Xavier Dolan Orphan Black big winners at Canadian Screen Awards

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’re saying bye to characters every day and that’s just devastating.”Maslany won another trophy for another project on Sunday — best actress for the film “The Other Half.” That honour had her teary eyed as she thanked her “other half,” her boyfriend Tom Cullen, who’s also the film’s co-star/executive producer.Dolan’s French-language drama won six trophies, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best cinematography. Organizers said Dolan was shooting in Paris and was unable to attend.The film, about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family, got a mixed reaction from critics when it screened at last May’s Cannes Film Festival. But it ended up winning the festival’s Grand Prix prize — the second-most prestigious award. And last month, the film won three Cesar Awards — which are often nicknamed the “French Oscars” — including a best director nod for Dolan.Toronto-born “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel got playful with the crowd as he hosted the show from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.In a pre-taped opening bit, Mandel joked that he had created an Oscars-inspired montage of top nominees on his laptop, which turned out to include himself digitally inserted — badly — into the likes of “Vikings” and “Kim’s Convenience.”He also riffed on how the awards show doesn’t have a good nickname, although others have suggested the Screenies or the Candys, after the late Canadian actor John Candy.“I know other hosts have been talking about naming it, I want to name it. What is it for?” Mandel said, adding the awards honour the best in Canadian film, television and digital work.“So what is it? Screen, television, digital. This will go viral — it’s an STD.“How many of you are going to go home tonight with an STD?”Mandel often went into the audience to do improvised bits with guests including Dave Chappelle, who presented the Icon Award to the homegrown comedy brand Just for Laughs.“We should do something for Canada,” Mandel said as he distributed a card that he said he bought at Shoppers Drug Mart for Canada’s 150th birthday.“Maybe a surprise party. You know what — on June 30th, everybody park in Labrador and then we’ll surprise them.”Among the other big winners on the last of several nights of awards was the Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” which won four trophies, including best actor for Stephan James.“Nothing gives me more joy than to see young people coming up to me and tell me ‘Hey, you’re Jesse,“’ he said, noting he’s thrilled to introduce them to a story they haven’t seen before.“Eighty years later I bring this guy back to life and it’s been really the greatest honour of my career to portray him.”CraveTV’s smalltown show “Letterkenny” was a surprise winner in the best TV comedy series category. The series also won two trophies earlier in the week.Actress Tantoo Cardinal took home the Earle Grey Award, which honours actors for their body of work in Canadian television.And Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer accepted a lifetime achievement award — in self-deprecating style.“Quite obviously the awards committee used my name out of pity: ’You better give it to him now before he croaks,“’ he said. “And they’re absolutely right, I mean, I’m old. Dangerously old! I’m so old that when I was a baby the first word I uttered was in Latin.“I’ve spent almost 70 years making a fool of myself in this crazy, mad profession of ours and I’ve had the time of my life,” he continued.“By no means is this the end, the curtain has not yet fallen. It’s simply stuck.” Advertisement Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and Space’s human cloning series “Orphan Black” emerged Sunday as this year’s big Canadian Screen Awards winners.Including awards handed out earlier in the week, “Orphan Black” nabbed nine trophies. It won best dramatic series and best lead actress in a dramatic role for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple clones in the sci-fi show, all with different personalities and accents.“It’s been such an amazing journey, this show, for me. I’ve really grown up on it. It’s been a huge responsibility and a huge privilege and I’ve made a family on it that I’m going to miss so much,” she said backstage, referring to the show’s final upcoming season. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

WFF17 – INTERVIEW WITH CAMILLE THOMAN – DIRECTOR OF NEVER HERE

first_imgAdvertisement DIRECTOR’S BIO:  Camille Thoman is a Canadian/American writer/director. Camille wrote and directed the 2017 thriller Never Here starring Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Vincent Piazza, Goran Visnjic, Nina Arianda and Desmin Borges. Never Here is a genre-blend between a classic Hitchcockian suspense mystery (Whodunnit?) and a harrowing journey into disintegration of self (Who Am I?). Facebook Login/Register With: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I would say my biggest influence was the work of novelist Paul Auster. Primarily, The New York Trilogy, but other works as well. When I first read the NY trilogy at the age of 20 or so, I felt like the novelist had reached from the pages of the novel and squeezed my heart. He was able to create detective fiction— intrigue! enthralling suspense!— and then connect out from the pages of the book in 3D and reference me sitting there reading it. It was a shocking moment, to be funneled into a “detective fiction” set up, and then realize that the author is talking about much more than just his plot. I thought: this is something I want to do in cinema. I want to entertain and titillate, but also ask questions of the viewer, reference theme sitting in their chairs, not just allow them to be subsumed by the narrative.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?Never Here was a hard film to get financed. It took me and a very hardworking team of producers & EPs years– as well as many iterations of cast & budget– until we finally were greenlit. Never Here blends genres, has a complicated female protagonist who may or may not be traditionally likeable, and was directed by a first time feature film filmmaker. It took a lot of dedication and support from a lot of people to put Never Here in the world!WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESI love a good, old fashioned thriller. Never Here is a genre-blend between a classic Hitchcockian suspense thriller (Whodunnit?) and a journey into the disintegration of a person’s identity (Who Am I?). Its a film that titallates in the way that all good thrillers must. By bringing in themes of identity, Never Here is also a film that asks an audience to think, question and be active participants.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I’ve been directing plays and “movies” since I can remember. First, with my friends. When my friends got too old, with my little sister and her friends. Directing and performing are always what I loved, its how I was born. There was never much question I would do anything else.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I’m making a horror film! A film set in Northern Canada, about a family who begins to believe it is haunted by a demon…It Follows meets Wind River. Also working on a noir set in China.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?If you have a great idea, and the drive to manifest the idea, you can do anything. Also, get good at team playing, you need to teamplay a lot in film!WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Don’t Look Now; Late August, Early September (A French film by Olivier Assayas); The Shining are the first three that come to mind…IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Eerie, visceral, disquieting.IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Well, I haven’t seen The Snowman, but when I read the book I responded viscerally to the images and was dying to get my hands on it! I was sad when someone else got there first!WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)The first people that come to mind are my EPs Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson from Before The Door Pictures (producers of Margin Call and A Most Violent Year). When (EP Greg Ainsworth and I) met them in 2011, they decided they liked the script and would be our “godfathers”. Meaning, they would give us access to talent and potential financing. They (along with Corey Moosa who became a full producer on the movie) sheparded the film, and stuck with it for 8 years, and were consistent streams of encouragement, support, work. Pretty Amazing. I feel all of my producers and EPs were mentors. They were all early believers in the movie, believers in me, a first time filmmaker. They stuck by the movie for years through thick and thin, put either money/time/care into the movie. That’s mentorship! Lastly, my mother is an important mentor for me. She has been very encouraging and supportive of me taking this path. Since its not the easiest of paths, having someone close to me who believed in my work has meant a lot.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 3:00 PM – RAINBOW THEATRE– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 1:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7GET YOUR TICKETS AT: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/never-here/SYNOPSIS: Disturbing events lead an artist who photographs strangers to suspect that someone out there is watching HER. Boundaries blur between real and imaginary, crime and art, the watcher and the watched.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producers: Greg Ainsworth, Alvin Chau, Luke Daniels, Neal Dodson, Erika Hampson, Brandon K. Hogan, Subi Liang, Dan Milne, Ho-Cheung Pang, Alan Pao, Zachary Quinto, Wenke Sterns, Alex Tong, Wonderbar ProductionsProducers: Julian Cautherley, Radium Cheung, Bronwyn Cornelius, Corey Moosa, Camille Thoman, Before The Door PicturesCast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran VisnjicCinematographer: Sebastian WinterøEditing: Robin Hill, Camille ThomanScreenplay: Camille Thoman Mireille Enos Sam Shepard Vincent Piazza Nina Arianda Goran Visnjic Mireille Enos Never Here – Theatrical Poster GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Camille’s award-winning documentary The Longest Game will premiere on PBS in Spring 2018. The Longest Game follows a group of zestful octogenarians who meet every day at 1p.m. for a game of “paddle tennis”. This daily game has been going on for 25 years. The Longest Game explores cycles of life, and the relentless forces of time & change. In 2006, Camille directed the short film Falling Objects, starring Mireille Enos, Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo and Kevin Rahm, also a film about cycles of change. Camille’s solo performance pieces have toured the UK and been performed by her in London at The Young Vic and the Battersea Arts Center. She is a graduate of the University of Bristol, U.K.last_img read more

AFROGLOBAL TELEVISION LAUNCHES ON EASTLINK

first_imgAdvertisement AFRO TV presents two movies daily, music, biographies, documentaries, talk shows, drama, sports, reality, faith, current affairs, children’s programming and others that showcase the rich heritage of Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and more.“African Canadians have contributed to the development of the Maritimes for over 400 years. Despite these contributions, it has been rare to see positive stories featuring members of the community,” says African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince.Afroglobal will broadcast documentaries, current affairs and biographies from Atlantic Canada, including town hall events. “Through Afroglobal Television, we have the opportunity to see our compelling stories told in a way that is informative and affirming,” says Minister Ince.“With twelve original programs, AFRO TV is a Canadian channel with community, national and global appeal. It is also on Rogers Cable Channel 708 and Bell Fibe Channel 2472. As a part of its UN International Decade for People of African Descent plans, Afroglobal aims to expand throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and beyond,” says Mr. Mawa.Eastlink is a leading video and communications service provider in Atlantic Canada, parts of Ontario, Alberta and BC. The channel is on free preview until June 8. To subscribe, please call Eastlink at 1-888-345-1111 or make changes at www.eastlink.ca/myaccount.AFROGLOBAL TELEVISION VIDEO / FLAGSHIP SHOWUN INTERNATIONAL DECADE VIDEO Judges Dagmar Morgan and Kim Davis, host Cheryl Nembhard, R&B star Jully Black, Judge Troy Crossfield andvoc al coach Patricia Shirley on the set of Standing Ovation, the triple threat reality show where contestants sing,act and dance to become champions. This is an Afroglobal Television and Silvertrust Media original program. (CNW Group/Afroglobal Television) TORONTO, March 21, 2018 – Afroglobal Television (AFRO TV) is a 24-hour channel that informs, empowers, uplifts and entertains with the best of Africa and the Diaspora, including Canadian success stories. Based in Toronto, it advances the aspirations of people of African descent. The channel officially launched on Eastlink Channel 886 on March 8.“We are grateful to Eastlink for making AFRO TV available in the TV Channel Exchange, Music and More theme package, and for subscription as a standalone,” says Moses A. Mawa, President & CEO, Afroglobal and Silvertrust Media.“Consumers have a broad range of viewing interests and we work hard to ensure our channel lineup delivers to that,” says Lee Bragg, CEO of Eastlink. “The addition of Afroglobal to our lineup provides our customers with more choice and options to enrich their viewing experience.” Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

UN lauds Sierra Leone move to create new independent broadcaster

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, announced the move Sunday at a ceremony held by the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) in Freetown. He said a draft bill creating the new corporation would be sent to parliament for debate and approval in the coming weeks. “We believe we have reached the stage of democratic development in our country where this is the right step to take,” Mr. Kargbo said. The Secretary-General’s Executive Representative in Sierra Leone, Michael von der Schulenburg, welcomed the announcement and has pledged technical and material support from UNIPSIL to assist in the development of independent media. Such support is to include the eventual transfer of all assets of UN Radio, which is scheduled to close in 2009.Also on Sunday, an international media conference in Doha, Qatar, adopted a declaration highlighting the importance of fostering communication and cooperation among news organizations around the world. The adoption of the “Doha Declaration on the Potential of Media: Dialogue, Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation” concluded a two-day conference hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Doha Center for Media Freedom in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.This year’s World Press Freedom Prize was awarded posthumously to the late Lasantha Wickrematunge, a prominent Sri Lankan journalist who was assassinated in January on his way to work. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, presenting the prize, said it “seeks to draw attention to the importance of press freedom and the danger media professionals face in many parts of the world.” Eleven journalists worldwide have been killed this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). 4 May 2009The United Nations welcomed Sierra Leone’s announcement on World Press Freedom Day that it will relinquish control of its state-run broadcaster, in a move to support the creation of a new, independently-governed public broadcasting corporation. read more

CID tells court relatives of MR grilled over Thajudeen murder

Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court today that relatives of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been questioned over the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.The CID also said that it was investigating into the pages of the vehicle log book of the Presidential Security Division which went missing just after Thajudeen’s murder. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was killed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Registration open for CCOVI wine tasting challenge

Wine enthusiasts are invited to participate in the 7th annual Wine Tasting Challenge, a Toronto event presented by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).The challenge will be at the Four Seasons Hotel. It is open to amateur wine enthusiasts, as well as students, professional sommeliers, servers and wine-industry professionals who want to challenge themselves by tasting and identifying select wines and spirits.The Wine Tasting Challenge highlights Canada’s brightest talent and brings together the world’s best to compete and share in the spirit and fellowship of the vine. The challenge offers more than $100,000 in prizes, cash, trips, stemware and scholarships. Competitors come from across North America.To register, visit winetastingchallenge.com

Residents seek backup power as storms fires cause blackouts

NEW YORK — Climate change has led to deadlier wildfire seasons in the American West and more severe hurricanes and storms barrelling up the Southern and Eastern coasts. The dramatic weather frequently knocks out power, leading some residents of storm-ridden or fire-prone areas to seek backup power options for their homes.In California, utilities are shutting off power proactively to help prevent forest fires on days when the risk is high, impacting millions of customers.“The electric system in the U.S. is 100 years old, so that system is struggling in light of extreme weather,” said Audrey Lee, vice-president of energy services at Sunrun, which leases and sells solar energy systems.Backup power options range from gasoline-powered portable generators, which can cost $1,000 or more, to solar panels plus batteries, which cost tens of thousands of dollars to purchase and install. Prices of solar panels and batteries have been coming down, making solar-plus-storage more attractive.After Hurricane Maria, which destroyed much of Puerto Rico’s electric grid in 2017 and left millions of residents of the island territory without power for months, many critical buildings such as hospitals and fire stations were outfitted with solar panels and batteries to better withstand the next major storm.One resident in California’s wine country, which has been scorched by deadly forest fires over the past few years, installed solar panels and two Tesla Powerwall batteries after a forest fire knocked out power to his new home for two days.“I told my wife, ‘We can’t do this,’” said Justin Montague, 38, a sales professional. “I wanted to make sure that when I’m at work my kids and my wife are safe.”PORTABLE GENERATORSThere are two types of generators: portable, which typically weigh about 200 pounds and can be wheeled outside for use, or stationary — known as standby generators — which are permanently installed.Portable generators are the most popular option, accounting for about 95% of generator sales, and when a storm is reeling toward a community people flock to stores to buy them, according to Consumer Reports.The upfront cost is more affordable than options such as standby generators or solar panels, but buying the vast quantities of gasoline needed to run a generator — and replacing that gasoline when it expires — adds up. They also require work to keep gasoline on hand and feed it into the generator.“If you have a generator running at full capacity, they can burn through close to a gallon an hour,” said Paul Hope, senior home editor at Consumer Reports. The generator will continue supplying energy for as long as you have fuel on hand.Portable generators must be operated outside, at least 20 feet away from a home with the exhaust facing away from the house, because they emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.STANDBY GENERATORSA more permanent — and costly — option is a standby generator, which is professionally installed outside a home and hooked up to a fuel source such as natural gas. Standby generators can be connected to a circuit breaker so a family can still run appliances that are hard-wired into a circuit breaker, such as a furnace or water heater. By contrast, a portable generator typically only works for appliances that are plugged into outlets, such as toasters or smartphone chargers.Standby generators are best suited to people who live in areas where blackouts happen frequently and last a long time. Standby generators that are hooked up to a natural gas source could run indefinitely, as long as there is no disruption to the natural gas service. Other models that run on propane could power a home from 180 to 349 hours on a 275-gallon propane tank, Hope said.“They’re much quieter, they turn on instantly, they’re designed to power your entire house without any compromise,” Hope said.However, while a good portable generator can cost $1,000 or more, standby generators typically cost at least $2,000, and installation can cost $10,000 or more, Hope said.SOLAR PANELS PLUS BATTERIESInstalling solar panels and batteries requires more investment than other forms of backup power, costing tens of thousands of dollars depending on system size, regional incentives and installation costs, but they can dramatically reduce electricity bills. Companies such as Sunrun and Vivint give customers the option to lease solar panels, requiring less upfront investment.However, solar panels alone won’t get you through a power outage. For that, you will need a battery. That’s because solar panels are designed to switch off during a power outage to prevent them from sending electricity to power lines around the house, potentially electrocuting repair crews.Adding a battery allows solar customers to continue drawing electricity from solar panels during a blackout because an internal switch prevents electricity from being transmitted to the wires around the house.Battery installations have soared in California, Hawaii, Germany and Australia led by consumers interested in renewable energy or self-sufficiency, according to Navigant Research.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse falls at No 5 Maryland 108

OSU junior attacker Austin Shanks (11) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior attacker Carter Brown’s three goals on Sunday were not enough, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-8, 1-3) lost to No. 5 Maryland (11-2, 4-0) by a score 10-8 in College Park, Maryland.Brown continued his hot play of late, scoring three goals to follow up his two-goal, two-assist performance against Michigan on April 16 in the Showdown in the Shoe.The loss is part of a roller-coaster season for OSU in which the Buckeyes won five of their first six games, lost six in a row, then won in front of more than 20,000 fans against Michigan last week.Maryland started the day’s scoring when junior attacker Matt Rambo recorded his first of two goals to give the Terrapins the early lead.OSU responded when senior midfielder Jarret Hassfeld scored his first of two goals in the game and first of the season to even up the score.After a second goal by Maryland, OSU went on a 4-1 run, capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Trevor Hodgins to take a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter.Maryland flipped the switch, though, and rattled off seven straight goals to take a 10-5 lead in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Bryan Cole and junior midfielder Colin Heacock scored two goals apiece during the run. The second goal was Heacock’s 30th on the season, a team-high for Maryland.OSU went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 10-8, the third being Brown’s third goal of the game with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. However, senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr and the Maryland defense clamped down in the time remaining, sealing in the Maryland win.Bernlohr had six saves on the day, while OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey had eight.The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the game, but nine OSU turnovers led to a time-of-possession advantage for the Terrapins.The loss brings the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 1-3 in the Big Ten going into their final game of the season against Rutgers.Penn State also has a 1-3 record but holds the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes because of the Nittany Lions’ head-to-head win in April.With only one spot left up for grabs in the Big Ten tournament, OSU will need a win against Rutgers and Penn State to lose against Michigan on Saturday.The game against Rutgers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Columbus. read more

UK weather Britains airports close runways as very significant snowfall and 10C

A car is driven on a snow-covered road on Mam Tor near Castleton, central England  Manchester Airport covered in snow Manchester Airport covered in snowCredit:@WAFCLiam_ The warning in Scotland, Northern Ireland and most of the UK runs until 11am on Wednesday, while the South East, London and East Anglia are covered until 12pm. The snow at Liverpool Airport Snow showers drift in as dawn breaks over a neolithic burial mound and ring of trees in the Derbyshire Peak District near Parwich kknown as Minninglow Photos posted later appeared to show another skier, dressed in a bright orange jacket, joining the man.The Met Office has warned Britain is bracing for the coldest night of the winter so far, with “significant snowfall” likely to cause further travel delays and school closures.Temperatures of minus 10C (14F) are possible in parts of the country in the early hours of Thursday, with this winter’s record of minus 10.8C (12.6F) expected to be broken.Manchester and Liverpool airports were at a standstill on Wednesday morning and several schools in the cities closed their doors due to the harsh conditions.Send your weather pictures to pixassignments@telegraph.co.uk.  The year’s record low, recorded in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on January 18 is also likely to be beaten.Benton, in Oxfordshire, and Santon Downham, Suffolk, are among parts of England which could be coldest.”I think Scotland will probably be the coldest place but it’s not out of the question we got into negative double figures in parts of England,” Mr Burkill said.Thursday will start off “very cold” as the weather system pushes eastwards from the south west. Snowy conditions in Blaenau Ffestiniog in Wales Highways England traffic officers prepare to pull a van out of a ditch off the A6 in the snow, near the village of Shap in Cumbria,Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Snowy conditions in Blaenau Ffestiniog in WalesCredit:PA Highways England traffic officers prepare to pull a van out of a ditch off the A6 in the snow, near the village of Shap in Cumbria, Further warnings have been issued for Thursday when a new weather front comes in which could bring in more wintry weather.Mr Burkill said: “Looking further ahead, it’s what happens on Thursday that has the potential to be more disruptive.”It does have the potential to bring some very significant snow. We have already got a warning out in force for it.”It’s currently just a yellow warning, but it’s not out of the question that will be ramped up nearer the time.”It’s looking like it will be a spell of persistent snow.” The snow at Liverpool AirportCredit:@mariekeriethof/Marieke Riethof  A car is driven on a snow-covered road on Mam Tor near Castleton, central England Credit:AFP West Didsbury summed up in one photo. ⛷ #snow #snowuk pic.twitter.com/JMp9E32MvN— Chris Tancock (@CTizzle27) January 30, 2019 Official Met Office figures for snowfall on Tuesday showed the worst-hit areas were Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire, with 11cm, and Spadeadam, Cumbria, with 10cm.Councils have prepared for heavy snowfall, with more than 1.4 million tonnes of salt stockpiled, the Local Government Association said.Public Health England has also warned at-risk people, including the elderly, to take precautions.Dr Emer O’Connell, a public health consultant, said: “If you can, check on family, friends and neighbours who are older, have heart and lung conditions or young children as all these groups are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold.”Manchester commuters ski workWith snow falling across the UK, at least two people from Manchester took the weather warnings as seriously as possible, setting out on skis for their morning travel.Footage of a man making his way down a road in Didsbury by ski was shared widely on social media.University of Manchester student Gabrielle Sanderson, 20, filmed the skier and said: “There were quite a few people stuck at the bus stop since the traffic was blocked up. A car is driven on a snow-covered road as it passes through Winnats Pass near Castleton, central England  Areas of higher ground could get up to 10cm of snow.”It’s worth bearing in mind there will be some disruption, particularly to travel. If you’re heading out on the roads, be aware you’re journey will take a lot longer than normal,” Mr Burkill added. “There’s an ice risk which is going to cause some problems so even if there is not snow it could be icy on the roads and pavement which people need to be aware of.” Some of Britain’s airports were forced to close their runways on Wednesday morning due to snow as the wintry weather caused disruption across the country. Britain faces “very significant snowfall” this week, with temperatures expected to plunge to at least minus 10 degrees Celsius in parts of the country, the Met Office has warned.Flights were grounded at Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport as staff attempted to clear snow from the Tarmac.After more than three hours, both runways were eventually re-opened. Dozens of schools across the country have also closed due to the snow and ice.A weather system forecast on Thursday could break this winter’s current record low of minus 10.8 degrees and bring up to 10cm of snow to parts of southern England.Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice cover the majority of the UK on Wednesday – with only a narrow sliver of the country north-east of Carlisle not affected.Journeys on the roads could take “a lot” longer and should ideally be avoided if possible, said Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill. A car is driven on a snow-covered road as it passes through Winnats Pass near Castleton, central England Credit:AFP Snow showers drift in as dawn breaks over a neolithic burial mound and ring of trees in the Derbyshire Peak District near Parwich kknown as MinninglowCredit:Rod KirkPatrick/F Stop Press “He was getting further than the traffic so I’d say he was pretty successful.” read more

Lithium Tianqi SQM and Ganfeng follow FMC and Albemarle to H1 sales

first_imgRoskill reports that “Tianqi Lithium recorded a 42% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase in sales revenue in H1 2017 to $362 million. Roughly two-thirds of sales revenue was generated from lithium compounds and the remainder on mineral product sales, and 93% of sales were to the domestic market. Net profit climbed 24% y-o-y to $140 million with gross margin at 69% and net margin at 39%. Tianqi is benefitting from strong demand for lithium carbonate in China, its main product, but also sales of Greenbushes spodumene from Talison Lithium to JV partner Albemarle and the wider Chinese market. Access to Greenbushes spodumene also enables Talison to achieve lower lithium chemical conversion costs, with transfer pricing of $550/t ($4,400/t LCE) compared to Ganfeng paying over $750/t ($6,000/t).“Ganfeng meanwhile saw Q2 revenue surpass RMB1 billion ($150 million ) for the first time, up 60% q-on-q. Gross profit was $51 million, also up 60% on Q1. Ganfeng’s revenue exceeded that of Tianqi after being the smaller of the two producers in revenue terms since Tianqi’s acquisition of Talison in 2014. Ganfeng has stopped buying concentrated lithium brine and will instead use it recently expanded mineral conversion plant to process mineral concentrate from its Mt. Marion JV in Australia. Ganfeng’s 20,000 t/y lithium hydroxide plant in Xinyu is due on-line in 2018, ahead of Tianqi’s Kwinana plant in Western Australia.“Completing the ‘big-5’ half-year results round-up, SQM reported revenue from its lithium and derivatives business at $297 million, slightly lower than Tianqi, however Tianqi includes the 49% of revenue attributable to Albemarle (which was likely to have been over $100 million) from the Talison JV, making SQM still the larger but No. 2 behind Albemarle. SQM’s revenues were up 54% compared to H1 2016. Revenues for lithium and derivatives during Q2 2017 were $151 million, up 33% y-on-y but down 3% q-on-q as volume fell by 800 t LCE and higher pricing failed to offset it. SQM projects lithium chemical demand to rise by 14% this year (Roskill estimate = 12%) and H2 prices to be higher than H1. Volumes for the year were forecast to remain similar to sales seen during 2016. Gross profit for the lithium division segment accounted for approximately 61% of SQM’s consolidated gross margin for H1 2017, indicating that although lithium and derivatives accounts for 30% of SQM’s H1 revenue, it is its best performing business unit.”last_img read more

Dublin to host Brain Injury and Sport conference

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HABeWR5FyHsYouTube credit: ABI IrelandACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY Ireland, in association with EBIS (European Brain Injury Society), will host a ‘Brain Injury and Sport’ conference in Dublin this December.The launch of the event took place at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road this afternoon, with Michael Darragh Macauley and Rory O’Carroll in attendance.The conference itself will take place at the Aviva on Friday the 13th of December, with a panel of expert speakers to discuss the growing concern surrounding concussion and head injury in sport. Newstalk broadcasters George Hook and Ger Gilroy will chair the meeting, with several renowned speakers set to feature.Chris Nowinski, Dr. Barry O’Driscoll, Mark McGovern, Dessie Farrell, Brian Kerr and Professor John Ryan are just a handful of the names who will deliver speeches at the conference, with the aim of increasing awareness and education of concussion and presenting best practice concussion management to a wide audience of coaches, clinicians, players, and anyone involved in an elite or non-elite sporting environment.For more information and to register see www.braininjuryandsport.ie.‘Profound abnormalities’ in American footballers’ brains: studyVIDEO: Classic Brazil team Nike ad from ’98 is remade in a window factorylast_img read more

Hon Sean Astwood says more prominence is needed for countrys coat of

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 6, 2016 – The PDM deputy leader is bullish on the bill to bring greater prominence to the country’s coat of arms and flag.  He agrees with the bill to raise their profile as symbols of national pride.  Hon Sean Astwood, as the member for Five Cays in the House of Assembly today said if there was anything to be changed it would be that the country’s flag would definitely be required to be flown at all government buildings and all schools, public or private and not that it ‘may’ as the current bill suggests.Hon Astwood called for training and retraining in use of the flag and coat of arms with special emphasis on children understanding the importance of the country’s flag.  The member said while the bill itself is insightful, the government administration is not as he slammed the PNP for what he called a lack of funding for the entity which would have to police how the flag and coat of arms are used.  He called for dignity and respect during the singing of the National Symbol, the country’s National Song – citing that there is too much movement, people chewing gum and the like during the singing or playing of the song written by the Late Rev Dr Conrad Howell.  Hon Astwood said he would move to see some of the wording in the proposed policy changed.last_img read more

After losing to New Zealand in World Cup warmup Virat Kohli reveals

first_imgWhen Virat Kohli won the toss, he had the option to send New Zealand to bat first, but the Indian skipper wanted to test out his own batsmen on a pitch that had plenty of grass cover. Yes, the thinking was right, but it did not pan out the way he wanted.The skipper was happy with how the lower order batsmen showed resilience. He now expects them to be ready as the tournament progresses.”Very good,” Kohli said, of the lower-order contributions at the post-match presentation.’We got a lot from this game’ Virat KohliICC”I mean, the one thing we spoke about in a tournament like the World Cup is, you could easily have your top order out for not too many, so the lower order has to look forward to that and I think Hardik [Pandya] batted really well. MS [Dhoni] absorbs the pressure really well and [Ravindra] Jadeja got a few runs as well, so I think from that point of view, we got a lot out of this game, which is what we wanted to,” he further added.India was bundled out for 179 and New Zealand sauntered past the target as the pitch flattened out and conditions became more batting friendly. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor put on a century stand to deflate the Indian bowling attack as the Kiwis got home with six wickets in hand and nearly 13 overs to spare.”It’s going to be very different while batting second and we saw that in this [game] in the latter half of our innings as well,” he said. Ravindra JadejaMatt King/Getty ImagesHowever, the captain appreciated his bowlers and praised their consistency even on a flat pitch. He now wants them to keep hitting those areas on a more consistent basis.”I think we bowled in the right areas, they were going at about four, four-and-a-half, which I think we would take any day in a tournament where the pitches are going to be good. If we can keep hitting those areas consistent with the new ball and then if the spinners do their jobs as well, we’re going to be fine with that bowling attack,” the skipper added.The biggest positive for India in the match was the batting of Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya and it throws up an interesting debate for the management when the actual tournament begins. Jadeja could well get into the side ahead of Vijay Shankar as the second all-rounder, which could mean a wrist spinner could miss out.last_img read more

Why Infosys Needs to Decide Whether It Wants to Grow Organically or

first_imgHow will Infosys chart its growth amid a rapidly changing IT business environment? [ Representational image]ReutersFor long, the Indian IT (Information Technology) bellwether, Infosys, was said to have preferred organic growth and hence, it adopted a cautious approach to acquisitions.Indeed, its legendary co-founder, NR Narayana Murthy, was mentioned as studying potential acquisitions until the time it was too late to decide whether the acquisition should go ahead. Given its avowed reluctance to inorganic growth, many investors and private equity firms held off in approaching Infosys with potential acquisitions as anyway, it was not interested, or at best, tardy towards them.Things seemed to change with the retirement of the founders, and the consequent hiring of Vishal Sikka as the CEO or the Chief Executive Officer. Sikka went all out to change the above mentioned perception with a series of high profile acquisitions that included the Israeli startup, Panaya, and Skava. This buoyed the markets to such an extent that analysts were soon proclaiming a changed vision and a transformed approach to inorganic growth.Within Infosys, there were murmurs of dissent, though the majority view was that it represented a New Infosys, unencumbered with the baggage of the past.As the events transpired, Sikka left the company with a cloud hanging over the Panaya deal and for a while, uncertainty crept in with the return of Nandan Nilekani, at the helm. However, the reconstituted Board of Directors was quick to divest the firm of its Panaya acquisition and adopt a more cautious stance as far as new acquisitions were concerned.Now, with global IT majors such as Capgemini and Accenture gaining market share in the IT space with their aggressive approach to acquisitions, there has been a debate over whether Indian firms such as Infosys, need to decide fast if they want to remain without acquisitions and base their business models on organic growth patterns.In other words, it is time for Infosys, under its new CEO, Salil Parikh, to make its stance known on the future growth strategies in a fast changing global landscape where the outsourcing deals are dwindling which calls for a new strategy to sustain its growth momentum.last_img read more

House Senate Committee Leaders Ask Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg to Testify at Hearing

first_imgFacebook executives briefed congressional staffers on the ongoing controversy. It could be a prelude to some sort of legislative action on the protection of privacy data. Popular on Variety UPDATED WASHINGTON — House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling for him to testify at an upcoming hearing in the wake of the scandal over how Cambridge Analytica accessed its user data.Hours later, the two leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee followed with its own calls for Zuckerberg to testify before a hearing in their committee.“In comments to the press, you stated that the person with the most knowledge at Facebook about what Congress is trying to learn is the appropriate witness for a congressional hearing,” the letter stated. “As the chief executive officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model.” The committee is planning a hearing in the “near future” to “examine the harvesting and sale of personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, potentially without their notice or consent and in violation of Facebook policy.” The group indicated that it would also explore “broader questions” of Facebook’s policies at the time it was launched and what it plans to do with user information in the future.The letter was signed by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the committee, as well as its top Democrat, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey. Leaders of subcommittees on digital commerce and consumer protection, and communications and technology also signed.A Facebook spokesman said they have received the letter and are reviewing the invitation.Zuckerberg apologized for what happened in a blog post earlier this week, and said the site was going to strengthen its regulation of the apps it allows to collect user data.In an interview with CNN, he said he would be willing to testify if he is the right person to do so.“We see a small slice of activity on Facebook, but Congress gets to, you know, have access to the information across Facebook and all other companies and the intelligence community and everything,” he said. “So what we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go.”Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and its top Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, issued a statement on Friday that asked that Zuckerberg appear before the committee.“On a bipartisan basis, we believe Mr. Zuckerberg’s testimony is necessary to gain a better understanding of how the company plans to restore lost trust, safeguard users’ data, and end a troubling series of belated responses to serious problems,” they said. “We appreciate the efforts Facebook and its employees have already made to assist our committee and will work with them to find a suitable date for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify in the coming weeks.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

In Costa Rica hospital woman allegedly posing as nurse gives shot to

first_imgPolice arrested a woman Tuesday who allegedly entered Hospital San Juan de Dios in San José dressed as a nurse and injected a patient with a shot, which appeared to lead to her death.Celso Gamboa, vice minister of public security, wrote on his Twitter account that the suspect injected a substance into a patient who later died.A 63-year-old woman from the northwestern province of Guanacaste was arrested around noon inside the San José hospital. The alleged attack occurred against a 55-year-old woman who entered the hospital Monday with kidney problems. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Costa Rica has fans even at the bottom of the sea

first_imgCaptain Alberto Muñoz shows support for La Sele football team from the depths of Cocos Island, Costa Rica’s “Treasure Island” located 300 miles off the Pacific coast. Facebook Comments Related posts:World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests In Costa Rica, pride for La Sele’s historic World Cup play Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup win A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Ricalast_img

Want stunning classical music and sincere luxury

first_imgWant stunning classical music and sincere luxury? Now is exactly the right time to head to that unique luxury hotel, Hotel Le Negresco Nice, ‘Made in French Riviera’. Precisely six months after this beautiful Côte d’Azur city was unwittingly projected on to the front pages of the world’s media; the city is not only running as well as ever, but better than ever. And its iconic hotel is even more polished and loved than before, and that says a lot.It has one-offs. La Rotonde, a circus-like room, is right on Promenade des Anglais (the background music at breakfast here is pure symphony). The restaurant was installed in 1968 by Jeanne Augier, also known as Madame, who 11 years before had bought Le Negresco for her mother because it had an elevator wide enough for mama’s wheelchair.Today it is Madame, who still lives up on the top, sixth, floor of the hotel, who is wheelchair-bound. Her beloved hotel is named for a Romanian entrepreneur Alexandru Negrescu, who asked the Café Society’s darling architect, Edouard-Jean Niermans, to design him a little something. This, with its original pink dome, is now in the more-than-capable hands of ultra-passionate hotelier Pierre Bord (he is the one, incidentally, who is always recognisable at ILTMs and such other events, even Virtuoso in the heat of Las Vegas in August, by his yellow or orange neck scarf – every top travel adviser loves this man of the world).Pierre Bord was there, outside his hotel when the attacks happened on 14 July, and for agonising hours the police would not let him, or anyone, in: his staff, inside, coped with a full house, all of whom opted to stay put in the days following. Today, Pierre Bord is still running at amazing occupancy, with walk-ins often taking it up to 100 per cent. One reason, simply, is that the boss is so versatile. Since my last visit he has redone several rooms, including lovely 305, overlooking both the neighbouring Musée Masséna gardens as well as the Mediterranean. He has made the bar, with its stately-home gallery, into a real happening place, with live music, and hundreds of original art works and sculptures, with such names as César, Dali, de Saint-Phalle and Vasarely alongside 18th century tapestries and ancient copper bathing tubs. You see first-timers at the 120-room hotel with mouths open. Is this really a hotel, or is it a museum? It is both of those and more, including a gathering place for local Niçoises.People come for meetings, and for special dinners at the Michelin two-star Chantecler, where Jean-Denis Rieubland MOF, one of the most humble of chefs, does marvels with local products, say browned scallops with different colours of beetroot or, as shown, steamed turbot with Bordier seaweed butter, artichokes and baby vegetables (his special menus on 24 and 25 December this year are heavy on truffles, with foie gras and then with Bresse capon, and you continue to a finale of 13 Christmas desserts). It was Madame who chose Chantecler’s gorgeous Limoges porcelain, and the pink linens, and, perhaps, the turquoise or Menton yellow Peugeot salts and peppers in Rotonde. But it is Le Directeur, as the French call him, who oversees bringing this luxury hotel right up to 2017. Rooms are still over-the-top when it comes to colour and some fabrics are idiosyncratically ‘Negresco’ but it is all a far cry from the fake fur coverlets and plastic lampshades of a decade ago.I get into the Mercedes on departure, listen to soothing Mozart, and smile.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Mövenpick Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMövenpick Hotels & Resorts is gearing up for another year of significant portfolio expansion as it forges ahead with plans to open 11 new properties in nine countries by the end of 2018.The global hospitality firm, which currently operates 83 hotels across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, will make its debut in five new countries – Bangladesh, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia and the Maldives – while boosting its cluster of hotels in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tunisia and Thailand.The next 10 months will see Mövenpick raise a flag in several commercially strategic destinations, from two of Dubai’s most prestigious districts to The Maldives, where the company will make its Indian Ocean foray.“In 2018, our global expansion drive really steps up a gear, with the 11 new openings planned, putting us firmly on track to meet our target of 125 properties by 2020 and introducing the Mövenpick brand in some very desirable locations,” confirmed Olivier Chavy, president & CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.Three of Mövenpick’s upcoming hotels will open over the next few months: the family-focused Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin – the brand’s seventh property in Thailand; Mövenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis, located on the banks of Lac de Tunis – its third hotel in Tunisia; and Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi in Kenya, marking the company’s debut in East Africa with a five-star hotel and conference property.The remaining eight properties, which will be launched before the end of the year, will see Mövenpick enter four additional new markets, with the contemporary Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru in the Maldives introducing 105 units, including 72 overwater villas to the idyllic island destination; Mövenpick Hotel Basra, capitalising on one of Iraq’s oil and gas hubs; Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA, conveniently located close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport; and Mövenpick Hotel Sylhet, introducing an enticing mix of business and leisure facilities to this vibrant city in northeast Bangladesh.In the Middle East, Mövenpick will be opening two hotels in the United Arab Emirates: Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai and a Mövenpick hotel in Dubai Media City, both introducing new dining, leisure and meetings concepts to two of the city’s most desirable precincts. The firm will also strengthen its presence in Egypt with the addition of Mövenpick Resort El Ein Bay, its second property in the desirable coastal area of El Sokhna.In Asia, the hospitality firm will bolster its cluster strategy in Thailand with the opening of Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai, which will feature a raft of dining, business and leisure attractions.With a current pipeline of more than 40 properties, Mövenpick will enter several additional new markets over the next few years including Muscat (Oman) and Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates) in the Middle East and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Abuja (Nigeria) in Africa, while consolidating its presence in countries with strong development potential.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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it is an intimidation which will be resisted." But not everyone was in favour and the addition of North Korean players to the team had provoked controversy in the South, it is not as if they don’t have their defects but the Americans choose to highlight their positive sides.075 in fines. And restaurants will be permitted to offer tap water to patrons only upon request.Rivers State Governor Abati should know his limits and need not attempt to cross his boundries. She was just getting going. (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Additional reporting by Ahmed Tolba in Cairo and Daphne Psaledakis in Washington; Writing by John Davison; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Leslie Adler) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty Images Miranda Kerr attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, with four losses in eight games.

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” Chief Observer, A witness who spoke to newsmen said the bomb was concealed in a polythene bag and was planted between a faculty block and the administrative building of the university. The new Silk Road is the purest illustration of Beijings budding influence as Washington is consumed with partisan bickering and fumbles for a coherent foreign policy. The next day, The third case pertains to the allegations against the victim’s father, According to Okupe: “Most Nigerians do not also respect the sensibilities of other people. who last week lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the title decider at the ATP Finals in London,5-magnitude quake on 26 February that buried homes and triggered landslides, let us gather stories of the courageous,"Lagos State Government has advised religious organizations on the use of metal detectors and other security gadgets as part of measures to avert Boko Haram attack in the state.

They were accused of planning to bomb, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo called on Atiku to drop Obi or lose their support. her aunt was casually drinking coffee and reading the newspaper unaware of the evacuation.England and Germany football players will wear black poppy armbands when they play a friendly at Wembley on Friday just like some illnesses, More to come. The Bad and the Ugly. " adding that his organization is "paralyzed. read more