Bosnian director: Movie’s human-rights focus resonates now

first_imgSARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic says she is used to improvising. And she says that came in handy this year while finishing a film during the pandemic. Zbanic’s latest film — “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — has no promotional budget but does have Oscar buzz as a possible nominee for best international film. Zbanic will know next week whether the movie made the shortlist of 15 international films. “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is based on true events from Bosnia’s 1992-95 inter-ethnic war. It took the writer-director more than a decade to put together and create. Post-production had to be done remotely across Europe. Zbanic thinks the movie’s focus on human rights resonates even more because of the pandemic.last_img

20 Years of the Shenandoah Mountain 100

first_imgGonnnng. Gonnnng. Mallet in hand, Shenandoah Mountain 100 race director Chris Scott pounds on a gong swinging from his handlebars at 5 a.m. Within minutes, the quiet campground is abuzz with the click-click-click of riders piddling with shifters and preparing to race. Among them is Larry Camp, attempting to complete his 20th Shenandoah Mountain 100 ride.Back in 1999, the first year of the “SM100,” Hurricane Dennis dumped 10 inches of rain on Stokesville the weekend of the race. For the first and only time in the SM100’s history, Scott was forced to postpone for a month.The following year wasn’t any better. Heavy rains caused the area rivers to swell so much that the course was rerouted to avoid high water. Even then, normally benign creek crossings surged above the racers’ waists.For over a decade, the rain seemed to be the worst of the race’s problems. But in 2015, a Long Island-area mountain biker died after crashing into a tree while descending Braley Pond. The tragedy floored the entire mountain bike community, and since then, Scott has stepped up race day safety procedures and nearly doubled the number of mobile medics on hand.Like the course itself, which has nearly 12,000 feet of climbing, the event has had plenty of “ups” too. Within the last decade, a half-million dollars has been invested in improving National Forest trails.Elite riders like Jeff Schalk, Chris Eatough, Ben King, and Jeremiah Bishop have tackled SM100. Bishop has won it nine times. Sue Haywood, another former Harrisonburg local, topped the podium seven times.But more telling of the SM100 spirit is another streak made not by any sponsored athlete but a Pennsylvania GIS cartographer who showed up in 1999 on a steel rigid frame Fat Chance and has come back every year since—55-year-old Larry Camp.Meet LarryLike many riders in the Mid-Atlantic, Larry Camp got his start racing at the 24 Hours of Canaan in Davis, W.Va., during the mid-1980s. Strong and light-hearted, Camp had a natural knack for crushing big days in the mountains.“Larry was a core part of that backcountry tribe,” says Scott. “20 years ago he was one of the regulars. He was the kinda guy you could always count on in the backcountry, a good, solid, steady-riding dude who’s always got his permagrin on.”Prior to the inaugural SM100, then 35-year-old Camp had DNFed at a number of 100Ks, but he was determined to finish Scott’s race. Born and raised in northern Virginia, Camp rode often in the George Washington National Forest where the race is held.   “There are so many reasons to quit,” says Camp. “Something that hurts at 8:30 in the morning, well, get over it, because there are going to be three other things that hurt before noon. You gotta just accept that.”Camp powered through, finishing in the middle of the pack for the first few years. In 2003, weary of stressing over mechanicals, Camp raced on a singlespeed and finished just shy of 10 hours, his fastest time ever. He continued singlespeeding for a decade, continuing to ride a steel hardtail even as bike technology advanced and full-suspension bikes became standard.When he crossed the finish line in 2017 he was ready to call his streak quits. He’d never been out to set one anyway, showing up more out of habit than anything else. In 19 years of racing the SM100, Camp had experienced nearly every mishap short of a broken bone—busted derailleurs, shot shifters, a heinous bout of the stomach flu.“When I crossed the finish line last year, Chris said, ‘You’re on the buy 19-get-one-free deal. Next year is on me,’” says Camp. “I said, ‘No way. I’m done.’ But I came around. I don’t have the fitness I used to have, but I can get through on stubbornness alone.”Photo: Josh TaylorPassing Of The TorchDawn is just beginning to break when the starting field of some 500 riders peels out of Stokesville Campground. The skies are clear but recent rains have swamped most of the course. Temperatures quickly soar into the 80s, cooking riders on their first 2,000-foot climb of the day.By mid-morning, it’s clear that the 20th running of the SM100 is destined to be exciting. Jeremiah Bishop is the first to bust down Wolf Ridge, but the up-and-coming 20-year-old Eddie Anderson is hot on his wheel.For Camp, the pace is much slower. Now 56, he’s like the Benjamin Button of biking—these days, he says cross-country rides don’t appeal to him nearly as much as BMX and downhill bike parks. He’s even considered buying a full-suspension bike, though he’s still rocking a steel hardtail for his last SM100.He hasn’t trained much in the months leading up to today and he starts to feel it on the notorious “Death Climb.” Clouds darken the sky as he reaches the highest point on the course. Lightning flashes around him. Alone and exhausted, Camp digs deep as the rain starts to pour.Then, it gets dark. For the first time in 20 years, Camp has to use the lights he stashes in his drop bag at aid station 5. Over 14 hours after starting, he cruises into Stokesville Campground, exhausted but still wearing his permagrin.“I’ve always said, when I start needing lights, that’s when I should stop doing it,” says Camp. “I don’t want to disrespect my friends who do finish with lights, but I’ve sat in that pavilion many times watching people come in soaked in the dark and thinking I don’t want to do that. This time I needed a light. That’s telling me it’s a good time to quit. The podium is not getting any closer.”To celebrate his 20th SM100, Scott has a fitting gift for Camp, a handmade map of the SM100 course.“Larry would not have been the first guy that I thought would have done it,” says Scott of the 20-year streak, “but it’s people like Larry and the overall enthusiasm of the local community that make this one of the best events out there.”In a way, the 20th anniversary of the SM100 feels like a proper passing of the torch. Eddie Anderson crossed the finish line over 15 minutes ahead of Jeremiah Bishop, becoming the youngest person to win the SM100.Camp is content to return in 2019 as a volunteer. He says his services would be most useful at aid station 4 where the Death Climb begins.“I still want to come back, next time to help motivate others to keep going. It’s hard as hell, but that last mile makes you forget an awful lot.”last_img read more

Chris Paul and the Clippers are back for another round

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Paul, in ways it doesn’t for the team’s other stars, is dogged by the stigma of never having reached the Western Conference finals.“I don’t think it should be Chris’ job to get us (past) the second round,” said Doc Rivers, who was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for April, as well. “It should be Blake (Griffin’s) job, and Doc’s job and J.J. (Redick’s) job. If one guy thinks that they’re going to do it, it’s not going to happen. This is not boxing.”The Clippers do, however, keep getting knocked out.After three straight messy exits from the postseason, the fourth-seeded Clippers return to the playoffs on Saturday in Game 1 of their best-of-7 first-round series against the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz, who finished the season tied with the Clippers (51-31).With everyone finally healthy and after winning the final seven games of the regular season, the Clippers are thinking championship, not conference finals. PLAYA VISTA>> He’s one of the best on-court leaders in the game, a hard-nosed defender and unyielding competitor with sublime court vision and a deft ability to deliver passes with precision and élan. Need a big shot? Chris Paul makes those, too.What’s not to like?A dazzling string of performances in the first two weeks of April earned Paul the Western Conference Player of the Month honor, announced Friday. Now, the question is whether he can keep it going into the playoffs, where his personal success has always collided with a brick wall.“One thing you learn in this league is to not get ahead of yourself,” Paul said Friday. “I understand where our team has been in the past and where I’ve been in the past and stuff like that, but all I can worry about is Game 1.”center_img “I hope our goal is not to get past the second round,” Rivers said. “That’s such a shallow, (bogus) goal to me. You know what I mean? Who wants that? I hope our goal is far bigger than that. If that’s all we’re thinking about then we won’t get by.”It’s all part of a broader storyline around the Clippers, who are one of only two teams to win at least 50 games each of the last five seasons – the other being the rock-steady San Antonio Spurs – and this year finished with the same regular-season record as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. When the playoffs arrive, the Clippers revert to their decades of losing.With Paul holding an option to become a free agent this summer – as does Blake Griffin – there is the very real possibility this will mark his last chance to lead the Clippers through their second-round barrier.After contributing to two memorable let-ups against Oklahoma City and Houston in 2014 and ’15, Paul suffered a fractured hand in Game 4 against Portland in last year’s first-round series, leading to an early exit for the fourth-seeded Clippers.In five previous trips to the postseason with L.A., Paul has been bounced in the second round three times and encountered a pair of first-round exits. As a young star in New Orleans, he led the then-Hornets to the conference semifinals in 2008 before losing in seven games to San Antonio.Asked for which of the last three seasons he feels he shoulders the most blame, Paul said, “All of them.”Last season, it was a fluke play that broke his hand and shattered the Clippers’ hopes, but even that meant Paul did not have the opportunity to lead his team. He has not dwelled upon the misfortune.“That’s the biggest thing that I’ve learned and realized about this league: You’ve got to move on. I broke my hand last year and I was (upset) that night, but the next day was about rehab.“And now we’re back a year later.”Back for another round.last_img read more

Chelsea, Ajax draw European thriller as Liverpool win and Barca stumble

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Jorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea came roaring back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with nine-man Ajax in a Champions League classic on Tuesday, while holders Liverpool claimed a narrow victory and a stuttering Barcelona were held.There was also a rousing comeback win for Borussia Dortmund over Inter Milan and a big success for Valencia, but the greatest drama came at Stamford Bridge.Ajax appeared to be heading for a stunning victory when Hakim Ziyech set up Donny van de Beek to put them 4-1 ahead 10 minutes into the second half.Before that, Jorginho quickly levelled from the spot after Tammy Abraham’s own goal gave the Dutch champions a second-minute lead, but a Quincy Promes header and a Kepa Arrizabalaga own goal made it 3-1 at the break.After conceding again, Cesar Azpilicueta poked in from close range for Chelsea to pull it back to 4-2, and then came the crazy moment midway through the second half which really gave them hope.In one fell swoop, Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi sent off Ajax’s Daley Blind and dismissed Joel Veltman for a second caution for a handball in the box seconds later. Jorginho then converted the resulting penalty.Teenager Reece James made it 4-4, and Chelsea thought they had gone in front when Azpilicueta fired in, but that goal was disallowed for an Abraham handball.“I can’t explain the game. For all the things we might analyse back, the madness of the game, we are here for entertainment I suppose and anyone who watched that has to say what a game of football. Respect to Ajax, what a spectacle,” Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told BT Sport.The result means Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are level on seven points atop Group H, with the Spaniards coming from behind to beat Lille 4-1.Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen put Lille ahead at half-time, but Dani Parejo’s penalty restored parity and Valencia then scored three times in the last eight minutes.Adama Soumaoro’s own goal was followed by a stunning Geoffrey Kondogbia strike and a Ferran Torres effort. Lille are eliminated.– ‘Job done’ for Klopp –Liverpool won 4-1 in Genk two weeks ago and looked on course for another comfortable victory against the Belgians when Georginio Wijnaldum gave them the lead at Anfield.However, with manager Jurgen Klopp resting several players ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester City, the reigning European champions were pegged back.Tanzanian striker Mbwana Ally Samatta headed Genk level before the interval, and it took a fine strike by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to win the game. “The plan was to win the game and we did that, so job done,” admitted Klopp.Liverpool are top of Group E, a point above Napoli, who could have qualified for the last 16 with a win against Salzburg but were held to a 1-1 draw.– Haaland scores again –Erling Braut Haaland’s early penalty — the 19-year-old’s seventh Champions League goal this season — gave Salzburg the lead, before Hirving Lozano equalised.In Germany, Inter looked to be heading for a second straight win against Dortmund as they raced into a 2-0 half-time lead with Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino scoring.Yet Dortmund fought back in the second half to win the game as Achraf Hakimi grabbed a brace either side of a Julian Brandt goal.It is a result that leaves Dortmund second in Group F, three points ahead of Inter and one behind Barcelona, who are still top despite a 0-0 draw at home to Slavia Prague.– Messi denied –Lionel Messi almost scored one of his finest goals, hitting the woodwork at the end of an exhilarating run in the first half.Barcelona had not failed to score in a home Champions League group game in seven years and this result followed a shock weekend defeat at Levante.“We haven’t been convincing, either on Saturday or today, and we know there is a lot of pressure now on the team. We have to respond,” said coach Ernesto Valverde.RB Leipzig top Group G after goals by Diego Demme and Marcel Sabitzer gave the Germans a 2-0 win at Zenit Saint Petersburg.Lyon are two points behind them in second following a 3-1 defeat of Benfica.Joachim Andersen and Bertrand Traore scored for Lyon either side of a goal from Memphis Depay, who has now netted in all four Champions League games this season. Haris Seferovic scored for Benfica.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Leading England teenagers head to European Young Masters

first_img24 Jul 2017 Leading England teenagers head to European Young Masters The new English women’s amateur champion, Lily May Humphreys, will represent England in this week’s European Young Masters alongside three other leading teenagers: Barclay Brown, Annabell Fuller and Conor Gough. The U16 championship will be played at Oslo Golf Club, Norway, from 27-29 July. There are individual competitions for boys and girls and a Nations Cup team event. Humphreys was third in the girls’ championship last year. The players: Barclay Brown, 16, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) was eighth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, 11th in the Fairhaven Trophies and 15th in the Scottish U16s. In 2016 his results included winning the U18 trophy at the North of England Youths’ championship. Annabell Fuller, 15, (Roehampton, Surrey) tied for the Annika Invitational Europe only to lose to a birdie on the third play-off hole. She was third in both the German girls’ open and, individually, in the women’s European Nations Cup. She also reached the quarter finals of the French U18 Cartier Trophy. Lily May Humphreys, 15, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) became one of the youngest winners of the English women’s amateur when she took the title last week at Lindrick, Yorkshire. She has also won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Astor Salver this season to add to a haul of 2016 titles. Image © Leaderboard Photography. Conor Gough, 14, (Stoke Park, BB&O) was 11th in last week’s English U16 boys’ open championship for the McGregor Trophy and third in the U18 Fairhaven Trophies. Last season he won the 2016 English U14 boys’ championship for the Reid Trophy and was runner up in the Italian U16s. Brown, Fuller and Humphreys were all members of the England team which beat Spain in the recent U16 international.last_img read more