Aerial Video Toolkit

first_imgHigh-Flying Footage, Music, and Video ElementsWhether it’s soaring above New York City or flying over a vast forest, aerial shots can be striking additions to any video project. As establishing shots, they’re ideal — they effortlessly introduce location, and they look great doing it. They’re also a superb way to add a cinematic, big-budget look to your work.If you’ve always wanted to add an aerial shot into one of your projects but lack the resources to do so, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up all the elements you need to build your own eye-catching aerial sequence without ever leaving the ground.So dive on in to our latest toolkit and pick up professionally shot stock footage, soaring royalty free music, and high-flying video elements to match. Customizable After Effects TemplatesPut the finishing touches on your aerial shot with these After Effects templates made by our friends over at RocketStock.Introduce the location of your aerial with Venue, a striking pack of lower thirds. Or incorporate aerial footage into a title sequence with Keyworks. Or to make your shot really stand out, check out video slideshow, Waypoint.Have a look at our recommendations, then head to RocketStock to see their full collection. They even have a huge range of freebies available too!Get After Effects Templates. Breathtaking Aerial FootageUsing stock aerial footage comes with huge benefits. For starters, to get the right shot, you won’t need to pay for permits or for helicopter rental. Plus, if you’re not actually shooting on-location, it saves on travel costs.The team at Shutterstock have kindly hand-picked over 100 of their finest aerial shots. This striking set features everything from footage of major world city skylines to a huge variety of landscapes and more. It’s a great, diverse selection that we recommend you keep in mind whenever you need aerial footage.Get Aerial Footagecenter_img High-flying MusicAt PremiumBeat, we believe that pairing the right track with the right aerial shot is magic. That’s why our music team has compiled a playlist of royalty free tracks that are ideal for aerial footage.Ranging from majestic orchestral cues to inspiring, playful instrumentals, these tracks effortlessly evoke the joy and wonder of flight. Take a listen and find the perfect track for your project.last_img read more

Western disturbance to the rescue

first_imgDusty weather conditions continued to prevail across parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Friday even as the weather department said the situation is likely to improve over the next 24 hours as a fresh western disturbance approaching the region is expected to bring in rain.Owing to low visibility, as many as 26 domestic flights were suspended at the Chandigarh international airport.According to India Meteorological Department, strong dusty winds are likely to continue across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh over the next 24 hours. The density of dust in the atmosphere is likely to decrease from Friday evening, with thundershowers expected over parts of north-west India. The key reason for the dusty weather has been the prevalence of west and south-western strong surface winds travelling from Rajasthan.Strong winds “The winds have resulted in increase in levels of coarse particles in the atmosphere in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The situation is likely to continue over the next 24 hours and would dissipate afterwards as a fresh western disturbance is approaching, which will affect parts of north India from June 15 evening onwards,” said Surinder Pal, Director of IMD, Chandigarh.Mr. Pal said light to moderate thunderstorm and rain is likely to occur from late Friday in the north-eastern parts of Punjab including Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Pathankot and adjoining areas and northern parts of Haryana, including Panchkula, Ambala,Yamunanagar, Kaithal including Chandigarh.Rain relief“The rain will increase in intensity and distribution and will cover most parts of Punjab and Haryana from June 15 to 18. Also, strong surface winds are expected in some parts of Punjab and Haryana during this period,” he added.Meanwhile, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has said that the situation is alarming as the air quality has deteriorated due to the haze. “The air quality index is alarmingly high in many cities of Punjab due to dust… Schools should be shut, children and old aged people should avoid going out as the weather condition could adversely impact their health,” Chief Environmental Engineer Krunesh Garg said.last_img read more

Khav v Khan!

first_imgActually the 3 Idiots versus My Name is Khan releases did it, one more time. For some time now, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan have been chewing public space and hijacking popular imagination as few have done in the history of B-town. Sure there were the earlier Dilip-Raj, Dev-Shammi, Rajesh-Shatru, Anil-Jackie face-offs, but hey, this is different. Because in this age of cut-throat competition and a zillion entertainment alternatives — TV, Internet, digital, stage — their red-hot rivalry through mega-starrers, monster fan-following and thumping box-office receipts (aided and abetted by a hysterical 24×7 media) is way above anything else in recent memory…..Actually, so are they. Unique, special and different. Aamir may have started out as the chochweet cute, chocolate-faced lover boy in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, but after a series of bombs — and later hits — decided to forget the Bollywood script and follow his heart. Sure he did pot-boilers like Dil, Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin, Ghulam, even great commercial zingers like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, the timeless Andaz Apna Apna and Sarfarosh. But he really got his act together with Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai.This was Aamir cutting loose, wooing risk to break new ground. Mangal Pandey and Rang De Basanti only re-affirmed this brave new journey and with Taare Zameen Par, Gajini and 3 Idiots, he’s carved his very own signature and seal on every project he connects with. His heart’s “Go” always appears to veto his heads “No!” Guts, courage, instinct, self-belief powered by passionate and full-on follow-up is AK’s lethal work-ethic — and god knows, he’s scored a perfect 10 (both critically and commercially) each time!SRK is a different kettle of fish. A mesmerizing star presence, flamboyant, electric energy, over-the-top moves, in thought, word and deed (don’t we know it?) and charismatic, he is all style, drama and color! With no filmy background, a couple of successful TV serials (Fauji, Circus) and a host of arty projects as starters, SRK zoomed into popular psyche with Deewana and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. However, it took guts for this young, unknown actor from Delhi to accept a hugely rejected negative role (an echo of Amitabh Bachchan and Zanjeer?) in Darr. He had already gone this route, successfully, earlier in Baazigar, but the Yash Chopra film was the big turnaround that he was looking for. Not since Shatrughan Sinha and Amjad Khan was a villain’s role so wildly cheered and celebrated. The new star however was in no mood to rest on his laurels. Doing an astonishing volte-face, he played the ultimate, romantic charmer in a film that was to create box-office history (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge) and slot his pairing with Kajol as the romantic pair of the day. He went along playing Mr. Romantic, with all cylinders firing, blowing everyone’s — read women — mind to smitherns. Dil To Pagal Hai, Pardes, Devdas, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna — SRK was on fire and the glow flared big time to every part of the globe where a SRK starrer was screened.However, like Aamir Khan, SRK too wanted to explore the “actor” within and two films demonstrated clearly that there is much more to him than the predictable, mushy, melodramatic, hi-pitched stylized romances. Swadesh and Chak De India may have faired lamely at the box-office, but any SRK-watcher would agree that these were landmark, path-breaking efforts from a super-star renowned more for style than substance. And now with My Name Is Khan, SRK appears truly serious to turn a new leaf. Is SRK the actor sending across a strong message to SRK the star, “Watchout buddy, I could just overtake you?” So what gives? What’s the score? Who’s winning? It really depends on whom you’re asking! Globally, SRK is clearly the hotter ticket. Spontaneous, rebellious, enterprising, charming, audacious, rocking and hugely entertaining in a mesmerizing, matchless audience-friendly way, King Khan is dynamite, eliciting rock-star like hysteria. Aamir is diametrically opposite. Studied, focused, methodical, with an obsessive eye for detail and perfection, maddeningly selective and completely private when not promoting his film or a cause, he lets his films do the talking… and man, do they talk!Despite the lack of frontal and full-on public glare that SKR enjoys, Aamir seems have the last laugh. His 3 Idiots, has pipped My Name Is Khan in the box office stakes and his astonishing $7 million endorsement deal — over SRK’s $3 million — signed with a UAE-based telecommunications service provider last month, jolted even the jaded in Bollywood. However, at the end of the day, for devotees of the two Khans, it’s an embarrassment of riches! Both love cinema passionately, take their work very seriously and over time have entered the production business as well. Dedicated to their calling and completely focused on endeavouring to “be the change you want” in their very own, special and unique ways, the conclusion is simple: Don’t compare them. Just love them. B-town — and their zillion fans — need them both!   Related Itemslast_img read more

‘Vote! Love! Support PBA,’ among signs borne by ‘Spider-Man’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “It’s not my intention to hurt anyone. My message is about spreading love so why would I even go out there and hurt [June Mar]?”Felizarta, who was yet to be identified at that time, told league Commissioner Willie Marcial that he decided to make a statement “because it’s the elections.”He said that he had been doing stunts like this “since 2010” and that he is running a charity.“I think this is the only chance for us to get things right,” Felizarta explained in Filipino.Two more men were captured by venue security who were later identified as Flenn Lola and Rayahn Paredes.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—The costumed spectator who disrupted Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel and Magnolia on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum will be facing multiple charges, the Inquirer learned late Friday night.PSSG Oliver Bocade of Quezon City Police Department’s Station 7 said that 31-year-old Paolo Felizarta is facing charges on the grounds of unjust vexation, and alarm and scandal after entering the playing court which caused a fracas late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bocade, who is the case investigator, said that Felizarta, who was donning the costume of “Spider-Man” simply wanted to send across a message, which was “to be wise in this coming election.”Felizarta, who hails from Imus, Cavite, streaked onto the court at the 3:06 mark of the final period, bearing a sign.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, logisticsHe ran into Beermen center Fajardo and collided with Christian Standhardinger before he was eventually caught by members of the Araneta’s security and was dragged into the coliseum tunnel where he was unmasked and asked about his objective.“I just want us to love each other. That’s it,” Felizarta told reporters in Filipino. “I couldn’t clearly see through the mask. I’m sorry. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Paredes hit Lola under the assumption that the latter was in cahoots with Felizarta. All three were brought to QCPD’s Station 7 later that night.Fajardo, who was shaken after the collision, told reporters after the game that his jaw continued to hurt. Though he said that he won’t be pressing charges against Felizarta as “no one was seriously harmed.”Recovered from Felizarta were at least 10 neon-green signs. Some of them read “Peace for the Philippines,” “Vote! Love!” and “Support PBA.”Felizarta is expected to be detained until next week as his processing his case could start on Tuesday the earliest due to the weekend and the midterm elections set on Monday. Bocade also noted that it usually takes three days for cases to be raffled to a municipal court.Bocade said Felizarta could post bail. The amount, though, will be determined by a fiscal.“In our experience, minor offenses like this would set someone back by P2,000,” he told the Inquirer.Felizarta was eventually joined by his younger brother and cousin, who both asked not to be named. The pair said they had no prior knowledge of Felizarta’s plans to disrupt the game and stressed that he is different from the “Bicolanong Spiderman” whose charity work is documented in the internet.They said that they are considering on suing San Miguel’s Ronald Tubid, who in the Inquirer’s footage could be seen throwing a punch to the back of Felizarta’s head.The Inquirer tried to ask Felizarta for further comment to which he begged off from. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew At the buzzer!last_img read more

IPL 2017, MI vs KKR: How Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma helped Mumbai Mumbai knock Kolkata out

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Qualifier 2 between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (LIVE SCORECARD)Kolkata were never in this game. Earlier in their innings barring Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav, nobody really did anything at all and thatultimately proved to be their undoing. One of the easiest matches Mumbai could have played, that too for a virtual semi-final.MUMBAI INNINGS:Mumbai have gone through to the finals of the 2017 Indian T20 League with a dominating performance. First they bowled Kolkata out for a total of just 107 with Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah leading the charge. It was then just a matter of time before their batsmen chased it down. Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya more or less got the job done with a 54-run stand with the latter added the finishing touches. Kolkata were never in this game. Earlier in their innings barring Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav, nobody really did anything at all and that ultimately proved to be their undoing. One of the easiest matches Mumbai could have played, that too for a virtual semi-final.One of the top sides in the @ipl @kkr can hold their heads high @mipaltan clinical performance hopefully a cracker of a final comin soon- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 19, 2017Mumbai beat Kolkata by six wickets to go through to the final. Pune await  them, who have beaten them in all occasions this season.We are into our 4?th final! The chase got tricky, but out batsmen kept cool heads to take us through. ????????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/Ie7Xw9S5y4advertisement- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 20174th time Mumbai Indians have reached #IPL final.2010- Runner-up (lost to CSK)2013- Winner (beat CSK)2015- Winner (beat CSK)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 201723.01 IST: U Yadav to K Pandya FOUR! Krunal finishes things off in style! A comfortable win for Rohit Sharma’s men here. It’s short on middle and off, Krunal makes room and looks to cut. It goes off the edge and flies towards third man. The fielder there runs to his right and puts in a dive, but can’t exactly get to the ball. It goes through him and touches the rope. With this, MUMBAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS AND 33 BALLS TO SPARE!  #BELI3VE! pic.twitter.com/9byDrHJjYA- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 2017Mumbai just need 3 more runs to go into the final22.57 IST: A Rajpoot to K Pandya FOUR! Stand and deliver stuff from Krunal Pandya. He hammers this full delivery back past mid off and ends the over with a boundary. The left-hander seems to have pulled a groin muscle playing that shot. But he’s done the job for his side. He just needs to stay out there. MI:105/3 (14 Overs) 22.55 IST: A Rajpoot to K Pollard FOUR! That’s poor from Colin de Grandhomme. Pollard pulls this away short ball which the square leg umpire just about manages to evade. Colin out in the deep runs to his right to get to the ball but lets it go right through him.22.54 IST: Mumbai need 16 runs in 41 balls22.51 IST: Kieron Pollard strides out to the middle. MI: 91/4 (13 Overs)#Pollard leaves one outside off! And no, it’s not a Test match.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.48 IST: N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma OUT! Rohit Sharma is gone! Shortish ball pounded in, Rohit gives the charge and pulls it over mid-wicket. It’s straight down the throat of Ankit Rajpoot in the deep who takes a good catch. A little too late though, at best a complimentary wicket for Kolkata.WICKET! MI – 88/4Coulter-Nile dismisses Rohit Sharma as Rajpoot takes the catch in the deep. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/0Grnb4fuT3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017Qualifier 2. 12.2: WICKET! RG Sharma (26) is out, c Ankit Rajpoot b Nathan Coulter-Nile, 88/4 https://t.co/r5FhrdPkQh #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201722.48 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.22.44 IST: S Narine to K Pandya FOUR! Goes inside out and gets the desired result. Leans ahead and lofts it neatly over extra cover for a boundary. Super shot. MI: 88/3 (12 Overs)Take us over the line, Krunal! ?????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/OXTM8YE1zm- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.44 IST: S Narine to K Pandya FOUR! That’s a lovely shot. Flat, short and around off, Krunal backs away a bit and runs it fine past short third man. The placement is perfect as the ball races away to the boundary line.22.43 IST: P Chawla to R Sharma SIX! THAT’S OUTTA HERE! Chawla floats it up around off, Rohit Sharma reaches out and smokes it over long on. Sends it deep into the stands and ends the over with a maximum. 16 off the over, a big one for Mumbai. MI: 80/3 (11 Overs)advertisementSIX! Into the top tier by #RohitSharma. He took the attack to Chawla.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.41 IST: P Chawla to K Pandya FOUR!  Two in two for the southpaw. Loopy and full on middle and off, Krunal slog sweeps this over mid-wicket. Wide long on tries to cut it off by running to his left with a dive but fails in his attempt to do so.FOUR! Krunal is getting into the mood now! He gets down on his knee and slog sweeps the ball for a boundary.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/QES629za3W- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.40 IST: P Chawla to K Pandya FOUR! That’s well struck! It’s tossed up outside off, Krunal stands his ground and hammers this straight back down the ground. Doesn’t give the man at long off any chance to stop that oneFOUR! Calculative hit by Krunal! He darts the ball straight down the ground and beats long off.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.38 IST: Sunil Narine bowls a tihgt over. MI:64/3 (10 Overs)22.37 IST: Captain Rohit Sharma, Kolkata’s bane.#RohitSharma has gone past 700 runs against KKR – one of his favourite opponents.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.32 IST: P Chawla to K Pandya FOUR! Fuller outside leg, Krunal Pandya goes for the sweep. Gets a bottom edge on it and the ball rolls away to the fine leg fence for a boundary. MI: 61/3 (9 Overs) Strategic TimeoutFOUR! Krunal goes for the sweep and hits it fine enough to beat the fielder at short fine leg.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.30 IST: P Chawla to R Sharma FOUR! Rohit completes 3000 runs for Mumbai Indians.  Fuller delivery outside off, Rohit Sharma crunches that through the cover region for a boundary. That was a beautiful shot.The captain’s out there leading the charge! ??#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/SbZXt729Dp- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.27 IST:  Nathan Coulter-Nile gives away just six runs.MI:50/3 (8 Overs)The kings is in the building. #IPL Qualifier 2: The various moods of @iamsrk #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/JBP4adHRGk- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201722.23 IST: S Narinet oK Pandya FOUR! Clever shot! Floated around middle and leg, Pandya shuffles a bit and kneels down to helps the ball really fine down the leg side for a boundary. MI:43/3 (7 Overs)22.19 IST: P Chawla to A Rayudu OUT! Crucial wicket! Floats a leg spinner around off, the ball hardly spins. Rayudu tries to defend in line. Gets beaten by it completely and the ball goes onto rattle the stumps. Chawla gets his man and Rayudu fails to make a mark. MI: 36/3 (6 Overs)Rayudu plays slightly inside the line and gets bowled. That was a good ball to be honest.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MIadvertisement- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.17 IST: Piyush Chawla back in the attack.22.16 IST: Tight over from Narine. MI:32/2 (5 Overs)3?2?/2? in 5 overs!That was a tight over by Narine! Our boys were cautious.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.13 IST: Sunil Narine is brought into the attack.#Narine has a good record against MI captain, Rohit Sharma. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/5zZQTpgfjv- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201722.12 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile gives away just six runs. MI:30/2 (3 Overs)3?0?/2? in 4 overs!We saw some good running in that over. Keep it up, boys!#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.07 IST: U Yadav to P Patel WICKET! Umesh strikes! Good length delivery outside off, Patel tries to flay on the off side. Gets a small outside edge on it and the ball goes through to the keeper. Uthappa accepts the gift and takes a good catch to send Patel back in the hut. MI 24/2 (2.5 overs) vs KKR 107.@y_umesh gets rid of Parthiv Patel for 14,MI are 24/2. Come on, #Knights! ???#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/4wIgyK5gxT- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201722.04 IST: U Yadav to P Patel FOUR! Two in two! Sprayed into the pads, Parthiv Patel clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary.22.04 IST: U Yadav to P Patel FOUR! Shot! Length delivery outside off, Patel frees his arms and punches it through the extra cover region for a boundary.22.00 IST: P Chawla to L Simmons WICKET! Piyush Chawla strikes on his first over as he traps Lendl Simmons leg before. Wrong ‘un around off, spinning into the batsman. Simmons prods forward and tries to defend it. Gets beaten completely and gets hit straight on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire responds with a raised finger. Chawla draws first blood and Kolkata are sensing hope. MI 11/1 (1.3 overs) vs KKR 10721.52 IST: Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons out in the middle to chase 108. Umesh Yadav takes the new ball.KOLKATA INNINGS:Incredible bowling performance from Mumbai! After electing to bowl, Rohit Sharma handed the responsibility of the new ball to Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah. They did not disappoint an even a bit as the latter send back the dangerman Lynn back in the hut. All the other batsmen were struggling in the middle and could hardly score any runs in the middle. Karn Sharma was handed the ball in the fifth over and things just got worse for Kolkata.We have bowled KKR out for their 5th lowest total! 4? of their 5? lowest total have come against us. ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/BOyeNC9AB1- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.40 IST: Karna Sharma’s 4 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah’s 3, helps Mumbai bowl out Kolkata for a paltry 107.21.38 IST: L Malinga to A Rajpoot OUT!  Bowled! Malinga has his first of the game. Bowls it slow again, deceives Ankit Rajpoot once more and makes his play early. This time it’s on the stumps and he’s gone. A dominating performance for Rohit Sharma and his men as KOLKATA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 107! OUT! Couldn’t find the off stump, Malinga goes for the leg stump and nails it! ??#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/02YdnzZ2SJ- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.35 IST: Lasith Malinga misses thrice misses the stumps with his yorkers. Wicket around the cormer?21.31 IST: J Bumrah to U Yadav FOUR! Attempted yorker just outside off, Ankit Rajpoot puts bat on ball and gets it off the inside edge. It races away past the leg pole to the fine leg fence for a boundary. KKR:106/9 (18 Overs)21.29 IST: J Bumrah to S Yadav OUT! Another wicket down for Kolkata. Back of a length coming back in, Suryakumar Yadav stays back and gets a top edge on his pull shot. It skies down to fine leg where Lasith Malinga comes underneath it. Judges the ball well and takes it well in the end diving forward.OUT! Team-work by fast bowlers! Bumrah bowls a good short one, Yadav’s pull is beautifully taken by #Malinga.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/XUMgiVtwNM- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.26 IST: M Johnson to N Coulter-Nile OUT! Johnson has his second. Spears it full on middle and leg, Coulter-Nile makes room and slogs it over mid-wicket. Doesn’t middle it as Hardik Pandya comes running in. Dives forward and takes a good catch. KKR: 101/8 (17 Overs) OUT! Coulter-Nile has been Mitched! He looks to go after Mitch, but mistimes and finds Hardik in the deep.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.25 IST: M Johnson to N Coulter-Nile SIX! That’s right out of the screws! What a hit, Nate! Back of a length on off, Coulter-Nile picks up the length early and is in position quickly. Rocks back and heaves it high and handsome over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.SIX! Coulter-Nile hits one into the stands & that brings up the 1?0?0? for us. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/By40ZGEOth- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201721.23 IST: M Johnson to P Chawla OUT! Johnson strikes! Full and outside off, Piyush Chawla stands his ground and looks to go downtown. Gets it off the toe end however and it’s straight to Ambati Rayudu at mid off who takes a dolly.OUT! Johnson picks up his first and he deserved it! A comfortable catch for Rayudu!! ??????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/5WiVGSyMIh- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.21 IST:  Mitchell Johnson is back on for a bowl.21.19 IST: Tight first over from Hardik. KKR: 92/6 (16 Overs)21.17 IST:  Hardik Pandya is called in for a bowl, finally.21.15 IST: Karn Sharma ends his spell with four wickets, and his best figures (4/16) in IPL career. KKR:88/6 (15 Overs) Best figures for spinners in #IPL knock-outs:4/16 Anil Kumble (2009)4/16 KARN SHARMA (Tonight)4/54 Karanveer Singh (2014)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 2017Take a bow, Karn! His finest @IPL spell! ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/0hq7vmq0aB- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.14 IST: Strategic Timeout. Just when it was looking that Kolkata could switch gears and take them to a respectable total. Karn Sharma, steps in and bags them another important dismissal of Ishank Jaggi to upset the momentum of the side. Mumbai are cruising at the moment and will look to restrict Kolkata anything under 120.21.12 IST: K Shrama to I Jaggi OUT! Karn has his 4th of the game. He’s come on and broken the partnership which was going along well, just as his captain would have liked. Bowls it full again, Suryakumar Yadav skips down and looks to clear long on. Doesn’t get it off the middle and it’s straight to Mitchell Johnson out there who takes it well above his head. Mumbai back in the driving seat as the 56-run stand is broken.OUT! Karn gets his 4?th. Jaggi looks to give the charge but finds the sae hands of Mitchell Johnson.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.09 IST: Karn Sharma is back for a bowl, for his last over.21.08 IST: L Malinga to I Jaggi FOUR! That’s an excellent shot, beautiful timing on that. Malinga goes for the yorker but just misses, it’s too full and Ishank Jaggi doesn’t fail to put it away. Whips this away through mid-wicket and beats the man out in the deep. Very Dhoni-esque, that. Identical to his helicopter shot.  KKR:83/5 (14 Overs) 50-run stand between Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav.5?0? partnership between @ishank_jaggi and @surya_14kumar After 14 overs, we are 8?3? / 5?. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017 21.05 IST: L Malinga to I Jaggi FOUR! Fuller and slower on the stumps, Ishank Jaggi gets low and uses his wrists very well. Turns it over square leg and sends it across the rope.21.02 IST: K Pandya to S Yadav FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for SKY, this is good batting from him. It’s tossed up and right in his slot, he opens his body up and lofts it cleanly over extra cover. Falls just inside the rope and goes across for a boundary. KKR: 71/5 (13 Overs)Back-to-back boundaries from @surya_14kumar in that over.After 13 overs, we are 7?1? / 5?. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/BgHoPWQAR9- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201721.01 IST: K Pandya to S Yadav FOUR! Full and coming in on middle, Suryakumar Yadav kneels down and nails the sweep to perfection. Gets it through the vacant square leg region to start the over with a boundary.20.59 IST: M Johnson to I Jaggi Three runs taken.Angling in heavily and it’s going down leg a bit, Ishank Jaggi makes room and whips it away through mid-wicket. Ambati Rayudu out in the deep runs to his left and slides to keep the ball from the rope. Saves a run for his team. KKR: 61/5 (12 Overs)20.56 IST: M Johnson to I Jaggi FOUR! Good start to the over again. This is good, attacking batting from Ishan Jaggi. Johnson comes around the wicket and bowls it full, takes the pace off it as Jaggi gives the charge. Smacks it through extra cover and gets a boundary to his name.20.51 IST: K Pandya to S Yadav SIX! From around the wicket, the line is poor as it’s going down leg a bit. Suryakumar Yadav kneels across and sweeps it over the fine leg fence for a flat biggie. Excellent shot. KKR:53/5 (11 Overs)??? runs from the over. After 11 overs, we are5?3? / 5?..@surya_14kumar sweeps well and hits a flat six! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/o2Dg6jXTqZ- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017 Qualifier 2. 10.1: K Pandya to S Yadav, 6 runs, 49/5 https://t.co/r5FhrdPkQh #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201720.51 IST: Jaggi manages to hold his fort against Malinga. KRR:43/5 (10 Overs)4?3?/5? at the half-way mark of the innings.Paltan, what do you think will happen in the second half? ??#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.48 IST: Lasith Malinga will bowl again.20.43 IST: Karn Shrama comes back to try his luck for a hat-trick. Doesn’t manage it, but keeps it tight. KKR:39/5 (9 Overs)Worst starts in #IPL knock-outs:29/5 RCB v GL 2016 (W)31/5* KKR v MI 2017 (?)36/5 CSK v MI 2013 (L)40/5 KXIP v CSK 2008 (L)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 201720.41 IST: Fine over from Krunal.  KKR:36/5 (8 Overs)Strategic timeout. 3?6?/5? at the end of 8 overs!Krunal gets off the blocks with a tight over.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.39 IST:  Krunal Pandya to have a go with the ball.20.37 IST: K Shrama to C de Grandhomme OUT! PLUMB! Googly on off, the ball drifts into the batsman. Colin de Grandhomme tries to cut it really late but he gets hit flush on his back leg. The players appeal and the umpire is quick to raise his finger. Karn Sharma is full of happiness and de Grandhomme departs on a duck. KRR: 31/5 (& Overs)OUTTTTT!!! 2? in 2? for Karn! He has sent Grandhomme back for a golden ??.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.36 IST: K Shrama to G Gambhir OUT! Gambhir departs! Into the pads, Gambhir makes room and tries to heave it hard over the mid-wicket region. Does not get the elevation on it as the ball goes straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. Hardik Pandya takes a simple catch and the skipper has to walk back to the hut.OUT! Gautam Gone-bhir! Karn gets his second as the KKR skipper holes out to Hardik at deep mid-wicket. ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.32 IST: K Shrama to G Gambhir FOUR! Good shot! Floats this one outside off, Gambhir comes down the track and plays the perfect inside out shot over the extra cover region for a boundary.20.31 IST: Wicket maiden from Bumrah, as the powerplay come to and end. KKR: 25/3 (6 Overs)2?5?/3? in 6 overs!WICKET MAIDEN! The only change in the score from the last over is the number of wickets.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.28 IST: J Bumrah to R Utappa OUT! Bumrah is on a roll! Angling into the stumps from a good length outside off. Uthappa tries to clip it through but fails to make contact. Gets rapped on the pads and the players appeal for an LBW. The umpire is quick to raise his dreading finger. Kolkata are struggling out there in the middle. Replays show that the ball was going to hit the top of leg stump.OUT! Trapped in front! Uthappa is late on a straight ball and is hit on his pad. BOOOM-ROARS please!#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/vCRjk8FW65- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.27 IST:  Jasprit Bumrah is back on to bowl.Bumrah back into the attack! He will look to break this potentially dangerous stand.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.25 IST:  Robin Uthappa is the next batsman in. KKR: 25/2 (5 Overs)2?5?/2? at the end of 5!A wicket-claiming start by our leggie – this is fantastic.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.23 IST: K Sharma to S Narine OUT!  Wrong ‘un does the trick! Narine charges early and Karn Sharma sees him coming. Tosses up a googy around off, Narine goes to hit against the spin. Fails to read the away turn and misses it completely. Parthiv Patel accepts the ball gleefully and dislodges the bails to send Narine back to the hut. His struggle in the middle comes to an end.OUT! No-rine show! Karn bowls a straightish one and Narine skips down the track, only to be stumped! ???#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.21 IST: Karn Sharma is into the attack now.20.20 IST: Four overs gone. KKR 22/1. Narine 10*, Gambhir 6*20.18 IST: : L Malinga to S Narine SIX! First maximum of the night! Length delivery around middle and leg, Narine makes room and heaves it over the backward square leg boundary for a biggie. He has done enough of the waiting.20.17 IST: Lasith Malinga into the attack.20.13 IST: M Johnson to G Gambhir FOUR! Creamed! Length delivery outside off and Gambhir says thank you. Leans into it and drives it crisply through the extra cover region for a single. KKR: 13/1 (3 Overs)20.09 IST: Gautam Gambhir walks in at No.3. KKR: 5/1 (2 Overs)20.07 IST: J Bumrah to C Lynn OUT! Bumrah gets his man! Angling into the batsman at a length around off, Lynn tries to go big downtown. Does not time and middle it well as the ball goes straight to the fielder at long on. Pollard pockets it with ease and Mumbai will be excited as the dangerman Lynn has to walk back to the hut.OUT! Nothing Lynnsane tonight! Bumrah gets Lynn at long on! Fantastic field placement by #RohitSharma.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.05 IST: Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.That’s 1?0?0? T20 appearances now for @Jaspritbumrah93, and he’s just getting started!#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/N3ZChn4tSw- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.04 IST: Mitchell Johnson bowls a tidy first over. KKR3/0 (1 Over)3?/0? in 1 over!What a start by @MitchJohnson398 – right on the money.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201719.57 IST: The players are making their way out in the middle. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine walk out with bat in hand for Kolkata.Mitchell Johnson has been handed the responsibility with the new ball.Rohit Sharma is just 13 runs away from completing 3000 runs for Mumbai Indians.#IPL – ARE YOU READY FOR A SUPER HIT(MAN) SHOW? @ImRo45 #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/wFasEsVPsr- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201719.49 IST: Mumbai go in with the upper hand.The 15 wins by Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders are the the most by any team in Head to Head contests in the #IPL #MIvKKR #IPL2017- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 2017Playing XIs:Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Ishank Jaggi, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Ankit RajpootMumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga#IPL Qualifier 2 – Here’s the Playing XIs for @mipaltan vs @KKRiders #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/H3pzA3kUOU- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2017Gautam Gambhir: “We were looking to chase as well. Hopefully the batters can set the game for the bowlers today. We have two changes: Ankit Rajpoot comes in place of Yusuf Pathan and Colin de Grandehomme comes in place of Boult.”Rohit Sharma: “We will field first. By the looks if it, looks a good wicket, but will play slower, as has been the case all season in Bangalore. With weather in mind, we wanted to chase. It’s like a semifinal and try and see what we can do. Last game was an eye opener. So we have spoken about things that need to be corrected. McClenaghan is injured, Johnson comes in.”In this contest between MI & KKR we have the two best captains of the IPL too. #MIvKKR- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 19, 201719.39 IST: Mumbai win toss, choose to bowl MI win the toss, KKR will bat first. Colin de Grandhomme and Ankit Rajpoot in playing XI. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/vVbzfOTGL7- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017Both the teams have won this competition twice and will be itching to move onto the finals and hope to make it three. Mumbai, who topped the table will back themselves against the side from the east as they hold a 15-5 record against them. Kolkata have had a good season at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium and they will be looking to replicate their performance again.19.17 IST: Scenes from Chinnaswamy Beautiful day out here in Bengaluru, and we’re ready to for the cricket! #CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/rQxXXk9loW- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 2017 Mumbai have a 2-0 record against Kolkata this season. Gambhir’s memories of Chinnaswamy and rains from the Eliminator in Begaluru are worrying him, as expressed by the Kolkata Knight Riders captain in “Captain’s Diary: Rain drops felt like missiles” published on KKR’s official website.”I remember I have always hated rains. As we waited for showers to stop, I was thinking, here we go, this could be it. As it is I am such a poor loser and the possibility of crashing out of a tournament due to rain was killing me. There were some guys playing French cricket and I couldnt understand how could they? I was at my brooding worst. Sony, the official broadcasters, made it even tougher. Whoever in their team was responsible to fill the rain time was surely not a KKR supporter,” he wrote. Read the full article hereThe last time both teams met at a neutral venue, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians and went onto win the IPL title back in 2014 for the second time in their history. A serious heavyweight bout on the cards. Two Champions who will go hell for leather. Bring it on @mipaltan @KKRiders #MIvKKR #IPL pic.twitter.com/aZHToD9ZbB- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 19, 2017This is what happened last time. Will there be a repeat?BCCI PhotoRain could once again play spoilsport in the second qualifier match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru. The weather forecast predicts thunderstorm in the city this evening.Brief Preview:Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League Qualifer 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.KKR have an abysmal 5-15 head-to-head record against Mumbai Indians, who notched up twin victories over their rivals in the league stage of the tournament this year.In fact, Mumbai Indians had pulled off their first win of the season against KKR at the Wankhede stadium last month when they beat them by four wickets with just one ball to spare.Needing 60 runs off last 24 balls, Hardik Pandya had finished the job in dramatic fashion, smashing 29 off 11 balls.Mumbai once again got the better of KKR when they handed them a nine-run defeat in their last league match at the Edens Gardens. (Read full preview here)last_img read more

Pakistan cricket back on track with Champions Trophy win: Shahid Afridi

first_imgExtremely jubilant with Pakistan’s emphatic Champions Trophy title-win, former T20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes that the country’s cricket is now back on track and hoped that team reach some incredible highs in the years to come.The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by 180 runs at The Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title. (Champions Trophy 2017: Aamer Sohail comments might have charged Pakistan up against India, Harbhajan Singh to India Today)”It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive,” wrote Afridi in a column for the International Cricket Council ( ICC).”This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long. It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive.” (Sarfraz Ahmed hopes Champions Trophy triumph brings international cricket back to Pakistan)”The turnaround has left the world bewildered and has brought a wave of ecstasy and unbridled joy for Pakistanis all around the world. As soon as the game ended, celebrations mirroring the 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins began across the country,” he added.The former all-rounder asserted that the victory will remain in the hearts of the Pakistani fans for long and that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side deserve to celebrate well beyond the Eid festival next week as the players richly deserve their victory. (Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed thrilled with emphatic turnaround)advertisementThe 37-year-old further said that at present, Pakistan have got a team that has the ability to develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England.”This squad is built around exciting young talent and has an astute and passionate leader in Sarfraz,” he said. (Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory)”The teams that might have taken Pakistan lightly in this event will never dare to repeat such a mistake again and whatever the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup may be like; Pakistan will be a serious contender for the trophy.””The Champions Trophy 2017 has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed. The fans, especially the youngsters, who saw the team dethrone India, will be inspired to replicate the performances of their heroes in the years to come,” he added. (Champions Trophy 2017: Mohammad Amir is a big match player, says coach Mickey Arthur)The flamboyant cricketer, nicknamed ‘Boom Boom Afridi’, further insisted that just like the 1992 World Cup win gave Pakistan a new generation of match winners, this Champions Trophy victory will also put the country’s cricket back on track.”The 1992 World Cup win gave us a new generation of match winners and this win ranks very close to that, I am confident that Pakistan cricket is back on track and we will see this team reach some incredible highs in the years to come, especially if the team continues to play with the kind of passion and commitment displayed in this tournament,” said Afridi.last_img read more

Cubs Beat Pirates for Wild Card, 4-0

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they’re too young to be here.The stage they seemingly weren’t ready for now seems hardly big enough to contain them. Not with Jake Arrieta dealing. Not with a group of 20-somethings in the field that play with swagger and confidence. Not with a manager adept at keeping the minds of his rapidly maturing team decidedly clutter-free.Watch out baseball, the Cubs — yes, the Cubs — are ahead of schedule. And the timetable only seems to be picking up speed for Joe Maddon’s bunch.Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 7. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Oct. 9.“I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year,” said Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 wins. “This atmosphere, the energy was unbelievable. Tried to use it to the best of my ability. They were loud, they were really loud.”Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber, a rookie who began his season in Double-A, added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.“Jake told me when we talked last night, he said, ‘You give me a few runs, I’m good,’” Fowler said. “And I said, ‘All right, bro, we’ll see what we can do.’”The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball’s youngest teams, one that looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.“You don’t think that these guys are 21, 23 years old, because they don’t play like it,” Arrieta said. “They have elevated their play to a level that’s beyond their years, and it’s one of the big reasons we’re here.”Sounds a lot like the Houston Astros, by the way. They opened this year’s postseason Oct. 6 by winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Pittsburgh was knocked out after finishing second in the majors with 98 victories this year. Last season, the Pirates also were shut out on four hits at home in the wild-card game, losing to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.“Two years in a row we’ve drawn a tough bull,” manager Clint Hurdle said.The bearded, 29-year-old Arrieta, still unbeaten since July 25, stretched his remarkable second half — in which he posted an 0.75 ERA — into the opening round of the playoffs. He threw the first complete-game shutout for the Cubs in the postseason since Claude Passeau tossed a one-hitter in the 1945 World Series against Detroit.Arrieta even laughed off a weird sequence in the seventh when Watson’s fastball hit him in his left side. The benches and bullpens cleared when Watson was issued a warning, leading to little more than a few heated exchanges along the first base line.Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, who’d already been pulled, was ejected and proceeded to give an unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.“It’s two teams battling, grinding it out, supporting their own guys, and sometimes those things happen,” Arrieta said. “But we moved past it, and after that point it was just baseball as usual.”And Arrieta was basically unhittable, as usual.Hurdle shelved slugger Pedro Alvarez — whose 27 homers led the team but whose 23 errors made him a defensive liability — in favor of more sure-handed Rodriguez. Hurdle pointed to the athleticism Rodriguez brought as a major factor, figuring the Pirates would need to get creative to score against Arrieta rather than hope Alvarez runs into the kind of mistake Arrieta has avoided nearly all season.Maddon took the opposite approach, starting Kris Bryant in left and Schwarber in right and Tommy La Stella at third — positions each had played only sparingly during the regular season — because it was the lineup that presented the most firepower.Did it ever.Chicago took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Fowler led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to left by Schwarber.The two hooked up again in the third. Fowler singled with one out and Schwarber turned an 88 mph slider from Cole into a massive two-run shot that appeared destined for the downtown Pittsburgh skyline before disappearing over the stands in right field.“I watched,” Schwarber admitted with a laugh.The blast drained whatever juice remained from a crowd that spent the buildup to the showdown between the teams with the second and third best record in the majors trying to get a rise out of Arrieta on Twitter. All it did was fire him up, tweeting “whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter.”Pretty much.Maddon has preached a “keep it simple” approach since taking over last winter. When Arrieta is on the hill, Maddon’s job tends to get pretty easy.Arrieta retired 10 straight at one point, his only real wobbles coming in the sixth and seventh. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out behind a single, a hit batter and an error.Starling Marte’s sharp grounder, however, rolled right to Addison Russell at shortstop. A toss to second and a throw to first later to complete the double play, and Arrieta and the rest of his teammates were pumping their fist on the way back to the dugout.The team with the best road record in the majors this season hardly fazed by the stakes or the weight of 106 years of postseason futility.The Pirates, meanwhile, head into the offseason after a brief nine-inning stay. Last fall it was Bumgarner and the Giants who silenced the masses in an 8-0 whitewash on their way to winning the World Series.This time it was Arrieta’s turn, perhaps a more alarming development considering the Pirates will spend a large portion of the next decade trying to keep up with Schwarber, Bryant and Russell as well as the Cardinals in the hyper-competitive NL Central. St. Louis led the majors with 100 wins.“Well, sports is hard,” Hurdle said. “Life’s not fair. You go out and play. You get beat, you move on.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Norman Guard Names OSU in Top 4

first_imgThree-star guard Lindy Waters released his top four schools on Tuesday, and the 6-foot-5 wing named OSU in his final four.His list also included Butler, Harvard, and Houston; Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Clemson and Iowa State were notably left out.Waters averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for Norman North last season. He is scheduled to make an official visit to Stillwater on October 2.Take a look at some of his highlights below. 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

Saints gain revenge for ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ loss against Vikings

first_imgShare on Pinterest Jacksonville Jaguars players arrested in London over unpaid £50,000 drinks bill Minnesota Vikings Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more Reuse this content Stefon Diggs had 119 receiving yards and a score in his curtain call after the “Minneapolis Miracle” catch in the NFC divisional round here in January, but he stopped his drag route in a miscommunication with quarterback Kirk Cousins right before Williams picked the ball off for the pivotal third-quarter touchdown. Adam Thielen had another record-setting performance for the Vikings with 103 yards and a score, but his red-zone fumble in the second quarter was returned 54 yards by Marshon Lattimore to set up the go-ahead touchdown for the Saints.The Vikings had the edge on both sides of the ball during the first half. Harrison Smith handed Brees his first interception of the season after 231 attempts without a pick, putting the Vikings in position to stretch a 13-10 lead.Late in the second quarter, Thielen drove forward for extra yards after a short completion and had the ball pried loose by Williams and Alex Anzalone at the 14. Lattimore scooped it up and raced the other way, before Laquon Treadwell took him down. Treadwell then slammed his helmet on the turf in frustration, drawing a devastating 15-yard penalty to give the Saints the ball at the 18 with 57 seconds remaining before halftime. Kamara soared into the end zone two plays later.The Vikings started the second half with the ball and went for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 45. With an empty backfield, Cousins had Treadwell open over the middle, but Lattimore broke up the pass to change possession and set up Lutz’s second field goal.  Since you’re here… NFL … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US sports Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints paid Minnesota back for their last-second loss in the playoffs last season, using two key turnovers, including a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by PJ Williams, to fuel a 30-20 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night.Alvin Kamara scored twice, Wil Lutz made three field goals and Sheldon Rankins had two of the four sacks by the Saints (6-1), who needed only 120 passing yards by Brees to beat the Vikings (4-3-1) this time with far less tension down the final stretch.  Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn match reports New Orleans Saints Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

TFA INVITING COACHES TO ATTEND NTS CAMP

first_imgTouch Football Australia is hosting it’s annual National Training Squad Camp, at Valentine’s Park in Sydney on 1-2 July, 2006.In the Interest of Coach Education, TFA are wanting to invite 3-5 coaches to attend the camp. The coaches will be selected from nominations of those who are:Current Level 2 or 3 NTL Opens Coach Active Opens Coach outside of NTL Endorsed by Permit or State TFA selected Mens, Womens and Mixed Open squads at the recent National Touch League.The purpose of the camp is to :Educate and access players on the TFA high performance program.Monitor and access players with the ability to compete in the 2009 Youth World Cup ; and Expose National Athletes to the highest level of coaching.Australia’s Open coaches and Australian Open representatives will be in attendance along with invited Youth Development members.  The invitation is to potential coaches to attend the camp to provide them with the latest coaching techniques and developments.TFA will cover the accommodation and meals while at the camp, however the invited coaches will be required to make their own travel arrangements to and from the camp.A maximum of 3 to 5 coaches will be selected and those coaches will be notified as to their success.All applicants should submit a short resume of their coaching history with an emphasis on Opens coaching, and a short statement regarding the value they will bring to the camp and hence their selection.Nominations close on Monday 22nd May.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Maree Curran on techsupport@austouch.com.au or (02) 6285 2703.last_img read more

World Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at home

first_imgWorld Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at homeWorld Cup 2011: India ended Australia’s pursuit for a fourth successive World Cup triumph in the quarter-final and eventually went on to clinch only their second world title at home.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 21:38 IST India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup title at home (@cricketworldcup Photo)The World Cup returned to the subcontinent for its 10th edition after a span of 15 years in 2011. Pakistan’s hosting right was rescinded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, thereby making India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh co-hosts.Besides the 10 Test nations; Ireland, Kenya, Canada and the Netherlands also qualified for the tournament after finishing among the top-four in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. The 14 teams were divided into two groups of seven with the top-four sides from each group advancing to the next stage. Unlike the previous editions, the Super Sixes or Eights stage was done away with and replaced by knock-out matches, starting with the quarter-final.The eventual quarter-finalists were predictable with the top-ranked ODI sides expectedly progressing beyond the group stage. Having said that, it would be unfair to say that there weren’t any surprises and thrillers served up in the group stage itself.India demolished Bangladesh in the tournament opener after Virender Sehwag’s breathtaking 175 off just 140 balls inspired the Men in Blue to an 87-run victory. India, in fact, were involved in quite a few entertaining contests like their tie against England at Bengaluru.Speaking of close encounters, no team were involved in more close finishes than England in this edition. After the draw against India, England suffered a shocking loss against Ireland as Kevin O’Brien played a match-winning innings of 113 from 63 balls that helped his team successfully chase a stiff 300-plus target.The Englishmen’s luck seemed to turn when they faced South Africa and overcame the Proteas in a low-scoring thriller that saw them successfully defend 171. However, their rollercoaster ride continued in the game against Bangladesh, which they lost after failing to defend 225. That said, they somehow managed to qualify for the quarter-final and took on Sri Lanka.advertisementSri Lanka had looked strong in most of their group stage games, spearheaded by pace ace Lasith Malinga, who had claimed a hat-trick against Kenya earlier in the tournament to become the only player in World Cup history to take two hat-tricks. Their quarter-final clash against England saw them dominate from start to finish with both Sri Lankan openers scoring centuries and remaining unbeaten as they chased down the target comfortably. Sri Lanka went on to face New Zealand in the semi-finals after the Black Caps had beaten South Africa by 49 runs in their quarter-final clash.India overcome Pakistan threat after knocking then holders Australia outAll eyes, though, were on the other semi-final with arch-rivals India and Pakistan destined to lock horns. The Men in Blue had overcome three-time defending champions Australia in the quarters thanks to fifties from Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh as well as a quickfire 34 by Suresh Raina. Pakistan, on the other hand, registered a comfortable 10-wicket win in their quarter-final encounter against West Indies, whose standout moment in the tournament was Kemar Roach’s hat-trick against the Netherlands.When the semifinal between the two arch-rivals did eventually get underway, the nerves and tension was evident with a billion fans from both nations glued to the TV screen. India batted first and got to 260 before Pakistan fell 29 runs short in the chase. The win extended India’s winning run against Pakistan in World Cups to five and set up a date in the final against Sri Lanka. The Islanders had already qualified for the grand finale with a convincing win over New Zealand in their semi-final clash, which also happened to be Muttiah Muralitharan’s last home game.Dhoni special in the World Cup 2011 final The final witnessed MS Dhoni produce a captain’s knock after promoting himself above Yuvraj while chasing 275. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 from 79 balls after walking in at a pivotal juncture with the match on a knife’s edge. The early dismissals of Sehwag and Sachin were just what Sri Lanka wanted, but Gambhir and Virat Kohli’s crucial partnership steadied the ship. That partnership allowed Dhoni and Yuvraj to come in, take their time and settle down before finishing off the game quite comfortably in the end. It was India’s second World Cup triumph and the first after 28 years. Yuvraj was deservedly declared the Man of the Series for his consistent all-round displays, but it was even more special for Sachin, who finally got his hands on the elusive World Cup in his fifth attempt.Also 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 World Cup 2011Follow Cricket World CupFollow MS DhoniFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Secretariat Reports Steady Progress in Implementation of Vision 2030

first_img These include development of the 2009 to 2012 Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2013 marked the fifth year of the Plan’s implementation The Secretariat has piloted several activities since the implementation process commenced in 2009 The Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat, located at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is reporting steady progress in the implementation of Vision 2030 Jamaica, the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Vision 2030 Jamaica is intended to position the island to achieve developed country status by 2030 and, in the process, make it “… the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Programme Director for Vision 2030 Jamaica, Richard Lumsden, tells JIS News that the Secretariat has piloted several activities since the implementation process commenced in 2009.These include: development of the 2009 to 2012 Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which was tabled along with the National Plan in Parliament in 2009. This is the first of seven consecutive three-yearly implementation frameworks for the priority areas for development up to 2030.Mr. Lumsden says the Secretariat has also completed the 2012 to 2015 MTF, which sets out the priorities for the second three-year period. Cabinet, he adds, has approved the new MTF which the Secretariat has now completed for printing and dissemination to key stakeholders, including the public. Additionally, he informs that the progress report on the first three years of implementation “will be ready shortly.”On completion, the Programme Director says the report will be available in various formats to all stakeholders, to facilitate “full discussion and understanding of where we are in the process.” This, he adds, will be supported by a comprehensive public education programme.Mr. Lumsden points out that 2013 marked the fifth year of the Plan’s implementation. He recounts that planning for Vision 2030 Jamaica commenced in 2006 and was undertaken up to early 2009 when the Plan and accompanying MTF 2009-2012 were completed.He informs that during the Plan’s formulation period, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, and the country’s international development partners collaborated through a number of task forces, in preparing the sector plans for each of the economic, social, and environmental areas of national development, which were then integrated to create the overall Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.The Programme Director says consultations were held in various communities islandwide to solicit feedback and input in the Plan’s development by the wider public.Mr. Lumsden asserts that based on the extent of public education activities, aimed at streaming the Plan’s objectives into the public domain, that have been undertaken, there is “increasing awareness” about Vision 2030 Jamaica, its importance to national development, and required involvement by all stakeholders.These efforts, he outlines, have incorporated the inputs of stakeholders, including: the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Social Development Commission (SDC), and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).Mr. Lumsden informs that these agencies have partnered with the Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat to stage workshops, expos, and other events, “where we have been able to distribute educational and informational material, and engage the public in dialogue to communicate the Plan and raise awareness of the goals and outcomes.”“We have also worked very closely with the Ministry of Education in terms of facilitating the distribution of thousands of copies of the Plan’s shorter version in all schools across the island. Education Officers in all the Regions have been sensitized about the Plan and how to mainstream it within school activities,” he adds.Mr. Lumsden reminds that the Plan was developed during the most challenging period in recent history – the global economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 – and “we have seen progress in a number of areas.”  This, he notes, is in relation to the approximately 46 indicators used to measure progress in the areas of health, education, social protection, national security, the environment, and the economy.With reference to the four national goals and relevant national outcomes, he says there has been improvement in some of the educational indicators. “We have seen improvement…in the level of certification in the labour force; we have seen an increase in the adult literacy rate; we have seen significant improvement in national security, with a sustained decline in the level of homicides and other (major) crimes. We have also seen an increase in the use of renewable energy,” he notes.Mr. Lumsden points out that up to the end of 2011/12, approximately 25 per cent of the targets outlined under the Plan for 2012 had been met, while significant progress had been made in another 25 per cent.“We review the targets every three years, (and) we have done considerable revision of the indicator framework for 2015, removing indicators where it has proved difficult to have adequate data to measure progress (and) introducing some new indicators. We will be able to report on those shortly,” the Programme Director says.Indicators that have been removed include: incidence of public order infractions per capita; the percentage of change in gross sales of registered firms in the distribution sector; and loss of lives due to disasters.Mr. Lumsden advises that new indicators have been introduced to measure the growth rate of recreational, cultural and sporting activities; case clearance rate in the Resident Magistrate’s Courts; and Grade Four literacy rates.In relation to the provisions/stipulations of the new US$932.3 millionfour-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF), Mr. Lumsden says there has been a “very high degree of convergence” between the Government’s current economic programme, the EFF, and the MTF on outcomes, particularly over the next four years.  He notes that the economic programme and EFF focus on a number of priorities which are also reflected in the MTF for 2012 to 2015.The Programme Director points out that the PIOJ was part of the Government’s team that negotiated the new EFF with the IMF, and that the concurrence between the government’s economic programme and the EFF, and their alignment with Jamaica’s national development goals, were a central part of the discussions that preceded the agreement’s conclusion.“So, the framework is designed to address some of the key challenges in terms of the macro-economy and the business environment, and offer us the opportunity for enhanced performance, once we are able to successfully implement key projects for growth which have been identified (some of which are currently underway),” he tells JIS News.Additionally, Mr. Lumsden says the EFF also stipulates minimum provisions for maintaining a social safety net to protect the society’s most vulnerable citizens during the period of economic consolidation.“So (it) comes down to effective implementation and constant monitoring to make sure that we remain on track, not only in terms of the macro-economic targets, but also in terms of our broader national development targets as well. That process is ongoing,” he adds. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax Stanfield International Airport Until the end of June, road work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will result in detours for traffic leaving the airport to Highway 102 Halifax bound. Expect delays. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, Pictou Landing Route 348, in Pictou Landing, is reduced to one lane from 500 metres east of Well Hill Road to Lewis Road for paving until Friday, August 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Traffic control personnel are on site. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- RICHMOND COUNTY: Lennox Passage Bridge, Isle Madame The speed limit on the Lennox Passage Bridge on Isle Madame is reduced to 20 kilometres per hour while repairs are being carried out to the bridge’s joints. The bridge is safe and the public will be advised if further restrictions are required. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone.last_img read more

BLUEBERRY MILLE FEUILLE

first_imgIngredients For Shortcake Base Refined Flour400 g Butter300 g Castor Sugar200 g Eggs2 For Blueberry Cream Fresh Cream200 g White Chocolate300 g Blueberry Compoteas required Whipped Cream400 g Preparation For Shortcake Base Cream the butter and sugar well until it becomes soft and light in texture. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Beat well until creamy. Fold in the flour gently. Refrigerate the shortcake paste for one hour. Line individual tart bases with the shortcake paste. Poke the base with a fork and bake for 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven in 180°C. Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAFor Blueberry Cream Heat fresh cream in a saucepan. Remove from the stove and add white chocolate. Mix until the chocolate melts into the cream. Fold in the whipped cream gently. Add the blueberry compote, mix gently and leave it to cool. To Serve Place one shortcake base on a plate. Pipe the blueberry cream on it. Repeat the process. Garnish the mille feuille with more blueberry cream, shards of chocolate and fresh strawberry compote. (Courtesy: Ramit Kohli, Executive Sous Chef – Taj City Centre, Gurugram)last_img read more

Alka Lamba marshalled out of Delhi Assembly

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hours after the Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday marshalled out a BJP MLA from the Delhi Assembly and suspended another, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel legislator Alka Lamba was also marshalled out of the House. At the time of her ejection, Lamba, the MLA from Chandni Chowk, was criticising the Delhi government and alleged that at least two families had been forced to purchase medicines from private chemists while they were being treated at the capital’s government-run GB Pant Hospital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLamba, who is not on the same page as the party, said that while the Delhi government has been claiming that people in the city were being given free medical facilities and medicines, families, however, were being forced to take loans for treatment in government hospitals. Lamba raised the issue in the Assembly as a Special Mention. Responding to her claim, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said he would look into the matter, adding that the hospital in question is under heavy load of patients as it also caters to people from neighbouring Uttar Pardesh.last_img read more

IDRIS ELBA TO MARRY FORMER MISS VANCOUVER SABRINA DHOWRE

first_imgAudience members also confirmed the news on Twitter, with one writing, “At cast & crew screening of @YARDIES & @IdrisElba just proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina!! Too cute,” while another posted, “At cast & crew screening of YARDIES & Idris Elba just proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina!! Big Congrats !!”The couple has yet to confirm the news themselves.Elba (L) and Ms Dhowre attend Idris Elba’s Christmas Party, at Kadie’s Cocktail Bar & Club in London, in 2017The 45-year-old made his romance with Sabrina (a 29-year-old model who won Miss Vancouver in 2014) official in September when they made their red carpet debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the premiere of his movie Molly’s Game.The British actor has been married twice before — to make-up artist Hanne Norgaard, who he divorced in 2003, and real estate attorney Sonya Nicole Hamlin. Login/Register With: Twitter Idris Elba and girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre attend the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2017. | Euan Cherry / WENN.com Advertisement Advertisement Idris Elba is engaged to marry his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre.The Luther actor shocked a crowd at a screening of his new film when he got down on one knee and proposed to Sabrina onstage at the Rio Cinema in London ahead of a cast and crew screening of his directorial debut Yardie on Saturday.“Another @riocinema first!” representatives for the venue wrote on Twitter. “Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement He told Essence magazine in July that he had given up on marriage after two failed attempts.“Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so,” he said. “Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”Idris has a 15-year-old daughter, named Isan, from his marriage to Norgaard, and he shares a three-year-old son, called Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth, who he split from in 2016.Another @riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie pic.twitter.com/XRtca1xcv0— Rio Cinema (@riocinema) February 10, 2018last_img read more

TIFF Stargazing 101 Getting close to celebs at the fest

first_img Twitter Actress Kate Mara takes a photo with Cynthia McLeod on the red carpet for the movie “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool” during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2017. Getting a front-row spot at film premieres requires a lot of waiting and patience. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “Last year was the year that I upped my game,” said McLeod, who’s been snapping photos of celebrities at TIFF for the last five years since moving downtown.“And it all started because (Borg vs McEnroe’s) Shia LaBeouf, the very first opening night, because he didn’t want to talk to people on the red carpet, the reporters — you guys! — he went and did everybody else,” she said. “And he took a picture with everybody. He took everybody’s phone and he handed it back. He called me, ‘Darlin,’” she added with a laugh.Shia LaBeouf takes a selfie with Cynthia McLeod at the Borg/McEnroe premiere during the opening night of TIFF 2017 at Roy Thomson Hall.McLeod says over the years her best TIFF moments have been with the likes of Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Benedict Cumberbatch and worst – because they didn’t stop for fans who had waited to see them – couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty and Toronto’s own Drake.“I don’t know if anybody wants to get excited about Drake,” she joked of the rapper, who will be introducing drama Monsters and Men on opening night. “I stood out there for Drake and he didn’t come over to fans. It can be kind of exhausting ‘cause if you do it hardcore, it can take hours.” Want to know how to cozy up to A Star is Born’s Bradley Cooper or Lady Gaga for a selfie at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, starting Thursday and running until Sept.16?Or how about getting an autograph from First Man’s Ryan Gosling, a native of London, Ont., or Beautiful Boy’s Timothee Chalamet of Call Me By Your Name fame?Veteran TIFF star gazer (and also the Toronto Sun’s assistant city editor) Cynthia McLeod says it takes time, patience, and a trusty foot stool, but the celebrity encounter is usually worth it in the long run. Facebooklast_img read more

Auto dealership jobs not on the radar of millennials says survey

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian automobile dealers are launching a national recruiting campaign next month after a poll suggested that millennials aren’t keen to pursue careers in a sector that has seen vehicle sales reach a record high.“There’s a lot of young Canadians…(for whom) it’s not even on their radar,” said Catherine Fortin Lefaivre, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.She said research and anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a perception that auto dealerships is mainly about sales and parts.“The car dealership of 2018 is one that requires a lot more business people, a lot more marketing people, people with a background in innovation increasingly as the way cars are built is changing,” she said in an interview.Opportunities are also available in finance, IT and management roles at more than 3,200 car and truck dealerships across the country that employ 150,000 people.An Abacus Data survey released during the Montreal International Auto Show found that working in an auto dealership isn’t on the radar for 68 per cent of people aged 18 to 37.One quarter of the people surveyed said they have considered working in various capacities in an auto dealership, while seven per cent said they have worked in a dealership.Men were more interested in such careers than women.In addition to millennials, the association plans to target women, immigrants and veterans over the next three years.Light vehicle sales exceeded two million for the first time last year, pushing revenues to above $120 billion. Strong sales are expected to continue.The online survey of 2,000 millennials was conducted Dec. 22 to Jan. 8. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is considered accurate plus or minus 2.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Get tough Pot industry wants LA crackdown on rogue shops

LOS ANGELES — The legal marijuana industry urged Los Angeles City Hall on Monday to get tougher with illegal shops that are gouging their businesses in open sight.Illegal pot shops are widespread throughout Los Angeles and typically look like the real thing. And they’re thriving — they sell cheaper products than their legal rivals because they don’t charge hefty state and local taxes.In a letter Monday, the industry group Southern California Coalition recommended the city consider seizing cannabis inventory and cash from illegal shops that are found to be selling tainted products.In the legal market, marijuana, concentrates, cookies and other products must be tested by independent labs for consumer safety — a requirement that illegal shops can ignore.The group said that the failure to seize cash and pot products from illegal shops after raids allows the business to quickly reopen.With no testing safeguards in place in the illegal market “there’s a high probability the … cannabis products in these shops are contaminated,” the group wrote.They urged the city “in the strongest possible terms to continue testing cannabis … in unlicensed shops.”California’s effort to transform its longstanding illegal and medicinal marijuana markets into a unified, multibillion-dollar industry kicked off last year. But the transition has been uneven and it’s likely to take years for the legal market to find its footing.Many communities ban marijuana sales and growing, leaving residents in those places without access to legal shops. Businesses complain about hefty tax rates that can approach 50 per cent in some communities, which they say drive consumers into the tax-free illicit market. There’s on ongoing fight over home deliveries, and a promised tax windfall never arrived.There have been problems in other states with legal marijuana. In Nevada, a court fight is underway after some businesses charged that the state system for awarding licenses is unfair. In Oregon last year, an excess of marijuana in the supply chain prompted regulators to suspend processing new applications for marijuana business licenses.In Los Angeles, the industry group said that many legal shops are being driven toward bankruptcy because they are surrounded by rogue shops undercutting them.Because of taxes and heavy regulatory fees, legal operators “cannot compete with illicit operators,” the group said.The group also recommended ticketing employees at rogue shops to discourage them from returning, and having building inspectors always accompany police on raids to close down unsafe structures. They also suggested the city consider placing tax liens on illegal shops.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press read more