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It’s raining laptops in Gujarat poll promises

first_imgAhead of assembly elections it is truly raining promises in Gujarat. Desperate to make a comeback to Gandhinagar, the Congress, which has been out of power in the state for more than a decade and a half, has now promised free laptops to all students after class 12 till post-graduation.The party on Tuesday announced that if voted to power, it will make school education in the state “world class”.The party  further promised that it would constitute “Vidya Nidhi” for payment of 30 per cent of the students from poor and middle class families studying in self-financed colleges. It also promised that it would form a “Gujarat Olympics Academy” to train world class sportspersons, for which coaches will be appointed for various sports from within and outside the country.  Sports complexes will be established at taluka levels, the party said. The party promised to reserve  25 per cent seats in public schools for poor students as per the RTE Act and the state government will bear the fees for them.  “Students Special” buses will also be made available for rural students for commuting to colleges and schools, according to the party.Congress had earlier announced that if voted to power, it will set up a Gujarat Medical Service Corporation (GMSC) to ensure better healthcare facility to the people.The party had also promised that apart from free distribution of around 250 life saving drugs, it will ensure that the medicines in government hospitals are available in their generic forms, which will significantly bring down the cost of treatment. All this apart from paying premium for medical insurance cover up to Rs 30000 per head and provisions for public private partnership for higher cover. Making well strategized moves, Congress has been steadily doling out promises to woo all sections of the society which, many feel, may spell trouble for the BJP in the ensuing assembly election.Congress had got a shot in the arm after its promise of cheap houses to the women of Gujarat under the scheme ‘Ghar nu Ghar’ became a hit with people in the state. As a matter of fact, the impact of the poll promise led the Gujarat government to resurrect the moribund Gujarat Housing Board after more than 14 years.As a matter of fact, the state government has also recently rolled out healthcare and medical insurance schemes for people below poverty line.advertisementlast_img read more

Hugo Ruiz dominates Jhack Tepora replacement in featherweight bout

first_imgRuiz (39-4) then proceeded to pummel Guevara (27-4), immediately flooring the new opponent seconds into the first round.The first round knockdown, though, was the only highlight of the fight as Guevara managed to stick around and maintaining distance until the end of the fight.Robert Hoyle awarded Ruiz with the 100-89 card while Adalaide Byrd and Glenn Trowbridge scored it 99-90.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ruiz pitching a shut-out in Round 9 of tonight’s opening bout 👊 pic.twitter.com/cZruyCpcpm— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Hugo Ruiz scored a unanimous decision win over Alberto Guevara, who replaced Filipino Jhack Tepora, in the featherweight contest during the main event of Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner title fight Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe original bout was supposed to be between Ruiz and Tepora for the interim WBA World featherweight title but the Filipino bet stepped on the scales 5.5 pounds above the 126-lb division limit.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentscenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tepora was dutifully stripped of the belt and Alberto Guevara was called in to fight Ruiz in the non-title fight. Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis: ‘Heart says Pacquiao, mind says Broner’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

FA blocks England squad plans for Somme homage

first_imgEngland coach Roy Hodgson’s plans to visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing with a few members of his squad have been dashed by Dave Reddin, the Football Association’s head of performance services, according to British media reports. (New finalists, familiar title contenders at expanded Euro 2016)The memorial stands as testament to thousands of British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme between 1915 and 1918 and is a three-hour round trip from England’s European Championship base at Chantilly.The names of 37 footballers, including Evelyn Lintott, a former England player and the first chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), are also commemorated here.Reddin, along with the squad’s sports scientists, said the trip would be too draining and likely to impact on the team’s performance at the tournament, according to the Times. (Golden chance for young players to shine)FA chief executive Martin Glenn will represent the FA and England at Thiepval later on Tuesday.Midfielder James Milner and goalkeeper Joe Hart made video messages after being blocked from travelling to the memorial.”Among those who died were football players — professional and amateur — and of course football fans. Others were so badly injured they could never again play the game I love,” Milner said.England, who are in Group B, play their first match of the tournament against Russia in Marseille on Saturday. Wales and Slovakia are the other teams in the group.last_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus, Xiaomi Mi A2, Honor Play: Best phones to buy under Rs 20,000

first_imgThe month of August has been really busy with a number of new smartphones entering the Indian market. While some have been high-end flagships like the Galaxy Note 9, a majority have been in the affordable mid-range segment, specifically the sub-Rs 20,000 category. Some of these phone have managed to impress us in terms of all round performance and design, giving a pretty good argument on why high-end phones are not really needed for a majority of people out there.This month is crowded with phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus, Xiaomi’s Mi A2 and Honor Play coming in and replacing some of the older models. These phones along with a few others make it to our list of best under Rs 20,000 phones right now because they offer the best value for money by combining attractive design, powerful performance and great cameras at an affordable price.Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999HMD has launched a number of Nokia phones in the budget to mid-range segments in India. Among them, the new Nokia 6.1 Plus has to be most impressive phone right now and the best value for money offering from the company. At Rs 15,999, this Android One phone comes with one of the best designs in this segment so far thanks to an edge-to-edge display and all-glass body. It also packs some impressive hardware and a stock Android experience that runs quite smoothly. I reviewed the device recently and called it one of the best Nokia phones from HMD so yet and its pricing makes it a terrific competitor to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.advertisementThe Nokia 5.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One device that runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port.Xiaomi Mi A2: Rs 16,999The Mi A1 saw a great response last year and there was a lot of anticipation for the follow up phone. The series is the only one in Xiaomi’s portfolio to offer stock Android as part of the Android One program. The Mi A2 was launched recently priced a few notches higher than the Mi A2. But the company has tried to justify that by loading it up with a powerful mid-range chipset, improved cameras and 18:9 display, apart from offering stock Android Oreo, of course. All of this combined makes the Mi A2 one the best Android One phones in the market right now. The Mi A2 comes with a 6-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4GB of RAM as the base variant. The phone rocks a dual camera setup with a 12MP + 20MP configuration on the back and f/1.75 aperture and a 20MP selfie camera. Needless to say, the Mi A2 continues the trend set by the Mi A1 and offers some excellent photos for its price. The phone also houses a 3,010mAh which is now slightly smaller than the Mi A1 and isn’t the phone’s strongest feature.Honor Play: Rs 19,999Huawei sub-brand Honor has been terrific in the affordable segment. Year after year, the company has dished out some very impressive phones that set the trend as far as design goes while at the same time not compromising on the hardware. The Honor Play is yet another phone that comes at a price starting at Rs 19,999. As the name suggests, this is a phone designed for gaming with an edge-to-edge display, large battery and GPU Turbo technology.The Honor Play is is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM s the base variant. It is offered with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB. The device comes with what the company calls GPU Turbo technology which boosts performance by up to 60 per cent and reduces battery consumption by up to 30 per cent.The device sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Fullview display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It bears a dual camera setup on the back with a 16MP + 2MP and 16MP front-fcing camera with AI portrait mode and portrait lightning features. The Honor Play houses a 3,750mAh battery.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999With so many new mid-range phones in the market, it’s easy to forget the Redmi Note 5 Pro that came earlier this year. Still a solid under Rs 20,000 smartphone despite the competition, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is an all-round device that impresses with its performance, battery life and cameras.advertisementThe Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor, which is coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage. Thanks to a powerful as well as a power efficient chipset, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a smooth and fast phone no matter what you throw at it. Apart from a solid performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes with some of the best cameras in this segment. The 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back manages to capture some crisp and detailed photos under good light and more importantly they also manage to hold well under low-light. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro ships with Android Nougat with MIUI on top, it can be upgraded to Oreo now. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery that will keep you going for a good day and a half to two days.Poco F1: Rs 20,999Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Poco rocked the affordable mid-range segment when it announced the Snapdragon 845-powered Poco F1 at Rs 20,999. This is the cheapest phone with a 2018 flagship processor that you can buy and it makes sure that every other phone out there looks expensive. Ideally, such a phone should be the first one on the list, but the reason we placed it in the end is because it is technically not a sub-Rs 20,000 phone. However, some users can get it for Rs 19,999 as Flipkart is offering a Rs 1,000 cashback if you buy it using an HDFC Bank credit or debit card. The phone goes on sale on August 29 on Flipkart and Mi.com/in.The Poco F1 packs true flagship hardware with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4GB of RAM as the base variant. It comes with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB. The device sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ display and packs a large 4,000mAh battery. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor.last_img read more

Dhoni will be India’s trump card in World Cup 2019: Zaheer Abbas

first_img“Brain” of his cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be India’s trump card at the World Cup because of his vast experience, reckons former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas.India grabbed the Twenty20 World Cup under Dhoni’s leadership in 2007 apart from winning the ODI World Cup in 2011. The team also won the Asia Cup twice (2010 and 2016) under Dhoni and the Champions Trophy in 2013.His lightening skills behind the stumps are still intact but his image of the world’ best finisher took a hit, recently.However, Abbas said at a big event like the World Cup, Dhoni’s experience will count a lot.”India has a genius called Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the team. He is the brain of cricket in the team. He understands the game so well and has experience of leading India in two WC wins. His experience will be vital for captain and coach and he can be their trump card,” Abbas told PTI Bhasha.”Also, it is the first WC under Virat Kohli’s captaincy and he would be eager to prove his mettle as a captain,” he felt.Abbas also said the pitches in England will suit strong Indian batting line-up where 400 or 450 runs in an innings could be a possibility.”We have seen that in the recently-concluded Pakistan-England series, that over 300 runs were scored and chased. Now in World Cup, 450 runs could be a possibility as there is no grass on the wickets and bowlers will get little help from the conditions, said the stylish batsman who was called Asian Bradman during his playing days.advertisement”In such a scenario, India will benefit as they have one of the strongest batting line ups. English wickets are now batsmen’s paradise,” he said.There has been a lot of talks about who should bat at no 4 for India but Abbas said there should not be many changes in the top order.”It is purely captain’s decision but my view is that top four batting order shouldn’t be changed frequently. You can make changes in the lower middle order but not at the top,” said the veteran who has played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs for Pakistan between 1969 to 1985.Pakistan, Australia, England and New Zealand are the top contenders for the semifinals apart from India, according to Abbas.”Fitness will be the key in this WC given the format and the weather in England. I think that the fittest teams will reach the last four.”When asked about Pakistan team which has seen some last moment changes in the final squad, Abbas said that this is the “best possible combination”.”They should now forget the loss against England and focus on World Cup. They must improve their fielding, said the veteran.Pakistan could not win a single WC match against India so far. Can the team break this jinx this time?”Record is with India but Pakistan can beat any team on their day. It will depend on who handles the pressure well. It will be the match of the tournament for sure, no matter who wins.India and Pakistan will lock horns on June 16 in Manchester.”For me, Indo-Pak cricket rivalry is much much bigger than Ashes and like every cricket fan, I am eager to see that match,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Seelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Fans amused as Sarfaraz Ahmed says Pakistan will try to post 500 vs Bangladesh

first_imgPakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-final suffered a massive blow when New Zeland lost to England in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Wednesday in Chester-le-Street. The 1992 champions were banking on a couple of results to go their way but England’s progression to the semi-final has hurt them.Pakistan are currently 5th on the points table with 9 points from 8 matches, 2 behind 4th-placed New Zealand who are sitting petty with a 11 points from 9 matches and a positive net run rate of +0.175.Pakistan need to beat Bangladesh by a margin of at least 311 runs when the Asian rivals meet in London on Friday to leapfrog New Zealand and qualify for the semi-finals. For Pakistan to qualify to the semi-final, they have to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or beat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400 or beat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450.No team has managed to win by a margin of 300 or more in World Cups and no score of more than 400 has been posted in the ongoing edition of the World Cup. Pakistan’s highest total in World Cup 2019 has been 348 that they had scored against England and they haven’t score more than 400 even once in ODI cricket.Nonetheless, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed expressed confidence that Pakistan will try and post 500 against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.”We will give it our best but we have to be realistic. If we make 500 or 400 runs, we can surely hope that the opposition team can get out on 50. We will try our best. It is not a hidden fact that we have to make 500-550 runs and win by a margin of 316 runs. We have to be realistic but we will try out best,” Sarfaraz had said on the eve of the crunch match.advertisementSarfaraz Ahmed’s comments have helped raise quite a few eyebrows and fans on social media have come up with a few funny responses.Secret is Pakistan will score 500 and Sarfaraz will then yawn at Bangladesh and put them to sleep. Oooops!Her.Amy.Dobby?? (@fritic) July 5, 2019500 ?? ??????? ?????????…..???????? pic.twitter.com/axaVDoM5Dn????? ??? ????? ?????? ??%F?? (@Nationalis_RSS) July 4, 2019pic.twitter.com/PlT1Non9exChota Don (@choga_don) July 4, 2019pic.twitter.com/L19cMHh1DqEr. RA’s Ed IN (@Rasedin1) July 5, 2019@Rajathds pic.twitter.com/qxtQMxTBS3Pravin Bhoj (@Po_intBlank) July 4, 2019Sarfaraz: We’ll make 500…Every living thing in the universe: pic.twitter.com/MTtUYdTVH6StupendousHuzaifa (@StupendousHuza1) July 4, 2019″We’ll try to score 500 Runs against Bangladesh”:- SarfarazMe: pic.twitter.com/IbtbZbCfi0Shivam Aks ???? (@AksShivam) July 4, 2019Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan’s defeats to West Indies and Australia impacted their chances of qualifying for the World Cup 2019 semi-final. The pace great pointed out Pakistan have only themselves to blame for their position in the quadrennial tournament.After their loss to India on June 16, Pakistan made a strong comeback, beating South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan on the bounce but India and New Zealand’s losses to England have complicated their chances of reaching the last four.”The match against West Indies cost us badly. Then their match against Sri Lanka got abandoned. After that, they lost the game to Australia which they should have won. These three matches made it very difficult for Pakistan. They themselves have got out of the tournament. Nobody else is responsible for their loss,” Shoaib Akhtar said.Also Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | How a coin toss can end Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final hopesAlso See:last_img read more

COSCO Shipping International Bounces Back to Profit

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-listed COSCO Shipping International saw its turnover from continuing operations jump by 271 pct in the second quarter of 2018.The logistics management company posted a turnover of SGD 40 million (USD 29 million) for Q2 2018, mainly driven by the turnover of SGD 32.3 million from newly acquired logistics businesses, the 100% acquisition of Cogent Holdings Limited and 40% acquisition of PT Ocean Global Shipping.The results were offset by a decrease in shipping revenue from a reduced fleet of 3 bulk carriers.Overall, the group booked a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 2.4 million for Q2 2018 as compared to a loss of SGD 20.8 million for Q2 2017.For the six-month period, the group posted a profit from continuing operations of SGD 5.4 million on turnover of SGD 80.7 million.Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cogent, COSCO Shipping International has established a logisticsnetwork in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.The company said that it aims to expand its logistics network in South and Southeast Asia through acquisitions andinvestments and continues to explore potential targets to acquire.last_img read more

The Matrix actor Collin Chou to star in The Half of It

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first_imgLos Angeles: Collin Chou, best known for “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”, is set to feature in rom-com “The Half of It”. The Netflix film will be directed by Alice Wu, reported Deadline. The project, which is a follow-up to Wu’s 2004 film “Saving Face”, revolves around the struggles of an immigrant family against the backdrop of an American-esque teenage angst romantic comedy. Chou will play Edwin Chiu, a struggling immigrant father to Leah Lewis’ Ellie. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Ellie was a highly educated engineer whose promising career was compromised by Edwin’s poor English speaking skills when he moved to the US. He takes up the job as a station manager of the local train depot to provide for his daughter, but poor pay hinders his ability to move up the ladder. Wu is the writer and co-producer on the film. Anthony Bregman and M Blair Breard are also producing with executive producers Erica Matlin and Greg Zuk.last_img read more

Wouldbe bride can keep the diamond ring after breakup NS court rules

first_imgHALIFAX – A woman who broke up with her fiance after a fight over wedding expenses can keep the engagement ring, a Halifax adjudicator has ruled.Devin Sherrington had sued his would-be bride, Lauren Arbuckle, in small claims court for the 3.25 carat diamond ring, worth as much as $19,000.Sherrington, a personal trainer, and Arbuckle, a hairstylist and make-up artist, had planned to marry in 2016. But he postponed the wedding amid arguments over its cost, small claims adjudicator Gregg Knudsen said in a written ruling released Wednesday.“Mr. Sherrington testified that the wedding budget was becoming a very contentious issue. He sought to err on the less expensive side while Ms. Arbuckle preferred a more lavish affair. As a result of the disagreement and the strain it was having on their relationship, Mr. Sherrington suggested they postpone the wedding,” said Knudsen.“Ms. Arbuckle did not agree with that idea at all.”Arbuckle — who texts showed had originally wanted to elope but Sherrington wanted “a party” — then ended the relationship altogether, Knudsen said.Knudsen said it wasn’t Arbuckle who broke the engagement — and that was the key issue in deciding who keeps the ring.“I find the postponement was an indefinite postponement, sufficient to treat the engagement as over. Ms. Arbuckle may have ended the relationship but Mr. Sherrington ended the engagement,” said Knudsen.“It is the conditional aspect of the gift, the marriage or the intent to marry, which is the critical issue. The determination of the entitlement to the engagement ring is based upon who broke off the engagement and who didn’t.”In the end, Knudsen said text messages exchanged by the two showed Sherrington had told Arbuckle she could keep the ring anyway.The adjudicator did, however, order Arbuckle to pay Sherrington $2,914 for her share of a trip to Mexico they had taken together.The battle over the ring may ultimately be moot: Arbuckle has filed for bankruptcy, so the ring is in the possession of the trustee in bankruptcy.last_img read more

Forest Whitaker Narrates Sewing Hope Film

first_imgSister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Ugandan educator and CNN Hero, will attend the Chicago debut of “Sewing Hope,” a film that documents her work restoring the lives of women and girls brutalized by Joseph Kony’s rebel army.She will visit DePaul University Feb. 16-20 and will attend the screening and discussion Feb. 19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level theater at 14 E. Jackson Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.“Sewing Hope” follows Nyirumbe as she leads a vocational school in Gulu, Uganda, where she teaches practical skills to restore independence to women and girls who were kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. Filmmaker Derek Watson mixes first person accounts and edgy animation as actor Forest Whitaker narrates Nyirumbe’s fight to bring hope back to her troubled nation. Sister Rosemary’s story is also chronicled in a novel that is available on Amazon by Reggie Whitten and Nancy Henderson titled Sewing Hope.DePaul’s School for New Learning recognized Nyirumbe with an honorary doctorate in December 2013 in partnership with Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya. Founded in 1898 in Chicago, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States. Tangaza College is also a Catholic institution and prepares graduates for ministerial and social work.“Sister Rosemary is a living example for DePaul and Tangaza College as we work together to develop leaders for Africa,” said Derise Tolliver Atta, associate professor in DePaul’s School for New Learning. “She stood up to Kony’s army and works unabashedly for social justice, and that resonates with DePaul students in Chicago and Africa.”Traveling the world to advocate on behalf of her school that was developed in partnership with Pros For Africa, — St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Center — Nyirumbe also brings attention to the ongoing violence caused by rebel groups in Uganda. In 2007, she was named a CNN Hero. U.S. President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, praised her mission and determination earlier this year during a visit to Uganda.Under Nyirumbe’s leadership, St. Monica’s has adapted to the practical and trauma-induced needs of a population suffering in a civil war. Women and girls at the school receive psychological support and literacy training, as well as vocational skills like sewing and planting crops. Nyirumbe developed a program to help students earn money by creating purses from soda pop tabs. Since 2002, annual enrollment at St. Monica’s has surged to more than 300 from 31, and most leave the school with permanent jobs.The School for New Learning at DePaul University provides a distinctive approach to learning for adults, with customized programs that build upon abilities and experiences, add knowledge and develop skills to help achieve personal and professional goals. This event is presented by the Africa Diaspora Committee at DePaul during Black History Month. More information is online at www.snl.depaul.edu.last_img read more

CORUS ENTERTAINMENT AND THE BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE 2019 RECIPIENTS

first_img Facebook TORONTO, April 24, 2019 – Corus and the Banff World Media Festival are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program. Attracting experienced writers from across Canada each year, the 2019 recipients are invited to BANFF on a full-access pass to benefit from the extensive networking during the Festival, as well as participate in a two-week internship opportunity in the writer’s room of a current Canadian series.“The selection process each year becomes more and more challenging as we are seeing incredible talent apply for the Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President, Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “Nurturing the creative pipeline with fresh and diverse voices is not only vital for an industry anchored in storytelling, but also ensures that narratives are authentic. Congratulations to the 2019 Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program recipients!”The 2019 Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program recipients are: Advertisement THOMAS CONWAY Since graduating from Ryerson University’s School of Radio & Television Arts in 2007, Thomas has worked with comedy legends such as Ron James, Dave Foley, and Eugene Levy. His work on CBC’s Schitt’s Creek landed him a gig as story coordinator on CTV’s Spun Out, and eventually showrunner’s  assistant on the ABC Studios drama series, Covington. Most recently, Thomas worked as story editor on Endlings, wrote a freelance script on the award-winning Odd Squad, and created an original pilot currently in development at Sinking Ship Entertainment.JORDAN HALL Jordan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work focuses on climate change, the exploration genre, and the development of the full-realized female protagonist. Her work has been dubbed “stellar, insightful” by Plank Magazine, “thoughtful” by CBC Radio, and “vivid, memorable” by NOW. Credits include co-creator and lead writer on Carmilla: The Series, and consulting producer and screenwriter on Carmilla: The Movie.JENNIFER IRONS As the founder of ME Studios, Jennifer has produced several projects, with her first feature film screenplay, Intolerance (directed by Sergio Guerrero) currently in post-production. Jennifer is a member of Women in Film & Television Toronto, winner of the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference Breakthrough Artists Award, and recipient of the 2018 Meridian Artists Agency MentorshipKIM MORRISON Kim has worked in writers’ rooms spanning virtually every genre, from dark serialized drama to half-hour comedy; gravitating towards lighter ensemble drama on her own projects. Kim brings incredible experience with her, and has worked in writers’ rooms for Rogue, Mary Kills People, and Private Eyes. Kim is also the recipient of the 2018 Telefilm New Voices Award.HEATHER TAYLOR Heather is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made. Her career highlights include co-writing her first feature film, The Last Thakur, which premiered at the London International Film Festival; her sci-fi web series, Raptured, which had over a million views; and Stitched, her award-winning horror short. Heather is currently working on her second feature film, ROT, and her latest horror short, Pay to Stay, will play festivals in 2019/20.The Banff World Media Festival takes place from June 9 to 12, 2019 in Banff, Alberta.Social Media Links:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @Corus PRFollow The Banff World Media Festival on Twitter @BanffMedia and FacebookAbout Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About the Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Media Festival is one of the world’s largest and most important conferences serving the entertainment industry, dedicated to global content development, production, broadcast and distribution. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives. BANFF serves as the leading annual destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 1,500 international decision-makers to connect and forge new business deals. BANFF’s Rockie Awards International Program Competition is one of the largest awards programs of its kind with participation from more than 40 countries and 150 senior industry jurors from around the world. The festival’s renowned Rockies Gala Awards honour some of the most influential creators and executives in the industry in a star-studded evening of entertainment and celebration. 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Shiva Thapa makes winning start, 6 other Indian boxers enter quarters in Asian Championships

first_imgBangkok: Shiva Thapa inched closer to adding a record fourth medal by entering the 60kg pre-quarterfinals while six other Indians advanced to the last-eight stage in the Asian Boxing Championships here on Saturday. Thapa secured a thrilling 4-1 win over Korea’s Kim Wonho and is now a couple of wins away from a medal to add to the gold, bronze and silver he won in 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions respectively. The Assam pugilist will next take on Kyrgyzstan’s Seitbek Uulu for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday. 2018 World Championships bronze winner Lovlina Borgohain began her medal quest in an impressive fashion, outpunching Vietnam’s Tran Thi Linh 5-0 to advance to the quarter-finals. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhUp next on Monday for the 2019 Strandja Cup bronze medallist is a stiff challenge in the form of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin, to whom the Indian lost to in the semi-finals of the World Championships in New Delhi last year. National champion and Makran Cup gold medallist Deepak continued his good form at this elite event with yet another commanding 5-0 win over Sri Lanka’s Mutunaka Pedi Gedara. Winner of two King’s Cup medals in Thailand, Rohit Tokas (64kg) displayed his speed and alertness in his 5-0 thrashing of Afghanistan’s Nooristani Mohammad Khaibar to enter the last-eight. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) brought his gold medal-winning form from the GeeBee boxing tournament to open with a commanding 5-0 victory over Japan’s Subaru Murata. In contrast, Ashish Kumar (75kg) had to dig deep to beat China’s Tanglatihan Tuohetaerbieke in a 3-2 split verdict in an absorbing pre-quarter-final contest. 21-year-old Manisha Moun (54kg) of Haryana made a promising start to her campaign with a unanimous 5-0 win over Vietnam’s Do Nha Uyen to enter the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Morocco’s ANRT Confirms End of VoIP Blockage is Permanent

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Casablanca — The ANRT (National Agency of Telecommunication Regulation) has released a statement on November 4 confirming the end of the VoIP blockage, which had restricted Moroccans from using a variety of voice calling mobile applications.“All telecommunication operators have been allowed to proceed with the restoration of all telephone services and applications over IP (VoIP) across their networks,” said the ANRT statement.The decision to block the VoIP had initially been made in an effort to maintain profits for telecommunication companies. However, for the last several months, the question of “over the top” applications led to several discussions and debates, the ANRT statement said. The ANRT states that the decision to end the VoIP blockage came “after a national and international evaluation was made by the ANRT concerning telecommunication markets, the context of regulations and the harmonious development of the sector with respect to the needs of users.”The ANRT’s statement comes to the relief of many Moroccan who were limited in terms of what apps they could use and had, for a long time, condemned the ANRT’s decision to block the VoIP.At the end of the statement, the ANRT promises to “follow these questions with great interest and ensure that users benefit of the best technological innovations, in line with the needs of the sector’s development and regulations.” read more

Morocco, Spain Reach Agreement to Curb Deadly Stampedes in Ceuta

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Rabat – The increase of stampedes in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta has pushed the Moroccan-Spanish authorities to find a solution to reduce the fatalities caused by stampedes annually. For the neighbors, building a bridge in the Morocco-Spain Tarajal border checkpoints will ensure smooth traffic flow.In January, two Moroccan women died while several others suffered injuries after a stampede at one of the entrance gates of the Ceuta’s crossing border.Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia reported in its weekend issue that the Moroccan Spanish authorities have reached an agreement to build a bridge that will ensure the smooth flow of traffic and add two additional passages: one entrance to the Spanish protectorate and one exit. The two other passages will be dedicated to the circulation of travelers and tourists.Al Ahdath added that the Spanish authorities will only allow access to cars whose legal documents comply with European regulations, especially the stipulation that the driver be the owner of the vehicle.The vehicle queue will be organized along the perimeter of the Moroccan side of the border to unclog the national road 352, which serves as a major thoroughfare in  Ceuta, connecting the city center and the port. Nearly 900 cars cross the border each day. The border has also served as a  major crossing point for illegal goods.According to Spanish news outlet Ceuta Actualidad, the Spanish Ministry of Interior and Treasury have already set a plan for the modernization of the border point, known as El Tarajal I. According to the Spanish source, the construction works might begin in early 2019.The newsource added that a seven-lane expansion is planned, one of which will be reserved for the security officials.Three stampedes were reported in 2017. The first incident occurred on March 28, 2017,, while the second dates back to April 24. One Moroccan woman was killed in each respective incident. The third tragedy occurred on August 28: two Moroccan women died, while others suffered injuries.In June 2017, Spanish authorities made an agreement with the Moroccan government to prevent the so-called “human mules,” or Moroccan women who carry heavy loads of trade goods across the border, from crossing through Ceuta’s El Tarajal II checkpoint in the same day.According to the agreement, women are allowed to cross the border only on Mondays and Wednesdays, while men will be permitted on  Tuesdays and Thursdays.In the same month, Spanish parliament discussed a suggestion by Podemos Party to improve the working conditions of Ceuta and Melilla’s “human mules,” though no decisive action has occurred in the time since. read more

Oilpatch financial results expected to reflect extreme fourthquarter price volatility

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Analysts also expect investor interest in prospects for crude-by-rail shipments, as smaller differences between Canadian and U.S. oil prices make that shipping option less financially attractive.“Given how tight differentials have shifted, a number of conversations on the near-term Canadian outlook have centred around near-term rail expectations as spot pricing appears out of the money,” said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.They added they expect rail shipping to continue at a good pace, however, because producers have signed deals with railways to add volume and will likely continue to use that capacity.The fall in world oil prices last month could lead to cuts in capital spending plans announced in the fourth quarter by companies including mid-sized NuVista Energy Ltd. and Advantage Oil and Gas Ltd., the report says. CALGARY — Fourth-quarter results from Canada’s biggest oil and gas companies will likely feature some surprises, as well as revisions to forward plans, given extreme volatility in commodity prices in the last three months of 2018, financial analysts say.The parade of results begins Friday with Imperial Oil Ltd. and continues next Tuesday with Suncor Energy Inc.During the quarter, U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices fell 16 per cent from the previous period to average US$58.79 per barrel, but Canadian prices were much more severely impacted thanks to discounts blamed on full export pipelines, according to RBC Capital Markets. Why are energy stocks so cold when Canadian oil prices are so hot? Wall Street, TSX erase losses after surprise surge in oil prices Can Alberta’s oil production cuts lift Canadian heavy oil prices? Those discounts, which resulted in a 59 per cent drop in the average price for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select oil in the quarter and a 45 per cent drop in the average price for lighter Edmonton Par crude, subsided to normal levels or lower in December after the Alberta government announced production curtailments beginning Jan. 1.The price chaos will make it difficult to read too much into financial reports, which are likely to show buoyant returns for those oil and gas producers that also have refining operations, said RBC analyst Greg Pardy in a research note.“Although fourth-quarter results will likely showcase the power of downstream (refinery) integration, we do not look upon them as indicative of the cash flow horsepower of our coverage group,” he said.“This point reflects the severe dislocation of Canadian oil differentials across the complex during the fourth quarter — and downstream inventory distortions caused by the sharp drop in WTI. As such, we believe fourth-quarter results are truly backward looking in every sense of the phrase.”About 25 operators who each produce more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day in Alberta have been affected by the government-mandated cuts.… we believe fourth-quarter results are truly backward looking in every sense of the phrase.RBC analyst Greg Pardy read more

Eritrean fatally shot after entering UN post in border zone with Ethiopia

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The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said in a statement that the injured person was immediately offered medical attention at the mission’s level 1 plus hospital and then transported to Barentu Hospital where he died.“UNMEE deeply regrets this tragic loss of life and extends its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Eritrean authorities,” the statement said. The mission has since instituted an investigation, and will fully cooperate with the Eritrean Government for the successful conduct of this probe. Nine days ago, Eritrean troops moved 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the two countries in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called “a major breach” of the ceasefire that ended the two-year border war in 2000. He called on Eritrea to withdraw its troops immediately.UNMEE reported then that the Eritrean forces took over one of its checkpoints in Sector West. Last year Eritrea restricted UNMEE’s use of helicopters, impeding its ability to monitor 50 to 55 per cent of the area on the Eritrean side within the TSZ. In his latest report last month on the conflict, Mr. Annan repeated concerns that Ethiopia had not accepted the binding decisions of the Boundary Commission demarcating the border at the root of the war, and that Eritrea refused to continue to cooperate with the body. read more

JT Barrett voted by students as best athlete at Ohio State

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OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) high-fives Buckeye fans after a 62-3 victory against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn 2014, Ohio State then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett helped propel the Buckeyes into the first ever College Football Playoff. Now, in 2017, Barrett will be leading the charge for OSU one last time, with extra backing from the Buckeye faithful on campus.Barrett has been named The Lantern’s Best Athlete by voters, an award which went to current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. It marks the second-straight year a member of the football team has been named as the university’s best athlete.After tossing 24 touchdowns and rushing for another nine, Barrett was a key cog in the offensive machine for OSU. Flashing both his legs and his arm, the Texas native compiled 3,400 total yards.Barrett received lots of criticism for the passing game woes, but managed to command an offensive unit that averaged 39.4 points and 459.2 yards per game. Next year, the redshirt senior will benefit from the presence of former NFL coach Ryan Day, who is now the team’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.“He’s a grown man,” Day said. “He’s like a professional when he shows up every day. From when I got here until now, I can see the best thing he does is play the game.”OSU also brought in Kevin Wilson to help recharge the offense. The former Indiana head coach, who had to strategize against Barrett on multiple occasions, called him “the best quarterback in college football” after OSU’s 38-17 win last year.“He’s one of the best players, he’s one of the best teammates,” Wilson said. “I’m not in their locker room, I’m sure he’s a phenomenal leader.”Runner-up: Kyle Snyder read more

Bored RAF pilot sent 187 passengers into a nosedive while playing with

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first_imgFlt Lt Townshend was flying a Voyager aircraft, which the RAF uses for transporting passengers and for air-to-air refuellingCredit:Sgt Neil Bryden RAF/MoD During the nosedive, Flt Lt Townshend repeatedly swore and later announced to his 187 military passengers he “was not sure” what caused it.Both he and the co-pilot were pinned to the ceiling, and wrestled with the controls as aircraft plummeted towards the Black Sea carrying 187 passengers.Flt Lt Townshend later deleted photographs he had taken immediately before the incident.Mr Lickley said checks carried out when the plane landed in Turkey revealed there were no technical issues and said Flt Lt Townshend had caused the side stick to move forward.He added a “bored” Flt Lt Townshend, based at RAF Northolt, was seen during the flight taking photos of passing aircraft.”Flt Lt Townshend was not concentrating while flying and was bored. The camera and side stick have damage to them which is consistent with them coming into contact like they did.”He disputes putting the camera next to him and knowing the camera was in the position it was while jammed. He says it had fallen from a shelf.”In a tech-log after they landed he said it was a mechanical issue and suggested there was a very serious issue with the aircraft.”Days later at two service inquiries, while answering questions under oath, he did not tell the truth. He said the reason for the incident was a technical malfunction.”Flt Lt Nathan Jones, the co-pilot, suffered a cut to the head, a fractured back, a prolapsed disc and nerve damage.The court heard 14 passengers were so badly hurt they were unable to fly back to the UK.Describing accounts from others on board, Mr Lickley said: “Sergeant Ian Burke was pinned up on the ceiling and couldn’t move. Sergeant Humphries thought he was going to die and was also pinned on the ceiling.”Natalie Thornhill, a cabin crew member, was thrown to the ceiling and then thrown to the floor.”The trial, expected to last two weeks, continues. 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. The cockpit of a Voyager aircraft The descent was unannounced so passengers experienced weightlessness, they were thrown to the ceiling and thought they were going to dieNigel Lickley QC, prosecuting His Nikon DSLR camera was positioned in front of his arm rest and became jammed with the plane’s controls when he moved his seat forward in the incident in February 2014.The camera wedged between his arm rest and the ‘side-stick’ – a joystick used to control the plane – which pushed it forward, disengaging the auto-pilot and causing the plane to nosedive.Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, said: “The descent was unannounced so passengers experienced weightlessness, they were thrown to the ceiling and thought they were going to die.”This all happened while he was alone in the cockpit, the co-pilot managed to get back to his seat and was in fact on the ceiling while trying to gain control with Townshend.”Fortunately they managed to gain control of the plane.”center_img A bored RAF pilot flying nearly 200 service personnel to Afghanistan sent his passenger jet into a nosedive when a camera he had been playing with jammed the flight controls, a court martial heard.As the Voyager aircraft plummeted 4,400ft in seconds, passengers were pinned to the ceiling and left thinking they were going to die.But after Flt Lt Andrew Townshend regained control of the 197ft wingspan aircraft, he allegedly lied in both a technical log and service inquiry and insisted the incident had been caused by a technical fault. The cockpit of a Voyager aircraftCredit: Cpl Graham Taylor RAF/MoD The 49-year-old denies two counts of perjury and making a false record in relation to lying, but admits negligently performing a duty in relation to causing the camera to collide with the side-stick.Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire heard Flt Lt Townshend was bored while flying from the UK to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan and “practicing long-exposure photography when his co-pilot left the cockpit to get a cup of tea”. An RAF Voyager refuelling aircraft on take off at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada USA last_img read more

5th Sarius Cup 89 teams from 11 countries competed in Presov

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5TH Sarius CupPresov handballSlovakia handball The 5th International Youth Tournament „SARIUS CUP“ is held from August 22 – 24 in the biggest handball center of Slovakia – city of Presov. Succesful promotion of the tournament resulted in 89 teams from 11 countries made from this handball event one of the biggest in the Central Europe this summer.  Combination of promotion tools and experience in organising such a kind of event (Kempa Cup in winter time) made significant improvement in number of teams (54 teams participated in 2012).Teams from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland made a strong competition for all the prices and medals.The winners are:U12 (Boys): RK Virovitica (Croatia)U 13 (Boys): SK Velika Bystrice (Czech Republic)U 14 (Boys): Handball Team Krasnodar (Russia)U 15 (Boys): Handball Team Krasnodar (Russia)U 17 (Boys): KS Vive Targi Kielce (Poland)A 13 (Girls): CS Olimpic Tg Mures(Romania)A 14 (Girls): Iuventa Michalovce(Slovakia)A 15 (Girls): HK Veselí nad Moravou(Czech Republic)A 17 (Girls): HC Klaipéda(Lithuania)COMPLETE RESULTS AND ALL POSSIBLE INFORMATION ON OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT WEBSITE ← Previous Story WISLA TV: EHF Champions League in Plock! Next Story → DKB Bundesliga leader: SG Flensburg beat Hannover for “3 of 3” read more

Motorola is excited about the future of the tablet their tablet in

first_imgAccording to Motorola the iPad is a giant iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs a version of Android that was made to power a phone. Motorola, on the other hand, is “buzzing with excitement to be the next chapter in tablet evolution”.Motorola put out this commercial ahead of the unveiling of an Android “Honeycomb” tablet at CES next month (buzzing with excitement, get it?). The company must be pretty optimistic about the tablet because they weren’t shy with the fighting words in their video. In other words, they must feel that they’ll be able to duplicate the success of the Droid phones with a tablet, once again standing up to Apple in a market where Jobs & Co. have seen huge growth (though the iPhone pales in comparison to the iPad’s market dominance).There isn’t a whole lot else to see, aside from a bee buzzing around Moto’s new logo…Oh and as for that tablet hidden under a curtain, haven’t we actually seen it already?via Crunchgearlast_img read more