a month agoLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgate

first_imgLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joe Gomez accepts he needs to be playing to earn his England spot.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate rates Gomez highly but the Liverpool centre-half has found himself behind Everton ‘s Michael Keane in the England pecking order, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the current first choices.The Kop defender said: “I cannot blame him (Southgate). He speaks to me and is a great manager but if you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing.”At the same time I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute so all I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training, and wait for my chance.”You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Magenta Vessel Joins Ocean Network Express

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ONE Ocean Network Express (ONE), the merged container shipping business of Japanese shipping trio NYK Line, K Line and MOL, has taken delivery of a new magenta-colored containership.The 14,000 TEU-class vessel, ONE MINATO, was handed over to its owner at Hiroshima Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding, Japan on July 24, 2018.Featuring a length of 365.9 meters and a width of 51.2 meters, the ultra-large containership joined the company’s fleet as one of its core vessels.ONE MINATO will be deployed on EC4 – East Coast 4 service, sailing from Asia to US East Coast, under THE ALLIANCE.The 147,000 dwt vessel will have a port rotation of Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, via Suez to New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, then Singapore via Suez.last_img read more

Jude Law Calls On WTO To Uphold EU Seal Fur Ban

first_imgActor Jude Law has appealed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on PETA’s behalf urging it to uphold the EU-wide ban on seal fur.The WTO’s final hearing on the issue will be held in Geneva on 29 April. Law’s letter comes just days after the start of Canada’s annual baby-seal slaughter. Because of the worldwide outcry, all major markets have banned seal-fur imports, including the EU, Mexico, Taiwan, the US and even Russia, which had been importing 95 per cent of Canada’s seal fur. The Canadian government is challenging the EU ban as a last-ditch effort to revive the trade, even though local sentiment is turning and lack of markets has led Canadian officials to examine seriously whether the slaughter should end.“As an actor who will always consider Britain home, I was proud to learn that the European Union has banned seal-fur imports,” wrote Jude. “In light of next week’s seal-products dispute hearing, I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens. The US, Taiwan, Mexico and even Russia (which had been importing 95 per cent of Canadian seal pelts) have also banned seal-fur imports. Even local sentiment is turning and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.

“In addition to the fact that it’s inherently cruel to bash in the heads of baby seals when they are only weeks old, there are several other points to consider:· Canada argues in favour of the seal slaughter based on science, but there are now questions about whether the science it is using is manipulated, controlled, censored and not independent.· The purpose of the WTO is to support efficient markets, not government decisions to prop up dying industries like the seal slaughter. For the second year, Newfoundland will give a $3.6 million loan to a seal processing plant to boost the industry, even though reports show that hundreds of thousands of seal skins are already in storage.· The commercial slaughter has nothing to do with the native Inuit hunt, and there is a clear exemption for it in the EU ban. The Canadian government tries to hide behind native people in an attempt to justify the commercial seal slaughter, but it’s dishonest to tie the two together.“Rather than using the WTO to prop up a dying industry, Canada should pursue a buyout of the commercial sealing industry – a move that would help both seals and sealers.

“The world is watching and waiting – please uphold the EU ban. Thanks for your time.”last_img read more

BravoFACT Announces Award Recipients from April 7 Jury Meeting

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 11 BravoFACT award recipients from the April 7 jury meeting. Selected from 202 applications, a total of $512,750 was awarded to Canadian filmmakers for the production of short films. With this announcement, BravoFACT has awarded more than $30 million in grant funding to some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers, for both scripted and documentary projects since the fund’s launch in 1995. Twitter Continuing to fulfill BravoFACT’s Female Filmmaker initiative, funding for ten out of the 11 projects was awarded to female-led projects.It has been another incredible year of accomplishments for BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL-funded films, with many having enjoyed success in Canada and abroad. Recent accomplishments include BravoFACTUAL-funded short film My Enemy My Brother, which was short-listed for an Academy Award® in the Documentary Short Subject category and has been adapted into a feature-length film. The short is set to screen at the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, along with three other BravoFACTUAL-funded films: Invading Giants, Mother Canada, and Take a Walk on the Wildside. BravoFACT also confirmed that a $50,000 grant was awarded to BravoFACT-funded short film Good Girls at the second annual WIFT-T BravoFACT Pitch Competition on March 30.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: To view previous BravoFACT-supported films, click here.The BravoFACT fund recipients from the April 7, 2016 jury meeting are:Be My Guest – David Jermyn (Director/ Writer), Richard Rotter (Producer)A young couple’s experiments with a grey-market mind-transfer technology exposes irreversible fault lines in their relationship.Connect the Dots – Taylor Hill (Director/Producer/Writer), Anja Savcic (Producer/Writer)The meaning of intimacy is challenged after a young man brings his one-night stand to a funeral reception.The Day Grunge Died – Angie Bird (Director/Writer), Michelle Woodward (Producer), Ella Rowan (Writer)In the spring of 1994, three teenaged girls embark on an after-school adventure to find their friend Viktor and break the news to him in person that their rock star idol has died.Giltrude’s Dwelling – Jeremy Lutter (Director/Producer), Marcy Waughtal (Writer/Producer)Orphaned at the age of 11, Giltrude, an interdimensional shut-in, has waited 15 years for her parents to come home. When a life-or-death dilemma comes knocking, Giltrude must look beyond her front door and learn to face the outside universe.The Inherent Traits of Connor James – Alyssa Pankiw (Director/Writer/Producer), Jason Aita (Producer), Nicole Segal (Producer)This dark dramedy follows a happily married lesbian couple (Lea and Court) and their three-year-old son on a trip back to Lea’s hometown, for her best friend Connor’s funeral. The grieving family then finds out that Lea’s little boy is biologically related to their dead son.Pearls – Shelley Thompson (Director/Producer/Writer), Kimberlee McTaggart (Producer)Seventeen-year-old Don is surprised to find an ally in his mother, who must let go of her son and imagine the young woman he’ll become. Defying his father, Don leaves home with the help of his mom.Platypus – Trevor Kristjanson (Director), Jessica Gibson (Producer), Charles Beaudette (Producer), Josh Benoit (Writer)Jensen Murphy is a middle-aged “human taxidermist,” whose work has left her longing for a living human connection.Rae – Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Director/Writer), Gavin Sheppard (Producer)While organizing her seventh birthday party, Rae, a young Mohawk girl and her schizophrenic mom, find their roles reversed within their mother-daughter relationship.Screen Thru – Patrick Maloney (Director/Writer), Katie Nolan (Producer), Katy Maravala (Producer), Peter Huang (Writer)A world changing invention and modern-day vigilante tool allows its users to physically reach through their computer screens and smack people who promote hateful and discriminatory behaviour on the World Wide Web.Slash/Back – Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Director), Nyla Innuksuk (Writer/Producer), Ellen Hamilton (Producer)In a quiet Arctic hamlet surrounded by majestic fjords, a group of badass Inuk girls are keeping a secret. If they are careful, they may be able to use that secret to save their community from an incoming alien invasion.Touch – Bryan Kawalsky (Director), Kathryn Alexandre (Producer /Writer), Tatiana Maslany (Producer)A young man struggling to cope with the loss of his father turns to a stranger for comfort.The next submission deadline for BravoFACT is May 12, 2017.For information about BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL program requirements, and application guidelines, visit http://bravofact.com.About BravoFACTBell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. BravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at www.bravofact.com.About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca.last_img read more

UBCPACTRA AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2017 NOMINEES

first_img BEST VOICE Andrea Libman, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – Rock Solid Friendship – Pinkie PieRebecca Husain, Beat Bugs, With a Little Help from my Friends – BuzzNicole Oliver, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – A Royal Problem – Princess Celestia / DaybreakerVincent Tong , Fruit Ninja, Fruitful Multiplication – Durian Gray aka RinJin   Vincent Tong, Chuck’s Choice, Sunny Daze – Joey Adonis   Vincent Tong, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Hard to Say Anything – Feather Bangs The UBCP/ACTRA Awards honours five members for work done in the past year. This peer-adjudicated performer awards show shines the spotlight on the talented performers here in BC, and provides an opportunity for industry professionals to share in the celebration with the nominees and winners. The 6th annual red carpet gala takes place on November 18, 2017 at the Vancouver Playhouse.“This is going to be a great year for the UBCP/ACTRA Awards with this deep pool of talent as nominees. Here in BC we have always known that our actors, crews and locations are unparalleled and it is wonderful to see our local industry growing and being recognized around the world,” says Alvin Sanders, President of UBCP/ACTRA.The 2017 nominees are: Advertisement The UBCP/ACTRA Awards will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Vancouver Playhouse with over 600 industry professionals including UBCP/ACTRA members, press and politicians in attendance.The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. BEST STUNT  Simon Burnett, Jon Kralt, Leif Havdale, Corry Glass, Supergirl – HomecomingCurtis Braconnier, Arrow – LegacyLauro Chartrand, Colby Chartrand, Prison Break – OgygiaChad Sayn, Lloyd Adams, Prison break – ContingencyEli Zagoudakis, Arrow – Fighting Fire with Fire Advertisement BEST EMERGING PERFORMERMaxine Chadburn, CadenceHannah Cheramy, The Hollow ChildAdam DiMarco, Marrying the FamilyIsaac Keoughan, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – The Chicago WayAiden Longworth, The 9th Life of Louis DraxGraeme McComb, DC’s Legend’s of Tomorrow – Compromised Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadas economy pauses in July StatCan says easing rate hike expectations

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s eight-month march of monthly growth in the economy came to an end in July, according to Statistics Canada, a development that could head off more rate hikes this year.Gross domestic product was essentially unchanged, at zero per cent growth in July compared with June, Statistics Canada said Friday.Economists said the lack of growth in July supports Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz’s cautious approach to increasing interest rates in a speech Wednesday.The central bank raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year.“The (unusually) long streak of increases over the prior year means that GDP was still up a solid 3.8 per cent year-over-year in July, reflecting broadly-based gains across goods and services sectors,” said RBC senior economist Nathan Janzen in a report.“More broadly, the slowing in GDP growth in July is consistent with our — and the Bank of Canada’s — view that the recent outsized pace of growth over the last year won’t be sustained going forward.”He said RBC is sticking with its prediction of GDP growth of 2.5 per cent in the third quarter which ends Saturday, adding that pace could still justify further gradual rate hikes from the central bank.“We suspect that the slower start to Q3 gives us the flavour of things to come, with our forecast for the back half of the year tracking half the pace seen at the start of 2017,” said CIBC economist Nick Exarhos in a note.“That’s another reason why we see the Bank of Canada using a more gentle hand with tightening from here.”Most of the July weakness was in goods production which had a contraction of 0.5 per cent, while the oil and gas subsector shrank 1.8 per cent, with declines in both conventional and non-conventional production.The manufacturing sector also fell 0.4 per cent overall, mostly because of declines in motor vehicle manufacturing and parts.Service industries posted overall growth of 0.2 per cent, led by wholesale trade, which was up 2.0 per cent, the highest monthly gain since September 2014.last_img read more

Tunisia rapper jailed for four months at retrial

first_imgHAMMAMET, Tunisia – A Tunisian rapper who went on the run after receiving a 21-month jail sentence in absentia in August for songs deemed insulting to police was jailed for four months at a retrial Thursday.Weld El 15, whose real name is Alaa Yacoubi, had surrendered to the authorities at the courthouse for the hearing.The court found him guilty of affront to public decency and insulting behaviour towards public servants in his songs, and ordered him taken straight to the cells to serve his sentence. The hearing took place at a court in the town of Hammamet, east of Tunis, where Weld El 15 and fellow rapper Klay BBJ were originally convicted without even being notified of the trial.Klay BBJ has since been retried twice and was finally acquitted in October, while Weld El 15 had been on the run until Thursday.“I’m ready for anything, I hope that Tunisia has a justice system and not an injustice system,” the rapper told AFP after turning himself in.“The revolution took place in the name of freedom of expression,” he said, referring to the popular uprising that ousted veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben in January 2011.“I handed myself in because I can’t spend my life on the run, but I’m not ready to go back to prison.”Weld El 15 and Klay BBJ were tried for songs they performed together at a concert in Hammamet.Since an Islamist-led government took power after Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, trials of musicians and journalists have multiplied, sparking charges from human rights groups that the authorities are stifling freedom of expression.Attempts to reform the Tunisian judiciary and the security forces since the Ben Ali regime fell have largely stalled.last_img read more

Opinion Johnny Manziel solid in preseason debut shows growth as Browns QB

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) evades the Detroit Lions’ Kyle Van Noy during the second quarter in exhibtion action on Aug. 9, 2014, at Ford Field in Detroit.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter a tumultuous rookie campaign, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel proved Thursday night that he had officially taken a step in the right direction in becoming a true starting quarterback in the NFL.Professionally and personally, the Browns may have finally gotten a good idea of what the future of their franchise may look like.It has been well documented that the former 2014 first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M entered rehab this offseason for alcohol-related issues. Manziel has stayed out of the public eye and thus far in training camp, he’s looked more like a pro signal-caller rather than a college kid running around like a chicken with its head cut off.On Thursday night in the Browns’ first preseason contest against the Washington Redskins, Manziel looked calm and collected in the pocket. He didn’t force any throws into coverage and went through his progressions with relative ease, completing seven of 11 attempts for 42 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions through the air.Even when his helmet’s headset that communicated plays from the sideline went out for a period of time, Manziel kept his composure and continued to run the offense without any noticeable problem.Manziel said having his rookie year under his belt already allowed him to approach this year’s preseason opener with much more ease.“It’s way different,” Manziel said via the team’s official site on Thursday. “This isn’t my first rodeo like it was last year. It was a little bit of a whirlwind last year. I don’t want to forget about the first game against Detroit (last year), but it felt a little slower, I felt a little more comfortable and I did some good things. I want to improve and make some more out of those drives.”The highlight of the night came when Manziel scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown to give the Browns a 14-3 advantage early in the second quarter. With every patron and football fan alike expecting the trademark money sign from the man known as “Johnny Football,” Manziel instead opted for the collected, simple fist pump to celebrate.His overall performance wasn’t anything special, but he showed great improvement over his 2014 former self. Already eager to get back out onto the field, Manziel admittedly recognized that he has a ways to go in his progression at quarterback.“I wish we could’ve converted some of those third downs. There are little things like depths on some of those short routes, picking up some protections and making the right calls. For a first game, it wasn’t bad,” Manziel added. ”We scored 17 points so there’s a lot of room to improve. Going into this week of practice, we have seven days until another game. We will be eager to get back out there again, but there’s some work to put in from now until then.”Displaying further growth and maturation, the second-year quarterback is clearly looking for more in Cleveland’s next preseason matchup with the Buffalo Bills. While the Redskins were a solid first test, the Bills’ stingy defense enters the season as quite possibly the best in the NFL.Veteran quarterback Josh McCown may still hold serve as the Browns’ starter under center, but a strong showing versus the Bills could only help Manziel’s case for being the top dog in Cleveland. read more

Womens Lacrosse McKayla Contis six goals lead Ohio State to 1413 win

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season on the road Friday, defeating Binghamton 14-13. The Buckeyes (2-3) capitalized off their 10-day break by holding an advantage over the Bearcats (3-4) in shots, ground balls, and draw controls. Both teams were tied at 7-7 going into the half after Binghamton senior attack Tiffany Ryan  scored with 21 seconds left in the second quarter. After the Buckeyes fell behind 9-7 early in the second half, Ohio State responded with a goal from junior midfielder Baley Parrott, followed by three consecutive goals from junior attack McKayla Conti in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter.Freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein scored the final goal for Ohio State on a free position shot with 9:28 left in the game. The Bearcats attempted to inch their way closer, but three fouls and two turnovers kept them from a comeback win. The final score of the game came when Binghamton redshirt senior attacker Brianne Arthur cut down Ohio State’s lead to one with less than five minutes left in the half. Conti led Ohio State with a game-high six goals while Parrott had four, along with three draw controls and one caused turnover. Both teams had 10 saves and the Bearcats gave up 18 turnovers compared to the Buckeyes’ 14. Ohio State was 7-for-12 in free position shots while Binghamton was 1-for-3. Ohio State will quickly turnaround to play Massachusetts at noon Sunday at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. read more