Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 10th title in Barcelona

first_imgRafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to win his 10th Barcelona Open title on Sunday.It was the second consecutive week that Nadal had won a tournament for the 10th time. He had become the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times at the Monte Carlo Masters last Sunday.”It means a lot to me to win 10 titles here in Barcelona as well,” Nadal said. “To win in Barcelona and Monte Carlo gives me a dream start to the clay season.”It was Nadal’s second title of the season and 71st of his career. The fifth-ranked Spaniard had lost his previous three finals, including to Roger Federer in the Australian Open.Next month he will try to win a 10th French Open title. The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years ago in Roland Garros.Nadal broke the ninth-ranked Austrian late in the first set and early in the second, then cruised to close out the match for his 51st career title on clay. He saved the only break point he conceded to Thiem at the “Rafa Nadal” center court. He was only broken twice in 47 service games throughout the week.”It was vital for me to win the first set,” Nadal said. “It was difficult. I had a few more chances than him, but it was very even.”The 30-year-old Nadal has won 10 consecutive matches and is 21-1 in his past 22 sets.Thiem, who had upset top-ranked Andy Murray in the semifinals on Saturday, was trying to win his second title of the season. He won in Rio de Janeiro in February.advertisementNadal won five straight titles in Barcelona from 2005-09, then three consecutive from 2011-13, and now two in a row in 2016 and this year. He has a 10-0 record in finals in Barcelona, losing only one set.Nadal improved to 53-3 at the ATP World Tour 500 event.last_img read more

FC Barcelona edge out Real Madrid C.F. in thrilling Clasico

first_imgBarcelona drew first blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami.The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Gerard Pique’s strike settling a fiercely contested clash.Madrid were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, still on holiday, but both teams were close to full strength. Ernesto Valverde, getting a taste of Clasico drama early in his career as Barcelona manager, selected Neymar despite speculation swirling over the Brazilian’s future at the club.However, it was stalwart Lionel Messi who opened the scoring after just three minutes, beating Luka Modric and firing home, with his strike deflecting off Raphael Varane and beating Keylor Navas.Barcelona were dominant and Ivan Rakitic doubled their lead with a powerful drive when Suarez helped force Neymar’s low cross to the Croatian midfielder on the edge of the box.The sell-out crowd at the Hard Rock Stadium were in for a thrilling night and Madrid fought their way back into the game with Mateo Kovacic drilling expertly past Jasper Cillessen from the edge of the area.Marco Asensio, starting on the left of Real Madrid’s attack in place of Ronaldo, then started and finished a lightning break to tie the game in the 36th minute.After a prolonged halftime break with music, lights and fireworks shows more akin to the Super Bowl, the game restarted at the same hectic pace.advertisementPique sent Barcelona ahead again in the 50th minute by flicking home Neymar’s curling free-kick, before the Brazilian missed from close range. Luis Suarez was denied by Navas and Samuel Umtiti had a strike cleared off the line.Barcelona were dominant and determined not to let their lead slip, with Rakitic even squaring up to referee Jair Marrufo as he protested a decision, showing the stakes were much higher than for a regular friendly.It was the first time the teams met in a friendly since 1991 and only the second time outside of Spain. Given its success, the spectacle is likely to be repeated.last_img read more

ISL: Mumbai City FC spoil Kerala’s party, Chennaiyin edge FC Pune City

first_imgKerala Blasters’ winless streak continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw in their third home match of the Indian Super League season four in Kochi on Sunday.The Blasters’ striker Mark Sifneos may have ended 194 goal-less minutes for his side this season but Rene Muelensteen’s team is still winless after Mumbai City forward Balwant Singh got an equaliser in the 77th minute.Sifneos swept in Rino Anto’s cross to give the home side the lead in the 14th minute. It was Dimitar Berbatov, stellar on the night with his incisive passing from midfield, who threaded a pass through to Anto.The right back did not make any mistake in picking out Sifneos, who steered the ball past Mumbai City goalkeeper Amrinder Singh in front of a delirious Kochi crowd.And just when it seemed that Blasters had done enough to record their first win of the season after two 0-0 draws in a row, Balwant thumped in a low cross from Everton Santos in the 77th minute..@KeralaBlasters and @MumbaiCityFC ended the night sharing the spoils after an entertaining draw in Kochi!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX #ISLRecap #KERMUM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/tcWlLTXW5O- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 3, 2017It was a game of missed chances and drama in front of goal as Santos’ shot was brilliantly saved by Paul Rachubka onto the woodwork and Blasters striker C K Vineeth was sent off in the dying minutes after a second yellow card for diving.A second yellow card for CK Vineeth reduces @KeralaBlasters down to 10 men! Deserved?advertisementWatch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/ly9rzQBCQM JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #KERMUM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/uhoNHClflC- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 3, 2017The Blasters had made their intentions clear from the start when Courage Pekuson dragged his shot wide from outside the box in just the fourth minute. Within the next 60 seconds, Kerala sent in a series of crosses from both sides, but Mumbai somehow saw off the storm.Jackichand Singh found Vineeth with a long ball but the forward’s brilliant turn and shot was saved. Jackichand was at the receiving end in the 43rd minute when Berbatov found him with an inch-perfect lobbed through ball but the Indian winger shot it over despite having options in the middle of the six- yard box.Dimitar Berbatov released Jackichand Singh who scuffed his effort and left Rene Meulensteen bewildered.Watch it LIVE on Hotstar: https://t.co/ly9rzQBCQM JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #KERMUM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/jy6pMhs9jL- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 3, 2017Squeezed between these two chances was Mumbai City’s only meaningful attempt on goal when Rafa Jorda headed Abinash Ruidas’ cross straight to the keeper.Berbatov, who had done most of the passing for the Blasters, had his own attempt when his header from a corner flew straight to Amrinder at the stroke of half-time.The home team started the second half just like the first when Pekuson blasted his shot over from a tight angle and so did Vineeth when Lalruatthara’s cross found him at the far post.Balwant had another chance as the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, but his first-time shot from a clever flick in the box was scuffed and petered out of play.The Blasters, despite being down to 10 men, pushed bodies forward but Mumbai City held on to a draw with Berbatov shooting over the bar with virtually the last kick of the match.HENRIQUE SERENO BECOMES CHENNAIYIN’S HEROChennaiyin FC got the better of FC Pune City by a solitary goal in the Indian Super League season four clash to move to the second spot at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Sunday.A 82nd minute goal from captain Henrique Sereno was enough for the former ISL champions to win their second match on the trot after the disastrous opening day loss against FC Goa.Head it low and hard is what they say, and it worked for Sereno! #LetsFootball #PUNCHE pic.twitter.com/vFnq8quQqt- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 3, 2017After a cagey opening 15 minutes, Pune took control but couldn’t create any clear-cut goal scoring chances. Some of their best chances of the half came from set plays.Marcos Tebar’s free-kick in the 19th minute was headed down by a Pune player to Alfaro, who in turn passed it on to Rafael Lopez. But the Spanish defender’s side-footed shot went inches wide of the Chennaiyin goal.advertisementChennaiyin FC’s best chance of the first half fell to Gregory Nelson in the 40th minute. After stringing together a few passes in midfield, Inigo Calderon sent in a delightful cross into the box for Nelson to meet.The Dutchman’s diving header, however, was cleared well off the line by Rafael.Both sides started the second half much like the first — unable to create chances going forward. In the 60th minute, Pune goalkeeper Vishal Kaith almost gifted a goal to John Gregory’s side.The goalkeeper came out of his box to collect a harmless-looking cross from Jerry Lalrinzuala but could only palm it in the path of midfielder Francisco Fernandes.Rafael, however, was again in the right place at the right time to make another goal-line clearance.Rafa Lopez makes another heroic clearance off the line!Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/NrZFubCLYk JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #PUNCHE #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/Z85G7bsmJq- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 3, 2017At the other end, Alfaro should have given Pune the lead in the 77th minute. After finding himself clear on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat, the Uruguayan slashed the ball over the crossbar.It looked like both sides would settle for a point each but there was a twist in the tale.With just eight minutes left for the final whistle, Sereno gave Chennaiyin FC the lead. The defender rose above everyone to thump Gavilan Martinez’s corner past the FC Pune City goalkeeper.last_img read more

European Union of Gymnastics Names Eleftherios Petrounias Male Gymnast of the Year

first_imgAiming to put our gymnasts in the spotlight where they belong, the UEG organised the first ever “European Gymnast of the Year’ elections”, EUG Says.All 50 member Federations and the 8 UEG Technical Committees were invited to nominate their favourites. A selection was made and put online open for everyone to vote over a period of 10 days.Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias has been named Male Gymnast of the Year and received also the “Outstanding performance of the Year” award.Double winner Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) delighted with his victories said to EUG: “I want to say a special thanks to the UEG, for this brilliant idea of the European Gymnastics Awards and for giving me the opportunity to be a candidate in two categories. These awards are something which our great sport needed, in order to gain even wider exposure. It is a perfect opportunity for the gymnastics fans to come closer to Gymnastics through their vote and I just hope that this initiative will grow stronger and bigger each year. I wish to congratulate Olympiada Thrakomakedonon and the rest of the UEG Awards Winners, as well as all the candidates in each category. And of course, my gratitude goes to the thousands of fans who voted for me and elected me as a double UEG Award winner. Their support gives me a lot of strength ahead of the new season. I will try to be worthy of this honor and make happy all these people every time I can. Thank you all!”Male Gymnast of the Year – 8681 votes1° Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) – 5277 votes, 61%2° Marian Dragulescu (ROU) – 2545 votes, 29%3° Tin Srbic (CRO) – 439 votes, 5%4° Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) – 126 votes, 1%5° Daniel Bali (HUN) – 105 votes, 1%6° Mikhail Zalomin (RUS) – 100 votes, 1%7° Pablo Braegger (SUI) – 89 votes, 1%Outstanding performance of the Year – 8921 votes1° Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) – 7798 votes, 87%2° Samir Ait Said (FRA) – 371 votes, 4%3° Sara Moreno and Vicente Lli (ESP) – 287 votes, 3%4° Lina Sjoeberg (SWE) – 233 votes, 2%5° Dina and Arina Averina (RUS) – 150 votes, 2%6° Marina Chernova and Georgiy Pataraya (RUS) – 59 votes, 1%7° Tatsiana Piatrenia (BLR) – 23 votes, 0%See the winners in all categories here.FILE – Gold medal winner Eleftherios Petrounias, of Greece, performs during the men’s individual apparatus finals at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Watch: Oklahoma State Players Dance at Sugar Bowl Dinner

first_imgOSU had another night in NOLA on Monday, and it was eventful apparently. There was a dance off at the Rock ‘N Bowl (where is Gundy?) and it was a pretty good one.Or at least Ramon Richards thought so.Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 9.04.28 AMYou can view photos of the night here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire has drafted an open letter to affiliated members of Touch Football Australia to address several key areas of interest and significance for all.To continue the progression Touch Football Australia has made towards a more unified approach to the delivery of the sport, a number of initiatives will be implemented in accordance with the Strategic and Operational plans of the organisation in the near future.The new direction taken is to maximize our product by ensuring we are meeting the needs of our members and optimally positioning the game to meet the immediate and future challenges in an ever-changing sporting landscape.The communication attached addresses the necessity to review affiliation fees from 1 January 2008, to explore growth initiatives, and to streamline debt collection process and policy to enable more efficient and viable practices to underpin the business operations of the organisation.Touch Football has earned a unique niche as one of Australia’s most popular participant sports for children and adults in both social and competitive spheres.As current Federation of International Touch World Champions, our success, potential, and ability to appeal to a wide cross section of the population and establish ourselves as a sport of choice is ever increasing.United, the future of our game is assured, Touch Football Australia look forward to working with you to achieve this key outcome.The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has been communicated with in relation to the document and will communicate directly with affiliates in New South Wales on the changes for NSWTA. Related Filesceo_letter_to_members_sept_07-pdflast_img read more

‘I haven’t spoken to Zidane’ – James unsure of Madrid future

first_imgJames Rodriguez admits he does not know where he will be playing club football next season but insists he is fully focused on Colombia’s Copa America campaign. The playmaker spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich but returned to Santiago Bernabeu at the end of last term following the Bundesliga champions’ decision not to exercise an option to sign him for €42 million (£36m/$47m).James’ career has stalled somewhat in recent years and he only featured in 20 league games for Bayern in 2018-19, scoring seven goals and making three assists.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite signing for Real in 2014 in a deal worth €90 million (£71m/$90m) after he won the Golden Boot at the Brazil World Cup, James is now looking for a route out of the Spanish capital in order to get more regular game time. The 27-year-old concedes he is powerless over his future at the moment though.”Right now I’m only thinking about the Copa America,” Rodriguez said after Colombia’s 1-0 win over Paraguay on Sunday. “I still don’t know where I’ll go but I want to be calm. The decision depends on the club (Real Madrid).”There are people with a lot of power there, I can’t do much. I haven’t spoken with Zidane.”James has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli that would see him reunited with Carlo Ancelotti, who he worked with at both Real and Bayern, this summer. Azzurri midfielder Fabian Ruiz added fuel to that speculation by insisting earlier this month that James would be welcomed by the squad in Naples.Real are reportedly keen to get the former Monaco star off their books in order to free up funds to make further transfers this summer, having already brought in Eden Hazard from Chelsea. But James will first see out Colombia’s Copa America campaign before linking up with any club side. Carlos Queiroz’s side cruised through the group stage with maximum points, beating Argentina in their in a dominant opening-game 2-0 win.The Albiceleste managed a 2-0 victory over Qatar in their final Group B fixture on Sunday to also book their place in the quarter-final.last_img read more

Girl dies after being pinned between vehicles while picked up from school

first_imgTORONTO – Grief counsellors were at a north Toronto school Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the news that a five-year-old girl had died after being pinned between two SUVs.The Toronto Catholic District School Board said the girl was walking with her father to their car after school on Monday when the incident took place just before 3:30 p.m.Const. Clint Stibbe said Tuesday that an SUV with no one inside rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s Mercedes-Benz SUV.The child was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries.The girl’s 42-year-old father was also struck by the rolling vehicle and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.“I haven’t got any stats … in relation to how often we see a vehicle moving on its own,” Stibbe said.The police traffic services division said the investigation was ongoing, and charges, if any, have not yet been determined.Toys and flowers were left in a snowbank near St. Raphael Catholic School on Monday morning.Students and staff were also planning on creating a memorial table for the girl at the school, the board said.“Tragedies such as this can be difficult for anyone to accept or understand, particularly for young people,” the school board said in a statement.“A team of counsellors, including a social worker, psychologist and members of our chaplaincy and religion team will be on hand to support the school community today.”The board said support workers will be on hand as long as needed.last_img read more

Stevie Wonder With Friends Celebrating a Message of Peace

first_imgBET Networks and Wonder Productions have joined forces with the United Nations to present Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace.In celebration of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Organization, the star-studded concert took place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Featuring performances by Sting, Janelle Monae, Wyclef Jean and more, the concert also features duets by headliner and music legend Stevie Wonder, the UN’s Messenger of Peace. Emceed by Malcolm Jamal Warner, the concert is set to premiere on Centric, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 9PM ET/PT and will premiere on BET, Sunday, March 3rd at 11AM ET.United Nations Day, marked annually on the 24th of October, is dedicated to the global efforts and achievements of the UN since its founding in 1945. The observance serves as an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the Organization’s work for peace and security, peacekeeping, development, humanitarian relief, human rights and efforts to protect and empower the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, refugees, women and children, and people with disabilities around the globe.In his official message for UN Day 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The United Nations is a unique and indispensable meeting place for diplomats. The United Nations is also a peacekeeper disarming fighters, a health worker distributing medicine, a relief team aiding refugees, a human rights expert helping deliver justice… No single leader, country or institution can do everything. But each of us, in our own way, can do something.”“It was such a spirited and fun night,” said Stevie Wonder. “A day and the desire for peace must always be recognized and celebrated.”“We are honored to celebrate all the amazing work the United Nations does around the globe,” said Debra Lee, CEO & Chairman of BET Networks. “Beyond his incredible music career, Stevie Wonder has consistently used his voice to create a better and more peaceful world.”American Family Insurance is the presenting sponsor of Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Announces Talent for Upcoming Praxis Screenwriters Lab and Feature

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (May 31, 2017) – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has selected 12 Canadians creators, including six screenwriters and six producers, to participate in two of its six-month, multi-phased talent programs, the Praxis Screenwriters Lab and Feature Project Lab for producers, both of which will run congruently in Whistler this year. Phase I takes place from June 4th to June 9th, followed by four months of feedback and project development with advisors, while Phase II takes place from November 28th to December 2nd during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit, one of Canada’s leading film festivals and industry gatherings.Produced in association with the Vancouver-based Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab is a feature script development program that brings together independent screenwriters from across the country to work intensively with key film industry personnel in private, group and market-oriented sessions to develop both creative skills and business opportunities for their projects. Designed to analyze the writer’s intentions, this lab challenges participants to rethink script-to-screen strategies and chart a course for eventual production. 55 scripts were received and six were selected for the program.The six screenwriters and projects selected for the 2017 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab include:Andeep Singh (BC) with drama Goodnight Mr GEmily Bridger (NFL) with dramedy Little OrphansHenry Sarwer-Foner (ON) with Sci-Fi story ShadowboxKate Bond (BC) with drama TraplineSimone Stock (ON) with Sci-Fi drama PolarisTravis McDonald (BC) with dramedy Unplanned Facebook “It is such a pleasure to witness the growth that happens in the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab environment, where writers, mentors and industry experts gather to help nurture and advance these projects,” said Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “Year after year, we see wonderful stories come to life through this program. We congratulate this year’s six highly talented writers, and look forward to watching them and their projects flourish after their time with us here in Whistler.”“We’re hugely impressed with the range of projects and writers this year,” says Praxis Director and SFU Film Professor Patricia Gruben. “At one end of the spectrum we have Kate Bond, an emerging writer who’s just won the $25,000 Daryl Duke Screenwriting Prize with her script about a young girl running a trapline in Northern Alberta.  At the other end is Henry Sarwar-Foner, an accomplished television director with a thriller about a brother caught up in his sister’s world of cyber-espionage. The writers and their scripts span the continent, from New York and St. John’s to Vancouver and set a very high standard for the program.”WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab faculty includes highly accomplished producers and other industry executives with extensive market knowledge including Script Consultant and Story Editor Ruth Atkinson (LA), Canadian Screenwriter, Producer and Novelist Dennis Foon (BC), and award-winning international filmmaker Jason Bourque (BC). Industry advisors include Kathleen Meek (ON), the Production Executive of Drama and Feature Film for Bell Media’s Independent Production team, Peter Wetherell (LA), President, Magus Entertainment and Tom Rowe (BC), Partner/Producer, Reunion Pictures. WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab facilitators include Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming, and Patricia Gruben, Director of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters.After 28 years as an exclusive program of the School of Contemporary Arts at SFU, the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters moved into an expanded partnership with the Whistler Film Festival in 2015. Praxis founder and long-time Director, SFU Professor Patricia Gruben continued as the Facilitator of the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab, and management of the program moved to Whistler.Focused on strengthening dramatic feature projects from script to screen, WFF’s Feature Project Lab is intended to advance a producer’s dramatic feature project and facilitate relationships and investment in film projects that have US and international appeal. It’s all about getting content made!The six producers and projects selected for the 2017 WFF Feature Project Lab include:Lettie Costea of JOReel Productions (BC), with sci-fi feature ALONE, written by Richard RussellPaul Lenart of Storyteller Pictures (ON) & Tricia Lee, A Film Monkey Production(ON) with disturbing mystery thriller PENUMBRA, written by Aboriginal,l Quebec-based screenwriter Peter Scott VicaireAmanda Verhagen of Verhagen Entertainment (BC) with a throwback to the 90’s comedy PARTY FAVOUR, written by Megan RussellMatt Code of Wildling Pictures (ON) with modern thriller BE MY EYES, written by Adam YorkeDamon Lebrun of Ashen Films (AB) with action drama, A REDHEAD NAMES RASALA, also written by Damon LebrunCarmen Forsberg of Silverlight Entertainment Inc. (BC) with dramatic feature, BOUNDARY COUNTRY, written by Adam Mars“The success of the Feature Project Producer Lab is elevated each year due to the calibre of talent that is rapidly growing in the landscape of Canadian independent filmmaking,” said Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “Being able to facilitate connections for these producers with industry experts for invaluable feedback in an intimate and inspiring setting is vital to their success. Producers leave with the tools and relationships to further develop and get their films made.”Industry experts participating in Phase I of WFF’s Feature Project Lab include Producer, Director and Writer Gil Adler of Gil Adler Productions (LA/BC), Ian Goggins, Senior Vice President, Content, eOne (ON), Nicholas Tabarrok, President/Producer, Darius Films (LA), Kathleen Meek (ON), the Production Executive of Drama and Feature Film for Bell Media’s Independent Production team, Michael Dougherty, Acquisitions and Distribution Executive, Radiant Films International (LA), Nolan Pielak SVP, International Sales & Co-Production at Electric Entertainment – ‎Electric Entertainment (BC/LA) and Steve Bates, Investment Analyst, Business Affairs, Telefilm Canada (BC). Feature Project Lab Marketplace Analysts and Facilitators include Tim Brown, President, Joker Films (BC), and Peter Wetherell, President, Magus Entertainment (LA).The Whistler Film Festival began offering talent development programs in 2007 and to date, has successfully delivered 44 programs that have supported 244 Canadian artists including directors, producers, screenwriters, actors and musicians. As a result, over 32 projects (13 features and 19 shorts) have been developed, 10 are currently in production, 32 are in development, and 33 films have premiered at the Whistler Film Festival, and valuable connections have been made.The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Praxis Screenwriters Lab, presented in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund and Creative BC. The Whistler Film Festival also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Feature Project Lab, presented in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, Creative BC, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers Branch.From November 29th to December 3rd, 2017, the Whistler Film Festival will celebrate its 17th edition with fresh films, special guests, unique industry initiatives, epic events, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination..The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Toronto, ON (August 1, 2017) — Toronto International Film Festival 2017 official selection THE CRESCENT is a transcendent look at loss, grief and single parenting, told through the entrancing art of marbling and the eyes of a two-year-old. Shot at a remote beach house on Nova Scotia’s rugged South Shore, the film follows a mother and her toddler son as they struggle to find spiritual healing after an unexpected death in the family. All the while, a mysterious force from the sea threatens to tear their souls apart. The film delves deep into a dreamlike story-world by utilizing hydrographics, artful prosthetics, and innovative cinematography of the North Atlantic. Atlantic Film Festival award winning filmmaker Seth Smith (LOWLIFE), who also scored, edited and co-wrote the film, worked with producing partner Nancy Urich of Cut/Off/Tail and with cast, multi-disciplinary artist Danika Vandersteen in her first on-screen appearance alongside 2 year-old Woodrow Graves. Canadian Screen Award nominee and Atlantic Film Festival award-winner Andrew Gillis (official TIFF 2016 selection, WEREWOLF) has a supporting role.“I thought it would be interesting to explore the life of a new parent in the context of a mystery or horror film. It’s such a special time, but there is also a lot of uncertainty. You’re constantly questioning yourself and over-worrying, sometimes to the point of madness,” says filmmaker Seth Smith. “With The Crescent I wanted to create an abstract space that reflected some of these feelings.”center_img About RAVEN BANNER Releasing Inc.Raven Banner Releasing is the Canadian distribution arm of Raven Banner Entertainment – a full service company specializing in innovative and compelling genre films from around the world. Recent releases include Andre Ovredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Can Evrenol’s Baskin, Deathgasm, Turbo Kid, Don’t Knock Twice and Cub. Upcoming releases include M.F.A. and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil:  The End of the End.For more about Raven Banner please visit: www.ravenbannerreleasing.com Advertisement Login/Register With: Seth Smith is a Nova Scotia-based filmmaker, visual artist and musician. His works frequent the genre festival circuit and are praised for their dark tone and surrealist style. His first no-budget feature, LOWLIFE, was named “The feel bad hit of 2012” by Vice, won the people’s choice award at the Atlantic Film Festival and received a nation-wide, crowd-sourced theatrical release. The Crescent is his second feature. Outside of filmmaking, Seth is known for his music in gloom-pop outfit Dog Day.THE CRESCENT makes its World Premiere on the TIFF17 stage as part of the Midnight Madness program – date and time to be announced.Filmmaker Seth Smith, whose band DOG DAY has received critical acclaim, composes the full score of THE CRESCENT. The soundtrack is set to be released on vinyl in Fall 2017.THE CRESCENT is produced by Cut/Off/Tail, the Nova Scotia-based production company of director Seth Smith, producer Nancy Urich, and screenwriter Darcy Spidle. Cut/Off/Tail develops and produces scripted independent film content for multi-platform release. Working with various production, financing, sales, and distribution partners from across Canada and the United States, Cut/Off/Tail is committed to producing visually engaging and emotionally charged drama that connects with international audiences and demonstrates a unique East Coast perspective. Cut/Off/Tail is best known for Seth Smith’s award-winning indie it, LOWLIFE, which won the Audience Award at Atlantic Film Festival in 2012.Raven Banner holds Canadian distribution rights and is handling sales.Telefilm Canada participated in the funding of the film.last_img read more

HCL Tech inks managed services pact with Xerox

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian IT company HCL Technologies announced Tuesday that it has signed a managed services agreement with Xerox worth USD 1.3 billion over multiple years. “This seven-year agreement for an incremental USD 1.3 billion continues to build on the success of the Xerox-HCL relationship, which began in 2009 with product engineering and support services,” HCL Tech said in a statement. HCL Tech will manage portions of Xerox’s shared services, including global administrative and support functions, including selected information technology and finance functions (excluding accounting), it added. The IT firm currently manages aspects of Xerox’s mechanical, electrical and software engineering activities for printer and imaging product lines. Together, the two companies have delivered 215 US patents and have created research and development (R&D) labs that are tightly integrated with Xerox.last_img read more

Dominican leader calls for new UN union of countries at risk from

This year alone, he told General Assembly on the first day of its annual high-level segment, there have been 47 floods and landslides; 12 hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons; eight serious droughts followed by fires; seven earthquakes; and volcanic eruptions.“Additionally, we have to include the numerous cold waves, floods, and storms that have occurred as well as the epidemics that took place as a result, particularly cholera in Africa and dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean.”Dr. Fernández proposed the establishment of a World Alliance of Countries at Risk which would be “a great contribution towards designing and implementing policies to help save lives and minimize material damages.”Many natural disasters, he pointed out, are caused by climate change, underscoring the need to set guidelines to regulate carbon emissions and protect the planet’s biodiversity.“There is much work to be done around the world in order to define and implement policies and practices that allow us to prevent the negative impact of natural disasters,” the Dominican leader stressed.It is vital, he said, to couple risk management with development and land-use planning. Early warning systems must be implemented in coastal areas, at-risk cities, schools and hospitals, while critical infrastructure must urgently be updated to resist future catastrophes and minimize the loss of human life.Also calling for a new mechanism to stave off the worst effects of natural disasters at the Assembly debate today was Turkish President Abdullah Gül.“This would also help maintain international peace and security by mitigating the threats stemming from weak governance, collapse of public order and domestic or inter-State conflicts over diminishing natural resources,” he noted.Dedicating just a small fraction of nations’ defence expenditures to financing this new mechanism could more cost-effectively achieve results in maintaining global peace and stability, he said.“Moreover,” the Turkish leader said, “If we could pool some of our defence equipment that lost its effective utilization in military terms but are still relevant disaster relief operations, we would swiftly build the said rapid reaction capability. 23 September 2010With countries’ vulnerability to natural disasters rising as their development levels fall, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández today called for the creation of a new global coalition under United Nations auspices of nations at risk of catastrophe to share experiences and knowledge. read more

Housing workers fear evictions as Social Services money flows straight to clients

Amanda Carlson has welcomed 10 women into the Kate’s Place drug transition house since mid-July, and it’s been a bumpy ride.The trouble is money. She said it has taken several weeks for her clients to get their cheques from the Ministry of Social Services. Half the new arrivals have faced delays, according to Carlson, the Regina-based program’s managing director.Even when the money finally came, she feared it would quickly disappear.“We’re having difficulty collecting rent from clients,” Carlson said. “Our client base is a higher needs client base than most other landlords would experience. We house clients with addictions issues.”“They’re collecting their money in their bank accounts and then not paying rent, because it’s a trigger for them.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Carlson connects the troubles to the launch of the brand-new Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) program on July 15. Under the old system, clients could choose to sign the rent portion of their payments directly over to landlords. But now they don’t have that option.Carlson said one of her recent intakes simply took off when the cheques came. They never saw her again.“People are just choosing to take the money and leave,” she said. “They’re just not committing to the program.”With it being just weeks since the start of SIS, it’s not yet clear whether the problem is widespread. But housing workers fear they’re seeing the first rumblings of what could soon be a wave of evictions as clients choose to spend money rather than paying rent.“You call back in a month and I could probably tell you that every single person that we have on the SIS program has probably been given an eviction notice,” said Bernard Mathieson, a housing support worker at Carmichael Outreach.He said many of his clients have difficulty managing their money and “may end up getting themselves evicted, because they’ve spent their rent money on something other than rent.”The ministry is defending the change. Ellen McGuire, acting director of income assistance service delivery, said the program aims to help people move toward self-sufficiency.“It’s about finding the right balance between meeting the client’s needs and, again, recognizing their autonomy to pay their bills just as any other person would,” she said.McGuire said there’s still the option of referring clients to trustees who can manage their money. She also stressed that social workers are trained in motivational intervening, which is meant to encourage positive decision making.“We wanted to shift away from making payments on behalf of clients, and instead focus on working with clients and supporting them towards independence,” she said.The change does not affect Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) clients, nor does it affect clients who remain grandfathered on the previous Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) and Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA). It applies to new clients who have been applying to SIS since July.There is not yet any data on how many clients are getting evicted or even any sense of a trend, according to McGuire. It’s just too early to say.It appears they haven’t yet reached Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. Executive director Joe Miller said he hasn’t seen any fallout from the changes.“I’ve seen absolutely nothing,” he said.Miller said emergency shelter numbers have remained below capacity at Souls Harbour for much of the past year, and he’s noticed no uptick in recent weeks.But Mathieson is expecting to see all sorts of new barriers go up as he struggles to get clients into housing.“We’re just kind of pulling our hair out because it’s really hard to get our clients into apartments,” he said. “A lot of the landlords don’t want to deal with Social Services clients in the first place, and then now they’re putting this out there, too, so landlords won’t be guaranteed to get their rent.“It’s just been kind of a really, really huge headache these last couple weeks, since they initiated the SIS program.”He’s already heard from clients who have gotten eviction notices. But the reason has more to do with what he says are delays in getting cheques to clients. He said September cheques arrived several days late.Carlson has struggled with similar issues. She said it can take up to 10 hours to get through to anyone at the ministry. The slow money has put a temporary dent in the rent income Kate’s Place relies on.“Some of them are a month and a half behind on rent,” she said. “So we’re letting them live for free until they can figure out the glitches in the system.“It’s impacted our budget as far as providing food and clothing and basic necessities to each new woman that comes in. We’re struggling.”McGuire said the ministry aims to get clients their cheques within five days of receiving a full application. She couldn’t provide any information on how often the ministry is meeting that goal. She suggested that some of the longest delays might come from clients not submitting complete applications.The program has received almost 3,000 applications since launching. Their call centre can get 30,000 calls each month.“We do know that it was a very, very busy month,” McGuire said of August.She stressed that the ministry is only six weeks into the program and is still putting quality assurance processes in place.“We continue to monitor how it’s going and make adjustments to streamline the processes,” she said. “It is a new program though, and it will take some time.”Cora Sellers, the executive director of Carmichael Outreach, stressed that none of the problems stem from the staff at Social Services. She said they’ve tried their best to catch people “falling through the cracks.” Her issue is with the policy and the way it’s been rolled out.“We’re continually working in good faith with Social Services to resolve these issues as they arise,” she said.“The ministry has been really responsive to our concerns.”awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

National ownership key to successful transition from relief to development – UN

As the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began the humanitarian affairs segment of its 2005 substantive session by holding a panel discussion on the transition from relief to development, Council Vice-President Johan C. Verbeke of Belgium said that assistance initiatives must incorporate the efforts of national actors to rebuild and strengthen national capacities. While that task was exceedingly complex, requiring a delicate balance of different types of assistance efforts, a great deal of progress had been made in learning how to cope with the intricacies and to better manage transition through better assessment, analysis, planning, financing and coordination.Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, agreed that national ownership was key to a successful transition from relief to development, and stressed that such ownership could ensure the process would be people-centred. A strong commitment to a collaborative approach and good coordination practices was necessary, requiring funding that could be converted from relief to longer term, she added.Among the other speakers, Kathleen Cravero of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that the true breadth of a disaster’s impact was often masked in the flurry of activity surrounding the emergency period, which was a kind of equalizer. Afterwards, however, long-term recovery must be seen as a development challenge to reduce the risk of recurrence. She added that the UN country system must realize that recovery was a long-term process. Roles and responsibilities must be clear, and respective resident coordinators must have the technical abilities needed to support the government in the recovery process. Training must not only be provided for local capacity-building, but also to UN staff to provide that support.Nils Kastberg, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said that without a transition to development, countries affected by natural disasters could slip backwards in socio-economic progress. It usually was the very poor, particularly women and children, who were most affected, and small economic measures could make a large difference. The international financing system often moved too slow to make a difference in the crucial transitional period.He said that the Latin America and the Caribbean region had been coordinating its efforts to prepare for the hurricane season and a joint regional office might be established to give consolidated support to UN country team and strengthen the national capacity for response. ECOSOC could help expedite the availability of resources and ensure that risk-reduction work was integrated into recovery. A transitional funding mechanism would also fill a much-needed gap. read more

UN health agency boosts response to cholera outbreak in Central African Republic

A cholera outbreak was declared on 10 August, with 46 confirmed cases and 13 deaths from from Djoujou, Damara and Bangui cities, according to a news release issued yesterday by WHO. “This cholera outbreak in villages along the banks of the Oubangui simply compounds the already worrisome health security needs for the people in the CAR who have already suffered so much from the effects of a protracted humanitarian crisis due to war and displacement,” Michel Yao, WHO’s Representative to CAR, said.WHO and the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation have activated a cholera control command centre which includes all humanitarian partners on the ground with taskforces covering case management, surveillance, water, sanitation and hygiene, risk communication and social mobilization, logistics, security and management of dead bodies.Patients who reached Bangui, the capital, are being cared for in a WHO-supported medical centre, with treatment supplies from stocks that were already pre-positioned as part of the country’s cholera preparedness for the rainy season.Moreover, a mobile team of health partners is conducting water source treatment and community engagement activities in villages along the Oubangui River, according to WHO. “The continuing crisis in the country, including insecurity in some areas has exacerbated existing challenges with disease surveillance, which is essential to enable early detection and an efficient response to outbreaks such as cholera,” warned Mr. Yao.He also underscored the urgent need for additional resources to enhance disease surveillance as well as support to restore health services, especially as many public health threats still exist. read more

Angela Merkel fractures pelvis in skiing accident

first_imgGERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA Merkel has been injured in a skiing accident during  her Christmas holiday, a spokesperson has confirmed.Her spokesman Steffen Seibert said she suffered a fractured pelvis and must lie down as much as possible, AFP reports.He said Merkel will be forced to cancel all appointments scheduled for the next three weeks. She was due to visit Warsaw on Wednesday and also had a meeting with the Prime Minister to Luxembourg scheduled for this week.Read: Three months after election, ‘grand coalition’ elects Angela Merkel as chancellor>last_img read more

Legos Gigantic Mountain Cave Is Almost 3000 Pieces Of Minecraft Fun

first_img Hands-On: Lego Hidden Side Packs Plenty of Spooky AR FunThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on target Lego and Minecraft are a match made in heaven. So much so, in fact, that a company spokesperson once said “Minecraft is digital Lego,” adding “we only wish we had invented it.” They’re doing just fine with their licensed sets, of course, and the latest is a real masterpiece.Tipping the scales at a whopping 3.36 kilograms, the Mountain Cave’s gigantic, carry-it-with-both-hands box is packed with 2863 pieces. When it’s fully assembled it measures 20″ x 11″ and it stands more than a foot tall at the peak.Everything you need to reproduce an epic Minecraft adventure is included. Play as both Steve and Alex and use your wits to survive in the brick-built mountain landscape against a bunch of mobs. Watch out for the zombie, skeleton, the wolf and its baby, and the always-sneaky enderman!There’s even a charged creeper who’s ready to blow at any moment and a slime that you can break open to reveal two little slimes. Head underground, and you’ll find a cave spider and a pair of bats waiting for you. Need sustenance? There’s only one sheep… so you may want to save it for a bed or string instead of turning it into mutton chops!The Mountain Cave is overflowing with cool elements. It features a working minecart elevator, a lengthy track to roll around on, a spinning spider spawner, and a lava burst detail. And because few things in Minecraft are as fun as a good explosion, there’s a TNT blast you can trigger and a function that lets that charged creeper go out with a bang.Other in-game elements you’ll find include seven different ores (coal, diamond, emerald, gold, iron, lapis, and redstone), golden armor, a diamond sword and shield, a furnace, and a torch and jack-o-lantern to illuminate your surroundings.Like Lego’s other Minecraft sets, the Mountain Cave is fully modular. Apart from looking nice next to your other Minecraft sets, you can pop out elements and reconfigure your brick-built world in all kinds of different ways. The Mountain Cave goes on sale July 1, and it’ll be priced at $249.99.last_img read more