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Asian shares down on caution after modest US gains

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mostly lower as caution sets in over company earnings reports, recent choppy trading in technology stocks and prospects for more economic stimulus for a world battling a pandemic. Japan’s Nikkei 225, South Korea’s Kospi and other regional benchmarks all fell in Thursday morning trading. Also on market players’ minds is the vaccine rollout, which is becoming more organized in the U.S., but yet to play out in much of Asia, except for China. Stocks closed modestly higher on Wall Street, where investors are worried about the timing and scope of another round of stimulus spending.last_img

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Notre Dame disallows large bags in stadium

first_imgIn time for the football season opener tomorrow, the University updated its policy on bags in Notre Dame Stadium, director of Game Day Operations Michael Seamon said. The new policy states large bags, including backpacks, duffels and tote bags, are not allowed in the stadium, Seamon said.  “Any smaller purses or bags that are brought will be inspected at the entrance to the stadium, just as they have always been,” Seamon said.  Seamon said a review of the bag policy was planned after the conclusion of last football season. “Then Boston happened,” he said, referencing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, when bombs were hidden in backpacks.  Seamon said Game Day Operations consulted with peer institutions and the National Football League, which updated its own bag policy for the 2013 football season, when creating Notre Dame’s new policy.  “The new policy was announced at the end of July, and we’ve sent notices to all ticketholders,” he said.  Seamon said the new policy has been well received.  “We’ve seen an increase in security across the country,” he said. “People realize we are doing this for your safety.” Fans who visit the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore before the game can carry their purchases into the stadium in the bookstore’s clear plastic bags, Seamon said.  Phil Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), said NDSP encourages all students and fans to help maintain a safe game day environment.  “If you see something suspicious, say something,” Johnson said. “We rely on fans to look out for each other, and that really distinguishes the Notre Dame community.”  Johnson said NDSP coordinates with local and state police to ensure the safety of people on campus during game days.  “We have a robust security plan,” he said. “We want to implement it without detracting from the fan experience.” Because of the extreme heat expected for this Saturday, Seamon said Game Day Operations encourages fans to stay hydrated and cool.  “We will have a misting station outside of Gate A, similar to what you’d find at a marathon,” he said.  Additionally, Seamon said there is an evacuation plan in place in the event of inclement weather.  “People will be asked to go into concourses or in buildings surrounding the stadium,” Seamon said. “We will use the intercom system to communicate to fans the time the game will resume.”  Contact Catherine Owers at cowers@nd.edulast_img read more

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Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan speaks at USC

first_imgVince Gilligan, creator, writer and executive producer of the Emmy award-winning TV series Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, spoke Tuesday night in the Bing Theatre about the changing landscape of the television industry, the importance of organic writing and the inspiration behind his most popular shows.The event, hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government Program Board, USC Special Events Committee and USC Speakers Committee and moderated by Interim Dean of the School of Dramatic Arts David Bridel, featured a question-and-answer period with Gilligan, followed by a meet and greet.Gilligan, who started out writing for The X-Files before pioneering his own show with Breaking Bad, described the process that got him into the television industry as somewhat fortuitous. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Gilligan spent the first five years after graduating from college writing film scripts, a career he had dreamed of since the third grade. However, after a chance meeting with Chris Carter, the screenwriter for The X-Files at that time, he embraced television as a new medium for creative expression.“It was very cinematic filmmaking [on The X-Files], and I’d been a movie fan all my life, but I really started learning about cinema on that show,” Gilligan said. “That means telling stories through pictures instead of talk; some of the best moments on The X-Files and some of the best moments on Breaking Bad are the moments between characters, the looks that pass between people, the nonverbal storytelling.”A native of Richmond, Virginia, Gilligan was initially hesitant to make the move to Los Angeles in order to begin his work in the television industry; however, after settling in, he spent seven years writing for The X-Files before breaking off to write on his own. The slump period that followed was the inspiration for what would become Breaking Bad; Gilligan recalled a conversation with a fellow unemployed writer, who joked that the two of them should get rich quick by installing a meth lab in an RV. Although Gilligan knew that he would never realistically turn to cooking meth for his livelihood, he wondered what it would take to convince an average-law abiding citizen to take someone up on that offer, a thought process that eventually created the character of Walter White.“I was interested in taking a good, straight arrow, boring guy and turning him into a real villain, a real criminal,” Gilligan said. “I wanted to see how bad this guy could get and have people still interested.”Viewer interest drove Gilligan to keep writing, developing much-loved characters such as Saul Goodman and Jesse Pinkman beyond the original frames he had for their characters. It also led him to defy many commonly-accepted rules for television writing, such as the need to start with quick action or witty dialogue. Instead, Breaking Bad utilizes a slower form of storytelling, one that draws its viewers in visually, a characteristic that Gilligan said is especially important in the rapidly changing world of entertainment.“In a world where we have everything pulling at us with different forms of media, YouTube, all the channels, the Internet, conventional wisdom says that you have to hook [viewers] fast,” Gilligan said. “I really think what’s held us in good standing on Breaking Bad is going the opposite way because most of the time folks don’t.”Gilligan’s approach toward screenwriting parallels his belief in a careful exposition; when describing his advice towards burgeoning writers, he emphasized the need to allow characters to develop naturally rather than forcibly. As a result, the story would flow, but only if the writer is willing to flow along with it.“I was so lucky about how much I didn’t know [going into the show],” Gilligan said. “I didn’t have any clue in those first years that the show would blow up like it did, so I treated it like an experiment. If, as a writer, you get too rigid, you cease to be able to make lemonade out of lemons and you lose out on a lot of good stuff.”last_img read more

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LeBron James evacuates Brentwood home during Getty fire

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019Later in the morning, James tweeted he had found a place for him and his family to stay, then hoped other evacuees and first responders were safe. As of Monday morning, a Lakers team official told Southern California News Group that James was reportedly fine.The Los Angeles Fire Department continues to modify the boundaries of the areas under evacuation due to the Getty fire in the Brentwood area. (Map courtesy of Google Maps)Anthony Davis, James’ teammate, also lives near the area in Bel Air, but it was unclear if he was affected by evacuations.The Lakers were originally scheduled to practice on Monday afternoon, though the team later canceled it. The team was at the El Segundo training facility on Monday morning for one of General Manager Rob Pelinka’s occasional “Genius Talks,” this time listening to illusionist David Blaine. After Blaine’s talk, Coach Frank Vogel brought the team together and gave them the rest of the day off.I 🙏🏾 for all the families in the area that could be affected by these 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years While most of us were asleep in the wee hours of Monday morning, Lakers star LeBron James was among the Angelenos looking for shelter as the Getty wildfire raged in the hillside of West Los Angeles.James has a Brentwood home that he discovered after Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets was squarely in the evacuation zone.At 3:53 a.m. PST, James tweeted: “Man these LA (fires) aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!”Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! 🤦🏾‍♂️ Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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