Director Villeneuve says science fiction epic ‘Dune’ more relevant today

Sept 3 (Reuters) – Tackling politics, religion, the fight for precious resources and the environment, Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic science fiction novel “Dune” is more relevant to today’s audiences, director Denis Villeneuve said on Friday as he brought his ambitious adaptation to the Venice Film Festival.

An ensemble cast led by Timothee Chalamet stars in the mammoth project, set in the future where noble families rule planetary fiefs.

Villeneuve, known for “Blade Runner 2049” and “Sicario”, read Herbert’s 400-page book as a child and described it as a “portrait of the 20th century” which through time became “a prediction of what will happen in the 21st”.

“Sadly the book is by far more relevant today about the danger of the blend between … religion and politics, the danger of messianic figures, the impact of colonialism … the problem with the environment,” he told a news conference.

“His book stayed with

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Murphy joins Loudoun Education Foundation as director of development | News

The Loudoun Education Foundation, an Ashburn-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting the students and teachers of Loudoun County Public Schools by funding educational programs and other resources, has hired Leesburg’s Kari Murphy as its new director of development.

Murphy is a 14-year Loudoun County resident and spent 10 of those years as a volunteer and staffer at Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, according to a Monday announcement.

“Now I have the opportunity to build connections and create opportunities to enhance the classroom experience with a wide impact for both students and teachers,” Murphy said in a prepared statement.

Both of Murphy’s parents and her paternal grandmother were career public school teachers, which officials said makes LEF “a great fit” for her talents.

“She witnessed the time, energy and extra personal funds [the teachers in her family] dedicated to their respective students and schools,” officials said.

In her new role, Murphy will oversee

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Crawford County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas continues education

Brad Thomas is taking advantage of recent time spent in the classroom to improve Crawford County’s disaster readiness procedures.

Last year Thomas, the county’s Emergency Management director, and his peers from across the state were given the opportunity to complete five classes in one year, a process that would normally take five years. The classes offered ideas Thomas plans on implementing as a benefit to the county’s residents during an emergency.

The Emergency Management Basic Academy, held in Jacksonville, was sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

“This would normally take me five years to get that training because I can only take one class at EMI a year,” said Thomas. “That’s what they pay for, one class a year through the state training officer and they approve you for one class a year. So, when we found

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Moeller High School names 1997 graduate Justin Bayer as its new athletic director

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Moeller High School named Justin Bayer as the school’s new athletic director Monday morning.

Bayer, a 1997 Moeller High School graduate, has a successful business, fundraising and education background, according to the school.

Bayer, who begins his athletic director duties July 1, ran cross country and track at Moeller. He directed the school’s campus ministry and retreats after graduating from college.

“The minute I saw the job description, I couldn’t think of another opportunity that match my professional experiences, natural aptitudes and passions,” Bayer said in a statement.

“I’m honored to work alongside a committed administration team who is focused on making Moeller the best high school in the country, humbled to be the next leader of a proud legacy of impacting the lives of past, current and future ‘Men of Moeller,’ and incredibly excited to continue to build a championship culture.”

Bayer does not arrive

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