Secrets From The Edit Suite – EditFest London

first_imgIf you couldn’t make it to Edit Fest London, here are 10 insights I learned from top television and film editors at this year’s Fest!EditFest is a day long series of panel discussions featuring top professional film and television editors, held in New York, Los Angeles and now London. But it is far more than just a day of talk, its a rare opportunity to meet, question and learn from world-class editors who are working on major Hollywood blockbusters and HBO multi-series hits.For a full run down of the panelists check out the Edit Fest site but know that if you’d been there, you too could have chatted over a glass of wine with the editor who cut the famous scene in Heat where Pacino and De Niro talk it out over coffee! Lesson No. 1 – You’ve Got To Get Out ThereIn this Internet age, its very easy to assume that event info will make its way online; that you just can download the podcast, read the blog posts or follow the live tweets and basically have gotten much of the same content as those who attended but for free and from the comfort of your own home. Well you would be wrong. Totally and utterly wrong!The beauty of events like Edit Fest or The Supermeet, or any event where you physically meet people, is all the stuff that happens before and after the panels. It is the chats in the corridor or over coffee or at lunch. The first lesson I learned from EditFest is that you’ve absolutely got to go to events like these. Make the trip, pay the money because days like these are a rare opportunity to get inspired, informed and integrated with other post production professionals in a way that’s not feasible online.Lesson No. 2 – Group TherapyChatting to fellow editors at the pub night after the free Edit Fest cocktail mixer (those Dutch editors can drink!), it seemed like the main encouragement that most editors took away from the day was that we all face the same problems, regardless of budget, genre or product market. Problems like the first version being embarrassingly bad, that its really hard to stay fresh, or that you can’t bear to watch your own work for a good few years afterwards. As John Wilson A.C.E. editor of Billy Elliot said on the day ”It takes me five years to watch a movie I’ve cut, to really see what I’ve done.”Spending a day discussing the craft with other editors at all stages in their careers was both highly educational and extremely encouraging. Lesson No. 3 – Diplomacy Is Essential“The most important talent to develop in the cutting room is diplomacy. Never hold anyone’s idea up to ridicule. Try anything and be ready to fight for what you think is right.” -Tom Rolf A.C.E.If there is one lesson which is absolutely vital for any editor to learn it is that being diplomatic is crucial to developing a healthy career. The edit suite is not only just the place where films are made, but also the arena of a great deal of personal politics, passions and opinions. All of which needs to be handled with a deftness and a strength that is often a real challenge to get right.As Tom Rolf sums up, being open to any idea is important not just on a personal level but for the benefit of the project. It’s all to easy to defend your edit decisions by saying ”I tried that and it didn’t work” than to cheerfully give it another go anyway. Equally it is important to be able to engage in a respectful level of argument when you really believe in a creative call. As Tom later said “It’s alright to get a little blood on the cutting room floor.”Lesson No. 4 – Fighting Film BlindnessWhen you are working on a project for a long time one of the most difficult hurdles to over come is that of ‘film blindness’ – being so close to your work that you can’t see it as it really is. The feature film editor’s panel shared some of their secrets on how to stay fresh to the material. “I try to watch it in a different context from the work environment, taking it home or into a screening room. I try not to dismiss any notes. Your negative reaction might be because you’re too close to the scene. So be open to all ideas.” -Chris Dickens A.C.E. (Slumdog Millionaire) “I try not to watch it alone with the director because its too easy to talk through it. It’s much better to bring in another person, to help see it through their eyes.” -Tracy Granger A.C.E. (Boys Don’t Cry)“I like to make viewing the film in the edit suite a bit more of an event by turning off the monitors, turning all the chairs around and setting up a video projector. It helps keep everyone focused on the film.” -Eddie Hamilton A.C.E. (Kick Ass 1 & 2)Lesson No. 5 – Film Vs DigitalWith the advent of digital media and the demise of film, many of the editors felt a few vital things had gotten lost along the way and that the expected pace for editors had quickened a bit too much.“Rewinding a Steenbeck gave you plenty of thinking time and thinking time is vital.” -John Wilson A.C.E.“Rewinding through rushes also gave you a chance to see every frame at high speed and you could spot things you’d forgotten.” -Tracy Granger A.C.E.“On film you had to construct it first in your head and then do it physically. Now that the polish comes with it (in digital) you don’t pay as much attention to the basics, structure etc. Because everything is so fast you feel like you have to get it right the first time. But you need the opportunity to get it wrong.” –Chris Dickens A.C.E.“It’s getting more and more difficult these days to watching everything. Shooting ratios on Game of Thrones can be as high as 60/1 (normally its 15/1) as they’re always running several cameras. I still try to do that but I have to admit I sometimes have to skim.” -Frances Parker A.C.E. (Game of Thrones)Lesson No. 6. – Watching RushesThe TV editors panel, moderated masterfully by Gordon Burkell from Art of the Guillotine provided lots of insights into each editors technique when it comes to digesting rushes and tackling a scene for the first time.“Each job is different and you just have to respond to the rushes each time. For me the performance comes through the eyes and I’m just responding to instinct and feel. And I’ll look at the script to see where is the drama in this scene and then shape it around that.” -Kristina Hetherington A.C.E. (Birdsong)“It all starts with the story. My edit suite needs a sofa in it because once I look at the rushes I need to have a lie down (to think). You’ve got to find the best nugget and shaping the story around that. It’s all about story, story, story. But each editor has their own pattern, there’s no set rules.” -Oral Norrie Ottey A.C.E. (Game of Thrones)“Dialogue scenes are often difficult to cut as there are so many nuances you want to pull through. I make extensive notes on the script – Great reaction to this line etc – and start as faithfully to the script as I can. I often assemble quickly and then leave it because you can often over work it. When I re-watch it later I’m looked for the real focus of the scene, which might not be what you thought it was when you assembled it. Its a very fluid process.” -Frances Parker A.C.E.“Very rarely does a film work as it’s scripted. I stop reading the script after the first day of shooting because if they haven’t shot it, it doesn’t matter. The footage is all that matters.” -Eddie Hamilton A.C.E.Lesson No. 7 – Wile editor tricksDuring the day a few cunning editors tricks were mentioned which might come in handy one day.“I’ll leave a bad scene in to misdirect attention, to give me more time to do the real work.” -Mick Audsley A.C.E (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)“It’s always good to have a couple of really polished sequences to roll out when people come to look at things.” –Chris Dickens A.C.E.“We kept the process private by being portable. I was editing Kick Ass 2 on a laptop in the directors flat in Kensington.” –Eddie Hamilton A.C.E.“I prefer working alone. Staying late to strip the film down to the spine, taking out things the director would never want to lose, just to see what you have. There’s a very small difference between a bad idea and a brilliant idea which you wouldn’t try with other people in the room.” -Tracy Granger A.C.E.Lesson No. 8 – Working with SoundIt was interesting to hear a variety of opinions on working with sound, with some editors leaving it all to the sound editors while others feeling like they needed to provide a highly polished and full sounding mix, right out of the Avid.“I often watch it on mute to see the issues buried in it. I try to make it as hard as possible for something to carry the scene if its not working.” -Mick Audsley A.C.E“I will cut it mute for a long time, imagining it with the sound effects at first and then adding in sound effects, music etc as a full mix to make the most of sound’s storytelling power.” -Eddie Hamilton A.C.E.“It’s all too easy to fall in love with the temp music. But if it works without sound effects and music, you know it will be fantastic with it.” -Kristina Hetherington A.C.E.Lesson No. 9 – Cutting for dramaThe most important thing you can do as an editor is to focus on the drama and the story. It’s more important for the drama and the story to be perfect than for the cosmetic things like continuity or stylistic touches to be 100 percent accurate. Chatting to commercial’s editor James Rosen at the AOTG pub night, he shared how he had learned to focus on the choices he was making in his editing as they relate to the drama of the scene: cutting to a close up not for the best line but because the drama of the scene dictates that we need to be in a close up. It’s a great lesson to ponder when watching back what you’ve cut.“I like to focus on the eyes, if they’re feeling it, we will feel it. It’s about balancing the emotional output. Not having too much either. Sometimes you need to throw away what may be the most amazing part because its too much.” -Kristina Hetherington A.C.E.Lesson 10. – Work HardOne of the things that struck me most was Eddie Hamilton’s absolute drive to be the very best editor he can be, which seems to have been a major factor in his whole career progression. If you want more advice from Eddie on getting into the film industry, check out this great article on his site.“I remember as a kid begging a friend’s dad to take me to see Return of the Jedi, because I never got taken to the cinema.” “I failed to get into film school and so I got a job as a runner and taught myself Media Composer, staying behind every single evening and weekend.” “I often think if I stay an couple of extra hours, then I can make sure this is world class, in case anyone comes in to see it tomorrow.”last_img read more

Bear in NIH tree sets Twitter aflutter

first_imgBudget cuts. Infectious disease. Conflict of interest scandals. Bioterrorism. Just when the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) thought it had faced just about every conceivable problem, today a black bear (Ursus americanus) took shelter in one of the pine trees on its sprawling campus in Bethesda, Maryland.At about midday, NIH employees received an e-mail telling them about the bear (which apparently breached NIH’s security fence, built after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks). Local police, media, and animal control officials soon descended, according to media reports. Soon, Twitter was abuzz with bear reports and jokes.“OMG the bear is at NIH! The bear does not have appropriate identification!” tweeted ‏@sarahrodeo.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“I’m sure he’s trying to find parking,” speculated ‏@SofiaL246.The bear even appeared to have his own Twitter handle—@NIH_Bear. “I’m not a bear! I’m Senior Faculty here to grumble about funding lines!!” came a tweet from the account, suspiciously also marked “@NIHDirector.”“It’s summertime. I need to fatten up,” read another @NIH_Bear dispatch. “Please send more junior investigators. #yum.”“Who among you has not, when funding decisions weren’t going your way, climbed a tree on the @NIH campus and eaten a librarian?” @NIH_Bear asked.“I want Collins, in a scuba-suit, with an R01 and a budget-cap waiver,” @NIH_Bear demanded at one point. (Francis Collins is NIH’s director; an R01 is the agency’s bread-and-butter grant.)After local media reported that officials were firing fireworks to scare the bear out of the tree, and considering using tranquilizing darts, ‏@DigitalDistrict had this very inside-the-beltway suggestion: “Instead of tranqs, just hold a 2 hour budget meeting underneath the tree. Guaranteed sedation.”The bear had been tranquilized and was awaiting transport off the NIH campus as this item went to press.Black bears have become increasingly frequent visitors to the Washington, D.C., suburbs, where NIH is located, as a result of booming populations.(Video courtesy of WJLA)last_img read more

SMB survives KIA scare

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It could have been a disaster for us,” said Austria, who missed June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot. “It was not a good sign for us going into the playoffs, but fortunately we got the win and the incentive.”Lassiter finished with 22 points, including a triple with 47 seconds remaining that tied the game at 106. Getting a bounce pass from Chris Ross off the sideline inbound, Lassiter banked in from just under the basket to save the Beermen’s blushes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s good to have guys like Marcio and Chris who know how to play together,” added Austria, whose team led 89-63 late in the third period.The Picanto seemed poised for an upset when former San Miguel guard Rashawn McCarthy gave them a 104-103 lead. Glenn Khobuntin attacked the paint to extend the lead to 106-103 with 62 seconds left. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Alaska climbs to third spot, denies Rain or Shine of twice-to-beat AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Marcio Lassiter saves the day for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESMarcio Lassiter rescued San Miguel Beer from what coach Leo Austria described as a disaster, knocking in a layup with 1.8 seconds remaining as the defending champion Beermen escaped with a thrilling 108-106 victory over KIA Picanto Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen nearly wasted a 26-point lead in the second half before Lassiter bailed them out with five points in the final minute that helped San Miguel secure an eighth win in 10 games and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Later, Vic Manuel and JV Casio sparkled in crunchtime as Alaska dealt a huge blow to Rain or Shine’s bid for a twice-to-beat bonus by hammering out a thrilling 99-95 victory.Rain or Shine needs to sweep its remaining games against San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra to stay in the hunt for the remaining quarterfinal bonus. View commentslast_img read more

India vs England: 3rd Test, Day 2- As it happened!

first_imgEngland won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the 3rd Test between India and England from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.Day 1 Highlights It was another run-marathon for England today. Gary Balance and Ian Bell piled up 142 runs for the third wicket. Both batsmen rattled the opposition with clinical strokes throughout the day. Gary Ballance was unlucky to be ruled caught behind by the umpire at 156 runs despite the ball hitting the thigh pad. Following Ballance’s dismissal, Bell continued the carnage but kept losing wickets at the other end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped Joe Root and Moeen Ali to bring some relief for India. But, debutant Jos Buttler stuck with Bell to add 106 runs for the sixth wicket. Bell completed his 150 before getting caught off Bhuvneshwar at 167 runs. Buttler carried on his innings and looked poised for a debut hundred before being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. England declared at a mammoth total of 569 runs at the loss of seven wickets. In reply, India began cautiously only to lose Shikhar Dhawan after he was caught by Alastair Cook in the slip cordon. Team India have a huge task at their hands when they come out to bat tomorrow and it will surely take some batting for MS Dhoni’s men to get anywhere close to the total set by England. After how many Dhawan failures will Dhoni finally give up the politics and select Gambhir? #IndvsEng #Hardcore #@kki@n (@45Ankushrana) July 28, 2014That’ll be STUMPS ON DAY 2!!advertisementWith Cheteshwar Pujara(4) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India end Day 2 at 25/1 after 14 overs.MAIDEN OVER by Woakes!! Chris Woakes will bowl the FINAL OVER of Day 2 for England. With Cheteshwar Pujara(4) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India are currently at 25/1 after 12 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! First change, Chris Jordan comes into the attack for England. Now #Butler is collecting da ball near his chest & #Dhoni was collecting it near his knees. That tells u a lot about #Ind bowlers! #IndvsEng Rohit Joshi (@emceeaarjay) July 28, 2014With Cheteshwar Pujara(0) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India are currently at 17/1 after 7 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Anderson!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.James Anderson STRIKES EARLY for England!!6.3 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Shikhar Dhawan out caught at the first slip. Dhawan was looking to push but gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook who takes it comfortably. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring six runs off 17 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for India!! With Shikhar Dhawan(4) and Murali Vijay(7) at the crease, India are currently at 11/0 after 3 overs.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has now dismissed 11 of the 14 English players this series except Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes & Chris Jordon #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!! 2.4 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan leans into the drive and creams it through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Dhawan!! With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Murali Vijay(7) at the crease, India are currently at 7/0 after 2 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Murali Vijay(5) at the crease, India are currently at 5/0 after 1 over.FIVE RUNS off the over!! 0.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans forward and steers it through gully for the first boundary in the innings. BEAUTIFUL SHOT from Vijay!! Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England. England will now have 14 overs REMAINING IN THE DAY to test the Indian openers at the helm of a MASSIVE TOTAL on board.That’ll be the END OF 1st INNINGS for England as skipper Alastair Cook has decided to DECLARE THE INNINGS!!So, NO DEBUT HUNDRED for Jos Buttler here!!163.4 overs: OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has bowled Jos Buttler on a quicker delivery. Buttler was looking to pull but gets an inside edge back onto the stumps. Jos Buttler departs after scoring 85 runs off 83 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes. With Chris Woakes(3) and Jos Buttler(65) at the crease, England are currently at 545/6 after 162 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!161.3 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans forward and cracks the square drive for a boundary. With Chris Woakes(0) and Jos Buttler(53) at the crease, England are currently at 529/6 after 159 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Chris Woakes comes to the crease for England.Ian Bell walks back to a STANDING OVATION from the Rose Bowl stadium!!advertisement158.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Ian Bell out caught at mid-off. Bell was looking to play through the line but holes out to Pankaj Singh who takes it cleanly at mid-off. Ian Bell departs after scoring 167 runs off 256 balls with 19 boundaries and three sixes. BIG WICKET for India!! With Ian Bell(163) and Jos Buttler(45) at the crease, England are currently at 517/5 after 157 overs.The only English keeper to score a 100 on Test debut is the person Jos Buttler replaced – Matt Prior (126* v WI Lords 2007) #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 28, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!! 156.2 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and clouts the pull towards long leg for a boundary. Bell has SHIFTED GEARS here!!THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!155.5 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler flays the reverse sweep and gets a boundary past point.155.3 overs: SIX!! Jos Buttler shimmies down the track and smashes it straight down the ground for the maximum. MIGHTY BLOW from Buttler!! With Ian Bell(139) and Jos Buttler(23) at the crease, England are currently at 468/5 after 150 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!148.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler goes on the backfoot and cuts it hard for a boundary. With Ian Bell(133) and Jos Buttler(12) at the crease, England are currently at 451/5 after 144 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!143.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh!! With Ian Bell(125) and Jos Buttler(11) at the crease, England are currently at 442/5 after 142 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!140.3 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans forward and drills it through extra cover for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Buttler!!140.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler dances down the track and thrashes it over covers for a boundary. Buttler GETS INTO ACTION!! With Ian Bell(121) and Jos Buttler(0) at the crease, England are currently at 426/5 after 138 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!137.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it through covers for a boundary. CLASSIC COVER-DRIVE on display from Bell!! With Ian Bell(116) and Jos Buttler(0) at the crease, England are currently at 421/5 after 137 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Jos Buttler comes to the crease for England.Moeen Ali FALLS to yet another SHORT-BALL TRAP!!135.5 overs: OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Moeen Ali out caught at second slip. Ali goes a tad too early in the pull shot and gets a bottom edge through to Ajinkya Rahane in the slip cordon. Moeen Ali departs after scoring 12 runs off 28 balls with a boundary. With Ian Bell(114) and Moeen Ali(11) at the crease, England are currently at 418/4 after 135 overs.TWENTY ONE RUNS off the over!!134.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary.134.4 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell skips down the track and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for another maximum. Bell is TAKING ON Jadeja here!!134.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell gets a big stride forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary.What a way to SILENCE THE CRITICS! Bell RAISES HIS BAT to an ECSTATIC Rose Bowl stadium.advertisement134.2 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell picks the length early and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That’s 21st TEST TON for Bell!! With Ian Bell(94) and Moeen Ali(10) at the crease, England are currently at 397/4 after 134 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!133.2 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali reaches out and carves it over backward point for a boundary. A MUCH-NEEDED BOUNDARY for Ali!! I reckon, it’s going to be SHORT STUFF for Moeen Ali now!! With Ian Bell(85) and Moeen Ali(2) at the crease, England are currently at 380/4 after 128 overs.4 sessions completed and the 4th England wicket taken just now ..Ishanth wud be smiling that he dint play on this dead track! #IndvsEng Satish Kulkarni (@satishkulki) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!Moeen Ali comes to the crease for England.MS Dhoni’s ROTATION POLICY has FINALLY WORKED for India!!127.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Joe Root out caught by the wicket-keeper. Root was looking to dab it towards cover but gets a thin edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Joe Root departs after scoring three runs off 25 balls. Another BLOW for England!! With Ian Bell(85) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 376/3 after 127 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!126.4 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Bell!! With Ian Bell(77) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 368/3 after 123 overs.Dis is really frustrating for #IND.Its seems 2 b #Eng are going 2 cross above 500 runs easily if dey go in this rate.#IndvsEng Shoubhick Pakrashi (@Shubhinoy) July 28, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!122.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and crashes the cut past gully for a boundary. TOO MUCH WIDTH from Shami!! With Ian Bell(71) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 362/3 after 121 overs.That’s a MAIDEN from Singh!! Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India. FOUR RUNS off the over!!Ian Bell and Joe Root are out in the middle for England while Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: England batsmen were all over the Indian bowling attack in the first session. Gary Ballance took off from where he left the other day. Ian Bell too got in the groove and started playing positive strokes against the lacklustre bowling of the Indians. Bell notched up his 42nd Test fifty while Ballance also clinched his 150 as the duo added a crucial 142 runs for the third wicket. The Indian bowlers failed to find an inspiration in the early session but finally with some luck and help from the umpire, Rohit Sharma managed to get the breakthrough for India. There wasn’t much for MS Dhoni to be happy about as far as the Indian bowling is concerned but the welcome wicket of Ballance would surely cheer his team. Joe Root is new to the crease but he will be eager to build on the solid platform provided by the top three batsmen for England. On the other hand, India need to attack the new batsman to run into England’s middle-order before the end of second session today.Meanwhile in Southampton, Ballance a victim of one of the most bizarre umpiring decisions. A shame to be given out in such a way! #IndvsEng Harisankar Menon (@Nonemraknasirah) July 28, 2014With Ian Bell(68) and Joe Root(2) at the crease, England are currently at 358/3 after 119 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Rohit Sharma will bowl the FINAL OVER before lunch for India. With Ian Bell(67) and Joe Root(0) at the crease, England are currently at 355/3 after 118 overs.Such a terrible decision.. Bad luck BALLANCE ..#IndvsEng Saikat Chakrabarti (@_saikat_) July 28, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Joe Root comes to the crease for England.Team India FINALLY GET THE BREAKTHROUGH!!116.5 overs: OUT!! Rohit Sharma has got Gary Ballance out caught by the wicket-keeper. Ballance was looking to dab it down the leg side but the ball takes a deflection off the thigh pad and goes into the hands of MS Dhoni. The umpire has missed the trick there. Gary Ballance departs after scoring 156 runs off 288 balls with 24 boundaries. Ballance is ABSOLUTELY GUTTED with the decision!!Rohit Sharma comes into the attack for India. With Ian Bell(66) and Gary Ballance(156) at the crease, England are currently at 354/2 after 116 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!115.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance reaches out and slashes it through covers for a boundary. That was TOO WIDE from Jadeja!!TEN RUNS off the over!!114.6 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and steers it towards third man for a boundary. 114.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and sends it towards deep square leg for a boundary. That’s 150 for Ballance!! MSD needs to put on his THINKING CAP and make a FEW CHANGES quickly because the way it is going, England look more than good for a 550-run total!! With Ian Bell(60) and Gary Ballance(141) at the crease, England are currently at 328/2 after 112 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!111.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Ballance!! With Ian Bell(60) and Gary Ballance(136) at the crease, England are currently at 323/2 after 110 overs.Life changes so quickly From ohh no ishant Sharma To why no ishant Sharma #IndvsEng Nishank Maheshwari (@nishank_91) July 28, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!109.4 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell gets on top of it and swats it towards third man for a boundary. With Ian Bell(56) and Gary Ballance(135) at the crease, England are currently at 318/2 after 109 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 108.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and crashes the cut wide of backward point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT by Bell!! With Ian Bell(50) and Gary Ballance(135) at the crease, England are currently at 312/2 after 107 overs.This is just too easy for England right now. India just bringing their batsmen back to form. Where’s that energy gone boys?! #IndvsEng Sonal (@SonalHirani95) July 28, 2014TWO RUNS off the over!!Team India IN TATTERS here, they DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET!!106.2 overs: Ian Bell presses forward and punches it towards long leg for a single. That’s 42nd TEST FIFTY for Bell!! With Ian Bell(49) and Gary Ballance(134) at the crease, England are currently at 310/2 after 106 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!105.2 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell shimmies down the track and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for the maximum. SUPERB HIT from Bell!! With Ian Bell(40) and Gary Ballance(134) at the crease, England are currently at 301/2 after 103 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!102.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance waits for it and steers it past gully for another boundary. CONSECUTIVE BOUNDARIES for Ballance!!102.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance gets into position early and hoicks it over midwicket for a boundary. With Ian Bell(38) and Gary Ballance(121) at the crease, England are currently at 286/2 after 101 overs.India haven’t looked the same as at the Lord’s. Can’t just be due to one bowler missing. Lack of intensity has let Eng a window #IndvsEng Vikrant Gupta AajTak (@vikrantgupta73) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!100.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it past point for a boundary. That was TIMED BEAUTIFULLY!! What demons have gotten to @BhuviOfficial ? Day 1 he bowled wide outside the off-stump and today he’s drifting down leg! #IndvsEng #cricket Rohit Joshi (@emceeaarjay) July 28, 2014Stat Update: Last time England’s first three batsmen scored 50+ runs was back in August 2013 against Australia. With Ian Bell(33) and Gary Ballance(120) at the crease, England are currently at 280/2 after 98 overs.brakes needed on English men..!! X( #IndvsEng Ritesh Mody (@Er_TurkeY) July 28, 2014BIG OVER for England, TWELVE RUNS off it!!96.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans forward and drills it through midwicket for a boundary. That’s THIRD BOUNDARY in the over!!96.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance hangs back and clips it off the pads for another boundary.96.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and flays the cut shot past backward point for a boundary. Ballance WON’T MISS OUT on those!! With Ian Bell(29) and Gary Ballance(106) at the crease, England are currently at 262/2 after 95 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!94.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT by Bell!!EIGHT RUNS off the over!!93.2 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh there!!93.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. BELL was LUCKY there!!A MAIDEN START for Pankaj!!Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off with a MAIDEN!!Ian Bell and Gary Ballance are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India on Day 2.Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh replacing Stuart Binny and injured Ishant Sharma. On the other hand, England have opted for three changes with Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in the bowling attack.Teams:England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singhlast_img read more

Kevin de Bruyne likely to sign new contract until 2024 with Manchester City F.C.

first_imgBelgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is close to signing a new long-term deal with the Premier League table toppers Manchester City.According to reports in British media, De Bruyne was expected to double his current wages and earn about 200,000 pounds a week with a series of bonuses on top.The 26-year-old signed a six-year deal when he joined City from Vfl Wolfsburg for a club record 55 million pounds ($73.58 million) in 2015 but his new contract could run to 2024.City’s owners want to reward De Bruyne for his superb performances this season in their top-flight record 16-match winning league run as part of the contract extension.”I’ve no feeling to go anywhere else and enjoy being part of the project here and playing the kind of football we are playing,” the Belgian said in the match programme ahead of City’s 4-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.This team! �???�?���?�? Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) December 17, 2017City are 11 points clear at the top of the table, visit Leicester City in the League Cup fifth round on Tuesday and face Swiss side Basel in the Champions League last 16 in February.”The team is going in the right direction and that’s also important. I made the right decision coming to City and my family feels the same so everything is good,” he added.Sweet sixteenWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW#mancity Manchester City (@ManCity) December 16, 2017The former Chelsea player, who helped Belgium qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, has scored six goals in the league this season with eight assists.advertisementThe Independent said City also expected to agree a new deal with 32-year-old Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, whose contract finishes at the end of the season, and have taken steps to sort out a new deal with his 20-year-old compatriot Gabriel Jesus.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Iceland lose to Nigeria, Argentina dreams alive

first_imgThe whole of Argentina will be thanking Ahmed Musa for the two goals that he scored on Friday as Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in their Group D fixture at the Volgograd Arena.Iceland’s loss means Argentina’s campaign in the tournament is still alive as Nigeria moved to the second spot in the group behind Croatia with 3 points in 2 games.Musa scored a brilliant brace in the second half to ensure victory for his side even though the scoreline could have been different had Gylfi Sigurdsson not missed a penalty for Iceland.FIFA World Cup 2018, Nigeria vs Iceland: HighlightsAfter a goalless first half, Musa broke the deadlock in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley.The 25-year-old then doubled the lead in the 75th minute, picking up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area. He mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal to take his tally of World Cup goals to 4. This was also Musa’s third successive goal in World Cups for Nigeria.#CRO are guaranteed to be Group D winners, but who will join them?A massive win for #NGA means it is all to play for! #NGAISL World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018FIFA World Cup 2018: Full CoverageNigeria will now face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.advertisementIceland had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick way over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.After that penalty miss, have #ISL ran out of time in #NGAISL? World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in its opening match, with Lionel Messi missing a penalty. And with Croatia routing the Argentines 3-0 on Thursday, it opened the way for Iceland to claim the group’s second spot in the round of 16.But Nigeria’s second-half display in Volgograd was arguably as good as any in the World Cup and came after a fairly dour first half in which the Super Eagles did not register a shot on target.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made some tactical changes, including bringing Musa into the starting lineup to inject some pace into the attack. Also, Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel played in a more defensive role in midfield, his presence helping to shore up the defense against Iceland’s two-man forward line.The win also vindicated the decision of Rohr to overhaul his attack after a limp 2-0 defeat to Croatia in Nigeria’s opener, bringing in Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho at the expense of strikers Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh roars back to form with Kohli, Moeen, de Villiers wickets

first_img scorecard graphs IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh roars back to form with Kohli, Moeen, de Villiers wicketsIPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh had last picked a wicket on May 11 2018 in an IPL match for Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals. On March 23 2019, he got Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in consecutive overs. No data available! advertisementcenter_img view more view less commentary Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 00:05 IST IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh spun a web around RCB on Saturday to leave them reeling. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWicketless for 7 matches, Harbhajan Singh dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in consecutive oversHarbhajan Singh finished with figures of 3 for 20 off his 4 overs for Chennai Super KingsHarbhajan Singh now has 137 wickets in the Indian Premier LeagueHarbhajan Singh played the first qualifier for Chennnai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL against Sunrisers Hyderabad but did not bowl. Between the last IPL and this one, he played three matches for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but did not pick a single wicket.On Saturday, Harbhajan Singh dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in a four-over spell to leave Royal Challengers Bangalore reeling in the IPL 2019 opener against Chennai Super Kings. He finished with figures of 3 for 20 off his 4 overs after CSK opted to bowl at the MA Chidambaram Stadium infront of a sea of yellow jerseys.Harbhajan Singh, 38, was given the new ball with Deepak Chahar and made an immediate impact. He dismissed Virat Kohli in the fourth over of the RCB innings with some smart bowling – Kohli holed out to Ravindra Jadeja at deep mid-wicket as the Chepauk roared in delight.IPL 2019 CSK VS RCB: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTIn his next over, Harbhajan snared Moeen Ali with a ball that held up and was spinning away. It was a tame dismissal and RCB were shell-shocked. In his last over, Harbhajan Singh dismissed the dangerous AB de Villiers who tried to sweep but was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at mid-wicket.Last year, Harbhajan Singh got 7 wickets in 13 matches. In the new season, he destroyed RCB with three top wickets. Harbhajan’s IPL tally now stands at 137 wickets.Harbhajan was wicketless for 7 matches since he dismissed Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes on May 11, 2018. In those 7 matches, Harbhajan did not get to bowl in Qualifier 1 against SRH. On March 23, 2019, he got rid of three RCB batsmen in consecutive overs – two of those are the most destructive in the history of the IPL.advertisementThe buzz was on Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina before the start of the match. Kohli needed 52 to become the first batsman to score 5000 IPL runs but he managed only 6 off 12 balls. Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers for 9 each.RCB could not recover from the early blows and were all at sea against a top-quality CSK spin attack. While Shimron Hetmyer was run out, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja pegged Bangalore further with crucial wickets.Also Read | MS Dhoni presents Rs 2 crore cheque to CRPF, military band performs at ChepaukFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow CSK vs RCBFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow Virat KohliFollow AB de VilliersFollow Moeen Alilast_img read more

NewsAlert Former SNCLavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty

first_imgMONTREAL — Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime has pleaded guilty to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust for his role in a bribe scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital.Duhaime was the last defendant in a major corruption and fraud case involving the McGill University Health Centre project. His trial had been scheduled to start next week.Yanai Elbaz, a former MUHC executive, pleaded guilty in December to accepting a bribe and was sentenced to 39 months in prison. Former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa pleaded guilty to a charge of using false documents last July and was sentenced to 51 months in prison.Duhaime left SNC-Lavalin in March 2012 after an independent review found that he had approved $56-million in payments to undisclosed agents.More comingThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

China attacks provision of new USMCA deal said to be aimed at

first_imgOTTAWA – China says it deplores a controversial new clause in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that calls on the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a “non-market” economy.In a scathing statement, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa says section 32.10 of the new USMCA amounts to an act of political dominance by the U.S., which it blames for inserting the clause some argue gives the Americans a veto over Canada and Mexico pursuing free trade with China.The Trump administration is embroiled in a trade war with China and has slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, prompting retaliation from Beijing.Now, China says the White House is using the contentious clause in the new agreement with Canada and Mexico to prevent those countries from trading with it.While the clause does not mention China specifically, the provision is being widely seen as an attempt to single out Beijing.China has no doubt it is the target of the clause, which requires an USMCA member country to provide notice and information to the other two partners if it plans free trade talks with a “non-market” economy. It also gives the other partners a say in the text of such a deal.In a statement to The Canadian Press, Chinese Embassy spokesman Yang Yundong calls the move “dishonest behaviour” that blatantly interferes with the sovereignty of other countries.China disputes that it is a non-market economy, saying it is a member in good standing of the World Trade Organization.“China firmly supports the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core and props up an open world economy,” said Yang.“We oppose to fabricating the concepts of ‘market country’ and ‘non-market country’ outside the framework of WTO, which in essence is the excuse made by some countries to shirk their obligations and refuse to meet their international commitments.”China will continue to pursue commerce with other countries in the face of “trade restrictions,” added Yang.“China will consistently pursue opening-up at its own pace and continuously carry out mutually beneficial and win-win economic and trade co-operation with countries worldwide treating it in an equal-footed and friendly way.”In an interview with Reuters published Friday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the USMCA pact’s “poison pill” provision to deter deals with China was a move to try to close loopholes in trade agreements that have served to legitimize China’s trade, intellectual property and industrial subsidy practices.Conservative MP Michael Chong accused the Liberals of giving up a significant degree of sovereignty in the USMCA deal.“We now have to ask for Washington’s permission to enter into trade negotiations with certain countries that the U.S will designate as non-market countries,” he said Friday.“It literally makes us a vassal state of the Americans.”A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland repeated the government’s view that nothing in the new trade agreement would prevent Canada from deepening its trade ties with other countries.Jim Carr, the international trade diversification minister, also played down concerns about China’s comments.Derek Burney, a veteran of Canada’s continental trade wars, blames Peter Navarro, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s top trade advisers, for pushing China considerations into the text of the USMCA.“He is mercantilist, protectionist hawk in the administration with strong anti-China convictions,” said Burney, who was a key player in the Brian Mulroney government that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal and the follow-up NAFTA that included Mexico.Burney said he’s not convinced the controversial clause has any teeth to prevent Canada from moving forward economically with China “as assertively” as possible.last_img read more

Concerned over potential violence in Burundi UN chief urges resumption of dialogue

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the United Nations chief urged the Burundian authorities “to abide by their international commitments with respect to human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly.” Burundi has been embroiled in a political crisis since mid-April when popular protests erupted after the country’s ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate for a third term.The situation escalated shortly thereafter, on 13 May, following an attempted coup d’état as President Nkurunziza left for the Summit of the East African Community, which was intended to try to resolve the crisis.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban called on the country’s authorities to ensure that security forces avoid the use of excessive force in handling demonstrations and stressed that those responsible for ordering or committing human rights violations would be held accountable. In addition, he noted that the Security Council intended to consider “the various tools at its disposal to safeguard peace in Burundi and ensure accountability.”Further, the Secretary-General encouraged Burundian stakeholders to “resume in earnest” the consultative political dialogue facilitated by his Special Envoy, Said Djinnit, and hoped that the parties to the dialogue will implement, without delay, the confidence-building measures already agreed.Mr. Ban also urged the swift implementation of measures “to help create the conditions for the holding of peaceful, inclusive and credible elections in Burundi,” such as the disarmament of all armed youth groups associated with political parties. The Security Council was briefed today in a closed-door session by Mr. Djinnit as well as the UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, who visited the country on 30 and 31 May. In a statement released to the press, the 15-member body reiterated their concern with the violent acts perpetrated in Burundi and the impact of the crisis on the region. “They called on all Burundian stakeholders to demonstrate their sense of responsibility, to exercise restraint, not to resort to violence or retaliatory attacks, to settle disputes peacefully and to prioritize Burundi’s peace and stability above all else and in the best interests of the nation.”The Council also called on all Burundian parties to reach agreement on a new electoral calendar; reinstatement of private media; protection of civil and human rights; release of detainees; holding accountable those who have used violence; respect of the rule of law; and the urgent disarmament of all armed youth groups allied to political parties.In addition, it reiterated their intent “to respond to violent acts which threaten peace and security in Burundi.”The crisis in Burundi has not only led to growing tensions within the country but has also spawned a troubling humanitarian crisis across the region as thousands of Burundian refugees stream across the country’s borders and into neighbouring States such as Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since early April, nearly 100,000 Burundians have fled their country, according to UN estimates. read more

Fired coach Mike McCarthy returns to speak to Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Fired coach Mike McCarthy was welcomed back to bid farewell to the Packers players on Wednesday.“Mike came by the office, I think Tuesday we all saw him as a staff, which was great,” interim coach Joe Philbin said before Thursday’s practice.“Then we talked, and he wanted an opportunity to speak with the team. I was 100 per cent, fully supportive of that, and he did a fantastic job talking to the team. Not just about football and winning football games, but his passion.“His passion for the game, his love for the players was clearly evident. I’m sure it was emotional for him and everybody in the room. It was awesome. I thought he did a great job.”McCarthy, who was in his 13th season, was fired after Sunday’s home loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The team’s fifth loss in six weeks sent the Packers to 4-7-1 on the season.Philbin’s first game as interim coach will be at home against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

Theresa you must be SO proud Sue Perkins bashes Prime Minister on

first_imgTheresa May’s speech impressed some, as she laid out her 12 point plan to leave the single market but stay in Europe and get the “best deal” for Britain.However, some were less than impressed, including beloved television presenter Sue Perkins.After seeing Nigel Farage praise Mrs May’s words, tweeting: “I can hardly believe that the PM is now using the phrases and words that I’ve been mocked for using for years. Real progress.”Ms Perkins sarcastically replied: “Oh Theresa, you must be SO proud…”. Oh Theresa, you must be SO proud….— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) January 17, 2017 Brexit means Clean Brexit, Deal means No Deal. No single market but best possible access to single market. #waffle— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 17, 2017 Brexit ?? Blah blah blah. Big L is not impressed #hotairvent— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) January 17, 2017 Lily Allen, however, dismissed it as “waffle”. The Prime Minister used a major speech to warn that the EU will be torn into “tiny pieces” if it does not give Britain the deal it wants, insisting that she will walk away from negotiations with Brussels if they attempt to give Britain a “bad deal”.She promised to give MPs and peers a final vote on the Brexit deal, and confirmed we will leave the single market.center_img And Larry the cat spent the majority of the speech lying on a hot air vent. Today, our Prime Minister @theresa_may found her voice. Strong, bold, courageous leadership. Bravo. 👏👏👏— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 17, 2017 She was also unimpressed by the Labour Party, accusing them of not being a real Opposition.The presenter wrote: “Democracy, of course, only really works when there’s an opposition…”Other celebrities and prominent figures expressed their views on the speech.Piers Morgan tweeted that Theresa May had “found her voice” and virtually applauded her. 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.last_img read more

Renatas journey started with Yo I write this thing yall want

By Lakhram BhagiratThere is something unexplainable about the way she speaks, the way she delivers, the way she shares her experiences. I question whether it is the power in her voice, or the ability of her words to soothe the searing pain of open wounds or the way the words just linger after speaking to our souls.For the past two years, her face has been gracing social media sites with her words spreading like wildfire. The name Renata Burnette is synonymous with modern-day Spoken Word Poetry in Guyana. The 22-year-old trailblazer is nothing short of inspiring as she speaks her truth which quite often is something a lot of people run from.Renata, a Communications major at the University of Guyana, never had in mind that her words would have made such an impact on society. Her journey has been, and continues to be, a learning experience for her as she aims for greater heights.After completing her secondary education at the Brickdam High School, Renata decided that she wanted to do CAPE Law and gained admission at the St Joseph High School. As usual, there were days when no teachers were available to teach and during that time students were urged to study or work on their own, but Renata and her classmates used that time for grounding sessions.They would trade advice and have heated discussions along with karaoke among other things. With the majority of students being female, it meant the discussions were almost always centred around relationships. It was during that time she experienced her first heartbreak and to add salt to the wounds the person she was dating almost instantaneously got into another serious relationship.“I felt as though I really couldn’t say how I felt and I started writing and then the words were coming consistently and then it started to make sense. It wasn’t necessarily a rhyme scheme, but it started to make sense because that was exactly how I felt. A day in class when we didn’t have any lessons or any teacher, I told my friends ‘yo I write this thing, Y’all want to listen to it and obviously why not’…they did.”“The first piece I wrote was called “Thank you for hurting me”, because it was like a healing process. It was like you hurt me, I was upset, I was angry, but now I see that you really weren’t meant for me, so thank you for showing me that, but you know, of course, in a way that caused me a lot of pain,” she explained.After hearing what she was capable of, Renata’s friends fell immediately in love with her talent and in an effort to encourage her, they told her to aim high. They encouraged her to shoot for the stars and said that they would be right there supporting her every step of the way. To date, whenever she performs or hosts an event, they are always there in her cheering section, pushing her to achieve every bit of success possible.Renata grew up in a family home at Better Hope on the East Coast of Demerara with her mother and sister. There were other relatives in the house as well. With her sister away at a school that required her to stay on campus and her mother a Sergeant in the Guyana Defence Force, Renata had a lot of free time since she was alone in the lower flat of their home most of the time.That alone time was spent with her numerous male cousins having a grand time. While growing up, despite being very good at Literature and English Language in school, Renata never felt an immediate connection to poetry. It may have been a work in progress, but she never connected the dots until she actually started to dip her feet in the poetry world.Back in high school, while attending mandatory Mathematics lessons, her friend Crystal would be constantly writing several long lines which were not mathematical formulas. Upon inspection of Crystal’s work, Renata thought it was “very sad and painful and deep, but that is how she felt and that was her comfort and I didn’t take heed to it until I started and it was very nice to know that somebody was interested in something I never heard about.”The Guyana Times in 2016 featured one of Renatta’s poems which went viral on social media.She also draws inspiration from several poets and artists whose work speak of their stories.Renata’s work is heavily influenced by her personal experiences since she does not write without feeling what she is writing.“I always describe myself as a self-sacrifice when it comes to my poetry. I could never write anything that I don’t feel or experience myself, hence I don’t recite other people’s pieces, you know. I have never recited anybody’s pieces. I have never really written anything that I have never experienced myself and to me, that’s how my poetry is because everything for me is personal because that is how I feel.”“Writing about the absence of my father, writing about how my mother saw men, writing about my family, writing about relationships, writing about societal issues and how they are affecting me and the people around me are all the things I felt personally. Things that made me angry, made me sad, made me feel scared and not in control and those were the easiest to write. Putting them down, it was hard because I hardly ever speak of these things because that’s where poetry works for me whereby that was my escape to let all of that out and then recite it in the hope of somebody would benefit from it,” she said.In Guyana, the common view is that a lot of emphasis is not being placed on the development of the creative sector. Renata shares this sentiment since she is of the view that we have failed to create a space where people can come and bask in their own art. She said that the Ministry of Social Cohesion should be placing more emphasis on the holistic development of the creative sector and not just when it sees an opportunity for benefit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGirl, 5, makes US spelling bee historyMarch 8, 2017In “latest news”Vincentian woman set ablaze after refusing to have sexAugust 15, 2017In “Regional”Girl aged two can recite capital cities of 196 countries – in UNDER five minutesAugust 2, 2016In “World” read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies Bruce Willis kicks ass Paul Rudd shows his

first_imgRottenTomatoes critic rating: 51 per cent. Audience rating: 55 per centCatch up on all the recent Weekend Movies > RottenTomatoes critics rating: 46 per cent. Audience rating: 78 per cent RottenTomatoes critics rating: 11 per cent. Audience rating: 82 per cent This is 40(movieclipsTRAILERS/YouTube)I’m not sure if I can ever forgive Paul Rudd for this. But if you think you can, by all means go to This is 40 and then please report back in the comments section.Thanks.center_img WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Beautiful Creatures(ENTV/YouTube)Shouldn’t this film be out in October? Because it looks, feels and smells like a Halloween movie, not really a ‘spring is in the air’ movie, you know?Lena (Alice Englert) is a ‘mysterious’ new arrival in town who is not very welcome at all due to her evil tendencies, while Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) looks to her to help him escape his life there. So far, so… run of the mill. But for those with a Twilight-shaped hole in their lives, maybe this will do in the meantime. A Good Day to Die Hard(CBMTrailers/YouTube)I have this theory that Bruce Willis takes these special anti-ageing capsules that only he knows about and that ensure he will always stay the same age forever and ever. And contained in those capsules is something that also makes him come out smelling like roses even when he does something stupid.By which I mean, this film looks like a load of malarkey, but most of us will watch it, enjoy it, and want to punch the air when John McClane does anything cool, because that’s the effect Willis has on us. And hey, I sort of love that. Yippee-ki-yay!last_img read more

They dont care about anyone but themselves – ExIreland international hits out

first_img‘They don’t care about anyone but themselves’ – Ex-Ireland international hits out at FAI Dave Langan has criticised the organisation and says Niall Quinn is the man to bring about change. Langan has backed Niall Quinn as the man to bring about change in the FAI. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIn response to Langan’s criticisms in relation to the association, a spokesperson for the FAI said: “The FAI were more than happy to be involved with Dave’s dinner that night and continue to help many deserving causes.”Langan, meanwhile, reserves high praise for Quinn, who has been touted as a possible candidate to bring about change should he get the opportunity to work within the FAI.“He’d be perfect [given his experience as] chairman of Sunderland.He’s a very honest guy, a really down-to-earth fella, he’d be the top man with no problems whatsoever. He gets on with people, I think he’d be the top man for the job.”Langan adds that a lack of support to ex-players is not exclusively an Irish problem. He claims people within English football have been similarly unhelpful. And indeed, he is far from the only individual to have made this claim. There has been growing disillusionment across the water with those who run the Professional Footballers’ Association. The organisation’s chief executive Gordon Taylor is set to step down after 38 years in charge, with the £2.29 million salary he earns among the issues attracting controversy.Back in February, a report by David Conn in The Guardian noted in relation to the PFA: “Last year the total paid in benevolent grants to members and former members was £530,000, although £400,000 is also paid to the Sporting Chance Clinic, which helped 25 people with addictions to gambling, alcohol and substance misuse. Last year £230,273 was spent on a network of counsellors, who worked with 362 players, a need greatly increased because of the number of people coping with having been sexually abused as players, some of whom are giving traumatic evidence in court cases.“There are many people grateful for the help but many, too, who accuse the PFA of not providing the best possible assistance to enough people, including some families of well-known former players with dementia. The PFA says it tries to help everybody it knows of in need, but, given it is in effect soccer’s welfare organisation for former professionals, it is not helped by the benevolent grants’ last year amounting to less than a quarter of Taylor’s salary package.”And clearly, Langan, who won a League Cup with Oxford in 1986, is one of a number of individuals who feels hard done by, ever since the last appearance of his 12-year career in English football two decades ago at Peterborough United.“With the FA, you get a phone call, £1,500 to get on with your life and you’re just thrown to the wolves.“They just don’t care about ex-players. There’s uproar here about so many players from the ’70s and ’80s that have hit hard times because they didn’t earn much money. They’ve got millions and they won’t help the players.Gordon Taylor is on [big money]. It seems that the people with big money just don’t give a monkeys about the people that are struggling.“It’s shocking. I’m not the only one, a lot of ex-players are struggling. They’re not going to do anything unless there’s total change.“The public don’t know about it. Nobody brings up ex-players — it’s like you’re forgotten about. They’re looking after their number one and to hell with you.”Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to preview the Champions Cup semi-finals and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Monday 22 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM Apr 22nd 2019, 10:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email 49,478 Views Langan won 26 Ireland caps between 1978 and 1987.center_img 37 Comments FORMER INTERNATIONAL DAVE Langan has criticised the Football Association of Ireland for a lack of support shown to struggling ex-professional footballers, and has backed ex-team-mate Niall Quinn as a man capable of bringing about change within the embattled organisation.The association have become embroiled in a series of controversies in recent weeks, including confusion around a €100,000 loan that was paid to them by John Delaney, revelations by a Sunday Times investigation that the former CEO spent €40,000 on the company credit card in the last six months of 2016 and news that auditors have reported the FAI for breaking company law.Langan believe the association owe “a massive apology to the people of Irish football” if the investigation into these issues proves to be damning.The 62-year-old former Birmingham and Derby player, who earned 26 caps for Ireland, also feels the association has been neglectful in its treatment of struggling ex-footballers such as himself.The Dublin-born footballer was forced to retire early through injury and has been registered disabled after a series of operations.The cost of mending his aching body has been substantial for Langan, who has had to support himself down through the years with what he has described as “Mickey Mouse jobs”, including work as a car park attendant, security man and porter.A testimonial dinner was arranged with the help of the association for Langan in 2008 in order to raise funds for one knee operation, though he says he has not heard from them since. Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO When they did the dinner for me, I know it was done because of [pressure from] Boys in Green group. They haven’t spoken to me since then and it’s a long time ago. They all said to me: ‘We’ll keep in touch with you now and make sure you’re okay. We’ll make sure you’re in good form’ and all this. I haven’t heard from them, not a single word since that night. Nobody gets in touch with you, it’s a load of baloney. They don’t even send you a Christmas card, that’s how much they think of you… So I’ve no time for them at all.“After Jack [Charlton] left me out of the squad [for Euro ’88], I never heard a word from them [until the dinner].“I don’t want to hear from them again, to be honest, because if that’s the way they treat former players, I’m not interested.“I’m not the only one, there are a lot of ex-players who have been down the same road as me. The FA in England don’t bother with me either. I rang up for financial help for a [second] knee operation and they didn’t even get back to me.“A few years back, I needed another knee operation and I thought: ‘I’m not ringing the FAI, because they wouldn’t even speak to me.’ So I rang the FA, [they said]: ‘Send your wage slips in, do this, do that,’ but I never heard a thing [back]. I just left it and went in under national health.”Langan also cites the discrepancy between the money he has earned in recent years and reported salary of €360,000 that Delaney received during his time as chief executive.“The job I was doing I was getting £8.17 an hour. So there’s a massive difference to his €360,000. They look after themselves and we’re not even thought of. They don’t care about anyone but themselves.” By Paul Fennessy Subscribe Langan won 26 Ireland caps between 1978 and 1987. Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO Short URLlast_img read more

Cakecrushing porn tape shakes Greek Orthodox Church

first_imgFormer chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Father George Passias has been removed from his parish after the revelation he had an affair with his much younger god-daughter. The high-ranking Greek Orthodox priest starred in several kinky sex tapes with Ethel Bouzalas, a Peruvian woman married to a Greek man. Passias baptised the woman before she married Mr Bouzalas and has been her mentor since. Ethel Bouzalas has always been close to the priest and within few years he was promoted to parish-school principal, even without having proof of education. The 67-year-old Washington pastor, who has four children from his marriage impregnated his 45-year-old also married lover who also assumed church treasurer duties.In 2013, Passias had been accused of having an affair with the women who was reportedly seen sitting on his lap.He had then told the The New York Post that “the allegations were cooked up by a group of evil-minded people” of the parish who wanted him gone.“They have been saying I’m having a private affair with her,” he said. “She is a goddaughter to me. That’s it.”Meanwhile, members of the parish were worried about the management of four church-owned apartment buildings and a constant flow of funds being allocated into repairs at the school which never happened. The priest had once again denied everything calling the allegations “filthy lies.”Asked why the church had ignored the longtime allegations of the affair, the bishop said, “Lacking any concrete evidence of an affair, there was no responsible way the church could take any further action.”However, Ethel Bouzalas’ husband came forward and provided the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with proof of the affair.The same cleric who had once ordered female worshipers to cover their heads during confession, starred in shocking sex videos, without a hint of modesty. In one scene, he watches his ‘god-daughter’ crush a banana bread with her bottom on top a bedside table, wearing stilettos. In another video Bouzalas rubs her feet on the priest’s face whilst recording him and then he performs oral sex on her. More revelations in this Saturday’s English edition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une météorite de 20 km aurait frappé lAustralie il y a 360

first_imgUne météorite de 20 km aurait frappé l’Australie il y a 360 millions d’annéesDes scientifiques ont fait la découverte, en Australie, d’une zone de 200 km de diamètre qui serait le point d’impact d’une météorite colossale d’une vingtaine de kilomètres. Elle serait tombée là il y a 360 millions d’années.Alors que les astéroïdes et météorites sont au centre de toutes les attentions après le phénomène qui s’est produit dans l’Oural vendredi dernier, c’est une découverte étonnante que viennent d’annoncer des scientifiques australiens. Une trouvaille qui confirme que notre planète est une grande habituée des bombardements de météorites. En effet, selon les chercheurs, une météorite mesurant entre 10 et 20 km de diamètre se serait abattue sur l’Australie il y a 360 millions d’années. Cette annonce se base sur la découverte d’une gigantesque zone d’impact de 200 km de diamètre dans l’arrière-pays australien dans le bassin East Warburton, dans le sud du pays. Cela en fait la troisième plus grande surface dans le monde à avoir été impactée par un choc d’objet céleste. Andrew Glikson, professeur invité à l’université nationale australienne, a expliqué avoir étudié le terrain après qu’un autre scientifique lui a montré des échantillons comportant des anomalies microstructurelles. “Après ça, j’ai passé des mois dans un laboratoire à procéder à des tests au microscope, pour mesurer les orientations des cristaux [ … ] et j’ai constaté que ces roches portaient la trace d’un choc extraterrestre”, a expliqué le scientifique cité par l’AFP. Pour lui, “l’astéroïde, devenu météorite une fois au sol, a creusé un immense cratère aujourd’hui recouvert d’une couche de 3 km de sédiments. A sa chute, il a dû provoquer de gigantesques nuages de fumées et de vapeur qui auront recouvert la Terre”.Une chute qui a provoqué une extinction de masse ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons affaire à un astéroïde d’au moins 10 km de diamètre, dont la chute sur Terre aura forcément eu un impact non seulement régional mais mondial”, a-t-il ajouté. D’autant que cette météorite “qui remonte à quelque 360 millions d’années, faisait vraisemblablement partie d’un groupe et leur chute a provoqué une extinction de masse”, précise le scientifique. A ce jour, plus d’une vingtaine de cratères d’impact ont été découverts dans différentes régions d’Australie. Parmi ceux-ci figurent notamment le cratère de Wolfe Creek situé dans l’Etat d’Australie-occidentale qui mesure pas moins de 875 mètres de diamètre pour une profondeur de 60 mètres. Actuellement, le plus grand cratère d’impact connu est le cratère de Tookoonooka situé dans le Queensland dont la taille avoisine les 55 kilomètres et dont l’impact aurait eu lieu il y a 128 millions d’années. Néanmoins, un autre cratère, le cratère Acraman situé en Australie-Méridionale, pourrait avoir été bien plus grand. Celui-ci est aujourd’hui très érodé mais certains scientifiques suggèrent que son diamètre atteignait auparavant 85 à 90 kilomètres. L’impact aurait eu lieu il y a quelque 580 millions d’années. Si ces chiffres donnent à réfléchir, le Pr Glikson a tenu à rassurer “des astéroïdes de cette taille entrent en collision avec notre planète qu’une fois par plusieurs dizaines de millions d’années. Je ne pense pas qu’il faille les redouter autant qu’un accident nucléaire ou le changement climatique”.Le 20 février 2013 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results for March 5

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Ronda Rousey The following was taped on Tuesday night in Washington, DC.Dark match:* The Lucha Dragons def. Bo Dallas & Tyler Breeze.WWE Smackdown tapings for March 5, 2015:* WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Los Matadores.* Ryback def. Kane.* Big Show def. Ryback.* AJ Lee def. Brie Bella.* Big E & Kofi Kingston def. The Miz & Damien Mizdow.* WWE U.S. Champion Rusev def. Jack Swagger.* Dean Ambrose & Dolph Ziggler def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett & Luke Harper in the main event.* Post-taping Bonus Match: Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins, Big Show & Bray Wyatt in a six man tag team match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Twitter Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabialast_img read more

Vancouver police Woman slashes officer in face with knife

first_imgA Washougal woman faces an assault allegation after she reportedly slashed a Vancouver police officer in the face with a steak knife Monday night.Mariah C. Dickison, a 26-year-old transient, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday morning. Judge Scott Collier found probable cause to support the referred charge of first-degree assault on an officer.Police were dispatched to a reported assault at the Royal Plains Apartment, 4517 N.E. Plains Way, shortly before 10 p.m. A witness flagged down arriving officers and pointed in the direction of Dickison, who had a large metal object in her hand, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.Dickison had reportedly pulled a metal sign out of the ground. When officers arrived, she turned and ran, still holding the sign, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The officers chased Dickison about 200 meters and then deployed a Taser to try to stop her, but it had no effect, the affidavit states.last_img read more

Prime Minister Minnis Addressed Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas at Reception

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, December 20, 2017 – Washington, DC – Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, D.C., His Excellency Sidney Collie and Consul General Theo Neilly hosted an Official Reception attended by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, and Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas residing in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland in the George Washington Room of the St. Regis, Washington D.C. on Saturday, December 16, 2017. On his first visit to the US capital since becoming Prime Minister, Dr. Minnis told the gathering his administration’s programme of reform and transformation includes innovative thinking about the role of government, “as we create new and innovative partnerships for national development. We are stabilizing public finances and reforming government. We are ensuring the greater ease of doing business for Bahamians and foreign investors. The Bahamas has a highly favourable investment regime. We are cutting the Red Tape and too-often-long, waiting times for international investment projects to be vetted and approved.”Photos show the Prime Minister in the mix and mingle with guests. In the group photo are: Prime Minister Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, fifth and sixth left; Minister Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, third and fourth left; Ambassador Sidney Collie and Mrs. Mavis Collie, first and second left; and Consul General Neilly, at right.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)Release: BIS Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more