Why does OSU have ANOTHER assistant coach leaving?

first_imgJemal Singleton leaves for Arkansas. (via YouTube)Jemal Singleton leaves for Arkansas. (via YouTube)On Wednesday it was announced that Jemal Singleton would be taking his talents to Fayetteville for a similar position and something like $30,000 more.For Singleton that amounts to about a 10 percent pay raise.It would be like one of us (not me) making $75,000 and getting a bump to just over $80,000 (#Math) which, I guess most folks would jump at.However, the effect on your life at $75K is far less than the effect on your life of going from the two hundred thousands to the three hundred thousands.Just wanted to say thank you to all the friends we made at Oklahoma State. Stillwater will have a place in my heart.— Jemal Singleton (@CoachSings) February 25, 2015This clearly isn’t a Jemal Singleton problem, though. He’s just the latest in a looooong line of OSU assistants who have exited stage right under Mike Gundy.So what’s the deal here? Does Mike Gundy have a problem retaining good coaches?[1. The thread on the tweet from Pokelahoma, by the way, (which you can read here) is pretty interesting.]Im now of the belief we have something internally wrong. Art freaking Briles and baylor have lost like three people total.— wherever Dez Bryant plays next year fan (@Pokelahoma) February 24, 2015I don’t think he does. OSU pays its assistants well compared to the rest of the league and has been a launching pad into big-time jobs across the country.Here’s the reality that none of really wants to admit: Nobody who works at OSU loves OSU as much as fans love OSU.You want to pay me $30K more to come do what I’m doing here and I’ll have an easier time recruiting? Sure, I’m in!This goes for players, coaches and probably a lot of administration as well. Think about any perceived “cool company” you’ve worked at. People oooh and ahhh at you work but to the person working there it’s still just work.I used to work for the Houston Astros during college and I got the same reaction every time I told somebody “holy cow, that’s awesome!”Nope. I still have to answer email, go to meetings and work on projects just like you do.Same thing applies here.“After meeting with Coach Bielema, Mr. Long and the rest of the Razorback football staff, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Singleton on Wednesday.“It was just the perfect fit, both on and off the field. The opportunity to coordinate special teams and work with two returning 1,000 yard rushers was icing on the cake.  My family and I cannot wait to join this great institution and community. I look forward to helping the University of Arkansas win an SEC championship.”Here’s the interesting thing — I think Oklahoma State as a whole has been far greater than the sum of its parts over the past decade.You can call that Gundy Magic or whatever you want to call it but this program has been really strong nationally for a while now and a lot of times it’s been an amalgamation of discarded parts and mismatched misfits (see: Weeden2Blackmon).I think coaches know this and have parlayed OSU’s national success into better jobs and more money. I’m not sure that’s what Singleton is doing — Travis Haney ranked Arkansas as the 22nd-best job in the country compared to OSU at No. 25 — but look at others who have gone on to become head coaches.Tim Beckman is 12-25 at IllinoisTodd Monken is 4-20 at Southern MissLarry Fedora is 21-17 at North CarolinaAll were successful at OSU — all have struggled at other spots.To me, coaches leaving is the sign of a healthy program because of the lack of loyalty to programs in general around the nation.Obviously there are a million other factors that weigh in, too.Maybe Singleton (or Bob Connelly) had relatives in Arkansas (or Southern California) or maybe their wives prefer Piggly Wiggly to Albertson’s or any number of factors.But the fact is, Mike Gundy is bringing in good coaches and they’re using OSU’s success to get better jobs (whether in pay or title) and that, though it creates short-term headaches for the Hooded One, is ultimately a good thing.Also, we’ll always have this.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Why Jonty Rhodes did not make final shortlist for India fielding coach job? MSK Prasad explains

first_imgWhy Jonty Rhodes did not make final shortlist for India fielding coach job? MSK Prasad explainsSouth Africa great Jonty Rhodes had applied for India’s fielding coach role but his name did not feature in the 3-man shortlist as MSK Prasad-led selection committee announced the final shortlist for the India support staff roles on Thursday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 22:39 IST Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes had applied for India’s fielding coach role (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJonty Rhodes applied for the role of India fielding coachSridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlistVikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as batting coachIndia’s senior selection committee headed by MSK Prasad announced 3 shortlisted candidates for each of the support staff positions of the India cricket team after a 4-day-long selection process on Thursday. Jonty Rhodes’ absence from even the 3-man final shorlist for the role of India’s fielding coach helped raise a few eyebrows.However, selecton committee chairman MSK Prasad revealed after the selection process that Jonty Rhodes’ name was not added to the final shortlist as the second and the third names on the list will be considered for India A level and National Cricket Academy support staff.Rhodes had applied for the post of fielding coach and even told India Today that he would be focussing on helping India improve their catching percentages.Nonetheles, R Sridhar is all set to retain his role as the fielding coach and Prasad said the selection committee did not have any second thoughts about reappointing him. Sridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlist for the fielding coach role.The top names in each category will be appointed after the formalities with regards to Conflict of Interest declaration is complete, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri explained while talking to the press on Thursday.”R Sridhar is one of the best fielding coaches. Unfortunately in the World Cup, maybe he wouldn’t have got… there were 2-3 wicketkeepers in the side, we all know that. Otherwise, he has transformed this into a wonderful fielding unit. There is no second thoughts about Sridhar,” MSK Prasad said.advertisementHe added: “With regards to the 2nd and 3rd position, we don’t see Jonty Rhodes fitting in there because those roles are more for India A levels and the NCA.”Chairman of Selectors, MSK Prasad speaks about R Sridhar’s contribution to #TeamIndia and why Jonty Rhodes didn’t make the cut. pic.twitter.com/IuWH5FeHI2BCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2019A total of 14 candidates for the position of batting coach, 12 for bowling coach, nine for fielding coach, 16 for the position of physiotherapist, 12 for the post of strength and conditioning coach and 24 for the position of Administrative Manager were interviewed.Meanwhile, former India opener Vikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach of India cricket team. Rathour, who played 6 Tests and 9 ODIs for India, pipped Bangar and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash to emerge the top candidate in the shortlisted list.On the other hand, Bharat Arun is all set to retain his job as he pipped Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad in the 3-man shortlist for the bowling coach role.The selection process comes after Ravi Shastri was reappointed as the head coach following interviews conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee earlier this month.Also Read | Vikram Rathour set to replace Bangar as batting coach, Arun, Sridhar retainedAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh takes a cheeky dig at Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli’s bare-chested pictureAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jonty RhodesFollow R SridharFollow India national cricket teamFollow India fielding coachFollow MSK PrasadFollow BCCIFollow Bharat ArunFollow Vikram Rathourlast_img read more

Epic Gas Puts Newbuild into Action

first_imgzoom Singapore-based gas carrier operator Epic Gas received the first of its six 11,000 cbm newbuilds on February 20, 2015. The Epic Sicily was built at Japan’s Sasaki Shipbuilding, and has immediately started a long-term bareboat charter at Kumiai Senpaku, Japan.Epic Gas currently owns and operates a fleet of 37 fully pressurized gas carriers spanning from 3,500 cbm to 11,000 cbm, with further nine newbuilds ordered across Asian shipyards.last_img

MOL to Equip 80 Bulkers with EnergySaving Service

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has decided to equip 80 of its operated bulk carriers with an energy-saving operation analysis service.The company said it would install NAPA Fleet Intelligence (NAPA FI) with Noon Report developed by Helsinki-based software company, NAPA Ltd, in an effort to reduce its environmental footprint.MOL explained that the service, which is a part of the company’s data-driven initiatives, is expected to optimize propulsion performance and reduce the environmental impact even for vessels on short-term charter contracts.NAPA FI does not require installation of an operational data collection device onboard as it relies on information gained from vessel logs and the Automatic Identification System (AIS), and analyzes propulsion performance using NAPA’s engineering knowledge and data analysis.The system verifies the effects of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from MOL-operated vessels, such as more effective engine output control, timely measures for hull and propellers maintenance to prevent reduction of propulsion.last_img read more

New Drug Education Resource Launched in Schools

first_imgMock game shows, graffiti-making, role-playing and a host of other creative learning strategies are a key part of a new classroom resource that helps junior high students make better choices about drugs and alcohol. A Question of Influence, a Teacher’s Drug Education Resource for the Grades 7-9 Health/Personal Development and Relationships program, was introduced to schools today, May 17, by the province. The resource, field-tested in almost 40 schools across Nova Scotia, is designed to better prepare junior high students for the risks, and challenges, they will face as they get older. “It can be a dangerous world out there. Our students are facing a wide variety of subtle and not-so-subtle influences beyond the school grounds — not all of them positive,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I am confident that A Question of Influence will have a positive impact on the decisions students make in their lives.” Many drug-education programs tend to focus on urging students to stay clear of all harmful substances, while devoting a great deal of class time on the physiological and psychological effects of a variety of drugs. A Question of Influence — built on the best practices from drug-education curriculum from around the world — focuses primarily on helping students understand, and deal with, the factors that influence substance-use decisions. It aims to create greater awareness of three spheres of influence — personal, social or interpersonal, and cultural or environmental — and to develop skills to analyze and minimize their impact. Each unit is tailored to meet the needs of each grade level. The Grade 7 unit is designed to prevent or delay substance use by providing students with the skills they need to identify what influences their decisions. The Grade 8 unit emphasizes sound decision-making by helping students clearly understand the risks and harms linked to substance use. The last unit addresses the real possibility that Grade 9 students may find themselves in high-risk situations, and teaches techniques to help them get out of difficult circumstances. “A Question of Influence will teach young teens ways to reduce and avoid substance use during a critical period in their development,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. The resource targets alcohol and cannabis, the two substances Nova Scotia junior high students are most likely to encounter, according to the 2002 Nova Scotia Student Drug Use Survey. Teacher Alexander MacDougall, who piloted the resource at Bedford Junior High, says the critical thinking skills promoted by A Question of Influence are making a difference. “This new resource contains materials, examples and activities which really do speak to today’s students,” he said. “Its emphasis on decision-making and choices is appropriate for our young people.”last_img read more

Urgent need for injectable addiction treatment in BC addictions minister

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s addictions minister has tasked health authorities to move quickly to scale up use of an injectable drug that could save the lives of chronic substance users who haven’t responded to treatment with oral medication.Judy Darcy said hydromorphone is urgently needed for people struggling with addictions and B.C. would be the first place in North America to use it as part of clinical practice.“If we’re going to save lives and prevent people from being poisoned from toxic drugs on the street we need to provide alternatives and this is an alternative that has been proven by evidence to work,” she said Wednesday.Darcy was responding after the B.C. Centre on Substance Use released a report providing doctors with guidelines on hydromorphone, which is used at the Crosstown clinic in Vancouver, where some patients addicted to heroin receive injections of pharmaceutical heroin under supervision.Suboxone and methadone are the first- and second-line medications to treat substance use disorder but Darcy said hydromorphone would be another option for people who’ve failed with those treatments.“We’re asking health authorities to give us plans about how to implement this,” she said. “We’ll be waiting to hear back from them on an urgent basis about what that looks like.”The results of a groundbreaking trial in 2016 involving Crosstown patients showed hydromorphone, or pharmaceutical heroin, is equally effective at treating heroin addicts who don’t respond to methadone or suboxone.Cheyenne Johnson, a nurse and clinical director at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said the Crosstown study of 202 participants suggests hydromorphone must be made available to more people through clinics and pharmacies, the same as for methadone.“This being a new and emerging model in B.C., what we want to do is work with the health system and evaluate and monitor the expansion of this program to see what works and where the gaps are and address those,” she said.The B.C. Centre on Substance Use guidelines propose a continuum of care including counselling, detox or withdrawal management services, then oral medication through to injectable treatment.The guidelines also include information on when patients are eligible for treatment, how to provide adequate dosing and monitoring and when to do urine drug tests.While pharmaceutical heroin is also effective for some chronic substance users, prescribing it comes with regulatory hurdles because doctors must apply to Health Canada for individual patients who use the drug that’s imported from Sweden.“We’ve been slow to expand hydromorphone,” Johnson said. “The evidence from our perspective is very clear that hydromorphone is an evidence-based treatment option and we have to expand it across the province.”The high rate of addiction in the province has placed a heavy burden on communities dealing with crime, public disorder and health costs, Johnson said.More than 1,800 people died of overdoses in B.C. between January 2016 and July 2017, many of them involving the painkiller fentanyl.Over 40 people took part in the report, including drug users, family members, community advocates, physicians and researchers from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where prescription heroin has been used for addiction treatment.They included Jordan Westfall, president of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, who said treatment needs to be accessible for people who need help during an opioid epidemic.“The awareness of this situation in the public’s mind has to continue,” he said, adding any funding concerns “need to go out the window” for an issue that involves a health crisis.“Ultimately, it’s up to people who use drugs to speak up about this, and not let pressure off the government,” said Westfall, who is a former drug user and has a master’s degree in public policy.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Skechers Foundation Gives Over 15 Million to Children with Special Needs and

first_imgThe Skechers Foundation celebrated its ninth record-breaking Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk for children last week at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California – presenting more than $510,000 to The Friendship Foundation in support of kids with special needs, and over $1 million for education foundations.Sugar Ray Leonard, Denise Austin and Skechers President Michael GreenbergThe organization also announced the continuation of its annual Skechers Foundation Scholarship Program, and will award $100,000 in college scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year.“Over nearly a decade, the Skechers Friendship Walk has enabled thousands of children to thrive – with millions of dollars that have made kids with special needs and our schools a top priority,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “The Walk has broken attendance and donation records every year since it started – it resonates with families on such a profound level. And it’s supported an entire generation of youth, from elementary kids who are just starting out to twenty-somethings who are now making an impact on the world.”“The Skechers Foundation Scholarship Program is just another great way that Skechers is making a difference,” added legendary boxer and Skechers ambassador Sugar Ray Leonard, who was in attendance at the celebration. “Scholarships don’t just give kids the ability to pursue higher education – they also give them more confidence and motivation to follow their dreams. This prestigious program has helped ambitious students from all over the country attend top state and Ivy League schools including Emory, Penn, Dartmouth and Brown – and I’m so proud to back a brand that inspires our kids to excel.”In addition to new community service scholarships for exceptional Friendship Foundation volunteers, the Skechers Foundation will continue to award more than a dozen $1,000 to $5,000 scholarships to deserving students nationwide based on financial need, academic performance, athletic abilities and leadership qualities. Administered by leading education support manager Scholarship America, the application is currently available to all high school seniors on www.SkechersFriendshipWalk.com. Winners will be announced in early June.The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has grown into California’s largest charity event for children with special needs and education – raising $9 million and uniting more than 67,000 participants since its inception. Funds have supported The Friendship Foundation’s programs and events for children with special needs and their families, as well as educational foundations’ commitments to saving teachers’ jobs, retaining vital academic programs, maintaining smaller class sizes and upgrading school libraries, facilities and technology.last_img read more

PRRD suspends temporary entry permits for Old Fort evacuees

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has suspended all temporary entry permits for residents of the Old Fort subdivision until further notice.The PRRD announced on Monday afternoon that it would be issuing temporary entry permits for residents who had been out of their homes on Sunday when the evacuation order was issued, allowing them to access their homes and grab essentials such as medications, pets, food, and other supplies.The PRRD said that based on information that was given to its Emergency Operations Centre by a geotechnical engineer, the decision was made to suspend the permits due to the instability of the landslide. Scott Maxwell, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s executive director for the Peace Region, says that Sunday’s evacuation order was issued after the initial slide that occurred on September 30th triggered several other inactive landslide areas on either side of it to reactivate, leading to increasing instability in the slopes above the community.Maxwell said that the Ministry is using a helicopter to conduct LIDAR surveys of the landslide on a daily basis to monitor the slide’s movement and direction.last_img read more

As first international biosafety treaty goes into force Annan urges full compliance

Adopted in January 2000 by States parties to the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety establishes comprehensive rules for the safe transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by providing countries with relevant information to make informed decisions on importing living modified organisms (LMOs).“The entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a landmark for sustainable development, and another milestone in the global effort to reconcile environmental conservation and development,” Mr. Annan said in a message.He noted that biotechnology can contribute significantly to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals but warned that it must be developed judiciously and used with adequate and transparent safety measures.“The Protocol’s entry into force is a welcome step in the right direction,” he declared. “I call on other states to ratify it and I urge the entire international community to work together to fully implement its provisions.”So far 57 countries and the European Community have ratified the convention; 103 countries signed it by the closing date for signature on 4 June 2001.Under the terms of the Protocol, States parties must ensure that risk assessments are carried out for decisions taken under the advance informed agreement (AIA) procedure and must adopt measures to manage any risks identified by risk assessments. They must also monitor and control any new risks that may emerge in the future.Under AIA, any party shipping LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment for the first time must provide the importing country with sufficient prior information to enable it to make an informed decision. If a party approves for domestic use and marketing LMOs intended for direct use as food, feed or processing and these may be exported, that party must communicate its decision and details about the LMOs to the world community via the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH). read more

Baseball falls 70 to Hawkeyes looks to rebound in game 2

Fans expecting a show from the Ohio State baseball team would have to wait for the post-game fireworks as the Buckeyes were helpless against the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 7-0 loss Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium. With senior ace Drew Rucinski on the mound, OSU (22-23, 10-9) looked to build momentum after their win over No. 19 ranked Oklahoma State against the Hawkeyes (19-27, 8-11). Instead, Hawkeyes put on a clinic as they dominated the Buckeyes at the plate and on the mound. They had 11 hits, several of which weren’t hit very hard but found a place in the outfield anyway. “It seemed like it was a ‘hit it where we ain’t’ situation tonight for them,” coach Greg Beals said. “We didn’t have enough going on tonight to win the ball game. It just was one of those nights.” Iowa attacked OSU systematically from the plate, with timely and consistent hitting as they increased their lead throughout the game. The real star of the game was Iowa starter Jared Hippen. The lefty mystified the OSU lineup with an array of off-speed pitches, scattering three hits and striking out five for the complete game shutout. His circle-change kept the Buckeyes guessing. “He’s throwing that soft stuff and as a hitter you just want to whack at it,” freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel said. “It was like whiffle-ball.” “You have to give him credit, he did a good job of mixing speeds on us,” Beals said. “We didn’t stay patient and had we capitalized on the fastballs, it might have been a different story.” Senior outfielder Brian DeLucia described his frustration facing Hippen. “He had a lot of junk,” DeLucia said. “I credit this game to bad defensive at-bats and slow stuff we weren’t used to facing.” The series resumes Saturday at 3:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium between OSU and Iowa. Missed Chances OSU did have chances to generate runs in lieu of Hippen’s performance, but didn’t come through on those chances. They were 0-for-8 at the plate with runners in scoring position. “We had our chances tonight,” Beals said. “When you get those opportunities to drive runs you have to put those balls in play. Rucinski Comes Up Short Rucinski lost his first Big Ten game of the season Friday night. He was previously 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA in conference play. “I thought he pitched the ball pretty good tonight,” Beals said. “Iowa’s a scrappy team that got their hits when they needed them tonight.” read more

Pantomime dame will be gender fluid for first time as topical twist

A pantomime is to have its traditional dame character portrayed as ‘gender fluid’ for the first time in a bid to reflect modern conversations about identity.Organisers of the Dick Whittington production in Sevenoaks, Kent, said entertainer Danny Beard will neither identify as a man or woman in his role during this year’s run at Stag Theatre.Beard, whose real name is Daniel Curtis, said his character’s gender fluidity will feature as a light-hearted theme during the performances with co-stars referring to him as both ‘he’ and ‘she’. Producers said the role, known as ‘the Spirit of London’, was created specially for Beard to explore the “topical issue” of gender identities.Beard, who reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2016 with his drag act, said: “It’s different to a dame role which is a man playing a woman, who we all know is a man. Dick Whittington will run from November 30 to January 6 “The character I’m playing in the panto is quite fluid – sometimes I’d be in a big gown, other times in a sailor outfit.“Panto hasn’t seen these kind of jokes or discussions about gender before. By mentioning it and bringing it forward we’re giving those people a face but without going on about it. Dick Whittington will run from November 30 to January 6Credit:SWNS “It’s not making any political statement it’s just reflecting the time.“If 10 people out of the thousands who see it go home and Google ‘gender fluid’ and it educates them, that’d mean a lot to me as an LGBT person.”Jamie Wilson, who has produced the panto since the Stag reopened in 2009, said: “The dame is usually the mother of hero who is a man dressed as an older woman.”The role of the panto dame – a man dressed as a woman, which dates back to at least the time of Shakespeare and probably earlier – is still a feature of pantomime today.“Instead of asking Danny to change his look and become a pantomime dame, we made this role for him.“Traditionally you’d have a dame in Dick Whittington and you’d have a fairy in Dick Whittington but by booking Danny we’ve managed to do both things in one performer. “Gender fluidity is a topical issue and so we’ve referenced it and made jokes about it in the same way we’d make jokes about Boris Johnson or Brexit. Panto is supposed to be topical.“It’s the sort of thing that people struggle with. One character speaking to Danny would say: ‘yes sir… I mean ma’am… I mean….’ and the character doesn’t know what to say. “People are struggling with the issue. Some people get it, some people don’t, but everyone struggles with it because it’s a current issue which people are getting to grips with, and there’s comedy to be had in that.” 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. read more

Brazil takes over America for the tenth time

Brazil has, once again, proved that they are the rulers of the continent. After beating Argentina by 38-20 they obtained the Pan American Championship title for the tenth time in history. That makes it 10 out of 14. Absolute dominance from the 2013 World champions, who are still far from the rest of their opponents in America.SAG Villa Ballester was the place to be for handball fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday afternoon. The decisive match of the Pan American Championship was due at 16:15hs and Argentina and Brazil were the protagonists. Both teams reached the final outplaying their rivals and, after the qualification for the World Championship in Germany, it all came down to the continental title.From the beginning of the match, the former World champions stepped on the gas pedal and produced a quick goal difference that they would mantain (and extend) throughout the entire match. 6-2 after 12 minutes forced coach Eduardo Peruchena to ask for Argentina’s first time out to try and make the girls ‘get into’ the match. The rotation of the players did not bring much air to the locals and Brazil kept on imposing their pace in attack and making it hard in defence for their rivals. Not only the mobility was good, but Bárbara Arenhart was also responding under the posts. The first half finished 18-8, a difference that was unsurmountable for the Argentinians.The second half was like a replica of the first period, but neither team slowed down. While Brazil looked like they were trying to reach the 40 goal mark, the locals, supported by their crowd (the stadium hosted nearly 3,000 people) were fighting back to avoid it. The final score was a reflection of the 60 minutes of match, where the defending champions dominated from beginning to end. Eduarda Amorim was top scorer of the match with seven goals, the highest score for her on a single match during the championship.“I’m very happy, I was already Pan American champion with the youth and juniors team, but this is my first title with the seniors. I had the chance to re encounter athletes I coached 15 years ago, to work with them again, and that was something very emotional. I think they took this tournament very seriously, very determined to obtain this title, not only the qualification for the World Championship, but also the title. They know that we have to change some things if we want to be, once again, among the best teams in the world, and their open to all of that. They came to the national team with their minds open, their hearts open. We’ve already changed some things, but we have a lot of work ahead for Tokyo, where we will try to finally get that Olympic medal”, expessed a moved Sergio Graciano, who commanded the Brazilian squad and will join forces with Jorge Dueñas at least until December after the World Championship.Graciano added: “Our defence was our strongest point. Except for the first half of the match against Paraguay, we did it very well, the players  and were able to make the changes correctly and we stole lots of balls, which made it easier to play the transitions. For the very little time we had to prepare this new defence, the girls were able to absorb the new system and to show it on court”.On the other side, Eduardo Peruchena sounded a bit anguished about the final result, after a very good performance throughout the tournament: “We were unable to find the ways to their goal, we were a bit anxious in attack and that is a terrible sin against Brazil. Our plan was to play at our speed, trying to control their fast breaks to have them score only 20 or 25 goals, which is what gave us chances to be closed in the scoreboard in Toronto (Pan American Games 2015) and in Denmark (2015 World Championship), but once they’re in control of the match and at their speed is very difficult to play against them. I’ll stay with our 20 goals as a positive point, but their 38 goals are very difficult for us. Our goal is to keep them in 25 goals or the closest possible”.Peruchena, who lamented the injury suffered by team captain and the “spinal cord” of the team, Antonela Mena (torn her knee on the semifinal against Paraguay), said that despite her absence “which was a very tough shock, from the tactic an animic point of view, evidenced the emotional maturity of this group, which was able to face the situation bravely. This kind of matches are, different from the rest of the matches of the tournament, they’re at the level of ‘Olympic Games’ encounters, so it’s difficult to change from, with no disrespect to our other rivals, from one level to the other in such short time, and I think we were punished for it”. The coach added: “The positive things that I hold on to are the fact that we’re giving minutes to lots of young players, that one of our goalkeepers (Nadia Bordón) is back in shape after a few injuries, that we also have Elke Karsten back in the team; unfortunately we were unable to take the match to our ‘terrain’, so we still have to work on that as the new team that we are, we’re very hopeful about this team for the future that it has and for the way they’re dedicating themselves to this cause”. Antonela MenaargentinabrazilBuenos Aires 2017eduarda amorimGermany 2017La GarraPan American ChampionshipparaguaySergio Graciano The all star team of the tournament, with a ‘curious’ fact, was the following: Goalkeeper: Bárbara Arenhart  – BRA (gave her prize to colleague Jéssica Oliveira)Left wing: Samira Rocha – BRA (also MVP of the tournament)Left back: Manuela Pizzo – ARGCentre back: Marizza Faria – PARRight back: Eduarda Amorim – BRA (never played in that position)Right wing: Jéssica Quintino – BRALine player: Antonela Mena – ARGTop scorer: Sabrina Fiore Canata – PAR (34 goals)The three teams qualified for Germany 2017 are Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. ← Previous Story Over 18.000 votes for SportHero Young World Handball player 2016/2017 Next Story → WCh 2017: Tough groups from Trier to Leipzig read more

AOL chief issues battle cry at Web Summit

first_imgIf you are doing average things in the world, technology and software is going to eat you alive.But he claimed that the company had learned its lesson by focusing less on what their rivals were doing and more on making space for themselves in “big disruptive markets” such as trying to figure out what is next for video online.“The areas we have not done well in we have worried too much about the competition and worried about getting in line with the competition (rather than about the user),” he said.Focusing on human behaviour and how that will shape how technology is used is vital, he said. “Technology changes, humans don’t,” he said, “Human behaviour doesn’t change and now you see technology curve to adapt to that. It’s very important you understand as a company what you are adding to someone’s day.”Armstrong’s tips for the future of online:He’s excited about the growth in smartphones and how and where people are using the internet, ie, faster connections, services and connectivity are going to get better and faster and people will demand content and services that are immediate and mobile.“Sight, sound and motion” will be a “mega trend” – video is just at the “first inning”.A second “mega trend”? The “live publishing of information” – “Twitter doing a good job but it’s only the start”.How to make a tech company successful:Armstrong reiterates his mantra of the four Ps…People – those driving the company of project have to be “driven, maniacal about their product”Plan – the company has to figure out what it’s providing that is of value to people – what distinguishes what you are offering from the next guyProduct – the design, the devices it will work on, the user experiencePromotion – how will you access your target market and how will you present your product to people.He also mentions a ‘fifth P’ as Profit but says he doesn’t put that as top priority because you can’t get there if the other four are not right.Meanwhile, Armstrong was also asked about the tax affairs of AOL and the inclusion of AOL on a list of internet companies who allowed the US National Surveillance Agency to prowl their servers for potential terrorist communications. He had one-sentence answers to each of these.On tax affairs:“We pay our taxes and that’s something we will continue to do.”On AOL being included on the list released by whistleblower Edward Snowden:“AOL works within the legal confines of whatever country it operates in.”This is what the Nasdaq bell ringing in Dublin looks like>Create-your-own-video-ad company wins start-up award>Good news: Over 330 new jobs announced across Ireland> THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE Tim Armstrong has admitted that AOL “missed the market” in the past – but says that the company is on its way back up.Speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin’s RDS today, he said that AOL was a media technology company that not only built or owned consumer products (like TechCrunch and Huffington Post) but also created ad brand products and operated around 40,000 partner platforms – meaning that what the public sees of AOL is not the totality of its business.However, said Armstrong, AOL is still a strong brand, adding the qualification that “whether you like the AOL brand or you don’t, you know it”.He said that while AOL had “missed the mark” in the past, he believes it’s on the way back up, for example, by becoming a “significant player” in the video space, referring to the AOL On service.AOL has been regarded as a company with a deal of failures and missed opportunities in its history – as chronicled in this New York Times blogpost from 2009.As Armstrong admitted today:last_img read more

Continuing Momentum of Free Trade Agreements Welcome News for Soybean Growers

first_imgTrade negotiations are officially on the horizon with the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom, continuing the momentum generated by a bilateral deal with South Korea (KORUS) and a renegotiated NAFTA agreement with Mexico and Canada, now the USMCA.The American Soybean Association (ASA) has consistently requested a negotiated solution to the trade war with China and urged that exports lost to this key market be offset through new free trade agreements. ASA is hopeful that the Administration’s formal notice to Congress that it will enter trade negotiations with the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom as soon as mid-January will make a settlement with China a plausible next step, bringing an end to the devastating tariff imposed on American soybeans.Concluding the USMCA and success with subsequent FTA negotiations with Japan, the EU and other countries would mean opportunities to potentially increase U.S. soy and livestock product exports to other promising markets, including the Philippines. ASA is encouraging the Administration to consider adding Vietnam and Indonesia to its list of potential negotiating targets. Knowing, however, that increased sales to these markets won’t offset lost U.S. export to China, ASA continues to emphasize the need to reach an agreement that rescinds the current tariffs and allows soy growers to begin to restore this vital, number one export market.last_img read more

14 kids die of Encephalitis in Bihars Muzaffarpur

first_imgIndian medical staff attend to a child admitted in the Encephalitis ward at The Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on August 12, 2017.SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Nearly 14 children are reported to have died in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE).According to the reports, five children have died in the past 24 hours due to the infection and over a dozen, kids are being treated at Shri Krishna Memorial College Hospital (SKMCH) and Kejriwal Hospital after showing various symptoms of Encephalitis, including high fever and unconsciousness.At least 21 children were admitted at Shri Krishna Memorial College Hospital and 14 were admitted at Kejriwal Hospital on Friday. The Superintendent of SKMCH Sunil Shahi said that the hospital has received a total of 38 patients so far and most of them have glucose deficiency in their blood.District Civil Surgeon SP Singh said that two of the children who died last week has been confirmed of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. The death of the rest is unknown as of now but the authorities are investigating the incident.Singh said that most of the patients suspected of the infection were brought to the hospital with high fever and Hypoglycemia (a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar (glucose), the body’s main energy source).”All primary health centres in the district have been put on high alert. But the people need to be cautious about their children as well. Give them as much liquid as you can and keep them hydrated,” he added, reports PTI.Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) is a serious health problem in India. It can be identified by the starting of high fever and clinical neurological manifestation that includes mental confusion, disorientation, delirium or coma. The infection commonly affects children and young adults and can lead to considerable morbidity and mortality.According to the National Health Portal of India, Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) is the major cause of AES in India (ranging from 5%-35%). Herpes simplex virus, Influenza A virus, West Nile virus, Chandipura virus, mumps, measles, dengue, Parvovirus B4, enteroviruses, Epstein-Barr virus and scrub typhus, S.pneumoniae are the other causes of AES in sporadic and outbreak form in India. Nipah virus, Zika virus are also found as causative agents for AES. The etiology in a large number of AES cases still remains unidentified.last_img read more

Ford Wants to Remove New Car Odors by Heating Up Vehicles

first_imgStay on target Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo If you dislike the “new car smell,” you’re in luck: Ford filed a patent for an odor-eliminating process that uses heat to get rid of the leather-like aroma in new automobiles.Ford, which filed the “vehicle odor remediation” patent  in July, aims to appeal to its global customer base, including customers in China, who reportedly prefer to buy odor-free cars, reported the Detroit Free Press.According to a 2018 J.D. Power China Initial Quality Study, more than 10 percent of drivers in China complained about new car smells. Considering China has one of the largest car markets worldwide, Ford is taking note of what customers want when it comes to brand new automobiles.AdChoices广告Ford’s patent said that new car odors come from volatile organic compounds given off by vinyl, leather, plastic, and chemicals used in vehicle production. When new automobiles are exposed to high temperatures, that’s when the odors kick in.To eliminate new car smells, the patent said the car would need to park in the sun, slightly open windows, and have the engine, heater, and fan turned on. This process would allegedly involve semi-autonomous vehicles that can tell when to expel compounds, drive themselves to a sunny spot, and bake away the unpleasant smell.The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or Ford haven’t provided updates on the odor-removal process yet, however it would be interesting to see how this high-tech innovation could reduce new car smells in the future.More on Geek.com:Will Autonomous Cars Become Brothels on Wheels?‘Flying Sports Car’ Could Be the Smallest in the WorldVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each Otherlast_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | January 04, 2009 Toshiba Earns Frost & Sullivan’s Innovation Award for Cardiovascular Imaging News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more January 5, 2009 – Frost & Sullivan said it has awarded Toshiba America Medical Systems with its 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Healthcare Innovation. Toshiba launched a variety of cardiovascular imaging devices in 2008, including the recently-released Aplio Artida, a cardiac ultrasound. This product has taken echocardiography a step ahead of plain 4D imaging by automating complex measurements (wall motion tracking) made possible by 4D imaging. The company also released its five-axis cardiovascular X-ray system. Toshiba’s newest Vantage MR system has reportedly set new standards in contrast-free MR angiography (MRA).Toshiba also released the Aquilion ONE, a CT system based on a 320-detector architecture, providing high temporal resolution and reportedly offering the industry’s widest anatomic area coverage per gantry rotation. It enables robust, dynamic imaging of the entire heart in a single heartbeat and at a much lower radiation dose. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.last_img read more

Honduran gangs offer peace from prison

first_imgIn San Pedro Sula, the gangs run lucrative extortion rackets and drug-dealing networks, using their prison confines as fortified commander centers from which they can safely direct operations. Built for 700 inmates, the city’s lockup is a ruin of crumbling concrete-block walls and rusting concertina wire, packed with 2,500 prisoners.The gangs are locked in separate, more spacious cell blocks to keep them apart from each other and the rest of the prison population. Their wives and girlfriends come and go as they please, but guards only enter with the gangs’ permission — or not at all.On a recent morning, the gang leaders granted an audience to Emiliani and a visiting delegation from El Salvador, which included the priest and social worker who have led the peace negotiations there. A Washington Post reporter was allowed to tag along.They entered first into the 18th Street cell block and a skunky haze of marijuana smoke. Several dozen gang members lounged by a large flat-screen TV or ordered drinks at the tiki bar under a sign that read “Casino.”The setting resembled a fraternity house, only with elaborate murals of guns and gang lore, and teenage lookouts posted at every window, perched on wooden crates suspended from the ceiling.The gang leaders who received the delegation wouldn’t give their names. They ordered the music lowered and arranged plastic chairs in a circle for the visitors.“We’ve taken the first step, but the police have to stop killing us,” said the man with facial tattoos, one of which was the L.A. Dodgers’ logo. “We have our dignity, too.”Their appeal, in essence, was a peace offering to society at large, saying that the police persecution of their families had become unbearable and that they were willing to go straight. They had kids to worry about, they said.The 18th Street commanders never mention their rivals, and as the delegation moved to the MS-13 cell block at the opposite end of the prison complex, a gang leader who introduced himself as “Marco” said a truce with his enemies “may or may not happen.”The MS-13 wing had an elaborate carpentry shop, brand-new power tools and 60 hand-crafted bed frames that were stacked and varnished in a courtyard, ready for donation to a senior center as a gesture of good faith.“Right now, we’re trying to show society that we can contribute,” said Marco, a genial, middle-aged man with a slight paunch, who said he was serving a 15-year term for murder. “We are doing it with deeds, not just words.”Marco claimed to be the highest-ranking MS-13 leader in San Pedro Sula — an assertion backed by prison authorities — and offered his cellphone numbers and email address as a way to keep in touch.“I have all the technology I want in here,” he said with a laugh.In El Salvador, even as gang murders have plunged, other crimes have not, leaving many to doubt that members will give up their lethally enforced extortion schemes to make bed frames and baked goods. Few in Honduras said they thought the gangs would stop squeezing taxi drivers, shopkeepers and other businesses for the weekly “war tax” they exact.Then there are other reasons to take a hardened view: The gangs are thought to be less structured and regimented than in El Salvador, so a peace deal made in prison might not hold on the streets if other crime bosses defy it.And in El Salvador, the government’s involvement and quid-pro-quo approach to granting gang leaders better prison accommodations and other concessions has been crucial, observers say.Honduras’s government has offered tacit support for the church-led efforts with the gangs, but getting state resources for rehabilitation and reintegration will be difficult in a country where basic services are lacking.“This effort is not popular in Honduras. These gangs have committed horrible crimes and have left many with scarring memories,” said Blackwell, the OAS official.Raul Mijango, a former Salvadoran guerrilla who helped negotiate an end to his country’s civil war, said that like Marxist rebels then, the gangs see themselves as fighting for their survival in a country that has failed to provide them with basic security: a decent education, job opportunities and safe neighborhoods.“They’re really asking for the same thing — for the state to function,” Mijango said. “The question is whether society will be willing to give them a chance.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments MS-13 members inside the San Pedro Sula Prison in Honduras with stacks of bed frames ready for donation to a local senior center. Washington Post photo by Nick Miroff No related posts.center_img SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — The chihuahua, like its masters, seemed rather comfortable in prison.The dog scampered after a roach that crawled out from under the tiki bar, then calmly settled back into the lap of El Conejo (The Rabbit), a leader of the 18th Street gang.“We take responsibility for the mistakes we’ve made,” El Conejo said, stroking the chihuahua. “And like good people, we want to change.”Beside him, another high-ranking 18th Street member nodded, his forehead bannered in tattoos. “Violence just generates more violence,” he said.In the prisons of battle-scarred Honduras, the country with the highest per capita murder rate in the world, such talk is good cause for skepticism. But it might be the best hope for a reprieve.The 18th Street gang and its arch rival, Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have taken small, suspicion-filled steps in recent weeks toward what church leaders and their backers at the Organization of American States are calling “a peace process,” careful to avoid the term “gang truce.”The goal, the peace-brokers say, is broader than a mere cease-fire between the region’s two most notorious transnational gangs, both of which have thousands of members in the United States. They say they are trying to halt the spiraling drug violence and criminality that have brought new depths of misery and renewed instability to Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.Although the gangs are not driven by political ideology, the negotiators have been drawing on conflict resolution tactics learned a generation ago, when the region’s civil wars triggered cycles of recrimination that were finally overcome at the bargaining table.Forging peace this time seems far tougher. But in El Salvador, where a social worker, a priest and OAS officials first bought the two gangs together 16 months ago, the effort has produced an extraordinary shift.According to government crime statistics, homicides in El Salvador have dropped more than 50 percent since the shot-callers in prison worked out a fragile accord and told their underlings to stand down.Now the challenge is to translate the model to Honduras, where the violence is worse, the drug trade is more lucrative and the government is weaker.Monsignor Romulo Emiliani, the Archbishop of San Pedro Sula, is pushing forward with the effort anyway. If he succeeds in Honduras, the armistice could extend to Guatemala and reach the gang’s franchises, or “clickas,” in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities.U.S. law enforcement agencies are watching closely. “We’re aware of it, but we’re not getting intelligence one way or another as to whether it would have an effect,” said Ray Colgan, director of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, where MS-13 is the largest criminal group. “We don’t have the levels of violence here that they have down there.”In Honduras, which recorded 85 murders per 100,000 residents last year, the gangs are just one party to the killings.The country’s north coast has become the prime smuggling route for Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers moving U.S.-bound cocaine. Bar fights and other petty disputes are often settled with bullets. Criminal impunity reigns. And attempts to purge dirty cops from the ranks of Honduras’s police force have stalled, with the United States temporarily suspending aid last month amid growing evidence that officers have carried out extrajudicial killings of gang members and others.The security crisis in Honduras has driven some, including OAS officials, to appeal directly to gang leaders to stem the violence, while cautioning that such a strategy carries obvious risks.For one, the would-be peace-makers inhabit an exceedingly violent, unpredictable world where leaders don’t tend to live long.On July 12, a day after meeting with OAS officials, El Conejo and a female companion were killed inside the 18th Street cell block, apparently from a grenade blast. Honduran authorities said the incident is under investigation, but initial reports indicate the explosion was an accident, not a targeted hit.“It is a process, and there will be good days and bad days,” said Adam Blackwell, the OAS security official and former Canadian diplomat who has given Archbishop Emiliani and the negotiations international backing.“It took four months in El Salvador to get the gang leaders into the same room together, and they were literally shaking with hate,” Blackwell said. “We haven’t been able to do that yet in Honduras.”Both 18th Street and MS-13 originated on the streets of Los Angeles, expanding into Central America when their members were deported.last_img read more

Avis makes international roadtrips easier with its website and app

first_imgAvis India recently launched its international self-drive service on their website (www.avis.co.in) and mobile app for the Indian travellers travelling to foreign destinations. This launch makes Avis the first car rental company in India which has the capability to enable customers to book self-drive cars in 170 countries with over more than 5,500 rental locations.As outbound tourism is booming, the future of international self-drive is very promising. With the upcoming months being the most preferred season for international travel for Indians, customers are increasingly looking for self-drive services in top international locations such as the U.S., UK, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Ireland, France, and Spain, among others.Customers using Avis services also get a ‘Pay-Later’ option, wherein they can reserve the car with Avis and make the payment at the time of collecting the car at the rental station abroad. Customers also benefit from Avis India’s commitment to deliver an ideal rental experience, with features like instant booking confirmation, GPS, one-way rental, unlimited mileage, option to add an additional driver, child safety seat, as well as car insurance that covers theft and damage.Commenting on the launch of the international self-drive service, Sunil Gupta, Managing Director and CEO, Avis India said, “At Avis, our commitment is to provide world class car rental experience to all our customers. All of our new service initiatives and innovations are aimed towards achieving this goal. With our comprehensive network of rental locations and customer support, we are confident that travellers from India will appreciate the comfort, convenience and experience that this service will offer to them. Avis India aims to deliver unparalleled comfort and peace of mind to Indians travelling abroad.”Additionally, as part of the introductory offer, Avis India will provide complimentary international airport lounge access to all the customers who book a car during the first month of its services.last_img read more

OTTAWA – A musical based on the childrens book T

first_img OTTAWA – A musical based on the children’s book “The Hockey Sweater,” a mosquito tale from DJ Kid Koala, and a multidisciplinary production about Inuit myths are among the projects being funded by The National Arts Centre.The organization has announced nine projects that will get $1.4 million from a new fund to support “bold and ambitious” work in music, theatre, dance and performing arts.They include “The Hockey Sweater: A Musical,” based on the classic short story by Roch Carrier and featuring eight young actors who sing, dance and skate their way through the show. It premiered last fall in Montreal and is being redeveloped for a broader audience.Meanwhile, Kid Koala’s stage project “The Storyville Mosquito” uses puppets, miniature sets, multiple cameras and screens to tell the story of a mosquito who leaves his small town to seek fame and fortune.And the production called “Unikkaaqtuat” blends circus arts, music, theatre, and video projection to highlight Inuit people, their traditions “and vision for the future.” It’s a collaboration between Les 7 doigts de la main, Artcirq and Taqqut Productions, with illustrations by artist Germaine Arnaktauyok.The arts centre says the money can be used to help fund workshops, residencies, expand creative teams and casts, and integrate new technology.The National Creation Fund’s artistic producer Heather Moore says it’s meant to give new work the time and resources it needs to reach “its potential, resonate with audiences, and be presented widely beyond its premiere.”Artcirq’s co-artistic directors Terry Uyarak and Guillaume Saladin say they are excited by the financial support.“Here at Artcirq, we have been dreaming for a very long time about a show that is at the same level as shows down south. And now, we are coming!” the duo said in a release issued Thursday.The fund plans to invest up to $3 million in 15 to 20 projects a year. The next round of recipients will be announced in the fall.Other projects announced Thursday include:-“Eve 2050”: a triptych directed by Isabelle Van Grimde that combines dance and digital technologies;-“The Full Light of Day”: a live film/theatre experiment with a script by award-winning artist Daniel Brooks;-“Minowin”: a dance work directed and choreographed by Margaret Grenier, that integrates narrative, motion, song, performance and multi-media design;-“Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinema”: Christian Lapointe’s translation of Martin Crimp’s play, “The Rest Will Be Familiar to You from the Cinema,” itself a re-working of Euripides’ “The Phoenician Women;”-“Treemonisha”: Ragtime composer Scott Joplin’s opera is presented by Volcano Theatre, in association with the Moveable Beast Collective, with a new libretto, orchestration and arrangement that extend themes of feminism and politics;-“who we are in the dark”: contemporary dance choreographed by acclaimed dance artist Peggy Baker, with seven dancers and live music performed by Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. National arts fund backs ‘The Hockey Sweater’ musical, Kid Koala stage show by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 9:25 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more