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Four die in Gujarat floods

first_imgFour people have died and over 2,000 shifted to safe locations as heavy rains lashed Gujarat, leading to rivers and dams overflowing and flooding several parts of the State, including Rajkot city.Saurashtra region has been bearing the brunt of the incessant rain with several rivers, large dams and reservoirs overflowing.According to the authorities, hundreds of people in Rajkot, Jamnagar, Morbi and Surendranagar districts have been shifted from low-lying areas near rivers and dams.In Rajkot, authorities have asked residents not to venture out as city roads were under knee-deep water.“We have pressed into service several teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF for rescue operations at various places on Saturday. The air force has also joined in the rescue operations,” Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar said after a meeting of top officials convened by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to take stock of the situation.Chief Secretary J.N. Singh and Pankaj Kumar also held a video conference with district collectors to assess the flood situation.The met department has forecast heavy rains in the next 48 hours and the Emergency Operation Centre has issued a high-alert.last_img read more

Maharashtra village bids tearful adieu to martyred son

first_imgPune: In Marathwada’s second military funeral in a little over a week, Jawan Kiran Thorat, who was killed during firing by the Pakistan Army in Poonch earlier this week, was cremated with full military honours at his ancestral village in Aurangabad district on Friday.A mournful congregation numbering thousands gathered to pay their last respects to the brave heart who succumbed to his injuries following “unprovoked and indiscriminate firing” by the Pakistan Army in Poonch’s Krishna Ghati sector on Wednesday. Thorat’s mortal remains were brought from Aurangabad town to his village of Fakirabad Wadi (in Vaijapur Tehsil) at 11. 30 a.m.Impassioned scenes of grief were witnessed as a massive crowd followed the funeral cortege from Mhasoba Chowk to his home in Vaijapur chanting “Kiranbhau amar rahe (Long Live Kiran Thorat)”. Many recalled Jawan Thorat’s unassuming, earnest and gentle persona.His family, including his parents and brother, are farmers. The 31-year-old soldier had completed 11 years of service in the Army.Thorat’s parents, elder brother Amol, wife Aarti alongwith their two young children — a three-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy — were inconsolable as his body was laid on the funeral pyre. His final rites were performed with military solemnity in the afternoon. Marathwada has lost her second son in the line of duty in eight days. Sepoy Shubham Mustapure (20) of Parbhani district fell in the Poonch sector on April 3 as Pakistani troops fired mortar bombs at forward posts in the area.last_img read more

UP CM interacts with Kashmiri students from AMU

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday met a group of Kashmiri students and talked of the importance of dialogue in democracy while urging them to share their trial and tribulations directly with him to resolve them.“We are living in a democratic society and it should be kept in mind that dialogue could be the most important medium in it . We have to make new efforts with this view in mind,” the Chief Minister said while interacting with a group of 70 Kashmiri students studying in different colleges in the state.“We also need to understand what democracy actually means. There will be prosperity in our lives only when there is development. How could we become a part in the development process?” he said, adding the common people want basic facilities and employment guarantee. The Kashmiri students studying in the Aligarh Muslim University had on Friday decided against participating in the event meant to discuss “advantages” of the nullification of Article 370. There are over 1,300 students from Kashmir valley studying in AMU. In his interaction, the CM exhorted students to clear all their doubts and apprise him of them but asked them to keep the interaction to themselves.“We will find a solution to issues that concern us and create a better atmosphere,” he stressed.“There are large number of students belonging to Kashmir studying in Uttar Pradesh. We will sit with them in Greater Noida soon and try to resolve all their problems concerning the local administration,” he said, adding there are several students from Jammu and Kashmir studying in places like Aligarh, Ghazibad and Noida.last_img read more

Djokovic to provide fire power for Team Europe at Laver Cup

first_imgChicago, Sep 20 (AFP) The second instalment of the Laver Cup comes at just the right time for 14-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic who is back in top form after winning the US Open.Djokovic is making his debut in this week’s three-day team event which has been dubbed the Ryder Cup of tennis although it lacks the tradition of golf’s premier event.”I would like to play with (Djokovic),” said event founder and Team Europe star Roger Federer. “I hope he feels the same way.”The exhibition event will take place on US soil for the first time this week when 12 of the world’s top players square off against each other in a three-day team event in Chicago.The tournament begins Friday and pits a team of six of the best ATP Tour players from Europe against a six players from the rest of the world.Bjorn Borg’s favoured Team Europe will try to defend their crown against Team World which will be captained by the legendary John McEnroe.Federer, Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund will play for Team Europe.”We’re here to defend our title,” Borg said, “And we’re going to keep the cup in Europe.” Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Frances Tiafoe, Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman are representing Team World.McEnroe sees the partisan crowd as a key to Team World’s success.”I’m very much looking forward to coaching this team,” said McEnroe.”We’re excited about getting the home-court advantage, hopefully, in Chicago, which is a great sports town. I think we’re looking forward to showcasing our talents this weekend.advertisement”We have four of the six core guys from last year. We’re hopeful that the crowd is as involved or more than they were last year.”The inaugural tournament took place in Prague in September which Team Europe won 15-9.The format calls for shorter matches. If the players split sets, they go straight to a 10-point tiebreaker.The event marks a bit of a homecoming for the South African-born Anderson as the world No.9 spent two years at the University of Illinois.”My wife’s family is from just 20 minutes north of here,” said Anderson.Tiafoe was a late addition to Team World after Juan Martin del Potro pulled out following his stellar run to the final of the US Open.The event is named in honour of tennis legend Rod Laver, who won a record 200 singles titles, 11 Grand Slams and five Davis Cups for Australia. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Bull attacks Shia procession in Lucknow, 12 injured | WATCH

first_imgTwelve Shia mourners have been injured here in the old city area of the Uttar Pradesh capital when a stray bull ran amok and tore into a procession taken out to mark the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali on the 21st day of Ramzan.The attack, late on Monday, triggered a stampede-like situation at Saadatganj.However, a major tragedy was averted when a group of Shia mourners held the bull by its horns and pushed it aside.An ambulance was called and the injured mourners shifted to KGMU Trauma Centre.Three with critical injuries were hospitalised while others released after first aid. Those hospitalised included Nadeem Rizvi, 55, Zafar Abbas, 28, and Laraib Zaidi, 25.People in the area have blamed the district administration for not making adequate arrangements like barricading to check stray animals or secure the route for the iconic procession which marked the 150th year of Lucknow’s legacy.The district administration swung into action after a video of the incident had gone viral.WATCH | Bull attacks Shia procession in LucknowThe Lucknow Municipal Corporation has formed a committee to probe why stray bulls were not removed from the area.”Municipal Commissioner has formed a panel headed by Additional Commissioner Amit Singh to fix responsibility on those entrusted with the job,” said LMC Chief Veterinary Officer Arvind Rao.Despite the security breach, district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma passed the buck on corporators.”It’s the responsibility of the corporators to curb stray menace. If they cannot do it, they should seek LMC’s help,” he said.advertisementThis was tenth attack by a stray animal in the city in two months.Also Read | Cows made to walk through fire in Karnataka. Where are the gau rakshaks?Also Read | Rooster fights reign as the thriving gambling sport during Makar SankrantiAlso Watch | Cows made to walk through fire in Karnatakalast_img read more

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: FA Cup final player ratings

first_imgShare on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Chelsea’s Eden Hazard spot-on to sink Manchester United and win FA Cup FA Cup Share on Facebook Nemanja Matic It spoke volumes that the former Chelsea midfielder was United’s most lively player. Unafraid to do the dirty work, as ever. 7Paul Pogba Barring the odd foray forward, the Frenchman never really got into his stride; a wayward strike as good as it got. Nodded a free header wide. 4Jesse Lingard The midfielder was shackled and struggled to dent the Chelsea backline before being replaced by Anthony Martial late on. 5Alexis Sánchez Showed glimpses of quality and, occasionally, nimble footwork but was sloppy in possession. Another frustrating outing in a United shirt. 5Marcus Rashford A willing runner and had a couple of half-hearted efforts on goal but largely failed to seize his chance to impress. 5Substitutes: Romelu Lukaku 4 (for Rashford 73) Not fit enough to start and ineffective off the bench; Anthony Martial 5 (for Lingard 73) Had a half-chance blocked by Azpilicueta; Juan Mata N/A (for Jones 87). Manchester United Topicscenter_img features ChelseaThibaut Courtois Preferred to Willy Caballero, he had little to do but made a brilliant left-hand save to deny Phil Jones in his first FA Cup match of the season. 7/10César Azpilicueta The Spaniard marshalled the back three impeccably and made a couple of important blocks, namely from Anthony Martial. 6Gary Cahill A commanding display by the Chelsea captain but he was never rushed off his feet; comfortable with what was thrown at him. 7Antonio Rüdiger Was rarely troubled and looked assured when needed; he formed a crucial part of the blue defensive wall that closed the game out. 6Victor Moses Quiet going forward and a little clumsy defensively. He was fortunate to avoid a booking for a couple of plucky fouls on Ashley Young. 5N’Golo Kanté Was still running when everybody else was walking. Took the sting out of countless United moves and dictated midfield tempo. 8Tiémoué Bakayoko Was a bold call by Antonio Conte to persist with him over Willian given his struggles and was busy without doing anything special. 5Marcos Alonso Presented with the chance to add a second but his effort on goal was fairly pedestrian. Not exactly at his best. 6Cesc Fàbregas The Spaniard lost his FA Cup winners’ medal from 2005 but will surely keep this one safe after a gutsy display in both boxes. 6Eden Hazard The best player on the pitch on his 300th appearance in a Chelsea shirt. Displayed guile and class, typified by his ice-cool penalty. 9Olivier Giroud He linked well with Hazard and gave Chelsea a constant outlet but should have been punished for costly slip when Paul Pogba headed wide. 7Substitutes: Álvaro Morata N/A (for Giroud 89); Willian N/A (for Hazard 90).Manchester UnitedDavid de Gea Made a routine save from Hazard before going the wrong way for the penalty. Denied Alonso to keep United in it with 20 minutes to play. 6/10Antonio Valencia The Manchester United captain had few chances to push forward and was kept on the back foot. Booked for a foul on the marauding Hazard. 5Chris Smalling Easily dealt with the threat of Giroud, especially in their aerial duels, and made a couple of smart interventions. Strong display. 7Phil Jones Led a merry dance by Hazard, who he scythed down for penalty. Worrying dress rehearsal for when England meet Belgium in June. 4Ashley Young Lucky that Michael Oliver did not refer to VAR when the England defender appeared to handball a Moses pass in the box. 5Ander Herrera Was asked to stifle and man-mark Hazard but he ultimately tried and failed to stifle the Chelsea playmaker. Fairly anonymous display. 5 Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn The Observer Chelsea Share via Emaillast_img read more

How to Ask Someone Out: Expert Tips for Acting Like a Gentleman

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations Despite the fears of our inner middle-schooler, asking someone out doesn’t have to be sweat-inducing. With the right mindset and strategies, you can approach your long-time crush or stranger at the coffee shop or bar with a greater likelihood of getting digits and a date.Here are tips from two of the most successful dating coaches in New York City. Nope, you won’t be negging anyone.Note: The Manual’s is a men’s publication. Our advice is written with guys in mind but the tips can be useful to anyone.Meet the ExpertsCher Gopman, dating coach and founder of NYC Wingwoman, is a former psychiatric registered nurse with experience working with men with histories of anxiety and divorce. As a female, she “brings down the walls guys have up around a girl and … helps good guys get into relationships where they’re happy,” Gopman tells The Manual.Connell Barrett, founder and executive dating coach at Dating Transformation, works with men around the world to help them connect with women by being authentic.ApproachObviously, you have to approach someone to ask them out. If this terrifies you, circumvent the situation of crossing a crowded bar and sign up for a singles event. Gopman says these events are geared toward helping people meet and open up with icebreakers.Westend61/Getty ImagesIf you’re in public and see someone you want to ask out, begin by approaching them. Ironically, the easiest way to appear creepy is by watching from afar all night and doing nothing. When you approach, stand tall, make good eye contact, smile, and focus on your “vocal tonality,” Barrett says. “A strong, resonant tonality conveys confidence.”Open with a Sincere Compliment“The most important thing is to make her/them feel comfortable,” says Gopman. “Once you go over, compliment in a confident manner; don’t say it quietly or meekly.” The compliment shouldn’t be canned (please eliminate these pick-up lines).“Many guys approach and flirt from a place of wanting something (a date, sex, an ego boost). When you shift toward giving the other person a good experience … the other person wants to give back.”What catches your eye about them? Their energy, clothes, hair, laugh? “Maybe you notice their awesome leather jacket, quirky tattoo, or vintage Chuck Taylors,” Barrett says. “A good compliment is a form of giving. Many guys approach and flirt from a place of wanting something (a date, sex, an ego boost). When you shift toward giving the other person a good experience, things go better, and the other person wants to give back.”Look at the person and compliment from the heart. Then go right into introducing yourself and ask a question about what brought them to that location, Gopman suggests.Convey Your InterestBarrett says the key to a successful approach is “the two C’s: clarity and charm. Clarity is about making it obvious why you’re breaking the ice. And charm is about being friendly, playful, and authentic … and being fine with whether or not you get a date.” The point of being clear and charming is to distinguish yourself from the majority of men who usually go to one of two extremes: sending unclear signals or acting too intense or “wolfish,” as Barrett says, “which can make the other person uncomfortable.”The Two C’s:“Clarity is about making it obvious why you’re breaking the ice. And charm is about being friendly, playful, and authentic … and being fine with whether or not you get a date.”When you approach, clearly convey your interest with either a compliment or something simple like, “Hi, I just saw you and had to meet you.” Crack a joke, be friendly and vulnerable, and pat yourself on the back for getting over the hardest part. “Any guy can swipe right on Tinder, but it takes courage to approach that person at the gym, at Whole Foods, in a bar — and that confidence can spark an instant connection,” Barrett says.How to Know if They’re InterestedBefore wasting your time and feeling bad about your efforts, check if they’re interested. Good signs include if they turn their body toward you; if they’re smiling, playing with their hair, licking their lips, laughing, asking questions; or if they’re touching you at all.Elevate“If you’re having drinks and they place their glass between the two of you, that suggests there’s still an emotional barrier,” Barrett says. “If they move the glass off to the side, they’re removing the barrier and probably into you.”Or Not Interested …Short, coarse answers and asking no questions in return mean they’re not feeling it, Gopman says. The same goes for not making eye contact and looking around the room. That’s OK. Move on and keep talking to people. “They don’t know you yet as a person, so it’s really not personal,” she adds.Ask For Their NumberYou’re both vibing, so keep the conversation going at least five minutes or longer, asking questions and building a connection, whether you’re talking about travel, pets, music, etc. “[They] needs to feel enough of a conversation for a connection, then there’s a greater likelihood of [them] texting back the next day,” says Gopman.“Don’t be a phone number bandit and make it all about the digits … The goal is a genuine connection and a date with someone awesome.”“After talking, you have two options: say something like, ‘I don’t have a photo of my dog on my phone but I can text it to you tomorrow, what’s your number?’ Or option two: ‘I’ve got to run but it was really nice meeting you, let me grab your number and we can talk later.’”Now you have them hooked and wanting more.Warning: “Don’t be a phone number bandit and make it all about the digits,” Barrett warns. “The goal is a genuine connection and a date with someone awesome.”Don’t Run AwayYou got their number. Now linger. “Follow up with the conversation another minute or two then say, ‘OK, listen I’ve got to run but we’ll catch up again soon,’” Gopman says. “The most important thing is [they feel] comfortable and special.” Before the end of the night, or preferably after getting the phone number, send a text with your name and some description of who you are (i.e. “the cute guy at the bar with the striped shirt.”)Yiu Yu Hoi/Getty ImagesWait a Day to Call or TextDon’t get caught up in the game of measuring how long you respond. For the first text or call, wait at least until the next evening. Then, rekindle your connection. Talk first and make sure they’re still responding and asking questions in return.Ask Them OutIt’s time! Don’t say, “What are you doing Monday?” Instead, find out when they’re free. “Don’t get stuck to one night,” Gopman says. “First, find out [their] schedule and say, ‘Perfect, X night let’s grab a drink and go to this fun place/my favorite bar.’”Remember to make it clear your interest is romantic.Remember to make it clear your interest is romantic. Barrett suggests a text like: “Hey, we should [awesome thing together]. It would be cool to see you. Up for it?” He says the key phrase is “It would be cool to see you” because that vulnerability lets them know this is about the two of you connecting, rather than the activity.Start with a date that doesn’t have a long time commitment. “Something where you can concentrate on the conversation, like a walk, coffee, or a drink,” Gopman adds. “Save your wallet and see if [their] worth it. A lot of girls don’t like a full dinner at first anyway, and drinks can last 30 minutes or all night. It’s a great test to see how you two get along.”If It’s a No …“Let them know that it’s totally OK,” Barrett says. “Respond with, ‘No problem. You’re so charming that I had to ask, but my heart will go on.’”Setting Up the DateMore Dating Tips:20 First Date IdeasWhat to Wear on a First DateHow to Ace a Dinner Datecenter_img Sit somewhere so it doesn’t feel like an interview. For first dates, Gopman recommends sharing a bar top and not being directly across from each other, that way you can start small touches as well. Here’s your guide on how to dress.The second date should be an activity. Go bowling, to an arcade, ice skating, “something cute and fun that doesn’t rely only on conversation,” Gopman says. “The third date, go to dinner.”No Dates?Don’t lose your confidence. Congratulate yourself on getting out there and taking a risk. You’ll find the right person who enjoys your dad jokes and favorite dive bar. Is Calisthenics Right For You? 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Tourism Awareness Week Being Observed From September 23 To 30

first_img Other activities will include a social media competition; Tourism Action Club forum; and the announcement of the Tourism Action Club Digital Activation Contest winner. Story Highlights The Ministry of Tourism will mark Tourism Awareness Week (TAW) from September 23 to 30, under the theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’.This year’s observance will incorporate World Tourism Day, being observed on September 27.The week will commence with a thanksgiving service at Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, St. James, on Sunday, September 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m.Throughout the week, the Ministry will utilize the print and electronic media to highlight its work in boosting the sector’s development.Other activities will include a social media competition; Tourism Action Club forum; and the announcement of the Tourism Action Club Digital Activation Contest winner.The major highlight will be the 28th Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from September 23 to 25.The annual three-day event provides the ideal forum for leading suppliers in Jamaica’s tourism industry to negotiate, network and meet with tour operators, travel wholesalers and other industry partners and stakeholders from across the globe.In his TAW message, Portfolio Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett, noted that the Ministry has been developing a number of initiatives, which utilise innovative technology to improve visitor experience and link local entrepreneurs with buyers in the hotels.“The Government of Jamaica, and by extension the Ministry, recognises the value of technology and the potential positive impact it can have on revolutionising the lives of every Jamaican. Rather than fearing the change, we have opted to use the way our modern-traveller depends heavily on technology, as an opportunity to engage them and reach a larger segment of the travel market,” he pointed out. In his TAW message, Portfolio Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett, noted that the Ministry has been developing a number of initiatives, which utilise innovative technology to improve visitor experience and link local entrepreneurs with buyers in the hotels.  The Ministry of Tourism will mark Tourism Awareness Week (TAW) from September 23 to 30, under the theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’.last_img read more

Maersk Line Ties Latin America and Asia with New Service

first_imgzoom Danish container shipping company Maersk Line has decided to optimize its AC network with the launch of the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia. Scheduled to launch at the end of June, the AC1 service is expected to provide reduced transit times between South and East China, Taiwan and South East Asia to San Antonio in Chile and Callao in Peru, as well as greater port coverage on certain corridors, according to the company.“We are optimizing our Asia-West Coast Latin America network to provide our customers with faster access to their markets in order to fuel their business growth. These enhancements will benefit our customers with faster cargo deliveries and more direct port coverage,” Dean Rodin, Head of Trade for Latin America & Oceania, Maersk Line, said.The AC1 service would be the only direct service in the market from Nansha to West Coast South America, and the fastest service from Chiwan to San Antonio and Callao, reaching transit times of 27 days. It is expected to provide a direct service from Shanghai to West Coast South America and 2 weekly sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to West Coast South America, as well as direct calls from San Vicente, Chile, to Taiwan.Additionally, Maersk Line said that its current product offering from China, Korea and Japan to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean via Panama will be maintained fully on the AC2 and AC3 services. By reducing the size of vessels operating on the AC2 service, the shipping line said it would be able to introduce a third loop to the network.last_img read more

Members Named to Panels of Expertise

first_img Minerals: Bob Bancroft, Pomquet, biologist Jonathan Porter, Liverpool, manager, Forestry and Fibre Resources, Abitibi Bowater Donna Crossland, Bridgetown, senior park warden, Kejimkujik National Park Parks: Under the guidance of the steering panel, the four panels will define the process for researching the issues and themes that emerged during the public consultations. The panels will seek technical expertise and hold consultations. They will also prepare and submit draft reports and recommendations to the steering panel. The steering panel oversees the strategy process during phase two, which incorporates information collected through public consultations held in 2008. The third and final phase of the process will see the development of a strategy to manage Nova Scotia’s natural assets, and guide the Department of Natural Resources and government for the next decade and beyond. More information on the natural resources strategy process is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/ . Tony Charles, Halifax, professor of management science and environmental studies, Saint Mary’s University Bruce Martin, Bear River, parks planner Dale Smith, Dartmouth, president, Nova Scotia Nature Trust Cliff Drysdale, Middleton, director, Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association Steve Mockford, Wolfville, assistant professor, Department of Biology, Acadia University Martha Jones, Sydney, associate professor, Department of Biology, Cape Breton University Biodiversity: Jacob Hanley, Halifax, geology professor, Saint Mary’s University David Duncan, Wolfville, geologist Marcos Zentilli, Halifax, geology professor, Dalhousie University Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell has appointed 12 Nova Scotians to guide the development of a new natural resources strategy for the province. The appointments were recommended by a steering panel chaired by former Chief Justice Constance Glube. “The steering panel has selected 12 well-qualified technical experts for this second phase of the natural resources strategy process,” said Ms. Glube. “The four expert panels will soon begin the job of consulting with stakeholders, and their findings will be reported to the steering panel late this fall.” The steering panel selected the panel members from applications received earlier this year. “I thank the steering panel for their recommendations and look forward to receiving the phase two report this fall,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Most important is that the panel members have demonstrated their technical expertise and that Nova Scotians will see a balanced approach on important resource issues.” The four, three-member panels of expertise will focus on the key components of the strategy: forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity. The members of the panels are: Forests:last_img read more

WFF17 – INTERVIEW WITH RENUKA JEYAPALAN – DIRECTOR OF ORDINARY DAYS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter DIRECTOR’S BIO:  Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based writer/director and graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her Genie-nominated short film BIG GIRL (05) screened at the Berlinale, the Tribeca Film Festival, and TIFF, where it was awarded Best Short Film. Her other short films include ARRANGED (14), which she made for TMN, Movie Central and the Harold Greenberg Fund, and A BICYCLE LESSON (16), a finalist on CBC’s Short Film Face-Off.In 2010, Renuka won the WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award and was mentored by director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight). Renuka was also one of 10 directors to be chosen from across Canada to be a part of the inaugural writer/director incubator TIFF Studio (16). She has also completed the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (16) and the CBC’s Development Workshop for Diverse Creators (16). She has directed episodes of KIM’S CONVENIENCE and MURDOCH MYSTERIES for CBC and was one of three directors on the Telefilm funded feature film ORDINARY DAYS (17), which screened at Halifax, Calgary, Whistler, and is currently on the festival circuit.Currently, Renuka is developing several feature projects as well as the comedy TV series GIRL IN THE BOYS ROOM for the CBC. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and worked on a Bay Street trading floor for six years. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement FILM: Ordinary DaysDIRECTED BY: Renuka Jeyapalan, Kris Booth, Jordan CanningWHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?The film was inspired by two separate thoughts about the human experience. The first was about exploring lives in transition; specifically when it comes to parent and child relationships. The natural march of time forces family structures to change but it’s always a challenging, messy and sometimes, painful process. In Ordinary Days, we have struggling empty-nesting parents, a father-to-be who can barely take care of himself and a young woman determined to follow her own path alone. The second thought is that we all have these ordinary, normal, boring days: we work, we study, we sleep, we pick up the kids from school, we vacuum, we pay the bills – our time is spent on all this minutiae. But everyone has experienced those moments when suddenly something extraordinary happens – there’s a phone call with happy or tragic news, or, as in the film, an unexpected incident occurs and those ordinary days are interrupted and possibly, lives are changed forever. How do we react? Do we panic or stay calm? Can we rise to face the adversity? What happens to us afterwards? It’s always under this type of pressure and stress that we find out who we really are.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?I would say one of the biggest challenges was figuring out how to make a self-contained story cinematic and emotional. I directed the third segment of ORDINARY DAYS called “Cara.” It was a unique section in that it was a very self-contained story. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but there were many story restrictions in the Cara section and I had to work hard to make sure the story never felt boring, but always kept moving.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?This will appeal to anyone who enjoys a crafty suspense thriller. The film is a emotional rollercoaster with slow burn tension that builds to a twisty but satisfying ending and features an intriguing lead female character. It’s a bit of a mystery-box story in that each new chapter reframes the one before, allowing the audience to play along, picking up clues and connections as more is revealed.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I’ve always loved movies and have been obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. But I never thought it could be a career until I took a film class at university. We analyzed a scene from THE GODFATHER where we discussed how the form and aesthetics of the film were used to tell the story and elicit emotion. Something clicked with me in that moment and I realized that I could do that. I could use all those cinematic elements to tell a story. From then on, I knew I couldn’t do anything else. Ultimately, what inspires me to keep creating and telling stories for the screen is a desire to express a feeling or emotion that will connect with an audience in a meaningful way. Telling stories is a form of self-expression, but it’s also a means to connect.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I’m currently developing a half-hour workplace comedy called GIRL IN THE BOYS ROOM for the CBC. I’ve also started to mull over ideas for my next feature film.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?If you know that filmmaking is 100% what you want to pursue, without any reservations, then go do it and don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The only way it won’t work out is if you give up. So don’t give up. There will be highs and many, many lows. But if you keep going and keep learning and bettering your craft, it will happen.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?This is an impossible question. But I’ll say: THE GODFATHER, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, and Kieslowski’s DECALOGUE.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Tense. Emotional. Hopeful.IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I would never want to reshoot any film.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Al Magee. He’s the producer of my show GIRL IN THE BOYS ROOM. He’s also a story genius. I have learned so much about how to tell a rigorous story by working with him. He’s such a collaborative, patient, and positive person and he loves what he does. It’s very inspiring to work with him and I have learned so much.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 PM – MYACGET YOUR TICKETS AT: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/ordinary-days/SYNOPSIS: Cara Cook is a bright, athletic, college student who disappears without a trace. Five days play out three times from a trio of perspectives; her spiraling parents, the troubled detective assigned to her case and finally, Cara herself.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Relay Station, SeedaylightProducers: Glenn Cockburn, Brian Robertson, Ramona Barckert, Bryce MitchellCast: Jacqueline Byers, Michael Xavier, Torri Higginson, Richard Clarkin, Joris JarskyCinematographer: Michael McLaughlinEditing: Aren HansenScreenplay: Ramona Barckert Jacqueline Byers Michael Xavier Joris Jarsky Torri Higginson Richard Clarkin Mena Massoud Kimberly Laferriere Ordinary Days GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAYlast_img read more

Andre Desmarais back at Power Corp after medical leave last year

first_imgMONTREAL – Power Corp. of Canada says Andre Desmarais has resumed his full executive duties at the company.Desmarais, deputy chairman, president and co-chief executive, had taken a temporary medical leave from his day-to-day activities at the conglomerate in April last year.Power Corp. (TSX:POW) says Desmarais continued to be involved in major issues affecting the company last year and resumed his full duties on Jan. 3.last_img

Moroccos Interior Ministry Steps up Measures to Reinforce Internal Security

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has given instructions for measures to be put in place to strengthen security after the terrorist attack against a National Guard patrol in Tunisia on July 8.The ministry called on its forces to increase security across the country, based on the exchange of security information between Morocco and its European partners, reported Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia on Thursday.The strategy aims at reinforcing internal security and to fight against any attack that would undermine the stability of the country. Quoted by the same source, the Ministry of the Interior said: “The Moroccan security services have stepped up coordination and exchange of information with the European and Maghreb security services on possible terrorist threats.”The security cooperation also includes the Tunisian security services.According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the measures came as a security plan hastily put in place by the Moroccan authorities. The plan aims at protecting and preventing any harm to national security or physical safety of foreigners and tourists, in addition to diplomats and employees working in consulates and embassies.The security measures will cover hotels, tourist and entertainment resorts, and foreign chambers of commerce offices.The ministry also gave instructions to security forces to carry out careful inspection of passengers’ identities and baggage at airports, especially the Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca.At the national level, checkpoints were set up at city entrances to check passengers’ identities and inspect suspicious buses and vehicles.Security cells, directly linked to the Ministry of the Interior, have been established in each city. These cells are composed of members of the National Security, the Royal Gendarmerie, auxiliary forces, the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST) and the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST). They were put on full alert in case of threats or suspicious movements that may affect public security, Al Ahdath Al Maghribia added.For decades, Morocco has collaborated with partner countries, especially Europe and the US, in combating terrorism at the national and international levels. On June 12, French and Belgian authorities announced a joint anti-terrorism unit with Morocco to share their intelligence experience in the fight against terrorism. In December 2017, the US Department of State said that Morocco, along with the US, was making leading global efforts in the fight against terrorism and its ideologies. It also noted Morocco’s security achievements in countering terrorism in 2016.In response to terrorist threats, Morocco’s proactive, collaborative measures to prevent potential terrorist attacks have proven their effectiveness.Last June, Director of Counter-Terrorism Bureau (BCIJ) Abdelehak Khiame told the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles that Morocco’s anti-terrorist model is successful thanks to an “anticipatory philosophy,” which deals with terrorism at its very roots.In the last 10 years, the Moroccan security services have been waging a pre-emptive campaign which has enabled them to dismantle tens of sleeper and active cells linked to terrorist networks, especially the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). Since the beginning of July, BCIJ has dismantled two separate terrorist cells, totaling eleven pro-ISIS suspects in different regions in Morocco. read more

With 75 million in budget cuts UN forced to reduce services –

Under-Secretary-General for Management Joseph E. Connor told a press briefing at UN Headquarters that recent service cuts were not in contravention to the Assembly’s budget resolution, but rather, in fact, had been taken to comply with it.In addressing concerns about the measures, which were announced on 28 February, Mr. Connor said last December the Assembly, on the unanimous advice of its Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee, had adopted a budget of $2.625 billion – some $75 million below the Secretary-General’s proposal. When making that decision, the Assembly did not reduce or abolish programmes.Instead, the Assembly made across-the-board “objects of expenditure” reductions and changed the vacancy rate to more closely track actual expenditures. It was therefore the responsibility of the Secretary-General to administer the budget within the level decided by the Assembly and to take the necessary measures to do so, Mr. Connor said.With the Assembly’s explicit instruction as to where the reductions should be applied, there was no room left for manoeuvre, the Under-Secretary-General said. As a result, the choices facing the Secretariat included a big increase in productivity, a reduction in services, or overspending; realistically, the only option was to cut services since during the last three budget cycles many increases in productivity had been achieved to cope with the stagnant budgetary level. In the current biennium, additional productivity increases were unlikely.Mr. Connor noted that in presenting his budget proposal, the Secretary-General had told the Fifth Committee that further budgetary constraints would “seriously compromise our ability to deliver the services expected from us,” particularly with Member States imposing new mandates on the Organization.It should not come as a surprise that, with the reductions made by the Assembly, it was impossible to accomplish everything in the budget and provide all the services anticipated, especially in view of the fact that those reductions were heavily tilted towards the area of services, Mr. Connor said. read more

Opponents say barring pot use in Denver businesses unwise

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, diners smoke marijuana as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at Planet Bluegrass, an outdoor venue in Lyons, Colo. Opponents of a state ruling that would prevent bars and many restaurants in Denver from offering on-site marijuana consumption said the ruling would overturn a law approved by voters and force people to sneak around while they use pot and consume alcohol. The new rule announced Friday, Nov. 18 by the Liquor Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue bars liquor-license holders from applying for a permit to allow the consumption of pot. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) Opponents say barring pot use in Denver businesses unwise DENVER – Opponents of a state ruling that would prevent bars and many restaurants in Denver from offering on-site marijuana consumption said the ruling would overturn a law approved by voters and force people to sneak around while they use pot and consume alcohol.The new rule announced Friday bars liquor-license holders from apolplying for a permit to allow the consumption of pot. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said using alcohol and marijuana together increases impairment.Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project, said the measure approved by voters this month would allow servers to keep track of customers who drink and consume pot products instead of forcing them to go outside or hide behind closed doors.“Under the new law, people would be wearing a green wristband that would identify them. Our alcohol policies already rely on the judgment of the server,” Tvert said.Daniel Landes, owner of the City O’ City restaurant and bar in Denver, which has a fully stocked bar that includes chai infused rye whiskey and a vegetarian menu, said he wants the option of holding special events where marijuana is allowed, including cannabis conventions in Denver.“I’m in the hospitality business, and there is no place like this to use marijuana. That is inhospitable,” he said.On Nov. 8, Denver voters approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing willing bars and restaurants to give people the option to use marijuana alongside a cocktail or meal. Smoking pot would not be allowed inside, and the locations would have to first get the approval of neighbours or business districts. Bars and restaurants would not be allowed to sell marijuana products, and people would have to bring their own.The ruling by the by the Liquor Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue would not apply to pot clubs or coffee shops.Tvert said the ruling was pushed by the liquor industry trying to protect its turf because they wanted people drinking alcohol and not using other products. The liquor industry and other groups, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, expressed concerns over safety and liability.The Colorado Department of Revenue issued a statement saying it was primarily a safety issue.“After carefully considering all impacts to Coloradans and industry, this rule is in the best interests of public health and safety resulting from public and dual consumption,” said Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Department of Revenue and State Licensing Authority for both the Liquor Enforcement Division and the Marijuana Enforcement Division.Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public of Public Health and Environment, supported the ruling.“There is substantial evidence that combined use of marijuana and alcohol increases impairment more than use of either substance alone. If marijuana use is allowed in establishments that hold a liquor license, dual use certainly would occur regularly and present a danger to public health and safety,” Wolk said in a statement. by Steven K. Paulson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2016 11:22 am MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Letter Govts claim that all the offshore blocks are gone is

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPHARMAGATE SCANDAL: Cabinet took decision to deliberately exclude NEW GPCAugust 12, 2016In “latest news”Nagamootoo’s statements “disappointing, confusing and tragicomic” – Says Minister BennJanuary 13, 2015In “Politics”Teixeira exposes Govt’s “continued lies and attacks” on integrity of Guyana-Norway pactFebruary 21, 2016In “Politics” Dear Editor,Members of a government in any society who blatantly practice the art of sophistry, where truth becomes collateral damage to expediency will always precipitate pre-conditions to eventual national catastrophe. I believe it is the mandate of any citizen of the land, who expects veracity in the leaders they have chosen, if they are in possession of facts, to expose any politician for duplicitous statements or actions; hence I feel constrained to bring to the public domain several issues where members of the current cabinet have re-constructed facts to suit agendas inimical to national welfare. These are just a few of a barrage of mis-constructed facts issued by current Cabinet members.Recently, three Ministers of the Government; namely Minister Raphael Trotman, Minister Dominic Gaskin and Minister Khemraj Ramjattan released incorrect information to the public via the press corps, which indicated that in 1997,  according to Minister Trotman, 2008, according to Minister Gaskin, and 2011, according to Minister Ramjattan, that then President Bharrat Jagdeo had amended the Petroleum Act so as to ensure that the ExxonMobil contract cannot be released to the public. They cannot even get their dates straight when concocting their stories.These contradictory pronouncements by the three Ministers are all fabrications. Neither President Jagdeo nor any other PPP President ever amended the Act to prevent disclosure of contract.There is an obvious agenda by members of the coalition government, with collusion from their financiers to malign the reputation of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.Shortly thereafter, at a recent press conference, Minister Patterson, supported by Ministers Ramjattan and Cathy Hughes, also informed the Guyanese public that there were no remaining un-assigned oil blocks because Jagdeo had already distributed all to favoured awardees: Again, this is palpably untrue and has compelled me to release the list of concessions and expose the malicious lies being repeated by the current administration in another effort to defame Dr Jagdeo. The following advisement reveals that, of the ten existing concessions, none had been given out by the Jagdeo administration;·        ExxonMobil was given by the Late Hon. Janet Jagan –1999Eight were given by former President, Hon. Donald Ramotar; to whit:·        Mid atlantic-2015·        CGX 2012-2013·        Repsol-2013·        Retio-2015·        Anadarko-2012·        On Energy-2013·        Nabi – 2012The tenth one was given under the Granger Presidency by Minister Trotman to Tollow Eco. Based on recently released documents by GGMC, there still remain several unallocated blocks.When faced with exposure of this lie, the decent thing to do was to apologize and withdraw the erroneous claims. Instead, in Kaieteur News of Friday September 22, the Minister, in another act of deception, now claims that all the offshore blocks are gone and that is what he was referring to. This is another falsehood, which is debunked by the map from the GGMC, published in the Kaieteur News article of September 22, outlining the offshore blocks that are yet available.Let me hasten to add that all of the blocks allocated by PPP presidents were properly issued; as a result of which Exxon Mobil invested millions of dollars, which led to the discovery of oil.I wish to deplore the constant misrepresentation of facts by the coalition administration, and the incessant repetition by sections of the print media. It seems that deflecting the public’s attention away from their own inadequacies and ungrounded accusations against PPP leaders, especially Dr Jagdeo, is a norm in the coalition construct and its partners in the media.One glaring instance is the lie that has been exposed – time and again, that is yet repeated by coalition ministers of government and reprinted in the Kaieteur News, for example.Trotman’s allegation in Parliament that Dr. Jagdeo and the PPP gave out all of the productive land in the forestry sector has been repeatedly refuted. According to the Opposition Leader: “The fact is that about fifty-five per cent of the state forest has been given out so far in our history: It’s about seven million hectares out of 12.5 million hectares; and out of that 55 per cent, just about 40 percent is under extraction. Of the (millions of) hectares that were given out, almost half was given out in the pre-1992 era. Barama alone had 1.7 million hectares.”In conclusion, I have observed the recent headlines and hype surrounding the government’s announcement that they are engaged in discussions with Exxon Mobil to bring gas onshore to generate electricity. Again, this is obviously a ploy to divert the public’s attention from the atrocious spate of blackouts that have been ravaging the lives of citizens. This cannot be the solution for the pressing problems we face on a daily basis.It was with the Leader of the Opposition who asked officials from Exxon Mobil whether a feasibility study to use gas for electricity, as compared to other alternatives, was done. The answer was in the negative.The PPP/C is prepared to defend its legacy as it relates to its decisions to grant oil and gas concessions, in particular, since its decision to embrace ExxonMobil has borne fruit, and has been proven to have been a transparent process.Yours truly,Odinga LumumbaVice Chairman – Sectoral Committee: Natural ResourcesMember of Parliament – People Progressive Party/Civic  read more

ICMM announces mining community support toolkit plus tailings review

first_imgICMM has published a toolkit to help mining companies understand the factors that influence community support and measure the level of community support at a particular project or operation. The Understanding company-community relations toolkit “provides a structured approach for companies to understand the basis for community support and how to measure perceptions of support. It enables companies to identify the reasons why community support may be lacking at a project or operation, and develop targeted approaches for improving company-community relationships.”The toolkit is designed to help companies understand the nature of their relationships with communities – irrespective of whether these are supportive or otherwise. Ultimately the emphasis is on helping companies achieve relationships that are supportive. For this reason, the term ‘community support’ features prominently throughout the toolkit. This approach outlined in the toolkit recognises that a company’s attitudes and behaviours towards host communities, and the context in which it operates, play a fundamental role in determining the degree to which communities support a particular project or operation and the quality of relationships between the company and the community.There is little consensus or clarity on what community support means in practical terms – or how it can be measured. “Perception surveys can help companies understand the opinions and perspectives of community members about a project or an operation, but there is no publicly available guidance on the factors that can influence community support or how these might be measured, ” said ICMM’s CEO Tom Butler. “This is the gap that we hope to address with this toolkit.”In a separate development, the ICMM has also announced that it will convene a global review of tailings storage facility standards and critical controls. Butler said, “I would like to express my profound sadness for the tragic loss of life that resulted from the recent Samarco tailings dam collapse in Brazil, and to extend my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the disaster. In recent weeks, we have been consulting with member companies to determine how best to respond as an organisation with a commitment to leadership in environmental and safety performance within the mining and metals industry. ICMM places an emphasis on collaborative learning and in convening this review, we support our industry in seeking to avoid such an event from happening again.”The review will be led by ICMM and include external experts and member company representatives. It will focus on surface tailings management across the membership, including a review of standards, critical control strategies, governance and emergency preparedness. “This review will build on an existing body of knowledge on tailings management and serve as an important resource not only for our members but the wider industry,” said Butler. Work on the review has already commenced.last_img read more

Consolidated Nickel Mines victorious in Investment Battlefield

first_imgConsolidated Nickel Mines (CNM) won the Investment Battlefield Competition at this year’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town, with Sula Iron and Gold in second place.The Mining Izindaba Daily News reported that CNM’s Simon Purkiss “delivered an outstanding presentation on the company’s activities in Africa.” CNM is a nickel-focused development vehicle restarting the Munali nickel mine in southern Zambia.last_img

Multiple injuries in 11car wreck in North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several people sustained injuries after, officials said, 11 vehicles were involved in an accident near a busy intersection in North Miami Beach, Saturday night.North Miami Beach Police and fire rescue crews responded to the scene of the pileup along Biscayne Boulevard, near Northeast 163rd Street.The wreck prompted authorities to shut down several lanes near the intersection. At around 9:15 p.m., police tweeted that all lanes had reopened to traffic.Paramedics rushed one victim to Jackson North Medical Center as a trauma alert. The condition of the other victims remains unknown.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more