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Ken Falke and Josh Goldberg are no strangers to the struggle and hardships of life, having both been through their own and bearing witness to the experiences of others. Through their work at Boulder Crest, both Falke and Goldberg have made it their life’s mission to help Veterans take their struggle and transform it into profound strength and lifelong growth. While Falke and Goldberg’s work through Boulder Crest is focused on assisting Veterans, the authors noticed a need in the civilian community as well and have written the book Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.In their book, Falke and Goldberg take a personal approach by providing their own stories of struggle and their journey to achieving Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). Falke and Goldberg provide the readers with “actionable strategies for making peace with past experiences, living in the present, and planning for a great future”.Some key takeaways from their book include:The importance of the work of Drs. Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, where they have studied tragedy and trauma, and how this ties in to people’s ability to recover and bounce back.That struggle is inevitable and part of the human experience, but it’s how we can use these negative experiences and turn them into a positive.The potential for posttraumatic growth after trauma and the ability to turn struggle into strength.The ability to re-story your narrative; creating a new story and finding new purpose in life.To share your story with others and help guide those that are in similar situations that you have once been in.To continue to share your story and be a positive example of posttraumatic growth.If you’re interested in learning more about Posttraumatic Growth, MFLN has resources for you through webinars and podcasts!Opportunities & Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research & Practice (Part 1) Opportunities & Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research & Practice (Part 2)Anchored. Episode 16| Walking the PATHH: Exploring the Journey of Posttraumatic Growth
Want to land that big deal with a studio? Well, here are some proof of concept films that did just that.While some people might call these extended trailers, that’s not exactly what a proof of concept is. In reality a proof of concept is more like a short film developed on a very limited budget that’s created to show studios what that production team can accomplish. Sometimes these proof of concept films go on to become big budget films such as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 300, Sin City and District 9.In just the last few months, we’ve seen a lot of proof of concept films get studio backing. Let’s take a look at some of the proof of concept films that have recently been optioned by major studios.SUNDAYSTo say this film was ambitious is an understatement. Award-winning commercial director Mischa Rozema and his crew at PostPanic Pictures explore a nightmarish future where the world is on the brink of ending, and our protagonist is completely unsure that this future is truly his. Widely support by the international film and creative community, Sundays was able to secure over 50k through crowd sourced funding to complete the live action sequences in Mexico City. After the film was released, a bidding war began between the major studios and once the dust settled from the auction, Warner Brothers was the only one left standing.Mischa Rozema is currently working with WB now to secure writers and begin the pre-production process on the feature-length film.THE LEVIATHANAnother ambitious project is The Leviathan from Ruairi Robinson, who is known for his Academy Award nominated animated short film Fifty Percent Grey, as well as directing the 2013 sci-fi horror The Last Days on Mars. Joining him on this project is Jim Uhls, the screenwriter of films such as Fight Club and Jumper.The film is set in the distant future where humans have colonized multiple worlds and faster-than-light-speed travel is a reality. But in order to achieve this feat, mankind began harvesting the eggs and the matter from the largest creatures they have ever seen. The film was released online earlier this year and instantly gained a huge online following. This prompted 20th Century Fox to option the project and give the green light, with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class & Sherlock Holmes) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9 & Elysium) attached as producers.The Leviathan is currently in pre-production at 20th Century Fox with Ruairi Robinson & Jim Uhls both slated to return for the feature film. No release date has been set as of yet.CONTROLLERAnother film optioned by 20th Century Fox is Controller, directed by Saman Kesh, which originally released in 2013 as part of the Machinima Interactive Film Festival. Controller is the story of a young woman prisoner who can control everything with an interface connected to her helmet. She uses this helmet to control her boyfriend’s body in order to expedite her escape from captivity.Controller is currently with 20th Century Fox and Saman Kesh is slated to return to the director’s chair. No release date has been set as of yet.REALMIn the same mold as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Realm tells the story of a young woman (played by Adelaide Kane) who can enter into a person who is possessed and battle the demon inside for the safety of their soul. The story and characters also represent a potential franchise, which is why Relativity Media jumped on the film very early on. Originally developed by John Swetnam and Scott Speer, the final short film spec script was written by The Vampire Diaries Producer Rebecca Sonnenshine. Swetnam and Speer are known for Into the Storm, Step Up All In & Spinback.Realm is currently in pre-production with Relativity Media with Scott Speer attached to direct. Again, no release date has been set.PAST PROOF OF CONCEPT FILMSSKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROWSky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was a true proof of concept created by Kerry Conran in the late 1990s. He eventually gained the ear of producer Jon Avnet and the two began developing what would be the final film. This is the original proof of concept.Shot almost entirely on blue screens, Conran and his crew really pushed the envelope and developed a 24 minute film that they then took to the studios. Paramount would eventually green light the project and the final film was released.“DIE FREE” – 300 SHORTZach Snyder was hot off the heels of the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead when he had worked his way into directing 300, the adaptation of the Frank Miller comic. In order to give the studios an idea of the look and style of the film, and to also prove to himself he could do it, this proof of concept was developed.THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT – “SIN CITY”The Customer is Always Right is a short proof of concept film shot by Robert Rodriguez to sell the idea of a feature to the studios.In the end, Dimension Films backed the project with The Customer is Always Right opening the film. You can see a difference in the quality of the image and sound between the two versions.ALIVE IN JOBURG “DISTRICT 9”Probably one of the best proof of concept films of all time is Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp, who is slated to produce the above-mentioned Leviathan. Upon release, the film turned a lot of heads, including that of Peter Jackson, who jumped on to produce the film.In the end, Alive in Joburg didn’t just spawn the feature film District 9, but also Elysium. Want more content awesome independent film productions? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Land Big Name Talent in Your Indie FilmThe 3 Cornerstones of Indie Film MarketingThe Filmmaker’s Guide to Indie Festivals & OrganizationsAre you excited for any of these proof of concept films? Do you think any of them with stack up to past proof of concepts? Sound off in the comments below.
A suite of scientific experiments was lost yesterday evening when the Antares rocket headed to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded 6 seconds after liftoff. The NASA-commissioned rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp., exploded on the launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia, incinerating the scientific experiments on board as well as 748 kg of supplies for the six astronauts stationed on the ISS.Among the losses was an experiment designed by students at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, to determine the optimal lighting conditions for growing pea shoots in outer space. The plants’ rapid growth and high concentration of nutrients make them promising food sources for extended missions in space.Another casualty was an experiment using a high-resolution camera to observe the chemical composition of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere. Meteors are relatively rare and difficult to observe from the ground; one way to solve that problem is to hunt for them from the top down. 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Solar sails are incredibly thin sheets of reflective materials that can harness pressure differences in space caused by the sun to propel a spacecraft without burning fuel. The experiment was intended to test different materials for their suitability as solar sails.Another experiment dubbed Brain Drain would’ve fitted astronauts on the ISS with high-tech collars to monitor the blood flow in their necks. Astronauts often report headaches and other neurological disorders during their time in space, and scientists from the Italian Space Agency had hoped to learn how blood drains from the brain back toward the heart in the absence of gravity.The explosion also destroyed 18 experiments by students from across the United States and Canada. The experiments ranged from an investigation of the effectiveness of composting in space to observing how mosquitoes develop in microgravity.
Liverpool scored three goals in 12 dramatic first-half minutes, two of them from Emre Can, on their way to a hugely entertaining 4-2 win over Hoffenheim which took them back to the Champions League group stage after a two-season absence on Wednesday.Portugal’s Sporting also went on the rampage, scoring four times in the last half hour to beat former European champions Steaua Bucharest, now known as FCSB, 5-1 away after they had been held 0-0 at home in the first leg.Qarabag became the first team from Azerbaijan to reach the group stage when they qualified on away goals after losing 2-1 away to FC Copenhagen, while APOEL Nicosia and CSKA Moscow also went through.Liverpool, 6-3 winners on aggregate, last played in the group stage in 2014-15 and their presence means the English Premier League will have five of the 32 teams after Manchester United qualified as Europa League winners.There was a huge amount at stake in Wednesday’s games as teams who take part in the group stage receive a minimum fixed payment of 12.7 million euros ($15.00 million), with bonuses of 1.5 million euros per win and 500,000 euros for a draw.Teams also receive money from the market pool which can vary from anything between 1.4 million euros to more than 50 million depending on the size of the market in the club’s respective country.Liverpool, already leading 2-1 from the first leg, looked like scoring every time they attacked against Hoffenheim and could easily have hit double figures although their defence looked vulnerable.advertisementCan broke through in the 10th minute when his shot was deflected off Kevin Vogt and beat Oliver Baumann inside his near post, the start of a long night for the Hoffenheim goalkeeper.Mohamed Salah stroked in the second in the 18th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot hit the post and rebounded to the Egyptian in an unmarked position, then Can, also left alone, turned in Robert Firmino’s pass three minutes later.Photo Credit: Reuters Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann quickly made a tactical substitution, replacing Havard Nordtveit with Mark Uth, who almost immediately pulled one back with an angled shot.The Germans began to look threatening as Serge Gnabry twice went close and Uth forced Simon Mignolet to prevent a second goal which could have changed the complexion of the game.Firmino ended Hoffenheim’s hopes in the 64th minute with an easy finish after Vogt was dispossessed by Jordan Henderson, before Sandro Wagner headed one more for Hoffenheim.Photo Credit: Reuters Seydou Doumbia gave Sporting an early lead in Bucharest but Brazilian Junior Morais quickly replied for Steaua, who then put the visitors under pressure.The turning point came on the hour when Marcos Acuna latched onto a Bruno Fernandes through ball, goalkeeper Florin Nita was caught in no man’s land and the Argentine scored coolly.FCSB lost their composure as Gelson Martins, Bas Dost and Rodrigo Battaglia added further goals.South African Dino Ndlovu was Qarabag’s hero as he scored in the 63rd minute, his fourth goal of the competition, to cancel out Federico Santander’s scrambled opener for FC Copenhagen on the stroke of halftime.Andrija Pavlovic rekindled Copenhagen’s hopes by scoring in the 66th minute but Qarabag held out for a 2-2 aggregate draw to qualify on away goals thanks to Ndlovu’s effort.Georgi Shchennikov and Alan Dzagoev gave CSKA Moscow a 2-0 win over Young Boys (3-0 on aggregate) and APOEL Nicosia’s 0-0 draw at Slavia Prague was enough for them to qualify for the third time (2-0) and complete the line-up for Thursday’s draw in Monaco.
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden feels Ravichandran Ashwin’s stats are “simply phenomenal” but Harbhajan Singh in his prime had to shoulder more responsibility since he did not have the fast bowling support which the Tamil Nadu tweaker gets.Ashwin recently broke Dennis Lillee’s record to become the fastest bowler to 300 wickets in 54 Test matches. Hayden had faced Harbhajan in his prime and also watched young Ashwin from close quarters during his days with Chennai Super Kings.”I think stats often lie but having said that, some of the milestone show remarkable respect to Ravichandran Ashwin, who is fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket. Even if he (Ashwin) plays for another five years, he would be remembered as one of the greats of his generation. His skill-set, like Harbhajan, is masterful but he is probably not as attacking an off-spinner as Harbhajan was, Hayden told PTI during an exclusive interview on Thursday.He put the comparison in context by taking into account the kind of bowling attacks these two had for support.”But then Ashwin doesn’t really need to be as attacking as Bhajji. His role within this side is well-defined by a slightly better fast bowling attack (as support cast) than what my generation was facing. You line-up Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and put Jasprit Bumrah into the mix with Jadeja as the second spinner as well. So Ashwin is playing his role and doing it successfully, Hayden explained.”Harbhajan I thought in his era was ‘the dominant bowler’ especially against Australia so if Bhajji wasn’t taking wickets, India were in trouble. I don’t think Venkatesh Prasad was a wonderful Test match bowler. I think Harbhajan was the lone role maker.advertisement”With due respect, Zaheer Khan or Javagal Srinath were wonderful bowlers but I think they were less of a threat compared to guys that are there now, Hayden said.However, when asked to compare Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, the former opener with more than 8000 Test runs and 30 hundreds said that both are destined for greatness in their own way.”Kohli, Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson are vastly different players and good thing about all these guys is that each one of them is stepping on greatness in their own unique ways along with Cheteshwar Pujara and his Rahul Dravid-like approach to Test cricket, the burly Queenslander said.”Williamson’s back-foot play and ability to play the ball late in all conditions is something we haven’t seen in modern players. Kohli’s cover drive and ability to attack bowlers with quality running between the wickets and the manner in which he plays spin is unique.”Now come to Smith with his unorthodox back-and-across type of approach with that technique you might say he should not have achieved anywhere near what he is. The reality is that High Performance coaches should understand that there is not one right technique, most of it is between your left and right ear. These guys are great players as in their heads, they have got it spot on.Quiz him on an imaginary battle between Kohli and Glenn McGrath’s probing off-stump line, Hayden said,” he would have found a way I think like all great players do.””You can cast shadow over technique and everyone has their own flaws but reality is that they overcome those deficiencies with application and commitment. So Kohli would have done fine against Glenn I think.”Kohli has had his share of struggles in the English conditions and Hayden feels that he can connect with Kohli because England was one country where he never found his mojo until his last tour when he got a century at the Oval.”Having a moderate season in conditions like England (in 2014) might have been a good thing for Virat. He has learnt probably what he has to do next time round. I was in same boat as well as I was scoring 1000 runs in County cricket in England but during Test matches, I had a certain role to play.”Well, it didn’t get me results in England, right through my career. It was one venue where I battled a bit because I too had an attacking strategy like Virat. He loves to hit the ball like all Indian players do. But in England, you have to leave the balls, build runs and hence wise the Pujaras or the Rahanes do well because, they leave a lot of deliveries. It’s a different mindset, he said.
NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins have had so much success at Madison Square Garden, they might not have to make a return trip to Broadway until next season.Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal to break a second-period tie, and the Penguins rode that momentum to move within one win of the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on May 7.Pittsburgh, which has won three straight following a series-opening loss, can advance with a Game 5 victory at home on May 9. The Penguins are looking to reach the East finals for the second straight year and the fourth in seven seasons.“We know they are going to be desperate,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “They have a lot of depth, and a lot of guys that can create things, so we have to have the same mentality that we had.”The Penguins turned a tied series into a 3-1 lead at the Garden, where they have won seven of nine and are 12-4 since Dan Bylsma became their coach. Overall, Pittsburgh is 19-5 against the Rangers in the playoffs and 9-2 in New York.“This is one of the best places to come in and play,” Bylsma said. “It’s a great building and we seem to always have a rivalry with the Rangers, so we don’t need that motivation for the playoffs. I don’t have a good recipe for you.”A good start certainly helped.Evgeni Malkin scored 2:31 in, and Jussi Jokinen made it 3-1 at 7:02 of the third before the teams traded late goals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 shots.The only negative for the Penguins was that Fleury allowed a goal for the first time in three games. Carl Hagelin’s tying tally in the second period was the Rangers’ first goal in 145 minutes, 30 seconds of playing time.Mats Zuccarello cut it to 3-2 with 6:53 left on the Rangers’ second shot of the third, but Chris Kunitz restored Pittsburgh’s two-goal edge 57 seconds later. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in the loss.“This is not the ideal night for us,” Rangers forward Brad Richards said. “The good thing is … we’re still in it. We win Game 1, we are on top of the world. You lose three in a row, and as quick as it went that way it can go right back.“We want to try to bring it back here. Our goal is to keep pushing the series along. You never know what can happen.”The weary Rangers played for the sixth time in nine nights, and not even a full rest day on May 6 or the return of forward Chris Kreider helped. Kreider played for the first time since breaking his left hand a month ago.Jokinen, who has an eight-game points streak, made it 3-1 with a shot that struck the right leg of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and bounded past Lundqvist.Pittsburgh had regained the lead late in the second period by pouncing on New York’s inept power play. Not only did the Rangers fail to score for the 36th consecutive advantage, they fell behind for the second time.New York threw all the momentum back to the Penguins when Sutter scored with 1:33 left in the second. The Rangers turned over the puck shortly after a drop pass in the neutral zone. Brian Gibbons streaked in alone and had his shot stopped by Lundqvist, but the rebound sat in front and Sutter scored his fourth of the postseason.“It was huge momentum for us going into the third,” Crosby said. “The way we played in the third showed that we fed off that.”The Rangers broke out of their drought 4:30 into the second when Ryan McDonagh passed the puck from his end to Hagelin, who took off with a burst of speed, split the defense, and snapped in his third of the playoffs to tie it.It was New York’s first goal since Derick Brassard’s overtime winner in Game 1.Any early lift the Rangers got from the return of Kreider was lost when Malkin gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.New York contributed greatly as a turnover by defenseman Anton Stralman started the play. The Penguins pressured and moved the puck freely. Crosby got it to the right of Lundqvist and sent a pass across the slot — that slid past Kunitz and somehow eluded Staal — onto the stick of Malkin, who snapped in a backhander for his fifth of the playoffs on Pittsburgh’s first shot.The Rangers’ sloppiness didn’t end there. Several passes missed their targets, and multiple clearing attempts ended up on Penguins sticks. But New York mounted an extended challenge and kept the puck in the Pittsburgh end for at least a minute with about 6 minutes remaining in the first period.However, despite tiring out the Penguins, the Rangers had only one shot during the sequence that ended when Staal was called for slashing.“Our puck management and execution weren’t very good, and ultimately cost us the game,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I can’t explain it, but there is nothing we can do about it.”(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid target Eriksen sends Tottenham message: They know what I wantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen says Tottenham know what he wants from a new contract amid interest from Real Madrid.The Spurs ace has less than 18 months to run on his current deal and talks over an extension have stalled.It is believed the club will hold out for £225 million for the Real Madrid target. However, Eriksen is seemingly keen to re-sign with Tottenham, but only if they meet his demands.He told TV3 Sport: “[The future is] not something I’m thinking of. I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about which must be won.”Responding specifically to Madrid’s interest, he added: “It is not the first time that there have been rumours, and when the newspapers write something, it is not something we are masters of. If there is nothing concrete, then I just comment on rumours.”I think people know what I want, and I know what they [Tottenham] would like. There is a nice dialogue so there is nothing [new] there.”
Atletico Madrid captain Koke has praised James Rodriguez and insisted that the Real Madrid playmaker would be welcomed at the Wanda Metropolitano.James, 28, is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, with Goal having reported that both Atletico and Napoli are keen on signing the Colombia international.And Koke would seemingly like to see James join Atletico, talking up the former Bayern Munich midfielder’s talent and insisting he would be welcomed should he make the switch to join Diego Simeone’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He is a Madrid player,” he told Cadena SER.”He is a great player and we don’t know what will happen. If he comes, he is welcome and if not, I wish him luck in the team he is at.”It is Napoli who are viewed as the favourites to land James, however, with Carlo Ancelotti keen to be reunited with a player he coached at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.Indeed, the Serie A club’s chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis has revealed that the Italian has asked him to sign James although he feels Madrid need to lower their asking price.James’s agent Jorge Mendes has suggested no club is close to finalising a deal for the player, telling reporters to ask Los Blancos president Florentino Perez if they want an update on his situation.Atletico, meanwhile, have gone through a rebuild in the close season, signing the likes of Kieran Trippier, Marcos Llorente, Mario Hermoso and Joao Felix, for a club-record €126 million (£113m/$142m) fee from Benfica, among others. And, with big things expected of 19-year-old Felix, he scored one and assisted two others in Atletico’s 7-3 thrashing of Real Madrid at the International Champions Cup on Friday.Koke has, however, urged fans to be patient with the Portugal international, insisting he needs the freedom to develop and learn under his team-mates and head coach Simeone.”He is a great footballer and you have to be patient, you have to keep working and you’ll see good things,” he said.”He gave two assists, scored and hopefully continues at this level. The boy is excited and you don’t have to put pressure on him.”Let him listen to his team-mates and the coach.”
Story Highlights Several roads across the island continue to be impacted by the inclement weather. Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that some progress was made today in removing landslides and washed down silt from affected corridors, however, more work is needed. Over in St. Thomas, flooding is impacting the roads through Poormans Corner, Hordley Crossing, Bowden, Lieth Hall, Elshamar and Port Morant. A fallen tree is affecting vehicular commute along the Trinityville main road, while heavy equipment has been deployed to clear a heavy deposit of silt from the corridor leading from Bull Bay to Grants Pen. PRESS RELEASE – Several roads across the island continue to be impacted by the inclement weather.Teams from the National Works Agency (NWA) have been responding to rain related issues, in the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Elizabeth, Hanover, Trelawny and Westmoreland.Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that some progress was made today in removing landslides and washed down silt from affected corridors, however, more work is needed.The heavy rains have continued across the island and this has stymied the efforts.In St. Andrew, landslides have been impacting the road through the Mavis Bank community.The Bull Bay main road, which was earlier today being affected by a heavy deposit of silt has been cleared. Landslides are also impacting sections of Gordon Town Road, the stretch from Stony Hill to Toms River as well as the Rock Hall and Mount Pleasant communities.Roads through these areas are passable, however caution is being advised.Mr. Shaw says that additional heavy equipment has been dispatched to the main road from Papine to Hardwar Gap, which is blocked at sections.Over in St. Thomas, flooding is impacting the roads through Poormans Corner, Hordley Crossing, Bowden, Lieth Hall, Elshamar and Port Morant. A fallen tree is affecting vehicular commute along the Trinityville main road, while heavy equipment has been deployed to clear a heavy deposit of silt from the corridor leading from Bull Bay to Grants Pen.The road from Windsor Forest to Mahagony Vale is also badly scoured, making vehicular commute difficult.Mr. Shaw is also reporting that flooding continues to impact roads through the communities of Three Miles River, Chantilly and Little London in Westmoreland.Motorists are being urged to exercise extreme caution in travelling near the old Little London Police Station as significant flooding is impacting that area.The Stettin to Highgate Hall main road in the communities of Wire Fence, Allsides and Wait-A-Bit in Trelawny are still open to single lane traffic. Flood –waters that had been affecting the Ramble main road in Hanover is also receding. This corridor is opened to single lane traffic.The NWA continues to urge members of the motoring public to proceed with caution along corridors, especially in light of the heavy rains.