John Williams has been an integral part of the Star Wars franchise since he scored the series’ first installment—retroactively titled A New Hope—in 1977. Since then, the five-time Academy Award-winner has composed the music for eight Star Wars films, in addition to music for other iconic franchises like Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Home Alone.However, it appears the 86-year-old movie music legend will be throwing in the Star Wars towel after the series’ ninth episode is released in 2019. In a new interview with California radio station KUSC, Williams explained that he’s ready to end his work with sci-fi juggernaut. As he told the station: “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars movie] now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”Williams’ change of pace won’t come as a huge surprise to Star Wars fans, who got their first taste of a non-Williams Star Wars score when Rogue One, with music composed by Michael Giacchino, was released in 2016. Their next taste will come when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this coming May with a score by John Powell.With a whopping 51 Oscar nominations under his belt, Williams is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history (trailing only Walt Disney). Some of his other notable compositions include the scores for Stephen Speilberg favorites such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, and Jurassic Park as well as classics like Fiddler on the Roof, Born on the Fourth of July, The Poseidon Adventure and the original Superman film.[H/T – ClassicFM]
NZ Herald 24 August 2016Family First Comment: Debunking the myth that marijuana never killed anyone!The Government looks set to introduce a new testing regime to catch drug-impaired drivers and prevent more carnage on our roads.Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss will take to the Cabinet within months the findings of an extensive Ministry of Transport review that includes roadside saliva testing for drug impairment.He told the Herald a key aim of the road-safety action plan was to cut crashes caused by impaired drivers.“The Government has already introduced a number of measures targeting drink-driving but we needed more research to understand how drug-driving enforcement could be carried out most effectively.”New Zealand has one of the world’s highest rates of cannabis use. Two-thirds of cannabis users admit to driving under the influence, says the Transport Agency.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699689
THE Boyce/Jefford Committee earlier this week donated a number of new medals to the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani District 10 (Linden) Inter-School Championships, which will be awarded to the top performing athletes.Chairman of the Boyce/Jefford Committee, Colin Boyce, noted that the donation was made following a request from the District.“The Committee saw it most appropriate to continue to contribute to the development of young athletes in the community,” he said.The Championships school sports is currently underway at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground and is expected to conclude tomorrow.According to Boyce, such contributions are not alien to them, since they are in the habit of making such donations.This year, following the eighth edition of the Boyce/Jefford Classic athletics meet in August, an undisclosed sum of cash was given to Linden and Guyana’s top three athletes at the MSC ground.The signature track and field event in Linden had opened the fund with a lucrative first financial donation. Following that pioneering initiative, several individuals, groups and businesses present made pledges that were accumulated and divided among the three athletes.Those who benefited from the funds included multiple CARIFTA Games medallist, Chantoba Bright, World Junior silver medallist, Daniel Williams and Guyana’s first sprint gold medallist at the CARIFTA Games, Compton Caesar.This donation to the District 10 camp follows one made by bakery giant, Bakewell, earlier last week.