first_imgKINGSTON:Some fresh faces were in the winner’s circle as the Jamaica Squash Association staged its first junior tournament of 2016 at the Liguanea Club in Kingston, recently.In the girls’ Under-13 age group, newcomer Alia Haddad emerged the winner after beating Madeline Jones 11-3, 11-6. Similarly, in the boys’ Under 13 B category, debutant Luke Hussey beat Josh Shirley 11-8, 11-6 and Mathew Sewell 11-1, 11-3 to take the top position. Shirley and Sewell were second and third, respectively.Asher breakthroughAnother breakthrough winner was John Paul Asher, who came out on top in the boys’ Under 15 age group. Firing on all cylinders, Asher beat second place finisher, Kyle Haddad, 11-1, 11-5 and dished out an 11-5, 11-0 defeat to Alex Desnoes, who was third.However, while some of the newcomers had an impact, some of the seasoned campaigners also made their presence felt. All Jamaica Under 15 girls champion, Mia Mahfood, took care of business, beating long-time rival Mia Lake 11-5, 11-9 to win her age category.In the same vein, All Jamaica Under 11 boys’ champion, Tobias Levy, topped the Under 13 boys’ competition after posting an 11-6, 11-4 win over Aman Dhiman, who finished second; and an 11-5, 11-2 beating to Brady Holmes, who finished third.”It was exciting to see new faces taking top positions in some age groups, while some of our stronger players are continuing to shine,” said Junior Squash Programme manager, Gill Binnie.”It’s early days yet, but we’re seeing positive signs from our juniors as we start the preparation for the Caribbean Championships this summer.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, according to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). Kicking off the 2016 Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida, Monday, industry leaders released the production data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo is in Tampa this week and visited with NBB’s Don Scott.Dale and Don also visited about the fuel vs. food debate and Scott’s unique view of the discussion.NBB Don Scott Food And Fuellast_img

first_imgAbhinav Bindra reacts after finishing on top in the 10m air rifle eventThe prowess of the Indian shooters was at full display as star marksman Abhinav Bindra and unheralded teenager Malaika Goel clinched a gold and silver medal respectively to add to the tally of medals for their country on Day 2 of the the 20th Commonwealth Games.The 31-year-old Bindra kept his nerve to take the honour in his favourite 10m air rifle event with a final games record score of 205.3 to bring cheers for the Indian contingent.The 16-year-old Malaika Goel gave India their first shooting medal with a silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event while favourite Heena Sidhu fell by the wayside at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Dundee.With the addition of two more medals from the shooting ranges, India’s overall medals tally climbed to 9 after collecting seven medals on the opening day.India were placed fourth on the medals table with a tally of 3 gold, 4 silver and two bronze behind toppers England (18), Australia (15) and Scotland (10).It was Bindra’s first individual gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. He had won the pairs gold in Manchester (2002), Melbourne (2006) and in front of the home crowd in New Delhi fours years ago.In the women’s section, Goel shot an aggregate of 197.1 in the finals to finish second and grab her first senior international medal after a close fight for the gold on the opening day of shooting competitions.Former world number one and a pre-competition favourite Heena Sindhu finished a disappointing seventh after topping the qualifications. She was the second shooter to be eliminated in the eight-women field in the final round.advertisementThe Indian men’s hockey team launched their campaign on a sluggish note as they toiled hard to register a 3-1 win over a lowly Wales in their opening Pool A match at the National Hockey Centre.Ranked ninth in the world, India had to dig deep to overcome a resolute Wales defence and pocket full points.India scored two goals through penalty corner conversions by V R Raghunath (20th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (42nd) before comeback man Girvinder Singh Chandi scored from a field effort in the 47th minute.Wales’ lone goal was netted by Andrew Cornick in the 23rd minute from field play.India will next play hosts Scotland tomorrow, while Wales will be up against world champions and reigning Commonwealth Games champions Australia.Indian judokas failed to replicate their opening day performance with only Sunibala Huidrom managing to enter the bronze-medal contest in the women’s 70kg category.Sunibala faced a tough test in the repechage contest but she managed to prevail over Monika Burgess of Canada in a battle that lasted for three minutes and 58 seconds to make the medal round.She will now fight for the bronze medal with Scotland’s Sally Conway later in the day.However, it was curtains for Garima Choudhary in the women’s 63kg category after she went down fighting in her repechage round.Earlier in the day, Sunibala got the better of Australia’s Catherine Arscott in the quarterfinals in another tough four-minute contest, while it took her just 53 seconds to beat Memory Zikhale of Botswana in her round of 16 bout, as she got a couple of Wazaris, which is equivalent to an ‘Ippon’ that finishes a contest.Garima, who was the only Indian judoka to have qualified for the London Olympics in 2012, lost to K J Yeats-Brown of England in the repechage. Yeats-Brown won on the basis of two Wazaris.Indian men had a disappointing outing as both Balvinder Singh and V Vikender Singh lost in the round of 32 in 73kg and 81kg, respectively.In swimming, Sandeep Sejwal became the first Indian swimmer to clear the qualification round and make it to the semifinals of the men’s 100m breaststroke event.Sejwal finished 12th overall after clocking 1:02.97 seconds in the heat to advance to the next round. A total of 16 swimmers qualified for the semifinal stage of the competition at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.Sejwal came fourth in heat number three but 12th overall in a field of 34 swimmers.However, India failed to make the main round of men’s 200m freestyle event, as Sajan Prakash finished a lowly 22nd in the qualification.Indian paddlers continued their rampaging form as the men’s and women’s teams blanked Guyana and Kenya 3-0 respectively in the group stage of the table tennis team competition.After thrashing Vanuatu 3-0 on the opening day, the Indian men’s team continued their good showing with Anthony Amalraj brushing aside Shamar Britton 11-4 11-3 11-3 to give his side an early lead.advertisementYoung Soumyajit Ghosh then beat Christopher Franklin 11-8 11-5 11-9 to make it 2-0 in India’s favour. Sanil Shankar Shetty and Amalraj then paired up to get the better of Paul David and Franklin 11-8 11-6 11-5 to complete the rout.Indian squash star Joshna Chinappa suffered a 1-3 defeat against World No. 4 Joelle King of New Zealand in the round of 16 to crash out of the women’s singles competition.The 27-year-old from Chennai, who won the Winnipeg Winter Open trophy — her maiden WSA world title in February this year — lost 3-11 8-11 11-8 5-11 against her third seeded opponent at the Scotstoun Campus.Indian cyclists’ dismal show continued at the Games as they failed to qualify for the finals of both Men’s 4000m Individual pursuit and Women’s 3000m Individual pursuit events.last_img read more

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge visited Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich, UK, this week to learn more about Home-Start and its support for children and families.Duchess of Cambridge visits children at Brookhill Children’s CentreCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org

The Duchess attended a briefing with Home-Start’s Chief Executive and the Centre’s manager, hearing about the work the charity does to support families to cope, improve confidence and build better lives for their children.

Her Royal Highness then attended a coffee morning where she met families who have been supported by Home-Start and listened to their experiences. The Duchess viewed volunteer training session in which volunteers are taught how best to offer practical and emotional support in a family’s home to help children make the most of nursery or school. Finally The Duchess visited the onsite Together for Twos’ crèche to meet families and staff.Duchess of Cambridge visits Brookhill Children’s CentreCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org

Home-Start is one of the UK’s leading family support charities. It recruits and trains volunteers to support parents with at least one child under the age of five. The charity was set up in 1973 and now has 288 local Home-Starts supporting more than 29,000 families and more than 63,000 children each year. One of these isHome-Start Greenwich which has been running since 1993 and last year supported 200 families and 350 children.Across the UK nearly 15,000 volunteers visit families in their own homes – parents supporting other parents in a variety of situations including isolation, mental ill health, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability. Home-Start volunteers tailor their support to the specific needs of the parents and children of each family they support. Home-Start also runs family groups and social events for families in order to give children the best possible start in life. Home-Start runs four of The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s 24 children’s centres, helping the borough fulfil is aim of providing local support for local families.The children’s centres in The Royal Borough of Greenwich offer a range of services under one roof for young children and their families. Those services include early-years education, childcare, family and parental health services, and employment and training advice for parents. The services are provided by a number of public sector and voluntary sector organisations, and are managed on behalf of the Royal Borough by four commissioned organisations including Home-Start.Home Start chief executive Rob Parkinson said: “People will have felt that their contribution to family support is really valued because of her visit and that’s the most important thing for me.“The Duchess had a nice chat with of a couple of mums and they were able to share their experiences, forthcoming or otherwise.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

first_imgThe days of threatening exotic animals into performing on camera may soon be over – and it’s thanks to advancements in technology as well as actors like Andy Serkis, the star of War for the Planet of the Apes, King Kong, and the upcoming Jungle Book, among other films.Video: Andy Serkis: An ‘Apes’ Movie With Live Wild Animals Would Be Absurd and CruelAnd in a new video interview with PETA, he celebrates the computer-generated imagery and performance-mapping that make modern movies like the Apes series possible – and cruelty-free.“The thought of shooting an Apes movie now with real apes is absurd,” says the Golden Globe nominee. “We’ve matured as an industry and realised that that would be intolerable and cruel.”Serkis previously teamed up with PETA US to call for a chimpanzee named Louie to be freed from a roadside zoo in the US state of Michigan, where he has been held in solitary confinement for nearly all his life, and the actor insists that his years of work portraying primates on screen have made him appreciate them all the more. “What is amazing is how similar we are,” he says. “[T]hey feel emotion, they sense. Their intelligence is incredibly close to us.”As filmmakers have learned that animals endure deprivation and abuse in the entertainment industry, the use of digital effects to portray them has increased. The Revenant, Noah, and the Apes series all used digital imagery to create wild animals, and AMC’s The Walking Dead used computer-generated imagery and animatronics to create the stunningly realistic fan-favourite character Shiva the tiger. PETA US’ TV spot 98% Human – which uses cutting-edge technology to address the plight of great apes in entertainment – won top honours in visual effects at the prestigious Cannes Lions festival, and the vast majority of top advertising agencies around the world have signed PETA US’ Great Ape Humane Pledge, committing to not using live great apes in their projects.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bailey said with Vanguard, organizers found there was overlap between the films that were in that section and those in Special Presentations and Midnight Madness. Among the Vanguard movies at TIFF 2016 was Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway. The Canadian production, due in theatres in April of this year, also stars Jason Sudeikis. Hathaway plays Gloria, who discovers that a monster currently terrorizing Seoul might somehow be connected to her.“We just wanted to be a bit clearer about the identity of the sections,” Bailey said.City to City has featured filmmakers from cities including Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Lagos, Nigeria. The Toronto International Film Festival says it remains committed to art-house and international cinema as it cuts two programs that featured such fare and reduces the overall number of titles it will screen for this year’s edition by 20 per cent.On Thursday, TIFF announced it will trim the overall number of films in the 2017 lineup and scrap the Vanguard and City to City sections.The Vanguard program featured “dark and edgy films that twist genre and art house conventions together in a new way.” City to City showcased filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. “We’re committed to art-house cinema, we’re committed to international film, we’re a global film festival. We have programmers who are looking for movies all over the world. That will continue,” Cameron Bailey, artistic director of TIFF, said in a phone interview from Los Angeles.“The trims will be for the most part across the board but we are definitely committed to maintaining a very strong international lineup. That’s one of the main things our audience comes to us for, so that will continue.” “Now I think it’s time to integrate that programming into the festival as a whole,” said Bailey.The festival spent a long time thinking through and mapping out the changes, which are in response to feedback from audiences, the industry and the media, he added.“What we’ve heard is that people love the selection but it can be overwhelming, if you’re trying to do the festival fully, especially as a working professional,” Bailey said.“It’s really hard to cover everything that we have and we thought we can find a way to bring a tighter curation to the festival, to really go after the films we love the most and to make it a little bit easier to navigate.”TIFF also announced it’s cutting two venues from its festival — the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and the Isabel Bader Theatre. Bailey said the move will bring things closer to the area around the festival’s main downtown hub, the TIFF Bell Lightbox.Bailey also said the festival isn’t planning on making any significant new investments in other areas or making any more cuts.“What we are going to make sure we do is not reduce the volume of available seats very much,” he said. “We’re going to try to keep as many seats as possible open for people.“So although we’ll be cutting the number of films, there’s not a direct correlation with how much less revenue is going to be coming in or how much expenses are going to be reduced.”Overall, Bailey said organizers are addressing a “refinement of the festival that was necessary.”“What I think people will see in September is a stronger festival with films that they know will be some of the best films of the year, some that will go on to awards season — as we saw this past year — and it will just be easier to navigate.”This year’s festival will run Sept. 7 to 17. Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Vancouverites asked for it, and they got it.Two months after Seth Rogen offered to do the public voice announcements of SkyTrain, TransLink says the Vancouver-born actor is now confirmed to take on the duty of informing passengers on their transit travels as a guest voice.Here is the full statement by Steve Vanagas, Vice-President of Customer Communications and Public Affairs for TransLink, on Rogen’s involvement: Advertisement “TransLink is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Vancouver-born actor and director Seth Rogen to promote transit ridership and improve the customer experience while using Vancouver’s growing transit system.Mr. Rogen is a public transit supporter who grew up using Vancouver’s transit system and still uses it today.Mr. Rogen offered to work with TransLink free of charge and we accepted his offer in the pursuit of providing a better customer experience and to share pride in the region. Watch for Mr. Rogen as a guest voice on our system in the coming weeks.We are always listening to our customers and that means on social media as well. This idea came from our customers and the local media and we’re happy to have been able to get this done in support of our transit system.”Rogen will record the announcements for his hometown’s public transit system for free, and it is not associated with VISA Canada’s cancelled campaign of SkyTrain and bus announcements by Morgan Freeman, which were abruptly cancelled after the actor was accused of sexual misconduct.At this time, TransLink has not provided an exact timeline for when the announcements will go live on the transit system, but it will happen in the near future.A video released by the public transit authority features Rogen explaining why he is taking on the role of guest voice.“I’m very proud to be from Vancouver. And I grew up taking public transit my whole life and I still use public transit when I’m in the city,” said Rogen.“I do take the Canada Line all the time. I go to the Richmond Night Market a lot and parking there is incredibly difficult. And I live downtown so there’s a lot of stops nearby. When the opportunity came up to be a voice on public transportation, I was thrilled. I am honestly always looking for ways to participate in Canadian culture and to put the spotlight on Canada.”The video includes a sneak peek of some of Rogen’s audio recordings:“Hey Vancouver – It’s Seth. Here’s a trip to make your transit ride even more awesome. I know your bag is probably very nice and you care deeply for it, but that doesn’t mean it needs its own seat.”“Those are very nice sneakers, but kind of a horror show on the sole, so get those feet off the seat. My mom might be sitting there one day. Come on!” Advertisement BY KENNETH CHAN | DAILYHIVE Advertisement Facebook pic.twitter.com/qvmCBwYhkl— TransLink BC (@TransLink) July 26, 2018At this time, TransLink has not provided an exact timeline for when the announcements will go live on the transit system, but it will happen in the near future. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Jeremy Dutcher. (Photo by Matt Barnes) Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens.As 2018 slowly crawls to its final hours, one of the more joyful things we can reflect on is the undeniable watershed year it’s been for LGBTQ musicians. Thanks to the likes of Troye Sivan, Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monae, Brockhampton and Years & Years, music made by queer folks has found space in mainstream culture — to varying degrees, at least — all around the world like it never has before. And Canadian artists are no exception. In fact, we may have even been a bit ahead of the curve.In September, the Polaris Music Prize for best full-length Canadian album was given to two-spirit musician Jeremy Dutcher for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, an album performed entirely in his native Wolastoq language. Dutcher followed in the footsteps of Kaytranada (2016’s 99.9%) and Lido Pimienta (2017’s La Papessa), making him third Polaris winner straight to…not identify as straight. And while obviously comparing any of these artists to #20GAYTEEN (yes, that’s a thing) pop stars like Troye Sivan is wholly unfair (after all, Dutcher’s album is a post-classical rearrangement of traditional Indigenous music in a language fluently spoken by fewer than 100 people), the fact that they have been the last three winners of what is arguably our country’s most prestigious music prize is wonderfully notable. “It’s so exciting, the kind of space that’s really opened up in this music scene,” Dutcher tells me. “For two-spirited artists, trans artists, queer artists…anyone under the umbrella. It’s really incredible.” Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United Legend Paul Scholes believes Mauricio Pochettino is the right man for United and that he could make a big difference if he agrees to manage the team.The Argentine who is currently in charge of Tottenham is reportedly on the wish list as their next permanent manager after Jose Mourinho’s exit.Pochettino has been at Spurs since 2014 and has built them into a consistent top four side on a limited budget.“Pochettino’s the man,” the former United midfielder told BBC Radio 5 Live via The Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If he wants the job then I think it’s his.“He carries himself brilliantly with the media and with his team. He promotes young players and most importantly he wins a lot of football matches.”“I know people say he’s got a great team at Tottenham. He has,” he added.“But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham? I’m not sure he can. With United, he’ll have the spending power, the money and he’ll be capable of winning the league. I think if he wants the job then he’s definitely the man.”last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Manchester City are an example for every club to follow and admits they’ve still got a lot of work ahead of them to be title challengers.The Blues will head to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to take on City knowing that victory will likely be a must if they are to maintain their top-four spot in the Premier League.But Pep Guardiola’s side will also be determined to take all three points after retaking the lead in the standings from Liverpool on goal difference following Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Everton.Speaking ahead to this weekend, however, Guardiola made a surprise announcement by suggesting that Chelsea could still be title contenders despite them trailing City by 12 points.Although Sarri doubts Chelsea will challenge for the league crown anytime soon and added it will take time for them to match the likes of City and Liverpool.“I don’t think so, not at the moment. We will be able to fight for the top four this season, no more,” said Sarri on the club website.“We can win something of course, but in the Premier League, there is a fight between Liverpool and Man City. In my opinion, Man City are the best team in Europe. They are an example for every club.“We need to work. Guardiola is in the third season in the Premier League, Klopp in the fourth or fifth, but we need to work. I don’t know another way.“We need only to work and try to reduce the gap.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former Napoli coach was happy with the way Chelsea responded to their 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth by thrashing Huddersfield Town 5-0 last weekend.“In the last match, we reacted very well. After the match against Huddersfield I was happy with the result, but especially the performance,” added Sarri.“We know very well we need consistency. I hope our version on Sunday will be the best.”The City and Chelsea match will begin at 5:00 PM (CET) on Sunday.A Sunday double-header in Manchester, let’s make it 2/2! 💪👊 @ChelseaFCW pic.twitter.com/w7Y0Orzlye— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2019last_img read more