Astros return to Houston for 1st game since Harvey

first_imgA fan holds a sign during the national anthem before the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Baseball returned to Houston on Saturday with the Astros giving the flood-ravaged city a few hours of entertainment at the end of a terrible and trying week.The Astros beat the New York Mets 12-8 in a doubleheader opener, the first professional sporting event in the city since Hurricane Harvey.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I hope it provides a smile or two,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I hope it provides a break from what’s going through these people’s minds. To keep it in perspective we’re a baseball team. We’re going to do our part. We’re going to try to help return to normalcy and a normal weekend in September has a lot of Astros baseball involved.”The team honored first responders in a pre-game ceremony and played a video with dozens of tweets documenting the heroic work of people across the area in the wake of the storm. First responders were also given tickets to the game and two Coast Guard members were stopped from getting to their seats after entering the ballpark as about a dozen fans lined up to shake their hands and thank them for their work.Season-ticket holders Susan Welbes and her daughter Sarah stood in the stands and held signs that read “Houston Strong.” They came out of the storm OK, but walked around the ballpark before the game making sure all the ushers and concession workers they know were OK, too.“I think today is the first day in a week that we’ve felt normal,” Susan said. “It’s just been so surreal watching what has been happening to our city for the last week and we’re just so glad (to be here). This is our happy place … we can watch baseball and we can forget about everything that’s been going on just a little bit.”While the Astros played on Saturday, Houston Rockets star James Harden spent time at the convention center with Turner and announced that he’s donating $1 million to hurricane relief. He caused a stir as he walked through the shelter hugging babies and taking selfie after selfie with evacuees.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “They were hit very hard,” Harden said. “So for me to spend time, take pictures and make them smile and let them feel me and feel my energy. That means more than anything. So I’m here and just to see these people smiling when they just got hit hard, it means the world.”One of the people Harden met on Saturday was 14-year-old Ja-Miya Riles, who couldn’t stop grinning after getting a selfie with the Rockets star.“I love basketball. Basketball is just everything. So I was really excited about it,” she said.Ja-Miya, her grandmother Rachial Riles and 11-month old sister Kyler Riles arrived at the convention center on Saturday after water in the walls of their apartment created mold which landed both girls in the hospital for respiratory problems. The doctors told Rachial they couldn’t go back to the apartment or they’d get sick again, so she brought the family to the convention center to find help.“We didn’t have anywhere else to go,” Rachial said. “I’m here trying to find a place to stay.”Rachial was tending to Kyler and didn’t see Ja-Miya with Harden, but beamed when she learned her granddaughter got to meet one of her favorite players.“It’s really just a mood booster after what happened and everything that’s going on with Hurricane Harvey,” Ja-Miya said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “After the week that we’ve gone through people … need a sign that tomorrow will be better than today,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said. “No better way to do that than for the Astros to play ball. This is a city that regardless of our challenges we play ball.”The crowd of 30,319 included victims of the storm who were staying yards away at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is the city’s biggest shelter and is housing more than 9,000 people. The Astros provided 5,000 tickets to each game for the mayor’s office to distribute at the convention center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“A number of these people that are here are in our shelters,” Turner said. “They need something to cheer for. A few years ago people counted the Astros out, now they’re contenders for the World Series. A few days ago people counted the city of Houston out. Well no better symbol than the Astros (and) that’s why we’re playing ball today.”The Astros wore patches on the upper left side of their jerseys with the team logo and the word “STRONG” in block letters as a tribute to those affected by the storm. As George Springer approached home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the second inning, he pounded the patch three times with his right fist and pointed to the fans. View commentslast_img read more

Success secrets of CBSE toppers: Regular self-study and no social media

first_imgOf the four CBSE toppers, three belong to the City Beautiful Chandigarh. While Bhumi Sawant of DAV School, Sector 8 Chandigarh, bagged second position in Science stream by securing 99.4 per cent marks, another girl Mannat Luthra and her school mate Aditya Jain, both commerce students of Bhawan Vidayalay stood at number 3 in Commerce stream and got 99.2 per cent marks.”It was a surprise for me though I hoped that I will get good marks. Although I did not follow a strict time table to study but I regularly studied upto 5 hours a day,” says Bhumi Sawant, who loves music. She had stopped taking part in family get-togethers or celebrations from the last two years. However, she took part in all activities in the school except sports.Bhumi is daughter of Deepak Sawant, who works as a computer scientist at the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Chandigarh. Her mother is also a qualified maths teacher.WANT TO JOIN CIVIL SERVICES Like Bhumi, Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain, also did not follow the age old late night or early morning study schedule. Both want to join civil services.”I want to be an economist and want to serve the country by joining civil services,” says Aditya Jain, son of a Panchkula businessman Rajesh Jain, who considers sound sleep and football as important part of his life. He studied mainly during the day.Aditya’s secret of success and strength is perhaps his undeviated mind. A 4-5 hours study was a routine for him. He did not allow anybody including his siblings and parents in his room when studying. He did not allow his mind to deviate and avoided phone calls also. The family had sacrificed all gatherings so that Aditya did not miss his school.advertisementUnlike Aditya, Mannat Luthra studied upto late night and would only sleep after completing 4-5 hours of study, besides home work and tuition.   “A combination of self study, tuitions and school teachings worked. I started studying from day 1. I want to join civil services,” says Mannat Luthra, daughter of Deepak Luthra, who owns pharmaceutical business.Like Bhumi, Mannat also loves music and would go out for a walk to refresh her mind. She also watched television occasionally.AVOIDED SOCIAL MEDIA Over the years, the penetration of social media and availability of internet facilities while at one hand has shortened the distances, has also affected the performance of school and college students. A cross examination of three Chandigarh based toppers revealed that they rarely used social media.One common thing about the CBSE toppers is that they avoided use of social media which these toppers consider as a wastage of time.Bhumi, Aditya and Mannat used their mothers’ mobile phones to get information on social media and were not given personal mobile phones by their parents.”Social media indulgence wastes a lot of time. I did not use any application,” says Mannat Luthra.Also read: Meet Bhumi Sawant De who secured AIR 2 in CBSE Class 12 Boards 2017Also read: CBSE declares Class 12 board results 2017! Trivendrum tops regional ranking, Delhi at No. 3last_img read more

Harbhajan, Azharuddin raise serious questions on Yo-Yo test

first_imgFormer cricketers Aakash Chopra and Mohammad Azharuddin have slammed the Indian cricket team’s new selection criteria of the Yo-Yo test which every player needs to pass these days to get into the national team.The Yo-Yo test garnered a lot of attention once again last month after Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu were dropped from the Indian squad for failing the fitness test, days ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England.Many experts feel Yo-Yo tests are not the best markers for fitness on a cricket field, while former cricketers Chopra and Azhar slammed the policy of dropping of players for failing the test after being picked in the squad.You pass Yo-Yo test, you play. You don’t pass the test, you sit: Shastri”If Virat Kohli fails the test, will you drop him? So if a player does not even get time it is weird. To Kohli, you will even give him 2 weeks because you want him to play. So if a player is not afforded time, it is unfortunate.”But I think Saba Karim (national selector) has said that this is the only time when the selection happened before the test. So I think there will be some parity there,” Chopra said on Sports Tak.Yo-Yo test controversy: BCCI secretary wants Team India to follow proper procedureOff-spinner Harbhajan Singh on the other hand, is of the opinion that a cricketer should be selected on the basis of his skill and not because of the new fitness criteria.advertisement”There is this new drama of Yo-Yo test, which for me does not exist in cricket. This is for footballers and hockey players because in this test, you can run forward once and then run back, which never happens in cricket. And because of this test a very in-form batsman like Ambati Rayudu could not make his place in the Indian team.Looking forward to some difficult cricket in England, says Virat Kohli”I don’t feel Yo-Yo test is the parameter of selection and it should not be. Your form, your skills, that should be the most important thing and there should be a fitness criteria that the whole team can do together,” Bhajji said. Virat Kohli, who came back into the Indian team after recovering from a neck injury, comfortably cleared the Yo-Yo test ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England (BCCI Photo)The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other end before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttes), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.Former India captain Azharuddin also agreed with Harbhajan and Chopra, stating that match fitness should be taken into account for some players rather than how they perform in the Yo-Yo test.According to Azhar, even a lot of the stalwarts of the past including current India coach Ravi Shastri wouldn’t have passed the test had it been a selection criteria in the past.”It’s true that there has to be a fitness level but there are some players who cannot do a lot of fitness exercises because their bodies don’t allow it. For example, I was quite fit but if I was asked to touch my toes, I could not do that. But when the ball came, I used to field better than most.”If you tell Sunny bhai (Sunil Gavaskar) to do Yo-Yo test, he just won’t be able to do it. Many of our master players cannot do it. So for some players, match fitness should be kept in mind because the fitness of each player is different.”I feel it gets embarrassing for players. They should be told before that you have failed in the yo-yo test and you will not be selected. That will be fine but the players’ ability should also be looked at.”If you have set a fitness parameter like the coach (Ravi Shastri) is saying, the coach could have never passed that yo-yo test. There should be more thought given to this fitness test,” Azhar added.Shastri however, has thrown his weight behind the Yo-Yo test saying that the team management will not compromise on the practice.advertisement”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well,” added Shastri.last_img read more

A beautiful game, another beautiful story: Real Kashmir FC to train at Dortmund

first_imgSrinagar, Jul 26 (PTI) Aiming to expand the Real Kashmir FC community, the current path-breakers of Indian football are about to tread a glorious new path, as they visit Germany for a training stint at the renowned BVB Borussia Dortmund. RKFC owners Sandeep Chattoo and Shamim Meraj say they are just “carrying on from where we left” last season. “We were the first team from Kashmir to play in Scotland. We are now the first youth team from Kashmir to visit Germany for a training camp,” the club said in a statement. Having dribbled past opponents and the many off-the-pitch obstructions to become Jammu and Kashmir’s first football team in the I-League, Real Kashmir FC are in no mood to stop here. “It’s just the beginning,” Chattoo put it appropriately. “We want Real kashmir to be what Barcelona is to Spain and what United is to Manchester and what BVB is to (the) city of Dortmund. We want every kid of the state who loves to play football either aspire to play for RKFC or become a supporter by default. There is a belief among the club’s stakeholders that its success, in what was an extraordinary season, would bring a positive change to the state. The club did not forget to thank the Bundesliga giants, one of the most successful clubs in the league with eight titles. “We also want to thank Borussia Dortmund for giving a small club like RKFC an opportunity to visit them and train at their football school. The boys will also visit the Signal Iduna Park as well as the German Football Museum,” the club said.advertisement Borussia Dortmund are part of a large membership-based sports club with more than 145,000 members, making it the second largest sports club by membership in Germany, something the Indian club would aspire to achieve in the near future. The Srinagar-based outfit became the first club from the Kashmir valley to qualify for the top tier after winning the second division league by beating Delhi’s Hindustan FC 3-2 in May. “We want to change the whole scenario, we want to bring a football revolution in Kashmir. We have opened the way. We want to make this Paradise on Earth a Paradise for Football,” a delighted Chattoo had said after the triumph. PTI AH PM PM PMlast_img read more

His golden pastime

first_imgThough Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthQ. You finished 24th at your first World Cup in February. What did you do differently to take,Though Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthQ. You finished 24th at your first World Cup in February. What did you do differently to take top spot in Beijing?A. I realised after my first World Cup that I was having a hard time handling the pressure during the last few shots. So, I worked on maintaining my composure, so that even if I had a few bad shots, I would still be able to execute my plan.Q. You have a degree in engineering and law. Why take up shooting at an age when most people choose to focus on their careers?A. I picked up shooting as a distraction from my law studies while at home in Hisar. I started with a rifle before picking up the pistol in December 2014. It all changed when I won gold at a state-level competition in Haryana in 2015. So when I found the right coach, Omendra Singh, there was no looking back.Q. How different would things have been had you started shooting in your teens?A. I think I took less time to understand the sport, since I started at a later age. I tend to grasp things faster and I think that being mature really helped me progress rapidly.Q. Are you aware of another Abhishek Verma, who is an arms dealer?A. I’m off social media because I prefer to stay in the real world rather than the virtual one. But I know that there is a third Abhishek Verma as well, who’s into archery. These are times when it is possible to even confuse Google!advertisementlast_img read more

Disha Patani on relationship with Tiger Shroff: I’ve been trying to impress him for years

first_imgTiger Shroff and Disha Patani have always set rumour mills buzzing with their dinner dates and secret getaways. However, the two have always denied the rumours and maintained that they’re ‘just very close friends’.Recently, a Bollywood news portal asked Disha to answer a question from a fan on Twitter. The fan had asked, “Why don’t you both accept your relationship? People love you both as a couple.Disha told the portal that she has ‘been trying to impress’ Tiger for a long time. “I’ve been trying for so long, it’s been so many years and I’ve been trying to impress him. Now I’ve done this film Bharat where I’m doing all these stunts and I thought maybe he’ll get impressed but no luck. Yeah, we go to eat but that doesn’t mean he’s impressed, not like that like the crush impressed; but he likes everybody’s pictures like that. You must speak to him the next time. He’s shy and I’m shy so nobody’s breaking the ice.”Disha and Tiger were last seen together in the film Baaghi 2, which crossed over Rs 100 crore.Recently in an interview to DNA, Disha Patani spoke about her equation with Tiger Shroff. Disha said, “He is my best friend. Besides him, I don’t have any pals in the film industry.”Disha is now busy with the promotions of Salman Khan’s Bharat, where she will play a trapeze artiste. The film will hit the screens on June 5.advertisementTiger’s last release was Student Of The Year 2, which is struggling at the box office.ALSO READ: I like to take it slow motion mein, says Tiger Shroff on dating Disha PataniALSO READ: Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO WATCH: Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferenceslast_img read more

Book prize creator Jack Rabinovitch dead at 87 Family

first_imgTORONTO – Jack Rabinovitch, the beloved businessman who created the lucrative and prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize literary award that boosted the profiles and sales of countless Canadian fiction authors, has died.Rabinovitch died Sunday afternoon in Toronto, his daughter Elana confirmed. He was 87.An obituary posted on the website of Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, which was handling the funeral said Rabinovitch died as a result of a “catastrophic fall” at this home last week.The Montreal-born, Toronto-based Rabinovitch tackled several careers throughout his life, including journalism, food retail and real estate. But it was his Giller award that made him a recognizable face across Canada and internationally.The idea for the renowned honour was hatched not over boardroom coffee but over bar drinks with author Mordecai Richler.“It started at a pub in Montreal called Woody’s and ended up at a famous restaurant in Montreal called Moishes, and over chopped liver we decided what to do,” Rabinovitch told The Canadian Press at the Giller Prize gala in October 2012.The prize was established in 1994, a year after the death of Rabinovitch’s wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.Rabinovitch wanted to create a literary award to honour Giller while also recognizing excellence in Canadian fiction — in long format or short stories.“The only real major (literary) prize (back then) was the Governor General’s and most people just felt that it wasn’t right to just let the government handle the situation,” said Rabinovitch, who was named Maclean’s magazine “Man of the Year” in 1999.“So private people like myself and various other people have started new prizes to highlight and admire new writers.”The Giller Prize initially endowed a cash prize of $25,000, which was the largest purse for literature in the country.In 2005, the award teamed up with Scotiabank and the prize grew to what is now $50,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the finalists.According to the prize’s website, more than 2.5 million Giller-nominated books were sold in the first 10 years of the award, resulting in headlines about the so-called “Giller effect” on finalists.“We learned a long time ago that authors are really interested in selling their books, that’s how they make a living, so that’s what we’re trying to do — is help them make a living,” said Rabinovitch, whose signature line at every Giller gala was: “For the price of a dinner in this town you can buy all the nominated books. So, eat at home and buy the books.”Beyond the spike in sales and the exposure, the Giller also gives authors the opportunity to break away from their typically isolated writing lives and dress up at the annual awards gala, where a who’s who of the literary world and beyond come together for a night of fine dining and entertainment.“I think it’s amazing for books to get this kind of attention at an event like this. It’s unparalleled,” said Giller nominee Alix Ohlin at the October 2012 bash.“It’s a long way from working in your kitchen and making sure the cat’s water dish is full, which is more like what writers deal with,” quipped fellow nominee Russell Wangersky.Rabinovitch’s love of literature blossomed when he studied at McGill University and graduated with a B.A. in Honours English in 1952.He then worked as a reporter and a speechwriter before entering the worlds of food retailing, distribution, and building and real estate development.In 1986, he became executive vice-president of property development company Trizec Corporation and joined the board of the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was also on the Board of the MaRS (Medical and Related Science) Project.Rabinovitch eventually became president of Nodel Investments Ltd., a real estate/venture capital firm, and became an officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.Rabinovitch is survived by his three daughters — Noni, Daphna and Elana — and three grandchildren — Jacob, Saffi and Luca.Members of the literary community took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to express condolences.“It was an honour to work with Jack Rabinovitch,” wrote Irish novelist John Boyne, author of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and a member of the 2015 Giller jury. He called Rabinovitch “a gentleman, a book lover, and philanthropist.”“RIP Jack Rabinovitch,” wrote fantasy writer and Order of Canada recipient Guy Gavriel Kay. “His creation of the Giller Prize was a major moment in CanLit culture, and his generosity was extreme. A real loss.”Former Ontario premier Bob Rae, a friend of Rabinovitch, also expressed his grief on Twitter. “Lost a dear friend, #JackRabinovitch, whose body succumbed to injuries suffered on Thursday, but whose spirit will live on in all of us.”“We will miss him!!!” Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson tweeted.Scotiabank, which joined with Giller in 2005 issued a statement expressing its sadness at Rabinovitch’s death.“We remember Jack as a trailblazer, someone who sought to honour his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, and their love of Canadian literature, in founding the Giller Prize in 1994,” John Doig, Scotiabank’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement.The funeral will be held Wednesday.last_img read more

INTRODUCING THE 2018 CFC BELL MEDIA PRIME TIME TV WRITERS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is delighted to announce the six new residents who will be joining the 2018 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios, beginning Monday, September 24.The program has attracted some of Canada’s best showrunners to lead the story room as its Executive Producer in Residence, including Dennis Heaton, Avrum Jacobson, Michael MacLennan, Graeme Manson, Karen Walton and Brad Wright. It helped develop smash-hit Emmy Award-winning series Orphan Black and most recently, the critically acclaimed series Travelers, which premieres its third season this fall.This year’s residents are especially fortunate to work with in-demand CFC alumna and writer-producer,Alexandra Zarowny. Her work spans Degrassi: The Next Generation to Wynonna Earp, Murdoch Mysteries to Bellevue and Private Eyes. Zarowny is ready to come full circle: “It cannot be understated, the enormous impact that the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program had in my own creative awakening as a television writer and content creator. The tools and insight gleaned from my training at the CFC still firmly clasped in hand, along with 15 years of career experience, will now be passed on to a stunningly talented team of young writers who are, I’m sure, thrilled to begin this journey, but who also have no idea just how significantly their lives are about to take a sharp turn into unimaginable adventures. Buckle up, everyone! There be a new group of writers coming down the CFC pipeline. As much as this program will change their lives, there’s no doubt in my mind that these new voices emerging in the television landscape will change yours as well.” Jessica Meya is a writer, community leader and co-founder of Working the Scene in Colour, a diversity initiative organizing live reads of original scenes written by writers of colour. Meya is a 2018 recipient of the Breakthrough Artist Award at The Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Read full bio here. CFC Twitter: @cfccreatesFacebook: facebook.com/cfccreatesInstagram: @cfccreates Bell MediaTwitter: @BellMediaPR Facebook: facebook.com/bellmediaincInstagram: @BellMediaPRABC Signature Studios Twitter: @ABCStudiosFacebook: facebook.com/ABCStudiosInstagram: @abcnetworkAbout CFC The Canadian Film Centre (CFC), celebrating 30 years, is a charitable cultural organization that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. Its uniquely designed programs and initiatives span film, television, screen acting, screen composing and songwriting, and innovative work in the digital media and entertainment technology industries, all of which continue to push boundaries and generate world-class content, products and companies for the global marketplace. cfccreates.comAbout Bell Media Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including CraveTV, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.About ABC Signature Studios ABC Signature Studios is a division of ABC Studios spearheading development and production in all cable and streaming platforms. The artist-driven arm provides a year-round destination for development and production across the cable and streaming landscape. They are in production on the series Godfather of Harlem, for EPIX created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein with Forest Whitaker starring and producing along with one of the first pilots through Amazon’s YA initiative, The Wilds, created by Sarah Streicher with Jamie Tarses and Dylan Clark producing. Signature and Hello Sunshine received a straight-to-series order from Hulu for the event limited series, Little Fires Everywhere, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington attached to star and produce. These projects join a robust slate of returning series, including the critically acclaimed comedy SMILF for Showtime; grown-ish for Freeform; Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for Freeform and Marvel’s Runaways for Hulu. Veronika Paz is an actor, playwright, director and television writer. She studied sketch writing at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade, trained as a performer at Pro Actor’s Lab in Toronto and Barrow Group Theatre in New York, and is a 2018 recipient of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Al Magee Diverse Screenwriters Award. Read full bio here. Advertisement Advertisement “The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program is a creative wellspring that nourishes our entire industry, and Bell Media is exceptionally proud to sponsor it,” said Tom Hastings, Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to be working with the inimitable Alexandra Zarowny, a singular talent with passion and wide-ranging experience across a number of genres and all aspects of the Canadian television industry.”This year’s six writers have credits in film, television, theatre, music videos, branded content digital projects, along with an exciting range of professional and life experience.“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the CFC and the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program,” said Tracy Underwood, Senior VP, ABC Signature Studios. “Every year we have discovered extraordinary talent and ideas coming out of one of the most successful, well regarded incubators of its kind. Our sponsorship is an important pillar of ABC Signature’s dedication to celebrating the next generation of original voices.” Michael Rinaldi is an actor and writer for theatre, television and film. His play, Toothpaste and Cigars (co-written with TJ Dawe), was adapted as Michael Dowse’s 2013 feature film, The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Read full bio here. Mackenzie Sinclair, originally from Edmonton, is a 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award recipient, where he developed his half-hour dramedy series, Snowflake, under the mentorship of writer/director Pat Mills. Read full bio here. Login/Register With: Sophia Fabiilli is an award winning playwright, writer, actor and producer. Her play, The Philanderess, won the 2015 Second City Award for Best New Comedy and her co-created comedy-horror web series, Fatal Murder, is in development with Shaftesbury. Read full bio here. Advertisement MEET THE BELL MEDIA PRIME TIME TV RESIDENTS Heather Taylor is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made, in New York, with writing credits that include: the feature The Last Thakur; the sci-fi web series Raptured, currently in development as a TV series; and the award-winning short Stitched. Read full bio here. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

I MISS MY BUDDIES GEDDY LEE REFLECTS ON RUSH AND HIS LOVE

first_imgGeddy Lee Advertisement Geddy Lee is on the road again in Canada.But not in the way fans of his beloved Toronto prog-rock outfit Rush — who packed it in after four decades following the final show of their R40 tour on Aug. 1, 2015 at the L.A. Forum — might imagine.The 65-year-old bassist-singer is making his way across the country to promote Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass, a glossy, 400-page book that includes photos of his own massive bass collection, its history and interviews with fellow famous bassists like the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, U2’s Adam Clayton and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The book, co-written with Daniel Richler, came about because Lee began collecting basses “in earnest around 2012” and now owns about 280 of them along with 80 guitars.“It was so hard to find information and I thought, ‘You know what? There’s a real hole in the world of books about vintage instruments when it comes to the bass guitar,’” said Lee. Facebooklast_img read more

Immigration system server faces tech glitches at Delhi airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Hundreds of passengers had a harrowing time at the Delhi airport early Monday as the immigration system server faced technical issues for around one-and-a-half hours, affecting six international flights and resulting in long queues at the counters.An airport official said technical glitches with the server lasted between 12.15 am and 1.45 am. At around 1 am, an Air India official said that the immigration system server was down at the airport and that crew for three Air India flights were also affected. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe system was restored at around 1.45 am, the airport official said. According to the official, six international flights were affected due to the server issue. Air India’s flights to London Heathrow and San Francisco, Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa, Asiana Airlines flight to Seoul and GoAir flight to Phuket were affected, as per the official. Of the six flights, one was delayed for 50 minutes and another one for 25 minutes. Two flights were delayed by 17 minutes and another two by 18 minutes, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDetails about which flight was delayed by how much time could not be immediately ascertained. A passenger, who was waiting for immigration check, said there was a long delay due to server issues. A public announcement was also made at the airport about the server problem and personnel started doing manual checking process, according to the passenger, who later took an Air India flight to San Francisco. Many passengers took to Twitter to complain about the delay in immigration process and some of them also tweeted pictures of long queues at the airport. The incident comes a day after Air India’s Passenger Service System faced technical glitches and was not functional for more than five hours. The incident on Saturday early morning has also resulted in delay of scores of Air India flights. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the busiest airport in the country.last_img read more

UN interviews senior Iraqi engineer on aluminium tubes as inspections continue

According to a UN spokesman in Baghdad, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted a private interview with a senior engineer connected to Iraq’s utilization of aluminium tubes.Meanwhile, an IAEA team conducted a car-borne radiation survey at the Saddam facility and in the Falluja area, 50 kilometres west of Baghdad. A second IAEA team performed an inspection at the Ibn Al-Haytham north of Baghdad.In other inspection activities, a chemical team from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) continued the destruction of chemical ammunitions filled with mustard gas at Al Mutanna. “The team started to detoxify mustard from some of the shells by chemical means,” said spokesman Hiro Ueki.One UNMOVIC missile team visited the Al Feda Factory, which is involved in the production of missiles launchers, while another inspected the Bader State establishment, which manufactures dies and moulds for missile components.About 45 kilometres north of Baghdad, an UNMOVIC biological team inspected an airfield as another team held discussions at the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate (NMD) relating to documents supplied by Iraq to UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix during his latest visit last weekend.An UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team inspected the Ibn-Roshd State Company, a quality control centre, adjacent to the Mechanical Engineering Design Centre. “The team continued to verify Iraq’s declarations and to determine any cooperation for the military industry,” Mr. Ueki said. read more

Measure of economys future health was flat in June suggesting modest growth

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 10:17 am MDT WASHINGTON – A gauge of the economy’s future health was unchanged in June, pointing to modest growth in the coming months.The Conference Board, a business research group, says its index of leading indicators remained at 95.3 in June. The flat reading followed increases of 0.2 per cent in May and 0.8 per cent in April.The longer-term trend has been positive. The index increased 1.7 per cent in the first six months of this year. That’s better than the 1.1 per cent rise in the previous six months.The index consists of previously released data and is intended to signal economic conditions three to six months out.Positive trends, such as higher consumer confidence and fewer applications for unemployment benefits, were offset by last month’s decline in stock prices and a drop in building permits. Measure of economy’s future health was flat in June, suggesting modest growth in coming months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Central African Republic UN concerned by decision of authorities to deny refugees

“The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Aurélien A. Agbénonci, the [UN] High Commissioner for Refugees, and the entire humanitarian community in the Central African Republic (CAR) expressed deep concerns regarding the decision of the Transitional National Council (CNT) to refuse central African refugees vote in the upcoming presidential elections and the potential impact of this decision on efforts to promote reconciliation and social cohesion in the country,” says a press release issued today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Since December 2013, approximately 25 per cent of the Central African population has been displaced inside the country and more than 460,000 have fled to Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Chad. Emphasizing how significant that number is, Mr. Agbénonci drew attention to the consequences of such exclusion on the credibility and inclusiveness of the upcoming polls. “We all want free, transparent, inclusive, and open elections to everyone,” he underlined. “The return of refugees to their country of origin is strictly voluntary and that principle cannot be violated. It is true that the reconciliation process has been initiated, but the decision for refugees to return can only be made by them,” said Mr. Agbénonci.The date of the first round of presidential and parliamentary elections is 18 October and the possible second round for the presidential election is 22 November. In recent years, the country experienced a major political crisis that led to violent conflict affecting almost all of the population. Approximately 2.7 million people, more than half of the Central African population, are in need of immediate assistance. read more

UK CV production enjoys doubledigit boost in May

May UK commercial vehicle (CV) output increases 13.8% to 7,748 units.Home market drives growth, with demand rising 23.5% compared with the same month in 2014.Exports grow 5.7% as European economic recovery continues. UK CV manufacturing volumes rose last month, with output growing 13.8% to 7,748 units, according to figures published today by SMMT. The home market drove output, with demand up almost a quarter, while production for export also enjoyed substantial gains, putting the overall sector up by 2.7% in the year to date.The news comes as European commercial vehicle markets reported a 17th month of growth as the region continued its economic recovery. New commercial vehicle registrations in Europe grew 16.4% in May, with the market up 13.5% for the first five months of 20161. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It’s good to see UK commercial vehicle manufacturing performing strongly in May which puts it on track for a positive 2016. The commercial vehicle market is linked to economic confidence in the UK and Europe, with 88% of UK-built CV exports shipped to the continent last year. For this performance to continue, we need to ensure we maintain free access to our main markets as well as pursuing new global opportunities.”Download the May 2016 commercial vehicle manufacturing release as a Word document.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Podcast A Special StatSchool Edition Of Hot Takedown

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s special show (July 14, 2015), we go to Stat School. With Kate on vacation, Chad out of the office and Neil stuck in New York, we pre-taped an episode that breaks down three ways to measure batting, in increasing complexity: batting average, OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wRC+ (weighted runs created plus). Neil schools Kate and Chad on the pros and cons of the stats, and what sabermetrics has taught us about players like the Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nolan Arenado’s stat page.An in-depth explanation of batting average.An OPS breakdown.What is wRC+? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown read more

Half of 1735 yearolds not fit enough to pass initial Army selection

“From its inception in 2012, there is no doubt that the Army shares a large part of the blame as well, and it has taken a while to get it back on track,” Gen Carter told the committee. Half of the UK population are now so unhealthy they are unable to pass initial Army selection, the chief of defence staff has said.Giving evidence to MPs at the Commons Defence Committee, General Sir Nick Carter said Army recruiters are facing “a very difficult market” in recruiting people healthy enough to enlist.His comments come after the committee was told in October that the Army currently has 77,000 fully trained troops compared with a target of 82,500.Gen Carter, who took up the post of chief of the defence staff six months ago, told the committee that “50 per cent of 17-35 year olds are not healthy enough to get through the selection process.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He also admitted that the British Army shares a large part of the blame for its recruitment failings alongside outsourcing giant Capita and that some “appalling lessons” have been learned. Capita were controversially awarded the contract for Army recruitment in 2012. In October this year, the Ministry of Defence disclosed that Capita managed to bring in fewer than one in 10 of the recruits needed for 2018-19 in the first quarter of the year.Asked by Conservative former defence minister Mark Francois whether the recruitment and manning shortfalls are entirely the fault of Capita, Gen Carter said they are not. “To be clear, Capita’s bid when they competed for this contract was ambitious and I think it was overly ambitious and that would be their fault”, he added. Gen Carter also conceded three or four “big errors” were made from the side of the military in the process, including making the contract too complicated and outsourcing the notion of a recruiting sergeant.He said: “If someone is making a decision to join the Army, or for that matter the other two services (the RAF and Royal Navy), they need to see a role model in the process at the front door and that was outsourced.”The second thing that was outsourced, which was definitely a mistake, was the ability to nurture candidates through the process from application to enlistment – and that was something that could not be handled by an anonymous call centre – which was the plan.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

MTG PRO iPad app for mining machinery wear parts

first_imgMining and construction sites are often located in remote areas with limited connectivity. With the aim of creating a mobile platform to simplify access to information on wear parts, machine compatibility and quote requests, MTG has released MTG PRO, which it believes to be the first iPad application covernig wear parts for earthmoving and mining machinery. The application was first unveiled at Bauma 2013 in Munich.MTG PRO is described as “an interactive app that is fully and quickly accessible from any location.” Information is organised and segmented per user group, with quick and direct access to the MTG support team, sales team and local distributors.  It also has a tool that facilitates sales by directly sending quotes via email to MTG distributors. Other features include a simple interface to enhance the user experience; a gallery consisting of a wide range of presentations, support documents, images and videos of MTG’s products working on site;  a “what’s new” section that contains all the latest corporate and MTG product news; and finally a “setup wizard” tool that helps users to configure their buckets with teeth and MTG adaptors by taking them through a series of easy to follow steps.last_img read more

Generate energy from old mineshafts Gravitricity gets funding boost

first_imgMine shaft energy generation innovator, Gravitricity, has been awarded £650,000 funding from Innovate UK’s Infrastructure Systems Innovation competition. “This innovation funding will be used to design and build our 250 kW concept demonstrator, ready for testing in late 2018.  The project will be completed in collaboration with our international winch partner and with controls engineers Industrial Systems & Controls in Glasgow.”The company adds: “It will confirm Gravitricity’s commercial characteristics, validate our simulations, and provide a physical proof-of-concept demonstration. During 2018 the company will also develop the site and engineering designs for the full-scale prototype, planned for a UK mineshaft in 2019-20. Gravitricity is now raising seed funding to match the grant and would like to speak to potential investors, particularly those with power systems or mining experience.”Essentially, the Gravitricity system is a huge ‘clock weight’. A cylindrical weight of up to 3,000 t is suspended in a deep shaft by a number of synthetic ropes each of which is engaged with a winch capable of lifting its share of the weight. Electrical power is then absorbed or generated by raising or lowering the weight. The weight is guided by a system of tensioned guide wires (patents applied for) to prevent it from swinging and damaging the shaft. The winch system can be accurately controlled through the electrical drives to keep the weight stable in the hole.The key requirement is a deep hole in the ground; it can be a disused mineshaft brought back into use, or a purpose-sunk shaft. Shaft depths can be from 150 m for new shafts down to 1,500 m for existing mines. “The biggest single cost is the hole, and initially we will prove the technology using existing mine shafts. As our technology costs decrease, the costs of drilling will reduce significantly, opening the opportunity for purpose-built shafts.”last_img read more

Jose Manuel Sierra Paris HC agree twoyear deal

Paris handballparis hcsierraValladolid Jose Manuel Sierra will be playing in Paris Handball next season, after the deal has been confirmed by the French club. The now former Valladolid goalkeeper signed a two-year deal, and reportedly the money paid to Valladolid by the French are in worth of 120,000 EUR, although this has been an unofficial amount. ← Previous Story Ana Radovic joins KIF Vejen Next Story → Laszlo Nagy remains in Barcelona, Veszprem offered “too little”