Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 18 Feb 2018

Corbyn told to change path on Brexit to save NHS

Jeremy Corbyn is facing renewed pressure to alter Labour’s position on Brexit after former leader Neil Kinnock backed halting Britain’s EU exit. Speaking to The Observer, Kinnock said: “We should stop Brexit to save the NHS” or at least “mitigate the damage” by staying within the single market. Shadow cabinet members are expected to join calls for the UK to remain in the single market and customs union.

Minister slams ‘deeply disturbing’ state of British jails

Two-thirds of British prisons are providing inmates with inadequate conditions or unacceptable treatment, an investigation by The Observer has found, with two in five jails deemed to be unacceptably unsafe. Prisons minister Rory Stewart described the condition of some penal institutions as “deeply disturbing” with “increasing levels of violence committed by prisoners, and horrifying rates of self-harm”.

Trump attacks FBI over Florida shooting failings

Donald Trump has criticised the FBI for missing warning signs for the school shooting in Florida. The US President tweeted that the agency was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign”. Meanwhile, students who survived the shooting are calling for tighter legislation on gun control and pointing out that the president received financial support from the National Rifle Association during his election campaign.

Emma Watson leads stars signing anti-harassment letter

The actress Emma Watson has donated £1m to a new campaign aimed at helping those affected by harassment. The Harry Potter star’s donation comes as nearly 200 female British and Irish …read more

Source:: The Week – All news


Dixie State basketball: No. 24 Dixie State men outlast Hawai’i Pacific on Saturday, 69-58

Three Trailblazers scored in double figures as No. 24 Dixie State pushed its season-long win streak to 12 games with a hard-fought 69-58 victory over Hawai’i Pacific on Saturday night in the Burns Arena. The win preserved DSU’s slim lead in Pacific West Conference standings as the Trailblazers improved to 18-6, 15-2 in conference play.

Dixie State looked well on its way to another lopsided win, using a 26-5 first-half run, including 16-straight points, to race out to a commanding 35-13 lead with three minutes to play until the intermission. DSU’s defense locked down the Sharks in the early going as HPU missed 20 of its first 24 shots, while the Trailblazer offense shined as the unit combined to hit eight of its 16 attempts during the run.

The Sharks would not go away quietly, outscoring DSU, 13-2, to make it a 37-26 game with 26 seconds to play, but Brandon Simister stopped the run with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give DSU a 40-26 lead at the half.

Dixie State opened the scoring in the second half with a Kyler Nielson lay-in to extend to a 42-26 advantage. However, that lead slowly began to evaporate as the Sharks methodically chipped away at the deficit as HPU held the Trailblazers to just 10 points in the first 12-plus minutes of the stanza to battle all the way to make it a two-point game at 50-48 with 7:50 remaining. The PacWest’s leading scorer Niksha Federico led the Shark comeback as he scored 13 of HPU’s 22 points in that stretch to pull his team back into the game.

Despite losing the momentum, Dixie State would not surrender the lead as Nielson stopped the bleeding with five-straight points, including a big 3-pointer from the right wing, to give DSU a three-possession lead at 57-50 with six minutes to go.

HPU made more push to get to within three at 57-54, but the Trailblazers went on to outscore the Sharks, 12-4, in the final five minutes to put the game away. Zac Hunter accounted for six of those points, while DSU hit on 8-of-8 at the foul line to clinch the win.

“We figured out a way to win. That’s what I’m most happy about,” Dixie State head coach Jon Judkins said. “That last four minutes of the first half hurt us, and it gave [HPU] some hope and they came out and played a lot harder [in the second …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


Elliott Gould reflects on the extremes of his six-decade career ahead of visit to Boulder

When you’ve been in as many films and TV shows as Elliott Gould — numbering well over two dozen this decade alone — staying open-minded about each new one is not just an ideal, it’s a survival tactic.

“I could look at any one of them and find a fundamental reason for participating,” the 79-year-old said over the phone from his Los Angeles home this week. “But if one of them is underrated, that would mean that something else is overrated. I don’t rate things. They key is that I’m still working, and that’s the idea.”

Of course, there are obvious highlights in the Brooklyn native’s screen work, which began with the long-forgotten 1964 TV movie “Once Upon a Mattress” (a Broadway adaptation that also featured a young Carol Burnett) and includes memorable roles in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” (for which he was Oscar nominated), “M.A.S.H.,” “The Long Goodbye,” “Friends,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and, most recently, Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

His new film “Humor Me,” co-starring Jemaine Clement from Flights of the Conchords, is executive-produced by Boulder-based Superlative Films, so it makes sense that Gould would visit the Boulder International Film Festival, running Feb. 22-25, for a screening and post-film discussion of the father-son comedy (5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Boulder Theater).

We caught up with Gould to preview his on-stage chat with producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens.

Q: You haven’t been in Colorado in awhile. When was your last visit?

A: I may have once gotten a John Cassavettes Award from the Denver Film Festival (note: He did, in 2010).

Q: Do you go to many film festivals?

A: I don’t, but the value in them is meeting people. Sometimes I’ve served on a jury and when I do it’s healthy for me because I’m very responsible and I care. I see every film that’s in competition and come early so I can see it from the first frame, and not be influenced by outside forces. But whatever the reason, I’m very grateful for the interest and to be able to communicate with people, because I think that’s what it’s all about.

Q: Do you enjoy looking back on your career, as you’re often asked to these days?

A: I’ve made a great many films and some are better and some aren’t. I first said that at the Haifa (International) Film Festival in Israel and the audience laughed, which relieved me because I don’t want to be seen …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News