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Grand 1905 Queenslander sold for $3.3m after auction

first_imgBeautifully maintained home. Perfect for the hot summer to come. 56 Victoria Ave ChelmerMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago It has all the elements of the best examples of Queenslanders.Agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige confirmed it had passed in at auction for $3.2m on Saturday and then subsequently sold for $3.3m.He had marketed it as a “grand landmark Queenslander” in one of Chelmer’s prestigious high-side streets 6km from the Brisbane CBD.“Full of character with its soaring 14ft high ceilings, timber floorboards, VJ walls and ceilings, picture rails, decorative timber work, hallway arch, ornate fireplace and sash windows, this timeless home offers all the charm of its heritage past with all the conveniences of modern family living.” Classic decor in the kitchen. Kathy and Rod O’Connell at the home in Chelmer that they have since sold for $3.3m after it passed in at auction for $3.2m. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.A GRAND Queenslander built circa 1905 has fetched a massive $3.3m after it had passed in at auction last weekend.The five bedroom, three bathroom, double car garage property called Arcadia was at 56 Victoria Avenue, Chelmer and comes complete with pool, floodlit tennis court on a massive 2,704sq m block. Heritage features have been retained throughout the home.Those conveniences included state of the art European appliances by Neff, Gaggenau and Miele in the kitchen, a master bedroom connects to a retreat that comes with a fireplace and can be opened up to the rest of the family as well.last_img read more

ABP to introduce ‘carbon budget’ for asset managers

first_imgShe made clear, however, that the scheme would still divest holdings if engagement ultimately failed.At present, ABP has approximately €100bn invested in listed companies.Meijer reiterated that the scheme wanted governments to follow “stable policies” for the long term.“We want a pleasant and liveable world for our participants,” she said, “and this requires measures against climate change.”She called for the abolition of government subsidies for fossil-fuel energy, as well as a more effective means of pricing carbon.She also demanded “fair competition” between fossil and renewable energy.“Only then can we invest a larger share of Dutch pension assets in a way that counters climate change and contributes to a better world,” she said. ABP recently announced that, over the next five years, it plans to double its current €29bn stake in companies providing “solutions” to social and environmental problems, such as water scarcity, flooding, commodity shortages and waste processing. This commitment includes a fivefold increase in sustainable-energy investments to €5bn. ABP, the €345bn pension fund for Dutch civil servants, is to introduce a “carbon budget” for asset managers as a means of cutting equity-holding CO2 emissions by 25% over the next five years.Speaking at the climate summit in Paris, José Meijer, the scheme’s vice-chair, said ABP would add the carbon budget to the financial target and risk budgets for asset managers.By reducing ABP’s carbon allowance annually, the scheme hopes to encourage asset managers to tackle carbon emissions at polluting companies, as well as prioritise investments in “clean” companies.Meijer said ABP would redouble efforts to engage with companies that had the potential to increase their sustainability significantly.last_img read more

The Misled Compound with motocross track at Jimboomba hits the market

first_imgUpstairs is parent’s retreat.Mr Sue-See said he would enjoy it if a buyer could keep the motocross track, but said it was not a deal-breaker.“I’d love it to be (bought by someone who would keep the tracks), but if I have to flatten the jumps, I will, if it’s going to be a problem for anyone.” The feature walls are a concrete render.Mr Sue-See started renovating the two-level house about six months ago, and has completed everything himself apart from the electrical and plumbing work.“I was a concreter and now I’m a builder,” he said.“Everyone thinks the walls are wallpaper, but it’s actually a concrete render I’ve done myself.” MORE: HISTORIC QUEENSLAND WEATHER OBSERVATORY HITS THE MARKET The recently built lean-to.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThere is also a recently built lean-to, which has downlights, fans and a built in barbecue, which is perfect for gatherings.“We’re known for our Christmas party,” Mr Sue-See said. The house at 104-114 Mona Drive, Jimboomba, has hit the market.THIS property has been more than just a home for Karl Sue-See.It has been the place where he has fostered a motocross community, with his 4.19ha property known at “The Misled Compound”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Misled Compound hits the market01:25“We sponsor kids (for motocross), the ones that don’t get help,” Mr Sue-See said.“They come out to train.“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do — give kids the help I didn’t get.”Now it is up for sale. An inground trampoline and a half-pipe is every child’s dream. There benches in the kitchen were custom made.Mr Sue-See also custom-made the polished concrete benches in the kitchen, which adds to the house’s industrial vibe.The main level of the house has two bedrooms, a study, an open-plan kitchen and dining that leads to a deck, a rumpus and lounge. Upstairs is the master suite. There is a foam landing pit for practising jumps.Mr Sue-See’s property at 104-114 Mona Drive, Jimboomba, is only a 45 minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD and has everything for adrenaline seekers, from a motocross track with jumps and a foam landing pit, to a half-pipe, mini basketball court and an inground trampoline.last_img read more

Joshua: Tyson Fury Is Just Another Opponent For Me

first_img In Fury’s situation, he went overboard in celebrating after he defeated IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, and it cost him three years of his career. Fury has turned things around, captured the WBC belt, and he has a lot of boxing fans convinced that he’s the #1 heavyweight on the planet. Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) saw his career take a hit last June when his replacement opponent Andy Ruiz Jr. stopped him in the seventh round in his U.S debut at Madison Square Garden in New York. Although Joshua avenged the loss with a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last December, he didn’t get the credit he should have because Ruiz came into the fight a fat 283-pound blob. “I’m here to make history, and I’m fired up,” said Joshua to @BritishGQ. “Fury is just another opponent. Yeah, it’s going to be big for everyone else, but I got to keep myself together. “I’m looking at Fury like he’s just another fighter. Trust me. In terms of the spectacle and the trash-talking and two juggernauts coming together. “I can’t wait. I’ve tasted what being at the top of the mountain feels like, and I’ve tasted what it feels like being knocked off that mountain feels like. “I’ve climbed my way back up, and whoever steps in front of me now, I’m not looking to go back down. So when I’m fighting [Kubrat] Pulev, and I get the opportunity to fight Tyson Fury for the WBC championship of the world, they’re going to see what it feels like for a man that had it all and lost it and got it back. “A man that has experienced that turbulence and doesn’t want to go through it again,’ said Joshua. It’s impossible to take Joshua seriously when he says he sees Fury as just another fighter. He obviously will be concerned with Fury when the two of them face each other in 2021. Right now, it’s still too early to say for sure that Joshua and Fury will be fighting in 2021. If one or both lose their next fights, then it’s safe to say that they won’t be fighting in 2021. Wilder won’t step aside according to Bob Arum:“Tyson Fury, you’re either at the top of the ocean, or you’re drowning under it. I don’t know. There’s no balance. I can’t really comment on Tyson Fury’s issues. I’ve got my own opinions and views of that person. “All I want to know is when I’m going to beat him, and when I’m going to fight him. I don’t really care anything else about Tyson Fury with all due respect,” said an irritated sounding Joshua. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has got it together mentally since coming back from near oblivion in 2018, but one destructive loss will likely send him right back to that dark place. If Deontay Wilder knocks Fury out cold in their rematch later this year, it wouldn’t be surprising if he balloons up to 400 pounds again, and loses it in self-pity and food. It’s predictable to assume that Fury will crumble mentally if he gets knocked out by Wilder or Joshua. Coming events cast their shadows before. Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is calling Tyson Fury “just another fighter,” but he’s still looking forward to the fight. Both of these two giant heavyweights have found success and then watched it all fall apart. Loading… Fury seems to believe that he’s got the win over Wilder in the bag, and could be in for a rude awakening on the night. If some of those right hands that missed Fury from last time had hit him flush, he likely would have been knocked out again. Before Wilder’s equilibrium was thrown off in round three after being hit with a textbook illegal rabbit punch from Fury, he was throwing scorching right hands that he one-punch knockout written all over them. “I got beat. I got beaten to a pulp and had to pull myself back together,” said Joshua in talking about his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. “Now they’re going to see the rebirth of me. “Everyone writes me off in this division, but I believe I will go down as this generation’s great. That’s what I’m destined to do,” said Joshua. Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs) did a number on Joshua in their first fight in June 2019 in knocking him down four times, and forcing him to quit on his feet in the 7th. It wasn’t a fight in which Joshua’s face was beaten to a pulp. It was more of a case of Joshua’s being hurt by the concussive punches from Ruiz, who unloaded on him. It’s clear that if Ruiz had come into the rematch in shape last December, he would have chased Joshua down and battered him into submission a second time. Joshua looked terrified the entire fight and spent much of the time, either holding or running. That strategy would have been easy for Ruiz to nullify if he was in good shape and if he had a trainer that he listened to. If Ruiz came into the fight in the low 250s, and if he had cut off the ring faster, he would have forced Joshua to exchange with him more. Also, Ruiz needed to throw four-punch combinations when he was near Joshua. He didn’t do that in the rematch because it looked like he was trying to keep from gassing out. Ruiz also let Joshua grab him in a clinch all night long, and he didn’t attempt to keep throwing while being held. Ruiz was giving up and taking rest breaks when Joshua would hold him. Joshua however explains Why He’s Fighting Pulev: “Why am I hanging on with Pulev?” said Joshua. “So there are five belts. IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO. They belong to me. Tyson Fury has the WBC. Each of thee governing bodies has a ranking. So let’s say, one to ten, and with the IBF, Pulev is number one. “That’s the next belt that I have to defend, so that’s why Pulev is my mandatory. If I don’t defend against Pulev, then the IBF will be removed from me, and then Pulev will fight [for the vacant IBF strap]. Do you know who the next mandatory challenger is? Charles Martin. “That’s the guy that I won the [IBF] belt from [in 2016]. So if I don’t fight and defend my belt, then it’ll be Pulev, and Charles Martin will fight. And so these are the obligations that you have to follow as a champion,” said Joshua. Giving up the IBF belt wouldn’t lessen the amount of interest in a future fight between Joshua and Fury. But for some reason, Joshua has his head wrapped up in the belief that he needs to capture all the major titles. Joshua may have the mistaken belief that unifying the heavyweight division will validate him in the eyes of the casual boxing fans. It won’t. read also:Joshua vs Fury breakdown: AJ’s ‘fragility’ could cost him in heavyweight fight, says Trainer Fans are too busy with their lives to be concerned about whether Joshua has one or all four of the major titles. It hurts Joshua’s career that he’s slowing up the momentum that he’s built up with his recent win over Andy Ruiz Jr. to defend against his IBF mandatory Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs), who the casual fans aren’t familiar with. The hardcore boxing fans see the 39-year-old Pulev as an older fighter, who is the token lamb for Joshua to slaughter in a showcase fight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Van Genderen victorious at Boone

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (April 23) – It was night number two of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly points racing at Boone Speedway on Saturday. Close racing, and exciting finishes gave the fans their money’s worth.In the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified division, Mike Van Genderen took the win from his eighth place starting position.  He ran down Josh Truman after several laps of tormenting him high and then low, and finally taking command at lap 10. Truman kept Van Genderen within striking distance but to no avail and had to settle for the runner-up spot.Russ Dickerson charged through the field from starting 10th to take third place. Veteran Denny Pittman was fourth and Jimmy Gustin finished fifth from starting 12th.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win went to Wayne Gifford. Gifford had the lead at lap two, and never relinquished it the rest of the way.  Jay Schmidt had him in his sights for most of the 18-lap event but was never able to make the pass, and had to be content with second.Donavon Smith, who last week got his 100th career win, started 12th and finished in third place.  Fourth went to Tyler Pickett, who barely beat out Trent Murphy, in fifth, at the finish line.Brandon Williams took home the win in the 18-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. He had to run down pole sitter Thor Anderson in doing so. Anderson led the field until the persistent challenges of Williams paid off at lap 15.Tenth place starter Randy Roberts attempted a challenge but fell short for a runner-up finish. Third went to early leader Anderson, 11th place starter Jake McBirnie was fourth and Johnathon Logue finished fifth from his 12th place starting position.Solomon Bennett led the 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature from start to finish.  He was chased the entire distance by John Watson, who finished second.  Third place went to Dustin Lynch, Eric Stanton started 10th and finished fourth, and Dustin Graham took fifth.last_img read more

Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years

first_imgRelatedPosts Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leeds United vs. Fulham Venue: Elland Road Kick off: 3PMPremier League football returns to Elland Road for the first time in 16 years today when Leeds United host fellow newly-promoted side Fulham. Marcelo Bielsa’s men made an explosive return to the top fight in a 4-3 defeat to champions Liverpool on the opening weekend, while Fulham were comfortably beaten at home to Arsenal.There was plenty made of the champions versus champions showdown on the opening weekend, and it did not disappoint as Liverpool and Leeds played out a very early and very strong contender for the game of the season.It spoke volumes that as much of the pre-game buzz surrounded last term’s Championship winners as it did last term’s Premier League winners, and the rest of the league was certainly put on alert after watching Bielsa’s side stand toe to toe with Liverpool.Of course, not every game will be such a free-flowing and fearless festival of attacking football – nor such an exhibition of how not to defend – but Leeds will have taken huge belief from how close they ran a team that blew the rest of the league away last season.Ultimately, though, they are left with no points on the board after matchday one, and a much-changed side were also dumped out of the EFL Cup on penalties at home to Yorkshire rivals Hull City on Wednesday night. It is two defeats from two in all competitions since their long-awaited return to the top flight, then, meaning that Saturday’s match against a fellow promoted side is all the more important to get off the mark.Fulham will be aware of exactly what to expect against Leeds – which perhaps Liverpool were not – having faced them twice in the Championship last season, although the most recent of those was the corresponding fixture which they lost 3-0.That was also the scoreline in Fulham’s first game back in the Premier League as they were swept aside by Arsenal in the opening match of the new campaign last weekend.Scott Parker will be hoping for slightly easier tests coming up with Leeds and Aston Villa in their next two games, and they did at least pick up their first win of the campaign in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.A 1-0 triumph at Ipswich Town saw them book a third-round meeting with Sheffield Wednesday next week, while perhaps just as importantly saw star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic get off the mark for the season. The Cottagers will likely need the Serbia international to be firing again today, having only scored 24 goals in their 23 Championship away games last season – a particularly worrying record considering Leeds conceded a league-low 14 times at Elland Road in 2019-20.Leeds United possible XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Costa, Klich, Phillips, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford. Fulham possible XI: Areola, Tete, Ream, Hector, Bryan, Reed, Cairney, Kebano, Onomah, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic.Tags: English Premier LeagueFulham FCLeeds Unitedlast_img read more

O’Neill: Villa role good for Keane

first_img O’Neill has revealed he spoke to Villa manager Paul Lambert about the demands the position would make on Keane’s time before sanctioning the move, which will see the former Manchester United captain combine the two jobs. O’Neill told the Irish Independent: “My view is if it doesn’t impinge on the job here with Ireland, then in actual fact it will end up being good for him. “I know that if we couldn’t have made it work, he wouldn’t have taken the job in the first place. “If his commitments to us – both on the commercial side and certainly from my viewpoint in terms of the time working with players – is not impinged at all, then I’m happy for it to go ahead, genuinely happy. “Villa have agreed to give him all that time with us and therefore I don’t really have a problem with it. I spoke with Paul to see how he felt it was going to work. “He said that he gives the players, the senior players who are not involved at international level, a lot of time off anyway during that time [international breaks] and even if they did come back for a day or two, they could cope with that.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is confident number two Roy Keane will benefit from his joint role as Aston Villa’s assistant manager. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener

first_imgThe region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds.There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria. Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are still planning to play non-conference football games after the FCS-level Southland Conference decided Thursday to postpone league games this fall with the intent to explore playing those in the spring.Southland Conference presidents also authorized planning for spring semester championship events for volleyball, soccer and cross country, while allowing schools to participate in limited fall competition if they choose to do so.Houston Baptist plans to honor its existing contracts to play non-conference football games against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Central Arkansas intends to play its scheduled opener Aug. 29 against Austin Peay, and a game at Arkansas State.“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”UCA athletic director Brad Teague said his school was “moving forward with its fall campaign in all sports, playing a reduced schedule.” August 13, 2020 The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.”The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter.The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall.___ The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped.___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions.The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state. Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said the board determined that an entire fall sports season wasn’t likely.___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas. More AP sports: and The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener ___French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement.The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___ New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.“Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tulane University officials say it’s “actively pursuing” a new opponent for its Sept. 3 home opener after the Southland Conference announced on Thursday it was postponing football and all other fall sports. Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend.The Southland’s decision to postpone fall sports while investigating the possibility of playing in the spring has put the Green Wave’s first game in doubt.Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule.Tulane was scheduled to play 12 games before the Southland’s decision, which for now has at least temporarily reduced the Green Wave’s 2020 slate to 11 contests.___last_img read more

SCA to launch new comedy concentration

first_imgThe USC School of Cinematic Arts is launching the “Comedy@SCA” initiative that will attempt to establish USC as a pioneer in the field of comedy.Groundbreaking · The School of Cinematic Arts said it wants USC to be the foremost school in the nation for comedic studies. – Nathaniel Gonzales | Daily Trojan Through new courses and concentrations, students will be able to specialize in writing, directing, editing, shooting and producing comedy.The School of Cinematic Arts said it will be the first university in the country to offer a comedy program of this calibre.“There is not, that we know of, in an academic intuition, in the world, that teaches comedy at the level that we are talking about,” said Barnet Kellman, a professor of Film and Television Production and Co-Director of Comedy@SCA Institute.A comedy festival will jumpstart the initiative. Co-hosted by Comedy@SCA and Visions and Voices, the festival will bring some of the best-known comedians, such as Steve Carell, to USC to lecture, discuss and preview some of their best work.“I can easily say there has never been anything like this [comedy festival], maybe in Los Angeles history,” said Jack Epps Jr., associate professor and first endowed chair in comedy.Kellman said schools have historically shied away from teaching comedy.“[Comedy] has been considered the mystery subject,” Kellman said. “In other words there is prejudice, in almost a positive way toward comedy, which says you either can do it or you can’t. It is one of the few subjects where people throw up their hands and say you can’t really teach it.”He said the School of Cinematic Arts strives to become a center for students aspiring to learn comedy.“We are going to try to do it better,” Kellman said. “We are going to say that USC and the School of Cinematic Arts is the perfect place to test that proposition, and to become a center for young people who want to come and focus their talents toward the learning and the sharpening of their comedic skills.”Students and faculty alike said this program can be an opportunity to put USC graduates ahead of everyone else.“[Comedy] is really essential for all of us to know,” said Alex Convery, a sophomore majoring in screenwriting. “If you can learn to do each genre really well, then you’re set. To look into the specifics of comedy is a really smart thing to do as a school.”Ultimately the initiative seeks to help students jobs secure in the comedy industry.  Kellman said he would want producers and networks to look at USC for employees first.“We want when those people, those producers and those networks who are thinking where is the new comedy talent, where do I look first, where are the ones that know how to direct … they think let’s look at those USC films,” Kellman said. “We want to become known for that.”Other students agree that focusing on comedy is essential and is something they have not seen a lot of at USC thus far.“Comedy is one of the things that I do,” said Matt Podobinski, a senior majoring in film and television production.  “Sometimes in my classes when I try to do comedy it is not seen on the same level or seen as high art. I feel as if it is almost frowned upon.”Podobinski said he is impressed that the School of Cinematic Arts is focusing more on comedy.“Comedy isn’t easy to teach at all,” Podobinski said. “Of all the genres of film and television, comedy is the hardest because you are trying to get that result and trying to get that laugh. It is very result oriented. The fact that they are specializing in it is awesome because, as such a difficult genre to make films in, this is something that we can develop.”The School of Cinematic Arts will introduce a new course in spring 2013 called Late Night Comedy that will be based on the format used by Saturday Night Live. Students will get to write, act and direct skits and get a feel for the many different aspects of comedy.The plan is to add to the existing curriculum one course at a time, eventually creating a separate track for students who want to emphasize in comedy.“We have a lot of comedy faculty here, but it was never really organized together,” Epps said. “We never really put it into a curriculum where people could start and study and come here to hone their comic voice and comic instincts.”In its most basic form, the heart of the initiative is to provide instruction in areas where it was not previously available.“’SC is the place where this can be done,” Kellman said. “Nobody else could do this, so we have to do it.”last_img read more