Are you an up-and-coming filmmaker looking to make your first independent feature? The coming-of-age film may be your best bet to break into the mainstream.Cover image via Slash the MovieFor those who might have missed it, one of the most talked-about films from 2016’s SXSW Film Festival was Clay Liford’s coming-of-age comedy-drama film, Slash. The film follows a young man in high school, coming of age as it were, in the world of slash fiction as he finds himself and his identity in the world.These coming-of-age narratives are nothing new to independent cinema and, in recent years, have created a well-followed path from arthouse festivals to mainstream cinema hits. You’ve seen them in various forms of comedy and drama, but usually all following a young man or woman floundering and struggling to find an identity and voice in the world around them.From recent hits like Boyhood and Spectacular Now, to international films like Y Tu Mamá También and Pan’s Labyrinth, to classics like Almost Famous and Dazed and Confused, the genre has a rich history (and not just for young white men of note either — diversity is on display in films like Tiny Furniture, Blue is the Warmest Color, and the recent standout Moonlight).The genres roots are found in the adolescent-leaning films of the French New Wave, like François Truffaut’s 400 Blows trilogy, in the films of American directors like Nicholas Ray and Orson Welles, in Bildungsroman literature like Jean Cocteua’s Les Enfants Terribles, and in the works of James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain to name a few.At its heart, the coming-of-age story is central to a majority of mainstream films that feature young adult protagonists undertaking the Hero’s Journey, like the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings narratives, along with many superhero films.Why Do Coming-of-Age Films Work So Well?It’s hard to say why this genre is so well-traversed. Is it because audiences really enjoy watching them or because filmmakers really enjoy making them? While they can be challenging to viewers in subject and voice, the narratives are often very formulaic and predictable. Yet, year in and year out, we get a new wave of coming-of-age melodramas which festivals clamor over and prop up for Oscar consideration in February.I will say that, for journalists and those inclined to follow the industry and festival circuits, an up-and-coming writer/director telling a coming-of-age story tied closely to their personal narrative makes great PR fodder for thematic comparisons between on-screen protagonists and real-life storylines.Films like Lena Dunham’s aforementioned Tiny Furniture, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Good Will Hunting, and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood introduced these artists to national and international audiences — and the stories behind their stories certainly helped propel them into the mainstream.Films such as Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket and Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming can even be taken as tongue-in-cheek plays on their explosive and begrudged entrances onto the scene.Where to Begin Your Coming-of-Age FilmImage via Warner BrosIf you’re inclined to try your hand at your own coming-of-age film, it’s best to begin with some thinly-to-heavily veiled version of yourself. Liford’s protagonist in Slash, for example, may not be a literal iteration of Liford as a young freshman in high school, but it’s easy to imagine his connection to many of the character’s struggles and apprehensions about his place in the world.Graphic of Campbell’s Hero’s Journey via WikicommonsThe classic Hero’s Journey may lead to a fantastic world of adventure, but not before beginning in a very normal and boring place that anyone in the audience can relate to. Whether that’s from under a stairwell in England to a wizard school or a Houston suburb to a fan fiction expo, the point is to cross a threshold into someplace unexplored and interesting to the protagonist and audience alike.Define Challenges That Need to be OvercomeImage via Columbia PicturesWhile external challenges, be they bullies or evil overlords, are prevalent in coming-of-age stories, the main challenge every coming-of-age hero must overcome is conquering the fear of growing up and stepping out into the world. This most always includes learning how to connect and communicate with others and developing meaningful relationships with romantic partners.Spider-Man’s main challenge isn’t facing the Green Goblin. It’s building up the courage to tell Mary Jane how he feels about her — as Peter Parker. Liford’s Slash is no different, but offers a unique complexity with Neil’s confused relationship with his friend and mentor Julia, along with his own aspirations in the slash-fiction community.Find Resolve in Your Place in the WorldThe climax to any good coming-of-age story should reward the viewer as much as the hero, as the audience has endured the ups and downs of the protagonist’s inner battles and personal tribulations. After initially turning away from the forgone conclusion, hopefully your protagonist makes a mad rush for the right choice to bring your audience the closure they’ve earned and so dutifully desire.Without giving away its ending, Slash earns as much of a resolve as possible, while still giving the story room to breath in the afterglow.Your story should do more or less the same. Give your protagonist a chance to change and demonstrate growth, and reward your audience for joining you on your heroic journey to coming-of-age film stardom.What are your favorite examples of the Hero’s Journey? How would you tell your coming-of-age story? Let us know in the comments below.
Great athletes perceive the sport or game they play as occurring at a much slower pace than others. Someone without the training, the development, and the experience would see the speed as shockingly fast.There was an Air Force colonel named John Boyd. Boyd developed the OODA loop. The first “O” stands for observe. The second “O” stands for orient. The “D” is for decide. And the “A” is for act.Boyd discovered the OODA loop while designing fighter jets for the United States Air Force. At some point, Boyd recognized its usefulness and strategy. The United States Marine Corps calls this “maneuver warfare.” And you can ask any Marine about OODA loops, and they’ll know what you are talking about.It takes training, development, and situational knowledge (or experience, if you prefer) for your perception of the game to slow.Training: The more time you spend training real-life situations (and for sales, this means role-plays around client interactions), the more you will have an opportunity to orient yourself to what you are seeing and hearing, to make observations, to decide how to respond, and then to act accordingly. The best performers in any human endeavor spend time training.Training slows the game by providing you with the opportunity to make observations and orient yourself. It also lets you experiment with decisions and actions.Development: Development is something more than training. It’s a maturation process. It’s a focused plan for growth. If you think about a great athlete, their entire life is a series of development. They learn fundamentals at a very young age. They learn more complicated skills and ideas as they mature. And as they reach higher and higher levels, they are given different developmental tasks in training.Development slows the game by increasing your skills at observing and orienting more and more subtle differences. The reason a Grand Master at chess can play 16 games at the same time is because she only needs to see the pattern. Having studied the patterns before, she no longer has to spend time observing and orienting. This is true for sales professionals, too.Situational Knowledge: Training and development are different from actually playing the game. The circumstances of playing the game are very different. The stakes are very real. There is a price to pay for making mistakes, namely losing the game when it comes to sports. The stakes are higher in real, must-win, high visibility, high-value deals. It’s the experience gained playing at this level that ratchets up the situational knowledge and slows the game. You see the patterns. You recognize the patterns. You leverage your training and development and past experiences to speed up the time it takes you to observe, orient, decide and act.If you are new to sales, some client interactions can seem to sweep you off your feet. Aggressive questions and objections can make it feel as if you have too little time to make the observations, orient yourself and make a good decision worth acting on. But if you study and train like a professional, if you spend time working on understanding your experiences and the decisions you made, the game will slow down. And when it’s slower, it’s an easier game to play.
“Good teams always respond,” Schroder said. “We do whatever it takes to go out there and compete and play with each other. We live with the result.“Now the playoffs come. Now everybody is excited.”Westbrook had 15 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds. He moved into a tie with Magic Johnson for second place on the career triple-double list with 138, behind only Oscar Robertson (181).“It’s a blessing,” Westbrook said.Schroder was 8-of-15 shooting beyond the arc and had a game-leading 32 points. Grant hit four 3s and added a career-high 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Bucks (60-22) rested star Giannis Antetokounmpo and some other key players. They found out moments after the game that they would face eighth-seeded Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.The Pistons secured a playoff berth with a win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.Khris Middleton was the only usual Bucks starter in the starting five, and he scored 21 points in 17 minutes.Point guard Tim Frazier scored a career-high 29 points and added 13 assists for Milwaukee and D.J. Wilson had a career-high 18 points while grabbing 17 rebounds. Rookie Bonzie Colson started and scored 21 points.Middleton said the Bucks are more confident entering the playoffs than they have been in the past. The franchise has not won a playoff series since the 2000-01 season and has not had homecourt advantage in the first round in the last eight first-round series.“First place in the league, 60 wins, and we have homecourt,” Middleton said. “Forget about the things in the past in some ways. Just keep moving forward.”The Bucks finished tied for the third-best record in franchise history and their best since the 1980-81 season.“We’re just trying to soak it all in right now,” said Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, who was held out Wednesday. “We went through a lot of adversity to get to this point. I’m really proud of this group.”TIP-INSThunder: George did not play after aggravating a right shoulder injury in the Thunder’s 112-111 victory over Houston on Tuesday night. George hit the game-winning 3-pointer vs. the Rockets with 1.8 seconds left. View comments Everybody got what they wanted Wednesday night.Russell Westbrook posted his 34th triple-double of the season and the Thunder beat the Bucks’ backups 127-116 to lock up the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOklahoma City (49-33) played without injured Paul George, but Westbrook, Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder led a hot-shooting effort. Oklahoma City made a franchise-record 23 3-pointers and handed out a franchise-best 40 assists, converting 48 of 99 shots to win their fifth in a row.The Thunder will face third-seeded Portland in the first round. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bucks: Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez sat out the season finale for load management, and point guard Eric Bledsoe did not play. It was the first game Lopez missed after starting all 81 games and it was the 10th game Antetokounmpo missed. … F Nikola Mirotic could be ready for the start of the playoffs this weekend. Mirotic suffered a fractured left thumb against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 19 and did not play in the final 11 regular-season games. … G Tony Snell (left ankle sprain) is unlikely to return at the start of the playoffs. Sterling Brown will keep his spot in the starting lineup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Oklahoma City wanted a win to avoid slipping into a first-round playoff matchup against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.The Milwaukee Bucks, with the NBA’s best record already clinched, just needed to stay healthy.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spurs edge Mavericks in Dirk Nowitzki’s last NBA game MOST READ
DefinitionPain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot. You may have pain in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole).Alternative NamesPain – footCausesFoot pain may be due to:AgingBeing on your feet for long periods of timeBeing overweightA foot deformity that you were born with or develops laterInjuryShoes that fit poorly or do not have much cushioningToo much walking or other sports activityThe following can cause foot pain:Arthritis and gout: Common in the big toe, which becomes red, swollen, and very tenderBroken bonesBunions: A bump at the base of the big toe from wearing narrow-toed shoes or from abnormal bone alignment.Calluses and corns: Thickened skin from rubbing or pressure. Calluses are on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on the top of your toes.Hammer toes: Toes that curl downward into a claw-like position.Fallen arches: Also called flat feet.Mortons neuroma:A thickening of nerve tissue between the toes.Nerve damage from diabetesPlantar fasciitisPlantar warts: Sores on the soles of your feet due to pressureSprainsStress fractureHome CareThe following steps may help relieve your foot pain:Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling.Keep your painful foot elevated as much as possible.Reduce your activity until you feel better.Wear shoes that fit your feet and are right for the activity you are doing.Wear foot pads to prevent rubbing and irritation.Use an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. (Talk to your doctor first if you have a history of ulcer or liver problems.)Other home care steps depend on what is causing your foot pain.advertisementWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your doctor or nurse if: You have sudden, severe foot pain Your foot pain began following an injury, especially if your foot is bleeding or bruising, or you cannot put weight on it You have redness or swelling of the joint, an open sore or ulcer on your foot, or a fever You have pain in your foot and have diabetes or a disease that affects blood flow Your foot does not feel better after using at-home treatments for 1-2 weeksWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitYour doctor will perform a physical exam and look closely at your feet, legs, and back, your posture, and how you walk.Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history.X-rays or MRI may be done to help your doctor diagnose the cause of your foot pain.Treatment depends on the exact cause of the foot pain. Treatment may include:A cast, if you broke a boneRemoval of plantar warts, corns, or calluses by a foot specialistOrthotics, or shoe insertsPhysical therapy to relieve tight or overused musclesFoot surgeryPreventionThe following steps can prevent foot problems and foot pain:Wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes, with good arch support and cushioning.Wear shoes with plenty of room around the ball of your foot and toes, awide toe box.Avoid narrow-toed shoes and high heels.Wear sneakers as often as possible, especially when walking.Replace running shoes frequently.Warm up and cool down when exercising. Always stretch first.Increase your amount of exercise slowly over time to avoid putting excessive strain on your feet.Lose weight if you need to.Learn exercises to strengthen your feet and avoid pain. This can help flat feet and other potential foot problems.ReferencesKoenig MD. Ligament injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section C.Baer GS, Keene JS. Tendon injuries of the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section D.Brodsky JW, Bruck N. Stress fractures of the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section E.Klein SE. Conditions of the forefoot. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section H.Hirose CB, Clanton TO, Wood RM. Etiology of injury to the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section J.Price MD, Chiodo CP. Foot and ankle pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al, eds. Kelleys Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 43.advertisementSilverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics.In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:3/8/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
This year’s Europa League group stage is set to begin soon, with the playoffs coming to a conclusion. Defending champions Atletico Madrid will not be participating in the group stage, as they secured qualification for the Champions League. But this year’s edition of the Europa League will see the involvement of major Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Europa League group stage draw, including when and where it takes place, how to watch it live for free and more. What is the 2018-19 Europa League group draw?This year’s Europa League group stage draw will determine the 48 teams who will compete in the group stage, drawn into 12 separate groups with the top two from each group making up the 32 teams that will make up the knockout phases of the tournament.Those who will be involved in the draw will be made up of the 17 teams who automatically qualified for this stage, the 21 teams advancing from the play-off round, the six teams defeated from the Champions League play-off round and the four teams defeated in the Champions League third qualifying round league path.Confirmed clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Villarreal, Anderlecht, Lazio, Sporting CP, Marseille, and AC Milan will be involved in the draw. You can view a complete guide to the Europa League here .When is the 2018-19 Europa League draw?This year’s Europa League group stage draw will take place on August 31 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, one day after the draw for the Champions League.How to watch the 2018-19 Europa League group stage draw LIVE?Goal , as official digital broadcaster in SouthEast Asia, will be live streaming the UEFA Europa League group stage draw game to its users. The event is being streamed free of charge to Goal users from 7pm Singapore Time on August 31st (Friday) in the following countries: Country Stream Malaysia Click Here Singapore Click Here Thailand Click Here Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Taiwan, Philippines Click Here
New Delhi, July 26 (PTI) Japanese auto major Nissan today launched Datsun redi-Go with one litre petrol engine, with price starting at Rs 3.57 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).This new variant delivers a fuel efficiency of 22.5 km per litre. The top-end variant of the model is priced at Rs 3.72 lakh (ex-showroom). “Building on the successful launch of redi-Go last year, Datsun now offers a more powerful driving experience with the redi-Go 1.0L,” Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra told reporters here. The new model brings more power, style and convenience for the customers, he added.The new variant is powered by intelligent spark automated technology (iSAT) 1 litre three cylinder engine which is paired with a five speed manual transmission. Nissan had launched 800 cc redi-Go last year. Later the company had also launched a limited edition sports variant of the model. The Japanese auto major had relaunched the Datsun brand globally with the launch of entry level Datsun Go in India in 2014. A year later it introduced Go Plus multi purpose van which was followed by redi-Go last year. The Datsun brand has sold a total of 90,000 units so far. PTI MSS RKL AKT MKJ
Kidambi Srikanth has had a dream year so far, three Super Series titles and four Super Series finals, matching Saina Nehwal’s year of 2010.From winning the Super Series titles in Indonesia and Australia in June to quarter-final exits in World Championships and Japan Open to coming back and lifting the Denmark Open Super Series title — Srikanth has had some journey.”I think I have played well throughout and even in the World Championships, I didn’t put up a bad performance but I couldn’t win and made some simple mistakes. In Denmark, I didn’t repeat them (mistakes) and I am really happy with the way it went for me,” Srikanth said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.On his way to the top in Denmark, the 24-year-old shuttler toppled the World Champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen finally after going down in their previous two encounters at India Open and Japan Open.Against Axelsen in the quarter-final, Srikanth came-from-behind to stun the Danish. While Srikanth was completely dominated in their previous meetings, this time however, it was the Indian who got the better of Axelsen.”They (my coaches) told me not to give easy points and an early lead. My plan was only to focus till the end,” Srikanth conceded.After losing the first game, Srikanth battled through the second game to edge 22-20 and completely turned the game on its head to dominate Axelsen 21-7.”I did nothing special in the third (game), it was only to stay in the game and give my best. For me it was all about winning each point.”advertisementBeating the in-form Axelsen infused immense confidence in Srikanth and that showed. The Guntur shuttler eased past Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong into the final of the Denmark Open only to win the title against 37-year-old Lee Hyun Il of Korea in a mere span of 25 minutes.”Because I was playing well, it was only about being consistent and staying focussed. He (Hyun Il) is such an experienced player and he can turn around matches from any moment and so, I really wanted to be focussed and not give him any chance or easy points,” Srikanth shared..@FFBaDFrench badminton fed prez felicitates @srikidambi for his success at Denmark Open in an event organized by @Indian_Embassy @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/IZZUdhZzdo- India in France (@Indian_Embassy) October 24, 2017With Srikanth, PV Sindhu leading India’s charge in the world of badminton and Indian men’s challenge rising to standards every now and then, the whispers of India becoming a dominant force have begun. Srikanth, though, feels it’s too early to feel strong.”I think it’s still early to say this. We are slowly growing but we need to improve a lot and be more consistent and we are working on it. Definitely not now but may be in future, you can say this.”Srikanth has reached Paris for the French Open now and has begun his preparations. Back in June, he won the Indonesia Open and Australian Open consecutively and all eyes will be on him when he steps on to the court on Wednesday. But the Indian is taking it easy or rather one step at a time.”It’s a new week and new tournament and it will definitely be a tough one for me. In the first round, I really have a tough draw so I am only focussed on doing well in the first round and that’s all,” Srikanth concluded.
India will look to book a direct berth to the quarter-finals of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 by defeating Canada at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Saturday.India are on top of Pool C with four points from two matches and better goal difference. Belgium are hanging at their neck with the same points. Belgium will take on South Africa ahead of India’s match and if they beat South Africa, India will need to win their match to advance and hope that Belgium’s goal difference remains inferior.India have so far enjoyed a vociferous support at the home ground became the people behind them all the time and the players have drawn from that energy and have put up excellent performances.India vs Canada Hockey World Cup, Live UpdatesCanada have shown great spirit so far in the tournament and India will need to be at their best to get past Canada directly into the quarters.If India fail to make it through directly, they’ll have to play and win a crossover match to book a place in the quarter-finals.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEWhat time does the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match start?Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match starts at 7.00 PM IST on December 8, Saturday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.What TV channel and live stream is the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match Live Streaming on?Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD in English commentary. Hotstar will live stream Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match.advertisementWhere will the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match be played?The Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 7.00 PM IST.Where can I watch the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match live?The match will be shown on Star sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the Hockey World Cup India vs Canada match?INDIA: Coach: Harendra Singh; Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur Pathak; Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas; Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit; Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet SinghCANADA: Coach: Paul Bundy; Players: Balraj Panesar, Brandon Pereira, Gordon Johnston, Scott Tupper, Keegan Pereira, Matthew Sarmento, Iain Smythe, James Kirkpatrick, Oliver Scholfield, Antoni Kindler, David Carter, Mark Pearson, Sukhi Panesarbc, Gabe Ho-Garcia, John Smythe, Richard Hildreth, Brenden Bissett, Jamie Wallace
Fatima Sana Shaikh won plaudits for her portrayal of wrestler Geeta Phogat in Nitesh Tiwari’s sports drama Dangal. However, along with the praise came whispers about her growing proximity with her co-star Aamir Khan. When Fatima landed a second film, Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs Of Hindostan, with Aamir, the rumours of a romance brewing between the two only intensified.In an interview with a magazine, Fatima said that she used to get extremely worked up by such speculation. “Earlier, I used to get affected. I’d feel bad. Because I’ve never dealt with anything of this sort at such a big level,” she said.”A bunch of strangers, whom I’ve never met, are writing things about me. They don’t even know if there’s any truth to it. People reading it assume that I’m ‘not a good person’. You feel like telling that person, ‘Ask me, I’ll give you an answer,'” the actress added.The grapevine was abuzz with rumours that Fatima had driven a wedge between Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao. “It disturbs me because I don’t want people to assume wrong things. Agar main asliyat mein haraami hoon toh people should see my asliyat. But if I’m not, I don’t want them to see me as a bad person,” she said.However, Fatima has now understood that such link-ups are a part and parcel of being in the entertainment industry. “But I’ve learnt to ignore it. Yet, there are some days when I do get affected,” she said.advertisementOn the work front, Fatima will be seen next in Anurag Basu’s as-yet untitled film opposite Rajkummar Rao. The film is rumoured to be a sequel of Life In A Metro.ALSO SEE: Fatima Sana Shaikh shows off her navel in a saree, trolls ask about her scarALSO WATCH: All you need to know about Aamir’s reel daughters, Fatima and Sanya
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was disappointed after his team’s humiliating loss in their first match of the World Cup 2019 as they got blown away by the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday. But Sarfaraz insisted that he is confident that his team will bounce back hard from this defeat.Carnage ensued in Nottingham as West Indies plotted Pakistan’s downfall with sheer pace and managed to bowl them out for 105 in 21.4 overs after electing to field first on a good batting track at Trent Bridge.Pakistan batsmen crumbled under the intense pressure put on them by the likes of Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder and Andre Russell with Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team registering its second lowest total in World Cup history.Sheldon Cottrell started the damage with the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq in the third over after which Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman managed to add 18 runs for the second wicket.But from there on nothing went their way as Pakistan collapsed from 35 for 1 to 105 all out, losing their final 9 wickets for 70 runs.Oshane Thomas finished with figures of 4 for 27 while Jason Holder bagged three wickets. Andre Russell picked up two while Cottrell got one.What a way to end it!Nicholas Pooran wallops one straight back down the ground for 6 to give @windiescricket a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan in their opening match of #CWC19.The #MenInMaroon are looking good pic.twitter.com/tXzFOHm8mWICC (@ICC) May 31, 2019Fakhar (22) and Babar (22) did try to show some fight, but it was all about the Windies bowlers on the day as they looked to keep it simple and hit the right line and length with the wicket and overhead conditions helping them.advertisementThe Pakistan batsmen just didn’t seem to have the technique to take on the Windies pacers on a wicket that helped fast bowlers.Tottering at 83/9, it finally took some hitting from Wahab Riaz (18) as the Pakistan total went past the 100-run mark. Going into the tournament as one of the most unpredictable sides, Pakistan failed to turn their fate as the Windies players walked off with grins on their face after finishing the Pakistan innings in just 21.4 overs.Pakistan have little time for soul searching with a clash against the hosts and number one ODI side in the world looming on Monday #WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/3KiBq5l4rAICC (@ICC) May 31, 2019The West Indies in reply rode on opener Chris Gayle’s 34-ball 50 and Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 34 off 19 balls to reach the target with 36.2 overs to spare.”If you lose the toss and lose so many wickets early on, it’s tough to come back into the game. It was tricky for half an hour, but this is a good batting track, we didn’t bat well. I think we have to play positive cricket, didn’t do well today but hopefully we’ll bounce back.”We know they have pace bowlers who will come hard at us, but we didn’t play the short ball well. Today is a bad day, confident of bouncing back. It was good to see Mohammad Amir bowling well. We always get a lot of support in England, a big thank you to them. Want them to carry on,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso Read | Pakistan trolled after their shortest innings in World Cup historyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle becomes highest six-hitter in tournament’s history
Liverpool Oxlade-Chamberlain relieved to join Liverpool from Arsenal, says Klopp Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 04:33 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Liverpool Liverpool v Burnley Leicester City v Liverpool Arsenal Premier League League Cup Jürgen Klopp As the former Gunners man geared up to make his first start for his new club, Klopp believes he was pleased to leave the Emirates Stadium Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool from Arsenal came as a relief to the midfielder, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.The England international joined the Anfield club on transfer deadline day for a reported initial fee of £35million.Liverpool 4/1 to beat Leicester with over 3.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Oxlade-Chamberlain’s final Arsenal appearance was in the 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Merseyside and claimed leaving the Emirates Stadium was the right step for his development.Speaking ahead of his side’s EFL Cup match at Leicester City on Tuesday, in which Oxlade-Chamberlain is in line to make his first start for the club, Klopp says it made “complete sense” for the 24-year-old to join.”A new start is, very often, kind of a relief,” he said. “You are in a situation in your old club – I don’t say it now for Alex especially but in general it’s like this – you are in a specific position and you accept it at some point and then it’s difficult to make the next step.”I thought it made complete sense for Alex to change club, especially to come here. So far, I can see that he has settled in perfectly. He knew at least all of the England players and a few others and he’s a really nice lad so it is easy for him to settle in the team.”He knows he played all the games for Arsenal from the beginning and now he’s coming here and sitting on the bench – it looks like it was not the best decision. But it’s about the long-term and we already can use him, that’s good, but we want to prepare him also, that’s all. It’s all good from this side at the moment.”Klopp: “[This game] is a fantastic opportunity for Alex. He had a wonderful impact in the last game.” pic.twitter.com/UncBvM2YhU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 18, 2017Klopp believes too much pressure was placed on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shoulders after he joined Arsenal as a teenager in 2011, but he is confident he will become an important player for Liverpool.”We play different to Arsenal, that’s clear. It doesn’t mean better or worse, it just means different,” he said.”Arsenal changed a lot since Oxlade is there, I’m sure they didn’t play always with three at the back and wing-backs and stuff like this. I played against Arsenal when Alex was in centre-mid, I played against Alex when he was on the wing, I played against Arsenal when he was wing-back. He played different positions and that is all highest quality; if you can play in the Premier League on different positions it says a lot about you.”Probably, when Alex was 18 or 19 people thought he could be ‘the man’, like a lot of people think a lot of times pretty early. But, as I always say, you immediately put a rucksack on their back and that makes development not easy. “So, hide them as long as it makes sense and send them out as soon as possible. That’s the plan. But he is now the perfect age and still is able to make big steps. I thought he played in the last game like a Liverpool player: highest intensity, all good, was not fixed in a position, flexible, half-left, half-right, in the box. “I saw already a lot of things and, at the end, he didn’t score a goal so probably a lot of people will say that’s not a proper Liverpool player. But I’m really happy to have him here and I hope he is also happy to be here.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
On Thursday night, former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith was back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.Police arrested the former Buckeyes assistant coach for violating his Civil Protection Order. According to multiple reports, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.TMZ revealed Smith was not allowed to pick up his children from school until 6:00 p.m., but he showed up to the school three hours earlier.His wife, Courtney Smith who was also at the school, placed the call to police.According to the call, she alleges Zach Smith could be heard “yelling” at the principal of the school.TMZ has more details on the arrest:When school officials confronted Zach … cops say an altercation took place — and Zach was eventually arrested for violating the protection order.Per jail records, Smith was booked at 6:24 PM and has not been released yet.Ohio State relieved Smith of his duties as the team’s wide receivers coach following his alleged involvement in a domestic violence scandal involving his wife. Smith denied the allegations.Now it appears Smith has violated part of his agreement with the court.Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation.
zoomThe converted Nápoles alongside at Gibdock before reentering service with Baleària. Image Courtesy: Gibdock Baleària’s ferry Napoles has started operating using LNG as fuel following the completion of a major conversion project carried out by Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard.The 186-meter long Napoles, which has a capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane meters of cargo, is the first of six ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur cap regulations.Gibdock has secured a contract to convert a second vessel, Sicilia, which is due to arrive at the yard later this year.Napoles arrived at Gibdock in mid-November 2018, with the yard already having pre-fabricated two LNG bunker fuel reception stations for later installation. The majority of subsequent work took place alongside the yard’s main repair wharf, with some elements of the LNG conversion undertaken in Gibdock’s Panamax size Dock No.1.The project included the installation of dual-fuel LNG and diesel engines produced by MAN Energy Solutions as well as a Wärtsilä tank for LNG storage.According to Gibdock, one of the key elements of the project was the modification of the MAN 9L 48/60-A main engines to 9L 51/60DFF, completed by MAN Primeserv. Extensive automation system and cabling work was also carried out by Gibdock.With this change in fuel, Nápoles is expected to reduce its CO2 emissions by 9,113.45 tons and NOx emissions by 871.37 tons a year as well as fully eliminate all sulphur and particle emissions, the ferry company earlier explained.After its departure, Napoles began working on a new passenger and Spanish freight route connecting Huelva and the Canary Islands.
MONTREAL – The number of sexual assault complaints filed with police and classified as founded increased sharply in Canada after the #MeToo movement went viral in October 2017.The increase was most pronounced in Quebec, according to a study published Thursday by Statistics Canada.Researchers compared two periods — before #MeToo from Jan. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, and after from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017.Quebec saw the largest increase in sexual assaults reported to police, rising 61 per cent after #MeToo. The rate jumped to 20 complaints per 100,000 population from 12.4.Newfoundland and Labrador saw the second highest increase, rising 36 per cent, and Manitoba was next at 27 per cent. The other provinces and territories were below the national average increase of 24 per cent.Nationally, the figures show an average of 74 sexual assaults reported to police per day after #MeToo, compared with 59 per day before.The study looks at sexual assaults reported to police that were subsequently deemed to be a founded criminal offense. It does not include all complaints, and the accusations have not necessarily led to criminal charges.“This sharp increase in police-reported sexual assaults following the #MeToo movement does not necessarily reflect a rise in the prevalence of sexual assaults in Canada, but is likely attributable to a combination of factors, including an increased willingness of victims to report to police,” the study’s authors wrote.Other factors include heightened awareness of what constitutes sexual assault, public messages from police forces urging victims to come forward, and changes in police practices when it comes to classifying sexual assaults as founded or unfounded.The rise was most marked in Quebec, where several high-profile cases of alleged misconduct led to sustained media and police attention.“For example, in October 2017, the Montreal Police Service implemented a dedicated hotline for reporting sexual assaults in the wake of #MeToo and high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment, both internationally and within Quebec,” the report stated.Marie-Christine Michaud, the spokeswoman for a crime victims’ assistance centre, said the movement played an important role in encouraging victims who had previously been reluctant to come forward.“The message that was sent, people felt that if they denounced or went for help, we would believe them,” she said.The report noted that 2017 recorded the highest-number of police-reported assaults since 1998, due in large part to the spike in reports in the last three months after #MeToo began.And contrary to assumptions that most complaints stemmed from long-past incidents, three out of four complainants were reporting incidents that had occurred within the previous month.The biggest rise in complaints occurred in urban areas, with Quebec City topping the list with a 78 per cent increase. Sherbrooke, Que. came second, while Brantford, Ont. recorded the third-biggest hike.Nine out of 10 victims were female.And the number of reported assaults on school campuses — while still a minority of reported cases — rose by 59 per cent.
APTN National NewsA desperate mother from Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia is continuing her fight to keep her 16 year-old son at home.Standing in the way is a familiar fight between the federal and provincial governments.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della has this story.
The former provincial council member was abducted near the Naga vihara Temple in Pittakotte.Sagara Senaratna is related to Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga. A police complaint has been lodged stating that former UPFA provincial council member Sagara Senaratna was abducted in Kotte late this evening.His driver made the complaint to the Mirihana police.
The Police arrested 13 students for defying a court order against the protest.The students were presented before a Magistrate and released on bail. (Colombo Gazette) The Police used water cannons to disperse a protest staged at Lipton Circus today.The protest was staged by university students.
Canadian dollar gets a boost while China’s economy slows; oil prices rise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2014 2:50 pm MDT TORONTO – A slight uptick in oil prices helped send the loonie nearly a full cent higher on Monday despite concerns about the health of China’s economy.The Canadian dollar rose 0.87 to 88.28 cents US.A survey published by HSBC Corp. showed Chinese manufacturing activity weakened in November, adding to signs that an economic slowdown is deepening.HSBC said its purchasing managers’ index declined to 50.0 from the previous month’s 50.4 on a 100-point scale in which numbers below 50 show activity contracting. The bank said domestic demand was sluggish and new orders were weak.A better outlook came from Canada’s manufacturing sector which remained steady at a 12-month high in November.The RBC Canadian PMI remained at 55.3 last month, matching a high point set in November last year and again in October. A measure above 50.0 indicates the manufacturing sector is expanding.Crude oil prices pulled ahead, with the January futures contract up $2.85 to US$69 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, a mild reprieve for the commodity.Oil prices have plunged about 35 per cent from mid-summer highs because of a higher U.S. dollar, lower demand and most particularly, a glut of global supply.Gold prices were also higher, with February bullion rising $42.60 to US$1,218.10 an ounce.March copper rose five cents to US$2.90 a pound.
That’s according to Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir of Bangladesh, who is currently the Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).Maj. Gen. Humayan began his long and distinguished UN career in the hostile environment of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR), in Bosnia, serving in the capital Sarajevo, which was besieged by Bosnian-Serb forces during the mid-1990s.He also served as a Military Observer with the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), from 2002 to 2003.He has served as Brigadier General and Director of Military Operations for the Bangladesh Army, and is currently Commandant of his country’s Military Academy.Highlighting Bangladesh’s commitment to foster women peacekeepers and police, and increase the numbers who serve by 2020 and beyond, he told UN News from his base in Cyprus that it was “virtually impossible” to protect civilians who rely on UN peacekeeping missions around the world, without the participation of women.He said there were 157 Bangladeshi women peacekeepers currently serving, and more than 1,400 had been deployed throughout the world in total over the years, including an all-female Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit that served in Haiti between 2015 and 2017.“Personally, I believe that it’s very important that you have gender parity, particularly the participation of female peacekeepers,” he said.He added that in today’s modern “multi-dimensional” peacekeeping missions focussing on civilian protection, “your situational awareness is much better and naturally your performance will also be better.”He said that majority-Muslim Bangladesh was committed to having what he called a “female engagement platoon” in every mission where they contribute troops and police.Maj. Gen. Humayan said there was widespread public support for women playing an active role in public service across a wide range of sectors.Women officers began serving in the Bangladeshi Army back in 2003.He also praised the “tremendous” support that Bangladeshi blue helmets receive at home, for their work across ten peacekeeping missions, as it currently stands.“The Bangladesh Government is always more than willing to make sure that the contingents who are deployed; they are properly trained, properly equipped so they are fit for purpose – fit for the mission.”He said that despite suffering the loss of 135 peacekeepers on active duty over the years, Bangladesh was proud of the fact that it is consistently among the top three troop-contributing countries, or TCCs.“Bangladeshi people are aware of what kind of contributions” are being made each day, “ensuring peace and stability in the global perspective, and I think they are very proud of us.”
Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann’s first year in Columbus wasn’t going to be measured with a return to the top of the Big Ten, his ability to beat the conference blue-bloods like Michigan State Sunday or a return to the NCAA Tournament.Even if Ohio State was having a season that exceeded preseason expectation, Holtmann’s first campaign was meant to be a baseline for his tenure.It might be more than that after all.The Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) downed the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) Sunday at the Schottenstein Center 80-64, remaining undefeated in conference play and delivering Holtmann his first signature victory with the program that could send Ohio State into the top 25.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led all scorers with 32 points and cemented his candidacy for Big Ten Player of the Year, while the Buckeyes led by as much as 25 points in the second half against a championship contender.Ohio State trailed 27-25 with 4:10 remaining in the first half and ended it on a 16-2 run, highlighted by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off the glass from redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich to take a 41-29 lead into the locker room.After that, it was never really close.“That’s what we came here for, is to be one of those teams that are always looked at as the top teams in the country,” Bates-Diop said Sunday. “We had a down couple years obviously, but this is the start of what we — inside this locker room, inside this place — that we wanted to get to by the end of this season and this was the start of it.”Holtmann began his press conference saying, “Whoa! That was quite the afternoon.”He said even he didn’t expect it.Holtmann has been on both sidelines of a top-ranked matchup — as the winner and as the loser.In its two tries before to beat those perennial Final Four contenders — Gonzaga and North Carolina — Ohio State floundered to double-digit losses. This time was different. The top team in the country, a conference rival, was on the Buckeyes’ home floor with 17,599 people packing an arena that often struggles to seat 12,000.Another double-digit loss would’ve felt like that’s Ohio State’s identity — good enough to win games against similar opponents and worse opponents, but not able to compete with the big boys. That’s the team the fan base has come to expect this season.But it’s very different now. Holtmann’s team is not like the Ohio State teams of the past two years. It’s a team that just beat the top-ranked team in offensive and defensive field goal efficiency. On Sunday, at least, it showed it can beat the big boys.“We all knew we could do it, and that’s where it started,” Jae’Sean Tate said. “You can’t go into a team like Michigan State and not believing that it’s possible to win. I think that was the biggest factor of us winning tonight is just the belief that we could do it and we put in the work and that we could play with the top-level teams in the nation.”It’s not fair to expect this performance — 53-percent shooting and 15 assists to just six turnovers — from Ohio State every time against ranked opponents, but it can be done. That’s something the program has been able to say for some time.“I’m surprised. Coaches get surprised. I got surprised. I’m surprised,” Holtmann said. “We could go in the tank here the next couple weeks. We certainly don’t want this moment to define us. And we don’t want it to be the pinnacle of the season, as good as it is. And that’s the challenge for us moving forward.”At this point, the upstart Buckeyes have to be taken seriously after dispatching the No. 1 team in the country. At this point, it would be a major disappointment if they did not make the NCAA Tournament.In his first season, Holtmann has continuously declined to state any general goals for the team, outside of day-to-day improvement. He declined again Sunday. When asked if the program was back to national relevance, Tate was hesitant to answer, while Bates-Diop whispered to him, “Say it,” before both settled on saying, “We’re on the right track.”Holtmann deflected the question too saying, “I don’t know if that would be the headline at my house.”However, it’s impossible to deny what is happening in Columbus after the latest result.It will take time for Holtmann to achieve what he was brought to Ohio State to do — return the program to the top-tier of college basketball.Sunday was just the first step.