‘Changing names of places a gimmick’

first_imgFormer Jammu & Kashmir CM and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that changing the names of places “is a gimmick and was done to deflect attention from the real issues”.In an apparent reference to renaming certain places in U.P. and Gujarat, Ms. Mufti said: “At a time when our country is witnessing rising agrarian distress and unemployment, crores [of people] still live without a roof over their head, name changing seems to be a mere gimmick to deflect attention from the real issues.”Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami said there was a spurt in atrocities against Dalits and minorities in the country. “The attacks are fostered to divide people… the government policies have only deepened people’s misery.”last_img read more

FRENCH OPEN 2019: A look at younger, less-famous challengers

first_imgWHO: Marketa Vondrousova, 19, Czech RepublicBEST MAJOR: Fourth round, 2018 U.S. OpenFRENCH OPEN RECORD: 1-2WHY SHE MATTERS: Lefty with mature game full of variety is 21-5 since the Australian Open, including two victories over 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep.WHAT COULD HOLD HER BACK: Like some others on this list, unaccustomed to the rarefied air of the latter rounds at a Grand Slam tournament.POSSIBLE OPPONENT: 3-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the second round.WORDS: “If not this year, keep an eye on her. She is going to be good, for sure.” — 18-time major champion Chris Evert.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That doesn’t mean, of course, that all have a shot at a title, even if defending champion Simona Halep figures about 10 women do.No one truly believes that many men are viable contenders to end up with the trophy. The list pretty much begins and ends with 11-time champ Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who has won the past three majors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAs 14th-seeded Gael Monfils put it: “If I were to ask you who the favorites are for Roland Garros, you would give me two names and it’s always the same. No one is going to give me another name. … Who are the two main favorites? They are Rafa and Novak. And that is not going to change right away.”There are 128 entrants in each draw, and while 127 will lose, there are men and women who have yet to win a Grand Slam title — maybe not even come that close yet — who might make some noise at the 2019 French Open. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew WORDS: “I am playing my best tennis right now.” — Garin.___WHO: Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20, GreeceBEST MAJOR: Semifinals, 2019 Australian OpenFRENCH OPEN RECORD: 1-2WHY HE MATTERS: Announced his presence by upsetting 20-time major champ Roger Federer in the fourth round in Australia; tied for the tour lead with two titles in 2019. Has a rare combination of strength at the baseline and touch at the net.WHAT COULD HOLD HIM BACK: No real reason he shouldn’t be a factor deep into the tournament.POSSIBLE OPPONENT: Federer in the quarterfinals.WORDS: “It’s good to come into a Grand Slam knowing what you’ve done well, what you’ve done wrong, trying to concentrate on those things in order to avoid the same mistakes in the big events.” — Tsitsipas.___ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport WHAT COULD HOLD HER BACK: In a word: inexperience. Has played only six Grand Slam matches in what shapes up as a promising career.POSSIBLE OPPONENT: No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.IN HER WORDS: “It’s been a really great year for me. Obviously I’m motivated to do even more.” — Anisimova.___WHO: Cristian Garin, 22, ChileBEST MAJOR: 0-3 in Grand Slam matchesFRENCH OPEN RECORD: DebutWHY HE MATTERS: One of only two men (Benoit Paire is the other) to have won more than one clay-court title this season.WHAT COULD HOLD HIM BACK: New to this stage. Never won a match at a major; never appeared in the main draw at Roland Garros.POSSIBLE OPPONENT: 3-time major champ Stan Wawrinka in the second round. View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES FRENCH OPEN 2019: What to watch, from Osaka to Federer’s return Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP FRENCH OPEN RECORD: DebutWHY SHE MATTERS: A fresh face on the scene. Big strokes and fearless attitude carried her to a hard-court title at Indian Wells as a wild-card entrant and a 31-4 record this season.WHAT COULD HOLD HER BACK: Has been dealing with an injured right shoulder that sidelined her since March.POSSIBLE OPPONENT: 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the third round.WORDS: “I have watched all these players play on TV so many times, so it’s surreal to be able to play against them.” — Andreescu.___WHO: Amanda Anisimova, 17, United States.BEST MAJOR: Fourth round, 2019 Australian OpenFRENCH OPEN RECORD: 0-1WHY SHE MATTERS: Showed with a second-week run in Australia in January and a clay-court title in Colombia in April that she can handle the setting and the surface. She’s the youngest American woman to win a title since Serena Williams was 17 at Indian Wells in 1999. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this March 17, 2019, file photo, Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, kisses her trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber, of Germany, in the women’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Andreescu, 18, is seeded at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the 2019 French Open, where play begins Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)PARIS — There’s been unprecedented tennis parity so far in 2019, including the clay-court circuit leading to the French Open: A total of 23 players split the 25 WTA and ATP titles on the slow, red surface.That means there are plenty of people who can succeed over the next two weeks at Roland Garros, where play begins Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Even setting aside those without a major championship but other strong bona fides, along the lines of Dominic Thiem, Kiki Bertens or Karolina Pliskova, the brackets contain some younger competitors without previous success at Roland Garros who could draw attention.Here’s a look:___WHO: Bianca Andreescu, 18, CanadaBEST MAJOR: Second round, 2019 Australian OpenADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bruins, Blues set to clash in bruising Stanley Cup Final

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston and St. Louis don’t lack high-end skill, from goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington to scorers Brad Marchand and Vladimir Tarasenko. They do resemble their coaches — Cassidy, who has become a mature, straightforward communicator and Craig Berube, a no-nonsense, team-first guy who has turned the Blues into a north-south, no frills team.These teams are in many ways mirror images of each other based on their gritty styles and how tough they are to crack.“The two hardest, heaviest teams are in the final,” San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after his team was eliminated by the Blues in the Western Conference final. “Everybody talks about skill and speed, there’s room for all these small players. There is a room for that. But I don’t think it’s an accident.”It’s certainly no accident that the Bruins and Blues like to make opponents black and blue. Bruins forward Danton Heinen said physicality is what he and his teammates have tried to deliver all year long and will continue to, but the Blues figured out last round that they need to be more selective about dishing out punishment.“You can’t just run around out there,” St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist said. “When you’re going to hit, you need to hit with a purpose.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The purpose now is to lift hockey’s hallowed trophy. After Bruins center Patrice Bergeron played the 2013 final with broken ribs and a punctured lung, there’s not much guys won’t do this time of year at their own expense.“This is the Stanley Cup. This is what everyone plays for,” Boston forward Jake DeBrusk said. “It’s going to be fun, physical and pretty intense, so hopefully the body holds up for everybody here.”GOALIE DUELWith a league-best 1.42 goals-against average and .942 save percentage, Rask is the front-runner to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Rask is in his second final as a starter after being on the Boston team that lost to Chicago in six games in 2015.“It’s a team sport,” Rask said. “Everybody has to pull their load. That’s the only way you can win.”All the Blues is win, win, win no matter what since Binnington made his first NHL start in early January. They won 30 of their final 45 games to get into the playoffs, and Binnington has a 2.36 GAA and .914 save percentage in the playoffs.No goalie has won the Conn Smythe since Jonathan Quick with Los Angeles in 2012.CUP EXPERIENCE DISPARITYThe Bruins and Blues play similar styles yet have very different levels of winning this time of year.Five Boston players — Rask, captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Krejci — are still around from the 2011 Cup-winning Bruins, and Joakim Nordstrom won in 2015 with the Blackhawks. St. Louis has two players with Cup rings, though even that should have an asterisk because Jordan Nolan (2012 and 2014 Kings) hasn’t played since January and Oskar Sundqvist (2016 Penguins) only skated 20 regular-season and playoff games with Pittsburgh that year. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “They are physical, we’ll be physical,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday. “I don’t think we shy away from that type of game.”The past decade-plus has been a study in the NHL getting younger and quicker, and previous champions like Chicago in 2013 and 2015 and Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017 exemplified that. The 2019 champion will show there are still many kinds of blueprints for winning, though skill is still needed along with size and physicality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhen the puck drops on Game 1 Monday night, the bruises will begin in what should be a throwback series with the Stanley Cup on the line.“At this point you’re going to get both teams coming out of the gates laying their hits,” big Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. “It’s going to be a heavy series. It’s hard to say how much physicality will be going both ways. I’m sure guys will be looking to get their licks in.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “Our guys that have been there, that have won a Cup, have lost a Cup, that should give us an edge,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.Of course, a year ago the Washington Capitals had only one Stanley Cup winner in Brooks Orpik before Alex Ovechkin lifted it in Las Vegas. Armstrong is banking on his players earning their experience in the final.“Hopefully a year from now we’ll say, geez, St. Louis has got a lot of championship experience,” Armstrong said.MAY SWEEPSTo say this has been a weird playoffs would be the understatement of the league’s 101-year history. Top seeds Tampa Bay and Calgary were knocked out in the first round along with fellow division winners Washington and Nashville, and the Lightning were actually swept by Columbus.But there has also been a strange pattern with sweeping teams that the Bruins hope is a coincidence and not a trend related to too much time off. The New York Islanders swept Pittsburgh in the first round, then got swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round. Carolina? Yeah, swept in the Eastern Conference final by the Bruins.Boston also beat Columbus after the Blue Jackets swept the Lightning, making teams that won their previous series four games to none a combined 0-3 so far.“It’s something that naturally you’re going to think about a little bit,” DeBrusk said.INJURY WATCHAttrition to the San Jose Sharks helped St. Louis get through West final, and despite their physicality, the Blues and Bruins have been fairly fortunate when it comes to injuries this postseason. St. Louis defenseman Vince Dunn missed the past three games with an upper-body injury but returned to practice wearing a full shield over his face, and forward Robert Thomas skated Saturday after leaving early in the third period West final clincher Tuesday. Globe, Beach Volleyball Republic team up for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Dunn is unlikely to play in Game 1 but could be available later in the series. Thomas is expected to play despite not practicing Sunday.The Bruins have had a week and a half off to heal up, which is good news for captain Zdeno Chara, who was injured and didn’t play in Game 4 of the East final. They got a bit of a scare when Marchand jammed his left hand after bumping into teammate Connor Clifton during an intrasquad scrimmage to stay sharp during the long layoff.Marchand missed practice Sunday, but coach Bruce Cassidy said it was for maintenance and expects Boston’s leading scorer to be good to go for Game 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and St. Louis Blues left wing Pat Maroon (7) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Boston. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Blues is Monday, May 27. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON — When the NHL altered its rules with an eye toward speed and skill, this is not the Stanley Cup Final it had in mind.Hockey is becoming less of a big man’s game, offense is up and it’s faster than ever. Then there’s the big and tough St. Louis Blues facing off against the bigger and tougher Boston Bruins in the final that shows size still matters in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

ICC clears bowling action of Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny to bowl in international matches after finding their remodelled bowling actions to be legal.The bowling actions of Sunny and Taskin have been found to be legal, and both bowlers can now resume bowling in international cricket, effective immediately, an ICC media statement said on Friday.Bangladesh announced a 13-man squad for the first two One-Dayers of the Afghanistan series, which starts on Sunday, and left a spot reserved for Taskin in case he gets the nod from ICC. (Also read: Bangladesh have seriously talented bunch of players: Courtney Walsh)With the ban on his bowling lifted, Taskin is now available for the Afghanistan One-Dayers. The selectors, however, wanted to give Sunny, who was kept out of the 20-man pool announced ahead of the final squad, more time to get used to his new action.Taskin and Sunny were reported for suspect illegal action after Bangladesh’s World Twenty20 opener against the Netherlands in Dharamsala earlier this year.After independent assessments in Chennai, ICC barred both the bowlers from bowling in international cricket for illegal actions on Mar 19.The Bangladesh Cricket Board then appealed against the ban on Taskin two days later but the judicial commissioner upheld the suspension following a review hearing. (Also read: Bangladesh call up uncapped Mosaddek for first two Afghanistan ODIs)The duo then returned home to begin working on remodelled actions while Taskin played for Abahani in the Dhaka Premier League. advertisementTo stay a bit more focused on remodelling his action, Sunny did not play the first portion of the league, joining the tournament midway.They kept on working on their actions even after the league had ended. BCB later tested out their actions with 2D cameras. (Also read: England’s James Anderson could be rested in Bangladesh, India Test series)After the specialists were satisfied with the results, they were sent to Brisbane for ICC’s assessment, which took place on Sep 8.Before this Bangladesh spinners Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi, too, returned from ICC imposed bans after remedied actions.last_img read more

Mascherano becomes Argentina’s most-capped player

first_imgWorld Cup Mascherano’s 144th appearance sees him overtake Zanetti as Argentina’s most-capped player Chris Burton 20:20 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Mascherano Argentina Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Iceland Having made his debut back in 2003, the versatile 34-year-old has set a new record for the Albiceleste in a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland Javier Mascherano has passed Javier Zanetti to become Argentina’s most-capped player, with a 144th appearance taken in during a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland.The 34-year-old made his senior debut back in July 2003 as the Albiceleste faced Uruguay in a friendly encounter.That proved to be his only outing of that calendar year, but he has been a regular part of the fold since 2004. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A long list of coaches have called upon a man who has been a model of consistency throughout his career, with his versatility making him a useful option to those at the Argentina helm.Mascherano was on the books at River Plate when making his bow, with further caps picked up during spells at Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona and Hebei China Fortune.He won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, before suffering penalty shoot-out heartache in the final of that year’s Copa America.A first World Cup was taken in at Germany 2006, before further Copa America and Olympic Games appearances followed.Diego Maradona then made Mascherano captain in November 2008, with the armband inherited from Zanetti in the build up to the 2010 World Cup.Having skippered Argentina at that event at the 2011 Copa America on home soil, Lionel Messi took over leadership duties with Mascherano as his deputy.A 100th cap was earned at the 2014 World Cup, with further final agony suffered on Brazilian soil.Lionel Messi Javier Mascherano ArgentinaHe matched Zanetti’s haul of 143 caps in a friendly clash with Haiti in May, but has now moved to the top of that list outright.Of those still playing, Messi is the only man likely to get close to matching or overhauling Mascherano’s remarkable tally.The Barcelona icon has 125 caps to his name and, at 30 years of age, still has plenty of years left at the top.Mascherano has already aired his ambition to help a talismanic figure get his hands on the grandest of prizes this summer, with Argentina determined to deliver World Cup glory for their mercurial No. 10.“One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version,” Mascherano told Asharq Al-Awsat ahead of an opening Group D clash with Iceland.“It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.”last_img read more

INSIDE SPORT WORLD CUP FEATURE

first_imgTouch Football Australia has received a massive publicity boost with a feature story on Australia’s 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup campaign being featured in the November Issue of Inside Sport, Australia’s most respected Sporting magazine.For more than 14 Years, the Inside Sport team has combined thoughtful, hard-hitting and in-depth feature writing with lighter, more irreverent and bite-sized sporting tidbits for every sporting palate. With a Circulation of 52,529 and a Readership of 155,000, the magazine has mass popularity and reach all over Australia, and this is a major coup for Touch Football.Aaron Scott, a journalist for “Inside Sport” magazine tracked the progress of the Australian World Cup Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Open Teams for the first two days of the 22-24 September Training Camp held in Sydney at Cronulla’s Toyota Park.Aaron interviewed various players, coaches, and officials over Friday and Saturday and was amazed at the speed of the game and the talent and dexterity players possessed across a range of fitness and game play disciplines.Touch aficionados will appreciate the article’s portrayal of Touch Football as a viable sport in its’ own right in Australia and around the World.The essence of our game and the athleticism, skill level, and professionalism of our National Open players was encapsulated well.The article is featured on pages 30–31 of the November issue of Inside Sport – so go and get yourself a copy of Inside Sport and see our sport in all its’ glory!last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Posts Awesome Message After His Oklahoma Debut

first_imgCurrent Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Over the weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners took down the Houston Cougars with an offensive explosion with new quarterback Jalen Hurts under center.Hurts was nearly flawless in his debut, giving Sooners fans everywhere dreams of the College Football Playoff.Lincoln Riley has produced the last two Heisman Trophy winners, but neither was as successful as Hurts in their debuts. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray torched college football in recent years, but the Sooners could be even more dangers with Hurts under center.His play on the field was incredible, but he’s still unsatisfied – and that should scare the rest of the college football world. After the game, he posted a message for Sooners fans.“Hungrier than ever. Striving for greatness,” Hurts said on Instagram.The former Alabama star completed 20-of-23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Oh, and he also added another 176 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.Oklahoma took down Houston by a final score of 49-31. If Hurts can maintain this level of play, he’ll walk away with the Heisman Trophy and likely put Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.Next up for the Sooners is a battle against South Dakota. Oklahoma will open as a monstrous favorite.The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff.last_img read more

N Korea releases Russian fishing boat says Moscow

first_imgSeoul: North Korea has released a Russian fishing boat with a crew of 15 Russians and two South Koreans after it was detained for violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said Sunday. The release comes nearly two weeks after North Korean border guards took control of the ship belonging to the Russian North-Eastern Fishing Company on July 17. The vessel, named Xiang Hai Lin 8, left the North Korean port of Wonsan late Saturday, the embassy said in a Facebook post. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”At 19:30, the vessel left the Wonsan port’s pier and headed to Sokcho (South Korea), where two South Korean crewmembers will come ashore,” it said. The embassy added it will continue to investigate the “circumstances” of the ship’s detention. South Korea’s unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, welcomed the boat’s “safe return”, calling the release “positive from a humanitarian perspective”. The boat arrived in Sokcho on Sunday afternoon, the ministry said in a statement. The boat was fishing for crab and travelled from South Korea to the Sea of Japan when it was detained some 55 nautical miles (100 kilometres) from the North Korean border. Russian coast guards frequently detain North Korean fishermen in the Far East, many of whom use rudimentary wooden boats. Some of them are sentenced to prison.last_img read more

Will TV writers go on strike Heres what you need to know

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: That all depends on how long a strike would last. Scripted shows could have to end their seasons early and viewers will see a big dent in the summer TV season.But the most immediate effect would be felt by late-night comedy, where daily or weekly episodes are churned out of New York or Los Angeles, with legions of writers penning jokes, monologues and elaborate sketches.That could be a big deal in 2017, with Donald Trump as president and a big appetite among viewers for political comedy on TV. For instance, Saturday Night Live is experiencing some of its highest ratings in years, so much so that NBC decided to air its final four episodes live, coast to coast. There are still three episodes left before SNL breaks for the summer — May 6, 13 and 20 — that could never get made. NBC also planned special prime-time, 30-minute editions of Weekend Update for August. Comedy Central will premiere a Trump-parody talk show this week, and roll out a new post-Daily Show series in the fall. Twitter Here’s what you need to know.How will a strike affect my daily intake of network, cable and streaming shows? Advertisement Putting late night aside, it’s possible a whole bunch of viewers won’t notice too much of a difference because of the ability to binge-watch on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. A strike may end up being the time viewers just catch up on all that good TV they missed.Will writers actually strike?Maybe. Maybe not. Monday’s vote authorizes the guild (which is the combined effort of two unions representing writers in the east and west) to call a strike. If the writers vote yes, and it’s likely they will, the guild and studios still have a week to hash things out and finalize a new contract. But after May 1, the old contract expires and the union has promised a work stoppage.“Should this occur, writing for television, feature films and digital series will cease,” the guild said in a letter to media buyers earlier this month. The guild announced it would resume talks on Tuesday.So, basically, the studios and union have a week to work things out. And the studios have publicly been keeping mum.Why are the writers unhappy?Central issues involve shoring up the WGA’s health plan, which is facing a deficit, securing family leave and protecting the guild’s current pension plan. The WGA argues that writers’ average yearly income has decreased while studios’ operating profits have doubled from a decade ago.The other main point at play involves how writers are compensated.The flood of new shows on air and digital platforms, which provide endless space for content, is fuelling “peak TV” and changing how shows are made. But writers are still paid per episode, an older formula. There are way more scripted shows now than in the past, but the norm has shifted from 22-episode seasons to about 10 to 13, and shows now take longer to produce. In recent years, the number of scripted series jumped by 50 per cent, but the number of produced episodes only grew by 6 per cent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.While taking more time to produce an episode can make for better TV, writers argue they are losing out on pay — especially with exclusivity deals that make it hard for writers to get work on other shows to make up the difference, and more series overall that are less likely to go into syndication. The writers’ demands include loosening some of those exclusivity rules, and increased fees.What’s happened during previous strikes?The last strike lasted 100 days, from November 2007 to February 2008. Many scripted shows, such as 30 Rock and Heroes, cut their seasons short. Some talk shows continued on, and late-night hosts improvised (Conan O’Brien killed time by spinning his wedding ring on his desk).Some hosts, such as Jon Stewart, did return to the air sans writers (Stewart rebranded his Comedy Central show as A Daily Show With Jon Stewart). David Letterman also came back after his production company, which owned his show, struck its own interim deal with the WGA.But when it came to the big screen, many said they felt the effects of the strike all the way into 2009 with a bunch of bad movies. Michael Bay blamed the strike for ruining Transformers 2, since they only had three weeks to put the story together. Other movies, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and Terminator Salvation, were also affected.OK, but do we really need writers for shows?Well, there’s always reality TV.During the last work stoppage, CBS ordered additional seasons of its flagship reality competition shows to fill airtime. And then there’s NBC.Trump’s The Apprentice had been removed from the network’s lineup amid low ratings. But a new programming chief came aboard in 2007, and the network decided to revive the competition show, but with a twist. And when the writers’ strike meant no more new episodes of The Office and Scrubs, NBC replaced the Thursday night shows in 2008 with The Celebrity Apprentice.A New York Times headline from the time reads, “Writers Guild Helps Out Donald Trump.”By ELAHE IZADI – The Washington Post Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment We’re in an era of peak TV, but the fire hose flow of shows — from late-night comedy to scripted dramas — could come to a screeching halt very soon.Members of the Writers Guild of America, which represents the scribes behind television and movies, will vote Monday whether to authorize their union to call a strike. This comes as negotiations between the union and studios barrel toward a May 1 deadline, when the old contract expires.Even though there are more shows than ever before and the small-screen business seems to be booming, writers have some major grievances with how Hollywood pays them, as well as with the guild’s pension and health plans. And if an agreement cannot be worked out between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (which is representing the studios), writers will strike for the first time in a decade.last_img read more

JUST FOR LAUGHS GILBERT ROZONS SEX CRIME HEARING DRAWS PROTESTERS BUT ACCUSED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Rozon, 64, was charged in December with rape and indecent assault. The allegations come from a single female complainant and date back to 1979.Rozon is also facing a $10-million class-action lawsuit alleging that he abused at least 20 women between 1982 and 2016. Last August, the Quebec Court of Appeal allowed Rozon to appeal the decision authorizing the lawsuit. The appeal has not yet been heard.Rozon, who denies any wrongdoing, stepped down as president of Just For Laughs last year, and an investor group bought the company in the spring.THE CANADIAN PRESS Demonstrators mark International Women’s Day in front of the courthouse to protest against Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon, who is charged with sex related crimes, Friday, March 8, 2019 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) MONTREAL – Protesters gathered outside the Montreal courthouse today for a scheduled appearance by Gilbert Rozon on sex crime charges, but the Just for Laughs founder never showed, choosing to be represented by his lawyer.A judge granted a request by Rozon’s lawyer Pierre Poupart that the case be put off until April 25.With the court date coinciding with International Women’s Day, a few dozen people protested outside. Dominique Daigneault, a union president, said the protest was a reminder that full equality of the sexes has not been reached and that women are still victims of violence.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

In Nunavut some people are encouraged to call family when in trouble

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsQuestions are being raised about whether the Ottawa police should be called in to investigate any incidents involving RCMP and civilians.That’s because of racist comments that were posted by a Staff Sgt in the Ottawa police service.But others say it doesn’t really matter – because they don’t trust the RCMP enough to call them in the first place if something is happening.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Fort St John continues to see increase in Real Estate despite Regional

first_imgBCNREB President, Leah Mayer, says the Northern Region continued to see a decrease of 7.64 percent in sales, but a 5.55 percent increase in active listings.“Many of the communities in our Board region saw a decrease in the number of sales and the number of listings. Overall the sales activity has decreased by 7.64 percent, and the number of active listings has increased by 5.55 percent.”Despite the decrease in most Northern markets for the first half of 2019, the Fort St. John market saw an increase of 258 property sales with an overall value of $85.4 million in comparison to the 2018 number of 243.As of June 30, there were 687 properties of all types available for purchase in Fort St. John.For more information, you visit the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Northern Real Estate Board has released its listing statistics for the second quarter of 2019.Within the first six months of 2019, the Real Estate Board has reported 2,298 with a value of $716.5 million.This compares with 2,488 sales worth $680.2 million in the first half of 2018.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 354 pts HDFC twins succumb to selloff

first_imgMumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex cracked about 354 points Wednesday, pressured by a sudden sell-off in HDFC and HDFC Bank amid grim global cues. The 30-share Sensex lost 353.87 points, or 0.91 per cent, to close at 38,585.35, while the broader NSE Nifty dropped 87.65 points, or 0.75 per cent, to 11,584.30. HDFC Bank slumped 2.07 per cent, while HDFC lost 1.96 per cent. The HDFC duo collectively accounted for almost half of the Sensex’s 354-point loss. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTraders said the HDFC duo succumbed to a late-session sell-off following reports of PE giant KKR offloading some stake in the two companies. Market sentiment was also hit by the IMF downgrading the global growth forecast to 3.3 per cent for 2019, they added. Globally, stocks wobbled after US President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on goods imported from the EU, ratcheting up global trade tensions. Other top losers in the Sensex pack included Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints, TCS, HCL Tech, Tata Steel, SBI, IndusInd Bank and Hero MotoCorp, declining up to 3.28 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhile Tata Motors, HUL, Kotak Bank, Coal India, Sun Pharma, M&M, Bajaj Auto and ONGC were the gainers, spurting up to 4.68 per cent. “Sentiments were affected on the news that IMF had lowered global economic growth outlook and fresh trade tensions have erupted between US and EU. Investors also seemed to be cautious awaiting Q4 March 2019 earnings beginning later this week,” said Deepak Jasani, Head- Retail Research, HDFC Securities. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) “projects a slowdown in growth in 2019 for 70 per cent of the world economy,” IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said in a statement. India is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019 and 7.5 per cent in 2020, reflecting the recent revision to the national account statistics that indicated somewhat softer underlying momentum, the report said. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) net purchased equity worth Rs 1,212.35 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares to the tune of Rs 688.65 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.53 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.13 per cent. Korea’s Kospi rose 0.49 per cent, while Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.16 per cent. In Europe, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.41 per cent, Paris CAC 40 rose 0.38 per cent, and London’s FTSE gained 0.02 per cent in early deals. The benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.67 per cent to USD 71.08 per barrel. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 12 paise to 69.18 against the US dollar intra-day.last_img read more

UN agency criticizes forced return of refugee by Azerbaijan

“In the absence of indications justifying this decision, UNHCR considers her forced return to Turkey to be contrary to Azerbaijan’s obligations under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and a clear violation of the principle of non-refoulement,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva today. Non-refoulement prohibits States from returning a refugee or asylum seeker to territories where there is a risk that his or her life or freedom would be threatened on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.The refugee in question, whose name was not reported, had spent the last two years in detention in Azerbaijan, initially on charges of illegal entry into the country, and subsequently on the grounds of an extradition request by a court in Istanbul. “She was extradited despite UNHCR’s and the Government of Germany’s repeated interventions on her behalf to the Government of Azerbaijan,” Mr. Redmond said, adding that the agency had only received only a limited explanation from them despite persistent inquiries since the 13 October extradition.UNHCR, he said, is seeking assurances from the Government of Azerbaijan that refugees and asylum seekers from any country will in the future be treated with full respect of Azerbaijan’s international and national legal obligations concerning refugees and asylum seekers. read more

Flowrox brings new connectivity to achieve full product potential

first_imgFlowrox, a global leader in heavy-duty industrial valve and pump manufacturing and services, says it is “bringing the new industrial revolution” to various industries the company currently serves. Flowrox Smart products and services will be dedicated to increasing productivity with Optimisation and Online Predictivity through automation and connectivity to help its clients to garner the full potential of Flowrox products as well as those from other manufacturers.Flowrox Smart Series products will be equipped with intelligent solutions, a transformation currently underway that will ensure connectivity via the Internet, allowing the consistent monitoring of Flowrox products and systems to maximise its customer’s uptime, reduce unplanned downtime and help guarantee spare part availability exactly when the customer needs them.Currently, the Flowrox scaling watch already incorporates connectivity to the Internet, including both intelligence and the ability to be connected to the Industrial Internet of Things – a term coined to communicate how the interconnectivity of devices to an Internet network can bring added versatility and performance. Flowrox Smart Series “builds on Flowrox’s ultimate total cost of ownership and reliability, which are trademarks of its leadership in industries such as oil and gas, metallurgy, mining and minerals, among others.”The embedding of Flowrox products with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity enables the customer to collect and exchange data with the users and in some cases directly with Flowrox. Initially, Flowrox will begin marketing its Smart Series of valves that incorporate a new series of smart sleeves and intelligent positioners with enhanced reporting and wear analysis, which will signal the customer that a valve may be heading toward failure – long before it actually fails.Smart pumps will be available later on 2016 with similar features and innovative add-ons. The Smart Series will also feature the Flowrox Malibu Platform, which will provide its customers with a visual user interface so they can track valve, pump or instrument operational parameters—including the early warning of upset conditions and product failures or reports on a product experiencing deterioration from normal wear and tear.Through a unique Internet-based interface that allows users to view process performance, flow rates, pressures and a variety of variables through an Internet connection, Flowrox says it will meet the demand for better data for decision-making, as well as giving customers more control over its products.“The future and capabilities to equip industrial products with smart technology and connectivity is here and available—and Flowrox plans to be at the forefront industrial Internet automation, leading the way,” said Todd Loudin President of Flowrox Inc USA. Flowrox says it is committed to continuous improvement and infusing the industries it serves with innovation that can help its customers become leaders in their respective industries. “Not all of our customers are going to be ready for our advancements, but we will be ready when they are,” added Loudin. “The rate of automation is going to explode with all types of products over the coming decade.”The entire organisation “will be working to ensure they meet growth and profitability targets and Flowrox believes in the implementation of technology to enhance the way Flowrox employees deliver value to customers around the globe. Flowrox’s influence will grow using new communication channels, since connecting in the digital environment has become paramount in industrial marketing and business development efforts.”last_img read more

VOTE for the Womens EHF Champions League MVP

← Previous Story Ivan Nikcevic is on the way to Wisla Plock Next Story → Laszlo Nagy is on the way back to Hungary – MKB Veszprem? Season coming to the end. Handball-Planet.com Team make nomination of five players for the Women’s EHF Champions League Most Valuable Player. Please VOTE on our Facebook Page and support your favorite player in current season:Bojana Popovic (33, left back, Buducnost Podgorica)Katarina Bulatovic (28, right back, Buducnost Podgorica)Anita Gorbitz (29, playmaker, Gyori)Heidi Loke (30, line player, Gyori)Clara Woltering (29, goalkeeper, Buducnost Podgorica) read more

Janey mac that was a tight one Ambulance called for Michael HealyRae

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3311243 By Garreth MacNamee My lips and hands turned purple. I knew it wasn’t good. The woman once again did the Heimlich manoeuvre and I jammed my two fingers as far ever as I could go down my throat. I started to get air in again and right away I was getting enough that I knew I wasn’t going to die.“People should realise how stupid we are to be rushing when we eat. If I was home alone, there’s a thin line between living and dying.”This time last year, the TD was hospitalised after he was attacked by a cow.Read: ‘Hungry, thirsty, filthy’: Woman fined €2,500 after dogs discovered in horrendous conditions >Read: AA warns car buyers about new mileage ‘lowballing’ scam > Mar 28th 2017, 3:52 PM 63 Comments Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 3:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 75,460 Views center_img MICHAEL HEALY-RAE was left in a state of shock after a choking fit turned his hands and lips purple and left him requiring emergency treatment.An ambulance was called for the Kerry TD who said he had been “wolfing down ” his chicken dinner last Saturday when it got lodged in his throat. His wife Eileen had been out hanging up the washing during the incident but he managed to get her attention.Eileen alerted their neighbours who began performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on the TD.Speaking on Radio Kerry, Healy-Rae said he had a lucky escape.“I was rushing trying to make time. I was wolfing it down and the next thing I started to choke.“Right away, I knew it wasn’t good. The neighbours came over and began to do the Heimlich manoeuvre.“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, it wasn’t working. They had brought out a glass of water but every bit of it came back up again. I knew if water couldn’t get down, I knew I wasn’t getting enough air to keep me going.“She (a neighbour) said ‘his lips are going purple’. I looked at my hands. They were pure white with a bit of purple at my fingertips. That means one thing;  you don’t have a long time left after that.”ChokingDue to the severity of the choking fit, an ambulance was called for the TD, who has now said he will take more time to enjoy his dinner as this incident left him shook. Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland ‘Janey mac, that was a tight one’: Ambulance called for Michael Healy-Rae after choking fit The Kerry TD’s hands and lips turned purple during the incident. Short URL Share200 Tweet Email7 Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more

MAN NOW CHARGED WITH TWO MURDERS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 2, 2016 – Man Now Charged With Two Murders say Police minutes ago.The 33 year old Freeport man who marketed himself as a carpenter and bouncer and is a graduate of Grand Bahama’s Jack Hayward High School will be held in custody until he faces the Magistrate on September 5, 2016.The man, arrested on Wednesday roughly six weeks since the more recent murder was taken from a Millenium Heights residence after Police waited in a lengthy stake out of the house in phase II.Police believe they have the killer behind the brutal murders of both Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias of the Dominican Republic. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:carpenter and bouncer, Man charged with two murderslast_img read more

University of the Bahamas attracts new Royal Donors a Sir and a

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #UB Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 24, 2017 – Nassau – Sir Franklyn and Lady Sharon Wilson are the latest Bahamians to make an investment in the endowed scholarship program at the University of The Bahamas.    President of UB, Dr. Rodney Smith announced that the Wilsons have given $35,000 and are the Royal Donor to the President’s Gala Soiree, which is schedule for November 11, 2017.Representative for the Wilsons, Chakita Archer said, “…it is important for each of us, regardless of our circumstance, to help build the University of The Bahamas to become what it must become for the full and proper development of the country we love.”Through Sunshine Holdings Ltd and Sharon Wilson& Co, both chairpersons now join the distinguished list of #UB Royal Donors, which is the highest level of sponsorship for the President’s Gala Soiree and the university informs that there are only two remaining donor packages at this level.Naturally, President Dr. Smith encouraged corporate Bahamas to come on board; the soiree is billed as an elegant evening of entertainment and celebration and is a grand fundraiser for endowed student scholarships and it commemorates the first anniversary of the charter of UB.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: BIS Recommended for you UN appoints UB to investigate Bahamas Water Securitylast_img read more

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and USD launch InnovateUp business program

first_img August 12, 2019 County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and USD launch Innovate-Up business program Posted: August 12, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the University of San Diego launched a small business accelerator program today for the communities of Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando and Redwood Village.The Innovate-Up program will leverage roughly $1.5 million in resources from the county and USD to support and invest in local businesses. The program is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the county to USD’sBrink Small Business Development Center.Starting later this month, Innovate-Up will begin hosting free weekly workshops to offer one-on-one consulting and small group meetings between small business owners and industry leaders, county staff and USD faculty.At each meeting, business owners will learn about how to bid on local government or university contracts, branding and marketing, how to attract seed money and how to certify a business as veteran-owned, women-owned or minority- owned.“Innovative products and new technologies don’t just come from people living in Silicon Valley; I believe we have that same caliber of an entrepreneur living in Encanto, Chollas, City Heights, Rolando, Redwood and Linda Vista,” Fletcher said. “Innovate-Up will cultivate our homegrown talent, and help them to make a lasting impact on their community.”The first Innovate-Up workshop is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Malcolm X Library. Small business owners can find a full list of Innovate-Up workshops and sign up for them at innovate-up.com/events. Program organizers can also be contacted at 619-260-4547 or info@innovate-up.com. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more