No fresh hope over second permanent breast surgeon for hospital – Doherty

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to the latest remarks from Health Minister Simon Harris in which he again failed to provide any new assurances that a second permanent Breast Surgeon will be appointed to Letterkenny University Hospital.Responding to a recent Dáil Question tabled by Deputy Doherty in which the Minister was asked to outline the progress being the much-needed consultant post for the hospital, Minister Harris would only confirm that the requirements of the Symptomatic Breast clinic continue to be assessed, before reaffirming that a second surgeon remains assigned to LUH but only on a locum basis.Criticising the Minister’s reply, Deputy Doherty said for years now campaigners and patient advocacy groups have worked tirelessly to lobby for the appointment of a badly needed second permanent breast surgeon as part of cancer services here at Letterkenny Hospital. “Then before the last General Election Minister Joe McHugh announced, to much fanfare, that a second breast surgeon had finally been secured for the hospital, a statement which proceeded months of stalemate before it was finally confirmed that a locum consultant would finally take up the position in July 2017 before assurances were given that a permanent appointment would follow.“Then shockingly it was confirmed to Sinn Féin almost exactly a year ago today that the hospital had still not received formal approval for a permanent second consultant breast surgeon.“Twelve months on from that bombshell and we are still no further forward, in fact, this reply which I’ve now received from the Minister merely states that a locum consultant remains employed at the hospital on a temporary payroll basis.”He added that in responding to his Dáil Question on the status of efforts to secure a permanent position for the Breast Clinic at LUH, Minister Harris offered no fresh hope that a permanent consultant would be recruited. “Instead, the Minister could only reaffirm that the requirements of the clinic continue to be assessed with a view to ensuring that arrangements are in place to meet the present and future needs of the service.“Time and time again patients, staff, and campaigners have been let down and they have been given false hope from Government Ministers, including Minister Joe McHugh, that this issue would be resolved.“When will the Minister come clean and tell the people of Donegal the truth about what is really happening with the post?“I pledge to continue to work closely alongside all stakeholders, including local patient groups, to keep the needs of the service at the top of the agenda because this situation and uncertainty surrounding this post cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely.”No fresh hope over second permanent breast surgeon for hospital – Doherty was last modified: February 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:hospitalPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

How to Quickly Embed a Twitter Timeline on Your Website

first_imgSummaryRather than using a third-party service or plugin, Twitter makes it straightforward to add a Twitter timeline to your site in five quick steps. I’ve used plugins in the past to add a timeline to WordPress sites, the Twitter publish tool is so much easier. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow I’m Migrating My Storify StoriesWhen Storify announced in late 2017 they were closing down, I wasn’t too surprised. I had been an early adopter of Storify, using it to curate events, talks, and conferences since 2011. Storify had a drag-and-drop interface that made it easy to add tweets, Flickr photos, posts, and other online…In “Blogging”10 Ways to Improve Accessibility on Websites and Social MediaWhen I chatted about accessibility with other attendees at WordCamp Denver 2018 this weekend, I shared some of my tips and blog posts on how they could improve accessibility on their websites. After one conversation, they thanked me for the recommendations, and asked if I had a summary post that…In “Accessibility”5 Tips for Promoting Your Website LocallyAfter months of planning and hard work, you’re thrilled to launch your website. Your web designer created a great-looking site that’s easy to use and works well on desktop and mobile. Your site’s been submitted to search engines, Google Analytics installed, and Google Webmaster Tools set up. You’re not ready…In “Web design” In the past, adding a Twitter timeline to your website required you to log in to your Twitter account and connect it/provide permissions to a third-party plugin or service that provided the special code to add to your site.Or you would log into your Twitter account to create a widget to add to your site. And hope that the code provided would work on your site. Neither option worked well if you were a designer or developer creating a site for a client. You needed to walk your client through the steps to get the information. Or ask your client for their Twitter login credentials. Thankfully, Twitter has made it a lot easier to embed Twitter on your site.No more setting up a third-party service or logging into a Twitter account! Use Twitter Publish to Embed Twitter Timeline on Your WebsiteUsing the Twitter Publish tool, you can quickly get the embed code to add to your site. Here are the steps:Visit the Twitter Publish toolEnter the full URL for the timeline you want to embed. I entered my Twitter URL: the display option you prefer: Embedded Timeline or Twitter Buttons. I selected Embedded Timeline.If you want, you can configure customization options for color, size, default link color, and language.The Twitter Publish tool displays the code you need to copy and paste into your site, along with a snapshot of how the timeline will display.last_img read more

When football became Africa’s game

first_imgAfricans and their colonisers became equals once they stepped onto the football pitch, and it even gave the former the chance to show their superiority over their oppressors. Here, Ghana’s football team of the 1960s pose with the international trophies they had won. The Black Stars, as they are still known, were handpicked by Ghana’s leader Kwame Nkrumah. (Image: Yenkassa, Flickr) • Africa Cup of Nations: some facts and figures• Bafana at Afcon 2015: the full squad• African footballers call on their juju men• Who will become a star at Afcon 2015?• Beefy Cameroon gives South Africa a taste of Afcon Shamin ChibbaZambia’s late and great football commentator Dennis Liwewe once said that when David Livingstone arrived in the country, he brought three things with him in his bag: his medical kit, his Bible and a football.Whether this was true or not did not matter, said football historian David Goldblatt, but it was the one good thing the colonialists had brought to the continent. Goldblatt calls the arrival of football in Africa an “epoch-making event” on par with the arrival of the cocoa bush on the Gold Coast, saying that it is “without competitor Africa’s game”.The game had come a long way from the days when British sailors would disembark with a ball in tow and enjoy a kickabout on the quayside, wrote Goldblatt in his substantial history of the game, The Ball is Round. However, it was soldiers and colonial administrators who brought the sporting code with them.The first recorded game in South Africa was played in 1866 in Pietermaritzburg, Goldblatt wrote, but he did not reveal the teams or score. “In South Africa the British Army played African scratch teams at the siege of Mafeking, while in Cape Town military regiments were setting up their own football association and playing a regular football competition as early as 1891.”Jack Lord, a writer for the blog Pitch Invasion, said in his history of African football that European teams and coaches started appearing in various parts of the continent in the early to mid-1900s, which helped to transform the game. Scottish club Motherwell toured South Africa in the 1930s and brought with them the tight passing and collective ethos that “inspired a tactical revolution among local teams”.Lord added that in 1950s Brazzaville, Congo, a French coach rebelled against the prevailing British style by introducing short passes and man-marking. His tactics helped his team dominate the league in which they participated. “An upstart team in Ghana during WWII promised more vaguely that its ‘tactics’ would defeat the ‘dribbling’ of their rivals,” said Lord.Football adopted quickly and intenselyDespite being a colonialist’s game, Africans adopted the sport quickly and intensely. But just why they did so remains a mystery. Goldblatt gave two suggestions. The first is the marriage of both Western and African cultures. By adding a ball to Africa’s rich dance traditions, a “universe of playful possibilities” opened up. While this may be an irresistible notion, Goldblatt said it was unprovable.His second suggestion is more political. Quoting Ferhat Abbas, the Algerian political leader in the early 20th century, Goldblatt suggested that for Africans the game could have been used as an equaliser – or even a show of superiority – between the colonialists and the colonised. Abbas once said: “They rule us with guns and machines. On a man-to-man basis, on the field of football, we can show them who is really superior.”Lord said the game was a “useful supplementary income for players”, which was yet another reason Africans took to it. “Teams negotiated hard over appearance fees, transport allowances and prize money. In friendly matches it was common for the winning side to take 60% of the prize fund, and the losers 40%.”However, playing for money had its downside; Lord gave an example from Northern Rhodesia in the late 1930s. A missionary complained that all the star teams played for money. “The same missionary also witnessed a match in which the visitors bet on themselves to win and confidently spent their stake in the local beer hall: ‘Unfortunately they lost and the match ended in a free fight in which spectators joined,’” wrote Lord.He added that in urban areas, football played a social role, especially for migrant workers who used the game to replace the social support they had in their rural homes.WATCH: George Weah highlights during his time at A.C. MilanDiscriminationDespite being a force for good, football was used as a tool by political authorities to divide society along racial and cultural lines. In South Africa, for example, teams and associations were separated according to the four major racial groups.Lord said that because the game was popular among children, it exposed Africans to inequality from an early age. One such person was the first president of independent Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella, whose school had two football teams: one French and the other Arab.Racial division was not the only form of discrimination in football. Lord said teams often reflected identities based on religion and class. “In Obuasi, Ghana, Muslims played in a separate Mahommedans team. In Congo-Brazzaville, there were separate football teams for the clerks and manual workers of colonial enterprises. And football also reflected growing ethnic rivalries within multi-ethnic states.”Yet at the same time, the game brought together people from different backgrounds and individuals often found ways of bridging the divide. Football coach Craig Hepburn played as a goalkeeper for an almost all-black Orlando Pirates team in the late 1980s. Being a white man in South Africa, he was conscripted into the South African Defence Force. Often after a game for Pirates, he would have to change into his army uniform and rush back to military duty, guarding against the same men he called his teammates.At other times, he did not even get to play. “The army stopped me from playing. At one Kaizer Chiefs-Orlando Pirates derby I went to the stadium and the sergeant major told me I couldn’t play but could stand guard. So I did.”WATCH: CNN interview with Ghanaian football legend Abedi PeleModern timesMany African players came from underprivileged or war-ravaged countries, yet they still had the mettle to reach the heights of world football. In the 1990s, George Weah from Liberia and Ghanaian Abedi Pele rocked world football, with the former voted Fifa’s Player of the Year in 1995. They were part of a small African contingent plying their trade in Europe.The current generation of African players, however, are a much larger group and several of them are on par with or even better than their European and South American counterparts.Ivorians Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba, and Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o are some of the finest Africa has produced. They are also the three richest African footballers, with Toure worth $65-million (R753-million), Drogba $70-million (R811-million) and Eto’o around $90-million (R1-billion).Toure plays for English Premier League champions Manchester City and was voted the league’s best player last season. He received his fourth consecutive CAF African Player of the Year award on 8 January. Toure has enjoyed spells at Greek club Olympiakos and at FC Barcelona. At all three European clubs he has represented, Toure has helped them to win five league trophies, three cups, one Uefa Champions League and one Fifa Club World Cup.WATCH: Yaya Toure highlights at Manchester CityDuring his first spell at Chelsea, which lasted eight years, Drogba was instrumental in helping the club win Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Uefa Champions League. Eto’o was even more impressive during his years at FC Barcelona and Inter Milan. He helped both teams to win four league titles, three cups, three Uefa Champions League trophies and one Fifa World Club Cup.WATCH: Didier Drogba’s top 10 goalsAlgeria have also produced some of the world’ best players in recent years. At the moment they are considered the continent’s best football nation and are 18th on the Fifa World Rankings.On that list of great talents are BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2014, Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli, and Nabil Bentaleb, all of whom play for major clubs in Europe. Football legend Zinedine Zidane, Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema may all have been born in France and played for that national team, but they are all of Algerian descent.African teamsAlthough the continent produces some outstanding individuals, its national teams continue to struggle on the world stage. Toure, Drogba and Eto’o have been highly successful at club level, but less so in national colours, and the furthest any African team has gone in a World Cup is the quarter-finals. Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria share this record.Some football pundits believe African teams lack the collective ethos, team tactics and support structures needed to become world beaters.Despite these setbacks, this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea, which kicks off on Saturday, 17 January, still promises to be spectacular, with at least four teams capable of winning it.Ivory Coast may not have been a powerhouse since last winning the tournament in 1992, but their current side can certainly challenge even some of the best European sides. They have featured in the previous two World Cups and Afcon tournaments. And with Toure captaining the team, they have a stellar leader.Ghana have also become a force within the continent, with Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Michael Essien being the outstanding performers in the side. Algeria and current Afcon holders Zambia make up the rest of the contenders.The more traditional powerhouses of African football – Egypt, Cameroon and Nigeria, which respectively have seven, four and three Afcon titles – have been on the wane in recent times. Cameroon had a terrible campaign at the 2014 World Cup, what with infighting and unimaginative play. They were knocked out of the first round. Nigeria and Egypt have not even qualified for this year’s Afcon.Football crazyMore than a century of African football culminated in the continent’s first ever Fifa World Cup in 2010. With South Africa as hosts, the world got to see just how football crazy Africans are. The event forced the world to see Africa as a serious football continent and not just a place where boys ran around barefoot kicking a rag ball on a dusty field, as was the common image, according to Lord.Football in Africa is not and was never just a game. It is a way out of poverty, a tool for reconciliation or division, a brief escape from the harshness of life, and a part of one’s identity.As Goldblatt said: unlike the Western medicine and the religion that Livingstone brought to the continent, the football became an “emblem of pride and independence and thus inevitable and instrument of political and social struggle”. It is truly Africa’s game.last_img read more

Movie legend John Travolta visits 707’s new Aussie home

first_imgThe quid pro quo was that Qantas took over the aircraft’s expensive maintenance.The actor put the plane up for sale several years ago and decided to donate it after an approach from HARS.Bringing the aircraft back to Australia is a costly exercise and anyone keen to support the project can make a tax-deductible donation. The email is John Travolta with his 707 in Sydney during a visit some years ago. New photos have emerged of a quick visit by movie star John Travolta to the future home of his donated Boeing 707-138 in November during an Australian speaking tour.The surprise visit to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at Albion Park, south of Sydney, saw the aviation enthusiast take a flight on the society’s restored Lockheed Super Constellation, affectionately known as Connie.READ: American app now scans your passport chip.Travolta has donated his ex-Qantas Boeing 707 to HARS and the aircraft is currently in Brunswick, Georgia where it is being prepared for the flight to its new home at newly renamed Shellharbour Airport early next year.The latest HARS newsletter said the movie legend met many HARS volunteers and visitors and enjoyed a tour of the museum before going for the flight on the Constellation.TravoltaHollywood legend John Travolta with “Connie”. Photos: M. Keech courtesy of HARSThe 737 was originally scheduled to arrive in November but was relocated to a hangar in Brunswick while work was done to comply with an Airworthiness Directive relating to the attachment fittings for the aircraft’s four engines.The plane, which started life as VH-EBM,  is the last of 13 707s specially built for Qantas and known as “hotrods”.The Boeing 138B was about 10ft shorter than the standard 707 to give it better airfield performance and range.TravoltaTravolta’s aircraft was delivered to Qantas in 1964 and sold to Braniff International Airways in 1969.It was converted to a VIP jet in 1973 and had a number of owners, including singer Frank Sinatra and billionaire Kirk Kirkorian.Travolta first came into contact with it while filming “Get Shorty” but had to wait three years before it hit the right price in 1998.travoltaTravolta bore the cost of maintaining the aircraft for the first four years, before striking a deal with then Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon to paint the plane in Qantas colors and come on board as the airline’s ambassador.last_img read more

Hippies, Cops, Plumbers and Payoffs: 4 Ways IT Copes With Change

first_imgThe trend toward consumerizing IT seems unstoppable, whether the IT department likes it or not. Individuals and departments are doing an end run around corporate IT to use the devices and services they want, not necessarily the approved choices.So how does IT respond? Ranging from acceptance to resistance and from control to enabling, there are basically four ways IT can play it, each with its own strengths, weaknesses, risks and headaches – and its own IT persona. Which play is right for you and your company? Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… BYOD Response #2: Not on My Watch!The Player: Carl the Laptop CopThe Play: “There will be NO outside devices. Any and all violators will face a week in solitary.”Pros: Consistency allows IT to focus on building better, more reliable apps; support and training costs reduced.Cons: Angry inmates may include your boss.Stress Level: High. You’re still responsible if anything goes wrong, and be prepared for dirty looks in the hallways.Prospects: If you work in a highly regulated environment, you may have no choice but to go this route. If you can pull it off, you’ll be the envy of uptight IT managers everywhere, but its no fun trying to fight the future. You’ll likely get pegged as a reactionary thinker unable to adapt to the modern world. Not a good long term strategy – your watch may end sooner than you think. Tags:#enterprise#Virtualization cormac foster BYOD Response #4: Secure the PipesThe Player: Peter the PlumberThe Play: “We’re all Web-based and virtualized, so use whatever you want as a terminal.” As long as everything goes through the VPN pipes, your data should be safe, and users will find the tools that are most productive for their situations.Pros: Happy, nonpersecuted workforce, locked-down work environmentCons: Completely ignores device-level security, inevitable end-user support. Potential performance and connectivity problems.Stress Level: Higher than you might think. You could end up dealing with wonky compatibility issues for which you haven’t prepared.Prospects: Opening the door half-way is tough. Tacit approval is still approval, and if you’re letting devices on your network and into your apps, you’re going to have to support them – not just their virtualized environments. Regardless of how cloud-based your architecture may be, you’re still going to have sensitive data sprayed across a wide range of platforms.Should IT managers roll over or fight the power? Let us know which IT plays for dealing with consumerization you find work best. BYOD Response #3: Buy ‘Em OffThe Player: Patty PayoffThe Play: Buy ’em the best there is. Why would employees choose a functionally redundant personal laptop or smartphone when the company offers a serviceable alternative? Generally, because most corporate-issued devices suck. Eliminate the lameness and you reduce the desire to stray. Listen to employees and provide a selection of world-class company-provided devices.Pros: Happy workers, and a de facto standard that isn’t worth fightingCons: High-end devices can be expensive. And no matter what you offer, someone is sure to want something else.Stress Level: LowProspects: Good. What’s not to like? Workers get great equipment and IT can focus support on a few platforms. You just need to be prepared to keep up with when the Next Big Thing comes along.center_img Related Posts BYOD Response #1: Bring It On!The Player: Harry the “Roll Your Own” HippieThe Play: “Anything goes, dude, if it helps you get your job done.”Pros: Lower hardware costs, happy workersCons: Device-level security risks; support, monitoring and training cost increasesStress Level: Mixed. You’re taking a big risk, but happy users make for mellower workdays.Prospects: Fair, as long as you set guidelines. Device neutrality doesn’t mean you can’t spec minimum system functions and enforce usage policies. You may need to keep offering company-provided equipment for free, lest an employee claim that you forced him to upgrade his beloved StarTAC. You may want to add support staff and bolster the security team, but policy planning can mitigate the impact. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. 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Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

Cricketer Sandeep Patil set to make his debut in films opposite Poonam Dhillon

first_imgSeth in a scene from A Map of The World: Rave reviewsThe blockbuster Atten-borough film Gandhi seems to have proved a windfall for quite a few members of the cast apart from Sir Richard himself. The latest to hit the big time after Ben Kingsley is the man who played,Seth in a scene from A Map of The World: Rave reviewsThe blockbuster Atten-borough film Gandhi seems to have proved a windfall for quite a few members of the cast apart from Sir Richard himself. The latest to hit the big time after Ben Kingsley is the man who played Jawaharlal Nehru in the film, Roshan Seth. Seth is earning rave reviews for his performance as Victor Mehta, a westernised Indian novelist, in A Map of the World currently drawing full houses at London’s National Theatre. Seth, who plays the lead role in the play, was picked for the part over other established performers like Shashi Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah and British drama critics have hailed his performance almost un-animously. This is the first time in the history of British theatre that an Indian has got the central role in a London play.For Seth, the recognition is a belated one. After graduating from the London Academy of Drama, he struggled along on the fringes of the theatre world without really making an impression. He finally left in 1977, because, as he says: “I was disappointed and disillusioned with my work. Things just didn’t add up and the breaks never led anywhere.” But five years later, the actor in him resurfaced and Gandhi was the result. As he says now: “There was no good reason for not going back to acting and so, here I am.”Patil: Glamorous debut”It’s not quite cricket,” cried the chorus when Test star Sandeep Patil announced that he was unavailable for the coming tour of the West Indies. The tongues, last fortnight, began wagging even faster when close on the heels of Patil’s announcement came the news that the handsome, well-built cricketer was making his debut in films opposite Poonam Dhillon in a movie called Kabhi Ajnabi The (I was once a stranger). Patil, of course, is hardly a stranger to the world of glamour. Shortly after his sporting career took off he cut a long-playing disco record which seems to have sunk without leaving much of a trace. But his foray into the film world has triggered off the rumour mills with accusations being made that he had refused the West Indies tour because of better financial pickings in moviedom.Last week, Patil was forced to issue a denial that he had opted out of the tour because of the film contract. “I am prepared to go to the West Indies as a replacement for any batsman if I am invited,” he said, adding that he would definitely be available for the World Cup to be held later this year in England. But after his nonavailability in the West Indies, it is doubtful if he really has much of a choice. He had a pretty lean trot in the just-concluded Pakistan series and a thigh injury did not help matters either. At the moment he might find facing a camera easier than facing Malcolm Marshal or any of the other West Indian pacers.advertisementRajneesh followers in New Delhi: Protest by proxyGood Gurus never die. Neither do they fade away. Two years after he packed his bags and his Rolls Royces and sought greener pastures in the wilds of Oregon, USA, the self-styled Bhagwan Rajneesh was back in India, in spirit if not in flesh. Last fortnight, New Delhi once again witnessed the once-familiar saffron on its streets as 5,000 of the controversial guru’s disciples marched through the streets to the US Embassy where they handed over a memorandum demanding that their “Bhagwan” be permitted to stay in the US and given a permanent visa.The demonstration followed reports that the Bhagwan and his followers would not be given permanent domicile in the US following a series of controversial events in the sprawling new Rajneesh Ashram in Oregon. Scoffed one of the Delhi demonstrators: “The decision is inspired by political fear and religious prejudices.”last_img read more

German Grand Prix cut from 2015 Formula One calendar

first_imgThe German Grand Prix was cut from the 2015 Formula One calendar on Friday after neither of the country’s two circuits was able to make a deal with series promoter Bernie Ecclestone. The World Motor Sport Council said in a statement on Friday that the race was withdrawn because the commercial rights holder “and promoter did not reach agreement.”The German Grand Prix, one of the most historic in the calendar that was first held in 1926, had been set for July 19. The last time the German Grand Prix was scratched from the calendar was in 1955.With the two circuits alternating annually, Nuerburgring was scheduled to stage the race, but because it has financial problems, Hockenheim had been considered a replacement. The failure to reach a deal means there will now be 19 races this season instead of 20, with a three-week interval between the British Grand Prix on July 5 and the Hungarian race on July 26.The German race has been losing spectators steadily since the days of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, even though Germany is home to Mercedes, the car maker behind the top team last season, and driver Nico Rosberg. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who now drives for Ferrari, is also German.Nuerburgring circuit spokesman Pietro Nuvolini said earlier that there was still no agreement with Ecclestone while Hockenheim officials announced that the facility would be unable to organize the race within the time remaining.Nuerburgring officials had been asking Ecclestone to take a cut in his fee for staging the race. The fee is reportedly $15 million. Mercedes had offered a “significant” amount to Hockenheim to help in saving the race but the offer was not taken, according to the German constructor.advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“Jenna’s strong creative and strategic instincts will be essential as we work to expand our linear and streaming slates with a wealth of distinct Canadian programming, as well as a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world,” added Catto.Prior to rejoining CBC in December 2017, Lindo served as Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation, where he was responsible for the leadership, operations and execution of mandate for all of the festival and foundation’s programs, partnerships and initiatives. In addition to evolving the festival’s programming vision to include Virtual Reality, gaming, and television content, he created Canada’s leading social issue content summit, Media Impact Conference, and formed partnerships with organizations such as AJ+, Right to Play and RYOT.From 2009–2015, Gave worked with CBC’s Business and Rights team, and was named deputy director in 2013. He also chaired the CBC/Radio-Canada Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Committee between 2011–2015. Before CBC, Lindo was an associate with Fasken Martineau, LLP, where he practiced corporate dispute resolution with a focus on information technology and media.Lindo currently serves on the boards of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Laidlaw Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, the University of Toronto’s Public Good Initiative, SMI Foundation, and Canada’s Top 10. He is also a strategic advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator, NOW Magazine, and Ryerson University’s SocialVenture Zone.Bourdeau joined CBC in 2014 as Senior Director, Acquisitions. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Distribution for Canada’s Proper Rights. She was previously co-president at BuzzTaxi Communications, a distributor she co-founded in 1999 with Natalie Vinet, which was acquired in 2013 by Proper.CBC/RADIO-CANADACBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. CBC today announced that Gave Lindo has been appointed Executive Director, OTT Programming. Reporting to Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC, Lindo will lead and evolve OTT content strategies and partner with all internal teams to ensure the continued growth and expansion of CBC’s over-the-top streaming service, including the CBC TV streaming app for iOs and Android and Lindo will also oversee CBC’s slate of original digital content for all platforms.“Gave will bring a wealth of experience to this role, both from his time spent outside of CBC and from his most recent role as Senior Director and Chief of Staff, Programming. His strong leadership and strategic abilities will be invaluable to CBC as we continue to evolve our streaming strategies in response to audience and market trends,” said Catto.To ensure the highest quality volume of content for CBC’s growing streaming library, Jenna Bourdeau has made the decision to focus exclusively on overseeing the acquisition of Canadian and international programming for all CBC linear and streaming platforms as Senior Director, Acquisitions, reporting to Catto and collaborating with Lindo on OTT strategies. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa putting financial squeeze on Mikmaq over antifracking protests councillor

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOttawa is starting to put the financial squeeze on a Mi’kmaq First Nation in retribution for ongoing anti-fracking protests that have led to a looming confrontation at a highway blockade in New Brunswick, according to a band councillor.The Canada Revenue Agency is pressuring the Elsipogtog First Nation to pay back $1.2 million and Aboriginal Affairs is threatening to hold back funds until the band agrees to pay the money, APTN National News has learned.Elsipogtog band councillor Scott Sanipass said the debt goes back about three years and is for taxes owed from the salaries of non-First Nation people who have worked for the band.“It is too coincidental. It popped up all of a sudden when everyone started protesting,” said Sanipass. “They could have done it six months ago, two years ago, but it just shows up now.”The debt stems from a decision initiated by a previous co-manager of the band who chose to redirect payments destined to CRA into social services. The band is still under co-management.Aboriginal Affairs has since informed the band it would hold back $800,000 owed the band plus 15 per cent of the band’s block funding until the department gets a letter from CRA confirming it has made arrangements with Elsipogtog to get the money back, according to information obtained by APTN National News.The band is proposing to pay back the tax agency about $10,000 a week.Aboriginal Affairs is also holding about $2 million in tuition payments owed the band.“They are really pulling the financial strings on it bad,” said Sanipass.Meanwhile, the blockade on Route 134 continues near Rexton, NB, despite a Court of Queen’s Bench granting an injunction against the protestors on Thursday. The injunction was requested by SWN Resources which has been trying to conduct shale gas exploration in the area.An RCMP spokesperson said the injunction is directed at the protestors and does not impose any timelines on the police’s operations in the area.“It does not order the police to remove individuals within a certain time period,” said Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh. “We are working toward a peaceful resolution and we are continuing to talk to those participating in the blockade and hope to come to a peaceful resolution.”Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock handed SWN an eviction notice Tuesday after his band council passed a resolution giving the community control over all unoccupied Crown lands in their territory.Dozens of people have been arrested by the RCMP during the ongoing protests that began in the summer. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society is also on the scene and previously attempted to seek help from the Canadian military based in Oromocto, NB.New Brunswick Premier David Alward, who also handles his province’s Aboriginal affairs file, is trying to arrange a meeting with the Elsipogtog chief and council. A provincial official said a planned meeting Thursday fell through. He said the situation is “just too sensitive” to provide any more details.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet protestors have been reinforced by Acadians and local residents in the area. They fear shale gas deposit discoveries will lead to the soiling of local waters through fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of extracting natural gas by cracking rocks and rock formations by using high pressure to inject massive amounts of fluids into fractures, thereby creating large fissures for wells.New Brunswick is covered by Peace and Friendship Treaties signed between the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet and the British.Despite requests, Aboriginal Affairs and did not provide comment on the issue as of this article’s posting.A CRA spokesperson said privacy provisions prevented the agency from read more