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Having been in the ugly world of drugs and done all that in college, director Anurag Kashyap says he does not want to revisit those days ever again.The 38-year-old filmmaker who rose to prominence with his controversial award-winning film, Black Friday, has said that although the drug culture is very much part of the film industry, he has no intention to be part of it again.”I have been there and done that. I have come out of it. I did it for various reasons. Many in the industry do drugs but sooner or later everyone realises it. I have survived and I don’t want to go back,” Kashyap told PTI.The director, who recently got married to his girlfriend of three years, Kalki Koechlin in a low-key ceremony in Ooty said that both of them wanted a simple, quite wedding.”We invited only 25 people, just family and very close friends. We did it for ourselves and so didn’t want to involve a lot of people. We were together for three years. We were as good as married so the next step for us was to get married,” he said.Kashyap was also all praise for his wife but said that initially Koechlin didn’t care at all for him.”Kalki is beautiful in a different way. She is intelligent. What I liked most about her was that she didn’t give me any importance,” he said.Kashyap, whose latest production Shaitan, is out in the theatres said that he had no creative say in the film and it is the director, Bijoy Nambiar’s baby.advertisement”Shaitan is Bijoy’s baby. I am just the financier. I decided to produce the movie only for Bijoy and not Kalki. I knew Bijoy is a great filmmaker,” he said.– With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Suhani Singh’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.If you are not aware of the venerated Manipuri boxer Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom aka MC Mary Kom, then don’t boast of your ignorance. Kom’s amazing exploits certainly merit a feature film, given her inspiring journey from Kangathei, a small village in Manipur, to winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. But art director Omung Kumar’s directorial debut isn’t the one to do justice to her many achievements.Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras have, unsurprisingly, taken many creative liberties in a bid to tell her tale engagingly. In this case, the decision to place emphasis on fiction over fact doesn’t work. If there is anything that we have learned about Kom through this biopic, it is that she uses Iodex to relieve her sore muscles after a hard workout. She enjoys Havmor ice-cream. And that she discovered she was pregnant using the Prega News kit. As much as a biopic, Mary Kom is a dull endorsement extravaganza.The film starts off with Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra) wincing with labour pains as her husband, Onler (newcomer Darshan Kumar), struggles to take her to the hospital on a night when curfew has been imposed in Imphal. It’s scary to see the World Champion helpless, battling for her life and those of her unborn kids. But Mary Kom isn’t the film which concerns itself to look at the volatile environment in the state whose citizens have been struggling to live under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). So cut off the film is with Manipur’s reality, that it could have unfolded in any state with a rural backdrop. Instead the film jarringly goes back to her childhood and later to her teenage years in which Mary Kom is shown getting into fights with boys, which for the filmmakers is a sign of her boxing aspirations. In real life, compatriot Dingko Singh, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games in 1998, was her main inspiration.advertisementThe sloppy first half showcases her life at random intervals, never allowing viewers to know and connect with Mary Kom. That partially happens in the better paced second half, in which she attempts to return to boxing after marriage and motherhood, shuttles between being a mother to twins and a sportswoman and fights the bureaucratic ways of the officials of the national boxing federation.Rohit Khilnani’s review | Koel Purie’s review | Faheem Ruhani’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s reviewComing back to the first half, the most significant aspect to take is that her father (Robin Das) is not game for her taking up boxing. “Who will marry you?” he asks worried that her face will be bruised. It’s a statement that resonates as it says a lot about how society still doesn’t see it as a woman’s sport. (It was only introduced in the Olympics in 2012.) One of the key moments in Kom’s real life, which is thankfully retained in the film, is that her father discovered her secret life in the ring only after he read about it in the newspaper. Kom is reprimanded. But Mary Kom has achieved what she has including being a five-time world champion because she is stubborn, temperamental, forthright and, a rebel with a cause.Chopra does a good job of bringing out these aspects of Kom’s personality. Yes, the physical transformation is there but there’s more to it than simply building the biceps. She shines when she has to demonstrate Mary Kom’s state of mind when she puts her rising career on hold to bring up her twins. But a decent performance doesn’t make a film. Mary Kom’s storytelling is all over the place. One of the weakest parts of the film is the way Mary Kom’s relationship with Onler is shown. Quadras is not the only one to blame. Chopra and Kumaar score negative points on chemistry.This is a one-woman show with the supporting characters having little to contribute. Sunil Thapa as Chopra’s coach M Narjit Singh, who after Onler is the most instrumental man in Mary Kom’s life, fails to make an impression. Thapa’s Singh is always grouchy even when cheering his star student. The fights, which should be the shining moments in the film, are not gripping, thanks to patchy editing. The one in climax is particularly lengthy and overtly mawkish, repeatedly cutting from the hospital room to the ring to annoying effect. Omung Kumar and writer Saiwyn Quadras think that giving filmi tropes such as “angry young man” and “estranged father-son relationship” a gender spin are enough to lure the viewers. That’s lazy, more so because its subject is one of the most hardworking sporting stars of the country. (Mary Kom will contest in the upcoming Asian Games after giving birth to her third child last year.)advertisementFor a sports biopic running at what seems a reasonable length of 2 hours 3 mins, there’re innumerable moments of restlessness in the film. Mary Kom doesn’t have enough to pack a punch.
FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo,Baseball fans stand among empty seats during the singing of the national anthem before a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers in Miami. Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline, and five of the six biggest drops were by teams with losing records. The 30 teams averaged 28,339, according to the commissioner’s office, down from 28,830 last year _ the first time the average was below 30,000 since 2003. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline, and five of the six biggest drops were by teams with losing records.Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit combined for more than 1.8 million fewer tickets, and a 259-388 won-lost record.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “We’re going to draw 68-plus million people at the big league level,” Manfred said, “another 41 million in minor league baseball — they’re actually going to be up. I’ll take 110 million people going to see the sport live. That’s a really, really awesome number in an environment where people have more and more and more alternatives to consume.”Toronto had the biggest home attendance drop, falling 575,137 in a season in which the Blue Jays went 67-95 for their third straight losing season and most losses since 1980.Seattle fell 507,769 as the Mariners went 68-94, their poorest record since 2011. San Francisco went down 448,425 and ended a streak of nine consecutive seasons at 3 million or more that coincided with three World Series titles. The Giants went 77-85 in their third straight losing season.Detroit dropped 355,540 while going a big league-worst 47-114, the second-most losses in team history. The Tigers’ 1.5 million home attendance was their lowest since their 119-loss season in 2003.Washington, which earned an NL wild card and beat Milwaukee to reach the Division Series, fell 269,823 following the departure of Bryce Harper to Philadelphia as a free agent.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Baltimore dropped 256,385 while going 54-108, and the Orioles’ 1.3 million fans at home were their fewest in a non-shortened season since 1978 at old Memorial Stadium.In all, home attendance dropped for 14 of the 30 teams, although three of those teams fell by less than 100,000, Miami rose by 198 people to 811,302 while going 57-105 in Derek Jeter’s second season as chief executive.Kansas City went down by 185,448 and fell below 1.5 million for the first time since 2006.On the plus side, Philadelphia rose 569,297 after signing Harper and despite an 81-81 record finished above 2.7 million for the first time since 2013, when the Phillies started a streak of six straight losing seasons.Minnesota went up 334,955 boosted by a 101-61 record, the second-most wins in team history, San Diego went up 227,863 after signing free agent slugger Manny Machado but skidded to a 70-92 record. The New York Mets went up 217,537 boosted by an August spurt and their first winning record since 2016.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: San Sebastian breaks skid, stops JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The 30 teams averaged 28,339, according to the commissioner’s office, down from 28,830 last year _ the first time the average was below 30,000 since 2003. Total attendance of 68.5 million was down more than 5 million from 2015.The players’ association maintains attendance has been hurt by an increase in rebuilding teams, which its members and staff label “tanking.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“The willful failure of too many franchises to field competitive teams and put their best players on the field is unquestionably hurting our industry,” union head Tony Clark said last week.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says rebuilding is cyclical and attendance and record correlate in some markets but not all. He also points out the success of the sport in television ratings and an increase in minor league gates. 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Manish Pandey has been replaced with wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales after the former sustained a left side strain during a practice session.Karthik had been earlier named in the reserve list of players when the selectors had announced the 15-member squad for the multi-nation tournament starting June 1. Karthik was the leading run-getter for Tamil Nadu with 607 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season.Pandey was also missing in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ team on Wednesday in the rain-hit Eliminator of the Indian Premier League against Sunrisers Hyderabad.With the injury, Pandey will also be missing Kolkata’s crucial Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.Pandey had been a strong and consistent performer for the Knight Riders this season scoring 396 runs in 14 matches at an average of 49.50, his highest score being 81 not out against Mumbai Indians.On the domestic circuit this season, Pandey, in the Ranji Trophy, had piled up 216 runs in 4 matches at an average of 36, his highest score being 75. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he had scored 182 runs in 7 matches, managing a highest of 77.India squad:Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Dinesh Karthik.
TweetPinShare0 Shares LOS ANGELES — Derek Fisher stepped onto the familiar hardwood below all those championship banners, and memories of his golden past with the Los Angeles Lakers came flooding back to him.Fisher then led the New York Knicks to a victory that left him feeling slightly more optimistic about a bleak future back East.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Andrea Bargnani added 16 and the Knicks snapped their five-game losing streak with just their fifth road victory of the season, 101-94 over the Lakers on March 12.Alexey Shved had 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Knicks ended a seven-game road skid against the Lakers since 2007. New York won for Fisher in the former Los Angeles point guard’s return to Staples Center, where he won five NBA championships alongside Kobe Bryant.“It was great to get a sweep for D-Fish against his old team,” Hardaway said, noting the Knicks’ home win over the Lakers last month.The crowd gave an enthusiastic pregame welcome to Fisher, who exchanged warm greetings with dozens of Lakers employees, players and wealthy fans who watched him at courtside for years.“I don’t enjoy causing harm to people that I’m close to and I care about,” Fisher said. “We’re both going through challenging times at the moment. … (The Lakers) will be back, this organization. We haven’t had a successful season, but we feel like we’re on a path that’s going to take us where we want to go.”Langston Galloway scored 12 points as the Knicks won a meeting of two NBA cornerstone franchises fallen on the hardest of times. At a combined 30-98, New York and Los Angeles have two of the NBA’s four worst records with five weeks still left in their miserable seasons.Former Lakers assistants Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis and Rasheed Hazzard also are working alongside Fisher and Knicks President Phil Jackson, who watched the second half sitting in the second row next to Jeanie Buss, his fiancee and the Lakers’ Executive Vice president of Business Operations.Jackson turned up at the Knicks’ shootaround earlier in the day, further indicating the importance of this game to the Knicks’ transplanted brain trust.“He didn’t say much, but he definitely wanted to make sure everybody was ready to go tonight,” Hardaway said of Jackson, the 11-time NBA champion coach.The NBA’s worst team (13-51) calmly maintained a lead down the stretch, sweeping the season series with Los Angeles (17-47) and picking up its first road victory over a Western Conference team all season.Jordan Hill had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost six of seven. While Fisher was encouraged by the game, another former Lakers guard was baffled.“I’m sure D-Fish would like to play us 10 more times before the season is over,” Los Angeles coach Byron Scott said. “If I was him, I would. If we haven’t learned our lesson about looking at other teams and thinking that we’re better than them, then we’re not very bright, obviously. You still have to have a fear of losing games like that. I mean, we played teams in the ’80s that we knew we were better than, but we made it a point to come out and prove it right away because we didn’t want to lose to that team.”Scott also called the Lakers a “selfish” team that “got exactly what we deserved. It wasn’t pretty.”Hardaway’s driving layup with 3:35 to play put the Knicks up 96-82. Hill hit his second career 3-pointer to trim New York’s lead to 98-94 with 24.2 seconds left.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)
From January 1, 2019, Punjab government will be providing free-of-cost blood in all its government-run hospitals as part of its ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission.Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra made the announcement on Monday.More about the free-of-cost blood availability at Punjab government hospitalsAs per the announcement, “blood and blood components like packed RBC, fresh frozen plasma, platelet rich plasma, platelet concentrate will be given free of cost to all the patients” from January 1Moreover, it will also be ensured that the blood is available round-the-clock in all the hospitalsThe entire cost of providing free blood would be borne by the state government, said the ministerThousands of patients across the state earlier had to pay processing charges of Rs 300 per unit of blood in civil hospitals and Rs 500 per unit in government medical colleges. The recent move will help all these patientsThis decision was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as part of the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ missionThe minister said there are 116 blood banks in Punjab out of which 46 are operated by the government, six by the military and 64 by private entitiesMohindra said last year 2.26 lakh units of blood were collected by government blood banksThe minister also said that the government has launched web portal ‘E-Raktkosh’, which would help in checking availability of a particular blood group and blood components and its quantity across blood banks With this decision to provide blood free of cost, thousands of patients in Punjab don’t need to pay the processing charges anymore.advertisementAll about ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission’Tandarust Punjab’ mission was launched by the Punjab government on May 30, 2018, with an aim to make the state the healthiest in the countryIt was envisaged by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as a holistic initiative to take care of the state’s air, water and food quality, thus ensuring a good living environment for the people of PunjabAccording to a notification issued by the state’s Department of Science, Technology & Environment, “The main goal of the mission will be to provide clean drinking water, improve air quality, ensure growing and consuming unadulterated food and food products, and to improve the physical and mental health of the people of Punjab.”The mission “envisages to build a healthy Punjab for achieving human excellence in a sustainable manner,” as per the notification, which lays down a multi-pronged strategy to achieve this goalThe mission title and content were suggested by the farming communityThe mission has been evolved as a focused and integrated approach towards creating a healthy Punjab in consultation with all the stakholders to work, namely the departments of Health, Water Supply & Sanitation, Local Government, Transport, Environment, Agriculture and Horticulture, Cooperation, Forests, Sports, Public Works, and Water ResourcesA mission task force at the state level would be constituted to oversee the programme implementation and its review on a monthly basisThe mission would have the chief minister as its chairman and the environment minister as vice chairman. Secretary (Agriculture) and PPCB chairman KS Pannu has been designated as the Mission Director. Other members would include all ministers concerned, chief secretary and principal secretary (environment) and principal secretary to CMPrincipal Secretaries of the various departments will also be involved in the implementation of the Mission.(With inputs from PTI)Read: 1 lakh patients aided under Ayushman Bharat: Who is eligible and how to avail benefits under the schemeRead: 10 highlights of 2018 from the health ministryRead: India is getting its first public healthcare record system to track the health of all citizens!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
It’s no secret that we at The Manual love a good cocktail. We take pride in making sure that we are on top of our mixology game at all times. Not only does it help keep things fresh (I mean, how boring is it to stick to one drink all the time?), but also it helps us know what cocktails work for the right occasions. With April half over and May rapidly approaching, we have a perfect drink for high spring: The Basil Hayden’s Bluegrass Punch.We’ve already covered our love of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, so if you don’t know how great it is already, we suggest that you step up your bourbon game right away. But the Bluegrass Punch is a new cocktail that we’re excited about serving to friends over the coming warm weather months.For those of us in the cold weather states, April and May signals the start of barbecue season. The Basil Hayden’s Bluegrass Punch is the perfect drink to make in large batches for all of your buddies to sip in the backyard (or on the rooftop for you city dwellers). Plus, with the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, it’s tie-in to the Bluegrass State makes a nice alternative to the classic mint julep for a Derby Day gathering.Below are the ingredients and steps to making this colorful cocktail, We always suggest using organic juices when you can. Oh and don’t wear white while drinking this concoction- blueberry’s and bleach aren’t fun. Basil Hayden’s® Bluegrass PunchIngredients:4 parts Basil Hayden’s ® Bourbon8 parts Blueberry Juice8 parts Passion Fruit JuiceSparkling Wine or Club SodaFresh Mint LeavesMethod:1. Add Basil Hayden’s, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake.2. Top with club soda or sparkling wineBlueberry Ice Ring (for garnish)Freeze one bag of frozen blueberries with water in a bunt cake pan. Dip frozen ring into hot water for a few seconds to unmold. Place in punch bowl with blueberry side up. The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Editors’ Recommendations
Lucknow:After a video of two inmates flashing a country-made pistol at the Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao jail went viral on social media, the Samajwadi Party Thursday termed the incident an “open challenge” to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The party alleged the jails in the state were in the pocket of criminals. “Uttar Pradesh ki jail me kuch bhi ho sakta hai. Unnao jail se mukhyamatri ko khula challenge. Raebareli jail me lag rahi kaidi ki adalat. Apradhiyon ki jeb me mukhyamantri ki jail! (Anything can happen in UP jails. It’s an open challenge to the CM from the Unnao jail. In the Rae Bareli jail, criminals are holding a court. The CM’s jail is in the pocket of criminals), the party said in a tweet. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Commenting on the issue, party spokesman Sharvendra Bikram Singh said criminal ruled the roost in the jail. In the video that went viral on social media, two inmates were seen flashing a country-made pistol, prompting the state government to initiate action against four officials of the Unnao district jail. The UP Home Department, however, Wednesday came up with a bizarre clarification, saying the pistol was made of “clay” and looked real as one of the two inmates was a “good painter”. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The video of the inmates– Amrish and Gaurav Pratap Singh, alias Ankur– was circulated on social media on June 23 and the state government had termed the entire sequence of events serious. Additional Director General (Prisons) Anand Kumar had said, “In the probe, it was found that the incident took place in collusion with some jail officials to put pressure on the jail administration.” “Head Jail Warders Mata Prasad and Hemraj and Jail Warders Awadhesh Sahu and Saleem Khan have been found colluding with the inmates. Action is being initiated against them as per rules,” he had said, adding that the video dated back to February. “Inmate Amrish was brought to the Unnao jail from Meerut, while Gaurav was transferred from Lucknow,” he said. In a statement, the Home Department said, “During the probe, it was found that Gaurav is a very good painter and the pistol shown in the video is made of clay.” “Apart from this, all the food items, which are seen in the video, are regular items, which are given to the inmates. None of the items were brought from outside or are objectionable,” it added. The statement also said that Amrish, a resident of Meerut, was serving life term in a case of loot and murder while Gaurav, who hails from Rae Bareli, was named in similar cases.
“British Columbians could be forgiven for thinking that the Government is playing politics on an issue that goes to the core of our democracy and that it is rigging the process to engineer the outcome that it desires,” stated Gardner. “As we have said from the start, the question is confusing, the process is rushed, and there was very little consultation. If the NDP government needs more time to defend its own law and regulations, we think it is only fair and reasonable that the referendum be postponed.”The ICBA says it is continuing to wait for the NDP government’s formal response to its Supreme Court challenge against the referendum.The Association added that the purpose of its legal challenge is to ensure that the referendum presents a clear question on proportional representation, that voters have the information they need to make an informed decision, and that the public is allowed a fair opportunity to participate in the referendum process.“We will consider the decision and consider next steps,” added Gardner. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association has lost its bid in B.C. Supreme Court to seek an injunction that would have stopped the upcoming provincial referendum on proportional representation until its legal challenge against the referendum had been heard.Earlier today, the Court rejected the ICBA’s injunction application to postpone the referendum before a ruling is issued on its legal challenge to the referendum.ICBA President Chris Gardner said that the Courts rarely, if ever, grant such an injunction, a point made clear by Madam Justice J. Miriam Gropper’s decision today.
We have heard how the accident on the Skyway Bridge has affected traffic and caused structural damage. But how did this happen? Even if the driver was allegedly impaired, how is it possible to drive a dump trailer with the bed up?I’ve been told that this is more common than people think and that with just a few simple mistakes the dump box can easily rise. However the manager I spoke with today told me the driver of the truck that went into the bridge would have had enough warning signs to tell him that something was wrong.District Manager Jim Campbell says you start up the dump truck after completing an inspection of the outside. Campbell says doing a standard check is crucial before every drive”If he did his pre-trip inspection and made sure everything was functioning correctly or if when he got into the cab, the type of vehicle he had probably had controls at the side of the seats he would have been able to see the moment he got in the vehicle that something was not correct.”There are a few important components. the tailgate button, the tarp to make sure it is attached to the box and finally the power take off or PTO gage. The PTO activates the pump while the vehicle is in neutral to raise up the box. “As long as they shut the PTO off. The box is going up in the air again. That’s how easy it happens”Campbell has said the 34-year old truck driver should have been able to feel the difference while he was driving: “You actually feel the weight and the way the truck handles acceleration and deceleration, it’s all together different”And even if he couldn’t feel anything wrong, Campbell says the different warning lights and buzzers should have alerted him.Campbell said today that if the warning lights or gages weren’t working in the vehicle it would have been considered out of service. This means the driver would have been operating a dump truck that is unfit for the roads and this would be another legal issue all together.
During his three-day visit, which began yesterday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Jan Pronk, is scheduled to meet with Southern Sudanese Vice-President Riek Machar as well as with the Speaker of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly. Mr. Pronk will also discuss with the commanders of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the former rebel Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) security issues, including the safety of humanitarian workers in the areas where rebels from Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been reported to be active.Earlier this month, a humanitarian aid worker was killed near the border with Uganda a week after two workers helping to remove landmines were shot to death in the same area.Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said the situation in Darfur was reported to be tense due to both inter-tribal and factional fighting in many areas of the western region, where nearly two years of fighting between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have killed some 180,000 people and displaced 2 million others.Fighting between Arab tribes was reported to be continuing in the Geneina area of West Darfur, leading to a number of casualties.In South Darfur, the situation in Gereida is reported to be tense following an alleged attack by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on an Arab tribe in Shergeila village on Friday. The African Unity (AU) monitoring mission confirmed 62 casualties amongst the attackers. Some 10,000 people displaced from the village and neighbouring villages are seeking refuge at Gereida.In North Darfur, there are reports of internal fighting between members of the rebel Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA). UNMIS is closely following the developments which seem to be linked to a political split within the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A).
Trump trade czar now in place; president says he wants ‘massive’ NAFTA changes by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2017 11:12 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 14, 2017, file photo, U.S. Trade Representative-designate Robert Lighthizer testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lighthizer has easily cleared a hurdle in the Senate. The Senate has voted 81-15 to advance the nomination of Lighthizer. A final confirmation vote could occur later Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) WASHINGTON, United States of America – U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s ready to start a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, now that his trade czar has achieved his long-awaited confirmation by the U.S. Senate.The upper chamber voted Thursday with a large bipartisan majority of 82-14 to approve Robert Lighthizer, giving the Trump administration its trade representative and allowing it to finally kickstart its NAFTA process.The president told an interviewer with The Economist that he intends to proceed quickly thereafter: Trump plans to file a 90-day notice with Congress, work with it on negotiating priorities, and start talks with Canada and Mexico later this year.“The clock starts ticking (with Lighthizer’s confirmation),” Trump told the magazine before the vote. The administration has begun signalling that it wants significant changes in a range of areas, including dairy, lumber, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and the dispute-resolution system.Trump interjected when the interviewer suggested it sounds like he wants a big renegotiation.“Big isn’t a good enough word,” the president replied.“Massive.”But that desire for a “massive” renegotiation is butting up against the mundane realities of the political calendar. The U.S. and Mexico have both expressed a desire to get a deal by early next year, before the Mexican election. Few observers believe a substantive renegotiation is possible within a few months.“I don’t have a crystal ball so I’m not going to predict the speed at which the negotiations will advance,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday night in a conference call from Alaska.“We are going to be good, collaborative constructive partners who effectively stand up for the national interest … I hope that we’ll be able to conclude negotiations quickly.”Freeland said she expected to meet Lighthizer soon, and she predicted he “may need to spend a bit of time in consultations prior to formally triggering that 90-day period.”Trump repeated the story in that interview of how he almost withdrew from NAFTA last month. It’s a story he’s told several times.He described an amazing coincidence: Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto called him, one after the other, and both told him almost the same exact thing as they urged him to reconsider.“I have a very good relationship with Justin and a very good relationship with the president of Mexico,” Trump said.“It was an amazing thing. They called separately 10 minutes apart. I just put down the phone with the president of Mexico when the prime minister of Canada called. And they both asked almost identical questions: ‘We would like to know if it would be possible to negotiate as opposed to a termination.’“And I said, ‘Yes, it is. Absolutely.’ So we did that and we’ll start.”There’s a simple explanation for that coincidence: It wasn’t a coincidence.Trump’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner set up the Trudeau call.Around 6 p.m. on April 26, Kushner phoned a prime ministerial aide, told her there was an immediate window to speak with Trump, and she conveyed the news to Trudeau. Sources from both countries have confirmed that Kushner facilitated the call. In the White House version, Kushner was helping out, responding to a request earlier in the day from the Canadians to speak.One source familiar with the thinking of both governments offered a theory for what’s happening: Trump wanted to take credit, before his 100th day in office, for forcing Canada and Mexico into a renegotiation.The source said the governments of Canada and Mexico did the exact same thing as some companies like Ford and Japan’s SoftBank — they let Trump take credit for things they already intended to do.In the case of the companies, it was building U.S. facilities. In the case of Canada and Mexico, it’s renegotiating NAFTA — which both countries had repeatedly stated they were ready for.“That’s what everybody’s doing,” said the insider.“(People are saying), ‘We’re gonna let Trump have the announcement — so he gets credit for it.’… They’ve decided, if they need to give him some victories, as long as it suits us — fine…“As long as they’re not actually, in reality, getting screwed, he can say whatever he wants.”A binational business group suggests one future way this could happen: on regulatory co-operation.Canada is already working with the U.S. to eliminate red tape on products. Now that Trump is looking to slash two regulations for every one he creates, Canada could just hand him the credit.“President Trump is eager for some wins. Canada can help provide him with one, while also advancing its own interests,” Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian-American Business Council wrote in a Policy Options article.“The Canadian government could present the United States with a proposal for aligning a particular set of regulations. This would represent a bilateral victory for what is at the moment a U.S.-only effort to cut regulatory red tape.”— with files from Mike Blanchfield in Ottawa
Ohio State sophomore Tatum Skaggs (11) Skates towards her teammates on the bench to celebrate her goal in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterOhio State women’s hockey earned a crucial game one win, as sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a sudden-death game winner on a breakaway goal 28 seconds into overtime against Minnesota State. The No. 10 Buckeyes (19-2-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) handed Minnesota State (9-18-7, 3-16-5 WCHA) a loss for the fourth time this season with a 3-2 win at home in a best-of-three series that opened the first round of the conference tournament.Late game heroics are becoming routine for Maltais, who also scored the winning shootout goal against then-No. 1 Wisconsin last Friday.“That’s the person you want with the puck on her stick at the end of the game,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said.Maltais was named All-WCHA First Team on Thursday and proved why with a two-point performance Friday that increased her 1.25 point a game average that led the conference entering the series.Minnesota State did not make things easy for the Buckeyes, as freshman goalie and All-WCHA Second Team selection Abigail Levy stopped 39 of 42 Ohio State shots. Her 914 season saves entering the series make her No. 3 in the NCAA.The Buckeyes were unable to convert in the third period despite blitzing Levy with 17 shots, but Muzerall said her stout play in front of the net was no surprise given prior performances of 41 and 42 saves against Ohio State this year. Ohio State sophomore forward Liz Schepers appeared to score a game-winner when she barreled into the net in what appeared to be a goal before it was waved off for goalie interference 16 minutes into the third period.This was one of several physical third-period plays, which Muzerall said is a brand of hockey that favors the Buckeyes, though she questioned the officiating. “I thought there was a couple calls that the refs missed,” Muzerall said. “I understand it’s playoff hockey and they want us to play, so I appreciated that side of the game too. It didn’t slow us down by any means. If anything it fires us up.”Minnesota State came into the series with 643 blocked shots, the most in the NCAA, and its 19 blocks on the night helped limit the scoring of an Ohio State offense that doubled the Mavericks 42-21 in shots. The Mavericks faced a 161 combined shot deficit to opponents this season entering the postseason.Sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs opened up the scoring for the Buckeyes with her team-leading 16th goal five minutes into the first period. Despite not having a shot on goal in nearly the first 10 minutes of the game, Minnesota State got its chance following a tripping penalty by senior forward Charly Dahlquist.The penalty was Dahlquist’s fourth in four games, contributing to the Buckeyes’ conference-high 7.3 penalty minutes per game.Minnesota State freshman Brooke Bryant converted the power play and equaled the score at the 14-minute mark on what Muzerall said was a lapse in defensive effort.“We were cheating to the wall and they exposed us to the inside,” Muzerall said. “In fact, we were doing that far too often in the first two periods.”The Buckeyes regained the lead heading into the locker room as sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno beat Levy to the upper left corner with a long-range laser beam for her second-career goal with a minute to go in the first period.Bryant was not finished for the Mavericks. She once again knotted the score with her second goal of the night just a minute into the third period. Her 11 goals on the season make her the most prolific scorer for Minnesota State.Muzerall said if the Buckeyes expect to get a similar result against Minnesota State on Saturday, improvements will have to be made in order to protect the puck.“We were slipping away from the defensive side of the game and we need to bear down defensively, especially in playoff hockey,” Muzerall said.In order to avoid a fourth-straight overtime game, Maltais said the Buckeyes have to take care of business in the first period.“I think if we get on them early and pop a couple more in — just finishing our chances and making sure we lock down on defense before we think about the offense — I think that’s key for tomorrow’s game,” Maltais said.The Buckeyes will attempt to sweep the Mavericks in Saturday’s 3:07 p.m. matchup while Minnesota State faces elimination and the continuation of an 11-game winless streak.
Developer of the sonic drill, Canadian Ray Roussy will be inducted in the Exploration category at the gala dinner in the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver on February 16 (www.im-halloffame.com). Roussy, President of Sonic Drilling Ltd and the Sonic Drill Corp is the patent holder and the developer of modern day sonic drilling technology – a technology that has made a significant impact on the mining industry. Today, seven out of 10 sonic rigs are purchased for mining exploration. Although the diamond drill has long been the preferred tool for mineral exploration in hard rock, in unconsolidated material, it has two unfortunate drawbacks. First, it doesn’t drill well in unconsolidated materials and, secondly, it can’t provide accurate core samples from that kind of formation. Only a sonic drill can recover a continuous core including boulders, clays, silt, sand and gravel and lay it in its stratigraphic sequence – from the surface all the way down to 100 m and deeper.Using Roussy’s innovative sonic drill head, samples, ranging from 3” to 8” in diameter, can be obtained from a wide variety of mineral deposits including hard-to-extract oil sands, slag piles, mine tailings and heap leach pads. Extruded into clear plastic sleeves and then neatly laid out, these core samples can be subjected to a detailed visual examination and analysis, followed by sampling, photographing and archiving for a permanent record of the existing mineral conditions and a comprehensive evaluation.Building his first sonic drill rig in his backyard more than 30 years ago, Roussy’s lifetime work has resulted in three prestigious awards, thanks to the unique features of his sonic drilling technology. The Roussy sonic drill head can:Drill three to five times faster (some users report ten times faster)Produce 70% less mess on siteDrill without the use of drilling mudDrill through mixed soils with easeProduce continuous core samples to 100 m+Use 50% less powerOffer many environmentally-friendly benefits including less noise, less waste, lighter engines, reduced fuel consumption, a smaller footprint and “green” hydraulic oil.Roussy’s sonic drill has overcome all of the traditional hurdles to cost-effective mineral exploration in unconsolidated material, making him a worthy member of the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame.The Sonic drilling technology has recently been nominated for a fourth award. The Northern Ontario Institute of Technology (NOIT) has nominated Roussy for an Ontario Premier’s award.Roussy is an alumni of NOIT where he was first introduced to mechanical engineering before continuing onto Lakehead University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1974.Today, 40 years later, Roussy holds dozens of patents involving sonic drilling technology and is solely responsible for the successful commercialisation of it when others failed to make it work. If Roussy wins the Ontario Premier’s award, it will be the fourth award since 2008 for his technology.Today, award-winning sonic drill rigs, patented and built by the Sonic Drill Corp, are in use on six continents and in every application imaginable. Due to its non-intrusive abilities, sonic drilling technology has often been used (and specifically requested in government contracts) for sensitive projects such as dam remediation, nuclear site investigations and hazardous waste site reclamation.Because vibrations from the drill bit are not transmitted very far beyond the drill, penetrations can occur into very sensitive areas such as critical eco-systems, unstable terrain or vulnerable situations where traditional drilling would cause more harm or be impossible to complete.Initially, sonic drilling technology was seen as a powerful environmental investigation drill due to its ability to provide undisturbed core samples but, now, the technology has broadened in use to excel at geothermal installations, piling and mineral exploration.
Following test work, a process review and structural analysis of the bridge and thickener tank, the FLSmidth team recommended a combination of the E-DUCÒ feed dilution technology and the E-Volute™ feedwell. The E-DUCÒ system uses feed stream momentum to induce large volumes of feed dilution prior to the feedwell, thus optimising flocculation due to improved mixing profiles and residence times.“The E-Volute feedwell is characterised by excellent feed stream energy dissipation, optimal mixing energy and shear profiles. Subsequently, it promotes even feed distribution into the thickener with minimal floccule breakage, therefore improving the overall sedimentation performance. Specialists at the FLSmidth Supercentre in Perth completed the project from on-site test work and inspection, to process and mechanical design, fabrication of all components, installation, and finally, commissioning. No other OEM has the ability to provide such a breadth and depth of service.”“Having control of the project meant we could keep to the required tight delivery schedule, while remaining in control of quality and planning on-site. This ability helped to shave three full shifts off the installation, allowing the site to return to full production far earlier than they had thought possible,” says Smith.Initial data analysis shows a reduction in flocculant dose of approximately 34% and an increase in underflow density by approximately 2 wt% during the first two months. As the plant continues to optimise the new system under FLSmidth’s recommended control setup, flocculent savings are maintained and underflow densities have increased up to 8 percentage points from 48 wt% to 56 wt% (6% on average), limited only by the rake drive torque.In addition to the achieved flocculent savings, the increase in leach feed density reduced total volumes reporting to the CIL, the minerals recovery process, by around 16.5%. Decreasing cyanide and lime requirements while significantly increasing available leach residence time, promoting gold recovery. The results are such that the 34 m leach feed thickener with FLSmidth technology is producing higher densities than the 44 m tailings thickener with non-FLSmidth OEM technology. Reduced flocculant consumption and improved operational performance are the results of a thickener upgrade at a large Australian gold mine. A leach feed thickener was creating a bottleneck in a gold mine in Western Australia. The installed thickener was a preinstalled ‘off-the-shelf’ product, neither supplied nor installed by FLSmidth. As the on-site maintenance contractor, the client asked FLSmidth’s team of specialists to assess the performance and offer a solution to improve productivity and overall performance. As a result, FLSmidth’s engineers identified several improvements to the thickener’s control set-up.“The customer realised their feed system was under-sized and hampered by air entrainment. The density-reliant dilution system meant that the feed stream was not being diluted, resulting in high flocculant consumption, poor overflow quality and lower than desired underflow density,” explains Dane Smith, Dewatering Product Manager at FLSmidth.
Is Birth of The Dragon good?Nope.What’s it about?It’s a Bruce Lee biopic – sort of.Care to elaborate on “sort of?”The big idea at play here is to tell a fictionalized account of a one-on-one fight that took place in secret between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man. He was a Northern Shaolin and Xingyiquan Master in 1964 San Francisco widely considered to be a life-changing moment for Lee himself and the development of the entire global competitive martial-arts culture since.Wait. This actually happened? Because the trailers look a little far fetched…It’s… complicated. The fight actually did happen, but (like basically everything else about Bruce Lee) pretty much everything about it other than “they fought and Lee won” has been lost to history, shrouded in legend and obscured by differing accounts. The most popular version of the legend is that Wong Jack Man had been dispatched from China by a consortium of old-school Martial-Arts Masters to punish Lee for going against tradition by teaching their ancient secret fighting techniques to Westerners. That doesn’t seem to have been the case. But what’s generally agreed upon is that having to even more radically adapt his already evolving Wing Chun fighting-style on the fly to counter Wong’s more elaborate Northern Shaolin techniques inspired Lee to develop his own signature style. “Jeet Kune Do;” which is today claimed (among other things) as a direct precursor to so-called “Mixed Martial Arts” schools of fighting.So that’s what the movie is about?Nah. The movie is about a fictional white guy who was friends with Bruce Lee and was around when this all happened.…come again?Yeah. So, our main character in the BRUCE LEE ORIGIN MOVIE (really!) is some guy named Steve played by Billy Magnussen (who I think I’m supposed to remember from playing Kato Kaelin on that O.J. miniseries?). He’s a student of Lee’s Chinatown-based Wing Chun school who also becomes friends with the newly-arrived in Frisco Wong Jack Man because… Actually, it’s never clear why he decides to be best-buddies with Wong or why he gets all torn up about the dueling philosophies of his two “masters” – it just kind of happens so he can be the center of the story.Why does he need to be?Because the big conceit they’ve decided to hang the film on is that Wong didn’t actually want to fight Bruce Lee – he was really in America doing spiritual penance for accidentally almost killing an exhibition opponent by using a forbidden secret technique. But Steve has fallen in love with a Chinese immigrant girl being held as an indentured servant by the Chinatown Mafia and the only way to secure her freedom turns out to be convincing the two Masters to fight so they can take bets.lDoes this have ANYTHING to do with Bruce Lee?The angle here is this version of Bruce Lee is a cocky showboat who hasn’t really figured out how to “be” Bruce Lee – i.e., he’s got the talent but hasn’t gotten is ego under control. Somehow, Wong has intuited that Lee will become the greatest kung-fu master ever, so he does the fight to help teach him to unlock his true superhuman potential. Oh, then they both team up to save Steve’s girlfriend from the bad guys.That sounds really dumb.It is.Are there any redeeming qualities?The big fight itself is actually very well done. I mean, if you have to only get ONE thing right, that’d be the one. Philip Ng isn’t really great as Bruce, but he’s an accomplished fight-choreographer professionally, and he looks good in action – and I was genuinely impressed to learn that Xia Yu (who plays Wong) doesn’t actually have a martial-arts background because he certainly comes off like a pro here. But, otherwise, it’s a complete wash – skip it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target
West Ham United’s Carlos Sanchez insists the club’s result so far doesn’t match the level of performances they have shown on the pitch.The Hammers have lost all three games so far in the Premier League including this weekend’s 3-1 away loss to Arsenal.West Ham were thumped 4-0 on the opening weekend by Liverpool thanks to goals from Sadio Mane (2), Mo Salah and Daniel Sturridge, before suffering a disappointing home loss to Bournemouth despite taking the lead through a Marko Arnautovic only to end losing the game 2-1.However, new signing Carlos Sanchez has said the results do not tell the full story of their performances and has backed new manager Manuel Pellegrini to deliver.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“It’s complicated but I think we’re on the right track,” Colombian Sanchez told the club’s official website.A Nacho Monreal strike, Issa Diop’s own goal and a late finish by Danny Welbeck saw Arsenal claim all three points on Saturday but Sanchez thought his side could have rescued a draw with a bit more ruthlessness in front of goal.“I think the result was deceiving, we had a lot of chances. I don’t know if we’d have won but at least we’d have been able to rescue a point,” he added.West Ham face promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next league match on Saturday.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom March 17, 2019 Posted: March 17, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Dave Scott takes a closer look at the background of Saint Patrick’s Day in his World of Wonder Dave Scott’s World of Wonder – St. Paddy’s Day Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter