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Smooth on the curves

first_imgSpeed, strategy, consistency and concentration. But most importantly strategy. “It’s a misconception that winning a rally is about driving fast. It is never about how hard you can push the right foot on the accelerator, but how well you plan and stick to that,” says Kullu-based star rallyist Suresh Rana.Rana,Speed, strategy, consistency and concentration. But most importantly strategy. “It’s a misconception that winning a rally is about driving fast. It is never about how hard you can push the right foot on the accelerator, but how well you plan and stick to that,” says Kullu-based star rallyist Suresh Rana.Rana has to his credit a string of outstanding performances including nine wins in the world’s highest motorsports event Raid de Himalaya, three in Desert Storm and four in SJOBA, besides being the Indian National Rally Champion in 2007.This 41-year-old from the small and sleepy town Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, where he owns a car service station, has come a long way. “It was in the year 2000 when I was just driving to work and an official from Raid de Himalaya noticed me negotiating the serpentine roads. He encouraged me to participate in the Raid. The rest is history, as they say,” he says. REPAYING WITH RAPTORAfter winning every major rally in the country and that too multiple times, Rana thinks it is now his turn to give back to the sport and that he is doing with his Raptors Rally School. “But this does not mean that my career is over. I want to spot youngsters with potential from this region and hone their skills needed to break through the highly competitive world of rallying,” he asserts.The school, which was set up in December 2014, has gained instant popularity among motorsports enthusiasts. It has already trained two batches comprising six students each.advertisementRana, who charges Rs 20,000 as training fee, sees a huge potential of rallyists in the Punjab. “Punjabis are known for their adventurous spirit and are financially quite well-off. We are getting excellent response from people out there. I have already trained one youth each from Jalandhar, Moga and Amritsar. And the queries continue to pour in every day,” he says.NORTH, THE NEW HUBFor years, motorsports participants from the southern part of the country have held sway, possibly due to excellent training infrastructure available in the southern states (racing tracks like the Madras Race Club) and champions who have proved their prowess even at the international level (Naren Kumar and C.S. Santosh recently).However, Rana feels that change has set in and it is coming about slowly but surely. “A lot of small auto-cross events are now being organised in the northern region. These events may not be as exhaustive as major rallies like Raid de Himalaya or Desert Storm, but they definitely promise the thrill and excitement reminiscent of an important motorsport event,” he says. Rana, known as the Lion of the Mountains in the rallying circuit, adds, “People in north have a definite advantage of negotiating the hills as they keep exposing themselves to this terrain.”FAIR PLAY-WOMEN IN MOTORSPORTSInsisting that it would be unfair to term women participants in racing and rallying as mere ‘glam factor’, Rana says, “So many of them, like Sarika Sehrawat from Delhi, have proven their mettle and beaten men. You don’t need physical force to handle a vehicle during a rally but discipline, endurance and inner strength.”Rana is soon going to start a separate batch for women trainees at Raptors. “We have been receiving enquiries from women enthusiasts from across the country, including Bangalore, Coorg, Punjab and other places,” he says.SPONSORSHIP WOESMotorcyclist C.S. Santosh may have had the honour to be the first Indian ever to have unfurled the Tricolor at the finish of the prestigious Dakar Rally that concluded recently despite a broken toe and injured shoulder, but the Indian government is yet to recognise motorsports as a sport.”It is still perceived as the rich youngsters’ entertainment and playboys’ day out. Things have not changed despite the fact that Indian drivers have participated in Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and World Rally Championship (WRC) and now Dakar,” Rana laments.The rallyist underlines that motorsports can have a bright future in the country only if the government recognises it as a sport. Also corporate houses need to look beyond cricket. “With 24X7 sports channels, think of the kind of publicity that business houses can garner by associating with this sport. Motorsports is very expensive, not many can survive without sponsorships,” he concludes.last_img read more

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Everton hold Liverpool to goalless draw at Goodison Park

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe much animated Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton end with a goalless draw at Goodison Park. After this draw Liverpool stayed at the second position in the League Table of the Premier League. Manchester City are now one point ahead of the Reds with same number of matches played.The manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp opted to keep Roberto Firmino in the bench in this important match. Sadio Mane was brilliant as the centre forward role in the last few matches for Liverpool. So, the manager did not wish to change that before a big game. On the other hand, Richarlison was in the bench for Everton in this match.Theo Walcott was shown an yellow card in the first half. He was subbed off at the 59th minute and Richarlison was introduced in the field. After the introduction of Richarlison, Everton we’re more attacking in the second half of the match. Mohamed Salah got two chances to score a goal for the Reds in this match. However, he failed to convert those chances in this match.Roberto Firmino and James Milner came in for Liverpool ; but they failed to make any impact in the match. The match ended with a 0-0 scoreline with Manchester City holding the advantage to retain the Premier League trophy after 29th gameweek.Jurgen Klopp says he has never celebrated other teams dropping pointslast_img read more

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Andy Murray just wants to enjoy No.1 status for now

first_imgAs the new world number one, Andy Murray could be troubled by the weight of expectations on his shoulders at the ATP World Tour Finals, but the Briton just wants to enjoy his new status.The three-time Grand Slam champion, who will officially dethrone Novak Djokovic on Monday, won the Paris Masters title by beating American John Isner 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4 on Sunday.Murray will have little time to rest, though, as the season-ending tournament starts next Sunday at London’s O2 Arena – where he and Djokovic will both be in a race to secure the year-end top ranking.Asked whether he would feel different on court now that he is world number one, he replied: “It might only be for one week. So I might as well try and enjoy it because I could lose it at the Tour Finals and never be there again.”Although he felt nervous before going into Sunday’s final in Paris, Murray, who secured the top ranking when Milos Raonic withdrew from their semi-final on Saturday, insisted he was focused on his match.”I felt really nervous before the match, I didn’t feel flat, or anything like that, that was the most pleasing thing about today for me,” he explained.”Obviously it’s great to win, but sometimes after you achieve something big or something that you maybe didn’t expect, it can be quite easy to have a letdown and feel a little bit flat.”I felt really nervous before the match today, and I was happy about that.”advertisementMurray, who has yet to win the Australian Open and the French Open, struggled to look past the World Tour Finals although winning in Melbourne is the next step for the double Olympic champion.”I have no idea what place I’m going to be in five or six months’ time,” said the 29-year-old, who has finished runner-up at Melbourne Park on five occasions.”But obviously I’d love to win the Australian Open because it’s sort of the next major goal, beginning of next year, because I have been close a number of times and I have never quite done it. Obviously I’d love to try and win that.”last_img read more

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Sheena Bora murder case: Peter Mukerjea ready to divorce Indrani

first_imgFormer television head honcho Peter Mukerjea is ready to divorce his wife of 15 years Indrani Mukerjea. Indrani had last month told the special CBI court in Mumbai that she wanted to file for divorce. The court had told her that since this was her personal issue she did not need permission from court to do so.Peter came to court on Saturday in a crisp white shirt and a smile and was seen sporting a black smear on his forehead. When asked about it, he said that someone had been to Pandharpur and these were the blessings he had received. During the hearing on Saturday his son Rabin too was present with a friend.Peter’s family said that he has in a way “forgiven” Indrani but he “would not be able to spend the rest of his life with her” after what he has been through in the last one year or so. The two were married in 2002 and it was the second marriage for both of them. However remembering the fact that Peter had written a letter to Indrani exactly a year ago in jail on her birthday stating, “God is great and will see an end to this, and like Romeo and Juliet, we will hopefully see each other soon,” the family said that it is all over from his end now. Peter’s letter to Indrani was sent around the same time.Interestingly the court was also abuzz with the two fighting like cats and dogs when they were brought together by the police from their respective jails. Peter, along with Indrani’s ex-husband and co-accused in the case, Sanjeev Khanna, are languishing in Arthur Road Jail while Indrani is put up in Byculla Jail. Sometimes all three are picked up in the same vehicle by police officials and brought to court. During the last hearing that is on February 1, the first time that the three met in the vehicle after Indrani’s announcement that she wanted a divorce, the two fought so much that policemen had to intervene. When Khanna was asked about the incident, he gave a know it all smile but gestured that his lips were sealed.advertisementRecently, Peter’s niece got married in Bengaluru and he had sought permission to attend the ceremonies there. CBI had sighted difficulties regarding his security and the court had thus ordered that he be allowed to attend it through video conferencing, however in spite of court’s order for jail authorities to arrange for video conferencing it could not be done so. The Mukerjea family did seem upset about it as they were looking forward to Peter giving blessings to his niece on that day.last_img read more

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Ohio State Insider Predicts What 4-Star LB Who Decommitted From Buckeyes After Urban Meyer Suspension Will Do

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer with his arms crossed on the sideline during an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)Kane Patterson committed to Ohio State back in early July. On Friday, he backed away from that pledge.Patterson is a four-star linebacker from Nashville. 247Sports ranks him No. 199 overall.He is the No. 9 composite inside linebacker in the country, and the seventh-ranked player from the state of Tennessee.Word of his decommitment came down shortly after Meyer’s statement apologizing to Courtney Smith.. @JMartZone just announced on CPA/Ensworth broadcast that Kane Patterson has de-committed from Ohio State and re-opened his recruitment.— Chad Withrow (@withrowzone) August 25, 2018It isn’t officially because of the issues at Ohio State or Urban Meyer’s suspension. However, given the timing, it isn’t hard to associate the two.When Patterson committed, he told Ohio State website Lettermen Row that Meyer was a major reason.“I talked to Urban Meyer, [running backs] Coach [Tony] Alford, [linebackers] Coach [Billy] Davis and [director of player personnel] Mark Pantoni a lot. They all recruited me.“Really though, it was about my relationship with Coach Meyer. He texts me every day and we talked to each other on the phone at least once a week. I already felt like he was a coach to me. I am very close with him.”In light of the Kane Patterson decommitment, Ohio State reporter Jeremy Birmingham made an interesting prediction as to where he’ll wind up.Birmingham thinks that, after the decommitment, Patterson will be a Tennessee Vol.Patterson is a really great kid, I know he’s not taken this decision lightly. My gut tells me he’ll end up at Tennessee.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) August 25, 2018There’s no doubt Patterson’s decommitment is tied directly to the stuff happening in Columbus over the last month. At this point, I feel pretty confident in saying you shouldn’t expect any other players to follow suit.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) August 25, 2018That goes against the grain of the 247 crystal ball. 89-percent of voters have Patterson sticking with Ohio State, though it is unclear how many have had the chance to update their predictions in light of his decommitment.Alabama and Clemson picked up the remaining predictions.last_img read more

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Injury Update For Alabama LB Dylan Moses

first_img According to multiple reports, star linebacker Dylan Moses suffered a significant injury in practice.Alabama insider Matt Zenitz reported Moses suffered a torn ACL in practice on Tuesday night. He’s expected to miss the full season as a result of the injury.Alabama star linebacker Dylan Moses suffered a torn ACL during the team’s practice last night and is out for the year, per sources https://t.co/1dyDuKijYR— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) August 28, 2019While the Tide employ a “next-man-up” philosophy, it’s still a huge blow for the team.Nick Saban recruits with the best of them, but losing a veteran linebacker just days before the start of the season is a massive loss.Alabama opens the season as a 34.5-point favorite against Duke on Saturday afternoon. The Tide and Blue Devils face off at 3:30 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ABC. Nick Brossette running the football.BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Nick Brossette #4 of the LSU Tigers tries to avoid the tackle of Dylan Moses #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season officially kicked off last weekend with an in-state battle between Florida and Miami. The Gators used a come-from-behind win to open the season 1-0.Week 1 of the season kicks off this week, with the top teams in action.The national title favorite, Alabama, opens the season against Duke. Despite suspending star running back Najee Harris for the first half, the Crimson Tide are overwhelming favorites to win.While fans have to be excited about the upcoming season, the team received some tough news this week.last_img read more

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Blind umpire: Joel Wilson’s Wikipedia page vandalised after howlers in 1st Ashes Test

first_img Indo-Asian News Service BirminghamAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 09:18 IST Joel Wilson made most of the errors on the final day of the 1st Test (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJoel Wilson’s introduction on his Wikipedia page was altered on MondayWilson was termed as ‘a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago’Umpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson made 15 wrong decisions during the first Ashes TestUmpiring errors took centre stage in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston and, as is often the case nowadays when an individual is in the centre of a significant sporting event, their mistakes reflected on Wikipedia. While Aleem Dar’s page was seemingly intact, Joel Wilson’s introduction had been altered through the course of Day 5.”Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago. Wilson is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, representing the West Indies. He stands in matches of all the three formats of international cricket – Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is),” the description on Wilson’s Wikipedia page read.The term ‘blind’ was removed soon after but that was not the end of it for Wilson as after that his description started with a line that said: “Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is not an international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago.” The page has since been rectified.Both umpires came in for significant criticism from fans and commentators for the 15 glaring mistakes they made that affected significant parts of the match.Australia beat England by 251 runs to in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Australia have also secured 24 points in the World Test Championship with their thumping win in Birmingham on Monday.It was a remarkable fight back by Australia who were tottering at 122 for 8 on the opening day. But Steve Smith’s heroic 144 and stubborn knocks from Peter Siddle (44), Travis Head (35) and Nathan Lyon (12) ensured the visitors made a respectable 284 in the first innings.advertisementAlso Read | What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve SmithAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Joe Root ‘bitterly disappointed’ after England lose 1st TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia win 1st Test at Edgbaston in 18 yearsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Joel WilsonFollow Aleem DarFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia Blind umpire: Joel Wilson’s Wikipedia page vandalised after howlers in 1st Ashes TestUmpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson made 15 wrong decisions during the first Ashesh Test which Australia won by 251 runs on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Insurance Service Provider Expands in Halifax

first_imgA United Kingdom-based insurance service provider is expanding in Nova Scotia. Admiral Insurance plans to create up to 400 jobs in Halifax within the next five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the growth with a payroll rebate to a maximum of $2,836,500. “Great employers like Admiral Insurance are offering unique work opportunities for people living in Nova Scotia,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac today, Aug. 21. “This expansion highlights the advantages Nova Scotia offers to growth-oriented companies like Admiral.” The company will earn the rebate as it achieves performance targets tied to productivity and staffing. “We’re by no means a conventional insurance company,” said Alex MacDonald, vice-president of Admiral Insurance in Halifax. “Every employee plays an important part in Admiral’s success. We’re excited to be expanding our business in Halifax and continuing to play an active role in the community.” Admiral Insurance has operated in Halifax since 2007. The company’s first year brought high customer service satisfaction rates. Since then, Admiral has consistently expanded. The new jobs will include insurance renewals and sales, while primarily serving clients in the United Kingdom. “This announcement proves that our business case is solid,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “International companies continue to make Nova Scotia a partner in their growth plans.” Admiral Insurance Services operates under Admiral Group PLC — a company launched in 1993 from the United Kingdom. The company has been listed in the Sunday Times’s 100 Best Companies to Work For during the past six years, listed in the Financial Times list as one of the 50 Best Workplaces in the U.K., and listed in 100 Best Workplaces in the E.U. For information on job opportunities, visit www.joinadmiral.ca . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

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Youngest Students Benefit from Early Reading Support

first_imgMore of Nova Scotia’s youngest students will have access to focused support to help improve their reading and writing skills. Succeeding in Reading: An Early Literacy Support Framework will be introduced to Primary and Grade 1 beginning in September, and will include strategies to increase support for students in grades 2 and 3, Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, April 26. “Government is putting children and learning first. That means providing crucial literacy supports for more of our youngest learners,” said Ms. Jennex. The framework, which involved input from literacy specialists at the department and boards, will help schools quickly identify students who need assistance to improve oral language, reading and writing skills. Succeeding In Reading will provide focused, developmentally appropriate instruction and support. “This approach gives boards the flexibility they need to provide support to even more students,” said the minister. “We are no longer taking a cookie-cutter approach, and instead are tailoring support to fit the needs of our students.” The province is investing $5 million in the framework. “Children learn best in a social context. The focus is on an early literacy teacher working closely with the classroom teacher, in the classroom with small groups of generally one to three students. There will also be opportunity for one-on-one instruction outside the classroom when necessary,” said Ms. Jennex. Highlights of the framework include: “One of the greatest strengths of this approach, and what I believe will benefit students most, will be the improved working relationship between the early literacy teacher and the classroom teacher,” said Halifax Regional School Board superintendent Carole Olsen. “That closer relationship will result in improved teaching and increased support to students.” The framework can be viewed at www.ednet.ns.ca . daily in-class support in small groups. flexibility to provide one-on-one support students will receive focused support for a pre-determined block of time students may continue to receive support in a subsequent block of time support will be a joint responsibility of classroom and literacy teachers literacy and classroom teachers will meet regularly to ensure effective planning and to ensure instruction matches the individual literacy needs of each student outreach to volunteers, communities and families to better support students in the classroom and at home progress of each student and success of intervention strategies will be monitored by boards and shared with the department in an annual report ongoing professional development for classroom and early literacy teachers students identified early in Primary instructional and assessment strategies consistent with province’s Active Young Readers programlast_img read more

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VIFF Shines Spotlight on BC Films and Filmmakers with First Programming Announcement

first_imgOn Putin’s BlacklistDIR. BORIS IVANOVAn engaging and timely tour d’horizon of Mother Russia and her place in the world today. We witness the wounded pride of Russians as the Soviet Empire crumbles, and the jingoistic xenophobia born out of an increased reliance on foreign investment. Propaganda and demonization of the “other” result in institutionalized racism and a culture of disdain. Boris Ivanov brings us up to speed on the shameful adoption crisis, the state-sanctioned hacking of the Internet and the heartless treatment of LGBTQ citizens. Advertisement Once There Was a WinterDIR. ANA VALINEThe Canadian north’s unforgiving nature is amplified to chilling effect in this claustrophobic, white-knuckle thriller from Ana Valine (Sitting on the Edge of Marlene). What is supposed to be a quick stop at a remote trailer turns into a standoff between embittered brothers, with an innocent woman (Kate Corbett) caught in the crossfire. As old wounds are reopened and fresh blood is spilled, the wolves at the door pose little threat in comparison to the personal demons being unleashed inside. About VIFFFounded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. VIFF produces screenings, talks and events that act as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen. In its 36th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 28-October 13, 2017 as it showcases the top international, Canadian and BC films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe. viff.org  EntanglementDIR. JASON JAMESIntent on ending his misery, Ben (Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch) merely adds to a laundry list of embarrassments. So it’s no surprise when subsequent efforts to connect with the woman who was nearly his adoptive sister (Jess Weixler) send him into a darkly comic tailspin that leaves him questioning every relationship in his life, as well as his increasingly tenuous grip on reality. Jason James’ sophisticated film poignantly questions whether it’s ever advisable to let things go. GregoireDIR. CODY BOWNShot in his hometown of Fort McMurray before it was ravaged by wildfires, Cody Bown’s drama draws on real life events to capture snapshots of a community teetering on a precipice and a collection of twentysomethings whose seemingly directionless lives have intersected. Bown draws remarkable performances from an ensemble cast (headed by Jared Abrahamson); his film will resonate with anyone who’s reached that stage in life where there’s no other option than making a life-changing decision. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), with the support of Premier Partner, TELUS, has unveiled the festival’s much-anticipated Sea to Skyprogramming stream: a showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia. Sea to Sky’s name reflects this province’s diverse creators and the astonishing range of storytelling techniques they employ. Featuring rising talent and filmmakers at the top of their game, the Sea to Sky stream is home to gripping dramas, intrepid documentaries, outrageous comedies, genre romps and hybrid-fiction experiments.TELUS proudly promotes and enhances BC’s creative culture by working with VIFF to create meaningful engagement for regional filmmakers and audiences of all backgrounds. Through the #mustseeBC pre-festival campaign and award, they help stoke anticipation for local films, while their Sea to Sky Award celebrates female creators and ensures that they have the resources to continue creating. Furthermore, Totally Indie Day provides a forum for invaluable insights and advice from industry pros and rising new talent.“Our commitment to support diverse voices and stories from Western Canada perfectly aligns with VIFF’s mission and has come to life with the Sea to Sky programming stream,” said Kim Guise, Director of Content at TELUS. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with VIFF and focusing on enhancing the careers of creators with screenings, specialized training and a dedicated award for women in the industry.” Weekly announcements of confirmed titles and programmed events commence this week.Tickets start at $15. Passes and ticket packs are available online on August 28th, with single tickets available online September 7th and in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box Office starting September 14th. All tickets will be available for purchase at viff.org.Passes for Totally Indie Day are available for morning and afternoon sessions. Full day passes are also available, and include entrance to the after party. More information will be available at viff.org on September 8th.VIFF would like to thank Premier Partner Telus, Premier Supporters Telefilm Canada and Creative BC as well as our other generous partners, sponsors and suppliers.Each year VIFF relies on the hard work of more than 1,000 volunteers to assist in running the festival. Volunteer registration is now open at goviff.org/volunteer. Hollow in the LandDIR. SCOOTER CORKLEWhen a body is found in a trailer park and her missing brother (Jared Abrahamson) becomes the number one suspect, headstrong Alison (Dianna Agron) decides to take things into her own hands, setting out to track him down and clear his name before the cops find him first. The harder this amateur detective looks, the more people turn up dead, and soon she becomes a suspect herself. In a town tucked away between a mountain range, secrets get buried deep. If Alison’s not careful, she’ll get buried with them. Login/Register With: Dead ShackDIR. PETER RICQWith their best attempt at a wholesome family vacation already being sabotaged by f-bombs and baser desires, three teenage friends are suddenly sent careening on a detour into over-the-top, gory horror in this ode to ’80s genre flicks from Peter Ricq (whose band HUMANS supplies the synth score). Thanks to the equal attention lavished on characters and physical comedy/carnage (courtesy of first-rate practical effects), this severed-tongue-in-cheek film’s blunt force trauma packs all the more punch. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Public SchooledDIR. KYLE RIDEOUTBook-smart but unschooled in the ways of life, home-schooled teen Liam (Daniel Doheny) has a bright future laid out, even if casual conversation amounts to a social minefield for him. But then he lays eyes on the wooden leg of the prettiest girl in public school and decides on self-sabotage; the result is an extended Grade 12 stay. This comedy from Kyle Rideout (Eadweard) is fuelled by chemistry between Liam and his helicopter mom (Judy Greer) that is so spectacularly awkward it would make Oedipus blush. Shut Up and Say SomethingDIR. MELANIE WOODInternationally acclaimed spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan gives a poignant and powerful voice to those relegated to the margins: the bullied, awkward and visibly different. In this entrancing documentary, Melanie Wood reveals a bashful alchemist who creates dazzling rhetorical fireworks. With candour, Koyczan shares his momentous and deeply personal journey to finally meet his estranged father. The result is his most important poem yet—and the more intimate his words are, the more universal they become. Facebook Meet Beau Dick: Maker of MonstersDIR. LATIESHA TI’SI’TLA FAZAKAS, NATALIE BOLLAdmirers of Pacific Northwest art are notably unanimous in their admiration of the oeuvre of the late Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, whose generosity and prolific nature embodied the very spirit of potlatch. LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas and Natalie Boll share an intimate profile of this man’s rare charisma; his carvings, which remain revered in art circles; and his passionate activism, which culminated in the breaking of coppers in Victoria and Ottawa as an act of protest against legislative injustices. The 2017 BC Spotlight film lineup features 12 titles that will leave audiences inspired by the talent being developed right here in British Columbia. Since its inception in 2013, the BC Spotlight film series has earned the highest attendance ratings in VIFF’s history.On the heels of world premiere announcements at the Toronto International Film festival, Kathleen Hepburn’s Never Steady, Never Still, Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk’Luk’I and Kyle Rideout’s Public Schooled will play to eager hometown audiences. Jason James’ Entanglement, Peter Ricq’s Dead Shack, Scooter Corkle’s Hollow in the Land and Cody Bown’s Gregoire will likewise hit Vancouver screens having already made their marks on the festival circuit.VIFF will also be home to five world premieres, including Ana Valine’s Once There Was a Winter, Melanie Wood’s Shut Up and Say Something, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ c’əsnaʔəm, the city before the city (in partnership and collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation and the c’əsnaʔəm, the city before the city curatorial team), Boris Ivanov’s On Putin’s Blacklist and LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas and Natalie Boll’s Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters.All films in the BC Spotlight will compete in the #mustseeBC competition. Launching on September 14, this social media campaign invites film fans to preview these features and the still-to-be-announced BC shorts, promote local creators across social networks and vote online to determine this year’s most anticipated local films. By successfully engaging thousands of fans through social media, the winning film receives a special red carpet screening during the festival. All details will be hosted at mustseebc.viff.org.Presented by TELUS, the Sea to Sky Award will recognize the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short. The significant $20,000 prize money can be used for a future production or towards customized training that will further advance the creator’s career.Details of other noteworthy awards in the Sea to Sky stream, including Best BC Film and BC Emerging Filmmaker as well as the members of the Sea to Sky jury will be announced in September 2017.Totally Indie Day, presented by STORYHIVE, is a dynamic day designed to provide hands-on advice from top experienced industry professionals to emerging content creators through targeted business, creative and personal development opportunities. This tent pole industry event supports rising feature film directors, by connecting them with award-winning screenwriters, directors and producers from some of the most popular and successful screen-based content series, today. Attendees also have the chance to meet with Canadian and US distributors and network with industry professionals.“Having helped the programming team launch the BC Spotlight series back in 2013, I’m extremely excited to have been involved in the selection of this year’s remarkably strong lineup,” said Curtis Woloschuk, VIFF’s Associate Director of Programming. “And, with the Sea to Sky Award now in its second year, we’re very proud of the fact this 12-film series features work from six women directors.”The full lineup of films in the BC Spotlight film series includes: Never Steady, Never StillDIR. KATHLEEN HEPBURNSet against a spectacular northern BC backdrop, Kathleen Hepburn’s debut is the intimate story of a devoted mother wrestling with Parkinson’s (Shirley Henderson, astonishing in a demanding role) and a son saddled with his first adult responsibilities (future star Théodore Pellerin). Eloquently scripted, and directed with both tenderness and assurance, the film uses its note-perfect, naturalistic performances and intricately calibrated revelations to create powerful, cathartic drama. c’əsnaʔəm: the city before the cityDIR. ELLE-MAIJA TAILFEATHERS IN PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION WITH THE MUSQUEAM FIRST NATION AND THE C’ƏSNAʔƏM, THE CITY BEFORE THE CITY CURATORIAL TEAMWe live our lives on land that was never ceded or sold by those who were living here at ‘first contact,’ and yet we know precious little about the Lower Mainland before real estate. This film aims to correct that with a meaningful reminder of the history and prehistory of this land and her first people. VIFF alumnus Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation and the UBC Museum of Anthropology curatorial team, shares this reflection on a time when BC was indeed super and natural. Luk’Luk’IDIR. WAYNE WAPEEMUKWAFebruary 2010: as Canada battles the US for Olympic hockey supremacy, a handful of engrossing, life-and-death dramas unfold in the back alleys, seedy bars and SROs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Filmmaker Wayne Wapeemukwa invites some of the city’s marginalized citizens to step into starring roles, and he shines a light on the urban realities we’re often too eager to avert our eyes from. In the process he crafts a discordant city symphony that charts Vancouver’s complexities. Twitterlast_img read more

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SANDRA OH REVEALS WHY SHE WONT EVER RETURN TO GREYS ANATOMY

first_imgAdvertisement Sandra Oh’s time on Grey’s Anatomy is done for good.Although Oh, 47, starred on the hit ABC drama as Dr. Cristina Yang for 10 seasons from 2005-14, she won’t be returning to the Shonda Rhimes-created series for a cameo.During Killing Eve season 2’s Hollywood premiere on Monday evening, Oh told Extra about her reasoning: “You know, I gotta tell you, you guys keep on asking me that question.” “I just got to tell you, creatively you have moved on and while I know, and I deeply appreciate it, because I can feel it from the fans how much they love Cristina and that the show also still keeps Cristina alive, for me, [Killing Eve] is my home now,” she explained about the BBC America series. “This is where I am.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Sandra Oh Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morocco Ranks 42nd in Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index

Rabat – Morocco has been ranked 42nd out of 50 countries for internet connectivity, ICT usage and digital transformation in a global survey conducted by Chinese networking firm Huawei.The survey dubbed the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) was released on the opening day of Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, Southern China.The Chinese company says its survey takes into account four elements as the cornerstones of connectivity: supply, demand, experience and potential. It also identifies big data analytics, cloud services, Internet of Things (Iot), broadband and data centers as enablers of digital transformation. In addition to ranking countries based on how they are moving towards a more connected and digitalized economy, GCI says that 20 per cent growth in ICT investments could see a country’s GDP increase by 1 per cent. “Countries with higher GCI scores have higher GDP per Capita. The results of the GCI model show that ICT technology has become a new production factor which drives the economic transformation of a country,” the study added.The survey has found that developing countries performed better in building the supply of connectivity in 3G coverage and mobile adoption. However, they lag behind the mature countries in building up their datacenter capabilities (core).Developing countries also lag behind the mature economies by two folds in supplying, adopting, and using transformation technologies of Broadband, Cloud, Internet of Things, Big Data, and Datacenter.Among the survey’s key findings was that Datacenter investment by developed countries is three times that of developing countries, which is the major catalyst of could proliferation as “the edge does not exist without the core.”With a GCI score of 85, the United States is ranked number one in the survey, followed by Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK.Commenting on the index, Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing, said, “The Global Connectivity Index is not merely a ranking of countries. We see it as a platform to partner with policymakers and enterprise leaders to identify, harness, and create new digital economy opportunities with the aim of building a Better Connected World.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Muslim Transit Officer’s Relative Stabbed to Death in New York

New York – The aunt of a Muslim traffic officer was stabbed to death not far from her home in Queens yesterday.The slaying follows other attacks on Muslims which have left many American Muslims concerned for their safety.Nazma Khanam, 60, was found stabbed in the chest and unconscious when police arrived at the scene. Khanam was walking in front of her husband when she was stabbed. But he did not see the actual attack.“Her husband was behind her one and a half blocks away and didn’t see nothing,” said Mohammed Rahman, a nephew of the victim.  “He didn’t realize somebody stabbed his wife,” Rahman told PIX 11-TV.Khanam, who is originally from Bangladesh, was wearing traditional Islamic clothing and a hijab which covers the hair and neck of a woman at the time of the incident.Muslims from Bangladeshi are largely represented in the traffic officer bureau, which is a division of the New York Police Department.New York City Muslims, especially Queens residents, are on edge since the shootings of an Imam and associate walking home from the masjid.  They had just prayed the afternoon prayer together.Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55 and his assistant Thara Uddin, 64, were both shot execution-style in the back of the head after leaving the mosque in Cypress Hills, a neighborhood in Queens this month.  Both were Muslims from Bangladesh.New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio addressed mourners at their funeral and promised to provide extra police presence at mosques throughout the city.Afterward the funeral, the crowd of mourners protested and chanted “we want justice” while holding signs that said, “STOP HATE CRIMES.”American Muslims, especially New Yorkers, are concerned about security since the holy day of Eid al Adha may fall on September 11, the fifteen-year anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in 2001.In a recent New York Times article, Habeeb Ahmed, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said he was concerned people would say: “Look at these Muslims, they are celebrating 9/11.”This occurs in an unusually hostile social and political environment in America in which “hate crimes” against Muslims have increased.Earlier this month, Khalid Jabara, 31, a Lebanese-American man was gunned down on his front porch while on his cell phone talking with his mother. His neighbor, Vernon Majors, 61, had harassed the family for years, seriously injured the mother with his car, and called them names like “filthy Lebanese” and “Moozlims” before allegedly shooting Jabara at close range.Last year, Muslim store owner Sarker Haque was punched repeatedly and given a black eye by a customer in Queens.  When Haque asked why the attacker did it, he said, “I kill Muslims!”Hate crimes targeting Muslims, their businesses and mosques have tripled since 2015.  Hijab-wearing girls have been harassed and cursed. Mosques have been victim to arson and vandalism.In the stabbing case of Khanam, police initially said they were investigating it as a robbery.  However, Rahman said his aunt had no loss of property.  Now a decision was made to look in the murder as a hate crime. read more

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German security conference starting amid Iran deal friction

MUNICH — More than 30 heads of state and government and 80 defence and foreign ministers are meeting in Munich for an annual security conference known for its frank exchanges and backroom diplomacy.Vice-President Mike Pence, who heads the U.S. delegation, set the tone in Warsaw on Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to “break” American sanctions on Iran and calling on them to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.But unlike in Warsaw, Iran will be represented in Munich. Its foreign minister, and top-level diplomats from Russia and China — as well as the defence ministers from the three European nations to preserve the nuclear deal — will be there.Chancellor Angela Merkel leads Germany’s delegation to the conference, which opens Friday.The Associated Press read more

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UN peacekeepers in Lebanon alarmed by escalation along Blue Line

“The katyusha attacks last night on Israel and the ferocity of firing this morning, which has spread to outside Shebaa Farms including rounds falling extremely close to a UN position, makes me very concerned about the outcome of these dangerous attempts of escalation from the Lebanese side,” said Major-General Lalit Tewari, the Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). “I appeal for a cool head and restraint to allow the diplomatic initiatives to bear fruit,” he added in a statement released in Naqoura. Meanwhile, a UN spokesman in New York reported that Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for southern Lebanon, Staffan de Mistura, has intensified his contacts with the Lebanese authorities and the diplomatic community in Beirut in order to impress the urgent need for restraint along the Blue Line, including the Shebaa Farms. read more

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Canadian drug developer Theratechnologies parts ways with international partner

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 8:18 am MDT MONTREAL – Theratechnologies Inc. (TSX:TH) has parted ways with the company that was taking the lead in commercializing its main product in Europe, Russia and several Asian countries.Montreal-based Theratechnologies says its distribution and licensing agreement with Ferrer International SA has been terminated by mutual consent.Theratechnologies developed tesamorelin as a treatment for excess abdominal fat in HIV-infected patients with lipdystrophy.The company’s product for treatment, called Egrifta, is marketed in the United States by EMD Serono. However, Theratechnologies has run into difficulty getting regulatory approvals for Egrifta in Canada and Europe.Theratechnologies president and CEO Luc Tanguay said Monday that the company will work with “physicians, patient groups, regulatory consultants and certain regulators to assess a potential refiling in Europe for tesamorelin in 2013.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian drug developer Theratechnologies parts ways with international partner read more

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Real estate heir Robert Durst agrees to come to Los Angeles to

by Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 4:19 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Real estate heir Robert Durst agrees to come to Los Angeles to face murder charge FILE – This Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file photo shows Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans. Prosecutors said on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, fugitive real estate heir Durst has agreed to be extradited from Louisiana to Los Angeles by mid-August to face a murder charge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Robert Durst, the scion of a prominent New York real estate family who gained new notoriety this year in an HBO documentary on his alleged crimes, has agreed to come from Louisiana to Los Angeles to face charges that he killed a friend to stop her from co-operating with an investigation into the disappearance of his wife.Durst and his attorneys jointly filed an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, prosecutors announced Tuesday. It stipulates that Durst will be extradited from Louisiana to Los Angeles no later than Aug. 18.Court filings have shown that Durst has struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors on a weapons charge in New Orleans. The weapons charge has kept Durst jailed in Louisiana since March, even though he waived extradition on the murder charge in Los Angeles.Durst, an estranged member of the family that runs 1 World Trade Center in New York, faces a first-degree murder trial in Los Angeles in the 2000 death of his friend and onetime spokeswoman Susan Berman, 55.The 72-year-old millionaire is accused of killing Berman to keep her from talking to investigators looking into the disappearance of his first wife in 1982.Durst was arrested in New Orleans on the eve of the finale of “The Jinx,” a six-part HBO documentary about Durst, the disappearance of his wife, Berman’s death, and the death and dismemberment of a neighbour in Texas in 2001.Durst’s lawyers say his arrest in New Orleans was timed to coincide with the conclusion of “The Jinx.” Durst had registered at the hotel under the name Everette Ward and was lying low while HBO aired the final chapter of his life story.U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan in Louisiana postponed Durst’s trial on the weapons charge earlier this month to give attorneys time to work out a date to sign a plea agreement. On Thursday, she scheduled a change of plea hearing for Feb. 3.Richard DeGuerin, one of Durst’s attorneys, said in a statement Tuesday that the extradition agreement is “part of our effort to have Robert Durst face and defeat the California murder charge as soon as possible.”“Bob Durst didn’t kill Susan Berman and doesn’t know who did,” DeGuerin said. “He is eager to go to trial and prove his innocence.”___Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.___Follow Amanda Lee Myers on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaLeeAP. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/amanda-lee-myers. read more

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Baby number four Duchess of Cambridge feeling broody

Mr Barr asked: “Baby number four?” The royal couple were greeted by hundreds of cheering well-wishers in Ballymena on the second day of their Northern Ireland… During a walkabout in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, the Duchess met five-month-old baby James Barr and told his father Alan: “He’s gorgeous. It makes me feel a little broody.” The Duchess, who comes from a family of three children herself, also commented on a little girl’s coat, saying, “I love your cool coat. Charlotte loves pink.” The Duchess of Cambridge admitted to feeling a “little broody” today, inspiring speculation her children might be joined by one more. The Duchess laughed and conceded: “I think William would be a little worried.” 

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Kent to become international wine tasting holiday destination as 2018 heatwave produces

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It’s a combination of the two, the majority of visitors are domestic, that includes ‘staycationers’, but we are definitely setting our sights on attracting more overseas visitors. The US is a prime target as they are the majority consumer of our exports.”This is yet another way we can attract American tourists to Britain.”Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “It’s extremely exciting that in 2018 UK wine makers have produced volumes that near-triple the number of bottles made the previous year. This is down to the gutsy English and Welsh wine businesses and all those investing in them to grow vineyards, create fantastic wines rivalling the best in the world and develop amazing places to visit.”Last summer’s record heatwave provided near perfect grape growing conditions and a bumper harvest with UK winemakers predicting that when it starts being released, 2018 is likely to prove a vintage year. This will prove vital to maintaining the reputation of English and Welsh wine as it grows – including its exports.”Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist at the Royal Horticultural Society added: “It was a year in a hundred for grapes, I’ve never seen anything like it before, not even in 1976. Kent is set to become an international wine tasting destination after a record year for English and Welsh wine, with production tripling and exports doubling in 2018.The heatwave caused a bumper harvest last year, and experts have said that it will be a vintage year for wine in Britain.Now, visitors are beginning to come from around the world to go on wine-tasting holidays in Kent, Sussex and Wales.The south-east of England features the most active vineyards, attracting the most tourists, as the “wine garden of Kent” and clusters of vineyards in Sussex and Hampshire work together to offer wine tastings.Wine tasting holidays are already winning awards. Winemakers Hush Heath, part of the Kent group, recently opened a tasting room and winery, which won a VisitEngland Visitor Attraction award last year.Bolney wine estate in Sussex have built a new restaurant and wine tasting room as well as creating nature walks around their vines, in order to capitalise on the wine tourism industry and teach people about their wines.A spokesperson from Wines of Great Britain said that English and Welsh wine is particularly attractive to American tourists.She said “Wine tourism globally has become a very popular leisure pastime. “We are certainly going to see more grapes and more wine being produced.”Normally British grape juice is rather acid, that makes a rather mouth puckering wine, the heat, light and late autumn meant they were full of sugar.”This made the best wine. “ read more

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