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Dhankhar bats for Ayushman Bharat in Bengal

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday batted for implementation of Central government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme in the State saying “matters of health should be kept above politics”.“I have been the Governor [of West Bengal] for less than 100 days and I have received between 2,000 and 3,000 applications from people all over the State seeking medical assistance. I examined all [applications] and found that they were eligible for benefits under the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme,” the Governor said at an event in Kolkata. Mr. Dhankhar said he finds it incongruous why a Central scheme that makes available such a great facility, which has been recognised all over the world, is not being adopted for the benefit of the people of West Bengal.“I have also come to know that the applicants could have taken benefits of State-run schemes. Despite that if they are writing to the Raj Bhavan then there was something that needed to be looked into,” he said.The Trinamool Congress government in the State had pulled out of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, stating that the programmes launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were enough to cater to the health requirements of the people of Bengal.3,000 applications “If I can get 3,000 applications in three months, it reflects the state of affairs. I would therefore urge those concerned to work in harmony. Health should be above politics,” the Governor told media persons.Ever since he assumed charge in July this year, Governor Dhankhar has questioned the functioning of the State government on several issues, including law and order and education system. Though there was a thaw in relations after Mr. Dhankhar visited the residence of Ms. Banerjee on Kali Puja, the comments and counter comments have continued.Ms. Banerjee refused to make any comments on the Governor’s remarks during a press conference.last_img read more

Xiaomi maybe working on an iPhone SE killer

first_imgChinese company Xiaomi maybe secretly working an iPhone SE killer. A new ‘unnamed’ Xiaomi phone is doing the rounds on the internet that could be its answer to Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE. Moreover, an image accompanying the report suggests that the phone could look very much like the Mi 5, only smaller.The unannounced Xiaomi phone – from the front – looks exactly like the Mi 5, and even houses a physical home button of the latter, possibly honing a fingerprint scanner as well.The phone is expected to carry a 4.3-inch display with an HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 with 3GB of RAM under the hood. It is expected to come with 32GB of internal memory with no word on an expandable slot.It will reportedly sport a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and carry a price tag of CNY 1,799 (which roughly translates to Rs 18,400).Xiaomi is yet to make this phone official, so we suggest you take this piece of information with a grain of salt. That said, should Xiaomi actually come out with such a device, the iPhone SE will indeed see tough competition, even more so because Xiaomi is known to price its phones very aggressively.Meanwhile, Xiaomi will launch its flagship Mi 5 phone in India on March 31. The Mi 5 comes with a 5.15-inch FullHD IPS display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood. It is available in 2 RAM variants: 3GB and 4GB and three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.The Mi5 sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with 4-axis optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and LED flash along with a 4-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more

France are favourites, but Portugal will be champions: Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said France will be favourites to win the Euro Cup this time, but he still believes his team can cause an upset on Sunday. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)”France is a bit more the favourites than us, but I think Portugal will win,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by UEFA.com on Saturday.Portugal had narrowly missed out on the trophy back in 2004 when they lost 0-1 to Greece in the final. Ronaldo, then aged just 19, was a part of that squad and is determined not to let the opportunity pass again.”It would mean a lot. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, to win with the national team,” the 31-year-old said.”I have won everything at club level and the individual level, this would be a great achievement to win something for the Portuguese team.”I believe that this is possible, as do my colleagues and the whole country also believe. We must have positive thinking because I believe that on Sunday will be the first time that Portugal will win a major trophy.”Ronaldo and his fellow Portugal players have been far from convincing in the ongoing tournament. They drew their three group games to get into the round of 16 as one of the best third placed teams. They needed extra-time to edge past Croatia in the second round and beat Poland via a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals.Portugal seemed to have found a bit of rhythm only against Wales as they beat the Ashley Williams led side 2-0.advertisement”It was very positive. The team did well, played well, scored two important goals against the good-feel team of the tournament, Wales,” he said.”They are an excellent team with an excellent coach (and they) had a great tournament. Portugal did well, we were better and created more opportunities. We were deserved winners and we are in the final.”We started in a soft way – results in the early games were not what we wanted – but on balance the benefit is positive because to get to a final which takes a lot of merit and we have the players, coaches and the whole structure of the team. We are all to be congratulated.”last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar refuses to comment on Lodha panel, says changes needed for improvement

first_imgRefusing to comment on the RM Lodha Committee’s recommendations, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar asserted on Saturday that “everything is not perfect and changes are needed to be made to ensure India remains a leading side in the world.” (Sachin Tendulkar bats for two pitches in single Ranji Trophy game)”The matter is in the Supreme Court, and it will be unwise to get into the details and pass any judgment,” Tendulkar said while replying to a question on Lodha Committee recommendations during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.”From the cricketing point of view, I have got a lot of support from BCCI and MCA. BCCI has also supported the game a lot. The board has helped all the players to get to where they are,” he added. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)The Lodha Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in India following a corruption and spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL), had advised a host of far reaching changes which, if implemented, could alter the way the game is run in the country.Tendulkar said that everything is not perfect and changes are essential for improvement. (How Sachin Tendulkar transformed Virat Kohli into a run-machine)”It doesn’t stop here. I am not saying everything is perfect and right, and we don’t need to improve, we don’t need to make changes. We need to make changes for better. We are already the leading side in the world. We need to capitalise on that and make things better for India,” Tendulkar said.advertisementlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova says won’t request Wimbledon wildcard

first_imgFormer Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said she will not request a wildcard for this year’s championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.The 30-year-old Russian, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said on her website she would play in the qualifying event staged the week before.”Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard,” Sharapova said on her website.The 2004 champion is ranked 211, below the cut-off for direct entry, although her first-round win at this week’s Italian Open means she is assured a place in the qualifying tournament played a few miles away from Wimbledon.Wimbledon’s wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, could have granted a wildcard to the former world number one.Sharapova would have needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to climb high enough to gain a spot in the main Wimbledon draw, but she withdrew during her second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after injuring her left hamstring.On Tuesday, two-times French Open champion Sharapova was unexpectedly snubbed by organisers who decided against giving her a wildcard into the main draw or the qualifying event of this year’s tournament, which begins on May 28.last_img read more

Juan Martin del Potro eases past Denis Shapovalov in Auckland Classic

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro began his season with a comfortable victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the Round of 16 at the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.In preparation for the Australian Open, starting January 15, Del Potro proved just too strong for the Canadian and won 6-2, 6-4.Shapovalov’s 40 unforced errors brought him down despite the 20 winners he hit. Del Potro clearly overpowered the 18-year-old firing eight aces.Former US Open champion Del Potro is the second seed in the tournament that he won during his last appearance here in 2009.ALSO WATCHDel Potro will next be up against Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals, who has quickly been rising through the ranks recently.Khachanov beat sixth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2, 7-6(4) to advance to the quarter-finals.”I was surprised by the match today,” said Del Potro, who had lost to Shapovalov in Montreal last August. “I didn’t expect to play at this level in the first match of the year.”But I’ve been working hard to play this tennis and hopefully I can still improve in the next matches.”If he has a good day, he is very dangerous as a lefty, he serves well and volleys. Denis played better than me in the Montreal match, but today I broke him three times to love and that was the key.”However, with top seed American Jack Sock knocked out by German Peter Gojowczyk, Del Potro will be the favourite for the title.Defending champion Sock completely faltered against Gojowczyk and lasted only 61 minutes before being defeated 3-6, 3-6.advertisementThe Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, runs from January 15-28.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Iraqis Rally Around Soccer Team

first_imgBAGHDAD — The Iraqi soccer team’s overtime win against Qatar, which will send it to the Olympics for the first time in more than a decade, has at least briefly united the fractured country in exultation amid its grinding war against the Islamic State group.Residents poured into the streets late Saturday and fireworks rang out for hours, occasionally punctuated by bursts of celebratory gunfire. Hundreds of fans, many singing and dancing, massed on the outskirts of Baghdad airport to give the Lions of Mesopotamia a hero’s welcome after they qualified for the 2016 games in Brazil.“It’s not only a sports victory,” said Hayder al-Sadi, a 40-year-old government worker. “In Iraq, politics and terrorism permeate everything, but football is the only window — the only escape — for the Iraqi people.”Iraq is well into its second year in the fight against the Islamic State group, which seized nearly a third of the country in a lightning offensive in the summer of 2014. Troops and allied militias have clawed back a handful of cities and towns in recent months, but the country remains deeply divided along ethnic and sectarian lines.As on previous occasions, however, the national soccer team has at least briefly allowed Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to set their disputes aside and revel in the joy of victory.“Honestly, just goose-bumps, that is all I feel when I think of it,” said Amar Rasheed Hass, 34, who watched Saturday night’s game at a crowded cafe in Baghdad’s Karradah neighborhood. “When they won, all I remember is I hugged this other guy three times, I didn’t even know who he was.”Similar scenes unfolded in 2007, at the height of the country’s grisly sectarian violence, when a national team including Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish players won the Asia Cup. That victory was widely hailed as a moment of national unity, but Saturday’s victory marks the first time Iraq has qualified for the Olympics since 2004.“After 12 years, now the Iraqi football team can come back to take part in the Olympics with pride,” head coach Abdul Ghani Shahad said as he arrived in Baghdad late Saturday.The players on the national team are local celebrities, but few have been spared the turmoil that has convulsed Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.Ayman Hussein, who scored the winning goal in Qatar, has had his life upended by violence twice in the past decade. During the insurgency that followed the 2003 invasion, his father was killed in a car bomb claimed by al-Qaeda. In the summer of 2014, IS swept through his hometown in the northern Kirkuk province, kidnapping his brother and forcing him to flee to Baghdad.“I’m still dealing with difficult circumstances, but that gives me motivation to make my family, my people and my country proud,” Hussein told the crowd of cheering fans at the airport.Sama Kamal, who works for a humanitarian group that helps those displaced by the conflict, says the team’s success gives her hope for Iraq.“The players are from all over the country, all parts of society and they are able to play together and win. I think it teaches acceptance,” she said. “You can even see unity in the celebrations, people start to talk to each other and forget all the other issues like security or politics.”But while the goodwill extended across the country’s many divisions, it stopped short at Iraq’s widely reviled politicians, who are seen as corrupt and ineffective.Several political leaders took to social media to congratulate the team, but al-Sadi, the government employee, advised them to log off.“We reply to comments from these politicians by saying: ‘Just keep away, this is our team, not yours,’” he said.SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi Osaka

first_imgWorld number one Naomi Osaka was adamant that her shock split with coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but it was because she was determined that her career would not be about putting “success over happiness”.The German had guided the Japanese player to back-to-back Grand Slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings. But just two weeks after her triumph at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money.”Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t,” the U.S. and Australian Open champion told the WTA in Dubai. “That’s one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard.”I travel with everyone on my team, I see them more than my family. I would never do that to them.”My reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness – that’s my main thing. I’m not going to sacrifice that just to keep a person around.”Bajin, a former hitting partner of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, was named as the WTA’s coach of the year in 2018 after his success with Osaka.During their time together, Osaka rocketed from 72 in the world at the start of 2018 to number one last month.Osaka said it was clear things were not right between them during the season’s opening major.”It was kind of brewing in Australia. I think some people could see that if they saw how we interacted,” the 21-year-old added.advertisement”I would not want to split on really bad terms. I’m not going to say anything bad about him because, of course, I’m really grateful for all the things he’s done.”During the Australian Open, I was just trying to tell myself to get through it. I’m not sure, but I think you guys noticed.”Osaka said she hopes to have a new coach in place by March at Indian Wells.”It’s not really ideal to go to Indian Wells without a coach. I don’t want someone that’s in the box saying negative stuff. That would be the worst,” she said.”(I want) someone that’s kind of direct, not afraid to say things to my face. I’d rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back. That’s one of the biggest things.”Also Watch:last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd survive scare with penalty win over Rochdale

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd survive scare with penalty win over Rochdaleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have survived a scare by beating Rochdale on penalties in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.17-year-old Mason Greenwood finally converted one of United’s many chances to open the scoring.But Rochdale equalised through another teenager in Luke Matheson with fifteen minutes to play.This set up a nervous penalty shootout at Old Trafford, but a miss from Dale midfielder Jimmy Keohane sealed an painful exit for the League One club.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Brandon Williams his debut by sending him on for Phil Jones at half-time. last_img

Cowardly, dastardly, meaningless: Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Pulwama terror attack

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 15:06 IST Pulwama terror attack: Sachin Tendulkar came up with an emotional message, grieving the loss of CRPF soldiers’ lives (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar came up with an emotional response to the terror attack that killed at least 40 CRPF soldiersIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli also grieved the deceased soldiers with a message on social mediaPM Modi says the courage of India’s security forces won’t go in vainAt least 40 soldiers lost their lives on Thursday in Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir in one of the deadliest terror attacks against the Indian paramilitary forces in decades. Condolence messages have been pouring in for the family of the deceased Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers ever since the news of the attack broke out.Several have condemned the attacks, for which the responsibility has been claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The deceased soldiers were travelling in a truck when a car loaded with close to 300 kg of explosives rammed into it on Thursday afternoon.In an emotional message, batting great and former India captain, Sachin Tendulkar condemned the attack. He also wished speedy recovery for the injury and sent his condolences to the family of the deceased soldiers.”Cowardly, dastardly, meaningless…… my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones and prayers for recovery of those brave hearts in hospital. Salute to your commitment to Service and Loyalty’ @crpfindia,” Tendulkar wrote on social media.Pulwama attack LIVE updates: PM says land of Manikranika won’t forget this, will choose place & time of responseSeveral cricketers, including India captain Virat Kohli, have grieved over the death of the CRPF personnel. All-rounder Hardik Pandya took to Twitter on Friday and said: “Disturbed by the incident in #Pulwama. My thoughts are with the families and friends of our brave CRPF jawans, who laid down their lives for the country. Let’s all do our bit to help the families during their dark hours and remember the soldiers in our prayers.”advertisementCowardly, dastardly, meaningless…… my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones and prayers for recovery of those brave hearts in hospital. Salute to your commitment to “Service and Loyalty” @crpfindia!Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 15, 2019Disturbed by the incident in #Pulwama. My thoughts are with the families and friends of our brave CRPF jawans, who laid down their lives for the country. Let’s all do our bit to help the families during their dark hours and remember the soldiers in our prayers.hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 15, 2019Former India captain Gautam Gambhir came up with a strong reaction to the attack, urging the Indian government to take strict actions against the perpetrators of the attack. “Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway (sic),” the former India opener had tweeted.The visuals from the conflict zone have sent shivers down the spine of the public in the country. Following the attack, several leaders have called for stern action against the terror group.PM Modi says the courage of India’s security forces won’t go in vainSeveral Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have cancelled their appointments on Friday. Reacting to the terror attack, Modi said: “I assure 130 million people of India that the courage of our security forces will not go in vain. We have given the security forces the permission to decide the place, nature and time of the response to Pulwama attack.”Meanwhile, the CRPF have put out a strong message on social media, saying the henious attacks on their soldiers will be avenged.WE WILL NOT FORGET, WE WILL NOT FORGIVE:We salute our martyrs of Pulwama attack and stand with the families of our martyr brothers. This heinous attack will be avenged. pic.twitter.com/jRqKCcW7u8CRPF (@crpfindia) February 15, 2019The United States of America and China have also condemned the terror strike in Pulwama.”China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said.I-League holders Minerva refuse to play in SrinagarFollowing the attack, India’s premier football league (I-League) champions Minerva Punjab FC requested the All India Football Federation to shift their upcoming league match from I-League. Punjab are scheduled to play Real Kashmir FC on February 18 in Srinagar.Also Read | China condemns Pulwama terror attack, says no to calling Masood Azhar global terroristAlso Read | Terrorism has no religion, no nation, says Navjot Singh Sidhu, favours talks with Pak, faces fireAlso Read | Rahul Gandhi says Opposition stands strong with government, security forcesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Tendulkar CRPF soldiersFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Kashmir Terror AttackFollow Pulwama attack Cowardly, dastardly, meaningless: Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Pulwama terror attackPulwama terror attack: At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel lost their lives on Thursday after a car loaded with explosives rammed into a truck carrying the soldiers in Jammu and Kashmiradvertisementlast_img read more

Military appeal court orders retrial in sexual assault case

first_imgOTTAWA – A retrial has been ordered in the case of a Canadian Forces member who was acquitted last year of sexually assaulting a female colleague while the two were deployed on a training exercise in Jamaica in 2015.A military judge found Cpl. Simon Cadieux not guilty of sexual assault and drunkenness following a court martial in May 2017, but the Court Martial Appeal Court says the judge erred in his ruling.Cadieux and his special forces unit were in Jamaica in November 2015 when they held a barbecue that included drinking and partying to mark the end of a training exercise.According to testimony delivered during the initial court martial, a drunk Cadieux went into a female-only tent after the party where he woke up another service member and the two kissed in the dark before she realized he wasn’t who she thought.The woman also testified that she was woken up by a touch to the pelvic area, which Cadieux said was accidental.Military judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil ultimately acquitted Cadieux after concluding the corporal did not enter the tent intending to kiss or engage in any sexual activity with his colleague.He also concluded the woman had initiated the kiss and Cadieux subjectively believed she had consented to it.But in the Appeal Court’s ruling, a three-judge panel unanimously agreed that d’Auteuil did not properly test Cadieux’s argument that he believed the woman had consented to the kiss given various other factors.Those included his admitting to having woken her up, being intoxicated, that it was dark in the tent and that “there was no romantic relationship between the two of them before or during the exercise or on the evening in question.“In other words, and stated rather bluntly, the complainant had no reason to kiss Cpl. Cadieux, he had no reason to believe she wanted to kiss him, and, importantly, immediately prior to the actual kissing, he had no reason to believe she wanted him to kiss her.”The Appeal Court’s decision to order a retrial comes as military commanders have been cracking down on sexual misconduct in the Forces, and was welcomed on Friday by Col. Bruce MacGregor, the military’s top prosecutor.“The recent decision in the Cadieux case from the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada is but another example of our efforts to pursue justice for all victims of sexual misconduct by enforcing the rule of law and promoting the discipline, efficiency and morale of the women and men who proudly serve,” he said.last_img read more

Acting isnt the only thing paying the bills for most Vancouver performers

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Back in the early 1990s, Geoffrey Owens played Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show. At the time, the show was a juggernaut hit, which might explain why, when someone spotted Owens working in a New Jersey Trader Joe’s this past summer, they were motivated to snap a photo and upload it to social media — a picture of a “fallen star” reduced to working in a grocery store.The photo went viral, and within a few days, Owens was fielding acting offers from producers like Tyler Perry and doing the talk show circuit.“In the past 26 years, I have hardly ever had an acting job that lasted more than 10 weeks,” Owens told CNN. “Most of those jobs were theatre jobs that pay a lot less than television and film.” He capped off numerous interviews with the message that work is work, and “one job is not better than another.” Owens’ story is “very common,” according to Keith Martin Gordey, president of the Union of B.C. Performers, an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).The average annual income from acting for an ACTRA member is $15,000, says Gordey — the median income is $7,000. In North America, only 15 per cent of actors make a living solely on their performing income.“If you don’t have an extra job, I don’t know how you clothe and feed and house yourself,” says Gordey. “The fact is, the vast majority of people who work as performers are probably below the poverty line.”Jovanna Burke was deeply moved by the media firestorm surrounding Owens because it was all too familiar.Vancouver-based actress Jovanna Burke has supplemented her acting income with jobs in bars and restaurants, as a publicist, and selling skin cream.“You do what you have to do, and to be shamed for that is so hurtful, and so painful, on a level that I can’t even put into words,” says the Vancouver-based actress, who was part of the team that won the 2015 Leo Award for Best Web Series for The True Heroines.“It’s the reality of what we do,” Burke continues. “One day, you’re a lead on a series, and the next day, you’re starving to pay your bills. Some people can stay on a ride for a while, but it always dies. We work fairly consistently, but it’s not enough to hold us forever.”Burke has supplemented her acting income with jobs in bars and restaurants, as a publicist, and selling skin cream.Ona Grauer — who worked steadily as an actress for 20 years on projects such as Intelligence, Archer and Stargate Universe — recently started serving in a Kitsilano restaurant.Grauer makes no bones about how she feels about her restaurant job: she loves it, because it gives her the cash and the freedom to say no to acting roles that she considers degrading.Ona Grauer — who worked steadily as an actress for 20 years on projects such as Intelligence, Archer and Stargate Universe — recently started serving in a Kitsilano restaurant.“It’s not downtrodden,” says Grauer. “You didn’t end up in the gutter because you got an extra job. What you’re doing is making it in life, and however you do that is honourable.”But Grauer has observed how her presence in the restaurant confuses some customers.“I’ve been recognized at work — ‘Are you on Stargate? Were you the girl on Arrow?’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s me!’ And they’re like, ‘That’s amazing.’ And then there’s a bit of, ‘But I’ve seen you on TV — why are you working in a restaurant?’ It doesn’t bother me. I think the work is honourable no matter what you’re doing.”The confusion stems from widely held misconceptions about showbiz, says Burke.“Because of the way actors are treated on set and in the media, people think that when we’re working, we’re making so much coin,” says Burke.Those misconceptions around acting are often perpetuated by the actors themselves, according to Omari Newton. Newton is an award-winning actor (Continuum), teacher, writer and director.Omari Newton: “It’s completely normal to not be Tom Cruise.”“There’s an internal pressure for some reason amongst actors to perpetuate this idea that you’re always working and you’re flooded with offers, and it’s absurd,” he says. He sees this on social media, where “people who do one or two days on set and take 700 photos and they periodically post them throughout the year as if it’s new stuff.”This kind of behaviour can make other actors feel like they’re the only one who’s not working, says Newton, and it doesn’t jive with reality.“You hear stuff like, ‘Vancouver’s busier than ever!’ You don’t realize that production is busier than ever, but most of the major roles are still cast from out of town,” says Newton. “I think that puts a lot of emotional and psychological stress on actors where you think you should be working more, but it’s like, ‘No dude, 85 per cent of actors need to have side work.’ It’s completely normal to not be Tom Cruise.”“I don’t know why people make acting so precious,” adds Grauer. “I think realistically it’s easier to get involved in an industry when you’re realistic about what being an adult is, and what working is, period.”BY Sabrina Furminger | Vancouver Couriersabrina@yvrscreenscene.com Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Jovanna Burke, Ona Grauer and Omari Newton, like most Vancouver actors, work in other fields to supplement their incomes. 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Rebuilding postquake Haiti the focus of UN envoy Bill Clintons visit

18 August 2010United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, is currently in Haiti to discuss the country’s reconstruction in the wake of the devastating January earthquake. The magnitude-7.0 quake which struck the impoverished Caribbean nation on 12 January claimed more than 200,000 lives and left 1.3 million more people homeless. Countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools, were also destroyed.This morning, Mr. Clinton met with Government ministers and representatives of UN bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector donors. His discussions centred on education, energy and debris management schemes.While in Haiti, the Envoy also met with top officials of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH. read more

IS claims 3 militants involved in Kalmunai clash

It says they opened fire with automatic weapons and “after exhausting their ammunition, detonated on them their explosive belts.” The Islamic State group has claimed three of the militants were killed in a shootout with police in Kalmunai.In a statement published early Sunday by the extremists’ Aamaq news agency, IS gave their noms du guerre as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al-Qa’qa, the Associated Press reported. IS falsely claimed their militants killed 17 “disbelievers” in the attack. The militants often exaggerate their claims. The claim carried a photograph of two men before an IS flag, one carrying a Chinese variant of the Kalashnikov rifle like the one found at the scene, another smiling.Sri Lanka’s military says the gunfight Friday night in Ampara District left 15 dead, including six children. read more

After 30 years of conflict Sri Lanka still in early stages of

“Virtually everyone agrees there has been progress, although opinions differ markedly about the extent of that progress,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement to the press, issued from Colombo.During his four-day visit, Mr. Zeid met with several senior Government officials, including President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In Colombo, he visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Task Force that will lead the forthcoming National Consultations on transitional justice. On Sunday, he was in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country.“This has been a much more friendly, cooperative and encouraging visit than the one my predecessor endured in August 2013, which as you may recall was marred by vituperative attacks on her integrity, simply because she addressed a number of burning human rights issues that any High Commissioner for Human Rights would have raised at that time,” said Mr. Zeid, referring to former UN rights chief Navi Pillay.“I am aware that some of the same people have given me a similar welcome – I’ve seen the posters – but I am pleased that in the new environment in Sri Lanka, all voices, including the moderate voices of civil society, can at last be heard, even if sometimes the voices of hatred and bigotry are still shouting the loudest, and as a result are perhaps being listened to more than they deserve,” he added.Progress & Challenges Noting that Sri Lanka has come a long way in the past year with the media now having greater freedom, Mr. Zeid said the element of fear has considerably diminished, at least in Colombo and the South, but in the North and the East, “it has mutated but, sadly, still exists.” On the positive side, he highlighted several recent “highly symbolic steps” taken that have had a positive impact on inter-communal relations, including the decision to sing the national anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil on Independence Day, for the first time since the early 1950s. He also indicated that one of the most important long-term achievements over the past year has been the restoration of the legitimacy and independence of Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission.But despite these advances, he said Sri Lanka is still in the early stages of renewal. “Repairing the damage done by a protracted conflict is a task of enormous complexity, and the early years are crucial. If mistakes are made, or significant problems are downplayed or ignored during the first few years, they become progressively harder to sort out as time goes on,” he warned. “While the glass is still molten, if you are quick and skilful, you can shape it into a fine object that will last for years.”Turning to the proposed Constitutional reform, which should ensure that the rights of all Sri Lankans are fully recognised, Mr. Zeid said there are fears that at a later stage this may be achieved “at the expense of other equally important processes such as truth-telling, justice and accountability.”“While the Task Force appointed to lead the National Consultation process includes high quality representatives of civil society, there are concerns – including among the Task Force members themselves – that the process is too rushed and has not been properly planned or adequately resourced,” he noted, highlighting measures that could be taken quickly to reverse this “trend of draining confidence.” Implementing Human Rights Council resolutionMeanwhile, he said issues relating to implementation of a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last October were high on his agenda during this trip. Co-sponsored by Sri Lanka and agreed with the consensus of all 47 Council members, it laid out an “eminently sensible pathway for the country to follow,” with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) charged with following up on its implementation.“The Human Rights Council resolution was in many ways a reflection of the reform agenda that Sri Lankans had voted for in last year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections. It sets out some of the tough steps that must be taken to achieve reconciliation and accountability and, through them, lasting peace,” Mr. Zeid stressed.“There are many myths and misconceptions about the resolution, and what it means for Sri Lanka. It is not a gratuitous attempt to interfere with or undermine the country’s sovereignty or independence. It is not some quasi-colonial act by some nebulous foreign power. The acceptance of the resolution was a moment of strength, not weakness, by Sri Lanka” he insisted, adding that it was the country’s commitment to both itself and to the world to confront the past honestly and, by doing that, take out comprehensive insurance against any future devastating outbreak of inter communal tensions and conflict.“I urge all Sri Lankans to make an effort to understand what that resolution and the report underpinning it actually say, and I urge all those in a position to do so, to make a greater effort to explain why the recommendations are so important, and why the United Nations and all those individual States – Sri Lanka included – endorsed them,” he continued.The human rights chief told reporters the resolution suggests international participation in the accountability mechanisms set up to deal with international crimes and gross human rights violations committed by individuals on both sides.“This is a practical proposal to solve the very real and practical problems I mentioned earlier. But it is only one aspect – albeit a very important one– of the broad range of measures outlined in the 2015 UN report and resolution, and the extent to which it has been allowed to dominate the debate in Sri Lanka in recent days is unfortunate,” he said.Concluding his remarks, Mr. Zeid said the international community wants to welcome Sri Lanka back into its fold without any lingering reservations and help Sri Lanka become an economic powerhouse. read more

Bonn UN climate conference aims for greater ambition as 2017 set to

In this photo, from left to right: Jochen Flasbarth, German State Secretary; Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary; Inia Seruiratu, Fijian Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management & Meteorological Services, and Global Climate Action Champion participate in symbolic bike ride ahead of COP23. Photo: UNFCCC The Bonn Conference of the State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNTCC), informally known as COP 23 and which runs until 17 November, is chaired by Fiji, an island State particularly affected by the impacts of our warming climate. “The need for urgency is obvious. Our world is in distress from the extreme weather events caused by climate change – destructive hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts, melting ice, and changes to agriculture that threaten our food security”, said COP 23 President and Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama, at the opening of the conference. “Our job as leaders is to respond to that suffering with all means available to us. [We] must not fail our people. That means using the next two weeks and the year ahead to do everything we can to make the Paris Agreement work and to advance ambition and support for climate action before 2020.” The Paris Agreement, which was adopted by the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 in the French capital after which it is named, calls on countries to combat climate change by limiting the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius and strive not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. A year ago, the Marrakech Climate Conference concluded with the Marrakech Action Proclamation, for our climate and sustainable development, in which the UNFCCC States Parties affirmed their “commitment” to the “full implementation” of the Paris Agreement. Today, 169 Parties have ratified the Agreement. UN weather agency warns 2017 to be among hottest years everAs this year’s Conference got under way, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), released its provisional statement on the State of the Climate. “It is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought,” said the agency. For his part, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas told delegates in Bonn that the past three years have all been in the top three years in terms of temperature records. “This is part of a long term warming trend,” pointing to recent “extraordinary weather,” including temperatures topping 50 degrees Celsius in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa.“Wherever we live, we are all vulnerable and need to act,” Mr. Bainimarama told delegates, explaining that Fiji is helping build a Grand Coalition for decisive, coordinated action by governments at every level, by civil society, the private sector and all citizens on earth. “That’s why we installed an ocean-going Fijian ‘drua’ canoe in the entrance here to remind everyone of the need to fill its sail with collective determination to make COP23 a success and confront the biggest challenge humanity has faced,” he said. Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reminded the participants that: “We have some very specific goals we must achieve while we are here in Bonn. We expect these negotiations to be the next essential step that ensures that the Paris Agreement’s structure is completed, its impacts are strengthened, and its goals achieved. We also need to move forward to fulfil the commitments that are due in 2020. In this regard, finance and mitigation pledges are essential.” The Bonn Conference will feature a series of meetings and events, including the high-level segment, on 15 November and 16 November, attended by Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Mr. Guterres has invited leaders to consider championing six high-impact areas at a special Climate Summit in 2019. These areas are investment in clean technology, maturing carbon pricing, enabling the energy transition, risk mitigation and building resilience, augmenting the contribution of sub-national actors and business and mobilizing climate finance. Among the side events scheduled at COP 23, several will be organized under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, to show how cities, regions, private sector companies and investors are trying to implement the Paris Agreement in the areas of energy, water, agriculture, oceans and coastal areas, human settlements, transportation, industry, and forests. read more

The head of the US Secret Service is stepping down

first_img Apr 8th 2019, 9:29 PM Short URL 17 Comments THE HEAD OF the US Secret Service, which guards President Donald Trump and visiting heads of state, is stepping down, the White House said in the administration’s latest sign of turbulence.“United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles… will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.No reason was given for the sudden departure of former Marine general Alles.There was speculation in the US media that he may have been axed in connection to an incident in March at Trump’s golf club and weekend retreat in Florida, where an unauthorized woman got past security carrying Chinese passports and several electronic devices including a thumb drive allegedly found to contain malware.But other reports said Alles could have lost his job due to some twist in the reportedly often heated internal political battles over White House staffing.Yesterday, Trump announced via tweet the departure of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has spearheaded his controversial policies on trying to stop illegal immigrants and asylum seekers from entering the United States.Trump said that US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will be acting secretary.The Secret Service’s main job is to provide security for the president and vice president and their families, as well as former presidents and visiting heads of state. It also coordinates the securing of buildings like the White House and foreign embassies.A separate mission for the Secret Service focuses on fighting a range of financial crimes such as counterfeit currency and wire fraud.© – AFP 2019 Share43 Tweet Email By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4582418 Image: James Tourtellottecenter_img Monday 8 Apr 2019, 9:29 PM Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles Image: James Tourtellotte The head of the US Secret Service is stepping down No reason was given for the sudden departure of former Marine general Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles. 23,627 Views last_img read more

Roman Reigns not advertised for RAW in Chicago, Mustafa Ali on making it to…

first_imgFacebook WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Twitter Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Videos Articles Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Seth Rollins Pinterest Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Google+ WWE is not advertising Roman Reigns for RAW this Monday in Chicago.No word on why Reigns was pulled from the show so close to WrestleMania.We reported yesterday that WWE is advertising Universal Champion Brock Lesnar for RAW this Monday night to hype his title match with Seth Rollins in three weeks.Mustafa Ali on making it to WWEUSA Today is featuring an interview with Mustafa Ali where he talks about signing with WWE and how it took him 16 years to accomplish it.“We always hear about the musician, or the actor, or the wrestler, and how they’ve decided this is what they’re going to do with their lives. And they quit their jobs, and they jump in their car, they move to wherever, and they struggle and live out of their car, but they’re going to make it by any means, you know? And then they turn into a huge success. We always hear about these stories, but what we don’t hear about is the people who don’t succeed. We don’t hear about the people who are still living in their car.“It took me 16 years to get to the WWE. And the reason for that is that I did it — I don’t want to call it the responsible way, but I’m going to call it the responsible way. I went to school, I worked multiple jobs, and yeah, I chased my dream. I was working Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights at independent shows, but when those shows would end I’d go straight to a midnight shift as a police officer, and I’d work till eight o’clock in the morning. Then I’d sleep for a couple of hours, and I’d repeat it all over again. So I’d miss out on birthday, hanging out with friends, and all that stuff, but I chased my dream responsibly. And yeah, it took me longer to get here than a lot of other people, but the thing is I got here knowing that if it didn’t work out, I had something to fall back on. I had two degrees. I had a law enforcement background. I was an educated man who had real work-life experience.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Sarri ready for hectic Christmas schedule

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he’s preparing for the annual hectic schedule of the Premier League during the Christmas period.Although this is his first taste of English football, the former Napoli manager is well aware of the importance the hectic Christmas schedule can play in any team’s season, and is already making plans for the team to cope with the congested fixture schedule in the winter months.So far he is yet to rotate his squad in the Premier League, giving others their chance to impress in other competitions while giving some a rest when the Blues have two games in a week, to make sure everyone stays fresh, but says those changes are likely to come in the league as well once the games come thick and fast in that competition.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“The rotation at the moment is this, but I don’t know in the future.” Sarri said, according to the club’s official website.“We use 26 players in this season. I have to look at the other competitions, 90 minutes and 90 minutes in the League Cup, the Europa League, and the Premier League. I have to look also at the minutes in the national teams, so I think the rotation is good.”“But maybe in the future it will be different. If you look at December, January, you need to change also in the Premier League because we play every three days in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Kessie backs Gattuso Higuain at AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie praised both Gennaro Gattuso and Gonzalo Higuain, despite their recent strugglesThe pressure has been growing on Gattuso’s shoulder’s in his first full campaign in charge of the Milan team following a run of just two wins in their last eight Serie A outings.This drop in form has seen Milan relinquish their hold of fourth-place in the standings to Lazio. Aside from that, the Rossoneri suffered a shock group stage exit in the Europa League.But Kessie insists Gattuso is a fantastic manager who keeps them all focused on their objectives.“Gattuso’s a great coach,” Kessie told Calcio2000.“In general, when you play, the coach always likes you… but he’s an honest guy. When it’s time to work, you work.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“With him, you have to be focused. If you don’t give everything, he yells at you. Once our work is finished, however, he leaves you free to do whatever you want.”The Ivory Coast international is also certain that Juventus loanee Higuain will help them achieve Champions League qualification after recently ending his two-month goal drought against SPAL.“Higuain’s a great champion,” added Kessie.“He’s very good and a true professional. We believe in him so much and we know he can take us forward.”Milan will return from the Italian winter break on January 12 away to Sampdoria in a last-16 Coppa Italia clash.last_img read more