head over to theblueumbrellamakingofholidaycalendar.com to walk through it yourself.As a taster of what’s on the site, here are some of the early pre-vis and look tests for the film, which demonstrate just how much the film advances to the final product.First “World of Umbrellas” Cinematography TestFirst Umbrella Animation Style & Look TestSuper Rough Night, Depth of Field, Look & Feel TestFrom Saschka:Here are a few super early test for getting a grip on how our film might look in the end. These are all done super quick and dirty, just with a few days of work for each. The goal is not to have a perfect end result but rather to make everyone on the team understand and get on board with the overall artistic direction that we will be heading in.To view the entire 24 part behind the scenes masterclass visit theblueumbrellamakingofholidaycalendar.com. For more from Sascha, check out his personal site at saschkaunseld.com.
If you hate Mondays, here is a little math to remind you of how few of them you have left, and to nudge you in the direction of using them wisely.
In the past, a time when salespeople were taught to behave badly, you would have been taught several tie-downs that would inevitably lead you to close your prospective client (something you were doing to them, not for them, or with them). If you wondered why the word “sales” has a negative connotation, look no further than the infamous tie-down.At this time in the history of sales, the insurance salesperson would ask their prospective customer, usually the father, if he loved his wife. It was a closed-ended question, requiring only a yes or no answer, always answered in the affirmative. Having acquired the first yes, the salesperson would then ask if the prospect loved his children, garnering the savvy salesperson a second yes. The third question, invariably a question that required another affirmative answer, sounded something like, “Were something to happen to you, would you want your wife and children to be taken care of? Would you want your children to go to college?”From there, the salesperson might ask a variety of questions. One question may sound like, “Doesn’t it make sense for you to sign this contract so you can take care of your family, Mr. Cleaver?”The car salesperson might have asked if the car you had just spent 30 minutes looking at is the car you want to buy. That question would be followed up by a more challenging question, “Am the kind of person you want to buy a car from?” It is difficult for most people to answer this question in the negative because society suggests we be polite. But if someone asks you a question like that to manipulate you, you are free to say no. The salesperson might then say, “Is my dealership the kind of company you want to buy a car from,” as if you knew anything at all about the dealership.Better NowIf you are fortunate enough to experience a salesperson using tie-downs like these, you will learn a lot about sales in a short time. Approaches like these have been mostly abandoned and lost to history. We are better and more professional now, though these methods were state-of-the-art at the time.To be effective in sales now, you need to use a more consultative, permission-based set of questions to gain commitments, none of which require you to be the desperate, smarmy, self-oriented salesperson of yesteryear. That said, there is one question that resembles the intent of a tie-down that is worth knowing.Words Worth KnowingIn The Lost Art of Closing, I outlined what I called “the ten commitments,” a list of commitments you need to gain to help your clients change. The book supposes that a complex, business-to-business sale is a series of commitments that allows the client to have the conversations necessary to make a good decision and one they can execute.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. The Lost Art includes sample dialogue that assumes your dream client is going to resist agreeing to the commitment you ask them to make. More often than not, your client will try to skip commitments and critical conversations, usually to avoid difficult or political topics. Their desire to avoid commitments demands the appropriate language to help explain the value of the commitment you are asking of your client.If there is one area where you need your client to give you a “yes” instead of “no,” it isn’t at the end of the sales conversation when you ask them to sign a contract. That is an easy and straightforward ask. The more difficult commitment comes during the first meeting. That commitment is the agreement to adhere to a process that allows them to make a good decision following a process that delivers that result.If one were to use a more modern and permission-based type of tie-down, a question that requires a yes answer, that question would be some variation of, “Would it be okay if I shared with you what works with most of the people and companies we serve when they are where you are now?” There is nothing pushy, smarmy, or self-oriented here. You are instead asking for permission to share a process that will no doubt serve your dream client better than their current method of winging it. You are requesting permission to propose something that will benefit your client in making the right decisions.Sharing What WorksBy asking if you can share what works, you allow yourself to share with your dream client the process that will help them make the best decision, whether they choose you or your competitor. In doing so, you position yourself as a consultative salesperson, one with the experience to know what conversations they need to have (with you and the many people on their team), the commitments they need to make as part of a thoughtful process that increases their odds of success, and a process that ensures they make the right decision in the end.The conflicts that occur throughout the sales conversation are usually a client’s resistance to agreeing to some of the necessary commitments. They might not want to collaborate on the solution or bring in people who have concerns or who might object to the change others are proposing. You should never be surprised by things that regularly occur in the sales conversation. Instead, you should not only be aware of these challenges, but you should also have strategy and language that allows you to effectively gain the commitments and serve your clients—even when they don’t believe they need help. No, especially when they don’t think they need help.Control the ProcessIf you control the process, the series of commitments your dream client makes throughout the sales conversation, you are not only more likely to win their business, they are more likely to make a good decision and achieve the better results that caused them to engage in the process to begin with.When you allow your prospective client to control the process, you allow them to skip steps, avoid difficult conversations, and make decisions that don’t serve them as well as another decision might have.If you are going to gain a commitment, make the first one a commitment to consider a process that ensures your client succeeds. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
Various political developments took place around Kolkata on Monday as the city began preparations for the seventh and last phase of polling on May 19. Nine constituencies, including three in Kolkata, will go to the polls on the day. More than 600 companies of central police force will be deployed, but given the nature of increasing animosity between the main parties, the Election Commission may escalate the security arrangements.Tension started mounting as BJP president Amit Shah’s meeting was cancelled in South 24 Parganas. The owner of the field where the meeting was supposed to take place withdrew the permission after which the district administration did the same. BJP’s Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra said the Trinamool Congress “pressured [the field’s owner] to cancel the permission and that is nothing new”.Following the incident, some BJP supporters attacked an ‘autorickshaw rally’ of the TMC and damaged vehicles. Mr. Shah, who attended two meetings in south Bengal, targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee over the denial of permission.
Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Nambatac challenged to a game of one-on-one and even offered to pay for the Twitter troll’s fare to Letran.Photo screengrabbed from Rey Nambatac’s Twitter account“Sometimes, you really have to speak up and let them know that what they are saying are wrong,” explained the 23-year-old. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They don’t know how hard our situations are, especially in practice because we really put our blood, sweat, and tears there and you hear people saying those hurtful stuff. Of course, I was offended. That’s why I responded to him.”But Nambatac’s best rebuttal was when he let his game do the talking, scoring 25 points on a 4-of-7 clip from three and collecting nine rebounds and three assists to lead Letran over Arellano in do-or-die, For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac has a knack for hitting big shots and the Letran star scored on another one just recently when he put a social media basher in his place.The basher took a swipe at Nambatac on Twitter and the dynamic guard took notice.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “For me, every game is a crucial game. It’s my last year and the challenges are just getting harder and harder, but I’m happy because this will toughen me up to be more mature. These are the moments where my maturity and leadership will come out and be tested,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa La Salle fends off Adamson for 3rd straight win Not only did he silence the doubter with his stellar play, but he also kept the Knights’ season alive and help the team become relevant again as it continues its run in the NCAA Season 93 stepladder semifinals.“For me, it’s good that people are noticing us again, but we cannot be satisfied because that’s not just our goal. Our goal is to show that Letran is still here fighting and competing,” he said.Letran will have to go through a grueling stretch just to make a return trip to the finals. The Knights take on the San Sebastian Stags next in their second playoff for the fourth spot.If they win on Tuesday, they go into a knockout game versus third seed JRU, then another do-or-die against No. 2 San Beda, before arranging a championship duel against top-seed Lyceum.Nambatac doesn’t want to get too ahead of himself as he relishes the chance on playing at his best in these desperate situations.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Lima: Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children. Archeologists have been digging since last year at the huge sacrificial site in Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of the capital Lima. “This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found,” chief archeologist Feren Castillo told AFP on Tuesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCastillo said the children, who were aged between four and 14, were sacrificed in a ritual to honor the Chimu culture’s gods. “They were sacrificed to appease the El Nino phenomenon,” and show signs of being killed during wet weather, he said. He added that there may still be more to be found. “It’s uncontrollable, this thing with the children. Wherever you dig, there’s another one,” Castillo said. The children’s remains were found in a position facing the sea. Some still had skin and hair. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHuanchaco was a site where many child sacrifices took place during the time of the Chimu culture, whose apogee was between 1200 and 1400. Archeologists first found children’s bodies at the dig site in the town’s Pampa la Cruz neighbourhood in June 2018, unearthing 56 skeletons. Pampa la Cruz is a short distance from Huanchaquito, where the remains of 140 sacrificed children and 200 llamas were found in April 2018.
Casablanca – The Regional Department of Judicial Police in Tetouan has arrested a university professor following accusations that he elicited sex acts from students in exchange for preferential grades. The arrest took place on Friday, May 5, after a court order was issued against the Abdelmalek Saadi University professor for exploitation and extortion of his students.A communiqué from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) issued on the same day pointed out that three of his alleged victims have been interviewed. The DGSN added that they have reviewed a set of messages containing sexual content believed to be exchanges between the professor and his female students. The suspect is currently in custody and will beat the disposal of a competent public prosecutor throughout the investigation period, in order to determine the circumstances of the case.The story shook public when it broke early last week. One of his alleged victims, an ex-student, decided to come clean about her affair with him.In a Facebook post, the newly graduated student stated that the professor took his students to his apartment or his university office, adding:“The big surprise is that many of the students consensually engage in these relations, but that never stopped the professor from blackmailing some of his reluctant students.”
The navy has denied reports of arresting a group of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters last night.The Indian media widely reported today that 13 Indian fishermen who were on 3 boats were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy last night (Aug 20). The media reports also said that the fishermen from Rameshwaram are being questioned at the Gulf Island naval base. However Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told the Colombo Gazette that he had checked with the navy in the north and found that no such arrest had been made. Times Now TV reported that the Sri Lankan Navy was now strictly enforcing a ban on Tamil Nadu fishermen from fishing near Katchatheevu, their traditional area of fishing.Katchatheevu is an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India under an agreement in 1974. The Indian media also said that 8 fishermen from the coastal Vedaranyam village were injured when they were allegedly attacked by Sri Lankan naval personnel in mid-sea off Arukattuthurai in Tamil Nadu on Aug 19.Officials, quoting the fishermen who returned ashore, said that the Sri Lankan naval personnel surrounded their boats and ordered them to turn back.
A Pakistani National was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning with heroin.The customs department said that the foreigner had swallowed the heroin at the time of the arrest.
The Ride Norfolk transit service reached a milestone Monday.After fielding dozens of requests from Norfolk residents in recent months, the first Ride Norfolk shuttle left Simcoe at 9:15 a.m. en route to Brantford.“I think it’s pretty huge for the community,” said Norfolk’s public transportation and business development co-ordinator Blaire Sylvester. “There’s currently no other affordable way to get out of Norfolk and into Brantford so we’re excited to be able to provide that service.”New schedules also include service to Tillsonburg — something that has also been routinely requested in recent months.“We conducted a survey last summer for riders and the No. 1 thing people wanted to see was transportation outside of Norfolk County – into Brantford and Tillsonburg,” Sylvester said.The Brantford bus will operate three times per day Monday to Friday. It will make stops in Waterford, Wilsonville, Oakland, and Mount Pleasant on its way to the Brantford bus terminal. The schedule allows for easy transfers with Brantford’s GO bus service.Increased local service and a handful of new stops have also been added to the Ride Norfolk slate.These include the Delhi Community Medical Centre, Delhi Friendship Centre, Waterford Medical Centre and Harbour Street in Port Dover. There is also service in Windham Centre.The changes will allow community members and visitors to better navigate the area.“It’s exciting to be in this position now that we can offer extended travel to residents,” said Sylvester.A full list of stops, printable schedules and links to purchase advanced tickets can be found at norfolkcounty.ca/transit/.
by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 5:10 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier asks court to allow it to bid on Metrolinx contract TORONTO – Bombardier is asking the courts to review a decision by Metrolinx to exclude the company from bidding on a contract for an operator to help with its regional express rail plan.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) filed an application for a judicial review by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday saying excluding it from bidding on the contract, which it estimates is valued at over $2 billion, is improper.The company is also asking the court to extend the deadline to submit its proposal.Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said Bombardier and three other operators that Metrolinx currently works with were excluded because they can’t objectively assess current operations and service providers.She said Metrolinx has contracts with Bombardier, CN, PNR RailWorks and CP and until 2023.Aikins said the other three operators have not launched similar legal battles, and the call for a new operator does not preclude Bombardier from continuing in its role after its contract expires.Metrolinx announced last month that it would seek new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires.The winning bidder, to be chosen in about a year, will first review the current operations and then operate the services as it quadruples in size to 6,000 trains a week from 1,500.
Ms. Vargas, 25, was killed on 10 September in front of the building of La Preferida Estero radio station in Pitalito, Colombia, where she presented a daily news programme. She had also worked for television broadcasters Canal6, TV5 and Nación TV.“A free press and a free society go hand in hand, attacks on the one weaken the other, so I urge the authorities to do everything to investigate this crime and bring those responsible for it to justice,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Statements issued by UNESCO on the killing of media workers are posted on a dedicated webpage.
MONTREAL — Curtis McElhinney stopped 48 shots as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night in Shea Weber’s return from injury for Montreal.Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes (12-9-3), who have won four of their past five games.McElhinney, who’s emerging as the top goaltender in Carolina, made 21 saves in the third period alone for his fourth straight victory.Phillip Danault scored the only goal for the Canadiens (11-9-5), who extended their losing streak to five games. Carey Price made 20 saves in defeat.Montreal outshot Carolina 49-22.Weber played in his first game since Dec. 16, 2017 and it was his first time wearing the captain’s “C” on his Montreal sweater.The 33-year-old defenceman missed 73 games after having two surgeries — one on his right knee and another to repair a torn tendon in his left foot.To make room for Weber’s return, defenceman Karl Alzner was put on waivers and then assigned to the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket.Weber got on the scoresheet in his first game back, assisting on Montreal’s third-period goal. He also had three shots in more than 24 minutes of ice time.Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 7:45 of the first period when Rask deflected a shot by Jaccob Slavin past Price for his first goal of the season.The Hurricanes improved to 9-2-0 when scoring the game’s first goal.The visitors doubled their lead at 11:59 of the second period on another deflection. This time, van Riemsdyk’s shot went off Montreal defenceman Victor Mete’s skate and in.Danault got one back for the Canadiens at 9:29 of the third period. After a shot from Weber fell to Artturi Lehkonen, the Finnish winger found Danault in the slot for his second goal of the year.Down 2-1, Max Domi hit the post with 1:41 remaining in the game.Montreal’s scoring woes continued, as Claude Julien’s men have only managed seven goals in their last four games.Notes: Carolina’s Jake Bean made his NHL debut.Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press
A 24-year-old vendor was on Monday afternoon robbed of approximately $100,000 in Guyana and US currency, her mobile phone, ID card and one gold chain valued at $40,000 after being ambushed by two males in the vicinity of James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.Information received disclosed that the victim, Chandroutie Mahatoo was being towed by her younger brother, on a bicycle, heading east along James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown when they were confronted by the two suspects on separate pedal cycles.The perpetrators reportedly came off of their cycles, blocking the path of the victim and her brother. One of the suspects allegedly whipped out a firearm form his right pants waist and pointed it at the duo.Based on information received, his accomplice then withdrew an ice pick from his waist.Upon seeing the armed men, the young lady immediately handed over her bag containing the mentioned articles.The bandits then fled the scene on their respective bicycles, east along James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.Investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVendor robbed by bicycle bandits on Croal St.February 12, 2018In “Crime”Security guard chased down, robbed by duo on Savage StJuly 28, 2018In “Crime”Bandits shot at by cop after 2 robbed on Drysdale, High streetsFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”
Nokia and Microsoft today announced that Windows Phone 7 would become Nokia’s primary smartphone OS, but that doesn’t mean the end of Symbian … yet. “We will continue to modernize the Symbian experience with selected UI enhancements and development of applications in Qt, as well as platform development work that is ongoing. This is important work to make Symbian more efficient and to protect our installed base of 200 million users around the world,” Nokia spokeswoman Laurie Armstrong wrote to us.Still, though, it’s looking like Symbian’s days are numbered.“It’s a transition program. It is Symbian people literally today who are working with Windows Phone technologies to advance those technologies. It’s a transition from Symbian to Windows Phone,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said.
NEW YORK — Starbucks Corp.’s Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman of the coffee company he helped transform into a global brand, and says public service may be in his future.Schultz, 64, says he is considering a range of options. He had endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the last presidential election and had sometimes deflected questions about whether he would run for office.Speculation has swirled for years that Schultz might run for president. While not addressing the question directly, he told The New York Times on Monday that he was considering public service and that “for some time now, I have been deeply concerned about our country — the growing division at home and our standing in the world.”Schultz’s move comes after he ceded the day-to-day duties of CEO at Starbucks last year to focus on innovation and social impact projects as executive chairman. As of June 26, Starbucks says Schultz will take the title of chairman emeritus. The Seattle-based chain says he is writing a book about Starbucks’ social impact moves and its efforts to redefine the role of a public company.“Starbucks changed the way millions of people drink coffee, this is true, but we also changed people’s lives in communities around the world for the better,” Schultz said in a letter to Starbucks employees.
While he wouldn’t reveal the transaction price, Bishop [pictured] said the Event and Custom Media group generates revenue in the “mid-teen” millions. “This was the original founding acquisition we made when we started Ascend,” he added.Bishop will serve as CEO of the new Ascend while Barbara Kay, president of the Event and Custom Media group, has been promoted to company president. The new Ascend will have approximately 60 employees.On the event side, the company generates show dailies for trade associations and publishing customers, hosts medical and healthcare events, runs a database business of customer and exhibitor lists and publishes directories, exhibit guides and show guides and floor maps. On the custom side, the company does work for trade associations such as The American Heart Association and the American Sport Fishing Association, as well as specific clients such as McDonalds and Ace hardware. Bishop says the company projects more than 400 custom projects a year.”We see a tremendous opportunity in custom publishing,” Bishop added. “We have graphic design teams for print and electronic and a huge content team and sales team. We want to build custom out from much of business it does now, which is event-centric.”Berkery Noyes brokered the deal.In February 2008, Ascend sold its Princeton, NJ-based Ascend Health division to Intellisphere and in fall 2007 sold its 17-title professional service division. The company shut down three titles (Physicians Money Digest, Family Practice Recertification and Internal Medicine World Report, divested its four-title dental group and sold Expo magazine to Red 7 Media, FOLIO:’s parent company.Ascend was originally founded in 2002, backed by CCMP and Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The company grew quickly but many observers blamed the $130 million acquisition of Medical World in 2004 (which turned Ascend into a $150 million company) for making the company too big too quickly. In late 2007, Masseria (formerly CEO of CMP Medica) took over as CEO, tasked with selling off the company and recouping some of the investment. Ascend Media founder and former CEO Cameron Bishop, in partnership with investment fund TGP Capital Partners LLC, has acquired the Event and Custom Media Division of Ascend Media.The Kansas-based publisher is now shopping just one more group: the Ascend Institute for Medical Education. Last month, Ascend sold its Allied Healthcare division to Anthem Media Group and sold its Practice Developers group shortly before that.The Event and Custom Media division will retain the Ascend Media name and will continue to operate out of the Overland Park, Kansas offices. When contacted by FOLIO:, Ascend Media CEO Vicki Masseria said there is no conflict between the brands and AIME will continue to be shopped with the Ascend name.
Kakinada: G Lakshmisha assumed charge as East Godavari Joint Collector here on Friday. A 2012 batch IAS cadre officer from Karnataka, Lakshmisha prior to new assignment, served as project director ITDA, Parvathipuram in Vizianagaram district. Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmisha said that he was happy to be part of administration in the biggest district in the State and will serve to the best of his ability. To a question on loopholes in PD system, the JC said that, first he will get acquaintance with the local issues and act as per the law. Earlier on his arrival, Joint Collector-2 Ch Sattibabu, Kakinada RDO G Rajakumari and Ramachandrapuram RDO Rajasekher welcomed Lakshmisha and greeted him.
Brad Pitt is in no hurry to join Instagram! The actor told E! News that there is no possibility of him ever joining social media. Our hearts sank just a little bit but perhaps he is just too cool for the social media groove? Or so we’d like to believe!As Pitt made his appearance on the red carpet of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA, the actor was asked if he would ever consider joining social media. To this he said, “Never gonna happen. Well, I never say never. Life’s pretty good without it. I don’t see the point.”#BreakingNews: With #Saaho shifting to 30 Aug 2019, #OnceUponATimeInHollywood – which was supposed to release on 9 Aug 2019 – will now release on 15 Aug 2019… Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt… Directed by Quentin Tarantino… Will release in #English version only. pic.twitter.com/CZmCVladE7— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 23, 2019 Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood posterTwitterWhen asked for a tip on surviving Hollywood and remaining a heartthrob to this day, Pitt said, “I don’t know if I can do it in one,” he joked. “You gotta keep on plugging. But it’s all going to be alright.” That’s a good suggestion.Further speaking about retiring from Hollywood and acting, Pitt added, I don’t know. I enjoy doing other things. I think that one day I’ll just wake up and organically it’ll be done. Maybe I won’t wake up and that’s why it’ll be done.” Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of Once Upon A Time In… HollywoodTwitterWe’ll be seeing him next in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood. “He’s got such a love for filmmaking,” the actor gushed about his filmmaker. “He keeps it real, great vibe on set, people are happy to be there. It’s a real pleasure,” he concluded.In the movie, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and the late Luke Perry, Pitt will portray the role of Cliff Booth, the longtime stunt double of Rick Dalton. Although he perfectly fits the role, recently DiCaprio revealed that he was rooting for Cliff Booth’s role. The film releases in India on August 15.
Share A senior editor with ProPublica talked to Houston Matters Tuesday about a recent investigative story that media outlet has worked on, along with the Houston Chronicle, regarding deaths of patients who received liver and lung transplants at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suspended Medicare reimbursements for the heart transplant program at St. Luke’s after another Houston Chronicle and ProPublica investigative story.ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein said the data analyzed in the story indicate that, of 85 patients who received a liver transplant at St. Luke’s in 2017, at least 15 died within a year. According to ProPublica’s analysis of preliminary data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, that represents an increase in deaths of this kind of patients compared to previous years.As for lung transplants and also in 2017, at least seven of the hospital’s 54 lung recipients died within a year of their transplants. According to ProPublica’s reporting, that is double the mortality rate at the hospital during the previous two and a half years.In ProPublica’s story, Marilyn Gerry, a spokesperson for the hospital, said it is “misleading” to focus on a single year of data from 2017, rather than the entire two and a half year timeframe examined by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The hospital said in a statement its level of transplantation care “is in line with or better than national benchmarks and other regional hospitals.”Nonetheless, Ornstein said that “when you talk to patients’ family members what you hear are complaints that are quite similar to what you heard with the survivors of heart transplant recipients who died.” He specified there have been complaints about “nursing care” and “unusual things happening.”Baylor St. Luke’s Medical CenterBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.Ornstein detailed the case of a female patient who had the transplanted lung flipping over after the procedure, which the reporter categorized as an “extraordinarily rare complication.” Subsequently, after a second transplant and medical complications, the woman died.Ornstein also mentioned the case of a male patient who developed a hole in his respiratory tract where the transplant surgeon had connected the donor lungs to the patient’s passageway. That caused major complications for the patient and he ultimately died.Ornstein also said the data analyzed in the article don’t pose a threat to St. Luke’s federal funding because they only cover a timeframe of one year, “but what we raise is that the most recent numbers show that the trend is, at least with the liver program, beginning to look below national averages.”On behalf of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Gerry said in a statement the hospital is “disappointed that the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica did not include the stories of many patients who have publicly praised our transplant programs for their care.”The statement noted the media outlets “interviewed two patients who had successful outcomes at Baylor St. Luke’s and failed to tell their stories” and added the hospital treats “many critically ill patients every year who are facing end-stage organ failure and are turned away elsewhere.”The hospital also highlighted that Dr. John Goss, director of liver transplantation at St. Luke’s, has completed almost 2,000 transplants during his 20-year career in Houston and added that Dr. Gabriel Loor, who is surgical director of the lung transplant program, has completed more than 300 lung transplants.