It wants to grow Alberta Party wants in the game after rightwing

first_imgEDMONTON – Mark Taylor is a busy man — tasked with delivering a leader, 87 candidates and a campaign war chest for a party that talks big, dreams bigger, but so far has been unable to roll up its sleeves and get much done.“I’ve seen the ebbs and flows of parties through my history and I’m just really excited about the trajectory this party is on,” said the new executive director of the Alberta Party.“It’s not just we want to have 87 candidates. I want to have 87 nomination races. I’m really looking for in the neighbourhood of 200 candidates.”It’s an auspicious target for a party that bills itself as the natural home of the centrist voter — socially progressive and fiscally conservative — and sees an opportunity to come up the middle in the blood feud between Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP and Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives.But in the bottom-line business of politics, the Alberta Party has lagged in every metric since it rebooted its mandate on a centrist axis in 2010.In the 2012 election, it ran 38 candidates but polled just 1.3 per cent of the vote and got shut out. In 2015, it ran three fewer candidates and polled 2.2 per cent, but did manage to elect then-leader Greg Clark in Calgary Elbow.The party doesn’t release membership numbers, but fundraising over the first nine months of this year has been poor — just over $77,000.The party didn’t contest a 2016 byelection in Calgary and isn’t fielding a candidate in the upcoming byelection in Calgary Lougheed.There are signs of progress.Clark’s one-person caucus recently became two when NDP Calgary backbencher Karen McPherson crossed the floor. More than 400 people came to the party’s annual general meeting Nov. 18. There were 59 last year.A new board of directors has representatives from across the province. Taylor said they have been rebuilding their constituency associations and now have more than 60.New blood has come on board including former conservative strategists Stephen Carter and Susan Elliott, as well as former PC president Katherine O’Neill.Clark, say sources in the party, acceded to suggestions earlier this month that a fresh face was needed to galvanize the party, so he stepped down to allow for a leadership vote set for Feb. 7.Carter pushed for a leadership race that he sees as a spark to go with the nuts and bolts of building constituencies and finding good candidates.“(The Alberta party) has to decide it wants to grow. It has to decide it wants to be a real political party,” said Carter, who shepherded successful election wins for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and former PC premier Alison Redford.“There was a time (the party) was going to do politics differently. I appreciate the sentiment, but politics is politics.“You have to be in this game to win this game.”The revitalization is getting a boost from so-called Red Tories, who are unhappy with the renewed social conservatism of Kenney’s United Conservatives. The Alberta Party’s general meeting included a number of former PCs, including former cabinet ministers Doug Griffiths and Stephen Khan.One-timer Tory cabinet minister Thomas Lukaszuk said he is intrigued by the Alberta Party, but wants to see the meat on the bone.“Without trying to insult them, I never thought of them as a political party,” said Lukaszuk.“There are a few pieces missing, but those pieces are very attainable,” he said, citing fundraising and energized constituency associations.Elliott dismisses suggestions that the party has become a rest home for disaffected Progressive Conservatives. She said that cohort was just a sliver of the 400 members at the meeting.“I didn’t know 90 per cent of the people there, and that’s a good thing,” said Elliott, who managed the successful Tory 2012 election campaign.“I saw a lot of people in the room who were of the millennial generation, who are getting interested in how their province is run (and) don’t like the choices that are facing them.”Political scientist Duane Bratt from Mount Royal University said there may be room for a true centrist option. But time is not on the side of the Alberta party, he said, with just 16 months to the next election and two dominant parties on its flanks.“Most of the oxygen has been sucked out by Kenney and Notley.”last_img read more

Manitoba defence in Sinclair case Dead have no human rights

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a disabled Aboriginal man who died in a Winnipeg hospital waiting room is facing a major test of their lawsuit.The Manitoba government and the Winnipeg regional health authorities want the case thrown out.But the lawyers for the family of Brian Sinclair are fighting back.All sides have appeared in Winnipeg court.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was there.last_img

Applications pour in to join UNs intangible cultural heritage list

7 October 2008Dozens of applications from around the world have been received for inscription on a new UN-endorsed list that will work to protect and enhance awareness about intangible cultural heritage, such as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts and rituals. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) confirmed today from its Paris headquarters that a committee will consider 112 applications from 37 States for the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, part of the broader Convention on the same issue. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura welcomed the high response as “proof of the great interest of the international community in the safeguarding of living heritage,” according to a press release. “It is my conviction that the Representative List… will contribute to raising awareness of its importance and give the communities that are custodians of intangible cultural heritage a feeling of pride and belonging,” Mr. Matsuura stated. “It will also, without doubt, be a means to favour dialogue that is respectful of cultural diversity.” Adopted in 2003 and ratified by over 100 countries to date, the Convention seeks to protect the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature. The Convention further outlines the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which aims to provide financial assistance to its accepted applicants. Under the selection process, a 24-member committee will now decide on which of the 112 applications for inscription makes the final Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, expected by late next year. read more

ExSNC exec says company put Gaddafi daughterinlaw on the payroll and paid

MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive is alleging the engineering giant put the daughter-in-law of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on its payroll in 2011.Riadh Ben Aissa has filed a document in Quebec Superior Court alleging the company had a long-standing relationship with the former regime.He contends that having ties to the Gadhafi family was seen as important to securing contracts in Libya.Ben Aissa’s document is among several that have been filed after a civil suit that SNC-Lavalin initiated last year in Montreal in an effort to recoup more than $2 million.None of the allegations have been proven in court. A spokeswoman for Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin said Thursday it will not comment on the allegations as the case remains active in Quebec Superior Court.Ben Aissa is currently jailed in Switzerland on suspicion of corruption, fraud and money-laundering in North Africa. Authorities believe he embezzled more than $120 million in funds from SNC-Lavalin.VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images The company alleges Ben Aissa, another former company vice-president and a consultant conspired to use $1.85 million in company funds without permission in an attempt to smuggle Saadi Gadhafi, son of the late dictator, to Mexico.The plan never fully materialized and Saadi Gadhafi ended up in Niger instead.SNC-Lavalin also wants $202,000 that was allegedly used to fix up a Toronto condominium owned by Saadi Gadhafi.Ben Aissa states that several Toronto employees of the company were aware that the money, which was allegedly used for design fees for the condominium, was billed to the firm and that it consented to the payments.In his court filing, he claims he’s being used as a scapegoat and that his behaviour was in line with the company’s “strong and long-standing relationship with Saadi Gadhafi.”The Gaddafi family’s ownership of a Toronto condo was first revealed by theNational Post in 2011. The $1.6-million penthouse in downtown Toronto had apparently gone unnoticed by the Canadian and Libyan governments.Ben Aissa argues that several high-level executives for SNC-Lavalin had “strong links” with the Gadhafi family for several years, including his own predecessor.He also alleges there were numerous interactions, citing in one case where company officials intervened to help the younger Gadhafi get a visa. At one time, there were even discussions to make the dictator’s son a company vice-president, he said.Ben Aissa also claims that Saadi Gadhafi’s wife was put on the payroll of SNC-Lavalin’s Moroccan office even though she wasn’t an employee — a move made to help her and her children financially.He also alleges SNC-Lavalin often footed the bill for expenses incurred by Saadi Gadhafi.For example, in one instance, the company spent $2 million for expenses during a trip to Canada in 2008. During a subsequent trip to Toronto in 2009, the firm planned an evening for him during the Toronto International Film Festival involving rapper 50 Cent at a cost of $550,000.The company and some of its former executives have been mired in legal battles during the past few years.Earlier this month, former executive vice-president Sami Abdallah Bebawi and Stephane Roy, a former vice-president, were both charged in an ongoing RCMP investigation.Roy is expected to appear in court next month on charges of fraud over $5,000; bribing a foreign public official; and contravening a United Nations economic measures act related to Libya. He is suing the company for wrongful dismissal.Bebawi, Ben Aissa’s predecessor, has a warrant out for his arrest. His whereabouts are unknown.Authorities in Canada want Ben Aissa to stand trial on charges of fraud worth an estimated $22.5 million involving the McGill University Health Centre, one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects and valued at $1.3 billion.Also charged in that Quebec anti-corruption unit case is former SNC Lavalin president Pierre Duhaime; McGill University Health Centre executive Yanai Elbaz and his brother Yohann; Jeremy Morris, the administrator of a Bahamas-based investment company; and Arthur Porter and his wife Pamela.Arthur Porter, who once headed the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Canada’s spy watchdog, remains detained in a Panamanian jail awaiting extradition.Porter was director general of the MUHC when the alleged fraud occurred. read more

Barbados pop princess Rihanna among Time Magazines Most Influential People on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRihanna’s Crop Over costume slays social mediaAugust 8, 2017In “Entertainment”Barbados names pop star Rihanna as AmbassadorSeptember 21, 2018In “Entertainment”Rihanna’s earnings fall 50 per cent in 2015January 4, 2016In “Entertainment” Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna has yet another jewel to add to her crown in the form of securing a place on Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.For its third annual roundup of everyone from bestselling authors to political activists, the magazine sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.Here’s what Time’s Cady Lang had to say about Rihanna on this year’s unranked list:“The 29-year-old singer approaches social media with the same aplomb and fearlessness that has become her trademark across music, fashion and culture.“In the past year alone, she has made headlines for Snapchatting herself feeding birds on the streets of New York while clad in a bright red, heart-shaped jacket, hitting back at body shamers with a Gucci Mane meme and personally jumping into her own Instagram comments to shout out fans and shut down haters (a phenomenon known as RIHplies).“How fitting, then, that she’s set to star in a movie that is wholly inspired by a meme of herself.”Also landing a spot on Time’s latest list were supermodel, bestselling cookbook author, TV host and Mrs John Legend, Chrissy Teigan; Drudge Report creator Matt Drudge, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.Carter Wilkerson, the Nevada teen who earned a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets; Chinese actress and activist Yao Chen; NPR host and S-Town creator Brian Reed; Korean boy band BTS, and Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny also made the cut.Also listed were Twitter-happy US President Donald Trump; Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie; Steven Pruitt (aka Ser Amantio di Nicolao); seven-year-old Syrian civil war victim Bana Alabed; Canadian trans woman model Gigi Gorgeous; empowering meme creator Jonathan Sun; and singer Katy Perry, who just became the first person to pass 100 million followers on Twitter.Reality TV star and Mrs Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, was a given for the list, as were Branden Miller (aka Joanne the Scammer); Ezra Levin, Leah Greenberg, Angel Padilla, Sarah Dohl and Matt Traldi (founders of The Indivisible Guide), and Chance the Rapper.Ariel Martin, (aka Baby Ariel) of Musical.ly fame, also found favour with Time, as did fitness queen Cassey Ho; beauty blogger Huda Kattan; gamer Mark Fischbach (aka Markiplier); and Skimm founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. (Caribbean360.com) read more

Randgolds operations in Mali continue to deliver

first_imgRandgold Resources’ operations in Mali are continuing to deliver a robust performance and the company’s recent decision to proceed with the development of a super pit at Loulo-Gounkoto underpins the group’s commitment to the country’s mining industry, chief executive Mark Bristow said last week.Speaking at a media briefing, Bristow said ongoing exploration success within the Loulo and Gounkoto permits had enabled it to replace all the gold depleted by mining last year and was continuing to deliver additional reserves and resources. Preparation work was also underway on the Gounkoto super pit, which would further strengthen the complex’s position as a long-life producer with an annual output of at least 600,000 oz.At Morila, meanwhile, all the permitting for the development of the Domba satellite has been completed after two years of community consultation, and mining there is scheduled to start in September this year. Morila has also agreed to acquire portions of Birimian’s Ntiola and Viper permits which, together with Domba, will extend its life to the end of 2019 and possibly to early 2020.The significance of these developments, Bristow said, was that they would secure Morila’s ability to fund its eventual closure and support the funding of its post-mining incarnation as an agribusiness centre, with the objective of being part of the government’s plan to strengthen the agricultural base of its economy. Bristow said while there were a number of new mines in the Malian pipeline, the future of the country’s gold mining industry depended on successful exploration for the next generation of discoveries and their ability to attract the necessary investment.“The question is whether the country’s existing mining code and fiscal regime are sufficiently attractive to foreign investors. The industry and the government, led by the minister of mines, have had a very constructive engagement on this and other issues – such as the destructive impact of illegal mining – and we’ve agreed to work together to find mutually acceptable solutions,” he said.“As far as Randgold’s disputed tax claims are concerned, we’re continuing our discussions with the authorities and are hopeful that we will be able to reach an amicable solution on the outstanding files instead of another round of arbitration proceedings. We’ve had a long and mutually rewarding partnership with Mali and its people – depending on the gold price, Randgold accounts for between 6% and 10% of the country’s GDP each year – and it’s obviously in both our interests to resolve this matter equitably.”last_img read more

Pics Seán FitzPatrick and former Anglo execs back in court

first_imgTHE FORMER CHAIRMAN and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick and two other former executives were back in court today ahead of their trial for alleged financial irregularities next year.The trio, including former finance director Willie McAteer and former managing director of lending Pat Whelan, are due to go on trial on 16 charges of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 people in 2008 in an attempt to inflate the bank’s share price.It’s expected the trial will last between three and six months when its get under way on 13 January 2014 with the trio set to enter their pleas to each charge at another court hearing on 1 November.The case was mentioned before the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin today with the three men in attendance:last_img read more

Tyler Breeze on the popularity of NXT evolution of character

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Google+ Videos Articles WWE NXT Results – 8/14/19 (NXT Breakout Tournament Finals, Breezango/Forgotten Sons) WWE NXT Results – 7/3/19 (Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Breeze, Kushida, Adam Cole) The latest body positive movement on Instagram WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Kristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram Postcenter_img Scott Fishman passed along the following recent interview he conducted with NXT star Tyler Breeze. Here are some excerpts from the interview:On NXT’s rise in popularity:“There were a lot more people as soon as the network came out, I would go to Best Buy or Publix for groceries. I would get asked, ‘Hey, Are you Tyler Breeze?’ People started noticing. People are watching this. When I started doing live events on the main roster, you assume people don’t know who you are because you aren’t on Raw or SmackDown. Then you go out for something to eat and people are asking if I’m Tyler Breeze. They tell me they watch NXT every week. Everywhere you go people are talking more and more about NXT. We had the San Jose show with more than 5,000 people to see NXT. Just that alone is an idea of how many people are watching.”On the evolution of his character:“When I initially started it, the persona was totally going to be something else that it didn’t end up being, From input here and there with ideas from different people, it sort of turned an almost opposite way that I was going for. At the very beginning of the character we had the pocket mirror. We did everything with the mirror. Then Triple H said we were past that and to move on to selfies. He suggested we use a cell phone. We modernized it. That was two years ago. Now it’s 2015, and everyone has a cell phone on them all the time. They are always checking Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. There is so much stuff that you could do with that. I’ve had the opportunity to be a first in WWE to actually do some things. My entrance streams from the phone to the big screen. At TakeOver we did the Periscope where thousands of people were watching from my cell phone as I was making my entrance. That is something nobody has done before. As technology advances and new things come out, I’m the one who gets to play with that. I see it as a huge opportunity for me.”ChannelGuideMagBlog.com: WWE’s Tyler Breeze talks about his success and the NXT phenomenonRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:33 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 Triple H Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NXT Highlights: Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Breeze, Killian Dain is coming to NXT Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Former Brighton boss is proud of Lewis Dunk

first_imgThe English center-back made his debut for the national team on Thursday night in the 3-0 win over the United StatesFormer Brighton and Hove Albion head of youth and manager Martin Hinshelwood couldn’t hide the fact that he felt pride for Lewis Dunk.Dunk played for the first time with the England senior national team in the 3-0 win over the United States at Wembley Stadium.“It made me feel very proud because I was just a small part of his career, along with many other people. I’m sure they’re also very proud of his performance on Thursday,” he told the Brighton official website.“He did very well and it was a good game for him to play. He made a couple of sloppy passes but that’s football. Overall, he was steady and didn’t look out of place.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He didn’t look nervous. He did have some silly white boots on, but I suppose that’s part and parcel of the game now!” he added.“I thought he coped very well with the game and his family can be very proud of his performance.”“I text him afterward to say ‘well done, I hope it’s the first of many’. That was at about half-past ten, and then an hour later my phone went and he’d replied to my text to say ‘thank you very much’,” he commented.“A lot of people would have sent him a text, so if he hadn’t have come back to me then it wouldn’t have been a major problem — but it was great that he took the time to text me back.”last_img read more

Team from Vancouver heads to erupting volcano in Indonesia

first_imgA trio of Vancouver-based volcanologists will return today to a dangerous volcano on a densely populated island in Indonesia.John Pallister, Jeff Marso and Andy Lockhart will carry seismometers and other sensors to replace equipment destroyed by Mount Merapi. The team will join other international experts providing insight and relief for Indonesian volcanologists.Pallister, Marso and Lockhart visited Java Island four years ago, when searing gas clouds and burning rocks began tumbling down its slopes. At that time, a lava dome teetered on the edge of the conical volcano.Now, the dome has collapsed.“They have the same sorts of hazards that we had at Mount St. Helens,” said Carolyn Driedger, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Vancouver. “But just imagine if there were some small cities at the base of (St. Helens.)”Mount Merapi began spewing lava, hot clouds and volcanic gas more than two weeks ago, killing 151 people and forcing 320,000 people to abandon their homes, according to a news account by Reuters.“A significant amount of Mount Merapi’s monitoring system is destroyed,” Driedger said. “Our team will bring seismic monitoring equipment, a Web cam and a data acquisition system. They’re going to be working in the observatory and in the field as conditions allow.”last_img read more

Mahindra Partners invests in San Franciscobased scooter sharing company Scoot Networks

first_imgMahindra Partners, the private equity and venture capital arm of the Mahindra Group, on Tuesday announced it has completed a new round of funding in Scoot Networks, a San Francisco-based urban mobility solutions provider, along with Vision Ridge Capital and other investors.The company did not disclose the sum invested but said the funding was its “first significant investment in the U.S.”Scoot Networks provides electric, smartphone-activated motorscooters to people on rental basis.”We are excited to partner with the terrific team at Scoot Networks to provide a sustainable solution to the growing challenges associated with urban commuting – parking, congestion, and pollution,” Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, said in a statement issued by the $900-million Mahindra Partners.The company plans to replicate the model beyond San Francisco.”We are optimistic that the team at Scoot Networks will suitably expand and develop this unique sharing model into a globally successful concept,” Zhooben Bhiwandiwala, managing partner of Mahindra Partners, said.The financing coincided with Scoot Networks buying 500 Mahindra Genze electric scooters.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Harmanpreet Singh rising star of Indian hockey is unfazed by challenge

first_imgHarmanpreet has been made captain of the Indian teamSteve Bardens/Getty ImagesThe Indian men’s hockey team is currently playing in an Olympic Test Event in Tokyo to prepare for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers later in the year. For this event, the captaincy of the side has been entrusted to Harmanpreet Singh, the young defender and penalty corner expert. The 23-year old is unfazed by the challenge and looks forward to the experience. With the Olympics less than a year away, a lot depends on how he boosts the Indian team’s defence. In an exclusive interview with Akshay Saraswat of International Business Times, India, the boy from Amritsar discusses everything from his inspiration to the goals he has set for the team. You have been made the captain of the Indian team for the upcoming tournament in Japan. Since you are still quite young, how challenging would it be to lead the side?Harmanpreet: Yes, it’s a big challenge for me as I have got this opportunity for the first time. I am fully ready to take the entire team along and to work hard together.Usually, captains tend to be midfielders but you are a defender. How hard would it be to guide the team from the back?Harmanpreet: Well, in our team’s defensive structure, we consider our forward line as the first line of defence. Then, midfielders and defenders come in. So, for us, it is actually an advantage that we can guide the team, be it the midfielders or the forwards, from the back. Harmanpreet Singh (L) plays a key role in India’s defenceSteve Bardens/Getty ImagesThe responsibility that we have upon us is big. But the players that we have with us are really good and have a lot of experience also. So, we help each other out and it’s not that difficult for us.In the FIH Series Finals, one slight weakness of the Indian team that one observed was a bit of vulnerability against counter-attacks. Is that something your team is working upon?Harmanpreet: Yes, definitely. There has been a lot of work on positioning. How should we position ourselves, including when we are one person down or have one player extra? All these things have been worked upon. For defence especially, we even had a special camp. That was really good and we improved ourselves through it, especially all the defenders here. So, I think we would do better this time.So, would you like your attackers to be quick in retreating if there is a counter-attack?Harmanpreet: Absolutely. They are fast but sometimes the counter-attack happens so quickly that there is no time to recover for players who were moving forward. But that’s what we are focussing on. If there is an attack from the right side, we want our left flank to provide cover. As I said, we have done a lot of work on positioning.How much does the presence of senior defenders in the team like Rupinder Pal Singh help you guys?Harmanpreet: A great deal. As a youngster, when I started out and made my debut, it was while Rupinder Pal Singh and VR Raghunath were playing in the team. So, the experience that I have gained from them, I use it to guide the new players, be they defenders, midfielders or forwards, in the same way. We get a lot of help from seniors because they boost the confidence of other players and cheer them up. All these things I have learnt from them and it’s through such lessons that I have moved forward in my career. Harmanpreet will need to do a lot of hard work in defenceReutersSo, in the absence of Rupinder Pal Singh, did you guys feel a lack of experience in the defence?Harmanpreet: When it comes to experience, I would say that everyone is similar. I also believe we played really well. The whole team has put in a lot of effort. All players who get selected are similar and do a lot of hard work. So, I won’t say there is too much difference.You are also the penalty-corner specialist in the team. Chris Ciriello, a great drag-flicker in his time, is now with your side as the analytical coach. Are you learning some of those tricks from him which you noticed as an opponent?Harmanpreet: Yes, there are little things. We have an extra session for drag flickers and he guides us as a defender also. He shares his experience. Also, how to handle the pressure in important games, all these things he helps us with.Mostly, I would say we have worked a lot on penalty corners. He also assists us through video analysis and works a great deal on small but important things like finishing.With drag-flickers, there are those like Gonzalo Peillat of Argentina who are all about power and then there are those who focus more on placement. What do you consider most important?Harmanpreet: Both. What I am focussing on currently and what the team is being asked to focus on, as per the guidance of Chris Ciriello, is how to beat the first runner. This matters a lot.Also, usually, goalkeepers stay on the right post, so the left runner has a lot depending on him. Our big focus is on: how to beat him? So, we have practiced a lot on that. The way we set up a penalty corner, both in attack and defence has seen a lot of improvement.Coach Graham Reid had told us that defence is the area you guys are focussing on. The attacking prowess of your team is anyway great. So, is defence the aspect of your team’s game where most of the work is being done?Harmanpreet: Indeed. As I told you earlier, we have already had a camp for this. And it wasn’t as if it was only for the defenders. Our midfield and forward line also participated in it as they are the first line of defence. The pressure from the other team is first faced by the forward line, then the midfielders and defenders. So, the focus is on everyone. Re-tackling, defending, all these things are being worked on. Twitter/Hockey IndiaYou also worked under Jugraj Singh who was the original drag-flicker in Indian hockey. Was he your role model and have you learned anything from him?Harmanpreet: Yes, indeed, I follow him a lot and he has helped me a great deal. Whenever I go home, I meet him. When he was with our team, then also he helped us a lot. He worked a lot on my strength and also on my technique. All the drag-flickers that were there got a lot of help from him.In the upcoming tournament, are you going to focus on drag-flicks mainly or also on variations since they are in vogue these days?Harmanpreet: I would say both. Because in our practice, we have worked on both. Three to four variations have been tried. We have worked on direct hits as well. So, both would be used.What is the goal that you have in mind going into this tournament?Harmanpreet: Of course, it is to win. That is our mind-set going into every tournament. That is why we are doing so much hard work, spending so much time on the ground and on meetings. So, of course, our mind-set is to win.Personally, among the best drag flickers in the world, like Peillat, Blake Govers, Mink van der Weerden, etc., whom do you consider your biggest rival?Harmanpreet: All of them are good. You can’t mention just one. It also depends on the match. The more opportunities you get, the more you would score.Are you also working on increasing your physical strength to make your drag flick even more powerful?Harmanpreet: Yes. Our trainer gets a lot of hard work done in the gym. Here also, on the field, we have core exercises. For drag flicks, there are special exercises and drills that are being used and they have been very helpful.last_img read more

Twin sisters drown in Brahmanbaria pond

first_img.Twin sisters were drowned in a pond in Baishor village of Mirsharai upazila in Brahmanbaria on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Asha and Lisa, both three and half years old and daughters of Junawed Mia of the village.Locals said the two sisters slipped into the pond while playing beside the pond. Later, they were found floating in the pond.last_img

29 Bangladeshis return home from Libya

first_imgPhoto of Hazrat Shahjalal International AirportTwenty nine Bangladeshi workers returned home willingly from Libya on Tuesday, reports UNB.A Turkish Airlines flight carrying them landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 5:20am, said programme head of Brac Migration.However, they were staying at the immigration of the airport till filing of this report at 11:30am, said airport officials.The immigration authorities sent messages to respective police stations for verifying their addresses, they said, adding that the workers returned from willingly following the current situation in Libya.The officials also said 37 more Bangladeshi workers will return home on Wednesday and 35 others on Friday for the same reason.last_img read more

Noted Actress Jenifer Lewis Shares Life Wisdom with Duke Ellington Students

first_imgLegendary Black actress Jenifer Lewis, known as the “Mother of Black Hollywood,” recently spoke to young aspiring performers at a high school in Northwest Washington, D.C.Actress Jenifer Lewis shared some of her life experiences with students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. (Courtesy photo)On Nov. 17, Lewis, 60, visited Duke Ellington School of the Arts during a tour for her new book, The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir. The book was released on Nov. 14. While Lewis was signing books and taking photos with a crowd of nearly 400 people, the actress took a moment to speak to about 15 students at Duke Ellington about her life and the lessons she has learned in show business.“What can I tell you?  I roll like a roll. I’m a happy girl. I came from poverty. I was hungry. I became captain of the cheerleading squad, president of my class. I sang my first solo in church, the reaction of the congregation told me I was an entertainer, because I didn’t just sing, I sang! At five-years old, I took the stairs to success. I’m here to tell you the elevator to success is broken. [Take] one step at a time,” Lewis said. “Feel it. Life is going to hurt. Nobody promised you a rose garden. There are thorns. Long painful sticky thorns. And you’re going to touch one, one day. That’s life. Don’t think it’s going to be an easy ride. You got to work for it. You got to dream… Stay on that course to your dream. That’s what I did.”Lewis has spent almost 40 years entertaining people on stage and in front of the camera. She has been seen in productions such as “Dreamgirls,” “Think Like A Man,” “Baggage Claim,” “Black-ish” and others.  The Kinloch, Mo. native told the students that she persevered through poverty, did shows on Broadway and went through several other obstacles to book her first gig in Hollywood.“It’s cause I worked hard. I didn’t let nobody get in my way, and don’t think people didn’t try,” she said. “It’s a lot of meanness out in the world, a lot of evil. But you ain’t got to get none on you. You keep it moving. You stay positive. Don’t be gossiping and judging other people. You be nice to people. But you be careful who you give your heart to.  You guys are living in another world. We didn’t come up in the digital age. Scam artists, con artists, but don’t be scared. You feel the fear, and do it anyway,” Lewis said.Lewis said she knows about fear, adversity, and overcoming trials such as sex addiction and mental illness. She said it is because of the tribulations she faced, and the desire for people to learn from her experiences, that she wrote the book.“I owe my story to you. Bi-polar disorder, sex addiction. Man came to my apartment and put a knife to my throat in New York. That was the greatest performance of my life. I talked myself out of it. You’ll read about it. No matter what I went through, I’m here. Don’t you dare let me go through what I go through and you not learn something from it. I came here for you all. I wrote that book for you, so that you would know, there is no fire that you can’t walk through,” she said.“You get up. You find the way to your happiness. And don’t think you’re going to be happy once you get somewhere. That ain’t the way it works, you got to be happy on your way to happy,” the actress said.last_img read more

Capcom says PS4 and Xbox One development is 10x more work

first_imgWhen the PS3 and Xbox 360 hit the market game developers around the world had to cope with a huge increase in game quality due to the move to HD graphics. That resulted in much larger teams per game, and titles taking longer to develop simply due to the amount of additional work involved. Now the PS4 and Xbox One are on the market, and the workload is set to increase once again, only this time it is worse.That’s the view of Capcom, anyway. Masaru Ijuin, senior manager of technology management, technology development, and consumer games development at the company, answered a range of questions on the subject that you can read on the Capcom blog . He focuses on discussing how development has changed and why there’s 10x more work for next-gen titles, which I discuss below.Capcom has relied on its MT Framework and rendering engine for current gen games development, with Dead Rising, Lost Planet, Dragon’s Dogma, and Resident Evil 6 being a few examples of the titles that use it. But MT is showing its age and development needs to get faster and “more parallel” to keep projects within a realistic timeframe, so Capcom faced a choice: upgrade MT for next-gen development or create a brand new engine.They chose a new engine and called it Panta Rhei. It will be the engine of choice going forward for Capcom’s internal projects, although it won’t be used for any hardware generations earlier than PS4 and Xbox One. Mobile games will also continue to be created using the MT Framework.As well as unlocking the full potential of the hardware features in the new consoles, Panta Rhei is meant to speed up games development from an implementation point of view. Getting initial game concepts into the engine and playable as quickly as possible seems to be the goal. But there is still a long way to go. Panta Rhei is heavily in development at the moment, suggesting that games using it are still some way off. However, as we have already seen, the fantasy RPG Deep Down uses it and is set to be released this year, although remains listed as “TBA 2014.”From the footage we have seen, Panta Rhei certainly looks like it will deliver in terms of visuals, but it also highlights the amount of work required to produce the art assets required. With development of the engine ongoing, we could see some next-gen Capcom games delayed or at the very least the time between new releases extended for a while.Capcom’s prediction of 10x the work required for a PS4/Xbox One game may be a bit extreme, but there’s certainly more work per project. And they seem to be taking the right approach to minimizing the time that work takes by improving the tools and making a new engine do as much of the hard work as possible and by default.last_img read more

Holocaust survivor and scholar Lustiger dies at 88

first_imgAfter the war he moved to Frankfurt and was a co-founder of its Jewish Community.Green party leader Claudia Roth said Germany had lost “a great fighter for humanity and democracy” in Lustiger.His cause of death was not immediately announced.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s Central Council of Jews says Holocaust survivor and scholar Arno Lustiger has died at age 88.Council President Dieter Graumann said Wednesday that Lustiger, who died Tuesday, will be remembered for his research on Jewish resistance to the Nazis and of non-Jews who helped save Jews from the Holocaust.Polish-born Lustiger survived several Nazi concentration camps and a death march in the final days of the war from an Auschwitz subcamp to another camp before escaping and being rescued by American troops. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

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